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Madhuban khushboo detaa hai

Posted on: March 27, 2011


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor of articles to this blog.

Recently, while reading up on Sahir Ludhianvi on the eve of his 90th birth anniversay, I came across a shocking revelation on his wikipedia page.

I quote from the page
“ It was on Sahir’s insistence that All India Radio started crediting lyricists along with singers and music composers for songs it aired.”

Having grown up only in an era where the standard announcement was “singer(s), lyricist, music director”, this came as a shock to me.

It does reveal one truth though. That the lyricist, at least till a while ago, was not considered an integral enough part of a song to merit respect in an announcement of a song.

Why look that back far in the past? Wasn’t it only about a year ago that there was this minor controversy when Aamir Khan apparently said that it was the actor and picturisation on the screen who made a song popular rather than the lyrics of the song itself?

I don’t want to discuss that in detail because Aamir could well have been misquoted or misinterpreted (he did claim he was!) but the point is that lyricists seem to have always been treated as poor cousins in the music industry, compared to others involved in the music-making process.

And to be honest, if you ask any average person trivia about a particular Bollywood song, you are likely to get details about singers, music director, movie, actors the song was picturised on, even maybe the year of release of the film, but the lyricist is likely to be a guess. There are exceptions of course where the lyricist comes to mind as part of the song but often he/she is literally pushed into the background.

And that is one reason why I am very happy that Atul, through this blog of his, makes the effort to give every member of a music-making team, appreciation, recognition and respect.

For they are all important, they have all contributed to the lovely gems that we’ve been fortunate to have been able to listen to and enjoy.

Which brings me, in my typically verbose and roundabout way, to my point. 🙂

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On this blog, we have been celebrating milestones for various artists. Whether singers or music directors or lyricists, they all get respect here.

Today it is the turn of the lyricist, Indeewar (Indivar). He becomes the tenth lyricist here to reach his hundred on this blog.

So congratulations Indivar saab.

I’ve always associated Indivar as a late-60s / 1970s song-writer. When I used to listen to “current” songs in the 1970s, his name used to often pop up as the lyricist, often second only to Anand Bakshi and usually in association with music directors Kalyanji-Anandji. I don’t have statistics of his music director-wise breakup but I think a large proportion of his hits must be with KA.

While reading up on Indivar saab recently, I realized that he was of much earlier pedigree, having written the beautiful songs of Malhaar, way back in 1951! That was another revelation to me!

Over the years, Indivar saab penned many beautiful songs. Many of them were thoughtful and soulful. One of my favourite songs – and possibly one of the most cynical songs of all-time – “Kasme vaade pyar wafaa sab” (Upkaar) is his work.

I always found Indivar saab’s songs simple. Much like Anand Bakshi, his songs were usually devoid of heavy-duty Urdu. Not that there is anything wrong with that – I absolutely love Urdu – but my point is that he did not need to use Urdu to come across as a song-writer of substance.

I found his Hindi to be often “shudh” (pure), much in the Bharat Vyas mould. (Bharat Vyas is a song-writer/poet I hugely admire!). I believe people should work to their strengths and if Hindi was Indivar saab’s strength, it is only right that he wrote in pure Hindi. The songs of Saraswatichandra are also a delight to listen to, not just for the soulful voices of Mukesh and Lata but for Indivar’s lyrics.

I will admit that I was disappointed at some of the songs that Indivar saab came up with towards the end of his career. It was the early 1990s and I remember being shocked to learn that some of the crass songs of the time were penned by him. I think I’ve read a criticism about him also in this connection. But those were different times and maybe he just went with the flow.

But Indivar saab should be remembered not for this handful of songs but for the wealth of songs that he has given us for four decades.

Here, as his 100th song on this blog, let’s celebrate the occasion with one of his lovely, inspirational songs that I remember very well from my schooldays. I loved this song then – and I love it even today.

“Madhuban khushboo deta hai”. Listen to the lyrics.

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Not only does this song mark a milestone for Indivar saab, it is also a milestone for Atul on this blog. Yes, Atul clocks another hundred with this song – this is his 3700th song on this blog.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – this is NO mean feat, considering the amount of effort that goes into every single song posted here. If it were just a copy-paste exercise, it would be more of an assembly-run process. But Atul puts effort into every song, he listens to the song carefully (many times), he tries to get every word right! And THAT takes effort and time.

Not to mention that he has a full-time job and family to attend to, so any time he finds for this blog has to be appreciated. And on top of all this, he does this as a hobby, as his labour of love. It is not a commercial exercise.

I’ve been fortunate to see this blog from the day it was born. Like Atul himself says, at that time he had no idea how it would develop – all he wanted was to post songs that he liked. And at that time his idea was probably to post “a song a day”. 🙂

At that rate, he was not going to get very far in terms of mining the immense treasure that is old Hindi songs – and there is of course also a natural impatience to want to share more than just a song a day. So, the blog has now evolved into 5-6 songs a day, depending on availability of time.

For me, it is fun everyday to check the blog out first thing in the morning to see what the latest additions are. Sometimes I recognize songs, sometimes (often actually!) I don’t. When I don’t recognize the song, it is an opportunity to learn a new song. It keeps me humble – and I have absolutely no illusions that there are still many, many songs out there that I need to discover. And Atul’s blog is a wonderful vehicle for me to travel in, for this adventure.

I wish Atul a lot more success with this blog. It has become very popular on the internet, it scores very high with search engines, it is becoming a go-to place for people who want lyrics of Hindi songs and who want to watch the song and read a little bit about it, all in one place.

So thanks Atul, for this blog – and onward to 3800 now!

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Yesudas version-picturised on Rajendra Kumar-Nutan

Yesudas-Anuradha Paudwal version-picturised on Rajendra Kumar-Padmini Kolhapure

Song-Madhuban khushboo detaa hai (Saajan Bin Suhaagan) (1978) Singers-Yesudas, Anuradha Paudwal, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics (Lyrics are identical in both versions)
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madhuban khushboo detaa hai,
saagar saawan detaa hai
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai,
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai
madhuban khushboo detaa hai

sooraj na ban paaye to,
ban ke deepak jaltaa chal
sooraj na ban paaye to,
ban ke deepak jaltaa chal
phool milen yaa angaare,
sach ki raahon pe chaltaa chal
sach ki raahon pe chaltaa chal
pyaar dilon ko detaa hai,
ashkon ko daaman detaa hai
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai,
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai
madhuban khushboo detaa hai,
saagar saawan detaa hai
madhuban khushboo detaa hai

chalti hai lahraa ke pawan,
ke saans sabhi ki chalti rahe
chalti hai lahraa ke pawan,
ke saans sabhi ki chalti rahe
logon ne tyaag diye jeewan,
ke preet dilon mein palti rahe
ke preet dilon mein palti rahe
dil wo dil hai jo auron ko,
apni dhadkan detaa hai
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai,
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai
madhuban khushboo detaa hai,
saagar saawan detaa hai
madhuban khushboo detaa hai

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Translation- provided by Raja

madhuban khushboo detaa hai The forest of honey gives us fragrance
saagar saawan detaa hai The ocean gives us rain
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai, Life has a meaning for
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai he who gives life to others
madhuban khushboo detaa hai The forest of honey gives us fragrance

sooraj na ban paaye to, If you cannot become the sun
ban ke deepak jaltaa chal Be a lamp and keep burning
sooraj na ban paaye to, If you cannot become the sun
ban ke deepak jaltaa chal become a lamp and keep burning
phool milen yaa angaare, Whether you get flowers or flames
sach ki raahon pe chaltaa chal Keep walking on the path of truth
sach ki raahon pe chaltaa chal Keep walking on the path of truth
pyaar dilon ko detaa hai, He gives love to others
ashkon ko daaman detaa hai He provides solace for tears
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai, Life has a meaning for
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai he who gives life to others
madhuban khushboo detaa hai, The forest of honey gives us fragrance
saagar saawan detaa hai The ocean gives us rain
madhuban khushboo detaa hai The forest of honey gives us fragrance

chalti hai lahraa ke pawan, The wind blows with some gusto
ke saans sabhi ki chalti rahe So that all of us may breathe
chalti hai lahraa ke pawan, The wind blows with some gusto
ke saans sabhi ki chalti rahe So that all of us may breathe
logon ne tyaag diye jeewan, Many have sacrificed their lives
ke preet dilon mein palti rahe So that love may continue in our hearts
ke preet dilon mein palti rahe So that love may continue in our hearts
dil wo dil hai jo auron ko, A heart is one that
apni dhadkan detaa hai gives its heartbeat to another
jeenaa uskaa jeenaa hai, Life has a meaning for
jo auron ko jeewan detaa hai he who gives life to others
madhuban khushboo detaa hai, The forest of honey gives us fragrance
saagar saawan detaa hai The ocean gives us rain
madhuban khushboo detaa hai The forest of honey gives us fragrance

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18 Responses to "Madhuban khushboo detaa hai"

Atul ji,

Congratulations once more on another major milestone. And what an exuberating journey of musical passages this is.

I so wholeheartedly agree with Raja ji, regarding eagerly getting to this blog every day to find new gems; the day seems all more wholesome since I have joined this blog.

Salutations, and wishes for a long and melodious journey to share. 🙂

Raja ji,
Thanks for the post celebtraing Indeevar’s milestone on this blog. There is no way one can understate the contribution of the lyricists creation in the song. The words of the poet are the very soul of the song.

I may relate to Aamir Khan’s comment in the context of the quality of lyrics we are getting to hear in the movies in the past few years; there are many exceptions, yet my opinion is that the overall quality of the songs and music is no longer of the type to make one remember the songs for years, and make one yearn to look for songs one has not heard for a long time.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks a lot. It is encouragements from You are other likeminded regulars that provides the fuel for this blog. Of late, I have been getting others (like you) helping out through write ups, lyrics etc, which is just the kind of impetus that this blog needs.

Atul ji,

Thanks a million for providing us a stop where we can relax,enjoy and wonder about the everlasting sweetness of music of yore !
I too join Raja ji and Sudhir ji in admitting that opening this blog page has become a daily,eagerly awaited habit,just like the morning coffee or the newspaper.
I wish you and your team many more successes.
-AD

Thanks a lot. Your contribution through sugggestions, invaluable informations etc is something we all value a lot here.

I also join you the great researchers, in all humility.

Congratulations, Atul, on marking yet another milestone in your journey to giving us gems from the past! And I have a confession of sorts to make – not only do I open this site first thing in the morning, I also open it several times during the day, in between my cooking and cleaning tasks, to check on some song or the other, or to listen to the songs because I don’t always listen to the songs in the morning!

I have learned so much about these songs from this blog, I find it amazing that Atul and Raja and all these other friends out here, Sudhir, Memsaab, Mr. Deshmukh, and others, know so much about something they enjoy! My salutations to all of you!

Thanks a lot. You cannot imagine how much this comment of yours means to me.

Same for me! 🙂 Keep on keeping on, and lovely write-up Raja.

Thanks a lot. I always look forward to your reviews and comments for my inspirations, and I find plenty to be inspired from you. I also love my guest posts (hint hint 🙂 )which add an entirely new dimension to this blog.

Dear Atulji,

I was seen this picture number of times due theater was my uncle and I love this song too much. More over I also like to heard Yeshudas songs
he sing very well what he was. He work just like as AAMIR KHAN. AAMIR is not working in much file but he always give good movies to see al the time like Laggan,3IDIOTS etc.

I am very thankful to you to heard the song through you.

If possible please share more Yeshudas Collection to listen.

Thanks, for very thing what you have done this. We just enjoy but you really work on it and spare time for lots of people.

As per my view your work is just like as one charity.

Please if possible let me know your cell phone or contact address.

-Hitesh

Thanks Atulji,
While remembering the lyricists , i couldn’t not forget the honey dropped out of the vocal cords of the legendary singer Yesudas!…i can imagine how this song would have been if sung by any one else.!…Besides this lyrics the song become wonderful with the rendering of this Celestial singers ‘s golden voice!.

Raja ji, lovely write up. I love this song. In fact, I like all songs sung by Yesudas.. he is just amazing.

I think there is a third version of this song sung by Usha Khanna, and picturised on Padmini Kolhapure. In this version she starts crying towards the end of the song. I am not able to locate a video for this version.

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