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Gaa koyaliya aayi bahaar

Posted on: November 7, 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.

LOST AND FOUND-GEMS FROM UNRELEASED FILMS… Song No. 6
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” Necessity is the mother of Invention “. For a long time, I took this saying at its face value. Later, however, I was thinking how this ” Necessity ” comes in our life ? I am of the opinion that things of Utility and Convenience create their own necessity for the Human race.

Just think, when the Stone-Age man accidentally found how to create Fire, he started using it and very soon it became his necessity. Even in Modern life,today there are many things, which we call Necessities,did not exist in our childhood. Gas, Mixer, Fridge, Radio, TV, why even Electricity, geysers, Dining tables and what have you-all are today’s necessities, but some years ago, we had lived happily without them.

Today, can you think of Life without a Mobile ? Just prior to 31st July 1995, when Motorola introduced Mobile Phone in India, we were living happily with our Land line phones. Internet became handy due to Blackberry to start with and later on with Smart phones, Internet became portable and mobiles became our necessity.

Well, well, well ! This is all about physical aids. What about the Mental necessities ? I think the mental necessities have generally remained the same ever since the Human Race got civilised. Love and Happiness are Eternal necessities. Soon after a Social structure evolved for the Human race, Music and Arts also became our necessities. Music, in fact, became an inseparable part of our social and personal life. Varieties of music, be it Classical, filmy, Gazals, instrumental, Bhakti sangeet etc became individual necessities.

Inventions like the Radio, Gramophone ,Tape recorders, Transistor radios, CDs, DVDs etc became a part of our life, qualifying to be our necessities to enjoy music. After all this, can we now rephrase the saying as ” Inventions create necessities ” ?

Apart from this discussion, it is an undeniable fact that Music has become our necessity. It works as a Medicine to help you forget one’sday to day hassles. ( Not only this, I was flabbergasted when I found that my grandson,a student of MBBS, studies while his music is on, to help him concentrate. He provided me the valuable information that most of his friends also do this ! Surely, I was enlightened ! ). Like many other things, music too has changed its pattern over the years. However, we at ASAD love music of yesteryear in any form, be it Film song, Non film song, Gazal, Thumri, Bhajan…whatever.

Information on Film songs from films which were censored or shown in Theatres is freely available, but what about those films which started being made but were left half made or those which completed but not released ? How to get their information ?. Sometimes ,somewhere, somebody gives some information about such unreleased films, otherwise most Unreleased films remain without any information.

In this current series, our attempt is to find out interesting songs from Unreleased films and get some information about them. While working for this series, I came across few songs whose tunes were re-used by other composers after few years. But today’s song is a case where the composer has re-used his own tune from an unreleased film for a song of another released film.

There is a song by Amirbai Karnataki in the film Nargis-46, ” aa aankhon mein aa”. This song is already posted on this Blog. The composer of Nargis-46 were the then upcoming popular pair of Husnlal-Bhagatram ( will somebody tell me why the younger brother’s name comes First ? ). They have used the tune of this song from their own song of an unreleased film Bambi-40s. One can thus surmise that Bambi was made earlier than 1946.

Surprisingly, both the songs from Nargis and Bambi were written by another upcoming Lyricist of those days-Qamar Jalalabadi. Qamar who was in reality Omprakash Bhandari, had a very long career of more that 50 years. His Biodata is easily available on Internet and has also been given on this Blog, so I am not repeating it here. However, for our readers, here is an edited article, which I found on the site of FWA. This is based on the reminiscences of Qamar’s friends B R Ishara, Sudhakar Sharma and his daughter Mrs. Subhashini Swar. My sincere thanks to them.

” One genius writer behind the catchy lyrics of few of those most melodious numbers like “Ik Dil Ke Tukde Hazaar Hue” (Pyar Ki Jeet, 1948), “Ik Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya” (Phagun, 1958, Singers: Asha Bhonsle Mohd. Rafi, Music: O.P Nayyar ), “Aaiye Meherbaan, Baithiye Jaan-e-Jaan” (Howrah Bridge, 1958, Singer: Asha Bhonsle, Music: O.P Nayyar), “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” (Howrah Bridge, 1958, Singer: Geeta Roy, Music: O.P Nayyar ), “Dum Dum Diga Diga” (Chhalia, 1960, Singer: Mukesh, Music: Kalyanji Anandji ) and “Main To Ik Khwaab Hoon Is Khwaab Se Tu Pyaar Na Kar” (Himalay Ki God Mein,1965, Singer: Mukesh, Music: Kalyanji Anandji) was none other than Qamar Jalalabadi.

Qamar saab was born in a Punjabi family in 1917 in a small town called Jalalabad (near Amritsar). His parents had named him Om Prakash Bhandari but little did they know that he would not carry this name for long. To the dislike of his family members, he started writing poetry in Urdu at an early age and was chiseled by Amarchand Amar a senior Urdu poet whom he considered his guru and to whom he dedicated half of his earnings all life-long. He also acquired his ‘takhallus’ Qamar, which means moon, through Amarchand. Jalalabadi was added a little later in keeping with the trend of writers naming themselves after the towns they hailed from.

In his long career span he worked for studios like Prabhat Film Company, Pancholi Pictures, Filmistan Ltd., Famous Pictures, Minerva Movietone, Prakash Pictures, Wadia Films Ltd., Filmkar Ltd., Sippy Films, N.C Sippy Films, Shri Shakti Films, Mitra Productions and many more.

Qamar saab was a highly acclaimed adabi shayar as well, and used to grace mushaayras all over India. But people found it extraordinary that he never displayed any traits commonly associated with poets and people with artistic temperament. He was a teetotaler and a non smoker. As a person he was a simple man who practiced thorough discipline and mostly wrote at his home.

There is a small anecdote that illustrates his straightforwardness and clear thinking. He had written for Punjabi films, penning hit numbers for Husnlal Bhagatram. One of those songs, originally in Punjabi, was “Dilwalyea Di Galli Jaayan Naa Karo Sajana Nu Ainna Sataya Na Karo.” Qamar recited its tune to O.P. Nayyar and wrote another Hindi song for it. The song was “Ik Pardesi mera Dil Le Gaya.” Husnlal Bhagatram was very angry. He upbraided Qamar for this and asked him why he had lifted his tune. Qamar calmly replied “It wasn’t your tune in the first place! It is one of the compositions of the holy Gurubaani.”

As highly principled and religious man he would begin each day with prayers that consisted of loud chanting of excerpts from The Bhagwad Geeta, the Koran as well as the Bible. He was also deeply into transcendental meditation. Other than this it was his writing that kept him busy. A true Karma yogi as well, he took care of his ailing parents, nurtured his brothers and sisters, even gave up a bungalow in Khar in his heyday to one of his married sisters to save her from a difficult marriage, and shifted to simpler accommodation in Juhu with his family. He was a benevolent and kind father and fought against all odds to provide for his seven children (three sons and four daughters).

Qamar saab’s relationship with his wife Leelawati, whom he lovingly called Neelima, was also unique in a way that though she was the traditional housewife, she was also a friend and confidante to him. He was a devout husband and they shared a rare bond of togetherness as he preferred to sit at home and chat with her over a cup of tea. Such was his innocence that once when a starlet had been flirting with him on the sets (smitten by his lovable personality, of course), he got home feeling uncomfortable and confessed it shyly!

Like many great artists Qamar Jalabadi also fell prey to the upheavals that the Film Industry heaps onto the tender artistic souls. In his last days he was battling with loneliness and a destitute existence. His wife had died after 39 years of marriage and all the children had moved out of the country. His close friends have seen him changing houses and moving from one place to another. Qamar saab spent his last years with B. R. Ishaara.

Sudhakar Sharma, a lyricist of a much younger generation has been one of Qamar saab’s foremost well-wishers and has many stories to narrate. He has seen him sleeping in a temple at night near his house in Indira Nagar at Juhu Tara Road. Once, Sudhakar arranged for an interview of Qamar saab with a channel and went to him inquiring about his fees. Qamar wanted just Five Hundered rupees but had a problem. He didn’t have money to travel to the studio. Sudhakar took him there. After the interview as they were leaving, Qamar saab was given an envelope which contained 1500 rupees. He took out 500 rupees and asked Sharma to take the rest because he had demanded just 500 rupees earlier. And this was when he was in desperate need of money! Of course, Sudhakar didn’t take his cut and the two went and celebrated with glasses of lassi.

Similarly, in another incident, Qamar saab had agreed to write a song for a thousand rupees. Sudhakar Sharma who was mediating, forwarded his demand. The shrewd producer took it from there, went straight to Qamar and got his song done in free. When asked why he had given him the song for free, “That poor man didn’t have much money” was Qamar’s answer!

On 9th January 2003, due to prolonged illness, Qamar saab finally bid a farewell to the world and its people and with his departure; dried an ocean of love. ”

Today is a special day for Qamar saab. Today’s song is his 300th song on this Blog. He now joins other Lyricists like Majrooh(824), Rajendra Kkrishna(816), Anand Bakshi(698), Shailendra(575),Sahir(531) and Shakeel Badayuni(519), who have crossed 300 songs on this Blog.

Let us now enjoy this song,which was copied in Nargis-46. The singer’s name is given by the uploader is Amirbai Karnataki, but it is not correct. So it is unknown.


Song-Gaa koyaliya aayi bahaar (Bambi)(1940)(UR) Singer-Unknown voice, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Husnlalm Bhagatram
chorus

Lyrics

gaa aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa
aaa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa

lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa

laalalala
laalalala
laalalala
lalla
laalalala
laalalala
laalalala
lalla
gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa

aayi hai basant sakhi ri
dukh ka hai ant sakhi ri
aayi hai basant sakhi ri
dukh ka hai ant sakhi ri
gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa

lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalalala
lalalalalala
gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa
aa aa
koyaliya
aayi bahaar
so gaya hai gham
jaag utha hai pyaar
koyaliya gaa

1 Response to "Gaa koyaliya aayi bahaar"

I had the occasion to witness the recording of a song penned by Qamar J and MD as KA in a studio near BCT. Unfortunately I forgot the song.It was somewhere in late sixties He was very tall and stocky and very amiable personality.

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