Tuesday, June 22, 2010

O.P.Nayyar, Tonga Beats etc.

Recently I could get a rare O.P.Nayyar album, titled 'The Magnificent O.P.Nayyar, His Memorable Film Hits' through a contact from Pune. The album contains a few of Nayyar's very beautiful songs from lesser known films like Choo Mantar( Tumhin ne dard diya hai),Ustad, Qaidi, Do Ustad, Diya to Jala(Dhake ki malmal-C.H.Atma), Jali Note, etc. The album also contains the great Rafi hit,'Raat bhar ka hain mehman andhera'from film 'Sone ki Chidiya' and the film Bapre Baap number,'Piya piya piya mera jiya pukare'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxgA-d_DwJY&feature=related

Listening to this record and the 'piya piya' song, another of Nayyar's famousTonga(horse drawn carriage)beat songs, took my mind to his other similar songs like the 'Maang ke saat tumhara' from Naya Daur, the 'Tumsa Nahin dekha' song and the 'haule haule' song from film Sawan ki ghata','Lakhon hain nigahon mein' from Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon',and 'Deewana Huaa Baadal' from Kashmir ki Kali, Mujhe Mera Pyar de do' of film 'Humsaya' etc. All these songs have the sound of horse hooves in the background. It also made me make a mental search of songs, of other music directors, having the sound of horse hooves and the peculiar 'tonga beats' in the background.

One of the earliest of such songs was 'Chale pawan ki chal' by Pankaj Mullick from the 1941 film, 'Doctor'.There is also another song from this film again sung by Pankaj Mullick,viz., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NX6S3aw6bc " Aayi bahar aaj".These two beautiful songs are even now heard on Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation in its program 'Purani Geet' in the mornings.

Another music director who had used the sound of horse hooves and tonga beats beautifully in the background is Naushad. In film Kohinoor there is this very popular song,'koi pyar ki dekhe jaadugari'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ7ROcqGYCE (Lata-Rafi - Dilip Kumar- Meena Kumari) and in the film 'Ann', again a Dilip Kumar starrer , there is this haunting song, 'Dil mein chupake pyar (rafi)'. In these two songs and in several of his songs in films like Ram aur Shyam, Leader, Uran Khatola etc. Naushad had shown that he is as good as O.P. Nayyar in handling 'tonga beat songs'. Yes, there is one more song (Lata-Shamshad Begum)

'Bachpan ke din bhulana dena', in film Deedar, once a
gain a Dilip Kumar starrer with Nargis, in which Naushad had shown his mastery over 'horse hooves'.

Music Director Ravi , like O.P. Nayyar, had given a lot of importance to rhythm in his music. The, 'Bar bar dekho, hazar bar dekho', song from film 'China Town'(Shammi Kapoor-Shakila starrer) is just one example. And Ravi does a Nayyar with the song 'Hamse na poocho hum kahan chale''(Rafi- Asha) in this film with the sound of trotting horse in the back ground. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEH86NVQ_yk&feature=fvw

That brings to my mind music diector Salil Chowdhury who also had the penchant for the 'tonga beats' as seen in the 'Dil tadap tadap' and the 'ghadi ghadi mere dil' songs from film Madhumati. Again just listen to the Lata-Talat song,'Itna na na mujh se' from film Chhaya and the Lata-Talat song, 'Aha rim jim ki ye pyare pyare' from film ,'Usne kaha tha,' to enjoy the beautiful blend of back ground music and the 'tak tak'of horse hooves. A pure 'horse hooves' song of Salil is in film, 'Tangawali,viz., 'Hal ke halke chalo saware', a beautiful duet by Hemanr Kumar and Lata. As in the music of O.P. Nayyar the strains of tonga beat is inbuilt in many songs of Salil Chowdhury also.

One of the features of these songs is that most of th
em are duets where the hero and the heroine enjoy a tonga ride singing to their hearts' content!!That reminds me of the song of Mukesh in film Lal Bungla(Music Usha Khanna), 'Chaand ko kya maalooon', with Sujith kumar and shyama(if I remember correct) riding a tonga in a scene similar to the Dilip Vyjayanthimala song in Naya Daur.

Well, with the disappearance of costume dramas, films on kings and kingdoms, charming princes and princesses and horse riding sword swinging heros and villains, village belles, their lovers and feudal go-getters, music lovers are denied new songs in this genre since long. But memories about actors, who did such roles, like Ranjan, Mahipal, Premnath, Bharat Bhushan, Dilip Kumar, ,Jairaj, Ajith, Nimmi, Suraiyya, KaminiKaushal, Bina Rai, MeenaKumari, M.G.R, M.N.Nambiar,Veerappa and
several others and their period films still enliven old timers. I still remember receiving the tragic news of the death of that highly popular and handsome singer actor Shyam, of film Dillagi fame, who died falling from the horse he was riding for the film Shibistan in 1951! Who can forget the duet, in film Dillagi, he sang with Suraiya, the heroine of the film, 'Too mera chaand mein teri chandini'?( The song and its tune appeared in Malayalm as 'Neeyen chandrane njan nin chandrika,ooh......Was it in film Navalokam?)

Tail piece:-Which is the best ever duet with the sound of horse hooves in the back ground?Undoubtedly the Filmfare Award winning Asha-Rafi song,'Maang ke saath tuhmara' from film Naya Daur.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I have been away from blogging and away from my gramophones and music records, not by option but by force of circumstances, for the last one month.

I lost my only brother on the 21st of May unexpectedly. He was taken from his office and admitted to a hospital on the evening of the 18th May with giddiness and he passed away after three nights on the 21st.afternoon. Loads of medicines, fluids, injections, tests, scans, a brain surgery and the continuous day and night vigil by us outside the ICU and the CCU did not help as he breathed his last on the 21st after a sudden cardiac failure as told to us by the doctors. The end came as a shock to all of us as his condition was stated to be continuously improving for about 34 hours after the surgery and we were all feeling slightly relieved.

On the 8th May we had lost our only uncle, aged 85 years but quite healthy, at Trichur. Myself and my brother along with our families had travelled together to Trichur to attend to uncle's last rites. My brother, a bit shaken, was overseeing the arrangements etc., for the funeral, he being the eldest nephew. Watching my brother, an unholy thought as to how I would face the situation in case something happened to him had crossed my mind. I had chided myself immediately for entertaining such a thought and soon forgot about it. As ill luck would have it, I have been forced to face the situation within two weeks. Of course the shock and panic are fading and all of us are limping back to normalcy.

Well, brother, you have been fastidious and well planned in everything you did. Your punctuality, sense of personal hygiene and appearance, planning and execution, meticulous book keeping and maintenance of records, your desire to go only for the best, your willingness to extend whatever help you could to others and, above all, your honesty and integrity made us all proud. Probably you had planned your departure also this way to avoid possible inconvenience to others!

You have left with me a lot of fond memories about our childhood, school days in our village, later our college days at Calicut and life thereafter. I remember how stoically you had faced personal tragedies and set backs in life. I have pleasant and glorious memories about your very successful professional career in banking in India and abroad. It was celebration time for us whenever you came home on leave.

First my mother, then my father and, thereafter, my uncle. And now, good bye my brother. We will meet again there.

Tail piece: Are our ICUs and CCUs trustworthy? How can we ensure that patients left by us in ICUs are in safe enough hands and that they are getting the expected attention in time? Have not the near and dear ones of the patients waiting round the clock outside the ICUs got the right to get information about the patients at frequent intervals from competent persons?