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Sudh bisar gayi aaj apne gunan ki

Posted on: September 12, 2011


Most music lovers like to listen to light music and they run away a mile if they have to listen to classical music or classical music based songs. I was certainly one of them during my younger days.

Listening to semi classical songs in Hindi movies is a divine experience. But for that , one needs to acquire the taste for that. One may not really need to understand such music, just acknowleding the fact that this is a kind of music that deserves our respect and appreciation will do.

Hindi movie music largely caters to the taste of ordinary folks, which may or may not be based on classical ragas but there have still been considerable number of songs that are clearly based on classical ragas. Many of them may not be the cup of tea of average music lovers.

It is humbling to realise that many great semi classical compositions have been created not just in A grade movies, but also in B grade movies.

One of the so called B grade movie that will hold a pride of place among movies with great semi classical songs has to be “Sangeet Samrat Tansen” (1962). As the name suggests, this movie was based on the story of Tansen, the legendary musician in Emperor Akbar’s court.

This was not the first Hindi movie based on the life of Tansen. Two decades ago, K L Saigal had played the title role in the magnum opus “Tansen” (1942). So when Sur Sagar Chitra movies decided to take on the same topic as their movie, they were really up against a stiff benchmark.

“Sangeet Samrat Tansen” (1962) was a labour of love for S N Tripathi. He not only composed the music of this movie, he was also the director of this movie. In this movie, Bharat Bhushan played Tansen and his songs were sung by Rafi.

This movie turned out to be a great musical magnum opus. Instead of trying to compare this movie with “Tansen” (1942), it is better to enjoy the songs of both movies on their own. We have discussed all the songs of the K L Saigal magnum opus, and it is time we cover all the songs of “Sangeet Samrat Tansen” (1962) too.

Here is an awesome semi classical jugalbandi between Manna Dey and Rafi from “Sangeet Samrat Tansen” (1962). The lyrics are written by Shailendra.

I am unable to identify the actor lip syncing in the voice of Manna Dey. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify him.
PS-It is Kumar, who lip syncs in Manna Dey’s voice.

Audio

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Song-Sudh bisar gayi aaj apne gunan ki(Sangeet Samrat Tansen) (1962) Singers-Manna Dey,Rafi, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki
aa hi gayi baat
beete dinan ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki

bikhre sapan saare
vidhnaa se ham haare
bikhre sapan saare
vidhnaa se ham haare
ansuon mein doobi hain
palken nayan ki
palken nayan ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki

jiyaraa ke do took,
gayi prernaa rooth
jiyaraa ke do took,
gayi prernaa rooth
ghut ghut gayi sookh
saritaa suran ki
saritaa suran ki

aa aa
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki
aa hi gayi baat
beete dinan ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj

sa re sa ma,
ma ga ma dha,
dha ma dha sa
ni sa ga,
sa ni sa ni
dha ni dha
ma dha ma
ga ma dha ma dha ni sa
ni dha pa ma,
ni dha pa ma,
ni dha pa ma
sudh bisar gayi aaj apne gunan ki

haay re kalaakaar
jaane na sansaar
haay re kalaakaar
jaane na sansaar

har raag mein peer hai
kis ke man ki
har raag mein peer hai
kis ke man ki
haay kis ke man ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki
aa hi gayi baat beete dinan ki
beete dinan ki
beete dinan ki
sudh bisar gayi aaj
apne gunan ki

13 Responses to "Sudh bisar gayi aaj apne gunan ki"

Atul ji,

Wow and thanks.
What a wonderful post and what a wonderful reminder. As soon as I saw the name of this song in the email, I had to get online and say my thanks. Such a wonderful composition and such a emphatic rendition by Manna Da.
Delighted. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Atul ji,

“most music lovers run away from classical music” is only partly true.What in reality is,that normally the word classical music is associated with some Ustad so and so having a mahfil with only a Tanpura or Violin,who goes on repeating same word or a set of words for half an hour each in his voice and such songs do not seem to end any time !
music is in every Indian’s blood.It is what one calls ” VIRASAT ” of Indian culture.Music is in our lives throughout right from Birth to Death.Every Indian grows up listening to his mother’s lories,marriage songs holi songs etc.
When classical music is presented in a short version,involving lilting tunes and limited time it is always welcom.That is how our film music evolved and since alst 70 years has entertained the world.
Hindi film music has truly helped take classical music to the masses.Besides,it has played another role also.
The famous Music critic/Historian James McConnachie said,”As India marched towards an uncertain future(in 1947),film songs offered something unique;they helped creating a sense of belonging to ONE NATION among Iindian Hindus and Muslims,something that the divisive forces wanted demolished.When Hindi film singers sang,nobody cared that Mohd.Rafi was a Muslim and Lata was a Hindu Bramhin.Its great music bridged the gap between Hindus and Muslims better that even Gandhi and Nehru ! ” (World Music-The rough guide Vol II pp 106)
Besides,the runaway success of Baiju Bawra,Tansen,Basant Bahar or even Abhiman was possible because people loved classical music in this format.
Composers like Vasant Desai,Naushad,S.D.Barman etc have helped classical music reach the common man in an acceptable form.
-AD

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Hear, hear!!!

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Deshmukh ji,
Hats off to you for writing this piece.
my emotions knew no bounds,for I am the actual person who has experienced in my own life what you have quoted about uniting Indians thru music.
During 1947 partition chaos,it was only the Hindi film music which helped the helpless minorities in the majority areas,be it Hindu or Muslim.The magic of timeless melodies brought people of all religions together,is a historical truth.I can vouch for it.
Even today,there are more old film music lovers in Pakistan than in India,percentagewise.
People like us who are settled abroad do not differentiate on nationalities or religions because the music binds us together.
Music has its own religion.
-BOODHEMIYAN,Saudi Arabia.

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Boodhemiyan ji,
Thank you for endorsing my view by sharing your emotions,and experiences.
-AD

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Boodhemiyan ji, Arun ji,

You speak to my heart with these words. Music is such binding force and such a wonderful cultural undercurrent that transcends regions and religions. Whenever I listen to the song ‘O Duniya Ke Rakhwaale. . .’ (Baiju Baawraa, 1952), it brings tears to my eyes, and I cannot cease to marvel that this wonderful call to the Almighty, set in such deep Hindu traditional milieu, is created by a poet called Shakeel Badayuni, composed by a musician called Naushad, and is so soulfully sung by a singer called Mohammed Rafi. I cannot think of a more commanding tribute to the uniting power of music.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Is it M.Kumar/Kumar(the actor who lip syncs for the voice of Manna da)???.
He played the role of a sculptor in Mughal-e-Azam(1960) Am I right???

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Atul ji,
Yesterday night,I posted one comment here,about the actor Kumar.I checked it twice that it was posted properly,but I am surprised that today morning,it has disappeared.Few days back,Sudhir ji had also reported a similar thing about his reply disappearing.I request you to kindly investigate this matter.
The actor lip-synching Manna Dey’s part of the song is KUMAR in the role of Swami Haridas.I think,he did the same role in Baiju bawara also.
KUMAR,whose real name was Sayeed Hasan Ali,started film career as a Hero till he was 40 yrs.of age.He was in Pooran Bhagat also.From the film Nazma,he changed to character roles.His last film was Raat aur Din . Then he migrated to Pakistan.
-AD

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I have followed the comments on this thread. I am in agreement about music being a binding force. There are also languages that bind people from across sections and nations.

Then there is cricket. I remember watching Arun Lal commenting on one of the world cup matches. In one of the pre match discussion, where Bangla Desh was playing, he emphatically declared that he is a big fan of bangla cricket, and he wants to see them doing well in international cricket. This was in the nineties. This sort of thing is not likely to happen with kenya, scotland etc.

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Atulji,
Happy New Year to all. This tune is so-o soothing and oh so melodious.
I don’t seem to have heard this one at all. My parents started me with Carnatic music on the veena. Later I developed an interest in the movies and also English pop -being overseas from childhood. And I like both. I’m going through your semi classical songs. I am enjoying this category very much, having heard and seen many old movies through video cassettes and dvds and now internet. That, incidentally, reduced from 309 to 118 in just a few hours! Maybe you were changing some category which took effect immediately. i think there was a song dance sequence done by Kumkum in a movie with Nirupa Roy,Rani Roopmati or something else with NR as heroine. And she is beautiful in those roles. And has anyone ever found the Amrapali song jao re jogi… in video??! Could someone please tell me where I can download the audio of these? Thanks.

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Songs in the Semi classical songs category reduced from 309 to 118 ? That could not be the case because I did not do any such re categorisation of songs. I think the figure of 118 semi classical songs in the blog is all we have had till now.

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The acor is Moti Lal brother of actor Dev anand. He also player in Mughale azam as sculptor

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This is indeed a wonderful creation. What we call as semi classical
is a misnomer.Why not Bandish.
Only that unfortunately music directors have not always been true to a raag and have composed tunes taking bits and pieces of two or more.
At times like Naushad in Mughale Azam did that with reason as the scene
shifted from one part of the evening to the next in the pictureisation
of the song.
I have fallen in love with this composition and as a new learner(age77)
i will one day sing it
Satish Bahadur

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