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Unleashing Magic Of “Triple S” Of Indian Cinema: Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni and Shailendra!

Sahir: The Poet Very Close To My Heart!

Sahir: The Poet Very Close To My Heart!


         (Also published in Northern India Patrika, December 22, 2013)

Once upon a time Hindi movie songs acted as anti-depressants. Now Hindi film music gives rise to depression! Modern songs devoid of meaning and set upon incoherent beats in the name of music give rise to headache instead of removing it! Earlier songs depicted certain philosophy, which added a new dimension in the script of the movie. The movies made by Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor effectively used songs to introduce new twist in the story. It’s altogether a different story in modern cinema. There are item numbers or poorly inserted hopelessly romantic numbers.

First, there is dearth of talented lyricists and, second, there is lack of good music directors. The bunch of music directors that we see are primarily technocrats, relying heavily on technology. Some will argue that we have talented lyricists but the ability to write one or two catchy one-liners doesn’t make anyone a lyricist! Listen the lyrics and it would be hard for you to decide whether it’s an English song, or a Punjabi song, or a Hindi song.  Look at the music compositions. It’s either for the hip-hop generation or it’s for the night clubs. It’s not merely that times have changed and we need to adjust to new trends. There is something terribly wrong with the creativity involved in making of songs! Should we not assume that capitalistic traits have murdered real creativity? Overseas rights of distribution, heavy fees extracted from rights of satellite channels and numerous other equations enjoy greater concern than ensuring bliss! 

I do not wish to appear stupidly nostalgic caught in the time warp. As an evidence of the creativity, which prevailed in 50s and 60s, I am presenting four songs of lyricists who have really inspired me a lot. Every time I come to hear a song written by them, it leaves me in state of intoxication. I am referring to trio comprised of Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badauini and Shailendra. These “Triple S” always stirred my emotions to no extent.  

Shakeel Badayuni: Great Poets Are Always Down-To-Earth!

Shakeel Badayuni: Great Poets Are Always Down-To-Earth!


1. Ye Raat Ya Chandni Phir KahanListen this song from Hindi movie Jaal (1952). The heavenly voice of Hemant Kumar, wonderful composition by S D Burman and soul stirring  verses by Sahir Ludhianvi made this song timeless!  Guru Dutt was the director of this movie- a thriller which involved Dev Anand, Geeta Bali and Purnima. Excellent cinematography by VK Murthy has made this song a poetry carved on silver screen. As I said the songs of this era were borrowed from literature. This song echoes the eternal theme that “time and tide wait for no man” – “Ek baar chal diye ager tujhe pukar ke laut ke na aayenge kaafile bahar ke”. The movie depicted Goan Christian culture and so we find the music having western effect based on sweet Guitar pieces. However, the most important aspect about this song is that it’s based on Raga Kafi, which is a midnight raga. That matches with the picturization of the song, depicting a moonlit night! 


Shailendra:  He Always Lived A Simple Life. That's Why He Emerged As Icon Of  Simplicity!

Shailendra: He Always Lived A Simple Life. That’s Why He Emerged As Icon Of Simplicity!

2. Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen

Bimal Roy’s Madhumati (1958) is very close to my heart. Not only it strengthens our belief in re-birth, a prominent concept in Indian philosophy, but also it makes us believe in the power of true love. As per this movie the impact of true love transcend many generations. This movie is really a classic in world cinema. Right from the first scene till the last frame of this movie, it keeps the viewer in state of trance with its gripping presentation of the story and its enchanting music. I remember when I went to see this movie in a theater couple of months ago in a film festival, the theater was jam-packed. Not a single seat was available. And I saw many of the viewers sitting on the floor of the balcony and many others still having argument with the gate-keeper to move inside even as the movie had started. Shailendra and Salil Chaudhary made each song a masterpiece. Well, this time I wish to introduce first song of this movie “Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen”. Every time I move on a beautiful passage passing through the valleys, I always come to remember this song. Shailendra has borrowed the appeal present in poems of Wordsworth. Nature has come alive in this song where one can actually feel that clouds are kissing the earth! – “Ye Aasman Jhuk Raha Hai Jameen Par”. Notice the wonderful prelude of this song. It’s so impressive that it has virtually become part of my consciousness! Immediately you come to realize that this song features mountains! That’s the magic of these songs. One of my favourite past-time in school and college days was to identify the song after listening clip of prelude. Anyway, it’s time to listen the whole song! Also notice the way how great maestro Bimal Da has picturized this song! 


3. Aaj Purani Raho Se Koi Mujhe 

That’s  a song which speaks volume about the singing ability of Mohammed Rafi. It’s been so deeply and soulfully sung by Rafi that it leaves you speechless. Aadmi was released in 1968 which had music under direction of Naushad and songs were penned by Shakeel Badayuni. Naushad had a special place for Shakeel in his heart and he went out of the way to help Shakeel in his last days troubled both by financial crisis and bad health. The movie highlighted love triangle and fascinating performances on part of Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rahman and Manoj Kumar made it an unforgettable movie. The song makes it clear that one can be strong willed even if one’s heart and mind have been shattered by the cruel twists and turns of the fate. The song has tragic melody which not only depicts personal loss but also highlights that pain ultimately leads to realization of highest type- perfect union with the Lord! The camera work is wonderful in this song as it captures the roaring sea waves hitting the rocks! The song makes an appeal that someone who has begun a new journey should not be haunted by the past episodes of life! 


Shailendra’s fame attained new heights after the release of Vijay Anand’s Guide (1965). It is considered to be one of the finest movies made in Bollywood. Hats off to the courage of Vijay Anand, who went ahead with the release of this movie despite failure of  movie version of  R K Narayan’s ‘The Guide’ in English. The distributors were very much impressed with the efforts of Vijay Anand. The Hindi version proved out to be phenomenal success. S D Burman was seriously ill during making of this movie but he regained health to create some unforgettable numbers. “Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai” became one of the representative songs of women’s emancipation. However, I wish to present this number which represents the pinnacle of love, commitment and togetherness. Shailendra was a class poet, who had gifted ability to write verses in most simple language without losing sight of loftiness. When I hear these immortal songs and contrast them with songs made in present era a sense of discomfort prevails within. Well, instead of lamenting about the loss of creativity, let’s hear this song which is an ode to love and get lost in an era when music was a way to connect with higher forces!
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दीप्ति नवल को हम हमेशा, रैकेट चलाने वाली के रूप में नही, वरन एक बेहद प्रतिभाशाली अभिनेत्री के रूप में याद रखेंगे।

हम आपको हमेशा एक बेहद प्रतिभाशाली अभिनेत्री के रूप में याद रखेंगे।

हम आपको हमेशा एक बेहद प्रतिभाशाली अभिनेत्री के रूप में याद रखेंगे।

दीप्ति नवल प्रकरण से मुझे काफी झुंझलाहट हुई। ये समझ में आने लगा है कि मीडिया का स्तर ना सिर्फ रसातल में चला गया है बल्कि ये अब किसी के साफ़ सुथरे दामन में कीचड पोतने का सबसे कारगर तरीका बन गया है। नहीं तो मीडिया को क्या जरुरत थी कि इस बात को प्रचारित करने कि दीप्ति को  आख़िरकार “प्रोष्टिट्यूशन डेन” से मुक्ति मिली।  जबकि मामला सिर्फ ये था कि उसने अपना पुराना घर कालोनी की सोसिएटी के कर्ता-धर्ता लोगो की बदसलूकी की वजह से छोड़ा जो उसकी निजता का सम्मान नहीं कर रहे थें।

दीप्ति नवल ने शायद बातो ही बातो में अपना दुखड़ा किसी पत्रकार सें क्या शेयर किया कि उसकी बाते तोड़ मरोड़कर मीडिया की सुर्खियाँ बन गयी। आप कह सकते है कि ऐसी बात  चश्मे-बद्दूर के दौरान होने का सीधा सा मतलब ये है कि फ़िल्म को प्रमोट करने का ये स्टंट  भर था। इस सरलीकरण के पीछे तर्क सिर्फ ये हो सकता है कि पब्लिसिटी कैसी भी हो फलदायी होती है। तो क्या एक समर्थ अदाकारा के इतने बुरे दिन आ गए कि चाहे सही में या झूठ में उसे अपने अस्तित्व के लिए ऐसे खबरों के दम पर निर्भर रहना पड़े?

माना कि ये भी एक कडवी सच्चाई है कि फ़िल्म एक्ट्रेस या एक्टर्स को बुरे दिनों में हर तरह के समझौते करने पड़ते है लेकिन ये स्वीकारने में बेहद तकलीफ है कि नियति ने दीप्ति को भी गलत राहो पर धकेल दिया। दीप्ति की कठोर प्रतिक्रिया मिलने के बाद ये समझ  में आ रहा है कि ऐसा कुछ भी नहीं जैसा मीडिया दर्शा रहा है। ये मीडिया का सुर्खिया बटोरने की  कला का नमूना भर था। दीप्ति नवल हमेशा साफ़ सुथरी फिल्मो  में बहुत शशक्त अभिनय के लिए ही याद रखी जायेंगी। ये वाकई कलियुग है कि कोई किसी के उजले चरित्र से कुछ सीखता तो नहीं लेकिन उसके उजले दामन में कालिख पॊतने के सौ  बहाने ढूंढ लेता है। ऐसे पत्रकार  जो दूसरों की बदनामी पर पलते है ऐसे लोगो को पत्रकारिता जगत से बाहर कर देना चाहिए। इनसे पत्रकार नाम से उपजने वाले समस्त सरोकारों से कोई सम्बन्ध  ना रखने दिया जाए। अगर मार्कंडेय काटजू कि बात माने तो ऐसे लोगो से उनके पत्रकार सम्बन्धी लाइसेंस को खारिज कर देना चहिये। बहरहाल पत्रकारिता के नाम पर  जो तमाशे हो रहे है वो दुखद है।

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Songs For Beloved Moon Embracing Clouds: Hiding, Smiling And Crying

Moon And Romance! It's Commonplace  :P

Moon And Romance! It’s Commonplace 😛

Well, for past few days, I was bit taken aback by some sad developments. I wanted to finish the English version of one of my well read posts in Hindi. However, lack of concentration on my part was delaying it. By dint of  fortune, I came to participate in conversation on a prominent Radio Forum, Shrota Biradari,dominated by oldies, which was involved in making of document related with Hindi movie songs based on moon. Moon has always appealed to my senses. I am a night watcher since childhood and to gaze at stars and moon has been my favourite past time. Even now in my village, when I am all alone, surrounded by nothing but stillness of night, penetrated by chirping of cricket etc., I sit hours in open to gaze at the moon. Neil Armstrong had to visit moon to end up as philosophical human being but my passion for moon is deep enough that it does not require a trip to moon to admire its beauty.

Anyway, the forum involved in preparation of songs missed  some of my favourite songs. I wanted to add these songs to the document but I thought let’s share the same songs for readers and friends, having taste for refined music, narrating my own personal connection with the songs. Don’t forget that popular numbers already got included in that document and these are the ones which are close to my heart, but, sadly, these did not appear in that document. The silver hairs got trapped in age which produced gems like “O  Raat Ke Musafir” (Miss Mary),  “NaYe Chand Hoga” ( Shart) and “Ye Raat Ye Chandni Phir Kaha( Jaal), to name a few. So let me include some of the songs they failed to take note of.

“I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.

I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later,
I’ve pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow.”

( The Freedom of the Moon by Robert Frost)


1. Badalo Me Chup Raha Hai Chaand Kyo

That’s a charming song from movie directed by Mahesh Bhatt’s “Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi”. The best thing about Mahesh Bhatt  is that no matter what’s the theme of his movies, he gives brilliant songs. The camera angles employed in his songs make the songs look so terrific. Just  remember “Tumhe apana banane ki kasam khayi hai” from Sadak – a well picturized song which depicts the state of mind of woman trapped in world of prostitution, trying to come to terms with new-found freedom. Anyway, this song is also well shot. And like always, the movie involves doomed romance. For me, the songs brings back the memories of  90s and this movie’s almost all the numbers were simply too good. Lyricist Qateel Shifai and musician Annu Malik did a wonderful  job. Interestingly, as a student, I had limited access to money, and thus, buying cassettes always meant sacrificing the last few notes found in my pocket. So I had to doubly assure whether or not all the songs were melodious in cassette. That meant taking “panga” (starting a fight) with the shopkeepers as they were often reluctant to make you listen all the numbers in bits and pieces. Anyway, these type of cassettes did full justice to few bucks (paisa vasool) which I managed to save those days.

2. Dhanno Ki  Ankhon Mein Raat  Ka  Surma 

Amazing song!  No wonder R D Burman is hailed as a true genius. Look at the sound employed in the travel song with folk touch. Talking of this sound effect, he told to Gulzar that when he first played this instrument, flanger, it produced a very harsh noise. The people around him were bit skeptical about its effect in ensuring melody. It was not so easy to make use of it. But watch this superbly picturized train song and you would realize that  how well R D Burman  used this instrument to create rhythm effect produced by train as it travelled through the valley. Hey, the song talks about Dhanno but this Dhanno is totally different from Basanti’s Dhanno! Like always imagery employed by Gulzar mesmerizes us. The song is visual delight as well. Never before train song produced such a romantic appeal. Above all, it’s “Chand Ka Chumma” (Moon’s Kiss) which kills us!

3. Chaand Chura Ke Laya Hoon

Again R D Burman and Gulzar come together to produce this great number. I like the song because the moment it refers to stealing of moon and love birds spending time behind some building like church, it brings into my mind the great buildings of British period. Although, this song does not feature Church but images of majestic buildings from previous eras appear before the eyes. By the way, tell me how many times have you seen Church being used as a spot to promote romance? But anything was possible if two souls, always out of their minds, Gulzar and R D Burman sat together to compose songs. These two always hailed themselves as crazy souls. Oh yes, crazy souls alone made some sense in world turned into hell by intelligent souls!

4. Khoobsurat Hai Wo Itna 

This song from movie “Rog” has two versions. One is sung by M M Kreem, the music director who composed this song. Another  one is sung by Udit Narayan. However, Kreem’s version is  close to my heart. I need to say few words about Kreem. This techie music composer, hugely underrated in Bollywood, is one of the few music composers, who know how to really compose a song using modern instruments, without copying anything from Western world, in name of inspiration. These are some of the hard working musicians who have kept the dignity of Bollywood music world intact. How sad, people talk about A  R Rahman but they fail to take note of gems composed by such lesser heard names. I came to hear him first in my college days, when out of curiosity, I came to buy this cassette, seeing new names on the flap of the cassette as unheard names always fascinated me. Now lend ears to  this moving number, which talks about pangs of falling in love with beloved belonging to someone else legally! That’s why the song says ” moon is dotted with rough spots yet one cannot resist its beauty”!

For movie version to notice the picturization one can visit this link.

5. Mera Chand Mujhe Aaaya Hai Nazar

The tragedy with Bollywood is that if movie bombs at the box office, the songs also fail to create impact. I am sure very few movie lovers would have heard the name of this movie released in the middle of the 90s. Mercifully, Jatin Lalit was at its peak in those days. This innovative duo managed to give some beautiful numbers, which managed to find the ears despite movie doing average business. Since this movie is by-product of Bhatt Camp, rest assured that song must be aesthetically shot! I love this song because it takes me to college days, wherein I realized that moon in youth leaves the sky and gets placed in some beautiful face!

6. Chamakte Chand Ko Toota Hua Tara Bana Daala 

Whenever Ghulam Ali came to sing for Indian movies, the song turned out to be defining moment in world of Indian movie music. Be it “Dil Ye Pagal Dil” or ” Chupke Chupke Raat Din”, the songs always managed to stay in the hearts and minds for forever. So it  was not unexpected that this song became representative song for broken dreams. What stunning lines the verses have! Just listen  to it and you would be bound to play it for more time. Anu Malik was not very popular in those days, but with such movies, he managed to build a position for himself. The  bold sequences in the this song have the stamp of Mahesh Bhatt’s vision!

7. Mere Roothe Hue Balma

This song is departure from the songs I have mentioned in  this post. It’s from a classic produced in 1950 “Bawre Nain”, featuring Raj Kapoor and Geetabali. The song would let you know that how simple and innocent gesture have given way to nothing left for imagination gestures of Sunny Leone. Anyway, this song has remarkable innocent gestures of Geetabali, who is trying to please  her moon. I am happy that silver hairs failed to mention this good number, dedicated to moon, sung by Rajkumari, and allowed me to talk about this song..ha..ha..ha. This beautiful singer sang few songs but these few songs have become unforgettable numbers.

8. Chanda Dekhe Chanda To Chanda Sharmaayein

This song has a very pleasant tune and some excellent from verses from Maya Govind- a very talented female lyricist from Lucknow.  How often we notice female lyricist in Bollywood or elsewhere? My friend Sagar Nahar, who is prominent song collector  from Hyderabad, very rightly points out that this Bappi  Lahiri’s composition sounds very similar to S D Burman’s composition in Abhiman ” Tere Mere Milan Ki  Raina”. Interestingly,  both the  movies Jhoothi and Abhiman were directed by  Hrishikesh Mukherjee. And, above all, it’s picturized on stunningly beautiful Rekha!  What else can eyes crave for!

For Rekha lovers, here is a clearer video, but unfortunately, the song is incomplete.

9. Kolaveri Di  

Well, I need not to say anything about this song. I have already written a post on it, which you can read here. I have to mention this song for one more time because first it belongs to current period, making you all know the changes that have hit the Indian film music, and secondly,  it talks about moon in hilarious way. A song meant for heart broken guys but the approach involved is refreshingly unique. Anyway, for me, it means a greater involvement with moon instead of nurturing hatred for distance moon.


Dealing With A Breakup In Love Relationship Kolaveri Di Way

Rajkumari Dubey

M. M Kreem

Maya Govind

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Not failing to remember a mad singer Kishore Kumar


Miss You Always

Miss You Always

The lovers of this singer, like always, would pay customary tribute to this multifaceted singer Kishore Kumar on his birth anniversary, which falls on August 4. It’s really strange that people ignored in their own life times or, for that matter, people who get subjected to humiliation of all sorts while they are alive, attain exalted position after death. It’s pretty hard to analyze the behaviour of worldly souls. Kishore Kumar, attained legendary status during his life time. Nothing strange, after all, he was actor, singer, producer and director par excellence. He did full justice to the various roles he came to play. Let me state that I am not much impressed by folks working in world of cinema but then how can I ignore some real good souls, who provided this fascinating medium a great height? Above all, I feel it’s need of the hour to resurrect the images of people grossly misunderstood in their own life times. That’s the most ideal way to pay tribute to these great souls.

Kishore Kumar was fully aware of nuisance created in his name. That’s why he openly confessed that “world hails me as mad but I feel that world has gone mad. I wish to make it clear that I am not that mad as assumed by some sections of the society.” He was really hurt by the gossip stories, shared by the pervert minds behind his back. He always wondered what made people enter in falsehood and cheap stories about a person whom they knew nothing much other than that he was a good singer? Anyway, I must say that such gossips and stories tell less about him but revealed lot about the mindset of persons involved in them. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” (Wayne Dyer)

This theory that he was mad was circulated by one lady journalist, who had come to take his interview, living alone at that time. To prove his point that he was not all alone, Kishore introduced this lady journalist to trees and flowers, whom he treated as best friends. This lady presented this gesture in all wrong way suggesting that he spent long evenings with his arms entwined around them! One can imagine how simple facts get twisted to create bizarre stories about this very simple and honest person, trapped in the deceptive world of cinema. He always cursed himself that he became part of this medium, which survived on cosmetic gestures. It’s amazing that many know him as money crazy soul, forgetting the cruel gestures of producers who made him sing the song but never bothered to pay in time. When he introduced tough measures to ensure timely payment he was declared money crazy. That’s so nasty, isn’t it?

He was in many circles accused of not taking enough care of Madhubala. Well, very few knew that he was not only fully aware of her fatal disease when he came to marry Madhubala but also spent 9 long years with a bed ridden wife, taking her care in all the ways possible. All this he did amid many professional obligations, which in crazy world of movies, had to be fulfilled in time. Talking about cause of his separation with one of his wives, actor Shammi Kapoor, revealed that Kishore was not entirely wrong in divorcing his wife. After all, if the wife remained away all the time, on one pretext or another, is there any point in staying with that wife?

Let’s acknowledge his singing abilities. He was so humble could be gauged from the fact that he had no shame in accepting that he knew nothing about singing and thing like classical singing was beyond his singing ability! Contrast this remark with remark of R D Burman who said that “Kishore’s voice was the best voice for songs having classical touch”. When he was asked to sing “Mere Naina Sawan Bhado” he had refused to sing it, stating that it was a very tough song not on par with his vocal chords. Anyway, he made Lata to sing it first and then came to sing it just the way sung by Lata after rehearsing her version for many days. The famous Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas, throwing light on Kishore’s sense and sensibility, said,” We know Kishore as man capable of singing fun-filled songs in great style. However, Kishore also sang some very serious numbers. That’s ample proof of the fact that inside his child like heart, there were traces of deep seated sadness.” The celebrated Bhajan singer Anoop Jalota feels that such a great singer appear once every 500 years. According to him, a singer should be a good actor to do full justice to any movie song. That’s the reason why Kishore not only sang well songs picturized on him but also sang to such perfection songs picturized on other actors that it appeared as if actor himself was singing the song. The unusual range of his vocal chords could be known from the very fact that on one hand, he sang “Ek Chatur Naar“; on the other hand, we find him singing “Koi humdum na raha” with such sadness that it fills our heart with deep pain.

In the end, it would not be out of tune to say that let’s stop judging the worth of creative souls via our limited perceptions. These creative souls are often very sensitive souls, who reside on higher plane of thoughts. Our limited understanding of them and their works often leaves such soul in great pain. Instead of highlighting our ignorance, it’s better we truly honour them by taking care of their great works in a genuine way. I can hear Kishor Da singing “Hum Laut Aaayenge Tum Yun Hi Bulate Rahana” (I would surely return..Just keep on calling me back). So do you hear my calls, Kishore Da?


Kishore Kumar

Illustrated Weekly 

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Suresh Wadekar: A Perfect Singer

Suresh Wadekar is one my favourite singers.  He is very talented and he is really someone who can sing a classical song with great perfection.  I can quote many songs, which bear testimony to his exceptional singing talent. Aur Is Dil Me Kya Rakha Hai (Imandar),  Meri Kismat Me Tu Nahi Shayad( Prem Rog) and Khamosh Sa Afsana (Libaas) are some of the great numbers rendered by him.

At present, I am presenting a song from movie Utsav based on two Sanskrit plays: Charudatta by Bhāsa and Mrichakatika by Śhudraka. The best thing about this song is that it produces great soothing effect, creates a perfect scenario that prevails when the sun goes down. 

Another sterling feature is that it uses pure tatsam words, which is a rarity. Hats off to Laxmikant Pyarelal and Vasant Dev for producing such gems.  Some music lovers are of the opinion that this song “ “Saanjh Dhale Gagan Tale” is based on Raga “Bibhas”.

सांझ ढले गगन तले हम कितने एकाकी 
छोड़ चले नयनों को किरणों के पाखी 
पाती की जाली से झांक रही थीं कलियां 
गंध भरी गुनगुन में मगन हुई थीं कलियां 
इतने में तिमिर धंसा सपनीले नयनों में 
कलियों के आंसू का कोई नहीं साथी 
छोड़ चले नयनों को किरणों के पाखी 
सांझ ढले।। 

जुगनू का पट ओढ़े आयेगी रात अभी 
निशिगंधा के सुर में कह देगी बात सभी 
कांपता है मन जैसे डाली अंबुआ की 
छोड़ चले नयनों को किरणों के पाखी 
सांझ ढले। 

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Unfolding the Magic Of K L Saigal: The Evergreen Golden Voice

Unfolding the Magic Of K L Saigal: The Evergreen Golden  Voice

There are many mysteries in the world whose real elements keep eluding us. It’s beyond human intellect to comprehend the making of such mysteries with our limited human understanding. The enchanting voice of K L Saigal which refuses to lose its appeal, having transcended many generations since it first appeared in early 30s, is one of the karishmas (miracles) nature brought in existence.  One is filled with awe and wonder on noticing that with changes in world of music coupled with changes in taste of youngsters the voice of K L Saigal keeps making its presence felt. If that’s not the case what was the need to have a spoof on K L Saigal’s voice in Delhi Belly(2011) via Chetan Shashital’s Saigal Blues?

Let’s not try to analyze the charm inherent in the voice but let’s try to feel it within. That’s the only way to realize the elements which have immortality to songs sung by K L Saigal. In my eyes, one of the greatest factors that his voice never fails to deep lasting impressions on the listeners is that these songs have been rendered in amazingly simple manner. It appears that emotions of hearts are manifesting in a rhythmic way without being influenced by the impurities existing in the mental plane. When I delve deep into the K L Saigal’s magic it becomes evidently clear that his voice was the medium to unfold our own divinity lying in latent form within us.

We are potentially divine in nature no matter what’s the level of our materialistic association. Any happening that helps us to connect with us divinity within is sure to retain its appeal and charm. That’s the case with Saigal’s songs too. These songs help us to attain meditative pose. They let us move into newer realms of thought patterns- the ones closest to divine plane. Even people who just cannot identify themselves with songs sung by K L Saigal shall be deeply influenced by his silver screen presence. Notice him on the silver screen. This tall guy with ocean like depth eyes and face wrapped in innocence appears some Gandharva ( male spirit who facilitates communication between the gods and humans) having lost his way and landed on our planet earth !

It’s time to listen some of his songs to realize that what we today listen is not music but mere cacophony of harsh voices. These songs I have been hearing since early 80s. Listen these great songs to realize that to be simple is to be divine. Hear these songs to realize that there was an age when humans knew the art from speaking straight from the heart- the rarest of rare art in our times when complexities rule the roost !

1. Madhukar Shyam Humare Chor ( Bhakta Soordas, 1942)

2. Suno Suno He Krishna Kala (Chandidas, 1934)

3. Kahe Guman Kare ( Tansen)

4. Gham Diye Mustaqil (Shahjehan, 1946)

5. Do Naina Matware (My Sister)

6. Karun Kya Aas Nirash Bhai
(Dushman, 1939)

Unfolding the Magic Of K L Saigal: The Evergreen Golden  Voice


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एक प्रमाण: हम आज के संगीत के दुश्मन नहीं है

Taste The Ultra Modern  Music Please !

Taste The Ultra Modern Music Please !

एक बात जो गाहे बगाहे हर उस चर्चा में थोपने की कोशिश की गयी जिसमे मैंने ये बताया कि गोल्डन एरा के गीत ही असली संगीत के श्रेणि में आते है और आज के शोर को हम संगीत नहीं कह सकते और जो ( थोपना ) सफल नहीं हुई वो ये थी कि साहब हम आज के गानों के दुश्मन है या कि आज भी बहुत अच्छा संगीत बनता है पर हम है कि इसको संज्ञान में लेते ही नहीं.. 

ऐसा नहीं है ये तो मैंने हर बार बता ही दिया पर लीजिये एक प्रमाण के रूप में आज के हिंदी फ़िल्म जगत से ( गैर फिल्मी अल्बम से नहीं) कुल पांच गीतों की लिस्ट दे रहा हूँ…जरुरी नहीं आप भी इन्हें पसंद करते हो पर मै इन्हें पसंद करता हूँ. ..मुख्यत इस बात को दर्शाने के लिए पेश कर रहा हूँ कि अगर कुछ अच्छे गीत बन रहे है तो मेरे कानो से घुसकर वो दिल में दर्ज हो जाते है.. 

१. झटक कर जुल्फ ( आरक्षण ) 

2. काश यूँ होता हर शाम साथ तू होता ( मर्डर 2) 

३. तेरी मेरी प्रेम कहानी (बाडीगार्ड)

4. दिल ये मेरा शोर करे ( काइट्स ) 

5. I want to get closer to you…( कार्तिक काल्लिंग कार्तिक) 

( सागर साहब (Sagar Nahar) कन्फुज़ियायें नहीं ये हिंदी गीत है..सुने धुन अगर कापी नहीं किसी विदेशी गीत की तो बहुत अच्छी है 🙂 ..ये सागर साहब को खास समर्पित है हिंदी गीत जो अंग्रेजी में है 🙂 ..मुझे बहुत पसंद है 🙂

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Remembering Rafi When Singing Has Been Hijacked By DK Bose!

Mohammed Rafi: Owner Of Perfect Voice

Mohammed Rafi: Owner Of Perfect Voice

It’s time to remember  this great soul who left the planet earth on this very day to be on a  different heavenly route. One is really shocked that such melodious days have now given to crass heavy metal songs. A deep soothing effect  was created with soft musical notes. None of the instruments involved in making of  songs in the bygone eras were used in loud or misplaced manner. In other words, the orchestration was always appropriate and in league with message inherent in the verses.  A flawed orchestration is bound to suppress the message echoed by the verses. Now contrast it with heavy metal songs of our days. Forget about instruments,  it’s now tough task to decipher the lines of modern day numbers. Most of the time we don’t know what exactly the singers are singing! Such is the impact created by the DK Bose type songs.

Against this backdrop, one is bound to get lost in days when musical landscape was playground of great singers like Rafi,  Kishore,  Talat,   Lata,  Noorjehan,  Mukesh, Suraiya and Kundan Lal (K.L.) Saigal, to name a few. On death anniversary of Rafi, I wish to take note of some of the great tracks that are close to my heart. These songs sung by Rafi have a rare universal appeal. These very songs reveal that how dedicated the artists were towards the finer elements of music. There were intense rehearsals before the final recordings of the songs despite the fact that technical limitations ruled the roost. Both singers and the musicians faced tough conditions during the making of the songs but that never compelled them to compromise with the quality of the song. The lyricists were  hyper conscious about what they are writing. They were in tune with great poetical instincts and had great capability to project realism with verses. So now let’s lend our ears to some of the great numbers in voice of Rafi.


1. Unke Khayal Aaaye To Aate Chale Gaye

This song highlights how stream of memories hit the mind and heart in isolation. It’s indeed  a tough task to maintain a safe distance from the memories of beloved, who has got separated because of the strange twist of the fate.

Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan

Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri
Movie: Lal Patthar

Un Ke Khayal Aae To Aate Chale Gae
Diwana Zindagi Ko Banaate Chale Gae

Jo Saans Aa Raha Hai Kisi Kaa Payaam Hai
Betaabiyon Ko Aur Badhaate Chale Gae
Is Dil Se Aa Rahi Hai Kisi Yaar Ki Sadaa
Viiraan Meraa Dil Tha Basaate Chale Gae
Hosh O Havaas Pe Mere Bijali Si Gir Padi
Masti Bhari Nazar Se Pila Ke Chale Gae

(English subtitles present In The Video)

2. Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halat Pe Rona Aaya


Sahir has managed to portray the feelings residing in heart of man chased by pains quite well. The song has been sung straight from the heart by Rafi, which makes the listener acknowledge his own frustrations.

Movie: Hum Dono

Lyrics: Sahir

Music: Jaidev


Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halat Pe Rona Aaya,
Baat Nikli To Har Ik Baat Pe Rona Aaya,

Hum To Samjhe Te Ke Hum Bhol Gaye Hain Un Ko,
Kya Hua Aaj Ye Kis Baat Pe Rona Aaya,

Kis Liye Jeete Hai Hum Kis Ke Liye Marte Hai,
Baarha Aise Sawalaat Pe Rona Aaya,

Kon Rota Hai Kisi Aur Ki Katir Ae Dost,
Sab Ko Apni Hi Kisi Baat Pe Rona Aaya,

Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halat Pe Rona Aaya,
Baat Nikli To Har Ik Baat Pe Rona Aaya.


3. Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hai


One of the greatest Hindi movie songs which unfolds a brilliant shade of intimacy. A song that talks about commitment and bonds of love. It’s a slap on the face of modern day lovers who avoid commitment in  relationships. To talk about commitment is no less than a sin when casual relationships have become so common.

Movie: Guide (1965)

Lyrics: Shailendra

Music: S D Burman

Lyrics with translation:

(Tere Mere Sapne
(Your and my dreams
Ab Ek Rang Hain
Are now of the same hues

Jahaan bhi Le Jaayen Raahen
Wherever the paths leads

Hum Sang Hain) x.2
We are together) x.2

(Mere Tere Dil Ka
(My heart and yours

Tayy Thaa Ek Din Milna
We were fated to meet one day

Jaise Bahaar Aane Par,
As when the spring comes

Tayy Hai Phool Ka Khilna) x.2
Flowers are predestined to bloom) x.2

O’ Mere Jeevan Saathi
Oh my soul mate

Tere Mere Sapne
Your and my dreams

Ab Ek Rang Hain
Are now of the same hues

Jahaan bhi Le Jaayen Raahen
Wherever the paths leads

Hum Sang Hain
We shall be together

(Tere Dukh Ab Mere,
(Your grief’s are now mine

Mere Sukh Ab Tere
My joys are now yours

Tere Yeh Doh Nainaa
Your these two eyes

Chaand Aur Sooraj Mere) x.2
Now this moon and sun are mine) x.2

O’ Mere Jeevan Saathi
Oh my soul mate

Tere Mere Sapne
Your and my dreams

Ab Ek Rang Hain
Are now of the same hues

Jahaan bhi Le Jaayen Raahen
Wherever the paths leads

Hum Sang Hain
We shall be together

(Laakh Mana le Yeh Duniya
(Thousand times discourage this world

Saath Na Yeh Chhootega
We won’t drift apart

Aake Mere Haathon Mein
Put your hands in mine

Haath Na Yeh Chootega) x.2
May our hands don’t separate) x.2

O’Mere Jeevan Saathi
Oh my soul mate

Tere Mere Sapne
Your and mine dreams

Ab Ek Rang Hain
Are now of the same hues

Jahaan bhi Le Jaayen Raahen
Wherever the paths leads

Hum Sang Hain
We shall be together

O’ tere Mere Sapne
Oh your and my dreams

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4. Paisa hi rang roop hai paisa hi maal hai

A rare number that tells in such a strong way the futility of building relationships solely in materialistic terms. Money can fulfill some of our needs but to make it a factor in shaping human relationships, especially intimate ones,  would only open the gates of sorrow and pain.

Music : Ram Ganguly

Lyrics: Bismil Peshwari

Movie: Paisa ( 1957)

Lyrics with translation:

O~~~O~~~O~~~ O~~~ O~~~

paisa hee rang-roop hai

paisa hee maal hai,

paisa naa ho toh aadmee charkhe kee maal hai,

paise kaa hee ameer ke dil me.n Khyaal hai,

paise kaa faqeer bhee kartaa sawaal hai,

paisa hee fauj paisa hee jaah-o-jalaal hai,

paise hee kaa tamaam dang-o-dawaal hai,

O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~

paisa hee jag bataataa hai insaan kee zaat ko,

bin paise sagaa bhai bhee poochhe naa baat ko,

paisa hee zeb detaa hai byaah aur baraat ko,

paisa ho paas dulhaa banne aadhee raat ko,

tegh-o-tabar uThaate hai.n paise ke vaaste,

teer-o-sanaa lagaate hai.n paise ke vaaste,

maidaa.n me.n zaKhm khaate hai.n paise ke vaaste,

yaa.n tak ke sar kaTaate hai.n paise ke vaaste,

O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~

paisa hee ba.Dee cheez hai yeh Khoob kahaa hai,

bismil magar nazeer ne yeh bhee toh likkhaa hai,

paise se jo ulfat tujhe ho jaayegee baabaa,

dukh is me.n teree rooh bahot paayegee baabaa,

O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~ O~~~

daulat jo teree yaa.n hee naa kaam aayegee baabaa,

phir kyaa tujhe Allah se milwaayegee baabaa,

bedaar Khabardaar ho is baat pe mat bhoos,

yeh qabar me.n toh saath nahee.n jaayegee baabaa,

bhooko.n ko ghareebo.n ko yateemo.m ko khilaa jaa,

warna yeh tujhe god me.n ta.dpaayegee baabaa,

paise ke pech me.n kabhee aanaa nahee.n baabaa,

insaaniyat pe daaGh lagaanaa nahee.n baabaa,

insaaniyat pe daaGh lagaanaa nahee.n baabaa,

insaaniyat pe daaGh lagaanaa nahee.n baabaa,

insaaniyat pe daaGh lagaanaa nahee.n baabaa,

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5. Shyam Se Neha Lagaye


A beautiful bhajan that talks about a devotee’s intimate bonds with Lord Krishna. One can notice that how well Rafi has conveyed the emotions residing in heart which wishes to unite with Lord Krishna.

Lyricist: Madhukar Rajasthani

Music : Khayyam


Shyaam se nehaa lagaaye,

(Radha had a crush on Shyaam)

Raadhey neer bahaaye,

(and in separation she is crying.)
Shyaam se neha lagaaye…

Jaakey gun Bansuriya gaati,

(The Flute sings Whose (Shyaam’s) praise)
wo haari likh likh kar paati,

(Radha got wary of sending messages for Him)

Jaakey bin hain shyaam adhuro,

( Shyaam is incomplete without her (Radha))
Wo birhan kehlaaye, haaye,

(That Radha is now called single)
Shyaam se neha lagaaye..

Peeli pad gai kesar kaaya,

(Due to sorrows of separation, saffron coloured Radha turned pale.)

Roop ne apna roop gawaaya,

(Raadha was beauty personified but she lost her beauty being away from shyaam)

Deepak ched rahe hain aansoo,

(The earthen lamps are shedding tears)

Thandi aag lagaaye,Haaye…

(they are raging cold fire)
Shyam se nehaa lagaaye

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Rafi , Lata And Naushad During Rehearsals

Rafi , Lata And Naushad During Rehearsals


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Unfolding Kishore Kumar In Various Moods!

Unfolding Kishore Kumar In Various Moods!

Kishore Kumar was a master singer. A real legendary singer capable of making songs attain height of perfection. His range of depicting various moods was amazing, which immortalized the songs. He was able to infuse various moods in the songs with total ease with no trace of strain at all. The various moods included the songs depicting pangs of separation, songs exhibiting deep intimacy, songs highlighting grief and inspirational songs which made one to combat tragedies of life never-say-die attitude. It needs to be recalled that one reason why he was so successful as a singer lies in his perfect understanding of the sensibilities associated with the world of movies.He was a good actor and director as well and that really helped him making the songs gain extraordinary dimension.

When I contrast his singing skills, his total devotion and his mannerism with the current lot of singers, I must say I am highly disappointed. Most of the singers look less like singers and more like actors seeking attention. The emergence of so-called music directors have further increased the woes. The tune which is often clumsy arrangement of mechanical beats apart from being second rated version of original foreign number is often beyond the reach of average listeners. Hearing these tunes and mindless lyrics, it becomes quite clear that these songs have been written to generate money. They have not been written to generate emotions. Market and not artistic sensibility is behind the birth of latest movie songs. It’s also quite clear that yesteryear singers and musicians despite lack of resources produced memorable numbers. Today’s musicians in league with hi-tech technology are coming out with silly versions of RD Burman and O. P. Nayyar songs.

1. O Sathi Re

This song from Muqaddar Ka Sikander(1978)is a masterpiece. It depicts pain of lost love in such a moving manner that the listener’s eyes often turn moist. The song also unfolds the meaning of true love via the bonds of friendship. The protagonist has already lost his love but still manages to confess his love in front of his lady love.

Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics: Anjaan


2.Ruk Jaana Nahi

This song from movie Imtihaan has always helped me to gain normalcy whenever depressive tendencies made me sad and dejected. The song made me believe that to keep moving is life. I have always been chased by personal tragedies but this song like pole star always showed me the right way. And yes, the dynamic presence of Vinod Khanna lends an added charm to the song.

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


3. Acchi Nahi Sanam Dillagi 

 This number from Raakhi Aur Hathkadi (1972) is my personal favourite for its brilliant orchestration. It displays typical Bollywood romance. Nice exchange of words amidst bright flowers and greenery. The voice of Asha makes the song more memorable. I often find that the songs from lesser heard movies, picturized on lesser known actors are very good ones. This song is a real gem for love birds!!

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


4.Meri Pyari Bindu

I am in all smiles whenever I see this song. The song from Padosan (1968) unfailingly proves that Kishore was a great actor besides being a great singer. An amazing song the way it highlights the shades of true comic sense. Compare it with the present ones which are nothing but meaningless stuff comprised of double meaning words. The song is also special in a sense that people are bound to burst into a fit of laughter even if watched in a mute mode!!

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan


5. Dekho O Dewano

The song from Hare Rama Hare Krishna(1971) is very special one for me. The song conveys a great message not to defame the personas of Rama and Krishna. In just few words, the song connects us with the eternal teachings of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna in a sober way without giving way to loudness. A very pleasing soft tune. A superb rendering by Kishore Da is icing on the cake.

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi


6. Bin Phere Hum Tere

I have listened this Bin Phere Hum Tere (1979) song so many times yet whenever I find someone playing this song I immediately draw myself more closer to that musical soul. It has such terrific verses, which suggest that love is all about union of soul than union of bodies. The song projects the need of self-oriented love than love that is trapped in rituals and physicality. I must also remember that Indeewar wrote lesser songs but all songs which flowed from his pen always struck chord with the listeners. One thing more. Take note of the fact that this song is brainchild of Usha Khanna- a female music director!!

Music: Usha Khanna

Lyrics: Indeewar


7. Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe

Well, the song sung by a male singer is enough to overshadow the real female voice! How many duet songs can you find on this planet, wherein even the female version apart from the male version had been sung by the male singer? This song from Half Ticket (1962) is the rarest of rare songs. The funny gestures of Kishore kumar dressed as a lady and Pran, make the song more sweeter than Bengali Rasgulla. I wonder how many singers can even get close to such modulation of voice, forget about singing that way?

Music: Salil Choudhary

Lyrics: Shailendra


8.Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera Toda

This one from Amanush (1972) is always on my lips. Not because I am a “tragedy king” but it’s because the song conveys a great feeling that come a point in life when all relationships lose the lustre. There is always a phase of life when beautiful life around us lose meaning. The song conveys the feeling of those sad moments in an extraordinary way. Kishore makes the song more impressionable the way he blended depth of his voice with the depth inherent in the verses. Kudos to Shyamal Mitra , Indeevar and Uttam Kumar. None other than Uttam Kumar or Sanjeev Kumar would have added so much dark contours in the song. And yes, Kishore was awarded Filmfare for this song.

Music: Shyamal Mitra

Lyrics: Indeevar


9. Hasrat Hi Rahi Humse Bhi Koi 

This song from Bombay Ka Chor( 1962) unfolds the grief of a soul turned into a helpless soul by the strange turns of circumstances and destiny. Kishore has sung this song straight from the heart, revealing the dilemmas found in such soul in a soul-stirring  manner. The song is bit tragic in tone but seen from other angle the song laments about the life’s hollowness for a real soul. The true lover never finds love but all so-called lovers are always engaged in love making.

Music: Ravi

Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan


10. Zindagi Ke Safar Me 

This song for a soul lost in the mysteries of life holds a great meaning. The song is must for all the people who wish to seek the true face of human life. The song in such a powerful way unfolds the emptiness which environs the human life. It also highlights ephemeral nature of life which appears so bright and beautiful. I also love the song for its unique picturization.

Music: RD Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi


Unfolding Kishore Kumar In Various Moods!

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I Am Hindi Movie Songs Addict!

I Am Hindi Movie Songs Addict!

I must confess that I am Hindi songs addict! I am not at all ashamed to reveal this great truth. One reason why Hindi movie songs come to stir the emotions so often is because they are based on elements defining Indian classical music. The raga and tal employed often connects us with newer plane of consciousness. In this very land, the various forms of art are ways to explore and establish our connection with the Absolute. So we can see that some addictions are good.

Listen to the “Mere Naina Sawan Bhado ” moulded in Raga Shivaranjini. It immediately makes you get lost in a strange unknown realm of a mysterious world. Listen Talat singing ” Aye Dil Mujhe Aise Jagah Le Chal”(Arzoo) and you get transported to a world embedded in total silence.

A sincere lover of Indian movie songs would also take note of the picturization of these songs. The geniuses like Gurudutt, Raj Kapoor , Vijay Anand and Manoj Kumar, to name few, had mastered the art of perfect picturization. The dream sequence songs like “Hum apki aankho me ” (Pyasa) and ” Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi” (Awara) epitomizes song picturization. Even ”Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass ” from movie ‘Blackmail’ is a treat for the eyes. One interested in knowing how to use light and shade needs to watch “Saqiya Aaj Mujhe Neend Nahi Ayegi” (Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam).

I Am Hindi Movie Songs Addict!

One thing more. We always tend to ignore and downsize the contributions of music directors and lyricists. The lyricist is the most unfortunate creature in terms of eliciting credit. Anyway, Shailendra, Sahir, Shakeel, Indeevar, Rajendra Krishn and Pradeep would never get lost into oblivion. The composers like Shankar-Jaikishen, SD Burman, Ravi, Kalyanji Anandji, OP Naiyyar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and RD Burman would continue to keep providing few moments of bliss in the world gone to the dogs.

It’s time to sing for Hindi songs Chura Liya Hai Jo Tumne Dil Ko,Nazar Nahi Churana Sanam!”( You have stolen my heart and so never ignore me) .

I Am Hindi Movie Songs Addict!

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