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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.

Recently, I read ‘In the Company of a Poet – Gulzar in Conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir’ (2012). The book gives a bird’s eye view on the life of Gulzar – from setting his foot in Bombay (Mumbai) in mid-1950 to his continuing association with Bollywood. Before reading this book, I was under the impression that, like many others who came to Bombay to fulfill their aspirations to work in Bollywood, Gulzar was one of them. It was not so as revealed from his conversations in the book. Gulzar came to Bombay not by his own choice but as a part of his father’s plan to divide the financial responsibility of his large family following his post-partition migration from Dina (in Pakistan) to Delhi.

After staying with his step brother for some time in South Bombay, Gulzar shifted to a guest house in Chaar Bungalow area in Andheri (west) where some of the members of Progressive Writers Association (PWA) like Krishan Chandra, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Sagar Sarhadi etc. were already staying. They were all associated with Hindi film industry. Some of other members of PWA like Balraj Sahani, Khawja Ahmed Abbas, Ali Sardar Jafri, Shailendra, Majrooh Sultanpuri used to visit the guest house for attending the meeting. So most of the time, Gulzar had the company of writers and poets associated with Hindi film industry.

But the young Gulzar had different aspirations. His aim was to become a poet and writer like Mirza Ghalib and Rabindranath Tagore who were his role models. So, despite his almost daily mingling with poets and writers associated with Hindi film industry, he was not interested in working for Hindi films. As events have unfolded now, he was destined to work in Hindi film industry – an association of over 5 decades which is still continuing. How did it happen?

Shailendra and SD Burman had some creative differences over a song situation in the film ‘Bandini’ (1963). So Shailendra decided to withdraw from the film and suggested to Gulzar to meet Bimal Roy, the producer-director of the film. At first, Gulzar flatly refused to write songs for the film. It was after much persuasion (Gulzar terms it as ‘scolding’) by Shailendra that he agreed and wrote ‘Mora Gora Rang Lai Le Mujhe Shyaam Rang Dai De’ on a pre-set tune of SD Burman. Bimal Roy liked the lyrics very much. At that time, Gulzar was working as a mechanic in a garage at Byculla. Bimal Roy advised him to leave his job and become his assistant. Gulzar remained his assistant until his death in 1965.

But a superstitious SD Burman was not prepared to work with a new comer as he felt that when he worked with a new lyricist, the films failed at the box office. So he patched up with Shailendra and rest of the songs for ‘Bandini’ (1963) was written by him. This is the only song (his first, but third song in terms of the film’s year of release) he wrote for SD Burman. On the positive side, Gulzar’s first song brought together Lata Mangeshkar and SD Burman after a gap of over 3 years.

For ‘Kabuliwala’ (1961), Prem Dhawan was the lyricist. However, Bimal Roy was not happy with the lyrics of a song of a philosophical nature. So Bimal Roy entrusted the writing of lyrics for this song situation to Gulzar who had by then become his Chief Assistant Director. Thus, ‘Ganga Aaye Kahaan Se Ganga Jaaye Kahaan Re’ came from the pen of Gulzar. Later on, Gulzar came to know that it was at the instance of Prem Dhawan that Bimal Roy entrusted the song to Gulzar.
In ‘Prem Patra’ (1962), Gulzar wrote only one song ‘Saawan Ki Raaton Mein Aisa Bhi Hota Hai’. Rest of the songs were written by Rajinder Krishan. In terms of releases, however, ‘Kabuliwala’ (1961) was released first, followed by ‘Prem Patra’ (1962) and ‘Bandini’ (1963).

It is interesting to note that in the conversation, Gulzar has not even hinted that he had written songs for ‘Choron Ki Baarat’ (1960), ‘Diler Haseena’ (1960) and ‘Shriman Satyawadi’ (1960) under his then pen name ‘Gulzar Dinvi’. According to the year of release, these 3 films preceded the films mentioned in the earlier paragraph. However, he maintains that ‘Mora Gora Ang Lai Le’ for ‘Bandini’ (1963) is his first song. There must be some reason as to why he has kept silent on the songs of the earlier three films mentioned above.

Very recently, I came across a discussion on Yahoo Group’s ‘Sangeet ‘Ke Sitaare’ about Gulzar’s songs. Pavan Jha, a close friend of Gulzar who runs http://www.gulzaronline has clarified therein that Gulzar had only improvised the original lyrics written by Gulshan Bawra for three films of 1960s and much against Gulzar’s wishes, his friends had put his name in the respective films’ credit. So he would not like to take credit for those songs. Incidentally, those days, Gulzar’s short stories and poems used to get published in Urdu magazines like ‘Shama’ under his pen name of ‘Gulzar Dinvi’.

After the death of Bimal Roy, Gulzar was supported mainly by Hemant Kumar, though Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Salil Choudhury also lent their hands of support. Hemant Kumar took him as lyricist for films like ’Sannaata’ (1966), ‘Biwi Aur Makaan’ (1966), ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ (1968) ‘Khamoshi’ (1969), and ‘Raahgir’ (1969). With ‘Mere Apne’ (1971) Gulzar turned director. Thereafter he directed many films like ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Khushboo’ (1975), ‘Mausam’ (1975), ‘Aandhi’ (1975), ‘Kinaara’ (1977), ‘Kitaab’ (1977), ‘Angoor’ (1982), ‘Ijaazat’ (1988), ‘Machhis’ (1996) etc. The last film he directed was ‘Hu Tu Tu’ (1999) after which he announced that he was now done with the film production and direction. However, he continues to write lyrics for Hindi film even now.

I am presenting a song which Gulzar wrote for an unreleased film ‘Mitti Ke Dev’ (1968) from his early phase of carreer as a film lyricist. The song is ‘Shaam Se Aankh Mein Nami Nami Si Hai’ and is sung by Mukesh, set to music by Salil Chaudhary.

As per http://www.salilda.com, the film was produced by Padma Trivedi and was directed by Samir Chaudhary, Salil Chaudhary’s younger brother. Sanjeev Kumar and Anjana were in lead roles. It is said that Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh were so impressed with the film that they wanted to distribute it in Maharashtra and Rajsathan. However, before the film was released, a studio fire completely destroyed the film. There were three songs, one each written by Gulzar, Yogesh and Prem Dhawan.  Of the three, only the song under discussion survived.

While this song of Mukesh is not well known, Gulzar wrote a ghazal retaining the mukhda of the song with the the same theme which Asha Bhosle had recorded in her NFS album ‘Dil Padosi Hai’ (1987) under the music direction RD Burman. Jagjit Singh made this ghazal popular through his NFS album ‘Marasim’ (1999).

All the three singers have sung in their own style. Of course, one can see the difference between filmy and non-filmy versions in regard to the singing style and orchestrations, apart from rendering in different verses. Note how , Gulzar has used imagery in the context of ‘saans’ differently in the song and in NFS ghazal versions:

In the song :
        ajnabi si hone lagi hai aati jaati saanse
        aansoun mein khadi huyi hai roothi huyi si yaaden

In the NFS ghazal – Asha Bhosle version:
        dafn kar do hamen to saans aaye
        der se saans kuchh thami si hai

In the NFS ghazal – Jagjit Singh version:
        dafn kar do hamen ke saans miley
        nabz kuchh der se thami si hai

Enjoy a rare Mukesh song with Salil Chaudhary’s typical orchestration. And do not forget to listen to its ghazal versions of Asha Bhosle and Jagjit Singh.


Song – Shaam Se Aankh Mein Nami Si Hai (Mitti Ke Dev)(1968 UR) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD – Salil Chaudhry

Lyrics

shaam se
aankh mein
nami nami si hai
shaam se
aankh mein
nami nami si hai
aaj phir
aap ki
kami kami si hai
shaam se
aankh mein
nami nami si hai

ajnabi si hone lagi hain
aati jaati saanse
aansuon mein khadi huyi hain
roothi huyi si yaadein
ajnabi si hone lagi hain
aati jaati saanse
aansuon mein khadi huyi hain
roothi huyi si yaadein
aaj kyun
raat yun
thami thami si hai
shaam se
aankh mein
nami nami si hai

patharon ke hothon pe hamne
naam taraasha apna
jaagi jaagi aankhon mein bhar ke
soya hua sa sapna
patharon ke hothon pe hamne
naam taraasha apna
jaagi jaagi aankhon mein bhar ke
soya hua sa sapna
aankh mein
neend bhi
thami thami si hai
shaam se
aankh mein
nami nami si hai

 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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शाम से
आँख में
नमी नमी सी है
शाम से
आँख में
नमी नमी सी है
आज फिर
आप की
कमी कमी सी है
शाम से
आँख में
नमी नमी सी है

अजनबी सी होने लगी हैं
आती जाती सांसें
आंसुओं में खड़ी हुईं हैं
रूठी हुई सी यादें
अजनबी सी होने लगी हैं
आती जाती सांसें
आंसुओं में खड़ी हुईं हैं
रूठी हुई सी यादें
आज क्यों
रात यूं
थमी थमी सी है
शाम से
आँख में
नमी नमी सी है

पत्थरों की होठों पे हमने नाम
तराशा अपना
जागी जागी आँखों में भर के
सोया हुआ सा सपना
पत्थरों की होठों पे हमने
नाम तराशा अपना
जागी जागी आँखों में भर के
सोया हुआ सा सपना
आँख में
नींद भी
थमी थमी से है
शाम से
आँख में
नमी नमी सी है


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 2
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Mukesh started his singing and acting career in 1940. Madan Mohan started his composing and singing career a decade later in 1950. His first film Aankhen had some interesting trivia.
• Meena Kapoor sung her only song for Madan Mohan, the beautiful “Moree Atariyaa Pe Kaagaa Bole Moraa”.
• Madan Mohan himself sang a duet with Shamshad Begum.
• Raj Khosla, the famous director and producer has sung a rail song in this movie.
• Lata Mangeshkar was not part of this debut movie of Madan Mohan’s.
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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 1
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Naushad, Madan Mohan and SD Burman were some of the many music directors who composed songs for Mukesh. So why am I singling out these three great composers only? Read on.

I personally like to club these composers in one category as they have Mukesh songs in their initial films, but later on had huge gaps in terms of years before they accommodated him again albeit for a few songs. I would like to write three short posts on each of the combos.
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R D Burman composed over 1700 songs in Hindi movies. Only 19 of these songs had the voice of Mukesh in them.

When I came across this figure yesterday (it is mentioned in the book -R D Burman- the man the music), I looked in the blog and also searched the list of R D Burman songs in HFGK.
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“Maaya Jaal”(1962) aka “Jaadoogar” was a partially colour film (which was usual for movies of that era). This movie was directed by Babubhai Mistry for Rajhans Pictures, Bombay. This quintessential B grade movie had Ranjan, Chitra, Manhar Desai, Krishna Kumari, Pal Sharma, Mumtaz Begam, Nazeer, Shree Bhagwan, Maruti, Radhika 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. 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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The Voice of Mukesh #66
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The journey following the songs of Mukesh now enters 1955.  As we come into the time period of mid fifties and later, we are going to find more and more songs being already posted.  The songs that are remaining now are the ones which mostly are obscure, and less heard earlier.  But there is fun in filling the gaps.  And if this song is something to go by, it is a lots and lots of fun.
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This article is written by Sudhir, 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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The Voice of Mukesh #65
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The film ‘Hanuman Janam’ is a 1954 film.  It is produced by MS Pathak and Durgadas for Rani Productions, Bombay and is directed by Raja Nene.  The cast of actors includes Prem Adeeb, Ranjana, Paro, Miky, Uma Dutt, Kanta Kumari, Raj Adeeb, MS Phatak, Jugnu, Lily Kelkar, Alka, Raj Sehgal, Mohini, Avtar Kishan, Lalit Kapoor, Meera, S Prakash, Meenu, and Chandabai.  The eight songs in this film are written by SP Kalla and the music direction is by Hansraj Behl.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

I have been doing some research on the works of Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj’ – both as a poet and a lyricist for Hindi films. Being an admirer of this great poet and lyricist, I have been reading his poems that are available on the websites and also going through the available songs that he wrote for Hindi films. Suffice it to say here that he wrote over 100 songs for about 40 films during his stint in Hindi film industry. After 1975, The rate of his song writing for films had dwindled considerably since 1975, when he began to work from his home in Aligarh. The last time that he wrote a song for a film was for his close friend Dev Anand’s ‘Charge Sheet’ (2011).
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

In our day to day life we face some or the other discomforting and problematic situations, most of which get sorted out over time. The end of such situations is the beginning of happiness.

One of the discomforting situations which I have started facing in the post- retirement years is that I suddenly remember the tune of a song which I had heard quite often in my younger days on the radio but I am not able to recall the wordings or other details. I become restless until I find the song. It is by chance that I get to listen to the song on YT or on the Blog after months. And the pleasure I get in solving this kind of ‘puzzle’ is akin to attaining nirvana.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Troika of the latest century singers – Mukesh, Rafi and Kishore – 1. Mukesh
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Sometime in the middle of April 2015, I had sent two write-ups to Atul ji and coincidentally, both these write-ups were on the songs sung by Mukesh. Atul ji sent me a reply saying that for the time being, he was avoiding posting songs of Mukesh as also of Rafi who are on their way to hitting centuries of their songs in the Blog. So he reckoned that my write ups on Mukesh’s songs may have to be held back for a few days. It was apparent that articles for the special events had already been planned.

A click on ‘Some stats’ page of the Blog revealed that while Mukesh was close to attaining his 700th song, Mohammed Rafi was only one short of his 2400th song in the Blog. A further glance on this page revealed that Kishore Kumar too was also very close to hitting his 900th song. So it was rare ‘celestial’ event like that of conjunction of planets Jupiter, Venus and Mars in the triangle shape which is expected on October 28, 2015. And all the three playback singers are nothing less than celestial stars along with Talat Mehmood and Manna Dey. There was an inner urge in me to pay tributes to the troika of playback singers on this unique conjunction of century songs. A thought tickled in my mind. What if I was to select special songs for the troika of playback singers on the occasion?
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