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Blog Day : 3673 Post No. : 14556

“Aaina”(1944) was directed by S M Yusuf for D R D Productions. This movie had Trilok Kapoor, Husn Bano, Kaushlya, Yakub, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Rajkumari Shukla, Sulochana Chatterji, Mirza Musharraf, Leela Mishra, Sayyad Ahmad, Bibi, Sultan Bawa etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it that were composed by two music directors viz Fatah Ali Khan and Gulshan Soofi. HFGK mentions three songs as composed by Fateh Ali Khan and two songs as composed by Gulshan Soofi. Music directors for three remaining songs are not known.

Six songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the seventh song from “Aaina”(1944). This song is sung by Kaushalya. Pt Phaani is the lyricist of this song. Music director for this song is not known. I have provisionally considered Gulshan Soofi to be the composer of this song.

Since Kaushalya has acted in the movie, so it is clear that the song was picturised on her as well.


Song-Kuchh bol bol panchhi (Aaina)(1944) Singer-Kaushalya, Lyrics-Pt Phaani, MD-Gulshan Soofi

Lyrics

kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
ho o
par khol khol panchhi
ho o
par khol khol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi

?? sej tujhko
par dekh
ud na jaana
par dekh
ud na jaana
moh lega man kisi ka
tera ye chahchahaana
tera ye chahchahaana
ho o
par khol khol panchhi
ho o
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
ho o
munh khol khol panchhi
ho o
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi

aazaad aaj hai tu
kal ki magar na jaane
kal ki magar na jaane
kar lega qaid koi
kitne bhi kar bahaane
kitne bhi kar bahaane
ho o
mat dol dol panchhi
ho o
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
ho o
par khol khol panchhi
ho o
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi
kuchh bol bol panchhi

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Blog Day : 3647 Post No. : 14479

Film “Hum Ek Hain” (1969), a social film, was directed by Daljit (Joginder Puri). The movie had Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Dara Singh, Ravi Khanna, Samson, Jagdeep, Helen, Madhumati, Lalita Pawar, Rani, Savita, Naina etc in it.

The movie had five songs in it. One song from the movie has been covered in the blog.

The remaining four songs of the movie are difficult to find.

Here is the second song from “Hum Ek Hain” (1969) to appear in the blog. This rare song is sung by Lata. Indeewar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Usha Khanna.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Boley boley re boley morni boley (Hum Ek Hain)(1969) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

boley re
Boley re boley morni boley
Boley boley re boley morni boley
saj dhaj ke jab chale morni
baadal ka dil doley
doley
boley re
boley morni boley
Boley boley re boley morni boley

chhoo lene ko tarse koi
o o o
chhoo lene ko tarse koi
paas koi aane ko
paana mushqil
?? tadapta hai har dil paane ko
aise jalwe kahaan milenge
dil ke bahlaane ko
Boley boley re
boley morni boley
Boley boley re
boley morni boley

mahangi hai daulat ke daamon
o o o
mahangi hai daulat ke daamon
dil ke daamon sasti
ang ang se teer chale aur
saaye mein chhalke masti
halchal mein pad gayi hai dekho
dil waalon ki basti
Boley boley re boley morni boley
Boley boley re boley morni boley


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Blog Day : 3624 Post No. : 14442

“Jeene Do”(1948) was directed by Adi F Kika and K A Majid for Jai Hind Chitra, Bombay. The movie had Menaka Devi, Harish, Pannalal, Kaiser, Shanta Kunwar, Ghulam Rasool, Faizbai, Leela Gupte, Chhota Shankar etc in it.

This “stunt” movie had nine songs in it. Three of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Jeene Do”(1948) to aappear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Shewan Rizvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Naashaad.

Only the audio of the song is available. Seeing that Geeta Dutt was the only female playback singer in the movie, it appears that she sang for the leading lady, who could be Menaka devi, going by the cast. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Sun sun ri bulbul deewaani (Jeene Do)(1948) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Shewan Rizvi, MD-Nashaad

Lyrics

sun sun ri bulbul deewaani ee ee ee
sun sun ri bulbul deewaani
aaj suni hai maine
chhupke do dilon ki ye kahaani
ambuwa ke
hoye ambuwa ke baagh mein
sun sun ri bulbul deewaani
aaj suni hai maine
chhupke do dilon ki ye kahaani
ambuwa ke
hoye ambuwa ke baagh mein

ek bola pyaar karenge ae ae
aur pyaar ke yoon ikraar karenge
ek bola pyaar karenge ae ae
aur pyaar ke yoon ikraar karenge ae
jab tak ye sansaar rahega
tera mera pyaar rahega aa
jab tak ye sansaar rahega
tera mera pyaar rahega aa
door kahin ek duniya hogi ee ee ee
door kahin ek duniya hogi
do dil ek tamanna hogi
do dil ek tamanna hogi
donon ki hogi ek nishaani
aaj suni hai maine
chhupke do dilon ki ye kahaani
ambuwa ke
hoye ambuwa ke baagh mein

doosra bola bhool na jaana aa aa
doosra bola bhool na jaana
aaj ki baaten ab ka zamaana
aaj ki baaten ab ka zamaana
warna phir hum aahen bharenge ae ae ae
warna phir hum aahen bharenge
aur tumhen badnaam karenge
aur tumhen badnaam karenge
nainon mein bhar ke gham ka paani
aaj suni hai maine
chhupke do dilon ki ye kahaani
ambuwa ke
hoye ambuwa ke baagh mein
sun sun ri bulbul deewaani
aaj suni hai maine
chhupke do dilon ki ye kahaani
ambuwa ke
hoye ambuwa ke baag mein


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Blog Day : 3623 Post No. : 14440

Today’s song is from the film ‘Maata’ aka ‘The Mother’ (1942). Not many people know about this film. Made by Kirti films, it was a social film, directed by Dada Gunjal. Music was composed by Vasant Kumar Naidu, for the lyrics by DN Madhok. The cast of the film was Shobhana Samarth, Chandrakant, Mubarak, A. Himalaywala, Urmila Devi, Bhudo Advani, Moti, Bibi Bai, Munshi Khanjar, Suraiya Begum etc.

Chandrakant is a name which appears for a very few films as an actor. In fact, he acted in only 2 films. The other film was ‘Maharathi Karna’ (1944) (he had a small role). Chandrakant Gaur was born in UP in 1929. He was an educated person and knew many languages like Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi, in addition to Hindi and English. He was a quick learner and a good writer. He came to Bombay to become a director. Instead of that he started as an actor in ‘Maata’.

During the shooting of ‘Maharathi Karna’, Bhalji Pendharkar spotted this young man’s talents and took him to Kolhapur as his assistant. Chandrakant, being a fast learner, became adept at direction. He came back to Bombay and hurriedly directed his first film – ‘Riding Hero’ (1951), a stunt film made by Laxmi Productions of Chimanlal Trivedi. After this, he directed 29 Hindi films, mostly B grade, stunt/action films only.

He also directed a Hit Punjabi film ‘Bhagat Dhanna Jaat’ (1974). According to indiancine.ma, this film is said to have revived Punjabi film industry. He did some Gujarati mythologicals and Marathi films too. Together his tally goes to 45 films. In between he became famous for writing stories of films like ‘Patita’ (1953), ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’ (1957), ‘Kathputali’ (1957), ‘Anita’ (1967) and ‘Mahasati Savitri’ (1973).

From the cast listing, another interesting name is that of A Himalaywala. His name was Mohd Afzaluddin. He was born in March 1916, at Dehradun. After school education he joined his brother, Mohd Misaluddin’s firm – The Himalaya Drug Company, a leading Pharma company of repute (even today). He worked there for 10 years and after a dispute with his brother, left the company. He came to Bombay to join films.

First he had thought of starting a company, but looking at the situation, he decided to do acting only. His first film was ‘Kiski Biwi’ (1942), directed by MA Mirza. His name was changed from Afzal to A Himalaywala (since he came from the Himalayan town of Dehradun, like Kashmiri from Kashmir), by Shaukat Hussain, husband of Noorjehan. However in many films he was credited as Afzal only. He worked in few films like, ‘Vishwaas’ (1943), ‘Ankh Ki Sharm’ (1943), ‘Dost’ (1944), ‘Kismatwaala’ (1944), ‘Zeenat’ (1945), ‘Humayun’ (1945), ‘Nal Damayanti’ (1945), ‘Jagbeeti’ (1946), ‘Samrat Ashok’ (1947) and ‘Elaan’ (1947).

He was an outspoken and straightforward person, fond of hunting, football and travelling by car. He toured all of India twice in his car. In 1943, he married actress singer Amirbai Karnataki. After marriage he banned her from acting in films. Within 2-3 years, on this and other issues, they could not get along. He used to hit her and take all her money. At last, it was rumoured that he gave her talaaq after taking 2 lakh rupees and her car. Even after this he was stalking her. She stayed with her elder sister Ahilya Bai. Then one day, she was kidnapped by Himalaywala, from the recording room. She was kept locked in a room and beaten daily. She somehow managed to inform this to her sister.

Ahilyabai then got in touch with her acquaintance Mr Rasiklal Vyas and his brother Chhailabhai Vyas – one of the best criminal lawyers of Bombay. With their political and social connections, they forced the police to register an FIR, which was refused due to Himalaywala’s bribe. Meanwhile Himalaywala was alerted by his cronies. Within few hours Amirbai was escorted back to her sister’s place, by Himalaywala. All this episode is described in full details in the book ‘Aap Ki Parchhaiyaan’, by Rajnikumar Pandya ji. Amirbai later married Gujarati Journalist Badri Kaanchwala.

After partition, Himalaywala migrated to Pakistan. There the lady luck smiled on him and he did very well. He became successful as an actor and was famous also. His role of Akbar in film ‘Anarkali’ (1957) was particularly appreciated very much. Mohd Afzuluddin Himalaywala died in 1984 in Lahore.

The director of this film was V.M. aka Dada Gunjal, who started his career by directing his first film, ‘Bhakt Ke Bhagwan’ (1934). He went on to direct 38 films in Hindi and Marathi. His last film was ‘Ek Armaan Mera’ (1959). Dada Gunjal was born in Bombay on 25-1-1904 and died also at Bombay on 6-11-1968.

The music director for this film was a less known composer, Vasant Kumar Naidu. He was  born in 1915. His family had settled in Burma like thousands of other South Indian families.  When Burma was struggling for independence, in the 1930s, most Indians left Burma and came to India. Many went to Calcutta and many went to South India. Many families walked for around 6 months from Burma to India.  Vasant Kumar’s family was one among them.  They walked from Rangoon to Madras.  The family settled in Madras for some years.

Vasant Kumar Naidu had come alone to Bombay earlier in search of a career in music. He was an instrumentalist and could play any string instruments and also harmonium. He was also very much interested in reading different languages. There were many books that he read. He was also very keen in dressing up and had several suits in those days. He joined the film industry and started getting established as a music director.  He then called his mother and other siblings to live with him in Bombay along with his eldest brother’s widow and her son. He had 4 brothers. His eldest brother expired in Madras itself. Vasant Kumar was the second eldest. He had two younger brothers as well.  They all lived on Peddar Road. He left his Peddar Road flat and moved to Parel. He lived in Parel until his death on 16-10-1951.

Vasant Kumar got married in Madras. This marriage was a proposed marriage arranged by his mother. Eventually his other brothers also got married. All three brothers and their wives stayed under the same roof in Parel in a joint family which was headed and supported monetarily by Vasant Kumar.  His younger brother Pandurang Naidu was also picking up in music career. He became a musician (he played banjo and mandolin). Vasant Kumar taught several string instruments to him. His youngest brother, Sreenivasan Naidu, in the later part of his life became music composer for Indian Railway Music Academy (Central Railway Cultural Academy).

Vasant Kumar is survived by his only daughter, Pramila Naidu, who is a widow now. She lives in Pune with her grown up children. Pramila Naidu was around 5 years old when her father expired.  She has a vague memory of her father. It’s sad to see her struggling now financially. She still gives tuition at the age of 70 to make her living. She lawfully owns all these 3 flats in Parel, Mumbai but the 3rd generation of the family has occupied these flats and are not willing to vacate the property. This property is now worth in crores. The cousins of Pramila Naidu got together and filed a law suit against these 3rd generation greedy family members. The law suit is going on now for the past 3 years.

Vasant Kumar started his career in 1939 by giving music to film ‘Thunder’ (1939) and ‘Pakke Badmash’ (1939). Till 1947, he gave music to 22 films, as per the HFGK entries. He composed 160 songs in these 22 films. He is variously mentioned as Vasant, Vasant Kumar and VK Naidu, in addition to his name Vasant Kumar Naidu. He sang 1 song, a duet with Khan Mastana for film ‘Mere Sajan’ (1941).

His filmography is,

  • Thunder (1939)
  • Pukke Badmash (1939)
  • Rangeela Jawan (1940)
  • Jung-e-Azadi (1940)
  • Desh Bhakta (1940)
  • Suhana Geet (1941)
  • Meri Khwaish (1941)
  • Mere Saajan (1941)
  • Lehri Jawan (1941)
  • Lalaji (1942),
  • Call of youth (1942)
  • Mata (1942)
  • Watan ki Pukar (1943)
  • Nai zindgi (1943)
  • Mohabbat ki jeet (1943)
  • Daawat (1943)
  • Circus Girl (1943)
  • Bhagta Bhoot (1943)
  • Beda Paar (1944)
  • Shahi Khazana (1946)
  • Chamkati Bijli (1946)
  • Toote Di (1947)

Unfortunately, Vasant Kumar got mostly B and C stunt and action films for composing the music. Big banners like National Studios gave him an opportunity with film ‘Lalaji’ (1942), in which Naidu got many songs sung by Anil Biswas, Kusum Mantri, and Vatsala Kumthekar. However such films came to him only as an exception, therefore his exposure to audience was limited and his name did not gain any fame. Actually, many big, well known and popular singers sang for Naidu.

However, without a mentor, Godfather or the support of a big banner, it became impossible for Vasant Kumar to grow further. During the transition period of 1947-48, when many composers migrated to Pakistan, the existing big composers made their positions solid. Thus smaller composers never got any opportunity to benefit from the void created by the exit of composers. This was the case of many small time composers like Vasant Kumar.

The film ‘Maata’ has 7 songs. I have heard 6 of them and feel, he could have done better than this. The selected song is a better one from the lot. The singer’s name is not available.The film makes its debut on the blog.

[Author’s Note: Credits- indiancine.ma, A.I. Film Directory (1946), Aap Ki Parchhaiyaan, Muvyz, HFGK, Shishir Krishna Sharma’s and my notes.]


Song – Mann Ka Mor Mera Kisey Bakhaane (Maata) (1942) Singer – [Unknown], Lyrics – DN Madhok, Music – Vasant Kumar Naidu

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

chhod kari
ghar ko aa ja re
saawan ki ritu aayi
jhir jhir baadal
barsan laage
birhan de duhaai
aa tu kisi bahaane
aa tu kisi bahaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

sab ke saajan
ab ghar aaye
baaki ek nigodi
un ka bhala kabhi na hove
preet laga jin todi
jiya laag la
jiya laag la
kisi thikaane
jiya laag la
kisi thikaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने

छोड़ करि
घर को आजा रे
सावन की ऋतु आई
झिर झिर बादल
बरसन लागे
बिरहन दे दुहाई
आ तू किसी बहाने
आ तू किसी बहाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने

सब के साजन
अब घर आए
बाकी एक निगोड़ी
उन का भला कभी ना होवे
प्रीत लगा जिन तोड़ी
जिया लाग ला
जिया लाग ला
किसी ठिकाने
जिया लाग ला
किसी ठिकाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने


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Blog Day : 3572 Post No. : 14312

“Putli”(1950) was produced and directed by Wali Sahab for Punjab Film Corporation, Bombay. The movie had Mumtaz Shanti ,Pran, Yaqoob, Husn Banu, Srinath, Majnu, Prem Dhawan, Ramesh Thakur , Sheela Naik etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs in it. Three songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from the movie. HFGK mentions this song as sung by Meena Kapoor. On listening to the song, one can notice that the song has a male voice as well. There were two lyricists in the movie viz Wali Sahab and Abid Gulrez. HFGK is silent about the lyricist of the song. Seeing that Wali sahab was the maker of this movie, one can assume that most songs, including this song, must have been penned by him. So I have assumed Wali Sahab as the lyricist of this song.

Picturisation shows Mumtaz Shanti and a gentleman standing in front of microphones and singing. They are either singng live for the radio or or they are recording- I am not sure.

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the identification of the male singer as well as the male actor in the picturisation.

There were two music directors in the movie. Music of this song is composed by Aziz Hindi.


Song-Koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya (Putli)(1950) Singers-Meena Kapoor, Male voice, Lyricist-Wali Sahab, MD-Aziz Hindi

Lyrics

koi ambuwa pe
koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya

jab kaali kaali ratiyon mein pyaari pyaari yaad teri aati hai
tere pyaar ki kasam saari raat hamen neend nahin aati hai
jab kaali kaali ratiyon mein pyaari pyaari yaad teri aati hai
tere pyaar ki kasam saari raat hamen neend nahin aati hai
jab kaali kali
jab kaali kaali ghat chha jaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya

lambi lambi raaten piya lambe lambe din
haaye lambe lambe din
lambi lambi raaten piya lambe lambe din
haaye lambe lambe din
teri yaad mein kaate maine gin gin din
gin gin din
teri yaad mein kate maine gin gin din
gin gin din
ab tere bina
ab tere bina sachmuch haaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya

o o o
o o o
o o o

aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
neem taley ankhiyaan milaana nahin bhoolna
milaana nahin bhoolna aa aa
o o o
neem taley ankhiyaan milaana nahin bhoolna
milaana nahin bhoolna aa aa
pyaar ki gali mein piya aana nahin bhoolna
aana nahin bhoolna
aa aa aa aa
pyaar ki gali mein piya aana nahin bhoolna
aana nahin bhoolna
ye sama suhaana
ye sama suhaana beeta jaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
koi ambuwa pe piyu piyu gaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya
jab kaali kaali ghat chha jaaye re piya
main na jaanoon teri yaad kyun aaye re piya


This article is written by Sudhir, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3565 Post No. : 14291

kuchh yaad rahe to sun kar jaa. . .

The nectar tinged fragrance of this voice suffuses through the strings of the heart through so many wonderful renderings. The mind is left amazed by the effortless expressions of the emotions covering the full spectrum of human experience. “Loot Liyo Mann Dheer. . .” is probably the only exclamation that the mind responds with, as it passed through the shower of her musical portrayals.

Kanan Devi – the doyen, the first lady of cinema in Bengal. We remember and honour her today (22nd April), on the anniversary of her birth. During her heydays in the 1930s and 40s, her popularity was so celebrated, that in those years, security had to be arranged when she moved about in public.

She was born this day in 1916, at Howrah. As per her own account, it was a very un-remarkable beginning to a tiny life, in the hands of a couple whom she knew only as her adoptive parents. Her foster father passed away quite early. She and her mother went through some difficult years, and the young Kanan Bala was not able to complete any form of formal school education.

In 1926, a family well wisher, introduced her to the management at Madon Theatres, Calcutta. Kanan was a child of 10 years. She worked in silent films and even did the male lead roles in ‘Vishnu Maya’ and ‘Prahlad’ (both in 1932). Transition from silent films to talkie films was very smooth for her. She had a good command over the spoken word and a remarkable singing talent – it only needed guidance and direction from teachers like Allah Rakha, Anaadi Dastidar, Bhishmdev Chatterjee, and yes, RC Boral.

From Madon, she moved to Radha Films in 1933. She was growing up into a beautiful and sophisticated young woman. In 1937 she transitioned to New Theatres. A regret she carried always – in 1934-35 she was offered a role in New Theatre’s ‘Devdas’ (1935), but could not accept as she was bound by her contract with Radha Films. She worked with New Theatres till 1941, and then moved to MP Productions in 1942.

After her formative years at Madon and Radha Films, her years at New Theatres and MP Productions are the most dazzling years of her career. In both organizations, her films became hugely popular hits, film after film, year after year. The music and the songs of these films made her the first lady singing superstar of Indian cinema. Her last Hindi film was ‘Chandrashekhar’ in 1948, opposite to Ashok Kumar. After this, she turned a producer in 1949, and set up her own company – Shrimati Pictures.

The song being presented today is a such lovely gem from the 1947 film ‘Faisla’. It is a duet sung in accompaniment with Aparesh Lahiri. Music is by Anupam Ghatak; the lyricist’s name is not available. Listening to this wonderful melody, brings to mind another similar song from a decade and a half later. I refer to the Talat-Lata duet from ‘Chhaaya’ (1961) – “Itna Na Mujh Se Tu Pyaar Badha, Ke Main Ik Baadal Awaara”. Although quite different songs, the mind is taken by the similarity in the theme of the song, as the gentleman professes a spirit of freedom, unencumbered by the matters of the heart, and whereas the lady expresses her desire to be together.

As the song begins, the voice of Kanan Devi flows in, giving an expression to the free spirit of the heart – a spirit like a bird that is unaware of the amorous emotions of love. Such a pleasure to listen to this voice.

Song – Khuli Hawa Mein Udne Waala Panchhi Preet Na Jaane  (Faisla) (1947) Singer – Kanan Devi, Aparesh Lahiri, Lyrics – Pran, MD – Anupam Ghatak
Both

Lyrics

khuli hawa mein udne waala
panchhi preet na jaane
haan haan
panchhi preet na jaane
khuli hawa mein udne waala
panchhi preet na jaane
haan haan
panchhi preet na jaane

kyun
wo bhanwara..aa..aa
wo bhanwara..aa ye bhi na jaane
kaliyan
kaliyan kyun muskaati
dard bhare
harne ko ye jhoom
daalon par hai gaati
koyal
daalon par hai gaati

aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
duniya
is duniya se nyaari
khud hi chala basaane
duniya
is duniya se nyaari
khud hi chala basaane
apni dhun ka raahi kaise ho
prem dagar pehchaane
ho oo oo oo
prem dagar pehchaane
khuli hawa mein udne waala
panchhi preet na jaane
haan haan
panchhi preet na jaane

kyun udne ki aadat koi
panchhi se chhudwaaye
kyun udne ki aadat koi
panchhi se chhudwaaye
baithi hai duniya
unke raste mein jaal bichhaaye
bhola panchhi
ye na jaane
bhola panchhi
ye na jaane
aaj mujhe bandhan mein apne
kyun deti ghutaane
aaj mujhe bandhan mein apne
kyun deti ghutaane
bhola panchhi
ye na jaane
bhola panchhi
ye na jaane

khuli hawa mein udne waala
panchhi preet na jaane
haan haan
panchhi preet na jaane

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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खुली हवा में उड़ने वाला
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने
हाँ हाँ
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने
खुली हवा में उड़ने वाला
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने
हाँ हाँ
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने

क्यों
वो भँवरा॰॰आ॰॰आ
वो भँवरा॰॰आ ये भी ना जाने
कलियाँ
कलियाँ क्यों मुसकाती
दर्द भरे
हरने को ये झूम
डालों पर है गाती
कोयल
डालों पर है गाती

आ आ आ आ आ
दुनिया
इस दुनिया से न्यारी
खुद ही चला बसाने
दुनिया
इस दुनिया से न्यारी
खुद ही चला बसाने
अपनी धुन का राही कैसे हो
प्रेम डगर पहचाने
हो ओ ओ ओ
प्रेम डगर पहचाने
खुली हवा में उड़ने वाला
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने
हाँ हाँ
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने

क्यों उड़ने की आदत कोई
पंछी से छुड़वाये
क्यों उड़ने की आदत कोई
पंछी से छुड़वाये
बैठी है दुनिया
उनके रस्ते में जाल बिछाए
भोला पंछी
ये ना जाने
भोला पंछी
ये ना जाने
आज मुझे बंधन में अपने
क्यों देती घुटाने
आज मुझे बंधन में अपने
क्यों देती घुटाने
भोला पंछी
ये ना जाने
भोला पंछी
ये ना जाने

खुली हवा में उड़ने वाला
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने
हाँ हाँ
पंछी प्रीत ना जाने


This article is written by Sudhir, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3508 Post No. : 14096

Today, 24th February is the birth anniversary of Talat Mehmood (born 1924).

There are approximately 650 film songs identified, as being sung by him. It is a known fact that during the decade of 1950s, Talat Sb spent more of his energies in trying to establish himself as an actor-singer. He had the presence and the looks of a leading hero, plus a voice that at one time had stolen the hearts of film goers and listeners. But the on-screen combination somehow did never strike a rapport with the audience, getting only a lukewarm reception at the box office. Rising from the mid 1940s along with the other mainstream singers, he allowed his ratings as a playback singer to falter, in his effort to be a singing start. Now, it is just a matter of speculation how the history of Hindi films and Hindi film music could have been different, had some different choices had been made by Talat Sb.

In this context, it is very interesting to note that the decade of 1950 evolved in the manner it did – given that some leading singers made some different choices. The other names that come to mind are Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar. Mukesh also focused his energies on becoming an actor, for a good part of the early half of 1950s. Similarly, Kishore Kumar did not focus on being a dedicated playback singer – he also first went the actor route to establish himself in the industry. It is recognized that he was successful to a great extent to establish himself as an actor of some merit and popular following, with a continuous string of films that mattered. But even for him, his career as an actor eclipsed by mid 1960s, and his decision to come into his own as a playback singer in late 1960s, did wonders of a different type in his career. And so the debate about ‘What if. . .’ applied to these three singers is interesting, but of course a moot exercise. The history of Hindi film music is what it is. The choices had been made.

Today’s song has been sent in by Avinash ji. The film is ‘Samaapti’ from 1949. The film is produced at the Calcutta center, under the banner of Uma Productions, and is directed by Amar Mullick. The star cast of the film is briefly listed in the Geet Kosh as Talat Mehmood, Bharti Devi, Heeralal and Sunder. Given that Talat Mehmood is starring in this film, this song most likely is picturized on himself.

The film has 8 songs listed. Music direction is by Timir Baran. The lyricist name is listed for six of the songs – Pandit Bhushan. Two of these songs, including this one, are solo renderings by Talat Sb, two are solo songs by Suprabha Sarkar, and two are duets of Talat and Suprabha Sarkar. Information about the lyricists and singers of the remaining two songs is not available.

A light hearted song of happiness, that tells about the heart singing like a bird – rendered so effortlessly by Talat Sb. Listen and enjoy.

 


Song – Mann Ki Maina Bol Rahi Hai (Samaapti) (1949) Singer – Talat Mehmood, Lyrics – Pandit Bhushan, MD – Timir Baran

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

mann ki maina bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina
mann ki maina bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina
uski boli har leti hai
mere mann ka chaina aa
mere mann ka chaina aa aa
bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina
mann ki maina bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina aa

desh mein wo jaane ko kehti
jahaan prem ki ganga behti..ee
kaanon mein aa kar ras gholen
kaanon mein aa kar ras gholen
kisi ke meethe baina
bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina
mann ki maina bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina

wahaan ek bholi..ee matwaali..ee
sundar nain nachaaye
wahaan ek bholi..ee matwaali..ee
sundar nain nachaaye
koyal ki si pal pal kooke
hans hans phool khilaaye
koyal ki si pal pal kooke
hans hans phool khilaaye
use dekhne ko..o
ab mere
tadap rahe hai naina
bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina
mann ki maina bol rahi hai
boley mann ki maina

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मन कि मैना बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना
मन कि मैना बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना
उसकी बोली हर लेती है
मेरे मन का चैना॰॰आ
मेरे मन का चैना॰॰आ
बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना
मन कि मैना बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना आ

देश में वो जाने को कहती
जहां प्रेम कि गंगा बहती॰॰ई
कानों में आकर रस घोलें
कानों में आकर रस घोलें
किसीके मीठे बैना
बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना
मन कि मैना बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना

वहाँ एक भोली॰॰ई मतवाली॰॰ई
सुन्दर नैन नचाये
वहाँ एक भोली॰॰ई मतवाली॰॰ई
सुन्दर नैन नचाये
कोयल कि सी पल पल कूके
हंस हंस फूल खिलाये
कोयल कि सी पल पल कूके
हंस हंस फूल खिलाये
उसे देखने को॰॰ओ
अब मेरे
तड़प रहे है नैना
बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना
मन कि मैना बोल रही है
बोले मन कि मैना


This article is written by Sudhir, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3493 Post No. : 14038

Mohammed Rafi – Duets – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 4
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/‘ई’/

‘उ’ – उठो बुलबुलों तोड़ दो तीलियाँ

दिल की आवाज़ भी सुन॰ ॰ ॰

वो अगर चे सुन सकते, हम तो सुनाते ही रहते॰ ॰ ॰

But now, the voice has gone to distant lands unknown, where our call will not reach, and his voice will not come back again. It seems like a thing of yesterday that I saw him perform live on Doordarshan; or that I read about another award in the Filmfare magazine, that he had stood up and walked up to receive. The mind simply does not believe that he has not been with us mortals for the past almost four decades. कहाँ से ले के आएँ, अपने बूते की बात नहीं॰ ॰ ॰ दिल को ही समझाना पड़ता है।

Moving forward with the series of duets – I have to skip ‘ई’ because no duet song starting with this vowel is available. So I come to ‘उ’, as the starting letter for today’s song.

As I was searching for such a song, I came across this song from ‘Khaamosh Sipaahi’ of 1950, and I listened to it in complete amazement. And I listened to it again and again, and again. The composition by Hansraj Behl – it is so unique and so different, that I wonder whether such an arrangement has been attempted in any other songs.

The leading voices in this ‘duet’ song are of Rafi Sb and Geeta Roy/Dutt. But the entire song is arranged as a chorus song. The individual voices of the lead singers are not heard separately even once. There are lines by the chorus of male voices, and there lines by the chorus of female voices, and then there are lines by chorus of male plus female voices. The beauty and the redeeming feature of this singing is how the various voices have been arranged. When the male chorus is heard, then Rafi Sb’s voice is very clearly discernible a little above the chorus of male voices. When the female chorus is heard, then Geeta Roy’s voice is clearly discernible a little above the chorus on female voices.

I am not able to immediately recall another song which has been arranged with such meticulous attention to the sound of the lead voices in a chorus of voices. Really beautifully done.

And the words by DN Madhok Sb, they simply take one along with the emotions of an army preparing for battle. Yes, that is right, this song has been designed as a slow paced marching song of the warriors.

I have no information about this film – ‘Khamosh Sipahi’, and I request our more knowledgeable friends and readers to please add more information about this film and the picturization of this song. But the words indicate that it is a song that is exhorting people for a struggle. Given the time period (1950), it would seem that the song is urging the warriors, either for the freedom struggle or maybe the first invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani marauders (in 1948). Maybe it is the freedom struggle – the refrain of the song is

utho bulbulo
tod do teeliaan

The words are urging the timid and frail nightingale birds, to rise and break the ‘teeliaan’. This word ‘teeliaan’ here refers to the wooden twigs or splinters that are used to make cages for small birds.

The song, slow paced as it is, it still has a very exhilarating effect on the mind and the heart. The slow pace is almost a haunting that takes over the mind. And the mind wants to listen to this sound again and again. Such a wonderful creation – and I would lay all the kudos on Hansraj Behl for the composition, the arrangement  of the minimal music, and such a beautiful play of chorus voices entwined around the lead voices – it is simply amazing. There is some leading violin music, but after that when the singing starts, there simply is no music except for a very low rhythm of drum beats. The entire creation is so enchanting.

Just listen to this, and be amazed.

PS: There is one word in the lyrics of the first antaraa, that I am not sure that I have got it correct. Maybe it is, maybe the meaning fits in, or maybe not. I request other readers to please help confirm or correct this word. 🙂

Song – Utho Bulbulo Tod Do Teeliyaan (Khamosh Sipaahi) (1950) Singer – Geeta Roy/Dutt, Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Hansraj Behl
Mohammed Rafi + Male Chorus
Geeta Roy/Dutt + Female Chorus
Rafi + Geeta + All Chorus

Lyrics

utho bulbulo
tod to teeliaan
kahaan qaid thandi hawaayen kahaan
utho bulbulo
tod to teeliaan
kahaan qaid thandi hawaayen kahaan
utho bulbulo

tumhaare liye abr ghir ghir ke aaye
abr ghir ghir ke aaye
khushi jholion mein wo bhar bhar ke laaye
wo bhar bhar ke laaye
wo bhoola hua phir banega samaan
utho bulbulo
tod to teeliaan
kahaan qaid thandi hawaayen kahaan
utho bulbulo

himaala ne tum ko pukaara hai aao
pukaara hai aao
meri chotiyon par wohi geet gaao
meri chotiyon par wohi geet gaao
ke sun kar dehal jaaye saara jahaan
utho bulbulo
tod to teeliaan
kahaan qaid thandi hawaayen kahaan
utho bulbulo

mujhe khabr hai par kate hain tumhaare
par kate hain tumhaare
utho waqt deta hai tum ko ishaare
ho tum ko ishaare
gaya waqt phir jaa ke aaye kahaan
utho bulbulo
utho bulbulo
utho bulbulo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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उठो बुलबुलो
तोड़ दो तीलियाँ
कहाँ क़ैद ठंडी हवाएँ कहाँ
उठो बुलबुलो
तोड़ दो तीलियाँ
कहाँ क़ैद ठंडी हवाएँ कहाँ
उठो बुलबुलो

तुम्हारे लिए अब्र घिर घिर के आए
अब्र घिर घिर के आए
खुशी झोलियों में वो भर भर के लाये
वो भर भर के लाये
वो भूला हुआ फिर बनेगा समां
उठो बुलबुलो
तोड़ दो तीलियाँ
कहाँ क़ैद ठंडी हवाएँ कहाँ
उठो बुलबुलो

हिमाला ने तुमको पुकारा है आओ
पुकारा है आओ
मेरी चोटियों पर वही गीत गाओ
मेरी चोटियों पर वही गीत गाओ
के सुन कर दहल जाये सारा जहान्
उठो बुलबुलो
तोड़ दो तीलियाँ
कहाँ क़ैद ठंडी हवाएँ कहाँ
उठो बुलबुलो

मुझे खबर है पर कटे हैं तुम्हारे
पर कटे हैं तुम्हारे
उठो वक़्त देता है तुमको इशारे
हो तुमको इशारे
गया वक़्त फिर जा के आए कहाँ
उठो बुलबुलो
उठो बुलबुलो
उठो बुलबुलो


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Blog Day : 3474 Post No. : 13951

This song is a rare non-film song rendered by Umaraziya Begum.

Based on the details (erroneous, as we now know them to be), the uploader of this song has listed this as a song of the 1942 film ‘Ek Raat’, sung by Neena. The names of the song writer and the music director are also provided along with this upload.

Our friend Sadanand ji was the first one to raise the doubt about the details of this song. Later, we now have a confirmation from Shri Girdharial ji Vishkarma (of Jodhpur). Girdharilal ji has the original record of this song, as published by Jien – o – Phone company.

As per the details available, this song is sung by Umaraziya Begum. The lyricist of this song is not known. Based on certain other inputs, Girdharilal has provided the input that the music director for this NFS song most likely is Ghulam Haider Sb. As per him, there are many other songs in the voice of Shamshad Begum and Umaraziya Begum, that are  released on Jien O Phone records, and all are composed by Ghulam Haider Sb.

Thanks to Sadanand ji and Girdharilal ji, for identifying the correct information about this song.

“Ek Raat”(1942) was produced and directed by W Z Ahmad for Shalimar Pictures. The movie had Prithviraj Kapoor and Neena in lead roles with Mubarak, K N Singh, Feroza, Gulab, Prakash, Rajkumari Shukla, Bibi etc.

The movie had 8 songs. One song from the movie has been covered in the past.

This movie was the debut movie of Neena (actual name Shahida) who was launched with an unprecedented media blitz and fanfare prior to the release of the movie. Mr Sadanand Kamath, while covering the first song of this movie has discussed this matter in detail.

Here is the second song from “Ek Raat”(1942) to appear in the blog. This rare song, like the earlier song, is sung by Neena. The lyricist of this movie (for 7 out of 8 songs), including for this song, was Pt Indrajeet Sharma, and not Pt Indra, as is erroneously mentioned in most onine sources.

Music was composed by S K Pal.

The song was picturised on Neena herself.


Song-Ye raag papeeha gaata hai (NFS)(1940s) Singer-Umaraziya Begum, Lyrics-[Unattributed], MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

ye ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai

kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
jeewan ka mahal banaata hai
jeewan ka mahal banaata hai
ik shwaas ka naata hai tera
ik shwaas ka naata hai tera
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai

din ke ujiyaale mein kaliyaan
din ke ujiyaale mein kaliyaan
phool banen aur kumhlaayen
phool banen aur kumhlaayen
raat ke
andhiyaare mein
taare
toote
aur

toot toot kar
toot toot kar
toot toot kar
samjhaayen
toot toot kar
samjhaayen
kyon on on on on on on
shwaas ke chhal ke aata hai
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai


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Blog Day : 3472 Post No. : 13940

When one talks of star pairings during the golden era of Hindi movies, one thinks of “A grade” star pairings like Raj Kapoor-Nargis, Dilip Kumar- Madhubala, Dilip Kumar-Meena Kumari, Dev Anand- Waheeda Rehman etc. But there were other pairs too, that would be signed up by smaller budget movie makers, like for instance, Ashok Kumar- Nirupa Roy, Kishore Kumar-Vyjyanti Mala etc.

Movie makers with even smaller budgets would sign up up and coming pairs, who may have started off as child artists. One such pair was Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. Unlike some other pairs, this pair delivered quite a few hits and became a dependable pair.

Names of movies such as Chaar Deewaari (1961), Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwaab Tumhaare (1966), Juaari (1968), Raja Sahab (1969) and Roothha Na Karo (1970) comes to mind when one thinks of Shashi Kapoor-Nanda pair.

Here is a song picturised on this pair. This playful and cheerful romantic song is from “Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath”(1962). This song is sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Usha Mangeshkar. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

The song shows playful looking Shashi Kapoor and Nanda teasing each other. The best teasing is reserved in the last stanza of the song where Shashi Kapoor teases the lady -“you show arrogance as if you are baby Nanda.”
Pat comes the retort- “you behave as if you are the kid brother of Raj Kapoor”. 🙂

Great fun lyrics by Anand Bakshi during his early days in Hindi movies.

This song was the sixth song, out of six that this movie had. The earlier five songs, including one multiple version song, have been covered in the blog in the past in 2010 (two songs), 2015 (one multiple version song) and 2017 (one song). Following are the details of the earlier songs from this movie :

Song Title

Post No.

Post Date

Kankariyaa maare karke ishaare 2513 5-Jun-10
Aapne yoon hi dillagi ki thi 2523 8-Jun-10
Mehandi lagi mere haath Multiple version song 10663 8-Jan-15
Teri wo chaal hai ke tauba 13461 22-Jul-17

With this song, “Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath”(1962) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Ude panchhi toli mein (Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath)(1962) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

ude panchhi toli mein aen
ude panchhi toli mein
tujh ko main le jaaunga
bithhlaake doli mein
oye tujh to main le jaawaanga
bithhlaake doli mein
baagon mein hai jhoola aa
baagon mein hai jhoola
mujhse to poochh zara
ban baithha hai tu dulha
o mujhse to poochh zara
ban baithha hai tu dulha

o beri ke boote hain
haaye
beri ke boote hain
na na karte hain
tere naina jhoothhe hain
oy naah naah karte hain
tere naina jhoothhe hain
station pe gaadi hai ae
station pe gaadi hai
haan ko na samjhe
mera balma anaadi hai
o haan ko na samjhe
mera balma anaadi hai

paani hai talaabon mein aen
paani hai talaabon mein
kis’se poochh ke
tu aati hai mere khwaabon mein
oy kis’se hai pooch ke
tu aati hai mere khwaabon mein
raaja mere sapnon ke ae
raaja mere sapnon ke
poochh ke bhi koi
ghar jaata hai apnon ke
ho poochh ke bhi koi
ghar jaata hai apnon ke

o satranj ki goti hai
haaye
satranj ki goti hai
achchi hai meri rajni
par kad ki chhoti hai
oy achchi hai meri rajni
par kad ki chhoti hai
aakaash pe baadal hai ae
aakash pe baadal hai
achcha hai mera deepu
par thhoda sa paagal hai
ho achcha hai mera deepu
par thhoda sa paagal hai

gul hain guldaste mein
haaye
gul hain guldaste mein
boli jo jyaada to
chhad jaaunga raste mein
ho boli jo jyaada to
chhad jaawaanga raste mein
gul hai guldaste mein aen
gul hai guldaste mein
raste mein chhad de to jind chhoote saste mein
ho raste mein chhad de to jind chhoote saste mein

o badli mein chanda hai
haaye
badli mein chanda hai
aise akadti hai ha
jaise baby nanda hai
oy aise akadti hai ha
jaise baby nanda hai
ye ped khazoor ka hai ae
ye ped khazoor ka hai
aise akadta hai
bhai raj kapoor ka hai
o aise akadta hai
bhai raj kapoor ka hai


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