Sumadhur Shubhoday Saathiyon..!!!
Today I am sharing some interesting information about Shankar Jaikishan, which may not be very new, but, important all the same.
Their very first movie was record breaking , is an understatement. Barsat was released in the same year as Mahboob Khan’s Andaaz and by the time Barsat was released Andaaz was a huge success, musically and box office as well.
But once Barsat hit the screens, Andaaz was lost; such was the impact, that Mahboob Khan himself remarked to Naushad, “Miya Barsat ke mausici ne tumhare Andaaz ko dho diya“. This remark by Mahboob Khan , hit Naushad very deeply. Till then Naushad was the be all and end all of Hindi cinema, and was there for ages. Known to be a great Ustad of Hindustani Music..
Barsat’s music as we all know was path breaking,and new every which way.Rich in orchestra, out of the box composition, which no one could type cast in a limited mold. Every song had a new feel , western symphony style orchestra, tunes very native in feel and rhythm Indian..pace energetic. In all a novel experience, which took the listeners and pundits by storm.
The as , it happens whenever you see a new kid on the block, there is always that analysis, about their strengths etc. so they were branded as a flash in the pan, lacking traditional strength etc..
Few years later, 7 to be precise, Bharat Bhushan and his friends planned to make Basant Bahar, and signed Anil Biswas, another doyen of music those days. Financiers refused to accept Anil Biswas. They approached Naushad, who refused saying, no one can ever re create another Baiju Bawra..not even himself.
At this stage Chandrashekhar, actor and friend of Shankar , who was associated with the making of Basant Bahar, approached Shankar, and told him the developments. Shankar, instantly accepted the challenge thrown by Naushad in his refusal..and agreed to take up with remuneration not being an issue, despite the fact, that they were already big names.
The story of Basant Bahar is based on the Kannada novel “Hamsageethe” by legendary novelist Tarasu. “Hamasa” means swan and “Geethe” means song. It is believed that before a swan dies,it will sing without opening its mouth. That mutter of melody is believed to be unmatched since any scene of lyricism falls short of its reach.( courtesy Wiki)
With such an interesting subject and an existing challenge , SJ, rose to the occasion and scored a music which till date is unheard of. Every frame, right from the title music, which is a title song in chorus..to the last number, duniya na bhaye mohe ab to bulaale.. music is divine, an offering to Maa Saraswati..
SJ, made sure that purity of classical music and tunes was maintained for their compositions, and used the skills of masters like Pt Pannalal Ghosh the Flute maestro , and Pt Bhimsen Joshi..a vocalist par excellence..and Nikhil Bannerjee a master Sitar player…!
This album, shut the critics up. Their mastery on every genre was established beyond doubt. I guess, SJ must remain grateful to Naushad for his challenge, which brought out the best in them.
1956, the year I am born, happens to be a landmark year for SJ’s career. They had 7 releases , starting with Basant Bahar, Chori Chori, Halaku, Kismat ka Khel, New Delhi, Patrani and Rajhat. Can any composer ever give such a series of hit tracks..in one year. Chori Chori went on to win them their first Filmfare Award. Had some of these movies released in different years, quite a few of them would have won the award. That they competed with their own work is evident in this list of movies.
Each of the above movies had a different genre and SJ excelled in each of them. Such was their authority and command over music for films. Always , dong full justice to the story and period.
I can go on and on.. but, will now let you enjoy this masterpiece composition, by Pt Bhimsen Joshi and Manna Dey.. I wish some of our knowledgeable members throw light on the raagas etc..
Manna da had two objections…one is singing with Pt Bhimsen ji and the second one is defeating Panditji in the song…which he refused to accept..