Master Inayat Husain (An Overview of a Legendary Musician)
Courtesy: Choudhry Mazhar Hussain (Mr. Mazhar Hussain Choudhry is a retired Director Telecom. He is a connoisseur and has a broad based collection of rare gramophone records and videocassettes.)
In the initial period of his career Master Inayat Husain joined Imperial Film Company at Mumbai. To utilize his creative capabilities he soon abandoned that assignment and returned to Lahore. Later on he joined Columbia Recording Co. as music director. His musical compositions had classical blend. He composed music for many popular songs like the (Late) Zeenat Begum’s “Ghangor Ghataen Lehrai Hein, Phir Yaad kisi ki Aai Hae, Mera Sathi Mere Pas Nahein, Mere Naina Basein Cham Cham Cham” She will also be remembered for the famous national songs like “Chand Roshan Chamakta Sitara Rahe, sub se uncha yeh jhanda hamara rahe”.
In pre-independence India he composed music for the film “Kamli”. Rani Kiran was the heroin (elder sister of Asha Posley and Kauser Perveen- the famous playback singer of Pakistan) of that film. After independence producer Sheikh Muhammed Hussain introduced Master Inayat Hussain as Music director first time in his film “Hichkolay” released in 1949.This was the first film released after “Teri yaad”. The film could not make business although its songs “Jise dekho wohi dushman hey mere ashiane ka” by Munawar Sultana and “Mein payar ka dia jalata hun” by Ali Bux Zahoor are still remembered. At that time the Pakistan’s films industry was in primitive stage and its productions were generally unable to compete with the selected (imported) Indian Films. Music was the exception.
His next film Malika Pukhraj’s “Shammi” was released in 1950 – a Punjabi film with Urdu song of Malika Pukhraj “Kia sunain majboor zindagi ka afsana”. The Punjabi popular songs of the film were “Suhe chorey walie” by Inayat Husain Bhatti and “Meri Akh Mustani Pharhke” by Iqbal Begum. His selection of musical instruments used to match with the scenic situation.
After a long pause his two films, “Mehbooba” and “Aagosh” were released in 1953. “Mehbooba” had the popular songs “Dal peh papiha jab holay holay roota hay” by Pukhraj Pappo and “Dil se teri yaad” by Pukhraj Pappo and Inayat Hussain Bhatti. In “Aaghosh” “Mohabbat Muskarai Jhoom uthi her shey jawani mein – Kisi ka naam bhi shamil ho gea meri kahani mein” by Munnawar Sultana and Fazal Hussain and “Kya khabar thi ke dil toot jata bhi hai” by Fazal Hussain were other hit songs. He used to compose every song in five or six alternate tunes and then adopt the best.
Mr. Anwar Kamal Pasha, the famous producer director of Pakistan selected Master Inayat Husain for the music direction of his film “Gumnam” (released in 1954). Iqbal Bano’s first hit film song “Payal Mein Geet Hein Chham Chham ke” became popular in the whole subcontinent. It also became the identity of the Master Inayat Husain. Other hit songs of the film include “Ae chand unse kehna” – Kauser Parveen, “Chandi ki ik jhankar per” – Munawar Sultana, “Bhag yehan se Bhag” – Fazal Husain, chorus “Chhum Chhum nach utha” and “Aankhein mila ke payar se” by Kauser Perveen.
In the same year “Raat ki Baat” was released but due to its failure the songs were also lost.
Mr Anwar Kamal again selected Master Inayat Hussain for his film “Qatil” released in 1955 and Iqbal Bano’s song “Ulfat ki nai Manzil ko Chala – to behein dal kar bahon mein – Dil torhne waley dekhke Chal – hum bhi to parhey hein rahon mein” became a super hit melody of the subcontinent. The record was sold like hot cakes and topped the list of Binaca Geetmala of Radio Ceylon for weeks.
Ustad Amir Khan of India while on his way to participate in Jash-e-Kabul stayed for a while at Lahore. On arrival his host asked him “What would you like to drink, thanda,chae,lassi”. Ustad Amir Ali Khan said “I would take drink afterwards. Bhai Yahan koi Master Inayat hai jo gaane banata hae – us se milwao”. The host replied “He had just left after taking pan”. Master Inayat Husain was conveyed the request and on his arrival Ustad Amir Khan honoured him by embracing with love and commended “Bhai kia gana banaya hae tum ne – is ko sunne ke liye kai athania (coins) kharch kar dalein”. (Coin operated record players were then installed in many restaurants in major cities throughout the subcontinent.)
Other famous songs of “Qatil” were- “Dil ki yeh awaz hay peyar hona chaiye” and “O mena na jane kia ho gia” and “Wah re badalte zamane” by Kauser Perveen, “Le ke peyar ka payam” by Munawar Sultana and “Aate ho yad bar bar” by Salim Raza.
The hat trick was completed with Anwar Kamal’s “Intiqam” having all hit songs;
1. “Dono dilon pe hua hay ulfat ka asar” – Iqbal Bano
2. “Khizan hans rahi hay chaman ro raha hay” – Kauser Perveen
3. “Jane de Jane de” – Zubeda
4. “Chorh hamein kis desh sidhare” – Iqbal Bano
5. “Dugdugi bajake” – Inayat Bhatti
6. “Bol terey saghar mein kia hay” – Zubeda
7. “Roy jaon pal pal” – Kauser Perveen.
His next film was Mr. Kamal Pasha’s “Anarkali” with Madam Noor Jehan as heroin. Only three songs were recorded by Master Inayat in the voice of Noor Jehan, viz “Jalte hein arman mera dil rota hay”, “Kahan tak sunoge” and “Bewafa hum na bhole thujey” and the film was released in 1958 after completion of music by Rashid Attrey.
Thereafter music for Sudher’s film “Ankh ka Nasha” was composed by him with all hit songs.
“Thandi hawa chale” – Salim Raza & Nahid Niazi
“Pal pal mera anchal dhulke” – Zubeda Khanum
“O sajan bichwa baje re” – Iqbal Bano
“Ek pal bhi nahin aaram yahan” – Iqbal Bano
His other musical films include:
“Masum” “Le lo chorian” by Zubeda / Munawar Sultana and “Diye dil ke bujha ke” by Kauser Parween,
“Tere Bagher” – “Mushkil kusha hay to meri mushkil mein kaam aa” by Naseem Begum “Sanwaria ana chori chori” by Iqbal Bano
“Do Raste” – “Paon kahin rakhoon nazar kahin jae re” & “Dil le ke kahan chale” by Nahid Niazi “Ghugar Baje”, “Jab bhi teri yad” & “Ho sanwaria” by Naseem Begum and “Banake mera nasheman” by Salim Raza
“Azra” – “Jane Baharan” by Saleem Raza, “Kuch bhi na Kaha” by Noor Jehan “Sharma ke hum se ankh milane ka shukria” Salim Raza & Noor Jehan. “Meri wafain” and “Hae Janam” by Noor Jahan Naseem Begam’s “Idher bhi dekhe”, “sub dagh dil ke bana kar” by Noor Jehan (Dance Music Composition)
“Isq Par Zor Nahin”- “Dil deta hae ro ro duhai kisi se koi payar na kare” by Mala “alap” by Sain Akhtar
“Doshiza” – “Lo ji hum ja rahe hein” by Mala “Insaf na tha jo tu ne kia” by Salim Raza and “Her nazar se ek naya sawal” Fazal Husain & Nahid Niazi.
“Seema” – “Bhool jao tum waida kar ke sanam”, “Sham-e-gham phir aa gai” by Salim Raza “Aa dilruba sanam” Nahid & Salim Raza
“Ek Tera Sahara” – “Ghangor Ghata Lehrai hae” earlier sung by Zeenat Begum was repeated by Naseem Begum in 1962 and became super-hit along with other songs including “Badlon mein chup raha hay chand keon” by Salim Raza and Naseem Begum.
“Lae Lug” (Punjabi) – “Chunni kesri te gote dian taran”, “Aj galgal te teri sang aawey”, “Bajre di roti te makai da pera” (Mala), “Po phat gai akhian de which” (Noor Jehan), “Tenu soun meri” (Mala & Fazal Husain) and “Ae dharti panj daryawan di” Alam Lohar.
“Rawaj” had many popular songs “Door door reh ke guzara nahin hoga” – by Mala.
“Naila” -All songs were super hit, especially “Mujhe Arzoo thi jiski who peam aa gea hae”, “Gham-e dil ko in ankhon se chalak jana bhi aa ta hae”, “Door verane mein ek shama hae roshan” by Mala and also with Masud Rana.
“Elan” – “Gati Havaen” & “Tera Intezar kare beqarar” by Noor Jehan, “Aji banda parwar” by Salim Raza / Nahid and “Kis se koi Peyar kare” by Mala.
“Devar Bhabhi” – “Tum wahi ho”, “Hip hip hurray” by Ahmed Rushdi, “Mera ghar meri jannat” – Noor Jahan “Yeh Kaghzi phool” Mehdi Hasan and “Na aye tum” by Ahmed Rushdi &Mala
“Aalia” – “Nishan Bhi na chora” by Medhi Hassan, “aji waada hua” by Mala Rushdi, “Hum jis se darr rahe the” by Mala.
“Jan-e-Arzoo” – “Ae jan-e-arzoo” by Mujeeb Alam, “Takra gai nazrein” & “Mein zaroor gaoin gi” by Mala.
“Dil Mera Dharkan Teri” – “Kia hay jo piar” Ahmed Rushdi and also by Mala
“Dil-e-Betab” -”Hum se badal giya hay” Mehdi Hassan and also Noor Jehan
“Najma”- “Chale thandi hawa thum thum” Ahmed Rushdi and Mala
“Dil Dian Lagian” -”Dil dian lagian jane na” by Masud Rana and Noor Jahan
“Ansoo Ban Gae Moti” – “Rhim jhim barsan lagi phuwar” by Mala
Pak Daman, Mahmaan, Maan beta, Yaar Badshah, Suhag tera lahoo mera had many popular songs.
There was a trend to produce more Punjabi films by the middle of seventies. During that period his music in “Jadoo” made it a golden jubilee film The eight songs including “Jadoogara teri been da ho gea jadoo” were all super-hit. His film “Maula-jat” was also superhit.
His other films include “Hunsde Aao hunsde jao”, “Reshma jawan ho gai”, “Bikhre Mooti”, “Awara”, “Zaibun-nisa”(Urdu), “Josh”, “Do nishan”, “Pehli Nazar”(Urdu), “Ek puter ek veer”, “Taqat”, “Dulabhatti” & “Haq mehar” All of these had hit songs – narration of which is being avoided.
Master Inayat Hussain composed very popular songs to the lyrics of Qateel Shafai, Saifuddin Saif, Tufail Hoshyarpuri, Tanveer Naqvi, Ahmed Rahi. He had a very long association with them throughout his career.
The following rare films with his music direction need to be preserved – Hichkole, Shammi, Mehbooba, Aaghosh, Raat ki Baat, Masum, Tere Bagher, Watan, Do Raste, Ek tera sahara, , Rawaj and Aankh ka Nasha.
Creator of such classics in music passed away on 24th March1993 (chandraat) and buried on Eid Day. Masters like him are very rarely born. (Date of demise by courtesy of Mr. Ali Sufian Afaqi)