July 16th, 2010

Shamshad Begum – O.P. Nayyar collaboration

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Shamshad Begum with O.P. Nayyar

Shamshad Begum with O.P. Nayyar

In one of his rare T.V. interviews, O.P. Nayyar described Shamshad’s voice as that of a “temple bell” for its clarity of tone. No wonder then, that in the 1950′s, O.P Nayyar gave Shamshad perhaps the most popular songs of her career. Shamshad sang 40 songs for Nayyar and many of these songs especially Kabhi aar kabhi paar, and Leke pehla pehla pyaar appear in the popular remixes today. Shamshad sang for Nayyar the first time in Chham Chamma Chham (1952), a duet with Kishore Kumar – Taraste hain tarapte hain. However, her first hit song for Nayyar was Kabhi aar kabhi paar from Aaar Paar (1954).  O.P. Nayyar was responsible for giving Shamshad’s voice a different angle and making her sing Westernized tunes in songs like Mai ki masti aur hai (Mehbooba), Thoda sa dil laga kai dekh (Musafir Khana) and Meri neendoun mein tum (Naya Andaz). The last mentioned song is perhaps the best duet of Shamshad with Kishore Kumar and one of her favorites.

After emotional involvement of Nayyar with Asha Bhosle in the late 50s, Nayyar started to ignore his once favorite singers i.e. Geeta Dutt and Shamshad Begum, and started to work almost exclusively with Asha. In one of his interviews, Nayyar admits that, “I am to blame myself in the position I am today. My only regret in life is that I didn’t stick to Geeta dutt voice, and ignored her for Asha Bhosle. As I was involved very emotionally with Asha Bhosle at that time, and Asha Bhosle didn’t wanted me to compose songs for any other female singer, this almost stopped me to use any other female voice. Asha Bhosle says that my compositions were very intricate and complex to sing, and me(Asha) and Mohd Rafi can only give 80% to O.P.Nayyar songs. I (Nayyar) think she is lying, she and Mohd Rafi could only give 40% to my music. The only singers who can give 100% and did full justice to my songs were Geeta Dutt and Shamshad Begum.” (Source:- rediff.com)

Shamshad’s last song for Nayyar was that smashit Kajra mohabbat wala from Kismat (1968), and after that she was out of O.P. Nayyar’s recording room. Sad indeed!

Song Singers Film Year
Taraste hain tadapte hain Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar Chham chhama chham 1952
Kabhi aar kabhi paar Shamshad Begum Aar paar 1954
Zara pyar karle baboo Shamshad Begum Mangu 1954
Main ki masti aur hai ankhon ki masti Shamshad Begum Mehbooba 1954
Baanka wah sanam meri rok ke rahen Shamshad Begum Mehbooba 1954
Ai ji janeman apna se yun nazrein Shamshad Begum Mehbooba 1954
Haay re tera jawab Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Mehbooba 1954
Koi jab dard ka mara Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Miss Coca Cola 1955
Ab to jee hone laga kisi ki soorat Shamshad Begum Mr & Mrs 55 1955
Thoda sa dil laga ke Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Musafir khana 1955
Ruk ja re piya mora dhadke jiya Shamshad Begum Sabse bada rupaiya 1955
Is raat diwali Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle Sabse bada rupaiya 1955
Bol re munna Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Balbir Sabse bada rupaiya 1955
Kahin pe nighahen kahin pe Shamshad Begum C I D 1956
Boojh mera kya naam re Shamshad Begum C I D 1956
Leke pehla pehla pyar Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle C I D 1956
Leke pehla pehla pyar Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi C I D 1956
Humne jab dil tha diya Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Chhoo mantar 1956
Kuch kuch hone laga Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Dhaake ki malmal 1956
Tom tana de re na Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Dhaake ki malmal 1956
Raat rangili gaaye re Shamshad Begum Naya andaz 1956
Bachke balam kahan jaoghe Shamshad Begum Naya andaz 1956
Aaj suhani raat Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar Naya andaz 1956
Meri neendon men tum Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar Naya andaz 1956
Chana jor garam Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar Naya andaz 1956
Tumhi se pyar Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar Naya andaz 1956
Saiyan raja laa de Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar Naya andaz 1956
Too lage mora balma Shamshad Begum Shrimati 420 1956
Tum to hamare man men Shamshad Begum Shrimati 420 1956
Hey bhagwan kit jae Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Shrimati 420 1956
Reshmi salwar kurta jali Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Naya daur 1957
Yunhi baten na bana too Shamshad Begum Qaidi 1957
Saiyaan teri ankhiyon men dil koh gaya Shamshad Begum 12 0’ clock 1958
Main jaan gayi Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi Howrah Bridge 1958
Main hoon chanda si gori Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Kabhi andhera kabhi ujala 1958
Main qartoon Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle Mr Qartoon M A 1958
Hum pe dil aaya Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle Do ustad 1959
Idhar dekh mera dil Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Jaali note 1960
Jab do dil ho bechain Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Akalmand 1966
Kajra mohabbat wala Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle Kismat 1968

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