Dattaram – Ab Dilli Door Nahin??
Dattaram (Lakshman Wadkar) – [?-?-1929 /8-6-2007] belongs to the illustrious Goa Club of Arrangers of Hindi Film Music. It was their association at gym that had attracted Shankar’s (of SJ duo) attention to Dattaram’s tabla-playing prowess. As would the dice of chances roll, that association got transformed into a very long relationship when Shankar Jaikishan got the breakthrough as music directors. Dattaram is said to have assisted Sajjad Hussain for about three months before joining SJ team
Dattaram did get fairly good commercial appreciation for the songs that he composed, and the songs that he has composed have etched their space in the history of HFM, But the success was not enough to provide escape velocity to propel him into the big league. Even as he graduated as an independent music director, he continued to assist Shanker – Jaikishan – more than 50 films in this capacity – till he decided to hang his gloves. He has done 19 films as independent music director.
His very atypical style of playing tabla was called Dattaram Theka (bit). Couple of the most known examples that comes to my mind, at the sheer speed of reflex action, are bits of dholak in Masti Bhara Hai Sama (Parvarish) or duff in Mera Naam Raju Gharana Anaam (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai). Dattaram remains the important member of the Golden Years’ Music Director Club who would compose simple but hummable tunes.
Even as we will consciously pick up two relatively less heard songs from his films in this annual series on Dattaram, we shall also take note of the songs that have been quite popular too.
Ab DIlli Door Nahin (1957) was Dattaram’s maiden film, made under RK Films banner, had almost all actors who were not well-known names and additionally did not have Raj Kapoor in the cast, its subject that was very idealist, In other words, it was not a ‘mass’ film. Chun Chun Kar Ke Aayi Chidiya and Ye Chaman Hamara Apna Hai had set the cash registers ringing even then.
Jiyo Lal Mere Tum Lakho Baras – Ab Dilli Door Nahin (1957) – Lata Mangeshkar – Hasrat Jaipuri
This is the first ever song, set to Japtal in Bahiravi, Dattaram recorded as an independent music director. As recorded by other knowledgeable bloggers have noted, the song is picturized on Meena Fernandes, with Master Romi, a very young Vijaya Chaudhary and Motilal also visible in the picturisation.
Mata O Mata Agar Tum Aaj Hoti – Ab Dilli Door Nahin (1957) – Sudha Malhotra 0 Shailendra
Sudha Malhotra’s voice truly reflects the childlike vocal chords of an adolescent protagonist.
Parvarish (1958) had two songs Aansoo Bhari Hai Jivan Ki Raahein (Mukesh) and Masti Bhara Hai Sama (Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar) which were popular enough to have provided the push to Dattaram that could have leap frogged into the big league. But the fate seemed to have different ideas.
Jhoome Re…Ho Meri God Mein Taare Jhoome – Parvarish (1958) – Asha Bhosle – Hasrat Jaipuri
There would be many who would consider Lalita Pawar playing kind mother as an abnormal event in Hindi Films, but she lip-synching when she switched to character roles is too quite rare.
Jaane Kaisa Jaadu Kiya Re Bedardi Balam – Parvarish (1958) – Sudha Malhotra, Asha Bhosle – Hasrat Jaipuri
Dattaram, who had used Sudha Malhotra for a song on the child or Asha Bhosle for a song by a mother, now uses both the singers for mujhra dance. Raj Kapoor plays the table player on the screen.
Beliya Beliya Beliya Beliya Bheegi Si Bahoron Mein, Tumne Isharon Mein, Dil Mera Le Liya,,,,,Femiya Femiya Femiya Femiya Dekho Ji Hazaron Mein TumneIsharon Mein, Dil Mera Dil Mera Le Liya – Parvarish (1958) – Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar – Hasrat Jaipuri
Of all the Dattaram’s Manna Dey- Lata Mangeshkar duets that appear in this post, this probably is the only one that may remain the grey area of Very Popular to Not So Popular Songs. It is so light, so very fast and yet quite a hummable tune, set to very distinct theka not only in the rhythm but also in the orchestration.
For the records, other knowledgeable bloggers have identified the actress with Raj Kapoor on the dance floor as Jennifer Murray.
Quaidi No. 911 too had at least two songs that were quite popular – Mithi Mithi Baaton Se Bachana Jara – happy version and a sad version – (Lata Mangeshkar) and Pyar Bhari Ye Ghataye (Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar):
Ye Khile Khile Taare Hamare Hai Ishare… Aaja Re Aaja…Aa Bhi Jaa – Quaidi No, 911 (1959) – Mehmood, Lata Mangeshkar – Hasrat Jaipuri
Dattaram presents a club song in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice !
Tune Mera Maine Tera Dil Le Liya …Do Nain Mila Ke Haaye Re Diwana Bana Diya – Quadi No. 911 – Lata Mangeshkar – Hasrat Jaipuri
Here Dattaram has deftly experimented with street song .
Year 1959 had another film – Santaan – under Dattaram’s belt. Here too he has given a Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar duet Boley Ye Dil Ka Ishara and a happy and a sad twin version song, Dil Ne Use Maan Liya, Jiska Andaz Naya in Mukesh’s voice.
Kehta Hai Pyar Mera O Mere Ladle – Santaan (1959) – a twin cradle-song in Hemant Kumar’s and Lata Mangeshkar’s voices – Hasrat Jaipuri
We have one more song to add to the variety of situations that Dattaram could so deftly handle.
Chhoti Si Dulhaniya Ki Shaadi, Pyari Si Dulhaniya Ki Shadi – Santaan (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar – Hasrat Jaipuri
This is a party song that is based on theme of a marriage song. Note the use of harmonium / accordion’s small stroke at the very beginning. This is used with a slight variation across the songs.
We will end today’s post with two Mohammad Rafi songs composed by Dattaram. First one is not-so-unknown duet with Manna Dey and the second one is an unknown solo. Both songs further validate Dattaram’s virtuosity in handling vastly different situations.
Mama O Mama … Gharwale Khaye Chakkar, Aisa Hai Apana Chakkar, Chakkar Mein Tum Nahin Aana – Parwarish (1958) – Hasrat Jaipuri
The song moves at almost the breathless pace….and if Raj Kapoor and Mehmood are very comfortable with dancing at that pace, Dattaram has been as comfortable in retaining the melody of his theka too. Records indicate that this song had stood 21st in Binaca Geetmala in 1958
Murakh Bande..Jeenewale Khushi Ke Liye Jiye Jaa, Apne Aansu Tu Hans Ke Piye Jaa – Santaan (1959) – Hasrat Jaipuri
The available clip essentially is an audio clip. But that does not leave any doubt that the song is a ‘background’ genre song.
We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..
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