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Raat andheri chamke taare

Posted on: January 20, 2014


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With internet becoming quite widespread, now it has become easy to share information. And at the same time, sharing incorrect information has become equally easy.

When it comes to information about Hindi movies and their music, incorrect information masquerading as authentic information is unfortunately quite rampant. Some less informed individual share some information and soon everyone starts using that same information without cross checking its authenticity. Soon that information becomes gospel on internet.

Incorrect information could be of various forms as far as HFM is concerned. It pains me a lot when I find incorrect lyrics of songs contained in even “reputed” sites. The reason for such incorrect lyrics being bandied about is that the individuals noting down these lyrics are not very well versed in Hindi/ Urdu languages. It is rightly said that a cricketer must have been brought up playing the longer version of cricket if he has to become a successful player in limited overs cricket and not vice versa. Same is true for noting down lyrics of HFM. If one has studied Hindi in school upto say 10th or twelfth class, then that person is better equipped to understand the lyrics of Hindi movies than someone who has learnt Hindi by listening to street language or the language as spoken in Hindi movies. People who are not familiar with Hindi literature may sometimes be unable to understand words like “Kaanha”, “Bainyya” etc and may mishear these words as “Kaandha” and “Bhaiyya” and as a result may come up with severe faux pas while noting down lyrics of such a song. I in fact pointed this fact out in one of my past write ups.

Just as one needs to have studied Hindi in school for being able to note down correct lyrics, one needs to have heard a lot of radio to be able to identify the voices of different singers. Music lovers who are brought up in post radio era have had very little exposure to radio and they have not heard too many songs of past masters. As a result they are often unable to identify the voices of singers. This happens particularly so in case of female singers. If one looks at the entries in YT, one finds that Lata’s voice is ofter mistaken for Asha Bhonsle and vice versa although their voices are quite distinct from each other. But one can distinguish these voices only if one has listened to these voices a lot.

On YT, one often finds uploaders unable to identify the voices of other old time female singers as well. There are some uploaders who use a thumbrule that every voice they are unable to identify must be Shamshad Begam’s voice. Likewise there are others who simply assume that voices unfamiliar to them must be Rajkumari’s voice, or Amirbai Karnataki’s voice.

Here is a song from “Daak Bangla”(1947). The YT uploader of this song has assumed it to be Suraiyya’s voice and he has uploaded this audio with liberal sprinkling of Suraiyya’s photos, mentioning this as sung by Suraiyya.

For someone like me who has heard lots of Suraiyya songs, it is clear that the voice does not belong to Suraiyya. If one looks at myswar, one finds that this site has correctly identified the singer as Zohrabai Ambalewaali. But that does not necessarily mean that this site has checked up their information on their own. They have copied this information from HFGK. If one listens to this song, one finds that this song is a duet and a male voice is also there in the song- a fact not mentioned by myswar, perhaps because HFGK does not mention this fact either.

Here is this song from “Daak Bangla” (1947). This song is sung by Zohrabai Ambalewaali and an unidentified voice that sounds somewhat familiar. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify this voice.

D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Nareshwar Bhattacharya.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Nitin Shah.


Song-Raat andheri chamke taare (Daak Bangla)(1947) Singers-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Unknown male voice, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Nareshwar Bhattacharya
Chorus
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Nitin Shah)

raat andheri
raat andheri
chamke taare ae
chamke taare
raat andheri
raat andheri
chamke taare ae
chamke taare
paas nahin wo jo lage dil ko pyaare
dil ko pyaare
chamke taare
paas nahin wo jo lage dil ko pyaare
dil ko pyaare
chamke taare
raat andheri
raat andheri
chamke taare
chamke taare

chanda ki godi mein
taare hanse khil khil ke
chanda ki godi mein
taare hansen khil khil ke

meri ude hansi aapas mein
mil mil ke
meri ude hansi aapas mein
mil mil ke
toh sang neha
toh sang neha lagaake sajan haare
chamke taare
paas nahin wo jo lage dil ko pyaare
dil ko pyaare
chamke taare
raat andheri
raat andheri
chamke taare
chamke taare

sooni meri shaam soona savera re
sooni meri shaam soona savera re

tore bina ho rasiya
aur kaun mera re
tere bina ho rasiya
aur kaun mera re
rain ?? baawra
man ab yahi pukaare ae

chamke taare
raat andheri
raat andheri
chamke taare
chamke taare

3 Responses to "Raat andheri chamke taare"

HFGK mentions singer’s name as ” Zohrabai Ambalewali aur saathi”,for this song. The male voice may be of Indravadan Bhatt,who has lent his voice in another duet with suraiya(peepal ki chhaon mein).

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The write- up is very useful. It certainly takes some effort to learn the correct lyrics and the meaning, especially for a Non-Hindi speaking person, but it is worth it. It enriches one immensely, and widens the mental horizons…The problem is compounded because the great lyricists those days were real poets and the meaning went beyond the words, as when they used idiomatic, regional expressions. As a Tamilian growing up in the Tamil Nad of 50s when Hindi was taught in schools, I still had difficulty in catching the words and following their meaning. Fortunately i had a family tailor who was a Muslim whom I used to take with me and he would explain the words but some words used to fox him too. The difficulty was overcome only when I landed in Delhi in early 60s when I moved with people speaking different strands of Urdu-Hindi.It was a real pleasure to get to know the correct pronunciation of Urdu words and their meaning. In my humble opinion, Urdu is a naturally poetic language and Talat would render the words best. What great days they were! I salute all the masters.

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Nice Post Atul ji …!!
and as rightly pointed out by you it pains a lot when we find incorrect lyrics and incorrect information about the singers and other credentials even on reputed sites.

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