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Jaata kahaan hai parwaane

Posted on: August 1, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

It is a well-known fact that the singing career of Suman Kalyanpur in Hindi film industry remained under the shadow of Lata Mangeshkar mainly because many in the Hindi film industry felt that her voice was too close to that of Lata Mangeshkar. When Suman Kalyanpur started her playback singing career in 1954, Lata Mangeshkar was already well established in Hindi films. When the choice came for the music directors between the two, producers and/or distributors would pressurize music directors to engage Lata Mangeshkar as her songs were more saleable than that of the new comers. There could be some other reasons also which stunted her career path.

Under the circumstances, Suman Kalyanpur used to be called upon to sing mostly when Lata Mangeshkar was not available for song recording. For instance, Suman Kalyanpur sang a number of duets with Mohammed Rafi when Lata Mangeshkar was not singing with him during some part of the 60s. Also, some producers, especially of B grade films, who worked on a tight budget seem to prefer Suman Kalyanpur and other female playback singers over Lata Mangeshkar on the monetary consideration.

I recall having read her interview about 3-4 years back in which Suman Kalyanpur revealed that after her marriage, she could not pursue the playback singing career as a full time profession due to some restrictions arising out of staying in a joint family. Hence, the family responsibilities and expectations took primacy over her professional carrier.

In my younger days, I had often heard in discussions with my friends that Suman Kalyanpur was not as versatile a singer as Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhonsle who could sing any genre of songs. Having now known Suman Kalyanpur’s career background, I can say that she did not get enough opportunities to show her versatility as a singer when she was perforce considered as an alternate to Lata Mangeshkar in most of her playback singing career. Nonetheless, her playback singing career in Hindi films is not that unimpressive when we consider the playback singing career of one of her contemporaries, Sudha Malhotra (around 250 songs) who started her career about 4 years earlier than Suman Kalyanpur (750+ songs).

I am presenting one of Suman Kalyanpur’s rare and an unusual song which made me to believe that if she was given an opportunity, she would have proved her versatility in her singing. The song is ‘jaata kahaan hai parwaane’ from an obscure film MR. Q (1958). The song is written by Shyam Sarhadi which is set to music by Manohar Arora.

I heard the name of the film for the first time. The film was produced under the banner of Young Technicians Unit and was directed by K Parvez. The star cast included Amarnath, Naazi, Sheikh Mukhtar, Kumud Tripathi, Bhagwan, Heera Sawant, Tun Tun, Nazir Kashmiri, Yusuf Azad etc. There were 6 songs in the film penned by 4 lyricists – Akhtar Romani (3), Asad Bhopali (1), Shyam Sarhadi (1) and Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri (1). All the songs were set to music by Monohar Arora.

The song appears to be influenced by jaata kahaan hai deewaane from CID (1956). Even the orchestration of the song has O P Nayyar ‘trade mark’. Nonetheless, it is a pleasure to listen, what is probably a club song, in Suman Kalyanpur’s voice.

With this song, ‘Mr. Q’ (1958) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Jaata kahaan hai parwaane (Mr Q)(1958) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Shyam Sarhadi, MD-Manohar Arora

Lyrics

aa haa haaa
o ho ho
o ho ho
o ho ho
la la laa
la la laa
la la la
la laa..laa

jaata kahaan hai parwaane
jalti shama ko chhod kar
lagti hai lau timtimaane
parwaane aaja na jaa
aa aa aaa
jaata kahaan hai parwaane
jalti shama ko chhod kar
lagti hai lau timtimaane
parwaane aaja na jaa
aa aa aaa

nazar se nazar mila bekhabar
kal ki kise hai khabar
nazar se nazar mila bekhabar
kal ki kise hai khabar
dekhi kahaan toone duniya deewaani
dekhi kahaan toone duniya deewaani
aa jaa dikha doon tujhe
aa aa aaa
jaata kahaan hai parwaane
jalti shama ko chhod kar
lagti hai lau timtimaane
parwaane aaja na jaa
aa aa aaa

meri khataa kya hai bataa
kyun mujhse tu hai khafaa
meri khataa kya hai bataa
kyun mujhse tu hai khafaa
teri adaa aur ye jhoothe bahaane
teri adaa aur ye jhoothe bahaane
achhi nahin bewafaa
aa aa aaa
jaata kahaan hai parwaane
jalti shama ko chhod kar
lagti hai lau timtimaane
parwaane aaja na jaa
aa aa aaa
jaata kahaan hai parwaane
jalti shama ko chhod kar
lagti hai lau timtimaane
parwaane aaja na jaa
aa aa aaa

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2 Responses to "Jaata kahaan hai parwaane"

This song is very Geeta Duttish. Shows how good Suman Kalyanpur was.

Sadanandji,
A good find. I was not aware of the song(puchhiye mat Q)
There was a good qawwali by Yusuf Azad.
Manohar Arora also scored in Raees-1948
Please confirm whether Shyam Sarhadi has penned in other movies.

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