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Remembering playback singer Mukesh!

August 27, 2014 12:06:09 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, Iske Siva Jaana Kahan…
(Life is here and death is here, where else one can go…)


Like the above song Mukesh, the emperor of melancholy songs devoted his entire life to film music. In fact on the fateful day of August 27, 1976, he was in Detroit, Michigan, United States conducting a stage show when he had to be rushed to the hospital due to sudden heart attack. 

Glamsham.Com pays homage to the legendary singer on his death anniversary and recalls an interesting anecdote about his relation with his lyricist friend Hasrat Jaipur, with whom he shared a warm relation along with Raj Kapoor, poet Shailendra and music duo Shanker-Jaikishen. 

Hasrat jaipur once narrated an interesting incident that happened during the making of Raj Kapoor’s most ambitious film MERA NAAM JOKER.
He said, “Once during the song sitting of Raj Kapoor’s movie MERA NAAM JOKER when Mukesh heard my song ‘Jaane Kahaan Gayaaye Who Din’ he couldn’t control his emotions and tears rolled down his cheeks. Later wiping his tears in a choked voice he said, “Gana to bahut khoobsurat hai lekin thoda chota hai.  Agar is mein tum ek antara aur jod do to maaza aajaye” (The song is beautiful but a bit short. If you can add one more verse then it will be great.)

As per Mukesh’s wish I immediately added upon one more verse that went

Mere nigaah-e-shokh mein, asoon ke mele reh gaye.

Chod ke woh bhi chal diye, Hum phir akele reh gaye.

(In my eyes tears remained back; He also left, leaving me, once again alone) 

Hearing which Mukesh was delighted but tragically the portion had to be edited due to the films long duration, however, Mukesh made it a point to sing this verse whenever he sang the song on the stage.” 

Readers would be enlightened to know that after Mukesh expired his son Nitin Mukesh kept the tradition by always incorporating this verse. Even today whenever he sings this song on stage he includes this verse much to the delight of listeners.” 

Ironically today neither Hasarat Jaipuri nor Mukesh are alive, justifying the words
Chod ke woh bhi chal diye, Hum phir akele reh gaye.




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