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

Blog Day : 3679 Post No. : 14573

Hullo Atuldom

I think I should get over this habit of waking up late to dates. I remembered that today (14 august 2018) was Johnny Lever’s birthday and later, yesterday, around seven in the evening I remembered that 14th august is also Shammi Kapoor’s anniversary. He passed away this date in 2011. Its been seven years.

Shammi Kapoor the man with “Neeli aankhen” (bade hai dil ke kale haan yehi neeli si aankhon waale) were his eyes actually blue or were they light? The gora-chitta-banka naujawan. The dancer who, I am sure, made a number of choreographers cry by doing his own stuff to the rhythm of the songs and had audiences lapping it up. And IMHO Helen was one dancer who managed to follow the choreographer when Shammi did his own stuff on his cue during dance numbers – the last part of “ai ai ya karoon main kya suku suku”is the best example for this. He would have continued in this manner but for the death of his beloved wife Geeta Bali, post which he lost interest for a few years, and then when he returned to the screen he began looking older than his age. He played Vinod Khanna’s older brother in 1971 in “Preetam” and father two years later in “Zameer”. Leena Chandavarkar, his heroine in Preetam, looks very tiny in front of him.

His movies all had memorable songs, mostly sung by Mohd. Rafi in the 60s and later in the 70s & 80s Kishore Kumar sang a few songs filmed on Shammi. There is video on YouTube wherein Shammi talks of his friendship with Kishore Kumar which possibly began at the time of “Mem Sahib” (1956/57) but (in Shammi’s words) he got a chance to lip-sync to Kishore only in the late 70s and 80s. when I heard Shammi mention “Mem Sahib” I decided to see it on YouTube. First thing that struck me was all the actors played characters that we later generation audiences are not familiar with. Meena Kumari played a mod-girl, Shammi Kapoor a negative character and Kishore Kumar a brahmachari who is confused about the ways of the world.

Yesterday when I realised the significance of 14th august with regard to Shammi Kapoor I had a chat with our Atulji to find out if there were any Shammi song left, are we at the bottom of the barrel? He gave me a list of post 1970 movies and also mentioned “Preetam”. I remember having seen this movie made by Bhappi Sonie in the times when doordarshan was the sole source of entertainment. I remember Leena Chandavarkar was paired opposite Shammi and Helen was for Vinod Khanna. I remembered the songs were also decently good.
Today’s song is a typical Shammi Kapoor song in the sense it is sung by Mohd. Rafi with music by Shankar Jaikishan. Only odd man out here is the lyricist -Rajinder Krishan.

Remembering Shammi Kapoor with this song from 1971.


Song-Sher se ladne aayi dekho shahar ki ik billi (Preetam)(1971) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Chorus

Lyrics

sher se ladne aayi dekho
shahar ki ik billi
sher se ladne aayi dekho
shahar ki ik billi
chidiya ghar mein bhej den isko
kalkatte ya dilli
dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho
sher se ladne aayi dekho
shahar ki ik billi
chidiya ghar mein bhej den isko
kalkatte ya dilli
dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho

maasha allaah
aankhen dekho
masha allah aankhen dekho
bilkul makdi jaisi hain
allah allaah
taangen dekho
allaah allaah taangen dekho
sookhi lakdi jaisi hai
daal ke choohe daani mein
daal ke choohe daani mein
phenk aate hain paani mein
nahin nahin
dilli thheek rahegi

sher se ladne aayi dekho shahar ki ik billi
chidiya ghar mein bhej den isko
kalkatte ya dilli
dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho

doodh malaai
chori ka ye
doodh malaai chori ka ye
kha kha ke gurraati hai
kad hai poore dedh haath ka
kad hai poore dedh haath ka
meri kamar tak aati hai
bilti iski karwaa den
bilti iski karwaa den
baans bareilli pahuncha den
nahin nahin dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho
shahar ki ek billi
chidiya ghar mein bhej den isko
kalkatte ya dilli
yeah
dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho

aahaa
naazuk naazuk bhoore bhoore
naazuk naazuk poore bhoore
tan par haath phiraayenge
gale mein iske baandh ke ghanti
gale mein iske baandh ke ghanti
isko dance karaayenge
sabko naach dikhaayegi
sabko naach dikhaayegi
paise chaar kamaayegi
nahin nahin dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho
shahar ki ik billi
chidiya ghar mein bhej den isko
kalkatte ya dilli
dilli thheek rahegi
sher se ladne aayi dekho

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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 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 : 3677 Post No. : 14568

ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 20
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And now, continuing the saga of the 10th anniversary celebrations. 🙂

First off, thanks to Mahesh ji for announcement that “The last batsman is in”. Quite true, and well, almost. One reason (of the many excuses that I am going to converse about today 🙂 ), is that, quite truly, I was waiting for at least one more contribution to land in, before I announce the closure of celebrations. But as the events transpired, I realized that waiting for that article would probably be like waiting for Mr. Godot.

I refer to Ben Kayti, who has promised me that she will be sending in a write up, but then – well, days have just been following one after the other. In an earlier communication she mentioned that she was little down in health, and that she has a doctor’s appointment. And then – silence. One day, two days – messages on WhatsApp, emails, phone calls, voice mail remained unanswered. When no response came, I had no option but to press the panic button. I tried to contact three other people in the family. And finally, her daughter-in-law responded to my SOS. The family is out to a vacation – Glacier National Park in Montana, where no connectivity is available. The vacationers also include the other two members of the family who I was attempting to get in touch. So it was a relief to know that all was well, and also somewhat vexing that there was a communication gap that created some worries. I will return to this and tie up the loose end left here, and continue with the mainstream of celebration.

‘19’ seems to be a lucky number for me. Quite a few significant things in my life are connected with this number. And thus, not surprisingly, I get connected with this blog that celebrates its birthday on 19th July. And then, more, I was not planning it to be so – my (previous) post comes at 19th in the series. Ah yes, as Atul ji has mentioned often, there is a hand of providence with what goes on with this blog. And let me add one more very interesting ‘19’ phenomena. As per the statistics that the WordPress maintains, the date which has had the highest number of visitors on this blog (10,630) is also a 19 – 19th October, 2011.

On 14th January this year, the visitor’s ticker on our blog home page turned into an 8 digit number for the first time. We clocked in 10 millionth visitor that evening (IST) – and it translates to 1 crore, in domestic terminology. As I write to complete this article, the ticker has already gone past 10 million 6 hundred thousand, clocking in on average ~ 3,000 visitors per day in this year so far. I would like to give it a name today – this presence that ASAD makes on the worldwide web – it is the “ASAD Phenomena“. Nowhere else probably (once again, as far as I am aware) is there any such endeavour that combines the interests and the determination of such a like-minded team with such dedication, to sustain such a significant level of interest in the central theme of this blog. All I can say is – there are music lovers in this world, and then there are ‘music lovers’ in this world.

Looking back at my association, the date was 1st October 2010 when I clicked on the subscribe button for getting the RSS feed and became a regular reader-member of this blog. And guess, what is the first song feed that arrived into my mailbox next day (on 2nd October) – “Ham to tere dil ke bangley mein aanaa maangtaa”. Now that I read this song title, I wonder whether it was a message intended for me from Atul ji, or was it supposed to be from me to Atul ji. 😀 😀  Whichever way, I think it just worked out very famously. 🙂

My first step into lyrics contribution was published on 1st Feb, 2011 and it is the famous Suraiya song from ‘Bilwamangal’ (1954) – “Parwaanon Se Preet Seekh Len”. And then it just went on from there. The first post written by me appeared on 18th Feb, 2011, a song from the film ‘Gul e Bakaavali’ (1963) “Ye Kehdo Tumhe Hamse Kyaa Chaahiye”. Missed the 19th by just a day, although there is a post on the 19th Feb also, my second one. And then it just went on from there.

कुछ लगता नहीं के सात साल गुज़र गए। Seriously, it seems just like last week or last month. In that very year (2011), in the subsequent months, we had a spectacular event on the blog, something of the type that has not yet been repeated. An event that truly marks this blog to be a Phenomena. Starting on 28th June, 2011, the blog saw an unbroken series of articles on the great KL Saigal Sb, that lasted all the way up to 18th Sep, 2011. The last song of this unbroken series, posted on 18th Sep is “Baalam To Pe Sabar Padey” from the film ‘Parwaana’ (1947). I quote a brief paragraph from that write up here,

With this post, I have now published 61 posts on Saigal Saab’s songs. In one of the interim emails, Atul ji wrote to me that every day morning, he eagerly opens his mailbox to look for an email from me. And the eagerness and urgency was no less on my side. Some of the ghazals took anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to complete the write up, with the translations and commentary to my satisfaction. There have been nights when I have sent the write ups to Atul ji at 2 am, 3 am and even past 4 am. There have been occasions that (after having fallen asleep on my laptop) I got to complete the write up later in the morning; you can identify these days by noting the delay in posting the Saigal Saab song for the day.

What a heady time it was. That endeavour was really worth it. We enjoyed it immensely, and it came to a monumental conclusion of documenting and posting each and every one of the available Hindi / Urdu recordings made by the great singer. And truly, nothing comparable to that has again been attempted on the blog so far.

One more reason that I quote this above paragraph from the earlier write up. Something of this relates to the song in this post. I will return to it again, shortly. But yes, I am talking about the relentless tempo with which this blog continues to progress. The support and participative contributions from the entire team are without doubt the bulwark that provides the strength to the arms and shoulders of what this blog is. But then the definitive power of this entire effort is the unflagging dedication and persistence of the leadership from Atul ji, which is truly the backbone of this effort.  It is an accomplishment sans pareil anywhere in the annals of the history of blogging on the internet related to Hindi Film Music.

So, beyond September of 2011, although now done with all the available songs of Saigal Saab, the journey and the saga still continued. Century milestones came with their regularity, then the 5,000th song – “Hamen To Loot Liyaa Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne” (dated 13th Nov, 2011), more centuries of artists and other interesting statistical achievements. Then on to the 10,000th song – “Phul Rahin Belariyaan Dolen” (dated 20th July,2014), an extraordinary song published first time anywhere on the net, a song of 1931 vintage posted; and the unprecedented organized effort wherein all regular members of the group contributed a post that contains an introduction of another member. And a memorable long afternoon spent by almost the entire group connected on email, as we all waited for the post to appear on the blog.

On and on, tirelessly, doggedly – getting to honky-tonk posts at the nos. 11111, 12345, 12357 . . .

Then we came to the post no. 13182 – “Aag Lagi Shola Uttha Shamma Pe Parwaana Gira”, on 22nd April last year. It was the mostest of the most momentous celebrations, the 10,000th post by dear Atul ji. It was a surprise for Atul ji; he was under the impression that his 10,000th milestone was already past. But that was not the case. The entire group got together and gave him a standing ovation that verily resounded across the internet.

The next big whopper for our blog came on 14th Jan earlier this year, and its celebration was covered in post no. 13921 “Bhalaai Duniya Ki Jo Subh O Shaam Karte Hain” – the visitor ticker on the blog had turned from nine million, nine hundred ninety nine thousand, nine hundred ninety nine to ten million, sometimes in the late evening of 14th Jan (IST). In desi parlance, we would say  निन्यावे लाख, निन्यावे हज़ार, नौ सौ निन्यावे से हम एक करोड़ पर पहुंचे। Once again, this was a major, major occasion for the blog, and the echoes reverberated once again around the globe – literally. 🙂

And now, greetings (balated) for the date of completing 10 years since this blog’s creation by Atul ji. The date is 19th July (and I am late, of course, as usual – I have a reputation to protect and uphold, you know 😀 ). As per the Wikipedia articles, celebrations calendars and other related details available online, the tenth anniversary is represented by tin or aluminum. The color of this anniversary is blue and / or silver. And the gift of this 10th celebration is diamonds. Whooo. . .

Note that 10 is another interesting number on our blog recently – 10,000th post on blog, 10,000th post by Atul ji, 10 millionth visitor on the blog, and now the 10th anniversary of the blog itself; the last three events listed happening within the period of past 16 months. You simply just cannot cease to keep celebrating on this blog. And the wonder of wonders is that we also continue to trace and share absolutely wonderful celebration songs to go along with the event. The patterns that we conjured up for the post nos. 11111, 12345 and 12357 are quite an interesting phenomena in as of themselves, with the ”hand of providence” playing its fair share in making them happen. 🙂 For those who may not be familiar with these stories, I suggest they should view these posts – they are really very interesting tales of happenstance and coincidence. 🙂  Just click on the post numbers in the sentence above.

So, connecting back to where we started off. Finally last night (IST), the much awaited call from Ben Kayti and Jagdish Bhai materialized. It was a great relief to hear their voices, and to be assured that all is well. The planned vacation had gone on very well, and quite “frigidly”, given that the vacation spot chosen was the Glacier National Park in Montana (USA). After returning from there earlier this week, they also had some guests visiting and so Khyati Ben was completely busy with family affairs. She has once again promised that she will write a post this coming week now. I decided not to wait any further and put up the 20th post in this series today. If and when her post comes along, it will be now at an auspicious ‘पायदान’ of 21. 🙂

Amongst others in the list of my ‘reasons’ (excuses) is of course that I was also in travel during some of this intervening period. In fact most of the early posts in the 10th anniversary series were actually posted while I was on the move. Getting back home, I almost immediately got busy with celebrations for Guru Purnima at my Guru ji’s place. There, the celebrations last for 5 / 6 days, starting from the Guru Purnima day and continuing till the ‘पंचमी’ in the month of ‘सावन’. So that occupied me for almost a whole week within which I was not able to accomplish much as far as the blog activities are concerned.

Another thing was the song selection. Till almost the last hours of posting my previous article – “Dil Chaahta Hai” – I had no idea what would be the songs I am going to write about. The first song I finally zeroed in was this one. Going by a set of very good celebration songs posted by other friends in the group, I was thinking – most of these songs are of recent origin. How about searching for a similar celebration cum group dance song from the earlier decades? After sifting through many possibilities, I picked up this song from the film ‘Tarang’ of 1952. First of, this song has four singers – Rafi Sb, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Chitragupt himself. Secondly, the song (no video available) gives a feeling of a gypsy camp by the banks of a river, where a group dance cum song is being performed.

So actually, this song was originally planned to be the earlier post. But then, in random process, I bumped into the “Dil Chaahta Hai” song, and with some contemplative considerations, my planned post got converted into two posts. And good that it did. If I would have combined both these posts with one song – well. . . 🙂

So here is a fabulous celebration song which promises that the proceedings are going to last all night, and that all are invited. And the best part, this song starts with mentioning the word ‘सावन’.

So let me now take just a couple of more minutes to link in ‘सावन’ (saawan) with this celebration. You are going to love this. After having posted all the posts received from the group, and with Atul ji’s post also in place, I started to get individual messages from members of this group, asking me about the delay as to why my post was not coming in. And me, I was without an answer; what to tell – that I have not yet identified the song even? Well, as part of this set of messages, I get this fond message from Atul ji himself on 26th or maybe 27th July, wherein he prodded me to publish my post on the 28th. Reason, he explained, was that 28th July this year is the start of the month of ‘सावन’. And back, in 2008, when this blog got initiated, the date 19th July was also the start of of the month of ‘सावन’. I was really wonderstruck. I had never made this wonderful connect before. Wow, this blog is born in the month of ‘सावन’ – ‘सावन – मन भावन’, and not just the month, on the first of the month. Now this is really auspicious. I can go on now connecting many more things, along with this connect. . .  but maybe not. Goodness, there are hundreds of songs in Hindi films that have the word ‘सावन’ in the mukhda. So I will move on by saying that this blog is blessed – for it is born in this auspicious month, showering sprinkles of delightful music in drizzles of melodious songs, one after the other. Oh sure, yes, this blog is a ‘सावन’ born. 🙂 Without any doubts. I am glad Atul ji highlighted this point to me, and that now we know what songs to post in the future, when the blog’s birthday comes along. 🙂

Coming back to this film and this song. I got the set of songs of this film from my collector friend. This film has some very wondrous songs, ten in all, eight of which are penned by IC Kapoor, and one each by DN Madhok and Ram Murti. This song is written by Ram Murti. The music composition is by Chitragupt, who has also lent his voice to two of the songs in this film, including this one. The blog already carries 5 songs from this film, and I promise you, the best of the songs are still to come. Just like this song today. It is such a joie de vivre expression of gaiety and celebration. The tempo is so sweet and so infective, that you will be swaying with the beat. When I heard this song for the first time, well, quite a while back now, I was simply bowled over by it. And even now, having heard it so often, whenever I play it again, I simply am not able to get over it.

नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ॰ ॰ ॰

Just listen to this song, and I assure you that at the end of the play, you will feel so un-satiated that you will be playing it again and again.

In some ways, this song also expresses my connect with the blog. Earlier in this article, I had mentioned a quote from the earlier posted last article in the KL Saigal series. So that is the connect here. Practically all my work for this blog happens in the dead of the night and in the wee hours of the morning. This is also mentioned in the quoted paragraph above. Even beyond the Saigal Sb series, my mode of working on the tasks related to this blog has not changed. All the posts that you see getting on to the blog at 7 am and 9 am – all these posts have been worked on and completed the previous night at times like 2 am and 3 am. 🙂

A very happy 10th birthday to ASAD; a ton of congratulations to Atul ji, and all the dear friends and co-passengers on this musical bandwagon. The saga continues. . .

नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ॰ ॰ ॰

 

Song – Nadiya Kinaare Mora Dera, Mashaal Jaley Saari Ratiyaan (Tarang) (1952) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, Chitragupt, Lyrics – Ram Murti, MD – Chitragupt
Chorus

Lyrics

saawan barse
kaari re badariya
phaagun rang ki phuhaar
ho oo
nainan mein mora
baanka re saanwariya

mann mein saanwariya ka pyaar. . .

. . . mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
hoye nadiya kinaare mora dera
ho oo
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
saari ratiyaan ho saari ratiyaan
saari ratiyaan
hoye nadiya kinaare mora dera
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
ho oo main bhi karunga kabhi phera
main bhi karunga kabhi phera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
hoye
nadiya kinaare mora dera
haa. . .
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan

jaise ganga mein lehre lehariya
waise lehre gori tori chunariya
ae ji dekho kahin neha lagaa ke
bhool jaiyo na mori dagariya
oo oo dil mein hai tera basera
dil mein hai tera basera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
hoye
nadiya kinaare mora dera
haa hhaaa
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan

chanda se mil mil ke
khele ratiyaan
ho khele ratiyaan
chanda se mil mil ke
khele ratiyaan
bagiya mein khele bahaar
daar galey bainyaan
sajan sang khelun
balam sang khelun
daar galey bainyaan
sajan sang khelun
main albeli naar
ho oo kabhun na hovey savera
kabhun na hovey savera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
hoye
nadiya kinaare mora dera
arre waah waah
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan
oye
nadiya kinaare mora dera
ha..an
nadiya kinaare mora dera
mashaal jaley saari ratiyaan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सावन बरसे
कारी रे बदरिया
फागुन रस की फुहार
हो ओ
नैनन में मोरा
बांका रे साँवरिया
मन में साँवरिया का प्यार॰ ॰ ॰

॰ ॰ ॰ मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
होय नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
हो ओ
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
सारी रतियाँ हो सारी रतियाँ
सारी रतियाँ
होय नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
हो ओ मैं भी करूंगा कभी फेरा
मैं भी करूंगा कभी फेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
होय
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
हा॰ ॰ ॰
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ

जैसे गंगा में लहरे लहरिया
वैसे लहरे गोरी तोरी चुनरिया
ए जी देखो कहीं नेहा लगा के
भूल जइयो ना मोरी डगरिया
ओ ओ दिल में है तेरा बसेरा
दिल में है तेरा बसेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
हा ह्हा
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ

चंदा से मिलके
खेले रतियाँ
हो खेले रतियाँ
चंदा से मिलके
खेले रतियाँ
बगिया में खेले बहार
डा गले बइन्या
सजन संग खेलूँ
बलम संग खेलूँ
डा गले बइन्या
सजन संग खेलूँ
मैं अलबेली नार
हो ओ कबहूँ ना होवे सवेरा
कबहूँ ना होवे सवेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
होय
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
अरे वाह वाह
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ
ओय
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
हाँ॰ ॰ ॰
नदिया किनारे मोरा डेरा
मशाल जले सारी रतियाँ


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Blog Day : 3674 Post No. : 14561

6 August is remembered as Hiroshima day. It was on this day that in 1945 that Hiroshima became the first unfortunate city to be subjected to the dropping of Atom Bomb.

Three days later, on 9 august 1945, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Kokura was the primary target, but that was obscured by cloud and smoke, so the secondary target of Nagasaki became the unfortunate victim of this second atom bomb, named ‘Fat Man’. The bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. at an approximate altitude of 1,800 feet. 35, 000 people, nearly 15 % of the population of the city were killed.

These two bombings finally persuaded Japan to surrender and that signalled the end of second World war.

The destruction that Atom bombs could cause have led to consternation among many people. It also made some countries realise that they too needed to have atom bombs for their own safety (as a deterrence). Some countries developed the capabilities on their own while a few others did so by stealing nuclear technologies from other countries.

There have been calls to ban nuclear bombs. The first five nuclear bomb owning countries have formed their own exclusive club. Their rules are quite discriminatory. They can have their nuclear bombs, but other countries are prohibited to have them. Moreover, some of these nuclear powered countries keep on threatening others about using them. USA have threatened to use they atom bombs many times in the past. North Korea is well known to threaten its neighbours and even USA with its atom bomb. A few former Pakistani politicians used to threaten India with their atom bomb quite regularly.

To say that killing by atom bombs is bad but killing by normal bombs is not bad is hypocritical. If one looks at people killed during “normal” bombing, then more people were killed by “normal” bombing of Tokyo on 10 march 1945 than were killed by either of the two atom bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Likewise more people have been killed by AK 47 rifles than by Atom bombs. So ultimately the call should be to end violence by banning all kinds of weapons. It is not that atom bombs should be banned but “normal” weapons should be used with impunity. In fact, defence industry is a thriving industry where suppliers often sell the same weapons to two warring nations. There are some countries that spend more money on their military than for the development of their people.

“Aman”(1967) is a movie that deals with the subject of atom bomb and its effects on the victims. “Rajendra Kumar is a doctor who volunteers to go to Japan to help survivors of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic blasts. The film deals with his experiences in Japan, the physical and mental effects of the atomic explosions on the survivors, and so on.”- This is what Raja wrote about this movie while covering a song from the movie.

Though the movie covers a serious and sobering topic, a Hindi movie cannot help having its share of songs. “Aman”(1967) had seven songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the past. Here are their details:-

Song Title

Post No.

Post Date

Aajki raat ye kaisi raat 706 8-Feb-09
Apne piyaa ki prem pujaaran 3373 18-Dec-10
Suraahidaar gardan koyal si hai aawaaz (Aman) 7752 25-Mar-13
Ae husn pari chehra 7756 26-Mar-13
Ai suru ai suru mera watan Japan 8579 23-Aug-13
Aman ka farishta kahaan jaa raha hai 13423 12-Jul-17

The song, the seventh and final song from the movie is sung by Rafi. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan. The song speaks about the barbaadi of Hiroshima. Today is 9 august 2018, and atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on 9 august 1945, exactly 73 years ago.

With this sobering song, “Aman”(1967) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Barbaad hiroshima ki tasweer dekh lo (Aman)(1967) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

barbaad hiroshima ki tasweer dekh lo
aa aa aa
aa aa
insaan ki sabse badi takseer dekh lo
aa aa aa
is atomi bala ka hai pahla shikaar hum
rang e bahaar thhe kabhi
ab hain gubaar hum
aa aa aa
insaan ke is gunaah se aakash jhuk gaya
thha waqt jis jagah pe
bas wahin pe ruk gaya

ye haath kate paanv kate jhoolte dhaanche
aa aa aa
in dhaancho mein hum jaise hi insaan dhale thhe
aa aa aa
maao ki muskuraati god khaali ho gayi
poonam ki raat bhi suna hai kaali ho gayi
aa aa aa
kehti hai hiroshima ki basti pukaar ke
gujro na tum main gujri hoon jis rahgujaar se

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa


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

Blog Day : 3665 Post No. : 14537

“Yaarana” was a movie that was released in 1981. It was produced by H A Nadiadwala and directed by Rakesh Kumar. It had Amitabh Bachchan and Amjad Khan playing friends whose friendship was rooted in childhood. The story showed the love and affection between the two who were from different financial backgrounds. They would go to any extent to make each other’s lives comfortable.

Todays’ song comes at a point where the rich friend Bishan (Amjad) has just discovered that he has been swindled by his uncle (mama) Jeevan and he has had to mortgage his favourite cruise liner “Kishan” so that he can put up his friend’s debut stage show. And further to make ends-meet he has begun working on the liner as a captain.

The song is when a group of school kids under the guidance of Farida Jalal request him for a song. As the song progresses the mama and his son (Jeevan and Ranjeet) slowly take over the running of the liner and at the end of the song take the children as hostage too and demand a ransom from the parents of the kids. This and other tortures that Jeevan and Ranjeet subject him to causes Bishan to lose his mental balance. Then the movie proceeds towards the climax where Kishan (Amitabh Bachchan) comes to rescue Bishan and all the kids.

The movie released was about a year or so after Mohd. Rafi’s death in 1980 (release date October 23rd. 1981). It had music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Anjaan. Amidst all the popular songs that were sung by Kishore Kumar for Amitabh was this song which was Rafi for Amjad Khan. Isn’t that a rarity?

It is not a coincidence that I chose a song featuring Amjad Khan- it was his 26th death anniversary three days back. An actor who sent shivers down our spine as Gabbar Singh but also did a lot of positive characters. He was an all-rounder- in a career spanning 19 years he made us experience the full range of emotions. He went very early.

Thinking of the smooth voiced singer Mohd. Rafi on his 38th death anniversary. Thinking of all the gems he has left behind for us, gems that we are still discovering.

dil ka soona saaz taraana dhoondega
Teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz nishaana dhoondega
Mujhko mere baad zamaana dhoondega”

This song was posted by Atulji on this date exactly 10 years ago. It is true about both Rafisaab and Amjad Khan. We are still missing them and will always remember them fondly.


Song-Bishan chaacha kuchh gaao (Yaaraana)(1981) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Rajesh Roshan
Chorus

Lyrics

Bishan chacha kuchh gaao
are re re
aisa taraana jhoom ke gaoon
sang sang duniya jhoome
Bishan chacha

yeh umar nayi
dagar naya
safar hai pyaare
door
abhi hai door
kahin jaane kahaan kinaare
ye umar nayi
dagar naya
safar hai pyaare
door
abhi hai door
kahin jaane kahaan kinaare

tu ruk nahin jaana
tu dar nahin jaana
tu thak nahin jaana mere pyaare
Bishan chaacha
kuchh gaao

are re re aisa taraana jhoom ke gaoon
sang sang duniya jhoome
Bishan chaacha

zindagi jo hai mili hansi khushi guzaaro
tum jiyo to yoon
jiyo ke saara jahaan sanwaaro
zindagi jo hai mili hansi khushi guzaaro
tum jiyo to yoon
jiyo ke saara jahaan sanwaaro

pyaar lutaayen
auron ke kaam aayen
yahi to zindagi hai mere pyaare
Bishan chaacha
kuchh gaao

are re re aisa taraana jhoom ke gaoon
sang sang duniya jhoome
Bishan chaacha


This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 : 3665 Post No. : 14536

do hi lafzon ka thha ye afsaana
jo sunaa kar khaamosh ho baitthaa aa

And thus he sang in 1949, with no conception that his voice and words are going to resonate around the globe into the 21st century or the next millennia. If he had known how famous and well known one day he was destined to be, I wonder how much more conscious and eager to reach the heights a performer of his class would have been. Or if he could have excelled himself in what way. As it is, he was in a class of his own. The thing about this whole saga called Mohammed Rafi ‘s songs, is that there is/was simply no competition.

Here was me, literally stumbling in front of the street where he lived the last part of his life. It happened this saturday, I was visiting a fashion house on Turner Road, Bandra(W), and right there on the intersection there was this blue coloured sign board indicating the direction of Mohammed Rafi Marg.

Normally western suburbs are not my choice of places to visit. Having lived all my life in Mumbai, I have also had my fair share of queries like ” Have you seen Shah Rukh Khan’s house ?” or some such things mainly from those who have never visited Mumbai. Long ago some Bollywood savvy driver had driven us around the Bandra area showing us the Bunglows and houses of Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari etc. with some visiting relatives while we all were on a sight seeing trip.

This time I was with my sister, mother and cousins doing some sort of research in current trends and fashions. Others call this same activity as window shopping 🙂 . I was gobsmacked to unexpectedly find that I can see Rafi Mansion. I told the elderly chacha from who driving the car, who is actually a Kishore and Rajesh Khanna fan, to just go and see if he can find Rafi Sahab’s home in the street, by the time we could finish the job in hand. Afterwards I asked chacha if he found the house. He replied that he couldnt find it. Having seen the road sign I was not about to give up. I said “Chalo dekhte hain kasie nahin milta” .

I knew this has to be a small street and Rafi Mansion shouldnt be so difficult to find. And Lo and Behold, there it was the gate marked “Rafi Mansion” on one side and “Bait-ur-Rafi” on the other side. The whole area, I realised must have changed over the decades. Of course the house that Rafi Sahab lived is no longer there and in its place is a building containing flats. A passerby told us, that Rafi Sahab’s daughter stays in the building but currently she is abroad.

Fortunately, I wasnt too overwhelmed and remembered that I can take photos of the place as a memory of the moment. I did take the photos of the gate and the Memorial Plaque marking the street “Padmashree Mohammed Rafi Marg”.

I have photographs to prove it, that I did visit the place and not making this story up just to write something in this post 🙂 🙂 . Photos are attached to accompany the post. Someone sure is taking care of both the plaque’s (On both corners of the road) and the gate with its silver paint and glaze.


As we came away from there, we all were discussing inane things. I could’nt even ponder over what all info I have imbibed in all these years about Rafi Sahab’s house. I only realised today that, this was a momentous occassion and could be recorded here on this blog honouring the great nourishing and enriching value addition i.e. Rafi Sahab’s legacy, is to Hindi film music.

The moment here is the 38th death anniversary, to be commemorated. A beautiful solo song that I found on youtube some months ago, with two versions, is worthy of the event. Its so touchingly rendered in the typical Rafi tones of the 40’s, that I longed to do this post. When I saw a post of a song from Shohrat (1949) a while back, I thought this song also will be posted soon. But than luckily it has been left alone, may be due to the fact that it deos not appear in the Geet Kosh.

Whether this song was recorded for the film “Shohrat”(1949) or otherwise, the fact remains that this is a authentic Rafi rendition. Both the versions have the word”Tanvir” featuring in a sher, as a poets takhallus maybe. As per the information given with the link on youtube, it is from Shohrat(1949) composed by Aziz Hindi. The poet, as per the uploader is Tanvir Naqvi.

Part-1

Part II

Song-Ye sitaare hain motiye ke phool (Shohrat)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Tanveer Naqvi, MD-Aziz Hindi

Lyrics

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PART – I
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ye sitaare hain
motiye ke phoo ool
kis ki maala toot gayi ee ee ee
chaand teeka hai
kis ke maathhe ka
raat kis ka suhaag loot gayee

shaamil-e-bazm hain kayee ehbaab
ye na samjho koyi akelaa hai ae ae
lab pe naatik hai muskuraahat kaa
aankh mein aansuon ka melaa hai

wo jo bikhri hai
tere honthon par rr rr rr
surkhiyaan hain mere
fasaane ki ee
teri aankhen haseen raaten hain
mere guzre huye zamaane ki ee

jis ko tum hi salaab(?) kehte ho
ik warq hai mere fasaane kaa aa aa
main to khud hi badal gayaa tanveer
rang badla nahin zamaane ka

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PART – II
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tera paighaam le ke seene mein ae ae ae
koyi ruswaa huaa sar-e-bazaar
koi vastu mein ban gayaa gautam
koi gukul mein saanwala avtaar

aag mein ? ? nahi hote ae
sholay utthhte nahin hain paani se ae
raakh mein phool khil nahin sakte
kuchh na paaoge iss jawaani se

kis ne bargad ki chhaaon mein tanveer eer
door se bansuri bajaayi hai ea
aag si lag rahi hai seene mein
saanwle krishn ki duhaayi hai

do hi lafzon ka thha ye afsaana aa
jo sunaa kar khaamosh ho baitthaa aa aa
ibtedaa ye ke tum ko paayaa thha
intehaa ye ke khud ko kho baitthaa


This article is written by Raja, 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 : 3665 Post No. : 14535

Here is that day again.

Yes, it is the 31st of July (2018) today – which for HFM lovers, wherever they are in the world, signifies just one thing.

The death anniversary of Mohammad Rafi – respectfully referred to as Rafisaab, by one and all.

I am sure there will be events around the country to solemnly mark the occasion. Why just in the country, probably even across the world, considering how distributed India’s diaspora around the world is.

Millions of people will be remembering today as Rafisaab’s Remembrance Day – a term we also often use on this blog.

Truth is, at least for me (and I’m sure it’s true for many), every single day of the year is Rafisaab’s Remembrance Day. For there isn’t a single day in the year that I do not remember Rafisaab in some way or the other. It is usually in the form of a song I’m listening to – or sometimes singing (thankfully only to myself). 🙂

Of course, the 31st of July adds a huge extra layer of remembrance because it brings with it a sense of loss. Although it is 38 years now, this sense of loss remains. And for me, it will remain all my life.

As I sit to write this post, I’m not sure what I should write about Rafisaab that I haven’t already written here.

The thing is, I’ve written a lot about Rafisaab here. My posts here might be relatively infrequent now but I make it a point to always write a post on Rafisaab’s birth and death anniversaries. These are two dates I never miss. It is just my very small way of paying tribute to Rafisaab, and thanking him for enriching my life in a way, and to an extent, that I just cannot describe.

And I’d like to think, he is up there, smiling as always, reading these tributes.

There isn’t much I can think of writing now that I haven’t already written before. And although I don’t mind repeating myself, I don’t want to bore the readers. Having said that, I never tire of repeatedly watching the same tributes to Rafisaab on youtube. I’ve listened to Jeetendra’s story of Deedaar-e-Yaar multiple times, SP Balasubramaniam’s story about “deewaana hua baadal” multiple times. 🙂 And each time, it feels good to listen to it.

But that’s different from my repeating stories, that too in text, not video. Besides, they speak about their personal experiences involving interaction with Rafisaab – mine are just my personal thoughts.

So I will refrain from repeating myself.

One thing I will say – I’ve often felt lucky that Rafisaab’s era was before mine. Imagine somebody living in the 1920s/30s and passing away before 1947. He or she would never have had the opportunity of listening to Rafisaab. Of course there were greats even then – like Saigal saab and Pankaj Mallick, but we now have the good fortune of being able to listen to them AND to Rafisaab, Talat Mahmood, Lataji and others.

Future generations will have even more music available to them, in addition to what is available today.

That’s the greatness of a legacy. Every individual has to die sometime – nobody can do anything about that. Yes, one can delay the inevitable – but it is still inevitable. No one has yet invented the elixir of immortality – and that might not be such a bad thing.

Coming to Rafisaab, I’ve spent hours and hours listening to him. I’ve spent all night listening to his songs. It starts with one song, then I think “ok, one more”, then “one more” and so it goes on. On youtube, you keep getting prompted anyway – so it’s just one click after another. You start with “chaudvin ka chand ho”, then, as if on cue, you’re prompted “abhi na jao chhod kar”, which then takes you to “deewana hua baadal”, which takes you to “pukaarta chala hoon main” and so on. You know the drill – you’re hooked. This has happened to me many times.

Not that I’m complaining. It has always been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I often don’t even watch the video – I just close my eyes and let Rafisaab’s voice take over. And suddenly everything seems to either fall in place, or become inconsequential. For that period at least. When SPB says that at the end of a long day in the recording studios he would come home and listen to Rafisaab to relax, I think I can understand where he’s coming from. Rafisaab’s voice can be extremely relaxing, if you listen to the right songs. I don’t know how often I’ve listened to “ab kya misaal doon” (Aarti-1962) or “maine shaayad tumhe pehle bhi kahin dekha hai” (Barsaat Ki Raat – 1960). And think of songs like “husnwaale tera jawaab nahin” (Gharana–1961) or “ek haseen shaam ko” (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki – 1967) or “mujhe dekh kar aapka muskuraana” (Ek Musafir Ek Haseena – 1962). And if you’re looking for duets, how about “theheriye hosh mein aa loon” with Suman Kalyanpur (Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain – 1965) or “dil pukaare” with Lata (Jewel Thief – 1967) or “phir miloge kabhi is baat ka vaada kar lo” with Asha (Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi – 1966). And of course, one of my all-time favourites – which is why I keep coming back to it – “abhi na jao chhod kar” with Asha (Hum Dono – 1961). 🙂

And so many more. I just realized that all the songs I’ve mentioned above, which came randomly to my mind, are all 1960s songs – but this is purely a coincidence. One can find a treasure of songs from the 1950s or even 1970s. Yes, even the 1970s, when Rafisaab was supposed to be going through a lean patch for the first half of the decade. The half in which he still gave us songs like “tum jo mil gaye ho” (Hanste Zakhm – 1973) and “aaj mausam bada beimaan hai” (Loafer – 1973). And my favourite Rafisaab duet song of the 1970s – “teri bindiya re” (Abhimaan – 1973) with Lata, which I have listened to a zillion times, and can never have enough of.

Rafisaab sang practically every genre, from qawwali and devotional songs to rock-n-roll and romantic songs, adjusting his singing style and voice for every actor, depending on the needs of the situation. He was always conscious that he was the playback voice – and that the actor on screen was bringing that song to the audience in “his” (the actor’s) voice. This elevated not just the song, but often even the film, for the viewers, because very often the songs of the film carried the film. 🙂

And, to add to all this, as if his divine voice wasn’t enough, he was also one of the most gentle souls the industry has ever seen. In an industry where ego clashes and tempers were not uncommon, he was ever-smiling, ever accommodating of others, never throwing his weight around – which he could very easily have done. He had a very big heart, ever generous and helpful to those in need. And he did a lot of it without publicity. It was only after he died, that a number of his charitable actions came to light.

So SUCH is the person Rafisaab was. Will we ever see another like him in the industry? Hard enough to imagine another singer like him – add to that his nature, and I think it’s safe to rule out the chance of another Rafisaab. No, Rafisaab was one of a very special kind – like SPB says, we were just very lucky he came in our midst before he was called back.

Indeed, he was 100% right when he sang “mujh ko mere baad zamaana dhoondhega”.

I will now move on to today’s song.

As it is the 31st of July, I have selected a song, sung by Rafisaab of course, about the inevitability of passing away. It is a very short song from the film Amardeep (1979) – but it suits the occasion perfectly. Lyrics have been provided to me, as usual, by Avinashji.

The song’s lyrics, written by Anand Bakshi, talk about how death is inevitable. And yet how sudden and shocking an unexpected death can be. “Tum aise gaye, aise bhi jaata nahin koi”. Everyone knows how sudden Rafisaab’s death was. That was just no way to go. Everyone was in shock – and he was just 55.

The song also refers to having a smile on one’s face even while dead. “Kyon mar ke bhi honthon pe hansi khel rahi hai”- this could also be said of Rafisaab. He was ever-smiling, reportedly even in death.

This song brought a lump to my throat.

Also, listening to his voice only further made me realize how wonderful his voice was even just a year before he passed away. It left me with a loss of what might have been. I felt he had so much more singing in him.

Anyway, one cannot control these things. One can only be thankful for what one has got. And we have got a LOT from Rafisaab. A price can never be put on his legacy – it is just priceless. He will be in our hearts for ever, and remembered for ever.

Rafisaab is truly “amar” in this sense – and lighting amardeep in all our hearts.

Thank you, Rafisaab.

Thank you for everything.

bahut shukriya, badi meherbaani,
hum sab ki zindagi mein huzoor aap aaye

Audio

Video


Song-Duniya mein sada rehne ko aata nahin koi (Amardeep)(1979) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

Duniya mein sadaa rehne ko
Aata nahin koyi
Tum jaise gaye aise bhi
Jaata nahin koyi

Kyun mar ke bhi honthhon pe hansi
Khel rahi hai ae
Sab jaante hain aur
Bataata nahin koyi ee

Dil pehle hi dartaa thaa
Ke jal jaayega daaman
Daaman se amardeep
Bujhaataa nahin koyi
Bujhaataa nahin koyi ee
Bujhaataa nahin koyi

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(Devnagri Script lyrics) Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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दुनिया में सदा रहने को
आता नहीं कोई
तुम जैसे गए ऐसे भी
जाता आ नहीं कोई

क्यूँ मर के भी होंठों पे हंसी
खेल रही है ए
सब जानते हैं और
बताता नहीं कोई ई

दिल पहले ही डरता था
के जल जाएगा दामन
दामन से अमरदीप
बुझाता नहीं कोई
बुझाता नहीं कोई ई
बुझाता नहीं कोई


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

Blog Day : 3657 Post No. : 14520

Hullo Atulites

“Sadhu Aur Shaitaan” (1968) was directed by A. Bhimsingh and starred Mehmood, Om Prakash and Pran in important roles. It also had south star Bharathi, Kishore Kumar and Nasir Hussain in the cast.

Om Prakash played an honest bank employee where Nasir Hussain is the manager. Pran played Sher Khan alias Dilawar Khan a dacoit who seeks out his old friend Om Prakash and cheats him into accepting him into his household. His main intention is to rob the bank where Om Prakash is employed for which he manages to make duplicate locker keys and also achieves his goal. Nasir Hussain suspects Om Prakash and calls the police.

The rest of the movie goes in showing how Om Prakash proves his innocence with Mehmood and Bharathi’s help. In the course of this Pran is killed and the body is dumped under the back seat of Mehmood’s taxi. A considerable length of the movie is taken up in showing how the various passengers who hire the cab react when they see the body under the seat. And the list of passengers contains names of the who’s who of the film industry of that time- Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Mumtaz, Lalitha Pawar, Jeewan, Nirupa Roy, Tun Tun, Mukri, etc. etc.

Today(23 july 2018) on the occasion of the death anniversary of Mehmood let us have a song from this movie which shows him in his elements. He replays his “hum kale hain toh kya hua” character with Bharathi as the person he is trying to woo. It is sung by Mehmood and Mohd Rafi. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist and the Shankar Jaikishan like music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.


Song-Mehbooba mehbooba bana leo mijhe dulha (Saadhu Aur Shaitaan)(1968) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Mehmood

Lyrics

??
ari kidhar hai ri tu
mere dil ki raani
mere nawaason ki naani
aa gaya hoon main
arre dekh le main aa gaya
permisson le ko

mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
chaar meenar chhoda
bech ko taanga ghoda
aaya main dauda dauda
kha bhi leo raham thoda
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha

dhatt tere gesoo
uff teri aankhiyaan
haaye teri baataan
pi jaaun ghol ko
uff teri masti
uff tera jalwa
mar ga mar ga main
bika bin mol ko
bika bina mol ko
abke jo munh ko moda
abke jo dil ko toda
amma ki khasam khaa ko
kha loonga zahar thhoda
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
o mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha

aa haa
kya achchi lag rahi tumen
jo ooper kaun sa dance master aa gaya
kis’se seek liya tumen

daantaan kya dikha rayin
arre nazdeek aao jee
nakhre kar rayin
thapak loonga

na tumain aatain
na hamko bulaatain
aji ji ko jalatain
thapak loonga dekh na
aisa kyun kartayin
zulm kyun dhaatayin
kya nakhre dikhaatayin
thapak loonga dekhna
thapak loonga dekhna
kaaike ye latka
kaaike ye jhatka
kaaike ye matka
kar leo dil chauda
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha
chaar meenar chhoda
bech ko taanga ghoda
aaya main dauda dauda
kha bhi leo raham thhoda
mehbooba mehbooba
bana leo mijhe dulha
jala deo mera chulha

chulha jala do jee
aji ghaaslet daal ko phoonk daalo na
nichhe se maachis ki kaandi laaun kya
apne haath se khaana bana ko mujhe khilaao na
arre meri raani
arre ??
kahaan jaa ri tu
arri ??
arri ??
arri waapas aa
arri palat
palat
palat
palat
palat
palat
palat
palat
palat
palat


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

Blog Day : 3657 Post No. : 14518

Today’s song is from an obscure film Kul kalank-45.

If one critically looks at the artistes’ mix in Hindi films from Talkie era beginning upto 1947, one would find that, if not a majority, a sizable number was of Muslim community. The 15 % section of Indian population was prominently present in the film world. Actors, actresses, directors, singers, Lyricists and Music directors… you name a department and they were there. In a way this community enriched the film and music by bringing Ghazals, Thumris etc into the Music and dance items like Mujra and qawalis became famous and popular part of the Hindi films.

After 1947, many Muslim artistes from almost all departments of film making migrated to Pakistan, making way for artistes who were waiting in the wings-so to say- to fill the void, in Indian film world. many Muslim artistes chose to stay in India. While many divided their families into both countries ( Rafi, Kardar, Mehboob etc), there were many who shifted Lock, stock and barrel to Pakistan.

Legends like Dilip, Meena Kumari, Mehboob, Naushad and Rafi etc stayed back and enriched the Indian film industry, beyond words. One of the major specialities of this industry was ( and is ) its Secular nature. While a team of Muslim Singer (Rafi), Muslim Lyricist (Shakeel) and a Muslim Composer (Naushad) gave us an evergreen Bhajan like “Man tadpat Hari darshan ko aaj (Baiju Baawra) “, a team of Hindu composer (CR), Hindu Lyricist (Shailendra) and a Hindu Singer ( Lata ) gave us a Devotional Naat “Duaa kar gham e dil, Khuda se duaa kar(Anarkali) “.

BOMBAY- the Mayanagari of films, attracted many aspirants from all over the country. One can understand, if those who wanted to make a successful career and become famous, flocked to Bombay, but sometimes even the famous ones with a bright career already in place, also were tempted to join this industry. Some names which come readily to mind are- Pt. Ravi Shankar, the International Sitar Maestro and a Bharat Ratna-1999. He became a Music Director and gave music to 5 films….Neechanagar and Dharti ke Lal-1946, Anuradha-60, Godaan-63 and Meera-79. The famous Sarod player Ali Akbar Khan gave music to 7 films. And then, the famous Tabla player All Rakha Khan Qureshi also had a stint in Hindi films. Today’s film Kul Kalank-45 had his music.

Ustad Allah Rakha, born as Allah Rakha Qureshi, was born in Jammu and Kashmir on 29-4-1919. He was an Indian tabla player, who popularised the art of tabla playing all over the world. Allah Rakha was born to a soldier, who later returned from the army and worked as a farmer after that to earn his bread and butter. Being the eldest of seven sons, his father did not expect him to learn music and opposed his idea of learning classical music.

Ustad Allah Rakha, as a young boy of 12 years, found the instrument fascinating while visiting his uncle in Gurdaspur. His inclination towards Indian classical music and the Performing Arts made him run away to Lahore for further learning, as he found little scope of learning the art-form in his home-town. Allah Rakha studied at the Punjab school of classical music (gharana) where he became a student of Ustad Mian Khadarbaksh Pakhawaji (Mian Quader Bakshi). He was trained to be a singer under Ustad Ashiq .

Allah Rakha was also associated to theater as he lived in Pathankot for sometime and worked for a theater company. In 1930, Allah Rakha worked at a radio station in Lahore. According to reports, he moved to Delhi after six years, in 1936, to work with All India Radio. In 1940, he moved to Bombay and worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar and again on All India Radio. He was the station’s first ever tabla solo player then. After which he even composed music for 40 Hindi films from 1943 to 1958. His first film as a MD was Mahasati Anusuya-43 and the last released film was Idd ka chaand-64. He even sang 14 songs in 7 films between 1942 to 1949

Ustad Allah Rakha had married twice. He was first married to Bavi Begum and had three sons, Zakir Hussain, Fazal Qureshi and Taufiq Qureshi and two daughters Khurshid Aulia née Qureshi and Razia. Razia served him in his later years and was like a constant companion to her father. She died after a routine cataract surgery and Allah Rakha could not cope with the shock of her death and immediately slipped into a coma and passed away within 24 hours on 3-2-2000.

Zakir Hussain is one of the most renowned tabla players of India.

Allah Rakha’s son Zakir Hussain grew up to be another legend in the country. Zakir Hussain has also been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. The honour that was bestowed upon his father by the Sangeet Natak Akademi came to him as well in 1990. Hussain has been working in films and on albums in India as well as abroad. Hussain owes his career to his father, who had made sure that he remained focused on the art-form.

Ustad Allah Rakha had established the Alla Rakha Institute of Music in Bombay in 1986 and imparted his knowledge of the instrument to all his disciples in the institute. Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. He was honoured with the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India in 1977 for his contributions to elevate the reach of tabla playing as an art form across the globe. Later on, Sangeet Natak Akademi also honoured him.

Ustad Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. Their partnership reached legendary heights with performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The two performed together in a lot many festivals and elevated the respect and popularity of tabla playing as an art form. Other than Pandit Ravi Shankar, he also worked with renowned Kathak dancers like Sitara Devi and Birju Maharaj.

Ustad Allah Rakha found fans not only in India but abroad as well. Reportedly, American percussionist, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, was his huge fan. Hart always tried to learn from him even from single visits that Ustad used to make to his country. Hart was also quoted saying, “Alla Rakha is the Einstein, the Picasso; he is the highest form of rhythmic development on this planet.”

Other than the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Ustad Allah Rakha inspired George Harrison from The Beatles as well. Both of them performed together for a Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Mickey Hart also collaborated with him for Rolling Thunder in 1972. The picture we have here is of Hell’s Angels member Terry The Tramp with tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha as they were set to perform together at the Monterey International Pop Festival, June 17th, 1967. He had collaborated with many prominent rock groups.

While Ustad used to generally team up with Pandit Ravi Shankar for his performances, he once collaborated with jazz drummer Buddy Rich for an album, Rich à la Rakha in 1968. Some of his greatest works have been in the form of albums Improvisations, West Meets East, Album 3 (with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean Pierre Rampel, Martine Gelliot), Angel (1976), Master Drummers with Zakir Hussain (1991), Tabla Duet, Chhanda Dhara (1994), Ultimate in Taal-vidya, Magnasound/OMI (1996),

The cast of film Kul Kalank-45 was Shanta Hublikar, Masood, Shehzadi, Maajid, Amirbai karnataki, Dulari, Protima Devi, W M Khan, Saroj Borkar etc etc. In this list we find names of Masood, Shehzadi and Majid, who are not well known to most people.

Masood Mohammed Ansari was born on 16-2-1921 at Lahore in a respectable family. After passing the Matriculation, he joined films with screen name Shyam, but as there were already 2 actors with that name, he retained his own name shortened to just Masood. He joined Bombay Talkies on a monthly salary, but even in one year, he did not get any role in a film, so he resigned.

He did small roles in Sitara and Gunehgar -39, but was noticed in Bahurani-40. Due to his good looks and personality, he got roles with leading ladies like Sitara, Swarnalata, Nurjehan, Mumtaz Shanti, Khurshid Jr. and Shamim. He acted in society-42,Aabroo-43,Naadan-43, Raahgir-43, Ishara-43, Nagad Narayan-43, Kul kalank-45, pujari-46, Nek parveen-46 and Bhanwar-47. he got married just before partition and migrated to Pakistan, with his family.

The other name we find is of Shehzadi. Now, there was another actress Shehzadi, who was the daughter of actress director and producer Fatima Begum and sister of Zubeida (Alam Ara) and Sultana. She had done films from 1926 to 1939 only. Zubeida and Sultana were married in 1936. She also got married and left films. Actress Shehzadi of film Kul Kalank-45 was different. She was born in Bombay and knew Urdu, Hindi, English, Gujarati and Marathi languages. She joined Bombay Talkies and her Debut film was Jhoola-41. In this film she did a dance and song item with Mumtaj Ali (father of Mehmood). The song was ” Main to Delhi se dulhan laaya re “. This became a hit song. She had learned Dancing before joining films. This came handy in films. She acted in 26 films from 1941 to 1947. In film ‘ Hanso hanso,aye duniyawalon’-42, she was Gope’s Heroine. In 1947, she started her own company Ratnakar productions and made a film ” Utho Jaago’ with Hero Ashiq Hussain. After Partition, she married the Hero and migrated to Pakistan.

The third name is Majid. His name was Abdul majid Syed. he was born at Farrukhabad in U.P. in 1915. His father was an Overseer. After matric in 1929, he started his business of Leather in Akola, Maharashtra. in 1935, actor, director and producer Nazeer of Hind pictures, introduced him to S.K.Daryani and he got a small role in Sher ka Panja-36 and Sangdil samaj-36. However, from film Bulldog-37, he got side roles and lead roles in films like Gentleman daku-37, insaaf-37, Rajkumari-38, Masterman-38, Zamana-38, Mud-40, Saubhagya-40, Swami-41, Swaminath-42, he also acted in more films like Najma-43, Babar-44 and Zeenat-45.

In all he did over 100 films till 1947. After Partition, he migrated to Pakistan with Nazeer and Swarnalata.

In film Kul kalank-45, there were 11 songs. Today’s song is a duet by Ameerbai karnataki and Rafi. Mind you, in 1945, Mohd. Rafi was still a new singer. Having started only in 1944, this song was just the 7th song in his career. from his style and voice itself, one can make out that this singer was a new one. That way, this is a rare song of Rafi and a song which is not easily available.

Film Kul Kalank was re-released as ” Jeewan Chhaya ” in 1946 again. Kul Kalank-45 makes a Debut on the Blog. Listen to Rafi’s rare song.
( Credits- A.I.Directory, pakfilms.com,, CITWF.com, Times of India back issue, HFGK, MuVyz, Flash back-Isak Mujawar, Asli Nakli Chehere-V.Pandya and my notes )


Song-Topiwaale babu ne dil chheena (Kul Kalank)(1945) Singers-Amirbai Karnataki, Rafi, Lyrics-Roopbani, MD-Alla Rakkha Qureshi
Both

Lyrics

Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena
Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena
dil chheena re mora man chheena aa
dil chheena re mora man chheena
haay dil chheena re mora man chheena
Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena

tirchhi nazron se kar ke ishaara
tirchhi nazron se kar ke ishaara
Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena
dil chheena re mora man chheena aa
dil chheena re mora man chheena
haaye dil chheena re mora man chheena
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena
kaali zulfon ka de ke nazaara
kaali zulfon ka de ke nazaara
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena

o o o
bhari bajariya mein khenche chunariya aa aa
bhari bajariya mein khenche chunariya
khenche chunariya mera
haay raam
khenche chunariya mera
haay raam
khenche chunariya aa
maare sharam meri doobi najariya
maare sharam meri doobi najariya
maathhe pe aaya paseena aa aa
maathhe pe aaya paseenaa
Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena
Topiwaale baabu ne dil chheena

ho o o
bhari bajariya mein ghoonghat nikaale ae ae
bhari bajariya mein ghoonghat nikaale ae ae
chalti ho kyun tum aanchal sambhaale
chalti ho kyun tum aanchal sambhaale
dikhaati ho kyun apna seena aa
dikhaati ho kyun apna seena
baanke nainon waali ne dil chheena

topi waale baabu ne dil chheena
dil chheena
dil chheena


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

Blog Day : 3656 Post No. : 14516

Hullo Atulites

The excitement surrounding the 10th anniversary has not yet subsided. We are awaiting posts from a few regulars, hope they don’t hide behind the excuse of laziness and other similar reasons 🙂

22nd July is the 95th birth anniversary of Mukesh Chand Mathur better known the world over as Mukesh; the man who was the voice of Raj Kapoor (mostly), Dilip Kumar, Feroz Khan, Manoj Kumar, Sunil Dutt etc.

He was born in Delhi to Zorawar Chand Mathur and Chand Rani. The music teacher who came home to teach his sister found a pupil in Mukesh who would listen from the adjoining room. His voice was first noticed by Motilal, a distant relative, when he sang at his sister’s wedding. Motilal took him to Mumbai and arranged for music lessons with Pandit Jagannath Prasad. During this period Mukesh was offered a role as an actor-singer in a Hindi film, “Nirdosh” (1941). His first song was “Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho Toh” as an actor-singer for “Nirdosh”. He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar with music composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics written by Aah Sitapuri (would like to know more about him).
The first song that Mukesh sang for a Hindi film was “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”. He was a Saigal fan (I don’t know of many who were not a fan of Saigal) and used to imitate his idol. It is said that when Saigal first heard the song “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” he is said to have remarked, “I don’t recall singing this song.”

Naushad Ali helped him form his own style and before he became voice of Raj Kapoor he had a string of hits with Dilip Kumar in “Mela”, “Andaz”, “Anokhi Ada” etc. His other hits with Dilip Kumar were “Anokha Pyar” with Anil Biswas, “Madhumati” with Salil Choudhary, “Yahudi” with Shankar Jaikishan etc.

Mukesh recorded about 130 songs for Shankar- Jaikishan followed by Kalyanji Anandji. A few years back I had gone to an “Anandji Nite” and was drowned in songs by Mukesh; though there were a few Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar songs too in that program but the number of songs of Mukesh were more. (but I have no complaints, I enjoyed myself)

Many of his songs are still popular and “kai baar yu bhi dekha hain, yeh jo man ki seema rekha hain” from Rajnigandha got him a National Award for Best Playback Singer for the year 1973. His Filmfare Awards were for “Sab kuch seekha humne” Anari, 1959; “Sabse bada nadaan wahi hai” Pehchan, 1970; “Jai bolo beimaan ki” Be-imaan, 1972; and “Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein” Kabhi Kabhie, 1976.

He complained of chest pain when on a tour to the USA, was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead. Lata Mangeshkar completed the concert with his son Nitin Mukesh and bought the body home where a grand funeral was held. On getting the news of his death Raj Kapoor is said to have burst into tears and remarked “I Have lost my Voice.”

Many of his songs were released after his death. “Dharam Veer”; “Amar Akbar Anthony”; “Khel Khiladi Ka”; “Darinda” and “Chandi Sona” in 1977 & in 1978 “Aahuti”, “Paramatma”, “Tumhari Kasam” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. His last known release was for the movie Chand Grahan in 1997 a good twenty years after he went away.

The song with this post is one which was very popular in its times and is still heard on AIR’s Vividh Bharati. It was written by Anand Bakshi who would have turned 88 on 21st July. (Today I am not writing anything about how much I love his work) He wrote it for “Aahuti” which was a movie with a standard storyline, made extremely popular by Manmohan Desai’s movies and B. R. Chopra’s “Waqt” – meaning the movie was a story of a family which gets separated at the start of the movie and reunites before the climax :). The movie had a star cast headed by Rajendra Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan, Parveen Babi, Zaheera, Asha Sachdev and Ajit heading the supporting cast. The movie had five songs one of which “kash aisa hota” has been posted. Today’s song is courtesy Avinashji who was generous enough to send me the lyrics which he had written out back in 2013. Thank you Avinashji specially for adding the Devanagari version too.

Video

Song-Saathi mere saathi rut aati jaati(Aahuti)(1978) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Mukesh, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Rafi + Lata
Rafi+Mukesh
Female chorus,
Male chorus,
chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

O ho
ho ho
O ho
ho ho
ho o o o
(O ho
ho ho )

Saathi meri saathi
Saathi meri saathi
Rut aati jaati
Rut aati jaati
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

Saathi meri saathi
Rut aati jaati
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

Aise ham saathi jaise diyaa baati
Aise ham saathi jaise diyaa baati
Rab di badi hai meharbaani ee ee
Rab di badi hai meharbaani
Saathi meri saathi
Rut aati jaati
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

Raamji ne saari ye duniyaa banaayee
O raamji ne saari ye duniyaa banaayee
Hamne ye duniyaa sajaayee
Mazdoor ham hain ham
Kis ise kam hain ham
Mazdoor ham hain ham
Kis se kam hain ham

Mehnat ki apni kamaayee ee ee
Ham hi akele dono se khele
Kya aag hai kya paani ee

(aa aa aa aa)
Saathi meri saathi
Rut aati jaati
(aa aaaa)
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

Sun mere raja aa aa
Sun mere raja
Aa aa paas aaja
ho Sun mere raja
Aa aa paas aaja
Achchi nahin ee itni doori
Hai kaam jitney saare jahaan ke
Hai kaam jitney saare jahaan ke
Hai pyaar sabse zaroori ee ee
Dil na lage to
sau saal jee lo
Kis kaam ki ye zindagaani ee ee

Saathi meri saathi
Rut aati jaati
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

Aa aa aa aa aa
Aa aa aa aa aa
Aa aa aa aa aa
Aa aa aa aa aa

Masti mein saari basti hamaari
Masti mein saari basti hamaari
Ham door hain uljhanon se ae ae
Ham door hain uljhanon se
Ham door hain uljhanon se
Dil ke haseen ho
Haseen ho
Waaqif nahin ho
Dil ke haseen ho raja
Waaqif nahin ho
Tum doston dushmanon se ae
Tum doston dushmanon se

Kya baat ki hai
Ye dosti hai
Ya dushmani hai puraani
Saathi meri saathi
O o o
Rut aati jaati
O o
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

aa aa aa aa aa
Saathi meri saathi
aa aa aa aa aa
Rut aati jaati
aa aa aa aa aa
Kahe teri meri kahaani ee ee
Kahe teri meri kahaani

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( Devnagri Script lyrics provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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ओ हो
ओ हो
ओ हो
ओ हो हो हो
ओ हो
ओ हो
ओ हो
ओ हो हो हो
ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ
साथी मेरे साथी
साथी मेरे साथी
रुत आती जाती
रुत आती जाती
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

साथी मेरे साथी
रुत आती जाती
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

ऐसे हम साथी जैसे दिया बाती
ऐसे हम साथी जैसे दिया बाती
रब कि बड़ी है मेहरबानी
रब कि बड़ी है मेहरबानी
साथी मेरे साथी
रुत आती जाती
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

रामजी ने सारी ये दुनिया बनायी
ओ रामजी ने सारी ये दुनिया बनायी
हमने ये दुनिया सजाई
मजदूर हम हैं हम
किसीसे कम हैं हम
मजदूर हम हैं हम
किसीसे कम हैं हम
मेहनत कि अपनी कमाई
हम ही अकेले दोनों से खेले
क्या आग है क्या पानी
साथी मेरे साथी
रुत आती जाती
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

सुन मेरे राजा आ आ
सुन मेरे राजा
आ आ पास आजा

सुन मेरे राजा
आ आ पास आजा
अच्छी नहीं इतनी दूरी
है काम जितने सारे जहां के
है काम जितने सारे जहां के
है प्यार सबसे ज़रूरी ई ई
दिल न लगे तो सौ साल जी लो
किस काम कि ये जिंदगानी
साथी मेरे साथी
रुत आती जाती
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
मस्ती में सारी बस्ती हमारी
मस्ती में सारी बस्ती हमारी
हम दूर है उलझनों से ए ए
हम दूर है उलझनों से
हम दूर है उलझनों से
दिल के हसीन हो
हसीन हो
वाकीफ नहीं हो
तुम दोस्तों दुश्मनों से
तुम दोस्तों दुश्मनों से
क्या बात कि है
ये दोस्ती है
या दुश्मनी है पुरानी
साथी मेरे साथी
ओ ओ
रुत आती जाती
ओ ओ
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी

साथी मेरे साथी
आ आ
रुत आती जाती
आ आ
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी
कहे तेरी मेरी कहानी


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

Blog Day : 3654 Post No. : 14511

ruke nahin koi yahaan naami ho ki anaam
koi jaaye subah ko koi jaaye shaam

— Gopal Das Saxena ‘Neeraj’

With the passing away of Gopal Das Saxena ‘Neeraj’ in the evening of July 19, 2018, the country has lost the last doyen of the progressive school of Hindi poetry. And with this, we have lost another ‘Sahir Ludhianvi’ of Hindi film songs. His association with Hindi film industry especially during 1970-75 had taken the Hindi film music to a new height. I would say that Neeraj has elongated the golden period of Hindi film music.

At a time when Hindi poetry were majorly influenced by ‘Chhaayawadi’ (Romanticism) poets like Jaishankar Prasad, Sumitranandan Pant, Suryakant Tripathi ‘Niraala’ and Mahadevi Verma, it was first Harivansh Rai Bachchan followed by Neeraj who departed from the genre of Chhaayawad poetry and started writing in a language understandable to the common man encompassing all the facades of human life. Neeraj was always a people’s poet.

I first became aware of Neeraj as a poet when I was in 9th standard. Our Hindi teacher spoke about him in the context of one of his poems in our syllabus. I do not remember now as to which was the poem. But I distinctly remember to have heard our teacher saying that he was one of the emerging Hindi poets of post-chhaayawad period. After having moulded with the poems of chaayawadi poets during our early high school days, I personally found Neeraj’s poems at that time a bit ordinary as compared with poems of chhaayawadi poets.

In my early college days (first year and intermediate), I came to know more about Neeraj thanks to our Hindi lecturer who was an admirer of his poems. Although I had heard on radio the popular songs from ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal’ (1965), it was from our Hindi lecturer I came to know that these popular songs were written by none other than Neeraj. At that time, I was not deep into the lyrics of the Hindi film songs. My reaction to this news was one of the surprises – how a Hindi poet could downgrade himself as a lyricist!

It took me another 5 years to appreciate the work of Neeraj as a lyricist by which time I was majorly engrossed in Hindi film music. His popular songs like kaarwaan guzar gaya gubaar dekhte rahe, dekhti hi raho aaj darpan na tum, wo ham na thhe wo tum na thhe made me to go through the lyrics afresh. All these songs looked more poetic than the lyrics which we were used to listen. Yet they were simple to understand.

By now, I had become an ardent admirer of Neeraj. There was a time in the early 70s, when I used to watch films which had Neeraj as lyricist.I recall a few films like ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970), ‘Pehchaan’ (1970), ‘Sharmilee’ (1971), ‘Gambler’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971) etc which I saw in the theatres. I realised that here was a poet who used imageries and metaphors in a novel way to add freshness to the songs. Examples: Shokhiyon mein gholaa jaye phoolon ka shabaab, phoolon ke rang se dil ki kalam se, bas yahi apraadh main har baar karta hoon, khilte hain gul yahaan khil ke bikharne ko, megha chhaaye aadhi raat, jeewan ki bagiya mahkegi, dil aaj shaayar hai gham aaj naghma hai.

After my retirement in 2006, I started reading Neeraj’s non-filmy poetic works and appreciating his poetry. He was really a people’s poet. I can now say that just as popularity of ‘Madhushala’ written by Harivash Rai Bachchan had put his other higher literary works in the background, the popularity of ‘kharwaan guzar gaya gubaar dekhte rahen’ and other hindi film songs of Neeraj have relegated into background. With his more than 5 decades of poetic work, the article would become too long. So I will confine myself mostly to Neeraj’s filmy career in this article.

Gopaldas Neeraj was born on January 4, 1925 in the Purwali village of Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 6, his father passed away. He was sent to his aunt’s house in Etawah for schooling. However, due to the precarious financial condition, Neeraj had to discontinue his studies after 10th standard did some odd jobs at Etawah and later in Delhi in the 1940s to earn for the family. While working, he completed his graduation and in 1953, he passed MA in Hindi literature with first class. He was associated with Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh as Lecturer and retired as a Professor of Hindi literature from the same college.

Neeraj’s inspiration for writing Hindi poems came from a collection of poems titled ‘Nisha Nimantran’ (Invitation to Night) written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan which he had read when he was in 9th class. Thereafter, he started writing poems and attended Kavi Sammelan in which among others, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the main attractions. By 1960, Neeraj had become one of the most sought after poets for Kavi Sammelan held all over India.

Sometime in 1960, Neeraj visited Bombay (Mumbai) to recite his poems in a Kavi Sammelan. Music director Roshan was one of those from the film industry who was impressed by his poems. Roshan offered him to write lyrics for the film ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal’ (1965) which Neeraj politely declined stating that he could not leave his job. He however suggested to Roshan that if found suitable, he could select a few of his published poems for the films. So, most of the songs from the film was based on Neeraj’s published poems.

Chandrashekhar, who was producing and directing his maiden film ‘Cha Cha Cha’ (1964) wanted Neeraj to write lyrics for the film. Neeraj obliged him by writing two songs for the film – ‘wo hum na thhe wo tum na thhe’ and ‘subha na aayi shaam na aayi’ which became very popular. He also wrote songs for films like ‘Sati Naari’ (1965), ‘Tu Hi Meri Zindagi’ (1965), Majli Didi’ (1967), Kanyadaan’ (1968) etc. But uptil now, Neeraj had done the song writing as a part time work without leaving his full time job as Lecturer in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh.

Sometime in early 1960s, Dev Anand had met Neeraj at a mushiara in Mumbai. At that time, Dev Anand had told him that he liked the language in his poems and hope to work with him some day.

One day, Neeraj saw an advertisement of the announcement of the film ‘Prem Pujari’ (1971) in which he saw the name of Dev Anand as director and S D Burman as music director. However, there was no name of song writer. So Neeraj wrote to Dev Anand recalling his conversation at the mushiara in Mumbai and offered to write songs for the film. Within a week, Neeraj got a hand written reply from Dev Anand requesting him to come to Mumbai and meet S D Burman, the music director. In an interview which appeared in May 21, 2015 issue of ‘The Hindu’, Neeraj revealed:

He put me in luxurious hotel in Santa Cruz and paid me Rs.1000 even before signing me. Next day, he took me to S.D. Burman, who showed apprehensions about a poet’s ability to write to tunes and a given situation. Dev Anand said that he should not worry. He should give the tune and if Neeraj failed, he would remain his guest for six days and enjoy Bombay. Burman Da gave me a tune and said the song should start with ‘Rangeela Re’ and it is about a girl who sees her beloved coming to a party with another girl. It should have elements of frustration in love, jealousy and satire. I worked the whole night and came up with ‘rangeela re tere rang mein youn ranga hai mera mann’.

Next day, he went to Dev Anand’s office and showed what he had written. After reading it, he embraced Neeraj and exclaimed how he could do it in one night. He immediately took me to Burman Da’s home and proudly presented me to him and said: See, I told you, Neeraj has done it. When Burman Da listened to it, he said ‘Dev you go now. We will sit together. After Dev Anand left, Burman Da admitted that he gave me this complex situation to make me give up. After that, we three began to bond. …… I wrote my best songs for him and the biggest royalty I get is from the songs that I wrote for Dev Anand, adding that he never signed a contract with him.

After the success of his songs in ‘Prem Pujaari’ (1970), Neeraj left his job at Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh and shifted his base to Mumbai to become a full time lyricist in Mumbai film industry. The success of his songs in films like ‘Pehchan’ (1970), ‘Sharmilee’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971), ‘Gambler’ (1971) etc gave further boost to his career.

During his active career (1970-75) in Hindi film industry, Neeraj mainly worked with S D Burman and Shankar-Jaikishan with whom he had developed good rapport. With the death of Jai Kishan in 1971 and S D Burman in 1975 Neeraj, on record, considered himself as an unlucky poet in Hindi film industry. Sometime after the death of S D Burman, Neeraj bid adieu to Hindi film industry and rejoined as Professor of Hindi literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh. My own gut feeling says that being a sensitive poet, Neeraj may have felt uncomfortable to work with new music directors with whom he might have creative differences.

Neeraj did occasionally write lyrics for some films by sitting at Aligarh in post-1975 period. The last film for which he wrote songs was ‘Chargesheet’ (2011) which happened to be the last film produced and directed by Dev Anand.

As our homage to Neeraj, I have selected a lesser known song from the film ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal’ (1965) which seems to have become a ‘back-bencher’by his other popular songs from the film. The song is ‘isko bhi apnaata chal’ sung by Mohmmed Rafi and composed by Roshan. The scene in the film is that of Kavi Sammelan where poets are reciting their poems. But the hero Rajeev recites his poem by singing.

The song is of nearly 6 minutes’ duration in the audio clip. However, in the film, it is reduced to about 3 minutes duration by skipping two antaras of the song.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Isko bhi apnaata chal usko bhi apnaata chal(Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal)(1965) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-Roshan

Lyrics(Based on audio)

hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm
isko bhi apnaata chal
usko bhi apnaata chal
raahi hain sab ek dagar ke
sab par pyaar lutaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal

idhar kafan tak nahin laash par
udhar numaayish resham ki
yahaan swayamvar kare chaandni
wahaan na raat kate gham ki
dharti kankad patthar maare
ambar ugle angaare
koi poochhe baat na is bagiya mein dukhiyaa shabnam ki
sukh ki umr badhaata chal
dukh ko kafan odhaata chal
miley jahaan bhi mahal usey
kutiya ke paas bulaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal

bikaa biki sab oar machi hai
aane au do aanon par
asmat bikey doraahon par to
pyaar bikey dukaanon par
dagar dagar par mandir masjid
qadam qadam par gurudwaare
bhagwaanon ki basti mein hai
zulm bahut insaanon par
khidki har khulwaata chal
saankal har katwaata chal
is par bhi raushni na ho to
dil kaa diyaa jalaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal
usko bhi apnaata chal
raahi hain sab ek dagar ke
sab par pyaar lutaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal

hriday hriday ke beech khaaiyaan
lahu bichhaa maidaanon mein
ghoom rahe hain yuddh sadak par
shaanti chhipi shamshaanon mein
zanjeeren kat gayin magar
aazaad nahin insaan abhi
duniya bhar ki khushi qaid hai
chaandi jade makaanon mein
tat tat raas rachaataa chal
panghat panghat gaataa chal
pyaasaa hai har praan nayan kaa
gangaa-jal chhalkaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal

nayan nayan tarsen sapnon ko
aanchal tarsen phoolon ko
aangan tarsen tyohaaron ko
galiyaan tarsen jhoolon ko
kisi honth par baje na bansi
kisi haath mein been nahin
umar samadar ki de daali
kis ne chand baboolon ko
soyi kiran jagaata chal
roothi subahen manaata chal
pyaar naqaabon mein na band ho
har ghoonghat khulwaata chal
isko bhi apnaata chal
usko bhi apnaata chal


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