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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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 Wonderful Sounds of 1930s – 2
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Almost eighty years ago – ‘Miss Frontier Mail’ from way back in 1936. The caricatures in the video clip stand testimony to the pioneers of Hindi cinema. This is the famous original stunt film from the house of Wadia Movietone, featuring the famous fearless Nadia, the queen of stunt films in the 30s and 40s.

The film is produced and directed by Homi Wadia. The name of the lyricist is lost in antiquity, at least for now. The music direction is by Master Mohammed. The star cast includes Nadia, Gulshan, Sardar Mansoor, Sayaani ‘Aatish’, John Cowas, Jaal Khambatta, Meenu the Mystic, Master Jaidev, Bashir Qawwaal. A very interesting side note here. A footnote in the Geet Kosh confirms that the name Master Jaidev listed in here is none other than Jaidev, the music director, appearing as a child artist, way back in 1936. This film is one of the seminal productions and a trendsetter in the stunt genre. The following brief description of the film is adapted from the material available on the internet.

Savita, aka Miss 1936, is an amateur hunter while her brother Jayant is an amateur film-maker. Their father, Maganlal, is arrested for the murder of a station-master. He is defended by their uncle Shyamlal, who is in fact the mysterious Signal X. Shyamlal causes a major train smash-up so as to promote his new airline. He then implicates the hero Sunder, son of the railway president, in the crime. Savita overcomes the nasty Signal X, whose henchmen are caught on film by Jayant as they sabotage a bridge. Nadia indulges in extensive fist-fights, set to heavy sound effects, and a famous hand-to-hand battle alongside Sunder atop a moving train.

The film has four songs in all, and the interesting thing is that all the four songs are filmed in the same setting, in what looks like the lounge room of a bar. The set of actors in all four songs are also more or less the same. The singer of this song is identified as Bashir Qawwaal, very apparently the central figure in the scene, seated on the only table in the room, very energetically playing the harmonium in front of him. And singing this piece. There is a motley crew of characters filling in the frame. The most prominent is the plump fellow with a thick moustache and hat to start with, sitting front and center in the frame. The hat comes off as the lady with the cigarette appears. The scene is of a club room or a bar, and the people in the frame are in various degrees of inebriation. Our mustached friend is clearly tipsy, as he tries to follow the pace and the rhythm of the song, with some zany action, which I am inclined to believe, are unrehearsed and impromptu. His actions, and the overall scenario, is nothing less than hilarious. The only person serious is probably the singer Bashir himself, concentrating on getting the song correct. Our mustached friend is Meenu, the Mystic. In the frame, there is also this bullying female person, incessantly smoking away. Clearly, it was the time when the health warnings about the dangers of smoking and drinking, were unheard of.

It is very apparent that this song is being performed live by the on screen performers – it is not in playback mode. Playback singing had already been pioneered in 1935, but it appears that it took some time for the concept and the techniques to catch on across all centers and all studios. This makes the rendition of the song all the more interesting, as one sees how the singing and the action in the frame is coordinated. Considering this aspect, one can begin to appreciate the scale of difficulty in capturing such performances live on celluloid. The pre recorded song in case of playback scenario, does makes shooting of the songs somewhat simpler. So, another interesting dimension to consider as you watch this video clip. This one of the rare films for which the video is available. It comes from Wadia Movietone, one of the companies that has taken good care to preserve their creations.

So here is one of the oldest available video clips of a Hindi film song. And what immense fun it is. View, listen and enjoy.

Song – Bhar Bhar Ke Jaam Pilaa De Bahaar Aayi (Miss Frontier Mail) (1936) Singer – Bashir Qawwaal, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Master Mohammed

Lyrics

aaaa aaaaa aaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaaaa. .e

raah e maikhaana bataa dena mujhe
aur koi raste se lagaa dena mujhe
tere maikhaane ka sadqa saaqia
ek do saaghar pila dena mujhe

bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
bhar bhar ke jaam pila
pila de saaqia
pila de saaqia. .aa. .aa bahaar aayi

aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
aisi pilaa de
aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi

mai ka piaala. .aa pilaa saaqi
aur naam tera ho jaaye
saaqi
naam tera ho jaaye
saaqi naam tera ho jaaye
saaqi naam tera ho jaaye
saaqi naam tera ho jaaye

roomat jhoomat lot jaaun yahaan
roomat jhoomat lot jaaun
maston ko behka dena zaraa
maston ko behka dena zaraa
de de hamen bhi nazraana
de de hamen bhi nazraana
bahaar aayi
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
aisi pilaa de
mastaana banaa de saaqi
mastaana banaa de
aisi pilaa de
aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
aisi pilaa de
mast banaa de
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
bhar bhar ke jaam pila de bahaar aayi
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ

राह ए मैखाना बता देना मुझे
और कोई रास्ते से लगा देना मुझे
तेरे मैखाने का सदका साकीया
एक दो साग़र पिला देना मुझे

भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई
भर भर के जाम पिला
पिला दे साक़िया
पिला दे साक़िया॰ ॰आ॰ ॰आ बहार आई

ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
ऐसी पिला दे
ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई

मय की पियाला॰ ॰आ पिला साक़ी
और नाम तेरा हो जाये
साकी
नाम तेरा हो जाये
साकी नाम तेरा हो जाये
साकी नाम तेरा हो जाये
साकी नाम तेरा हो जाये

रूमत झूमत लोट जाऊन यहाँ
रूमत झूमत लोट जाऊन
मस्तों को बहका देना ज़रा
मस्तों को बहका देना ज़रा
दे दे हमें भी नज़राना
दे दे हमें भी नज़राना
बहार आई
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई

ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
ऐसी पिला दे
मस्ताना बना दे साक़ी
मस्ताना बना दे
ऐसी पिला दे
ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
ऐसी पिला दे
मस्त बना दे
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई
भर भर के जाम पिला दे बहार आई


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Today (5 january 2014) is the 33rd death anniversary of C Ramchandra (12 january 1918-5 january 1982). He was one of the earlier pioneers of HFM and his contributions in enriching and adding variety to it is second to none. He one one the earlier music directors to adopt western music in HFM. And at the same time, he also composed songs based on folk music as well as those based on classical music. And he was a decent singer as well who sang over one hundred songs as a playback singer. And he could deliver under very tight schedules. He composed all the songs of “Aazaad” (1955) in just a few days and that too without compromising on their quality.
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This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

I have just found a Rafi-Lata duet, from the film “Naach Ghar”. This is a film released in 1959, with N. Datta as Music Director and Saahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist. This movie seems to be full of duets, with as many as four Lata-Rafi duets, one Asha – Rafi and one Geeta Dutt- Rafi.
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This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

“naseeb dar pe ter aazmaane aaya hoon” is a song from film ‘Deedar”(1951), which I found again just now. And to find a link with HD restored video clip made me doubly happy. The print is looking as good as new. This song is like one of those cherished childhood friends whom we remember every now and then. With fond memories of fighting, playing and generally enjoying the innocence of those times. What i miss most about that era is the general sense of freedom. Free to live and breath, to think, to say and hear and to form opinions and impressions. Also to like and dislike giving no thought to personal gain and loss.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

A wonderful ghazal, presented in qawaali style of singing, and sung and performed by Kishore Kumar. Some combination you might say. Yes, the results are appealingly captivating. Well at least for Meena Kumari on screen, who appears to be completely bowled over by this roadside performance by the simple looking and freewheeling Kishore Kumar.
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“Mangu” (1954) was produced by Sheikh Mukhtaar and directed by M A Ansari. The movie had Sheikh Mukhtar, Nigar Sultana, Aroon, Mukri, Ansari, Sheila Ramani etc in it.
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“Kaala Paani” (1958) was a Navketan International Production movie. It was directed by Raj Khosla. the movie had Dev Anand, Madhubala, Nalini Jaywant, Sapru, Agha, Nazir Hussain, Krishan Dhawan, Dhiraj, Mukri, Pravin Paul, Heera Sawant, Bir Sakuja, Kishore Sahu, Rashid Khan etc in it.
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In Hindi movies of the golden era, there was this common enough situation where the lead pair would carry out their romantic pursuits silently without even talking, and obviously without even singing a song. So what would happen in such circumstances ? Very conveniently, a two to three persons troupe would appear on the road (one carrying a harmonium- compulsory, other carrying a dholak-optional, but desirable, and a female dancer- highly desirable, but often optional)and they would sing a song, and the words of the songs would express the feelings of the shy duo.
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“Oomar Qaid” (1961) is a movie produced by Super pictures and directed by Aspi Irani. This B grade movie had actors like Sheikh Mukhtar, Sudhir, Nazima, Helen, Mukri, Hiralal, Sulochana, Mohan Choti, Jeevankala etc in it.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai
aaj phir marne ka irada hai

No better words to express the exuberance and the playfulness of a liberated spirit. A poet’s dream and life’s illustration in reality, all anxieties and caution thrown to the winds and the desires to live the life the way it should be. These words from the pen of Shailendra, and numerous other such gems, of all moods and flavors, embellish the Hindi film screen for 160+ films across two decades. A poet par excellence, Shailendra was a rebel spirit meshed in a romantic mould, whose understanding and expression of human emotions and situations is second to none.
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