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A thing of beauty is joy forever!
Way back in 1973-74 when I'd landed in Bombay in search for a suitable job, the most popular song that was played on the excursion boats cruising between Elephanta Caves and the Gateway of India was:

"Are haay haay yeh majburi, yeh mausam aur yeh duri

are haay haay yeh majburi, yeh mausam aur yeh duri

mujhe pal pal hai tadpaye

teri do takiya di naukari te meraa lakhon kaa sawan jaye re?."

The success of the creative artist or writer lies in his ability to capture the imagination of reader or a listener. If the audience feel an instant connect with the work that is triumph of the creator. 'Teri do takiya di naukari??.." had a lot of impression in my personal life. Bring a poor bachelor, I used to spend my Sunday's at either the Gateway of India or Juhu Chowpaty just to pass a free day or while away.

This song was written by lyricist Santosh Anand. He belongs to Sikandrabad town in Bulandshahar District of Uttar Pradesh. He had started his career in 1970 through the film 'Purab Aur Paschim'. This film's soundtrack was composed by Kalyanji Anandji. He wrote his favourite millennium song "Ek Pyaar Ka Naghma Hain" in 1972 film 'Shor'. It was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. The film, 'Roti Kapda Aur Makan', its music was tuned by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The songs like "Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin" was sung by Mahendra Kapoor and especially "Main Na Bhoolunga", sung by Mukesh and Lata. Santosh obtained his first Filmfare award for that film.

"Ek Pyaar Ka Naghma Hain","Main Na Bhoolunga","Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara","Tera Saath Hain Toh","Megha Re Megha Re", all were sung by Lata. And Anuradha Paudwal also sung for him.

I'd stopped watching the Idiot Box few days before the 23 May 2019. Now I go for the programs of Karan Thapar on Taranga TV and Ravish Kumar and Nidhi Razdan on NDTV, Faye D'Souza of 'Mirror.' I feel most the anchors or news editors should declare that they are active members of the RSS / BJP and journalism is a 'majboori' for them.

However, I was delighted to see a program on Surya channel this evening which had invited lyricist Santosh Anand to discuss his creative art, his creations and his personal life.

I realized that Anand had no command over words like Faiz Ahmad Faiz or Shair Ludhyanvi or the spontaneous style of Shailendra but he had the ability to use beautiful words that touched the inner chords of a sentimental soul. A few things about his life he shared with viewers that inspired me the most.

That he never wanted to be like someone. He would always endeavour to be what he thought to be ? no competition with anyone but with his own self.

That love is the most important ingredient of life, Love that inspires. It may be for any being or object.

That he have had yet to write the best song of his life.

 He is almost 80 years of age but his memory is in excellent form and sharp. His delivery is still enchanting and his smile is reassuring.

It was a revelation to me that the favourite song of his childhood that he would sing while he was convalescing after a leg fracture at Erwin Hospital (now Jaypraksah Hospital, New Delhi) was:

"Ayega Ayega aane wala

,,,,,,,,,Khaamosh hai zamana

Chup chaap hain sitaare

Aaraam se hai duniyaa

Bekal hain dil ke maare

Aise mein koyi aahat

Is tarah aa rahi hai

Jaise ki chal rahaa ho

Man mein koyi hamaare

Yaa dil dhadak rahaa

Hai ik aas ke sahaare?..

This wonderful milestone of the journey of Indian songs was picturized for Kamal Amrohi's film 'Mahal' and written by Shoukat Ali Nashad. The music was composed by Khem Chand Prakash and the film was released in 1949. The suspense film had established Mahdhubala as the Venus of Indian Cinema; Kamal Amrohi as one of the great director and Lata Mangeshkar as the Nightingale of India.

I was all honey to my ears to hear Santosh Anand revealing that this was the first song that inspired him. It has been the favourite song of my father and I'd imbibed that feeling through him. Being a far relation of Kamal Saheb, it gives me immense pleasure when the people recall Kamal Amrohi and his contribution to Indian cinema. Kamal Amrohi was an assertive, erudite and talented producer-director who never compromised on his principles. The certificates of his films always mentioned "Urdu" and everyone around him used to be careful about the words spent. 

Respect for the elders is a common phenomenon throughout the world. It is also a natural human impulse that has become enshrined in collective wisdom. While different cultures have different ways of showing respect, it is nearly ubiquitous in ancient cultures. It is ironic that a party that always claimed of retaining its credentials of following the ancient traditions of India insulted its creators and senior-most members by pushing them into the unknown territory of the 'Margdarshak Mandal."

There is long list of great politicians who were tuned to become Col Blimps to provide passage for the rising stars. The individuals who were once the most powerful contributors of recent history were compelled to lick the dust of AGHYATWAS.

That is same happening in most of the walks of life. Today, Gandhi is insulted, Nehru is pillories and Indira Gandhi is called with names. Who remembers Mehhboob Khan - the greatest directors of Indian cinema who had created 'Mother India' and 'Son of India'?

Yeah, we have the flops like some Oberoi whose acting role of a Prime Minister failed to create a ripple.

The last thing I learned from the interview of lyricist Santosh Anand is that a thing of beauty is joy forever. Today scientists might have invented and developed a large variety of tools, instruments and machinery that has changed the ways of our working and living; our life has become comfortable but this is not enough. We must also understand what is good for others. Our politicians might have been successful to manage and manipulate elections but we must live for values like respect, truth, justice, cooperation and service. A success without principles is not worth a real one. Many great persons have taught us to live for the good of others, such persons never die.

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