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Pyaar ka tohfa tera bana hai jeewan mera

Posted on: August 4, 2020


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Blog Day :

4400 Post No. : 15782

Today (4 August 2020) is the 91st birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar (4 August 1929- 13 october 1987). And incidentally, today is the 4400th day for the blog !

Three articles from three regulars discussing Kishore Kumar have already appeared on the blog today. It is interesting to note that all the three regulars decided to discuss three songs from the decade of 1980s.

The golden era of HFM, which began in 1949, ended in 1980. People who lived through the golden era can notice a palpable lack of overall quality in HFM after 1980. There were quite a few reasons for that. I have given this matter some thought and I have come up with some interesting observations. I will use those observations some other time in some other article. Here I will mention it in brief that the golden era of HFM began when Indian classical base (melody based) was wedded with western classical base (symphony based). This marriage, which gave us the best of both the worlds, got dissolved in 1980. Western symphony was replaced by western cacophony while lyrics of the songs were dispensed with.

Another reason was gradual demise of the doyens of HFM maestroes. Shailendra (1966), Roshan (1968), Shakeel Badayuni (1970), Jaikishan (1971), Geeta Dutt (1972), Madan Mohan , Vasant Desai, S D Burman (all 1975), Mukesh (1976) and Rafi (1980) left the scene one after the other creating big voids. With the demise of Rafi on 31 july 1980, the HFM golden era literally ended.

If we still have a few songs worth listening to in 1980s, then they are invariably the creations of those who began their careers during the golden era and they had the musical wherewithals to create quality music. It was the old guard that kept creating good music in 1980s.

One will notice that majority of memorable songs of 1980s were sung by old guard, viz Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. This state of affairs continued till late 1980s when Kishore Kumar died in 1987. R D Burman, who was sticking to Kishore Kumar confided in Amit Kumar that his music was unlikely to remain the same with the absence of Kishore Kumar.

Ironically, the music director who was the most responsible for the demise of HFM golden era, viz Bappi Lahiri, was also the music director who created the most number of memorable songs post 1980s. And no prizes for guessing who were the singers in these songs. When Bappi Lahiri was not creating forgettable (but saleable) disco numbers, he was also creating golden era quality songs with Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle.

Unlike the golden era hit songs, these 1980s era songs were light on lyrics, making them chaalu songs. Still, these songs became popular because the singers could carry off these songs with inane lyrics with aplomb.

There are several Bappi Lahiri chaalu songs that Kishore Kumar turned into timeless classics. Some examples are movies like “Namakhalaal”(1982), “Sharaabi”(1984), “Aaj Ka Arjun”(1990). Incidentally , all these songs had Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles.

Then there were Jeetendra starrers where the lyrics were of even more “Chaalu” variery. But Kishore Kumar turned even those songs into classics. In these songs he often had the company of Asha Bhonsle, who could be regarded as his female version among playback singers, as far as singing versatility was concerned.

As a tribute to Kishore Kumar, here is the title song of “Tohfa”(1984). This movie was produced by D Ramanaidu and directed by K Raghvendra Rao for Suresh Productions, Madras. This archtypical Madrasi movie (Hindi remake) of 1980s had Jeetendra, JayaPrada, Sridevi, Kadar Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Mohan Choti, Urmila Bhatt, Leela Mishra, Jagdeep, Aruna Irani, Jayshree T, Master Rinku etc in it, with friendly appearance by Asrani.

This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar. Indeewar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bappi Lahiri.

The song is picturised on Jayaprada and Jeetendra. They are seen prancing, with Saris of all varieties forming the background as well as the prop. Quite an imaginative picturisation.

And as observed earlier, the song on its own is nothing much to write home about. Still, this is one of those songs that had stood the test of time and it is still regarded as one of the popular songs of its era. Much of the credit for this has to go to the singers, viz Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle.

Just like R D Burman’s music suffered after the demise of Kishore Kumar, bappi Lahiri’s music too failed to reach the same heights in the absence of Kishore Kumar’s vocals. It shows the calibre of Kishore Kumar’s singing abilities who with his Midas touch could convert a seemingly mediocre song into a timeless classic.

Personally, I found the music of 1980s bearably enjoyable, mainly because of songs like this. And unsurprisingly, most such songs had the voice of Kishore Kumar in them.

Enjoy this song. This song demostrates that one can act silly and it can be still enjoyable and fun for all concerned, provided you have the calibre to carry it off.

Video

Audio

Song-Pyaar ka tohfa tera bana hai jeewan mera (Tohfa)(1984) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Bappi Lahiri

Lyrics

tohfa tohfa tohfa tohfa
laaya laaya laaya laaya
mere mere mere mere
dil pe chhaaya chhaaya chhaaya
pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeeean mera
pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeewan mera
dil ke sahaare maine pa liye ae
jeene ko aur kya chaahiye
ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeewan mera
pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeewan mera
dil ke sahaare maine pa liye ae ae
jeene ko aur kya chaahiye
tohfa tohfa tohfa tohfa

laaya laaya laaya laaya

jaan ke bina jaise ho tan
tere bina main aise sajan
kasturi sa tera badan
mehki mehki phirti pavan

ho o
jaan ke bina jaise ho tan
tere bina main aise sajan
kasturi sa tera badan
mehki mehki phirti pavan
daude mere man ka hiran
chhoone ko yauvan tera
ta ta ta

pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeewan mera
dil ke sahaare maine pa liye ae
jeene ko aur kya chaahiye
ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
tohfa tohfa tohfa tohfa
laaya laaya laaya laaya

tohfa to bas ik naam hai
dil ka mere paighaam hai

saadi nahin tera pyaar hai
suhaagan ka ye singaar hai
tohfa to bas ik naam hai
dil ka mere paighaam hai

saadi nahin tera pyaar hai
suhaagan ka ye singaar hai
resham ke roop mein tan se mere
lipta hua man tera
ta ta ta
pyaar ka tohfa tera
bana hai jeewan mera
dil ke sahaare maine pa liye ae
jeene ko aur kya chaahiye ae ae ae ae
tohfa tohfa tohfa tohfa
laaya laaya laaya laaya

4 Responses to "Pyaar ka tohfa tera bana hai jeewan mera"

😊 I like your flow of thoughts.
And I agree that those inane lyrics got a life because of Kishore Kumar’s voice. I should not equate an ‘eena meena deeka’ with a ‘taaki taaki’ (I suppose taaki means ‘eyeing’). But I am sure even in the 50s or 60s when ‘eena meena’ was made the connoisseurs would have run it down saying “yeh kya gaana hai”. There would have been many such songs that didn’t get digested by the purists.
We have such samples in all ages.

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As has been expressed many times before, I am surprised that this song has not been posted yet. In find zing and a touch of folk music ( especially when the flute is played) in this song

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Thanks for the post Atul ji.
Enjoyed the post and the song too. ‘Tohfa-1984’ had some nice songs.
Yes, many good songs of Kishore Kumar-Bappi Da combination from the 80s still to come on the blog.
Congratulations on 4400th Blog Day !!!

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Congratulations on 4400th day !

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