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Guzra Hua Ulfat Ka Zamaana

Posted on: June 21, 2017


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.

This post is 501st post by Sadanand Ji. Due to a tagging error, we all missed the event of 500th post by him (his previous post).

In the early part of the golden era of Hindi film music, there were many films which were box office disasters. These films got released but vanished from the theatres quickly. These films also got ‘erased’ from the memories of the film audience of that time except those who had interest in Hindi film history. Some of such obscure films had the treasures of melodious songs.

If I confine myself to the first half of 1950, I get quite a good numbers such obscure films having melodious songs. Some of such films were ‘Adaa’ (1951, Madan Mohan), ‘Malati Madhav’ (1951, Sudhir Phadke), ‘Ghunghroo’ (1952, C Ramchandra), ‘Nirmohi’ (1952, Madan Mohan), ‘Raag Rang’ (1952, Roshan), ‘Baaghi’ (1953, Madan Mohan), ‘Fareb’ (1953, Anil Biswas), ‘Jhaanjhar’ (1953, C Ramchandra), ‘Chor Baazar’ (1954, Sardar Malik), ‘Naaz’ (1954, Anil Biswas), ‘Rishta’ (1954, K Datta), ‘Garam Coat’ (1955, Amarnath Chawla), ‘Madhur Milan’ (1955, Bulo C Rani) etc. The list is not exhaustive.

These obscure films of early 1950s had the adverse impact on the careers of some of the music directors for no faults of theirs. The then upcoming music directors like Madan Mohan and Roshan had to struggle hard to establish themselves in the film industry. Like-wise, the already established music directors like Anil Biswas and Bulo C Rani had difficulties in retaining their positions in the film industry.

‘Maan’ (1954) was one such film which had very melodious songs from the baton of Anil Biswas. The film was directed by Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri, a well-known lyricist, and screen play/dialogue writers of 1930s and 40s. This was his second and the last directorial venture, the first being ‘Bhook’ (1947). The star cast included Ajit, Chitra, Gajanan Jagirdar, Durga Khote, M Kumar, Achala Sachdev, Kamlesh Kumari, Yashodara Katju, Chandabai etc. The film belongs to the costume drama genre.

Dr.Safdar Aah Sitapuri was a Urdu laureate. He started his career in the Hindi film industry sometime in 1930s, probably with Mohan Pictures. He worked with Anil Biswas for the first time in ‘Comrades’ (1939) made under the banner of Sagar Movietone followed by ‘Alibaba’ (1940) and ‘Aurat’ (1940).

When Sagar Movietone was merged with General Films and renamed as National Studios in 1940, Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri and Anil Biswas shifted to this banner. Under National Studio Banner, Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri worked with Anil Biswas in films like ‘Aasra’ (1941), ‘Bahen’ (1941), ‘Nai Roshni’ (1941), ‘Roti’ (1942) etc. After Anil Biswas joined Bombay Talkies in 1942, he had to work with lyricists which were already in the pay roll with the banner. So he had no chance of working with Dr Safdar Sitapuri in Bombay Talkies but worked with lyricists Pt. Narendra Sharma and Kavi Pradeep among others.

After a gap of about 3 years, Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri got the opportunity to work with Anil Biswas for the film ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945) in which he wrote, among other songs, “Dil Jaltaa Hai To Jalne De” and Mukesh sang from his heart to make the song an iconic one. Thereafter Dr.Safdar Aah Sitapuri had worked with Anil Biswas in films like ‘Laadli’ (1949), ‘Laajawaab’ (1950), ‘Badi Bahu’ (1951), ‘Naaz’ (1954) and ‘Maan’ (1954) which was his last film as the director and I guess, it was also his last film as a lyricist.

The information on the internet indicates that Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri returned to his teaching profession sometime in the later 50s though it appears that he was involved with writing screen-play and dialogues for ‘Son Of India’ (1962). Post-retirement from the film industry, Dr, Safdar Aah Sitapuri wrote books like ‘Amir Khusro Bhaisiyat Hindi Shaayar’, ‘Rubiyaat-e-Zamzama’, ‘Tulsidas Aur Ramcharitmanas’. I came to know through internet a few years back that he was also a guide for students doing Ph.d in Urdu literature.

Coming back to Anil Biswas, I personally feel that after Lata Mangeshkar started singing for him from ‘Anokha Pyaar’ (1948) onwards, his song compositions attained a higher level of melody than what was earlier. For example, I find his song compositions in the film ‘Anokha Pyaar’ (1948) in which Lata Mangeshkar sang for him for the first time, superior to those in ‘Veena’ (1948) in which Lata Mangeshkar had no songs. Incidentally, stories of both these films revolved around love triangles.

I recall reading few years back that when Sardul Kwatra, the music director was asked as to how his compositions are so beautiful. His reply was that he got inspiration from the singers themselves to compose the beautiful songs. I think, Anil Biswas could compose some of the best soulful songs for Lata Mangeshkar because of her voice and the faster pick up of nuances of song compositions. This quality of her could inspire anyone to compose the songs for her better than their best.

Today, I am presenting one of the soulful songs ‘Guzraa Hua Ulfat Ka Zamaana Yaad Karke Royenge’ from the film ‘Maan’ (1954). The song is rendered by Lata Mangeshkar on the words of Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri.


Song – Guzra Hua Ulfat Ka Zamaana (Maan) (1954) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Safdar ‘Aah’ Sitapuri, MD – Anil Biswas

Lyrics

guzraa hua ulfat kaa zamaana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge
apni kahaani apna fasaana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge
guzraa huwa ulfat kaa zamaana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge

jab saawan ki mast ghataayen
dhoom machaati aayengi ee
jab saawan ki mast ghataayen
dhoom machaati aayengi  ee
jab koyal ki meethi taanen
kaanon mein bas jaayengi
ham ik bhoola hua taraana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge

kabhi kabhi jab tumko apne
dil kaa dard sunaate thhe
kabhi kabhi
kabhi kabhi jab tumko apne
dil kaa dard sunaate thhe
pyaar se dhaadas dekar saajan
hamko gale lagaate thhe
wahi pyaar se gale lagaana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge
guzraa hua ulfat kaa zamaana
yaad karke royenge
yaad karke royenge
———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

गुज़रा हुआ उल्फ़त का ज़माना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे
अपनी कहानी अपना फसाना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे
गुज़रा हुआ उल्फ़त का ज़माना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे

जब सावन की मस्त घटाएँ
धूम मचाती आएंगी
जब सावन की मस्त घटाएँ
धूम मचाती आएंगी
जब कोयल की मीठी तानें
कानों में बस जाएंगी
हम इक भुला हुआ तराना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे

कभी कभी जब तुमको
अपने दिल का दर्द सुनाते थे
कभी कभी
कभी कभी जब तुमको
अपने दिल का दर्द सुनाते थे
प्यार से ढाढ़स दे कर साजन
हमको गले लगाते थे
वही प्यार से गले लगाना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे
गुज़रा हुआ उल्फ़त का ज़माना
याद करके रोएँगे
याद करके रोएँगे

 

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22 Responses to "Guzra Hua Ulfat Ka Zamaana"

Heartiest Congratulations Kamath Sir on achieving 500 and this 501st post on the blog…
Due to limited resources I too missed the calculations, otherwise I was eagerly waiting for your 500th post.

Thanks Avinash ji.

Dear Sadanand ji,

Heartiest congratulations for hitting 500 mark.

What an innings. Your effort to bring out the obscure melodies of 1940s is just exemplary. I really appreciate your effort to bring out buried information from film magazines and, also to bring out rare photographs of that era. Your articles are so full of new information, about the artists and also about the film itself.

And also, apologies that we missed the actual 500th milestone celebration, on account of a slight tagging error on the blog. That has now been set right. 🙂

Wishing you many more such centuries of posts here.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks for your appreciation and the help whenever I needed in terms of additional information, audio clips of the songs and sometime even post-uploading of the articles.

I was not sure of the numbers of my articles on the right hand side of the home page as I was under the impression that those numbers were manually updated. Now I know that the tags make the numbers automatically updated.

Congratulations on completing 500 posts here. They are always an edifying read.

Thanks Ava ji for your appreciation.

Sadanand ji,
Congratulations for crossing the 500 mark.
Your articles are important because you bring out the information of the 40s once again, for the benefit of younger readers, who were not exposed to those times, like we people.
Much of the information is available on the Internet, but only the person who is genuinely interested would find it out, trace it,dig it, recover it and then use it so that others benefit. For this, our heartfelt thanks to you.
There is a lot to be learnt from writers like you.
I wish you many more hundreds, so that we continue enjoying fruits of your toil in the excavation field.
Thanks and congratulations once again.
-AD

Arun ji,

Your unstinting appreciations of work not only of me but also of Atulites in general are tonic for our next hundreds.

Arun ji,

I could not find online any songs of ‘Mahatma Kabir’ (1954) accredited to Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri. In the list of films with songs of Anil Biswas given in the PDF format in giitayan.com, I could see two songs which have jointly been accredited to ‘Safdar Aah Ehsan (Rizvi).

In any case, ‘Maan’ (1954) may not be the last film of Safdar Aah Sitapuri as lyricist as he had one song in ‘Naaz’ (1954). Apparently, this film may have been released later than ‘Maan’ (1954.

Sadanand ji,
By the way, as per the HFGK, Dr. Safdar last wrote lyrics for film Mahatma kabir-54.
Maan-54 was censored on 25-1-54 whereas Mahatma Kabir was censored on 11-12-54, so that becomes it his last film.
-AD

correction for last line in above comment…….so that makes it his last film.

Sadanand ji

Congratulations, I always enjoy reading your posts and discuss(with my mother) about the amount of research work you are doing to write those posts……Thanks a lot for everything you are doing to us through your posts,songs etc etc etc…….

Regards
Prakash

Prakashchandra ji,

Thanks for the appreciation. I feel honoured that you discuss my posts with your mother. Convey my best regards to your mother.

Sure Sir, Thank you for your kind words

Praksh

The following text is NOT written by ME but I 1000 and 1 percent MEAN it. If Arunbhai had coy-righted his comments I would be eating FREE food somewhere away from my home. But since I am at MY home, Arunbhai is gracious.
Sadanand ji,
Congratulations for crossing the 500 mark.
Your articles are important because you bring out the information of the 40s once again, for the benefit of younger readers, who were not exposed to those times, like we people.
Much of the information is available on the Internet, but only the person who is genuinely interested would find it out, trace it,dig it, recover it and then use it so that others benefit. For this, our heartfelt thanks to you.
There is a lot to be learnt from writers like you.
I wish you many more hundreds, so that we continue enjoying fruits of your toil in the excavation field.
Thanks and congratulations once again.

Thanks, Bharatbhai.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ,
Sadanandji !

D Samant

Thanks, Samant ji.

Congratulations, Sadanandji.
I enjoy reading your posts because they are always a revelation for me. 🙂 They’re well-researched, well-written and the songs (almost always songs that I’ve never heard before! :-)) are wonderful to listen to.
Here’s to the next 500!

Raja ji,

Thanks for your appreciation.

Sadanandji
Please accept my congratulations on your accomplishment of 501 posts. It reminds me of the 501 that we gift at religious occasions . Ur 501 is a gift for us.
I am sorry I am a nobody about music of the 40s. It is like “bandar kya kaanke adrak ka swaad.” So I will not comment on it.

Thanks, Peevesie’s Mom.

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