Its been a while I posted some ‘Kamal ki baat’ out here, but I guess I was looking for the right kind of matter to share with all you fun people. And finally I have found it!!
‘Munni’ and ‘Shiela’ can make us tap our feet but numbers like ‘Ik din bik jaye ga…’ or ‘Aane wala pal..’ melt our hearts, flood it with nostalgia and give us a swaying trip down the memory lane. Yes, this post is a tribute to the old yet unforgettable melodies of Pakistani and Indian music. I had been out of ideas since a while, but I am lucky to have some great people around me, so one of my teachers recommended to talk about evergreen songs that spill out emotions almost all of us can very well relate to. And I also thought that was a superb idea since I am a great fan of old songs too alongwith many others out there.
There is a little story to how I have come to like these songs more than many people my age. My parents were die-hard fans of these evergreen songs. Especially, my father, with whom I have fond memories of listening to songs like “Tumko dekha tou yeh khayal…” or “Chingari koi bhadke…” in his voice while I was trying to fall asleep. It was never a cliche lullaby or a made up song but the most comforting tunes that put me to sleep were these.!! And during the day I would repeat these whenever had the time to myself, 90% of the time getting the lyrics wrong!! He would hum these songs for maybe hours and what irritated me most was that they were lines of maybe two three different songs but was the sweetest and I miss it alot !!! My mom recalls how he would sing tunes of Mehdi Hassan like “Dunya kisi ke pyaar mein…” to her. The point I’m trying to make here is that these evergreen melodies are like heritage which pass on from one generation to another without losing their quintessence. Also this post is dedicated to the greatest friend, guide and supporter I will ever have in my life, my father who has made me feel the best through the worst of moments and gave me utter strength when I needed it. Still the thought of his soft nature and matchless ideas gives intensity to my goals in life!!
Coming back to the point, it would be good to just think for a while why we all always like to listen to these songs and just can’t get over them. Any idea?? Well, I think one main reason is the fact that they were just so well said that any of us could go like “Oh yes, I can feel exactly the same!!”. Precisely, the lyrics depicted human emotions. The second reason is very much that the melodious tunes were soothing and mild. Though, this era’s rock and pop has enchanted us too but the spell is never so long lasting as maybe RD Burman’s music. While “Desi Girl” can make you charm the dance floor, something like “Chura liya hai tumne…” can make you remember a long time sweetheart or make you totally dreamy. Another possiblity for this, I feel is the ommission of unnecessary eye candy that makes people remember the music than maybe the flashy clothes the actresses wore or exotic locations. Give it a thought can we really hum something like “Munni Badnaam” or “Jalebi Bai” during a nostalgic moment?? Never, if for the sake it never from the heart!! As I said earlier, it can never bring a flash of old memories or make a tear trickle down your cheeks in someone’s memory. For the reason, these unforgettable hits can never break from our hearts.
This is a list of links to my most favourite evergreen hits. These are just a few, it could stretch to as long as pages.
– Agar tum na hote by Lata
– Main pal do pal by Mukesh
– Tere chehre se by Kishore Kumar
– Maine poocha chand se by Mohd. Rafi
– Yeh jo mohabbat hai by Kishore Kumar
-Pyar deewana hota hai by Kishore Kumar
– Dunya kisi ke pyaar mein by Mehdi Hassan
-Mujhe tum nazar se by Mehdi Hassan
-Jab koi pyaar se by Mehdi Hassan
-Husn ko chand jawani ko by Saleem Raza
-Tumhi tou ho mehboob mere by Masood Rana
-Akele na jana by Ahmed Rushdi