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Paa kar bhi tumhe ham paa na sakey

Posted on: November 6, 2012


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

It is interesting to note the striking similarities in the musical career of S D Burman and Hemant Kumar though the latter was 14 years younger than the former. Both started their musical careers as singers in the 30s followed by composing many non-filmy Bengali and Hindi songs in Calcutta (Kolkatta). Both started their Hindi filmy careers as music directors under the banner of Filmistan – S D Burman in Shikhar (1946) and Hemant Kumar in ‘Anand Math’ (1952).

The similarities ended here. Even after becoming music director, Hemant Kumar continued his playback singing career with other music directors providing playback for leading actors like Dev Anand, Guru Dutt, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra etc. He also produced a few Hindi films under the banner of Geetanjli Films. S D Burman concentrated only on music direction though he occasionally sang his own compositions in Hindi films mostly as background songs.

Hemant Kumar sang nearly 60 NFS of which three-fourth were released in the 40s and 50s. Most of his NFSs of 40s and 50s were composed by music directors like Kamal Dasgupta, Durga Sen, Ravi etc. Going by the number of assignments Hemant Kumar had in Hindi films during 1954 onward, up to say mid 60s, most of his NFS released in 1950s may have actually belong to early 50s. The second set of his NFSs were released during 1976-89, a few of them released after his death in September 1989. It is quite possible that some of his NFSs may not have been listed so far.

The two most popular NFSs of Hemant Kumar in terms of frequency of them being played on the radio in the 60s were (i) ‘aanchal se kyon baandh liyaa mujhe pardesi kaa pyaar’ and (ii) ‘bhala thhaa kitnaa apnaa bachpan’. My favourite, however, is ‘paa kar bhi tumhen ham paa naa sakey’ (1950s). It is a soulful rendition of touching lyrics penned by Santok Singh. The song was composed by Tersemlal. After listening to this song many times, I cannot avoid comparing this song with jaane wo kaise log thhe jinke pyaar ko pyaar milaa from ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) in terms of melancholic contents.


Song-Paa kar bhi tumhen ham paa na sakey (Hemant Kumar NFS)(1950) Singer-Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-Santok Singh, MD-Tarsem lal

Lyrics

paa kar bhi tumhen ham
paa na sake ae
bahut majboor thhe
paa kar bhi tumhen ham paa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe
gham apnaa tumhen sunaa na sakey ae ae
bahut majboor thhe
gham apnaa tumhen sunaa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe

duniyaa ne mohabbat looti jab
aankhon ne bahaaye ashq magar
duniyaa ne mohabbat looti jab
aankhon ne bahaaye ashq magar
aankhon ne bahaaye ashq magar
honthon pe shikaayat laa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe
gham apnaa tumhen sunaa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe
paa kar bhi tumhen ham paa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe

koonche se tere yoon guzre thhe
deedar bhi teraa paayaa thhaa
koonche se tere yoon guzre thhe
deedar bhi teraa paayaa thhaa
deedar bhi teraa paayaa thaa
par paas tumhaare aa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe
gham apnaa tumhen sunaa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe
paa kar bhi tumhen ham paa na sakey ae
bahut majboor thhe

2 Responses to "Paa kar bhi tumhe ham paa na sakey"

My favorite is “Bhala Tha Kitana Apna Bachpan,” amonmg many NFSs of Hemanta Babu. Any more info on Santok Singh or Tarsem lal?

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ashqa aankhon se ravaa(n) aur jigar jalta hai by the same trio is also quite classy. Does anybody remember this song.
Everybody knows the secret of Saigal’s voice(booze). And Hement Kumar is?>> 60 cigarettes per day. You try it you will become Hemant Kumar’s duplicate voice

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