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Yoonhi huye badnaam sanwariya

Posted on: December 8, 2013


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Since time immemorial, classical and semi-classical ( thumri, dadra, khayal etc,) music have been the privilege mainly of the higher strata of the society. As such, they have not been as popular as the film music as the latter has a wider reach. Then we have the legacy and a rich heritage of regional folk music which remained within the confines of the respective regions. However, with the advent of talkies and playback singing from early 1930s, film songs based on the classical ragas, semi-classical and folk tunes have played a major role in popularising these genres of Indian music especially during the golden era of the film music. In a way, films have become the catalyst for providing equal opportunity to all across India to access music.

There are numerous examples of the famous classical bandish (patterns) and semi-classical music especially thumri being customised for use in Hindi film music. Few examples:

1. ae ri aali piya bin kal na parat mohe in ‘Raag Rang’ (1952) is based on a famous bandish in Raag Yaman (favourite of music director Roshan) which was sung among others by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

2. baazooband khul khul jaaye in ‘Baazooband’ (1954) is based on a very popular Bhairavi thumri sung by many classical singers like Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

3. phool gendwa na maaro in ‘Dooj Ka Chaand’ (1964) is based on a famous thumri sung by classical singers among others by Rasoolan Bai (1935).

4. bole re papeehara in ‘Guddi’ (1971) is based on a popular bandish in raag Miyan Ki Malhar, sung among others by Pandit D V Paluskar.

Then we have some songs in Hindi films which have been improvised over the traditional style of rendition of thumri and folk songs used in old Hindi films. One song that comes to my mind immediately is inhi logo ne le leena dupatta mora in ‘Himmat’ (1941) which was also in Paakeezah (1972) with minor modifications in lyrics. In my view, while the former is very close to the traditional style of rendition by a tawaaif with Shamshad Begum’s full throated voice giving an authenticity to mujra song, the latter is a somewhat sophisticated version with a voice more suited for a gathering in a public programme than for a private gathering in a tawaaif’s house. Of course by that time, the ‘tawaaif culture’ had virtually vanished.

The song which I am presenting here is the one based on a famous thumri (or dadra? ) by Begum Akhtar which was recorded sometime in early 30s. The song is ‘yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya tere liye’ from the film SUBAH KA TAARA (1954) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song is penned by Noor Lucknowi and set to music by C Ramchandra. The mukhda in the original thumri is ‘muft huye badnaam saanwariya tere liye’. The tune is, more or less, the same in both these songs. I also find that this thumri was used in the film ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’ (1938) sung by Zohrajaan and composed by Anil Biswas. However, I could not locate any video/audio clips of the song on the internet.

In the video clip of the song under discussion, Jayshree is seen on a bed regaining consciousness as the mujra starts in an adjoining room. The background for this scene is that Jayshree, after being expelled by her aunt from the house, wanders alone on the road. Due to starvation, she falls down in front for a building and loses consciousness. She is brought into a house which is, in fact, a tawaaif’s house.

I am not able to identify the actress on whom the song is picturised.

In the video clip, a starting line of the second stanza of the song is missing (probably damaged portion of the song that has been deleted). In the audio clip, the second stanza of the song is excluded probably to fit in within the space of 78 RPM gramophone record.

I get an impression especially in the mukhda of the song that Lata Mangeshkar’s voice can be mistaken for that of Mubarak Begum. Or is it only my ears?

Note-This song is the 300th music composition of C Ramchandra in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Yoonhi huye badnaam sanwariya tere liye (Subah Ka Taara)(1954) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Noor Lucknowi, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics( on the basis of video clip)
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aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
sune zamaane ke taane
hazaaron zulm sahe ae ae
na haal keh sakey apnaa
tadap tadap ke ke rahey ae ae ae
na saans lene ki mohlat
na sar uthaane ki ee ee ee ee
na saans lene ki mohlat
aeji na sar uthaane ki
mita ke chhodegi gardish
hamen zamaane ki ee
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
tere liye

?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? (line missing from video clip)
tera intzaar nahin
aa aa
aa aa aaa
tadapti mauj ko milta kabhi qaraar nahin ee
naseeb hi mein hamaare kabhi bahaar nahin ee
aeji yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam saanwariya
tere liye

udaa ke le gayi wo bhi hawa zamaane ki
udaa ke le gayi wo bhi hawa zamaane ki
zara si khaak jo baaqi thhi aashiyaane ki
aa aa
aa aa aa
hamaari laash pe aana to dhaank lena munh
garaz kuchh aur nahin rasm hai zamaane ki ee
aeji yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae ae ae

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Lyrics( on the basis of audio clip)
————————————————
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
sune zamaane ke taane
hazaaron zulm sahe ae ae
na haal keh sakey apnaa
tadap tadap ke rahey ae ae ae
na saans lene ki mohlat
na sar uthaane ki ee ee ee
na saans lene ki mohlat
aeji na sar uthaane ki ee
mita ke chhodegi gardish hamen zamaane ki ee
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye

udaa ke le gayi
wo bhi hawa zamaane ki
udaa ke le gayi
wo bhi hawa zamaane ki
zara ki khaaq jo baaqi thhi aashiyaane ki
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
hamaari laash pe aana to dhaank lena munh
garaz kuchh aur nahin
rasm hai zamaane ki ee
aeji yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye
yoon hi huye badnaam sanwariya
tere liye ae ae ae

4 Responses to "Yoonhi huye badnaam sanwariya"

Yep there is a bit of confusion. But more often you hear it will sound like Lata. That just shows her versatility. The singer in video could be Shakuntala.

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Anyone who is interested to know the lesser known aspects behind a film or song etc would definitely like such blogs. Thaks, Kamathji, for your well researched writeup.

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according to the Credit cards of the movie
name in the movie and the real life name of female artistes of the movie:
Padmini->Jayashree
Sogi->Baby Rajashree
Mohan`s Mother->Neelam Bai
Chaachi ->Shakuntala
Bharathi->Chandrakantha
Heera->Naaz
Ganga->Meera Devi
Padosan>Amir Karnataki
Misrani->Badi Mumtaz
Padmini`s Mother->Amina Bai

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Very pleasing composition…true to its original form, Anna never compromised on originality ….V Shantaram never compromised on lesser music director.

My estimation is around a thousand compositions of CRamchandra in Hindi film music…only 300 are on this blog… Waiting desparately for remaining treasure of songs.

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