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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 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

———————————————————
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

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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 marks the 1000th song contribution by Prakashchandra in the blog.

We in this blog have nearly thirty odd people, may be a little more, who could be called blog regulars. They visit the blog regularly, comment on it regularly and they are contributors to the blog as well, in one way or the other.

I have met a few blog regulars over the years and I have interacted with several others on phone, e mail, whatsapp etc. Blog regulars too have met each other either personally or on whatsapp, facebook, email, phone etc. We these days have get togethers of regulars which we call “gangout”, which is a word of our own making. Nearly a dozen gangouts of blog regulars have already taken place so far.
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