Wednesday, July 2, 2014



                                                         ( Shailendra with Raj Kapoor )   

SHAILENDRA ( 1923 -1966 )

He was known as shailendra ( 1923 -1966 ), a lyricist who wrote some simple but memorable songs that carry the whiff of basic human nature . This whiff or fragrance is deep and deeper, somewhere in every line of his songs . These songs also convey the happiness , sorrows and various shades of human existence set against the backdrop of simple stories of love, Faithfulness, and idealism .
He wrote too many ( Including Bhojpuri songs ) and too lovely , sometimes too touching as well. I shall quote just 20 songs. I have grown up listening to these songs . In a way they have become a part of my cheerfulness and quite often mellowed me in distress . I keep listening to these songs again and again. For me , these songs have a universal appeal . They bring an ageless charm.
I quote
(1) Ab Ke Baras Bhaij Bhaiya ko Babul saawan Mein Deejiyo Bulaaye re
(2) Preet Ye kaisi Bol Ri Duniya
(3) Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat Rangeeli Hogi Raat
(4) Pyaar Huvaa Iqraar Huva hai
(5) Ramiayaa vasta Vaiyaa
(6) Dil Ka Na karna Aitebaar Koyee
(7) Na Mein Dhan Chaahuun ( Geeta Dutta and Sudh Malhotra )
(8) Ajeeb Dastaan hai Yeh, Kahaan shuru kahaan khatam
(9) Dharti Kahe Pukaar ke …. Mausam Beeta Jaaye .
(10) Chhoti si yeh duniya Pehchaane raaste hain
(11) Ruk Jaa Raat Thehar Jaa Re Chanda
(12) Apni to har Aah Ek Toofan hai
(13) Ek Naye Mehmaan ke aane kI Khabar Hai
(14) Sajan Re Jhooth May Bolo
(15) Chalat Musafir Moh Liya Re
(16) Dil Ki Girah Khol Do
(17) Nache Mun Mora Magan
(18) Zulmi sang Aankh Larri
(19) Aaj Phir Jeene ki Tamanaa Hai
(20) Piya To Se Naina laage Re
                                                ( Shailendra with Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru )
From a welder in Indian Railways , Shankardas Kesarilal ( Born In Rawalpindi and grew up in UP and Bihar ) became Shailendra , the most popular lyricist of Indian Cinema . He had a fantastic command over Hindi, Urdu and Bhojpuri . And for this reason ,he was always in demand. From Rs250 ( Barsaat ) he climbed in popularity to get Rs10000/= per song .He worked with almost all music Directors of Indian Cinema.
Shailendra produced Teesri Kasam ( A film based on a short story “Maare Gaye Gulfaam “by Phanishawar Nath Renu . Renu ji also wrote the dialogues of the movie . Teesri kasam project was started in 1960 ) from his own sources and borrowings . The movie earned him awards but proved a commercial failure . With this sudden turn of events , he was in a financial mess and went into deep anxiety and depression. He started excessive drinking and died of various ailments including Liver damage in 1966.

I end this brief post on Shailendra with a couplet of urdu poet Wamiq Jaunpuri ,

Bazm-e-Anjum ho ke Bazm-e-Khaak-taa-Bazm-e-Khayaal
Jis jagah jaao sunayee degi Insaanon ki Baat
Kyaa kabhi hogii kisi ki tuu magar aey zindagi
Jaan de kar ham ne rakh li tere Deewanon ki Baat……………………

( Autar Mota 02.07.2014 )

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