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Ye Haseenon Ke Mele Albele

Posted on: July 26, 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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I have carried an impression in my mind for a long time that in the 1940s, Anil Biswas rarely used full-throated playback singers like Shamshad Begum, Zeenat Begum, Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Munawwar Sultana etc. This is based on my listening many songs composed by Anil Biswas during the last about one decade. To check my ‘hypothesis’, I glanced through all the songs composed by Anil Biswas which have been tagged under his name in our Blog. In addition, I went through a couple of websites on Hindi film songs and my excel-sheets of songs for the period 1931-50, partially taken from HFGK. The main conclusions of my ad-hoc research are as under:

  1. Zeenat Begum and Munawwar Sultana did not sing for Anil Biswas though both of them had shifted to Mumbai sometime in 1944.
  2. Although Shamshad Begum had shifted to Mumbai along with the musical team of Ghulam Haider in 1942, Anil Biswas gave her chance to sing under his music direction for the first time in the film ‘Bhook’ (1947).
  3. Anil Biswas took Zohrabai Ambalewaali for the first time in the film ‘Gramophone Singer’ (1938) followed by ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’ (1938). After a gap of nearly 9 years, she got a chance to sing for him in ‘Naiyya’ (1947) which happened to be her last film with Anil Biswas as a playback singer.
  4. Ameerbai Karnataki and Anil Biswas started their musical career almost simultaneously in Mumbai during 1935-36 and she sang for him in a couple of films as an actor-singer. But as a playback singer, she got a chance to sing under the music direction of Anil Biswas for the first time in ‘Kismet’ (1943). With the popularity of her songs in this film, Ameerbai Karnataki became one of the topmost playback singers of Hindi films.

Based on the discography of Anil Biswas as a music director, I have attempted to get the reasons as to why he did not utilize or sparingly utilized the singers listed above under his music direction. In my view, there are three main reasons for this.

  1. In most of the films for which Anil Biswas was the music director during 1936-1942, there were actor-singers like Sardar Akhtar, Husn Bano, Sitara Devi, Bibbo, Wahidan Bai, Jyoti, Maya Banerjee, Nalini Jaywant etc who sang for themselves. Whenever, Anil Biswas was in need of additional playback singer, he mostly relied on Rajkumari Dubey.
  1. During 1942-48, Anil Biswas mainly relied on his sister, Parul Ghosh, Hamida Bano, Meena Kapoor and Geeta Roy (later Dutt) as playback singers in addition to actor-singer Suraiya. From 1948 onwards, Lata Mangeshkar became his main playback singer.
  1. It is quite likely that Anil Biswas did not find full-throated singers suitable for singing his musical compositions which were mostly soft melodies.

I am presenting today, a fun song, “Ye Haseenon Ke Mele Albele” sung by Geeta Roy (later Dutt) and Shamshad Begum – a mix of husky and high-throated voices. The song is from the film ‘Bhookh’ (1947). The song is written by Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri which is set to music by Anil Biswas. This is the first film in which Shamshad Begum sang under the music direction of Anil Biswas. Also, this is the first duet song of Geeta Dutt and Shamshad Begum.

‘Bhookh’ (1947) is the maiden film produced and directed by Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri. The star cast includes Sheikh Mukhtar and Husna in the lead roles supported by Kanhaiyalal, Agha, Laddan, Narmada Shankar, Abu Baker, Ghulam Hussain, Miss Kiran etc. It is a debut film for Husna and Miss Kiran. From the advertisement of the film, it appears that the film is about tackling the hunger – a theme which had come into the focus of Hindi film industry in the backdrop of Bengal famine during World War II. Films like ‘Neecha Nagar’ (1946) and ’Dharti Ke Laal’ (1946) had already covered this theme.

Anil Biswas and Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri had worked together for 15 years in 15 films with a break during 1943-44 when Anil Biswas shifted to the Bombay Talkies. As a lyricist, Safdar Aah Sitapuri worked with Anil Biswas for the first time in ‘Comrades’ (1939) followed by ‘Alladdin’ (1940) and ‘Aurat’ (1940). They worked together for the last time in ‘Maan’ (1954) which he also directed. Thereafter, he returned to teaching Urdu literature in his university and published books like ‘Amir Khusro Bhaisiyat Hindi Shaayar’, ‘Rubiyaat-e-Zamzama’(1963), ‘Meer Aur Meeryaat’ (1972), ‘Tulsidas Aur Ramcharitmanas’ (1977).

Enjoy this light-hearted fun song.

Song – Ye Haseenon Ke Mele Albele (Bhookh) (1947) Singer – Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri , MD – Anil Biswas
Geeta Dutt + Shamshad Begum

Lyrics

ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
kaho kaisi kahi
ek dil haaye haaye
ek dil aur laakhon jhamele
ek dil aur laakhon jhamele..ae
ek dil aur laakhon jhamele
kaho kaisi kahi
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
 
rasiya jobna pe aankhon se maare
rasiya jobna pe aankh se maare
ye pukaara ki ho ja mere pyaare
ye pukaara
ye pukaara ki ho ja mere pyaare
main angootha dikha ke boli ye le
main angootha dikha ke boli ye le
kaho kaisi kahi
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
 
achchi soorat pe marna na aaya aa
achchi soorat pe marna na aaya
tumko to pyaar karna na aaya
tumko to pyaar karna na aaya
saiyaan ban jaao aake mere chele
saiyaan ban jaao aake mere chele
kaho kaisi kahi
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
ye haseenon ke mele albele
kaho kaisi rahi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
कहो कैसी कही
एक दिल हाय हाय
एक दिल और लाखों झमेले
एक दिल और लाखों झमेले
एक दिल और लाखों झमेले
कहो कैसी कही
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले

रसिया जोबना पे आँखों से मारे
रसिया जोबना पे आँख से मारे
ये पुकारे के हो जा मेरे प्यारे
ये पुकारे
ये पुकारे के हो जा मेरे प्यारे
मैं अंगूठा दिखा के बोली ये ले
मैं अंगूठा दिखा के बोली ये ले
कहो कैसी कही
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले

अच्छी सूरत पे मरना ना आया
अच्छी सूरत पे मरना ना आया
तुमको तो प्यार करना ना आया
तुमको तो प्यार करना ना आया
सैंया बन जाओ आ के मेरे चेले
सैंया बन जाओ आ के मेरे चेले
कहो कैसी कही
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
ये हसीनों के मेले अलबेले
कहो कैसी रही

2 Responses to "Ye Haseenon Ke Mele Albele"

Dear Sadanand ji,

Now you are going to hate me for picking on small details. I don’t think it was Ghulam Haidar who brought Shamshad to Bombay; rather it was Mehboob Khan who sought her out for his Film “TAQDEER”. I have this excerpt which I picked up somewhere on the Web :

“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 “.

With warm regards,

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha Chanda ji,
You are correct. It was indeed Mehboob Khan who was instrumental in bringing Shamshad Begum to Mumbai. Since she was a part of Ghulam Haider’s musical team, I related it to his coming to Mumbai which actually happened about a year later. I stand corrected.
Incidentally, I found that Shamshad Begum sang 5 songs for ‘Poonji’ (1943) which was produced in Lahore for which Ghulam Haider was the music director.

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