Saturday, 18 November 2017

Mere Mehboob na ja, aaj ki raat na jaa from the movie “Noor Mahal” , Composed by Jani Babu Qawwal, lyrics by: Saba Afghani-1965


SUMAN KALYANPUR  got very few OPPORTUNITIES to PERFECT her art and to Really shine like in this WONDERFUL HAUNTING SONG, “Mera Mehboob na ja, aaj ki raat na ja” from the movie “Noor Mahal” , composed by Jani Babu ( Qauwal) with lyrics by Saba Afghani and whatever Chance she got to show her immense TALENT & VOICE , it was  because between 1964 to 1968 Rafi had a TIFF with Lata Mangeshkar on a matter of principle that after collecting their CONTRACTUAL PAYMENT from the Film Producers / Music Directors , the Play - Back singer being an EMPLOYEE of the  Film Producer / Music Director from one song to another, has no right to demand FUTURE ROYALTY in addition to the CONTRACTUAL AMOUNT but Lata Mangeshkar was DEMANDING ROYALTY in addition to the CONTRACTUAL AMOUNT for the first time ,which was  not the practice then, and so Rafi & Lata stopped singing DUETS  for four years (1964-1968) and becuase of this Vacuum of Rafi-Lata Duets, Music Directors like Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji Anandji,Naushad, Kayam, Sonik Omi, Usha Khanna,  Lakshmi Kant Pyarelal and many others started giving BIG BREAKS to Suman Kalyanpur for DUETS with RAFI  like the super hit duets –tujhe pyar karte hain karte rahenge and Kehdo kehdo jahan se, ishq par zor nahin-from the movie April Fool,(Shankar Jaikishan-1964,) Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche har zaban par- from the movie Brahmachari ( again Shankar Jaikishan), tum ne pukara aur hum chale aye – from the movie Rajkumar ( Shankar Jaikishan), Raat suhani  jaag rah hai, chupke chupke chori chori oh, from the movie Jigri Dost ( Laksmikant Pyarelal), agar teri Jalwa Numai na hoti- from Beti Bete,(Shankar Jaikaishan),Dile Betaab ko seenay se lagana hoga,from the movie Palki ( Naushad), Parbaton ke pedun par sham ka basera hai – movie Shagun ( Khyam), Itna hai tumse pyar mujhe mere razdar- from the movie Suraj ( Shankar Jaikishan), Ke jaan chali jaye Jia Nahin jaye- from the movie Anjana ,(Lakshmi kant Payrelal), kisne mujhe sada di Kisne mujhe pukara awaz dene wale awaz de dobara- from the movie “Saaz aur Awaaz ( Naushad), na na karte pyar tumhin se kar baithe- from the movie – jab jab phool khile- (Kalyanji Anandji),Tujhe chaha,tujhe pooja, bas itni qata hai meri aur qata kya- From the movie – Choti si Mulaqat- (Shankar Jaikishan), Tu jangal ki morni te main jangal ka mor- from the movie Raja Saab ( Kalyanji Anandji), Tum se oh hasina na- from the movie FARZ ( Lakshmikant Pyarelal) and so on and so forth – many more or countless such duets  she got to sing with Rafi and above all this solo GEM –“Mere Mehboob na ja, aaj ki raat na ja”for which one can say that EVEN if one doesn't understand the LANGUAGE  one can’t  MISS the  the Pathos and Pining  that Suman Kalyanpur has put in to this  WONDERFUL rendition by her and  in a most HAUNTING VOICE  that is MATCHLESS  and I venture to say that even LATA MANGESHKAR'S many Haunting Melodies like " Naina Barse rim Jhim, Lag Ja Gale " both from Woh Kaun Thi , and "Kahin deep Jale Kahin Dil" from the movie Bees saal Baad AND the marvelous composition of Salil Chaudhary "aaja re Pardesi, main tu kab se khadi iss paar" from the movie Madhumati, AND the OLD - gem from MAHAL, "ayeg ayega, aane wala, ayega ayaega", though these too are GEMS from Lata Mangeshkar, but the above song sung by SUMAN KALYANPUR - "Mere Mehboob Na Ja, Aaj ki raat na ja"; I am sure, most music lovers will RATE this TRULY HAUNTING & PATHOS filled SONG by Suman Kalyanpur,HIGHER than all the other haunting songs of Lata Mangeshkar that I have listed above.

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