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Main jab gaaun geet suhaanaa

Posted on: December 28, 2011


Originally written by me, this writeup has subsequently been thoroughly revamped and rewritten by Sudhir, following his detailed and thorough investigation into this song

“Amar Raj” (1946) is a movie which was directed by Homi Wadia. The movie had Trilok Kapoor and Nirupa Roy from what little I can gather on internet.

Here is a rare song from “Amar Raj” (1946). This song is sung by the then upcoming struggler named Rafi. Music is composed by Feroz Nizami. This movie had Pt Phani and I C Kapoor as lyricists, but it is not clear who is the lyricist of this song. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and this song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by nahm.

Much has happened after the initial write up of this song. Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh commented that this song did not figure in the geetkosh listing. After that Sudhir jee carried out an indepth investigation into the matter and the results of his investigation will rewrite the information about this song. Here is what Sudhir jee found out about this song.

Here is the results of my exploration to resolve the mystery behind this song.

When I read Arun ji’s comment that this song is not listed in the Geet Kosh, I was intrigued. I checked it myself and found that his statement is true. But then I thought, why would someone publish this song on YouTube with wrong information? Also, Arun ji said that he had checked the song index across all volumes, and this song is not listed. I checked again, and once more, his statement is true. Then where is this song coming from? I was perplexed. Is there an error in the Geet Kosh?

I carefully looked at the list of songs for this film once again, and got a clue. There is one song listed in the Geet Kosh, whose leading line is “Mein Jab Chhedoon Prem Taraanaa”. The singer for this song is listed as Mohan Tara and “others”. It struck me that this line is very close in metre and in rhyme to the first line of the mystery song, ‘Mein Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa”. Then the second thing struck me. In the Geet Kosh, the record serial number against the song “Mein Jab Chhedoon Prem Taraanaa” is listed in bold characters, which indicates that this song occupies both sides of the record with that serial number. Now this was getting more and more intriguing, and I got a glimmer of an idea that possibly the song “Mein Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa” is actually a part of this long song that occupies two sides of the record.

So I checked with my collector friend (bless him) and luckily he has this record. I was excited, and as soon as I could plan it, I went over to see this record for myself. And that solves the mystery behind this song.

On side 1 of this record (Columbia Records GE 3795) has a duet sung by Mohan Tara and Rafi Saab. The peculiar thing about this duet is that Mohan Tara has sung just two lines in the beginning of side 1, and then her voice does not appear at all in the entire record. After she completes her two lines, which are

“Main Jab Chhedoon Prem Taranaa”
“Naache Mere Saath Zamaanaa”

Rafi Saab takes over, and starts with the lines “Mein Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa”, and sings this complete song on rest of the side 1.

Then when I played the side 2, the song “Mein Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa” is repeated fully, in the voice of Rafi Saab once again. This side is the solo where in only Rafi Saab’s voice is heard, and this song is exactly the one already posted.

When I carefully listened the two versions of the song “Main Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa” from the two sides of the record, I find that the lyrics are exactly the same. However there are subtle differences in the arrangement of lines and the rendition, indicating that these two songs are distinct recordings (of the same song), and possibly may have been played at two separate occasions in the film.

And hence the conclusion is – the record GE 3795 for film Amar Raj (1946) has the same song on both sides, sung somewhat differently, by Rafi Saab.

There is one key difference that on side 1, the singing by Rafi Saab is preceded by a short opening piece sung by Mohan Tara, which is not present on the side 2.

So the original record carries incomplete information, as the name of the main singer of this song (Rafi Saab) is missing. Consequently, the information in the Geet Kosh is also incomplete, obviously because the compilers would not have played every song from every record when they compiled the information. Hence this crucial information is missing from the Geet Kosh. Also missing is the information that these two songs are very slightly different. I am writing separately to Harmandir ji for including this additional info in his notes.

So this investigation also determines the name of the lyricist, which is Pt. Faani, as per the record.

The song that was previously discussed in this write up is from side 2, the solo version starting with “Mein Jab Gaaun Geet Suhaanaa”.

I have now uploaded the song from side 1 of this record also, and the link for the same is now posted below. I am also including below the lyrics of the song from side 1.

Side 1

Side 2

Song-Main jab gaaon geet suhaana (Amar Raj)(1946) Singer-Mohan Tara, Rafi, Lyrics-Pt Phani, MD-Firoz Nizami

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Side 1
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Lyrics(Provided by Sudhir)
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main jab chhedoon prem taraanaa
main jab chhedoon prem taraanaa
naache mere saath zamaanaa
naache mere saath zamaanaa
naache mere saath zamaanaa

main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa

phulwaari mein ghoom ghoom kar
munh kaliyon ka choom choom kar
munh kaliyon ka choom choom kar
bhanvra pyaas bujhaaye
bhanvra pyaas bujhaaye
koyaliyaa ab gaaye
koyaliyaa ab gaaye
gaa. . . aaye madhur taraanaa
gaa. . . aaye madhur taraanaa
jaage dard puraanaa
jaage dard puraanaa

main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
gaaye mere

main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
main jab gaaoon geet suhaanaa
gaaye mere saath zamaanaa
gaaye mere
saath
za. . .maa. . .naaaa

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Side 2
—————————-
Lyrics (Originally provided by nahm, subsequently updated by Sudhir)
—————————–
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
gaaye mere saath zamaana
gaaye mere

aaaa
phulwaari mein ghoom ghoom kar
munh kaliyon ka choom choom kar
bhanvra pyaas bujhaaye
koyaliyaa ab gaaye
gaaye madhur taraana
jaage dard puraana
jaage dard puraana
jaage dard puraana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
gaaye mere saath zamaana
gaaye mere

traam thai traam thai
ta thi dhai-ta
ta thi dhai-ta
tat that thai
traam thai traam thai traam thaa

main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
gaaye mere saath zamaana
gaaye mere

ma pa dha dha ni ni
dha ni ni
dha ni ni
dha ni
ma pa sa
ga ga ma ma re sa ni sa
dha pa ni ni
pa ma pa ga ga ga ma ma re sa ni sa

main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
gaaye mere saath zamaana
gaaye mere

noom noom noom noom
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na na na na na na na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na
toom ta na na na

main jab gaaoon
main jab gaaoon
main jab gaaoon

eet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
main jab gaaoon geet suhaana
gaaye mere saath zamaana
gaaye mere
saath
za. . .maa. . .naaaa

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8 Responses to "Main jab gaaun geet suhaanaa"

Atul ji,
Very strangely,this song does not appear in the songs list of Amar Raj in the Hindi Film Geet Kosh. I searched the alphabetical list of songs from 1931 to 1970,but there is no trace of this song anywhere.
There could be 2 possibilities.
1. This song may not be from Amar Raj or
2. This song may have been removed from/not included at all-though recorded- in Amar Raj,before its release itself.
Thus,it is difficult to find out the name of the lyricist of this “Orphan” song .
-AD

Beautiful song. I heard it for the first time. Rafi’s classical “karishma”! Wish could see the video of it. Sounds like a comedian is singing. I may be wrong. Thanks for posting.

-Khyati Bhatt

Arun ji,

The write up is now updated with more information about this song, besides also explaining why the Geet Kosh entry is missing.

Please see.

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji,
Fantastic ! You are just superb !!!
I am amazed with your dedication of going to the root of the matter to get at the truth.I have said it earlier also and now once again I sincerely thank you for busting the mystery of this song.
Only a person like you can do this.Your efforts and genuine interest in bringing the facts to the fore is indeed worthy of praise.It needs patience,perseverence and deep committment to do what you have done.
Thanks,once again.
-AD

Sudhirji,
Just to remind you my request of posting the “jageya jageya” song from movie Kala Patthar on Jan 9th being Mahendra Kapoorji’s b’day. If you are busy, it’s ok. Any day is fine as long as I get the meaning also along with the song.
Aapne jo mere liye “allah karam karna” (Dada) gane ka anuvaad kardiya, to iske baad yeh laalchi man ki laalach aur badh gayi.

Thanks,

-Khyati Bhatt

Sudhir,

I must record here my appreciation of your zeal and efforts to get the facts right.

Sudhirji!
Congratulations of your solving this mystery! That was surely a good piece of detective work.Thanks to zeal and efforts of fans like you that gaps in history and documentation of Hindi film songs can be filled.
Very commendable!

Thanks a lot for finding a place of this song in ‘Geet Kosh”. I was hugely disappointed, to know that this is not there in ‘Geet kosh. But then i thought it could a Non-film song too, like Sehgal’s songs. It’s significance is too great, as an early song of Rafi , wonderfully sung by him and also that the words have proved prophetic.

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