‘Koi door se awaaz de, chale aao’, sang Geeta Dutt for a sloshed Meena Kumari in Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam, the actress attracting several awards and acclaim for this, her defining role in Hindi cinema.
Much later, as the film actress’s liver was struggling to survive in the last days of March, 1972, the story of a similar life-and-death struggle was unfolding for the liver of singing sensation Geeta Roy-Dutt. Both these exceptional artistes had taken to the bottle, and while life exited from the body of the actress first, the singer too would breathe her last in a few months. You pause to reflect, and you marvel at how unusually similar their life and cinema run was, with songs, events and people connecting to brace them down together like parallel rail tracks on which ran a heavy train carrying spirits.
Was there a Kismat Connection between the two? Let's find out together with famous film historian & anchor Manek Premchand and two gifted singers,Sangeeta Vyas and Aditya Phadke.
About the anchor,Manek Premchand-
Manek has always been fascinated by the enormous role that our cinema and its music have played as a key gluing medium in a country as disparate as ours. This fascination has motivated him to write five books. Apart from authoring books, Manek Premchand has written numerous articles on Indian film music, published in the Press media.He has also been a Consultant with Saregama India Ltd.On WorldSpace Satellite Radio’s Farishta channel, he was a show host.
Manek was also awarded a two-year Senior Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, from June 2009 to May 2011. The subject: The Changing Face of Lyrics in Hindi Cinema. He has interviwed a slew of personalities such as Shamshad Begum, Lata Mangeshkar, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ram Narain, Burjor and Kersi Lord, Uttam Singh, Manohari Singh, Bahadur Nanji, Kishore Desai, Homi Mullan, Jairam Acharya, Manna Dey.
In March 2016, his book Talat Mahmood—Velvet Voice was nominated for an award of excellence for 1916 by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Indiana USA.He has anchored many prominent shows and currently,he is busy writing his next book.
About the singer,Sangeeta Vyas-
Born and brought up in the Nawabi city of Lucknow,Sangeeta learned the basics of music from her father Shri Hardayal malgotra,a prominent musician of Lucknow. She did her Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth,Lucknow. She is B-High graded artist of All India Radio. She recorded her first album “AGAN” in Kolkata. After coming to Mumbai, she started performing on stage and recorded many jingles. She recorded a remix song which was released by HMV SAREGAMA. She also sang the title song for Vashu Bhagnani’s film “VAADA” with Kumar Shanoo under the music direction of Himesh Reshammiya.Her first solo pop album “JEE LIYA JAAYE” was released by World Wide Record. Sangeeta is also a writer,anchor and a voice-over artist. She has anchored a few fund-raising shows for FICCI Ladies Organisation with Manek Premchand . She anchored "Aastha Antakshari" on Aastha Channel for 4 years. She also anchored 3 shows of “Khazana” by Pankaj Udhas which is the biggest Ghazal concert in India.
About the singer,Aditys Phadke-
Aditya has learned Hindustani classical from Pt. Rajaram Shukla. He did a certificate course from Mumbai University in 'Music Composition and Direction'. Passed several exams of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Won several inter-school and inter-college competitions. Was semi-finalist at 'Aao Jhume Gaye', a singing competition on SAB TV. Performed in shows on DD Sahyadri : 'Dhina Dhin Dha' - show on marathi ghazals and 'M2G2' - performed self-composed songs. Performed self-composed marathi ghazal at Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Ghazal sammelan held at Goa. Composed and sang a song in marathi movie 'Coffee Ani Barach Kahi'