Thursday, June 22, 2006

Five Sachinda Songs

Sachin Dev Burman was in my opinion, the greatest music composer of Hindi films. His compositions made the Hindi films songs popular. His tunes were so simple yet so unforgettable. I read somewhere that Sachinda started the trend of first composing a tune and then lyrics writer setting the words to fit the tune. Previously it was other way round. This trend is still followed by the present day music composer of Hindi film. Sachinda composed for about 88 Hindi films and was active very much till his death in 1975. His peppy songs always made me happy and smile and his sad songs made me shade a tear. The following are the five Sachinda songs which are closer to my heart. I listen to them as often as I can. Thank you Sachinda for the unforgettable songs. Here is the list:
  • Puuchho naa kaise maine rain bitaai ik pal jaise, ik yug biita from the movie Meri Surat Teri Aankhen, sung by Manna Dey and lyrics by Shailendra. This song is based on raag Ahir Bhairav. I read somewhere that Sachinda made Manna Dey sing this song for fifty times before he was satisified with it. It is the most beautiful song and is quite difficult to sing. Only Manna Dey could have sung it. Mere words cannot describe this song, one has to listen it again and again.

  • Phuulon ke rang se, dil kii kalam se from the movie Prem Pujari, sung by Kishore Kumar and lyrics by Neeraj. In my opinion this is the most romantic song ever. Anyone who is in love or has been in love, can relate quite easily with this song. It was written by famous Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj, who had written for very few films and most of them had been with Sachinda. Prem Pujari had quite a few wonderful songs shokhiyon mein gholaa jaaye, phuulon kaa shabaab, rangeelra ra, but this song is my favouite. It had such a beautiful words and wonderful tune:

    phuulon ke ranng se, dil kii kalam se
    tujhako likhii roz paatii
    kaise bataauuN, kis kis tarah se
    pal pal mujhe tuu sataatii
    tere hii sapane, lekar ke soyaa
    terii hii yaado.n mein jaagaa
    tere khayaalo.n mein ulajhaa rahaa yuuN
    jaise ke maalaa mein dhaagaa

    haaN, baadal bijalii chandan paanii jaisaa apanaa pyaar
    lenaa hogaa janam hamen, ka_ii ka_ii baar
    haaN, itanaa madir, itanaa madhur teraa meraa pyaar
    lenaa hogaa janam hamen, ka_ii ka_ii baar

  • Ruup teraa, mastaanaa, pyaar meraa diiwaanaa from the movie Aradhana, sung by Kishore Kumar and lyrics by Aanad Bakshi. It is the most seductive song in Hindi films, and sung so well by Kishore Kumar. The movie Aradhana really made Sachinda and Kishore Kumar famous. This song also won for Kishoreda his first of many Filmfare awards. Aradhana had many wonderful song Mere sapnon ki ranee kabh ayee gee tu, Kora kagaz tha ye man mera. One of the song Safal hogi tere aradhana was sung by Sachinda himself and he was awarded National Award for the best playback singer that year.

  • Ab to hain tum se from the movie Abhiman, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, lyrics by Majrooh. Lataji had sung many wonderful songs for Sachinda, but this song is my favourite. This movie won for Sachinda his second Filmfare award. It is very difficult to believe that genius composer like Sachinda was given only two Filmfare awards, one for Taxi Driver in 1953 and the second one for Abhiman in 1973. This song has lovely guitar strums in the beginning, which is quite unusual for a Sachinda song, as his songs had the minimal orchestration.

  • Din Dhal jaaye haay, raat naa jaay from the movie Guide, sung by Mohd. Rafi and lyrics by Shailendra. No mention of Hindi music can be complete without mentioning music of movie Guide. It had awesome songs. Each one of it worth its weight in gold. My favourite from this movie is this song. The video of this song is below. Rafisaab had never sounded so melodious. Dil dhal jaaye haay, rat naa jaay, tuu to na aae terii, yaad sataaye

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