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Ham manmauji raahi mastaane

Posted on: July 17, 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.

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Introducing Shekhar Gupta – one of the quieter albeit active voices on the blog. Over the past two years, I have been in email communication with him, on various topics related to film music and the blog. He comes across as an unpretentious and humble personality, that belies his stature and accomplishments. In recent weeks, when I sent him an email request to get some personal information from him, his response started with such statements of humbleness and gratefulness, in a very friendly tone.

Shekhar ji has been active on the blog since early 2012. His first post was published in March of that year, and for the next about 15 months, he has been a regular contributor. But after July of 2013, in his own words, – he got further preoccupied with his work, and has not been able to send any more articles for posting. That is till today, which is exactly one full year, almost to date, after his last post.

A self professed “music illiterate”, Shekhar ji explains that he has no knowledge or training if music at all, cannot sing or play any musical instrument. Well, I would disagree to one part of this proclamation. Any lover of Hindi film songs has to be a singer, maybe of the closet or the bathroom variety, but one trait of lovers of Hindi film music is a given. That they will hum the quietly sing the songs they like, when alone, and especially if preoccupied. His introduction to this art form was in terms of listening to Radio Ceylon since an impressionable the age of four, and then later, Vividh Bharati. That love of the Hindi film song has remained with him, throughout his life, despite all the changes in his geographical locations and his career paths.

Shekhar ji currently resides in Singapore. His career and life’s occupation have seen a very structured growth and patterns of change, at times moving in directions that may seem to be a surprise. So let’s follow the course of this life line and see these changing patterns, at key intervals in life.

He is born in Nagpur. His significantly formative years are spent in Jabalpur, where he completes his high school and his graduation in science. At this juncture, he successfully gained the opportunity for higher studies in the US, where he majored in nuclear physics. He worked as a lecturer in Los Angeles and then later in Bhopal. At this juncture happens his first surprising career shift. He moves to banking. He joined Indian Bank as a probationary officer, and for the next 27 years, his career as a banking executive officer took him from Indian Bank to a Japanese merchant bank as an executive director in Hong Kong, and then to a major German bank as the executive vice president and general manager in Singapore. During his stint with the German bank, he took immigration to Singapore and settled there with his family. (Wow, I have been in and out of Singapore so many times during my travels. Shekhar ji, next time I am passing through, I will definitely take an extended stop over. It might happen later in 4th quarter this year itself.)

After his stint with the German bank, he moved into consultancy and advisory roles, and has taken up executive coaching and counseling as his next career move. He has been a corporate banking advisor the consulting division at one of the Big-4 audit & accounting firm’s. Since 2001, he is also working as a non-executive director of a fund-management & corporate advisory organization. For past almost one decade, Shekhar ji has been busy with executive coaching, career counseling and trains senior bankers. What an interesting career graph this is – nuclear scientist to banker to executive trainer and mentor.

At the age of 23, when he returned from US after his higher studies, he tied the matrimonial knot with his childhood sweetheart. His spouse is a nutritionist by training, and is also a talented amateur singer (Now this connects very well – his strings of love for both the person and music 🙂 ). They have one daughter who is an Oxford trained lawyer, and currently the executive director of an international search firm.

I have not met him in person, but from whatever I can feel about him from our email exchanges and his brief about his life, I have an intuition that the song presented in this article does well represent his outlook of life, and will be to his liking.

This is a Mukesh song from the 1970 film ‘Daghaabaaz’. The song appears at two places in the film, and in both the clips we see that the main performer on screen is Chandra Shekhar (another connect maybe, however not intentional 🙂 ). Others that we can see on screen in part 1 are Dev Kumar and junior artist Moolchand – the heavy set person with glasses and ‘topi’. In part 2 we can see Helen and Master Bunty in the video clip.

The film is from the banner of Nitin Pictures and is directed by Shiv Kumar. The main cast of actors includes Dev Kumar, Jaishree Gadkar, Helen, Chandrashekhar, KN Singh, Jeevan, Sherry Mohan, Sunder, Johnny Whisky, Roopaali, Nikita, Mumtaz Begum, Tuntun Meera, Sunita Verma, Vijay Khote, Hindustani, Bhagwan Sinha, Jeet Kumar, Rammurti Chaturvedi, Ansaari, Moolchand, Dalda, Santosh, Deep Kumar, Ramlal, Master Bunty. The songs of this film are written by BD Mishra and the music is by Dilip Roy.

In the second part of the song, near the end, the child artist, Master Bunty joins the singing. However, the female voice in the playback is not identified anywhere. I request other readers with keener sense of singing voices to help identify this female voice in part 2 of this song.

As with everything that Mukesh has touched, even this song becomes special in his voice. A song of motivation and inspiration, I am sure it will touch the strings of every heart, even if only because this is sung by Mukesh. And especially, I believe, to the liking of Shekhar ji.
Listen and enjoy.

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Link is at
Part 1 (Video – Partial)

Part 1 (Audio – Complete)

Part 2 (Video – Complete)

Song-Ham manmauji raahi mastaane (Daghaabaaz)(1970) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-B D Mishra, MD-Dilip Roy
Mukesh + Unknown female/child voice

Lyrics
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(Part 1)
(Mukesh)
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hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
apne iraadon ke aage ae
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

ek safar hai
apni zindagi
raah mein gham hain
aur khushi bhi
jo bhi miley
hum yoon apnaayen
jaise hamen ho chaah usi ki
saathi re
saathi re
hum hain ummeedon ke afsaane
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
apne iraadon ke aage
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

pyaar ke pyaase
saare jahaan ko
hum to sadaa apna hi samjhen
ye hai apna
wo hai paraaya
in baaton mein kabhi na uljhen
saathi re ae
saathi re ae
hum to hain aise deewaane
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
apne iraadon ke aage ae
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

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(Part 2)
(Mukesh, Mukesh + Unidentified Female Voice)
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saathi re ae
saathi re
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaanen
apne iraadon ke aage ae
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

dil mein uthha ho
dard ka toofaan
jeete hain phir bhi
hanste hansaate
saath hamaare
gaaye zamaana
jhoom ke aisi dhun hum gaate
saathi re
saathi re
hum hain masti ke paimaane
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaane
apne iraadon ke aage ae
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

laaye andheraa
kismet lekin
apna dil to yahi kehta hai
laakh ghiri hon
kaali ghataayen
din phir bhi din hi rehta hai
saathi re ae
saathi re
hum na andheron ko pehchaanen
hum man mauji raahi mastaane
raahon mein ruknaa na jaane
apne iraadon ke aage
mushkil ko mushkil na maanen

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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Part 1
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हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें

एक सफर है
अपनी ज़िंदगी
राहे में ग़म हैं
और खुशी भी
जो भी मिले
हम यूं अपनाएं
जैसे हमें हो चाह उसी की
साथी रे
साथी रे
हम हैं उम्मीदों के अफसाने
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें

प्यार के प्यासे
सारे जहां को
हम तो सदा अपना ही समझें
ये है अपना
वो है पराया
इन बातों में कभी ना उलझें
साथी रे
साथी रे
हम तो हैं ऐसे मस्ताने
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें
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Part 2
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साथी रे
साथी रे
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें

दिल में उठा हो
दर्द का तूफान
जीते हैं फिर भी
हँसते हँसाते
साथ हमारे
गाये ज़माना
झूम के ऐसी धुन हम गाते
साथी रे
साथी रे
हम हैं मस्ती के पैमाने
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें

लाये अंधेरा
किस्मत लेकिन
अपना दिल तो यही कहता है
लाख घिरी हों
काली घटाएँ
दिन फिर भी दिन ही रहता है
साथी रे
साथी रे
हम ना अँधेरों को पहचानें
हम मनमौजी राही मस्ताने
राहों में रुकना ना जानें
अपने इरादों के आगे
मुश्किल को मुश्किल ना मानें

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11 Responses to "Ham manmauji raahi mastaane"

Dear Sudhriji, I am grateful to you for your gracious introduction of me and your kind words … and also for the Mukesh song. I look forward to meeting up with you one of these days in Singapore or Delhi (which I do visit and/or pass through sometimes). With my humble regards, Shekhar

Sudhir ji,

The Music Director Dilip Roy is actually Dilip Dholakia.
He had given music to Veer Ghatotkach-1970 also under this name.
He used the name D.Dilip also at times.
-AD

Sudhirji,
Thanks for taking us on a journey around the Golbe with our “Manmanuji mastaane….” 🙂 Kya baat hai! Jis ka post likhte ho usko ek upayukta Takhallus bhi de dete ho. Maan gaye aapko 🙂
Shekharji, you were in LA? OMG!!! AB kab aa rahe ho? Any future plan to visit LA?
Thanks for all the songs and posts you have shares with us. Hope to see you back again on this blog. 🙂

Thanks for your kind words, Khyatiji. I will look you up whenever I happen to be headed in your dircetion. – Shekhar

@ Sudhir Sir – thanks for this post and introduction of Shri.Shekhar Gupta ji. Got to know about his journey and what an inspirational story is his.
As you are aware i always like songs in this category. Gone through the inspiratonal & motivational verses and hv to comeback to enjoy the tune and singing of our beloved Mukesh ji.
Thanks,

Thanks for your kind words about me, Avinashji. – Shekhar

Sudhir ji,

Thanks for writing an introduction to Shekhar ji.
I am amazed at the ability of Shekhar ji in shifting the gears of life and yet succeeding in whatever he did. He truly is an example to the younger generation. It is not easy and certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.
I have known Shekhar ji thru the various E Mail articles that he circulated from time to time,enlightenning us,as well as his posts on this Blog.
A striking feature of his working pattern seems to be perfection or rather being thorough about whatever he does,writes or plans. It shows in his posts too,when he describes the song or the movie.
Even the example of his own post for the song-” Bolo kanha bolo chhaliya” is enough to prove that he does not rest until the goal is achieved.
We are fortunate to have such contributors in this group. I only hope that Shekhar ji finds enough time to start posting songs again,at least once in 2-3 months.
-AD

Dear Arunji,
Thanks for your kind words and compliments. With your immense knowledge of the music world, you are an inspiration to me. I will endeavour to occasionally make my humble contribution to this favourite Blog of mine.
Best regards,
Shekhar

As Dilip Roy Mata Vaishno Devi-71; Veer Ghatotkach-1970 as Arunji pointed out.
As Dilip Dholakia: Saugandh, Teen Ustad-1961; Private Secretary, Bagdad ki Raate-1962;
As D Dilip Bhakti Mahima-1960;
Lata, Rafi, GD, Manna Dey, Suman, Talat and Usha M have sung under his baton
Not as successful as Avinash Vyas but ok

Great to know about Shekhar Gupta Ji. Thanks Sudhir ji for introducing Shekhar ji.
Thanks for the nice song too.

simonvaishnav

Very nice song , and so much to know about S.Guptaji …well written blog
and it is nice to know that lot of our different countries people have still remain
tact with our cine music!!! so much to offer ….I appreciate Sudhir saab…

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