Post by Robin
I can think of ten Mukesh songs (mostly popular, some rarities) in one
way - from music directors who are relatively obscure and/or from md's
who were not much inclined towards him -
I like a lot your idea of noting Mukesh songs composed by obscure
music directors, but I have serious issues with your working out
of the idea.
SD Burman an obscure music director?! I suppose you brought him in
through the alternative category of Mukesh-disinclined MDs. Then
I'd quarrel with mixing these two categories. The category of
obscure MDs is a very important one in terms of their contributions
to the music we love. People who got just one or two films to compose
(in the extreme casa, just one song!), but used Mukesh show a very
different attitude toward Mukesh than those assorted second- and
third-echelon MDs, who were quite prolific, but found very little
use for Mukesh. The latter category is of interest in its own right,
but let us not mix it with the other group.
Usha Khanna doesn't belong to either of these two categories,
which you yourself seem to note. She has used Mukesh significantly
and well. In a lesser way, the same is true of Sonik-Omi. They
weren't prominent MDs, but far from obscure. The 70s expert Ketan
tells me that in that period, after the usual noise-makers, L-P,
RDB, and K-A, the most prolific composers were Usha Khanna and
Sonik Omi. And they have used Mukesh reasonably well, beginning
with the title song of their debut film.
And, I will take out Hansraj Behl also, and on both counts. I'd
have no hesitation in classing him with second-echelon MDs like
SD Burman and OP Nayyar. And he has made superb use of Mukesh,
including the 1947 masterpiece from 'Chheen Le Azadi':
. motii chugane ga_ii re ha.nsii maan sarovar tiir,
a Mukesh-Shamshad duet.
The final comment on your choices is a subjective affair. I
have problems with the qualitiy of some of the songs you have
chosen. It i snot enough that a song is by an obscure (or for
that matter, disinclined) MD, but it has to be good in its own
right, regardless of its provenance. I think the 'Dr. Vidya'
song sucks big time. I much prefer the songs from 'Vidya'.
Likewise, for OPN, I prefer the song from 'Sambhandh'. And,
from 'Hum Hindutani', I much prefer the solo "raat nikharii
huii, zulf bikharii huii".
Let me sprinkle some of my Mukesh favourites in the obscure MDs
category. One question that comes up is the same that came up
when I was doing the RJGK quiz on the theme of obscure music
directors: should one include people who are far from obscure,
but obscure as music directors--e.g., classical aratists, like
Ravi Shankar, singers like Mukesh himself, etc. I did decide
to include them then and I will now. So, here goes. I'll start
with the MDs featured in the quiz and add some more.
* It seems fitting to start with Mukesh himself. He was the
producer, hero, music director and singer for 'Anurag' ('56). As
the music director for himself he came up with two beautiful solos:
. pal bhar hii ke pehachaan me.n paradesii sanam se
lagataa hai ise jaanate hai.n janam janam se
. koii dil me.n hai aur ....
kise yaad rakhkhuu.N kise bhuul jaa_uu.N
The words are by Indivar and Kaif Irfani, respectively.
* Abhay Jain mentioned this extremely melodious duet with
Lata, composed by Pardesi, from film 'Banjarin' of 1960:
. cha.ndaa re morii patiyaa.N le jaa, patiyaa.N le jaa saajan ko pahu.nchaa de re
ho likh sake javaab unhe.n tuu meraa pataa bataa de re
Beautiful imagery in the stanzas, written by Pandit Madhur.
* I think Kanu Ghosh worked for AIR Delhi. He composed a lovely
ghazal for 'Pyar Ki Raahen' (1959) using Prem Dhawan's superb
. do roz me.n vo pyaar kaa aalam guzar gayaa
barabaad karane aayaa thaa, barabaad kar gayaa
* 'Matlabi Duniya' of 1961 is supposed to have had four music
directors, all unknown. Two beautiful solos by Mukesh were composed
by one Jayanti Joshi. I don't even know whether the MD is a man or
. kaa.NTo.n me.n rahanevaale kaa.NTo.n se kyaa Dare.nge
ha.Ns ha.Ns ke aafato.n kaa ham saamanaa kare.nge
. vafaae.n dekh lii patthar jigar zaalim zamaane kii ...
sab pyaar kii baate.n karate hai.n par karane aataa pyaar nahii.n
hai matalab kii duniyaa saari, yahaa.N koii kisii kaa yaar nahii.n,
kisii ko sachchaa pyaar nahii.n
The lyricist is one Ramesh Gupta.
* About Ravi Shankar's two soundtracks of the 1960s, of course, I
was bowled over by the depth of melody and orchestrational virtuosity.
I was also impressed by the range of voice resources he used from
the available palette: Lata, Asha, Geeta, Rafi, Mukesh, Mahendra
Kapoor and Manna Dey. Would have loved to have a few more soundtracks
from him, among other things, just to see how he would have made
use of Talat, Hemant and Kishore.
Only one song of Mukesh, but what a song!
. hiyaa jarat rahat din rain
Perfect melody for Anjaan's words steeped in bucolic charm.
* Much later, in 1976, Anand Shankar got to compose the music for
'Aarambh'. I haven't heard the only duet of Mukesh with Aarti Mukherjee
that he created for the film, but the Mukesh solo is a beauty:
. sabhii sukh duur se guzare
written by Harish Bhawani.
* Mukesh has only one duet with Chandrani Mukherjee also. And that one
came courtesy of an MD pair: Ratandeep-Hemraj. The film is 'Pyasi
Nadi' (1973) and lyricist Tajdar Taj. A very lilting melody:
. o re sajanavaa kyuu.N saagar me.n aate hai.n tuufaan
ho raamaa ho raamaa ho ho
* Another one-great-soundtrack wonder, I am told, was also an AIR
artist--Satish Bhatia. And the quality of his work for 'Boond Jo
Ban Gayi Moti' is such that I wonder why there was no queue of
producers in front of his house! Two beauties with words by Bharat
Vyas, one a solo and the other a duet with Suman:
. harii harii vasu.ndharaa pe niil niil ye gagan ..
ye kaun chitrakaar hai, ye kaun chitrakaar
. haa.N mai.n ne bhii pyaar kiyaa
* People often ask the question, which of the Raj Kapoor produced
film had the best soundtrack? For me, it is a no-brainer. No, the
answer is not 'Jagte Raho'. It is Raj Kapoor's very first film,
'Aag' (48). The music director is both obscure and familiar! Ram
Ganguli. Here's the Mukesh masterpiece, with words by Behzad
. zi.ndaa huu.N is tarah ki Gam-e-zi.ndagii nahii.n
* I know of only one film with music by Krishna Dayal, BSc. I believe
he was the assistant of Hansraj Behl. His soundtrack for 'Lekh' of
1949 is of desert-island calibre. Let me just mention the Mukesh-Suraiya
masterpiece from the film:
. badaraa kii chhaa.Nv tale, nanhii.n nanhii.n bu.ndiyaa.N
hil mil baiThe.n dono.n yahii man bhaay re
The lyricist was one Raghupati Rai.
* I know nothing else from a composer named Dinkar Rao. He was
the co-music director with M.A. Rauf for a 1947 film called 'Beete Din'
and produced this beauty:
. arsho.n pe sitaaraa hai o, din raat nasiibo.n me.n
The lyricist is either Pandit Fani or H. Tanvir.
* And Rauf himself spread out a whole feast of Mukesh songs in another
film of the same year, 'Tohfa'. I'll just mention two solos:
. kis ne chhe.Daa man kaa taar
. kahaa.N tak jafaa husnavaalo.n kii sahate
The lyricists were, respectively, Shant Arora and Saaqib Lakhnavi.
* Another incredible Mukesh feast showed up in the same year, this
time by Pandit Gobind Ram. The film was 'Do Dil'. Two lovely duets
with Suraiya were there:
. maaTii kaa but bhaa gyaa
dil hii to hai aa gayaa
. kaagaz kii merii naav aur duur kinaaraa hai
* One occasionally comes across a soundtrack by Baldev Nath Bali,
about once a decade or so. For a totally unknown film of 1963,
called 'Patal Nagari' (I think it was one of those Dara Singh
and King Kong films), he composed this ditty:
. aa tujhe palako.n me.n chhupaa luu.N, dekhe.n na saaraa zamaanaa
* Another such once-a-decade-or-so composer is Vedpal Varma, who
writes his own songs. I ran into a lovely Mukesh solo written
and tuned by him, but had difficulty finding out details about
the film. Dr. Surjit Singh illuminated the issue by finding out
that it was an English language film! Well, the film is titled
'The Right and the Wrong' (1973) and the song is:
. shaam Dhalii aur nikale.n hai taare ...
o mere hamaraahii, kyuu.N teraa man ghabaraae
* Another half-mystery like that turned out to be perhaps a
Bangla film, 'Subhash Chandra' (1978). It has a lovely devotional
song in Hindi by Mukesh, written by Saraswati Kumar 'Deepak'.
And the composer is Bappi Lahidi's father Aparesh Lahidi. The
. jay raadhe shyaam, raadhe shyaam
yahaa.N raadhaa ku.nDa hai, kamal ku.nDa hai, aur hai govardhan
o baabuu yahii to bri.ndaavan
* RMIM is almost uniformly contemptuous of Sharda as a singer (the
only exception other than I that I am aware of is Satish Kalra).
Sharda has composed music for a few films and two of them have a
song apiece by Mukesh: 'Maa, Biwi Aur Bahen' and 'Maila Anchal'.
The latter was released in 1981 and has a nice duet with SUman,
written by Qamar:
. meraa dil kahataa hai
* Let me end with another singer who has staked claim to
immortalitiy by creating a masterpiece as her only foray into
composing. I am surprised no RMIMer remembered the song in the
current thread, but I suppose that's fine, because the words are:
. tum mujhe bhuul bhii jaao, to ye haq hai tum ko
Post by Robin