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Kitne sapne kitne armaan laayaa hoon main

Posted on: August 4, 2011


Like any young pre teen kid growing up in late 1960s and early 1970s, I was learning new things every day. I would listen to songs blaring from loudspeakers and from radios. It was one fine evening in 1960s that I heard a song coming out from the radio. I had never heard this song before, and I loved the song instantly and unconditionally, as kids tend to do.

I had no idea who was the singer. I just knew that the voice sounded different from the only male singer that I was aware of. My mama (mother’s brother) who was also around commented on the fact that Atul seems to have loved this song. This song is sung by Kishore Kumar, he informed us. And that is how I was first introduced to the voice of Kishore Kumar. The song that had made such an impression was “Mere saamne waali khhidki mein ik chaand ka tukdaa rehtaa hai” (Padosan). And I soon realised that I was not the only person who had loved this song. The entire Indian population had fallen in love with that song. This song in fact turned the corner for him. From a talented singer cum actor with immense potential, he discovered his potential with this one song, and the rest, as they say, is history.

As far as kids like me were concerned, Kishore Kumar was the singer to look forward to. We were attracted towards his voice because of the playfulness, which is what kids love. They are not into serious stuff at that age. Seriousness and maturity would have to wait. The fact that he was a comic actor par excellence as well meant that he was a kind of person every kid would love to be with. Kids love to be with a grown up person whom the like and adore. Such a person could be his parent/parents, a close relative a neighbour etc, one whom they find charming and funny. At the personal level, I found my above mentioned Mama as the person I looked forward to. And when I think about it, Kishore Kumar indeed played the same kind of vicarious role in the lives of not just the kids of those days, but even for grown ups. Kishore Kumar’s personality was in such stark contrast to the “drab” personalities of other singers.

With so many things going his way, it is little wonder that Kishore Kumar became a phenomenon.

Three people together and almost simultaneously shook up the Hindi movie world in late 1960s. They were Rajesh Khanna, R D Burman and Kishore Kumar. Meteoric rise of the acting phenomenon Rajesh Khanna finished off the careers of most previous generation of heros. R D Burman’s music finished off the careers of majority of the old generation of music directors.

Rajesh Khanna’s reign lasted half a decade. R D Burman’s reign lasted a decade. But Kishore Kumar, the singing star rules till his death in 1987. Yes, his hold over Hindi playback singing became that strong after “Padosan” happened.

What exactly made him click, and that too click in such a big way, and for such a long period ? My take on this matter is entirely different from what may have been said on this issue so far. Unlike experts, public do not compare and contrast artists. Theylike artists , if they like their songs. Why they liketheir songs need not be explainable, and in fact most people who have looked for explanations may not have looked at the right places.

To me, the success of Kishore Kumar as a playback singing lay in the fact that he carved a niche for himself. He began his career apeing the style of K L Saigal, but that a tempopary phase and he quickly developed his own unique style.

It has been commented upon by many that he was not a classically trained singer and that is why he was not good enough vis a vis other singers. Such people miss the point. Light music of the filmy variety is different from pure classical singing. In filmy songs, one had to come up with singing that appeals to the public. What will appeal to the public has not been laid out in any books, nor can it be laid out.

Every playback singer has his unique gifts and these gifts cannot be taught in the classes of classical singing. And it is these unique gifts that help the so called classically untrained singers in their careers.

For example, Mukesh, another classically untrained singer, was successful as a playback singer, because he had God’s gift of bringing out the feelings of the heart in his singing. it is a quality that is not taught and cannot be taught.

As for Kishore Kumar, he had the God’s gift of taking even a drab and boring lookinglyrics and converting it into a song that would suddenly begin to sound stunning. If one looks at some of the lyrics that he had to work with, they were plainly ordinary. But after Kishore Kumar sang those lyrics, the same lyrics begin to look like creations of genius.

Take this song from “Mere Jeewan Sathi” (1972). Now tell me, what is special in the lyrics of this song. Hardly anything. In fact, when I first heard this song in 1970s, I held the lyrics of this song as an example of deterioration in the quality of Hindi movie songs. Yes, people used to talk about deterioration in the quality of songs even then. 😀

If any other singer tries to sing this song, one may get a dull and boring kind of a song. But Kishore Kumar came, and sang the song, and created a masterpiece ! It is that simple !

Yes, it is this Midas touch, the ablity to create masterpieces out of ordinary lyrics that is one of the major reasons for the success of Kishore Kumar as a playback singer. And when he got better lyrics to work with, then sky was the limit.

4th august is Kishore Kumar’s birthday, and on this occasion,we are paying our homage to the great genius that Kishore Kumar was.

Here is this masterpiece from “Mere Jeewan Sathi” (1972). This song brings together all the three big agents of change, namely Kishore Kumar, R D Burman and Rajesh Khanna.

The song is picturised as a party/ get together song. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist.

The song is stunnning and it continues to dazzle the senses even today. It is phenomenal singing indeed !


Song-Kitne sapne kitne armaan laayaa hoon main (Mere Jeewan Saathi) (1972) Singer-Kishore Kumar,Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

haan haan
aay yaahoo
kitne sapne kitne armaan
laayaa hoon main
dekho naa
dekho naa

he he he
meraa dil bhi
ik mehfil hai
tum bhi kabhi
aao naa
baitho naa

tumse mil ke yoon to mahak rahaa hoon
phir bhi main akelaa bahak rahaa hoon
aree hoo hoo
hoo hoo
hoo hoo hoo
tumse mil ke yoon to mahak rahaa hoon
phir bhi main akelaa bahak rahaa hoon
meri andheri hain tanhaayiyaan
koi diyaa tum jalaa do naa
he
kitne sapne kitne armaan
laayaa hoon main
dekho naa
dekho naa

zu
zu zu zu
zu
he he he

har taraf jahaan bhi palak thami hai
pyaar ki jahaan mein bahut kamin hai
arre hoo
hoo hoo hoo
hoo
har taraf jahaan bhi palak thami hai
pyaar ki jahaan mein bahut kami hai
berang hain ye mere raat-din
tum rang koi milaa do naa
he
kitne sapne kitne armaan
laayaa hoon main
dekho naa
dekho naa

koi mujh mein dekhe
to kyaa nahin hai
haan wo gham mein bheegi
sadaa nahin hai
koi mujh mein dekhe
to kyaa nahin hai
haan wo gham mein bheegi
sadaa nahin hai
mere taraanon mein pad jaaye jaan
tum koi dhadkan jagaa do naa
he
kitne sapne kitne armaan
laayaa hoon main
dekho naa
dekho naa

he he he
meraa dil bhi
ik mehfil hai
tum bhi kabhi
aao naa
baitho naa
aao naa
baitho naa

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2 Responses to "Kitne sapne kitne armaan laayaa hoon main"

You’ve brought up SO many salient points in this write-up, Atul. Indeed what catches the public’s pulse is something very difficult to define. Kishore’s voce had THAT element, no doubt about it! And that is why he clicked. Like you say, many of his songs had only average or poor lyrics. But his voice raised even those songs to a different level and the public embraced these songs.
When I listen to a masti Kishore song, I am totally in that masti mood. When I listen to a sad or soulful Kishore song, I am totally caught up in that mood. Kishore dragged his listener into his song, whatever its mood was. That was the secret of his singing success IMO.
And his comedy was so much fun too. The guy was a real genius!

Atul ji,

A very thoughtful write up.

I believe that a significant factor in Kishore Da’s acceptance by the public, was the awareness of his presence, that was created through his actor-singer personality. Most other singers were only visible to the public at premiers or award functions, whereas Kishore Da was right there in front of you all the time for a couple of decades, by the time “Sapnon Ki Raani” hit the airwaves. People were very familiar with a plumpish guy who would tell the ‘Khoobsurat Haseena’ that ‘Hum To Mohabbat Karega’, and if she is not agreeable, then ‘Chhoti Si Ye Duniya, Pehchaane Raaste Hain, Tum Kahin To Miloge’. His consistent presence in the public mind as an endearing person played to his favor, be it the mechanic Mannu, of CKNG, or the army veteran Shankar of Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein, or the Bhaanu of Musafir, and definitely the Guru Vidyapati of Padosan. People knew him, knew his antics, and knew the face behind the voice. A voice that was introduced to the public about two generations ahead of its time. And when the generation came that would swoon on this voice chanting ‘Om Shanti Om’, then the phenomena just spread out and enveloped everything that was Hindi film music.

Great selection today, and great readings too. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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