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Mohabbat ka haath jawaani ka palla

Posted on: December 31, 2012


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

Well one of these days, we may come to the bottom of this ocean of melody. Well yes, after all, the music that was created in the first four decades – has been created, and it is not possible to add to it anymore. And so one day we would have discovered all that is there to discover, and would have discussed it here on this blog. But as of now, there is still so much out there in front of us that thankfully, it is still going to be many years before this treasure gets exhausted. And I am sure there is enough for a lifetime. 🙂

And so, we come to the last post for this year, the year has been with us for the last 364 days and more. And tomorrow, it will be part of history.

That anyways, is the inevitability of the passage of time. But looking back on this year, I would call it a very significant period for our blog for a couple of reasons. The first most important reason is the expansion of this blog, in more than one ways. We now have many more lovers of this music join this bandwagon and have a hugely expanded group of regular contributors, the latest addition being Sh. Vidur Sury, who came on board with his first write up just four days ago. The new contributors of write ups who joined in this year include Pradeep ji Raghunathan and Ava Suri ji. Then we have the next generation contributors in the person of Peevesie (yes, the daughter of Peevesie’s Mom :), of course) also starting to write about her favorite songs. We also have a new contributor Shekhar ji Gupta, join the group from Singapore. And more, Pamir Harvey joined the group of contributors from Austria. And then we must talk about the notable upgrades. Our dear dear Arun ji Deshmukh moved up, literally so to speak, from the comments area, right to the top with his own write ups. And it is no surprise that his write ups about the lesser known artists are a grand parade of the unknowns. His treasure of information seems to be immeasurable, and for that reason, we love to call him our in house encyclopedia. Then, our dear Sadanand Kamath ji also upgraded from contributing lyrics to contributing write ups, and his write ups are wonderfully special, giving the flavor and details of the earlier decades, and his own association with this music. Onwards, about our petite Khyati ji Bhatt. She sent in a very attractive photograph of hers 🙂 when I mentioned to her that I will definitely visit Los Angeles next time I am in the US, but then later retracted that the pretty blonde in that photograph is not her actually :0 The other contributors keeping up regularly and going from strength to strength – Raja ji and Nahm ji.

Coming to the lyrics, we witnessed an exponential upswing in the contributions. Besides the regular group that includes Nahm ji, Khyati ji, Ava Suri ji, we had the addition of new contributors of lyrics in this year. The very prolific Nitin ji Shah joined us earlier this year, and has already scored a double century of lyrics posted. Avinash ji Scrapwala has also
come on board as a very regular contributor of lyrics. And our dear Atif Bhai, the proclaimed fan of Naushad Sb – his lyrics contributions touched the 250 mark within this calendar year itself. And last, but not the least, the most prolific lyrics contributor, our very dear Prakash Chandra ji -well he rapidly went past the 450 mark this year, a stupendous contribution by any means.

And then what to say about our dear Atul ji. The numbers we talk about as contributors are but numbered in hundreds. And the blog overall stands today at 7300 songs (yes, this post is the 7300th song; more about it later). Other than the few hundreds that we the contributors have chipped in with, the rest of the blog and all its posts and all its upkeep, rests in the able hands of Atul ji. The blog itself has seen new aspects open up this year. The much needed anniversary page was brought up earlier this year, with information contributed by many from the group. And then, we got onto the list of completed films – films for which all songs have been posted. Pradeep ji initiated this effort by identifying such films on the blog, and started to collect and annotate the songs from them. And then Arun ji stepped in with his painstaking and detailed analysis. He pored over all the Geet Kosh volumes, and prepared the detailed list of films whose all songs have been posted. And then he went one step ahead by also preparing a list of all films which are one song or two songs short on the blog. And promptly, Atul ji created another page to accommodate this list. So now we have a ready reference which indicates which films are close to completing their presence on this blog. And also, to celebrate another feature – on this blog the number of films with all songs posted has already crossed 200. And imagine, we have a Yippieee from Pradeep ji for each one of them, :D.

Coming to the second aspect of this year’s significant accomplishments. This aspect relates to the outside world. I believe that the awareness and the popularity of this blog crossed a few quantum levels this year. The first one relates to the number of people who are visiting this blog. That number is growing exponentially. We hit the three million visitor’s mark
early on in the year, and then hit the next million (i.e. 4 million visitors) mark in December. That in my opinion is a fantastic achievement, given that the world of music is now a very different place, and most of the music we talk about on this blog is anywhere from two decades to eight decades old. The response that we are getting on this blog is really heartening. But more than that, I am personally beginning to see real evidence of this popularity. I have come to know of people who pull out the list of posts every single day, and email it to their mailing list. And I have also met people, whom I did not know from before, who talk to me about the blog, simply when I tell them my name. And I have been to a meeting of music lovers where the names of Atul ji and Arun ji were also mentioned (not by me 🙂 ). I believe that is the real test of what this blog is all about.

And talking about this awareness internally. I believe within the team also, we are now at a heightened level of awareness – that this blog represents a unique effort at preserving this art form, which I believe is a very important piece of the history of this country for the past 100 years. This is a heritage that not many people, least of all the historians of this country, are paying much attention to. But this heritage is a slice of our society and culture that has shaped and influenced what we are today. That this project represents a treasured preservation of this heritage – this feeling is gaining ground within this group. And frankly, I am proud to be here. 🙂

So now, 7300 it is. Getting up on the dot with a hundred songs every fortnight or so, is a wonderful achievement for this blog. And for the leadership of Atul ji. End of the year, milestone of 7300 – that is lot of reason for a celebration today. Ringing out the 2012 that will be relegated to history by tomorrow. And I am sure all of us on this team will look back over the last twelve months with pride, and ready for continuing this wonderful journey of musical adventure in 2013.

But wait, we are not yet done with all the celebrations for the day yet. With this post we are getting two more targets achieved. This song, being a duet with Asha ji and Rafi Sb, marks the 300th Asha – Rafi duet on the blog. And if my memory serves me correctly, this most likely is the first duet century target we are celebrating. What I mean is that yes, we have crossed century marks for some duet pairs, but probably this is the first time that we are calling out this milestone for a celebration. (Atul ji, please correct me if I am wrong).

And still one more. We also celebrate the double century, the 200th song on this blog of Qamar Jalaalabaadi, the lyricist. Felicitations Qamar Sb, wherever you are, and a ton of thanks for all the wonderful songs you have bequeathed to this industry and to us. And ah, yes, you are guessing it right. The extraordinary activity that you have seen in terms of songs posted by me, was actually targeted at getting Qamar Sb’s tally to this double century milestone. I had been holding on to this song for quiet some time now. With Atul ji, I had planned to first post this as a milestone song for the double celebration of Qamar Sb and OP Nayyar. But as the events panned out, the tally of Nayyar Sb’s songs moved much faster, and the songs by Qamar Sb remained at the 180 something mark for much longer. Atul ji was not sure that we should attempt this milestone, the time appeared too short. But then I told Atul ji, I am going to go after it. I pulled out the list of films of Qamar Sb, and searched and selected the best known songs written by him, which comprise my last 15 posts over the three or four days. (It has been almost four sleepless nights now, whew 😀 :D.)

Qamar Sb was born on 9th March, 1917 at Jalaalabaad (now in Pakistan), into a Punjabi Khatri family. The name given by his parents – Om Prakash Bhandari. The child’s prodigal abilities as a verse maker were evident right from his school days. At that time, in the town of Jalaalabaad, there lived another famous shaayar, by the name of ‘Amar’ Jalaalabaadi. When Om Prakash was still a student of tenth class, mutual fame brought them together. The senior poet was very impressed with the poetry of Om Prakash. And he suggested that the young lad should take on a personal signature, a ‘takhallus’. He himself anointed the young one as ‘Qamar’. The meaning of this word in Arabic is ‘the moon’, and the elder blessed him with fortune that his fame would shine like the moon one day.

After completing his masters studies in science from Kapurthala (in Punjab), Om Prakash decided on a career as a journalist. He came to Lahore and started working for the local newspapers. He was interested in films, and started publishing a small weekly magazine called ‘Star Weekly’. At the same time, he also started to publish his poetry under the pen name of ‘Qamar’. His poetry caught the attention of people, and Dalsukh Pancholi who owned the production house of ‘Pancholi Art Pictures’ invited him to write songs for his films. The first film he worked for was ‘Zameendaar’ (1942), and the very first song that he wrote for the film was sung by Shamshad Begum. The song, ‘Duniya Mein Gareebon Ki Aaraam Nahin Miltaa”. He went on to write for more films being made from Lahore – ‘Pagli’ (1943), ‘Sahaara’ (1943), ‘Kaise Kahoon’ (1945) etc.

The songs by the young Qamar became popular. The extent of this popularity can be gauged from the following anecdote. DD Kashyap, assistant to V Shantaram, came to Lahore for the purpose of release of the film ‘Padosi’ (1942). He heard about Qamar and met him. Kashyap ji was so impressed with this young poet that he convinced him to travel with him to Poona (now
Pune). Qamar started to work with Prabhat Studios, the film company owned by V Shantaram. He wrote the songs for the films ‘Ram Shastri’ (1944), ‘Chaand’ (1944), ‘Lakha Rani’ (1945) and ‘Gokul’ (1946). He shot to fame riding the popularity of the songs of film ‘Chaand’. With this film, he also started to write dialogues.

In 1946, DD Kahsyap left Prabhat Studios and moved to Bombay. Qamar followed, and stepped into a new phase of his career. Writing for films like ‘Nargis’ (1946), ‘Pyaar Ki Jeet’ (1948) and ‘Badi Bahen’ (1949), the songs penned by him became popular with the public and his fame spread across the country. Songs like Rafi’s ‘Ik Dil Ke Tukde Hazaar Huye” , and Suraiya’s “O Door Jaane Waale. . .”, and the songs of “Badi Bahen’ gained immense popularity.

His popularity gained him a place as a leading lyricist in the 1950s and 60s. He continued to write for films till the early 80s. By his own accounts, he pulled himself away from the film world when violence and criminality began to take precedence in the industry. He passed away in 2003, at the ripe old age of 86.

In a career that spans almost five decades, Qamar Sb wrote for well over 160 films. He also wrote screenplays and stories for about a dozen films in his career.

Qamar Sb occupies a special place in the industry as the writer of humorous songs. There are many films for which the producers would get just one song – the comedy song, written by him. The song in this post is one such fun song from the 1958 film ‘Howrah Bridge’. The film was produced and directed by Shakti Samant under his own banner, Shri Shakti Films, Bombay. The film has Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in lead roles with a star cast that includes KN Singh, Dhumal, Om Prakash, Helen, Krishnakant, Sunder, Kammo, Madan Puri, Kundan, Bhagwan Sinha, Robert, Nirmal Kumar, Balaram, Rafiq, Uma Dutt, Bhardwaj, Ratan Gaurang, TN Charlie along with short guest appearances by Minoo Mumtaz, Mehmood and Chaman Puri. The music for this film is composed by OP Nayyar. There are eight songs in this film, six of which are written by Qamar Sb, and two by Hasrat Jaipuri. This song comes from the pen of Qamar Sb.

The one special reason that I held on to this song is that I had located a video clip of this song which has a small additional clip of about a minute, that introduces the making of this song. The clip shows Qamar Sb and Nayyar Sb at work on this song, and then the rehearsal with the singers, Rafi Sb and Asha ji. This intro clip makes the song even more appealing.

An interesting side note about this intro clip. This clip itself is taken from a longer clip available on the YouTube, that also includes the making of another OP Nayyar song – “Aaye Hain Door Se, Milne Huzoor Se” (‘Tum Sa Nahin Dekha’, 1957), which is also an Asha – Rafi duet. During the rehearsal sessions shown in this clip, one very interesting thing I noted. And mind you, this is not a comparison to say one better than the other, just the individual traits of the singers. As we see Asha singing, one can make out that she is concentrating on the song and is working to get the right singing performance. With Rafi Sb, one can clearly see that he is thoroughly enjoying himself, almost as if he is performing the song on the screen. I had written in my post for Rafi Sb’s birth anniversary last week for the non film song ‘Tum Aao, Rum Jhum Karti, Paayal Ki Jhankar Liye’

“The difference that I think there is with Rafi Sb, is that he too scaled the farthest depths of soul, to bring out his performance, and yet, his voice and his demeanor showed, that even at that depth of concentration and extreme focus, he is not lost, but rather, he is acutely aware of where he is and is thoroughly enjoying it, be it a sound of melancholy or a sound of joy.”

This trait of Rafi Sb is so evident in this clip, as we see him rehearsing the songs.

On screen, this song is performed by Sunder and Kammo. A wordless romantic moment of heightened emotions is in passing between Ashok Kumar and Madhubala. And then Sunder and Kammo step into the scene to put in words, the emotions that neither of lovers is able to express in words.

And so, not wanting to keep you away from the viewing and listening pleasure, let us bid this immensely eventful year 2012, and get prepared to welcome 2013.

gayaa december, jaane do
aayee january, aane do

See you all, next year, right here, with another ton of songs to review and discuss and share.

Wishing all and their families – lot of good health, prosperity and peace in the next year – a VERY HAPPY 2013.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Audio

Video

Song-Mohabbat ka haath jawaali ka palla (Howrah Bridge)(1958) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-O P Nayyar
Rafi + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

aaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaa

mohabbat ka haaath
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah

kahi jaa rahi hai
suni jaa rahi hai
nigaahon ki baazi lagi jaa rahi hai

kahi jaa rahi hai
suni jaa rahi hai
nigaahon ki baazi lagi jaa rahi hai. . .ae ae ae

ho nadiyaa ki lehron pe ye gend ballaa
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah

nasheeli nasheeli
fizaa ho rahi hai
teri god mein chaandni so rahi hai

nasheeli nasheeli
fizaa ho rahi hai
teri god mein chaandni so rahi hai. . . ae ae ae

sitaare zameen par utar aaye vallaah
aa haaa
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah

dil hai kisi ka ji
nazren kisi ki
ye baazoo kisi ke ji
zulfen kisi ki

dil hai kisi ka ji
nazren kisi ki
ye baazoo kisi ke ji
zulfen kisi ki. . .eee eee eee

ye aashiq ke dil par haseenon ka hallaa
waah waa
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah

jo teri nigaah mein
kisi ki nigaah hai
arre jo tu duniya ka ab baadshah hai

jo teri nigaah mein
kisi ki nigaah hai
arre jo tu duniya ka ab baadshah hai. . .ae ae ae

huaa husn tera ghulaam aaj vallaah
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
mohabbat ka haath
jawaani ka palla
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah
subhaan allaah baabu
subhaan allaah

14 Responses to "Mohabbat ka haath jawaani ka palla"

This a post worthy of the grand finale to the turbulent year that we have had, Sudhirji.

You have rounded up everything so perfectly.

I am less involved with this site, but never fail to admire the dedication and love showed by all the people who make it such a success, spearheaded by Atul of course.

Congratulations everyone! If I could I would give you a standing ovation.

May 2013 be better for everyone in all respects.

With Hope!

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Atul ji ,

Congratulations for another century, (already waiting for another century)

Sudhir ji

Thank you for the nice post and thank you for your kind words.

(Main toh kuchch bhi nahin, ye sab aap logon kaa mere prathi pyaar bol raha hai)Aap sab logon kaa pyaar mere saath aisee hi bani rahe, main bagwaan se(See how selfish I am 🙂 )prarthana kar rahaa hoon.

Gold bless you all people.
Love you
Regards
Prakash

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What a fantastic way to round off the year’s songs on this blog!
So many milestones here – but most importantly Sudhirji’s assessment of how the blog has progressed over 2012 is heart-warming.

Like has been said above, Atul and the regular contributors here (and I’m not including myself in this, if I go by my last couple of months here ;-)) deserve a standing ovation.

Apart from the fact that this blog has become, and continues to develop, as an invaluable repository of yesteryear music, it is also a place where you always feel welcome, where there’s a lot of warmth and respect amongst people. I always feel very much at home here, even if I haven’t been visiting the blog as frequently (or contributing as frequently) as I used to a few months ago.

May the blog go from strength to strength in 2013.

Wish all of you a very happy new year!!!

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I fully agree

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Dear Mr. Sudhirji,
I may be new to you and all other Atulji’s fans. But, this blog and all contributors are very familiar to me as one of “my family member” is also involved with this blog. Who? You will know soon. Fist of all, let me salute to Atulji and all his contributors for the valuable time you are spending to make every effort to make this blog complete. I may not read or listen to all songs posted here. But, “my family member” always shares my favorite songs posted here and all the interesting information related to it. 7300 songs in just four years and five months is very commendable achievement. 🙂 I am sure this journey is going to be full of joy and happiness as all of you are sharing your love and passion with others. God bless Atulji, all his team members and this blog. I thank you all for making every music lover cheerful and wish you all a Happy 2013 and pray God to make this year more productive than before. Now, let me introduce myself to you all, specially Sudhirji. I am other half of “Khyati Bhatt” 😯 My name is Jagdish and don’t remember contributing any song to this blog or changing my name to Rajendra. (As you have mentioned in your post) Khyati just told me that Rajendrabhai is another contributor of this blog. My idea of writing this very first comment on this blog is just to clarify who is the other half of Khyati. 🙂

-Dr. Jagdish Bhatt

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Dear Jagdish Bhai, Khyati ji

I sincerely and dearly apologize for this faux pas. It is entirely a mistake on my part to simply go on forward with an assumption that is not at all well founded.

I appreciate your candid clarifications, and am separately writing to Atul ji with suitable updates to the write up to set right the incorrect impressions created by my writings.

And I do also apologize to Rajendra ji Bhatt, for this same mistake.

But it sure is good to be now introduced to Jagdish ji. I hope we shall see more of your comments, for other better reasons :),

Rgds
Sudhir

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My Dear Sudhirji,
You need not take this matter that seriously. I just wanted to introduce myself before you come to Los Angeles, so you will be looking for the right person at the airport. 🙂 Hope my this reply will ease your nervousness and my real introduction won’t change your thought of visiting us in near future. 🙂

-Jagdish

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Sudhirji,
Thanks for the 7300th song of the blog. What a wonderful post you have written! You have covered all the information related to this blog for 2012. Above, my “half” has written his comment on some clarification. Padhne ke baad aap ko lagega ki “Achha hota agar main Khyati ji aur uske pariwaar ko LA mein mil leta.” 🙂 Koi baat nahin. Aap ka intezaar rahega.

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Sudhirji,
My “half” just posted his first comment on this blog, but due to some reasons, I don’t see it here. Let me ask him if he can write it again.

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First comment by a new commenter is required to be approved by me and then one can post sbsequently without any approval. I was away from computer. I have come back to my computer only just now. And now his comments will appear.

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congratulations to you Atul ji and all other contributors to this blog and wish you all a very happy musical year

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Dear Atul, Arun Deshmukh and other contributors: First thank you from the bottom of my heart for these songs and commentaries. They bring to life so many wonderful artistes. Thanks to Harishbhai, I get the daily blog via email. It goes out to a select list of music lovers and some who are personally familiar with artistes, music director, producer, or a filmi connection. Greetings to all from San Diego. Sal Shah.

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Dear Salim Bhai,

Thanks for your very encouraging message. I am glad to note that you are on Harish ji’s mailing list.

For information of other readers, Harish ji mentioned here is Sh. Harish Raghuvanshi of Surat, a very close associate of Harmandir ji for the compilation of Geet Kosh, and the compiler of the Mukesh Geet Kosh.

Thanks again sir,

Rgds
Sudhir

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Salim ji,
Thank you for your appreciation.
It gives me great pleasure when ‘True Rasik’s like you-spread all over the Globe- enjoy what we write.
I feel immensely satisfied,because our work is bringing Nostalgia and enjoyment of the music of the bygone era.
Thanks once again.
-AD

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