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Nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana

Posted on: January 29, 2014


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Aah, the wonderful sound of sweetness. The delightful voice that has rendered one of the sweetest Marathi bhajans – “Keshava, Madhava, Tuzhya Naamat Re Godava” – O My Dear Lord Keshava, Your name is sweetness itself.

Greetings and best wishes to Suman Kalyanpur ji, on her birth anniversary (28th January).

The seven notes of music create this wonder that is called the ocean of music. The endless combinations of these seven notes make up the waves, the flows, the tremors, the storms – all melodies that live in this boundless expanse of music. And in the depths of this ocean lie the gems of incomparable beauty, each one bringing the pleasures of listening to the ears, just as the taste of honey on the tongue. The true connoisseurs who dare to delve the depths of this ocean, are the ones who would appreciate the gems rendered by this honey sweet voice – the voice of Suman ji.

The soft and soothing sounds, as if lazily arising from deep valleys –“Parbaton Ke Pedon Par, Shaam Ka Baseraa Hai” (‘Shagoon’, 1964). Or the foot tapping number keeping pace with Rafi Sb singing for Shammi Kapoor – “Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche Har Zubaan Par”(‘Brahmachari’, 1968). Or the gentle and velvety love expressed in “Tujhe Dekha, Tujhe Chaaha, Tujhe Pooja Maine”(‘Chhoti Si Mulaqaat’, 1967). Or the more naughty and frolicsome variety, breezing away with “Kya Kehne Maasha Allaah Nazar Teer Aapki” (‘Ji Chaahta Hai’, 1964), and “Naa Naa Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe”(‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, 1965). Or the classical variation that is rendered into memories that cannot be erased – “Ajhun Naa Aaye Baalamwaa, Saawan Beeta Jaaye” (‘Saanjh Aur Savera’, 1964), “Phulwaa Ban Mehke Dekho Lehke Daali Daali”(‘Hum Bhi Insaan Hain’, 1959) and “Manmohan Mann Mein Ho Tumhin”(‘Kaise Kahoon’, 1964). Or capturing the peppy folk milieu in “Kaune Rang Mungwaa, Kawan Rang Motia” (‘Heera Moti’, 1959). The string of gems appears to be endless. And I am sure, friends and readers can add many many more gems to this list.

Born as Suman Hemadi on 28th January, 1937, in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh), her father was an official in the Central Bank, posted there. The child Suman was six years when the family returned to Bombay in 1943. She had a natural affiliation to music and singing, and so, besides her regular education, she was also encouraged to take up music by her parents. She learnt music from Sh. Yashwant Dave at the ‘Anand Ashram’ located at Lamington Road. Verily impressed by her singing voice, it was Yashwant ji himself who made efforts and got her the first song in films. She recorded one song for the film ‘Shukrachi Chaandni’ (early 1950s). Unfortunately, the song was dropped from the film. But not before music director Mohammed Shafi had a chance to listen to the recorded song. He was at that time composing for the film ‘Mangu’ (1954), and he got Suman ji to sing a beautiful lorie song – “Koi Pukaare Dheere Se Tujhe”. Another music director had also taken note of her voice at the same time. Nashaad brought her into the film ‘Darwaaza’ (also 1954), and she recorded 5 songs under his music direction for this film. The highlight of this film was her duet with
Talat Mehmood – “Ek Dil Do Hain Talabgaar” , a song that made the industry and the audience take note of this endearing sweet voice. Suman ji had arrived on the Hindi film scene.

But immediately, the problem presented itself. Her voice is so close to Lata ji that music directors initially did not care much for her voice –after all who would want to listen to a Lata-hear-alike, when the original voice was available. And so her career rise was slow in the 1950s. She got to sing in only 55 films from 1954 to 1960. Most of the films were B and C grade films, and many of her songs went unnoticed for that reason. And yet, a patient sampling will show what wonderful gems she has rendered, despite being the lesser preferred singer. Just listen to the wonderful duet with Usha Mangeshkar for the film ‘Guest House’ (1959) –“Nikla Hai Gora Gora Chaand Re Sajanwaa, Kar Ke Jatan Koi Aa Jaa”.

In the early 1960s, started a phase. There was a certain standoff that occurred between Rafi Sb and Lata ji, and two stopped singing together for quite some time. Music directors in search of a voice to accompany Rafi Sb, decided to bring on Suman ji’s voice to record the duets. The 1960s turned out to be a great period for her, and she recorded songs in more than 170 films. The list of her popular songs of this decade will surely take a long time to prepare, and I will not even attempt it.

Her career in 1970s was a shade less busy as she recorded songs for about 85 films. Coming into 1980s she slowly phased out of active singing. The times and the tastes were changing, and she gracefully retired from the industry, with a happy retinue of lovely songs flowing in the winds behind.

The song that I present for today’s celebration is a type of a song that will make you wonder, why has this not been posted here so far. The film is ‘Neeli Aankhen’ from 1962. The film is from the banner of Society Pictures and is directed by the duo of Ved, Madan. The lyrics for the film are written by Gulshan Baawra, and the music is by Dattaram. The cast of actors includes Ajit, Shakeela, Helen, Johny Walker, Raj Mehra, Tiwari, Balam, Wazir Muhammad Khan, Haroon, Raj Diwan, Ravikant, Shetty, Balram, Ismail, Nasreen, Tuntun. We can read here, a brief synopsis of the film that has been provided by our in house encyclopedia, our dear Arun ji Deshmukh.

The song is performed as a party song. The on screen rendering is by Shakila. One can also see Ajit and Johnny Walker in the video clip. A
lovely song with simple words craftily strung together to present some very true emotions of the heart.

jo tere saath kat jaaye
ghadi wo hi suhaani hai

The moments passed in your company
Are the only pleasing, endearing moments in life

I would want to list this amongst the best songs of Gulshan Baawra.

And the same for Dattaram. The lilting melody and the flow is such a typical reminiscence of his music. All in all, a very endearing song from a film that is not much heard about. Enjoy.

Greetings once again, and best wishes for good health, peace and happiness to Suman ji.


Song-Nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana (Neeli Aankhen)(1962) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Gulshan Bawra, MD-Dattaram

Lyrics

wo aaj aa gaye hain
aur bhi kareeb mere
mujhe mubaarak de
ab to ae naseeb mere

nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana
mohabbat ki nishaani hai
nishaani hai
naye hotey hain afsaane
adaa chaahe puraani hai
puraani hai
nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana
mohabbat ki nishaani hai
nishaani hai

chhupaane se nahin chhuptaa
kabhi ye raaz ulfat ka
chhupaane se nahin chhuptaa
kabhi ye raaz ulfat ka
kabhi ye raaz ulfat ka
padhi jaaye jo aankhon se
mohabbat wo kahaani hai
kahaani hai
nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana
mohabbat ki nishaani hai
nishaani hai

kaatne ko hai ik lambi umar
aur kat bhi jaayegi
kaatne ko hai ik lambi umar
aur kat bhi jaayegi
aji ye kat bhi jaayegi
jo tere saath kat jaaye
ghadi wo hi suhaani hai
suhaani hai
nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana
mohabbat ki nishaani hai
nishaani hai
naye hotey hain afsaane
adaa chaahe puraani hai
puraani hai
nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana
mohabbat ki nishaani hai
nishaani hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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वो आज आ गए हैं
और भी करीब मेरे
मुझे मुबारक दे
अब तो ए नसीब मेरे

नज़र का मिल के झुक जाना
मोहब्बत की निशानी है
निशानी है
नए होते हैं अफसाने
अदा चाहे पुरानी है
पुरानी है
नज़र का मिल के झुक जाना
मोहब्बत की निशानी है
निशानी है

छुपाने से नहीं छुपता
कभी ये राज़ उलफत का
छुपाने से नहीं छुपता
कभी ये राज़ उलफत का
कभी ये राज़ उलफत का
पढ़ी जाये जो आँखों से
मोहब्बत वो कहानी है
कहानी है
नज़र का मिल के झुक जाना
मोहब्बत की निशानी है
निशानी है

काटने को है इक लंबी उमर
और कट भी जाएगी
काटने को है इक लंबी उमर
और कट भी जाएगी
अजी ये कट भी जाएगी
जो तेरे साथ कट जाये
घड़ी वो ही सुहानी है
सुहानी है
नज़र का मिल के झुक जाना
मोहब्बत की निशानी है
निशानी है
नए होते हैं अफसाने
अदा चाहे पुरानी है
पुरानी है
नज़र का मिल के झुक जाना
मोहब्बत की निशानी है
निशानी है

9 Responses to "Nazar ka mil ke jhuk jaana"

Thanks Sudhir Ji & Atul Ji for this gem. I loved it since I heard it first in my teens. Then by chance had the pleasure of seeing the movie (actually by default).

Well written & worded post.

Cheers

Satyajit Rajurkar

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Your write up is a good tribute to Suman Kalyanpur on her birth day.

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A very-very happy Birth Day to SUMAN JI.

A very-very Congrats to SUDHIR JI for this wonderful article. It goes a long time to read a post by Sudhir ji. Really very nice. Its bad luck for Suman ji that having such melodious voice she never promoted for A grade movies. But thanks to Golden Era MDs especially to Robin Bannerji, Chitragupt ji and Dattaramji for composed lots of A+ songs in her voice. I think Robin Bannerji recorded max no. of solos for her. During 60s almost all the stunt movies of Dara Singh likewise Tarzan, Hercules, Zimbo series Suman ji was the primary female singer. Probably Mumtaz was the actress for whom she sang max no. of songs.

Thanks to Sudhir ji for this write-up.

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Dear Usha ji, Satyajit ji, Anekant ji,

Thanks so much for your words of apprecaition. Gives me the encouragement. 🙂

Anekant ji,
Yes, I have not been regular past two, three weeks. I have been traveling on work, and returned home just last Saturday. I am hoping to make up for my absence; there are many write ups pending in the drafts box.

Suman ji’s active years were overshadowed. However the 1960s was a very active period, and most mainline music directors, notably Shankar Jaikishan, utilized her voice in their songs. Alas, but these were mostly duets. The top tier music directors used her sparingly for solo songs. But certainly, the songs rendered by her are a treasure to chreish.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,

Thanks for a well written and ,as usual,informative article on Suman ji.
One small note. The MD who gave her first chance in Marathi film was YASHWANT DEO (as in Ramesh Deo),and not Dave.
Suman ji has come up the hard way,always swimming against the current. Due to her God given voice,resembling lata’s voice the main composers declined to use her but the anti-Lata camp used her freely. It is to her credit that despite all factors going against her she worked with almost all composers and all singers.
She has sung about 740 film songs,according to one source. She sang her first Hindi film song when she was just 17 yrs. old. Before that Talat had heard her in a private concert and recommended her to HMV,who later brought out several NFS of Suman ji.
She has sung in Marathi,Hindi,Bhojpuri,Punjabi,Gujarati,Assamese,kannada,Bangla,Raja-sthani and Oriya languages.
The popular Blog http://www.songsofyore.com had posted a very lengthy article on lata v/s suman ji, sometime back.
As an irony of fate,she was awarded the ” Lata Mangeshkar Award ” of the Government of Maharashtra in 2010.
-AD

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Arun ji,
Thanks for the correction of the name.
And yes, for additional details.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Its a super duper song. Lyrics makes us bawra. Aur unke liye suman arpeet hai.

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Saw this film at Racecourse theatre, this one exclusively for armed forces, in New Delhi while in school. The theatre, a ramshackle affair, was very close to school and a couple of us used to miss classes to see films!! Oh those times!!

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Very true about Suman ji…apt appreciation of her talent and simplicity. This blog is however not complete . The inclusion of Suman ji’s sweet songs in AANCHAL..- music composed by CRamchandra, need to be done… How can u forget this film for which Suman ji has sung. ?

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