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Likh kar tera naam zameen par

Posted on: July 10, 2012


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

We all know that Madan Mohan left for his heavently abode during the making of this film “Laila Majnu”. The film released in 1976 and the music of this film was super hit and it is very popular to this day. The success that eluded him during his lifetime was only destined to be his after his death. I have been meaning to write down the lyrics of this films songs, as many of them are still to be discussed in this blog.

Now that I have finally gotten down to the task, I am really glad that I am re-discovering these songs. And I am noticing in this case that I dont want to miss watching the songs too, which gets second priority to getting the words and lines repeatation etc correctly. I have made it a point to see the songs also properly for a change. And what songs, this film has !

Now the song I am discussing is ” likh kar teraa naam zameen par, uss ko sajde kartaa hai” . I have heard this song many times but never really paid serious attention to it. I knew the song ” Husn haazir hai muhobbat ki sazaa”, “iss reshmi paazeb ki jhankaar ke sadqe” very well. I was able to recognise a few other songs too as belonging to this movie , not by really knowing, but by guessing with tone and lyrics of the song.

Laila Majnu is a fictitious legendary romance story situated in Western Asia, i.e. the deserts of Arabia. I would guess the region to be somewhere in present day Iraq. Shirin-Farhad is also another such story, on which some films have been made. And than there are the legends of Heer-Raanjha and Sohni-Mahiwaal from Punjab, they dont need any introduction, are so well documented in Hindi films.

Coming back to Laila-Majnu, the arabic word ‘Laila’ means “dark as night” or plainly speaking, night or shab in urdu. The character of Laila is also supposed to be dark skinned. Even this I expect, most informed readers of this blog know, but still since i was talking about it, i am explaining it. The word ‘Majnu” derives from ‘junoon”. Junoon is ‘Obsession’ , and majnu is a person obsessed. Here specifically, Majnu is obsessed with Laila. I thought the Tamil word “Kolaveri” made famous in the song “why is kolaveri” may have connotations of Junoon/obsession. Some one told me it meant “obsession to kill”, I dont if it is the correct meaning.

That obsession clearly is believable and convincing in the songs of this film. This song is starting with a ruba’ayi recited by Rishi Kapoor. He is talking to a “‘Deer”, who is the ‘qaasid” (messanger in this case), and sending a message to Laila that “ek deewana teri yaad mein aahen bhartaa hai”. Now to entrust so important message to a “Deer” and also to implore him that “zabaan se gar na keh paaye to aankhon se bayaan karna”, (as if the “Deer” can really speak), is really the stuff of legends. And making it all looks so believable, the credit goes to all of them, the film maker, director(H. S. Rawail) and music team of Lata-Rafi, Sahir Ludhianvi and Madan Mohan and both actors. Rishi Kapoor in particular is excellent is role. It is the snatches of scenes in which gestures of desperation and appeal that Rishi Kapoor was making compelled me to see the songs separately, not just for checking the lyrics, but to really see Rishi Kapoor’s performance. Ranjeeta also appears natural in this role, though this was here first film.

It seems there are a lot of films named “Laila Majnu”. Malayalam film in 1953, Tamil film in 1950 and there is another Tamil film to be released in 2013 ! I found out all this as i was searching if this anyone won any awards for this film. May be someone would like to enlighten me and tell me which site to visit to get such information about Hindi films.

Coming back to this song and the singers singing it, Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, words fail me. I leave to readers/liseners to decide if there is really divinity in Lata’s and Rafi’s singing in general and Rafi’s rendition in particular. Rafi does justify Madan Mohan’s faith in him. And this becomes one of the finest duets of Lata-Rafi, composed by Madan Mohan, for me at least.

I also have my doubt if the final alaap of “Laila aaaa ” is sung by Rafi. In fact, all websites are mentioning this as Rafi-Lata duet, there is no mention of a third singer. We have a third singer as the opening ruba’ayi, in Rishi Kapoor’s voice in included, but the final alaap is still a mystery. Starting out it is sounding unlike Rafi , the middle portion is sounding a bit like Rafi, then final part again is a mix of both singers sounds. If it was someone else, than what stopped him from going still higher? he should have. On the other hand there is that pause as the song ends, just before the alaap. If there was another singer stationed to sing it, there was no reason to break the rhythm, this is my own opinion of course. This really needs to be investigated. I have heard it again on head phones, it seems to me each portion of alaap is ending with definite Rafi like sound, except the last low pitch one, which is more like Rafi.

And Rafi is singing this whole song at such a level that no one possibly can, not without patch work recording anyway. And the range of his singing is truly again explored in this song. I will return with more songs from this film.

Audio (Full)

Video

Song-Likh kar tera naam zameen par (Laila Majnu)(1976) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

aye qaasid tu jab pahunche mere dildaar ke aage
adab se sar jhukaana husn ki sarkaar ke aage
zubaan se gar na keh paaye to aankhon se bayaan karna
mere gham ka har ek qissa mere ghamkhwaar ke aage

kehna ek deewana teri
yaad mein aahen bharta hai
yaad mein aahen bharta hai
likh kar teraa naam zameen par
uss ko sajde karta hai
uss ko sajde karta hai
likh kar teraa naam zameen par
uss ko sajde karta hai
uss ko sajde karta hai

chaak girebaan
khaak basar
phirtaa hai sooni raahon mein
phirtaa hai sooni raahon mein
saayon ko liptaata hai
aur laila laila karta hai
laila laila kartaa hai
likh kar teraa naam zameen par
us ko sajde karta hai
uss ko sajde karta hai

khud ko bhool gayaa hai lekin
teri yaad nahin bhoola
teri yaad nahin bhoola
dil ke jitne zakhm hain un mein
tera a’ks ubharta hai
tera hi a’ks ubharta hai
likh kar teraa
naam zameen par
likh kar teraa naam zameen par
uss ko sajde kartaa hai
uss ko sajde kartaa hai
saayon ko liptaata hai
aur laila laila karta hai
lail laila kartaa hai

kehnaa mere deewaane se
kehna mere deewaane se
laila teri amaanat hai
laila teri amaanat hai
teri baanhon mein dam legi
tu jis ka dam bhartaa hai
tu jis ka dam bhartaa hai
dil ke jitne zakhm hain oon mein
tera a’ks ubharta hai
tera hi a’ks ubharta hai

sadqe jaaoon
iss qaasid par
jiss se yeh paighaam milaa
jiss se yeh paighaam milaa
meraa qaatil meraa maseehaa
ab bhi bhi mujh par martaa hai
ab bhi bhi mujh par martaa hai
meraa qaatil meraa maseehaa
meraa maseehaa meraa qaatil
meraa qaatil meraa maseehaa
ab bhi bhi mujh par martaa hai
ab bhi bhi mujh par martaa hai
Laila aaaaa
aaaa aaaaa
aaaaaaa
o Lailaaa aaaaa
Lailaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaaaaa
Lailaa

13 Responses to "Likh kar tera naam zameen par"

I loved this film, and all its songs. Now, when I see Rishi’s old films, I realise he was a very good actor. He had a natural style and blended so well into his character, that it was hard for us to think he was ‘acting’.

This was one of the few 70s movies to have really good music.

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Yes. ‘Kola’ means ‘kill’ and ‘veri’ means ‘obsession’ in Tamil and Malayalam.

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Thank for confirming the meaning of “Kolaveri”.

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Of all the ‘Kapoors’, Rishi was certainly the best actor of the clan! I liked his acting in ‘Sargam’ very much….

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Nahm ji,
LAILA MAJNU-1976 had 2 Music Directors.
Out of the total 9 songs, 6 songs were composed by Madan Mohan(asst.ghanashyam),and 3 songs were composed by JAIDEV(asst.pyarelal).
The above song is composed by Jaidev and NOT Madan Mohan.
The Music arrangers were Shyam Rao,Prabhakar Jog and Gyan.
This info comes from HFGK.
-AD

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Thanks for the information. I had seen Jaidev’s name in the credits, but was under the impression that all songs were composed by Madan Mohan only. Jaidev is supposed to have done the background music. Now i have re-read your comments @ https://atulsongaday.me/2012/04/19/ab-agar-hamse-khudaayi-bhi-khafa-ho-jaaye/ , too. My mistake in not referring to those. Now i have memorised the list of Jaidev’s songs.

Jaidev’s music is no less melodious and has a sensitive touch like Madan Mohan’s. Songs of “Gaman” and ” Reshma Aur Shera” are my favourites. Not to forget ‘Ham dono”, and the unforgettable Lata solo from “Prem Parbat” – Ye dil aur unki nigaahon ke saaye”.

Regards.

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Sir,

Do you have any information regarding the alaap at the end of the song ? Whether the singer of that bit someone other than Rafi ? I could have guessed at a name, but I have refrained. Just like I am reluctant to mention that Rishi Kapoor was the best actor in the Kapoor khandaan, till Ranbir Kapoor. I tried my best not to say so, but it has come out anyway in the comments.

Coming back to the doubt regarding , is it Rafi or it is someone else ? I am still not mentioning that name here, in case it turns out to be Rafi.

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This is certainly a very risky comment to make — Rishi is the best actor in the Kapoor family! Even Rishi will not take it. Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor tak to theek hain, But is he better than Ranbir Kapoor too!

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Nahm ji,
I am sure it is none other than Rafi saab only.
In the Recording Rooms,there is a wall with a special coating and some sort of cloth stuck on it.When the MD wants an Echo effect,the singer has to face this wall and sing.Mostly,it is for taans and aalaaps.
In this song also Rafi saab has sung like this obviously giving a distant feeling and a slight echo effect-making it doubt if it belongs to Rafi saab.But it is Mohd.Rafi only.
This is my conclusion.
-AD

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Thanks a lot Sir, this doubt was troubling me all this while. Blessed are we to have such songs and singers to listen to and behold.

I have wondered about the echo sound in many songs. Thanks for that explanation too.

Regards.

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It seems to be mixture of Narendra Canchal and Rafi’s voice at the ending “Laila”,Pobably at that time Rafi sahab’s voice had infection that could be a reason he might not have sung last line.I have heard that during mid 70’s Rafi sahab’s voice get infected and you can feel it in so many songs during mid 70’s.You cant feel the same melody as it used to be before 74.

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1990 mein Laila majnu film ki cassette pe is gaane ke singers ke teen maam like give the Lata rafi aur aziz nazan dhyan se sune doston aziz nazan ki awaaz Jo pehchante Hain Woh zaroor is gaane ko dobara sune

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Extra stanza in audio version :

teri ek
jhalak ki khaatir
jaan aankhon oon
mein atki hai
jaan aankhon mein ean
atki hai
ji ka aisa haal hua hai
jeeta hai na martaa hai
jeeta hai na martaa hai
likh kar teraa naam zameen par
us ko sajde karta hai
uss ko sajde karta hai

Full audio :

According to Madan Mohan’s official website, Madan Mohan had left behind a rough tune for this song and Jaidev took it to completion after his death.

All conjecture and discussion apart, the question remains who was capable of ending each portion of the final alaap in Rafi’s tones. Both Narendra chanchal and Aziz Nazaan should have taken the alaap still higher than what is done here. Only someone present at the time of recording can confirm, if there is a third singer involved.

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