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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

This article is a tribute to an actor whom I started admiring for his acting calibre only a couple of years back. He became a star actor without having any godfather in Hindi film industry. During his filmy career of less than 15 years (1934-48), he donned the different kind of roles, mostly in negative shades, in around 30 films most of which became box office hits. Had there been a concept of super star in his days, he would have been the one among K L Saigal, Motilal, Surendra etc. The actor is Chandra Mohan and today, July 24, 2017 happens to be his 111th birth anniversary.

During my younger days, the only information I knew from words of mouth about Chandra Mohan was that he was the most handsome actor of his time. Even until a couple of years back, my awareness about him was restricted to his being from a Kashmiri Pandit family, about his filmography, watching him in VCD of films like ‘Pukaar’ (1939), ‘Roti’ (1942), ‘Humayun’ (1945) and ‘Shaheed’ (1948). Each of his roles in these films impressed me of his acting skill, the dialogue delivery and the expressions.

Chandra Mohan rarely got opportunity to work as hero in a conventional sense in his 30 odd films. Even in the films like ‘Bharosa’ (1940) and ‘Apna Ghar’ (1942) in which he was in the lead roles, he had some shades of negative characters like a seducer of his best friend’s wife and an autocratic husband, respectively. It is said that his facial features and cat eyes always created the shades of villain in him. His eyes were so powerful that even his innocuous smiles gave an impression of villainous smiles.

During the last two years or so when I was more into songs of the films of 1940s, I became aware of some of the important film personalities of that era and one of them was Chandra Mohan. I had read an interview of him taken by Hyacinth, a name under which Susheela Rani Patel wrote articles in ‘Filmindia’ magazines (November 1941). The interview was taken on the eve of the release of his film ‘Roti’ (1942). This was also a period when his career was at its peak. The interview gave me an impression of Chandra Mohan being a short tempered person, a self-centred egoistic man and a man of strong likes and dislikes.

Recently, I came across a moving obituary on Chandra Mohan written by Khorshed Dhondy, a film journalist who knew Chandra Mohan personally. The article appeared in April 1949 issue of SOUND Magazine, (Courtesy: Professor Surjit Singh’s Website). After reading the article, I had a different impression of Chandra Mohan – a kind hearted man, helped needy persons anonymously, a spend thrift during financially good times but accepted the life as it came in bad times. He was not arrogant but his frank talks may have given that impression.

Chandra Mohan Wattal (24/07/1906 – 02/04/1949) was born in Narsinghpur (presently in MP) in a Kashmiri Pandit family. His grandfather was the Diwan of Karauli State (now in Rajasthan) and his father was a member of the darbaar of Maharaja of Gwalior. Chandra Mohan lost his mother when he was a child. He was brought up by his maternal grandmother at Narsinghpur. His grandmother pampered him so much that he had become a spoilt child. It is not known whether he completed his high school.

Sometime in the 1930, after his father’s death, Chandra Mohan realised that his views and his grandparents views were poles apart. So he ran away from his house and reached Delhi. After changing job many times, he joined a film distribution company at Delhi at a monthly salary of Rs.35/-. The job entailed travelling for meeting film producers for negotiating terms for their film distributions.

On one such assignment, Chandra Mohan travelled to Kolhapur to discuss with the owners of Prabhat Film Company for negotiating the terms for distribution of their film ‘Sairandri’ (1933). V Shantaram saw in him the artistic potential – a handsome young man with his blue-greenish eyes which spoke more than his voice. He offered him a contract for the film which he refused. However, when Baburao Pendharkar left Prabhat, Chandra Mohan was asked to reconsider his decision. This time, Chandra Mohan met V Shantaram in Poona (Pune) and accepted the offer at a monthly salary of Rs.75/-. Thus he got his first role of a fanatic priest in Prabhat’s ‘Amrit Manthan (1934).

Chandra Mohan’s role in ‘Amrit Manthan’ (1934) was very much appreciated by both the cinegoers and the film critics. With his very first film, he had become a star. Thereafter, he worked for Prabhat’s ‘Dharmatma’ (1935) as an evil priest, in ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936) as a tyrannical minister, and in ‘Wahan’ (1937) as autocratic Aryan king. Sometime in 1936, Chandra Mohan had differences with Shantaram over his remuneration which had remained the same despite the box office successes of his three films in a row. So he left Prabhat and joined Huns Pictures of Master Vinayak in 1937 on profit sharing basis.

After completing ‘Jwaala’ (1938), he quit Huns Pictures and joined Sohrab Modi’s Minerva Movietone. He got the role of Mughal Emperor Jehangir in ‘Pukaar’ (1939). His role had created so much impression that Maharaja of Kashmir, Hari Singh who was a close friend of Chandra Mohan, used to receive him personally at his royal palace and address him as Jehangir. In Minerva’s ‘Bharosa’ (1940), his role as a seducer of his friend’s wife was critically appreciated in the film’s review in ‘Filmindia’.

Keeping with his temperament, Chandra Mohan left Minerva Movietone too after doing just two films and became a free-lancer. During his free-lancing phase, he had done a double role in negative character in ‘Geeta’ (1940) – as Durga Khote’s husband and her son. His role of a ruthless businessman in ‘Roti’ (1942) and an autocratic husband in ‘Apna Ghar’ (1942) who ‘conveys more from his actions than the words’ were well appreciated. In ‘Shakuntala’ (1943), his portrayal of role as King Dushyant had many shades of emotions.

The World War II period (1939-45) brought significant speculative gains for businessmen. Some of them channelled the money in film productions. During this time, the remunerations of the star actors went up significantly. Chandra Mohan was one of the major beneficiaries of this trend as he did nearly 20 films during this period. According to a film journalist I referred to earlier, Chandra Mohan earned as much as Rs.18 lakhs during this period which was a big sum at that time.

However, Chandra Mohan’s good earnings came at a cost which was reflected in his career later. During the boom, he had accepted roles in the films of all sorts, some of which flopped at the box offices. During this period, he tried his hand in producing a film ‘Jhankar’ (1942) in partnership with his close friend M Kumar. This film too flopped at the box office.

Once the war was over, there was a slump in business activities which also got reflected in the film industry. However, keeping with his temperament, Chandra Mohan would not lower his remuneration nor would he approach film production banners for roles. The result was that he did not get any films during 1946 and 1947. During this period, whatever he had earned was majorly lost in gambling like horse races which he was very fond of. Also his lavish life style and partying with his close friends continued until all his earnings were exhausted. He had to sell his personal belongings like cars, race horses etc to maintain his routine expenses.

It was during this period that Chandra Mohan was afflicted with some kind of mental illness (probably depression) resulting in losing his mental balance. It is said that during this period, he used to get hallucinations quite often. It is during this time, he became extremely religious person as against the atheist earlier. He spent whatever little money he had for going on pilgrimage all over India and visiting places of all faiths.

In the film industry, when the chips are down for an artist, even his close friends desert him. Chandra Mohan was lucky that he had some close friends like Motilal, M Kumar, Ulhas, Ranjan Haksar who were genuinely attached to him irrespective of his financial conditions. They used to visit his house in Churchgate periodically to inquire about his well being.

I guess that the moral support (perhaps, discreetly financial too) which Chandra Mohan got from his close friends during his difficult times might have brought him to normalcy. After about 2 years of hiatus, he got an important role in Filmistan’s ‘Shaheed’ (1948). His stunning performance as a duty bound Deputy Commissioner whose son (Dilip Kumar) has become a revolutionary, was as memorable as that of Dilip Kumar in ‘Shakti’ (1982). His monologue in a court scene where, for the first time, he supports his son for his actions, is unforgettable. He also acted in Prakash Picutres’ ‘Raam Baan’ (1948) in the role of Ravan and ‘Dukhiyaari’ (1948) etc.

Unfortunately, Chandra Mohan’s second innings was short lived. On the morning of April 2, 1949, he breathed his last due to heart attack after a short illness of about 15 days. Baburao Patel, editor of ‘Filmindia’ wrote in his tribute to Chandra Mohan – ‘the lambs of the day can never reach the stature of the lion that died’.

Chandra Mohan’s untimely death was one of the main reasons for further delay of K Asif’s magnum opus, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) in which he was playing the role of Emperor Akbar. Some reels of the film was already shot.

Coming to the song for the occasion, from the VCDs of his films I have watched, I could not find any song which Chandra Mohan had lip synced on the screen. At last, I have settled for a background song picturised on him. The song is ‘Na Jaane Kahaan Ka Ye Jaadu Kiya Hai’ from the film ‘Shakuntala’ (1943). The singer of the song is not identified. My guess is that the singer is Khan Mastana.

There were 13 songs in the film written by Deewan Sharar and Ratan Piya. However, the song under discussion has not been identified as to which of the two lyricists had written the song. My take is that the song may have been written by Deewan Sharar as I find that 8 songs for which Ratan Piya have been accredited, have pure Hindi lyrics whereas the song under discussion have words like ‘adaayen’ ‘nighaayen’, ‘jahaan’ ‘jaam’ which a purist Hindi poet would generally avoid. Vasant Desai composed music for all the songs. Six songs from the film have been covered in the Blog.

‘Shakuntala’ (1943) was the first film produced and directed by V Shantaram after he left Prabhat films and set up Rajkamal Kala Mandir . The star cast included Jaishree, Chandra Mohan, Nimbalkar, Zohra, Ameena, Raja Pandit, Nana Palsikar, Shantarin etc. The film was a box office hit. It ran for 104 weeks in Swastik theatre in Bombay (Mumbai).

Interestingly, for his first film under his own banner, V Shantaram chose Chandra Mohan for the role of King Dushyant in the film despite their earlier disagreement in 1937 because of which Chandra Mohan had left Prabhat Films in 1937. Chandra Mohan had acknowledged in his interview that V Shantaram was the best director among the directors he worked with.


Song – Na Jaane Kahaan Ka Ye Jaadu Kiya Hai (Shakuntala) (1943) Singer – Unidentified Male Voice, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Vasant Desai

Lyrics

na jaane kahaan kaa ye
jaadoo kiyaa hai
kisi ne mere dil mein
ghar kar liyaa aa hai
na jaane kahaan kaa ye
jaadoo kiyaa hai
kisi ne mere dil mein
ghar kar liyaa aa hai

wo baanki adaayen
wo meethi nighaahen aen
wo baanki adaayen
wo meethi nighaahen
chale…en
chale phir wahaan par
jahaan dil diyaa hai
jahaan dil diyaa hai
kisi ne mere dil mein
ghar kar liyaa aa hai

inhin ne kiyaa aa mast
saare jahaan ko o
inhin ne kiyaa aa mast
saare jahaan ko o
jin aankhon kaa..aa
jin aankhon kaa
ik jaam hamne piya hai
hamne piya hai
kisi ne
mere dil mein
ghar kar liyaa aa hai
na jaane kahaan kaa ye
jaadoo kiyaa hai
kisi ne mere dil mein
ghar kar liyaa aa hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ना जाने कहाँ का ये जादू किया है
किसी ने मेरे दिल में घर कर लिया है

वो बाँकी अदाएं
मीठी निगाहें
वो बाँकी अदाएं
मीठी निगाहें
चले॰॰एन
चलें फिर वहाँ पर
जहां दिल दिया है
किसी ने मेरे दिल में घर कर लिया है

इन्हीं ने किया मस्त सारे जहां को॰॰
इन्हीं ने किया मस्त सारे जहां को॰॰
जिन आँखों का॰॰
जिन आँखों का इक जाम हमने पिया है
हमने पिया है
किसी ने
मेरे दिल में
घर कर लिया है
ना जाने कहाँ का ये जादू किया है
किसी ने मेरे दिल में घर कर लिया है

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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lyrics

tauba

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

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

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

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तौबा

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

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

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


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

chaman mein sab ne hi gaaya
tarana zindagani ka
magar sab se alag tha rang
meri hi kahani ka

zamanaa sun raha hai jis ko
wo meri kahani hai

 

The voice of Mukesh continues to enthral the world of music. Today (22 July) is his birth anniversary and I present here a short song from the film ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960). This film has already been Yippeee’d on the blog, but this particular rendition can as well be taken as an additional separate song.

The video shows Raj Kapoor on the screen, though he does not lip-sync the song. Mukesh in his usual trademark voice recites two dohas (couplets) of Sant Kabir Das. There are some comments on the internet that this short song and scene were missing in the film. I request readers to throw more light on this aspect.

Though there are many websites dedicated to the dohas of Kabir, I requested our Sudhir ji to not only write the lyrics for me but also translate the same. I thank him profusely for the help rendered.

I feel that the voice and the empathy expressed by Mukesh will be more pronounced and appreciated if one understands the meaning of the dohas first. Mukesh, who has recorded the original rendition of the popular ‘Ramcharit Maanas’ of Tulsidas (abridged version), also has a lot of bhajan’s in the film and non-film category. Quite a few of these bhajanas are yet to appear on the blog.

I have been away from the blog as far as song postings is concerned, due to some personal commitments, but will surely come back with more compilations of Mukesh with the artists in the two on-going series. There are a couple of newly discovered songs which will be introduced in the very near future.

With this short song wherein the clarity of the pronunciation of words and the heart-felt expression in the voice is very much perceptible, I once again join numerous Mukesh fans in remembering him on the anniversary of his birth.

Translation and Notes (Provided by Sudhir)
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kabeer soya kya kare, uth na rovey dukh

Why continuing to sleep
Be awake, be alert
And stop crying for sorrows

jaaka vaasa gor mein, so kyon sovey sukh

For happiness is not the destiny
One who eternally lives in grave
Can he ever sleep in peace

Notes: In his couplets, Kabir Das has a specific addressal. When the message of the couplet is a teaching directed towards others, the form of addressal used is ‘sadho‘. When the message of the couplet is directed inwards, then the addressal used is ‘Kabir‘ or ‘Kabira‘. But as is seen in all cases, the message is meant for all. In this couplet, the poet is cautioning the human, not to continue sleeping. Now this sleeping is not simply the physical sleep that one resorts to when the body is tired. The poet is referring to the sleep of ignorance, that most human being undergo, as they spend their lives on this planet. The ignorance being referred to is the ignorance of the true nature of the self and of this material world. The human seeks happiness, but is almost always drowning in the tears of sorrow. So the poet says, wake up and realize the true nature, and don’t continue to cry for your sorrows. Because the life on this planet has only one destination, that is death. We are all residing in graves that have already been prepared for us. For a living person who is existing in a grave, can there be any happiness to be found (in the grave), can such a person ever have a peaceful sleep.
jaaka = variant of ‘jis ka’; for whom
vaasa = to reside; to live
gor = grave; कब्र

जीवन मरण विचार कर, कूड़े काम निवार

Contemplate the cycle of life and death
And dispose of the menial tasks of life
(do what needs to be done for life)

जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

But realize the true paths
That have to be traveled
Strive to improve and enrich
The knowledge of that path

Notes: The poet is exhorting the learner, to contemplate the true nature of the cycle of life and death – that nothing in this world is permanent. The process of living entails certain tasks to sustain the life; these are low level tasks, that need to be dispositioned and done with. Do not lose yourself in this process of life, for there are other truer paths that one has to traverse. Make efforts to improve, enrich, clean up the awareness and the knowledge of these paths, so that the travel on these paths of truth is free of obstacles and pain.

In the given scenario, Raju, the village bumpkin and singer, is torn between how to sort out the problem he is facing – neither the dacoits are willing to just meekly give up their profession and surrender, nor is the police showing any benevolence towards them, to try and bring them in alive. In the scene just before these couplets, Raju is at the residence of the police commissioner (role played by Raj Mehra), and is pleading for leniency in return for their surrender. While this conversation is in progress, one of the dacoits, on the instructions of Raaka (role played by Pran), who is now the new gang leader, throws a message tied to a stone, into the house, breaking a window pane. The message is a challenge to the police commissioner, to hand over Raju and Kammo (role played by Padmini) to the dacoits. (Padmini has left the dacoit’s hideout with Raju, much to the chagrin of Raaka). The police commissioner is infuriated, and in anger expresses his will to capture all dacoits and hang them. Raju is now in a fix; what to do. The police won’t listen to him, and for their own reasons. And Raaka, blinded by his obsession for Kammo, and his vexation at Raju, for being the preferred person in Kammo’s heart, isn’t going to oblige by listening to Raju.

In this quandary, Raju is not able to sleep. And then these two couplets play in his mind. He is not lip syncing, but his expressions are so impressive, as he listens to this voice from within. This voice sings two couplets to him, telling him that it is useless to seek happiness in this life and this world, which is only sorrows – the epithet used is “jaaka vaasa gor mein”; that all humans are living in graves already dug for them. The second couplet advises that one should only contemplate on the truth of life, and seek out the path that will take towards that truth. And once that path is evident in the mind, then the personal striving should be cleanse and enrich this path, leading one towards the truth.

When this second couplet plays, a smile descends on the lips of Raju, a light is seen and a determination is made. Raju leaves the police commissioners home immediately, leaving Kammo sleeping inside the room. One does not see him leave, but the next scene is Kammo waking up only to find Raju missing. On enquiry, she is told that he left during the night, but where he has gone, is not known to anyone. But Kammo knows, that Raju has returned to the gang’s hideout.

 


Song – Kabir Soya Kya Kare (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai) (1960) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Kabir Das, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

kabeer soya kya kare, uth na rovey dukh
jaaka vaasa gor mein, so kyon sovey sukh

jeevan maran vichaar kar, koode kaam nivaar
jin panthun tujh chaalna, soi panth sanwaar

jin panthun tujh chaalna, soi panth sanwaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कबीर सोया क्या करे, उठ ना रोवे दुख
जाका वासा गोर में, सो क्यों सोवे सुख

जीवन मरण विचार कर, कूड़े काम निवार
जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

 


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today (22 july 2017) is the birth anniversary of our beloved  singer, Mukesh Chand Mathur, better known to one and all as Mukesh (22 july 1923-27 august 1976).

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

Many regulars here know that I am a big fan of Rafi Saab. And I am a fan of Kishore Kumar also. But that’s the thing – it doesn’t mean I do not like other singers’ songs. I am fond of them all – and I listen to them all. At heart, I am a music lover – and unless  any music is particularly cacophonic or jarring to the ears, I have no problem listening to it.

And let’s be fair – every singer has sung memorable songs, every composer has composed good music, every lyricist has written good lyrics. Yes, not every song or composition or lyrics is memorable – but none of them would have reached where they did in their careers if there was nothing of quality in their work.

At least that’s my thinking. This is also why I tend not to get into “Rafi Saab vs Kishore” or “Lata vs Asha” discussions unless they’re respectful to all concerned and and the discussion is held in the best of spirit. I dislike bashing of any artiste.

Anyway, back to Mukesh. Long before I became a huge fan of Rafi Saab, Mukesh was a big part of my music experience. Kishore was of course the ruling superstar singer of my childhood. He was everywhere.

But Mukesh, with his distinctive voice, always made me notice him. And sit up. There would be ten non-stop Kishore songs, and there’d be one Mukesh song – say, “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”. Or “Jaane Kahaan Gaye Wo Din”. And that ONE song would go straight to my heart – and linger in my mind for a long, long time. I remember what effect “Kisi Ki Muskuraahaton” would have on me.

That was Mukesh. Mukesh always had that special quality – maybe it was that nasal tone of his, maybe it was the ease and simplicity with which he seemed to deliver his songs.  But he always made an impact on me.

I know he’s not considered quite in the league of Rafi Saab, in terms of range. Many consider Mukesh besuraa – he himself felt that way at times. Yes, you wouldn’t expect him to go all classical like a Manna Dey or even a Rafi Saab with “Naache Mann Mora Magan”. And yes, for most of his career, inspite of several hit songs, he was not considered THE no.1 singer of the time, unlike Rafi Saab or Kishore Kumar (or even Talat Mahmood early on). He was probably No.2 all along.

And yet, he held his own throughout his career. Whatever other singers did – and practically all of them had their ups and downs – Mukesh’s career was largely steady.

Mukesh didn’t sing several thousand songs – according to our blog stats, he has sung just 932 Hindi film songs.  And yet, a very large number of these songs are memorable, hummable – and easily relate-able.  You listen to a Mukesh song for the first time – and there’s a very good chance it will appeal to you right away. Soon you might be humming it. And that’s because his songs went straight to your heart.

It is often said that Mukesh specialized in sad songs. To some extent this is true – he was slotted into this category in the industry. So often if there was a sad song to be sung, his would be the voice called for. For example, one of my favourite songs “Zubaan Pe Dard Bhari Dastaan Chali Aayi”.

But I happen to think, even this is a bit misleading. When I listen to a Mukesh “sad song”, it doesn’t make me one bit sad. It actually goes right to my heart and acts like a balm, it soothes me. I feel better after listening to the song. Might seem odd – and maybe it’s only my personal experience. Maybe it has to do with empathy with the situation of the song. Am not sure what it is.

But Mukesh has also sung many happy songs – and not just for Raj Kapoor. His “Ibtadaa-e-Ishq Mein” and “Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai” from Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) come readily to mind. And , the quintessential “Ye Mausam Rangeen Samaa”  from Modern Girl (1961).

Although I remember several Mukesh songs from early on in my childhood, the first time he made a huge impact on me was when we’d gone to the town, 25 km away, to see ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970). It was the first film I ever saw in a cinema hall as such – my dad took the whole family because he thought it was a children’s film (joker et al :-))  My dad himself didn’t know Hindi and didn’t know any Hindi songs at all, except for one line of one song – “Awaara Hoon” 🙂  That gave me an idea that this song must have been massively popular in its time.

Anyway, while I enjoyed “Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo” immensely – and didn’t understand all the details of the story at that time – I was also much impressed by “Jaane Kahaan Gaye Wo Din” and “Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan”. I liked “Kehta Hai Joker Saara Zamaana” as well.

When we got a 2-in-1 at home for the first time, we had just 2 or 3 cassettes, which we would play non-stop. We had songs of ‘Guddi’, ‘Abhiman’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ and ‘Zanjeer’.  And we had a Mukesh cassette.

I treasured it – and listened to it SO many times. I remember every song on it, starting with “Mera Naam Raju” to “Chhalia Mera Naam” to “Aa Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet” to “Sab Kuchh Seekha Hum Ne” (my favourite at the time) to “Dum Dum Diga Diga” to “Aansoo Bhari Hain” to “Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche” to “Hum Ne Tum Ko Pyaar” to “Chaandi Ki Deewar Na Todi” to “Hum Chhod Chale Hain” (another all-time favourite).

Mukesh songs would regularly figure on radio too – even his “current” songs, like “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”or “Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar Na Ho Baalma” or “Jo Tumko Ho Pasand” or “Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De” or “Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai” would be regulars in farmaishes.

And that’s the thing – many think that Mukesh’s career was primarily for Raj Kapoor, and maybe Manoj Kumar. And most of it was anyway 1950s/60s. But, though his output might have been less in the 70s, he had several memorable songs in this decade too  – right till his death. And  for other actors. Like I said at the start, unlike other singers, Mukesh did not seem to have ups-and-downs in his career, it was largely steady.

Just to give examples of some 1970s songs (non-Raj Kapoor/Manoj Kumar)

Duniya Se Jaane Waale” from Pushpanjali (1970).

Tere Honthon Ke Do Phool” from Paras (1971).

Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye” from Anand (1971).

Ae Baadal Jhoomke Chal” from Nadaan (1971), a song I very fondly remember. 🙂

Main To Har Mod Par” from Chetna (1970).

Kai Sadiyon Se, Kai Janmon Se” from Milap (1972).

Zindagi Aur Bataa Teraa Iraadaa Kyaa Hai” from Zindagi Aur Toofaan (1973)

Kai Baar Yun Bhi Dekha Hai” from Rajnigandha (1973).

Barkha Rani Zara Jamke Barso” from Sabak (1973).

Main Dhoondhta Hoon Jinko” from Thokar (1974).

Sansaar hai ek nadiya” from Raftaar (1975).

Phool Aahista Phenko” from Prem Kahani (1975).

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein” from Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon” from Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

Suhani Chandni Raatein” from Mukti (1977)

The reason I mention this decade specifically is to just stress that Mukesh held his own throughout his last few years, inspite of Kishore Kumar’s dominance in that decade. I have not mentioned songs like “Ik Din Bik Jaayega” (Raj Kapoor), “Do Jasoos Karen Mehsoos” (Raj Kapoor) and “Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai” (Manoj Kumar) – they were all very popular too.

So as a young boy growing up, listening to these “current” songs not to mention the fantastic Mukesh songs of earlier decades, I became a Mukesh fan too. So much so that, after Mukesh’s death, one of my friends gifted me a book full of Mukesh songs. It was my prized possession for a long time. It had a whole lot of “new” Mukesh songs for me. I remember I would wait for a Mukesh song on radio – and then quickly rush to check the song in the book, matching the lyrics in the book with the song. I’d be thrilled if the song was in the book – obviously not all songs were.  And till I heard the song, I didn’t know the tune of course.  The song was just words to me, till then. Those were pre-internet days – and I didn’t have access to music shops either.

Some songs I remember “matching “ like this were “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”,  “Zinda Hoon Is Tarah”, “Mujhe Raat Din Ye Khayaal Hai”  (one of my favourite songs) and “Dil Lootne Waale Jaadugar”. It was thanks to this book that I first heard of names like Husnlal Bhagatram and Iqbal Qureshi. Very fond memories of those times. And many of them associated with Mukesh.

Now moving on to the song for today. This is from film ‘Darinda’ (1977). This film has not made its entry on the blog yet – so with this song, it makes its debut. I remember seeing this film when it was released.  But, given my memory, I had forgotten the story completely – the only thing I remembered from that time was this Mukesh song “Chaahe Aaj Mujhe”. I remember liking it even then.

So now, when I wanted to write a post on Mukesh, this song came to mind. I checked the blog – and was a bit surprised to see it missing. I don’t think the film did well – but this song did ok, from what I remember. Since I prefer to post songs of films that I have seen – so that I have some context – I decided to watch this film again.

Briefly, the story is how Sunil Dutt, separated as a poor young boy from his rich childhood friend, Parveen Babi, grows up as a yogi, supposedly to do good deeds. But he has just one goal in mind – to find Parveen, and win her over. He searches everywhere for her – becoming a  monster (Darinda) in the process, even killing women in his pursuit. And when he finally does find her, she is engaged to be married to Feroze Khan. How he then reacts, what is Parveen’s reaction, what happens to Feroze – see the film if you want to find out 🙂 There’s a bit of a hint in this song too. 🙂

As I close, I want to say “Thank you, Mukesh ji, for giving us so many wonderful songs. We will always remember you and be thankful to you.”


Song – Chaahe Aaj Mujhe Napasand Karo. . . Aakhir Mein Tumhen Mera Hi Hona Hoga (Darinda) (1977) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Indeewar, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

bachpan ke pyaar ki mit-ti nahin nishaani
bachpan ke pyaar ki mit-ti nahin nishaani
jitna hi mitaana chaahe isey jawaani
jahaan yaad teri soyi ho
jahaan yaad teri soyi ho
dooja na aur koi ho
koi dil ka tumhaare aisa bhi konaa hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

main kya se kya ban gaya tumhaare kaaran
main kya se kya ban gaya tumhaare kaaran
auron ki tarah mera pyaar nahin sadhaaran
na samjho isey dikhaava
na samjho isey dikhaava
hai ye mere pyaar ka daawaa
mere hansne pe hansna, roney pe ronaa hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

बचपन के प्यार की मिटती नहीं निशानी
बचपन के प्यार की मिटती नहीं निशानी
जितना ही मिटाना चाहे इसे जवानी
जहां याद तेरी सोई हो
जहां याद तेरी सोई हो
दूजा ना और कोई हो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

मैं क्या से क्या बन गया तुम्हारे कारण
मैं क्या से क्या बन गया तुम्हारे कारण
औरों की तरह मेरा प्यार नहीं साधारण
ना समझो इसे दिखावा
ना समझो इसे दिखावा
है ये मेरे प्यार का दावा
मेरे हंसने पे हँसना
रोने पे रोना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा


This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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.

Jaidev Ki Non-Filmi Suraavali – 01
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Thanks to the help of Researchist Sadanandbhai and few more quotes from here and there, this is going to be quite different to my usual writing of short preface to the presentation of the song.

In my series ‘Genius of Jaidev’, I have presented about 60 filmy songs of Jaidevji, which were not covered on our musical Blog. I am unable to locate few more film songs of Jaidev ji, which are obscure, as I am a poor RESEARCHER. (In spite of the fact that I worked for 40 years in a RESEARCH Institute.)

Anyway, looking at the list of NFS covered on our blog, I realised that there is a huge collection of Jaidev ji’s non film songs in my khajana, waiting to be shared and admired.

Someone, at our ‘Sargam’ program had commented and I had noted it down. He commented that “If Gods up there have to choose a music director for their heavenly pleasure no one could beat Jaidev ji for the spot, with so much experience of creating heavenly tunes here on earth.”

Jaidev has given opportunities to many lesser known singers.Today I have selected Seema Anil Sehgal, a singer-composer from Jammu and Kashmir who is an eminent ghazal singer and an AIR artiste. She is also a recipient of the Jnanpith Award.

Jaishankar Prasad (30 January 1890 – 15 November 1937), one of the most famous figures in modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre. In her glowing tribute to Jai Shankar Prasad, the poet-critic Mahadevi Verma says: “Whenever I remember our great poet Prasad, a particular image comes to my mind. A fir tree stands on the slope of the Himalaya, straight and tall as the proud mountain peaks themselves. Its lofty head braves the assaults of the snow, the rain, and the blazing heat of the sun. Violent storms shake its spreading branches, while a thin stream of water plays hide-and-seek amongst its root. Even under the heaviest snowfall, the fiercest heat, and the torrential rain, the fir tree holds its head high. Even in the midst of the worst thunderstorm and blizzards, it remains steady and unflinching.”

This compliment from a younger contemporary of Prasad summarizes the literary genius of one of the leading lights of “chhaayavaad” (छायावाद) movement in Hindi literature. It recognizes Prasad’s place amongst his peers as well as his relevance to the modern thought. As an author of a classic epic of the human psyche, his magnum opus ‘Kamayani’, Prasad had acquired early eminence. But later his multifaceted personality burgeoned in his contribution to diverse fields of literature in spite of countless storms of personal tragedies, and national social and political upheavals.

Brought up in the affluent family of a tobacco merchant, Prasad was a man of personal charm and of romantic disposition. By temperament a reformer and humanitarian, through his devotion to literature he became a lyric poet, a dramatist, a story writer, and essayist. Thus Prasad emerged as a literary genius. It would be no exaggeration if we rank him with such literary stalwarts as Kalidas, Tulsidas, Shakespeare, Dante, and Goethe in view of his vision and aesthetic consciousness.

With this geet, I also introduce this wonderful young singer and musician, Seema Sehgal. Her musical creations and renditions of Urdu poetry and ghazals of the masters, are treat to listen. I would urge you to know more about this wonderful singer – there is a blog dedicated to her at “Seema Sehgal Sings“.

This particular song, the very famous poem of Kavi Jaishankar Prasad, was sung by her under the baton of our Jaidev, in one of the episodes of ‘Aarohi’, a musical program consisting mostly of geets and ghazals, which used to be telecast by the Mumbai Kendra of Doordarshan.

Legendary thespian Padma Bhushan Dilip Kumar said in one of her program: “. . . a reason to celebrate that there are young and enthusiastic singers of your class and calibre. . . Your creations foster conditions in which music can breathe. . .”.

Dadasahib Phalke Award winner Padma Vibhushan Naushad Ali said: “May God grant me an opportunity wherein I could utilize your mellifluous voice in my songs. . .”.

Renowned Tabla Maestro Padma Bhushan Alla Rakha blessed her with the words: “O nightingale from Jammu and Kashmir! May the fragrance of your melodious and soulful voice spread to all corners of the world. . .”.

I welcome you to listen to this wonderful poetic rendition. This geet should be heard in the night on a good sound system to appreciate its depth and intensity.


Song – Beeti Vibhaavari Jaag Ri (Seema Sehgal NFS) (1980) Singer– Seema Sehgal, Lyrics– Jaishankar Prasad, MD – Jaidev

Lyrics

beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
tara-ghat usha naagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
 
khag-kul kul-kul sa bol raha
kislaya ka anchal dol raha
khag-kul kul-kul sa bol raha
kislaya ka anchal dol raha
lo yah latika bhi bhar laayee
lo yah latika ….
lo yah latika bhi bhar laayee
madhu mukul naval ras-gaagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
 
adharon mein raag amand piye
adharon mein raag amand piye
alakon mein malayaj band kiye
adharon mein raag amand piye
alakon mein malayaj band kiye
tu ab tak soyee hai aali
tu ab tak …
tu ab tak soyee hai aali
aankhon mein bhare vihaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
tara-ghat usha naagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
तारा घाट उषा नागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री

खग-कुल कुल कुल सा बोल रहा
किसलय का अंचल डोल रहा
खग-कुल कुल कुल सा बोल रहा
किसलय का अंचल डोल रहा
लो यह लतिका भी भर लाई
लो यह लतिका॰॰॰
लो यह लतिका भी भर लाई
मधु मुकुल नवल रस गागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री

अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अलकों में मयलज बंद किए
अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अलकों में मयलज बंद किए
तू अब तक सोई है आली
तू अब तक॰॰॰
तू अब तक सोई है आली
आँखों में भरे विहाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
तारा घाट उषा नागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Remembering Geeta Dutt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

First order of the day – a thousand congratulations to Atul ji, on the completion of 9 years of this blog. And congratulations to all us members of the bandwagon, together making this such a pleasurable journey.

Today’s song is from film ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo’ (1952). It is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and chorus. The music director is C Ramchandra.

The film’s name was very strange, unusual and for many people, it may be a mystery. The film is a fantasy love story just like Shirin-Farhad, Laila-Majnu etc. The only difference is it is imaginary and ends happily. The name entwines the girl’s name Shin Shinaki  with the lover boy’s name of Boobla Boo. The film was conceived, produced and directed by PL Santoshi, especially for the film’s heroine, Rehana (real name Mushtar Jehan). Santoshi’s obsession for Rehana was a matter of ridicule in the industry, because in spite of Santoshi spending lakhs on her, she never responded to him he became a pauper.

The film’s Hero was Ranjan. Now this persona was a unique phenomenon in the industry. When one learns about his achievements and multiple skills, one wonders if such a man could exist in this world ! Born on 2-3-1918 in a Tamil Brahmin’s family Ranjan (real name Ramnarayan Venkataramana Sarma), he was an expert violinist. He was a qualified dancer in Kathak, Kathakali and Bharat Natyam. He was an expert driver, swimmer and a swordsman of Olympic standards. He graduated in physics. After MSc he did his Doctorate too. Ranjan knew 12 Indian  and 4 foreign languages. He edited a dance and drama magazine and wrote several books on it. He earned a Fellowship of New York University.

Ranjan learnt and became an A grade flyer. He was the first to buy a Rolls Royce car and a Tiger Moth Aircraft, in the Indian film industry (later Motilal also owned an aircraft). He was a good painter and a Trained magician. He became Magician’s Association president for Bombay. P C Sorcar was All India president then. He was often invited by European and American Universities for lectures. Ranjan owned two big Hotels also. Ranjan was a good shooter. He played cricket and soccer frequently. Ranjan was a regular singer on Madras AIR.

In his first Tamil film, his heroine was Vasundhara Devi- mother of Vijayantimala. Ranjan entered Hindi films through his blockbuster film ‘Chandralekha’ (1948). He did 45 Hindi films in 50s and 60s. He was a script writer also. He wrote story and screen play of film ‘Munimji’ (1955). He was a choreographer also. In the 50s decade the quartet of Raj, Dev, Dilip and Ashok kumar was ruling Hindi film industry. Ranjan was not given any importance here. He was not even invited for the golden jubilee of talkie film celebrations in Bombay. He lived in his bungalow in Chembur Union Park.

Such an outstanding personality- he died in New York on 12-9-1983, where he had gone to deliver a lecture in New York university.

Another remarkable performer of international standards worked in this film. Her name is Sadhona Bose, granddaughter of Brahmakesari Keshab Chandra Sen. She was born in a prosperous Brahmo family on 20-4-1914 and received education as was common with Brahmo girls of those days. Her father was Saral Chandra Sen and she was the second of his three daughters. Her elder sister Binita was married into a royal family of Chittagong (now Bangladesh) and settled to household life, while the youngest Nilina pursued a career in Indian Classical music and earned herself a position of eminence and was known in record circles as Naina Devi.

Sadhona married Modhu Bose, film maker working in Bengal, British India, at a young age, and joined the Calcutta Art Players, a theatrical company owned by her husband. She took part as heroine in the plays produced by the unit. Later on Sadhona joined films and played Marjina in ‘Alibaba’ (1937), made in Bengali under the banner of Bharat Lakshmi Pictures. This film was a runaway hit and is remembered well by film enthusiasts. Modhu Bose had earlier directed a number of films but he tasted real success with ‘Alibaba’. For Sadhona this film meant a permanent place in the history of Bengali films. This was followed with ‘Abhinoy’ (Bengali-1938), another major success for the couple. They migrated to Bombay and again created history with the immensely popular ‘Kumkum’ (1940), made in two languages, Hindi and Bengali and thereafter went on to create the first triple version (English, Bengali, Hindi) film of India, ‘Raaj Nartaki’ (1941). Her other Hindi films were ‘Meenakshi’ (1942), ‘Vishkanya’ (1943), ‘Shankar Parvati’ (19430, ‘Paigham’ (1943), ‘For Ladies Only (1951), ‘Bhola Shankar’ (1951), ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo’ (1952) and some uncredited films in her later years.

Sadhona did come back to Calcutta for a double version Bengali movie ‘Meenakshi’ (1942) opposite to the handsome Jyoti Prakash as the hero. Going back to Bombay soon after the completion of this film where she starred in major films like ‘Shankar Parvati’, ‘Vishkanya’, ‘Paigham’ and others and firmly established herself as a heroine in her own right without the backing of husband Modhu Bose. In fact they had fallen quite apart by the mid forties and most unfortunately Sadhona started indulging in much too abandoned a life heavily engaged in drinks, parties and men and slowly lost her carefully earned position. She came back to Calcutta after a reconciliation with her husband, but by this time she had lost her magic hold over the audiences and acted in films again directed by her husband like ‘Shesher Kabita’ and ‘Maa O Chhele’, without any remarkable success.

Sadhona was a dancer in the first place and all her film successes were in dancing roles, although she was also a very fine actress and sang her own songs in some of her films including her first film ‘Alibaba’. With film offers becoming infrequent, she formed a dance troupe of her own and made all India tours with plays like ‘Whither Now’, ‘Hunger’ and others and met with success again as she was bound to be as a persona trained in dancing. She passed into oblivion slowly. Even in retired life she could not part with the bottle and without any income worth the name she found herself in the most difficult financial conditions. Modhu Bose was ill and it was difficult to get treatment for him.

She lost her husband in 1969 and had no money to sustain herself and thereafter came the greatest tragic period of her life when she had to resort to begging in the streets, in and around Park Street of Calcutta. It was during this phase of her life that passers by and street walkers came across an old lady, looking distinguished, dressed in clothes that were expensive at one time but now showing the wear and tear asking for help. Some recognised her and gave her enough to go on for some days while some others gave her a rude rebuff. She took all that with a smile.

Just before her death she got appointed as dance trainer in Calcutta’s prestigious Star Theatre, courtesy her one time boy friend Timir Baran. She trained junior artistes for the play ‘Janapad Badhu’ and once again her name featured in the newspapers in the advertisements of the play. However, the end had come very near and she passed away on 3rd September,1973. A very tragic and unfortunate way indeed for an all India star who at a time had captured the heart and imagination of millions. (Adapted and edited from a note by Dr. Jyoti Prakash Guha ji ).

Yet another less known actress, who started as a heroine, was Veera – one of the cast of this film. Not much information is available on Veera. Veera was from a Parsi family. Her full name was Veera Ankaleshwaria. Obviously, her family came from Ankaleshwar, a small industrial town (now), in Gujarat. She started her career in films as a heroine opposite Nasir Khan in film ‘Mazdoor’ (1945). Then came ‘Shikari’ (1946) and later ‘Eight Days’ (1946), both having Ashok kumar as the hero. Both the films were from Filmistan. Her last film as heroine was ‘Tohfa’, opposite to Rehman, and ‘Leela’ opposite to Agha, both films from 1947. Then she stopped getting heroine roles and shifted to side roles. In all she did 22 films.

Her other films were ‘Veena’, ‘Ziddi’, ‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ – all in 1948, ‘Saanwaria’ (1949),  ‘Hamara Ghar’ and Hamari Beti’ (1950), ‘Hamari Shaan, ‘Ram Janma’ and ‘Sagar’ – all in 1951, ‘Aasmaan’, ‘Izzat’, ‘Moti Mahal’, ‘Sanskar’ and ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo’ – all in 1952, ‘Dana Pani’ (1953), ‘Boot Polish’ and ‘Sheeshe Ki Deewaar’ both in 1954.

She married Mohsin Abdulla, who had worked in Bombay Talkies as a writer. He was the younger brother of actress Renuka Devi (Begum Mirza). After the marriage, both migrated to Pakistan in 1955. There is no news about her after that.

Film ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo’ is an entirely the fruit of the fertile imagination of writer PL Santoshi. The names were also invented by him. However the story was not liked by most of the audience. The film ran into difficulties at the time of production itself. Rehana used to take undue advantage of Santoshi’s obsession for her. Once she left after shooting with all the real jewellery, which had been borrowed from the market for sake of authenticity, and went home. Santoshi had to pay 50000 rupees to the jeweller.

The film’s plot revolves around Shin Shinaki (Rehana) who dreams of killing the man, Taishi, who had killed her parents. When the villain dies, she transfers her vengeful energies on to the man’s son. The story involves a fortune­teller, Chiang, who only surfaces publicly one day per year. The other key figure is her lover, the bandit Boobla Boo (Ranjan), who eventually falls in with her plans.

This orientalist fantasy with one of the most peculiar film titles was based on the modern dance ballets Sadhona Bose had been associated with on stage. Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo was one of the first films experimenting with Jazz and Latin American rhythms by PL Santoshi’s regular composer, C Ramchandra.  Classic songs include “Ye Khilti Kalee Koi Lai, Ye Hanstee Kalee…Haan Dayi, Takaa Lai (Lata and C. Ramchandra) in a kind of question-answer mode using a fast-paced chorus, Shin’s number “Arey Baba, Ye Hansi Baba, Ye Khushi Baba” (Lata) and her duet with Boobla, “Kuchh Chuhale Hon, Kuchh Charche Hon” (Lata and Kishore Kumar).

This film was the unlikely first victim of the central government’s authority to overrule the censor board, an action enabled by the Indian Cinematograph Act passed that year. Given a ‘U’ (Universal) certificate by the censors, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned the film because of its ‘low moral tone’ and because it `throws the glamour of romance and heroism over criminal characters, treats sacred subjects irreverently and is, in consequence, opposed to the interests of public decency and morality’. The ban was later revoked but ruined the film’s commercial chances.

Lyricist/Director PL Santoshi who directed this film was so infatuated with Rehana, that one cold night he spent the entire night outside her door. Rehana did not reciprocate his feelings. The disheartened and dishevelled Santoshi went home and penned one of his most memorable songs based on this experience – “Tum Kyaa Jaano Tumhaari Yaad Me Hum Kitna Roye” (You wouldn’t know how many tears I shed remembering you…), one of the finest thumris sung by Lata.

Out of 7 songs of the film today’s song is the 5th song on our blog. The songs and the music was based on western Jazz and Latin style. The title song of the film was based on Western style. It was a Lata – Chitalkar duet. For the first time Kishore Kumar sang for C Ramchandra in this film. Later of course,they worked together in films like ‘Lehren’ (1953), ‘Pehli Jhalak’ (1954), ‘Asha’ (1957), ‘Dal Mein Kaala’ (1964) and ‘Paayal Ki Jhankaar’ (1968). Today’s song is a fun song by Lata and chorus.


Song – Arey Baba. . Ye Hansi Baba. . Ye Khushi Baba. . (Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo) (1952) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – PL Santoshi, MD – C Ramchandra
Unidentified Male Voice (possibly C Ramchandra himself)
Chorus

Lyrics

arey baba
arey baba
ye hansi baba
ye khushi baba
sab kuch hai mojud yahaan
phir kyon ye bebasi baba

arye baba
arey baba
ye hansi baba
ye khushi baba
sab kuch hai mojud yahaan
phir kyon ye bebasi baba
arey baba
arey baba
arey baba re baba re baba re baba re baba re baba re baa..bbaa

ishq ke bandon ne
kahaa kha ke ye kasam
aji ishq ki sharaab
kabhi hoti nahin kam
ishq ke bandon ne
kahaa kha ke ye kasam
aji ishq ki sharaab
kabhi hoti nahin kam
pee lo pee lo ek baar
mitey laakhon gham
pee lo pee lo ek baar
mitey laakhon gham
arrey bandhu isi liye to
haan baba
abi baba
aba baba
hans le baba
sab kuch hai mojud yahaan
phir kyon ye bebasi baba

arey baba
arey baba
ye hansi baba
ye khushi baba
sab kuch hai mojud yahaan
phir kyon ye bebasi baba
arey baba
arey baba
ye hansi baba
ye khushi baba
sab kuch hai mojud yahaan
phir kyon ye bebasi baba
arey baba
arey baba
arey baba re baba re baba re baba re baba re baba re baa..bbaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
ये हंसी बाबा
ये खुशी बाबा
सब कुछ है मोजूद यहाँ
फिर क्यों ये बेबसी बाबा

अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
ये हंसी बाबा
ये खुशी बाबा
सब कुछ है मोजूद यहाँ
फिर क्यों ये बेबसी बाबा
अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बा॰॰ब्बा

इश्क़ के बंदों ने
कहा खा के ये कसम
अजी इश्क़ की शराब
कभी होती नहीं कम
इश्क़ के बंदों ने
कहा खा के ये कसम
अजी इश्क़ की शराब
कभी होती नहीं कम
पी लो पी लो एक बार
मिटे लाखों ग़म
पी लो पी लो एक बार
मिटे लाखों ग़म
अरे बंधु इसीलिए तो
हाँ बाबा
अबी बाबा
अबा बाबा
हंस ले बाबा
सब कुछ है मोजूद यहाँ
फिर क्यों ये बेबसी बाबा

अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
ये हंसी बाबा
ये खुशी बाबा
सब कुछ है मोजूद यहाँ
फिर क्यों ये बेबसी बाबा
अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
ये हंसी बाबा
ये खुशी बाबा
सब कुछ है मोजूद यहाँ
फिर क्यों ये बेबसी बाबा
अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा
अरे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बाबा रे बा॰॰ब्बा


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today is a special day for Atulites and each one of us on our Whatsapp Group knows that it is Blog’s 9th anniversary. The Blog’s anniversary is the mother of all other celebrations connected with it. Otherwise how would it be possible to celebrate century songs, artists’ centuries, artists’ birth anniversaries, the remembrance days, other special occasions etc without the existence of the Blog?

Nine years ago – July 19, 2008, the first song “Miley Na Phool To Kaanton Se Dosti Kar Lee” appeared on the Blog and Atul ji’s aspiration became a reality. As I understand from the blog posts, in this project, he got encouragement and support from another Hindi film music lover, Raja ji. In any start-up blogging, the initial support from the like-minded persons is very crucial for the success of the blog. As the Blog continued its run, many like-minded persons joined the musical bandwagon.

I joined the Blog sometime in the last week of July 2011 by fluke. I was searching for details of a song on the Google which directed me to the Blog. On the same day, I went through many songs and comments thereon. I felt that this Blog was the place where I could get all relevant and authentic information about the songs at one place. The facility of listening to the song simultaneously with lyrics interested me. I think, in the same month, lyrics in different colours for different singers were introduced for easy identification of singers.

Within a few months of joining the Blog, I got to know of the contributions made by the regulars to the Blog. Among them, Sudhir ji and Arun ji were making significant contributions in enhancing the quality and the reputation of the Blog. They continue to do so. Those days, Sudhir ji was covering in his write-ups mostly the songs of KL Saigal. I used to feel awesome of his detailed analysis of songs, especially of ghazals with English translations.
I was amazed by some of the rare information Arun ji, was churning out regularly on the old Hindi films, of artists and sometime also anecdotes from his kitty (read Note Book) which he had meticulously preserved since his younger days. His knowledge about the forgotten artists of yore was inspiration in developing my interest in such artists. In addition, he was also unwittingly assisting Atul ji, in what is called in media jargon, ‘content audit’ of the blog posts – especially of the old film songs.

After my retirement from the service in June 2009, my relatives and friends used to ask me as to how I am going to spend my time in the post-retirement period. I would reply them by saying that travelling and trekking were my hobbies and I would plan my travels and treks accordingly to keep myself busy. Now, when they ask the same question, I reply them by saying that I have been keeping myself busy in doing some research on old films, their songs and the artists. A bewildered look from them gives me the enough indications that it is beyond their comprehensions that such an activity can keep a person busy on a continuous basis. It was mainly because of my association with the Blog that I have kept myself as busy as I was during my employment.

As we celebrate the 9th anniversary of the Blog today, it is a matter of great satisfaction that there are more like-minded regulars on the Blog today than say 5 years back. I had said earlier on some other occasion and I will repeat that the bandwagons will not move in a desired speed with safety unless it is hauled by a powerful and well maintained locomotive. And that locomotive for the Blog is none other than Atul ji.

Whenever I go through the mind blowing statistical data, most of which are manually updated, I feel that the kind of the work load which Atul ji has been handling on a day-to-day basis for a musical blog has no parallel. While the songs get added on the Blog on arithmetical basis, the work relating to the statistical updating increases in geometrical proportion. As more and more songs get added to the Blog, I am afraid, Atul ji may have to devote more time to keep the Blog up to date than the time required for posting the songs. Hopefully, some alternative system would be developed to automatically update the data with all possible combinations once the song is posted on the Blog.

Congratulations Atul ji and his bandwagons on the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the Blog. I wish you many wonderful years to come for achieving more milestones for the Blog.

On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the Blog, I have chosen a romantic non-film song ‘Hum Jawaan Tum Jawaan’ (1940s) sung by ‘Bombay Saigal’, Surendra on the words of Pandit Indra. The name of the music director is not known. The orchestration of the song gives me an impression that the music arranger associated with the composition of this song could be one from Goa.

When I first heard this song a year ago, I remembered the song “Hum Aur Tum Aur Ye Khushi” from ‘Alibaba’ (1940). There is some similarity in Surendra’s style of singing in both the songs which have western shades of music.
I was not aware that Surendra had sung many non-filmy songs in his early filmy career. As far as know, none of his non-fimly songs were available on YT until last year when I uploaded his 4 NFSs on YT out of around 20 available on Prof. Surjit Singh’s website.

The music composition for the song under discussion is the reminiscence of the influence of soft classical music of Western countries on Indian music scenes in the 1940s. Pankaj Mullick has sung a song “Praan Chaahe Nain Na Chaahe“(1940) based on Rabindranath Tagaore’s Bangla composition influenced by waltz music of the west. Even, Naushad, a bhakt of purity in Hindi film music, could not avoid waltz’s influence in “Ta Ra Ri Aa Ra Ri” in ‘Daastaan’ (1950).

With the song under discussion, Surendra makes a debut on the Non-Film Song’s segment of the Blog.


Song – Hum Jawaan Tum Jawaan, Husn Ishq Bhi Jawaan (Surendra NFS) (1940s) Singer – Surendra, Lyrics – Pt Indra, MD – [Unattributed]

Lyrics

hum jawaan tum jawaan
husn o ishq bhi jawaan
hosh kehta hum naadaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan

jab raaton ko chhaaye andheraa
apni duniya mein saveraa
jab raaton ko chhaaye andheraa
apni duniya mein saveraa
yaad mein unke dil kaa machalnaa
yaad mein unke dil kaa machalnaa
girnaa sambhalnaa uchalnaa
girnaa sambhalnaa uchalnaa
hum jawaan tum jawaan
husn o ishq bhi jawaan
hosh kehta hum naadaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan

ik halki si tees
ik meethi kasak
ik halki si tees
ik meethi kasak
apne jeene ke ye saamaan
apne jeene ke ye saamaan
ik tirchhi nazar
ik neechi nazar
ik tirchhi nazar
ik neechi nazar
hum to hotey hain un pe qurbaan
hum to hotey hain un pe qurbaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan
husn ishq bhi jawaan
hosh kehta hum naadaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan

chhoti raaten laakhon baaten
chhoti raaten laakhon baaten
laakhon hain armaan
laakhon hain armaan
dil kehta aaraam jawaani
dil kehta aaraam jawaani
hum kehten toofaan
dil kehta aaram jawaani
hum kehten toofaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan
husn ishq bhi jawaan
hosh kehta hum naadaan
hum jawaan tum jawaan
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम जवां तुम जवां
हुस्न ओ इश्क़ भी जवां
होश कहता हम नादान
हम जवां तुम जवां

जब रातों को छाए अंधेरा
अपनी दुनिया में सवेरा
जब रातों को छाए अंधेरा
अपनी दुनिया में सवेरा
याद में उनकी दिल का मचलना
याद में उनकी दिल का मचलना
गिरना संभलना उछलना
गिरना संभलना उछलना
हम जवां तुम जवां
हुस्न ओ इश्क़ भी जवां
होश कहता हम नादान
हम जवां तुम जवां

इक हल्की सी टीस
इक मीठी कसक
इक हल्की सी टीस
इक मीठी कसक
अपने जीने के ये सामान
अपने जीने के ये सामान
इक तिरछी नज़र
इक नीची नज़र
इक तिरछी नज़र
इक नीची नज़र
हम तो होते हैं उन पे कुर्बान
हम तो होते हैं उन पे कुर्बान
हम जवां तुम जवां
हुस्न ओ इश्क़ भी जवां
होश कहता हम नादान
हम जवां तुम जवां

छोटी रातें लाखों बातें
छोटी रातें लाखों बातें
लाखों हैं अरमान
लाखों हैं अरमान
दिल कहता आराम जवानी
दिल कहता आराम जवानी
हम कहते तूफान
दिल कहता आराम जवानी
हम कहते तूफान
हम जवां तुम जवां
हुस्न ओ इश्क़ भी जवां
होश कहता हम नादान
हम जवां तुम जवां


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear atul-song-a-day blog
Happy  birthday to you

🙂

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

NINE years! Phew!

This cannot be seen in isolation. This has to be seen in the context of WHAT this blog has been upto in these nine years.  Only then will we understand the magnitude of this achievement.  And why we are so happy celebrating this birthday.

There are other and older blogs out there, for sure. Blogging itself started a few years earlier – even I started a blog in 2005 or so. (The fact that I don’t even remember when I started my blog should give a reasonable idea of the state of my blog. 🙂 ). And that’s the thing. There are plenty of older blogs. But how many of them are still active. Like volcanoes, many of them are probably extinct now. Or maybe dormant. And that’s hardly surprising. It’s one thing to start a blog – many do, out of sheer enthusiasm. It is something entirely different to keep it running.  That calls for effort.

I’ve seen active blogs, updated every now and then.  Maybe a couple of times a month. Sometimes twice in a week, then a lull of three months. Unless it’s earning the blogger serious money, therefore providing him or her a financial incentive to keep new content coming in, it’s usually upto the blogger’s own convenience and motivation. So you see a post with “Sorry, I was very busy the last three months, so I could not update the blog”. Fair enough. Everyone has his/her life outside the blog too – and that often takes over.

I’m mentioning all this in detail only to highlight something. How very different this blog is, compared to other blogs out there. This blog is not just an active volcano, it is probably one of the most active volcanoes out there. 🙂 It produces  content  every day, multiple times a day. It has only very rarely missed a day – so rarely in fact that Atul used to even have a page where he used to mention in advance the day he would not be able to post!

Just naming a blog “…songaday” isn’t enough. 🙂 Atul has kept it going every day – and not just one song, but multiple songs. And this, is an act of love. Yes, if it had been done with financial motivation, one can understand the discipline and focus. But for Atul, it has always been, first and foremost, his love for music that has been the driver for the blog. You can easily sense that in his posts, in the way the blog has grown, the way he has added features, statistics pages, an anniversary page.  And in the fact that he is a stickler for accuracy, putting in extra effort without compromise. If you don’t love what you do, you will never be able to put in so much effort and still enjoy it, with no financial rewards to keep you going.

And he does all this, while having his own life outside the blog to deal with as well. His work, his family, social engagements etc. Not to mention how he’s been moving from one location to another, almost always in places with questionable internet reliability and speed.

So, there’s a world of perfectly valid reasons for Atul to not be able to keep up activity on the blog, if he’d chosen to slacken efforts – but Atul, being Atul, keeps persisting – and manages an amazing balancing act between all demands on his time. (He once said he doesn’t waste time in any activity that is unproductive – there’s a lesson there for everyone).

So there’s every reason to celebrate this blog heartily on its birthday. It’s not come easy – if not blood and tears, there’s definitely been plenty of sweat in bringing the blog to where it is today, celebrating its ninth birthday. Every day of these nine years has been an adventure and experience in its own right.

While on this – and while we are celebrating the blog – I think it’s only fair to also mention the community around it which has built up over the last nine years. This is spread around the world, across time zones, from Australasia to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Americas.

The blog has seen several million hits over the years – it has many regular visitors. It is a go-to site for lovers of old Hindi film music, especially those who seek long-forgotten treasures of yesteryear.  It revives memories for them, it brings them immense joy as they read the post, listen to the song, check out the lyrics – can you put a price on this joy? I, for sure, can’t.

Over the years, many have, also out of love, contributed to the blog in some way or the other. Some write guest posts, some prepare lyrics, some leave encouraging comments, everyone wants to do his or her bit – to give back something and help build, or improve, the blog. That is the spirit this blog has generated – the camaraderie is amazing.

So, as we celebrate this ninth birthday, I’d like to tell Atul on behalf of all Atulites (yes, that’s the term we use for this blog’s fans), thank you SO much for creating this – and you can count on our continued support to keep this going as long as we can. You’re certainly not alone.

Now, moving on to the song for today. It’s a birthday song – what else? 🙂

I just happened to come across it today when I searched for “saalgira”. I must admit I’d never heard it before – but the first thing I did was to check if it had been posted yet. It hadn’t – so I immediately got down to business. 🙂 I’ve listened to it many times since. The very first time I listened to it today, I fell in love with it. Shamshad is one of my favourite singers anyway – and I quite like Asha too.

It’s a pleasant song, composed by Vasant Desai. I think he’s also one of the more underrated composers we’ve had in the industry – maybe because he was more niche, than mass, composer. I remember Arunji writing about Vasant Desai sometime – would like to read that post again.

There’s no video for this song but from the lyrics, I’m imagining that it’s a birthday song for a child – whether by name raja, or lovingly called raja, or could be a young king too. (No, it has nothing to do with me – my nanha munna days are way, way, in the distant past. 🙂 ) Or maybe Raja Mehdi Ali Khan wrote the lyrics of this song for himself. 🙂

Animals/birds, likely toys, are part of the birthday celebration.  So there are references to koyal, maina, kaaga, bagula etc – apparently they are all playing musical instruments to entertain the raja.

I was just imagining different Atulites, in fancy dress of animals/birds, playing musical instruments to entertain Atul on this occasion of the blog’s birthday. 🙂

With that thought, I’ll leave you to enjoy the song. 🙂

Once again, a very happy birthday to the blog and congratulations to all Atulites.

[Ed Note: As noted by Raja ji in the comments, with this song, the film ‘Anand Bhavan’ (1952) has all its songs posted. Time to declare and to celebrate yet another ‘Yippeee’ on this blog. Yaaaay. . . .]


Song – Nanhe Munne Raja Ki Saal Girah Aayi Re (Anand Bhavan) (1952) Singers – Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD – Vasant Desai
Chorus

Lyrics

nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re
nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re
o o o o o
bagiya mein koyal ne gaai badhaai
o mausi billo ne baanti mithaai re
o mausi billo ne baanti mithaai re
ho ho
ho ho
ho ho ho

nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re
nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re

master kaagaa to dholak bajaaye
maina bajaaye shehnai re
hoye
master kaagaa to dholak bajaaye
maina bajaaye shehnai re
kumri ne meethi si thumri sunaayi
kumri ne meethi si thumri sunaayi
bagule ne bansi bajaayi re
bagule ne bansi bajaayi re
ho ho
ho ho
ho ho ho

murgey ne taan lagaayi re
murgey ne taan lagaayi re

thumak thumak naache
oye thumak thumak naache
ho o o  o
ho o o
ho o o
ho o  o  o
ho o o
ho o o
thumak thumak naache
moti malaniya
double-roti malaniya
oy moti malaniya
double-roti malaniya

phoolon ke gajre laayi re
phoolon ke gajre laayi re
kele ke chhilke se phisli dhadaam se
ho ho
ho ho
ho ho ho
boli duhaayi duhaayi re
haaye haaye
boli duhaayi duhaayi re

cheeni ki gudiya boli ke meri
rajaji se kar do sagaai re
haaye
cheeni ki gudiya boli ke meri
rajaji se kar do sagaai re
cheeni ke gudde ne gudiya ko peeta
ho ho
ho ho
ho ho ho

donon mein ho gayi ladaai re
haaye raam
donon mein ho gayi ladaai re
nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re
nanhe munne raja ki saalgira aayi re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे
नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे
ओ ओ ओ
बगिया में कोयल ने गाई बधाई
ओ मौसी बिल्लो ने बांटी मिठाई रे
ओ मौसी बिल्लो ने बांटी मिठाई रे
हो हो
हो हो
हो हो हो
नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे
नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे

मास्टर कागा तो ढोलक बजाए
मैना बजाए शहनाई रे
ओए मास्टर कागा तो ढोलक बजाए
मैना बजाए शहनाई रे
क़ुमरी ने मीठी सी ठुमरी सुनाई
क़ुमरी ने मीठी सी ठुमरी सुनाई
बगुले ने बंसी बजाई रे
बगुले ने बंसी बजाई रे
हो हो
हो हो
हो हो हो
मुर्गे ने तान लगाई रे
मुर्गे ने तान लगाई रे
ठुमक ठुमक नाचे
ओय ठुमक ठुमक नाचे
हो ओ ओ ओ
हो ओ ओ
हो ओ ओ
हो ओ ओ ओ
हो ओ ओ
हो ओ ओ
ठुमक ठुमक नाचे
मोटी मालनीया
डबल रोटी मालनीया
ओय मोटी मालनीया
डबल रोटी मालनीया
फूलों के गजरे लाई रे
फूलों के गजरे लाई रे
केले के छिलके से फिसली धमाधम से
हो हो
हो हो
हो हो हो
बोली दुहाई दुहाई रे
हाय हाय
बोली दुहाई दुहाई रे

चीनी की गुड़िया बोली के मेरी
राजाजी से कर दो सगाई रे
हाए
चीनी की गुड़िया बोली के मेरी
राजाजी से कर दो सगाई रे
चीनी के गुड्डे ने गुड़िया को पीटा
हो हो
हो हो
हो हो हो
दोनों में हो गई लड़ाई रे
हाए राम
दोनों में हो गई लड़ाई रे
नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे
नन्हें मुन्ने राजा की सालगिरह आई रे


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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