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Ye hawa ye fiza ye bahaaren

Posted on: June 14, 2013


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

Geeta Dutt was one of the few singers who got a godsend opportunity as a playback singer in Hindi films. The devdoot or farishta (angel) in her case was none other than Pandit Hanuman Prasad, one of the music director of the 40s. While walking on a Mumbai street, he heard a singing voice coming from the balcony of the building above him which attracted his attention. He straightway walked into the room and found a teenage girl singing. She was Geeta Roy as she was known then. He liked her singing so much that he offered her the chance to sing a predominantly chorus song in the film ‘Bhakt Prahlad (1946) in which she had two lines to sing. These two lines from the song attracted the attention of S D Burman who persuaded her parents to let her sing in ‘Do Bhai’ (1947). The iconic song “mera sundar sapna beet gaya” and the box office success of the film signalled the arrival of Geeta Roy as a playback singer. By the end of 40s, she had already attained the status of one of the prominent female playback singers of Hindi films.

I will not go into the details of her playback singing career in the 50s and thereafter as they are well documented and known to most of the lovers of Hindi film songs of the golden era. Suffice it to say that she started her playback singing career mostly with devotional and poignant songs. But the success of her westernised and sensuous songs in ‘Baazi’ (1951) revealed another facet of her singing. Later, her sensuous, teasing, romantic and poignant songs rendered in her husky voice in films like ‘Aar Paar’ (1954), ‘Mr and Mrs 55 (1955),’ CID’ (1956), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959), ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ (1962) made her a versatile playback singer.

After her marriage with Guru Dutt in 1953, her playback singing career was somewhat curtailed as Guru Dutt wanted her to reduce her singing commitments outside his film banner. Later on, her playback singing career was majorly affected by her marital problems in the late 50s. Under these ciircumstances, the net gainer was Asha Bhonsle who was preferred by S D Burman when he had problems with Lata Mangeshkar. O P Nayyar’s tie-up with Asha Bhonsle had already created a wave after the success of the film ‘Naya Daur’ (1957). Geeta Dutt’s alcohol related problems was the last straw in her playback singing career which was further compounded by the death of her husband Guru Dutt in 1964. One can say that when Guru Dutt died on October 10, 1964, the Hindi film industry not only lost one of the greatest directors, it also lost Geeta Dutt’s husky voice as she never recovered from the shock and depression from the death of her husband. There was a flicker of hope for the revival of her playback singing career after the popularity of her three songs in ‘Anubhav’ (1971). But it was too little too late for her to recover from the health complications arising out of her alcoholic problem. She left this world prematurely on July 20, 1972 due to cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 42.

As per http://www.geetadutt.com , Geeta Dutt recorded only 25 non-filmy songs during her singing career, mostly in 50s and 60s after her success in playback singing. The number may be small, but her NFSs cover almost all the genre of the songs- devotional, poignant, western music, romantic, patriotic etc. In the list of her NFSs, I have come across one song which I feel is an unique one in terms of her rendition as well as in composition. The song is ‘ye hawa ye fizaa ye bahaaren’ (1950s) composed by V A Balsara. The name of the lyricist is not known. Balsara had been known as an expert in western music and also as an expert in piano both of which have been extensively used in the composition of this song. The magic in Geeta Dutt’s rendition of the line ‘ye hawa he fizaa ye bahaaren’ is such that even in a sultry weather I get a feeling that a gentle breeze is blowing across my face and a valley with dense forest is there in front of me. The humming by the chorus singers at the beginning, interlude and at the end creates a romantic atmosphere. Another unique feature of this song is that that music director V Balsara has set the same tune both for mukhda and antara without much of variations in Geeta Dutt’s voice pitch.

This song is bound to create a magical effect on the listeners.


Song-Ye hawa ye fizaa ye bahaaren (Geeta Dutt NFS)(1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, MD-V Balsara
Chorus

Lyrics

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ye hawaa ye fizaa ye bahaaren
ham yahaan tum wahaan dil pukaare
ye madhur mast jahaan ke suhaane
beetati jaa rahi hai jawaani
gaa rahi hai koyal khushi se
sun rahi hai kali seedhi si
rut saloni samaa albelaa
dil rahe na hamaara akelaa

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aasmaan se chamakte sitaare
kisko karte hain dil mein ishaare
gaa rahaa hai mere dil ki laya par
aaj chanda bhi masti mein aa kar
thandi thandi pawan aa rahi hai
yaad teri kahin aa rahi hai
phir tumhen paaye ab na sahaare
dekhtaa hai papeeha kinaare ??

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3 Responses to "Ye hawa ye fiza ye bahaaren"

Thank you Sadanand ji

For introducing me a very good song.
And enjoyed reading your post very very much.
Thanks again

Regards
Prakash

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I cannot think better NFS … only complete satisfaction.A perfect composition,and use of choras,and piano.LAJAWAB…..

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Deshmukh saheb…he geet Geetajinchya swarat paripoorna jhale aahe…tumchya rasikatela mi dhanyavaad dedto…( he geet mi poorvi don-tinda aikle hote..tumchya mule punha aanand milala…

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