Much of my musical choices were derived from the fact that my eldest brother Prabodh Sharma was probably hugely interested in cinema besides his passion for sports.. I do not know how he was so deeply interested in the Hindi film industry.. he was fond of Bimal Roy, Mehboob Khan, Naushad Sahab, SD Burman even Kidar Sharma.. one of the individuals he liked much was lyricist poet singer Kavi Pradeep.. possibly for the patriotic angle depicted in his compositions notably the legendary song Aye Mere Watan ke logon immortalised by Indian cinema’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar.. some of his philosophical songs too were loved in the family and maybe it is for general love the poet received I too had developed a liking for Kavi Pradeep.. so much so that I did find out his phone number.. thinking I would contact him some day.. however, I did call up when it was too late.. on his death.. and I had found his daughter probably Mitul.. who consoled me when I had wanted to offer my condolences.. it is all right.. I never did anything beyond that to show my love and affection to Kavi Pradeep.. tonight I present him at this platform which has been en christened as Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane.. dedicating these songs to my memories of him.. when simple words and verses could enthuse and arouse a nation as much he was honoured to be a national poet.. my favourite had always been Chal Akela Chal Akela which incidentally was sung by Mukesh.. I remember his song Koi lakh kare chaturai karam ka lekh mite na re bhaai re.. was prime on my mind when I had heard of the death of my elder brother Alok Da.. as if to console myself clear of the fact that I had predicted his murder while looking at his palm.. another occasion when I took shelter in his song was at the death of my sister-in-law Premlata Sharma.. I had tried reciting Toot gai hai mala during one of the ceremonies.. I really wanted to include as many songs sung by him and yet wanted to include a few others by noted playback singers.. Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar and Manna Dey all rendered their voice to his compositions.. I really wanted to include the chorus song Door Hato Aye duniya walon hindustan hamara hai from 1943 film Kismet.. rendered mainly by little known Khan Mastana and slightly known Ameerbai Karnataki..
Long Live the legend of Kavi Pradeep..
1. ऐ मेरे वतन के लोगों – लता मंगेश्कर (1963)
2. चल अकेला चल अकेला – संबध – मुकेश (1968)
3. कर चले हम फ़िदा जान ओ तन साथियों – हकीकत – मोहम्मद रफ़ी (1964)
4. आओ बच्चों तुम्हें दिखायें – जागृति – कवि प्रदीप (1954)
5. पिंजड़े के पंछी रे – नागमणि – कवि प्रदीप (1957)
6. साबरमती के संत तूने कर दिया कमाल – जागृति – आशा भोसले (1954)
7. तेरे द्वार खड़ा भगवान – वमन अवतार – कवि प्रदीप (1955)
8. कोई लाख करे चतुराई – चंडी पूजा – कवि प्रदीप(1957)
9. हमने जग की अजब तस्वीर देखी – शंकर सीता अंसुया – कवि प्रदीप
10. देख तेरे संसार की हालत – नास्तिक – कवि प्रदीप (1954)
11. दूसरों का दुखड़ा दूर करने वाले – कवि प्रदीप – दशहरा (1956)
12. टूट गई है माला – हरीशचंद्र तारामती – कवि प्रदीप (1963)
13. तूने खूब रचा भगवान खिलौना माटी का – नागमणि – गीता दत्त (1957)
14. इंसान का इंसान से हो भाईचारा – पैगाम – मन्ना डे (1959)
15. जगत भर की रोशनी के लिये – हरीशचन्द्र तारामती – हेमंत कुमार (1963)
16. दूर हटो ऐ दुनिया वालो – किस्मत – खान मस्ताना, अमीरबाई कर्नाटकी (1943)
I had to sacrifice some of the songs sung by him to incorporate his compositions rendered by noted playback singers.. Mukhda Dekh Le praani, Kabhi dhoop kabhi chhanv and Aaj Ke insaan ko yeh kyaa ho gaya had to be left out from initial compilation to make room for songs by Asha Bhosle, Hemant Da and Manna Dey Sahab..
There was a time when I had recorded a couple of Kavi Pradeep songs – namely Tere Dwar Khada Bhagwan and Pinjre ke Panchhi Re.. which were then dedicated to Prabodh Da and Alok da..Abhaya Sharma Mumbai 21 June 2017