In the last post I wrote about the troika of Anand Bakshi, Pancham & Kishore creating special compositions for Rajesh Khanna starrers, and the effect that flute created in Main Shayar Badnam.Well, as they say, "Mauka bhi hai, dastoor bhi aur mausam bhi". In the season of rain, how could I not play this one - a gem of a composition, from Mehbooba, based on Raga Shivranjani, with such beautiful verse that meets Kishore at his best.
The song was to be used in the movie at two different occassions - once for the heroine and again for the hero. Since the movie was based on the theme of reincarnation, love and classical music & dance, Pancham used a confluence of Dholak & Flute, while complementing the chords of a Guitar - his favourite instrument. The composition also was challenging as it required the singer to display a wide vocal range, and yet having that thehraav for staying true to the notes.
Pancham's natural choice for female version was Lata. However, when it came to male version, Kishore Kumar flatly refused because not being trained in classical music, he found it difficult. I am sure Pancham could have gone to Rafi, but he did not. He insisted, and finally Kishore Kumar relented on one condition - that he will only practice and replicate whatever Lata will sing. This is what he finally did, practising for a week, listening to Lata's version.
Picturised in the rain, the song starts with a bit low key humming and guitar chords, just like a brief calm before the impending storm. That is what Kishore Kumar creates - a storm with this song. Even now, when I listen to this song, and the goosebumps that I get every-time he raises his pitch in between the stanza, making it sound so simple, it seems unbelievable that anyone else could have done better than Kishore da in this song.
And the verse! Sumitra Nandan Pant had written - "Viyogi Hoga Pahla Kavi, Aah Se Upja Hoga Gaan". It required a real empathy with emotions and mastery over language to come up with something like -
Ae Dil Deevane
Khel Hai Kya Jaane
Dard Bhara Yeh
Geet Kahan Se
In Hothon Pe Aaye
Door Kahin Le Jaaye
Bhool Gaya, Ya
Bhool Ke Bhi Hai
Mujhko Yaad Zara Sa.
Phir Bhi Mera Man Pyaasa