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Suraj, the Sensational Super Hit of Shanker Jaikishen

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Lakshmi K. Tummala

It was one Sunday afternoon, during my school days, that the telephone rang. It was Mr. T. Prakasa Rao, our neighbor in Chennai, my father’s contemporary in the movie industry and a family friend, asking to speak to my father. I told him that he was on location at a hill station, shooting a couple of songs for his upcoming movie. Prakasa Rao uncle, as I called him, told me that we were invited to a private screening of his new movie that evening. I ran to my mother to tell her of the exciting news. But, immediately, I fell into a big dilemma since I had promised to help my friend, Rekha, with a project which was due the next day.

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I called Rekha and told her about the invitation to the movie. She immediately had a solution to my problem which at that time seemed major. She suggested coming over to my home after I returned from the movie. We could then work on the project as long as we can and that she would then take it home and complete it. What a great idea, I thought. But then, I felt very guilty to have her work late into the night to finish the assignment. I told her that and Rekha, being an angel that she is, told me not to worry about it, but to go and enjoy the movie. She knew how much I liked Vyjayanthimala and SJ music. We had already heard the songs of the movie before and loved them a lot. I couldn’t wait to see them in the movie.

We reached the preview theater and were warmly greeted by Prakasa Rao uncle. A few more friends of his had also arrived. Soon the lights were turned off and the movie began. Personally, I never cared much for non-social movies, but then this is not one of them. It had lots of twists and turns which didn’t bother me at all. I only had eyes for my favorite Vyjayanthimala and ears for SJ songs.

I must say that the music in this movie is outstanding. SJ composed a great album. There are seven songs in all with each one being a gem. The two by new singer, Sharda, are by Shailendra and the other five, by Hasrat. SJ covered a wide range of composition styles and achieved great success. Although I heard them before, the songs sounded much better in the preview theater with great acoustics. I thought Vyju looked fabulous, especially in the songs. “Baharon phool barsao…” sounded so very romantic. “Titli udi..” had already taken the country by storm, but I personally liked “Dekho mera dil machal gaya..” better. “Kaise samjhawoon…” in a semi-classical style, by Rafi and Asha, was superb! “Itna hai tumse…” by Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur was also very good. Rafi sounds too good in the frolicsome number, “Chehre pe giri zulphein..” and last, but not the least, ” Ek baar ati hai…” with Rafi, Asha and chorus is a very delightful song.

Suraj was a musical treat for me. At the end of the movie, Prakasa Rao uncle asked me how it was. “Uncle, you have a winner” I said. He raised his eyebrows. I told him the movie was very entertaining and the music was sure to win a FF Award for Best Music Director. I went home humming one song after another. Rekha came over. We sat through the night and completed the project. She spent the night with me and we went to school the next morning. Believe it or not, I later saw this movie two more times in the theater which tells something about it. When the FF awards were announced, Prakasa Rao uncle was so happy that he sent a big box of chocolates for me with a note saying, “You were right Papa, we won!” I was very happy to know that the movie won SJ, Hasrat and Rafi, Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director, Lyricist and Singer, respectively. As for me, I had already voted for the music in the affirmative. You go, SJ!

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Suresh Sarvaiya

💐 Shankar Jaikishan & Kishore Kumar 🎂
Shankar-Jaikishen (SJ): The music director duo who revolutionized the very definition of Hindi film music with their path-breaking music and tunes… Compiled by Suresh Sarvaiya

Kishore Kumar: The genius actor-singer who created his own path and carved a place in the Hindi film music scene which people cannot even dream of achieving…

The association of Shankar Jaikishan with Kishore Kumar has various interesting aspects. Shankar Jaikishan (S-J), who rarely used Kishore. Trivia has it that Kishore Kumar was not the original choice for lead & that some songs had already been recorded when he joined the cast of movie Shararat (1959). Though Kishore had already sung numbers like ‘Dukhi man mere
sun mera kahena….’ for sad occasions, the second antara of this song makes you feel that it needed Rafi’s high-pitch.

Surprisingly no song in the first 8 years of mutual co-existance in the music kingdom of SJ, 18 songs in the next 13 years of association and then, 87 songs in last 17 years. Another intriguing part is, for the first 13 years, SJ were the uncrowned king of Hindi film music and Kishore Kumar a non-considerate in playback singing and in the next 17 years, well, almost vice versa. “Almost” is because Jaikishen – the more prominent of the duo, died in 1971, and upto 1986, Shankar single handedly kept the S-J flag flying. As the musical parallelism goes, many still believe, it was Jaikishen with whom the camaraderie of Kishore would have blended better- and the proof was there with “Zindagi ek safar hai suhana”, the chartbuster Jaikishen had made with Kishore just months after the former passed away. But the fact is, out of 105 songs Kishore recorded under SJ baton, almost 70 songs came for Shankar only, owing to Jaikishen’s early demise.

After departure of Jsikishan, it started gradual decline of Shankar amongst mainstream cinema. After giving music to almost 350 movies, the exhaustion showed With no Jaikishen, Shankar tried to put his foothold intact with occasional hits in Resham Ki Dori (1974), Sanyasi (1975) and Do Jhoot (1975). Many of Shankar’s hits that time came with Kishore like “Chhatri na khol” (Do Jhoot), “Mere dil mein tu hi tu hai” (International Crook), “Chamka paseena” (Resham ki Dori) and “Tu jahan main wahan”(Garm khoon). Both Shankar and Kishore demised in 1987. While one was given a superstar farewell, the other went away quietly.

Interestingly they even made their debut around the same time – Shankar
Jaikishen’s debut film as independent music directors was R K Films’ Barsaat which released in 1949 & Kishore Kumar’s debut film as an actor and a playback singer (sang for Dev Anand) was Ziddi which released in 1948…

But, the fact remains that Shankar Jaikishen were amongst the greatest music directors in Indian Cinema and Kishore Kumar was one of the greatest playback singers. Although their peak periods don’t match, in spite of being contemporaries, they did give us some brilliant output together.

New Delhi, Krorepati, Begunaah, Rangoli and Shararat are the five films for which Shankar-Jaikishen worked with Kishore Kumar where he acted and sang his own songs and what beautiful music they created by this combination.

Here are some gems by SJ & Kishore Da (list may be vary with individual choice) –
* Nakhrewali….. – New Delhi (1956)
* Chhotisi yeh duniya – Rangoli (1962)
* Rangoli sajaao – Rangoli (1962)
* Munne ki amma yeh to bata…’ – Tum 
Haseen Main Jawaan (1968)
* Humlog hai aise deewane – Umang (1970)
* Geet gata hoon main – Lal Patthar (1971)
* Jaane anjaane log mile – Jaane Anjaane 
(1971).
* Bhanwre ki gunjan – Kal aaj aur kal (1971)
* Zindagi ek safar hai – Andaaz (1971)
* Saath mein pyara saathi – Dil Daulat 
Duniya (1972)
* Kehta hai dil o mere – Chorni (1980)
Compiled by Suresh Sarvaiya

FANTASTIC FOUR — Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra Hasrat

लेखक :

सुधाकर शहाणे

दो भटकते राही – ‘शंकर – जयकिशन’,
आ मिले मंज़िल पर – चंद्रवदन भट ऑफीस, मायानगरी बंबई,
दो दिलों की कश्ती आ लगी साहिल पर – ‘पृथ्वी थिएटर्स’,
मुस्कुराते जागे एक संग दो मुक़द्दर’ – राज साहब की फ़िल्म ‘बरसात’ में स्वतंत्र संगीत निर्देशन का मौका …

फिर …

‘२१ अप्रेल १९४९’ को बंबई के सिनेमा घरों की ओर जानेवाली सडकोंपर सिनेमा प्रेमियों की भीड उमडी थी, इसी दिन राज साहब की फिल्म ‘बरसात’ प्रदर्शित हुई थी, यह लोग बेताब थे, इस फ़िल्म के गीत पर्देपर देखने के लिए … एक युवा जोडीकी संगीत सफ़र की यह शुरुआत थी … फ़िल्म के शुरू होते ही श्रेय नामावली में (Titles) Music – Shankar – Jaikishan, Lyricist – Hasrat Jaipuri – Shailendra यह चार नाम पहली बार परदेपर दिखाई दिए, जो फ़िल्म का प्रमुख आकर्षण थे…’शंकर – जयकिशन’ इस नवोदित और युवा संगीतकार द्वयी का संगीत, और शैलेंद्र – हसरत इन नौजवां युवकों द्वारा लिखे गीत, उस दिन बहुचर्चित विषय बना था … इन चार युवकों नें हिंदी सिनेमा संगीत की दुनिया मे पहला कदम रखा था … ‘एस-जे’ ने इसी फिल्म से स्वतंत्र संगीत निर्देशन का ‘आगाज’ किया था … उस दिन शाम के ढलते ढलते ‘अंजाम’ यह था क़ि, युवा ‘एस-जे’ और उनकी धुनों से सजे गीत हर किसी के दिलमें जा बसे थे, साथ में ‘शैलेंद्र – हसरत जयपुरी’ जैसे युवा गीतलेखक, जो इन गीतों के रचनाकार थे … बंबई के साथ और बाद में जहां जहां बरसात प्रदर्शित हुई वहां उसे सफलता ही मिली…भारतवर्ष के तमाम संगीत शौकीन जो बदलाव चाहते थे, वोह ‘एस-जे’ लेकर आये थे हिंदी सिने संगीत में … नयी रचनाओं के साथ, नयी कर्णमधुर धुनों से सजे गीत लेकर …चार होनहार युवक, शंकर – हैदराबाद, जय – वंसदा (गुजरात), शैलेंद्र – मथुरा तो हसरत जयपुरी – ‘गुलाबी शहर’ जयपूर से बंबई आए थे … क़िस्मत आजमाने, आँखों में सपने सजाये, इस भूलभुलैय्या वाली मायानगरी में … और अपने पहले ही प्रयास में वें चारों सफल हुए थे.
‘बरसात में हमसे मिले तुम सजन तुमसे मिले हम बरसात में’,
‘जिया बेकरार हैं’,
‘हवा में उडता जाये’,
‘मैं जिंदगी में हरदम रोता’,
‘मुझे किसी से प्यार हो गया’,
‘अब मेरा कौन सहारा’,
‘छोड़ गए बालम’,
‘पतली कमर’,
‘मेरी आँखों मे बस गया कोई रे, 
‘बिछड़े हुए परदेसी’…..
सब गीत बेहद लोकप्रिय हुए …
अपनें धुवांधार संगीत से ‘एस-जे’ की जोडी ने संगीत के मैदान पर पहली बाज़ी जीत ली थी, हर किसीं का मन मोह लिया था … ‘बरसात’ की अपार सफलता से तीन बातें एक साथ हो गयी थी, एक तो राज साहब को इस जोड़ी की क़ाबिलीयत पर यक़ीन हो गया था, वोह अपनी शुरुआती फिल्मों की असफ़लता के ‘चक्रव्यूह’ से बाहर निकल गए थे, उनकी करिअर को दिशा मिल गयी थी, दूसरी बात उन्होंने RK स्टुडियो खरीद लिया था, …तीसरी और सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह थी, ‘एस-जे’ के क़दम उस ‘संगीत सम्राट’ के सिंहासन की ओर बढ़ गए थे, जो उन्हें दूर से इशारा कर रहा था … और दूरी ज्यादह नहीं थी. 
१९५१ में आवारा प्रदर्शित हुई और भारत की सीमा लाँघकर ‘एस-जे’ ने दूसरा क़दम सीधा विदेश में रक्खा … रूस, चीन, बल्गेरिया, टर्की के युवक रास्तों पर ‘आवारा हूँ’ यह गीत गाकर झूमने लगे,नाचने लगे थे … सभी गीत झक्कास थे, एस-जे अपनी दूसरी ही फ़िल्मसे ‘जगन्मान्य’ हो गए थे … तरोताज़ा, मदमस्त धुनें बनाकर वें विश्व में अपनी पहचान बना चुके थे … फिर संगीत प्रेमियों ने तुरंत उन्हें ‘संगीत सम्राट’ के सिंहासन पर बिठा कर उनकी ताज़पोशी कर दी थी.

‘आवारा हूँ’,
‘तेरे बिना आग ये चाँदनी’
‘घर आया मेरा परदेसी’,
‘दम भर उधर मुंह फेरे’,
‘हम तुझसे मोहब्बत करके सनम’
‘एक बेवफ़ा से प्यार किया’,
‘जबसे बलम घर आएं’,
‘आ जाओ तड़पते हैं अरमाँ’ …. 
यह गीत लोकप्रियता की चरम सीमा लांघ गए थे …

‘बरसात’, ‘आवारा’ के बाद अगले १० साल में उनकी ‘आह’, ‘पतिता’, ‘शिकस्त’, ‘दाग’, ‘मयुरपंख’, ‘श्री ४२०’, ‘राजहठ’, ‘पटरानी’, ‘न्यू दिल्ली’, ‘बसंत बहार’, ‘चोरी चोरी’, ‘कठपुतली’, ‘छोटी बहन’, ‘हलाकू’, ‘यहूदी’ आदि फिल्में प्रदर्शित हुईं और वें इन फिल्मों में बेहतर से बेहतरीन गीत पेश करते गए … 
‘बसंत बहार’ का ख़ास जिक़्र करना चाहूंगा … यह फ़िल्म ‘LITMUS TEST’ थी और ‘एस-जे’ इसमें आसानी से अव्वल नंबर्स लेकर उत्तीर्ण हुए थे … इस फिल्म के सब गीत रागदारी पर आधारित थे, विभिन्न रागों का प्रयोग किया था और उन्हें इस प्रयोग में जबरदस्त कामयाबी मिली थीं.

‘केतकी,गुलाब,जूही,चंपक बन फूले’ – राग – ‘बसंत बहार’,
‘सूर ना सजे’ – राग – ‘पिलू बसंत’,
‘जा जा रे जा बालमवा’ – राग ‘झिंझोटी’,
‘नैन मिले चैन कहाँ’ – राग – ‘रागेश्री’,
‘दुनिया ना भाये मुझे’ – राग ‘तोड़ी’,
‘कर गया रे मुझपे जादू’ – राग ‘रागेश्री’,
‘बड़ी देर भयी’ – राग ‘दरबारी’

एस-जे का यह मुँहतोड़ और क़रारा जवाब था, उन लोगों को जो, उन्हें सिर्फ पश्चिमी ढंग की रचनाओं का संगीतकार मानते थे, जो एस-जे की क़ाबिलियत पर प्रश्नचिन्ह लगाते थे … ‘बसंत बहार’ के बाद यह लोग हमेशा के लिए ख़ामोश हो गए … ‘पटरानी’ की रचनाएँ भी इसी स्तर की थी, तो ‘हलाकू’ और ‘यहुदी’ में अरेबिक ढंग का संगीत था, जो उन फिल्मों की ज़रूरत थी… बसंत बहार के बाद एस – जे और खुल कर, आत्मविश्वास के साथ अपनी रचनाएँ पेश करने लगे … उनकी संगीतशैली में अब और ख़ुमार आया था …पश्चिमी, अरेबिक, और शास्त्रीय संगीत तीनों ढंग में उन्होंने अपनी रचनाएँ पेश की थी और संगीत रसिकों के लिए यह बेशक़ीमती उपहार था … परिपूर्ण अभ्यास, कठोर संगीत साधना से उन्होंने संगीतकला को नया आयाम दिया था, नयी पहचान दी थी …

‘एस-जे’ की इन फिल्मों के कुछ यादगार गीत …

‘पतिता’ – ‘याद किया दिलने कहाँ हो तुम, ‘है सबसे मधुर गीत वो’, ‘किसी ने अपना बनाके मुझको’ …
‘आह’ – ‘आजा रे अब मेरा दिल पुकारा’, ‘रात अँधेरी दूर सवेरा’, ये शाम की तनहाइयाँ’ …
‘श्री ४२०’ – ‘रमैय्या वस्तावैया’, ‘मेरा जूता है जापानी’, ‘इचक दाना बिचक दाना’, ‘प्यार हुआ इकरार हुआ’, ‘दिल का हाल सुनें दिलवाला’
‘दाग’ – ‘ए मेरे दिल कहीं और चल’,
‘शिकस्त’ – ‘जब जब फूल खिले’, ‘कारे बदरा तू ना जा’, ‘चमके बिजुरियां’
‘पटरानी’ – ‘चंद्रमा मदभरा, 
‘बसंत बहार’ – ‘केतकी, गुलाब, जूही, चंपक बन फूले, सूर ना सजे, 
‘राजहठ’ – ‘ये वादा करो चाँद के सामने’, 
‘कठपुतली’ – ‘बोल री कठपुतली’
‘छोटी बहन’ – ‘जाऊँ कहा बता ए दिल’, ‘भैया मेरे राखी के बंधन को निभाना’, मैं रंगीला प्यार का राही’ …
‘यहूदी’ – ‘ये मेरा दीवानापन है’, ‘मेरी जां मेरी जां’, ‘
‘हलाकू’ – ‘दिल का ना करना एतबार कोई’, ‘अजी चले आवो’, ‘आजा के इंतजार में’
‘चोरी चोरी’ – ‘आजा सनम मधुर चाँदनी में’, ‘पंछी बनू उडती फिरुं’, 
‘अनाडी’ – ‘वो चांद खिला’, ‘सब कुछ सीखा हमनें ना सीखीं होशियारी’, 
‘कन्हैया’ – ‘मुझे तुमसे कुछ भी ना चाहिये’, ‘

‘चोरी चोरी’ (१९५६) के अफ़लातून संगीत के लिए उन्हें ‘फ़िल्म फेयर पुरस्कार’ से सन्मानित किया गया …यह उनका पहला पुरस्कार था …शास्त्रीय संगीत के साथ पाश्चिमात्य,अरेबिक ऐसे सब संगीत प्रयोग सफल हुए थे … अब एस-जें के सामने मुक़ाबले में कोई खड़ा नही था, मुकाबला ख़ुद से ही था … संगीत साम्राज्य के वोही चक्रवर्ती सम्राट है इस बात को लेकर, अब किसी के मनमें कोई आशंका नहीं थी.
एस-जें का साज़गार तबला, हारमोनियम, सतार, बांसरी, ढोलक, डफली, मटका, सनई इन पारंपारिक वाद्यों के साथ पियानो, गिटार, अकॉर्डियन, व्हायलिन, मँडोलिन, इलेक्ट्रिक गिटार, सैक्सोफोन, इलेक्ट्रिक ऑर्गन, ट्रम्पेट, बोंगो, कोंगो ऐसी आधुनिक साजों से सजा था, इन अमोघ अस्त्रों का अपनी फिल्मों में चतुराई से प्रयोग करके एस-जें लगातार रसिकों के दिलों का वेध लेते रहे, उन्हें सम्मोहित करते रहे…
५० – ६० साजिंदे चक्रवर्ती सम्राट एस-जे के दरबार में हाज़िर हमेशा हाज़िर रहते थे … ‘दत्तू ठेका’ तो घर घर में पहुँच चुका था…साथ कविराज – हसरत यह दरबारी राजकवियों की जोडीद्वारा निरंतर बेहतरीन गीत निर्मिती हो रही थी. 
१९६० से एस-जे पूरी सुरीली लय में थे, उनके द्वारा संगीतबद्ध की कई बेहतरीन फिल्में प्रदर्शित हुई. इनमें से कुछ प्रमुख थी,
‘जिस देश में गंगा बहती हैं’, ‘असली नकली’, ‘जब प्यार किसी से होता है’, ‘ससुराल’, ‘दिल अपना और प्रीत पराई’, ‘एक दिल सौ अफ़साने’, ‘आशिक़’, ‘कन्हैया’, ‘दिल एक मंदिर’, ‘जंगली’, ‘प्रोफेसर’, ‘दिल तेरा दीवाना’, ‘हमराही’, ‘जिंदगी’, ‘राजकुमार’, ‘संगम’, ‘लव्ह इन टोकियो’, ‘आरजू’, ‘जानवर’, ‘सूरज’, ‘तीसरी कसम’, ‘गबन’, ‘सांझ और सवेरा’, ‘आम्रपाली’, ‘अँन इव्हिनिंग इन पँरिस’, ‘दीवाना’, ‘दुनिया’, ‘मेरा नाम जोकर’, ‘प्रिंस’, ‘पहचान’, ‘ब्रह्मचारी’, ‘शिकार’, ‘रात और दिन’, ‘संन्यासी’, ‘अंदाज’ आदि
इन फिल्मों में उनके अप्रतिम धुनों से सजे गीतों से उनका संगीत साम्राज्य और बढ़ता गया … अजरामर गीतों से समृद्ध होता गया.

‘एस-जे’ के ‘फ़िल्म फेअर पुरस्कार –
१९५७ – चोरी चोरी, १९६० – अनाडी, १९६१ – दिल अपना और प्रीत पराई, १९६३ – प्रोफेसर, १९६७ – सूरज, १९६९ – ब्रम्हचारी, आख़री की ‘हॅट्रिक’ १९७१ – पहचान, १९७२ – मेरा नाम जोकर, १९७३ – बेईमान.

भारत सरकार द्वारा ‘पद्मश्री’ पुरस्कार से सन्मानित …

उनकी रागदारी पर आधारित कुछ रचनाएं …..

सदा सुहागिन राग – ‘भैरवी’

बरसात में हमसे मिले तुम सजन – बरसात
रमैय्या वस्तावैय्या – श्री ४२०
मेरा जूता हैं जापानी – श्री ४२०
तेरा जाना दिल के अरमानों का लूट जाना – अनाडी
दोस्त दोस्त ना रहा – संगम 
तुम्हें और क्या दूं मैं – आयी मिलन की बेला 
राजा की आयेगी बारात – आह
कैसे समझाऊँ बडी नासमझ हो – सूरज 
जा जा रे जा बालमवा – बसंत बहार

राग – ‘शिवरंजनी’ 
आवाज़ दे के हमें – प्रोफेसर
बहारों फूल बरसाओ – सूरज 
ओ मेंरे सनम दो जिस्म मगर – संगम
दिलके झरोंखें में तुझको बिठाकर – ब्रम्हचारी
चंद्रमा मदभरा – पटरानी

राग – ‘किरवाणी’ 
आई झुम झुम रात ये सुहानी – लव्ह मैरीज
गीत गाता हूं मैं – लाल पत्थर
याद ना जायें बीतें दिनों की – दिल एक मंदिर
तुम्हें याद करते करते – आम्रपाली
तुम जो हमारे मीत ना होते – आशिक
जब भी ये दिल उदास होता हैं – सीमा 
मन रे तू ही बता क्या गाऊँ – हमराही

राग – ‘जयजयवंती’ 
मनमोहना बडें झूठें – सीमा
सूनी सूनी सांस के सितार पर – लाल पत्थर

राग – ‘दरबारी कानडा’ 
हम तुझसे मोहब्बत करके सनम – आवारा
तू प्यार का सागर है – सीमा
कोई मतवाला आया मेरे द्वारे – लव्ह इन टोकियो
छम छम बाजे रे पायलिंया – जाने अनजाने

राग – ‘झिंझोटी’ 
जा जा रे जा बालमवां – बसंत बहार
जाऊँ कहाँ बता ए दिल – छोटी बहन
तुम मुझे यूँ भूला ना पावोगे – पगला कहीं का

राग – ‘पहाडी’
मेरी अंखियों में बस गया कोई रे – बरसात
प्रीत ये कैसी बोल – दाग
मोरा नादान बालमा – उजाला

राग – ‘पिलू’
अजहूं ना आये बालमा – सांज और सवेरा
दिन सारा गुजारा तोरे अंगना – जंगली
मुरली बैरन भयी रे – न्यू दिल्ली

राग – ‘दरबारी’
राधिके तू ने बंसरी चुराई – बेटी बेटे
झनक झनक तोरी बाजे पायलियां – मेरे हुजूर 
बड़ी देर भयी – बसंत बहार
मुझे तुमसे कुछ भी न चाहिये – कन्हैया

राग – ‘भूपाली’
नील गगन की छांव में – आम्रपाली
सायोनारा – लव्ह इन टोकियो

राग – ‘शुद्ध कल्याण’
रसिक बलमा – चोरी चोरी
मेरी मुहब्बत जवां रहेगी – जानवर

राग – ‘भीम पलासी’
देखो मेरा दिल मचल गया – सूरज
तड़प ये दिन रात की – आम्रपाली

राग – ‘रागेश्री’
मेरे संग गा गुनगुना – जानवर
कर गया रे मुझपे जादू – बसंत बहार 
नैन मिले चैन कहाँ – बसंत बहार

राग – ‘जोगिया’
दिल एक मंदिर है – दिल एक मंदिर

राग – ‘यमन कल्याण’
एहसान तेरा होगा मुझपर – जंगली

राग – ‘चारुकेशी’
बेदर्दी बालमा तुझको – आरजू

राग – ‘पिलू-बसंत’
सूर ना सजे – बसंत बहार

राग – ‘तोडी’
दुनिया ना भाये मोहे अब तो बुला ले – बसंत बहार

राग – ‘तिलक कामोद’ 
हम तेरे प्यार में सारा आलम – दिल एक मंदिर

राग – ‘गारा’
उनके खयाल आयें – लाल पत्थर

राग – ‘बसंत बहार’
केतकी,गुलाब,जूही चंपक बन फूले – बसंत बहार

इनके अलावा ऐसे सेकड़ों बहारदार गीत रचे थे, एस-जे की जोडीने .. वाकई अचाट, अफाट, अफ़लातून, अगम्य, अतर्क्य काम था यह…रात रात जाग कर उन्होंने अपना साम्राज्य खड़ा किया था … सालोंसाल संगीत की उपासना कर, इस साधकद्वयीने साक्षात ‘माँ सरस्वती को प्रसन्न किया था, सर पर माँ का ‘वरदहस्त’ होने की वजह से, गीत को किस राग में बाँधना, किस गायक /गायिका से /किस नायक /नायिका के लिये गवाना, ५०-६० साजिंदे संभालना, उन्हें स्वरलिपी लिखकर देना यह सब बहुत जटिल था,लेकिन इन प्रतिभासंपन्न संगीत सम्राटोंनें उसे आसान बना दिया. 
‘एस-जें’ का संगीत, उनके सभी गीत हमारे ह्रदय में सदा बसे रहेंगे…उनके कुछ विविधता भरे
गीत … मेरे और आपके भी पसंदीदा.

‘केतकी,गुलाब, जूही,चंपक बन फूले’ – पं.भीमसेन जोशी – मन्ना दा की जुगलबंदी अविस्मरणीय.

‘याद किया दिल ने’ – हसरत-एस-जे-लता-हेमंत कुमार का बेहद खूबसूरत, मनमोहक गीत.

‘आ अब लौट चले’ – व्हायलिन की झंकार, लताजी के आलाप हृदयस्पर्शी.

‘ये मेरा प्रेमपत्र पढ़कर’ – इस गीत का लुत्फ़ उठाना है तो, यह गीत परदेपर शुरू होने से पांच मिनट पहले ध्यान से देखियेगा फिर आप एस-जे के क़माल की, उनके करिश्मे की खुल कर दाद ज़रूर दोगे.

‘दोस्त दोस्त ना रहा’,
‘दिलके झरोखें में तुझको बिठाकर’ – एस-जे के सर्वोत्तम पियानो गीत.

‘हर दिल जो प्यार करेगा’ – त्रिकोणीय सुंदर प्रेमाभिव्यक्ती …
राधासे एकतरफ़ा प्रेम करनेवाले सुंदर का भरी महफिल में मुहब्बत का खुला इज़हार, ‘राधा’ संयम से वास्तव बयां करती है, तो ‘गोपाल’ सुंदर की दोस्ती के खातिर अपना और राधा का प्यार बख़ूबी छुपाता है, और जब वोह ‘अपना के हर किसीको बेगाना जायेगा’ कहता है, तब ‘संगम’ का अंत क्या होगा ? यह समझ में आता हैं.

‘आ गले लग जा’ – एप्रिल फूल के इस गीत की प्रस्तावना (Prelude) ८.३० मिनट की.

‘कैसे समझाऊँ बडी नासमझ हो’ – आशा – रफ़ी इन टॉप क्लासिकल फॉर्म.

‘देखो अब तो किसको नहीं है खबर’ – गिटार वादन झक्कास, आशा – रफ़ी साहब ने इसे मस्ती में गाया है, पश्चिमी ढंग का, ‘बीटल्स’ के “I wanna hold your hand” पर आधारित, लेकीन ‘ओरिजिनल’से भी बेहतरीन.

‘आजा रे आ ज़रा आ लहराके आ ज़रा आ’ – गिटार, वादन और रफ़ीसाहब का ‘मिडास टच’.

‘ये मेरा दीवानापन हैं’ – प्यार में टूटें हुए दिल की पुकार … तब भी और आज भी.

‘ये शाम की तनहाइयाँ’,
‘रसिक बलमा’,
‘तेरा जाना दिलके अरमानों का लूट जाना’,
‘बेदर्दी बालमा तुझको मेरा मन याद करता हैं’ – प्रेमी के विरह में प्रेमिका अक्सर इन्ही गीतों कों गुनगुनाती है.

‘ए फूलों की रानी बहारों की मलिका’,
‘ऐ गुलबदन’ – प्रेमिका की तारीफ़ प्रेमी आज भी ऐसे ही करता है.

‘अजी रूठकर अब कहाँ जाईयेगा’ – प्रेमिका की मीठी और सुरीली तकरार

‘प्यार आँखों से जताया तो बुरा मान गये’ – और ये प्रेमी की तकरार.

‘दिन सारा गुजारा तोरे अंगना’ – घर लौटने की इजाजत मांगती प्रेमिका.

‘होठों पे सच्चाई रहती हैं’ – भारतीय संस्कृती की पहचान, हर भारतीय इसे अभिमान से गायेगा, अव्वल नंबर का ‘मातृभूमि वंदन गीत’… कविराज ख़ुद डफली बजानें में माहिर थे, … राजसाब ने इसी डफली का साथ लेकर, अपनी फ़िल्म ‘जिस देश में गंगा बहती है’ का ‘राजू’ साकार किया था.

‘बहारों फूल बरसाओ’ – बँडपथक का अत्यंत प्रिय गीत, विवाह समारंभ में इसे अवश्य बजाया जाता है, हसरत साहब का पहला ‘फ़िल्म फेयर पुरस्कार’ विजेता गीत.

‘तुम्हें याद करते करते’ – सितार – सरोद लाजवाब, लताजी का अत्युत्कृष्ट गीत, कविराज – एस-जे का शायद आखरी.

‘सजन रे झूठ मत बोलो’ – ‘त्रिकालाबाधित सत्य’, ‘कविराज’ शैलेंद्र जी की सरल शब्दावली और एस-जे की सुरीली धुन, सदाबहार,अविस्मरणीय गीत.

‘आजा सनम मधुर चाँदनी में’, 
‘दिल की नज़र से’,
‘वो चाँद खिला’ – शीतल चाँदनी रातों में घूमते हुए प्रेमी – प्रेमिकाओं के होठों पर होते है यह प्रेमगीत.

‘सब कुछ सीखा हमने ना सीखी होशियारी’ – असामाजिक तत्वों पर कविराज जी का प्रहार … यहां होशियारी का अर्थ मक्कारी होता हैं … इस देश के करोड़ो ईमानदार लोगों का कालजयी गीत … अकॉर्डियन पीसेस जबरदस्त.

‘हम भी है तुम भी हो’ – ‘सत-असत’ दोनो पहलू दर्शानेवाला गीत, कविराज जी की ‘प्रगल्भता’ लफ्जों में, एस- जे की ‘प्रतिभा’ धुनों में दिखाई देती हैं …एक बेहतरीन गीत जो, आज भी हृदय में बसा हुआ हैं.

‘तेरे बिना आग ये चाँदनी’ और बादमें आनेवाला ‘घर आया मेरा परदेसी’ – आवारा का यह भव्य ‘स्वप्न दृश्य गीत’ सिर्फ़ ‘न भूतो न भविष्यती’ … फिर कविराज और एस-जे लाजवाब,

‘हम तुझसे मोहब्बत करके सनम’,
‘रात अँधेरी दूर सवेरा’ 
‘आजा रे अब मेरा दिल पुकारा’ – हसरत साब सिर्फ़ रोमँटिक शायर नही बल्कि सिद्धहस्त कवि थे …ये दर्दभरे गीत उनकी क़ाबिलियत की पुष्टी करते है.

‘अजहूँ ना आएँ बालमा’ – यह हसरत साहब की शास्त्रीय रचना अभी भी उतनी ही ताजगीभरी.

‘चाहे कोई मुझे जंगली कहे’ – सिर्फ़ और सिर्फ़ शम्मी कपूर के लिए बनाया गया.
‘जानेवाले ज़रा होशियार’ – सॅक्सोफोन मस्त, ‘राजकुमार’ शम्मी कपूर’ छा गए थे.
आसमान से आया फरिश्ता’ – मदमस्त संगीत एस-जे का, ऐसे स्टंटस् उस दौर में शम्मी कपूर की ख़ासियत.
‘बदन पे सितारें’ – ‘एस-जे’ का झक्कास ऑर्केस्ट्रा.
‘खुली पलक में झूठा गुस्सा’ – वाकई जीना भी मुश्क़िल मरना भी मुश्क़िल कर दिया था एस-जे ने.
‘मेरी मोहब्बत’, ‘एहसान तेरा होगा मुझपर’, ‘तुम मुझे यूँ भूला ना पाओगे’ – भावुक ‘शम्मी’ गीत.

कविराज १९६६ में तो जयभाई १९७१ में, शंकर जी, हसरत साहब से, अलविदा कहकर इस दुनिया से चल दिये … महफ़िल सुनी सुनी हो गई थी … शंकर जी तन्हा हो गए थे … पहली मुलाक़ात से १९७१ तक उन्होंने 
जयकिशन जी को अपने छोटे भाई की तरह संभाला था … जयसाहब – पल्लवी जी की शादी में ‘कन्यादान’ की रस्म शंकरजी ने ही पूरी की थी …जयभाई मिलनसार व्यक्ति थे, फुरसद में फ़िल्म जगत की पार्टियों में जाते थे … तो शंकरजी ज़्यादा उन व्यक्तियों से मिलते थे जो संगीत जगत से संबंधित थे … फुरसद में भी संगीत की बारीकियां सीखते रहते … दोनों १० – १२ वाद्य बजाना सीखें थे … शंकरजी कुश्ती के शौक़ीन थे और ‘भरत नाट्यम’ में महारत हासिल थी … दोनों दिलदार थे …सामाजिक कार्यों में हमेशा आगे रहते थे … जयभाई का साथ छूटने के बाद शंकरजी ‘एस-जे’ के नाम से ही संगीत देते रहे और उनके पारिश्रमिक का आधा हिस्सा पल्लवी जी को पहुंचाते रहे …आखरी दिनों में सब क़रीबी दोस्त दूर हो गए थे, लेकिन वोह एक बहादुर योद्धा
थे … अपने नाम के अनुसार ज़हर के घूंट पीते रहे …और अपना ग़म छुपाते रहे … हसरत साहब ही थे उनके साथ आख़री समय तक … २६ अप्रेल १९८७ को शंकर जी भी चले गए दुनिया से विदा लेकर और उनके साथ संगीत का सुरीला सफ़र ख़त्म हुआ … दास्ताँ खत्म हुई पर उनका संगीत अमर हैं, और सदियों तक रहेगा !
सच कहूँ तो … ‘एस-जे’, उनका अद्वितीय संगीत यह क़िताब का विषय है, उनके सभी गीतों का यहाँ ज़िक्र और मूल्यमापन करना असंभव बात है … १९४९ में शंकर – जयकिशन – कविराज – हसरत यह चार असामान्य कलाकार दुनिया के सामने आएं, राज कपूर साहब की बरसात में … बरसात से ही ‘संगीत सुवर्ण युग’ शुरू हुआ … अगले २० – २२ साल सर्वोत्तम हिंदी सिने गीत संगीत निर्मिती करके इन ‘FANTASTIC FOUR‘ ने उनके गीत -संगीत द्वारा अन्य संगीतकारों के मुक़ाबले, इस ‘सुवर्ण युग’ को सबसे ज्यादह चमक दी, ऐसा कहा जाएं, तो ज्यादती नही होगी … ‘कविराज’ शैलेंद्र – ‘राजकवि’ हसरत जयपुरी और अन्य गीतकारों ने आशयपूर्ण, समर्पक गीत लिख कर उन्हें समर्थ साथ दिली … एस-जे ने उनके संगीत निर्देशन में सभी गायिका/गायकों से बेहतरीन गंवाया था, उनकी आवाज़ का सही उपयोग किया था … लता, आशा, मन्ना दा, मुकेश, रफ़ी साहब, सुमन कल्याणपुर, शारदा जी इनके गायें गीत सर्वाधिक लोकप्रिय हुए थे मूल संगीत का ढांचा, नींव कायम रख कर, पारंपरिक साजों के साथ आधुनिक साजों का मिलाफ़ कर, गीतों को नया रूप देने वाले एस-जें ही थे, उनकी ज़्यादातर रचनाएँ रागदारी पर आधारित थी, गीत की प्रस्तावना (Prelude), मुखड़े और अंतरे के बीच का संगीत (Interlude), तथा गीत का अंत इन तीनों में मास्टर्स रहें, … हिंदी फिल्मों के ‘सुवर्ण संगीत युग’ के आधुनिक शिल्पकार, विविधतापूर्ण संगीत निर्मिती करनेवाले,
‘चक्रवर्ती संगीत सम्राट’ ‘एस-जें’ को, ‘कविराज शैलेंद्र’, हसरत साहब को सब संगीत प्रेमियों का सलाम …!

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The height Shanker Jaikishen had reached is too far; beyond anyone else’s’ reach, no question about that…

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The height S J had reached is too far. beyond anyone else’s’ reach… no question about that…
It is all before everyone eyes.. & ears…..Great, great personalities have accepted the fact.
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The music pieces, the range, the varieties of tunes, the orchestration, the use of the violins & other instruments are mind-boggling.
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They were the aadi & anth of a glorious height in music …
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They brought the biggest orchestra to Indian scene ….how they managed it & how they recorded the magnificence with 4/ 5 mikes & limited facilities in recording technics is beyond imagination.
The height of the popularity & the volume of adoration they earned, simply by merit, at a time when there were no boosting & bombarding media, is also unheard &unseen & beyond anyone’s grasp.
They didn’t need any support from anyone, ..no big banners , no superstars were needed to take their music sky high ..Their merit was enough to take not only themselves to great heights but lift everyone who was associated with them to the same heights along with them
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Sebastian & Dattaram were among those who zoomed high riding on the wings of S J.
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When SJ started with Barsaat , which became a musical toofan , with all songs becoming super duper hits, competing with themselves, pushing one another to reach the sky . all of them,
there was no Sebastian or Datta ram ..
They had brought in their first movie only many new technics, setting a new trend.Thereafter raising & higher brought many variations, second track music, counters & fillers, showing India what is a true orchestra..At that period when there were only ‘sa re ga ma pa dha ni music in all the songs, they brought the new western music arrangement to India …They brought the chord arrangements, the counterparts, the backings, the fillers, obligatos & Overtures.
The first, second music, overlapping alaaps, countermelodies arrived in their first movie only .. check with ‘Chodgaye Balam & other songs.
No assistants & arrangers were needed… The macho music has landed in India!
.There were no such backings in the orchestra,………till S J appeared in the music scene.
People knew only simple straightforward music pieces, till S J entry.
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Seb & Dattaram came as arranger & assistant after S J had already reached the glorious heights in music arrangement…
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Sebastian was lucky that Shankerji chose him to be his arranger & now he has got an important place in the music history of India… Any arranger would have got this place if Shankerji had chosen him… It is the S J music that took him to giddy heights & gave him the exclusive boon to shine…
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As I had written earlier that Shankerji’s harmonium would bring out aaaal the new, modern pieces, the new patterns, the heart pulling pieces ..& what Seb had to do was just write them down in the music sheets & place them in the song…..
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Slowly & gradually Seb grasped the S J style & became nr one arranger.

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When someone asked O P ji that how come Sebastian’s work is so great in only S J music, whereas he worked with many other M DS.
I heard or read somewhere that O PJI had replied, that ‘ You have the answer in your question only… It is S J music that makes Sebastian come out great ..’
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What a wonderful reply! A great music director to say this about another great… Only a genius can give praise to another genius in this manner…
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If Sebastian had any hand in the grandeur of S J music, how come he did not bring it out in other MDs music, with whom he worked ..?..He could have made those other MD s also give hundreds of hit songs & demand 5 lacs per movie .. right ..? How come he didn’t do that?
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Sebastian was an arranger, not music maker ..If he was capable of that, we would be having another S J in the name of Sebastian with another sack full of hit songs .. But, no, we are not having that, because Sebastian was no composer. He cannot create music & he had nothing to do with the creations of S J, other than just writing the music & arranging what was already composed.The magnificent pieces & the arrangement of the magical notes are all SJ creations, every bit, A to Z …… No one,s hands were there, no one,s hands could do anything & no one was needed.Actually, who could go near S J caliber? SJ themselves could give the whole world an ocean of music marvels & much much more to so many others..

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All the counters, the seconds, obligatos will come flooding out of Shankerji’s hands . Seb only had to pick those pieces & write them down in the same tempo as Shankerji’s hands.
Gone piece will be gone piece .. it wont come again ….thousands of other pieces are coming out bursting ……….Seb will nowhere lag behind .. Quick in picking up the right piece, written down in a jiffy , he is ready to pick another piece …then to place them all in the song in the right place.

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If he had wanted, Sebastian could have become a music director himself.He had offers… But he knew his limits, he declined the offers he got, saying,’ that is not my job.
If you have the talent of composing, you cannot leave the composing offer.You will jump up &definitely take it .. Means Sebastian did not have the creative instinct in him. He can do a great job in arranging the music which the M D had composed & that is it. He cannot go beyond that. That is why he could not do anything great in his job with other M D s & came out great with only S J.
And he grew with the magic of S J.
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Whereas Sebastian grew with S J music to greater heights, Dattaramji was zigzagging all thro ..
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Dattaramji was just a rhythm player in S J orchestra .which you can see in this photograph in which Jai sab is conducting the rhythm section where Dattaramji is seen playing a rhythm instrument.
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It is again Shankerji’s magnanimity that raised him from a rhythm player to rhythm conductor.
Like always, like with so many other people he had lifted, Shankerji lifted Dattaramji also.
Not only that, he gave him chance to give music in movies with Rajkapoor.
So gracious & big hearted was Shankerji to give such a chance to an assistant … Couldn’t he have taken the movie himself?Have any other M D done like this anytime?

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.Many of the M D s of those times had Hindu assistants who were familiar with classical & light music. Some M Ds might have been telling their assistants to make the music for their songs.Arrangers were mostly Goan Christians & they wrote notations .. not make music .
. But most of our great mds not only just composed all the music but worked for a long time making different pieces & checking, bringing out best music.I have read somewhere Naushad sab saying that he worked more hard in the music than the song. As for S J, sawaal hi nahi uthta hai .. .with the undrying ocean of music roaring within them, where is any chance for any arranger to get in? They had everything composed in excellence, the intro, interval, counters, seconds, fillers, all complete, each & every piece ready for the arranger to write & fix the chords.They had the most brilliant excellent magical music flowing from their hands & they built an ethereal heaven of music which will go on shining in the world forever.
Who was needed to put char chand in their music? They have fixed pacheeson Chands in their hand…No arranger was invited to fix char chand in their compositions …Who could even come close to their melodies & music pieces?
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Seb was required to control the sea of musicians in SJ orchestra, which was growing bigger & bigger all the time. Plus he had to write western notations for the musicians who read western notations.They all have to play at one time & since there were no track recording facilities at that time, conductors were needed to manage the huge orchestra.Seb, s job was to write all the music, place them in the right place as main music or counters, give the sheets to the musicians & lead them to play in unison .
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Dattaramji was also lucky that Shankerji gave him this chance .. Shankerji’s loyalty & steadfast sincerity made him stick to Dattaramji all thro ….though Dattaramji ‘s style slowly was lagging behind & not reaching to the level of the grandeur of S J music.
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SJ brought new styles & variations in rhythm, but they all did not come out due to the lack of a proper rhythm arranger. Shankerji used to play & sing all the patterns while composing the song. The music pieces come out with Sebastian writing down most of them, but rhythm patterns which Shankerji would demonstrate with audiation sounds , by uttering the rhythm patterns by various sound combinations, went missing. You can watch in some interview videos how Shankerji demonstrate rhythm patterns.
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While his tabla dholak arrangements were quite fantastic, Dattaramji was not as fantastic in the beats as to the most modern, rich, new wave music of S J in all those western style modern songs…
With the passage of time & their hit parade raising higher & higher, S J music went on leaping to new heights But Shankerji, let Dattaram conduct the rhythm section in his style which was not rising to the level of the brilliance of S J music & lagged way behind S J magnetism.His tadipas & Dattu tekas were getting outdated & not suitable for the changing times & the latest, futurish music S J went on creating… The new crop of Disco Diggers mushrooming all over wanting to rock with the beats, the drums had to take over the reigns.
If Shankerji had taken another new young rhythm arranger for his western style songs the rhythm would have been much more matching with their magnificent level
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But Shankerji is Shankerji .. he will not hurt anyone .. he will take the hurt himself
He cannot let his associate down ……….& he compromises…
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It would have been so much the merrier if Dattaramji was little more innovative & brought new variations matching those zinging zooming S J tunes instead of sticking to the tadipas…
.There was a Himalayan scope in all those brilliant vibrant melodies of S J, for the rhythm arranger to come out with out of the world beats, variations, styles & patterns.
But sadly Dattaramji stuck to his old style which made some S J lovers turn to other directions..
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Anyway, the power of the high volume magnetism & machoism in S J music is so enormous that it will not be affected by the lack of modern pattern beats. New wave rhythm or old wave rhythm S J dhuns will go swinging all over the world. No one notices or realizes the missing fireworkbeats in the songs.
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Many new crops of rhythm players & conductors would have given the world to get to work with Shankerji.. but with Dattaramji around they would not dare coming close to Shankerji.

We all respect Sebastian & Dattaram.We respect them because they worked with the greats whom we love & respect…Shankerji,s & Jaikishenji.s association have given them this love & respect …who would bother about them if they did not work with SJ & worked with some other MD s? The love for S J is so enormous in all their chahnewale’s hearts that they will love anyone connected with them in any capacity. Does anyone bother about the arrangers & assistants of any other M D ?
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I cannot go praising any persons unjustly ,unduely saying that someone had their hands in S J marvels & give credit to people saying they had inputs in S J music.
I have a conscience, … for God’s sake!
I have watched, the composing, the notation writings, the rehearsals & recordings…………and I can say with my head high before God that S J are the limit in creations & they did everything by themselves & no one did anything in their creations & none had any inputs in their creations ……
Sure . the credit for doing a great job in arranging S J music in grand manner goes to Sebastianji .The understanding , the inner vibes& tuning he developed with S J made him dear to them ..That is all .. No credit for any creative job or having a hand in their music .if I did that to go along with the crowd I will be doing something wrong .

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I don’t know when, how & why Dattaramji left …
But I knew when Sebastian left
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I am shocked. I ask ‘ Why? What happened?
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He says ‘ He is retiring .. Going to Goa ‘
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I could not believe it .. How can a professional retire? How will his talent take a bow?
That too leaving Shankerji at this time .. after Jai sab left him?
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‘ Noooo.’ I say .. Don’t let him go ..’
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He says, ‘ I am telling him… He is not listening ‘
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I felt that Seb should not have left Shankerji at this crucial time…
I could not forgive him…How did he have the heart ?…
At least he could have waited until Shankerji found some suitable person.
He was also like one of all those …who let Shankerji down ……..when he was going thro his dark time…This is not the best time for Shankerji to go & try new associations in his work.
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True, it will not affect him, whichever arranger he worked with. But the longtime association, understanding & the rapport Seb shared with Shankerji are something which will not be easy to get from somewhere else, all of a sudden at a testing period of his career.
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Shankerji takes this one & that one for arranging his music …with no proper result or full satisfaction … fighting his battles like a warrior without his chariot or weapon… .
No doubt all those arrangers were brilliant in their jobs … but Shankerji,s extraordinary style is way beyond anyone to cope up with.Gradually all Shankerji’s new creations which were full of verve & vigor suffered without proper handling, accurate arranging & rhythm setting.
..Before he could get the new young talents get acquainted with his magic & come up to match his creativity .. he had to leave this world…
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People say. ‘ Oh . some songs are loud, some songs are not so great ‘
Tell me have you seen anywhere in this whole world any MD who have given nearly 2000 songs . all great & all hits?
If you compose thousands of songs, surely some of them will be little less sparkling…
See the percentage of hits & the number of star-making songs… matchless!
India is richer in music because of S J . If you imagine the music world without S J songs, you will see a bleak picture.
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All artists, stars or singers, dancers or M D s, they all lose their charm after a particular period, though they cannot leave & retire because of their ego or greediness & they go on dragging forcing themselves upon the public with aged faces & voices. The public takes them because of the feelings it has developed for them during the past.
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But Shankerji was not anyone. He was the specially created special genius, with an endless flow of divine music in his hands & brain.
You have not seen the full real glory of his music! What you have seen is not even 1/10nth of his marvels.
How can I tell you what I had witnessed during his composing & notation writing time?
Which pen has the capacity to describe the glory ?
Against all odds, handicapped with the lack of proper understanding assistants, he goes on with his marvelous creations. After Jaikishen, bearing his grief within himself , he comes out in his full charisma continuing the legacy of S J Janda . Left alone in disconcerting times with all sathis leaving him, his musical genius did not leave him. Being his lifeline , it lived with him as long as he lived.
. Whatever, kami some feel, had come in his creations after Jai sab , is not in his creations, It is due to the grade of movies & work of the assistants. His work was as magnificent as ever .
Many M D jodis finish off if one person leaves, K A, LP, Sonic Omi, Nadeem Shravan & as such.
With Shankerji, it was as if Jaikishenji never left him. Shankerji’s music Ganga never stopped flowing…………until end came ………the hands stopped playing & the voice was silenced ………
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Nobody has even come within miles of Shanker…

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Dinesh Shankar Shailendra

Shankar Singh

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Jaikishan, Shailendra & Shankar

(15 October 1922 – 26 April 1987)

I know, I am a day late in posting for this great man, but, in 1987, we also got the news a day later…

As I was growing up, I developed an interest in palmistry for a brief period of my life… It was a known ‘fact’ in Palmistry, that if one had long, slender fingers with shapely nails, one was creative and artistic… When I looked at my own hands, I saw that I fit the description to perfection ! 
When people complimented me on my fingers, I would blush …. ( With my skin colour, I turn maroon when I blush )

One day, I don’t really remember why, but I was at Famous Mahalaxmi Studios and went into Shanker Jaikishen’s music room… He was talking about his memories of my father and he had his harmonium in front of him… Suddenly, he started playing the introduction music of this song from ‘Barsaat’ and played the whole song, humming along…

IT WAS PURE MAGIC !!!

Then I noticed his fingers… short, stubby fingers !

In all these years, so many Music Directors have come and gone…

Nobody has even come within miles of Shanker…

HE WAS A GENIUS…

P.S. I stopped believing in Palmistry … 😀

Shankar Jaikishan – Interview (1957)

Courtesy : http://cineplot.com/shankar-jaikishan-interview-1957/

A Decade of Hits

WHAT makes a song last? It is almost ten years since we began composing songs for films—all kinds of songs for all kinds of films. Even this year—the year in which we have won the “Filmfare” Award for the Best Music Direction—we have composed strikingly different types of scores, ranging from “Seema” and “Chori Chori” to “Shree 420” and “Basant Bahar”.

In this long period the overall impression we have gained of the taste of picturegoers is that only an Indian song can survive on Indian soil.

We do not propagate any antagonism against the integration of Indian and foreign music. What we are opposed to is the wholesale plagiarism of foreign musical compositions.

How long does it take to compose a song ? We, on our part, take anything from a week to a year. To illustrate the labor involved we would cite the example of the musical score of the now famous dream sequence of “Awaara”.

Nobody had thought of a dream sequence for this film. The situation required two songs, “Tere bina aag ye chandni” and “Ghar aaya mera pardesi”, each of which was composed independently of the other. One day we were sitting in Raj Kapoor’s office—we had no separate music-room in those days. It was a friendly gathering. Suddenly we began making “ghost sounds” for sheer fun—shrill screams, yells and weird cries! Now an idea struck Raj.

“Why not make it a part of the music ?” Raj Kapoor exclaimed. There and then we decided to have a dream sequence, and link the two songs by a third one.

“There will be three songs,” Raj said. “A girl calling her lover, the boy caught in the grip of evil, and the final song of reunion.”

That very evening Raj brought Nargis to listen to those weird sounds we had made, and we all decided to have one full reel of musical sequence—what eventually turned out to be the longest musical sequence in Indian films.

The recording began at 9 a.m. and went on to become the most memorable one of our lives. We were all working ourselves up into a state of frenzy. Raj flitted from one end of the music-theatre to the other, inspiring one and all with his zeal. Day turned into night but all of us went on—musicians, singers, sound recordists, and Raj himself. Midnight struck—we were still at it.

From “Barsaat” to “Chori Chori” our story has been linked with the story of Indian film making. It has been an exciting time for both of us.

Once, Shanker visited the H.M.V . Gramophone Company and heard a song sung by a little-known singer. He was so impressed that he asked Raj Kapoor to get her to sing just one song of “Barsaat” instead of any of the established singers. Afterwards she sang all the songs of “Barsaat”. Her name is Lata Mangeshkar.

When we began composing tunes for “Barsaat” we used to play them to Raj Kapoor. So impressed was he with them that he was determined to use them in the film. But he said, “I cannot promise to announce your names as music directors since I have already signed up someone else.”

Still, we continued because of our love for the work. We were surprised and elated when, towards the completion of the film, Raj told us that we would after all get official billing as the music directors of “Barsaat.”

He had confidence in our work and his confidence was vindicated by the sensational success the songs achieved.

The days when we were recording the song “Ay Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal” for “Daag” also come to mind. The financier heard the song and was so disappointed that he told the distributor, “It is a most disappointing song. No one is going to like it. If I had known that the picture had such poor music, I would never have financed it!” Little did he know then that the song was going to become a best-seller.

We feel that while retaining the basic form of Indian music, one can always experiment with new instruments, Indian or foreign, to widen the scope of film music.

The use of the accordion in “Mera Juta Hai Japani” and of the trumpet in “Mur Mur Ke Na Dekh” (both from “Shree 420”) illustrate this point. However, what is essential is the basic Indian melody. Thus even in the puppet song of “Chori Chori,” there are “alaaps” and “taans.” For that matter, the entire music score of “Chori Chori” is based on familiar Indian “raags” and folk melodies.

On the day Amiya Chakrabarty died he discussed with us the songs of “Kath Putli”. The first line of a song we recorded for the film after Amiya’s death is “Manzil Wohi Hai Pyaar Ki, Rahi Badal Gaye” (“The path of love is the same, only the travelers have changed”.) Amiya Chakrabarty took a keen interest in our work.

Of the many scores composed by us, we would particularly like to refer to four songs: “Ay Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal”, “Awaara Hun”, “Mera Juta Hai Japani”, and “Ichak dana Bichak dana”. While the first became widely popular in India, the other three also won recognition abroad. We are told that “Awaara Hun” has been translated into many languages and is today sung and played in almost every part of the world. Its success has confirmed our belief that Indian film music can be appreciated abroad if we refuse to imitate foreign tunes.

We are sure that symbols of encouragement, like the “Filmfare” Award, will continue to inspire music directors to bring to the screen original and popular compositions (This interview was conducted in 1957).

When Lata Mangeshkar saved a song and the day

Still from the movie
Still from the movie
Lekh Tandon’s historical biopic ‘Amrapali’ (1966) was India’s official entry for the 39th Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category. It didn’t go far because, as its 84-year-old director explains, Indian cinema didn’t have any standing in the world arena then. But years later, his costume designer, Bhanu Athaiya, became the first Indian to win an Oscar, sharing the award with John Mollo for another biopic, ‘Gandhi’ (1982).Back in the ’60s, to ensure that Vyjayanthimala looked the part of a royal courtesan from 500 BC who later becomes a disciple of Buddha, Bhanu visited the Ajanta caves to find references in the frescoes. While art director M R Acharekar found his inspiration in a centuries-old stone temple in Mysore.

“Raj Kapoor had planned a film on Ajanta and Achrekar saab had made 125 designs for him. Experts in London agreed they could be replicated and we replicated some of them,” says Tandon who himself took his album of stills to Yogesh Mishra, an authority on Amrapali, who reassured him that this was how Vaishali and its locals would have looked when Magadh Emperor Ajatshatru waged war, first to further his ambitions and then for the woman he loved. “Those war sequences were filmed by Dwarka Divechi at Saharanpur, with the army supplying the horses and soldiers. Many were actually wounded and one horse had to be shot. It frightened me to see jawans and horses tumbling to the ground,” adds Tandon.

He also recalls the first song that almost didn’t happen because when Raj Kapoor learnt on the morning of the recording that Shankar-Jaikishen had given ‘Kaate na kate raina’ to Tandon, he refused to part with it saying he had decided to use it in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1972). Cancelling the recording would be an inauspicious start so Lata Mangeshkhar urged the composers for an alternative. They had one mukhda, ‘Jao re jogi tum jao re, yeh hai premiyon ki nagri, yahaan prem hi hai puja’. “Lataji called for a harmonium and sat down with Shankar-Jaikishan to set it to tune while Shailendra was sent off to write the antaras,” says Tandon.

“Shailendra returned to Mahalaxmi Studio after a few hours saying he could come up with just three antaras instead of the usual five. Lataji assured him they were enough and Amrapali got its first song in the shortest time possible,” reveals Tandon.

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some interesting facts about Gunahon ka devta……..

some interesting facts about Gunahon ka devta……..

Shri Pradeep Kr. Gupta writes :

“Let me share some interesting anecdote about this movie. Jitendra was a new comer and not salable. Rajshree had become a big name by that time and was working with lead actors including Raj Kapoor and his brother Shammi Kapoor. Devi Shamra, who produced the movie based on a novel written by Dharmveer Bharti, a famous Hindi novelist who also worked as the chief editor of a famous Hindi weekly Dharmyug published by the Time of India group, Mumbai. Devi Sharma had finalized SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN who were at the peak of their career as star composer leaving all their contemporaries and juniors way behind. Jitendra’s remuneration was cut to meet the expenses incurred on sound score and Rajshree’s fee. I read some where that Jitendra eventually worked free of cost as the producer- director were adamant to work with the duo despite their low budget. It was a well known fact that the music duo used to charge even higher remuneration than the lead actor of the film for their music score, but this was the unique case when the lead actor of the movie worked free of cost to meet the end. That was the impact of SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN those days and they commanded highest regard among the film fraternity for their sheer brilliance.

SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN at their zenith in this song! The song is an unusual one in the sense that interludes in all three antaras (stanzas) are different. Normally in a three stanza song, as this was in the vogue those days, first and third stanzas had mostly same interlude while second one had a different one barring a few exceptions with all leading composers. The song starts with prelude played on violin chorus to give a feel of western classical music of Johann Sebatian Bach, Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert (all Austrian composers) and Chopin. With this brief prelude the song starts in the deep baritone voice of Mukesh. The rhythm is played on drum. then comes first stanza with violin chorus coupled with cello to create an ambiance. Second stanza has saxophone followed by solo violin beautifully played. Now comes the third and last stanza with violin chorus for counter melody followed by solo violin to evoke pathos. Electric organ is another salient feature which could be heard even between the lines leaving no vacant space throughout the song. It’s rightly said in the post by Lakshmi Didi that the song gives a symphonic feel. Salil Chowdhury, a doyen of Hindi and Bengali film music once commented on the duo that the way they used violin chorus no body else could have ever used and the duo proved this statement as true on occasions. This song is also not an exception to what was vouched by Salil Da.

 Continuing with the same thread I would like to quote Pyarelal Sharma the gentler half of Laxmikant-Pyarelal as saying “SHANKAR-JAKISHAN ke gaanon mein tune bhi gungunana padta hai. Bina tune gungunae gaane ka maza nahin ata.” Then he took the title song of Awara “Awara hoon ‘tararara’ played on harmonium by Vistap Ardeshir Balsara in the sthaayi (mukhda). Readers will be surprised to know that the piece they feel to have played on piano accordion was actually played on harmonium by the maestro.”

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Shri Ajay Dagaonkar ji writes :

“This is majority correct but not what Jeetendra told in his TV interviewAs per him some other composer was to be signed and Jeetendra got frightedJeetendra despite Shantaram films was no starHe wanted big composer like SJ or Naushad and he approached Jaikishanji and to pay SJ fees Jeetendra fee was cutFor heroine he approached Rajashree who as rightly said has become big and her mom asked for a fee and to pay that Jeetendra fees was cut and he perhaps got in return A grade star status but no money but this sacrifice made his lifeA great business decision”