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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 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.

This article is the 17000th song post for the blog.

Blog Day :

5077 Post No. : 17000 Movie Count :

4606

Mega milestone.
Mega event.
And a Mega Rare song being discovered.

Given the age of online proliferation and sharing, it is a great event that one chances to discover a film song that one does not even begin to imagine may even exist.

Of course yes, the song is identified and listed in the Geet Kosh. But as is the case with the majority of the listed songs in the 1931-40 volume of Geet Kosh (Volume I), we do not even pause to glance at the list of songs on page after page, unless we come across a fuller body of description for a film of that era. And verily so. Out of the close to 9,900 hundred songs listed for 930+ films that are slated for that decade, sadly enough, less than 1,200 are actually available at this time. That is the state of affairs we have at this time.

And that so, more acutely, for the first five years of that decade (1931-35) – total films are 433, total songs listed are approximately 5,000+. Films for which one or more songs are available – is just 53. And the songs – just about 152. [Note: These numbers are based on my familiarity of the songs available with myself and a few of the serious collectors within my circle of music lover friends. It is very possible that there are one/some/few more songs that may be existing in some collection, but the same are not known in public domain as yet.]

As is the case with this song. An obscure film from 1932. Geet Kosh has no details about the songs of this film. The film has been produced under the banner of Imperial Movietone. Yes, the very same company that carries the credit for releasing the first Indian talkie film – ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931. The film has two other alias names – ‘The Youth’ and ‘चन्द्रप्रभा’ (‘Chandraprabha’). The name of the director of this film is listed as BP Mishra (the Imperial Movietone company was founded and owned by Ardeshir Irani). As per the Geet Kosh information, the story of this film was also written by BP Mishra. The star cast of this film is listed as Master Vitthal, Armelin, Hadi, Jamshed Ji, Rustom Punawala, and Sakhu.

All that much, and no more. No more information available for the music and songs of this film. As I said, one would not even pause at the page to glance at this film.

But then surprise connections do turn up, which lead to discoveries that can only be termed as major, even though we may not want to use the ‘miraculous’ qualifier. Some years back, we had this sensational discovery of one 78 rpm record that carries two songs whose mukhda (song title) match with two songs which are listed for the 1931 film ‘Trapped’ aka ‘Farebi Jaal’. The credit for the discovery and sharing of the information goes to Dr. Jeetendra Shrimali of Baroda University.

And then, this song. About five weeks ago, I was at the Shah Music Center, near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Dear friend Zafar Shah had called me, to show me a set of 78 rpm records that he has recently acquired. A good number of these records are dated for the first decade of the Hindi film song – 1931-40. Majority of these records are in near pristine condition, as if the needle has not yet been placed on them even once. Just to see such rare beauties and to hold them in one’s hand is an experience that makes waves of joy and satisfaction pass through the heart.

And so, here is a very excited Zafar Bhai handing me these shellac discs one by one, and I am gazing at them in awe with a lump in my throat. Then he hands me a disc with an HMV label (back colored), which carries the record number as P5799. He asks me to check the label details. It just has these words on it – ‘Hindi’, ‘Duet’, ‘Azizan, Lateefan’, and a title for the song which reads “कदम तले आजाईओ कटीले काजलवाले” in Hindi, and then also in Urdu script. There is another number close to the bottom of the label – ‘12-14001’. Then Zafar Bhai pointed out a brief scribble in blue pen, on the label. Words written in three lines that read – ‘Zaalim Jawaani 1932’. Then quickly he picked up the GK volume I, turned to the page 58 where this film is listed at serial no. 83. And then pointed to the song no. 12 in the list of songs of this film. Yes, we have a mukhda match – and we have a rare and sensational discovery. I would like to add that incidentally, the 78 rpm record of the songs of film ‘Trapped’ was discovered by Akbar Shah, father of Zafar Bhai.

Since the time of the discovery of the record of ‘Trapped’, Zafar Bhai and I have occasionally discussed the situation of 1931-35. Many possible scenarios may exist. A song that is already released as a non-film song, was picked up for use in a film by the producer director. Most likely, in those years, no one thought of using the words ‘film song’ for the songs used in the film. And then also possible that the songs prepared for the film itself, were recorded and released on discs, not as film song, but as simply a song, with no reference to the film itself. It surely is an exercise of searching for such songs like searching for needle in a haystack. Examining the records of non film songs of that period and then attempting to match the title line with a song listed in GK Volume I. Mind boggling indeed it is. It is only in the next year i.e. 1932, we have the first instances of film songs being released on 78 rpm records, with the name of the film also printed on the label. The film ‘Madhuri’ of 1932 is likely the first film to do this.

And so, maybe short of an actual miracle, the discovery being shared today is of that proportion. And a proportion the merits and befits the humongous milestone that we reach today. Considering that the first five decades of the Hindi film song, we see listed almost 45,000+ songs. Give or take few hundreds for the later decades, we have today knocked on 17,000th door of this majestic an melodious mansion.

Statistics are always imposing and inspiring. And we do intend to take that route every time a milestone of certain significance is breached. So there are averages and rates and calculations galore. We present the numbers viewed from every which way / direction / perspective. No end to that presentation, as we continue to find more and new ways to slice and dice and present the numbers.

And I think so many times – enough about the numbers. We are all now convinced that this project is not replic-able. It is not surmountable – in any which way. The numbers are simply so huge that it is well nigh impossible to recreate a competitive idea. But then of course, we, our group, is not in here for any competition. When all is said/done/calculated/presented etc. the sublimate that remains is simply – an undying love for this art form, and a dogged persistence (pun intended 🙂 ) that in the final count, has made the difference for this presentation space across the entire and unlimited landscape of the internet.

And yet, the mind still wants to pause, and to savor, and yes, to even gloat about this wonderful flavor that simply says – Seventeen Thousand. A few midnight candles, and a few early morning sunrisers – are always awake every day of every week, of every month, of every year. And there is an incessant click somewhere on the clock of the universe – a tick that has AtulSongADay written on it.

The metronome continues to chime every so often. There is work to be done. There is an equal number, and more, of these musical vignettes that are still waiting – to be touched, to be embellished, to be praised and to be displayed.

And I am reminded of Robert Frost –

(We) . . . have promises to keep
Miles to go before I sleep

The promises are not to people and followers of this Grand Musical Bandwagon.

The promises are to these songs, and to this art form itself.

Yes, miles to go before I sleep

Good night and God bless.

Tomorrow, is another day, and another set of songs.

तमन्ना है ये साथ चलते रहें हम ना बीते कभी ये सफर

The sublime desire that remains is to keep traveling together
And that this journey may never cease

 


Song – Kadamb Taley Aa Jaiyo Ho Kateele Kaajalwaale  (Zaalim Jawaani) (1932) Singer – Azizan, Lateefan, Lyrics – Unknown, MD – Unknown
Azizan + Lateefan

Lyrics

oo oo ooo
aa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa

kadamb taley ?? ??
aaa aaaa aaaa
kadamba taley aa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley aa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

ho raja ji mohe haro ri ranga de
raja ji mohe haro ri ranga de
haro ri ranga de
haro ranga de
peelo ranga de
?? laal ranga de
kadamba taley aa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

sone ki thalia mein juna parosa
sone ki thalia mein juna parosa
juna parosa
aahe kadamba taley khaa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley khaa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

aahe soney ka garva ganga jal paani
soney ka garva ganga jal paani
ganga jal paani
kadamba taley pee jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley pee jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

aahe ?? paan ko beeda lagaaya
?? paan ko beeda lagaaya
beeda lagaaya
aahe kadamba taley khaa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley khaa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley aa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

aahe kusum kaliyon ne sej bichhaayi
kusum kaliyon ne sej bichhaayi
sej bichhaayi
aahe kadamba taley so jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale
kadamba taley aa jaiyo kateele kaajalwaale

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ

कदम्ब तले ?? ??
आ आ आ
कदम्ब तले आ जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
कदम्ब तले आ जइओ कटीले काजल वाले

हो राजा जी मोरे हरो री रंगा दे
राजा जी मोरे हरो री रंगा दे
हरो री रंगा दे
हरो रंगा दे
पीलो रंगा दे
?? लाल रंगा दे
कदम्ब तले आ जइओ कटीले काजल वाले

सोने की थाली में जूना परोसा
सोने की थाली में जूना परोसा
जूना परोसा
आहे कदम्ब तले खा जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
कदम्ब तले खा जइओ कटीले काजल वाले

आहे सोने का गरवा गंगाजल पानी
सोने का गरवा गंगाजल पानी
गंगाजल पानी
आहे कदम्ब तले पी जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
आहे कदम्ब तले पी जइओ कटीले काजल वाले

आहे ?? पान का बीड़ा लगाया
?? पान का बीड़ा लगाया
बीड़ा लगाया
आहे कदम्ब तले खा जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
कदम्ब तले खा जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
कदम्ब तले आ जइओ कटीले काजल वाले

आहे कुसुम कलियों ने सेज बिछाई
कुसुम कलियों ने सेज बिछाई
सेज बिछाई
आहे कदम्ब तले सो जइओ कटीले काजल वाले
कदम्ब तले आ जइओ कटीले काजल वाले


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

This article is his 1000th post in the blog.

Blog Day :

4779 Post No. : 16531

POST NO. 1000
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I had never imagined that in my life I would ever write 1000 articles on old films and music. When I retired from my regular service in 1998, I had many offers from the Pharma Industry, because of my 35 years’ successful track record. I had joined the Pharma giant – Glaxo Laboratories as a Medical Representative and retired as the General Manager – Marketing.

Instead of doing another job, I started my own Consultancy and ran it till 2008. Then I got fed up of doing the same thing for so many years and closed the consultancy. I spent 2 years travelling all over the country with my wife. In 2010, I decided to learn Computer. My enthusiastic grandchildren became my teachers and I learnt the basics soon. Initially I found fun downloading old film songs and making CDs. I had crossed my 70 years by that time.

Then one day while surfing the Net, I discovered atulsongaday.wordpress.com and I was very glad to see the way songs were discussed here. I became a regular visitor. At that time I remembered about several diaries and notebooks, in which I had written about the films I had seen from the 40’s to the 60’s. I opened those boxes and cleaned the notebooks. Some had been damaged by white ants and few were torn and had become old with faded ink.

With whatever was remaining, I started commenting on the posts of the Blog and soon I was a known person to other regulars. Even at that time, I did not think of writing posts myself. After about 2 years, once Atul ji suggested that i write posts and he himself posted my write up on a song of 1937 sent to him along with the song, so that it could be used for the Blog. The post was published the next day on my name and I was welcomed by all regulars. Enthused with the acceptance, I continued writing regularly from 1-10-2012 onwards and today I am at this stage, with 1000 posts here and some more on other Blogs and sites. I published interviews of relatives of old time actors and also wrote one book, which was published in July 2018.

My journey in this field has been unbelievable. From a Nobody to a person well known in the Cyberworld of old films and music, whose name is mentioned in several books by other authors, national and international. All these accolades and recognition is because of one person, who helped me from the beginning and continues to do so even now. That person is ATUL JI. I thank him wholeheartedly for supporting, encouraging and motivating me throughout. Thank you, ATUL JI.

I also thank all other ATULITES of our group here who have been very appreciative and helpful. Thanks to each one. ATUL JI is not very expressive about the good he does to people, so I express my feelings about him, whenever the occasion comes. I also wish, one day I meet him on one of his visits to Mumbai.

In the journey of the last 10 years, I have devoted a lot of effort to dig out information on the unknown and the less known artistes, films and songs of the yore. I think my best contribution to the history of old films is about the ” SAME NAME CONFUSIONS “. I had found that this was one problem which troubled every student of film history (like me) and no work has been specifically done on solving this problem. My tireless efforts have clarified the SNC cases of about 80 film personalities so far.

Digging up History is a continuous process. None of the writerson old films were present when things took place in the 30’s and the 40’s. At least no one was in the age of understanding matters of films or writing about films. So, all historians have to depend on existing documents like old books, old papers and magazines and similar materials to get credible information. Since old information keeps on cropping up at several intervals, the film history keeps on updating itself. In some cases, new information proves the existing old information wrong. So sometimes old statements are proven wrong in view of the new evidence. Thus you will find that no book on film history is without a mistake.A MISTAKE TODAY WAS THE TRUTH TILL NEW INFORMATION NULLIFIED IT. It does not and should not reduce the credibility of the author in any way. Some of my own comments made in 2011 and 2012 were found to be wrong when new information became available. It happens to all. The readers must understand this.

In my last 9 years, i have written about hundreds of people, films and songs. In my Laptop, I have stored information of more than 1600 people and films. In the last 1000 psots here, i have never written a post without giving some information. I feel the reader must gain something when he spends time reading my post. I don’t claim that my posts had no mistakes…they had, but never intentionally. I also make it a point to credit the source whenever I have taken information from somebody or somewhere. It is possible that I forgot sometimes but never knowingly. I do not feel ashamed to accept my mistakes. A mistake is a mistake, anyway. I never wrote on popular and well known artistes like Dilip, Raj , Dev, AB, Meenakumari etc etc. I hope I have always given something new to readers in my post.

So, what next ?

I can only repeat the verse of Robert Frost………..

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep
and miles to go before I sleep……

Thank you Atul ji, Sudhir ji, my friends in the ATULITE group, my co-travellers in this journey and guides like Rajni Kumar Pandya ji, Dr Surjit Singh ji, Shishir Krishna Sharma ji, AK ji of Songs of yore,  Gopal Pillai ji and many others.

I can not end this without thanking wholeheartedly the help and encouragement given to me at every stage by Shri HARISH RAGHUWANSHI JI, without whom my work would be incomplete. Thank you Sir !

For today’s occasion, I have selected a song from a film which has music by my favourite MD- C. Ramchandra. Film Naghma E Sahra-1945 had a special importance in the lives of Master Bhagwaqn and C. Ramchandra. Master Vithal was the idol for both of them. Though Master Bhagwan himself worked in, produced and directed stunt films, he was keen that his idol Master Vithal should work in his film and that he should do the direction . By 1945, master Vithal was losing his popularity in Hindi films and he was also not getting many films, so he was thinking of concentrating on Marathi films and to go and settle in Kolhapur, where he had bought a big Chawl. So his income from its rent was also guaranteed.

When Bhagwan came to know this, he became panicky, thinking that his dream would remain incomplete. He gathered courage and contacted Master Vithal and offered him a role in his film. To Bhagwan’s delight Master Vithal almost readily accepted the offer. Until then Bhagwan had no idea about his film. He started work along with Ehsan Rizvi, his favourite writer, on the story of the new film. He also contacted C.Ramchandra to give the news. Untill then, C. Ramchandra gave music to Bhagwan’s films, but used other names than C.Ramchandra. For this film, he decided to use his real name. Thus their dream of working with master Vithal was fulfilled.

This way the film was made. As luck would have it, this film really became the last film Master Vithal did in Hindi in Bombay. He left Bombay and went away to Kolhapur. However, he regretted his hurried shift, later in life. I would have written more about Master Vithal, but the post has already become a long one. Maybe some other time.

Today’s song is a duet sung by Khan Mastana and Hamida Bano. Enjoy…..


Song-Bahaar hai Baahar (Naghma e Sahra)(1945) Singers- Chitalkar, Khan Mastana, Hamida Bano, Lyricist- Ehsaan Rizvi, MD- C Ramchandra
Both

Lyrics

bichhdi hui bahaar
galey daalti hai haar

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

hai raab e shokhiyaan
phoolon pe hai nikhaar
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

na husn ko hai guroor
na ishq ko hai nayaaz
mil ke gale se aa aa aa
karte hain donon naaz
ab baj rahe hain saaz
ab baj rahe hain saaz
ab mil gaye hain taar
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

aankhon mein hai sharaab
ehsaan mere gulaab
chhoo kar na ho bata
aa aa
ab jee apne hi kharaab
do do jiyen chiraa
do do jiyen chiraa
ab kiska intezaar
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

deewaana main tera
dil ko kiye hoon
tu mere liye hai
main tere liye hoon
aa ae dil ki aarzoo
armaan hain beqaraar
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बिछड़ी हुई बहार
गले डालती है हार

आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ

बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

है राब ए शोखियाँ
फूलों पे है निखार
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

ना हुस्न को है गुरूर
ना इश्क़ को है नयाज़
मिल के गले से आ आ आ
करते हैं दोनों नाज़
अब बज रहे हैं साज़
अब बज रहे हैं साज़
अब मिल गए हैं तार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

आँखों में है शराब
एहसान मेरे गुलाब
छू कर ना हो बता
आ आ
अब जी अपने ही खराब
दो दो जीएं चिरा
दो दो जीएं चिरा
अब किसका इंतज़ार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

दीवाना मैं तेरा
दिल को किए हूँ
तू मेरे लिए है
मैं तेरे लिए हूँ
आ ए दिल की आरज़ू
अरमां हैं बेक़रार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार


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.

This article is the 16000th post in the blog.

Blog Day :

4484 Post No. : 16000 Movie Count :

4382

This blog regularly clocks centuries of songs. So it follows that the blog clocks thousand songs too after every ten centuries.

The blog has seen 15 instances of thousandth posts so far.

These were special occasions when special writeups are presented with special songs.

It is interesting to look back at the 15 instances of thousandth posts in the blog. Here are their details:-

Post number Date of posting Song Movie (year) Blog day Days taken for the thousandth post
1000 30 march 2009 Piya ham saat mulk ka paani Lootmaar (1980) 255 days 255 days
2000 27 September 2009 Dhakdhak karti chali jeewan ki rail re Dilruba (1950) 436 days 181 days
3000 20 september 2010 Maa mujhe apne aanchal mein chhupa le Chhota Bhai (1966) 794 days 358 days
4000 13 june 2011 Kya se kya ho gaya bewafa tere pyaar mein Guide (1965) 1060 days 266 days
5000 13 nov 2011 Hamen to loot liya mil ke husn waalon ne Al Hilal (1957) 1213 153 days
6000 23 May 2012 Geet kitne gaa chuki hoon Asha Bhonsle NFS 1405 days 192 days
7000 13 Nov 2012 Falak se utre zameen pe taare Rafi NFS 1579 days 174 days
8000 28 april 2013 Beautiful baby of Bombay Ek Phool Chaar Kaante (1960) 1745 days 166 days
9000 13 November 2013 Ankhiyaan sang ankhiyaan laagi aaj Bada Aadmi (1961) 1944 days 199 days
10000 20 July 2014 Phul rahin belariyaan dole Trapped (1931) 2193 days 249 days
11000 31 March 2015 Kaam ki dhun mein hain rawaan Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan(1962) 2447 days 254 days
12000 20 April 2016 Door desh se aane waale Gaja Bhau(1943) 2833 days 386 days
13000 4 March 2017 Dil tumse lagaaya kyun hamne Captain Aazaad (1964) 3151 days 318 days
14000 1 February 2018 Khayyam hai Allah waala Omar Khayyam (1946) 3485 days 334 days
15000 21 April 2019 Deepak jo gaaye so paaye gyaan dhyaan Sahhanshah Akbar (1943) 3929 days 444 days
16000 26 october 2020 4484 days 555 days

We can see from the above that there has been at least one Thousandth song post every year from 2009 onwards. 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 saw two such posts, which means that the blog added nearly 2000 songs in these years.

All these songs were very very special songs in one way or the other. Some songs were iconic songs, some extremely rare, while some were popular in their times but had been forgotten with passage of time.

Some of these posts combined other major blog landmarks. For instance song post number 3000, a popular song, was Lata Mangeshkar’s 1000th post in the blog. Song post number 4000 , a popular songwas Rafi’s 1000th. 6000th post, a non film song was Asha Bhonsle’s 1000th post in the blog.

The 5000th song post, recognised Bulo C Rani, the less known music director of this iconic qawwaali, who completed his century in the blog with this song.

In the earlier days of the blog, regulars would eagerly look forward to the thousandth post and would try to guess the song. In some cases, for instance the 5000th post, people successfully guessed the song because we were posting far too many Bulo C Rani compositions in the blog those days to take him to his hundredth song in the blog. 🙂

Who could forget the leadup to the ten thousandth song in the blog ! Regulars, on those pre whatsapp days were keeping in touch with each other on e mail, sharing messages like, one more song posted, three to go. What song it is going to be, etc. The excitement, the eager anticipation, and finally the song getting posted, and the comments on the song post- those were heady days for the blog. Those who were part of those exciting days still fondly remember those days.

One can notice that the thousandth posts have been coming relatively slowly ever since. Song post 11000 took 254 days, whereas the next thousandth posts took over 300 days each to materialise.

Song post 15000 was the slowest. It took 444 days.

What about song post 16000 ? This gets posted today. It has taken 555 days !

444, 555. Such honky tonk numbers inadvertently and unnoticeably creep into the affairs of the blog. Who can forget the concidences involved while posting the “1” songs- viz song post numbers 1, 11, 111, 1111 and 11111 ! Those who have forgotten about the amazing coincidences noticed are requested to go though this article.

Another thing noticeable about these writeups is that they are penned by pillars of the blog, such as Raja, Sudhir Jee etc. Some of these writeups have been joint efforts, involving upto three contributors. Sudhir Jee’s contribution extends beyond the article writing. He would also dig up the song for the occasion, often a rare not yet on internet gem and upload that specially for the occasion. For instance, the 10000th song post was a song of 1931 (the earlist year for HFM) and it was especially uploaded by him minutes before that post was published on 20 July 2014 !

Selection of the song has been a matter of much speculation among the regulars of the blog, as discussed above. While some of these songs have been correctly guessed by them, guessing them has become difficult of late. That is because the person writing the article (that is often me) is not sure what song to pick. I myself manage to land an appropriate song often at the last moment. For example, I accidentally discovered the song for song post number 13000 and posted it for that occasion. When I was myself not clear about the song, how were others going to guess the song ! That way I feel like legendary leg spinner B S Chandrashekhar. He himself did not know what ball he was going to deliver next, so how was it possible for the batsman to anticipate his next delivery ! 🙂

In our whatsapp group of regulars, some of them have been guessing the song that would be the 16000th song for the blog. One guess is that it would be a Lata Mangeshkar song, alongwith her career records. That did not happen.

I was actually toying with such an idea. But then I realised that the songs that I could use with such an idea did not seem suited for an occasion like the 16000th song for the blog.

Just when it seemed that I was unable to find a suitable song, I stumbled upon this song which is being presented today. This song was discovered by me almost like how I discovered the 13000th song post song.

This song is as rare as they can be, from a movie that can be as rare as they come. The movie is “Toofaani Teerandaaz”(1959). The movie, a “stunt” movie, is produced and directed by A R Zameendaar for Navshakti Films, Bombay. The movie had Shanta Kumari, Deep Kumar, Tuntun, Sheikh, Habeeb, Shakeela Bano Bhopali, Ismail Azad, Sajjan, Goldstein, Daya Devi, Nazeer Kashmiri, Amir Ali, Sattar, Md Ali, Ghani, Azam, Haneef, Yunus, Nawab, Funtoosh, Baby Shahjahaan, Khan Habib, Khan Nusrat, Khan Atiq etc in it.

The movie had five songs in it. The movie is yet to make its debut in the blog.

The songs are rare, but they have been made available online thanks to the generosity of some well known HFM music collectots and sharers.

The song under discussion is a qawwaali. It is sung by Ismail Azad qawwaal and Sudha Malhotra,accompanied by male and female chorus. In all great qawwaalis, it is the lyricist who makes the qawwaali great.Farooque Kaiser is the lyricist of this fantastic qawwaali. Music is composed by Iqbal.

Only the audio of thd song is available. My guess is that this song was picturised on Ismail Azad (singing for himself) and Shakila Bano Bhopali, with others in the standard qawwaali set up so common in Hindi movies those days.

The song is in the same league as many iconic qawwaalis of Hindi movies. It is just that this song failed to get popular and so remained under the radar. With time, the song was forgotten. Thanks to music collecter Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma, and the uploader shri Aditya Pant, we can enjoy this fantastic fantastic qawwaali. Our thanks to them.

The song, a nearly seven minute feast, starts with a long harmonium piece, followed by an interesting war of words between the two genders. Quite a remarkable song that will grow on the listeners if they listen to it a few times. I know it because I got tolisten to it quite a few times while trying to get the lyrics right.

“Toofaani Teerandaaz”(1959) makes its debut in the blog with this song.

Another thousandth song post done ! I feel relieved and happy. It will be a while before I will have to worry about finding another suitable song for the occasion. 🙂

I take this opportunity to thank one and all. This set of thousand songs took 555 days to arrive at a rate of less that two songs per day, but what is important is that we are still on the move and we continue to add to an already rich collection of songs. I take this opportunity to thank one and all. I expect that we will continue to recive the same support, help, encouragement, contributions etc for one and all.


Song-Hum wafaadaar nahin tu bhi to dildaar nahin(Toofaani Teerandaaz)(1959) Singers-Ismail Azad, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics-Farooque Kaiser, MD-Iqbal
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

Shukr kar hamne tujhe chaand si soorat de di
naaz kaliyon ka hawaaon ki nazaakat de di
teri zulfon ko ghataaon ki bhi rangat de di
loot kar saare zamaane ki muhabbat de di
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

ham na hote to bahaaron mein na rangat hoti
chaand mein noor na kaliyon mein nazaakat hoti
pad gayi jaan zamaane mein hamaare dam se
pyaar tum kisko jataate jo na aurat hoti
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tujhko magroor kiya
keh ke haseena hamne
teri khaatir kiya
manzoor ye jeena hamne
banke majnu kahin laila pe huye hain qurbaan
cheer laaye pahaadon ka bhi seena hamne
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

chaahe joban bhi
tera hukm na taala hamne
daali Mirza ke gale pyaar ki maala hamne
isko kehte hain muhabbat yahi hoti hai wafa
khud to girte bhi rahe
tujhko sambhaala hamne
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

le sahaara meri baahon ka zara ab to sambhal
do kadam raah e wafa mein tu mere saath to chal
teri ulfat ki nishaani nahin jag mein koi
mard ke pyaar ka wo dekh nishaan Tajmahal
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

pahle mumtaz ne ki jaan muhabbat mein nisaar
baad mein Tajmahal ka hai banaana bekaar
waqt ne phoonk diye kitne wafaaon ke charaag
beh gaye mauj mein kitni hi kumhaaran ke pyaar
aise hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

zahar aankhon ka har ek jaam mein daala tumne
zulf ke parde mein hai saanp ko paala tumne
hashr(?) tak yaad rahega tera ye zulmo sitam
banke hawwa hamen jannat se nikaala tumne
phir bhi hamse ye gil hai ke wafaadaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

taane sakhiyon ke sune
hamne hi Radha banke
pyaar mein ho gaye ruswa kahin Laila ban ke
Ram ka saath diya kisne museebat mein bata
kaun jungalon mein phira saath mein Seeta ban ke
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin

ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin
ham wafaadaar nahin
tu bhi to dildaar nahin

jaa tere husn ka ab koi talabgaar nahin
dil hai aurat ka koi pyaar ka baazaar nahin
ham nahin ?? ke ab naaz uthhaane waale
aur aa jaayenge dil hampe lutaane waale
ham na honge to ye kya shaan rahegi baaqi
jaan jaayegi magar aan rahegi baaqi
kaun hai aap ki soorat se jo bedaar nahin
qatl kar denge tumhe haath mein talwaar nahin
?? naazuk mein ye taaqat meri sarkaar nahin
?? se nipatna koi dushwaar nahin
phir bhi hamse ye gila hai ke wafaadaar nahin

ham wo baazaar nahin tu bhi to dildaar nahin…


This article is written by Raja, 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 :

4270 Post No. : 15500 Movie Count :

4271

Ok, so Atul approached me a few days ago requesting me for a post for a special occasion.

My posts have become very infrequent here – in fact, before my latest post on Sahir’s birth anniversary (8th March), my previous post was on his death anniversary last year (25th October). So a gap of more than 4 months.

But then, like often happens in Test cricket, you wait and wait for a wicket to fall – and when one falls, another quickly follows.

Same has happened here. Following quickly on the heels of the 8th March post, here is another one.

And on such an occasion that I just could not refuse. Let’s just call it the perfect yorker. 🙂

Friends, I am SO honoured here to present Rafisaab’s 3000th song on this blog.

Please allow me now to take a deep breath to let this sink in.

I don’t remember now when we got to Rafisaab’s 1000th and 2000th songs, but as we scale new heights, it feels like we’re entering rarified space.

3000 songs of one artiste on our blog is quite an astonishing achievement. Of course, we’ve already got there with Lata Mangeshkar (she’s going strong with 3500+ right now) but Rafisaab is only the second artiste to hit this milestone here.

Even as I write this post, I feel extremely humbled – and undeserving of this honour. This post is supposed to be a tribute not just to Rafisaab, but to this blog itself.

And there have been so many more here, starting with Atul himself, who deserve to write this. My contributions have dramatically reduced – while there are at least a dozen others (actually many more), who contribute much more, and far more regularly.

But since I am a big Rafisaab fan, I think Atul approached me for this. (In fact there are even bigger Rafisaab fans here – but let’s not start comparing. :-))

Having said all that, let’s talk a bit about Rafisaab here – and our love for him.
I say “our”, because I know I speak for everyone here when I say, we all love Rafisaab here. Only the degree might differ.

Speaking for me personally (and maybe for others too), it has never been about just Rafisaab’s voice.

Sure, for his voice alone, he would easily have had a special place in my heart. That divinity in his voice, his ability to transport me into a different realm altogether, the intonations, the “thehraav” – all of these put him on a level that’s stratospheric for me.

I have spent hours listening to Rafisaab, often intending to listen to just one song. 🙂 I’d listen to one, then get tempted to listen to another, then another, and so on. And before I’d realize it, the minutes would turn into hours. I’ve even spent all night listening to him (ok, that was a few years ago, when I coul stay awake all night). 🙂

It has been said many times before, and by many, but I will say it again – at least in HFM, I haven’t seen any singer with the versatility of Rafisaab. He could deliver every single song in exactly the mood and range required for it. Which is why he could do rock and pop singing just as comfortably as he could do bhajans and ghazals.

Rafisaab could totally get you into any mood the song demanded. He could just mesmerize you into it.

One moment he’s singing the breezy “pukaarta chala hoon main” or the sensuous “aaja re aa zaraa”, the next he’s singing the bhajan “sukh ke sab saathi”. 🙂

One moment, you’re imagining yourself as Shammi Kapoor with “aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera”, the next you’re Bharat Bhushan lamenting “o duniya ke rakhwaale”. 🙂

They said of Rafisaab that he was an extremely shy and quiet person outside the recording room. You could barely hear his voice.

But once, in the room, recording?

He was a totally different person.

He would be so totally immersed in the song, giving it the very best he could, that you couldn’t believe it was the same person who, outside the room, hardly ever spoke.

In this sense, Rafisaab was a thorough professional. He always sought to give his very best, regardless of who the composer was.

In stature, he was often far higher than most of the composers he sang for. So it is only normal that composers might have hesitated to ask him for a retake, and could have just gone with whatever had been recorded, even if they were not fully satisfied.

But such was Rafisaab’s humility, such was his professionalism, such was his lack of ego, that he would ask the composer if it was ok – and if the composer had any suggestions for improvement, Rafisaab would redo it to the composer’s satisfaction.

That is truly the sign of greatness of an artiste.
And, considering how many successful artistes end up with ego too to match, Rafisaab stands out as an exception.

There are so many other things about Rafisaab that speak of the greatness of him as a human being.

There are other examples of Rafisaab’s nature that are also endearing.

For example, the fact that he sang for composers for a nominal fee, even just a token one rupee, because he knew they could not afford to pay him fees compatible with his stature.

Even in the royalty issue, which resulted in his fallout with Lata, his stand was typical. I don’t want to play judge here, and talk about whether his/Lata’s action was right or wrong, but it was typical of Rafisaab to feel that he had been adequately compensated for the work he had done, and shouldn’t ask for more.

Rafisaab’s generosity went beyond the industry. He provided financial support to people who did not even know who their benefactor was.

All of this, without the slightest arrogance. When someone would praise one of his songs, Rafisaab would just smile and point upwards , as if to say “sab ooparwaale ki kripa hai”.

There’s SO much one could learn from Rafisaab and his values. Ever-polite, ever-professional, ever-helpful, ever-smiling, ever-humble. And ever the family man too, because he always enjoyed spending time with his family.

I’ve written many times about him here – and much of what I’m saying here is repetitive (and possibly boring), but it always gives me great joy to write about Rafisaab, whatever the occasion.

I invariably then write about his character and not just his songs, because his character amazes me just as much as his amazing voice.

So the fact that we have now got 3000 songs of Rafisaab on this blog is a hugely satisfying achievement. My hearty congratulations to Atul, and to everyone else who has been part of this process.

Oh, and in all the discussion about Rafisaab and his 3000th song, I almost forgot.

There’s another milestone to celebrate today – today’s song also happens to be the 15500th song on the blog.

Yes, 15,500.

There was a time, in the early years of the blog, when every century was a major milestone. Then, as the centuries began getting clocked with regularity, the celebration around them decreased. We had entered the chiliad league, so our major milestones became 1000, 2000, 3000 and so on….now past 15000.
The 100s became minor milestones.
While this is understandable to some extent after 155 centuries, I still think every century deserves to be celebrated.

Let us NEVER forget that EVERY song involves a fair amount of effort, and though contributors (*cough*, *cough*) do their bit, every song still requires time & effort from Atul/Sudhirji. And they’ve put this effort 100 times, since 15400. So, I definitely think they deserve appreciation and a round of applause for this.

Now onto the song for today.

You can always trust Atul to unearth songs that have long faded from people’s memory. Or maybe they never got attention when they were released.

The same applies to films too. After all, the Hindi film industry is prolific, with hundreds of films being released every year, and thousands of songs.

As a result, many songs and films never get attention.

This blog has always tried to unearth such songs and films, and to give them their share in the limelight, even if it is several years after their release. After all, every song involves a lot of effort from many artistes. And for a film? The effort is several times more – involving so many more people, in various capacities, each one playing his/her role hoping to see the film succeed at the box-office.

I don’t know the success rate of films, but I’d say there are far more films that don’t click at the box-office, than those which do. Let’s not get into reasons here – I’m no pundit – but I do always like to acknowledge the effort that has gone into making a film anyway.

Why so much of a build-up in this post?

Because the song for today has as much to do with the film as with the song itself.

Prima facie, the song looks like a routine song. It’s a qawwali, with its usual nok-jhok, and, as isn’t uncommon in movies, with disguises. 🙂

Now I’m a sucker for qawwalis, so even though this probably isn’t in the same league as many more illustrious ones, I’m happy to just listen to it, and enjoy it.
Besides, this was 1982 – and by then, qawwalis were slowly on the decline. The times had changed, and naturally films had to reflect the changed times.
So I wouldn’t judge this qawwali, keeping other classics in mind. 🙂

When Atul sent me an e-mail requesting me for a write-up, he explained why he picked this song. It has to do with not just the song, but the film as well.

This is what he said:

The song that I have chosen for the occasion is a special song. It is a rare song. It is composed by an obscure music director called B T Singh. It is the only song of B T Singh with Rafi in his career. HFGK mentions that music was arranged and composed by Uttam Singh. He could be assistant to B T Singh.

The movie is an obscure movie called “Chambal Ke Daaku”(1982). This movie was Produced by R S Sandhu , written and directed by S Azhar for S L Cheema films, Bombay.
The USP of the movie was “Real dacoits pesented first time on screen.”
The movie had real dacoits viz Mohar Singh, Madho Singh, Fateh Singh, Lakhan Singh, Kalyan Singh and hundred of ex dacoits, and actors like Nazneen, Javed Khan, Madhumalini, Sulochana, Malti Joshi, Yasmeen, Birbal, Dushyant, Deep, Ashok, S S Khan, Nirmal Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jeewan Singh, Joginder Singh, Amreek Singh, Joginder Singh Laddhar, Mahendra Singh, Chandrakala, Ramesh Deo, Sohel Khan, Joga Singh, Sayyad Khan, Praveen Lakhad, Gajendra Gadge, Rajkumar, Baw Brar, Shabbir Khan, Guest apppearances by Padma Khanna, Hina Kausar, Mahendra, Raza Murad etc.”

Wow!
So now we have a film here where real-life dacoits just decided to act in a film. Maybe there are other examples too (what about “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai”)?

In any case, it is a rather fascinating scenario. And of course, when I learnt about this, my mind began working overtime, imagining all sorts of things.

– Were they active dacoits, wanted by the police? If so, how did they get to act? Or had they served their sentence, and reformed? In which case, they shouldn’t be judged on their past, of course.
– How much were they paid?
– Was it maybe just a smart move for the producer to co-opt real-life dacoits so that not only does he have a USP, but he also has access to their expertise, and could film in locations he wouldn’t otherwise dare to?
– How did co-stars, and the rest of the crew feel? Imagine having chai with a real-life dacoit. You’d probably not want to upset him, or even crack a joke about him, for fear of him taking offence at it
– In the shooting scenes, was anyone worried that the dacoits might just get excited and take it all too literally?

Such thoughts, and more, came to my mind, because this was reel life and real life potentially getting mixed up. The key word here is “potentially”. 🙂

Chambal itself was a common film theme in those days – especially in the 70s and early 80s. Films mirror real-life events, and dacoity used to be in the news off and on in those days. There were plenty of dacoit films made in that time, the most famous being Sholay, of course. 🙂

I remember VP Singh, CM of UP (1980-82) came down hard on dacoity in his time, and even got a lot of praise for it. But soon after, there was a major dacoity, as if to spite him – and he offered to resign as CM.

I myself used to travel a lot by train from Orissa to Delhi in the early 80s, and go through Gwalior-Morena (I think Dholpur in Rajasthan also), which I think is the Chambal area. The landscape would be “interesting”, and would trigger my imagination. 🙂

Anyway, enough of digression.

Back to the song, it is sung by Rafisaab (of course), together with Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey. Rafisaab passed away in 1980, so it’s possible this is one of his last few songs – unless the film took a while to get released.

I must admit I couldn’t recognise many faces – but Ramesh Deo is, of course, unmistakeable.

Hope you enjoy the song, and imagine yourself singing it with real-life dacoits in Chambal Valley. 🙂

And once again, congratulations to the blog for clocking Rafisaab’s 3000th, and the blog’s 15500th.

Audio

Video


Song-Uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil (Chambal Ke Daaku)(1982) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Gauhar Kanpuri, MD-B T Singh
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

banaayenge bhanwar mein raasta
aur lahron pe saahil
bhanwar kehte hain uljhan ko o
lahar ka naam hai ae ae mushqil

uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
mil ke rahegi yahin apni manzil
mil ke rahegi yahin apni manzil
kehta hai aaj yehi mera dil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

kahaan se aaye ho
bolo ji kya iraada hai

Ji kya iraada hai
hamaari baat hai
ya doosron se waada hai

ye dil ka raaz hai
dil mein hi rehne do dilbar
haan rehne do dilbar
banega baat ka afsaana honthon pe aa kar
dilon ke raaz ko
o o o o o o
dilon ke raaz ko
nazron se ham to
kehte hain
kehte hain
kehte hain
ham si haseenon ko samjho na gaafil
gaafil
ham si haseenon ko samjho na gaafil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

haaye
haseen adaaon ka rangeen nazaara dekhenge
nazaara dekhenge
ham apni aankh se kismat ka taara dekhenge
haaye ae ae ae
ae ae ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
nazar nawaaz
nazaaron mein jee nahin lagta
haaye ae ae
haseen chaand sitaaron mein aen
jee nahin lagta
sa ni ma dha pa ni
dhi ma pa ni sa
sa ni sa dha ni
pa dha
ma pa
ma ga ma
ga re ga sa re
sa re ga ma pa
nigaah e naaz ka hamko ishaara mil jaaye

ishaara mil jaaye
hamen bhi jeene ka
koi sahaara mil jaaye

isharaa paaoge ae ae ae
isharaa paaoge
jhaanko hamaari aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein
chaand se chehre pe
taaron ki jhilmil
jhilmil

chaand se chehre pe taaron ki jhilmil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

samajh gaya hoon main
dil aur nazar ke afsaane

nazar ke afsaane
anaar ek hai
aur uske do hain deewaane

deewaana kaun hai
duniya ko ye bataana hai
yahi bataana hai
nazar ke teer se taqdeer aazmaana hai
jo hoshiyaar hai
ae ae ae ae ae
jo hoshiyaar hai
duniya usi ke kaabil hai
kaabil hai
kaabil hai
mehfil se baahar bhi hai ek mehfil
mehfil

mehfil se baahar bhi hai ek mehfil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
kahin uljhan hai
kahin mushqil hai

kahin mehfil kahin manzil
ye lo mera fasaana
ye kissa hai puraana
oho
hamaara dil na todo
oho
ye dil ki bat chhodo
oho
mere nazdeek aao
oho
qayaamat na uthhaao
oho
tumhaara dil hai patthar
aha
magar tum ho sitamgar
oho
mujhe tarpaaya tumne
oho
mujhe uljhaaya tumne
oho
tujhe hamne pooja
oho
mere dil mein hai dooja

oho
kahaan hai wo kidhar hai
oho
idhar hai ye udhar hai


This article is written jointly by Atul and Sudhir. 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.

This is the 15000th song post in the blog.

Blog Day :

3929 Post No. : 15000

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Atul Song-A-Day 15K Song Milestone Celebrations – 10
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Writeup by Atul
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This writeup marks a very special occasion for the blog. It is the 15000th writeup for the blog !

5000th and 10000th posts in the blog were major landmarks for us. The preparations, celebrations and enthusiasm for those posts were quite grand and memorable.

For instance, preparation for the 5000th post had begun in right earnest some more than 150 posts prior to the big event. The song was identified well in advance. That was a legendary song, created by rather unknown artists. So that post was meant to honour lesser known HFM artists.

When the song was identified, I thought that the lesser known music director of the song should also get appreciation. So it was planned to make this 5000th post of the blog to coincide with 100th post of the music director. That was not easy because the music director only had 20 odd of his songs in the blog at that time. So lots and lots of his compositions were covered in the blog during the run up to the 5000th post in the blog.

And that 5000th writeup was a joint collaboration of three of us viz. Raja, followed by me and then Sudhir ji. It was such a long article that a few of our regulars gave up reading the article midway. 🙂 It was over 8000 words long article (including lyrics) !

The date was 13 november 2011. It was a sunday and the post was published at 12:29 PM. It was the sixth and final song posted on that day in the blog.

I was based at Nagpur, Maharashtra, at that time. Amazingly, the journey from post number 4001 to post number 5000 took only five months and one day (153 days) at a strike rate of 6.5 songs every day !

The 10000th post in the blog should have appeared earlier that it finally did. Going by the then strike rate of one century every 16 days (give or take a few days), the 10000th post should have come up by April or may 2014. But I found myself getting busy in other matters. My guess is that my family (wife , daughter, three pets) had joined me- (I was at Bilaspur then), and so I was finding it difficult to post at the usual rate. There were several dot days after post number 9990. There were as many as six dot days. Even on the days when I posted articles, I only managed to post one or two articles in a day. So finally, I decided (and some other regulars also arrived at the same view), that the 10000th post needed to be coincided by the blog birthday which fell on 19 july 2014 .

The idea of how to celebrate the event was thought about when I and Sudhir Ji had visited AK ji (of songsofyore)in his office in Delhi. While discussing lots and lots of HFM related matters, we discussed the forthcoming 10000th post in the blog. AK ji suggested that every regular needed to write an article and a brief introduction of that regular needed to be given. We expanded the idea and decided that the introduction of the regular would be a full fledged and separate article and would precede the guest article.

The run up to the big event began on 7 july 2014. It was planned that all regular contributors would be introduced by another regular familiar with the person being introduced. That article would be followed by an article penned by the person who was introduced in the earlier article. So, we had nearly 30 regulars “formally” introduced by other regulars.

The idea was a great hit and it was well received and appreciated. Regulars introducing other regulars- it was made possible because many of us had already forged friendships with each other not only through online interactions but also through personal visits. We all got to know lots and lots of interesting details about the regulars of the blog. For instance, we came to know that our seniormost (in age) contributor was 80 plus, whereas the youngest contributor (regarded as an expert in vintage songs of 1930s and 1940s) was only 15 at the time when he first contributed his articles in the blog !

Some very interesting details were revealed about our regulars. For instance, we had someone who used to write a columm in a local newspaper when he was a school kid ! That the ladies among the regulars were all amazingly versatile. One was “thhodi padhi likhi” (means she was BSc in maths), while another had a “cosmopolically interesting” background, another with an accidental filmy parentage was a voracious reader of books, among several passions. We had someone who aspired to be a lyricist in Film industry, but finally realised that studying well and doing his own business was a better idea. 🙂 I found that the world was a small place. AKji turned out to be my senior from the same alma mater !

It also turned out that we had struck friendships with some HFM related individuals as well- for instance Ms Manju Das, Daughter of K Amarnath.

The 10000th song finally got posted one day late than was planned. It was posted on 20 july 2014 in the evening. It was a sunday. It was the eighth post of the day. Every time a post would appear, eager regulars would comment something like- “post number 9995th done, five more to go”. During those pre whatsapp days, lots of e mail messages were doing the rounds among regulars wondering when the 10000th post would appear and what song would be discussed as the 10000th song. THat song of course rewrote history. It was believed till then that the oldest HF song was from 1932. The 10000th song that was covered in the blog was a song of 1931, the very first year for Hindi movies.

The first 5000 songs in the blog took 1213 days viz three years and four months at a rate of 4.4 songs per day. Next 5000 songs took only 980 days viz two years and eight months at a rate of 5.1 songs per day. This third set of 5000 songs has taken 1735 day , about four years and nine months! A rather sedate rate of 2.9 songs per day !

Lots of things have changed between 2014 and 2019. Whatsapp was a new concept at that time and only very few savvy ones among us knew what it was. Now even the less mobile savvy among us too have smart phones and now we have a whatsapp group. People who were clueless about smartphones in 2014 are now the most active participants.

Five years have passed. One of the youngest regulars has since acquired a job as well as a spouse. Son of another regular, had once hijacked his mother’s computer when she was not looking and posted comments like-this song is not good, it is boring. 🙂 . Imagine the kid making such comments about a Rafi song, when his mom is a diehard Rafi fan. 🙂 He has grown up and he is now a medical college student.

Today, I am based in another -Pur. This post appears while I am based at Gorakhpur, UP. Like the 5000th post and 10000th post, this 15000th post too is being posted on a sunday !

There are other similarities (or near similarities) as well. When I had gone to Delhi and met Sudhir Ji and AK ji there in may 2014 and discussed plans of 10000sup celebrations, Indian Parliamentary elections were going on. Five years later, we are in the midst of Parliament elections once again.:)

There are differences as well. Six songs were covered in a day while discussing 5000th song. Eight songs were covered in a day while covering 10000th song. Today, when 15000th song is being covered, it is the only the second song of the day. So the blog is living upto its name- song a day, while earlier it used to be songs a day. 🙂

Some times, I am asked about statistics related to the blog. For instance, Sudhir Ji, while preparing a “blog ten year challenge” post noticed that as many as 12 songs were covered in one day viz. on 10 march 2009. Sudhir Ji asked me whether it was the record for the highest number of songs in a day. I did not have a readymade reply to that. Today I have. I can put it on record that the record for the blog is 13 songs in a day. This feat was achieved twice- on 25 october 2011 and on 6 september 2012. Today, when we struggle to post one or two songs in a day, I wonder how I was able to achieve such a feat ! It is not that those two days were isolated cases. Posting big number of songs in a day used to be fairly common those days. For instance, the blog had seen 12 songs in a day on six occasions, once in 2009 and 2012, and four times in 2011. Eleven posts in one day was achieved once (16 august 2012) whereas there have been 18 occasions when ten songs were posted in one day. Nine songs in a day were acjieved on 42 occasions. Eight songs in a day were covered on 133 occasions, the last such occasions being in 2016.

Now a days, we are going at such slow pace that even six songs a day, which was a routine affair in the past has become uncommon. In the year 2019, there has been only one day when six songs were covered. In contrast 2009 saw as many as 166 days when 6 songs were covered in one day.

Another statistics that I was asked recently was regarding the number of visitors in a day. It has been mentioned in an earlier article that the blog clocked 1000 plus visitors in a day for the first time on 23 january 2009. Here are these first time details

Number of visitors per day First time date in the blog (visitors that day)
1000 23 january 2009 (1145)
2000 29 august 2009 (2071)
3000 15 july 2011 (3060)
4000 15 august 2011 (4184)
5000 7 october 2011 (5379)
6000 9 october 2011 (6082)
7000 10 october 2011 (7561)
9000 12 october 2011 (9824)
10000 19 october 2011 (10630)

As one can see from above, october 2011 was a breakthrough month for the blog. From an average visit of 3000 plus visitors till then, we suddenly found the average shooting up to stratosphere. One can notice that after 7000 plus visits, we directly jumped to 9000 plus visits in a day, bypassing 8000 plus visits mark. ! As many as 10630 visitors visited on 19 october 2011, which remains a record till this date. More than 8000 visitors per day arrived at the blog on 13 days of october 2011 !

So one can notice that the blog was at its peak, number of daily posts wise as well as number of daily visitors wise during second half of 2011, and it continued till end of 2012.

By now, we have settled back to a more relaxed 3500 visits per day routine.

Now, in 2019, I really wonder how I used to be able to post so many songs in one day. I cannot say that I had too much of time at my disposal then and that I am too busy now a days. That is hardly the case. In fact it should be the other way round. Those days, I would often find myself having to go on meetings or other official works quite frequently. I can only conclude that I was highly passionate and motivated during those days. Of course I was younger and more energetic those days. 🙂

In an earlier writeup, Mr Sadanand Kamath has arrived at the right conclusion that background work has increased a great deal, now that we have amassed such a goldmine of information about HFM. I actually find myself devoting more time in such background work than in writing articles. And these data, when properly analysed often reveal hitherto unknown and unnoticed bits of information that actually may have been missed by music lovers.

To cite an example of background work, our beloved Khyati Bhatt once analysed all movies of 1960s and their songs and prepared an excel sheet. That served as a homework for Sudhir Jee. He used this excel sheet to post songs from more than one hundred movies of 1960s that were not represented in the blog till then. Then our two senior contributors, Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh and Mr Sadanand Kamath have been doing the same for movies from 1930s and 1940s. Personally even I have introduced several movies from 1940s and 1950s into the blog.

As a result of these exercises, which need considerable research and background work, we are at a stage when over 4200 movies (4206 at last count) were represented in the blog. Less than 75 movies of 1960s and just over 100 movies of 1950s remain to be covered in the blog. Just over 200 movies of 1940s remain to be covered. Most of these remaining movies are rare movies and their songs are not easy to locate. So naturally this exercise takes considerable time and effort.

Another much cherished exercise, viz YIPPEE exercise has slowed down, but still we have managed to YIPPEE as many as 1167 movies (adding upto around 8000 songs) which is no mean feat.

Bit by bit, we are building up complete and accurate filmography of several artists. I often like to use these filmographies whenever these artists reach their important milestones (typically centuries of their songs in the blog).

It must be said that the blog has become an integral part of not only my life, but also for several regulars. We all have grown as a result. Speaking for myself, I know that I have grown and learnt a lot, not just about HFM, but about life in general. It has helped me become a more “mature” person. 🙂

The contents of some of these posts over the years gave me considerable satisfaction. Some of the articles that I am proud of deal with myriad subjects like transfers, road travel, pets, fellow human beings, economics, theory of music etc.

For instance, writing about a pet, that turned out to be a wolf, is an article that gave me great satisfaction. The comments on this article were equally heart warming and this appreciation meant a lot to me.

I have some other fields of interest that I may not have touched till now. 🙂

Unlike the songs to be posted as 5000th and 10000th song, I am in the dark about the 15000th song. 🙂 . Sudhir Jee has taken it upon himself to upload a rare (not yet available online) rare song for this occasion. So the song link as well as lyrics of the song, plus introduction of the song will be by him. He had wanted it to be a writeup by me, but seeing that it is he who is uploading this special song and is providing necessary details on the song and the artist, it is only fair that this writeup should be considered a joint write up, just like what was the case during 5000th and 10000th writeups.

Writeup by Sudhir
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As usual, the wait is intensely anticipatory, and the delay appears to be customary. Of course, as last time, the final moment has been hanging on account of yours truly – 🙂 . And the reason is that we have had a difficult time getting to zero in on the song we would like to place at this important milestone today.

Completing 15 centuries (and that too, without a plan) is superlative indeed. Atul ji and I have been in communication to finalize which song to present at this juncture. We checked many different options and criteria, but somehow all of them seemed to be weighing lesser in comparison to the importance of this milestone. The historic discovery that was showcased at the 10K milestone, actually set a benchmark, which is near impossible to match, even though we now have access to a lot more material at hand. But no, this song at 15K surely does not match the spectacular-ity of its 10K counterpart.

We had tried many things again this time. We tried to search for historically important unpublished songs. We tried to trace the significant wanted songs of key artists. We tried our hand at getting multiple combinations together. We had shortlisted some films and songs, which are unheard of. As in, there is no mention of these films in GK or in other similar compilations, but these films, unreleased of course, were actually under production and their songs were recorded. Some of these songs have survived and are available with collectors, albeit not in public domain as yet. That would make them rare, very rare quality. But then we also argued that just because an unreleased film is unknown in public domain, how does that add to its historical significance. So this option was also pulled down in priority. I have access to some of these songs and will bring them out shortly.

For a longest time, both Atul ji and I were in a mood of despair, as we were not able to decide on the song for this occasion. The email exchange then turned towards artists, and the idea of showcasing the creation of a significant historical figure in the Hindi film music arena started to gain strength. The idea developed was to bring into limelight, an important artist whose contributions to Hindi film music has so far gone unsung. As we thought more about it, the idea seemed to get better. We would highlight an artist whom the people have heard about, but probably not much ‘information about’ is not in circulation.

We exchanged notes about some such names, and then we agreed to bring on board, the doyen of Hindi film music directors – Ustad Jhande Khan, as the artist to highlight at this important junction.

Ustad Jhande Khan – the artist whom the other famous luminaries of Hindi film music like Naushad, Ghulam Mohammed, Anil Biswas, Begum Akhtar, Hemant Kumar, Shyam Sunder, Master Nisar – have acknowledged to be their teacher and guru. This teacher of other reputed music directors and singers is himself now a forgotten name. Very little, if any, biographical information is available with any source. As I tried to search for information, I could finally locate only two bio sketches – a filmographic detail available in ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’ by Pankaj Raag, and a brief biography compiled by our friend Javed Hamid, as a chapter in his book on Hindi film music directors – ‘Hindi Filmon Ke Sadabahaar Sangeetkar’. As per Javed Bhai, he was able to procure an article in Urdu on this artist, from a friend in Pakistan. The article appeared in a certain film magazine there, many decades ago.

Not much is known about Ustad Sb’s family background and his early years. He was born in Gujranwala (now in Pakistan). The circumstances by which he came to Bombay are not known. But it is known that he came to Bombay at a young age. He was already exposed to classical music and was adept at playing many instruments like saarangi and harmonium. In Bombay, he learnt more and polished his skills at the feet of masters like Ustad Chhajju Khan, Naazir Khan and Khadim Hussain Khan Sahib.

His first foray into creating music was theatre. He was associated with Agha Hashr Kashmiri for a long time. In days prior to talkie films, theatre was a popular and a powerful medium. The major theatre establishments would employ full time music directors and musicians for creating and performing music for stage dramas. That music has been such an important ingredient of the life and culture of this subcontinent, can be gauged from this fact that the popular theatre movements across the nation mostly depended on musicals and song enriched dramas. Ustad Sb was associated with Jubilee Theatre, Alfred Theatre and Parsi Alfred Theatre. It was a time when the dialogues and songs of stage dramas were released on gramophone records. Quite a few such record sets are still available with collectors. Special mention to be made of the stage drama ‘Mahabharat’. The dialogue and song record set of this drama became very popular. The music was composed by Ustad Sb. Then, in the famous stage play ‘Dilfarosh’, a song composed by Ustad Sb – “Dil e Nadaan Ko Hum Samjhaaye Jaayenge” became very popular with the theatre going public. And here, we are not yet in the era of talkie films.

With the advent of talkies, Ustad Sb made a natural transition to films and film music. He joined Ranjeet Studios, and became their premier music director. The 1931 film ‘Devi Devyani’ was the first film for which Ustad Sb composed 17 songs. In 1932, Ranjeet produced a very successful comedy film ‘Chaar Chakram’, starring E Billimoria, Ishwar Lal, Keki Adajania, Miss Shanta, Miss Kamla and the comedy team of Ghori and Dixit. Ustad Sb composed 7 songs for this film, which all became very popular.

Ustad Sb composed music for about fourteen films for Ranjeet Studios between 1931 and 1936. In 1935, he also started working independently for other production houses like Ajanta Cinetone, Daryani Productions, Amrit Films etc. His complete body of work would be less than 25 films. Sadly, majority of his creations are lost or are untraceable at present.

His most famous and popular film is considered to be Kedar Sharma’s ‘Chitralekha’ from 1941. Based on the novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma, the film has 10 songs. The song “Tum Jaao Bade Bhagwan Baney, Insan Bano To Jaanen” became very popular in its time. When Kedar Sharma recreated this film in 1964, this song served as the inspiration for the popular Lata song “Sansaar Se Bhaage Phirte Ho Bhagwaan Ko Tum Kyaa Paaoge”. A very interesting small anecdote about the music of this 1941 film. after completing the composition of all the songs, one day in the morning, Ustad Sb went to see his friend ZA Bukhari, who was a director at All India Radio, Bombay at that time. Excited and nervous like a small child, he conveyed to his friend – that a peculiar thing has inadvertently happened, and that he has not done it on purpose, and did not realize that it was so. His friend inquired as to what has happened. Ustad Sb sheepishly confessed that all the songs of the film have gotten composed in a single Raag; and requested ZA Bukhari to accompany him to the studio. Together they came to the studio and Ustad Sb played the different songs for his friend. It was a wonder that all the songs had become amenable to composition in Raag Bhairavi.

Ustad Sb continued to work into the mid 1940s. In 1943 came the film ‘Shahenshah Akbar’ for which he had composed 14 songs. In the same period he also composed 12 songs for a film titled ‘Jeevan Ka Saaz’. Unfortunately this latter film remained incomplete.

When the partition of India occurred in 1947, Ustad Sb made a choice to migrate to Pakistan, against the advise of his colleagues and friends in the industry. He went back and settled down in his home town – Gujranwala. He would travel often to Lahore to meet the industry people and friends. He also tried to get associated with the radio service in Pakistan, but that did not work out too well. Not a very long time after his migration, he passed away in Gujranwala, on 7th January, 1952.

Ustad Sb was a very reserved personality, so much so that he avoided even being photographed in company of his friends and co-workers. No images of this person have survived, except one photograph that I am able to acquire with the help from my friend, Javed Hamid. This is the photo that I have used in creating the online video file for this song.

Now, coming to this song. This song has two very peculiar and interesting characteristics. Based so far on the information that I have, this song is written by, and composed by and sung by Ustad Jhande Khan himself. Geet Kosh does not have the singer information. I got the name of the singer from another dear friend, Shri KL Pandey, who has done the monumental work of analyzing the classical raag basis of Hindi film songs. However, there is a little doubt, and another name has also been suggested by my other friend who provided me with the mp3 file of this song. I am awaiting confirmation from two other sources. Meanwhile, in this post I am using the singer name as suggested by KL Pandey ji. If there is a different update confirmed, I will inform the readers and make amends to this post.

Update 22Apr2019: Yes, we do have amendments as far as singer name is concerned. I have inputs from three different collectors. All have informed that the name of the singer is Krishna Rao Chonkar. Now this singer is supposed to have sung other songs in this film also. I specifically asked, and was informed that the name of the singer is not no the gramophone record. So the information is from a different source. That three people concur on this can also mean that all of them are possibly referring to the same source.

The second very interesting thing about this song is also informed by Shri KL Pandey. Of the 17,000+ Hindi film songs that he has analyzed, he has discovered only two songs which are based on Raag Deepak. Raag Deepak is a classical composition that is considered very difficult to render. The interesting thing that Pandey ji has shared is that the so called ‘deepak‘ songs in the the films ‘Tansen’ (1943) – “Diya Jalaao Jagmag Jagmag“, and ‘Sangeet Samrat Tansen’ (1962) – “Deepak Jalaao Jyoti Jagaao“, both these songs are NOT based on Raag Deepak, but are based on Raag Bhoopali.

Update 22Apr2019: The second Hindi film song based on Deepak Raag is “Deepak Kathan Karat. . .” from the film ‘Gaj Gaamini’ from 2000. The song is written by Maya Govind,  music composition is Bhupen Hazaarika, and the singer is Shankar Mahadevan.

So this song being presented today is one of the only two songs so far discovered, which are based on pure Raag Deepak. Listening to this song I am sure you will be able to appreciate the level of difficulty in the rendering of this creation.

And well, yes, Congratulations are due to all, for making to this momentous milestone. I will be following up with another post sharing more about that.

Happy listening and happy journey to all readers and friends on this blog. 🙂

[Ed Note: There a some words that have not been correctly deciphered in the singing. I request other readers and friends to suggest updates to the lyrics. And yes, also to the extended sargam, where I may have made an error in recording it correctly.]

 

Song – Deepak Jo Gaaye So Paaye Gyaan Dhyaan (Shahenshah Akbar) (1943) Singer – Ustad Jhande Khan Krishna Rao Chonkar, Lyrics – Ustad Jhande Khan, MD – Ustad Jhande Khan

Lyrics

deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

sa ga ma pa dha ni sa
sa pa dha pa ga re sa

sa ga pa ma ga ma dha pa
dha pa ma ga ma pa sa
dha pa ma ga ma pa sa
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

jaanat hain re sagre log
deepak hai raag ?? ka
jaanat hain re sagre log
deepak hai raag ?? ka
deepak na gaaye sab duniya naa
ye kaam nahin
hai sab ka
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

anginati ko ginati jaan
ginati
aa ginati maane na bhed bhaav
bhed na jaane
agyaan bhajta
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

jaane ?? anjaane ??
vaani ?? vaa se paaye
bhed aarohan avrohan deepak ka
jaane ?? anjaane ??
vaani ?? vaa se paaye
bhed aarohan avrohan deepak ka
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

sa sa sa ni re sa
sa ga sa ga ma pa dha ma pa dha
ma pa ga ma pa dha
sa dha re ni sa
sa dha dha ga re sa
pa dha pa ga ma pa
ga ma pa sa
dha pa ma ma ga ga sa ma dha pa
dha pa ma ga ga
dha ma pa ga re
sa ga ga ma ga re sa dha pa
dha pa ma ga ga ma ma ga re sa
sa ga ma pa dha
sa ga ga ma ga re sa dha pa
dha pa ma ga ga ma ma ga re sa
sa ga ma pa dha
pa pa pa pa ma ma ga ga
dha ma pa ma ga
dha ma pa pa
sa pa pa
dha ma ma
ma ga ga
ga re sa
sa pa pa
dha ma ma
ma ga ga
ga re sa

sa ga ma pa
deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed suran ka

deepak jo gaaye
so paaye
gyaan dhyaan sab bhed . . .
bhed suran ka paaye
deepak gaaye
deepak jo gaaye
bhed suran ka paaye
deepak gaaye
bhed suran ka paaye
deepak gaaye
deep. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

स ग म प ध नि स
स प ध प ग रे स

स ग प न ग म ध प
ध प म ग म प स
ध प म ग म प स
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

जानत हैं रे सगरे लोक
दीपक है राग ?? का
जानत हैं रे सगरे लोक
दीपक है राग ?? का
दीपक न गाये सब दुनिया ना
ये काम नहीं
है सब का
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

अनगिनत को गिनती(??) जान
गिनती(??)
आ गिनती माने ना भेद भाव
भेद ना जाने
अज्ञान भजता
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

जाने ?? अंजाने ??
वाणी ?? वा से पाये
भेद आरोहण अवरोहण दीपक का
जाने ?? अंजाने ??
वाणी ?? वा से पाये
भेद आरोहण अवरोहण दीपक का
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

स स स नि रे स
स ग स ग म प ध म प ध
म प ग म प ध
स ध रे नि स
प ध प ग म प
ग म प स
ध प म म ग ग स म ध प
ध प म ग ग
ध म प ग रे
स ग ग म ग रे स ध प
ध प म ग ग म म ग रे स
स ग म प ध
स ग ग म ग रे स ध प
ध प म ग ग म म ग रे स
स ग म प ध
प प प प म म ग ग
ध म प म ग
ध म प प
स प प
ध म म
म ग ग
ग रे स
स प प
ध म म
म ग ग
ग रे स

स ग म प
दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद सुरन का

दीपक जो गाये
सो पाये
ज्ञान ध्यान सब भेद॰ ॰ ॰
भेद सुरन का पाये
दीपक गाये
भेद सुरन का पाये
दीपक गाये
दीप॰ ॰ ॰


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Blog Day : 3912 Post No. : 14970

Hullo to Atuldom

Today’s song/ post is to wish a Doe-eyed beauty on her birthday. At the when she was a busy movie star – starring in Bengali and Hindi movies – I had no clue about who she was, where she was from etc, and I didn’t care to find as at that stage in my life I was more of a watcher and not researcher. I have started trying to find things about the people who I used to like back then only now and I am amazed by the things I read and see.

So, today’s Bengali beauty was a convent school teacher to start of, who also tried her hand at modelling, participated in the Femina Miss India contest of 1971 and was judged Miss India World 1971. She went on to represent India at the Miss World 1971 and Queen of the Pacific pageant held in Australia where she was 1st runner-up. She also happens to be Anitha Guha’s niece. I am talking of the beautiful Prema Narayan- who made a name for herself playing Dhanno in the Uttam Kumar -Sharmila Tagore starrer “Amanush”. She was mostly cast as a dancer/ vamp or supporting roles with a western touch to her character. We remember her in songs of “Armaan”. “Ponga Pandit” etc as a person whose eyes are full of mischief.

“Barsaat Ki EkRaat” was a Shakti Samanta produced and directed 1981 release. It starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee, Utpal Dutt, Amjad Khan, Abhi Bhattacharya, Prema Narayan, Sujit Kumar, AsitSen etc. Music was by R. D. Burman& Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. Songs were in the voices of Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. This is the 3rd song from the movie on our blog. The first two were posted in October 2009. Here is this “in the villain’s den” “disguise song” (please don’t recognise Amitabh Bachchan) with Prema Narayan and chorus trying to distract Amjad Khan so that sneak into Amjad’s den; probably looking for someone. (can’t remember need to see the movie again for that)

Wishing Prema Narayan good health and good times on her birthday today (4 april 2019).

Editor’s note: This song is the one thousandth song of Anand Bakshi is the blog. It is easily the most low key thousandth song post for an artist in the blog. Anand Bakshi becomes the seventh artist and third lyricist to complete 1000 songs in the blog.


Video

Song-Manchali ho manchali kaun si hai ye gali (Barsaat Ki Ek Raat)(1981) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman
Female chorus
Male chorus
All chorus

Lyrics

manchali ho manchali ho
manchali ho manchali ho
arri o meri chulbuli
ari o meri manchali

ae manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai yeh gali
ae hey manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai yeh gali
ho yeh woh gali hai
yahaan ik baar jo aaya
laut na paaya
tu yahaan se bach ke nikal jaaye
toh qismat teri

haay haay manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai yeh gali
haay haay manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai yeh gali
hoo yeh woh gali hai
yahaan ik baar jo aaya
laut na paaya
tu yahaan se bach ke nikal jaaye
to qismat teri

haay haay manchali o manchali
kaun si hai ye gali

ho o raaz hai ye
raaz bataane ka nahin hai
aane ka hai rasta
jaane ka nahin hai
raaz hai ye raaz
bataane ka nahin hai
aane ka hai rasta
jaane ka nahin hai

arre aisa lage
yeh hai koyi bhool bhulaiya
thhaam le bainyyaan
main jo kahin kho gaya toh
tu bhi toh kho jaayegi
haan manchali ho manchali
ah ha
kaun si hai ye gali
aa ha
manchali ho manchali
ah ha
kaun si hai ye gali

arre aa gaya toh aa gaya
ab jaaoon kahaan main
sar pe kafan baandh ke
aayaa hoon yahaan main
aa gaya toh aa gaya
ab jaoon kahaan main
sar pe kafan baandh ke
aaya hoon yahaan main
chhod de ye zid hai buri
sun mere raaja

bol ri
hosh mein aa jaa
aa gayaa
dil to gayaa
jaan bacha le
aage hai teri marzi ee

ae he manchali o manchali
ah ha
kaun si hai ye gali
aa ha
manchali o manchali
ah ha
kaun si hai ye gali

manchali ho
manchali ho
manchali ho
manchali ho

arre ab kisi ki yaad agar aaye toh aaye
ab yahaan se meri khabar jaaye to jaaye
ab kisi ki yaad agar aaye toh aaye
ab yahaan se meri khabar jaaye to jaaye
phir bhi nikal jaaoonga main pankh lagaa ke
mast hawaa ke
dekh na tu dekhti rah jaayegi duniya saari
hey hey manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
hey yeh woh gali hai
yahaan ik baar jo aaya
laut na paaya
tu yahaan se bach ke nikal jaaye
toh qismat teri ee
manchali main manchali

kaun si hai ye gali
hoo manchali main manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali
manchali ho manchali
kaun si hai ye gali


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.

This is 1000 post on the blog with Hindi lyrics by Sudhir.

Blog Day : 3495 Post No. : 14045

The beautiful ‘अलंकृत’ verses like

गुन गुन गुन गुंजन धुन गूँजे भंवरन की. . .
and
बहे गंध अंध मधु मंद पवन उपवन की. . .

can only come from the thoughts of a poet whose insight into the human emotions and feelings is as deep, as his breadth of the knowledge of vocabulary and the grammar of the language, and then, plus his creativity to weave together the emotions and the words, in a manner that will make the mind pause and think. . . wow.

Remembering Pt Narendra Sharma, poet extraordinaire, on the anniversary of his passing away today (11th February).

The mention of his name, brings to mind first and foremost, that near divine creation of sheer poetry which, combined with the music of Sudhir Phadke, is considered by many as probably the best Hindi film song that best represents the cultural milieu of this sub-continent. Yes, I refer to “Jyoti Kalash Chhalke. . .” – a benchmark creation that has never been bettered. (Film ‘Bhabhi Ki Choodiyaa’, 1961).

And the mind then wanders more to gather such priceless gems as “Kahaan Ud Chalen Hain, Mann Praan Mere” (also from ‘Bhabhi Ki Choodiyaan’), “Saanjh Ki Bela, Panchhi Akela” (from ‘Jwaar Bhaata’, 1944), “Mann Mor Hua Matwaala. . .” and “Naina Deewaane. . .” (both from ‘Afsar’, 1950), “Charan Tumhaare Phool Hamaare” (from ‘Narsinh Avtaar’, 1949),”Wo Chaand Nahin Dil Hai Kisi Deewaane Kaa” and “Hain Kahin Par Shaadmaani Aur Kahin Nashaadiaan” (from ‘Aandhiyaan’, 1952), and on to the likes of “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (from ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, 1978) and “Bhanwre Ne Khilaaya Phool. . .” (from ‘Prem Rog’, 1982). And yes, the theme song of the mega serial ‘Mahabharat’ from 1980s – “Ath Shri Mahabharat Katha. . .”.

Pandit Narendra Sharma was born on 28th February, 1913 in the village Jahaangirpuri, in Bulandshehar district in United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh). He lost his father when he was very young. A true product of a cultured Brahmin family, young Narendra was hardworking, and very serious about his studies. It mattered to him, such that he worked part time during his senior school and college years, to pay for his own education. He passed his high school in first division from Khurja, and did his BA and MA in Hindi from Allahabad University. His budding poetic creativity took strong roots during his college years. His voice was sweet and tempered, and he became a popular and regular invitee at Kavi Sammelans. He also came in touch with other senior contemporaries like Sumitra Nandan Pant and Bhagvati Charan Verma, and his creative endowment blossomed even further.

The years of freedom struggle were ongoing. After his MA, he co-edited a paper with Sumitra Nandan Pant, worked as a scribe and translator for the Congress party at their Swaraj Bhawan office in Allahabad, and continuously published his works in magazines like ‘Madhuri’, ‘Chaand’ and ‘Saraswati’. During the 1942 Quit India movement, he was arrested and spent many months in Deoli jail.

1942-43 was also the time when there was an upheaval in the film industry. Himanshu Rai, the founder of Bomaby Talkies, has passed away in 1940. Devika Rani, his wife, had assumed charge of the studio, but soon, the differences with other stakeholders resulted in two camps within the company to start with, and then a final parting of ways in 1943. ‘Kismet’ – one of the most successful films in the history of Indian cinema, had just been released. Shashadhar Mukherjee decided to opt out of the company. He founded Filmistan Studios, and took away a major part of the talent team at Bombay Talkies. Devika Rani was struggling to keep the company afloat.

One of the creative assets that walked over to the new company with S Mukheree was Kavi Pradeep. Suddenly, Bombay Talkies was without their star poet and songwriter. Devika Rani was looking for an equal or better talent to take over the responsibility of song writing for the studio. The request for a poet’s position also came to Bhagwati Charan Verma.

February seems to be an eventful month for Pt Narendra Sharma. He was born and he passed away in this month. And yes, it was early February that Bhagwati Charan Verma came to visit him at his home in Allahabad. The offer was made, and initially declined. Narendra, then thirty years old, was just fresh out of his imprisonment (on account of participation in Quit India movement). He otherwise had his editing and writing work well settled in the city. He cited unfamiliarity with the film industry, and had neither the experience or the intention of writing songs for films. But as the conversation between the two progressed, it was Verma who eventually was able to prevail upon Narendra to come to Bombay.

On the train journey to Bombay, Narendra tried his hand at composing a ‘film-song’ type poem. He wrote “Ae Vaad e Sabaa Ithlaati Na Aa, Mera Gumcha e Dil To Sookh Gaya”. Ah yes, the curriculum in school and college included Urdu as the second language, and the scholar cum poet was also very familiar with the adab and the intricacies of this language.

On reaching Bombay, an immediate meeting was arranged with Devika Rani. On 17th February, he signed a four year contract with the company, as the resident poet cum lyricist. The film ‘Hamaari Baat’ (1943) was on the studio floors, and Narendra shared the piece he had written in the train. Anil Biswas, the resident music director, liked it so much that he immediately agreed to take it on as one of the songs in the film.
[Ed Note: The GK listing shows this song as written by Wali Sahab. The reference details mentioned above are from the chapter on Pt Narendra Sharma from the book “Hindi Filmon Ke Geetkaar’, authored by Sh. Anil Bhargav of Jaipur.]

Narendra wrote many more songs for this film, to be sung by Suraiya, Parul Ghosh and others, including the song “Baadal Dal Sa Nikal Chala Hai” sung by the music director Anil Biswas himself. Continuing at Bombay Talkies till 1947, he wrote the songs for ‘Chaar Aankhen’ (1944), ‘Jwaar Bhaata’ (1944), and ‘Pratima’ (1945). Interesting to note that he has not written any song for the Bombay Talkies film ‘Milan’ in 1946.

In 1947, once he was free from the company contract, he continued his work as a creative writer, and independently writing songs for films. His very first outing outside of Bombay Talkies is with V Shantaram’s Rajkamal Kala Mandir, for the film ‘Matwaala Shair Ramjoshi’ (1947). The list of songs he wrote for this film are impressive pieces of creative poetry,

  • Sundari Naar Sukumaar Khol Dil Dwaar…
  • Thaath Baat Se Math Mein Baitha…
  • Hey Ruk Kahaan Chali O Chandravadan…
  • Yamuna Tat Par Khelen Hori..
  • Son Bhanwar Ud Jaayega…
  • Dhoop Chhaon Ke Khel-Khel Mein…
  • Maal Gale Mein Daali Hai…

In 1953, he joined Aakaashvaani at Bombay, and was instrumental in the setup of the Vividh Bharti national service. The names of certain remarkable programs like ‘Chhaya Geet’, ‘Chitrahaar’, and ‘Hawa Mahal’ were given by him. He moved to the Delhi station in 1961, and then back to the Bombay station in 1966. His association with films continued over the years, although maybe not as prolific as in the 1940s and 50s. However, we continued to receive many an iconic songs from his pen. I would mention a few more – “Tum Aasha Viswaas Hamaare” (from ‘Subah’, 1982), “Kyon Pyaala Chhalakta Hai” and “Hum Chaahen Ya Na Chaahen” (from ‘Phir Bhi’, 1971).

Films were always his second preoccupation. Pt Narendra Sharma has been a mainstream poet and author in Hindi literature. Over the years, he has published 12 collections of poetry, 10 novels, and an equal number of other books. He holds a very eminent position amongst the Hindi literati in the twentieth century. In 1982, when the Asian Games were held in Delhi, he wrote the welcome song “Ath Swaagatam, Shubh Swaagatam” for the opening ceremonies.

I have picked today’s song from one of his earliest films after the stint with Bombay Talkies. With this song, the 1949 film ‘Sati Ahilya’ makes a debut on our blog. The film was produced under the banner of Kamla Chitra, Bombay and was directed by Vasant Painter. There are seven songs listed for this film. All songs are penned by Pt Narendra Sharma, and the music is composed by VG Bhatkar. Regulars will recall from previous discussions – VG Bhatkar is the same person as Snehal Bhatkar.

The name of the singer is not mentioned. On the record, the name mentioned is Menaka, but to me it sounds as one of the roles in the film, and not the name of a singer. There are other songs in the film that are sung by Kamla Kotnis. I request our more knowledgable readers to please help to identify this singing voice.

This song belongs to the ‘coming of age’ genre. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, the poetic composition and the use of alankars is simply superb. Listen to this oh so imaginatively crafted song, from almost seven decades ago. Enjoy.

 

Song – Ali Jhoom Jhoom Aayi Bela Yauwan Ki  (Sati Ahilya) (1949) Singer – [Unattributed], Lyrics – Pt Narendra Sharma, MD – VG Bhatkar (aka Snehal Bhatkar)

 

Lyrics

ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
gun gun gun gunjan dhun goonje
bhanwaran ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki

tum dekho ji
main naval kali
tum dekho ji
main naval kali
khulte hi palak main gayi chhali
khulte hi palak main gayi chhali
bahey gandh andh madhu mand pavan
upvan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki

mere mann mein aag
tan ang raag
mere mann mein aag
tan ang raag
pag pag par jharta hai paraag
pag pag par jharta hai paraag
nikhri tarunaai arunaai
kan kan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki

mere vikal pran
dekho sujaan
mere vikal pran
dekho sujaan
main madan baan
sehti ajaan
main madan baan
sehti ajaan
kyon sisak sisak gaaun gaahta
khatkan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi bela
yauwan ki
ali jhoom jhoom aayi..ee..ee

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
गुन गुन गुन गुंजन धुन गूँजे
भंवरन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की

तुम देखो जी
मैं नवल कली
तुम देखो जी
मैं नवल कली
खुलते ही पालक मैं छली गई
खुलते ही पालक मैं छली गई
बहे गंध अंध मधु मंद पवन
उपवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की

मेरे मन में आग
तन अंग राग
मेरे मन में आग
तन अंग राग
पग पग पर झरता है पराग
पग पग पर झरता है पराग
निखरी तरुणाई अरुणिया
कण कण की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की

मेरे विकल प्राण
देखो सुजान
मेरे विकल प्राण
देखो सुजान
मैं मदन बाण
सहती अजान
मैं मदन बाण
सहती अजान
क्यों सिसक सिसक गाउँ गाथा
खटकन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की
अली झूम झूम आई बेला
यौवन की


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.

This article is the 14000th song post in the blog.

Blog Day : 3485 Post No. : 14000

Aah, the magical triple zero. There is always quite a long wait to get to a milestone that carries all zeroes in the last three digits. Welcome all, to the fourteenth such milestone. Yes, I hear you say it – it IS getting to be a staggering collection, this ASAD blog. You can pick your time preference, we are on to the

  • 3, 485th day, or
  • at 497 weeks and 6 days, or
  • 114 months and 14 days, or
  • 9 Years, 6 Months and 14 Days

of the continued proliferation of this blog.

Given where we are today, and from when we started, the average posting rate has been a tad over 4 songs a day, 4.0172 to be precise. Or to put it another way, if we were exactly at 4 songs a day, then today we would have been at 13,940, requiring 15 more days to hit the 14K milestone. So we are running marginally faster than 4 songs a day. And today morning, I was just wondering, maybe I should suggest to Atul ji, and maybe we should name this blog as AFSAD, instead of ASAD. OK yes, you guessed it right – Atul-Four-Songs-A-Day. 😀 😀

I am once again reminded of “Gaata Jaaye Banjaara. . .”; the operative phrase here being “Gaata Jaaye” – continues to sing, continuously sings, does not stop singing. . . whichever way you want to put it. Ah yes, continues to sing, and never repeats. Now that has been the amazing wonder sans pareil. If anyone else, any reader has come across at such a consistently prolific web destination on the internet, I would like to know about it. The quality, the content, the sheer volume, the authenticity et al – it is no longer just a matter of curiosity for the web surfers. This is seriously serious stuff, that does not just raise eyebrows in remark-ability, but also in invidious envy. ASAD is the Gold Standard of Hindi film music on the internet. And then some.

As I checked the visitors ticker just now, we just rolled over the count at 10,054,000th visitor today. The average works out to be close to 2,900 visitors per day – wow. इंटरनेट है तो चल जाता है, इतने लोग रोज़ गाना सुनने के लिए घर आने लगें तो॰ ॰ ॰ 😀 😀

And so, a very special milestone, just the fourteenth one over all these 9+ years. And just to see where we have been at the time these 13 previous milestones were breached, here is the list to go with this analysis.

 

Post No. Song Title Film Name Year Post Date D1 D2
1 Miley Na Phool To Kaanton Se Dosti Kar Li Anokhi Raat 1968 19-Jul-08 1 1
1000 Piya Hum Saat Mulk Ka Paani Lootmaar 1980 30-Mar-09 255 255
2000 Dhakdhak Karti Chali Jeewan Ki Rail Re Dilruba 1950 27-Sep-09 182 436
3000 Maa Mujhe Apne Aanchal Mein Chhupaa Le Chhota Bhai 1966 20-Sep-10 359 794
4000 Kyaa Se Kyaa Ho Gayaa Bewafaa Tere Pyaar Mein Guide 1965 13-Jun-11 267 1060
5000 Hamen To Loot Liyaa Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne Al Hi Laal 1958 13-Nov-11 154 1213
6000 Geet Kitne Gaa Chuki Hoon NFS – Asha Bhosle 1960s 23-May-12 193 1405
7000 Falak Se Utre Zameen Pe Taare NFS – Mohammed Rafi 1960s 13-Nov-12 175 1579
8000 Beautiful Baby Of Bombay Ek Phool Chaar Kaante 1960 28-Apr-13 167 1745
9000 Ankhiyan Sang Ankhiyaan Laagi Aaj Badaa Aadmi 1961 13-Nov-13 200 1944
10000 Phul Rahin Belariyaan Dolen Trapped 1931 20-Jul-14 250 2193
11000 Kaam Ki Dhun Mein Hain Rawaan Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan 1962 31-Mar-15 255 2447
12000 Door Desh Se Aane Waale. . . Piya Milenge Gaja Bhaau (Marathi) 1943 20-Apr-16 387 2833
13000 Dil Tumse Lagaaya Kyun Hamne Captain Azaad 1964 4-Mar-17 319 3151
14000 Khayaam Hai Allah Waala Omar Khayyaam 1946 1-Feb-18 335 3485

The above table gives the progression of the ‘K’ milestones, as they have occurred during the journey of our musical bandwagon. The first five columns in this table are self explanatory. The last two columns are titled D1 and D2 (for lack of print space 🙂 ). D1 is the difference of no. of days between the two subsequent ‘K’ milestones. And D2 is the number of days after which we hit a ‘K’ milestone, calculated from the Day-1 i.e. 19th July, 2008. The data contained in this table lends itself to many interesting analyses and observations.

  • The shortest ‘K’ journey was from 4K to 5K – 154 days.
  • The longest ‘K’ journey was from 11K to 12K – 387 days.
  • The average journey from one ‘K’ milestone to the next is 250 days, or just a little over 8 months.
  • Considering a gap of 5000 songs, the fastest run has been from 5K to 10K – only 980 days, with an average of 196 days per K milestone.
    . . it seems that from Nov 2011 to Jul 2014, the blog team had a lot of time on hand 😀 😀
  • Our pace beyond 10K has slowed down considerably, and for good reasons – our journey from 5K to 14K has consumed 1292 days already.

I am sure the regulars and readers will notice more interesting details in this data. I would encourage all to please share more interesting analyses of the above data.

Now a word about these posts themselves.

The 1K post

A very interesting choice that Atul ji made – to bring on a good song, and a rare song, not available till then. The film – ‘Lootmaar’. The posting performance – right about at 255 days, setting the average pace that apparently has been sustained so far. A brief quote from his write up :-

[…] I take this opportunity to thank all my readers whose encouragement (visits, comments etc) have made this blog an important blog for those who want to savour the best songs that Bollywood music world has to offer. I hope that this blog will go from strength to strength and I will be able to add many more thousands of songs to this blog in the times to come.

He did write that he expects the blog to go from “strength to strength” and that he would “. . .add many more thousands of songs […] in the times to come”. So this is one question I would like Atul ji to respond to specifically – was his expectations that we shall reach, where we have reached today, and still going strong??

The 2K post

Atul ji made a very interesting and a very profound start to this post – “Bollywood movies and Indian Railways are two of the major unifying factors for this vast nation of India.” The song is a ‘Rail’ song. Then he goes on to say that he himself can barely believe – to quote – “Yes, believe it or not, this song is the 2000th song of this blog. 2000 songs in 14 months is a barely believable feat even for myself.” And then he closes it requesting for blessings from readers and contributors, and with the hope that the blog continues to go from “strength to strength”.

The 3K post

This post is by Raja ji. And we saw two ‘thousand’ celebrations combined for the first time. It was 3000th song for the blog and it was 1000th song of Lata Mangeshkar. Raja ji opens this post with

“[…]today we mark the 3000th song on this blog. Yes, it is mind-b(l)ogg(l)ing, considering this blog is hardly two years old. That is an average of 4-5 songs every day! That’s an amazing run-rate, especially if you consider how much effort goes into every single song here.”

Yes – ‘bloggling’ – one of the very first new words coined by the team, and contributed to the international effort to enrich the Oxford English Dictionary. 🙂 And then, follows it up with a very interesting and detailed examination of the song itself.
[Ed Note: we have other interesting coinage – gangout, yippeeable, etc. 🙂 ]

The 4K post

The burden of writing this post once again fell on to Raja ji. And this time around, we had a combined ‘thousand’ celebration – the blog milestone plus the 1000th song for Rafi Sb. Raja ji called it the ‘double mega’ celebration. The post, written with apprehension, as per Raja ji himself, is a very interesting read about Rafi Sb. His passion for Rafi Sb’s voice and his singing, and his personal experiences with his songs, clearly shines through the write up.

The 5K post

So far, the ‘K’ milestones were important, but nonetheless, were kind of part of the ongoing journey. By the time we started to feel the proximity of the 5K milestone, things had gotten much warmer. For one, the group of regulars had become a sizeable and a very stable team. And approaching 5K became a beacon milestone that Atul ji started planning well in advance. And what became manifest is probably the longest write up as yet. And that – because three people collaborated to do the write up. One part is penned by Raja ji, writing about the blog history, as he has seen it from day 1. The second part is written by yours truly, and this piece contains a detailed bio sketch and career discussion of the music director Bulo C Rani. The third part is written by Atul ji, in which he talks about the batting line up – a blazing opening stand, a solid middle order, and then a tailender scoring “some runs”. 🙂

The celebration was heightened by the choice of the song – one of the most iconic qawwaali in the history of Hindi film music. Atul ji pointed out that the blog visitor ticker had then recently turned over the 2 million mark; that the blog was being ranked 3rd and 4th in the Google page rankings; and that the daily visitor hits had gone up significantly – almost 7,000 visitors per day sustained for a good period of time. The celebration and the echoes of it in the comments area were a fitting reverberation of a 5K milestone.

An interesting insight that was provided by Atul ji – at the 4700th milestone, he had kind of made a decision to get this qawwaali as the 5K milestone song, along with the 100th song for Bulo C Rani. The problem however was that Bulo C was at 20 songs when the blog touched 4700. As per Atul ji, it was a concentrated and focused effort that brought 79 more Bulo C Rani songs to the blog within the next 300 posts. 🙂

The 6K post

On to the 6th celebration of thousand quotas, we again combined a double mega milestone – 6K for the blog and the thousandth song for Asha Bhosle. The post, written by yours truly, was all about Asha Bhosle, her career, her singing, her accomplishments and honors in the arena of Hindi film music. The journey of the bandwagon was also covered, with the acknowledgement that the visitor ticker had slid past the 3 million mark around the time the 5900th post came up. The song picked for this occasion is a non-film song – a fantastic favorite of all Asha Bhosle fans. And we have a very interesting comment from Raja ji – once again equating to the cricketing world, he likened the pace on the blog with a T20 match. 😀 😀

The 7K post

The occasion was the Diwali celebrations of 2012. The double celebration was getting the 1700th song of Rafi Sb on board. The post came about when the blog was just a few days short of breaching the 4 million visitor’s milestone. And quite specifically I had been saving an fabulous non film song, and a very rare one at that – Rafi Sb’s voice and the song about Diwali.

So the special post about Rafi Sb, the Diwali celebration and the 7K milestone. I would like to quote myself, for the fun of the Magic Box –

“Be that this blog is a Wonderful Bag of Magic. And that makes Atul ji, the Magician. Just close your eyes and imagine – Atulji, wearing a flowing robe with sparkling stars stitched on it, wearing a magicians hat, with a wand in hand. And every time he waves his wand (or clicks the mouse 🙂 ), this Wonderful Bag of Magic is richer with a few more flavors of life. Bringing joy to the lovers of music in all parts of the world.”

The 8K post

The song that I picked for this post is really very very special – the ‘rockingest’ song in the Hindi film history. The discussion included topics such as having viewed this film on Doordarshan as a child, and the ensuing discussion amongst school friends the next day. And that the film had completed its tally of all songs on the blog. The Yippeee terminology had not yet been invented, and we just completed the song list for the film.

A notable thing about this song and the write up was probably the first discussion about the variations in the 78 rpm record and the sound track versions of the song. And quite likely also the first time that both versions of the song were included in the post and the lyrics.

The 9K post

As I was trying to decipher the concept of ‘nine thousand’ itself, I did find something very interesting – a definition of 9000 from the world of anime literature. I include a brief quote from my own write up, telling about what I found out about this multi mega number.

“As Goku powers up in rage, Vegeta senses an explosive increase in his power level and yells: “It’s over nine thousand!”. The phrase immediately caught on and continued to become popular, and the number 9000 soon became adapted as a slang term to describe something or someone of impressive strength.

That is what this blog is now becoming – a thing of impressive size and collection, that is unmatched anywhere on the internet. And by tomorrow, when the next post is uploaded, we can all claim our blog to be “over 9000” – a blog size that cannot be beaten or bettered.”

But the other very interesting thing that is attached to this 9K milestone – in the preceding 2 to 3 weeks the posting activity had gone up significantly, touching 8, 9 or even 10 posts per day. And the reason for the activity was revealed in the write up. Atul ji had observed that the 5K milestone had fallen on the 13th November, and so had the 7K milestone. So in his effort to ensure that the 9K also made it on the same day of the year. We were posting feverishly to get the number on the date. And we did. 🙂

And the musical milestone that was combined was the 2100th song of Rafi Sb. And the song selected for this milestone is really very very special song.

The 10K post

I do not need to reminiscence the circumstances and the content of this post. The event was remarkable just in the fact that almost the entire bandwagon was connected on email and text message, as we waited out the last few hours waiting for the dime to drop. This particular celebration had a massive and an impressive build up. We planned it such that many regular contributors prepared a special post about another member of the bandwagon. And we kind of created a record – the entire set of posts related to the 10K celebrations numbers 63 – wow, that is massive.

The build up was of course very invigorating, and the climax was meant to be a very very special surprise, which was not revealed till the very end of the posting process. In a manner of speaking, the blog changed the history of Hindi film music, by brining on board a song from a film from 1931. Till that time, the acknowledged fact was that the earliest recorded film songs came from 1932. It was just like re-writing the history.

The date for this event fell on 20th July, and Atul ji explained in his part of the writeup on why we missed the 19th July target, which would have coincided with the birth date of the blog.

I quote from Atul ji’s part of the write up

“What had started with the aim of being just another blog has become one of the shining examples of the power of online collaborations which had led to the creation of an amazing collection of authentic information on the topic of HFM.”

And more

“The mark of 10,000 posts is a landmark that takes us to the five figure mark. This figure is a mindboggling figure. I recall that Raja had came to meet me in 2010. The blog then had 4000 songs in it and I has told Raja that I had about 6000 songs with me in all. Both of us had considered that figure to be an enormous figure. And now we are talking of 10,000th post. 🙂 And now we find that we still have lots of songs that have not yet been covered in the blog !”

And I had added my bit as –

“[…] having cracked the 10K target, then the 15K and 20K are going to be relatively minor in comparison, and the next BIG ONE (as they say in surfing) is now going to 25K. Ah well, we are all going to be gainfully occupied for many many years to come. Now that is a BIG thought.”

The 11K post

Just the one case in the entire history of Hindi film music, did we have this solitary opportunity to have a song that exactly was the post number itself. The regulars will know what I am talking about – “Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan”. This song is so tailor made and so one of its kind that it is just once in a lifetime opportunity. And as I mentioned in the write up, Atul ji and I had been saving it for centuries – I mean blog centuries. The write up was a rambling piece about anything related to the number 11, but then I did get round to the song at the end. 🙂  And yes, we did get to have an interesting input from dear Arun ji about the title of the film and the song. Check it out if you missed it earlier.

The 12K post

This was a post that was delayed by an unprecedented three days. I had intiated the post with the comment that the “counter has been stuck at double one triple nine, for three days now. That, I am sure, will have beaten all the records in the books.”

Yet once again, the blog made a significant contribution to writing the history of Hindi film music. There had been many occasions when an animated discussion had happened on ‘Lata Mangeshkar’s first song’. A lot of research and analysis had been done, and the answers have been structured in a few different ways. In this post, we brought up as a first, the first Hindi song of Lata ji, sung in a Marathi film. Once again, a discovery of phenomenal proportions, accompanied by the requisite analysis of all available information, this post yet once again turned out to be a very special post.

The 13K post

Atul ji stepped in to write this 13th episode in the ‘K’ series of our blog. He presented an analysis about the strike rate of each of the 1K interregnums and then presented a very rare song from an obscure film from 1960s. The reason he chose this song was that all artists associated with the song seemed to have worked only in this film, making it a rarest of rare commodities in the annals of Hindi film music.

And that brings us to the 14K milestone.

The special anniversary we wanted to connect it to, has actually passed by yesterday. On account of certain exigencies of work and personal situations, both Atul ji and I were not able to complete all the requirements to have the 14K milestone yesterday i.e. 31st January.

The special post we have today is for the legendary singer of the golden era of Hindi film music. Yes, it is Suraiya, whose passing away anniversary was yesterday.

For this occasion, I have dug out another music piece which can be classified as rarest of the rare and heretofore considered lost. Regular folks with easily recall the 1946 film ‘Omar Khayyaam’. The film has seven songs listed in the Geet Kosh. Three of these songs are sung by Saigal Sb, and the same have already been showcased on the blog. The remaining four songs are all in the voice of Suraiya, and sadly enough all of them are unavailable anywhere as yet.

But that situation changed a while back. One of my collector friends shared with me one of these four songs, in audio. And I have been planning a write up, waiting for such one momentous occasion to bring it to the attention of the music lovers. I communicated with Atul ji and we decided that we shall bring it up as the song for the 14K milestone. This discovery is of momentous proportions, meriting a milestone of this size. And so we were working towards getting this posted on 31st January. But circumstances intervened and now we are posting it a day late.

In any case, an additional windfall that happened in the interim is that another friend sent me another link from the YouTube. As I checked it out, it almost was heartbeat stopping experience. The song that I was planning to post as audio, the video of the same has also been uploaded online. This discovery has significant implications, the most important being the fact that the film ‘Omar Khayyaam’ is available in the public domain and needs to be traced.

The real beauty of the find is to see Suraiya perform this song  -“Khayyaam Hai Allah Waala”. It is a dance song in the presence of an audience that does not seem to be a king’s court. However, the dancer, Suraiya and the accompanying ladies appears to be dressed up for a royal performance. The video clip is a little less than one and a half minutes. The audio clip that I have seems to be prepared from the same video clip.

The massive milestone today also merits congratulations all around. Of course, Atul ji’s indefatigable devotion to this task, and the commendable team work of the group of contributors are the bulwark strength of this blog and its exemplary achievements across the board.

And now, it is just another 1000 posts to go for the major 15K milestone. That is very definitely reachable now. 🙂

 

Song – Khayaam Hai Allah Waala  (Omar Khayaam) (1946) Singer – Suraiya, Lyrics – Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri, MD – Lal Mohammed

Lyrics

khayaam hai allah waala
khayaam hai allah waala
matwaala allah hoo
jeena
aur jee kar peena..aa..aa
jeena
aur jee kar peena..aa..aa
peena
aur pee kar jeena
peena
aur pee kar jeena

maikhaana allah hoo ka
maikhaana allah hoo ka
aur pyaala allah hoo
allah hoo
allah hoo
allah hoo

ye mast hawaaein aayin
ye mast hawaaein aayin
rehmat ki ghataayen chhaain
rehmat ki ghataayen chhaain
mai ishq e khuda ki lekar
mai ishq e khuda ki lekar
jannat se hooren aayin
jannat se hooren aayin
gardish mein aa kar boley
gardish mein aa kar boley
khud pyaala allaah hoo
allah hoo
allah hoo
allah hoo

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————
खैयाम है अल्लाह वाला
खैयाम है अल्लाह वाला
मतवाला अल्लाह हू
जीना
और जी कर पीना॰॰आ॰॰आ
जीना
और जी कर पीना॰॰आ॰॰आ
पीना
और पी कर जीना
पीना
और पी कर जीना

मैखाना अल्लाह हू का
मैखाना अल्लाह हू का
और प्याला अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू

ये मस्त हवाएँ आईं
ये मस्त हवाएँ आईं
रहमत की घटाएँ छाईं
रहमत की घटाएँ छाईं
मय इश्क़ ए खुदा की लेकर
मय इश्क़ ए खुदा की लेकर
जन्नत से हूरें आईं
जन्नत से हूरें आईं
गर्दिश में आ कर बोले
गर्दिश में आ कर बोले
खुद प्याला अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू
अल्लाह हू


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. This is the 13700th post for the blog and 1000th post as a lyricist for Rajinder Krishan

Century posts in this blog are quite frequent. There have been 136 such centuries already as far songs in the blog are concerned. We also have centuries by artists (quite frequent) as well as by contributors (a bit less frequent).

Thousandth post, whether they are for the blog, or the artists or the contributors are quite rare though. There have been only 13 such occasions for the blog. Only five artists and two contributors have completed their set of thousand posts in the blog.
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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.

This post celebrates the 1000th song of Majrooh Sultanpuri on our blog.

rok sakta hamen zindaan e balaa kya majrooh
hum to awaaz hain deewaaron se chhan jaate hain

Powerful lines, written while he was in prison – no, not under the British rule; that happened back in 1946-47. This was a second time he was imprisoned c1950-51, under the regime of a free India. A poet with leftist leanings, his progressive writings were considered a threat by the British regime (which is understandable), and also considered a threat by then government of Morarji Desai (in Bombay). A song titled ‘Aman Ka Jhanda’ was sung at a meeting of poor labor class workers in the Parel area. Being the author, and the on stage presenter of this song, drew the ire of the establishment, and arrest warrants were issued in his name. He was arrested after being underground for some time, and sentenced to one year imprisonment. Morarji Desai suggested that he may render an apology for his writings, and he would be a free man. In response, the young revolutionary poet wrote this couplet.

rok sakta hamen zindaan e balaa kya majrooh
hum to awaaz hain deewaaron se chhan jaate hain

No walls of a prison
No tyranny of a jailer
Has the power to bind me
I am the voice (of conscience)
That permeates through
The walls of confinement
[Note: zindaan = jailer]

Remembering Majrooh Sb on the 98th anniversary of his birth today (1st October).
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