Binaca geetmala and other connections

Thanks to a few wonderful friends, I discovered the link to this – Binaca Geetmala. I think Ameen Sayani’s voice was somehow inescapable when I was growing up. But things changed at a breathless pace in the 90s. My sister who’s barely five years younger than I am probably doesn’t know as much about Ameen Sayani. But I appear to not have that wide a rift with someone who might be five or even ten years older than I am.

On that note, celebrating Binaca Geetmala and the rest, this wonderful song was the top number in 1981.

Does that say anything about me? I wish there was some more comprehensive list that could tell me what the top song was in the week that I was born. A bit like this.

What’s your song then? Does it offer any clues into the kind of person you turned out to be? In my case it’s quite obvious. I like men in drag.

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6 Responses to Binaca geetmala and other connections

  1. Nilu says:

    Does that mean your sister and I are soulmates?


  2. raja says:

    Hmm…I remember this song topping that year’s Binaca Geet Mala.
    The next year, if I remember right, the #1 song was “Shaayad meri shaadi ka khayal…chai pe bulaaya hai”. How I hated this song…because it pipped a lovely Kaamchor (Rakesh Roshan / Jayaprada) song to the top position.
    I remember “Noorie, Noorie” as the #1 song of 1977 or 1978. Never really liked that song very much in those days. The voice was a bit too sweet for me.
    There was “O saathi re, tere bina bhi kya jeena..”. Also either a #1 or a #2 but no lower than that. I think it was 1978.
    Then there was “dafliwaale dafli baja”. Am not sure if it was #1 but it was hugely popular.
    Oh, memories 🙂

    Plenty of Binaca Geetmala material and other nostalgia here as well


  3. Nandu says:

    I could not help but comment to point out that per the Billboard charts, the #1 track on the day I was born was ‘Tragedy’ by the Bee Gees. I need to think about this theory regarding whether the song influences the way you’ve grown up…..


  4. Rohini says:

    took me to nostalgia land:)


  5. Srinidhi Kaushik says:

    Hi Neha,
    Thanks a lot for this !!
    Really great…I will send this to my mother as well…who is a great fan of ameen sayani


  6. Kuppakkara Saibu says:

    Hmm. Binaca Geetmala used to get broadcast from 8pm to 9pm every Wednesday. There are several reasons as to why the prog was hugely popular for a number of years. First of course, could be Amin Sayani. But then the commercial channels of the then vividh bharathi had not come into being. The CBC – Ceylong Broadcasting Corporation (which later became Srilanka Broadcasting Corporation) capitalised on this. This was the case not only with Hindi, but also with Tamil. Once the commercial channels of vividh bharathi (the precursors of modern FM channels) became popular (with programmes like Aap ki Farmayish etc. etc.) the influence of CBC waned slowly….and I wonder if they still run the Hindi music channels. If I remember right, the broadcast for India from CBC used to start at 12noon with tamil programmes…and the Hindi programmes would commence at 7pm. Later, the first four hours of the tamil programme gave way to the other South Indian languages viz Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam…..hmmm


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