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Ek kali naajon ki pali

Posted on: November 9, 2014


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Today (9 november 2014) is the 61st death anniversary of Ghulam Haider (1908-9 november 1953). He died at a young age of 45, but by that time he had does so much in his chosen field that his name will remain immortal in the annals of HFM.

He was active in the HFM from 1932, viz right from the time HFM came into existence with the advent of talkies. It was a new field and so lots of new ideas were being tried by the earlier practitioners, and some of them being pioneers who introduced new and revolutionary ideas, which later became widely accepted so much so that we now take them for granted. The concept of playback singing was one revolutionary idea which was scoffed at by “purists” of those days. It paved the way for the entry of specialist well trained playback singers which raised the general quality of HFM to new heights. R C Boral and Saraswati Devi were the pioneers of playback singing in HFM.

The HFM of 1930s was based on Hindustani classical music. It was Ghulam Haider who came up with a new revolutionary idea that he would create his music based on Punjabi folk music. It was clearly an idea that must have taken lots of guts and gumption on his part, because it meant swimming against the flow of those days. But he took this big risk and it paid off spectacularly in “Khazaanchi” (1941). The HFM for the first time became popular with common public untrained in music otherwise it was mainly confined to upper class music lovers who had understanding of classical music. So in one stroke, HFM became a kind of music that common public began to identify with.

This concept was further advanced by other music directors, with Naushad introducing UP folk music to equally spectacular success in “Rattan”(1944) and “Anmol Ghadi”(1946) that inspired others to follow suit and we soon began to have HFM based on folk music of other regions as well.

And while this was being done, someone like C Ramchandra did something that was just as unimaginable those days. He began to use western music in his compositions, and secondly, began to use Hinglish lyrics in his songs that the “purists” scoffed at and continued to scoff at for decades, though the public lapped them up with glee.

Many more revolutionary ideas kept getting introduced and accepted in HFM with passage of time and all of them have helped enrich HFM to the extent that now it has become a huge reasure trove of great music that has gone on to become an integral part of our lives.

On the occasion of Ghulam Haider’s death anniversary, we salute this pioneer of HFM. Here is a song from “Khazaanchi” (1941), the movie that heralded the entry of folk music in HFM and which revolutioned HFM for ever.

This song is sung by Shamshad Begam and it is picturised as a recording/ studio/radio song on a very young Manorama, who later on became known for playing the roles of a shifty eyed cunning woman in Hindi movies.

Wali Sahab is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ghulam Haider, of course.

Video

Song-Ek kali naajon ki pali (Khazaanchi)(1941)Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Wali Sahab, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

Ek kali naajon ki pali
ek kali naazon ki pali rehti thhi sadaa gulazaaron mein
Ek kali naajon ki pali
ek kali naazon ki pali rehti thhi sadaa gulazaaron mein

charchaa thhaa uske yauvan kaa
charchaa thhaa usake yauvan kaa
neele aakaash ke taaron mein
charchaa thhaa usake yauvan kaa
neele aakaash ke taaron mein

ik din khel rahi thhi hans hans ke
haa haa haa haa haa haa
haa haa haa haa haa haa
ik din khel rahi thi hans hans rag barange phoolon mein
ik din khel rahi thi hans hans rag barange phoolon mein
jhool rahi thi jhoolaa daale pushplataa ke jhoolon mein
jhool rahi thi jhoolaa daale pushplataa ke jhoolon mein

itne mein ik bhanware ne ae ae us kali se nain milaaye
itne mein ik bhanware ne ae ae us kali se nain milaaye
nainon ki bhaashaa mein jaane ae ae
kyaa kyaa bhed bataaye
nainon ki bhaashaa mein jaane ae ae
kyaa kyaa bhed bataaye
kali jo hans kar phool bani ee ee ee tab bhanwaraa aa gayaa paas
kali jo hans kar phool bani ee ee ee tab bhanwaraa aa gayaa paas
chhin bhar mein phir chheen liyaa sab rag roop aur baas
chhin bhar mein phir chheen liyaa sab rag roop aur baas

2 Responses to "Ek kali naajon ki pali"

The other girl listening is Ramola.
Wali Sahab>Bairam Khan-46, Ek Din Ka Sultan-45, Gul e Bakawali-39, Mumtaz Mahal-44, Nayi Kahani-43, Padmini-48, Village Girl-45, Yamla Jat-45

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there is never enough thanks to Gulam Haider saab for his serendipitous discovery of a great singer Lataji… 🙂

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