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

Blog Day : 3713 Post No. : 14642

Ek kissa hai, Radha ka. There is a tale, of a girl named Radha. She was in her teens, ‘kamsin’ as they say in parlance – young and innocent in years; sporting dark tresses that reached her knees; her supremely fair and flawless skin as if made from milk; her eyes – bright, with a depth enough for a smitten heart to drown itself. She would come to the terrace to hang out the laundry for drying. Iqbal, smitten as he was with the beauty of this young lady, would wait everyday to fill his heart with her moving images. The fascination, the infatuation remained as it is, unexpressed – for he could never muster up enough courage to say or do anything to express his feelings. Fears and apprehensions of many kinds held him back. Radha, remained a puppy love dream – forever. But is sure did make a poet out of that obsessed heart that could not express itself to its beloved.

He penned the following lines, as his initiation into the world of verse writing,

खेंचते हैं अपनी जानिब यार ये गेसू मुझे
आ रही है हर तरफ से प्यार की खुशबू मुझे
एक राधा से हुई है जब से मेरी दोस्ती
सारी दुनिया कह रही है आजकल हिन्दू मुझे

These tresses of my beloved, beckon me
The fragrance of love is diffused all around me
Since my heart has made a friend named radha
All the world is calling me a hindu these days

By his own admission, he would never have taken to pen and paper, if by some God sent blessing, this infatuation would have ripened into a reciprocated affair, and if the two would have been betrothed. The world of letters, and the world of cinema would have been robbed of one of the best romantic poets of the Golden Era of the Hindi film music.

Iqbal Hussain, born on 15th April, 1927 in Jaipur, grew up to be known by his pen name more than anything else – Hasrat. And the city of his origin came in to complete his identity recognition – Jaipuri.

He passed away this day (17th September) in 1999 after a scintillating career of almost five decades as a songwriter. The unsuccessful saga of his first love was in any case immortalized. The famous aria venerating the identity of the romantic messaging device called the ‘प्रेम पत्र’ (love letter), was originally written for his Radha, of the terrace visits. The song it became is – “Ye Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar” (film ‘Sangam, 1964).

It is a temptation to revisit all the great poetry he has written, that has become popular and enduring. But then even this one night, sleepless per force, would be inadequate to do justice. But in any case, that sampling may just be a reprise for all the dear melodies that I am sure all readers and lovers of this music, have stored away in their memories.

And so I just introduce this one song today. This wonderful melody, for the longest of the time, I was under the impression that this one is already posted here. But today I discovered that it is still in waiting. The film is ‘Badnaam’ from 1952. The music director is Basant Prakash (brother of Khemchand Prakash). The baritone rich singing voice is that of Shankar Dasgupta. The verses, of course, are from the pen of Hasrat Jaipuri.

The first sub line of this poem imitates the well known starting words of the famous she’er – “Ye Ishq Nahin Asaan, Bas Itna Samajh Lijey. . .” from a ghazal by the maestro Jigar Moradabadi. But after that it goes on to take a powerful identity of its own with lines like “. . .zakhmon mein chhupa lena, tasveer e mohabbat ko. . .” and “. . .khud lut ke sikha dena, duniya ko wafa karna. . .”.

An immense ghazal – words, composition, rendition – all are superlative. With memories of Hasrat Sb, enjoy this wonderful creation.

[Author’s Note: The episode of the poet’s first love is adapted from the definitive article on Hasrat Jaipuri, from the book ‘Hindi Filmon Ke Geetkar’ by Anil Bhargav.]

Song – Ye Ishq Nahin Aasaan, Kaanton Pe Jiya Karna (Badnaam) (1952) Singer – Shankar Dasgupta, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Basant Prakash

Lyrics

ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna
ashqon ka zehar hardam
khush ho ke piya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

kehte hain jise ulfat
ye khel hai sholon ka
kehte hain jise ulfat
ye khel hai sholon ka
chupchaap hi jal jaana
hargiz na gila karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

zakhmon mein chhupa lena
tasveer e mohabbat ko
tasveer e mohabbat ko
zakhmon mein chhupa lena
tasveer e mohabbat ko
tasveer e mohabbat ko
khud lut ke sikha dena
duniya ko wafa karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

aise to kai toofaan
raahon mein sataayenge
aise to kai toofaan
raahon mein sataayenge
ghabra ken a darr jaana
manzil pe badha karna
kaanton pe jiya karna
ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना
अशकों का ज़हर हरदम
खुश हो के पिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

कहते हैं जिसे उलफत
ये खेल है शोलों का
कहते हैं जिसे उलफत
ये खेल है शोलों का
चुपचाप ही जल जाना
हरगिज़ ना गिला करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ज़ख़्मों में छुपा लेना
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
ज़ख़्मों में छुपा लेना
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
खुद लुट के सीखा देना
दुनिया को वफा करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ऐसे तो कई तूफान
राहों में सताएंगे
ऐसे तो कई तूफान
राहों में सताएंगे
घबरा के न डर जाना
मंज़िल पे बढ़ा करना
काँटों पे जिया करना
ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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 : 3704 Post No. : 14629

Hullo Atuldom

“Darmiyaan” (1997) was a movie set in the Bombay (before being rechristened Mumbai) of 1946. It starred Kiron Kher, Tabu, (established actors of that time) with Rita Ganguly (renowned Hindustani vocalist), Rupal Patel, Hilla Sethna, Sayaji Shinde, Shahbaz Khan playing supporting roles. Arif Zakaria made his debut in this movie in the difficult character of a eunuch.

Kiron Kher plays a dancer or tawaif who is also a beautiful starlet who becomes very successful in the movies. She is initially in denial that she has sired a eunuch. She attains fame, has an affair with one of her co actors who later ditches her for a younger actress etc. She is disappointed / disillusioned and becomes addicted to all vices possible to the point of losing everything she possesses including her family (which deserts her), wealth home etc. Her child, who has grown up to become Arif Zakaria, tries his best to keep her afloat in her professional and personal life. He has his own identity problems to solve. Towards the end it is shown that Arif (Immi is the name of the character) finds an abandoned child, tries to look after it with his mother’s help but societal attitude towards a transgender force him to give the child away to Tabu and he ends his and his mother’s life as he feels that is the only solution to their problems.

There was another movie “Tamanna” which released in 1998 which was produced by Pooja Bhatt and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The story of that movie seems to take off from where Kalpana Lajmi’s Immi gives up on his adopted baby. This is the next movie on my to-be-seen list. I don’t remember why I didn’t see these movies at the time of their release, but I am sure I would not have been able to find company or relish it back then. And I am glad that these movies are there on YouTube. Now I don’t know whose life story inspired Kalpana Lajmi to make this movie. I sat through the movie in the course of writing this post and found it fairly engrossing. (A sheer coincidence that there is Supreme Court verdict today (on 7th September, 2018) that says history owes transgenders an apology).

Kalpana Lajmi is the daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of yesteryear actor / filmmaker Guru Dutt. She began her career assisting Shyam Benegal who also happened to be her uncle. She has been making movies since 1978 starting with short films and graduating to films like ‘Ek Pal’ with Naseerudin Shah and Shabana Azmi in the lead, ‘Rudaali’ with Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar etc., her last directed film being ‘Chingaari’ with Sushmita Sen and Mithun Chakravarty in the lead roles.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika – born on 8th September 1926 in Assam- is the music director of this movie. He has sung a song and all the background score too, specially in the scenes that show the anguish of the central characters, his baritone voice adds to the poignancy of the scenes. Probably the first time I became aware of Bhupen Hazarika, the singer / music composer was when I heard the songs of ‘Rudaali’ and was floored by the sound of “Dil Hoom Hoom Kare” but a National award and Sahitya Academy award winner doesn’t need a certificate from a layperson like me. His Padma awards Dadasaheb Phalke awards are testimony to his greatness.

The song with this post is written by Jaaved Akhtar and sung by Asha Bhonsle. Initially I began to see the movie to see if any portion of the song is present in any other part as the video available is very short. In fact, most of the songs end abruptly in the movie except the Bhupen Hazarika song which is there in 3 parts through the movie.

And no, I have not forgotten that 8th September is also my all-time favourite singer’s birthday too. How can I forget. I adore her so much. And I am sure every one would have guessed why I chose an Asha Bhonsle song to go with this post 🙂 . And we have so much information all around about Asha Bhonsle that I am controlling myself from writing anything here.

Remembering Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (a doctorate on his thesis “Proposals for Preparing India’s Basic Education to use Audio-Visual Techniques in Adult Education”) on his birth anniversary – he would have been 92 and wishing Asha Bhonsle too on her birthday.

(Video – Partial)

(Audio – Complete)

Song – Nadiya Pe Lehren, Lehron Pe Naiyya (Darmiyaan) (1997) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – Bhupen Hazarika

Lyrics

aaaaa aaaaa
oooo ooooo
ooooooooo

nadiya pe leheren
leheron pe naiyya
naiyya mein patwaar
phir tum kyun us paar ae saajan
aur main hoon is paar
o jee main tadpoon is paar
o jee main tarsoon is paar
nadiya pe leheren
leheron pe naiyya
naiyya mein patwaar
phir tum kyun us paar ae saajan
aur main hoon is paar
o jee main tadpoon is paar
o jee main tarsoon is paar
aaaaa aaaaa
oooohh ooooohhh
ooooooooo

nadiya kinaare ek gaon hai
gaon mein ambuva ki chhaon hai
chhaon mein rah ek yogi jaise
mann mein rahe sajana
jogi bajaaye bansuri
bansuri dard se hai bhari
dard bhari is taan se
goonje re mera angnaa
nadiya pe leheren
leheron pe naiyya
naiyya mein patwaar
phir tum kyun us paar ae saajan
aur main hoon is paar
o jee main tadpoon is paar
o jee main tarsoon is paar
aaaaa aaaaa
oooohh ooooohhh
ooooooooo

bekali mein hai ye mann
mann mein hai lagi agan
oo oo bekali mein hai ye mann
mann mein hai lagi agan
tu aa ke bujha de sajan
nagri mein gali jaise
bagiya men kali jaise
kaliyon mein sajna jaise khushboo
sapnon mein hai tu
nadiya pe leheren
leheron pe naiyya
naiyya mein patwaar
phir tum kyun us paar ae saajan
aur main hoon is paar
o jee main tadpoon is paar
o jee main tarsoon is paar
aaaaa aaaaa
oooohh ooooohhh
ooooooooo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आsssss आsssss
ओsss ओssss
ओssssssss

नदीया पे लहरें
लहरों पे नैय्या
नैय्या में पतवार
फिर तुम क्यों उस पार ए साजन
और मैं हूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तड़पूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तरसूँ इस पार
नदीया पे लहरें
लहरों पे नैय्या
नैय्या में पतवार
फिर तुम क्यों उस पार ए साजन
और मैं हूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तड़पूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तरसूँ इस पार
आsssss आsssss
ओsss ओssss
ओssssssss

नदिया किनारे एक गाँव है
गाँव में अंबुवा की छांव है
छाँव में रह इक जोगी जैसे
मन में रहे सजना
जोगी बजाए बांसुरी
बांसुरी दर्द से है भरी
दर्द भरी इस तान से
गूँजे रे मेरा अंगना
नदीया पे लहरें
लहरों पे नैय्या
नैय्या में पतवार
फिर तुम क्यों उस पार ए साजन
और मैं हूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तड़पूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तरसूँ इस पार
आsssss आsssss
ओsss ओssss
ओssssssss

बेकली में है ये मन
मन में है लगी अगन
ओ ओ बेकली में है ये मन
मन में है लगी अगन
तू आ के बुझा दे साजन
नगरी में गली जैसे
बगिया में कली जैसे
कलियों में सजना जैसे खुशबू
सपनों में है तू
नदीया पे लहरें
लहरों पे नैय्या
नैय्या में पतवार
फिर तुम क्यों उस पार ए साजन
और मैं हूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तड़पूँ इस पार
ओ जी मैं तरसूँ इस पार
आsssss आsssss
ओsss ओssss
ओssssssss


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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 : 3702 Post No. : 14624

Hullo Atuldom

‘Aangan Ki Kali’ was a movie directed by Harsh Kohli. One song from this movie has been posted earlier – “Sainyya Bina Ghar Soona” . Prakashchandra ji has given the story of the movie in the comments to that post. After reading it I feel nice that I missed seeing the movie when it released but I have a feeling that I might have seen it on Doordarshan at some point of time. But as Atulji has said in that post, the songs of that movie are still there in my memory.

So when I was thinking what song to send across to post on the occasion of Rakesh Roshan turning a year older (he turns 69) I remembered this lovely father’s love for daughter song. It is just that I was surprised that Bappi Lahiri was the music director and it was penned by Shaily Shailendra.

Rakesh Roshan the actor, producer, director made his acting debut in 1970 with ‘Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani’ opposite to Bharathi. Most of his single hero roles were in movies where the heroine was of central importance. But then he was more successful as a film maker beginning with ‘Aap Ke Deewane’ (1980).

Almost all his movies were successful as a director too – his first directorial being ‘Khudgarz’ (1987). He has an industry full of well-wishers and friends and most of them did walk-in appearances in the movies he made- Jeetendra in ‘Aap Ke Deewane’ and Rishi Kapoor in ‘Khudgarz’. He is one of the directors whose movies begin with the alphabet ‘K’- ‘Khudgarz’, ‘Khel (1992), ‘Karan Arjun’ (1995), ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’ (2000), ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ (2003), ‘Krissh’ (2006) etc.

So here is wishing Rakesh Roshan a very Happy Birthday.

Song – Na Rona Munni Na Tu Ro (Aangan Ki Kali) (1979) Singer – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Shaily Shailendra, MD – Bappi Lahiri

Lyrics

na rona
munni na tu ro oo
nanhe nanhe moti yun na kho

na rona
munni na tu ro
nanhe nanhe moti yun na kho
papa tujhpe jaan dete hain
mummy ki tu pyari hai na ro..oo
na rona
munni na tu ro
nanhe nanhe moti yun na kho

kali muskaaye to dekho
khil ke wo phool bane aee
chanda jo hanse raaton mein
door hon andhere ghane
aise hi
hamesha
tum bhi hanso
hanso hanso
na rona
munni na tu ro
nanhe nanhe moti yun na kho

badon ki baaton ka munni meri
kabhi bura maano nahin
bholi bhali soorat pyaari
lambi lambi taano nahin
rootho na
dekho na
ab to hanso
hans bhi do
na rona
munni na tu ro
nanhe nanhe moti yun na kho
papa tujhpe jaan dete hai
mummy ki tu pyari hai na ro
na rona
munni na tu ro
nanhe nanhe moti yu na kho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो

ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो
पापा तुझपे जान देते हैं
मम्मी की तू प्यारी है ना रो॰॰ओ
ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो

कली मुस्काए तो
खिल के फूल बने॰॰ए
चंदा जो हँसे रातों में
दूर हों अंधेरे घने
ऐसे ही
हमेशा
तुम भी हंसो
हंसो हंसो
ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो

बड़ों की बातों का मुन्नी मेरी
कभी बुरा मानो नहीं
भोली भाली सूरत प्यारी
लंबी लंबी तानो नहीं
रूठो ना
देखो ना
अब तो हंसो
हंस भी दो
ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो
पापा तुझपे जान देते हैं
मम्मी की तू प्यारी है ना रो
ना रोना
मुन्नी ना तू रो
नन्हें नन्हें मोती यूं ना खो


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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 : 3701 Post No. : 14623

Hullo to all in Atuldom

The song with this post is the perfect candidate for the “how did I forget to post this song earlier?” category.

As of today (at the time of writing this) the blog is 3699 days young and 14618 posts strong. And we still keep finding songs popular during their time and afterwards too and say with surprise – Yeh gaana baaki hai? But then in the ocean of Bollywood songs & movies there are close to 1000 movies released each year with an average of about 4-5 songs in each of them. And in the 105-year history of Indian movies (all languages put together) Bollywood might account for just about 105000 and at the average of 4-5 songs per film we are seeing an ocean of 52500 songs only. All figures are approximate, not accurate at all. Given the kind of selection we have at our disposal there are bound to be songs which we would have previously thought that it is already present on the blog. So as has been said in many posts before this we are still at the bottom of the barrel that we need to fill or our bucket is still in the top rung of an ever-overflowing bottomless- well. So that should explain why this song is making its appearance only now! 🙂

Now, this movie (‘Khel Khel Mein’) had five songs, all fairly popular at that time and two or three of them still rule the air waves across TV and Radio but surprise (seems to be no end to surprises as far as songs of this movie are concerned) I couldn’t find even one out of the five on that years’ Binaca Geetmala list. This was the era when whatever RD Burman composed went straight into the heart and mind of the listener. Whatever Kishore Kumar sang was lapped up by the audience. And young and upcoming actors and strugglers and established stars yearned for this combo to create songs for their movies.

One such actor was Rishi Kapoor. He had made a debut into movies in the year 1970 as an adolescent in love with his teacher in ‘Mera Naam Joker’; not to forget the brief walk in the rain, that he undertook in the company of his older siblings in his father’s ‘Shri 420’ in 1955, when he must have been about 2 years old. His first role as an adult was in the 1973 hit – ‘Bobby’. In that movie where Laxmikant Pyarelal scored music, Shailendra Singh was his playback voice. But subsequent films saw Laxmi-Pyare mostly use Mohd. Rafi for Rishi Kapoor and RD Burman favouring Kishore Kumar. And this association of Kishore Kumar or Mohd Rafi for Rishi went on till the two singers passed away but by then Chintu, as Rishi is addressed fondly, had made a place for himself on the Bollywood firmament.

Now coming to todays’ song, its from a movie which has a story attached to it in my personal life which I have related in a post to another song from this movie – “Hamne Tumko Dekha, Tumne Hum Ko Dekha“. The movie had a thriller or mystery or whodunit kind of story. It featured a set of college students who love to play pranks on unsuspecting people. They play such a prank on a stingy, wealthy jeweller (Jankidas) by sending him a typewritten ransom note. They find from the newspapers the next day that the wealthy Seth has been murdered and they could be the prime suspects as the police find the ransom note on the dead man.  Then the all-fun-n-frolic movie turns into a thriller where one of their fellow students and prankster – Rakesh Roshan – is also murdered followed by his girl friend and bar dancer Aruna Irani. As a child I found the movie gripping and find it cute even now. The movie was directed by Ravi Tandon, Gulshan Bawra was the lyricist and RD Burman the composer. The playback singers for this song are Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle pictured on a drunk couple – Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor.

So, with this song I would like to wish the cutely handsome Rishi Kapoor a very Happy Birthday (4th September). He is only 66 this year and still has looks that make any girl miss a heartbeat. Saw him recently in the company of another of my favourite actor – Amitabh Bachchan- in ‘102 Not Out’ (2018) and fell in love with this actor all over again. Must admit here that I have a weakness for any movie featuring these two together and ‘102 Not Out’ is no exception.

Happy Birthday Chintu ji 😊

Song – Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge Hum Dono (Khel Khel Mein) (1975) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Gulshan Baawra, MD – RD Burman
Asha Bhosle + Kishore Kumar
RD Burman

Lyrics

arre dekh rahe hain
to dekhne do
jal bhi rahe hain
arre to jal ne do
khuli sadak hai baba
to ya hua bhai
haa to ho jaaye
ho jaaye

khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
iss duniya se nahi darenge hum dono
aaa pyar hum karte hai chori nahi
mil gaye dil jora jori nahi
ham wo karenge jo dil kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
koo koo
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
is duniya se nahi darenge hum dono
aaa pyar hum karte hai chori nahi
mil gaye dil jora jori nahi
ham wo karenge jo dil kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
iss duniya se nahi darenge hum dono

ae
dekh wo
ishq chhup chhup ke farma rahe hai
hai
kya mazaa
dil hi dil me to ghabra rahe hai
ae
dekh wo 
ishq chup chup ke farma rahe hai
hai
kya mazaa
dil hi dil me to ghabra rahe hai
lagta hai dono padosi hai wo
rishta hi aisa hai jaane bhi do
hum wo karenge dil jo kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
is duniya se nahi darenge hum dono

he
sun zara
yeh bhi jodi hai kaisi niraali
hai
saath kya
peeche lala chale aage laali
ae
sun zara
ye bhi jodi hai kaisi niraali
hai saath kya
peeche lala chale aage laali
dono me shaayad banti na ho
apni tarah in mein chhanti na ho
hum wo karenge dil jo kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
arre dhat
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
iss duniya se nahi darenge hum dono

ae
bolo na
pyar ka hai ye dushman zamaana
arrey sun
haan bata
sabko milta nahi ye khazaana
ae
bolo na
pyar ka hai ye dushman zamaana
arrey sun
haan bata
sabko milta nahi ye khazaana
jinko aji ye khazaana mile
dekh dekh unko ye duniya jale
hum wo karenge dil jo kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
huu. . .
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
iss duniya se nahi darenge hum dono
pyar hum karte hai chori nahi
mil gaye dil jora jori nahi
ham wo karenge jo dil kahe
hamko zamaane se kya
khullam khulla pyar karenge hum dono
is duniya se nahi darenge hum dono

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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अरे देख रहे हैं
तो देखने दो
जल भी रहे हैं
तो जलने दो
खुली सड़क है बाबा
तो क्या हुआ पह्ई
हाँ तो हो जाये
हो जाये

खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों
आ॰॰ प्यार हम करते हैं चोरी नहीं
मिल गए दिल जोरा जोरी नहीं
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
कू कू
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों
आ॰॰ प्यार हम करते हैं चोरी नहीं
मिल गए दिल जोरा जोरी नहीं
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों


देख वो
इश्क़ छुप छुप के फर्मा रहे हैं
है
क्या मज़ा
दिल ही दिल में तो घबरा रहे हैं

देख वो
इश्क़ छुप छुप के फर्मा रहे हैं
है
क्या मज़ा
दिल ही दिल में तो घबरा रहे हैं
लगता है दोनों पड़ोसी हैं वो
रिश्ता ही ऐसा है जाने भी दो
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों

हे
सुन ज़रा
यह भी जोड़ी है कैसी निराली
है
साथ क्या
पीछे लाला चले आगे लाली
हे
सुन ज़रा
यह भी जोड़ी है कैसी निराली
है
साथ क्या
पीछे लाला चले आगे लाली
दोनों में शायद बनती ना हो
अपनी तरह इन में छनती ना हो
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
अर्रे धत्त
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों


बोलो ना
प्यार का है दुश्मन ज़माना
अरे सुन
हाँ बता
सबको मिलता नहीं ये खज़ाना

बोलो ना
प्यार का है दुश्मन ज़माना
अरे सुन
हाँ बता
सबको मिलता नहीं ये खज़ाना
जिनको अजी ये खज़ाना मिले
देख देख उनको ये दुनिया जले
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
हू
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों
प्यार हम करते हैं चोरी नहीं
मिल गए दिल जोरा जोरी नहीं
हम वो करेंगे दिल जो कहे
हमको जमाने से क्या
खुल्लम खुल्ला प्यार करेंगे हम दोनों’
इस दुनिया से नहीं डरेंगे हम दोनों


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 : 3700 Post No. : 14620

HFM Songs Statistics by Year – 5
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Year 1936
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Aha, the delay in posting caught the celebration. Today we are onto the 3700th day of this blog’s existence. Just having crossed the ten year mark recently, here is one more celebration today – 37th century of number of days of this blog. Congratulations and congratulations to all. 🙂

Coming back to this series after a haitus of, oh my goodness, almost three years. I can’t believe that the last episode of this series was published way back on 25th November, 2015. Wo. . .

OK, getting back into gear again. The year in 1936. It has been five years since the films found their voice.  And twenty five years since the moving pictures made their first entry into India. Ah yes, 1936 – we are now on to the silver jubilee year of motion pictures in India.

These were the heady and formative years of the talkie cinema in India. After cautious and suspicious view of the fate of the Hindi film songs in their first two years, i.e. 1931 and 1932, the film producers started to take initiative and ventured out to start recording more and more songs on gramophone records. The propensity of the viewing public to appreciate the film music enough, to start singing these songs in real life, and also an expressed demand to listen to these songs once again – these two factors led the producers to start delivering the film song on gramophone records. Of course, the additional revenue stream was a prime attraction for them. But as a result, what got initiated is an inadvertent effort to preserve this music. The numbers may not have been much, but it was a great beginning. 1934 and 1935 saw more and more of film songs getting published on shellac records.

This had a significant transformative impact on the Hindi film music. The industry was coming to realize the importance and the impact of the film song and music. And hence, we progressively see a greater effort being devoted to the music and song department. In the mid 1930s, we see two very significant directions in which the music progressed. The first was the simplification of the music itself. Coming in from the theatre mode and into the cinema, the music was very strongly rooted in the classical mold. However, as we see the rise of the Hindi film song, and its popularity amongst the viewing, and also, listening public, we see a basic transformation in the music itself – a move towards simplifying the music, and making it more accessible to as well as acceptable by the general public. Music started being recognized as something not just to be listened to and appreciated in ‘mehfils’ and ‘gaayans’ by a select coterie of connoisseurs. That the music would be popular with and will be appreciated by the general public, was a recognition with the coming of the Hindi film song. And so, the composers and music directors started to simplify the music such that it would make inroads into the hearts of the general public, and on to the lips from the hearts.

In many film and music reviews that we read from yesteryears, we find a phrase or its variation – “फलां फिल्म के गाने गली गली में सुने जाने लगे” – “the songs of such-and-such film could be heard in every street and alley”. That, I think, is the success of the composers to bring the music from its pure classical plane to a level where it would appeal to the person on the road. No, I am not at all saying that the music was made pedestrian. It was actually a very qualitative change in creating this music. It became what was later to be termed as ‘सुगम संगीत’- music for easy listening. And of course, it won a million hearts, and continues to capture the fancy of oncoming generations. Just the fact that the music from those decades still has an attraction to hold a person’s interest and appreciation – tells us volumes about the effort the song creators put into this endeavor, to ensure that the listening public would be smitten. And smitten we are – even to this day and this era.

The second aspect was a dictate of the technology. The accepted standard of the 78 rpm record could hold approximated three and a half minutes of recording. As more and more producers and production houses made decisions to release their music on records, this duration (or in some cases, its multiple) became an accepted length of the film song. And so, the challenge that the song creators had was to express what had to be expressed, convey what had to be conveyed, and meet a standard of longevity and retention in memory in just three and a half minutes. And the measure of their success – I am sure beyond their own wildest dreams – is that their creations continue to be loved and revered even after close to a century later. They were the wizards that created this lasting magic settled into the hearts of innumerable listeners.

The era of the song artists – song writers, composers and singers – getting established as institutions, was still some years off. But we do see the rise of the singer-actor icon – KL Saigal, who had already made his singing debut back in 1932. ‘Devdas’ had already happened in the previous year (1935). That iconic film once and forever transformed the image of the romantic hero, that lasts to this day. And it was the first film of its kind in which the music and songs played such a significant role in a romantic relationship. Still continuing to work at New Theatres in Calcutta (now Kolkata), the star of Saigal was rising as the first song artist being recognized as an institution.

The voice of Saigal Sb appeared in two movies this year – ‘Pujaarin’ (MD – Timir Baran) and ‘Krorepati’ (MD – Pankaj Mullick), both from New Theatres. Besides these two, New Theatres had two more releases – ‘Manzil’ and ‘Maaya’ (MDs – Pankaj Mullick and RC Boral).

Bombay Talkies released the iconic ‘Achoot Kanya’ with music by Saraswati Devi. The song “Main Ban Ki Chidiya. . .” was that type of song that was heard in “गली गली”. But wait, before we talk about this film, we must talk about another film (released somewhat earlier in the year, also by Bombay Talkie) – ‘Jeevan Naiya’. This latter film was the debut film of an unwilling actor – Ashok Kumar. Working as a lab technician in Bombay Talkies, this young man was forced into acting roles, but then he took to this career like fish to water. And he sang – in his debut film – a song to be remembered forever – “Koi Humdum Na Raha, Koi Sahaara Na Raha”. And very interestingly, the later to be renowned SN Tripathi, made his debut as a singer in this film under the baton of Saraswati Devi.

V Shantaram and Prabhat Studios released ‘Amar Jyoti’ this year. A film that told the story of Saudamini, a female pirate captain – was decades ahead of its times, in the manner in which it dealt with the subject matter and the technological aspects. The film represented India at the Venice Film Festival that year. Prabaht and V Shantaram released another film this year, which added a new term to the Indian cinematic reporting – ‘golden jubilee’. ‘Sant Tukaram’ goes on record as the first Indian film to play continuously for more than 50 weeks. The popularity of this film is legendary. There are stories about people and groups of people who would travel tens or hundreds of miles from their villages, sometimes on foot, to go see this film in the nearest town with a cinema. It is reported that ordinary people would say prayers and offer flowers to the posters of this film depicting Vishnupant Pagnis in the title role. Also sent to the Venice Film Festival, this film was applauded as one the best three films of the year, at the festival.

Singer actor Surendra Nath made his debut this year in the film ‘Deccan Queen’. His rendition of “Yaad Na Kar Dil e Hajeen Bhooli Hui Kahaaniyaan…” is a song that has lasted in history. Music directors Dhamman Khan, SN Tripathi and Ashok Ghosh made their entry into film music direction this year.

This was a time when the literary writers started gravitating towards cinema. Scholarly and established poets and authors like Zia Sarhadi, Asghar Husain ‘Shor’, Aarzoo Lakhnawi made their debuts in songwriting in Hindi films. Jaddanbai, who had made her debut as a music director in the previous year (1935) made her entry in the realm of song writing, when she penned the songs for ‘Madam Fashion’ this year.

Other important films of this year are

  • ‘Sunehra Sansaar’ from East India Company, directed by Debaki Bose
  • ‘Deccan Queen’ and ‘Manmohan’ from Sagar Movietone, both directed by Mehboob
  • ‘Jai Bharat’ from Wadia Movietone starring Sardar Mansoor and Husn Bano
  • ‘Passing Show’ from Prakash Films starring Jayant and Padma Devi
  • ‘Saeed e Hawas’ from Minerva Movietone directed by Sohrab Modi
  • ‘Maa’, produced and directed by Prafulla Ghosh; the song “Vande Maatram” appeared for the first time in cinema
  • ‘Gareeb Parwar’ or ‘Daya Ki Devi’ was finally allowed to be released this year. Originally made as ‘The Mill’ in 1934 by Ajanta Movietone, Bombay, this film was banned for public release by the British govt, as it was critical of the foreign rule under strong pressure from the powerful Mill Owners Association. This is one the first film that is based on a literary work by the famous Hindi author, Munshi Premchand.
    [Ed Note: The above corrections are based on inputs from dear Arun ji. Please see the comments below.]

A very interesting aside related to music. Wadia Movietone started a very refreshing endeavour. They started making short films on the famous and important classical music stalwarts. These films were shown without any extra charge, prior to the main feature. In that age and time, this was a great service that was rendered by the house of Wadia, both towards cinema and classical music.

Another interesting aside. We see a couple of instances where an earlier very popular film song had been copied. The first instance is the song “Birha Ki Aag Lagi Morey Mann Mein”, sung by Surendra under the baton of Pransukh Nayak. This song was an imitation of the famous “Baalam Aaye Baso Morey Mann Mein” sung by Saigal Sb for ‘Devdas’ in the previous year. Then again, we hear this song in the film ‘Miss Frontier Mail’ – “Gaawo Gaawo Ae Mere Sadhu Sabhi Bhulaawo Gham” – presented as a parody of the famous KC Dey rendition of ‘Jaao Jaao Ae Mere Saadhu Raho Guru Ke Sang”. Possibly the very first parody song of another film song in Hindi cinema.

Other snippets, ‘Seeta Vivaah’ was released as the first film in Oriya. The film ‘Shokh Dilruba’ gained a dubious distinction – with 150 kissing scenes. And IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) was established.

Now for some numbers for this year. As per the Geet Kosh, number of Hindi films that were censored and released is 134. From the available data and song lists, a total of 1,212 songs were created for these films. Once again, as per the information available in Geet Kosh, 136 songs from 34 of these films have been traced as having been published on gramophone records.

  1. Achhoot Kanya
  2. Amar Jyoti
  3. Amar Prem
  4. Baaghi Sipahi
  5. Bhakt Cheta
  6. Chhaaya
  7. Deccan Queen
  8. Do Deewaane
  9. Faulaadi Mukka
  10. Gol Nishan
  11. Jai Bharat
  12. Janambhoomi
  13. Jeevan Lata
  14. Jeevan Naiya
  15. Khyber Pass
  16. Krorepati
  17. Lagna Bandhan
  18. Maa
  19. Maa Ki Mamta
  20. Maaya
  21. Manmohan
  22. Manzil
  23. Miss Frontier Mail
  24. Naseeb Ka Chakkar
  25. Pahaadi Kanya
  26. Piya Ki Jogan
  27. Prem Ki Aag
  28. Pujaarin
  29. Rajput Ramani
  30. Romantic India
  31. Snehlata
  32. Sunehra Sansaar
  33. Tope Ka Gola
  34. Village Girl

In addition to the above films, based on information exchanged between the circle of collectors of this music, we have songs available from 9 more films. These are,

  1. Kimiagar
  2. Sipahsalaar
  3. Struggle
  4. Aakhri Galti
  5. Aseer e Hawas
  6. Bandits of the Air
  7. Gunehgaar
  8. Laylo Nihaar
  9. Noor e Wahdut

The song being presented with this post is from the 1936 film ‘Bandit Of The Air’ aka ‘Hawaai Daaku’.

This film has an important distinction – that it is the only one film of actor KN Singh, in which he appeared as the hero opposite to Ram Pyaari. On 1st September, just three days ago, was the birth anniversary of this ‘baddie’ cum character actor in Hindi films, with a long innings of over five decades, with more than 250 appearances on the silver screen to his credit.

A top hat, thick and bushy eyebrows – raised in a sinister question, a smoking pipe, and large menacing eyes – a hallmark appearance of this villain that lasted through many decades. His entry into the screen frame always prepared the viewers that someone is going to be bashed, or something evil is going to happen. In an interview, KN Singh recalls the following incident. AR Kardar’s ‘Baaghbaan’ (1938) had been released and KN Singh’s role as a villain had impressed one and all. KN Singh was now working on the sets of a film titled ‘Kaun Kisi Ka’ (1939). Yakub, who was then working with Sagar Movietone and was also a known villain actor, happened to come by to the same studio. Seeing KN Singh, he greeted him as “Hello King”. KN Singh responded to his greeting and said that his name is ‘Singh’ and not ‘King’. Yakub replied, “हम तो तुम्हें किंग ही कहेंगे। हम तो बस यही कहने आए हैं कि हमने अब विलेन का काम करना छोड़ देना है। अब तो गोप के साथ कामेडी किया करेंगे। क्योंकि तुम्हारी तरह हम चल नहीं सकते। तुम्हारे चल के आने में ऐसा लगता है के मुसीबत आ रही है।” (“I will call you as King only. I just came by to say that I am now giving up playing villain roles, and will join Gope and do comedy. Because I can’t even walk like you. When you walk into a scene, it seems as if some calamity is arriving”).

KN Singh was the eldest of five siblings, children of Chandi Prasad Singh, a well known advocate in Dehradun. When he was born on 1st September, 1909, his parents first named him ‘Niranjan’. Then, Chandi Prasad’s guru ji came home to bless the child, and he said – “Krishn has come to your home”. So then the complete name of child became Krishn Niranjan Singh – later to be abbreviated as KN Singh. He studied at La Martenier and Cambridge Schools in Dehradun. His father wanted to send him to London to study law, because he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. But then a certain event happened that changed the course of life for KN Singh. A murder case came to his father. The accused was a well known rich man of Dehradun. It was a crime of passion, and a lady had been put to death. Chandi Prasad Singh was successful in getting the accused acquitted, by producing some fake train tickets to establish that the accused was not in Dehradun when the crime was committed. This falsification effected KN Singh so much that he prayed his father to relieve him of the promise of becoming a lawyer, because he would never be a party to such lying and deceit. There was a falling out and he left home and Dehradun.

With a friend he travelled to Lahore, and then to Gujranwala. There he setup a cloth printing workshop, that put prints on khadi cloth. The work was good and he soon set up another print workshop in Lahore. Then, in collaboration with another friend, he established a coaching school for students in Roorkee – K&D Tutorial Institute. In 1930, he was asked to return to Dehradun, and his parents got him married. This first marriage did not last long, as his wife unfortunately passed away in 1932. KN Singh stayed on in Dehradun.

In 1935, he went to Calcutta to visit his sister, who had shifted to Calcutta after her marriage. Now, in Dehradun, KN Singh was friends with Nityanand Khanna, a person who turns out to be a cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor. This was the time that Prithviraj was working with New Theatres in Calcutta. So KN Singh met Prithviraj and they became good friends. At Prithviraj’s residence, one day KN Singh happened to meet Debaki Bose. Debaki Bose suggested to him to become an actor. KN Singh, at first, tried to let it go as an exchange in lighter mood. He returned to Dehradun. But that suggestion kept sitting as a worm at the back of his mind. Sure enough, after a short while, he was back in Calcutta. With the help of Prithviraj, Debaki Bose cast him in the role of a doctor in the film ‘Sunehra Sansaar’ (1936). The film journey of KN Singh had started.

Very soon, the word got around the Calcutta film circles about this handsome young man from Dehradun, who could speak Urdu very well. Modern India Talkies were looking for a new face to be the hero in their next venture – ‘Bandit Of The Air’ aka ‘Hawaai Daaku’. With the promise that he would not be required to sing or jump around the trees, KN Singh agreed to take on that role. That film was also released in 1936. Meanwhile New Theatres again offered him a role in their film ‘Anaath Ashram’ (1937). This role was once again a villain’s role. Next came ‘Vidyapati’ and then ‘Milap’, both in 1937. Incidentally, ‘Milap’ was a production from Moti Mahal Theatres in Calcutta, and was produced and directed by AR Kardar himself.

His second marriage happened in 1937. He merrily describes the episode. The shooting for ‘Vidyapati’ was in progress, and he was summoned to Dehradun for getting married. In the midst of the shooting schedule, he asked for a two days reprieve, went home, got married and promptly returned to the studios, as the sets were still in place and some scenes were waiting for his return. With good humor he explains, there is a scene in the film in which he is shown about to enter the royal court of Prithviraj Kapoor. After this scene is shot, he takes leave to go home for his marriage. Then returns after two days and completes the rest of the shot of the royal court. As he explains, just before entering the ‘darbaar’  he is an unmarried person, but in the very next scene as he is inside the ‘darbaar’ and present in front of Prithviraj Kapoor, he is a married man. None in the industry would have had such a swift wedding affair, he laughs.

His presence in the film industry was being noticed seriously. AR Kardar invited him to come over to Bombay, and take on the villain’s role in his upcoming ‘Baagbaan’ (1938). After the release and success of ‘Baagbaan’ – there really was no looking back. The film went on to celebrate a golden jubilee, and KN Singh was typecast as a villain forever.

After KN Singh moved to Bombay in 1938, slowly the exodus started from Calcutta in general, and New Theatres in particular. Majority of the film artists and film music makers also migrated slowly to Bombay. Impacted by the great famine in Bengal, the closing years of the world war II, contributed to a general slowdown of the economy, and the film industry in Calcutta.

After coming to Bombay, KN Singh settled into his career as a villain cum character actor in the Bombay world of cinema. After the golden jubilee success of ‘Baaghbaan’, Ezra Mir cast him in ‘Sitaara’ (1939). Arriving in Bombay, he worked himself into the top bracket of the highest paid character actors in the industry. And with the coming of most of his old friends from Calcutta, he felt quite at home now in his flourishing career.

In Calcutta, while at New Theatres, KN Singh also became very good friends with KL Saigal. In an interview he once refreshed his old memories of the days when most of the cream of Bombay industry used to stay within a 20 to 30 minutes walking distance from each other in Central Bombay. The camaraderie within this group consisting of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shyam, Om Prakash, KN Singh, Bhagwan, Jairaj, Nargis, Kidar Sharma, KL Saigal, Madan Puri, Jagdish Sethi, Manmohan Krishan, PN Arora, Robin Chatterjee, Sitara Devi, Jayant, Anil Biswas, Dronacharya, Manna Dey, Phani Mazumdar, Brijrani, Dwarka Khosla, PN Khanna (these are the names he himself has mentioned in the interview) was of a very fond friendship. There would be frequent get-togethers and picnics, and friends would drop in unannounced, into each other homes, as well as at work in studios. He cites specifically the scene from ‘Awaara’ (1951), which is the final confrontation between Raj Kapoor and KN Singh, and in which the latter dies at the end of the scene. KN Singh is brandishing a knife, and it is supposed to fall out of his hands and come in Raj Kapoor’s possession. While the action steps were being discussed, Bhagwan Dada dropped in unannounced into the studio. Having been a stunt master earlier, he got involved into the discussion, and suggested how the scene should be executed. Raj Kapoor took that suggestion very sportingly and the scene was shot as suggested by Bhagwan Dada.

Another interesting anecdote he tells is about the film ‘Ishaara’ (1943). The lead pair was Prithviraj and Suraiya, and KN Singh was playing the role of the hero’s father. Now Prithviraj was three years elder to KN Singh. So, says KN Singh, that he formally asked for permission from Prithviraj to take on that role, because in this role he would be scolding and berating his elder cast member. The times, yes, they were different in that era.

Close to end of 1946, an ailing KL Saigal left Bombay for the last time, proceeding to his hometown Jalandhar for treatment and recuperation. He was not destined to return. It is significantly noted in many articles and information pieces – there were only two people to see him off a the Bombay station – one was his driver and the second person was KN Singh. The film ‘Parwaana’ (1947) was still under production and both Saigal Sb and KN Singh were working in it. Providentially, KN Singh is the last person of the film industry who would see Saigal Sb alive.

KN Singh’s inning in the film industry lasted well into the early nineties, a great run of more than five and half decades. The last released movie in which he appears is most likely, ‘Ajooba’ from 1991. He has worked with most actors – starting with Mazhar Khan, Prithviraj and KL Saigal, all the way upto Dharmendra, Amitabh, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Shashi Kapoor. In his later years he was troubled with failing eyesight, and was quite a bit on his own, alone and forgotten. Most of his old friends were gone by then. He passed away on 31st January, 2000.

A gentleman villain, as opposed to the angry gangster boss, his enduring image is that of a white collared villain, dressed in a fine suit and bow tie, smoking a pipe, with a menacing glance and a calm cold delivery. He was a stickler for discipline and punctuality. It is said in the industry that in his later years, like 1970s and 1980s, producers would cast him in cameo roles, just so that other members of the cast would come to the studio on time, knowing that KN Singh is also part of the team.

Time to come to the song – 🙂 . This song is the only song that is traceable in public domain, for the film ‘Bandit Of The Air’ – ‘Hawaai Daku’; the only one film in which KN Singh made an appearance as a hero, on the promise that he will not be required to sing or dance. 🙂

This film was produced under the banner of Modern India Talkies, Calcutta, and was directed by AR Chaudhry. The story of the film was written by AR Chaudhry himself. The star cast listed for this film is Ram Pyari, KN Singh, Mazhar Khan, Hashmat, Manzari, Adhar Singh, Tila Mohammad, OP Sharma, MC Kazi, Faiz Mohammad, Bachu, Poornima, Pratibha, and Master Vilayatu.

For this film, 11 songs are listed in the Geet Kosh. Music director is Motilal Nayak. The names of songwriters and singers are not identified. I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please add more information about this song and this film.

A rare song that was created more than eight decades ago. It has been uploaded by Shalin Bhatt ji.
Listen and enjoy.

[Ed Note: This rather longish article which has been in preparation for many months now. KN Singh’s birth anniversary drove it to completion. 🙂 I have adapted material from the following sources for this article.

  • Articles on KN Singh – three print articles provided by dear friend Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji, from Filmfare, Jansatta, and one more publication.
  • ‘Hindi Cinema – Sadi Ka Safar’ (Hindi Cinema – Journey of a Hundred Years); written by Shri Anil Bhargav
  • ‘Seventy Five Years of Indian Cinema’; by Shri Feroze Rangoonwala
  • ‘Hindi Film Sangeet – 75 Varshon Ka Safar’ (Hindi Film Music – Journey of 75 Years); written by Shri Anil Bhargav
  • Information on songs availability, supplied by Shri Girdhari Lal ji Vshwakarma, (Jodhpur) and Zafar Bhai (Delhi).
  • Hindi Film Geet Kosh Vol. 1 (1931-1940); compiled and annotated by Shri Harmandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’

]


Song – Sona Lene Piya Gaye Soona Kar Gaye Des (Bandits Of The Air) (1936) Singer – [Unknown Female Voice] , Lyrics – [Unattributed] , MD – Motilal Nayak

Lyrics

sona laane piya gaye
soona kar gaye des
sona laane piya gaye
soona kar gaye des
sona mila na piya miley
sona mila na piya miley
roopa bhayo kes
sona laane piya gaye
soona kar gaye des

main birhan ab kab tak tadpoon
tooti mann ki aas
praan pakheru kaise udd kar
pahunchen pee ke paas
pahunchen pee ke paas
loot liya mujhe is maaya ne
haaye badal ke bhes
sona laane piya gaye
soona kar gaye des

aankh se aansoo hardam barsen
jaise ho barsaat
kathin hui hai mujh birhan par
dukh ki kaali raat
koi sunaa de unko jaa kar
koi sunaa de unko jaa kar
mera ye sandes
soona kar gaye des

hardam naina neer bahaayen
dil se nikle haaye
praan sahejun piyu ko apne (??)
mann mein rahun chhupaaye
mann mein rahun chhupaaye
un bin tadpun main dukhiyari
lagi hai mann ko thes
un bin tadpun main dukhiyari
lagi hai mann ko thes
sona laane piya gaye
soona kar gaye des
soona kar gaye des

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सोना लाने पिया गए
सूना कर गए देस
सोना लेने पिया गए
सूना कर गए देस
सोना मिला न पिया मिले
सोना मिला न पिया मिले
रूपा भयो केस
सोना लेने पिया गए
सूना कर गए देस

मैं बिरहन अब कब तक तड़पूँ
टूटी मन की आस
प्राण पखेरू कैसे उड़ कर
पहुँचें पी के पास
पहुँचें पी के पास
लूट लिया मुझे इस माया ने
हाए बदल के भेस
सोना लेने पिया गए
सूना कर गए देस

आँख से आँसू हरदम बरसें
जैसे हो बरसात
कठिन हुई है मुझ बिरहन पर
दुख की काली रात
कोई सुना दे उनको जाकर
कोई सुना दे उनको जाकर
मेरा ये सन्देस
सूना कर गए देस

हरदम नैना नीर बहाएँ
दिल से निकले हाए
प्राण सहेजूँ पिया को अपने (??)
मन में रहूँ छुपाए
मन में रहूँ छुपाए
उन बिन तड़पूँ मैं दुखियारी
लागि मन को ठेस
उन बिन तड़पूँ मैं दुखियारी
लागि मन को ठेस
सोना लेने पिया गए
सूना कर गए देस
सूना कर गए देस


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.

Blog Day : 3697 Post No. : 14614

In the early 1930s, New Theatres (NT) of Calcutta (Kolkata) had become the ‘sanctuary’ for Hindi film artists from Bombay (Mumbai), Lahore and for upcoming artists for better prospects. Some of the prominent Hindi film artists who had joined NT were K L Saigal, Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote, Mazhar Khan, M Kumar, Jagdish Sethi, Kidar Sharma, Aarzoo Lucknowi, K N Singh, Bikram Kapoor Hiralal, Sitara Devi among many others.

Between the end of the 1930s and the beginning of 1940s, almost all of the above mentioned artists left NT to join the Bombay film industry. At the outset, it would appear that they had shifted to Mumbai for better opportunity and prospects in their filmy careers as the number of Hindi films produced in Mumbai far exceeded that from Kolkata. However, there was one more reason for the artists leaving NT and it had something to do with the way the system of film making in NT worked.

Most of the films produced in NT were simultaneously made in Bengali and Hindi based mostly on the Bengali stories. So the film was shot scene by scene first in Bengali with actors for Hindi version being asked to copy the way the Bengali actors acted and delivered dialogues. There was not much of creative freedom for Hindi actors. The same was true for the screen-play and dialogue writers for Hindi version as they only had to provide verbatim translation from the Bengali version.

Kidar Sharma who worked with NT as screen-play and dialogue writer in addition to writing lyrics for the Hindi versions, left NT sometime in 1939 due to creative differences with director Debaki Bose. Also he had an ambition to become a director which was not possible in NT as they preferred directors well versed in Bengali literature for the reason that most of their films were based on Bengali stories. After directing films ‘Aulad’ (1939) and ‘Chitralekha’ (1941) for Film Corporation of India, Kolkata, Kidar Sharma joined Ranjit Movietone on 3/10/1941.

‘Armaan’ (1942) was first film of Kidar Sharma for Ranjit Movietone. Apart from directing the film, Kidar Sharma also wrote the story, screen-play, dialogues and lyrics. The star cast included Motilal and Shamim Bano in the lead roles supported by Nagendra Majumdar, Meera, Bhagwandas, A Shah Shikarpuri, Nazir Bedi, Reva Shankar, Rajendra Singh etc.

There are a couple of interesting trivia while selecting the lead actors for the film. Kidar Sharma wanted to cast Motilal as the lead actor who was not attached to any studios. But he used to work in Ranjit Movietone’s films with an understanding that he would choose the director. Motilal agreed to work with Kidar Sharma on three conditions. First, he would work with a fixed schedule from 9.00 A.M. to 6.00 PM. Second, he would not work on Sundays. And lastly, he would not attend rehearsals. Since Kidar Sharma had fixation about Motilal for his natural acting, he agreed with all his three conditions. However, during the shooting of the film, Motilal himself broke two of his three conditions, rehearsing the scenes and working beyond 6.00 p.m.

When Kidar Sharma selected Shamim Bano (niece of Khurshid Bano, the top actress of Ranjit Movietone) as the lead actress for the film, Chandulal Shah, the boss of Ranjit Movietone had warned him that Khursheed Bano would never work with him as she was jealous of her niece. However, Kidar Sharma not only went ahead with his choice of heroine for the film, he also directed Khursheed Bano in one of his Ranjit Movietone’s films ‘Mumtaz Mahal’ (1944). These are anecdotes which have been mentioned in Kidar Sharma’s autobiography ‘The One and Lonely Kidar Sharma’ (2002).

The gist of the story of ‘Armaan’ (1942) based on the review of the film appeared in October 1942 issue of ‘Filmindia’ is as under:

Prince Kanwal (Motilal) the son of a big zamindar of Ballabhgadh travels to a nearby village to commission the renovation of old paintings to village artist Vyas (Nagendra Mazumdar) who lives with his only daughter, Meera (Shamim). Meera who has seen the Prince in the village with his big car, falls in love with him but Prince is not aware of it. The prince has also given Vyas the task of decorating his palace hall with murals.

Prince has a scientific bend of mind and is doing research in his laboratory of a magical ray that registers the feelings of pains and pleasure. One day during his experimentation of rays, Prince becomes blind. In the meanwhile, Vyas, the artist and his daughter, Meera visit Ballabhgadh for commencing the work of decorating palace with murals. Meera accidentally meets Prince in his palace garden and enters into conversation with him without realising that the Prince has become blind. When she come to know about his blindness, she becomes romantically close to him which Prince reciprocate.

The romance progresses to the dislike of Prince’s uncle (Bhagwandas) who is also the Diwan of Ballabhgadh. He pressurises the King to separate the two by sending Prince out of Ballabhgadh on some pretext. Meera is heart-broken. Meera’s conditions make Vyas worrisome and one day in the fit of depression, he commits suicide. Meera is now orphan. She decides to devote her entire life to the service of God.

One day, Meera meets a Sadhu whose asceticism is shattered after seeing Meera. Very soon, Sadhu starts making some indecent advances. Hearing the story of the blindness of Prince, Sadhu promises Meera that his medicine would restore the eye sight of Prince. But Meera has to pay the cost (in terms of her submission to him). She agrees provided the eye-sight is restored. When the medicine is ready, Meera kills Sadhu and runs away with the medicine to the palace only to find that Prince has become the King after the death of his father.

Meera is not allowed to enter the palace. However, she is compelled to hand over the medicine to one of the dancing girl so that if successful in restoring the eye sight of Prince, Diwan can claim credit for the same. Prince’s eye sight is restored only to see Meera being brought to the palace as a killer of Sadhu. All evidences are against Meera. However, when Meera reveals to the King all the background, Prince recognises the voice and the lovers are united.

The film was released on 22nd August 1942 at Royal Opera House but had to be withdrawn within one day due to communal disturbances. It was once again released after a few weeks at Royal Opera House. The film was regarded as a box office success bringing Shamim Bano into the mainstream cinema.

‘Armaan’ (1942) had 9 songs, all written by Kidar Sharma and set to music by Gyan Dutt. I am presenting the first song ‘Laao To Zara Dil Ko Isey Dil Mein Chhupaaun’ sung by Shamim Bano who was paired with Motilal in the lead role.

From the wordings of the lyrics, it appears that this song was picturised in the palace garden where Shamim meets Motilal without realising that he had become blind. When Shamim comes to know about his blindness, she says ‘Let your heart be with my heart. Let my eyes become your eyes to see the whole world’.


Song – Laao To Zara Dil Ko Isey Dil Mein Chhupa Loon (Armaan) (1942) Singer – Shamim Bano, Lyrics – Kidar Sharma, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

laao to jara dil ko
isey dil mein chhupaaun
isey dil mein chhupaaun
laao to jara dil ko
isey dil mein chhupaaun
isey dil mein chhupaaun
baitho meri aankhon mein
baitho meri aankhon mein
tumhen duniya dikhhaaun
tumhen duniya dikhhaaun
baitho meri aankhon mein
tumhen duniya dikhhaaun
tumhen duniya dikhhaaun
 
kasturi hai in mein
jinhen khud soongh rahen hain
kasturi hai in mein
jinhen khud soongh rahen hain
un jhopdon mein dekho
diye oongh rahe hain
diye oongh rahe hain
un jhopdon mein dekho
diye oongh rahe hain
diye oongh rahe hain

seedhe hain ke sadhe se lagey
door khade hain
seedhe hain ke sadhe se lagey
door khade hain

aur jugnu hari jhaadion mein heere jade hain
aur jugnu hari jhaadion mein heere jade hain

aakash ke kuchch taaren hain
wo  jhaank rahe hain
aakash ke kuchch taaren hain
wo  jhaank rahe hain

aur jal mein bechaare hain jo wo
jal mein bechaare hain jo wo
kaanp rahe hain

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लाओ तो ज़रा दिल को
इसे दिल में छुपाऊँ
इसे दिल में छुपाऊँ
लाओ तो ज़रा दिल को
इसे दिल में छुपाऊँ
इसे दिल में छुपाऊँ
बैठो मेरी आँखों में
तुम्हें दुनिया दिखाऊँ
तुम्हें दुनिया दिखाऊँ
बैठो मेरी आँखों में
तुम्हें दुनिया दिखाऊँ
तुम्हें दुनिया दिखाऊँ

कस्तूरी है इन में
जिन्हें कुछ सूंघ रहे हैं
कस्तूरी है इन में
जिन्हें कुछ सूंघ रहे हैं
उन झोपड़ों में देखो
दिये ऊंघ रहे हैं
दिये ऊंघ रहे हैं
उन झोपड़ों में देखो
दिये ऊंघ रहे हैं
दिये ऊंघ रहे हैं

सीधे हैं के सधे से लगे
दूर खड़े हैं
सीधे हैं के सधे से लगे
दूर खड़े हैं

और जुगनू हरी झाड़िओं में हीरे जड़े हैं
और जुगनू हरी झाड़िओं में हीरे जड़े हैं

आकाश से कुछ तारे हैं
वो झांक रहे हैं
आकाश से कुछ तारे हैं
वो झांक रहे हैं

और जल में बेचारे हैं जो वो
जल में बेचारे हैं जो वो
काँप रहे हैं


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.

Blog Day : 3695 Post No. : 14611

In the 1930s and in early 1940s, most of the music directors compose mainly raag-based and folk-based tunes to the lyrics.  The musicians would play the entire melody on their respective instruments in line with the tune. Since, in the absence of playback singing, songs would be recorded live, music directors were constrained to use minimum musical instruments, that too mostly within the options of Indian instruments consisting of harmonium, percussion, tabla/dholak, sitar, saarangi, flute etc.

Once the playback singing system stabilised in around late 1930s, music directors got flexibility in using more musicians and also started using western musical instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, trumpet, clarinet etc. This gave them flexibility in composing preludes, interludes and orchestration. Anil Biswas who came to Bombay (Mumbai) sometime in 1935 with 12 of his Anglo-Indian musicians, changed the concept of orchestration of the songs. He was the first to use counter melody in orchestration. Probably, he was also the first music director of Hindi films who composed a song, Hum Aur Tum Aur Ye Khushi  based on waltz music (generally used for ball-room dance), for the film ‘Alibaba’ (1940). Anil Biswas could do it because he had in his orchestra, musicians well-versed in playing western music instruments.

There were perceptible changes in the style of song compositions in Hindi films of 1950s and 60s (also thereafter) as compared with those of 1940s. Songs of 1950s and 60s were not only melodic but their musical preludes, interludes and overall orchestrations appealed to the listeners. How did the Hindi film music witness musical metamorphosis in 1950s and 60s? The answer is that during this period, some of the Christian musicians and music arrangers from Goa played a pivotal role in taking the Hindi film music from the vintage era ( 1931-1947) to the golden era (1948-1980).

To understand as to how the Christian musicians from Goa got connected with Hindi film industry, one needs to go back to the history of Goa. After the annexation of Goa by Portuguese in the 16th century, they established churches, chapels and convents in their captured territories. As part of church services, there was a need to establish choirs – a group of singers accompanied by musicians. The locals who were converted in to Christianity were trained to sing and play western instruments such as organ and violin. The services of these trained singers and musicians were also utilised for the occasions such as weddings, community feasts and funerals. Over a period of time, with the regular exchange of people from other Portuguese territories such as Angola and Mozambique, these musicians learnt some more western instruments such as piano, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, clarinet etc.

The Portuguese did not do much to the education system. Nor did they provide employment opportunity to the locals. As against this, Goans found employment opportunity in British India especially at Mumbai, the nearest city for Goans. For those who had learnt music, Mumbai provided them opportunity to become musicians in the night clubs which were patronised by the higher strata of the societies.

During the World War II (1939-45), there were shortages of musicians in the night clubs as many foreign musicians especially from Germany and its allied countries either left India or they were arrested. The Goan musicians with their affinity to jazz music filled the vacancies. Also, the British and its allied troops which were stationed in major cities like Bombay, required night clubs as a source of entertainment.

During the late 30s and early 40s, many Goan musicians migrated mainly to Mumbai. Some of the well-known Goan musicians like Antony Gonsalves, Chic Chocolate, Sebastian D’Souza (came to Mumbai via Lahore), Frank Fernand, Chris Perry, Sonny Castelino, Lucilla Pacheco migrated to Mumbai. I guess that none of these musicians would have remotely thought of joining the Hindi film industry at the time of their migration. Generally, for musicians trained in western classical music, their intention will be to join a music band, earn a name and have their own music band.

Except Antony Gonsalves, all others mentioned above, had joined the dance bands as musicians. Those days, there was a craze for jazz music  and all these dance bands would mostly play jazz music in Taj Mahal Hotel, Green Hotel (run by Taj Mahal), Astoria Hotel, Ambassador Hotel, Ritz Hotel, Bristol Grill, Mocambo etc. During my way to college in Churchgate in early 1960s, I used to see displays outside some of these hotels and restaurants showing the names of the dance bands with prominent musicians schedule for the performance in the night. Perhaps, I may have read the names like Chic Chocolate, Frank Fernand and Chris Perry but without knowing at that time that they were associated with Hindi film music.

How some of these Goan musicians did get connected with Hindi film industry in the latter half of the 1940s is not clear. Probably, some of the music directors like Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra, Khemchand Prakash, Naushad either individually or collectively may have visited the night clubs to witness the performance of the dance bands. They would have been impressed by the harmonic presentation by musicians with foot tapping music. They saw the opportunity to use in Hindi film songs  by way of prelude and interlude orchestra which would appeal to the listeners.

But how to achieve the synergy of harmonic orchestra to the tune in melodic form in Hindi film songs? The uses of a large number of western musical instruments for orchestra which need to be played in harmony require a music composer (in Hindi film parlance, a music arranger) who can write music for each musician and for each instrument in the orchestra who may play the instruments in different notes. Goans with their training in Western classical music from their days in church choirs to dance bands were well versed to do the job of writing the music.

During the late 1940s, Goan musicians and music arrangers worked in Bombay film industry during the day time to supplement their income while the main source of their income continued to be from the dance bands. Sometime in early 1950s, the then Bombay State introduced prohibition and raised entertainment tax which affected the business of night clubs. Some of the Goan musicians had to become full time musicians and music arrangers in Bombay film industry while working with dance bands became a part time job.

Among the many Goan musicians, Antony Gonsalves, Frank Fernand, Sebastian D’Souza and Chic Chocolate have been the major music arrangers for the Hindi film music during 1950 to 1975. I guess, these four music arrangers may have been associated with about 90 per cent of the Hindi film songs during 1950-75.

All these four music arrangers have contributed so much to the Hindi film music that each one merits a full article. This will have to wait for some other time. In the meanwhile, I present below a brief sketch of the musical career of each one of them.

Antony Gonsalves (12/06/1927 – 18/01/2012) mostly worked as a free-lance music arranger due to the fact that he also played violin for almost all the top music directors. He started as a musician playing mainly violin with Naushad in 1943. He got his first assignment as music arranger with Shyam Sundar in Dholak (1951). His orchestration in Mausam Aaya Hai Rangeen is worth listening. He had also done orchestration for Hum Aapki Aankhon Mein  in ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) during which he also played violin. During his active filmy career between 1950-1965, he is said to have been associated in more than 1000 songs.

Antony Gonsalves taught violin to Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal) and RD Burman for 4 years. He had also become a keen follower of Hindustani classical music. In fact, in 1958, he had 110 musicians in his raag-based symphony orchestra playing his composition in various Indian raags blended with western music, a thing which is very common in the present generation. Unfortunately, his experiment did not click with the audience.  But his work was noticed at the international level.

Antony Gonsalves cut short his filmy career in 1965 and went to USA on an invitation from Syracuse University, New York. He remained in the USA for 10 years after which he returned to India and settled in his village Mojorda in Goa in seclusion during the rest of his life keeping away from the Hindi film industry.

An interesting trivia here – in the iconic song tuned by Laxmikant Pyaarelal – “My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves“, L-P have said that they used this name of their ‘teacher’, as a mark of honour for him.

Frank Fernand (03/05/1919 – 01/04/2007) worked as a music arranger mainly with Hemant Kumar, Ravi, Kalyanji Anandji though he also worked with other music directors. He migrated to Mumbai  in 1936 to join one of the dance bands. He got his first break as a music arranger in ‘Barsaat’ (1949) and also played trumpet and violin in some songs. During his career as musician/music arrangers, he is said to be associated with about 70 Hindi films. Frank Fernand’s work can be judged from Dil Deke Dekho Dil Deke Dekho, Baar Baar Dekho Hazaar Baar Dekho and Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu  among his other works.

Sometime in the 60s, Frank Fernando ventured in to producing Konkani films and thereafter a couple of Hindi films in the 1970s. While his Konkani films earned him money, his first Hindi film ‘Priya’ (1970) was a box office failure while the second film ‘Aahat’ (1974) could be released only in 2010 after his death. In 1985, Frank Fernand was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease which kept him in the confine of his house in Bandra.

Sebastian D’Souza (29/01/1906 – 09/03/1996) was a dance band leader in early 1940s in a hotel in Lahore. During his Lahore days, he is said to have worked for Shyam Sundar and Ghulam Haider. After partition, he came to Mumbai. His first film as music arranger was with OP Nayyar in ‘Aasman’ (1952). His association with Shanker-Jaikishan started with ‘Daagh’ (1952) which continued uninterrupted till 1975.  With his attachment with OP Nayyar, Shankar-Jaikishan and occasionally with Salil Chaudhary, his outside assignments as music arrangers were few.

One can notice the ingenuity of Sebastian D’Souza’s in music arrangements in that despite working with OP Nayyar and Shankar-Jaikishan for a long time, his orchestrations retained the individual  stamps of these music directors in their respective songs. That Sebastian D’Souza could work with a temperamental music director like OP Nayyar for a long time speaks volume about his talent and of his mild nature.

It is said that Sebastian D’Souza’s counter-melody in orchestration was so good that  Jaikishan used some of his counter-melodies as  tunes for the songs. I am sure that in ‘Madhumati’ (1958), Salil Choudhary must have been impressed by Sebastian’s counter-melody in Aaja Re Pardesi and used it as a mukhda tune for Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil Dhadke. Sebastian’s great work can be felt in almost all songs of S-J and OPN. However, the one song which I am very fond of because of orchestration is Poochho Na Hamen Hum Un Ke Liye from ‘Mitti Mein Sona’ (1960). The piano in this song was played by a Goan musician, Sunny Castellino who was a music arranger for ‘Aawaara’ (1951).

During his filmy career, Sebsatian D’Souza arranged music for about 125 films with around 1000 songs. He retired from film industry in 1975.

Merlyn D’Souza, daughter-in-law of Sebastian D’Souza has been continuing his musical tradition. She works as a music producer, music arranger and sometime as music director – both in films and theatres. In the music industry, she is often referred to as ‘Female AR Rahman’ due to her work in fusion music.

Chic Chocolate (real name : Antonio Xavier Vaz, 1916-1967) came to Mumbai in in the late 30s to become a lead jazz trumpeter in a dance band. His idol was Louis Armstrong, the American jazz trumpeter. Interestingly, he even looked like Louis Armstrong. Soon he became one of the best trumpeters in Mumbai’s jazz music scene. By the end of the World War-II, Chic Chocolate had already formed his dance band named ‘Chic & His Music Makers and had become one of the leading dance bands in Mumbai.

It is not clear as to when he started working for Hindi films. His earliest connection to Hindi film industry as a music arranger points to the film ‘Samaadhi’ (1950) in which he collaborated with C Ramchandra, The song  Gore Gore O Baanke Chhore which has jazzy music, brought him to the attention of Hindi film industry. His music arrangements in all the songs of  ‘Albela’ (1951) was a high point of his career as music arranger. I think, in this film, Chic Chocolate poured all his experience in Jazz music in such an extent that the songs which became a new category of songs with Indo-Jazz music.

In  Deewaana, Ye Parwaana, one can see Chic Chocolate playing trumpet with the musicians from his dance band ‘Chic & His Music Makers’. Because of runaway success of ‘Albela’ (1951), his dance band became more famous. He also adopted for his dance band the uniform that was used for his band in this song.

He mostly worked with C Ramchandra in the 1950s though he had also worked with other music directors. Take for instance, his music arrangements in the song, Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De in ‘Bhai-Bhai’ (1956) and Rut Jawaan Jawaan  in ‘Aakhri Khat’ (1966) in which he is seen playing trumpet.

With ‘Naadaan’ (1951), Chic Chocolate donned the hat of music director for the first time. This was followed by ‘Rangeeli’ (1952) and ‘Kar Bhala’ (1956).

Chic Chocolate passed away in May 1967 shortly after the release of ‘Aakhri Khat’ (1966). His son Erwell Vaz is a drummer.

Hindi film music is the work of so many creative artists, musicians and music arrangers. I guess, in the 50s and 60s, music arrangers must have spent more man-hours for arranging music than the music directors for whom they worked. Unfortunately, in film and music industry, it is mainly the singers and music directors who get the credit. However, in the recent period, names of at least lead musicians and music arrangers are mentioned in the credit titles of many of the films as well as the covers of CDs.

Today, I present the 7th song (out of 8 songs, including two multiple version songs)  from the film ‘Naadaan’ (1951) for which Chic Chocolate got his first opportunity to set the tune to the songs in addition to the music arrangements. The song is ‘Saari Duniya Ko Peechhe Chhod Kar’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song was written by PL Santoshi.

The tune of the song has a distinct style of C Ramchandra who was credited as Music Supervisor. Surprisingly, none of the 8 songs in the film has jazz flavours. This is not to undermine the overall contributions of Chic Chocolate in the songs of the film. It is worth mentioning in this context that Chic Chocolate had composed many jazz songs for his dance band in the 40s. There are at least six 78 rpm gramophone records which bear the name of Chic Chocolate as the music composer.

The song under discussion appears to be a dream sequence going by the sets used in the picturisation of the song.

Acknowledgements:

  1. Naresh Fernandes – Taj Mahal Foxtrot – The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age (2012)
  2. Gumnaam Hai Koi – The Untold Story of Music Arrangers and Musicians : Part-I & II – Rajya Sabha TV (2015)

 

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Saari Duniya Ko Peechhe Chhod Kar (Nadaan) (1951) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – PL Santoshi, MD – Chic Choclate

Lyrics

saari duniya ko peechhe chhod  kar
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod  kar
hum sitaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye..ae
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod  kar
hum sitaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod  kar
 
chalo khelenge saajna aankh micholi
o o o
o o
o o
chalo khelenge saajna aankh micholi
bhar len sitaaron se hum apni jholi
bhar len sitaaron se hum apni jholi
chaand chhup chhup ke karta ishaare
kitne dilkash hain ye sab nazaare
hain ye sab nazaare
hum ek nai duniya mein aa gaye
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod kar
hum sitaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye..ae
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod kar
 
saare aalam pe chhaayi hai chaandni
kyon na gaayen hum ulfat ki raagini
aaa  aaa 
aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa aa
la la la la la
la la la la la
la la
saare aalam pe chhaayi hai chaandni
kyon na gaayen hum ulfat ki raagini
aaj harsoo hai
aaj harsoo hai mousam khushi kaa
luft aayega ab zindagi kaa
ab zindagi kaa
hum nazaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod kar
hum sitaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye..ae
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod kar
hum sitaaron ki duniya mein aa gaye..ae
chaand taaron ki duniya mein aa gaye
saari duniya ko peechhe chhod kar 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
हम सितारों की दुनिया में आ गये॰॰ए
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
हम सितारों की दुनिया में आ गये
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर

चलो खेलेंगे साजना आँख मिचौली
ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ
ओ ओ
चलो खेलेंगे साजना आँख मिचौली
भर लें सितारों से हम अपनी झोली
भर लें सितारों से हम अपनी झोली
चाँद छुप छुप के करता इशारे
कितने दिलकश हैं ये सब नज़ारे
हैं ये सब नज़ारे
हम एक नई दुनिया में आ गये
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
हम सितारों की दुनिया में आ गये॰॰ए
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर

सारे आलम पे छाई है चाँदनी
क्यों न गायें हम उलफत की रागिनी
आss आss
आ आ
आ आ आ आ
आ आ
आ आ आ
ल ल ल ल ला
ल ल ल ल ला
ला ला
सारे आलम पे छाई है चाँदनी
क्यों न गायें हम उलफत की रागिनी
आज हरसू है
आज हरसू है मौसम खुशी का
लुत्फ आएगा अब ज़िंदगी का
अब ज़िंदगी का
हम नज़ारों की दुनिया में आ गये
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
हम सितारों की दुनिया में आ गये॰॰ए
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर
हम सितारों की दुनिया में आ गये॰॰ए
चाँद तारों की दुनीया में आ गये
सारी दुनिया को पीछे छोड़ कर


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.

Blog Day : 3693 Post No. : 14608

Today’s song is from a film ‘Ek Hi Bhool’ from 1940. It was a film made by Prakash Pictures and was directed by Vijay Bhatt. The lyricist was ‘Anuj’ and the music director was the favourite of Prakash – Shankar Rao Vyas. The film’s cast was Jairaj, Mehtab, Umakant, Amirbai, Prahlad Dutt, Baby Meena (Meena kumari) and also a Dog called Tiger. (I always wonder when people can see that it is a dog, then why the owners name it as Tiger to mislead others ?).

Many people know that actress Mehtab was Sohrab Modi’s wife, having married him against opposition from all, on 28th April 1946. But most people do not know her background. Mehtab was born on 28th April, 1918 in Bombay. Her father Siddee Ebrahim Khan was the Nawab of Sachin (Surat, Gujarat). Her parents named her as Najma. She was the step sister of actresses Zubeida (‘Alam Ara’ fame), Sultana and Shehzadi. She studied up to intermediate. She was fluent in Urdu, Gujrati, English and Marathi. When her father – the Nawab – gave talaaq to her mother, her mother took her to Bombay where her sautan, Fatima, another wife of the Nawab was promoting her 3 daughters to become actresses. Fatima gave her refuge, solace and a promise to promote Najma also as an actress. Her career  started as child artist at the age of 12. She did 3 silent films, namely ‘Second Wife’ (1928), ‘Kamal e Shamsheer’ (1930) and ‘Sheroo Sainik’ (1931) – all  produced by her mother. Her first talkie film as heroine was Indian Arts Production’s ‘Veer Kunal’ (1932) through which she got her screen name Mehtab. Ashraf Khan was the hero of that film. Subsequently, Chandulal Shah signed her for two films viz. ‘Bhola Shikar’ (1933) opposite E Billimoria and ‘Ranchandi’ (1934) opposite Navin Chandra. None of these films did well, so her mother formed a film company of her own. Meanwhile, Mehtab had got married, at the age of 14 years only and had got a son from that marriage, Ismail. However, no film was completed under their company and they faced heavy losses. Moreover, Mehtab’s marriage also didn’t work out and she took divorce and won the custody of her son.

She started doing films in any role, not only heroine’s. After doing 19 films, she got a call from Calcutta. In 1940, she was offered a film named ‘Qaidi’ (1940) made by Film Corporation of India. Though she was not the leading heroine of the film but her acting was praised all over. She did 3 films in Calcutta. After ‘Qaidi’, she did ‘Masoom’ (1941). The banner signed her again as the heroine for their next film ‘Chitralekha’ (1941) in which she created a sensation overnight by doing a bathing scene aesthetically, something shown for the very first time in a Hindi film. Around 1941 to 1943, Mehtab was among the most famous actresses of Hindi films. Her next three films ‘Sharda’ (1942), ‘Chauringhee’ (1942), and ‘Bhakt Kabeer’ (1942) also proved to be hits.

In 1944, Central Studio signed Mehtab for their film ‘Parakh’ (1944). Sohrab Modi was directing the film. At the time of signing the contract, Mehtab told Modi that she had heard that he only took his own close-ups in his films and ignored the others. He told her that he wasn’t acting in that film. Thereafter, Sohrab Modi again took Mehtab as heroine in his film ‘Ek Din Ka Sultan’ (1945) opposite Wasti under his own banner Minerva Movietone. Slowly, Sohrab Modi fell in love with her and proposed to her. Mehtab agreed only on the condition that she would not leave her son Ismail. Sohrab didn’t find any problem in that and they got married on the birthday of Mehtab, 28 April 1946. Sohrab Modi’s family didn’t approve as they were Parsi and Mehtab was Muslim. Sohrab never interfered in Mehtab’s career or religion. Mehtab had a son from Modi named Mehli who was brought up as Parsi. Modi sent both the sons abroad to study.

Mehtab did few films after marriage like ‘Behram Khan’ (1946), ‘Saathi’ (1946), ‘Shama’ (1946). Her last major film was ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ (1953). She did a small role in film ‘Samay Bada Balwan’ (1969). Sohrab Modi was the producer, director and the hero of the film. It was Sohrab’s first colour film. She acted in total 40 films.

Sohrab Modi died on 28 January 1984 due to cancer of the bone marrow. Mehtab’s both sons were settled abroad, though she spent her life in Cuff Parade, Mumbai till her death. She died on 8-4-1997. She was buried at the Bada Qabrastan, Marine Lines, Mumbai.

Another name one can see in the cast is that of Prahlad Dutt. He was actually a foreign trained photographer and cameraman, and an expert in trick photography. He was working in Lahore in the early 1940s. Pancholi’s film ‘Shirin Farhad’ (1945) was getting ready and Prahlad Dutt was its director and trick scenes master. His work was applauded by everyone. The scene where Farhad digs out a canal from a big mountain single-handed, was done by Prahlad with astounding results. After the partition, he ran away from Lahore to Bombay. He soon got work here as his name was well known and famous.

He was working in Ranjit directing a film ‘Mitti Ke Khilaune’ (1948). It was in early 1948. Gandhiji was assassinated on 30th January. 4-5 days after that, Ranjit studio workers were shocked to find a police jeep entering the studio, in speed. Out jumped an inspector and asked, “Where is Prahlad Dutt?”. Ranjit Manager asked “Why?” the answer was “We have his arrest warrant in connection with Gandhi killing”. While the manager offered to call him here from another floor where he was shooting, the police ran towards that place. As soon as Prahlad saw the police, he started running, with police chasing him and shouting at him to stop. He tried to climb the wall and disappear, but the inspector warned him first and then shot him with his pistol in his thigh. He fell down. He was arrested and taken away.

He was charged with various crimes and a case was put on him. However, he was released unblemished after 4 months. Ranjit management helped him quite a lot in those days. Prahlad Dutt acted in only one film – ‘Ek Hi Bhool’. He directed 5 films in all – ‘Shirin Farhad’ (1945), ‘Piya Ghar Aa Jaa’ (1947), ‘Mitti Ke Khilaune’ (1948), ‘Nazaare’ (1949) and ‘Madhubala’ (1950).

One more name in the cast is that of Umakant (full name Umakant Desai).  I am sure most people would not know anything about him.

People remember Dilip kumar for his double role in ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ (1967) and triple role in ‘Bairaag’ (1976). People also remember Sanjeev Kumar for his 9 roles in ‘Naya Din Nayi Raat’ (1974) or Kamal Hassan for his 10 roles in ‘Dashavtaar’ (2008), but hardly anyone knows that Umakant Desai was the FIRST actor to do 3 roles in film ‘Hukum Ka Ikka’ (1939) (as the rajkumar, as a madari and as a common man).

Umakant Desai was born in Sankheda, near Vadodara (Baroda), Gujarat on 13-6-1908. After matriculation, he came to Bombay and did a job in BB&CI Railways (Bombay,Baroda and Central India Railway), a private railway company of pre Independence period. He used to do roles in local dramas. One day director Chimanlal Desai saw him in a drama called ‘Jaya Aur Jayant’. He was so impressed with him, that he took him to act in Gujarat’s First Talkie ‘Narsi Mehta’ (1932). In this film Umakant did the role of Krishna.

So, the son of a landlord Himmatbhai Jagubhai Desai became a film actor. He joined Prakash Pictures on a salary of Rs 150/- pm, but when he left Prakash, he was drawing Rs 3,000/- pm. In 1934, he worked in Gujarati film ‘Sansaar Leela’. He sang 2 duets with Rajkumari in this film. The film was a hit and was remade in Hindi as ‘Nai Duniya’. He worked in ‘Bharat Milap’ (1942). His best remembered role was as Laxman in film ‘Ram Rajya’ (1943), which created several records, including that it was the first and the only film Mahatma Gandhi ever saw in his lifetime !

Umakant worked in 59 Hindi films and 15 Gujarati films. ‘Anmol Moti’ (1948) was his last film as a hero. Then he shifted to doing character roles. He had worked with Durga Khote, Shobhana Samarth, Pramila, Ratnamala, Ranjana, Sitara, Snehprabha Pradhan, Meena Kumari, Amita, Vijayanti Mala, Nalini Jaywant, Kamini Kaushal etc. For fluency in Hindi and Urdu, he had appointed a teacher also.

He worked in 26 films of Prakash, in which 8 films were directed by Vijay Bhatt. He mostly worked in mythological and social films. Some of his films were ‘Miss Mala’, ‘Chhote Babu’, ‘Station Master’, ‘Amar Asha’, ‘Poornima’, ‘Anmol Moti’, ‘Kavita’, ‘Hamara Ghar’ etc . He did Laxman’s role in 7 films.

Umakant’s son and daughter-in-law died a tragic death in a snow blizzard in USA in 1975. His wife Kaumudiben died in 2006 and Umakant died on 25-1-2007.

He was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award in 2004.

While going through the title index by Harmandir ji for films from 1931 to 2012, I found that the word ‘EK’ is the most used word in Hindi film Titles. As many as 206 films are made, beginning with the word ‘EK’. Amongst these, there are 32 film titles starting with ‘Ek Aur ….’. Films with title ‘Ek Hi Bhool’ were made 3 times – 1940, 1981 and 2005.

Today’s song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki and NM Adhikari. I have not been able to get any information about this male singer. It seems this was the only film in which he sang. He sang 1 solo and 1 duet. With this song, the film ‘Ek Hi Bhool’ of 1940 and the singer NM Adhikari make their debut on our blog.

(Credits- Sapnon Ke Saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Harish Raghuwanshi, HFGK, MuVyz and my notes.)


Song – Main Phoolon Ki Sugandh Bankar Upvan Saara Mehkaaoon (Ek Hi Bhool) (1940) Singer – Amirbai Karnataki, NM Adhikari, Lyrics – Sampatlal Shrivastav ‘Anuj’, Music – Shankar Rao Vyas

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

main phoolon ki
main phoolon ki
sugandh ban kar
upvan saara mehkaaun
main phoolon ki
sugandh ban kar
upvan saara mehkaaun
main phoolon ki
main bhaunra
main bhaunra ban kar
chupke se phoolon ka ras le jaaun
main bhaunra ban kar
chupke se phoolon ka ras le jaaun

main madmaati koel ban kar
birha ka geet sunaaun
main madmaati koel ban kar
birha ka geet sunaaun
main premi ke aansu ban kar
birha ki aag bhujaaun
main premi ke aansu ban kar
birha ki aag bhujaaun

aao hil mil
armaanon ki duniya nai basaayen
aao hil mil
armaanon ki duniya nai basaayen
is neeras jeevan
mein phir se
is neeras jeevan
mein phir se
hai nai umangen laayen
hai nai umangen laayen

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मैं फूलों की
मैं फूलों की
सुगंध बन कर
उपवन सारा महकाऊँ
मैं फूलों की
सुगंध बन कर
उपवन सारा महकाऊँ
मैं फूलों की
मैं भौंरा
मैं भौंरा बन कर
चुपके से फूलों का रस ले जाऊँ
मैं भौंरा बन कर
चुपके से फूलों का रस ले जाऊँ

मैं मदमाती कोयल बनकर
बिरहा का गीत सुनाऊँ
मैं मदमाती कोयल बनकर
बिरहा का गीत सुनाऊँ
मैं प्रेमी के आँसू बन कर
बिरहा की आग बुझाऊँ
मैं प्रेमी के आँसू बन कर
बिरहा की आग बुझाऊँ

आओ हिलमिल
अरमानों की दुनिया नई बसाएँ
आओ हिलमिल
अरमानों की दुनिया नई बसाएँ
इस नीरस जीवन
में फिर से
इस नीरस जीवन
में फिर से
है नई उमंगें लाएँ
है नई उमंगें लाएँ


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 : 3693 Post No. : 14607

Songs to Tickle Your Memory – 36
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Seriously, for some reason, I have always carried this impression that this song is already posted on our blog. And not just that, also that it has been posted long back. The song itself has not been seen online for a long time. And dear friend, Shri Arvinder ji, has been requesting me for months now to upload it. And I have been postponing it, for reasons of other preoccupations. His requests have recently been turning more sinister. So I was just by the way checking status of films of 1960s. And found that this song is not on the blog.

So now that I could also do post on the blog, then it became imperative that the song be uploaded. And seriously, I had to revive this series, which I had kind of set aside since September of 2016, after having posted 35 episodes. But this song, realizing that it is still to be posted, definitely merits consideration for this series. It certainly is a song that will tickle your memory. A song that was quite popular and often heard on the radio in those days, is now being reprised after a long gap. I am sure you are going to love it.

The words by Bharat Vyas are simple and yet exquisite. They capture the emotions of a heart that seems to be falling in love for the first time. A tussle is one between the a newly blossomed flower of champa, and the marauding bhanwara. The fresh champakali is trying to hide herself from the prying eyes of the bhanwra. She is afraid that he may not steal her heart away, and come to reside in it. And the bhanwra is floating around her, humming away, and telling her that this wonderful weather of fresh rains will pass soon. Yes, it is time to fall in love.

Surely it is. The melody is vintage Chitragupt, twining the verses of Bharat Vyas in such an enchanting manner that the heart simply gets carried away with this expression and description of budding love between the champakali and the bhanwra, a phenomena that is so intrinsic to the nature. Beautiful words, enchanting music and very playful and joyous rendering by Asha Bhosle. A very special song, indeed.

The film is ‘Mahabharat’ from 1965. The film is produced under the banner of AG Films, Bombay and is directed by Babubhai Mistry. The star cast is impressive and includes Pradeep Kumar, Padmini, Dara Singh, Abhi Bhattacharya, Jeevan, Ambika, Manhar Desai, Tiwari, Anoop Kumar, Maruti, and Achla Sachdev amongst others. Song list in Geet Kosh contains 9 songs, all created by Bharat Vyas and Chitragupt.

This is the second song of this film to come on board here. Listen, and get that ticklish feeling of meeting a very dear friend after a very long gap. Enjoy.

 

Song – Champakali Chhup Chhup Jaaye Re (Mahabharat) (1965) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, MD – Chitragupt
Chorus

Lyrics

aha haa haa haa haa haa haa ha..aa..aa..aa

champakali chhup chhup jaaye re
bhanwra lalchaaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re
bhanwra lalchaaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re

aaaa aaaaaaa aa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaaaaa aa
aaaa aaa aa
aaaa aaa aa aaaaaa

chhui mui nanhi kali badi ghabraaye
koi anjaana mora jiya na le jaaye
chhui mui nanhi kali badi ghabraaye
koi anjaana mora jiya na le jaaye
boley nahin
palken khole nahin
koi kajraare nainan mein bas na jaaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re
bhanwra lalchaaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re

dheemi dheemi hawa chale ghata lehraaye
gun gun bhonwra bole mausam beeta jaaye
dheemi dheemi hawa chale ghata lehraaye
gun gun bhonwra bole mausam beeta jaaye
dhadhke jiya
bairi ye chhalia
mere kaanon mein preet bhara geet gaaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re
bhanwra lalchaaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
jhaanke chori chori laaj nahin aaye re
champakali chhup chhup jaaye re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आहा हा हा हा हा हा हा हा॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ

चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे
भँवरा ललचाये रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे
भँवरा ललचाये रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे

आsss आsssssss आs
आsss आsss आsss आsssssss आs
आsss आss आs
आsss आss आs आssssss

छुई मुई नन्ही काली बड़ी घबराए
कोई अंजाना मोरा जिया ना ले जाये
छुई मुई नन्ही काली बड़ी घबराए
कोई अंजाना मोरा जिया ना ले जाये
बोले नहीं
पलकें खोले नहीं
कोई कजरारे नैनन में बस ना जाये रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे
भँवरा ललचाये रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे

धीमी धीमी हवा चले घटा लहराए
गुन गुन भौंरा बोले मौसम बीता जाये
धीमी धीमी हवा चले घटा लहराए
गुन गुन भौंरा बोले मौसम बीता जाये
धड़के जिया
बैरी ये छलिया
मेरे कानों में प्रीत भरा गीत गाये रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे
भँवरा ललचाये रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
झाँके चोरी चोरी लाज नहीं आए रे
चम्पाकली छुप छुप जाये रे


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 : 3692 Post No. : 14606

27th August – a traveling tour, a distant land, and an unexpected loss; a loss that is as numbing even today, as shattering as it was when it happened then. 1976, and a hotel in Detroit, USA. The soul of the voice and the voice of the soul – both were stilled forever. A life of just 53 years. And a singing career that was wonderfully placed. Both cut short by the matters of the heart – matters that could not be set right.

Today, we remember Mukesh, through his songs, in an effort to re-live the times. And to enjoy the listening pleasure that this voice still continues to be forty two years after his departure.

Mahesh ji’s wonderful selection “Yahaan Radha Kund Hai Shyam Kund Hai” from an obscure film ‘Subhash Chandra’ has already posted earlier in the day today. Here is one more song in the memory of this soulful voice.

The film is ‘Aayega Aanewaala’ from 1967. This film is produced and directed by Kewal Misra for his home company, Kewal Productions, Bombay. The list of actors reads as follows – Kumkum, Sanjeev Kumar, Sabita Chatterjee, Ram Mohan, Kundan, Rajan Haksar, Chaman Puri, Uma Khosla, Ravi Khanna, Bela Bose, Khairati, and Agha.

There are six songs in this film, all written by Naqsh Lyallpuri, and the music is composed by the duo of Sapan Jagmohan. One song of this film has already been posted here. This is the second song coming on board.

The filming location for this song is Simla (in Himachal Pradesh) – a very scenic and a popular vacation resort, right from the pre-independence days. The song is picturized as what appears to be a picnic song. Sanjeev Kumrar is wooing and teasing Kum Kum, telling her that he is a seasoned player, and that he is not easily perturbed.

The song is a lively, playful song. In the voice of Mukesh, it becomes more endearing. The voice suits all types of emotions – even naughty playfulness. Listen and enjoy.

Song – Hum Wo Nahin Jo Aapke Kadmon Mein Dil Ko Rakh Den (Aayega Aanewaala) (1967) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Naqsh Lyallpuri, MD – Sapan Jagmohan

Lyrics

hum wo nahin to aapke
kadmon mein dil ko rakh den
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum wo nahin to aapke
kadmon mein dil ko rakh den
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai

aise na hamen tum dekho
chehre se zulf hata ke
aise na hamen tum dekho
chehre se zulf hata ke
teri nazar ka raaz hain hum
bade zamaana saaz hain hum
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai

hothon pe phool hansi ke
aankhon mein hayaa ka sagar
hothon pe phool hansi ke
aankhon mein hayaa ka sagar
badi haseen hain ye adaayen
kaho hamen na aazmaayen
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai

tauba ye shokh jawaani
rangeen qayaamat ho tum
tauba ye shokh jawaani
rangeen qayaamat ho tum  
tumhen kasam hai maan jaao
hamen ye tewar na dikhaao
kyon ke zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai

hum wo nahin to aapke
kadmon mein dil ko rakh den
hum ne zamaana dekha hai
hum ne zamaana dekha hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम वो नहीं जो आपके
कदमों में दिल को रख दें
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हम वो नहीं जो आपके
कदमों में दिल को रख दें
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है

ऐसे ना हमें तुम देखो
चेहरे से जुल्फ हटा के
ऐसे ना हमें तुम देखो
चेहरे से जुल्फ हटा के
तेरी नज़र का राज़ हैं हम
बड़े ज़माना साज हैं हम
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है

होठों पे फूल हंसी के
आँखों में हया का सागर
होठों पे फूल हंसी के
आँखों में हया का सागर
बड़ी हसीं हैं ये अदाएं
कहो हमें ना आज़माएँ
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है

तौबा ये शोख जवानी
रंगीन क़यामत हो तुम
तौबा ये शोख जवानी
रंगीन क़यामत हो तुम
तुम्हें कसम है मान जाओ
हमें ये तेवर ना दिखाओ
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है

हम वो नहीं जो आपके
कदमों में दिल को रख दें
हमने ज़माना देखा है
हमने ज़माना देखा है


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