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Ajhun na aaye baalma.. saawan beeta jaaye

Posted on: January 15, 2009


Bollywood movie songs are typically light songs to cater to the lowest common denominator among the listeners. But many of these songs are based on classical music, and it is just that the audience are not aware about that.

It is when the classical music base of the song is made obvious that the lay music lovers begin to feel uncomfortable with the song and tend to keep away. Worse, in many a case, such songs were treated as humour. Yes, classical singers singing such songs would often be used in Bollywood movies for comic relief.

And it so happened that the singers themselves sang the song in all seriousness. So finding a song sung in all seriousness being picturised in a light hearted manner leaves a strange taste in the mouth.

Under these situations, it is often preferrable to just listen to the song without bothering to watch the picturisation. Or alternatively, one can watch the picturisation and hope that it does not trivialise the efforts behind creating the song.

One semi classical song that was used for a light hearted situation was ‘laga chunri me daag” in the movie ‘Dil hi to hai”. This particular song ” Ajhun na aaye baalma” is from the same era and same genre and even this song is used to depict a lighthearted situation in the song between Mehmood and Shubha Khote, who are in love with each other, but they cannot express it openly since an elder lady (Shubha Khote’s mother ?) is watching, and Mehmood, in his false beard, is supposed to teach classical music to Shubha Khote.

The song itself is a memorable semi classical song, one that has become evergreen. Rafi sings for Mehmood, and the female voice that sings for Shubha Khote is that of Suman Kalyanpur.The more one listens to Suman kalyanpur’s songs, the more one wonders why she did not become a better known singer than what she finally became. She had all the ingredients to be successful, except the fact that she was seen as a direct challenge to Lata, and Lata ( it is suggested) ensured that Suman kalyanpur did not get too many opportunities to sing in Bollywood and she was largely confined to singing in regional dialects.

She sang nearly the same number of songs as Mukesh, and the success rate of her songs must be as high as that of Mukesh, I feel.

It is a superb semi classical song, and one can listen to this many a times. What a masterpiece of semi classical singing in a Bollywood movie !

Audio

Video

Song-Ajhun na aaye baalma.. saawan beeta jaaye (Saanjh aur Sawera) (1964) Singers-Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

aaa aaa
aaa aaa
aaa aaa
ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa, saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye
aaa
ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa, saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye
aaa
ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa, saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye

neend bhi ankhiyan dwaar na aaye
neend bhi ankhiyan dwaar na aaye
tose milan ki aas bhi jaaye
neend bhi ankhiyan dwaar na aaye
tose milan ki aas bhi jaaye
aayi bahaar khile phulwaa
aayi bahaar khile phulwaa
aayi bahaar khile phulwaa
more sapne kaun sajaaye
aaaa ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa,
saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye
aaa
ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa,
saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye

chaand ko badraa garwaa lagaaye
chaand ko badraa garwaa lagaaye
aur bhi mora man lalchaaye
chaand ko badraa garwaa lagaaye
aur bhi mora man lalchaaye
yaar haseen gale lag jaa
aaa yaar haseen gale lag jaa
yaar haseen gale lag jaa
mori umr guzarti jaaye
aa ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa, saawan beetaa jaaye
re saawan beetaa jaaye
aaa
ajahoon naa aaye baalmaa, saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye
haay re saawan beetaa jaaye

6 Responses to "Ajhun na aaye baalma.. saawan beeta jaaye"

In this case, the light-hearted situation made a lot of sense in the movie. And I agree that Suman Kalyanpuri deserved a lot more success. Re Lata and her supposed interventions, I have also heard said that all heroines wanted the her to be the singer (obviously), and having another female playback singer was to lower your status. Then also the Mangeshkar sisters were totally focussed on their musical career, and I understand put in long hours and not everyone has that kind of stamina.

So maybe it was a number of factors not just one.

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She may have been very good, but she was no Lata or Asha!

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PARVEEN PAUL is the other female actor featured in the song

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How I wish you could add a translation…cannot find it anywhere…

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