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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 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 :

4441 Post No. : 15885

Non Film Songs of Mukesh – 02
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These days, new-borns, barely a few hours old are made to wear full pants. It was not the case three and a half decades back at least in my case.

I got my full pant stitched only when I entered High School from primary grade. And, that too since it was mandatory for boys to start wearing full pants from VIII standard. Else, who knows, I would have had to wait for another 3 years for this luxury when I would step into college life. Jeans and readymade pants were an ultra-luxury which would have to wait for some more time.

What “aspect” of the body of a 12-year-old boy gets covered by wearing full pants is something which I have never been able to contemplate till today. Now at 46, I prepare wearing shorts even when going to the market. 🙂 How times change.

With full pants, the amount of pocket money received from parents also started improving. Especially, during and after matriculation, along with the coins, times arrived wherein I started possessing currency notes of 1, 2, 5 and on rare occasions even 10 and 20.

Family visits to restaurants did happen frequently. However, unlike the popular Punjabi la carte option these days, it was more of a combination of 2-3 snacks even for dinner. After matriculation, I developed the audacity of visiting restaurants on my own and ordering food items of my choice. This was basically after returning from college classes which were not so stringent as that of school. Then there was the option of bunking classes too.

Onion uttappa with a cup of tea or limca were my preferred choices. Sitting alone in restaurants and savouring these dishes is an experience I will never forget. At Belgaum, the place from which I hail, there were a few restaurants known for their special dishes. A hotel named “New Grand” established in 1948, had a popular and unique taste of upma which continues to be the talk of the city even today. Recently, the hotel has been demolished and moved away to a nearby location. But the ambience and the taste of food items no longer exits.

There is also a restaurant called “Ajantha” famous for its missal. It continues to be served to this day, but then again, the aroma and the taste of the bygone era is lost forever. Soft and fluffy idlis with unique taste of coconut chutney and sambar continue to be much preferred dish in this hotel to this day.

Quite adjacent to “New Grand” hotel was a theatre named Rex, which has also been now modified into a mini-mall/coffee shop etc. It was in this theatre that I saw my first and only “old Hindi movie” on a big screen.

The movie name was Neel Kamal released in 1968 which I saw in 1991/1992. I basically went to see it for the Rafi saab number Tujhko pukaare meraa pyaar. The storyline was quite annoying for me. Waheeda Rehman must have had a good walking exercise while the film was being made. 🙂

However, apart from the Rafi numbers, I came out of the theatre appreciating Asha Bhosale’s rendition of He rom rom mein basnewaale Ram. Listening and watching these songs which I had heard on radio/tape recorder on the big screen was quite a thrilling experience for me.

Born in 74, by the time I was 18, it was early nineties. Readers of the blog may well acknowledge that I write and present songs mainly from 40’s to 60’s. I sometimes venture into 70’s in case the need arises. So, basically, I discuss songs from an era before I was born. 🙂

Coming to watching old Hindi movies, I must admit that I score very badly on this front. I am yet to watch even classics such as Barsaat (49), Anmol Ghadi (1946), Deedar(1951), Andaz (1949) and a host of such movies. I did buy CD/DVD of many such movies but never cared to watch them.

Coming back to pocket money and my newfound freedom to spend on my own, I got myself involved into buying stamps, coins, books, novels, audio cassettes etc.

During one such venture in a cassettes shop, I came across a two-cassette pack of non-film ghazals of Mukesh. While I was quite familiar with filmi songs, it was on very odd occasions that I heard the NFS of Mukesh on Radio Ceylon. My joy knew no bounds when I caught sight of this pack. However, the joy seemed to be short lived. Let me explain.

The two-cassette pack was priced 55 and I must have hardly had 30 rupees. I was adamant on buying whatever 30 rupees could buy. The shop keeper explained that since it is a pack of two, individual cassettes cannot be sold. And for me to collect another 25 rupees would have taken months. I spent quite a while with him imploring and pleading to sell one of them. After much cajoling he did agree to sell Cassette No 01 priced 27.5 rupees.

The episode did not end with my purchase of one cassette. My next demand (off course free of cost) was the cover of the pack with a debonair looking Mukesh in excellent print staring straight into the eyes of the beholder. With special permission from the bosses, I am reproducing the picture of the cassette cover. I have always been awestruck with the gaze in the eyes of Mukesh in this picture.

The same snap of Mukesh was on the main cover. Now tell me, which Mukesh fan would walk away without possessing this poster.

Digressing, “poster” reminds me of my other craving and madness of collecting model Deepti Bhatnagar’s posters, calendars, advertisements or whatever my eyes would set upon featuring the beauty. This will require a separate and detailed article altogether and thankfully this series gives me ample scope and opportunity of indulging in such revelations. As the film trailers would shout “Coming soon at a theatre near you “, I have revealed the model’s name to keep the post awaited. 🙂

Coming back to the cassette story, the shopkeeper was in no position to yield stating that he himself is not sure if the other cassette would be sold as I had just bought only one. He even threatened to take back what he had just sold and return my money. Counting my blessings, I ran away with this single cassette. The date on which I had bought it was 30 January 1992. The cassette was released by HMV 4 years earlier in February 1988. I know these details since the cassette cover is still in my possession and I had this good habit of writing the date on which I bought such things.

At the shop, it did not cross my mind that I should have tried taking a photostat copy of the back of the pack or even noting the details of the songs that were printed. As for me, mobile phones in 1992 were only in the books of George Orwell, Arthur Clarke etc. 🙂

Well, after a couple of months, I did go back to the shop to purchase the second cassette. Yes, along with the pack cover ofcourse. 🙂

Unfortunately, the shop was selling some other commodities and the cassette guy had vanished. On enquiry, I was told that the earlier guy had closed shop for whatever reasons. I only prayed to God that the reason should not have been the sale of a single cassette for what should have been sold in a pack of two.

For many years, I always wondered what songs Cassette number 2 contained. Now with the advent of internet and the ease with which anything under the sun can be searched, I have got the full details of the cassettes. Interested readers may visit this site for the same.

Readers may be aware that I have posted two articles on the association of Mukesh with Khaiyyam saab in my other series. One article with the filmi songs of the combo and the other featured all the NFS.

Here is the post which covered the all NFS of Mukesh with Khaiyyam saab..
Coming to today’s NFS, I have chosen a Ghalib ghazal composed by Khaiyyam saab. Needless to mention, this ghazal is one of the ten songs in cassette number 01.

This ghazal was first released on records in 1963, as can be seen from the record label above.


Song-Ham rashq ko apne bhi gawaara nahin karte (Mukesh NFS)(1963) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Ghalib, MD-Khayyam

Lyrics

ham rashq ko apne bhi gawaaraa nahin karte
ham rashq ko apne bhi gawaaraa nahin karte
marte hain vale un ki tamannaa nahin karte
marte hain vale un ki tamannaa nahin karte

dar pardaa unhen ghair se hai rabt-e-nihaani ee ee ee
dar pardaa unhen ghair se hai rabt-e-nihaani ee
zaahir kaa ye pardaa hai ki pardaa nahin karte
zaahir kaa ye pardaa hai ki pardaa nahin karte
marte hain vale un ki tamannaa nahin karte

ye baais-e-naumeedi-e-arbaab-e-hawas hai ae ae ae ae
ye baais-e-naumeedi-e-arbaab-e-hawas hai ae
Ghalib ko buraa kahte ho
Ghalib ko buraa kahte ho achchhaa nahin karte ae
Ghalib ko buraa kahte ho achchhaa nahin karte ae
Ghalib ko buraa kahte ho achchhaa nahin karte ae
ham rashq ko apne bhi gawaaraa nahin karte ae ae ae


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 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 :

4429 Post No. : 15856 Movie Count :

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Mukesh and his Composers – 20
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A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
This is a quote famously attributed to English politician and statesman Winston Churchill for his views on Russian engagement during World War II. This analogy may be completely irrelevant to the context of today’s post, but then I could not help remembering the above quote when I became cognizant of the total number of Hindi songs sung by Mukesh for the composer being discussed in today’s post.

Well, we are talking about composer Avinash Vyas and Mukesh’s association with him. To sustain the unusual mystery and the context of the first two paras, I would request readers to guess the total Hindi songs sung by Mukesh for Avinash Vyas.

Meanwhile, to reveal Mukesh’s collaboration with him in Gujarati films and non-film songs, here are the details of the same. As usual, I had requested Shri Harish Raghuwanshi, the compiler of Mukesh Geetkosh to confirm the details of the combo. Further, I had requested him to send me only the total number of songs that Mukesh sang in Gujarati under Avinash Vyas.

However, Shri Harish ji despite his poor eyesight and health issues was kind enough to send me the complete details including confirmation of the total songs sung in Hindi films as well. Instead of keeping such invaluable details confined to my inbox, I thought it prudent to include the details in the present post and following are the two tables with the details self-explanatory.

List of Gujarati Film songs sung by Mukesh under the baton of Avinash Vyas
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S.No Name of Film (Gujarati) No. of.Songs
1 Bhakta Tulsidas 5
2 Kaadu Makraani 1
3 Kanku Ane Kanya 1
4 Ghar Ni Shobha 1
5 Jamaairaaj 1
6 Bhaada Taaraa Vaheta paani 1
7 Santu Rangili 1
8 Sorathi Sinh 1
Total 08 Films Total 12 Songs


List of Gujarati NFS sung by Mukesh under the baton of Avinash Vyas

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S.No NFS (Gujarati)
1 Aaj Kharu Avtarvaanu
2 Aapan Sahuye
3 Ghadi ghoonghat…. Nazar ne kahi doh
4 Chaalyaaj karoon
5 Jaa re Jhanda jaa
6 Priti nu pushp… aavo toy saarun
7 Pankhida ne aa pinjaru
8 Hey tane jaataa joi

Thus, Mukesh sang 12 filmi and 08 non-filmi Gujarati songs under the baton of Avinash Vyas. That’s obviously a total of 20 songs.

So, what could be the total number of Hindi songs sung by Mukesh for Avinash Vyas who scored music in some 52 movies and composed 390+ known songs.
Thirty? Twenty? Ten?

Well, before we proceed to discuss the surprise number, here are two important links for the details of the work done by Avinash Vyas.

  1. https://atulsongaday.me/2020/08/20/aaja-re-dukhiyaa-dharti-tujhe-pukaare/
  2. https://www.songsofyore.com/forgotten-composers-unforgettable-melodies-8-avinash-vyas/

The first link is a recent post by Atul ji, in which he has painstakingly put together the complete known works of Avinash Vyas in Hindi films and the details of his songs covered on the blog.

The second link is a post by Shri Ashok M Vaishnav ji on Songs of Yore blog wherein the life and works of Avinash Vyas is reflected. Some interesting discussion in the comments section reveal the continued lack of clarity on the total number of films scored and the songs composed by the music director.

Now, coming to the total songs sung by Mukesh under Avinash Vyas, finally, here is the complete list.

 

S.No Name of song Movie (Year of release) Lyricist
1 Tim tima tim Har Har Mahadev (1950) Ramesh Shastri
2 Nitya nirantar boley anta Shiv Shakti (1952) Munshi Saagar Hussain
3 Jo ugta hai woh dhalta hai Mata Mahakali (1968) Bharat Vyas

What?
Three songs only?

Well, however much we may debate and discuss, the fact of the matter is that there are only 3 songs of the combo. The composer was known for composing mainly for religious and mythological films. Contrary to popular belief, Mukesh has sung enough devotional songs in films which, as his other genre songs, have also become quite famous. Then, why such a low figure of only 3 songs is simply surprising.

Mukesh has sung only one song each in 3 of the 52 films scored by Avinash Vyas in Hindi.

So, why hardly 3 songs of the combo? As I have contemplated in my earlier posts on such surprises, there could be no reason whatsoever. More occasions simply did not happen. This could be the most plausible reason that one could come up with. As I finish writing this post, I am still under disbelief that there are only 3 songs of the combo.

Anyway, going through the songs, first two have been covered on the blog. The one from ‘Har Har Mahadev’ is in fact a famous duet with Sulochana Kadam. The second one from ‘Shiv Shakti’ is a solo bhajan.

It can be traced easily on the blog that if Mukesh has sung in any film, then that particular song is most likely the first to be featured or debuted on the blog.

Today’s film ‘Mata Mahakali’ (1968) also makes its debut on the blog with this highly philosophical song. The film was released under the banner of Sharad Productions and directed by Dhirubhai Desai. The cast included Ashish Kumar, Jaishree Gadkar, Nalini Chonker, Shahu Modak etc.

Lastly, Shri Harish ji has also confirmed that there are no NFS in Hindi of the combo. I thank him again for all the help he rendered in completing this post.

Song – Jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai (Mata Mahakali)(1968) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, MD – Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

jo ugta hai woh dhalta hai
samay ka chakra chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai

jo ugta hai woh dhalta hai
samay ka chakra chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai

jo ugta hai woh dhalta hai

ye dekho surya ka jalwa
subeh ko jo nikalta hai
ye dekho surya ka jalwa
subeh ko jo nikalta hai
chamkta hai
damakta hai
magar sandhya ko dhalta hai
ye uthne aur girne ka
sada hi khel chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai woh dhalta hai

arey insaan akad mat aaj tu apni bulandi par
arey insaan akad mat aaj tu apni bulandi par
na girte der lagti hai
samay ki ek mandi par
vidhaata ne likha jo lekh
taale se na talta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai
samay ka chakra chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai

jo singhasan par baitha tha
kiya karta tha manmaani
jo singhasan pe baitha tha
kiya karta tha manmaani
wo naukar ban ke teli ka
chalaata hai arey ghaani
samay ke saamne har aadmi ka
kuchh na chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai

lagan panchhi ki pinjar se
jise ye tod na sakta
lagan panchhi ki pinjar se
jise ye tod na sakta
ye toota hai
ye phoota hai
basera chhod na sakta
samay ki baat keechad se
yahaan pankaj nikalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai
samay ka chakra chalta hai
arey maanav sambhal ke chal
samay karwat badalta hai
jo ugta hai wo dhalta hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जो उगता है वो ढलता है
समय का चक्र चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है

जो उगता है वो ढलता है
समय का चक्र चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है

जो उगता है वो ढलता है

ये देखो सूर्य का जलवा
सुबह को को निकलता है
ये देखो सूर्य का जलवा
सुबह को को निकलता है
चमकता है
दमकता है
मगर संध्या को ढलता है
ये उठने और गिरने का
सदा ही खेल चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है

अरे इंसान अकड़ मत आज तू अपनी बुलंदी पर
अरे इंसान अकड़ मत आज तू अपनी बुलंदी पर
ना गिरते देर लगती है
समय की एक मंदी पर
विधाता ने लिखा जो लेख
टाले से ना टलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है
समय का चक्र चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है

जो सिंघासन पर बैठा था
किया करता था मनमानी
जो सिंघासन पर बैठा था
किया करता था मनमानी
वो नौकर बन के तेली का
चलाता है अरे घानी
समय के सामने हर आदमी का कुछ ना चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है

लगन पंछी की पिंजर से
जिसे ये तोड़ ना सकता
लगन पंछी की पिंजर से
जिसे ये तोड़ ना सकता
ये टूटा है
ये फूटा है
बसेरा छोड़ ना सकता
समय की बात कीचड़ से
यहाँ पंकज निकलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है
समय का चक्र चलता है
अरे मानव संभाल के चल
समय करवट बदलता है
जो उगता है वो ढलता है


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 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 :

4422 Post No. : 15837

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Non Film Songs of Mukesh – 01
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“But, I dont remember singing this song.”- Legendary singer Kundan Lal Saigal is said to have said these words on hearing Mukesh’s iconic solo song from Peheli Nazar (1945).
Of all the awards, love, affection and recognition that Mukesh continues to draw the world over, I feel the above words by the legend was the single most and greatest achievement of Mukesh.

Remembering Mukesh on his remembrance day, I humbly start with this new series on his non-film songs.

Mukesh is one of the few singers whose filmi and non-filmi songs continue to be popular among the masses.

Before I proceed further, we must again thank one of the pioneers of compilation of film songs and the untiring efforts of Shri Harish Raghuwanshi, the compiler of Mukesh Geet Kosh. It was because of his widely acclaimed work that a fair and correct number of songs sung by Mukesh came to the fore. He has been most helpful to me in all my previous posts on Mukesh. The conviction with which I conclude and present posts is the assurance given by him that a particular table of song contents is correct. I will always remain hugely indebted to all the help he has rendered.

As we have seen in the past few years, quite a few rare and seldom heard released and unreleased film songs of Mukesh continue to be unearthed from the archives of HFM history.

Same is the case with NF songs. Though there are several lists available on the net, as a matter of fact not all are in the public domain as of now.

As such it is difficult to pin-point the exact number of NF songs sung by Mukesh in this post but we shall proceed with the series and see where we eventually land up. And since this series will generally be devoid of tables etc, I am contemplating writing on my personal experience topics in the forthcoming posts.

However, this post is on Mukesh and his voice. A phenomenal voice which cannot be explained in plain words and continues to enthrall music lovers the world over.

For Mukesh it was never about number of songs. Nor was it about remuneration. There are many recollections by artists who have said that Mukesh upon rendering the songs used to walk away without collecting his fees if the filmmakers were into any financial trouble.

In spite of having huge financial problems in the mid-fifties, Mukesh was never lured by financial gains. And, that is also the reason why he opted to sing many NFS.

It was always about quality of songs that he sang. No wonder it is an indisputable fact that he had the highest hit ratio among all his contemporaries.

Sadness in the voice was his virtue, a trademark that will remain etched in the annals of music for times to come.

For today’s inaugural post of the series, I take up this popular song written by Madhukar Rajasthani and composed by J. P. Kaushik.


Song-Aaj gagan se chanda utra (Mukesh NFS) (1963) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Madhukar Rajasthani, MD-J P Kaushik

Lyrics

aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
apalak dekhoon
keha na sakoon kuchh
hoyi raat nigaahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa

cham cham chamke pathh taaron ka
chham chham karta kaun chala
cham cham chamke pathh taaron ka
chham chham karta kaun chala
sapnon ki tasveer si khinch gayi
door gagan ki raahon mein aen
aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa

jaane kis dhun mein deewaana
madhushaala ke dwaar pe aaya
jaane kis dhun mein deewaana
madhushaala ke dwaar pe aaya
pyaala chhoota haath se uske
bikhra husn ke paanwon mein aen
aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa


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Blog Day :

4421 Post No. : 15832

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No.59
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As was the wont those days ten years ago, six songs were discussed in the blog, in chronological order of their release. The first song, from 1951 was covered first and gradually the other songs were covered in chronological order. The first song was posted at 9 :12 AM and the sixth at 9:58. So by the then prevailing standards of the blog, I may have woken up late. 🙂

Here are the details of the six songs discussed on 26 August 2010:-

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Huye ham jinke liye barbaad Deedaar-1951 All songs covered
Laagi chhoote naa ab to sanam Kaali Topi Laal Roomaal-1959 All songs covered
Agar main poochhoon jawaab doge Shikaari-1963 All songs covered
Dilrubaa dil pe tu Rajkumar-1964 All songs covered
Saanchi kaho mose baalmaa Jawaani Mastaani-1972 03 songs posted
Deepak hai tu piyaa main teri jyoti Gaayatri Mahimaa-1977 Movie made its debut. 01 song posted so far

One can see that the first four movies have already been YIPPEED in the blog. So, that leaves us with just two movies that are eligible for the “Blog Ten Year Challenge” today.

“Gaayatri Mahimaa”(1977) made its debut in the blog ten years ago, and that remains the only song from the movie discussed in the blog, unlike songs of four other movies that got YIPPEED iduring the interim period. So, this slow progressing movie is a fit movie to be taken up for the “Blog Ten Year Challenge”. So here is the second song from the movie. This song is sung by Mukesh and chorus. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

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

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.


Song-Aanand mangal karoon aarti (Gaayatri Mahima)(1977) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Chitragupta
Chorus
Mukesh + Chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Om
Aa aa
Om
Aa aa
Om
Aa aa

Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa
Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa

Chaaron vedon ki janani tu
Mahaamantra ki daataa
Chaaron vedon ki janani tu
Mahaamantra ki daataa

Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa

Aa aa aa
Aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa a aa

Teri mahimaa hai niraali
Tu sabki kare rakhwaali
Teri mahimaa hai niraali
Tu sabki kare rakhwaali

Bhoole bhatke logon ko tu
Sanmaarg dikhaane waali
Gyaan ki devi tu hai maataa aa aa aa
Gyaan ki devi tu hai maataa
Sabki bhaagya vidhaataa
Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa
Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa

Aa aa aa
Aa aa aa aa

Hai teri anupam maayaa
Jiskaa koi paar na paaya
Hai teri anupam maayaa
Jiskaa koi paar na paaya

Hai koti koti sooryon kaa
Tujhme adbhoot tej samaayaa
Tere tej ki ek kiran se ae ae ae
Tere tej ki ek kiran se
Mann ujjwal ho jaataa
Aanand mangal karoon aarti
Jai gaayatri maataa

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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आ आ

आ आ आ

आ आ

आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता
आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता

चारों वेदों की जननी तू
महामंत्र की दाता
चारों वेदों की जननी तू
महामंत्र की दाता

आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता

आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

तेरी महिमा है निराली
तू सबकी करे रखवाली
तेरी महिमा है निराली
तू सबकी करे रखवाली

भूले भटके लोगों को तू
सन्मार्ग दिखाने वाली
ज्ञान की देवी तू है माता आ आ आ
ज्ञान की देवी तू है माता
सब की भाग्य विधाता
आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता
आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता

आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

है तेरी अनुपम माया
जिसका कोई पार न पाया
है तेरी अनुपम माया
जिसका कोई पार न पाया

है कोटि कोटि सूर्यों का
तुझमे अद्भूत तेज समाया
तेरे तेज की एक किरण से ए ए ए
तेरे तेज की एक किरण से
मन उज्जवल हो जाता
आनंद मंगल करूँ आरती
जय गायत्री माता


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 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 :

4387 Post No. : 15747

There are Hindi films in which almost all the songs have become popular. But those films are often identified with a single song in the sense that the name of the film brings back the memory of the most popular song of that film which has been stuck in the minds of the listeners for long. I give below a sample list of five films which are often identified with one of its popular songs:

Aaraam (1951): ae jaan-e-jigar dil mein samaane aajaa
Yahudi (1958): ye mera deewaanapan hai
Bambai Ka Babu (1960): chal ri sajni ab kya soche
Soorat Aur Seerat (1962): bahut diya dene waale ne tuhjko
Bandini (1963): o jaane waale ho sake to laut ke aana

The significance of these five films with songs mentioned thereagainst is that all these five songs have been sung by Mukesh and that too the only song he has rendered in these films. That is the power of Mukesh’s melonchalic voice laced with sadness. Mukesh had said in one of his interviews that if he has a choice of 10 songs to sing, out of which one is a sad song, he would reject remaining nine songs.

Today, July 22, 2020 is the 97th birth anniversary of Mukesh Chand Mathur (22/07/1923 – 27/08/1976).  Mukesh, like many of his compatriot popular playback singers needs no introduction on the blog. Moreover, there are a number of detailed posts on Mukesh in the blog. So, I will limit the coverage in this article to the stages of his zigzag filmy career which ended with a high note.

Motilal, a distant relative of Mukesh was already impressed by his singing. When Mukesh came to Mumbai, sometime  1940, Motilal placed him under the tutelage of Pandit Jagannath Prasad, a Hindustani classical vocalist, for training in singing. During the training, Mukesh became acquainted with Raj Kapoor who would occasionally come for training as a substitute for his mother who was practicing classical singing with Pandit Jagannath Prasad whenever she was free from her household work. One of those days when Mukesh was practising a particular Raag, Raj Kapoor loved his voice and felt that his own voice paled compared to Mukesh’s voice. At that time, Mukesh said to Raj Kapoor that he could take his voice. At that time, both were in their teens and I do not think that Mukesh had ever thought that one day he would become the voice of Raj Kapoor on the screen.

While his musical training was going on, Mukesh got an opportunity to work with Nalini Jaywant in a film (I guess, it was National Studio’s ‘Radhika’ 1941). However, his father did not permit him to act in the film. When the same production house was planning to make a new film for which they were looking for a young new comer as a hero opposite Nalini Jaywant, they again approached Mukesh. This time, his father permitted him to join the film. ‘Nirdosh’ (1941) became his first film in which he was an actor-singer. The film flopped.

It is well known that KL Saigal was Mukesh’s idol and had adopted his singing style. From his eagerness to become an actor, Mukesh seems to have been also obsessed with becoming a great actor-singer like KL Saigal.  Even after the failure of his first film, Mukesh tried as a side actor in ‘Dukh Sukh’ (1942), ‘Addab Arz’ (1943) and ‘Uss Paar’ (1944) but could not get success as an actor-singer.  He had almost made up his mind to return to Delhi when Motilal came to his rescue and manage to get Mukesh sing for him in ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945).

How Mukesh got to sing his first song, “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” as a playback singer in ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945) is well documented in the write-up covering the song on the blog itself. So, I will not go into it. But Mukesh was not yet out of wood then. When the film was completed and was being previewed before its release, producer-director Mazhar Khan decided to delete this song as he felt that the sad song did not suit Motilal’s personality who has been known as a flamboyant actor by his fans.

When Mukesh came to know about it, he met Mazhar Khan and requested to retain his song. Mazhar Khan said that this song was boring and it was dragging the smooth movement of the story in the film. After a lot of pleading by Mukesh, Mazhar Khan agreed to retain the song for one week after the release of the film. If the public liked the song, it would be retained in the film. Otherwise, the song would be deleted from the film. Mukesh also got some breather as due to communal riots, the release of the film was delayed. As we know now, this song became the most popular amongst the songs of the film. This song also became a turning point in the career of Mukesh as he turned to playback singing as a career rather than the actor-singer. [Source: Last Interview of Mukesh by BBC Hindi Services].

During 1945 to 1953, Mukesh concentrated on his career as a playback singer and rendered nearly 200 songs. During this time, he had become the main playback singer to actors like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Premnath, Motilal, Prem Adib etc.

When his career as a playback singer was firmly in saddle, again the bug of becoming an actor-singer seems to have bitten him. In 1951, Mukesh had already turned producer with ‘Malhaar’ (1951). In 1953, he once again tried his luck as actor-singer in ‘Mashooqa’ (1953) opposite Suraiya. The film miserably failed at the box office. Not to be discouraged by the failure, he once again tried his luck by producing ‘Anuraag’ (1956) with himself in the lead role opposite Usha Kiran. This film also failed at the box office.

In his quest for becoming an actor-singer, Mukesh lost out both as an actor and a playback singer. But more than the failure of the films, Mukesh’s career as a playback singer was majorly affected as, due to his non-availability, music directors like Naushad shifted his preference for Mohammed Rafi and Talat Mehmood. During this period, Rafi had emerged as number one playback singer. Other music directors like SD Burman, C Ramchandra, Madan Mohan, Roshan etc had also switched over mainly to Rafi as their lead male playback singer. Even Shankar-Jaikishan had to rely on Manna Dey for Raj Kapoor in films like ‘Shri 420’ (1955) and ‘Chori Chori’ (1956) for some songs.  During 1953-56, Mukesh’s output as a playback singer (other than his own films as actor-singer) was dismally low at less than 20 songs.

In Hindi film industry, it is extremely difficult to regain the lost ground as there is constant competitions to take over the ground from those who have lost it. Mukesh had to face a lot of hardship in terms of his financial position as he had heavily lost money in his film making ventures. Added to his woes was that his mentor, Anil Biswas had almost retired as music director towards the end of 1950s. Motilal, another mentor who would demand Mukesh as his voice (he done that in ‘Jaagte Raho, 1956 when it was originally recorded in Manna Dey’s voice) was no longer doing the role of the lead actor in the films.

It was Raj Kapoor, the trusted friend of Mukesh from the days of making ‘Aag’ (1948), who had a major role in rehabilitating Mukesh as playback singer post 1956 years. Mukesh continued to sing  for Raj Kapoor in most of his films. Later on, he also became the voice for Manoj Kumar in most of his films. The popularity of the songs of films like ‘Phir Subah Hogi’ (1958), ‘Madhumati’ (1958), ‘Anari’ (1959), ‘Chhalia’ (1960), ‘Hariyali Aur Raasta’ (1962), ‘Himalay Ki Godi Mein’ (1965) re-established as one of the foremost playback singers.  Starting with the voice of the superstars of 1940s and 50s like Motilal. Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, Mukesh sang for the superstars of 1970s like Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. He continued to maintain his status as one of the leading playback singers of 1970s  till his unfortunate death on August 27, 1976. Even during the emergence of Kishore Kumar as playback singer post-1970, Mukesh clocked a little over 200 songs during 1971-76 (including few songs spilling over post-1976), mainly because no other playback singers could replicate the pathos in his singing.

On the occasion of the 97th birth anniversary of Mukesh, I have selected an inspirational song, “Hai Ye Zameen Hamaari Wo Aaasmaan Hamaara” sung by him for the film ‘Saara Jahaan Hamaara’ (1961). The song is written by Anjum Jaipuri and is set to music by Baabul. I could not locate the video clip of the song on-line, but I have watched a very small video clip of the song which shows that it is a stage song picturised on Premnath.

Song – Hai Ye Zameen Hamaari Wo Aasmaan Hamaara (Saara Jahaan Hamaara) (1961) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Anjum Jaipuri, MD – Baabul

Lyrics

hai ye zameen hamaari
wo aasmaan hamaara
lo aaj waqt badla
saara jahaan hamaara
hai ye zameen hamaari
 
hum jis taraf chale hain
duniya badal gayi hai
tufaan hat gaya hai
aandhi sambhal gayi hai
karta hai naaz khud par
har ek jawaan hamaara
lo aaj waqt badala
saara jahaan hamaara
hai ye zameen hamaari
 
kashti ko le chale hain
maujon pe hum khushi ki
kashti ko le chale hain
maujon pe hum khushi ki
aawaaz aa rahi hai
kaanon mein zindagi ki
roke nahi rukega
ab kaarwaan hamaara
lo aaj waqt badala
saara jahaan hamaara
hai ye zameen hamaari
 
ye chimaniyaan milon ki
ye taaj ke minaare
ye chimaniyaan milon ki
ye taaj ke minaare
ganga ki behti maujen
jamna ke tej dhaare
dharti ka zarra zarra
hai raazdaan hamaara
lo aaj waqt badala
saara jahaan hamaara
hai ye zameen hamaari
 
paighaam de rahen hain
hum sabko dosti ka
paighaam de rahen hain
hum sabko dosti ka
danka baja rahe hain  
duniya mein shaanti ka
insaaniyat ka jhanda

hai ab nishaan hamaara
lo aaj waqt badala
saara jahaan hamaara
hai ye zameen hamaari

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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है ये ज़मीं हमारी
वो आसमां हमारा’
लो आज वक़्त बदला
सारा जहां हमारा
है ये ज़मीं हमारी

हम जिस तरफ चले हैं
दुनिया बादल गई है
तूफान हट गया है
आँधी संभाल गई है
करता है नाज़ खुद पर
हर एक जवां हमारा
लो आज वक़्त बदला
सारा जहां हमारा
है ये ज़मीं हमारी

कश्ती को ले चले हैं
मौजों पे हम खुशी की
कश्ती को ले चले हैं
मौजों पे हम खुशी की
आवाज़ आ रही है
कानों में ज़िंदगी की
रोके नहीं रुकेगा
अब कारवां हमारा
लो आज वक़्त बदला
सारा जहां हमारा
है ये ज़मीं हमारी

ये चिमनियाँ मिलों की
ये ताज के मीनारे
ये चिमनियाँ मिलों की
ये ताज के मीनारे
गंगा की बहती मौजें
जमना के तेज़ धारे
धरती का ज़र्रा ज़र्रा
है राज़दां हमारा
लो आज वक़्त बदला
सारा जहां हमारा
है ये ज़मीं हमारी

पैग़ाम दे रहें हैं
हम सबको दोस्ती का
पैग़ाम दे रहें हैं
हम सबको दोस्ती का
डंका बजा रहे हैं
दुनिया में शांति का
इंसानियत का झण्डा
है अब निशां हमारा
लो आज वक़्त बदला
सारा जहां हमारा
है ये ज़मीं हमारी


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 :

4353 Post No. : 15669

ना कजरे की धार
ना मोतियों के हार
ना कोई किया सिंगार 
फिर भी कितनी सुंदर हो
तुम कितनी सुन्दर हो

Yes, this song is from film ‘Mohra’ (1994). Ah but I am not bringing on the film version of the song.

This very song was earlier and originally sung by Mukesh in his inimitable voice in the sixties. The film for which he had sang never reached proper production stages. The song has since remained and gets counted amongst the many NFS that he sang. There are almost no details available about Mukesh version and hence this post will be quite short and devoid of any tables, histograms etc. 🙂

But then, I do not want to make the post too short either and so let me write something about the 1994 film which I have never seen. I am told it had a rather unexpected climax and so pondering if I should watch only the ending. 🙂

I consider myself qualified to write about the 1994 film as it is yet to make its debut on the blog which is quite surprising. There is a well-established wiki page of the movie on the net and I request interested readers to visit it for much of the details.

One of the apparent reasons as to why the song sung by Mukesh was included in the film could be probably because Viju Shah the music director of the film is the son of music director Kalyanji Virji Shah of composer duo Kalyanji Anandji. The lyric writer obviously remained Indeewar.

The film has 3-4 versions of the song sung by Pankaj Udhas and Sandhana Sargam.  All these years, I was under the impression that at least the romantic version was picturised on Raveena Tandon but it does not seem to be.

And, with such poor knowledge of “new films”, I am happy I seldom venture into this rather unfamiliar territory. I am sure more knowledgeable contributors will take up the film song and write in detail about the many versions.

As usual, I reached out to Shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji, the Surat based complier of Mukesh Geetkosh to see if I could get more details about the Mukesh version. He gave several leads such as searching the register where song was to be recorded, contacting any of the Kalyanji-Anandji’s orchestra team etc. He has also written to me stating that he has contacted Anandji, Indeewar, Mohnish Behl etc to get some leads but to no avail. All he remembers is the film being about Navagraha. I thank him for the continuous support and help I receive.

All these efforts of tracing the film that never took off being quite an ordeal, I decided to go ahead and represent this post on the blog. What is more important is that the complete song sung by Mukesh is available on several platforms and is a treat to listen.

Song – Na Kajre Ki Dhaar, Na Motiyon Ke Haar  (NFS-Mukesh) (1960s) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Indiwar, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

na kajre ki dhaar
na motiyon ke haar
na koi kiya singaar
phir bhi kitni sunder ho
tum kitni sunder ho

na kajre ki dhaar
na motiyon ke haar
na koi kiya singaar
phir bhi kitni sunder ho
tum kitni sunder ho

tu taazgi phoolon ki
kya saadgi ka kehna
tu taazgi phoolon ki
kya saadgi ka kehna
singaar tera yauwan
yauwan hi tera gehna
teri soorat jaise moorat
main dekhoon baar baar
na kajre ki dhaar
na motiyon ke haar
na koi kiya singaar
phir bhi kitni sunder ho
tum kitni sunder ho

tera ang sachcha sona
muskaan sachche moti
tera ang sachcha sona
muskaan sachche moti
tere honth hain madhushala
tu roop ki hai jyoti
ude khushboo jab chale tu
boley to bajey sitaar
na kajre ki dhaar
na motiyon ke haar
na koi kiya singaar
phir bhi kitni sunder ho
tum kitni sunder ho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ना कजरे की धार
ना मोतियों के हार
ना कोई किया सिंगार
फिर भी कितनी सुंदर हो
तुम कितनी सुंदर हो

ना कजरे की धार
ना मोतियों के हार
ना कोई किया सिंगार
फिर भी कितनी सुंदर हो
तुम कितनी सुंदर हो

तू ताज़गी फूलों की
क्या सादगी का कहना
तू ताज़गी फूलों की
क्या सादगी का कहना
सिंगार तेरा यौवन
यौवन ही तेरा गहना
तेरी सूरत जैसे मूरत
मैं देखूँ बार बार
ना कजरे की धार
ना मोतियों के हार
ना कोई किया सिंगार
फिर भी कितनी सुंदर हो
तुम कितनी सुंदर हो

तेरा अंग सच्चा सोना
मुस्कान सच्चे मोती
तेरा अंग सच्चा सोना
मुस्कान सच्चे मोती
तेरे होंठ हैं मधुशाला
तू रूप की है ज्योति
उड़े खुशबू जब चले तू
बोले तो बजे सितार
ना कजरे की धार
ना मोतियों के हार
ना कोई किया सिंगार
फिर भी कितनी सुंदर हो
तुम कितनी सुंदर 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 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: 4331 Post No.: 15625

Today, May 27, 2020 is the 56th Remembrance Day of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. I also remember this day for two other reasons. First, it was the day when my SSC result was out in the morning and second, I had to attend my maternal uncle’s marriage. That day was almost like current lockdown situation except that the trains were running and we could go out. A pall of gloom was visible on almost every one’s faces I met at the marriage. The question in their mind was ‘After Nehru, Who?

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a visionary and the architect of modern India. For a newly independent country, charting of a growth path was necessary. The policies were directed towards creating infrastructure facilities like construction of major dams, power plants and setting up of heavy industries like steel plants, engineering and chemicals. Higher educational institutes like Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs), the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and other scientific institutes like All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMs) were set up. He was also the architect of non-alignment movement during the cold-war years.

There were also brickbats for Pandit Nehru’s policies. His handling of Kashmir issue in 1948 and his China policies were highly criticised. Also, the food crisis in the 1960s were blamed for not giving importance to the agricultural sector in the Five-year plans. The foremost critics of Nehruvian policies in those days were Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia of Socialist Party, Hem Barua, H V Kamath and Barrister Nath Pai of Praja Socialist Party, Balraj Madhok of Jan Sangh and Hiren Mukherjee of Communist Party of India. Despite their relatively much lower number of seats in the parliaments, they were forces to reckon with as the leaders from the opposition parties.

I remember in my teen that during the parliament sessions that the newspapers will carry front-page news of the criticism of Government’s policies by one or more of the names of the leaders I mentioned above. Some of these names may not ring bell to the new generations. Most of them were good orators. It was the charismatic presence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who aptly handled heated debate upholding the democratic norms in the parliament.

After the General Election of 1957, one more strong critic of Pandit Nehru’s policies entered the Lok Sabha. He was 33-year old Atal Bihari Vajpayee of Jan Sangh. There used to be heated arguments between the young Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pandit Nehru in Lok Sabha. One of the anecdotes which Atal Bihari Vajpayee revealed during a ‘no confidence’ motion against his Government in 1996, proves that despite serious differences, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s admired Atal ji’s performance in the Lok Sabha. Let us read in Vajpayee’s own words which he spoke in Hindi (translated by me in English):

Once during the heated debate in the Lok Sabha, I told Nehru ji that he had a mixed personality in which he was both Churchill and Chamberlain (former prime ministers of the U K – first was supposed to be hawkish and the second dovish in crisis management). Nehru ji did not get angry. In the evening, I attended at a function organised for a visiting foreign dignitary. At the venue, Nehru ji saw me and called at his place to complement me for my rousing speech of that day in the Lok Sabha. He took me to one of the foreign dignitaries and introduced me by saying ‘he is a young leader from the opposition who always criticises me, but I see in him a great future’.

And what a great statesman Atal Bihari was as well. In 1977, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Foreign Minister, he came to South Block to take charge of his ministry. While walking in the lobby of his office, he noticed that Nehru ji’s portrait was missing from the wall. He called his officials and asked them as to what happened to the portrait. There was no answer. After some time, he found that Nehru ji’ portrait was back in its place. Both these anecdotes indicate the greatness of both these leaders and their relationship in which there was no malice despite serious political differences.

Some of the IPTA members belonging to Hindi film fraternity were also the critics of the Nehruvian policies. Majrooh Sultanpuri in 1948 wrote a poem calling Pandit Nahru a stooge of Hitler and the slave of the Commonwealth for which he was arrested in 1949 by the then Chief Minister of Bombay State, Morarji Desai. Sahir Ludhianvi’s satirical song, cheen o arab hamaara hindustaan hamaara had an implicit criticism of the Government’s policies for widening the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘haves not’.

Shailendra was also the critics of Nehru. He had written a sarcastic poem on Nehru’s visit to the UK in June 1953 to attend the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth. In today’s scenario, probably, Shailendra would have become a persona non grata in South Block. But with Pandit Nehru, it was different. The following anecdote which I read on the facebook page of Dinesh Shankar Shailendra, the youngest son of Shailendra, throws some light which indicates that Pandit Nehru had no malice towards his critics.

Sometime after the Chinese aggression in October 1962, Pandit Nehru invited some members of Indian Film Industry to Delhi to personally thank them for doing programmes for the Indian Army to boost their moral and also raise funds. Raj Kapoor with his core team comprising Shankar-Jaikishan, Mukesh, Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra were also the guests. All the guests were waiting at the venue but Nehru ji got delayed. A bored Shailendra told Raj Kapoor that he was tired of waiting and would like to go back to his hotel room. He also said that there were so many important guests and he would not be missed. Raj Kapoor agreed.

After some time, Pandit Nehru arrived and personally met all his guests. While talking to Raj Kapoor, Pandit Nehru suddenly asked ‘Where is Shailendra? – the man who wrote hothon pe sachchaayi rehti hai, jis desh mein ganga behti hai. Raj Kapoor was in a quandary. He immediately sent Shankar to bring Shailendra from his hotel room which he did. A relieved Raj Kapoor proudly introduced Shailendra to Pandit Nehru who insisted getting photographed exclusively with Shailendra. Nehru ji told Shailendra that he would personally sign the picture and send it to him which he did.

It was, therefore, no surprise that the finest tributes to Pandit Nehru following his death on May 27, 1964 came from his critics. After reading them, I feel that they have all come from the bottom of their hearts and also out of immense respect for him. Kaifi Azmi wrote a heart-felt song, meri aawaaz suno, pyaar ka raag suno for ‘Naunihaal’ (1967). He also wrote a nazm, Nehru in 1964. Sahir Ludhianvi wrote a nazm, Jawaharlal Nehru soon after the death of Pandit Nehru.

Pandit Nehru was a great admirer of Hindi and Urdu poetry. He was a fan of poets like Josh Malihabadi, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala and Harivanshrai Bachchan with whom he used to interact with them on poetry. There are anecdotes on Pandit Nehru’s friendship with these poets which also reveal that Pandit Nehru took criticism from his friends without malice towards them.

Pandit Nehru was instrumental in setting up of Children’s Film Society of India in 1955. He had invited Kidar Sharma to direct the first film for the children, ‘Jaldeep’ (1956). The film won the award of the best film under children’s film category at Cannes Film Festival in 1957. For the next children’s film, ‘Bachhon Se Baaten’ (1957), Kidar Sharma requested Nehru ji as a part of the film. One can say that Pandit Nehru acted in a film where he was the main actor. [Source: Kidar Sharma’s autobiography, ‘One And Lonely Kidar Sharma’ (2002)].

Shailendra wrote a non-film song as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru. On the occasion of the 56th Remembrance Day of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, I am presenting the same non-film song ‘phool khilega baaghon mein’ (1964) which is rendered by Mukesh. The song is set to music by Shankar-Jaikishan.

Audio Clip:

Song-Phool khilega baaghon mein jab tak ghulaab hai pyaara (Mukesh NFS)(1964) Singer-Mukesh, Unknown voie, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Chorus
Chorus + Mukesh

Lyrics

Chacha Nehru
amar rahen
Chacha Nehru
amar rahen
Chacha Nehru
amar rahen

phool khilega baaghon mein
jab tak gulaab kaa pyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par
Nehru naam tumhaara
jab tak hai iss jag mein
chanda suraj kaa ujiyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

humko hai dukh humne kho daala apna humjholi
jiske saath deewaali thhi uske sang khelen holi
kaun bada ab hum jaise ban ke khilwaad karega
pyaar karega jhagdega jhoothi taqraar karega
khilega jag ke aangan mein
jab tak bachpan pyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

kaun manga kar dega humko bhaalu haathi cheete
bachpan ke din apne to bachpan se pehle beete
kaun hamen chitti likhega pyaar bhari bhaasha mein
haay tumhen bhi hum likh paate kaash aur tum jeete
jab tak bachche muskaayenge youn nirmal jaldhaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

wo muskaan hamaare jaisi hriday jeetne waali
wo gussa jo sheetal hai jaise barkha matwaali
wo ghudki jo sikhlaati hai sabak yaad kar lena
wo baaten jaise bikhraaye phool phool ki daali
yaad aayengi jab tak dukh mein degi yaad sahaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

phool khilega baaghon mein jab tak gulaab ka pyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

chale gaye ho lekin lagta hai tum yahin chhupe ho
jaise hum bachchon se aankh micholi khel rahe ho
bagiyaa ke phoolon mein bikhri hai muskaan tumhaari
nadiyon ke sang chalte ho parvat ke saath khade ho
jab tak baaki hai duniya mein jo kuchh bhi hai pyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

kabhi na bhoolenge hum tumne itna pyaar diya hai
kabhi na murjhaayega tumne jo gulzaar diya hai
hamen tumhaari yaadon ki saugandh ke hum bachche bhi
yogya banenge uske tumne jo sansaar diya hai
jab tak mehnat ke haathon jaayega vishwa sanwaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara

hum sachche insaan banen
hum dost banen vishwaasi
hum chaahe jo hon pahle hon achchhe Bharatwaasi
kabhi na ho ab jung zameen par
desh rahen sab mil kar
jung ek hi ho duniya mein
bhookh rog aur dukh par
jab tak bahti hai is duniya mein Ganga ki dhaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par chaacha naam tumhaara
phool khilega baaghon mein
jab tak gulaab kaa pyaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par
chaacha naam tumhaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par
chaacha naam tumhaara
tab tak zinda hai dharti par
chaacha naam tumhaara


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 :

4320 Post No. : 15606 Movie Count :

4298

I am reminded of Halley’s comet when I started writing this post. Relevance and context. . .?

Well, as they say…. samajhne waale samajh gaye hain

Anyway, coming to this unique post, all I can say is that I was surprised when I was asked to go ahead with the song by none other than Sudhir ji. There is some email interaction happening between self, Atul ji and Sudhir ji on another topic.  In this interchange of emails and out of the blue, I was suggested to take up today’s “song”.

This song is from a film that never got completed. The film was shelved and the ‘song’ technically is from an unreleased film.

I am a huge admirer and follower of the rules of this blog such as.

  1. Only Hindi film and non-film songs are represented.
  2. Every song is represented only once, no matter how important or popular it is.
  3. Lyrics are a must in each post for the song represented.
  4. Multiple-version songs from the same film are considered as one.
    Etc.

Of course, there are some exceptions, such as room for songs rendered in English in our Hindi films etc. “Wish Me Luck” from ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970), “My Heart Is Beating” from ‘Julie’ (1975) etc. being such examples. But then, I understand, deviations do require some permission and go-ahead from the bosses. 🙂

Well, how about a shelved and incomplete film.? Yes, we do have many such representations also. So, what’s unique about today’s song? Ok, the interesting thing about today’s song is that it is

  1. From an unreleased/incomplete/shelved film
  2. Recording of the song is not available
  3. The singer has sung the song in a concert

With this background, I bring forth a song sung in a concert by Mukesh from the film ‘Chalaak’ (some sources attribute the making year to 1966) which never saw the light of the day. Not much information is available about this film on the web, but I happened to find a very interesting and detailed article of this film authored by one Mr Karan Bali, and posted on the blog named ‘Upper Stall’. Here is the link to the full article – https://upperstall.com/features/incomplete-films-chalaak/.

Since the story behind the incomplete film is important, I am copy pasting the relevant paras from the same article. Readers are requested to read his detailed article from the link above as it also has some rare photographs taken during the shooting of this incomplete film. The sad tale of this film is linked with the equally sad life story of Madhubala, who was the heroine in this film.

Sometime around 1964, once she felt a little better, Madhubala decided to make a comeback and finish her work on yet another film that was stalled for quite some time, called Chalaak, where she was cast opposite Raj Kapoor. The film was being produced and directed by JK Nanda, who had directed singing star KL Saigal’s last film Parwana (1947), besides having worked with Madhubala earlier in films like Singaar (1949) and Dhake Ki Malmal (1956). The film also starred Agha, Om Prakash and Jeevan, while the music for the film was being scored by Raj Kapoor regulars Shankar-Jaikishan. According to the July 15, 1960 issue of Screen, some ten reels were in the can by then. Some more filming took place before Madhubala’s ailment again brought the film to a halt. It is said that she collapsed on the sets and was advised strict bed rest thereafter. Still determined to finish it, sometime around 1966, Madhubala again made a valiant attempt to complete the film. Stills of her from the film show just how ill she was, her still-beautiful face looking shrunken and heavily made up, a deep sadness in those famous twinkling eyes.

However, the physical effort to complete Chalaak proved too much for the actress. The film shut down shop for good. It was all the more tragic as it is said that Chalaak had just a few more filming days left. And in less than 3 years after its shelving, the Venus of the Indian screen left this world on February 23, 1969, when just 36. . .

While no records of the film’s music came out, Mukesh did sing a song from the film at some of his concerts. At one such function in the 1960s, he declared the film had not released but would soon be seen in the theatres. As we know that never happened. . .

The film never got released, however one solitary recording of Mukesh singing this song at a concert in Mombasa (Kenya) is thankfully available. I was aware of this song and had also heard it a few times on the net. But, for the reasons mentioned above regarding the rules of the blog, I was under the impression that I may not be entertained for posting it on the blog. However, when I was offered to represent this concert song, I grabbed it with both the hands. I thank Atul ji and Sudhir ji for giving me an opportunity to represent this unique song on the blog.

In connection with the writing of this post, I was also in touch with Shri Harish ji of Surat who as usual was quite prompt in his help and replies. I thank him for the help rendered.

I do not want to promise but can assure readers that the comet will appear soon again. 🙂

Song – Bata De Meri Jaan Tere Dil Mein Kya Hai  (Chalaak) (UR) (1960s) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

bata de meri jaan

bata de meri jaan ke tere dil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai

roz sapnon mein tu aati kyon hai
roz sapnon mein tu aati kyon hai
apne aashiq ko sataati kyon hai
roz sapnon mein tu aati kyon hai
apne aashiq ko sataati kyon hai
ye raaz kholiye
kuchh to boliye
ye raaz kholiye
kuchh to boliye
ke aankehn tu hum se churati kyon hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai

kya tere dil mein wo gehraai hai
kya tere dil mein wo gehraai hai
jis mein hum dooben wo tanhaai hai
kya tere dil mein wo gehraai hai
jis mein hum dooben wo tanhaai hai
ik nazar daal idhar
o meri jaan e jigar
ik nazar daal idhar
o meri jaan e jigar
keh de to tod ke taare laa doon
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
pyaar bhare dil ki mehfil mein kya hai
bata de meri jaan tere dil mein kya hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बता दे मेरी जान

बता दे मेरी जान के तेरे दिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है

रोज़ सपनों में तू आती क्यों है
रोज़ सपनों में तू आती क्यों है
अपने आशिक को सताती क्यों है
रोज़ सपनों में तू आती क्यों है
अपने आशिक को सताती क्यों है
ये राज़ खोलिए
कुछ तो बोलिए
ये राज़ खोलिए
कुछ तो बोलिए
के आँखें तू हमसे चुराती क्यों है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है

क्या तेरे दिल में वो गहराई है
क्या तेरे दिल में वो गहराई है
जिस में हम डूबें वो तनहाई है
क्या तेरे दिल में वो गहराई है
जिस में हम डूबें वो तनहाई है
इक नज़र डाल इधर
ओर मेरी जान ए जिगर
इक नज़र डाल इधर
ओर मेरी जान ए जिगर
कह दे तो तोड़ के तारे ला दूँ
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
प्यार भरे दिल की महफिल में क्या है
बता दे मेरी जान तेरे दिल में क्या है

 

 


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 : 4057 Post No. : 15190

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 10
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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 43
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As Gajendra ji had commented, couple of episodes ago – I am quite sure the readers are now beyond getting surprised by the songs posted in this series. Yes, some very interesting repeats, but oh well. . .

The interesting thing about today’s post is, well, two things. It is the singer’s Remembrance Day today, as well as, we also are showcasing the song as part of the 10 year challenge series.

10 years ago, this day, six songs were posted. Those were the days, when Atul ji was at his prolific best, and six new songs on the blog was quite the norm. And he followed an interesting convention. The songs he posted on one day, used to be in the incremental chronological order, as you can notice in the short table below.

Chup Hojaa Ameeron Ke Ye Sone Ki Ghadi Hai Bandi 1957 1814
O Pawan Veg Se Udne Waale Ghode Jai Chittod 1961 1815
More Ang Lag Jaa Baalmaa Mera Naam Joker 1970 1816
Gore Gore Gaalon Waale…Kahte Hain Mujhko Haseenon Ka Devtaa Haseenon Ka Devta 1971 1817
Mile Mile Do Badan Khile Khile Do Chaman Blackmail 1973 1818
Pahraa Hai Yahaan Pahraa Badnaam 1975 1819

There were two debut films that day – ‘Jai Chittod’ and ‘Haseenon Ka Devta’. And quite interestingly, both the films are at present miles away from being yippeee’d. Since that day, only one song has been added for ‘Jai Chittod’ (12 songs listed in Geet Kosh), and none for ‘Haseenon Ka Devta’ (6 songs listed in Geet Kosh). The remaining 4 films, ‘Bandi’ (1957), ‘Blackmail’ (1973), ‘Badnaam’ (1975) and ‘Mera Naam Joker’, the magnum opus by Raj Kapoor, have completed their account on the blog.

And yet, today, “Mera Naam Joker’ makes another appearance here, on account of an unlisted song. In that, it is a repeat song from RK’s own film from 1951 – ‘Awaara’. Being his own film, of course it would have been a simple thing to reuse the earlier song.

In the iconic song “Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo”, the poet Neeraj declares,

haan babu ye circus hai
aur ye circus hai show teen ghante ka

pehla ghanta bachpan hai
doosra jawaani hai
teesra buddhaapa hai

The entire film was presented as three chapters, with two intermissions. And quite literally, RK has presented three phases of life in these three segments – childhood, youth, and old age. And in each of these phases, there is a different lady with whom the Joker’s heart gets entangled. And every time, his emotions and timid overtures are eventually disregarded – in face of certain compulsions of life that each one of those lady characters struggle with, in their own lives. In the first phase, there is a mismatch of age. In the second, there is a mismatch of location / language / societal background. And in the third, there is a mismatch of aspirations in life versus the values of life.

The reprisal of this song occurs close to the end of the second segment. The Joker has lost his heart to a circus artist visiting from Russia. And as their visit and stay comes to a close, the lady has to leave, and go back to her own country with her group. The circus manager (role played by Dharmendra), in an earlier conversation, has already cautioned him against getting too friendly with the visitors. That caution has now become a prophesy realized. Marina (role played by Russian actress Kseniya Ryabinkina) has to leave. The Joker is at the airport, with Sher Singh (role played by Dara Singh), his partner in crime, or let’s say, his ustaad in the art of romance. The Joker has come to bid farewell to the departing Russian troupe, and his lady love, who cannot stay. There is a brief exchange between the two lovers, and the lady leaves, planting a kiss on the Joker’s lips, and waving a good bye. Sher Singh asks the Joker as to what the lady has said in her native language. The Joker replies forlornly, that her words reminded him of an old song.

And then this song from two decades earlier is played once again, as a background piece. Marina walks to the plane, and the plane departs. And the verses penned by Shailendra are re-told yet once again in the life of the Joker –

duniya mein tere teer ka
ya taqdeer ka maara hoon. . .

This verse segment is the one that I never seem to have been able to get over all my life.  “That, in this life of mine, I have been vanquished either by my own destiny, or the glance arrows coming from your eyes – I do not know which one.” Such a powerful assertion in just ten words, ensconcing within itself a myriad philosophies of life, in a moment narrating and laying bare everything that can and could have gone wrong in an overwhelmed life. The emotions these ten words evoke inside, lie crumpled, tightly wound like a giant ball of thread, with no end visible – not enough words to unravel it and express it.

This song is probably one of the most recognizable songs ever in the ocean of Hindi film music – not only here in India, but also in many parts of this world, where RK’s films are loved as part of their own cultures. The first few bars of the prelude music start to play, and practically every one can recognize which song is coming up. And so, I remember, the first time I saw ‘Mera Naam Joker’, and this scene played out on the screen, and the Joker tells about being reminded of an old favorite song, and the prelude music begins to play – it was quite a shock of recognition that overpowered the heart. Yes, RK presenting this song at this juncture, makes all the sense, rounds up everything that he has been wanting to say through this film – ‘Mera Naam Joker’ – a wayward truant clown I am in this life.

An interesting throwback on this song – it was also repeated within the original film itself. Regular folks would remember, the closing scene – Nargis and Prithviraj Kapoor are visiting RK in the prison, after he has been incarcerated post his trial. It is a brief meeting – about two minutes or so. And as Nargis is asked to take leave, there is this standard dialogue that RK utters – “. . . meri soorat hi aisi hai”. Overcome by the understated innocence and simplicity, plus the unpretentious hangdog look on his face, Nargis once again rushes back into his arms, and exactly the same stanza starts to play in the background.

A few interesting observations about these two reprisals. Take the music and rendition. The song that plays in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is very nearly the original, but as one listens carefully, one can make out small pieces of extra orchestral music that S-J have weaved in, merging it with the overall background score of the scene. And in the original film ‘Awaara’, the rendition has a small variation at the end. The words of the last line that Mukesh has sung include a very delicate and lovable “हाय” ~ “haaye” –

haaye. . .
awaara hoon..oon..oon. . .

This addition has made this line oh so much more endearing and adorable. Listening to this last one snippet made my day – more than all the pleasure and emotions that are flowing with the original complete version of the song. So surely, this segment, or at least this last line has been re-recorded, even then back in 1951, and presented separately as the end piece.

Next, in both these reprisals, there is a close, very close proximity of the lady love. In ‘Awaara’, the kiss almost happens – just short of the waving scissors of the censor board. And in ‘Mera Naam Joker’, the kiss does happen, with Marina forcefully planting it on the lips of the Joker. Oh well, I don’t know – should we expect a kiss, whenever this part of the song is played ??  Ha, ha, I am sure you will tell me – it happens only in the reel world. 🙂 🙂

Another cute co-incidence I discovered in the last scene of ‘Awaara’. RK and Nargis are in each others arms, and a loud voice calls out in the background, probably the prison warden or constable – “ओ क़ैदी नंबर 308, चलो” (“O prisoner no. 308, come on move.”). I made a little connect in my mind – I don’t know whether that was the intention of the director and dialogue writer. The number 308 – it rang a bell. 308 –> 30-8 –> 30th August –> Shailendra’s birthday. 🙂 🙂

Back to ‘Mera Naam Joker’, I might as well document it here, for possibly no more posts of this film could be forthcoming in the future. The three ladies who appear in each of the three chapters of this film, just examine the screen names – Mary, Marina, Meena. Sound quite connected, flowing right into each other. You combine Mary and Meena – becomes Marina. Just some musings of the wandering mind. Just like the three magazines that RK, Rajendra Kumar and Padmini are seen browsing through on the flight – Time (Padmini), Fortune (Rajendra Kumar) and Life (RK). 🙂 🙂

And then, back to Mukesh, after all so much wandering of the silly mind over the terrain of anecdotes and co-incidences. Even till late afternoon today, I hadn’t the faintest idea whether I would be writing post for the remembrance day today. Mahesh ji’s post, so wholesome and so satisfying, after posting that in early morning, I was not picking up new ideas to write another post on Mukesh. Later, in the afternoon, I was just browsing through the list of songs etc., and don’t know why, but I decided to check out the 10-year-challenge thing for today. Pulled out the list of songs for 27-08-2009. The title ‘Mera Naam Joker’ jumped out at me immediately, and before I could say bambi, my mind had made a few jumps around, connected other material, and brought out this well baked idea of doing a combined 10-year-challenge and repeat-songs post. Yes, I had this repeat song on my list, and had not yet planned when to post it. The mind made that decision for me today, and quite swiftly so, without taking me along on the steps of decision making.

I am glad I checked this out, and got to make this connection and getting this post out today. In the earlier post today, Mahesh ji has mentioned a figure of ~80% songs of Mukesh being hit songs. I cannot think of any other singer, at this level of prolific output, who can be associated with this high a percentage of successful and popular songs from his or her body of work. And then the second connect came when Arun ji deposited on the Whatsapp group, a reminder of the Mukesh anniversary program on Doordarshan seven years ago. I recalled that this was also the very first question that the person interviewing me and Shikha ji, put to me in this program. That question was – “Mukesh ji has about 800 songs to his credit? Why does it always seem that has sung much more?”

And my answer was exactly on these lines – in any singer’s body of work, there is a certain percentage of songs which are memorable, which became popular, and which are quite well retained in the memory. However, with all other singers, this ratio of popular and memorable songs to their total repertoire, is comparatively lower. By extrapolating this expectation, the mind always thinks that in case of Mukesh, his body of work ought to be much larger, if the number of his popular and memorable songs is so much. This is a very interesting point. After that TV program, I had this very discussion with a number of friends, and mostly we agreed to this conclusion.

No doubt the music director and the poet – they have a very significant contribution towards the creation of a song. But it is the voice of Mukesh, that makes something different out of any song. That is what has made so large a percentage of his songs popular and memorable. A soulful voice – that was my assertion on that TV program also, that – “मुकेश जी की आवाज़ में एक अनोखी आत्मीयता है, जो किसी और गायक में नहीं मिलती”.  There is this so unique a characteristic of his rendition – an effortless exposition of the emotions, expressed in a most relaxing mode.

I feel I could go on and on. But then, not now. Another song, another post – there seems to be so much more one wants to say about this soulful, mellifluous voice – almost divine.

Song Repeat – Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Song Reprised at End – Awaara (1951)

Song – Aawaara Hoon. . .  (Mera Naam Joker) (1970) Singers – Mukesh, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Shanker Jaikishan

Lyrics

aabaad nahin barbaad sahi
gaataa hoon khushi ke geet magar
gaataa hoon khushi ke geet magar
zakhmon se bharaa seena hai mera
hansti hai magar ye mast nazar
duniyaa aaa..aaa aaa..aaa
duniyaa mein tere teer kaa
ya taqdeer kaa maara hoon
aawaara hoon
aawaara hoon
ya gardish mein hoon aasmaan ka taara hoon
aawaara hoon
aawaara hoon
aawaara hoon

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आबाद नहीं बर्बाद सही
गाता हूँ खुशी के गीत मगर
गाता हूँ खुशी के गीत मगर
ज़ख़्मों से भरा सीना है मेरा
हंसती है मगर ये मस्त नज़र
दुनिया आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰ आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰
दुनिया में तेरे तीर का
या तक़दीर का मारा हूँ
आवारा हूँ
आवारा हूँ
या गर्दिश में हूँ आसमान का तारा हूँ
आवारा हूँ
आवारा हूँ
आवारा हूँ


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Blog Day :

4021 Post No. : 15133 Movie Count :

4155

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Mukesh and his Composers – 19
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chaahe kahin bhi tum raho,
chaahenge tumko umr bhar
tumko na bhool paayenge

Remembering Mukesh on his 96th birth anniversary (22 July 1923 to 27 August 1976).

A life and career spent on entertaining music lovers all over the world, the very mention of his name brings to the mind several of his priceless renditions. A voice which remains active on air-waves to this day and beyond. More than being on the air-waves and various technological formats, it is the legacy and remembrance of the familiar voice that continues to dwell in the hearts of music lovers. A voice so familiar that it directly conveys to our hearts the feelings expressed in his songs.

For this post, I have taken the liberty of using material and information provided by many fellow blog contributors as well as Shri Harish ji.

It all started when Sadandand ji posted a comment on this post of Sudhir ji in his rather elaborate and highly researched series on missing films and songs of the 60’s which was given to him as a homework. Sadanand ji in the comments section of the aforesaid post has provided quality information and the video link of the song. The fact that Mukesh had sung a solo for MGR made me sit up and take notice. I had heard the song but was not aware that it was featured on MGR.

I was under the impression that it could be the only song sung by Mukesh for MGR. So I asked our Sudhir ji if he could send me the list of Hindi films in which MGR had acted. His prompt and detailed reply was as follows,

Year Movie
1951 Ek Tha Raja
1956 Gul e Bakaavali
1961 Baghdad
1962 Hamen Bhi Jeene Do
1962 Meri Bahen
1963 Raj Mahal
1965 Nartaki Chitra
1970 Koi Ghulam Nahin
1974 Aakhiri Nishaan
1975 Rangeen Duniya
1976 Love in Kashmir
1970s Ganga Ki God Mein (Unreleased)

A dozen films which included an unreleased film. Going through the list, one finds that the very first Hindi film in which MGR acted has a duet of Mukesh with Shamshad Begum. I am not sure if Mukesh sang for MGR in the duet, but it appears that the song under discussion is his only solo for MGR.

However, this post is on the collaboration of Mukesh with composer Dhaniram about whom very less material is available on the net. Shri Arunkumar ji helped me in sending the web-link of one of his interviews and it can be found here.

I have come across Dhaniram’s name many years back as two of his songs sung by Talat Mahmood are my personal favourites. They are Yeh Kya Hai Dhang Zamane Ka and aao baadal chain se royen.

The one from Dak Babu(1954) is simply out of the world. I request readers to listen to this composition and rendition by Talat Mahmood and especially the lines.

aye dil aisi mehfil se to
behtar tanhaai hai

One can only ask, where are those days and where are those people who created such majesties.

Coming back to Mukesh-Dhaniram, the present song appears to be their only collaboration and hence there will be no table. (But, then there is always a possibility of tracing obscure songs…)

The present film Meri Behan (1962) starring MGR was the dubbed version of the Tamil film ‘Aransilankumari’ (1961) as confirmed by Sadanand ji.

Now some interesting trivia.

Mere Behan (1962) was based on Tamil film Aransilankumari (1961).

Aransilankumari (1961) was based on 1952 Hollywood film Scaramouche.

Scaramouche (1952) in turn is based on the novel with the same title by Rafael Sabatini.

The novel by Rafael Sabatini is based on story set during the French revolution.

So, the conclusion can be deduced that our own Mere Behan (1962) was based on French Revolution. ?

Since I could trace very little to write on Dhaniram and considering the fact that Mukesh has a solitary song for the composer, I have probably failed to do justice to the post and the composer.

I am however glad to present this solo number sung by Mukesh for the great MGR. I thank Sadanand ji, Arunkumar ji, Harish ji, Sudhir ji and Atul ji for having given me this opportunity to present the song.

The post is a tribute to Mukesh on his birth anniversary for his voice has become an inseparable part of our lives which he himself had said in one of his songs…

chaahe raho jaa kar kahin
paaoge tum mujhko wahin
ki band gar aankhen zaraa
main khwaab ban kar aaunga


Song-Nanhe munne nanhe munne laal desh ke (Meri Bahan)(1962) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Dhaniram

Lyrics

nanhe munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke
nanhe munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke
le tujh se boloon
baat cheet ki
ise maan le re
ismein maan le
nanhe munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke

bade hoke manzil par tum
jald pahunchna
munne naam kamaana
bade hoke manzil par tum
jald pahunchna
munne naam kamaana
phool ho tum duniya ki
bagiya ke liye re ae
bagiya ke liye
phool ho tum duniya ki
bagiya ke liye re ae
bagiya ke liye
nanhe munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke

neem ped ooncha dikha
bhooton se log daraate ae ae ae
ae ae ae
neem ped ooncha dikha
bhooton se log daraate
mat darna polam pol
jhoothhi gappon se
nis din
rakhna khud pe bharosa
mere naujawaan
bade log baithh kahin
fizool ki baat karen
bade log baithh kahin
fizool ki baat karen
phailaayenge ye jhoothh
kabhi na maan’na re
beza aisi baat na inki
baabu maan’na na
baabu maan’na
nanne munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke
le tujh se boloon
baat seekh ki
ise maan le re
ismein maan le
nanhe munne
nanne munne
laal desh ke


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