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Ham dam se gaye hamdam ke liye

Posted on: October 1, 2013


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

Since today morning there has been a flurry of activity, as the post for Burman Dada birth anniversary took me by surprise. Our anniversary list posts this event on the 10th of this month, and so I was a little surprised to see the song “Dil Mera Udaa Jaaye”, from the 1976 film ‘Arjun Pandit’ posted today morning announcing the dual anniversary of Burman Da and Majrooh Sb together.

I started to check other sources and immediately sent out emails to trusted friends and sources, Harmandir ji and Harish ji. The inputs received were not conclusive, as multiple sources cited still gave these two dates. The input received from friends also included references to two sites on the internet http://www.sdburman.com and http://www.sdburman.net. These two sites appear to be definitive work of research, and their information is that birth anniversary of the maestro is today, i.e. 1st October.

Taking this cue, as I searched for films where these stalwarts have collaborated, I find that it is a long list. Most of the films listed are mainline hit films, and interestingly many of them have all their songs posted on this blog. Searching for one of their earliest works together, I saw the name ‘Manzil’ from 1960, and immediately zeroed in on this one. Two reasons. One, this film still has some songs pending to be posted. And second, this is one of my earliest favorite films. From the childhood days when watching Doordarshan used to be an expedition all by itself, the first time I came across a reference to this film, was the song “Yaad Aa Gayeen Wo Nashili Nigaahen” that I chanced to see one evening in the ‘Chitrahaar’ program. The pensive dreamy quality of Hemant Da’s voice captured my heart and I was immediately floored. And the mighty bonus came a few weeks later when the film was shown in its entirety, over a Saturday and a Sunday, as was customary in those days. And I remember, tiny as I may have been in my age and size, I came away from that viewing gushing with wows and eagerness, not being able to decide which of the songs I should be humming.

The film is such a bonanza of genius musical offerings. The wait from the Saturday to Sunday seemed one of the most interminable passage of time. And by the time I was done with the complete film on Sunday evening, I had all the seven songs (or eight, one being a multi part song) committed to memory.

Five of these are already showcased here, and I will not spend the details here. But I strongly recommend that friends who may have not heard these songs, or not heard them for some time, to please go and visit / revisit them. Each creation is simply out of this world. And one can truly admire the fascination and endearment that Dev Anand had for Burman Da.

A little background to this song. Dev Anand is a son of a rich businessman in Simla, completely hooked to music. His father, KN Singh, dislikes this plebian ‘hobby’ of his son, and the animosity between the two comes to a flashpoint where Dev decides to leave home and comes to Bombay. There is the entwined plot of the love story between Dev and Nutan, that progresses along with the narration. So having come to Bombay, Dev is looking for a break. He meets some middlemen who take him for a ride, and relieve him of all his money over a short period of time. Out of luck and out of money, he is still not able to get an audience with any of the mainline music directors in the industry. Then, on a suggestion, one evening he goes to a restaurant cum bar, which is frequented by the poetical and musical artists from the industry, who come to spend their time and money investing in the drink. (Seem like the memories of some very special places in Bombay that fit this description to a T.)

David plays the role of one of the main music directors in the industry. He is present in the bar, in the company of Titlibai (role played by Zebunissa), a butterfly of the industry, as the name suggests. David is drunk, not in a mood and not in a position to make a conversation. Dev sits a table away, trying to catch attention or some opening to make an introduction. Does not happen. Then David hums the first line of a song that he is probably trying to make a tune for. The manner and the tune in which David hums it, is really dreary, and even he himself does not like it. But then he is inebriated and in his own world.

Dev picks up this cue, stands up and walks to the bandstand, borrows a guitar. His strumming strings immediately transform the lethargic and seemingly sad ambience of the place into a new sound of flurry and active energy. He composes the tune of the lines that David was humming, right there on the spot and sings out the whole song, much to the drunk astonishment of David. The added bonus is a dance sequence by Sheela Vaz, who is sitting at the bar when Dev starts to strum the guitar. She is unable to resist the melody and her feet wake up to the music.

An apparent poetical creation of sadness, is transformed just by the melody, into a song of inspired reflections. The lines written by Majrooh Sb are simply sublime. And the melody of course is out of this world. The singing voice is that of Manna Dey. That is the interesting part of Sachin Da’s authority, that he would choose the voice he wanted for a song, and neither the producer, or the artists themselves had any choice. In this film, there are three voices that playback for Dev Anand. (A feat the Sachin Da repeated in using three voices for Amitabh Bachchan in the 1972 film ‘Abhimaan’).

A song that has stayed with me since that childhood evening when I first viewed it. ‘Manzil’ was one of very first music cassettes I purchased when I could afford to start my collection, in the latter part of 1980s. A very sublime sound indeed.

Listen to this musical poem, and remember the two stalwarts today – Sachin Da and Majrooh Sb. Enjoy.

hum dum se gaye, hamdam ke liye
hamdam ki kasam, hamdam na mila

Aah so, I wagered my last breath
For the sake of camaraderie
And yet
Vowing an oath
In the name of friendship
The companion
Could never truly be mine

phir bhi kahe jaa tu apna afsaana
saathi mil jaayegaa na ruk jaana
o dil teri kali, abhi to nahin khili
abhi wo mausam na milaa

O my poor estranged heart
Tell your story you must
Do not wait, but be on the way
And an ally will surely come along
For maybe
The spring
That will blossom the buds of heart
Is not here yet

ae dil chamka tu apne daaghon ko
roshan kiye jaa bujhe chiraaghon ko
tu gaaye jaa meri jaan, ye duniya hai yahaan
kisi ko marham naa milaa

Retain and preserve you must
The abrasions of the heart
And sustain and keep alive
The lamps that may be dying
Keep singing your songs
Without remorse, or despair
Know that this world is such
It never has conferred
Any comfort to any heart

moti na miley to ashq bharnaa hai
daaman bharnaa teri tamannaa hai
to pyaare tujhe khushi, agar nahin mili
to gham kuchh kam naa milaa

The willful desire, be it must
To fill your treasure
If not with pearls
Then be it so with tears
Lament not
That the desired happiness
Has not come your way
Aah the treasures of sorrows
Are they any less


Song-Hamdum se gaye ham dum ke liye (Manzil)(1960) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

hum dum se gaye
hamdam ke liye
hamdam ki kasam
hamdam na mila
dum se gaye
hamdam ke liye
hamdam ki kasam
hamdam na mila
dum se gaye

moti na miley
to ashq bharnaa hai
daaman bharnaa
teri tamannaa hai
moti na miley
to ashq bharnaa hai
daaman bharnaa
teri tamannaa hai
to pyaare tujhe khushi
agar nahin mili
to gham kuchh kam naa milaa
dum se gaye
hamdam ke liye
hamdam ki kasam
hamdam na mila
dum se gaye
hamdam ke liye
hamdam ki kasam
hamdam na mila
dum se gaye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला
दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला

फिर भी कहे जा
तू अपना अफसाना
साथी मिल जाएगा
ना रुक जाना
फिर भी कहे जा
तू अपना अफसाना
साथी मिल जाएगा
ना रुक जाना
ओ दिल तेरी काली
अभी तो नहीं खिली
अभी वो मौसम ना मिला
दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला

ए दिल चमका
तू अपने दाग़ों को
रोशन किए जा
बुझे चरागों को
ए दिल चमका
तू अपने दाग़ों को
रोशन किए जा
बुझे चरागों को
तू गाये जा मेरी जान
ये दुनिया है यहाँ
किसी को मरहम ना मिला
दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला

मोती ना मिले
तो अश्क भरना है
दामन भरना
तेरी तमन्ना है
मोती ना मिले
तो अश्क भरना है
दामन भरना
तेरी तमन्ना है
तो प्यारे तुझे खुशी
अगर नहीं मिली
तो ग़म कुछ कम ना मिला
दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला
दम से गए
हमदम के लिए
हमदम की कसम
हमदम ना मिला
दम से गए

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5 Responses to "Ham dam se gaye hamdam ke liye"

That sure was a double celebration Sudhir Ji!. Thank you. Prior to this, I had only heard one song from Manzil (1960). Looks like this movie was a treasure trove of songs, let me go explore the rest of the songs now :).

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Pradeep ji,

Yes, a treasure trove of excellent compositions. I notice that you are browsing through the others songs posted so far.

And I cannot agree more with you. The chemistry with Nutan on the screen, is just so echanting. The song “Pyaar Ka Raag Suno Re” from the film ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ is simply the best of this combination.

The other film that comes to mind is ‘Paying Guest’, and once again, the songs of that film are in a class all by themselves.

🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Exactly very true Sir …!!! 🙂
My Father was a great fan of Dev Saab. His ‘hair style’ remained like the 50’s Dev Saab till his last (even though Dev Saab changed it since Johny Mera Naam).
When i started my music collection in 1985 and already brought some cassettes of Dev Anand Hits, one song that was missing and was ‘ae meri topi palat ke aa’, my Father had asked me to get this.
Now particularly this film ‘Tere Ghar ke Saamne’ is my all time favorite, though i do not get to watch Manzil.
But that is not all, you would wonder that whenever i watch the songs of Dev Saab , my younger daughter always accompany me, and this one ‘dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar’ is her most favorite song…
now the technological advances have already helped us in getting the DVD/VCD’s of old films and the collection is growing continously…

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I love this song. I saw this movie way, way back, probably in ’60 or so, and I hardly remember the story, but the songs were awesome (and, of course, Dev Anand and Nutan, but I know Atul is just waiting for me to make that comment!)

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Aah so, Lalitha ji,

It seems that it takes a wonderful Dev Anand song to get you active. 🙂

Thanks for the comment, and hope to see more from you.

Rgds
Sudhir

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