Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Archive for the ‘Songs of 1940s (1941 to 1950)’ Category


This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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.

Lata’s Songs NOT YET covered on our Blog – 17
————————————————
Meri Kahaani, was produced by Super Team Federal Productions, Bombay and directed by Keki Mistri. It had star-cast consisting of Surendra, Munavvar Sultana, Pratima Devi, Sanobar, Leela Kumari, Ramesh Sinha, Bhudo Advani, Santosh Kumar, Murad Khan, Vaskar etc.

There were four lyrics writers viz Nakhshab, Anjum Pilibhiti, Wahid Qureshi and Zia Sarhadi. Music was created by Datta Korgaonkar.

According to HFGK, there were 10 songs and two out of them were by our Lata Mangeshkar. Two songs from this film are already discussed and this one will be the third-one. One more Lata solo to follow, in my this series, Hari Ichchha permitting.


Song–Dil Waalon Dilon Ka Mel (Meri Kahaani) (1948) Singer –Lata, Lyrics– Wahid Qureshi, MD– K Datta

Lyrics

dilwaalon
dilwaalon
dilon ka mel
dilon ka khel hai kitna pyara aa aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
dilwaalon dilon ka mel
dilon ka khel
hai kitna pyaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara

jab tum se judaa ham hote thhe
dukh hansta thha ham rote thhe
jab tum se judaa ham hote thhe
dukh hansta thha ham rote thhe
tab ulfat karti thhi yeh hamen ishaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
tab ulfat karti thhi yeh hamen ishaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
dilwaalon dilon ka mel
dilon ka khel
hai kitna pyara
woh jeet gaya jo haara
woh jeet gaya jo haara

sapne mein jab tum aate thhe
tum neend chura le jaate thhe
haan haan haan haan aan aan
sapne mein jab tum aate thhe
tum neend chura le jaate thhe
yeh keh kar hamne dil ko diya sahaara aa
who jeet gaya jo haara
yeh keh kar hamne dil ko diya sahaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
dilwaalon dilon ka mel
dilon ka khel
hai kitna pyaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
woh jeet gaya jo haara

toofaan mein naiya chhodi thhi
bichhde thhe aas na todi thhi
toofaan mein naiya chhodi thhi
bichhde the aas na todi thi
kismet ne lekin ? ? ?
who jeet gaya jo haara
kismet ne lekin ? ? ?
woh jeet gaya jo haara
dilwaalon
dilwaalon
dilon ka mel
dilon ka khel
hai kitna pyaara aa
woh jeet gaya jo haara
woh jeet gaya jo haara

Advertisements

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.

“Chaandni” (1942) was a Ranjit Production movie. It was directed by Jayant Desai. This movie had Ishwarlal and Khursheed in lead roles, with Dixit, Kesri, Noorjahaan, Rajkumari Shukla, Tarabai, Baby Kamla etc also there in support roles.

The movie had seven songs in it. Four songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Chaandni” (1942) to appear in the blog. This song is a lullaby song which is sung by Khursheed Bano. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khemchand Prakash.

Only the audio of this song is available but it is clear that the song was picturised on Khursheed Bano herself, with Baby Kamla being the munni mentioned in the song.


Song-Nindiya jhulaawe meri munni ko sulaawe (Chaandni)(1942) Singer-Khursheed Bano, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Khemchand Prakash

Lyrics

nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave

pyaari-pyaari meethi-meethi loriyaan sunaave maa
loriyaan sunaave
pyaari-pyaari meethi-meethi loriyaan sunaave maa
loriyaan sunaave
nindiya jhulaave meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave

munni meri rove
meri raat andheri haaye
munni meri rove
meri raat andheri haaye
munni meri hans de
mera din chadh aave haan
din chadh aave
munni meri hans de
mera din chadh aave haan
din chadh aave

tere sulaane ko aayi saagar se mast hawaa
tere sulaane ko aayi saagar se mast hawaa
peepal ke patve leke jhunjhunu bajaave ha
jhunjhunu bajaave
peepal ke patve leke jhunjhunu bajaave ha
jhunjhunu bajaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave


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.

“Jawaab”(1942) was produced and directed by P C Barua for M P Production, Calcutta. The movie had P C Barua, Kanan Devi, Jamuna, Ahindra Chaudhary, Devbala, Zahar Ganguly, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tandon, Bikram Kapoor etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Nine songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the tenth and final song from “Jawaab”(1942) to appear in the blog. This light hearted song is sung by Ranjit Roy and it is picturised on himself. Bekal is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kamal Dasgupta. Ranjit Roy appears to be a fore runner of a comic actor-singer like say Kishore Kumar.

With this song, “Jawaab”(1942) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Aaj sasur ghar jaibe re Bhikhu (Jawaab)(1942) Singer-Ranjit Roy, Lyrics-Bekal, MD-Kamal Dasgupta

Lyrics

Aaj sasur ghar jaibe
Aaj sasur ghar jaibe re bhikhu
Aaj sasur ghar jaibe
sundar mukhda
haha
sundar mukhda dekh joru ka
daal paraatha khaibe re bhikhu
daal paraatha khaibe re bhikhu
daal paraatha khaibe
hahahahah

joru more man ko lubhaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
hehehehehe
ooyoy oy
hoho hoy
hi hi hi
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
aaha
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
joru
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
hi hi hi hi
hahahaaha

uski chhapariya roz sawere
samjhe
kauwaa bole kaanv kaanv
hahaha
jisko sunke joru hamri
hamen bulaawe aaw aaw
hamen bulaawe aaw aaw
aayo aayo

Bhikhu ke angna
samjhe bhai
Bhikhu ke angna
bole ghughu
to joruwa rowe
oo
sookhe thhal mein machhli jaise
tadap tadap rah jaaye
samjhe bhai
tadap tadap rah jaaye
nainon mein jal le chal bhikhu
nainon mein jal le chal bhikhu
jal bin wo mar jaaye re buddhu
jal bin wo mar jaaye
ae ae ae ae ae

magar
magar
magar
ae sundar saadi daiho
chamke jiska suit
aisa sundar saadi daiho
chamke jiska suit
haath mein saadi chal re bhikhu aur paanv mein boot
haath mein saadi chal re bhikhu aur paanv mein boot
ha ha ha

laad ke maine jaiho tattuu
dekh mujhe wo hoihe lattoo
laad ke maine jaiho tattuu
dekh mujhe wo hoihe lattoo
laila jaisa pyaar dikhaibe
laila jaisa pyaar dikhaibe
majnu mohe banaibe banaibe
majnu mohe banaibe banaibe
majnu mohe banaibe
hahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahaha
a a a a a
sasur ghar
sasur ghar


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.

“Bade Nawaab Sahab”(1944) was directed by Vedi for Silver Films, Bombay. This “social” movie had Chandramohan, Pahadi Sanyal, Kumar, Pramila, Bibbo, Sushil Kumar, Shanta Patel, Leela Mishra, Kamla, Taj Mahmooda, Noor, Noor Begam, Laddan, Agha Jaan, Ghori etc in it.

This forgotten movie had ten obscure songs in it.

Here is the first song from “Bade Nawaab Sahab”(1944) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki. Shams Lucknowi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bashir Dehalvi.

Only the audio of this song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.

I am not sure about some words in the lyrics. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections in the lyrics as applicable.

With this song, “Bade Nawaab Sahab”(1944) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Paas tum ho to dil ko qaraar hai (Bade Nawaab Saahab)(1944) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Shams Lucknowi, MD-Bashir Dehalwi

Lyrics

paas tum ho to dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
paas tum ho to dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
haan meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
haan haan meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
paas tum ho to dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai

dil ke tukde mile jo baa-ijjat
dil ke tukade mile jo baa-ijjat
aisi inaamat ke sadke hai daulat
dil ke tukde mile jo baa-ijjat
aisi inamat ke sadke hai daulat
har ghadi shurkr e parwardigaar hai
har ghadi shurkr e parwardigaar hai
meri duniya mein
haan meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
paas tum ho to, dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai

ho mubaarak ameeron ko gahne
ho mubaarak ameeron ko gahne
ho mubaarak ameeron ko gahne
ho mubaarak ameeron ko gahne
naak mein til(?) tinke ki pahne
naak me til(?) tinke ki pahne
bas suhaagan ka itna singaar hai
bas suhaagan ka itna singaar hai
meri duniya mein
haan meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
haan haan meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
paas tum ho to dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai
paas tum ho to dil ko karaar hai
meri duniya mein hardam bahaar hai


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.

“Jawaab”(1942) was produced and directed by P C Barua for M P Production, Calcutta. The movie had P C Barua, Kanan Devi, Jamuna, Ahindra Chaudhary, devbala, Zahar Ganguly, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tandon, Bikram Kapoor etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Eight songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the ninth song from “Jawaab”(1942) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Ranjit Ray and Anima Dasgupta. Pt Madhur is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kamal Dasgupta.

One comment in the comment section of this link mentions that the picturised version had the voice of Kanan Devi instead of Anima Dasgupta.

PS-I have been able to locate the video of the song now. The video version is sung by Ranjit Roy and Kanan Devi and it is picturuised on themselves.

With this song, nine songs from the movie have been covered in the blog. The tenth and final song-“aaj sasur ghar jaibe re Bhikhu”- does not seem to be available. So unless this song becomes available, this song will remain the last song from “Jawaab”(1942) to be covered in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Rona hai bekaar pagli (Jawaab)(1942) Singers-Ranjit Roy, Anima Dasgupta, Lyrics-Pt Madhur, MD-Kamal DasGupta

Lyrics

ronaa hai bekaar pagli
ronaa hai bekaar
ronaa hai bekaar pagli
ronaa hai bekaar
apne man ki baat chhupaati
kuchh poochho aur kuchh batlaati
par ye nainaa keh dete hain
par ye nainaa keh dete hain
jeet huyi yaa haar pagli
jeet huyi yaa haar pagli
jeet huyi yaa haar

are sharaabhi
o hushiyaar
nashe mein kar di khaali botal
aur duniyaa ko kehtaa paagal
nashe me kar di khaali botal
aur duniyaa ko kehtaa paagal
kyun kar man ke geet sunaaye
kyun kar
kyun kar man ke geet sunaaye
toot gayaa sitaar sharaabi
toot gayaa sitaar sharaabi
toot gayaa sitaar

maanaa ki main hoon diwaanaa
magar tujhe bhi hai pahchaanaa
deewaane se deewaane ki
deewaane se deewaane ki
ye kaisi takraar pagli
ye kaisi takraar pagli
ye kaisi takraar

haan-haan
haan-haan ham donon deewaane
haan-haan
haan-haan ham donon diwaane
gaayen paagalpan ke gaane
gaayen paagalpan ke gaane
yahi nashaa pahunchaa detaa hai
yahi nashaa pahunchaa detaa hai
premi ko us paar sharaabi
premi ko us paar sharaabi
premi ko us paar


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is from the film Panna-44. All the songs of this film were sung by Shamshad Begum for the film version, whereas records were issued in the voice of Rajkumari. The Blog already has 5 of the 8 songs posted. This is the 6th song from the film to appear in the blog.

Panna or Panna Daai is a famous name in Indian History. Panna Dai was a 16th-century nursemaid to Uday singh II, the fourth son of Maharana Sangram Singh. Her name, Panna means Emerald, and dai means a nurse in Hindi language. She had been given charge of young Udai Singh, breastfeeding him virtually from his birth in 1522, along with her own son Chandan (also known as Moti), who was of similar age and Udai’s playmate. When Udai Singh was attacked by his uncle Bbhanvir, Panna Dai sacrificed the life of her own son Chandan in order to save the life of Udai Singh.

However the title of this film Panna-44 is very misleading, because it is neither a Historical film nor a tear jerking social film. This was perhaps the First film of its kind- a spy thriller based on the story of Mata Hari ( appropriately Indianised ), the famous and mysterious Dutch female spy of the first World War. Mata Hari or Margaretta Zelle (7-8-1876 to 15-10-1917 ) was spying for Germany in France. She was caught and executed by firing squad in a Paris jail.

Those were the Second World War days and it was compulsory for the film makers to make at least one film on war propaganda, to qualify for the allotment of Raw Film at controlled rate. This film Panna-44 had the back ground of war propaganda. At the same time, it was a spy thriller, in which the Hero Jairaj-a CID Inspector puts up Geeta Nizami as a dancer on the road and stage ( paving way to songs and dances) and tries to get the details of enemy spies. Between them the Magic Password is Panna, hence the film name ! In the end when all the enemy spy network is busted the Hero and the Heroine get united.

Panna-44 was a film in which the Heroine Geeta Nizami made her Debut as a Heroine. Geeta’s original name was Rasheeda Begum. Initially, she took the name of Mohni, but after realising that there was another actress Mohna, already in films, she became Geeta and added Nizami to it. Another actress having such a Hybrid name was Mumtaz Shanti, in the same period.

In her first film Mann ki jeet-44, she acted and had a song and dance. The song was ” More jubna ka dekho ubhar ” sung by Zohrabai,written by Josh Malihabadi and composed by S.K.Pal. The dance Geeta did on this song was very sexy. She was shown emerging from a blooming Lotus and at that time she did such provocative actions that soon the song became the talk of the town. The then Bombay Government,led by Morarji Desai, promptly banned the song, but in the rest of India the song became very popular.

Geeta Nizami could not continue as a Heroine in films. She was lead actress in only one more film- Room No.9 (1946). The reason why she did not get more roles as a Heroine has been mentioned in a book by a well known author. According to this author, Geeta took a bath only once a week, smelt horribly and her head was full of Lice. No actor was ready to do a close up scene with her. ( I remember another actress of the early 60s- Kalpana, with same reputation. Shammi Kapoor was on record saying that Kalpana smelt very foul as she probably took bath only once a month. He had refused to work again with her in any film, after Professor-62.)

Geeta Nizami did just 13 films. Her last film was Ek tha Ladka-51. After this she migrated to Pakistan, got married and spent rest of her life as a housewife. She died on 28-4-2008.

The Music Director of this film was Mohd. Amir ali, who was the assistant to senior MD Rasheed Attre. In one interview, Rasheed Atre had said that he had composed almost all the songs, as a help to Amir Ali, who made his Debut as an independent music director with this film. Unfortunately, he died before the release of the film. The credits of the film mentioned his name as ” Late Amir Ali “.

Film Panna-44 was directed by Najam Naqvi. He was born on 11-4-1913, at Moradabad in U.P. His real name was Syed Najmul Hasan Naqvi. He was one of the ” Same Name Confusion ” artistes. He worked with Bombay Talkies as an assistant and as a Continuity Man. The star pair of Bombay Talkies film ” Jawani ki Hawa ” -35- Hero Najmul Hasan and Heroine Devika Rani ( wife of the owner-Himanshu Rai ) eloped to Calcutta and there was terrible commotion in the company.

The whole episode of elopement had become a matter of embarrassment for a ‘continuity man’ working in the same studio. His name too was Najmul Hasan. Because of the same name, this innocent chap -who had nothing to do with the elopement drama- had to suffer staring eyes and hush hush whisperings within the studio and the filmi circle.

He was working in Bombay Talkies doing odd jobs-continuity man and even as an actor in ‘Achhut kanya-36’. He was a very hardworking person. After this episode he changed his name to a shorter edition- Najam Naqvi. He worked in the Direction department and his first film as an independent Director was PUNARMILAN-1940.

He went on directing films like Raja Rani-42, Tasveer-43, Naya Tarana-43, Panna-44, Prithwiraj Sanyogita-46, Nateeja-47, Parayee Aag-48, Actress-48, Nirdosh-50, Rangili-52 and last film-Samrat-54.

In 1955, Najam Naqvi migrated to Pakistan and directed 7 films from Kunwari Bewa-56 to Payal Ki Jhankaar-66.
Najam Naqvi died on 26-1-82 at Lahore. Due to same name, many sites including IMDB mix up the filmography of these two artistes.
In today’s song and dance, you can see Geeta Nizami and others. Let us enjoy this Malaniya song, which is sung by Shamshad Begam. The record version of the song, sung by Rajkumari, is not available as of now.


Song- Le lo le lo Malaniya se haar (Panna)(1944) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics- Wali Saheb, MD- M Amir Ali

Lyrics

le lo le lo
malaniya se haar
haan
le lo le lo malaniya se
ghoonghat kaadhe thumak thumak maalan albeli aayi
ghoonghat kaadhe thumak thumak maalan albeli aayi
maalan albeli aayi
maalan albeli aayi
juhi chameli aur champa haaron mein goondh ke laayi
juhi chameli aur champa haaron mein goondh ke laayi
le lo le lo
malaniya se haar
haan
le lo le lo
malaniya se haar

mere phoolon mein raag
haan aan
meri kaliyon mein geet
haaan
mere gajron mein pyaar
mere gajron mein pyaar
mere haaron mein jeet
mere haaron mein jeet
inhen pahne to maan jaaye roothhi hui naar
inhe pahne to
haan inhen pahne to
inhen pahne to maan jaaye roothhi hui naar
le lo le lo
malaniya se haar
haan
le lo le lo
malaniya se haar

chanda ki kirnon mein taare piro ke ae ae
chanda ki
chanda ki kirnon mein taare piro ke
barkha ki rim jhim se
barkha ki rim jhim se
haan haan
kaliyon ko dho ke
main to haaron mein goonth laayi solah singaar
main to haaron mein
haan
main to haaron mein
main to haaron mein
haan main to haaron mein
main to haaron mein goonth laayi solah singaar
le lo le lo
haan haan lelo lelo
hmm hmm
le lo le lo malaniya se haar
haan
le lo le lo malaniya se haar
haan
le lo le lo malaniya se haar


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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is a “Special ” song from film Gulbakavali-47. It is written by Munshi Shefta, the MD was Phiroz Dastoor and the song is sung by Menakabai.

Now let see what is so ‘special’ about this song.

Couple of years back I had written a series of 3 articles of “Same Name Confusions”, in which a total of 15 Cine Artistes causing Same Name Confusions due to their similar names were segregated and the confusion, hopefully, was clarified.

When I had thought of this series, I had made a list of such names. The list consisted of over 30 such names. Important and frequently mistaken identities were selected first and I wrote about them. While doing that series,I know how much hard work I had to do to get the information from different sources and that too after corroborating it several times.

At one time, besides these 15 Same Name personalities, in my list of other artistes,there were at least

4 Raajkumars
6 Gauhars
8 Nalinis
3 Neelams
3 Zohras
2 Meenakshis
2 Madhuris
4 Noorjehans
3 Ameerbais

several Leelas, Khursheeds, Bimlas, Yasmins etc etc etc……

Hindi film industry is an ocean and no wonder, several students have earned their Ph.D.s in studying HF and HFM. I too continue learning new things from this ocean, every now and then.

Same thing happened the other day, when our friend Sadanand Kamath ji sent an email to me asking if Menaka, Menakabai and Menakabai Shirodkar were the same. He also made a fleeting remark about a certain Menaka Devi of Calcutta. Though I sent him the information I had about Menaka, I was wondering about all these Menakas. Thus started my intensive research for information on Menakas.

For almost 10-12 days, I stopped writing any posts on the Blog and I was engrossed in referring to various sources on the Net, various books and old discussions on RMIM etc. I also requested Harish Raghuwanshi ji for information on this subject. Once I got all data, I started dissecting and analysing it, by corroborating them with cross references from several books that I have.

During this process Sadanand ji was encouraging me and discussing this matter with me, raising questions and doubts and making suggestions by mails. After a marathon work of 15 days, finally I compiled all the information ( knowing that I may have to defend all this with references) and wrote down notes on both Menakas. I sent this information to Sadanand ji with a suggestion to him that he can use all this information for his article, since he had obtained a rare song of Menakabai from film Gulbakavali-47.

He, however, magnanimously wrote back to me that ” since you have done so much research on ‘Menakas’, I strongly feel that not me, but you should write the article on this “same Name Confusion” artiste. Please consider my request.” When I politely declined, he wrote back,” having done so much work, it is in the fitness of things that you reconsider to write this article”. Not only this, he also sent me the link for the uploaded song and the song lyrics. After this mail, I simply could not refuse and agreed to write this article.

For the benefit of our readers,I am giving the short Biographies of both the Menakas herewith….

Menaka Devi ( Calcutta)
—————————–
Menaka Devi was born in Varanasi on 23-1-1921. Her mother was a resident of the holy city although her father was from Bengal. She studied upto Matriculation. She could speak fluent English and Hindi, but not much of Bangla, having been raised in Varanasi. Her interest in music and dance took her to Bombay where she starred in a couple of films like Prince Thaksen (1929), Uttara Abhimanyu, Ishwar Ki Maut and others as a child artiste. When the Talkie started she acted and sang in Bhedi Rajkumar-34, Pyara Dushman-35 and Krishna Shishtai – 35.

Reportedly, she met the legendary film director Debaki Bose of Bengal during a train journey and he was so impressed by her that he decided to cast her in the lead role of his next venture in the Hindi version of the bilingual Sonar Sansar (1936 in Bangla and Sunehra Sansar-36 in Hindi) and thus began the illustrious career of Menaka Devi.

Her devotion to work was such that she learnt Bengali, her mother tongue although she was anything but fluent in it having spent all her life till then outside Bengal, so that she could play the same role (that of Alka) in the Bengali version also. Dhiraj Bhattacharya was her first hero on the screen. P.C.Barua, who was on the lookout for a young and fresh face to play Jharna in his forthcoming production Mukti (1937) selected her for both the versions ( Bangla and Hindi) and a flow started whereby she starred in films like Adhikar (1939), Abhigyan (1938), Bardidi (1939 in Bangla and Badi Didi in Hindi), Rajat Jayanti (1940) and others.

She decided to try her luck in Bombay around 1944 and starred in few films there and definitely made her presence felt although playing the second lead most of the time. Kishore Sahu procured her services for Hamari Duniya (1952). She was married to Pannalal Shrivastav and had 1 daughter ( Jaya Ganguly). She turned producer also and this proved her undoing. Both her films as producer, Apna na Huye Apne (No information of this film,probably incomplete) and Jeene Do-48, both starring herself with prominent Bombay stars flopped.

She returned to Calcutta a broken woman and found to her dismay that roles were not coming to her. She joined the MG Enterprise, a drama group of Molina Devi and performed on the stage to continue to live as an actress. She even arranged magic shows along with husband Pannalal Srivastava while small roles came pouring in films like Ekti Raat (1956) and others. The feature that strikes even today while seeing her performance is the spontaneous nature of her acting. Why good roles eluded her is a mystery. She was last seen on the screen in Bhombal Sardar (1983). In all, she acted in 60 films-Bangla and Hindi together.

Her end came on 22-1- 2004 after a prolonged fight not only against poor health but also poverty. Her death was reported only in one Bengali daily although her death news received good coverage on television.

Filmography- Only Hindi
——————————–

Title Place of production Comments
Bhedi Rajkumar-34 in Bombay Acted and sang 1 solo
Pyara Dushman-35 Acted and sang 2 solos
Krishna Shishtai-35 Acted and sang 2 solos
Sunehra Sansar-36 in Calcutta Acted and sang 1 solo
Mukti-37 Acted and sang 1 solo
Abhagin-38 Acted
Badi Didi-39
Sapera-39
Mahakavi kalidas-42
Shrikrishna Arjun yuddha-45 Bombay Acted
Shravan kumar-46
1857-46
Chitod Vijay-47
Jeene Do-48 ” ( produced also)
Hamari Duniya-52
Do Bigha Zamin-53 Calcutta

Menaka/Menakabai / Menakabai Shirodkar ( Bombay )
—————————————————-
Menaka was born in Lahore in or around 1910. She was from a professional singer family and got training in classical singing. The family was originally from Belgaon and her maiden name was Menaka Belgaonkar. Later she was married and became Menaka Shirodkar.
At the age of 23-24 she landed in Bombay to try her luck in films. In those days such girls from singing families used to get into films easily, due to their singing capability. She joined Minerva and sang in their films, starting with Pukar-39,in which she got only one song.
She was more interested in classical singing and hence concentrated on singing more than acting. However, she did act in 5 films, in which she also sang.

After her film Gul Bakavli-47 she devoted her full time in singing and holding jalsas. Soon she became a known figure in singing circles. After marriage she got two daughters. One of them Shobha became famous singer and was known as Shobha Gurtu.
After her singing was over Menakabai Shirodkar-as she came to be known later- retired and settled in Ponda,Goa.
She died on 23-12-2003 at the age of around 93 years.

Filmography-
——————–

Title Comments
Pukar-39 1 solo song
Paak Daman-40 Acting and 3 solos+ 1 Duet
Main Haari-40 1 solo, 2 Duets
Bharosa-40 Acting and 2 solos, 1 Duet
Sikandar-41 1 solo
Ulti Ganga-42 1 solo, 1 Trio
Phir milenge-42 Acting and 3 solos
Prithwi Vallabh-43 2 solos, 2 Duets and 1 Trio
Bhakta Raidas-43 Acting and 1 Duet as Menakabai
Dr. Kumar-44 1 solo
Gul Bakavali-47 Acting and 4 solos, a Duet..all as Menakabai.

( The above article is based on writings of Jyoti prakash Guha ji, Kolkata, Yogesh Yadav ji, Baroda, Dhananjay Naniwadekar ji, U.S.A., of RMIM,Isak Mujawar ji, information received from shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Surat, my notes, IMDB, Muvyz and HFGK. Thanks to all. )

The cast of the film Gulbakavali-47 was Phiroz Dastoor,Rabab,Sanobar,Menaka,Shyam kumar,Jabbar etc. The film was released in Super Cinema,Bombay 0n 9-1-1948. The film had a popular story from the Arabian Nights.Fantasy stories and Fairy tales have been enchanting masses for centuries. This is because everybody wants a magic which will make him happy, seeking a solace in such stories. For several centuries such stories have been invoking the child in a man.

GUL-E-BAKAVALI or the magic flower of the Bakavali Tree is supposed to do many things which are unimaginable. let us see the history of this story which has mesmerised the film producers for many years.

Gul-e-Bakawali is a popular medieval romance in many versions. The seventeenth-century poet Nawazish Khan was perhaps the first to write a Bangla version of Gule Bakawali, a story in verse about the love of Prince Taj ul mulk for the fairy Bakawali. The Sprinter catalogue records an Urdu Gule Bakawali written in verse in 1625. In 1722, Sheikh Izzatullah, a Bengali, wrote a prose version, Taj ul mulk Gule Bakawali, in persian. It is not known on which version Nawazish Khan based his poem.

There were several variant versions of Gule Bakawali, such as the poetic versions by Muhammad Mukim (1760–70), Muhammad Ali, Munsi Ebadat Ali (1840), Umacharan Mitra (1834), and Abdus Shakur, and the prose version by Bijaynath Mukhopadhyaya (1904). Kedarnath Gangopadhyaya wrote a play based on the story in 1978. Ebadat Ali’s Gule Bakawali is a dobhasi puthi.

The story was also popular in Urdu. Thus, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Munshi Nehalchand Lahori wrote a prose version titled Mazhabe Ishq (1803), and Dayashankar Nasim wrote a masnavi (poem) called Gulzare Nasim (1835).

* Gul-e-Bakavali was the first picture with the same subject as Silent film in 1924 directed by Kanjibhai Rathod and produced by Kohinoor flms. It starred Jamna, Khalil, Fatma Begum, Noor Mohamed, Sabita Devi, Sultana, Usha Rani and Zubeida.

* The story was made as Silent film again in 1930 (Starring Vishnu, Gulab .. Dir Mohanlal Shah)

* Gul-e-Bakavali was made as Hindi films five times in 1932 ( starring Ashraf Khan, Zaibunnisa.. Dir Anand Prasad Kapoor), 1947 ( Starring Feroz Dastur, Menaka, Rabab, Sanober..Dir Rustom Modi), 1956 ( starring MG Ramachandran,Varalaxmi, Rajkumari…Dir Ramanna TR), 1963( starring Jairaj, Nishi.. Dir Jugal Kishore) and 1982( starring Feroz Khan , Amjad Khan … Dir Ravi (Kant Nagaich )..

* The story was pictured earlier in Telugu in 1938 with title Gulebakavali directed by Kallakoori Sadasivaravu and starring B. Jayamma. and again pictured as Gulebakavali Katha in 1962 (starring NT Ranarao , Jamuna, Nagaratnam .. Dir Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao)

* There are two Tamil versions, one from mid 30’s by Soundararajan (Tamilnadu Talkies fame!) and another version in 1955 , directed and produced by T. R. Ramanna and starring M. G. Ramachandran, T.R. Rajakumari and G. Varalakshmi…

The earlier Punjabi version was released in 1938 (*Baby Noorjehan , Ajmal , M Isamil … Dir Barkat Mehra) …

In Pakistan the story was pictured in 1961 (Ilyas Kashmiri, Jamila Razzaq .. Dir Munshi Dil .. MD.. Safdar Hussain ).

The story of the film was….

Long long ago a king was blessed with a son to his second wife, but the astrologer had warned him that if he sees his son’s face before he is 28 years, the king will go blind. So the king sends his queen and the new born out of kingdom. They go and settle in a jungle where the prince grows up. His name is Taj ul Mulk (Phiroz Dastur). After 26 years the king and his soldiers are passing through a jungle where this prince is living. By chance the king sees him and suddenly he loses his eyes. He realises that it is his son. The queen also comes there. The Raj jyotishi tells that only the flower of magic tree Bakavali or Gul-e-bakavali can bring back king’s sight. One condition is that only his son should bring it.

The king has 3 sons from his first queen, but they are useless. However they promise the king that they will bring the flower and set out in its search. Taj ul Mulk also goes searching for it.

Once Taj and the three other sons meet and they tie Taj with ropes, loot all his money and leave him like that for jungle animals to eat. The princess of state Bakavali is flying on her magic carpet with her friends, when she sees Taj. They get down and release him. Taj and princess fall in love and immediately sing a song or two to solidify the ties.

The Princess promises Taj to get him the magic Flower. While she is bringing the flower, the 3 evil sons steal it and run away. The princess is turned into a stone statue. When Taj learns about it, he follows the 3 Princes and gets the flower, bring the Princess to Human life and also brings back the King’s site.
All is well that ends well.

The song is sung by Menakabai and according to the book,” Dhunon ki yatra” by Pankaj Raag, the song was composed by Phiroz Dastoor. It is a good song. Let us enjoy it.

With this rare song, “Gul Bakaawli”(1947) makes its debut in the blog.

Audio

Song-Unhen kissa e gham sunaati rahoongi (Gul Bakaawli)(1947) Singer-Menka Bai, Lyrics-Munshi Shefta, MD-Feroz Dastoor

Lyrics(Provided by Sadanand Kamath)

unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi
main rang e mohabbat
main rang e mohabbat
jamaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

main har(?) pe shiqaayat
na laaungi
lab pe
sitam par tere
muskuraati rahoongi
sitam par tere
muskuraati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

main taaron ki chhaaon mein
betaab ho o o kar
teri yaad mein
gungunaati rahoongi
teri yaad mein
gungunaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

wafaaon ko apni
zafaaon ko teri
main ginti rahoongi
wafaaon ko apni
zafaaon ko teri
main ginti rahoongi
ginaati rahoongi
ginaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi


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.

“Bahu”(1955) was produced by Bikram Pahwa and directed by Shakti Samanta for P R Films, Bombay. The movie had Usha Kiran, Karan Dewan, Shashikala, Johny Walker, Bipin Gupta, Pran, Amir Banu, Kamalkant, Uma Devi, Mumtaz Begam, Kundan, Amrit Rana, Kamal Mohan, Bhagwan ji, Mehmood, Dinanath, Rajan Kapoor, Alka, Jugnu, Vijaykumari, Ranjana, Baijnath, Basant Kumar etc and it had guest appearances by Krishnakant and Jagdish Kamal.

The movie had nine songs in it. Eight songs from the movie have been covered in the blog in the past.

Here is the ninth and final song from “Bahu”(1955) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. S H Bihari is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar.

Only the audio of this song is available. The song appears to be a club song. The previous song discussed a few days ago was also a song of the same genre. My guess is that this (and the previous song) may have been picturised on Shashikala. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

With this song, “Bahu”(1955) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Naina chaar kar le (Bahu)(1955) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

naina chaar kar le
zara hamse pyaar kar le
naina chaar kar le
zara hamse pyaar kar le
mausam mazedaar hai
ye dil bekaraar hai
kar le naina chaar

gayi bahaar to phir laut ke na aayegi
gayi bahaar to phir laut ke na aayegi
do din ki hai ye
jawaani beet jaayegi
do din ki hai ye
jawaani beet jaayegi
meri baaton ka zara aitbaar kar le
zara hamse pyaar kar le
mausam mazedaar hai
ye dil bekraar hai
kar le naina chaar

tu chhed koi afsaana
ya aisa geet suhaana
jo dil ke taar hilaa de
ho jaaye mast zamaana
tu chhed koi afsaana
ya aisa geet suhaana
jo dil ke taar hilaa de
ho jaaye mast zamaana
peeta ja
jeeta ja
peeta jaa
jeeta ja
jaam khushi ke bhar le
zara hamse pyaar kar le
mausam mazedaar hai
ye dil bekaraar hai
kar le naina chaar

yoon beet na jaaye raaten
aa kar len do do baaten
hoti hain muqaddar se dekho ye mulaqqaaten
yoon beet na jaaye raaten
aa kar len do do baaten
hoti hain muqaddar se dekho ye mulaqqaaten
aaj ki raat
dil ki baat
aaj ki raat
dil ki baat
mere saath kar le
zara hamse pyaar kar le
mausam mazedaar hai
ye dil bekaraar hai
kar le naina chaar


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.

“Jiyo Raja”(1949) was directed by Nari Ghadiali for Wankalwala Productions, Bombay. This “stunt” movie had Agha, Prakash, Shanta Patel, S Azim, Mumtaz Ali, Munchie, Mustafa, Sheikh, Faqeer Mohammad, Ghulam Rasool, Amir Hussain, Muhammad Sandow, Ismail, Azam, Kadar etc in it.

This obscure movie had ten obscure songs in it.

Here is the first song from “Jiyo Raja”(1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Uma Devi. Rajjan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Nisaar Bazmi.

Only the audio of this song is available. Listening to the song, it becomes clear that the tune of this song is same as that of Uma Devi’s immortal song Afsaana likh rahi hoon dile beqaraar ka” from “Dard”(1949).

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on this movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.

With this song, “Jiyo Raja”(1949) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Kaanon ne jo suna wahi dil ko sunaayenge(Jiyo Raja)(1949) Singer-Uma Devi, Lyrics-Rajjan, MD-Nisaar Bazmi

Lyrics

kaanon ne jo suna
kaanon ne jo suna
wahi dil ko sunaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna
wahi dil ko sunaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna

dil mein chhupa hai
aur nazar se hai door door
dil mein chhupa hai
aur nazar se hai door door
aur nazar se hai door door
usko har ek saans mein
usko har ek saans mein
apni basaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna
wahi dil ko sunaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna

raaton ko uski yaad se
baaten karenge ham
raaton ko uski yaad se
baaten karenge ham
haaye baaten karenge ham
aayega jab wo saamne
aayega jab wo saamne
tab roothh jaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna
wahi dil ko sunaayenge
jo gair thha kabhi
usey apna banaayenge
kaanon ne jo suna


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.

“Intezaar Ke Baad” (1947) was directed by G P Pawar for Pradeep Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Jeewan, Shantarin, Rehman, Husn Ara, Madhav, Kale, Gope, rajkumar, Madhukar Gupte, Shanta Patel, Madan Mohan,Gokhale, Vijaya, Shanta Kumari etc in it.

There were eight songs in this movie.

Here is the first song from “Intezaar Ke Baad” (1947) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Zeenat Begam. Gafil Haarnalwi is the lyricist. Khan Aziz is the music director.

Only the audio of this rare song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.

With this song, “Intezaar Ke Baad” (1947) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Chhup chhup ke na jiya jala (Intezaar Ke Baad)(1947) Singer-Zeenat Begam, Lyrics-Gafil Harnalwi, MD-Khan Aziz

Lyrics

chhup chhup ke na
o o o
chhup chup ke na jiya jala
aa man ki lagi to bujha
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa
chhup chhup ke na
o o o
chhup chhup ke na jiya jala
aa man ki lagi to bujha
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa

aaja tujhe man ki bataaungi batiyaan
batiyaan bataaungi
aaja tujhe man ki bataaungi batiyaan
batiyaan bataaungi
tere paanv tale main bichhaungi ankhiyaan
ankhiyaan bichhaaungi
tere paav tale main bichhaaungi ankhiyaan
ankhiyaan bichhaaungi
nainon mein aan sama
aa man ki kali ko khila
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa
chhup chhup ke na
o o o
chhup chhup ke na jiya jala
aa man ki lagi to bujha
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa

is dil ki kahaani sunaaungi pi ko
pi ko sunaaungi
is dil ki kahaani sunaaungi pi ko
pi ko sunaaungi
roothe huye hain
main manaaungi pi ko
pi ko manaaungi
roothe huye hain
main manaaungi pi ko
pi ko manaaungi
ik prem taraana gaa
preetam ko geet suna
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa
chhup chhup ke na
o o o
chhup chhup ke na jiya jala
aa man ki lagi to bujha
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa

kisko sunaayen pyaar bhari baaten
humko sataati hain taaron bhari raaten
kisko sunaayen pyaar bhari baaten
humko sataati hain taaron bhari raaten
ae dil mujhko batla
ye meetha dard hai kya
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa
chhup chhup ke na
o o o
chhup chhup ke na jiya jala
aa man ki lagi to bujha
o roothne waale aaja
na yoon man ko tadpa aa aa


Important Announcement

(© 2008 - 2017) atulsongaday.me The content of this site is copyrighted and it may not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent from the site/ author of the content.

What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where "new" songs are added every day, and that has been the case for more than eight years. This blog has more than 12900 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 3000 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Total number of songs posts discussed

12933

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =900 Total Number of movies covered =3633

Total visits so far

  • 8,981,651 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,044 other followers

Like us at Facebook

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share

Category of songs

Archives

Current Visitors

visitors whereabouts

blogcatalog

Music Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

blogadda

Stumble

Historical dates

Blog Start date: 19 july 2008 Active for 3000 days.
%d bloggers like this: