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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.

The 25th of October is an important date for Hindi film music lovers. In fact, not just for them but for lovers of Urdu poetry too. For it is the anniversary of passing away of one of the industry’s foremost lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi, who was highly regarded not just for lyrics but also for his poetry. In fact it was his poetry that brought him recognition early on – he just extended it to the film industry.

I’ve written about Sahir on multiple occasions here – both on his birth anniversary, and on his death anniversary. Those who know me here are aware that Sahir has a very special place in my heart. Much as for Rafisaab, Sahir’s anniversaries (birth and death) are dates that I always remember.

There’s absolutely no doubt that Sahir was a giant amongst lyricists in the Hindi film industry. This is not to belittle the contributions of many other illustrious lyricists, but whenever there is reference to lyricist legends of the past, Sahir’s name almost always figures amongst the first few names one thinks of. Sure there were other legends too – names of Shailendra, Shakeel, Majrooh, Kaifi Azmi come readily to mind – but Sahir is right up there too in any list. Or maybe I am biased. 🙂

The industry itself is not known to particularly pamper lyricists. Ask any average music lover of a song what he remembers most about it. He will most probably remember the actor(s) on whom it is picturized, he is likely to remember the composer – but the lyricist? He will most probably guess it, depending on the composer, but it is not something that has the same recall as an actor or composer. This is unfortunate because a lyricist can weave magic through his words – which the composer can then set to a tune, picturized on an actor. They are all part of the team – and the lyricist deserves as much to be in the limelight as anyone else.

At least Sahir thought so too. It was only on his insistence that All India Radio even began announcing the lyricist’s name when it played songs on radio. Till then the lyricist’s name wasn’t even mentioned in the credits. This is just as well because songs written by Sahir, with absolutely no disrespect to the composer, were magical in large part due to their lyrics. The lyrics always stood out – and you would find yourself paying far more attention to them, than you’d probably do for other songs. It didn’t matter what type of song it was, happy or sad – if it was written by Sahir, you could be assured of poetry, even if sometimes, dumb’ed down for a film audience.

I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it here – I wasn’t even aware of what a great lyricist and poet Sahir was till I read his obituary in the Illustrated Weekly of India in 1980 when he passed away. Till then, I did know of him as a lyricist – I’d seen several films with his name in the credits. But I had no idea of his body of work. It was only when I read that obit – and it listed some of his songs – that I went totally “Wow!”. There were many songs which were very famous and among my favourites – but I had no clue they were Sahir’s. I knew the ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Gumraah’ and ‘Hamraaz’ songs were written by him – but I didn’t realise, for example, that ‘Sadhna’, ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’ and ‘Chitralekha’ songs were also written by him. And many more, of course. It was only then that I realized what a colossus he had been.

While reading that obit, I got just a glimpse into the life of Sahir. Later I would read much more – and my respect for him would grow everytime I read about him. It was clear to me that the fire in his belly found its release in his writing. And how!

It is only when you are SO passionate about something that you can write with such depth and fervour about it. Sahir’s view of the world and society around him, often cynical, almost always found its way into his poetry. And yet, he could write positive, uplifting lines that energize you! For every cynical “Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai” and “Rehne Ko Ghar Nahin Hai, Saara Jahaan Hamaara“, he also wrote “Wo Subah Kabhi To Aayegi“, “Ghamon Ka Daur Bhi Aaye To Muskuraa Ke Jiyo” and “Ponchh Kar Ashq Apni Aankhon Se, Muskuraao To Koi Baat Baney“.

Where Sahir could write critiques about society at large, coming across as a bitter man, he could also write soft, romantic lines that could woo anyone – “Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar, Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin” is one of my absolute favourites, as is “Parbaton Ke Pedon Par Shaam Ka Baseraa Hai“.

Sahir wrote about communal harmony – “Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalmaan Banega, Insaan Ki Aulaad Hai Insaan Banega“, he wrote about women and their treatment by men “Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko”, he bemoaned the futility of war “Khuda e Bartar Teri Zameen Par, Zameen Pke Khaatir Ye Jung Kyon Hai”, he wrote on rights of labour “”Jaagega Insaan Zamaana Dekhega”. Later in his career, probably somewhat disillusioned, he wrote about the ephemeral nature of fame “Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon“.

Each one of these songs – and many more – has soul. I don’t know how else to express this. There are songs that are a filler in a film, to make it of a desirable length. And there are songs with soul. Sahir’s songs, more often than not, have a soul – there is a depth, or a message, or an emotion in them that tugs at your heart strings. Even a light romantic song would ensure that you were enthralled in its poetry. For example, the song “Ye Parbaton Ke Daaere Ye Shaam Ka Dhuaan“. You are already transported into a different world. And then it goes on to project further – “Zara Si Zulf Khol Do, Fiza Mein Itar Ghol Do, Nazar Jo Baat Keh Chuki, Wo Baat Munh Se Bol Do”. Now how beautiful and romantic is that!

Or just take “Tujhe Chaand Ke Bahaane Dekhoon, Tu Chhat Par Aaja Goriye”. Another romantic song, moulded in a folk tune, I absolutely love!

So much for his brilliant poetry and songs. For me personally, beyond all this, was Sahir the person. He might have been temperamental, he might have had his moods and ego clashes – but for me, from all that I’ve read about him, he was a genuine person. He loved whatever he did, with a passion. And he abhorred whatever he did, with a passion too. He had strong likes and dislikes, he had strong beliefs. And he didn’t believe in pretending to be someone he was not. He also didn’t believe in political correctness, he’d call a spade a spade. Which might be one reason he probably didn’t have too many friends – but the ones he did have, swore by him.

Another aspect of Sahir was his closeness to his mother. Right from his childhood, when in the court of law he preferred to be with his mother than with his far wealthy father, Sahir was extremely close to his mother. In fact, there are a fair number of songs written by him, which are about a child and his/her parent (usually mother). From the top of my mind right now, I remember “Tu Mere Pyar Ka Phool Hai, Ki Meri Bhool Hai” from ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ (1959), the very poignant (and a song that deserves to be much better-known) “Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon” from ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ (1963) and “Tu Mere Saath Rahega Munne” from ‘Trishul’ (1978).  But I am sure there are others too.

In fact, today’s song too is related to the child-parent relationship. The song is from the 1970 film ‘Samaj Ko Badal Daalo’. This is a film I remember seeing in my childhood – it surprised me because, for the first time, I saw a film where the hero (Parikshit Sahni) is killed midway through the film – and the film goes on. I happened to see the film again sometime ago – and it turned out to be very depressing fare. A very realistic film in that it shows the depth of despair from poverty – but am not sure people want to see this when they buy a ticket in a theatre. Usually they want to escape from the reality of poverty around them. I have no idea how the film did at the box-office, maybe someone can shed light on this. It was a remake of a Telugu film (which itself was a remake of a Malayalam film), so it is quite likely that the earlier films were successful. But then regional cinema often is far starker and real than Hindi films, and often liked for precisely this quality.

The song is “Taaron Ki Chhaon Mein”. There are two versions – a happy and a sad version. In the happy version, Sharada (known for her Telugu films) and Parikshit Sahni (then still called Ajay Sahni) are enjoying time with their little baby. In the sad version, Sharada is crying, remembering the good times. Very briefly, what has happened in between is – Parikshit Sahni, a righteous worker in a factory, and leading a strike on behalf of other workers, has been killed. As a result, the family has come upon hard times – and everyone turns their back on Sharada. Even those on behalf of whom Parikshit Sahni was fighting. Things go from bad to worse – to the extent that finally she is driven to such despair that she ends up killing her own children. If this isn’t dire, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, let me not spoil your mood any further. Just sit back and listen to this song by Sahir. And let’s also thank him for the very rich legacy of songs and poetry that he has left us with.

[Happy Version]

[Sad Version]

Song – Taaron Ki Chhaon Mein, Sapnon Ke Gaon Mein (Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo) (1970) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – Ravi
Lata + Rafi

Lyrics

(Happy Version)
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmm
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmm

aaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaa aaa

taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
so jao chain se
is kaali rain se
aage jo desh hai suhaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

gagan taley pawan chale
thandi suhaani
dheemi dheemi leye mein kahe meethi kahaani
aayi re
aayi re
aayi hindoley le ke nindiya ki raani
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

bhanven teri pitaa jaisi
maa jaisi akhiyaan

gazab karen jiya haren
bholi kanakhiyaan

aayin re
aayin re
aayin hai lene tumhe phoolon ki sakhiyaan
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

aayi re
aayi re

aayi re chanda ke rath ki sawaari
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm

(Sad Version)
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
so jao chain se
is kaali rain se
aage jo desh hai suhaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

aayi re
aayi re

aayi re chanda ke rath ki sawaari
so jao, so jao
so jao, so jao
so jao, so ja. . .

 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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(हर्ष)
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम

आss आsss आsss आss
आssss आss आss

तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
सो जाओ चैन से
इस काली रैन से
आगे जो देश है सुहाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
पारियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

गगन तले पवन चले
ठंडी सुहानी
धीमी धीमी लय में कहे मीठी कहानी
आई रे
आई रे
आई हिंडोले ले के नींदिया की रानी
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

भवें तेरी पिता जैसी
माँ जैसी अखियाँ
गजब करें
जिया हरें
भोली कनखियाँ
आईं रे
आईं रे
आईं हैं लेने तुम्हें फूलों की सखियाँ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
आई रे
आई रे
आई चंदा के रथ की सवारी
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम

[विषाद]
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
सो जाओ चैन से
इस काली रैन से
आगे जो देश है सुहाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
आई रे
आई रे
आई चंदा के रथ की सवारी
सो जाओ सो जाओ
सो जाओ सो जाओ
सो जाओ सो जा॰ ॰ ॰

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This article is written by Raja, 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.

Today(13 october 2017) is the 30th death anniversary of one of the greatest legends of the Hindi film industry, Kishore Kumar. On this day, the 13th of October 1987, he left this earthly world. He was just 58 then.

As with all legends, though they may be long gone, we are left with their legacy – to enjoy and to remember them with. Kishore Kumar is no different – his legacy is extremely rich, and he has millions of fans around the world who enjoy his songs every single day.

Here, on this blog, we remember him very fondly today on this death anniversary and thank him for enriching our lives to an extent and in a manner that’s hard to quantify or describe. Each of us just knows it in our heart.

So what can I write about Kishore Kumar that I haven’t already written here?

I’ve already written a lot about him on various posts – on his birth and death anniversaries.

Much of my previous writing here on Kishore Kumar relates to my own experience as a schoolboy in the 1970s, when he reigned supreme.

I’ve also written about how fond I am of his pre-1970s songs, although he was not THE numero uno male playback singer of the time. His songs from this period though are an absolute delight to listen to.

I’ve also written about the harfan maula that Kishore Kumar was. His best-known talent is, no doubt, his singing. But he was a popular comedy actor too in his time, with his own style of comedy. He also dabbled (successfully) in composing music. And, as if all of this were not enough, he directed and produced some films too. So yes, full marks for being a harfan maula .

Having discussed all this before, I do not wish to repeat myself, and bore the reader. 🙂

I would therefore like to dwell today on something else – Kishore Kumar, the person.

Obviously I’ve never met him myself, so anything I say about Kishore Kumar, the person, is necessarily gleaned from reports about him, or interviews with, or about, him.

By all accounts – and by that, I mean mainly his fellow artistes – Kishore Kumar was a fun person. Both Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have spoken very fondly of him as being a prankster (in the nicest sense of the term), always up for some fun, cracking a joke, pulling someone’s leg, having a good laugh in general.

This is a quality I admire, because, as long as it does not interfere with work, it’s always fun to have fun-colleagues. Imagine being at work with sullen faces around you. 🙂 Life is too short to live without fun & sparkle in it – and I think Kishore Kumar understood this better than most. So not only did he practise it himself, he also spread this fun and sparkle wherever he went.

One has only to watch his live performance videos (some are thankfully available online) to see how full of energy and fun Kishore Kumar was. He was not just “singing”, he was fully “performing” for his audience. Clearly they were there to have a good time – and he was going to make sure he gave them what they wanted.

Another aspect of Kishore Kumar’s personality that I have read about is that he was particular about his fee. He didn’t want to be taken for a ride by anyone – and that’s only fair and professional. I’ve also read this about Jagjit Singh.

Contrary to what some might have made about the professional rivalry of Kishore Kumar and Rafisaab, they were good friends and had a lot of respect for each other. Amit Kumar talks about the time early in his career when his car once broke down. Rafisaab gave him a lift, dropped him off home, and went on. When Kishore Kumar got to know of this, he was upset with Amit Kumar for letting Rafisaab go, without bringing him home. Rafisaab too admired Kishore, acknowledging his popularity in the 1970s and encouraging him to give live performances. Professional rivalry apni jagah, but it does not have to come in the way of personal relationships.

Then there was the time in the late 70s (I think), when Kishore Kumar was reigning. Someone (I don’t know who) started a poll “Who’s the better singer – Kishore Kumar or Mohammad Rafi”. Given Kishore’s popularity at the time, presumably he was getting favourable winds in his direction. He was deeply embarrassed and requested that the poll be stopped.

Kishore Kumar seems to have managed to largely live life on his own terms. He had a few run-ins – when he refused to sing on Sanjay Gandhi’s orders at a Congress rally, his songs were banned for a while from being played on air during the Emergency. Apparently he had a misunderstanding later in his career with Amitabh Bachchan too, when the latter refused to do a guest role in a film produced by Kishore.

So it’s not as Kishore’s career was entirely controversy-free – but then, most celebrities’ careers rarely are. What’s more important is how their character stacks up during the controversy – and Kishore’s stacks up pretty well, in my opinion.

There’s a now-famous mid-80s interview of Kishore Kumar by Pritish Nandy. I think it was in the Illustrated Weekly of India. By then, Kishore had become reclusive – the interview gives an insight into his then-thought process. He had become fond of talking to plants – he explains why.

I remember being surprised to see the depth in Kishore Kumar’s “Door Ka Raahi” (1971) – a film produced and directed by him, and very different from the usual escapist fare of the time. For a person best-known for his comedy roles and fun character, this film revealed a different, thinking, side to Kishore’s personality.

All in all, Kishore Kumar was one of a kind. There’s a lot to admire about him – and I’m not talking just about his singing. We could certainly do with more Kishore Kumars today – but then they don’t make them like Kishore anymore, do they?

So today, as we pay tribute to Kishore Kumar, we thank him for being the person he was. And of course for all the wonderful songs he has given us. It just struck me – I haven’t mentioned even one. Bahut na-insaafi hai. 🙂

Anyway, coming to the song for today.

This is from Harjaee (1981).

I remember seeing this film at that time – haven’t seen it since. Contrary to the typical multi-starrer, masala films of the time, this film, starring Randhir Kapoor and Tina Munim, was a proper tear-jerker. From what I remember, Randhir Kapoor is a carefree, prankster type of guy who pretends to have cancer, just to get Tina Munim to fall for him. His parents too believes his story and get Tina to be sympathetic towards him. Then tragedy strikes. Randhir Kapoor gets really diagnosed with cancer. The rest of the story is how he copes with it, how Tina copes with it, how their respective families cope with it.

The film has some good songs – like many Randhir Kapoor films do. Whether his films did well or not, there used to invariably be at least one hit song (often more) in each of his films. I remember during my schooldays, I personally didn’t mind Randhir Kapoor films at all – though I was clearly much in the minority at the time. 🙂

The song is “kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain”. It is a sad, sensitive song picturised on Randhir as he reflects on his changed life, and wants to hold on to all that is precious to him.

I hope you like the song.


Song-Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain (Harjaayee)(1981) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Nida Fazli, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain

Jo aata hai wo jaata hai
Ye duniya aani jaani hai
Yahaan har shay musaafir hai
Safar mein zindagaani hai
Ujaalon ki zaroorat hai
Andhera meri kismat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai

Zara ae zindagi dum le
Tera deedaar to kar loon
Kabhi dekha nahin jisko
Usey main pyaar to kar loon
Abhi se chhod ke mat jaa
Abhi teri zaroorat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai

Koi anjaan sa chehra
Ubharta hai fizaaon mein
Ye kiski aahatein jaagin
Meri khaamosh raahon mein
Abhi ae maut mat aana
Mera bhi aana jannat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai


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.

Today we pay tribute here on the blog to Mahendra Kapoor, one of the well-known voices of the golden era of Hindi music, on the occasion of his 9th death anniversary. There are many ways to start this tribute but, instead of “getting my eye in”, let me, Sehwag-style, straightaway go for it. By “it”, I mean the elephant in the room.

That is, why are there so many people who dislike Mahendra Kapoor’s voice? On many occasions when I’ve discussed music with other music-lovers, there have been varying opinions on Rafisaab, Kishore, Shankar Jaikishen, RD Burman and others. Most of these artistes are much-admired but there has  been the occasional detractor too. This makes for interesting debate for me, because I like to understand the rationale behind the minority contrarian view.

With Mahendra Kapoor, it seems to be just the opposite. In fact, I probably find myself now holding the minority contrarian view on him, considering the majority view of music lovers seems to not rate him much. In fact, even amongst some Atulites, there is a certain scepticism about Mahendra Kapoor. So where does this come from? And if many, knowledgeable, music-lovers share this, can they all be wrong?

Even OP Nayyar in an interview late in his life said that he didn’t exactly rate Mahendra Kapoor as a singer.  And this, from someone, who used Mahendra Kapoor fairly extensively in the mid/late 60s after being upset with Rafisaab. In fact, MK had delivered quite a few hits for OP – songs like “Mera Pyaar Wo Hai“(from ‘Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi’, 1966), “Laakhon Hain Yahaan Dilwaale” and “Aankhon Mein Qayaamat Ke Kaajal” (from ‘Kismat’, 1968), “Andhere Mein Jo Baithe Hain” (from ‘Sambandh’, 1969), “Kamar Patli, Nazar Bijli“, “O Yaaron Ki Tamanna Hai Teri Zulfon Mein Fans Jaayen”  and “Tumhaara Chaahne Waala Khuda Ki Duniya Mein” (from ‘Kahin Din Kahin Raat’, 1968). All popular songs. In the interview, OPN made this comment in the context of missing Rafisaab, but I feel it was rather harsh on MK.

Yet, MK had a fairly successful career spanning five decades. Would that have happened if he had really not been of a certain standard?

My take on this is, each singer is different.  He has his own voice, style, range which makes him unique. This might endear him to others – or it might not, depending on the listener’s taste.  There are many who do not even like Mukesh’s singing. They consider him limited. And there are many who swear by him. So it is a matter of taste.

We could apply the same reasoning to MK too. He had his unique voice, style and range – which clearly did not appeal to some.  I think what made it much more difficult for him was the constant comparison with Rafisaab.  Invariably, it ended up making MK look like an imitator, the poor man’s Rafisaab – with the consequent aversion to his singing. In MK’s defence, this is not his fault. He was who he was, never claiming to be anywhere at the level of Rafisaab. He was very conscious of the fact that Rafisaab was in a different league altogether – MK considered him his guru. He can hardly be blamed if the composers wanted a Rafisaab clone and thought he could fit the bill.

I must mention here that when the two, MK and Rafisaab, did sing together in Aadmi (1968) for “Kaisi Haseen Aaj Bahaaron Ki Raat Hai”, MK totally held his ground. (This song was initially recorded as a Rafisaab-Talat duet, but in the film version, the playback pair was Rafisaab-MK).

And that is the point I am trying to make. I am no diehard MK fan – but I am not a critic either.  Like I’ve often said, I enjoy listening to various singers – and that includes MK. Every singer has sung excellent songs – and some not-so-good ones (at least in my humble opinion). MK is no exception. I’m no music expert, but I think the one thing that is most impressive about MK’s singing – and I hope even his critics will agree on this – was his high range. It is really astounding – he could hold his voice even at highest octaves, which even a singer of Rafisaab’s stature could not match. Just listen to “Chaand Chhupaa Aur Taare Doobey” from the 1958 film ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ and “Na Munh Chhupaa Ke Jiyo Aur Na Sar Jhukaa Ke Jiyo” from ‘Hamraaz’ in 1967, and you’ll know what I mean. Another song that comes to mind is “Ramchandra Kah Gaye Siya Se” (from ‘Gopi’, 1970). There are other songs too where this particular ability of MK was sought to be put to good use by the composers.

Talking about composers, it is hard to think of Mahendra Kapoor without thinking of Ravi. Now Ravi is another artiste who sometimes draws criticism from music lovers. But if anyone could get the most out of MK, it was certainly Ravi. Especially in BR Chopra films, the combination of Mahendra Kapoor and Ravi, with Sahir as lyricist, delivered hit after amazing hit. Songs of ‘Gumraah’ (1963) and ‘Hamraaz’ (1967), to name just two of these films, are hugely popular to this day. I used to have a cassette with songs of these two films (on the two sides) and would play it non-stop on long car journeys. To date, I can listen to the songs of these two films any number of times. Fast forward, and I would also like to mention “Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thi Koi Dilruba Miley” from ‘Nikaah’ (1982).

Another composer who used MK successfully is the Kalyanji Anandji duo. Manoj Kumar  often used Mahendra Kapoor as his voice, especially after the huge success of “Mere Desh Ki Dharti” (Upkaar). In fact, this is the first Mahendra Kapoor song that I remember listening to in my life. Other songs that come to mind are “Iktaara Boley” from Yaadgaar (1970), “Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada” and “Dulhan Chali O Pehan Chali” from ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ (also 1970), which were also hugely popular. In fact, except for the one Mukesh song in ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, Mahendra Kapoor was the main male playback in a film full of songs.

Manoj Kumar’s preference for Mahendra Kapoor, even in the 70s and later, when Kishore Kumar was the reigning voice, could be seen in ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ (1974) – “Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin” and ‘Kranti’ (1981) – “Ab Ke Baras Tujhe Dharti Ki Raani Kar Denge“. Both these films had Laxmikant-Pyarelal as composers, but Manoj Kumar preferred MK as his voice.

Apart from Hindi films, Mahendra Kapoor sang a number of songs for regional cinema. Younger generations (well, younger than those who were already familiar with MK from before the 80s) will probably remember him best for the TV serial, Mahabharat, produced by, who else but, BR Chopra.

So, whatever be anyone’s opinion of Mahendra Kapoor (and each person is entitled to his/her opinion), I will always be grateful to him for the songs of ‘Hamraaz’ and ‘Gumraah’.

Now, moving on to the song for today. This is from the film ‘Anmol Moti’ (1969), starring Jeetendra and Babita. After the phenomenal success of ‘Farz’ (1967), this was a popular pairing, especially after ‘Aulaad’ (1968) also did well. They also came together in ‘Bikhre Mot’ (1971), ‘Banphool’ (1971) and ‘Ek Haseena Do Deewaane’ (1972).

Anmol Moti (1969) is a film I remember seeing as a very young boy. In fact, I saw this film right after I saw ‘Suhaag Raat’ (1968), also starring Jeetendra. In that film, Jeetendra’s character dies at the end. So when I saw ‘Anmol Moti’, I was very confused. I remember asking my sisters how he had come back after dying. They had a jolly good laugh at my expense. 🙂

I haven’t seen this film recently but I do remember this being a film about pearl diving. It was also the first time I heard of an octopus in my life. I also remember a few songs from this film, the most famous song probably being”Ae Jaane Chaman Tera Gora Badan“. The song being posted today, “Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali” was also quite popular in its time. So when I was looking for a song for Mahendra Kapoor, this one came to mind – and happened to still be available for posting. The music is by Ravi, the lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.

Enjoy this popular song from the radio listening days.


Song – Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali (Anmol Moti) (1969) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Ravi
Chorus

Lyrics

sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
ho kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
ghir kar aa
baras bhi jaa
kab tak yunh tarsaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
aankh milaa
maan bhi jaa
kab tak haath na aayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
हो कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
घिर कर आ
बरस भी जा
कब तक यूं ही तरसाएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
आँख मिला
मान भी जा
कब तक हाथ ना आएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली


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After a fairly long break, I’m writing a post for the blog today.

There’s no particular reason for this break – it is just one of those things. I go through these periods of high-frequency posting to nil-posting every now and then.
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Less than a week ago, we were remembering the legend of legends amongst singers of the Hindi film industry, Mohammed Rafi, respectfully referred to by many as Rafisaab.

Today, we remember another legend of legends amongst singers – the one and only Kishore Kumar, fondly referred to by many as Kishoreda.
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Yesterday (31st July 2017) was the birthday of Mumtaz, one of Hindi cinema’s leading heroines in the early 70s.

Yesterday also happened to be the death anniversary of Rafisaab, and our posts were focussed on remembering him. So this post for Mumtaz is being posted a day late. Hopefully, if she is reading this, she won’t mind. 🙂
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It is that time of year.

Another year comes along, another 31st of July comes along – and once again, we remember, and pay tribute, to the one and only Rafisaab on this date.
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Today (23rd July 2017) is the death anniversary of one of the most popular comedian artistes of yesteryear, Mehmood (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004).  On this occasion I’d like to pay a humble tribute to him.

To call Mehmood just a comedian is not to do him full justice. For, apart from doing very popular comedy roles, he was also a producer and director in his own right. And he also did playback for some songs Not just that, he even wrote for a couple of films  – so, all things considered, he must be considered quite an all rounder. Of course his comedy roles are what made him a big star in the industry and these are what he is best known for.
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Today (22 july 2017) is the birth anniversary of our beloved singer, Mukesh Chand Mathur, better known to one and all as Mukesh (22 july 1923-27 august 1976).

I don’t recall if I have written a tribute to him yet on this blog – I think I might have. But even so, there are no rules here saying I cannot write another one. 🙂  And since I have several fond memories of listening to Mukesh songs in my life, I am happy to use this occasion to remember him and pay my humble tribute to him.
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Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear atul-song-a-day blog
Happy  birthday to you

🙂

Yes, it’s that special day of the year again. It’s our blog’s happy happy birthday. It was born on 19th July 2008, so today it completes 9 years. And we, wherever we are in the world, are definitely not going to let the occasion go by without celebration.  Maybe we don’t have cakes and candles, but we have enough blog handles. 🙂 (Ok, admittedly, that was a terrible one!).
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