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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.

‘Naiyya-1947’ was directed by Aslam Noori for ‘Mohan Pictures, Bombay’.

It had Mazhar Khan, Munnawar Sultana, Ashraf Khan, Anwar, Shahzadi, Suman, Balaram, Siraj and others.

As per HFGK Vol-II (1941-1950) this movie had six songs as given below;

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S.No. Song Title Singer Posted On
01 Aayi milan ki bahaar re, aa jaa saanwariya Zohrabai Ambalewali 02.04.2013
02 Saawan bhaadon nain hamaare baras rahe din raat Zohrabai Ambalewali
03 Naiyya jeewan ki doley, haule, haule, haule Master Ramesh
04 Jhoome jiya aaye piya ho, jhoole hiya naache jiya Shamshad Begam
05 Siyaram Ram Siyaram, tan ka pinjara soona soona Ashraf Khan 25.06.2019
06 Raam naam kya japna … Ashraf Khan

HFGK Vol-II does not mention the name of the lyricist for this movie however our respected Sadanand ji in his comments here on the post ‘Siyaram Ram Siyaram, tan ka pinjara soona soona’ has mentioned that lyricist for this movie was Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri.

Music for this movie was composed by Anil Biswas. Editor’s note:-According to Girdharilal Vishwakarma (a well known record collector), A R Qureshy is the music director for this song.

Today 21st February’2021 is the thirty-first ‘remembrance anniversary’ (1918 -21.02.1990) of singer Zohrabai Ambalewali.
As a tribute to her here is song from ‘Naiyya-1947’ sung by Zohrabai Ambalewali. Music is composed by Anil Biswas.

I had come across this song in August’2014 and since then it is lying to be posted. However, in between its link that I had shared initially also become obsolete but luckily, I got the audio of this song which is uploaded for listening.

Let us now enjoy this wonderful song remembering Zohrabai Ambalewali who had given us many many memorable and unforgettable songs in HFM history.


Song-Saawan bhaadon nain hamaare (Naiyya)(1947) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewali,Lyrics-Safdar Aah Sitapuri, MD-A R Qureshi (according to Girdharilal Vishwakarma (a well known record collector)

Lyrics

saawan bhaadon
saawan bhaadon nain hamaare
baras rahe din raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon
saawan bhaadon nain hamaare
baras rahe din raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon

saansen gin gin din kaaten
aur taare gin gin raat
saansen gin gin din kaaten
aur taare gin gin raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon
saawan bhaadon nain hamaare
baras rahe din raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon

ho o o
ankhiyaan khud darshan ko tarsen aen
rimjhim rimjhim barsen aen
ho o o
ankhiyaan khud darshan ko tarsen aen
rimjhim rimjhim barsen aen
nis din hoti hai nainon se
aankhon ki barsaat
nis din hoti hai nainon se
aankhon ki barsaat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon
saawan bhaadon nain hamaare
baras rahe din raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon

chhoot gaya hai
saath sahaaraa aa aa
chhoot gaya hai
saath sahaaraa aa aa
naao bhanwar mein door kinaara
ghor andhiyaari raat
naao bhanwar mein door kinaara
ghor andhiyaari raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon
saawan bhaadon nain hamaare
baras rahe din raat
baras rahe din raat
saawan bhaadon

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Devnagri Script lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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सावन भादों
सावन भादों नैन हमारे
बरस रहे दिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों
सावन भादों नैन हमारे
बरस रहे दिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों

साँसे गिन गिन दिन काटे
और तारे गिन गिन रात
साँसे गिन गिन दिन काटे
और तारे गिन गिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों
सावन भादों नैन हमारे
बरस रहे दिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों

ओ ओ अँखियाँ तुझ दर्शन को तरसे ए ए
रिम झिम रिम झिम बरसे ए
ओ ओ अँखियाँ तुझ दर्शन को तरसे ए ए
रिम झिम रिम झिम बरसे ए
निस दिन होती है
नैनों से आंसुओं की बरसात
निस दिन होती है
नैनों से आंसुओं की बरसात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों
सावन भादों नैन हमारे
बरस रहे दिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों

छूट गया है ए
साथ सहारा आ आ
छूट गया है ए
साथ सहारा आ आ
नाव भँवर में दूर किनारा
घोर अंधियारी रात
नाव भँवर में दूर किनारा
घोर अंधियारी रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों
सावन भादों नैन हमारे
बरस रहे दिन रात
बरस रहे दिन रात
सावन भादों


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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4546 Post No. : 16123

Today 28th December’2020 is the fifty-second remembrance anniversary of music director Husnlal(born 1918 as per Wikipedia – death 28th December’1968) of the famous music duo of the golden age of Hindi Film Music – Husnlal Bhagatram.

On this occasion here is a song from the ‘1947’ movie ‘Romeo And Juliet’ where music was composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

“Romeo And Juliet-1947” was directed by Akhtar Hussaain for ‘Nargis Art Concern, Bombay’ (home production of actress Nargis). It had Nargis, Sapru, Anwar Hussain, Sunalini Devi, Nisar, John Cavas, Hameed Murad, Nazir Kashmiri, Violet, Pushpa, Abdul Rasheed, Amanullah and others.

This movie had eight songs as listed below; (songs already posted on the blog are accompanied by their links);

S.No. Song Title Lyricist Singer Posted On
01 Mast jawaani aayi mast jawaani aayi Majrooh Sultanpuri Zohrabai Ambalewali
02 Mausam ye suhaanaa, ahaa ahaa Manohar Khanna Zohrabai Ambalewali 26.07.2017
03 Tumhen sitaaron ne be-akhtiyaar dekha Akhtar Shirani G.M. Durrani 21.09.2014
04 Koyi dil mein samaaya jaaye Manohar Khanna Zohrabai Ambalewali
05 Kisko khabar thi, dil ki ye duniya Manohar Khanna
06 Kya bataayen ishq zaalim Jigar Moradabadi Zohrabai Ambalewali
07 Wo yaad aa rahen hai, laaye unhe kahaan se Majrooh Sultanpuri G.M. Durrani
08 Donon jahaan teri muhabbat mein haar ke Faiz Ahmed Faiz Khayyam 12.08.2014

We can see from the above that three songs of this movie have been posted on the blog so far.

Today’s song is sung by Zohrabai Ambalewali and lyrics are by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Music is composed by Husnlal-Bhagatram.

I came across this song five-six years back when I was looking for songs of Zohrabai Ambalewali. Today’s song is sung by her and it is a nice song to listen to and enjoy.

Let us now enjoy today’s song (a Husnlal-Bhagatram composition) and pay our tributes to music director Husnlal on his remembrance anniversary today.

Audio

Song-Mast jawaani aayi (Romeo and Juliet)(1947) Singer-Zohrabai Ambaalewali, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

Mast jawaani aayi ee
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Aao ji pyaar kar lo o
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Aao ji pyaar kar lo o
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo
Mast jawaani aayi

Dil hi jannat
Dil hi dozakh
zaahid ko behkaane do
zaahid ko behkaane do
Dilwaalon ki mehfil hai ye
Dilwaalon ko aane do
Dilwaalon ko aane do o
Dekho deewaani aayi ee
Dekho deewaani aayi
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Aao ji pyaar kar lo o
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo
Mast jawaani aayi ee

Mast nazar se jo behkaa de
Hosh mein laana kya jaane ae
Hosh mein laana kya jaane
Dil mein aag lagaanewaalaa
Aag bujhaana kya jaane ae
Aag bujhaana kya jaane ae
Rut bhi suhaani aayi ee
Rut bhi suhaani aayi
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Aao ji pyaar kar lo o
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo o
Mast jawaani aayi ee

Tumne gar na pee isko to
Jeete ji pachhtaaoge ae
Jeete ji pachhtaaoge
Pee loge to hosh ganwaakar
Tum bhi hosh mein aaoge
Tum bhi hosh mein aaoge ae
Pee lo thhodi si pee lo
Pee lo ji bhar ke pee lo
Mast jawaani aayi ee
Aao ji pyaar kar lo o
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo
Mast jawaani aayi
Mast jawaani aayi
Mast jawaani aayi
Aao ji pyaar kar lo
Dil ka paimaanaa bhar lo
Mast jawaani aayi ee


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4486 Post No. : 16005

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 88
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After a gap of more than one month, we are back with this blog ten year challenge. There is a very good reason why I have decided to resume this series on THIS day viz 29 October 2020. That reason will become clear only in the evening, when I will post the second Blog ten year challenge post of the day.

On this day ten years ago, viz on 29 october 2010, I had posted five songs in the blog. As was usual those days, all the posts were done and dusted with in the morning. The first post of the day appeared at 7:19 AM and the final post at 9L29 AM.

Here are the details:-

Blog Post number Song Movie Year of release Posting time Remarks
3149 Teri nazar mein main rahoon meri nazar mein tu 1857 1946 7:19 AM Movie YIPPEED by now
3150 Tum hamen bhool gaye Balam 1949 8:13 AM Movie YIPPEED by now
3151 Barbaad huyi dil ki duniyaa Jalpari 1952 8:51 AM 7 songs covered out of 9
3152 Hamko samajh baithhi hai ye duniyaa deewaanaa Chaar Deewaari 1961 9:13 AM Movie YIPPEED by now
3153 Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai magar main keh nahin saktaa Bachpan 1963 9:29 AM 3 songs covered out of 7

One can notice that three out of five movies that were represented ten years ago have been YIPPEED by now. That leaves us with “Jalpari”(1952) and “Bachpan”(1964) as the two movies eligible for the Blog ten year challenge.

I had chosen the song for “Bachpan”(1964) yesterday itself, and I thought I had done the same for “Jalpari”(1952) as well. but today morning, I discovered that the song chosen by me was already discussed. What is more, it was discussed exactly ten years ago. So I had to search for another song. Only two songs of “Jalpari”(1952) are left. The first song mentioned in HFGK has no details viz record number, singers etc. That song is as good as unavailable. That leaves us with only one song, viz “Namkeen tumhaari soorat hai”. On YT, a one minute partial version of this song is available which does not do justice to the song. Locating the full song and uploading it took me better part of the morning and so I was not able to post any post in the blog till now.

This elusive song is described in HFGK as sung by Rafi, Shamshad Begam and Zohrabai Ambalewali. On listening to the song, I find that the female singers are correctly identified, but the male singer is not. There are two male playback singers to match the two playback singers. Rafi’s voice is not at all there . Two two male voices sound familiar. One of them sounds like S Balbir to me. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify the voices.

There were three lyricists in the movie, but only two songs are credited to two lyriciasts. Lyricists of others songs, including the song under discussuion, are not known. Music is composed by Pt Govindram.

Two males and two females have an interesting exchange of words in the song where expression of love is couched in the form of nok jhonk. Very interesting song that has been forgotten with time.

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisatioon of this song.

I feel that the only remaining song from the movie may not be available and so this movie, after this song, may remain unYIPPEED, or may be conditionally YIPPEED, as described by Sudir Jee in one of his posts.

I have mentioned it that one more Blog Ten Year Challenge post will appear today. That would be a special kind of Blog ten yewar challenge. So watch this space.


Song-Namkeen tumhaari soorat hai(Jalpari)(1952) Singers-Male voice 1, male voice 2, Shamshad Begam, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Lyricist-Unknown, MD-Pt Govindram

Lyrics

namkeen tumhaari soorat hai
arre naina tore matwaare hain
ye laddoo pede barfi sab
iske aage jhak maare hain

roop ka bhojan tumhaara
dil pe jaadoo kar gaya
haaye
dil pe jaadoo kar gaya
arre dekh kar soorat tumhaari
pet apna bhar gaya

chaahe nakad karo ya udhaar karo
ho par thhoda thhoda hamse pyaar karo
par thhoda thhoda hamse pyaar karo
dekho hamse na yoon taqraar karo
jora jori mat ankhiyaan chaar karo
jora jori mat ankhiyaan chaar karo

ham gore hain ya kaale hain
arre mard muhabbat waale hain
dhun ke sachche dhun ke pakke
tere roop ke ham rakhwaale hain
in moochhon par
in moochhon par
in moochhon par aitbaar karo
ho par thhoda thhoda hamse pyaar karo

in moochhon se ham darte hain
teri shakl se nafrat karte hain
tum daanav jaise chakram to
meri gali mein paani bharte hain
arre sunaa

oon hoon
mat baaten yoon bekaar karo
jora jori mat ankhiyaan chaar karo

o chaahe nakad karo ya udhaar karo
o par thhoda hamse pyaar karo

aji maine kahaa huzoor
zara suniye to
chal chal
aji maine kahaa sarkaar
zara dekhiye to
kya hai

main ho gaya tera deewaana
tu shamma main tera parwaana
o meri bulbul dekh zara
dil kar diya tujhko nazraana
haaye

chaahe soch karo ya vichaar karo
ho par thhoda thhoda hamse pyaar karo
dekho hamse na yoon taqraar karo
jora jori mat ankhiyaan chaar karo

tum maanus bade nikhhattoo ho
moorakh ho zaahil jattoo ho
tum nayi nawelan naar dekh
phat ho jaate lattoo ho
arre kuchh samjhe
bilkul nahin

mat hamse yoon takraar karo
jora jori mat ankhiyaan chaar karo
o chaahe nakad karo ya udhaar karo
ho par thhoda thhoda hamse pyaar karo


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“Bela” (1947) was directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi for Ranjit Movietone, Bombay. The story, screenplay, dialogues and Lyrics of this movie were by D N Madhok. The movie had P Jairaj, Nigar Sultana, Shrinath Tripathi, Pt.Iqbal, Krisnakumari, Master Mehmood, Rekha, Usha, B.R.Sharma etc. in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Eight of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the ninth song from the movie. This song is sung by Zohrabai Ambalewaali. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Only the audio of the song is available. My guess is that this melancholic song was picturised on the leading lady viz Nigar Sultana. I could be wrong as well, seeing that Zohrabai Ambalewaali’s voice figured in all the ten songs of the movie, so who knows, she may have sung for all the important ladies in the movie, in addition to leading lady. I request our knowledgeable readers tp throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-Ho zara meri gali aaa re balam (Bela)(1947) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Bulo C Rani

Lyrics

Ho zara meri gali aa re balam
zara meri gali aaa re baalam
nanhi si jaan hai meri ee
haaye baalma aa
nanhi si jaan hai meri ee
haay baalma aa
tod na de tera gham
ho zara meri gali aa re balam
zara meri gali aa re balam

rain diwas jiya dagmag doley
tera naam pukaare
dheere dheere haule haule
rain diwas jiya dagmag doley
tera naam pukaare
dheere dheere haule haule
jab main pyaar se poochhoon to yehi boley
jab main pyaar se poochhoon to yehi boley
nanhi si jaan hai meri
haaye baalma aa
nanhi si jaan hai meri
haay baalma aa
tod na de tera gham
zara meri gali aa re balam
zara meri gali aa re balam

aadhi aadhi raat
aadhi aadhi raat
mera nindiya se jaagna
aadhi aadhi raat
mera nindiya se jaagna
naam tera le le ke
it ut bhaagna
naam tera le le ke
it ut bhaagna
ab to milo baalma aa
haay baalma aa
ab to milo baalma aa
haay baalma aa
chhoot na jaaye ye dam
zara meri gali aa re balam
zara meri gali aa re balam
nanhi si jaan hai meri ee
haaye baalma aa
nanhi si jaan hai meri ee
haay baalma aa
tod na de tera gham
zara meri gali aa re balam
ho zara meri gali aa re balam


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

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Today’s song is from a film called “Sona”(1948). In 1946, there was a film titled “Sona Chandi”. In 1964 there was a film titled not just “Chandi”, but a whole “Chandi ki Diwar” and in 1977 there was a film called “Chandi Sona”. So much for the precious metals in Hindi film Titles !

We have often heard and read that in olden days, young film aspirants from far off cities and smaller towns, ran away from homes to the Maya Nagari-Bombay, to try their luck. Few of them succeeded. But mind you, not ALL stars came running away to Bombay. Many of them were actually invited by Bombay filmmakers, rolling out red carpets for them. This normally used to offer in case of promising stars from other film centres like Calcutta and Lahore. For example, Shamshad Begum was specially brought to Bombay from Lahore. Saigal was brought from Calcutta to Bombay, with an attractive offer.

That, precisely, was the reputation of Bombay, that careers are made in Bombay and opportunities are found in abundance for them who have Talent and Luck ! Munawar Sultana, Heroine of film Sona-48 was one such star, who was brought from Lahore with an offer of Rs. 4000 pm and rented furnished accomodation – by Mazhar Khan.

Munawar Sultana was born on 8 November 1924, in Lahore, into a strict Punjabi Muslim family. According to an interview with son Sarfaraz and daughter Shaheen, conducted by Shishir Krishna Sharma, Munawwar’s father was a radio announcer. Munawwar wanted to become a doctor, but was side-tracked by an offer in films. This was a small role in the film, Dalsukh Pancholi’s Khazanchi (1941), where she played a barmaid, and had a song, Peene ke din aaye piye jaa picturised on her. She went by the screen name Asha for this period.

In 1945, she was visited in Lahore by producer-actor-director Mazhar Khan, who contracted her on a monthly fee of Rs. 4000 plus an apartment, and brought her to Bombay. Munawwar’s first film with Mazhar was Pehli Nazar, where she was cast opposite actor Motilal. In the popular song Dil jalta hai to jalne de (Let the Aflame Heart Burn) playbacked by singer Mukesh for Motilal, Khan focused on Munawwar’s close-ups during the picturisation.

Following Pehli Nazar, she was kept busy through 1947 to 1949 working in several films. Baburao Patel wrote in the cine-mag Filmindia 1949, about her being one of the most over-worked actresses along with Suraiya and Nargis.

In 1947, Munawar acted in four films Dard, Elaan, Andhon Ki Duniya and Naiyya. Dard was directed by Kardar under Kardar Productions. In spite of no big stars being in the film, it turned out to be a surprise “musical hit” at the box office. The hero of the film was Kardar’s brother Nusrat (Kardar). The song Afsana likh rahi hoon became a big success. Elaan garnered positive reviews for Munawwar. A Muslim social, the film was praised for its “progressive attitude” towards the need of education.

A lot has already been written about Elaan-47,elsewhere, as well as on this blog too,earlier.

When Mehboob Khan heard the story initially, he spent few days thinking about it. He anticipated adverse reactions of the Fundamentalists on this film. His team for this film included many Muslims, almost in every department. Major contributors like Naushad, Zia Sarhadi, Amirbai Karnataki and most important , Munawar Sultana,the Heroine,were all Muslims.Others at least were connected indirectly,but Munawar was the Heroine.

Mehboob Khan had a sitting with her and explained to her the entire story and the likely repercussions to the film. He gave her an option to opt out of the film. Munawar played very brave and firmly told Mehboob Khan that she was 100% with him and was ready to work and face, whatever happens as an aftermath.

This act of courage was loved and appreciated by Mehboob Khan very much and he remained indebted to her ever after.

1948 saw Munawar in four more films. Parai Aag, Sona, Majboor and Meri Kahani.

1949 was Munawar’s busiest year with seven releases. Out of her four films released in 1950, Munawar’s most notable film was Babul (Father’s House). She acted opposite Dilip and Nargis in this love triangle. Directed by S. U. Sunny, the music was composed by Naushad. The film became a major success at the box office. She acted in a few more films till 1956, with Jallad being her last appearance.

From 1950, Munawar’s career slowed down, and she acted in fewer films. She met her husband Sharif Ali Bhagat, a businessman, on the sets of a movie for which he provided furniture. He produced two films with Munawar in the lead, Meri Kahani (1948) and Pyar Ki Manzil (1950). Following the sudden death of her husband in 1966, Munawar managed her family of four sons and three daughters. In the last eight years of her life, Munawar suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She died on 15 September 2007, at her home in Ambedkar Road. Pali Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

The cast of film Sona-48 also consisted of the producer director Mazhar Khan as the Hero, Madhuri, Dikshit, Navin Yagnik, Madan Puri and others.

How many of us know anything about Navin Yagnik ? Navin was a well known stunt film actor who did social films also with the same ease. Navin was born in Calcutta in 1912. His father was from U.P. and mother from Bengal. During school days, he was more interested in sports, dramas and oratory. He did not complete his Matriculation, but ran away to Bombay, to become an actor-against the wishes of his family.

He joined Sagar Films in 1930, as an Extra, without salary. After few months he got Rs.35 pm, but no credited roles. After an year or so, he left Sagar and joined Mohan Bhavnani’s Ajanta Film company. He first worked in film ‘ The Mill ‘-34. Unfortunately, this film was banned for 2 years. The film was based on a story by Munshi Premchand and depicted the poor conditions of mill workers in Bombay. The Mill Owners’ Association brought pressure on Government and got the film banned. After 2 years, the film was released as ” Ghareeb Parivar”-36 aka ‘Daya ki Devi’. Two more films and Navin became Hero in film ” Pyar ki maar”-35.

He also worked in Minerva Movietone, Prakash pictures, Filmistan and other good banners. Some of his well known films were, Zambo-The ape Man-37, Meri Bhool-37, Divorce-38, Son of Zambo-39, Main Haari-40, Vasantsena-42, Raja Rani-42, School Master-43, prithvi Vallabh-43, Chal chal re Naujawan-44 etc. His last film was Bhagwat mahima-55. In all, he worked in 30 films.

The Music Director for film Sona-48 was Vasant Desai. Vasant Desai ( 9-6-1912 to 22-12-1975 ) was an incredibly talented man who never got his dues.

That greatness has no correlation with commercial success, is best personified in the life and works of Hindi film music director Vasant Desai. Well versed in every department of film making, Desai’s talent was a blessing to the music world. Though critics may credit Naushad as a composer steeped in classical traditions, Vasant Desai was equally, if not more, proficient in making tunes based on complex ragas. Sadly, despite his prowess, this simple man whose birth anniversary was in 2012, has not been given his due by the film industry befitting his stature and contribution to its music.

Veteran Marathi film music director and Desai’s creative mentor Keshavrao Bhosle in his memoirs “Mazhe Sangeet” applauds Desai for many such firsts as well as introduction of echo in sound recording in India with Zohra Bai’s song Jo dard banke zamaane pe chhaaye jaate hain from “Parbat Pe Apne Dera”. Hear Rafi’s immortal kah do koyi na kare yahaan pyaar(Goonj Uthi Shehnaai) and you realise how echo was not a tool for experimentation for Desai but a magnificent instrument of creative ability.

Though Lata Mangeshkar doesn’t acknowledge any of Desai’s creations in her top 20 personal favourites nor praises his vast repertoire, it is a fact that some of her finest renditions were under Desai. Allegedly, Lata had a grouse against him for promoting other singers, especially Vani Jairam, and hence ignored his contribution in her career even when most of her songs under Desai’s baton have been unsurpassed till this day. Go down the memory lane and you can’t ignore sublime creations like Jo tum todo piyaa (Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje) , Tere sur aur mere geet(Goonj Uthi Shehnaai), Main gaaun tu chup ho jaa (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath) , Piyaa te kahaan gayo (Toofaan aur Diyaa) or Ek thhaa bachpan (Aasheerwaad) . Even though Desai made her Ae maalik tere bande ham (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath) into a memorable secular prayer, Lata hardly ever commends the composition. May be she is unhappy that Desai created an equally powerful bhajan Hamko man ki shakti dena(Guddi) into a nationwide school prayer through Vani’s vocals.

His proficiency was the reason why he was greatly admired by maestros like Bismillah Khan (who made the shehnai famous with his recitals in “Goonj Uthi Shehnai”, Amir Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, and M. S. Subbulakshmi. She even got a song composed from Desai for her recital at the UNO headquarters. It was Desai’s virtuosity that made Dada Muni (Ashok Kumar) render an all-time favourite children’s song rail gaadi rail gaadi (Aasheerwaad) (“Aashirwad”) with minimum instrumentals. Nowadays when Cannes Film Festival is a place of photo opportunity rather than exploration of artistry, it is overwhelming to know that decades ago Desai’s versatility made “Amar Bhoopali” the only Indian film to win a Grand Prix award for original musical score at Cannes ! Obviously, lyricist Gulzar isn’t wrong to hail Desai as a “music composer extraordinaire” especially when he catapulted his Bole re papeehara(Guddi) to Himalyan heights of popularity.

Born in a wealthy family in Sonwad village in Maharashtra, Desai joined the famous Prabhat Film Company at Kolhapur at its inception. Apart from performing several minor chores, he also acted, sang and sometimes composed songs in Prabhat’s films like “Dharmatma” and “Sant Dnyaneshwar” but once he had mastered the craft of music composition, he stuck to it. Devoted to V. Shantaram from his Prabhat days, Desai went along with the maestro when he broke away from Prabhat to form his own Rajkamal Studios. Scoring music for a majority of Shantaram’s films, Vasant’s career suffered a major blow when their relations soured in the late 1950s. Yet it is to his credit that even though they split after recording of “Aadha Hai Chandrama” (later re-done by C. Ramchandra), he never ever spoke ill about “Anna” till his dying day.

Film director Vikas Desai says, “even family members never came to know the reasons for leaving Shantaram though he went back to score the background music of ‘Geet Gaya Patharon Ne’ on Anna’s request”.

Going through his long and enviable list of songs would be difficult but suffice to say that his memorable songs are valuable gems of musical heritage. And though the patriotic Vasant Desai may have remained unsung for his cinematic as well as academic contribution to school music curriculum, his songs regale listeners with their inherent melodic fragrance.

In his initial stage of career, he had acted in films like, Dharmatma-35, Amar Jyoti-36, Wahan-37 and Sant Dnyaneshwar-40. He even sang songs in films like Amrit Manthan-34, Dharmatma-35, Amar Jyoti-36, Wahan-37, Sant Dnyaneshwar-40, Sant Sakhu-41, Shakuntala-43 and Parbat pe apna dera-44. In all, Vasant Desai gave music to 50 films. His first film was Shobha-42 and Last released film was Shaque-76.
(some information in the article adapted from Wiki and The Hindu).

Shantaram was planning a path breaking film Maanus(Marathi)-Aadmi in Hindi,in those days and was in the process of finalising the cast.Vasant Desai who was Shantaram’s chela in those days,was aspiring to become a Music Director. He started his career as an actor in small roles and he sang songs too.He had very high hopes that Shantaram will do something for him. One day Shantaram called him and said,” I am planning a new film. You will be the Hero and Shanta Apte will be the Heroine.” Vasant was very happy. His auditions were good.

Meanwhile Mera Ladka-38 became quite popular and its songs, particularly,Dekhoon kab tak baat( Paahu re kiti waat-Marathi)” by Shanta bai and composed by Keshavrao Bhole was a great Hit.Impressed with her effortless acting and natural singing style, Shantaram changed his mind and decided to cast Shanta Hublikar and Shahu Modak as the lead pair for Aadmi – 39.

Shantaram called Vasant Desai and told him,” Be ready for a shock. I have decided to make Shanta Hublikar and Shahu Modak as the Hero and Heroine of my new film. You will have to wait. But your time will come ” Vasant Desai was heart broken. With Shantaram’s permission he composed music for Shobha and Aaankh ki sharm in 1942 and Mauj in 1943. he had worked as assistant to Tembe, Krishnarao, Bhole and Mainkar. He had acted and sang in Amar Jyoti . His time came when Shantaram gave him SHAKUNTALA-1943 as a Music Director.

Today’s song from film Sona-1948 is sung by Zohrabai Ambalawali and Chorus, but there is also an unidentified male’s voice in the song. The song was procured and uploaded by our Sadanand ji Kamath on my request. Thanks. The song is very melodious and immediately reminds another popular song Mubaarak ho dulha dulhan ko ye shaadi from film Paak Daaman-1957-MD Ghulam Mohd. As per the prevailing custom of composers having a classical base and a stage music background, the prelude music of this song is also quite long, lasting for 54 seconds. Not all songs had such preludes, but majority had.


Song-Umangon ke din hain khushi ka zamaana (Sona) (1948) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, unknown male voice, Lyrics-Nakshab, MD-Vasant Desai
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Lyrics

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aa aa aa
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aa aa aa
aa aa aa
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aa haa ha
hahahaha

Umangon ke din hain khushi ka zamaana
Umangon ke din hain khushi ka zamaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana

nigaahon ko milne lagin hain nigaahen
nigaahon ko milne lagin hain nigaahen
wafa ke kadam hain mohabbat ki raahen
wafa ke kadam hain mohabbat ki raahen
machalti chali jaa rahi hai jawaani
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa

machalti chali jaa rahi hai jawaani
thaharta chala ja raha hai zamaana
thaharta chala ja raha hai zamaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana
Umangon ke din hain khushi ka zamaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana

o ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho ho
chale daur par daur
saaghar uthhaao
chale daur par daur
saaghar uthhaao
zamaane ka har ek gham bhool jaao
zamaane ka har ek gham bhool jaao
hamesha jamegi ye ?? ki mehfil
zara tum bhi peena hamen bhi pilaana
zara tum bhi peena hamen bhi pilaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana
umangon ke din hain
khushi ka zamaana
ye mausam suhaana
yahin aana jaana


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“Bela” (1947) was directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi for Ranjit Movietone, Bombay. The story, screenplay, dialogues and Lyrics of this movie were by D N Madhok. The movie had P Jairaj, Nigar Sultana, Shrinath Tripathi, Pt.Iqbal, Krisnakumari, Master Mehmood, Rekha, Usha, B.R.Sharma etc. in it.
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“Nisbat”(1949) was directed by S Shamsuddin for Hindustan Art Productions, Bombay. This social movie had Yakoob, Munawwar Sultana, Mirza Musharraf, S Mazhar, Baby Zubeida, H Prakash, Sofia, Jillo etc in it.
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“Romeo and Juliet” (1947) was directed by Akhtar Hussain for Nargis arts Concerns, Bombay. This movie, a home production of Nargis, had Nargis, Sapru, Anwar, Sunalini Devi, Nisaar, Johw Cawas, Hamid Muraad, Nazeer Kashmiri, Voilet, Pushpa, Abdul Rasheed, Amanullah etc in it.
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“Gaaon” (1947) was directed by Dwarka Khosla for Jamuna Productions, Bombay. The movie had Karan Dewan, Indu Mishra, Tiwari, Amir Bano, Khaleel, Ram Singh, Leela, Shanti, Anand, Shekhar, Mahendra Watal, Lalit etc in it.
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“Daulat”(1949) was directed by Sohrab Modi for Minerva Movietone. The movie had Madhubala, Mahipal, Janki Das, Eric Tarapore, Ghulam Sabir, Leela Mishra, Ghulam Hussain, Seeta Bose, Sadat Ali, Ghulam Mohiuddin etc in it.
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