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Chaudhvin manzil pe zaalim aa gaya…chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya

Posted on: January 2, 2015

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Rare Songs – 10

Talat Mahmood (24 February 1924 – 9 May 1998) was a popular Indian playback singer and film actor. A recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1992, he had a unique style of singing. He was famous for singing ghazals.

Talat Mahmood was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to Manzoor Mahmood. Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soirees listening patiently to some of the biggest names in classical Indian music then.

Talat apprenticed classical music under Pandit S.C.R. Bhat at Marris College of Music, Lucknow (presently Bhatkhande Music University) some time in late-30s. He started his career purely as a ghazal singer in 1939. Talat Mahmood began his singing career at the age of 16 in 1939 when he began singing the Ghazals of Daag, Mir, Jigar etc. on All India Radio, Lucknow. His voice had a quality distinct from all the other singers. HMV was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941 ‘Sab din ek samaan nahin tha’. His reputation as a ghazal singer was not limited to his hometown of Lucknow, but it reached the city that proved to shape his destiny – Calcutta. In 1944 came the hit ‘Tasveer teri dil mera behela nah sakegi’. Its popularity was so phenomenal and unrivalled that even today it remains one of the top selling non-film discs. This disc brought Talat the fame throughout India and soon he was beckoned by the Calcutta film industry. In 1949 Talat moved to Mumbai, to sing for the Mumbai film industry. His name and fame had already preceded him and soon he was flooded with offers. His big break came with the song ‘Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho’ composed by music director Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie Arzoo. The song proved to be extremely popular.

Talat was considered a handsome man and a good singer, which prompted movie producers to try him as an actor. Talat acted in over a dozen films with top actresses of the time like Nutan, Mala Sinha, Suraiya and others. Later he decided to give up acting to concentrate on singing.

Talat sang about 800 songs in his long career. His songs are still popular among the music lovers as they were in the days these were released. Same is the case with his non-film gazals.

Kamal Dasgupta (July 28, 1912 – July 20, 1974) was a twentieth century music director, composer and folk artist. He composed many NFS in the voice of Talat Mahmood, Juthika Roy, Jagmohan and many others. Lots have been written about him on this blog and hence the repetition is avoided.

Fayyaz Hashmi was a poet and dialogue writer who worked in the Indian and Pakistani film industries. He penned some memorable songs such as the famous ghazal ‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo’ and ‘Tasveer teri dil mera behela nah sakegi’. The latter made the singer Talat Mahmood famous and was instrumental in introducing him to the Calcutta film industry.

Born in Calcutta in 1920, Fayyaz Hashmi was employed, from age 20, as the resident lyricist by the British-owned Gramophone Company of India. He wrote the first song that Talat Mahmood sang in 1941 ‘Sab din ek samaan nahin tha’ and the runaway hit ‘Tasveer teri dil mera behla na sakegi’. Soon after the Partition of India he migrated to Pakistan.

Now enjoy this rare non-film ghazal by Talat, the simple but marvellous lyrics of Fayyaz and again simple but melodious music of Kamal Dasgupta.


Song-Chaudhveen manzil pe zaalim aa gaya…chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya (Talat Mehmood NFS)(1945) Singer – Talat Mahmood, Lyrics – Fayyaz Hashmi, MD – Kamal Dasgupta


chaudhveen manzil pe zaalim aa gaya aa aa
aa gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya

ho gaye dore gulaabi gaal ke ae
rang to dekho sharaabi aankh ke ae
jisne dekha
be-piye lehra gaya
jisne dekha
be-piye lehra gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya

zulf mein rangat hai kaali raat ki
raat bhi kaisee kisi barsaat ki
zulf mein rangat hai kaali raat ki
raat bhi kaisee kisi barsaat ki
zulf lehraayee to baadal chha gaya aa aa
zulf lehraayee to baadal chha gaya aa aa
chha gaya aa aa
chha gaya aa aa
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya aa

do kanval ke phool hain ya gaal hain aen
kuchh sunahri hai jhalak kuchh laal hain
dekh kar ‘fayyaz’ main ghabraa gaya aa
dekh kar ‘fayyaz’ main ghabraa gaya
chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya
sharma gaya aa

2 Responses to "Chaudhvin manzil pe zaalim aa gaya…chaand mere chaand se sharma gaya"

It is Morris College.
All the movies he has acted have been mostly produced by him.


Bharatbhai, Sadanand Kamath(he is posting an article on him) and I visited Kishore Desai a leading Mandolin and Sarangi player who has figured in almost all songs on his bereavement (of his wife), he informed us that Nimmiji is coming to meet him in the evening. We were waiting for her ecitedly. As it was getting late we could not wait for her. I was really wanted to meet her. Alas…
Yesterday luckily I came across her interview on Youtube. I would like to share it with you amongst others:
Usha Khanna>
Khayyam> -I -II
Javed Akhtar>>
Salim> -I
> -II
Madhur Bhandarkar
Rajpal Yadav
Yogesh> -I
> –II
Shailendra Singh>
Sudha Malhotra>
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