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Mann Bhooli Khataayen Yaad Na Kar

Posted on: April 25, 2015


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Remembering Shamshad Begum on the second anniversary of her passing away (23rd April 2013). Born in Lahore on 14th April 1919, Shamshad Begum had an inclination towards singing right from her school days. Her school principal impressed with her singing, made her sing the classroom prayers, something which Naushad captilised elegantly in ‘Dard’ (1947) for a group song.

Coming from a conservative family, she was not very much encouraged to take up singing. However, one of her uncles took keen interest in her talent and secretly introduced her to composer Ghulam Haider who was the launching pad for Shamshad Begum in Hindi film music. Later on it was Mehmoob Khan himself who paid a visit to Lahore to convince her father to send her to Mumbai for singing in his new film ‘Taqdeer’ (1943) in which Motilal was paired opposite to Nargis as the lead actress and also as debutant. Soon her extraordinary talent was recognized by some of the biggest composers of that time such as Anil Biswas, Naushad, C Ramchandra, Govindram etc. After shuttling from Lahore to Bombay for some time, Shamshad soon moved to Bombay permanently with her husband Ganpat Lal Batto whom she got married to at the age of 15, much against the wishes of her family.

Shamshad Begum’s singing career was at its zenith from 1940 to 1955 and she was also the highest paid female playback singer during this period. Incidentally, the start of her singing career coincided with the initial starting phases of playback era in Indian cinema and as such she is also considered as one of the pioneers in this field. Having a distinct and unique voice made her to stand out against most of her contemporaries. She helped many composers such as SD Burman, OP Nayyar, Madan Mohan etc. by singing in their debut movies.

Writing a post on Shamshad Begum and not about her unique voice will be unfair by any means. Her voice has a perfect diction and a strong metallic timbre which was also very melodious. Fast numbers or slow pitches, her voice never fails to impress. Love songs, sad numbers, duets with various singers both male and female, teasing songs, you name it and you find various popular hits in her voice. Many of her songs have been remixed and have been forgotten. But the original songs sung by her will remain in the memories of music lovers forever.

Some of my personal favourites, not in chorological order are as follows. The famous piano song “Milte Hi Aankhen Dil Hua Deewaana Kisi Ka” from ‘Babul’ (1950) with Talat Mehmood is an absolute gem. Only a composer like Naushad could come up with such an offering with a duet sung by two very different singers as far as timbre in their respective voices are concerned. Some of her duets with Lata Mangeshkar are quite popular and famous. Though the one from the film ‘Deedar’ (1951) is great, her duet in ‘Babul’ – “Kisi Ke Dil Mein Rehna Tha” again is the one that lingers in one’s thoughts for a long time. The comparision of the two songs from the same film also validates the versatility of Shamshad Begum’s highly recognized talent, having pictured on the same actresses in two different situations.

An offering from the “King of Duets” Chitragupt from ‘Sindbad the Sailor’ (1952) with Rafi Sb – “Adaa Se Jhoomte Huye” is an evergreen rendering. Madan Mohan’s debut movie ‘Aankhen’ (1950) had a very interesting duet with Mukesh – “Humse Nain Milaana BA Pass Kar Ke“. The transition of Shamshad Begum’s voice from authoritative at the beginning of the song to the sort-of-submissive at the end is worth nothing.

Coming to ‘Mela’ (1948), Shamshad Begum under Naushad was again a lead singer with some excellent haunting voiced songs in the movie. Particular reference can be made of “Gham Ka Fasaana Kisko Sunaayen” and “Mohan Ki Muraliya Baaje” – songs that are deluged with pathos which only she could do justice. The interluding non-worded pleas in the song are sung so beautifully that they could have reached and heard even in the heavens too.

Several of her songs with OP Nayyar and SD Burman are so famous that they are remixed to this day. There are many movies which are remembered to this day only for the songs of the legend.

The famous song “Inhi Logon Ne Le Linha Dupatta Mera” was first sung by Shamshad Begum way back in 1941 for the film ‘Himmat’. “Jab Usne Gesu Bikhraye Baadal Aaya Jhoom Ke” from Shahjehan 1946, “Kaahe Koel Shor Machaaye Re” from ‘Aag’ (1948), “Aaj Kahaan Jaa Ke Nazar Takraayi” from ‘Anokhi Ada’ (1948), “Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon” from ‘Patanga’ (1949), “Ye Duniya Roop Ki Chor” from ‘Shabnam’ (1949), “Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar“, “Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishaana“, and  “Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re” from ‘CID’ (1956), “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Laga Teer-e-Nazar“, (Aar Paar), “Kajra Mohabbatwala Ankhiyon Mein Aisa Daala” from ‘Kismat’ (1968), “Ek Do Teen Aaja Mausam Hai Rangeen” from Awara (1951).

Each of the above songs and hundreds more are phenomena in themselves. A huge void will be very much evident minus of the voice of Shamshad Begum in most of the films that she sang for.

There was some confusion and rumour of her death in 1998 due to mistaken identity. However, Shamshad Begum also went to be conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009. Her photo of receiving the award was published in newspapers. I remember running straight for the scissors to cut this news clipping as her photo was such a rare sight. It was so very pleasant to see the legend in the photograph. It’s one of my prized possessions to this day.

After a prolonged illness, she passed away in Mumbai on 23rd April 2013 leaving behind a legacy and a voice that will continue to rule the sound space for ever.

Here is a nice philosophical song sung by Shamshad Begum for “Doosri Shadi” from 1947.


Song – Mann Bhooli Khataayen Yaad Na Kar (Doosri Shaadi) (1947) Singer – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – IC Kapoor, MD – Pt Gobindram
Lyrics

mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar
o mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar
phir saawan ke din aayenge
haan.. phir saawan ke din aayenge
mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar

phir koyal kook sunaayegi
phir koyal kook sunaayegi
phir pawan jhoomti aayegi
phir pawan jhoomti aayegi
pee aayenge
muskaayenge
pee aayenge
muskaayenge
tujhe roothaa hua manaayenge
tujhe roothaa hua manaayenge
man bhooli khatayen yaad na kar
o man bhooli khatayen yaad na kar

phir aasha rang dikhaayegi
phir aasha rang dikhaayegi
phir kali phool ban jaayegi
mann chaahegaa so paayegaa aa aa
mann chaahegaa so paayegaa
tere beete din phir aayenge
mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar
o mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar
phir saawan ke din aayenge
haan.. phir saawan ke din aayenge
mann bhooli khataayen yaad na kar

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

मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर
ओ मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर
फिर सावन के दिन आएंगे
हाँ फिर सावन के दिन आएंगे
मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर

फिर कोयल कूक सुनाएगी
फिर कोयल कूक सुनाएगी
फिर पावन झूमती आएगी
फिर पावन झूमती आएगी
पी आएंगे
मुस्काएंगे
पी आएंगे
मुस्काएंगे
तुझे रूठा हुआ मनाएंगे
तुझे रूठा हुआ मनाएंगे
मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर
ओ मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर

फिर आशा रंग दिखाएगी
फिर आशा रंग दिखाएगी
फिर काली फूल बन जाएगी
मन चाहेगा सो पाएगा॰ ॰आ॰ ॰आ
मन चाहेगा सो पाएगा
तेरे बीते दिन फिर आएंगे
मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर
ओ मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर
फिर सावन के दिन आएंगे
हाँ फिर सावन के दिन आएंगे
मन भूली खताएँ याद ना कर


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2 Responses to "Mann Bhooli Khataayen Yaad Na Kar"

Maheshji,
Excellent post. and lovely song to boot.

Govind Ram>>
Naqab (1955)
Ghar Ki Izzat (1948) Jal Pari (1952)
Shadi Ki Raat (1950)
Dil Ki Duniya (1949)
Aabaru 1943
Doosri Shaadi (1947)
Himmat (1941)
Raj Mukut (1950)
Chor (1950)
Do Dil (1947)
Nisbat (1949)
Sassi Punnu (1946)
Laila Majnu (1945)
Ratnavali (1945)
Jeevan Nauka (1952)
Maa Ka Pyar (1949)
Pagli (1943)
Bholi (1949)
Rupa (1946)

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