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Kaun Mann Lubhaaya Kaise Mann Mein Aaya

Posted on: April 22, 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.

The first lady of Bangla cinema. And the first lady singing superstar of Indian cinema. It is said that at the height of her popularity, she required protection when she was traveling.

Remembering Kanan Devi on the anniversary of her birth today (22nd April). (It is her 99th anniversary)

Her career is a proverbial ‘rags to riches’ story. Her adoptive father passed away when she was not even 10. A family well wisher introduced her in to Maadan Theatres, and in 1926, at an age of 10, she made her debut as a child artist in the silent film ‘Joydeb’. By the time talkies came around in 1931, she easily moved into adult roles, appearing as the leading lady in ‘Jore Baraat’ and ‘Rishir Prem’, both productions of Maadan Theatres.  In 1931, she was just 16 years of age.

It was an era when the society looked down upon the ladies working in the cinema.  In the earlier years, the female roles were played by either the male actors, or the family members of the producer / director or were played by ladies considered to be of lower station in the society. With her grace and persona and hard work, she made a place of respect for herself in the industry and the society. The protection that she required while traveling is already mentioned above. Besides, she is probably the first lady performer of the industry, to be included in social gatherings as an honored guest.

In 1935, when New Theatres was planning for the film ‘Devdas’, both Biren Sircar and PC Barua wanted her for the lead role of Paaro. Unfortunately, at that specific time, Kanan Devi was under contractual obligations of Radha Studios, Calcutta.  But she did join New Theatres immediately after her contract with Radha Studios came to a close.  With New Theatres, she did some of the best films of her career – ‘Mukti’ (1937), ‘Vidyapati’ and ‘Street Singer’ (1938), ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939),’Abhinetri’ (1940), ‘Lagan’ (1941) and ‘Jawaab’ (1942). When her contract with New Theatres expired in 1942, she decided not to get into contracts with any studios, but continue working as a freelance artist.  In 1949, barely 33 years of age, she launched her own production company – Shrimati Pictures.  Her last Hindi picture was ‘Chandrashekhar’ in 1948, with Ashok Kumar.  She continued to work in Bangla films for another decade or so, and her last Bangla film was ‘Indranath Srikanta-O-Annadadidi’ in 1959.

Today’s selection is a delightful song from the 1939 film ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’. The words are by Aarzoo Lakhnavi and the music is by the renowned RC Boral. The words are a lovely expression of first love,

kis gun se chhipey chhipey
palat diyo kaaya

My being, my existence is transformed,
O what quality of influence
Even when remaining unseen

There is an interesting flow in the music, as the singing in the classical milieu takes a segue into a western rhythm, part way through the song, and finally coming back to rest in the classical fold once again. A handiwork of RC Boral.

A charming sound from way back in 1939.  Listen and enjoy.

 


Song – Kaun Mann Lubhaaya Kaise Mann Mein Aaya (Jawaani Ki Reet) (1939) Singer – Kanan Devi, Lyrics – Aarzoo lakhnavi, MD – R C Boral

Lyrics

kaun mann lubhaaya
kaise mann mein aaya
kaun mann lubhaaya
kaise mann mein aaya
jhalki dikhlaaye kar
jhalki dikhlaaye kar
sudh budh bisraaye kar
jhalki dikhlaaye kar
sudh budh bisraaye kar
ankhiyan mein aaye kar
phir bhi nahin paaya
ankhiyan mein aaye kar
phir bhi nahin paaya
kaun mann lubhaaya
kaise mann mein aaya
kaun mann lubhaaya
kaise mann mein aaya

kehat kehat jiya hiya
sab kuchh apnaaye liya
kehat kehat jiya hiya
sab kuchh apnaaye liya
dukh to sukh banaaye diya
sukh ko dukh banaaya
dukh to sukh banaaye diya
sukh ko dukh banaaya

sakhiyon se dil na miley
bhali baat buri lagey
sakhiyon se dil na miley
bhali baat buri lageay
kis gun se chhipey chhipey
kis gun se chhipey chhipey
palat diyo kaaya
sakhiyon se dil na miley
bhali baat buri lageay
kis gun se chhipey
kis gun se chhipey
palat diyo kaaya


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

कौन मन लुभाया
कैसे मन में आया
कौन मन लुभाया
कैसे मन में आया
झलकी दिखलाए कर
झलकी दिखलाए कर
सुध बुध बिसराए कर
झलकी दिखलाए कर
सुध बुध बिसराए कर
अँखियन में आए कर
फिर भी नहीं पाया
अँखियन में आए कर
फिर भी नहीं पाया
कौन मन लुभाया
कैसे मन में आया
कौन मन लुभाया
कैसे मन में आया

कहत कहत जिया हिय
सब कुछ अपनाए लिया
कहत कहत जिया हिय
सब कुछ अपनाए लिया
दुख को सुख बनाए दिया
सुख को दुख बनाया
दुख को सुख बनाए दिया
सुख को दुख बनाया

सखियों से दिल ना मिले
भली बात बुरी लगे
सखियों से दिल ना मिले
भली बात बुरी लगे
किस गुण से छिपे छिपे
किस गुण से छिपे छिपे
पलट दियो काया
सखियों से दिल ना मिले
भली बात बुरी लगे
किस गुण से छिपे छिपे
किस गुण से छिपे छिपे
पलट दियो काया

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