Gems of Hindi film music: Na Jhatko Zulf Se | Anand Desai


Image-for-Anand-Desai-Gems-of-hindi-filom-music-Na-Jhatko-Zulf-Se-Paani-PavanRChawlaDotComFriend Anand Desai is a finance and investment wiz who is also a music lover. And a dear friend. Anand is not just a casual music lover but one who is as immensely knowledgeable  as he is curious and keen to always learn more. If you ever get the opportunity, you would love his presentations on musical instruments and of, course, many other topics. Passion, knowledge and a desire to play and celebrate music, and share insightful information and trivia about it, are what Anand mainlines on. And he has agreed to share his self-published pieces on music here, on pavanrchawla.com. As I said, Anand  revels in listening to great music, and also likes to write about and share his love for, and insights about, the tracks he loves. 

So here is the first piece from Anand Desai, passionate musician and music lover extraordinaire.

Passion, knowledge and a desire to play and celebrate music, and share insightful information about it, are what Anand mainlines on. In fact, you would love his presentations on musical instruments and of, course, many other topics.

But before you dive into and read and enjoy the beautiful nuances about every song that Anand highlightes in his single-song-centric pieces, here is some more information about this writer, whose work you will love: After qualifying as a CA, Anand worked in Investment Banking for around 18 years including with JM Financials and Kotak Mahindra in  India and UAE, and did a stint in the media with Sony Entertainment Television. Anand now runs a  business advisory firm and is an independent director on the Boards of companies. “Music,” he says, “consumes a large part of my waking hours and keeps the fire in me alive.” Anand is very active on several Facebook Music groups, and is also an excellent percussionist whose first love is the tabla, and who is also adept in several other percussion instruments. If some day you are invited to a music baithak where Anand is performing, you can watch him play both, the daff and the table in beautiful melodic synchronicity! 

So here goes. I invite you to read Anand Desai’s first piece in our new series, GEMS OF HINDI FILM MUSIC on a magical romantic song the three great ‘R’s teamed up to create: Ravi, Rafi and Rajinder Krishan. For the 1964 Hindi film, Shehnai.

Over to Anand Desai

Na jhatko zulf sa pani yeh moti phut jaayenge….

Tumhara kuch na bigedega magar dil toot jaayenge

Ravi. Rajinder Krishnan. Rafi.

Raag Pilu and Taal Keherwa

Music director Ravi’s excellence in soft music instrumentation comes to the fore here. The softness is  actually reflective of the painstaking care and adulation of the hero as bought out in the lyrics….. yeh bheegi raat yeh bheega badan, ye husna ka aalam, yeh sab andaaz milkar.. do jahan ko loot jayenge!

The arrangement is delicate. An18-second intro with only the foleys of the rains  drops, and then Rafi at his maudlin best pleads:

Na jhatko zulf se paani

Yeh moti toot jaayenge

tumhara kuch na bigdega

Magar dil toot jayenge.

The Keherwa accompanied by a maracass… the beautiful flute at the entry and exits of  Music 1 is sincere, and the sitar and its sympathy strings dominate the interludes giving way to the 4 seconds Violin Colle’s towards the fag end…. listen to this between 0.53 and 1.20….. and then in the subsequent  interlude one notices the absence of the flute….. which reappears at 3.33 for a full solo 4 seconds in the third interlude just before: Hamari  jaan le le gaa yeh neeche aankh ka jaadoo… chalo aachhaa hua markar jahan se chhoot jayeenge… 

Rajinder Krishnan’s vivid description of the Hero’s complete submission to beauty is worth multiple plaudits   when he writes:

Yeh nazuk lab hain ya

Aapas mein do lipti hui kaliyaan  [2]

Zaraa in ko alag kar do

Tarannum phut jaayenge ….

Rafi starts this antara in a lower octave and Ravi has allowed the Flute a 4 seconds  solo piece.

Sudhin Mazumdars cinematography captures Rajshree’s beauty in its various hues.

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[After that short but sweet and insightful piece from Anand, I’m sharing the lyrics of this sweet romantic nazm Rajinder Krishan. And if you — like I always am — are tempted by Rafi’s brilliant singing to sing along with him, you can go back to the video and replay it. The lyrics are right here, for your ready reference:

na jhatko zulf se pani ye moti phut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani ye moti phut jayenge
tumhara kuch na bigdega magar dil tut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani

ye bhigi raat ye bhiga badan ye husn ka aalam
ye bhigi raat ye bhiga badan ye husn ka aalam
ye sab andaz mil kar do jaha ko lut jayenge
tumhara kuch na bigdega magar dil tut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani

ye nazuk lab hain ya aapas me do lipti hui kaliya
ye nazuk lab hai ya aapas me do lipti hui kaliya
zara inko alag kar do tarannum phut jayenge
tumhara kuch na bigdega magar dil tut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani

hamari jaan le lega ye nichi aankh ka jadu
hamari jaan le lega ye nichi aankh ka jadu
chalo acha hua mar kar jaha se chut jayenge
tumhara kuch na bigdega magar dil tut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani ye moti phut jayenge
na jhatko zulf se pani…

Pavan R Chawla]


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