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Kahin Aisa Na Ho Tum Ajnabi Raahon Mein Kho Jaao

Posted on: December 26, 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.

mere saathi
meri awaaz ke peechhe

chale aao
chale aao
chale. . . aao

 

Kaash, ye awaaz phir se live sunaai de, to kahin tak bhi chal ke jaane ko jee karta hai.
(Wish this voice could be heard live again, the heart would want to follow it, wherever.)

Rafi Sb’s 2500th presence on our blog. An event of an important celebration. We are getting close to having half or all the songs that he has sung. But let me come to the numbers later.

As I was browsing some articles online, my eyes caught a tagline on another blog about him – “The name says it all. No more words are needed.” Most probably written by someone who is so much in with this voice, that just the mention of the name automatically brings to the mind everything that is special about it. One does not have to articulate further.

Sometimes back, I had read a brief narrative by his daughter. She was expressing her experience of accompanying him for the first time, for one of his stage performances. She says, she was awestruck to see her Abba. He was a completely different person when performing on stage. Her mind always carried his persona image as a quiet, humble and solemn person. Not stern or grave, but solemn. On stage, when she saw him perform some songs, she says she was surprised, as she had never earlier seen such facets of zest and exuberance in her Abba.

That is where the thought came to my mind. That Rafi Sb was not just a master of ‘sur’. But more than that, he was the master of emotions. His perception of the character and the situation was very keen, and more importantly, very accurate. And then, as a next step, his expression of that emotion was the most fitting for the situation, and for the character on whom the song would be picturized.

He has been called – ‘Suron Ka Baadshah’. But I feel we need to get one step further into this. His singing and his voice is the expression of a quality that is more innate, and lies deeper inside. He understood the emotion and its nuances so well, and projected this understanding into his singing so well, that yes, confronted with the manifested expression in terms of his voice, we always eulogize him for his singing. That is where he becomes the ‘Suron Ka Baadshah’ for us. But I would like to step behind that expression, and say, he is also the master of emotions – ‘Jazbaaton Ka Wali’.

And then we are all out of the need for any more words. The emotional content of the sound of his voice as it traverses the words and lines of the songs – it simply has to be felt and experienced. No words are necessary, no descriptions will be helpful, more that the sensing of the emotive that he presenting to us, in and with his voice. No words are necessary.

So I come back to the numbers. We are close to the halfway mark towards our quest to bring all of his songs to our blog. The exact number of songs recorded / released may never be known. There are so many gaps in information. But there is an estimate. Based on lists created by some fans, the total songs that can be identified and listed is between 5400 and 5500. All of them are not traceable. But it gives a target to work towards.

Of these, a little over 5000 songs are identified as film songs, and the remaining as non-film songs. A small percentage of these songs would belong to non-Hindi films – Punjabi, Telegu, Bangla etc. So the count of Hindi film songs can be estimated to be in the range of 4800-4900 songs. Of these, we now have 2500, close to half of all the Hindi film and non-film songs.

It is a matter of significant celebration.  Atul ji and I have discussed this over email, over past few days. Atul ji has been making great efforts to pick up some pace on the posting of songs. Our intent was to have this celebration the day before, on Rafi Sb’s birth anniversary (24th December). But we couldn’t quite make the century milestone for the number of songs. The celebration is a couple of days delayed, but still it is the same intended celebration.

Ah yes, I did say it in the last sentence, and no, I do not mean to downplay the other major celebration that comes with this post. Today, we are one century ahead with the number of songs on the blog. The milestone we arrive at today is 11,700 – Eleven Thousand Seven Hundred only. Yes, that is how we would write it on a check. But there is a specific intent to write ‘only’ here.  It is intended both as an expression and as question. The expression is – ‘Of the tens of thousands of Hindi film song, we have on our blog 11,700 only’. And the question is – ‘Of the tens of thousands of Hindi film songs, how come we have only 11,700?’. The first variation is to say that we still have a lot of songs out there that need to be brought in. And the second variation says there is a lot still left to be done, so we better be maintaining a regular pace of posting. (I know, you will say – ‘Look who is talking’ 😉 ).

This song is of relatively ‘newer vintage’ (apologies for the oxymoron 🙂 ). It is Shatrughan Sinha, lip syncing Rafi Sb’s voice in the 1972 film ‘Milaap’. Very fresh and from one of very first batches of youngsters coming in from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Shatrughan Sinha made his first appearance in very short roles in films starting with ‘Saajan’ and ‘Pyaar Hi Pyaar’ in 1969. His initial roles were mostly as a villain. In 1970 film ‘Khilona’, he plays the role of Bihari, a devious neighbor attempting to play with the emotions of young ladies. He came into prominence with his role of a street tough guy, in the 1971 film ‘Mere Apne’. Alongside this role, he also moved into more positive and lead roles, starting with this film ‘Milaap’ in which he was paired opposite to Reena Roy, also a debutante heroine in the year 1972 (two more films for her that year – ‘Zaroorat’ and ‘Jungle Mein Mangal’).

The song is penned by Naqsh Lyallpuri and the music is by Brij Bhushan (full name Brij Bhushan Sahni). On screen, Shatrughan Sinha is ruminating about Reena Roy, and then he breaks into this song, calling out to her. An observation I request other readers to confirm. In the initial part of the song, Shatrughan Sinha is standing in the front part of a building (a ‘mahal’, maybe), and for a short while, we can see a couple of what seem like leopards or tigers, leisurely ambling on the high walls behind him. Is that a metaphor for contained restlessness? Maybe.

So it is 11 / 7 today, so to say 11 thousand 7 hundred songs posted. And the 2500th song of Rafi Sb.

And the journey continues. . .

Audio

Video

Song – Kahin Aisa Na Ho Tum Ajnabi Raahon Mein Kho Jaao (Milaap) (1972) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Naqsh Layallpuri, MD – Brij Bhushan

Lyrics

kahin aisa na ho tum ajnabi raahon mein kho jaao
mere saathi meri awaaz ke peechhe chale aao
chale aao
chale. . .  aao

kahin aisa na ho tum ajnabi raahon mein kho jaao
mere saathi meri awaaz ke peechhe chale aao
chale aao
chale. . .  aao

pareshan zindagi ko aas ka saahil nazar aaye
mujhe phir pyar ki khoi hui manzil nazar aaye
hawaaon me zaraa tum reshmi aanchal ko lehraao
mere saathi meri awaaz ke peechhe chale aao
chale aao
chale. . .  aao

na jaane kitni baar aaya gaya mausam bahaaron ka
magar ab tak nahin badla muqaddar beqaraaron ka
sabhi gham door ho jaayen jo tum ik baar mil jaao
mere saathi meri awaaz ke peechhe chale aao
chale aao
chale. . .  aao

kahin aisa na ho tum ajnabi raahon mein kho jaao
mere saathi meri awaaz ke peechhe chale aao
chale aao
chale. . .  aao

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कहीं ऐसा ना हो तुम अजनबी राहों में खो जाओ
मेरे साथी मेरी आवाज़ के पीछे चले आओ
चले आओ
चले॰ ॰ ॰ आओ

कहीं ऐसा ना हो तुम अजनबी राहों में खो जाओ
मेरे साथी मेरी आवाज़ के पीछे चले आओ
चले आओ
चले॰ ॰ ॰ आओ

परेशां ज़िंदगी को आस का साहिल नजर आए
मुझे फिर प्यार की खोई हुई मंज़िल नज़र आए
हवाओं में ज़रा तुम रेशमी आँचल को लहराओ
मेरे साथी मेरी आवाज़ के पीछे चले आओ
चले आओ
चले॰ ॰ ॰ आओ

ना जाने कितनी बार आया गया मौसम बहारों का
मगर अब तक नहीं बदला मुकद्दर बेक़रारों का
सभी ग़म दूर हो जाएँ जो तुम इक बार मिल जाओ
मेरे साथी मेरी आवाज़ के पीछे चले आओ
चले आओ
चले॰ ॰ ॰ आओ

कहीं ऐसा ना हो तुम अजनबी राहों में खो जाओ
मेरे साथी मेरी आवाज़ के पीछे चले आओ
चले आओ
चले॰ ॰ ॰ आओ

8 Responses to "Kahin Aisa Na Ho Tum Ajnabi Raahon Mein Kho Jaao"

@ Atul ji – Congratulations …!!!
Congratulations to all …!!
@ Sudhir ji – Thanks for this treat Sir !!

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Congrats all round for another milestone.

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वाह वाह!! क्या कहा है आपने – जज़्बातों का वली – सुधीर जी!!!

And what an immortal song you have chosen to mark the 2,500th song of Rafi Saab!!

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Atulji,

Actor Sadhanaji left for heavenly abode on Dec 25. How is that there is no reaction on our blog. I was expecting at least a song in her memory.

D Samant

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Samantji,
Could you read my quiz in earlier post.

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Congratulations to atul on posting 11700 songs and the 2500th Rafi song!!!! This is a special YYIIPPEEEE!
Badaa chala gaanon ka kafila naye manzilon ki aur 👌👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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