Salil composed non-film songs nearly always in Bengali. Obviously this has
to do with his associations with IPTA. This is when he composed some of the most
memorable songs. How does one categorize these songs? I asked him this question
once. He replied that this was the most important time of his life. His political
consciousness and his involvement in the political movement challenged and encouraged
him to compose these songs which he called the 'songs of consciousness and the
songs of awakening'. Later he started composing popular bengali songs and composed
songs for nearly each and every well-known and less-well known singers. However,
there are quite a few songs I have unearthed which he had composed in other language
including Hindi, Assameese and Malayalam. Below is the list of all his non-film
basic songs. I do not promise that this list is complete. I only discovered a
few months back that 9 malayalam non-film songs were released in the early nineties.
Aparently there's also an album called 'Shivashruti' released in Kerala sometime
ago but I haven't been able to locate it yet. It sounds rather non-Salil type.
I mean Salil composing Shivashruti ?
"ab machal uthaa hai dariyaa" is an IPTA song which was frequently performed by Bombay Youth Choir. This is the only recording of the song released by HMV on a 78rpm record in the '50s.The lyrics of Song#OB4 starts exactly like that famous
Kishore song from the film 'Kinaara' (MD: RDB). The lyrics of both these songs
are by Gulzar ! Salil composed two Bengali songs with the same melody as Song#OB4.
One was sung by Sandhya Mukherjee (SM7)
for the All India Radio but no records were released for this song. The other by Sabita (SC13)
was released as a record.