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This article is written by nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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4439 Post No. : 15881

Remembrance day of Jaikishan :
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Today i.e. 12th September, 2020 is 49th death anniversary of Jaikishan, a half of Shankar-Jaikishan.

I have just now read the detailed Wikipedia Page of Shankar-Jaikishan, so will reproduce some para’s which are worthy of mention in terms of Jaikishan’s death anniversary.

“Shankar Jaikishan enjoyed an unrivalled position in the Hindi film industry. During their heyday and even toward the later part of their career, they were the highest paid music directors in the industry. Barring stray exceptions, they were paid more than the leading actors and the promotional material of their films would give them more prominence than anyone else.”

“What can I say… my musical partner in life has gone, what is left of me to say anything more, I had never thought that at such an early age he would leave us all and go; Anyway his good qualities of maintaining goodwill, giving love and receiving love were innate in him and I too don’t have them in me. He used to regularly remind me of my innate quality of being in a boisterous mood all the time and always abrasive with some one or the other and so on and so forthwith…….”
(Shankar on Jaikishan’s death in an interview with AmeenSayani.)

The page also has this to say about Shankar Jaikishan, vis-à-vis different singers :

“Shankar Jaikishan combo worked above all of with Mohd Rafi and secondly Mukesh, and produced numbers of hits and unmatchable gems. Mohd Rafi was their favourite singer despite having good reputation with other playback singers of its time.”

I read somewhere else, that the mukhda of the song “Ye mera prempatra padh kar” from ‘Sangam’ was actually taken from the letter written by Jaikishan to his than fiancée “Priya”. So this could be the instance where Jaikishan unwittingly revealed that he is the composer of the block-buster song. This caused a rift between the two as Jaikishan broke the unwritten agreement between them, of not revealing which of them is the creator of any particular song. Here, Rafi Sahab is said to have intervened and solved the issue between Shankar and Jaikishan, and also later on between Lata Mangeshkar and Shankar in the mid 70’s.

But there is no doubt of the truth here when it is said that “Shankar-Jaikishan, along with other artists, composed “everlasting” and “immortal melodies” in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s.[2] Their best work was noted for being “raga-based and having both lilt and sonority”.

All hindi film music fans agree that they changed the face of hindi film music with “Barsaat” and the success of the film and its music played a big role in this change.

The music I think was versatile and inspiring to new music directors. Theirs was a first of its kind duo, as far as I know who combined their talents and acumen with two lyrcists and made a fearsome foursome. They can also be called fabulous and formidable. They had to be, to be on top of the game for two decades. Shankar-Jaikishan can also be credited for starting the trend of version songs, one male and one female version. Contemporaries and seniors like Naushad and S.D.Burman rarely did it. Naushad in “Mere Mehboob” and S. D. Burman in “Sharmilee” and “Tere Ghar Ke saamne”. But in the later instance, it was both male solos.

I am actually trying to wrap up the long running series on Mohammad Rafi songs, so trying not to look for a Rafi Sahab song for posting on this occasion. But as luck would have it, I found this popular song from ‘Pyaar hi Pyaar’(1969). Moreover this song has a stamp of Shankar-Jaikishan signature style in the orchestration of the music. This is an Asha-Rafi duet, with the fast pace and beat. This is the manifestation of Asha Bhonsle making inroads in the Shankar Jaikishan cap, which started with “Teesri Kasam”. Shankar-Jaikishan were known for Lata only music scores through 50’s and not just for R.K. films. I think the exceptions to this were very rare and few, where Asha, Geeta Dutt or Shamshad Begum got to sing Shankar Jaikishan compositions. Suman Kalyanpur was one such alternative which Shankar Jaikishan tried, in mid- 60’s for duets with Rafi sahab.

I have also tried to find if Shankar Jaikishan ever re-used their own tune to compose songs, but could not find any such songs. Their music was a huge commercial success, so no one else could try and copy their songs.

The song I am presenting in a party song, where Vijayanthi Mala is trying to make Dharmendra jealous, flaunting a dance partner. There are other popular Rafi solos in the film, but this would be the most popular, with the title song of the film ’dekha hai teri aankhon mein pyar hi pyar beshumaar’.


Song-Tu mera main teri duniya jaley to jaley (Pyaar Hi Pyaar)(1969) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Rafi, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaiskishan

Lyrics

Tu mera
main teri
duniya jale to jalay
tu mera
o main teri
ha duniya jale to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay
dil teraa
jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay

jhoom jhoom naache
mera pyaar bharaa dil
gun gun gaaye
iqraar bharaa dil
tujh se nigaahen milin
mil gayaa dil
phool ki tarah se meraa
khil gayaa dil
jhoom jhoom naache
mera pyaar bharaa dil
gun gun gaaye
iqraar bharaa dil
tujh se nigaahen milin
mil gayaa dil
phool ki tarah se meraa
khil gayaa dil
rut jawaan
pyaar bhari
ha duniyaa jalay to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay

aahaaaahaa
tu mera
o main teri
ha duniya jale to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay

waada nibhaane dekho
aaye hain sanam
lab pe duaayen laaye
tere liye ham
dil jo diya hai tujhe
phir kya hai gham
marta hoon tujhpe hi
apni qasam
arey waada nibhaane dekho
aaye hain sanam
lab pe duaayen laaye
tere liye ham
dil jo diya hai tujhe
phir kya hai gham
marta hoon tujhpe
apni qasam
tu meri
ha jal pari
duniya jalay to jalay

aahaaaahaa
tu mera
o main teri
ha duniya jale to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay

aahaaaahaa
tu mera
o main teri
ha duniya jale to jalay

roop ke sharaare hain
tere hi liye
saare yeh nazaare hain
tere hi liye
aankh ke ishaare hain
tere hi liye
baanhon ke sahaare hain
tere hi liye
roop ke sharaare hain
tere hi liye
saare yeh nazaare hain
tere hi liye
aankh ke ishaare hain
tere hi liye
baahon ke sahaare hain
tere hi liye
main tujhi par mari
ha duniya jalay to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay

aahaaaahaa
tu mera
o main teri
ho duniya jale to jalay
nananana
dil teraa
ho jaan teri
duniya jalay to jalay


This article is written by nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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4435 Post No. : 15872

S. Mohinder (8/09/1925-6/9/2020) : A tribute
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Just as I was preparing this post for the birth anniversaries of both S. Mohinder and Asha Bhosle, comes the news demise of S. Mohinder. As I don’t know much about the music director, I was looking up on Google for basic information if it is available. I found the sad news and this news item.
S. Mohinder, among the last of the musicians of the 40’s, was born in Punjab on 8th September, 1925. The end has come just two days before he was to turn 95.

K. S. Shenoy Sir had made this comment to my recent post :

Nahm Ji, not heard this one before. Nice rendering by Rafi Ji.
At the beginning when I read that the post is about a children’s song, two songs immediately flashed in my mind
(Iconic) ‘Nanhe Munne….’
And ‘O mere pyarozameenke taro…’. Such beautiful song by Rafi Ji ,Asha&Sudha. Though not a sad tune, in the context of the movie it brings tears to my eyes.

He also gave the link for this song from the film ‘Zameen Ke Taare” (1960), which I found to be very sweet and poignant. Not just the mukhda only which Rafi sahab is singing, but the stanzas by two kids for whom Asha Bhonsle and Sudha Malhotra are singing. This was an unknown song and I heard it for the first time that day. It felt a familiar and dear song right from the first hearing. It is a lorry song also with the lorry driver, who is I think ‘Anwar Hussain’, the brother of Nargis. But his filmography everywhere has missed this movie,”Zameen ke Taare”, where he is getting to sing such a melodious song. The songs are composed by S. Mohinder and lyricist of this song is Pandit Indra.

Since I am doing anniversary posts regularly whenever possible, I decided to write a post for this children’s song for 8th September is the birth date of both S. Mohinder and Asha Bhonsle.
But that 95th birthday was not destined to be. So as a tribute to S. Mohinder I am reproducing a few lines from the famous song by the veteran composer of melodious songs :

mere liye sahar bhi aayi hai raat ban kar
niklaa meraa janaazaa meri baraat ban kar
achchhaa huaa jo tumne dekhaa na ye nazaaraa
haafiz khudaa tumhaaraa
guzraa huaa zamaanaa
aataa nahin dubaaraa
haafiz khudaa tumhaaraa
haafiz khudaa tumhaaraa

The famous song actually starts with this sha’ir byTanvir Naqvi :

Bhool jaana meri wafaaon ko
Bakhsh denaa meri khataaon ko…..

May the departed soul, rest in eternal, heavenly peace.


Song-O mere pyaaron zameen ke taaron (Zameen Ke Taare)(1960) Singers-Rafi, Sudha Malhotra, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Pt Indra, MD-S Mohinder
Sudha Malhotra + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

aaa aaa aaa aaa
ohhohoho
hoooooooo

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
jaana tumhenhaikahaan
o gaadi waale
le chal udaake
maiyyan hamaari jahaanaan
le chal tu ham ko wahaan

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
le jaaungaa main wahaan

kaajal lagaa ke
lori sunaake
hamko sulaati thhi maa aa

pyaar se jhoomke
mukhde ko choom ke
hamko jagaati thhi maa aa

khadi akeli
baat nihaare
maiyyan hamaari jahaanaan
le chal tu ham ko wahaan

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
le jaaungaa main wahaan

kehna na maana
ham ne jomaakaa
hamko rulaati thhi maan an

khilone de ke
pappi le ke
hamko hansaati thhi maan an

khadi akeli
baat nihaare
maiyyan hamaari jahaanaan
le chal tu ham ko wahaan

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
le jaaungaa main wahaan an

ham roothh jaate
aansoo bahaate
ham ko manaati thhi maanaan

god bithhaake
laddoo khilaa ke
hamko rijhaati thhi maanaan

khadi akeli
baat nihaare
maiyyan hamaari jahaanaan
le chal tu ham ko wahaan

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
le jaaungaa main wahaan
o gaadi waale
le chal udaake
maiyyan hamaari jahaanaan
le chal tu ham ko wahaan

o mere pyaaron
zameen ke taaron
le jaaungaa main wahaan
aaa aaa aaa aaa
oh oho ho
aaa aaa aaa aaa
oh oho ho
aaa aaa aaa aaa
oh oho ho
hmmmmmmmmmmm


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4434 Post No. : 15869

“Adalat” (1948) was directed by Vasant Joglekar for Mangal Pictures Production, Bombay. The movie had Baburao Pendharkar, Shalini Devi, Jog Madgulkar, Sudha Apte, Saroj Borkar etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Two song has been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Adalat” (1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Rafi. Mahipal (later known as an actor) is the lyricist. Music is composed by Datta Davjekar. I must say the lyrics of Mahipal are quite impressive in this melancholic song.

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


Song-Kismat to dekho (Adalat)(1948) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Mahipal, MD-Datta Davjekar

Lyrics

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
kismat to dekho
humsafar r r r
kismat to dekho
humsafar
chaar kadam chale nahin
chaar kadam chale nahin
is tarah juda huye
ke aaj tak mile nahin
aaj tak mile nahin
kismat to dekho

dil ne to ki dua bahut
lekin na aa saki bahaa aa aar
phool ummeedon ke mere
khilaaye bhi khile nahin
khilaaye bhi khile nahin
kismat to dekho

dil ne to chaaha thha ki ab
kahde apna maajra aa aa aaa
ulfat ne si diye ke lab
hilaaye bhi hile nahin
hilaaye bhi hile nahin
kismat to dekho

raushan thhi jinse ae ye zameen een een
raushan tha jinse aasmaan aa aa aa aa
yoon gul huye mere charaag
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
jalaaye bhi jale nahin
jalaaye bhi jale nahin
kismat to dekho humsafar
chaar kadam chale nahin
is tarah juda huye
ke aaj tak mile nahin
kismat to dekho


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Blog Day :

4431 Post No. : 15864

Remembrance day of Mukri :

Mukri also spelled as Muqri was an Indian film actor, who worked as a comedian in Hindi films. Born as Muhammad Umar Mukri in Alibagh, in Kokani Muslim Family, he started his film career with the film Pratima along with noted film actor Dilip Kumar in 1945. Born of 5th January 1922, he left for heavenly abode on 4th September’2000 at the age of 72 years.

Mukri was seen in many films in character roles and comic role. One movie which comes to mind in ‘Ram aur Shyam”. Here also he featured with Dilip Kumar as his friend.

Today is the 20th death anniversary, so as a tribute, I have found a wonderful comic song picturized on Mukri and Mehmood. The film is ‘Madhavi’(1969), with Laxmikant –Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi as music director and lyricist. The movie had very good songs, I hear. This is the only Rafi song picturized on Mukri which remained to be posted, going by the information is Rafi sahab’s excel sheet. I expect, Mukri may not be as prolific as Mehmood, Johhny Walker or Agha. So there are most likely fewer songs where he actually sings. In this song Manna De is giving playback for Mehmood and Rafi Sahab is singing for Mukri. Now, in the absence of song video, how can I be certain of this ? I have searched on youtube, though the movie “Madhavi” is available, video of only one song is there. All other songs, only audio is available, including the song being posted. Actually, on closer inspection, there are voices of both Mehmood and Mukri are there is the song along with the singers. This is a comic song in real terms, maybe a rip-off on “Padosan” songs.

It was my husband who confirmed the playback for Mehmood and Mukri. As I was noting the lyrics this evening, he asked from where I had found this song from ‘Madhavi”. This is not a known song for me, but may husband knows the songs of this film very well.

The name did ring a bell that I had contributed the lyrics of Lata solo of the two songs posted :

parda hata de mukhda dikha de
saanjh sawere adharon pe mere

My husband also helpfully given the story outline of this costume drama film of Kings, Princes and Princesses. Sanjay Khan is a prince and Deepa, in title role of Madhavi, is a princess. Mehmood and Mukri are all part of the Sanjay Khan’s entourage. This songs is performed on stage. Pran is the Senapati of Sanjay Khan, and he has this dialogue as his ‘takiya kalaam” :

“Shaadi karungaa to sirf madhavi se, warna maut se !”

Video

Audio

Song-Saamne mere paani bharte… na karoon band tere chhand tingu (Madhavi)(1969) Singers-Manna Dey, Rafi, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

Aa eeeeee
ae eeeeeee
aaaaaaaa aaaa
ae……
saamne mere paani bharte
baden baden kaviraaj
arey ik chhota sa machhar aayaa aaa
mujh se ladne aaj
hee hee hee heeee
hamm mmm
he he he he he
machhar boltaa hai
khatmal ke bachhe

(Laughter)
na karun band tere chhand
thingu
hey thingu
to mera naam nahin
na karoon
na karoon band tere chhand
thingu
hey thingu
to mera naam nahin

hey………
kavita chhod re
chal daud lambu
hey lambu
yeh teraa kaam nahin
kavita
kavita chhod re
chal daud lambu
hey lambu
yeh teraa kaam nahin

yaad karaa dungaa main nani ee ee
nani ee
yaad karaa dungaa main nani
(coughing sound)
paani
jis ki bhains ussi ki laatthi
jis ka ghoda ussi ki kaatthi
naach na jaane
da da triga da
naach na jaane
aangan tedha

tu to hai Mathura ka peeda aa

gaaliyaan denaa
baat hai gandi ee

ye kavita hai
ya tuk bandi

hey ea ea ea
hey ea ea ea
hey ea ea ea
hey ea ea ea

na doon main
na doon main
tod tere jod tthingu
hey tthingu
to meraa naam nahin

kavita
kavita chhod re
chal daud lambu
hey lambu

yeh teraa kaam nahin

“>ek to dhelaa
uss pe khotaa
ek to chhotaa
uss pe motaa
main lekhak sansaar chalaaun un
chalaaun

meeaunw
main lekhak sansaar chalaaun
main sainik talwaar chalaaun
aa jaa
arey aa jaa
nahi
aa jaa
jaa jaa
arey aa jaa aa jaa
sainki lekhak se na ladnaa
wah wah wah wah
phir se padhnaa

sainik lekhak se na ladnaa
maaroongaa
aage na badhnaa
bol gagan pe kitne taare
aaj ginoongaa raat ko pyaare
yeh gori mujh pe hai marti
lekin mujh se pyaar hai karti
oye oye oye oye oye oye oye
oyo oyo oyo oyo oyo oyo
peyn peyn teyn teny peyn peyn
peyn peyn teyn teny peyn peyn
…… ………
……. ………

chup
tu maali
tere haathh mein khurpee
bol
bol bol
chup kyun ho gayaa
tu maali
ter haath mein khurpee

khurpee
mmmmm
mmm
tu teli
tu teli
tere sar pe kolhu

nai
nai
nai
nai
nai
nai
qaafiyaa nahi milaa

arey qafiyaa nahi milaa to kya huaa
wazan se to maregaa aa
(Laughter)


This article is written by nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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4426 Post No. : 15848

Mohammed Rafi: The incomparable (II) – Song No. 18
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30/08/2020 – Birth anniversary of Shailendra

As children’s songs go, there is a healthy dose available of such songs in hindi films especially in the 50’s and 60’s. Or rather, I should say a healthy dose of children’s songs too along with the other types of songs be it religious songs, happy go lucky masti songs, romantic songs, sad songs, club/party songs, dance/folk/stage songs, road-side tamasha songs, comic songs and the philosophical/theme songs. Not to forget the lori/lullaby songs. Good quality songs were many and all the songs were made with painstaking care. So there is nothing like finding unheard songs. They may not remain in memory some months after the actual post is done, because the memory I find is a very fickle thing. It retains the information fed to it years ago, but is rather quick to do away with recently found and heard things. This is no fault of the songs concerned.

There are iconic songs like
‘nanhe munne bachche teri mutthi mein kya hai’, “naani teri morni ko mor le gaye” and
“Lakdi ki kaathhi kaathhi pe ghodaa” to name a few.

Two of three songs song which came to mind are written by Shailendra.

Here I found a children’s song from a the film ‘Deep jalte rahe” (1959), a duet by Rafi sahab with Vijaya, composed by Roshan-to commemorate the birth anniversary today of the lyricist Shailendra. He was a fourth pillar of the one of its kind winsome foursome of Shankar-Jaikishan-Shailendra-Hasrat Jaipuri. We see these names on many famous films credits. The team could not have been the legends they are without one another. Shailendra teamed up with other music directors also with notable success. A prime example is ‘Guide” with S. D. Burman.

Shankardas Kesarilal Shailendra was born on 30th August, 1923 and died on 14th December, 1966 at the age of just 43.

He is said to have died with heartbreak after the failure ‘Teesri Kasam” at the box office, a film close to his heart, also produced by him. Life is nothing if not full of obstacles. One needs to be full of strength to cross each hurdle. What should have been just such obstacle in Shailendra’s life, making him stronger for newer journey, turned out to be his last hurray. The film is a classic on its own, and plus the songs are pearls dotting the necklace of gold. I quote from one of the songs from the film, penned by Shailendra :

sitaaron ne munh pherkar
kaha alvida humsafar
chala kaarwaan ab chalaa
aa aa
aa bhi jaa
raat dhalne lagi
ho
chaand chhupne chala
ho
aa aa bhi jaa

oofaq par khadi hai sehar
andhera hai dil mein idhar
oofaq par khadi hai sehar
ho
andhera hain dil mein idhar
wahi roz ka silsila
aa
aa bhi jaa
raat dhalne lagi
chaand chhupne chala
ho
aa aa bhi jaa

Video :

Audio :

Song-Na ro bhai na ro bhai na ro meri jaan (Deep Jalte Rahe)(1959) Singer-Rafi, Vijaya, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Roshan
Both

Lyrics

(child crying)

Mm mm
ae ae
aa haa
ee hee
oo ho
dhin tak
dhin tak
dhin tak
dhin tak
chaama cheek
cheek bomm mm

na ro bhai na ro bhai
na ro bhai na
main teraa Bandar
dug dug naachoon
na ro meri jaan
na ro bhai na ro bhai
na ro bhai na
kahin chali na jaaye
meri naukri
na ro meri jaan

saahab to daftar mein hain….
saahab to daftar mein hain
arrey nau sau jhagde ghar mein hain
lo main royaa aa
aah haa ha haa aa
lo main royaa
mujhi pe hans lo
ae chhote miyaan
haa haa haaa haaan haan
main teraa Bandar
dug dug naachoon
na ro meri jaan
na ro bhai na ro bhai
na ro bhai na
kahin chali na jaaye
meri naukri
na ro meri jaan
(child crying)
na ro munnaa….
na ro meraa betaa aa

huu huu
huu huu hou
binti kartaa hai hanuman
ramaa ho ramaa ho
jai siya raam
binti kartaa hai hanuman
ab to khush ho jaa bhagwaan
yeh hathh teri ee ee
yeh hathh teri
balaa ki hathh hai
kis ki chale yehaan
haa haa haaa haaa
main teraa Bandar
dug dug naachoon
na ro meri jaan

na ro bhai
na ro bhai
na ro bhai na

main teraa Bandar
dug dug naachoon
na ro meri jaan
na ro bhai
na ro bhai
na ro bhai na

kahin chali na jaaye
meri naukri
na ro meri jaan

main teraa haathhi
dum hai kahaan
main teraa choohaa
itna badaa
main teraa totaa
chonch bataa
poochh ye sab upar waale se
main tera Bandar
dug dug naachoon
na ro meri jaan
iyaa iyaa iyaa iyya


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Blog Day :

4426 Post No. : 15846

“Durga Pooja”(1954) was produced by Dhirubhai Desai and Sharad Desai and directed by Dhirubhai Desai for Sharad Productions Bombay. This mythological movie had Nirupa Roy, Trilok Kapoor, Shahu Modak, Kamal, Yashodhara Katju, Ratnmala, S N Tripathi, Rajkumar Indira Bansal, Sampson, Suryakant, Lathani, Prabha Shankar, Fazlu, Sita Bose, Dilip Pahalwan, N Bhushan, Yashwant Dav, Lajendra, Dubey, Vishwamitra, Kanchanmala etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it that were penned by four lyricists. Three songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Durga Pooja”(1954). It is sung by Rafi. B D Mishra is the lyricist. Music is composed by S N Tripathi.

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


Song-Jab tak ye duniya rahegi (Durga Pooja)(1954) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-B D Mishra, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

jab tak ye duniya rahegi ee
haaye teri kahaani kahegi
jab tak ye duniya rahegi ee
haaye teri kahaani kahegi

kahenge sabhi thhi kabhi ek raani
dharam ki nishaani
mita di pati ke liye zindgaani
charnon pe tere jhukegi
ye duniya teri kahaani kahegi
jab tak ye duniya rahegi ee
haaye teri kahaani kahegi

bhula kar chali chaand sa laal pyaara
nainon ka taara
chali tod maaya ka janjaal saara
kanchan si kaaya jalegi
ye duniya teri kahaani kahegi
jab tak ye duniya rahegi ee
haaye teri kahaani kahegi

o bhaarat ki naari
ari o suhaagin
piya ki pujaarin
hua dhany hai tere balidaan ka din
hua dhany hai tere balidaan ka din
mar mar ke bhi tu jiyegi
ye duniya teri kahaani kahegi
jab tak ye duniya rahegi ee
haaye teri kahaani kahegi
ye duniya teri kahaani kahegi


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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4423 Post No. : 15836

Today’s song is from the film Sarkar-1951. If this was the title from the times after year 2000, one would find this movie made on some Political subject. But the year was 1951, just 4 years after Independence.

When I was a young boy of about 8-9 years, like most others of my age, I too was very fond of reading stories of Kings and queens. As I grew up, slowly my interest in such stories waned. As I was exposed now to a bigger, wider and different world, my interests rested in many other subjects and after a few years, I totally started avoiding such stories.

Till 1947, there were 562 Princely states. After getting Independence,all these states were merged with India, but the kings retained their status as “Raj pramukh” or the Head of their states, albeit for namesake. Indira Gandhi abolished their Privy purses ( salaries) in 1971 and gradually the remaining status of these heads vanished completely. For thousands of years, Indians lived under some or the other Kings. No wonder their minds liked stories of Kings and Queens. This trait was precisely picked up by the filmmakers and they made films, practically in every Genre, woven around a kingdom or kings, queens and vaziers.

As the newer generation emerged from the Post-Independence period and became adults, they had neither any affinity nor interest in stories of Kings. Their world was wider and hence their film choices were different. By the end of the decade of the 60’s, films woven around kings, kingdoms etc stopped being made regularly.

Now films were made on a variety of topics and themes. The film Genres of Action/Stunt, Costumes and Folk tales became nearly extinct and their place was taken over by crime, horror, music, comedy, action by Spl FX etc etc. The older generation audience compromised with the new changes and started enjoying the new types of films, based on day-to-day topics, called New Wave or Parallel Cinema.

The senior generation of actors who were known for their typical acting in Monarchical films, like Sohrab Modi, Prithviraj Kapoor, Premnath, Ajit etc, either disappeared with time and age or changed their style of acting. In due course of time, the entire set of old actors was replaced by New Generation actors. This is the rule of Times. Almost every 15-20 years, the set of actors and others like singers, composers,directors etc get replaced and suitable people take over.

Today’s film is one of those films, which had a Monarchic story. It was produced by Ramniklal Shah, under his banner of Mohan Pictures, which used to make Action/Stunt, Costume and Mythological films. The film was directed by a veteran K.Amarnath (1-12-1914 to 14-5-1983), who had 34 films to his credit as a successful Director, from Matwali Jogan-36 to Voh din yaad karo-1971. He is known for well known films like Gaon ki gori-45, Mirza Sahibaan-47, Bazaar-49, Beqasoor-50, Bara Dari-55, Naya Andaz-56, Bada Bhai-57 etc etc.

Amarnath is also known for renaming Ajit ( from Hamid Ali Khan), for launching Saleem Khan (Salman khan’s father and one of the famous Saleem-Javed story writers), Sanjay Khan, Minoo Mumtaaz, and Helen. Noorjehan did her last film in India-Mirza Sahibaan, under his direction.. He directed 3 Tamil films also. ( information from his site k.amarnath.com with thanks.)

The 9 songs from the film were written by Qamar Jalalabadi (9) and Mulk Raj Bhakri (3). The music was by Pt. Gobind Ram. The cast included Veena, Ajit, Shashikala, Ulhas, Usha Kiran, Murad, Cuckoo and many others. The story of the film Sarkar-1951 was….

Vikram was head of a Gypsy Group and he had brought up Vijay as his own son. Vijay was so versed in the art of handling swords, that even Vikram was forced to bend down before the swordsmanship of Vijay. . Vijay was son of the king of Ram Nagar who was killed by the usurper, the present king-this secret told by Vikram to Vijay when they actually reached the skirts of Ram Nagar. Vijay was furious to take revenge but Vikram advised him to take every step cautiously.

One night Vijay stealthily entered the palace and reached near the garden where the princess was witnessing a Dance. Cupid did his trick and without Caring to know who is who-Vijay and Princess became one is Love. Vijay returned to his Camp but his heart was with Princess Bella, the daughter of Vikram, who was also in love with Vijay, noticed this change but could not understand it. . Again next night Vijay went to the palace but he could not find the princess in the garden, in search of her, he reached her bed room. Princess was surprised to find him there but more she was pleased to meet him. Now Vijay realised the blindness of his love – he had given his heart to none other than the princess herself but he had to tell l her with a solemn heart that he had come to take off the head of the King-to take revenge of his fathers opposed him, challenged him Vijay was determined, he proceeded.

The prime minister also noticed the steps of Vijay-he drew his sword there was a duel between Vijay and the Prime minister. Hearing the noise, the king got up and saw a stranger in the Palace. Vijay thought best to flee away and he did. The King was surprised and became enraged to see an enemy in the Palace and that too with the Princess. He inquired from her but she could not satisfy him. King gave orders for the execution of the Princess. . When Vijay reached the Camp-Vikram and Bela found him bleeding-they smelt the wound of Love in his heart and Vikram instructed Bela to have a watch over Vijay.

Vijay had no peace-he had to see the Princess-Bela allowed him to go but accompanied him. In the palace the Prime Minister had laid a plot-and the innocent lovers fell Victim. Vijay was arrested and thrashed into the dark cell where Sher Singh, loyal servant of the Late King, was locked up. They both came to know each other but were helpless. . Princess and Bela both tried to save Vijay from the execution- They secretly brought him out of the prison, but this was seen by the Prime Minister and he came to kill Vijay. Meanwhile the King too came there and the prime Minister killed the king and Vijay killed the prime Minister. Finally he and the princess get married and Vijay is crowned the king. All is well that ends well. [Source: Booklet]

The name AJIT evokes an image of a suited,Booted,suave,Corporate style Villain,who has a battery of assistants,typically named Michael,Robert,Peter and the like.He also carries a Black cat in his arms and moves with his moll, ‘Mona Darling’. This villain does not do any bad acts himself. He would mix with the Rich and the Famous,till a poor hero exposes him. One can also recall the flood of ” Ajit Jokes ” in the 80s and the 90s.

Ajit (Hamid Ali Khan) was born on 27-1-1922, in Shahjahanpur-UP. His father was the personal driver of Hyderabad Nizam. Ajit completed education,sold all his books and ran away to Bombay,to become a Hero. After doing some secondary roles in Shah e Misr, Sikandar, Aap Beeti, Hatimtai and Sone ki Chidiya, he became a Hero first time in film JANAMPATRI-1949, opposite Sudha Rao. While doing film Beqasoor-50, Director K.Amarnath gave him his new name AJIT. Till then he was Hamid in the credits,

When he became a hero, Raj, Dilip, Dev and Ashok kumar were in the First grade. Among the second grade were the heros like Karan Dewan, Suresh, Bharat Bhushan,or Shekhar. Ajit looked manly with his height and masculine figure. He worked in 195 films, out of which he was the Hero in about 40 films. He did maximum films -10- with Nalini Jayawant. He was so much accustomed to call her Nalini, that few times he called his own foreigner wife (an Ava Gardener look alike ) as Nalini and enraged by this, she gave him the divorce.
His other heroines were, Madhubala, Geeta Bali, Vanmala, Begum para, Rehana, Kamini Kaushal, Bina Rai, Veena, Jayashree, Nimmi, Meena Kumari etc.

From Mughal e Azam and Naya Daur, he started doing side roles. In Naya Daur, he matched Dilip kumar by all standards. He delivered dialogues like ‘ Rajput jaan se jaate hain, Vachan se Nahin (Mughal-e-Azam) and ‘ Dosti ke naam pe thook diya toone, voh bhi ek loundi ke khatir’ (Naya Daur) and the audience clapped !

From Suraj-1966 he turned a Villain and established his special brand of villainy. He modified and fine tuned the suave Pran’s style further,which became his trademark. Ajit acted in 195 films. Ajit died on 21-10-1998.

Here is what ” Independent” the London daily newspaper wrote in his obituary, on 27-10-1998-

” AJIT was Indian cinema’s most successful villain. Acting in over 200 films in a career which spanned nearly four decades, Ajit delivered his outrageously evil, double entendre one-liners with a deadpan face which inspired a genre of outlandish jokes and eventually made him into a national folk hero.

With his Clark Gable-style pencil moustache and imposing physique, Ajit gave a twist to villainy in Bollywood, India’s film capital city of Bombay. He ably portrayed the ruthlessly suave, archetypal thug constantly surrounded by an army of “heavies”. He was invariably accompanied by a vacuous moll named something like Silly Lilly or Mona Darling and a side-kick called Robert or Mike.

In one of his movies he nonchalantly confines the hero, already beaten to a pulp and chained to a dungeon wall, to a living hell by ordering him to be dipped into a drum full of liquid oxygen. “The liquid will not let him live and the oxygen will not let him die,” he cries. In another film he tells Mona Darling, “The password is `Legs’. Spread the word.”

Ajit’s dialogues were a hilarious mix of Hindi and pidgin English which captured the public’s imagination and led to hundreds of Ajit jokes that are still in circulation today. In one such quip Ajit is asked by his sidekick Peter to suggest a name for his newly born son. “Call him Re Peter,” comes the unblinking response. Ajit himself was vastly entertained by these jokes, which continued long after his retirement from films in the early Nineties. “I used to download them from the Internet and read them to him and he would laugh heartily,” said his son Zahid Ali Khan. ”

Today’s duet is by Mohd. Rafi and Shamshad Begum. It is a good song.


Song-Main maali ka chhokra (Sarkaar) (1951) Singers-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Pt Govindram

Lyrics

Main maali ka chhokra
hoy main maali ka chhokra
mera baag hai jamuna paar paar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
ho mera baag hai jamuna paar paar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
hoy tararararararara hoy
hoy main kisaan ki chhokri
hoy main kisaan ki chhokri
mera khet hai ganga paar paar
mera khet hai ganga paar
mera khet hai ganga paar paar
mera khet hai ganga paar

lelo kela aur naarangi
le lo laal anaar
baabu le lo laal anaar
jo bhi khaaye anaar hamaara
chadhe na usko bukhaar
jo bhi khaaye anaar hamaara
chadhe na usko bukhaar
do do aane
do do aane
do do aane
do do aane
le lo laal anaar yaar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
hoy main maali ka chhokra
mera baag hai jamuna paar paar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
hoy
hoy
teri anaar ??
sasti aur mazedaar
lelo sasti aur mazedaar
aao logon le lo isko
ik paise ki chaar
aao logon le lo isko
ik paise ki chaar
ik paise ki chaar chaar
mera khet hai ganga paar
hoy main kisaan ki chhokri
mera khet hai ganga paar paar
mera khet hai ganga paar

arre suno suno suno suno suno
Amritsar ke lo kharboooje
Kaashi ke amrood
bhaiyya Kaashi ke amrood
Poone ki mausambi le lo
wo bhi hai mauzood
Poone ki mausambi le lo
wo bhi hai mauzood
aur Kaashmeer ke seb khareedo
ek rupaye ke chaar
Kaashmeer ke seb khareedo
ek rupaye ke chaar
ek rupaye ke chaar chaar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
hoy main maali ka chhokra
mera baag hai jamuna paar paar
mera baag hai jamuna paar
hoy dekho dekho dekho dekho dekho
khet hai iska kitna maghanga
saste ka ye khaana
mere saste ka ye khaana
Changu khaaye
Mangu khaaye
khaaye boodhha naana
aur Mangla khaaye
Bindiya khaaye
khaaye sabhi zamaana
ek ek aana
ek ek aana
le lo ek ek aana
ek ek aana
ek ek aana
le lo ek ek aana
ek ek aana
ek ek aana
ek ek aana
ek ek aana
hurr
haa


This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusaist 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4416 Post No. : 15822

Mohammed Rafi: The incomparable (II) – Song No. 17
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20/08/2020 – Death anniversary of Avinash Vyas
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The names of both Avinash Vyas and Bharat Vyas remind everyone of mythological movies and their bhajans and religious songs. On this death anniversary, I found a song, a Rafi solo with a difference. It is nothing like a bhajan or a mythological situation song, but appears to be roadside tamasha category song.

This is a fun song from the film Aadhi roti (1957). This movie has actors like Prem Adeeb, Master Bhagwan, Sulochana Latkar, Daisy Irani and Manorama. The songs are composed by Avinash Vyas and written by (unrelated) Bharat Vyas. As per the Rafi excel sheet, this song is performed on screen by Master Bhagwan. It figures as it does sound like a Bhagwan Dada song.

Three songs from the film are posted as below :
teri duniya mein aa kar bhi
so jaa re so jaa mere laal
main gori gori gori gori chhori

Actually the lullaby song “so ja re so jaa mere laal” is a multiple version song, with one more sad solo by GeetaDutt and a sad version by Rafi Sahab. I am glad that I visited the songs of this movie today. The sad version is something else and I don’t want to stop listening to it. Reminds me of another multiple version sad, lullaby song where Rafi Sahab scores a unbeaten ton in cricketing parlance: aaj kal mein dhal gaya. Composing a song, bringing it to the best possible shape and rehearsing it, till you get the perfect rendition with true expression must be as much hard work as it takes to complete a century in the test match. But then “Beti Bete” was in 1964, with Shankar-Jaikishan being so busy that they were canning more than one song in a day, as per some reports. So here Rafi Sahab and also other singers had to deliver the right take much quickly and had not much opportunity to be pedantic.

Excel sheet is also listing many Rafi songs composed by Avinash Vyas for Gujrati films. I would have attempted to post a gujrati song, especially the ‘Garba” songs like ‘mehnditevaavi’. But I hesitated, due to my half knowledge of the language. A Marathi song should be a safer bet to add in this series.

Avinash Vyas may not be one of the greats of the golden era of hindi film songs. This is a 1957 song, just about the right time when the composers had finally digested that a phenomena like Rafi Sahab exists. S. D.Burman was in his peak with films like “Pyaasa”, “paying Guest” etc., O. P. Nayyar was also getting into his groove and played a masterstroke with “Naya Daur”. Madan Mohan was still getting there with “Gateway of India”. But I feel strongly, that a couple of songs from this film “Aadhi Roti”, especially the lori song is a quality creation, deserves to hold its head high. This “lori” Rafi version has overshadowed the song I am posting here, as I heard it just now, after the present song and prepared the lyrics.

But I liked this song a lot too, for its peppy and mischievous spirit and Rafi sahab’s expertise and perfect delivery and timing in singing it. Another song, where it feels as if, more than one person is singing it, when actually only Rafi Sahab’s voice is there and no chorus to accompany. And plus also the fact that he seems to have so much time to sing not just the words, but accompany them with a lot of his typical ‘murkiyan’. All of this is done within the blink of an eye. Well, almost.

Any wonder that I wish, I was a butterfly on the wall, when all these recordings were happening in the recording studios.

This Rafi solo is presented, as a tribute to Avinash Vyas on his remembrance day.


Song-Mat pyaar mein dhokha khaana (Aadhi Roti)(1957) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

mat pyaar mein dhokha khaana
chikna chikna hai zamaana
baabu re ae ae ae
phisal na jaanaaaaa
o mat pyaar mein dhokha khaana
chikna chikna hai zamaana
babu re ae ae
phisal na jaanaaa
arey phisal na jaanaa
baabu
dil pe rakhna qaaboo
baabu re baabu re baaboo
phisal na jaanaaaaa
haha
arey kahaan jaata bhai

phurrrrrrrrrrr….
udti phirti
jaadugarni
chhoriyaan
chupke chupke
dil ki kartin
choriyaan
ho…..
udti phirti
jaadugarni
chhoriyaan
chupke chupke
dil ki karti
choriyaan
dil apna in se bachaana
mat chot jigar pe khaana
baabu re ae ae ae
phisal na jaanaaa
arey phisal na jaanaa
baabu
dil pe rakhna qaaboo
baabu re baabu re baaboo
phisal na jaanaaaaa
hahaha

chal chal chal
sambhal ke chal
o Chal chal chal
sambhal ke
galiyaan hain yeh pyaar ki
naar hai ya dhaar hai
talwaar ki
kaanon mein do
ghoomti hain baaliyaan
dil phansaane
ko hain yeh do
jaaliyaan
ho Kaanon mein do
ghoomti hain baaliyaan
dil phansaane
ko hain yeh do
jaaliyaan
ye prem ka taana-baana
mat iss chakkar mein aanaa
baabu re ae ae ae
phisal na jaanaaa
phisal na jaanaa
baabu
dil pe rakhna qaaboo
baabu re baabu re baaboo
phisal na jaanaaaaa
mat pyar mein dhokha khaana
chikna chikna hai zamaana
baabu re ae ae ae
o Phisal na jaanaaa
o baabuoo
phisal na jaanaa


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4414 Post No. : 15816

Every 23rd January we pay our tributes to the great visionary, a courageous and brave leader of our freedom struggle Netaji Subhashchandra Bose.

All of us are aware of his biographical details and details about his fight for the freedom of people of India and how he led his own fight in the way he thought was the best way to deal with the ‘British Empire’ then.

In one of my earlier posts on the blog here we have also discussed about the various movies based on the life of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose.

While we all celebrate his birth anniversary on 23rd January there are different versions about his last days (16 to 18th Aug 1945) and the last journey that he took from Taiwan to fly to Russia where he thought he would get support from the Russians in his fight against the Britishers.

However, 18th August 1945 is mentioned as that ‘unfortunate’ day in the history of ‘freedom struggle’ of India when Netaji Subhashchandra Bose was last seen alive. Remembering him and paying our tributes to him here is a song from the 1966 movie ‘Netaji Subhashchandra Bose’.

Earlier only audio of this song was available. Now I have came across a video clip of this song which shows this song as a background song with the ‘titles’ of the movie.

(However, the wordings of the song suggest that it must have been based during his last few years when after Gandhiji’s ‘do or die’ call Netaji Subhashchandra Bose was inclined towards Gandhiji and was thinking of writing a letter to him extending his support.)

“Netaji Subhashchandra Bose-1966’ was directed by Hemen Gupta for ‘Adarshlok’. It had Abhi Bhattacharya, Jaymala, Bipin Gupta, Ulhas, Padma Devi, Niranjan Sharma, N.R. Madholkar, Maxworth, Leela Mishra, Rajeshwar Dayal, Sudharshan Sethi, Chand, Ramesh Sharma, Arvind Sharma, Iqbal, Jadish Kanwal, Kishan Raj, Lila Jaywant, Rehana, Jamuna, Snehmala, Madhurika, Meenakshi, Moni Chatterjee, Kant Kumar, Paresh Kumar, Munshi Niyamatulla, Mohan Kaul, Jaisingh Sawant, Kamal Kapoor, Bazeed Khan, K.C. Supariwala, Panna Kapoor, Murray, Woolga, Harry, Peace, Kelly and others.

Story and Screenplay of this movie was written by Adarsh while Editing of this movie was done by I.M. Kunnu.

This movie had five songs written by Kavi Pradeep and composed to music by Salil Choudhary. Mohd Rafi, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar and Savita Bannerjee had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

So far four songs of this movie have been posted on the blog as following;

S.No. Song Title Posted on
01 Janmbhoomi maa main yahaan tu wahaan 23.01.2014
02 Suno re suno … ye Subhash ki katha 23.01.2015
03 Jhankaaro jhankaaro agneeveena 23.01.2017
04 Dushmanon saavdhaan 23.01.2020

Today’s song is sung by Mohd Rafi. Lyrics are by Kavi Pradeep and music is composed by Salil Choudhary.

With this song all songs from the movie ‘Netaji Subhashchandra Bose-1966’ have been covered on the blog.

Let us listen to this poignant song.

Video

Audio

Song-Ab jung shuru kal se (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)(1966) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Salil Chaudhary

Lyrics

ab jung shuru kal se
ab kal se hai sangraam
sweekaar karo baapu
ye Subhash ka pranaam
ab jung shuru kal se

sevak ye tumhaara ab
aur iska har sipaahi
sevak ye tumhaara ab
aur iska har sipaahi
kal se banega baapu
jwaala ke path ka raahi

aasheesh tum mujhe do
kar jaaun apna kaam
kar jaaun apna kaam
ab jung shuru kal se
ab kal se hai sangraam
sweekaar karo baapu
ye Subhash ka pranaam
ab jung shuru kal se

hum ja rahe hain ab to
seene pe khaane goli
hum ja rahe hain ab to
seene pe khaane goli
maa ki deewaali ke hit
khelenge kal se holi
hum ja rahe hain karne
raushan watan ka naam
raushan watan ka naam
ab jung shuru kal se …

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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अब जंग शुरू कल से
अब कल से है संग्राम
स्वीकार करो बापू
ये सुभाष का प्रणाम
अब जंग शुरू कल से

सेवक ये तुम्हारा अब
और इसका हर सिपाही
सेवक ये तुम्हारा अब
और इसका हर सिपाही
कल से बनेगा बापू
ज्वाला के पथ का राही

आशीष तुम मुझे दो
कर जाऊं अपना काम
कर जाऊं अपना काम
अब जंग शुरू कल से
अब कल से है संग्राम
स्वीकार करो बापू
ये सुभाष का प्रणाम
अब जंग शुरू कल से

हम जा रहे हैं अब तो
सीने पे खाने गोली
हम जा रहे हैं अब तो
सीने पे खाने गोली
माँ की दिवाली के हित
खेलेंगे कल से होली
हम जा रहे हैं करने
रौशन वतन का नाम
रौशन वतन का नाम
अब जंग शुरू कल से …


This article is written by nahm, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4411 Post No. : 15808

Today is 15th August, 2020 and we are celebrating 74rd Independence day. A national festival in COVID times, when all the festivals and celebrations have been kept low key and confined to own dwellings, very small gatherings or on the modern wonders of 21st century whatsapp and video conferences. But these small mercies have also been marred by the casualties. Most painful is the inability to visit the sick and not go the two steps distance towards the final rites of those who have lost this battle.

This past 6 months, we have all come to realize what really matters. Our family, friends and our inherent capacity to be happy and content, is the takeaway for us at the end of this. Surely, there is light at the end of this tunnel.

It has been 73 years since we have gained or wrested our freedom from a foreign power. A power, which still relishes its successes and spoils from the conquering and subduing of this ancient land of the Rishi Munis and sufi saints and great thinkers and poets. There is a saying “United we stand and divided we fall”. But here we are celebrating the event of the division of an ancient civilization. Over these 73 years and even before with the two world wars, we have seen elsewhere how those superpowers and their brethren create, fight and finish their unholy wars. Be it annihilation of Japan or the systematic destruction of Iraq(twice over), and the dismantling of the ‘khilaafat’ in Turkey, we in the end got free lightly, only with the three way division of the sub-continent and the loss of a few million lives in the cross migration or exchange of population, or whatever. Everything comes at a cost, and we, some would say have paid it. There is a very good reason for the tag of ‘sub-continent’ to this region of Hindustan. These are some things to ponder over.

The song I have chosen to present here is “Desh mein sankat aaya hai” from “Aap ki sewa mein” (1947). The song obviously of pre-independance era, as it ends with “Chheen lo , chheen lo ……..” . Meaning ‘Azaadi chheen lo”. Otherwise the lyrics are mainly about food shortages, or maybe it is talking about famine, in Bihar or Bengal.

By and large, our country is free of such fears, at least in matters of food. Initially with the extended lockdown, there were apprehensions everywhere, especially in the elderly. They were not totally unfounded with the transportation and all activity at the standstill, there is always a chance of things going horribly bad. But the bureaucratic vigilance and diligence at every step of the way saved the day for India. Indian bureaucracy, however maligned as “babus” is a fine institution so is the distribution network of resources and essentials, that much has been proved. We take these institutions for granted, until they are threatened, look to be losing significance. Only then we acknowledge what it was and what we lost.

Despite these apprehensions, all was fine at least in Mumbai. But one thing I could not find in my 3 visits to the supermarket, i.e. the humble ‘safed watana’ 🙂 .

Here is a bonus, a poem by Sahir Ludhianvi :

– वीरसा –
ये वतन तेरी मेरी नस्ल की जागीर नहीं
सैकड़ों नस्लों की मेहनत ने सँवारा है इसे
कितने ज़ेहनों का लहू कितनी निगाहों का अ’रक़
कितने चेहरों की हया कितनी ज़बीनों की शफ़क़
ख़ाक की नज़्र हुई तब ये नज़ारे बिखरे
पत्थरों से ये तराशे हुए असनाम ए जवाँ
ये सदाओं के खंम-ओ-पेच ये रंगों की ज़ुबां
चिमनियों से निकलता हुआ ये पुर पेच धुआँ
तेरी तख़्लीक़ नहीं है मेरी तख़्लीक़ नहीं
हम अगर ज़िद भी करें इस पर तो तसदीक़ नहीं
ई’ल्म सूली पर चढ़ा तब कहीं तख़मीना बना
ज़हर सदियों ने पिया तब कहीं नौशीना बना
सैकड़ों पावों कटे तब कहीं इक ज़ीना बना
तेरे क़दमों के तले या मेरे क़दमों के तले
नौ ए इंसान के शब ओ रोज़ की तक़दीर नहीं
ये वतन तेरी मेरी नस्ल की जागीर नहीं
सैकड़ों नस्लों की मेहनत ने सँवारा है इसे

तेरा ग़म कुछ भी सही मेरा अलम कुछ भी सही
एहल ए सर्वत की सियासत का सितम कुछ भी सही
कल की नस्लें भी कोई चीज़ हैं, हम कुछ भी सही
उन का वरसा हों खंडर ये सितम ईजाद न कर
तेरी तख़्लीक़ नहीं तू उसे बर्बाद न कर
जिस से देहक़ान को रोज़ी नहीं मिलने पाती
मैं न दूंगा तुझे वो खेत जलाने का सबक़
फ़स्ल बाक़ी है तो तक़सीम बदल सकती है
फ़स्ल की ख़ाक से क्या मांगेगा जम्हूर का हक़
पुल सलामत है तो तू पार उतर सकता है
चाहे तबलीग़ बग़ावत के लिए ही उतरे
वरना ग़ालिब की ज़बान में मेरे हमदम मेरे दोस्त
दाम हर मौज में है हल्क़ा ए सद काम ए नेहंग
सोच ले फिर कोई तामीर गिराने जाना
तेरी तामीर से है जंग के तख़रीब से जंग
एहल ए मनसब हैं ग़लत कार तो इन के मनसब
तेरी ताईद से ढाले गए , तू मुजरिम है
मेरी ताईद से ढाले गए मैं मुजरिम हूँ
पटरियाँ रेल की, सड़कों की बसें, फ़ोन के तार
तेरी और मेरी ख़ताओं की सज़ा क्यूँ भुगतें
इन पे क्यूँ ज़ुल्म हो जिन की कोई तक़सीर नहीं
ये वतन तेरी मेरी नस्ल की जागीर नहीं
सैकड़ों नस्लों की मेहनत ने सँवारा है इसे

तेरा शिकवा भी बजा मेरी शिकायत भी दुरुस्त
रंग ए माहोल बदलने की ज़रूरत भी दुरुस्त
कौन कहता है के हालात पे तनक़ीद न कर
हुकूमत के ग़लत दाओं की तर्वीद न कर
तुझ को इज़हार ए ख़यालात का हक़ हासिल है
और ये हक़ कोई तारीख़ की ख़ैरात नहीं
तेरे और मेरे रफ़ीक़ो ने लहू दे दे कर
ज़ुल्म की ख़ाक में इस हक़ का शजर बोया था
सालहा साल में जो बर्ग ओ समर लाया है
अपना हक़ मांग मगर इन के ता’आउन से न माँग
जो तेरे हक़ का तसव्वुर ही फ़ना कर डालें
हाथ उठा अपने मगर इन के जिलौ में न उठा
जो तेरे हाथ तेरे तन से जुदा कर डालें
ख़्वाब ए आज़ादी ए इंसान की ये त’अबीर नहीं
ये वतन तेरी मेरी नस्ल की जागीर नहीं
सैकड़ों नस्लों की मेहनत ने सँवारा है इसे
(साहिर लुधियानवी)
*****************

नस्ल – pedigree, ancestry
अरक़ – essence
जबीन – forehead
शफ़क़ – crimson colour of evening sky as the sun sets
असनाम जवाँ – idols of the young/youth
ख़म-ओ-पेच – curves and curls
तख़्लीक़ – creation
तसदीक़ – verifying, authentication
इल्म – knowledge, education
तख़्मीना – estimate or valuation
नौशीना – antidote for poison
ज़ीना – stairs
नौ-ए-इंसाँ – new generation / civilization
अलम – grief, affliction, pain
अहल-ए-सर्वत – The wealthy, well endowed
चीज़ – something or some matter
विर्सा – inheritance or heritage
ईजाद – invention
दहक़ान – farmers
सबक़ – lesson
तक़्सीम – division, distribution
फ़स्ल – harvest, yield
जम्हूर – republic, populace
तब्लीग़ – preaching
बग़ावत – revolt, rebel
दाम – a trap or costs
मौज – a wave or enjoyment/fun
हल्क़ा-ए-सद-काम-ए-नहंग – a circle of perils, chain of events(unwanted) in daily chores.
ता’मीर – construction
तख़रीब – destruction
अहल-ए-मंसब – The powerful
ग़लत-कार – wrong-doer, in the wrong
मंसब – seat of power, good offices
ताईद – consent, favour or encouragement
ख़ताओं – mistakes, faults
तक़्सीर – crime, sin
शिकवा – complaint
रंग-ए-माहौल – the hues in the atmosphere
हालात – conditions, current situations
तन्क़ीद – criticism
हुक्मरानों – the rulers
दा’वों – claims or tall claims
तरदीद – contradict or refuse
इज़हार-ए-ख़यालात – expression of thoughts and ideas
हासिल – available for you, gotten
तारीख़ – history
ख़ैरात – alms, charity
रफ़ीक़ों – friends, dear ones, well wishers
शजर – a tree
सालहा-साल – years after years
बर्ग-ओ-समर – leaves and fruits
तआ’वुन – help or co-operation
तसव्वुर – conception, imagination
फ़ना – destroy, finish
जिलौ – in the company of
ख़्वाब-ए-आज़ादी – The dream of liberty
त’अबीर – completion, realization

______

The song presented is composed by Datta Devjekar. Lyricist is Mahipal and singers are Mohammed Rafi and G. M. Sajan.


Song-Desh mein sankat aaya hai (Aap Ki Sewa Mein)(1947) Singers-Rafi, G M Sajan, Lyrics-Mahipal, MD-Datta Davjekar
Both

Lyrics

Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Aaya hai ae
Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Aaya hai ae

Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Ab kuchh kar ke dikhlaana hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai
Ab kuchh kar ke dikhlaana hai
Kam khaane ka
sab logon ko
badaa hunar sikhlaana hai
nayaa hunar sikhlaana hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai

Aadhi thaali chhod chhod kar
budhdhon ko utth jaane do
Aadhi thaali chhod chhod kar
budhdhon ko utth jaane do
naujawaanon ko minnat kar ke
sookhe chane chabaane do
naujawaanon ko mehnat kar ke
sookhe chane chabaane do

aage naariyon ooo
bahu betiyon o o

punya loot lo oo
ae punya loot lo
nandan (??) kar ke punya loot lo
Ye mauqa mat jaane do

nandan(??) kar ke punya loot lo
Ye mauqa mat jaane do

Yahi sandesaa
gali gali mein
aaj hamen pahunchaana hai
Yahi sandesaa
gali gali mein
aaj hamen pahunchaana hai
Kam khaane ka
sab logon ko
badaa hunar sikhlaana hai
nayaa hunar sikhlaana hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai

Do roti khaata ho uss ko
Aadhi pe majboor karo
Do roti khaata ho uss ko
Aadhi pe majboor karo
Kam-nase(?) mehmaan aaye
ae ae ae ae

Kam-nase (?) mehmaan aaye
To dhakke maaro door karo
Kam-nase(?) mehmaan aaye
To dhakke maaro door karo
Nayi roshni se logon ko
Naya sabaq samjhaana hai
Nayi roshni se logon ko
Naya sabaq samjhaana hai
Kam khaane ka
sab logon ko
badaa hunar sikhlaana hai
nayaa hunar sikhlaana hai
Desh mein sankat aaya hai

Bade niwaale tum na khaao
Bachchon ko ye seekh do
Bachchon ko ye seekh do
Ghar pe bhookha aaye maangne ae
Ghar pe bhookha aaye maangne
Lekin uss ko bheekh do oo

Ghar pe bhooka aaye maangne
Lekin uss ko bheekh do
Chheen lo
Chheen lo
Chheen lo
Chheen lo
Chheen lo


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