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

Blog Day :

4423 Post No. : 15838

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No.60
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Welcome all to this post for today’s(27 August 2020) blog ten-year challenge. Hopefully we will have two posts under the challenge today.

Atul ji had mentioned in previous posts of the challenge that the blog was having ‘customary’ six posts a day those days. This average was well maintained throughout the month. The blog had a whopping total of 176 posts in August 2010, which if we think now would look impossible with the current rate. Nowadays even a hundred posts in a single month looks like a distant dream. The last occasion of a hundred posts in one single month was in March’2018.

But we can always hope that the blog in some future date will regain those glory years strike rate of ‘five -six’ posts per day. Let us see how many we can achieve today.

Ten years back on this date (27 august 2010), the following songs were posted on the blog;

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Ritu aaye ritu jaaye duniyaa rang badalti hai Sahaaraa-1958 07 songs posted
Dil se dil takraaye Love Marriage-1959 All songs covered
Matwaali naar thumak thumak chali jaaye Ek Phool Chaar Kaante-1960 All songs covered
Phir ek baar kaho Maayaa-1961 All songs covered
Dekhi anaadi teri preet Biraadari-1966 All songs covered
Kaun sunegaa kisko sunaayen Sautan Ki Beti-1989 01 song posted

Out of the six movies represented that day on 27.08.2010 four movies viz. ‘Biraadari-1966’, ‘Maayaa-1961’, ‘Ek Phool Chaar Kaante-1960’ and ‘Love Marriage-1959’ have already been ‘Yippeeee’ed’ viz all their songs have been covered on the blog.

We have two movies ‘Sautan Ki Beti-1989’ and ‘Sahaaraa-1958’ eligible for discussion today, ten years down the line.

Here I am presenting a song from ‘Sautan Ki Beti-1989’ which had made its debut on the blog ten years back and completed a full cycle of ‘ten years’ with only one of its song represented on the blog.

Song Posted On
Kaun sunegaa kisko sunaayen 27.08.2010

I had watched this movie during my stay at Kota in 1989. Though I do not remember the movie now but couple of its songs were quite popular. Today I am presenting one such song from this movie.

Music in ‘Saawan Kumar movies’ had always remain special and songs from the movies directed by him have always been likened and appreciated by many.

Take the case of this movie it had few good songs and one ‘sentimental gem’ sung by Kishore Kumar had already been posted earlier. Today’s song is also a ‘sad song’, having beautiful (or meaningful) lyrics, sung by Lata Mangeshkar and lip synced by Rekha on screen.

Before moving to the today’s song here is a brief about this movie.

“Souten Ki Beti-1989” or ‘Sautan Ki Beti’ was directed by Saawan Kumar for his home productions ‘Saawan Kumar Productions’. It had Jeetendra, Rekha, Jayaprada, Sumeet Saigal, Vijayendra Ghatge. They were supported by Raja Babu, Baby Guddu, Bal Dhuri, Anil Kumar, Nisha Prashant, B.B. Bhalla and Veera. This movie also had Ramesh Oswal, Ratan Bhatia, Bindu Kamat, Poonam Malhotra, Jamura, Narendra Wadhavan, Balvant Bansal and others.

The movie introduced Dipinti. (I don’t remember if she acted in more movies?)

Talat Hussain makes a friendly appearance in this movie.

Story of this movie was also written by Saawan Kumar and screenplay was written by Bhaarat B. Bhalla. (the double ‘aa’ in Saawan Kumar and Bhaarat is as per the titles of the movie and not added by me 🙂 ).

Dialogues of this movie were written by Kamleshwar. Editing was done by Vanktesh Naik.

This movie had seven songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Anuradha Paudwal, Sadhna Sargam and Meghna Shrivastava.

All the songs were also written by Saawan Kumar himself and music for this movie was composed by Vedpaal. (‘aa’ 🙂 )

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 27.06.1989. (cannot forget the date 🙂 , Pancham Da’s birth anniversary and special day for me)

Let us now enjoy today’s song lip synced on screen by the beautiful Rekha and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. As mentioned above lyrics are Sawan Kumar and music is composed by Vedpal.


Song-Ham bhool gaye re har baat magar tera pyaar nahin bhooley (Sautan Ki Beti)(1989) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Sawan Kumar , MD-Vedpal

Lyrics

ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
kya kya huaa dil ke saa aa aat
kya kya huaa dil ke saath
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley

duniyaa se shikaayat kya karte
jab toone hamen samjhaa hi nahin
duniyaa se shikaayat kya karte
jab toone hamen samjhaa hi nahin
ghairon ko bhalaa kya samjhaate
jab apnon ne samjhaa hi nahin
toone chhod diyaa re meraa haath
(sobbing sound)
toone chhod diyaa re meraa haath
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
kya kya huaa dil ke saa aa aath
kya kya huaa dil ke saath
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley

qasmein khaa kar waade todey
ham phir bhi tujhe naa bhool sakey
qasmein khaa kar waade todey
ham phir bhi tujhe naa bhool sakey
jhoole to pade baaghon mein magar
ham bin tere naa jhool sakey
saawan mein jaley re din raat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
kya kya huaa dil ke saa aa aath
kya kya huaa dil ke saath
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
ham bhool gaye re har baat
magar teraa pyaar nahin bhooley
(sobbing sound)

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले

दुनिया से शिकायत क्या करते
जब तूने हमें समझा ही नहीं
दुनिया से शिकायत क्या करते
जब तूने हमें समझा ही नहीं
गैरों को भला क्या समझाते
जब अपनों ने समझा ही नहीं
तूने छोड़ दिया रे मेरा हाथ
(सिसकने की आवाज़)
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले

कसमें खा कर वादें तोड़े
हम फिर तुझे ना भूल सके
कसमें खा कर वादें तोड़े
हम फिर तुझे ना भूल सके
झूले तो पड़े बाग़ों में मगर
हम तेरे बिन ना झूल सके
सावन में जले रे दिन रात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
क्या क्या हुआ दिल के साथ
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
हम भूल गए रे हर बात
मगर तेरा प्यार नहीं भूले
(सिसकने की आवाज़)


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

Blog Day :

4420 Post No. : 15828

Today’s song is from the film Ek tha Ladka-1951. As per my plan, I am selecting randomly songs from the 50’s decade films, to discuss here.

Har Mandir Singh ‘Hamraz’ji has published a Film Index, listing films from Silent and Talkie films, since 1913 to 2012. Sometimes, I spend my free time to note down oddities, found in the film titles. Today, I went through it, to know more about film titles, starting with the word “Ek”. To my surprise, there are as many as 206 films whose titles start with “EK “. 32 films start with “Ek aur..”, 7 films with ‘Ek tha” and 3 films with ” Ek thi “. Title of today’s film ‘Ek tha Ladka’ sounds like the counterpart of the film ‘Ek thi Ladki’ !

The film was made by Chitra Mahal, produced and directed by Roop Sanware. From a search with available data, there seems to be only this released film on his name as Director. There were 2 Music Directors,namely Murari Sharma, who composed 6 songs and Rajhans Kataria, who composed 3 songs. One song is not credited to anyone. There were a total of 10 songs. 4 songs are already discussed and today’s song is fifth song, composed by Rajhans Kataria.

I am sure you must have heard the names of Music Directors Fakir Muhammed, Shambhoo, Dattaraj, Brij Bhushan, Raj Ratan, Ronodev Mukherjee, Kamalkant, Vishnu Khanna, Ajay, Baboo Singh or Vijay Honavar ? Your blank face says, you have never heard their names.

I am not asking you names of Music Directors from the 1930s or 1940s. All these were composers in the 1960s. If I ask you about Satyam, Jagdish or Ratandeep-Hemraj, what will you say ?

These were Music Directors in the 1970s. They composed music for 5 to 15 films each in the 70s.

Can one tell how many composers gave music in Hindi films from 1931 to till today ? It is extremely difficult to make a list of Music Directors. This is because there were many who gave music in just one or two movies. In many cases even the names of the composers are not known. If this is the case of the name itself, getting their Biographies is a distant dream !

Right from 1931 till today, according to Harish Raghuwanshi ji, 3000 Music Directors operated in Hindi film industry. muVyz counted 2088 and it was still counting.Most of these were those who gave music to just one film and disappeared. Still- they all contributed to the HFM legacy. Hardly any serious effort seems to have been made to collect information about at least those who gave music to 5 or more films.

To my knowledge,there are two good books on Music Directors-
1. Dhunon ki Yatra-Pankaj Raag and
2. Film Sangeetkar-Suvarnayugwale- Prof. Yogesh Yadav

There could be some more such books, which I do not know.

The Pankaj Raag book is a solid 800 pages book costing around 1500/- approx. now. This book gives detailed information on 117 Music Directors and Some information on another 137 Music Directors from 1931 to 2000. The book also mentions names and films of another 200 or so composers who did just 1 or 2 films. That makes a total of 454 composers. Prof. Yadav’s book lists short information about 151 composers. Thus we have about 600 composers with some information to talk about. Still, a large number remains without any data.

From time to time, some relative of a forgotten Music Director springs up and gives some information. Sometime back, the daughter of composer/singer K.S.Ragi appeared on Facebook and gave some valuable information on her father. Likewise the son and daughter of composer V.K.Naidu commented on this Blog to give information. Similarly the daughter of Ghantasala came on Facebook and gave some information on Ghantasala’s Hindi work. Same way the nephew of C. Arjun commented on ‘songs of yore’ and clarified some matters.

But this is by Luck. Otherwise many composers are buried under obscurity and anonymity. How many of us have heard the name of Composer Rajhans Kataria ? There was a film “Gandhi Mandir” produced sometime in the last days of the 1940s (probably 1949). It was made by Meera Pictures, produced by Y.D.Shaikh, directed by Roop Sanware and its cast was Nirupa Roy, Pran, Uday Kumar, Ramsingh etc (according to an advertisement copy sent to me by shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji). The music director of this movie was Rajhans Kataria. The name of the film was changed to Afsana(aka Kalakar). This film features in HFGK as an unreleased film. It was not even Censored. However 12 songs were issued on Records by the name “Gandhi mandir” only.

Rajhans Kataria gave music to 2 more films. “Ek tha Ladka”-51 and “Chhoti Duniya”-53. Then he simply vanished. No information whatsoever is available anywhere on him. Similarly the other Music Director- Murari Sharma also gave music to two films only – Nai Zindagi-51 and Ek tha Ladka-51.

The cast of the film was Geeta Bali, Bharat Bhushan, Geeta Nizami, Niloufer, Umesh Sharma, S K Prem, Uma Dutt and many others. From this cast, S K Prem possibly started his career as a Lyricist. His name is mentioned for film Dhruv Kumar-38. Then he became an actor and from 1946 to 1975, he acted in 36 films. Another name of interest is that of Geeta Nizami, a Heroine in the 40’s decade. This was her last film in India, after which she migrated to Pakistan.

The real name of Geeta Nizami was Rashida Begum. She was born in Lahore on 24-6-1926. At the age of 14 only, she was married to Barkat Nizami – uncle of actress Mumtaz Shanti. This person had a knack of discovering talents for films. First he discovered Mumtaz Shanti. He was a businessman to the core. Though Mumtaz Shanti was his niece, he had a contract with her for films. According to that 50% share of her income was to be given to Barkat and 25% to Barkat’s son from his first marriage. The balance was given to Mumtaz Shanti.

However, after her marriage to Wali Saheb, he stopped getting this money. So, he married Geeta and continued the same contract. He used to call it more of a business deal than a marriage. Geeta made her Debut in Shalimar Film’s film Mann ka meet-1944. In her first film Mann ki jeet-44, she acted and had a song and dance. The song was ” More jubna ka dekho ubhar ” sung by Zohrabai,written by Josh Malihabadi and composed by S.K.Pal. The dance Geeta did on this song was very sexy. She was shown emerging from a blooming Lotus and at that time she did such provocative actions that soon the song became the talk of the town. The then Bombay Government,led by Morarji Desai, promptly banned the song, but in the rest of India the song became very popular.

Her second appearance was in Navyug Chitrapat’s propaganda film, ” Panna”-44. She did excellent acting and surprised everyone. In recognition of her brilliant performance, she is perhaps the only artiste of the Hindi films to have been rewarded Rs. 9000 from Government of India.

Famous author Manto says in his book, ‘Dastavej ‘ Vol 5, that after this film, Geeta Nizami left Barkat Nizami, refusing to give him any share of her earnings. He went to the court and his case lingered, meanwhile he migrated to Pakistan also. Geeta Nizami then married several times and was known for that.

Geeta Nizami could not continue as a Heroine in films. She was lead actress in only 7 films. The reason why she did not get more roles as a Heroine was found in a book by a well known author. According to this author, Geeta took a bath only once a week, smelt horrible and her head was full of Lice. No actor was ready to do a close up scene with her. ( I remember another actress of the early 60s- Kalpana, with same reputation. Shammi Kapoor was on record saying that Kalpana smelt very foul as she probably took bath only once a month. He had refused to work again with her in any film, after Professor-62. Even Kalpana’s career was short lived.)

Geeta did just 13 films in India. She acted in Mann ji jeet-44, Panna-44, Gaon ki Gori-45, Sassi Punnu-46, Room No. 9-46, Paro-47, Moti-47, Rehnuma-48, Gajre-48, Karwat-49, Beqasoor-50, Hulchal-51 and finally Ek tha Ladka-51.

Her last film was ‘Ek Tha Ladka’ (1951). After this she migrated to Pakistan. In Pakistan she formed a dance troupe and did shows in various cities of Pakistan. She died on 28-4-2008.

There is no information available from any source, about the film’s story, release date etc. There are hundreds of such films about which we have no information at all.Today’s song is sung by Geeta Roy. The uploader Parag Sankla has said on You Tube that ” this extremely rare song has been recorded from SLBC (Radio Ceylon) by shri Narsing Agnish “. This song is written by Rajesh kumar- a one time Lyricist. The song is very good.


Song-Tum jaate ho to jaao bhale (Ek Thha Ladka)(1951) Singer- Geeta Dutt, Lyricist- Rajesh Kumar, MD- Rajhans Kataria

Lyrics

Tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
ik baar laga lo ham ko gale ae
ham ko gale ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
ik baar laga lo ham ko gale ae
ham ko gale ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale

yaad karoongi din raat tumhen
main din raat tumhen
bhool na jaana tum
jaa ke hamen jee door
jaa ke hamen
aur chaaahte ho
tujhe apne
tujhe apne
pati ka pyaar mile ae
pyaar mile ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
ik baar laga lo ham ko gale ae
ham ko gale ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale

chanda ki chaandni mein
do mil rahe hain dil
do mil rahe hain dil
murjhaaye huye armaan
jaayenge aaj khil
jaayenge aaj khil
ae chaand
kasam meri
kasam meri
jo jaldi se tum dhale ae
jaldi se tum dhale
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
ik baar laga lo ham ko gale ae
ham ko gale ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale

duniya mein sab se ooncha
tera naseeb hai
tera naseeb hai
duniya ki har khushi
tujhko naseeb hai
tujhko naseeb hai
aji deepak
teri khushiyon
teri khushiyon ka
toofaanon mein jale
toofaanon mein jale
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale
ik baar laga lo ham ko gale ae
ham ko gale ae
tum jaate ho to jaao bhale


This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4396 Post No. : 15764

Remembering Mohammed Rafi Sahab on his 40th death anniversary :

meri awaaz ka tee…ee…eer
jaayega dil kob hichee…ee..e.er
meri awaaz ka teer
jaayega dil ko bhi cheer
khoye nafrat laaye ulfat
ye hasar hai meherbaan
sun le tu dil ki sadaa
pyaar se pyaar sajaa
sun le tu dil ki sadaa

(Hasrat Jaipuri)

How true these lines are from this song from ‘Tere ghar ke saamne’(1963).

tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
haan tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere
sang sang tum bhi gungunaaoge
haan tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
ho tum mujhey oon …

(HasratJaipuri)

This song from the film “Pagla Kahin kaa” has gone down in history as the closest to the real impact and the engravings of Rafi Sahab, for the fans of hindi film songs. No question of forgetting a legend, which lives on through his voice. And how he does this! Till there is sound and voices in this mortal world and there is the ability in human race to hear and appreciate the sounds of the universe, his vibrancy and legacy, his echo and alaap, shall survive, in sha Allah.

It is 40 years already since the soul left this world. We are lucky that we have lived in this era, blessed to be able to listen to Mohammed Rafi Sahab’s songs.

That fateful day 40 years ago, was a Thursday. I remember that because it was the day of ‘Chhaayageet’, it was a weekly treat of watching film songs on TV. The program that day included songs of film ‘Aradhana’. If I remember correctly than ‘Gungunaa rahe hain bhanwre khil rahi hai kali kali” was one of the songs played that day. It was in the 10:00 pm English news that the sad news was announced. The next day was a Friday, may be second or third Friday of the holy month of Ramazan. As per the custom, the funeral was held after Friday prayers.

Another fact about this death and funeral is not often referred to anywhere, is that Ramadhan is considered to be most auspicious, for those who die during the month. It is said that the doors of heaven are kept open throughout the month for those pious people whom the Almighty chooses to call back to his fold. It is considered to be the best possible end (burial after the Jumah prayers included) second only to the death and burial in Makkah and Madinah. When I say this people may ask, what is good about a death? Death is the only certainty, inevitable fact that all creation comes to an end. The end has to come one day, earlier for some and later for others. Here is a prayer which is uttered as soon as the news of demise is heard:

Inna lillahiwainnailayhi raji’uun
Meaning : Surely to Allah we belong and to him we shall return.

Let’s go back to the funeral of Rafi Sahab. It is said to be the largest funeral procession Mumbai has ever witnessed. I read in the newspapers and magazines later on that the people heard the news on radio in far off places and left for Mumbai. Without thinking of anything, whether buses/trains are available or not, whether they will reach in time for a last glimpse of the smiling face of their beloved Rafi Sahab. The television news coverage that Friday evening is unforgettable for me. There was a sea of people all around the road in front of the Masjid at Bandra, where the ‘namaaz-e-janaaza’ was held. Plus it was raining heavily, but the people were not deterred. They all wanted to accompany their favourite singer to his final resting place. There were film stars and superstars, technicians and musicians who had witnessed the Rafi magic in the recording studios, people indebted to him for some reason or the other, people who had known him personally and met him a few times and then there were the lakhs of people who knew him only through his voice heard on radio or in the cinema theatre in playback to big and small film actors.

Surely for these people on that fateful Friday, it was the Rafi voice “awaaz ka teer”, which brought them to the ‘janaaza’ as it went ‘jaayegaa dil ko bhi cheer”. The expression ‘Dil ko cheer’ is such an apt description of the phenomena’s effect on the discerning. It means to be such a pain so as to split the heart, literally.

This blog has the ‘Sharf’ of having begun with a Rafi song on 19th July 2008. I made use of the word ‘sharf’ here as it means more than the ‘mere honour’, it means good fortune and the ‘zarf’ too. More so, in the context of all the good intentions with which this blog began and continues to maintain, purity of intentions, I mean. Reminds me of a ditty I wrote in the comments of this post which is the 1000 Rafi songs milestone for the blog :

A memory, momentous,
A drop, which shapes.
The legacy that lingers,
It is the purity which prevails.

The blog also has the honour of celebrating the its very first event of Rafi sahab’s 28th death anniversary on 31/07/2008, with this song. The blog was a thirteen day old baby on this day and celebrating its first remembrance day for Rafi sahab.

This was the thirteenth song to be posted on the blog and third Rafi song after the first song of “Anokhi Raat” and Love in Tokyo. After such auspicious beginning there was no looking back. More than 3000 Rafi songs are posted in the blog, but still thousands are yet to be posted. All the songs referred above are of the 60’s decade, which belonged to Rafi sahib as a matchless playback singer, as the preferred on screen voice of all the stars and male actors of the era. And a first choice for the full genre of playback singing, for all the composers.

In the deeper recesses of the conscious thinking mind, I find it astonishing and unbelievable that a playback singer with a name “Mohammed Rafi” should have found such adulation, recognition, love and affection, not to mention the fan following in the post-independence/ partitioned India. He was the voice of the singing stars visible on screen. His own face was never visible. May be some photographs could appear in magazines. But as far as I can remember his voice was always synonymous with his smiling face, with the high forehead. It could be because we grew up to love his songs through radio. He himself must have found it surreal and felt as if he is in a dream, will wake up in no time to find the dream has ended. He ruled the musically inclined hearts of the nation with his benign self. He unwittingly ruffled a few powerful feathers. Despite all this, he achieved his own superstardom long before the term “superstar” was coined for Rajesh Khanna. It all materialized as destined or divine decree not due to any PR machinery or the favoritism, nepotism etc. Rafi sahab is akin to equestrian Gold Medallist in the Olympics, no less, for 2 decades. I exaggerate, will compromise and make it 15-16 years or like 4 Olympics in a row.

Yes there was space for a versatile playback singer in the 50’s, which really was not vacated by anyone. But then the likes of Shankar-Jaikishan, O. P. Nayyar, Ravi, Madan Mohan, Roshan and S. D. Burman, found the one to suit all the moods of music they were looking to create. It was Naushad who explored and exposed Rafi Sahab as the all-encompassing singer in musical block busters “Aan’, ‘Deedar” ‘Baiju-Bawra” etc. The second and third generation of maestros couldn’t help, but lap up the goodies on offer. The stupendous abilities of such a divine voice quality must have felt like a dream come true, Naushad sahib included. It gave wings (say freedom) to all those composers to create and compose at will anything and everything, which they did and enriched the hindi film music. Rafi sahab was only too glad to be able to deliver. And the beneficiaries are us, hindi film music fans, whoever may have the copyrights.

I would say even the super musician, R D. Burman created some of his best with Rafi sahab. I am not prejudiced in thinking of “Pyar ka Mausam”, “Abhilasha”, ‘Teesri Manzil” and ‘Caravan” as among the best of RDB. Who can make a list of best of RDB in creativity and melody and can ignore songs like “ goriya kahan tera des re” “wadiyan mera daaman” “Chekhush nazaare”“tum bin jaun kahan” “rut hai Milan ki”(this is distinctly different creation), and all six classics of “Teesri manzil”, not to forget ‘kya hua tera wada” and the qawwalis. I know some people do manage to exclude these in their enthusiasm, but sorry I can’t.

Rafi sahab achieved all this or rather was granted as a blessing by the Almighty, without having the ambitions of this status. He was right in pointing towards the sky and saying “sab upar wale kee den hai” whenever he was praised and appreciated. There are very few such souls who have the grace of accepting all “Rab di meher” and being so humble with it, without artifice.

Another quality which is often attributed to Rafi sahab is ‘innocence’. So here is an innocent sounding song, with the purity of heart in the one and only divine voice of Rafi Sahab. This will be among the last Rafi songs of 40’s decade remaining to be posted. The film is “Baansuriya” (1949). Composers are Husnlal-Bhagatram and Mulk Raj Bhakri is the lyricist. The words of the song “teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi“ are quite apt, if one wants to say that we are missing Rafi sahab’s voice. But I would go with “dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi”, which is every day because of the range of emotion that Rafi Sahabs different renditions invoke in me.

Having written so much in this long post, I am still feeling as if I have not expressed all that I wish to. I will quote Mirza Ghalib here :

Ya rab wo na samjhe hain na samjhenge meri baat
De aur dil unko jo na de mujhko zubaan aur


Song-Teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi (Baansuriyaa)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

mujhko kyun dil se bhulaa diyaa
ye kya kiya haay kya kiyaaaaa
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

jab se saajan tum door huye ae
jab se saajan tum door huye ae
dil ke armaan sab choor huye ae
dil ke armaan sab choor huye ae
jab tum hi nahin ho saathh sajan
jeene ki nahin koyi aas sajan
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

kuchh apna pataa diyaa na mujhe ae ae
kuchh apna pataa diyaa na mujhe ae ae
kabhi bhool ke yaad kiyaa na mujhe ae ae
kabhi bhool ke yaad kiyaa na mujhe ae ae
kaise dil ko samjhaaun main
kab tak yoon ashk bahaaun main
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi ee
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi


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.

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4348 Post No. : 15661

We remember Nightingale of Punjab on her remembrance day today.

Surinder Kaur (25 November 1929 – 14 June 2006) was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri in 2006. She was the recipient of numerous other awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and also a doctorate degree by Guru Nanak Dev University. Much of her life details can be easily found on her wiki page and many other articles and interviews on the net.

Her popularity of course stems from the fact that she pioneered and popularised folk songs of Punjab to the rest of the world. However, readers are well aware that she had a very short but memorable stint in HFM in the late forties. She gave playback to 57 songs in 21 films during the golden era and many of her songs are remembered and played to this day.

She has been one of my favourite singers for as long as I can remember and there is some aspect of her voice which attracts listeners. One is bound to be spellbound and even enter some sort of a trance on hearing her voice.  Very few singers of the golden era had such combination of rustic and melodious voice. Her full-throated contemporaries being the big three of Noor Jahan, Suraiya and the versatile Shamshad Begum, it’s easy to get confused when Surinder Kaur sang especially with Shamshad Begum.

I am aware of her immense popularity in Punjab and Haryana where she is nothing less than a legend, but we shall restrict ourselves to her Hindi songs in this post. This post has taken an inordinate time for self to complete. I must admit that the delay has been by several years rather than months. A few years back one of my good friends who hails from Hisar in Haryana was on his way home from Mumbai where we were working together. He asked me if there was anything that he should bring back to me. I told him I wanted a booklet on Surinder Kaur’s Hindi songs. He had a bizarre look at me and asked; Anything else? The unanswered reply being that it would be very difficult to trace such a thing.  Well, crazy music enthusiasts have crazy requirements.

It’s not that I have taken several years only to compile these 57 songs in the form of a table. This work started several years back and due to lack of proper commitment and other priorities, the post continued to be put off several times. This year, I resolved to complete the work and am excited to bring out the compilation.

In this post an effort has been made to put together all her songs sung for Hindi movies. A compilation of all her Hindi songs has been made in a tabular column. Before we proceed to the total list, here is the table of the number of songs she sung under different composers. Since the tables are self-explanatory, not much detailing is further provided.

Composers No. of Songs
Gyan Dutt 15
A R Qureshi 7
Hansraj Behl 7
Ghulam Haider 5
Husnlal Bhagatram 5
Khurshid Anwar 4
Naashad 5
Others 9
TOTAL 57

An interesting table of her songs with different singers follows.

Singers No. of Songs
Solo 30
Mohd. Rafi 5
Mukesh 5
Ram Kamlani 2
Talat Mehmood 1
Raja Gul 1
Other female singers and chorus 13
TOTAL 57

As can be seen above, more than half of her 57 songs were sung as solo numbers while Rafi saab and Mukesh sang a maximum of 5 each with her. Many of these songs will be discussed later.

Coming to the distribution of the number of songs that she sang in each year of her short stay in Bombay, following is the table. As is evident, more than 90% of her Hindi songs were sung only in 3 years of 1948-50.

Year Number of Songs Number of Films
1947 1 1
1948 20 6
1949 17 6
1950 15 4
1951 3 3
1952 1 1
TOTAL 57 21

I have not made a table of her songs under different lyricists, but from the detailed table below it is quite evident that DN Madhok wrote the maximum of 27 out of her 57 songs.

43 of the 57 songs have been already represented on the blog and hardly 14 remain.

Starting with Ghulam Haider who introduced many such wonderful artists to HFM, Surinder Kaur sang her first song, a duet with actress-singer Munawar Sultana in the film ‘Mehndi’ in 1947. What followed was what made Surinder Kaur Surinder Kaur in HFM.

Three priceless solo gems in the film ‘Shaheed’ 1948 that made her voice a craze all over India. These songs can be heard on repetition any given day. Song No 02 remains in active memory of many music lovers and I suppose this is one song which many associate with her.

‘Pyar Ki Jeet’ (1948) is basically remembered for its Suraiya songs, but Surinder Kaur stood her ground with her solitary solo and the two triad songs. Apparently, the solo is so very similar to the songs that she sang in ‘Shaheed’ even though the composers were different. The solo at 06 is sung under much gusto and one can only admire the rendition skills of Surinder Kaur.

‘Nao’ (1948), composed by Gyan Dutt has some wonderful songs. “Ek Nazar Wo Yaad Hai Unki” is a masterpiece, which continues to linger in the mind long after being heard. I happened to hear this song only a few years back and have been absolutely smitten to it ever since. More the song plays forward, more the mind loiters behind to absorb and ponder the depth of the voice and the words being rendered.  It is from this film that I take up today’s solo for representing in this post.

Gyan Dutt who has the highest songs rendered by her for any composer continues in 1948 with ‘Lal Dupatta’. It would have been interesting to know if he would have continued with her voice had she continued to sing in HFM. Readers may be well aware that Lata Mangeshkar has a solitary solo for Gyan Dutt.

The years of 1949 and 50 were important for she sang almost all her duets with male singers in these two years. With Mukesh she sang all her 5 duets in only two films of 1949 viz. ‘Dada’ and ‘Sunehre Din’.

For very obvious reasons, these remain my personal favourites especially “Tera Kisi Se Pyar Tha“. In “Dil Do Naino Mein Kho Gaya,” it’s interesting to hear how the two singers sing in quick succession their respective lines.

Rafi saab had one duet in 1949 and the remaining 4 in the next year. My personal favourite is the one from Sabak, “Keh Do Hamen Na Bekarar Kare” which is played quite often on SLBC to this day.

Her final two years of stay in Mumbai had other composers like SD Burman and Anil Biswas try her voice under their compositions. But then, health concerns in coastal Mumbai being the reason, Surinder Kaur shifted her base to Punjab where she became a phenomena in folk songs singing.

In this post, I am afraid I have not done enough justice to the appreciation and admiration of the voice and the popularity of her songs. However, my main intention was to club all her songs in a table so that it is easy for other knowledgeable contributors to cover her balance songs to be posted on the blog.

I have relied on a couple of biographical posts on Surinder Kaur by our Sudhir ji, valuable comments by Nitin ji, cineplot blog, the highly reliable HFGK and my notes. I express my sincere gratitude to all these sources. There were a few clarifications and attributions of songs to various singers. Again, Sudhir ji took the initiative of contacting his reliable sources and helped me at arriving to the correct compilation. I further requested him to help me with the lyrics of today’s post. I express my gratitude to Sudhir ji for all the help rendered.

Yes, Surinder Kaur sang a handful of only 57 songs in the golden era, but as they say the blessings are always to be counted. We, music lovers, are fortunate to listen to her having sung some exceptionally great songs in a voice that was a class apart and on a different level altogether.

Her name will undoubtedly and forever be etched in golden letters in the annals of Hindi Film Music.

Song – Ab Tere Bin Mera Nahin Thikaana  (Naao) (1948) Singer – Surinder Kaur, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

ab tere bina
mera nahin thikaana
ab tere bina
mera nahin thikaana
o o o pardesia
ye bhool na jaana
o o o pardesia
ye bhool na jaana
ab tere bina
mera nahin thikaana

main ne suna hai
log rog laga ke pyaar ka dukh paate hain
main ne suna hai
log rog laga ke pyaar ka dukh paate hain
yahi baaten
gham se bhari raaten
dil ko samjhaate hain
yahi baaten
gham se bhari raaten
dil ko samjhaate hain
o o o dil phir se hua begaana
o o o dil phir se hua begaana
ab tere bina
mera nahin thikaana

dekho dekho ji
neha laga ke daga na dena
hamaari haaye na lena
dekho dekho ji
neha laga ke daga na dena
hamaari haaye na lena
mera nanha naazuk dil roye
dukhi hoye
dekha jaaye mo se na
mera nanha naazuk dil roye
dukhi hoye
dekha jaaye mo se na
o o o dar laage bura zamaana
o o o dar laage bura zamaana
ab tere bina
mera nahin thikaana

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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अब तेरे बिना
मेरा नहीं ठिकाना
अब तेरे बिना
मेरा नहीं ठिकाना
ओ ओ ओ परदेसिया
ये भूल ना जाना
ओ ओ ओ परदेसिया
ये भूल ना जाना
अब तेरे बिना
मेरा नहीं ठिकाना

मैंने सुना है
लोग रोग लगा के प्यार का
दुख पाते हैं
मैंने सुना है
लोग रोग लगा के प्यार का
दुख पाते हैं
यही बातें
ग़म से भरी रातें
दिल को समझाते हैं
यही बातें
ग़म से भरी रातें
दिल को समझाते हैं
ओ ओ ओ दिल फिर से हुआ बेगाना
ओ ओ ओ दिल फिर से हुआ बेगाना
अब तेरे बिना
मेरा नहीं ठिकाना

देखो देखो जी
नेहा लगा के दगा ना देना
हमारी हाय ना लेना
देखो देखो जी
नेहा लगा के दगा ना देना
हमारी हाय ना लेना
मेरा नन्हा नाजुक दिल रोये
दुखी होइए
देखा जाये मो से ना
मेरा नन्हा नाजुक दिल रोये
दुखी होइए
देखा जाये मो से ना
ओ ओ ओ डर लागे बुरा ज़माना
ओ ओ ओ डर लागे बुरा ज़माना
अब तेरे बिना
मेरा नहीं ठिकाना

 


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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4345 Post No. : 15653

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 8
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aa jaao tadapte hain armaan
ab raat guzarne waali hai. . .

Good morning. It is 8 am, on Wednesday, the 10th June, 2020. We are onto the 162nd day of the year, and running through the 24th week. It is the 5th day (panchmi) of the waning moon cycle (krishna paksh) of the month of Aashaad. As per the Hijri calendar, today is the 17th day of the month of Shawwal.

The other important associations of today’s date are – it is the International Iced Tea Day – be sure to have a frosty glass of iced tea today. Today also is the International Ball Pen Day. This day in 1943, the first patent was issued in the US, for what would and has become the most popular writing instrument across the globe.

Notable Indian cinema association for today – it is the remembrance day of character actor and villain – Jeevan.
And the upcoming notable anniversaries are  – actress Shyama on 12th June and songwriter Prem Dhawan on the 13th June.

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This song is another one in the series of the sleepless nights saga.

aa jaao tadapte hain armaan
ab raat guzarne waali hai. . .

The song is from the 1954 film ‘Danka’. The film is a stunt cum costume drama which is produced under the banner of Goodwill Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by JP Advani. The cast of actors is listed as Nimmi, Amarnath, Mohna, Sundar, Heera Lal, Neelam, Shivraj, Uma Devi, Roop Kumar, and Om Prakash etc.

The film has eleven songs listed in the Geet Kosh. The songs are written by three lyricists – Jaan Nisar Akhtar, Nazim Panipati and Arshi Ajmeri. This song is from the pen of Jaan Nisar Akhtar. The music for this film is composed by Aziz Hindi. The singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar. Viewing the list actors, it seems most likely that this song would have been picturized on Nimmi.

The song is an expression of sadness, expressed by the lady, as she is calling out to her beloved, telling him about the ambiance of the lovely albeit a lonely night that she is experiencing without him. The moon, the stars, the clear skies of a calm and sad night, all are waiting with her, giving her company in this loneliness. The emotions of longing and eagerness to be with him are making this forlorn night a difficult time to pass. The mighty splendors of love turn into a sigh of melancholy in the lonely nights of separation, as the heart and the arms ache to be with the beloved. And when that happens, the mind of the poet will express itself in these beautiful verses.

This lovely song is a new discovery for me. I am hearing it for the first time, as I checked out the short list of songs that I have prepared for this series. The words, the melody, and the life infused in them through of the singing voice of Lata – all come together to create this lovely song of wait and longing.

Listen and enjoy this obscure melody from the golden era of Hindi film music.

Ed note:- With this song, Jaan Nisaar Akhtar completes 200 songs as a lyricist in the blog.

 

Song – Ye Sitaare Ye Chaand, Ye Raatein Jawaan  (Danka) (1954) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Jaan Nisar Akhtar, MD – Aziz Hindi

Lyrics

ye sitaare ye chaand
ye raaten jawaan
bata kya karoon tu kahaan main kahaan
ye sitaare ye chaand

bheegi raaten ye taaron bhara aasmaan
aa ja varna guzar jaayega ye sama
bheegi raaten ye taaron bhara aasmaan
aa ja varna guzar jaayega ye sama
tere bin soone soone hain donon jahaan
bata kya karoon tu kahaan main kahaan
ye sitaare ye chaand

kab se aankhen hain bekhwaab tere liye
tere liye
kab se aankhen hain bekhwaab tere liye
tere liye
har tamanna hai betaab tere liye
haaye tere liye
main hoon aur gham ki khaamosh tanhaaiyan
bata kya karoon tu kahaan main kahaan
ye sitaare ye chaand

chhut na jaaye ummeedon ka daaman kahin
lut na jaaye tamanna ka gulshan kahin
chhut na jaaye ummeedon ka daaman kahin
lut na jaaye tamanna ka gulshan kahin
reh na jaaye adhoori meri daastan
bata kya karoon tu kahaan main kahaan
ye sitaare ye chaand

ye sitaare ye chaand
ye raaten jawaan
bata kya karoon tu kahaan main kahaan
ye sitaare ye chaand

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये सितारे ये चाँद
ये रातें जवां
बता क्या करूँ तू कहाँ मैं कहाँ
ये सितारे ये चाँद

भीगी रातें ये तारों भरा आसमां
आजा वरना गुज़र जाएगा ये समा
भीगी रातें ये तारों भरा आसमां
आजा वरना गुज़र जाएगा ये समा
तेरे बिन सूने सूने हैं दोनों जहां
बता क्या करूँ तू कहाँ मैं कहाँ
ये सितारे ये चाँद

कब से आँखें हैं बेख़्वाब तेरे लिए
तेरे लिए
कब से आँखें हैं बेख़्वाब तेरे लिए
तेरे लिए
हर तमन्ना है बेताब तेरे लिए
हाय तेरे लिए
मैं हूँ और ग़म की खामोश तनहाईयां
बता क्या करूँ तू कहाँ मैं कहाँ
ये सितारे ये चाँद

छुट ना जाये उम्मीदों का दामन कहीं
लुट ना जाये तमन्ना का गुलशन कहीं
छुट ना जाये उम्मीदों का दामन कहीं
लुट ना जाये तमन्ना का गुलशन कहीं
रह ना जाये अधूरी मेरी दास्तान
बता क्या करूँ तू कहाँ मैं कहाँ
ये सितारे ये चाँद

ये सितारे ये चाँद
ये रातें जवां
बता क्या करूँ तू कहाँ मैं कहाँ
ये सितारे ये चाँद


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Blog Day:

4324 Post No. : 15614

“Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”(1960) was directed by Ramesh Tiwari for N C Films, Bombay. This “Social” movie had Bharat Bhushan, Anita Guha, Jeewan, Tiwari, Prem Chopra (debut), Krishnakumari, Bela, Kammo, Helen, Naaz, Mishra, Anwari Bai, Narbada Shankar, Rajinder Kathana, Ratan Gaurang, Nemo, Prakash, Robert etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Six of these songs have been covered in the past.

Today (20 may 2020) is the remembrance day of Hansraj Behl (19 November 1916 – 20 May 1984). As a tribute to him, here is another song from “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”(1960). This song is sung by Rafi and Shamshad Begam. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hansraj Bahl.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.

It is a very old and conservative kind of romantic song where the two spouses want to be together but they need to make sure that other family members do not take notice.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio link (missing last stanza)

Audio link (Missing first stanza but containing an additional stanza at the end)

Song-Raat kaali jugnu chamke (Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh)(1960) Singers-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

raat kaali
jugnu chamken
ullu bolen
jheengar gaayen
mendhak dete taal
aayi na aa
aayi na aa
aayi na chham chham waali sajaniya aa
aa bhi jaa
aa bhi jaa
sajaniya aa
aa bhi jaa
aa bhi jaa
sajaniya aa
aa bhi jaa
aa bhi jaa
sajaniya
aa bhi jaa
aa bhi jaa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
sajaniya aa
aa bhi ja
aa bhi ja

kya karoon main
hai laachaari
aadhi soyi aadhi jaagi
boodhhi saas maa aachha
kaise aaun
kaise aaun
kaise aaun
main raja sajanwa
ye bata ye bata
sajanwa
ye bata ye bata
sajanwa
ye bata ye bata
aa aa aa aa
ye bata ye bata aa aa aa aaaachh
ye bata ye bata
sajanwa ye bata ye bata

jinko milna ho
kami hai kya ji unke waaste ae
dhoondh lete hain milan ke
wo to laakhon raaste ae
raaste
teri khaatir bana main jogi
ab to na tarsa
aa bhi ja aa
aa bhi ja aa
aaja o matwaali sajaniya
aa bhi ja aa bhi ja
sajaniya
aa bhi ja aa bhi ja
sajaniya
aa bhi ja aa bhi ja
sajaniya
aa bhi ja aa bhi ja
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
sajaniya aa bhi ja aa bhi ja

dil kahey ke
chal tu aagey
mann kahey chal peechhey
kadam kadam pe
laaj ka pehraa
daaman mera kheenchey
(haachooo)

chhod de tu duniyaadaari
bann jaa jogan hamaari
aa bhi jaa aa aa
aa bhi jaa aa aa
sunn bade gharwaali
sajaniyaa aa bhi jaa aa bhi jaa
sajaniyaa aa bhi jaa aa bhi jaa
sajan main aa gayi aa gayi
sajan main aa gayi aa gayi
sajan main aa gayi aa gayi
(aachoo)


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Blog Day :

4319 Post No. : 15604

“Surajmukhi”(1950) was directed by O P Dutta for Madhuban, Bombay. This “social” movie had Rehana, Shyam, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Hafeez Khan, Randheer, Mukri, Cuckoo, Durga Khote etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Three of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Surajmukhi”(1950) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

The movie had three lyricists (Rajinder Krishan, Aabid Gulrez and Gulshan Jalalabadi) but no lyricists have been mentioned against eight of the songs in HFGK. However, the uploader of this song on YT has mentioned Rajinder Krishan as the lyricist. so I have gone with that.

Geeta Dutt had sung seven songs in the movie. This movie also had two songs by Lata and one by Shamshad Begam. So it would seem that Geeta Dutt had sung for the leading lady viz Rehana. However, only the audio of the song is available and so we can only guess about the picturisation. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this rare song.


Song-Aabaad rahe tera ghar munshi…karen kya bata o bhula dene waale (Surajmukhi)(1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

aabaad rahe tera ghar munshi
khat likh saajan ke naam
pardes mein jaane waale piya
nahin tere bina aaraam
karen kya bata o bhula dene waale
karen kya bata o bhula dene waale
hamen apna keh kar mita dene waale
karen kya bata o bhula dene waale
karen kya bata

hai ro ro ke lut jaana aa aa aa
kismat hamaari
kismat hamaari
tujhe kya kahen o bhula dene waale
tujhe kya kahen o bhula dene waale
hamen apna keh kar mita dene waale
karen kya bata o bhula dene waale
karen kya bata

rula kar to aa jaa aa aa
mita kar to aa jaa
mita kar to aa jaa
tujhe dhoondte hain dua dene waale
tujhe dhoondte hain dua dene waale
hamen apna keh kar mita dene waale
karen kya bata o bhula dene waale
karen kya bata


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4314 Post No. : 15596

The days were when gramophone instruments and radios used to be a luxury. People could (and would) listen to music and songs either at family functions and weddings where a gramophone player was part of the arrangements, or in cinema halls, or maybe at restaurants and corner shops. But then still, the awareness and popularity of the songs and the artists was evidently widespread. The gramophone records of popular songs would sell out briskly, and there are many cases of a 2nd, and a 3rd edition of records being released by the companies. Word of mouth was a strong method of spreading awareness, and people used to hum and lightly sing the popular songs as they went about their work. One reads about this phenomena in anecdotal references in newspapers and magazines – like such and such song being on the lips of ‘everybody’, or such and such song being played in every street and lane – ‘गली गली में बजता था’.

Just put on the imagination cap and visualize – the songs being hummed by the common people as they go about their work, in streets and market place, singing – “Piya Milan Ko Jaana”, or “Ye Kaun Aaj Aaya Savere Savere”, or “Chale Pawan Ki Chaal”, or “Tere Mandir Ka Hoon Deepak Jal Raha”, and other such wonderful creations – in the voice of one of the very first group of singers in this country that started being recognized and loved across the length and breadth of our land.

Remembering Pankaj Babu today, on the 116th anniversary of birth – 10 May, 1905.

A voice that is so uniquely impressive, a voice that appears to be emanating from the depths of a sublime creativity, the deep resonating bass that defies measure and replication. A voice that is so enmeshed with an equally deep understanding and awareness of what music is, and how it becomes a delight for the listeners.
A voice and creativity that was so genuine, so sincere; a voice that expressed itself with a perceivable authority, understanding and proficiency – so much so that Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was so verily impressed by the composition and expression of this young artist that he immediately granted the requested permission to use Gurudev’s poetry and compositions for commercial cinema. In that accomplishment, Pankaj Babu is eminently instrumental in giving a unique personification to Rabindra Sangeet, and to take it beyond the borders of Bengal and make it a recognized genre across the entire country.

A career that is not defined by numbers, but more by the quality of his creative genius. Working with RC Boral at New Theatres, Calcutta he was instrumental in introducing to the world of cinema, such delightful sounds of singing – KL Saigal, Kanan Devi, Uma Shashi, Pahadi Sanyal, Suprova Sarkar, and more. Defining and establishing the methodology of off-line recording of music and songs, thus becoming the pioneer of playback singing. He was a music director, a singer, an actor, and a teacher – all rolled into one.

Yes, a career that is not defined by numbers. In that, a couple of days ago, I was almost at the verge of despair, being unable to locate a song by him to post today. Most of his songs in films, including the version songs of the film ‘My Sister’ (1944), and many of his non-film Hindi songs are already showcased here. But yes, I am able to locate another very beautiful non-film Hindi song to present today.

Lyrics of this song are from the pen of Pandit Bhushan. The music composition is by Pankaj Babu himself. Anecdotal information available tells that the orchestration arrangement was done by a musician named Francisco Casanova, who used to lead the band at the Grand Hotel in Calcutta. Here is a brief information about this gentleman, which I am able to locate from an article on Pankaj Babu, written by Shri N Venkatraman on the blog ‘Songs of Yore’. Regulars will know this as AK ji’s blog.

Francisco Casanova was a Spanish musician, conductor and composer. He could play the saxophone, flute and clarinet with equal deftness. He was a well-known performer, and on the occasion of the Olympic Games in 1924, he performed with his orchestra at the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. In 1930 he came to India with his orchestra and performed in many cities. He chose to stay at Calcutta and was appointed the Principal of the Calcutta School of Music. He stayed in India till 1956. He was closely associated with Mehli Mehta, father of Zubin Mehta. In 1952, Casonova and Mehta assisted Yehudi Menuhin, when he came to India to perform. He was also a leading conductor of Calcutta Symphony Orchestra and the conductor of a Spanish band at one of Calcutta’s foremost hotels. Manohari Singh learnt the nuances of playing the key flute from him. It is also said that the orchestration to our National Anthem was by him!

Listen and enjoy this vintage voice, in a recording that surely is 70+ years young. 🙂

 

Song – Yaad Aaye Ke Na Aaye Tunhaari  (NFS – Pankaj Mullick) (1940s) Singer – Pankaj Mullick, Lyrics – Pandit Bhushan, MD – Pankaj Mullick

Lyrics

yaad aaye ke na aaye tumhaari
main tum ko bhool na jaaun
yaad aaye ke na aaye tumhaari
chhin chhin aawat waar tumhare
bin kaaran gaane gaaun
yaad aaye ke na aaye tumhaari

din jaaye chale jab tak jeeta hoon
raah chalte kabhi main aaj to aa pahunchun
din jaaye chale jab tak jeeta hoon
raah chalte kabhi main aaj to aa pahunchun
mukh pe tumhaare sukh ki pyaari
meethi hansi hi paaun
main isi liye bin kaaran gaane gaaun
yaad aaye ke na aaye tumhaari

jhadte hain phool phagun ke
phagun ke mahine mein
main tum se bida hota hoon
ik dard liye seene mein
jhadte hain phool phagun ke
phagun ke mahine mein
main tum se bida hota hoon
ik dard liye seene mein
din beetega aur hoga andhera
geet nahin goonjega
tham jaayegi beena
din beetega aur hoga andhera
geet nahin goonjega
tham jaayegi beena
jab tak tum raho aankhon mein
jam jam jee behlaaun
main isiliye bin kaaran gaane gaaun
yaad aaye ke na aaye tumhaari

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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याद आए के ना आए तुम्हारी
मैं तुमको भूल ना जाऊँ
याद आए के ना आए तुम्हारी
छिन छिन आवत वार तुम्हारी
बिन कारण गाने गाउँ
याद आए के ना आए तुम्हारी

दिन जाये चले जब तक जीता हूँ
राह चलते कभी मैं आज तो आ पहुंचूँ
दिन जाये चले जब तक जीता हूँ
राह चलते कभी मैं आज तो आ पहुंचूँ
मुख पे तुम्हारे सुख की प्यारी
मीठी हंसी ही पाऊँ
मैं इसी लिए बिन कारण गाने गाउँ
याद आए के ना आए तुम्हारी

झड़ते हैं फूल फागुन के
फागुन के महीने में
मैं तुमसे बिदा होता हूँ
इक दर्द लिए सीने में
झड़ते हैं फूल फागुन के
फागुन के महीने में
मैं तुमसे बिदा होता हूँ
इक दर्द लिए सीने में
दिन बीतेगा और होगा अंधेरा
गीत नहीं गूंजेगा
थम जाएगी बीना
दिन बीतेगा और होगा अंधेरा
गीत नहीं गूंजेगा
थम जाएगी बीना
जब तक तुम रहो आँखों में
जम जम जी बहलाऊँ
मैं इसी लिए बिन कारण गाने गाउँ
याद आए के ना आए तुम्हारी


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4311 Post No. : 15589 Movie Count :

4291

In the Indian film industry, it is very difficult for a producer and director to balance their ideals with money making in a film. Very few film producers have become successful in producing films combining the social purpose with commercial consideration. Prabhat Films and its director, V Shantaram was one of the earliest examples who produced and directed socially purposeful films like ‘Duniya Na Maane’ (1937), ‘Aadmi’ (1939), ‘Padosi’ (1941) etc. Fazli Brothers – Hasnain and Sibtain successfully produced and directed Muslim reformist social films like ‘Qaidi (1940), ‘Maasoom’ (1941), ‘Fashion’ (1943) etc. One of the risks of producing reformist social films is that of the backlash such films may face from the fanatics in religious groups. Hence, the commercially minded producers, by and large, avoided producing such ‘reformist’ films.

There was one more set of now forgotten producer/directors who were ready to jump into the bandwagon of producing the socially purposeful film taking the Hindu-Muslim unity as the theme. They were Rameshwar Sharma and Lahori Ram Parashar who set up their film banner, Unity Productions. The theme of their maiden film ‘Bhakt Kabir’ (1942), was Hindu-Muslim unity. That means that the film could be prone to attack from the religious fanatics from both Hindu and Muslim. But the film had a smooth release and it become a box office success. Almost all the provincial Governments at time made the film entertainment tax-free.

‘Bhakt Kabir’ (1942) was released at a time when the British rulers with their stooges were successfully deploying their ‘divide and rule’ policy. The success of the film emboldened the Unity Production to produce one more film on Hindu-Muslim unity. The film was titled as ‘Bhaichaara’ (1943). The film, as per the advertising material, advocated the virtues of good neighbourly relationship between Hindu and Muslims who have common traditions and culture in India. The star cast of the film included Bharat Bhushan, Rai Mohan, Ramesh Sinha, Sunetra, Beena Kumari, NA Ansari, Rajendra Singh, Mohammed Hadi, Rajkumar Bedi, Himmat Rai, Isabella etc. ‘Bhaichaara’ (1943) seems to have not done as well as ‘Bhakt Kabir (1942) at the box office.

Under the banner of Unity Productions, Calcutta, the third film produced and directed by Rameshwar Sharma was KL Saigal starrer, ‘Kurukshetra’ (1945). The film was based on the events in the story of Mahabharat which were to depicted in the social scenarios prevalent at that time. The film failed miserably at the box office though it was regarded as an off-beat film. I guess, this film virtually ended the journey of Rameshwar Sharma and Lahori Ram Parashar in Hindi films as producer and director.

‘Bhaichaara’ (1943) had 10 songs written by IC Kapoor, MR Kapoor, Kumar Vyas, Udaybhanu Bhatt and Nazir Bedi. But allocation of songs among the 5 lyricists is not known. All the songs have been set to music by Himangshu Dutta Sursagar.  It is interesting to note that Rameshwar Sharma entrusted the music direction of his first two films to Himangshu Dutta Sursagar.

Himnagshu Dutta (1908-1944) was a Hindustani classical singer who also gave the music direction in about 20 Bangla films. He was a contemporary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Just like ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ and ‘Nazrul Geeti’, Himangshu Dutta has been known for his ‘Himangshu Gaan’.  He was also instrumental in promoting SD Burman by composing some of his non-film Bangla songs during his early days of musical career. Himangshu Dutta was the childhood friend of SD Burman in Comilla (now in Bangladesh).

I am presenting the first song from the film, ‘Bhaichaara’ (1943) –  mujhko khayal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon. The song is in a ghazal format sung by Jagmohan Sursagar in an unusual style. For example, he renders the first line, mujhko khayal-e-yaar followed by a short pause and then continue sataaye to kya karoon. This style is repeated in the all subsequent couplets also.

 With this song, ‘Bhaichaara’ (1943) makes a debut in the Blog.

Song – Mujhko Khayaal e Yaar Sataaye To Kya Karoon (Bhaichaara) (1943) Singer – Jagmohan Sursagar, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Himangshu Dutta Sursagar

Lyrics

mujhko khayaal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
mujhko khayaal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
rah rah ke unki yaad jo aaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
mujhko khayaal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
 
shaam e firaaq unka tasawwur ke ha……aaye
shaam e firaaq unka tasawwur ke ha…..aaye
zauq e nighaah e aas badaaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
mujhko khayaal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
 
pehlu se unki yaad alahda na kar sakaa
pehlu se unki yaad alahda na kar sakaa
zarre mein aaftaab samaaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
mujhko khayal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
 
behki huyi nazar wo jawaani ki mastiyaan
behki huyi nazar wo jawaani ki mastiyaan
saaqi mujhe jo aap pilaaye
saaqi mujhe jo aap pilaaye
pilaaye
pilaaye
saaqi mujhe jo aap pilaaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
mujhko khayaal e yaar sataaye to kya karoon
kya karoon
kya karoon
kya karoon

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
रह रह के उनकी याद जो आए तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ

शाम ए फिराक उनका तसव्वुर के हा॰॰आ॰॰ए
शाम ए फिराक उनका तसव्वुर के हा॰॰आ॰॰ए
ज़ौक़ ए निगाहे ए आस बढ़ाए तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ

पहलू से उनकी याद अल्हदा ना कर सका
पहलू से उनकी याद अल्हदा ना कर सका
ज़र्रे में आफ़ताब समाये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ

बहकी हुई नज़र वो जवानी की मस्तियाँ
बहकी हुई नज़र वो जवानी की मस्तियाँ
साक़ी मुझे जो आप पिलाये
साक़ी मुझे जो आप पिलाये
पिलाये
पिलाये
साक़ी मुझे जो आप पिलाये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
मुझको ख़्याल ए यार सताये तो क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ
क्या करूँ


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4279 Post No. : 15519

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 6
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

un aankhon mein neend kahaan
jin aankhon se preetam door base

The contest between a heart in love and the nights of loneliness is as ancient as the written word itself. Poets of yore, across the ages, and to the present times, have all written about the tribulations of the nights of loneliness. Time does pass at its own pace, but for a lonely heart pining for love, it is as if the time has come to a standstill.

The acute anxiety of the empty moments wherein apparently nothing is happening, is something that cannot be explained in words. It is a sensation that has to be experienced, to get the true flavor of the feelings that are ensconced in the words ‘hijr’ (“हिज्र”) and ‘firaaq’ (“फ़िराक़”) – the feelings of separation, the feelings of being incomplete, the feelings of anticipation, waiting, the feelings of incessant yearning that seems to rend the heart asunder.

Philosophers and poets have ruminated over this experience, and have recommended certain pursuits. There is that famous rhyme that talks about counting green bottles standing on a wall. It is based on the children’s counting nursery rhyme – “Ten Bottles on the Wall”. Folks who cannot sleep are recommended to start from, well, maybe a thousand bottles, keep knocking them down one at a time, and keep a count of the bottles left on the wall. Starting from thousand, this process is bound to get drowsy some way through getting to the target of downing all the thousand bottles from the wall.

The other, of course is counting sheep, jumping over a fence. So just keep a count of the imaginary sheep that are jumping over the make believe fence, and continue counting till the senses give way.

The more esoteric recommendation from the poets, especially for forlorn lovers longing for their mate, is to count the stars. Now this remedy may not work in urban habitats in current times – in best of times with normal pollution levels, about a score stars maybe visible. So this poetic bulwark of heartening proportions does not work in a city like Delhi. Ah yes, but in locales where the skies are clear, this assignment can be undertaken in real earnest. On a clear moonless night, the sky looks so crowded with stars, that the mission of counting stars can be a humbling task. And very well suited for the lonely hearts stricken with the malady of separation and longing.

The beauty of the poet’s mind is simply fantastic and out of this world. It goes even beyond this imagination of being assigned the task of counting the stars. Let me borrow some lines from my own article that I wrote for the song “Aaj Unke Paay e Naaz Pe Sajdaa Karenge Hum”. The lyrics of this song dwells on this task of ‘अख्तर शुमारी’ – the act of counting stars (‘अख्तर’) in the sky. The relevant portion of the lyrics goes like this,

maana shab e firaaq bhi
hoti hai is liye
har nabz e gham isi ke
sahaare guzar sakey
naqaam e ishq hijr mein
taare gina karey
hum intehaa e shauq ki
hadd se guzar gaye
lo aaj hum ne saare
sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab e firaaq bataa
kya karenge hum

And I quote from my write up,

The poet has surpassed many superlatives to weave the fabric of words that makes up this song. Let me give you an example. It is quite a traditional concept in poetry, that a lonely lover in the long nights of wait and anticipation, is advised to count the stars in the sky – a metaphor that implies that neither the stars in the sky will ever be counted, and nor the wait for the beloved ever end. This refrain is encountered often in romantic poetry. But the poet of this song does one better, and goes a step beyond. He says that all the stars are now counted, and so tell me o night of long wait what should I do.

lo aaj hum ne saare sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab-e-firaaq bataa kya karenge hum

A superlative expression that rises to defeat even the task of counting the stars. And poses the question, that in my crazed passion, I have even gone ahead and actually counted all the stars, so tell me what should I do now.

The poet’s imagination is endless, and so this discussion can, and will be continued elsewhere. For now, I present this oh so wonderful song rendered so lovingly by Shamshad Begum, that tells about the nights of loneliness and longing. The film is ‘Sona Chaandi’ from 1946. The lyrics are written by Wali Sahab and the music is composed by Tufail Farooqui.

The film is produced under the banner of New Bombay Theatre, Bombay and is directed by RD Pareenja. The star cast is listed as Chandni, Suresh, Kishori, Saroj Borkar, Kamla, Ghulam Rasool, Amrit Lal, Radha Kishan amongst others. There is a total of 12 songs in this film penned by three songwriters – Wali Sahab, Shamim and Khawar Zamaan. This song is written by Wali Sahab.

So let’s listen to this heartwarming winner in the ‘खनकती हुई’ voice of Shamshad Begum. The protagonist is blaming her beau for her sleeplessness – “तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे”.

Song – Baalam Harjaai Re, Tere Bina Neend Na Aayi Re  (Sona Chaandi) (1946) Singers – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Wali Sahab, MD – Tufail Farooqui

Lyrics

baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re

bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nainon mein ratiyaan
nainon mein ratiyaan ganvaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
baalam harjaai re

mukh se na bolun
pyaare mukh se na bolun
pyaare
roye roye jaaun main
dil ki kahaani
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
nainon mein
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re. . .
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re. . .
baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नैनों में रतियाँ
नैनों में रतियाँ गँवाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे
रोये रोये जाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
नैनों में
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे॰ ॰ ॰


What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over TWELVE years. This blog has over 15900 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 4000 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

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Total number of songs posts discussed

15916

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1221
Total Number of movies covered =4362

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