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Sep 17th, 1999, 05:04 PM #1----
Hindi film lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri dies at 81
Hasrat Jaipuri, a top-ranking lyricist of the golden age of Hindi film music, died of kidney and liver failure this evening in a private hospital at Bandra in north-west Bombay. He was 81.
Born in 1918, Hasrat entered films in the 1940s and was closely associated with the late Raj Kapoor from the early years of his career, making his debut in Barsaat, the second film made by Kapoor, and working in almost all films made under the RK banner.
He is credited with writing simple, poetic lyrics. Some of the other RK hits for which he wrote songs were Shri 420, Awara and Mera Naam Joker.
He also wrote lyrics for Shammi Kapoor hits like Teesri Kasam, Brahmachari and Andaaz, composing songs for more than 200 films in his career.
Expressing deep sorrow at the death, music composer Naushad said, "Hasratsaheb was a good human being and Urdu poet. Apne likhaai se prem ki bhaavna laate the. He was loved by one-and-all in the film industry and was one of the last pillars of RK Studios."
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar expressed shock at Hasrat's death. "I sang the most number of songs written by Hasrat Jaipuri and composed by Shankar-Jaikishen," she noted, and called him a lyricist par excellence.
She remembered the days when the group of Shankar-Jaikishen, Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra dominated Hindi film music. "We had good relations... Now I have lost a friend," she said.
Sep 21st, 1999, 02:39 PM #2----
Those who grew up watching the renaissance of Indian Movies can appreciate the beauty of Hasrat Jaipuris lyrics. The famous duo of the lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri and the musician Shankar Jaikishan were sweet rivals of some other famous duos: Majrooh Sultan Puri and Naushad or R D Burman; Indeewar with Kalyanji Annadji; and perhaps the most famous of them all Annand Bakhi and Laxmikant Piyare Lal. These duos in Indian music created an environment of fierce competitiveness that went beyond the traditional rivalries and created an all out musical war. It went as far that the singers (Rafi, Mukeesh, Lata, Manaday) would get associated with certain lyricist and musicians. This rivalry, I believe, produced the musical expressions that speak (sing) for themselves. Naushad produced some real mean tunes on household-item- turned-instruments (GhRRa water pot) while R D Berman relied more on symphonic effects of the water. Unbelievable and heavenly.
It does not do justice to pick just one of Husrat jaipuris song, I like a lot of his songs.
May he rest in peace.
He is probably looking down at the new generation of lyricists and musicians and is probably happy that he does not have to listen to their stuff!
Sep 22nd, 1999, 04:11 AM #3----
Best in that generation were probably shailendra and sahir. But as NYA mentioned Hasrat and shankar-jaykishan really produced some magic. love songs and title songs was his forte.
my favourites 'yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum', 'ae phoolon ki rani', bedardi balama tujhko', ' jaoon kahan bata e dil', ' dil ka bhanwar kare pukar', and so on.