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Shama pe aake o parwaane

Posted on: March 30, 2012


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

Given that during most of the 50s, C Ramchandra was very favorably inclined towards Lata, I was just wanting to find out what is the earliest that he had used the voice of Asha Bhosle. I did a quick scan of the films for which C Ram has composed music, in the Geet Kosh, from 1950 onwards. And unless I made a mistake in my scanning, the film ‘Meenaar’ in 1954 seems to be the first time that Asha Bhosle has sung for C Ramchandra. If not mistaken, then this is likely the first such occasion.

‘Meenaar’ is a film from the banner of Shri Vishwabharati Films, Bombay, produced by R Chandra and directed by Hemen Gupta. The star cast is impressive and includes Bharat Bhushan, Bina Rai, Shiela Ramani, Pran, Chandrashekhar, S Nazir, Protima Devi, Kum Kum, Kamalkant, Agha Meraaj, Uma Dutt, Shapur, Badri Verma, Zarina, etc. The songs of this film are penned by Rajinder Krishan and the music is composed by C Ramchandra. Both Lata ji and Asha ji have rendered songs in this film. Of the eight songs in this film, four have been rendered by Lata ji (3 solos, and 1 duet with Talat Mehmood), and Asha ji has sung three (2 solos and 1 duet with C Ram himself. The eighth song is a solo by Talat Saab, already showcased on this blog – “Kabhi Tanhaayion Mein. . .” .

This song is a group dance song in a restaurant. I am drawing a sudden blank on the name of the lead dancer, although she is an actress that I am sure I know. So I request other readers to please help to identify her. Other actors one can see in this clip are Bharat Bhushan, Sheila Ramani and Pran. In this clip, Pran does his famous antic – puffing out smoke rings.
[Author’s Note: The lead dancer in this clip is Heera Sawant. I thank Shyam ji for this information.]

The song itself is a very close take off on the famous “Sholaa Jo Bhadke Dil Mera Dhadke” from the film ‘Albelaa’ (1951). The rhythm and tune of the first line is exactly the same, and also same is some of the dance ingredients in terms of steps, hand movements, and the havana caps sported by the male dancers.

Another special thing about this song is that it is the 200th composition by C Ram that is posted on this blog. I recall a very interesting anecdote about this music director, that was shared with me by Nalin ji Shah, in one of our conversations. The year was 1946-47, and the studio system was still in vogue. Both Anil Biswas and C Ram were employed with Filmistan Studios at that time. C Ram got the charge of composing music for ‘Shehnaai’. C Ram prepared a song, and went to Anil Biswas, his senior and mentor in the music department, for a review and approval. On the first hearing, Anil Biswas shouted at C Ram to get out of his office, if he dared to bring such trash music to him again. C Ram was sheepish and afraid, but he stood his ground long enough to say his piece. And the argument he gave was, that if he continued to do music as everybody else was doing, he would never be able to make an impression on the audience and a place and name for himself in the industry. After a few back and forth arguments, Anil Biswas conceded, and allowed C Ram to use that melody. Then he prompted another idea. That Shashdhar Mukherjee, the senior most producer / director, was out of town, and that C Ram should record and if possible also shoot the song before S Mukherjee returns. The idea appealed to C Ram, and the song was quickly recorded and shot. When S Mukherjee returned, the combined effect of the music, the recording, the words, the on screen scenario and the actor’s performance was all very positive. S Mukherjee was presented with a fait-accompli, and he could not say no for using this song in the film.

So that is how the landmark song “Aanaa Meri Jaan Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday” ( came to be. And the rest is history. I have thought about this many times – after the original narration was done, what if Anil Biswas had not relented, and had not allowed this song to see the light of the day, the course of history of Indian film industry would have been very different from what it is today.


Song-Shama pe aa ke o parwaane (Meenaar)(1954) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
jal
jal
jal
jal jal jal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal
shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
jal
jal
jal
jal jal jal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal

pankh jalenge
khaak banegi
jal ke mohabbat
paak banegi
pankh jalenge
khaak banegi
jal ke mohabbat
paak banegi
soch na moorkh
beet rahaa hai
soch na moorkh
beet rahaa hai
pal
pal
pal
pal pal pal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal
shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
jal
jal
jal
jal jal jal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal

mehfil ka yoon rang jamaa de
tan ko apne aag lagaa de
mehfil ka yoon rang jamaa de
tan ko apne aag lagaa de
teri raakh se
shamaa banegi
teri raakh se
shamaa banegi
kal
kal
kal
kal kal kal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal
shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
jal
jal
jal
jal jal jal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal

thodi si ab raat hai baaki
sheeshe khaali
so gayaa saaqi
thodi si ab raat hai baaki
sheeshe khaali
so gayaa saaqi
pyaar ke gaafil
apni ankhiyaan
pyaar ke gaafil
apni ankhiyaan
mal
mal
mal
mal mal mal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal
shamaa pe aa ke o parwaane
jal
jal
jal
jal jal jal
pyaar ke raste
haste haste
chal
chal
chal
chal chal chal

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2 Responses to "Shama pe aake o parwaane"

This tune reminds me of ” Shola Jo Badke Dil Mera Dhadke”

Dear all,

As per inputs received from Shyam ji, the lead dancer is Heera Sawant.

Rgds
Sudhir

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