Neelaponmane, Nellu (1974) and Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee.

It would be kind of missing the point to say that the  amazing repertoire of Salilda‘s contribution to Malayalam Cinema, more or less revolves around Chemmeen‘s soundtrack, every single one of them. It was close to around 25 films, the last being Vellam (1984), produced by actor Devan ( his first and last stint in production). What is not commonly known to most who deeply love Salilda’s music style was his dexterity in adapting his tunes across Indian  languages which would have given anyone else the ants-in-pants syndrome. Not that all were successful. I always wince everytime I listen to Kadali, Chenkadali from Nellu, rendered by Lata Mangeshkar for Salilda in Malayalam. Surely, S. Janaki or P.Susheela were available, weren’t they?

This is my attempt in bringing together Salilda’s compositions in Malayalam that he adapted from his repertoire, sometimes even from his Bengali melodies.

This would not have been possible without the help and support of Gautam, the founder of So, here is to you, Gautam.:)

O Neel Neel Pakhi (1973).

Music :  Salil Chowdhary.
Sung by : Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee.

Neelaponmane from Nellu (1974).

Directed by : Ramu Karyat.
Lyrics : Vayalar.
Music :   Salil Choudhary.

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9 thoughts on “Neelaponmane, Nellu (1974) and Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee.

  1. there are a number of salilda hits in malayalam which have their equivalents in hindi and malayalam . here a are a few

    1 puthanvalarakare – chemmen
    hindi version is bagh mein kali – film chand aur suraj

    2 kadalinakkare -chemmen

    the bengali version a folk song not very accurate though is by utpalendu chowdhury

    3 maane maane – swapnam

    the hindi version is from an unreleased film

    4 thaiyam thaiyam – film neelaponmane

    the bengali version is one of the most popular songs in bengali sumg by another legend hemant kumar mukerjee or hemant kumar .this was also one of the first bengali songs i liked while in school in calcutta .

    there is also hindi version sung by lata for the film awaz but it didnt become a big hit

    5 kadali chenkadali – from nellu

    this is the bengali equivalent – sajani go sajani sung by sandhya mukerji

    6 chemba chemba- from nellu sung by manna dey and jayachandran has a bengali equivalent sung by manna dey
    note the similarities in the scene also

    1. Hi Doctor,

      Thank you for that exhaustive list. Gautam Choudhary’s ( which has also been mentioned in this Blog’s Favorite Blog Roll ) is the best resource for anything on Salilda, if you haven’t heard of it by now. Thanks, cinematters.

  2. Dear Viju
    Salil Chowdhury is a versatile artist. He can be rated as the master composer of BGM in Indian Cinema. That may be the reason why Salil Chowdhury was entrusted to compose the BGM for Mausam just after the sudden demise of Madanmohan. The songs of Madhumati, Anand, Chaya, Maya, Anand Mahal, Jeena Yahan,
    What do you mean by lifting others compositions? Is it copying? If so, please scan the Gautam chowdhury himself accused one such case of lifting from S D Burman’s composition. There is a also a song in chaya – Itana na mujhse tu pyar badha (Talat Mehmood) based on the 40th symphony of Motzart

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