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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 If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of, then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws

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Today’s song is not only from an unknown and very obscure film, it is also a 84 year old film and the song too is that old. May be that is the reason why even its Lyricist, the Music Director, the Heroine and most of the cast members are all unknown. Maybe because it was made in Lahore, the local actors must have been taken in and so they are not much known or heard about. This is precisely the reason why I chose a song from this film. This gives me an opportunity to dig up information from various new sources, which may not be so common and available to most people. Even otherwise very few people take so much effort to get desired information. It took me several days to gather information about the MD, the Lyricist and the Heroine, but I am glad that at the end I have something to offer to our readers, which may be rare and difficult to find.

Film Prem Yatra-1937, the film in discussion, was made by New orient Films at Lahore. This social film was directed by Profulla Roy. Prafulla Roy ( Born on 1-1-1892 at Kushtia, Bengal) started his career in the silent era by directing 2 silent films. His first talkie film in Hindi was Ramayan-34, made by Bharat laxmi Pictures, Calcutta. Bharat Laxmi Pictures had Prafull Roy as its director for Bangla and Hindi films. Roy directed 12 films in Hindi. 9 out of them were made in Calcutta, 1 film in Lahore (Prem yatra-37) and 2 in Bombay (Mera Gaon-42 and Phulwari-51). Roy had also acted in 2 New Theatres films, namely Millionaire-36 and Mukti-37.

All the 10 songs of this film were written by Haqim Ahamed Shuja. Music Director was Q.S.Zahoor and the cast of the film was Umrazia Begum, Riyasat Wasti, Mirza Musharraf, Miya Lateef, Miss Billo, Mujammil Khurshid, Kamla, Miss MUbarak, Zia Miya, K.H.Rehman and Vidya Devi.

I had heard and read about Umrazia Begum that she was the wife of MD Ghulam Haider and that their one son had become Lt. General in the Pakistan Army. Beyond this, I had not thought much about her. When I decided to write on her song, I needed more information about her. There are 6 songs sung by Umrazia Begum on this Blog but I could not find her information in any post. The problem with the professional singers (read Tawaifs) is that their details are usually not available. Starting with their dates of Birth, education etc are not recorded anywhere. I found it extremely difficult to get some information about her. However, I searched and searched and finally in one of the discussions on RMIM, somewhere in 94-96, I got some information. So, here is what I have about her, for our readers first time…

Here is some information on Umrazia Begum.This may not be available elsewhere. A singing- star by the name of Umrao Zia Begum was the talk of the town of Lahore, in those exciting times. In fact, she was more renowned for her melodious voice than as a film actress. Further, she earned the title of ‘Bulbul Hazaar Dastaan’ from the music buffs.

Ghulam Haider composed music for Umrao Zia Begum and recorded songs and ghazals in her voice. Her name appeared on the gramophone records as well. Perhaps Umrao Zia Begum’s greatest achievement was the recitation of one of the most popular Naat ” Mera Salam Leja Woh Jan Lenge Sab Kuch “, composed by Ghulam Haider.

Ghulam Haider debuted as a music composer in a 1935 movie, ‘Swarg ki seedhi’, in which Umrao Zia Begum was also cast in a major role. ‘Swarg ki seedhi’ was released under the banner of National Modi Tone, Lahore and directed by AR Kardar. With the passage of time, Ghulam Haider and Umrao Zia Begum developed immense love and understanding for each other, which reached its peak during the movie shoot of ‘Swarg ki seedhi’. Ghulam Haider, who worked for Pancholi Art pictures at that time, soon married Umrao Zia Begum.

Umrazia Begum acted in 3 films namely, Swarg ki seedhi-1935, Din-O-Duniya-1936 and Prem Yatra-1937. She sang 11 songs in 5 Hindi films namely, Swarg ki Seedhi-35, Prem Yatra-37, Khazanchi-41, Himmat-41 and finally Khandan-42.

After marrying Ghulam Haider, Umrao Zia Begum said farewell to the show business. She was never seen again even in a public gathering. It seems to me that the aphorism below is meant for great people like Umrao Zia Begum. She was not only a great human but an affectionate mother who possessed enormous foresightedness as well. Nothing happens to anybody, which he is not fitted by nature to bear.

Ghulam Haider’s demise on 9th November 1953 happened to be a tremendous setback for his beloved wife, Umrao Zia Begum, who was much younger to her husband. However, she did not lose heart. Instead, she devoted herself wholeheartedly to the upbringing of her children.

She left no stone unturned to provide her children the best possible education available at the time. Consequently, all her children grew up and achieved name and fame in their respective fields.The younger son became Lt. General in the Pakistan Army before retirement. Most importantly, Umrao Zia Begum thanked God to see her relentless efforts come to fruition.

Years later, Umrao Zia Begum breathed her last in the ‘Stork House,’ Bahawalpur, which was the official residence of her younger son, who was the General Officer Commanding in Bahawalpur in those days. She was laid to rest in the Military Graveyard, Cavalry Ground, Lahore.

My second target was the MD Q.S.Zahoor. The name was quite elusive and no references were found anywhere. One day, I accidentally came across a comment on You Tube stating that he was the Ustad of few upcoming singers and I shifted my search towards classical singers. I also came to know that his real name was slightly different ( which actually misled me so far). In the end I found a Pakistani site, in which one music expert Shabaz Ali’s book “Sur Sansar’ was reviewed. In this book, I found some information about Zahoor. So, here we are –

Qazi Zahur Ul Haq was born in 1909 in Rewari, Ambala Division and got his initial education in music from Ragonath Rao Ji, who taught at the Shankar Gandharva Vidyalaya. Rao was the cousin of the famous Krishnarao Pandit. Qazi became associated with India Film Company in 1935, composed music for Prem Yatra, Josh-e-Inteqaam and Neem Shah Dakoo under the name of Q.S. Zahoor.( he may be claiming, but HFGK credits Hari Prasann Das as MD of Josh-e-inteqam-1935 and there is no trace of the third film Neem Shah Dakoo).

In 1942, he became the music director at the All India Radio, arranged an orchestra and made music for many programmes. When he migrated to Pakistan, he started a music academy, Radiant Classical Music Society, at his house in 1950. Among his shagirds have been sitarnawaz Naseeruddin, jaltarangnawaz Abdul Majeed. Qazi, neynawaz Taj Muhammed and Ustad Mehfooz Khokhar.

Later, he started a programme on radio for the purpose of educating listeners on music. This radio programme from Rawalpindi Station continued for about five years and was a source of knowledge to all those interested in music. He also did a programme on television with Abdul Qadir Piyarung, and in that, he sang 72 raags with their arohi, amrohi, vadi samvadi, kheyal bandishes — that is asthai and antara in accordance with the time of their performance.

Qazi Zahoor ul Haq also wrote two books on music, Rehnomai Mausiqi and Mualimul Naghmaat, both published by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts. The former was also translated by him into English with staff notation of hundred raags and a very informative and detailed note on the history and peculiarities of western and our music. But, it could not be published because there was no system to print the staff notation in the country. He could also not avail the offer from foreign embassies to have it printed abroad because he thought that the manuscript would get lost. He also taught music at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts for 10 years from 1979 to 1989.

He died on 4-2-1989.

I could not get any information on the film itself, except that the story and screenplay was also done by Hakeem Ahmed Shuja. With this song by Umrazia Begum, the film Prem Yatra makes its Debut on the Blog.

Song- Aayee badariya barsan ko (Prem Yatra)(1937) Singer- Umrazia Begum, Lyricist- Hakim Ahmed Shuja, MD- Q S Zahoor


Aayee badariya
Aayee badariya barsan ko
tarsat hai mann darshan ko
o o o o
ho o o o
saawan aaaaaya
baadar aaye
baadar aaye
mujh birhan ke pee na aaye
pee ki chinta man kalpaaye
pee ki chinta man kalpaaye
aag lage is barsan ko
aayi badariya

Aayee badariya barsan ko
tarsat hai mann darshan ko
?? mujh dukhiya ke phoote
jag mein bhaag sakhi ??
jag mein bhaag sakhi ??
?? man darshan se
Aayee badariya
Aayee badariya barsan ko
tarsat hai mann darshan ko o

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This song is a rare non-film song rendered by Umaraziya Begum.

Based on the details (erroneous, as we now know them to be), the uploader of this song has listed this as a song of the 1942 film ‘Ek Raat’, sung by Neena. The names of the song writer and the music director are also provided along with this upload.

Our friend Sadanand ji was the first one to raise the doubt about the details of this song. Later, we now have a confirmation from Shri Girdharial ji Vishkarma (of Jodhpur). Girdharilal ji has the original record of this song, as published by Jien – o – Phone company.

As per the details available, this song is sung by Umaraziya Begum. The lyricist of this song is not known. Based on certain other inputs, Girdharilal has provided the input that the music director for this NFS song most likely is Ghulam Haider Sb. As per him, there are many other songs in the voice of Shamshad Begum and Umaraziya Begum, that are  released on Jien O Phone records, and all are composed by Ghulam Haider Sb.

Thanks to Sadanand ji and Girdharilal ji, for identifying the correct information about this song.

“Ek Raat”(1942) was produced and directed by W Z Ahmad for Shalimar Pictures. The movie had Prithviraj Kapoor and Neena in lead roles with Mubarak, K N Singh, Feroza, Gulab, Prakash, Rajkumari Shukla, Bibi etc.

The movie had 8 songs. One song from the movie has been covered in the past.

This movie was the debut movie of Neena (actual name Shahida) who was launched with an unprecedented media blitz and fanfare prior to the release of the movie. Mr Sadanand Kamath, while covering the first song of this movie has discussed this matter in detail.

Here is the second song from “Ek Raat”(1942) to appear in the blog. This rare song, like the earlier song, is sung by Neena. The lyricist of this movie (for 7 out of 8 songs), including for this song, was Pt Indrajeet Sharma, and not Pt Indra, as is erroneously mentioned in most onine sources.

Music was composed by S K Pal.

The song was picturised on Neena herself.

Song-Ye raag papeeha gaata hai (NFS)(1940s) Singer-Umaraziya Begum, Lyrics-[Unattributed], MD-Ghulam Haider


ye ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai

kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
kyun pawan ke kaandhon par moorakh
jeewan ka mahal banaata hai
jeewan ka mahal banaata hai
ik shwaas ka naata hai tera
ik shwaas ka naata hai tera
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai

din ke ujiyaale mein kaliyaan
din ke ujiyaale mein kaliyaan
phool banen aur kumhlaayen
phool banen aur kumhlaayen
raat ke
andhiyaare mein

toot toot kar
toot toot kar
toot toot kar
toot toot kar
kyon on on on on on on
shwaas ke chhal ke aata hai
ye ae ae ae ae ae ae
raag papeeha gaata hai

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