Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SHAKEEL BADAYUNI;" DAGAABAAJ TORI BATIYAAN NA MANOON RE "


                                                                                



“  DAGAABAAJ  TORI   BATIYAAN  NA  MAANOON   RE ”

SHAKEEL BADAYUNI  ( 1916-1970 )

When Naushad heard him in a Mushaira  , he took him to A R kardar and said ,
“ Leejiye Janab Ek shaayar Laaya Huun  . Ba Khoob chalega . Pada Likha hai , Hoshiar Hai .”
Kardar engaged him on a monthly salary of Rs300/=. The  first song  “ Afsaana likh Rahin Huun Dil e Beqaraar Ka”  that he wrote was sung by Uma Devi ( Tun Tun ) . It was an instant hit.A grand partnership between him and Naushad started from that point  of time  and continued till Shakeel’s death . This duo composed  some memorable and lyrical songs that are still haunting and loved across the length and breadth of the country. Naushad would often  tell him ..

“  Ek Baat  Hamesha Yaad rakhnaa Meray Aziz  . Film ka Gaana Karodon ko Pasand Aana Chaahiye. Yeh Mushaiara nahin hai ke Chaar Pannch Shaayar aap ki “ Wah !  Wah ! karein to Kaam Ho Gayaa. Yahaan Seth Ko Aap Ke  Gaane  ki Badolat Apnaa Paisa Bhi Vasool  karnaa  hai .Aap Ko Sunaney  Vaale ka Dil Bhi Jeetana hai  or  Dear , one thing i want you to remember always .A film song should be loved by crores of people .You are not in  a mushiara  where even   four  or five poets appreciate you and you are satisfied .Here your song must earn money  back for the Seth ( Producer ). And then you have to win the hearts of your listeners as well. ”
And shakeel   rose fully to the expectations of NAUSHAD .  
Amongst  urdu  lyricists of his time , Shakeel was the only poet who could read and write Hindi . Some memorable songs that he wrote include .

(1)     Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Di , Zara Dekh Liya kar Parwaane 
(2)    O Duniya Ke Rakhwaale
(3)    Suhaani Raat Dhal Chuki Hai
(4)    Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Mein
(5)    Piya Aiso Jiya Mein samaayi gayo re
(6)    Bhanwara  Badaa Nadaan re
(7)    Ek shahanshaah ne Banwaa ke Haseen taaj Mahal
(8)    Pyaar Kiyaa To Darnaa kyaa
(9)    Dagaabaj tori Batiyaan Na Maanoon re
(10)Gaadi Waale Gaadi Dheere Haank Re
(11)Nain lad Jaihein 
(12)Apni  Aazadi Ko Hum hargiz Mitaa saktey nahin
(13) Meray Pairon mein Ghungroo Bandha de
(14)  Rahaa Gardishon mein har dum
(15)Chal  diya  Kaarwan
(16)Chaudhavin ka chaand ho ya Aftaab ho
(17) Aaj Meray mun mein  sakhi  Baansuri Bajaaye koyee
(18)Doondo Doondo re saajana more kaan ka Baala
(19)Guzrein Hain aaj Ishq mein hum uss maqaam se
(20)Madhuban mein Radhika Naache re
(21) Do Hanson Ka Jorra  Bichharr Gayo Re
(22)Mun Tadpat Hario Darshan Ko aaj
(23) Nagri Nagri Dwaare Dwaare Doondoon re Saanwariya
(24) Nasib Mein Jis ke Jo Likha thha 
(25) Zaraa nazron se keh Do Ji  Nishaana Toot na jaaye
                                                                         


                                                 ( Naushad  , Mohd Rafi and Shakeel )
Shakeel Ahmed Qadri , who later came to be known as Shakeel Badayuni  was born in a conservative  Muslim family ; But his father  Maulana Jameel  Ahmed  Sokhta  Qadri  gave  Modern  Education to his promising child .  He was made to study  s  Urdu , Arabic and Hindi . After  Graduating from Aligarh in 1942  , he joined as an officer in Supplies Department   at  Delhi . Resigning in 1946, he moved to Mumbai to work as Lyricist in  Hindi cinema .  His poetic journey can be traced from Badayun to Aligarh and then to Delhi and Finally to Mumbai.  He wrote songs for more than 90 films, mostly  working with NAUSHAD  .Almost all the songs that he wrote ,  touched heights of popularity .He also kept writing poetry  and was  seen  frequently in Mushairas   of  Mumbai  where he would recite his Gazals in Tarranum  ( Singing them in his own tune ).

Apart from Naushad ,Shakeel  also worked with  some other music directors that include  S D Burman , Ravi , C Ramchandra , Hemant Kumar and  Ghulam Mohd.   Mother  India , Ganga Jamuna, Deedar , Sahib Bibi Aur  Ghulam , Chaudavin Ka chaand , Gharana , Mere Mehboob, Baiju Baawara , Mughal e Azam  , Phoor Aur Pather and Bees saal Baad are some successful films for which he wrote lyrics.
Shakeel’s   Non film Gazals  like “ Duur Hai Manzil Raahein Mushkil  aalum Hai Tanhaayi Ka “ , “ Aey Mohabbat Teray Anjaam Pe  Rona Aaya “ or Meray Hum Nafas Mera Hum Navaa  Mujhe Dost Bun Ke Dagaa Na De “ were  equally popular. Begum Akhtar  sang many of his Gazals in her soulful voice .
About his Gazal , Ali sardar Jafri adds

“Shakeel knew  the Art of writing a Gazal and singing it as well. I have not been so close to the literary life of Shakeel  But I have always found myself very close to his GAZAL. So sweet is his language that the words go deep inside your heart . ”

Some chronic ailments visited him  when he was barely in his early fifties.  An attack of TB  kept him away from his friends and work. . He was a Diabetic as well.  And finally in 1970 ,he breathed his last  due various diabetic complications  .  A faithful Naushad stood by him till  his last breath .
  
In 2013 , Government of India released a  commemorative stamp  in his honour .

I end this  post with some lines from Sakeel ‘s  Gazal,

Meri Zindagi Pe  Na Muskara Mujhe Zindagi Ka Allum Nahin
Jisse Teray  Gham se ho waasta  Woh  Khizaan Bahaar se kam Nahin
Wahi   kaarwan Wahi Raaste   Wahi  Zindagi   wahi   Marhale
Magar  Apne  Apne  Muqaam  Par kabhi Tumm  Nahin  Kabhi Hum Nahin

( Autar Mota  2.07.2014 )





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