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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


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I am discussing Pankaj Mullick songs these days and now I find that I have discussed almost all the movie songs composed by him barring a few rare ones. So now I only have his NFS left to discuss.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

THE JOY OF NFS (Song No. 7)
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The word Non Film Song brings few names to mind immediately, like Jagmohan, Saigal, Kamala Jharia, Juthika Roy, Pankaj Mullick etc. I could never understand the reason and logic behind most NFS singers hailing from the Eastern part of India. Even Talat Mehmood went to Calcutta and sang all his famous NFS.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

There are some old film and non-filmy songs of 30s and 40s which I was aware of during my childhood not because of the radio or later the internet but by words of mouth. I heard those songs from my parents, relatives and even some friends of our family. During my childhood, I was not very fond of those songs. Later, as a teenager, I had heard some of those songs on Radio Ceylon which gave me a sort of reminder that I had heard those songs earlier. I got 78 RPM records of a few of those songs mostly by accident during early 70s. Since then, I have developed a liking for those type of songs. Later, with the advent of internet, it was a ‘memory recall’ for me when I listened to most of these songs again.
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I have mentioned it in the past that I did not like “old” songs when I was young. Those days (1970s), anything more than five years old was old for me. Today, I love listening to songs that are fifty, sixty and sometimes even seventy years old. Things have changed. I would like to believe that I have “matured”. Of course, I will not say that I was wrong as a kid.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Presenting an iconic non-film song rendered by Pankaj Babu. The verses are written by Faiyyaaz Hashmi, and the music composition by Pankaj Babu himself. As a music director, there are many pioneering accomplishments that Pankaj Babu has contributed to the cause of music. In this particular song, there are very distinct sounds of piano and guitar. Pankaj Babu was probably the first music director who integrated the sounds of western musical instruments in the music arrangement for this song.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Comparatively, the treasure of Hindi songs by Pankaj Babu is limited. In the Hindi/Urdu domain, Pankaj Babu has scored music for about 25 films from 1933 to 1954, some of them in collaboration with RC Boral. He has rendered less than 40 songs in all, in Hindi films. Outside of films, and excluding the live programs and recordings, the non-film Hindi songs number about 20. And so comparatively, his contribution appears to be not as significant (in the Hindi domain) as that of his contemporaries. His musical creations are more prolific in the Bengali film and non-film space. By some accounts, Pankaj Babu has composed over five thousand songs. Simply going by the numbers, it is evident that his major contribution has been in Bengali.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

An almost sublime piece of music, whose author is not known (as yet). This non film offering by Pankaj Babu is a gem that ensconces within itself, immeasurable depths of emotions. The words are just so beautiful, and the rendering by Pankaj Babu highlights the expressions to the utmost.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

In the beginning of the 30s, when the talking films made a debut on the Indian silver screen, and Calcutta was the premier center for film making, with a gathering of renowned stalwarts guiding the industry through its infancy. Names like BN Sircar, Nitin Bose, PC Barua, Debaki Bose, Premankur Atorthy, Prafulla Roy, Kidar Sharma, Aga Hashr Kashmiri, RC Boral, Pankaj Mullick and many more come to mind when one thinks of the film industry, Calcutta and 1930s.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

This song by Pankaj Babu, is a non film offering. Another one of his iconic recordings that is without comparison. Another great favorite of mine for many decades. It appears that during the years from 1930s to 50s, there was a more serious interest in music, as in there is a huge body of great music that was recorded as non-film music. I am not saying that the recording of non-film music is any less in the current years, but the content and quality is a matter of debate. No doubt there are some good quality songs that still get produced, but compared to the entire music that gets generated in a year, the percentage of music that is memorable, and that carries along with the collective memory of the society is definitely diminishing. When one thinks of the singers of the 30s, 40s and 50s, names like Saigal Saab, Pankaj Babu, Jagmohan, KC Dey, and more, their level of good quality memorable songs, in films and outside of films, is almost one hundred percent of what has been recorded. Rather, it is a misfortune that probably a much larger body of their work, as part of live programs and music conferences that happened in those years, is lost now, because it is not recorded, either as audio or even as documentary records of what all they sang. And yet, we are fortunate that we have, what ever that is available on record.
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