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Aa dil se dil milaa le

Posted on: September 8, 2012


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

Asha Bhonsle, the versatile singer, has been with the Indian film and music industries for over six decades. She is also a multi-talented personality. She acted in one or two films as child artist;she composed music for a couple of non-filmy albums of her songs; she is in TV reality shows. I have also read that she does mimicry in her overseas concerts and is an excellent cook.

Today, September 8, 2012 is another milestone in her life. She has entered into her 80th year but is still young at heart. It is interesting to see her as one of the judges in a current TV reality show in the midst of other much younger judges; one of the judges namely Sunidhi Chauhan is almost 50 years younger to her. She has adapted herself very well during her six decades of journey in the fickle film industry which has a history of dumping many of its artists after they reached the zenith of their careeers.

Most readers of this blog may be well versed with the profile of Asha Bhonsle. There are many websites where a lot of information about her is available. So I thought that there is no need to write an article on the occasion of her birthday. So I settled for sending the lyrics of one of her songs for this occasion. Later, I felt that Asha Bhonsle whom I admire as much as a versatile singer as a fighter against all odds in her early stage of singing career, is a role model for all those who are on the threshold of making their careers in any walks of life. So as a fitting tribute to her on this occasion, I changed my mind and decided to write an article setting out her long journey in the film industry.

Asha Bhonsle’s playback singing career can be divided into three broad stages – formative , take-off and consolidation. In the initial phase of her formative stage (1948-56), she struggled hard to get playback singing assignments at a time when she also had to cope up with her personal problems. Starting her playback singing in Hindi films with a song ‘saawan aaya saawan aaya re’ in the film ‘Chunariya’(1948) as one of the three singers, she had to face a stiff competition not only from her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar, but also from Geeta Roy (Dutt) and Shamshad Begum, the other two top playback singers of that time. As a result, she would get playback singing assignments only for those songs which had either been rejected by the big three or they were not available for singing. Whatever singing assignment she used to get were mainly for vamps or dancers and the lead actors in B grade films. However, during this period she sang some heart touching songs like dard bhari kisi ki yaad (Sangdil,1952), ae gham-e-dil kyaa karoon (Thokar, 1953). Her grooming as a playback singer started with music director S D Burman. Two songs that immediately come to my mind are gore gore haathon mein mehandi rachaa ke(Parineeta, 1953) and chaahe kitna mujhe tum bulaaoge (Armaan, 1953).

Asha Bhonsle’s take-off phase (1957-66) began when O P Nayyar chose her to sing all the songs for the lead actor Vyjayantimala in the film ‘Naya Duar’ (1957). The film was not only a super hit, all its songs became very popular. They are popular even now. The success of this film was a turning point in their respective careers as both of them got recognition in the Hindi film industry. This was also the beginning of over 10 years of team work between Asha Bhonsle and O P Nayyar, in which the brought out many popular songs like aayiye meharbaan (Howrah Bridge, 1958), poochho na hamen ham unke liye (Mitti Mein Sonaa, 1960) and ye hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera na ghabraayiye ( Mere Sanam, 1965). With success in her kitty, she started singing for many more music directors. During this phase, ego clashes between Lata Mangeshkar and S D Burman (during 1957-62) also gave opportunity for Asha Bhonsle to sing more songs under the baton of S D Burman. It was during this period(early 60s) when Geeta Dutt was going through some personal problems and as such she was accepting very few playback singing assignments. Also Shamshad Begum’s career was on a slide. So by early 60s, she had already become number two female playback singer next only to Lata Mangeshkar.

After establishing her position as one of the leading playback singers, her consolidation phase of career started with her association with the second generation of music directors like RD Burman. The western music, singing in high pitch and creating some sound gestures while singing became the essential part of his music compositions. Asha Bhonsle adapted herself to singing in new environment. ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966) was a test check for her as almost all songs had the new ingredients of music composition. In one of her interviews given on a TV channel, Asha Bhonsle said that she was very nervous before singing her part of the song aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera especially the line ‘oh aa jaa aah aah aa jaa…..’. It took her 8 days’ of rehearsal to perfect herrendition of these lines. But thereafter she sang many such type of songs underthe baton of R D Burman. The song thatimmediately comes to my mind is ‘dam maaro dam mit jaaye gham’ from ‘Hare RamaHare Krishna’ (1971). As against thesewestern beat songs, she also sang a light classical ambar ki ek paal suraahi (Kaadambari, 1974).

The third turning point of her carrier was when all her songs in the period film ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) became a great hit. One of this film’s song dil cheez kyaa hai aap meri jaan leejiye made all artists associated with this film famous and immortal. For this song, she got the National Film Award for the best playback singer for 1981. Her next National Film Award for the best playback singer was for mera kuchh saamaan tumhaare passpadaa hai (Ijaazat,1986). Earlier she had sung a classical song piyaa baawri (Khubsoorat, 1980). From 90s onwards, she has been less prolific as a playback singer than before. She, however, made acomeback with a song yaayi re yaayi re from ‘Rangeela’ (1995) with a third generation of music director, A R Rahman for whom she also sang radha kaise na jale with Udit Narayan in ‘Lagaan’ (2001).

During this period, she also cut some albums of pop songs and remix of her old songs in keeping with the music trend of that time. I remember one of her pop songs‘jaanam samjha karo’ which became one of the top selling album some time in the 1997 which won her MTV award for the best pop song.

With over two decades of professional ‘competition’ between Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle, comparison between them as playback singers is inevitable especially when both are also sisters in real life. But such comparison most often does not lead to any logical conclusion. All I can in this regard is that if Lata Mangeshkar rendered one of her immortal songs lag jaa gale ke phir ye haseen raatho na ho (Woh KaunThhi, 1964), Asha Bhonsle was not far behind when she sang shokh nazar ki bijliyaan in the same film. Of course, the credit also goes to Madan Mohan for extracting the best from both these legendry singers.

On the occasion of the birthday of Asha Bhonsle, I have chosen a relatively lesser known song from the film NAVRANG (1959). The song is ‘aa dil se dil milaa le’ written by Bharat Vyas and set to music by C Ramchandra. The main feature of this song is the way Asha Bhonsle has modulated her voice for the courtesan (I guess that the role is played by Vandana) to sound like a flirtatious baby talker as a show of intimacy and affection towards the writer of this song in the film played by Mahipal. I like the way the mujra song is picturised without resorting to dancing. But the sensuality is created through actor’s gestures and facial expression. Each new stanza of the song begins with interludes of new musical instruments – sarod followed by sarangi and sitar followed by percussion (tabla) in that order. In the camera frame, it is the musicians playing their musical instruments who are prominent with actor performing behind each of them.

I do not remember any other songs where Asha Bhonsle has rendered the song in this style except to a limited extend the repeat line ‘bhanwra badaa naadan’ at the end of each stanza of the song bhanwra badaa nadaan hai . This may also be a very rare instance of mujra song written in pure Hindi.

Many many happy returns of the day for Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and Padma Vibhushan Asha Bhonsle.

Audio

Video

Song-Aa dil se dil mila le (Navrang)(1959) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

aa dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil milaa le
is dil mein ghar basaa le
o rasiyaa man basiyaa
aajaa gale lagaa le
aa dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil

dil ke chaman mein kab se
bulbul chahak rahi hai
dil ke chaman mein kab se
bulbul chahak rahi hai
phoolon ke is badan mein
khushboo mahak rahi hai
phoolon ke is badan main
khushboo mahak rahi hai

kangnaa mein mere laakhon
armaan chamak rahe hain
kangna mein mere laakhon
armaan chamak rahe hain
angnaa mein tere saajan
angnaa mein tere saajan
ghunghroo jhanak rahen en en en
aa dil se dil milaa le
ae ae
aa dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil milaa le
o o o
dil se
dil milaa le
milaa le
milaa le
aaa aa
dil se
dil milaa le
milaa le
milaa le
aa aa aaa
dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil

chamkenge laakh chandaa
ye raat phir na aaye
chamkenge laakh chandaa
ye raat phir na aaye
hongi hazaar baaten
ye baat phir na aaye
hongi hazaar baaten
ye baat phir na aaye

saajan yoon sang tan ke
man saath phir na aaye
saajan yoon sang tan ke
man saath phir na aaye
navrang saa rangeelaa
navrang saa rangeelaa
prabhaat phir naa aaye
ae ae
aa dil se dil milaa le
ae ae
aa dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil milaa le
o o o
dil se
dil milaa le
milaa le
milaa le
aaa aa
dil se
dil milaa le
milaa le
milaa le
aa aa aaa
dil se dil milaa le
aa dil se dil milaa le
is dil mein ghar basa le
o rasiya man basiya
aajaa gale lagaa le
aa dil se dil

4 Responses to "Aa dil se dil milaa le"

One must hear her private album Dil Padosi hai with RD and Gulzaar. They all have really freaked out.
Lets see her and enjoy Live in Surskshetra on Colours hopefully today.
Sometimes I feel she is better than Lata.
Lets us wish her many more years of singing.on her birthday. She has weathered many storms and stood her ground like a lighthouse shining all the time and showing the directions all round. She has a indestructible voice… Geet kitne gaa chuki hu iss khushi jag ke liye aaj rone do mujhe pal apne bhi liye .. Today hopefully she will have tears of joy. She must feel proud of the legacy of songs she is presiding over and satisfied that even after her, her fans will be enjoying her every song for posterity; thanks to the internet. My favourites:
Gore gore haathon mein mehndi racha ke from Parineeta (1953);
Chali radhe rani ankhiyon mein paani, Parineeta (1953), Koi aya dhadkan kehti hai Lajwanti (1958), Tujhe mili roshni mujhko andhera; Apna Haath Jagannath (1960); Bekasi hadd se jab guzar jaye Kalpana (1960); Dhalti jaye chunariya hamari ho Ram; Nau Do Gyarah (1961), Saqiya aaj mujhe neend nahi ayegi, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) Na jao saiyan and Piya aiso jiya mein samaye gayo re
Abb ke baras bhej bhaiya ko babul; Bandini (1963); Dhani chunri pehan, Hare Kanch Ki1967 Zustaju jiski thhi usko to na paya humne, Umrao Jaan (1981),

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Actually it was Ragini (1958) with Kishoreda…Mein Bengali…duet…they way she trumbles in each words…it was out of this world during mid 50’s.
That the duet was most popular in Binaca Geetmala. From that duet I just like Asha.
Today when ever I see Ashaji…I can see in her eyes…she has her past kept very well-alive in deep down in her memories. I can tell most of times she compares her past with present situation and it’s very obvious (to me, anyway).

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This ‘Aa dil se dil mila le’ song had offended singer Mubarak Begum, who felt that Asha had tried to mimic her voice. Asha was noted to be a good mimic, and often used to mimic other singers, including her sister Lata. My late violinist friend from the industry had told me this story.

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in film actor name is “vandna” early call “asha nadkarni”

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