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Kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein

Posted on: January 27, 2017


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.

NAGAD NARAYAN (1943) was produced in Hindi and Marathi by Baburao Pendharkar under the banner of New Huns Pictures. The Marathi title of the film was ‘Paisa Bolto Aahe’ (1943). Both the versions of the films were directed by Vishram Bedekar. The star cast in Hindi version included Leela Desai, Baburao Pendharkar, Kusum Deshpande, Nayampalli, Masood, Pratima Devi, Shakir etc.

The story of the film was an allegory about the social and economic conditions in undivided India in the background of World War-II. The gist of the story of the film sourced from Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema is as under:

Bapuji is an agent for the Rangoon Oil Company. During the war period, he has made money through black marketing of the products. But his daughter Vidya (Leela Desai) believes in her father’s honesty.

Vidya meets a young man whom she dislikes as she believes that he does not seem to be from her own social class. But the man turns out to be Lalnath (Baburao Pendharkar), one of the directors of the Rangoon Oil Company. When Japanese attack Pearl Harbour, Bapuji seizes the opportunity to make quick money. Lalnath orders inquiry into Bapuji’s accounts. However, rest of the directors of the Company opposes Lalnath’s action and start doubting his honesty. He is sacked as director of the Rangoon Oil Company.

Eventually, rest of the directors are driven out of the country by the invading Japanese. Ultimately the truth is out and Lalnath proves his honesty. Vidya falls in love with Lalnath.

Both the versions of the films flopped at the box office. The production company, New Huns Pictures was financially in dire straits. Their next film ‘Draupadi’ (1944) which was directed by Baburao Patel of ‘Filmindia’ also flopped at the box office resulting in the closure of New Huns Pictures.

NAGAD NARAYAN (1943) had 8 songs written by Bekal (6), Munshi Dil (1) and and Shamim(1) which were set to music by Shridhar Parsekar. Not much is heard about Shridhar Parsekar in Hindi film industry as he did only 5 Hindi films as a music director. His four other Hindi films were ‘Mahakavi Kalidas’ (1944), ‘Meri Amanat’ (1947), ‘Andhon Ka Sahaara’ (1948) and ‘Gokul Ka Raja’ (1954).

Many may not be aware that Shridhar Parsekar (1920-1964) from Parse village in Goa was an accomplished Hindustani classical violinist who had participated in the jugalbandi concerts with stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar (Sitar) and Ustad Vilayat Khan (Sitar). In the late 30s, he was a staff artist of All India Radio, Bombay (Mumbai) and Ustad All Rakha was his colleague. In these jugalbandis, Ustad Allah Rakha used to accompany them on tabla. It is said that in his violin playing, there were glimpses of Ustad Bismillah Khan’s shehnai, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s Sarod, Bandu Khan’s Sarangi, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan’s sitar. He was also a good singer.

In the 1940s, he was so much busy with concerts all over India that he had no time for films. He was financially well off and had cars and a bungalow in Bandra. But as had happened with many artists, at the peak of his career, Parsekar got addicted to alcohol so much that he used to come to concerts in inebriated state. Over a period of time, people stopped inviting him for concerts. All India Radio banned him from performing on the radio. His admirers like Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Allah Rakha and friends tried their best to help him out of his addiction to alcohol but to no avail. He had ruined his musical career to such an extent that he had become a pauper. His end was coming nearer as he suffered from cirrhosis of liver. He died in 1964 at the age of 44.

I read a long tribute on him written by Gopalkrishna Bhobe, one of his close friends and felt very sad that a talented instrumentalist who achieved an early success in the field of Hindustani classical music had been reduced to almost an unknown entity by now. His early success itself seems to have become his curse.

I am presenting the first song from this movie, a rare one, ‘kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein’ to appear on the Blog. This song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki and Khan Mastana. The song is penned by Bekal which is composed by Shridhar Parsekar.

With this ‘aankh’ song, ‘Nagad Narayan’ (1943) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein (Nagad Narayan)(1943) Singers-Amirbai Karnataki, Khan Mastana, Lyrics-Bekal, MD-Shridhar Parsekar
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Lyrics

kyun bas gayi
haan
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
pehle do thhin phir chaar huyin
pehle do thhin phir chaar huyin

jab se dekha laachaar huyin
jab se dekha laachaar huyin
jo baat huyi wo aankhon mein
jo baat huyi wo aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi
haan
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein

har baar uthhi har baar jhhuki
beemaar huyi bas aankh uthhi

har baar uthhi har baar jhuki
beemaar huyi bas aankh uthhi
kya jaadoo hai in aankhon mein
kya jaadoo hai in aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi
haan
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein

aankhon mein miley anjaam hamen
aankhen hi karen badnaam hamen

aankhon mein miley anjaam hamen
aankhen hi karen badnaam hamen
ham tumhen chhupaayen aankhon mein
ham tumhen chhupaayen aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi
haan
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein

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5 Responses to "Kyun bas gayi aankhen aankhon mein"

Sadanand ji,

I had written an article on Shridhar parsekar on this Blog here
https://atulsongaday.me/2012/12/19/ek-bholi-bhaali-gori-ne/

Also my detailed article on him is available on Anmol Fankaar under “Ek Fankaar”, for those who want to read it.

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Arun ji,

I had recently read a heart-felt tribute to Shridhar Parsekar written by one of his close friends, Gopalkrishna Bhobe. However, the link in my write-up did not show up. The link is of 5 pages and the tribute starts from page-2 and ends at page 5.

I am giving that link below:

http://www.parrikar.org/vpl/profiles/parsekar_profile.pdf

Sadanand ji,

I have seen and read it long back. I have used some of this material in my article also.
The other day I was reading Isak Mujawar’s book ( from Noorjehan to Lata) in which he narrates one incident thus, “one day Lata’s car stopped in the traffic. Out of curiosity she peeped out to see what happened. Thee was a person in tattered clothes playing a violin beautifully and people had gathered to listen to him. Some people gave him alms. She asked the driver if he knew that person. The driver replied that it was Parsekar buwa. She got down, went to Parsekar and told him to come with her. She will look after him now. On this Parsekar replied that her father had asked him to look after their family, which he could not do, so why should she look after him. If she wanted just give some money. She gave him 50 rupees and he almost ran away from there….probably to the wine shop ! “-
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Arun ji,

Now I got the explanation as to why Gopalkrishna Bhobe wrote in his tribute one line:

‘……… I saw him at Mahim, in an unspeakable condition. He was an extreme example of what alcoholism could do’.

Really sad.

What would have been his status if he was not to get addicted to alcoholism. Among many possibilities, perhaps we would have got the opportunity to watch or listen to his violin jugalbandi with Lalgudi Jayraman!

Shridhar Parsekar
Andhon Ka Sahara(1948)
Meri Amanat(1947)
Gokul Ka Raja(1954)
Any more?

Bekal
Jawab (1942)
Dulhan (1943)
Mali (1944)
Ramayani (1945)
Bhakta Prahlad(1946)
Mohini (1947)
Birhan (1948)
Chhoti Duniya(1953)

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