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Archive for the ‘Ghazal’ Category


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Today (31 july 2016) is a day that all music lover know only too well. It seems like yesterday when we heard the unexpected news that Rafi was no more. He was just 55 years old at that time and he still had many years of singing career ahead of him. In a way, his demise signified the hastening of the end of the golden era of HFM, an era which had begun when his himself was making his mark as a playback singer in 1940s.
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This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

For a soft and lovely and romantic expression, it probably does not get better than this delightful ghazal. The words, the music, and the rendition – all have come together to craft this wonderful expression of bashful love. Love, that wants to say many things, but remains un-speaking, when presented with the opportunity. The anxiety and hesitations tie the tongue, and the moments pass by without a word being said. Shakeel Sb has so beautifully painted the words around this emotion. Each couplet is a priceless gem. I am bowled over with how the words are knitted together.

hasraten aarzooen umangen
jaane kis raah par jaa rahi theen
un ko dekha to manzil samajh kar
ruk gaya karvaan un ke aage

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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.

The ghazal ‘na kisi ki aankh kaa noor hoon’ has been embroiled in a debate about its authorship. This ghazal became popular and well known when Mohammed Rafi sang it for the film ‘Laal Qila’ (1960). The ghazal was credited to Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor. In fact, this ghazal was picturised on Bahadur Shah Zafar, this role played by M Kumar. The sentiment expressed in the ghazal fitted very well with the status of Bahadur Shah Zafar as the last Mughal king whose writ did not work beyond the walled city of Delhi. It was this that probably led many to believe that the ghazal was the expression of his inner feelings of sorrow and self-pity.
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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. This is his 400th writeup in the blog

apni marzi se kahaan apne safar ke hum hain
rukh hawaaon kaa jidhar kaa hai udhar ke hum hain

-Nida Fazli

[There is no choice for us as to where we embark on the journey.
Where the direction of the wind is the place to which we belong].
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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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 50
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Khud samajh lo ke iltijaa kya hai
Hamhin keh den to phir mazaa kya hai

Iltijaa= Request, desire

The matla (first) she’r of the above ghazal penned by Arzoo Lucknawi is apparently addressed to the ‘maashooqa’ (beloved) by ‘aashiq’ (lover) saying that the former should get a hint, may be the way he talks and treat the beloved, as to what is his request or what he is desirous of. There is no fun if he reveals his request/desire.
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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.

I had no idea about this film KAARWAAN-E-HUSN (1935), a name that I heard for the first time. Even the name of the singer, Miss Noor Jahan was new for me. The film was produced under the banner of Kanwal Movietone and was directed by Choudhary M Raffi. The star cast included S.Nazir, Shahzadi, M. Ansari, S M Hadi, Zohrajaan, Miss Noor Jahan, Agha etc.
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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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 46
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I take it as a privilege to present the 100th song of a low profile music director who was very active during 1937-1948 though his musical career in films extended till 1965. I have described him as a low profile music director because he and his music has rarely been discussed in articles and books pertaining to Hindi film music. Even Dr Ashok Da Ranade, in his book ‘Hindi Film Song – Music Beyond Boundary’ has not found it necessary to discuss the technicalities of his musical scores who was music director for 58 films aggregating over 600 songs. The music director under discussion is Gyan Dutt.
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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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s -38
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PRARTHANA (1943) was produced under the banner of Minerva Movietone and it was directed by Sarvottam Badami. The star cast included Motilal, Jahanara Kajjan, Sabita Devi, K N Singh, Nimbalkar, Ghulam Hussein, Sadat Ali, Abu Bakar etc. There were 10 songs in the film and five of them were rendered by Jahanara Kajjan. All the songs penned by Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri were set to music by Saraswati Devi. The main features of all the songs were that they were all based on Hindustani classical raagas.
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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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 34
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‘Mitti Ke Khiloune’ (1948) was produced under the banner of Ranjit Movietone and it was directed by Prahlad Dutt. The star cast included Karan Dewan, Nigar Sultana, Nirupa Roy, Dulari, Ram Avatar, SN Tripathi, Pandit Iqbal etc. The film was reviewed in March 1949 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine. The story of the film appears familiar, probably repeated in a few later Hindi films:
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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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s -33
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MANMAANI (1947) was produced under the banner of Ajit Pictures and it was directed by Sarvottam Badami. The star cast included Jairaj, Ragini, E. Billimoria, Sabita Devi, Nazir Hussain, Amar etc. There were 10 songs in the film but the name of the lyricist is not known. From the gist of the story given in Wikipedia, the film appears to be an interesting one:
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