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Mast qalandar damaa dam

Posted on: July 15, 2016


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.

Today’s song is from the film Mast Qalandar-55. It is sung by Shamshad Begum, Rafi and Master Sonik alongwith chorus. The mukhada of the song ” Mast qalandar dama dam” is quite a misleading one, as it has nothing to do with famous Punjabi/Sindhi qawali Dama dam mast qalandar. The phrase has been used here to describe a carefree man. This seems to be a street dance, sung to entertain the onlookers.

The original Dama Dam Mast Qalandar is a spiritual qawwali, written originally in Punjabi by Hazarat Amir Khusrow and later modified by Hazarat Bulleh Shah. It is written in honour of Baba Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi Saint of Sindh who worked for the unity of Hinduism and Islam in the old Sindh area. The song/qawwaali has been made popular by several Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi singers of repute. In India the version by Runa Laila is very popular.

In today’s song, one of the singers is Master Sonik. He is the same Master Sonik who was one of the pair of Sonik – Omi composer duo. Manoharlal Sonik was the Uncle and Omprakash or Omi was his nephew. Sonik sang 8 songs in 7 films ( Char din-49, Stage-51, Khaiber-54, Mast qalandar-55, Inqilab-56 and Umar qaid-75 ). He had also given music independently to one Hindi film-Mamta-52. Later on he formed a pair with Omi as Music Director and started the music direction career with the film Dil ne phir yaad kiya-66.

The film Mast Qalandar was directed by Kedar Kapoor. Born on 2-9-1927, Kedar joined the film line in 1945 and he did a small role in the film Bhakta Prahlad-46. Working as assistant to many directors he started his career as a director by directing the film Lal Pari-1954. In all he directed 35 Hindi films, mostly B and C grade. He specialised in Dara Singh films. He directed 8 films of Dara Singh in the 1960s. Some of his films were, Miss Cocacola-55, Changez khan-57, Senapati-57, Dara singh-64, Patanga-71 etc etc. His last film was Bekhabar-83. Kedar kapoor died on 5-6-1987.

Mast Qalandar was a costume film. The cast included Johnny Walker and Noor. Today’s song is filmed on these two actors. Noor, who later married Johnny Walker, was born on 21-7-1935. She was the younger sister of Shakila. Noor had an younger sister Nasreen.

Noor ( short for Noorjahan) did her first Child role in Anmol Ghadi-46, singing ” udan khatole pe ud jaaun” along with M. Kabir- another child artist. Her second role was in the film Dard-47. In both these films she was credited as Noormahal. Later in all her films she was credited only as Noor, to avoid confusion. After this film, she did 14 more films as an adult…Khubsoorat-52, Baghi-53, Do bigha zameen-53, Laila-54, Naukari-54 ( as Kishore kumar’s sister,singing ‘ Chhot sa ghar hoga’ ), Aarpaar-54 ( singing Main na pyar karoongi ), Noormahal-54, Khushbu-54, Mast qalandar-55, Shahi chor-55, Sakhi hatim-55, Lutera-55, Heer-56 and Chand ki duniya-59.

She married Johnny Walker and left films to raise a family. They had 3 sons and 3 daughters. She is presently hale and hearty and stays with her children happily.

Rafi has sung this song specially for Johnny Walker, using his special voice reserved for JohnnyWalker. In the late 50s, Rafi and Johnny Walker gave us many memorable songs. Mohd. Rafi’s story is truly a ‘ Rags to Riches ‘ story. Let us peep into his early years, before he came to Bombay….

Punjab must be proud that two of its sons ruled Hindi cinema music for its first 50 years. initially it was Saigal from 33 to 47 and then Mohd. Rafi-as if with the baton handed over by his statemate. Both started with a humble beginning and struggled hard to win their places in the History. Saigal, however, had less competition, but then the industry was also smaller. In case of Rafi, the competition was greater, but then the industry had also grown manifolds.

Born into a lower middle class Muslim family belonging to a non descript village in Punjab in 1924, Rafi did not have much education. It was confined to reading and writing in Urdu in Persian script. A little bit of multiplication, and his education was over. In leisure time, Rafi would take his and friends’ cattles for grazing- singing songs all the day.

Rafi did not have exposure to Radio until the beginning of Lahore Radio station in 1937. Of course wealthy people had their gramophones and he would listen to Indubala and Kamla Jharia songs coming from the Havelis and in the Bazaar area. Rafi sang many folk songs.

His father decided to shift to Lahore- 50 miles away, for better earning. Like most Amritsaris, he too was an expert in cooking. He opened a Dhaba and soon started to do well. Later on he called Rafi to Lahore in 1941. Rafi got a job in a Hair cutting saloon. Whole day he would do people’s shaving, while singing songs. His customers were happy. One day, Programme Director of Lahore A.I.R. Mr. Jeewan lal Mattoo was passing by and he heard Rafi’s singing. Impressed with his enchanting voice, sweetness,range and tonal quality, he shocked Rafi with his offer. Rafi gave his audition next day and passed with flying colours.

From March 1943, Mohhd.Rafi became a Radio singer, at 35 rupees per song. ( six months later Surinder kaur also joined Lahore Radio).

After hearing his voice on Radio, Music Director Shyam Sunder called him to sing in his Punjabi film ” Gul Baloch”. Before coming to Lahore, Rafi was married to his cousin, but his Father in law had told him that his wife will join him only after he starts earning decently. Even after that single song in a film, Rafi continued his shaving job in the saloon. Meanwhile Mr. Mattoo helped him to learn classical music. Also Master Inayat Hussain gave him training. Another teacher was Budh singh Taan. Noorjehan, Umrao Zia and Zeenat begum were seniors to Rafi in Lahore, but they knew each others. He took training from Bhai Samund Singh and Bhai Santa Singh of local Gurudwaras. Rafi was a saintly person and a true Namazi, doing 5 times Namaz daily.

Rafi’s wife came to him after he became a Radio artist. He had a large friend circle, who used to gather in his house. There were many Hindi and Punjabi films made in Lahore, but none of the composers thought much of Rafi as a singer. Pt. Amarnath and Ghulam Hyder liked his voice and recognised his talent. While shifting to Bombay, Ghulam Hyder invited Rafi to join him. Even from Bombay he sent him 2 calls. Finally on his second call, Rafi decided to shift to Bombay, lock stock and barrel, in 1945. In Bombay, till Jugnu-47 happened, Rafi sang a few songs in films, but he earned his living by singing in the private Mehfils of wealthy Punjabis of Bombay.

Story of Rafi after Jugnu-47 is known widely. I just wanted to highlight his less known early days, before coming to Bombay. Some of this information is adapted from an article by H.S.Aujla in Apnaorg on Internet.

Let us now enjoy this fun song from “Mast Qalander”(1955) which was filmed on Johnny walker and Noor. The Film Mast qalandar had 8 songs and today’s song is the 4th song from the movie to be discussed here. I have seen this film. All that I remember about this film is that Shyam is a very rich young man, who does nothing in life. He is like a mast qalandar. The film emphasizes the need to earn money oneself to gain and sustain self respect and social position.


Song-Mast qalandar damaa dam (Mast Qalandar)(1955) Singers-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Sonik, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Chorus
Rafi + Shamshad Begam

Lyrics

mast qalander dama dam
ham mast qalander
mast qalander dama dam
ham mast qalander

ho o o o
ho o
dekhne waalon
jeb sambhaalo
dekhne waalon
jeb sambhaalo
aa jaaye na
maal kisi ka
meri jeb ke andar
andar r aa

dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander

zamaana chain se sota
jo zaalim pet na hota
zamaana chain se sota
jo zaalim pet na hota
laga kar jaan ki baazi
main karta hoon ise raazi
inko dekh
inko jaan
kaise kaise naujawaan
meherbaan kadardaan
dekhne aaye kamaal
chhokre
chhokre
rassi nikaal
dekh zara tum kamaal
ho o
chhote bachchon
taali peeto
chhote bachchon
taali peeto
dekho insaan
pet ki khaatir
bana hua hai bandar
bandar r ha
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander

mere rustam zara badh ke
dikha de baagh pe chadh ke
mere rustam zara badh ke
dikha de baagh pe chadh ke
rahen ye dekhte saare
chale aa tod ke taare
arre mere sher babbar
kaske kamar banke nidar
pher nazar idhar udhar
jhoomta jaa
jhoomta jaa
khauf na kar
dekh tera ghar hai kidhar
dono jahaan ??
o o
o zamaana
dekhte jaana
o zamaana
dekhte jaana
paas nahin hai
naya maza hai
mere khel ke andar
andar r aa

dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander

maza lo zindagaani ka
nasha do din jawaani ka
maza lo zindagaani ka
nasha do din jawaani ka
yahaan dil ki khushi kar lo
khushi se jholiyaan bhar lo
haath ??
pair ??
rakh le kadam
sambhal sambhal
yoon na machal
be shakal(?)
sar pe falak
sar pe falak
neeche zameen
main hoon kahin
tu hai kahin
ruk ja wahin
hilna nahin
ho
ho
yahin kamaao
yahin udaao
yahin kamaao
yahin udaao
khaali haath ab gaye yahaan se
dara aur sikandar
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander
dama dam mast qalander

papapapa
de de de de de de de de
hahahaha
de de de
hahahaha

hey

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