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Dil mein shama jalaake tere intezaar ki

Posted on: March 29, 2012


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

Rewinding back to 1950. The earlier year, 1949, had proved to be a golden year for music and songs in Hindi films. Many a memorable films and many many memorable songs got released in this year, and many relatively new artists got launched on hugely prolific careers. Some writers accord the period from 1949 to 1952 as the best period of music in Hindi film industry. But one voice was relatively unheard. A very new singer by the name Asha Bhosle, was just fledgling, and a career that was still to take a shape. Sixty one years hence, she would be celebrated as the most recorded singer in history. But back, in 1949 and 1950, you could count her songs on your fingers. All of sixteen years old at that time, and already saddled with turbulent personal affairs, no wonder that she did not have many songs to her credit in this golden period of Hindi film music.

Allaah Rakha Qureshi (AR Qureshi), the legendary tabla maestro (and father of Zakir Hussain (also a world renowned tabla exponent)), was still working on his career as a music director in Hindi films. In 1950, came the film ‘Sabak’, produced and directed by M Sadiq, under the banner of Sadiq Productions, Bombay. The film boasted of a star cast that included Munawwar Sultana, Karan Dewan, Om Prakash, Zillo Bai, Cuckoo, Shayam, Jagirdar, Kumar etc. The following synopsis is adapted from the comments posted by Arun ji Deshmukh, our in house encyclopedia of films and music of the yesteryears.

SABAK(1950), produced and directed by M Sadiq under the banner of Sadiq Productions, has music by AR Qureshi (the famous tabla nawaaz Alla Rakha and father of the famous tabla player Zakir Hussain) and songs by D.N.Madhok. The story is interesting. Thakur (Jagirdar) is a rich landlord who owns 10 villages and 10,000 bighas of land. Badri Kaka (Om Prakash) is a poor cultivator, who is Thakur’s enemy. But Thakur’s son Manohar (Karan Dewan) is in love with Lajwanti (Munawwar Sultana), daughter of Badri Kaka. Both parents warn their children against this alliance. When Lajo does not heed to these warnings, Badri Kaka takes her to Thakur and demands that the two children should be married. He is insulted and thrown out. Next day, Badri’s mango grove is burnt and destroyed. He wants to leave the town, but in the fields, he finds a pot of gold and papers which prove that Thakur is a cheat and all his property belongs to Badri Kaka. Now the picture is reverse. Thakur is poor and Badri is rich, so also their children. The film details how everybody learns the importance of love more than money. It is a SABAK (Lesson) to all.

The songs of this film are penned by the redoubtable DN Madhok. The film has 10 songs, of which four are already showcased on this blog. Allaah Rakha picked the primary singers for this film to be Surinder Kaur and Mohammed Rafi who have sung as many as seven of the songs between them, as solos and duets. GM Durrani got to sing one song. And the remaining two are rendered by Asha – one as a solo and one as a duet with Surinder Kaur.

The song discussed here is the solo by Asha. The young voice sounds so charming, and fresh – and so very different from the sounds of “Piyaa Tu. . . Ab To Aa Jaa” to be sung by her twenty one years later. A lovely sentimental melody that deserves a better recognition.

dil mein shamaa jalaa ke tere intezaar ki
duniya lutaa ke baitthi hoon sabr-o-qaraar ki

The flame of anticipation
Burns bright in my heart
And I sit here, awaiting
Forsaking, devastating
All the world of my peace and patience

aankhon ka noor dil ki tamannaa’en loot kar
surat bigaad di hai khizaa ne bahaar ki

The sparkle in my eyes
The desires in my heart
This autumn has robbed them (from me)
And has blemished the spring, the happiness in me

aa jaa ke dil mein rang bharaa hai ummeed ka
tasveer phir rahi hai nigaahon mein pyaar ki

Yet my heart is still filled
With a hope, O please come
Images of your love
Keep dancing in my eyes

fariyaad meri sun ke sitaare bhi ro diye
raaton ko utth ke mein ne jo teri pukaar ki

Even stars in the sky, they cry
When in sleepless nights,
I plead and call out your name


Song-Dil mein shama jalaa ke tere intezaar ki (Sabak)(1950) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-A R Qureshi

Lyrics

dil mein shamaa
dil mein shamaa jalaa ke
tere intezaar ki
intezaar ki
duniya lutaa ke
duniya lutaa ke baitthi hoon
sabr-o-qaraar ki
sabr-o-qaraar ki
dil mein shamaa

aankhon ka noor
dil ki tamannaa’en loot kar
tamannaa’en loot kar
aankhon ka noor
dil ki tamannaa’en loot kar
tamannaa’en loot kar
surat bigaad ho. . .
surat bigaad di hai
khizaa ne bahaar ki
khizaa ne bahaar ki
surat bigaad di hai
khizaa ne bahaar ki
ho. . . oo. . .
oo. . . oo. . .
surat bigaad di hai
khizaa ne bahaar ki
khizaa ne bahaar ki
dil mein shamaa

aa jaa ke dil mein rang bharaa hai ummeed ka
ho. . .
aa jaa
aa jaa ke dil mein rang bharaa
hai ummeed ka
hai ummeed ka
tasveer phir rahi. . .ee. . .
tasveer phir rahi hai
nigaahon mein pyaar ki
nigaahon mein pyaar ki
dil mein shamaa

fariyaad meri sun ke
sitaare bhi ro diye
sitaare bhi ro diye
fariyaad meri sun ke
sitaare bhi ro diye
sitaare bhi ro diye
raaton ko utth ke ho. . .
raaton ko utth ke
mein ne jo teri pukaar ki
teri pukaar ki
dil mein shamaa

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6 Responses to "Dil mein shama jalaake tere intezaar ki"

Awesome information. Thank you Sudhirji

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Sudhir ji,
The story and other details of SABAK are given on 20-9-2012 as comments on the triot(sung by 3 singers) song “Ambua ke ped suhane” sung by Asha,Surinder Kaur and Premlata.
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correction…
The date should be 20-9-2011.
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Agree with you Sudhirji about how Ashaji sounds in the song. Veru very different from her usual self.

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I have carefully listened to the song, ‘dil mein shama jala…’ The voice is so unlike that of Asha Bhonsle that for a while one doubts whether the singer of this song has been correctly identified. The voice very much sounds like that of Lata Mangeshkar. But maybe I am mistaken. If indeed it is Asha, then we must say that there was a sea change in the tone and timbre of her voice in later years.

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