Kundan Lal Saigal (1904-1947)
The great Indian singing film star of the 1930s and 1940s
(This Site is based almost entirely on resources made freely available on the Internet :
Intended to be a comprehensive resource centre for research and documentation of K.L. Saigal songs)
Active participation of music lovers and collectors solicited : Please write to mv.surender@yahoo.com
A Part of Open Internet Project for Documentation of Songs rendered by The Immortal Musical Trio : K.C. Dey, K.L. Saigal & Pankaj Mullick
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.
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[Filmography: Daku Mansoor & Dularibibi]
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"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 !" - Lenin,1914

The Tribune *
Thursday, Dec 23,1937


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Rare Saigal-Related Clippings from
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The Indian Express
Madras Edition
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(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 India, 2011.

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