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4508 Post No. : 16051

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 93
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I notice that only 198 articles were posted in the blog during the first four months of the year 2010. Still, by the end of end of October 2010, the blog had already added just over one thousand posts during the year 2010 ! That was because the blog had picked up pace from July to September 2010, when 481 posts were published in these three months !

November 2010 was a slow month for the blog, when songs were covered at a rate of less than four songs a day. This day ten years ago (viz 20 November 2010), only two songs were covered. Here are the details:-

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Ek Shamaa do parwaane mile… yahi zindagi ki reet Shabistan-1951 All songs covered on the blog
Tera mera mera tera ho gaya pyaar Sindbad The Sailor-1952 4 of 8 songs posted

So, ‘Sindbad The Sailor-1952’ is the only movie eligible to be covered in the Blog Ten Year Challenge series today (20 November 2020).

‘Sindbad The Sailor-1952’ was produced by Balwant Bhatt and directed by Nanabhai Bhatt for Deepak Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Naseem aka Naseem Banu, Nirupa Roy, Ranjan, Yashodhra Katju, Bhagwan, Jayant,Samson, Pran, Asim, Douglas, Gulam Rasool, Shahpur, Lalita Rao,Urmila, Shakila, Kammo etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Four songs have been covered so far. Here are the deatails of these four songs :-

Song Posted On
Adaa se jhoomte huye 26.03.2009
Tera mera mera tera ho gaya pyaar 20.11.2020
Jis roz se hamne tera deedaar kiya 24.07.2015
Dharti aazaad hai aasmaan aazaad 21.01.2017

As blog ten year challenge, here is a song from ‘Sindbad The Sailor-1952’. This song is sung by Shamshad Begam. Anjum Jaipuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

The song is lip synced by Naseem Bano. Nirupa Roy is also visible in the picturisation.

Lyrics of the song were sent by Prakashchandra. BTYC details were provided by Avinash Scrapwala.

Audio

Video

Song-Dil ka afsaana kahega jal ke parwaana (Sindbad the Sailor)(1952) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Anjum Jaipuri, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

ye aansoon oo
muskuraate hain
zamaane ki ee ee
zafaa`on par r r
mohabbat karne waaley
jaan dete hain aen
wafaa`on par…r

dil ka afsaana kahega jal ke parwaanaa
kahega jal ke parwanaa
ho nahin sakte kabhi ham
unse begaana
kahega jal ke parwanaa
dil ka afsaana kahega jal ke parwaanaa
kahega jal ke parwanaa

dil bahot naazuk hai lekin
gham se takraayenge ham
dil bahot naazuk hai lekin
gham se takraayenge ham
yaad mein teri bhulaa denge zamaane ke sitam
toot saktaa hi nahin een een een een een
toot saktaa hi nahin ulfat ka paimaanaa
kahega jal ke parwanaa
dil ka afsaana kahega jal ke parwaanaa
kahega jal ke parwanaa

dar pe tere ae zamaane
ishq jhuk saktaa nahin
dar pe tere ae zamaane
ishq jhuk saktaa nahin
qaid mein rehtaa hai kab
aazaad parwaanaa kahin
ham nahin honge tere ae ae ae an
ham nahin honge tere teeron ka nazraanaa
kahega jal ke parwanaa
dil ka afsaana kahega jal ke parwaanaa
kahega jal ke parwaanaa


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4488 Post No. : 16011

31/10/2020 – Remembrance day of S D Burman
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Sab kahan kuchh laala-o-gul mein numaayan ho gayin
Khaak mein kya sooratien hongi jo pinhaan ho gayin

Yesterday I was at the farewell function for officers retiring in my office. Many people were there, and the officers were felicitated with customary shawl and coconut, bouquet and token gifts etc. All attendees were wearing masks and photos were clicked. While all this was going on, there flashed the second line of the above sha’ir by Ghalib. With a change of one word, the sha’ir perfectly suits the situation, as is:

Sab kahan kuchh laala-o-gul mein numaayan ho gayin
“Mask” mein kya sooratien hongi jo pinhaan ho gayin

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We commemorated 114th birth anniversary of the Dada Burman or Burman Da, as he was affectionately called by colleagues and friends, senior and juniors alike, a month ago. Now it is his 45th death anniversary today. He formed an immortal dynasty with son R. D. Burman, which is unparalleled. As a father, he is bound to have a bigger hand in forming RDB, the musical phenomena than vice versa.

I have been a die-hard fan of S. D. Burman’s songs, whether they are by Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhosle. I want to list my favourite by each of these singers, here it is:

Singer Song
Kishore Kumar Dil aaj shaayar hai
Mukesh Chal ri sani ab kya soche
Talat Mehmood Jalte hain jiske liye
Lata Mangeshkar Ab to hai tum se
Asha Bhonsle O panchhi pyaare saanh sakhaare
Geeta Dutt Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam
Hemant Kumar Jaane wo kaise log the inke

(Not including the favourite Rafi songs and duets, saving it for another post)

A few trivia found on the net about the song of “Pyaasa” listed above:

• Jane Woh Kaise Log The Jinke Pyar Ko Pyar Mila – The tune of the line “Humne to jab kaliyan maangi” in this song may have been S.D. Burman’s adaptation of the line “Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha” from the Indian national anthem composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
• Jane Woh Kaise Log The Jinke Pyar Ko Pyar Mila – This was the only song in the film in which the voice of a male singer other than Mohammed Rafi was used. S.D. Burman’s decision to use Hemant Kumar for this song may have been to fulfill a promise he had made to the singer to give him at least one song a year – a promise Hemant Kumar himself reminded the composer of. Additionally, the fact that the song was influenced by Rabindra Sangeet may have swung the decision in favour of Hemant Kumar, a seasoned practitioner of this form of music.

I cannot talk about S. D.Burman and not rewind immortal songs of Abhiman, Guide, Tere ghar Ke saamne, Sujata, Bandini, Bambai ka babu, Pyasa, Kaaghaz ke Phool, Sharmilee, Paying guest, kaala bazaar, Kaala Pani, Jewel thief, Prem Pujari, Gambler, Talaash, Sharmilee etc.

The total songs composed by S. D. Burman are 666 in 87 movies. Out of these 666 songs which must include non-film songs too, 637 are already posted in the blog. This tally must exclude the songs composed for Bengali/Assamese and Oriya films. 23 songs sung by S. D.Burman are posted in the blog, so they may include some Bengali songs too. With less than 30 songs to complete the tally, it was bound to be a tough task to find a song to post. Still I did find a 50’s song, a solo by Shamshad Begum from the film “Chaalis Baba ek chor”. Lyricist is Pyarelal Santoshi. Eight songs from this film are posted out of 12 songs. I have only the audio of the song, which appears with to be in two parts and it is mentioned as two separate songs elsewhere. So there may not be 12 songs in this film.

The song itself appears like a kid is singing this song, with family members. Trying to make light of the financial problems, the singers all are enjoying making fun of their own situation. This is a feat, not easy to achieve, however worse or bad are the times.

Myswar is mentioning 4 solos by Shamshad Begum. One of those songs is titled “doodhwala bhaiyya aaya maange rupaiyya”, this seems to go with the theme of this current song which refers to sethani(land lord), dhobi, darzi etc. so dhoodwala coming and asking for his money is in same vein. Some links on youtube are giving name “darji hai kapda chor”. But I couldn’t find the “doodhwala bhaiyya” song, and it is not part of the links that I heard of the current song.

Shamshad Begum, is one of the most prolific playback singers of her generation. As per the stats page, she has sung 1273 songs in her career, 695 of which are posted in the blog.


Song-Moorakh baithha aaj ki soche (Chaalis Baba ek Chor)(1954) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-S D Burman
Chorus
Unknown male voice

Lyrics

Ae ji moorakh baithhaa aa
aaj ki soche
aur kal ki soche siyaa..aanaa
kaal ke pankh pasaare dekho
udtaa aa aaa
jaaye zamaana aa

ae ji hafton se
ae ji maheenon se
ae ji barson se
apni ye gaadi rahi chal
aaj nahin kal baba
aaj nahin kal
baba aaj nahin kal
baba aaj nahi kal

shor machaati wo aayi sethhaani
naam hai baby
baby ee
haan haan baby raani
bigdi deewaani
budhiya naani
kehne lagi ee
kehne lagi ee
de do kiraaya yaa
jaao nikal
ham ne kahaa
aaj nahin kal baby
aaj nahin kal
uss ne kahaa aaj
nahin kal
aaj nahin kal
baby aaj nahin kal
baby aaj nahin kal
baby aaj nahin kal

ae ae ae
chor chor chor chor
darji hai kapda chor
hamaara darji hai kapda
chor chor chor chor
darji hai kapda chor
hamaara darji hai kapda chor
dil ka chhotaa
neeyat ka khotaa
kapda diya thha knicker banaane
laaya banaa ke langotaa
ultaa machaave shor
machaave shor
o kapda
chor chor chor chor
darji hai kapda chor
hamaara darji hai kapda
chor chor chor chor

dhobiye ne dhobi dhobi
dho dho dho
dho dho dho

dhote to ho betaaj (?)
ae ji dhobi ke jhoote thaathh
ghar mein
tooti taati khaat
tooti taati
tooti taati

tooti taati khaat
bichha kar
soye puraana taat
gadhe par
baitthaa jaave ghaat
gadhe par
gadhe par
gadhe par

dhobi ke dekho thhaath
kisi ki pant
kisi ka coat
pehan kar bana
governer laat


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4487 Post No. : 16009

Here is the 13th and final song from LailaMajnu (1953). Out of the 14 songs listed at myswar.com and also with the posted songs list in the blog, 12 are posted. As mentioned in the penultimate post here , the extra song added in the list was ultimately used in the another Shammi Kapoor film ‘Chor Bazar (1954)’, with Sardar Malik’s music is posted here .

This is a prayer in a madrasa picturised on Master Jagdeep.

Madrasa or “Madrasah” is the oldest form of organized education institutions. One gathers all sort of general knowledge or information as one flits from interesting topics and not very interesting or boring issues. We keep growing, with the informal knowledge and gaining of wisdom, throughout our lives. And this is the way it should be, or the human intelligence would stagnate and die out. Nowadays, we are in danger of information overload, as there are too many sources, from which we can gather information on any topic or issue. I had a vague notion that “Madrasa” is one of the oldest form of organized system of imparting education, I read or heard somewhere. Then I looked up in Google to find out if my notion is correct. And I searched for “Maktab”, and as it happened, Google did confirm it to me in a very roundabout way, from maktab to kuttab to finally madrasah. I am beginning to dread finding answers on google, as the obvious answer it gives is misleading. One has to dig deeper in the results to come at a truthful conclusion.

I also found a pdf file of a research paper titled “Maktabs and Madrasas in India: A Look at Statistics based on 8th All India School Education Survey” at researchgate.net. The following para giving brief history is reproduced below:

“The first educational institution in the Muslim world was the mosque built at Medina early in the seventh century by the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. From then on, mosques were used for teaching purposes, especially for the teaching of law and theology, but as society developed, study circles were held not only in the mosques but also in the palaces, in the streets and even in the market-places. The study circles also grew in number and quality during this period, forming the nuclei of what were to become the madrasas, colleges intended for adults who had already received their primary education in private schools or mosques. In the tenth century the madrasas emerged as an independent institution distinct from the mosque, although madrasas – at least in the early days – were set up either for a single jurist or to teach the tenets of a particular legal school. Thus was born a new kind of educational institution, destined in future to become a center of religious and secular learning in the Islamic world and a place where the representatives of the official class were educated in the spirit of Muslim orthodoxy.

The history of Madrasa education in India starts since the arrival of Muslims in India and it began in the 10th century with the establishment of Maktabs and Madrasas in the towns of Sind, Dabel, Mansura, Multan by the Arab traders and settlers (Haque, 2013).”

Considering, that education and knowledge is power, the imparting of power to the people, and starting young in observing, absorbing and gaining this power is a tradition in Islam, is a sobering thought. The very first “Wahee”(Divine revelation) that was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) began with the word “Iqraa”, meaning “read”, as in read, repeat, study and gain knowledge.

And to think that we all have arrived in this era of faster traffic of information, programming and coding and moving to artificial intelligence, through the foundation laid by the Prophet and his companions, of an education system, 1400 years ago. A lot has gone by and happened, and lessons have been learnt in these 1400 years.

May Allah Almighty give us and our future generations, the taufeeq, the discipline, talent and the spirit to gain, impart and constantly improve the education and knowledge, as these words in the prayer:

yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar
rakkhen tere farmaan ko
seene se lagaa kar

Wikipedia say this in one of the pages:

Literacy
In medieval times, the Caliphate experienced a growth in literacy, having the highest literacy rate of the Middle Ages, comparable to classical Athens’ literacy in antiquity.[7] The emergence of the Maktab and Madrasah institutions played a fundamental role in the relatively high literacy rates of the medieval Islamic world.[8]

I am yet to look up the antiquity age in classical Athens, to see if it is a concurrent period, later or earlier period, of what is given above as medieval times. 🙂

This is what it means dissemination of information available on the internet.

Let us move on to the song being posted and Jagdeep, who is in the middle of it all. We see a very young Jagdeep, singing this prayer with other students, as the ustad is looking on. Shamshad Begum is the singer of this prayer written by Shakeel Badayuni and composed by Ghulam Mohammed. Jagdeep was born 29th March, 1939, so he was 14 years old in 1953. He expired a few months ago on 20th July, 2020, another casualty possibly of these pandemic times. As per the filmography, he has worked in 391 films as an actor, starting as a child artist in 1950, up to 2017. This could be a record as a 67 year long career. Those who started before him in the industry have long since hung up their boots. Innumerable memorable characters played by him are part of the histology of hindi films and also the some sweet and some funny and some romantic songs filmed on Jagdeep are already posted in the blog. Some songs may be remaining to be posted, the current one being one of them.

Here is a memorable stanza of this famous background song pictured on Jagdeep in the film Bhaabhi(1957) :

khatam hue din us daali ke
jis par teraa baseraa thaa
aaj yahaan aur kal ho wahaan
ye jogi waalaa phera thaa
ye teri jaageer nahin thi
chaar ghadi ka dera tha
sadaa raha hai is duniyaa mein
kiskaa aab-o-daanaa
chal ud jaa re panchhi
ke ab ye des hua begaanaa


Song-Ye jaan ye imaan bas Allah ke liye hai (Laila Majnu)(1953) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Ghulam Mohammad
Chorus

Lyrics

Yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliyehai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliye hai

Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai

maalik tu hi
khaaliq tu hi
ma’abood khudaaya
maalik tu hi
khaaliq tu hi
ma’abood khudaaya

mitti ko sharaf de ke hamen
tu ne banaaya
hamen tu ne banaaya
oonchaa hai farishton se bhi
insaan ka paayaa
oonchaa hai farishton se bhi
insaan ka paayaa

insaan ki hasti
teri duniyaa ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliyehai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai

yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar
yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar

rakkhen tere farmaan ko
seene se lagaa kar
seene se lagaa kar
bandon ko na tu
daaman-e-rehmat se judaakar
bandon ko na tu
daaman-e-rehmat se judaa kar

jo saans hai bas teri
tamanna ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai


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4460 Post No. : 15940

“Aansoo”(1953) was produced by Qamar Jalalabadi and directed by Shanti Kumar. The movie had Kamini Kaushal, Shekhar, Pran, Nawab, Amirbai Karnataki, Indu Pal, Chamanpuri, Rajkumar, Kabil Amritsari, Parvati Devi, C Nazeer, Indira Bansal, Mumtaz Mati, Suhel Chaudhary, Satyarani, Aruna Mehta, Mrs Homi Master, Ghulam Hussain, Madan Singh, Madan Mogan, Sudesh Kumar, Baby Kumkum, Baby Kavita, Baby Suman, Binu Baraar etc in it.

“Aansoo”(1953) had eight songs in it. Five songs from the movie have been covered in the blog so far.

Here is the sixth song from “Aansoo”(1953) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Shamshad Begam. Qamar Jalalabadi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

Only the audio of the song is available. The song sounds like a background song cum theme song. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Koi meri sune aurat na bane (Aansoo)(1953) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re
koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re
bhaai bahan ki suno kahaani
bhaai ki kismat tez
bhaai bahan ki suno kahaani
bhaai ki kismat tez
bhaai ko dekhe hans ke dulhaniya
bahan se maange dahej
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi
haay main mar gayi
duniya ke baazar mein bikta ik naari ka pyaar re
koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re
koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re

beewi ghar mein bhakti aur sewa ki jyot jalaaye
beewi ghar mein bhakti aur sewa ki jyot jalaaye
baabu sair kare duniya ki
gairon se nain ladaaye
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi
haay main mar gayi
kabhi dil hai yahaan
kabhi dil hai wahaan
haay mardon ka jhoothha pyaar re
koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re

maa bechaari sab ke aansu apni aankh mein laaye
maa bechaari sab ke aansu apni aankh mein laaye
ye marzi aulaad ki
chaahe ya thhukraaye
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi raam
haay main mar gayi
haay main mar gayi
maati main giri hain wo kaliyaan
duniya ka hai jo singaar re
koi meri sune aurat na bane
ye to mardon ka hai sansaar re


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4457 Post No. : 15935

“Gopinath”(1948) was produced by Brij Kishore Agrawal and directed by Mahesh Kaul for Shanti Lok Chitra Production, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Tripti Mitra, Nand Kishore, Latika, Sachin Ghosh, Anwari Bai, Feroz, Niranjan Tiwari, Mahesh Kaul, Randhir, Baby Zubeida etc in it.

This “social” movie had nine songs in it that were penned by three lyricists namely Soordas, Meerabai and Rammurty Chaturvedi. Two of the three “lyricists”, viz Soordas, Meerabai lived hundreds of years ago and their creations could be used without any need to pay any royalties to their descendants.

Three songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Gopinath”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Shamshad Begam. Rammurthy Chaturvedi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ninu Majumdar.

Audio as well as video of the song is available. The video has the word Latika printed over it. I wonder if that tells us the name of the lady lip syncing the song. One can see a very young Raj Kapoor playing the patron of the lady.

Video

Audio

Song-Bahutero samjhaaya ree laakhan baar(Gopinath)(1948) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Rammurty Chaturvedi, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaaa
aa aa aa aa
aa
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar
ho laakhan baar
ho laakhan baar
laakhan baar
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar

laakh kahi mori ee ee
laakh kahi mori
ek nahin maani
ek nahin maani
ek nahin maani
laakh kahi mori ek nahin maani
samajh samajh pachhataayo ree laakhan baar
samajh samajh pachhataayo ree
samajh pachhtaayo ree
samajh pachhtaayo ree
laakhan baar
bahutero
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar
bahutero samajhaayo ree laakhan baar
ho laakhan baar
ho laakhan baar
laakhan baar


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

Blog Day :

4443 Post No. : 15891

In my last post on the Blog, I had written about Mohana Cabral, the dancer who had ruled Hindi film industry during 1949-55. After writing this post, I thought that I should do, more or less, a similar exercise on another well- known dancer who was one of the much sought-after dancers during 1955-60, now almost forgotten. She had worked in the films of big banners like R.K. Films, Navketan Films Guru Dutt Films, Filmistan etc. The dancer is Sheila Vaz. And what a coincidence! Both Mohana and Sheila Vaz had Goan background. When Mohana ‘vacated her seat’ from Hindi films in 1955, Sheila Vaz stepped in to fill the vacant seat in 1955.

While Mohana came from theatre background and became dancer in Hindi films, Sheila Vaz came from a dancing background having learnt dancing, especially folk dancing during her teenage days in Mumbai. But unlike Mohana, Sheila Vaz had tough competitions from reigning dancers like Cuckoo, Roopmala and the emerging dancers like Helen, Kumkum, Minoo Mumtaz etc. But Sheila Vaz created a niche for herself among her contemporary dancers in Hindi films. Like Mohana who bid adieu to Hindi films in 1955 after her marriage, Sheila Vaz too left Hindi films in 1960 after her marriage and remained in Mumbai as a housewife keeping aloof from the Hindi film industry.

I could not get much information about Sheila Vaz on the internet or articles in the newspapers/film magazines as to her background, upbringing and as to how she got associated with Hindi films. Some bare information about Sheila was available in an article ‘Dances with Sheila’ written by Karan Bali which appeared in upperstall.com. The article was based on an interview of Sheila Vaz conducted by him in 2009. Since he had interviewed her for his project on the golden age of Hindi cinema, he shared only some background information and her dance songs in the article.

Sheila Vaz’s family hailed from Goa. She was born on October 18, 1934 in Dadar, Mumbai. Her schooling was completed in Mumbai. Simultaneously, she learnt dances especially Indian folk dances. Initially, she had to face some resistance from the family who were against her joining films but eventually she got permission to dance in Hindi films. She began her filmy career with Kishore Sahu’s ‘Mayur Pankh’ (1954) as dancer though Kidar Sharma’s ‘Gunaah’ (1953) was released first. [According to me, she seems to have acted as a chorus dancer in Kidar Sharma’s ‘Shokhiyaan’ (1951) followed by a full-pledged dancer in ‘Maa’ (1952)]. In the interview, Sheila Vaz had said that she was extremely fortunate enough to have worked with legends like Kidar Sharma, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt. Her active years in Hindi film industry was during 1955-60. She got married sometime in 1960 after which she quit her filmy career. After marriage, she became Rama Lakhanpal.

Since Sheila Vaz could neither read or understand Hindi, she was given the songs in Roman script and explained their meaning so that she would know what expressions to give. One of many interesting anecdotes revealed during the interview was the shooting of the song ‘leke pehla pehla pyaar’ from CID, which was choreographed by Zohra Sehgal. The song was shot at Worli Sea face and was completed in two days.

I have been working on the filmography of Sheila Vaz and on the songs picturised on her in Hindi films. But I found collating her filmography somewhat a hard task. The reasons were that in some films, she was not accredited. And if accredited, her name appeared as ‘Sheila Vaz’, ‘Sheela Vaz’. ‘Shela Vaz’, ‘Shila Vaz’ or simply ‘Sheela’. In this context, Sudhir ji helped me by sending a list of her films by culling out information from HFGK which has listed 61 films between 1955 to 1961. I compared the HFGK list with my list which I had compiled from checking on the internet with different spellings of Sheila Vaz and also from our Blog which has tagged her songs under the category ‘Sheila Vaz Dance Songs’. With these, my revised list merging with HFGK list provided by Sudhir ji came to a whooping 70 films in about 6 years of her Hindi film career.

Year-wise details of Sheila Vaz’s 70 films are as under:

1952 (1): Maa

1954 (1): Mayur Pankh

1955 (4): House No.44, Sardaar, Shree 420, Tees Maar Khan.

1956 (8): Anokha Jungle, Basre Ki Hoor, CID, Durgesh Nandini, Jallad, Kaarwaan. Patraani, Shatranj.

1957 (23): Abhimaan, Agra Road, Bade Sarkaar, Bansari Bala, Begunaah, Ek Saal, Hill Station, Johny Walker, Maya Nagri, Mirza Sahibaan, Miss India, Mr. X, Nausehrwaan-e-Adil, Pawan Putra Hanuman, Ram Hanuman Yudha, Sant Raghu, Sati Pareeksha, Shaahi Baazar, Sharada, Silver King, Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Ustaad, Yahudi Ki Ladki.

1958 (9):Chaubees Ghante, Hathkadi, Light House, Mr. Qartoon MA, Paravrish, Raj Sinhaasan, Sawera, Solva Saal, Taqdeer.

1959 (11): Bus Conductor, Chaand, Chhoti Bahen, Guesh House, Jagga Daaku, Jaagir, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Madaari, Madhu, Naya Sansaar, Samraat Prithviraj Chauhan.

1960 (8): Bade Ghar Ki Bahu, Bahaana, Duniya Jhukti Hai, Kala Aadmi, Laal Quila, Manzil, Miyan Biwi Razi, Superman.

1961 (5): Batwaara, Chhote Nawab, Modern Girl, Ramlila, Ramu Dada.

Our Blog have listed 33 songs picturised on Sheila Vaz under the category Sheila Vaz dance songs for which video clips are available to watch. There would have been more of her dance songs if the VCDs/DVDs of her other films were available on video sharing platforms. I have listed some of her popular dance songs with links below:

sach keh den gar bura na maano – ‘Maa’ (1952)

tandaana tandaana tandaana – ‘Mayur Pankh’ (1954)

ramaiyya vastavaiyya – ‘Shree 420’ (1955)

leke pahla pahla pyaar – ‘CID’ (1956)

thandi thandi hawa pooche unka pataa – ‘Johny Walker’ (1957)

jaane kaisa jaadoo kiya re – ‘Parvarish’ (1958)

akeli mujhe chhod na jaana – Madaari’ (1959)

suna hai jab se mausam hai pyaar ke kaabil – ‘Ramu Dada’ (1960)

With 70 films to her credit in a short filmy career of 6 years, Sheila Vaz was in great demand for her dance songs. I have watched almost all of her dance songs for which video clips are available. One thing comes out clearly from her dance songs is that she has an electrifying presence in almost all her dance songs. For example, in dil ka haal sune dilwaala, though Sheila Vaz presence in the song is less than one minute out of 5 minutes of song, when she dances with Raj Kapoor, the attention of the audience would be more on her rather than on Raj Kapoor. Similarly, in the song, thandi thandi hawa pooche unka pataa, in my view, Sheila Vaz outperformed Shyama. When the old timers listen to the songs like leke pahla pahla pyaar, they are likely to remember more of Sheila Vaz though Dev Anand and Shakila were also present in the song sequence.

On the basis of my searches, I think only 3 dance songs of Sheila Vaz for which video clips are available are remained to be covered in the Blog. Of the three songs, I present one of her dance songs, ‘sasuraal mein hogi tu akeli’ from the film, ‘Mirza Saahibaan’ (1957). The song is sung by Shamshad Begum and picturised on Sheila Vaz. The song is written by Verma Malik which is set to music by Sardul Singh Kwatra. The audio clip has a shorter version of the song without the second stanza of the video clip.

This song ia probably based on a Punjabi traditional pre-wedding song. And what a guidance to the ‘would be bride’ from her friends!

ban jayiyo na saas ki cheli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

Enjoy the dance song.

Video Clip (Longer)

Audio Clip:

Song-Sasuraal mein hogi tu akeli (Mirza Saahibaan)(1957) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Sardul Kwatra
Chorus

Lyrics(Based on Video Clip)

akadi to akadi leke aaya kakdi
gupchup khaane laga saari
Razia Saeeda aur Fatima ko chhod kar
aayi hai Julekha sarkaari

sasuraal mein tu hogi akeli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
sasuraal mein tu hogi akeli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

ban jayiyo na
ho ban jayiyo na saas ki cheli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

har raat nayi
har baat nayi
har raat nayi ji har baat nayi
ik baat mein sau sau baat nayi ji
ik baat mein sau sau baat nayi
wo raat bhi hogi paheli
haay
wo raat bhi hogi paheli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

dildaar mila
tujhe pyaar mila
dildaar mila ji tujhe pyaar mila
gharbaar mila sansaar mila ji
gharbaar mila sansaar mila
mili balam ki oonchi haveli
haay mili balam ki oonchi haveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

phoolon mein pali
naazuk si kali
phoolon mein pali naazuk si kali
lekar khushiyaan ban thhan ke chali ji
lekar khushiyaan ban thhan ke chali
maa baap ko chhod akeli
haay maa baap ko chhod akeli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo

ban jayiyo na saas ki cheli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo
teri ulfat hai nayi naveli
saheli zara dat ke rahiyo


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Blog Day: 4329 Post No.: 15621

“Idgaah” is a timeless classic penned by Munshi Premchand (31 july 1880-8 october 1936). This is the story of Hamid, a seven year old boy whose parents are no longer alive and he is brought up by his grandmother. On the festival day of Eid, he goes to Eid mela with his friends. While other kids buy themselves candies and toysHamid, thinking of his grandmother, buys a pair of tongs to help her make rotis, since she burns her hands trying to cook them bare-handed.

This moving tale was written by Munshi Premchand during his stay at Gorakhpur between 1916 to 1921, though the story itself could be published in 1933. The story, like many stories of Premchand, became a classic. It is a story that people, including children, can easily identify with. This story was there in my Hindi text book (class 7, I think). This story continues to be there in Indian school text books. I gather that even other regional language text books in India include this story.

TV serials came to India in 1980s, Premchand’s stories were telecast on Doordarshan in 1990s in a series called “Tehreer- Munshi Premchand Ki”.
This story too was telecast as part of this series.

The place in Gorakhpur where Munshi Premchand used to stay is today known as Premchand Park. In its rear is a famous Mazaar called Mubarak Khan Shaheed ki mazaar. There is an idgaah in front of this mazaar. Munshi Premchand used to be a regular visitor to this mazaar and he used to spend hours there.

A mela is held near this Idgaah during Eid. Munshi Premchand got the idea for his story of “Idgaah” from this particular idgaah located near his residence.

This time, there is a lockout due to coronavirus, not just in Gorakhpur, but also in India and for that matter in the entire world. It is also quite a coincidence that a similar pandemic of Spanish flue had take place in India (including Gorakhpur) from 1918 to 1919 when Munshi Premchand was in Gorakhpur. Some parts of Gorakhpur (namely Railway area called kawwaabaagh) was quarantined during those days when one person was infected with Spanish flu.

This time there will be social distancing in this famous idgaah and very few people will attend the namaaz during Eid. And there will be no mela this time.

Here is a song from Shamshad Begam on the occasion. It is a non film devotional song. One could imagine Hamid’s daadi singing this naat to her grandson on this occasion.

I have not been able to get a few words right in the lyrics. I request our knowledgeable readers to help fill in the blanks / suggest corrections as applicable.

I am not aware about the details of this song vis a vis lyricist and music director etc. I request our knowledgeable readers to fill in the details of this song.

On this occasion, I extend greetings of Eid Mubaarak to one and all. On this occasion, Let us savour this divine devotional song is the voice of Shamshad Begam.


Song-Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai (Shamshad Begam NFS)(1960) Singer-Shamshad Begam

Lyrics

paighaam mominon ke liye ae ae
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai

Jisko namaaz e roze ka armaan ho gaya
us par khudaay e paak meharbaan ho gaya
Ramzaan aaya qaid mein shaitaan aa gaya
naazil isi maheene se Quraan ho gaya
zyaada azeez rakhte thhe Ramzaan ko rasool
hoti hai is maheene mein har ik dua qubool
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai

utre hain is maheene mein taurait aur zaboor
naazil hui hai Issa pe injeel bhi zaroor
khwaab e gumaan hain is mein shab e qadr ka zahoor
momin ne is maheene mein paaya khuda ka noor
waajib hai har ameer pe Sadqaa adaa kare
daaman gul e ummeed se mohtaaj ka bhare
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai

is maah mein hi paida huye ghause nek naam
Ramzaan ka kiya hai unhone ye ehteraam
hargiz piya na doodh kabhi din mein maa salaam
bachpan mein hi huzoor ne roze rakhe tamaam
roza nazar ka noor hai dil ki ummeed hai
Ramzaan mominon ke liye goyaa eid hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai

har rozaadaar hashr ke din muskuraayega
deedaar e haq jamaal nabi ka wo paayega
dozakh ki aag se usey roza bachaayegaa
rahmat usey nawaazegi jannat mein jaayega
jo rozaadaar hai yahaan wo kaamyaab hai
iftaar bhi karaane ka behad sawaab hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai

karta hai roza deen mein duniya mein sarfaraaz
hai humpe farz roza rakhen aur padhen namaaz
har waqt nek kaam karen ban ke paakbaaz
har ghamzada ko kar den museebat se beniyaaz
majboor aur ghareebon ki khidmat kiya karen
jitni bhi ho khuda ki ibaadat kiya karen
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai

insaan nekiyon mein hamesha laga rahe
daaman gunaah o jurm se hardam bacha rahe
jaari dilon mein har ghadi hamd-o-sanaa rahe
har waqt lab pe zikr e habeeb e khuda rahe
Ramzaan rahmaton ka maheena hai mominon
Allah tak pahunchne ka zeena hai mominon
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai
paighaam mominon ke liye rahmaton ka hai
Ramzaan ka maheena bada barkaton ka hai


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

Blog Day :

4321 Post No. : 15608

Today’s song is from an obscure film Hamara Sansar-45. It was a film made by Prakash Pictures, whose 2 Mythological films – Bharat Milap-42 and Ram Rajya-43, had become super duper hit films of that era. This branded Prakash Pictures as experts in Mythological films. Film Hamara Sansar-45 had actually followed another social film Police 44, but both films failed to continue the Hit parade of the two earlier successes. Prakash never wanted to be stamped or labelled as a film company of any particular Genre, so they decided to continue making social films, till they made the 3rd of the ” Shri Ram” series film few years later. They made film Raam Baan-48, with the same lead pair, but this film failed miserably due to various reasons.

Film Hamara Sansar-45 was directed by Dr. Shanti Kumar – not to be confused with Music Director Shanti Kumar Desai. In spite of several attempts, I could not get any information on this director since about 8 years. Film’s music was given by Pt. Gobind Ram, who was one of the major composers from among the Punjabi school of film composers in the 40s. His songs did not have exactly the Punjabi rhythm, but the style was exclusively Punjabi. His songs were sweet to ears. The cast of the film was Jeevan, Ranjana, Sumati Gupte, Jilloo, Umakant, Rajkumari Shukla, Susheel Kumar and many more.

When the film industry started growing, in the initial stage there were very few film making centres. By 1931, they were Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Lahore and Kolhapur. It was but natural that in Calcutta, most artistes and technicians were Bengali. Nearby states like Assam, Dhaka,Orissa and Bihar also supplied manpower. Similarly in Madras, Tamilians, Andhrites, Kannada and Malayalam people were more in the industry. In Lahore, Muslims, Punjabis and Sindhis worked in films there.

In Bombay, two communities – Marathi and Gujarati played prominent roles in this growing industry. Bombay being the ‘ Mayanagari’ which provided work to everybody and anybody, who was ready to do work, no wonder people from every corner of India gathered here. Take the case of India’s first Talkie film Aalam Ara-1931. The producer and the screenplay writer-Ardeshir Irani, as well as the Music Director Phirozshah Mistry were Parsees, Dialogue writer Joseph David Penkar was a Bene Israeli Jew from Coastal area of Konkan, Hero Master Vithal was from Kolhapur of Maharashtra, Heroine Zubeida was from Gujarat, Jilloo was a tawayaf from Delhi, Prithviraj Kapoor was from Peshawar, W M Khan was from Western Frontier area, Jagdish Sethi was from Punjab, Elizer was from Tamilnadu, L V Prasad was from Andhra and Omkar Devaskar was from Madhya Pradesh.

However, the financial strings of film industry were in the hands of Gujarati people (including Parsees) and the actual work of acting, direction, music, singing, make up, costume and other technical aspects were done mostly by Marathi people. As the times moved on, the regional film centres anf films became stronger enough to provide opportunities to artistes etc and Marathi, South and others’ participation in Bombay became thinner. However, on and off Marathi artistes kept on coming to Hindi films in various departments-mainly acting and music. One such artiste was Sumati Gupte, about whom, hardly any information is available in English or Hindi books or on internet sites. For the first time, here are her details, for our readers.

Sumati Gupte was born on 11-5-1918 in a small town, Vai, in Satara District of Maharashtra. However, her education took place in Baroda, Gujarat, from where she completed her graduation and obtained B.A. degree. She was keen to work in films.

She joined Prabhat Film company to work in its Bilingual film Sant Dnyaaneshwar-40. The film was released on 21-5-1940 in Central cinema, Bombay. It became a hit film. She sang 2 songs also in this film. She started getting film offers in Marathi. She acted in several films like Thoratanchi kamala, Navardeo and Chimukala Sansar. The last film was directed by a young man-Vasant Joglekar. They fell in love and soon got married in 1943. Sumati became Sumati Gupte Joglekar. In due course, the couple had 3 daughters- Meera, Chanda and Madhushri.

Sumati acted in many Marathi films, but at the same time she also acted in Hindi films. She acted in Sant Dnyaneshwar-40, Sharbati Aankhen-45, Hamara Sansar-45, Santan-46, Veer Ghatotkach-49, Nand Kishore-51, Shiv leela-52, Samaj-54, mausi-58, Kareegar-58, Keechak Vadh-59, Waqt-65, Pariwar-68, Adhikar-71, jalte Badan-73, Paise ki Gudiya-74, Sajjo Rani-76 and Aadmi Sadak ka-77.

Sumati also sang 4 songs-2 each- in film Sant Dnyaneshwar-40 and Panghat-43. Vasant Joglekar’s family had very close relationship with actor Ashok kumar. Joglekar produced 10 films and directed 20 films. In most of them, Ashok kumar had acted. When film Kareegar-58 was to be made, Ashok kumar had already 30 films on hand, but he agreed to work in his film. Ashok kumar always took only 50% fees in his films. His only condition used to be that Sumati Gupte should bring lunch box of her cooked food on the sets. He was very fond of her cooking. No wonder, Sumati was a CKP by birth-a fish eater and Bangali babu liked Fish dishes very much !

Besides films, Sumati loved to work in Marathi stage dramas. She worked in many famous and popular dramas. The drama advertisements used to highlight her name, to attract the audience. Sumati got many awards like Rasrang magazine’s Phalke award, V. Shantaram award and Chitrabhushan, Life time achievement award from Maharashtra Govt.

Her husband Vasant Joglekar died in 1993.They had tried to promote their elder daughter Meera in Hindi films. She acted opposite Joy Mukherjee in film “Ek Kali Muskayi”-68. Neither she nor the film succeeded. She left films and got married to Ajit Gulabchand, a famous businessman of Mumbai. However, after few years, they divorced and she married Achyut Vaze, a stage Producer.

Sumati Gupte Joglekar died on 31-10-2009. After her death, their was a court dispute about her estate. Meera’s sister Chanda filed a case in court against her, but Meera won the case and the estate, in crores, was evenly divided between 3 sisters.

There was another Marathi actress in this film – Ranjana. The Heroine of this film was Ranjana. Now, hardly anyone knows about this actress who had worked as a Heroine with Dilip Kumar also in his early career. One can not get any information about her in any book or on the internet. Here is some information about her.

Ranjana’s real name was Ratan Shantaram Deshpande. She was born in Nagpur on 20-10-1927. While studying in St. Ursula High School, she learnt dancing and music from well known ustads. After passing her 6th standard examination, she came to Bombay to her elder sister, Kusum Deshpande, who was already working as actress with Minerva Movietone films. Kusum married Vasant Thengadi, a handsome actor in Hindi films of those times.

Kusum arranged for specialised dancing for Ratan in the holidays. later Ratan was taken to Vijay Bhatt of Prakash pictures for an interview. She was immediately selected and got a role in the famous film Ramrajya-1943. In this film she was Chitralekha, Sita’s sakhi. Vijay Bhatt also changed her name to Ranjana. She was on pay roles of prakash for Rs. 2000 pm. She acted in films like police-44, Vikramaditya-45 and Hamara Sansar-45. Next films were Nai Maa-46 and Zamin Asman-46.

Ranjana was called by Bombay Talkies to do Heroine’s role opposite Dilip kumar in film Milan-46. This film was based on Bangla film Nauka Doobi written by Tagore. She did the role of Hem Nalini in this film’s Hindi version. The same role was done by Meera Sircar in the Bangla film Nauka Doobi.

After this film, Ranjana was in great demand, but she wanted to quit films and get married to live a simple life. She married a young and handsome writer Arvind Shukla. But after few months he fell sick and there was no income. So, she had to continue working in films till 1975. She also worked in many Marathi films. In all, she worked in about 35 films or so. Ranjana worked with many big stars of her times like, Prem Adeeb, Prithviraj Kapoor, Jairaj, Dilip kumar, Jeevan, Umakant etc etc

It is interesting to note that her sister and her brother in law acted with her in few films. Some such films were Zamin Asman-46 and Shadi se pehle-47. In film Saajan ka Ghar-48 all three had worked together.

We have many families like this in Hindi films. I remember Zubeida and her mother and sisters, Sitara Devi and her 2 sisters, Nargis,her mother and brothers, Kapoor family, Dilip kumar, his brother and sister in law, many film couples and families of several film people are examples. Ranjana was perhaps one early example.

Thank God this Ranjana was not around when yet another Ranjana came to Hindi films. She was Ranjana Deshmukh, niece of actress Sandhya(nee Vijaya Deshmukh). This Ranjana, however , worked mainly in Marathi films and did only 6 Hindi films starting with the Rajkamal Pictures’film “Ladki Sahyadri ki”-66. She was just 11 year old then.Her other films were Chaani-77, Jai Mahakali-79, Navratri-83, Jhanjhar-86 and lastly Upraant-87. Unfortunately, she first met with a car accident and then died of Heart attack at the age of just 44 years or so, on 3-3-2000.

The film’s Music Director Gobind Ram was a good composer, but he never got enough fame in the industry. There is a very good, but very long article on him in apnaarchieve.com, written by Vidur Suri. Here is an adapted short version for our readers.

In the pre-partition period of Hindi films, there were many schools of music directors, many times on a regional basis, but some were just unique. The Punjabi school of film composing was a very important and innovative school among these. This school gained popularity in the 1940s, which also resulted in the immense popularity of Punjabi folk music. Ghulam Haider was considered to be the most important of these, but equally great were Pandit Amarnath , Shyam Sundar , Husnlal – Bhagatram , G. A. Chishti , and Pandit Gobindram .

Pandit Gobindram Ji was a trained musician from Lahore, and was equally popular in both Hindi and Punjabi films. Unlike other music directors of the Punjabi school, music composed by him did not typically reflect native Punjabi trends, but instead lay firmly in the category of mainstream 1940s’ music. One could very well say that he played a crucial part in shaping the music of the 1940s. His music is truly melodious and varied, with a unique combination of highly expressive tunes, yet very fun and foot tapping and rhythmically catchy. He is one of the music directors who used a very large number of singers, only second to Gyan Dutt, one of his worthy contemporaries. He excelled equally in composing happy, sad, romantic, serious, comical, classical, just any kind of songs. It is a pity that he has never received the attention that he deserved.

Among his landmarks are the introduction of and enormous contribution to making Shamshad Begum and Zohrabai the top singers in Hindi films. He recorded the maximum number of Hindi film songs with Shamshad Begum – 86 songs in 19 films. He was also one of the foremost music directors to encourage and bring forward great veteran Rafi , and also introduced great singer Zeenat Begum to films. He has about 30 films to his credit and each one had equally superb music. Most popular singers of that period have graced his songs. His use of light music, Ghazals, Thumris and various popular music forms in films, provide a ready insight into the uniqueness of 1940s music, and with a slightly unique flavour of both his compositions as well as a tiny tinge of Punjabi style.

Pandit Gobindram Ji started his career with Jeevan Jyoti (1937), but his first Hindi film in the 1940s was Himmat (1941). Today, it is remembered for being the second ever Hindi film of veteran singer Shamshad Begum Ji, where she beautifully sang the traditional Dadra ‘Inhin Logon Ne Le Leena Dupatta Mora’ , in her young, sweet but powerful voice. The famous song with the same lyrics in Pakeezah (1972) is largely a copy of this song. This was the first song composed by Gobindram that helped him gain recognition. Other songs from this film included a beautiful duet by Ghulam Haider and Umraozia Begum , ‘Main Hoon Rani Ek Sunehri Nagri Ki’.

His last film was Naqaab-55. Gobindram worked with more than 30 lyricists during his career. With 56 songs in 8 films, his collaboration was the highest with Ishwar Chandra Kapoor. Some of the other prominent lyricists he worked with include Bharat Vyas , Ram Murti Chaturvedi , Ramesh Gupta , and Qamar Jalalabadi . (adapted from an article by Vidur Sury, with thanks).

Today’s song is sung by Shamshad Begum. It is 4th song from this film to be posted on this Blog.


Song-Ham kis’se karen shiqwa rona hai muqaddar mein (Hamaara Sansaar)(1945) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Ramesh Gupta, MD-Pt Govindram

Lyrics

hum kis’se karen shiqwa
rona hai muqaddar mein
hum kis’se karen shiqwa
rona hai muqaddar mein
kashti bahi jaati hai
toofaanon ke manjar mein
kashti bahi jaati hai
toofaanon ke manjar mein
hum kis’se karen shikwa
rona hai muqaddar mein

har taraf mere chhaayi hai
gham ki ghata kali
har taraf mere chhaayi hai
gham ki ghat kali
armaanon bhari duniya
kismat ne mita daali
armaanon bhari duniya
kismat ne mita daali
dil toot gaya mera
bas ek hi thokar mein

gulzaar e chaman n n n n n
ab to
ujda nazar aata hai
hai ae ae ae
gulzaar e chaman n n n
ab to
ujda nazar aata hai
ummeedon ke nakshe par
parda nazar aata hai
ummeedon ke nakshe par
parda nazar aata hai
mallaah bhi kehta hai
toofaan hai samandar mein
mallaah bhi kehta hai
toofaan hai samandar mein
kashti bahi jaati hai
toofaanon ke manjar mein
hum kis’se karen shiqwa
rona hai muqaddar mein


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

Blog Day :

4288 Post No. : 15539

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 7
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kal raat sapne mein aaye thhey tum
mere mehboob mere mehboob

Sound of a temple bell – that is how the renowned music director OP Nayyar once described the voice of Shamshad Begum. The clear sound of the tinkle, the chime and the ringing – the quality of sound that can maybe best described with the word ‘खनकती हुई’ – I could not locate a commensurate word in English. I am sure friends and readers who have heard her songs will easily relate with what I am getting at.

Remembering Shamshad Begum today on the 101st anniversary of her birth. She was born in 1919, this day, just one day after Baisakhi, and the horrific massacre at Jalianwaala Bagh in the nearby city of Amritsar. She was born into a traditional and conservative family of limited means. One of the eight children in the family, her father was a mechanic with limited income and a large family to feed.

Shamshad was not formally trained in singing or music. She had a natural flair for it. When she was five, her singing came to the attention of her teachers at primary school. The principal of the school was so impressed, she asked her to lead the daily morning prayers. By the time she was 10, she began singing at religious functions and at family functions and marriage events. One of her father’s brother, Ameer Khan, was interested in listening to music, especially ghazals and qawwaalis. In 1931, when she was twelve, he secretly took her to the offices of Jenophone Music Company. He personally knew the resident music director incharge – Ghulam Haider. At the initial audition, the young Shamshad sang a ghazal of Bahadur Shah Zafar – “Mera Yaar Mujhe Miley Agar”. Duly and thoroughly impressed, Ghulam Haider Sb immediately offered a contract to record some songs and ghazals for the Jenophone label. Her father was quite upset when he discovered this subterfuge, but Ameer Khan Sb convinced him to give permission. Her father finally agreed, albeit on one condition – that she would not be photographed, and that she would sing from behind the burqa. For the next 5 to 6 years, Shamshad made a very large number of recordings, all under the baton of Ghulam Haider Sb. Her recordings became very popular with the listening public.

Her next major break came in 1937, when she came on to the rolls of the recently organized institution of All India Radio. Earlier known as the Indian State Broadcasting Service, this was renamed as All India Radio in 1936. Shamshad started to make singing appearances at the Lahore and Peshawar stations. While at the AIR, her singing caught attention of sarangi maestro and musician Hussain Bakshwale Saheb. She accepted him as her guru, and he imparted to her training in classical music.

Her popularity grew well enough to catch the attention of Dalsukh Pancholi, owner of the Pancholi Art Films in Lahore. He was starting work on ‘Yamla Jatt’, the first Punjabi film. The film became the launch vehicle for many – Pran as actor, Ghulam Haider as film music director, Shamshad Begum as a playback singer, and of course, the formal organization of the Punjabi film industry in the north.

A side anecdote here that was new for me also. Pancholi Sb wanted her to act in the film also. She agreed, gave the screen test, and was selected for some role. However, when this information reached her father, he put his foot down and threaten to even stop her singing career. Young Shamshad relented, and gave up the idea of becoming an actress. Her father reinforced his edict that she would not allow herself to be photographed, a promise that she dutifully kept all her life. Her photo images are so rare, and earlier I used to wonder why.

‘Yamla Jatt’ became a musical hit, especially the songs “Cheechi Wich Pa ke Chhalla”, “Mera Haal Vekh Ke” and “Kankaan Diyaan Faslaan”. The next film by Pancholi – ‘Chaudhry Saab’ was also a big hit. Ghulam Haider and Shamshad Begum became established names in the fledgling Punjabi film industry. The next step was only logical. Pancholi Sb went on to produce Hindi films – ‘Khazaanchi’ (1941), ‘Khandaan’ (1942), ‘Zameendaar’ (1942), ‘Poonji’ (1943), ‘Dhamki’ (1945), ‘Kaise Kahoon’ (1945), ‘Shirin Farhad’ (1945) and ‘Patjhad’ (1948). In 1947-48, he shifted based from Lahore to Bombay (now Mumbai).

Ah yes, an important interlude from her life – her marriage. At the age of 13, in 1932, the young lass got friendly with Ganpat Lal, a little older boy in her neighborhood. The alliance was bound to create huge friction, being an inter-religion choice. The families from both sides were dead against this relationship. But the young lovers stuck to their stand, and they got married in 1934. They were outcast from their families for some time, but slowly the relations were established again. The couple had one daughter, she is named Usha. She got married to Lt Col Yogesh Ratra of the Indian Army. Sh Ganpat Lal passed away unexpectedly in 1955. He had been a great supporter and a driving force in managing her career. After his passing away, although she continued to be active, but she became more and more reclusive. In her later years, she stayed with her daughter and her family.

Today’s song is from the 1945 film ‘Ratnavali’. The film is produced under the banner of Amar Pictures, Bombay and is directed by Surendra Desai. The star cast of the film is listed as Surendra, Ratanmala, Usha Mantri, Maya Bannerji, KN Singh, Nand Kishore, Leela Mishra, Ansari, Jani Babu, and S Nazeer.

There are eight songs listed for this film in the Geet Kosh. The songs are written by three songwriters – Brajendra Gaud, Ishwar Chandra Kapoor, and Ram Murti Chaturvedi. Today’s song is from the pen of Ram Murty Chaturvedi. The music is by Pt Gobind Ram.

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

kal raat sapne mein aaye thhey tum
mere mehboob mere mehboob

The lady is telling her saheli about the dream that came to her when she was trying to sleep a night. And in the dream, her beau had visited, keeping her company and keeping her awake, as she swung in his arms.

Again, sundry outcomes of a young heart being in love. When this emotion comes to reside in the heart, then the eagerness and the longing to meet, to see and to be able to touch is so intense within, that the mind plays out these emotions in the dreamland of sleep. The waking hours are full of conscious thoughts of the beloved, and the night hours of sleep are full of his dreams. The mind is not able to make up its mind 🙂 whether it is a dream in sleep or is it a lively thought of wakeful eyes. Be in love, and you will grasp. And I am quite sure, all of us have been through such a life. And some may still be living it.

Enjoy this lovely song of a restless and sleepless heart.

And remembering Shamshad Begum as the singer with this ‘खनकती हुई आवाज़’. Thank you ji, for all the wonderful music and the songs.

Song – Sapnon Mein Koi Aaya  (Ratnavali) (1945) Singers – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Rammurty Chaturvedi, MD – Gobind Ram

Lyrics

sapnon mein koi ayaa
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sajaniya..aa sapnon mein koi ayaa
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sajaniya..aa sapnon mein koi ayaa

naach rahi thi madhur chaandni
gaate gaate prem raagini
naach rahi thi madhur chaandni
gaate gaate prem raagini
neend bhari akhiyan mein meri
aa ke koi samaaya
aa haa haa haa
aa ke koi samaaya
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sajaniya..aa sapnon mein koi ayaa

jab un ki bahiyan mein jhooli
tan man ki sab sudh budh bhooli
jab un ki bahiyan mein jhooli
tan man ki sab sudh budh bhooli
ik pal ke is madhur milan ne
ik pal ke is madhur milan ne
pagli hamen banaaya
aa haa haa haa
pagli hamen banaaya
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sajaniya..aa sapnon mein koi ayaa

naach rahi thi madhur chaandni
gaate gaate prem raagini
neend bhari akhiyan mein meri
aa ke koi samaaya
aa haa haa haa
aa ke koi samaaya
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sapnon mein koi ayaa
sajaniya..aa sapnon mein koi ayaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सपनों में कोई आया
सपनों में कोई आया
सजनीया॰॰आ सपनों में कोई आया
सपनों में कोई आया
सजनीया॰॰आ सपनों में कोई आया

नाच रही थी मधुर चाँदनी
गाते गाते प्रेम रागिनी
नाच रही थी मधुर चाँदनी
गाते गाते प्रेम रागिनी
नींद भरी अखीयन में मेरी
आ के कोई समाया
आ हा हा हा
आ के कोई समाया
सपनों में कोई आया
सपनों में कोई आया
सजनीया॰॰आ सपनों में कोई आया

जब उनकी बइय्यन में झूली
तन मन की सब सुध बुध भूली
जब उनकी बइय्यन में झूली
तन मन की सब सुध बुध भूली
इक पल के इस मधुर मिलन ने
इक पल के इस मधुर मिलन ने
पगली हमें बनाया
आ हा हा हा
पगली हमें बनाया
सपनों में कोई आया
सपनों में कोई आया
सजनीया॰॰आ सपनों में कोई आया

नाच रही थी मधुर चाँदनी
गाते गाते प्रेम रागिनी
नींद भरी अखीयन में मेरी
आ के कोई समाया
आ हा हा हा
आ के कोई समाया
सपनों में कोई आया
सपनों में कोई आया
सजनीया॰॰आ सपनों में कोई आया


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

Blog Day :

4279 Post No. : 15519

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 6
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un aankhon mein neend kahaan
jin aankhon se preetam door base

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I quote from my write up,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lyrics

baalam harjaai re

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

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

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

baalam harjaai re. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बालम हरजाई रे

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

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

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

बालम हरजाई रे॰ ॰ ॰


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