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Another wonderful discovery, another song that I had never heard before. The film is ‘Zindagi’ from 1956. The music composition is by Mohammed Shafi.

Mohammed Shafi is the name I was trying to get to also, on 30th April, which is the remembrance day for him. After getting the post in place for C Arjun that evening, I was not able to pull together this post, for remembering Mohammed Shafi Sb.

Once again, another very talented music director about whom, not much information is available. After much searching, I am able to locate a very brief article by a gentleman named Qaseem Abbaasi on the web site ‘Apnaarchives.org’. I am including some details from that article in this post.

He was born sometimes in 1920s. His father’s name was Majid Khan, who passed away when Shafi was very young. Majid Khan was the grandson of the renowned beenkar Bande Ali Khan. Bande Ali was also a master of swar-pradhan gayaki and was the brother of Abdul Karim Khan Sb’s father. As I searched for more details about Bande Ali Khan, I reached the website Swarganga Music Foundation, and a somewhat detailed article on Bande Ali Khan. Browsing through this article, I discover that one of the more famous disciples of Bande Ali Khan is Imdaad Khan of Etawah, who is none other than the grandfather of Ustad Vilayat Khan (28 Aug, 1928 – 13 Mar, 2004), the renowned Sitar maestro of India.

A little clue about his early years can be surmised from a family connection that is mentioned. Mohammed Shafi’s wife, Zeenat, was the sister of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Vilayat Khan Sb’s family came originally from Etawah (close to Agra in UP). Apparently, Vilayat Khan Sb’s grandfather, Imdaad Khan, moved from Etawah to Gouripur in Mymenshingh district in undivided Bengal (now in Bangladesh). Vilayat Khan Sb was born in Gouripur. Sitar and classical music was a family tradition with them, and the family and their music tradition is known as Etawah gharana.

It can be surmised that Mohammed Shafi Sb was also based in Bengal in his early years. One, being married to the sister of Ustad Vilayat Khan, a family based in Mymensingh at that time. Second, Mohammed Shafi started his career at New Theatres, Calcutta (now Kolkata), working as a musician and assisting RC Boral, Pankaj Mullick and KC Dey. It is suggested that he contributed as a musician to films like ‘Kapaal Kundala’ (1939) and ‘Aandhi’ (1940).

In early 1940s, along with the migration of many artists from Calcutta to Bombay (now Mumbai), Mohammed Shafi also moved to Bombay. Although not listed in Geet Kosh, Qaseem Abbaasi Sb has written that he assisted music director Bashir Dehlavi in the 1942 film ‘Ujaala’. In this film, Prithviraj Kapoor played the role of a sitar player, and apparently, some special pieces were composed by Mohammed Shafi for this film.

Later on, he had a long association with Naushad as an assistant music director. For the film ‘Mughal e Azam’, the sitar pieces were prepared/played by both Abdul Haleem Jafar Khan Sb and Mohammed Shafi. It’s said that K Asif used to send a car to pick both of them for playing Sitar for the background music.

He got his first break as independent music director 1946 with the film ‘Haqdaar’. He continued to work till mid 1970s, but has only about 22 24 films to his credit. The number maybe 23, if we consider ‘Badi Maa’ (1974) as a re-release of ‘Tanhaai’ (1961). In parallel, he continued to assist many directors as a musician and music arranger.  Following is the list of films for which has composed music,

  • 1946  Haqdaar
  • 1946  Kaango
  • 1947  Do Naina
  • 1947  Rishta (unreleased)
  • 1947  Shikaarpuri
  • 1949  Anokhi Sewa – along with Dhoomi Khan
  • 1949  Bedard – along with BN Bali and Ram Prasad
  • 1949  Gharaana
  • 1951  Hulchul – along with Sajjad Hussain
  • 1952  Annadaata
  • 1952  Krishna Kanhaiya – along with BS Kalla
  • 1953  Aabshaar – along with Ghulam Haider & Bhola Shreshtha
  • 1953  Daara
  • 1954  Baazooband
  • 1954  Mangu – 2 songs, rest by OP Nayyar
  • 1956  Zindagi
  • 1960  Mohabbat Ki Jeet
  • 1960  Shriman Balasaheb (Marathi)
  • 1961  Tanhaai – later released as Badi Maa in 1974
  • 1965  Kite Fight (Wo Kata)
  • 1967  Shrimant Mehuna Pahije (Marathi)
  • 1971  Iraada – along with Vitthal-Mumtaz
  • 1974  Bari Maa – same as Tanhai (1961)
  • 1975  Dayaar-e-Madina

To his credit – Suman Hemadi Kalyanpur sang her debut song in the film ‘Mangu’ (1954), a wonderfully soft lorie “Koi Pukaare Dheere Se Tujhe” under his music direction. And again, singer Hemlata made her debut under his music direction in the film ‘Iraada’ (1971) – the songs “Main Ankahi Kahaani, Sadiyon Ki Hoon Nishaani” and “Main Jaan Ke Badle Mein Le Loongi Dhadakta Dil”.

A connected piece of information is that he also gave music under different names – Shafi M Nagri / Shafi Nagri / Shafi. All the films that he composed under these pseudonyms are stunt / fantasy type films. The list is,

  • 1953  Shamsheerbaaz
  • 1954  Sher Dil
  • 1955  Carnival Queen
  • 1956  Baghdad Ka Jaadu
  • 1957  Diler Daaku
  • 1959  Chini Jaadugar
  • 1959  Circus Queen
  • 1966  Tarzan Aur Jaadui Chirag – along with Shaukat

[Author’s Note: The name Shaukat for the above listed film ‘Tarzan Aur Jaadui Chirag’ (1966) is most probably Shaukat Dehlavi.]
[Author’s Note: I thank dear Arun ji. His comment on two missing films by Mohammad Shafi prompted me to re check and update the list of films above.]

Adding the above listed eight films, the total films by Mohammad Shafi comes to 32.

In the latter half of 1970s, Mohammed Shafi’s health deteriorated, and his last years were very difficult. He suffered a stroke, which resulted in partial amnesia. It is said that he did not receive any help or friendly hand, from the industry, except from Rafi Sb who would visit him occasionally and quietly leave money under his pillow without telling him.

He passed away after long years of illness on 30th April, 1980.

‘Zindagi’ (1956) is produced under the banner of Kesar Films, Bombay and is directed by CL Dheer. The star cast is listed as Geeta Bali, Vijaylakshmi, Jaswant, Baby Naaz, Gulab, Rasheed, Sudarshan, Krishnakant, Tuntun, and Jagdish Sethi.

There are 8 songs listed for this film. Seven songs are written by Kaifi Azmi, and one song is by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. Today’s song is that solitary song from the pen of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

The singing voices are of Sudha Malhotra, S Balbir and Jagmohan Bakshi. The song is beautifully structured around a very clever use of chorus lines, with clear demarcation of male and female chorus lines. The pace and the rhythm of the song is quite energetic. It seems to be a picnic song, from the manner of singing and the words being said. I request other knowledgeable readers to please add information about this song and the film.

Listen and enjoy.

[Editor’s Note – This song is the 300th song of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan in the blog as a lyricist.]

[Acknowledgements: Sources referred to for compiling the above article are – (1) ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’ by Pankaj Raag; (2) Article on Mohammed Shafi by Qaseem Abbaasi on Apnaarchives.org; (3) Wikipedia article on Ustad Vilayat Khan; (4) Article on Ustad Bande Ali Khan on Swarganga Music Foundation website.]

 


Song – Kaali Kaali Ye Ghata, Thandi Thandi Ye Hawa (Zindagi) (1956) Singer – Balbir, Jagmohan Bakshi, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD – Mohammed Shafi
Male Chorus
Female Chorus

Lyrics

kaali kaali
ye ghata
o thandi thandi
ye hawa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

o kaali kaali
laa laal laal
ye ghata
laa laal laal
o thandi thandi
laa laal laal
ye hawa
la la laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

kaali kaali
la lallall laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallall laa
ye hawa
la lallall laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

aankhen aankhon si mila ke
zara dekho muskura ke
aankhen aankhon si mila ke
zara dekho muskura ke
koi teer jigar ke paar karo
o kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

aise ghoor ghoor ke
dekha na kar mere ko
sharam mohe laage
dekh maarungi tere ko
teer e nazar chala ke
maar daalo muskura ke
teer e nazar chala ke
maar daalo muskura ke
hum par na daya sarkaar karo
kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

tera chehra phoola phoola omlet ki taraah
o teri gaaliyaan kha loonga chaklet ki taraah
mere saamne na chal ghaaslet ki taraah
o mere dil ko na tal poplet (?) ki taraah
teri surat tutti futti..ee..ee
pyaar kare meri jutti..ee..ee
teri surat tutti futti
pyaar kare meri jutti
kisi aur se naina chaar karo
o kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

laaaa
lall laaa lee laaa
lall laaa lee laaa
lee da da ri da da rum
da da ri da da rum

——————————————–
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————

काली काली
ये घटा
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ये हवा
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ओ काली काली
ला लाल लाल
ये घटा
ला लाल लाल
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ला लाल लाल
ये हवा
ला लाल लाल
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

आँखें आँखों से मिला के
ज़रा देखो मुस्कुरा के
आँखें आँखों से मिला के
ज़रा देखो मुस्कुरा के
कोई तीर जिगर के पार करो
ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ऐसे घूर घूर कर
देखा ना कर मेरे को
शरम मोहे लागे
देख मारूँगी तेरे को
तीर ए नज़र चला के
मार डालो हमें मुस्कुरा के
तीर ए नज़र चला के
मार डालो हमें मुस्कुरा के
हम पर ना दया सरकार करो
काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

तेरा चेहरा फूला फूला आमलेट की तरह
ओ तेरी गालियां खा लूँगा चाकलेट कि तरह
मेरे सामने ना चल घासलेट की तरह
ओ मेरे दिल को ना तल पापलेट(?) की तरह
तेरी सूरत टूटी फूटी॰॰ई॰॰ई
प्यार करे मेरी जूती॰॰ई॰॰ई
तेरी सूरत टूटी फूटी॰॰ई॰॰ई
प्यार करे मेरी जूती॰॰ई॰॰ई
किसी और से नैना चार करो
ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ला॰॰॰
ल लल्लल ला ली ला
ल लल्लल ला ली ला
ली डा डा ली डा डा रम
डा डा री डा डा रम


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