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Balma beimaan

Posted on: August 25, 2014


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When I was growing up in late 1960s and the whole of 1970s, I was familiar with the then current generation singers like Kishore Kumar, Lata, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Mukesh etc. My exposure to old generation singers was initially through the “puraani filmon ke geet” programme of Radio Ceylon (later renamed SLBC) from 7-30 to 8 AM. It is not that I consciously listened to this programme. On a typical morning, one of the elders in the home (who was in the position of “authority” to operate the radio would switch on the radio, and if I was lucky then the radio station tuned would be Radio Ceylon. The early morning programme was instrumental music where tunes of Hindi movie songs, played by Enoch Daniels were broadcast. I loved this programme because listening to instrumentals of current songs was a new and thrilling experience for me. This programme would then be followed by programmes where old songs were played and I was not interested in them. I would wait for 8 AM, when the last song of “Puraani filmon ke geet” would be sung by K L Saigal and then the “Aap hi ke geet” farmaishi programme would start, much to the glee of farmaish senders from Jhumri Tilaiyya, Ganj Basoda, Yavatmal, Rajnandgaaon etc. 🙂

So it is easy to guess that I was not much into listening to old songs those day. I was not aware to too many old singers either. Listening (unwillingly of course) to the “Puraani filmon ke geet” programme had familiarised me to the names of a few old timer singers namely K L Saigal, Suraiyya, Durrani and Rajkumari. And that was all.

The name Suraiyya caught my attention because we had a gentleman from Andhra called Surayya living in the neighbourhood and I found it amusing that a female could also be known by the same name. The name Durrani caught my fancy because the Indian cricket team also had a cricketer by the name of Durrani at that time. Rajkumari is of course a common enough name.

As can be observed from above, I did not become aware of the names of any other old time singers even if I may have heard songs sung by them.

It was later, while listening to other radio programmes, viz Vividh Bharati and Urdu Service of All India Radio, that I began to become familiar with singers like Talt Mehmood, Shamshad Begam, Geeta Dutt, Uma Devi (Tuntun) etc.

Believe it or not, it was only after 2000 that I became familiar with names like Amirbai Karnataki and Zohrabai Ambalewaali, when internet began to become faster and it became possible to access audio (and later video) on it. Not just singers like them, I became aware of old time lyricist, viz D N Madhok also after the advent of internet.

This blog began in july 2008 when I was at Jabalpur. From that time onwards, I have added considerably to my knowledge of HFM artists of all generations, including previous generations. Among the previous generation artists, Amirbai Karnataki and Zohrabai Ambalewaali (A and Z ) especially caught my fancy. I found it difficult to distinguish between their voices but fortunately I am getting better in that. Sometime in the past, we in this blog began to think in terms of centuries of individual artists. Seeing oldtimer artists through to their centuries was a tall order because they had mainly worked in 1930s and 1940s and songs of that era are difficult to come across. So it gave me special pleasure when we managed to reach the centuries of artists like lyricists D N Madhok, Pt Indra Chandra and also singer Amirbai Karnataki.

Regulars of this blog may have undoubtedly noticed that I was consciously trying to see Zohrabai Ambalewaali through to her century in the blog. She had reached her 99 ysterday (24 august 2014), so today is the day when she reaches the magic 100 song mark in the blog.

A good deal of information is available on Zohrabai Ambalewaali (1922-21 february 1990) on internet and some of the best and most authentic information on her can be found in this blog itself, in the form of articles on her by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our beloved inhouse encyclopaedia.

So I will not repeat all that information here. Let us just recall some of the great songs that she has sung in her career.

She sang a fun NFS in early 1930s, when she was herself just a child. This song was Chhote se balma morey aangna mein gilli khelen.

She arrived Bombay in late 1930s. She got a few sporadic opportunities to sing in Hindi movies, beginning with “Gramophone Singer” (1938) under the music director to Anil Biswas. She began to get more opportunities in early 1940s, when she sang in “Shakuntala”(1943), “Anban” (1944), “Aaina” (1944), “Caravan”(1944), “Geet”(1944), “Jeewan”(1944), “Man Ki Jeet”(1944), Panchhi”(1944), “Parbat Pe Apna Dera”(1944), “Pehle Aap” (1944), “Rattan” (1944),”Ghar” (1945), “Hamaara Sansaar” (1945), “Laila Majnu” (1945), “Ratnawali” (1945), “Sanyasi”(1945), “Zeenat” (1945), “Anmol Ghadi” (1946), “Ham Ek Hain” (1946), “Hamjoli” (1946), “Gwaalan” (1946), “Shama” (1946), “Bela” (1947), “Daak Bangla” (1947), “Doosri Shaadi” (1947), “Elaan” (1947), “Mera Suhaag” (1947), “Mirza Sahiban” (1947), “Naatak” (1947), “Naiyya” (1947), “Nateeja” (1947), “Neelkamal” (1947), “Renuka”(1947), “Romeo and Juliet”(1947), “Saajan”(1947), “Chandralekha” (1948), “Dukhiyaari” (1948), “Ghar Ki Izzat” (1948), “Laal Dupatta”(1948), “Mela” (1948), ‘Padmini” (1948), “rangeen Zamaana” (1948), “Chaar Din” (1949), “Mahal” (1949), “Nishaan” (1949), “Parda”(1949), “Saawan Bhaadon” (1949), “Pagle” (1950), “Preet ka Geet”(1950), “Sartaaj” (1950), “Saudaamini” (1950), ‘Jaadu” (1951), “Ambar” (1952), “Sandesh” (1952), ‘Nausherwaan e Adil” (1957) etc.

Some of the most memorable songs that Zohrabai Ambalewaali has sung in her career are Ankhiyaan mila ke jiya bharma ke chale nahin jaana (Rattan), Aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya (Pehle Aap), Kaale kaale baadal aaye (Pehle Aap), Fariyaad na kar aansoo na baha (Ghar), Chhoti si ek banaayenge naiyya (Hamaara Sansaar), Tumhe dil se jaane nahin denge ham (Sanyasi), Aahen na bharin shiqwe na kiye (Zeenat), Udan khatole pe udd jaaun (Anmol Ghadi), Meri aayin hain teen bhabhiyaan”(Ham Ek Hain ), Koyaliya boley jiya mora doley (Hamjoli), Bhaadon ki raat re pade barsaat re (Bela) etc etc.

In fact, one can decide to listen to all the one hundred songs of Zohrabai Ambalewaali that are now available in the blog and get enthralled by them all. And more of her songs will definitely get added to the collection with time.

It gives me great pleasure to present the one hundreth song of a singer who began her singing career in 1930s and who was one of the leading female playback singers of 1940s. Many of her songs are now rare and obscure songs and that makes this century especially satisfying. I thank the contributors who sent lyrics of Zohrabai Ambalewaali during the last few days. While Nitin Shah had sent several of her songs in the past, Avinash Scrapwala was specially sending her songs to me for the last few days, which helped me a great deal in reaching this century mark comfortably.

The song under discussion may be the 100th song for Zohrabai Ambalewaali, but the others involved in the song, viz the lyricist, music director, and even the movie are making their debut in the blog with this song ! That is how rare this song is !

This song is penned by Kaisar Sabaai. Manohar Arora is the music director. “Raees” (1948) is the name of the movie.

I request our knowledgeable raeders to throw light on the lyricist and music director of this song. I have not been able to get the lyrics right at a few places. I request our raeders with keener ears to help provide the correct words as applicable.

So here is this song. With this song, Zohrabai Ambalewaali joins the list of other 60+ artists who have completed their centuries of songs in the blog.


Song-Balma beimaan (Raees)(1948) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Lyrics-Kaisar Sabaai, MD-Manohar Arora

Lyrics

hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan
haay haay haay
sajna beimaan
sajna beimaan
rasiya beimaan
chaila beimaan
haay haay haay
balma beimaan

ankhiyaan mila ke daga de gaye
ankhiyaan mila ke daga de gaye
ho ho
garwa laga ke daga de gaye
ho ho
garwa laga ke daga de gaye
haay haay haay
balma beimaan
hoy hoy hoy
rasiya beimaan

maalin(??) ke lala
teri
baabu teri
raaja teri chameli
mera bela khila
haay haay
bela khila
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan
sajna beimaan
rasiya beimaan
chhaila beimaan
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan

dharti(?) ke lala
tera
baabu tera
raaja tera roomaal
mera boota kadha
haay haay
boota kadha
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan
sajna beimaan
rasiya beimaan
chhaila beimaan
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan

sun ?? ke lala
teri
raaja teri
baabu teri angoothhi
mera neelam jada
ha ha neelam jada
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan
sajna beimaan
rasiya beimaan
chhaila beimaan
hoy hoy hoy
balma beimaan
haay haay haay
rasiyaa beimaan

14 Responses to "Balma beimaan"

Nice post Atul ji (was waiting for this) and Congratulations on milestone of 100 th song of Zohrabai Ambalewali ji.
While sharing the song yesterday this film Raees’ s name appear in the suggestions which I had noted for.
Well, I shall continue with the same till all available songs of Zohrabai ji are covered.
Congratulations again …!!!

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Atul ji,

Many Thanks and Congratulations.
The intention and purpose of posting Zohrabai Ambalewali’s songs on a frequent basis was quite evident in the past few days.
Unlike you, I was more interested in the 7:30 to 8:00 AM slot only of Radio Ceylon, a habit which I continue till this day.
But, off late, the timings are a bit erratic and a 2-3 minute news is forced anywhere and anytime.

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Manohar Arora just gave music for Raees only. Qaiser Sabai was also MD for Hawai Khatola-1946

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Nitin ji,

Qaiser Sabai only wrote lyrics for Hawai Khatola-46. The MD was Basheer Dehlavi.

Manohar Arora was known only as ‘Manohar’. See my comment on this page itself.

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Arunji,
Instead of lyrics I wrote music. Thanks.
There was confusion between Manohar Arora and Manohar and not between Manohar and Manohar Sonik. All the movies cited by you were under Manohar. As Manohar Arora he gave music for Raees.

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Both are same.

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Atul ji,

The composer MANOHAR ARORA was a Punjabi music director who came from Siyalkot to try his luck in Bombay. His first film was ‘Raees’-1948. Then came josh-50,Rangeele musafir-50,Bhoole Bhatke-52,Jingo-52,Usha kiran-52. His best remembered film was Chingari-55. Then came passing show-56,Mister Q-58,Dr. Z-59,Choron ki Baarat-60 and last film was Do dushman-67.
His name is mostly written as ” Manohar” only. This created a misunderstanding that he was Manoharlal Sonik,which is NOT correct.
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Arun Ji,

Your comments on https://atulsongaday.me/2011/11/16/jiyunga-jab-talak-tere-fasaane-yaad-aayenge/#comments mention the name of Manohar Lal Sonik as the music director of Chingaari 1955. I have a 78 RPM record of Chingaari 1955 which mentions Manohar as MD. I was under the impression that it was Manohar Lal Sonik for Chingaari 1955.

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Sadanand ji,

Similar wrong comment was made by me on another song from Dr.Z too. I asked Atul ji to delete that,but I have to even delete this. ( Atul ji- kindly delete this too,for the same reasons).
Thanks for bringing it to my notice.
Those comments were wrong.Sorry for the lapse.I got hold of the right information only in 2012. This happens when the new data becomes available.However,a Mistake is a Mistake.
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Arun Ji.

There is nothing to feel bad about it. Our film industry or for that matter even recording Cos never gave importance to getting the names of the artists right or to solve the problem of similar names by giving the full name or suffixing Sr. etc. Hence the exercise of finding the names of the correct artists, singers, lyricists, MDs, is a continuous one.

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I feel very happy if artists like Zoharabai Ambaalewali, Amir Karnataki, Rajkumari, Shamshad Begum, Indra Chandra, Asad Bhopali, Anjaan, Bulo C Rani, Hansraj Bahl, and Jaidev get honoured in the Blog for attaining centuries. These were the artists who kept their self respect above the politics of Hindi film industry.

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Dear Sir very unfortunate that again you have failed to remember the Death Anniversary of padmashri Kalyanji bhai from the KA team. Earlier to ihad reminded your Kindselves on His Birth Annivesary (30th June).for there was no reply from your End. It quiet suprises me how can you forget such a important Event.Any ways may be Next year you will be more careful. regards dinesh

On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM, atul’s bollywood song a day- with full

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“dharti(?)” – darzi ke lala
“sun ??” – sunra ke lala

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Congratulations for covering 100 songs of Zohrabai Ambalewali and thanks for the post.
Was the song Sukh leke dukh de gaya from Bela (1947) posted earlier?
If not can you post this beautiful song?

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