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Kat rahi hai bekasi mein har ghadi tere baghair

Posted on: April 28, 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 – 32
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DEEWAANI (1947) was produced by Sohrab Modi under the banner of Minerva Movietone and it was directed by Y D Sarpotdar. The star cast included Wasti, Mumtaz Shanti, Husn Bano, Ghulam Hussain, Abu Bakar, Chanda Bai, Jilani, Sadat Ali, Satya Rani etc. There were 8 songs in the film written by Shams Azimabadi (6) and Sewan Rizvi (2) which were set to music by Gyan Dutt. From the star cast and a couple of songs that I heard, the film seems to belong to social genre, probably a family drama. One song from the film has been covered in the Blog.

I am presenting the second song, written in a ghazal format, ‘kat rahi hai bekasi mein har ghadi tere baghair’ from the film, sung by Ameerbai Karnataki. The ghazal is written by Shams Azimabadi which is set to music by Gyan Dutt.

Like in traditional Urdu ghazals, this filmy ghazal has used radiff (last word/s in a she’r) ‘tere baghair’. I find it interesting that this radiff has also been used in rehne laga hai dil mein andhera tere baghair written by Behzad Lucknawi for ‘Roti’ (1942) and sooni padi hai pyaar ki duniya tere baghair written by Kidar Sharma for ‘Caravaan’ (1944). Then, there is ‘kaise kategi zindagi tere baghair, tere baghair’ written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan for the unreleased film ‘Jahaan Tum Wahaan Hum’.In addition to filmy ghazals, this radiff has been used by many Urdu poets like Jigar Muradabadi, Seemab Akbarbadi, Ahmed Faraz, Shakeel Badayuni, Jaan Nisar Akhtar etc in their published ghazals as well. This phrase ‘tere baghair’ probably fits in well with the mood of the ghazals dealing with the theme of ‘missing loved ones’ or ‘separation from the beloved’.

As I was finalising this write-up, I stumbled upon the mp3 clip of a song ‘do dilon ko ek dil milkar banana yaad hai’ from the film ‘Kamala’ (1946). To my surprise, the tune of this song is the same as that of the song under discussion. Since this song was not available on YT, I have uploaded the video of the song on YT for comparison purpose. Incidentally, this song is also sung by Ameerbai Karnataki under the baton of Gyan Dutt. It would have been interesting to know what made Gyan Dutt to reuse the tune within a span of one year. There must be some trivia about these two songs.

Audio

Song-Kat rahi hai bekasi mein har ghadi tere baghair (Deewaani) ((1947) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Shams Azimabadi, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

Kat rahi hai bekasi mein har ghadi tere baghair
maut se badtar hai meri zindagi tere baghair

tanha?? ki waadiyon mein dil bahalta thha mera
tanha?? ki waadiyon mein dil bahalta thha mera
aansuon se aaj behlaati hoon jee tere baghair
aansuoun se aaj behlaati hoon jee tere baghair
maut se badtar hai meri zindagi tere baghair

thhi hazaaron aarzuyen
mil gayin sab khaaq mein aen aen aen
thhi hazaaron aarzuyen
mil gayi sab khaak mein aen aen aen
dil ki ye aabaad duniya
lut gayi tere baghair
dil ki ye aabaad duniya
lut gayi tere baghair
maut se badtar hai meri zindagi tere baghair

aasmaan par har sitaara ek angaara hai aaj
aasmaan par har sitaara ek angaara hai aaj
ik dehakti aag hai ye chaandni tere baghair
ik dehakti aag hai ye chaandni tere baghair
kat rahi hai bekasi mein har ghadi tere baghair

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