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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 : 3457 Post No. : 13870

 

phoolon ke rang se
dil ki kalam se
tujh ko likhi roz paati

Nirantar Neeraj’ – the name of a stage program that has been created by the Ibaadat group, on the life and works of this distinguished poet of this sub continent. [Ed Note: Ibaadat Foundation (www.ibaadatindia.org) is a non-profit group of lovers of poetry and film music, who conduct regular stage shows in various cities. Each of their programs is focused on an eminent poet. ‘Nirantar Neeraj’ was first staged in Delhi, in September 2014.] When I read the title of the, it enamoured me so much. A feeling of profundity follows the sound of this title.

Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj’, turns 92 today. We all wish for him continued – ‘nirantar’ – time of good health, comfort and above all, creative passions.

Neeraj has had a patchy relationship with the Hindi film industry. But despite that, the gems that have come from this partnership are simply too great to be overlooked. He made his debut in the film world with the film ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal’ (1965). The director of this film, R Chandra, an earlier acquaintance of Neeraj, was highly influenced by his famous poem “Kaarwan Guzar Gaya Gubaar Dekhte Rahe”. His vision for the film was to present the essence of this poem as the theme of the film. How successful he was in translating this theme into the film is a matter of judgment. The film did not do well at the box office. However, its songs went on to become very famous and popular – “Dekhti Hi Raho Aaj Darpan Na Tum”, “Aaj Ki Raat Badi Shokh Badi Natkhat Hai”, “Mero Saiyyaan Gulabia Ko Phool”, and of course the theme song.

In terms of timeline, his first songs appeared in the film ‘Cha Cha Cha’ which was released in 1964. The two songs in the voice of Rafi Sb, and composed by Iqbal Qureshi, have stood the test of time – “Subah Na Aayi, Shaam Na Aayi” and “Wo Hum Na The Wo Tum Na The”. Till this day, when these song are heard, one is struck by the sheer poetic content.

In 1965, came another film which, by industry standards, also did not do too well on the box office. However, its song – well that is another story. The film is “Tu Hi Meri Zindagi” – a film about Goa’s struggle for independence from Portuguese rule. The film has not stayed in the collective memory of the filmgoers. Maybe, the songs even were not very popular. But the songs, created in partnership with the music director Rono Deb Mukherjee, themselves are a shining gems, each one of them. Listen to “Ye Kaun Thak Ke So Raha Hai Gulmohar Ki Chhaon Mein”; or “Mere Watan Ka Hai Tu Wo Ratan” (happy version); or “Aadam Ka Lahu”; or “Mere Himaalay Ke Paasbaanon”.

Coming to work with Shankar Jaikishan for the film ‘Kanyadaan’ (1968), the initial working relationship was quite ‘explosive’, especially with Shankar. S-J requested for a love song, and Neeraj returned to them with a poem that spanned three handwritten pages. Shankar was ‘snappy’, but then decided to work with the poet. A very hard give and take had to happen to convert this poem into a film song of three minutes. But the end result of this was the fabulous love song that broke all broadcasting records in that year – “Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe. . .”.

Neeraj used to teach at the Dharam Samaj College in Aligarh. In 1970, he got an invitation from Dev Anand to come to Bombay and stay for a week at his expenses. Dev Anand was preparing for ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970). SD Burman was very cautious, and not confident that Neeraj would assimilate well into his music, with predefined situations and pre-prepared tunes. When Neeraj arrived in Bombay, Dev Sb immediately took him to meet Burmam Da. Dada already had a tune in mind, and wanted lyrics set to the tune and the situation. He explained that a girl sees her beau at a party in the company of another lady, and the circumstances are such that the beau is not recognizing her. The song should be of a complaint, frustration, depression, sarcasm – all this Burman Da piled on to Neeraj. So much that even Neeraj himself became hesitant and unsure. To top it, Burman Da also informed that the song has to start with the words “Rangeela Re”. Neeraj returned from the meeting, not sure about his own nerve. He mentioned this to Dev, and Dev said, you have a week to make it happen. If it does not happen, then no problem, you are still my guest for a week in Bombay.

In his hotel room, Neeraj worked the night, and next morning met again with Dev Anand to tell him he has something he would like to show to Burman Da. They immediately drove down to the latter’s residence. Neeraj handed him the paper with the lyrics he had written for the tune and for the situation. One look at the lyrics, and Burman Da said to Dev Anand – you may leave now, the two of us have work to do.

This started a partnership that Neeraj says he really enjoyed in the industry. After ‘Prem Pujari’ they went on to work together on such memorable films as ‘Gambler’ (1971), ‘Sharmeeli’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971) and ‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973). A scan through the song lists of these films is enough to send a shiver down the spine.

The other close partnership that he enjoyed working with was Shankar Jaikishan. After ‘Kanyadaan’, their partnership continued with ‘Duniya’ (1968) – “Ye Dharti Hindustan Ki”; ‘Chanda Aur Bijli’ (1969) – “Kaal Ka Pahiya Ghoome Bhaiya”; ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) – “Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo” (1970); ‘Pehchaan’ (1970) – “Bas Yahi Apradh Main Har Baar Karta Hoon”; ‘Umang’ (1970); ‘Ek Naari Ek Brahmchari” (1971); ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ (1971) – “Tik Tik. . . Chalti Jaaye Ghadi”; ‘Laal Pathar’ (1971) – “Sooni Sooni Saans Ki Sitar Par”; ‘Patanga’ (1971) – “Jhoom Ke Ga Yun Aaj Mere Dil”; and some more.
There is an interesting note that Neeraj shares about the song “Ae Bhai. . .”. When this song was presented to S-J, Shankar’s mood was sitched off – such bland and blank verses, he could not get himself to compose a tune for this song. The song finally turned out after Neeraj and Shankar both worked together for the composition.

Working closely with some of the best and the most successful music directors in the industry, turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. Blessing that we see a heady proliferation of magical songs created by Neeraj together with these music directors, in the period from 1965 to about 1972. And then there is a tapering down of this creative streak. In Neeraj’s own words, he got caught in a cycle of near depression, when in quick succession his music director partners departed – first Roshan in 1967, then Jaikishan in 1971 and finally SD Burman in 1973. These departures created a vacuum in his life that was depressing enough for him to pack his bags and move back to Aligarh and to academics.

He continued to work sporadically, but not many people from Bombay called upon him any more. Dev Anand and Vijay Anand were the only film persona who continued to call upon Neeraj to pen songs for them. Neeraj was associated with Dev and Navketan right till the film ‘Chargesheet’ which released in 2011, and Dev Anand playing the lead at 82. 🙂

At 92, Neeraj currently is the chancellor of the Mangalayatan University in Aligarh. At 92, he has health limitations. But the poet in him is still very active. A recent couplet from him

ab to mazhab bhi koi chalaaya jaaye
ke insaan ko insaan banaaya jaaye
aag behti hai ganga mein jehlum mein bhi
tum bataao kahaan jaa ke nahaaya jaaye

For today’s song I turn to the film ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ from 1971. This song is a light hearted dance song which is performed by Hema Malini on the screen, inside the screen that we watch. Meaning that the situation is the Dev Anand and Mumtaz are on a ‘date’ at a village ‘mela’ (i.e. before they are married in the film), and they get into a tent cinema to watch a film. And this song is playing in the film that they are watching. So this maybe a unique situation wherein a complete song is performed on the screen that is being watched by the actors we are watching on our screen.

From the looks of it, Dev Anand is hugely enamoured by the actress on the screen, much to the chagrin of Mumtaz, whose pleasure of the evening suddenly evaporates, as she looks at Dev Anand watching Hema Malini with fascination. 🙂

Interesting to hear such light hearted verses coming from Neeraj. But you know, that is not an isolated incident. Sample some of his other songs – “Sunday Ko Pyaar Hua, Monday Iqraar Hua” from ‘Kanyadaan’, “Darr Lage To Gaana Ga” from ‘Yaar Mera’ (1971) and “Dheere Se Jaana Khatiyan Mein” from ‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973).

But this song, is still so very special. Note the huge variation in the metre of different parts of lyrics. And kudos to Burman Da to have seamlessly knitted together the song with such a variety of lengths of singing lines. Quite a masterpiece it is.

And then once again, heartful wishes to Neeraj ji – continue ‘nirantar‘.

[Ed Note: Part of the material for this write up is adapted from an interview with Neeraj published in the Hindu of May 21, 2015.]

[Ed Note: Although the video clip is quite adequate in itself, the audio link is also presented, not for the sound of the song, but for the image that is accompanying it. The image shows Asha Bhosle standing next to a seated Kersi Lord – musician and instrumentalist par excellence. Kersi had a very close working relationship with SD Burman. At first I wondered why someone has created this audio post this way. But then when I listened to this song again, it was clear. I suggest the readers also to listen to this song closely, and more than once if possible. There are many little special sound effects and variations in the instrumentation, that make this song really so magical. That is all Kersi Lord’s handiwork. 🙂 ]

Video

Audio

Song – Phurr Ud Chala Hawaaon Ke Sang Sang Dil Jaane Kidhar  (Tere Mere Sapne) (1971) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Neeraj, MD – SD Burman

Lyrics

phurrrrr
ud chala..aa..aa..aa

phurr ud chal hawaaon ke sang sang dil jaane kidhar
aa ha ud chaloon haule haule dheere dheere main kyon na udhar

phurr ud chal hawaaon ke sang sang dil jaane kidhar
aa ha ud chaloon haule haule dheere dheere main kyon na udhar..rr..rr

main hi nahin
dil hi nahin
udi jaaye saari fizaa
thaamo koi
aa ke hamen
hum ko na apna pataa
main hi nahin. . .
main hi nahin
dil hi nahin
udi jaaye saari fizaa
thaamo koi
aa ke hamen
hum ko na apna pataa
kabhi yahaan
kabhi wahaan
kabhi wahaan
kabhi yahaan
jaane nahin kahaan kahaan
ud chalaa. . .
ud chala
phurr ud chal hawaaon ke sang sang dil jaane kidhar
aa ha ud chaloon haule haule dheere dheere main kyon na udhar aa aa

sooni sooni
bheeni bheeni
rangeen kya shaam hai
meetha meetha
hsssss pyaara pyaara
hothon pe ik naam hai
sooni sooni. . .
sooni sooni
ha bheeni bheeni
ha rangeen kya shaam hai
meetha meetha
hsssss pyaara pyaara
hothon pe ik naam hai
roko isey toko isey
thaamo isey baandho isey
dekho dekho ye to ud chala. . .
ha ha ha
phurr ud chal hawaaon ke sang sang dil jaane kidhar
aa ha ud chaloon haule haule dheere dheere main kyon na udhar
phurr ud chal hawaaon ke sang sang dil jaane kidhar
aa ha ud chaloon haule haule dheere dheere main kyon na udhar..rr..rr

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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फुर्रर्रर्र
उड़ चला॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ

फुर्र उड़ चला हवाओं के संग संग दिल जाने किधर
आ हा उड़ चलूँ हौले हौले धीरे धीरे मैं क्यों ना उधर

फुर्र उड़ चला हवाओं के संग संग दिल जाने किधर
आ हा उड़ चलूँ हौले हौले धीरे धीरे मैं क्यों ना उधर॰॰र्र॰॰र्र

मैं ही नहीं
दिल ही नहीं
उड़ी जाये सारी फिज़ा
थामो कोई
आ के हमें
हमको ना अपना पता
मैं ही नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
मैं ही नहीं
दिल ही नहीं
उड़ी जाये सारी फिज़ा
थामो कोई
आ के हमें
हमको ना अपना पता
कभी यहाँ
कभी वहाँ
कभी वहाँ
कभी यहाँ
जाने नहीं कहाँ कहाँ
उड़ चला॰ ॰ ॰
उड़ चला
फुर्र उड़ चला हवाओं के संग संग दिल जाने किधर
आ हा उड़ चलूँ हौले हौले धीरे धीरे मैं क्यों ना उधर आ आ

सूनी सूनी
भीनी भीनी
रंगीन क्या शाम है
मीठा मीठा
हस्ससस प्यारा प्यारा
होठों पे इक नाम है
सूनी सूनी॰ ॰ ॰
सूनी सूनी
भीनी भीनी
रंगीन क्या शाम है
मीठा मीठा
हस्ससस प्यारा प्यारा
होठों पे इक नाम है
रोको इसे टोको इसे
थामो इसे बांधो इसे
देखो देखो ये तो उड़ चला॰ ॰ ॰
हा हा हा
फुर्र उड़ चला हवाओं के संग संग दिल जाने किधर
आ हा उड़ चलूँ हौले हौले धीरे धीरे मैं क्यों ना उधर
फुर्र उड़ चला हवाओं के संग संग दिल जाने किधर
आ हा उड़ चलूँ हौले हौले धीरे धीरे मैं क्यों ना उधर॰॰र्र॰॰र्र

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“Putli”(1950) was produced and directed by Wali Sahab for Punjab Film Corporation, Bombay. The movie had Mumtaz Shanti ,Pran, Yaqoob, Husn Banu, Srinath, Majnu, Prem Dhawan, Ramesh Thakur , Sheela Naik etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs in it. One song from the movie has been covered in the past.

Today (23 november 2017) is the 87th birth anniversary of Geeta Dutt (23 november 1930 – 20 july 1972). On this occasion, here is a song from “Putli”(1950). HFGK is silent about the singer of this song, but listening to this song, one can clearly identify the voice as that of a young Geeta Roy as she was then known. The song is picturised on Mumtaz Shanti. Wali Sahab is the lyricist.

The movie had two music directors, viz Ghulam Haider and Aziz Hindi. This song was apparently the only song in the movie that was composed by Ghulam Haider as I gather from a comment on YT. I hope the commenter is correct about this fact.

The audio version, though clearer, is shorter in length. The video is longer but the audio quality is not all that great. One cannot have the best of both worlds in this case, I hope. Nevertheless, the fact that this rare song is available in audio as well as video form is something for us to rejoice about.

The picturisation shows a sapera playing a ben infront of a Nagin who then gets transformed to a lady (Mumtaz Shanti) who then sings this song. So we have “Naagin” like situations in Hindi movies even in pre “Naagin””(1954) days. 🙂

So, on the occasion of Geeta Dutt’s birth anniversary, here is this rare song from “Putli”(1950) as a tribute to her.

Audio

Video

Song-Teri lagan tadpaaye (Putli)(1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Wali Sahab, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

teri lagan
teri lagan tadpaaye
ho o
teri lagan tadpaaye
chain nahin aaye
jiya bal khaaye
ho o
teri lagan tadpaaye
chain nahin aaye
jiya bal khaaye
ho o teri lagan

mere saanson ke raag
meri aahon ki aag
ho meri
ho meri
ho meri aahon ki aag
mere saanson ke raag
meri aahon ki aag
piya thandak pahunchaaye sajan
tan man jalaaye sajan
tan man jalaaye
teri lagan tadpaaye
ho o
teri lagan tadpaaye
chain nahin aaye
jiya bal khaaye
ho o
teri lagan

teri pyaari pyaari pree ee eet
teri pyaari pyaari preet
meri haar teri jeet
meri haar teri jeet
piya ik din hansaaye sajan
ik din rulaaye sajan
ik din rulaye
teri lagan tadpaaye
ho o
teri lagan tadpaye
chain nahin aaye
jiya bal khaaye
ho o teri lagan

phoolon ki godi mein bhanwron ka jhoomna
aa aa aa
phoolon ki godi mein bhanwron ka jhoomna
deepak ki jyoti patangon ka choomna
aa aa aa
deepak ki jyoti patangon ka choomna
piya jeena sikhaaye sajan
marna sikhaaye
teri kasam
teri lagan tadpaaye
ho o
teri lagan tadpaaye
chain nahin aaye


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.

khoobsurat haseen, koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin

Greetings to Asha Parekh ji, on completing 75 illustrious years, with all but 10 of them, in the film (and TV) industry.
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Hullo all Atulwaasis

I want to thank a few people who made me what I am. And the few means a small number of 25 or so teachers. Today (5 september 2017) is TEACHER’s Day.

During school days, we used to eagerly wait for this day. Those were the days when we didn’t have regular pocket money and we had to put an application to our parents for anything from Re. 1 to Rs. 5 (depending on what the class organizing committee would have set as the minimum individual contribution.)
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In India, we are often required to attend get togethers (formal/ officials as well as informal/ unofficial etc). Singing of a few film songs is almost always a part of these gatherings, which are sung by enthusiastic singers and their performances are followed by polite clappings.

The songs that are sung on these gatherings are mostly from the golden era originally sung by legends. I often think of that era when these legends were still around me. I would often imagine a gathering where songs were sung not by the enthusiastic singers but by the singers who originally sang these songs. Just imagine participating in a programme where Rafi songs are being sung live by none other than Rafi himself !
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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.

Have you ever wondered. . .

how a song gets constructed?

and why a song is termed as a tip of the iceberg?

You must now be thinking – this is a peculiar but a very interesting intro to the 134th century post on the blog. So yes, before getting into the discussion on the proposed topic, congratulations are in order. Welcome all to the 13 thousand 4 hundredth post on our blog. The musical bandwagon rolls on – toiling, pleasing, emotionally invigorating – it continues to move tirelessly. Because. . . because music – must be there. The world, this nature – all are moving to a rhythm, and a melody. Music is instilled in everything every entity we know, we touch, we think of. But come to think of it, we do not often think of this world that way i.e. music in everything, everyday of our lives. We are so consumed with the process of existence and living day to day, that we forget to stop and smell the flowers (or smell the coffee, if you are in America). And the music of life gets hidden behind the other sundries. Often we forget to think about it.
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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.

Today (30 june 2017) is the birth anniversary of Kalyanji (30 june 1928-24 august 2000 ) of the well-known Kalyanji-Anandji music composer duo. Or K-A, in short. I’ve written here on the occasion of the anniversary of several artistes. Composers, lyricists, actors, directors.  In fact most of my posts here are to do with some occasion or the other.
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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.

Today, 21st June is designated as the World Music Day. The reminders checked in quite late in the afternoon today. The historical details about this event are available on the internet, and our dear Arun ji has also summarized them in a brief post on the Whatsapp group.

As I set down thinking about this event, and to search out an appropriate song for today, my mind almost immediately went to the 1985 film ‘Sur Sangam’.  In my mind, this is probably the best film on the theme of classical music, in the recent decades. Times are past that classical music and the legends of this art form used to be the central themes of many a film, especially from the historical perspective, in the decades that coincide with the golden era of Hindi film music. Historical persona such as Tansen and Baiju, Narsi Mehta and Meerabai, Kalidas and Soordas, Kabir and Rani Roopmati have been central themes and central characters of many a film till the decade of 1970s. Beyond that, I cannot easily recall a film whose theme and storyline is based primarily on classical music.
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Hullo to all in Atuldom

Today we will have a song from the 1957 L.V. Prasad directed Meena Kumari- Raj Kapoor- Shyama starrer ‘Sharada’ – written as ‘Shaarda’ by Atulji in the ‘List-of songs-moviewise’. It is mentioned as ‘Sharada’ in the filmography of Meena Kumari (a rule in English grammar says that proper nouns can be written with any spelling, specially there is no right or wrong spellings as far as Indian words are concerned).
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Today, it is the turn of this 1973 Vinod Khanna starrer – ‘Dhamki’ to join the list of Yippeee films on our blog.
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