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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Noor Jehan, Parul Ghosh and some more Other female singers

Solo songs of Noor Jehan

For the year 1944, Noor Jehan has had two films. Memorable Songs of 1944 has two solo songs of Dost – Badnam mohabbat kaun kare aur ishq ko ruswa kaun kari  and Koi prem ka de ke sandesa haye loot gaya,  two solos from Lal Haveli – Bhaiya hamaroji and Teri yaad aye sanwariya

Ab Kaun Mera, Ab Kaun Mera – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Alam Par Alam Sitam Par Sitam Ham Uthae Hue Hai – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Banati Nazar NahiN Aati Tadbir Hamari – Lal Haveli – Munshi Shams Lakhanvi – Mir Sahab

Solo songs of Parul Ghosh

Parul Ghosh’s two solos of Jwar Bhata – More aangan mein chhtki chaandni and Bhool jana chahti hun, bhool paati hi nahin – are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

Bhabhi Roothe Bhai Manae…. Tu Roothe To Bol Diwani – Insaan – Pt. Indra – Gyan Dutt

HFGK does not mention singer for the song

Jara Bansi Baja O Girdhari Krishna Murari – Raunaq – Iswar Chandra Kaporr- C Ramchandra

HFGK mentions Shrimati Ghosh as the singer

Solo Songs of Kusum Mantri

Phir Aayee Hai Diwali, Khushi Se Naach Rahi Hai Naian – Badi Baat – with chorus – Swami Ramanad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Solo Songs of Kaushalya

MaaN, Pyari MaaN, God Mein Teri Khela Bachpan Mera – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan

Kuchh Bol Bol Panchhi, O Par Khol Khol Panchhi – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan / Gulshan Sufi

Solo songs of Taaraa

Aankhein Ye Kah Rahi Hai Ki……Ram Kare KahiN Naiana Na Uljhe – Char Aankhen – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Solo songs of Leela Sawant

Leela Sawant has three solo songs in Kaliyan, but only one seems to be available on YT.

Le Aate BaharoN Ko, Raja Loot Liya, – Kaliyan – Kidar Sharma – G A Chisti

Other than these female solo songs for the year 1944, Kadambari has 6 solos and 2 chorus songs of Shanta Apte, but only one song seems to be available on YT. That one – Mere janam maran ke saathi chalo chita par so jaye – is covered in Memorable Songs of 1944, and one solo of Utapala SenJal Jane Do Is Duniya Ko – and  Main In PhooloN Ke Sang DoluN Re  by Vimla in Meri Bahen, too, are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

It is quite likely that, because of hardly knowledge of the Songs of 1944, during my search, I may have missed a few more solo songs of female singers. Recognizing this short coming, I conclude the present Micro View of (Best) Solo Songs of Female Singers for the year 1944 @SoY.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Nirmala Devi and Other female singers

Solo Songs of Nirmala Devi

‘Gaali’ has two solo songs credited to Nirmala (we presume it is Nirmala Devi), but YT does not have these songs. ‘Geet’ has four solo songs of which – Main akeli raja aa ja aa ja re  – is included in Memorable Songs of 1944.  One solo song – Hua Savera Preetam Mera, Yaad Teri Ne Gher – is not available on YT. Here are the other ones, as available on YT –

Main To Piya Ki Joganiya HuN – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Chaand Khila Taare Muskae, Meri Hansi Udae – Geet – Mahar-Ul-Kadri – Naushad Ali

Jaao Ji Jaao Dekhenge KahaN Jaoge – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

AkhiyaN Mila Ke Bhagna Na – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Aae Ho Abhi Baitho To Sahi Do Pyar Ki Baatein Ho Jaein – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Solo Songs of Naseem Akhtar

Of the two songs listed, for the film Bhai, to Naseem Akhtar’s credit in HFGK, one – Kuchh Yaad Dilati Hai Hamein Biti Hui Baatein – does not seem to be available on net.

Is Dil Ki Haalat Kya Kahiye – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi- Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Manju

Memorable Songs of 1944 has Manju’s one song Do dilon ko ye duniya milne hi nahin deti from ‘Chand’, Holi main khelungi un sang dat ke and  Pardesi ho ab humse rakhiya bandhao  from Gaali and Angadai teri hai bahana and Jhoothe hai sab sapne suhane from Rattan. ‘Gaali’ has 3 more songs, for neither YT or other audio links are available on the internet

Here is one more –

Aayi…Musibat Aai, Musafir Bhag Chalo.. – Chand – Qamar Jalalbadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Solo Songs of Kalyani

Badmash (Music: Khan Mastana / Datta Korgaonkar has two solo songs of Kalyani., but these do not seem to be available on YT.

Misal-e-Khayal Aye The – Aina- Pt. Fani = Gulshan Sufi

HFGK also mentions second version of the song in the voice of Shama, but YT does not have this version.

Solo Songs of Husn Banu

Khushi Ke Tarane Sunata Chala Ja – Aina – Tanvir Naqvi – Gulshan Sufi

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs : September 2021

(Shankar) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1962

Hasrat Jaipuri (a.k.a. Iqbal Hussain) – B: 15-4-1922 | D: 17-9-1999 – was versatile poet and lyricist. He wrote a poetry that was accessible to the common man. Critics may not put him in the same roll of honor as Sahir Ludhianvi or Kaifi Azmi or even his long-time associate Shailendra. But his simple lyrics appealed the commos listener. His poetry was simple but the message it contained used to be quite deep. Many of his pure romantic songs carried most intimate and intense feelings. Hasrat Jaipuri also has written screenplay for ‘Hulchul (1951). His career spanned for the first film ‘Barsat’ in 1949 till his last, Hatya: The Murder (2004).

Jaikishan (a.k.a. Jaikishan Dahyabhai Panchal) – B: 4 November 1929 | D: 12 September 1971] is sometimes not equated with the music qualities of life-long partner Shankar. But his innate sense of melody lent a totally different dimension to the style of orchestration that made Shankar Jaikishan songs stand out quite distinctively. They led the trend of creating orchestrion style which as easily recognized as unique signature style of the music director.

The primary division of of who will compose which song would be worked out at very initial stage between Shankar and Jaikishan, based on the demands of the situation and their own inherent inclinations. Then, Shankar was considered to generally compose Shailendra’s songs and Jaikishan that of Hasrat Jaipur. And yet, the four were very close as friends in personal lives as well. Hasrat Jaipuri wrote ‘Geeton Ka Kanhaiya Chala Gaya when Jaikishan passed away in 1971.

In this month of Jaikishan’s birth and Hasrat Jaipuri’s death, we have commenced remembering (Shankar) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory on this platform since 2017.Till now we have covered

1949 -1954 in 2017

1955 – 1957 in 2018

1958 – 1959 in 2019, and

1960 -1961 in 2020

Presently we take up Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs, composed by (Shankar)Jaikishan during the years 1962. We have selected relatively less remembered songs from among all the available songs. The order of presentation of the film is set to the first, English, alphabetical letter of that film’s title.

1962

1962 had 6 films of Shankar Jaikishan. Hasrat Jaipuri’s share of songs was 21 songs. Each of the song was well received then and many remain still well-known.

Nashili Raat Hai, Saare Charag Gul Kar Do, Khushi Ki Raat Mein Kya Kaam Hai JalanewaloN Ka…….Lo Aayi Milan Ki Raat Sahaani Raat… NainoN Se Kisi Se Ke Nain Mile HaathoN Mein Kisi Ka Haath – Aashiq (1962) – Lata Mangeshkar

The song opens with prelude of sharp strains of violin ensemble, followed by a sakhi (couplet) and then the mukhada presents us the situation.

This one song epitomizes all that SJ-HJ combination has been offering in abundance- sensitive, rich orchestration, Hasrat Jaipuri’s signature sakhi and simple word that deliver profound message. The song apparently describes the happy situation of marriage but the deeper meaning of each lyric and every note of orchestration, as well Lata Mangeshkar’s subdued delivery, in fact, conveys the pathos of the protagonist (Padmini). (Shankar) Jaikishan’s signature touch is reflected in Lata Mangeshkar hitting high pitch at those lyrics of pain…

Pyar Ka Saaz Bhi Hai Dil Ki Awaz Bhi Hai, Mere GeetoN Mein Tum Hi Tum Ho, Mujhe Naaz Hai ……Chheda Mere Dil Ne Tarana Tere Pyar Ka, Jisne Suna Kho Gaya, Pura Nasha Ho Gaya – Asli Naqli (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

Here is another typical example of SJ-HJ combination – an easy, pleasing song with no complicated lyrics or orchestration and yet catchy enough.

Asli Naqli had 7 songs of which 5 songs are penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and 2 by Shailendra. Hasrat Jaipuri’s Tujhe Jivan Ki Dor Se Bandh Liya Hai (Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar) was quintessential romantic duet, Gori Jara Has De Has De Tu Has De Jara (Mohammad Rafi) was a simple, lilting children song and Lakh Chhupao Chuup Na Sakega Raaz Ho Kitana Gehra.(Lata Mangeshkar) is a title song. We, thus, get to see full panorama of Hasrat Jaipuri’s versatility and how imaginative treatment (Shankar) Jaikishan has given to each composition.

Let us take one more song in detail:

Ek But Banaunga Tera Aur Pooja Karunga, Arre Mar Jaunga Pyar Agar Main Duja Karunga – Asli Naqli (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

Use of the word ‘But” which has two meanings, a statue and a beloved one, is a typical master stroke of Hasrat Jaipuri in a song which essentially is about the hero trying to please his beloved and assure her she has neither anyone else in mind nor will ever have one.

Once the mukhada gets free form this difficult word for the meter and melody, the song moves into an easy-paced song even though the subject of all through remains the statue. (Shankar)Jaikishan too have smartly chosen to repeat the line ‘Arre Mar Jaunga Pyar Agar Main Duja Karumga’. The song opens with a very melodious violin ensemble that seems to bring the thoughts from the deep imagination of the mind to the lips.

Even if the song did not become as popular as other songs of the film, perhaps because SJ and HJ moving along an experimental track, it retains all the charm of SJ-HJ combination..

Najhar Bachakar Chale Gaye Woh, Varana Ghayal Kar Deta, Dil Se Dil Takra Jata To Dil Mein Agni Bhar Deta  – Dil Tera Deewana (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

I like very unusual opening note of the prelude of the song in an otherwise a quint essential, very pleasing to listen to, SJ-HJ-Rafi songs tailor made for Shammi Kapoor.

Dil Tera Diwana had 7 songs – 4 by Shailendra and 3 by Hasrat Jaipuri. Dhadakane Lagata Hai Mera Dil Tere Naam Pe (Mohamma d Rafi) seems to turn on a Mehmood song on the screen but

Masoom Chehara Ye Qatil Nigahein Ke Bemaut Mare Gaye Hum Bichare – Dil Tera Diwana (1962) – Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar

Unfortunately got hidden the razzle dazzle glare of the two other duets – Dil Tera Diwana Hai Sanam and Mujhe Kitana Pyar Hai Tumse (incidentally Shailendra songs) – but is the one that would remain more etched in the minds to a discerning SJ fan with Lata Matching higher scale notes to Rafi’s natural high-note style – for which Lata Mangeshkar always had a (sweet) complaint against Jaikishan..

Kho Gaya Hai Mera Pyaar….Dundhata Hun Main Mera Pyar – Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) – Mahendra Kapoor

In line with the trend of those times, Shankar Jaikishan’s most of the songs would have been either filmed on the main character(s) or any other character which has major role in the film. The present song is not only an exception to that norm, but also one of the rare Shankar Jaikishan – Mahendra Kapoor song.

Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics amply express the message in the boatmen’s songs to the hero and Shankar Jaikishan has set the song to a very fast, relatively hitch pitched scale to reflect the heightened turmoil of thoughts and emotions in the mind of hero.

Hasrat Jaipuri has a rather minority quantitative share of 4 songs out of a staggering 11 songs in the film, Hariyali Aur Rasta, but having a title song Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai (Lata Mangeshkar, in happy and sad versions) and a song starting with an exceptionally heavy Urdu phrase Ibtida-e-Ishq Mein Ham Saari Raat Jaage hitting the top of the charts qualitative more than made for the quantitative share.

Ye Umar Hai Kya Rangeeli, Ye Najhar Hai Kya Nashili, Pyar Mein Khoye Khoye Nain, Hamara Rom Rom Bechain, Hamara Bhi Jamana Tha – Professor (1962) – Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar

In an otherwise truly light-mood, foot-tapping song, Hasrat Jaipuri comes up with a profound message when he writes

jiwan kya hai haste rahna, man maujoN mein bahte rahna
chupke baitho mane na hum
chupke baitho mane na hum batein wo purani
ye umar hai kya rangili

Aye Gulbadan…PhuloN Ki Mahak, KaatoN Ki Chubhan, Tujhe Dekh Ke Kaheta Hai Mera Man, KahiiN Aaj Kisi Se Mohabbat Na Ho Jaye – Professor (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

With so romantic lyrics, so easy yet very rich musical composition and Mohammad Rafi at his full care-free flow, it was no wonder that this had caught the minds of the youth of those days. However, the beauty of the effect of entire composition is that one would like to listen to the complete song every time one gets to listen the song, even now.

Aawaz Deke Hamein Tum Bulao, Muhobbat Mein Hamko Na Itana Saataao – Professor (1962) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

The third song from Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri combination – set to Rag Shivranjani, in which Shankar Jaikishan have composed some of their best ever songs –  yields a totally different outcome, that one may be tempted to attributing to Shankar (Jaikishan)- Shailendra combination.

Chau Chau Bombaiyana Ishq Hai Marz Purana, Dil Ki Dafli Se Sabhi Gaate Hai Yeh Gaana – Rungoli (1962)  – Manna Dey, chorus

Hasrat Jaipuri takes up the opportunity to put in the ‘right’ message(s) in an apparently a comedy song that is meant to spell out the worries and gloom –

humne jahaN bhi dekha mile haiN diloN ke rogi
apna hi raag alape shayad mohabbat hogi
tere mere dil ka juda hai afsana

duniya mein jab tak rahna
gham ko na aane dena
ban jana mast kalander
jeena ho hans ke jeena
badi badi ankhiyoN mein aansu nahiN lana

On this note of philosophical light mood, we bring curtains to the present episode, to continue our journey of Shankar (Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs fading from the memory.

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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Sahir’s Songs of Romance – Three Film Associations

Sahir Ludhianvi was one lyricist who would not hesitate to take up cudgel with  anyone when the matter was the pride of lyrics. He firmly believed in, and even demanded for, the primacy of lyrics, in comparison with a music composition of the song or the delivery of the song by way of singing by a singer. He was the only lyricist in those time, who demanded, and got, royalty for his lyrics. His fight for accepting royalty almost equal to Lata Mangeshkar is already a story laced with several colours in the annals of Hindi film music history. Many of his relationships broke down over this issue – the cases of those with Jaidev or S D Burman are the more known ones. It also remains an almost accepted fact that his association with a production banner or the music director turned out to be the most bankable instrument, as can be seen in the cases of Jaidev or N Dutta, whose careers could never reach the full potentials after their association with Sahir had ended.

Jaidev (B: 3-8-1918 | D: 6-1-1987) and Sahir Ludhianvi, both, had a common period  of their youth spent in Ludhiana. So, when they got together in Joru Ka Bhai (1955) it was expected to a reunion which would be very fruitful. But, the prides of both the talented artists created the situation where the relationship remained soured from the first stage. Fate gave them another chance in Hum Dono (1961). Their work together in this film revived the hopes. But the egos clashed again in the next outing, Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), and the paths separated out. Fate intervened once again in Laila Majnu (1976) when Jaidev took up the unfinished work of Madan Mohan. But that was too late to fill up the chasm of the separation of minds.

Surmai Raat Hai Sitare Hai, Aaj Dono Jahaan Hamare Hai, Subah Ka Intezaar Kaun Kare – Joru Ka Bhai (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Jaidev

phir yah rut yah samaaN mile na mile
aarzu kaa chaman khile na khile
vaqt kaa aitabaar kaun kare

le bhi lo ham ko apani baahoN mein
ruh bechain hai nigaaho mein
iltejaa baar baar kaun kare

nayi raat dhalati jaati hai
ruh gam se pighalati jaati hai
teri zulfoN se pyaar kaun kare

Surmai Raat Dhalati Jaati Hai, Ruh Gam Se Pighalati Jaati Hai, Teri ZulfoN Se Payar Kaun Kare, Ab Tera Intezar Kaun Kare – Joru Ka Bhai (1955) – Talat Mahmood – Music: Jaidev

tumko apna bana ke dekh liya
ek baar aazma ke dekh liyaa
baar baar aitbaar kaun kare

ae dil e zaar saugwar na ho
unki chaahat mein beqaraar na ho
badnaseeboN se pyaar kaun kare

Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar Ke Dil Abhi Bhara NahiN – Hum Dono (1961) – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Music: Jaidev

abhi abhi to aai ho, bahaar banake chhaai ho
havaa zara mahak to le, nazar zara bahak to le
ye shaam dhal to le zara, ye dil sambhal to le zara
maiN thodi der ji to lun, nashe ke ghunt pee to luN
nashe ke ghunt pee to luN
abhi to kuchh kaha nahiN, abhi to kuchh suna nahNi

sitare jhilamilaa uthe,
charaag jagamagaa uthe
bas ab na mujhako tokanaa …..
na badhake raah rokna
agar maiN ruk gayi abhi to jaa na paaungi kabhi
yahi kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhi nahiN bharaa
jo khatm ho kisi jagah ye aisa silsilaa nahiN

adhuri aas, adhuri pyaas chhod ke, adhuri pyaas chhod ke
jo roz yunhi jaaogi to kis tarah nibhaaogi
ki zindagi ki raah mein, javaaN dilo ki chaah mein
kai mukaam aayenge jo ham ko aajmayenge
buraa na maano baat kaa ye pyaar hai gila nahiN

haaN, yahi kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhi nahiN bharaa

haaN, dil abhi bharaa nahiN nahiN nahNi nahiN nahiN

Maang Mein Bhar Le Rang Sakhi …Anchal Bhar Le Taare Ke Milan Ritu Aa Gayi….Jaegi Tu Un Sang Jo Tohe Lage Pyare, Milan Ritu Aa Gayi – Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) – Asha Bhosle, Chorus – Music: Jaidev

koi chandi ke rath mein aya hai
mere babul, mere babul ki rajadhani mein
maiN use dekhati huN chhup chhup kar
ek halachal si hai jawani mein
tadake ek ek ang sakhi re
aaj khushi ke mare, milan ritu aa gayi

surkh chudaa hai meri baaho me
surkh jodaa mere badan par hai
sab ki nazarein hai mere chahare par
aur meri nazar sajan par hai
machali jaye umang sakhi ri
dhadakan kare ishaare, milan ritu aa gayi

meri doli saja rahe hai kahar
phul bikhare hue hai raahoN mein
phul bikhare hue hai raahoN mein
jinki baho ki arazu thi mujhe
jaa rahi huN maiN unaki bahoN mein
angna lage tag sakhi ri
piya jab banh pasare, milan ritu aa gayi

Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bhigi Bhigi, Chand Bhi Hai Kuchh Madhdham Madhdham, Tum Aao To Aankhein Khole Soyi Hui Payal Ki Chham Chham – Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Jaidev

kisko bataaeN kaise bataaeN
aaj ajab hai dil kaa aalam
chain bhi hai kuchh halkaa halkaa
dard bhi hai kuchh maddham maddham

tapte dil par yu girati hai
teri nazar se pyaar ki shabanam
teri nazar se pyaar ki shabanam
jalate hue jangal par jaise
barakhaa barase ruk-ruk tham-tham

hosh mein thodi behoshi hai
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
behoshi mein hosh hai kam kam
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
tujhko paane ki koshish mein
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
dono jahaaN se kho gae ham
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..

chham-chham, chham-chham

Madan Mohan (B: 25—6-1924 | D: 14-7-1975) was another music director who did justice to the poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi, as can be seen in just one example of radiff[1] kise pesh karuN in the set of three ghazals in the same film, Ghazal (1964), viz.

Nagma-o-sher Ki Saugat Kise Pesh KaruN – Lata Mangeshkar

Ishq Ki Garmi- e-jaazbat Kise Pesh KaruN – Mohammad Rafi, and

Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat Kise Pesh KaruN – Mohammad Rafi

Each one is as exquisitely penned by Sahir as is composed Madan Mohan.

Chand Madhdham Hai AasmaN Chup Hai, NeeNd Ki God Mein JahaaN Chup Hai – Railway Platform (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Madan Mohan

door vaadi mein doodhiyaa baadal
jhuk ke parbat ko pyaar karte hain
dil mein naakaam hasratein lekar
ham teraa intazaar karte hain

in bahaaroN ke saaye mein aajaa
phir mohabbat javaaN rahe na rahe
zindagi tere naamuraadoN par
kal talak meharbaaN rahe na rahe

roz ki tarah aaj bhi taare
subah ki gard mein na kho jaayein
aa tere gham mein jaagti aankhein
kam-se-kam ek raat so jaayein

Jiya Kho Gaya Ho Tera Ho Gaya, Main KahuN To Kaise KahuN, Jiya Kho Gaya – Railway Platform (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Madan Mohan

gair hai phir bhii tu mujhko apna lage
terii har baat chahat ka sapna lage

uthate uthate jhukuN, jhukte jhukte uthuN
aur takra gai do nigahein
phul se khil gaye dil se dil mil gaye
jaise milti hai manzil se rahein

mujhko apne pe bhii laaj aane lagii
main akele mein chhup chhup ke gane lagi

Mujhe Ye Phool Na De Tujhko Dilbari Ki Qasam, Ye Kuchh Nahi….Tere HothoN Ki Tajhagi Ki Qasam –  Ghazal (1964) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur – Music: Madan Mohan

najhar hasiN ho to jalve hasiN lagte hai
main kuch nahiN huN mujhe husn ki qasam

tu ek saaz hai chheda nahi kisi ne jise
tere badan mein chhupi narm ragini ki qasam

ye ragani tere dil mein hai mere tan mein nahi
parkhne wale mujhe teri sadgi ki qasam

gazal ka lauch hai tu najam ka shabab hai tu
yakin kar mujhe meri hi shayri ki qasam

Unse Nazarein Mili Aur Hijhab Aa Gaya, Zinagai Mein HasiN Inquilab Aa Gaya – Ghazal (1964) – Lata Mangeshkar, Minoo Purushottam – Music: Madan Mohan

bekhabar the umar ke taqaazoN se ham
hamko maalum na tha aise bhi din aayege
aayina dekhe to aap apne se sharamaayege
…..    ……  ……   …… ……
bekhabar the umar ke taqaazo se ham
aaj jaana ki sach much shabaab aa gaya

aankh jhukati hai kyoN saans rukati hai kyoN
in savaalo ka khud se javaab aa gaya

dil ke aane ko ham kis tarah rokate
jispe aana tha khaana kharaab aa gaya

Is Reshami Pazeb Ki Zankar Ke Sadquay … Jisne Yeh Pehnai Hai Us Dildar Ke Sadquay – Laila Majnu (1976) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar – Music Madan Mohan

us jhulf ke qurbaN lab-o-rukhsar ke sadquay
har jalwa tha ik shola husn-e-yar ke sadquay

jawani mangati thi yeh hasin jhankar barsoN se
tamanna bun rahi thi dhadakno ke tar barsoN se
…..   ……    ……  …… 
chhup-chhup ke aanewale tere pyar ke sadquay

jawani so rahi thi husn ki rangin panaho mein
chura laye ham unke najani jalwe nigaho mein
….. ……   ……    …… ……….
kismat se jo huwa hai us didar ke sadquay
…       …..          …….  ……        ……..

us jhulf ke qurban lab-o-ruksar ke sadquay

najhar lahra rahi hai jism pe masti si chhayi hai
dubara dekhne ki shauk ne halchal machai hai
…..   ……   …….    ……….  ……
dil ko jo lag gaya hai us ajhar ke sadquay

Ye Diwane Ki Zid Hai…Apne Diwane Ki Khatir Aa – Laila Majnu (1976) – Mohammad Rafi – Music: Jaidev

jahaN mein quais jhinda hai
to laila mar nahiN sakati

ye da’awaa aaj
duniya bhar se
manwane ke liye aa

….  ….. ….. .   ….. …..    ……

tere dar se main khali laut jauN
kya qayamat hai
tu meri ruh ka kaa’aba
meri jaan-e- ibaadat hai

jhabeen-e-shauq ke
sajdon ko apnaane
ki khaatir aa

Sahir’s lyrics also spans over two decades with the common link of 1976 film Laila Majnu However, the subject of the film, Laila Majnu, and support of music of two music directors – Jaidev and Madan Mohan  – who could  truly lend music to his poetry, provide ample opportunity to Sahir Ludhiyanvi to maintain his elements in his lyrics even after the quite transformed period of HFM in the second half of ‘70s.

In the next episode, we will take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s romantic songs composed by R D Burman for four films they did together.

[1] Radiff (Arabic: رديف) is a rule in Persian, Turkic, and Urdu poetry which states that, in the form of poetry known as a Ghazal, the second line of all the couplets (bayts or Shers) must end with the same word/s. This repeating of common words is the “Radfif” of the Ghazal. (Source: Wikipedia)

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum + Sitara + Leela Chitnis

Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum

For the year 1944, Shamshad Begum’s quantitative presence apparaently seems limited to two films, if we do not consider the songs from Panna, which HFGK notes Rajkumari clarifying that the songs were rendered by Shamshad Begum in the film but were recorded in her voice.

Memorable Songs of 1944 has two Shamashad Begum solos Main Jogan Ban Jaungi….Mere Devta Lo Meri Aarti (Chal Chal Re Nujawan) and Jao Sajan Mere Harjai , Balam mohe sajan more chhedo na (Daasi, Music: Pandit Amarnath).

Here are some more songs to relish –

Laaye … Balamva Mere Liye PhooloN Ke Haar – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Ho Gori Pyar Bhara Dil, Preet Ke Naina, Koi Chhupaye….Apne Balam Se Apne Sajan Se Mil Ke Aayi Ho  – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

So Ja Meri Ladli So Jaa – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Sitara

Memorable Songs of 1944 has one solo song of Sitara – Mere dilruba aa ja mere dilruba (Chand). Since this ias a dance number, one would conclude that singer is Sitara Devi.

Chupake Chupake Mere Dil Mein Aaye Hai Murari – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

HFGK has has five songs of Man Ki Jeet credited to Sitara, but it is not clear if she is Sitara Devi, the dancer or Sitara Kanpuri, the playback singer. Two of these five – Nagri meri kab tak yun hi barbaad rahegi and Pardesi kyun yaad aata hai –  are also found in Memorable Songs of 1944.  From all other indications one would conclude that she is Sitara Kanapuri. With that disclaimer, the other songs available on YT are included here.

Man Kahe Gabaraye…– Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

Aye Chand Na Itarana, Aate Hai Mere Sajan -Man Ki Jeet – Bharat Vyas – S K Pal

Aye Chand UmmidoN Ko Meri Shama Dikha De – Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

HFGK records Nagri Meri Kab Tak YuN Hi Barbad Rahegi as a different version of the song. The YT link here covers both version –

Solo Songs of Leela Chitnis

Most of our generation has seen Leela Chitnis as a (grief-stricken) mother on the screen. Here we get see her in her vintage era version of a youthful actress-singer heroine.

Hamein Yaad Aa Rahi Hai Unaki, Bah Rahi Hawa Fagun Ki – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Do Aise Vardan Prabhu, Mere Sapne Sach Ho Jaye – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Main RouN Tu Rulae Jaa, Jo Chahe Jhulm Dhaye Ja – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Hum KyoN Bataye Kisaka Hamein Intazaar Hai – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

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Mukesh’s Non-film Hindi Geets and Ghazals : Aaj Bhi Unaki Mohabbat Ka Tassavur Hai Wohi

A tribute to Mukesh on his 45th Remembrance Day (b. July 22, 1923 – d.  August 27, 1976)

The saga of performed songs in India is an age-old tradition. The knowledge transfer in the ancient times used to happen by a word of mouth. Many lessons were encapsulated into the form of songs, which were rendered in the singing form to make them more interesting and easier to remember.

Ancient saint poets created devotional songs that were easily moulded into singing pattern. On the other hand, social events like festivals or births, deaths, marriages also provided ideal platforms for the songs as means to share joy, or sorrow. The advent of theater created another genre of songs – songs that were essential part of the story of the play. These used to be romantic songs or dance songs or national spirit songs and such varieties. It was not uncommon for a song to be played for the whole night as it would keep getting incessant ‘once more’s.

In a parallel development, for the ease of presentation on a shorter time scale, the classical oral singing schools also created semi-classical forms of pure raags to render traditional folk poetry as easy-to-appreciate songs.

As such, it was no surprise that when films went ‘talky’, songs constituted an essential and integral element of a film recipe.  The recording companies saw a big commercial potential for their business and actively started encouraging music directors to create songs beyond the use in films. Advent of radio also provided impetus to a rich crop of music directors and singers to create songs in ‘light-classical’ format. Most of the big names of film singing of the vintage era earned their passage into the films via these non-film songs. As a result, non-film songs, as a genre, developed its own roots, traditions, and styles.

By the end of decade of ‘40s, the new crop of music directors was on the path to carve out a different composition style, wherein an increasing ensemble of music instruments provided the core of a film song. The preludes and interludes started gaining nearly equal importance to the lyrics and went on to gain the status of music director’s own identity. The taste of generation of Hindi film listeners born during forties and fifties was ingrained with this instrumental music dominated film songs. When we regularly started listening to radio for the whetting appetite of film songs, we had devised a simple test – if a song had ‘fair’ amount of orchestration, it was a film song; otherwise, it was a non-film song. As it so happened, there were large number of such non-film songs to listen to in the voices of likes of Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar, Mukesh etc.

My own taste of listening to film songs started maturing more when I graduated to the purchasing the records after I started earning in early 70s. I did collect quite a few records of NFSes. Most of my purchases of Mukesh songs used to be in the form of a record for all the songs of a film. Of course, I did purchase a stand-alone record of Mukesh’s Gujarati NFS.

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Aaj Bhi Unaki Mohabbat Ka Tassavur Hai Wohi

The songs of Mukesh opened up in a very fresh light when I received the new, 2020, edition of Mukesh Geetkosh[1] from Shri Harish Raghuvanshi. The Geetkosh is interestingly designed, making searching for different aspects of Mukesh’s songs a pleasure hunt. More one studies the Geetkosh, more one can find out hitherto hidden nuances of Mukesh’s songs. One such genre of Mukesh songs that caught my attention was Mukesh’s non-film songs.

The opening note of Mukesh Geetkosh for the Hindi non-film songs of Mukesh states that Mukesh commenced his singing career journey by recording two non-film songs at Delhi in July August 1940 on record no. N16396.  These were

  • Gokul Nagari Jaana….. Sanwariya Sang Nahi Man Ko Hai Bahalana
  • Meri Andheri Kutiya Mein Woh Aye Ujala Hi Hoga

Overall, 78 (known) non-film songs of Mukesh have been listed in the Geetkosh. Of which we have selected here today a few of his known or less known geets and ghazals only. For the sake of convenience, I have retained the sequence in which the songs appear in the Geetkosh I have limited the selection to just one song per a particular lyricist-music director combination. I have also retained the record number of the song as given in the Geetkosh but have turned onto the highly resourceful YT for a digital link to the song for the purpose of listening the song.

Ashaar YuN To Mere Jamane Ke Liye Hai – Lyrics: Jan Nissar Akhtar – Music: Khayyam [Record no. ECSD 2723]

From among Hindi film music directors, Khayyam is one music director who had very professionally taken up recording non-film songs during the early 60s. This was probably because, Khayyam could find the medium of NFSes to present music that could be presented in his natural style, in the period when the trend of fast-paced easy-to-sing film songs had started emerging.

Aankhon Mein Bas Ke Dil Mein Sama Kar Chale Gaye – Lyrics: Jigar Muradabadi – Music: Murli Manohar Swaroop [Record No. N 88324]

It was quite customary those days for amateur music directors to select highly amenable to singing Hindustani / Urdu poetry of known, or even not-so-known poets for the records sponsored by the music company.

Aaj Gagan Se Chanda Utara Aa Gaya Meri BahoN Mein – Lyrics: Madhukar Rajasthani – Music: J P Kaushik [Record No. N 88375]

Even as a smaller number of musical instruments characterized the composition of NFSes, the innovative music directors did not hesitate to use different types of instruments as well as using the same instruments for the obbligato support of the song.

Aaj Bhi Unaki Mohabbat Ka Tassavur Hai Wohi – Lyrics: Jan Nissar Akhtar – Music: Vipin Mehra [Record No. N 88323]

Jan Nissar Akhtar is not an unknown name as lyricist in Hindi films. But not many listeners of his film songs would have read his poetry. Here, one of his poems is presented so sweetly.

Aabaad Raho Mere Dil Ko Jalanewale – Lyrics: Madhukar Rajasthani – Music: V Balsara [Record No. N 35740]

During his stint of working with music company, V Balsara has created some of the finest NFSes. His NFSes had his distinct touch. However, for a lay listener like me that aspect would be beyond recognition while listening to the song in its normal course. It was the in-depth pursuit of Mukesh Geetkosh now that I specifically chose to listen to these songs and start enjoying the nuances of lyrics, composition, and orchestration, as is the case here with use of piano or deep tone of Mukesh’s voice.

KyuN Pheri Nazar KyuN Pheri Nazar Ddekho To Idhar – Lyrics: Anjum Pilibhiti – Music: Naushad [Record No. N 88034]

The song was originally recorded for Anokhi Ada (1948). However, when it was not finally included, it is now classified as NFS. However, the song would simply stand out as a film song when the test of use of number of music instruments would have been applied. From that point of view, the song is typical film song, even if the song belongs to a period when the use of number of music instruments was rather limited!

Kisi Ko Deke Dil Koi Nawa_Sanj-e-Fughan Kyun Ho – with Talat Mahmood – Mirza Ghalib + Daag Dehlvi – Murli Manohar Swaroop [Record No. N 88300]

Here is the case of a very interesting experiment, wherein Talat Mahmood sings the parts of Ghalib Ghazal and Mukesh sings that Daag Dehlavi (e.g., Jo Dil Ho Qabu Mein To Koi Ruswa-e-Jahan Kyun Ho).

We find a couple of more such Talat-Mukesh duets in the Geetkosh. Each one is composed by Murli Manohar Swaroop but bears different record number. This could probably be interpreted as one experiment found to be successful was repeated in subsequent records as well.

Gai Yak-ba-Yak Jo Hawa Palat  Nahi Dil Ko Mere Qarar Hai – Lyrics: Bahadurshah Zafar – Music: Mukesh [Record No. P: 45-N 88420]

Mukesh has composed music for his own film Anurag (1956).

He has composed five NFSes in all, published on two different records. The present song is on, what was then available as, a 45 rpm Extended Play record which contained two songs on each side.

We can find one more song – Diya apni khudi ko jo hamne mita – which seems to be on the same side of record.

Jiyenge Magar Muskara Na Sakenge – Lyrics: Kaif Irfani – Music: Mukesh [Record No. N 88042]

This is one of the very well-known non-fil songs of Mukesh. However, I came to know that it was a Mukesh’s own composition only because of Mukesh Geetkosh.

The other song – Do jhulmi naina ham pe jhulm kare  – on the second side of this record is also an equally well-known one.

Jhehal-e-Miskin Makun Taghaful Duraye Naina Banae BatiyaN – with Sudha Malhotra – Lyrics: Amir Khushro – Music: Murli Manohar Swaroop [Record No. LP: S/3AEX 13004]

Murli Manohar Swaroop experiments a male-female duet for an NFS.

The present song is essentially a Sufi poetry, which normally are the compositions of prayers for which the classical form is qawwali. If some singers have chosen to render it in ghazal style format, several other singers have rendered it in the qawwali form.

Tere LaboN Ke Muqabil Gulab Kya Hoga – Lyrics: Shiv Kumar ‘Saroj’ – Music: Kishor Desai [Record No. ECP 2468]

Shiv Kumar ‘Saroj’ was a well-known announcer to my generation of Radio Ceylon listeners. However not many would have known that he was a very good poet too. Few of his poems have been recorded as well. One of the famous songs is Khamosh zinadagi ko kyoN awaz de rahe ho (NaMag Mandir, 1966; singer- Mohammad Rafi; Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal).

Kishore Desai is better known as sarod and mandolin player. YT has several video clips on his performances. One of the famous examples of his virtuoso performance is extensive mandolin pieces in Tum bin jauN kahaN (Pyar Ka Mausam (1969); Singer – Mohammad Rafi; Music: R D Burman)

Na Hui Gar Mere Marane Se Tasalli Na Sahi – Lyrics: Mirza Ghalib – Music: Khayyam [Record No. N 88362]

One noticeable feature of NFSes is presentation of the many different shades of a singer’s tonal variations.

Main Chakori Tum Gagan Ke Chandrama – with unknown female singer –Lyrics: ? –  Kalyanji Anandji [Record No.: ?]

The song is supposed to have been recorded for a proposed film Purnima, but not included finally.

The song is a validation of classification of a NFS on the basis of level of orchestration!

We end the present episode with a very interesting NFS. An ad jingle….

CigarettoN Mein Sab Se Aalaa, Public Jane Kala Pakitwala – Lyrics: ? – Muisc: ? [Record No. QC1550 (Matrix No. – QJE 13689TI)

Just look at the amount of effort that has gone into composition of this jingle!

BTW, Mukesh Geetkosh notes that the composition of this jingle is based on Raag Bahar! Wow!

We will look at Mukesh’s film songs from other different angles, with the help of Mukesh Geetkosh, on some future occasions.

Acknowledgement and disclaimer:

  1. Mukesh Geetkosh, 2020 edition – Harish Raghuvanshi: For the basic information of the songs selected herein the present article.
  2. The song links have been embedded from the YouTube only for the listening pleasure of the music lovers. This blog claims no copyright over these songs which vests with the respective owners.

This article is originally published on Songs of Yore as Mukesh’s Non-film Hindi Geets and Ghazals on 27 August 2021.

[1] Mukesh Geet Kosh – Compiled by Harish Raghuvanshi, Second edition : 2020

Publisher: Mrs. Satinder Kaur, HIG-545, Ratan Lal Nagar, Kanpur 208022, India | E-mail: hamraaz18@tahoo.com

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Sushila Rani + Khursheed

Solo Songs of Sushila Rani

Sushila Rani, being the lead actress for the film ‘Draupadi’ (director: Baburao Patel), had 9 of her songs, of which we can find 6 on YT. Three others – Kaun Bagiya Se Mere Phool Churane Aaya, Maa Kisne Diya Bujaaya and Suno Ab Shayam Bihari, KyoN Bigadi Meri – originally published by Sargama, are available in Apple music audio format.

Sheetal Chandani Khili, Mohe Suahani Raat Mili – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Bhaiya… Aao….. Mohan Bhaiya – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Chamkata Hai Ang Sanwale Surang Rang – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Bandh Ke Rakhungi Tohe Naino Mein Kanha – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Suhagan Kahe Ansoo Dale….. Lekh Tale Na Taale – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Gopala Meri Re Karuna KyoN Nahi Aave – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Solo Songs of Khursheed

Memorable Songs of 1944 has Khursheed’s Jo humpe guzarati hai from Mumtaz Mahal and Mohabbat mein sara jahan jal raha hai from Shahenshah Babar. I have not been able to locate Na Bhulenge Tujhko Bhula Denewale, Meri HasartoN Ko Mita Denewale from Shahnenshah Babar on the net.

Here are some more from HFGK and YT –

Dil Ki Dhadkan Bana Liya Unko – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Jali Patang To…. Isamein Qasoor Kiska Hai – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Udas Sham Ki Aahein…. Salaam Kaheti Hai – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Ulfat Ke Fasane, Bachpan Ke Jamane…..HothoN Pe Tarane, AnkhoN Mein Bahane, Na Wo Bhule Na Ham – Mumtaz Mahal – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

HFGK does not mention lyricist for the song.

Dil Lagane Mein Kuchch Majha Hi Nahi – Shahenshah Babar -Shams Lakhanvi – Khemchand Prakash

Bulbul Aa, Tu Bhi Gaa… Pyar Ke Gaane Main GauN – Shahenshah Babar – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Rajkumari

Memorable Songs of 1944 has 4 songs of Rajkumari – 1 from Char Aankein, 1 from Maa Baap and 2 from Panna. However HFGK and YT put together has rich crop of Rajkumari’s s silo songs for the year. She was sole playback singer for Panna.

Mera Balam Bada Hartai Re, Main To Preet Laga Pachhatai – Badi Baat – Swami Ramannad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Ae Kismat Bata Kya Bigada Hai Tera – Dr. Kumar – Gafil Haranalvi – Sarwaswti Devi

Main Duniya Ki Rani Firati HuN, Main Mauj Manati – Ghar Ki Shobha – Roopbani – Alla Rakha

Badli Hawa Miti Bahar, Rang-e-chaman Bigad Gaya– Ismat – Shams Lakhanvi – H P Sharma

HFGK has not identified the singer of the song.

Panchhi Tu Jaa Re Mere Piya Ko Sandesava Kahiyao – Ismat – Shams Lakhanvi – H P Sharma

HFGK has not identified the singer of the song.

Woh Kaun Hai Jo Duniya Mein Nashad Hai – Ismat – Shams Lakhanvi – Pt. Govardhan Prasad

HFGK has not identified the singer of the song.

Main HuN Piya Ki Joganiya, Mera Jog Nirala Re – Kadambari – Miss Kamal B A – H P Das

Suno Suno Tumhein Sunaein Ae Pritam Chitchor – Maharathi Karna – Pt. Shivkumar – Datta Koregaonkar

Kise Sunae Apane Man Ki Baat – Mujrim – Kailas Matwala – Gyan Prakash Ghosh

HFGK has not identified the singer of the song.

Kaali Ghata Chhai Ho Raja Kaali Ghata Chhai – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali

HFGK notes that, according to Rajkuamri, the songs were actually rendered by Shamshad Begum, but records were releaed in Rajkumari’s voice.

Le Lo Le Lo Malaniya Se Haar – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali

Har Cheejh Hai YahaN Ki Faani, Mela Do Din Ka – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali

Taqdeer Ne Jo Aag Lagai Hai, Bujha De – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali

Chori Jan Gai Pahachan Gai Main Pyare Piya Tori – Police – Ramesh Gupta – Panna Lal Ghosh

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: August 2021

Shailendra’s Songs with Sardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy

Shailendra’s – a.k.a. Shankardas Kesarilal (B: 30-8-1923/ D: 14-12-1966) body of work beyond Shankar-Jaikishan and the other two music directors S D Burman and Salil Chaudhuri remains quite varied and interesting. There have been films where he has just one or two songs too.

We started taking a look at Shailendra’s songs with “other” music directors form the year 2017. Till now we have covered

In 2018, songs with Roshan

In 2019, songs with Hemant Kumar, Ravi and KalyanjiAnandji

In 2020, songs with SN Tripathi, Anil BIswas and C Ramchandra

Presently we will take up Shailendra’s songs with Sardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy, with who he had two films each.

Shailendra – Sardul (Singh) Kwatra

Sardul (Singh) Kwatra – 1928|2005 – was a master of Punjabi folk songs. His maiden Hindi film Ek Teri Nishani-49. That film failed at the box office. However, Sardul Kwatra composed music for 22 Hindi and 15 Punjabi films during his active career. Sardul Kwatra’s music in Mirza  Sahiban (1957) had caught attention of the cinegoers.

Pipili Saheb (1954)

The film had 9 songs of which had three lyricists – Hasrat Jaipuri – 6, Verma Malik -1 and Shailendra 2

Sapnon Ki Duniya Mein Naye Rang Laya O Man Bhaya Fagun Aaya – Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar, Shaminder Pal

A folk tune-based dance song that is set to a very pleasing tune and simple orchestration.

Chand Sitaro Mein Kaun Bulaye Re …. Pahalu Se Dil Uda Jaaye Re – Lata Mangeshkar, Shaminder Pal

Shaminder hailed from a well-to-do agriculturist family of Punjab. After Sardul Kwatra gave him the break, he did get to sing with a few other music directors as well.

When he came to Bombay, it was Shaminder’s dream to sing a song with Lata Mangeshkar. This is Shaminder’s dream come true.

Tees Maar Khan (1955)

The film had 10 songs. Prem Dhawan penned all other songs.

Jinki Nigahon Ne Chheena Hai Dil Mera Dekhoji Unka Nishana KahiN Aur Hai – Lata Mangeshkar

The protagonist happily mulls her love. The song has verve that catches the mood of the lyrics so vividly.

I could not find the other song Dhoondhati Hai Tujhko Nigahein (Asha Bhosle) on YT.

Shailendra – Mukul Roy

Mukul Roy (B: 16-8-1926 to 8-11-2009) was the elder brother of Geeta Roy (Dutt). He composed music in only 3 Hindi films, 2 Bangla films (Grihpravesh and Kay hiner kahini). He also gave music to one Gujarati film.

Sailaab (1956)

Mukul Roy produced the film and Guru Dutt was the director. The other lyricists for the film were Majrooh Sultanpuri (4), Hasrat Jaipuri (2) and Madhukar Rajasthani (1).

Yeh Rut Yeh Raat Jawaan Bekal Dil Ke ArmaaN Aise Mein Tu Kaha Mere Dibar Aa – Geeta Dutt

The song appears to a club dance song, with Geeta Dutt at her usual mellifluous intoxicating mood.

Aa Gayi … Re Raat Rangbhari Aa Gayi…. Bachpan Ka Hath Chhoota – Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt comes up with a very different tonal variation.

Detective (1958)

Shailendra was the sole lyricist for this mystery thriller genre film. Shakti Samanta was the director.

Aankhon Pe Bharosa Mat Kar Duniya Jadu Ka Khel Hai – Mohammad Rafi, Sudha Malhotra

Protagonists play tricks to please the lady.

Mohammad Rafi sings for Pradeep Kumar whereas Sudha Malhotra sings for the child artist Daisy Irani.

Kal Talak Hum Thik Tha Aaj Hamien Kya Ho Gaya – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt

The song is filmed on Johnny Walker and Bimla Kumari (not to be confused with Hawa Mein Udata Jaye Bimala Kumari).

Shailendra has deftly weaved in the colloquial Anglo-Indian diction for the lyrics enacted by Bimla Kumari, befitting her role in the film.

Chhodiye Gussa Huzoor Aisi Narazagi Bhi Kya – Mohammad Rafi

Here is a the then popular roothana-manana genre song.

Aaja Kar Le Muqabla Ye Baji Pyar Ki – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt

Johnny Walker masquerades as a matador and Bimla Kumari as bull in the stage play as the mystery seems to deepen in the background.

Mujhko Tum Jo Mile, Ye Jahan Mil Gaya – Hemant Kumar, Geeta Dutt

The song comes up as a mandatory duet.

Hindi Geetmala mentions of solo in Geeta Dutt’s coice, too, which may be a small piece used in the film.

Raahi Chal Sambhal Sambhal Ke Bada Katheen Hai Rasta – Asha Bhosle

On the face of it, this is a street song, but the lyrics are laded with meaning for the ‘The Detective’ to remain guarded against the machination of the villains. Visuals of furtive movements by the villains makes it easier  for the lay public in the cinema hall to appreciate this ‘between the lines’ message.

Do Chamakti Ankhon Mein Kal Khwaab Suhana Tha Jinka – Geeta Dutt

The beloved is whittling out time in clubs and the poor heroine is shedding tears at home. The formula-drama of a Hindi cinema, irrespective of the theme of the screen play is ploy to create a space for a female song of pathos!

Geeta Dutt is her at most expressive best in this song, which is enshrined in the front-row of her top songs.

With curtain call for the present episode, please remember that our journey of the memory lanes of Shailendra’s song for “other” music directors continue…..

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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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Zeenat Begum

We do not seem to have Zeenat Begum’s songs in many 1944 films. But the songs that one does to get to llisten more than whet the appetite in so far as the moods, and hence her toval varities.

Duniya Ki Ye Khushi Hai Tujhe Bhul Jayein Hum – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi – Shyam Sundar

Hindu Muslim Sikh Isai Aapas Mein Hai Bhai Bhai – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gajhanvi – Ghulam Haider

Panchhi Meri Khushi Ka Zamana Kahan Gaya – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Kya Yahi Jawani Hai Har Din Nikhara Hua Hai – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Raatein Na Rahi Woh Na Rahe Din Woh  Hamare – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Dekha Karo Bhagwan Garibo Ka Tamasha – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Ho Rasiya Kabhi Le Chal tu Jamuna Ke Par – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Subah Hui Aur Panchii Jage Chuga Chagan Ko Bhage – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Dhan Ke Keht Mein Na Jaio Raja – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Tum Chhod Gaye Mujhko Kis Ke Sahare – Panchhi – Akhtar Chugtai / Manohar Saharai – Pt. Amarnath

UnhoNne Muhabbat Ki Duniya Mita Di – Panchhi – Akhtar Chugtai / Manohar Saharai – Pt. Amarnath

HFGK has not identified the singer.

Jaie Jaie GairoN Ke Dil Asra Ho Jaie – Panchhi – Akhtar Chugtai / Manohar Saharai – Pt. Amarnath

HFGK has not identified the singer.

Uthi Hai GhataeiN, Chali Hai HaweiN – Panchhi – Akhtar Chugtai / Manohar Saharai – Pt. Amarnath

HFGK has not identified the singer.