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Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti

Posted on: January 26, 2009


Top priority task before India in 1950s was building roads, bridges, and dams. In 1960s, the nation realised that becoming self sufficient in food stuffs was even more important. And thus came the Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan -“Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (Hail the soldier, hail the farmer).

Manoj Kumar’s “Upkaar” (1967) was inspired from the “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” slogan. And its song “mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti” talks of the fields of the nation that grow the foodstuff to feed the nation. Considering that the nation did not produce enough to feed its citizens, the foodgrains produced by its fields were actually worth their wait in gold.

All the inputs given in 1950s and 60s finally began to bear fruit and India became self sufficient in feeding its population through indigenous food production. It was a momentous achievement for the country that had to lead a “ship to mouth” existence in 1960s.

Condsidering the kinds of hardships that India had to face in those days on foodstuff front, the sentiments expressed by this song were bound to strike a sympathetic chord in the hearts of Indians. And so it proved. This song was a big rage. I remember this song being the favourite song of the thelawala selling icecream ( not the MNC variety, but desi style ice cream) and attracting customers by playing this song on a loudspeaker also kept in the thela (cart).

Mahendra Kapoor sang this song which was picturised on Manoj Kumar. It was with this song that Manoj Kumar hit upon the idea of playing the role of a natioanlistic young man. Even his name in his movies would henceforth be “Bharat”.

This song has become an iconic song that is a must play song on the occasions of days with national importance ( viz independence days, republic day etc).
PS-The song actually has two versions. the well known version is the happy version, and this song aslo has a lesser known sad verion as well, which is also sung by Mahendra Kapoor.

Happy version

Sad version

Song-Mere desh ki dharti (Upkaar) (1967) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Gulshan Baawra, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
o o o o o
o o o o o
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
o o o o o
o o o o o

mere desh ki dharti ee ee ee ee ee
ee ee ee ee ee ee
ho mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti ee
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
o o o o o
o o o o o

bailon ke galey mein jab ghunghroo
jeewan ka raag sunaate hain
jeewan ka raag sunaate hain
gham koson door ho jaata hai
khushiyon ke kamal muskaate hain
khushiyon ke kamal muskaate hain
o o o o
o o o o o o o o
sun ke rahat ki aawaazen
sun ke rahat ki aawaazen
yoon lage kahin shahnaayi baje
yoon lage kahin shahnaayi baje
aate hi mast bahaaron ke
dulhan ki tarah har khet saje
dulhan ki tarah har khet saje
o mere desh ki dharti ee ee
ee ee ee ee ee ee
o mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti

aa aa aa aa
jab chalte hain is dharti pe hal
mamta angdaayiaan leti hai
mamta angdaayian leti hai
kyon na pooje iss maati ko
jo jeewan ka sukh deti hai
jo jeewan ka sukh deti hai
o o o o
o o o o o o
iss dharti pe jisne janam liya aa aa
iss dharti pe jisne janam liya
usne hi paaya pyaar tera
usne hi paaya pyaar tera
yahan apna paraaya koyi nahin ee ee ee
yahan apna paraaya koyi nahin
hai sabpe maan upkaar tera aa aa aa
hai sabpe maan upkaar tera
mere desh ki dharti ee ee
ee ee ee ee ee ee
o mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti

hey

ye baagh hai Gautam Naanak ka
khilte hain aman ke phool yahaan
khilte hain aman ke phool yahaan
Gandhi Subhaaash
Gandhi Subhash Tagore Tilak
aise hain chaman ke phool yahaan
aise hain chaman ke phool yahaan
rang hara Hari Singh Nalwe se ae ae ae ae
rang laal hai Laal Bahaadur se ae ae ae ae
rang banaa Basanti Bhagat Singh
rang banaa Basanti Bhagat Singh
rang aman ka veer Jawaahar se
rang aman ka veer Jawaahar se
mere desh ki dharti ee ee ee ee
ee ee ee ee ee ee
o mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti
mere desh ki dharti sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
Mere desh ki dharti
Mere desh ki dharti
Mere desh ki dharti
Mere desh ki dharti

———————————
Sad version
———————————
Aashaayen mamta laad dua
is maati mein hai pyaar tera aa
aa aa aa aa
jo aaj diya hai maa toone
anmol hai wo uphaar tera aa
aa aa aa aa
is dharti pe jisne janam liya
usne hi pyaara pyaar tera
yahaan apna paraaya koyi nahin
hai sabpe maa upkaar tera
hai sabpe maa upkaar tera
aa aa aa aa
mere desh ki dharti ee
aa aa aa
mere desh ki dharti
sona ugley
ugley heere moti
mere desh ki dharti
aa aa
mere desh ki dharti
aa aa aa aa
mere desh ki dharti
aa aa aa

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5 Responses to "Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti"

Iconic song.
This was THE most famous patriotic song I heard as a little child.

This song was also famous for the way David wears his military insignia upside down. – Caused quite a furore those days !

desh ki sewa karo bhaio

I read on another website that Gulshan Mehta (Bawra) and Manoj Kumar were good friends before they made it to Bollywood. Before bollywood, Bawra used to work as a goods clerk in railway godown Mumbai. As a clerk he used to watch sacks and sacks of golden wheat coming from Punjab. Inspired from bounty of the land he wrote an ode to it – “Mere desh ke dharati”. Years later when Manoj Kumar made Upkar, Bawra recited these lines to him, and it was history after that.

Thanks for this valuable nugget of information.

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