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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: September, 2018

(Shankar-) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory 1955 – 1957

As long as all four were alive Shankar – Jaikishan did not work with any other lyricists than Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra, even as Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra did work with other music directors in that period, with probably two exceptions. One is O O Mujhe Kisi Se Pyar Ho Gaya from ‘Barsat’ (1949) and the other being Arzoo 1965). However, our topic of the present discussion is not this matter.

September is the month of death anniversary of Jaikishan [4 November, 1929 – 12 September, 1971) and Hasrat Jaipuri [15 April, 1922 – 17 September, 1999].  In our present series we have been covering the songs written by Hasrat Jaipuri that have been composed by Shankar-Jaikishan in the month of September. In September, 2017 we had covered the (S)J-HJ songs from 1949 to 1954.

The quartet had very smoothly carved out a seamless division of work – who would compose whose songs, which situations will be handled by whom etc. In that arrangement Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri worked in tandem.

For our present episode, we have covered (S)J-HJ songs from 1955 to 1957. As I started compiling the list for the post, the songs that came up from the initial films happened to be the songs that had been rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. Therefore, I went on to only select the (S)J-HJ_LM songs for the rest of the present episode, save of course the traditional end-of-the-post Mohammad Rafi song(s)..

Baat Baat Mein Rutho Na, Apane Aap Ko Loota Na – Seema (1955)

Here is typical Jaikishan composition, opening up with a melodious stroke of piano accordion that continues well into the first and the second interlude. Hasrat Jaipuri matches his lyrics well with the mood of the songs, but has not missed the chance to show his soft, poetic feelings in the lyrics.

O Jaanewale Mud Ke Zara Dekh Ke Jaana – Shree  420 (1955)

Here is one of the relatively-less-heard song from the film but is a signature HJ composition which begin with couplet. The second stanza of the song had been edited out in the film.

Main Piya Teri Tu Maane Ya Na Maane – Basant Bahar (1956)

Shailendra had lion’s share of songs for ‘Basant Bahar’, but the ones that HJ penned have also been equally melodious and well-remembered ones. The use of flute pieces in the orchestration add to the melodious effect.

Us Paar Sajan Is Paar Dhare Le Chal O Maaji Kinare Kinare – Chori Chori (1956)

The present video clip has very rightly captured the first few moments of the songs wherein Nargis is seen frantically swimming out in the sea. Jaikishan has captured the motion with a very quick stokes of violin ensemble. And the, Nargis seems to have reached a safe distance, symbolized the beginning of a chorus by the fishermen-women on the boats.

HJ has also additionally contributed one of the most iconic Manna Dey – Lata duets  (Aa Ja Sanam), or  a very lilting Lata song (Panchhi Banu Udati Pheeru) on one hand and a very light Rafi-Lata duet (Tum Arabon Ka Her Pher Karanewale) in the film.

Usse Mil Gayi Nayi Zindagi.. Jise Dard-e-Dil Ne Mita Diya – Halaku (1956)

Hasrat Jaipuri had a minor share of songs in this film too. The other two songs are also Lata Mangeshkar numbers – O Sunata Ja and Bol Mere Malik. Each of these three songs are written for totally different situations.

Koi Mere Sapnon Mein Aaya , Dheere Man Mein  Samaya – New Delhi (1956)

(S)J comes up with a complex tune that is orchestrated equally richly.

Saat Samundar Paar– Patrani (1956)

One more complex tune by (S)J.

I had originally selected “Nadiya Kinare Phiru Pyasi, Haay Pi Bin Jiyara Taras Taras Reh Jaaye” from Raajhath (1956). However, I could not locate audio / video link for this song. So, we move on to the next best choice.

Anatar Mantar Jantar Se Maidan Liya Hai Maar – with Usha Mangeshkar – Rajhath (1956)

As per the general understanding of the outsiders, the dance numbers were usually composed by Shankar. However, in this case, it is difficult to guess who would composed the tune and set it to orchestra.

Gori-Gori-Gori Main Pariyon Ki Chhori… Chham Chham.. Karati Aayi Hun Main Saat Aasma Se – Begunah (1957)

We have one more song wherein a very complex set of bass rhythm has been set, orchestrated over a multiple instruments simultaneously.

(S)J-HJ combination’s duet – Din Albele Pyaar Ka Musam (Manna Dey, Lata) – in the film is a very typical SJ tune.

So Ja Re So Ja Mere Raj Dulhare So Ja Taare Bhi So Gaye Dharati Ke Sitare So Ja– Kathputli (1957)

For Hindi Film lullabies this is very complex tune, perhaps befitting the mood the situation in the films

We conclude our each episode with a relevant Mohammad Rafi song. For the present episode I have picked one of the two songs from – Seema- and one from – Raaj Hath.

Hamien Bhi Dedo Sahara Ke Besahara Hai  – Seema – with chorus.

In terms of the poetical quality of the lyrics of Hasrat Jaipuri songs would go, this song perhaps would occupy top row.  (S)J have also excelled in composing the tune and setting supporting orchestration to the tune.

Aaye Bahar Ban Ke Lubha Kar Chale Gaye, Kya Raaz Tha Dil Mein Chhupa Kar Chale Gaye – Raaj Hath (1956)

(S)J – HJ have grabbed every opportunity to compose a ghazal in Mohamamd Rafi’s voice and we have had excellent scores to cherish. Here is one more that immediately comes to my memory – Teri Zulfo Se Judai To Nahi Maagi Thi  

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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By ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging!
One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems.
So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation.
At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships.
I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator.
And yet,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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