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Zindagi Ae Zindagi, Hum Se Mat Kar Dillagi

Posted on: April 19, 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.

Before today, I had only heard the name. Poring through the lists of artists, one comes across so many names, and so many times, one just skips over and goes ahead.

Today, I heard his voice for the first time. And simply fell in love with it. It started with this song, and then in search of this voice, I went over the online resources, and got a chance to hear more of his songs, most of them in chaste Punjabi.  And I am thinking, what misfortune that I never got introduced to this voice earlier.

Deedaar Singh Pardesi, born in Pattar Kalaan near Jalandhar in Punjab, spent a good part of his growing and youth years in East Africa, and then migrated to UK in 1975.  An untrained artist, whose only inspiration was his own diligence and intent.  And his rewards – the blessings of the masters, a treasure that can be measured neither in money, nor in fame.  One occasion was that Rafi Sb was visiting East Africa.  At a musical program hosted in his honor, the young Deedaar Singh got a destined realization of a dream – to sing in the presence of the artist who was, and is, his lifelong idol.  They had never met before this incident.  Deedaar Singh rendered the iconic “Chaudhvin Ka Chaand Ho Yaa Aaftaab Ho” (from ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’,1960).  When the song came to an end, Rafi Sb, who was sitting in the front rows, got up and came on stage – and took the young singer in his arms.  “You have a gift of Allaah”, these were the words with which Rafi Sb blessed him.

On another occasion, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pt Ravi Shankar were touring East Africa.  By this time, the singing prowess of this young man was known beyond the borders of Kenya.  When he met them, they requested to listen to his rendition of ‘Heer’ by Waaris Shah.  (‘Heer’ is a famous creation of the Punjabi sufi poet Waarish Shah, from the 18th century.  The verses and the melody of this creation has become an art form, a genre all by itself).  The singing so move Ustad Sb that he took off the diamond ring from his finger and gave it to the singer.  Then he requested to hear more.  Deedaar Singh continued singing more Punjabi folk songs.  This time, Ustad Sb took off the gold buttons in his shirt and gave it to him.  And requested the singer to continue singing.  Then he said, that he does not have any more befitting rewards for the singing.  The singer touched the master’s feet and requested for blessings, as his only reward.  He returned the gold buttons, but Ustad Sb insisted he keep the ring – a valued keepsake that Deedaar Singh wears on his finger till today.

With all this attention, it was only natural that he was invited to come to Bombay.  The above mentioned visitors, and then more people from the industry, when he came to Bombay on a visit, all insisted that Deedaar Singh should move to Bombay.  During his visit, he met with Sahir Ludhianvi Sb, Mukesh, Chitragupt, and many other stalwarts of the industry.  There was a wave once in Bombay, about the voice of Rafi from East Africa.  But maybe it was not his destiny to be.  At that time, he was a school teacher in Kenya, with two children, a son and a daughter.  He was in teacher training, and had taken a few week’s leave to be in India.  Despite all the possibilities, he returned.  I believe that the industry is poorer for this loss.

I reached this song, as I was searching for a song to post for music director Chitragupt.  As I reviewed the Geet Kosh list, I saw this name in the list of singers.  The film being of relatively recent vintage i.e. 1978, I could easily locate the song on YouTube.  I played it, and I was floored.  I spent the next couple of hours searching online for his other renditions and more information about him.  More of his other singing is in Punjabi, but goodness, what a connect.  His voice is as if it is trying to reach inside you and to give you a message of memories.  I am simply not able to hear enough of him today.

(Note: The website maintained by the singer himself can be reached here. Also, an interview with Deedaar Singh ji that was aired on the Indian TV channel in Cananda, in 2007, can be accessed here.)

A little info about the film and the song.  This production of this film was started in 1970, but it took eight long years before it was eventually released.  It seems that it had censorship issues.  When the film was started, its name was ‘Anjaan Raahen’.  The lead artists in the film are Biswajeet and Rekha.  Vinod Khanna has a supporting role.  As per the trivia available online, by the time this film was ready for release, Vinod Khanna, a lesser known entity in 1970, was now a more famous artist.  The producers then changed the name of the film to ‘Do Shikaari’, and promoted it as a two-hero film, even though the role of one of them was only a supporting role.

The storyline of this film is based loosely on the famous African adventure story – ‘King Solomon’s Mines’.  The film is directed by Kuljeet Pal for Faleymingo Films.  The main cast of actors includes Amjad Khan, Joginder, besides the artists named above.  The seven songs in the film are from the pen of three poets, Raahi Masoom Raza, Ashq Jalandhari and Jaan Nisar Akhtar.  This song is written by Jaan Nisar Akhtar.  The music is by Chitragupt.

And the singing voice – Deedaar Singh Pardesi, fascinating.  Listen and enjoy to this poignant voice that makes a debut on this blog today.

Video

Song – Zindagi Ae Zindagi, Hum Se Mat Kar Dillagi (Do Shikaari) (1978) Singer – Deedar Singh Pardesi, Lyrics – Jaan Nisar Akhtar, MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi
husn ki mehfil mein hum kyon
ban gaye hain ajnabi
zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi
husn ki mehfil mein hum kyon
ban gaye hain ajnabi
zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi

naachti hain husn ki parchaainyaan
naachti hain husn ki parchaainyaan
le rahi hai aarzoon angdaaiaan
mere hisse mein kyon hain tanhaaiyaan
sooni sooni kyon mere dil ki gali
zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi

jagmagaati jaagti jungle ki raat
jagmagaati jaagti jungle ki raat
gungunaati naachti aanchal ki raat
dil mein utri hai mere hulchul ki raat
jaise mehfil mein kisi ki hai kamee
zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi

phool se chehre ye baahon ke chaman
phool se chehre ye baahon ke chaman
jhoomte hain lehlahaalte se badan
bas hamin bhoolen hain jeene ka chalan
bas hameen se kyon hai teri dushmani

zindagi ae zindagi
hum se mat kar dillagi
husn ki mehfil mein hum kyon
ban gaye hain ajnabi
zindagi ae zindagi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी
हुस्न की महफिल में हम क्यों
बन गए हैं अजनबी
ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी
हुस्न की महफिल में हम क्यों
बन गए हैं अजनबी
ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी

नाचती हैं हुस्न की परछाईंयान
नाचती हैं हुस्न की परछाईंयान
ले रही है आरज़ू अंगड़ाइयाँ
मेरे हिस्से में हैं क्यों तन्हाइयाँ
सूनी सूनी क्यों मेरे दिल की गली
ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी

जगमगाती जागती जंगल की रात
जगमगाती जागती जंगल की रात
गुनगुनाती नाचती आँचल की रात
दिल में उतरी है मेरे जंगल की रात
जैसे महफिल में किसी की है कमी
ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी

फूल से चेहरे ये बाहों के चमन
फूल से चेहरे ये बाहों के चमन
झूमते हैं लहलहाते से बदन
बस हमीं भूले हैं जीने का चलन
बस हमीं से क्यों है तेरी दुश्मनी

ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी
हम से मत कर दिल्लगी
हुस्न की महफिल में हम क्यों
बन गए हैं अजनबी
ज़िंदगी ए ज़िंदगी

 

7 Responses to "Zindagi Ae Zindagi, Hum Se Mat Kar Dillagi"

Deedar Singh Pardesi sang in >> Mehmaan-74.
He was very famous with Amba Mataji’s bhajans
Is he the same person who was very famous for his Musical Orchestra Nites(Deedar Singh & Party). Please confirm

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Nitin ji,

Deedar Singh Pardesi, the singer who has sung this song, plus is part of the one group song from film ‘Mehmaan’ (1974). This gentleman has lived in Kenya from 1951 to 1975. In 1975 he migrated to UK, and has lived there since. His visits to India are brief, at the best.

The Deedar Singh that you mention – singer of Amba Mataji’s bhajans, and leading an orchestral group (Deedaar Singh and Party) must be a totally different person. In the interview that I have referred to in the article above, he has clearly stated that he never formed any music group in his life. His forte is Punjabi folk music – songs, nazms and ghazals. There is no mention of Amba Mataji’s bhajans anywhere on his website and in the many interview clips that are available online.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhirji,
Thanks for the info and clearing the air.

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vinyl record image of movie
https://www.discogs.com/Chitragupt-Do-Shikari/release/5968231
the lyrics of this song (zindagi eh zindagi hamse mat kar dillagi)(deedar singh pardesi) was written by Rahi Masoom Raza(Though HFGK mentions this song was written by Jan nisar akhtar, who is right ? whether HFGK or vinyl record of the movie ???

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Dear Prakash ji,

This is really a very important input. The details on the vinyl record and its jacket cover do add more details to the song listings of this film.

Thanks for digging out this important information.

Rgds
Sudhir

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vinyl record image of movie showing lyricist of this song as Rahi masoom raza
https://www.discogs.com/Chitragupt-Do-Shikari/release/9289799

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