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Megh tu hi nahin jal barsaaye

Posted on: August 16, 2020


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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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#the Special Voices of the Decade (1971-1980) – 7 # Hemlata #
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The movie ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se’ was released in 1978 but I got to watch it much later, in the early eighties, and that too on Doordarshan when I had gone to Nagpur to my Uncle’s place.

Later on, I watched it when I had ‘colour TV’ at home.

I had never forgotten its title song sung by a ‘female singer’. That was despite the fact that kids of my age (around ten years old) normally did not give much thought to the singer while listening to songs.

When I think about it now, it was in 1976 that the song ‘sun ke teri pukaar’ from ‘Fakira-1976’ had caught my imagination, ( I have shared this in the blog earlier).

It is my guess that the aalaap of this voice in the song ‘kaun dishaa mein leke chalaa re batohiyaa’ must have left a magical effect on many music lovers, not all of them of an impressionable age unlike me. Another song from the same singer from another movie , namely ‘le to aaye hon hamen sapnon ke gaaon mein’ leaves the same effect on listeners. There are several other songs like this, some of them being:-

Tu jo mere sur mein sur milaa le , Suman samaan tum apna , Khushiyaan hi khushiyaan ho daaman mein jiske, Sona kare jhilmil jhilmil , Wafaa jo na ki to , Bachpan mohe picche bulaaye or duniya se door nayi ek duniya from the same movie…

And then the following songs from the movie ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhe Se’;

ankhiyon ke jharokhon se or bade badaai na karen …

or this one from ‘Sunaynaa’

kaisi hoon main goongaa darpan kuchh bhi naa boley.

there are many, and many of them are still to come on this blog too.

And all of them had that special voice and they bring back many memories of that era of Hindi movies …

Also who can forget this duet song ‘teesta nadi si tu chanchalaa’ on TV in those years and yet again if we listen the beginning ‘alaap’ by the same female singer it is captivating…

This is voice of – Hemlata.

She was born on 16th August 1954.

Today on this blog we wish her a very happy birthday and a healthy and peaceful life ahead and today we celebrate this special voice under the series ‘special voices of the seventies.

There may not be many of her songs that she sung in those years of seventies or considering an extension up to 1983, the year when I completed my matriculation. But I have fond memories of many of her songs which, as I grow, I came to know are sung by her.

This is the first ‘female voice’, appearing in this series.

Hemlata Jaychand Bhatt or more popularly known to us as Hemlata was born on 16th August, 1954 in a Rajasthani Brahmin family who were settled in Kolkata (Calcutta then).

Her Father was a great classical vocalist and sole representative of the ‘Kirana Gharana’ (in India, after partition) and so music was already there in their family, and she was attracted towards film music from an early age.

However, daughters/girls in the family were not expected to become a singer and take on singing. And, so from the early childhood itself Hemlata’s struggle to become a Singer started having obstacles within family itself.

Her father, who was the only son among eight siblings, and coming from an orthodox Rajasthani Brahmin family where nobody was concerned with music had to struggle and he learn from Ustad Wahid Khan of Lahore – ‘Kirana Gharana’, and with his ‘dedication’ and ‘hard work’ he learned from him and dedicated his life to keep the legacy of the gharana.

But he was against the singing of Hemlata as it was against the traditions of the family.

Hemlata used to sing in School functions, ‘Durga Pooja’ festival – cultural programmes’, however this was without the knowledge of her father. Though her mother and guru bhai were supporting her singing looking into her passion for singing. So, Gopal Mullick, her guru bhai, motivated her to perform on stage.

It was when she was only seven-eight years old that she got an opportunity to sing on stage in public during the ‘Durga Pooja festival’ in Kolkata (program arranged in Ranjeet Stadium) where Gopal Mullick one of her father’s disciple was among the organising member of the programme. And the crowd that witnessed her first stage performance was a huge crowd because of big names like Hemant Kumar, Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar were attending to perform in this programme.

Gopal Mullick had also specially invited Hemlata’s father Shri Jaychand Bhatt to attend this programme which little Hemlata was not aware of.
And this was not disclosed to her so that she didn’t fear and shiver on stage.

Her father was also not aware that his own daughter is going to perform on stage that day. He was told that one ‘child prodigy’ would be introduced on stage and he has to observe him/her.

As the three main singers performed and Lata Mangeshkar was to arrive late, Gopal Mullick had this opportunity to introduce little Hema on stage and as she sings her first song the response from the audience was so tremendous, they keep demanding ‘once more’ for this song.
The song was ‘jaago mohan pyaare’ from ‘Jaagte Raho’ and audience didn’t stop until she had already sung it four times and other twelve Bengali songs.

She was awarded a gold medal by Dr Bidhan Chandra Rai the then chief minister of Bengal for her performance that day.

However, her father was not in favour of her singing and instead he advised her that she should focus and complete her studies, then take on to help at home and get married as normally happens in our culture and tradition. Though he agreed for her to take training in classical singing from Gyan Prakash Ghosh a renowned name then in Calcutta and also allowed ‘riyaaz’ at home.

Around the same time, it so happened that the whole family had to visit to meet their relatives in Bombay (around 1966) for her brother’s ‘tablaa’ training and also to meet the relatives who were already staying there in Bombay. They meet Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Amir Khan and sister of her father Kamla Pandit.

During their visit to Bombay they meet Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Allah Rakha where Hemlata was asked to sing few compositions.
Then she was taken to Aziz Nazaan and also a meeting with Naushad Saab was arranged where the great K. Asif was also present. This was all without her knowledge. She was asked to sing few compositions and all of them were so impressed that great Composer Naushad Saab straightway offer her a contract of five years, however during these five years she was supposed to get trained so that this time period would have given a better maturity in her age and in turn in voice also.

However, as the news of Naushad Saab’s offer to a ‘new upcoming singer’ spread, big music directors viz. Roshan, C. Ramchandra, Salil Chaudhary, Usha Khanna, Chitragupta, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji visited them in Bombay and demanding that Hemlata sang for them.

As told to RSTV by Hemlata ‘they were too small to say them ‘NO’…

Laxmikant of music duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal told her father that ‘now she is being offered her career on a platter’, after five years nobody knows how things would be in this ever-changing industry’’

Obviously, the contract of five years by Naushad Saab got nowhere.

She sang her first song for Usha Khanna in the movie ‘Roop Rupaiyya-1968’ (this song is yet to appear on the blog 🙂 ). (However, her first released song, also a Usha Khanna composition, from ‘Ek Phool Ek Bhool-1968’ was the first released song).

On the same day of the recording of her first song for a movie she recorded her second song- for none other than Kalyanji-Anandji for the movie ‘Vishwas-1969’ – ‘le chal le chal mere jeewan saathi’. Both songs she recorded on her first day were songs for the ‘heroine’ of the respective movies.

This was the ‘right’ beginning though for an upcoming new singer in those years when no one could have imagined that at such a younger age a singer will get an opportunity to sing in movies and that too when all the great names were already there ruling the field.

In the beginning of her career she used to get to sing for junior artists or few lines and though the very second song she sung was for lead artist/heroine of the movie i.e. Aparna Sen for ‘Vishwas-1969’ she had to wait till 1976 to shot to fame and the song was ‘Sun ke teri pukaar’ from ‘Fakira-1976’.

Before that her voice appears in the so many songs which she sang for child artists then;

‘dus paise mein Raam le lo’ (Ek Phool Ek Bhool-1968) (first song released)

‘chandaa ko dhoondhne sabhi tare nikal pade’ (Jeene Ki Raah-1969)

‘aisa banoonga actor main yaaron’ (Ghar Ghar Ki Kahaani-1970)

‘Fakira-1976’ was followed by ‘Chitchor-1976’ where the song with Yesudas ‘tu jo mere sur mein’ fetch her, her first ‘filmfare’ award for singing.
Thereafter she got to sing many songs and particularly for ‘Rajshri films’ and under music director Ravindra Jain.
Her association with Ravindra Jain has given Hindi Cinema some of the most beautiful compositions and unforgettable songs for people like me who grow in that ear of seventies.

Who can ever forget the title song from the movie ‘ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’, or the songs from ‘Nadiyaa Ke Paar-1982’, there are many such songs and the list will be much longer to present here.

Here I would also like to add her songs, from a lesser known movie ‘Jhoom Utthaa Aakash-1973’, which I got to listen during 2014-2015 and which I like very much. This movie had some nice songs which didn’t get attention may be because of the movie itself was an obscure movie.

Moreover there are many of her songs from lesser known movies (or which I have yet to listen) and need to bring here on the blog. (We are going to listen to one such lesser known number today).

Unfortunately for Hemlata or for us, as she kept getting offers for singing and she was continuing with them. Forces beyond her control were at work as well.Gradually she was getting side-lined and not getting much offers of singing… many bitter things were to happen in due course of time.

Hemlata left Bollywood in 1999 and settled in Mexico where she is running a ‘music academy’ for teaching music and singing. She has sung nearly five thousand songs in ‘forty’ languages around the world . This information that I came up wiuth while preparing this post left me ‘awe-struck’. She also keeps singing in Non-Film albums later and many accomplishments came to her later …

Today, as we wish her a very ‘happy birthday’ here on the blog. We thank her for the beautiful songs she has given to us and many memories associated with those melodies from the ‘decade of seventies – 1971 to 1980’

Here I will stop mentioning the lines of a song sung by her ‘tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein shaamil hai …’

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For this post I am presenting a song from the 1979 movie ‘Zakhmon Ke Nishaan’. I came across this song more than two years ago when I was looking for a Ravindra Jain-Hemlata song.

I guess this movie ‘Zakhmon Ke Nishaan’ must be an ‘obscure movie’ of its time and it may have been flopped miserably. Neither the movie nor the video of its songs (except couple of songs and few video clips) are available on YT.

“Zakhmon Ke Nishaan-1979” was directed by Diljeet Bagge for ‘V. United, Bombay’. It was produced by M.T. Boxwala. M.K. Baria was his associate. It had Vinod Mehra, Tamanna, Vijay Arora, Ranjeet, Aruna Irani, Padma Khanna, Manmohan Krishna, Purnima, Dhumal, Rajendra Nath, Madan Joshi and Krishan Dhawan, supported by Makhan Singh, Jagdish Raj, Amrit Pal, Rana, Chandu, Pritam Beli, G.S. Assie, Narbadashankar, Dharam Veer Singh, Gopal Bhatnagar, Pratap Desai, Anand, Srivastava, Chowdhary, Aditya Sharma, Raj Anand, Ashok Nimbalkar, Master Dharmendra, Master Sanjay, Master Santosh, Master Jitoo.

Story and Screenplay of this movie was written by Shashi Bhushan, whereas the dialogues were written by Madan Joshi. Nand Kumar was the editor for this movie and Sunder Shetty was the associate editor.

This movie had six songs written by Ravindra Jain (four songs) and Hasrat Jaipuri (two songs). Music was composed by Ravindra Jain.

Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Hemlata, Jaspal Singh, Dilraj Kaur, Suresh Wadkar and Chandrani Mukherjee had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

This movie was passed by censor board on 28.11.1979.

I would request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs …

The movie makes its debut on the blog today.

Let us now enjoy today’s song thanking Hemlata ji for the wonderful songs and the nostalgia forever …

(Sources – RSTV- ‘Guftagoo with Hemlata’ by Anchor Irfan Part-1 &2, Wikipedia and other articles available on Internet).


Song-Megh tu hi nahin jal barsaaye (Zakhmon Ke Nishaan)(1979) Singer-Hemlata, Lyrics-Ravindra Jain, MD-Ravindra Jain

Lyrics

megh tu hi nahin
jal barsaaye ae
mere bhi man par baadal chhaaye
garaj garaj tu boley ae
main gumsum rahoon
megh tu hi nahin
jal barsaaye ae
mere bhi man par baadal chhaaye
garaj garaj tu boley ae
main gumsum rahoon

tujhko milaa saagar se neer
mujhko mili saajan se peer
tujhko milaa saagar se neer
mujhko mili saajan se peer
tu duniyaa se kehtaa phirey
hans kar sah loon main har teer r r
tu duniyaa se ae kehtaa aa phirey
hans kar sah loon main har teer
bhed tu apne kholey
main gehri bahoon
megh tu hi nahin
jal barsaaye ae
mere bhi man par baadal chhaaye
garaj garaj tu boley ae
main gumsum rahoon

meraa ronaa kaam naa aaye
teraa ronaa saawan laaye ae
meraa ronaa kaam naa aaye
teraa ronaa saawan laaye
isiliye aansoo peeti hoon main
jag roton ki hansi udaaye
isiliye aansoo peeti hoon main
jag roton ki hansi udaaye
mere bhi man mein hai sholey
main kaase kahoon
megh tu hi nahin
jal barsaaye
mere bhi man par baadal chhaaye
garaj garaj tu oo boley ae
main gumsum rahoon
main gumsum rahoon
ho o o
main gumsum rahoon

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मेघ तू ही नहीं
जल बरसाए ए
मेरे भी मन पर बादल छाए
गरज गरज तू बोले ए
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ
मेघ तू ही नहीं
जल बरसाए ए
मेरे भी मन पर बादल छाए
गरज गरज तू बोले ए
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ

तुझको मिला सागर से नीर
मुझको मिली साजन से पीर
तुझको मिला सागर से नीर
मुझको मिली साजन से पीर
तू दुनिया से कहता फिरे
हंसकर सह लूं मैं हर तीर ‘र ‘र
तू दुनिया से ए कहता आ फिरे
हंसकर सह लूं मैं हर तीर
भेद तू अपने खोले
मैं गहरी बहूँ
मेघ तू ही नहीं
जल बरसाए ए
मेरे भी मन पर बादल छाए
गरज गरज तू बोले ए
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ

मेरा रोना काम ना आये
तेरा रोना सावन लाये ए
मेरा रोना काम ना आये
तेरा रोना सावन लाये ए
इसलिए आँसू पीती हूँ मैं
जग रोतों की हंसी उड़ायें
मेरे भी मन में है शोले
मैं का से कहूं
मेघ तू ही नहीं
जल बरसाए
मेरे भी मन पर बादल छाए
गरज गरज तू ऊ बोले ए
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ
हो ओ ओ
मैं गुमसुम रहूँ

10 Responses to "Megh tu hi nahin jal barsaaye"

Avinash ji,

Good article with details. Thank you.
Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, the title song….I had a friend in Ghandhidham who used to hear this song just before sleeping everyday after the hectic site works.

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Thanks Mahesh ji for liking the post and your appreciation.
My pleasure,
I think that the title song from ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se’ may be acting like a mental massage or therapeutic to your friend after a full day of hectic activities.
regards,

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nice find Avinash ji Thanks for introducing the song to blog

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and also thanks for detailed post on Hemalata ji, enjoyed reading very much

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My pleasure Prakashji. Thanks for liking the post and the song too.

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Avinash Ji, Thanks for the detailed post on Hemalatha. I have not heard of this movie or song. It is certainly a pleasant song & I liked it on this first hearing itself

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Thank you Sir for liking the post and the song. Yes, this song grows upon if we listened to it more and more. I too like it in the first hearing itself and that was in 2018. Since then I had marked it for this post, but the post got delayed due to reason one another.
Thanks again,
Regards,

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Thanks Atul ji for the post.
One correction please (my mistake) – please remove the song title ‘tu khaamosh main purjosh’ (Roop Rupaiyya-1968) (first song recorded)’ where I mentioned the songs Hemlata sang for child artists, please.
(Because this song was for the heroine).
I sincerely regret the inconvenience caused.

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Thanks Sir, for a detailed article on Hemlata
with interesting write-up.
Thanks to represent this lesser heard rare melodious song.

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Thank you Anekant ji for liking the write-up and the song. Its my pleasure that you like the song too.

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