GeetMala... & I... 36 Years Back!!

@Mitraa (3187)
India
April 28, 2010 3:00pm CST
Yes, I remember this! I was introduced to listen 'Binaca-GeetMala' 36 years back! It was a radio show of one hour with Indian top film songs' hit parade, coming on every Wednesday evening during those days of no TV and no Net. The rich and amusing voice of its announcer 'Ameen Sayani' has made the program as well as many of his programs on indian radio a history! New programs & new radio voices may come always, but perhaps similar to GeetMala will never be aired again! Are you a lover of radio programs? Please share your views!!
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@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
17 May 10
wow time past so fast. I remember getting this little transistor radio and loving my new access to FM radio music LOL. I thought it was amazing. Now, we have satellite access and internet radio. Well I love music but not so much announcers.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
5 May 10
Yes ofcourse I remember this. I was a great fan Ameen Sayani. How we used to wait to hear this programme.Still I prefer to listen to all the radio programmes all the FM's still these are no match to GeetMala. Ameen Sayani was too good. I remember the number of fans he had.How we used to wait for this programme.I prefer radio programmes to TV shows. I still have the radio on throughout the day while I go about my house work.
@ptrikha_2 (32864)
• India
1 May 10
Yes, I recall that program, and the unique voice of Ameen Sayani. It was in between named as "Cibaca -Geetmala". I remember one song from Kishen Kanhiya, which topped the charts for nearly 4 months. I last listened to it around early 1991. Well, it seems very less likely that program would be aired again.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
30 Apr 10
Hi Mitraa I love radio especially radio talk shows since the radio let you to continue do your house work or whatever you are doing while you have to stop and watch when you are watching a television show. In fact I have a small radio which I carry on with me when I am grooming my dog. The radio keeps me company while I am on this job. If I am tired to listen to chat shows I just tune to another music radio station.
• India
30 Apr 10
Hi, I love to listen songs on radio because i dont have to select songs. i can listen songs which are out of my cd collection. I have heard about this show and its popularity.Even when i was in standard 12 ,we used to read on terrace at that time we used to listen some program with same theme. Rightnow i dont remember program name.I love radio because it is a medium with which i can work as well as listen. That is why i love radio than television. Thanks for starting very good topic. Regards Ranvir Chauhan
@coffeegurl (1467)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Haven't heard of your beloved radio host, as I am pretty sure this program never aired in the US. But, I am glad you asked. I am a long-time fan of talk radio, and the city I live in has a very popular talk radio show on "Real Radio 104.1." You can listen online at http://www.wtks.com They give away prizes a lot and it's fun to win them. The other day, when I had my eyes dialted, I laid down on the couch and listened to NPR. I hadn't done that in ages. I can't believe Terry Gross is still alive......ROFL. OMG! It's like the show was frozen in time or something, but it made me remember the times I would listen to the program in my car or at home, before the internet existed and I didn't own a television. It felt very nostalgic, and in some way, I was really amazed that people still listen to their radios. It felt like old America.
@vandana7 (84658)
• India
29 Apr 10
Hi Mitraa, I remember, yeh Shri Lanka Broadcasting corporation hai... and the signature tune. :) Radio was our only source of entertainment for a real long time, wasn't it? I took it to bed - to listen to Chaaya Geet. There were some songs beyond that as well, but I guess, I used to be fast asleep by then. :) In those days Dad was required to go be at the factory in the nights. So he used to lock me inside the house. I used to put the radio in full volume as I used to be alone in the house. I didnt want to be listening to somebody walking by the window and getting scared of it all. So it was Lata Mangeshkar who put me to sleep without realizing she did that. :) Ameen Sayani's brother, Hamid Sayani used to host that Bournvita Quiz Contest. The brothers had exceptional voices. :) Nice of you to remind me of those days. :) Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end...
@arunmails (3011)
• India
29 Apr 10
[b]Wonderful.. 36 years back..?? its really a big record... even in televisions, there were many programs they are telecasting... but, only few are good and others are not so that much good... Eventhough those good programs are not that much liked by people... but, 36 years one single program... its really a big achievement...[/b]
• India
29 Apr 10
Yes, I too remember listening to Binaca Geet Mala and the lovely mellifluous voice of Ameen Sayani used to hold us to our radio sets. I don’t exactly remember how old I was, I think very young as I don’t recollect my age clearly, but my love for Hindi songs and tunes started from listening to the radio. I used to be transfixed by the voices and lovely melodies and it used to be a challenge to myself to learn the songs and tunes by heart…so much so that just listening to the opening music, I could predict the song. I was hooked too, to Chhaya Geet…another popular programme on Vividh Bharati every night at 10 pm…it was like listening to the news while having dinner LOL…I just had to turn on the radio at 10 (even in exam times) and I would just memorize the songs and melodies…Chhaya Geet had different presenters on different days and it was another guessing game as to who would be the presenter for that night…I likes some presenters for their choice of songs and way of presenting while others I detested so much that I felt like switching off the radio mid-way but just could not LOL …those were really wonderful simple days.
• India
29 Apr 10
Hi Mitraa Yes i am a hearer of radio, if i remember correctly, i used to sit near the radio and hear this in 1957, i was in class 7th then. Gradually the radio sets became a box only, because the amplitute modulated reception was no more clear because of man made and machine made noises in ether Now a days frequency modulated radio stations are more popular, because of crystal clear reception, but range is about 30 kms only, my city has no fm stations Well i have some cassettes, cd that has Binaca Geetmala recorded.. Thank you so much for this nice discussion, cheers God bless you. Prof
@piya84 (2586)
• India
29 Apr 10
Hiii there mitra Yes i do remember that show.When i was kid my parents used to let that show run in night.We used to sleep while listening that show everyday.That was a beautiful show.My parents used to love that show a lot.They told me that anchor who used to represent that show has became national icon at that time.
@yugasini (12838)
• Anantapur, India
29 Apr 10
hi mitraaji, now i got the link,i am also regularly listening Radio ceylon and Binaca Geethmala,we friends meet at my friends house and listening Binaca geethmala regularly,still i remember Ameen Sayani voice there is one more person Manohar Mahajan he is also attending Binaca geethmala,i think that i have post a discussion about Binaca geethmala long back,i have not rememberd that how many responses i was received,now i wish to listen once again Binaca geethmala ,how it is possible,where can i get the 1 hour program link?have a nice day
@bvdev234 (304)
• India
28 Apr 10
Yes, I was a listener of 'Binaca-GeetMala' as well. It came back years back and was listening then. 'Ameen Sayani' had a wonderful way of presentation. His voice is even now in my ears. I love radio programmes. Currently, with too many FM channels on the rise we are having a problem to listen to which one though. Anyway, one thing is clear. Nobody comes even near to 'Ameen Saahib'.