Life has gotten like a musical; I find a song for every situation. I wonder sometimes whether these song make my mood or my mood brings up these perfectly fitting songs.
I was feeling so low for the whole last week, feeling like I am good-for-nothing, and was singing “na kisi ki aankho.n ka noor hoon…” all the time. Indeed, it is one of the most depressing songs we have. Penned by Muztar Khairabadi (Javed Akhtar’s grandfather) and filmed over the last Mughal emperor Bahadurshah Zafar for the 1960 movie “Lal Quila”, Mohd. Rafi’s rendition is heart-wrenching. For those who don’t know it, it goes like:
Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon
Na kisi ke dil ka qaraar hoon
Jo kisi ke kaam na aa sake
Main wo ek musht gubar hoon
Neither am I a sparkle to someone’s eye
Nor I am a solace to someone’s heart
I am a fistful of dust—good for nothing!
If you need a strong dose of melancholy, go and get it! “Why shall someone come and pray on my grave? Why shall someone bestow flowers?” etc. etc.
Okay, today I am not here to dip you in that melancholy. I am here with springs of joy!
So, I was in the “na kisi ki aankho.n ka noor hoon…” mood, hoping it would pass soon, and on a fine morning, I woke up with one of the happiest songs ever: “Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri deed kaa…” Don’t tell me you haven’t heard it!
This song is written by Sahir, one of the most favorite poet/lyricist of mine. I have always admired Sahir for his serious songs (Okay, again here I won’t talk about the melancholy, and Sahir is a king of it! Let’s take one movie “Pyaasa” and you’ll get enough. You remember “Jaane wo kaise log the jinke pyar ko pyar mila” or the moist cynical “tang aa chuke hain kashmakash e zindgi se hum” or “ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai” or THE “jinhe naaz hai Hind par wo kahaan hai?” Shall I keep Sahir reserved for some other post?)
So, I woke up with:
Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri deed kaa
Kaisi khushi le ke aaya chaand eid ka
I have got a reason to see you [see note]
What happiness this Eid’s moon has brought with it!
What a lovely voice this girl has! This song is from the year 1960, Lata must be in her 30s then! What a voice! This girl has got a real gift of God! Roshan’s music, Lata’s voice, and that cute little pause between “chaand” and “eid ka”! Subhaan Allah 🙂
And again, today morning, I started with another solo of Lata:
Bol ri kathputli dori kaun sang baandhe
Sach batla tu naache kis ke liye
Tell me, oh puppet doll, whom are you tied to
Tell me for whom do you dance?
This 1957 song from movie Kathputli is available in two versions; one of them is not that happy and has a lot of instrumentation in the interlude (may be because it was a stage song), but still what a composition! And again what a voice this young lady had had! And at one point, she sings the word “dori” in “Baawari kathputli dori piya sang baandhe” a bit differently… Oooops, I would give my heart for just that one place.
I don’t even remember when had I heard this song for the last time; not at least in the last five years since I left the hostel. I downloaded it right then in the morning, both versions, and it is my “Song of the day.”
Third song is not that old, don’t know if it would be a disappointment for the elitists! Lata’s version of Rimjhim gire sawan from 1979 movie Manzil. Male version sung by Kishore Kumar is more well-known, but I would recommend you to listen female version if you haven’t already heard. We are used to listen that song in Male voice, Lata’s voice makes it a completely new and wonderful experience. Around 20 years after the above two songs, and still this young lady, in her 50s, says no to aging! I just love this girl! This song is also a good one for its visuals, Mumbai rain, lovely Moushumi Chatterjee and dashing Amitabh, and must watch for Mumbai people, Moushumi and Amitabh carelessly wandering on Mumbai roads, enjoying rain in the Mumbai University ground in the backdrop of Rajabai Tower, everything’s perfect.
Okay, I am done for today! Do listen these songs, I bet you you won’t be disappointed. And suggest me more happy solo Lata songs 🙂
I am really sorry for the non-Indian readers for this contextually Indian post. I wanted to provide translations and explanations with each of those songs, but then it would have disrupted the flow of the post for the readers who know the subject well. I am really sorry!
Also, I wanted to link all those songs to YouTube or some other song library, but it would be a great labor, especially with my slow-slow network, so if you want to listen those songs, just google them! Also, I am not linking all those names; a simple google search would help you. Hope you understand!
Note about Eid’s moon: Apparently filmed over a Muslim girl. Muslim girls used to stay in veil and wouldn’t come out of it. But on Eid’s evening, they can come out freely to look at the moon, so the girl says, now I have got a reason to look at you, what happiness has this Eid’s moon brought to me.
Tags: Amitabh Bachchan, Bahadurshah Zafar, Bollywood, happiness, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, melancholy, Mohammad Rafi, Moushumi Chatterjee, Mumbai, Muztar Khairabadi, Roshan, Sahir Ludhianvi, Songs