Friday, October 3, 2008

Madan Mohan had not lost his appeal even today

Madan Mohan had not lost his appeal even today.

Although music had undergone a lot of reforms in the last 10 years, many composers of the golden age of bollywood music like Madan Mohan had not lost his appeal and the music had not become obsolete even with passage of time.
His song “do ghari woh jo pass aa baithe” became popular in the late 50s, as it was sung by Rafi and Lata and picturised on Bharat Bhushan and Madhubala. Al the songs of the film Adalat became hit with the brilliant lips of Pradeep Kumar and Nargis.

In the 60s Madan Mohan became a leading composer with excellent music given in the films Jahan- Ara, Ghazal, Woh Kaun Thi, Haqeekat, Mera Saya, etc. In Jahan – Ara, songs like “phir wohi shaam”, sung by Talat Mehmood, “baad muddat ke yeh ghari ayi”, sung by Rafi, “kisiki yaad me apnako hai bhulaye huye”, became super hits.

In Ghazal, Rafi’s song “rang aur noor ki baraat” became landmark hit. Lata’s songs in Woh Kaun Thi created history including songs like “naina bares”, “lagja gale”, etc. All the songs in the film Haqeekat became hit including “kar chale hum phida” sung by Rafi, “hoke majboor usne bulaya hoga” sung by Rafi, Bhupinder Singh, Manna Dey, Talat Mehmood and “zarasi aahat” sung by Lata. The songs had extraordinary lyrics written by Kaifi Azmi.

Madan Mohan is known for composing some of the most notable ghazals composed in the history of bollywood music including “tumhare zulfoki sayeme shaam kar lunga” sung by Rafi in the film Naunihal, “dil dhoonta hai phir wohi phursat ke raat din” sung by Bhupinder Singh in the film Mausam.

Songs like “tu jahan jahan chalega” in Mera Saya had made Lata a phenomenon in bollywood music. Madan Mohan even made his instruments replicate thunder and lightning the way he had done in Rafi’s song “tum jo mil gaye ho” in the film Hanste Zakhm. Also the songs in the film Neela Akash, like “akhri geet muhobat ka sunayun” sung by Rafi are memorable.

Madan Mohan’s composition in Laila Majnu, along with Jaidev requires special mention as the songs had flavour of music of Middle East countries. The notable songs include “barbaad muhobbat ki duwa saath liye ja”, “tere dar pe ayah un”, “is reshmi pazeeb”, etc. Even after 35 years of his death his immortal compositions are used in modern films like Veer Zara which shows that he had not lost appeal even today. His creations should be preserved and restored.


Souvik-indrajalik said...

Madanmohan's composition for Rafi in Haqeekat titled "yeh sochkar" and in Adalat titled "yeh zameen hume aasmaa par" were equally melodious. The songs in the film Aap Ki Parchaiyan were equally outstanding.
Souvik Chatterji.

Souvik-indrajalik said...

Madan Mohan was probably the only composer who was not attached with any big banner like RK films or Navketan films, yet maintained his popularity althrough his career. The ghazals "ruke ruke se" sung by Lata and "dil dhoonta hai phir wohi" in the film Mausam sung by Bhupinder Singh had been landmarks in Indian film music.
Souvik Chatterji.

Souvik-indrajalik said...

Madan Mohan could have contributed a lot in the late 70s and 80s when Ghazals of Jagjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh like "tumko dekha to yeh khayal aya", "ek akela is shahar me" became extremely popular. Unfortunately he died in the mid-70s and never got the recognition which he deserved. His songs are rich assets for the nation.
Souvik Chatterji.