Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tribute to Talat Mehmood's silken voice. Aha Rim Jhim ke ye pyare pyare – Usne kaha tha – Salil Chowdary ; Lyric by Shailendra;

Aha Rim Jhim ke ye pyare pyare – Usne kaha tha – Salil Chowdary ; Lyric by Shailendra; Singers – Talat Mehmood and Lata.


While I was debating what should be my next song to post, I was requesting from many folks about their ideas. Radha mentioned that I should write about Mannadey- Talat and Hemant. The trio with the silken voice. Since I had already done a Mannadey-Lata number (Dil Ki Girah Khol do) I wanted to do a Talat classic. Two songs came to my mind – “Itna Na mujhse tu pyar bada” and “Aha Rim Jhim ke ye pyare pyare geet liya”. I selected the latter BUT I love the former one too. Both songs have been composed by Salil Chowdary known as Salil da. 

I heard this song in a cassette format during my Allahabad days in 1992 and just fell in love with the song (aptly the cassette was “Love duets from Hindi films”. What impressed me was the complex chord progression and orchestration arrangement with Lata and Talat oozing melody soaked with honey.  

Another interesting feature was when I had mentioned another song “Rim Jhim ke tarane” from Kaala Pani to Radha she thought it was this song as she was introduced to the song by her mom. Both our daughters are also very fond of this song as it has become a regular feature in our car trips to play this lovely number. So here you see our family is attached to this number!!

When I saw the scene of this song I loved it more as this is the best way one could show the love between two individuals. It is perfectly decent and very tidy to watch too. As the song states the rain drops are the shot effect and the lines from Shailendra has been immaculate to pen “Rim Jhim”.

Song Orchestration and Scene:

The shot starts as it shows a jhoola and rain drop dripping with the effect.  This is a great beginning with flute and accordions giving chord support playing a lovely melody when they show the trees, nature and lovely moon. Suddenly there is a rush of violins when Nanda sits on the Jhoola and is swinging. The music gives the swing effect in absolute mind blowing manner! Flute is in Call and Response mode to the violins but also playing counter to the violins (in the background). This is done with constant rhythm support of tabla, maracas and kabashe. When the mandolin plays the tune when you see the beautiful Nanda (I would say gorgeous) just shows her expression of shyness. This is just too good!!

Just see the shot picturized here – Guitar routine on Nanda and immediately violin/accordions plays and they show Sunil Dutt and immediately repeat the Guitar routine Nanda is shown. That is called involvement in a song shot where every nuance is taken care of.

When Talat maharaj( I love calling him so) goes “Aha Rim Jim ke ye pyare” we can hear the most silken voice of the industry. We can hear the violins play in the background, tabla and other rhythm support play and Xylophone giving the support with 5 chords beats. Listen to the violins here. We can hear two sets of violins (maybe 40 or 50 in number) play counter to each other (one is with Talat and other counter to the first one).

First interlude is just out of the world. The chord progression is just too good. Salil da had a great appreciation for Western classical music and it is shown in his chord arrangements too.  Behind the moon light drop we see Nanda and Accordions play to start off the interlude leading to violins roaring and this is repeated twice. Then we can hear the Accordion playing responding to a bang and a lovely flute routine to lead to the first antra. This is called Staccato progression which is described here - Staccato (Italian for detached) is a form of musical articulation. In modern notation it signifies a note of shortened duration,[1][2] separated from the note that may follow by silence.[3] It has been described by theorists and appeared in music since the 18th century.

Shot of this interlude – Nanda runs around and the accordions play while Sunil pushes the Jhoola we have one more accordions routine and intermediate close up shot with both Nanda and Sunil, this ends in the flute routine but look at the lighting effect. This is supposed to be taken in moon light and the scene steals the show as it is so pleasing.
Melody king Talat just oozes honey when he sings “Koi si Bheegi Bheegi” we can her rhythm section and violins take off with him. Flute responds between Talat and Lata. Hear the violins counter to Lata when she sings this line. When he sings “Dil ki ye duniya aaj” we have the flute respond to end the antra.

Interlude 2 - Just see when Nanda takes the twig and listen to the Xylophone chord progressions it matches. Listen to the SCAT (Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice. We can hear rhythm beats with Talat/Latha scat singing mild flute and violins- flute counterpoints. This is just bewildering. We have to notice this!

In the end when we hear the scat singing again now Lata and Talat are at different octaves and the flute and violins counterpoints in my humble opinion is a masterpiece creation of the GREAT SALIL DA.

Lyrics by Shailendra !

The following lines show pure love between two souls that is so beautifully translated through the lyrics. Innocence is everywhere in the acting and situation is also aptly taken.
aaha rimjhim ke yeh pyaare pyaare git liye
aai raat suhaanee dekho prit liye
mit mere suno jara hava kahe kya aa
suno toh jara, jhingar bole chikimiki chikimiki
rimjhim ke yeh pyaare pyaare git liye

Lovely drizzle day when the nature brings happiness, two lovers share their love in a very subtle way.

 (khoyee see bhigee bhigee raat jhume
aankho me sapano kee baraat jhume) - (2)
dil kee yeh duniya aaj baadalo ke saath jhume
aaha rimajhim ke yeh

The happiness in the eye and mind is equal to the cloud that brings these drizzle.

(aa jaao dil me basa lu tumhe
naino kaa kajara bana lu tumhe) - (2)
jaalim jamane kee nigaaho se chhupa lu tumhe
aaha rimajhim ke yeh

Let us be together without the whole world knowing it.

(haatho me tere meraa haath rahe
dil se jo nikalee hai woh baat rahe) - (2)
meraa tumhaara saaree jindagee kaa saath rahe
aaha rimajhim ke yeh

Typical love lines where the unison of lovers is etched very beautifully.

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