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It is generally believed that the playback singing career of Mohammed Rafi really took off on a sustainable basis after his songs in ‘Baiju Bawra’ (1952) became very popular. I had been carrying an impression that the year 1949 was a watershed in Rafi’s playback singing career. Probably I got this impression due to a number of his film songs I came across on YT released in 1949. To check my ‘hypothesis’, I have attempted an exercise on Rafi’s Hindi film songs during 1944-50. The starting year 1944 was taken as Mohammed Rafi got his first song as a playback singer in 1944. The end year was selected as 1950 just to know as to what was Rafi’s performance as a playback singer after 1949 which is the year I believe to be an important year in shaping his career graph.

For this exercise, first I thought of using Rafi Songs’ Excel Sheet but since the songs were listed there as per the alphabetical order of the films, I found it difficult to cull out the year-wise songs. So I relied on http://www.myswar.com where I could change the display of songs into singer-wise songs, one artist at a time. So I prepared a list of all the songs sung by Mohammed Rafi, year wise. The list prepared from this source was rechecked with Rafi Excel Sheet. There were few discrepancies in these two sources which I have rectified in my list to the best of my knowledge after checking from other sources including this Blog. The broad outcome of this exercise is tabulated below:

Year No. of songs No. of Films No. of MDs
1944 3 1 1
1945 10 6 5
1946 38 18 14
1947 24 14 13
1948 52 25 21
1949 121 49 21
1950 93 38 18
Total 341 151

It is apparent from the table that the year 1949 was indeed an important year in shaping Rafi’s playback singing career. As compared with his performance in 1948, he had not only more than doubled his output of songs but also nearly doubled the number of Hindi films he got to sing in 1949. However, there was a moderate set back in his song output in the following year (1950). One of the reasons could be the fact that in the year 1950, the total Hindi film released had come down to 111 from a high of 157 in 1949.

Having done this exercise, I could get some other statistics concerning Mohammed Rafi’s Hindi film songs. First, the broad category wise distribution of Mohammed Rafi’s 341 songs is as under:

Category Numbers
Solos 132
Duets 169
3 or more singers 40
Total 341

Mohammed Rafi’s first solo song in Hindi film was ‘ae dil-e-naakaam tamanna’ from ‘Hamaara Sansaar (1945) under the music Direction of Pt. Govind Ram. His first duet song was ‘topiwaale babu ne’ with Amirbai Karnataki in ‘Kul Kalank’ (Jeevan Chhaaya, 1945). His sang his first song with Zohrabai Ambaalewali together with Shamshad Begum in ‘Hamaara Sansaar’ (1945).

Second, the top 5 singers with whom Mohammed Rafi sang duet songs during the period under review are as under:

Singers No. of songs
Shamshad Begum 46
Lata Mangeshkar 30
Geeta Roy (Dutt) 16
Suraiya 16
Amirbai Karnataki 11
Other singers 50
Total 169

As I had expected, Mohammed Rafi sang the maximum number of duets with Shamshad Begum during the period under review in keeping with her status at that time, being one of the top female playback singer. In the category of ‘other singers’, Beenapani Mukherjee, Mohantara Talpade, Lalita Deulkar, Surinder Kaur, Chitalkar, Shyam Kumar, Mukesh, G M Durrani, Khan Mastana, K L Saigal etc were other singers.

Third, it was observed that during 1944-50, Mohammed Rafi topped the list among the top 6 male playback singers who were senior to him:

Playback Singers Hindi Film songs rendered during 1944-50
Mohammed Rafi 341
Mukesh 151
G M Durrani 137
Chitalkar (C Ramchandra) 86
Khan Mastana 51
Manna Dey 50

I have not worked out the year-wise performance of the playback singers listed above. But on the basis of some sample checks, I get an impression that Mohammed Rafi overtook Mukesh and G M Durrani from 1948. Probably the popularity of Rafi’s duet song yahan badla wafa ka bewafai ke siwa kya hai in ‘Jugnu’ (1947) may have played an important role for him to get more playback singing assignments subsequently at the cost of G M Durrani. It is interesting to note that during this period, the number of songs rendered by Mohammed Rafi exceeded the combined number of songs rendered by Mukesh and G M Durrani who were his close competitors.

Finally, the statistics of Mohammed Rafi’s Hindi film songs during 1944-50 also bring out some interesting information in regard to the music directors of his songs:

Number of songs
Music Director 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 Total
Husnlal-Bhagatram - - - 1 1 22 27 51
Hansraj Bahl - - - - 6 13 16 35
C Ramchandra - - 3 8 5 9 4 29
Naushad 3 - 2 - 1 13 6 25
Shyam Sundar - 1 - - 3 9 - 13
Pt. Govind Ram - 4 3 1 1 1 3 13
S N Tripathi - - 3 - 3 1 3 10
Ghulam Mohammed - - - - 2 5 3 10
Feroz Nizami - 3 4 2 - - - 9
Chitragupt - - - - - - 9 9

Even though during the period under review, he had sung the highest number songs under the baton of Husnlal-Bhagatram, it was Naushad, Pt Govindram, Feroz Nizami and C Ramchandra who played important roles in shaping the playback singing career of Mohammed Rafi in the early phase. His first Hindi film song was recorded under the music direction of Shyam Sundar for ‘Village Girl’ (1945), but his song ‘Hindustan Ke ham hain Hindustan hamaara’ from ‘Pahle Aap’ (1944) was first released under the music direction of Naushad.

During this period Mohammed Rafi had also worked with music directors like Sudhir Phadke, Vasant Desai, Datta Davjekar, Prem Nath, A R Qureshi, Shankar Rao Vyas, Ghulam Haider, Hari Prasana Das, Hanuman Prasad, Vinod etc. Surprisingly, during this period, he had only one song composed by one of the most prolific Music Directors of that period – Anil Biswas (Beqasoor, 1950).

During the course of this exercise, I had to refer to YT for some of Rafi’s songs for rechecking the information. I came across many songs from the period under review which are yet to be covered in the Blog. I have selected one of such songs ‘zahe kismat teri mehfil se jo paigaam aaya hai’ from the film CHILMAN (1949). In some places the name of the film has been mentioned as ‘JANNAT’ (1949). In http://www.myswar.com, both these films are listed separately with 10 songs shown under ‘Chilman’ and 12 songs ( i.e., two additional songs) shown under ‘Jannat’.
(Note from Atul- According to HFGK, 10 out of 12 songs of “Jannat” appeared in “Chilman” as well. The record numbers of the same songs were however different for both movies, which meant that different records were issued for the same songs belonging to the two movies)

The song is sung by Mohammed Rafi under the baton of Hanuman Prasad. While under ‘Chilman’ the name of the lyricist of this song is not mentioned, the name of M K Chhibber has been mentioned against this song under ‘Jannat. I had seen the film poster of ‘Jannat’ (1949) on a website which shows that the film was produced by M K Chhibber under the banner of Orient Sound Studios and directed by M Changezey. The names of the actors indicated on the poster are Ajit, Rehana, Balam, Hamid, S Raj and Pritma (Pratima?). I had not heard of both these films and the songs until I came across this song. One song under ‘Chilman’ has been covered in the Blog.

Only audio clip of the song is available. But being a typical Rafi song, one can get a feel of the visual without needing the video clip.


Song-Zahe kismat teri mehfil se jo paighaam aaya hai (Chilman)/(Jannat)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-M K Chhibbar MD-Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

zahe kismat
zahe kismat
zahe kismat teri mehfil se jo paighaam aaya hai
mareez-e- ishq ki khaatir shifhaa ka jaam aaya hai
mareez-e-ishq ki khaatir shifaa ka jaam aaya hai

ye jazb-e-ishq hai mera ke tere husn ka sadka
ke tere husn ka sadka
ye jazb-e-ishq hai mera ke tere husn ka sadka
ke tere husn ka sadka
zahe e dil mein lahu ugla jo tera naam aaya hai
zahe dil mein lahu ugla jo tera naam aaya hai

lagaa teer-e-mohabbat jab dua nikli mere dil se
dua nikli mere dil se
lagaa teer-e-mohabbat jab dua nikli mere dil se
dua nikli mere dil se
tumhaari yaad rangeen ka mujhe inaam aaya hai
tumhari yaad rangeen ka mujhe inaam aaya hai

unhi ne khat likha majboor hokar soz-e- ulfat se ae
soz-e- ulfat se
unhi ne khat likha majboor hokar soz-e- ulfat se ae
soz-e- ulfat se
mera dard-e-jigar aakhir ko mere kaam aaya hai
mera dard-e-jigar aakhir ko mere kaam aaya hai
zahe kismat
zahe kismat
zahe kismat teri mehfil se jo paighaam aaya hai

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There are hundreds of gems of hindi film songs which I have not heard yet. I am talking about only the songs of Mohammad Rafi sahab here. It is obvious nobody can claim to have heard all the songs which include scores of wonderful songs of the golden era.

When I heard this song for the first time recently, it was a divine experience for me. I will never forget the feeling I got while it started in the ear-phones, after the first two lines , that alaap, followed by the notes of sitaar. Immediately, I thought this is a Madan Mohan composition. This occurred to me before the sitaar music started. Half way through the song I had read the description in the link and the informative comments. As it turns, this is one of those many Madan Mohan songs from unreleased films. It is a solo song written by Rajendra Krishan. The combination of Madan Mohan and Rajendra Krishan instantly reminds of songs of “Jahaan Ara”. Having heard a few of those songs today, one is left wondering, where have all these creative people have gone and the legacy that is left behind for us lesser mortals. To appreciate such a wealth, we need a few more lives. One lifetime is not enough, whatever is left of it, mujhe to aisa hi lagta hai.

That is the reason I have decided to go on with routine posts whenever I find an inspiring song alongside my ongoing series of “Chandni Raaten”.

The song was recorded for a film called “Salma”, and by the recording it must have been in the 70’s. The film either remained unreleased or unmade even, because there is no reference for this film on ‘myswar.com’. The name is fairly common considering it is a proper noun, as there are two films by this name, one in 1943 and another is 1985.

This song is a bit like non-film songs and must have been a part of ‘Tere bagair’ which had all unreleased song by Madan Mohan. I sincerely hope all are able to appreciate the graciousness of this rendition. Subscribing to a philosophy or otherwise is one’s own business, but the manner in which the ‘paigham is delivered is praiseworthy.


Song-Mera paigham muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin(Salma)(UR)(1970) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

Aaj kuchh kehna hai
mujh ko jo ijaazat hogi
baat chhoti si hai
sun lo to inaayat hogi
aa aaa aa aa

aa aaaa
aaaa aaa aaa
aaaa aaaa aa
aaa aaaa aaa aaa

mera paighaam
mera paighaam
paighaaaam
paighaam a a
mera paigham muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
mera paigham muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
zindagi pyaar ki raahat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
mera paigham muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin

ek beemaar-e-muhabbat se yeh poochha maine
ek beemaar-e-muhabbat se yeh poochha maine
ishq mein tu ne ye kya haal banaa rakkhaa hai
wo dar-e-yaar ki chilman ko dikhaa kar bola
mere mehboob ko
mere mehboob ko
pardon mein chhupaa rakkhaa hai
kya zamaane mein ae ae
kya zamaane mein a’daawat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin ee
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin

be-wajah duniya ne neendon mein khalal daal diye
be-wajah duniya ne neendon mein khalal daal diye
chaahne waalon ne jab khwaab sunehre dekhe
dekhne waalon ne inn pyaar ki raahon mein sadaa
ya to deewaaren ae
ya to deewaren hi dekhi hain ya pehre dekhe
ye muhabbat ae ji ae ji haan
ye muhobbat to i’baadat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin ee
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin

yeh bhi dastoor muhabbat ka niraala dekhaa
yeh bhi dastoor muhabbat ka niraala dekhaa
ek pardon mein jale doosra baazaaron mein
iss tarah tanha tadapne se to achcha hogaa
zinda chunwa de koyee ee ee
zinda chunwa de koyee donon ko deewaaron mein
ishq mein maut bhi ae ji haan
ishq mein maut bhi raahat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin ee
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
zindagi pyaar ki raahat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin
haay
mera paighaam muhabbat ke siwaa kuchh bhi nahin


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I wanted to write a post to this song as a Tribute to Mehmood on his death anniversay on 23rd July but I missed the date somehow.

This qawwali is special on many counts. First of all it is a composed by Madan Mohan and written by Rajendra Krishan. The film is Sanjog (1961). It is a marathon effort by Rafi Sahab and Asha Bhosle who are trying to outplay each other in this 10 minutes long qawwali. And ” sone pe suhaaga ” is a unique trivia about this song, as both the singers are giving playback to Mehmood, i.e. Mehmood male qawwaal and Mehmood in the guise of a female qawwaal.
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Chandni Raaten : Song No. 4
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chaand aahen bharegaa phool dil thhaam lenge
husn ki baat chali to sab teraa naam lenge

chand phir nikla magar tum na aaye
jalaa phir mera dil karoon kya main haaye

dheere dheere chal chaand gagan mein
kahin dhal na jaaye raat toot na jaayen sapne
arey dheere dheere chal chaand gagan mein

khoya khoya chaand khula aasmaan
aankhon mein saari raat jaayegi
ham ko bhi kaise need aayegi ho oo

Like all listeners of film songs on radio I have arrived here having consumed a staple diet of ‘ chand ‘and ‘ raat ‘ related songs. Such songs are numerous and too many to count. If I wish I can fill whole posts with just referring to these songs. There are also song which have such references in the stanzas like thi evergreen song from ‘ Sangam ‘
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Greetings to all on the anniversary of India’s independence.

When the British Rule ended in India sixty seven years ago, the entire nation of India was not yet free of the foreign rule, by other alien invaders. There were two pockets of colonies one the east and west coasts which were still under alien control. On the east coast, it was the enclaves of Pondicherry, Karaikkal, Mahe and Yanam that were under the French control, and on the west coast, there were the areas of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli that were under the control of the Portuguese rule. The movement of the liberation of these colonies had been underway even as the freedom struggle was in progress against the British. However, liberation to these colonies held by the French and the Portuguese did not come for more than a decade and half later.
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Today (14 august 2014) is the third death anniversary of Shammi Kapoor (21 october 1931- 14 august 2014). Three years have passed since Shammi Kapoor breathed his last. Time has certainly flown away at a deceptively quick pace.
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“Jhoola” (1962) was produced by N Vasudeva Menon and directed by K Shankar for Vasu Films, Madras. The movie had Sunil Dutt, Vyjayanthimala, Rajendranath, Pran, Sulochana Latkar, Tuntun, Manmohan Krishna, Indira Bansal, Mohan Choti, Raj Mehra, Leela Mishra, Randhir, Achala Sachdev, Kusum Thakur, Ravikant, Kesari, Ganapati Bhatt, Wahab Kashmiri, Master Shahid etc in it.
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“Hamaara Sansaar” (1945) was directed by Shanti Kumar for Prakash Pictures. The movie had Jeewan, Ranjana, Umakant, Rajkumari Shukla, Sushil Kumar, Sumati Gupte, Jillobai, Madhusudan, Satyarani, Shree Bhagwan, Master Umakant, Saurabh, Niren, Shekhar, Kanti Devi, Bholaram, Sitaram etc in it.
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“Guest House” (1959) was directed by Ravindra Dave for Golden Pictures. The movie had Ajit, Shakila, Pran, Maruti, Lalita Pawar, Tiwari etc in it.

As many as seven songs from this movie have been discussed in the past.
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GEMS FROM THE MIGRATORS…..song no. 9
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When we talk of Partition and Migration of artistes from one country to another, only the famous and the well known names are taken. There were hundreds of small time actors, directors, lyricists, composers, instrument players, chorus singers, technicians etc who were not known to many and also had migrated for various reasons. The other day I was reading a book, ” Who’s who: Music in Pakistan ” written by A.Shaikh and M.Shaikh. In this book I found several names of singers, composers, lyricists and above all instrument players, who shifted to Pakistan.
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