Legendary singer Ghulam Ali — Part III


Another gem of the same director Diljeet Mirza was the song “Ni chambe diye bund kaliye” again picturised on actor Shahid but this time opposite actress Naghma. Dr Bukhari reported that three Saraiki songs were rendered by Noor Jehan and Ghulam Ali. He posted that Saraiki film songs’ history dates back to old times as Nahid Niazi was the first singer to sing a pure Saraiki song in film ‘Aabru’ (1961) under composition by none other than the son of the soil Baba GA Chishti. The cast included Bahar, Akmal, Zeenat and A Shah Shikarpuri. It was basically a Punjabi movie by Kashmir Theatres Limited. Sheikh Ataur Rehman was its producer as well as the director. It was released on January 27, 1961. However the complete Saraiki movie’s honour goes to the movie ‘Dhiyaan Nimaniyaan’ by the genius singer cum actor Inayat Hussain Bhatti under the banner of Nadeem Pictures (attributed to his son Nadeem Abbas) who also appeared as film producer in title and Inayat Hussain Bhatti as director. Being the first of its kind it was destined to be the biggest blockbuster in the huge Saraiki belt ranging from areas of Sindh to the whole of Punjab and Pothohar regions. Ashiq Hussain was its music director and the cast included Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Khanam, Saiqa, Asad Bukhari, Afzal and Agha Hussain. 
The singers included Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Noor Jehan, Afshan and Sultana Naz. It was released on December 7, 1973. The success of this movie led to the making of more films in this sweet language. Our next stop is Saraiki film ‘Saanjh Saaday Pyar Di’. Produced under the banner of Movie Masters, it was directed by Sarwar Chaudhary. The cast included Raj Multani, Saiqa, Khalid Mahmood and Seema. Music was composed by Ghulam Hussain Shabbir who used the voices of legends like Ghulam Ali and Madam Noor Jehan in a melodious style. It was released on April 21, 1974. ‘Haatu Jat’ is another Saraiki film in, which apart from Noor Jehan, notable singers were Masood Rana, Ghulam Ali, Mala Begum, Tasawwur Khanum and even Irene Parveen with Afshan and Balqees Khanum. Another Saraiki film worth mentioning here was ‘Rab Da Roop’ by Nadeem Pictures again; Nadeem Abbas was the producer and Kaifi directed it. The cast included Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Khanam, Nanha, Shahida, Raja Riaz and Bahar. Safdar Hussain was the music director and singers line-up included Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Mala Begum and Afshan. It was released on June 6, 1975. 
There are many other Ghulam Ali Punjabi numbers that became popular when released. One of such numbers is “Patta laga menu hundi ki judai jadon da mera mahi ruseya”. It is a typical catchy rhythmic number, which I heard in a live concert. 
Another Punjabi number is “Tere pyar di saun menu”. Ghulam Ali rendered a lovely duet with Afshan; a Mahiya “Patna tei mil mahiya”. The most popular number is “Mere shauq da nahi etbaar teinu”. (Sufi Tabasum’s translation of Ghalib’s verses). He sang this number umpteen times, the best rendering being in Khwaja Najamul Hasan’s PTV programme ‘Meri Pasand’. Another melodious hit is “Tahngaan waei nain kadaun sukh naal saun” composed by Radio Pakistan Producer Ustad Tasaduq Ali Khan. The number “Nit dei vichore saada sukh chain kho laya” is a sad but tuneful number. The catchy rhythmic number “Beh ja mere kol tenu takda rahwaan” was also hit of the day song. Again many variations on the word ‘rehwaan’ used to captivate the music lovers. “Akhan sohnian vichon dulda khumar” also became popular across the borders. 
“Jai gham sajna da hunda na” was another nice number. A film’s song “Sohnya oei mukh tera sajri saver aei” is a very melodious song that became so popular that even Madam Sabiha Khanum rendered it in a PTV programme. His Kafi “Rabba mere haal da mehram tun” and another number “Ki pucchde ho haal” need special mention. Another title song “Mahi mahi kookdi ni main aape ranjha hoi” composed by Mian Sheheryar for a drama serial of the same title was very much in demand when the serial was telecast on PTV. One of the other popular songs of its time was “Tak patri waleya laikh mere”.
There are many other Punjabi numbers to mention but the following Urdu numbers are worth mentioning as well. To start with a ghazal; “Patta patta boota boota haal hamara jane hei” by poet Mir Taqi Mir. Many crooners have sung it including myself in the music of Mian Sheheryaar for my EMI released audio album ‘Amjad Parvez sings Mir’. The notable factor in my rendering was Sarangi accompanied by Ustad Nazim Ali Khan and tabla by Ustad Tari Khan. It is this very ghazal when rendered by Mehdi Hasan in the music of Ustad Niaz Hussain Shami that made Lata Mangeshkar reportedly comment that god existed in the vocals of Mehdi Hasan (Mehdi Hasan ke gale main bhagwan bolte hain). Continued

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