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Saajan tumse pyaar karoon main

Posted on: June 19, 2012


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

Recently, I came across a rare song ‘saajan tumse pyaar karoon main’ from the film BADNAAM (1952) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. It was written by Hasrat Jaipuri and set to music by Basant Prakash. I always felt that this talented music director belonging to the golden era of Hindi film songs was side tracked by Hindi film industry for reasons best known to them. As a result, during his 30years of active filmy career, he was the music director in about a dozen films only, some of which were joint ventures with other music directors.

Little is known about Basant Prakash except that he was a younger brother of the famous music director of the 40s, Khemchand Prakash. After a vigorous search on the internet, I collated some information on him including from an article written by his son Rituraj Sisodia. Basant Prakash was born on January 27, 1928 in Sujangad, Rajsathan. His father Pandit Goverdhan Prasad was a well known dancer and musician in the royal court of Jaipur. There was a age difference of 20years between him and his elder brother Khemchand Prakash. Basant Prakash spent his childhood days in Jaipur learning Kathak dance from his guru Pandit Mohanlal. But later he switched over to music, probably encouraged by his brother’s success as a music director. His brother called him to Mumbai to stay with him. During this period, he assisted him in his music direction.

Basant Prakash got his first break as a music director when he took over the music direction of ‘Jai Shankar’ (1951) following the untimely death of Khemchand Prakash leaving the film half complete. Thereafter he got films like Saloni (1952) and Badnaam(1952) from Filmistan. He was originally chosen as the music director for Filmistan’s‘Anarkali (1953) and he had recorded two songs for it. However, for some unknown reasons, the music direction for this film was later entrusted to C Ramchandra. However, one of his two songs ‘jaan-e-wafaa’ sung by Geeta Dutt was retained in the film.

From 1958 till 1966, he did not have any films. In 1966, his film ‘Hum Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain’ was released. One song that became very popular was ‘rafta rafta wo hamaare dil ke armaan ho gaye’. His last film as a music director was ‘Ishwar Allah Tere Naam’ (1983). He died at the age of 68 on March 19, 1996 in Mumbai.

It was a bit of a surprise for me when I read Rituraj mentioning his uncle Khemchand Prakash as his grand father along with his real grandfather Pandit Goverdhan Prasad. First I thought it to be a typographical error but later part of his article makes it clear that during the last days of Khemchand Prakash, he adopted Basant Prakash as his son.

The film BADNAAM (1952) was produced by Filmistan and directed by D D Kashyap. The star cast included Balraj Sahani, Shyama, Ulhas,Murad, Prabhu Dayal, Jankidas and Shiela Ramani. The songs were written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri and composed by Basant Prakash. The song under discussion is written by Hasrat Jaipuri. This ‘expression of love’ song is in fact the predicament of her inability to express love to her beloved to make him understand. Note the gracefulness in firmly admitting the fact that she is in love with her beloved from these three lines of the song:

duniyaa ne aake hamse jab ye sawaal kiyaa
pehale jhukaa li nazare phir ye jawaab diyaa
haan ji kisi se huwaa pyaar pyaar pyaar ji

Only the audio clip of this song is available but my guess is that this song is picturised on Shyama. If it is so, I miss the lively performance of her in this song picturisation which she is known for. I like the musical start preceding the song and the way brief interludes of flute are used,particularly at 0:40, 1:27, 1:40 – may be at some more places. Unfortunately,due to less than optimum audio quality, one has to minutely listen to the background music to enjoy it.

This is one of those songs which remind me of the golden era of Hindi film songs. Listening to this song is a pure bliss.


Song-Saajan tumse pyaar karoon main (Badnaam)(1952) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Basant Prakash

Lyrics

saajan tumse pyaar karoon main
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumhen batlaaun
tan man tum par waar karoon main
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumhen batlaaun

nainon se laa ke tumko
dil mein basaayaa hamne
dhadkan ki lay pe apnaa
haal sunaayaa hamne
nainon se laa ke tumko
dil mein basaayaa hamne
dhadkan ki lay pe apnaa
haal sunaayaa hamne
bajne lage hain dil ke taar taar taar ji
bajne lage hain dil ke taar taar taar ji
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumhen batlaaun
saajan tumse pyaar karoon main
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumhen batlaaun

duniyaa ne aake hamse jab ye sawaal kiyaa
pehle jhukaa li nazren phir ye jawaab diyaa
duniyaa ne aake hamse jab ye sawaal kiyaa
pehle jhukaa li nazren phir ye jawaab diyaa
haan ji kisi se huwaa pyaar pyaar pyaar ji
haan ji kisi se huwaa pyaar pyaar pyaar ji
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumhen batlaaun
saajan tumse pyaar karoon main
kaise tumhen batlaaun
kaise tumehn batalaaun

10 Responses to "Saajan tumse pyaar karoon main"

Kamath ji,
Thanks for writing about Basant Prakash,who had talent but no opportunity,had scope but no luck.

His last film was ABLA-1989 in which he composed lyrics of Bharat Vyas and Ravindra jain.

He gave music to Jai shankar-51,Badnaam/Nishan Danka/Saloni and Shrimatiji-all 1952,Anarkali-53,Bhakt dhruv with Avinash Vyas-57,Maharani with J.D.mujumdar-57,Nilofer with A.Vyas-57,Hum kahan jaa rahe hain-66,Jyot jale-68,Ishwar Allah tere naam-82 and Abla-89.

The above song which you have posted is one of the best of Basant Prakash.We can enjoy the background Flute and interludes of Piano Accordian to heart’s content.

HMV company had selected this song for Lata’s ” Rare Gems” cassette.

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Thanks for correcting me about Basant Prakash’s last film ‘Abla’ (1989).

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Arunji, was this movie Abla (1986 or 1989) released or just the soundtrack was released?

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The film ABALA-1989 was a released film and not just a soundtrack.

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Basantji composed two songs in Anarkali (1953).
“aa jaan-e-wafa” by Geeta Dutt…
“raat thahar jaane…aise na guzaar jaana” by Lata (a song never made it in the movie nor in an album of the movie).

The film Anarkali…without a doubt is the creation of C. Ramchandra.

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Both the songs were even recorded,but only one was included in the film and the other was discarded.No record was made of the discarded song.
Actually,Basant prakash was the orinally appointed Composer for ANARKALI,but after 2 songs,there was a dispute in the producer and the composer and Basant parakash had to go.

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Kamath Ji,
Nice post. Thanks . Melodious song
K S Shenoy

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Sadananji

Thanks for introducing this song, I am enjoying & feeling it. Its excellent and the post is informative.

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Sadanandji,
Thanks for introducing this “unknown” MD to me. I knew that the song, Aa jaan e wafaa… of Anarkali, sung by GD was composed by someone else. But was not aware of the fact that it was by BP.

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audio:

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