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Aah Dil Mein Hai Nayan Mein Neer Hai

Posted on: January 6, 2016


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.

A sad event that did not seem to gather much attention, occurred on Tuesday, 29th December, 2015. Legendary singer Subir Sen breathed his last in Calcutta (Kolkata). He was 81-years-old. The lovers of film music will remember him for his renditions in many Hindi and Bangla films.

Subir Sen was born in 1934 in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh). Not many details are available about his early life. His family moved to Calcutta around the time of the partition of the country. He studied in Calcutta for his bachelor’s degree. His interest in music and singing was evident right from childhood. He had formal training in classical music. One name that is mentioned is that of Shri Atul Prasad of Calcutta, from whom young Subir received his initial grounding in classical mould.

He started his singing career in the early 1950s. Some references identify the Bangla song “Dur Diganto Dheke Ache Meghe” as his first song. He became popular as the romantic playback voice of the heroes in Bangla films. Many of his songs became hits and added to the success of the films and the actors. Many of his numbers like “Saradin Tomay Bhebe”, “Ogo Shakuntala”, “Ogo Chaand Tumikotha Alo Pele”, “Oi Ujwal Din Dake Swapno”,”Monalisa Tumi Ki Bolona”, and “E Jeno Sei Chokh” continue to be popular with the lovers of Bangla film music. [Note: This is list is a sampler and not exhaustive].

In the mid 1950s, Subir Sen ventured to Bombay.  Director actor Guru Dutt suggested him to come to Bombay. He and Salil Chaudhry helped Subir to find his feet in the Bombay film industry. Impressed by his voice, Shankar Jaikishan gave him his first playback opportunity in Hindi films, with the song “Manzil Wohi Hai Pyaar Ki, Raahi Badal Gaye” in the 1957 film ‘Kathputli’. This song became very popular in its time and still continues to be one of his memorable songs.

His voice being very close to Hemant Da, the producers and music directors in Bombay did not grant him adequate opportunities, and his singing assignments in Hindi films are few and far between. In all, he sang for less than 25 (plus one unreleased) Hindi films, and the number of songs is less than 30. But when we look at the list, practically all of his songs have been very popular. Be it “Main Rangeela Pyaar Ka Raahi” from ‘Chhoti Behan’ (1959), or the enchanting duet with Geeta Dutt “Gori Torey Natkhat Naina” from ‘Hum Bhi Insaan Hain’ (1959), or “Dil Leke Jaate Ho Kahaan” from ‘O Tera Kya Kehna’ (also 1959), or “Hamen Un Raahon Par Chalna Hai, Jahaan Girna Aur Sambhalna Hai” from ‘Masoom’ (1960), or “Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchhi’” from ‘Aas Ka Panchhi’ (1961), or another duet with Geeta Dutt from 1962 film ‘Gangu’ – “Kya Kahaa, Zaraa Phir Kaho”, and the duet (with Poornima Seth) from the 1962 film ‘Jaadu Mahal’ – “Kasam Na Lijiye, Kasam Na Dijiye’, or the lovely duet with Lata Mangeshkar – “Gagan Ke Chanda, Na Poochh Hum Se” from ‘Apne Huye Paraaye’ (1964) – the list of his memorable songs is fairly long. Considering both Hindi and Bangla films, he has recorded more than 400 songs.

Additional interesting notes about his career. He made a cameo appearance in the the 1971 Hindi film ‘Anubhav’, appearing as himself in person, and singing a Rabindra Sangeet song at a party – “Shedin Dujonay Dulechinu Bonay”. He also composed music for a Hindi film ‘Midnight’ that apparently was released only in England, in 1970 or thereabout. The film had songs sung by Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle, besides himself. Some songs of this film are available online.

There are two films for which he has apparently sung, but the songs of this film and their information is not available as yet. These films are ‘Madam Zapata’ (1962) and ‘Hukum Ka Ekka’ (1964). Of the solo songs that he has sung in Hindi films, almost all are represented on this blog. Today I bring on a very rare solo song from an unreleased film, ‘Rani Chandrawati’ from the 1960s. Some sources peg the year for this film as 1968. However, as per the Geet Kosh, this film was not released for exhibition.

The songwriter’s name for this song is not specified.  The music is composed by SN Tripathi. A very moving song full of melancholy, about a mother being separated from her child. The voice and the pace of singing expresses the emotion so well. Commemorating the departure of this talented artist with this sad song of separation.

Subir Sen, RIP.

[Acknowledgements: The information for this article is gathered from multiple sources – the book ‘Swaron Ki Yatra’ by Shri Anil Bhargav; a blog article (here) about the notable songs of Subir Sen, on ‘Songs Of Yore’ (some information in the article by AK ji, and lot more information in the comments, especially some interesting details in a comment by our dear Arun ji); another article on songs of Subir Sen here; plus the online news reports about his passing away on 29th December.]

Song – Aah Dil Mein Hai Nayan Mein Neer Hai (Rani Chandravati) (1960s) (UR) Singer – Subir Sen, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – SN Tripathi

Lyrics

aah dil mein hai
aah dil mein hai
nayan mein neer hai
zindagi ki ye bhi ik tasveer hai
aah dil mein hai. . .

keh rahi hai aaj ro kar ek maiyyaa
mujh se mat chheeno koi mera kanhaiyyaa
ek hi to hai ye jeene ka sahaara
ghar ka deepak hai
meri aankhon ka taara
aah dil mein hai
nayan mein neer hai
zindagi ki ye bhi ik tasveer hai
aah dil mein hai. . .

gaaye bachhde se bichhad kar ro rahi hai
aankhon ke anmol moti kho rahi hai
mann mein jo toofaan hai kisko dikhaaye
kaun aisa hai jo us ka dukh mitaaye
aah dil mein hai
nayan mein neer hai
zindagi ki ye bhi ik tasveer hai
aah dil mein hai. . .

laal ko kaise bhulaaye koi maata
jaagte sotey usi ka dhyaan aata
chain pal bhar ke liye mann ko kahaan hai
neend aankhon ki wahin beta jahaan hai
aah dil mein hai
nayan mein neer hai
zindagi ki ye bhi ik tasveer hai
aah dil mein hai. . .

aah dil mein hai
nayan mein neer hai
zindagi ki ye bhi ik tasveer hai
aah dil mein hai. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आह दिल में है
आह दिल में है
नयन में नीर है
ज़िंदगी की ये भी इक तस्वीर है
आह दिल में है॰ ॰ ॰

कह रही है आज रो कर एक मैय्या
मुझसे मत छीनो कोई मेरा कन्हैय्या
एक ही तो है ये जीवन का सहारा
घर का दीपक है
मेरी आँखों का तारा
आह दिल में है
नयन में नीर है
ज़िंदगी की ये भी इक तस्वीर है
आह दिल में है॰ ॰ ॰

गाय बछड़े से बिछड़ कर रो रही है
आँखों के अनमोल मोती खो रही है
मन में जो तूफान है किसको दिखाये
कौन ऐसा है जो उसका दुख मिटाये
आह दिल में है
नयन में नीर है
ज़िंदगी की ये भी इक तस्वीर है
आह दिल में है॰ ॰ ॰

लाल को कैसे भुलाए कोई माता
जागते सोते उसी का ध्यान आता
चैन फलभर के लिए मन को कहाँ है
नींद आँखों की वहीं बेटा जहां है
आह दिल में है
नयन में नीर है
ज़िंदगी की ये भी इक तस्वीर है
आह दिल में है॰ ॰ ॰

आह दिल में है
नयन में नीर है
ज़िंदगी की ये भी इक तस्वीर है
आह दिल में है॰ ॰ ॰

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