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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.

Saga Of Sleepless Nights -1
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oo oo. . neend na mujh ko aaye,
dil mera ghabraaye
chup ke chup ke, koyi aa ke,
soyaa pyaar jagaaye

कोई तो ऐसी उमर रही होगी, कोई तो ऐसा मुकाम आया होगा ज़िंदगी में, जब किन्हीं जज़्बातों के चलते, कुछ (या फिर कई) रातें आप ने जाग के गुज़ारो होंगीं।

There must have been an age, a time in life, a passage of emotional intensities, when you may have spend a few (or maybe many) sleepless nights – thinking, waiting, contemplating. Yes, they visit us all, the nights of the wide open eyes, when a cloudy sky is an irritating bore – for if the skies were clear, at least you would be able to start counting the stars.

The level and quality of the anxieties may be different, but yes, all of us have experienced such flavors of anxieties, that have kept us awake when we should not have been. Sleep is such a dear and an essential passage, without which our very survival is threatened. And yet, there are compulsions of overriding emotions that sometimes force us to forsake even this essential commodity.

Sometimes we are sleepless because we are too sad; sometimes we are sleepless because we are too happy; and then again, sometimes we are sleepless for we are not sure. And mostly, we are sleepless when we are in love. Sometimes it is because we are agonized over the apparent cruelties of the person we love. And sometimes we are sleepless because we are ecstatic for the messages and favors of love received. And then there are uncertainties that keep gnawing us from the inside – uncertainties of the type that say “he loves me, he loves me not”, or “will I meet her tomorrow again?”.

Such vagaries of love take over the reins of the mind. The body discounts, nay forsakes, the fatigue of the day. The eyes may be clamoring for some rest, but the mind insists on keeping awake. For some reasons, it is the comfort and the pleasure of being alone in the silences of the night. For some other reasons, it is the only time one may have of a private expression of personal sadnesses. Or the only time of private tribulations of anxieties, as one waits for an arrival or a happening. The newly-father-to-be is seen pacing outside the delivery room, sleepless, anxiously awaiting to hear the sounds of the outcome 🙂 (pun intended). It is interesting to recall; of all the childbirth scenes picturized in the Hindi Cinema, the most such scenes are happening in the night. More sleeplessness for all.

Another creature of sleeplessness is – yes, it is the poet. Ask any poet about sleepless nights, and you will be handed over a few sample verses immediately. Long nights and poets have an association that predates even history. A sleepless mind, of the creative type, is sure to string together some words and make a song, eulogizing all the characteristics and the experiences of a sleepless night. Every poet of note, and also those not of note, have all penned verses about tackling sleeplessness – some may enjoy it, others may bemoan it, but none can ignore it or overlook it. A number of sonnets by Shakespeare touch upon this subject of sleeplessness; I shall try to bring that into one of this series.

And Hindi cinema. Of course, yes. Scores of situations where one comes across songs and verses that tell the stories about sleepless nights. The poets and the composers have labored hard to bring us some very beautiful songs that are driven by lack of any comfortable rest. Ah yes, a number of such songs will immediately come to mind. In this series, my effort is to present some real wonderful, but obscure gems that talk about the loneliness of sleepless nights, or yes, even otherwise. What I mean by ‘otherwise’ is the songs that are the tellings about the sleeplessness by one person to the other. Eg. “Ibtidaa e Ishq Mein Hum Saari Raat Jaage. . .” (‘Hariyali Aur Raasta’, 1962) or “Mein Kyaa Kahoon Raat Ki Baat Sakhi Ri” (‘Tilasmi Duniya’, 1946). So yes, we shall be meeting some very familiar songs, and some lost memories in this series.

Today’s song is from an as yet unrepresented film on our blog. The film is ‘Talwaar Ka Dhani’ from 1956. The song is penned by Gopal Singh Nepali, and the music is from the mind of the magic melody maker – Chitragupt. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle. Earlier today, Atul ji has an observation about GS Nepali – Chitragupt – Asha Bhosle combination that has come together to create some very memorable songs in the 1950s. This song is one of their best, I must say.

It is GS Nepali’s birth anniversary today (11th August). A lot has already been written about this poet, by me and by Atul ji in earlier posts – “Hum The Intezaar Mein, Ghaayal Tere Pyar Mein” (‘Sultanat’, 1954), and “Jab Sur Alag Ho Saaz Se” (‘Sati Madalsa’, 1955). So I will not repair to the details herein, and will move on with a grand salute to this lesser known poet, who has recently clocked a century of posts on our blog.

The song – well something needs to be said about it. I was actually searching for a song for GS Nepali Sb’s anniversary. In my searches, I came across the film ‘Talwaar Ka Dhani’ of 1956. As has happened so many times before, the songs of this film are sitting with me but I have not heard them. Or not all of them. As I played this song, getting to hear it for the first time, I was simply bowled over. I played it again and again, but I simply do not seem to be getting enough of it into myself. Simply said, this song is a beauty – a beauty of soft melodious expression of some very lovely and meaningful poetry. This song simply is not going away from the mind. The theme being sleepless nights, I then just got hooked on to initiate this series today, with this song – a series that I have been contemplating for more than a year now. The wait simply has been that I have still to fully plan and chalk out the series. But the encounter with this song last night just fast forwarded the decision for me. One song of this film is already posted here on our blog. This is the second song to find its place here.

Listen to this lovely beautiful aria. The starting bars themselves, even before the words start, have such a soothing comforting effect on the mind. I am sure you will fall in love, as I have. And then the voice comes along, with the words. Asha ji is trying to be soft, but simply cannot keep out the playful expectations, that make the sound of this song so cute and endearing. Let me stop my words and let you click the play. And be in love, all over again.

[Ed Note: Ah yes, one more ‘Raja’ song. 🙂 ]

Song – Neend Na Aaye Raja, Tum Yaad Aaye  (Talwar Ka Dhani) (1956) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Gopal Singh Nepali, MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

neend na aaye raja
tum yaad aaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye. . .
neend na aaye raja

laakhon sitaare
dilkash nazaare
phir bhi kami hai piya
bina tumhaare
nazron mein tum ho to
chaand na bhaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

dil nahin bas mein
pyaar nas nas mein
neend chura ke meri
khaao na kasmen
dil nahin bas mein
pyaar nas nas mein
neend chura ke meri
khaao na kasmen
mujhko papiha tere naghme sunaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

teri judaai
meri tanhaai
yaad puraani phir se
taaza ho aayi
teri judaai
meri tanhaai
yaad puraani phir se
taaza ho aayi
aise royen kaise
palken milaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

neend na aaye raja
tum yaad aaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye. . .
neend na aaye raja
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नींद ना आए राजा
तुम याद आए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये॰॰॰
नींद ना आए राजा

लाखों सितारे
दिलकश नज़ारे
फिर भी कमी है पिया
बिना तुम्हारे
नज़रों में तुम हो तो
चाँद ना भाए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

दिल नहीं बस में
प्यार नस नस में
नींद चुरा के मेरी
खाओ ना कसमें
दिल नहीं बस में
प्यार नस नस में
नींद चुरा के मेरी
खाओ ना कसमें
मुझको पपीहा तेरे नग़में सुनाये
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

तेरी जुदाई
मेरी तनहाई
याद पुरानी फिर से
ताज़ा हो आई
ऐसे रोएँ कैसे पलकें मिलाये
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

नींद ना आए राजा
तुम याद आए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये॰॰॰
नींद ना आए राजा

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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.

A voice, that is as soft and pleasing as cool breeze. And a singing that is most natural, with no efforts for any artificial embellishments to the rendition.  A voice that is not formally trained. And yet, this voice and the persona behind it, have become synonymous with being the first lady of Bangla cinema.

Remembering Kaanan Devi on her remembrance day. She passed away this day (17th July) in 1992.
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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.

Missing Films of 1960s – 33
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Unbelievable – that this song is still waiting to be posted.

This gem of a song, a forgotten favorite from the radio listening days. Such a lovely and soulful song, a wondrous melody that enhances the poignancy of the emotions contained within the words. And the words – what an ocean of feelings has been captured and bundled, just within the three phrases of the first line itself,

dil liya. . .     gham diya. . .     kya kiya. . .
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“Aarsi”(1947) was directed by Daaud Chand for Jeewan Pictures,Lahore. There movie had Meena, Al Nasir, Ajmal, Asha Posle, Ramlal, Zahoor Shah, Kamla, Iqbal, P N Bali, Chandrashekhar, Bheemsen, Kukku, Pran etc. in it. The Meena most likely was Meena Shorey.
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“Kaarwaan”(1956) was produced by Dev Jolly and directed by Rafiq Rizvi for Shahkar Productions, Bombay. This movie had Shakila, Mahipal, Hiralal, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Randhir, Sateesh, Z Hussain, Pal, Sharma, Dhanraj, Prema, Sheila Vaz, Helen, Cuckoo etc in it.
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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.

अब क्या मिसाल दूँ में इस प्यारी आवाज़ की
इन्सान बन गई है तरंग वीणा के तार की

वीणा, माँ सरस्वती के हाथ की वीणा – जो सब ज्ञान का स्रोत है, जो समस्त सृष्टि के संगीत का उद्गम स्थान है, जो वाणी और ध्वनि का आरंभ है।

Veena, that is in the hand of Goddess Saraswati; veena, that is the source of all knowledge and all that is music in this creation.

Yes, the voice of Lata ji. A voice that is adorned in many a thousand ways, a voice that lives in the minds and memories through many a thousand songs, in Hindi films, in films of other regions, and songs that don’t belong to films. The legacy is a treasure. Quite so much has been written about this voice, my adding more would simply be repeating what has been said before. And much of that discussion is an overbearing analysis of the phases and careers, that are after all moot points, when arrayed against the qualities of the voice itself. That discussion is like ‘गूंगे की शक्कर’ – the description of the sweetness of sugar as expressed by a person who cannot speak. He would place the sugar on your palm, and tell you silently, to taste it, to eat it. After that tasting, no words are necessary, to discuss what sugar is. 🙂
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

In my recent article, I had listed the films from 1936 to 1942 in which Anil Biswas was associated with producer-director, Mehboob Khan under the banners of Sagar Movietone and later National Studios. Their association came to an end with the release of ‘Roti’ (1942). A news clipping in October 1942 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine revealed that on the eve of the release of ‘Roti’ (1942), National Studios was sold to K M Modi (I believe, he was the younger brother of Sohrab Modi) who was a film exhibitor.
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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.

जब मैं छोटा बच्चा था, (and my, not just then. . . even now). . .

No, no I am not going to start a description of my ‘शरारती’ pranks and naughtiness. I am going to tell somethings about my favorite actor and songs; that my favorite male performer was Dev Anand. There was a charismatic attraction in his face, his smile with one out of line canine, his mannerism, and his style of dialogue delivery – all put together made for a striking package,  that would steal hearts. I am talking of the time when films like ‘Baazi’ and ‘Jaal’ and ‘Taxi Driver’ continued to be popular in re runs, and continued to be discussed as iconic films. This popular set of films was shown more than once on TV, and it would be a gala Saturday/Sunday when a Dev Anand film was scheduled. Those were days when the weekly film shows were split across the two last days of the week. And needless to say, the break was very irritating. 🙂
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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.

Today’s song is from the 1951 film ‘Simba’, which is making its debut on the Blog. The film was made by Comedy pictures and was directed by Mohammed Hussain. Mohd. Hussain was born in Bombay on 25-2-1918. He directed about 40 odd films, which included some known names like Roop lekha-49, Sipah salar-56,Qaidi-57, Aji bas shukriya-5d, Delhi Junction, Shikari,Faulad,Teesra kaun,Thakur jarnial singh, Dilruba,CID 909,Jaal saaz and lastly Madina masjid-77.
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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.

Wow, what a song, what a lovely song, what a lovely marathon of a song; so full of words, so full of emotions, so full of insistence of emotions. Rajendra Krishan has outdone himself in writing this song. And so does C Ram, outshine himself in tying this song into threads of music. And what rendition, Lata ji outshines herself. I am hearing this song for the first time today, and have simply fallen in love with it.
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