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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: June 2021

Dattaram – Mere AansuoN Pe Na Muskuraa

Dattaram (a.k.a. Dattaram Lakshman Wadkar) – B: 1929 | D: 8 June 2007) unfortumately, popular as the rhythm arranger for Shankar Jaikishan’s orchestra and for his ‘dattau’s thekka’, and not as an independent music director, in the Hindi film world circle. Many stories and theories have been written on how great he was in so far as rhythm is concerned or whether he was creative enough to be a music director or was he commercial-minded enough to build on his early success and so on. Even when his career as independent music director does not have many (successful) films, it was apparent that his talent had not weathered away with the strikes of misfortune.

We have commenced a series on Dattaram that focuses on the songs from the films where he is independent music director, to commemorate the month of death anniversary.

Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during

1957 to 1959 in In 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

Dattaram did not have any film in 1964. Many of his films seemed to be not doing well on the box office. This would have affected flow of whatever offers Dattaram would normally have been receiving. So, Dattaram seemed to have done what anyone perhaps would have done under the circumstances. He signed C grade films, so that his name remains active as independent music director. The year 1965 has three films, More Man Mitwa, in the Magahi language and two Daara Singh starrers – Rakaa and Tarzan comes to Delhi.

We will take all the available YT songs from the three films for which Dattaram composed music in 1965 for the present episode.

Morey Man Mitwa (1965)

The regional language film More Man Mitwa was a social drama, with Naaz, Sudhir and Sujit Kumar in the lead roles.[1]

Kusum Rang Lehnaga Managde Piyawa Ho – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Lyrics: Harshchandra Priyadarshi

The song has weaved in all the local flavors of the subject of demands, and ready acceptance thereof, for a colorful dress and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. Dattaram has used a strong dholak-based rhythm for a folk-dance tune.

More Mann Mitwa Suna De O Gitwa Balamawa Ho Pritava Jagai He More Man MaN – Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur

The song is a simple romantic duet, set to a lusty rustic flavor.

Mere Aansuon Pe Na Muskuraa Kai Khwab The Jo Machal Gaye – Mubarak Begam – Harishchandra Priyadarshi

Dattaram has scored a scoop here as this song remains one of the most remembered Mubarak Begum songs. This song can easily throw away all the theories of good banner, reputed lyricist or a top-rung singer and popular artistes on the screen to become a song a popular while earning a nod from the critics as well.

One would certainly not miss the easy glide path Mubarak Begum takes to reach a high octave at the beginning of each stanza and then smoothly revert back to the low scale, so fluently maintains control over the diction as well as melody through the entire passage.

Raaka (1965)

After the stunning box -office success of initial few movies, Daara Singh was flooded with a string of movies in this period. Each of the film had the then struggling, but undoubtedly highly meritorious music directors. Daara Singh never claimed any histrionic talents, nor he would have aspired for such an unexpected flow of films while honing out his wrestling skills. Most of the music directors or Daara Singh’s co-female stars could not attain the escape velocity that could take them to a higher orbit of A grade films, except the Laxmikant Pyarelal (from amongst the music directors) and Mumtaz (from amongst the lead female artists).

Asad Bhopali was the lyricist for the film.

Aadmi Majbur Hai Taqdeer Par Ilzam Hai, Baat Kehne Ki Nahi, Ye Sab Tera Hi Kaam Hai – Mohammd Rafi

The song is apparently being sung as a matter of a discourse by a monk to the devotees to the temple. But, close-up shots of the female protagonists, Mumtaz and Ganga, the two ends of a love triangle around Daara Singh (Raaka),seem to reveal the deeper meaning that these words have to their lives.

Dattaram has cleverly used the presence of devotees as chorus for the interlude music.

Aside Trivia: While surfing through a relevant post on Atul’s Song A Day, I learnt the Ganaga, the other female artist in the song, also has played another major heroine’s friend role in Padosan (1968). She smells rat in the singing of the song Kahena Hai Aaj Tum Ko Ye Paheli Baar, by Sunil Dutt and clears off the smoke veil to reveal that it is in fact Kishore Kumar who is real the playback voice on the screen.

Hum Bhi Naye Tum Bhi Naye Dekho Sambhalna – Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi, Kamal Barot, Asha Bhosle 

The song is a typical public dance song arranged in the films which have dacoit or similar background.

Dil Ki Betabiya Le Chali Hai VahaN, Zindagi Hai JahaN, Hal-e-dile Puchho Na – Lata Mangeshkar

The song is filmed on Ganga, the female actress, that we talked in detail, in the previous song,

Dattaram has used flute as the key instrument through this happy mood song.

Bolo Na, Koi Mila Raah Mein, Achha, Aur Dil Kho Gaya, Phir Kya Hua, Are Haye Gajab Ho Gaya – Asha Bhosle, Chorus

Asad Bhopali’s out-of-the-box use of a quick enquiry-explanations session among the lead actress and her friends has very cleverly been weaved into the song by Dattaram. Dattaram also has very smoothly raised the pitch in the last line of the stanzas to match the meaning of the lyrics and mood.

Teri Meharbani Hogi Teri Meharbani, Haye Badi Meharbani – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle

Dattaram comes up with one of best-in-the-genre qawwali composition, with Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle adding their won theatrics to add the greater effect to the lyrics of Asad Bhopali.

Ho Nain Se Nain Ulajh Gaye Re SaiyaN, Dil Ki Baat Samajh Gaye Re SaiyaN – Asha Bhosle

Dattaram has deftly blended use of western rhythm instruments in the opening and interlude pieces with that of dholak in the singing parts of mukhada and stanzas. The song does not lose cacophonic even though it is a very fast paced composition.

Tarzan Comes To Delhi (1965)

The Indian version of Zimbo came on the silver screen with a 1958 film, wherein Azad, a Parsee body-builder as the hero. The film had struck chord with a very wide cross section of population in the urban and rural North India. That led to the entry of another the then big name in the wrestling – Daara Singh – to the films. A torrent of various Tarzan and Kin Kong movies were reeled off in quick succession, with each film yielding excellent returns to the investments.

Anand Baxi is the lyricist.

Sun Re Sun Albele Kabse Hum Hai Akele…. Pyar Jata Ke Hari Dil Mein Bula Ke Hari, Ab To Aaja Aa Aa Aa – Suman Kalyanpur

Induction of Tarzan to the ways of modern civilization cannot be complete without a visit to a professional cabaret dance on a hotel dance floor!

Husn Iqrar Kare Ishk Inkar Kare, Aise Nadan Se Ab Kaise Koi Pyar Kare – Lata Mangeshkar

The song gives vent to the sweet tangs of frustration of the heroine who has not been able to get the hero, Tarzan, to the civilized way of falling into love to a beautiful lady. Dattaram comes up with a sweet composition even while all western instruments in the composition.

Kari Kari Ankhiyo Se Pyari Pyari Batiyo Se, O Sajna Balma Haye O Sajna Balma Haye, Kahe Meri Nindiya Churaye Haye – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle

Master Bhagwan joins the danseuse BelaBose to a duet dance song to enliven the evening of a community event.

Dil Lagale Dilwale Tujhe Samjhate Hai, Ye Umar Phir Na Aayegi – Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar

A hip-swing dance seems to have been organized to entice Tarzan to some designs of the villain!

Nigahe Char Karu Ye Meri Tamanna Hai, Kisi Se Pyar Karu Ye Meri Tamanna Hai – Asha Bhosle

The suave urban belle makes a direct, singing -dancing approach to the jungle Hero, in his own ecosystem!

Chham Chham Baje Payal Matwali, Kabhi Jiya Ghabraye Kabhi Nain Sharmaye, Piya Kaisi Najar Tune Dali – Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar

The song seems to be another enticing way to mend the ways of Jungle Hero. Dattaram has successfully experimented with a long drum prelude in the song that seems to recreate the African atmosphere.

We will continue our journey with Dattaram’s bold musical efforts to keep his independent music identity afloat in the present series……


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

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[1] Part 1 and  Part 2

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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