Friends, for this new blog, we have decided to talk about songs from Binaca Geetmala for a few inaugural posts. Let us start from the very first program of Binaca Geetmala, which was broadcast for the first time on 3rd December, 1952. There were 5 programs during the 5 Wednesdays and the final program was broadcast on 31st December, 1952
|Radio in those days|
Binaca Geetmala Program, was sponsored by Ciba Geigy Ltd., the makers of toothpaste and toothbrush in India in addition to other products. The program was a novelty - never before was such a sponsored program broadcast. The generation of today may not be able to gauge the impact this had on the minds of people then, but suffice to say that there are generations and generations of people in India who hold it dearly to their heart.
|A Young Amin Sayani|
A young 21 year old man was entrusted the job of presenting this novel idea to the Radio Listeners in India on an experimental basis. He had to write the program, produce it and broadcast it in his own voice.
Exactly at 8 pm on 3rd December, 1952 - Radio Ceylon [as it was called then] reverberated with the baritone of Amin Sayani's voice - "Bhaiyo aur Behno”. [HMV company which released a cassette later contains these very words said by Amin Sayani himself - where he further states that it was a program which entered the hearts of people right from its maiden broadcast.]
It cant exactly be coined as Annual Program, though on the basis of letters received from listeners, 9 most popular songs were short-listed and broadcast.
The songs broadcast were:
|Amin Sayani with CD on Binaca Geetmala|
No. 9 - Main pagal mora manwa pagal – Film - Ashiana, Talat Mehmood - Madan Mohan - Rajinder Krishan
No. 7- Dekho Jaadu bhare more nain- Film-Asmaan-Geeta Dutt-O P Nayyar-Prem Dhavan
No. 6- Mohabbat hi na samjhe wo zalim-Film- Parchhai-Talat Mehmood- C Ramchandra-Noor Lakhnavi.
No. 5- Main dil hoon ek arman bhara- Film- Anhonee- Talat Mehmood-Roshan-Satyendra Atthaiya.
No. 4- Ye hawa ye raat ye chandani- FilmSangdil- Talat Mehmood-Sajjad Hussain-Rajinder Krishan
And then the top 3 popular songs [as we know them today] were presented
No. 3- Dil mein chupakepyar ka- Film- Aan- Mohd. Rafi-Naushad-Shakeel Badayuni
No. 2- Aye mere dil kahi aur chal- Film-Daag-Talat Mehmood-shankar-Jaikishen-shailendra
Then came the most popular song of 1952 according to the listeners letters
No. 1- Tu ganga ki mauj main- Film Baiju Bawra- Mohd. Rafi/Lata Mangeshkar- Naushad-Shakeel Badayuni.
During the 4 preceding weeks 2 songs from Aan, 2 songs from Baiju Bawra,1 each from Daag, Naubahar, Shin shina ke bublaboo and Poonam also made their way into the programs in addition to the above mentioned.
We will now discuss the songs which made the cut in the first ever annual program in the later posts.