By Inaam Nadeem
Well known composer of Pakistan, Shaikh Abdul Hameed, who is widely
known as A Hameed, was born in Amritsar. His father, Shaikh Muhammad
Munir was a professor of music at DAV College in Amritsar and was known
for his rare collection of books on music. Munir had composed music for
two well-known films: Akhri Ghalti and Inder
Raj. Following in the footsteps
of his father, the young A. Hameed also studied music. He acted in school
plays and composed music. His father died, while A. Hameed was still
a freshman in college.
His uncle, M. Aslam was a famous movie star in Bombay's film
world, invited his young nephew there. Enrolling at Poona Film Institute,
A Hameed was taught by famous musicians: Ramchandra and Ustad
Muhammed Ali. Pretty soon, he had carved a name for himself. From
Bombay, he moved to Lahore, where his name became famous as a leading
music composer for Pakistani movies. Producer Jafar Shah Bukhari introduced
A Hameed as music director first time in his debut film Anjaam released
1957. His superfluous compositions in Anjaam won the hearts
of music lovers. Jafar Shah Bukhari again selected A Hameed for his
next two films Bharosa (1958)
and Faisla (1959). His music in these films was appreciated
but popularity was still far away from A Hameed. His next film was Raat
ke Rahi released in 1960. In this film he composed music for many
popular songs like:
In the same year S M Yousuf's Saheli was
released. Saheli was
a huge success, essentially due to A Hameed's effective music.
He became instance famous as a leading music composer of Pakistan. Naseem
Begum's hit song:
- Ham bhool geye har baat magar tera pyar
became popular in the whole subcontinent. (After many years, this song
was copied in an Indian film and sung by Lata Mangeshkar), Other hit
songs of "Saheli" include:
was another successful achievement of A Hameed, having all hit songs
- Naam le le ke tera hum to jiye jaen ge...
Tum mile pyar mila ab koi armaan nahin...
His next film Tauba was
released in 1964. Munir Hussain and Salim
Raza's Qawali song:
- Na milta gar ye tauba ka sahaara hum
was the high light of the film and Noor
Jehan's evergreen song
- O re sanam dil yeh kiase bataye...
is still rememberd. In the same year A Hameed composed music
for Nateeja, Aashyana and Peghaam,
some memorable songs from Aashyana include:
- Ja re be dardi tone hamein kahein ka na chhora...
Bare sangdil ho bare na samajh ho...
- Jo dil ko torte hayn, un ka bhi jawab nahin...
Film Peghaam had also some melodious compositions
- Teri khaatir jal rahe hain kab se parwane...
- Mohbbat dard mein dooba huwa peghaam...
Thereafter music for S A Hafiz's film Shabnam (1965) was composed
by him with some marvelous songs:
- Chun liya mein ne tumhein saara jahan rehne
- Jo kisi ke qareeb hotey hay, woh khushnaseeb hotey hayn..
Mein who nahein (1967) was another instance, where A Hameed
again waved a spell through his music:
- Mere mehboob tujhe yaad karoon
ya na karoon...
- Nawazish karam sukriya mehrbaani...
In 1968, his two films Behan
Bhai and Sharik-e-Hayat were released. Shareek-e-Hayaat had
the popular songs:
- Tere liye o jaan-e-jaan laakhon sitam
- Kisse aawaz doon tere siwa...
- Baat karni mujhe mushkil kabhi aisi to
- Mere dil de Sanam Kahney mein, ik tasveer aisi hay...
while in film Behan
- Kash koi mujh ko samjhata, meri samjh
mein kuchh nahin aata... (Ahamd Rushdi)
Chhun chhum naache, jhanan jhanan gaye...
sung by Mala & Masood
Rana was a beautiful composition.
In 1969, he composed music for Bahu Rani:
- Taqdeer ki gardish
peh na ro ae mere Mehboob...
sung by Noor
Jehan was a memorable song of the film. In 1971, Ejaz Durrani's
mega hit songs extols the virtues of A Hameed's top rated compositions. Dosti was
the second Diamond Jubilee film of Pakistan, shoot in England, Noor
Jehan sung mega hit songs in this film include:
- Chithi zara sayyan
ji ke naam likh de...
- Ye waadyaan ye parbatoon ki shah zaadiyan...
- Bas gaya tu sotanya ke duwar sajna...
- Sajna bhool na jaana mera pyaar...
Some memorable film
A Hameed continued to mesmerize his fans through his compositions,
his other musical films include:
- Kiss naam se pukarun, kya naam hai tumhara...
(Noor Jehan -
- Zulm rahe aur amman bhi ho...
Hassan - Yeh
- Jo thandak lootey chhaun ki, jo god ujarey Maun ki...
- Keh rahi hai mere jazbaat ki jhankar
Jehan - Zindgi ek safar hai - 1972)
- Har Admi alag shahi, lahu ka rang aik
Hassan - Zindgi ek safar hai - 1972)
- Eid ka din hai gale hum ko laga kar milye...
Rushdi - Angarey 1972) In this film A Hameed composed Ahmed
Faraz's famous ghazal, sung by Mehdi
- Ab ke hum bichhre to shayed kabhi khwabon mein
- Kal bhi tum se pyar tha mujh ko...
Rana - Khwab
aur Zindgi 1973)
- Ik sanwli si Larki, mere dil ko bha geyi hay...
- Mera kuchh haq to nahin hai...
Hassan - Khwab
aur Zindgi 1973)
- O saajna O baalma lage na mann tujh bin zaalma...
Nadya ke paar - 1973)
- Ye log bhi kya log hain...
Hassan - Zakhmi 1973)
- Kis moonh se tera naam loon dunya ke saamne...
Jehan - Samaaj 1974)
- Ye eijaz hai husne aawargi ka...
Hassan - Samaaj 1974)
- Chalo kahein door ye samaaj chhor dein...
Hassan - Samaaj 1974)
- Dil le ke mukar gaya haey...
- Mar gey, lut geya, main tabah ho geya...
- Zindagi ja chhor de peechha mera...
Jawab Do 1974)
- O Mitwarey...kitna dukhi hay Insaan...
- Jaane who din kab aaey...
- Janam janam tera mera saath rahe
Laila - Professor 1975)
- Naam aaey na tera pyaar ki ruswai
Hassan - Surayya
- Jis taraf aankh uthaon teri tasveeran
Hassan - Surayya
- Tha yaqein ke aaeingi ye raatan
(Nahid Akhtar - Surayya
Bhopali 1 976)
- Ik naey mor per zindagi aa
Dil ke Dagh 1978)
- Ham bichhar jayen ge sada ke liye...
- Zindagi tu ne har qadam
Maazi Haal Mustaqbil
- Tu mere pyaar ka geet
Amanat Ali Khan - Awaz 1978)
- Rangeen nazare, mousam suahana, aa jhoom len...
(Mehdi Hassan, Naheed Akhtar)
- Mere dil se zindgi bhar, tera pyar kam na hoga...
- De rahi hai maza
be rukhi aap ki...
Jehan - Neya
- Mein dil bhi paish
Jehan - Neya
- Ae dost teri
aankh jo nam
hai to mujhe
Abbas - Watan 1981)
In his memorable career as a music director, A Hameed composed
music for 66 films. He also composed songs for some Punjabi
films, some of his beautiful Punjabi songs include:
- Vekhein dilon na bhulavein...
Jehan - Gule Bakavli 1969)
- Uth jaag ni Sassiye, tera lutiya shehar
Rana - Punnu di Sassi 1972)
- Jogia ve tak mere hath di lakeer nu...
- Sab tur geye Khan Waderey, tera mera dor aa geya...
(Masood Rana, Munir Hussain, Runa Laila)
- Ve gal sun haaniya...
Jehan - Lottery 1974) and the melodious chorus
- Aa gai baagan vich bahaar...
Jehan - Sohni Mahinwal 1976)
A lot of A Hameed songs are heard and enjoyed even today for
their freshness and melody. He had spent most of his life pursuing the
ragas of classical music and fine tuning them for Pakistani movies.
Temperamentally, he was a quiet, good-natured humble artist who shied away
from publicity. He also played the piano. In 1983, he was working for Pakistan
National Arts Council in Rawalpindi.
He was a singer too but sang privately. But his role as a composer has been
acknowledged and revered by singers and listeners alike.
On May 20, 1991, A.
Hameed died in Rawalpindi. But his music composition lives on.
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Total 66 films (1957-87)
60 Urdu, 6 Punjabi
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