I have grown up listening to Hindi film music on the AllIndia Radio, now rechristened as Akashvani, my favourite being the Urdu Service. Amongst the many songs I have listened to, some stand out for beautiful melodious tunes set to, no less than the inimitable voice of great playback singers.
I would like to mention particularly-
“ Aa laut ke aaja mere meet …” from the film ‘Rani Roopmati’ separately sung by both Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar ;
“Pawan Veg se udne wale ghodey” from the film Jai Chittor sung by Lata Mangeshkar ;
Bahadur Shah Zafar’s “ Na kisi ki aankh ka nor hun” sung by Mohammad Rafi in his sonorous echoing voice for the film ‘Lal Qila’;
“Zara Samane to aao chhaliye..” which remained in the top slot on Binaca Geetmal for quite some time and was from the film ‘Janam Janam ke Phere ‘ ;
“ Jhoomti chali hawa ..” from the film ‘Sangeet Samrat Tansen’ sung by Mukesh ;
“ Parwar digar-e-alam tera hi hai sahara” from the film ‘Hatim Tai’ sung by Mohammad Rafi ;
“Un par kaun kare ji vishwas ..” from the film ‘Kavi Kalidas’ sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar ;
“Nain ka chain chura kar le gayi kar gayi neend haraam ..” from the film ‘Chandramukhi’ sung so beautifully by Mukesh .
There must be many others which I am not able to recollect. The music of all the above melodies was composed by S.N. Tripathi whose death anniversary falls today.
Though a celebrated music director , a less known fact about him is that he acted in a number of films also and was particularly fond of playing Hanuman .His debut as an actor was in film Jiwan Naiya in 1936.
He also directed the film Rani Roopmati besides, composing music for it .He also directed the film Kavi kalidas, Pakshiraj and Ram Hanuman Yuddh.
He was also the first composer to use the slogan ‘Jai Hind’ in a film song in 1946 while India was still under British rule.
He died this day in 1988 aged 75.
Our humble tributes to the multifaceted film personality. .