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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.

Blog Day : 3471 Post No. : 13935

Today is an important day, maybe one of the most important day in the annals of Hindi film music. Today, 18th January, is the day the legendary Saigal Sb completed his mortal journey and departed from this world. After so much that has been written about him, any more contributions would simply be repetitions. But then, no matter how much we may write about him and his singing, it will never ever be able to express the complete emotions about him, and his voice. For one cannot fathom in words and language, that which is a gift of divine.

Ah yes, we can add something to the celebrity eminence of this occasion and this celebration. Readers and regulars are aware that the erstwhile considered lost film ‘Kaarwaan e Hayaat’ of 1935 vintage, has been traced and is now available. Today, I bring one more gem of an unheard song, for the listening pleasure of the multitude fans and lovers of Saigal Sb’s voice.

This song is a duet that Saigal Sb sings in accompaniment with Rajkumari. It is important to highlight that this Rajkumari is not the singer Rajkumari that most music lovers are familiar with. This is the actress-singer Rajkumari, who is also known by the name Rajkumari Kalkatta. (राजकुमारी कलकत्ता). In this film, she plays the role of the Shahzaadi – the Princess of Vijaypore. And yes, she is singing for herself in this song. The playback singing had not yet been implemented, and all songs were recorded live in the voices of the actors themselves.

To set the context of this song, let me add a brief of the storyline of the film.

Parvez (role played by KL Saigal) is the prince and heir apparent to the throne in his kingdom. However, he is less interested in the throne and becoming a king. He fancies an independent life and is seeking love, which is not a feasible thing to accomplish within the constraints of the palace life. And then the Queen Mother (role played by Shyama Zutshi) announces his betrothal with the Princess of Vijaypore. Considering this to be a setback to his life and dreams, Parvez quietly leaves the palace and goes incognito. He dresses up as a ‘banjaara’, changes his name to Naaju, and joins a band of travelling gypsies, in an effort to escape a marriage and a king’s life that he is not interested in. This secret is known only to his closest friend and sidekick, Suhail (role played by Bikram Kapoor), who is the son of the state’s prime minister (role played by Hamid).

To project a picture of normalcy, the palace keeps this news under the folds, that the prince has disappeared. As part of the matchmaking process, the Princess is supposed to visit the palace. The Queen Mother is unable to postpone this occasion. Efforts are being made to trace the Prince, and the Princess is given a go ahead to visit the palace per the agreed upon schedule.

But there is mishap waiting to happen. The Emir of Tikkim, another neighboring state, also wants to marry the same Princess. He has the Princess kidnapped as she is traveling to the palace. However, the fate intervenes in an interesting manner. The Emir has planned to hide in a safe place, within a group of people where no one would suspect. As fate would have it, he brings the Princess to the same band of gypsies, where Parvez is also hiding, masquerading as Naaju.

This congruency of fate puts Naaju (alias Parvez) and the Princess in each other’s company, and they fall in love. However, the secret identity of Naaju is not revealed to the Princess (till the end of the film). She believes she is in love with a handsome gypsy who sings very well.

In this clip, the amorous overtures of this pair of love birds are continuing. They are at the gypsy camp. The Princess had heard the singing of Naaju. She falls in love with this voice, and calls for him to visit her. That is when this song happens.

This song is a set of four couplets of a ghazal. Both the Princess and Naaju, are expressing how the love for the other in their hearts is giving them sleepless nights and aches in the heart. The exchange progresses somewhat as follows,

ab kaise chhupaaun main dil ki baat
kaati tadap kar saari raat

Pray tell me how
I am not able to contain within
The matter of heart that so engage me
I am having sleepless nights
I spent time writhing with pain in my heart

ulfat mein teri kitna roya
bin saawan aayi barsaat

I am faring no better, o dear one
My eyes are weeping
Being separated from my love
It is as if the monsoon rains
Have descended into my eyes
When it is not even season for rain

kisi ke ek hi naghme ne ashkbaar kiya
sukoon e qalb liya gham se hum-kanaar kiya

It is just one song that I heard
That has made me shed tears (of longing)
My peace and tranquility has been removed
And am now connected with sorrows (of separation)

na taab e zabt hai mujhko na taaqat e fariyaad
khizaan ne gulshan e hasti ko be-bahaar kiya

My sense of restraint and my composure is lost
I have lost my power to even make an entreaty
The autumn has descended
Upon the garden of my being
And has made it bereft of spring

Let us listen to this rare treat of Saigal Sb’s voice. A song that has so far been considered lost, is now being shared for the pleasure of all music lovers.

[Ed Note: At the end of the clip, it appears as if the song is abruptly cut off, and possibly it is not complete. However, I have checked with the copy of the film booklet, which has so graciously been shared with me by Harmandir Singh ji ‘Hamraaz’. On referring to this booklet for checking the completeness of the lyrics, it is determined that this song is complete, with just a tiny blip at the end.]

 

Song – Ab Kaise Chhupaaun Main Dil Ki Baat  (Kaarwaan e Hayaat) (1935) Singer – Rajkumari, KL Saigal, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Mihir Kiran Bhattacharya

Lyrics

ab kaise chhupaaun main dil ki baat
ab kaise chhupaaun main dil ki baat
kaati tadap kar saari raat
kaati tadap kar saari raat
ab kaise chhupaaun main

ulfat mein teri kitna roya
ulfat mein teri kitna roya
bin saawan aayi barsaat
aaa aaa aaa
bin saawan aayi barsaat
ab kaise chhupaaun main dil ki baat

kisi ke ek hi naghme ne ashkbaar kiya
kisi ke ek hi naghme ne ashkbaar kiya
sukoon e qalb liya gham se hum-kanaar kiya
sukoon e qalb liya gham se hum-kanaar kiya

na taab e zabt hai
mujhko na taaqat e fariyaad
na taab e zabt rahi
mujhko na taaqat e fariyaad
khizaan ne gulshan e hasti ko be-bahaar kiya
khizaan ne gulshan e hasti ko be-bahaar kiya

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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अब कैसे छुपाऊँ मैं दिल की बात
अब कैसे छुपाऊँ मैं दिल की बात
काटी तड़प कर सारी रात
काटी तड़प कर सारी रात
अब कैसे छुपाऊँ मैं

उल्फ़त में तेरी कितना रोया
उल्फ़त में तेरी कितना रोया
बिन सावन आई बरसात
आ आ आ
बिन सावन आई बरसात
अब कैसे छुपाऊँ मैं दिल की बात

किसी के एक ही नग़मे ने अश्कबार किया
किसी के एक ही नग़मे ने अश्कबार किया
सुकूने क़ल्ब लिया ग़म से हम-किनार किया
सुकूने क़ल्ब लिया ग़म से हम-किनार किया

ना ताब ए ज़ब्त रही मुझको
ना ताक़त ए फरियाद
ना ताब ए ज़ब्त रही मुझको
ना ताक़त ए फरियाद
ख़िज़ाँ ने गुलशन ए हस्ती को बे-बहार किया
ख़िज़ाँ ने गुलशन ए हस्ती को बे-बहार किया

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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.

A century post – and a discovery of monumental proportions. Things cannot get more rare, and better, than this.

We are at a century marker with this post – 13,300 – thirteen thousand three hundred to be exact. Atul ji and I exchanged some thoughts on whether to hold back this important discovery for a bigger, more major milestone up ahead. But then we decided that the wait of some more months will be too much. Let us introduce this discovery at 13,300 itself, and then we will have a few more opportunities to bring on other parts, other songs of this discovery.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

‘baalam to pe sabar padey, moraa maikaa chhudaaye deenhon raam’

“O dear sweetheart, you have made me relinquish my mother’s home, hope you are now pleased and satisfied”

More than ‘Gham diye mushtaqil kitna naazuk hai dil (Shahjahan). . .’, and ‘Jab dil hi toot gaya(Shahjahan). . .’, this unfinished song is a much more fitting signature song that suddenly defines the totality of Saigal Saab’s essence of spirit, and sums up his entire life in terms of the most relevant event of human existence – the final departure.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Today’s write up is different from the normal format / content of Saigal Saab’s songs, that we are discussing on this blog. (I am in travel today, and have limited access to resources and time. I shall be back tomorrow.)
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We have been discussing one K L Saigal song as the first song of this blog for the last three months, and now we have reached a stage when we have almost exhausted all K L Saigal movie songs to be discussed. Now only the non movie songs (about 20 odd) are yet to be discussed. Within one month, we can expect to have all the available K L Saigal songs to be covered in this blog. And this is something we can really be proud of.
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“Kurukshetra” (1945) is one of the lesser known K L Saigal movies, as far as I am concerned. This movie had actors like K L Saigal. Nawab Kashmiri, Shaamlee, Udwwadia, Biman Bannerji, Radha Rani,Ajit,Tara,Agha Mehmood Kashmiri etc. This movie was directed by Rameshwar Sharma.
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Out of 110 movie songs sung by K L Saigal , 106 are available and 100 of them have been discussed in this blog. Searching for the 6 remaining songs not yet discussed in like searching for a needle in a haystack. After careful search, it has been revealed that this particular song from “Krorepati”(1936) had so far escaped from being posted. 😀
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Typically our readers send us farmaishes of songs and we in this blog struggle to fulfil all these farmaishes. And it is my fond wish that a day will come when the shoe will be on the other foot and our readers will struggle to think of songs as farmaishes. 😀
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This article is written by Sudhir,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Saigal Saab acted in 29 Hindi movies during his career of 15 years. Of these, 21 films were produced by New Theatres. In an unbroken association from 1932 to 1941, Saigal Saab appeared in 20 films by this production house in continuity. In 1942, Saigal Saab moved to Bombay, and started to work with the production houses there. Post 1942, there is only one more picture that is produced by New Theatres in which Saigal Saab appeared. This is the 1944 production My Sister. From the unbroken string of 20 films with New Theatres, the last one is Lagan produced in 1941.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Since the time machines started getting invented, and later became an integral part of how the society (or a part of the society) started to use them on a large scale, a certain divide between the rural and urban milieu has also emerged. The debate on this un-ending. The rural system is the caretaker of farms and dairy, and plays the significant role of the provider of food to the entire society. The industrialized and urban system on the other hand, has become the provider of the mechanized solutions and consumer products for the society. Is there a way to determine whether one is more important than the other? Advocates of both sides have argued now for many years, trying to establish the preponderance of one over the other. (IMHO, the farm and agricultural sector is more important, because it is possible to do without many things, rather most things in life, if it comes to that. But one cannot do without food. But that is just my opinion 🙂 ).
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