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Meri aayin hain teen bhaabhiyaan

Posted on: July 12, 2011


In my teen and pre teen days, I was a cricket enthusiast. In addition to doing the usual thing line playing it and listening to its radio commentary, I was also into maintaining cricket records. Personal computers were obviously not invented them, and I kept my records manually on registers. I had several thick registers with me, and the scores of all test matches played til them was available with me, and I had collected all these records by painstakingly culling records from many publications. When a new test match began (that was the only form of international cricket back then), I already knew what record was likely to get made in that match. Those were the days when centuries, especially centuries by Indian cricketers were rare. Also, hitting sixes was a rare phenomenon. One Indian player called Salim Durrani had hit a six sometime in 1972 and based on that one six, he was touted in Indian magazines as Mr Sixer.

These days, I no longer maintain cricket records. We already have such records being maintained by professional cricket sites. But I find that these days I am maintaining similar records for Hindi movie songs that I am discussing. And the suggestion for maintaining these song statistics came from Raja, who also grew up with similar passion for cricket and Hindi movies in a neighbouring state in the eastern parts of the country those days.

Once the statistics were ready, I found them really useful. Earlier, I only monitored centuries of songs in the blog (the idea must have come from cricket, I am sure), but I began to realise that individual artists (singers, lyricists, music directors) can also have their individual centuries. That way, most artists are like batsmen/bowlers and a few more prolific ones like Lata, Rafi etc are like Tendulkar and Lara. And these days we have begun celebrating these individual centuries in the blog too.

Here is yet another individual century. And I am quite pleased about this.

This century is notched up by Husnlal Bhagatram. They were the first ever music director duo of Hindi movies, and it is this music director duo who started the trend of composing music as a team. The two of them were brothers, and their elder brother Pt Amarnath was a music director too.

Husnlal Bhagatram came in early 1940s before the golden era of Hindi movie music began and they continued till 1960s, though they had begun to get upstahed by other music directors by 1950s.

Today, Husnlal Bhagatram may not be well known among many music lovers, but they were pioneers in the field of Hindi movie music, and they were hugely popular in 1940s. It is Husnlal Bhagatram who first composed Punjabi style lilting music which was later adopted by many other music directors viz O P Nayyar, Laxmikant Pyarelal etc.

1949 is the year that saw the emergence of the next pair of music directors, viz Shankar Jaikishan, who created waves with “Barsaat”(1949), but this was also the year when Husnlal Bhagatram came up with superlative and hugely popular musical scores in movies like “Amar Kahaani”, “Badi Behan”, “Baalam”, “Hamari Manzil,” “Jal Tarang”, “Naach”, “Raakhi”, “Saawan Bhaadon” etc. The songs of “Badi Behan” were a regular fixture at Radio Ceylon’s ‘Putraani filmon ke geet” for years.

Husnlal Bhagatram began their career as music directors in 1944 with “Chaand” and what superlative music this movie had ! And they continued to give wonderful music for the next two decades, though the volume of their output dried up in the later half of 1950s.

Overall they gave music in 50 movies, so one can guess that they may have composed nearly 500 songs in their career. Songs from 27 of these movies are represented in this blog. 100 songs out of about 500 means that this blog has about 20 % of all songs that the duo composed.

This 100th song is a wonderful light hearted song. I first became aware of this song a few weeks ago, but I was saving this song for this occasion.

This lovely song is from “Ham Ek Hain” (1946) which is also the debut movie of Dev Anand (and also Rehman and Rehana). In this song, the three boys, Dev Anand, Rehman and Rane, who belong to different religions but are brought up like sons by Durga Khote) get married to three girls of the respective religions. The daughter of Durga Khote, receives her three bhaabhis by singing these songs and the three bhaabhis also sing back.

In this delightful song, the nanad sings in Amirbai Karnataki’s voice, whereas the three bhaabhis sing in Zohrabai Ambalewaali’s voice. P L Santoshi has written the fun lyrics of this song.

Here is this awesome fun song from “Ham Ek Hain” (1946). Enjoy this 100th composition of Husnlal Bhagatram in this blog.

I request the knowledgeable readers to help identify the ladies who play the three bhaabhis as well as the lady playing the nanad.

Translation for those not familiar with the Saas Bahu lingo:
nanad=sister of husband, bhaabhi= wife of brother


Song-Meri aayin hain teen bhaabhiyaan (Ham Ek Hain) (1946) Singers-Amirbai Karnataki, Zoharbai Ambalewali, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain teen bhaabhiyaan
teen bhaabhiyaan

ek bindiyaa jhumke waali
ek chaand-sitaare waali
ek mem kahaane waali
meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain teen bhaabhiyaan

ghoonghatwaa ki ot mein
ghoonghatwaa ki ot mein
ik bhaiyyaa se kuchh bole
haan-haan bhaiyyaa se kuchh bole
dekho bhaiyyaa se kuchh bole

taaj pahan kar doosri
taaj pahan kar doosri
begam ban kar dole
haan-haan begam ban kar dole
dekho begam ban kar dole

aur titli ban kar teesri
git-pit git-pit
git-pit git-pit
git-pit git-pit bole
haan git-pit git-pit bole
meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain teen bhaabhiyaan

meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
apne bhaiyyaa se mujhko mangaa do kade
apne bhaiyyaa se mujhko mangaa do kade
heere jade haan-haan moti jade
heere jade haan-haan moti jade
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa

meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
apne bhaiyyaa se hamko mangaa do naqaab
apne bhaiyyaa se hamko mangaa do naqaab
chhupaakar karogi kyaa apnaa shabaab
chhupaakar karogi kyaa apnaa shabaab
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa

meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
meri nanadiyaa pyaari nanadiyaa
apne brother se hamko
apne brother se hamko
mangaao lemon juice (?)
how sweet how sweet you lemon juice (?)
haa haa haa haa haa
haa haa haa haa haa
haa haa haa haa haa

meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain teen bhaabhiyaan
meri aayi hain ho
meri aayi hain teen bhaabhiyaan

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3 Responses to "Meri aayin hain teen bhaabhiyaan"

Atul ji,

Awesome is the word. To get to see a collection of 100 songs from this composer duo at one place is quite an achievement.

Congratulations. :)

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks. Indeed collection of 100 songs of Husnlal Bhagatram is awesome. I look forward to the days when other older generation artists too will have their own centuries here.

Wow! What a fantastic achievement to get 100 songs of Husnlal-Bhagatram. I first heard of them sometime in the late 1970s when I listened to a Mukesh song on radio and the announcer mentioned this duo as the composer duo. Later I read an article about them too.

What a lovely song this is! Never heard it before – and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it just now. What a gem! Great discovery!

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