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Mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re

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.

A time was when KL Saigal was known as the foundation stone of New Theatres, and Kaanan Devi was known as the beauty and glamour. Also called as the nightingale of Bengal, was the most popular female singer of her era, and has left an indelible mark both in Hindi and Bengali cinema.

Remembering Kaanan Devi on the anniversary of her passing away (17th July).

Born on 1st April, 1916, she belonged to a family of artists and music lovers. When she was 10, her father, Ratanchandra Das passed away. Due to economic pressures, she was obliged to start a career in the film industry. It was the time of silent films. She made her debut in the Bangla film ‘Jaideb’ as a child artist. Subsequent years saw her appearance in films like ‘Shakaracharya’ (1927), ‘Shishir Prem’ (1931), ‘Jod Baraat (1931) etc. ‘Shishir Prem’ was a production from Maadan Theatres and a teenaged Kaanan Devi made her debut as the leading lady in this film.

Her first Hindi film was ‘Chaar Darvesh’ in 1933, from Radha Film Co. in which she played the lead role opposite to Trilok Kapur. More films followed in the next three years. In 1937, she joined New Theatres and made a significant mark as the heroine opposite to PC Barua in the film ‘Mukti’ (1937). The song “Kaisa Ujdaa Chaman Khushi Ka” under the music direction of RC Boral, became very popular. Thereafter followed a string of successful films that put her in the top bracket – ‘Vidyapati’ (1937), ‘Street Singer’ (1938), ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939), ‘Sapera’ (1939), ‘Haar Jeet’ (1940), ‘Lagan’ (1941). During this period, her singing became noticed and popular outside Bengal.

In 1942, she ventured out of the New Theatres umbrella and appeared in the MP Films production ‘Jawaab’. The songs of this film created a stir with popular numbers like “Toofaan Mail, Ye Duniya, Toofaan Mail” and “Kuchh Yaad Rahe To Sun Kar Jaa”. This was followed by ‘Hospital’ in 1943 and then with ‘Banphool’ and ‘Rajlakshmi’ (1945), ‘Krishna Leela’ and ‘Faislaa’ in 1946, ‘Tum Aur Main’ in 1947 and ‘Wo Dono’ in 1948.

In 1947-48, she moved to Bombay for a brief time. She did one film opposite to Ashok Kumar – ‘Chandrashekhar’ (1948). But after just one film, she moved back to Calcutta, never to return to Bombay. In Calcutta she established her own production company by the name Srimati Pictures. She herself produced 11 films in her company and performed roles herself. She continued to be active in Bangla cinema, especially in the Bangla remakes of popular Hindi films. In 1965, after the release of her own production ‘Abhay O Srikant’, she retired from active participation in film making and performing as an actor and a singer.

In 1976, she was honored with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. In 1992, she passed away on this day.

I present today a wonderful song from the 1946 film ‘Arabian Nights’. The song is written by Faiyaaz Hashmi and the music is composed by Kamal Dasgupta. The details about this film and its songs have been covered by our dear Arun ji Deshmukh in his write up for the song “Maine Dekha Khwab Mein Ik Niraala Jahaan” .

The wonderful sweetness of this voice one has to hear to believe. Her rendering is very natural and effortless. The song from the film ‘Mukti’ is considered as one of the most difficult songs to render, given the arrangement and the very little breathing time for the singer. But Kaanan Devi has accomplished this song beautifully, without making the listener feel any difference in rendering.

This song is another beautiful gem in its own right, wonderfully rendered by her.

Listen and enjoy.

Audio

Song-Mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re (Arabian Nights)(1946) Singer-Kanan Devi, Lyrics-Faiyyaz Hashmi, MD-Kamal Dasgupta

Lyrics

sapne se kaun jagaaye re
mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re
kaun geeton se mujhko bulaaye re ae
geeton se mujhko bulaaye re ae ae
sapne se kaun jagaaye re
mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re

meri maala ke sookhe phool saare
phir bhi bane hain
chaand aur taare
maala ke sookhe phool saare
phir bhi bane hain
chaand aur taare
angdaai masti lutaaye re
meri angdaai masti lutaaye re
sapne se kaun jagaaye re

meri zulfen ghataa
meri aankhen sharaab
baaton mein soz
mere sur mein shabaab
zulfen ghataa
meri aankhen sharaab
baaton mein soz
mere sur mein shabaab
koel bhi sharmaaye jaaye re
kahin koel bhi sharmaaye jaaye re
sapne se kaun jagaaye re
mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re

meri aankhon ke ghar mein
bas rahe tum
dil ke chaman mein
hans rahe tum
aankhon ke ghar mein
bas rahe tum
dil ke chaman mein
hans rahe tum
duniya pe meri tum chhaaye re
is duniya pe
is duniya pe meri tum chhaaye re
sapne se kaun jagaaye re
mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————–
सपने से कौन जगाए रे
मुझे सपने से कौन जगाए रे
कौन गीतों से मुझको बुलाये रे ए
गीतों से मुझको बुलाये रे
सपने से कौन जगाए रे
मुझे सपने से कौन जगाए रे

मेरी माला के सूखे फूल सारे
फिर भी बने हैं
चाँद और तारे
माला के सूखे फूल सारे
फिर भी बने हैं
चाँद और तारे
अंगड़ाई मस्ती लुटाये रे
मेरी अंगड़ाई मस्ती लुटाये रे
सपने से कौन जगाए रे

मेरी ज़ुल्फें घटा
मेरी आँखें शराब
बातों में सोज़
मेरे सुर में शबाब
ज़ुल्फें घटा
मेरी आँखें शराब
बातों में सोज़
मेरे सुर में शबाब
कोयल भी शरमाई जाये रे
कहीं कोयल भी शरमाई जाये रे
सपने से कौन जगाए रे
मुझे सपने से कौन जगाए रे

मेरी आँखों के घर में
बस रहे तुम
दिल के चमन में
हंस रहे तुम
आँखों के घर में
बस रहे तुम
दिल के चमन में
हंस रहे तुम
दुनिया पे मेरी तुम छाए रे
इस दुनिया पे
इस दुनिया पे मेरी तुम छाए रे
सपने से कौन जगाए रे
मुझे सपने से कौन जगाए रे

2 Responses to "Mujhe sapne se kaun jagaaye re"

More songs from Arabian Nights:
suno ek naya fasana
sapne se kaun jagaaya re
Her NFS:
bholi bhaali baanki sundar panhari
gehri hai nadiya aur bhanwar hai
baan nainon ke taak taak kaahe mohe maare

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Sudhir ji,
Thanks for the post and song. Vintage songs are always special, Kanan Devi was too good. I feel she did not carry the typical Bengali accent. Besides her god-gifted voice, her singing was smooth and she was at ease in all octaves. Her intonation, dramatic effect, everything was perfect. She had to go through tough times during her childhood and initial stage of her career. After settling down, she had her talim under the tutelage of Ustad Allah Raka Khan. I too join you in paying my tributes to Kannan Devi on her death anniversary.

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