Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Ye kaafilaa hai pyaar ka chalta hi jaayegaa

Posted on: July 19, 2012


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

And so, exactly a week ago, I get this email from Khyati ji. A quick reminder and a request – reminding me that the blog anniversary itself is approaching and that her request is for a special song and a write up from me. So Khyati ji, thanks for the reminder and the nudge for this write up. And I hope that you like this contribution.

Welcome all, to the anniversary celebration of this blog. Yesterday, 18th July, 2012, this blog completed 4 years of its existence. And today, the 19th July, we step into the fifth year of this wonderful musical journey. Over the last four years, what this blog has accomplished is definitely unparalleled in the annals of online music websites in the cyberspace. Some very rough calculations – 4 years and 6200+ songs; a rough average of 1500+ songs per year which computes to an average of 4 to 5 songs per day. 4 to 5 songs per day, every day – festivals, holidays, vacations, family affairs, whatever. It is an envious, nay, rather it is a mind boggling record. The song, complete with lyrics and a write up that gives a lot of details about the song, the film, the circumstances, the personal experience – the whole nine yards. Folks who contribute write ups will agree. The amount of time and effort it takes to prepare one write up – I think I need not say more.

The origins of this fabulous web site go way back into the online conversations between Atul ji and Raja ji. Having met (virtually) on a cricket blogging web site, and discovering a mutual passion for music of Hindi films, the discussions led to the outline of a web site that would present complete and authenticated details of Hindi film songs. What started off 4 years ago as “Atul Song-a-Day” website, this online resource has more than lived up to its original name. Rather that, it has doggedly gone way, way beyond the original intent discussed.

Dear Atul ji, words are not enough to appreciate, and to extol and celebrate this ongoing accomplishment. The amount of energy, dedication, consistency that is required day in and day out, is something beyond imagination, and can only be respected and looked up to.

A day around the end of September of 2010, while doing a search for details of a particular song, the google engine brought me a to a page from a blog that I had never seen before. Searches for songs and lyrics and related information usually used to bring up web sites like ‘earthmusic.net’, ‘lyrics.com’, ‘hindilyrics.net’, ‘smashits.com’ etc. That fateful day, the search brought up this blog as one of the first few items listed by the google engine. When I clicked on it and reached a page on this blog, my surprise and my jubilation knew no bounds, as I came to understand the content of this web site. Without any delay, I signed up for the email notifications. The confirmation sitting in my mailbox is dated 1st October, 2010, and the first email that I received from this blog is dated 2nd October, 2010. And the rest, for me, is history – history all of one year, eight months and nineteen days. But in reality, it seems as if I have been here, all my life. The song that comes to mind was posted here on 19th February, 2011 –“Pal Bhar Hi Ki Pehchan Mein Pardesi Sanam Se, Lagtaa Hai Ki Hum Jaante Hain Janam Janam Se”.

Yes, a wonderful, a very heartwarming and a very fulfilling association that seems to be existing for ages now. Being here has been a real adventure in the discovery of my own love and involvement with the Hindi film music. And the bonanza is the fact of meeting with and sharing with scores of like minded individuals, whose tastes and endeavors are similar, and together we complement each other’s quest for this wonderful art form. So many, just so many wonderful people I have come to know and be friends with, by just being on this blog. And I must acknowledge the wonderful camaraderie and the unfettered and open sharing that happens amongst all members / readers / contributors – dear Arun ji – our indispensable encyclopedia of Hindi films and music, Raja ji, Mem Didi, AK ji, Atif Bhai, Ava Suri ji, Bluefire ji, Boodehmiyan ji (where are you sir, we have not heard from you for ages), Chinmaya ji, Derubala ji, Dejavu007 (Pradeep Raghunathan ji, if you are reading this, please send me an email, we are missing you here on this blog), Gurcharan Sandhu ji, Gaddeswarup ji, KS Shenoy ji, Khwaja Sultan Ahmed ji, our very dear Khyati ji, Krishna Pillalamarri ji, of course, dear, dear Lalitha ji, Mani Menon ji, Nahm Didi, Nitin ji Shah, and ah, yes, Peevesie and Peevesie’s Mom, the very endearing Prakashchandra ji, dear Roos Ramdin (where are you Roos, have not heard from you in ages), and of course, Sadanand ji, Santosh Ojha ji (Santosh ji – awaiting your next write up, been a while), Sima ji, Shekhar Gupta ji, Suryakant ji, Tamanna ji, Rohit Aggarwal ji , Yamini ji, Zoher Gheewala ji, Vijay Kumar Gupta ji – and a few hundreds more. (I am unable to list all names for the reasons of space).

I sent in my first lyrics to Atul ji, very hesitantly on 30th Jan, 2011. And subsequently, equally hesitantly, I sent him a full write up on 18th February, 2011. And after that, it simply seems to have become a habit. More than reading the newspaper in the morning, it is more urgent to login and checkout the web page to find what new songs have been posted. And following up the posts on my Blackberry during the day time. And more often than not, sitting at my laptop and pounding away on the keyboard in the early hours of the morning, trying to complete a post to send to Atul ji – generally it happens at 2am or 3am local time (as is this one). I suggest to Atul ji, to put up a Statutory Warning on the home page – that the new visitors be aware that this website is intensely habit forming – enter at your own risk. 😀 😀

So, coming back to Khyati ji’s request, I immediately thought of this song. It has been sitting in my drafts box for some days now, as I was trying to make up my mind about the type of write up to go along with this. Khyati ji’s reminder made a connect in my mind. The thought process went over from the term ‘musical bandwagon’ that Atul ji loves to use, to the caravan of friendship and love that has come to symbolize the exchange and sharing amongst the folks on this blog. And voila. . .

The song is from the film ‘Lekh’ (1949). The film is from the banner of Liberty Art Productions, Bombay and is directed by G Rakesh. The star cast list includes Suraiyya, Sitara, Motilal, Ishu Jaagirdaar, Cuckoo, Anand Pal, Suraiyya Chaudhry, Sudhir, Gurudasram, Chamam Puri, Ameena Bai, Rekha, Sarita Veer, Kanwal, Vats, Pittoo, Atma Prakash etc. Coming to the music of this film – it has 15 songs, and three of them are already represented on this blog. This here is the fourth offering to make it here. The music composition is by Krishna Dayal, B.Sc. (Back in the forties, some of the film personalities had this yen for noting their qualifications also, along with their name, for listing in the credits). The lyrics for this film are shared amongst three poets. Namely Qamar Jalaalabaadi, Raghupat Rai, Amar N Khanna. This particular song is written by Qamar Jalaalabaadi. This singing voices – that of Mukesh and Asha Bhosle. Given that Asha ji’s career started in 1947-48, this might as well be the very first duet these two artists have performed together.

There is another very wonderful favorite ‘kaarwaan’ song that I often quote in my comments –“Ye Hansta Huaa Kaarwaan Zindagi Ki Na Poochho Chala Hai Kidhar” from film ‘Ek Jhalak’ (1957). Ah but, it is already posted. And I am glad to have found this song.

As I was doing the translation, the emotions expressed in this song seem to fit so well into the write up for today. That this caravan will continue forging ahead, and the exhortation that we need to celebrate and enjoy each day (each song) every day. That we will find the flavors of happiness and sadness, of meeting and parting. That here we can locate any emotion, any theme. And that there is a yearning to meet, pointing towards new friends.

And so, a very Happy Anniversary to all of us. And a very special felicitation for Atul ji, the mastermind and the driving force behind all activities on this blog. Wonderful endeavor, wonderful collection, wonderful value – all in all a wonderful preservation of history.

All the best, to all of us. Prosper, share pleasure, and enjoy.

And may this ‘kaafilaa’ continue to grow and move forward.

Amen.

ye kaafila hai pyaar ka chaltaa hi jaayega
jee bhar ke hans le gaa le ye din phir na aayegaa

This odyssey, of friendship and love
It’s journey will abound, forever
Have fun, enjoy
Have a hearty laugh
And sing a spirited song
For this (passing) day
Shall never return again

is kaafile ke saath hansi bhi hai ashq bhi
gaayega koi aur koi aansoo bahaayegaa

Happiness and sorrow, together
Accompany this cavalcade
Some lips will have a smile
And some eyes will have a tear

raahi guzar na jaayen mohabbat ke din kahin
aankhen taras rahin hain kab aankhen milaayegaa

O fellow traveler
Let not these days of tender affection
Pass by (in vain)
Eyes are yearning (for the familiar)
Waiting, for when the glances shall meet

is kaafile mein vasl bhi hai aur judaai bhi
tu jo bhi maang legaa tere paas aayega

A tryst (with the loved one)
And parting, a farewell
Abide together in this procession
Just express your desire
And it shall come to you


Song-Ye kaafila hai pyaar ka chalta hi jaayegaa(Lekh)(1949) Singer-Mukesh, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Krishan Dayal B A

Lyrics

ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega
jee bhar ke hans le gaa le
ye din phir na aayegaa
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega
jee bhar ke hans le gaa le
ye din phir na aayegaa
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega

is kaafile ke saath
hansi bhi hai ashq bhi
is kaafile ke saath
hansi bhi hai ashq bhi
gaayega koi aur koi
aansoo bahaayegaa
is kaafile ke saath
hansi bhi hai ashq bhi
gaayega koi aur koi
aansoo bahaayegaa
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega

raahi guzar na jaayen
aen aen aen
raahi guzar na jaayen
mohabbat ke din kahin
aankhen taras rahin hain
kab aankhen milaayegaa
aankhen taras rahin hain
kab aankhen milaayegaa
raahi guzar na jaayen
mohabbat ke din kahin
aankhen taras rahin hain
kab aankhen milaayegaa
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega

is kaafile mein
aen aen aen aen
is kaafile mein vasl bhi hai
aur judaai bhi
is kaafile mein vasl bhi hai
aur judaai bhi
tu jo bhi maang legaa
tere paas aayega
tu jo bhi maang legaa
tere paas aayega
is kaafile mein vasl bhi hai
aur judaai bhi
tu jo bhi maang legaa
tu jo bhi maang legaa
tere paas aayega
ye kaafila hai pyaar ka
chaltaa hi jaayega

15 Responses to "Ye kaafilaa hai pyaar ka chalta hi jaayegaa"

Atul~ji, aap aur apka yeh superb blog..”Tum jiyo hazaaron saal, saal ke din ho pachaas haazaar!” 🙂

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Atul~ji, have you ever put up the ‘caravan song’…”Kaarvan guzar gaya, gubaar dekhthe rahe…”?

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This song is not a caravan song. But yet, this song from “Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal” has already been posted.
https://atulsongaday.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/caravan-guzar-gaya-gubaar-dekhte-rahe/

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Congrats Atulji for entering the fifth year. It must be sheer grit and dogged perseverance and passion that makes you get up in the morning and pound away on the keyboard.
As for me it has been so addictive that I have to apportion the time (before and office hours) for devoting my time for the blog. There was a time when my business suffered because of the addiction. I am sure we all are sailing in the same boat trying not be carried away with strong musical stream and ensuring that we do not get drown in musical amrit manthan.
I also congratulate our fellow contributors and bloggers to make this blog mind blogging !!!

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Congrats to Sudhirji for the excellent blog. Thanks

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Happy Anniversary to all of us.

Atulji & Sudhirji
main kyaa likhoon ???

“CONGRATULATIONS”

Regards and as usual Love you all people
Prakash

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‘this website is intensely habit forming –’Biikul sahi kahaa aap ne..
Its a unique site .
Congratulations to Atul ji and all readers of this blog.
May god give you more strength,good health and time to add more and more info to this wonderful site.
Regards

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Sudhir ji,
Every word that you have written must have come from the bottom of your heart-and it shows !
Thanks for echoing the feelings of all of us.You have made our task easier.
I think I too started on this Blog somewhere around Nov/Dec 2010,but became a regular contributor after some time.
It has been a wonderful period,in which as a Bonus to Musical pleasure,we also got to know many new friends.Friends who are not visible but are felt all the time.
It has been a sheer pleasure to read your detailed write ups,full of incredible info about Songs,related topics,festivals etc.Thanks for all that.
I must thank ATUL JI,for making available this opportunity to us and being a guiding spirit in the efforts.
Congratulations to all for 4 years of this Musical Yatra.
-AD

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Congratulations. I found this blog only a few months ago and now I visit it twice or thrice a day. I find many songs here that I have not heard for forty, fifty years and many new ones. It helps in my old age passing everyday with a reminder of the past or some thing new. Many happy returns.

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Sudhirji,
As usual, aap jo likhne mein maharathi ho, kitni khubsoorti se sab ko yaad karke sab ka dhanyawaad kar diya. 35 lyrics, 44 translations and 405 posts in just one year, eight months and nineteen days! Itni kam umra mein to bachha mama, papa, dada ke aage bol bhi nahin pata. Pata nahin ki meri ye samasya ka samadhaan koi kar paaye ga ya nahin. Sorry, kya karoon, ye meri aadat jo hai ki aisi masti mazak karoon. Bura mat lagana please. Aadmi apni aadat se kitna majboor hota hai ye to aap sab ne likha hai aur mahesoos bhi kiya hai ki after being aware of this Blog, how much addicted we all are to this blog. But unlike other harmful addiction, this is a best medicine for all of us. And Atulji being a doctor, writes prescriptions for all his “patients” with lots of patience and taking care of individual needs. Ab ye seva to koi nahin karega is zamane mein. I am proud to be part of his wagon. Thanks Atulji.

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Fantastic write-up, Sudhirji. You’ve chronicled so beautifully your own introduction to this blog and how it has now totally become part of your system. Can’t agree more that it is very habit-forming – I also check it every single day.

And how nice that you have mentioned individually names of so many readers/contributors here. Indeed they play such a big part in carrying on the caravan. Like you (and Arunji above) have said, one of the biggest bonuses here is not just the song itself but also getting to know so many more like-minded, music lovers.

I must say I love Khyatiji’s comment too. She’s always cracking some joke or the other – and then saying “bura mat maan na”. 🙂 Is mein bhi ek ada hai, ek andaaz hai. I only want to tell her “Khyatiji, aap ke kisi baat ka koi bura nahin maanta…so please keep going”. 🙂

Thank you for this post, Sudhirji.

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Dear Atul and your team of Sudhir Kapur, Arunkumar Deshmukh, Raja, Sadanand Kamath, Khayti Bhat, Nahm, Prakashchandra, and others with apologies whose names I have not mentioned.

Heartiest congratulations to you on achieving this landmark and my compliments on the monumental work you are doing. Some suggestions.

1. After this kind of milestone you should take a day off to receive all the accolades. 🙂 I hope I am not already overtaken by ten more songs by the time my comments appear.

2. Alphabetical list: You have already given year-wise alphabetical list, which is very helpful. That would still need looking up five or six years (one can generally place a song within this range). It would be immensely useful if you could have a global alphabetical list or in a band of five or ten years, something like HFGK which is a decadal list.

3. AQLmarking: This is akin to government’s APL/BPL (above/below poverty line). Let me explain. If you take the entire population of Hindi film songs, a large proportion are those which you would simply pass by, and not worth a second look. I did a survey article of the songs of the year 1955 on my blog, in which I included 84 songs in the first cut. If I add readers’s comments and some which I might have missed, the number would be 100 which would be below 15% of the total songs in the year. In your case it would be more like 25-30% as already there is a filter of songs which are available on records or internet. Can an AQL (Above Quality Line) marking be made? Here the argument of music being subjective would not hold because I am talking of a very liberal threshold for inclusion.

4. Open solicitation: Since your blog is going to be an exhaustive repository of all the songs that are available, you may make an open appeal to everyone to share with you whatever they have. An awesome site for vintage songs, which might already be on your radar screen, is indianscreen.com. They allow download. They keep on changing their display every two week or so. Therefore you need to visit them regularly.

5. Private songs/Pakistani songs/Bengali songs: A vey good thing you have done is to include non-film songs which had the same importance as film songs for lovers of old film music. You may include other artistes systematically as you have done for KL Saigal – Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar, Pankaj Mullick, KC Dey, Begum Akhtar, SD Burman. I would put Noorjehan’s Pakistani songs in the same category. And Bengali songs of Kanan Devi, Hemant Kumar, SD Burman, Pankaj Mullick, Lata Mangeshkar.

6. YouTube removal irritant: All of us face this. I would guess 20% of your video links would have been removed. Replacing them as and when they occur is not a difficult job, as for most songs alternatives would be available. Without getting into You Tube’s logic (or the lack of it), can your IT team create a real time alert of such removals so that in future you can do the change instantly. The legacy data would require a few days effort.

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Thanks for the detailed suggestions. Here are what we can do.

2. It is a wordpress free blog platform where the facility to query database by the user is not available. If that was available then providing alphabetical listing was an easy thing. In the existing arrangement, it will have to be done manually and that will take time. The same applies for singerwise listing of songs. That too will have to be done manually as of now. I keep thinking about these two lists, but then there are so many other blog related issues that are also required to be attended and all that have not allowed me time to actually prepare these lists manually. But I am on the job.

3. In my opinion, quality is a subjective matter unlike economical status of human beings and it is not fair to categorise songs like that. We find songs and discuss them if they are good to listen to. If we are to think of quality then many songs of historical importance, like for instance songs created in the earlier decades will have to be excluded, and we do not want that. So here we just go on posting songs that we find of interest to us.

4. Only six thousand plus songs have been posted out of about 60,000 odd songs that were created during the period of interest to us (1931-1980). As of now, I have my hands full with hundreds of contributions that I have not been able to accomodate so far. So we are still far off from the stage when we will have to solicit missing songs. That stage may come sometime in distant future though, when we have covered most of the available songs. But that day may still be far off.

5. The blog is for Hindi movie songs. We are discussing non film Hindi songs too. Songs of other languages/ Pakistani songs etc are not within the existing scope of the blog and moreover I do not even have any knowledge / qualification/competence of dealing with these songs. I think someone with aptitude and knowledge in these songs should undertake this project.

6. youtube irritant will remain. I provide alternative links as and when I notice missing links. As of now this task can only be performed manually. As mentioned above, this blog does not allow things that are allowed in a proper site. I have thought about real time alert in the blog, that would give a list of missing link. It is possible in a proper site through scripts, but not in this wordpress blog as of now. Is there a way to create alert for youtube videos that go missing ? If anyone tells me how to do it, I will start using it

I do not have an IT team or so. We are all volunteers here. I in fact request any IT savvy regulars who may be there to give suggestions to improve the blog.

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It takes a lot of effort already to run this blog the way it is, so in my opinion, to implement all these ideas suggested would make sense only if this is not a wordpress blog and it is an independent site which would generate primary source of income for the operator.

It would also be very complex (not impossible though) to figure out “dead” youtube links, since even if there is no video existing, the link url is always kept “alive” by youtube.

Based on what I have seen so far here, my humble suggestion would be to implement smaller items to improve efficiency, for example, some kinda “intranet” or “backdoor” communication channel for “the contributors”, such as group email (if it doesnt exist already). It will help in couple of ways:

(1) multiple contributors providing same lyrics for example can be prevented, if a contributor has notified to the group that he/she has provided Atulji with the same already, so effort does not need to be duplicated.Or that a contributor already has taken up the effort of writing lyrics or if he/she is working on the writeup, intention can be announced before hand. Its just writing an email with doing cc for other contributors. Like i said previously, there might be already something like this in the works, I just noticed a few times people mentioning that they had already submitted lyrics or they had prepared and it was just posted by someone else, etc, so mentioning it.

(2) Its quite natural for people to bond together online in such an effort even if they havent met in person, etc. So with backdoor channel, it would also help to keep comments of personal nature private w/o having them posted on the blog.

These are just the smaller things to improve efficiency/communication among a user group, that I have tried out many times in hi-tech environments, so just my 2 cents (Apologies for longer text though).

Regards.

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Thanks a lot for your suggestions and understanding. You are right in saying that we should implement small things gradually instead of trying to do whilesale changes or adding big features which in any case is not feasible in a blog.

Some back channel communication exists in the sense that the contributor communicate with me and other contributors through e mail.

Indeed all the big changes are possible if it was an independent site. Sometimes I have thought aloud about it. too. So who knows, we could well have one independent site in future.

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