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Kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya re

Posted on: June 26, 2014


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

THE JOY OF NFS (Song No. 8)
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Sachin Dev Burman was a titan amongst composers and singers of songs for Indian films and outside of them. Born on October 01 1906 in Comilla, about 100 kilometers from Dhaka Bangladesh, Sachin Dev Burman was a scion of the princely family of Tripura, now a state of India. His noble lineage is reflected in the grace of his musical creations spanning a period of 43 years until his death in Bombay in 1975.

Known as “Sachin Karta” to the music connoisseurs of Kolkata, “Burman Dada” as fondly called by the musicians of Bombay, “Shochin Deb Bormon” by the radio listeners of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, “S.D. Burman” by the film cine goers or simply “SD” by his “jeans” filmi fans — he created songs that bore the stamp of his inimitable genius, abounding in variety yet retaining the distinction of his style. Drawing from the vast store of folk music-forms and from the classical teachings, as the mood called for, he produced what is known as the Sachin Dev Burman music which is at once rotund, vibrant and unorthodox both in form and substance.

Burman Dada was the youngest of Nabadip Chandra Dev Burman’s five sons (and four daughters). Nabadip Chandra was the direct heir to the kingdom of Tripura when “palace politics” forced him to stay aside. An adept in playing the sitar apart from excelling in drupad singing and sculpting, it was he and his fourth son Lt. Col. Kiran Kumar, who gave Burman Dada the inspiration to delve into music. Burman Dada’s childhood gurus were two helping hands, the old Madhav who would sing passages from the Ramayana and the young Anwar his “sparring” partner in angling who would sing the Bhatialis (a type of Bangla folk song) with a “Dotara” (a folk stringed instrument).

Dada had his formal education in Comilla from where he passed his Matriculation (1920) and Intermediate (1922) examinations. After completing his B.A from Comilla Victoria College (1924) he left for Kolkata for his M.A. in English. But music was his destiny. He chose the legendry KC Dey (Manna Dey’s uncle) as his first guru in Kolkata. The great exponents of classical music of the time notably Ustad Badal Khan, Ustad Allauddin Khan and Ustad Bishwadev Chatterjee were also to become his teachers.

He first sang for All India Radio Kolkata around 1926/27 and cut his first disc as a singer cum composer in 1932. The H 11, 78 rpm disc from Hindoostan record which had a semi classical number on one side and a folk based song on the other was a super hit. A ‘star’ was born to give a new shape to the art of singing and composing, so much so, that he surpassed his contemporaries and exponents of Tagore songs, to become the highest paid singer when Bombay finally roped him in 1944.

Prior to his departure for Bombay, Burman Dada composed for a number of Bengali plays and films. His first film composition was in 1937 for “Rajgee”. However, success as a composer of film songs did not quite come because of his style of music. His musical life in Kolkata was therefore more focused to the intellectuals and connoisseurs of music. No wonder his fans ranged from musical giants like Dilip Kumar Roy, Nazrul Islam, Dhurjyoti Prasad Mukherjee and then on to the next generation like Ravi Shankar, Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Salil Chowdhury, Tapan Sinha etc.

On stage, Dada performed with Ustads like Abdul Karim Khan, Ustad Fayyaz Khan, Girija Shankar Chakrabarty in major musical conferences in Allahabad and Kolkata. It is now a matter of history that Burman Dada was also an excellent flute and tabla player besides being an outstanding sportsman (specially tennis, football, volleybal) which he had to sacrifice for his first love — music.

Dada married Meera, an accomplished singer cum dancer in 1938. Rahul Dev Burman aka Pancham was born the next year. Dada continued singing Bangla songs on a regular basis until 1971 when poor health forced him to retire. His Bangla songs continue to be a bench mark in the art of singing. Many of these songs were turned to film hits e.g. “Hum bekhudi mein tumko’,”Pholon ke rang se”, “Khai hai re humne kasam”, “Tere bin soone”, “Mehbooba tere tasvir”, “Sach kahti hai duniya”, “Neend chooraye”, ” Jaane kya tune kahi”, “Pawan diwani ” to mention a few.

Bombay had been calling Burman Dada for long, but Dada always preferred Kolkata. However, in 1944 at the request of Sasadhar Mukherjee of Filmistan, Burman finally decided to go with two films in hand Shikari (“Har din hain naya raat”) and “Aath Din”(“Ummed bhara panchi”). It is very likely that Dada chose to go to Bombay, as two of his best friends, Ajoy Bhattacharya, the lyricist and Himagsu Dutta, the composer had passed away.

But Bombay was no cake walk. Despite the musical success of Shikari and Aath Din and later on Do Bhai (“Mera Sundar sapna beet gaya”), Vidya (“Bahe na kabhi nain se neer”,Shabnam (“Yeh duniya roop ki choor”), Dada was still not considered a force. Frustrated, Burman decided to pack up for Kolkata. It was at this point Ashok Kumar put his foot down. “Compose the music for Mashaal and then you are free”. Dada took up the baton again. Mashaal was a super hit. The song ” Upar gagan vishal”, became a rage. It also launched Manna Dey in a new fold. The rest is history.

Dada struck a balance with most poets/lyricists including Kaifi Azmi (Kagaz Ke Phool), Sahir Ludhianvi (Pyaasa), Majrooh Sultanpuri (Nau Do Gyarah), Shailendra (Guide), Hasrat Jaipuri (Ziddi), Neeraj (Prem Pujari), Shakil Badayuni (Kaise Kahoon), Anand Bakshi(Aradhana).

He reigned supreme throughout his Bombay career with his wide range of compositions working with top of the line film makers like Dev Anand (he was a father figure at Navketan), Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Shakti Samanta, Promod Chakraborty, NC Sippy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee etc.

Be it a classical number or one with a folksy touch, or a cabaret piece, Dada excelled in all to become the most versatile composer of his time. As a class singer himself, Dada knew the weaknesses of all great singers and therefore could draw the best out of them; as such he gave turning points to the careers of Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhonsle, and Suman Kalyanpur. His music was sometimes art and sometimes craft.

The hallmark of Burman dada’s composition was a simple tune with a simple orchestra thereby emphasizing more on its melodic content. He never took many assignments at a time. He knew his limitations?. When the theme of a film was not suited to his composing range, he would recommend his colleagues to the producers, as he did for ” Madhumati(Salil Chowdhury), Shiv Bhakti (?) (Chitragupta) etc. He never depended on any particular artist and kept changing his singers in accordance with his/her voice quality. He tolerated no “nonsense” with his music and as a hard core professional,never allowed any of his assistants (Madan Mohan, Jaidev, Pancham, N Dutta, Meera) to make “his music”. He would always have his last say before a product was out. A perfectionist and a hard taskmaster, he recorded a song only after sufficient rehearsals.

Also, he would postpone recording until his requirements were met. Classic examples have been the postponement of the recording of “Nache mora manwa magan tikta dhighi dhighi” in Meri Surat Teri Aakhen until the arrival of Pandit Samta Prasad from Beneras or the drum from Sikkim for “Honto pe aisi baath” in Jewel Thief.

There was a time in Bombay when the lyrics were set to tune by the music directors. Dada changed the theory. The tune first, the lyrics later. Today nine out of ten songs are composed in this manner. Also for every song sequence Dada had many alternative tunes thus giving the producers a wide choice. Dada believed that the best judge of his music were the inmates of a house including the servants.

A low profile man, Dada had a profound sense of humour and wit he exposed only to his close ones. The innumerable duets he composed will give a reflection of this part of his nature. Despite his royal background, Dada led a life of austerity and simplicity. He never boasted or showed off but was always proud of his music. He was a great lover of sports and even offered to compose music for a hockey match!! Dada refereed many a game of football, volleyball in his Bombay and Agartala/ Comilla days. It is said that in his young days he was good enough to represent India in lawn tennis!! His other passion was angling!

Dada received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the Padmashree for his contribution to music apart from many other awards including a national award for singing in 1969. Earlier in 1934 in Kolkata, Dada was awarded a gold medal in All Bengal Classical Music Conference in which Ustad Fayyaz Khan, Ustad Allauddin Khan, Bishwadev Chatterjee participated. In Agartala, a bridge has been dedicated in his memory. SD Burman awards are given from Agartala every year to upcoming artists.And in Bombay Sur Singar Samsad Academy presents SD Burman awards to musicians involved in films.

Dada left for heavenly abode on October 31, 1975 after a paralytic stroke felled him a year earlier. There was a time when the royal family of Tripura criticized him for making a living out of music as it brought down the image of royalty. Dada was hurt and slowly he snapped his ties with Tripura. Today, the Tripura royal family is known for Sachin Dev Burman !!

Sachin da was a prolific writer and he had his own firm opinions on some matters. He wrote few articles in Screen and Cine Advance etc. Here are his thoughts about the importance of songs in films,as he expressed them in an article-

” The main factor in the film is its story. Everything else, including songs and background music, serve only as a fine embroidery to improve and enhance the impact and beauty of the story content. Hence it is a logical argument that if the film has a powerful and gripping script that holds the audience interest from beginning to end, then I agree that the other paraphernalia like songs, dances and even other allied embellishments are not a must.

While songless films are a rarity in Hindi, they are common on the Bengali screen. For the reason I enumerated above and because being regional films with limited markets which stands in the way of their affording costly production values, they give powerful story content instead, which balances the absence of songs in those films. There is also the case of Satyajit Ray who makes internationally acclaimed films, and most of his films don’t carry songs. As I said he compensates this with his camera work and engrossing direction.

But songs are very necessary in musical films. Even here care has to be taken in their use. If songs are not properly utilized and merged with the film as a whole, they create the hindrance which affects the continuity of the story. It is this aspect which causes all these complaints in Indian films. It’s not that the people don’t like and enjoy songs as such; it’s how they are presented in the film which matters to them while witnessing a film.

Many a time even best songs are wasted either by placing them in odd situations or by picturising them badly. People get disgusted with the results and they adopt the surgical course of saving themselves from this evil – they walk out of the auditorium and have a quick cup of tea or their puffs of smoke. The fault in this case doesn’t lie with the music director. The matter is out of his hands the moment a song is properly recorded. But even before that it is the director who decides the necessity of a song in a particular sequence. And what type or kind of songs it should be. It is also left to him whether he gets the required results after picturisation.

I personally believe that instead of placing a song in an unwanted position it should be removed entirely. An out-of-place song is the most horrible thing imaginable in a movie.

Finally the question of having songless films as a regular feature in India is a very risky proposition. In fact it’s the songs which are the main prop of an ordinary film with a weak story and inefficient direction. Even in the case of films having powerful themes, should direction lack deftness, the characters do not register properly , the sequences lack the easy flow of continuous motion; and at the same time- suppose by a stroke of luck or by calculations- the songs prove popular, they become the sole saving grace of the movie. It may save it from becoming a fantastic flop. This is the silver lining which will make songs a must in Indian films for years to come.”

(Thanks to site sdburman.com)

One special point about Dada was that he never entered the ‘Rat race’ he never ran to anyone to get work. On the contrary,to get him to do film’s music was a challenge for any producer. at the time of “Hare rama Hare Krishna”, he was very ill. With his permission, Dev Anand took RD as a MD. Dada was now tired and was inclined to refuse work offers mostly. Dada was very fond of ‘Paan’. Knowing this,one producer tried to get him by giving him Paan,and putting him in his car. dada,while chewing Paan, was so upset with the contineous chatter of the Producer,that at one point,he stopped the car,first cleared his mouthful and then said to the producer,” You are not even allowing me to enjoy my Paan. I dont want to do your film.’. Dada took a Taxi and returned home.

When dada died,his assistant Jagmohan Bakshi,kept few Paans near his body. it was the same Jagmohan whom Dada gave an opprtunity to sing for Dev Anand in Taxi Driver. In ‘Baazi’, he gave Kishore kumar the first opportunity to sing for Dev,with ‘mere labon pe dekho’. But dada never became a prisoner of any one singer for any one actor. he used Rafi,manna Dey,talat and hemant kumar for Dev Anand. It was dada,who re launched Shamshad begum with songs of Bahar-51. he used geeta,meena kapoor,Arunkumar,sandhya Mukherjee and Mubarak begum. After Lata stopped singing his songs,he took Asha and continued his Victory march. He did not become “C.Ramchandra”.Rafi with naushad and Kishore with Dada were very intense and effective.

In the cut throat competition,Dada operated for almost 30 years with self respect,melody and paan !

He sang about 14 songs in Hindi films and about 13 Non Film Songs in Hindi. Let us hear one melodious NFS from S.D.Burman. Enjoy….


Song-Kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya re (S D Burman NFS) Singer-S D Burman

Lyrics

kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya re
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya aaya
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya re
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
nas nas mein kaisa ye pyaar chhaaya re
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

nainon mein chanchal adaayen liye
zulfon mein kaali ghataayen liye
nainon mein chanchal adaayen liye
zulfon mein kaali ghataayen liye
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

man mein tarangen uthhaata hua
soyi umangen jagaata hua
man mein tarangen uthhaata hua
soyi umangen jagaata hua
bhoola hua geet gaata hua
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

jee bhar ke hansne do rone do aaj
phir bichhde moti pirone do aaj
jee bhar ke hansne do rone do aaj
phir bichhde moti pirone do aaj
zulfon ki chhaaon mein sone do aaj
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

zamaana kahin roothh jaaye na phir
ye sapna kahin toot jaaye na phir
zamaana kahin roothh jaaye na phir
ye sapna kahin toot jaaye na phir
ye aanchal yoonhi chhoot jaaye na phir
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

palat doona qismat ki dhaaron ko main
ubhhaaroonga doobe sitaaron ko main
palat doona qismat ki dhaaron ko main
ubhhaaroonga doobe sitaaron ko main
mana loonga jaati bahaaron ko main
kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya
kaun aaya aa aa
kaun aaya

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1 Response to "Kaun aaya sapnon mein kaun aaya re"

Arunji,
Thank you for the wonderful romantic NF song. Wonderful lyrics too. I was trying to find the name of the lyricist for some time. No luck yet. Can you or somebody help?

Needless to say the write-up was in tandem with your reputation. Full of information.

Prior to Rajgee (1937), S D Burman had composed music for two Bengali films, both released in 1935. Both were short feature films, the first one was Sanjher Pradip and the second was Sudurer Priya. The first one was released along with Biraha and the second with Prafulla. S D Burman rendered two songs in each of the films (Hindusthan Records H-266 and H-305). The lyrics for three of the songs were penned by his friend Ajay Bhattacharya and the other song, Nishithe jayo phulabane was penned by the poet Jasimuddin. The original Sufi composition was penned by Sheikh Banu and S D Burman impressed upon poet Jasimuddin to change a few lines to convert it into a romantic song.

In some places I found the name of Bhishmadeb (pronounced is Bengalee as Bhishhadeb) Chattopadhyay as the Joint music director for the film Rajgee. But the publicity material of Kamala Talkies clearly mentions that Bhismadeb composed the background music and the songs were composed by Sachin Dev Burman.

By the way the song Kaun aya sapnon me was recorded in the year 1947, I believe. Prior to 1947 all the songs recorded by S D Burman was with Hindusthan. Probably in the year 1930, when S D Burman was hardly 25 years, he approached HMV for recording. But he failed the audition test and he was informed that his nasal voice will not be accepted by the listeners! But on the recommendation of Naru Thakur, a common friend of both S D Burman and C C Saha, owner of Hindusthan Records, he recorded two songs that year. That was the record (H 11, 78 rpm disc) mentioned by you. It had the Khambaj based song ‘E pathe esho priyo’, written by Shailen Ray, on one side and the folk based composition ‘Dake Kokil roj bihane’, penned by Hemendra Ray on the other side. Both were instant hits. Later after some years HMV approached S D Burman, but he turned down their offer. Only in 1947 he relented and agreed to record his songs with HMV. That year he recorded eight Hindi songs including the one posted by you.

Thanks once again Arunji.

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