Today is Pandit Narendra Sharma's death anniversary. Poet par excellence, as he was, who wrote gems like 'Baandh Priti Phul Dor', 'Aise Hain Sukh Sapan Hamaare' , 'Man Mor Hua Diwaana', 'Nain Diwaane Ik Nahi Maane', 'Jyoti Kalash Chhalke', "Panchhi Aur Pardesi Dono Nahi Kisi Ke Meet' etc. etc. Pandit ji worked extensively with two music composers: Anil Biswas -- in 1940s and Sudhir Phadke in 1950s. He also worked with Sachin Beb Burman in Afsar (1950) and Radha Krishna (1954), also with Vasant Desai and Snehal Bhatkar in Udhdhar (1949), Nrusinh Avtar (1949), Nand Kishor (1951) etc. In mid 1950s he joined AIR, Delhi. It was the time, AIR didn't pay attention towards the film music and didn't bother to collect gramophone records -- which was to become a treasure in future years -- and compelled people to move needle on their receiver sets to search Radio Ceylone (now Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation), and Goa Radio on short wave frequencies. [ I still do that, as many of above songs can be heard only there, and that after Portuguese hand over of Goa in early 1960s, Goa radio is also silent ever since. ] It was he, who proposed to the union ministry governing radio broadcasting to float a new channel of entertainment. Yes, I am talking about Vividh Bharati! It was only through his sole efforts it could born. Then low key, entertainment radio in 1958! This is one reason AIR has almost all songs of late 1950s and later, but sadly have missed the bus of 1940s/early and mid 1950s. After retiring he returned to filmdom for a brief time in mid 1970s. Here he gave some nice lyrics, showing his class again, for Meera Shyam (1976) 'Sanware Mat Ja, Radhike Araj Kare', Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) title song etc. Around 1980 he worked with Hridaynath Mangeshkar for a couple of films. To todays generation he might seem to be a 'Vaishnav kavi', for his many songs on Sri Krishna; he had actually had a variety of songs flowing out of his pen. Those who are familiar with his output of Veena (1948), Malati Madhav (1951), Afsar (1950) can say that they are testimonial in that regard. He belonged to a class of poets, to have blessed the film industry, that included, besides him at the top there, people like Kedar Sharma, Pradeep, Sarawati Kumar "Deepak", Pt. Bharat Vyas, Pt. B C Madhur, Pt. Indra and others, carving a way of their own, using "shudhdh hindi". I believe, what Panditji has achieved is matched by very few. To reach at the bottom of an ordinary man's heart with such a clear and high class quality in poetry shows class of a maestro. Here is a song commemorating this great poet #148 Song: Kismat Ka Dosh Baaware, Dosh Nahi Bhagwaan Ka Dukh Dena Insaan Ko Ye, Kaam Hai Ye Insaan Ka Film: Sajni (1956) Music: Sudhir Phadke Lyrics: Pt. Narendra Sharma Singer: Sudhir Phadke, Lata Mangeshkar *ing: ? This philosophical song has his stamp all over. Sung quite nicely by Lata and composer-singer. Initially I thought, it was Manna De! I know only few other songs from this film, all written by Pt. Narendra Sharma. Unfortunately Sudhir Phadke doesn't show the glitter of his class, so glaring and profoundly visible in Malti Madhav or Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan. This duet and one Lata solo Nidniya Bulane Wali Sapane Dikhane Wali Murali Bajaai Pyaare Poonam Ke Chand Ne are good to very good. Other than these two the rest of the songs probably fail to qualify for 'being great'. Ja Re Chndra Ja Re, Chandra Kahin Aur Ja Re Gokul Se KrishnaChandra Jayenge Sakaare (By Lata) and Raat Andhiyari Hai Maat Dukhuyari Hai (By Lata) are both fading away from my memory. Saajan Ke Paas Chali Sajni (2) Milan Ki Rajani Aa Gayi (2) (By Lata) (may be called title song), is a decent number, but not striking.
Author: Snehal B. Oza