POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES Part VIII

SINGER SHARDA OF “TITLI UDI” FAME !!

In today’s posting on Golden Oldies, I have decided to discuss one of my favourite songs : “TITLI UDI, UD JO CHALI….” from the film “SURAJ” (1966).Here’s some background information on Sharda from Wikipedia and other sources :

Sharda with RK

 Sharda was a playback singer in Hindi films in the 1960s and 70s. She won the Filmfare best Female Playback Singer award for the cabaret “Baat zara hai aapas ki” in ” Jahan pyar Miley”  (1970).She got her first big break in Bollywood with the song “Titli udi…” in “Suraj” (1966). She was promoted by Shanker of the Shanker-Jaikishen duo.”Titli udi…” turned out to be a top chartbuster in 1966. Thereafter she continued singing for Shanker in nearly all his films while he was alive. She sang with most of the top singers like Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Yesudas, Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur. She lent her voice to top leading ladies of the time like  Vyjayanthimala, Saira Banu, Hema Malini, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Rajashree and even Helen. She was the first Indian female singer to cut out her own pop album in India sometime in 1968. She also performed on stage on several occasions like Filmfare Awards Functions, charity shows, naval  functions, and many others.Sharda was somehow never able to reach the top bracket of singers and she blames some of the highly successful singers of the time to have deprived her of her chances by indulging in dirty politics. She also has the distinction of being a BA graduate, a qualification that Shanker tried his level best to highlight claiming that if the heroine is a college going girl, then only Sharda can sing for her as the other female singers of the time had not been to college. This remark was not well received by others and worked against Sharda. The critics also took digs at her highly South Indian accented pronunciations and nasal intonations which were very obvious. But in spite of all that she did manage to create a certain section of the music listeners as her fans and well wishers.Shankar tried his level best to promote Sharda as the new generation Lata in the late 60s but somehow things did not really work out. Besides Shankar she  also recorded songs with Usha khanna, Dattaram, Iqbal Qureshi and a few others. Besides “Titli udi” , Sharda’s other popular tracks are:
Jaan e Chaman (Gumnaam) -with Mohd Rafi

Leja Leja mera dil (An Evening In Paris)

Chale jana zara (Around The World) – with Mukesh

Tum Pyar se dekho (Sapno Ka Saudagar) – with Mukesh

Woh Pari kahan se (Pehchan) – with Mukesh & Suman Kalyanpur

Kisike dil ko (Kal Aaj Aur Kal)

Jab bhi yeh dil udaas (Seema) – with Mohd Rafi

She was nominated four times for the Filmfare Best Female Singer award and won it once. In the 1970s, she turned music director with films like “Mandir Masjid”, “Maila Aanchal” and also penned lyrics for some songs specially for Shanker.Sharda conducts music lessons for children and aspiring singers. On 21 July 2007 Sharda released her Ghazal Album “Andaaz-e-Bayan Aur” compiling Mirza Ghalib’s Ghazals. The Album was released at Juhu Jagriti Mumbai at the hands of veteran Actress Shabana Azmi. Music Director Khayyam was also present at the event where Sharda thrilled the audiences by singing a few songs from the album in her well preserved voice.Sharda has her own website titled : titliudi.com

Filmfare Nominations and Awards:

1968 – Tumhari bhi jai jai-(Diwana) – nominated

1969 – Mere ang ka rang -(Chanda Aur Bijli) – nominated

1970 – Baat zara hai-(Jahan pyar miley) – won

1971 – Aapke pichche pad gayi-(Ek nari ek brahmchari) – nominated

Partial filmography:

1966- Suraj,Gumnaam,Pyar Mohabbat,Street Singer

1967- Around the world,An evening in Paris,Hare kanch ki chooriyan,Gunahon Ka Devata

1968- Diwana,Sapnon ka Saudagar

1969- Shatranj,Tumse Achcha kaun Hai,Chanda aur Bijli,Bhai behen

1970- Jahan Pyar Miley,Pehchan,Dil daulat duniya

1971- Mera Naam Joker,Jane Anjane,Seema,Elaan,EK nari ek brahmchari,Kal aaj aur kal

1972- Beimaan

1973- Naina,Pyar ka rishta,Maa behen aur biwi,Tu meri main tera,Rivaaj

1974- International crook

1975- Saazish 1976- Gold Medal

1977- Mandir Masjid ,           1978- Kshitij

Whatever critics might have said or say, SHARDA has been one of my favourite singers during the swinging sixties.I was in class XI ( SSC) in 1966 when the movie Suraj was released.I just loved the song for its simplicity and the style of Sharda.I had even translated it and used to sing it in school and college functions in the same tune as the original Hindi song.Even today after 42 years since the song was first sung (1966)it continues to regale me.I am sure there will be many admirers of Sharda like me out there. Here are the wordings of the song, followed by my own translation:

“Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali
Phool Ne Kaha Aaja Mere Paas
Titli Kahe Main Chali Aakash ” – 2

“Phool Ne Kahaa Tera Jaana Hai Bekaar
Kaun Hai Vahan Jo Kare Tera Intezaar”
“Boli Titli Donon Pankh Pasaar
Wahan Pe Milega Mera Rajkumar”

Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali…..
“Titli Ne Poori Jab Kar Lee Udaan
Nayi Duniya Main Hui Nayi Pehchaan
Mila Use Sapanon Ka Rajkumar
Titli Ko Mil Gaya Mann Chaha Pyaar”

Titli Udi, Ud Jo Chali……..

My translation :

THE BUTTERFLY FLEW
AND AS IT FLEW
THE FLOWER ASKED HER TO COME BACK TO HIM
SAID THE BUTTERFLY I AM GOING TO THE SKY !!—–(2)


THE BUTTERFLY FLEW…………


THE FLOWER SAID YOU ARE GOING THERE IN VAIN
WHO IS THERE WHO IS WAITING FOR YOU
SAID THE BUTTERFLY SPREADING HER WINGS
THERE I SHALL MEET MY CHARMING PRINCE !!


THE BUTTERFLY FLEW……….
WHEN THE BUTTERFLY COMPLETED HER JOURNEY
SHE MET NEW PEOPLE OF THE NEW COUNTRY
AND THERE SHE MET THE PRINCE OF HER DREAMS
AND GOT LOTS OF LOVE THAT HER HEART HAD WISHED !!
THE BUTTERFLY FLEW………..

Hope the readers will enjoy this posting and send their views and opinions on this singer and this simply unforgettable song.

H A P P Y  C H R I S T M A S !!

– J S BROCA

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28 Responses to POETRY IN GOLDEN OLDIES Part VIII

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    Dear Brocaji, Another great song with a butterfly. Was that Mumtaz with Vaijayantimala? Regards,

  2. Bharat B. Trivedi says:

    Mr. Jitu, Thanks for making us peep into the past to witness the musical journey of Sharada-ji. It was quite a nostalgic yet memorable trip.

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