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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

I had listened to most of the audio clips of Begum Akhtar’s ghazals and other semi-classical songs uploaded on YT. She had rendered ghazals of many well known Urdu poets like Ghalib, Mir, Daagh, Momin Khan Momin, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Jigar Moradabadi, Firaq Ghorakhpuri, Behzad Lucknowi etc. In the later part of her singing carrier, she sang ghazals of the then emerging poets like Shamim Jaipuri, Shakeel Badayuni, Kaifi Azmi, Sudarshan Faakir, Amir Qabalbash etc. Jigar Moradabadi was one of her favourite poets. Begum Akhtar started singing his ghazal sometime in the second half of 30s when Jigar was already popular among the mushiara audience because of his captivating style of rendering his poetry. Because of his popularity, he was called ‘people’s poet’.

Begum Akhtar fell in love with Jigar Moradabadi’s Diwan when she first started reading it for selecting a few ghazals for composition and renditions in the concerts. From the poetry, she surmised that the poet must be a romantic person. Eventually, she fell in love with him without even meeting him. At one time, she used to sing only his ghazals in concerts with great fondness. Despite requests from the audience for singing some other poets’ ghazals, she would shrug off by saying that she had prepared to sing only his ghazals.

Her ‘crush’ for Jigar Moradabadi was so intense that one day after finding out Jigar’s residential addressed, she sent him a letter expressing her admiration of his Diwan and proposing to marry him. She said ‘you are a poet and I am a singer. We should unite and make a great couple’. Jigar Moradabadi sent his reply telling her that she had only read his Diwan but had not seen him. He advised her not to dream about looking at him as he was not the one suited to be her lover. The reference to ‘not to look at him’ was a pointer to the fact that Jigar Moradabadi did not consider himself to be a good looking person. On the day she received his ‘letter of rejection’ one of the ghazals she sang in her concert was a gloomy ghazal of Ghalib:

Ye na thhi hamaari kismat ke visaal-e-yaar hota
Agar aur jeete rehte yehi intezaar hota

[I was not fortunate to join with my beloved.
If I had lived longer, it would have been an endless wait.]
Note: The source of the anecdote mentioned above is ‘Ae Mohabbet… Reminiscing Begum Akhtar’ written by Prof. Rita Ganguli, one of her senior disciples.

Jigar Moradabadi remained one of her favourite poets and she continued to sing his ghazals until her death in October 1974.

I have selected for this write-up one of Jigar Moradabadi’s ghazals which she composed and sang in the concerts during the days of her ‘crush’ for the Poet. The ghazal is ‘koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan’. Begum Akhtar had composed this ghazal and sang in concerts sometime in latter half of 30s, but it was recorded for HMV sometime in early 50s (Record No. N.88304). Five out of 19 couplets of the ghazal have been included in the record version to fit in 78 RPM disc space.

Enjoy this khushnuma (joyous) ghazal in a sonorous voice of Begum Akhtar in her birth centenary year 2014.


Song-Koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan (Begam Akhtar NFS)(1950) Singer-Begam Akhtar, Lyrics-Jigar Muradabadi

Lyrics

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa
aa aa aa aa
koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan
koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan
laakh balaayen aen
laakh balaayen
ek nasheman
laakh balaayen
ek nasheman
koi ye keh de

phool khile hain gulshan gulshan
an an
lekin apna apna daaman
lekin apna apna daaman
koi ye keh de

aaj na jaaaane
raaz ye kyaa hai
ae ae ae
hijr ki raat aur itni raushan
hijr ki raat aur itni raushan
koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan

rahmat hogi ee
aa ee eee
taalib e isyaan
rashk karegi paaki e daaman
rashk karegi paaki e daaman
koi ye keh de

kaaaanthon kaa bhi
haq hai kuchh aakhir
kaun chhudaaye apna daaman
kaun chhudaaye apna daaman
kaun chhudaaye
koi ye keh de gulshan gulshan
ko…i

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Meaning of some words used in the ghazal

Laakh balaayen = Plenty of trouble
Nasheman = Nest, Resting place
Hijr ki raat = Night of separation
Rahmat = Mercy, Clemency
Taalib-e-isyaan = candidate/aspirant for rebellion
Rashk = Envy
Paaki-e-damaan = sanctity or purity of character

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This article is written by AK, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a first time 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.

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations ––43 (Post number 9998)
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How do you feel when a family member achieves something spectacular? Atul is my family, not only as a fellow blogger, but also because both of us started our professional career at the same Institute. This was a small, beautiful, self-contained place, tucked away in a town back of beyond, at the foothills of a hill (which was literally called पहाड़ी). This Institute was a British creation in 1927, with exceptional facilities thrown in: indoor swimming pool, indoor badminton court, squash court, tennis courts, football field, table tennis, billiards table, lounge, dark room for photography (the world was not digital then), and a huge golf course just outside the complex. Four years of our most exciting young days in this ambience, the life-style, and the traditions created a strong life-long bond with the Institute, and among the alumni. As I entered a few years earlier, I am especially delighted by the awesome achievement of my younger brother, The Incomparable Atul. As he completes the magical number of 10,000 posts I convey my heartiest congratulations to him and all the regular contributors who have made it possible.
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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 27
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Avinash Scrapwala is one of the “newer” contributors to the blog. He seems to have discovered the blog in june 2011 but decided to become a lyrics contributor only in late august 2012. His first lyrics contribution that appeared in the blog was Pyaar ka badla mujhe dekho kaisa mila (Ye Hai Zindagi)(1977). This song was a nice song containing the old world message of being content with one’s fate and staying humble despite becoming successful. If one looks at the lyrics contributions of Avinash Scrapwala, a good number of these songs are philosophical songs, inspirational songs, songs with a message etc. -feel good songs in brief that have a therapeutic effect on the listeners- what I also call “mental massage” songs. :)
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This article is written by nahm, 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.

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 18
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The occasion is upon us. It is the 10000 song milestone in the blog. A celebration of a trail, which one wishes never ends till the end of days.

Ek ravish pe chalen kuchh nishaan chhoden
Rahe na rahen hum, naghme sadaa rahen

And here I am trying not to be emotional and be the usual matter of fact self. I dont know where this post is to fit with all the planned special posts for the grand event.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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.

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 16
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This Non-Film Raaga Maala is by Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammed Hussain. The composition is unique and very complex. The two brothers have incorporated 9 different ragas in each Antara (total 18 ragas in two antaras). Each time they mention a raga, they sing that verse in that particular raga. It is very admirable that the duo has written the lyrics themselves.
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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 VIBRANT 40s(Episode No. 10)
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Shakespeare said many things. Many of his sayings became quotable quotations. One of these was-” What is there in a Name ? A Rose called by any name, will smell just as fragrant ‘.
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“Rajput” (1951) was directed by Lekhraj Bhakri for Jubilee Pictures. The movie had Jairaj, Suraiya, Sapru, Kuldip Kaur, Maruti, Randhir, Shakuntala et in it.
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“Arabian Nights” (1946 was directed by Niren Lahiri for P R Productions. The movie had Kanan Devi, Asit Baran, Nawab, Molina, Robin Majumdar, Sundar, Devi Mukherji, Hiralal etc in it.
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“Gajre” (1948) was an Allied Arts Production movie. It was directed by R D Mathur. The movie had Motilal, Suraiya, Agha, Nihal, Sangeeta, Geeta Nizami, Sankatha Prasad, Murad etc in it.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Before the advent of cinemas in India, Parsi theatres played the role of a catalyst for transmitting social, historical, political and religious messages to the people at large. The owners of theatres were rich and educated Parsis. Alfred Theatrical Company of Bombay (Mumbai) and Madan Theatres Ltd. in Calcutta (Kolkata) were two of the prominent theatre companies. With the successful staging of some of the plays by these two theatre companies, the audience from all the strata of the society and of different religious background started patronising the plays. The themes of the plays were diversified to cater the needs of the audience. With this, the theatre companies were always looking for play writers and stage actors.
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