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Achchaa unhen dekhaa hai beemaar huyin aankhen

Posted on: May 22, 2011


Hindi movies can sometimes educate us on the existence of rare art forms. For instance, how many of us know about the art form called “Charbait” ? I came to know about this term thanks to this song from “Shankar Hussain” (1976).

The scene before the song shows a conversation between a very young Kanwaljeet Singh and Gajanan Jageerdaar playing Madhu Chanda’s father (I thank Sophy for identifying him ) Kanwaljeet invites him to his house on the occasion of Eid, where a charbait competition is arranged which will certainly be to his liking, states Kanwaljeet Singh ? What is charbait ? Is it some sort of qawwali ? Gajanan Jageerdaar asks. No, it is a different thing altogether, Kanwaljeet Singh informs. “Is it so ? Then I will certainly be there”. Promises Gajanan Jageerdaar.

Then the picturisation shows the charbait competition commencing. In this form of singing, two groups of singers , led by Jalal Agha and Paintal respectively, are singing a song, which to most people looks just like a qawwali.

Kanwaljeet Singh’s mind is elsewhere. He is waiting for Gajanan Jageerdaar , and more importantly, his daughter, to arrive. And as far as the lyrics of the song are cocerned, they reflect the feelings of Kanwaljeet in real time as things happen. For instance, the singers sing of eyes getting sick of waiting. Then just as the Chilman (curtain ) rustles showing the arrival of the elderly gentleman and more importantly his burqa clad daughter, Kanwaljeet’s heart skips a beat, and Madhu Chanda temporarily uncovers her hijaab only to put it back on. The song goes, with perfect timing-
“wo pardaa-e-dar sarkaa
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
……
lo chaar huyi aankhen “

Kanwaljeet takes the opportunity to take the girl to the “Zenana” portion of the household where only women are allowed, and takes the Girl’s father to meet his father.

During the rest of the song, he loses no opportunity to go to the women’s section, hoping to catch a glimpse of Madhu Chanda,only to be repeatedly foiled by his sister who admonishes him- “you know very well that it is the women’s section and purdah is in force, then why do you keep coming here time and again? ”

This charbait song is sung by Aziz Naazaan, Babban Khan and chorus. Kaifi Azmi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khayyam.

Here is this song, which is quite a long song, as is the case with songs of this genre.

I personally became aware of this song only recently, and this song has grown up on me in the last few days.

I thank nahm for pointing out the correct words in a few places where I had doubts.


Song-Achchaa unhen dekhaa hai beemaar huyin aankhen (Shankar Hussain) (1976) Singers-Aziz Naazaan,Babban Khan, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Khayyam

Lyrics

mukhtaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
murjhaayi si rehti hain
mukhtaar huyi aankhen
murjhaayi si rehti hain
ghabraayi si rehti hain
maashookon ki mehfil mein
sharmaayi si rehti hain
sharmaayi si rehti hain
kyaa jaane huaa kyaa hai
kyaa jaane huaa kyaa hai
patthraayi si rehti hain
patthraayi si rehti hain
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen

shokhi bhi lutaa baithin
masti bhi ganwaa baithin
uthti hain na jhukti hain
kyaa rog lagaa baithin
kyaa rog lagaa baithin
ae yaar
kyaa rog lagaa baithin
ke beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen

kis tarah hatey dar se
waadaa hai sitamgar se
waadaa hai sitamgar se
kehti hai lagan dil ki
wo chal bhi chukey ghar se
wo chal bhi chukey ghar se
hai faaslaa dam bhar kaa
phir dekh samaa ghar kaa
wo hilney lagi chilman
wo hilney lagi chilman
wo pardaa-e-dar sarkaa
wo pardaa-e-dar sarkaa
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
ae yaar
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
lo aa hi gayaa koyi
lo chaar huyi aankhen
sarshaar huyi aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen

wo naqaab rukh se uthaaye kyun
wo bahaar-e-husn lutaaye kyun
sar-e-bazm jalwaa dikhaaye kyun
tumhen ankhiyon se pilaaye kyun
ke wo apne nashe mein choor hai
ke wo apne nashe mein choor hai
jo nashe mein choor rahen sadaa
use teri haal kaa kyaa pataa
rahaa yoon hi dil kaa muaamalaa
magar uski koi nahin khataa
teri aankh kaa ye kusoor hai
teri aankh kaa ye kusoor hai
aankhon pe padaa pardaa
aankhon pe padaa pardaa
ae yaar
aankhon pe padaa pardaa
aankhon pe padaa pardaa
laachaar huyi aankhen
laachaar huyi aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyi aankhen

hamne aaj ek khwaab dekhaa hai
khwaab bhi laajawaab dekhaa hai
koi taabeer is ki batlaao
raat ko aaftaab dekhaa hai
yaani zindaa sharaab dekhoge
yaani zindaa sharaab dekhoge
husn ko be-naqaab dekhoge
husn ko be-naqaab dekhoge
raat ko aaftaab dekhaa hai
subah ko maahtaab dekhoge
subah ko maahtaab dekhoge
chaandni mein uthhi ghataa jaise
chaandni mein uthhi ghataa jaise
dar-e-maykhaanaa khul gayaa jaise
ye fasaanaa sahi haseen to hai
nashe mein rach gayi adaa jaise

koyi tum saa bhi ho naa deewaanaa
tum haqeeqat ko samjhe afsaanaa
chaandni us kaa rang zulf ghataa
aur aankhen hain baab e maikhaanaa
maykhaane mein pahunchi to
maykhaane mein pahunchi to
ae yaar
maykhaane mein pahunchi to
maykhaane mein pahunchi to
maykhwaar huyin aankhen
maykhwaar huyin aankhen
gulnaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
beemaar huyin aankhen

sunte hain us dar pe jaake
sar jhukaanaa manaa hai
sar jhukaa bhi len agar
to baith jaana manaa hai
baith bhi jaayen kisi koney mein to
kyaa faaydaa
jis taraf wo hon
udhar nazren uthaanaa manaa hai
aur agar nazren uthhen
to darde dil ko kyaa karen
to darde dil ko kyaa karen
darde dil kaise mite
aansoo bahaanaa manaa hai
aur agar aansoo bahaayen bhi to
wo dekhenge kyun
aahen bharnaa
shor karnaa
gul machaanaa manaa hai
gul machaayaa bhi to matlab kis tarah samjhenge wo
kis tarah samjhenge wo
aur matlab saaf saaf unko bataanaa manaa hai
aur agar matlab bataaya bhi to wo denge jawaab

dil lagaaya tumne kyun
jab dil lagaanaa manaa hai
dil lagaaya tumne kyun
jab dil lagaanaa manaa hai
dil ka lagaa maanaa
dil ka lagaa maanaa
ae yaar
dil ka lagaa maanaa
dil ka lagaa maanaa
gaddaar huyin aankhen
gaddaar huyin aankhen
gaddaar huyin aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
laachaar huyin aankhen
laachaar huyin aankhen
maykhwaar huyi aankhen
achchhaa unhen dekhaa hai
maykhwaar huyin aankhen
maykhwaar huyin aankhen
gulnaar huyin aankhen
achchaa unhen dekhaa hai
gulnaar huyin aankhen
gulnaar huyin aankhen
sarshaar huyin aankhen
achchaa unhen dekhaa hai
sarshaar huyin aankhen
achchaa unhen dekhaa hai

5 Responses to "Achchaa unhen dekhaa hai beemaar huyin aankhen"

Mr. Atul,

Well done to get such poetry in words, the voices of qawwali singers are very rough to those accustomed to usual film songs.

Doubtful words are :

aur aankhen hain “baab-e maikhaanaa”

“Sarshaar” huyin aankhen

I have heard of “Bait baazi” which is a competetion of shayari among two people or groups. In film songs it has been takes various forms.

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I also hadn’t heard of charbait till now!
Great form of art.
Does it also come from the sufi tradition?
The father is Gajanan Jagirdar (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0415612/)
Teh other guy in charbait doesn’t look like Paintal to me. Isn’t he Roopendra Kumar?

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Harvey Bhai,

You are right, it is not Paintal. However, the correct name is Roopesh Kumar.

Rgds
Sudhir

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That is it! Roopesh Kumar! I remember him as a villain in many films.
Thanks Sudhir!

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Its a mix of Qawalli and bait bazi. If you want to know more about Charbait, please visit Tonk City (Pathano ki Sarzami, Shayaro ki Sarzami, Dil Chalo ki Sarzami, Qariyo ki Sarzami, Hakeemo ki Sarzami, Adab ka Gulshan, Meethe Kharbuzoo ka Chaman and Romantic Poet Akhter Shirani ki Nagri) in Rajasthan, where Charbait is a fun and very popular past time. Naved Rafique
Riyasat Tonk

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