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

Blog Day : 3647 Post No. : 14481

ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 3
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Lao Tzu

main akela hi chala tha janib e manzil magar
log saath aate gaye aur karwaan banta gaya
– Majhrooh Sultanpuri

On 19 July 2008, a single step was taken by our Atul ji, the day on which the first song was posted on the blog. It was followed by yet another Roshan number the next day and the journey continues to this date and beyond, much akin to the above sh’er by Majhrooh Saab.

Looking back at the last decade, there is a deep sense of excitement and contention amongst all readers and especially the important contributors. However what is equally true is that the responsibilities and the hope of tracing and introducing obscure songs has only increased. This hope itself is the proof of the immense popularity that the blog enjoys all over the world.  I am sure the blog has become a one-stop destination for all readers in search for old Hindi songs and the correct and reliable information that it serves and continues to provide. About 4000 movies and nearly 15,000 songs covered, the blog has a visitors hits number of more than 10.5 million. Mind-blogging numbers indeed and one can only feel proud of being a part of this great musical extravaganza.

Since it is a special occasion of a decade of the blog’s existence, I suppose, I am at liberty to write a few words about my association with it.

Old Hindi Film songs were a common feature in my house, especially with SLBC and its special program ‘purani filmon ka sangeet’, which is played to this day and to which I am addicted to this day (ask our whatsapp group 🙂 ). With the advent of internet facility, the hobby of listening and gathering information naturally started dominating the searches. And, for people with music interest this blog was a no-escape and also a welcome addiction.

In the initial days, I just tried to absorb and admire the contents. It was not long that the longing to be a part of the blog started to grow. A few comments and corrections here and there started. Seeing that a lot of songs known to self were yet to be represented, I toyed with the idea of sending the lyrics. I ended up sending lyrics for 3-4 songs, but the greed to get more involved did not stop.

It was then that I starting writing posts. After a few posts and with the ideas and plots for writing posts difficult to come by, I started a mini-series on Mukesh and his composers. There is a small contribution of self in this series with 14 posts and 04 posts in another series titled Mukesh and his co-singers. Apart from the posts on Mukesh, I feel proud to have written about Rafi saab, Talat saab and Lata Mangeshkar. There are individual posts on Shamshad Begum, Uma Devi, etc. I have also written about Ghulam Mohammed and Shankar Jaikishan whose compositions, I enjoy immensely.

Of the 30 odd posts, “Sab Thhaath Pada Reh Jaavegaa” has had a great influence on me and especially the verses.

jo paaya hai wo baant ke kha
kangaal na kar kangaal na ho o
jo sab ka haal kiya toone
ek roz wo tera haal na ho o

is haath se de us haath se le
ho jaave sukhi ye jag saara

There was time when some songs of Mukesh were not to my liking. This view is particularly for a few songs at the fag end of his career wherein you find him singing all types of songs without the Midas touch of late 1940’s and 1950’s. Not having understood the lyrics properly, I had counted the above song also in that category. However, while writing the post and especially after Sudhir ji’s English translation, the song seems to be nothing short of philosophy of life that one must follow.

And then, “Lo Mil Gayi Degree Pyaar Ki” had its own story before it was put up as a post. A virtual Kishore Kumar solo was converted into a Mukesh post just because he had two words in the song. It was the last song of Mukesh-Roshan to be introduced to the blog and there was no way, I could lose the opportunity. Many eminent personalities were contacted who held different views on how Mukesh could fit in as he was not part of the movie etc.

Lastly, “Gokul Nagri Jaana” remains the oldest song sung by Mukesh on the blog. I have special memories of writing this post, as I was aware that I had touched upon a gold mine of 06 special songs of his career. Two of them remain untraced to date, but then there have been many surprises on this blog and I am sure all six will be accounted for.

The past year has been hectic for me from job and work point of view. However, with this post, I have barely managed to avoid the guilt of not having contributed for an entire year. I expect saner time allotment for this hobby again.

Coming back to the blog, I consider the following to be a few unique and unparalleled aspects about it.

  • Accuracy and authenticity of the contents
  • Complete and correct lyrics
  • Responsible, authoritative and sound contributors
  • The classification and arrangement of songs under various heads
  • Easy accessibility of information on Hindi songs
  • Common platform for like-minded Hindi songs enthusiasts
  • Due recognition and importance accorded to various artists
  • Accurate statistics of songs and artists contribution.

There could more important USP’s of the blog; however, the following two aspects are also quite important.

  • Opportunity for contributors to pen their thoughts on the blog
  • A unique friendship circle amongst the regulars

I think every reader and especially the contributors can never thank Atul ji and Sudhir ji enough, to acknowledge and appreciate the opportunity given to us to pen down our thoughts and represent songs on the blog. This is a very selfless and noble deed of Atul ji. Like-minded people met online on this blog and started a very special and unique circle, with quite a few sessions, visits etc. A whatsapp group is also formed with a few of the regulars and is more active than the blog itself now. 🙂

For me personally, the opportunity to interact with Mr. Harish Raghuwanshi ji was a great personal fulfilment. He has always helped me with my lists in the posts and also with information which would have been nearly impossible to trace elsewhere. Similarly, being in touch with eminent film historians and authors and knowledgeable personalities such as Shri Arun Kumarji, Harmandir Singh ji and many others has added new dimensions to our lives. In a fast moving world with technological advances, catching up with matters of yesteryears is so soothing and heart fulfilling. When we talk of ‘good old days’, here is a platform that binds us together.

Coming back to the series on Mukesh, a sort of regret that will always remain with me is not having a post on the collaboration of Mukesh with composer Anil Biswas. People fond of Hindi music need no explanation to elaborate the influence of Anil Da and stepping stone in Mukesh’s singing career with reference to “Dil Jaltaa Hai To Jalne De”Of the 22 odd songs that Mukesh sang for Anil Da, all have been covered on the blog. Not to give a sense of false hope, I would like to clarify that the song that I am presenting here today has nothing to do with Mukesh.

Instead, I would like to write on Anil Biswas.

What can one write about the ‘Bhishm Pitamah’ of Hindi film music that has not been written earlier. A pioneer of playback singing in India and the composer who gave the initial breaks to singers like Parul Ghosh, Meena Kapoor, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Sudha Malhotra etc. He is credited with coaching Lata Mangeshkar with breath control techniques during recording of songs. Begum Akhtar’s timeless classics in the film ‘Roti’ (1942) were scored by him. Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Suraiya et al have sung several of their classic songs under his composition. Lata having sung under various composers has a lot of numbers under his composition too and these songs will always remain on a higher plane. The fame achieved by the songs in ‘Kismet’ (1943) will be discussed and mentioned for a very long time.

There is enough material on the net on Anil Biswas, his life in Mumbai and Delhi, the many pioneering aspects of his compositions, how the mighty composers of later-years were his assistants earlier etc. And then there is also a detailed wikipage dedicated to him. However, I would like to draw the attention of readers to AK ji’s blog songsofyore.com.

Seventh of July, last week was the birth anniversary of Anil Da. Four years back, 2014 was his centenary year and the AK ji’s blog has a wide range of tributes and had dedicated an entire year on Anil Biswas starting with his daughter’s introductory post which one can find here. The eighth and last post on this special series can be found here.

The last post referred above also contains in its first paragraph links to the other six posts on Anil Biswas posted in his centenary year. I think die-hard fans of Anil Da can look no further than these posts to enjoy the complete range of his compositions for various artists and well himself.

Yes, he did sing for himself and I present here one such song composed and also sung by him.

I have no words to express my happiness in writing this post and introducing the song composed as well as sung by Anil Biswas to the blog. The immense gratitude to Atul ji and Sudhir ji for giving me yet another opportunity to write goes without saying.

This solo song is from the film ‘Ek Hi Raasta’ (1939). Only one of the potential twelve songs in the film has been posted on the blog so far and this is only the second song from the film to be posted.

To conclude the post, I once again congratulate Atul ji and Sudhir ji on this stupendous achievement of one decade of existence of the blog. There is a long way to go and many more milestones to be achieved. As we complete one decade of existence and march into the second, then to silver jubilee and beyond, the journey itself has become the destination for Atulites.

Long live the music of vintage and golden era, long live the passion of Atulites and long live the longevity of the blog. 🙂


Song – Bhai Hum Pardesi Log Hamen Kaun Jaane  (Ek Hi Raasta) (1939) Singer – Anil Biswas, Lyrics – Pt Indra Chandra, MD – Anil Biswas

Lyrics

bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun jaane
o bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun jaane
na koi apna na koi apni..ee..ee
sabhi paraaye log
na koi apna na koi apni
sabhi paraye log
hamen kaun pehchane re  
bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun pehchane re
bhai hum pardesi log  
hamen kaun jaane
 
khud hi rijhaaen khud man jaaen
chaahe ramaaye jog
khud hi rijhaaen khud man jaaen
chaahe ramaaye jog
chaahe bane diwaane re bhai
chaahe bane diwaane re bhai
hum pardesi log  
hamen kaun jaane
 
sab se milte phir bhi akele..ey..ey
sab se milte phir bhi akele..ey..ey
apne dil ka rog  
apne dil ka rog
koi kya jaane re bhai
koi kya jaane re  
bhai hum pardesi log  
hamen kaun jaane
o bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun jaane  
na koi apna na koi apni
sabhi paraaye log
na koi apna na koi apni
sabhi paraaye log
hamen kaun pehchane re
bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun pehchaane re
bhai hum pardesi log
hamen kaun jaane
o bhai hum pardesi lo..o..ogg

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Devnagri script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने
ओ भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने
ना कोई अपना ना कोई अपनी॰॰ई॰॰ई
सभी पराये लोग
ना कोई अपना ना कोई अपनी
सभी पराये लोग
हमें कौन पहचाने रे
भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन पहचाने रे
भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने

खुद ही रिझाएँ खुद मन जाएँ
चाहे रमाएं जोग
खुद ही रिझाएँ खुद मन जाएँ
चाहे रमाएं जोग
चाहे बने दीवाने रे भाई
चाहे बने दीवाने रे भाई
हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने

सबसे मिलते फिर भी अकेले॰॰ए॰॰ए
सबसे मिलते फिर भी अकेले॰॰ए॰॰ए
अपने दिल का रोग
अपने दिल का रोग
कोई क्या जाने रे भाई
कोई क्या जाने रे
भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने
ओ भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने
ना कोई अपना ना कोई अपनी
सभी पराये लोग
ना कोई अपना ना कोई अपनी
सभी पराये लोग
हमें कौन पहचाने रे
भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन पहचाने रे
भई हम परदेसी लोग
हमें कौन जाने
ओ भई हम परदेसी लो॰॰ओ॰॰ओग

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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 : 3630 Post No. : 14456

Today’s song is from film ‘Kunwara Baap’ (1942).

Hindi film industry is a funny place. Great stories of the world fail when made into films and some ‘made to order’ stories become so successful films that the subsequent film makers copy the films, with slight alterations. Sometimes identical titles have nothing in common and sometimes remakes are made with different titles – not matching the original one in any way.

There was a film ‘Kunwaara Baap’ in 1974 also, made by the comedian Mehmood. There was absolutely no similarity in the story of these films. Mehmood’s film was essentially based on Polio Protection, while the 1942 film was a total comedy. In this case only the title is same, everything else is different. There is interesting information on ‘Kunwara Baap’ of 1942.

‘Bachelor Mother’ (1939) was a popular Hollywood film directed by Garson Kanim, with Ginger Rogers and David Niven in the lead. It was a story of a single girl, who finds an abandoned child and raises it. She is stamped as unwed mother and many hilarious situations are created with her lover.

This film was copied by Kishore Sahu, who produced and directed it under the banner of Acharya Art Prodns. He was the hero and the heroine was Pratima Dasgupta. The film was ‘Kunwara Baap’ (1942). The theme was reversed here and the rich bachelor boy finds a child left in his car. Not finding its parents he decides to keep the child, which causes misunderstandings with his lady friend etc.

The noted Hindi novelist Amritlal Nagar (famous for his novels – ‘Boond aur Sagar’ and ‘Shatranj ke Mohre’ etc.) wrote the dialogues and lyrics of this film. He also acted in the film. Nagar had earlier written for films ‘Sangam’ (1941) and ‘Kisi Se Na Kehna’ (1942). Later he also wrote for ‘Raja’ (1943).

This film became very popular. Later on many films in many languages were made on this theme. Even Hollywood made a remake called ‘Bundle of Joy’ in 1956 with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Murphy in the lead.

In Madras the AVM supremo saw these two films and decided to make a Tamil film ‘Vazhkai’, on this story. He got his cast ready except the heroine. He wanted a fresh face, preferably a debutante. Anyway, a young Telugu actress Pandhari Bai was selected, but it was found that she could not speak Tamil fluently.  MV Raman, AVM’s Director suggested a name of a young dancer Vijayantimala, who was the daughter of actress Vasundhara Devi and MD Ramaswami. She was called and a contract for 3 years was signed .

When ‘Vazhkai’ was being made, AVM supremo saw the Hindi film ‘Khidki’ (1942) with C Ramchandra’s music. This he liked so much that as many as 3 songs from ‘Khidki’ were copied and used in ‘Vazhkai’ by the MD – Sudarshanam. ‘Vazhkai’ was released in 1949 and it was a super duper hit. AVM made a Telugu remake – Jeevitham (1950). This too was a hit.  Then AVM decided it was time to invade the Hindi films and a film called ‘Bahaar’ was made in 1951 with Vijayantimala and Karan Dewan. Karan Dewan was considered a lucky star in those days. This film also became a hit. ‘Bahar’ also had a  similar story as ‘Kunwara Baap’.

The cast of this film was Kishore Sahu, Pratima Dasgupta, Anjali Devi, Master Dhulia, Moni Chatterjee, Nana Palshikar etc. The film was made by Acharya Art Productions, owned by NR Acharya (ex Bombay Talkies). The film was directed by Kishore Sahu. The music was composed by Ramchandra Pal, for the lyrics by Amritlal Nagar, Balam, Satyakam and Sharma. However, in HFGK, none of the songs of the film are specifically credited to any one lyricist.

The story, dialogues, screenplay and some lyrics were by Amritlal Nagar (17-8-1916 to 23-2-1990). He was an extraordinary person. He handled almost every department of literature – except perhaps poetry and autobiography. Short stories, novels, dramas, travelogues etc. were written by him. During 1940 to 1947 he was associated with the film industry. He wrote stories, screenplays, dialogues of as many as 20 films in Bombay, Kolhapur and Madras. He dubbed MS Subbulaxmi’s Tamil film ‘Meerabai’ (1947) into Hindi. He also worked to translate Russian films like ‘Zoya’ and ‘Bukhara’ into Hindi. He won innumerable awards, including Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Academy award. He was one of the very rare Hindi literature stalwarts to work in film industry for such a sustained period.

Music Director Ramchandra Pal, born in 1909 was actually a medical Doctor, who entered this profession in various capacities. As an actor he did 3 films – ‘Manmohan’ (1936), ‘Deccan Queen’ (1936) and ‘Aazad’ (1940). He produced and directed a film ‘Raj Nandini’ (1962), made under his own banner – Pal Films. However, this film was never released.

He started his music career with  Tamil films, ‘Bilwamangal’ (1932) and ‘Sarangdhara’ (1935). He shifted to Calcutta and gave music to Bangla films, ‘Rajani’ (1936) and ‘Indira’ (1936). His first Hindi film was ‘Prem Sagar’ (1939), a film made in south by a Bombay film company. This he confirmed in the interview given to Harmandir ji (LB-69).

He was connected as MD with Bombay Talkies films ‘Kangan’ (1939), ‘Punarmilan’ (1940), ‘Bandhan’ (1940), ‘Aazad’ (1940) and ‘Naya Sansar’ (1941). His last film as MD was ‘Raj Nandini’ of 1962. In all he gave music to 20 films. He also sang 15 songs in 7 films. Incidentally, today’s song was his last song as a singer. After 1942 he left singing and after 62 he left film industry and started his private medical clinic in Shivaji Park, Dadar, Bombay. He practiced till his death.

The name Anjali Devi, which appears in the cast is not of the famous south actress Anjali Devi (8-12-1927 to 13-1-2014), who acted in films like ‘Ek Tha Raja’ (1951) (dubbed film), ‘Shuk Rambha’ (1953), ‘Ladki’ (1953), ‘Devta’ (1956), ‘Suvarn Sundari’ (1957) etc. This Anjali Devi of the 40s was different. As usual, I find that the filmography of south Anjali Devi includes films done by Anjali Devi of the 40s. This is what I call Same Name Confusion.

Miss Anjali Devi’s real name was Durgesh Kumari. She was born at Benaras in 1926 in a respectable Brahmin family. Her education was not much but she was fluent in Hindi, Urdu, English and Sanskrit. At the age of 14 years, she came to Bombay, to fulfil her desire of becoming an actress. She joined Ranjit Films and worked in film ‘Pardesi’ (1940). The film was released in 1941. She was credited as Durgesh in this film. She was called to Bombay Talkies to work in film ‘Punarmilan’ (1940), directed by Najam Naqvi. When a section of artistes, led by S Mukherjee, left Bombay Talkies to start Filmistan in 42, one of the BT directors NR Acharya also left and started his own company Acharya Art Productions. Anjali Devi also left to join Acharya. She acted in 3 films of Acharya, ‘Kunwara Baap’, ‘Uljhan’ (1942) and ‘Aage Kadam’ (1943). She later on acted in ‘Paristan’ (1944), and ‘Parivartan’ (1949). She then got married to NR Acharya and settled as a housewife.

Film’s heroine was the dashing Pratima Dasgupta.  She was an actress, producer and a director. She was born on 5-9-1921 into a wealthy family of Bhavnagar. Though many sources mention name of the place of Bhavnagar, which is in Gujarat, I doubt it very much. There are no mentions or references that she was in anyway connected to Gujarat in her lifetime. I believe she was born in Bhanagar – a town just 31 kms. from Calcutta city. This unknown Bhanagar must have become well known Bhavnagar. Her family was related to Ravindranath Tagore. So, after the initial education in England, she came to Shantiniketan and completed her studies. She was a favourite and a favoured student throughout.

Looking at her acting skills,it was Tagore himself who recommended her to act in the Bangla film ‘Gora’ (1938), based on his own novel. Her role of Latika – daughter of Paresh Babu in the film – who falls in love with Bijoy and marries him – was liked by Tagore. She did one more film ‘Na Honewali Baat’ (1938) in Hindi,followed by the Hindi version of ‘Rukmini’ in 1939. After doing 4 Bangla films, she did the Trilingual film (Bangla, Hindi and English)- ‘Raj Nartaki’ (1941). This was made by Wadia Movietone in Bombay and was directed by Modhu Bose, husband of the heroine Sadhona Bose – the international dancer. During her Bombay visit, she got married to an aspiring actor Madsrurul Haq, son of a rich Zamindar Ehsanul Haq of Jallundhar. Madsrurul Haq’s younger sister, Begum Para was a sizzling actress of the 1940s and 1950s

Her other Hindi films were ‘Kunwaara Baap’ (1942), ‘Raja’ (1943) and ‘Shararat’ (1944), all directed by Kishore Sahu. She also did ‘Namaste’ in 1943. After this she turned to direction and did her first film ‘Chhamiya’ in 1945, with Begum Para and David as a Lead pair. She repeated this team again in ‘Pagle’ (1950) also. However her second film ‘Jharna’ (1948) was banned by Morarji Desai, the then Chief Minister of Bombay Province, on the plea that the film had explicit sexual scenes in it. No wonder, as her sister in law – the sizzling Begum Para, had given some uninhibited scenes in this film. This film was a financial disaster for Pratima and she decided to quit films.

In all, Pratima Dasgupta did 10 Hindi films and 8 Bangla films.

Out of the 9 songs of film Kunwara Baap, I have heard 6 songs. Some of them are quite interesting like “Chai Piyogi Rani” and “O Meri Rani, Meri Rani ”, but I felt we must have at least one song of Ramchandra Pal on our blog. This is the only song listed for the film, for which HFGK mentions the singer’s name . Other songs are without names of singers or lyricists. The song’s tune is not very catchy or lilting but the song has a historical value.

The singer and the film both make a debut on the blog.

 

[Author’s Note: Credits – Khalid Hasan from TFT, Pakistan; Isak Mujawar; A.I. Film directory; HFGK; MuVyz; LB-69; Harish Raghuwanshi ji; Wikipedia; and my notes.]

 


Song – Kaahe Paap Se Paap Chhipaaye (Kunwaara Baap) (1942) Singer – Ramchandra Pal, Lyrics – [Unattributed], Music – Ramchandra Pal

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

kaahe. . .
kaahe. . .

paap se paap chhipaaye
re paapi mann..nn
paap se paap chhipaaye
re paapi mann..nn
paap se paap chhipaaye

bigdi baat banaane ko tu
bigdi baat banaane ko tu
hari se aankh churaaye
bigdi baat banaane ko tu
hari se aankh churaaye
karni karta ?? ?? ??
phir paachhe pachhtaaye
re paapi mann..nn
paap se paap chhipaaye

phool ki ?? hovey phir bhi
phool ki ?? hovey phir bhi
bhog doosra paaye
ye kaisa nayay jagat ka
ye kaisa nayay jagat ka
ye kaisa nayay
re paapi mann..nn
paap se paap chhipaaye
paap se paap chhipaaye

paap se paap chhipaa..aaye. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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काहे॰ ॰ ॰
काहे॰ ॰ ॰

पाप से पाप छिपाए
रे पापी मन
पाप से पाप छिपाए
रे पापी मन
पाप से पाप छिपाए

बिगड़ी बात बनाने को तू
बिगड़ी बात बनाने को तू
हरी से आँख चुराये
बिगड़ी बात बनाने को तू
हरी से आँख चुराये
करनी करता ?? ?? ??
फिर पाछे पछताए
रे पापी मन॰॰न्न
पाप से पाप छिपाए

फूल की ?? होवे फिर भी
फूल की ?? होवे फिर भी
भोग दूसरा पाये
ये कैसा न्याय जगत का
ये कैसा न्याय जगत का
ये कैसा न्याय
रे पापी मन॰॰न्न
पाप से पाप छिपाए
पाप से पाप छिपाए

पाप से पाप छिपा॰॰आए॰ ॰ ॰


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 : 3604 Post No. : 14384

Today is the fifteenth remembrance day for Anil Biswas, one of the pioneering music directors of film industry in India. He passed away on 31st May in New Delhi, in the year 2003. With his active years in the film industry (from 1935 to 1965) behind him, he had moved to Delhi by mid 1960s. Thereafter, he worked with the All India Radio in New Delhi, and was also associated with JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University).

As I am checking his filmography and the list of songs, as per the Geet Kosh, I come across a very interesting statistic. As per Geet Kosh, during his active years in the film industry from 1935 to 1965, he composed music for 82 films, of which three are unreleased films with songs available. The total of songs in these films comes to around 715.

Then I counted his body of work in the first six years of his career in films, i.e. from 1935 to 1940. Amazing to find out that in these first six years he has composed music for 25 films, logging in approximately 220 songs. This works out to be a tad over 30%, both in terms of number of films and total no. of songs composed. So in the first six years of his career (which is 20% of his career), he had already accomplished 30% of all the work that he would do for Hindi films. And now to the sad part of these numbers. Of these 220 songs, more than half i.e. 137 were not even released on gramophone records (as per Geet Kosh listings). Of the remaining shortlisted songs, just about 80 to 85 songs are available in public domain. This last number is as per my knowledge of available songs within the known circle of collectors – this number could be more.

A large part of this work from those six earliest years remains unknown and unheard – a sad commentary on the state of affairs of archiving and preservation efforts in the industry.

In remembrance of this doyen of music directors, I present this rare song today, which has an important distinction. As per the Geet Kosh listings, this most likely the earliest song that he has sung, under his own music direction, that is available. The Geet Kosh lists one earlier solo credited to him as a singer, for the film ‘Dharam Ki Devi’ of 1935, which was probably never released on gramophone record. This song from the 1936 film ‘Piya Ki Jogan’ apparently is his earliest recorded song that is available in public domain. It is a duet in which the accompanying voice is of Sardar Akhtar.

The film ‘Piya Ki Jogan’ was produced under the banner of Golden Eagle Movietone, which, very interestingly, is listed as being based in Sindh. The region of Sindh could mean Karachi, but I am not sure about it. The film was directed by Heeren Bose. The cast of actors is listed as Sardar Akhtar, Pramod Chandra, Krishna Kumari, Merwan Irani, D Manik, Ashalata, Vasu HK, Sheila, Agha Jaan, Bannerjee, Niranjan Singh, Mehar Banu, and Anil Biswas himself. Now this throws up interesting question whether Anil Da is singing for himself on screen. The year is 1936, and the playback mechanism is just beginning to get a foothold in the industry. He could be singing for himself, since he is listed as an actor. Or he could be singing for someone else – being the last name in the listing generally implies a role with less importance. Once again, I cannot be sure.

Another interesting tidbit here. The cast of actors also contains the name Ashalata. This could well be the first film that they worked on together. I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please comment on this observation.

The lyricist credits are listed as Munshi Zahiruddin, Niranjan Singh, and Meerabai (one of the songs in the film is a bhajan credited to her). The uploader of this song on YT, Shri Shalin Bhatt, identifies Munshi Zahiruddin as the writer of this song.

The song itself does not have too many wordy lines. There are passages of laughter and pauses. The song appears to be an exchange between a lady and a gentleman, having some good time together. I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to kindly add more information about this film and this song, if available.

With this rare and uniquely important song, the blog pays its homage to Anil Da, on this anniversary of his passing away.

[Auth Note: Some translations,
“sahn e baag” = open space, compound containing a garden
“abr e bahaar” = clouds of spring; or clouds of good season
“baadaah e khvaar” = one who drinks liquor]

[Ed Note: The song is uploaded on YT by Shalin Bhatt ji.]

Song – Saaqi Ho, Sahn e Baag Ho  (Piya Ki Jogan) (1936) Singer – Anil Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Lyrics – Munshi Zahiruddin, MD – Anil Biswas

Lyrics

haa haa haa haa
haa haa haa haa
he he he

saaqi ho
sahn e baag ho
abr e bahaar ho
saaqi ho
sahn e baag ho
abr e bahaar ho
oo ho

pehlu mein tum hamaare
ae sanam
baadah e khvaar
saaqi ho
sahn e baag ho
abr e bahaar ho
saaqi ho
sahn e baag ho
abr e bahaar ho
oo ho

haa haa haa
haa haa haa

bas
itna hi
. . .
aur kuchh
. . .
ab suno

saawan ka ho mahina
din ho jalaa hua
saawan ka ho mahina
din ho jalaa hua
nanhi nanhi boondon ki barsi phuaar ho
nanhi nanhi boondon ki barsi phuaar ho

haa haa haa
haa haa haa
haa haa haa
haa haa haa
haa haa haa
haa haa haa

jhoola padaa hua ho
kisi shah e mahal mein

jhoola padaa hua ho
kisi shah e mahal mein

ik din(?) se khush gul koi gaata malhaar ho
ik din(?) se khush gul koi gaata malhaar ho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा
हे हे हे

साक़ी हो
सहन ए बाग हो
अब्र ए बहार हो
साक़ी हो
सहन ए बाग हो
अब्र ए बहार हो
ओ हो

पहलू में तुम हमारे
ए सनम
बाद ए खार हो
साक़ी हो
सहन ए बाग हो
अब्र ए बहार हो
साक़ी हो
सहन ए बाग हो
अब्र ए बहार हो
ओ हो

हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा

बस
इतना ही
॰ ॰ ॰
और कुछ
॰ ॰ ॰
अब सुनो

सावन का हो महिना
दिन हो जला हुआ
सावन का हो महिना
दिन हो जला हुआ
नन्ही नन्ही बूंदों की बरसी फुहार हो
नन्ही नन्ही बूंदों की बरसी फुहार हो

हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा

झूला पड़ा हुआ हो
किसी शाह ए महल में

झूला पड़ा हुआ हो
किसी शाह ए महल में

इक दिन(?) से खुश गुल कोई गाता मल्हार हो
इक दिन(?) से खुश गुल कोई गाता मल्हार हो


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

Today, May 24, 2017 is the Remembrance Day of Bulo C Rani,  the music director and the singer who left this day 24 years ago under unfortunate circumstances. A contemporary of music directors like Anil Biswas, Ghulam Haider, Naushad, C Ramchandra and Khemchand  Prakash, it is a sad commentary on Hindi film industry that Bulo C Rani could not attain the stature of these music directors. And this is despite the fact that he was associated with the Hindi film industry for over 2 decades and had churned out some immortal compositions.
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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.

Today (15th January), the nation honors the Army man, the soldier and the fighter who gives up and sacrifices a lot in his life, even himself, for the sake of protecting other fellow human beings. We celebrate the 68th Army Day today.
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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Mukesh and his Composers – 10
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Wishing Usha Khanna on her 74th birth anniversary, a celebration full of all things good and happy.

For some reason, Usha Khanna never received the recognition and fame that she so rightfully deserves. She is not the first, but definitely is the most successful and talented of a handful of female composers in the Hindi film industry. Born on 7th October 1941, she composed music for her first film at a very young age of 17 with ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ 1959. This was also after more than one year of a sort of apprenticeship and convincing the world that composing was an easy task for her.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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.

#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 24 # Singer-Composer – Usha Khanna -1 #
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One of the objectives of this series is to launch the missing films from this decade 1971-1980 on the blog; rather it is the foremost objective. So those, then one by one all the films for all the calendar years (of this decade) are covered in the blog.

And, still, there are many films from the very first year i.e. 1971 of this decade that are yet to make a debut on this blog. I have not watched many of these films too and also in many cases have never heard their songs before. But, HFGK has made it possible for me that I came to know about such films and can search for their songs.
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