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This article is written by Raja, 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.

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First of all, my apologies for my infrequent appearances here. Even calling it a cameo is unfair to a cameo, because, to be honest, it is not even that. It is more like, a “blink and you miss” situation.

Anyway, here I am today, back with a post. The occasion is the Remembrance Day of someone very special to the Hindi film industry, and also to me. He has millions of fans around the world and is easily one of the legends of the industry.

I am talking about Kishore Kumar, of course.

I’ve written about Kishore Kumar many times in the past. And yet, when Avinash ji requested me to write a post for this occasion, I immediately agreed. Such is my love for Kishore Kumar that even if I repeat myself and bore my readers in the process 🙂 , I could not bring myself to say no.  🙂

The problem then was to get the required writing mood back. What they say about writing is very true. If you don’t write for an extended period of time, you gradually lose the ability to do so. That is why many writers practise their writing everyday, by writing at least a minimum number of words.

When I wrote to Avinash ji saying “Mere thoughts gather nahin ho rahe. I have lost the ability to write”, he replied “Aap Kishore Kumar ke gaane suniye aur din bhar sunte rahiye. Thoughts will come, I am sure.” 🙂

So I did listen to a few songs – predictably songs of ‘my’ era. “Khizaan Ke Phool”, “Jeevan Se Bhari Teri Aankhen”, “Teri Duniya Se”, “Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na The”, “O Mere Dil Ke Chain”, “Ye Shaam Mastaani” and a few others.

I think that might have helped a bit, because here I am.

Anyway, coming to Kishore Kumar.

The years just roll by – it is already 32 years since he left us.

He was just 58 at the time – far too young to go.

But like they say, it is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years.

And Kishore Kumar had plenty of life in his years.

No one will dispute that Kishore Kumar was the No.1 all-rounder in the industry. There have been a few others who have had multiple skills. Manoj Kumar was actor, writer, director, producer. Mehmood was also quite an all-rounder.

But Kishore was in a league of his own, because in each of his roles, he left a mark. Of course he is best-known as a singer, but even today many remember his acting, especially in comedy roles like in ‘Dilli Ka Thug’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, ‘Half Ticket’ and many other films.

But there was so much more to Kishore Kumar than just comedy. And probably to prove this point, he produced and directed films like ‘Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein’ (1964) and ‘Door Ka Raahi’ (1971). I was stunned when I saw both these films – they have tremendous depth and philosophy, uncommon for the times.

His versatility was not limited to singing, acting, producing and directing though. Kishore Kumar also composed music, for some of his films.  Like the two films mentioned above, whose songs are quite popular to this day. As are the songs of  ‘Jhumroo’ (1961).

This is why I call Kishore Kumar the Gary Sobers of the Hindi film industry. 🙂 He could take on any role, and make a success of it.

But beyond even his multifarious talents, there was Kishore the person. And even as a person, he is quite an inspiration for me. His attitude towards life is something I can only admire.

Those who worked with Kishore Kumar, especially Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, vouch  for his ability to enliven a recording session with his sense of humour, his cracking a joke or pulling someone’s leg. Some people are like this – never a dull moment with them around.

It is not as if Kishore didn’t have low moments, or tough times. Everyone has these – Kishore was no exception. But he never let this affect his professionalism. He was very clear about himself, his philosophy towards life – and he never allowed others to define it for him.

Like he said “Duniya samajhti hai main paagal hoon….main samajhta hoon duniya paagal hai”.

I think, whatever his conflicts with the world might have been, especially later in his life, he was at peace with himself. And that is most important for a human being. Like he told Lata Mangeshkar in an interview in the fag end of his career “I am quite happy”. He expressed a desire to run away from it all, and go to a place which was calling out to him.

Today, on his Remembrance Day, I feel Kishore Kumar found that place and left us in order to go there.

And left us with SUCH a treasure of songs and memories that we are indebted to him for life.

So thank you, thank you, thank you, Kishore Kumar for what you have given us. Speaking purely for myself, as someone who has been part of my life from my very early years, when I listened repeatedly to songs like “Mere Sapnon Ki Raani” and “Ye Shaam Mastaani” on the radio, your impact on my life cannot be described.

Now onto the song for today.

It is a totally new song for me. In fact I have never even heard of the film. Details, including lyrics of the song, have been sent to me by Avinash ji.

This is what he says :

“Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye-1984’ was directed by K.S. Sethumadhavan for ‘Tirupati Chitra Mandir, Bombay’. It was produced by Hastimal.

It had Rakhi Gulzar, Suresh Oberoi, Vijay Arora, Manmohan Krishan, CS Dubey, Krishan Dhawan, Shobhha Khote, Birbal Raj, Raj Kishore, Rakesh Roshan, Tina Munim, Master Rinku, Shah Chaturvedi, Raghvaiyya, Santosh Kumar, Lata Kashmiri, Dolphin and others. Deepa and Ramu make a guest appearance in this movie.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 06.06.1984. However, the movie was re-certified by Censor on 15.12.1987 with a UA certificate (as mentioned in HFGK).

The movie has total seven songs, including the three-part song being presented today (as per HFGK Vol-VI 1981-1985) composed by Rajesh Roshan. HFGK mentions Rajesh Roshan as the lyricist for this movie and the same is mentioned on the vinyl cover of this movie available on online sources, which I guess is correct. (myswar.co also mentions the same). Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar, Pankaj Udhas and Yesudas had given their voices to the songs in this movie.”

This film, ‘Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye’ (1984), makes its debut entry on this blog today.

The song itself is amazing. I’d never heard it before, but when I heard it for the first time a few days ago, it touched my heart. It also suits this occasion, as it talks of a person who feels he is ready to move on.

Please do listen to this wonderful song. Quite a gem, it is, especially in Kishore Kumar’s voice. Thanks for the song, Avinash ji.

Audio, All Parts

Video, Partial

Song – Udte Udte Pyaase Panchhi (Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye) (1984) Singer – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Indeevar, MD – Rajesh Roshan

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Part 1

hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye
armaan pyaase chhaayi udaasi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye

ek nadi thhi pyaar ki
saari duniya byopaar ki
ek nadi thhi pyaar ki
saari duniya byopaar ki ee
raah roke apni khadi thhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye

zindagi ke ae baaki thhe kuchh lamhe
shaayad ke ho milna phir hamen
zindagi ke ae baaki thhe kuchh lamhe
shaayad ke ho milna phir hamen
maar daalegi ye bebasi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye
armaan pyaase chhaayi udaasi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye

Part 2

door jaa rahe hain
ke nainaa ro rahe hain
door jaa rahe hain
ke nainaa ro rahe hain
saanson ki na toote ladi ee
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye

Part 3

haathon ne hamesha waar kiya
kabhi naa kisiko pyaar kiya
haathon ne hamesha waar kiya
kabhi naa kisiko pyaar kiya
nas nas basi buzdili thhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae
udte udte pyaase panchhi
pyaase panchhi thhak gaye ae

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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भाग १

हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम

उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए
अरमां प्यासे छायी उदासी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए

एक नदी थी प्यार कि
सारी दुनिया ब्योपार कि
एक नदी थी प्यार कि
सारी दुनिया ब्योपार कि ई
राह रोके अपनी खड़ी थी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए

ज़िन्दगी के ए बाकी थे कुछ लम्हे
शायद के हो मिलना फिर हमें
ज़िन्दगी के ए बाकी थे कुछ लम्हे
शायद के हो मिलना फिर हमें
मार डालेगी ये बेबसी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए
अरमां प्यासे छायी उदासी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए

भाग २

दूर जा रहे हैं
के नैना रो रहे हैं
दूर जा रहे हैं
के नैना रो रहे हैं
साँसों की ना टूटे लड़ी ई
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए

भाग ३

हाथों ने हमेशा वार किया
कभी ना किसीको प्यार किया
हाथों ने हमेशा वार किया
कभी ना किसीको प्यार किया
नस नस में बसी बुज़दिली थी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए
उड़ते उड़ते प्यासे पंछी
प्यासे पंछी थक गए ए


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

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Today’s song is from film Bachpan-1945.

In the history of Hindi movies, there have been three films that had the title viz “Bachpan”. The first was of course Bachpan-1945, today’s film under discussion. The next one was made in 1963, in which Salim Khan- father of Salman khan and a member of the famous writer jodi of Salim-Jawed, was the Hero – opposite Menaka Irani. She was the eldest sister of the famous child stars Honey and Daisy Irani. She was also the wife of stunt film actor and director Kamran Khan. Their children are Choreographer and director Farah Khan and Compere cum director Sajid Khan. Incidentally Mrs. P.N.Irani was the mother of these Irani sisters and also the one who took away all their earnings.

The third film was made in 1970, with Sanjeev kumar and Tanuja.

Film Bachpan-45 had a cast consisting of Baby Madhuri, Mazhar Khan, Baby Shakuntala, B.Nandrekar, Chandraprabha, comedian Dikshit, Gulab, Dalpat, Shashi kapoor(sr.) and others. There were two actresses with prefix Baby, but only one Baby Madhuri had the main child role throughout the film. The other Baby-Shakuntala had a role of an invalid child, stuck to the wheelchair only.

Baby Maduri,whose real name was Mah Laqa, was the daughter of M. Ali Baksh,M.D. and Iqbal begum,a cine artiste. In other words Baby Madhuri was the youngest sister of actress Meena Kumari and her sister actress Khurshid Jr. Born in a family of film people,Baby Madhuri was good at acting and singing. She was picked up by Director Nazir of Hind Pictures and took her for his film ‘ Sandesa ‘. ( He is the same Nazir,whose first wife was Sitara Devi. He was the maternal Uncle of K. Asif ( Mughal-e-Azam fame ) i.e. Mama. He later divorced Sitara devi ( actually,she had eloped with k.Asif ) and married Swarnalata and both migrated to Pakistan. Nazir’s studio was burnt during the communal riots in Bombay. Author Manto has detailed all this in his book. )

In Wadia’s film Vishwas-43, the talents of Baby Madhuri in acting and singing flowered and she was appreciated much. Then she acted and sang some songs in films like Anjaan,Jungle princess,Muqabala,Ekta(sindhi),Andhera,Mahatma Vidur,paraya Dhan,Bachpan,Nai maa etc etc.

She was also called as Madhu. She was married to actor Mehmood. She was very fond of new fashions and western clothes. Due to this, she became a cleptomaniac and was caught many times stealing things and shop lifting. She knew Riding,cycling and swimming too. She spoke good English,though not much educated.( Thanks to shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji for info on Baby Madhuri).

Now let us see about the other ‘Baby’ of this film. Right from beginning of the films,child artistes were required to do roles in the films. In the initial stages and also in later periods too, girls used to do Boys’roles ( but never heard of vice versa ! ). We have the famous examples of Honey and Daisy Irani sisters. Many child stars acted in films till they became older or were not suitable for child roles. One such example was Junior Mehmood. It was quite natural that most of them wanted to continue acting in films as an adult too and many tried to become hero/ heroines. Unfortunately, only some of them could shine as heroes or heroines, while most child stars failed as adult Hero/Heroines.

Successful child artistes are few like Meena Kumari, Madhubala,Nargis, Shashi kapoor, Sachin etc, but you can count them on fingers, whereas the list of unsuccessful child artistes who tried to become adult Hero/Heroines is quite long.

Unlike Baby Tabassum, who could not become a successful adult Heroine in good films, there was another ‘Baby’who became quite successful as an adult Heroine opposite well known actors under famous banners and left halfway due to her marriage. Her name is BABY SHAKUNTALA.

Baby Shakuntala was born in a middle class Maharshtrian family of Poona, on 17-11-1932. Those days Prabhat film company had moved to Poona. One of the Prabhat founder partners, Mr. V.G.Damle was their close relative. Along with other children, she too used to go to Prabhat premises for playing there She was 8 to 10 year old when V.Shantaram spotted her and offered a role in film, ‘Das Baje’-42 ( Daha Wajta, in Marathi). The hero’s younger brother’s role was changed to Hero’s sister’s role for accommodating her in the film.

It was a routine matter at Prabhat that for child roles in all films, the children of the partners of Prabhat( Shantaram,Damle,Kulkarni,Fatehlal and Dhaiber) or near relatives were taken. In film Sant Tukaram or other films of Prabhat, all child artistes were from within the Prabhat family only. Shakuntala was very good in studies.She used to get up at 4 am. do school studies, then do household chores, attend school and lastly attend shootings.

Das baje was a hit film. Then came ‘Ramshastri’-44 ( Bilingual-H/M ) meanwhile Shantaram and others left Prabhat and moved to Bombay. After that her work too shifted to Bombay. Due to these changes, she could study only upto Matriculation. But she was proficient in English, Marathi, Hindi/Urdu, Gujarati and Kannada. At the time of shooting for film ‘Shikayat’-48, actor Shyam made her his “Mooh Boli”sister and till he died in an accident he was very close to her.

In 1949, she was 17 year old and she became a heroine in film “Maya bazaar”-49 opposite Balakram. Then came a string of films. She worked with well known actors like Kishore kumar, Bharat Bhooshan,Karan Dewan,Amarnath,Anant Marathe,Master Bhagwan, Abhi bhattachrya etc. She was also luck to have worked under ace directors like V.Shantaram, Bimal Roy,Homi Wadia, kishore Sahu, Raja nene, Gajanan Jahagirdar,Shahid lateef etc. This enriched the depth of her acting.

Kishore Kumar was her Hero in films like, Chham Chhama Chham- 52, fareb-53 and Lehren-53. They had a good tuning like a naughty brother and sister. once kishore kumar surprised her by visiting her in her Kolhapur house ( after her marriage) and spent one day with her family. The famous kishore Kumar- Lata mangeshkar song “aa muhabbat ki basti basayenge hum” from film Fareb-53 was filmed on kishore and Shakuntala only.

Lot of marriage proposals started coming for her and she finally was married in 1954 to Sardar Nadgonde of Kolhapur, a Royal family. After marriage she left films, though she had good demand and became Mrs. Umadevi Nadgonde. She had a son and a daughter. She lived a contented life of 82 years and died recently on 18-1-2015, at Kolhapur.

She had acted in almost 40 Hindi films ( including bi-lingual) and 20 Marathi films from 1942 to 1954. She also acted in famous Marathi dramas on commercial stage. 14 of her films celebrated silver Jubilees. Some of her films were- Das baje-42, Ramshastri-44,Piya Milan-45, Taramati-45, Bachpan-45, Bachhon ka khel-46 ( with Meena kumari), Phir bhi apna hai-46Moti-47, Tohfa-47, Shikayat-48, Seeta Swayamvar-4, maya bazaar-49,, kamal ke Phool-50, Pardes-50,Malti madhav-51 Nanhe Munne-52, Chham chhama chham-52, fareb-53, Lehren-53, Jhamela-53, bhagyawaan-53, Biraj bahu-54, pooja-54, Bindiya-55 etc. ( Bio based on her interview in ” chanderi Aathavani ” by Sulabha Ternikar and material provided by shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji, with Thanks.)

Film India magazine was quite popular in the 40s and the 50s. In its June-1946 issue, the editor Baburao Patel has reviewed this film. As per his judgement, the film was no good. Its story (story, dialogues and songs by I.C.Kapoor) had no life and the director Homi Wadia had spoiled the film by his inept handling and direction. No wonder. Baburao patel rarely praised any film,director or an actor, so this review was on expected lines only.
The film was based onthe ” theme of innocence teaching bitter experience to look at life with a smiling understanding” according to Patel. The story of the film was…

Bhairav (Mazhar Khan) is fed up of life, because his son married outside their cast and all his society criticized him no end. He became very bitter in life and lived in a house on top of a mountain- away from society. He is feared by the villagers around. One of his relatives (Kanta Kumari) sends her niece Madhu (Baby Madhuri) to live with him. Over a period, due to the good and helping nature of optimistic smiling Madhu, Bhairav starts changing and becoming a normal person.

Suddenly, the aunt kidnaps Madhu and sells her as a companion to a rich invalid kamla(Baby Shakuntala). Here too, Madhu wins everyone’s hearts. Envied by this, the Governess (Gulab) of kamla kidnaps Madhu. Meanwhile, Bhairav is also searching Madhu. He rescues her, but the Police detain him and Madhu in the Police station. The village school Teacher Ramesh(B.Nandrekar) and his beloved(Chandraprabha) give positive evidence and Bhairav and Madhu are released. All ends well in the end.

The role of teacher Ramesh was done by B.Nandrekar. This name must be totally unknown to the new generation readers. B.Nandrekar or babasaheb Nandrekar was one of the very few really handsome actors Hindi films ever had. He was born in 1910, in Sangli district of Maharashtra, near Kolhapur. Being a Muslim, he could speak Urdu/Hindi fluently. He completed his schooling from Kolhapur and joined films. Vishnupant Damle (one of the founder partners of Prabhat Films) was making silent film ‘Maharathi Karna’ (1928) for Maharashtra Film Co. He offered Nandrekar a role. Then he worked in other films like ‘Baji Prabhu Deshpande’ (1929), ‘Lanka’ (1930), ‘Kismet’ (1931) and ‘Dushman Ki Raat’ (1931).
His first talkie film was ‘Kurukshetra’ (1933). Prabhat gave him a role in ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1936) (its Hindi version came in 1948). He worked in ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936) and became quite popular as a hero, opposite Shanta Apte. He was hero in ‘Baghbaan’ (1938) opposite Sitara Devi.

In 1939, he became the first actor to go abroad to shoot scenes in film ‘Africa In Hind’ – ‘हिन्द में अफ्रीका’ (1939). The shooting was done in Africa. Thus this became the first ever Hindi film to shoot in foreign country, and NOT film ‘Naaz’ (1954), as is popularly believed and also as mentioned in HFGK. Nandrekar had become very popular. The chappals he used in film ‘Baghbaan’ became fashionable by the name ‘Nandrekar Chappals‘. This alone is enough to prove his popularity.

His law suit against Prabhat Film Company was a topic of discussion in the industry. There were differences between him and Prabhat over his contract with them. His lawyers were Mr. Jinnah and Mr. Setalwad, who won the case for him. He was also the first actor to work as a freelancer.

Nandrekar appeared in 23 Hindi films. His films were ‘Kurukshetra’ (1933), ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936), ‘Jaadugarin’ (1937) (UR), ‘Baghbaan’ (1938), ‘Africa In Hind’ (1939), ‘Qaidi’ (1940), ‘Hindustan Hamara’ (1940), ‘Alakh Niranjan’ (1940), ‘Chitralekha’ (1941), ‘Mamaji’ (1942), ‘Duniya Tumhari Hai’ (1942), ‘Nai Kahaani’ (1943), ‘Andhi Duniya’ (1943), ‘Swarn Bhoomi’ (1944), ‘Lady Doctor’ (1944), ‘Ismat’ (1944), ‘Bachpan’ (1945), ‘Kamla’ (1946), ‘Jeevan Sikho’ (1946), ‘Parshuram’ (1947), ‘Meri Amaanat’ (1947), ‘Khandani’ (1947), ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1948) and last film ‘Bihari’ (1948).

He passed away in 1949. No definite information is available about his demise.

With today’s song, film Bachpan-1945 makes its debut on the Blog.


Song-Bole re panchhi bole (Bachpan)(1945) Singers-Unknown female voice, unknown male voice, Lyrics- I C Kapoor, MD- S N Tripathi
Both

Lyrics

Bole re panchhi bole
Bole re panchhi bole
kya bole
Bole re panchhi bole

ambuwa pe baithha shor machaaye
ambuwa pe baithha shor machaaye
suno jee
haan
chhota sa dil mera
chhota sa dil
chhota sa dil mera ghabra jaaye
dole re dil mera dole
dole re dil mera dole
bole re panchhi bole
kya bole
Bole re panchhi bole

teri jawaani meri jawaani
teri jawaani meri jawaani
kehta hai wo to yehi kahaani
kehta hai wo to yehi kahaani
????

hmm
dinon ke ?? soye
?? soye

bole re panchhi bole
kya bole
panchhi to hai naadaan saanwariya
panchhi to hai naadaan saanwariya
patton ke bhi hai jaan saanwariya
baat wo ho bole haule
baat wo ho bole haule
sono je
hmm
?? uski bala se
?? uski bala se
karta hai wo to baat hawa se
jee mein jo aaye wo bole
jee mein jo aaye wo bole

bole re panchhi bole
bole re panchhi bole


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 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.

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Today, October 1st is the birth anniversary of two iconic personalities of Hindi film music. Both started their career in Hindi film industry in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1946 – one as a music director and the other as a lyricist. Yes, it is Sachin Dev Burman’s 112th birth anniversary and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s 99th birth anniversary. Both have been my favourites amongst the music directors and lyricists of the golden era of Hindi film music. Both seem to have been made for each other. SD Burman was one of the earliest pioneers in introducing the concept of ‘tune first lyrics later’ in Hindi film music while Majrooh Sultanpuri was master in writing lyrics to the tune.

I found both of them to be non-conformists in their respective fields.  SD Burman’s compositions did not leave trails to identify them as SD Burman type of music. In my younger days, it was not easy for me to identify the songs composed by SD Burman. Had I not known in advance, I would have difficulties in knowing that songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951), ’Pyaasa’ (1957) and  ‘Nau Do Gyarah’ (1957) were composed by the same music director. Majrooh Sultanpuri on the other hand wrote lyrics of varied moods and of all genres with ease. Another common factor between these two stalwarts was that both were called as ‘old man with young heart’. If SD Burman could composed Roop Tera Mastaana at the age of 64, Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote lyrics for Raat Shabnami Bheegi Chaandni at the age of 77.

Despite both SD Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri starting their filmy career in 1946, it took about 11 years for both of them to work together in Navketan’s  ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), though the other collaboration, ‘Paying Guest’ (1957) was released first. The main reason was that SD Burman was already working with Sahir Ludhianvi since 1951. It was only when SD Burman stopped engaging Sahir after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) that he found Majrooh Sultanpuri as a suitable lyricist partner. From 1957 till SD Burman’s death in October 1975, both of them worked together in 20 films composing 137 songs.

I have already written about Majrooh Sultanpuri last year while covering the song Nanha Mora Doley Mori Anganiaa. So in this article, I propose to discuss only the musical career of SD Burman.

Sachin Da (1/10/1906 – 31/10/1975) was born in Comilla, a part of Tripura at that time (now in Bangladesh). He belonged to Tripura’s royal family in which his father, Nabadwip Chandra Dev Burman, was the next in line to Tripura Royalty. However, due to some palace machinations, Nabadwip Burman was denied his right as the next king of Tripura because of which he along with his family shifted to Comilla. SD Burman’s childhood years in Comilla became his training ground for music as he became enthralled by the folk music of what was then known as East Bengal.

After graduation from a Comilla college, SD Burman enrolled for Master’s degree in English in the University of Calcutta in 1924. However, he soon gave up his studies to become the disciple of Krishna Chandra Dey (KC Dey). Later, he continued his musical training under Ustad Badal Khan and Pandit Bhishamdev Chatopadhyay.  The royal family of Tripura were the connoisseurs of Hindustani classical music. They resented SD Burman’s indulgence in singing and recording folk songs for earning as it was below dignity for a royal member of family to earn from the music. They also felt that folk songs were not meant for royalty as they were sung by the lower strata of the society. Because of this, SD Burman did not get the traditional royal welcome when he visited Agrtala after his marriage with Meera in 1938.

In 1932, SD Burman left Tripura for Calcutta (Kolkata) for pursuing his interest in music. In the same year, he approached HMV for his first recording of a non-filmy Bengali song. However, he failed in the audition test. Luckily for him, Hindustan Musical Products (Hindustan Records) offered to record his first gramophone song. The song became a major success for Hindustan Records. During 1932-1946, SD Burman recorded over 100 non-films, mostly Bengali and some filmy Bengali songs most of which became commercially successful.

Despite success as a singer in non-film songs, SD Burman had to face disappointment in 1933 when a song sung by him in the film ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1933) was deleted and was recorded afresh in the voice of Pahadi Sanyal due to the internal politics of New Theatre. In 1935, SD Burman got an opportunity to do a minor role of a beggar in Madhu Bose’s film ‘Selima’ (1935) in which he was to sing a song. At first, SD Burman refused telling that he would be ostracised from the Tripura royal family if they came to know that he was working in a film. However, Madhu Bose assured him that no one would recognise him in his make-up of a beggar with beard and moustache. So this became SD Burman’s first film song as an actor-singer.

Sometime in 1942, SD Burman got an offer from Chandulal Shah to join Ranjit Movietone as music director. The offer was declined as he did not relish the idea of leaving Kolkata. In the next two years, he found that he was not able  to get enough opportunity to compose music for Bangla films as all important banners had their own music directors in their pay rolls. These music directors would offer him to sing as a playback singer which he would not agree as his wish was to become a music director. At this juncture, he took a decision that he would not sing for any other music directors and he would sing his own compositions for films not as a playback singer but as background singer. He maintained that stand consistently after he became a part of the Bombay (Mumbai) film industry in 1946.

In early 1940s, Bengal was reeling under the worst famine. The film industry was adversely affected. There was an exodus from Kolkata to Mumbai film industry for a different reason. SD Burman knew that despite his liking for Kolkata, he had to move to Mumbai to be able to achieve his dream of becoming a music director. In October 1944, SD Burman along with his family landed in Mumbai on the invitation from Rai Bahadur Chunnilal and Sashadhar Mukherjee who had formed Filmistan with Ashok Kumar, Gyan Mukherjee and other technicians, a breakaway group from Bombay Talkies.  Burman joined Filmistan as music director.

In Mumbai, SD Burman’s greatest handicap was his inability to fully understand Hindi, leave aside Urdu.  This handicap willy-nilly made him the pioneering in ‘tune first lyrics later’ concept in Hindi film song compositions. It is said that in his first two films with Filmistan, C Ramchandra helped SD Burman in music arrangements. I guess, as a newcomer, it was difficult for him to arrange musicians and communicate with them.

His first film as a music director was ‘Shikaari’ (1946) followed by ‘Aath Din’ (1946), both produced under the banner of Filmistan.  The music of ‘Shikari’ (1946) did not create much interest in the common public though studio hands appreciated newness in his music compositions. However, songs of ‘Aath Din’ (1946) especially two songs sung by SD Burman and Pehle Na Samjhaa Pyaar Tha by Ameerbai Karnataki became popular and made him a different class of music director well-versed with the then East Bengal folk music.

SD Burman was not satisfied with his music in these two films as he did not find anyone in the streets singing his songs. On the contrary, he found his servant always humming the songs from ‘Rattan’ (1944). He felt that unless his songs became popular on the streets, his presence as a music director would never be felt in Bombay film industry.

In the meanwhile, Sashadhar Mukherjee allowed him to take up the music direction in the films outside Filmistan. In 1947, he did two films outside Filmistan – ‘Chitor Vijay’ (1947) and ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) both having Raj Kapoor and Madhubala as lead pairs. Neither the films fared well on the box office front nor did the songs become popular. The only point of interest in ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) was that SD Burman made Raj Kapoor to sing in his own voice a song, O Duniya Ke Rehne Waalo Bolo Kahaan Gaya Chitchor.

Filmistan entrusted SD Burman with the music direction of ‘Do Bhai’ (1947). Sashadhar Mukherjee was a hard task master who rarely got satisfied with the tunes SD Burman composed for this film. Fed up with the constant rejections of tunes by Sashadhar Mukherjee, one day, SD Burman decided to have a show down with his boss. Probably after that he would think of leaving Filmistan and go back to Kolkata. To his surprise, Sashadhar Mukherjee at once approved the first tune he played on the harmonium and asked him record the song at the earliest. The song was Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya sung by Geeta Roy (later Dutt). This song made Geeta Roy a star playback singer overnight. The film was a box office success. For the first time, SD Burman heard his servant humming this song which made him very happy. In 1948, he composed songs from ‘Vidya’ (1948). It was his first film with Dev Anand and Suraiya. The film did not fare well on the box office but one song  Laayi Khushi Ki Duniya, picturised on Dev Anand and Suraiya, became very popular.

Filmistan’s ‘Shabnam’ (1949) can be regarded as SD Burman’s first real successful film as a music director as all the songs of the films became very popular. For SD Burman, it was one of his most satisfying period of his musical career as he found the songs of ‘Shabnam’ being heard on the street quite often. He even heard the labourers at Bandra Railway Station, singing one of the songs from this film in tandem with their track maintenance work.

In 1950s, SD Burman did not have much success as a music director. ‘Afsar’ (1950) was his first film for Navketan – a film production company started by Chetan Anand and Dev Anand. The film did not fare well at the box office although two songs – Naina Deewaane Ek Nahin Maane and Man Mor Huaa Matwaala became popular. ‘Pyaar’ (1950) also did not have a great run. SD Burman was now depressed that even after 5 years of his stint as a music director in Bombay film industry, he has not established himself as a successful music director. With this thought in mind, he decided to leave Mumbai and return to Kolkata.

At that time, Ashok Kumar was reviving Bombay Talkies by producing ‘Mashaal’ (1950) for which SD Burman was entrusted with the music direction. His leaving at a crucial juncture would have affected the film. After much persuasion by Ashok Kumar, SD Burman stayed back to complete the music direction of the film with a condition that after the completion of his work, he would return to Kolkata.

It so happened that ‘Mashaal’ (1950) became a box office hit film. Almost all the songs of the film became very popular. But it was Manna Dey’s song,  Upar Gagan Vishaal which drew attention of the common folk. With this song, Manna Dey seemed have announced that he had, at last, arrived in the world of Hindi film music. Manna Dey had worked as an Assistant Music Director for SD Burman but he got his first chance to sing under his baton only in ‘Mashaal’ (1950).

With the success of ‘Mashaal’ (1950), producers lined up for signing SD Burman for their films which included ‘Bahaar’ (1951), ‘Buzdil’ (1951), ‘Ek Nazar’ (1951), ‘Naujawaan’ (1951) and ‘Sazaa’ (1951). All these films had very popular songs some of which are still remembered today like Sainya Dil Mein Aana Re, Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Paayal Baaje, Thandi Hawaayen Lehra Ke Aayen and Tum Na Jaane Kis Jahaan Mein Kho Gaye.

But one film SD Burman  did in 1951 gave a tremendous boost to his career as a music director – it was Navketan’s ‘Baazi’ (1951). It was Guru Dutt’s first directorial venture. SD Burman’s musical treatment in this film was quite a contrast to what he had so far churned out. There were no Bengali traces in the songs. Instead, he predominantly used western and Punjabi beats. In fact, he turned Sahir Ludhinavi’s philosophical ghazal, Tadbeer Se Bigdi Huyi Taqdeer Banaa Le  into a seductive club song. All the songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951) became super hits. The success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) made SD Burman almost a permanent fixture with Navketan Banner until ‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973). By now, he had dropped the idea of shifting to Kolkata.

The musical success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) created a successful pair of Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman. During 1951-57, both of them created 138 songs in 18 films. Unfortunately, due to clash of egos, they did not work together after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957).

I will not go into further details of his successful films as they are in large numbers. But there are a few films which I consider as classic insofar as SD Burman’s music is concerned. They are ‘Taxi Driver’ (1954), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), ‘Paying Guest’ (1957), ‘Kaala Paani’ (1958), ‘Sujata’ (1959), ‘Kaala Baazar’ (1960), ‘Bandini’ (1963) ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969), ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970), ‘Sharmilee’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971), and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973). But within these films, there were high points in SD Burman’s musical career – ‘Baazi’ (1951), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969) and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973).

During 1946 until his death in October 31, 1975 SD Burman composed music for 90 films (including one unreleased film) comprising 673 songs (666 songs if I exclude 7 songs from the unreleased film). This gives an annual average of 3 films. According to those who had closely worked with SD Burman, he would consider him to be ‘busy’ if he had two films on hand. He considered himself ‘very busy’ if he had 3 films on hand. He would not take any more musical assignments until he completed one of the three films on hand. So the annual average of 3 films are within the parameter he set for himself.

It was during the recording the song, Badi Sooni Sooni Hai Zindagi Ye Zindagi  from ‘Mili’ (1975) that SD Burman got paralytic attack and was shifted to Bombay Hospital. Later, RD Burman completed the recording of the song. What an irony! When Kishore Kumar was singing this song for recording, his mentor was in the hospital in deep coma. SD Burman remained in coma for the next 5 months until his end came on October 31, 1975.

Since the article has already become very lengthy, I propose to write a second part of the article covering some other aspects of SD Burman’s Hindi film music on his Remembrance Day on October 31, 2018. There are hundreds of anecdotes in the life of SD Burman – some known and some unknown to me – which makes his musical journey very interesting. While Gulzar called him ‘Prince of Music’, Pandit Hari Prasad Charasia referred him as ‘Sangeet Sant’ (Saint of Music). Kersi Lord, who worked with SD Burman as a drummer and later as an accordionist for a very long time, called him ‘an old man with a young heart’ insofar as his music was concerned. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the santoor player called SD Burman as a wonderful person with child-like innocence.

I will end this article with a statement that SD Burman was a music director who remained at the zenith of his musical career in Hindi film industry since the success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) until his death on October 31, 1975. Even 5 year hiatus with Lata Mangeshkar (1957-62) did not affect his musical career. Some of the films for which SD Burman composed music may have failed at the box office but his music did not fail.

On the occasion of 112th birth anniversary of SD Burman and 99th birth anniversary of Majrooh Sultanpuri, I present one of their creations from ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958). The film was produced by VL Narasu, a coffee plantation magnate from the South India. The film starred Ashok Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Jagdish Sethi, Johny Walker, Shammi, Iftekhar, Raja Sulochana, Leela Mishra, Manmohan Krishna etc.

The film seems to have jinxed from the very beginning. Gyan Mukherjee was originally assigned to direct the film. He had even completed musical sitting with SD Burman. The film went into shooting floor in 1956. However, Gyan Mukherjee fell ill and was diagnosed with brain tumour. He was also afflicted by Parkinson’s disease. He passed away in November 1956. Ashok Kumar had to rope in Satyen Bose to direct the film (As revealed by late Sachin Bhowmick and quoted in ‘SD Burman – The Prince Musician’ – Anirudh Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal (2018).

During the making of the film, SD Burman got into tiff with Lata Mangeshkar on the issue of re-recording of the song, Sainya Kaise Dhaaroon Dheer as he wished to record the song afresh with some changes in the tune. Since Lata was leaving for a foreign trip, she could not give him the date, nor she could commit to give a priority date on her return from the trip. This enraged SD Burman to such an extent that he stopped engaging Lata Mangeshkar as a playback singer for the next 5 years. He got the above-mentioned song recorded in the voice of Asha Bhonsle. But she could not render the song the way S D Burman wanted. So he retained the originally recorded Lata version for the film. The remaining songs which were to be sung by Lata in the films were rendered by Asha Bhonsle (3) and Geeta Dutt (1).

After about 8 years from this incidence, SD Burman got his original wish fulfilled. Lata Mangeshkar recorded a song based on the tune of the song referred to above. The result was the culmination of a new song for the film ‘Guide’ (1965). The song was Mo Se Chhal Kiye Jaaye Dekho Sainya Beimaan. Incidentally, as I checked from the credit titles, Hiralal was one of the choreographers for both ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958) and ‘Guide’ (1965).

‘Sitaaron se Aage’ (1958) got delayed and finally released sometime in early 1958. The film was a musical extravaganza with Vyjayantimala performing a number of semi-classical dances in the film. A feature of the songs in this film was that  SD Burman used Western scores in a couple of songs like Chanda Ki Chaandni Ka Jaadoo and Mehfil Mein Aaaye Wo Aaj Dheere Se that sounded like waltz music.

So far 7 songs (out of 9 including one multiple version song) from this film have been covered in the Blog. I present the 8th song – ‘Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and picturised on Vyjayantimala as a dance song. The song is not only melodious but rhythmic as well.

[Author’s Note: Some of the information on SD Burman’s early life and early musical career has been sourced from ‘SD Burman – The World of His Music’ by Khagesh Dev Burman (translated from Bengali by SK Ray Chaudhuri), 2013.]

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul (Sitaaron Se Aage) (1958) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanopuri, MD – SD Burman
Chorus

Lyrics

aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
ho oo mere bulbul
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
 
o o o o
o o o o o 
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
o
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
wohi teri baaten
wohi meri raaten
wohi rang e mehfil mera
rah ke juda
dil na dukha
aa bhi jaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
o jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
 
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa

o o o o
o o o
raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
o raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
tu hi nahi aaya
dhal gaya saaya
yahaan ka taara wahaan gaya
raat dhali
jhoom chali
phir hawaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
ho tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o o mere bulbul. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
हो ओ मेरे बुलबुल
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा

वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा
वही तेरी बातें
वही तेरी रातें
वही रंग ए महफिल मेरा
रह के जुदा
दिल ना दुखा
आ भी जा आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
ओ राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
तू ही नहीं आया
ढाल गया साया
यहाँ का तारा वहाँ गया
रात ढली
झूम चली
फिर हवा आ॰॰आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
हो तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ ओ मेरे बुलबुल॰ ॰ ॰


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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


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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 : 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


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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)
————————————————————————
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


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