MEENA KUMARI–THE SINGING MAESTRO

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Meena Kumari, as the name comes, it leaves everyone speeechless with wonders in the mind.
She is known for her versatile acting, her charming dance and her beautiful expressions.
But, She had one more great quality i.e her voice…Her voice had something special in it, that is something
spectacular and beyond the reach of anybody.She sang many great songs and earned her recognition in singing too.

She started her career playing the role of a child actress in few movies like Nai Roshni, Leatherface,
Pooja and few others.There was another movie Bahen which released in 1941.
In this movie, merely at the age of 8 yrs, she sang a beautiful song with Beena Kumari
“Tora Kajra Lagoon Mori Rani”.In this song, Meena Kumari is looking very cute and this song was
the initial break which she got for her bright life ahead.It creates a sheer nostalic moments for all the people to watch and listen her.This song is beyond the reach of imagination.
It is composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics are written by Safdar Aah Sitapuri..
You can listen this song here:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plocUXlWRzI

After this movie, She worked in many more movies playing the role of a child actress in few other movies like
Garib, Pratigya and Lal Haveli.

She achived a big break in Duniya Ek Sarai(1947)..
She sang 3 songs in this movie..Music is composed by Hansraj Behl.

1) Sawan Beet Gayo Maai Re (http://www.divshare.com/download/17172434-7b9)
2) Cheen Le Hamari Hansi(with Zohrabai) (http://www.divshare.com/download/17184827-dd6)
3) Ma Dekh Ri Ma Badli Hui Jawan(http://www.divshare.com/download/17184960-d58)

Then She sang around 7 songs in Piya Ghar Aaja(1947).
Here are 4 songs from this movie..
Music was given by Bulo.C.Rani.

1) Ek Baar Phir Kaho(http://www.divshare.com/download/17185138-773)
2) Na Koi Dilaasa Hai(http://www.divshare.com/download/17185191-c2d)
3) Ankiyan Taras Rahi Piya(http://www.divshare.com/download/17185651-94b)
4) Nain Base Ho Raja Dil Mein(with Karan Dewan) (http://www.divshare.com/download/17185761-35e)

5) Desh Paraye Jaanewale Bhool
6) Nain Dor Se Bandh Liyo Chitchor(with Karan Dewan)

(This song is Contributed by DR Surjit Singh ji)…

http://www.divshare.com/download/23945532-336)

7) Mere Sapnon Ki Duniya Basanewale

After this movie, Meena Kumari lent her voice in another movie Bichade Balam(1948).
This movie had 6 songs which were sung by Meena Kumari.
I am sharing the 3 songs rendered wonderfully by Meena Kumari.
Music was conmposed by Bulo.C.Rani.

1) Haseeno Ko Dil Mein Basana Bura Hai(with AR Oza and Mohammed Faruqui)(http://www.divshare.com/download/17172589-73f)
2) Aata Hai Dil Pyaar Se(http://www.divshare.com/download/17185898-39f)
3) Ek Aag Lagi Dil Mein(http://www.divshare.com/download/17185911-116)

Remaining songs:-

4) Mere Piya Na Aaye Tarsaaye Re
5) Bol Re Bol Mere Pyare Papihe(with AR Ojha)
6) Hai Piya Mujhe Lalchaye Jiya.

Meena Kumari also sang few words for a song in Pinjre Ki Panchi(1966) with Manna Dey.
Music by Salil Choudhary and lyrics by Gulzar.
Here is the song..

Aisa Bhi Kabhi Hoga(with Manna Dey) (http://www.divshare.com/download/17186118-1a6)

 

Meena Kumari worked with Khayyam Saheb for an album “I WRITE, I RECITE” in the year 1970.
There were total 8 Ghazals in this album.When she recited these ghazals, She was not well..
But, She rendered all the ghazals beautifully with her divine voice.

1) Chand Tanha Hai Aasmaan Tanha(http://www.divshare.com/download/17186195-0c2)

Here is the lyrics:-

Chand Tanha Hai Asman Tanha
Dil Mila Hai Kahan Kahan Tanha

Bujh Gai As Chup Gaya Tara
Thartharata Raha Dhuan Tanha

Zindagi Kya Isi Ko Kahte Hain
Jism Tanha Hai Aur Jan Tanha

Hamsafar Koi Gar Mile Bhi Kahin
Donon Chalte Rahe Tanha Tanha

2) Ablappa Koi Is Dasht Mein Aaya Hoga(http://www.divshare.com/download/17186235-0b5)

Here is the lyrics:-

Ablapa koi is dasht main aya hoga
warna andhi main diya kis ne jalaya hoga

zarre zarre pe jare honge kunware sajde
ek ek but ko Khuda us ne banaya hoga

pyas jalte huye kanton ki bujhai hogi
riste pani ko hatheli pe sajaya hoga

mil gaya hoga agar koi sunahari patthar
apna tuta hua dil yad to aya hoga

khun k chinte kahin poch na len rehron se
kis ne wirane ko gulzar banaya hoga’

 

3) Yun Teri Rah-Guzar Ke  (http://www.divshare.com/download/23946706-1a6

yuuN terii rah-guzar se diivaanaa-vaar guzre
kaaNdhe pe apne rakh ke apnaa mazaar guzre 

baiThe rahe haiN raaste meN dil kaa khanDhar sajaa kar
shaayad isii taraf se ek din bahaar guzre 

bahtii huii ye nadiyaa ghulte hu’e kinaare
ko’ii to paar utre, ko’ii to paar guzre 

tuu ne bhii ham ko dekhaa hamne bhii tujhko dekhaa
tuu dil hii haar guzraa, ham jaan haar guzre

 

4) Mera Manzil Teri Tanhai (http://www.divshare.com/download/23946708-6a0

‘Meraa maazii
merii tanhaa’ii kaa ye andhaa shigaaf
ye ke saaNsoN kii tarah mere saath chaltaa rahaa
jo merii nabz kii maanind mere saath jiyaa
jisko aate hu’e jaate hu’e be-shumaar lamhe
apnii sanglaaKh ungliyoN se gehraa karte rahe, karte gaye
kisii kii oak paa lene ko lahuu bahtaa rahaa
kisii ko ham-nafas kahne kii justujuu meN rahaa
ko’ii to ho jo be-saaKhtaa isko pahchaane
taRap ke palte, achaanak ise pukaar uThThe
‘mere ham-shaaKh
mere ham-shaaKh merii udaasiyoN ke hissedaar
mere adhuurepan ke dost
tamaam zakhm jo tere haiN
mere dard tamaam
terii karaah kaa rishtaa hai merii aahoN se
tuu ek masjid-e-viiraaN hai, maiN terii azaaN
azaaN jo apnii hii viiraangii se takraa kar
dhakii chhupii hu’ii bevaa zamiiN ke daaman par
paRhe namaaz Khudaa jaane kisko sijdaa kare’

 
 
‘Ye nuur kaisaa hai
raaKh kaa saa rang pahne
barf kii laash hai
laave kaa saa badan pahne
guuNgii chaahat hai
rusvaa’ii kaa kafan pahne
har ek qatraa muqaddas hai maile aaNsuu kaa
ek hujuum-e-apaahij hai aab-e-kausar par
ye kaisaa shor hai jo be-aavaaz phailaa hai
rupahlii chaaNv meN – badnaamioN kaa Deraa hai
ye kaisii jannat hai jo chaunk-chaunk jaatii hai
ek intizaar-e-mujassam ka naam – Khamoshii
aur ehsaas-e-bekaraaN pe ye sarhad kaisii?
dar-o-diivaar kahaaN ruuh kii aavaargii ke
nuur kii vaadii talak lams kaa ek safar-e-taviil
har ek moR pe bas do hii naam milte haiN
maut kah lo – jo muhabbat nahiiN kahne paa’o’
 
6)  Aagaz Tho Hota Hai (Meena Kumari)
 
 
7) Poochte Ho Tho Suno (Meena Kumari)
 
 
8) Tukde Tukde Din Beeta (Meena Kumari)
 
 
 
Wish she had rendered more such beauties…Meena Kumari concentrated more on acting and became one of the leading stars in the 50’s and 60’s…But, these songs shall always remain immortal. Hats off to the SINGING MAESTRO–MEENA KUMARI.
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3 comments
  1. priya lakshmi said:

    superb nikhil!…god bless you. May you go on from strength to strength and write more along with achieving whatever you want to from life….best wishes always

  2. Vinod Kapoor said:

    Very absorbing…Good research work.

  3. Rupali said:

    Meena Kumari was very talented, thanks for sharing

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