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Betaa waah waah waao mere kaan mat khaao

Posted on: July 21, 2012


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

It is said that among the domesticated animals, dogs have a special bonding with human beings. They can anticipate their masters’ mind and act accordingly. During my childhood, we had cats as pet but not the dogs. However, we always had some street dogs around us who were like pets to us. While our pet cats’ loyalty was suspect, I always found street dogs around us very loyal. Theyalso had the ability of assessing the degree of our docility and act accordingly.

In my housing complex, there are 3-4 street dogs who have made the complex as their territory. In the early morning when I go for a brisk walk inside the complex, I find these dogs invariably sitting on the pathway. Even as I come very close to them, they would not budge from their place forcing me to take a detour. There is one morning walker among us who hates these dogs mainly out of fear. Dogs would invariably vacate the pathway for him. I was surprised by the dogs’ behaviour pattern. So, on the next occasion, I deliberately walked very fast towards the resting dogs as if I was going to walk over them. But this had only a slight effect on them. One of the dogs just moved a leg closer to him as a reflective action but none of them moved from the place. And this has been going on for a long time.

Whenever I see a cat in my friends and relations’ houses or even in the open, I would go after it to take it on my lap. While some will oblige, most of them would beat a hasty retreat from the place. But in case of dogs, the attraction seems to be other way round – it is dogs that seem to like my company. Whenever I visit my cousin’s house, his pet dog who is confined to his room, would make a continuous growl inviting my cousin’s attention. Ultimately, he would allow the dog to come to the living room. The dog would sit in the living room using my legs as his back rest and then go back to his room after some time.

During my trekking expeditions which I have been doing for the last 30 years or so, I always had at least one Bhutia dog ( crossbreed of the local Himalayan dog and Tibetan Mastiff) who would give me company ranging from few hours to as long as the entire duration of the trek. The bhutia dogs look very ferocious due to their sheer size and appearance. In fact from the distance, they look like the Himalayan black/brown bears. Incidentally, most of bhutia dogs are either dark black or dark brown in colour. But contrary to their appearance, I found them to be very docile to human beings. I have not yet seen any bhutia dog barking on strangers like us in the remote Himalayan villages. May be that they are following the culture of these remote villages where outsiders like us are treated as their esteemed guests.

I always found at least a couple of bhutia dogs accompanying shepherds with their flocks of goats and sheeps as large as nearly 500 in numbers. During summer to autumn, shepherds traverse the high and treacherous Himalayan passes taking their flocks for grazing in the high altitude meadows. They believe that grazing grass in high altitude meadow results in sheep giving better quality pashmina wool and goats gaining more. I was wondering as to how these shepherds could control such large flocks that too for months. Then I noticed that more than the shepherds, it was their bhutia dogs who ensured that the flock moved in an orderly fashion. With one bhutia dog leading from the front and another walking by the side of the flock, no goat/sheep would dare to stray out of the flock. In the night, bhutia dogs stand guard for the flock against predators like leopards and bears. These predators dare not come near the flock when bhutia dogs are around, barking most of the night thus breaking the pin drop silence. To protect them from the predators strangulating them during the fight, these bhutia dogs will have thick metal plates around their necks. In one of the treks, I found one of shepherd’s bhutia dogs sleeping very close to me when there were 7 other men in the tent. As I said earlier, bhutia dogs are docile. This dog must have evaluated me as the most docile person among my tentmates who would not shoo him away in the chilling cold outside.

It is said that people can confide in their pets especially dogs in a way better than with family members or friends. This also points to a dog-human relationship being like that of a close and reliable friend. In a lighter vain, one can say that dogs are not capable of passing value judgement on the subject matter of the talk which their masters are not interested in listening to. Perhaps our filmmakers may have got a clue from this aspect of the relationship between dogs and human beings and incorporated it in some songs where actors share their feelings with their dogs. I find that five ‘dog songs’ have been already discussed in the blog which includes songs where actors seek advice from the dogs on their love affairs as well on matters like impending wedding and future in laws.

Here is one more ‘dog song’ from the film MEM DIDI (1961) where Tanuja is asking a street dog not to disturb her. But in the process she tells the dog about her impending marriage and teases the dog that she would become a queen while he would become her gatekeeper. The song is ‘betaa waah waah waao mere kaan mat khaao’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song is written by Shailendra and set to music by Salil Chaudhary. The video clip contains only three stanzas while audio clip contains one additional stanza.

Note how perfectly Lata Mangeshkar has modulated her voice to suit a 16 year old Tanuja.

Video

Audio (full song) :

Song-Beta waah waah waao mere kaan mat khaao (Mem Didi)(1961) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Salil Chaudhary

Lyrics(from audio link)

beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
sone ki katori mein
chal ke doodh bhaat khaao
beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao

aaj main chhuyi muyi ladki
bahu banoongi bade ghar ki
aaj main chhuyi muyi ladki
bahu banoongi bade ghar ki
hogaa tu darwaan mera
rani main roop nagar ki
beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
sone ki katori mein
chal ke doodh bhaat khaao
beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao

lunch dinner pe har din
rahega aana jaana
lunch dinner pe har din
rahegaa aana jaana
khaayenge ham biryaani
aur tu biscuit khaana
o beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
sone si katori mein
chalke doodh bhaat khaao
o beta waah waah wao
mere kaan mat khaao

kuchh to din hum dono
sair ke liye jaayenge
kuchh to din hum dono
sair ke liye jaayenge
film kaa function hua to
mil ke duet gaayenge
o beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
beta waah waah waao
mere kaan mat khaao
soneki katori mein
chal ke doodh bhaat khaao

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3 Responses to "Betaa waah waah waao mere kaan mat khaao"

Sadananji, this is an excellent post!

Highly readable and intersting write up.

waah, waah waao, excellent post, super excellent singing by Latadi, priceless expressions by Tanuja. I haven’t watched many movies of Tanuja, I plan to watch a few now. I had always thought of her as a dumb heroine (dont know why, totally
illogical, I admit). Any suggestions about her good movies?

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