May 29, 2024



Hindi Film Qawwalis – 1 – Mehfil Mein Meri

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I was thinking about this publish for a very prolonged time. All of us are, in normal, fond of listening to Hindi film Qawwalis for their vibrant presentation, the charming rhythm and a common way of repeating the verses. Even though the unique Qawwali and filmy Qawwali are not the identical, the latter need to have contributed to its popularity in the typical public.

This time, I truly had a couple posts up my sleeves. But in some way when I started reading these song lists, I could not take pleasure in the tunes. I was unable to feel more than the themes. So I made a decision to search for one more topic. So I believed of giving this concept a test and the final result was good. The Qawwalis cheered me up!

When I went via the historical past of Qawwali, it was extremely interesting.

Qawwali is the Sufi-Islamic devotional new music that is performed outside the house the Dargahs. The Chistiya Tarriqa of Sufi Islamic heritage contributed to the inception and shaping of Qawwali songs. In the 13th century, Amir Khusro, a disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, blended the ideologies of various nations around the world like Persia, Turkey, India to lay a basis for Qawwali audio.

Qawwali is usually executed by a crew of vocalists and instrumentalists. There is a single guide singer accompanied by a workforce of supporting vocalists who repeat the couplets after the lead singer. Generally there are a couple side singers, who sit near the guide singer and a group of refrain singers occupies the back again row, who also clap in the course of the recitation.The accompanying devices include harmonium, and/or Sarangi, normally in the entrance row with tabla, dholak in the back again row. But Hindi movie Qawwalis never adhere to it routinely.

A usual Qawwali begins with a prelude played largely on the harmonium (it’s stated that sarangi was used earlier, but afterwards harmonium was applied a lot more commonly, as the former wanted retuning) , which is followed by an aalap by the aspect singers. The guide singer then opens with a preamble that is not generally a element of the principal music, but belongs to the topic. The principal track starts off later on with the introduction of percussion devices and hand clapping to assist the percussion rhythm.

The ultimate end result is phenomenal!

While the Hindi film Qawwalis are portrayed in another way, the essence of the authentic design and style is preserved to an extent. On the other hand there have been all female Qawwalis in Hindi movies appropriate from the 40s, a aspect that is not still viewed frequently even in mainstream Qawwali.

When I begun recollecting qawwalis from Hindi cinema, I could collect a excellent number of tunes and (as usual) experienced to divide it into many sections, making it a collection instead than a solitary publish. And the easiest way to the division was to go decade wise.

So today’s publish focuses on the Hindi film Qawwalis from the 40s and 50s.

Typically the Hindi film Qawwalis are presented as a muqabla in between two groups in which the opponents check out to rating more than each other. On scarce occasions, a qawwali like composition is introduced as a light hearted fun music. I observed a couple of songs that though composed in a qawwali model, are a bit atypical. I have integrated a pair this kind of music on the checklist.

Let’s begin… … …

1. Aahen Na Bhari Shikwe Na Kiye – Zeenat (1945) Kalyani, Noorjahan, Zohrabai Ambalewali & Refrain / Hafiz Khan – Nakshab JarchaviIt is very evident that I am going to start off with the first common Hindi movie qawwali. Maybe it was certainly the very first onscreen Hindi film qawwali. And it’s all woman qawwali. I was a minimal curious to examine Noorjahan in the singer’s record, but her absence in the movie. As she was the feminine lead of the film and sang the tune as well, I was looking for her. When I questioned about it to Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, he additional that she was to take part in the song, but in the end couldn’t. And that indicates inadvertently, she grew to become a playback singer for this qawwali.When I watched the track cautiously, other than for Cuckoo and Shashikala, I couldn’t uncover any other familiar faces. Even however Shyama is typically outlined, I could not recognise her. Fairly an fulfilling Qawwali telling about the saga of Really like in basic.

2. Zara Sunlight Lo Hum Apne Pyar Ka – Bazaar (1949) Rajkumari, Lata Mangeshkar & Refrain / Shyam Sunder & Husnalal Bhagatram – Qamar JalalabadiWe see Nigar Sultana and her crew reciting qawwali on phase. She’s a singer dancer at Khanna theatres, who’s on an All India tour. The workforce travels the principal metropolitan areas throughout India such as Delhi, Calcutta (now Kolkata) and also Lahore. The qawwali is superior and rhythmic, but there’s no hand clapping at all in the audio and hence in the picturisation. If you pay attention carefully, there’s one particular more woman voice at 03.33. It does not sound either like Lata Mangeshkar or Rajkumari. Pay attention to the portion ‘Mohabbat Karne Wale Ko’, it’s definitely not Lata’s singing. If anyone has any info about this, make sure you include to your remark.If you have viewed the motion picture, the titles point out Shyam Sunder and Husnalal Bhagatram both equally as songs composers. There’s a story that goes like this. Shyam Sunder who regretably was a drunkard, did not make it to a track recording 1 day. His then assistants, Husnalal and Bhagatram, recorded this lovely qawwali for the film. And I consider as a result the duo is also credited in the titles.

3. Khabar Kisi Ko Naheen – Beqasoor (1950) Rafi, Mukesh, G M Durrani & Chorus / Anil Biswas – Ehsaan RizviBeqasoor also options a qawwali when Ajit, who performs a police inspector, comes at a suspicious place, that of villian’s den, for a raid. He is in disguise and his crew is outside the house waiting around for his signal. The track is sung excellently by the singers and follws a common system. G M Durrani, who was a extremely well-liked singer of the 40s, received sidetracked with the entry of a new technology of male playback singers.

4. Meri Duniya Loot Rahi Thi – Mr & Mrs 55 (1955) Rafi & Refrain / O P Nayyar – MajroohHere, not the major guy, but a road singer sings the qawwali. A sad but silent Expert Dutt walks down the road and the tune unfolds as if the singer is telling Guru Dutt’s individual tale to the world. The song is supported by very superior lyrics and a regular qawwali tune. But I guess the tune is to some degree underrated, it is overshadowed by other well known tunes from the movie.

5. Marna Bhi Mohabbat Mein – Azaad (1955) Raghunath Jadhav & Chorus / C Ramchandra – Rajendra KrishanYet one more gem of a qawwali! Once more the song is not as preferred as the other tunes from the movie. Rajendra Krishan has nailed the lyrics, which would make us utter ‘Wah wah!’ as the verse finishes. The on display singers are Balam and Grasp Nissar as for each numerous discussions on the online. I retained on finding the perception that there had been two singers. And that was not owing to two actors lip-synching to the song. The thriller will be unsolved forever now.

6. Aankhon Mein Tumhare Jalwe Hain – Shirin Farhad (1956) Rafi & Chorus / S Mohinder – Saba AfghaniThe track is picturised exterior a dargah, a location where by a qawwali was at first sung. A excellent qawwali with the regular orchestration and tune. Continue to all the qawwali spell a mesmerizing outcome on the listeners.The tune appears to portray the despair faced by the few, Madhubala and Pradeep Kumar. Pradeep Kumar and a few other actors lip sync to Rafi’s voice, however Madhubala recognises it as Pradeep Kumar’s voice. I had a very good chortle at it, but then it is a film! We tend to ignore these types of items, never we?

7. Humen To Loot Liya – Al Hilal (1957) Ismail Azad Qawwal & Refrain / Bulo C Rani – Shewan RizviOne of the most effective acknowledged and the most well known Hindi movie Qawwalis. Ismail Azad Qawwal was a pretty celebrated qawwal of the 40s-50s. He has sung quite a few popular qawwalis published by Anwar Masroor. He is famous for singing qawwali with lyrics acquiring sheer meanings and lessons in them. His qawwalis and singing fashion has been copied by other qawwals.

8. Jalwa Jo Tera Dekha Humne – Gateway of India (1957) Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum, Usha Mangeshkar & Meena Mangeshkar / Madan Mohan – Rajendra KrishanMadan Mohan, regarded for his ghazals, has also composed a few qawwalis for Hindi films. This lesser recognized a person from the 50s, yet highlights his mastery above this style as very well.

9. Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai – Sadhana (1958) Rafi, Balbir & Refrain / N Datta – SahirSadhana was a person of the few films that I viewed right after starting the web site. I liked the theme and the all round treatment of it. It was definitely in advance of its time. Vyjayantimala plays a courtesan identified as Champa, who enacts a first rate female. Gradually she realises the futility of her everyday living and she’s just an item of gratification. One particular working day she decides to gown up like a decent bride, but is built enjoyment of by her ‘customers’. They sing a qawwali in her praise that has superior lyrics, apt to the scenario. Lastly Champa arrives in her typical avatar. The qawwali has a touch of Mujra as nicely in my opinion, largely the prelude presents an perception like that. The clapping of fingers produces a excellent rhythm.

The yr 1960 was a turning level of the ten years, as it not only marked the finish of the 10 years of the 50s, but also introduced a wave of prosperous qawwalis in Hindi movies. It had an influence on the 60s as very well. I’ve listed four songs from 1960.

10. Na To Karwan Ki Talash Hai – Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) Manna Dey, S D Batish, Asha Bhosle, Rafi, Sudha Malhotra & Chorus / Roshan – SahirRoshan was declared the King of Qawwalis immediately after the grand achievements of this motion picture. The film highlighted a variety of preferred tunes such as qawwalis. Some look at Na To Karwan Ki Talash and Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai as one music, other folks different music. Even so it enchants the listeners in either circumstance. A Qawwali competitiveness in the movie characteristics these music. The song portrays unconditional really like and the saga of Adore. It merges all the boundaries of faith with the point out of Radha Krishna, Quran and Allah, Gautam Buddha in a one track spreading the concept of appreciate.

11. Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azamakar – Mughal e Azam (1960) Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum & Chorus / Naushad – Shakeel BadayuniAnother Qawwali Muqabla, in between Anarkali (Madhubala) and Bahaar (Nigar Sultana). They are meant to impress Prince Salim by profitable the argument. A excellent qawwali with a whole lot of clapping, aalaps etc. Madhubala, who sings in favour of adore, gets a thorny twig of rose when Bahaar gets the rose.

12. Apni Ulfat Ko Khushiyon Ki Kahani – Basant (1960) Rafi, Balbir & Asha Bhosle / O P Nayyar – Qamar JalalabadiShammi Kapoor in disguise attends Nutan’s birthday party and sings the gorgeous Qawwali. He’s aided by Johny Walker. Fairly an pleasing music, even though not popular! The song maintains O P Nayyar contact in the interludes. The lyrics also have a contact of humour, primarily the verses sung on display screen by Johny Walker.

13. Sharmake Ye Kyun Sab – Choudvin Ka Chand (1960) Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum & Refrain / Ravi – Shakeel BadayuniRehman is fascinated by the attractive Waheeda Rehman. He watches her secretly throughout a operate at property, unaware of the truth that she’s his greatest friend’s wife. Nevertheless an additional all woman Qawwali, that is all enjoyment and leg pulling as properly. The women praise the अदाएं of beautiful gals and also communicate about the generosity of the males. It’s simply because of their appreciation of the ladies’ beauty that tends to make it worthwhile. I discover it quite attention-grabbing that a single team of girls consider men’s side.

There are a handful of tracks which have a tune and instrumental preparations that are pretty related to a qawwali, though use of clapping sounds or chorus singers are lacking in the music. I imagine, the two part track from Khidki (1948), Kismat Hamare Saath Hai also falls in the group. It sounds like a qawwali, but no clapping sounds.I’ve added a few of tracks that in shape the class.

14. Haseenon Se Mohabbat Ka Anjaam – Albela (1951) Chitalkar / C Ramchandra – Rajendra KrishanQuite an pleasurable exciting song! Chitalkar’s voice satisfies Bhagwan so perfectly! There is a good deal of bitching, nevertheless all enjoyment and in a lighter vein. In the past verse he even declares a bedbug to be better than a gorgeous girl. The previous bites you only when you’re asleep, but a girl will be at any time prepared for it. All in qawwali type, but without a refrain aid and hand clapping.

15. Apna To Zamane Mein Bas Itna – Naya Andaaz (1956) Kishore Kumar / O P Nayyar – Jaan Nisar AkhtarThe song seems to be a avenue song with a substantial viewers listening to it, such as a extremely wonderful and magnificent Meena Kumari having fun with it in her automobile.In complete contrast to the song from Albela, this tune is in praise of ladies and portrays a loyal devotee of the beloved lady. Kumkum and Johnny Walker on dholak and tabla respectively, support him. All over again, no chorus singers or hand clapping at all. The song however has a contact of qawwali to it in my impression. The presentation does remind me of a single.

Be sure to add your favorite Qawwali preserving in brain the timeline.

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