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Chal aisi jagah ae dil

Posted on: July 3, 2020


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 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.

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Hindi songs in Bangla Films – 33
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Music Directors, Ravi (Ravi Shankar Sharma) and Hemant Kumar (Hemant Mukherjee or Hemant Mukhopadhyay as he is known in Bangla films industry) had an interesting and collaborative partnership in the 1950s. As revealed in his multiple TV interviews, Ravi came to Mumbai in 1950 to become a playback singer. He started as a chorus singer and his first song as a chorus singer was for zara jhoom le jawaani ka zamaana in ‘Naujawaan’ (1951).

Hemant Kumar got his first Hindi film assignment as a music director in Filmistan’s ‘Anand Math’ (1952) in which Ravi got a chance as a chorus singer for the song vande maataram. Hemant Kumar seems to have found Ravi as a knowledgeable and resourceful person having good command over Hindi and Urdu, the latter being the weak points for Hemant Kumar. So, he appointed Ravi as his Music Assistant. What I have gathered from the TV interviews is that Ravi had become Hemant Kumar’s man Friday. Whenever Hemant Kumar found some ‘musical resources gap’, it was Ravi who would step in to fill the gaps – be as a musician, lyricist and singer and apprising him of the nuances of Hindi and Urdu words in lyrics.

One of the best collaborative efforts of Hemant Kumar with Ravi as his Assistant Music Director was in ‘Naagin’ (1954). All the songs of the films were super hit and Hemant Kumar won Filmfare’s Best Music Director’s Award for the film. In one of the film’s songs, Hemant Kumar did not want to use the Been as an instrument but he wanted the sound of the Been. Ravi came forward to compose the Been music on Harmonium which was played on Clavioline (a keyboard music instrument) by Kalyanji to produce Been like sound. The Been music was created on the tune of mera dil ye pukaare aaja and used in mann doley mera tann doley. The songs with Been music became so famous that HMV came out with a gramophone record covering only the Been music for which Ravi was given credit for composing the Been music.

Hemant Kumar was very much inspired by an East Bengal folk song ‘Allah megh de paani de chhaaya de tui’ which was made very popular by S D Burman when he sang this song in Jodhpur Music Festival held sometime in mid-1940s. Hemant Kumar wanted to use this folk tune in one of the songs of ‘Naagin’ (1954). But Ravi did not want the song to sound like folk tune. So, he played a variation of the mukhda tune on his harmonium based on the folk tune which Hemant Kumar liked and incorporated in the song chhod de patang meri chhod de. Only listeners of Hindi film songs with keen ears could have made out that this song was based on a folk song referred to above. At least, I can say for myself that I did not realise this fact until Ravi himself had revealed this in one of his TV interviews, despite the fact that I was aware of allah megh de paani de used in ‘Guide’ (1965) by S D Burman and I also knew that it was partially used in de de pyaar de pyaar de pyaar de re by Bappi Lahiri.

One more instance where Ravi came as a filler for Hemant Kumar’s muscian was on the day of the recording of the song na ye chaand hoga na taare rahenge for ‘Shart’ (1954). The musician playing the Clavioline did not turn up for recording. Since it was the main instrument to be used for prelude and interludes, Hemant Kumar decided to cancel the recording. But Ravi stepped in and offer to play the Clavioline. Thus, the song recording was completed as per schedule with Ravi playing the Clavioline.

During his association with Hemant Kumar, Ravi also stepped in as one-song lyricist in ‘Bandish’ (1955), ‘Arab Ka Saudagar’ (1956), Hamaara Watan’ (1956) and ‘Bandi’ (1957). Ravi as an Assistant Music Director also sang under Hemant Kumar in ‘Daaku Ki Ladki’ (1954), ‘Bahu’ (1955), ‘Lagan’ (1955), ‘Arab Ka Saudagar’ (1956), ‘Laalten’ (1956) and ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1957).

Ravi worked with Hemant Kumar as Assistant Music Director in 22 films during 1954-57 which included ‘Shart’ (1954), ‘Jaagriti’ (1954), ‘Naagin’ (1954), ‘Bahu’ (1955), ‘Bandish’ (1955), ‘Inspector’ (1956), ‘Ek Hi Raasta’ (1956), ‘Durgesh Nadini’ (1956), ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1957), ‘Ek Jhalak’ (1957), ‘Champakali’ (1957) etc. During this period, Ravi also got assignments as an independent music director in ‘Vachan’ (1955). ‘Albeli’ (1955), ‘Prabhu Ki Maya’ (1955), ‘Ayodhyapati’ (1956), ‘Ek Saal’ (1957) and ‘Narsi Bhagat’ (1957).

The association of Hemant Kumar and Ravi ended sometime in 1957, when the former advised Ravi to look for independent assignments as a music director. Hemant Kumar he felt that working with him as Assistant Music Director for a long time would restrict his musical career. Though Ravi was not keen to leave his association with Hemant Kumar, he saw logic in his mentor’s advice and parted his fruitful association with him. However, Ravi did not have to struggle to get his independent assignments as three of the production banners – Devendra Goel, S D Narang and Nadiadwala with whom he had worked as Assistant Music Director for Hemant Kumar, engaged him as music director for their films. After the success of his music in ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ (1960), Ravi never looked back in his musical journey. Before and after parting of their association, as per my counting, Hemant Kumar sang least 22 songs under the music direction of Ravi.

Hemant Kumar and Ravi also collaborated in a Bangla movie, ‘Shesh Parichaya’ (1957), where Ravi was associated as a lyricist for two Hindi songs in the film. These two songs are ‘chal aisi jagah ae dil’ and ‘jhoom jhoom kar gaa le’, both rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. Unfortunately, the film is not available for viewing online on any of the video sharing platforms. I do not have any idea about the story of the film. Whether the film ‘Shesh Parichaya’ (1957) has any connection with a novella of the same title written by Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay is difficult to guess. The only available information on-line is that the film was directed by Sushil Majumdar and Basanta Chaudhury, Sabitri Chatterjee and Chhabi Biswas acted in the film. Hemant Kumar was the music director.

I am presenting first of the two Hindi songs from “Shesh Paricay”, viz. ‘chal aisi jagah le chal’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song reminds me of chali jaa chali jaa chali jaa from ‘Ham Log’ (1951).

Audio Clip:

Song-Chal aisi jagah ae dil (Shesh Parichay)((Bangla)(1957) Singer-Lata, Ravi, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

chal aisi jagah ae dil
jahaan zulm-o-sitam na ho
jahaan chain miley tujhko
chal aisi jagah ae dil
jahaan zulm-o-sitam na ho
jahaan chain miley tujhko
chal aisi jagah ae dil

bedard hai zamaana
tera saath kaun dega
tere gham ki daastaan ko…o
koi nahin sunega
bedard hai zamaana
tera saath kaun dega
tere gham ki daastaan ko..o
koi nahin sunega
seene mein daba le tu
iss gham ke fasaane ko
kehna na zamaane ko
chal aisi jagah ae dil

duniya ne aaj tujhse
badlin hai jab nighaahen
tu bhi zara badal de ae
ye zindagi ki raahen
duniya ne aaj tujhse
badlin hain jab nighaahen
tu bhi zara badal de ae
ye zindagi ki raahen
taqdeer bani dushman
jab tere mitaane ko
ghar tera jalaane ko
chal aisi jagah ae dil
jahaan zulm-o-sitam na ho
jahaan chain miley tujhko
chal aisi jagah ae dil

4 Responses to "Chal aisi jagah ae dil"

Dear Sadanand ji,

Even from my sick bed, I could not resist the temptation of commenting on your excellent Post – a superb writeup!

Re: Ravi, I have read somewhere that he was thoroughly disappointed with the Film Industry and was on the verge of returning to his home town, when he was spotted by Hemant Kumar.

As you must be knowing, the song “Allah Megh De” is a traditional folk song of undivided Bengal and the earliest recording is by ABBASUDDIN AHMED (1901-1959), sometime in the early ’40s. The words are attributed to one JALALUDDIN. It is a “Jari” song, praying for rain and the diction is the language of East Bengal, known as “Bangaal Bhasha” :

As far as Sarat Babu is concerned, he wrote “Shesh Prashna” and “Shesher Parichay”. But none of these stories were made into films. The screenshot of the Poster of the Film reveals that the story and the bangla songs were written by one BIMAL CHANDRA GHOSH.

With warmest regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha Chanda ji,
Thank you very much for your valuable comments and inputs. I wish you a speedy recovery from your indisposition.

You may be correct about Ravi’s dillusion with Bollywood when, for the first two years, he was not progressing beyond singing in chorus. HIs association with Hemant Kumar gave him the push not as a singer but as a music director. I felt that the role of Ravi for Hemant Kumar was comparable to that of Ghulam Mohammed for Naushad. The difference is that Ravi progressed much faster as a music director than Ghulam Mohammed.

Yes, I was aware that ‘Allah megh de paani de…..’ was first sung by Abbasuddin Ahmed, But I gathered from the interviews of one of the sons of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee that it was S D Burman who made it popular by singing in concerts and private musical soirees. In one of the concerts, in which S D Burman sang this folk song, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee played Tabla and Pandit Pannalal Ghosh played flute.

Thanks for clarifying that the story of Sharatchandra’s ‘Shesh Parichaya’ has nothing to do with the story of Bangla film ‘Shesh Parichaya (1957).

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Sadanand Ji, thoroughly enjoyed the write up. It was a revelation to me about the versatility of Ravi ( Lyricist, singer apart from being a MD).
This song is very appealing with well written lyrics.
It was a pleasant surprise to know/find that “Chod de patang…” ( a song i liked very much) from ‘Nagin’ was a minor variant of ‘Alla megh de’ which I first heard in ‘Guide’

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Satish ji,
Thanks for your appreciation.

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