I was meaning to write a series of posts on the contributions of some of the lesser recognised music directors, and the first in the series is Sardar Malik.
He was an extremely gifted music composer, and it is unfortunate that like Madan Mohan, he too composed for a string of B-Grade and C-Grade movies. The movies were not successful at the box office, but the music lives on after half a century. This post will focus upon some of his lesser known compositions.
I have not incuded his hits like “Saranga“, “Ab-E-Hayat” etc, but some of his lesser known compositions, which are extremely beautiful.
1. Kya Kahen Tujhse Mohabbat – Jantar Mantar(1964)
I am starting off with my altime favourite of Sardar Malik, a great composition in Shudh Kalyan, rendered to perfection by Asha. Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri
2.Hui Yeh Humse Nadani – Chor Bazaar (1954)
Lata’s voice is so full of expression, the dard-e-dil is quite obvious. The raga is Rageshree (mostly) , lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni.
Hui hum se ye nadani,
Kay teri mehfil mein aa baithe
Ho kay zameen ki khakh
Aasman se dil laga baithe
3.Naina Re Dekhe Unke Nain – Maharani Padmini (1964)
A superb song rendered to perfection beautifully by Suman Kalyanpur. I think the raga is Tilak-Shyam.
4.Tere Hum O Sanam – Bachpan (1963)
Sardar Malik at his best – a silky composition, Suman’s voice is so sweet! Bachpan had another lovely song by Rafi “Mujhe Tumse Mohabbat Hai“, which is quite popular.
5. Aaj Ki Raat – Roop Sundari (1964)
Fabulous Yaman Kalyan, such great music, rendered by Rafi and Suman. Too bad I cant even get a poster of the movie to put in!! What a shame that such a beautiful song belonged to such an obscure movie!
6.Mera Jala Raat Bhar – Chamak Chandni(1957)
Such a touching Shivaranjani, an excellent performance by Sudha Malhotra, voice full of the pain of virah.
7. Natkhat Pare Hath – Maharani Padmini(1964)
Classical Yaman, interestingly went to Usha Timothy. Sardar Malik certainly had a fascination for Yaman, and every one of them is a gem. A rare Holi song.
8. Ai Gham-E-Dil – Thokar (1953)
Set to raga Dhani, this gem of a song had two versions-one by Talat Mehmood and this one, I prefer the later simply because it affects me more. Asha is outstanding in this quiet, silky song.
9. Jaane Wale Lautke Aana – Jantar Mantar(1964)
Yet another Yaman, another sad song. Asha again, rendered perfectly. Such melody!
10. Sun Chand Meri Yeh Dastan – Naag-Jyoti (1963)
Finally, we have a characteristic Mukesh rendering, set to raga Janasammodini. Again, a great song from an obscure movie.
i have tried to showcase Sardar Malik’s contributions by deliberately choosing lesser known songs to bring his talent to fore. Look forward to the comments of my visitors.