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Kete din aur kete din

Posted on: September 13, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The mention of Saigal Saab’s name evokes emotions of despondency and the sounds of a broken heart. He is mostly remembered for the sounds of melancholy songs, the tragic role of Devdas, the ghazals brimming with the stark philosophies of life, and the heart rending swansong ‘Jab Dil Hi Toot Gayaa. . .’ of the romantic Shahjehaan. And so it may surprise many a music an cine lovers, that Saigal Saab’s first forays in the arena of acting were in comedy roles.

Back in his home town of Jalandhar, the young Kundan Lal Saigal and a dear friend, Pyaarelal Sood were a comedy team in the local theatre circuit. Pyaarelal Sood, was a comedy actor working with All India Radio, Jalandhar. He was famous in the character of ‘Chachaji’, and presented a comedy program routine by the same name on radio. Together, Saigal Saab and Pyaare Lal Sood formed a team of traditional jesters, called ‘maskharaa’, and presented stand-up comedy routines on stage in Jalandhar.

Coming to Calcutta, and starting to work with New Theatres, his very second screen appearance, ‘Zinda Laash’ is in fact a comedy film. Starring Saigal Saab in the company of Prithviraj Kapoor, Mehzabeen, Siddique Ansari, Miss Rani, Izhar Hussaing, Hamid etc. Saigal Saab plays the role of a tailor. This was followed by a short 3 reel film titled ‘Dulari Biwi’, in which Saigal Saab played the role of henpecked husband of a quarrelsome wife. The opening scene of the film is a hilarious shot – Saigal Saab is running down the staircase of his home, followed by his querulous wife, who is throwing plates, and jugs, and glasses at him. (By some accounts, this short film is based on the Laurel and Hardy production ’Our Wives’). In this film, the role of Saigal Saab’s wife is played by Molina Devi.

As destiny would have it, beyond this, the magic of his voice started to catch on. The songs he sang for Pooran Bhagat (1933), Yahudi Ki Ladki (1933) and Chandidaas (1934) became raving hits with the public. His comic side is once again on display, alas just in a three more films. Krorepati (1936) is the story of a young man, who lands up in a fairy-tale world when he wins a lottery. Again, in Lagan (1941), a social romantic comedy about a music teacher and his student. And then in Bhanwaraa (1944), another romantic comedy that entangles two friends with a pair of sisters. The songs that Saigal Saab has sung for these films carry a very fresh and light sound of a delighted heart.

In this post I am presenting a rare non filmi geet rendered by Saigal Saab. The lyricist and composer of this song is not identified, but the sound and flow has a typical touch of Bengal. This once again is a sound of forlorn wait. The singer is a lady waiting for her lover to come, and is narrating the circumstances of her heart and her mind to a friend. The word ‘aali’ used in this song, is a word from Brij Bhasha (the language of Brij) and means ‘sakhi’ or a lady friend. To this friend, the singer is describing that even today, no boat has brought him; the wind is blowing and the lamp is not staying steady, how may he locate the dwelling in darkness. A very soft and slow paced rendering, that will easily flow into your heart. A very typical Voice of Saigal rendition.


Song-Kete din aur kete din (Saigal NFS) (1940) Singer-K L Saigal

Lyrics

kete din
aur kete din
aali sahoon birhaa ka bhaar
kete din

aashaa niraashaa ke din beetey jaayen
ghaat pe na laagi naiyyaa ek baar
kete din
aur kete din
aali sahoon birhaa ka bhaar
kete din

kutiyaa akeli aur na koi
mann mein hai laagi aashaa yehi
shaayad sunoon veena ke taar
shaayad sunoon veena ke taar
kete din
aur kete din
aali sahoon birhaa ka bhaar
kete din

aakaash ki neelimaa
meghon mein chhupi
chaley purvaayi laalee hain jhari
aakaash ki neelimaa
meghon mein chhupi
chaley purvaayi laalee hain jhari
pavan sameer jaley na diyaa
andhere mein kyaa wo raah paayegaa
pavan sameer jaley na diyaa
andhere mein kyaa wo raah payegaa
paayegaa wo kya kutiyaa ka dwaar

kete din
aur kete din
aali sahoon birhaa ka bhaar
kete din

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