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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 14
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As we celebrate seven decades of freedom, patriotic songs continue to eulogize the glories of our nation. These songs have always had a special place in the hearts of all Indians. During the good old days of DD, many such songs were played throughout the day on such occasions. One of the very common songs that was invariably played was the Mukesh number “Chhodo Kal Ki Baaten” from the film ‘Hum Hindustani’ (1960). Coming from the baton of Usha Khanna in her second film as a composer, the song was sung with much gusto by Mukesh. The other famous song by Mukesh in this genre is obviously the title song from ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960).

However a lesser known fact is that Mukesh sang nearly 20 film and non-film patriotic songs. The very first duet that Mukesh sang with Lata Mangeshkar – “Ab Darne Ki Koi Baat Nahin Hai” (from ‘Majboor’, 1948) as well as GeetaDutt – “Watan Ki Maati Haath Mein Le Kar” (from ‘Gaon’, 1947), are both patriotic songs.

Amongst his other patriotic songs, Atulji posted “Na Koi Raha Hai Na Koi Rahege” (from ‘Johar Mehmood in Goa’, 1965) a few weeks back.

The iconic song “Mera Rang De Basanti Chola” has been sung by many singers at different times. Mukesh too is involved in one of the versions from the film Shaheed (1965) which he sings along with Mahendra Kapoor, and Rajendra Mehta.

There are about a dozen more songs of Mukesh in the patriotic category and quite a few of them are yet to be posted. Since the list may not be complete and also as the other songs are not too well known, I will desist myself from making a list of all his patriotic songs at this stage.

However, as a regular feature in this series, a tabular column is always in order. Following is the list of the songs composed by Ram Ganguly, and sung by Mukesh.

S.No Name of Song Movie
(Year of release)
Co singer
(if any)
Lyricist
1 Raat ko ji haay raat ko ji Aag (1948) Shamshad Begum Majrooh Sultanpuri
2 Rab mere araj sun meri Aag (1948) Sailesh Mukherji Saraswati Kumar Deepak
3 Zinda hoon is tarah Aag (1948) Behzad Lucknowi
4 Aazad ho gaya Jalsa (1948) Ramesh Gupta

Aag (1948). As we are all well aware, this was the directorial debut of Raj Kapoor and Ram Ganguly had scored the music for the film. Some misunderstanding between the director and the composer resulted in a phenomenon called Shanker-Jaikishen. Rest as they say, is history.

Personally, for me, the music of ‘Aag’ is altogether on a different platform. There is something captivating in the compositions. I often listen to the songs from this movie, each time savouring the music.

The career of Ram Ganguly after ‘Aag’ was not a smooth ride. There were hardly any films that were musically successful. I was wondering if any of our more knowledgeable contributors have written a post on the life and career of the composer. And as expected, I found this post, aptly written by one of the most suitable persons to do so.

The two most famous songs of Ram Ganguly after his ‘Aag’ score are probably from ‘Gawaiyya’ (1954). The songs Aise Toote Taar Ke Mere Geet Adhoore Reh Gaye and Teri Yaad Ka Deepak Jaltaa Hai, once again bring to mind the velvet voiced memories of Talat Mehmood.

Coming to this post and the song in particular, it is a recently discovered song as it is not listed in Mukesh Geet Kosh. It is listed in the main Hindi Film Geet Kosh, but at the time of publication of volume 2 of HFGK, the detailed information of this song was not available. A patriotic song sung by Mukesh along with chorus, the song was recorded for ‘Jalsa’ (1948). From the Geet Kosh listings, it seems that a song with the same or a similar title is also included in the film ‘Desh Sewa’, also from 1948. I request for more clarifications and details about this re-use of the song by more knowledgeable readers.

It seems Ram Ganguly too did not use the voice of Mukesh in any of his films after ‘Jalsa’. The tally stands at 04 as listed above. There are some 18 songs in Jalsa (1948). One song has already been represented on the blog. It will be nothing short of a miracle if any of the remaining songs from Jalsa have the voice of Mukesh as he was one of the most sought-after playback singers during the time.

I thank Shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji for helping me with confirming with the short list of all Mukesh songs under Ram Ganguly.

Before, I conclude the post; I just want to inform readers that the next post will be in my other series, with another recently discovered song, the hint as regards to the co-singer being “what will happen now”.

I take this opportunity to wish one and all, a very happy independence day.

Jai Hind.

Song – Azaad Ho Gaya Hai Hindostaan Hamaara  (Jalsa) (1948) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Ramesh Gupta, MD – Ram Ganguly
Chorus

Lyrics
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara
dekho farak raha hai
pyaara nishaan hamaara
dekho farak raha hai
pyaara nishaan hamaara

muddat ke baad hum ye
khushiyaan manaa rahe hain
muddat ke baad hum ye
diye jalaa rahe hain
muddat ke baad goonja
hai ye bulund naara
muddat ke baad goonja
hai ye bulund naara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara

bharat hai runee unka
jo hain shaheed sachche
balidaan de gaye jo
boodhe jawaan bachche
un hi ke khoon se rangeen
hai ye chaman hamaara
un hi ke khoon se rangeen
hai ye chaman hamaara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara

ab ek hi khwaaish hai
Netaji laut aayen
ab ek hi khwaaish hai
Netaji laut aayen
nav rashtra ke tirange
jhande ko sar jhukaayen
jhande ko sar jhukaayen
phir se buland kar den
Jai Hind ka wo naara
phir se buland kar den
Jai Hind ka wo naara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara

bharat mein prem jyoti
phir se prabhu jaga de
phir se prabhu jaga de
toote huye dilon ko
phir ek tu banaa de
phir ek tu banaa de
mujhko hai mera bharat
ye swarg se bhi pyaara
mujhko hai mera bharat
ye swarg se bhi pyaara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara
azaad ho gaya hai
hindostaan hamaara
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा
देखो फ़रक रहा है
प्यारा निशां हमारा
देखो फ़रक रहा है
प्यारा निशां हमारा

मुद्दत के बाद हम ये
खुशियां मना रहे हैं
मुद्दत के बाद हम ये
दिये जला रहे हैं
मुद्दत के बाद गूँजा
है ये बुलंद नारा
मुद्दत के बाद गूँजा
है ये बुलंद नारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा

भारत है ऋणी उनका
जो हैं शहीद सच्चे
बलिदान दे गए जो
बूढ़े जवान बच्चे
उन हि के खूँ से रंगीं
है ये चमन हमारा
उन हि के खूँ से रंगीं
है ये चमन हमारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा

अब एक ही ख़्वाहिश है
नेता जी लौट आयें
अब एक ही ख़्वाहिश है
नेता जी लौट आयें
नव राष्ट्र के तिरंगे
झंडे को सर झुकाएँ
झंडे को सर झुकाएँ
फिर से बुलंद कर दें
जय हिन्द का वो नारा
फिर से बुलंद कर दें
जय हिन्द का वो नारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा

भारत में प्रेम ज्योति
फिर से प्रभु जगा दे
फिर से प्रभु जगा दे
टूटे हुये दिलों को
फिर एक तू बना दे
फिर एक तू बना दे
मुझको है मेरा भारत
ये स्वर्ग से भी प्यारा
मुझको है मेरा भारत
ये स्वर्ग से भी प्यारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा
आज़ाद हो गया है
हिंदोस्तां हमारा


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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.

It was a surprise for many – when the Mukesh Geet Kosh was published (in 1985), and the compilation, at that time, was able to list less than a thousand songs in all – filmi, non filmi, other languages all combined. It was a general impression carried amongst the fans that well, yes, Mukesh has not sung as many songs as Rafi Sb, but then, less than thousand?? And then, it became a new topic to write about and discuss – why is it so that the impression is that Mukesh has recorded a lot many more songs than are popularly known.

Remembering Mukesh on the 94th anniversary of his birth today (22nd July, 2017).

This topic became a subject of curiosity amongst fans. Many years later, on an occasion of a get together with famed film historian and writer, Nalin ji Shah (of Bombay), this topic got discussed. I was part of that get together. Nalin explained this quite at length. As per him, this is a mental extrapolation that happens in the minds of the fans. While the main line playback singers like Rafi Sb, Kishore Kumar etc have their compilations listed in terms if multiple thousands of songs, still, the human mind captures and sustains a limited number as popular an favorites. No doubt, if one listens to an unheard or an obscure song, the appreciation is most certainly there. But the mind would retain only so much in the memory, as favorites. So when that number is juxtaposed against the total list of compilation, there is a level of appreciation associated with the estimate of the quantity versus the list of what a personal preference would term as “good quality” favorites. Given the case of Rafi Sb, this number may work out to be 1 is to maybe 4 or 5, in the minds of discerning fans.

When a similar sense of reasoning gets applied to the portfolio of Mukesh’s recordings, a different outcome appears. When a discerning fan would apply this estimation to the compilation of Mukesh’s list of songs, then the estimate of the quantity versus the list of “good quality” favorites would work out to be 1 is to maybe 1 or 2. And then just by an expectation of the extrapolation, the mind succinctly assumes that there are or there will be many more songs of the singer, that are not retained in the memory as “good quality” favorites. And hence the disbelief about the total listed in the compilation.

In other words, as a general impression, the ratio of number of songs of Mukesh that have captured the interest of listeners, and are listed as “good quality” favorites, is probably much higher than the other main line singers, who have shared more or less the same timelines as career contemporaries.

That, is then the curious quality of the singing of this soulful voice. There have been references – some music directors did not consider him good enough. At time he himself did not consider himself good enough. And yet, despite being a singer of one and two songs in most of his films, there is a something special that he injects into the rendition, that makes the song memorable. The sound of his singing has a golden ring of sincerity, as if the voice is coming from his soul and not just from his lungs. Pick up any listing of his songs; I daresay you would be hard pressed to drop un-likeable non-favorites from that list.

I would agree with this perspective and this explanation given by Nalin ji. Yes, definitely, there is that something compellingly charismatic in this voice.

Yes, known and liked better for his poignant and sad renditions – Raja ji has rightly observed that such songs of Mukesh serve as a soothening balm to a troubled mind, there are some so well known charmingly fast paced fun songs that he has rendered. Sample this list – “Ruby O Ruby, Jaane Mehboobi” (from ‘Chaahat’, 1971), “Tauba Ye Matwaali Chaal” (from ‘Pathar Ke Sanam’, 1967), “Ye Mausam Rangeen Samaa” (from ‘Modern Girl’, 1961), “Socha Tha Pyaar Hum Na Karenge” (from ‘Bluff Master’, 1963), “Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega” (from ‘Sangam’, 1964), “Ruk Ja O Jaane Waali Ruk Ja” (from ‘Kahnaiyya’, 1959), “Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Sadiyon Puraane” (from ‘Farz’, 1967), “Teri Nigaahon Pe Mar Mar Gaye Hum” (from ‘Shabnam’, 1964), “Phir Milengi Kahaan, Aisi Tanhaaiyaan” (from ‘Bhaavna’, 1972), “Dekho Mausam Kya Bahaar Hai” (from ‘Opera House’, 1961), “Aasmaan Pe Hai Khuda Aur Zameen Pe Hum” (from ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, 1958), “Nain Tumhaare Mazedaar O Janaab e Aali” (from ‘Junglee’, 1961), “Kisi Nargisi Nazar Ko Dil Denge Hum” (from ‘Main Nashe Mein Hoon’, 1959), “Zara Sambhaalna Meri Jaan Apni Nigaahen” (from ‘Aaya Toofaan’, 1964), “Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai Aa Bhi Ja” (from ‘Madhumati’, 1958), “Mast Nazar Dekh Idhar” (from ‘Ek Dil Sau Afsaane’, 1963), “Yaad Aayi Aadhi Raat Ko Kal Raat Ki Tauba” (from ‘Kanhaiyya, 1959), “Ae Dil e Awaara Chal” (from ‘Dr Viday’, 1962). . . I could go on and on and on.

Today’s song belongs to that fast paced fun category. The film is ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath’ from 1962. The words are written by Anand Bakshi and the music is from the baton of Kalyanji Anandji. Yet one more charming rendition from this voice that never ceases to amaze.

Song – Teri Wo Chaal Hai Ke Tauba  (Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath) (1962) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

tauba

teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
donon ka ik hai fasaana
donon ka ik hai fasaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
ye dil hai tera deewaana
ye dil hai tera deewaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तौबा

तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
दोनों का इक है फसाना
दोनों का इक है फसाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

chaman mein sab ne hi gaaya
tarana zindagani ka
magar sab se alag tha rang
meri hi kahani ka

zamanaa sun raha hai jis ko
wo meri kahani hai

 

The voice of Mukesh continues to enthral the world of music. Today (22 July) is his birth anniversary and I present here a short song from the film ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960). This film has already been Yippeee’d on the blog, but this particular rendition can as well be taken as an additional separate song.

The video shows Raj Kapoor on the screen, though he does not lip-sync the song. Mukesh in his usual trademark voice recites two dohas (couplets) of Sant Kabir Das. There are some comments on the internet that this short song and scene were missing in the film. I request readers to throw more light on this aspect.

Though there are many websites dedicated to the dohas of Kabir, I requested our Sudhir ji to not only write the lyrics for me but also translate the same. I thank him profusely for the help rendered.

I feel that the voice and the empathy expressed by Mukesh will be more pronounced and appreciated if one understands the meaning of the dohas first. Mukesh, who has recorded the original rendition of the popular ‘Ramcharit Maanas’ of Tulsidas (abridged version), also has a lot of bhajan’s in the film and non-film category. Quite a few of these bhajanas are yet to appear on the blog.

I have been away from the blog as far as song postings is concerned, due to some personal commitments, but will surely come back with more compilations of Mukesh with the artists in the two on-going series. There are a couple of newly discovered songs which will be introduced in the very near future.

With this short song wherein the clarity of the pronunciation of words and the heart-felt expression in the voice is very much perceptible, I once again join numerous Mukesh fans in remembering him on the anniversary of his birth.

Translation and Notes (Provided by Sudhir)
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kabeer soya kya kare, uth na rovey dukh

Why continuing to sleep
Be awake, be alert
And stop crying for sorrows

jaaka vaasa gor mein, so kyon sovey sukh

For happiness is not the destiny
One who eternally lives in grave
Can he ever sleep in peace

Notes: In his couplets, Kabir Das has a specific addressal. When the message of the couplet is a teaching directed towards others, the form of addressal used is ‘sadho‘. When the message of the couplet is directed inwards, then the addressal used is ‘Kabir‘ or ‘Kabira‘. But as is seen in all cases, the message is meant for all. In this couplet, the poet is cautioning the human, not to continue sleeping. Now this sleeping is not simply the physical sleep that one resorts to when the body is tired. The poet is referring to the sleep of ignorance, that most human being undergo, as they spend their lives on this planet. The ignorance being referred to is the ignorance of the true nature of the self and of this material world. The human seeks happiness, but is almost always drowning in the tears of sorrow. So the poet says, wake up and realize the true nature, and don’t continue to cry for your sorrows. Because the life on this planet has only one destination, that is death. We are all residing in graves that have already been prepared for us. For a living person who is existing in a grave, can there be any happiness to be found (in the grave), can such a person ever have a peaceful sleep.
jaaka = variant of ‘jis ka’; for whom
vaasa = to reside; to live
gor = grave; कब्र

जीवन मरण विचार कर, कूड़े काम निवार

Contemplate the cycle of life and death
And dispose of the menial tasks of life
(do what needs to be done for life)

जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

But realize the true paths
That have to be traveled
Strive to improve and enrich
The knowledge of that path

Notes: The poet is exhorting the learner, to contemplate the true nature of the cycle of life and death – that nothing in this world is permanent. The process of living entails certain tasks to sustain the life; these are low level tasks, that need to be dispositioned and done with. Do not lose yourself in this process of life, for there are other truer paths that one has to traverse. Make efforts to improve, enrich, clean up the awareness and the knowledge of these paths, so that the travel on these paths of truth is free of obstacles and pain.

In the given scenario, Raju, the village bumpkin and singer, is torn between how to sort out the problem he is facing – neither the dacoits are willing to just meekly give up their profession and surrender, nor is the police showing any benevolence towards them, to try and bring them in alive. In the scene just before these couplets, Raju is at the residence of the police commissioner (role played by Raj Mehra), and is pleading for leniency in return for their surrender. While this conversation is in progress, one of the dacoits, on the instructions of Raaka (role played by Pran), who is now the new gang leader, throws a message tied to a stone, into the house, breaking a window pane. The message is a challenge to the police commissioner, to hand over Raju and Kammo (role played by Padmini) to the dacoits. (Padmini has left the dacoit’s hideout with Raju, much to the chagrin of Raaka). The police commissioner is infuriated, and in anger expresses his will to capture all dacoits and hang them. Raju is now in a fix; what to do. The police won’t listen to him, and for their own reasons. And Raaka, blinded by his obsession for Kammo, and his vexation at Raju, for being the preferred person in Kammo’s heart, isn’t going to oblige by listening to Raju.

In this quandary, Raju is not able to sleep. And then these two couplets play in his mind. He is not lip syncing, but his expressions are so impressive, as he listens to this voice from within. This voice sings two couplets to him, telling him that it is useless to seek happiness in this life and this world, which is only sorrows – the epithet used is “jaaka vaasa gor mein”; that all humans are living in graves already dug for them. The second couplet advises that one should only contemplate on the truth of life, and seek out the path that will take towards that truth. And once that path is evident in the mind, then the personal striving should be cleanse and enrich this path, leading one towards the truth.

When this second couplet plays, a smile descends on the lips of Raju, a light is seen and a determination is made. Raju leaves the police commissioners home immediately, leaving Kammo sleeping inside the room. One does not see him leave, but the next scene is Kammo waking up only to find Raju missing. On enquiry, she is told that he left during the night, but where he has gone, is not known to anyone. But Kammo knows, that Raju has returned to the gang’s hideout.

 


Song – Kabir Soya Kya Kare (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai) (1960) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Kabir Das, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

kabeer soya kya kare, uth na rovey dukh
jaaka vaasa gor mein, so kyon sovey sukh

jeevan maran vichaar kar, koode kaam nivaar
jin panthun tujh chaalna, soi panth sanwaar

jin panthun tujh chaalna, soi panth sanwaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कबीर सोया क्या करे, उठ ना रोवे दुख
जाका वासा गोर में, सो क्यों सोवे सुख

जीवन मरण विचार कर, कूड़े काम निवार
जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

जिन पंथों तुझ चालना, सोई पंथ संवार

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duniya Se Jaane Waale” from Pushpanjali (1970).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Dhoondhta Hoon Jinko” from Thokar (1974).

Sansaar hai ek nadiya” from Raftaar (1975).

Phool Aahista Phenko” from Prem Kahani (1975).

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

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

Suhani Chandni Raatein” from Mukti (1977)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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“Janam Janam Ke Saathi”(1965) was directed by Nand Kishore for M B Brothers, Bombay. The movie had Kamini Kaushal, Premnath, Lalita Pawar, Mubarak, Sheila Kashmiri, Durga Khote, Umakant, Maruti, Yakoob etc in it.
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Several years ago, I read a tale that made my blood boil. It was about a 96 year old lady, whose palatial house was snatched away forcibly from her by greedy land grabbers and she was forced to stay in the servant quarters of her own prime property. She was no ordinary lady either. she was the first female IAS officer of India.

When media got wind of this fact, the people who had usurped her property hurriedly brought her back to the mansion to “prove” to the media that she was very much the “owner” of her property.

Law abiding people earn some amount for their living and then try to live within them. Then there are some ambitious people who work hard and improve their earning and rise in economic status. They still live within their earning.
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Atul ji’s 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 8
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Mukesh and His Co-Singers – 3
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The thought had crossed my mind a few months back. To calculate the sum of all the posts of contributors and subtract it from the grand total which would have given the obvious number. A number big enough to just admire, thank and congratulate with high gratitude. Thankfully, the pen and paper (and well a calculator) did not meet and so we had Sudhir ji planning his modus-operandi.

Else who knows, I would have written a common mail to both which I usually do and spoiled all the fun.

I got to know of Sudhir ji’s plans which he told me in person when I met him for a short visit to his house. Now wait. Isn’t our meeting a celebration to write a post? Yes indeed, but that shall wait for another day.
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“Madaari”(1959) was produced by Ratan Kumar and directed by Babubhai Mistry for Ratan Pictures, Bombay. This movie had Ranjan, Chitra, Manhar Desai, Sundar, Kavita, Sheila Vaz, Kanchan, Jayshree Gadkar, Dalpat, Pal Sharma, Uma Dutt, Raj Adeeb, Shree Bhagwan, Sinha, R S Dubey, Murari, Vasantrao Pahalwan, Korega, Julian, Yadav, Vitthal, Indira Bansal, Nilu, Geeta, Paro, Rehana etc in it.
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In Hindi movies, we have had titles like “Maa Baap”, in 1944, 1960 and 1979. Then there was one film maker who decided to be “different” and he came out with a title called “Mummy Daddy”. 🙂
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Mukesh and his Composers – 13
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What is common to Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra, Hemant Kumar, Usha Khanna etc ? Well, apart from being successful composers, they were also good playback singers. There are many other names in this category such as SD Burman, Chitragupt, and Ravi etc.
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