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Lo Mil Gayi Degree Pyaar Ki

Posted on: October 5, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 9
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“Houston, we have a problem.”

This famous quote from the Hollywood film ‘Apollo 13’ (1995) pertains to the problem on board NASA’s unsuccessful mission to the moon. Though there is a different version to the line from NASA’s actual transcript, the phrase has now become part of everyday language for reporting any kind of problem.

For this post on Mukesh and his composers, I take up a very special composer for whom Mukesh has sung many a famous and popular songs. The total tally is 36. And not surprisingly 35 of them have already been covered on the blog. I was left to represent the 36th and last song for this post. But, in my first email to Atul ji in this regard, I said there seems to be a ‘problem’ in attributing the song to this series.

Well, before we go to the problem, let us first go through their works.

There have been many a great associations in film industry. However the one of Mukesh and Roshan not only stands tall but also quiet apart. I say this because there were childhood friends and acquaintances much before either of them joined films. May websites claim that they studied in the same class at school. However Roshan was born 6 years before Mukesh and so I personally feel that he could have been his senior and not classmate. The life of Roshan with reference to when he completed his matriculation and what exactly he did before 1949 is not very clearly documented. That he received a lot of training is however well known. I request knowledge readers to throw some light on this aspect regarding his timeline before 1949.

Roshan’s first movie as a composer was Kidar Sharma’s “Neki aur Badi” in 1949. The film flopped, the songs went unnoticed and Roshan contemplated suicide. However like so many other well-known deeds of Kidar Sharma to the film industry, his reposing of faith and confidence in Roshan for ‘Baawre Nain’ the very next year was a very great one which needs to be mentioned with high gratitude time and again. Else, who knows there may not have been the family line-up of the Roshans in our industry.

Why Mukesh was not part of Roshan’s first film is also not very well known. Firoz Dastoor had a couple of duets in the film dominated by female singers.

‘Baawre Nain’ in 1950 was the second film composed by Roshan and the first in which he took along his childhood friend Mukesh for playback. Mukesh sang two duets and one perpetual and immortal solo in this film. From the second film of Roshan in 1950 to the last film in 1968, Mukesh was a very dominant male playback singer along with Rafi saab, Talat saab et. al. in many of the films. When Mukesh produced ‘Malhar’ in 1951, it was Roshan to whom he entrusted the music. The well composed 9 songs in this film were divided very equally between Lata and Mukesh. 3 solos each and 3 enduring duets.

The magical duo of Mukesh and Roshan can be best explained or understood by enlisting the gems in the form of a table and here they are.

S.No. Song Title Movie (Year) Co-singer(s) Lyricist
1 Teri Duniya Mein Dil Baawre Nain (1950) Kidar Sharma
2 Khayaalon Mein Kisi Ke Is Baawre Nain (1950) Geeta Roy Kidar Sharma
3 Mujhe Sach Sach Bataa Do Baawre Nain (1950) Rajkumari Kidar Sharma
4 Dil Ne To Diyaa Dhokhaa Bedardi (1951) Kidar Sharma
5 Dil Ki Pareshaaniyaan Hum Log (1951) Uddhav Kumar
6 Apni Nazar Se Unki Nazar Hum Log (1951) Uddhav Kumar
7 Taaraa Toote Duniyaa Dekhe Malhar (1951) Indeevar
8 Dil Tujhe Diyaa Thaa Rakhne Malhar (1951) Kaif Irfani
9 Hota Raha Yoon Hi Malhar (1951) Indeevar
10 Bade Armaano Se Rakha Malhar (1951) Lata Indeevar
11 Ik Baar Agar Tu Kah De Malhar (1951) Lata Indeevar
12 Kahaan Ho Tum Zaraa Malhar (1951) Lata Kaif Irfani
13 Ek Jhoothi Si Tasalli Wo Sheesham (1952) Zia Sarhadi
14 Sapnon Mein Aanaa Sheesham (1952) Lata Indeevar
15 Sataayegaa Kise Tu Aasmaan Sheesham (1952) Indeevar
16 Koi Kushnaseeb Na Hoga Malkin (1953) KK, Ram Kamlani Rajendra Krishna
17 Holi Khelen Nandlala Maashooqa (1953) Surraiya Shailendra
18 Jhilmil Taare Karen Ishaare Maashooqa (1953) Surraiya Shailendra
19 Zameen Bhi Chup Aasmaan Maashooqa (1953) Shailendra
20 Ho Dil Na Lagaanaa Maashooqa (1953) Qamar Jalalabadi
21 Hamen Ae Dil Kahin Le Chal Chandni Chowk (1954) Majrooh
22 Aadhe Udhar Hain Aur Aadhe Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali (1955) Prem Dhawan
23 Tere Pyaar Ko Iss Tarah Se Maine Jeena Seekh Liya (1959) Raahil Gorakhpuri
24 Nainon Mein Kyun Aan Warrant (1961) Lata Prem Dhawan
25 Bahut Diya Dene Waale Ne Soorat Aur Seerat (1962) Shailendra
26 Bhoole Se Muhabbat Kar Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Sahir
27 Churaa Le Na Tumko Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Suman Sahir
28 Dil Jo Bhi Kahegaa Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Sahir
29 Gusse Mein Jo Nikhraa Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Sahir
30 Tum Agar Mujhko Na Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Sahir
31 Tumhari Mast Nazar Gar Dil Hi To Hai (1963) Lata Sahir
32 Dekhti Hi Raho Aaj Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal (1965) Neeraj
33 Aaya Hai Mujhe Ab Devar (1966) Anand Bakshi
34 Bahaaron Ne Mera Chaman Devar (1966) Anand Bakshi
35 Dulhan Se Tumhaara Milan Anokhi Raat (1968) Indeevar
36 Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Anokhi Raat (1968) Indeevar

I have curtailed the name of the song and some artists name only to accommodate in limited height of the rows in the table. It means no disrespect to the artists whatsoever. I have also provided the links to all the songs so that any Mukesh-Roshan enthusiast can have all the songs in one source.

So there are 36 songs and only one is to be represented.  It is at number 16 and it again brings us to the subject as to what is the issue in just presenting the song and finishing this wonderful collaboration of Mukesh and Roshan.

Well, again, before we head off to the problem, let’s discuss the table of songs. I can only say that these gems are like a golden necklace embedded and studded with the choicest of jewels. Each song is a masterpiece of creativity and melody.

In the first five years of their association there are 22 songs which are about 60% of the total.  In the next ten years there are 14 songs which are only about 40% of the total. It is in this period of ten years that he used Rafi saab most. However Mukesh was always there right up to the last movie composed by Roshan. In fact the swan song of Roshan the highly philosophical “Oh Re Taal Miley Nadi Ke Jal Mein” was sung by Mukesh.

Another interesting thing.  In the table, the songs at 23, 24 and 25 are the only songs represented on the blog, from the respective movies. This happens more often with the films in which Mukesh has sung songs. The songs that he has sung are usually the known and famous, and are obviously the first to be discussed.

There was something peculiar about Roshan’s choice of male singers. He engaged Mukesh heavily for his first few films and then when Mukesh started to move away from playback for his many experiments, Roshan relied on Talat saab. In fact in the year 1952, we have Talat Mahmood singing for four films ‘Anhonee’, ‘Nau Bahaar’, ‘Raag Rang’ and ‘Sanskaar’ (all from 1952). Very curious is the fact that Mohammed Rafi is missing totally for the first 12-14 films which Roshan composed. And, then when Roshan started using Rafi saab, we know what kind of iconic songs they produced.

And that brings to my mind a very interesting relation on this blog. The very first and second songs to be featured on this blog are sung by Rafi Sb and Mukesh respectively and Roshan is the composer for both the songs.

It’s a pity that Roshan’s composing was all for 18 years only in which he composed for 53 movies at the rate of about 3 per year. He passed away on 16 November 1967 during the making of the film ‘Ankohi Raat’ (1968). He was only 50 when he left this world.

Before I discuss today’s song, I would like to thank Harish ji Raghuvanshi, plentifully for his selfless act of sharing the mp3 of the song as it’s not available on the net. I sent one request mail asking if he possessed the song and he was back the same day with the attachment (mp3) and also a word of caution and strange legacy of the song.

Well, we are here finally with the problem.  Before I infuriate the readers in not diluting the issue, let me reveal that the problem is that Mukesh is hardly audible in the song. It is completely dominated by Kishore Kumar. All known sources reveal that the singing voices is the triad of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Ram Kamlani. However most of the song has been sung either in Kishore Kumar’s voice or in chorus. A chorus which is so perfect that it’s extremely difficult to distinguish the three voices singing it.

And then began a cross country effort to understand the problem. After receiving the audio from Harish ji, I sent the same to Atul ji and Sudhir ji highlighting the problem. Atul ji was not convinced about the presence of Mukesh’s voice in the song. He went to the extent of saying that it’s almost a solo of Kishore Kumar. Harish ji was quick to intervene that all records suggest 3 names for the song. He also said at two places “Kahaan Bhai” & “Kis Ki”, is the voice of Mukesh. Sudhir ji was conspicuous by his absence of reply in the chain of emails. However, it was later revealed that he was very much on the job and had already requested Zafar Bhai to check the actual physical record GE 28049. To my great relief he sent another mail after confirmation from Zafar Bhai that the name of Mukesh is very much present on the record.

Meanwhile, Harish ji, amused by the developments, was still trying other sources for confirmation. He had sought the details from Harmandir ji ‘Hamraaz’, from the booklet of the film. It turns out that the booklet of the film ‘Maalkin’ (1953) does not contain the names of either Mukesh or Ram Kamlani under playback singers.  And so, it was stalemate once again.

There were a few more mail interactions between us regarding the possible circumstances during the recording of the song. All these were opinions and nothing concrete has yet been decided on this song.

Then on 8th September Atul ji sent me a mail asking me to go ahead with the song. I had made it clear that I will start with the write up on Mukesh-Roshan only if I can include it in the series etc. So here we are with song and the problem not yet resolved to its logical conclusion or to our satisfaction. I think things can become clearer if we were able to get the video of this song which seems a distant possibility. If there are three actors singing and the picturisation is helpful in understanding the situation the film the problem could be solved. I thank all the people who have helped Harish ji and Sudhir ji in trying to sort out this problem.

For the time being I feel very happy and contended that I got an opportunity to discuss this very unique collaboration of Mukesh songs for Roshan. There was only one song remaining and so much to write. I have still not made any justice in writing about the beautifully created melodies. Most of the above songs are my personal favourites. The one form ‘Chandni Chowk’ is such a wonderful song. It’s almost a recital, but the pathos put in by Mukesh in delivering it is so enduring. Song no 15 is like Mukesh asking the skies if all the sad songs are to be sung by him only and who is to sing them, once he is no more. Songs from ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ and ‘Malhaar’ are outstanding and so are the ones from ‘Baawre Nain’, the film from which it all started. It is said that Kidar Sharma wrote the solo song keeping in view Roshan’s state of mind at that time. And what a composition, and what a rendering it turns out to be.

To end the post and in view of the sensitivity of the problem I request Sudhir ji or Atul ji to please help me with the lyrics (colour coding will be tricky) and also the video upload of the song.

[Note from Sudhir: This issue was discussed within the group of regulars in Delhi, at one of our Saturday get togethers.  One explanation (opinion?) that was forwarded – Mukesh was not part of the singing team for this song, when originally planned by Roshan.  On the day of recording, Mukesh simply chanced to be at the studio when this song was scheduled for recording.  The decision to include Mukesh as part of the chorus, was taken by Roshan on the spur of the moment.  That would explain why the name is missing from the information booklet of the film – as Mukesh was not originally planned as a singer.  And it also explains why is name is on the gramophone record – since in the records HMV, Mukesh’s voice was present when the recording of this song occurred.]

 


Song – Lo Mil Gayi Degree Pyaar Ki (Maalkin) (1953) Singers – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Roshan
Mukesh
Kishore+Mukesh+Ram Kamlani

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
[Note: first line of song, within parentheses, is not present in the available audio clip.]

(koi khushnaseeb hoga
humsa na is jahaan mein)
paas ho gaye hain
ulfat ke imtahaan mein

lo mil gayi degree pyaar ki
khair meri sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali
khair meri sarkaar ki
hoye khair meri sarkaar ki
lo mil gayi degree pyaar ki
khair meri sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali

pehle pehle aati na thi pyaar ki a..b..c
o yaaro pyaar ki a..b..c
o pehle pehle aati na thi pyaar ki a..b..c
o yaaro pyaar ki a..b..c
lekin awwal number paaya
mehnat karke ji. . .eee
mehnat karke ji
oo ooo
oo ooo
oooo ooooo
din mein sau sau chakkar kaate
kaa bhai
haaye gali mein yaar ki
khair meri sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali
khair meri sarkaar ki
hoye khair meri sarkaar ki
lo mil gayi degree pyaar ki
khair meri sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali

uth uth ke raaton ko bahaaye
aansoo garma garam
ho yaaro aansoo garma garam
uth uth ke raaton ko bahaaye
aansoo garma garam
ho yaaro aansoo garma garam
arre tab kahin jaa kar hua dosto
dilbar ka dil naram
ho mere dilbar ka dil naram
oo ooo
oo ooo
oooo ooooo
baithe baithe kismet khul gayi
kis kee. . .
mujh jaise bekaar ki
khair mere sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali
hoye khair meri sarkaar ki
hoye khair meri sarkaar ki
lo mil gayi degree pyaar ki
khair meri sarkaar ki
laa de taali
laa de taali

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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(कोई खुशनसीब होगा
हमसा ना इस जहां में)
पास हो गए हैं
उलफत के इम्तहाँ में

लो मिल गयी डिग्री प्यार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली
खैर मेरी सरकार की
होए खैर मेरी सरकार की
लो मिल गयी डिग्री प्यार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली

पहले पहले आती ना थी प्यार की ए॰॰बी॰॰सी
ओ यारो प्यार की ए॰॰बी॰॰सी
ओ पहले पहले आती ना थी प्यार की ए॰॰बी॰॰सी
ओ यारो प्यार की ए॰॰बी॰॰सी
लेकिन अव्वल नंबर पाया
मेहनत करके जी॰॰॰ईss
मेहनत करके जी
ओ ओss
ओ ओss
ओssss ओsssss
दिन में सौ सौ चक्कर काटे
का भाई
हाय गली में यार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली
खैर मेरी सरकार की
होए खैर मेरी सरकार की
लो मिल गयी डिग्री प्यार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली

उठ उठ के रातों को बहाए
आँसू गरमा गरम
हो यारो आँसू गरमा गरम
अरे तब कहीं जा कर हुआ दोस्तो
दिलबर का दिल नरम
हो मेरे दिलबर का दिल नरम
ओ ओss
ओ ओss
ओssss ओsssss
बैठे बैठे किस्मत खुल गई
किस की॰॰॰
मुझ जैसे बेकार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली
होए खैर मेरी सरकार की
होए खैर मेरी सरकार की
लो मिल गयी डिग्री प्यार की
खैर मेरी सरकार की
ला दे ताली
ला दे ताली

4 Responses to "Lo Mil Gayi Degree Pyaar Ki"

Excellent tribute to Roshanji & Mukesh ji

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Maheshji,
Lo de di degree aapko of MOM (Master of Mukesh)

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Mahesh ji

Interesting post, detailed information…………Thank you very much, enjoyed very much…….

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In the line ‘dilbar ka dil naram’ the transcript in Hindi is correct, while in Roman script it is wrongly given as ‘dilbar ka din naram’. Needs correction. Interesting post indeed……….

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