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

Ye kaun chala haay ye kaun chala

Posted on: July 27, 2012


Regulars of this blog may have noticed the reduced postings of songs for the last few days. It is not because of any slackness on my part. It is because I have not been able to find time to spend on the blog. I was travelling almost throughout during this period and all these postings were done hurriedly, often while journeying. And after the end of the journey, I landed at Delhi and became busy in meetings.

In a way, this visit to Delhi this time was similar to my visit the last time in march. I had utilised that opportunity fruitfully by meeting our own Sudhir Jee. I was expecting to be able to meet up with him again. And I was able to meet up with him again yesterday evening, though about a couple of hours later than what we had hoped for. It was nice to be able to meet with him again.

And guess what ! He had a surprise waiting for me. He told me that we were going to meet AK, a regular of this blog and a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs with his own blog Songs of Yore.

All the big music enthusiasts that I have met so far have been extremely nice, generous and gentle persons. And AK was no different from this mental image that I had about him based on my online interactions with him on this blog and on his blog. A fantastic human being and a boss that every employee would die to work under- this is the first impression that I quickly formed about him. When we got talking about our mutual interest, lots of interesting ideas, thoughts, suggesting, information were shared among the three of us, which were mutually beneficial and often new information not available elsewhere. We talked about this blog, his blog, and about old Hindi movie songs in general. He shared an interesting information with us that many traditional forms of folk music is now dying out and such music may not be available anywhere except in the archives of Akaskwani (All India Radio). Akashwani being a Government Organisation, it is most likely that such treasure may be allowed to rot away with passage of time. It would be great if such invaluable musical gems are shared with public, because we know that it is the efforts of private individuals which has by and large kept the legacy of old music alive.

After spending nearly one and half hours of quality time with AK, which he kindly spared for us despite being an extremely busy and important individual, we finally took his leave. We went to Sudhir jee’s place. It was already getting late by that time. We had some music and blog related discussions.

Today is the second and final day of my stay at Delhi. I am likely to get some free time in the second half and I expect to be able to spend some more time with Sudhir jee in the afternoon before I board an evening train for my return journey.

While looking at the blog at Sudhir jee’s residence late yesterday night, I noticed that the blog had exactly 1000 lyrics contributed by the regulars of this blog. It is a nice and important landmark for the blog, and it also shows how the blog has evolved into a collaborative effort among likeminded music lovers spread all over the world. It is so nice to be able to interact with them online, and it is such a pleasure when finally we are able to meet face to face when the opportunity presents itself.

Here is hoping for many more thousands of contributions of lyrics from our regulars.

Here is a song from “Dard” (1947). This song is sung by Uma Devi. Shakeel Badayuni is the lyricist. Music is composed by Naushad.

Only the audio of this song is available, but I guess that the song is picturised on Munawwar Sultana.

This 1001 th lyrics contribution by blog regulars is by Atif M, who also happens to be the first lyrics contributor to this blog.

Audio

Video

Song-Ye kaun chala haay ye kaun chala (Dard)(1947) Singer-Uma Devi, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Naushad

Lyrics(Provided by Atif M)

yeh kaun chala
yeh kaun chala
aa aa aa aa
yeh kaun chala
haaye yeh kaun chala
yeh kaun chala
haaye yeh kaun chala
meri aankhon mein sama kar
meri rag rag mein sama kar
yeh kaun chala

dil toot raha hai
mera ji chhoot raha hai
dil toot raha hai
mera ji chhoot raha hai
aise bhi na jaaye koyi
majboor bana kar
aise bhi na jaaye koyi
majboor bana kar
meri aankhon mein sama kar
meri rag rag mein sama kar
yeh kaun chala
yeh kaun chala
haaye yeh kaun chala

jaag ae gham-e-furqat
luti jaati hai masarrat
luti jaati hai masarrat
jaag ae gham-e-furqat
luti jaati hai masarrat
soyi huyi maasoom
tamanna ko jaga kar
soyi huyi maasoom
tamanna ko jaga kar
meri aankhon mein sama kar
meri rag rag mein sama kar
yeh kaun chala
yeh kaun chala
haaye yeh kaun chala

jaane yeh hawaayen
yahaan kab laut ke aayen
yahaan kab laut ke aayen
jaane yeh hawaayen
yahaan kab laut ke aayen
chal deen meri kashti ko jo
toofaan mein phansa kar
chal deen meri kashti ko jo
toofaan mein phansa kar
meri aankhon mein sama kar
meri rag rag mein sama kar
yeh kaun chala
yeh kaun chala
haaye yeh kaun chala

9 Responses to "Ye kaun chala haay ye kaun chala"

Excellent post. Indeed Doordarshan and Akashwani have magnificent stuff in their archives, songs, footage of classical dances by famous persons, speeches, ancient movies. But alas, nothing seems to be done to provide them to general public.

As we know very well, our children know nothing of their own cultural heritage, and if this situation persists, all these memories will die out with us.

From the generation older to us, we were exposed to old movies and songs on the radio, learned about earlier artists through magazine articles and radio programmes. But now, the surfeit of current information makes sure the children never get to know of the times before.

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Thanks Atif ji for 100th contribution.
Atul ji,
Should I say are you having nice time?
May I suggest if you go to Delhi library and asked help to locate some archives, records, footages and that we can documents and store in computer. (just a suggestion).
Do you know or have any info. on a private song by Manna Dey…?
.”ye kaun chala, ye kaun chala,
nayano me abhisar liye,
taro bhare gagan tale,
dulhan ka singar kiye…”
Lyricist: Madhukar Rajasthani.
Please share…if any one has this song.

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If Aakashwani starts online streaming of its content, I am sure music enthusiasts will automatically digitise and preserve its archives in due course. In this day and age, even very small private radio stations with minimal resources do online streaming, I wonder when and what it will take for Aakashwani to start it.

Aaksahwani, in a snap of a finger, can reach audiences all over the globe. And the best part is, compared to on-air dispersal of content, this mode of delivery costs next to nothing. Imagine how delighted people will be if they could listen to Vividh Bharati 24 hours via the Internet via official AIR relay. I know because of a huge demand, some third-party ventures are doing this already (with limitations). Wouldn’t it be just great if AIR heeded to its patrons.

I seriously think we should consider launching a signature campaign/petition persuading AIR to start this kind of service.

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Atul ji,
I was glad that you could meet AK ji.When I met him in Mumbai few months back,my impression about him was almost similar to what you felt.He IS a very good,knowledgeable and intelligent person.
How I envy you for spending time with 2 stalwarts-AK ji and Sudhir ji-together at Delhi !
I hope you make a trip to Mumbai sometime in future and we can meet.In addition to me there are some more regulars in Mumbai-I think,Nahm ji,Sadanand ji,Nitin ji and may be some more.
-AD

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Oh, lovely!!!

Wonderful to hear that you managed to meet up again with Sudhir ji. And this time you also managed to meet AK of Songs of Yore. (I like the way he analyses a topic threadbare on his blog).

So now we’ve got 1000 songs whose lyrics have been contributed by readers? That just goes to show the collaborative spirit here – and it is only going to grow, I’m sure.

Thanks so much for this blog, Atul. Had it not been for this blog, we would not have come into contact with so many like-minded people.

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dvd is available.

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Atif ji,

It is heartening to be introduced to the first contributor of lyrics. And it is very thoughtful of Atul ji to make this, the 1001st contribution of lyrics also from you. What a grand tradition initiated by yourself. A ton of greetings and best wishes.

Yes, the meetings with Atul ji and AK ji were simply so good, as always. It seems that the time spent discussing and sharing about this our most favorite subject, is just the best time spent.

Regarding Aakashvaani (AIR) – well, they have a dismal reputation and a sad record in terms of heritage archival, and preservation of audio material. They are probably in the best position to do it, but just that the willingness to do that is missing. I have heard so many sad stories about the carelessness and apathy with which some of the wonderful and rare material is handled inside the AIR. I heard one from Harmandir ji. He visited the AIR archives in Delhi three times, in an effort to trace a very rare record. In the first visit, he was able to locate it in the AIR library with assistance from some helpful official. But he was refused permission to listen to it or make a copy of it. In his next visit, the very same record was missing from the library, being issued out to someone with inside help. Such an issuance is against rules, but well, it was sent out of the library. Then in his continued effort to try and get a copy of that, he made a third visit. This time the record was back in the library and he was able to see it again. But he was shocked to see that the record was broken into two pieces. This was the only copy in the library, and now it was gone. The record was a very rare recording by Madan Mohan of non filmi ghazals, made some times in mid 1940s, before he even became a music director. Such careless attitude, and such mindless handling of rare treasures is what most govt organizations have become infamous for.

However, I must add. To AIR’s credit, they have now started a small counter at the Delhi headquarters, where a lot of audio CDs of rare recordings are being slowy made available for general public to purchase. It appears that this being done as per the directions from the I&B Minister (Smt. Ambika Soni) herself. Similarily, Doordarshan is also making available video discs of rare and significant recordings from the early years of transmission. However, the content being made available, in as much as it is a priceless treasure in itself, does not yet contain material from Hindi films or film songs. They are making available the material that they have themselves recorded, produced and they own. The recordings by other companies are in their libraries, but the same are not yet within the ambit of the material being released for sale, for reason of ownership and copyright.

Rgds
Sudhir

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And yes, Atif ji,

Thanks for bringing up this wonderful song from Uma Devi. Wonderful reminder.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thank you SK for your generous words (as always) 🙂 .

Great to know that having been introduced to each other through this platform (Atul’s site), music lovers have struck up social bonds and links on a more personal one-to-one level outside in their private lives. Like on Atul’s visit to delhi you guys linked up and got to see not only each other but ak too. This is wonderful.

Also, when we hear stories about you meeting up with Surjeet Ji or Har Mandir Ji, it gives us satisfaction to know that all these highly dedicated people are making so much effort and are pooling up resources in order to preserve the heritage of this genre (i.e. old Hindi film songs). So many devoted and knowledgeable individuals joining hands for a cause! Wow, this speaks volumes about the nature of the cause itself. It, truly, is worth it.

On a separate note, what is the latest on the HFGK computerisation project. How far has it gone and when can we expect to taste the fruit of the effort.

All the best.

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