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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.

It was a surprise for many – when the Mukesh Geet Kosh was published (in 1985), and the compilation, at that time, was able to list less than a thousand songs in all – filmi, non filmi, other languages all combined. It was a general impression carried amongst the fans that well, yes, Mukesh has not sung as many songs as Rafi Sb, but then, less than thousand?? And then, it became a new topic to write about and discuss – why is it so that the impression is that Mukesh has recorded a lot many more songs than are popularly known.

Remembering Mukesh on the 94th anniversary of his birth today (22nd July, 2017).

This topic became a subject of curiosity amongst fans. Many years later, on an occasion of a get together with famed film historian and writer, Nalin ji Shah (of Bombay), this topic got discussed. I was part of that get together. Nalin explained this quite at length. As per him, this is a mental extrapolation that happens in the minds of the fans. While the main line playback singers like Rafi Sb, Kishore Kumar etc have their compilations listed in terms if multiple thousands of songs, still, the human mind captures and sustains a limited number as popular an favorites. No doubt, if one listens to an unheard or an obscure song, the appreciation is most certainly there. But the mind would retain only so much in the memory, as favorites. So when that number is juxtaposed against the total list of compilation, there is a level of appreciation associated with the estimate of the quantity versus the list of what a personal preference would term as “good quality” favorites. Given the case of Rafi Sb, this number may work out to be 1 is to maybe 4 or 5, in the minds of discerning fans.

When a similar sense of reasoning gets applied to the portfolio of Mukesh’s recordings, a different outcome appears. When a discerning fan would apply this estimation to the compilation of Mukesh’s list of songs, then the estimate of the quantity versus the list of “good quality” favorites would work out to be 1 is to maybe 1 or 2. And then just by an expectation of the extrapolation, the mind succinctly assumes that there are or there will be many more songs of the singer, that are not retained in the memory as “good quality” favorites. And hence the disbelief about the total listed in the compilation.

In other words, as a general impression, the ratio of number of songs of Mukesh that have captured the interest of listeners, and are listed as “good quality” favorites, is probably much higher than the other main line singers, who have shared more or less the same timelines as career contemporaries.

That, is then the curious quality of the singing of this soulful voice. There have been references – some music directors did not consider him good enough. At time he himself did not consider himself good enough. And yet, despite being a singer of one and two songs in most of his films, there is a something special that he injects into the rendition, that makes the song memorable. The sound of his singing has a golden ring of sincerity, as if the voice is coming from his soul and not just from his lungs. Pick up any listing of his songs; I daresay you would be hard pressed to drop un-likeable non-favorites from that list.

I would agree with this perspective and this explanation given by Nalin ji. Yes, definitely, there is that something compellingly charismatic in this voice.

Yes, known and liked better for his poignant and sad renditions – Raja ji has rightly observed that such songs of Mukesh serve as a soothening balm to a troubled mind, there are some so well known charmingly fast paced fun songs that he has rendered. Sample this list – “Ruby O Ruby, Jaane Mehboobi” (from ‘Chaahat’, 1971), “Tauba Ye Matwaali Chaal” (from ‘Pathar Ke Sanam’, 1967), “Ye Mausam Rangeen Samaa” (from ‘Modern Girl’, 1961), “Socha Tha Pyaar Hum Na Karenge” (from ‘Bluff Master’, 1963), “Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega” (from ‘Sangam’, 1964), “Ruk Ja O Jaane Waali Ruk Ja” (from ‘Kahnaiyya’, 1959), “Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Sadiyon Puraane” (from ‘Farz’, 1967), “Teri Nigaahon Pe Mar Mar Gaye Hum” (from ‘Shabnam’, 1964), “Phir Milengi Kahaan, Aisi Tanhaaiyaan” (from ‘Bhaavna’, 1972), “Dekho Mausam Kya Bahaar Hai” (from ‘Opera House’, 1961), “Aasmaan Pe Hai Khuda Aur Zameen Pe Hum” (from ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, 1958), “Nain Tumhaare Mazedaar O Janaab e Aali” (from ‘Junglee’, 1961), “Kisi Nargisi Nazar Ko Dil Denge Hum” (from ‘Main Nashe Mein Hoon’, 1959), “Zara Sambhaalna Meri Jaan Apni Nigaahen” (from ‘Aaya Toofaan’, 1964), “Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai Aa Bhi Ja” (from ‘Madhumati’, 1958), “Mast Nazar Dekh Idhar” (from ‘Ek Dil Sau Afsaane’, 1963), “Yaad Aayi Aadhi Raat Ko Kal Raat Ki Tauba” (from ‘Kanhaiyya, 1959), “Ae Dil e Awaara Chal” (from ‘Dr Viday’, 1962). . . I could go on and on and on.

Today’s song belongs to that fast paced fun category. The film is ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath’ from 1962. The words are written by Anand Bakshi and the music is from the baton of Kalyanji Anandji. Yet one more charming rendition from this voice that never ceases to amaze.

Song – Teri Wo Chaal Hai Ke Tauba  (Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath) (1962) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

tauba

teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
donon ka ik hai fasaana
donon ka ik hai fasaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
ye dil hai tera deewaana
ye dil hai tera deewaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तौबा

तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
दोनों का इक है फसाना
दोनों का इक है फसाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

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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.

Remembering Geeta Dutt.

She passed away 45 years ago on 20th July in 1972, brining to close a tumultuous and tragic life, all of 41 years. A voice that held so much promise, and yes, she gave too, so many wonderful gems to remember her by. Just going by the numbers – the decade of 1950s carries close to 850 songs sung by her. And then, in the 1960s, she has recorded less than hundred. And the majority of them belonging to the first half of the decade.

Emotional stability and personal circumstances have such big impact on the performance and output of an artist. It is difficult, and even unfair, to comment on a artist’s portfolio of work, trying to juxtapose it against the personal ups and downs. But in some cases, it stands out quite starkly. The 1950s were the heydays for Geeta Rai, later to be Geeta Dutt, when she married Guru Dutt in 1953. But then, subsequently, a film maker’s life became an impediment in the relationship. Both spouses are artists and creators par excellence, and based on what is written about them, also very sensitive individuals. Thankfully, both are non-compete. And yet, the personal affairs, and the airing of these personal matters in public and media, took a heavy toll of personal energy and emotions, impairing to an extent, their abilities to perform.

In early 1960s, we see a slowdown in Geeta’s output. And then, the tragedy strikes – come 1964 and Guru Dutt is no more. The devastation that descends on Geeta is visible simply from the quantum of her artistic output. Especially in the latter half of 1960s, the songs by her are reduced to a trickle, with just a handful being recorded each year.

The decade turns into 1970s. Just one released film ‘Anubhav’ (1971) with a set of three superb renditions. For a moment, the media, the industry watchers and the listeners, are all agog. The expectations rise once again; here a comeback seems to be in the offing. But then a more tragic news follows almost immediately. She herself is gone; just in 1971 itself. A brilliant blaze that is gone in a flash. The world would no more hear any new songs in her voice. And the songs of ‘Anubhav’ – three recordings that are so full of life, are so reminiscent of the Geeta of 1950s – these become her swansong, so unfortunately. Speculations is all that remains.

For today’s remembrance I am able to pull out this touchingly poignant rendition from one of her very early films, not easily remembered and not easily available. The year is 1947. The industry and the listening public has already stood up to the vibrant sounds of ‘Do Bhai’ that have been rendered under the baton of SD Burman. In the same year, the film ‘Jadui Ratan’ was released. And this new voice of a young girl of 16 is taken up by Chitragupt, another relatively newcomer in the industry, for this film. The film is produced under the banner of Kismet Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by Natwar Shyam. Chitragupt had young Geeta Roy sing two duets and one solo song in this film.

I am presenting today the solo song – “Rut Badal Gayi, Wo Taraana Badal Gaya”. Geet Kosh lists two songwriters for this film namely Behzaad and Kamlakant. However, the assignment of specific songs to individual songwriters has not been made.

A tender and touching melody from seventy years ago, sung by a young girl of 16 at the time of recording. Listen to this beautiful rendition, and marvel at the emotive potential this voice carried, at that young an age.

 

Song – Wo Rut Badal Gayi Wo Taraana Badal Gaya  (Jadui Ratan) (1947) Singer – Geeta Roy, Lyrics -[Unattributed], MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

ye keh ke phir guzar gayi
fasl e bahaar bhi
phoolon mein tha jo apna thikaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

main kis tareh sunaaun
tumhen dastaan e dil
main kis tareh sunaaun
tumhen dastaan e dil
aankhon mein ashq aaye
fasaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

kumhla chuke hain phool
sitaare udaas hain
kumhla chuke hain phool
sitaare udaas hain
ab intezaar ka bhi
zamaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

ये कह के फिर गुज़र गयी
फस्ले बहार भी
फूलों में था जो
अपना ठिकाना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

मैं किस तरह सुनाऊँ
तुम्हें दास्तान ए दिल
मैं किस तरह सुनाऊँ
तुम्हें दास्तान ए दिल
आँखों में अश्क आए
फसाना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

कुम्हला चुके हैं फूल
सितारे उदास हैं
कुम्हला चुके हैं फूल
सितारे उदास हैं
अब इंतज़ार का भी
ज़माना बादल गया

वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया


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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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.

This song is the 100th duet of Rafi Sb and Geeta Dutt to be posted here on our blog.

As I was browsing the net earlier in the day, checking for articles and source material on Guru Dutt, I came across this she’er (couplet) which was written by the poet Kaifi Azmi in 1964, on hearing the news of Guru Dutt’s demise.

रहने को सदा दहर में आता नहीं कोई,
तुम जैसे गए ऐसे भी जाता नहीं कोई
माना की उजालों ने तुम्हें दाग़ दिये थे,
बे रात ढले शमा बुझाता नहीं कोई

rehne ko sadaa dehar mein aata nahin koi
tum jaise gaye aise bhi jaata nahin koi
maana ki ujaalon ne tumhen daagh diye the
be-raat dhale shama bujhaata nahin koi

It is true, no one comes in this world
To reside for ever
But the way you departed
No one even leaves that way
Granted that the brightness of flame
May have inflicted painful burns
But still, no one douses the lamp
Before the night comes to an end

Remembering Guru Dutt, the vital genius of Hindi cinema, on his anniversary today (9 july 2017). Had he been alive, he would have been 92 today.
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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.

Today, 6th July, is the remembrance day of music director Sardul Kwaatra, who passed away this day in 2005. Four years ago, on this occasion, I have posted a detailed article on this ‘impressive and talented composer who failed to impress’ with the song “Aa Gaye Aa Gaye Aa Gaye”.
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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.

Have you ever wondered. . .

how a song gets constructed?

and why a song is termed as a tip of the iceberg?

You must now be thinking – this is a peculiar but a very interesting intro to the 134th century post on the blog. So yes, before getting into the discussion on the proposed topic, congratulations are in order. Welcome all to the 13 thousand 4 hundredth post on our blog. The musical bandwagon rolls on – toiling, pleasing, emotionally invigorating – it continues to move tirelessly. Because. . . because music – must be there. The world, this nature – all are moving to a rhythm, and a melody. Music is instilled in everything every entity we know, we touch, we think of. But come to think of it, we do not often think of this world that way i.e. music in everything, everyday of our lives. We are so consumed with the process of existence and living day to day, that we forget to stop and smell the flowers (or smell the coffee, if you are in America). And the music of life gets hidden behind the other sundries. Often we forget to think about 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.

taqdeer ka fasaana. . .

So much to be said for destiny and luck. Especially in an industry as unkind and pitiless, as the film industry. They always say, success sells; nothing succeeds like success. But then what to say of success stories that really didn’t go any place.
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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.

Last of the Music Moguls. Not that there have not been more prolific artists and music directors after him. One can readily name a few – Anu Malik, AR Rahman, Ilayaraja. But me, personally speaking, will not put the follow on ‘champs’ in the same bracket. Something ended when he left us, twenty three years ago. Times were-a-changing even as the 1960s played itself out. And he himself was singularly instrumental in that transformation.
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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.

Today, 21st June is designated as the World Music Day. The reminders checked in quite late in the afternoon today. The historical details about this event are available on the internet, and our dear Arun ji has also summarized them in a brief post on the Whatsapp group.

As I set down thinking about this event, and to search out an appropriate song for today, my mind almost immediately went to the 1985 film ‘Sur Sangam’.  In my mind, this is probably the best film on the theme of classical music, in the recent decades. Times are past that classical music and the legends of this art form used to be the central themes of many a film, especially from the historical perspective, in the decades that coincide with the golden era of Hindi film music. Historical persona such as Tansen and Baiju, Narsi Mehta and Meerabai, Kalidas and Soordas, Kabir and Rani Roopmati have been central themes and central characters of many a film till the decade of 1970s. Beyond that, I cannot easily recall a film whose theme and storyline is based primarily on classical music.
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