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Samjhe thhe ke guzrenge din chain aur khushi mein

Posted on: March 10, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 17
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If I were to define ‘Assistant Music Directors’ in the context of Bollywood, I will define them as those talented musicians whose talents are exploited by some of the top music directors for furthering their own brand of music in Bollywood. No doubt, they are paid for the job and their contributions may be appreciated by the masters, but there is no recognition from the public at large for their talents. They remain the unsung artists among many other musicians who contribute to the success of film music.

What would have been the status of Naushad without Ghulam Mohammed, S D Burman without Jaidev, Shankar-Jaikishan without Dattaram-Sebastian D’Souza, O P Nayyar without G S Kohli, Laxmikant-Pyarelal without Shashikant-Gorakhnath and probably without Ganesh also. They would have probably missed the ‘icing on the cake’. Some of them had also ventured into the independent music direction but had to return to their masters for subsistence.

Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma was one of the lesser known music director who started his formal tryst with Bollywood as a music director for ‘Nayi Baat’ (1947). He composed music for another six films – ‘Shakti’ (1948), ‘Banoo’ (1949), ‘Bedard’ (1949), ‘Anyay’ (1949), ‘Dolti Naiyya’ (1950). After a gap of 14 years, he composed songs for ‘Magic Carpet’ (1964) which was his last film. None of his films looks familiar to me. These films were probably not successful at the box office. In keeping with the Bollywood tradition where talent has no value unless it is converted into box office success, Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma had to work as an assistant to some of the well known music directors or play the trumpet or violin for which he was regarded as a master player.

There is no need for me to write anything more about Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma as I find that the tribute paid by one of his disciples, Ustad Faiyaz Hussain Khan, a violinist, speaks volumes about what a great musician, teacher and a human being he was. An extract from the tribute which appeared in the Marathi newspaper ‘Mumbai Sakal’, dated 5th October 1995, and partly reproduced from the translated version in English which appeared in laxmipyare.com) is given below:

Many may not even know that there was someone by the name of Pandit Ramprasad. The reason is that he never stepped into the world of popularity. He was a very good trumpet player. Though he stepped into Mumbai’s film world as a trumpet player, his personality was basically that of a devoted musician. So he could never get along easily with other commercial musicians and artists. Consequently, he had to step out of that world. Then he had to face days of starvation. That was when he took up the challenge of not surrendering to his current fate. He started to teach violin playing to his son Pyarelal, whose name as everyone knows, eventually became the most popular one out of all Indian Film Music Directors. Pyarelalji was merely 5 when his training started. At the age of 9, Pyarelal was introduced to the world of film music. Pyarelal even starred in Shobhna Samarth’s (mother of Nutan and Tanuja) film “Hamari Beti” as a small Violin Player. He stunned the whole film world with his skills.

Pandit Ramprasadji has deftly played trumpet solos in many Hindi film songs and film background scores. “Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki” rendered by the late Mohd. Rafi also features Ramprasadji’s trumpet play that touches the heart as much as Rafi’s voice does. One of his pupils named Mahavir Prasad was an artist of very high caliber. His performance can be witnessed in the song “Patli Kamar Hai, Tirchi Nazar Hai” from the film ‘Barsaat’. Unfortunately Mahavir Prasad passed away at a rather early age. At that time Ramprasadji brought home his 11 year old son, taught him how to play and placed him on the road to success in spite of his own condition being so much low down. He made his own children experts in playing different musical instruments as well.

Ramprasadji was interested in molding players who could make use of the techniques of ‘meend’ and ‘gamak’ in western style violin playing. Well known names of Violin players in the Cine world today such as Surendra Sodhi, Kishore Sharma, Uttam Singh (Music Director: Dil To Paagal Hai fame) have all learnt from him. Big names from the world of classical music have learnt the notation system from him. Some more names would be Naushad, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Ustad Abdul Halim Jafar Khan, Zarine Daruwala etc. But his desire of being a renowned music director was not exactly fulfilled. Pyarelal however fulfilled this desire of his.

I wish to explicitly state one of Panditji’s proud accomplishments for which he should have been presented with some award of honour. He never charged anybody for teaching how to play the violin. Not only this, he has made groups out of slum dwelling children and turned them into deft players of an instrument as difficult as the violin. Not one, not two but definitely more than two hundred such children have learnt from him and have moved on from rags to riches! In the cine music world, in almost every song recording, there were at least a few musicians who have learnt from Panditji. And there still are!

I would like to add that Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma had 6 sons including Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal) and Ganesh, the music director. His other four sons are also musicians in the film industry.

Today, I am presenting the first song out of 10 songs from an obscure film BANOO (1949). The song is ‘samjhe thhe ke guzarenge din chain aur khushi mein’ sung by Mohammed Rafi. The songs were penned by Kamil Rashid and Sagar Nizami. But the distribution of songs amongst them is not indicated. All the songs were composed by Ram Prasad Sharma.

With this, ‘Banoo’ (1949) makes a debut in the Blog.


Song-Samjhe thhe ke guzrenge din chain aur khushi mein (Baanoo)(1949) Singer-Rafi, MD-Ram Prasad Sharma

Lyrics

samjhe thhe ke guzrenge
din chain aur khushi mein
ye kya khabar thhi
dukh bhi shaamil hai zindagi mein
samjhe thhe ke guzrenge
din chain aur khushi mein
ye kya khabar thhi
dukh bhi shaamil hai zindagi mein

wo yaad karo baaten
wo beeti huyi raaten
wo yaad karo baaten
wo beeti huyi raaten
khaayi thhin kasamen tumne
taaron ki raushni mein
khaayi thhin kasamen tumne
taaron ki raushni mein
samjhe thhe ke guzrenge
din chain aur khushi mein
ye kya khabar thhi
dukh bhi shaamil hai zindagi mein

jab chhod ke jaana thha
munh mod ke jaana thha
jab chhod ke jaana thha
munh mod ke jaana thha
phir kis liye aayi thhin
tum meri zindagi mein
phir kis liye aayi thhin
tum meri zindagi mein
samjhe thhe ke guzrenge
din chain aur khushi mein
ye kya khabar thhi
dukh bhi shaamil hai zindagi mein

kitne kathin hain ye din
sukh khwaab ho gaya hai
kitne kathin hain ye din
sukh khwaab ho gaya hai
barbaad ho gaye hum
iss dil ki dillagi mein
barbaad ho gaye hum
iss dil ki dillagi mein
samjhe thhe ke guzrenge
din chain aur khushi mein
ye kya khabar thhi
dukh bhi shaamil hai zindagi mein

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6 Responses to "Samjhe thhe ke guzrenge din chain aur khushi mein"

Sadanand ji,

Thanks for remembering Ram prasad Sharma ji.
He was the first composer in my series of “Unknown composers”on this Blog. My article was posted on 17-12-2012, when I discussed another song ‘Kaali ghataon”from film Shakti-48
In 2013 september, I wrote another article on him, with his photograph, on Anmol Fankaar also.
For some more information, readers can read above articles also.

-AD

Arun ji,
I was sure that in one of your special series, you must have covered Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma, But it was my bad luck that barring ‘Shakti’ (1948), I browsed through 3 other songs of his covered in the Blog.

I came to the article in ‘Anmol Fankaar’ thorugh Sudhir ji’s article on a song from ‘Magic Carpet’ (1964). But there was no indication that it was written by you. Now that I went thorugh Anmol Fankaar article, I realised that your name appeared in a faint grey colour which could be easily missed by readers.

If I recall, there was a suggestion made a couple of years ago that there is a need to tag the special articles on artists in the Blog so that they can be accessed with ease.

I know it is a huge task for tagging the past articles. However, a beginning may be made by tagging search articles appearing in the Blog from now onwards.

Please read ‘such’ for search appearing in the last line.
Sorry for the typo.

Lyricist either Kamil Rashid or Sagar Nizami
There was another Taqdeerwale-1948

Thanks for this information.

Sadanand Ji, Thanks for the post. I am learning about Pt Ram Prasad Sharma first time.( having missed other posts on this blog)

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