SD Burman: His wonderful landscape of non-film songs

October 31, 2012

A tribute on his death anniversary October 31

S D BurmanWhen Harvey wrote Sun mere bandhu re on SD Burman’s film-songs quite some time back, my first reaction was that he had taken away my theme. Now I am thankful that he did it, because I would have been in a serious dilemma as to which ones to leave, as each of his songs is a gem and I did want to include a number of his non-film songs. His non-film songs make a wonderful landscape, much larger and no less beautiful, though may be somewhat less known.

Born in Comilla (now in Bangladesh) on October 1, 1906 in the royal family of Tripura, SD Burman absorbed the sights and sounds and music of rural Bengal from his early childhood. Soon his name became synonymous with Bengali folk music. When he sends his plaintive cry to the lover or the Supreme Being far away in his heartrending voice, it is as if he was sent on the earth by God so that Bhatiyali would become immortal in his voice. He was later influenced by Rabindrasangeet and Nazrul Geeti. He was also formally trained in classical music and could sing at concerts in the company of top singers. His main fame is as a top music director for over 25 years in the Golden Era of Hindi film music.

He sang 15 film-songs. But his non-film songs number about 25 in Hindi and over 130 in Bengali. I had earlier thought of doing a mix of his Hindi and Bengali songs, but I felt unsatisfied because typical of SD Burman, there is hardly any song, which is less than outstanding. So I am putting here my favourite Hindi non-film songs as my tribute to him on his death anniversary (he passed away on October 31, 1975). There is an ocean of his non-Benagli gems, which I hope to put up at some appropriate time.

1. Mere yauvan ki phulwari me bhanwra tu kyun ata hai

SD Burman had something about bhanwra (honeybee). His Dheer se jana bagiyan mein has become an immortal classic, which he liked so much that he let his favourite naughty boy Kishore Kumar parody at least twice – (in the interlude of Panch rupaiya aath ana in Chalti Ka Naam Gadi and Dheere se jana kahtiyn mein O khatmal in Chhupa Rustam). In film songs also he gave various colours of bhanwra – Gun guna rahe hain bhanwre khil rahi hai kali kali and O mare bairagi bhanwra. But listen to his most perfect bhanwra song, sung by the flower, object of his attraction, who knows exactly what he is after, which is not love but lust for her beauty:

मेरे यौवन की फुलवारी में भँवरा तू क्यूं आता है
मैं जान गई पहचान गई मधुलोभ भरा तेरे गुंजन में
रीझत है आज कुंजन में रूम झूम तू झूमत हैं
मैं जान गई पहचान गई भँवरा तू क्यूं आता है
मेरे यौवन की फुलवारी में …

समय आज मनोहर है छाई बसंत मेरे कुंजन में
स्वप्न विभोर तू होता है प्रेम भरा तेरे आनन में
मैं जान गई पहचान गई भँवरा तू क्यूं आता है
मेरे यौवन की फुलवारी में

O bhanwraa I know why you come to the splendour of my beauty
Now I have understood you are only lusting for my charms
You are enraptured and dance around in my abode
I know why you come to the splendour of my beauty

Mere yauvan ki phulwari me

2.  Preet mein huye badnam sanwariya – Thumri

I mentioned about his formal training in classical music. As evidence you have this thumri which could be from any renowned classical singer.

3.  Jhan jhan jhan jhan manjira baje

If you had any doubts about his competence in classical music, here he renders a perfect Nat Bihag, which he used in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice in Buzdil to create the memorable Jhan jhan jhan jhan payal baje.

Jhan jhan jhan manjira

The experts may scoff at my suggestion, but you can compare this with the rendering of the doyen of Jaipur Atrauli gharana Pt Mallikarjun Mansoor.

Mallikarjun Mansur_Jhan jhan jhan jhan payal mori baje

4.  Ab main sharan tumhari

Yet another beautiful light classical piece – a bhajan – which reminds you of KC Dey’s singing. I have to leave it to Subodh to explain the nuances of the Raga.

Ab main sharan tihari

5.  Meri Shyam suno meri binti

Another bhajan in a voice of surrender before the Lord.

Meri Shyam suno meri binti

6.  Rim jhim rim jhim barsao re

One has heard rain songs and rain songs. But this one stands apart for the beauty of its lyrics and the pathos in SD Burman’s voice. You would not have heard a sadder rain song when the heartless lover is away.

रिमझिम रिमझिम बरसाओ रे आंसू के मोती लुटाये जाओ रे

अम्बर से आये हैं बादल जो काले, छलके मेरे दो नैनों के प्याले
पिया के लगन में उठी हूक मन में
नन्हीं नन्हीं बूंदनिया बरसाओ रे बरसाओ रे

बीत गई रैना आई होने को भोर
आए नहीं मेरे बालम कठोर
बिरहा से व्याकुल रहूं मैं पिया बिन यूं ही उमरिया बिताये जाओ रे
बरसाओ रे बरसाओ रे

रोने से मेरे पत्थर पसीजे लोहे का दिल भी पसीजा
ऐसा कठोर पिया प्यारे का मन है विपदा पे मेरे नहीं ध्यान
किसको सुनाऊं मैं दुःख की कहानी टूटे हुए अपने दिल की जबानी
रो रो के हरदम गाए जाओ रे आंसू के मोती लुटाए जाओ रे

रिमझिम रिमझिम बरसाओ रे आंसू के मोती लुटाये जाओ रे

Let the raindrops fall and give away pearl like teardrops

When the dark clouds come in the sky, my two eyes spill over like cups overflowing
My heart cries out for my lover
Let tiny droplets of rains fall

The night has given way to dawn, but my heartless lover has not come
I shall pine for my lover who is away, and my life would wither away thus
Let the raindrops fall

My cries melt the hardest stone
But my lover is so heartless he cares not for my misery
Whom do I tell the story of my sadness and broken heart
May you sing the heartrending cry and give away the pearls of your tears

Let the raindrops fall and give away pearl like teardrops.

Rim jhim rim jhim barsao re

7.  Balam mujhse rooth ke sautan ke ghar jate ho

I can visualise the straying balam cringing when SD Burman admonishes him in his full throated voice.

Balam mujhse rooth ke sautan ke ghar jate ho

8.  Gundham hamare Gandhiji shubh naam hamare Gandhiji

A unique song obviously created as a tribute on Gandhiji’s assassination. Full of characteristic pathos in SD Burman’s voice accentuated by the sadness at the mad snuffing out of a loving and kind hearted soul.  Its tune reminds you of Jab tum hi chale pardes lagakar thes wo preetam pyara from Rattan.

Tribute to Gandhiji

9.  Kali badariya chaa gayi re, duet by SD Burman and Meera Dev Baurman

His wife, Meera Dev Burman was an excellent musician in her own right. She is credited as the writer of many of Burman’s famous Hindi and Bengali non-film songs. Here is another rain song in which she lends her voice with him.

Kari badariya chha gayi by SD Burman and Meera Dev Burman

10.  Kaun nagariya jao re

A song on the Krishna lore.

Kaun nagariya jao re

11.  Mere preetam pyare bansi wale

You can not have enough of SD Burman. Another Krishna song, now as a love song.

Mere preetam pyare bansi wale tu aa ja Kanhaiya aa ja

12.  Kaun aya sapno mein kaun aya

We have heard many of his incredibly romantic compositions in Hindi films in the voice of Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. His own songs were more of mysticism and deeper meaning of life. What if he himself chooses to sing a romantic melody? The non-film genre was distinguished for its lyrical poetry, which was sometimes compromised in film songs. With constraints of film music removed, SD Burman sings this heavenly romantic song (you may need a speaker to get good quality audio sound):

कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया रे, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया
नस नस में ये कैसा प्यार छाया रे, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

नैनों में चंचल आशाएं लिए, ज़ुल्फों में काली घटायें लिए
आँचल में ठंडी हवाएं लिए, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

मन में तरंगें उठाता हुआ, सोई उमंगें जगाता हुआ
भूला हुआ गीत गाता हुआ, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

जी भर के हंसने दो रोने दो आज, फिर बिछड़े मोती पिरोने दो आज
ज़ुल्फों की छांओं में खोने दो आज, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

ज़माना कहीं रूठ जाये ना फिर, ये सपना कहीं टूट जाये ना फिर
ये आँचल कहीं छूट जाए ना फिर, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

पलट दूंगा किस्मत की धारों को मैं, उभारूंगा डूबी किनारों को मैं
मना लूंगा जाती बहारों को मैं, कौन आया सपनों में कौन आया

Kaun aya sapno me kaun aya

13.  Phulgendwa na maro

We have heard this traditional bhairvi thumri by several classical singers. SD Burman himself composed this song in mujra style in Asha Bhosle’s voice in Fantoosh. There was an excellent Bhairvi composition, though in comic style, in Manna Dey’s voice in Dooj Ka Chand by Roshan. Strangely Manna Dey has been made to sing some great classical pieces as comic songs. Here the master of folk, SD Burman gives it a unique flavour. While the first line is the same as the traditional thumri, the remaining lyrics are different.

Phulgendwa na maro

14.  Chalo chalo prem ke sathi prem nagar hai jana

Now a characteristic SD Burman song with several layers of meaning.

Chalo chalo prem ke sathi prem nagar hai jana

15.  Dheere se jana bagiyan me re bhanwra

Let me end with SD Burman’s most celebrated non-film song Dheere se jana bagiyan me.  I started with a bhanwra song.  SD Burman had something about honeybees.  While Mere yauvan ki phulwari me bhanwra tu kyun ata hai was a lament of the flower that the bhanwra was driven by lust and not love for her, Dheere se jana is a kind of Instruction Manual by someone who has seen it all.  It tells the bhanwra to go to the garden on tip toe and approach the dainties delicately.  Implied in this is the acceptance that a bhanwra would go to the garden, whether it is for a short-term pleasure or long-term commitment is not material.

Dheere se jana bgiyan me re bhanwra

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

1 harvey October 31, 2012 at 1:13 am

Lovely!
You have amde your promise of making htis list true! Haven’t gone through this post as yet, but looking forward to it!
I am sure I will savour each song from this!
thanks!

2 AK October 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

Welcome back Harvey. I am sure you would love them no less than Sun mere bandhu re. Looking forward to your return after you have listened to them.

I thought you would also enjoy my previous post ‘A novice’s romance with Raga Durga’, because you have often mentioned you are not familiar with the grammar of classical music. No one can be more illiterate than me.

3 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

I also join in paying my tributes to the great S D B.
Since this article has said everything that a devout SD fan may have to say, I happily join in, fully, seconding, all that is said here.
I am quite sure SD may have created non-film songs in Hindi with the help of other singers, on the lines that he and his contemporary music directors did in Bengali. One certainly comes across the works of Khayyam in this area, but I am not aware of such work by other Greats.
If we can lay hands on that heritage, it would be just a wonderful experience.

4 N Venkataraman October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

Since I will be travelling for the next few days, I will go through this post at leisure. I am sure I will enjoy the post as much as your previous posts.
For now, let me join you in paying my respects to the great ” Sachin Karta”.

5 dustedoff October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

What a great post! I have heard some of SDB’s non-film songs in Bangla, but never his Hindi ones. These are lovely – I’ve spent my morning listening to these songs, and am going to listen to a couple of them all over again. I especially love his renditions of Jhan jhan jhan jhan manjira baaje and Phool gendwa na maaro.

Thank you!

6 AK October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thanks a lot. These songs are indeed incredibly beautiful. But his best songs are Bengali songs, which was his natural habitat. I do plan to write on his Bengali songs as well.

7 Suresh Maloo October 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I appreciate aesthetically fulfilling articles, and contents thereof, formulated by you, and enriching comments thereon, by very knowledgeable persons.
This one is really amazing, as it is revealing the treasure of Non-film songs composed by Burban Daa, the Music Maestro.
There may be quite a small number of people who know about these songs. Your effort shall make these songs familiar to persons like me.
Special thanks.

8 AK October 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thanks a lot for your compliments. SD Burman’s songs are not complete unless we take into account his non-film songs.

9 Subodh Agrawal November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Have mercy on us AK! How many great songs can one digest in one post! The condition of the music appreciation module in my brain is not very different from the state of my digestive system in the ongoing wedding season.

It is hard to pick a few out of this great collection, but I will make an attempt. I would pick 6, 9 and 12 on the first hearing. It may change on subsequent hearings.

I could not hear any one raga clearly in ‘Ab main sharan tumhari’. Shades of pilu, occasionally of jhinjhoti plus something else. It reminded me of Rattanbai’s 1935 classic ‘Tere pujan ko bhagwan’:

‘Jhan jhan payal baje’ in SDB’s voice is very sweet and classically perfect as the main composition goes. But let’s not do injustice to both by comparing his redition with Mallikarjun Mansur’s. The effortless way in which Mallikarjun glides through complex taans is hard to match for most accomplished classical performers. The most well known version of this composition is in Aftab-e mausiqi Faiyaz Khan Saheb’s richly textured voice:

10 AK November 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Subodh,
I have left about ten of his songs, to keep it manageable! SD Burman is too good. 6, 12 are my great favourites, as also 1, 3, 4 and 13. Both Rattanbai’s and Ustad Faiyaz Khan’s pieces are stunningly beautiful. I believe even though Jhande Khan is credited as the music director of Bharat Ki Beti, Tere pujan ko Bhagwan is composed by Anil Biswas, and it should be one of his earliest creations. Great talent indeed.

11 Subodh Agrawal November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Good that you have promised a post on SDB’s Bengali songs. For all I know, there may be enough material for a post on his Bengali songs that he later adapted in Hindi. I am aware of three so far: ‘Rongila rongila’ as ‘Aan milo aan milo shyam sanware’, ‘Bhulechi ghum’ as ‘Hum bekhudi mein tum ko pukare chale gaye’ and ‘Mono dilo na bodhu’ as ‘Jaane kya tune kahi.’

12 AK November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

These are by known to SoY regulars. There are some more, but the most beautiful are his Benagali songs which were not adapted for films. Those he did adapt, you get a feeling that his originals were far superior.

13 harvey November 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

The songs are all awesome, AK!
This might have not been the aim of your post, where I really ended up was listening to jhan jhan baaje by Pt Mallikarjun Mansoor.
No, I am not saying that SDB is not good or Pt Mallikarjun Mansoor is better, but for reasons unknown to me I ended up listening to that rendition again and again.
Have a guilty conscience! ;-)

14 Soumya Bnaerji November 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

Three more SDB Bengali songs that have Hindi versions:
Banshi Shune Aar Kaaj Nai – Neend Churaye Chain Churaye
Borne Chonde Geetitey – Phoolon Ke Rang Se
Neeshithe Jaiyo Bonophuley – Dheere Se Jaana Khatiyan Mein
Actually Jhan Jhan jhan, as rendered by SDB, is a Bengali song which has a Hindi version sung by Lata.

15 Soumya Bnaerji November 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

One more:
Alo Chaya Dola – Pawan Deewani Na Mani

16 AK November 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Harvey, I always asociated Jhan jhan jhan jhan payal mori baje with Mallikarjun Mansoor. He is awesome. I should have used my words more carefully. I meant, the fact that SD Burman sings Jhan jhan jhan jhan of no mean merit, shows his versatility.

So you do not have to feel guilty. You should be proud of your high taste. Mallikarjun Mansoor is regarded as a connoisseur’s singer. :)

17 AK November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Soumya,
Alo chhaya dola was new to me. Just heard it on YT. It is a wonderful song. Thanks.

18 N Venkataraman November 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

Akji,
Thanks for the bouquet of S D Burman’s non-film songs. Beautiful and everlasting. A fitting tribute the great maestro. I am hearing most of the songs for the first time. As expected, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them. Besides song 3, song nos. 1, 6, 11 and 12 were wonderful.
The renditions of Pt.Mallikarjun Mansoor, Ud. Faiyaz Khan and Rattan Bai were too good.
One of my favourite S D Burman’s song was “Prem Ka Pinjara Ho Gaya Soona”.
S D Burman was a great admirer of Ud. Faiyaz Khan Saheb.
I would like to quote from Manna Dey’s interview, where he recollects his long association with Burman Saab:
“Burman Saab was a great fan of Ustaad Faiyyaz Khan Sahib. In his early days he had presented a Nat Bihag bandish by Khan Saab’s
in Bengali. The Bandish was ‘Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Payal Baaje’, Burmanda presented it as ‘Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Manjira baaje’. In
Manzil he got me to sing a bandish originally recorded by Khan Saab. The Bandish was ‘Hato Kahe ko’. Before the recording Sachinda
told me ‘Zara Sambhaal ke gaana, Ustaad Faiyyaz Khan ka gaana hai” (sing with respect, it is a song by Ustaad Faiyyaz Khan!).”
Ustad Faiyaz Khan mesmarises with his rendering, ‘Hato kahe Ko Jhooti banao batiyan’

I am more familiar with some of S D Burman’s Bengali Songs and Hindi fim songs.
Among the Bengali songs, “Na Na Na Aamare Sashi Cheyo Na” is a beautiful song.
The song ‘Bhromar koio gia’ is another good song.
Those who are familiar with S D Burman’s songs will recognize the Hindi versions of the following songs:
“Modhu Brindabone Dhole Radha”
“Hai Ki Je Kori E Mono Niya”
“Door Kon Parabase”
I will be eagerly looking forward to your next write up on S D Burman’s Bengali songs.
PS : Can you give the name of the lyricist of all the songs, especially that of” Kaun aya sapnon me Kaun aya”.
Thanks once again.

19 AK November 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

Venkatramanji,
Your comments are extremely valuable. Thanks for adding Ustad Faiyyaz Khan’s Hato kahe ko jhoothi banao batiyan. It is out of this world. Songs you have mentioned would be very useful for my next post on SD Burman.

I have not been able to find the names of the lyricists of these songs, except Mere Shyam suno meri binti, which is attributed to Pt Bhushan. Kaun aya sapno me kaun aya re is also my great favourite. That is why I have given the full lyrics here.

20 Ariyan December 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

He was genius.i heared some good song,but i need more songs of SD Burman.

21 AK December 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

Aryan, yes indeed. There is a lot more of SDB to come. I have some tentative lists ready. I have to work on them. But they are likely to go in 2013.

22 Moti Lalwani December 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

AK,
Please write on his Bengali songs.
This is lovely. Yet to savor it completely. Thanks.

23 AK December 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I love his Bengali songs. I know which ones I like most. Let me see how soon I am able to put it up.

24 HQ Chowdhury December 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm

This is a good write up for those Bangalees who are not much familiar with Dada’s Hindi songs. However, I must add that Dada’s non film songs, Bangla or Hindi NEVER had any influence of Tagore or Nazrul’s school of music. Bangalees will never accept that. He created his own school. Also, he never sang Rabindra Sangeet. He sang only four songs of Nazrul Islam at the composer’s request. Of these three were of folk genre i.e, “Meghla nishi bhore”, “Chok gelo chokh gelo” and “Padmar dhew re” and the fourth one was based on Faiyaz Khan’s, Khambaj (Khamaj) based “Na manungi na manungi” khayal i.e. “Kuhu kuhu koyelia” . All the songs bear the typical SD style of singing which were no way near the Nazrul songs sung yesterday or today.

Also, it is wrong to compare Dada and Mallikarjun’s Natbehag. Dada’s one is semi classical while Mallikarjun’s is pure classical. Dada used folk shades in his rendition because of the lyrics which makes it different from the other. If comparision be at all made it should be between Faiyaz Khan’s original version ( not the three minute one) and Mallikarjun’s rendition which are purely classical.It is purely one’s taste.

Furthermore, Dada Hindi film songs in no way bear semblance to Tagore or Nazrul. Again it is his school. There are some songs whose mukhda/antara have common with Tagore and Nazrul’s songs as these were tapped from the same sources or inspired; but his presentation were totally different. Just as the bhairavi raags delivered Abdul Karim Khan, Faiyaz Khan, Bhishmadev Chatterjee and so many others. Same color but different distinct shades.

25 AK December 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks a lot for your comments which enhance our understanding of SD Burman’s non-film songs. Specially interesting was your comment that though he sang some songs of Nazrul Islam, these were not ‘Nazrul Geeti’.

26 Moti Lalwani December 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

AK,
I have received comments from Mr HQ Chowdhury, the author of recent book, ‘Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman’. As he has some internet problem at the moment, he has requested me to post his comments on his behalf.
Quote:
This is a good write up for those Bangalees who are not much familiar with Dada’s Hindi songs. However, I must add that Dada’s non film songs, Bangla or Hindi NEVER had any influence of Tagore or Nazrul’s school of music. Bangalees will never accept that. He created his own school. Also, he never sang Rabindra Sangeet. He sang only four songs of Nazrul Islam at the composer’s request. Of these three were of folk genre i.e, “Meghla nishi bhore”, “Chok gelo chokh gelo” and “Padmar dhew re” and the fourth one was based on Faiyaz Khan’s, Khambaj (Khamaj) based “Na manungi na manungi” khayal i.e. “Kuhu kuhu koyelia” . All the songs bear the typical SD style of singing which were no way near the Nazrul songs sung yesterday or today.

Also, it is wrong to compare Dada and Mallikarjun’s Natbehag. Dada’s one is semi classical while Mallikarjun’s is pure classical. Dada used folk shades in his rendition because of the lyrics which makes it different from the other. If comparision be at all made it should be between Faiyaz Khan’s original version ( not the three minute one) and Mallikarjun’s rendition which are purely classical. It is purely one’s taste.

Furthermore, Dada Hindi film songs in no way bear semblance to Tagore or Nazrul. Again it is his school. There are some songs whose mukhda/antara have common with Tagore and Nazrul’s songs as these were tapped from the same sources or inspired; but his presentation were totally different. Just as the bhairavi raagas delivered by Abdul Karim Khan, Faiyaz Khan, Bhishmadev Chatterjee and so many others. Same color but different distinct shades.
Unquote

27 Moti Lalwani December 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

AK,
Sorry, didn’t realise Mr HQ Chowdhury has also posted his write-up, by the time I did it on his behalf. You may delete my post. Thanks.

28 AK December 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

It happened because I was travelling, and being the first time his comment was awaiting approval. But thanks anyway. His comments are indeed very valuable. I would also look up for his book.

29 mumbaikar8 December 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

S. D. Burman is my most favorite music director…. like his hindi film songs too. ….did not know he had such good non filmi songs.
I always thought dheere se jana was a filmi song……
Thank you!

30 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 12:44 am

SDB’s nonfilmyhindi songs were completely unknown territory for me until i clicked on SDB in singers section. All songs r very pleasant. I had listened only kishoreda’s ‘dheere se jana khatiyan men’ until now. I liked ”mere yauvan ki phulwari men”, ”jhan jhan manjira”, ”Ab mai sharan tumhari, o brijbhanu kumari”, ”kaun aaya sapno me”, ”rimjhim rimjhim” and of course ”dheere se jana” very much. Many thanks 4 this presentation…akji.
The pure classical editions of ustad fayyad khan and pt.mallikarjun r some heavier dose 4 me :)) i feel comfortable upto semi classical….hahaha

”tere poojan ko bhagwan” of rattanbai is really marvellous discovery. It is the root tune of today’s many bhajans. Thanks 4 linking it Subodhji.

31 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 12:47 am

now listen this gujarati vaishnav bhajan inspired by ”tere poojan ko bhagwan” tune.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?client=mv-google&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=DXb9BhRoKSg

32 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

now listen this Parul ghosh’s very sweet song. The initial notes ”GunGun GunGun” and dada’s ”Rimjhim Rimjhim” r ditto. Both dadas began from same notes and then converted into 2 different sweet songs.

‘GunGun GunGun bole bhanwarawa hamari bagiya mein aaike’ (Parul Ghosh_Milan ['46]_Anilda)

http://m.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&client=mv-google&gl=GB&v=kRDfGcvNmdw

33 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:13 am
34 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:27 am

Akji..i m trying to fill the lost links here

(1) mere yauvan ki phulwari men
http://m.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&client=mv-google&gl=GB&v=0kaaBndo2VI

35 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:31 am
36 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:34 am
37 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:39 am
38 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:41 am
39 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:46 am

(6) rimjhim rimjhim
(link in comment #33)

(7) baalam mujhse rooth kar

http://m.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&gl=GB&client=mv-google&v=FMkmRaRi4Ec

40 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:49 am
41 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:51 am
42 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:54 am
43 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:56 am
44 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 1:58 am
45 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 2:05 am

(13) phool gendva na maro

Available in asha and mannada’s voices..not found in dada’s voice

(14) chalo chalo prem ke saathi

http://m.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&gl=GB&client=mv-google&v=ap6rFFEifYY

46 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 2:06 am
47 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

Kuhu kuhu koyaliya
Voice: SDB
Music & lyrics: Kazi Nazrul Islam

http://m.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&client=mv-google&gl=GB&v=abATZNv3CnY

48 jignesh kotadia February 3, 2013 at 2:12 am
49 AK February 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Jignesh,
Thanks a lot for your efforts. Fortunately all the links in the post are intact so far. You have added some ‘new’ songs. I should thank you for that. As I had mentioned, his non-film Hindi songs are about 25 in number and I have taken what I considered the best. I am happy that you enjoyed them. These are indeed wonderful gems.

50 jignesh kotadia February 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Akji…i cant see YT links for first 14 songs thru my mobile….but if the links r there, its nice. Plz delete those links of mine which r repeated and needless.

51 Bharat J Patwala March 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

AKji,
A great compilation.Most of the songs are a real treat.Comments and interaction increases our stock and provide delight.
Would you consider such theme for Hemantkumar, Talat , Rafi Mukesh ,Asha etc. ? List will be interesting.
Thanks

52 AK March 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Hemant Kumat, Talat Mahmood and Mukesh definitely because they have a distinct identity in NFS too. I am not a great fan of Asha Bhosle. However, I have done one post on her of my special favourites which included an NFS, Geet kitne ga chuki hun. Rafi somehow I feel does not have enough NFS of the quality of his film songs.

Incidentally one post I have done on KL Saigal is of his NFS. My post on Pankaj Mullick contains a good number of NFS. Songs of Yore would necessarily include NFS of many singers. Besides the above, for example Jagmohan, Juthika Roy etc.

53 A. Sen April 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Did SD Burman sing the Bhajan “Vaishnav Jan to”? if yes does anyone have it avialable? Thanks

54 AK April 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

This site gives SD Burman’s Hindi non-film songs. It does not include Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye.

http://www.sdburman.com/hnfmusic.html

I checked up the list of his film and Bengali non-film songs. This bhajan does not figure in the list. So, from whatever information is availble, it seems he did not sing this bhajan.

55 Moti Lalwani June 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Friends, here is an anecdote about Sachinda’s singing ability as described in a recent book on him. Enjoy.

SD Burman mesmerises K. L. Saigal:
‘In a musical performance, Sachin was listed to perform after Saigal. Saigal had to sing a few more songs than scheduled on popular demand. He had to ignore further requests in order to keep his next appointment for which the organizers had already arrived.

Almost at the gate, Saigal came to sudden halt and stood like a statue. Sachin had started singing ‘Ami chhinu eka’. It had not been recorded as yet. Overwhelmed, Saigal sat down on a chair. He was dumbfounded. Was it not his song! It was he who had rendered the tune in Khambaj for the first time in ‘Kaun bujhai Rama tapat mera man ki’, a thumri. But in Sachin’s voice, the intoxicating tune had been transformed completely.

A feeling of solitude and loneliness filled the hearts of the audience. They were swept away on the waves of the anguish-laden melody – surpassing the tune, beyond the dictates of Khambaj – a mix of thumri and folk, which rose, reached a crescendo and then fell only to rise again.

Saigal sat mesmerized till the song ended. He came to senses at the cry of joy from the audience. Such was the magic of Sachin’s style, the enchantment of his tune. In the words of Kabir Suman: ‘Sachin- karta is unparalleled in the art of assimilation’. He could internalize the tune by any music composer and give it his own style.’
(Source: ‘S.D. Burman – The World of His Music’, biography by Khagesh Dev Burman)
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56 AK June 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Moti Lalwani,
This is a fabulous anecdote, and entirely believable. Thanks a lot. Was ‘Ami chhinu eka’ recorded later? I have heard a good number of SD Burman’s Bengali songs, I do not think it is there on YT.

57 Moti Lalwani June 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

AK,
‘Ami chhinu eka’, with lyrics by Ajay Bhattacharya, was released in 1940. I have not tried to locate it on Youtube.
But for non Bengalis, there is a Bengali gentleman named Sankar (Youtube name: infinityTObeyond), who has been translating Bengali songs and posting them on Youtube. I have been sending him some of the songs in MP3 format.
I am posting here beautiful ‘Ghum Bhulechi’ song, based on which ‘Hum bekhdi mein’ from ‘Kala Pani’ was created by SDB.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL4_xJzDMqQ

Incidentally, SDB based ‘Ghum bhulechi’ on a Muharram song, tune of which Pandit Ram Narayan had brought to his attention. I have interviewed Pandit Ram Narayan and confirmed the anecdote. Panditji did not know that SDB had first created Bengali song ‘Ghum Bhulechi’ after which came ‘Hum bekhudi mein’ song.

58 Moti Lalwani June 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This is what Padma Bhushan Pandit Ram Narayan has said in a Vividh Bharati program:
Vividh Bharati’s ptogram ‘Sargam Ke Sitare’ – Guest: Pt Ram Narayan
“S D Burman, bahut rangeen aadmi the, woh jaan-boojhkar mere saath galat Hindi mein baat karte the. Bahut maza aaya unke saath kaam karke. Woh mere achchhe doston mein se ek the. Unhe pata tha ki kis musician se kya kaam karwana hai.
Ek gaana tha “Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukaare chale gaye”, iska tune bhi maine suggest kiya tha, iske original bol the “Le rasool se jo musalmaan badal gaya” yeh ek traditinal gaana hai jo maine Muharram ke mauke pe Lahore mein suna tha. Burman dada ko dhun pasand aaya aur unhone Majrooh sahab se bol likhwa liye.
Song played: ‘Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukaare chale gaye’

Incidentally, one muslim wrote to me that it could be a Muharram Marsiya song.

59 Moti Lalwani June 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Wikipedia:
Marsiya (Marsia) (Persian: مرثیہ‎) is an elegiac poem written (especially in Persia and India) to commemorate the martyrdom and valour of Hussain ibn Ali and his comrades of the Karbala.[1] They are essentially religious.[1]

60 Canasya June 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

“Ami chhinu eka” can be heard at the following page (song # 40)
http://www.dhingana.com/swapon-na-bhangey-jodi-song-s-d-burman-rare-bangla-songs-vol-1-to-4-bengali-3f34471
It is also available on one of SaReGaMa’s CDs.
Because AKji has included an SDB-Meera Dev Burman (Hindi) duet in his list I would like to point out two of SDB’s Bengali duets that are also available on the same page:
#75 Banshi tomar hatey dilam (with Mira Dev Burman)
#76 Ke dilo ghum bhangaye (with Mira Dev Burman)

61 AK June 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

Moti Lalwani, Canasya
How can I thank you! This song is an absolute gem. And I can believe KL Saigal would have stood in a trance. Canasya, some of the songs in the list are on YT, but some I could not get. I have to spend some more time on it. There are many, such as Swapon na bhagey jodi, which are beyond words.

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