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Khushi se jaan le lo jee

Posted on: July 24, 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.

Since even before the films started to talk and sing, music has been an important part of the cinematic experience. Even in the days of silent films, there used to be a live orchestra sitting close to the screen, who would provide music accompaniment and some sound effects to make the proceedings more interesting and to keep engaged the attention of the viewers. Of course, when the sound came, and the music and song became such an inseparable part of the theme, the presentation and the making of the films that with it came a new distinction and a new significance that got attached to the role and position of a music director. But the story of the music and song in the films does not end there.

Since the beginning of film making in India, and then more so when the sound came into the movies in 1931, people from the length and breadth of the country came to Bombay, Calcutta, Lahore and other film production centers, with dreams to create music for the films. These men, and some women, were from many different parts of the country, from many walks in life and from many communities. They came to Bombay to be part of what is arguably the most distinctive popular music and popular film culture on this planet. They came to create what ostensibly became the very first crusade for fusion music, anywhere in the world – a fusion of many different forms of music – classical, folk, western etc.

Some of these men, and women became recognized as music directors, whose names would appear in the film credits and also get displayed on posters and advertisement. A large part them however worked as musicians, studio performers, arrangers, assistants and composers. Some of them would gain fame for a specialty that was their hallmark trade. Most of them however, have remained anonymous and unseen performers, playing their art from behind the bright lights. Their contributions toward making the Indian cinematic music as one of the world s most celebrated popular music genres, is immense and immeasurable. Their identity, their names – hidden, and probably lost, behind the curtains that separate the stage from off-stage. They are so close that we can hear them. And yet, they are so far that we cannot see them, or know them. But we know that what we hear as music and song and the background music of course, in the films, the recording of that music would not have been possible, but for these unnamed performers.

Some of their names found place and recognition in newspaper stories, and acknowledgement as assistant music directors in the film’s credits. Names like ‘Chic’ Choclate, Braz Gonsalves, Cawas Lord, Suhrid Kar, Anthony Gonsalves etc. became known to the film audiences and listening public. Then there is another set of names, that were eventually able to gain enough recognition and respect that they got opportunities to rise up and be independent music directors in their own right. Dattaram came out of the shadows behind Shankar Jaikishan. Sattar, the tabla player, teamed up with musicians Lala to compose music as Lala-Sattar, and then also included Asar to compose as a trio – Lala-Asar-Sattar. Suhrid Kar, longtime assistant to SD Burman, came into limelight, albeit for just one film – ‘Kaanch Ki Gudiya’ (1961). Sonik worked for almost a decade as assistant to Madan Mohan and Roshan, before striking out a path for himself in the company of his nephew, Omi. Similarly ‘Chic’ Choclate, the famed assistant to C Ramchandra, ventured out to create music independently.

There are many such names that can be listed. For most of them, independent careers, could not be sustained. Some of them were one film wonders, like Suhrid Kar. Some lasted for a few films – ‘Chic’ Chocolate, Lala-Sattar etc. Some were able to make longer careers as independent music directors – names like Sonik-Omi and Dattaram. In this last category, a notable name that must be included is GS Kohli.

Remembering GS Kohli on the anniversary of his passing away today.

The following brief bio sketch is adapted from the write up for the song “Kahaan Chalki Chham Se” , written by our dear Arun ji Deshmukh.

GS Kohli was born in Punjab in 1928. He became an expert in playing many instruments. When Pancholi gave OP Nayyar his first break with AASMAAN-1952, OP chose Kohli as his assistant. Kohli remained his assistant till 1968, even after becoming an independent Composer himself.

GS Kohli is one of the three Sikh music directors in the Hindi film industry, the other two being Sardul Kwatra and S Mohinder. GS Kohli was the only clean shaven Sikh amongst these three.

Till 1960, Kohli had contributed significantly in OP Nayyar’s popular films like ‘CID’ (1956), ‘Mr. and Mrs 55’ (1955), ‘Aar Paar’ (1954), ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’ (1956), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Mujrim’ (1958), ‘Do Ustaad’ (1959), ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ (1964) etc.

In 1960, GS Kohli‘s first film as an independent music director was released – ‘Lambe Haath’. His second film was ‘Mr India’ (1961) and then came ‘Faulaad’ (1963), ‘Shikari’ (1964), ‘Chaar Darvesh’ (1964), ‘Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1965), Namasteji (1965), ‘Do Matwaale’ (1966), ‘Naujawan’ (1966), ‘Sangdil’ (1967), ‘Jung aur Aman’ (1968), and then ‘Gunda’ and ‘Jaalsaaz’, his last two films in 1969.

Although GS Kohli was exceptional as an arranger and a tune maker for OP, he could not shine independently. Only B and C grade movies came to his way for creating music. His music in ‘Shikari’ and ‘Namaste ji’ is really wonderful and still continues to be popular. The famous song ”Tumko Piya Dil Diya Kitne Naaz Se” by Lata and Usha is from Shikari (1963).

GS Kohli passed away on 25-7-1996.

Yes, it is true that he is famous for the two films mentioned by Arun ji. However, we must also take a look at the complete body of work that he has accomplished in the one decade that he was active as an independent music director. Some songs that he has created for the film ‘Adventures of Robin Hood’, ‘Faulaad’ and ‘Jaalsaaz’ are no less that a gem category.

For today’s post, I present this peppy club dance song from the film ‘Gunda’. The lyrics are from the pen of Dev Kohli. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle. This 1969 film is produced under the banner of Smart Films and is directed Mohammed Hussain. It is a regular NA Ansari – Sheikh Mukhtar cops-and-robbers story. The main cast of actors includes Sheikh Mukhtar, NA Ansari, Sujit Kumar, Jayanthi, Bhagwan, Helen, Sham Kumar, Bela Bose, Shakila Bano Bhopali, Mohan Jerry, Mumtaz Begum, Uma Dutt and Shefali etc. amongst others. On screen, this dance song is performed by Bela Bose, and we can also see Sujit Kumar and Jayanti in the clip. The quality of video is not very good, so some other faces are not recognizable. I could make out Bhagwan in a black suit, hat and fake beard.

Listen and enjoy.

Audio

Video

Song-Khushi se jaan le lo ji (Gunda)(1969) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Dev Kohli, MD-G S Kohli

Lyrics

khushi se jaan le lo ji
dil o imaan le lo ji
kabhi to aazma lo ji
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
khushi se jaan le lo ji
dil o imaan le lo ji
kabhi to aazma lo ji
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai

tere sadqe tere qurbaan
hansi mein roothhne waale
tere sadqe tere qurbaan
hansi mein roothne waale
sataana tujhko aata hai
sataa le aur sataa le
kabhi to jaanoge
kabhi to maanoge
kabhi to jaanoge
kabhi to maanoge
banda parvar
kuchh bhi keh lo
main ne tum se wafaa ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai

meri hai iltejaa itni
mujhe apna banaa le tu
meri hai iltejaa itni
mujhe apna banaa le tu
mere dilbar
yakeen na ho
to mujh ko aazma le tu
kabhi to jaanoge
kabhi to maanoge
kabhi to jaanoge
kabhi to maanoge
salaamat tum
raho main ne
meri jaan ye duaa ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai

khushi se jaan le lo ji
dil o imaan le lo ji
kabhi to aazma lo ji
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai
main ne tum se zubaan ki hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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खुशी से जान ले लो जी
दिल ओ ईमान ले लो जी
कभी तो आज़मा लो जी
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
खुशी से जान ले लो जी
दिल ओ ईमान ले लो जी
कभी तो आज़मा लो जी
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है

तेरे सदक़े तेरे क़ुर्बान
हंसी में रूठने वाले
तेरे सदक़े तेरे क़ुर्बान
हंसी में रूठने वाले
सताना तुझको आता है
सता ले और सता ले
कभी तो जानोगे
कभी तो मानोगे
कभी तो जानोगे
कभी तो मानोगे
बंदा परवर
कुछ भी कह लों
मैने तुमसे वफा की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है

मेरी है इल्तजा इतनी
मुझे अपना बना ले
मेरी है इल्तजा इतनी
मुझे अपना बना ले
मेरे दिलबर
यकीन ना हो
तो मुझको आज़मा ले
कभी तो जानोगे
कभी तो मानोगे
कभी तो जानोगे
कभी तो मानोगे
सलामत तुम
रहो मैंने
मेरी जान ये दुआ की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है

खुशी से जान ले लो जी
दिल ओ ईमान ले लो जी
कभी तो आज़मा लो जी
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है
मैंने तुमसे ज़ुबान की है

13 Responses to "Khushi se jaan le lo jee"

Sudhir ji

Thank you for the nice song and post on G.S.Kohli

prakash

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Sudhir JI,
Let me pay my tributes to G S Kohli on his 22nd death anniversary.
I am glad that people like you are bringing to our focus the lesser known personalities of Hindi films and its music. As you have said their contribution is of no less importance. Thanks for the post on G S Kohli.
The actor in white dress seems to be Nisar Ansari.

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Jagjit Singh and Kuldeep Singh are two other Sikh music directors in the hindi film industry from back in the days. Of course, there are many more in recent times : Mika Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Daler Mehndi, Gurdas Mann, Babbu Mann, Sukhwinder Singh, Surinder Shinda, Sukhshinder Shinda, Hard Kaur (Female) etc.

Surinder Kohli had a long career in bollywood/punjabi movies too, not sure if he was Sikh as well.

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I like GS Kohli’s music a lot. It has a zing about it. Only today I was listening to “tumko piya dil diya” after a long time, without realising it was his death anniversary. During his lifetime, he unfortunately did not get much recognition. Hopefully, at least through this blog, we can bring him (and others like him) more in the public eye.

Thanks for this write-up, Sudhirji.

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Sudhirji,
Thanks for throwing light on lesser known artist, G S Kohli. Many HF artists are not known to common people, specially to those growing up watching movies of 70’s.
Agree with Venkatramanji about Ansari. Just confirmed at 4:03. Lekin ye to kitna achha lagta hai – No black coat, no hat, no red rose in his hand aur daadhi bhi nahi hai 😯 …. ye kya uska judwa hai? Ki Ansari ka libaas ke saath saath hriday parivartan bhi ho gaya? 🙂

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Khyati-ben, Wow, kya baat hai! Ansari-ji ka hriday parivartan made me laugh!!!

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GS Kohli was one of the most underated composer. Thanks for remembering him. As per my choice, ‘ The adventures of Robinhood’ is his best film!

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Nayanji,
I too agree with you. mana mere haseeen sanam by Rafi was really classsssy and my all time fav.

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Lets not forget Rafi and Mukesh number: hame kya jo harsu and baharo thaam lo from Nameste Ji. GS Kohli: Nameste Ji

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Sudhir-ji, many thanks for an informative post on G S Kohli

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oh btw, the last song G S Kohli composed was for Paigaam (1991) featuring Rakesh Roshan and Amjad Khan.

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Bluefire ji,

Thanks for this additional info. Sir, you are always there with newer and obscure information.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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