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Blog Day : 4107 Post No. : 15258

“Gunjan” (1948) was a Nalini Production movie. It was directed by V Desai. The movie had Trilok Kapoor, Nalini Jaiwant, David Abraham, Pande, Balraj Sahni, Veena Kumari, Purnima, Narmada Shanker etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. hree of these songs have been covered.

Here is the fourth song from “Gunjan” (1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Nalini Jaiwant. S R Saaz is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ashok Ghosh.

Only the audio of the song is available. It is clear that the song was picturised on Nalini Jaiwant herself who was not only the leading lady of the movie but also the producer of the movie. Nalini Jaiwant is considered an occasional singer but she has sung this song like an accomplished singer. This song is arguably the best of all the Nalini Jaiwant songs that she has sung in HFM.


Song-Jal barsaaye nainwa man mein kaisi aag lagi(Gunjan)(1948) Singer-Nalini Jaiwant, Lyrics-S R Saaz, MD-Ashok Ghosh

Lyrics

aa
jal barsaaye nainwa
man mein kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi
kyun aa gayi jawaani mujhpar
liye dukhon ka haar aar
gaya kahaan wo bhola bachpan
kit gayen laado pyaar
uljhan mein hai jaan phansi
phir ye kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi

aa aa
main samjhi thhi prem kali se
mahak uthhegi kyaari
jaane ekaaek hua kya
kali bani chigaari
hey
ghar ke deepak se ghar jalta hai
dhuaan nikal na paaye
ae
ghut ghut kar marti abla sa
nikle na munh se haay
uljhan mein hai jaan phansi
phir ye kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi
man mein kaisi aag lagi ee
man mein kaisi aag lagi


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Blog Day : 4103 Post No. : 15253

Today’s song is from film Ajamil-1948. This was the maiden venture of Sanskar Chitra, Bombay, of owner Moolraj Kapadiya, who was also the producer of this movie. The film was directed by his close relative-Jamnadas Kapadiya, for whom this was his only film as a director. The film was made in Gujarati and Hindi simultaneously. The story, screenplay and songs for the Gujarati version were by Kavi Prabhulal Dwivedi and for Hindi version it was S P Tripathi, who wrote all the 12 songs of the film. While HFGK mentions name of Dwivedi as the Lyricist, according to Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, the famous Music Historian and Record collector, the records of the songs of Hindi version carry the name of Tripathi. The Music Director of this film was Master Mohan Junior.

In the history of Hindi Cinema, besides the biggest problem of Same name artistes causing confusion, there were many other smaller, but irritating unsolved mysteries like…
1. Who sang the song ” Dilli se aaya bhai Tingu” in film Ek thi ladki-49 ?
2. Who was the artiste who sang on screen,” Hawa mein udta jaaye” from film Barsat-49 ?
3. Who were the composers ” Vasant Ramchandra” ?
4. Are they one person or two – Shyam ji Ghanashyam ji and Hemant Kedar ?
5. Who said ” Yahoo” in film Junglee-64 song ?
6. Who sang ” Leke pehla pehla pyar’ on screen ?
7. Why composers Jaidev and C Ramchandra gave music in different names ?
8. Whose voice is in the ” Mehboob production” ‘s logo ?
9. Who was the artiste in Prabhat’s logo ?
10. What happened to actresses Latika and Mrudula ? etc.etc.

I have listed only a few here, but there are many more such riddles,puzzles and unsolved (as yet) mysteries in Hindi cinema world.
Since the time I started writing on old films, I tried relentlessly to get the right answers, with proofs,for some of these riddles. I was successful in solving some mysteries too. As far as the Same name artiste’s confusions are concerned, I had dug out information on 50 such artistes and published this in my book. From time to time even my articles here also contained them. Presently, I have information on another 20 such same name artistes with me, which will be published in my next book,after adding few more pairs.

One mystery connected with today’s film is about its Music Director – Master Mohan Junior. As per a note in HFGK,under the film “Daana paani”-53, it was composer Madan Mohan, who gave music in this name. There was no reason to doubt this claim as it came from HFGK, but one day…..
One day in 2012, I received a query from Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, asking about Mohan Junior, who, according to him was a different person. He wanted to know if I had some information.

I had no such information. I was actually floored with this query. After receiving this query, I immediately got in touch with Madan Mohan’s son Sanjeev Kohli ji and daughter Sangeeta Gupta ji and asked them this question. Sanjeev ji promptly responded saying that in all probabilities, Mohan Junior was a different person and that is why they have not included film Dana Pani-53 in Madan ji’s filmography.
Then I contacted Harish Raghuwanshi ji of Surat. We did a hard work and then found out that Mohan Junior indeed was different. He was a Gujarati Music Director. Further Harish ji found that one Dr. Vipin Kikani had done his Ph.D. on ” Gujarati stage and its artistes” and that he had written about Mohan Junior in his book. Harish ji got the book, translated the relevant portion in Hindi, made its PDF and sent it to me with his Gujarati Filmography.

By now, the mystery was almost solved, but still, to get a first person confirmation, I requested Girdharilal ji to talk to Madhubala Jhaveri,because she had sung some songs for Mohan Junior. He did it immediately and Madhubala ji confirmed that Mohan Junior was a Gujarati person and he was NOT Madan Mohan.

At last, it was conclusively proved that Master Mohan Junior was not a pseudo name for Madan Mohan but he was a different person. Here is his full information…….

Master Mohan Junior was born in 1908 in a Bhurji Rajpoot family at Masuda, near Ajmer. When he was 5 year old, the great Plague epidemic killed all members of his family and he became an orphan. His cousin sister took him to Idar and he grew up there. He had inherited the singing ability of his father.When he was 13 year old, Raghunath-his brother in law- sent him to ” Morvi Subodh Arya Natak Mandali “, in 1921. Later he also worked with Imperial,Laxmikant Natak Mandali and Arya Naitik drama company from 1926 to 1930. His brother in law was quite attached to him.

He started with Gujarat Kala Mandir as a Music Composer from 1930 onwards. His attempts to become an actor failed in 1932. He was now owner of the company Arya Natak Mandali, in which Ramlal was a Music composer. His music became famous with many famous dramas.Raskavi Raghunath Brahmabhat has praised his music capabilities.

He gave music to 6 Gujarati films, namely- Ajamil-48, Vadilon naa vaanke-48, Bhakta Pooran-49, Vevishat-49, Choodi Chaandlo-50 and Bhakta Narsaiyo-52. He also gave music to 2 Hindi films- Ajamil-48 and Daana Paani-53.

Even after all clarification about Mohan Junior, still 2 questions remained –

1.Why did Begum Akhtar say that Madan Mohan gave music. The answer to that is-she was right, that Gazal (in film Dana Pani-53) was composed by Madan mohan and it was used in the film. It was concluded therefore that the entire film music was given by Madan Mohan. I think HFGK went overboard in this.

2.Why that composer called himself Junior, because in 48, and 49 Madan Mohan was not a composer as yet. He debuted with Aankhe-50. I found out that during that period there was yet another Mohan-a Mohan Sharma, a Music director for Jai Hind-1949(unreleased) and Chocolate-1950.

May be to distinguish himself,he called himself as Mohan Junior.

Sanjeev Kohli ji has also now agreed that he must be a different person. However Sanjeev ji has requested me NOT to quote his name elsewhere in this connection.,as he does not want any controversy now. so let us keep him out of this.

Although all this search for truth took place back in 2012- 7 years ago, I have recounted all this now, only to stress the difficulties one faces in breaking an old myth or decoding a mystery. Further, all this was never brought before readers any time. Additionally Mohan Junior’s bio data is published first time here.

Film Ajamil was also made in silent era in 1922 by Kohinoor film company, Bombay. Kanjibhai Rathod had directed it. Next, it was made in 1934 as a Talkie, by Saroj Movietone. It’s director was Abdul Rehman Kabuli, about whom I just wrote in my previous post. The role of Ajamil was done by Ashraf khan – who himself became a Sufi Saint in his later life.

The story of Ajamil has been taken from the 6th chapter of Bhagwat Puran. It stresses the value of Naam smaran or Jaap and how it can make a Saint out of a bad man. The story of Ajamil is…

Ajamila was once a very noble Brahmin, performing his duties and prescribed rituals most sincerely and was also a good husband, good son and good father. Once when he was in the forest to gather the fuel-wood for his rituals, he fell for a woman, heart and soul. Actually the woman was one of very low morals. From that time onwards he lived with her, abandoned his family and his own parents. He got ten children by her, made a living and supported this large family by blackmailing rich people, by cheating, fraud and gambling. He was particularly fond of the youngest child, Narayana, by name. The attachment to the child was so pronounced that whether he was eating, drinking, relaxing or working, he would always want Narayana to be by his side and partake of his food or participate in his enjoyment. When finally the call from Yama, the God of Death, came, it came suddenly and in his agony he called his child to his side and cried: O Narayana. He called aloud with great fear.

The messengers of Yama who almost got him in their noose suddenly found from within his heart four well-clad beautiful angel-like figures, each with four hands, preventing the messengers of Yama from discharging their duty. An intense conversation ensued between the messengers of Yama on the one side and the messengers of Narayana – because that is what they were – on the other side. They asked: You are the emissaries of Dharma-raja; then you should know what dharma is and what rules apply for punishment. The messengers of Yama replied: (VI – 1 -40 to 68):

What is declared by the Vedas is dharma. What is prohibited by Vedas is adharma. The one God who has created this entire world and who has allotted the different duties to varnas and ashramas is Lord Narayana. He has ordained that our Lord Yama take the lives of people when their time is over and punish them according to sins committed by them. There are several witnesses to whatever a man does in his life.

They are the Sun, Agni the Fire-God, Space, the Wind-God, Animals, the Moon, the God of SandhyA the twilight, Day, Night, the eight quarters, Water, Earth, Time and the God of Dharma, who is Yama himself. Nothing can be hidden from any of these. . We are doing our duty ordained by our boss.

Back came a pretty long rejoinder from the messengers of Vishnu: Your Master who must show to the world what right action is, has sent messengers like you who do not seem to know the rules! This Ajamila, though he has forgotten his real divine nature, has pronounced the four-syllabled name of God Narayana at the time of death and by that very action has done the Prayaschitta – प्रायश्चित्त (repentance act) for all his sins.

A thief of gold, a drinker of wine, a betrayer of a friend, a killer of a brahmin, one who commits adultery with the wife of his Guru, a killer of a woman or of a king, or of a cow or of his father — all these worst sinners have been declared to be absolved by the recitation of God’s name because by that very act he becomes God’s protege and deserves to be under His care.

After all this explanation by the messengers of Vishnu the messengers of Yama felt overpowered and they went back to their overlord. In the meantime Ajamila came back to his senses and remembered all the conversation that went on in the presence of his subtle body between the messengers. He was about to say something, when the messengers of Vishnu also disappeared. It was quite a while before he could take stock of the situation.

Here he was. alive and kicking, by the mercy of God Narayana, whose name he had just taken on the point of death, not in remembrance of the Lord but in passionate affection of his child. If this single act of the utterance of a four-syllable word Narayana can make such a difference to life after death, what larger worlds of fullness and majesty he may not conquer by really leading a noble life of Dharma in the memory of the Lord? — so thought Ajamila. And that very moment he renounced everything to which he was attached, went to Benares and engaged himself in austerities and meditation and in due time reached the abode of the Lord. (adapted and abridged from krishnamurthy’s.com, with thanks)

Today’s song is by Amirbai Karnataki and chorus. it is a melodious song. This is the second song from this film to be discussed on this Blog.

(I thank, Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, family of Madan Mohan ji and Dr. Vipin Kikani ji for information used in this post. I also thank Sadanand kamath ji for uploading the song video on my request, promptly – as always.).


Song-Aaya aaya mehmaan man bhaaya (Ajaamil)(1948) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics- S P Tripathi, MD- Master Mohan Junior
chorus

Lyrics

Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya
kaun nainon se dil mein samaaya
kaun nainon se dil mein samaaya aa aa
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya

kalpana ne dil mein jinki
khenchi thhi rekha
nainon ne aaj wahi
nainon ne aaj wahi
?? roop dekha
sudh budh ko bhool gayi
harsh mein magan bhai

dekho dekho ye nachti hai chhaaya
dekho dekho ye nachti hai chhaaya
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya mehmaan man bhaaya

yug yug ki aas meri
haan aan aan
man ki madhur saadh mori
ho o ho
naach uthhi haan
naach uthhi
naach uthhi haan
naach uthhi

dekh to main aaya
aur dil mein samaaya
dekh to main aaya
aur dil mein samaaya
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya

na na na
aaya aaya
sajan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya
mehmaan man bhaaya

na na na
aaya aaya
sajan man bhaaya
kaase(??) sajoon
jhoom uthhi
jhoom uthhi
jug jug se jhoom uthhi
jhoom uthhi
jhoom uthhi
jug jug se jhoom uthhi
kya
kaaya meri
P? phir chhaaya
kaaya meri
P? phir chhaaya
Aaya aaya
sajan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya
sajan man bhaaya
Aaya aaya


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Blog Day : 4045 Post No. : 15172

Today (15 august 2019) is the 73rd independence day of India. It is already evening and no post has appeared in the blog so far. But I will try and post topical songs today like we have always done in the blog on the past such occasions.

The first song of the day is from “Shaheed”(1948). This movie was directed by Ramesh Saigal for Filmistan. The movie had Chandramohan, Dilip Kumar, Kamini Kaushal, Ram singh, S L Puri, V. H. Desai, Shashi Kapoor, Raj adeeb, Prabhu Dayal etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the past. One of these six songs was covered exactly nine years ago, and that was the most well known song from the movie, a patriotic song, viz Watan ki raah mein watan ke naujawaan shaheed ho .

Here is the list of the six songs of the movie that have been covered in the past:

S N Song Song number in blog Date of posting
1 Badnaam na ho jaaye muhabbat ka fasaana 2035 8-Oct-09
2 Watan ki raah mein watan ke naujawaan shaheed ho 2790 15-Aug-10
3 Bachpan ki yaad dheere dheere pyaar ban gayi 12574 17-Nov-16
4 Aana hai to aa jaao 12579 18-Nov-16
4 Hain ham kahaan aur tum kahaan 12585 19-Nov-16
5 Aaja bedardi baalmaa koi ro ro pukaare (Shaheed) 15164 9-Aug-19

The seventh and final song is a stage song performed by kids and watched by elders. The stage performance is a patriotic song performance.

HFGK mentions Lalita Deulkar and chorus as the singer. I am not sure that I can detect Lalita Deulkar’s voice in the song, but I will take the words of HFGK for it. To me the song sounds like being sung by a few child voices (unattributed) and chorus. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the singing voices.

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan is the lyricist. Music is composed by GHulam Haider.

With this song, all the songs of “Shaheed”(1948) get covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

I take this opportunity to wish every Indian and Indian origin people a very happy 73th Independence day. I am quite certain that we are looking forward to a prosperuos and strong India in the days to come.


Qadam uthha kar…teri aisi ki taisi (Shaheed)(1948) Singer-Lalita Deulkar, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

qadam uthha kar ruk nahin sakta
jo Bharat ka laal hai
wohi hai Gandhi
wohi Subhash
wohi Jawaharlal hai
Jai Hind
Jai Hind
Jai Hind

maaro
maaro
maaro
maaro maaro
maaro maaro

maaro
maaro
maaro

maaro
maaro
maaro

maaro
maaro
maaro

de de mukka hind ke sher
chaaron taraf se isko gher
maaro maaro
iski aisi ki taisi

chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi

duniya badli
teri haalat waisi ki waisi
teri aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi

dhat tere shaitaan ki
har tere beimaan ki
Hind mein rah kar kahta hai tu
jai ho Englistaan ki
Hind mein rah kar kahta hai tu
jai ho Englistaan ki
le ja le ja door kahin
ye soorat bandar jaisi
teri aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi

sarkaari gaadi mein khinch kar
karta hai tu dhenchoo re
dhenchoo dhenchoo dhenchoo
aur kahta hai gadha bana hoon
main hi gaadi khenchoo re
kenchoo kenchoo kenchoo
baandho iski dhenchoo dhenchoo
maaro laaten aisi ki
iski aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi

pakdo iske sar ke baal
khench ke rakh do iski khaal
maaro maaro
iski aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi
chhote chhote bachche re
teri aisi ki taisi

ae bharat ke baalakon
gaao vande mataram
tum hindi ho
duniya ko sunaao vande mataram

jaag uthhe aazaadi ki
???
bol jai hind
bol jai hind
jai hind


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Blog Day : 4039 Post No. : 15164

“Shaheed”(1948) was directed by Ramesh Saigal for Filmistan. The movie had Chandramohan, Dilip Kumar, Kamini Kaushal, Ram Singh, S L Puri, V. H. Desai, Shashi Kapoor, Raj adeeb, Prabhu Dayal etc in it.

This song, now regarded as a landmark movie, had seven songs in it. Five of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Shaheed”(1948) to aappear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt (then Geeta Roy) who was then very young. Her fresh and raw voice sounds so refreshing even today !

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ghulam Haider.

The song is lip synced by Kamini Kaushal. Dilip Kumar is also briefly visible in the picturisation. Another lady (or is it Kamini Kaushal herself ?) is also seen. I request our kowledgeable readers to help identify her.


Song-Aaja bedardi baalma koi ro ro pukaare (Shaheed)(1948) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

aaja bedardi baalma
koi ro ro pukaare
aaja bedardi baalma
koi ro ro pukaare
main to bisaaroon zaalma
mera dil na bisaare
aaja bedardi baalma
koi ro ro pukaare

meri duniya bas kar ujad gayi
ujad gayi
meri duniya bas kar ujad gayi
ujad gayi
bulbul thhi
bulbul thhi main
phoolon se bichhad gayi
bichhad gayi
taqdeer ne aaker loot liye armaan hamaare
main to bisaaroon zaalma
mera dil na bisaare

barbaad hoon main
barbaad hai dil
o jaane waale phir aa mil
phir aa mil
o jaane waale phir aa mil
phir aa mil
mere dil ki
mere dil ki bagiya jaaye khil
phir aa mil
haay taras gaye teri ek jhalak ko nain bechaare
main to bisaaroon zaalma
mera dil na bisaare
aaja bedardi baalma
koi ro ro pukaare

main
do din ki mehmaan piya
main
do din ki mehmaan piya
mohe chhod chale hain praan piya
praan piya
mohe chhod chale hain praan piya
praan piya
aaya gham ka
aaya gham ka ik toofaan piya
toofaan piya
haay deepak ban ke
kaanp rahe hain praan hamaare
main to bisaaroon jaalma
mera dil na bisaare
aaja bedardi baalma
koi ro ro pukaare
aaja aaja


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Blog Day : 3908 Post No. : 14965

“Phool Aur Kaante”(1948) was directed by Achyut Ranade for Navyug Chitrapat, Bombay. The movie had Lalita Pawar, Salvi, Saroj Borkar, Mohan Sahgal, Master Ratan, Swaroop Sahgal, Tulsi Bai, Shalini, Chaube etc in it.

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

Here is the fifth song from “Phool aur Kaante”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Vishwamitra Adil is the lyricist. Music is composed by Dada Chandekar.

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


Song-Ik teer jigar par khaa ke ham(Phool aur Kaante)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics- Vishwamitra Adil, MD-Dada Chandekar

Lyrics

ik teer jigar pe khaa kar hum
ik teer jigar pe khaa kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
seene mein aag laga kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe

nazron ke bhi takkar khoob rahi
ladti bhi rahin sharma bhi gayin
nazron ke bhi takkar khoob rahi
ladti bhi rahin sharma bhi gayin
par dil se dil takra kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
ik teer jigar pe khaa kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe

jab yaad kisi ki aati hai
jab yaad kisi ki aati hai
aankhon se aansu girte hain
dil mein toofaan uthhaa kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
ik teer jigar pe khakar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe

hain phool aur kaante donon hi
ulfat ki rangeeli raahon mein
hain phool aur kaante donon hi
ulfat ki rangeeli raahon mein
ulfat mein paaon badhaa kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
ik teer jigar pe khaa kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
seene mein aaga laga kar hum
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe
na idhar ke rahe
na udhar ke rahe


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Blog Day : 3907 Post No. : 14963

“Lakhpati”(1948) was directed by Ravindra Jaikar for Fim Chitra Corporation, Bombay. This “social” movie had Sulochana Chatterji, D M Sapru, Rajan Haksar, Om Prakash, Baby Tabassum, LLeela Chitnis, Narmada Shankar, Dharpure, Nagotkar, Satyapal etc in it.

This forgotten movie had eleven obscure songs in it. Three of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Lakhpati”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Qamar Jalalabadi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

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


Song-Kahaan ban thhan ke gudiya hamaari chali (Lakhpati)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

Kahaan ban thhan ke
Kahaan ban thhan ke gudiya hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
Kahaan ban thhan ke
Kahaan ban thhan ke gudiya hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
Kahaan ban thhan ke

roop tera suhaana
nazar na lage
hai bura ye zamaana
nazar na lage
hai bura ye zamaana
nazar na lage
o nazar na lage
Kahaan darr darr ke
Kahaan darr darr ke bahna hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
Kahaan darr darr ke
Kahaan darr darr ke bahna hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
kahaan ban thhan ke

ik nazar dekh kar muskura de zara
hum na rokenge itna bata de zara
hum na rokenge itna bata de zara
o bata de zara
kahaan bach bach ke
kahaan bach bach ke bahna hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
kahaan bach bach ke
kahaan bach bach ke bahna hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
kahaan ban thhan ke
kahaan ban thhan ke gudiya hamaari chali
o hamaari chali
kahaan ban thhan ke


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Blog Day :

3888 Post No. : 14919 Movie Count :

4074

Today (11 march 2019) finds myself out of my comfort zone, viz outside my base and away from the familiar routine. Today I am in Lucknow and I will be here for three days.

I thought that it is a capital city and so I would be blessed with good internet connection, namely high speed internet and wi fi, but that is not the case. So I am dependent on my dongle and I am thankful that at least this is working, even if slowly. I hope to at least ensure that my days here are not dot days as far as the blog is concerned.

Here is a song from “Dhanyawad”(1948). This remonstrating with the Almighty genre of song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Lyrics are by Sajjan (the character artist). Music is composed by A R Qureshy.

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

With this song, “Dhanyawad”(1948) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Main roti hoon tum hans rahe ho krishn muraari(Dhanywaad)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Sajjan, MD-A R Qureshi

Lyrics

Main roti hoon tum hans rahe ho
krishn muraari
krishn muraari
Main roti hoon tum hans rahe ho
krishn muraari
krishn muraari
mitti mein mili jaati yahaan
duniya hamaari
krishn muraari
mitti mein mili jaati yahaan
duniya hamaari
krishn muraari

jholi meri khaali hai
aankhon mein andhera
jholi meri khaali hai
aankhon mein andhera
jab roothh gaye tum hi to phir
kaun hai mera
jab roothh gaye tum hi to phir
kaun hai mera
majhdhaar ki naiyya ko hai bas
aas tumhaari
aas tumhaari
aas tumhaari
Main roti hoon tum hans rahe ho
krishn muraari
krishn muraari
mitti mein mili jaati yahaan
duniya hamaari
krishn muraari

bhagwaan ho patthar na bano
ab na sataao
bhagwaan ho patthar na bano
ab na sataao
duniya basaane waale
meri bigdi banaao
duniya basaane waale
meri bigdi banaao
ro ro ke mari jaati hai
ye daasi tumhaari
krishn muraari
krishn muraari


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Blog Day : 3883 Post No. : 14909

“Phool Aur Kaante”(1948) was directed by Achyut Ranade for Navyug Chitrapat, Bombay. The movie had Lalita Pawar, Salvi, Saroj Borkar, Mohan Sahgal, Master Ratan, Swaroop Sahgal, Tulsi Bai, Shalini, Chaube etc in it.

Three songs from this movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Phool aur Kaante”(1948) to appear in the blog. This pathos filled song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Vishwamitra Adil is the lyricist. . Music is composed by Dada Chandekar.

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

I have not been able to get one work in the lyrics. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections as applicable.


Song-Barbaad mohabbat ki chhoti si kahaani hai (Phool Aur Kaante)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Vishwamitra Adil, MD-Dada Chandekar

Lyrics

barbaad mohabbat ki
chhoti si kahaani hai
barbaad mohabbat ki
chhoti si kahani hai
ik toota hua dil hai
ik teri nishaani hai
ik teri nishaani hai

saawan bhi gaya kab ka
baadal bhi gaye kab ke
phir bhi meri aankhon se
ashqon ki rawaani hai
ashqo ki rawaani hai
barbaad mohabbat ki
chhoti si kahaani hai

taqdeer ki thokar ne ae
wo zakhm lagaaya hai
wo zakhm lagaaya hai
?? umangen hain
khamosh jawaani hai
khamosh jawaani hai
barbaad mohabbat ki
chhoti si kahaani hai

mar jaate to achha tha
par haay re majboori
par haay re majboori
hum mar bhi nahin sakte
wo maut suhaani hai
wo maut suhaani hai
barbaad mohabbat ki
chhoti si kahaani hai


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 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 : 3808 Post No. : 14804

Today’s song is from film Chand sitare-48. Chand, Chandni, Tare and Sitare are the favourite words of film makers to use in the film titles.As many as 40+ film titles contain these words. The song is sung by Shamshad and chorus, composed by MD-Premnath and written by Lyricist I.C.Kapoor.

My Primary education was in Urdu language. Hyderabad being a Muslim state, learning Urdu had a definite advantage, but there were schools in English, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and even Hindi mediums as well in Hyderabad and the treatment to all other languages than Urdu, was equal by the Nizam Government. This was because Hyderabad was a Trilingual state, consisting of 8 Telugu speaking Districts, 5 Marathi speaking Districts and 3 Kannada speaking districts, plus the rulers were Urdu speakers. From 5th standard I changed to Marathi Medium and continued till end of schooling. English, Marathi and Hindi were my favourite subjects, but Maths and Geography were my sworn enemies.

Maths particularly, first confused me and then irritated me. I failed to understand a sum like ” If 5 people build a Wall 5 feet X 5 feet in 5 days, how many days 25 people will take to build the same wall. Now, if the wall was already built by 5 people, why should anyone build it again ?

Similarly, A, B and C were hated by me. Sums like ” If A borrows 500 Rupees from B at the rate of 5% interest per month and B borrows 400 rupees from C at the rate of 2% interest per month, what would be A’s loss and B’s profit. I failed to understand, why should A borrow money from B, when C was offering loan at lower rates in the first place ?

Geography was another headache. Size and population of countries, Longitudes and Latitudes, Capitals and Currency of Nations, temperatures in Tundra and Siberia and rainfall in Cherapunjee, were beyond my comprehension. However, in Geography, there used to be some chapters in Astronomy also. I liked them very much. Different Planets ,The Milky Way and Comets fascinated me.

Especially Comets aroused my curiosities no end. I learnt that Comets were Heavenly Bodies, made up of Gases and space debris, which appeared suddenly in the sky, seen for a while and then disappeared. Some Comets created panic by crossing Earth’s passage and such Comets would be featuring in newspapers and on TVs.

Comets are like those friends who walk with us for few years and disappear from this world. Comets are like those personalities who shine for a while and then disappear for ever. In Hindi Music too, there were extraordinarily Talented people, who worked for a short period and then were gone for ever, just like Comets.

Master Madan is a good example in this context. In a short life, he sang immortal Gazals like, ” Yun na rah rah kar hamein tarsaiye” and ” Hairat se tak raha hai “. He was born on 28-12-1927 in Jallunder Dist. and died on 5-6-1942. In a singing career of just 3-4 years he became immortal. He left behind him 3 Bhajans, 3 Gazals and 2 Punjabi song records. He left this world, after shining just like a Comet.

Then there is C. Arjun who composed an eternal song like ” Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jayegi,maut ayee to tal jayegi ” and disappeared like a Comet. There are many such examples in the history of HFM.

In the arena of HFM, there were several such Comets- which came, shone for a while and disappeared. They were small and big Comets. May be good or ordinary too. We do not know. There were few composers who did just 2 or 3 films and some did 15 to 20 films. Still this number was not enough for their hidden talents to showcase. Some names come to mind offhand like Daan singh, Dilip Dholakia, Jamal sen, Chand Pardesi, Sardar Malik, Sailesh Mukherji, Vasant kumar Naidu etc.

One such Comet was Music Director Premnath (Wadhva). Composer Premnath is an ideal case for ” Same Name Confusions’. Since his name coincides with the more well known actor Premnath,operating almost in the same period,people misunderstood that Actor Premnath and composer Premnath were the same persons. Surprisingly,actor Premnath was a good singer himself and had been trained by professional Ustads for classical music,but he could never fulfill his desire of becoming a singer and became an actor instead. However he did a film song,which was posted on this blog by our Sudhir ji,some years back-if I remember right. But the fact remains that both persons were different.

PREMNATH the Music Director was born on 5-7-1918 in Gujranwala,Punjab. He learnt music from experts in Amritsar,Multan and Lahore.He acted in films like Shahr-e-khamoshi and also sang in Sohni Mahiwal-1938.
After marriage,he moved to Bombay. His first film as a Music Director was Rangbhoomi-1946.In this film ,a novice Mohd. Rafi sang many songs for him.His other films were Dehati-47,Chandrahas-47,Sagar’s Pehla pyar-47. He then produced a film ” Chand sitare”-48 under the banner of Ravindra Art productions. Mukesh,Lata and Geeta Roy sang in it. In film ‘Alakh Niranjan’-50,he used Mohd. Faruqi,Sulochana Kadam and Rajkumari.
Premnath gave music to many films of Super pictures of Aspy Irani like bade bhaiya-51 and Maya Machhindra-51,in which surendra, Geeta, Rafi and Shamshad sang. His another film ‘Qatil Kaun’ in late 50s was not released. For this film,Rafi, Asha, Manna Dey, Mubarak Begum and Shamshad had given songs.
His films diminished. Sati vaishalini-59, Main hoon jaadugar-65, Tarzan in Fairyland-68 and Gyani ji-77 were his last films. He composed 99 songs in all.
After he stopped work as MD,he devoted his time for the welfare of Cine Artists as a trade union leader. As a Secretary,he served the music Directors’ Assn. for 30 years.
He died on 27-4-1993 at the age of 75 years.

Film Chand sitare’s star cast was Jeevan, Manorama, Rajan Haksar, Niranjan Sharma, Anita, Satish, Leela etc. In Hindi films two actresses were known as ” Aunty’. One was actress Shammi and the other was ” Manorama aunty “. Both actresses were Heroines in their early career for few films, but soon accepted character roles. Both were seniors and highly respected in the industry.

During the course of last 80 odd years, thousands of actors came to work in films. Most of them wanted to become Hero or Heroine, but all could not make it. What does it take to become a Hero in a film ? ( Talking only for the period 1931 to 1970 please). Is it good looks ? Then how come Shaikh Mukhtar became a Hero ? or Ranjan ? High education ? Then how come Master Bhagwan became a Hero ? A God Father ? Then how come Motilal or Surendra became Heros ? For girls too same logic applies. In the early era, most Heroines were uneducated, like Meena Shorey, for example- who could not even sign her name. All were not Handsome or beautiful. I sincerely feel, it is neither Talent nor the good looks, it is nothing but the Luck Factor, which helps in making a career in films. This explains why good looking, educated 1 or 2 film’s Heros could not sustain themselves for long. Same way, good looking girls like Vijayalaxmi, Bimla kumari, krishnakumari, Tabassum, Yashodhara katju, Shubha Khote, Shashikala etc could not continue beyond 3-4 films as Heroines.

In the 40’s era, Manorama was one such actress. She had good education, beautiful Punjabi looks, fine acting, but she could not go beyond 3 films as Heroine and to contend with side and character roles in all her career. Manorama was born in Lahore on 16-8-1920,as Irene Issac Daniels, from Punjabi father and Irish mother. She took good looks from the father. While a student, she did some child roles in films from 1926 to 1936 and as an adult, she debuted in Pancholi’s Khazanchi-41 ( when Khazanchi was remade in 1958, she was the only actor who featured in this version also. Some other such examples were Kanhaiyalal acting in film Aurat-40 and Mother India-57 and Jayant in film Mala-41 and its remake Amar-54.Naushad was the same MD for both Mala and Amar.) She then acted in Himmat-41, Khandan-42, Zamindar-42, Poonji-43, Panchhi-44, Patwari-45 in Lahore. Here only she did Heroine’s roles in Khamosh Nigahen, Rehana and Shalimar- all in 1946. After partition, she migrated to India, but she got only side and character roles.

Meanwhile, in 1947, she got married to Rajan Haksar. After coming to India, shortly, their marriage broke. She had one daughter-Roopa from this marriage. Roopa tried her luck in films in 1970, without much success. Then she got married and settled.

Manorama grew in weight. Now she got comic or vamp roles. She did films like Ghar ki izzat, Johari, Hanste aansoo, Ek phool do mali, Shor, karvaan etc etc. In all she acted in 161 films. Her last film was Water-2005. She died on 15-2-2008. She perhaps, had the longest career among actresses-from 1926 to 2005, that is a cool 80 years ! Manorama was a highly respected person in the industry. Neetu singh, Madhuri Dixit, Ram Mohan, Ekta kapoor and others were her fans. Her famous films were Jhanak Jhanak….,Half Ticket, Budtameez,and Seeta aur Geeta.

Film Chand sitare-48 had 8 songs. 7 songs have featured already on this Blog and today’s song is the last song of the film. So, with this song, film Chand sitare-48 joins the list of films who have all songs covered. My thanks to Sudhir ji for providing and uploading the full version of this song from his collection.


Song-Phir chaayi hain kaali ghataayen pardes na jaa (Chaand Sitaare)(1948) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Ishwar Chand Kapoor, MD-Premnath
Chorus

Lyrics

phir chhaayin hain kaali ghataayen
pardes na jaa
lo aayin hain mast hawaayen
pardes na jaa

mere sapnon ki duniya basa ke
yoon jaao na ankhiyaan churaa ke
ankhiyaan churaa ke
mere sapnon ki duniya basa ke
yoon jaao na ankhiyaan churaa ke
ankhiyaan churaa ke
hamen aisi adaayen na bhaayen
pardes na jaa
lo aayi hain mast
lo aayi hain mast hawaayen
pardes na jaa

dekho dekho
kisi ne li angdaayi
dekho dekho
kisi ne li angdaayi
haule haule
jawaani kehne aayi
haule haule
jawaani kehne aayi
haaye naa jaa
suhaani raaten bolein
ke jiya mera doley
naina moti ro len
haaye na jaa
suhaani raaten bolein
ke jiya mera doley
naina moti ro len
mere lab pe hai ye hi sadaayen
pardes na jaa
lo aayi hain mast
lo aayin hain mast hawaayen
pardes na jaa

o jee nainon se behta hai paani
raaja do din ki hai zindagaani
zindagaani
o jee nainon se behta hai paani
raaja do din ki hai zindagaani
zindagaani
ab aa jaa
kaleja munh ko aaye
bin tere raha na jaaye
ab aa jaa
kaleja munh ko aaye
bin tere raha na jaaye
ham raah pe akhiyaan bichhaayen
pardes na jaa
lo aaye hai mast
lo aayi hai mast hawaayen
pardes na jaa
phir chhaayin hain kaali ghataayen
pardes na jaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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फिर छाईं हैं काली घटाएँ
परदेस ना जा
लो आईं हैं मस्त हवाएँ
परदेस ना जा
मेरे सपनों की दुनिया बसा के
यूं जाओ ना अखियाँ चुरा के
अखियाँ चुरा के
मेरे सपनों की दुनिया बसा के
यूं जाओ ना अखियाँ चुरा के
अखियाँ चुरा के
हमें ऐसी अदायें ना भायें
परदेस ना जा
लो आईं हैं मस्त
लो आईं हैं मस्त हवाएँ
परदेस ना जा

देखो देखो
किसी ने ली अंगड़ाई
देखो देखो
किसी ने ली अंगड़ाई
हौले हौले
जवानी कहने आई
हौले हौले
जवानी कहने आई
हाए ना जा
सुहानी रातें बोलें
के जिया मेरा डोले
नैना मोती रो लें
हाए ना जा
सुहानी रातें बोलें
के जिया मेरा डोले
नैना मोती रो लें
मेरे लब पे हैं ये ही सदाएं
परदेस ना जा
लो आईं हैं मस्त
लो आईं हैं मस्त हवाएँ
परदेस ना जा

ओ जी नैनों से बहता है पानी
राजा दो दिन की ज़िंदगानी
ज़िंदगानी
ओ जी नैनों से बहता है पानी
राजा दो दिन की ज़िंदगानी
ज़िंदगानी
अब आ जा
कलेजा मुंह को आए
बिन तेरे रहा ना जाये
अब आ जा
कलेजा मुंह को आए
बिन तेरे रहा ना जाये
हम राह पे अखियाँ बिछाएं
परदेस ना जा
लो आईं हैं मस्त
लो आईं हैं मस्त हवाएँ
परदेस ना जा
फिर छाईं हैं काली घटाएँ
परदेस ना जा


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.

This article is his 700th writeup in the blog.

Blog Day : 3789 Post No. : 14773

This is my 700th article on this Blog. At this moment, of course, I am very happy. I can not forget the people who helped me reach here. The first is our ATUL ji, who has always been very supportive, helpful and considerate. I have been associated with this Blog for more than 8 years now, but believe it or not, I have yet to meet him ! We have not even talked on Phone anytime. His work is so systematic and perfect that this has never been a hindrance. I do hope to meet him in one of his visits to Mumbai.

The other person is the most popular one on this Blog. You guessed it right. SUDHIR ji. From our first interaction in 2011 on E mail, we are in contact with each others. I had the good fortune to meet him a couple of times. He has been very helpful to me in more than one way. Thank you, Atul ji and Sudhir ji.

Besides these two V.I.P.s, I am fortunate in getting many friends in the Atulite’s group. I find that every one of them has some special characteristic, from which I learnt something. Yes, it is never too late to learn from others.

Sometimes I wonder how the Destiny works. I retired from service in 1998. After being a Pharma Consultant for next 6 years, I left working and enjoyed life with family, visiting various places all over India with my wife. After I crossed 70 years of my age, I learnt working on Computers from my grandchildren on a Laptop gifted by my son in law. At the same time I learnt using the smart Phone and some other gadgets. I, then, found this Blog on the Internet and my life changed. I dug out my old diaries and notebooks in which I used to note down information on every film that I saw. Though some had spoiled with white ants, faded and torn, they were very useful . My first article on this Blog appeared on 1-10-2012 and then there was no looking back. I started writing on various sites and Blogs, but my heart was always with this Blog.

I never imagined in my dreams even, that I would ever write more than 700 articles on old films, that I would write a Book, or that I would be invited to join the Boards of some Pharma companies. But all this did happen, after I crossed my 70 years of age. Looks like, that age is just a number. What matters is your outlook towards life. A positive approach and a will to learn new things makes all the difference.

My First 100th article came on 11-4-2013…..after 6 months

Here is the progress of my writeups in the blog.

Century article Number Song Date Period taken
100th article Meri aankhen banin deewaani (Jagmohan Sursagar NFS) 10-4-2013 7 months
200th article Bhagwaan ye de vardaan mujhe (Tulsi Vivaah)(1971) 16-11-2013 7 months
300th article Hey Satyanaraya swaami (Maha Pooja)(1954) 10-6-2014 7 months
400th article Tu mi piaci caara(Bewaqoof)(1960) 21-4-2015 10 months
500th article Bedard tujhko pyaar kiya (Tajmahal)(1941) 6-4-2016 12 months
600th article Main patton mein chhupi kali hoon (Aandhi)(1940) 4-9-2017 17 months
700th article Shehron mein se sheher (Heer Ranjha)(1948) 2-12-2018 15 months

My sincere thanks to everyone.

Today’s song is from film Heer Ranjha-48, the first film in which the great composer Khayyam gave the music, albeit as Sharmaji, along with his colleague Varmaji as a pair Varmaji-Sharma ji. In one of his interviews, Khayyam had said, ” After working with the Batish brothers ( Pt. Amarnath, Pt.Husnlal and Bhagatram), I went to Lahore and joined G.A.Chishti. In 1947, he took me to Calcutta. I assisted him in 2 films- Yehi hai zindagi-47 and Jhuti kasme-48. His other assistant was one Rehman Varma. After these 2 films, Chishti saab went back to Lahore and we two came to Bombay. Those were the Partition times and we were little scared. We met Husnlal-Bhagatram. They not only assured us safety but also encouraged us to start giving music as a pair. They suggested that we call ourselves ” Varma ji-Sharma ji “. On their suggestions we went to Punjab Film Corporation, owned by Wali sahab. He knew me. He heard our tunes. Those days he was making a film Heer Ranjha and wanted some Punjabi type songs. Aziz Hindi, taken by him already was unable to do Punjabi type music. Wali sahab told us to make such songs and Aziz would do other songs. Thus started my music career.”

Today’s song is ” Shehron mein se shehar suna tha Lahore….”. Those who lived in Lahore in pre-partition days were extremely attached to that city. There was a saying ” Jine Lahore nai dekhya, wo te jamiya hi nahin” ( one who has not seen Lahore, has not been born). Everyone is proud of his town, but Lahore wasi people were different.

From my house towards Juhu, there is a building at the corner of Gulmohar Circle which has a board-” Karachi Residents’ Association”. On inquiry I discovered that this was a building owned by ( Sindhi speaking Hindu and Muslims) people who resided in Karachi before Partition. I was told that 5-6 such buildings exist all over Mumbai. On further inquiries, I was informed that there were a few buildings of ” Lahore Residents Association” also( Punjabi speaking Hindus and Muslims). When I met one of the residents of ” Lahore” wala building, that old gentleman was speaking so lovingly about old Lahore that I was surprised. Even after 70 years of Partition, these people had such fondness for Lahore…or Karachi, for that matter.

Lahore had played an important role in India’s film industry till Partition separated us. Lahore had a built in advantage that it was in the midst of Hindi/Urdu speaking population. Bombay was far off and Calcutta and Madras catered mainly to regional aspirations. In the 40s, some really good films like Khazanchi, Khandan, Daasi etc were made in Lahore. All the 3 leading actors, Dilip, Raj and Dev had roots across the border. Shyam, Omprakash, Karan Dewan, Pran, Surendra, Balraj Sahni, Khursheed, Mumtaz Shanti, Veena, Begum Para, Noorjehan, Meena Shorey, Suraiya, Manorama, Kamini Kaushal, Shyama…. a string of artistes who worked in Lahore enriched Indian films. Pancholi, Kardar, Rafi, Shamshad Begum, Jhande Khan, Ghulam Haider, Pt. Amarnath and brothers, Hansraj Behl, Khayyam, Vinod also worked in Lahore.

Lahore city in particular gave us many Gems in Music. They came from HIRA MANDI. (old name ‘ Tibbi’ ). Hira Mandi was an area which was for Tawayafs. For centuries, Hira mandi in Lahore nurtured some outstanding performing artistes. The famous Noorjehan, Khursheed, Shamshad begum, Mumtaz Shanti and many others came from Hira Mandi. Sardar Akhtar and Bahar Akhtar, wives of producer Mehboob khan and A.R.Kardar were also from Hira Mandi.

Most of the early film actresses for pre-partition Lahore cinema came from the Kothas of Hira Mandi. Cine people scouted Hira mandi for fresh new talents. The art of Music was confined to the streets of the courtesans, with Hira Mandi taking the lead as the largest settlement in the cultural capital of the state in the undivided Punjab.

Writer Nirupama Dutt said about Hira Mandi, in her book,’ Half the sky ‘…

Come evening and they would be out in their balconies in the finest of silks and jewels. Their eyes would be lined with kohl and their lips red with dandasa, bark of the walnut tree and the most fragrant of eastern perfumes or itars would fill the air. They were known as diamonds and such was their glitter that the whole street would seem studded with stars. These were the courtesans of Heera Mandi of Lahore in the years before Partition in 1947.

Heera Mandi was to Lahore what Chowk was to Lucknow, Sonagachi to Calcutta, Bhendi Bazar to Bombay and Mehboob ki Mehendi to Hyderabad, before Independence. These forbidden yet most sought-after bazaars where women sold their many talents were known as “kothas”. In these abodes lived women, many of them very talented artists, who were nevertheless social outcasts living on the fringes of the society. Interestingly, this place was first known as Tibbi Bazar. And this name is recorded in a Punjabi “tappa”:

Tibbi waliye la de paan ni teri

Tibbi de vich dukan ni”,

Pran Nevile,a Die hard ” Lahorite” and a retired I.A.S Diplomat of International reputation, says about Lahore,in his book ‘ Lahore ‘ –

Why was Lahore called the gem of India?” I asked. “That it indeed was,” Pran replied, “It was totally different from the rest of India, in every way. It was the educational centre of North India. It had more colleges than any other city of India. The student population of Lahore was lively and wonderful. Co-education came late, but there it was. Lahore was always very prosperous; it was the hub of North India right up to Peshawar. Everything about Lahore was special. If you wanted to see the best-dressed young men in India, they were to be found in Lahore. The best food in India was to be found in Lahore. It was a city of gourmets and it had romance. A popular film song of those days went: Ik shehr ki laundia, nainoon ke teer chala gayee.And this doggerel that we all knew and I to this day remember: Tibbi mein phir ke jalwa-e-Parwardigar dekh: Hai dekhney ki cheez issay baar baar dekh.The great stars, the great movers and shakers of the Bombay movie world were all from Lahore.”

The song mentions not only Lahore, but some other cities of old Punjab( pre-partition) like Multan,Ambala etc. The music and tune has a clear Punjabi style and it is having a fast rhythm too. Considering that it was Khayyam’s first film as an MD, the songs are very catchy.Among the crop of new composers, who began their career after Independence, I rate Khayyam very high. Unlike some others, his name was never heard in any controversy or filmy behaviour. He was always very dignified.

Khayyam did only 69 films composing 381 songs. He wanted to be a singer and actually started his film career by singing a song in film Romeo and Juliet-47. Later he also sang one ore song in film Anjuman-86. His last fil, so far, is Bazaar E Husn-2014.

Let us enjoy this song, obtained from the collection of our Sudhir ji. I am sure you too will like it.


Song- Shehron mein se shehar suna tha (Heer Ranjha)(1948) Singers- Uma Devi,Unknown female voice, Lyrics- Wali Sahab, MD- Varmaji- Sharma ji
chorus

Lyrics

o o
beliyaa
Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna Lahore

main mar gayi
sheher suna Lahore
miley jo mera chhail chhabeela
miley jo mera chhail chhabeela
kuchh na maangoon aur
main mar gayi
kuchh na maangoon aur
kuchh na maangoon aur
main mar gayi
kuchh na maangoon aur

ho o
beliyaan

Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna thha Dehli
Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna thha Dehii
main mar gayi
sheher suna thha Dehli

bina piye wo huye sharaabi
bina piye wo huye sharaabi
dekh ke mujhe akeli

baalam le chal re
le chal re mohe Dehli
baalam le chal re
le chal re mohe Dehli
baalam le chal re ae
ho o

ho o
beliyaan
Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna Multan

main mar gayi
sheher suna Multan

aaye jo pardes se baalam
aaye jo pardes se baalam
jaan meri qurbaan beliyaa
jaan meri qurbaan
jaan meri qurbaan beliyaa
jaan meri qurbaan

ho o
beliyaan

Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna Kashmir
Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna Kashmir
main mar gayi
sheher suna Kashmir

baalam ki mohe yaad sataaye
baalam ki mohe yaad sataaye
uthe ped ke ??

baalam
le chal re
le chal re Kashmir
baalam
le chal re
le chal re Kashmir
baalam
le chal re ae
ha aa

ho o
beliyaan
Shehron mein se shehar suna tha
sheher suna Ambala

main mar gayi
sheher suna Ambala

main chhori hoon gori gori
main chhori hoon gori gori

baalam kaala kaala
main to dekhoongi
dekhoongi Ambala
main to dekhoongi
dekhoongi Ambala
main to dekhoongi
haa


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