O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs
O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs? How is that possible?
The title must have left you confused! O P Nayyar, the King of Rhythm, O P Nayyar, who is famous for his peculiar Tonga Rhythm (Ghoda Gadi beats), O P Nayyar, who is also famous for his Punjabi Beats, OP Nayyar, who is also famous for his melodious romantic songs, OP Nayyar, who was leading in composing club dance songs, OP Nayyar, who is known for giving peppy and comedy songs. OP called by above various adjectives, have also composed Lullaby & Children Songs. It is a little difficult to believe this and very little is discussed about this. Let’s see (and hear, of course) it now and uncover this new facet of OP’s songs.
Omkar Prasad Nayyar (O P Nayyar) started his career as a musician in 1952, which lasted till 1995. However, his real career is considered to be from the 1952 film ‘Aasmaan’ to the 1974 film ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’. During this time, most of the stories of the films OP got were based on crime, comedy, love story, social background. Few of these were stories based on classical music, which will be the topic of our next article, anyway. Anyone would agree that all these movies became popular because of OP’s music.
OP got very few movies with serious or family themes. And OP has done justice to the story and has composed songs along those lines in those films. OP has composed Lullaby & Children Songs in these films, keeping OP’s own signature intact; and so hearing Lullaby & Children Songs in OP’s own style is a pleasant surprise. This proves that OP has handled so many different topics through songs.
OP’s Lullaby & Children Songs are so few in number, the reason being as mentioned above. Now let’s listen to a select ullaby & Children Songs composed by OP Nayyar, and learn about an overlooked aspect of OP’s musical career!
The first song of today’s episode is ‘Chand Ratoko Nikle Na Nikle’! (चांद रातोको निकले ना निकले)
The 1971 family film ‘Aisa Bhi Hota Hai’ has a song picturized on the heroine. The song seems to have picturized on a young mother putting her one-and-a-half years old baby to sleep or playing with baby. No more information is available on whether the film was released or what happened to its prints. But four songs of the film have been dubbed.
Among them, the song ‘Chand Ratoko Nikle Na Nikle (चांद रातोको निकले ना निकले) is amazing, This song written by lyricist S. H. Bihari is one of my favorite. Eyes fill up while listening to the song. A typical OP style orchestration is played. At the beginning of the song Ashaji picks up the words ‘Chand ratoko nikle na nikle’, one may want to listen again and again.
Let’s listen to first song of this episode, ‘Chand Ratoko Nikle Na Nikle’.
Song no. 1: ‘Chand Ratoko Nikle Na Nikle’, Movie: Aisa Bhi Hota Hai (Year 1971), Singer: Asha Bhosle, Lyricist: S. H. Bihari and Composer: O P Nayyar (O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs)
Today’s second song is ‘Gudiya Tere Raj Mein, Baje Baaja’!
The heroine is depicted singing the song to the children’s dolls living next door in the chawl (building), while participating in a doll play. So the mood of the song is slightly different i.e. fun. Moreover, Mazrooh Sultanpuri has written this song, so the mood of the song is more bloomed. It’s quite a treat to see this song on screen with Nalini Jaywant in the movie ‘Hum Sab Chor Hai’. I don’t know if Nalini Jaywant was a dancer or not, I have not read about it anywhere, but I think her acting, expression and dancing skills were amazing. Fans should definitely watch the songs featured on her in this movie on YouTube and decide their opinion.
Song no. 2 : ‘Gudiya Tere Raj Mein, Baje Baaja’ ‘गुडिया तेरे राज में, बाजे बाजा’, Movie: Hum Sab Chor Hai (Year 1956), Singer: Asha Bhosale, Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri and Music: O P Nayyar (O P Nayyar Lullaby & Children Songs)
Today’s third song is, ‘Apni Maa Ki Kismet Par Mere Bete Tu Mat Ro’! (अपनी माँ की किस्मत पर मेरे बेटे तू मत रो)
The songs from the 1969 film ‘Sambandh’ can be said to be the pinnacle of OP’s musical career. OP’s quality is proven here. But the last phase of OP’s career had begun. And the film didn’t work at all,
so the songs created by the unprecedented combination of Lyricist Kavi Pradeep and Composer O P Nayyar were ignored and lost in the crowd. Only avid listeners know or remember these songs.
The story of the movie ‘Sambandh’ was very serious and different. In it, an impoverished mother sings this song before she leaves her only child in the house of a rich man and leaves forever. This song is picturized on famous veteran Marathi actress Sulochanadidi and will surely bring tears to your eyes. Poet Pradeep has excellently depicted the pain of the unfortunate mother when the mother’s heart is broken while leaving her child forever.
Asha Bhosle has sung this song very well giving full justice to this song. Composer OP has achieved the intended effect of the song by using a minimal but effective orchestration.
Song No. 3 : ‘Apni Maa Ki Kismet Par Mere Bete Tu Mat Ro’ (अपनी माँ की किस्मत पर मेरे बेटे तू मत रो), Movie: Sambandh (Year 1969), Singer: Asha Bhosale, Lyricist: Kavi Pradeep (Ramchandra Dwivedi) and Music: O P Nayyar
The next two songs are from the same movie.
In 1980, OP composed the music for the film ‘Bin Maa Ke Bachche’. The name of the film itself suggests the compassion of the film. Due to the fallout with Asha Bhosle, OP gave Marathi singer Pushpa Pagdhare a chance to sing in the film. She sang three songs in this film, out of which we will hear two songs now.
Today’s fourth song is ‘Jo Raat Ko Jaldi Soye Aur Subah Ko Jaldi Jage‘! (‘जो रात को जल्दी सोये और सुबह को जल्दी जागे’)
The video of this song is nowhere found. But the elder brother of two orphan siblings seems to be singing this song while putting his beloved sister ‘Munni’ to sleep.
Song no. 4: ‘Jo Raat Ko Jaldi Soye Aur Subah Ko Jaldi Jage’, (‘जो रात को जल्दी सोये और सुबह को जल्दी जागे’), Movie: ‘Bin Maa Ke Bachche’ (Year 1980), Singer: Pushpa Pagdhare, Lyricist: S. H. Bihari and Composer: O P Nayyar(O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs)
Today’s fifth song is ‘Apni Bhi Ek Aisi Motorkar Hogi’! (अपनी भी एक ऐसी मोटरकार होगी)
I remember watching this song on Doordarshan’s famous program ‘Chhayageet’. While the two siblings mentioned above earn a living by doing whatever jobs they can. Once they get a job of washing a car, while they are working, the elder brother encourages his beloved sister Munni by showing her a hopeful big dream for tomorrow. He tells her that, ‘Sukh Ki Hogi Jeet, Dukhon Ki Haara Hogi‘.
Song No. 5: ‘Apani Bhi Ek Aisi Motorkar Hogi’ (अपनी भी एक ऐसी मोटरकार होगी), Film: Film: ‘Bin Maa Ke Bachche’ (Year 1980), Singer: Pushpa Pagdhare, Lyricist: S. H. Bihari and Composer: O P Nayyar (O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs)
Today’s next song is, ‘Hum Yatimon Ke Jaisa Bhi Sansar Mein’! (हम यतीमों के जैसा भी संसार में)
After the 1973-74 film ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’, O. P. Nayyar was out of the film industry for about 5 years. He made a comeback with the 1978 film ‘Khoon Ka Badla Khoon’. After 1978, OP used new singers’ voices. We will listen to a song of small and orphan children sung by new singers of OP, Vani Jairam and Uttara Kelkar.
Song No. 6: ‘Hum Yatimon Ke Jaisa Bhi Sansar Mein’ (हम यतीमों के जैसा भी संसार में), Movie: ‘Khoon Ka Badla Khoon’, (Year 1978), Singers: Vani Jayaram and Uttara Kelkar, Lyricist: S. H. Bihari and Composer: O P Nayyar
If listening to the above three or four sad songs and feeling the pain in them has made your heart sad, now listen to the next song to undo it.
The seventh song in today’s episode is ‘Chuk Chuk Chuk Chuk Rail Chale’! (छुक छुक छुक छुक रेल चले) (O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs).
This song from the 1958 movie ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ is of course sung by Asha Bhosle. This is a song from the heart of the heroine who dreams of her future happy world and loves children. In this song, she dreams of playing and singing with her children.
Even though it is a Children’s song, O. P. Style is fully felt in this song. You will notice that some of the tunes in the song were played in later in other songs. Moreover, children’s voice is used for Asha Bhosle’s chorus.
Song No. 7: ”Chuk Chuk Chuk Chuk Rail Chale“, (छुक छुक छुक छुक रेल चले), Movie: ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’, (Year 1958), Singer: Asha Bhosale & Saathi, Lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi & Music Composer: O P Nayyar
Now let’s hear the last song of today’s episode, ‘Yeh Duniya Rahe Na Rahe Kya Pata’! (ये दुनिया रहे ना रहे क्या पता).
Out of the total 324 songs given by Composer O. P. Nayyar and singer Asha Bhosle, I think this song will definitely rank in the top 5.
In 1960, a film named ‘Mitti Mein Sona’ was released. Videos of this film are not available anywhere. But almost all the songs of this movie can be heard on LP Records. Another best song of OP and Asha’s duo is ‘Poochho Na Himne, Hum Anne Liye’, is also from the same film.
Now let’s listen to Ashaji’s song ‘Yeh Dunya Rahe Na Rahe Kya Pata, Mera Pyaar Tujse Rahe Sada’ sung by Ashaji in the same movie.
With the care and love of the baby, what thoughts come to the mother’s mind, what a mother can do for her baby, all that in this song is written by lyricist S. H. Presented by Bihari. The song is sure to bring tears to your eyes remembering how your mother used to take care of you, so this song is deliberately reserved for the end.
Lyricist S. H. Bihari have depicted the pain of the mother and thoughts come to the her mind, who loves her baby, and what a mother can do for her baby. The song is sure to bring tears to your eyes remembering how your mother used to take care of you, so this song is deliberately reserved for the end.
The song uses only sarangi or violin (or other instrument?), guitar and flute, accompanied by OP’s own style. Another feature that I noticed in this song is that Ashaji has taken a little alap at the beginning of the song and the last 10 to 12 seconds, in the sound of a flute. (I need to be criticized and guided by experts about this sentence, because my knowledge about music and instruments is a more less).
Song No. 8: ‘Yeh Duniya Rahe Na Rahe Kya Pata’, ‘ये दुनिया रहे ना रहे क्या पता’, Movie: ‘Mitti Mein Sona’ (Year 1960), Singer: Asha Bhosle, Lyricist: S. H. Bihari and composed by of course O P Nayyar (O P Nayyar’s Lullaby & Children Songs)
After listening to all the above songs, you must have realized that, O. P. Nayyar has also used the form of children’s songs and Lullaby. But O. P. This feature of OP Nayyar is not known to most of the people, who knew OP for the Tonga rhythm and Peppy songs. This is my small attempt to put it before everyone! Next time let’s explore another new aspect of OP.
Note: Please forgive me for any mistakes in English language or its grammar. The article was first published on my blog in Marathi Language.
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