Kamal Barot – A tangy flavour to music

March 21, 2011

Kamal Barot When I started this blog I had not thought I would be ever writing about Kamal Barot. She was not one of the biggies like Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhosle. She was not one of the smallies who gave at least a couple of immortal songs which you instantly recall – in this category I can think of Mubarak Begum’s Kabhi tanhaaiyon mein yun hamari yaad ayegi from Hamari Yaad Ayegi (1961) or Jagjit Kaur’s Tum apna ranj-o-gham apni pareshaani mujhe de do and Gori sasural chali  from Shagun (1964). She did figure though in a large number of hit songs as one of the voices in a duet or a treblet or a multiplet (purists will pardon my freewheeling coining of new words), but none that you could solely associate with Kamal Barot.

I recently stumbled upon an incredibly beautiful Mukesh-Kamal Barot duet Na jane chaand kaisa hoga from Rocket Girl (1961), composed not surprisingly by Chitragupta, the master who gave A- class melodies even if the movie was B-class. With its typical B-class name and Sudesh Kumar and Naaz as actors this was a quintessential B-class movie. But the lyrics of Prem Dhavan create a magical world where the lovers dream of living. With Mukesh’s sonorous voice, Kamal Barot matching phrase by phrase in a classical jugalbandi style and Chitrgupta’s beautiful composition you can not get a more melodious song:

(F) ना जाने चांद कैसा होगा
(M) तुम सा हसीं तो नहीं
(F) होंगें रंगीन ये सितारे
(M)  तुम से रंगीं तो नहीं
(F) ना जाने चांद कैसा होगा…

(F) आते हैं नीले आसमां पे जाने किधर से सितारे
(M) जलता है सारा ही ज़माना तेरी नज़र के सहारे
(F) दिल चाहे आसमां को छूं लूं
(M) ले चल हमें भी वहीं
(F) ना जाने चांद कैसा होगा….

(M) छायें हैं काले काले बादल क्या तुमने ज़ुल्फें बखेरीं
(F) खो जाऊं जाके बादलों में कब से तमन्ना है मेरी
(M) जाने दो ख्वाब की ये बातें
(F) हमको है इन पे यकीं, ना जाने चांद कैसा होगा..

(F) सारे ज़माने से निराली हम कोई दुनिया बसायें
(M) दिल के रंगीले सपनों से महफिल रंगीली सजायें
(F) ऐसा जहान है कहां पे
(M) होगा कहीं ना कहीं
(F) ना जाने चंद कैसा होगा..

(F) I wonder what the moon looks like
(M) It can’t be as pretty as you
(F) These stars must be full of colour
(M) But not more colourful than you
(F) I wonder what the moon looks like..

(F) I wonder wherefrom the stars come to the blue sky
(M) The whole world is lighted by your gleaming eyes
(F) I wish I could touch the sky
(M) Please also take me there
(F) I wonder what the moon looks like….

(M) The sky is cast with dark clouds, or have you loosened your hair?
(F) That I wander and get lost in the clouds has been my eternal wish
(M) Leave these fanciful musings
(F) But I do believe them to be real; I wonder what the moon looks like

(F) I wish we make our abode which is unique from the entire world
(M) Let us adorn our world with our colourful dreams
(F) I wonder where such world would be
(M) It must be there somewhere beyond
(F) I wonder what the moon looks like

1. Na jane chand kaisa hoga by Mukesh and Kamal Barot from Rocket Girl composed by Chitragupta

 

Stumbling upon this hidden gem made me go over my Kamal Barot favourites. There is a more well known Mukesh-Kamal Barot gem Jab se hum tum baharon mein from another B-grade movie Main Shaadi Karne Chalaa (1962). And the beautiful melody of this duet too is unmistakably Chitragupta. Chitragupta created a Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur version too of this song in the film, but Mukesh-Kamal Barot is my favourite by miles.

2. Jab se hum tum bahaaron mein from Main Shaadi Karne chalaa both versions 

 

Mukesh and Kamal Barot seemed to share something special; whenever they came together the effect was soothing and pleasant. Listen to this gem from another perfect B-grade film.

3. Hum bhi kho gaye hain dil bhi kho gaya hai, kahte hain pyar jisko shayad wo ho gaya hai by Mukesh and Kamal Barot from film Madm Zorro composed by Bulo C Rani 

 

Now a faster Mukesh and Kamal Barot with Lata Mangeshkar Zara sambhaalna meri jaan apni nigahein ki tera mera naya naya pyar hua hai from Aya Toofan (1964). You first see a pair of dancing girls, one of whom is Helen who was the lead actress in the movie. So she gets to lip sync Lata Mangeshkar(!). The other girl, whom I do not recognise sings in Kamal Barot’s voice. The male dancer-singer in Mukesh voice adds to the charm of the song and dance fare. The scene could be of a festival before the village sardar Dara Singh, sitting regally bare bodied – today’s A-grade six-packers Salman Khan etc would pale in comparison. The music by Laxmikant Pyarelal is superb though its orchestration has traces of lifting from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Bahti Hai’s Hum bhi hain tum bhi ho. Coming after their superb score in their first film Parasmani a year earlier, LP proved themselves again with a superb score in a B-grade movie – obviously they had not yet broken the glass ceiling of the superstar music directors, which they would soon occupy in few years time replacing Shankar Jaikishan from the pedestal.

4. Zara sambhaalna meri jaan apni nigahein ki tera mera naya naya pyar hua hai from Aya Toofan (1964) by LP, Mukesh, Lata and Kamal Barot 

 

Incidentally Parasmani (1963) had a strong Kamal Barot connection. One of the best known songs of the film is Hansta hua noorani chehraa by Lata Mangeshkar and Kamal Barot.

5. Hansta hua noorani chehra by Kamal Barot and Lata Mangeshkar from Parasmani (1963) music by Laxmikant Pyarelal 

 

In all these songs you would notice Kamal Barot brings a very distinct tangy flavour, which makes her voice a special attraction for fast paced dancing duet songs. Listen to this wonderful song from early Kalyanji Anandji.

6. Akeli mohe chhod na jana by Lata Mangeshkar and Kamal Barot in Madari (1959) by KA 

 

Kalyanji Anandji repeat similar magic in the same genre, accentuating the effect by having three singers now – Lata Mangeshkar, Mubarak begum and Kamal Barot in B-grade Sunehri Nagin (1963):

7-8. Main to ho gayi re badnaam and Yun na akadiye yun na bigadiye naakya jane kab ho jaye kisi se by Mubarak Begum, Kamal Barot and Lata Mangeshkar from Sunehri Nagin (1963) composed by Kalyanji Anandji 

It would have been surprising if Kamal Barot had not sung with Rafi. Here is this humourous song Mera bandar chala hai sasuraal by Rafi and Kamal Barot in Zindagi Aur Khwab (1961) music Dattaram. Dattaram gives a quirky touch by having Kamal Barot sing a line from the famous Surendranath and Jyouti song Uth sajni khol kiwade from Aurat (1940) ) composed by Anil Biswas. I must say there was no limit to their coming up with zany parodies or mimicries.

9. Mera Bandar chala hai sasural by Rafi and Kamal Barot in Zndagi Aur Khwab (1961) music by Dattaram 

 

Here is another of her duet with Rafi:

10. O tera chhup chuup ke chale aana by Rafi and Kamal Barot in Sangram music Lala Asar Sattar 

Kamal Barot had a rather sombre bhajan duet in classical style with Mahendra Kapur Hey natraaj in the film Sangeet Samrat Tansen (1962) composed by SN Tripathi, lyric Shailendra.

11. Hey Natraj by Mahendra Kapur and Kamal Barot in sangeet Samrat Tansen 

  

SN Tripathi, the master of mythological genre composed a beautiful Suman Kalyanpur-Kamal Barot duet Abhi aye nahin dil dhadakane lagaa in Naag Deavata (1961) 

But with Kamal Barot you expect fast paced spicy dance number. In OP Nayyar’s declining years you have this quintessential Kamal Barot combinig with Mahendra Kapur and Asha Bhosle in CID 909.

12. Dhadka to hoga dil huzoor by Kamal Barot, Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapur from CID 909 (1967) by OP Nayyar

 

You do not come across too many Kamal Barot’s solos which left much impact. Here is a pleasant solo from B-grade Ramu Dada (1961). The significant part about this song is that the bridegroom in the scene is Salim, father of Salman Khan – what a coincidence that both the father and the son get mentioned in a post on Kamal Barot!

13. Suna hai jabse mausam hai pyar ke kabil by Kamal Barot from film Ramu Dada (1961) composed by Chitragupta, lyric Majrooh Sultanpuri 

 

But which is the most famous Kamal Barot song? No such list would be complete without the super hit Daadi amma daadi amma maan jao from Gharana (1961) composed by Ravi. This was the film which fetched Ravi his first Filmfare award. Lalita Pawar as the good hearted Daadi, who is sullen due to some reason and lets herself to be cajoled and humoured by the grandchildren is a typical AVM family drama.

14. Daadi amma daadi amma maan jao by Kamal Barot and Asha Bhosle from Gharana (1961) music by Ravi 

 

For me the song which holds a very special place is Garjat barsat saawan aayo ri by Suman Kalyanpur and Kamal Barot in Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) composed by Roshan. Suman Kalyanpur had to remain in the shadows of Lata Mangeshkar because of similarity of her voice to the great legend. Kamal Barot, though with a distinct voice, was perhaps not seen suitable for a mainstream heroine. But the great composer proved that he could recreate the magic in these voices which he had earlier done with Lata Mangeshkar solo in Malhar (1951) Garjat barsat bheejat aailo.

15. Garjat barsat sawan aayo re by Suman Kalyanpur and Kamal Barot in Barsaat Ki Raat 

 

If I look back on these songs of Kamal Barot, I am compelled to take a more generous view of her contribution – no doubt she made the music of the golden richer by her very unique voice and style.

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sanjay Prakash March 24, 2011 at 12:55 am

While going through the article, I was wondering why her most famous song “Dadi Amma” was not appearing, and then it came…at the end. Kamal Barot’s was one of the sweetest, most distinctive but least noticed female voices in Indian cinema. Her tuning with Mukesh was perfect. I am amazed at the beautiful songs that you have dug out from oblivion and offered to us. The fact that most of them featured in ‘B’ grade titles, goes on to explain why her voice did not gain the deserved popularity. The article made interesting reading and was a great listening experience, too.

2 AK March 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

@Sanjay

Thanks for your compliments. Good to know that you also have a special place for Kamal Barot. No matter where you place her, one thing is certain – you can not ignore her. As you can see the trigger for this post was the first song which I came across only recently, and it was good that it happened because I went over her songs again. There are two other duets which I feel very strongly have Kamal Barot as one of the singers are Mera chhaila babu aya albela babu aya from Faisalaa and Kitna haseen mera piya hae allah, ek baar thaam loon to chhodun nahi pallaa. Either I did not get those songs or was not able to clearly identify the singers. I would need to decipher these songs to make my write up complete.

3 Gaby March 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Thanks AK. I thought the only song of Kamal Barot was hasta hua noorani chehra. I didnt even think of the wonderful Garajat barajat duet. Proves that ‘Full many a flower is born to blush unseen’. Thanks again AK for your labour of love for Hindi Film Music.

4 AK March 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

@Gaby

Thanks for your kind words. No matter how deep you are into the wonderful ocean of the golden era of Hindi film music, you keep on discovering new gems. It is the new gems you come across constantly that keep you fascinated. Keep on visiting the blog, with encouragement of admirers like you I hope to delve deeper and deeper, perhaps a bit more frequently and going further and further back in time. I am still hovering around 1950’s and 60’s, 30’s and 40’s is another beautiful and very different world which greatly fascinates me.

5 B.K.Singh May 20, 2011 at 12:27 am

My dear,
Lot of thanks for Kamal Barot collection, If possible please add following rare song of Kamal Barot & Mahaendra Kapoor from film SUNEHRA JAAL (1966)
kitna haseen mera piya hai allah ek baar thaam loon to chodoon nahin palla – Kamal Barot & Mahendra Kapoor [duet] –Film : Sunhera Jaal (1966)

6 AK May 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

@Kitna haseen mera piya hae allah was in my list. It is such a beautiful song. I am surprised it is not there on You Tube. But thanks for remindiing me, I would be on the look out and put it up as soon as I find it.

7 B.K.Singh June 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Dear AK
I am wating for above song “kitna haseen mera piya hai allah ek baar thaam loon to chodoon nahin palla – Kamal Barot & Mahendra Kapoor [duet] –Film : Sunhera Jaal (1966)”
Please also mention if there is any other source from where I may collect this.
Regards,
BK

8 AK June 18, 2011 at 8:07 am

@B.K.Singh
I remember your request. I am surprised that this song is not there on the You Tube. I am on its look out.

9 B.K.Singh June 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

@AK
Thanks for your response n remembering my request.

10 K R Vaishampayan July 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Hello AK,
Just out of the blue – I began humming a rare Mukesh & Kamal Barot classic – Farishton ki nagri main, from Hamari yaad ayegi of 1961; music scored by inimitable Snehal Bhatkar – fondly known to all Marathi speaking music lovers as – Bhatkar Buwa since he was a well-known bhajan singer or Buwa. What a lilting song. And I am struck by Kamal Barot being used to sing the chorus after 2nd Antara while Mukesh renders the rest of the soulful ditty. Hats off to Bhatkar Buwa, Mukesh and Kamal Barot. Hope, you will remember and agree. Regards – KRV

11 AK July 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

@KR Vaishampyan
More than 100%. In fact this song was in my list. But when I watched it on YouTube, and I recalled from my memory, this was so much like a Mukesh solo, as you have also observed, I did not include it in this list. But thanks for reminding me of this beautiful song again.

12 Sukrit Vijayakar August 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

I came across your site when researching something on Kamal Barot for my page. I must say it is extemely interesting. I try and do something similar on my page in FB https://www.facebook.com/GeetTereSaazKa. Try and play lesser known songs every day on some theme or the other.

Do get in touch if you wish and help me spread the message. Saathi haath badhana!

13 AK August 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

@Sukrit Vijayakar
I am happy that you liked it. I would have been happier if you had acknowledged my blog on your facebook, especially when you liked my turn of phrase and words which are not common usage in English, so much that you used it with just a slight change:

My sentence:
“She did figure though in a large number of hit songs as one of the voices in a duet or a treblet or a multiplet (purists will pardon my freewheeling coining of new words), but none that you could solely associate with Kamal Barot.”

Your sentence:
“She has featured in a number of hit songs as one of the voices in a duet (or treblet or multiplet if you will pardon the English) without really having a single immortal solo hit of her own”

14 Arvind Kumar August 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Can you please find this song for me “Kitna hassen mera piya hai allah” from film “Sunehra Jaal” sung by Kamal Barot? I am looking for it for many years now!

15 AK August 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

@Arvind Kumar
Me too and some more of my readers. It is surprising how this song has remained elusive so far in the era of Youtube, when so many obscure songs are there .

16 Shailesh August 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

I believe there is another famous song from her, i do not remember the actual words nither know if this is filmi or non filmi, ‘ Kyon pyar bhara dil tod gaye, tod gaye’

17 Atul August 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

Your repeated request for this elusive song in my blog has made us act.
;D

Sudhir Kapur, the regular contributor to my blog has especially uploaded this song .

http://atulsongaday.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/kitna-haseen-mera-piyaa-haay-allah/

18 AK August 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

@Atul
I cannot thank you and Sudhir Kapur enough for posting this gem. I can see readers of my blog, who were requesting for this song, crying with joy.

Kitna haseen hae mera piya hae allah by Mahendra Kapur and Kamal Barot from Sunehra Jaal (1966), music Hansraj Bahal

19 B.K.Singh August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My dear AK
I with all music lover salute you & to Mr. SUDHIR KAPUR for providing such a rare song “Kitna haseen hae mera piya hae allah by Mahendra Kapur and Kamal Barot from Sunehra Jaal (1966), music Hansraj Bahal”

20 Arvind Kumar August 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Dear AK,
I thank you profusely for sharing this song “Kitna haseen hae mera piya hae allah by Mahendra Kapur and Kamal Barot from Sunehra Jaal (1966), music Hansraj Bahal”

I have been searching this for the last 25 years…. thanks to you I heard it today again… 🙂

21 Shailesh August 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Do any one has ‘Yun pyar bhara dil tod gaye’ by Kamal Barot.

22 harprem singh December 5, 2011 at 2:01 am

I am a great fan of kamal barot songs but my list was limited to hansta hua noorani chehra, akeli mohe shode na jana but nostalgia engulfed me when I saw the list on your blog .Thanks for taking me back to the sixties.Another song which comes to my memory is patli kamar nazuk umar from lootera.

23 bhagwan thavrani February 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

i remember a wonderful non-filmi song sung by her which still keeps haunting me whenever i am exclusively with myself….
YE HASEEN TAARE TERI YAAD DILA DETE HAIN
PYAAR KI AAG ME EK AAG LAGA DETE HAIN…

if i am not mistaken, kamal baarot has sung quite a few gair-filmi songs too…..and of course, all of them had that tinge of that typical KAMAL-BAROTIAN tanginess….!

24 AK March 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

@Kamal Barot
I am not aware of the song. Must be beautiful. Could not find it on YouTube.

25 B.K.Singh March 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Dearest A.K.
With Kamal Barot I am also great fan of you & your collection.
You are requested if possible please provide some article about Kamal Barot like Biography, presently where is living etc.
Thanking you.
BK

26 shakeel March 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

Hi
can u upload the song “saare dukh bhool gaya
kaise bhoolu judaii Teri .saathiya…..its sung by
Kamal Barot and Prabhu Arora
One of my friends is desperate
to play it on air .
Thanking you.

27 r.d.adhyaru March 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Nice job,Thanks.Can you upload Kamal Barot”s non-film songs……
1.ye hasin tare teri yaad dila dete hain.(Hasarat jaipuri,MD Kishor desai)
2.hum tumhe to kabhi na bhulenge.(Hasarat jaipuri,MD Kishor desai)
3.o pyar bhara dil tod gaye.

28 AK March 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

@bhagwan thavrani, B.K.Singh, shakeel, r.d.adhyaru

Thank you all for your comments. You have shown so much interst about Kamal Barot and mentioned her non-film songs/ghazals that I wanted to have some more information about her before I responded.

She was originally from Kenya. She is from a family with connections to the film world. Her brother Chandra Barot produced the original Don starring Amitabh Bachchan. She is in her 70s and lives between London and Mumbai. (source: Various internet sites).

One of your requests O pyar bhara dil tod gaye is fortunately available. Here it is:

You may like her singing live Unka tabassum halka halka:

As for Hum tumhe to kbhi na bhoolenge, I could not find Kamal Barot version, but here is by another singer Usha Timothy, who is very close:

As for Teri yaad na dil se ja saki, a song with this mukhdaa was sung by Lata Mangeshkar in Chand Aur Suraj (1965), composed by Salil Chaudhry:

29 Suresh Maloo June 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I must extend heartiest thanks for the contribution made by you in respect of the songs sung by Kamal Barot.
As requested by Mr r.d.adhyaru, I too wish you upload the song “ye hasii.n taare terii yaad dilaa dete hai.n”, a private song. I had been listening this in my childhood form Radio Ceylon most likely. I wonder, so much has been done for bringing rare song for the interested people, how come this song is still unearthed.
I will appreciate and thank any one who can do this for the lovers of Kamal-Barot’s songs.
Hearty thanks again for such a nice writeup and also for making her songs available.

30 mukesh October 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Please upload if you have a private song sung by kamal barot way back in 1980’s on vividh bharti:
hum tumhe to kabhi na bhoolege tum to apna bana ke bhool gaye…

31 AK October 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Mukesh,
I found it in the voice of Usha Timothy. Could it be you are referring to this one?

Hum tumhe to kabhi na bhulenge by Usha Timothy

32 t.k.roy February 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I had heard the song-Kitna haseen hai piya mera allah ,ek bar tham loon to chodoon nahi palla by kamal barot and Mahender Kapoor in sixtees .Was on the look out on the net to hear it,but in vain. I still remember the tune .Very Very lovely song.Would like to hear it again
Roy

33 Suresh Maloo February 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

I earnestly request Shri AK and others to use their influence to get this beautiful private song of Kamal Barot “Ye Hasiin Taare Terii Yaad Dilaa Dete Hain” (this may be with ‘Radio Cylone’ or ‘All India Radio’). I have also tried my contacts, but it did not yield. The broadcasting stations are exercising strict propriety over their collection, I seems.

34 AK February 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

t.k.roy
Kitna haseen mera piya haye Allah has already been uploaded in comment #18.

Suresh Maloo
Ye haseen taare teri yaad dila dete hain has been requested by other readers also. Let us see how soon it turns up.

35 Suresh Maloo February 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

@AK
Thanks for the kind gesture. I am sure with your concerted efforts this wish shall soon be taken care of.
Regrads

36 AK March 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

There is some great news for all the fans of Kamal Barot, who made requests for some of her songs. First Rajnikant Adhyaru sent me her three Gujarati songs. Here are the songs.

Nit chandan talavdini pale

Poochho na amne pyar

Mann male tya melo manwa

But the most fascinating news is that Sudhir Kapurji, who once posted Kitna haseen mera piya haye Allah at the request of SoY readers, has again created a magic and posted Ye haseen tare teri yaad dila dete hain on Atul’s blog. Here is the song:

Ye haseen tare teri yaad dile dete hain by Kamal Barot

37 Suresh Maloo March 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I have no proper way to express my gratitude for the care taken and affection showered upon the readers.
Thanks to Shri Sudhir Kapurji, and to you (Shri AK) for the PM to me for the long awaited non Film song “Ye Hassen Taare”. Listening to it repeatedly gave me immense pleasure I was craving for.
I had also got it through http://atulsongaday.wordpress.com, the very day it appeared on ‘YouTube’.

38 AK April 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Sudhir Kapurji is a modern kind-hearted magician. Answering several fans’ prayers, he has posted Kamal Barot’s non-film song Hum tumhein to kabhi na bhulengeat Atul’s site. Here is the YT link.

A kind-hearted magician gives more than you ask for. So he has uploaded another of her non-film song:

Sawan aya barkha ayee NFS by Kamal Barot

We can’t thank Sudhirji enough.

39 Naresh P. Mankad April 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Lata Mangeshkar is great but Kamal Barot adds the tang of her own voice to this duet Hasta hua noorani chehra from Parasmani:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KkkDRCj3l8

It was one of the two songs that captured the minds of audience with this
first movie of Laxmikant Pyarelal.

40 Damodar July 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Can anyone provide song, “Sare dukh bhool gaye, bhool gaye, kaise bhoolu judayi teri, Saajna haay teri dhoonde nigahe teri.” something like that.

41 AK August 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Damodar,
In Arabian Nights stories there used to be a genie in bottle which fulfilled your impossible wishes. In the modern era, the genie is Mr Sudhir Kapur, for songs, especially Kamal Barot’s. Here is Sare dukh bhool gaye posted by him on Atul’s blog. It is a beautiful non-film duet between an unknown singer, Prabhu Arora, and Kamal Barot. The lyricist is Prem Dhawan and it is also composed by Prabhu Arora himself.

42 Naresh Kariwala August 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I remember 1 song from the movie Apna Ghar Apni Kahaani (originally titled Pyaas) namely Jigar mein dard kaisa. isko ulfat to nahin kehte. Mujhe dar hai kahin isko mohabbat to nahin kehte. This is a duet very beautifully sung by Mahendra Kapoor & Kamal Barot. The musical score was provided by N. Dutta.

43 AK August 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

Naresh Kariwala
I have posted that song in Songs of Jigar (#9).

44 Rakesh Srivastava March 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Sir, Was she related to J.M.Barot, sound recordist in Guide & Jewel Thief? One song from Rocket Girl I used to hear in childhood days(solo in female voice or duet,I do not remember) but have not heard since at least last fifty years still haunts me.The song is: Chali jaye re jeewan ki gadi…….Mera balma hai bada anari.It may be by Kamal barot. Can you upload it please?

45 AK March 6, 2014 at 9:38 am

Rakesh Srivastava,
I know she is the brother of Chandra Barot, who made Amitabh Bachchan- starrer Don. Since Barot’s are a small-knit family and into films, she might well be related to JM Barot.

The song you have mentioned Chali jaye ri jeewan ki gadi..mera balma hai anadi, I don’t think it is from Rocket Girl.

However, I would not like to venture a guess on either of your queries. I have put it across to experts in the field, and I would get back to you if I get something concrete.

46 Naresh Kariwala March 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The song ” Chali jaaye re jeevan ki gadi” is from the movie Royal Mail (1963). According to the site hindi geetmala.com, this song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur.

47 Rakesh Srivastava March 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for your kind information, Nareshji.However, I could not find a video /audio link to this song in any of the sites.

48 AK March 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Sudhir Kapurji, who has often helped us with Kamal Barot songs earlier, confirms that the song was sung by Suman Kalyanpur with Badrinath Pawar in Royal Mail.

49 AK March 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Rakesh Shrivastava,
Sudhir Kapurji is a great magician. He has put up this song with full details here.

http://atulsongaday.me/2014/03/13/chali-jaaye-re-jeewan-ki-gaadi/

50 Rakesh Srivastavas March 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

I have separately thanked Sudhir Kapurji at Atulji’s site.I am repeating my words……’Thanks’ would be too small a word to express my joy with blend of nostalgia as I am listening this song after fifty odd years,courtesy you!

51 aparna March 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

AKji, thanks for this treat of KB’s songs. With your permission, can I introduce you a nice solo by her? The song is “aaj humko hansaye na koyi” from the movie Badshah (1964). Music is composed by N Dutta and lyrics are by Anand Bakshi. A very nice song to listen to.

Hope this information is correct as I was also unaware of it but stumbled upon it on youtube. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1l_bZQCRfg

52 AK March 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

Aparna,
Your information about the song is correct. Somehow, Kamal Barot’s duets became more famous than her solos.

53 arvindersharma April 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Dam dam dam dam damru baje, duet by Lata and Kamal Barot from ‘Sangram’, music by Lala Asad Sattar, a gem without which any ‘Antyakshri’ was incomplete was one of the most popular songs of Kamal Barot.

54 AK April 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Sharmaji,
It is indeed a beautiful song set to terrific dance.

55 ksbhatia July 29, 2014 at 2:07 am

AK’ji , I being fan of Kamal Barot since ” Mahelon me rahene wale hume unche dar se kya aa ” remember her beautiful songs which my father also used to listen ” Hum haal kise sunainge suniye ke na suniye” shailendra’s gem composed salilda for Madhumati . And my other liking of her duet in Arzoo…. ” jab ishk kisi se ho jaata hai” and Teesri kassam ….”Kassam laila ki “. She had that vintage touch as earliar possesed by Shamshad Begam .

56 arvindersharma July 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

KS Bhatia Ji,
I think you are mistaking Mubarak Begum with Kamal Barot, because the first three songs you have mentioned have have Mubarak Begum in
a: chorus with Shamshad, Rafi & Bande Hasan,
b: solo and
c: duet with Asha.
All songs are my favorites as well.

57 ksbhatia July 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Arvinder ‘ji , Thanks for the correcting me .Oh ; I must be dozzing at 2.07 am ; still feeling jet lag after 2 months vacations . My apology to all . Anyway how close were the singers in their rendering of songs . There was one more singer [name..?] who sang …” shhaid woh ja rahein hain choop kar meri najjar se “…from Dilip , Nargis starrer Mela. No one can beat these classic songs today.

58 arvindersharma July 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

KS Bhatia Ji,
It was the famous Zohra Bai Ambalewali singing this song. I’ll have to admit that you are a great Naushad fan, and the choice of your songs is wonderful. This one is another of my favorites.

59 ksbhatia July 29, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Arvinder’ji , Yes ;you have caught me right . I am thankful to GOD for giving me birth in that era when music and melodies were at peak. You can say that I was Naushad’s fan since my birth because of classical richness that was there in each of his songs ; and equally admired the Shanker Jaikishan’s music which carried the western flavour . Later on the list grew as every other MD impressed me a lot as times went by . I am very thankful to all the members of SOY family with whom i feel at liberty to exchange my views and feelings .

60 SIDDHARTH October 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I just happen to come across this site and I am amazed My congrats to those who r taking pain to preserve our indian moives treasure and its mastro artists

61 AK October 29, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Sidhharth,
Welcome to SoY and thanks for your nice words. I hope you are able to spend more time with us.

62 VINOD KUMAR ARYA January 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Indeed a great and painstaking work by Sudhirji. What a different and tangy voice of Shrimathi Kamal Barot ji, as soon as her voice hits the ears,one is transported into the our childhood times bringing back the memories of these songs and one gets back the taste of Kachhi Imli in the mouth which we used to relish in our childhood. Thanks a lot. Kamal Barot ji pours her heart out in the melancholy words of Yeh Hasin Taare and Hum Tumhe Tho Kabhie Na Bhoolenge. Hum Bhi Aapko Kabhie Na Bhula Payenge. God Bless You and wish you a long happy healthy life.

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