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Tik tik tik tik…kal aaj aur kal

Posted on: September 12, 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.

What can one achieve at a tender age of 20? Name ? Fame ? Fortune ?. Well to most of us, 20 is an age when we start aspiring for these things in life. However, a few men acquire all these and more even in their early twenties.

Remembering Jaikishen on his 44th death anniversary.

Jaikishen Dayabhai Panchal was born on 4th November 1929 in Gujarat. A chance meeting with Shankar brought to the knowledge that he was a good harmonium player. Shankar who was aware of such a requirement at Prithivi Theatres recommended his name. What followed was an association that only great destinies could write. They teamed up as assistants to Ram Ganguly for Raj Kapoor’s directorial debut of Aag in 1948. The film in spite of good music did not fare very well. Raj Kapoor then started his next film retaining Ram Ganguly as the composer. However, some misunderstanding with Ram Ganguly and Raj’s decision to have a completely new team saw Shankar and Jaikishen being elated as the composers. A very reluctant Shailendra and a bus conductor Hasrat Jaipuri were the lyricists along with Jalal Malihabadi and Ramesh Shastry. Mukesh was retained as the voice of Raj Kapoor and in an era where having different payback singers for different actresses, Shankar Jaikishan along with Raj Kapoor decided to rope in a relatively new singer called Lata Mangeshkar to sing for all three female actors in the movie.

The resulting phenomenon called “Barsaat” 1949 is too very well known to write anything about, the likes of which have rarely been seen or will ever been seen in Indian Film music.

Shankar Jaikishan had created history with their very first film and Jaikishen was hardly 20 years of age. The next year had no release of theirs but they were busy creating “Awara” 1951 the musical craze of which crossed the boundaries of our country and reached many a communist bloc countries in USSR and eastern Europe. Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions from Awara and Shree 420 are sung to this day in many of these countries. Apart from Awara, Shankar Jaikishan also had “Badal” and “Kali Ghata” in 1951. They followed up with many other directors and production houses in subsequent years for several other hit films.

But, the team of Shankar Jaikishan-Mukesh-Lata-Shailendra-Hasrat Jaipuri and Raj Kapoor were always on a different platform for RK as well as other banners.

The greatness of Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions was the phenomenal frequency and consistency with which they came up with musical blockbusters one after the other. Due to the colossal number of hit albums that the duo gave, I will refrain myself from giving even a sample of their songs or the movies they composed for.

Indian classical music deeply ingrained in their songs, Shankar Jaikishan also very successfully made use of Arabian, Latin and Western music in their tunes. In spite of having given numerous hits from 1949-1955, there were always critics who said Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions were devoid of pure Indian classical music and were mostly based on the lighter stuff of romance and its aftermath formula in the movies.

Shankar Jaikishan took up this challenge in 1956 and came up with “Basant Bahar” which silenced their critics if any forever. The songs in this movie sung by Rafi saab and Manna da are anything but heavenly and divine.

Assisted by dedicated musicians like Dattaram, Sebastian etc, the orchestra set up by Shankar Jaikishan reached jumbo size. Many of their songs prelude and interlude are amazing display of such orchestra. Such was the effect that the compositions themselves tower over the wording and the singing in most of their songs. The very name of Shankar Jaikishan sold music and made producers to make a beeline to the offices and music rooms.

The fifties and early sixties were the years in which melody was the over-riding component after which commercialization started taking over. Added to this factor was also the emergence of KA, LP and RBD. However till the late sixties, the popularity of Shankar Jaikishan refused to go down.

Shailendra’s passing away in 1966, was the first setback. Then in 1971, the unthinkable happened. The world lost Jaikishan on 12 September 1971. He was mere 41 when he passed away. Shankar did continue with the Shankar Jaikishan tag till the mid-eighties. But without Shailendra and Jaikishen, the team was no longer the same. After 1971, it was a painful downhill for Shankar. There were a series of flops and movie makers started looking for greener pastures. Raj Kapoor too started to move away for Laxmikant Pyarelal.

From their debut movie in 1949 to Jaikishen’s death in 1971, Shankar Jaikishan composed for some 125-140 movies, averaging about a movie for every two months. (The total number of films varies on many websites). Along with the frequency of composing for films, what is truly admirable is the very high success rate that they offered. Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions were always for the masses and their contribution to Hindi Film music will be remembered forever.
Jaikishen, an ever smiling and handsome personality worked for only two decades as a composer, but along with Shankar has left behind a treasure which can be cherished for several lifetimes.

Incidentally, 1971, the year Jaikishen passed away saw their pinnacle in terms of number of movies composed. It had not less than 15-17 movies running at the same time all over the country. One of the movies was the acting and directorial debut of Randhir Kapoor’s “Kal aaj aur kal”. As we all know, this film featured three generations of Kapoor family and including Randhir Kapoor’s wife Babita. The film was released just after Jaikishen’s passing away and the RK film titles in the movie prominently displayed their respects to their”comrade” who was no more with them.

I am very much surprised that only one song from this film has been posted as yet. Though the film was not a huge commercial success as other RK films, it did have some decent music and the songs were popular. Here is one such song involving Prithivraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Whereas Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle sing for Randhir Kapoor and Babita respectively, Raj Kapoor retains his soul, Mukesh.


Song-Tik tik tik tik chalti jaaye ghadi(Kal Aaj aur Kal)(1972) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Mukesh, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Kishore Kumar + Asha Bhonsle
Kishore Kumar + Asha Bhonsle + Mukesh

Lyrics

isi liye to kehta hoon daddy
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haanah haanah haanah haan
tik-tik tik-tik

tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik

nahin waqt ke saath jo chalte
peechhe woh reh jaate hain
nahin waqt ke saath jo chalte
peechhe woh reh jaate hain
apne hi haathon se apne ghar mein aag lagaate hain
duniya badle mausam badle
dharti apni saadi badle
tum badlo pagdi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik

naye-puraane aaj aur kal mein bhed yeh kisne daala hai
naye-puraane aaj aur kal mein
bhed yeh kisne daala hai
jale deep se deep yahaan par
sab mein ek ujaala hai
ho waqt naya ho raat nayi ho
baat nayi ho mile jahaan par
chhoti suyi se badi ee
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haanah haanah haanah haan
tik-tik tik-tik

tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan

tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik

ramta jogi behta paani
waqt ki raam-kahaani hai
ramta jogi behta paani
waqt ki raam-kahaani hai
ik saagar ki lehron jaisi duniya aani-jaani hai
isse chalaaye use chalaaye
saare jag ko ghadi chalaaye
par khud rahe khadi ee
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan

tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
chalti jaaye ghadi
kal aaj aur kal ki pal-pal
judti jaaye kadi
haan haan haan

tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik
tik-tik tik-tik

lallah lallah lallah lallah
lallah lallah lallah laaa
lallah lallah lallah lallah
lallah lallah lallah laaa

lallah lallah lallah laa
lallah lallah lallah laa
lallah lallah
lallah lallah

lallah lallah

3 Responses to "Tik tik tik tik…kal aaj aur kal"

Mukesh had recommended LP’s name for Satyam S S as he found Shanker wanting.

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Mahesh ji,

Beautifully written post. Well done.Enjoyed.Thanks.
-AD

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Arunkumar Sir,
Many Thanks.
Means a lot to me.

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