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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.

Prabhat Film Company’s ‘Padosi’ (1941) can be regarded as the first Hindi film based on the theme of Hindu-Muslim unity. This theme was considered as a courageous and risky proposition as sword pf Damocles was bound to hang over the head any producer dealing with such an explosive subject. The fanaticism prevalent in both these communities could wreck the box office prospects of the film. Defyung such dire predictions, ‘Padosi’ (1941) went on to became a box office hit.

The success of ‘Padosi’ (1941) in tealing with this sensitive theme of Hindi Muslim unity seems to have encouraged the producer of the film ‘Bhakt Kabir’ (1942) to try and utilise the same theme in a historical setting. It is said that when the film was announced, the film fraternity in Bombay (Mumbai) described it as a foolhardy endeavour on the part of this new productionto take up such an emotionally charged up subject of Hindu-Muslim unity in their very first offering. The producers of the film – Rameshwar Sharma and Lahori Ram Parashar from Punjab were new to the film industry. However, when the film was released in 1942, it received a very good response from the audience. The then Governments of Punjab, Sind and Bombay waived off the entertainment tax in their states for this film.

BHAKT KABIR (1942) was produced under the banner of Unity Productions, Calcutta and it was directed by Rameshwar Sharma. The star cast included Mazhar Khan, Mehtab, Bharat Bhushan, Padma Devi, Jyotsana Gupta, Gyani, Ramesh Sinha etc.

There were 16 songs in the film written by Sant Kabirdas and Pandit Shivkumar. However, distribution of songs between them is not known. On the SAREGAMA website, there are 9 songs available, all sung by Himangshu Dutta who also composed the music for the film. Surprisingly, I could not find any of these 9 songs on YT. I have mp3 audio clip of one more song which I had downloaded from Dr Surjit Singh’s website. This makes a total of 10 songs.

I heard the name of Himangshu Dutta (1908-1944) as singer and music director for the first time. Wikipedia describes him as a singer and composer of Bengali songs who was a contemporary of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. I have condensed Himangshu Dutta’s profile based on Wikipedia as set out below:

Himangshu Dutta was born in Comilla (now in Bangladesh) in 1908, to Jogendrachandra Dutta and Nirada Devi. After receiving primary and secondary education at Comilla and passing the entrance examination from Comilla Zilla School in 1924, he came to Kolkata and joined Presidency College to get the ISC degree. He received his bachelor degree from Vidyasagar College under Calcutta University.

Jogendrachandra was very fond of music and many eminent musicians of Comilla used to visit his house in a regular manner. This not only helped child Himangshu to listen quality classical music at his very young age but also to get closer to various forms of music like Dhrupad, Khayal, Ghazal, folk songs, and other various local music forms of Comilla.

Himangshu Dutta’s mother was also a noted singer of that time and she used to sing Rabindra sangeet to her sons and daughters. Himangshu Dutta received the first lessons of music from his mother. He learnt Dhrupad from Acharya Shyamacharan Dutta and Bhajan from Ustad Khasru Miya, and Pandit Khitimohan Sen-Shashtri. He also received training on classical music from his elder brother Shachindra Dutta. Before reaching his teenage, Himangshu Dutta started singing Bramho sangeet and Bhajan in different local functions at Comilla.

In 1923, Rabindranath Tagore visited Comilla and the young Himangshu Dutta sang Rabindra sangeet in a public function in front of Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath appreciated it very much.

Besides having a deep interest in music composition, Himangshu Dutta was an avid notation writer from the very young age. He wrote notations for various musicians including Atul Prasad Sen and Rabindranath Tagore. Maestros like Pankaj Mullick also mentioned this in his writing.

In 1931, Gramophone Company of India released the first record based on the composition of Himangshu Dutta. The artist was Haripada Roy. In the same year, the company also published another record from its HMV division where Sati Devi was the singer, and Himangshu emerged as a star in the history of so-called modern Bengali songs.

Himangshu started using both Indian classical music and western harmony to bring a complete new type of music in the history of Bengali music composition. Beside composing music for basic Bengali songs, Ghazals, and Raga based songs, in 1934, he entered the world of film industry through the Bengali film ‘Taruni’ (1934). In the next ten years he worked as composers in about 20 Bengali films and 3 Hindi films – Bhakt Kabir (1942), ‘Pati Puja’ (1943) and ‘Bhai Chaara’ (1943).

Himangshu Dutta died in 1944 at the age of 36.

I am presenting a very rare song not from the 10 songs which I mentioned above but a different song. This song is ‘ilaahi tu to rabbul aalam hai’ which was uploaded on YT by Vidur Sury. This is a hamd ( a devotional song in praise of God). The singer has been identified as Ram Dulari by a learned commentator on the video clip and I tend to agree with him when I compared the voice in her songs from ‘Chitralekha’ (1941).

I guess the words ‘rabbul aalami’ in the first line are the same as ‘rabbul aalamee’ in which case it means ‘Lord of the Universe’.

What a beautiful hamd! I have listened to this devotional song many times and yet I feel like listening again and again.

With this song, ‘Bhakt Kabir’ (1942) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Ilaahi tu to rabb ul aalami hai (Bhakt Kabir)(1942) Singer-Raamdulaari, Lyricist- Pt Shivkumar, MD-Himanshu Dutt

Lyrics

ilaahi
tu to rabb ul aalami hai
ilaahi
tu to rabb ul aalami hai
teri rahmat kaa kuchh kehna nahin hai
teri rahmat kaa kuchh kehna nahin hai
ilaahi

haan aan aan aan
aan aan aan aan
teri khairaat le le kar r
palen aen aen aen aen hain
teri khairaat le le kar r
pale….n aen aen aen aen hain
baz?? kuchh khairaat kuchh apna nahin hai

mujhe kehna aa aa aa aa hai
tujhse ae kuchh ilaaheda
haan aan aan aan aaan
mujhe kehna aa aa aa aa hai
tujhse kuchh ilaaheda aa
sunaa kar sabko wo kahna nahin hai
sunaa kar sabko wo kahna nahin hai

haan aan aan aan aan
main kya maangoon oon
tujhe ae ae sab kuchh khabar hai
haan aan aan aan aaan
main kya maangoon
tujhe ae ae sab kuchh khabar hai ae
hamaare ghar mein ek gehna nahin hai
hamaare ghar mein ek gehna nahin hai
ilaahi tu to rabb ul aalami hai
ilaahi


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“Nek Khatoon”(1959) was produced and directed by Pyarelal for Hind Pictures, Bombay. This movie, described as a social (samajik) movie in HFGK, had Chitra, Sahh Agha, Hiralal, Indira, Sheikh, Neelofar, Jillani, Maqbool, Fakeer Mohammad, Mohini, arvind Kumar, Razia, Habeeb, Kailash, Tiwari, Cooper, Altaf, baby Parveen etc in it.
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“Sohni Mahiwal” (1958) was a Chaudhary Art Production movie. It was directed by Raja Nawathe. The movie had Bharat Bhushan, Nimmi, Kumar, Achla Sachdev, Mukri, Lotan, Chand Burque, Om Prakash etc in it.
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“Sultaana”(1934) was directed by A R Kardar for “East India Film Company”. This by now forgotten movie had Mazhar Khan, Zarina, Indubala, Nazir, Gul Hameed 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.

HFM Songs Statistics by Year – 3
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Year 1934
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“हर साल का अपना एक सिक्का होता है”
(Every year has its own identification, its own currency).

As we review the historical record of look at the early years of Indian Cinema, true to the expectations, these formative years were very eventful and very exciting.  Any new art form, or a new concept, always attracts people who are the explorers, the adventurers – people who relish the excitements and risks of trying out the new.   Thus these formative years are full of new milestones, new people, new landmarks.  Their historical record makes for a very interesting read.
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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.

HAPPY DASHEHRA TO ALL READERS.

This is a season of Festivals in India. First it was Shri Ganesh ji, now it is Durga mata and soon it will be Deepavali. In between there was an Eid also. Later there will be Christmas, followed by Sankranti,then Holi and then……
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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.

EID MUBARAK to all readers.

On this occasion, I am posting a special song for my special friends. Hope you will enjoy it.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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.

Ganpati Bappa Morya!! One more Ganesh festival in the life of this blog. We have been having songs from bollywood movies posted in this blog every year. So why should this year be any different. And have we run out of Ganesh festival songs? Answer is no. As long as bollywood is there we will have some hero do the Ganesh aarti and set up a Ganesh pandal—atleast in their films.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.This is the 100th Sahir Ludhianvi lyrics contribution by Avinash Scrapwala in the blog.

(Thanks to our beloved Shri.Raja ji for his kind support and guidance to me in completion and presentation of this article)

We know Sahir Ludhianvi as a poet of the highest quality, a romantic at heart, and a rebel.

But for me, he was much more than this.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 2 # Talat Mehmood-1
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This is the second offering in this series. My primary focus in this series is to introduce those films from the decade 1971-1980 that are yet to make a debut on the blog.

But instead of going chronologically I willdiscuss these songs in sequence in which I noticed them in HFGK Vol-V. And of course, special songs are to be discussed first.

And today’s song is definitely a special one – a devotional song in the ‘velvet voice’ – now this one really came to me as surprise when I read the first song in the list under this film’s name in HFGK. The singer was none other than Talat Mehmood.
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