Advertisements

Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Suhaag ki raat aayi sajni

Posted on: September 30, 2013


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

This is the 8th song in “The flavour of the 30s” series. It is from film Adhikar-1937, sung by Pahadi Sanyal and composed by Timir Baran.

Have you ever heard of these names ?
Radhacharan Bhattacharya, Motibabu, N R Bhattacharya, Shoolpani Mukherjee, S P Mukherjee, V V Ganguly, Niren Lahiri, Shivrani Ghosh, A C Biswas, Bhishmadev Chatterjee etc etc .

I am sure none of these names ring any bell in your mind. Simply because they are not famous Bangla names. Let me tell you that these are the names of Bangla Music Directors, who gave music to Hindi films in the 30s and 40s.

In the beginning, there were only two major film centres in Indiaviz. Bombay and Calcutta. The contribution of Bangla artistes in various fields of film making, especially Music composition and singing has been sizeable. Over a period, with the emergence and strengthening of regional centres, the contribution started reducing and in a period of 20 years,it trickled to the minimum.

In the decade of the 30s Music Directors like R C Boral, Pankaj Mullik, K C Dey, Timir Baran, Anupam Ghatak and Anil Biswas contributed heavily by building the base of Hindi Film music. In the 40s it was Pannalal Ghosh, Kamal Dasgupta, Pt.Ravishankar and Ram Ganguly. In the 50s it was S D Burman, Salil Chaudhary and Hemant Kumar. In 60s it was Robin Banerjee, in 70s it was only R D Burman and in the 80s it was only Bappi Lahiri.

Similarly, among Singers too the initial high number came down over a period. To start with it was K C Dey, Anil Biswas, Ashok Kumar, Asit baran, Harimati Dua, Kalyani Das(real name Zareena), Kanan Devi, Pahadi Sanyal, Pankaj Mullik, Parul Ghosh, Maya Banerjee etc. Then came Ashima Banerjee, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar, Jagmohan, Juthika Roy, Manna Dey, Ranu Mukherjee, Sandhya Mukherjee, Sailesh Mukherjee, Shankar Dasgupta, Subir Sen, Utpala Sen etc. In the 70 to 85 period it was mainly Kishore Kumar, Amit kumar, Aarti Mukherjee, Bappi Lahiri, Runa Laila, Kalyani Mitra, Pankaj Mitra, Sapan Chakravarty etc. After 85 the number reduced to Shreya Ghoshal, Abhijeet, Babul Supriyo etc.
(All names are only indicative and not exhaustive).

Contribution of early composers and singers to Hindi films is priceless. Among these the name of TIMIR BARAN BHATTACHARYA is not that well known, though he was a very well respected and a highly learned musician.

TIMIR BARAN BHATTACHARYA (brother of another composer Mihir kiran Bhattacharya of karvan-e-hayaat-1935 fame) was born on 10-7-1904 in a music loving family-proficient also in Tantrik vidyas. He used to play sarod, banjo, harmonium etc skillfully. His classical base was very strong. He joined Uday Shankar’s troupe as a Music arranger/composer and travelled all over Europe and the America and the eastern countries. He became so famous that P C Barua invited him to conduct orchestra in New Theatrs. He gave music to Hindi film-Devdas-35 composing immortal Sehgal songs like ‘Balam aye baso mere man mein’ and ‘ dukh ke din ab beetat nahin’. His second Sehgal film ‘Pujarin’-36 also became a hit. Then came Adhikar-38, in which he used Rabindra sangeet tunes. He composed music for Telugu/Tamil film-Dharmapatni-1940′,Deepak-40,Laxmi-40,Suhag-40 and Raj nartaki-1941. Then he joined Sadhna and Madhu Bose dancing troup and went to UK, USA and other countries. After returning he joined Rabindranath Tagore for Indian Symphony Orchestra. He also composed ‘Vande Mataram’ for Netaji Subhash chandra Bose. He returned to films with ‘Samapti-49’ and ‘Badbaan’-54.

he was probably the only Indian composer to get invited to Pakistan and Bangla Desh for composing film music. He composed music for Anokhi-56 and Fankar in Lahore and few films in Dhaka. Then he rejoined Shanti Niketan till he died on 29-3-1987.

Amongst the singers from Bengal, possibly Pahadi Sanyal acted in the maximum number of Hindi films-36. he sang 70 songs in 20 Hindi films, the rest were for only acting. His songs with Uma Shashi, Kanan Devi, Molina Devi and Sehgal were famous. Luku Sanyal-the English news Reader of early Doordarshan News was his daughter. here is some info o Pahadi Sanyal from his Facebook page-

Pahari Sanyal (22 February 1906-10 February 1974) born in the midst of the serene beauty of hilly tract of Darjeeling. As he was born in the hills, thus his nickname became Pahari. His real name was Nagendranath. He had completed his schooling from Lucknow but later joined Benaras Hindu University for Engineering studies. He was never interested in studies but he chose a different path for himself. He started taking lessons in Hindustani Classical Music from Morris College in Lucknow. He had learnt music under the tutelage of Ustad Md.Hussain, Chote Munna Khan, Nasir Khan, Ahmad Khan. Not only that, he was equally interested in instrumental music. H had attended lessons of tabla from Rashbehari Sil and Abid Khan. He was deeply inclined to learn different types of songs. During his stay in Lucknow, he was in close contact with Atul Prasad Sen and had hugely contributed to his songs. Pahari Sanyal was also fluent in Hindi and Urdu. In the personal front, he got married twice. He first tied knots with the Vice Principal of Moradabad School. But unfortunately 1n 10th March , 1930 she died while giving birth to their child. Later , Pahari got married to actress Meera Devi and had one daughter.

Pahari was introduced to Director Devkikumar Basu by one of his friends. Devkikumar Basu took him to B.N. Sarkar of Star Theatre who helped him to make his debut with Rs.150 in the world of acting. In 1933, he got his first break in the film “Meerabai”. The movie “Vidyasagar” was a landmark in his career which made him a living legend of that time. Some of his notable movies are”Bhagyachakra”(1935), “Bidyapati” (1938), “Mahakobi Girishchandra” (1953), “omaloye Jobonto Manush”(1958), Aranyer dinratri (1970). He had even sung in some of his movies. In 1942, he went to Bombay for working in Bollywood films. In 1941, This great legend passed away on 10th February, 1974.

Adhikar-1938 was a new Theatrs film directed by P C Barua, with music by Timir Baran. The cast included Barua,Pahadi Sanyal,menaka devi,jamuna,Pankaj Mullik,Jagdish Sethi,Bikram kapoor,Rajlaxmi etc. The lyricists were Arzoo Lucknowi and Rashid Gorakhpuri.
In the tradition of forward thinking men of Bengal,in those days,Barua too tried to comment on the Rich-Poor,Modern-traditional and urban-Rural divide in the family and the society,thru his films. he tried it in Devdas and later Jawab too. however in Adhikar,he was not that successful-infact he seemed to be rather confused in the treatment he gave to this film. may be this time he tried two themes-Modern-Traditional and Rich-poor divides at a time.
This film depicted a drama about lineage and property inheritance. Nikhilesh(Barua) loves Indira (Jamuna) who is a rich heiress of a large estate. While everything seemed in place,suddenly an orphan poor Girl Radha emerges on the scene and claims that she is the step sister of Indira and hence she is the equal partner in the hugh estate. It seems their father had married radha’s mother first and then deserted her. When radha discovers this,she wants to claim her rights. Not only the estate,but Radha has an eye on Indira’s boy friend Nikhilesh too. On further investigation,it is found that actually,Radha alone is the sole heiress of the property,as Indira’s mother was never married to her father.

Indira loves Nikhilesh dearly,so she leaves everything and marries him and both are a happy couple despite Indira now being a pauper.

Radha,whose fortune changes from being an orphan to a millionairess also marries her old love flame Ratan (Pahadi Sanyal). Thus the lady luck changes the lives of two persons upside down. Radha gets her Adhikar,which was denied to her so far.

The film,though had a good storyline,did not become very popular like Barua’s other films.

( My thanks to Dewan Zubair Faruqui, Tripod.com, Dhunonki yatra, swaron ki yatra, HFGK and LB for information used herein.)

here is the Pahadi Sanyal song from Adhikar-1938……


Song-Suhaag ki raat aayi sajni (Adhikaar)(1938) Singer-Pahadi Sanyal, Lyrics-Aarzo Lucknowi, MD-Timir Baran

Lyrics

aa aa aa
aa aa
aa a
aa aa aa
aa naa
aa aaa
re to

suhaag ki raat aayi sajni
kaahe bhare tore naina
suhaag ki raat aayi sajni
kaahe bhare tore naina
suhaag ki raat

aangan mein tora chaand hansat hai
aangan mein tora chaand hansat hai
pawan rachat madhu bain sajni
pawan rachat madhu bain sajni
kaahe bhare tore naina
suhaag ki raat aayi sajni
kaahe bhare tore naina
suhaag ki raat

phaagun mein chit hot udaasi
waahi ke sun baina
phaagun mein chit hot udaasi
waahi ke sun baina
sohi kaaran bhayi udaasi
jhar laagen more naina
haan sohi kaaran bhayi udaasi
jhar laagen more naina
sajni jhar laagen more naina
suhaag ki raat aayi sajni
kaahe bhare tore naina
suhaag ki raat

saajan tohe aan pukaare
kaahe ghoonghat kaadhe
saajan tohe aan pukaare
kaahe ghoonghat kaadhe
ankhiyan mein sakhi kaajar phero
ankhiyan mein sakhi kaajar phero
aan baso morey nain
suhaag ki raat aayi sajni
kaahe bhare torey naina
suhaag ki raat

Advertisements

5 Responses to "Suhaag ki raat aayi sajni"

What a wonderful walk down the (almost) forgotten lanes of Hindi Film music! Many thanks to Arunkumar Deshmuk, the encyclopedia of obscure facts of HFM.

Pradeep Srinivas ji,

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. It is comments like these that drive me to continue writting.

-AD

Arunji many thanks

Wow ….a treasure trove of information! Thanks Arun ji for sharing such painstakingly collected information!
Warm Regards,

Umesh

Thanks,Umesh ji.
-AD

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Advertisements

Important Announcement

(© 2008 - 2019) atulsongaday.me The content of this site is copyrighted and it may not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent from the site/ author of the content.

What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over TEN years. This blog has over 14800 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 3800 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Total number of songs posts discussed

14884

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1162
Total Number of movies covered =4071

Total visits so far

  • 11,339,729 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,683 other followers

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share

Category of songs

Current Visitors

Archives

Stumble

visitors whereabouts

blogcatalog

Music Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

blogadda

Historical dates

Blog Start date: 19 july 2008

Active for more than 4000 days.

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: