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Pajama tang hai kurta dheela

Posted on: September 15, 2011


“Shimla Road” (1969), a Jugal Productions movie directed by Jugal Kishore is an archtypical B grade movie. It had Dev Kumar,Sarita, K N Singh,Maruti, Hiralal, Leela Misra, Murad, Mehmood Junior, Kundan etc in it.

The movie made no impression whatsoever at the box office. In fact, I was not even aware of this movie or its songs till a few days back.

The movie was not much to right home about, and the music had the misfortune of competing with some of the finest music in Hindi movie industry those days. Yes, 1968-69 was the era of mass upheaval as well as tremendous quality of music. I personally regard that era as not just the golden era, but the platinum era of Hindi movie music, where even outstanding songs had to struggle to get a toehold.

Here is a song from “Shimla Road” (1969). Prima facie, it sounds like an O P Nayyar composition, but it is not. It is composed by Usha Khanna, who was influenced by O P Nayyar’s music style in this song. She was apparently an assistant to O P Nayyar to someimes in the past, though I am not very clear about the details.

This song is sung by Rafi and Krishna Kalle. The song is picturised as a dance song of Dev Kumar and Sarita as well as on lots of male and female dancers.

Regular participation is such vigorous dancing may be a better way to keep fit than standalone exercises or walk. 🙂 And it is more enjoyable too.

Here is this wonderful song from “Shimla Road” (1969) that very few people may have heard /watched. It is a forgotten gem for sure.


Song-Pajama tang hai kurta dheela (Shimla Road) (1969) Singers-Rafi, Krishna Kalle, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Usha Khanna
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

Pajama tang hai kurta dheela
ghazab hai uspe dupatta
pajama tang hai kurta dheela
ghazab hai uspe dupatta neela
o Reshma
o Neelimaa
idhar to aa
na dil tadpaa
gale lag jaa
ye teri nau ghaz ki salwaar
aur uspe pagdi
ye teri nau ghaz ki salwaar
aur uspe pagdi turredaar
o bholeya
re pagla
kabhi sheeshaa bhi hai dekhaa
parey hat jaa

hoy hoy
hoy hoy
zaraa chaal sambhal ke chalnaa
zaraa chaal sambhal ke chalnaa
ho tere paaon tale mera dil hai
ho tere paaon tale mera dil hai
ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho
dekhen hain bahut dil waale
dekhen hain bahut dil waale
ho behkaanaa hamen mushqil hai
behkaanaa hamen mushqil hai
o goriye
hadippaa
o soniye
hadippa
o gori o soniye
o baliye meri jaan
hurr haa

pajama tang hai kurta dheela
ghazab hai uspe dupatta
pajama tang hai kurta dheela
ghazab hai uspe dupatta neela
o Reshma
o Neelimaa
idhar to aa
na dil tadpaa
gale lag jaa

hoy hoy
ho ho ho ho ho

ho
ho ho ho
ho ho ho
ho ho ho
tagina tinakdhin
tagina tinakdhin

tigi tigi tigi tigi hoy
tu saaras hai main bulbul
tu saaras hai main bulbul
kyaa jod hai teri meri
kyaa jod hai teri meri
ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho

ud jaungaa lekar tujhko
ud jaungaa lekar tujhko
aane de raat andheri
aane de raat andheri
o hiriya
hadippa
o mukhna
hadippa
o hiriya
o mukhna
mujhe paanaa nahin aasaan

hurr
ye teri nau ghaz ki salwaar
aur uspe pagdi

ye teri nau ghaz ki salwaar
aur uspe pagdi turredaar
o bholeya
re pagla
kabhi sheeshaa bhi hai dekhaa
parey hat jaa

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13 Responses to "Pajama tang hai kurta dheela"

Atul ji,
In the crowd of male composers,USHA KHANNA has carved her own place by sheer determination.Now that she is very near to/on the way to becoming a Centurion here,lets take a look at her career.
Manohar Khanna,lyricist -usha khanna’s father-and Indeevar were very good friends.Whenever he went to her house,she used to show him her compositions and sing songs.one day Indeevar took her to Filmalaya’s S.Mukherjee.he heard her compositions and asked her,”Can you sing better than Lata or Asha ?” A shocked Usha said an emphatic NO.Then he told her,”leave this singing.I did not like your songs,but your tunes are good.Come here daily and give me 3-4 tunes daily.If I like them,I will give you opportunity as my Music Director.” And this is how she got her first film”Dil deke dekho”.
She used to copy the styles of O.P.Nayyar,L-P,S-J and others.Her songs always sounded like other composers,that is why,she could not develop her own distinct style like others.When she started her career, OPN,S-J,Madan Mohan,Roshan,Naushad were in full swing,and rising composers like L-P,K-A,RDB etc were giving her tough competetion.That is why Usha Khanna got less A grade films.
All the top singers cooperated with her always.She gave music to about 190 films,out of which 70 films were after 1970s.She also gave opportunity to newcomers like Pankaj Udhas,Manhar Udhas,Amit kumar .Lyricist Sameer started career with her Beshaq(1981).
She has sung many of her songs.She also sang for S-J,Madan Mohan,K-A,Roshan and Ravi.
She was not very ambitious and did not run for getting films,that is why she created her own place amongst composers.
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So Mahohar Lal Khanna, the lyricist was her father ! Thanks for this information, as well as for the other interesting information, like how she got ‘Dil Deke Dekho”.

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The first major break for Manhar udhaas must be ‘Lootey koyi man ka nagar ban ke meraa saathi” with Lata M. in S. D. Burman’s ‘Abhimaan’. It is a beautiful duet used partly in the film.

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Nahm ji,

Earliest song by Manhar that I could track so far is ‘Aap se hum ko bichhde huye, ek zamaanaa beet gayaa’, a duet with Suman Kalyanpur, from film Vishwaas, 1969, music by Kalyanji Anandji.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Atul ji, Arun ji,

One more interesting piece of information regarding Manohar Khanna, father of Usha Khanna. He used to write lyrics under another name also. The numbers ‘Mein Ne Rakha Hai Mohabbat’, and ‘Ye Teri Saadgi. . .’ from Shabnam (1964), and ‘Haaye Tabassum Tera . . .’ from Nishan (1965) are written by Javed Anwar, who is the same person as Manohar Khanna.

Manohar Khanna used to work in the Water Works Department in the then Gwalior State. He came to Bombay for some work in 1946 and chanced to meet Jaddanbai, mother of actress Nargis. He shared his penchant for writing, and also some ghazals he had written. Jaddanbai offered him Rs. 800 for 3 ghazals, which were used in the film Romeo Juliet (1948), a Nargis Art Productions film. (Nargis Art Productions is the name of Jaddanbai’s film production company). On Jaddanbai’s suggestion, his name appeared in the credits as Javed Anwar.

In his regular job, he was getting monthly salary of Rs. 250. With the kind of money offered to him, it was predictable that he moved to Bombay and joined the film industry as a lyricist.

He has wirtten lyrics under both names. Mein Hoon Alladin (1965), Baadal (1966), Dilruba (1967), Trip To Moon (1967), Fareb (1968) etc. carry songs written under the name of Javed Anwar. In fact I also see a very curious listing for the film Raat Andheri Thi (1967, music by Usha Khanna). One of the songs is written by MK Javed. This name looks very suspicously like Manohar Khanna ‘Javed’. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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So Jawed Anwar is Manohar Khanna ? Very curious indeed. As it is, we have songs under both names in the blog. So I should combine the two names seeing that both names represent the same individual. Indeed M K Javed too could be him. I suppose he worked under this pseudonym to hide his identity as a government employee.

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Sudhir ji,
Very interesting info about Lyricist Manohar khanna.
As far as M.K.Javed is concerned,I am not sure if he is the same person.M.K.Javed seems to have written songs for some other movies too,like Main hoon jadugar-65,Aaja sanam-75 etc,and for other composers too.His songs are sung by Asha,Rafi and even Usha Khanna also.
This mystery needs further probe.
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Sudhir ji,
I just went thru my notes and I found this information.
Romeo & Juliet,a Nargis art concern film (1947),had 5 Lyricists.
1) Faiz ahmed Faiz
2) Majrooh Sultanpuri
3)Akhtar shirani
4)Jigar Moradabadi and
5) Manohar Khanna

There is no name as Javed Anwar at all. I then checked with HFGK for details and I find that info from my notes tallies with HFGK.In it also Javed Anwar’s name does not appear,but Manohar Khanna’s appears.2 songs are credited to Manohar Khanna(mausam ye suhana-Johrabai and kisko khabar thi ).
I then referred to WK pedia,where I found that they have mentioned about MK writing as Jawed Anwar,at J Bai’s instance.
Is it possible that J Bai used his Gazals in some other films(she had bought 3 gazals),under the name of Javed Anwar ?
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Arun ji,

Thanks for the follow up, and also, for ensuring to keep us on our toes. I had taken the Wikipedia reference on face value without further checking it, and now find that the details given therein are erroneous.

So I have done some more legwork on my side. The results are not conclusive, but I would like to share what I have uncovered so far.

Jaddanbai’s production company, Nargis Arts Concerns produced the following films between 1947 and 1951. These films are:
Romeo Juliet (1947)
Anjuman (1948)
Daroga Ji (1949)
Pyar Ki Baaten (1951)

As I checked each of these films individually, all of them, except Anjuman (1948) have lyrics written by the gentleman under discussion. His name appears as follows in the credits:
Romeo Juliet (1947) as Manohar Khanna (with 3 songs listed in Geet Kosh, ‘Mausam Ye Suhaana. . .’, ‘Koi Dil Mein Samaayaa Jaaye. . . ‘, and ‘Kisko Khabar Thee Dil Ki Ye Duniya. . .’.
Anjuman (1948) (not written for this film)
Daroga Ji (1949) as Manohar Lal Khanna
Pyar Ki Baaten (1951) as ML Khanna

Internet references also list another film, titled Bhishma Pratigyaa (1950), by this company, although the information is conflicting with the Geet Kosh, which attributes this film to Vishal Chitra, Bombay. The lyrics of this film are written by Manohar Khanna.

Now, as per information, Manohar Lal Khanna is also a trained musician in his own right. And guess what, in the early fifties, I find this name listed (as Manohar, Manohar Khanna) as an assistant music director, or a shared responsibility for music composition.

Then we have film titled ‘Pamposh’ in 1953, with both lyricist and music director identified as Manohar Khanna. To add to the curious tale, there is a foot note in the Geet Kosh, wherein Usha Khanna has claimed this film to be the first one that she composed for, although the name of her father appears on the records.

When I checked Hum Hindustani (1960, music Usha Khanna), his name appears in the list of lyricists, as K Manohar. Then doing a quick check on movies with music by Usha Khanna from 1959 thru late 1960s, I find his name very frequently associated with these movies, with variations of the Manohar Lal Khanna, and also find the name Javed Anwar appearing frequently.

Then I came across a reference to an interview given by Usha Khanna to Ameen Sayaani (Radio Ceylon, now SLBC). In this interview (excerpts of which are now available on the vol. 13 of the series ‘Geetmala Ki Chhaaon Mein’ released by HMV/SaReGaMa), Usha Khanna has mentioned the following: – ‘. . . that her father, Manohar Lal Khanna also used the pen name of Javed. Anwar was a good friend of her father. They have co-written lyrics for films, including for Shabnam. Anwar has also written independently under the name Raahil Gorakhpuri.’

(Note: Some films for which Raahil Gorakhpuri has written lyrics are, Tipu Sultan (1959), Deep Jalte Rahe (1959), Mehlon Ke Khwaab (1960), Maine Jeena Seekh Liya (1959), Khoobsurat Dhokha (1959))

Given this statement by Usha Khanna, that Javed was the pen name of her father, the lyricist named MK Javed, almost certainly appears to be the same person. The key is to look for the name of the music director. I checked, and for the two films you mentioned for MK Javed as lyricist, Aa Jaa Sanam (1975) has music composed by Usha Khanna. (Music for ‘Mein Hoon Jaadugar’ (1965) shared by Nashaad and Premnath. )

I am going to explore this further. And I would appreciate your help also in this; please share any other related information you come across in this context.

Rgds
Sudhir

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That is great research and information. So K Manohar is also Manohar Lal Khanna ! He went to great extents to hide his identity in various movies. So now we have names like Manohar Khanna, Manohar Lal Khanna, K Manohar, Jawed Anwar, KM Javed for him.

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Sudhir ji,
I feel very happy that gunuine efforts are made to go to the root of the matter and you have shown that you have that urge to get the truth,no matter how much trouble it takes or consumes time.
I refer to the first para of your above note,wherein you have expressed your opinion about WK pedia.Let me tell you,I have come accross instances where WK pedia has declared a person dead,while person’s name is in the news few days later for some reason and he/she is alive and kicking ! They even gave the date of death.I had mentioned this in my comments earlier.
secondly,as I have said earlier(very recently),in olden days,to get a foothold in the Industry,struggling artists used to dabble in unconnected fields also.So we find,composers being in dance troups,Directors being choreagraphers,actors singing(even Shaikh Mukhtar !),singers acting,Producers acting,writers doing cinematography,actors being costume designers and sound effect experts and many such odd things common in those days.Many composers acted,sang,directed and even wrote lyrics.
so,there is no surprise if Manohar Khanna tried his hand at music.
Further I can quote many instances where 2 lyricists have written a song together,so it is possible that Javed(MLK) and Anwar wrote songs together,and were referred to as Jawed Anwar.
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