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Tum Naacho Ras Barse

Posted on: August 27, 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.

In my family and friend circles, there are some musically inclined persons who are fond of Hindi film songs. Among them, I can find fans of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Talat Mehmood etc as playback singers. But I have yet to come across within my same circles anyone who claims to be a fan of Mahendra Kapoor.

Actually, I do not like to use the word ‘fan’ in this context as the word gives me an impression of a fanatic – a term that has a negative connotation. Hence, I generally like to use the word ‘admirer’ instead of ‘fan’.

Even among Atulites, I can notice that there are admirers of Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Suman Kalyanpur etc. I can covertly feel that there are admirers of Khursheed Bano, Ameerbai Karnataki, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt and Talat Mehmood etc. But I am not sure whether there is any one who can be called an admirer of Mahendra Kapoor as a playback singer in the same sense as an admirer of say Mohammed Rafi.

Even our Blog seems to have side-lined Mahendra Kapoor vis-s-vis other playback singers. Please look at the table of comparative positions given below:

Male Singers Total Hindi film songs recorded in the career Songs covered in the Blog Percentage of coverage (%)
Mukesh 932 739 79.29
Talat Mehmood 450 348 77.33
Mohammed Rafi 4845 2599 53.64
Kishore Kumar 2709 974 35.95
Manna Dey 1344 423 31.47
Mahendra Kapoor 1263 259 20.51

It would be observed from the above table that Mahendra Kapoor ranks lowest both in terms of number of songs covered as well as in terms of the percentage coverage in the Blog.

Incidentally, I find myself in a piquant situation. I think I may have covered only a couple of songs of Mahendra Kapoor in my 400 and odd articles that were posted in the Blog. There is a reason for it. I cover the songs mostly of the films of 1930s to 1950s in my posts. Now, I have to make amends to rectify this situation.

The question still remains unanswered why Mahendra Kapoor generates less interest among music lovers as a playback singer as compared with other main playback singers of his time among the Hindi film music lovers. I have not come across any critical remarks on his quality of singing. The reasons may have to be something different. I have attempted to find the reasons:

1. Mahendra Kapoor started his playback singing career with the film ‘Madmast’ (1953). But it was only from the late 50s that his playback singing career really started looking up, mainly due to some fortuitous circumstances. For the reasons best known to him, B R Chopra preferred him over Mohammed Rafi as the main playback singer in the films he produced during 1959-1980 with some exceptions. In the 60s and 70s, Mahendra Kapoor was Manoj Kumar’s preferred playback singer.

2. Sometime in mid-60s, when Lata Mangeshkar refused to sing with Mohammed Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor was one of the alternative playback singers considered for duets with Lata Mangeshkar. During 1966-68, O P Nayyar stopped engaging Mohammed Rafi due to some misunderstanding and most such songs went to Mahendra Kapoor.

In short, the rise of Mahendra Kapoor as a playback singer came mostly by way of being considered as an alternative to Mohammed Rafi (some time called ‘poor man’s Rafi) and not on his own identity as a different type of a singer. On the other hand, playback singers like Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Kishore Kumar had created their own niche for themselves thanks to the uniqueness of their voices.

3. Mahendra Kapoor’ s playback singing career spanned nearly 5 decades during which he recorded more than 1200 Hindi film songs. His songs especially from the films of BR Chopra with Sahir Ludhianvi as lyricist and his patriotic songs in Manoj Kumar’s films were very popular. But those did not come near to the popular hit songs churned out by his main contemporaries. This fact can be confirmed from Binaca Geetamala’s annual listings. Mahendra Kapoor’s popular songs never came within the top 5 songs of Binaca Geetmala’s yearly lists.

The net effect of the factors mentioned above was that despite singing more than 1200 Hindi film songs, Mahendra Kapoor remained an under-rated playback singer. But this does not mean that Mahendra Kapoor had no admirers. What I talked about the absence of his admirers is within my own circle of family and friends as well as within Atulites.

Mahendra Kapoor has many popular songs to his credit which are still remembered today. But I have a different list of his songs which I relish the most. Sometime I feel that if some of these type of songs were to become popular or sustain the popularity, probably, he would have carved out his own identity in terms of a different style of playback singing. Let me give a sample of such songs:

rafta rafta wo hamaare dil ke armaan – Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahen Hain (1966,
jigar mein dard kaisa – Apna Ghar Apni Kahaani (1968)
nazar nawaaz nazaaron mein kho gaya hoon main – Susheela (1966),
dil lagaakar ham ye samjhe – Zindagi Aur Muat (1965)
ga rahi hai zindagi – Aanchal (1960)

And the 6th song of my list is, in my view, the best song Mahendra Kapoor ever sang for Hindi films which I am presenting today. The song is ‘Tum Naacho Ras Barse’ from the film ‘Sati Naari’ (1965). The song is set to music in Raag Yaman Kalyan by Pt. Shivram Krishna. Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj’ penned the song in pure Hindi which is more like a short poem than the lyrics.

The film starts with this dance song and at the end of the song, Gandharva (Manahar Desai) gets infatuated with the dancer Rambha (probably, Kumari Kala as per credit titles). The lyrics in the mukhdas are indicator of what is going on in the mind of Gandharva when Rambha dances. He misbehaves with her. As a punishment, Gods send him to earth to live like a human being.

Listen to this song and one may be left wondering how this song remained uncovered in the Blog for such a long time.

Audio

Song – Tum Naacho Ras Barse (Sati Naari)(1965) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Neeraj, MD – Pt Shivramkrishna

Lyrics

namaami Brahma
namaami Vishnu
namaami Maheshwara aa aa

tum naacho ras barse
barse ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse
tum naacho ras barse

bheege ghoonghat
bheege aanchal
bheege naina
bheege kaajal
praan praan tarse ae ae ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse
tum naacho ras barse
ga re saa ni
ni re ma ga
pa ma ma re
ma pa
dha ma pa
ma re ga saa
ga re ni pa pa
ni re pa ma ma re
pa ma dha pa ni dha ma re saa

ude gandh swar disha disha mein
bhed rahe na usha nisha mein
bhuwan bhuwan sarse ae ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse
tum naacho ras barse
barse
tum naacho ras barse

ghunghroo thirke aangan aangan
runan runan nupur dhun gun gun gun
swar mridang garze
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa
aa aa aa
swar mridang garze ae ae ae ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse ae
tum naacho ras barse
barse
tum naacho ras barse

9 Responses to "Tum Naacho Ras Barse"

What a great song! It is really sad that Mahendra Kapoor did not get his due credit and some of his best songs go unnoticed even today. But there is no denying the fact that he was a great singer in his own right. Perhaps he plied his trade in the wrong era when Rafi sahab was in full swing. And when that happens even talented singers like Mahendra Kapoor had to suffer.

Thanks for uncovering this priceless gem Sadanand Kamath ji.

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Great lyrics and music. Pt. Shivramkrishna was a good music director but did not choose the best singer. Manna da or Rafi Saab would have worked wonders with this song

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‘Pass’ from me (Should have meant ‘failed’)
If I start writing, some people will be offended, so ‘pass’ here too.

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Brutus, you too … And I thought you were MY friend!!!!

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My rain drops are round not SQUARE.
tum naa CHORAS barse? He he…..

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His voice was pahadi but pahadi sangeet is soft and mellifluous which was lacking in him.

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It’s difficult for me not to think of Ravi and his contribution to Mahendra Kapoor’s career through at least 25 of the movies from 1960 (Ghunghat) to 1987 (Awaam) with many hit songs in these movies. Sahir’s compositions in Gumrah (1963) and Waqt (1965) stand out amongst those to me.

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Sir, many thanks for presenting this song here. I was longing to see it on the blog (since I had sent it to Atul ji on 12.10.2013). I like this song very much. While sending the mail then I mention this “Yesterday when i was browsing for songs i was surprised to note that this song is yet to be posted. I had this in my collection of classical songs from films (recorded in 1986) “,
I like songs sung by Mahendra Kapoor especially all those from BR films and patriotic songs and other songs too. I think I have shared good number of his songs, some posted and others that are yet to make on the blog.
Thanks again !!

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