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Koyaliya ud jaa

Posted on: November 12, 2013

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Mukesh is extensively covered by Shri Sudhir-ji in his ‘The voice of Mukesh’ series’. I will just include few bits from Wikipedia about his personal life.

” Mukesh was born in Delhi in a Mathur Kayastha family. His parents were Zorawar Chand Mathur, an engineer, and Chand Rani. He was the sixth in a family of ten children. The music teacher who came home to teach Mukesh’s sister, Sundar Pyari, found a pupil in Mukesh who would listen from the adjoining room. Mukesh left school after the 10th grade and worked briefly for the Department of Public Works. He experimented with voice recordings during his employment in Delhi and gradually developed his singing abilities.

His voice was first noticed by Motilal, a distant relative, when he sang at his sister’s wedding. Motilal took him to Mumbai and arranged for singing lessons by Pandit Jagannath Prasad. During this period Mukesh was offered a role in a Hindi film, Nirdosh (1941). His first song was “Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To” as an actor-singer for Nirdosh. He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar with music composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics written by Aah Sitapuri. That first song as a playback singer that made him famous was “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”.

Mukesh was such a fan of singer K. L.Saigal that in his early years of playback singing he used to imitate his idol. In fact, it is said that when K. L. Saigal first heard the song “Dil Jalta Hai…”, he remarked, “That’s strange, I don’t recall singing that song”.
Mukesh created his own singing style with the help of music director Naushad, who helped Mukesh to come out of his Saigal style and create his own style. Naushad gave him songs for the film Andaz. Initially Mukesh was the ghost voice of Dilip Kumar in this movie and Mohammed Rafi sang for Raj Kapoor. He delivered many Hits for Naushad in films like: Anokhi Ada (1948), Mela(1948), Andaz (1949). Other composers who used Mukesh voice for Dilip Kumar in Hit songs like Jeevan Sapna toot gaya were Anil Biswas in Anokha Pyar, Ye Mera Diwanapan hai, Shankar-Jaikishan in Yahudi and Mukesh’s Suhana Safar and Dil Tadap Tadap ke, Salil Choudhary in Madhumati. However later Dilip Kumar choose Rafi as his ghost voice and Mukesh became the ghost voice of Raj Kapoor.

Mukesh married Saral Trivedi Raichand alias Bachhiben in a temple in Kandiwali in 1946. They weathered the lean days and celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary on 22 July 1976. Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he had gone to perform in a concert with Lata-ji. The couple had five children – Rita, Nitin, Nalini (d. 1978), Mohnish (Taboo – nickname) and Namrata (Amrita). He is the grandfather of actor Neil Nitin Mukesh. ”

There are very few songs by Mukesh based on classical ragas. This one from them, based on raga ‘Puriya Dhanashree’ is the fifth song in the series that I am presenting of songs from album ‘Varsha Ritu.’ Music again is by HMV staffer MD Murli Manohar Swarup. The lyrics describing the pain of separation of a ‘birahan’. (the parted one) is superbly displayed by the pathos in Mukesh voice.

Song-Koyaliya ud jaa (Mukesh NFS)(1969) Singer-Mukesh, MD-Murli Manohar Swaroop


koyaliya tere bol sune to
birhan ka khoye sukh chain
ek chhan jiya jale dukhdaayee
ek chhan bhar bhar aawat nain
koyaliya ud jaa aa aa
yahaan naahin bol
koyaliya ud jaa aa aa
yahaan naahin bol
koyaliya ud jaa aa aa

tere to ghanshyam hain chhaaye
mere hi ghanshyam na aaye
tere to ghanshyam hain chhaaye
mere hi ghanshyam na aaye
main hoon viyogin
main bairaagin
jaaye naa man mera dol
koyaliya ud jaa aa a
yanaan naahin bol
koyaliya ud jaa

boondon ke baan chalaaye saawan
jal se jal jal jaaye jeevan
boondon ke baan chalaaye saawan
jal se jal jal jaaye jeevan
main hoon viyogin
main bairaagin
ras mein vish mat ghol
koyaliya ud jaa aa aa
yahaan naahin bol
koyaliya ud jaa aa

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