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A genius: Sajjad hussain (Page 3)

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this is a old thread ..and found this article which talks about him and the attitude etc.I sometimes think is it really the arrogence or was it the pride/being blunt /outspoken was the reason.because all the above have differences and should not be confused.its only my opinion...

 

Music director Sajjad Hussain was a unique personality. He did only 14 films (approx.) in a career span of 20 years. He was an excellent Mandolin player. He had the honor of being the only musician in the world able to play classical Indian music on the mandolin, an almost impossible task because of its limitations. Sajjad Hussein was a genius . However he never witnessed the glory or fame that he deserved because of his unwillingness to compromise on the smallest of details. Sajjad was born in 1899 in a village Sitamau in Madhya Pradesh, India. His father taught him Sitar. In his teens he mastered himself in Veena, Violin, Flute and Piano.

In 1940 Sajjad came to Bombay and a friend introduced him to Mir Allabaksh (Father of Mina Kumari) who was a composer and was associated with Minerva Movietone. Mir was impressed by Sajjad's Mandolin and he employed him as his assistant. He worked with him for few films. Later he joined music director Pt. Hanumaan Prasad as an assistant. He assisted him in Gaali (1944) and he composed two songs for the film, i.e., 'Aag Lage Saawan Mein..' and 'Ab Aa Jaa Dil Na Lage..' both were sung by Nirmala Devi.

In 1944 he got Dost as an independant music director solely on the basis of his own talent. The songs of the film sung by
Noor Jahan became very famous. In 1947 he came out with '1857'. The song 'Teri Nazar Mein Main Rahoon, Meri Nazar Mein Too..' sung by Suraiyya and Surendra became a rage. In 1950 Khel was released which had two songs by Lata Mangeshkar, 'Bhool Jaa Aei Dil..' and 'Jaate Ho To Jaao..', both of them became very popular. In 1951 came his films Saiyyan which was a huge hit. Sajjad was a very moody and short tempered man. He had some problems with lyricist D. N. Madhok who penned the songs of Saiyyan. After Saiyyan they never worked again.



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Since Sajjad had earned fame all by his efforts, he became very proud of his talent and he always found himself in controversies with his co-workers.In 1951, he was preparing music for Sangdil during which he clashed with its actor Dilip Kumar and as a result the two were never seen together after that. He not only worked very hard for the songs of Sangdil, but also for its background music. His hard work paid him and the he got lot of appreciation for the overall music of Sangdil. Songs like 'Ye Hawa Ye Raat Ye Chandni..' created history and it is counted as his best compositions.

He teased Talat Mehmood as 'Galat Mehmood', Kishore Kumar as 'Shor Kumar' and even commented adversly on Lata Mangeshkar once. As a result of which he had problems with Lata for some time. It was his rude behaviour that he got few chances. He also rejected an offer by S. Mukherjee of Filmistaan. The result of his tussles and controversies was that he has just 14 films and less than 100 songs to his name in his 20 years long film career spanning from Dost (1944) to Rustam Sohraab (1963). Most of his songs were hits and are memorable but his behaviour kept him from a rich film career and us from many more good songs. Anil Biswas' compliment gives us the insight of the capabilities of this great composer, according to Anilda, Sajjad Hussain was the only original composer of Hindi cinema. Every note of his was an original.


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Sajjad With Mohd. RafiSajjad HussainFILMOGRAPHY

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Gali
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Dharam
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Tilasmi Duniya
Kasam
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Sajjad

There was one music director in Hindi Film Industry who was far superior to all the others. He was the real master - or the master of the masters. Sajjad Hussain by name, this man experienced an unstable career in Hindi films. As one might wonder he was a little too good for the business he was trying to make a living from.

All the training in classical music he ever received was from his father. He took some Sitar lessons under his father as a kid. He entered the stage in 1944 in Dost - and he entered with a bang. With Noor Jehan at his hand he smashed his first ace with Badnaam mohobbat kaun kare. To the connoissures even the mention of this extraordinary song is enough to touch their ears. He was a great mendoline player - taught by nobody - and he could do wonders with that instrument.

Sajjad was an absolute perfectionist. He would tire the hell out of his crew to get a recording done as per his wishes. It is known that he called for 17 re-takes of the legendary Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chandani (Sangdil). Even after all that he was never happy with that song. Anil Biswas has certified Sajjad as the "only original music director". He said that everybody else - including himself - had tto turn to some source of insppiration. Sajjad never needed that! Lata Mangeshkar and Noor Jehan were the only two female voices Sajjad thought worth considering as playback singers. He used to genuinely wonder that why Khuda bothered to put all the others on this planet after creating Lata! Among male voices he pardoned Talat. No one else managed to sneak into his erudite group to sing a line or two of his composition.

Lata sang Aaj mere naseeb ne mujh ko rula rula diya (Hulchul) for Sajjad which he considered his best work ever for quite some time. Eventually he started disliking that also. He began thinking that he could and should have done far better than that. Talk to any music director and he would tell you why a particular of his compositions is so good. But Sajjad ? Wrong number! He used to say that the master pieces like Dil mein sama gaye sajan (Sangdil) are perfectly ordinary from composition point of view. What - then - shall we think of as "extra-ordinary", Sajjad saab ? A brilliant Suraiyya piece in Rustum Soharaab was Yeh kaisi ajab daasataN ho gayi hai. Was that also ordinary ? And how did Suraiyya get to sing a song where only Lata and Noor Jehan were allowed ?

The biggest and most formidable enemy of Sajjad Hussain was he himself. He could not put up with anyone in the industry. In a place full of sycophants self esteemed insolence of Sajjad Hussian could not survive. The man who told once to Lata - when she was reportedly struggling with a tune of his - that she should take more effort and that the tune is not of Naushad to take lightly, waged war against many in the industry. It finally led to his destruction and the most talented of them all had to sit at home doing nothing when the mediocracy prevailed years after years with second rate songs and plagiarisd tunes.

Anecdotes have it! One fine evening in a party, Sajjad walked to Madan Mohan in a not-so-friendly mood. He confronted Madan and asked with rage, "How did you dare steal my tune ?" I don't know what Madan Mohan replied. Sajjad was refering to the new avtaar of his Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chandani - namely Tujhe kya sunau main dilruba (Aakhari Daao - Rafi) from Madan Mohan. Sure the tune was the same. And sure Sajjad had conceived it first. So did Madan Mohan actually steal it ? Well, if a composer like Madan Mohan falls for such a tune, it's not his fault, is it ?

Looks like in spite of his preferences among playback singers he did in fact use quite a few of others in his career. He created Woh to chale gaye aye dil (Lata) for Madhubala, Kahan ho kahan mere jeevan sahare (Talat) for Dilipkumar in Sangdil and Aye dil ruba (Rustum Soharaab - Lata), Jaate ho to jao hum bhi yahaN vaadoN ke sahare jee lenege (Khel - Lata) with his favorite singers. But Phir tumhari yaad aayi aye sanam (Rustum Soharaab - Manna Dey, Sadat Khan, Rafi) and Dharati se door gore badaloN ke paar (Sangdil - Geeta, Asha) were a few of his compositions in which he took a day off from the leading vocalists.

Sajjad died in oblivion. His last years were not exactly how they should have been. His genius went unsung. One wonders if the story would have been different had he been a little more tolerant. But then he wouldn't have been Sajjad. Sajjad was a package deal - either take him in his entirity or forget about him. The waste of his talent is ultimately the loss of ours. We have missed the hundreds of tunes that were never created by Sajjad because he was never given a chance. What we have with us now is just an infinitesimal fraction of his untamed genius. We should be thankful for that, for that is more than what mortals like us deserve. After all, his music was ethereal!



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Sajjad Filmography (From Issue #56 of Listener's Bulletin.)

He was born in 1899 in Sitamau (M. P.) into a musical family. As a child, he mastered Sitar, Veena, Violin, Jaltarang, Flute, Piano, Banjo, Clarionet, Harp, Accordian, Spanish and Hawaaian guitars and Mandolin.

He came to Bombay in 1940. Later, Pandit Hanuman Prasad said that Sajjad Hussain is a one-man orchestra. His movie list follows:

1944 - Gaali (with Hanuman Prasad),
           Dost
1945 - Dharm
1946 - 1857,
           Tilasmi Duniya
1947 - Qasam,
           Mere Bhagawan
1950 - Khel,
           Maghroor (with Bulo C. Rani and Ram Panjawani)
1951 - Hulchul (with Mohammad Shafi),
           Saiyan
1952 - Sangdil
1955 - Rukhsana
1963 - Rustam Sohrab (Suraiya's last film)
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14 Films in all....
* Lata has sung 14 solo songs for Sajjad and 1 duet.


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This statement is by Lata mangeshkar ji.. she is talking about one of her fav. number..

Aaj Mere Naseeb Ne Mujhko (Hulchal,1951; Sajjad Hussain) - "Ah I really like this one. Sajjad Husain's tunes were always a challenge. I was always scared of singing his songs. He would come up really close to explain a song. That made me nervous. But he wasn't a terror. He was a perfectionist. He taught me how to sing an alaap in a subdued voice. Like me, he was from Indore and he always reminded me of this fact. Unfortunately Aaj mere naseeb wasn't recorded properly."


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Dost 1944
Dost (1944)
Cast: Husn Bano, Kanhaiya Lal, Maya Banerji, Mirza Musharaf, Motilal, Noor Jehan, Varmala Kumthekar
Music Director: Sajjad Hussain
Director: Sayyad Shaukat Hussain
Producer: Navin Pictures Bombay
Lyrics: Munshi Shums Lucknavi
Year: 1944
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