Saigal aur Dabistan-e-Lakhnau IV

To carry on about the contribution of the Dabistan-e-Lakhnau to the immortal voice of K L Saigal….

In the last two posts on this subject,  I had presented some lyrics written by famous Urdu poet, Janaab Syed Anwar Hussain urf Manjhu Sahab Arzu Lakhnavi for Saigal. But as I said, Arzu was not the only one of the Lucknow school and culture to be associated with Saigal.

When the superstar moved to Bombay in the early 1940s for greener pastures, there was a duo that crafted some of his memorable and iconic songs including the one … but I guess I am getting ahead of my story. All is good time, all in good time

The duo was the music director (and a good poet himself) Naushad Ali, and the lyricist,  Asrar ul Hassan Khan Majrooh Sultanpuri – both stalwarts of Lakhnavi culture and ethos, not to mention the language of tehzeeb and nazakat. And when this comes in contact with an unparalleled and unprecedented talent like Saigal, well, the whole result is set to be stupendous at the least.

And so it was… the film they collaborated was in Shahjehan (1946). To add to the mix was the presence of another poet from the same tradition. Patience, all will be revealed soon 

Who does not remember this?

Gham diye mustaqil, kitna naazuk hai dil, ye na jaana
Haay haay ye zaalim zamaana

De uthe daag lau unse ai maah-e-nau ke sunana
Haay haay ye zaalim zamaana

Dil ke haathon se daaman churhakar
Gham ki nazron se nazre bachaakar
Uthke vo chal diye, kahte hi rah gaye ham fasaana
Haay haay ye zaalim zamaana

Koi meri ye ruudad dekhe, ye mohabbat ki bedaad dekhe
Phuk raha hai jigar, parh raha hai magar muskuraana
Haay haay ye zaalim zamaana

Gham diye mustaqil, kitna naazuk hai dil, ye na jaana
Haay haay ye zaalim zamaana

Or

Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom, Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom

Abr-e-bahar aa gaya, door-e-khiza chala gaya
Ishq muraad pa gaya, husn ki mach rahi hai jhoom 
Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom, Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom

Chhitki huyi hai chaandni, masti mein hai kali kali
Jhoom rahi hai zindagi, tu bhi hazaar baar jhoom
Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom, Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom

Taare hain maahtaab hai, husn hai aur shabab hai
Zindagi kamayaab hai, arzuon ka hai hujoom
Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom, Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom

Tera nasha tera ‘Khumar’, ab hai bahar hai bahar
Pi ke khushi mein bar bar, pir-e-jawaan ke haath choom
Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom, Ae dil-e-beqarar jhoom

As you might make out from the maqta, this was by Khumaar Barabankvi, another stalwart of the school. But it was an exception. It was Majrooh, who provided the other lyrics. Like this, which aptly picture the state of a mind of a monarch who is bowed down by grief.

Chaah barbaad karegi hamen maaloom na tha
Rote rote hi kategi hamen maaloom na tha

Maut bhi ham pe hansegi hamen  maaloom na tha
Zindagi rog banegi hamen maaloom na tha
Chaah barbaad karegi hamen maaloom na tha

Chhaayi ghanghor ghata chaand sitare na rahe
Vah umeeden na rahi ab vah sahaare na rahe
Ghair to ghair hi the vah bhi hamaare na rahe
Ham pe aisi bhi padhegi hamen maaloom na tha
Chaah barbaad karegi hamen maaloom na tha

To be continued……

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