Article: 269 (ATMJH)
Subject: Abhi To Main Jawan Hun (#269)
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:43:29 +0530 (IST)

                        Unsung Musicians - 3

        Song: Are He~; Are He, Kaise Zaalim, Kaise Zaalim Se  Pad
Gaya Pala Re
                Bina Maul Muze Maar Dalaa Re, Are  Re  Bina  Maut
Muze Maar Dala Re

        Film:   Chamki (1952)
        Music:  Manna De
        Lyrics: Pradeep?
        Singer: Mukesh
        *ing:   ?

I have known only two instances of pair of songs composed by  one
and  sung  by  other  composer and then vice-versa. First song of
this kind of first? pair is here. (Mukesh  had  Manna  singing  a
song for Anuraag (1956).) Other such pair of composers is already
known, right ?

Well coming to business, this song carries a stamp of Manna  De's
singing style, especially of 1960s (a la 'Phul Gendawaa Na Maaro'
etc.). Which means he could have sung it well too. But that means
we  would  have missed this enjoyable song in Mukesh's refreshing
voice! He starts  calling  (almost  shouting):  Are  He~~!   Then
bursts  into  this song that gives us reason to argue that Mukesh
could also do light numbers so well and so  convincingly.  What's
bonus  here  is  unusual pairing of singer and composer and hence
for that reason and for the its  genre  it's  really  a  treasure

Speaking of Manna De's strength as a composer I can't help adding
that  it  should be seen to be believed in this true Lata vintage
solo (from same film)

        Pyaar Ko Mat Kaho Koi Pyaar, Ye To Hai Talwaar Ki Dhaar
        Isme Hansne Ke Din Hai Char, Par Rone Ke Din Hai Hazaar

This could have been a source of inspiration to giant like Vasant
Desai  in  Gunj  Uthi Shehnaai (1959) when he composed strikingly
close tune for this Rafi solo: 'Keh Do Koi Na Kare Yahaan Pyaar';
with same lyrical meter.

Author: Snehal B. Oza