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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.

 

पल दो पल का साथ हमारा
पल दो पल के याराने हैं
इस मंज़िल पर मिलने वाले
उस मंज़िल पर खो जाने हैं
 
pal do pal ka saath hamaara
pal do pal ke yaaraane hain
is manzil par milne waale
us manzil par kho jaane hain

This thought, expressed in these words, probably first came about four decades ago (film is ‘The BurningTrain’, 1980). It was March of 1980 that this film hit the theatres around the country. This qawwaali gained a good amount of popularity in its time, and still continues to be a part of selection of lists of qawwaalis in Hindi films. And in a matter of few months, the writer of these lines arrived at the manzil, from where, he was lost to us. 25th October of the same year. The iconic poet Abdul Hayee, decided to abandon this world – an act, a thought that he had expressed multiple times in his verses, over the previous three decades or so, of his career as a songwriter in Hindi films.

Remembering Sahir Sb on the anniversary of his passing away (25th October).

About thirty five years earlier, the listeners started to get the first glimmer of the grimness of life as he saw it. He made his debut in films, in 1948, with the film ‘Azaadi Ki Raah Par’. Scanning the sonography of his writings for films, one has to wait till 1954, and the film ‘Taxi Driver’, to catch the first expressions of listlessness and despair with life.

maayusiyon kaa majmaa hai jee mein
kyaa rah gayaa hai is zindagi mein
rooh mein hai gham dil mein dhuaan

Yes, the iconic song “Jaayen To Jaayen Kahaan. . .” (film ‘Taxi Driver’). Before we come to 1954 and to these verses, there is very little despair, and very little sadness in his poetry for films. I keep stressing ‘for films’, because his non film writings have carried this helpless angst against what this world and this existence is. His very first collection of poetry, published while he still was in college in Lahore, is titled ‘Talkhiyaan’ – which literally translates to ‘bitternesses’. But in his writings for films, we encounter this expression first time in ‘Taxi Driver’.

And then, as if a dam has broken loose. It is 1955 and film is ‘Devdas’. Sahir writes

agar iss jahaan ka maalik kahin mil sake to poochhen
mili kaun si khaataa par hamen is qadar sazaayen

(from the song “Wo Na Aayenge Palat Kar. . .“)

It is 1955 again, and the film is ‘House No. 44’. The verses are

teri duniya me jeene se to behtar hai ke mar jaayen
wohi aansoo wohi aahen wohi gham hai jidhar jaayen

Then again, in ‘Marine Drive’ he writes

zafaaon per zafaa bedaad per bedaad hoti hai
hamaari zindagi kya maut bhi barbaad hoti hai
hamen itnaa to batlaa de jiyen ham yaa ke mar jaayen
bataa ai aasmaan waale tere bande kidhar jaayen

1955 again, and the film is ‘Munim ji’. The verses make an experienced announcement about the reality of this life.

jeevan ke safar mein raahi, miltey hain bichhad jaane ko
aur de jaate hain yaadien, tanhaai mein tadpaane ko

Yet again in 1955, the film is ‘Railway Platform’, and this time the lines tell of another face of life’s reality.

kadam kadam par honi baithhi apnaa jaal bichhaaye
is jeewan ki raah mein jaane kaun kahaan rah jaaye
basti basti parwat parwat gaataa jaaye banjaaraa
lekar dil kaa iktaaraa. . .

Come 1956, and the film ‘Chandrakanta’. The song tells us

maine chaand aur sitaaron ki tamanna ki thi
mujhko raaton ki siyaahi ke siwaa kuchh na mila

 And as if this was not emphatic enough, he goes on to write in the film ‘Funtoosh’,

apne liye kab hain ye mele
ham hain har ek mele mein akele
kyaa paayegaa usmein rahkar
jo duniyaa jeevan se khele
dukhi man mere sun mera kahnaa
jahaan nahin chainaa vahaan nahin rahna

With ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), this bitterness reaches its zenith; and he writes

jahaan ik khilaunaa hai insaan ki hasti
ye basti hai murda paraston ki basti
yahaan par to jeevan se hai maut sasti
ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kyaa hai

And as if this was not convincing enough, his exhortations rise in intensity, and he screams out the words

jalaa do ise phoonk daalo ye duniya
mere saamne se hataa lo ye duniya
tumhaari hai tum hi sambhaalo ye duniya
ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kyaa hai

In ‘Light House’, in 1958, the lines of the song are

lo aaj hamne tod diyaa, rishtaa-e-ummeed
lo ab kabhi gilaa na karenge kisi se ham
tang aa chuke hain kashmakash e zindagi se hum
thukra na den jahaan ko kahin be-dilee se hum

And then, he added another song, which says

saare jag mein apna koi nahin
sukh kyaa dukha ka sapnaa koi nahin
kis jagah jaayen, kis ko dikhlaayen
zakhm-e-dil apnaa

‘Dhool Ka Phool’ came in 1959. His frustrations and anger at the divisive forces in the society burst out in the lines

maalik ne har insaan ko insaan banaayaa
humne usse hindu yaa musalmaan banaayaa
kudrat ne to bakshi thi hamein ek hi dharti
humne kahin bhaarat kahin iraan banaayaa

In 1960, there came the iconic qawwaali in the film ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’. A set of verses that touched upon a variety of emotions of love and the very existence of the individual itself. His own disenchantment, probably, trickles through, in the lines

mere naamuraad junoon kaa hai ilaaj koyi to maut hai
jo dawaa ke naam pe zahar de usi chaaraagar ki talaash hai

Then it was the film ‘Dharamputra’ in 1961. The poet in him raised his voice against the senseless communal divide, and its manipulation. The words are starkly put together

dharti ki sulagti chhaati ke bechain sharaare poochhte hain
yeh kis ka lahoo hai kaun mara

The wrenching torture of loneliness inside, came spewing out in the film ‘Hum Dono’, again from 1961.

kaun rotaa hai kisi aur ki khaatir ai dost
sabko apni hi kisi baat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe, kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aayaa
baat nikli, to har ik baat pe ronaa aayaa

‘Gumraah’ was released in 1963. His personal demons fighting with himself inside, brought out these verses

wo afsaanaa jise anjaam tak laanaa naa ho mumkin
use ik khooboorat mod dekar chhodnaa achchhaa
chalo ik baar phir se, ajnabi ban jaayen ham dono

Also in 1963 came the musical history of ‘Taj Mahal’. And the soul of Sahir rose up to challenge the creator Himself with the lines

ye qatl o khoon kaa riwaaz kyun hai
ye rasm e jang o jadaal kyaa hai
jinhe talab hai jahaan bhar ki
unhi kaa dil itnaa tang kyun hai
. . .
jahaan mein jashn e wafaa ke badle
ye jashn e teer o tafang kyun hai
khudaa e bartar teri zameen par
zameen ki khaatir ye jang kyun hai

The vagaries of his personal destinies starkly reflects in the lines he wrote the 1964 film ‘Chaandi Ki Deewaar’,

ye bebasi bhi kisi ba’ddua se kam to nahin
ke khul ke jee na sakey aur maut bhi na miley
kahin qaraar na ho aur kahin khushi na miley
hamaare baad kisi ko ye zindagi na miley

Again in 1964, the intensity of his despair with life would insistently glare back through the lines in the film ‘Shagun’

bujhaa diye hain khud apne haathon
mohabbaton ke diye jalaa ke
meri wafaa ne ujaad di hain
ummeed ki bastiyaan basaa ke

That I am highlighting the agony and the despair in this selected anthology of his verses, does not imply that his other expressions do not measure up. Not at all. His poetry of love and romance is equally, if not more, expressive of amorous emotions of the human heart. A discourse of the brighter side of his love poetry merits a separate write up. And his grasp of human emotions across the spectrum, is visible in the songs that otherwise would simply be categorized as situational in the movies. That set of writings too, have the power to capture the heart in ways more than one.

Beyond the mid 1960s, the agony within his writings begins to show less and less. In the external environment, the modes of cinematic expressions were changing, and the music of the films was being transformed away and beyond the melodic gems of the golden era. He simply seemed to have withdrawn himself within, pulling all his despair and sorrow, to the inside. But some rare moments did come along.

1973 saw the release of ‘Joshila’, and quite unexpectedly, his writings touched upon the pain of loneliness once again.

jhoothaa bhi naataa nahin chaahon mein
tu hi kyon doobaa rahe aahon mein
koyi kisi sang mare, aisaa nahin hone waalaa
koyi nahin jo yoon hi jahaan mein, baante peer paraayi
ho, kis kaa rastaa dekhe ai dil ai saudaai
meelon hai khaamoshi barson hai tanhaai. . .

In 1975, came ‘Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka’ and in a moment of release, his pen created the lines

dekha hai zindagi ko kuchh itna qareeb se
chehre tamaam lagne lage hain ajeeb se

It was back in 1964, that he wrote his epitaph for himself (film is ‘Dooj Ka Chaand’).

ye raah akele katati hai
yahaan saath na koi yaar chale
us paar na jaane kya paaye
is paar to sab kuchh haar chale
lo apna jahaan duniya waalon
hum is duniya ko chhod chale

On 25th October in 1980, Sahir Sb is duniya ko chhod gaye, leaving behind a body of work in form of seven hundred plus film songs, that are an immense treasure of personal emotions in all the shades of human experiences. In 1980, along with qawwaali that I started this article with, he also wrote another nazm that was featured in the film ‘Kabhi Kabhi’. Yes, I talk of the immensely impressive “Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon”. (Interesting to note the repetition of the phrase ‘pal do pal’, in both these songs.)

In this song, Sahir Sb has said something, which probably is the only one place where I would disagree with him. Totally. You would remember the lines

kal aur aayenge naghmon ki khilti kaliyan chun’ne waale
mujhse behtar kehne waale. . .

No Sahir Sb, I sincerely disagree from the depths of my heart. None will follow who may express it better than you. All songwriters will say it, definitely in different ways, and definitely in ways that are measures of excellence, in their own unique expressions. But no one will be able to say

dil jaley to jaley
gham paley to paley
kisi ki na sun gaayeja. . .

Quite in contrast to the mood of the article, today’s song is a lilting gem that has been created by Sahir Sb and N Dutta for the 1959 film ‘Naach Ghar’ – one of his handful of films that is still waiting to be Yippeee’ed on our blog. Sung by Lata ji, this song is such an endearing expression of expectation; the heart is calling out to the beloved, and is giving so many reasons describing the wait, exhorting for the lover to pay heed, and come. This is such a lovely creation of words and music that I was for a moment surprised that this song is still waiting in the wings.

Listen and enjoy.

Song – Door Se Yun Na Tarsaao  (Naach Ghar) (1959) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – N Dutta

Lyrics

door se yun na tarsaao
roshni ban ke aa jaao
aaj ki raat ke liye

door se yun na tarsaao
roshni ban ke aa jaao
aaj ki raat ke liye. . .

deep jal chuke
saaye dhal chuke
ab to aa jaao
deep jal chuke
saaye dhal chuke
ab to aa jaao
mere pyaar ko
intezaar ko
yun na thukraao
aji tum yun na thukraao
kitni pyaas hai
kitni aas hai
ab to jaan jaao
door se yun na tarsaao
roshni ban ke aa jaao
aaj ki raat ke liye. . .

raat raat bhar
jaag jaag kar
sapne bunti hoon
raat raat bhar
jaag jaag kar
sapne bunti hoon
baithi raah mein
kab se chaah mein
kaliyan chunti hoon
aji main kaliyan chunti hoon
kitni pyaas hai
kitni aas hai
ab to jaan jaao
door se yun na tarsaao
roshni ban ke aa jaao
aaj ki raat ke liye. . .

nain mil chuke
phool khil chuke
ab katraana kya
nain mil chuke
phool khil chuke
ab katraana kya
pehle loot ke
peechhe rooth ke
dil tadpaana kya
aji yun dil tadpaana kya
kitni pyaas hai
kitni aas hai
ab to jaan jaao
door se yun na tarsaao
roshni ban ke aa jaao
aaj ki raat ke liye. . .
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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दूर से यूं ना तरसाओ
रोशनी बनके आ जाओ
आज की रात के लिए

दूर से यूं ना तरसाओ
रोशनी बनके आ जाओ
आज की रात के लिए॰ ॰ ॰

दीप जल चुके
साये ढल चुके
अब तो आ जाओ
दीप जल चुके
साये ढल चुके
अब तो आ जाओ
मेरे प्यार को
इंतज़ार को
यूं ना ठुकराओ
अजी तुम यूं ना ठुकराओ
कितनी प्यास है
कितनी आस है
अब तो जान जाओ
दूर से यूं ना तरसाओ
रोशनी बनके आ जाओ
आज की रात के लिए॰ ॰ ॰

रात रात भर
जाग जाग कर
अपने बुनती हूँ
रात रात भर
जाग जाग कर
अपने बुनती हूँ
बैठी राह में
कब से चाह में
कलियाँ चुनती हूँ
अजी मैं कलियाँ चुनती हूँ
कितनी प्यास है
कितनी आस है
अब तो जान जाओ
दूर से यूं ना तरसाओ
रोशनी बनके आ जाओ
आज की रात के लिए॰ ॰ ॰

नैन मिल चुके
फूल खिल चुके
अब कतराना क्या
नैन मिल चुके
फूल खिल चुके
अब कतराना क्या
पहले लूट के
पीछे रूठ के
दिल तड़पाना क्या
अजी यूं दिल तड़पाना क्या
कितनी प्यास है
कितनी आस है
अब तो जान जाओ
दूर से यूं ना तरसाओ
रोशनी बनके आ जाओ
आज की रात के लिए॰ ॰ ॰

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

The 25th of October is an important date for Hindi film music lovers. In fact, not just for them but for lovers of Urdu poetry too. For it is the anniversary of passing away of one of the industry’s foremost lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi, who was highly regarded not just for lyrics but also for his poetry. In fact it was his poetry that brought him recognition early on – he just extended it to the film industry.

I’ve written about Sahir on multiple occasions here – both on his birth anniversary, and on his death anniversary. Those who know me here are aware that Sahir has a very special place in my heart. Much as for Rafisaab, Sahir’s anniversaries (birth and death) are dates that I always remember.

There’s absolutely no doubt that Sahir was a giant amongst lyricists in the Hindi film industry. This is not to belittle the contributions of many other illustrious lyricists, but whenever there is reference to lyricist legends of the past, Sahir’s name almost always figures amongst the first few names one thinks of. Sure there were other legends too – names of Shailendra, Shakeel, Majrooh, Kaifi Azmi come readily to mind – but Sahir is right up there too in any list. Or maybe I am biased. 🙂

The industry itself is not known to particularly pamper lyricists. Ask any average music lover of a song what he remembers most about it. He will most probably remember the actor(s) on whom it is picturized, he is likely to remember the composer – but the lyricist? He will most probably guess it, depending on the composer, but it is not something that has the same recall as an actor or composer. This is unfortunate because a lyricist can weave magic through his words – which the composer can then set to a tune, picturized on an actor. They are all part of the team – and the lyricist deserves as much to be in the limelight as anyone else.

At least Sahir thought so too. It was only on his insistence that All India Radio even began announcing the lyricist’s name when it played songs on radio. Till then the lyricist’s name wasn’t even mentioned in the credits. This is just as well because songs written by Sahir, with absolutely no disrespect to the composer, were magical in large part due to their lyrics. The lyrics always stood out – and you would find yourself paying far more attention to them, than you’d probably do for other songs. It didn’t matter what type of song it was, happy or sad – if it was written by Sahir, you could be assured of poetry, even if sometimes, dumb’ed down for a film audience.

I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it here – I wasn’t even aware of what a great lyricist and poet Sahir was till I read his obituary in the Illustrated Weekly of India in 1980 when he passed away. Till then, I did know of him as a lyricist – I’d seen several films with his name in the credits. But I had no idea of his body of work. It was only when I read that obit – and it listed some of his songs – that I went totally “Wow!”. There were many songs which were very famous and among my favourites – but I had no clue they were Sahir’s. I knew the ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Gumraah’ and ‘Hamraaz’ songs were written by him – but I didn’t realise, for example, that ‘Sadhna’, ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’ and ‘Chitralekha’ songs were also written by him. And many more, of course. It was only then that I realized what a colossus he had been.

While reading that obit, I got just a glimpse into the life of Sahir. Later I would read much more – and my respect for him would grow everytime I read about him. It was clear to me that the fire in his belly found its release in his writing. And how!

It is only when you are SO passionate about something that you can write with such depth and fervour about it. Sahir’s view of the world and society around him, often cynical, almost always found its way into his poetry. And yet, he could write positive, uplifting lines that energize you! For every cynical “Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai” and “Rehne Ko Ghar Nahin Hai, Saara Jahaan Hamaara“, he also wrote “Wo Subah Kabhi To Aayegi“, “Ghamon Ka Daur Bhi Aaye To Muskuraa Ke Jiyo” and “Ponchh Kar Ashq Apni Aankhon Se, Muskuraao To Koi Baat Baney“.

Where Sahir could write critiques about society at large, coming across as a bitter man, he could also write soft, romantic lines that could woo anyone – “Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar, Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin” is one of my absolute favourites, as is “Parbaton Ke Pedon Par Shaam Ka Baseraa Hai“.

Sahir wrote about communal harmony – “Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalmaan Banega, Insaan Ki Aulaad Hai Insaan Banega“, he wrote about women and their treatment by men “Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko”, he bemoaned the futility of war “Khuda e Bartar Teri Zameen Par, Zameen Pke Khaatir Ye Jung Kyon Hai”, he wrote on rights of labour “”Jaagega Insaan Zamaana Dekhega”. Later in his career, probably somewhat disillusioned, he wrote about the ephemeral nature of fame “Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon“.

Each one of these songs – and many more – has soul. I don’t know how else to express this. There are songs that are a filler in a film, to make it of a desirable length. And there are songs with soul. Sahir’s songs, more often than not, have a soul – there is a depth, or a message, or an emotion in them that tugs at your heart strings. Even a light romantic song would ensure that you were enthralled in its poetry. For example, the song “Ye Parbaton Ke Daaere Ye Shaam Ka Dhuaan“. You are already transported into a different world. And then it goes on to project further – “Zara Si Zulf Khol Do, Fiza Mein Itar Ghol Do, Nazar Jo Baat Keh Chuki, Wo Baat Munh Se Bol Do”. Now how beautiful and romantic is that!

Or just take “Tujhe Chaand Ke Bahaane Dekhoon, Tu Chhat Par Aaja Goriye”. Another romantic song, moulded in a folk tune, I absolutely love!

So much for his brilliant poetry and songs. For me personally, beyond all this, was Sahir the person. He might have been temperamental, he might have had his moods and ego clashes – but for me, from all that I’ve read about him, he was a genuine person. He loved whatever he did, with a passion. And he abhorred whatever he did, with a passion too. He had strong likes and dislikes, he had strong beliefs. And he didn’t believe in pretending to be someone he was not. He also didn’t believe in political correctness, he’d call a spade a spade. Which might be one reason he probably didn’t have too many friends – but the ones he did have, swore by him.

Another aspect of Sahir was his closeness to his mother. Right from his childhood, when in the court of law he preferred to be with his mother than with his far wealthy father, Sahir was extremely close to his mother. In fact, there are a fair number of songs written by him, which are about a child and his/her parent (usually mother). From the top of my mind right now, I remember “Tu Mere Pyar Ka Phool Hai, Ki Meri Bhool Hai” from ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ (1959), the very poignant (and a song that deserves to be much better-known) “Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon” from ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ (1963) and “Tu Mere Saath Rahega Munne” from ‘Trishul’ (1978).  But I am sure there are others too.

In fact, today’s song too is related to the child-parent relationship. The song is from the 1970 film ‘Samaj Ko Badal Daalo’. This is a film I remember seeing in my childhood – it surprised me because, for the first time, I saw a film where the hero (Parikshit Sahni) is killed midway through the film – and the film goes on. I happened to see the film again sometime ago – and it turned out to be very depressing fare. A very realistic film in that it shows the depth of despair from poverty – but am not sure people want to see this when they buy a ticket in a theatre. Usually they want to escape from the reality of poverty around them. I have no idea how the film did at the box-office, maybe someone can shed light on this. It was a remake of a Telugu film (which itself was a remake of a Malayalam film), so it is quite likely that the earlier films were successful. But then regional cinema often is far starker and real than Hindi films, and often liked for precisely this quality.

The song is “Taaron Ki Chhaon Mein”. There are two versions – a happy and a sad version. In the happy version, Sharada (known for her Telugu films) and Parikshit Sahni (then still called Ajay Sahni) are enjoying time with their little baby. In the sad version, Sharada is crying, remembering the good times. Very briefly, what has happened in between is – Parikshit Sahni, a righteous worker in a factory, and leading a strike on behalf of other workers, has been killed. As a result, the family has come upon hard times – and everyone turns their back on Sharada. Even those on behalf of whom Parikshit Sahni was fighting. Things go from bad to worse – to the extent that finally she is driven to such despair that she ends up killing her own children. If this isn’t dire, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, let me not spoil your mood any further. Just sit back and listen to this song by Sahir. And let’s also thank him for the very rich legacy of songs and poetry that he has left us with.

[Happy Version]

[Sad Version]

Song – Taaron Ki Chhaon Mein, Sapnon Ke Gaon Mein (Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo) (1970) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – Ravi
Lata + Rafi

Lyrics

(Happy Version)
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmm
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmm

aaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaa aaa

taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
so jao chain se
is kaali rain se
aage jo desh hai suhaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

gagan taley pawan chale
thandi suhaani
dheemi dheemi leye mein kahe meethi kahaani
aayi re
aayi re
aayi hindoley le ke nindiya ki raani
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

bhanven teri pitaa jaisi
maa jaisi akhiyaan

gazab karen jiya haren
bholi kanakhiyaan

aayin re
aayin re
aayin hai lene tumhe phoolon ki sakhiyaan
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

aayi re
aayi re

aayi re chanda ke rath ki sawaari
so jao
so jao
so jao
so jao
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm

(Sad Version)
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai
so jao chain se
is kaali rain se
aage jo desh hai suhaana hai
taaron ki chhaon mein
sapnon ke gaon mein

pariyon ke sang tumhe jaana hai

khili rahe saji rahe
yun hi ye kyaari

hansi khushi jiyo sabhi
maa tum pe vaari

aayi re
aayi re

aayi re chanda ke rath ki sawaari
so jao, so jao
so jao, so jao
so jao, so ja. . .

 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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(हर्ष)
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम मम्मम

आss आsss आsss आss
आssss आss आss

तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
सो जाओ चैन से
इस काली रैन से
आगे जो देश है सुहाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
पारियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

गगन तले पवन चले
ठंडी सुहानी
धीमी धीमी लय में कहे मीठी कहानी
आई रे
आई रे
आई हिंडोले ले के नींदिया की रानी
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

भवें तेरी पिता जैसी
माँ जैसी अखियाँ
गजब करें
जिया हरें
भोली कनखियाँ
आईं रे
आईं रे
आईं हैं लेने तुम्हें फूलों की सखियाँ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है

खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
आई रे
आई रे
आई चंदा के रथ की सवारी
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
सो जाओ
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम
हम्मम मम्मम मम्मम

[विषाद]
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
सो जाओ चैन से
इस काली रैन से
आगे जो देश है सुहाना है
तारों की छाँव में
सपनों के गाँव में
परियों के संग तुम्हें जाना है
खिली रहे सजी रहे
यूं ही ये क्यारी
हंसी खुशी जियो यूं ही
माँ तुम पे वारी
आई रे
आई रे
आई चंदा के रथ की सवारी
सो जाओ सो जाओ
सो जाओ सो जाओ
सो जाओ सो जा॰ ॰ ॰


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.

khoobsurat haseen, koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin

Greetings to Asha Parekh ji, on completing 75 illustrious years, with all but 10 of them, in the film (and TV) industry.

The years have come and gone by, but the grace, the radiance, and smile is still the same. Having made her debut as a child star at the tender age of 10, it indeed has been a very fruitful and a prolific inning that she has played. The wires carried the news today in the day that her autobiography (co-authored with Khalid Mohammed) was released today. The title of the book is ‘The Hit Girl’. I am sure no explanation needs to be rendered for the title. Starting with ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1959, there is a long list of hit films in which she has played the female lead role, all the way till the mid 1970s, when she moved into senior and supporting roles. The list of films reads like the ‘Best of 1960s/70s’. The list contains a ton of favorites. And I am sure all of us have a few on this list, that we will pick as our favorite films.

My love affair with Asha ji started with the song “O Mere Sona Re Sona Re Sona Re”. Film is ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966). Too much of a small pre-school/early school kid that I was, this is one of the earliest memories that I carry of having seen a film on big screen. Not yet trained in the discussions of the finer details of music and instruments, those were the days that the melody would fall into the ears and the mind would capture it instantaneously and store it in the neurons forever. The music of ‘Teesri Manzil’ had this first impact on my nascent mind. Soon the brainwaves would be crowded with thousands of songs that the mind soaked in from listening to the radio. But the music of ‘Teesri Manzil’ – let me ask you, what would you do with your first out-of-this-world music experience. An yes, right, you will store it forever, and play it often.

Watching the film, I had an additional impact. Most of the films memories and emotions have been built and retained from watching it again and again over the years. But that first viewing in the big and dark cinema hall, with the larger than life images thrown on to the huge white screen – the memory that is retained is of this young, very beautiful girl singing “O Mere Sona. . .”, and making an all out effort to pacify a gentleman named Shammi Kapoor, who seemed to be upset and angry.

The mind at that time was too unfamiliar with the grown up emotions, to appreciate that the two characters on screen are in the process of falling in love. All I know is that I took an intense fancy to this young lady singing on the screen. Her expressions, her vitality, her antics took my heart away, and in its place, left her own images, that I remember, I would ruminate (yes, sorry, I did not know these words at that time; I am articulating them now) and dwell upon for weeks and months. In short, if I knew then and understood the grown-up emotions, I would have happily declared that I was in love. The expressions in this song are so natural, so much in flow, so much coming from the bottom of a playful and naughty young heart, that I believed all I saw on the screen. And simply fell in love.

Being what I was, a pre school small child, I did not know what to do with that fancy. All I know is that I would think about her, and this song I witnessed in the cinema hall. I would think about her often; likely that it was more often than often. I just liked being with her thoughts, and being with her in thoughts. I would fancy that we would meet, that we would be together. I did not know then, what else to do with that fancy. Other than the thing that I quite enjoyed to be in her company in thoughts. The song and its associated images would continue to replay on the screen of the mind, all the time. Yes, that is what it felt like, being in love.

I remember it took some months for this fancy to wear off. The song, the antics, the images in the mind – all of that was intact, and still is. Just that, that unnamed craving to be with her in person, quite faded away, and settled down into a liking in the heart, that would say – she is my favorite. Maybe so – maybe it was another fancy that would steal my attention away (more about that later 😉 ). But I do know that the fancy strongly lasted well for many months.

As I was looking to replay this episode, and searching for a suitable song, I happened to chance upon this song, that was quite unfamiliar for me before I heard it with some attention earlier today. I remember that ‘Saajan’ (1969) was not one of those films that I had watched in its original run. With limited opportunities to watch new releases in the cinema hall, I had very little say in which movies to see. As i played this song today, the lines that immediately caught my attention, are the ones I have noted at the beginning of this article.

khoobsurat haseen, koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin

That there is none so beautiful
And so charming as you are
Faces, enchanting as much as yours
Are surely seen at times
But oh so rarely
And oh so scarcely

Oh so true, and so well in tune with that fancy of mine years ago. A face so charming as hers, a screen presence so appealing as hers, comes by quite rarely, quite once in a while.

An eminent celebration for this gorgeous milestone today, Asha ji. And I pray that there be many more such celebrations to come. May He endow good health and longevity upon you, and that you be khoobsurat haseen, forever.

Many many happy returns of today.

Song – Ae Mere Meharbaan Ae Mere Hamnasheen  (Saajan) (1969) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

ooo oooo oooo ooooooo
ooooo oooo ooooo ooo ooo ooo
oooo ooo ooo oooo oooo oooooooo
oooo oooo ooooo ooooo
ooooooo

wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa
yaa wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa wai wai yaa
yaa wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa wai wai yaa

ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

phoolon ko bahaar jaise pyaar karti hai
jaise pyaa..aar karti hai
dil ko teri yaad beqaraar karti hai
beqaraa..aar karti hai
hota hai asar. . .
hota hai asar
pyaar mein ye magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

laayi tere naam mein pyaam aankhon ka
mein pyaa..aam aankhon ka
kar le tu qubool ye salaam aankhon ka
ye salaa..aam aankhon ka
milti hai nazar. . .
milti hai nazar
dilbaron se magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

aaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओss ओsss ओsss ओssssss
ओssss ओss ओsss ओs ओs ओs
ओsss ओs ओs ओss ओss ओssssss
ओss ओss ओsss ओsss
ओssssss

वई वई या
वई वई या
या वई वई या
वई वई या वई वई या
या वई वई या
वई वई या वई वई या

ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं

फूलों को बहार जैसे प्यार करती है
जैसे प्या॰॰आर करती है
दिल को तेरी याद बेक़रार करती है
बेक़रा॰॰आर करती है
होता है असर॰॰॰
होता है असर
प्यार में ये मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं

लाई तेरे नाम में पयाम आँखों का
मैं पया॰॰आम आँखों का
कर ले तू क़बूल ये सलाम आँखों का
ये सला॰॰आम आँखों का
मिलती है नज़र॰॰॰
मिलती है नज़र
दिलबरों से मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं

आs आsss आsss आssss
आsss आssss आssss आsss


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.

This post is the 13600th post, 600th song of Sahir Ludhianvi and 1100th post of Sudhir Jee in the blog.

One more song that I can’t believe has not yet been included in the annals of our blog. Such a melodious, lilting and fast paced lovable song. It used to be aired on the radio quite regularly, and was one of the listening favorites. The vintage is 1964, and so quite well still retained in the memory. As I started to search for a Sahir song for this post today, I was not quite satisfied with some of the ones that showed up as possible candidates. You see, as we progress and post more songs, and the artist counts starts to close in to their total no. of songs, then in all likelihood, the better ones, the favorite ones are mostly accounted for on the blog. So if one is looking for a favorite song as a representative work of an artist, it becomes quite an effort to locate one.
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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.

Yesterday, 13th August was the birthday of Vijayantimala, as she turns 81.

For this celebration, here is a wonderful song performed by her, from the film ‘Phoolon Ki Sej’ (1964). The film is from the banner of Anjali Pictures of Madras, and is produced by Adi Narayan Rao. The film is directed by Inder Raj Anand. The songs in this film are written by Hasrat Jaipuri, and the music is by Adi Narayan Rao. The screenplay of this film is adapted by Inder Raj Anand, from one of the popular novels of Gulshan Nanda – ‘Andhere Chiraagh’.
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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.

Today, 13th August is the birthday of Sridevi, as she turns 54.

For this celebration, here is a wonderful dance song performed by her, from the film ‘Jaag Utha Insaan’ (1984). The setting for the song is a stage performance, likely at a religious function. On stage, Sridevi is accompanied by Mithun Chaktravarty playing the flute and Beena signing the vocals. We also see Sudhir Dalvi, sitting next to Beena. In the audience we can see Yunus Parvez, sitting in the chair right up front, Sujeet Kumar and Kaanan Kaushal sitting  in the audience, Rakesh Roshan and Deven Verma, standing at the back, with Somayaajulu making an entry, while the program is in progress.
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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.

Missing Films of 1960s – 34
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Yesterday, 25th July, was the anniversary of passing away of GS Kohli, the music director extraordinaire. He passed away in 1996, in Bombay.

A long time assistant music director to OP Nayyar, he had a short stint as an independent music director in the decade of 1960s. Despite a load of fantastic lilting songs in all his films – songs that became instant hits, very popular in their times, and still continue to be favourites of the lovers of the golden era of Hindi film music – he remained confined to B/C grade stunt films only. He continued to work as OPN’s assistant before, during and after his stint as an independent music director.
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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.

First order of the day – a thousand congratulations to Atul ji, on the completion of 9 years of this blog. And congratulations to all us members of the bandwagon, together making this such a pleasurable journey.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today is the 5th remembrance day of Rajesh Khanna – the first and only Superstar of Hindi cinema. Today I present on our blog, another lovely nice – hummable song from the movie ‘Bundalbaaz’, sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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, July 7, 2017 is the 103rd birth anniversary of Anil Biswas (07/07/1914 – 31/05/2003) who defined the Hindi film music at its incipient stage in Bombay film industry. It is a double celebration for him as the song to be discussed today will be his 300th song on the Blog.
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