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Main tere dar pe aayaa hoon

Posted on: September 2, 2010


This post is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor of posts to this blog

The story of Kishore Kumar’s rebirth with the songs of Aradhana in 1969 is fairly well-documented. If Rajesh Khanna’s tsunami swept all before it in the world of acting, Kishore Kumar’s voice was its
equal in the world of music.

Unlike Rajesh, Kishore’s reign was even longer. He became the default voice for a new generation of actors, from Amitabh Bachchan to Rishi Kapoor to Shatrughan Sinha. Music directors jumped onto the Kishore bandwagon and even “carryover” actors from the 60s (like Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor and Jeetendra) began now lip-synching to Kishore’s voice.

Kishore was just everywhere, much like Rafi had been in the previous decade.

As a result, the number of songs Rafi saab delivered in the 70s is a small proportion of his songs of the 60s. He did come back very strongly in 1977, with Hum Kisise Kam Nahin and Amar Akbar Anthony). From then on, till his death in 1980, he was very much on the horizon and delivered a fair number of hits.

But the period between 1971-1976 is considered a “weak” period for Rafi.

It is easy to equate declining quantity with declining quality. Many would have us believe that till be came back in 1977, his voice quality had gone down and he was actually “fading out”.

In my opinion, nothing could be farther from the truth. I have, in the last few months, been listening to a fair number of Rafi saab songs of this particular period. And they continue to have that magic about them that sets his songs apart from songs of all other singers. Among the better-known songs, to mention a few, are “teri galiyon mein”, “deewaane hain deewaanon ko”, “aaj mausam” and “teri bindiya re”. But there are many less-known songs too where his quality comes through very strongly.

So I think it was more that music directors decided to back Kishore as the voice of a new era and use Rafi for the odd cameo .

Fair enough! I do not want to get into a Rafi-Kishore debate (I have never relished this debate – it usually ends up in one being made to look bad purely to prop up the other).

Anyway, whatever one can say about Rafi losing his place to Kishore in the “romantic” or “soft” songs category, there was one category that Rafi always excelled in. He could probably sing in his sleep and come up with a classic in this category. 😀

And that was where he had to pour out his feelings to God. He did it in Baiju Bawra in 1953 – and he did it again in Laila Majnu in 1976.

I remember seeing Laila Majnu (1976) in Bhubaneswar. We had gone on holiday to that town and this movie happened to be running in one of the halls.

The movie is of course about one of the oldest and best-known “love tragedies” of Indian folklore. Ranjeeta Kaur and Rishi Kapoor play Laila and Majnu respectively.

Before the release of this movie, its music composer Madan Mohan passed away. Part of the music of the movie was therefore composed by the music composer, Jaidev.

Madan Mohan, who had used Rafi saab to great effect in Hanste Zakhm in 1973, got some wonderful songs from him in Laila Majnu too. It is a pity he never lived to see the fruit of his work in this film.

Most of the songs in the movie were hits. The movie itself was a fairly big hit.

Here is “tere dar pe aaya hoon” from Laila Majnu.

The purity of Rafi saab’s voice is still very much intact. So much for those who claim he had “lost it”!


Song-Tere dar pe aayaa hoon (Laila Majnu) (1976) Singer-Rafi,Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

Tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Yaa mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Ya mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Ya mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon

Tu sab kuchh jaane hai
Har gham pehchaane hai
Tu sab kuchh jaane hai
Har gham pehchaane hai
Jo dil ki uljhan hai
Sab tujh pe raushan hai
Ghaayal parwaana hoon
Veheshi deewaana hoon
Ghaayal parwaana hoon
Veheshi deewaana hoon
Teri shohrat sun sun ke
Ummeedein laaya hoon
Tere dar pe
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Ya mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon

Dil gham se hairaan hai
Meri duniya veeraan hai
Dil gham se hairaan hai
Meri duniya veeraan hai
Nazron ki pyaas bujhaa
Mera bichhdaa yaar milaa
Ab ya gham chhootegaa
Varna dum tootegaa
Ab ya gham chhootegaa
Varna dum tootegaa
Ab jeena mushqil hai
Fariyaadein laaya hoon
Tere dar pe
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Ya mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon
Kuchh kar ke jaoongaa
Jholi bhar ke jaoongaa
Ya mar ke jaoongaa
Main tere dar pe aaya hoon

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4 Responses to "Main tere dar pe aayaa hoon"

thumbs up to you Raja.
it is a known fact that in reality Rafi’s was a better voice and he had greater control when it came to songs with a classical base. also the other thing is he was a trained singer. and where kishore kumar was concerned his method was to sing from the heart and enjoy what he did. so as far as the 2 were concerned they were great singers who had their independent fan base and it was the music director’s who differentiated between the 2(as you rightly said). and to think he has given lovely songs to all the actors u have mentioned in ur writeup till he died.
there was Rafi singing for Dharmendra on the last day before his death: Tu Kahin Aas Paas hain Dost. from the movie “AAS PAAS”

Farmainsh for songs from this movie was pending for a long long time. Finally this gem showed up. And, “raja” thanks for nice writeup.

I like all songs from this movie. Please also share “Husn hazir hai” and “barbaad-e mohaabat ki dua saath”, and rest.

Rafi & Madan Mohan never failed to impress us. And, Sahir came up with excellent lyrics. Btw, this movie is based on Arabic story. And, unlike beautiful Ranjeeta in movie, actual Laila (Layla in Arabic) was dark skinned (and unattarctive”).

Thanks to Stepney for comment on ‘ ye jeena hai angoor ka daana’, that I immediately clicked on to this post. The reason being the song under discussion is penned by Sahir, music by Madan Mohan ji (today is his birth anniversary), Rafi saab’s voice, and a write up by RAJA Ji !! so, who will want to miss this ?

Nice post Raja ji !! Reading your posts is always very enjoyable and its like reliving the ‘aura’ of those days…

just to add the beautiful number ‘jhoomta saawan dekho aaya ‘ sung by Rafi saab was also from his so called ‘weak’ period – 1976 – DO KHILAADI !

Avinash ji,
Agreed about the combination 🙂

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