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Beeta Hua Ik Saawan, Ik Yaad Tumhaari

Posted on: April 12, 2015


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

From the email that Khyati Behn sent me with the lyrics of this song, I reproduce the epithet she has used – “One more song to add to Lataji’s THE BEST MELODIES EVER COLLECTION.”  I heard this song, and I do agree with her.  A song par excellence, that has long been relegated to anonymity for various reasons and circumstances.

Originally, this song was created for the 1951 film ‘Shokhiyan’.  But it did not find a place in the film.  For more than thirty years, it kept sitting on some tape cartridge maybe, before it got included a film in 1980.  This second life for this song was in the film ‘Pehla Kadam’.  But alas, this film did not get released commercially.  Rather, is got made as a tele-film.  And the song itself, thought finally finding a rightful place in a film, was confined to a limited audience and the destiny of remaining obscure and unknown, maybe forever.

But there is a special reason, rather two reasons, for this song to be put up for posting today.  This song brings together two very talented artists, on the day of the anniversary of their remembrance.  Today, 12th April is the birth anniversary of Kidar Sharma, the lyricist of this song and the anniversary of passing away of Jamaal Sen, the music director.  Khyati Behn has done a good piece of detective work to locate this unique and obscure song, for the joint remembrance today.

Jamaal Sen shares his roots with the likes of Khemchand Prakash and Mehdi Hasan (all three are from Rajasthan).  And the roots of his musical heritage are ever older and very much more significant.  His great grandfather was a disciple of the legendary Tansen, the court musician and one of the Nine Jewels (Nav Ratan) of the Mughal emperor Akbar.  The surname ‘Sen’ is a carry forward of this tradition of discipleship – his great grandfather was named ‘Kesar Sen’ by his guru.  I refer the readers to two online articles – one is on the ‘Songs of Yore‘ blog and the second piece is written by Nalin ji Shah, posted on the ‘Cineplot‘ blog.

Kidar Sharma – producer, director, script and song writer – there are many a qualifiers that apply to him.  But the one that is more significant is – ‘star maker’.  In his long career as a film maker, he helped launch many a new careers in the industry.  When he reached Calcutta in 1933, he had a paltry sum of 25 rupees in his pocket, and even that was a loan he had taken from his wife of one year (he was married in 1932).  His drive was to meet with Debaki Bose and to work with him, a quest that ignited in his mind after he had seen the film ‘Pooran Bhagat’ (1933).  It would be many months of struggle and effort, coupled with the help from newly found friends in Prithviraj Kapoor and KL Saigal, before he finally got an entry into the New Theatres world – albeit as a poster painter and a still photographer.

Destiny, of course, had better designs on him.  His first and a very significant break came when circumstances prompted BN Sircar to assign the dialogue and song writing to him for the film ‘Devdas’ (1935), a move that was disliked to start with, by the New Theatres regulars.  But the success of the film and its songs opened the paths to the top rungs of film making in the industry.

First created more than six decades ago, this song is a veritable gem of poignancy and melancholia. It is the words and the music and the rendition that make this song a memorable one.
Listen and enjoy.

(Lyrics have been sent in by Khyati Bhatt.)

Audio

Song – Beeta Hua Ik Saawan, Ik Yaad Tumhari (Pehla Kadam) (1980) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Kidar Sharma, MD – Jamaal Sen

Lyrics
(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

beeta hua ik saawan
ik yaad tumhaari
beeta hua
ek saawan
ik yaad tumhaari
le deke ye do baaten
duniya hai hamaari
beeta hua ik saawan

majboor bahut door ye. . .
taqdeer ke hetey. . .
aaraam se soye
na kabhi chain se letey
na kabhi chain se letey
aankhon mein kati
jab bhi kati raat hamaari
le deke ye do baaten
duniya hai hamaari
beeta hua ek saawan

ek baar baras mein to barasti hai ghataayen
hum rote hain din raat bata kisko bataayen
bata kisko bataayen
hansti hai hamen dekh ke
taqdeer hamaari
le deke ye do baaten
duniya hai hamaari
beeta hua ek saawan

bhar paaye mohabbat se ae
dil toot gaya hai ae
tu roothha to le saara jahaan roothh gaya hai
ye jahaan ruthh gaya hai
ek saath diye jaati hai
ye thhes hamaari
le deke ye do baaten
duniya hai hamaari
beeta hua ek saawan

 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
——————————————

बीता हुआ इक सावन
इक याद तुम्हारी
बीता हुआ
इक सावन
इक याद तुम्हारी
ले दे के ये दो बातें
दुनिया है हमारी
बीता हुआ इक सावन

मजबूर बहुत दूर ये॰ ॰ ॰
तक़दीर के हेते॰ ॰ ॰
आराम से सोये
ना कभी चैन से लेटे
ना कभी चैन से लेटे
आँखों में कटी
जब भी कटी रात हमारी
ले दे के ये दो बातें
दुनिया है हमारी
बीता हुआ इक सावन

एक बार बरस में तो बरसती हैं घटाएँ
हम रोते हैं दिन रात बता किसको बताएं
बता किसको बताएं
हँसती है हमें देख के
तक़दीर हमारी
ले दे के ये दो बातें
दुनिया है हमारी
बीता हुआ इक सावन

भर पाये मोहब्बत से॰ ॰ ॰
दिल टूट गया है॰ ॰ ॰
तू रूठा तो ले सारा जहां रूठ गया है
ये जहां रूठ गया है
इक साथ दिये जाती है
ये ठेस हमारी
ले दे के ये दो बातें
दुनिया है हमारी
बीता हुआ इक सावन

 

8 Responses to "Beeta Hua Ik Saawan, Ik Yaad Tumhaari"

Sudhirji and Khyatiben,
What a song. I am sure you had to wipe away tons of dust to uncover this gem. It was a Sunday Treat with a cuppa.
Jamal Sen was a giant of a personality with his shahi handle bar mustache.

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A nice song, quite captivating. Pity it was not included in the movie in 1951. Anil Biswas’s song in Naaz (1954) had a similar ring to it.

https://atulsongaday.me/2012/05/07/katati-hai-ab-to-zindagi/

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I understand that this song came into light thanks to the efforts of Shri Vijay Nafde, famous record collector from Belgaum.

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Thanks for this information. and welcome to the blog.

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Hi Sri,

Yes, welcome. Good to see your presence here.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Hello Sudhirbhai,

As always you fulfilled my request so quickly. Thanks a ton. Abhi doosra detective work chal raha hai…. kisi ko homework dene ke liye 😉

Love & Regards
Khyati

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Dear Khyati Behn,

Jo achhe bachche hotey hain, wo apna assignment jaldi jaldi poora karte hain. They know, aur assignment milne wala hai.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji and Khyati ji,

Excellent find. Many Thanks.
The nostalgia of the late 40’s and early 50’s. !!!

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