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This article is written by Raja, 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 (23rd July 2017) is the death anniversary of one of the most popular comedian artistes of yesteryear, Mehmood (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004).  On this occasion I’d like to pay a humble tribute to him.

To call Mehmood just a comedian is not to do him full justice. For, apart from doing very popular comedy roles, he was also a producer and director in his own right. And he also did playback for some songs Not just that, he even wrote for a couple of films  – so, all things considered, he must be considered quite an all rounder. Of course his comedy roles are what made him a big star in the industry and these are what he is best known for.

Mehmood was the son of the famous stage and film actor-dancer of yesteryear, Mumtaz Ali . He was one of eight children – one of his sisters was Minoo Mumtaz, is well-known for her dances and character roles in the 50s and 60s. Mehmood started as a child artiste in a few films – I remember seeing him in Kismet (1943). He did several odd jobs, like selling eggs and poultry products, being a driver. He even taught Meena Kumari table tennis – as a result of this association, he ended up marrying her sister, Madhu.

In films, it took him a while to get recognition and significant roles. He can be seen in small roles in ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ (1953), in ‘CID’ (1956), and in ‘Pyaasa’ (1957). He had somewhat more significant roles in ‘Chhoti Bahen’ (1959),  ‘Shriman Satyavaadi’ (1960) and ‘Miya Biwi Raazi’ (1960), suggesting that his career graph was definitely on the up. And then come 1961 and Mehmood struck gold with the Prasad Productions film ‘Sasuraal’. Not only was the film a huge hit but Mehmood got a Filmfare nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His comedy in the film was hilarious and much-appreciated.

‘Sasuraal’ was also a trend-setter in that it triggered the famous Mehmood-Shubha Khote pairing. And the famous Mehmood-Dhumal partnership. Film after film in the 1960s would feature them, often with success. ‘Sasuraal’ also had two popular songs picturised on Mehmood-Shubha Khote.  They were “Apni Ulfat Pe Zamaane Ka Na Pehra Hota” and “Jaana Tumhaare Pyaar Mein”. Clearly with this film, if not earlier, Mehmood had made his stamp on the industry – as a comedy actor. He never looked back. The screen name Mahesh, that he had in ‘Chhoti Bahen’ (1958) and now in ‘Sasuraal’ (1961) was like a lucky charm for him. He would have that name in at least fifteen films thereafter.

The 60s was a golden decade for Mehmood. He went from strength to strength as producers realized his growing popularity. Much like Johnny Walker who would invariably have a song picturised on him, Mehmood too would get at least one song picturised on him. Often this would be sung by Manna Dey. Sometimes Mehmood, with his antics, would even overshadow the hero of the film. In ‘Gumnaam’ (1965), his screen performance of “Hum Kaale Hain To Kya Hua” stole the show. Even ‘Aulaad’ (1968) is best-remembered for his Charlie Chaplin act opposite Aruna Irani in the song “Jodi Hamari”. And that brings me to his other partnership – with Aruna Irani. This was another successful pairing for Mehmood – one that went well into the 70s.

Among Mehmood’s many films of the 60s, I would like to mention two here. ‘Pyar Kiye Jaa’ (1966) and his home production, ‘Padosan’ (1967). In both these films Mehmood scaled new heights of comedy – and firmly established himself (if any further confirmation was necessary at all) as the leading comedian of the times. By then Johnny Walker was also in decline, so Mehmood was THE most sought-after comedian.

Oh, before I forget, I must mention his partnership with IS Johar, the other well-known maverick comedian.  Mehmood teamed up with him to act in a couple of films,  ‘Johar Mehmood in Goa’  (1965) and ‘Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong’ (1971).

Mehmood continued to be a popular actor through the 70s. Though he did act thereafter, his career slowed down. However, any discussion on Mehmood would be incomplete without referring to his direction and production endeavors. Back in 1961, when he was still not an established actor, Mehmood chose to make a film ‘Chhote Nawab’, directed by his brother Usman Ali. This was the film which gave RD Burman his break.  The film, with Mehmood in a lead role, unfortunately did not do well at the box-office.

In 1965, Mehmood would again team up with RD Burman for a home production for ‘Bhoot Bangla’. The producer was officially his brother Usman Ali, Mehmood was the director.  This film, again with Mehmood in the lead role opposite Tanuja, did well – and brought RD Burman a lot of credit for its music. RD Burman himself had a small role in the film, including possibly the only song he lip synced on screen, in his own voice. This further cemented the Mehmood-RD Burman friendship. They would  go on to work together in ‘Padosan’ (1968), a film that was a hit in its time and continues to be popular to this day as one of the finest comedies ever. This film brought RD Burman huge recognition, while also getting Mehmood a lot of plaudits for his acting.

Throughout his career, Mehmood acted in a number of films for South Indian producers.  And many of these films did well at the box-office, thanks in no small measure to Mehmood himself. Or he would do a remake of a South Indian film, using a South Indian director. Unlike many other actors, he had no qualms or airs about working with anyone. Some prominent films come to mind – ‘Sadhu Aur Shaitan’ (1968), ‘Lakhon Mein Ek’ (1971), ‘Main Sundar Hoon’ (1971),  ‘Bombay to Goa’ (1972), ‘Do Phool’ (1973).

In 1974, Mehmood directed a landmark film of his career ‘Kunwara Baap’. It was a sensitive film, serious in its message – something we were not used to seeing from Mehmood. This gave us a glimpse into another side of his personality. Then in 1976, Mehmood made two films that were noticed. One was ‘Sabse Bada Rupaiya’, which although it didn’t do well at the box-office, was known for its popular songs. And the other was ‘Ginny Aur Johnny’, which fared better, and starred Mehmood’s own daughter, Ginny.

After this, Mehmood began fading away from the scene. By then he had already become a living legend in his own right and didn’t need any industry validation. He would still appear in the odd film but he wasn’t a selling point for a film anymore.

Much later, in the 90s, he made a film, another serious film, called ‘Dushman Duniya Ka’ (1996) starring his own son, Manzoor Ali. This was a hard-hitting film about drugs – I remember seeing it.

That is my last memory of a Mehmood film.

So, quite a career! And much of it during my childhood years. This is probably why I have so many memories of his films. And although I must admit that sometimes his part could be distracting from the story line (like in ‘Tumse Achha Kaun Hai’ (1969), or even ‘Ziddi’ (1964), both directed by Pramod Chakravarty), it was more a director’s issue than Mehmood’s acting fault. For example, I feel  Hrishikesh Mukherjee did a fantastic job with him in Do Dil (1965).

Anyway moving on to the song for today. This is from the 1976 film, ‘Sabse Bada Rupaiya’. It is the title song – sung by Mehmood himself. It  was quite popular in its time. I remember I was in high school then – and everyone around me would be saying “The whole thing is that…”.  Even today, you can still hear sometimes “the whole thing is that,  ki bhaiya, sabse bada rupaiya”. The phrase has made its place in the popular jargon of this country.

As I usually do, I watched the film again recently in order to refresh my memory of it. I’d watched it in the 70s itself, but forgotten the details. It was nice to watch it again. I like the film a lot, it has lovely songs – it’s a pity it didn’t do well at the box-office. The story is about Vinod Mehra, a very big-hearted, generous businessman and his friend, Mehmood, who works for him, but is much more business-minded and careful with money. Mehmood disapproves of the way Vinod Mehra gives away his money to charity. It’s an interesting plot, different from the usual stuff at that time.

Vinod Mehra and Moushumi Chatterji are supposed to get married to each other. But since Vinod Mehra has played a prank on Moushumi, she decides to return the favour in this song. All for fun. Mehmood, of course, is still trying to convince Vinod Mehra about the importance of money.

So here is the title song, “na biwi na bacha”. The music is by the duo of Basu-Manohari, earlier assistants for SD Burman, then later for RD Burman. Here they get a chance to branch out on their own. And I think they did a pretty good job of it too.

Hope you enjoy the song.

ED” With this song, which is the fourth and final song from the movie in the blog, “Sabse Bada Rupaiyya”(1976) now get YIPPEED in the blog.


Song – Na Biwi Na Bachcha, Na Baap Bada Na Maiyya (Sabse Bada Rupaiya) (1976) Singer – Mehmood, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Basu Manohari
Chorus

Lyrics

hooo
na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

bin rupaiya to mister
teri mummy ka pyaar
jo paida karta tujhe to
kabhi na kar sakta mere yaar
doctor laut jaata
fee na milti agar
tu maa ke pote ke andar
padaa hi reh jaata har baar
to kiya jisne paida
wo ishwar hai na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

ooo
haath khaali agar tu
mar gaya meri jaan
na agni tujhko chhuegi
na dharti hi degi maan
hahaha
hahaha
hahaha
hahaha
hahahahahaha
hadd ye hai mere bhai
ye khudao ka ghar
teri daulat ne banaaya to
hue khush allah bhagwaan
tu us duniya ke khaatir
jodey ja aana paiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
haah

ek leader ko dekho
he is looking so very grand
udaata firta dinner hai
in the hotel sun n sand
uske ladke ki shaadi
dekhe ja ye na pooch
kahaan se aaya ye haathi
from where this english band
aaj kaahe ka nation
kaahe ki dharti maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya
once more
na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
very good
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
hooo
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya

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This article is written by Raja, 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 (22 july 2017) is the birth anniversary of our beloved  singer, Mukesh Chand Mathur, better known to one and all as Mukesh (22 july 1923-27 august 1976).

I don’t recall if I have written a tribute to him yet on this blog – I think I might have. But even so, there are no rules here saying I cannot write another one. 🙂  And since I have several fond memories of listening to Mukesh songs in my life, I am happy to use this occasion to remember him and pay my humble tribute to him.

Many regulars here know that I am a big fan of Rafi Saab. And I am a fan of Kishore Kumar also. But that’s the thing – it doesn’t mean I do not like other singers’ songs. I am fond of them all – and I listen to them all. At heart, I am a music lover – and unless  any music is particularly cacophonic or jarring to the ears, I have no problem listening to it.

And let’s be fair – every singer has sung memorable songs, every composer has composed good music, every lyricist has written good lyrics. Yes, not every song or composition or lyrics is memorable – but none of them would have reached where they did in their careers if there was nothing of quality in their work.

At least that’s my thinking. This is also why I tend not to get into “Rafi Saab vs Kishore” or “Lata vs Asha” discussions unless they’re respectful to all concerned and and the discussion is held in the best of spirit. I dislike bashing of any artiste.

Anyway, back to Mukesh. Long before I became a huge fan of Rafi Saab, Mukesh was a big part of my music experience. Kishore was of course the ruling superstar singer of my childhood. He was everywhere.

But Mukesh, with his distinctive voice, always made me notice him. And sit up. There would be ten non-stop Kishore songs, and there’d be one Mukesh song – say, “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”. Or “Jaane Kahaan Gaye Wo Din”. And that ONE song would go straight to my heart – and linger in my mind for a long, long time. I remember what effect “Kisi Ki Muskuraahaton” would have on me.

That was Mukesh. Mukesh always had that special quality – maybe it was that nasal tone of his, maybe it was the ease and simplicity with which he seemed to deliver his songs.  But he always made an impact on me.

I know he’s not considered quite in the league of Rafi Saab, in terms of range. Many consider Mukesh besuraa – he himself felt that way at times. Yes, you wouldn’t expect him to go all classical like a Manna Dey or even a Rafi Saab with “Naache Mann Mora Magan”. And yes, for most of his career, inspite of several hit songs, he was not considered THE no.1 singer of the time, unlike Rafi Saab or Kishore Kumar (or even Talat Mahmood early on). He was probably No.2 all along.

And yet, he held his own throughout his career. Whatever other singers did – and practically all of them had their ups and downs – Mukesh’s career was largely steady.

Mukesh didn’t sing several thousand songs – according to our blog stats, he has sung just 932 Hindi film songs.  And yet, a very large number of these songs are memorable, hummable – and easily relate-able.  You listen to a Mukesh song for the first time – and there’s a very good chance it will appeal to you right away. Soon you might be humming it. And that’s because his songs went straight to your heart.

It is often said that Mukesh specialized in sad songs. To some extent this is true – he was slotted into this category in the industry. So often if there was a sad song to be sung, his would be the voice called for. For example, one of my favourite songs “Zubaan Pe Dard Bhari Dastaan Chali Aayi”.

But I happen to think, even this is a bit misleading. When I listen to a Mukesh “sad song”, it doesn’t make me one bit sad. It actually goes right to my heart and acts like a balm, it soothes me. I feel better after listening to the song. Might seem odd – and maybe it’s only my personal experience. Maybe it has to do with empathy with the situation of the song. Am not sure what it is.

But Mukesh has also sung many happy songs – and not just for Raj Kapoor. His “Ibtadaa-e-Ishq Mein” and “Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai” from Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) come readily to mind. And , the quintessential “Ye Mausam Rangeen Samaa”  from Modern Girl (1961).

Although I remember several Mukesh songs from early on in my childhood, the first time he made a huge impact on me was when we’d gone to the town, 25 km away, to see ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970). It was the first film I ever saw in a cinema hall as such – my dad took the whole family because he thought it was a children’s film (joker et al :-))  My dad himself didn’t know Hindi and didn’t know any Hindi songs at all, except for one line of one song – “Awaara Hoon” 🙂  That gave me an idea that this song must have been massively popular in its time.

Anyway, while I enjoyed “Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo” immensely – and didn’t understand all the details of the story at that time – I was also much impressed by “Jaane Kahaan Gaye Wo Din” and “Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan”. I liked “Kehta Hai Joker Saara Zamaana” as well.

When we got a 2-in-1 at home for the first time, we had just 2 or 3 cassettes, which we would play non-stop. We had songs of ‘Guddi’, ‘Abhiman’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ and ‘Zanjeer’.  And we had a Mukesh cassette.

I treasured it – and listened to it SO many times. I remember every song on it, starting with “Mera Naam Raju” to “Chhalia Mera Naam” to “Aa Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet” to “Sab Kuchh Seekha Hum Ne” (my favourite at the time) to “Dum Dum Diga Diga” to “Aansoo Bhari Hain” to “Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche” to “Hum Ne Tum Ko Pyaar” to “Chaandi Ki Deewar Na Todi” to “Hum Chhod Chale Hain” (another all-time favourite).

Mukesh songs would regularly figure on radio too – even his “current” songs, like “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”or “Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar Na Ho Baalma” or “Jo Tumko Ho Pasand” or “Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De” or “Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai” would be regulars in farmaishes.

And that’s the thing – many think that Mukesh’s career was primarily for Raj Kapoor, and maybe Manoj Kumar. And most of it was anyway 1950s/60s. But, though his output might have been less in the 70s, he had several memorable songs in this decade too  – right till his death. And  for other actors. Like I said at the start, unlike other singers, Mukesh did not seem to have ups-and-downs in his career, it was largely steady.

Just to give examples of some 1970s songs (non-Raj Kapoor/Manoj Kumar)

Duniya Se Jaane Waale” from Pushpanjali (1970).

Tere Honthon Ke Do Phool” from Paras (1971).

Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye” from Anand (1971).

Ae Baadal Jhoomke Chal” from Nadaan (1971), a song I very fondly remember. 🙂

Main To Har Mod Par” from Chetna (1970).

Kai Sadiyon Se, Kai Janmon Se” from Milap (1972).

Zindagi Aur Bataa Teraa Iraadaa Kyaa Hai” from Zindagi Aur Toofaan (1973)

Kai Baar Yun Bhi Dekha Hai” from Rajnigandha (1973).

Barkha Rani Zara Jamke Barso” from Sabak (1973).

Main Dhoondhta Hoon Jinko” from Thokar (1974).

Sansaar hai ek nadiya” from Raftaar (1975).

Phool Aahista Phenko” from Prem Kahani (1975).

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein” from Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon” from Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

Suhani Chandni Raatein” from Mukti (1977)

The reason I mention this decade specifically is to just stress that Mukesh held his own throughout his last few years, inspite of Kishore Kumar’s dominance in that decade. I have not mentioned songs like “Ik Din Bik Jaayega” (Raj Kapoor), “Do Jasoos Karen Mehsoos” (Raj Kapoor) and “Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai” (Manoj Kumar) – they were all very popular too.

So as a young boy growing up, listening to these “current” songs not to mention the fantastic Mukesh songs of earlier decades, I became a Mukesh fan too. So much so that, after Mukesh’s death, one of my friends gifted me a book full of Mukesh songs. It was my prized possession for a long time. It had a whole lot of “new” Mukesh songs for me. I remember I would wait for a Mukesh song on radio – and then quickly rush to check the song in the book, matching the lyrics in the book with the song. I’d be thrilled if the song was in the book – obviously not all songs were.  And till I heard the song, I didn’t know the tune of course.  The song was just words to me, till then. Those were pre-internet days – and I didn’t have access to music shops either.

Some songs I remember “matching “ like this were “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De”,  “Zinda Hoon Is Tarah”, “Mujhe Raat Din Ye Khayaal Hai”  (one of my favourite songs) and “Dil Lootne Waale Jaadugar”. It was thanks to this book that I first heard of names like Husnlal Bhagatram and Iqbal Qureshi. Very fond memories of those times. And many of them associated with Mukesh.

Now moving on to the song for today. This is from film ‘Darinda’ (1977). This film has not made its entry on the blog yet – so with this song, it makes its debut. I remember seeing this film when it was released.  But, given my memory, I had forgotten the story completely – the only thing I remembered from that time was this Mukesh song “Chaahe Aaj Mujhe”. I remember liking it even then.

So now, when I wanted to write a post on Mukesh, this song came to mind. I checked the blog – and was a bit surprised to see it missing. I don’t think the film did well – but this song did ok, from what I remember. Since I prefer to post songs of films that I have seen – so that I have some context – I decided to watch this film again.

Briefly, the story is how Sunil Dutt, separated as a poor young boy from his rich childhood friend, Parveen Babi, grows up as a yogi, supposedly to do good deeds. But he has just one goal in mind – to find Parveen, and win her over. He searches everywhere for her – becoming a  monster (Darinda) in the process, even killing women in his pursuit. And when he finally does find her, she is engaged to be married to Feroze Khan. How he then reacts, what is Parveen’s reaction, what happens to Feroze – see the film if you want to find out 🙂 There’s a bit of a hint in this song too. 🙂

As I close, I want to say “Thank you, Mukesh ji, for giving us so many wonderful songs. We will always remember you and be thankful to you.”


Song – Chaahe Aaj Mujhe Napasand Karo. . . Aakhir Mein Tumhen Mera Hi Hona Hoga (Darinda) (1977) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Indeewar, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

bachpan ke pyaar ki mit-ti nahin nishaani
bachpan ke pyaar ki mit-ti nahin nishaani
jitna hi mitaana chaahe isey jawaani
jahaan yaad teri soyi ho
jahaan yaad teri soyi ho
dooja na aur koi ho
koi dil ka tumhaare aisa bhi konaa hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

main kya se kya ban gaya tumhaare kaaran
main kya se kya ban gaya tumhaare kaaran
auron ki tarah mera pyaar nahin sadhaaran
na samjho isey dikhaava
na samjho isey dikhaava
hai ye mere pyaar ka daawaa
mere hansne pe hansna, roney pe ronaa hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

chaahe aaj mujhe naapasand karo
chaahe dwaar hriday ke band karo
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga
aakhir mein tumhe mera hi hona hoga

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

बचपन के प्यार की मिटती नहीं निशानी
बचपन के प्यार की मिटती नहीं निशानी
जितना ही मिटाना चाहे इसे जवानी
जहां याद तेरी सोई हो
जहां याद तेरी सोई हो
दूजा ना और कोई हो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

मैं क्या से क्या बन गया तुम्हारे कारण
मैं क्या से क्या बन गया तुम्हारे कारण
औरों की तरह मेरा प्यार नहीं साधारण
ना समझो इसे दिखावा
ना समझो इसे दिखावा
है ये मेरे प्यार का दावा
मेरे हंसने पे हँसना
रोने पे रोना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा

चाहे आज मुझे नापसंद करो
चाहे द्वार हृदय के बंद करो
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा
आखिर में तुम्हें मेरा ही होना होगा


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.

Jaidev Ki Non-Filmi Suraavali – 01
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Thanks to the help of Researchist Sadanandbhai and few more quotes from here and there, this is going to be quite different to my usual writing of short preface to the presentation of the song.

In my series ‘Genius of Jaidev’, I have presented about 60 filmy songs of Jaidevji, which were not covered on our musical Blog. I am unable to locate few more film songs of Jaidev ji, which are obscure, as I am a poor RESEARCHER. (In spite of the fact that I worked for 40 years in a RESEARCH Institute.)

Anyway, looking at the list of NFS covered on our blog, I realised that there is a huge collection of Jaidev ji’s non film songs in my khajana, waiting to be shared and admired.

Someone, at our ‘Sargam’ program had commented and I had noted it down. He commented that “If Gods up there have to choose a music director for their heavenly pleasure no one could beat Jaidev ji for the spot, with so much experience of creating heavenly tunes here on earth.”

Jaidev has given opportunities to many lesser known singers.Today I have selected Seema Anil Sehgal, a singer-composer from Jammu and Kashmir who is an eminent ghazal singer and an AIR artiste. She is also a recipient of the Jnanpith Award.

Jaishankar Prasad (30 January 1890 – 15 November 1937), one of the most famous figures in modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre. In her glowing tribute to Jai Shankar Prasad, the poet-critic Mahadevi Verma says: “Whenever I remember our great poet Prasad, a particular image comes to my mind. A fir tree stands on the slope of the Himalaya, straight and tall as the proud mountain peaks themselves. Its lofty head braves the assaults of the snow, the rain, and the blazing heat of the sun. Violent storms shake its spreading branches, while a thin stream of water plays hide-and-seek amongst its root. Even under the heaviest snowfall, the fiercest heat, and the torrential rain, the fir tree holds its head high. Even in the midst of the worst thunderstorm and blizzards, it remains steady and unflinching.”

This compliment from a younger contemporary of Prasad summarizes the literary genius of one of the leading lights of “chhaayavaad” (छायावाद) movement in Hindi literature. It recognizes Prasad’s place amongst his peers as well as his relevance to the modern thought. As an author of a classic epic of the human psyche, his magnum opus ‘Kamayani’, Prasad had acquired early eminence. But later his multifaceted personality burgeoned in his contribution to diverse fields of literature in spite of countless storms of personal tragedies, and national social and political upheavals.

Brought up in the affluent family of a tobacco merchant, Prasad was a man of personal charm and of romantic disposition. By temperament a reformer and humanitarian, through his devotion to literature he became a lyric poet, a dramatist, a story writer, and essayist. Thus Prasad emerged as a literary genius. It would be no exaggeration if we rank him with such literary stalwarts as Kalidas, Tulsidas, Shakespeare, Dante, and Goethe in view of his vision and aesthetic consciousness.

With this geet, I also introduce this wonderful young singer and musician, Seema Sehgal. Her musical creations and renditions of Urdu poetry and ghazals of the masters, are treat to listen. I would urge you to know more about this wonderful singer – there is a blog dedicated to her at “Seema Sehgal Sings“.

This particular song, the very famous poem of Kavi Jaishankar Prasad, was sung by her under the baton of our Jaidev, in one of the episodes of ‘Aarohi’, a musical program consisting mostly of geets and ghazals, which used to be telecast by the Mumbai Kendra of Doordarshan.

Legendary thespian Padma Bhushan Dilip Kumar said in one of her program: “. . . a reason to celebrate that there are young and enthusiastic singers of your class and calibre. . . Your creations foster conditions in which music can breathe. . .”.

Dadasahib Phalke Award winner Padma Vibhushan Naushad Ali said: “May God grant me an opportunity wherein I could utilize your mellifluous voice in my songs. . .”.

Renowned Tabla Maestro Padma Bhushan Alla Rakha blessed her with the words: “O nightingale from Jammu and Kashmir! May the fragrance of your melodious and soulful voice spread to all corners of the world. . .”.

I welcome you to listen to this wonderful poetic rendition. This geet should be heard in the night on a good sound system to appreciate its depth and intensity.


Song – Beeti Vibhaavari Jaag Ri (Seema Sehgal NFS) (1980) Singer– Seema Sehgal, Lyrics– Jaishankar Prasad, MD – Jaidev

Lyrics

beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
tara-ghat usha naagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
 
khag-kul kul-kul sa bol raha
kislaya ka anchal dol raha
khag-kul kul-kul sa bol raha
kislaya ka anchal dol raha
lo yah latika bhi bhar laayee
lo yah latika ….
lo yah latika bhi bhar laayee
madhu mukul naval ras-gaagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
 
adharon mein raag amand piye
adharon mein raag amand piye
alakon mein malayaj band kiye
adharon mein raag amand piye
alakon mein malayaj band kiye
tu ab tak soyee hai aali
tu ab tak …
tu ab tak soyee hai aali
aankhon mein bhare vihaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
ambar panghat mein dubo rahi
tara-ghat usha naagari
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
beeti vibhaavari jaag ri
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
तारा घाट उषा नागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री

खग-कुल कुल कुल सा बोल रहा
किसलय का अंचल डोल रहा
खग-कुल कुल कुल सा बोल रहा
किसलय का अंचल डोल रहा
लो यह लतिका भी भर लाई
लो यह लतिका॰॰॰
लो यह लतिका भी भर लाई
मधु मुकुल नवल रस गागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री

अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अलकों में मयलज बंद किए
अधरों में राग अमंद पिये
अलकों में मयलज बंद किए
तू अब तक सोई है आली
तू अब तक॰॰॰
तू अब तक सोई है आली
आँखों में भरे विहाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
अंबर पनघट में डुबो रही
तारा घाट उषा नागरी
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री
बीती विभावरी जाग री


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 is the 5th remembrance day of Rajesh Khanna – the first and only Superstar of Hindi cinema. Today I present on our blog, another lovely nice – hummable song from the movie ‘Bundalbaaz’, sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.
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This article is written by Raja, 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, the 18th of July 2017, is the 5th remembrance day of one of India’s most enigmatic and exasperating film stars. You don’t need to rack your brains too much to guess who I am talking about. It should be pretty obvious – is there anyone more loved, and at the same time, more derided than Rajesh Khanna, ever in the industry? A time was when he was worshipped by hundreds of thousands, and then a time came when the weight of the crown of being the self-styled superstar, became an annoying, nay, a highly dislike-able phenomenon.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Have you ever wondered. . .

how a song gets constructed?

and why a song is termed as a tip of the iceberg?

You must now be thinking – this is a peculiar but a very interesting intro to the 134th century post on the blog. So yes, before getting into the discussion on the proposed topic, congratulations are in order. Welcome all to the 13 thousand 4 hundredth post on our blog. The musical bandwagon rolls on – toiling, pleasing, emotionally invigorating – it continues to move tirelessly. Because. . . because music – must be there. The world, this nature – all are moving to a rhythm, and a melody. Music is instilled in everything every entity we know, we touch, we think of. But come to think of it, we do not often think of this world that way i.e. music in everything, everyday of our lives. We are so consumed with the process of existence and living day to day, that we forget to stop and smell the flowers (or smell the coffee, if you are in America). And the music of life gets hidden behind the other sundries. Often we forget to think about it.
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This article is written by Raja, 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 (30 june 2017) is the birth anniversary of Kalyanji (30 june 1928-24 august 2000 ) of the well-known Kalyanji-Anandji music composer duo. Or K-A, in short. I’ve written here on the occasion of the anniversary of several artistes. Composers, lyricists, actors, directors.  In fact most of my posts here are to do with some occasion or the other.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Last of the Music Moguls. Not that there have not been more prolific artists and music directors after him. One can readily name a few – Anu Malik, AR Rahman, Ilayaraja. But me, personally speaking, will not put the follow on ‘champs’ in the same bracket. Something ended when he left us, twenty three years ago. Times were-a-changing even as the 1960s played itself out. And he himself was singularly instrumental in that transformation.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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.

In a calendar year we celebrate special anniversaries of personalities related to HFM in almost all the months. Moreover, we pay our respect and homages on the remembrance day of such personalities too.

We also celebrate birth anniversaries of our team members and their family members and other ‘special days’ in their life, through posts/songs on the blog.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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.

It is a year since the last song of “Baalika Badhu” (1976) was posted. That song “Arey Doli Mein Sawaar Sajni Ka Pyaar” was in the vocals of R D Burman. It was on RDB also called Panchamda’s birthday. That was a baraat song full of fun and frolic. Today we will have one more song- a patriotic song in the voice of the legendary Mohammad Rafi. It is written by Anand Bakshi.
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