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Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke tu kya hai

Posted on: May 4, 2013

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

During 1960-70, Lata Mangeshkar had sung some beautiful non-filmy ghazals. Two of these NFS, viz. dahar mein naqsh-e-wafaa and aankh se aankh milaata hai koi have already been covered in the blog. These ghazals were composed by Faiyyaz Shaukat and K Mahavir respectively. In 1969, a LP of her non-filmy ghazals of Mirza Ghalib composed by her brother Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar was released.

Lata Mangeshkar had sung many ghazals in Hindi films especially under the baton of Madan Mohan. She felt that singing ghazals composed by Madan Mohan was always a challenge for her and the end result was very satisfying. I also get to know from her various interviews and write-ups that she was fond of singing ghazals. Perhaps this may be one of the reasons that she started singing non-filmy ghazals in the 60s. A point to ponder is what prevented her from collaborating with Madan Mohan, the Ghazal King to come out with at least one album of non-filmy ghazals particularly in the background of their excellent personal and professional equations. I have been pondering over this issue for the last few days but could not get any satisfactory explanation anywhere. I thought that I should make a guess in this regard.

During 1960-70, Madan Mohan composed music for 33 films, that is, an average of about 3 films a year. Only one each of his film was released in the year 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1969. Thus it is evident that he had the spare time for composing non-filmy ghazalshad Lata Mangeshkar made a request to him to that effect. Had she made such a request I am sure Madan Mohan would not have refused. One of the plausible reasons for not collaborating for this venture could be the adverse impact this might have on Madan Mohan’s film music career. Hindi film industry would have read his venturing into non-filmy music as some kind of his failure in Hindi films. Perhaps this could also be the reason why Begum Akhtar, who was very close to Madan Mohan, engaged Khaiyyam as the composer to bring out an LP of her ghazals in 1971.

Madan Mohan left this world in 1975 and about 16 years after his death, Lata Mangeshkar recorded non-filmy ghazals composed by Jagjit Singh in an album ‘Sajda’ in 1991. In 2007, she recorded another of her non-filmy ghazals album ‘Saadgi’ which were mainly penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by her protégé Mayuresh Pai.

I have chosen for discussion one of her non-filmy ghazals ‘har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke tu kyaa hai’ (1961). It is Mirza Ghalib’s ghazal composed by Faiyyaz Shaukat. There are 10 she’rs in the original ghazal, all masterpieces. However, only 4 of them have been taken in the ghazal sung be Lata Mageshkar probably to fit in the 78 RPM disc space. What can I say about this ghazal? I have no words to express my feelings after reading all the 10 she’rs of the ghazal. All I can say is that ‘kehte hain ke Ghalib ka hai andaaz-e-bayaan aur’.

By the way, this ghazal was also sung by K L Saigal in the 40s. The difference is that he sang the ghazal close to the thumri format with two different she’rs and with maqta of the ghazal. Listening to both the versions of this ghazal gives an idea of how the non-filmy ghazal renditions had got transformed over a period of two decades.

Song-Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke tu kya hai (Lata NFS)(1961) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Ghalib, MD-Faiyyaz Shaukat


aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
har ek baat pe ae
har ek baat pe
kehte ho tum ke tu kyaa hai
tumhi kaho ke ye ae
tumhi kaho ke ye
andaaz-e-guftagoo kyaa hai
har ek baat pe

ragon mein daudte
phirne ke ham nahin qaayal
ragon mein daudte
phirne ke ham nahin qaayal
jab aankh hi se na aa
jab aankh hi se na
tapka to phir lahoo kyaa hai
har ek baat pe

jalaa hai jism jahaan
dil bhi jal gaya hogaa aa
aa aa aa aaa
jalaa hai jism jahaan
dil bhi jal gaya hogaa aa
kuredtey ho jo o
kuredatey ho jo
ab raakh justajoo kyaa hai
har ek baat pe

rahi na taaqat-e-guftaar
aur agar ho bhi ee
rahi na taagat-e-guftaar
aur agar ho bhi ee
to kis ummeed pe ae
to kis ummeed pe
kahiye ke aarzoo kyaa hai
har ek baat pe ae ae

2 Responses to "Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke tu kya hai"

Kamath ji,
I read your write up with interest,particularly where you have done ‘ loud thinking’ about Lata not going for a NFG album.
In my opinion the 1960 to 1970 period was a crucial period for Lata. Much competetion was coming in the field and she always felt that having an album of private songs was to be kept for life’s evening. Once she had said so in an interview ,when asked about this specifically.
For Madan Mohan,doing this would have been nothing short of ‘professional suicide’,because at the first opportunity,he would be out of the circulation. one would have paid them for singing NFG,unlike every filmi song in 1960,giving Lata close to 40-50000 rupees.
Doing this was a luxury and time was not ripe-yet !


Thanks for the beautiful ghazal based on Raag Yaman rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. If the translation is posted with lyrics it would be convenient for listeners like me to understand and enjoy the Urdu she’r. But I will try get the translation and then again listen to song.

The preceding write up was very informative and also the add-on by Arunji.



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