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O Beraham tere sitam

Posted on: December 9, 2015


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

SHANKAR-JAIKISHEN IN THE 50s…Song No- 7
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The Lovers of old Hindi film music are spread all over the world in almost all countries of all the continents. It is not an exaggeration. Youngsters of the decade of the 60s and the 70s, who migrated to different countries, must be in their 60s and 70s now. They all are lovers of old music. They not only loved that music,but with the help of 78 RPM Records,Tapes and later with CDs, they kept the music alive even today. Let any famous singer got to any country for a stage show, the audience farmaishes are for old songs only. No show is successful without singing old songs.

This Blog, atulsongaday, is visited by readers from various countries. I remember having read once ( on this Blog), an annual report by WordPress that this Blog receives visitors from 198 countries of the world. Moreover, links of articles on the Blog are sent to a list of an estimated 100+ music lovers ( my guess) all over the country and abroad, by an avid lover of old films and music. He is well known as an author, Film Historian and a compiler of film music and related information. I am referring to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji of Surat. Thanks to his sending the Blog articles to music lovers across the world, I got introduced to Shri SALIM SHAH ji from USA.

Salim ji first wrote comments on one of my articles somewhere in 2013. Since then he has been consistently writing comments not only on my articles, but also on Sudhir ji’s and Sadanand ji’s articles also. Mr. Salim Shah is the son of old time actress Indurani ( real name Ishrat Jehan). She was a film Heroine of the 1930s and the 1940s. She was married to Ramniklal Shah- partner of the famous Mohan Studios,producer of many silent and Talkie films.

As Salim ji grew up in Bombay amidst the filmy atmosphere, till he left for US,to continue higher studies and for settling there, he has plenty of anecdotes and bits of information on the then Bombay Film Industry and its people during the 1950s. Now this is a precious history information which is not available in any books. As is my habit, I have compiled all his comments at one place to get the valuable information that would come handy for future references.

Because of Salim ji, I came in contact with Shri. Babul Roy, the younger brother of Geeta Dutt, who is also settled in USA. Once he wrote to me how he wept after reading my article on Geeta Dutt ( on http://www.geetadutt.com), wherein I had described her last hours in the Hospital before her death.

Two months back, Salim ji wrote to me that he has planned a visit to Mumbai and that during his stay here, we could meet. I was excited and awaited his arrival. Finally on Friday, the 4th of December he sent me an E mail that he is in Mumbai and that we could meet on Sunday, the 6th December. He was staying as a guest with his cousin, the former Heroine and an actress ms. AZRA ji. Azra ji was a Heroine in a few films and also did roles in films like Mother India, Love in Simla etc. She was also to come with Salim ji. Since Salim ji also wanted to meet Shri Shishir Krishna Sharma ji- of http://www.beetehuedin.blogspot.com and a Journalist, I also invited Sharmaji on Sunday.

On Sunday, the 6th December, Salim ji came to visit me, along with his wife Ms. Francoise. Azra ji, however, could not come as some unexpected work came up at the last minute. Shortly, Shishir Sharma ji also joined us. I was very happy that my long cherished wish was fulfilled.

I had informed Harish Raghuwanshi ji about this meeting, so very kindly he sent me all the information about Indurani,together with her Filmography. I was supposed to check this information with Salim ji for its correctness. During our meeting, we discussed many things, especially about Indurani ji and her sister Sarojini ji ( real name Roshan jehan aka Ranee), a Heroine of the 1930s and 1940s and also the mother of Azra ji. Sarojini had married Producer/Director Nanubhai Vakil. Salim ji was in his best mood and talked about many interesting episodes of Bombay film world of 1950s.

We had a photo session. Ms. Francoise, Salim ji’s wife can not talk Hindi, though she understands many words. However, throughout our marathon discussions, over Tea and snacks, she never looked bored or disinterested. Creditable indeed. When the time of the meeting was up, along with Sharmaji, I went down to see the guests off. All in all, it was a memorable event for me.

Due to my writings and the old film /music passion, many of our readers from abroad and from other states in India come to meet me. It is always a great pleasure to interact with people of similar tastes. All the credit goes to Atul ji’s Blog, due to which they knew me. Thanks Atul ji.

Today’s song is from the film ‘Baaghi Sipaahi’-58. This is the second song from this film in this series. I selected this song specially, because in this song the use of chorus is just superb. As it is, Manna Dey and Lata duets are always very lovely. This too is a good duet.

Chorus is used by every composer, but no one used them as Shankar-Jaikishen or Vasant Desai. Just think of the songs of Seema, Awara or Do aankhen baaraa hath. Shankar Jaikishan and Vasant Desai did not limit the use of chorus only to repeat the mukhda, but they understood the power of chorus in creating dream or serene effects.

Baghi Sipahi-58 was a costume drama. In the 50s, after getting out of Raj Kapoor’s shadow, Shankar Jaikishan almost ran amok with their “Ashwamedh” horse, not caring for competition or public opinion. They signed almost every film which came their way,be it Historical, social, Mythological or even stunt/ costume/ fantasy. Their music was working like a Magic wand, turning every film they did with success. This was due to their talent to make melodious tunes. Luckily for them they emerged in an era when good calibre singers were available to them; unlike Naushad or C.Ramchandra, who started in an era when the existing crop of untrained singers had to be used- which delayed their peak periods. From 1948-49, one by one old singers got eclipsed, giving way to Lata, Geeta, Asha, Rafi, Mukesh and others. Manna Dey, who was perhaps the only trained singer from the early 40s, flourished in the ‘Golden Era’ like others and Shankar Jaikishan used Manna Dey in abundance.

Today’s song is sung by Manna Dey, Lata and chorus. The lyrics are by Shailendra.


Song-O beraham tere sitam (Baaghi Sipaahi)(1958) Singers-Manna Dey, Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Manna Dey + Chorus
Manna Dey + Lata + Chorus

Lyrics

ye roshni jalti rahe
jaan bhi jaaye to hamen hoga na gham

o beraham tere sitam
ham pe
honge kab tak
dekhenge hum

ye roshni jalti rahe
jaan bhi jaaye to hamen hoga na gham

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

wo dekh aasuon se jakham dho rahi hai zindagi
wo khaak hoke beez naye bo rahi hai zindagi
siwa khuda ke aur ki na hogi hamse bandagi ee
siwa khuda ke aur ki na hogi hamse bandagi
ye keh ke dekh zaar zaar ro rahi hai zindagi
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

ye gham ke aur chaar din
sitam ke aurr chaar din
ye din bhi jaayenge guzar
guzar gaye hazaar din

na jaane kab bhadak uthhe
ye aag intkaam ki
na jaane kab bhadak uthhe
ye aag intkaam ki
wo aa rahe hain aandhiyon ki peeth par sawaar din
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

o beraham
tere sitam
ham pe honge kab tak
dekhenge hum
ye roshni
jalti rahe
jaan bhi jaaye to hamen hoga na gham
aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

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