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(1930 - 1972)

In early 1957 while selecting the ten best songs that she has sung, Geeta Dutt mentioned ' People have a complex that successful film songs are not necessary the best. I beg to differ. If a song catches public fancy it could only be because of all round perfection in all departments - in its music, in its writing, in its singing. Should I then list my ten best songs or my ten most popular songs? The dividing line, I feel is very thin. The songs that have stood the test of public approval and the songs that have personally appealed to me are the same. '

The ten songs she selected then represented definite landmarks in her singing career.

They are:

'Mat ja mat ja jogi' (Jogan - 1950 ) This was her own personal favourite.

'Mera sundar sapna beet gaya' (Do Bhai - 1947 )

'Na yeh chand hoga' (Shart - 1954 )

'Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer' (Baazi - 1951 )

'Yeh lo main hari piya' (Aar Paar - 1954 )

'Khayalon mein kisike' (Baawre Nain - 1950 ) with Mukesh

'Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo' (Pyaasa - 1957 )

'Jaane kya tunhe kahi' (Pyaasa - 1957 )

'Ae dil mujhe bata de' (Bhai Bhai - 1956 )

'Hai yeh duniya kaunsi' (Sailaab - 1956 )

This as mentioned was in early 1957. Citing the reason for her selections Geeta mentioned:

' I feel that a song must express human emotions in simple language and in a tune that affords the singer sufficient scope to do full justice to the thought underlying the lyric. I feel that the songs I have listed are simple enough to be appreciated by people of all ages at all times.'

Some of Geeta's best work for e.g. 'Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam' from Kaagaz ke Phool(1959), 'Chale aao, chale aao' from Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) and the songs of Anubhav (1971) were to come later and naturally they do not find a place in that list.

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