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Aayi milan ki bahaar re

Posted on: April 2, 2013


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

The admirers of both Anil Biswas and Mohammed Rafi are intrigued by the fact that Anil Biswas collaborated with Mohammed Rafi for far less number of songs – probably 10 in numbers. One possible reason could be that when Mohammed Rafi ‘s career as a playback singer was picking up, Anil Biswas’s career had already reached the zenith. During this period, he had Mukesh and Talat Mehmood for playback singing who were preferred over Mohammed Rafi by most of the then lead actors like Dilip Kumar.

I also found out from the detailed listing of Anil Biswas’s filmography (available in pdf form in http://www.giitaayan.com) that Zoharabai Ambalewaali sang only six songs for him– 2 each in three films. These films were ‘Gramophone Singer’ (1938), ‘Ham Tum aur Wo’ (1938) and ‘Naiya’ (1947). Going by the number of songs, Anil Biswas seems to have preferred Rajkumari, Shamshad Begum and Amirbai Karnataki over Zohrabai Ambalewali. Interestingly, both of them started their filmy career around 1934.

Here is one of those six songs sung by Zohrabai Ambalewaali for Anil Biswas. The song is ‘aayi milan ki bahaar re’ from the film NAIYA (1947). The film was produced under the banner of Mohan Pictures and directed by Aslam Noori. The star cast included Mazhar Khan, Munawwar Sultana, Ashraf Khan, Anwar, Shahzadi, Balakram, Siraj etc. Surprisingly, the film had in all only six songs as against the usual norm of 10-12 songs in the films of those days. When I listened to this song a few days back, the song seemed to be familiar to me especially the words ‘aaja ho o, aaja saanwariyaa’. Probably, I must have heard it on radio in my younger days.

The song is very catchy which has been lingering in my mind since I heard it a few days back. Zohrabai has sung this song by making her voice a little less heavy than her usual voice. The interlude music in this song especially between the stanzas, reminds me of the early orchestration style of C Ramchandra.

Both http://www.myswar.com and listing of Anil Biswas’s filmography in PDF form on http://www.giitaayan.com are silent about the lyricist of all the songs of this film. But the uploader of the audio clip has mentioned the name of Aslam Noori, the director of the film as the lyricist.


Song-Aaayi milan ki bahaar re (Naiyya)(1947) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Lyrics-Aslam Noori, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

aayi milan ki bahaar re ae
aayi milan ki bahaar re
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa
kehta hai mann baar baar re ae
kehta hai mann baar baar re
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa

kheton ne pehne hain sarson ke gehne
kheton ne pehne hain sarson ke gehne
har shay pe chhaaya nikhaar re
har shay pe chhaaya nikhaar re
aayi basant bahaar re
aayi basant bahaar re ae ae
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa

gun gun karten hain begun bhanwren
gun gun karten hain begun bhanwren
kaliyon se karten hain pyaar re ae
kaliyon se karten hain pyaar re ae
dil hai bahut beqaraar re
dil hai bahut beqaraar re ae ae
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyaa
kehta hai mann baar baar re ae
kehta hai mann baar baar re
aaja saanwariyaa
aaja ho ho
aaja saanwariyya aaa

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