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Maine dekha khwaaab mein ek niraala jahaan

Posted on: May 5, 2013

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

ARABIAN NIGHTS-1946 was a ” Triveni Sangam ” of artists from Bengal in a Bombay film. Kanan Devi, Kamal Dasgupta and Faiyaz Hashmi came together to make music for this Fantasy film. This film,incidentally, is also making its debut on this Blog.

KANAN DEVI- the Gaan Kokila of Bengal, Kamal Dasgupta-the musician with a Magic Wand and Faiyaz Hashmi-the poet with a Golden pen, cooked up a musical feast in this film.

Individually, all three had already regaled the Indian audience with their Immortal music creations.

Kanan Devi with her evergreen songs of Jawab (Yeh Duniya Toofan Mail ),Mukti, Vidyapati, Street Singer, Lagan, Hospital and many more, was very well known all over India.

Kamal Dasgupta, who gave music to almost all famous NFS songs of Pankaj Mullick, Jagmohan, Talat mehmood, Hemant kumar, Kamala Jharia and Juthika Roy, was heralded as the Music Magician.

Faiyaz Hashmi, with his divine Geets, songs and Ghazals sung by Talat, Hemant, Jagmohan etc was the most heard Lyricist of that era.

All these stalwarts joined together FIRST time in a Bombay made film-ARABIAN NIGHTS in 1946. The film had 14 wonderful songs ,sung by Kanan Devi, Anima Sengupta, Asit Baran, Robin Mujumdar and comedian Sunder Singh.

Kanan Devi acted in about 60 odd Hindi/Bangla films. She sang 90 songs in 20 Hindi films. She retired from Film line in 1965 and died on 17-7-1992 ,peacefully, in Calcutta. She was the recipient of “Dadasaheb Phalke Award ” in 1976.

Faiyaz Hashmi was working with HMV at Calcutta at the time of Partition. He expressed desire to migrated to Pakistan, so HMV transferred his services to their unit in Pakistan. Once there, he wrote many songs in Pak films till 1973and they all became popular.

Only Kamal Dasgupta, who shaped the careers of many a singer, did not have a comfortable retired life. From 1936 to 1955 he composed NFS for many singers. He gave music in 16 Hindi films, the last being ‘Phulwari’-1951. In Bangla his cotribution to Filmi and Non Filmi songs is immense and will be remembered for a long long time.

Juthika Roy (who once was keen on marrying him) and Jagmohan always acknowledged Kamal’Dasgupt’s contribution in building their careerss.

Kamal Dasgupta was a chain smoker. He had some Subsequently he becameaddicted to it.

Adding to his misfortune, all his money was kept in a private bank-which declared Bankruptcy and all his money was gone for ever !

Additionally, after his elder brother’s death, the responsibility of taking care of his parents fell on him. For these reasons he had not got married till then.

Due to a Muslim friend, he got converted to Islam and shifted to Dhaka, where he was most welcome.

He already knew Kazi Nazrul Islam from his HMV days, where the Kazi was the chief Music Director and Lyricist. he was lauded in Bangladesh and recceived some honours too.

He married Firoza Begum (originally a Jew, named Susan Soloman). They had a daughter and two sons. However their married life was not very happy.

He contracted T.B. in later years and died in 1974.

Though he is no more with us, he has left for us his legacy of most memorable songs,in Hindi and Bangla.

Let us hear a song from ARABIAN NIGHTS-1946. It is sung by Asit Baran and Kanann Devi. Faiyyaz Hashmi is the lyricist and music is composed by Kamal Daesgupta.

Song-Maine dekha khwaab mein ek niraala jahaan (Arabian Nights)(1946) Singers-Asit Baran, Kanan Devi, Lyrics-Faiyyaz Hashmi, MD-Kamal Dasgupta


suno suno o o
kya kya kya
ek naya fasaana
haan haan
ek naya fasaana aa aa
sab milke zara dil se ae ae
milke zara dil se ae
suno suno o o
ek naya fasaana aa aa
sab milke jara dil se ae ae
milke jara dil se ae

ek khwaab ki mehfil se
main laya hoon ek geet suhaana
suhaana aa aa
geet suhaana aa
khwaab ki baaten
kuchh na chupaana
hmm hmm
kuchh na chupaana

jo kuch bhi dekha hai sunaana
jo kuch bhi dekha hai

hanste ae ae
hanste ae ae
gaanaa aa aa
gaanaa aa aa aa aa
dil rota hai apna
aa aa aa aa aa
phir bhi pyaar se hai muskaana
aa aa aa aa aa
?? lehere mein ab ??
dard o gham ka dubaana
aa aa aa aa
khwaab mein jo kuchh dekha
aa aa aa aa aa
usko banaa do aaj taraana
usko banaa do
baanaa do aaj taraana aa
hanste ae ae ae
hanste ae ae ae
gaana aa aa

maine dekha khwaab mein
ek niraala jahaan
ek niraala jahaan
jhukte nahin hain sar wahaan
darte nahin hain dil wahaan
jhukte nahin hain sar wahaan
darte nahin hain dil wahaan
maine dekha khwaab mein
ek niraala jahaan
ek niraala jahaan

husn bhari hai ek zameen
husn bhara hai aasmaan aa aa aa
husn bhari hai ek zameen
husn bhara hai aasmaan aa aa
ishq ke saaye taley
zindagi ka kaarwaan
zindagi ka kaarwaan
maine dekha khwaab mein
maine dekha khwaab mein
maine dekha khwaab mein
ek niraala jahaan
ek niraala jahaan


3 Responses to "Maine dekha khwaaab mein ek niraala jahaan"

Thank you Arunji for presenting this wonderful gem. I was all the more thrilled to find one one more song rendered by Asit Baran. The write-up on Kamal Dasgupta, Kanan Devi and Faiyaz azmi was interesting.


I would also like to add my thanks for this song. Asit Baran, who was so good, surprisingly seems to have been forgotten. The information about Kamal Dasgupta and Faiyaz Hashmmi is very useful.


A lyricist Fayaz Hashmi has wonderfully penned many Geet,Gajhals,
some of them also rendered by Pankaj Mullick,which are still fresh and
long lasting,he chose to migrate Pakistan,where he also did good in film
industry but Pakistan has failed to keep live its film industry,it is still
surprising and mysterious, probably Zial ul Huq’s Islamisation agenda
has uprooted it.


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