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

Blog Day : 3504 Post No. : 14080

Missing Films of 1960s – 60
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The debut film for today is ‘Bhakt Prahlad’, the quintessential historical / mythological saga that has been repeated so often across the decades. I would say that, along with the tale of Raja Harishchandra, the story of Bhakt Prahlad probably forms the most times filmed pair of historical / mythological tales. As per Geet Kosh, the story of Bhakt Prahlad has been presented on the silver screen no less than six times – the years in chronological order being 1932, 1934, 1946, 1959, 1965 and 1967. Besides this set of films in Hindi, this tale has also been a subject of many other films released in regional cinema.

The 1965 version of this film was produced under the banner of Madan Movies, Bombay, and is directed by Kamal Sharma. The star cast consists of the following, Anjali, Bablu, BM Vyas, Malika, Sheikh, Rajkumar, Helen, Jeevankala, Ravi Kumar, Ramesh, Mohan Modi, Raja Saleem, Nazeer Kashmiri, Dalda, Maqbool, Pal Sharma, and Jagdish Vyas etc.

The film has eight songs listed in the Geet Kosh. All the songs have been penned by Bharat Vyas. The music direction is by BN Bali (aka Baldev Nath Bali). The song is sung by Asha Bhosle.

I have heard this song, long long back, and then I have not heard it for many years. Today, as I started search for an appropriate song, I came across this one. To start with the words did not ring a bell, and I simply clicked on to play. And as it started to play, the song came alive in the mind along with the memories of radio listening days.

The song is a seduction song, of course presented in a very sober and decent manner. The words and the year remind me of another similar seduction song which is from the 1965 film ‘Jewel Thief’ – “Raat Akeli Hai Bujh Gaye Diye. . .”. As I continued to listen, the second antaraa reminded me of another song from the same year. The film – ‘Mere Sanam’ and the song “Ye Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera. . .”. Interestingly, all the three songs have been rendered by Asha Bhosle. And I am wondering – same year, three different songs from different films, all in the same genre. The subject matter i.e. seduction, is the same; but the treatment is literally ages apart. Hmmm. . . gives me an idea for a series on seduction songs; let me see if I can muster up enough songs to do a complete series.

But regardless, listen to and enjoy this gem of a song from an obscure film, reviving memories of a wonderfully melodic era.

 

Song – Raat Basanti Main Raswanti  (Bhakt Prahlad) (1965) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, MD – BN Bali

Lyrics

jogi..ee..ee..ee

jogi..ee..ee..ee

raat basanti
main raswanti
laai hoon roop anmol re
jogi ab to aankhen khol re
ho oo oo oo
raat basanti
main raswanti
laai hoon roop anmol re
jogi ab to aankhen khol re
ho oo oo oo
raat basanti

dekh wo chanda ras barsaaye
dekh wo chanda ras barsaaye
dekh pawan lehraaye
ye chaandi ki jhilmil kirnen
ye chaandi ki jhilmil kirnen
tan mein chubh chubh jaayen
[. . .]
raat basanti
main raswanti
laai hoon roop anmol re
jogi ab to aankhen khol re
hoye hoye hoye hoye hoye
raat basanti

dekh lachakti gori baahen
dekh lachakti gori baahen
dekh thirakte naina
ghunghat palat jo lat bikhra doon
ghunghat palat jo lat bikhra doon
din ban jaaye raina
ho oo oo oo
raat basanti
main raswanti
laai hoon roop anmol re
jogi ab to aankhen khol re
ho oo oo oo
raat basanti

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जोगी॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई

जोगी॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई

रात बसंती
मैं रसवन्ती
लाई हूँ रूप अनमोल रे
जोगी अब तो आँखें खोल रे
हो ओ ओ ओ
रात बसंती
मैं रसवन्ती
लाई हूँ रूप अनमोल रे
जोगी अब तो आँखें खोल रे
हो ओ ओ ओ
रात बसंती

देख वो चंदा रस बरसाए
देख वो चंदा रस बरसाए
देख पावन लहराए
ये चाँदी की झिलमिल किरणें
ये चाँदी की झिलमिल किरणें
तन में चुभ चुभ जाएँ
[॰ ॰ ॰]
रात बसंती
मैं रसवन्ती
लाई हूँ रूप अनमोल रे
जोगी अब तो आँखें खोल रे
होए होए होए होए होए
रात बसंती

देख लचकती गोरी बाहें
देख लचकती गोरी बाहें
देख थिरकते नैना
घूँघट पलट जो लट बिखरा दूँ
घूँघट पलट जो लट बिखरा दूँ
दिल बन जाये रैना
हो ओ ओ ओ
रात बसंती
मैं रसवन्ती
लाई हूँ रूप अनमोल रे
जोगी अब तो आँखें खोल रे
हो ओ ओ ओ
रात बसंती

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Blog Day : 3473 Post No. : 13948

“Mehbooba”(1976) was based on a novel by Gulshan Nanda. It was produced by Musheer-Riaz and directed by Shakti Samanta. The movie had Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Yogita Bali, Manmohan Krishan, Nazir Hussain, Sujit Kumar, Asrani, Asha Sachdev, Prem Chopra, Meena.T., Harindranath Chattopadhyaya, Chandrashekhar, Leela Mishra, Madan Puri, Master Alankar, Birbal, UmaDutt, Raj Rani, Abhimanyu Sharma, Ram Murti Chaturvedi etc in it.

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

Here is the seventh song from “Mehbooba”(1976) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. music is composed by R D Burman.

It is a superb semi classical composition from a music director who was popularly known as one using western tunes and instruments in most of his compositions.

Curiously enough, such a wonderful composition based on Raag Bihaag could not find place in the movie. This song was not included in the movie. The record of the song thankfully were released and became quite popular.


Jamuna kinaare aaja chhaliya pukaare aaja (Mehbooba)(1976) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

aa aa aa
jamuna kinaare aaja
chhaliya pukaare aaja
raadha
jaaye na aa
jamuna kinaare aaja
chhaliya pukaare aaja
raadha
jaaye na
ho paniya bharan
panghat pe aaye na
raadha jaaye na
jaaye na
raadha jaaye na

o o o
o o o o o o o
o o o o

chaar kadam chale
aur ruk jaaye
chaar kadam chale
aur ruk jaaye
bairan aankhen nigodi jhuk jaayen
bairan aankhen nigodi jhuk jaayen
laaj ke pahre ko tod wo paaye na
raadha jaaye na
jaaye na
raadha jaaye na

man dole
jag bole baawariya
pa ma ga ma ga
sa ri ni sa
pa ma ga ma ga
ni sa dha ni
dhan ni ri
ni re ga
ni re ga
ma pa ma pa ga ma
ni dha ni re sa
man dole jag bole baawariya
tod na laaye kahin khaali gagariya aa
tod na laaye kahin khaali gagariya
ankhiyon mein jamuna jal bhar laaye na
raadha jaaye na aa
jamuna kinaare aaja
chhaliya pukaare aaja
raadha jaaye na
ho
paniya bharan
panghat pe aaye na
raadha jaaye na
jaaye na
raadha jaaye na


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 first gramophone recording of songs in India was done in November 1902. However, the records were marketed only in 1903. A cursory glance at the various issues of Society of Indian Records Collectors (SIRC) indicates that early gramophone recordings were confined mostly to songs sung by ‘Bais’, ‘Devis’, ‘Jaans’, ‘Begums’ etc who mainly belonged to professions like courtesans, dancing, private concert singers etc. In view of their background, they recorded mostly semi-classical songs in the genre of Thumri, Dadra, Ghazals, Bhajans, Hori, Chaiti, Folks music etc. These genres of songs were popular among the masses thanks to theatres where some of the above mentioned singers acted in the plays. The popularity of these songs gave gramophone recording companies profitable business opportunity.

With the advent of talkies in 1931, the genre of semi-classical songs found place in the films as well. And who could have sung such songs better than the popular ‘gramophone’ singers like Jahanara Kajjan, Mukhtar Begum, Begum Akhtar, Mallika Pukhraj, Mushtari Bai, Jaddan Bai, Waheedan Bai, Indubala, Kamala Jharia etc. They found avenue to become actor-singer in the films of the 1930s and 40s.

In the initial period of talkies, music directors were mostly from the theatre background. A cursory perusal of the available songs of the films released during early 1930s reveals that their song compositions were mostly influenced by semi-classical genres like ghazals, thumris, dadras, bhajans etc. Some of the songs in films during this period were customised based on the popular songs sung by the semi-classical singers. There are many such instances from 1930s through 1960s. I will not go into the detailed listing. They are still in vogue even now in the guise of remix songs. However, I wish to share a few of them from films of early 1930s which came to my notice while writing this article:

1. Lagat karejwa mein chot phool gajra na maaro re from the film MADHURI (1932) sung by Chanda Bai. Unfortunately, the gramophone record for this song was not issued. It is based on a traditional bandish in raag Bhairavi which I guess, Chanda Bai may have sung umpteen times during her association with Parsi Theatres in the 1920s. By the way, Chanda Bai was Begum Akhtar’s first inspiration to become actor-singer when she was barely 7 years old.

2. Raam rang rang le mann aatm rang rang le mann from the film BHARATI MATA(1932). Again, the song is not available. Probably, the gramophone record may not have been issued for this song. I strongly feel that this Hindi version song may have been based on a popular Bhajan in raag Yaman sung by Panditrao Nagarkar in Marathi musical play ‘Sangeet Tulsidas’ (1928). This bhajan was made more popular by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in the later years.

3. hai kya kya jalwa bhara hua and deejo darshan mujhe bansi ke bajaanewaale from the film AANKH KAA TAARA (1932) were first recorded as non-filmy bhajans by Indubala in June 1931. Later, Indubala sang these two songs in the film.

4. Koyaliya mat kar pukaar karjewa laage kataar from the film JAWAANI KAA NASHA (1935) was sung by Begum Akhtar in the film but the gramophone record was not issued. Later, she recorded this Dadra in 78 RPM record as non-filmy song and also a fuller length (over 10 minutes) in concerts which was also recorded as non-filmy song, probably in early 50s.

My emphasis in this article is to show that the inspirations for the filmy songs especially during the early period of talkies, by and large, came from scores of non-filmy semi-classical songs which were recorded during 1902 to say 1940.

Now let me talk about one more inspired song, inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera which became very popular in 1972 when the film PAAKEEZAH (1972) was released. The song is still popular as a mujra song. At that time, I was not aware that a similarly worded song was sung by Shamshad Begum in the film HIMMAT (1941) until 2012. I wrote an article on the song in the Blog on the next day of my becoming aware of this song. The song was also repeated in AABROO (1943). The credit for the lyrics went to Majrooh Sultanpuri, Aziz Kashmiri and Tanveer Naqvi, respectively in the order of the films’ names which appear above. Of course, all the lyricists have made some minor changes in the lyrics.

During the discussion on the article mentioned above, Arun ji had mentioned that this was a traditional song sung in kothas (by courtesans). I had also mentioned in my article that the Shamshad Begum’s version gave a feel of a kotha song. After about 5 years since I wrote the article, it is now more or less confirmed that this is indeed a traditional kotha song. For this, I thank Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji for making available the traditional version of the song on YT about three months back.

Today, I am presenting a non-filmy version of ‘inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera’ (1921) sung in Dadra style by Akhtari Jaan of Lucknow, a courtesan. Other than this, I have no information on Akhtari Jaan. It seems, her name has been mixed up with that of Akhtari Bai (Begum Akhtar) on the internet.

The lyrics of Akhtari Jaan’s version the last stanza has somewhat different wordings as against wordings of Shamshad Begum version. I assume that Aziz Kashmiri has made changes in the last stanza in Shamshad Begum’s version. Akhtari Jaan has rendered the Dadra with aalaaps. The name of the music director is not known. With only harmonium and percussion as musical instruments, I guess even the tune may be a traditional one.

After listening to the four versions of this song, Lata Mangeshkar’s version of the song still remain popular due to a better voice, a better orchestration and the improved technical support available for the song recording.

This non-filmy song becomes the second oldest recorded song on the Blog.


Song-Inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mera (Akhtari Jaan NFS)(1921) Singer-Akhtari Jaan

Lyrics

aaa aaa aa aa
inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mera
inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mera
inhin lo..gon ne
inhin lo..gon ne
inhin lo..gon ne
inhin lo..gon ne
inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mera
haan
inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mera

na jaano ba..jajwaa se poochho
na jaano ba..jajwaa se poochho
jisne asharfi gaz deenaa dupattaa mera
haan
jisne asharfi gaz deenaa dupattaa mera aa
inhi logon ne le leenaa dupattaa mera

na jaano rangrejiya se poochho
na jaano rang
na jaano rangrejiya se poochho
jisne gulaabi rang deenaa dupattaa mera
jisne gulaabi rang deenaa dupattaa mera
aaa aaa aaa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa re haan
inhin logon ne le leena dupattaa mera
inhin logon ne le leena dupattaa mera

na jaano more sainyyan se poochho
na jaano more sainyyan se poochho
jisne bula ke maza leena deenaa dupattaa mera
jisne bula ke maza leena deenaa dupattaa mera
inhin logon ne le leena
aaaa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa re haan
inhin logon ne le leena dupattaa mera
inhin logon ne
[mera naam Akhtari Jaan Lucknow se hai]


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“Sapna” (1952) was directed by Kidar Sharma for Hindustan production company. The movie had Kishore Sahu, Bina Rai, Cuckoo, Shakuntala, Moni C., Hiralal, Rani Chanda, Narbada Shanker, Paul Sharma etc in it.
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Hullo to all Atulwaasis

So, we are on that date of the year when we write a special post for a very special person. We have two posts by kids of the 70s who grew up listening to the works of this special person. For once I waited to see what these two are going to say before I pen my own thoughts. This is because I have come to realise that the three of us love the same things about this person- his multi talents- singing (first and foremost), comedy (acting), direction, music direction and he has also written a few songs. We are his fans and he was said to be a huge fan of K.L. Saigal. His aim was to sing like Saigal.
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Hullo to all in Atuldom

At the outset let me post my usual disclaimer: I am no encyclopaedia as regards the birth and death anniversaries of my favourite Bollywood actors, actresses, singers, music directors, lyricists, choreographers etc. I am assisted in keeping track of the dates by the list on our blog and the good old trust-worthy Vividh Bharati services of All India Radio. And today (27 july 2017) also I am writing this after looking up the list on our blog and listening to “Aaj Ke Phankaar” on radio.
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Hullo to everyone in Atuldom

Today 25th June 2017 is the 93rd birth anniversary of the legendary Madan Mohan.
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de de
de de
allah ke naam pe de de
ek time machine ka sawaal hai baba

I need a time machine. Ah yes, you will all also say the same; exactly, we all need a time machine. I want to go back into the previous century, and view all these movies that create so much mystery and intrigue. Every film that I am not able to find anything about, makes me want to invent a time machine, and fly back into the past and watch the films, and then come back and write a more informed article about it.
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“Soorat Aur Seerat”(1962) was directed by Bahl for Shobhna Pictures, Bombay. This movie had Dharmendra, Nutan, Sulochana, Ifthekhar, Honey Irani, Asit Sen, Leela Misra, Narbada Shanker, Badri Prasad, K. N. Singh etc in it.
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“Grihasthi”(1963) was directed by Kishore Sahu for Gemini Chitra, Madras. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Nitrupa Roy, Rajshree, Indrani Mukherji, Sudesh Kumar, Lalita Pawar, Bipin Gupta, Jageerdaar, Ifthikhar, Kanhaiyalal, Niranjan Sharma, Achla Sachdev, Pushpavalli, Bhatri Malvankar, Mehmood, Shubha Khote etc in it.
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