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Kahaan gayaa mera sanam

Posted on: October 22, 2014


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

Hindi film industry is like an ocean.Several small and big rivers join it and the ocean too gracefully accepts everything. Once inside, the individual rivers lose their identity and become a part of the ocean. Similarly, people from all corners of India join this industry, but only few get proper opportunity and recognition here. The rest simply disappear in this ocean. Success, they say, has no formula. Famous composer C.Ramchandra had once said, ‘If only there is anyone who can predict correctly what will succeed and what the public will like, such a person can earn millions here !’

To succeed, only Talent is not enough, one requires the backing of Good luck too. There are hundreds of cases to prove this. If it were not so, actress Farida Jalal would have become Top Heroine or composers like C.Arjun, Jamal Sen, Daan Singh or composer GANESH would have become A grade Music Directors !

Two years back, I had written an article on Composer Ramprasad Sharma, in the series ” Unknown composers”, on 17-12-2012. GANESH was the son of this Ramprasad Sharma. His siblings were Pyarelal, Naresh, Mahesh and Gorakh. Being son of a Musician, Ganesh wanted to learn music and instruments. He soon learnt and became an expert Violin player. In fact all the brothers were Violinists. Gorakh was a good Guitarist and played for several eminent composers in later years. Father Ramprasad was a Trumpet player (He had played Trumpet in the film ‘Barsaat’-1949). He was an expert in writting ” Notations ” ( Swar Lipi)…perhaps, being in the British Band had helped him. He taught this to all his sons. only Pyarelal ( who was a part of Laxmikant-Pyarelal jodi) and Ganesh understood its importance and they became experts in this.

Ganesh was also an expert in making Tunes. It was a natural Gift to him. being a lead – violinist and Tune builder, he started his music career as an assistant to L-P. ( Same time even Shashikant-brother of Laxmikant was also an assistant to L-P ). There was a special style of Ganesh in making a Tune. In all his songs, there used to be one player, only clapping, throughout the song, to maintain rhythm. This ” clapping ” was a trademark of Ganesh, and his songs could be recognised by this clapping.

His contribution in the initial success of L-P was well known in the industry and many producers offered films to Ganesh. So much so that at one time he had many offers on hand and he had to say ‘NO’ to many. He started his independent career with ” Husn aur Ishq”-1966. The Mukesh song-‘Aye mere dil’, Usha/Krisnha kalle song-‘Nahin nahin’ and Rafi’s-‘Jin ki tasweer’ from this movie became quite famous. In 1966, Ganesh did 3 more films, including Thakur Jarnail Singh-66. This was a B grade film, Dara Singh in the lead, but its song-‘ Hum tere bina ‘ by Asha Bhosle was included in the “My Favourites” series of Asha Bhosle.

No composer gives best songs all the time or in every film, but some Gems become All Time Hits. Talented composers like Ganesh did give such gems, from whatever little number of films they got. These songs signify their originality and talent. For whatever reasons, Ganesh never got into the Big League and ended up giving music only to these 16 films- Husn aur ishq, Shera Daku, Smuggler, Thakur Jarnail Singh, Sub ka Ustaad, Anjaam, Ek nanhi munni ladki thi, Kahin aar kahin paar, Kundan, Shararat, Dhamkee, Sa re ga ma pa, Chaalaak, Ek naari do roop, Badnaam and Dozakh-1986.

He composed a total of 87 songs, out of which 52 songs are already posted on this Blog. Today’s song is his 53rd song to appear in the blog. After his last film in 1986, Ganesh was not keeping good health and he died of a sudden Heart attack on 28th march 2000, leaving behind wife, one son and a daughter.

It is worthwhile noting that Hindi Film music is enriched not only by the famous and A grade Big time composers alone,but talented small time composers-like Ganesh-have also contributed substantially to the heritage of our film music.

Today’s song is from film ‘ Ek nanhi munni ladki thi ‘-70. It was a Ramsay films production. Yes,they were the same Ramsays, who started Horror films in India with their first film-‘Do gaz zameen ke neeche’-72. The producer was F.U.Ramsay and the story was by Kumar Ramsay. This social film was directed by one of the most talented, highly educated,Sahitya Academy winner,writer dramatist/producer and director- VISHRAM BEDEKAR.

Born as Vishwanath Chintamani Bedekar, on 13-8-1906 at Amravati, Maharashtra,he took the name Vishram once he started writing. After graduation,he did his Post-graduation in English Literature from Nagpur university. He went to Poona in 1930 to do a Teaching job. here he met his student cum future wife Balutai Khare…who was one of the First girls riding on Bicycle to college,in those days. They got married in 1938. She became Malat Bedekar,a famous Marathi writer later on. His first novel ” Ranangan” came out in 1939, while he was in film business. He started by directing a Balwant Pictures film-Krishnarjun Yudha-1934, a bilingual in Marathi and Hindi.. He directed many landmark films in Marathi. Prabhat films invited him to direct Lakharani-1945. This was the first film in which Guru Dutt played a role and also did its Choreography. It was here that Guru Dutt met Dev Anand,who had joined Prabhat as an apprentice.

Vishram Bedekar divided his life and time between writing and films. He was a trained Cinematographer and Director from London in those days. he wrote several Dramas in marathi. After directing 28 films an Marathi and Hindi,he left films after doing Bharat ke shaeed-1972. In 1985 he wrote his autobiography in Marathi- एक झाड आणि दोन पक्षी-. He got Sahitya Academy Award for this book. he is the only Film director with such laurels. Vishram Bedekar died in Pune on 30-10-1998, at the age of 92 years.

Let us now enjoy a song by composer Ganesh, sung by Asha Bhonsle from the film ” Ek nanhi munni ladki thi “-1970. This song is picturised as a telephone song on Mumtaz. Asad Bhopali is the lyricist of this song.


Song-Kahaan gaya mera sanam (Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thhi)(1970) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Ganesh
Unknown male voice

Lyrics

hello
sun and sand
ji wo hain
wo kaun
ji wo hain
ji nahin

ho o
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam
o o
o o
dil ko tanhaai tadpa rahi hai
raat guzri chali ja rahi hai
ae ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam

hello
yes shaalimaar
zara unhen bulaaiye
kinko
unhinko
jinke bina neend nahin aati
neend nahin aati
nonsense

ho o
mujhe to mere sanam ke bina
neend zara na aayegi
akeli hi jaa tadapte huye
aaj sahar ho jaayegi
pyaar ka mausam
aur ye aalam
sochti hoon
karoon main kya
aa aa
ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam
o o
o o
dil ko tanhaai tadpa rahi hai
raat guzri chali ja rahi hai
ae ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam

hello
hotel natraj
dekhiye
wo aaye hain kya
wo kaun
yahaan bhi nahin
ho o
mahakti huyi nasheeli hawa
jhoom ke jab jab aati hai
umangon bhare jawaan dil mein
ik aag si bhadka jaati hai
dard hai doona
pehloo hai soona
sochti hoon
karoon main kya aa
ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam
ho o
ho o
dil ko tanhaai tadpa rahi hai
raat guzri chali ja rahi hai
ae ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam

hello
yes madam
itni raat guzar gayi
unka koi pata nahin
wrong number

ho o
kidhar kho gaya kahaan so gaya
kaun ye ab batlaayega
khabar to miley
pata to chaley
chaand mera kab aayega
aaj to saari raat hai bhaari
sochti hoon karoon main kya aa
ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam
o o
o o
dil ko tanhaai tadpa rahi hai
raat gujri chali ja rahi hai
ae ae ae
kahaan gaya mera sanam
kahaan gaya mera sanam

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2 Responses to "Kahaan gayaa mera sanam"

Wah! Wah! Aap ne Ganesh Ji ke baare mein bahot umda likha hai, Arun Ji. He was a extremely talented musician, who did not get his due!

Who can forget the fantastic song by Rafi Saab (from the same movie) “Apne Rukhsaar Zara Mere Labon Par Rakh De” composed by Ganesh. It is one of my top favourites.

Please read as “an extremely” in the above comment. Regret the typo.

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