|Kundan Lal Saigal (1904-1947)
The great Indian singing film star of the 1930s and 1940s
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|K.L. Saigal Memorabilia :
The Tribune (1937) advertisement, for the All
India Exhibition event at Lahore, in which Saigal was to participate,
was probably the only one available in the public domain, till now.
A large number of advertisements, news, views,
still photos etc., have now become available as a result of the
painstaking search carried out in the archives of Indian Express, Madras
Edition (1933 to 1947).
This post includes a rare film review, an
advertisement and a spectacular scene from “Daku Mansoor” (1934),
featuring K.L. Saigal, produced by New Theatres Ltd, Calcutta.
“Dularibibi” (1933), an Urdu comedy in 3 reels, reportedly based on the
Laurel and Hardy film ‘Our Wife’, was shown as an additional short film.
WATCH OUT for more such rare uploads of Saigal-related digital images from the past on this website.
[Filmography: Daku Mansoor
"Citizens ! Protect monuments, buildings,
objects and documents from former times. All of these are your history
and your pride. Remember that this is the basis upon which our new art
shall flourish !"
The Tribune *
Thursday, Dec 23,1937
Click to View :
Rare Saigal-Related Clippings from
The Indian Express
(Courtesy : Indian Express & Google.com)
The Indian Express
Jun 28, 1935
|Did K.C. Dey, K.L. Saigal & Pankaj Mullick
have an influence on Indian Popular Music in South Africa ?
Yes, according to a dissertation entitled :
“Indian South African Popular Music, The Broadcast Media And The Record
Industry : 1920 – 1983” submitted by Melveen Beth
Jackson, for award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology) in
the Department of Music, University of Natal, Durban, Dec, 1999.
Visit the website of
Prof Surjit Singh
for a goldmine of film & gramophone record-related news, views, photos & advertisements from
The Indian Express, Madras Edition1933-47
* One of the few surviving 'fans' who was fortunate enough to have
heard Saigal perform 'live' (struggling in the queue, purchasing a
ticket in black !) at this programme at Lahore is Pran Nevile, former
career diplomat and author (www.prannevile.com).
He is the founder convener of the 'KL Saigal Memorial Circle' and
author of "KL Saigal - Immortal Singer and Superstar", Nevile Books
(2004) as well as "K.L. Saigal, The Definitive Biography", Penguin Books
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