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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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Although not listed in the anniversaries list on our blog, a message yesterday from Mahesh ji reminded that it was the remembrance day of the music director Robin Chatterji. Some more discussion followed in which it was mentioned that Rafi Sb had never sung under the  baton of this music director. Something tickled in the memory and I searched through the Geet Kosh listings and my collection, coming up with this wonderful solo of Rafi Sb, that he has sung for Robin Chatterjee, in a Bhojpuri film.

Remembering Robin Chatterjee on the anniversary of his passing away (2nd April, 1976).

As is the fate of many such lesser known and lesser appreciated artists, there is very little information available about him. His date of birth is recorded as 8th January, 1914. No details about his family or early years is available. One name is available – his first teacher of classical music was Keshab Ganesh Dhekan. Robin started his career with the venerable New Theatres, in their music department. He sang in the chorus line for NT films like ‘Adhikar’ (1938).

Some records indicate that worked as an assistant to music director Anupam Ghatak. He and Anupam had learnt music from the same teacher (KH Dhekan). Apparently he assisted Anupam Ghatak with some of his films during 1939-40.

Information about his earliest films as an independent music director is not very specific. Based on Geet Kosh listings, the first Hindi film where we see his name appear as a music director is ‘Raaj Lakshmi’ (1945). Listings show that he shared the music direction responsibility for this film with Dhiren Mitra. This film was produced under the banner of MP Productions, Calcutta (now Kolkata). This film has the distinction of being the debut film for Talat Mehmood, as a singer in Hindi films. Prior to this, he had sung under the pseudonym of Tapan Kumar, all recordings being for Bangla films or for non-film Hindi and Bangla songs. The debut solo songs for him in this film are “Jaago Musaafir Jaago, Kholo Mann Ka Dwaar” and “Tu Sun Le Matwaale”.

Browsing through the Geet Kosh, we find the following films listed with his name as the music director –

‘Raj Laxmi’ (1945) (w Dhiren Mitra)
‘Tum Aur Main’ (1947)
‘Wo Dono’ (1947)
‘Sabyasachi’ (1948)
‘Ratnadeep’ (1952)
‘Firdaus’ (1953) (w Roshan)
‘Pehli Shaadi’ (1953)
‘Afreeka’ (1954)
‘Majboori’ (1954)
‘Shobhaa’ (1954)
‘Dhaake Ki Malmal’ (1956) (w OP Nayyar)
‘Saiyan Se Bhaile Milanva’ (1964)
‘Chimni Ka Dhuaan’ (1973)

and possiblye ‘Miss Toofaan Mail’ (1958), for which the name of the music director is given simply as Robin.

Of these, the credits for ‘Raj Lakshmi’ are shared with Dhiren Mitra, for ‘Firdaus’ are shared with Roshan and for ‘Dhaake Ki Malmal’ are shared with OP Nayyar. The film ‘Saiyan Se Bhaile Milanva’ is a Bhojpuri film. And the film ‘Chimni Ka Dhuaan’ was probably completed sometimes in the first half of 1960s, but its release was delayed by many years, finally releasing in 1973.

The above list of films shows a career with sizeable gaps. However, there is other information that says he was also active, rather very active in the Bangla film industry, as well as in the non-film and folk song genres. There are more details available about his films in Bangla. He has scored music for many films starring Suchitra Sen, for whom he has preferentially used the voice of Sandhya Mukherjee.

One additional bit of information from my own memory. I do remember seeing the name Robin Chatterjee as the sound recordist in the credits of some films. I am not sure that such credits are referring to the same person – possibly so.

My personal experience, and also preference, is that to appreciate the music and songs of lesser known and lesser discussed artists is to pull together as many songs of such an artist, as possible, and then listen to them at a stretch, within one, two, three sittings. In my humble opinion, this way one gets a much better feel for both the quality and the quantity of the body of work for the artist. This in turn provides a much better and a wider appreciation of his or her work. In my effort to pull together information and body of work about such artists, I find that I have not yet come across a single instance where I may have failed to appreciate the quality of work created by the artist. For that reason, I humbly state that I never will dismiss an artist only because he or she is lesser known and his/her body of work is obscure and not easily accessible. The same has been my experience with the songs tuned and composed by Robin Chatterjee. We already have 24 songs on our blog, for which he is the music director – please check out in case interested.

About this film, there are no details available, other than the name of the production banner – Messers Technicians Enterprise. No listings of actors is available either. Only the name of the music director, the singers and a list of 4 songs is available.

About this film – it is produced under the banner of Messers Technicians Enterprise, and is directed by PL Santoshi. The name should  be very familiar – PL Santoshi has been active in Hindi films as a lyricist, story/screenplay writer, dialogue writer and director, since the mid 1930s, all the way to his passing away in 1978. The star cast is listed as Sujit Kumar, Saeeda Khan, Sabita Chatterjee, Tarun Kumar, Jahar Rai etc. It is a story about the sacrifices the wife (Saeeda Khan) makes to care for and nurse her husband (Sujit Kumar), who is suffering from the memory loss.

The Geet Kosh lists 4 songs for this film. There are two solos by Suman Kalyanpur, one solo by Rafi Sb (today’s presentation), and one duet of Rafi Sb and Sandhya Mukherjee. Although the name of the lyricist is not specifically mentioned in any source, it is very likely that PL Santoshi has most likely written some or all songs of this film. However, it needs to be confirmed.
[Ed Note: PL Santoshi has directed 20+ films during his career, and he has written some or all songs for 15 of them.]

Regardless, it is a naughty, wonderfully playful song of appreciation – appreciation of the beauty of a young belle. Listen and enjoy.

[Acknowledgements: The above article uses information and details from the Geet Kosh, the book ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’ by Sh Pankaj Raag, the book ‘Cinema Bhojpuri, 2010’ by Avijit Ghosh, and the web page on Anupam Ghatak at Indiancine.ma/wiki. Thanks to Sadanand ji for providing the information about the film, from the book by Avijit Ghosh.]

[Ed Note: I believe that the lyrics in the Bhojpuri dialect are not difficult to follow. As the lines are perused, there may be a little transliteration required for one line. In case there is a comment/request, the transliteration of the full lyrics can be provided. The difficult line maybe, “peear peear galba pa chhitke lallaiya” or “पीयर पीयर गलबा पे छिटके लल्लइया”. In simpler Hindi, the line says “pyaare pyaare peele peele gaalon pe laali chhitki hai” or “प्यारे प्यारे पीले पीले गालों पे लाली छिटकी है”. 🙂 ]
[Ed Note: Thanks to dear AK ji for making the correction in the above transliterated line of lyrics.]

Song – Jabse Dekh Li Suratiya Tohaar Goriya (Sainyan Se Bhaile Milanva) (1964) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Robin Chatterjee

Lyrics

jab se dekh li

jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya
jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya
ho goriyaa. . .

umariya hai baari patli kamariya
umariya haee. . .
umariya hai baari patli kamariya
najariya hai teekhi kataar goriya
mar gai lee
najariya hai teekhi kataar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya..ha

peear peear galba pa chhitke lallaiya
peear peear
peear peear galba pa chhitke lallaiya
bole to chooe ras dhaar goriya
aa haa
bole to chooe ras dhaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya

hamka lut gaili lut jaee hai nagariya
hamka. . .
hamka lut gaili lut jaee hai nagariya
jaiha na ban tthan bajaar goriya
kaise chalbu
jaiha na ban tthan bajaar goriya
bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
o bas mein na jiyara hamaar goriya
jab se dekh li suratiya tohaar goriya
o goriyaa. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जबसे देख ली

जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया
जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया
हो गोरीया॰ ॰ ॰

उमरिया हई बारी पतली कमरिया
उमरिया हई॰ ॰ ॰
उमरिया हई बारी पतली कमरिया
नजरिया है तीखी कटार गोरीया
मर गई ली
नजरिया है तीखी कटार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया॰॰हा

पीयर पीयर गलबा पे छिटके लल्लइया
पीयर पीयर
पीयर पीयर गलबा पे छिटके लल्लइया
बोले तो चूए रस धार गोरीया
आ हा
बोले तो चूए रस धार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया

हमका लुट गईली लुट जई है नगरिया
हमका॰ ॰ ॰
हमका लुट गईली लुट जई है नगरिया
जईहा ना बन ठन बजार गोरीया
कैसे चल्बू
जईहा ना बन ठन बजार गोरीया
बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
ओ बस में ना जियरा हमार गोरीया
जबसे देख ली सुरतिया तोहार गोरीया
हो गोरीया॰ ॰ ॰


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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In the golden period of Hindi film industry, there were many popular and famous actors (actors include actresses) who were well known to most of the cine goers of their relevant time. Those actors included heroes, heroines, character actors, villains and vamps, comedians, dancers etc. However, there were actors who were not  well known to most of the cine goers as most of the time, they would have small roles in films. But even with small roles, some of them have left lasting impressions on the connoisseurs of Hindi films. There was eagerness to know as to who were those actors. Among this set of actors is the playback singer and actor, Shyam Kumar.

Born as Gul Hamid Ali in Pune, Shyam Kumar (1913 – 1981) joined Kardar Studio as a playback singer on the recommendation of Naushad. He sang for Naushad in ‘Sharda’ (1942), ‘Namaste’ (1943), ‘Sanjog’ (1943), ‘Kanoon’ (1943), ‘Ratan’ (1944), ‘Pehle Aap’ (1944), ‘Sanyasi’ (1945), and ‘Dillagi’ (1949). He worked in some of these films but never sang for himself. However, his playback singing career never took off as he had tough competitions from GM Durrani and later from Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood etc. After ‘Guzaara’ (1954), Shyam Kumar virtually gave up playback singing. After 1954, he sang for the last time in ‘Tilasmi Duniya’ (1962).

Being on the payroll of Kardar Productions, Shyam Kumar also acted in the films produced/directed by AR Kardar which included ‘Sharda’ (1942), ‘Sanyasi’ (1945), ‘Dard’ (1947), ‘Dulaari’ (1949), ‘Jaadoo’ (1950), ‘Deewana’ (1952) ‘Dil-e-Naadaan’ (1953), ‘Yaasmeen’ (1955) etc. Due to his impressive physique, he was considered for roles with negative shades though in a few films like ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954), ‘Rashtraveer Shivaji’ (1965) etc, he was the lead actor. During his four decades of filmy career, Shyam Kumar acted in over 140 films and sang around 30 songs in 15 films.

The first time I became aware of Shyam Kumar was in my younger days when I had heard his voice in the iconic song “Tu Mera Chaand Main Teri Chaandni” in ‘Dillagi’ (1949) which used to be often played on Radio Ceylon. It was only during my 78 RPM gramophone record collection period in early 1970s I came to know through my friend, also a record collector, of the confusion created by the name ‘Shyam’ on 78 RPM record.  As the song was picturised on the hero of the film, Shyam (actor Shyam Chadha) who was accredited as ‘Shyam’ in the credit titles of the film, many felt that the actor Shyam sang this song for himself. On the other hand, Shyam Kumar, the singer who also acted in this film was accredited as ‘Sham Kumar’ in the credit titles. The fact was that actor Shyam lip synced the voice of Shyam Kumar in the song.

I had no inkling as to how Shyam Kumar looked like though I had seen him in many films as a familiar actor without knowing his name. He generally worked in ‘B’ grade films in negative roles but in most of ‘A’ grade films, he worked as one of the henchmen of the villains. Even in scenes where his presence was  minuscule among other prominent actors, by his sheer expressions and unusual dresses he wore for the films, the audience would notice his presence. I have included a few samples of his expressions and dress sense in the films as montages in the audio clip of a song I am presenting with this article.

Shyam Kumar was the lead actor along with Krishna Kumari in the film ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954). The other star cast included Habib, Abu Bakar, Mohammed Sandow, Maqbool, Ranjana, Rafiq etc. The film was directed by AY Sheikh. The film seems to be an obscure one as not much information is available on it.  From the title, it would appear that the film belongs to the genre of historical drama. But the star cast of the film gives me an impression that it was a costume drama/stunt film.

The film’s 7 songs are as obscure as the film. Songs were  written by two lyricists – Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri and Indivar and were set to music by two music director – Krishna Dayal and AK Prem.  I have uploaded the video of the first song from the film which is “Gungunaai Fiza Jagmagaaya Sama”. It is a duet sung by Manorama (not the actress Manorama) and Shyam Kumar. This song is attributed to Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri and AK Prem as lyricist and music director, respectively. I heard the name of Manorama as a playback singer for the first time. She appears to be a trained singer. Checking through the Geet Kosh listings, we find that the singer Manorama was apparently active only during the period of 1954-55 during which time she sang a total of eleven songs for four films.
[Note: Incidentally, Yashodara Katju had a younger sister, Manorama Katju and was associated with a film magazine ‘Screen’ in 1950s.]

It is often said that Shyam Kumar never sang for himself in the films. He gave playback to other actors.  In ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954), Shyam Kumar was the lead actor and had sung three songs – two duets with Manorama and one solo. All these 3 songs are mix of romance and joy. Going by the list of other male actors in the film, I do not think that these 3 songs would make much sense if picturised on them.  So, it is a point to ponder whether Shyam Kumar performed one or more of his three songs himself.

With this song, ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954) makes a debut in the Blog.

[Ed Note: A honky-tonk coincidence plays in with the addition of this song to our blog. This song belongs to the 4274th film on this blog, and it appears on the 4274th day of the blog. Well, what do you say. 😀 😀 .]

 

Song – Gungunaai Fiza Jagmagaaya Samaa (Vijaygarh) (1954) Singer – Manorama, Shyam Kumar, Lyrics – Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri, MD – AK Prem
Manorama + Shyaam Kumar

 

Lyrics

gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
aa aa aa aa
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
 
tu ne ghunghat hataaya bahaar aa gayi
tu ne ghunghat hataaya bahaar aa gayi
roop chamka to bijli bhi sharma gayi
roop chamka to bijli bhi sharma gayi
chhaa gayeen muskuraane se rangeeniyaan
ho rangeeniyaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
 
aisi barsi khushi saare gham dhul gaye
aisi barsi khushi saare gham dhul gaye
zindagi ke naye raaste khul gaye
zindagi ke naye raaste khul gaye
ab basaayenge hum ek niraala jahaan
ek niraala jahaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
haa aa aa aa
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
हा आ आ आ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ

तू ने घूँघट हटाया बहार आ गई
तू ने घूँघट हटाया बहार आ गई
रूप चमका तो बिजली बहई शर्मा गई
रूप चमका तो बिजली बहई शर्मा गई
छा गईं मुस्कुयाने से
हो रंगीनियाँ
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ

ऐसी बरसी खुशी सारे ग़म धूल गए
ऐसी बरसी खुशी सारे ग़म धूल गए
ज़िंदगी के नए रास्ते खुल गए
ज़िंदगी के नए रास्ते खुल गए
अब बसाएँगे हम इक निराला जहां
इक निराला जहां
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
हा आ आ आ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ


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.

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4271 Post No. : 15501

Four films in his debut year. An accomplishment that is not claimed by many other music directors. The year – 1966. And the films – ‘Thakur Jarnail Singh’, ‘Smuggler’, ‘Shera Daku’ and ‘Husn Aur Ishq’. And a sampler of hits from these films – the all time favorite “Hum Tere Bin Jee Na Sakenge Sanam”; the timeless Rafi Sb – Suman Kalyanour duet “Hum Jahaan Hai Wo Maqaam Husn Aur Ishq Hai”; the lilting Mukesh solo “Ae Mere Dil Teri Manzil”; the haunting Lata solo “Intezaar Ka Aalam, Tanhaai Aur Hum”; the racy cabaret number by Lata – “Dil Ka Lagaana Is Duniya Mein”. Songs all made memorable by the lilting tunes mixed with wonderful rhythm and orchestration – the music coming from the mind of Ganesh Prasad Sharma.

Remembering music director Ganesh – he passed away on 28th March, 2000. He was 58.

Ganesh Prasad Sharma, son of the venerable Ram Prasad Sharma, came on to the film scene in early 1960s, working along with the music director duo of Laxmikant Pyaarelal. He was the younger brother of Pyaarelal. His work accompanying his elder brother as and arranger and orchestration expert. As the word got around about his talent, and his ability to create attractive rhythm and orchestration arrangements, and by the middle of the decade he started getting assignments as independent music directors. The rush of assignments was such that he had to turn down some offers, right at the beginning of his career.

Over the years, however, despite creating some very wonderful music for films, his career did not really develop much beyond the initial euphoria. Around mid 1970s, after having composed music for almost 25 films, his career simply faded away. The general opinion is that Ganesh could not get away from the shadow of the more illustrious and successful team of Laxmi-Pyaare. Since he continued to work with L-P also, the quality and characteristics of the music of his own independent films never really stood out as distinct. The similarity between the two threads of music did not allow him to create a truly independent identity for himself.

Today, I present a duet song from the 1973 film ‘Ek Naari Do Roop’. The film is remembered for the iconic favorite in Rafi Sb’s voice – “Dil Ka Soona Saaz Taraana Dhoondega”. The film is produced by the famous BR Ishara under the banner of Co-Operative Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by Madhusudan. The cast of actors is listed as Shatrughan Sinha, Rashmi Dhawan, Mehmood (Junior), Iftekhar, Madan Puri, Nadira, Roopesh Kumar, Malika, Chaman Puri, Honey Chhaya, Sapru, Lalita Kumari, Maruti, Kaajal, Rajni, Moolchand, Qureshi, Ranveer Raj, Subhash, Master Sheru, Master Ratan, and Master Chiku, with a guest appearance by Asha Sachdev.

The film has five songs listed. Four of these songs are already showcased on our blog. Today we bring on board the fifth and final song of this film. The song is penned by Naqsh Lyallpuri. The singing voices are of Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar. On screen, the song is performed by Shatrughan Sinha and Rashmi Dhawan. The name Rashmi Dhawan is not very familiar as a heroine. Her name can be seen in just one more film ‘Mann Tera Tan Mera’ from 1971, which is also produced by BR Ishara. She had a side role in that film – the lead pair is listed as Anil Dhawan and Rehana Sultana. So apparently, ‘Ek Naari Do Roop’ is the only film of this actress as the heroine.

The song is picturised as a love song, with the protagonists expressing their feelings of first love for each other, in a beach scenario. Shatrughan has a very trim and fresh look in this film,

The post also rings in the Yippeee status for this film. The earlier four songs of this film have appeared in the blog as follows.

S.No.

Song Title Film Year Post No,

Post Date

1 Dil Ka Soona Saaz Taraana Dhoondhega Ek Naari Do Roop 1973 13 31-Jul-08
2 Mere Mann Pawan Sang Udd Chal Ek Naari Do Roop 1973 7771 28-Mar-13
3 Zindagi Mein Sada Muskuraate Raho Ek Naari Do Roop 1973 14830 8-Jan-19
4 Ham Hi Jaanen Ek Torey Manwa Ki Peer Ek Naari Do Roop 1973 15028 14-May-19

A very interesting thing to note here. The first song of this film, posted as far back as on 31st July, 2008, is the first teen song of our blog. And the film is the first teen film. What I mean is that this film made its debut as the 13th song on the blog, and also that it is the 13th film to appear on the blog. 🙂

And further, those were the days when the blog was still following ‘song-a-day’ convention. So it was also the 13th day for the blog. 🙂

Song – Tum Samjho To Achha Hai, Main Bolun To Kya Bolun (Ek Naari Do Roop) (1973) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Naqsh Lyallpuri, MD – Ganesh
Asha Bhosle + Kishore Kumar

Lyrics

hmmmm hmmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmmmmm
aa ha ha ha ha

arey
chup kyon ho gayi
gaao naa

na
na
na
na
oohn hoon

tum samjho
to achha hai
main bolun
to kya bolun
tum samjho to achha hai
main bolun to kya bolun
bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo
tum se hi jawaani hai
ye duniya suhaani hai
meri jaan
tum ye kya jaano

kya keh rahin hain aap

tum samjho to achha hai
main bolun to kya bolun
arey tum samjho to achha hai
main bolun to kya bolun

ho ke dewwana main kaise luta
dil se mere tum ye poochho zara
ho ke dewwana main kaise luta
dil se mere tum ye poochho zara
kehta hai ye mera dil
meri hai yahi manzil
meri jaan tum ye kya jaano
tum bolo to achha ha
main bolun. . .
na na na
tum samjho to achha hai

dekha jo tumko ae mere sanam
meri jawaani ke behke kadam
oy hoy
dekha jo tumko ae mere sanam
meri jawaani ke behke kadam
pehle bhi mila saawan
bheega bhi nahin daaman
meri jaan tum ye kya jaano
tum samjho to achha hai
na
tum bolo to achha ha
main bolun to kya bolun

baahon mein le lo ye mehka badan
tum ho meri tumko jaane chaman
baahon mein le lo ye mehka badan
tum ho meri tumko jaane chaman
chheena hai
hazaaron se
maanga hai
bahaaron se
meri jaan tum ye kya jaano
tum bolo to achha ha
main bolun to kya bolun
bolo
bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo
tum se hi jawaani hai
ye duniya suhaani hai
meri jaan
tum ye kya jaano

kya keh rahin hain aap
tum bolo to achha ha
main bolun to kya bolun

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्ममम हम्ममम हम्मम
हम्मम हम्मम
हम्मम हम्ममममम
आ हा हा हा हा

अरे चुप क्यों गईं
गाओ ना

ना
ना
ना
ना
ऊँ हूँ

तुम समझो
तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ
तो क्या बोलूँ
तुम समझो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ
बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो
तुमसे ही जवानी है
ये दुनिया सुहानी है
मेरी जाँ
तुम ये क्या जानो

क्या कह रहीं हैं आप

तुम समझो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ
अरे तुम समझो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ

हो के दीवाना मैं कैसे लुटा
दिल से मेरे तुम ये पूछो ज़रा
हो के दीवाना मैं कैसे लुटा
दिल से मेरे तुम ये पूछो ज़रा
कहता है ये मेरा दिल
मेरी है यही मंज़िल
मेरी जाँ तुम ये क्या जानो
तुम बोलो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ॰ ॰ ॰
ना ना ना
तुम समझो तो अच्छा है

देखा जो तुमको ए मेरे सनम
मेरी जवानी के बहके कदम
ओय होय
देखा जो तुमको ए मेरे सनम
मेरी जवानी के बहके कदम
पहले भी मिला सावन
भीगा भी नहीं दामन
मेरी जाँ तुम ये क्या जानो
तुम समझो तो अच्छा है
ना
तुम बोलो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ

बाहों में ले लो ये महका बदन
तुम हो मेरी तुमको जाने चमन
बाहों में ले लो ये महका बदन
तुम हो मेरी तुमको जाने चमन
छीना है
हजारों से
मांगा है
बहारों से
मेरी जाँ तुम ये क्या जानो
तुम बोलो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ
बोलो
बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो
तुमसे ही जवानी है
ये दुनिया सुहानी है
मेरी जाँ
तुम ये क्या जानो

क्या कह रहे हैं आप

तुम बोलो तो अच्छा है
मैं बोलूँ तो क्या बोलूँ


This article is written by Nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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4154 Post No. : 15321

As I have said in one of my recent posts, whenever I read something inspiring, be it a poem or an article, it inspires me to write something of my own thoughts. Nowadays there is less and less readable material forthcoming from the print media. The blog and its posts are sometimes savior’s for the intellect. One such article was the post by Sudhir Sir – “Gandhi Tere Desh Mein Ye Kaisa Atyachaar“, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.  It appeared quite late in the night, but as I read it completely, it was a thoroughly readable and thought provoking post. At least I found it thought provoking and for the next few days the matters and the quotes from the Mahatma’s books, and my own thought relating to them were reverberating in my mind. I wrote a lengthy comment on the post which I am reproducing here.

Sir,

Congratulations on writing such an extensive, studied article on Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophies. Reading it, I realised I haven’t read any of his books.  Being a Kitaabi keeda from childhood hasn’t helped me reach out to any of Mahatma’s books. Where ever I have found a bookshelf and a rack of books I tend to go through the titles and authors. In my defence, I can only say that non-fiction is not my strong case. Nevertheless, it is sad and tragic that the works of such great thinking minds are nowhere to be found in present day libraries.

The para’s you quote from his writings, about non-violence and cowardice; I dare say are the sort of philosophy which is popular as well as non-popular, depending on disparities in viewpoints.

I will quote an incident to explain what I mean. This happened in friends household. The son was playing football with his friends. A few other boys from the neighborhood, came up to one of the boy and started beating him over some fight or rivalry. All the friends including my friend’s son ran away from there. The boy came home and told the parents about this. This was just a school going kid. The father said, how can you do this, being a punjab da puttar, how could you not help your friend. The son said, if tried to help him than they will start hitting me too. Logic here, self-preservation not cowardice, the mother opined.

In the light of the above incident, the Mahatma’s point is first one will try to stop the violence by non-violence. But avoiding the situation altogether is not non- violence, but cowardice.  As opposed to valour.  The will to defend the one in difficult situation. Not just defend, but save. This is valour, opposite of cowardice.

But this is an era of “tamashbeen”.  A vast majority of public now prefers to just be a bystander and watch, rather than doing anything to stop the violence. Which neither here, nor there. This is a side kick of mass media. We are used to watching violence and it doesn’t make us flinch. A humans natural tendency to reject violence is gone. We watch it like it is a natural movie watching experience.

I believe, big cities are little better, with regards to violence of any kind. For the disruption is bigger and inconvenient. Crowd will be of various dispositions in any urban setting, someone will be a local and saner than others. Hopefully.

One more point, I would make here is about the “decay” of creation. The decay in creation is caused by impurities. The very nature of creation in mortal. What has started will end, whatever has lived will die. A natural death. Like some civilisation of the past died, due to natural calamities and became a step for newer civilisation to develop.

It is the truth which is pure. The lies added to it make it impure, and cause decadence. The civilisations that decay and then die of decadence,  rot. No new civilisation can emerge from such decayed rot.

So, we as humans, the superior among all creation, have a duty to preserve this purity in ourselves.

Regards.

I realize that the comment is just one dimensional, and could not carry the total sum of my impressions on the article.   I have said that non-fiction is not my strong case, and here I am, daily trying my hand at writing non-fiction  :).

Now I simply must quote this from the article :

It goes to establish that Gandhi was no ordinary soul, and such souls appear on this planet quite rarely. Albert Einstein has so beautifully summed it up in his tribute – “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”.

Of course I have read this quote before and this is not fiction. Another important thing he highlighted was about the discourse around ‘the relevance of the Mahatma today’.  And films like “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” were just a final stone dropped in the (already dry) pond, through the popular film media, to explain to the second generation Indians born after the end of the Gandhian era, that over dose of Gandhian philosophy like any other philosophy is also capable of creating a ‘chemical locha’ in the mental equilibrium.

May be the decay of this great civilization of homo-sapiens has started. The very nature of creation is temporary; all that exists will be destroyed one day.  The Universe may be infinite, but the only definite thing here is death. So be it, whether it is the death of a philosophy, a society or a world. The very wisdom of this species is in danger of being homogenized with its earlier extinct versions.

If one really gives deep thought about the situation the human race is facing, it feels as if the ‘Qayamat’ is truly underway.  The life we are living is like a tight rope walk of ‘pul-e-siraat‘.  One wrong step and below is hellfire. It’s that difficult to keep to the truth, obey the truth and keep faith in the truth.

But then there is a superior power, the creator, the sustainer and the nourisher of all that exists. As Allama Iqbal said :

mudda’ee laakh buraa chaahe to kya hota hai
wohi hota hai jo manzoor-e-khuda hotaa hai

So I have here a very positive kind of feel good song written by Javed Akhtar from ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001).  The singer is Srinivas and composers are Shankar-Ehsan-Loy.   Yeah, the name of composers has a message in it.  I can try and translate the middle one i.e. ‘Ehsan’.

We all are familiar with word  ‘ehsaan‘ in songs like “Ehsaan Mere Dil Pe Tumhaara Hai Dosto” and “Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par“. The word ‘ehsan’ is a related word, with a change in meaning.  It means the ‘beauty of good conduct’. Or rather the beauty of best behavior.

The song I am presenting has a dream like quality with Dimple in white, Akshaye Kumar in white, and a white canvas.  The portrait of Dimple gradually develops on the canvas, while the Akshaye is dreaming on of pure water streams, dipping his hand into the stream,  full moon, in a dreamy halo of light and roshni.   In this moon light, all the colours are amalgamated to make a portrait, in which the fragrances are visibly mingling. Moon, stream, clouds, song, rain and butterflies are all in favour – in favour of the flavor of love, that is created of such different matter.  Some physical and some metaphorical matter, to make the billions and trillions of DNA that comprise this universe.

Video

Audio

Song – Kaisi Hai Ye Rut Ke Jis Mein Phool Ban Ke Dil Khile (Dil Chaahta Hai) (2001) Singer – Srinivas, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – Shankar-Ehsan-Loy

Lyrics

kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile. . .

kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile
ghul rahe hain rang saare
ghul rahi hain khushbooen
chaandni jharne ghataayen
geet baarish titliyaan
hum pe ho gaye hain
sab meherbaan
kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile

dekho
nadi ke kinaare
panchhi pukaare..ea
kisi panchhi ko
dekho
ye jo nadi hai
milne chali hai..ea
saagar hi ko
ye pyaar ka hi
saara hai kaarwaan
kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile

ho ooo
kaise
kisi ko bataayen
kaise ye samjhaayen..en
kya pyaar hai
iss mein
bandhan nahin hai
aur na koi bhi
deewar hai
suno pyaar ki niraali
hai daastaan
kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile
ghul rahe hain rang saare
ghul rahi hain khushbooen
chaandni jharne ghataayen
geet baarish titliyaan
hum pe ho gaye hain
sab meherbaan

kaisi hai ye rut ke jis mein
phool ban ke dil khile
hnmnmnmnm
hmnmnmnmnmn
hnmnmnmnm
hmnmnmnmnmn
hnmnmnmnm
hmnmnmnmnmn
hnmnmnmnm
hmnmnmnmnmn

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
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कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले॰ ॰ ॰

कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले
घुल रहे हैं रंग सारे
घुल रही हैं खुशबूएं
चाँदनी झरने घटाएँ
गीत बारिश तितलियाँ
हम पे हो गए हैं
सब मेहेरबाँ
कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले

देखो
नदी के किनारे
पंछी पुकारे॰॰ऐ
किसी पंछी को
देखो
ये जो नदी है
मिलने चली है॰॰ऐ
सागर ही को
ये प्यार का ही सारा
है कारवां
कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले

हो॰ ॰ ॰
कैसे
किसी को बताएं
कैसे ये समझाएँ॰॰ऐं
क्या प्यार है
इसमें
बंधन नहीं है
और न कोई भी॰॰ई
दीवार है
सुनो प्यार की निराली
है दास्ताँ
कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले
घुल रहे हैं रंग सारे
घुल रही हैं खुशबूएं
चाँदनी झरने घटाएँ
गीत बारिश तितलियाँ
हम पे हो गए हैं
सब मेहेरबाँ

कैसी है ये रुत के जिस में
फूल बन के दिल खिले
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न
हम्म ह्म म्न हम्न


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.

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4098 Post No. : 15244

There are some very special memories related to this song. Memories of certain flights of fancy, associated with the expressions and emotions contained here in.

Greetings to Usha Khanna ji, on her 78th birthday today (7th October). It is sixty years now that she made her debut as a music director, way back in 1959 – ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, a film by Filmalya’s Sashadher Mukherjee. She recounts with a glee now, but then she was very nervous. Of course, just seventeen, recently out of school, and so miraculously given a break for a big name Shammi Kapoor starrer film. The first song recorded was “Megha Re Boley. . .”.  She walked into the recording studio with Sonik, who was the arranger for that film. She recalls that some musicians actually whistled at her as she made her way toward the group. And then Sonik told them that she is the music director. Quite a silence of disbelief followed.

Her nervousness was heightened by the fact that she would be directing Rafi Sb for her first song. The rehearsals and the recordings happened. Then at the end of the recording Rafi Sb asked her whether the song was recorded to her satisfaction. She recounts that she was too dazed and overcome by just his presence, and that she stammered in agreement. Then Rafi Sb told her – you are the music director. No matter who the singer is, but you are the boss. Even if I make a mistake, then you should correct me. Usha Khanna says that she was forever in Rafi Sb’s debt for giving her that encouragement and that advise.

More than 4 decades of active career and about 200 films in her portfolio, there are many a memorable songs and melodies that she has created – one of those music directors who would make you hear again. Ah, this one! Usha Khanna? Wow.

Listening to her music, one feels a lot of similarity with OP Nayyar. Of course that was the era that Nayyar Sb ruled with his rhythmic melodies, and other music directors would try to create music inspired by him. So Usha Khanna was also influenced by that style, but then she is not limited to style alone. There is definitely a lot of her own creativity that has gone into her work, else she would not have survived in this industry for four decades. And that too, being of a gender that generally is not associated with the work of a music director. The earlier names we can think of – Jaddan Bai, Bibbo, Saraswati Devi – all names from 1930s and 40s, when the classical music was the forte, and these ladies were trained and grounded in the classical mould.

Not Usha Khanna. She in fact, has no formal training in music. Her father, Manohar Lal Khanna, a lyricist active in the industry from late 1940s to 1960s, was her segue into music. He would write the lyrics and she would informally compose tunes for his songs at home. It was a creative spark and something special about her melodies that capture attention of her fathers industry friends like OP Nayyar and Indeewar. One thing led to another, and she was placed before Sashadher Mukherjee for an interview. The conversation started uncomfortably with singing, and ended very comfortably with music direction. S Mukherji, impressed with her tenacity and consistency (he had asked her to create two new tunes and present to him every day, for a year – think about doing that!!) gave her the first break with ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, and followed it up with ‘Hum Hindustani’ (1960). After these two films, Usha was quite much on her way. That she was able to sustain her standing in the industry for four decades, speaks volumes about her talent and her approach. Might we also notice that contemporaneous to her, and subsequently, we do not hear of any other lady music director in the industry whose performance has left a mark on the music history of Indian cinema.

Ah yes, about the flights of fancy that I mentioned about, in the first para. Regulars are aware that this song forms a part of a tandem pair. The accompanying song is the hit sung by Mukesh – “Barkha Rani, Zara Jam Ke Barso”. Yes of course, that is the better known and the more popular song in comparison. However, this rendition by Suman Kalynapur is no less pleasant, alluring and engaging. Rather more so. So when this film was released, the teenager in me was still at school. And as with a boy’s fancies at that age, of course, I do not have to put it in words. Suffice to say that right from the time I heard these two songs for the first time, my liking has always been for the Suman Kalyanpur version. The fancy connected with the Mukesh song is that there would be a charming princess for whom the boy in me would sing this song. However, the fancy associated with the Suman Kalyanpur song is that there would be charming beautiful princess who would be singing this song for me. That appealed so much more to me, that my flight of fancy those days was someone singing this song for me. Aaye haaye – the heart still takes a swing at this thought. 🙂

Quick summary – the film is ‘Sabak’ from 1973, produced and directed by Jugal Kishore, songs written by Sawan Kumar and Hasrat Jaipuri, and music by Usha Khanna. The star cast of this film is listed as Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam, Jaishri T, Jugal Kishore, Ranjan, KN Singh, Nazeer Hussain, Master Satyajeet, Chandrashekhar, Brahmchari, Hercules, Mumtaz Begum, Ramesh Dev, Seema, Rajnibala, Maruti, Rajpal, Kishan Kaul, Ved Sharma, Rajan Kapoor, Moolchand, Bholanath, Manohar, Jerry, Omi Chopra, Uma Dutt, Pritam Kumar, Raj Verma, Kishan Billa, and Sundar Singh.

Once again, wishing Usha ji a very happy birthday and praying for many more healthy and comfortable returns of this day.

Ah yes, the lyrics of this song have been sent in by our dear Prakashchandra ji.

 

Song – Barkha Bairan, Zara Tham Ke Barso  (Sabak) (1973) Singers – Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics – Saawan Kumar Tak, MD – Usha Khanna

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

barkha bairan
zara tham ke barso
pee mere aa jaayen to
chaahe jam ke phir barso..oo..oo..oo
barkha bairan
zara tham ke barso
pee mere aa jaayen to
chaahe jam ke phir barso..oo..oo..oo
barkha bairan

pee se hai mera milan
kyon hai ree tujh ko jalan
pee se hai mera milan
kyon hai ree tujh ko jalan
haaye re paapan zaraa ruk jaa
zara tham jaana re
barkha bairan
zara tham ke barso
pee mere aa jaayen to
chaahe jam ke phir barso..oo..oo..oo
barkha bairan

pee ko mere aane de
ang se lag jaane de
pee ko mere aane de
ang se lag jaane de
phir tu dushman
yun barasna
jaane paayen wo na re..e..e
barkha bairan
zaraa tham ke barso
pee mere aa jaayen to
chaahe jam ke phir barso..oo..oo..oo
barkha bairan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बरखा बैरन
ज़रा थम के बरसो
पी मेरे आ जाएँ तो
चाहे जम के फिर बरसो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
बरखा बैरन
ज़रा थम के बरसो
पी मेरे आ जाएँ तो
चाहे जम के फिर बरसो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ

पी से है मेरा मिलन
क्यों है री तुझको जलन
पी से है मेरा मिलन
क्यों है री तुझको जलन
हाए रे पापन ज़रा रुक जा
ज़रा थम जा ना रे
बरखा बैरन
ज़रा थम के बरसो
पी मेरे आ जाएँ तो
चाहे जम के फिर बरसो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ

पी को मेरे आने दे
अंग से लग जाने दे
पी को मेरे आने दे
अंग से लग जाने दे
फिर तू दुश्मन
यूं बरसना
जाने पाएँ वो ना रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
बरखा बैरन
ज़रा थम के बरसो
पी मेरे आ जाएँ तो
चाहे जम के फिर बरसो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
बरखा बैरन


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 :

4095 Post No. : 15241

Today, 4th October, is the 88th birthday of Sandhya Mukherjee. The grand old dame is one of the premier playback singers in Bangla cinema. In Hindi films, her contribution is limited to about 30 songs. Her involvement in Hindi films starts with the 1948 film ‘Jhoothi Kasmen’, and her singing assignments are spread over a decade and a half, till the mid 1960s.

A chance encounter with this song prompted the preparation of this post. I came across this song just a few hours ago, and listening to it was love at first hear. Such a lovely melody and arrangement, and such wonderful rendition, this song belongs to that category of unknown and hidden gems, which surprise the listener with their simplicity and beauty. I have listened to it many times since I discovered it earlier in the evening, and I do not seem to be getting enough of it.

The film is ‘Ratnadeep’ from 1952. The film is produced and directed by the legendary Debaki Kumar Bose, for the banner of Chitramaya, Calcutta. The cast of actors is listed as Anuva Gupta, Manju Dey, Molina Devi, Chhaya Devi, Tangamani, Harini, Bakul Ghosh, Abhi Bhattacharya, Pahadi Sanyal, Niteesh Mukherji, Tulsi Chakravarty, Kamal Mishra, Raj Kumar Soni, Sudheer  Chakraborty, Gokul Mukherji, and Gauri Shankar. The film is based on the Bangla novel of the same name, written by Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee.

Eight songs are listed for this film. The music director is Robin Chatterji. Two of the songs are traditional bhajans originally composed by Meerbai and Vidyapati. The remaining six songs have been written by the songwriters Pandit Madhur and Mahendra Pran. However, the lyricist for each individual song is not specifically identified.

We wish Sandhya ji a very happy 88th birthday. May she be blessed with many more years of good health and happiness.

Song – Raat Ne Aa Ke Din Ko Chooma, Saanjh Suhaani Aayi  (Ratnadeep) (1952) Singers – Sandhya Mukherji, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Robin Chatterji

Lyrics

raat ne aa ke
din ko chooma
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi
saanjh suhaani aayi
saanjh suhaani aayi manwa doley
raat ne aa ke
din ko chooma
saanjh suhaani aayi

chanda karey ishaare
koi mujhe pukaare
chanda karey ishaare
kya jaanun main aaj bhala kyon
mann hi mann sharmaai
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi

baalapan ke sapne jaage
jaagi mast jawaani
haaye jaagi mast jawaani
duniya ki har ?? suhaani
?? ban karv itraai
tum ban jaao main o saajan
aawo main tum ban jaaun
ye madmaati saanjh salona
ye madmaati saanjh salona
salona sandesa laai
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi

aankhon se tum dil mein aaye
phir bhi rahe kyon praaye
phir bhi rahe kyon praaye
itna to batla do kyon tum
aaj baney harjaai
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi
saanjh suhaani aayi aayi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रात ने आ के
दिन को चूमा
साँझ सुहानी आई आई
साँझ सुहानी आई
साँझ सुहानी आई मनवा डोले
रात ने आ के
दिन को चूमा
साँझ सुहानी आई

चंदा करे इशारे
कोई मुझे पुकारे
चंदा करे इशारे
क्या जानूँ मैं आज भला क्यों
मन ही मन शरमाई
साँझ सुहानी आई आई

बालपन के सपने जागे
जागी मस्त जवानी
हाए जागी मस्त जवानी
दुनिया की हर ?? सुहानी
?? बन कर इतराई
तुम बन जाओ मैं ओ साजन
आवो मैं तुम बन जाऊँ
ये मदमाती साँझ सलोना
ये मदमाती साँझ सलोना
सलोना सँदेसा लाई
साँझ सुहानी आई आई

आँखों से तुम दिल में आए
फिर भी रहे क्यों पराये
फिर भी रहे क्यों पराये
इतना तो बतला दो क्यों तुम
आज बने हरजाई
साँझ सुहानी आई आई
साँझ सुहानी आई आई
साँझ सुहानी आई आई

 


This article is written by Nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4092 Post No. : 15236

I have been meaning to write a post on Majrooh Sultanpuri for some months now to commemorate the 100th birth Anniversary of a poet and film song writer par excellence.   But as usual one puts somethings on back burner and postpones things for some other time.

Last week I started the lyrics of this song from ‘Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak’ (1988), incidentally on my iPad and saved the file in yahoo mail. But that file is not opening in the any of the computers, so this post again didn’t even start.  Today is 1st October, 2019.  A very nice post by Sadanad Kamath Sir has appeared in the blog, which is quiet inspiring and it gave fresh ammunition to my jaded thoughts to start this write up.

Majrooh Saab’s super success with all music director, big and small, prolific and selective, is not comparable to anyone else.   None of the major song writers in his era can boast a list of composers as comprehensive as him, and more importantly successful, famous and hit songs.  Be it Madan Mohan and SD Burman, Chitragupt and Laxmikant Pyarelal, or RD Burman, Roshan, Rajesh Roshan & Khaiyyam, least of all Naushad & OP Nayyar, C Ramchandra & Salil Chaudhary also. I don’t have to start listing the beautiful lyrical and profound songs, Majrooh Saab wrote with/for all these composers.

Among his contemporaries, Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajendra Krishnan, Shakeel Badayuni, Qamar Jalaalabadi, later on Indeevar, Anand Bakshi and Gulzar etc., most were aligned with a music director or a film production  group etc.  Music Directors also preferred to work with a single lyricist or a couple at a time.  Among the major composers only SD Burman seemed to have worked with all of the above listed lyricist, as well as Majrooh.

Sahir Ludhianvi was more prone to making tributes to other poets in his songs.  But Majrooh seems to have paid a ‘khiraj-e-aqeedat’ to his fellow progressive poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Madan Mohan’s “Chiraag’ song “Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa Duniya Mein Rakha Kya Hai”.  This line is part of the immortal Nazm by Faiz – “Mujh Se Pehli Si Mohabbat Mere Mehboob Na Maang“.

In recent times, I have found that reading good work by others inspires me to write my own thoughts.  This is truer about poetry.  When I listen to some poets work, it given wings to my thoughts too.  I feel like writing something not necessarily on similar lines, better or superior, but some verse, some tributary sentences.

One can only wonder how such great creative minds must have felt when they heard some inspiring work of other greats and felt like expanding on the theme.  In this instance Majrooh Saab has gone on another tangent –

teri aankhon ke siwaa duniya mein rakkha kya hai
ye utthen subha chale, ye jhuken sham dhaley
mera jeena mera marna inhi palkon ke taley

As a poet with a heart that was Majrooh, why won’t he say –

dil me rakh lena ise haathon se ye chhoote na kahin
geet naazuk hai mera sheeshe se bhi toote na kahin

In my earlier tribute post for Majrooh Saab I have stated that just the lyrical poetry in “Rahen Na Rahen Hum, Mehka Karenge” in ‘Mamta’ (1966) is enough to make his place in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of Hindi film music.   Many colourful songs for Nasir Hussain’s films are written by Majrooh Saab for OP Nayyar and RD Burman.

The new age songs written by Majrooh for the film ‘Khaamoshi’ (1996) are among my favourites.  This time I have chosen a song from the 1988 film ‘Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak’ produced by Nasir Hussain and directed by his son Mansoor Khan for launching of Tahir Hussain’s son Aamir Khan. Incidentally dialogues, story and screenplay all are credit to Nasir Hussain.  The song starts with prelude music of clocks going “tick tock tick tock” in a departmental store, where Juhi Chawla has come to shop with her parents, Dalip Tahil and Beena.  She accidentally runs into Aamir Khan, who has promised his parent that he will not meet and talk to Juni Chawla for 6 month (?) or so. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla belong to two Rajput families who are at logger heads with each other over past broken alliances among the families due to which Dalip Tahil’s sister had committed suicide.

Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan met during a picnic trip to Mount Abu and fell in love without knowing that their families are having this rivalry.  Due to this, the love story is actually doomed to end in tragedy, but at the time of this song the lovebirds are unaware of this and are happily waiting for the wait period to get over. The singers are Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, and the music is by Anand-Milind. The songwriter is one and only Majrooh Sultanpuri.   If I remember correctly, this was the film which started the trend of abbreviating the name of film as QSQT.

A song of hope and happy endings. A song with birthday parties, picnic on cycles and dreamy dates and marking days in the calendar till happy days are here again.

Song – Ae Mere Humsafar, Ek Zara Intezaar (Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak) (1988) Singer – Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Anand Milind

Lyrics 

ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

ab hai judaai ka mausam
do pal ka mehmaan
kaise na jaayega andhera
kyun na thamega toofaan
ab hai judaai ka mausam
do pal ka mehmaan
kaise na jaayega andhera
kyun na thamega toofaan
kaise na milegi
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zaraa intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

pyaar ne jahaan pe rakkha hai
jhoom ke qadam ek baar
wahin se khula hai koi rasta
wahin se giri hai deewaar
pyaar ne jahaan pe rakkha hai
jhoom ke qadam ek baar
wahin se khula hai koi rasta
wahin se giri hai deewaar
roke kab ruki hai
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
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ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की

अब है जुदाई का मौसम
दो पल का महमाँ
कैसे न जाएगा अंधेरा
क्यूँ न थमेगा तूफान
अब है जुदाई का मौसम
दो पल का महमाँ
कैसे न जाएगा अंधेरा
क्यूँ न थमेगा तूफान
कैसे न मिलेगी
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की

प्यार ने जहां पे रक्खा है
झूम के कदम एक बार
वहीं से खुला है कोई रस्ता 
वहीं से गिरि है दीवार
प्यार ने जहां पे रक्खा है
झूम के कदम एक बार
वहीं से खुला है कोई रस्ता
वहीं से गिरि है दीवार
रोके कब रुकी है
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की


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 : 4066 Post No. : 15202

Jaane Jaana Yoon Na Dekho Aaj Nafrat Se Mujhe” – this lovely lilting from the 1963 film ‘Faulaad’, is the creation of the songwriter Anjaan. A poet who has given us some of the most wonderful gems of the Hindi screen. Songs like “Pipraa Ke Patwaa Sarikhe Doley Manwaa” (‘Godaan’, 1963), “Bahaaro Thaam Lo Ab Dil, Mera Mehboob Aata Hai”(‘Namaste ji’, 1965), “Aap Ke Haseen Rukh Pe Aaj Nayaa Noor Hai”(‘Bahaaren Phir Bhi Aayengi’, 1966),  “Aaj Tumse Door Ho Kar, Aise Royaa Mera Pyaar”(‘Ek Raat’, 1967), and “Bina Badraa Ke Bijuriyaa Kaise Chamke”(‘Bandhan’, 1969) – and on to “Rotey Huye Aate Hain Sab, Hansta Hua Jo Jaayegaa. . .”(‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, 1978), “Maano To Main Ganga Maa Hoon, Naa Maano Te Behtaa Paani”(‘Ganga Ki Saugandh’, 1978), “O Khaike Paan Barnaaras Waala” (‘Don’, 1978), “Pag Ghunghroo Baandh Meera Naachi Thi” (‘Namak Halaal’, 1982), “Gori Hain Kalaayi’aan, Tu La De Mujhe Hari Hari Choodiyaan” (‘Aaj Ka Arjun’, 1990). And many more.

Remembering Anjaan on the 22nd anniversary of his passing away, earlier this week (3rd September).

Today, I present another wonderful song penned by him – a song that has been forgotten and has remained obscure for decades. The film is equally obscure – ‘Lady of the Lake’ from 1960. The film is produced and directed by AM Khan, under his own banner of AM Khan Productions, Bombay. It is a fantasy cum stunt film. The list of actors includes Azad, Krishna Kumari, Shaam Kumar, Sherry, Jai, Neelima, Shahgul, Ram, Fani Tinchar, Jilani, Jameela, Baby Leela, OK, Avtar, Maqbool, Robert, and Burhan etc.

The film has nine songs shared between three songwriters. Five songs are written by Anjaan, one by Saba Afghani and the remaining three by Munshi Naayab. Two songs of this film are already represented on our blog.  Today’s song is also from the pen of Anjaan. Music for all the songs is composed by the music director duo of Suresh-Talwar.

The lyrics of this song have been sent in by Nitin Shah.

This song is a duet in the voices of Geeta Dutt and Mahendra Kapoor. Here is duet combination of two well known singers, who came together very rarely during their careers. There may probably be fifteen or maybe less, songs that they have sung together.

A wonderful lilting melody that should have been heard more often. I am sure you would agree.

 


Song – Sun Re O Chhalia, Boley Kya Paayaliya (Lady Of The Lake) (1960) Singers – Geeta Dutt, Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Anjaan, MD – Suresh-Talwar

Lyrics (Provided by Nitin Shah)

sun re o chhaliya
boley kya paayaliya
chhed ke dil ke taar
sajanawa aaj na ja
balamwa aaj na ja
o tere bina ratiya
o re mann basiya
soona laage sansaar
sajanwa aaj na ja
balamwa aaj na ja

kab se baithi raah mein teri
baalam aas lagaaye
ho oo oo balam aas lagaaye
itne din ke baad miley bhi
to tum rahe paraaye
ho oo oo
do dil milne na paaye
behki adaayen
tujh ko bulaayen
dil hai bada beqraar
sajanwa aaj na ja
balamwa aaj na ja

jaadu ajab chalaaye gori
tera roop suhaana
ho oo oo tera roop suhana
pehli jhalak mili jab teri
dil ho gaya deewana
haaye ab isey kahaan hai jaana
ruk ja re ruk ja
palkon mein chhup ja
kar le ji bhar pyaar
sajanawa aaj na ja
balamwa aaj na ja
o sun re o chhaliya
boley kya paayaliya
chhed ke dil ke taar
sajanawa aaj na ja
balamwa aaj na ja

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सुन रे ओ छलिया
बोले क्या पायलिया
छेड़ के दिल के तार
सजनवा आज न जा
बलमवा आज न जा
ओ तेरे बिना रसिया
ओ रे मन बसिया
सूना लगे संसार
सजनवा आज न जा
बलमवा आज न जा

कब से बैठी राह में तेरी’
बालम आस लगाए
हो ओ ओ बालम आस लगाए
इतने दिन के बाद मिले भी
तो तुम रहे पराये
हो ओ ओ
दो दिल मिलने ना पाये
बहकी अदाएँ
तुझ को बुलाएँ
दिल है बड़ा बेक़रार
सजनवा आज न जा
बलमवा आज न जा

जादू अजब चलाये गोरी
तेरा रूप सुहाना
हो ओ ओ तेरा रूप सुहाना
पहली झलक मिली जब तेरी
दिल हो गया दीवाना
हाय अबे इसे कहाँ है जाना
रुक जा रे रुक जा
पलकों में छुप जा
कर ले जी भर प्यार
सजनवा आज न जा
बलमवा आज न जा
ओ सुन रे ओ छलिया
बोले क्या पायलिया
छेड़ के दिल के तार
सजनवा आज न जा
बलमवा आज न जा


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 : 4053 Post No. : 15184

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 9
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Ah ha, even this song. 🙂

The film is ‘Alag Alag’ from 1985. Repeating an iconic song from the 1969 film ‘Aradhna’. And surely, the important thing to note is that the repeat would have involved no negotiations etc. The director, Shakti Samant, and the song writer Anand Bakshi, are the same. The producer of ‘Aradhna’ is Shakti Samant, and the producer of ‘Alag Alag’ is Rajesh Khanna, who incidentally appears in both the films. The music director of ‘Aradhna’ is SD Burman, and the music director for ‘Alag Alag’ is his son, RD Burman. I would believe that getting permission to repeat this song would have been quite easy. 🙂

As I checked out the the earlier posted original song (on 13 Jan, 2013) I notice that this repeat song is already identified by Sadanand ji in a comment posted on 31st Oct last year. And so, this song found its entry on the blog via this series. Well, for one, it is not listed in the Geet Kosh. That is the interesting part. There are seven songs listed for this film, and the singers listed against each one. The name Kavita Krishnamurthy, the singing voice of this version of the song, does not appear against any of the listed songs. Then, in the footnote, there is compiled list of playback singers given, which includes Kavita’s name, indicating that she has sung something for this film. If one does not view the film, and is not aware of this repeat performance of this song, one will keep wondering why does Kavita Krishnmurthy’s name appears in the list of playback singers, when she has not lent her voice to any song.

The 1985 film ‘Alag Alag’ is produced by Rajesh Khanna and Kusum Narula, under the banner of Aashirwaad Films International, Bombay. With this film, Rajesh Khanna made his debut as a producer in the industry. A small anecdote is noted – that Kishore Kumar did not accept any payment for his singing assignments in this film. He said that he felt indebted to Rajesh Khanna and ‘Aradhna’ for catapulting his career to a new high, and this being Rajesh’s first film as a producer, he would sing for him without accepting any payments.

The star cast of this film is listed as Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Tina Munim, Deven Verma, Sushma Seth, Gita Siddhartha, Urmila Bhatt, Anjana, Raj Rani, Rajesh Puri, Subiraj, Asit Sen, Bharat Bhushan, Bhagwan, Satyen Kappu, Mohan Choti, Birbal, Vikas Anand, Manmauji, Manik Dutt, Sunil Dhawan, Kamal Kanchan, Anoop, Pratap, Surendra, Shyam, Mohit, S Chavan, Gurubachan, with special appearance by Bindu and friendly appearances by Om Prakash and On Shivpuri.

Briefly, the story of this film is,

Tina Munim is a village belle, whose only dream in life is to marry a rich man. She comes to Bombay, meets Rajesh Khanna, and mistakes him for a rich man. When he reveals that he is not a rich man, but is a struggling singer looking for work in the film industry, she dumps him. Later in the film, we find out that he is actually a rich man’s son, who is out on his own, because his parents do not appreciate his desire to be a singer. The next set of events brings Tina to the home of Shashi Kapoor, who is a doctor and is widowed. Pursuing her goal with the single minded devotion, she now attempts to become his wife, This song is placed in the film at this juncture, as she tries to woo him.

The rest of the story is quite intertwined. Shashi Kapoor actually treats Tina Munim as a daughter. Rajesh comes to the doctor to get a false disability certificate as a reference. Tina meets him, confronts him and exposes him. Rajesh leaves, then is involved in an accident in which he loses his voice. He rejoins his family. Shashi Kapoor passes away on account of some illness. Tina is back on the road. With the help of his mother, Rajesh tries to promote Tina as a singer, without letting her know. They meet again, but Rajesh leaves because of his disability. Tina mistakes this to be that Rajesh hates her. And on goes the storyline, inching towards a happily ever after and a miraculous restoration of voice etc. 🙂

We come to this repeat song with a difference. So far in this series, most of the songs that have been reused, are presented as the original recording – barring “Babul Mora. . .” and “I Am A Disco Dancer“, which have been re-recorded in different singing voices. Today’s song also belongs to this latter group – that it is also a re-recorded version and not the original. The original, of course is Kishore Da, and in this female re-rendered version, the singing voice is Kavita Krishnamurthy.

You will notice that Tina’s attire in this song is quite similar to Sharmila’s in the original. An interesting repeat this one is. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Song – Roop Tera Mastaana, Pyaar Mera Deewaana  (Alag Alag) (1985) Singers – Kavita Krishnamurthy, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – RD Burman
Female Voice + Male Voice

Lyrics

roop tera mastaanaa
pyaar mera deewaana
roop tera mastaanaa
pyaar mera deewaana
bhool koi humse na ho jaaye
roop tera mastaanaa
pyaar mera deewaana
bhool koi humse na ho jaaye

raat nasheelee
mast samaa hai
aaj nashe mein
saara jahaan hai
raat nasheelee
mast sama hai
aaj nashe mein
saara jahaan hai
haay sharaabi mausam behkaaye
ae ae ae ae
roop tera mastaanaa
pyaar mera deewaana
bhool koi humse na ho jaaye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रूप तेरा मस्ताना
प्यार मेरा दीवाना
रूप तेरा मस्ताना
प्यार मेरा दीवाना
भूल कोई हमसे न हो जाये
रूप तेरा मस्ताना
प्यार मेरा दीवाना
भूल कोई हमसे न हो जाये

रात नशीली
मस्त समां है
आज नशे में
सारा जहां है
रात नशीली
मस्त समां है
आज नशे में
सारा जहां है
हाय शराबी मौसम बहकाए ए ए ए ए
रूप तेरा मस्ताना
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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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 4020 Post No. : 15132

21st July, 1969 – a tiny me was waiting for the arrival of the school bus, around 6.40 am in the morning, at the end of the lane where we lived, in Karol Bagh area of Delhi. Three, maybe four other friends, going to the same school – executing the normal morning routine, with strap bags on shoulders, waiting to espy the school bus that we all recognized oh so well, to take a turn from a crossing about 200 metres away – to come, and to gobble us up, and to carry us to yet another day at the school. I think, it was too early in life to philosophize about the love-hate relationship with education, school and school teachers. It was still kind of an eager fun to travel in the bus and get to a classroom, and spend time watching teachers do their things on the blackboard, for us. Ah yes, the blackboards back then were actually black, and white chalks were then the standard instrument of communication between the teacher and us.

Sorry, I am jumping the gun – classroom and education is not the topic today; ‘waiting for the bus’ is. So as I was saying, four five of us kids were at the appointed place, at the appointed time – waiting to be picked. Some of these memories are so vivid and crystal clear in the mind, as if it was just yesterday. Ah yes, does seem like yesterday. I remember there was a bakery and confectionery shop right on the corner where we used to wait for the bus. It was a family run business – two brother partners. Over the years, the ownership of that shop has remained in the family, but the subject matter of the shop has changed from confectionery to designer clothing today. I still remember, the board on the shop – ‘Paul’s – Bakers and Confectioners’.

The kids’ interest of course was in the candies, toffees and chocolate items displayed in the shop’s show cases. The shop would be open before we reached the waiting point, because being a baker, he was catering to the early morning needs of milk and bread supply, to the early riser families, which, in those times, was practically all the families in the neighborhood.

Ah, sorry, I digress again – waiting for the bus it was. So the different thing that happened on that morning was the the bus did not come on time. It was kind of a pleasant, expectation filled feeling in the kiddy hearts – is the bus not coming today? Well, bus used to be late once in a while. And the tiny minds would be inventing conjectures about the school being closed for this or that unimaginable reason. But then, those dreams used to be shattered within a matter of minutes – late it would be, but then it would appear on the horizon, and the young footsteps would prance on to the four steps and into bus, starting another day at the school.

But that day, the few minutes extended into many minutes – and no bus. Although we were all in the mood to run back home and make a pompous announcement of the mystery of the disappearing bus. Of course, none had the courage to do so. It was a mindless wait, but the instructions to this kiddy platoon was to stay rooted to the bus stop area, and not to wander away – no matter how late the bus was. And we waited. No, the parents were not with us. We kids were in that gray transition zone of trust building age, that the parents would drop us at the bus stop, and head back home, with the confidence that the kid would certainly board the bus and spend another productive day at the school. And so we waited.

One of the more enterprising member of this waiting platoon ventured into the bakery shop and asked for time. “Seven o five”, we were told – goodness the bus was twenty five minutes late. This had never happened before. It was a first in the long years of the tiny age of experiences that the kiddy minds had accumulated till then. But then, in the absence of any instructions for this unexpected, first time, unheard of situation, we were clueless as to what should be done. So we waited – did not have courage to venture back home – the certain thought in mind was that parents would simply scold us and ask us to get back to the bus stop immediately and wait some more. There must be a valid reason – breakdown, accident, petrol finish – whatever, but it will come. So go back.

But it didn’t come. Another fifteen minutes passed. Still no bus. The uncomfortable squirming had now transformed into an anxious fear – have we already missed it? Has the bus come and gone and all of us missed it by a minute or something. Now the fear started to grow, since if the bus had already gone, then the fault would be ours that we were a minute or two too late to reach the bus stop. And so what were we doing, while ambling towards the bus stop from home, how did we reach the bus stop late? And why? All sorts of uncomfortable thoughts were now cycling through the mind. And we waited.

But the tension was unbearable now. The urge was to rush back home, but in the absence of an explanation, the apprehension of the consequences did not allow us to move. First time in the long years of tiny experiences, we were facing a helpless situation, the CPUs of mind were primitive and no conclusive directions were forthcoming.

Finally, we saw a ray of hope. We espied a senior student of our school, walking towards our bus stop. This person used to board from the next stop on the route, about half a mile ahead. He came, he declared, and we conquered. 😀 😀

He informed us that the bus would not be coming that day, since the school had declared a holiday. So head back home and take a day off. Whoosh. . . the mounds of stones of uncertainty were suddenly lifted, a new energy seemed to flow now, in place of the helpless limbo. I am very very sure, all would have had this ‘Whoosh’ experience sometimes in school life – an unexpected holiday announcement. It was like ‘छप्पड़ फाड़ के’ – I am using this phrase in hind sight. Of course I was not aware of this phrase or its implications at that time.

Then one of us had the curiosity strong enough to ask, what happened, why this unannounced holiday. The senior was not very sure himself. He said his father had called the school, and the school had announced the holiday – it was because of the moon landing. Totally bewildered with this information the tiny brains could not process, we externally expressed relief and happiness, lugged the bags over the shoulders once again, and walked back home.

It was almost one hour after the bus time, and of course the parents were totally surprised to see me back at the doorway. Dad asked what was the matter. And I recounted in brief, about the wait, the senior student, the information about the holiday announcement and moon landing. Dad started to laugh. He had already known about this news – well he was part of the editorial team that published the morning paper. So he already had the information about the event in the late hours of the previous night. But there was no news in the papers about the school holidays. So then he ventured to confirm – went to another neighbor’s place to make a call to the school. We did not have a phone at home in those times. He returned after a few minutes, and his smile confirmed the announcement, and laid to rest any apprehensions, that I would be held to fault, for making up such tall story.

I asked him, and he explained, quite lucidly of course – he had prepared the news story for print just a few hours prior. But much of that did not register into the brain. The moon landing, Apollo 11, US spacecraft, Neil Armstrong – some key phrases stuck in the mind. I took up the newspaper and read through the story. The quantum and the quality of significance did not sink in then. But yes, this idea did sink in very earnestly that the event that happened was some towering, huge, first of its kind accomplishment by USA. In the later years, as my interest grew in scientific topics, I would come to realize the depth of significance and importance of this huge event. The man had landed on another celestial body for the first time in the history (known history??) of the mankind. Yes, it was huge.

On 25th May, 1961, John F Kennedy, the then US President, made this proposal to the US Congress, to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Of course, the objective was achieved on 20th July, 1969.

And so the event, and its earth shattering significance has stayed with me now, for all these years – all because the schools declared a holiday that day – to celebrate this towering achievement of the human race. The man had reached the moon, and the school was closed in celebration.

Today, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of that accomplishment. Over the past 50 years, the science of astronautics, and the technology had progressed by leaps and bounds. But the ‘man on the moon’ event has this envious and non-duplicate-able quality about it – what more to say. The US scientists and NASA took almost 8 years to accomplish the target that their famous president had set for them. Long before that, the Indian cinema had already responded with the film ‘Rocket Girl’, in 1962, and with this humorous and lilting melody created by Prem Dhawan and Chitragupt.

Searching for an appropriate song for this celebration, I chanced to discover this fabulous gem of a song that has probably been considered lost and consigned to the deep. I tried to search for songs with reference to ‘chaand’. Another song from this film – “Na Jaane Chaand Kaisa Hoga” – is an iconic, popular hit song that is already posted on the blog. When I read the words of the mukhda of this, I was very curious to search and pull out this song, because the mukhda kind of hints at traveling to the moon. With some time spend, I am able to locate this song in my collection. As far as I could check online, this song is not yet available. So I prepared and uploaded this song, and here am presenting it for this celebration today.

Listening this song, I am so surprised that this song has remained obscure all these years. A vintage Chitragupt melody that takes the listener on a journey of lilting extravaganza – so beautifully tuned and so exquisitely arranged. The humming composition simply is not getting out of my mind at this time – the lady wants to travel to the land of the moon and have a romance amongst the stars, and gentleman is not at all convinced that they would reach there alive. 🙂  The words of the song are so interestingly crafted – it is a veritable treat to listen to.

‘Rocket Girl’ is a film from 1962, produced under the banner of Film Sansar, Bombay and is directed by Nanabhai Bhatt. The cast of actors is listed as Naaz, Sudesh Kumar, Jagdish Raj, Nilofer, Kanchanmala, Brahm Bhardwaj, Genius, Lal Bahadur, Mohammad Bhai, Ameer, Sandow, Shafi, Shammi, and Bhagwan Dada. Six songs are listed for this film, all from the pen of Prem Dhawan, with wonderful music compositions coming from the mind of Chitragupt.

I have no idea whether this film is about space travel, and visit to the moon. Listening to the two songs, it appears that his film is about space travel, I request our more knowledgeable readers to add more information about this film.
[Ed Note: Details about the film ‘Rocket Girl’ have already been posted by Arun ji, our in-house encyclopedia, with the earlier posted song of this film – “Na Jaane Chaand Kaisa Hoga”. The same are also available at Atul Movies – Rocket Girl (1962). Thanks to Aero Survey for this reminder.]

Fifty years of moon landing – and a surprisingly wonderful song to go along with – enjoy.

 

Song – Aa Ja Chalen Piya Chaand Waale Des Mein  (Rocket Girl) (1962) Singer – Suman Kalyanpur, Manna Dey, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge

basti nai sitaaron mein basaayenge
gaye jo wahaan palat ke naa aayenge
basti nai sitaaron mein basaayenge
gaye jo wahaan palat ke naa aayenge
aisi baaton se hum nahin darenge
na na na na
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge
oo oo oo
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge

jhoothe hain sabhi ye kisse chaand waand ke
le chaloon tujhe main zulfon mein baandh ke
jhoothe hain sabhi ye kisse chaand waand ke
le chaloon tujhe main zulfon mein baandh ke
jaao akele hum aahen bharenge
na na na na
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
oo oo oo
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge

kehte the tumhin
sitaare doonga tod ke
honge meri jaan
ye waade kisi aur ke
mil ke jiye hain mil ke hi marenge
na na na na
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge
oo oo oo
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
oo oo oo
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे

बस्ती नई सितारों में बसाएँगे
गए जो वहाँ पलट के ना आएंगे
बस्ती नई सितारों में बसाएँगे
गए जो वहाँ पलट के ना आएंगे
ऐसी बातों से हम नहीं डरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे

झूठे हैं सभी ये किस्से चाँद वांद के
ले चलूँ तुझे मैं ज़ुल्फों में बांध के
झूठे हैं सभी ये किस्से चाँद वांद के
ले चलूँ तुझे मैं ज़ुल्फों में बांध के
जाओ अकेले हम आहें भरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे

कहते थे तुम्हीं
सितारे दूँगा तोड़ के
होंगे मेरी जान
ये वादे किसी और के
मिल के जिये हैं मिल के ही मरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे


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