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3 songs of Shailendra in the top-20 Hindi Film Songs – BBC Asian Network Poll

BBC Asian Network recently conducted an online poll for the top-100 Hindi Film songs.
Listeners were asked to vote for their favorite songs from a longlist of 100 songs from the World of Hindi Cinema released between 1940 and 2010, chosen by presenters, producers and Bollywood. The poll results were released on May 27, 2013.

Three songs of Shailendra feature in the top-20!!!
The three songs – exemplar of the lyrical genius of Shailendra: profound yet articulate poetry, true to the film situation/context it was written for, yet a brilliant creation by itself …

1. The opening line that succinctly captured the gist of the story (read the anecdote here), the character-defining song that made Raj Kapoor’s vagabond immensely popular …
आवारा हूँ | aavaaraa huu.N

2. Karuna has loved and lost – she wishes Sushil and Kusum well, remaining gracious in heartbreak …
अजीब दास्ताँ है ये | ajiib daastaa.N hai ye

3. Rosie breaks free of the shackles of social customs and norms and soars into a new life of hope …
आज फिर जीने की तमन्ना है | aaj phir jiine kii tamannaa hai


An article about the poll, also lists the top-20 songs.
You can listen to the 100 songs here.

Four songs of Shankar-Jaikishan (SJ) – feature in the top-20; 2 songs each by Shailendra and Hasrat (baharo phool barsao at #1 on the list, and aaja sanam at #17).
More about SJ here:
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/shankarjaikishan/
http://shankarjaikishan.org

Of the other contemporaries of Shailendra (lyricists of the ’50s-’60s), Shakeel:2 songs, Sahir:1, and Majrooh:3, feature in the top-20 – though none of Sahir/Majrooh’s songs on the list are from that period!

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One thought on “3 songs of Shailendra in the top-20 Hindi Film Songs – BBC Asian Network Poll

  1. Lovely collection and information….thanks . As an ardent fan of SJ, shailendra & Hasrat ..this collection is a treasure in disguise…Thanks. Eswar Chalam ….Australia

    Posted by Eswar Chalam | August 30, 2014, 15:48

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