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Saanjh ki bela panchhi akelaa

Posted on: August 11, 2012


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

In this blog we have discussed three pairs of Hindi film personalities having more or less the same name leading to considerable confusion. Shyam vs Shyam Kumar, Shashi (chand) F. Kapoor vs Shashi Kapoor ,and Arun Kumar(Ahuja) vs Arun Kumar (Mukherji).

I found it interesting to compare the filmy careers of Arun Kumar Ahuja and Arun Kumar Mukherji as both of them started their filmy career almost simultaneously in Bombay (Mumbai).

Arun Ahuja (1917-1998), the father of actor Govinda was born in Gujranwala in Punjab (now in Pakistan). When he was studying in an engineering college in Lahore, he was called by Mehboob Khan, the influential director of Sagar Movietone to act in ‘Ek Hi Raasta’ (1937). Arun Kumar Mukherji(1915-1955) was born in Calcutta (Kolkatta). After completion of his high school, he was doing some business in Nagpur when his cousin, Ashok Kumar called him to Bombay (Mumbai) to join Bombay Talkies in 1938 as a full time employee. His main job was to work as a temporary singer in case of emergency. He first got an opportunity to sing in the film ‘Nirmala’ (1938). But his songs in ‘Kangan’ (1939) and ‘Bandhan’ (1940) made him famous. Arun Ahuja concentrated mainly as an actor having acted in films like ‘Aurat’ (1940), ‘Kanchan’ (1941), Amrapali’(1945) among some 50 odd films. Arun Mukherji , on the other hand concentrated mainly on playback singing in the initial years. Being an employee of Bombay Talkies, he sang mostly for the films produced under this banner and did some small roles in the films. Later he turned music director with the film ’Pratima’(1945), Parineeta’ (1953), ‘Samsheer’ (1953), ‘Samaaj’ (1954). His last film asa music director was ‘Teen Bhai’ (1955). He died on December 6, 1955 of a massive heart-attack at an young age of just 40. Arun Ahuja passed away on July 4, 1998 at theage of 81.

I have no idea as to how many songs Arun Kumar Mukherji sang during his short filmy career. On this blog, 12 of his songs have already been discussed. I have chosen for discussion a song ‘saanjh ki belaa panchhi akelaa’ from the film JWAAR BHATTA (1944). This film is known more for being Dilip Kumar’s debut film than any other reasons. The film was produced under the banner of Bombay Talkies and was directed by Amiya Chakravarty. The star cast included Agha, Shamim, Dilip Kumar, Mridula Rani, K N Singh, Mumtaz Ali, Arun Kumar etc. Thes ongs were written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and set to music by Anil Biswas. I had heard this song many times in my childhood. So I guess that this song may have been one of the popular songs of this film.

Only the audio clip is available of this song. Going by the philosophical nature of this song, my guess is that this may be a background song.


Song-Saanjh ki bela panchhi akela (Jwaar Bhaata)(1944) Singer-Arun Kumar Mukherji, Lyrics-Pt Narendra Sharma, MD-Anil Biswas
Female chorus

Lyrics

saanjh ki belaa
aa
saanjh ki belaa
panchhi akelaa
aa aa aa
saanjh ki belaa
aa
nainan mein dukh rain andheri
ee ee
nainan mein dukh rain andheri
ee ee
man mein toofaanon kaa melaa
saanjh ki belaa
aa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa
panchhi akelaa
aa
panchhi akelaa
aa
akelaa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa

teri bin patwaar ki naiyaa
milaa na man kaa meet khevaiyaa
teri bin patwaar ki naiyaa
aa
behtaa chal tu jidhar le chale
behtaa chal
behtaa chal
behtaa chal tu jidhar le chale
in chanchal lehron kaa relaa
saanjh ki belaa
aa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa
panchhi akelaa
aa
panchhi akelaa
aa
akelaa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa

khel prem kaa ajab anokhaa
khel prem kaa ajab anokhaa
detaa man apne ko dhokhaa
aa aa aa
khel prem kaa ajab anokhaa
haar jeet kyaa jaane jisne
haar jeet kyaa
haar jeet
haar jeet kyaa jaane jisne
khel prem kaa kabhi na khelaa
saanjh ki belaa
aa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa
panchhi akelaa
aa
panchhi akelaa
aa
akelaa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa
saanjh ki belaa

8 Responses to "Saanjh ki bela panchhi akelaa"

Kamath ji,
You are right that many same-name personalities in Hindi filmdom have caused immense confusion for the uninitiated,learners and first timers,or even sometimes veterans.Internet sites which claim to provide Total info are not bothered to verify the basics and help spreading wrong info,data etc.
There are cases like,Khursheeds,Bimlas,Raajkumars,Aruns(except Arunkumar Deshmukh), prashants,Madhavis,Saritas,Nalinis,noorjehans,N.dattas,meenas,krishnakumaris,neelams etc etc.
From time to time,at the first opportunity I try to give the correct data and remove the confusion,but the field is so vast that it is a Herculean task indeed.
Good that you have given both Arun’s info together so that the diff is clear.
In case of Arun Ahuja,his entry in films was an interesting one.While studying Engineering in Mughalpura,he happened to meet composer Firoz Nizami in a concert.Impressed by his skills,Nizami put a word for him to local AIR staff and he got to sing on Radio soon.Later Nizami informed Mehboob about Arun Ahuja.When he met him in Lahore,he invited Arun Ahuja to Bombay and gave him songs in Sagar’s Ek Hi Rasta,directed by Mehboob Khan.
In case of Arun kumar mukherji,his exit from this world was very dramatic. He and cousin Ashok kumar were returning after seeing the trial show of BANDISH,on 6-12-1955,in Ashok’s car,Arun kumar got a massive heart attack and he died instantly,on the lap of same Ashok kumar who had initiated him into the filmword of Bombay !
Arunkumar mukherji’s faithful assistant flutist/tablji,Nikhil Ghosh opened “Arun Sageetalaya’ in his memory.This institution later became Sangeet MahaBharati.
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Arun Mukherji sang about 70 songs in about 30 films,from 1938 to 1952.
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Thanks a lot for these invaluable informations. Talking about all these artists with confusing names, there was one singer called Nurjahan who sang a song in “Do Boond Paani, viz. https://atulsongaday.me/2012/08/05/apne-watan-mein-aaj-do-boond-paani-nahin/

Any idea who was she ?

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Atul ji,
I could not get any info whatsoever about this singer.looks like it was a ‘one off’ song done by her and then she seems to have vanished in thin air.
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Fantastic write-up as usual, Kamathji. I learn SO MUCH from the write-ups and the comments here. And that, in addition to listening to melodious songs. What a fantastic place this is to visit!

What adds to the confusion of same-similar names is that if you look at the credits sometimes movies also leave it vague. And the same name is spelt differently sometimes – Khursheed, Khurshid….And then there are the Baby Naaz / Kumari Naaz types…kisi shaksiyat ki ho ek pehchaan, to kitni zindagi ho aasaan…:-)

LOL at Arunji’s comment about Aruns (except Arunkumar Deshmukh). 🙂 Arunji, there is no confusion with you – you are unique. 🙂

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Dear Sadanand ji, Atul ji,

Yesterday, I was present at an afternoon get together of a music lovers group in Delhi. I need to write a separate post about it, and hopefully will do so shortly.

The main item of yesterday’s program was a presentation on music director Anil Biswas, by Kushal Gopalka, from Bombay. Kushal is a lover of Hindi film music himself, and has been a close friend of Anil Da. Over the years, he has studied Anil Da’s music from very close perspectives. He presented many of these perspectives in his presentation yesterday. It lasted almost four hours, and he played many songs of Anil Da, as he proceeded with the session. Being well versed with this blog, I cannot say that he played any songs that are not already known to us as posted on this blog. Ah but he did present some additional information items and analysis about the songs, and also Anil Da’s perspective on some of them.

For this song, he share the scenario as to how this is performed on screen. A traveling drama group is making its way from one city to another. They are in train. Mumtaz Ali is sitting on the lower birth. Cuckoo is on the upper birth. The song is performed on screen by Mumtaz Ali. Kushal drew our attention to the starting music – unmistakably a train in motion. And as the song ends, there is a very gradual fade out as the the scene shifts from inside the compartment to outside, the train is chugging along further away, and the sound of singing is slowly fading out.

In the audio clip, the starting sound of train in motion is very short, the flute starts to play almost immediately. However, the clip that Kushal played at the program yesterday and a clear fade in music like a train in motion for a few seconds before the flute starts to play.

Atul ji, another rail song to add to our list. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thanks a lot for sharing the background of the song. One gets a different perspective of listening to the song once the situation of the song is known.

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