Listening to : Nikaah (1982)

I remember Nikaah (Marriage) very well; I too was married in the same year!  The popular genre of Muslim social dramas had been very popular in the 50s and 60s but hadn’t been made for some time when this film was released so it created quite an interest. It was also often in the news because it starred a Pakistani actress who sang for herself. All these memories flit through my mind as I pick this album today with lots of nostalgic pleasure.

As I hear the music, I am charmed anew. I so love the music of yesteryears where attention was given to the lyrics and melody rather than orchestration as is popular today. I love many of music director Ravi’s albums. The thing that grabs me today are the lyrics by Hasan Kamaal.  How well he expresses the emotions of a woman hurt in the past and afraid to take a risk again –

हमने उदासियों में गुजारी है ज़िन्दगी
लगता है डर फरेब बेवफा से कभी कभी
ऐसा न हो कि ज़ख्म कोई फिर नया मिले
अब तक तो जो भी दोस्त मिले बेवफा मिले

All the competitive verses of the Qawwali Chehra chupa liya hai with the man vs woman perspectives are so very cleverly written !

इक परवाना जला किस क़दर शोर मचा
शमा चुप-चाप जली लब पे शिकवा न गिला
क्या है जलने का मज़ा हुस्न से पूछो ज़रा
क्यों कि
परवाने को जल जाना हमने ही सिखाया है…

The second thing which catches my attention is the unusual combination of Salma Agha’s nasal and rather plaintive voice with the deep and well modulated voice of Mahendra Kapoor. A very pleasant combination.

So here are the songs, with my recommendations :

  • Dil ki yeh arzoo thi – Mahendra Kapoor, Salma Agha Open-mouthed smile
  • Fazaa bhi hai janwan janwan – Salma Agha Smile
  • Beete hue lamhon – Mahendra Kapoor Smile
  • Dil ke armaan – Salma Agha Open-mouthed smile
  • Chupke Chupke – Ghulam Ali Open-mouthed smileRed heart What a fantastic ghazal! This is one of Ghulam Ali’s ghazals and I believe the lyrics are by Hasrat Mohani.
  • Chehra Chupa Liya Hai – Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Salma Agha Open-mouthed smileRed heart

To listen to the whole album, here’s a link. For this post, I wanted to present the Qawwali Chehra Chupa Liya hai – I so love qawwalis! Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good video online. Ghulam Ali’s song is his own, so not a credit to the music director or the lyricist.  So I offer for your viewing pleasure Dil Ki Yeh Arzoo..enjoy!

Dil ke yeh arzoo–Mahendra Kapoor, Salma Agha

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