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Tribute Artists: Mukesh (Singer) & Shailendra (Lyricist)
Genre: Semi Classical
Song: Matwaali Naar Thumak Thumak Chali Jaay;
Film: Ek Phool Char Kante (1960);
MD: Shanker Jaikishan;
Raag: Maru Bihag;
Thaat: Kalyan (Reference:
Taal: Kaherava (Reference:
Aaroh – Avroh: S G M P N S' - S' N D P M G M G R S (Reference:

This time, I thought of picking a song which was different from Mukesh’s treasure trove of Melancholic and romantic songs. There aren’t too many Semi-Classical songs sung by Mukesh but here is one that I have admired over many decades and finally I am gathering courage to attempt. I also wanted to pay my Tribute also recognizes one of the most successful lyricist “Shailendra” who made significant contributions for the magic that hovered in Bollywood with Raj Kapoor, S/J and Mukesh during the 50’s.

I realize, it takes years of training and then exhausting riyaaz to deliver such numbers but like I have said in the past, I try for my passion and experimentation while recalling the original masterpieces to pay my tributes. I wish to get some training, so I can sing such numbers with proper sur management but then that has been on my do list for ever… hopefully that dream would come true someday. Please pardon me for my errors in attempting this melodious semi-classical number exquisitely rendered by Mukesh Sahab.

Scattered write ups show that Mukesh (Birth name: Zoraver Chand Mathur) had to work hard in the studios during recording and some have even said that Mukesh did not have a strong hold on “sur”. Well, in my humble opinion, Mukesh made quite a mark in the industry… Having to work hard, not impeccable on every sur every time for every song may be a weakness for Mukesh but he made up with the emotional impact he was able to infuse in his songs. Motilal (renowned actor in those days also related to Mukesh) recognized his talents based on his performance at a wedding in Delhi and brought him to Bombay and helped him to put his foot in the door for Bollywood career.

Mukesh took singing lessons under the tutelage of Pandit Jagannath Prasad for his inspiration to become an actor. In 1940’s the actors were expected to be able to sing. In the early days, Mukesh tried to imitate his idol K. L. Saigal but Music Director, Naushad helped Mukesh develop his own style thru 1948 movie “Mela”. Mukesh has sung many Ghazals and unpublished songs which can be found all over internet and fan blogs.

Shailendra was fondly referred to by nicknames like “Pushkin” or “Kabiraj” by Raj Kapoor. Shailendra was not only talented to come up with songs for any occasion / scene but was also known for his simplicity and depth with which he wrote. Shailendra was quite economical with the use of words but his poetry made a strong impact to deliver the message. No need to list all the songs, we all know them. Public at large relate songs with the screen actors…. But behind the scene stalwarts make a lasting impression and off them all, the lyricists are the least recognized. So, here are my props for Shailendra ji.

NOTE: For an enhanced listening experience, good pair of headphones are recommended

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