Indeed, very happy to note addition of a very refreshing writer joining the genre of Film Music.
Incidentally, I am in the process of collecting pieces on Raag Hansdhwani to back up the liking of Jaa To Se Nahin Bolun Kanhaiyaa of Parivaar [ Manaa Dey and Lata , Salil Chaudhary] and I could find the Saraswati Vandana in Hansdhawani [that reminds of a Gujarati Proverb: બગાસું ખાવા મોં ખોલ્યું અને પતાસું આવી પડ્યું. – I opened my mouth to yawn and landed up eating a sweet.]
C Ramchandra used Hamsadhwani in the song “O Chaand Jahan woh jaaye” in the film Sharada. I don’t see much usage of Hamsadhwani in Hindi film songs. I think it still remains a regional raga in non-classical circles.
Welcome to my blog. Yes, CR did use it very well in in Sharda. There is one more from Parivar, featuring a dance sequence by Vijyanthi Mala , “Jaa Tose Nahin Boloon Kanhaiya”
And there is a bad song in Bawarchi, where towards the end of which is a superb “Aayi Paniya Bharan ki Vela”, featuring Lakshmi Shankar, (Madan Mohan), which is one of the best representations of Hamsadhwani.
Karthik, I am Anu’s husband, she told me about your blog. The song from Parivar is pure Hamsadhwani, one of the few times that Salilda actually stuck to a raga entirely without putting any vivadi swaras. The actress is not Vyjayanthi Mala, it is Sabita Chatterjee. I do not remember the Bawarchi song, or if it was that horrible dance sequence that Jaya Bhadhuri did I will have done my best to forget it.