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Dil ki kitaab kori hai kori hi rehne do

Posted on: September 13, 2013


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

Forty two years ago, this day (12th Sept), life deserted a very flamboyant, and a very energetic young artist, who had consistently occupied the top rungs of creative music making and of course, popular following. Along with his senior partner, when they broke upon the Hindi film world with a ‘Barsaat’ of absolutely sublime melodies in 1949, here was an artist duo who made it good right from the word go. 1949 is a fantastic year, considering the musicals that hit the Hindi film screen. A year such as this one, has not quite been repeated in the history of Hindi film music. Some writers argue in favor of another year two decades hence i.e. 1968-69. But the year of 1949 is probably still the winner. Making a debut in this year, competing against some of the best music directors in their prime, it is a huge notable that this young duo, of which the younger one was still to breach his twentieth year, made such a melodious splash. And the audiences readily caught on to the lovely strumming of “Mujhe Kisi Se Pyaar Ho Gayaa”.

Remembering Jaikishan, who passed away this day, all of just 41 years, and left behind a vast treasure of more than 125 films that he and Shankar composed for (till 1971). That is 22 years of active career at an average of five to six films a year, a breakneck pace by any standards. And the quality of their hummables – well even a sampling is not needed to emphasize.

Success in any field is followed by its distracters. And of course, there is a cost and short cuts and corner cutting that happens on the way. The news media was always rife with speculations about the working relationship between the two, the sharing of work between them, the differences of handling artists, going separate ways and getting individual contracts, and so on and so forth. Despite all these issues, that may or may not have substance, the fact remains that the duo always appeared as a team in any film that they worked for.

An unwritten agreement between the two was that they would never disclose which of the tunes were created by which one of them. And barring one, or maybe two stray incidents, this pact was honored between them, till the end. The scribes and the speculators however, went ahead and claimed to have figured out the styles and the compositions they would attribute separately to Shankar and to Jaikishan. The first salvo in this onslaught was that between the quartet of Shankar, Jaikishan, Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri, there was a preferred pairing for creating songs. That Shankar and Shailendra worked together and Jaikishan and Hasrat made their work separate. The second classification that the all-knowing seers applied to their body of music is the preference for the type of music they composed. Shankar was the master arranger and he would do all the orchestral management for all their films. Jaikishan was the master of background score and his handiwork remains behind the background music in all their films. Further that Shankar would compose more of the title / theme songs, soulful compositions and dance numbers. Whereas Jaikishan’s forte was romantic songs and simple peppy numbers that more often than not, would catch the attention of the listening public and would become instant hits.

The analysis and the research behind these theories has occupied for years, the all-knowing seers and the aficionados, who have been trying to tell apart, a ‘Shankar’ song from a ‘Jaikishan’ song. A good luck pastime, if ever one was needed.

Though not ascribing to these speculative theories that I have read about in articles and news, as I started to identify a song for this write up, somehow I went along with these speculations, in an effort to get close to what is a Jaikishan composition. First thing, lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. Check. Second, it should be a romantic song. Check. Third, it is a light peppy number that has a catchy tune. Check. And then, given that this song is from a 1971 film, very much possible that this could be one of the last compositions that Jaikishan may have created.

The film is ‘Yaar Mera’ from 1971. The singers are Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur. On screen, the song is performed by Jeetendra and Raakhee, the former looking very debonair and dashing, and the latter looking so sweet and crisp, before the plumpiness caught up with them.

Another of those catchy numbers that had caught my fancy while still in the junior classes. Sometimes wonder, what would have been if I had played out my fancies and actually serenaded someone with the songs like this. Oh well, if wishes were horses. . . and all that. 🙂

A flavorful number from his final years of work, pleasing to the ears, simply done and easily hummable.

Jaikishan ji, thank you, for all the music. I am sure you are still at it, wherever you may be. Enjoy.


Song-Dil ki kitaab kori hai (Yaar Mera)(1971) Singers-Suman Kalyanpur, Rafi, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
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Lyrics

o dil ki kitaab kori hai
kori hi rehne do
dil ki kitaab kori hai
kori hi rehne do
haay jo ab tak chhori hai
chhori hi rehne do
dil ko churaana chori hai
chori hi rehne do
gar ye joraa joree hai
joree hi rehne do

chanda ko lagey grahan
suraj ko lagey grahan
chanda ko lagey grahan
suraj ko lagey grahan
chanda ko lagey
suraj ko lagey
lagne do lagey grahan
hoye pyaar ki chaandni gori hai
gori hi rehne do

o dil ki kitaab kori hai
kori hi rehne do

jab phool koi khil jaaye
lehraa ke bhanwara aaye
o jab phool koi khil jaaye
lehraa ke bhanwara aaye

aane do agar
aata hai idhar
phir apne aap udd jaaye
harjaai ye aadat tori hai
tori hi rehne do
dil ki kitaab kori hai
kori hi rehne do

chal dogey muskuraa ke
heh heh heh
nazron se tum giraa ke
achhaa
chal dogey muskuraa ke
nazron se tum giraa ke
jab pyaar kiyaa
iqraar kiyaa
maanegen hum nibhaa ke
hai teri meri ye jodi hai
jodi hi rehne do

o dil ki kitaab kori hai
kori hi rehne do
haay jo ab tak chhori hai
chhori hi rehne do
haa
dil ko churaana chori hai
chori hi rehne do
gar ye joraa joree hai
joree hi rehne do

hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

la la lal la la lal lal lal lal
(hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm)
lal lal lal lal lal lal
(hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm)

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओ दिल की किताब कोरी है
कोरी ही रहने दो
दिल की किताब कोरी है
कोरी ही रहने दो
हाय जो अब तक छोरी है
छोरी ही रहने दो
दिल को चुराना चोरी है
चोरी ही रहने दो
गर ये जोरा जोरी है
जोरी ही रहने दो

चंदा को लगे ग्रहण
सूरज को लगे ग्रहण
चंदा को लगे ग्रहण
सूरज को लगे ग्रहण
चंदा को लगे
सूरज को लगे
लगने दो लगे ग्रहण
होय प्यार की चाँदनी गोरी है
गोरी ही रहने दो

ओ दिल की किताब कोरी है
कोरी ही रहने दो

जब फूल कोई खिल जाये
लहरा के भँवरा आए
ओ जब फूल कोई खिल जाये
लहरा के भँवरा आए

आने दो अगर
आता है इधर
फिर अपने आप उड़ जाये
हरजाई ये आदत तोरी है
तोरी ही रहने दो
दिल की किताब कोरी है
कोरी ही रहने दो

चल दोगे मुस्कुरा के
हे हे हे
नज़रों से तुम गिरा के
अच्छा
चल दोगे मुस्कुरा के
नज़रों से तुम गिरा के
जब प्यार किया
इक़रार किया
मानेंगे हम निभा के
हाय तेरी मेरी ये जोड़ी है
जोड़ी ही रहने दो

ओ दिल की किताब कोरी है
कोरी ही रहने दो
हाय जो अब तक छोरी है
छोरी ही रहने दो
हा
दिल को चुराना चोरी है
चोरी ही रहने दो
गर ये जोरा जोरी है
जोरी ही रहने दो

हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म
हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म

ला ला लल ला ला लल लल लल लल
(हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म)
लल लल लल लल लल लल
(हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म)

9 Responses to "Dil ki kitaab kori hai kori hi rehne do"

I must have heard this song so may times in the 70s & thro the 80s on Vividh Bharathi. like Atul will say- never knew details about movie , who the lead stars were etc….
Thanks to Sudhirji ab hum Gyaani ho gaye.,
and actually Rakhee used to look very pretty when she had debuted. and i didn’t know she had movies with Jeetendra.
thank you Sudhirji

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other movies where Jeetendra and Rakhee starred together(for your reference)

1)Shaadi ke baad(1972) Director:L.V.Prasad
Prasad Productions Music:Laxmikant Pyarelal
Starring:Jeetendra,Rakhee,Shatrughan Sinha, Paintal
(got good songs, and one song lyric is with you Atul ji)

2)The Gold Medal(1971/1984)
(I think this movie was “long in the making” kind of movie:
starring:Dharmendra,Jeetendra,Rakhee,Shtrughan Sinha,(director:Ravikant Nagaich,music:Shankar Jaikishan)

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Sudhirji,
Thanks for the post.
Unable to believe myself, I have in the past, checked several times the birth year of Jaikishan just to re-confirm that he was all of 19+ when he paired up with Shankar for “Barsaat” in 1949.

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After the demise of Jai the standard of the music of Shankar was decidedly low; mostly he used to use electric guitar and Sharda. Does it mean Jai was better of the duo or it was the combo that mattered which gave us one of the best songs ever. If Shankar had died earlier than Jai, would Jai deliver; a hypothetical question all the same but we can all mull over it.

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Sudhirji, thank you very much for a very hummable and lovely song. Hearing it for the first time, please keep on sharing such songs with us.

Atulji, congrats on the 8700th post (I know I am posting this in wrong place, but does it matter?). Please keep the music bandawagon going on 🙂

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The write-up is informative and has raked up the old issue then prevalent in the print media. Anyways thanks.

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