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Chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke

Posted on: April 14, 2019


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3922 Post No. : 14987

Shamshad Begum, a name too familiar to music lovers of the golden era was born on this day 100 years ago (on 14 april 1919). Her voice, much distinct from all others had that metallic as well as melodious touch which brought her fame from all over the country.

April 14 did ring a bell, but I was not very much aware that it was her birth centenary this year. A comment from one of the regulars Partha Chanda ji on the anniversary pages was enough for me to get this post going.

As I have said earlier, the expectations of music lovers from this blog continues to grow. Music lovers are aware that probably nothing new may be written about such great artists, but they know that this is one of the few places on the internet, where legends are often celebrated and discussed. Apart from hearing these golden compositions and voices, reading about other people’s views and appreciations especially of our favourites has become an enthusiastic habit.

Since, I got to get this post really fast, I would only like to restrict my views on a composer collaboration of Shamshad Begum, which I have no hesitation in considering as the best. Shamshad Begum sang many songs for almost all the composers of her era. Her singing to a few of such composers made her songs ever more popular. So popular that to this day some of these songs are re-mixed and enjoyed by a different class of people. However, it’s my personal opinion that the very songs which made her more popular with these composers were responsible for her fading away from the playback scene. It’s because she sort of got trapped with these special group songs and the more serious songs meant for the lead actresses went to Lata. I would love to write more elaborately on this subject and my views on it some other time.

Avid music lovers can easily understand which composers I am referring to in the above para, but in this post I would like to talk about her playback for composer Naushad Ali.

I mean no discredit to other great composers like Anil Biswas, Ghulam Haider and Ghulam Mohammed etc. for whom Shamshad Begum sang some really good songs.

Naushad saab, created gold with every singer who sang for him and Shamshad Begum was no exception. Shahjehan, Dard, Anokhi Ada, Mela, Andaz, Chandni Raat, Dulari, Babul, Deedar, Jadoo, etc. stand tall in some of the best creations of Naushad’s career. And, Shamshad Begum was associated in a big way in the songs of all these films.

AK ji’s blog has very elaborate post on her songs with Naushad. Yours truly, in fact has the first comment on the post.
Talking about a few of these films, Shahjehan, the first film of the combo had very interesting numbers by Shamshad Begum. Dard was always a Suraiya, Munawar Sultana film, but Shamshad Begum carves a special place for herself with two great songs. Ye afsana nahi zaalim mere dil ki haqeeqat hai is my all time personal favourite.

Mela and Anokhi Ada will always remain special to me for the Mukesh connection. Just listen to Shamshad Begum singing …..ooooooo……. in Mohan ki muraliya baaje from Mela. I think the rendering cannot be appreciated with mere words. The effortless and elegant way with which the solo is sung makes me dumbstruck to this day.

I have fond memories of songs from Chandni Raat. During the good old cassette era, my parents and obviously I had not heard songs from this film quite too often. On a visit to Bombay, I had carried back this cassette. On playing at home, the songs from the film and especially the wonderful duets with Rafi saab became instant craze and are heard to this day.

Babul, Deedar etc, will also be remembered for the contrasting voices of Lata-Shamshad in duet songs and elegant composition by Naushad saab.
It would not be out of place or wrong to say that she was sort of side-casted in favour of Lata, but even in the latter films of Naushad whenever she rendered the odd songs or supported in duets, the class and elegance remained.

Writing about her last days in her singing career will yield nothing. The metallic and melodious voice with crystal clear diction will remain ringing in our ears for decades to come.

On her birth centenary, I pay my humble tributes to Shamshad Begum and would like to represent a song from Aadmi (1957)


Song-Chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke yaad aayi (Aadmi)(1957) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Sartaj Rahmani, MD-Ramnath
Chorus

Lyrics

Chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi

haay dil dhadka
aankh lajaai
aayi re
aayi re
aaaayi
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi

aankhon mein pyaar liye
aaye sanwariya
aaye sanwariya ji
aaye sanwariya

loot ke chale gaye
man ki nagariya
man ki nagariya
ho man ki nagariya

kaisa ye dhokha khaaya
lut gayi raam duhaai
lut gayi raam duhaai
lut gayi raam duhaai

ho o o o
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi

marzi tumhaari piya
aao na aao
aao na aao ji
aao na aao

dil ko sambhaaloon kaise
ye to bataao
ye to bataao ji
ye to bataao

kaise wo aag bujhaaoon
tumne jo aag lagaayi
tumne jo aag lagaayi
tumne jo aag lagaayi

ho o o o
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi

kaise kahoon sakhiyon se
dil pe tera raaz hai
dil pe tera raaz hai ji
dil pe tera raaz hai

jhuki jhuki ankhiyon mein
duniya ki laaj hai
duniya ki laaj hai ho
duniya ki laaj hai

bedardi tu na aaya
ho gayi preet paraayi
ho gayi preet paraayi
ho gayi preet paraayi

ho o o o
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi

haay dil dhadka
aankh lajaai
aayi re
aayi re
aaayi
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
yaad aayi
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke
chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke

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3 Responses to "Chhup chhup ke re chupke chupke"

Good start to the centenary of Shamshad begum. Thank you maheshji for the same

Thank you Maheshji for rising to the occasion in such short time and holding the flag of Atuldom flying high. Since HFM is the Mantra of our ever increasing clan in this Forum (hope some day people like Atulji and Arun Deshmukhji will be awarded the Padmashree), we should not lose sight of the various Jubilees of famous Artistes of HFM, in particular, the Centenaries. Thank you once again.

A Centenary celebration is normally carried throughout the year. Look forward to other write-ups about Shamshad (=Grace, in Persian). True to her name , she lived with “grace” , and faded away with grace. Her motto in life was Kabir’s famous principle : ” Na Kaahu sang dosti , na kaahu sang bair “.

How she migrated from Lahore to Bombay is in itself a story. Renowned film maker MEHBOOB KHAN was making “Taqdeer” in 1943 and wanted to sign on this new talent . In Shamshad’s own words :

“He told his secretary to take my bookings. The Secretary replied , ‘Saahab yeh artist book nahi hoti’ . He asked him the reason for that. The secretary told him that the singer’s possessive father doesn’t reply and doesn’t let her leave Lahore. Mehboob Sahab would not be deterred and he came all the way to Lahore to convince my father. It was a really big thing that one of the biggest Producer-Directors ever came there to get a new singer to sing for his ambitious movie! He told my father, ‘Yeh abhi chhoti hai. Bologe baith jaao to baith jaayegi, jo kahoge maan legi. Aapne usse kuen ka mendhak banaya hua hai. Woh to samundar ki machhli hai. Samundar mein daaloge to wahaan bhi tairegi. Aap isse ijaazat nahi denge to jab yeh badi hogi to aapko apna career na aage badhne ke liye zimmedaar maanegi ‘. My father understood his point and gave permission. Mehboob Sahab promised to arrange for a house, car and servant for me which he did. I was offered Rs 300 per song for the movie. I came to Bombay “.

Let us celebrate her Birth Centenary with this song from TAQDEER (Nargis’ first film as a Heroine). Music was by Rafique Ghaznavi :

[ This song has perhaps not yet been covered by Atulji. If someone who is paying attention to the Lyrics is scandalised by the fact that while she is willing to pay Rs.10 to the Kotwal, she is willing to give her “balaa joban” to the Firangee (perhaps implying the Jailor) to free her husband, we must not forget that this was 1943 with the Firangees still in power ].

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

Mahesh ji,
Thanks for the first Shamshad Begum centenary post on ASAD.
Much of what I followed in HFM belongs post 1950.Hence I have had less exposure to her golden/peak period ( prior to 1950.)

Thanks to ASAD i could listen to many for the first time :))..

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