A. Hameed

Ham bhool geye har baat magar tera pyar nahin bhooley..!


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An unforgettable musician

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 nahin bhoole...

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:

Aulaad (1962) was another successful achievement of A Hameed, having all hit songs like:

  • Naam le le ke tera hum to jiye jaen ge...
    (Naseem Begum),
    Tum mile pyar mila ab koi armaan nahin...
    (Naseem Begum - Munir Hussain)

His next film Tauba was released in 1964. Munir Hussain and Salim Raza's Qawali song:

  • Na milta gar ye tauba ka sahaara hum kahaan jaate..

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...
    (Mala)
    Bare sangdil ho bare na samajh ho...
    (Mala - Ahmad Rushdi)
  • Jo dil ko torte hayn, un ka bhi jawab nahin...
    (Munir Hussain)

Film Peghaam had also some melodious compositions like:

  • Teri khaatir jal rahe hain kab se parwane...
    (Noor Jehan)
  • Mohbbat dard mein dooba huwa peghaam...
    (Noor Jehan).

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 diya...
    (Noor Jehan)
  • Jo kisi ke qareeb hotey hay, woh khushnaseeb hotey hayn..
    (Saleem Raza)

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...
    (Noor Jehan)
  • Nawazish karam sukriya mehrbaani...
    (Mehdi Hassan).

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 uthaeinge...
    (Noor Jehan)
  • Kisse aawaz doon tere siwa...
    (Mala)
  • Baat karni mujhe mushkil kabhi aisi to na thi...
    (Mehdi Hassan)
  • Mere dil de Sanam Kahney mein, ik tasveer aisi hay...
    (Masood Rana)

while in film Behan Bhai:

  • 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 film Dosti'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...

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Some memorable film songs
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 - Gharnata 1971)
  • Zulm rahe aur amman bhi ho...
    (Noor Jehan/Mehdi Hassan - Yeh Amman 1971)
  • Jo thandak lootey chhaun ki, jo god ujarey Maun ki...
    (Masood Rana)
  • Keh rahi hai mere jazbaat ki jhankar tujhe...
    (Noor Jehan - Zindgi ek safar hai - 1972)
  • Har Admi alag shahi, lahu ka rang aik hai...
    (Mehdi Hassan - Zindgi ek safar hai - 1972)
  • Eid ka din hai gale hum ko laga kar milye...
    (Mala, Rushdi - Angarey 1972) In this film A Hameed composed Ahmed Faraz's famous ghazal, sung by Mehdi Hassan:
  • Ab ke hum bichhre to shayed kabhi khwabon mein milen...
  • Kal bhi tum se pyar tha mujh ko...
    (Runa Laila, Masood Rana - Khwab aur Zindgi 1973)
  • Ik sanwli si Larki, mere dil ko bha geyi hay...
    (Masood Rana)
  • Mera kuchh haq to nahin hai...
    (Mehdi Hassan - Khwab aur Zindgi 1973)
  • O saajna O baalma lage na mann tujh bin zaalma...
    (Noor Jehan - Nadya ke paar - 1973)
  • Ye log bhi kya log hain...
    (Mehdi Hassan - Zakhmi 1973)
  • Kis moonh se tera naam loon dunya ke saamne...
    (Noor Jehan - Samaaj 1974)
  • Ye eijaz hai husne aawargi ka...
    (Mehdi Hassan - Samaaj 1974)
  • Chalo kahein door ye samaaj chhor dein...
    (Mala, Mehdi Hassan - Samaaj 1974)
  • Dil le ke mukar gaya haey...
    (Mala - Shikaar 1974)
  • Mar gey, lut geya, main tabah ho geya...
    (Masood Rana)
  • Zindagi ja chhor de peechha mera...
    (Noor Jehan/Mehdi Hassan - Jawab Do 1974)
  • O Mitwarey...kitna dukhi hay Insaan...
    (Masood Rana)
  • Jaane who din kab aaey...
    (Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan - Muashra 1975)
  • Janam janam tera mera saath rahe ga...
    (Runa Laila - Professor 1975)
  • Naam aaey na tera pyaar ki ruswai mein...
    (Mehdi Hassan - Surayya Bhopali 1976)
  • Jis taraf aankh uthaon teri tasveeran hain...
    (Naheed Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan - Surayya Bhopali 1976)
  • Tha yaqein ke aaeingi ye raatan kabhi...
    (Nahid Akhtar - Surayya Bhopali 1 976)
  • Ik naey mor per zindagi aa gai...
    (Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan - Dil ke Dagh 1978)
  • Ham bichhar jayen ge sada ke liye...
    (Masood Rana)
  • Zindagi tu ne har qadam pe mujhe...
    (Ghulam Abbas/Mehnaz - Maazi Haal Mustaqbil (1978)
  • Tu mere pyaar ka geet hai...
    (Mehdi Hassan/Naheed Akhtar/Asad 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...
    (Mehdi Hassan)
  • De rahi hai maza be rukhi aap ki...
    (Noor Jehan - Neya Andaz 1979)
  • Mein dil bhi paish kar doon...
    (Noor Jehan - Neya Andaz 1979)
  • Ae dost teri aankh jo nam hai to mujhe kya...
    (Noor Jehan/Ghulam 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...
    (Noor Jehan - Gule Bakavli 1969)
  • Uth jaag ni Sassiye, tera lutiya shehar Bhambhor...
    (Masood Rana - Punnu di Sassi 1972)
  • Jogia ve tak mere hath di lakeer nu...
    (Noor Jehan - Aan 1973)
  • Sab tur geye Khan Waderey, tera mera dor aa geya...
    (Masood Rana, Munir Hussain, Runa Laila)
  • Ve gal sun haaniya...
    (Noor Jehan - Lottery 1974) and the melodious chorus song
  • Aa gai baagan vich bahaar...
    (Noor 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.

Author's email: deskofnadeem@yahoo.com

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Filmography

Total 66 films (1957-87)
60 Urdu, 6 Punjabi

1957
» Anjam
1958
» Bharosa
1959
» Faisla
1960
» Raat ke rahi

» Saheli
1961
» Ham ek hayn
1962
» Aulad
1963
» Nateeja
1964
» Tauba
» Pegham
» Aashiyana
1965
» Shabnam
» Eid Mubarak
» Sanam
1966
» Ghar ki laaj
» Honhar
1967
» Main woh nahin
» Suhagan
1968
» Choda saal
» Behn Bhai
» Sharik-e-hayyat
» Dil diya dard liya
1969
» Bahu Rani
» Khoon-e-nahaq
1970
» Gul Bakawli
1971
» Dosti
» Gharnata
» Wehshi
» Yeh Amman
1972
» Punnu di Sassi
» Angarey
» Zindgi ek safar hay
1973
» Aan
» Zakhmi
» Khawab aur zindgi
1974
» Samaaj
» Lottery
» Shikar
» Jawab do
» Tere jaye Putt jamman Manwan
» Haqeeat
» Bahishat
1975
» Izzat
» Moashra
» Professor
» Heevan
» Neik Parveen
1976
» Sohni Mehinwal
» Syrayya Bhoopali
» Zaroorat
1977
» Begum Jan
» Bharosa
» Insaan
» Kalu
1978
» Dil ke daagh
» Mazi, haal, mustaqbil
» Seeta, Maryam, Margrette
1979
» Awaz
» Hera Pheri
» Neya Andaz
1981
» Watan
1984
» Karaye ke Goreeley
1985
» Mehak
1986
» Jhoomar chor
1987
» Love in London
» Disco divaney

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