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Bedardi preet nahin jaani

Posted on: October 29, 2021


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

This article is his 700th post in the blog.

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4851 Post No. : 16641

O P Nayyar was an odd man out in Hindi film industry as a music director. He did not have the formal or informal training in the music. He did not undergo ‘apprenticeship’ under any music directors. He did not work with Lata Mangeshkar during his entire career as a music director. The top three star-actors of 1950s and 60s – Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor avoided him as a music director after working with him for one or two films. He did not work with Raj Khosla after his spate with him in ‘Ek Musaafir Ek Haseena’ (1962). His egoistic, stubborn, ‘calling spade a spade’ type of nature and some shades of eccentricities should have made him persona non grata in the Hindi film industry. Despite all these odds, he attained the status of one of the top music directors of Hindi films during 1950s and 1960s.

I always felt that O P Nayyar was the ‘Eklavya’ of Hindi film music – a self-trained music director who got inspirations from more than one Dronachaya of music directors – R C Boral, Pankaj Mullick, Ghulam Haider and Anil Biswas. As a teenager, O P Nayyar was fascinated by the films of New Theatres which he watched in Lahore. He was mesmerised by the songs of K L Saigal and Pankaj Mullick which guided him to pursue the singing career. He was a regular singer of bhajans and ghazals on AIR, Lahore in the 1940s until the partition. Two of his Kabir dohas which he used to recite on AIR. Lahore were recorded and released on HMV disc in 1943. He composed his first recorded song – a non-film, ‘preetam aan milo’ in the voice of C H Atma in 1945 which became very popular.

After shifting to Mumbai following the partition, O P Nayyar’s first three films – ‘Aasmaan’ (1952), ‘Cham Chama Cham’ (1952) and ‘Baaz’ (1953) turned out to be the flop films. It was only after a huge box office success of ‘Aar Paar’ (1954) that O P Nayyar established himself as music director and remained one of the top music directors of Hindi films until about end-1960s.

O P Nayyar achieved his musical career progression despite the handicap of his stubbornness and other traits. The same handicap also resulted in his downfall. In 1966, he had a spate with Mohammed Rafi during one of the songs recording of ‘Saawan Ki Ghata’ (1966) after which he did not work with Rafi for a long time. In 1974, Asha Bhosle, his muse of over 15 years, decided to part with him in what appears to be the clash of egos. By this time, Asha Bhosle had also become a force to reckon with in Hindi film music.

O P Nayyar’s musical journey virtually ended by mid-1970 though he did a few sporadic films until 1995. He spent rest of his life in isolation away from film industry and his family until his death in January 2007.

The question that may come to the minds of many Hindi film music enthusiasts as to how O P Nayyar could churn out many beautifully crafted songs based on Hindustani classical raags. In this context, it is worth mentioning the observations of Ustad Ameer Khan when he heard all the 11 songs of ‘Phaagun’ (1958). When O P Nayyar met Ustad Ameer Khan in some context, the latter asked him as to why he had composed all the 11 songs in Raag Pilu. O P Nayyar had no answers except to tell him it was just a coincidence that his compositions matched with Raag Pilu. Incidentally, Ustad Ameer Khan rendered for O P Nayyar, a bandish, jogiya mere ghar aaye in raag Lalit in ‘Raagini’ (1958). In the later years, Ustad Ameer Khan pointed out to him that in akeli hoon main piya aaa from ‘Sambandh’ (1969), he has used about 16 different raagas. Probably, music composition was God’s gift to O P Nayyar.

O P Nayyar has composed many raag-based songs, some of which are semi-classical compositions in the films like ‘Aasmaan’ (1952), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Raagini’ (1958), ‘Phaagun’ (1959), ‘Kalpana’ (1960), ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon’ (1963) etc. Almost all of his semi-classical songs have been covered on the Blog. But there is one semi-classical song which did not get as much attention from the Hindi film music lovers as it deserved. The song is from an obscure film ‘Qaidi’ (1957) which is yet to be covered on the Blog.

‘Qaidi (1957) was produced by F C Mehra under his banner, Eagle Films and was directed by Mohammed Hussain. The star cast included Padmini, Suresh, Anwar Hussain, Helen, Agha, Ragini, Leela, Johny Walker, M Kumar, Kamal Mehra, Rajan Kapoor etc. It was a ‘B’ grade action-oriented film. The film was released in January 1957.

The film had 8 songs of which 6 songs have been covered on the Blog. All the songs were written by Jaan Nisaar Akhtar which were set to music by O P Nayyar. I am presenting the 7th song, ‘bedardi preet nahi jaani’ which is a semi-classical song rendered by Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar. The video clip of the song is not available on any of the video sharing platforms. There is one audio clip which is available with an average sound quality. I have, therefore, made a new video clip from a mp3 clip of the song with me in a better sound quality and have uploaded the same.

From the lyrics as well as taraanas, the song appears to be picturised on two dancers. From the star cast, there are 4 dancers in the film – Padmini, Ragini, Helen and Leela. From the available video clips of the songs, it is observed that Asha Bhosle has sung both for Padmini and Helen in the film. In addition, Shamshad Begum has also sung for Padmini. If the song is used for the dance competition, it is quite likely that the dancers could be Padmini and Ragini as both are trained Bharatnatyam dancers and in the film, Ragini plays the role of Padmini’s friend.

I am not able to tell on which Raag the song has been composed. However, the tune closely resembles that of ae ri jaane na doongi from ‘Chitralekha’ (1964) which, according to Swarganga, is based on Raag Kamod.

Note: In this article, I have taken some inputs from an interview of O P Nayyar which appeared on http://www.cinemasangeet.com. and also from an article on O P Nayyar which was published in millenniumpost.

Audio Clip:

Song-Bedardi preet nahin jaani (Qaidi)(1957) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Jaan Nisaar Akhtar, MD-O P Nayyar
Both

Lyrics

tana naadir dirta ni ta nata taani ee
tana naadir dirta ni ta nata taani ee

bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
main to roothhi sajanwaa
jaa tum sang nahin bo….loon
naahi boloo..n
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee

jaa jaa jaa jaa re sainyyaan more
kaahe hamri bainyyaan marore
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jaa jaa jaa jaa re sainyyaan more
kaahe hamri bainyyaan marore

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jaa jaa jaa jaa re sainyyaan more
kaahe hamri bainyyaan marore

ghoonghat ke pat main nahin kholoon
ghoonghat ke pat main nahin kholoon
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
tana naadir dirta ni ta nata taani ee
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
main to roothhi sajanwaa
jaa tum sang nahin bo…loon
naahi boloo…n
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee

main na tere bas mein aaun
jaa re jaa nahin ankhiyaan milaaun
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main na tere bas mein aaun
jaa re jaa nahin ankhiyaan milaaun/font>
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main na tere bas mein aaun
jaa re jaa nahin ankhiyaan milaaun

kaahe sainyyaan main teri ho loon
kaahe sainyyaan main teri ho loon
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
tana naadir dirta ni ta nata taani ee

main to roothhi sajanwaa
jaa tum sang nahin bo….loon
naahin boloo…n
bedardi preet nahin jaani ee
tana naadir dirta ni ta nata taani ee

8 Responses to "Bedardi preet nahin jaani"

Sadanand Ji,
Congrats on your mile stone post. Very nice post on OPN. In my younger days I liked his music a lot. But it is only in recent years, after being a part of blogs ( mainly ASAD and write ups there in), zoom presentations, that I have come to realize the greatness of OPN even more.
It was interesting note that the Triumvirate did not associate with OPN much.

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Satish ji,
Thanks.
Same impression about the music of OPN as yours. My liking for his type of music developed only after I became a part of ASAD.

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Dear Sadanand ji,

CONGRATULATIONS on your 700th post here.
I am one of your fans. I like the way you take efforts to make your posts as perfect as possible. The style is flowing and the language is simple.
Here is wishing you many more centuries unlimited.

-AD

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Arun ji,
Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

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Kamath Ji,
Heartiest congratulations o n mile stone 700th post. Pray you go on adding and adding post after post and reach 7000th post. Aamin! Tathastu!!

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Baidyanprasad ji,
Thanks/

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Sadanand ji,

Hearty Congratulations on your 7th century post on the blog. Needless to say, all of them are well researched and have firm facts presented unlike the many misinformation’s floating on net.

Its always a pleasure to read and grasp your writings.

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Mahesh ji,
Thanks for your appreciation.

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