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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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4448 Post No. : 15901

Today’s song is from film Daku ki Ladki-54. I remember, there was a film in 1933 with the same title, featuring Sulochana, Dinshaw Bilimorea, Ghulam Mohd. Hadi etc. In that film, Ghulam Mohd. had done the role of the Daku, Sulochana was Daku’s Ladki and Dinshaw was the Police Officer.Ghulam Mohd. was known as ” The Prince of Imperial Film Company”, in those days.

Today’s film was made by Harish Productions. Naturally, the director and the Producer was Tara Harish only. Music was by Hemant Kumar. The cast of the film was Geeta Bali, Sheikh Mukhtar, Arjun, Shivraj, Rajan Kapoor, Mukri, Sankatha Prasad, Cuckoo etc etc.

The word “Daku” regularly appeared in the film titles right from the time Talkie films started. There were a total 32 films starting with the word Daku. When the film Daku ki Ladki came in 1933, as if to counter it, a film called Daku ka Ladka came in 1935. Thank God Daku’s family did not expand further ! Interestingly, there were 16 films based on female Dakus and only 7 films on Male Dakus. I wonder, what is the Hindi word for female Daku. A Dakin ? or a Dakuin ? or is it enough just to say He Daku and She Daku ? While female Dakus were honoured by calling them Daku Rani in 5 films and Daku Maharani in 1 film, the poor He Dakus had prosaic titles like Daku Bhupat or Daku Mansoor etc.etc.

When I took up discussing the 50’s film songs, I found that a lot of melodious and good songs to be yet to be discussed. Today’s song is one such song. To listen to Lata and Hemant Kumar is nothing short of a Bliss. Out of 2 such duets from this film one had remained to be discussed. In one of her interviews, Lata had said that she had always enjoyed singing duets with Hemant Kumar. She also said ” I used to feel as if some Sadhu was singing when I heard him singing a song”.

In the Costume drama Daku ki Ladki-54, Ravi Shankar Sharma was Hemant’s assistant in composing music.In few Hemant Kumar films, Ravi has sung songs, including this film. Later on when Ravi himself became a famous and successful composer, he made Hemant Kumar sing in his films. HK was a very respected person in the industry. When he came to Bombay his Hindi was not so good. Like all Bangla people, he had inherent difficulty in pronunciation of certain Hindi words. This was because, in Bangla language, there are no such sounds as plain ” A ” (अ ). So, Arun becomes Orun and Lata becomes Lota. With great practice and hard work, he improved his Hindi. Initially, even Geeta Roy had this problem.

In the cast of the film, you will see a name Shivraj. Not much is known about this good actor. Sometimes I feel some actors have such features that they are fixed for certain roles only and they are misfits in another role. For example, can you ever imagine Rashid Khan or Kanhaiyalal in a role of a sophisticated Millionnnaire ? Or Aruna Irani or Padma Khanna in a Mythological Devi’s role ? They may be good actors, but their physical features and style of acting restricts them to certain roles only. This is true even in case of big stars. Thus, Ashok Kumar became a laughing stock as Abhimanyu or warrier Humayun in full war gear.

The name SHIVRAJ in the cast always created curiosity in my mind. I had seen this actor in several films. I was unable to get any information on him anywhere. His role as the meek husband of Kaushalya (Manorama) in the film Seeta aur Geeta-72 is unforgettable. When I started work on this post, I tried again. This time I found an article – actually an Obituary – on him in The Hindu, dated 4-6-2017. Of course it described in it only about his different roles. From some other source, I got his date of Birth and Death and a little other information.

Shivraj was born on 11-6-1920 in Madhya Pradesh. His full name was Shivraj Pandey. After doing his graduation, he came to Bombay in search of a good job, but joined the film industry. To start with he worked in Minerva as an assistant in administration, He did some film roles too without getting credited. He left Minerva and got a role in the film Sarai ke bahar-47. This was a film made by National studios. His next films were Ziddi, Majboor, Batohi, and Asha all in 1948. Then there was no looking back. Shivraj acted in 212 films. He directed 1 film, Jaani Dushman-57. He retired from work in 2000, but his last released film was Yaar meri zindgi-2008. Shivraj died on 4-6-2017.

There is also a name Arjun in the cast. Now this is a ‘ Same Name Confusion ‘ artiste. Arjun was the Hero in film Malhar-51, opposite actress Shammi (Nargis Rabadi). His name is confused with Music director C.Arjun and many people wrongly presume that C.Arjun acted in the film Malhar. This Arjun is different. His name was Arjun Bakshi Gill. His first film was Naujawan-51, then came Malhar-51.Later he acted in Daku ki Ladki-54 etc. He wrote screenplays and went on doing small roles in films. He migrated to Canada and opened a Music shop. A RMIM member met him there, and recognised Arjun as Malhar Hero. Arjun died in 2001. His daughter Jyoti Bakshi was also an actress, who died in pitiable condition in 2003.

Finally, let us take a look at dancer Cuckoo.

It was 1944. The talkies were already around for 15 years. Devika Rani and Shobana Samarth had already established their glowing presence but it was still a time when nice girls didn’t even become leading ladies, let alone do roles where they had to wriggle their hips — however tastefully — and bare flesh, which at the time meant shoulders and maybe a bit of leg. At such a time, a pretty, fresh-faced Anglo-Indian girl with eyes that danced as enchantingly as her feet appeared in two films — “Pehli Nazar”- 1945 (in which Mukesh made his debut with “Dil Jalta hai toh jalne de”) and “Mujrim -1944.” The girl’s name in the film’s credits was listed simply as “Cuckoo.” Cuckoo was perhaps the first of the most well known dancing queens of Indian Cinema. She was born on 4-2-1928. Her predecessors were many, including a dancer called Azurie, who it is said Cuckoo modeled herself on. But in terms of the sheer body of work and its impact, Cuckoo would have to be the first among Hindi cinema’s dancing queens. It was with her that “cabaret” became an almost indispensable part of films made between the 1950s and 1970s.

Her debut in 1944 was an instant hit and in the space of just the next five years, she had appeared in an incredible 49 films, including Mehboob Khan’s “Anokhi Ada” (1948), H. S. Rawail’s “Patanga” (1949) and Devendra Goel’s “Aankhen” (1950). The only major filmmaker of the time who did not feature Cuckoo in his films was V. Shantaram. In a lot of her films, her role was just a song but its impact was so electrifying that distributors considered it almost as indispensable as the heroine. Like the Helen-Asha combination later on, in many of these songs, Cuckoo’s screen `voice’ was Shamshad Begum. Together, they were responsible for some unforgettable hits.

Mehboob Khan’s films proved to be the turning points in Cuckoo’s career. Her dance numbers in hisAnokhi Ada established her as the leading dancer of the time; and Andaz, a romantic melodrama featuring Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Nargis, gave the dancer an opportunity to showcase her acting skills.During her peak period,she was getting Rs.6000/- per dance appearance.

Cuckoo remained the top dancer of Hindi films till she was displaced by Helen and such dancer-actresses as Vyjayanthimala.Cuckoo gave dances in about 76 films. Ironically, it was Cuckoo who had initiated a 13-year-old Helen into films as a chorus dancer.Cuckoo continued to dance until the beginning of the 1960s, the last few years as part of the chorus dancing.It has been recently confirmed that Cuckoo’s real name was Cuckoo Moray.Cuckoo died a slow lingering death, due to Cancer on 30-9-1981 penniless and unattended. No one from the Film industry attended her cremation. (Thanks for some information from Cineplot and from the book”Tujhe mere geet bulate hain” by Sanjeev Tanwar).

Today’s song is a delightful duet of Lata and Hemant Kumar. Let us now enjoy it….


Song-Nazron se chhup gaya hai taqdeer ka saweraa (Daaku Ki Ladki)(1954) Singer-Lata, Hemant Kumar , Lyrics-Kaif Irfani, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

nazron se ae
chhup gaya hai ae ae
taqdeer kaa aa savera

nazron se chhup gaya hai
taqdeer kaa savera
girta hai jo bhi aansu
leta hai naam teraa
ham rah gaye tadap kar
munh zindagi ne phera
girta hai jo bhi aansu
leta hai naam teraa
nazron se chhup gaya hai
taqdeer kaa savera

duniya mein ham ye kaisi taqdeer le ke aaye
tukde dil-o-jigar ke
ashkon mein muskuraaye
hansti hai mujhpe kismat
rota hai pyaar meraa

girta hai jo bhi aansu
leta hai naam teraa
nazron se chhup gaya hai
taqdeer kaa savera

aaja ki dil liye hai maayoosiyaan nazar mein
ek shamma jal rahi hai
teri yaad ki jigar mein
baaki hai har taraf ab chhaaya hua andhera
girta hai jo bhi aansu
leta hai naam teraa
nazron se chhup gaya hai
taqdeer kaa savera
girta hai jo bhi aansu
leta hai naam teraa


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4429 Post No. : 15855

“Betaab”(1952) was produced and directed by Harbans for Susheel Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Naseem, Motilal, Kamal Kumar, Murad, Mirza Musharraf, Tiwari, Kamal, Nazeer Kashmiri, Agha Mirza, Afghan Sandow, S Kamal, Parvati devi, Meera Aarti etc.

“Betaab”(1952) had thirteen songs in it. Two songs have been covered so far.

Here is the third song from the movie. This song is sung by S D Batish. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by S D Batish.

Going by the mukhda “binti karat hoon main tori maa” and going by the fact that it is penned by Bharat Vyas, some people may belieb=ve that it is a bhajan. Not al all. This song is a comedy song where a person is requesting his mother to get him married as soon as possible. He has no demands, no bars, no qualifications in mind for the prospective bride. The most openminded bridegroom ever !

The hilarious lyrics contains words that are considered politically incorrect now a adys but they raised no eyebrows those days. In any case it is a comedy song and it should be treated as such.

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


Song-Binti karat hoon main tori maa (Betaab)(1952) Singer-S D Batish, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-S D Batish

Lyrics

binti suno o o o o
mori
maa
maa
binti karat hoon main tori maa
binti karat hoon
binti karat hoon
binti karat hoon main tori maa
tu shaadi kara de
shaadi kara de
shaadi kara de mori ma

agle phaagan tak jo mujhko
nahin milegi biwi
to saanch kahoon bhagwaan kasam
mujhe ho jaayegi t b
chaahe kaani ho
ya andhi ho
wo looli ho
ya langdi ho
chaahe goongi ho ya bahri ho
chaahe goongi ho ya bahri ho
wo kaali ho ya gori ma
tu shaadi kara de
shaadi kara de
shaadi kara de
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shadi shadi
mori shaadi shadi shadi
o mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
shaadi

jaat paat ki fikar na karna
jo kuchh bhi ho naam
des bides kahin ki bhi ho
humen byaah te kaam
punjaaban ho
bangaalan ho
gujaraatan ho
maarwaadan ho
madraasan ho
maaraathan ho
madraasan ho
maaraathan ho
wo kahin ki bhi ho chhori ma
tu shaadi kara de shaadi kara de
shaadi kara de
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shadi shadi
mori shaadi shadi shadi
o mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
mori shaadi shaadi shaadi
shaadi


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.

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4425 Post No. : 15843

Today’s song is from the film Hill Station-1957.

The peak of the Golden Era of HFM was in the decade of the 50’s. In this decade, probably all operating MDs gave their best songs and the ordinary, common music loving film goer did not know how much good music he could digest. For some, it was almost an indigestion with excessive indulgence in good, Divine music and this condition had no medicine. The music lovers had to endure and enjoy the excess provision of his choicest music.

1957 – what an year it was! The best year in the Golden Era! The best year in the 50s! The best year for melody and music! Such wonderful films came in this year!!! The lineup of 1957 films looks like the selection of the creamy layer in everlasting music – ‘Mother India’, ‘Pyasa’, ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, ‘Bhabhi’, ‘Asha’, ‘Miss Mary’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’, ‘Paying Guest’, ‘Nau Do Gyarah’, ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’. ‘Nausherwaan e Adil, ‘Gateway Of India’, ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke, ‘Kathputali’, ‘Sharada’ . . . Films like Baarish, Ab Dilli door nahin, Abhiman, Bada Bhai, Begunah, Beti, Chhote Babu, Coffee House, Dushman, Johnny Walker, Miss Bombay, Miss India, Mr. X, Narsi Bhagat, Paak Daaman, Pawanputra Hanuman, Ustad, Zamana, Garma Garam had equally melodious songs like other films mentioned, albeit may not be so famous. Films produced in Madras were quite popular. AVM’s ‘Bhabhi’, ‘Miss Mary’ and ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke’, Prasad Production’s first Hindi film ‘Sharda’, and MV Raman’s film ‘Asha’ played havoc with their captive audiences. Films from south somehow have always concocted a success formula, mixing comedy, tragedy, social message, excellent production values and above all superb music, which made their films very popular everywhere.

Satyen Bose’s ‘Bandi’ brought together all the three Ganguly brothers in one film for the first time. Later he would repeat this feat in ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ in 1958. ‘Musaafir’, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s first Hindi film as a director, was an experimental film depicting the phases of life – birth, life, death and rejuvenation, symbolically through a succession of tenants in a house on rent. Director Amiya Chakravarty’s competition with Gyan Mukherjee came to an end with his unexpected demise while the making of ‘Kathputali’ was in progress. The film was completed by Nitin Bose. (Later, Gyan Mukherjee also passed away while making ‘Sitaron Se Aagey’ (1958) which was later completed by Satyen Bose. Both films had the same story and same heroine).

With the musical blockbuster ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ from Filmistan, Nasir Hussain introduced his own success formula of entertaining films and minted crores by repeating it several times, in a new garb. This film changed Shammi Kapoor’s luck, and made him an A grade actor. However, it did not much benefit the heroine Ameeta. She remained where she was – a second grade actress. Filmistan also released ‘Paying Guest’, with chocolate hero Dev Anand, with superb music and songs composed by SD Burman. Dev also featured in ‘Nau Do Gyarah’, another musical entertainer from Navketan, his home production company.

A surprise hit that year was the socio-religious film ‘Janam Janam Ke Phere’. The song “Zara Saamne To AaO Chhaliye” became the unexpected top song of the year and an iconic one at that! ‘Apradhi Kaun’ was genuinely an excellent detective story. Amiya Chakravarty’s ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’ was a hit due to its superb music, though its cast was quite ordinary. ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ got the national award. Amiya Chakravarty and Gope passed away this year. Nimmi got married. Vividh Bharati started its broadcast on 3rd October 1957.

Compared to all these musical giants. today’s film Hill Station-57 was not at all comparable. MD Hemant Kumar gave music to 9 films in 1957 alone- must be his maximum for any year. Music Aficionados still debate vehemently whether Hemant Kumar was a better singer or a better MD. As MD, he gave music to 55 films, composing 423 songs. As a singer he sang 320 songs in 173 films. In 1957, while he gave music to 9 films, he actually sang songs in 12 films.

I have not seen this film – that time or even at a later time, because I was not a fan of Bina Rai or Pradeep Kumar. Produced by A A Nadiadwala, for the banner- Pushpa Pictures, this Social film was directed by Shakti Samant. In the cast were also, K N Singh, Maruti, Prtotima Devi, Krishnakant, Shyama,Sheela Vaz and many others, including a Dog named Tiger. I always wondered, how can anybody name a Dog as Tiger, when Tigers are never known to be named as Dog. And then, what’s the role of a Dog in a Social film ? Of course in some films, trained dogs do some story turning acts, as in film ” Hum aapke hain Kaun-94″

In Hindi films, there are some senior actors ( I mean, those who have been in films for more than 25-30 years), who remained quiet, without attracting much comments or getting even few lines in the film reviews. They came, stayed and went as quietly as they remained in films. Actors like Sankatha Prasad, Niranjan Sharma,Habib, Anwar, Shaikh, Shivraj etc etc. One such name was Krishna Kant.

The name of krishna kant or K K is known to many people. Krishnakant ( 15-9-1922 to 24-10-2016) was a noted character actor of long standing. His career spanned from 1943 to 1989, a whopping 46 years. After retirement he had settled in Surat, Gujarat. His life story has been made into a Gujarati book ” Guzra hua zamana” written by the famous author Shri Biren Kothari ji. He has gifted me a copy of this book. Reading this book takes you into those times.KK had a knack of telling the history in an interesting way, with a lot many photographs. Till the last day (94 years) his memory was excellent. During my visit to Surat in early 2016, I could not meet him, due to paucity of time. This will pinch me forever. Our Sudhir ji and Bakshish Singh ji met him, when they went to Surat to meet Harsh Raghuwanshi ji.

Krishnakant acted in 109 Hindi, 16 Gujarati, 2 Bangla and 2 English movies. He has also directed 2 Hindi and 13 Gujarati films. In addition, he was active on TV in his later years. He acted in 8 Hindi and 6 Gujarati serials and directed 3 Hindi serials. He also acted in 1 Hindi and 7 Gujarati stage dramas. Here is a short Bio data of him-

Krishnakant (15-9-1922 to 24-10-2016)
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Gujarati and Hindi actor and director born in Howrah, Bengal, as Krishnakant Maganlal Bukhanwala. Son of a textile engineer; educated in Surat and in Bombay. Obtained a diploma in radio and electrical engineering (1940); then joined the Rooptara Studio in Bombay, working in the sound department. Assisted Nitin Bose for five years, then worked with Arvind Sen on Muqaddar (also acting in it) and with Subodh Mukherjee (Paying Guest, 1957). First major acting role in Phani Majumdar’s Andolan; other notable roles are a paralytic in Amiya Chakravarty’s Patita and the villain in Shakti Samanta’s Detective. Left films in the late 50s to concentrate on Gujarati theatre work (e.g. Pravin Joshi’s Manas Name Karigar) mainly with Harkrishen Mehta’s group. Returned to cinema in the early 70s; turned to direction with Dakurani Ganga, adapting Mehta’s novel Pravaha Paltavyo. Directed a series of Gujarati films based on plays or films from other languages: e.g. Visamo is based on Harkrishen Mehta’s play, in which he acted the role of an old teacher, recalling Paranjpe’s Oon Paoos (1954) and Panthulu’s School Master (1958). Also adapted Anant Mane’s Manini (1961) as Maa Dikri. With these films he introduced a novel style of urban entertainment to Gujarati cinema, although relying on conventional reformist melodrama plots about the joint family, the generation gap and the exploitation of women. Also noted actor on Hindi and Gujarati television.

FILMOGRAPHY (* also d): 1943: Paraya Dhan; 1950: Chor, Muqaddar; Mashaal; 1951: Andolan; 1952: Daag; Tamasha; Zalzala; 1953: Patita; 1954: Baadbaan; Dhobi Doctor; Naukri; 1955: Faraar; Subse Bada Rupaiya; Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali; Seema; 1956: Sailaab; Jagte Raho; Patrani; Sudarshan Chakra; Dhola Maru; 1957: Agra Road; Bandi; Begunah; Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke; Yahudi Ki Ladki; Bhabhi; 1958: Ghar Sansar; Detective; Howrah Bridge; Mehndi; Parvarish; Post Box 999; Delhi Ka Thug; 1959: Insaan Jaag Utha; Satta Bazaar; Madhu; Ghar Ghar Ki Baat; Jaalsaaz; 1960: Jaali Note; 1961: Tanhaai; 1963: Jivno Jugari; Vanraj Chavdo; 1969: Do Raaste; Kanku; 1971: Duniya Kya Jaane; Hathi Mere Saathi; Pyar Ki Kahani; Sharmilee; Paraya Dhan; 1972: Mere Jeevan Saathi; Do Chor; Annadata; Gunsundari No Ghar Sansar; 1973: Gaai Aur Gori; Suraj Aur Chanda; Mr Romeo; Manchali; 1974: Parinay; Ajnabi; Trimurti; Vardan; Aarop; 1975: Anari; Kala Sona; Sant Surdas; 1976: Deewangee; Koi Jeeta Koi Haara; Sajjo Rani; Dakurani Ganga*; 1977: Jagriti; Kulavadhu*; 1978: Khoon Ki Pukar; Visamo*; Maa Dikri*; Ghar Sansar*; 1979: Sonba Ane Rupba*; 1980: Maniyaro*; Meru Mulande*; Jog Sanjog*; 1981: Hotel; 1982: Prem Lagna*; Dharmo*; Jawabdaar*; 1983: Main Awara Hoon; Poojana Phool; 1986: Teesra Kinara*; Chhota Admi*; 1988: Kharidar.

(adapted from Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema).

Today’s song is a very good, typical Lover’s song by Hemant Kumar. The song had its own share of popularity for some time in those days. Now enjoy the song, with Nostalgia…..


Song-Wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila (Hill Station)(1957) Singer-Hemant Kumar, lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain

mili hain pyaar mein dar dar ki thokaren hamko
mili hain pyaar mein dar dar ki thokaren hamko
lagaaye rakhte hain seene se har ghadi gham ko
jo khatm ho na kabhi aisa intazaar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain

sitam hai gham ke samandar mein har khushi doobi
sitam hai gham ke samandar mein har khushi doobi
hamaare ashq mein khud apni zindagi doobi
sahaara de koi aisa na ek baar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain


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.

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4423 Post No. : 15840

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No.61
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Here, we move on to the second and last movie eligible today for the ‘Blog Ten-Year Challenge’.
The movie is ‘Sahaaraa-1958’.

As discussed in earlier post today the other movies represented today ten years back were as under;

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Ritu aaye ritu jaaye duniyaa rang badalti hai Sahaaraa-1958 07 songs posted
Dil se dil takraaye Love Marriage-1959 All songs covered
Matwaali naar thumak thumak chali jaaye Ek Phool Chaar Kaante-1960 All songs covered
Phir ek baar kaho Maayaa-1961 All songs covered
Dekhi anaadi teri preet Biraadari-1966 All songs covered
Kaun sunegaa kisko sunaayen Sautan Ki Beti-1989 01 song posted

“Sahaara”(1958) had ten songs in it, including one three version song. Two parts of that three version song is covered in the blog in this post. One of its versions could not be covered because that version does not seem to be available. Counting the two versions as two separate songs (as is the case in HFGK), the seven posts in the blog have covered eight songs from the movie so far. The fact that this is a three version song was discovered by me while going through the HFGK entries for this movie. The entries of this song has been updated accordingly, by adding part 3 of this song there. Part 2 ‘Aaghaz muhabbat ki baaten kya faydaa ab dohraane se’ appearently is not available as of now.

Here are the details of the eight songs from “Sahaara”(1958) discussed so far in the blog:-

Song Posted On Remarks
So jaa dukhiyaare 24.06.2009
Ritu aaye ritu jaaye duniyaa rang badalti hai 27.08.2010
Billi bajaaye baajaa 26.11.2010
Andhhon se dayaa karnaa daataa 12.12.2010
Mujhe tarke taalluk ke liye samjhaaya jaata hai 12.12.2011 Three part song, one part unavailable
Chham chham chham chham chale wo maa 16.06.2015
Ban ke suhaagan rahi abhaagan 18.12.2016

We can see that the movie made its debut on the blog on 24.06.2009 i.e. more than eleven years ago.

Well, when I noticed that the music director of this movie is Hemant Kumar and moreover lyrics were written by Bharat Vyas I was more than happy to take a song for presentation and do not want to miss this opportunity (because of special reasons 😊 which is the matter of another post, so keep visiting the blog 😊).

“Sahaaraa-1958’ was directed by Lekhraj Bhakri for ‘Tasviristaan, Bombay’. It was produced by Kuldeep Sehgal. The movie had Meena Kumari, M. Rajan, Daisi Irani, Manoj Kumar, Geeta Sinha, Kuldeep Kaur, Kanhaiyalal, Badri Prasad Leela Mishra, Sundar, Niranjan Sharma, Sagar, Rinku, Shakeel Nomani, Khanna, Black & White, Kardar, Ameer Banu, Chandabai, Sadhna, Maya Das, Kanchanmala and others.The movie was passed by Censor Board on 08.08.1958.

Music of this movie was composed by Hemant Kumar. And lyrics for all the ten songs were written by Bharat Vyas.

The song under discussion is sung by Protima Bannerjee and composed by Hemant Kumar.

Lyrics of this song reminds me of another such song from the movie ‘Jai Santoshi Maa-1975’ – ‘jo dukh se ghabra jaaye wo nahin hind ki naari’. I think we have many songs in Hindi movies falling in this category where the ‘Bhartiya Naari’ is eulogized for her strength and sacrifices for the sake of her family. Today’s song happens in this situation in the movie.

The song is a background song where Meena Kumari can be seen travelling in a ‘bullock-cart’ returning from her ‘In-Laws house’, where her father in law requested her to suffer for the mistake of his own daughter to save his ‘prestige’ in the society …

I have not watched the full movie so can’t say much about it and its other songs …

If we can locate the missing part of the three part song then this song would see the movie getting YIPPEED. But seeing that one part of the song remains uncovered, this movie too remains technically unYIPPEED.


Song-Har dukhda sahnewaali munh se na kuchh kahnewaali(Sahaara)(1958) Singers-Hemant Kumar, Protima Bannerjee, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Hemant Kumar
Both

Lyrics

har dukhdaa sahnewaali
munh se naa kuchh kehnewaali
har dukhdaa sahnewaali
munh se na kuchh kehnewaali
tyaag aur sewa mein
jo duniyaa se nyaari hai
haan aa aa aa
tyaag aur sewa mein
jo duniyaa se nyaari hai

dharti si dheeraj waali
ye bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai

ghar ki laaj ko dharm jo samjhe
karam kare sukhkaari ee
angaaron mein kood pade jo
samajh use phulwaari ee
ghar ki laaj ko dharm jo samjhe
karam kare sukhkaari ee
angaaron mein kood pade jo
samajh usey phulwaari ee

ho o o o aa aa
har aansoo peenewaali
honthon ko seenewaali

mar mar kar jeenewaali
aisi sannaari hai
haan aa aa aa
mar mar kar jeenewaali
aisi sannaari hai

dharti si dheeraj waali
ye bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai

gangaa si nirmal hai jiski
jamuna jaisi kaayaa aa
aisi devi apne sar par
le le dosh paraayaa aa
gangaa si nirmal hai jiski
jamuna jaisi kaayaa aa
aisi devi apne sar par
le le dosh paraayaa aa

ho o o o o aa
qurbaani karnewaali
hans hans kar marnewaali

jiske balidaanon ke aagey
duniyaa haari hai
haan aa aa aa
jiske balidaanon ke aagey
duniyaa haari hai ae

dharti si dheeraj waali
ye bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai
har dukhdaa sahnewaali
munh se naa kuchh kehnewaali
tyaag aur sewa mein
jo duniyaa se nyaari hai
aa aa aa aa
tyaag aur sewa mein
jo duniyaa se nyaari hai

dharti si dheeraj waali
ye bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai
bharat ki naari hai

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हर दुखड़ा सहनेवाली
मुंह से ना कुछ कहनेवाली
हर दुखड़ा सहनेवाली
मुंह से ना कुछ कहनेवाली
त्याग और सेवा में
जो दुनिया से न्यारी है
हाँ आ आ आ
त्याग और सेवा में
जो दुनिया से न्यारी है

धरती सी धीरज वाली
ये भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है

घर की लाज को धर्म जो समझे
करम करे सुखकारी ई
अंगारों में कूद पड़े जो
समझ उसे फूलवारी ई
घर की लाज को धर्म जो समझे
करम करे सुखकारी ई
अंगारों में कूद पड़े जो
समझ उसे फूलवारी ई

हो ओ ओ ओ आ आ
हर आँसू पीनेवाली
होंठों को सीनेवाली

मर मर कर जीनेवाली
ऐसी सन्नारी है
हाँ आ आ आ
मर मर कर जीनेवाली
ऐसी सन्नारी है

धरती सी धीरज वाली
ये भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है

गंगा सी निर्मल है जिसकी
जमुना जैसी काया आ
ऐसी देवी अपने सर पर
ले ले दोष पराया आ
गंगा सी निर्मल है जिसकी
जमुना जैसी काया आ
ऐसी देवी अपने सर पर
ले ले दोष पराया आ

हो ओ ओ ओ ओ आ
कुर्बानी करनेवाली
हंस हंस कर मरनेवाली

जिसके बलिदानों के आगे
दुनिया हारी है
हाँ आ आ आ
जिसके बलिदानों के आगे
दुनिया हारी है

धरती सी धीरज वाली
ये भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है
हर दुखड़ा सहनेवाली
मुंह से ना कुछ कहनेवाली
त्याग और सेवा में
जो दुनिया से न्यारी है
आ आ आ आ
त्याग और सेवा में
जो दुनिया से न्यारी है

धरती सी धीरज वाली
ये भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है
भारत की नारी है


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 :

4412 Post No. : 15809

Today, August 16, 2020 is the 2nd Remembrance Day of Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25/12/1924 – 16/08/2018), the former prime minister, one of the greatest statesmen, a nationalist, a good orator and a poet.

The political career of Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been an open book and it does not require an elaborate discussion. Suffice to say in brief that at the age of 18, Atal Bihari Vajpayee became politically active by participating in Quit India Movement of 1942 and was imprisoned for one month. In 1957, He became the member of Lok Sabha for the first time at the age of 33. From 1967 to 1984, he continued as a member of Lok Sabha without any interruption. Again from 1991 to 2009, he became the member of Lok Sabha. With nearly 5 decades of experience – both from the opposition and ruling parrties’ sides, one can gauge the vast political knowledge he had gathered to be rightly called as ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of Indian politics who was admired by both the ruling and opposition parties.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was known for his hard-hitting speech as a member of the opposition. But his speeches always remained within the boundary of political rivalry on ideological platforms and did not spill into personal enimity. It is because of this quality that Atal Bihari Vajpayee commanded the respect of all the prime ministers he faced in the Lok Sabha and of members of the opposition when he was the prime minister. In his very first terms in Lok Sabha during 1957-62 as a member of the opposition parties, Pandit Nehru, the then prime minister, was very much impressed by his debating skills. Once, he introduced Atal Bihari Vajpayee to a visiting foreign dignitary as a young and dynamic member of the opposition and he predicted him to be India’s future prime minister. His prediction came true after 40 years.

Let us recall a couple of examples in support of what has been stated above. During the Vote of Confidence motion in 1996 in Lok Sabha, Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a prime minister had quoted an instance that happened in the Rajya Sabha in November 1962 during the discussion on Chinese aggression in October 1962 :

It is not that I did not have disagreements with Nehru ji. These disagreements came out strongly during debates. In one of such debates I called Nehru’s personality and character as a mixture of Churchill and Chamberlain. (Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of the UK from 1937-40 was highly criticised for his appeasement policy with Adolf Hitler. Winston Churchill was the prime minister who led the English to victory against Nazi Germany in the Second World War). Despite the comparison to two of the most controversial and critiqued world leaders, Nehru did not get angry. Later that evening, I ran into Nehru ji at a banquet in honour of a visiting foreign dignitary. He called and congratulated me for giving a rousing speech in the Rajya Sabha and he left smiling.

In 1994, when United Nations Human Right Commission at Geneva was to discuss a Pakistani resolution to label India as human right violator in Jammu & Kashmir, the then Prime Minister, P V Narsimha Rao chose the leader of the opposition, Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the leader of the Indian delegation to defend India. The Pakistani resolution was defeated. The fact that Narsimha Rao selected Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the leader of the delegation rather than other senior leaders from his party like Salman Khurshid who were part of the delegation, speaks volume about the calibre of and confidence reposed on Atal Bihari Vajpayee by then prime minister.

It is not known when Atal Bihari Vajpayee turned a poet. Whether it was the poet in him that pushed him to the politics or vice versa. He had said once that ‘he was poet by instinct and the politician by accident’. He had a literary bend of mind if we go by his association with magazines such as ‘Rashtradharma’, ‘Panchjanya’ and the newspapers like ‘Swadesh’ etc, during his younger days. Probably, he may have started writing poems during the the Quit India Movement of 1942. On August 15, 1947 when India got indepedence and people were celebrating the freedom from British Rule, Atal Bihari Vajpayee wrote the poem in a sombre mood:

पंद्रह अगस्त का दिन कहता
आज़ादी अभी अधूरी है।
सपने सच होने बाकी है,
रावी की शपथ न पूरी है॥

जिनकी लाशों पर पग धर कर
आज़ादी भारत में आई,
वे अब तक हैं खानाबदोश
ग़म की काली बदली छाई॥

The people of India at large came to know Atal Bihari Vajpayee also as a poet after his release from the Bengaluru Central Jail in 1977 following emergency. In his one year of life in the jail, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had written many poems in the pseudo name ‘Kaidi Kavirai’, some of which used to be smuggled out of the jail, translated in Kannada and pasted on the walls of colleges in Hubbali and Dharwad. ‘Kaidi Kavirai Ki Kundalian’, the collections of poems written by him while in the jail has been published. These poems belong to satirical and inspirational genres. An example of one of his satirical poems which he wrote while when he was ill in the jail:

डॉक्टरान दे रहे दवाई, पुलिस दे रही पहरा।
बिना ब्लेड के हुआ खुरदुरा, चिकना-चुपड़ा चेहरा।
चिकना-चुपड़ा चेहरा, साबुन, तेल नदारत।
मिले नहीं अखबार, पढ़ेंगे नई इबारत।
कह कैदी कविराय, कहां से लाएं कपड़े।
अस्पताल की चादर छुपा रही सब लफड़े।

But post-emergency years, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poems have become more visible than before. In some of his political rallies, he had started reciting his poems probably realising that poems of 6-8 lines have more impact on his audience to draw his point of view than a longer speech.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s most popular and an inspiring poem, kadam milaakar chalna hoga has been included in class-8 textbook along with the poems of Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Surykant Tripathi Nirala, Ismat Chugtai, Harishankar Parsai etc for 2019-20 onwards.

When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted in a hospital in New York in 1988 for his kidney check-up, doctors had suggested kidney operations. That whole night, he could not sleep. During that night, the poem, maut se than gahi was born.

Another poem of Atal Bihari Vajpayee which I like is hari hari doob par. The last six lines sums up the philosophy of life which say that the sun will rise again and there will be sunshine. But I will not get to see the dew drop on the green carpet of grass of my garden in all the seasons:

सूर्य तो फिर भी उगेगा,
धूप तो फिर भी खिलेगी,
लेकिन मेरी बगीची की
हरी-हरी दूब पर,
ओस की बूंद
हर मौसम में नहीं मिलेगी।

To quote Bhagwat Goyal who has translated Vajpayee’s poems in to English, Atal Bihari Vajpayee believed that “politics and literature cannot belong to separate compartments. Rather they enrich and refine each other. When a litterateur gets involved in politics, his politics gets more refined. Similarly, if a politician has a literary background, he cannot ignore human feelings and emotions.” I have watched some of the important proceedings of the Lok Sabha in which I saw his speeches both as a Prime Minister and as a member of the opposition. To me, his speech sounded like a mix of statesmanship and literature like the one below.

The game of power would continue. Governments would come and go. Political parties would be formed and dissolved. But the country should survive and democracy should remain there forever. The debate (on Vote of Confidence Motion) would come to an end but the chapter which would start from the next day needed to be pondered over. The bitterness should not increase.

On the occasion of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2nd Remembrance Day, I present one of his poems, ‘apne hi mann se kuchh bolen’ (2002) which has been turned into a non-film song composed and sung by Jagjeet Singh. The video of the song featuring Shahrukh Khan and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was produced by Saregama which was directed by Yash Chopra. The song is preceded by a preface read by Amitabh Bachchan, which was written by Javed Akhtar. This song is a part of an album, ‘Samvedna’ (Sensitivity) containing six poems written by Atal Bihari Vajpayee which have been turned into songs composed and sung by Jagjeet Singh.

The poem is philosophical one. It says that let the heart speak. Let it measure what has been gained and what has been lost. In one of the antaras, the poet says that earth is millions of years old and life is eternal. Elders may give a blessing of 100 years of life (sau sharadon ki vaani) but body has its limit. So, one should be ready to open the doors on the last knock.

Video Clip :

Audio Clip:

Song-Kya khoya kya paaya jag mein (Jagjeet Singh NFS)(2002) Singer-Jagjeet Singh, Lyrics-Atal Bihari Vajpayee, MD-Jagjeet Singh

Lyrics

kya khoya kya paaya jag mein
milte aur bichhadte mag mein
kya khoya kya paaya jag mein
milte aur bichhadte mag mein
mujhe kisi se nahin shikaayat
yadhyapi chhala gaya pag pag mein
ek drishti beeti par daalen
yaadon ki potali tatolen
ek drishti beeti par daalen
yaadon ki potali tatolen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen

prithhvi laakhon varsh puraani
jeevan ek anant kahaani
prithhvi laakhon varsh puraani
jeevan ek anant kahaani
par tan ki apni seemaayen
yadyapi sau sharadon ki vaani
itna kaafi hai antim dastak
par khud darwaaza kholen
itna kaafi hai antim dastak
par khud darwaaza kholen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen

janm maran kaa avirat phera
jeewan banjaaron kaa deraa
janm maran kaa avirat phera
jeewan banjaaron kaa deraa
aaj yahaan kal kahaan kooch hai
kaun jaanta kidhar savera
andhiyaara aakaash aseemit
praanon ke pankhon ko taulen
andhiyaara aakaash aseemit
praanon ke pankhon ko taulen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen
apne hi mann se kuchh bolen
apne hi mann se …. kuchh bolen


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Blog Day :

4372 Post No. : 15710

The date today is 7 july 2020. From the HFM point of view, birth anniversaries of Anil Biswas (born 1914) and Saraswati Kumar Deepak (born 1918) falls today. We have already honoured the two artists in two articles earlier today.

Some other important non HFM related things also happened on this day. It was on this day in 1928 that sliced bread was forst sold by Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, USA. Their product, “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread was advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped. This gave rise to the popular idiom “greatest thing since sliced bread”. 🙂

It was on this day in 1985 that Boris Becker became the youngest male player in history to win a major tennis singles title. He was 17 years, 7 months and 15 days old when he lifted the Wimbledon singles title. This record was later broken by Michael Chang (does anyone remember him today ?) in 1989 French Open. I had watched this match on TV in the hostel with likeminded sports lovers where Boris Becker defeated South Africa’s Kevin Curren (not to be confused with Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran).

Back home, this date is important for Indian cricket lovers. It was on this day in 1981 that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born !

I need not remind our fellow Indian cricket lover what Dhoni has done for Indian cricket. In my opinion, India had a few cricketers (five in number) who to my mind enabled Indian cricket to shift to higher gears. These higher gears did not exist before the advent of these cricketers. The first of them was MAK Pataudi, who gave Indian cricketers the first dose of self belief in their abilities. Then the next was Sunil Gavaskar, who with his rock solid batting against the best pace attacks of the world gave Indians the belief that they too could hold their own and occasionally win too. Then came Kapildev. Before him, it was believed that Indians could not bowl fast. He could not only bowl fast, he could be said to have changed the fortunes of Indian cricket and also world cricket, with his exploits in 1983 World Cup. This title win was a fluke, but this fluke win could not have been achieved without the additional gear that Kapildev had brought to Indian cricket. This win brought an enormous change in balance of cricketing powers. Indian, from being an also ran, began to become title contenders in future world cups. In addition, BCCI, the Indian cricket board, began to have an increasing say in running world cricket.

The next influential cricketer was Saurabh Ganguly. Under his captaincy, India cricket team grew a spine and killer instinct which was lacking in Indian cricket prior to him.

And that brings us to our fifth and final Indian cricket influencer extraordinaire, viz M S Dhoni.

MSD Made his debut into the Indian team during Indian team’s Bangladesh tour of 2004. And it was quite a forgettable start. He was run out for zero in his first batting innings. In the second ODI, India were 131/5 in 33. 2 overs. needing a further 99 runs at an asking rate of 5.8 runs. Dhoni joined Kaif in the centre. Those who had watched his exploits at India A level had high hopes on him. Dhoni was only able to score 12 off 11 deliveries and he was the sixth wicket to fall at 155 at 37.2 overs. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and India had the ignominy of losing to Bangladesh by 15 runs.

Badly stung, India approached the third and final ODI in a murderous mood. Everyone scored runs and India piled on 348. Dhoni got to bat for two deliveries where he scored seven in two deliveries, including a six, the first six of his ODI career.

Though Dhoni did not do much of note in his debut series, he was retained in home series against Pakistan. Coming to bat in the slog overs with India well placed, he once again failed to capitalise and made a disappointing 3 for 7 deliveries.

After four disappointing matches, Dhoni’s fate was hanging by a thin thread. The second ODI at Vishakhapatnam was a make or break match for Dhoni. Luckily for Dhoni and for world cricket, Ganguly, the captain, decided to give Dhoni another chance. Not just that, Dhoni was sent at one down ! And the rest, as they say, is history. Dhoni announced his arrival at world cricket stage with 148 runs. This knock cemented his place in ODI and opened the doors to test selection as well.

By 2007, Dhoni was still a unior player in the team. shock exit of Indian team from 2007 World cup saw many heads roll in Indian cricket. A new form of cricket ,namely T20 cricket was thrust on the rest of thecricketing world by England. England had started ODI world cup back in 1975. They had failed to win any of these world cups. Introducing another world cup of a different format where England had the most experience was clearly an attempt by ECB to finally lift a world cup.

BCCI was unwilling and reluctant to participate in this T20 world cup. But ICC arm twisted BCCI into participating in it. BCCI, in protest, excluded all the seniors from the team and chose a team of younger players, who were expected to be no hopers in the tournament. And Dhoni , who had never captained even in school cricket, was made the captain of the team.

When the world cup ended, India emerged the surprise winner of the tournament. The reluctent BCCI, which wanted to have nothing to do with T20 suddenly saw so much potential in this format that they created IPL. It is something that revolutionised world cricket and brought far more money into cricket than what was the case before. So Indian surprise title win in T20 changed the game of cricket like how it had happened back in 1983.

This T20 win meant that Dhoni was identified as a leader of the team in all formats. And what results he produced ! India, under his captaincy won two more ICC titles , namely ODI world cup in 2011 at home and 2013 Champions Trophy in England. Dhoni became the only captain in history to have won all the three ICC tournaments. No other captain of no other country had come anywhere close.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Indian also rose up to become the number one test team. His cricket records are known to all. I will not repeat them here.

The influence that Dhoni had on Indain cricket is comparable to the influence of Kapildev. Both of them came from smaller unfashionable places. Prior to them, international cricket in India was considered the privilege of big city players. When India played their first ODI world cup in 1975, all but one players in the team were from metropolitan cities (Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Baroda, one from Rajasthan). When Dhoni captained Indian in 2007 T20 tournament, there were players from unfashionable places like Ranchi (Jharkhand), Jullundhar (Punjab), Aligarh (UP), Rohtak (Haryana), Rae Bareli (UP), Kothamangalam (Kerala) etc. And these players did not just make up numbers, they were in the playing XI and added their weight to the team performance.

Dhoni gave plenty of self confidence to players comng from small places with no cricketing history. The fact that such excellent world class players, with such strong temperament can come from small places was a revelation to all. Their inclusion brought fresh ideas and fresh energy into the team composition. These palyers were not infected by the virus of complacency, lack of killer instinct and choking- that most players coming from big established places seemed afflicted from.

Dhoni’s appeal is India wide and for that matter global. In India, Chennai has adopted him as their favourite son in IPL, where he has served as the skipper right from the first IPL.

A biopic was made on Dhoni which was released in 2016. I found this movie quite rivetting and interesting. I have covered all the songs that appear in the movie with detailed writeups. It turns out that the movie also has a song that was ot picturised. And this song is the title song of the movie. This song was released only online in Youtube and was not part of the movie.

This song is a goosebump inducing song if you are an Indian cricket fan like me. This movie was released not just in Hindi, but in some other languages viz Marathi, Tamil, Telugu etc as well. I have listened to this song in all the languages and I love all the versions.

On the occasion of Dhoni’s 39th birthday today, here is this wonderful themw song cum title song from “M S Dhoni-the untold story”(2016). The Hindi version of the son is sung by Rochak Kohli who is also the music director of this song. One can also watch the Marathi, Tamil , and Telugu versions.

The video version is just two minutes long and makes you long for more. You can then listen to the audio version which is over 4 minutes long.

With this song, all the songs of “M S Dhoni-the untold story”(2016) are covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

Audio (Hindi)

Video

Song-Har Gali mein Dhoni hai (M S Dhoni-the untold story)(2016) Singer-Rochak Kohli, MD-Rochak Kohli
Chorus

Lyrics

o o o o o
o o o o o
o o o o o

chalen chalen to kya chale hum
uden agar to baat hai
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
chalen chalen to kya chale hum
o o o o
uden agar to baat hai
jiye jiye to kya jiye hum
o o o o o
laden agar to baat hai

jaage hai chauraahe
kadmo ki ye thapkiyon se jaage hain
maidaanon khul jaao
aa rahe hain hum jo
khalbali to honi hai
har gali mein Dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o

har gali mein Dhoni hai
o o o o
o o o o

har gali mein Dhoni hai ae ae ae ae ae
har gali mein Dhoni hai

ho o
ujaalon ki gar talaash hai
sooraj ka sahar paas hai ae
ujaalon ki gar talaash hai ae ae
sooraj ka sahar paas hai
aa chal ke hum juta len apne hisse ke ujaale
doobe ek sooraj to dusra uga len
kaafi hai apni khaatir yeh mutthi bhar iraade
chalne ke balboote pe hum duniya hila den aen aen aen
awaazo mil jaao
aa rahe hain hum jo
khalbali to honi hai ae
har gali me Dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o
har gali mein dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o
har gali mein dhoni hai ae ae ae ae
har gali me dhoni hai


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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:

4351 Post No. : 15664

Hullo Atuldom

Often when I read the title of some posts i.e. the name of the song associated with the post, I recollect some other song, may be of a different era. This has happened a number of times. Same goes with movie titles too. There are many movie titles that have been repeated over the years and our in-house encyclopedia, Sudhirji and Atulji have written a few posts regarding the same i.e. about titles that have been repeated.

As I was preparing this post I just googled the title “Bandhan” and I found it has been used about 17 times in TV and movie productions language and country no-bar – found a movie by this title in Bangladeshi cinema too (referred imdb.com). Looks like this is a favorite title of Bengali producers who make entertainment material- there is a drama too with the title “Bandhan” (got this too from imdb.com). Of course we do have movies which have words preceding or following “Bandhan” in their titles- “Bandhan Kachche Dhaagon ka”, “Prem Bandhan”, “Bandhan Anjana” etc etc.

But let us concentrate on Hindi movies. We have four movies with the title “Bandhan” in 1940, 1956, 1969 & 1998.

“Bandhan” (1940) had Ashok Kumar and Leela Chitnis in the lead, was directed by N.R. Acharya and was a Bombay Talkies production. It had music by Saraswati Devi and Ramchandra Pal. It had 11 songs 7 by Saraswati Devi and 4 by Ramchandra Pal and all the songs are posted on the blog.

“Bandhan” (1956) was directed by Hemchandra Chunder (info from imdb.com), produced by D.K. Sarkar, had Pradeep Kumar- Meena Kumari- Motilal playing main characters and had music by Hemant Kumar. The blog has 2 out of its 7 songs.

“Bandhan” (1969) directed by Narendra Bedi and produced by G.P.Sippy had Rajesh Khanna- Mumtaz- Anju Mahendroo and had music by Kalyanji Anandji. This movie had 5 songs and 4 are on the blog. Sanjeev Kumar had a special appearance in this “Bandhan”.

All these movies are present on the blog. “Bandhan” (1998) directed by K. Muralimohan Rao had Jackie Shroff- Salman Khan- Ashwini Bhave- Rambha and was produced by Narendra Bajaj. Anand raj Anand and Himesh Reshammiya were the music directors. This movie is yet to debut on the blog and it has some good songs.

16th June 2020 is the 100th birthdate of the legendary music director Hemant Kumar Mukherjee. He was born in Varanasi in the house of his maternal grandfather who was a physician. He is said to have grownup in the Bhawanipore area of Calcutta. His first recorded song was in 1935 for All India Radio. His first disc (non-film) was for the Columbia label in 1937 and the 1941 released Bengali film “Nimai Sanyas” had his first film song. His first Hindi film song was under Pt. Amarnath’s music direction in the 1944 release “Iraada”. Hemantda (as he was addressed affectionately) was one of the foremost exponents of Rabindra Sangeet. His first as a music director was the 1947 release “Abhiyatri” in Bengali. A detailed biography of Hemantda has been done by the stalwarts of the blog in a few posts in the past and I am not an authority on Hemantda.

The statistics page of the blog tells me that Hemantda has given music in 55 Hindi movies with a total of 417 songs of these the blog has 290 songs; also he has sung 322 songs of which the blog has 204 song. That means we have covered 50% of Hemantda as music director and about 75% as singer on the blog.

Today on his birth centenary we shall have one more which has been sung by him too. He also happens to be the music director. The song is written by Rajinder Krishan. On screen it is performed by Pradeep Kumar who is going around preaching that it is ‘good to be human’ and follow the ‘jiyo aur jeene do’ policy. He is accompanied by Asit Sen who is in awe. I don’t know if I am the only one who feels this- Hemant Kumar’s voice was tailor-made for Pradeep Kumar.

Remembering Hemant Kumar on his birth centenary.


Song-Jo milna hai Bhagwaan se (Bandhan)(1956) Singer-Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

jo milna hai bhagwaan se ae
toh mil pehle insaan se ae
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagwaan se
toh mil pehle insaan se
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagwaan se ae

jhoothhe bhed ke bandhan
aur yeh oonch neech ki deewaarein
jhoothhe bhed ke bandhan
aur yeh oonch neech ki deewaarein
prabhu se kaise milne dengi
tujhe beech ki deewaarein
toone khud mushkil kar daale
yeh raste aasaan se
toone khud mushkil kar daale
yeh raste aasaan se
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagwaan se

laakh chatur tu bane magar
woh sabse bada sayaana hai
laakh chatur tu bane magar
woh sabse bada sayaana hai
apna aap chhupaa kar
bunta jag ka taana baana hai
chaturaai na bhaaye usey
woh pyaar kare anjaan se
chaturaai na bhaaye usey
woh pyaar kare anjaan se
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagawan se

uska hona hai jo tujhko
bandon ka tu ho ja
apna aap mita de moorakh
aur usi mein kho ja
uska hona hai jo tujhko
bandon ka tu ho ja
apna aap mita de moorakh
aur usi mein kho ja
neecha kar woh kaam nikaale
jo nikle na maan se
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagwaan se
toh mil pehle insaan se
kaise darshan dega maalik
bin poochhe darbaan se
jo milna hai bhagwaan se ae


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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 :

4298 Post No. : 15557

Hullo Atuldom

Today we are wishing the Apple of every cricket-loving-Indian’s eye A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. This pyaara sa bachcha of India turns 47.

He is the inspiration to many in the current Indian cricket squad but he himself was inspired by the likes of Sunny Gavaskar, Kapil Dev etc. He is one lucky guy to have been able to share the dressing room with his idols. He made his debut in the cricketing world as a lad of 16 years and 205 days in Test cricket and was a month older when he got his place in the Indian One-day team. I am not going to state that he is the highest run scorer of all time in international cricket nor am I going to mention that he is the only player to have scored 100 international centuries. I am not a statistician but I used to admire his style of playing. I had a silly feeling that I should be away from the TV whenever he was reaching a milestone like 50 or 100. I remember seeing an India Australia one-day match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and we were rooting for his milestone and he got out 4 or 5 runs short of it; my son and brother-in-law who were with me decided to walk out. That is the kind of sentiments he generated in cricket-lovers.

We have one song from a movie called “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” which was posted on this date two years ago. That was a movie dedicated to the Little Master (as Sunny Gavaskar addressed our birthday boy) also called the Master Blaster by his fans. That movie was a biopic which had the Little Master as he is in flesh and blood. It showed his journey from a lad to the time India lifted the cricket World Cup in 2011. In his journey of nearly 25 years he was ranked the second best test batsman of all time by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack- first rank being Sir Don Bradman (but of course). He was also the second best ODI batsman of all time, coming second to Vivian Richards. These are not my thoughts about the Little Master but what the followers of cricket feel.

Other than numerous man-of-the-match awards he has been bestowed with the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan. He is the only sportsperson to receive the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Even if he has retired from the game which he lived for he is never too far from the public eye. We see him regularly on TV in ads and in these trying times, of the current situation the world is facing, we can see him, along with his teammates, urge his fans to “Stay Safe and Be Safe”.

Today’s song is sung and composed by A R Rehman and written by Irshad Kamil.

Let us wish our Sachin 10dulkar (10 was his jersey number too) A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Audio (Full)

Video (partial)

Song-Hind mere jind (Sachin a billion dreams)(2017) Singer-A R Rahman, Lyrics-Irshad Kaamil, MD-A R Rahman

Lyrics

ooo ooo ooo o o o
ooo ooo ooo o o o

o o o beli
o beliya
o mere yaara
duniya ke taaraa
lo jaaga hai ae neendon se ae
lo jaaga hai ummeedon se
jeetegi raushni ee ee ee ee

hind mere jind
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind ki pakki jeet
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind,
hind mere jind
hind mere jind,
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind ki pakki jeet
ooo oooo oooo
oooo ooo oooo
oooo
oooo ooo o o o
o o o o o o o

hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmmm

hind mere jind, hind mere jind
o hind mere jind, hind mere jind
hind mere jind, hind mere jind
o hind mere jind ki pakki jeet
jeet jeet jeet jeet

ab sabhi maan lo baat yeh pyaar se
maante ho bhala kyun sada haar se
jo shikhar ke liye hai bana hind hai
woh meri jaan thha
woh meri jind hai
aa rahi hai sada
dil ke aataal(?) se
ab sabhi maan lo baat yeh
pyaar se

hind mere jind, hind mere jind
o hind mere jind, hind mere jind
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind ki pakki jeet
hind mere jind, hind mere jind
o hind mere jind
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
hind mere jind
o hind mere jind ki pakki jeet
jeet jeet jeet jeet

ooooo oooooo ooooo
ooooo oooooo ooooo
ooooo oooooo ooooo


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 :

4283 Post No. : 15530

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 19
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Regulars on the blog would be surprised to see my post covering a song from the forties or rather from the decade of ‘thirties’-1931-40.

My forte is the movies from the ‘seventies’. But, yes, I have from time to time shared songs from movies before the years of ‘seventies’ too.
As a music lover, I love the songs from the ‘golden period’ or ‘pre-golden period’ of Hindi cinema. I have a great admiration for the stalwarts of that era and a great fascination of the movies and songs of that era.

During my childhood days, I got to watch many movies of the ‘black & white’ era e.g. ‘Dillagi-1949’, ‘Dard-1947’, ‘Dulaari-1949’ etc. during the regular weekly screening of movies at our colony recreation club.

I don’t think I have ever watched a movie from the decade of 1931-1940. So, when I noticed this movie ‘Nartaki-1940’ falling under ‘blog ten year challenge’ of today 09.04.2020 I browsed its pending songs, and when I found that a song from the great Pankaj Mallick is pending to be posted, it was enough reason for me to share this song.

A few years back I got to watch a documentary on ‘New Theatres’ on ‘Doordarshan’ and I got to watch it more than once. The great Pankaj Mallick and songs sung by him have special place in my heart so I am more than happy to share this song here today.

HFGK Vol 1 1931-1940 mentioned this song in two versions (i.e. Male version and Female Version by Roop Kumari). The audio/video links of the song available were only for the male version sung by Pankaj Mallick or some mentioned them as Pankaj Mallick and chorus.

As the movie was available online, I decided to watch this movie. For me this is the oldest movie I have watched till date. And, for me, the current ‘situation’ makes it a special occasion and a very ‘special movie’ to watch and to remember as a ‘memory of these days’.

(Imagine what record I have created for me :). I have watched a movie released twenty-eight before I was born and I have watched a movie seventy-nine years after it was released. 🙂 (This movie was passed by the then Bengal Board of Censors on 18.12.1940).

After watching this movie, I can say that there is no female version sung by Roop Kumari for today’s song as mentioned in HFGK. (And I think this needs to be corrected in HFGK).

Coming back to the movies represented ten years back on this day we have the following songs represented on the blog on 09.04.2010 including a song from this movie ‘Nartaki-1940’;

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Dene waala jab bhi detaa … Funtoosh-1956 All songs covered (08)
Dil mein hamaare kaun samaayaa… Adhikaar-1954 All songs covered (08)
Beqaraar hai koi Shama Parwaana-1954 All songs covered (11)
Prem ka naataa chhootaa Nartaki-1940 05 of 08 songs covered

So far, following songs from “Nartaki-1940” have been covered on the blog;

Song Posted On
Prem ka naataa chhootaa 09.04.2010
Madbhari rut jawaan hai 21.09.2011
Ye kaun aaj aayaa sawere sawere 15.03.2011
Aankh moond kar dhyaan 10.06.2011
Teri dayaa se ae daayee 12.10.2011

let us now enjoy this song for today …

(video) (Part-1)

Video (Part II)


Audio (Record version)

Song-Kaun tujhe samjhaaye (Nartaki)(1940) Singer-Pankaj Mullick, Lyrics-AArzoo Lucknow, MD-Pankaj Mullick

Lyrics
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Video (Part I)
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kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye

prem parikshaa(?)
ulte seedhe donon baan chalaaye
ae ae
bhed chhipaaye
marey ghut ghut ke
kahe to maaraa jaaye ae
bhed chhipaaye
marey ghut ghut ke
kahe to maaraa jaaye ae
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye

(conversation between the actor & actress, not included)

kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye

prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae ae ae
prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae ae ae
man maujan ki ulti Gangaa
jeeta daanv haraaye
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae

(song continues in the background as the actor & actress are shown walking together)

kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
apni chaal badalnaa maanjhi
ee ee ee ee
apni chaal badalnaa maanjhi
mauj bhanwar naa sataaye
swarg ghaat ko jaati naiyya
narak pahunch na jaaye ae
swarg ghaat ko jaati naiyya
narak pahunch na jaaye
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae

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Video (Part II)
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kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae
prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha aa
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae ae ae
prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae
man maujan ki ulti Gangaa
jeeta daanv haraaye
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae

(dialogues, not included)

apni chaal badalnaa maanjhi
ee ee ee ee
apni chaal badalnaa maanjhi
mauj bhanwar naa sataaye ae
swarg ghaat ko jaati naiyya
narak pahunch na jaaye ae ae …

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(chorus) (record version)
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kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye
prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae ae ae
prem juaa aur laabh ki aasha
jo hai ye bhi jaaye ae ae ae
man maujan ki ulti Gangaa
jeeta daanv haraaye
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae

prem parikshaa (?)
ulte seedhe donon baan chalaaye
ae ae
prem parikshaa(?)
ulte seedhe donon baan chalaaye
ae ae
bhed chhipaaye
marey ghut ghut ke
kahe to maaraa jaaye ae
bhed chhipaaye
marey ghut ghut ke
kahe to maaraa jaaye ae
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye

apni chaal badalnaa maanjhi
ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee
apni chaal badalnaa maanjhe
mauj(?) bhanwar naa sataaye
swarg ghaat ko jaati naiyya
narak pahunch na jaaye ae
swarg ghaat ko jaati naiyya
narak pahunch na jaaye ae
moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye ae
kaun tujhe samjhaaye moorakh
kaun tujhe samjhaaye


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 :

4278 Post No. : 15515 Movie Count :

4277

Today’s song is from film ‘Yaadgaar’ (1947). There were two more films with the same title made in 1970 and 1984. Today’s film was made by Hind Pictures, owned by actor, director and producer Nazir Ahmed Khan – also known to be the nth husband of actress Sitara Devi and actress Swarnalata. The film was directed by Nazir himself, who had also acted in it. The other cast was Jyoti, M Ismail, P Kailash, Agha, Tasneem, Cuckoo and many others. Tanvir Naqvi was the lyricist and music director was AR Qureshi.

I started writing on songs and films of yore, since almost end of 2012. Initially, my posts were based on information I had jotted down in my several diaries and notebooks. However, later I realised that I needed more information. After visiting some well known sites, I understood that either their information was incomplete or unreliable. So I decided to add more books to my existing library. At the same time research and thesis papers on old Hindi cinemas and related matters, articles in newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, regional cine magazines in Hindi, Marathi, English and Telugu also came very handy. From the beginning, I made two rules. One, write only what can be defended, if challenged, and two, mention and thank the source if referred to, at the end of the post – if it is something special or unique.

Not only this, but I started preserving useful articles and bits of information on my laptop, divided into two different accounts. In few cases, I just jotted down the relevant URL details and description of type of information that it gives. By now their number has crossed almost 1000. Despite my age, I remember where is what information and I can put my hand on the required information in a few minutes. Sometimes, I find that there is no mention of any source for some information, as that is from an old book without author’s name. In the last 8 years, due to my extensive writings on this and other blogs and sites, I became known and friendly with many like minded scholars and writers. My library started bulging and friendly authors sent copies of their books as gifts to me.

This made my resources rich and luckily I have a knack of picking up the right information from the crowd of my resources at my disposal. Likewise, knowledgeable personalities like Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Rajnikumar Pandya ji, Biren Kothari ji, Shishir Krishna Sharma ji, Yasir Abbasi ji, Harmandir ji, Sanjit Narvekar ji, Amrit Gangar ji and many others on Facebook groups like MN Sardana ji etc help me from time to time. These names are only as examples, but there are many more actually. All this and friendly pressures led me to go for publishing my first book in 2018.

While writing more that 850 articles on old films and related matters, I concentrated only on the prose side of films, i.e. writing mainly about persons involved in films and not so much on the poetry side, i.e. music and songs. However, they can not be separated easily, so while emphasis was on people, but music and song too was base of my writing articles.

During these years, I have come across few personalities in films, who devoted half of their time on films, but achieved peaks in totally different fields too. Such cases are not many, but such people must get highlighted. Some people first shine in other fields and then come to films, but leaving this alluring magic of film life after a successful stint and then following a different life is surely worth praise.

Off hand, I can name a few such persons. One is Shashi Kapoor Sr. He worked as a very successful child artiste in 21 films from 1944 to 1955. While still in great demand, he left films and continued education. He did MSc and LLB here in India, and PhD in USA. He worked as a Professor of Maths in Michigan University for many years. Retired in 1997 and now lives in USA. Another person was SD Batish. After singing 115 songs in 70 films and giving music in 20 films, composing 154 songs, he left films, went to USA. He wrote many books on music and started a music institute to teach hundreds of students.

Similarly, singer Laxmi Shankar sang 27 songs in 18 films, shifted to USA and started a music school. She won many awards there. Lyricist Moti, BA (who was actually an MA) left films after writing 60 songs in 18 films, still in great demand, left films, went to his village in UP and taught in a College.

Ashraf Khan’s case is unique. After a successful career in Hindi films, he left everything and became a Sufi saint. His dargah is situated on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, where every year an Urs is held, to which many artistes from Bollywood go.

Similarly music director GA Chishti aka Babaji, became a faqir after leaving films. Actress of the 1940s, Renuka Devi migrated to Pakistan. She left films and became a social worker for women’s uplift and education in Pakistan. She worked for this, on Radio and TV of Pakistan for 20 years. She also wrote her autobiography,’A Woman of Substance’, which was published by her daughter after Renuka’s death.

Lastly Mukund Rai Trivedi aka Roy of the Roy-Frank pair who gave music to film ‘Gogola’ (1966), left films and returned to family business of mining in MP. He became a billionaire and later an MP in Lok Sabha.

The reason for remembering all this is because the music director of today’s film is AR Qureshi, who too is one who left films after giving music to 42 films, from 1943 to 1958, and became an internationally recognised tabla maestro, winning several awards. Just read his biodata. . .

Ustad Allah Rakha, born as Allah Rakha Khan Qureshi, was born in Jammu and Kashmir on 29-4-1919. He was an Indian tabla player, who popularised the art of tabla playing all over the world. Allah Rakha was born to a soldier, who later returned from the army and worked as a farmer after that to earn his bread and butter. Being the eldest of seven sons, his father did not expect him to learn music and opposed his idea of learning classical music.

Ustad Allah Rakha, as a young boy of 12 years, found the instrument fascinating while visiting his uncle in Gurdaspur. His inclination towards Indian classical music and the performing arts made him run away to Lahore for further learning, as he found little scope of learning the art-form in his home-town. Allah Rakha studied at the Punjab school of classical music (gharana) where he became a student of Ustad Mian Khadarbaksh Pakhawaji (Mian Quader Bakshi). He trained to be a singer under Ustad Ashiq Hussain.

Allah Rakha was also associated with theater as he lived in Pathankot for sometime and worked for a theater company. In 1930, Allah Rakha worked at the radio station in Lahore. According to reports, he moved to Delhi after six years, in 1936, to work with All India Radio. In 1940, he moved to Bombay and worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar and again on All India Radio. He was the station’s first ever tabla solo player then.

After which he even composed music for 42 Hindi films from 1943 to 1958. His first film as a MD was ‘Mahasati Anusuya’ (1943) and the last released film was ‘Idd Ka Chaand’ (1964). He even sang 14 songs in 7 films between 1942 to 1949. He worked mostly in films made by Hind Pictures, Magnet Films, Sunrise Films and Mohan Studios of Dave brothers. Barring 1 or 2 films like ‘Bewafa’ (1952), he got only C grade stunt films or Muslim ibaadati films. He gave music in 3 Punjabi Films ‘Madari’ (1950), ‘Fumman’ (1951), and ‘Jagga’ (1964). He gave background music in ‘Pyar Ki Baatein’ (1951). He acted in ‘Aabida’ (1947). Uma Devi (Tuntun) first sang in ‘Wamiq Azra’ (1946) under AR Qureshi.

Ustad Allah Rakha had established the Alla Rakha Institute of Music in Bombay in 1986 and imparted his knowledge of the instrument to all his disciples in the institute. Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. He was honoured with the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India in 1977 for his contributions to elevate the reach of tabla playing as an art form across the globe. Later on, Sangeet Natak Akademi also honoured him.

Ustad Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. Their partnership reached legendary heights with performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The two performed together in a lot many festivals and elevated the respect and popularity of tabla playing as an art form. Other than Pandit Ravi Shankar, he also worked with renowned Kathak dancers like Sitara Devi and Birju Maharaj.

Ustad Allah Rakha found fans not only in India but abroad as well. Reportedly, American percussionist, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, was his huge fan. Hart always tried to learn from him even from single visits that Ustad used to make to his country. Hart was also quoted saying, “Alla Rakha is the Einstein, the Picasso; he is the highest form of rhythmic development on this planet.”

Other than the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Ustad Allah Rakha inspired George Harrison from The Beatles as well. Both of them performed together for a concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Mickey Hart also collaborated with him for the famous album ‘Rolling Thunder’ in 1972. The picture we have here is of Hell’s Angels member Terry The Tramp with tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha as they were set to perform together at the Monterey International Pop Festival, June 17th, 1967. He had collaborated with many prominent rock groups.

While Ustad used to generally team up with Pandit Ravi Shankar for his performances, he once collaborated with jazz drummer Buddy Rich for an album, ‘Rich à la Rakha’ in 1968. Some of his greatest works have been in the form of albums Improvisations – ‘West Meets East – Album 3’ (with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean Pierre Rampel, Martine Gelliot), (on Angel records) (1976), ‘Master Drummers’ with Zakir Hussain (1991), ‘Tabla Duet, Chhanda Dhara’ (1994), ‘Ultimate in Taal-vidya’, (Magnasound/OMI) (1996).

Ustad Allah Rakha had married twice. He was first married to Bavi Begum and had three sons, Zakir Hussain, Fazal Qureshi and Taufiq Qureshi and two daughters Khurshid Aulia née Qureshi and Razia. Razia served him in his later years and was like a constant companion to her father. She died after a routine cataract surgery and Allah Rakha could not cope with the shock of her death and immediately slipped into a coma and passed away within 24 hours on 3-2-2000. Zakir Hussain is one of the most renowned tabla players of India.

Allah Rakha’s son Zakir Hussain grew up to be another legend in the country. Zakir Hussain has also been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. The honour that was bestowed upon his father by the Sangeet Natak Akademi came to him as well in 1990. Hussain has been working in films and on albums in India as well as abroad. Hussain owes his career to his father, who had made sure that he remained focused on this art-form.

Today’s song is sung by AR Qureshi himself. No information is available on this film. With this song, film ‘Yaadgaar’ of 1947, makes its debut on the Blog.

(Thanks to Harish Raghuwanshi ji for information on AR Qureshi, some time back)


Song-Kaahe door khada muskaaye (Yaadgaar)(1947) Singer- Alla Rakha Qureshi, Lyricist- Tanvir Naqvi, MD- AR Qureshi

Lyrics

kaahe door khada muskaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye ae
kaliyon mein sharmaane waale
kaliyon mein sharmaane waale
phoolon ko mahkaane waale
phoolon ko mahkaane waale
kis kaaran ye phool tumhaare
kis kaaran ye phool tumhaare
bina khile murjhaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye
door khada muskaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye

kuchh kah le kuchh sun le daata
kuchh kah le kuchh sun le daata
hamre bahre goonge daata
hamre bahre goonge daata
jag mein tere baalak tadpen
jag mein tere baalak tadpen
tujh ko daya na aaye
kaahe tujh ko daya na aaye
kaahe ae ae


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