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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.

Saga Of Sleepless Nights -1
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oo oo. . neend na mujh ko aaye,
dil mera ghabraaye
chup ke chup ke, koyi aa ke,
soyaa pyaar jagaaye

कोई तो ऐसी उमर रही होगी, कोई तो ऐसा मुकाम आया होगा ज़िंदगी में, जब किन्हीं जज़्बातों के चलते, कुछ (या फिर कई) रातें आप ने जाग के गुज़ारो होंगीं।

There must have been an age, a time in life, a passage of emotional intensities, when you may have spend a few (or maybe many) sleepless nights – thinking, waiting, contemplating. Yes, they visit us all, the nights of the wide open eyes, when a cloudy sky is an irritating bore – for if the skies were clear, at least you would be able to start counting the stars.

The level and quality of the anxieties may be different, but yes, all of us have experienced such flavors of anxieties, that have kept us awake when we should not have been. Sleep is such a dear and an essential passage, without which our very survival is threatened. And yet, there are compulsions of overriding emotions that sometimes force us to forsake even this essential commodity.

Sometimes we are sleepless because we are too sad; sometimes we are sleepless because we are too happy; and then again, sometimes we are sleepless for we are not sure. And mostly, we are sleepless when we are in love. Sometimes it is because we are agonized over the apparent cruelties of the person we love. And sometimes we are sleepless because we are ecstatic for the messages and favors of love received. And then there are uncertainties that keep gnawing us from the inside – uncertainties of the type that say “he loves me, he loves me not”, or “will I meet her tomorrow again?”.

Such vagaries of love take over the reins of the mind. The body discounts, nay forsakes, the fatigue of the day. The eyes may be clamoring for some rest, but the mind insists on keeping awake. For some reasons, it is the comfort and the pleasure of being alone in the silences of the night. For some other reasons, it is the only time one may have of a private expression of personal sadnesses. Or the only time of private tribulations of anxieties, as one waits for an arrival or a happening. The newly-father-to-be is seen pacing outside the delivery room, sleepless, anxiously awaiting to hear the sounds of the outcome 🙂 (pun intended). It is interesting to recall; of all the childbirth scenes picturized in the Hindi Cinema, the most such scenes are happening in the night. More sleeplessness for all.

Another creature of sleeplessness is – yes, it is the poet. Ask any poet about sleepless nights, and you will be handed over a few sample verses immediately. Long nights and poets have an association that predates even history. A sleepless mind, of the creative type, is sure to string together some words and make a song, eulogizing all the characteristics and the experiences of a sleepless night. Every poet of note, and also those not of note, have all penned verses about tackling sleeplessness – some may enjoy it, others may bemoan it, but none can ignore it or overlook it. A number of sonnets by Shakespeare touch upon this subject of sleeplessness; I shall try to bring that into one of this series.

And Hindi cinema. Of course, yes. Scores of situations where one comes across songs and verses that tell the stories about sleepless nights. The poets and the composers have labored hard to bring us some very beautiful songs that are driven by lack of any comfortable rest. Ah yes, a number of such songs will immediately come to mind. In this series, my effort is to present some real wonderful, but obscure gems that talk about the loneliness of sleepless nights, or yes, even otherwise. What I mean by ‘otherwise’ is the songs that are the tellings about the sleeplessness by one person to the other. Eg. “Ibtidaa e Ishq Mein Hum Saari Raat Jaage. . .” (‘Hariyali Aur Raasta’, 1962) or “Mein Kyaa Kahoon Raat Ki Baat Sakhi Ri” (‘Tilasmi Duniya’, 1946). So yes, we shall be meeting some very familiar songs, and some lost memories in this series.

Today’s song is from an as yet unrepresented film on our blog. The film is ‘Talwaar Ka Dhani’ from 1956. The song is penned by Gopal Singh Nepali, and the music is from the mind of the magic melody maker – Chitragupt. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle. Earlier today, Atul ji has an observation about GS Nepali – Chitragupt – Asha Bhosle combination that has come together to create some very memorable songs in the 1950s. This song is one of their best, I must say.

It is GS Nepali’s birth anniversary today (11th August). A lot has already been written about this poet, by me and by Atul ji in earlier posts – “Hum The Intezaar Mein, Ghaayal Tere Pyar Mein” (‘Sultanat’, 1954), and “Jab Sur Alag Ho Saaz Se” (‘Sati Madalsa’, 1955). So I will not repair to the details herein, and will move on with a grand salute to this lesser known poet, who has recently clocked a century of posts on our blog.

The song – well something needs to be said about it. I was actually searching for a song for GS Nepali Sb’s anniversary. In my searches, I came across the film ‘Talwaar Ka Dhani’ of 1956. As has happened so many times before, the songs of this film are sitting with me but I have not heard them. Or not all of them. As I played this song, getting to hear it for the first time, I was simply bowled over. I played it again and again, but I simply do not seem to be getting enough of it into myself. Simply said, this song is a beauty – a beauty of soft melodious expression of some very lovely and meaningful poetry. This song simply is not going away from the mind. The theme being sleepless nights, I then just got hooked on to initiate this series today, with this song – a series that I have been contemplating for more than a year now. The wait simply has been that I have still to fully plan and chalk out the series. But the encounter with this song last night just fast forwarded the decision for me. One song of this film is already posted here on our blog. This is the second song to find its place here.

Listen to this lovely beautiful aria. The starting bars themselves, even before the words start, have such a soothing comforting effect on the mind. I am sure you will fall in love, as I have. And then the voice comes along, with the words. Asha ji is trying to be soft, but simply cannot keep out the playful expectations, that make the sound of this song so cute and endearing. Let me stop my words and let you click the play. And be in love, all over again.

[Ed Note: Ah yes, one more ‘Raja’ song. 🙂 ]

Song – Neend Na Aaye Raja, Tum Yaad Aaye  (Talwar Ka Dhani) (1956) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Gopal Singh Nepali, MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

neend na aaye raja
tum yaad aaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye. . .
neend na aaye raja

laakhon sitaare
dilkash nazaare
phir bhi kami hai piya
bina tumhaare
nazron mein tum ho to
chaand na bhaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

dil nahin bas mein
pyaar nas nas mein
neend chura ke meri
khaao na kasmen
dil nahin bas mein
pyaar nas nas mein
neend chura ke meri
khaao na kasmen
mujhko papiha tere naghme sunaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

teri judaai
meri tanhaai
yaad puraani phir se
taaza ho aayi
teri judaai
meri tanhaai
yaad puraani phir se
taaza ho aayi
aise royen kaise
palken milaaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye
neend na aaye raja

neend na aaye raja
tum yaad aaye
thandi hawaaon mein bhi
soya na jaaye. . .
neend na aaye raja
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नींद ना आए राजा
तुम याद आए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये॰॰॰
नींद ना आए राजा

लाखों सितारे
दिलकश नज़ारे
फिर भी कमी है पिया
बिना तुम्हारे
नज़रों में तुम हो तो
चाँद ना भाए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

दिल नहीं बस में
प्यार नस नस में
नींद चुरा के मेरी
खाओ ना कसमें
दिल नहीं बस में
प्यार नस नस में
नींद चुरा के मेरी
खाओ ना कसमें
मुझको पपीहा तेरे नग़में सुनाये
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

तेरी जुदाई
मेरी तनहाई
याद पुरानी फिर से
ताज़ा हो आई
ऐसे रोएँ कैसे पलकें मिलाये
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये
नींद ना आए राजा

नींद ना आए राजा
तुम याद आए
ठंडी हवाओं में भी
सोया ना जाये॰॰॰
नींद ना आए राजा

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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.

Remembering Geeta Dutt.

She passed away 45 years ago on 20th July in 1972, brining to close a tumultuous and tragic life, all of 41 years. A voice that held so much promise, and yes, she gave too, so many wonderful gems to remember her by. Just going by the numbers – the decade of 1950s carries close to 850 songs sung by her. And then, in the 1960s, she has recorded less than hundred. And the majority of them belonging to the first half of the decade.

Emotional stability and personal circumstances have such big impact on the performance and output of an artist. It is difficult, and even unfair, to comment on a artist’s portfolio of work, trying to juxtapose it against the personal ups and downs. But in some cases, it stands out quite starkly. The 1950s were the heydays for Geeta Rai, later to be Geeta Dutt, when she married Guru Dutt in 1953. But then, subsequently, a film maker’s life became an impediment in the relationship. Both spouses are artists and creators par excellence, and based on what is written about them, also very sensitive individuals. Thankfully, both are non-compete. And yet, the personal affairs, and the airing of these personal matters in public and media, took a heavy toll of personal energy and emotions, impairing to an extent, their abilities to perform.

In early 1960s, we see a slowdown in Geeta’s output. And then, the tragedy strikes – come 1964 and Guru Dutt is no more. The devastation that descends on Geeta is visible simply from the quantum of her artistic output. Especially in the latter half of 1960s, the songs by her are reduced to a trickle, with just a handful being recorded each year.

The decade turns into 1970s. Just one released film ‘Anubhav’ (1971) with a set of three superb renditions. For a moment, the media, the industry watchers and the listeners, are all agog. The expectations rise once again; here a comeback seems to be in the offing. But then a more tragic news follows almost immediately. She herself is gone; just in 1971 itself. A brilliant blaze that is gone in a flash. The world would no more hear any new songs in her voice. And the songs of ‘Anubhav’ – three recordings that are so full of life, are so reminiscent of the Geeta of 1950s – these become her swansong, so unfortunately. Speculations is all that remains.

For today’s remembrance I am able to pull out this touchingly poignant rendition from one of her very early films, not easily remembered and not easily available. The year is 1947. The industry and the listening public has already stood up to the vibrant sounds of ‘Do Bhai’ that have been rendered under the baton of SD Burman. In the same year, the film ‘Jadui Ratan’ was released. And this new voice of a young girl of 16 is taken up by Chitragupt, another relatively newcomer in the industry, for this film. The film is produced under the banner of Kismet Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by Natwar Shyam. Chitragupt had young Geeta Roy sing two duets and one solo song in this film.

I am presenting today the solo song – “Rut Badal Gayi, Wo Taraana Badal Gaya”. Geet Kosh lists two songwriters for this film namely Behzaad and Kamlakant. However, the assignment of specific songs to individual songwriters has not been made.

A tender and touching melody from seventy years ago, sung by a young girl of 16 at the time of recording. Listen to this beautiful rendition, and marvel at the emotive potential this voice carried, at that young an age.

 

Song – Wo Rut Badal Gayi Wo Taraana Badal Gaya  (Jadui Ratan) (1947) Singer – Geeta Roy, Lyrics -[Unattributed], MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

ye keh ke phir guzar gayi
fasl e bahaar bhi
phoolon mein tha jo apna thikaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

main kis tareh sunaaun
tumhen dastaan e dil
main kis tareh sunaaun
tumhen dastaan e dil
aankhon mein ashq aaye
fasaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

kumhla chuke hain phool
sitaare udaas hain
kumhla chuke hain phool
sitaare udaas hain
ab intezaar ka bhi
zamaana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

wo rut badal gayi
wo taraana badal gaya
tum kya gaye
ke hum se zamaana badal gaya

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

ये कह के फिर गुज़र गयी
फस्ले बहार भी
फूलों में था जो
अपना ठिकाना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

मैं किस तरह सुनाऊँ
तुम्हें दास्तान ए दिल
मैं किस तरह सुनाऊँ
तुम्हें दास्तान ए दिल
आँखों में अश्क आए
फसाना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया

कुम्हला चुके हैं फूल
सितारे उदास हैं
कुम्हला चुके हैं फूल
सितारे उदास हैं
अब इंतज़ार का भी
ज़माना बादल गया

वो रुत बादल गयी
वो तराना बादल गया
तुम क्या गए
के हमसे ज़माना बादल गया


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.

de de
de de
allah ke naam pe de de
ek time machine ka sawaal hai baba

I need a time machine. Ah yes, you will all also say the same; exactly, we all need a time machine. I want to go back into the previous century, and view all these movies that create so much mystery and intrigue. Every film that I am not able to find anything about, makes me want to invent a time machine, and fly back into the past and watch the films, and then come back and write a more informed article about it.
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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.

Mohammed Rafi – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 35
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“शम्मा बुझने को चली

Of the many colors of Rafi Sb’s voice, probably the most touching, and the most impressive is his interpretation of the emotions of sadness. Maybe, it be so that the “. . . sweetest songs are the ones that tell of the saddest thoughts” (from the poetry of Percy Shelley, that inspired the iconic song of ‘Patita’ (1953) – “Hain Sab Se Madhur Wo Geet Jinhen Hum Dard Ke Sur Mein Gaate Hain”). And maybe, that the genuineness and honesty of expressions that go together with the unfeigned and substantive voice of Rafi Sb, it simply makes us feel the true depth of this ‘sweetness’ – a sweetness that touches a very familiar, a very dear chord within.
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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.

Mohammed Rafi – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 33
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“ले के सहारा तेरे प्यार का

OK, back again, even a longer absence this time. About these gaps, the less I say is better, because everything sounds like an old story. So I will let it be. 🙂

Coming the next installment in this series of Rafi Sb songs.  Today, I present a solo by Rafi Sb, from the 1960 film ‘Naache Nagin Baaje Been’.
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This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

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The Voice of Mukesh #70
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This voice has such an alluring appeal. No matter what the song may be, Mukesh ji’s voice has the quality to enliven the song with the depth of his soulful emotion. The words come alive with his rendition. Listen to any of his songs, whether they have been popularized on account of association with successful films and actors, or they belong to obscure, unheard and unsuccessful films. His songs from many such films have remained obscure and unheard. For songs of Mukesh, the unexplored era is primarily in the 1970s.  There still are many songs sung by him, that have to find their place on this blog. Many of them are unfamiliar and obscure, and some are familiar but unheard for long.
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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.

nand ghar anand bhayo
jai kanhaiyya lal ki

Greetings all friends on this auspicious celebration of Nandotsav today. Just a little while back, the prayers and aartis were being held in all temples celebrating the anniversary of the appearance of Krsna, in a jailhouse in Mathura. The main telecast was coming from the Janambhoomi temple in Mathura itself. All temples were crowded with devotees who had come for the darshan of infant Krsna, who appeared to Devaki and Vasudev during their confinement in the prison of Kans, the cruel and vengeful king of Mathura.  And worse, Kans was the cousin brother of the very lady, Devaki, whom he had imprisoned. The story of that confinement and of the reasons behind it has been told many times.
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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.

Mohammed Rafi – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 18
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‘ट’
“टूट गए सब साथ सहारे”

Aah, long gap, long wait. We come to the next episode in the alphabetic series of Rafi Sb songs. The word for today is ‘ट’ and the song is from a film from 1955 – ‘Raaj Darbaar’. As the name suggests, this is a costume drama that is directed by Balwant Bhatt for the banner of Deepak Pictures, Bombay. The star casting pairs Nirupa Roy opposite to Ranjan, as the lead pair. Others in the star cast include Ishwar Lal, Ranjeet Kumari, BM Vyas, Nagpal, Kesri, Shyam Sunder, Master Bachcha, Azeem, Neera, Henna, Asha Mathur etc.
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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.

Songs to Tickle Your Memory – 30
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The inboxes on my email, mobile and YouTube account seems to be getting as many reminder messages these days, as messages for request. 🙂 This song apparently has not yet surfaced in public domain. And for those who have heard it, and remember it, this is a vintage Chitragupt melody – stuff that memory ticklers are made of. I got requests from more than one friend (Arvinder ji included, of course) to post this song. And our dear friend Manju ji (daughter of producer director K Amarnath) is also waiting for this song.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today is Monday,7th March 2016,the holy day of MAHA SHIVRATRI.

I wish all our readers happiness and may Lord Shiv ji shower His Blessings on all of you, today and always !
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