Main Geet Gaaoon Pyaar Ke
By Achal Rangaswamy from Ahmedabad
A recently released movie had an absolutely irrelevant , irreverent and rude remark about Rafi Sahab and his penchant for singing only sad songs that were meant to make the singer and his listeners cry.
Like me, many others reacted very strongly to this dialogue mouthed by the leading lady in the film, but over a week we all got over it. Simple reason, the remark was not worth a penny, nor was the film, its makers and the need to have inserted that dialogue in the film.
Another reason for my saying so is that Rafi Sahab perhaps holds a record for singing the most number of romantic, uplifting and inspiring songs , even based purely and only on the subject of love. He made it sound sublime and divine. Where was the need, or the occasion, or the desire or even thought , for the singer to cry. Or let me put it this way, when he actually did cry during a song, it was because he was expressing pathos, so deep that any other mood would not have fit the song.
Let’s just look at a few songs that Rafi Sahab sang to express love.
To start with, the very title of my article. A very famous non-film song of his, Main geet gaaoon pyaar ke. Rafi Sahab goes on to say MERE LIYE TOH BAS YEHI PAL HAIN HASEEN BAHAAR KE. TUM SAAMNE BAITHI RAHO, MAIN GEET GAAOON PYAAR KE. What an absolutely delightful thought and rendering. The song is over 4o years old , but sounds so fresh and energetic even today. Where is any need to cry? Where is any need to mope, rave or rant. Love expressed in its most simple yet beautiful manner.
Tu Mere Saamne Hai, Teri Zulfein Hai Khuli is perhaps one of the most sensual and sensuous songs in the history of HFM. Rafi Sahab does great justice to it. I am tempted to say that if any young man ventures to sing this song and does justice to it , his lady love is surely going to fall for it. All said most respectfully. So telling is the song in terms of seriousness, sincerity and passion.
Aise Toh Na Dekho , Ke Humko Nasha Ho Jaaye. This gem from Teen Deviyan has had thousands of young men singing their heart out. Dulcet tune, great lyrics yes. But the true life to the song appears to be the youthful and vibrant voice that pleads for release from intoxication and total surrender. Who else could have done justice to this number but Rafi Sahab? Dev Anand Sahab himself has admitted that this was an extremely romantic and catchy note.
The most sung, the most played on the radio, and for years a very popular number is Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat Ko Kisiki Nazar Na Lagey. One is almost tempted to sing further and say Chashme Buddoor. To the song. Because the song itself ran the risk of being envied and ruled over, as it climbed the popularity charts and hit parade winner lists. Pure love, simple words, a dedicated lover , and a plaint to the heroine to keep herself from watchful eyes.
Tumse Kahoon Ik Baat Paron si Halki Halki Halki. Let us try and discover a more soft, sensuous and romantic number. We shall fail. The song does, of course, have a close cousin in a different mode, where the singer describes the feelings of a young lady love. Kahin ek Masoom Naazuk si Ladki. Sheer poetry, rendered superbly by our idol. Both different moods, but both absolutely in awe of the lady, sung superbly and never failing to keep the romantic mood at its most supreme.
Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padhkar is the most hummable and popular of Rafi Sahab’s songs. It has been playing for over 50 years now, yet sounding fresh, simple, devoted and truly inspiring. Never has declaration of love sounded so divine or sublime.
Likhe jo Khat Tujhe, a song from the turn of the decade 60s caught our fancy when we were in school. We all must have sung it for some classmate or the other! Even as a 7th standard schoolboy, I couldn’t help sing this one at a school function,only to be told by my class teacher to sing a patriotic song! Yet, I treasured this song in my heart for many years. I still do.
And at the top of my list is what I consider to be Rafi Sahab’s most romantic and reassuring songs. Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hai from Guide. A fifty plus year old song. Way way beyond any declaration of love that today’s singers belt out. Whether there is a wajah or not!!
Tere Mere Sapne is such a benchmark that perhaps no singer could ever dream of touching, leave along scaling or going beyond. I am willing to bet that any lover in distress needs to express this song with the utmost care and reverence that Rafi Sahab does in the song. The result would only be positive !!
I can go on and on. I can talk of Dil Ka Bhanwar karey Pukar. I can mention Maine Poocha Chaand se. I can take the name of Ae Phoolon ki Rani Bahaaron Ki Malika. Or Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon. Or even a Bahut Shukriya or a Pukarta Chala Hoon Main. Or Aapke Haseen Rukh pe aaj Naya Noor Hai.
For every stupid remark made by irresponsible and ignorant filmmakers and artistes there are at least a hundred songs, no less that hit you between your eyes, as fresh, romantic, catchy, lyrical and most importantly, elevating to the discerning listener.
Rafi Sahab lived his life the same way. Singing, and silencing his jealous detractors and jealous critics.
I rest my case. May each of his songs keep romance, love, bonding and happiness alive in this world that needs all of the above so badly.
Wishing Rafi Sahab a VERY HAPPY 92ND Birthday !!!!
Bahut Shukriya Badi Meherbani !!