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Sahir’s Songs of Romance : 19 Films Association with Ravi

Sahir Ludhianvi was one of those rare poets whodi di not mold his poetry to the dictates of the Hindi film music medium. In fact the medium had to come to the terms of his poetry.  As such, whether it was his songs of rebellion, or sheer comedy, a qawwali or a mujra or a song of romance, he would rather use an Urdu word as easily as any other would have used a Hindustani word. It was also not necessary that the word he would use would be an easy one, at least for a common listener to understand. But if that was word that only could convey his feeling, he would use that word, with all disregards for the pressures or traditions

Sahir Ludhianvi’s 19 films association with Ravi spanned almost a decade and half, and as such did span over a very wide range of situations and film subjects. It is perhaps this aspect has this relationship a very special chapter not only in the oeuvre of either Sahir or Ravi but also in the annals of Hindi film music.

Ravi (Shankar Shrama) – 3 March 1926 | 7 March 2012 – was as unassuming as simple were his compositions.  He developed a very lasting relationship with almost everyone he had occasion to be associated professionally. For example, he went onto compose music for Devendra Goel’s banner right from his maiden film Vachan (1955) to Aadmi Sadak Ka (1997); with almost all production houses of South who were into making of Hindi films, with several hits like Grihasthi, Nazarana, Gharana, Khandan etc. One such major, long, and very fruitful relationship was with B R Films where Sahir Ludhianvi was also strong link of the bond. Ravi has had as many as 21 films with the lyricist Rajendra Krishna, 15 films with Shakil Badayuni besides 19 films with Sahir Ludhianvi.

Because of the simplicity of his compositions, there was school of critics who would not place Ravi at par with some of the other major top-ranking music directors of that time. But the fact remains that Mohammad Rafi got his first ever Filmfare award for Ravi’s Chaudahavi Ka Chand Ho, Mahendra Kapoor for Chalo Ek Bar Phir Se Ajanabi BanJaaye Ham Dono, to be followed with Neele Gaagan Ke Tale Dharati Ka Pyar Pale. Even female stalwart playback singers, Lata Mangeshkar also has one Filmfare for Ravi’s Tum Hi Mere Mandir, Tum Ji Meri Puja and Asha Bhosle fro GariboN Ki Suno. Even an experiment like Salama Agha also had one for Ravi’s Dil Ke ArmaaN AansooN Mein Dhal Gaye. That is more than enough of proof of popular appeal of Ravi’s compositions.

For our present episode, we have remained away from Sahir Ludianvi – Ravi combination’s very popular songs. As such, all the songs of BR Films very successful films, Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Haaraz (1967) have been filtered out here. We have also left our the popular songs of BR Films’ Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)  and Dhundh (1973).. Also filtered out, on the same criterion, are the songs from Kajal (1965) and Neel Kamal )1069).

It also needs to be noted that Amaanat (1977) –  Dur Rah Kar Karo Na Baat Qarib Aa Jao and  Chingari )1989), for some or other external factors, were released much later then the actual period of their production

On this note, let us take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic songs from his 19 films association with Ravi –

Itni Hasin Itni JawaN Eaat Kya Karein, Jage Hai Kuchh Ajib Se Jazbat Kya Karein – Aaj Aur Kal (1963) – Mohammad Rafi

pedoN ke bajoomein lachakati hai chandani
bechain ho rahe hai khayalaat kya karein

sanso mein ghul rahi hai kisi sans ki mahak
….    …..  ……        …….  ……………
daman ko chhu raha hai koi hath kya karein
………  … ……….     . ………..

shayad tumhare aane se ye bhed khul sake
hairan hai ki aaj nai bat kya kare

Rangin Fiza hai, …. ….. ….  Aaja Ke Mera Pyar Tujhe Dhundh Raha Hai …. Ye Kiski Sadaa Hai, Ye Kaun Mujhe Apni Taraf KhiNch Raha Hai ….  – Bahu Beti (1965) – Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle

teri bhi hai ye meri hai, aawaz nahiN hai
……  …. …. ……       ….. aye jan-e-tamanna
ye koi raz nahi hai
tu mujhse juda hoke bhi
kab mujhse juda hai
dil dil se mila hai

tum mujhko bulate ho to tala nahiN jata
tum mujhko bulate ho to tala nahiN jata
apne ko kisi tarah sambhala nahiN jata
julfo ka mujhse hosh na aachal ka pata hai
ye kaisa nasha hai

dunia ko bhula kar meri bahoN mein chali aa
…. ……. …… ….. …… ………
jajbat ki befikar panaho mein chali aa
kahte haiN jise ishq wo jine ki ada hai
achha na bura hai

Milti Hai Zindagi Mein Mohabbat Kabhi-Kabhi, Hoti Hai DilbaroN Ki Inaayat Kabhi-Kabhi – Aakhein (1968) – Lata Mangeshkar

sharma ke munh na pher, nazar ke sawaal par
………… ………. ….. …………
laati hai aise mod pe, kismat kabhi-kabhi
…. ….         …    …… ……… …

khulte nahi hai roz dariche bahar ke
…     …….  …. ……….. ……..
aati hai jaaneman ye qayamat kabhi-kabhi

tanha na kat sakeinge javani ke raste
….      …..         …..   . . …….. .
pesh aayegi kisi ki zarurat kabhi-kabhi
… … …       …  … … ..
phir kho na jaaye ham kahiN duniya ki bhid mein
….  …        …. ….. ……..
milti hai paas aane ki mohalat kabhi-kabhi
…..   ….  …         …..    . … ..

Sama Ye Rut Ye Nazare, Dil Mera Machalne Laga, Jaan-e-wafa, Aye Dilruba, Aise Mein Aa Meri BaahoN mein Aa, Rok Le NigahoN Ke Ishare, Tan Mera Pighalne Laga, Main HuN Teri, Tu Hai Mera, Aa Mere Dil Ki PanahoN Mein Aa – Do Kaliyaan (1968) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

shame pe mere, gira de julfe
aankho pe mere, bichha de julfe
aisa jaga de pyar ka jaadu
sare jahan pe chhaye nasha
rok le nigaho
ke ishare, tan mera pighalne laga

Ijaazat Ho To Puchhe Aap Hi Se Ke Hum Milkar Bhi Hai Kyun Ajnabi Se Mile Hum Tum Aise YuhiN Naa Samajho Koi Milta Nahi YuNhi Kisi Se  – Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969) – Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor

hazaaroN shaukh kurbaaN us par
jo tumne keh diya hai saadgi se
ajab sa lag raha hai tumse kahkar
ye baatein hum naa kahte the kisi se

meri manzil ki raahine jagmaga do
mohabbat ki sunheri roshani se
safar ki intaha hone naa paaye
sada ka sath lele zindagi se

Jane KyuN Bar Bar Bar Mera Dil Mujhe Kahe Us Se Mil – Paisa Yaa Pyar (1969) – Asha Bhosle

jisse milte nahiN bilkul hi khayalat tere
kyu pareshan hai uske liye zazbat tere
jab bhi wo mujhse mila usne sataya mujhe
mujhko bura to laga phir bhi wo bhaya mujhe

jo tere husn ki tauhin kare us se na mil
jo kisi dusri saztaz pe mare us se na mil
mujhko to jo bhi dekhe raho me aahe bhare
mai kyu kisi pe maru mujhpe zamana mare

ho sake to koi sangin saza do usko
tere kabil nahi wo dil se bhula de usko
usko bhulau kaise itna bata do mujhko
uska irada kya hai kuch to bata do mujhe

Taaro Ki ChhaoN Mein SapnoN Ke Gaon Meon PariyoM Ke Sang Tumhein Jana Hai. So Jao Chain Se Is Kali Rain Se Aage Jo Des Hai Suhana Hai  – Samaj Ko Badal Dalo  (1970) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

gagan tale pawan chale thandi suhani
dhimi dhimi laye mein kahe man ki kahani
aayi rey aayi rey aayi hindol le ke nindiya ki rani
so jao, so jao, so jao
taaro ki chhao me sapno ke gaon me
pariyo ke sang tumhe jana hai

bhaNve teri pita jaisi maa jaisi ankhiyaN
gajab kare jiya hare dhunde kankiya
aayi rey aayi rey
aayi hai tumhe lene phulo ki sakhiya
so jao, so jao, so jao
taaroN ki chhaoN mein sapnoN ke gaon mein
pariyo ke sang tumhein jana hai

khili rahein saji rahein yuN hi ye kyari
hasi khushi jiyo sabhi maa tum pe vari
….. ….. …..  …….. ….
…..  … …. ……….. …….. …
aayi rey, aayi rey
aayi rey chanda ke rath ki sawari

Is Dharti Is Khule Gagan Ka Kya Kahna Madmati Madbhari Pawan Ka Kya Kahana, phuloN Bhare Ye Gulsan Hare Magan Hua Tan Man Kya Kahna – Ganaga Tera Paani Amrit  (1971) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

gawalanoN ka roop ghunghatoN ki aad mein
panchhiyoN ka pyar bairiyoN ki jaad mein
basuri ki dhun khetiyoN ke par se
panghatoN ki nar dole is pukar se
dhadkan badhe nasha sa chade
thirak uthe gagan kya kahna

chappuoN ke rag kah rahe hai pyar se
…… …. …. … … …

jud gaye hai aaj kastiyoN ke tar se
ja raha hai jane kaun kisi ki chah mein
bas raha hai kaon jane kis nigah mein

bas gayi hai nigahein jab kahi tum aaye ho
kya meri pukar sunke bhi paraye ho
…. ….. ….. ….. ….. … …….. …
…… ……….. ….. …… …….. . …
itna intzar roj kar na paungi
rok lungi aaj ya main sath jauNgi
duri ghati to ye duvidha hate to
fir mere sajan kya kahna

Jubna Se Chunariya Khisak Gayi Re, Dunia Ki Najariya Bahak Gayi Re – Dhundh (1973) – Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey

najuk tan or uspe jawani
haye patli kamariyaN
haye re haye re patli kamariyaN
lachak gayi re

balkhati julfein jo dunia ne dekhi
dal fasi gale mein latak gayi re

gusse mein inke ye tewar to dekho
jaise badal mein bijli
haye re haye jaise badal mein bijli
kadak gayi re

Meri Chahat Rahegi HameshaN JawaN, Jism Dhalne Se Jajhbat Dhalte Nahi Maut Aane Se Bhi Pyar Marta NahiN, Dam Nikalne Se ArmaNn Nikalte NahiN – Mehmaan (1975) – Mohammad Rafi

lakh toofan ho hum na ghabrayenge
tu na aayegi milne to hum aayenge
jaan par khelne se jhijhakte hai jo
wo mohabbat ki raho pe chalte nahi
jaan par khelne se jhijhakte hai jo
wo mohabbat ki raho pe chalte nahi

humne choda na chodenge daman tera
jisko apna liya usko apna liya
ho sake to hame umar bhar aazma
mausmo ki tarah hum badalte nahi

tu mile na mile par salamat rahe
dur hi ki sahi tujhse nissbat rahe
zindagi bhar teri mujhko hasrat rahe
hasrato ke bina khwab palte nahi

Cycle Pe HasinoN Ki Toli Dekhi To … Dekhi To Dekhi To Tabiyat YuN Boli, Aye Kash Ke Hum Cycle Hote Tn HathoN mein Handle Hote… Pairo Ke Tale PaiNdal Hote Dabti Uthi SaiNdal Hote  Bhar Jati MuradoN Ki Jholi – Amaanat (1975) – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Chorus

cycle pe jawano ki toli dekhi to
dekhi to dekhi to tabiyat yuN boli
ae kash ke hum sendal hote sode ki bhari botal hote
tab thik se tum dakhal hote sab jhagde abhi settle hote
pachta abe ke niyat kyuN doli pachta abe ke niyat kyu doli

sadko pe pared ye fashion ki ek shakal hai invitation ki
jat kuch bhi banao nation ki tum jaan ho us genration ki
jo dil pe chalati hai goli jo dil pe chalati hai goli

kya bat hai education ki halat hai ye civilization ki
kuch sharam karo position ki yu humse jo conversation ki
kar waoge khopadiya kholi kar waoge khopadiya kholi

kuchh naaz ada ke rule bane romaance ke kuchh school bane
tapori hain hum kyuN tool bane dil de ke tumHein kyun fool bane
is neend humein samjho goli is neend humein samjho goli

Dil Mein Kisi Ke Pyaar Kaa Jaltaa Huaa Deeya,  Duniyaa Ki AandhiyoN Se Bhalaa Ye Bujhegaa Kya – Ek Mahal Ho SapnoN Ka (1975) – Kishore Kumar

saanso ki aanch paa ke bhadakta rahega ye
sine mein dil ke saath dhadakta rahega ye

The Lata Mangeshkar version:

wo naqsh kya hua jo mitae mit gaya
wo dard kyaa huaa jo dabaaye se dab gayaa
dil mein kisi ke pyaar kaa jaltaa huaa deeya

ye jindagi bhi kyaa hain amaanat unhi ki hain
ye shaayari bhi kyaa hain inaayat unhi ki hain
inaayat unhi ki hain
ab wo karam kare ke sitam unka faislaa
hum ne to dil mein pyaar kaa shola jagaa liyaa

Har Vaqt Tere Husn Ka Hota Hai Samaa Aur …  Har Waqt Mujhe Chahiye Andaj-e- BayaN Aur – Chingaari (1989) – Mahendra Kapoor

phulo sa kabhi naram hai sholo sa kabhi garam
mastana ada mein kabhi shokhi hai kabhi sharam
har subah guma aur hai har raat guma aur
har waqt tere husn ka hota hai samaa aur

bharne nahiN pati tere jalvo se nigahein
thakne nahiN pati tujhe lipta ke ye baahein
chhu lene se hota hai tera jism jawaan aur

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Basically, Sahir Ludhianvi was rebel at the heart. But his poetry had several other dimensions at his core, than the rebellion. We have closely looked at one such dimension of romance, from several different perspectives, during our present memoir. And yet –

ko_ii bhii us kaa raaz na jaane
ek haqeeqat laaKh fasaane
ek hii jalawaa shaam sawere
bhes badal kar saamane aaye


All the episodes of Sahir Ludhianvi’s sogs of romance with different music directors can be accessed /downloaded as one file by clicking @ Sahir’s songs of romance – Sahir Ludhianvi Centenary.

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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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