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


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 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.

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4834 Post No. : 16617

When I joined this Blog’s activities in 2010, by way of comments, I used to first read the post fully. In one post our ATUL ji had said something which has been carved deep in my mind. He had said that “In India, people are interested in 3 things- Cricket, Films and Politics”. How true it is !

However, based on my experience of so many years in different fields all over India, I could add one more activity to the above three. And the activity is ” Branding”, Not the kind of Brands in the markets, what I mean is ” Labelling “, in other words. We Indians are quick in branding or labelling everything. In fact it is our very faourite pastime.

Some examples will explain what I mean. Take the case of Cinema – we branded Dilip Kumar as the Tragedy King, Meena Kumari as the Tragedy Queen, Jeetendra as the Jumping Jack, Mithun as Poor Man’s AB, AB as the Angry Young man etc etc. The branding did not change even after DK changed the track and acted in films like Azaad, Ram aur Shyam or Naya Daur etc. AB remained the same even after films like Chupke Chupke, Anand, Abhimaan or Amar Akbar Anthony. Same thing about other actors. Branding/Labelling or the Chhappa is for ever !

Take another example. We feel a Sikh must be either a Taxi Driver or in Army or Police, A Gujarati should only do business, A Bihari must only do Kheti, A Bengali must only read a book or write a book, A Marathi must only do a service in some company or Government etc etc. What if Sikhs are big businessmen, actors, singers ? What if a Gujju is a fine actor, Musician or a singer or a Politician ? What if the Biharis are the single largest group in the successful IAS Cadres (25 % in the last 10 years) ? So on so forth. But No – Branding is almost permanent !

Today we are going to talk about a Gujarati Saint. GUJARAT- the name itself evokes thoughts of Trade and Business. Due to their Business talents, Gujarat was known to Romans, Greeks and Persians, since the pre Christ era. Gujarat Maritime merchant history dates back to the First century after Christ.
Gujarat had produced many worthy souls who made the country proud of them. The top being Gandhi ji. Then there were Sardar Patel, Vikram Sarabhai(Space Ace), Morarji Desai, the Ambanis, Azim Prem ji, Parsis of Navsari, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah etc etc. In the religious field, Gujarat had its share with Jalaram Bappa, Narsi Bhagat, Dadu Dayal, Dayanand Saraswati, Rang Avdhoot ji, Rameshbhai oza, Hemchandra Surishwar, Pramukh Swami etc etc. (these are only indicative examples,not exhaustive).

India had been under the Mughal and the British rules for hundreds of years. A Nation of Hindu majority was ruled by the Minority Mughals, who perpetrated a lot of injustice and tried to destroy the Indian Culture with barbaric brutalities. This gave rise to the Bhakti movement to awaken the Indians and make them self conscious about their own strengths.

The Bhakti Movement was India’s own way to combat foreign attackers, cruel rulers and the sleeping people of India. The movement from 1300 to 1600 AD produced many religious Saints and social reformers from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Assam to Gujarat. Indian culture is such that the advice given by a religious saint is more acceptable than that given by a social reformer. Thus, in this hour of need, India’s Saints tried to teach message of reforms such as removal of Untouchability, freedom from Varnashram lifestyles, importance of education, Women’s emancipation and other such matters,through their poems, dohas, Abhangs and writings as well as kirtans. They tried to make the masses wake up against the ill effects of social practices that were being observed those days.

Saints appeared in ALL areas of India,during this period. However,due to language problems, knowledge and information about Saints in other regions trickled down very slowly. States which shared the use of Devanagari script were aware about them in a better way. Thus,Maharashtra,Gujarat,Rajasthan and the Northern Hindi belt states exchanged their knowledge about their saints more frequently than other regions such as Bengal, the Eastern states or the southern states where the scripts were different. Andhra and Karnataka were closer as their scripts are similar, except perhaps the alphabet ‘K’. Tamil and Malayalam scripts have Dravidian origins and were not easily accessible for the rest of India.

India is a Multi racial, multilingual and Multi religions country. It is not only one of the largest Democracies in the world, but also the largest Secular state in the world, where people from different faiths have been living together since centuries.

Many saints and religious leaders have played a significant role in keeping the mixed population of India as One Unit, when it was needed the most. A majority of Hindus, ruled by Muslim Mughals was a natural cause for social divisions, but Saints like Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, Ramdas, Tukaram, Ramanand, Narsi Mehta, Purandar das,Namdev, Guru Nanak Dev, Eknath, Bhakta Pundarikar, Rohidas, Mrutyunjaya and many such noble souls, did an excellent job of maintaining harmony amongst peoples of different faiths.

Today we will talk about the ADI KAVI of Gujarati-Narsimh Mehta aka Narsi Bhagat (1414 to 1486). He is one of the most popular saints of Gujarat. No wonder then,that the First Talkie in Gujarati was a film called NARSI MEHTA-1932. In Hindi too,”Narsi Bhagat ” was made as early as 1940. Vishnupant Pagnis (Sant Tukaram fame) had done the role of Narsi Bhagat in this film.(In the first Talkie film of Gujarat “Narsi Mehta”-1932 also this role was done by a Marathi actor Maruti Rao Pehelwan.)

The best Bhajan written by Narsi Bhagat is “Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye”. All Indians know that this was the most favourite Bhajan of Gandhi ji. Actually many people thought that he himself wrote this Bhajan !

Here is a short Biography of saint Narsi Bhagat –

Narsinh Mehta was born in Vaishnava Nagar community at Talaja and later shifted to Junagadh (then Jirndurg) in Saurashtra, Gujarat. He lost his parents when he was 5 years old. He could not speak until the age of 8. He was raised by his grandmother Jai Gauri.

He married Manekbai probably in the year 1429. Mehta and his wife stayed at his brother Bansidhar’s place in Junagadh. However, his cousin’s wife (Sister-in-law or bhabhi) did not welcome Narsinh very well. She was an ill-tempered woman, always taunting and insulting Narsinh Mehta for his worship (Bhakti). One day, when Narasinh Mehta had enough of these taunts and insults, he left the house and went to a nearby forest in search of some peace, where he fasted and meditated for seven days by a secluded Shiva lingam until Shiva appeared before him in person. On the poet’s request, the Lord took him to Vrindavan and showed him the eternal raas leela of Krishna and the gopis. A legend has it that the poet transfixed by the spectacle burnt his hand with the torch he was holding but he was so engrossed in the ecstatic vision that he was oblivious of the pain. Mehta, as the popular account goes, at Krishna’s command decided to sing His praises and the nectarous experience of the rasa in this mortal world. He resolved to compose around 22,000 kirtans or compositions.

After this dream-like experience, transformed Mehta returned to his village, touched his bhabhi’s feet, and thanked her for insulting him. In Junagadh, Mehta lived in poverty with his wife and two children, a son named Shamaldas, and a daughter for whom he had special affection, Kunwarbai. He revelled in devotion to his hearts’ content along with sadhus, saints, and all those people who were Hari’s subjects – Harijans – irrespective of their caste, class or sex. It also seems that he must have fallen into a somewhat ill repute for his close relations with Lord’s sakhis and gopis, Narsinh mehta’s women followers, with whom he danced and sang. The Nagars of Junagadh despised him and spared no opportunity to scorn and insult him. By this time, Mehta had already sung about the rasaleela of Radha and Krishna. The compositions are collected under the category of shringar compositions. They are full of intense lyricism, bold in their erotic conception and are not without allegorical dimensions, this saves the compositions from being something of erotic court poetry of medieval India.

Soon after his daughter Kunwarbai’s marriage (around 1447) to Shrirang Mehta of Una’s son, Kunwarbai became pregnant and it was a custom for the girl’s parents to give gifts and presents to all the in-laws during the seventh month of pregnancy. This custom, known as Mameru, was simply out of the reach of poor Narsinh who had hardly anything except intransigent faith in his Lord. How Krishna helped his beloved devotee is a legend depicted in ‘Mameru Na Pada’. This episode is preserved vividly in the memory of Gujarati people by compositions by later poets and films. Other famous legends include ‘Hundi (Bond)’ episode and ‘Har Mala (Garland)’ episode. The episode in which none other than Shamalsha Seth cleared a bond written by poverty stricken beloved, is famous not only in Gujarat but in other parts of India as well. The Har Mala episode deals with the challenge given to Mehta by Ra Mandlik (1451–1472) a Chudasama king, to prove his innocence in the charges of immoral behavior by making the Lord Himself garland Narsinh. Mehta depicts this episode. How Sri Krishna, in the guise of a wealthy merchant, helped Mehta in getting his son married is sung by the poet in ‘Putra Vivah Na Pada’. He went to Mangrol where, at the age of 79, he is believed to have died. The crematorium at Mangrol is called ‘Narsinh Nu Samshan’ where perhaps one of the greatest sons of Gujarat was cremated. He will be forever remembered for his poetic works and devotion to Lord Krishna. He is known as the first poet of Gujarati.

The role of Narsi Bhagat was done by Vishnupant Pagnis, a Marathi actor who became famous due to his role in film ” Sant Tukaram”-1936 by Prabhat Film co. Vishnupant Pagnis was born in a small place Chikodi, near Kolhapur, on 1-11-1892, in a lower middle class family. After formal education, he was assisted by Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur state to join a Drama company at the age of 10 years. He sang naturally, without any training from an expert. He was a popular artiste doing female roles, till his entry in films. He shifted to work in various drama companies including “Lalit Kaladarsh” of Mama Varerkar- a name connected with many Marathi and Hindi films of that time. In 1913, he floated his own company ‘ Jagchitradarsh ‘, only to wind up after two years in 1915. He continued working in dramas and doing female roles, for which he was famous in those times.

After a few years, he left drama acting. In 1920, he worked in a silent film, Surekha Haran. In this film V Shantaram had also acted. After this he worked as a Music Teacher in Municipal school at Girgaum in Bombay. After his wife died, he lived with his friend Petkar. They started a Gold Jewellery shop “Pagnis Petkar and Mandali” in Girgaon.

When Prabhat Film company planned to make Sant Tukaram, a search was undertaken for the main role and the main female role. This was in early 1936 and he was selected for the role of Tukaram, while a worker in the Prabhat company-Gauri – was selected as his wife. The Director duo of the film- Damle and Fattelal- were not happy about his selection, because his name was associated with female roles. But this became his strong point for the film in which he portrayed a soft, kind and loving Tukaram. He did the role so well that the film Sant Tukaram became an International Hit, in addition to running to full houses in Non Marathi areas like Madras Presidency, covering Andhra, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka and also in Bengal and Punjab. He became an actor in great demand for Saint films. After the film Sant Tukaram, hundreds of people used to crowd in his shop at Girgaum to pay respects and touch his feet as Tukaram. He also always dressed like Tukaram thereafter !

Vishnupant Pagnis worked in 4 more such films, namely Sant Tulsidas-39, Narsi Bhagat-43, Bhakta Raj-43 and his last film Mahatma Vidur-43. He also gave music to 2 films, Sant Janabai- 38 and Sant Tulsidas-39 (Marathi). These two and Mahatma Vidur were also made in Marathi language. His most famous film Sant Tukaram was released in Hindi only in 1948, but without his songs, because he had died on 3-10-1943. The MD- Snehal Bhatkar sang his songs in the Hindi version.

Vishnupant Pagnis did the immortal role of Tukaram in his first film and then lived the role throughout his life, though he did 4 more films in the same Genre of Saint films.His name became famous not only in India but also in other countries, when this film was hailed as “one of the 3 Best films in the world”at the Venice Film Festival, where it won accolades.

Records of his Bhajans from this film created records ( we too had these records in our house in the 40s.) Even today this film is shown and discussed in the film Institutes of many countries.Many books, essays and articles are published on this film. His performance as Tukaram has become a major reference-point in debates about Indian performance idioms: e.g. Kumar Shahani’s essay The Saint Poets of Prabhat, 1981; Geeta Kapur’s Mythic Material in Indian Cinema, 1987 etc etc.

Today’s bhajan is a very good Bhajan. I like it very much. You may also like it.


Song- Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re (Narsi Bhagat)(1940) Singer- Vishnupant Pagnis, Lyricist- Not known, MD- Shankar Rao Vyas

Lyrics

Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari
Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari
Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari
mohe ek tihaaro aadhaar re
mohe ek tihaaro aadhaar re
saanwre giridhaari
Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari

raakhi ?? Prahlad ki
liyo narsinh Avtaar
kamb phaari pargat bhaye
taaro bhoomi ko dhaar re
saanvre giridhaari
Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari

pooji gopi chandan mori
tulasi kone ko haar
saancha gahna to mero saanwro
mori daulat hai jhaanjh khadtaal re
mori daulat hai jhaanjh khadtaal re
saanvre giridhaari
Mori Hundi sweekaaro maharaj re
saanvre giridhaari
bhajo Radhe Govind bhajo Radhe
bhajo Radhe Govind bhajo Radhe
bhajo Radhe Govind bhajo Radhe
bhajo Radhe Govind bhajo Radhe

bhajo Radhe Govind
bhajo Radhe Govind
bhajo Radhe Govind
bhajo Radhe Govind


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 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.

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4833 Post No. : 16616

Hullo Atuldom

Another date of October for which I always need to write out a post for.

It being the birth date of an actor whose work I began liking post 1975- “Sholay” to be exact. I liked the way he delivered his dialogues. Some dramatic dialogues which he had casually uttered are iconic and classic and stuff which fans quote as legendary.

Remember ‘mere paas maa hai’ it was not said forcefully or with banging of fists or any such heavy add-ons. He was also given dialogues which were comic in nature -for example the cricket commentary in English that has made “Namak Halal” a movie worth watching; he even managed to squeeze in some comedy intto the fight sequence in the climax of the movie. But I always loved the late night scene in Asrani’s office when Amitabh Bachchan calls Asrani and Dharmendra for a meeting to discus the situation between Vasudha and himself. I know I need not mention that I am talking of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee ’70s classic “Chupke Chupke” and the expression that he had when he said “for safety’s sake main woh bhi batadoonga”- priceless. He was so nice at depicting his emotions and I may have mentioned this a few times in earlier posts about how the scene between Sanjeev Kumar and AB Sr. in “Khuddar” was memorable as both the actors spoke with their eyes. An added advantage the film industry had when working with AB Sr. was he was good in action sequences too and is known to have enacted many of them without using a body-double or ‘stuntman’ (in filmy parlance). He managed to overcome his awkwardness where dance (a necessity in Indian movies) was concerned. He has also tried his hand at singing for his characters; for which initially, he was made-fun-of as he was considered to be a tuneless singer but he has sung and many of them have been very popular with his fans.

Today’s post which celebrates this all-time favorite actor of mine turning a year older or a step closer to 80 has a song from the 2003 (can’t believe this film was 18 years back, time has just flown) B R films production and Ravi Chopra directed “Baghban”. It had music by Aadesh Srivastava and Uttam Singh and songs were penned by Sameer. Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai, Richa Sharma, Sneha Pant, Udit Narayan, Aadesh Srivastava, Sudesh Bhonsle and Amitabh Bachchan were the playback singers used.

This song is pictured with an emotional Raj Malhotra (AB Sr.) singing, and yearning for his wife Pooja (Hema Malini) who is staying with one of their sons and he himself with another son. The story of ‘Baghban’ was something which was popular in the 60s and early 70s; but even this movie was successful with the new generation moviegoers. This song can also been seen as proof of what I stated earlier in this post viz. “actors speaking with their eyes”; here it is Hema and AB Sr. They have played the old couple so convincingly. The song is sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Alka Yagnik.

Here is wishing the (once) Angry- Youngman, Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, Big B or AB Sr. (people in entertainment industry have been addressing him in this manner for a few years now) a Happy Birthday and lots of good health.


Song-Main yahaan tu wahaan zindagi hai kahaan (Baagbaan)(2003) Singers-Amitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik, Lyrics-Sameer, MD-Aadesh Srivastava

Lyrics

main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan

main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan
main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan
tu hi tu hai sanam dekhta hoon jahaan
neend aati nahin yaad jaati nahin ee ee
neend aati nahin yaad jaati nahin
bin tere abb jiya jaaye naa aa aa
main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan

waqt jaise thehar gaya hai yahin
har taraf ek ajab udaasi hai
bekaraari kaa aisa aalam hai
jism tanha hai rooh pyaasi hai

teree soorat ab ek pal kyun nazar se hatati nahin
raat din toh kat jaate hain
umr tanha katati nahin
chaah ke bhi naa kuchh keh sakoon tujhse main aen aen
chaah ke bhi naa kuchh keh sakoon tujhse main
dard kaise karoon main bayaan aan aan
main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan

jab kahin bhi aahat huyi
yoon laga ke tu aa gaya aa
khushboo ke jhonke ki tarah
meri saansen mehka gaya
ek woh daur thha
ham sada paas thhe ae ae
ek woh daur thha
ham sada paas thhe
ab toh hain faasle darmiyaan aan aan
main yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm

beeti baaten yaad aati hain
jab akela hota hoon main
bolti hain khaamoshiyaan
sabse chhupke rota hoon main
ek arsa huwa muskuraaye huye ae ae
ek arsa huwa muskuraaye huye
aansuon mein dhali daastaan aan aan
mai yahaan tu wahaan
zindagi hai kahaan
tu hi tu hai sanam dekhta hoon jahaan
neend aati nahin
yaad jaati nahin ee ee
neend aati nahin
yaad jaati nahin
bin tere ab jiya jaaye naa aa aa


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 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.

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4833 Post No. : 16615

Today I am presenting a Non-Film song by Master Ashraf Khan. Some of you may remember Ashraf Khan, who sang songs in the films Roti-42 and Baaghbaan-38. We all know him mainly as a film actor, who finally became a Sufi Saint, but his contribution to the Gujarati theatre was substantial. Most of us know many things about Cinema, but very little about Theatre and stage dramas.

Prior to films becoming a source of entertainment for the common man, it was the stage drama which diligently and sincerely gave pure and musical entertainment to the commoners. The rich of course could afford private singing jalsas with famous singers and Tawayafs. Stage dramas were popular mainly in Bengal, Maharashtra and Gujarat, since the early to middle 19th Century. It started a bit late, on a regular scale, in South India, at the beginning of the 20th Century or so.Despite modern means of entertainment like TV and Films, stage dramas are still popular in Maharashtra and Gujarat. These two states have a glorious history and tradition of producing classical singers, many of them through the stage dramas.

Master Ashraf Khan was very popular and famous on the Gujarati stage. He was known as the ” Saigal of Gujarat”. Singing of Gazals in stage dramas started with Ashraf Khan, it is believed. Stage dramas are usually called ” Parsi-Urdu,” ” Parsi-Hindi”, ” Parsi-Gujarati”, because the Parsi community was prominent in this medium. Parsis came from Iran (Persia) into North Konkan, and Gujarat and they merged with the Indian People. All generations of Parsis spoke Hindi and Gujarati (with a typical, recognisable tone) and prospered in various trades and fields of Business.

The Gujarati stage was full of artistes from Saurashtra, North Gujarat and Bombay. They belonged to different castes. Jaishankar Bhojak (Sundari), Amrit Kershav Nayak, Vadilal Nayak, Master Shaani, Master Vikram etc were from Bhojak Nayak caste. From the Meer caste came Himmat Meer, Kasam Meer, Lallubhai Meer etc. -all singer actors. Parsis like Sorabji katrak, Sorabji kerawala, Faredoon irani and some Muslims like Ashraf Khan, Alladdin, Ghulam Sabir, Master Fida hussai, Master nissar, Kumar etc. were some members of this community.

Starting from 1871, these drama companies toured Bombay Presidency, Saurashtra, Calcutta and Bengal and upto Rangoon in Brahmadesh (Burma). Unlike Marathi stage the Parsi and Bangla dramas got women doing female roles sooner than in Maharashtra. Some actresses were, Miss Mary fanten, Miss Fitna, Mehtab, gafooran, Gauhar, Deenabai Mistri etc. In the modern dramas of the 1960 to 1980’s even Saraswati Devi (Vidya Bajpai) and Sandhya(Vijaya Deshmukh) acted on Gujarati stage.

However, in the initial years i.e. from 1890 to 1930, there were actors doing female roles. Anand ji ‘Kabootar’, Vikram, Fakir, Himmat meer and Jaishankar Bhojak were major actors famous in female roles. Jaishankar was popular and did female roles in dramas like Vikram Charitra, Barrister, Vasant Prabha and Saubhagya Sundari. His role as ” Sundari” in drama “Saubhagya Sundari” was so popular that later on his name was changed to Jaishankar “Sundari”. He worked till 1961. In his honour, a Drama Theatre in Ahmedabad is named as Jaishankar Sundari Theatre ! What an honour. He was friendly with Marathi stage actor Bal Gandharva and they both used to see each others’ dramas, without fail.

Orphaned very early, Master Ashraf was brought up by one Baburao, his father’s friend. He was a born singer. His mother tongue was Urdu/Pashto, but he mastered Gujarati so well that people considered him to be a Gujarati actor. Master Himmat meer brought him to the Theatre in 1894. He did only male roles and sang also. many dramas like Prithviraj, Arab ka Sitara, Samudragupta, Sansar Sagar, Ek Abla etc, as its Hero. He did about 3000 shows of his drama ‘ Malavpati”, as it became very popular. In 1960, he was felicitated by the President of India and after that he acted in the same drama once again in 1961, though old. He also worked in Hindi films upto 1941 His Heroines were Zebunnisa, Mehtab, Sardar Akhtar, Iqbal Begum (mother of Meena Kumari). From 1950 onwards he tilted towards Sufism and finally became a Saint.

ASHRAF KHAN was an actor and singer in many films in the 40s. He left films ……..and became……..believe it or not…..a SUFI SAINT !

I had first written about him somewhere 9 years ago…in 2012 or so. Here is his information again, but in a different format with some more information collected later on. My friend shri kamlakar Pasupuleti ji had done a lot of research on this actor. It was from his Blog and his book that I learnt more details about Ashraf Khan.

Ashraf Khan shot to limelight with the film Baghban – 1938 . He played the role of a mendicant and rendered three lovely songs composed by Music Director Mushtaq Husain . Ro ro nain gavanvun ,sajanwa aan milo was the most popular song among the three songs he rendered. The movie was a great hit and all the nine songs in the movie were popular. The movie was directed by AR Kardar. The lyrics were penned by the comedian Mirza Musharraf. He was paid Rs 90 / – for the nine songs he wrote for the movie. It is important to know how he progressed in his life and attained the spiritual powers with which he helped millions of people across the globe .

Ashraf Khan was born in Indore on 22-10-1901. He lost his father at a young age of seven. The burden of taking care of his widowed mother and a young sister fell on his shoulder . Indore was a famous city for wrestling and the wrestling competitions were held for all ages including children. He took up wrestling as a profession for some time . He later became a Shepherd boy and guarded the sheep .

He had a good voice and used to sing while taking the sheep in and out of the city. One evening while returning home from the outskirts he started singing loudly. A Gujarati’s drama company was stationed in a nearby bungalow. The owner of the drama company heard his song and he was called inside. The owner asked the boy if he was willing to work for the drama company. The boy replied Yes. There upon the owner asked him if he can play the role of a girl. The boy daringly replied No, will play the role of a boy . The owner was impressed and he got into the Gujarati drama company.

He started playing small roles and as he grew up was given the role of a hero . His salary increased gradually and by the time he was playing hero roles he was paid Rs 600 / per month. He used to give away his entire earnings to his mother. His mother used to give him four annas a day as his allowance as he had the habit of eating Paan( betel leaf ), but Ashraf Khan used to return back the four annas to his mother in the evening.

Ashraf Khan’s mother tongue was Urdu and Pushtu but he learnt to speak Gujarati with ease and he rendered his dialogues fluently. He gave record breaking performances in Malopati Manjh ( Prithvi Vallabh ). He played the role of a hero Prithvi Vallabh in three thousand shows. Prithvi Raj Chauhan was another stage performance in which he played the hero role of Prithviraj Chauhanbin two thousand shows. Ashraf Khan’s heroine on the Gujarati stage was Sandhya. Ashraf Khan was associated with the Gujarati stage even after joining the films .

With the advent of talkie he moved over to Bombay in 1931. His first film was Shakuntala-31 ( made in Bombay.There was another film Shakuntala made the same year in Calcutta by Madon Theatres) With his experience on stage he was hired for three movies Bhartruhari, Gul-e-Bakavali and Veer Kunal. He played the role of a hero initially and later in life played character roles. He acted in more than a dozen movies. Mehboob Khan portrayed him as a mad professor in his famous film Roti – 1942. It was during the filming of Roti that he came in contact with Peer-o-Murshid ( Spiritual Guide) Ghulam Sarvar. Ghulam Sarvar belonged to Lahore and was employed in railways as a guard. He had many followers in Bombay. Ashraf Khan’s devotion towards his spiritual guide was so great that whenever he visited Bombay he used to carry his luggage on his head and escort him home .

Large crowds used to gather to meet Peer-o-Murshid Ghulam Sarvar in the 1940’s and among the film personalities the notable were A R Kardar, Mehboob Khan, Yaqub, Prithviraj Kapoor , Trilok Kapoor, Sardar Akhtar, Akhtari Faizabadi, Jaddan Bai etc etc to name a few. Akhtari Faizabadi and Jaddan Bai used to sing devotional songs during the assembly .

Taking care of the visitors footwear was the first duty assigned to him by his Peer and Ashraf Khan never thought it was a menial job He knew that the peer is shedding his ego by assigning such tasks. Peer-o-Murshid Ghulam Sarvar was so pleased with his devotion that he handed over his Gaddi ( seat ) to Ashraf Khan. Ashraf Khan became a Peer .

His association with the Gujarati stage lasted till his end. In 1962 after his last stage show at Dhoraji in Gujarat he returned to the Dargah where he was stationed with his family . It was the ninth day of the Gyarhvi Sharif ( the eleventh month of Islamic calendar ). He lay down on his bed and spoke few words to his wife and fell unconscious, but his lips started moving as if he was narrating verses from Ayat Sharif. This situation continued the whole of that night and the next day. His wife , family members and devotees remained at his bedside reading verses from Ayat Sherief He opened his eyes in the evening. His devotees asked him how he was and he replied that wherever he is, he is doing well .

He was brought to the hospital at Rajkot in this condition. Ashraf Khan passed away at eleven PM on the eleventh day of the Gyarhvi Sharif, the eleventh month of Islamic calendar. His mortal remains were brought for funeral to the residence of Dr Malik who was a friend and a devotee. His devotees were chanting holy verses from Ayat Sharif and Darood Sharif . Around 4 O’ clock in the morning he opened his eyes once again, looked all around him with a smile and closed his eyes. This was a surprising moment for all those who were present around him. A dead man opening his eyes and smiling was something strange. The crowd shouted Hazrat is alive, Hazrat is alive, call the doctor. There are several people alive today who witnessed this strange incident. Dr Malik examined him and pronounced him dead. He was buried at Ganj Shahda which is located on the Ahmedabad – Delhi highway . The Urs is celebrated every year and lakhs of devotees all across the globe visit his Mazaar ( Tomb ).

Among the film personalities who used to attend the Urs were Mehboob Khan, Sardar Akhtar, Zaibunissa, Mehtab, Begum Akhtar, Prithviraj Kapoor and Trilok Kapoor etc .

There are hundreds of families in Hyderabad whose vows were fulfilled by the spiritual powers of Hazrat Ashraf Khan. Each family has a different story to narrate. Many sickly people got cured, many got rid of financial troubles, rivals became friends, and many women became mothers after best efforts by doctors failed .

Amirbai Karnataki rendered a couple of devotional songs in his praise. Some disc collectors of Hyderabad had them in their collection .

Ashraf Khan acted in 31 films in all. Some of his films were- Aaiye 1949, Phool 1945, Roti 1942, Baghban 1938, Ajamil 1934, Roop Basant 1933, Malati Madhav 1933, Husn Ka Gulam 1933, Veer Kunal 1932, Gul-e-Bakavali 1932, Bhartruhari 1932. He sang 59 songs in 14 films. Some of the songs rendered by Ashraf Khan were in movies …..Baghban 1938, Baaghi 1939, Aazaadi-E-Vatan 1940, Roti 1942, Pagli Duniya 1944 and Naiya-1947. His last film was Arab ka sitara-1961.

Noted Record Historian, Dr. Suresh Chandvankar also wrote about Ashraf Khan in his book in Marathi ” पूर्वसूरींचे सूर “. He says that after the death of his parents, Ashraf khan was looked after by his father’s Hindu friend Baburao. He learnt Gujarati so well that people thought that he was a Gujarati. He entered the Gujarati stage. Due to his good singing, in later periods he was called Saigal of Gujarat. In 1960, he was felicitated by the President of India. In Bombay he had a bungalow in Girgaon. From 1950 onwards, he inclined towards Sufism, while still working on stage and films.

After his death, his Darga is set up at Dana Limdi, on the Bombay-Gujarat highway, where every year Urs is held and lakhs of visitors come. (Based on information from article by P.Kamalakar ji, book -पूर्वसूरींचे सूर by Dr. Suresh Chandvankar, Gujarati Rangbhumi by K.N.Parekh, HFGK, muVyz and my notes. Thanks to all.)

Six songs of Ashraf Khan are discussed on this Blog. All are film songs. This is perhaps his first Non Film Song to feature here.


Song- Khudi mitaaye na jab tak Khuda nahin milta (Ashraf Khan NFS)(1940) Singer- Master Ashraf Khan Lyricist- Unknown MD- Unknown

Lyrics

Khudi mitaaye na jab tak
Khuda nahin milta
Khudi mitaaye na jab tak
Khuda nahin milta aa
aa aa

?? mein shaakh mein ae ae ae ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
?? mein shaakh mein
gul mein usi ka jalwa hai ae
ke uspe kehte hain
hamko khuda nahin milta aa aa aa
kiya na uska tasawwur
na dhyaan hai dil mein
ae ae ae ae
kiya na uska tasawwur
na dhyaan hai dil mein ae
kisi ko raasta chaltey
Khuda nahin milta aa aa
(??)jabaan dil se alag rakkho
tu tu mai mai se ae ae ae
jahaan hai ??
Khuda nahin milta aa aa

kisi ka dost na paaya
jahaan mein ae makhmoor
kisi ko dost na paaya
jahaan mein ae makhmoor
Khuda to mil bhi sake
aashna nahin miltaa
Khuda to mil bhi sake
aashna nahin miltaa
?? gair kahin
?? to kya nahin milta
aa aa aa


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4833 Post No. : 16614 Movie Count :

4525

Yearwise discussion of Lata Mangeshkar songs in HFM: Part LV: Year 2001
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In this episode, the 55th episode, we discuss Lata Mangeshkar songs that she sang in Hindi movies released in 2001.

In 2001, 60 Hindi movies containing 405 songs were released. Lata Mangeshkar got to sing in 6 of these movies and she sang 12 songs in these movies. So Lata Mangeshkar’s voice was heard in 10 % of the movies released in 2001. Her voice was heard in 3 % of the songs appearing in the movies of 2001.

Here are the details of songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar in Hindi movies released in 2001 :-

S N Movie Music director Lata song in the blog Lata HFM songs recorded in the year Lata solo songs Male duet Female duet Other songs Lyricists
1 Censor Jatin Lalit 0 1 1 0 0 0 Vinoo Mahendra
2 Farz Uttam Singh 0 3 0 2 0 1 Sameer
3 Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Jatin Lalit 1 2 2 0 0 0 Sameer
4 Lagaan A R Rahman 0 1 0 1 0 0 Javed Akhtar
5 One 2 ka 4 A R Rahman 0 2 0 2 0 0 Mehboob
6 Zubeida A R Rahman 0 3 3 0 0 0 Javed Akhtar
Total 6 movies 3 MDs 1 12 6 5 0 1 4 lyricists

Lata Mangeshkar worked with 3 music directors and 4 lyricists in these 6 movies released in 2001. Laxmikant Pyarelal were the most prolific music directors with Lata, with 664 songs in HFM with Lata Mangeshkar by the end of 2000. Shankar Jaikishan with 457 songs in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar were in the second position. R D Burman with 332 Lata Mangeshkar and Kalyanji Anandji with 307 songs were next ahead of C Ramchandra with 275 songs. Other top music directors for Lata Mangeshkar were Chitragupta (239), Madan Mohan (195), S D Burman (179),Naushad (146), Roshan (144), Hemant Kumar (127), Anil Biswas (120), Bappi Lahiri (112), Rajesh Roshan (111), Salil Chaudhary (109), Husnlal Bhagatram (108), and Vasant Desai (104). Together these seventeen music directors composed 3733 songs out of 5217 songs that Lata Mangeshkar had sung in Hindi movies till end of 2000. Anand Bakshi with 728 songs was the top lyricist with Lata Mangeshkar. Other leading lyricists with Lata Mangeshkar were Rajinder Krishan (555), Majrooh Sultanpuri (407), Shailendra (361), Hasrat Jaipuri (301), Prem Dhawan (201), Bharat Vyas (193), Shakeel Badayuni (189), Sahir Ludhianvi (161) and Indeewar (156). These ten lyricists had penned 3249 songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar till that time.

Here is the summary of Lata Mangeshkar’s playback career in Hindi movies till end of 2001 :

Year Movie count Lata song in the blog Lata HFM songs recorded in the year Lata solo songs Male duet Female duet Other songs Remarks
1946 3 movies 4 4 4 0 0 0
1947 3 movies 5 5 3 1 0 1
1948 17 movies 51 57 42 8 4 3
1949 40 movies 141 160 105 35 13 7
1950 36 movies 116 143 93 32 14 4
1951 49 movies 190 223 158 52 10 3
1952 43 movies 150 177 138 31 4 4
1953 45 movies 170 195 149 35 5 6
1954 43 movies 142 172 144 23 4 1
1955 50 movies 172 218 177 30 10 1
1956 49 movies 174 204 153 35 13 3
1957 47 movies 132 160 110 38 7 5
1958 35 movies 104 132 95 25 10 1
1959 58 movies 189 211 131 68 12 1
1960 48 movies 142 166 102 50 9 5
1961 44 movies 128 152 88 55 5 4
1962 40 movies 119 129 84 40 5 0
1963 37 movies 105 111 62 38 8 3
1964 46 movies 123 133 91 31 8 3
1965 42 movies 84 91 71 17 1 2
1966 49 movies 105 133 110 14 8 1
1967 44 movies 94 106 67 38 8 3
1968 33 movies 84 84 59 19 5 1
1969 43 movies 78 97 67 27 2 1
1970 54 movies 91 130 84 39 3 4
1971 52 movies 107 126 71 52 3 0
1972 62 movies 99 151 86 60 3 2
1973 60 movies 93 138 94 37 3 4
1974 55 movies 71 104 66 33 0 5
1975 45 movies 61 90 50 35 3 2
1976 41 movies 58 97 53 39 1 4
1977 50 movies 50 96 59 27 8 2
1978 46 movies 60 90 48 34 3 5
1979 42 movies 38 66 37 25 2 3
1980 43 movies 28 71 43 21 3 4
1981 46 movies 40 88 48 34 2 4
1982 45 movies 28 82 41 37 1 3
1983 33 movies 29 73 36 37 0 0
1984 39 movies 11 70 32 33 4 1
1985 40 movies 21 72 39 31 0 2
1986 27 movies 3 41 22 17 0 2
1987 12 movies 4 21 13 8 0 0
1988 21 movies 9 43 24 17 1 1
1989 19 movies 10 38 20 16 1 1
1990 9 movies 4 12 3 9 0 0
1991 16 movies 6 57 35 20 1 1
1992 12 movies 3 25 12 13 0 0
1993 14 movies 3 49 22 23 2 2
1994 12 movies 5 39 9 28 0 2
1995 4 movies 2 8 3 4 0 1
1996 5 movies 2 14 7 7 0 0
1997 5 movies 1 21 2 14 4 1
1998 3 movies 4 11 3 7 0 1
1999 7 movies 3 14 6 7 0 1
2000 2 movies 3 5 1 2 0 2
2001 6 movies 1 12 6 5 0 1
Total upto 2001 1872 movies 3748 5217 3378 1503 213 123

It can be seen from the table of 2001 that Lata Mangeshkar sang 12 songs in 6 movies released in 2001.

One song sung by Lata Mangeshkar in movies of 2001 has been covered in the blog. That still leaves us with six movies of 2001 that offer us 11 Lata Mangeshkar songs for discusussion.

alphabetically, the first movie of 2001 that offers us a Lata Mangeshkar song to discuss is “Censor”(2001). This movie was written, produced and directed by Dev Anand for Navketan Films, Mumbai. The movie introduced Heenie Kaushik, Raja aka Raja Bherwani, Vinay Anand(actor Govinda`s Nephew ) and Mohini Sharma aka Pinky Campbell. The movie also had Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Jackie shroff, Ayesh Jhulka, Amrish Puri, Aruna Irani, Johnny Lever, Randhir Kapoor, Raj Babbar,
Shammi Kapoor,Rekha,Mamta Kulkarni,Tara Deshpande,Archana Puransingh, Shivaji Satham,Govind Namdeo,Smita Jaykar,Anjan Srivastav, Amar Upadhyaya, Anil Nagrath, Nikhil Kapoor,Rajit Kapoor,Ramesh Bhatkar, Dolly Bhindra, Late Reema Lagoo,Birbal,Shanu deo, Amita Nangia etc

The movie also had special appearances by Sharad Kapoor, Mukesh Khanna, Randhir Kapoor, Mink Singh, Pooja Batra, Mukul Dev, Adi Irani. Govinda played himself in a song in the movie.

The movie had eight songs in it. One song had the voice of Lata Mangeshkar.

Here is that song from “Censor”(2001). This song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The son also had humming by a male voice which sounds like the voice of Kumar Sanu. But the song is a female solo song for all practical purposes.

Vinoo Mahendra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Jatin Lalit.

The song is picturised on Heenie Kaushik and Raja Bherwani.

Lyrics of this song and other details were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

With this song, “Censor”(2001) makes its debut in the blog.

audio link:

video link:

Song-Mere dil mein tum nazar mein tum (Censor)(2001) Singer-Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Vinoo Mahendra, MD-Jatin Lalit
Kumar Sanu
Female chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye ae
hmm mmm hmmm
aaa aaaa aaaa aa aa
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
koyi pyaas meethhi meethhi si
tumhein har ghadi bulaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
koyi pyaas meethhi meethhi si
tumhein har ghadi bulaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye aey ae

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaaa

aankhon mein kajraa lagaaye
baalon mein gajraa sajaaye
maathey ki bindiyaa bhi poochchey mujhe (aa aa aa)
ke sajnaa teraa kab aaye ae (aa aa aa)
dekhoon main jab jab aainaa
dikhtey tumhaarey hi saaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
koyi pyaas meethhi meethhi si
tumhein har ghadi bulaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye aey ae

aey hey ae ae aey ae
aa aaa aaaaa aaa
aahaaa aaa ahaaaa haa
aey hey
aahaaa aaa ahaaaa haa haaaaa

aa aa aa aa aa aa

thham thham ke chaltey hain pal
aisey naheen thhe ye kal
tum kya mujhe bhee naheen ye pataa (aa aa aa)
seeney mein hai kaisi hulchal (aa aa aa)
aahatein kaheen bhi hon
lagtaa hai tum hee aaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye
koyi pyaas meethhi meethhi si
tumhein har ghadi bulaaye
mere dil mein tum
nazar mein tum
saanson mein tum hi samaaye aey ae

aey hey ae ae
aa aaa aaaa
aahaaa aaa aa ahaaaa haa haaaaa
aey hey
aa aaa aaaaa haaa aaa
aahaaa aaa ahaaaa haa haaaaa

(aa aa aa)


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 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.

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4832 Post No. : 16613 Movie Count :

4524

Hullo Atuldom

10th October is the birth date of the ageless Bollywood Diva Bhanurekha Ganesan.

I don’t remember which was my first post on the blog on her birthday, but over the last few years I have been trying to write out a song and present her with an actor who was not one of her regular heroes; meaning someone except Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Mehra etc. Today’s song is also one such song.

This song is from the 2000 release “Bulandi” which was directed by T. Rama Rao. It had a cast of Rajnikanth (special appearance), Anil Kapoor, Harish (from South Indian films), and Rekha, Raveena Tandon, Aruna Irani along with Shakti Kapoor, Ranjeet, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Paresh Rawal, Sadashiv Amrapurkar in supporting cast. Songs of the movie were penned by Anand Bakshi and tuned by Viju Shah. The playback singers used were Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Jaspinder Narula, Sukhwinder Singh, Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik -in short all the popular singers of the 90s.

The movie was the tale of a family of Zamindars which is headed by Rajnikanth who has a sister -Aruna Irani and three sons Anil Kapoor (double role plays two brothers) and Harish Kumar. Rekha plays the zamindar’s elder daughter-in-law who is the bhabhi-maa to her devars. And here I would like to mention that the two Anil Kapoors are not twins. Today’s song happens at the girl’s family meeting the boy’s family ritual and the older Anil Kapoor is the groom-to be. Aruna Irani the would-be atyaa (paternal aunt) starts the song as cue to the coy Bride-to-be who then begins singing and also fantasizing about her hubsand married life etc
There have been many instances when big a star/ actor accepts a role in a film because the main actor/ character is being enacted by a senior star/actor of whom the junior is a fan. Like for example, Amitabh Bachchan played Dilip Kumar’s son in Ramesh Sippy’s “Shakti”. Similarly Rekha played miniscule role in one of Dev Anand’s final movie, “Censor” and also one of Manoj Kumar’s last directorial.

Anil Kapoor did a second rung character in this film as he was sharing screen space with a senior (workwise)-Rekha. And the dance that accompanies sees Rekha and Anil Kapoor matching each other decently well. It is only recently I found out that there is just two year age gap between these two actors but one began working in 1966 (age 12) when the other might have been in school and not even given a thought to what career to pursue. That must be one of the reason why the viewer may feel that Anil Kapoor was acting with a much senior actress, she was a senior only because she was already in the entertainment business for 14 years before Anil made his debut.

The singers for this song are Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Udit Narayan.

Happy birthday to Rekha. May we keep seeing her on the silver screen.


Song-Teri ankhiyon mein jeena hamen marna (Bulandi)(2000) Singers-Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Viju Shah
Both

Lyrics

aa aa aa aaaa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aaaa
aa aa aa

chhedo naa mujhko chhedo
aise naa mujhko dekho
jo dekhna hai kuch tumko hai
to phir mere dil ko dekho
hum pyaar ke hain raahi
dil pyaar ki hai manzil
kis kaam ki yeh mehfil
dil se na mila jo dil
hoga milna hamaara mushkil
hoga milna hamaara mushkil
hoga milna hamaara mushkil

dekho dekho dekho
aise mujhko naa chhedo
kya kahega yeh zamaana
ban jaayega fasaana
badi hogi badnaami
hamen hogi pareshaani
hum pyaar ke hain raahi
dil pyaar ki hai manzil
kis kaam ki yeh mehfil
dil se na mila jo dil
hoga milna hamaara mushkil
hoga milna hamaara mushkil
hoga milna hamara mushkil/em>

teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna
teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna
teri marzi tu jaane
meri marzi main jaanoon
maine kar liya faislaa aa aa aa

ho
teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna
teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuch karna
teri marzi tu jaane
meri marzi main jaanoon
maine kar liya faislaa aa aa aa
ho teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna

vaadon ka hai aaj mausam
hum koi vaada karen
arre yeh jaan bhi tumko de di
ab kya zyaada karen

tera naam liya
tujhe yaad kiya
sab kuchh main bhool gayi
o teri marzi tu jaane
meri marzi main jaanoon
maine kar liya faislaa aa aa a

o teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna
o teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna

maange agar tu sitaare
main tod laaoon sanam

ho karne hain kya yeh sitaare
tu chaand se kya hai kam
haaye deewaana hua mastaana hua
dil aise jhoom gaya

teri marzi tu jaane
meri marzi main jaanoon
maine kar liya faislaa aa aa aa
ho teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna
ho teri ankhiyon mein jeena mujhe marna
bas aur nahin hai kuchh karna

dekho dekho dekho
aise mujhko naa chhedo
kya kahega yeh zamaana
ban jaayega fasaana
badi hogi badnaami
hamen hogi pareshaani
hum pyaar ke hain rahi
dil pyaar ki hai manzil
kis kaam ki yeh mehfil
dil se na mila jo dil
hoga milna hamara mushkil
hoga milna hamara mushkil
hoga milna hamara mushkil


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4832 Post No. : 16612

#The Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 151 # Qawwalis – 14 #
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Qawwalis were common in Hindi films when I was growing up(1968-1983). As I grww watching them in the movies in my childhood, some qawwalis left lasting impression on my impressionable mind.

Qawwalis like ‘raaz ki baat kehdoon to’, ‘jhoom baraabar jhoom sharaabi’, ‘shirdiwaale sai baba’, ‘raat abhi baaki hai baat abhi baaki hai’, ‘mehangaayi maar gayi’, were the most heard qawwalis when I was growing.

‘Chadhhta sooraj dheere dheere dhalta hai dhal jaayega’ was a favourite of all ‘orchestras’ and one person from a Orchestra from Jalgaon used to sing it so well that always left the audience ‘spell-bound’. I remember this qawwali ever since.

All these qawwalisgrew up on me as I grew up in my life.

I have a special fascination for this genre of music. It always takes me to an entirely different ‘musical world’.

In the movies of ‘seventies’ qawwalis were a major attraction in the movies. Qawwalis like ‘ham to jhuk kar salaam karte hain’, ‘ham lootne aayen hain’, etc. were liked very much by the audience. There may be many more which I could have missed to mention here.

Jaani Babu Qawwal, Shakila Bano Bhopali and Aziz Nazan were the names I particularly remember whenever there was a discussion on qawwalis.
And as I had mentioned in my posts earlier that another name which I vaguely remembered was Shankar-Shambhu. At that age I could not understand the greatness of these peoples, and it is only after coming into the contact of this blog, that I got to read, learn, and know about these stalwarts in Qawwalis.

There was a phase when disco made an entry into HFM in mid-eighties to let us say till mid-nineties when Qawwalis took a little backseat (I think), otherwise they were always likened and had always been an integral part of HFM. In the recent years we have seen many Qawwalis in Hindi Films. The new digital age, technological advances in music instruments have enriched the presentation of Qawwalis. Movie makers have been experimenting by including ‘qawwali song’ or ‘fusion qawwali songs’ in their movies.

In Hindi movies qawwalis are woven with the story topic of the movie. So, we have ‘’romantic qawwalis’, ‘men vs women’, ‘husn aur ishq’, ‘celebrating a festival’, ‘devotional qawwalis’, ‘chor-police’, ‘marriage celebration’, ‘mujrim-munsif’, ‘scoring peanuts over each other’ (Atulogy), ‘nok-jhonk’, ‘teasing each other’, ‘musical competition’, and other types of qawwalis in our movies.

Or it may be a competition of poetry between two groups (read men and women mostly) where ‘qawwalis’ would perfectly fit into the plot of a movie.

In many movies they have been used to keep the suspense intact where actors, actresses would disguise themselves and enter the villain’s den to rescue their partners/friends caught by the villain. Or sometimes the villain will kidnap close relatives of the hero or heroine in the movie and ask for a ‘hefty’ ransom. And the hero/heroine would plan a song or disguise as a ‘musical-troupe’ to enter the ‘villain’s den’ to rescue a ‘child’, ‘relatives’ or a ‘famous scientist’ or a ‘police commissioner’ who would have been kidnaped by the villain or his associates.

To mis-lead the villain the hero/heroine or their friends and well-wishers would sing a qawwali and simultaneously free the innocent ones caught by the villain. Sometimes this would happen just before the climax of the movie.

In our movies we also have qawwalis where we see ‘lawful elements(police, CID) and the unlawful elements(goondas, or burglar, thieves)’ have a ‘qawwali muqaabla’ in “disguise”.

I am not a competent person to write or discuss about the technicalities of Qawwalis. But since I like them very much, I had undertaken this series and have presented some qawwalis from the ‘decade of seventies or 1971-to-1980’.

If we look on the statistics of the qawwalis already posted on the blog till today’s song, we get the following details (which could be of interest to music connoisseurs).

Year wise Qawwalis Lyricist wise qawwalis on the blog Composer wise qawwalis on the blog
Year No of Songs Lyricist No of Songs Composer No of Songs
1945 1 Sahir Ludhianvi 26 Roshan 12
1946 1 Shakeel Badayuni 12 Kalyanji-Anandji 9
1948 1 Rajinder Krishan 11 Madan Mohan 8
1949 3 Anand Bakshi 10 Ravi 8
1950 5 Majrooh Sultanpuri 10 Laxmikant-Pyarelal 8
1950 1 Shewan Rizvi 8 Iqbal Qureshi 7
1951 3 Qamar Jalalabadi 6 N. Datta 7
1953 3 Raja Mehdi Ali Khan 5 R.D. Burman 7
1954 5 Asad Bhopali 4 S. Mohinder 6
1955 7 Farooque Qaiser 4 C. Ramchandra 5
1956 7 Kaifi Azmi 4 Jaidev 5
1957 4 Verma Malik 4 Chitragupt 5
1958 6 Not attributed(+Unattributed) 4 Naushad 5
1959 5 Hasrat Jaipuri 3 Ghulam Mohammad 4
1960 10 Ravindra Jain 3 Iqbal 4
1961 11 Anjum Jaipuri 2 Hemant Kumar 3
1962 7 Aziz Ghazi 2 Husnlal Bhagatram 3
1963 15 Gauhar Kanpuri 2 S.D. Burman 3
1964 9 Khumar Barabankvi 2 Shyam Sundar 3
1965 7 Nakshab 2 Jaani Babu Qawwal 3
1966 5 Saba Afghani 2 Ravindra Jain 3
1967 4 Zafar Gorakhpuri 2 Anil Biswas 2
1968 2 A.H. Rizvi 1 Aziz Nazaan 2
1969 1 A. Karim 1 Baabul/Babul 2
1970 3 A. Shamsheer 1 Dattaram 2
1971 3 Aarzoo Lucknowi 1 Hansraj Bahl 2
1972 1 Akhtar Lucknowi 1 Jimmy 2
1973 6 Akhtar Romani 1 Khayyam 2
1974 2 Allama Iqbal 1 Shankar Jaikishan 2
1975 2 Anjaan/Jeet 1 Sonik Omi 2
1976 9 Anjum Rehmani 1 Usha Khanna 2
1977 3 Anwar Farrukhabadi 1 Bulo C. Rani 2
1978 1 Aziz Kashmiri 1 Nashad 1
1979 6 Bharat Vyas 1 A.R. Qureshi 1
1980 3 Dil Lakhnavi 1 A.R. Rehman 1
1981 2 Gulshan Bawra 1 Aziz Ahmed Khan Warsi 1
1982 3 Indeewar 1 B.N. Bali 1
1983 1 Jaan Nisar Akhtar 1 B.T. Singh 1
1990 1 K.L. Pardesi 1 Babloo Dheeraj 1
1991 1 Kaiser Ratnagirvi 1 Bappi Lahiri 1
1999 1 Kidar Sharma 1 Bipin Mehboob 1
2009 1 Mohan (Bihar) 1 C. Arjun 1
2013 1 Mohsin Nawab 1 Chaand Pardesi 1
Momin 1 Damodar Sharma 1
Naqsh Lyallpuri 1 Hafeez Khan 1
Nazaan Sholapuri 1 Harbans 1
Niaz Usmani 1 Jay Kumar 1
Niranjan Iyengar 1 Khemchand Prakash 1
Nusrat Fateh Al1i Khan 1 Lala Sattar 1
Nyay Sharma 1 Nirmal Kumar (S.D. Batish) 1
P.L. Santoshi 1 Nisar Bazmi 1
Parvez Shamshi 1 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1
Prasoon Joshi 1 Peter Nawab 1
Prem Dhawan 1 Rashid Atre 1
Ramesh Pant 1 Ravindran 1
Roopbani 1 Robin Bannerji 1
S.H. Bihari 1 S. Kishan 1
Saba Rampuri 1 S.N. Tripathi 1
Sardar Aah Sitapuri 1 Sajjad Hussain 1
Shailendra 1 Shankar Ehsaan Loy 1
Shakeela Bano Bhopali 1 Shankar Shambhu 1
Shor Niyazi 1 Snehal Bhatkar 1
Surjeet Sethi 1 Sudipta Bhattacharya 1
Tanvir Naqvi 1 Vasant Ramchandra 1
Vishwamitra Adil 1 Vinod 1
Anjum 1
Ramesh Chandra Pandey 1

(The above details are so far compiled for the 173 qawwalis already posted on the blog. There might be some songs which might be missing in absence of the tag ‘Qawwalis’ on their post.
We will revisit the details in the future as and when possible, so till then … 😊)

In this series we have so far listened to the following qawwalis.

SN Qawwaali
1) Bada lutf thha jab kunwaare thhe ham tum
2) Hashr mein unka jab saamna ho gaya
3) Ham lootne aaye hain ham loot ke jaayenge
4) Is mulaaqaat ka bas mazaa leejiye
5) Yaar dagaa de gaya dulhan ko le gaya
6) Na tum hato na ham haten
7) Us jaan e do aalam ka jalwaa
8) Kaun hai mujrim kaun hai munsif
9) Mehfil mein aaye ho aao muqaabil jaan jaayenge
10) Dil ki lagi bujhaa de Ajmer waale Khwaaja
11) Tumhaara pehlaa number Nabi ke tum ho dilbar
12) Nizamuddin Aulia banaa do bigde kaam hamaare
13) Tere chaahnewaale aaye hain

For now, we are concluding this series with the today’s qawwali from the ‘1980’ movie ‘Be-reham’.

This is another movie of which the dedication is to ‘All policemen known and unknown who lived for discipline and died for discipline’. That would also be sufficient for all to guess what the movie is all about.

“Be-reham-1980” was directed by R. Jhalani for ‘K.D.S. Films’.

It was produced by K.D. Shorey who also wrote the story of this movie.

Its star cast included Sanjeev Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy, I.S. Johar, Kadar Khan, Urmila Bhatt, Keshto Mukherjee, Manmohan, Shetty, Raj Mehra, Rinku Jaiswal, Komila Virk, Viju Khote, Ashok Nag, Gurubachan, C.S. Dubey, Sheel Kumar, Amarjeet, R.S. Chopra, Madhup Sharma, Sudarshan Sethi, Sehgal, Uma Khosla, Vimal Chopra, and Helen in special appearance.

Moushumi Chatterjee, Kamal, Sujata and Dev Kumar make a friendly appearance in this movie.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 01.08.1980.

Lyrics of the songs of this movie were written by Verma Malik and Jigar Muradabadi.
Music for this movie was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Here is the list of songs this movie had.

SNo Song Title Singer/s Lyricist
01 Ik lafz e mohabbat ka adnaa sa fasaana hai Asha Bhonsle, Anup Jalota Jigar Moradabadi
02 Ye saal ki aakhri raat hai Shailendra Singh, Anuradha Paudwal, Chandrani Mukherjee Verma Malik
03 Haseenon ki duniya khudgarz hai Lata Mangeshkar Verma Malik
04 Milne ko aate ho, phir bhi mulqaat nahin karte ho Asha Bhonsle Verma Malik
05 Taqdeer ke kalam se koyi bach naa paayega Mohd Rafi Verma Malik/td>
06 Ham aaj ye kissaa khatm karen Asha Bhonsle, Mahendra Kapoor Verma Malik

Today’s qawwali happens when the movie is already having some interesting ‘twists and turn’ in its story. I am not going to detail it more to keep intact the interest of those who would like to or have to watch this interesting movie.

I remember when the movie was released one of my classmates had watched it soon after its release and he was full praise for Sanjeev Kumar and others’ performances in this movie.

Sanjeev Kumar was common favourite of all us friends. And in our circle of juniors and seniors we often discussed about his roles, and everybody would have likened his performance in each of his movies then.
We now move to the today’s song.

It is picturised on Moushumi Chatterjee and the actor whom I am unable to identify.

We can see Keshto Mukherjee, Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy with many others present in the picturisation of this song.
Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Mahendra Kapoor and chorus. Lyrics are by Verma Malik and music is composed by

Let us now enjoy today’s qawwali watching Moushumi Chatterjee’s charming performance and Keshto Mukherjee’s special antics. 😊


Song-Ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen (Beraham)(1980) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

ho o o o o o o o
o o o o

ho o o o o o o o
o o o o

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
ho o o o o o o o
ho o o o o

dha pa dha ga ga ga ga ga ga
ga dha pa re re re re re
ga re ga ni ni ni ni ni ni
ni re saa

husn ek ulti raah hai
husn ek jhoothhi chaah hai
husn to ek gunaah hai ae
husn karta aa tabaah hai

is husn ke nakhre
naaz o nazaaqat
husn ke nakhre
naaz o nazaaqat

is husn ke nakhre
o nakhre
husn ke nakhre
naaz o nazaaqat
roz roz ab kaun sahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham
aaj ye kissa khatm karen
yaa husn rahe
yaa ishq rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen/em>

khud dhokha dagaa fareb karen
khud dhokha dagaa fareb karen
khud dhokha dagaa fareb karen
ilzaam ye husn pe deta rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham

aaj ye kissa khatm karen

ik din dekha
ho o ik din dekha
dard ka maaraa
ik aashiq mastaanaa
jungle jungle maaraa maaraa
phirtaa thha deewaanaa
phirtaa thha deewaanaa
mujhko dekh ke kehne lagaa
ho o
mujhko dekh ke kehne lagaa
arey sun le meraa fasaanaa aa
har ashiq ke ghar ghar mein
paighaam mera pahunchaanaa
ke husn ko itnaa looto maaro
o o o
ke husn ko itnaa looto maaro
saari umr hi rotaa rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham
aaj ye kissa khatm karen

hamaari bhi suno
hamaari bhi suno
Laila ki jab qabr pe chal kar
Ik haseenaa aa aayee
Ro ke lipat ke kehne lagi

Aa he
Ro ke lipat ke kehne lagi

Aa he
Ro ke lipat ke kehne lagi
Aye lailaa teri duhaayee
Kaise badlaa loon inse

Aa he
Kaise badlaa loon inse

Har aashiq hai harjaayee ee
To qabr se lailaa ki rooh ne
Yahi aawaaaaz lagaayi
Nikal pado ab taan ke seenaa
Donon mein se ek rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen ae
ham

aaj ye kissa khatm karen ae
yaa husn rahe
yaa ishq rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham

aaj ye kissa khatm karen

inkaa har daur dekha
inkaa har taur dekha
aa he
inkaa har daur dekha
inkaa har taur dekha

ho salmaa
ya sulekha
hai sab dhokha hi dhokha
inkaa har daur dekha
inkaa har taur dekha

yahaan se aur wahaan se
poochh lo tum jahaan se
Wafaa ke de ke jhaanse
Palat dete hain paase

tarannum inke jhoothhe
tabassum inke jhoothhe
takallum inke jhoothhe
maraasim inke jhoothhe
aahe
chhalaawa hai chhalaawa
bhulaawa hai bhulaawa
inki ulfat ka daawaa
dikhaawaa hai dikhaawaa

tum ban thhan ke na niklo o
to ye dil naa phisley
ik baar marammat hogi
to phir dil naa machle
ishq husn ka dushman hai ae ae
ishq husn ka dushman hai
koyi iske bharose naa rahe
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham

aaj ye kissa khatm karen
rahe
ya husn rahe ya ishq
ham aaj ye kissa khatm karen
ham
aaj ye kissa khatm karen


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 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 :

4831 Post No. : 16611

Today’s song is from a South Indian film, dubbed into Hindi – Piya Milan-1958.

The decade of the 50’s saw almost a spate of Hindi films from South. Some were dubbed, some were remakes and a few were first made in Hindi before they were remade into Tamil or Telugu etc.

Film Titles having the word ” Piya” were made in every decade since the advent of the Talkie films, till the end of the Century.

30’s – Piya Pyaare-1934, Piya ki Jogan-1936
40″s – Piya Milaqn-1945, Piya Ghar Aaja-1947
50″s – Piya (UR), Piya Milan-1958
60″s – Piya Milan ki Aas-1961
70’s – Piya Ka Ghar-1972
80’s – Piya Milan 1985
90’s – Piya ki Jogan-1997.

Except the 2 films of the 30’s and the un released film, I have seem most other films. I consider ‘ Piya Ka Ghar”-1972 as the best among the ‘Piya’ films. It was a remake of a Hit Marathi film – Mumbaicha Jawai-1970. It was directed by my favourite Basu Chaterjee. A genuinely talented actress Jaya Bhaduri was cast opposite a very handsome Non Actor Anil Dhavan in this film.

Film “Piya Milan” was originally a Tamil film MARMAVEERA-56, dubbed in Hindi by R R Productions. The film was originally made by Jubilee films, Madras. The star cast was Shri Ram, Vyjayantimala, Raja Sulochana, V.Nagaiah, T S Baliah, P S Veerappa, Tanghvelu, Chandra Babu etc.

The Hindi version was directed by Raghunath and the music was by Ramesh Naidu. Most songs were having the same tunes as given by the Tamil original’s composer S.Vedhu. The Hindi songs were written by Harsh(3) and Hasrat Jaipuri(6).

The greatest attraction of this film was the Guest appearance by N T Rama Rao, Sivaji Ganeshan and Gemini Ganeshan.

These are the heavyweight actors of the south. Since the 1950’s decade, every south artiste’s dream was to shine in Hindi film industry, because Hindi films meant All India fame and an honour. In this dream many actresses achieved success, but comparatively actors were almost nowhere. The only name perhaps could be taken was that of actor Ranjan and few more. However, Jamuna, Vaijayantimala, Hema malini, Ragini, Padmini, Rekha and many more actresses from South became famous in Hindi films. Likewise when the Tamil and Telugu industry became a big one, many actresses like Khushbu etc from the Hindi land became famous in South films. Somehow males could not achieve this.

One of the major problems for south Indian artistes is the Hindi language. The actresses like Vaijayantimala, Hema Malini and Rekha became experts, but Southern actors could not cross this hurdle. N.T.Ramarao ( 28-5-1923 to 18-1-1996) too tried hard. He featured in 23 Hindi films which were mostly dubbed films barring few. One film Brahmarshi Vishwamitra-1991 was even directed by him. Sivaji Ganeshan (1-10-1927 to 21-7-2001) a winner of the prestigious ” Dadasaheb Phalke Award” in 1996, also featured in 19 Hindi films. Gemini Ganesan-real name R.Ganesan ( 17-11-1920 to 22-3-2005) was actress Rekha’s father. He acted in 24 Hindi films.

Similarly many music directors also had the same desire to shine in Hindi films, but had the same problem of language. One of these MDs was P.Ramesh Naidu who gave music to the Hindi film Piya Milan-1958.

Pasupuleti Ramesh Naidu (Born 18-10-1933,Died 2-9-2005) was born in Kondapalli in Krishna District (Andhra Pradesh). He was so obsessed with music that he ran away and landed in Bombay when he was 14 year old. B R Chopra took him under his wings and Ramesh learnt Instrumentation and orchestration in HMV at Bombay.

He started his music career at the age of 17 years with a Marathi film ” Bhandawal Paahije “-1950, produced, Directed and acted by Kishore Sahu. After a few years he went back to Andhra and got married. He got a son also and then he came to Bombay, on his way to Calcutta. he spent 10 years there giving music to Bangla, Oriya and Nepali films.

He was invited to Madras and he gave music to Amma mata-72. He settled there with his family. He gave music in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. He came to Bombay from time to time to give music to Dubbed and Remade films from the South. He also gave music in a few Bhojpuri films. His Hindi films were Hamlet-54, Jay Simha-54, Piya Milan-58, Nartaki Chitra-65, Ganga Bhavani-79, Azaadi ki Oar-86,and Hum bhi kuch kam nahin-1983.

His first south film was Dampatyam-57 and last was Ish Gup chup-1993. He surpassed Salil Chaudhari by giving music in 10 Indian languages( Salil da gave music in 9 . Ramesh Naidu got the National Award for the film ‘Megh Sandesham’.

Naidu left this world on 2-9-2005, at Hyderabad.

PIYA MILAN-1958 was a story of Kings, Queens and the palace matters. The storyline was…

Maharaja Kulasekhara is the king of Kurni Empire. He has a beautiful daughter Vijaya (Vyjayanti mala), who is in love with a young rich boy, Mahinder (Shri Ram).

Maharaja Parakram Bahu of the neighbouring kingdom comes calling and before going back proposes to Vijaya. he is told that she is already engaged and this alliance is not possible.

Parakram goes back enraged. He consults his vazir, Nari and they decide to destroy Kulasekhara.

They tempt Srimantha, the commander of Kulshekar and then attack Kurni, capture the Maharaja and abduct Vijaya.

The kingdom is then given to Shrimantha. Shrimantha and his cronies torture the poor Janata and loot them.

Suddenly, a masked man called PARAMVEER appears from nowhere and protects the oppressed janata. He also punishes the cronies and Looters.

Meanwhile Parakram Bahu decided to marry Vijaya forcibly.

Getting this news, Paramveer attacks Parakram Bahu in the night ,captures him and rescues the princess Vijaya.

Then Param veer leads a mutiny and defeats Srimantha and rescues Maharaja Kulasekhara.

Finally, it is revealed that Param Veer is no one else but Mahinder ,the fiance of Vijaya.

All is well, after this.

Today’s song is sung by Usha Mangeshkar and Om Verma. I do not know anything about this singer and even after my attempts, I failed to get his information from any known source. But it does seem that this was his only song in a Hindi film. The video shows the song shot on Helen and an actor whom I could not recognise. May be he was from the south.


Song- Tilla langdi koyle(Piya Milan)(1958) Singers-Om Verma, Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-P Ramesh Naidu
Both

Lyrics

tilla langdi koyle hoye tilla langdi koyle
are chamke mor ban ke bhole man mein naache
ye paayal tori chhun chhun chhunke
humka na bano tum
ho humka na bano tum
are kaise baalma tum
in papaye papaye baaten se bana na kisi ko
in papaye papaye baaton se bana na kisi ko

haay haay
haay haay
haay haay
haan

ghaayal kiya man ko nigaahon ne mil ke
do nigaahon ne mil ke
ghaayal kiya man ko nigaahon ne mil ke
do nigaahon ne mil ke
chup raho tum na jaana aur ko banaana
humen chhod tu sataana
chup raho tum na jaana
aur ko banaana
humen chhod tu sataana

ab dil?? aur na tadpoon
tum mere ho jaao
hum tore ho jaayen
tilla langdi koyle hoye tilla langdi koyle
are chamake mor ban ke tu bhole man me naache
ye paayal tori sun ke
tu bhole man me nache ye paayal tori sun ke

hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
haaye

bhadakti aag hoon main ??
sun bairi aag laga doon

arre haay haay haay haay
bhadkati aag hoon main ??
sun bairi aag laga doon

hoon samandar mein ari dekh main naha loon
haan aag main bujha doon
hoon samandar mein ari dekh main naha loon
ha aag main bujha doon
??
apna tumko dheere dheere tumko haule haule

haan mere nain laage
haan mera dil bhi gaaye
ho mere nain lage
ha mera dil bhi gaaye
aa gaye sama din suhaane dil sitaaron mein jhoome
aa gaye sama din suhaane dil sitaron mein jhoome


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Blog Day :

4830 Post No. : 16610

“Nai Maa”(1946) was directed by K J Parmar for Prakash Pictures, Bombay. This obscure movie had Jeewan, Ranjana, Rajkumari , Baby Madhuri etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. One song has been covered in the past. That song was discussed in 2013.

Now, after the passage of more than 8 years, here is the second song from “Nai Maa”(1946) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Parul Ghosh. Ramesh Gupta is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hanuman Prasad.

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


Song-Humko kyun dushman samajhte ho (Nai Maa)(1946) Singer-Parul Ghosh, Lyrics-Ramesh Gupta, MD-Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

humko kyun
humko kyun dushman samajhte ho
tumhen kya ho gaya
haaye ummeedon ke jagte hi
muqaddar so gaya
zindagi ke haaye ab to
sab sahaare chhoot gaye
hum bharose ki tarah se
mai kisi ke lut gaye
ab khushi ka geet bhi
gham ka taraana ho gaya
ab khushi ka geet bhi
gham ka taraana ho gaya

apne haathon hi bandhe hum
zulm ki zanjeer mein
zulm ki zanjeer mein
thokaren khaana hi likha
thha meri taqdeer mein
thha meri taqdeer mein
tumne aankhen pher lin
dushman zamaana ho gaya
tumne aankhen pher lin
dushman zamaana ho gaya
humko kyun
humko kyun dushman samajhte ho
tumhen kya ho gaya


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 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 :

4829 Post No. : 16609

Hullo Atuldom

Day 1 of Sharad Navratr. Ashwin Navratr. Various names for the same festival, various ways to celebrate. I have received pictures of ‘Ghatta-sthapana’, ‘Devi Shailputri’, and of course the South Indian ‘Bomma Kolu’ (or Golu depending on your mother tongue). There is a lot of beauty in the manner in which we decorate our Gods and enjoy the festival. There are special offerings, poojas, archanas, bhajans and BHOJANS too (going by the name ‘Bhog’). Then there is the ever so colour raas garba in Western India, Gujarat and Maharashtra in particular. (May not be organised on a grand scale this year, as we are still worried about the consequences of the Pandemic. Grandeur can wait)

Here is a Devi Maa bhajan to kick-off the festivites. It is from the 1978 release ‘Khoon Ki Pukaar’, the synposis of which is there in this post. The movie was directed by Ramesh Ahuja for Tahir Hussain’s TV Films. It had songs penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and Gauhar Kanpuri and music director was Bappi Lahiri. Today’s song is sung by Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and on-screen, both, Pran and Vinod Khanna lip-sync to Rafisaab’s voice and Aruna Irani sings in Lata didi’s voice. We can also see Shabana Azmi and Reeta Bhaduri seated among the devotees of the temple.

As per what I have seen a few years back, this song is used by Amjad Khan (Daku Zaalim Singh) to send a message to Daku Sher Singh (VK); who is recovering under the care of pujari Baba (ex. Dr. Bhushan played by Pran); through Bijli (Aruna Irani). That should make viewers understand what Aruna Irani and VK are exchanging in sign language (‘ishaaron ishaaron mein’ sounds better, I suppose)

With this we also remember the ever oh-so-handsome and oh-so-good looking Vinod Khanna for his birth anniversary which was yesterday. He would have been only 75.

Audio (Longer)

Video


Song-Jai ambe maa bolo Jai Durge maa bolo (Khoon Ki Pukaar)(1978) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Bappi Lahiri
Chorus

Lyrics

jai jai maa aa aa
jai jai maa aa
jai maa aa aa
rom rom tera naam pukaare
tu hi sabke kaam sanwaare

jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa

tere dwaare ae ae
tere dwaare jo bhi aaya
jeewan paaya maa
sabse nyaari
aprampaari
teri chhaaya maa
hum pe rahe teri nazar
teri dagar sachhi dagar
tu hai maa sabki maa
ho o
hum pe rahe teri nazar
teri dagar sachhi dagar
tu hai maa sabki maa
bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa

jai jai maa aa maa
jai jai maa jai maa
tere bina aa aa
kuchh bhi nahin ee ee
jo o bhi hai ae sab yahaan aan
jai jai maa aa maa
jai jai maa jai maa
oopar waala aa aa
oopar waala khol chuka hai
tera yeh thikaana
inn charnon mein ae ae
inn charnon mein pada hua hai
kab se prem khazaana
maaya teri jisko miley
usko sada chain miley
meri maa devi maa
ho oo
maaya teri jisko miley
usko sada chain miley
meri maa devi maa
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa

jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge ma

jai jai maa aa maa
jai jai maa jai maa
teri leela aaa
tu hi jaane ae ae
tu u hai devi maa aaa aaa
jai jai maa aaa maa
jai jai maa jai maa
tere bande ae ae
tere bande kitne sundar
jinko toone banaaya
un bandon se pyaar kare jo
usne tujhko paaya
mera jeewan tere charan
de de mujhe pyaar ka dhan
sun le maa meri maa
ho o
mera jeewan tere charan
de de mujhe pyaar ka dhan
sun le maa meri ma
bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo

jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa
jai ambe maa bolo
(jai maa aa)
jai durge maa bolo (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (aaaa)
jai durge ma (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (jai maa aa)
jai durge maa bolo (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (aaaa)
jai durge ma (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (jai maa aa)
jai durge maa bolo (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (aaaa)
jai durge ma (aaaa)

jai ambe maa bolo (jai maa aa)
jai durge maa bolo (aaaa)
jai ambe maa bolo (aaaa)
jai durge ma (aaaa)

jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa bolo
jai ambe maa bolo
jai durge maa


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‘Anjaan’ (1941) was produced under the banner of Bombay Talkies and was directed by Amiya Chakraborty who made his debut as a director with this film. The star cast included Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar in the lead roles supported by Girish, P F Pithawala, V H Desai, Gulab, David, Fatty Prasad, Yusuf Suleiman, Master Suresh, Baby Madhuri, Rewashankar, Arun Kumar etc. For Devika Rani, it was her ‘comeback’ film after her last film ‘Durga’ (1939) and after the death of her husband, Himanshu Rai in 1940.

Another ‘first’ for the film ‘Anjaan’ (1941) was that R D Mathur, the US trained photographer who was assistant to Josef Wirsching, the German cinematographer of Bombay Talkies, made his debut as a Cinematographer for the film. He got this opportunity as Josef Wirsching, being a German, was jailed in India during the World War-II. R D Mathur earned his name as an ace cinematographer for his works in films such as ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) and Razia Sultana’ (1983). He also completed the cinematography work for ‘Paakeezah’ (1971) after the sudden death of the film’s cinematographer, Josef Wirsching.

Since the inception of the film productions by Bombay Talkies in 1935, Saraswati Devi and Ramchandra Pal used to be the music directors of all the films of Bombay Talkies released till 1940. ‘Anjaan’ (1941) was the first film of Bombay Talkies for which instead of Saraswati Devi or Ramchandra Pal, the music direction of the film was entrusted to Pannalal Ghosh, who had shifted from Kolkata to Mumbai in 1940 with his wife and playback singer, Parul Ghosh.

Pandit Pannalal Ghosh (24/07/1911 – 20/04/1960), the renowned flautist, who was the pioneer in introducing the flute as the musical instrument in the Hindustani classical musical concerts, had to start his initial musical career in the film industry in Kolkata at the age of 17 when he lost his father. He started with playing flute during the exhibitions of the silent films. When the sound films came into being, he became the music assistant, first to Kazi Nazrul Islam and thereafter to R C Boral when he joined the New Theatres as a musician. He had assisted R C Boral when for the first time, playback singing Indian films was introduced for ‘Dhoop Chhaaon’/Bhagyachakra’ (1935).

Pannalal Ghosh’s association with the film industry was mainly to earn money to take care of his family. His interest was to become a Hindustani classical musician with flute as his musical instrument. He formally became the ‘gadabandh’ disciple of Ustad Khushi Mohammed Khan and after his death, the disciple of Pandit Girija Prasad Chakraborty. Besides working for New Theatres, Pannalal Ghosh regularly participated in the programmes of the All India Radio, Kolkata as a flautist.

In early 1940, Pannalal Ghosh shifted his base to Mumbai along with his family as he felt that there was no recognition to his work in Kolkata. In Mumbai, he followed the same strategy – working in the films for sustenance and pursuing his interest in Hindustani classical music. He immediately got his first assignment as a music director for Kikubhai Desai’s film ‘Sneh Bandhan’ (1940). This was followed by ‘Anjaan’ (1941), ‘Basant’ (1942), ‘Sawwal’ (1943), ‘Duhaai’ (1943), ‘Bhalaai’ (1943), ‘Police’ (1944), ‘Beesvi Sadi’ (1945) ‘Aadhar’ (1945) etc.

However, Pannalal Ghosh could not get satisfaction with his work because of the way the Hindi film industry worked. During this time, Ustad Allauddin Khan of Maihar Gharana, the exponent of multiple musical instruments like sarod, sitar, flute, Veena etc. was staying in Mumbai. Pannalal Ghosh became his disciple at a time when he was already started giving public concerts. ‘Aandolan’ (1951) was his last film as a music director.

From 1955-60, Pannalal Ghosh took up the job as a Composer and Director of All India Radio, Delhi Vadhya Vrinda (Orchestra) and stayed in Delhi with his family. His connection with Hindi films was limited to playing flute as and when music directors called him to Mumbai. The best exmaples of his flute recitals can be found in the song main piya teri tu maane ya na maane from ‘Basant Bahaar’ (1956) and in the song mohe panghat pe nandlal chhed gayo re from ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960).

I have always thought that the flute was a tiny musical instrument – may be not more than 12-18 inches long. I realised that it was not so when I when I saw the photographs of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia playing with their long flutes. The credit for elongating the flute’s normal length to as high as 32 inches goes to Pandit Pannalal Ghosh with an extra 7th hole so that the tiny folk instrument becomes capable of playing Hindustani classical music in various raags. Over a period of time, flute has become one of the concerts’ music instruments along with other music instruments. Probably, Pandit Pannalal Ghosh was the first Hindustani classical musician to play the solo flute in public concerts.

Pandit Pannalal Ghosh died of a massive heart attack on April 20, 1960 when he was 48. He has left a large number of his disciples to keep his legacy alive.

The story of ‘Anjaan’ (1941) as under:

Indira (Devika Rani) is employed by Ranima (Gulab), the widow of the landlord as governess to look after her two children. Ramnath (Girish) is the Estate Manager to Ranima who loves Indira and to get her on his side, he is ready to turn to the villainous acts. Indira falls in love with Dr. Ajit (Ashok Kumar) who often visits Ranima for her medical check-up. Now, this turns into a love triangle. The more love between Dr Ajit and Indira blossom, the more villainous Ramnath turns. Ramnath falsely accuses Indira of secretly visiting to Ajit’s house in the night about which he complains to Ranima. Indira gets her services as governess terminated.

After hearing from Ajit about the wrong doings by Ramnath, it is too much for Ranima for her already weak heart leading to the further deterioration of her fragile health. Ajit administers her injection to revive Ranima but in vain. She is dead. Ramanth finds a good excuse to implicate Ajit on the charge of the murder of Ranima.

The news of the alleged murder by Ajit unnerves Indira as Ramnath tells her that he is going the lodge the murder charges against Ajit. She agreed to marry Ramnath provided he lets Ajit free from the murder charges. Hereafter, she avoids meeting Ajit which creates misunderstanding in his mind about Indira. He decides to leave the place for the city. Ajit decision to migrate to the city is too much for Indira. She decides to meet Ajit at the railway station to tell him the truth. After listening her, Ajit tells her to wait for his return from the city.

Ramnath comes to know about the double crossing by Indira. He lodges the charge of murder on Ajit who is arrested in the city. To prove the motive for the murder of Ranima, Ramnath removes some costly jewelries and declares as missing, pointing finger on Ajit. In the trial in the session court, Ajit argues himself. The judge is impressed by his arguments. But the evidences are all against Ajit. However, it is the two children of Ranima whose evidences clinche the judgement in favour of Ajit. Ramnath is handed over to the police and Ajit gets Indira.(With inputs from the review of the film which appeared in the September 1941 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine).

The film had 10 songs of which 8 songs have been covered on the Blog as under:

Songs Date of Posting Singers
Aayi paschim se ghata naunihaalon jaago 02/03/2015 Devika Rani
Main to tumse bandhi rahoon 11/12/2015 Devika Rani
Mere jeewan ke pathh par chhaayi ye kaun 20/10/2020 Ashok Kumar-Devika Rani
Chhalko chhalko na ras ki gagariya 20/01/2021 Rajkumari
Kheencho kamaan kheencho 26/01/2021 Ashok Kumar-Suresh-Rewashankar
Pyaare pyaare sapne hamare Triple version song 06/02/2021 Ashok Kumar-Devika Rani-Suresh-Rewashankar

I am presenting the last and the final song ‘saanwariya re saanwaria’ which has two versions – a duet sung by Arun Kumar Mukherjee and Susheela and a solo sung by Arun Kumar Mukherjee towards the end of the film. The song is written by P L Santoshi which is set to music by Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. The audio clip of the song is longer by one stanza. Hence the lyrics of the song is based on the audio clip.

My guess is that Arun Kumar Mukherjee sings in both the versions of the song on himself. From the side profile of his face during the singing, I notice some resemblance of Ashok Kumar on his face who was his maternal cousin. In the star cast, the name of Arun Kumar is mentioned.

With this two-version song, all the song of ‘Anjaan’ (1941) have ben covered on the Blog.

Acknowledgement: Some of the information on the early life of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh has been sourced from pannalalghosh.com.

Audio Clip (Duet):

Video Clip (Duet):

Video Clip (Male Solo):

Song-Saanwariya re saanwariyaa (Anjaan)(1941) Singers-Arun Kumar Mukherjee, Susheela, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Pannalal Ghosh
Both

Lyrics(Based on Audio Clip)

saanwariya re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya
ek nagariya ham donon ki
ek dagariya aa
ek nagariya ham donon ki
ek dagariya aa
chal re chal re saanwariya
saanwariya re sawariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya

raah kanteeli door thikaana aa
raah kanteeli door thikaana
phir bhi hamko chalte jaana
raah katili door thikaana
phir bhi hamko chalte jaana
beet jaaye chaahe saari umariya
beet jaaye chaahe saari umariya
chal re saanwariya
haan
chal re chal re saanwariya
sawariya re sawariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya

main tera rahoon tu meri rahe
main tera rahoon tu meri rahe
haan saanwariya re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya

main tera rahoon tu meri rahe
jaise din ke saath ujhera rahe
main tera rahoon tu meri rahe
haan saanwariya re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya

aabaad rahe ham tum donon
aabaad rahe ham tum donon
aabaad hamaara dera rahe
bajta rahe ye iktaara
bajta rahe ye iktaara
madhur preet ki baansuriya
madhur preet ki baansuriya
chal re saanwariya
haan
chal chal re chal re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya
saanwariya re saanwariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya
chal chal re chal re saanwariya

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