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Do deewaanon ka afsaana

Posted on: February 9, 2013


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

The autobiography of C Ramchandra( Majhya Jeevana chi Sargam-copyright by Yeshwant Ramchandra Chitalkar) is somewhat disappointing. Its major part is spent on describing various exploits of C Ramchnadra with different women. Normally one expectes that the writer would focus on his worldly achievements and creations, which gave him name and fame, but on this count this book is a failure. Not that it is totally bereft of such things, but considering his musical successes during the Golden Era, one feels deprived of more discussions on music related topics.

Same case with C Ramchandra’s association with Lata. There are so many anecdotes and stories going around, so one expects to get First hand details of it. To this end I was disappointed. Actually nowhere in the book he specifically names Lata as his companion for few years in clear words, but there are some incidents described in the book, which unmistakably disclose this.

Many writers in last few years have written about it. Raju Bharatan being a major name in this connection. I do not give any weightage to what Raju Bharatan(RB) has been writing about C Ramchandra-Lata in many of his books and articles. He has lost credibility (with me atleast) completely. Surprisingly nowhere else you would find so much written about this episode as much as you find in Raju Bharatan’s writings.

Shirish Kanekar is a journalist and writer on film related subjects. He has been quite close to Lata and her family. He was very close to C Ramchandra too in his last few years. He has written about this matter in some articles, which I find more informative, objective and credible too.

I will however restrict my article to C Ramchandra’s Autobiography.

During the Golden Era of HFM, important contribution was made by the C Ramchandra-Lata combination. From 1949 to 1958, this pair has given us heavenly melodies. The place of Lata in C Ramchandra’s music can not be separated. Together, they ruled over music as if it was their slave.

He first met Lata Mangeshkar at the time of recording a song (Jawani ki Rail…) for Shehnai-47. He was very much impressed with her voice. Someone introduced them “This is Lata Mangeshkar”. We have already seen the details of their first meet and C Ramchandra’s reaction to it.

In another chapter, C Ramchandra talks more about Lata, but never by direct name. He says,’ in my life,I enjoyed company of many women. Few of them called me “Ram” sometimes, but this was one Seeta who always called me Ram in private and public. He describes their First ‘close uncounter’ thus-

” It may be 47-48 or 48-49, I do not remember now. One of my songs was to be recorded. She was the singer. Unparallelled singing. No other words. Exactly matching the Artist’s vision about how his art should be handled. It was some sad song and she poured her heart into it.

The genuine artist in me was pleased. As it is I was very weak in case of women(He uses the word ” Fislu ” meaning Fisalnewala or one who is prone to falling for women). I fell in her love. I praised her a lot, using lot of pampering(maska) words. Finally I said,” You sang so well.” I tried to flirt with her. I do not know if she was pleased, but she said,” You know very well, I love Husnalal. I can only love him”.

I changed my stance and said,” please dont misunderstand me. I just wanted to say Kya galaa diya hai Bhagwan ne”

While returning from studio, in my car, needless to say that she more than complied my request. I started it as a Game and fun but slowly fell in her deep love. Ofcourse, one sided, till then.

One day I was sitting with Bhagwan in Bombay Labs enjoying a trial show. This Seeta came to meet me. She was crying a lot. I asked,”Kya huwa ?”
She said,” Husnlal is a liar. A very bad man. I will only marry you.”

I was very pleased. All this was happening in my favour. I again asked her,” Lekin ,how did you fall in his love ?”

She replied,” one day he asked me do you know what is between You….and me. I said Love. Then he said, I love you and it all started.”

I told Seeta,” There can be many words between I and you, like kiss, kill and many xxxx words also.”

She said,” I saw his wife. She is pregnant”

My God ! She was angry because his real wife was pregnant, so much jealousy. But even I was married, but despite all that we loved each other deeply. We were together everywhere, studio, car, Chaupati every place.

Sometimes she would utter the name of Husnlal, inadvertantly and I used to feel very bad. I was like a fool not to understand her despite all this.

In our music field, when some musician dies, all recordings are cancelled. When Husnlal died, this Seeta was the first to reach the studios and on her insistence the recording took place.

Most women are possessive. This Seeta was too much. Once she knew that I was her slave, she wanted me to stop drinking. This is where she went wrong. From the age of 12 years, I have been drinking. This was the only true friend who never became angry, never left me. There was no question of my leaving drinking. I do not know why women try to become Head masters, once they get married or fall in love.

Anyway, whenever she asked me to stop drinking, I would say, after our marriage. Ofcourse I had decided in my mind NOT to marry her ever.

I remember one incident. Seeta and I went to Delhi for the release of a film. The local Distributor arranged a Party in the evening. Seeta refused to join me, and she also asked me not to go, leaving her alone. I said I could not do that, the party was for me, it was my picture, but I would try to come early and promissed her that I would take only 2 pegs.

The Party went upto late hours. I also drank a lot. I returned to the Hotel room at about 5 am in the morning. She was waiting for me furiously and started shouting for getting drunk. I too lost my balance and shouted at her,” I drink with my money, not anybody’s father’s money-not even your father’s !” She was stunned and cried and cried. I told her,”come on, press my deet, I am sleeping” and I went to sleep. Next morning around 10 am I got up.She was still at my feet, pressing them.I felt very embarrassed and decided not to hurt her in future.

On one occasion, she arranged a singing mehfil of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. I went for my work. She told me to come there in time, because the programme would not start until I reached there.

I promissed her that I will take no more than 2 pegs. But somehow I was late and also drunk a lot. When I reached the venue, she came running to me.

All the audience was waiting for my arrival. She shouted at me in front of others, which I could not bear. I too shouted at her and said many things. She was shocked so much with my outburst that she fainted. There was a great commotion in the Theatre.

To bring her to senses I put 2 spoons of Whisky in her mouth. She came to senses and went to rest, but suspected smell of alcohol and asked me if I gave her whisky. I said yes and she started vomitting vigorously for quite some time.

We were always together and my wife Ben knew everything by now. She once said to me,” if at all you had to do this, atleast you should have gone for a better looking girl. How horrible this one looks.”I had become blind in her love . I said,” Look from my eyes. How beautiful she looks when she sings !” Further, like a Majnu, I recited a couplet- ” Dil se utar gayi duniya ki sooraten sab, Kuch aisa chadh gaya hai koyi meri nazron mein.’

There is a limit to tolerance for everybody. Ben also lost her patience and one day she became very aggressive.

I was to take Seeta to a film in Metro Theatre in the evening. I put her in the car and driver took us towards Metro. Unknown to us Ben was also following us. As soon as we alighted from the car Ben rushed forward and slapped 3-4 times on Seeta’s face. All were stunned. Ben held her long hair in hands and started shouting at her. About 200-300 people, who knew me gathered. I was a pucca DARPOK in such matters. I pushed Ben in the car and ran away from there, leaving the weeping Seeta alone there.

Inspite of all this I could not come out of her love. But Seeta was writhing with anger and was planning revenge on Ben. After this incident whenever I went to Seeta’s house, she used to telephone Ben and say menacingly” see how your Husband is sitting here like my pet Dog !”

She was monstrous in such things and used to derive pleasure from such horrible actions.

That was the time when Refrigerators were a rarity and novelty. Seeta wanted a Fridge. I did not have that much money with me, so I asked my friend Omprakash that he should take out money from our Sai productions, our joint venture,and purchase the fridge. It so happened that even money was not readily available there. Omprakash was clever. He went to my house and asked Ben for money as they wanted for erecting sets on the studio. With that money the Refrigerator was purchased and sent to Seeta’s house !

One day, in her house, we fought and argued fiercely. I started crying. She was laughing and saying-‘ why so much fuss’ she went inside her room. Her friend Mangala was also sitting in her room.

While I was crying outside, Seeta’s mother came to me and said,” Anna saheb, do not feel so bad for her. She only has a singing throat, otherwise she is a very cruel person.’ When I started for home, Seeta asked me to drop her friend Mangala on the way. When we were travelling, Mangala said,” for whom are you feeling so much ? I know her very well. When you were weeping outside she was laughing inside and saying, see how Ram is crying for me. If you pamper her like this, she will become too much proud. You will never get from her what you are expecting.”

Not only her friend, but also my friends like Bhagwan, Rajendra krishna, Omprakash always warned me saying,’ she is one of those, who never truly love anybody.” Friend Shams Lucknowi used to say ‘Saanp aur Aurat jahan miley, maarna chahiye. Yeh pyaar vyaar sab jhooth hai’. I always told my friend, if you want to be my friends, do not talk ill of her and do not try to advise me. But when I used to be alone I remembered all this and also what my father had told me’ never believe a woman. Keep off from them.’ I was frustrated. To forget all this I had to do drink more. That was the time I was going away from her and she was going away too.

One day I took one girl with me to Bombay labs, introduced her to Seeta and told her that I was going to marry her soon. After some days Seeta came with a man, introduced him to me as a Prince of some state and said,” he is to me now just like you used to be earlier.’ What a terrible woman ! Finally, she stopped talking to me and also meeting me.
” na aaya hamen Ishq karna na aaya
marey umrabhar aur marna na aaya”

The C Ramchandra- Seeta episode ended like this- as expected.”Some people call her Cleopatra. She is very ambitious, diplomatic and shrewd. She is an artist-great artist but a third rate human being ‘ Even today when I compose a song her image is before my eyes……………… “.

That is all C Ramchandra has mentioned in his autobiography about his love affair. While reading sometimes I wondered if C Ramchandra coloured her too dark ! I felt some incidents are exaggerated.

On asking why they separated, C Ramchandra said once to Bhatratan, that because she insisted on getting married, but as he was already married, it was not possible.

Lata has given a different reason to Kanekar. She says,” There was a sound recordist who used to talk all rubbish about me in his friends circle. I refused to record with him, but C Ramchandra insisted on his name only. This was the main reason.” Believable ? But then that is what she said !

But one thing is sure. In all his subsequent interviews C Ramchandra has never said anything derogatory about Lata Mangeshkar. On the contrary, he has always credited her as being the source of his good music and that she helped him to achieve greater success. Whatever Lata said at different times about his music C Ramchandra spoke high about her.

I can qoute just one reference. In the Filmfare dated 12th march 1971, C Ramchandra had said,”Lata is the ultimate in song virtuosity and so she inspired me to reach my ultimate in song composition. She may not sing for me anymore, but she is still a singer without peer.”

Lata does not seem to be so magnanimous. Probably she forgot that her quarrel was with the Halwai and NOT his Mithai.

Today’s song is from Khazana-1951 and is a typical C Ramchandra song with Anokhe Bol. The next and last song in this series will NOT be a C Ramchandra-Lata duet but a duet of a different singer with Lata.

(I Thank the copyright holder. The book ” Majhya jeevanachi sargam” is copyrighted by Yeshwant Ramchandra Chitalkar. I also thank Shirish Kanekar.)


Song-Do deewaanon ka afsaana (Khazaana)(1951) Singers-Lata, C Ramchandra, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Both
Chorus

Lyrics

ho o o
(bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
baba bambiyaana
)
bambinaa
(bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa)
ho bambinaa
(babaa bam biyaanaa
babaa bam biyaanaa
)
ho bambiyaanaa

do deewaano kaa afsaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa
miltaa hai shamaa se parwaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa

ho o
taaron ki thandi chhaanv mein
ho o o
saajan ki mast nigaaho ne
o o
taaro ki thandi chhaanv mein
ho o o
saajan ki mast nigaahon ne
duniyaa se kiyaa hai begaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa
do deewaanon kaa afsaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa
milta hai shamaa se parwaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa

wo jiske ek ishaare ne ae ae
is dil ke hosh bhulaa daaley

hosh bhulaa daaley
wo jiske ek ishaare ne ae ae
is dil ke hosh bhulaa daaley

hosh bhulaa daaley
ye dil hai usi kaa deewaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa

do deewaanon kaa afsaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kehnaa
milta hai shamaa se parwaanaa
ae chaand kisi se na kahanaa

(bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
babaa bam bambinaa
babaa bam bambinaa
babaa bam bambinaa
bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
babaa bambiyaanaa
babaa bambiyaanaa
bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
bambinaa babaa babaa bam biyaanaa
)
ho o o bambinaa

——————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
——————————————
हो ओ ओ
(बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
बाबा बमबियाना
)
बम्बीना
(बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना)
हो बम्बीना
(बाबा बमबियाना
बाबा बमबियाना
)
हो बमबियाना

दो दीवानों का अफसाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना
मिलता है शमा से परवाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना

हो ओ
तारों की ठंडी छाँव में
हो ओ
साजन की मस्त निगाहों ने
ओ ओ
तारों की ठंडी छाँव में
हो ओ
साजन की मस्त निगाहों ने
दुनिया से किया है बेगाना
ए चाँद किसी से न कहना
दो दीवानों का अफसाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना
मिलता है शमा से परवाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना

वो जिसके एक इशारे ने-ए-ए
इस दिल के होश भुला डाले

होश भुला डाले
वो जिसके एक इशारे ने-ए-ए
इस दिल के होश भुला डाले

होश भुला डाले
ये दिल है उसी का दीवाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना

दो दीवानों का अफसाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना
मिलता है शमा से परवाना
ए चाँद किसीसे ना कहना

(बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
बाबा बम बमबियाना
बाबा बम बमबियाना
बाबा बम बमबियाना
बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
बाबा बमबियाना
बाबा बमबियाना
बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
बम्बीना बाबा बाबा बमबियाना
)
हो ओ ओ बम्बीना

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5 Responses to "Do deewaanon ka afsaana"

A nice song & very interesting facts of Ram-Seeta affair!
Is Rajsingh of Dungarpur was responsible for their separation?

Sir, thanks for this nice song and informative write up. I remember to read Shirish ji’s ‘Kanekari’ when i was growing ! After reading the information from AB of C.Ramchandra ji, i am eager to get it as early as possible now. Few months back i try for AB of Shantaram ji (Shantarama) but it is not available. i first saw it in 1985-86 but then i could not get it. Please suggest if you have any information about that.

These old books are not available anywhere now.Their publishers also are untraceable.

Song worth store and listen frequentlly,for ANOKHE BOL,and SWEETNESS of singing by lataji.I would like to store same kind of
songs WITH this song like ,babdi bubdi,mombasa mombasa,shinshinaki
bubla boo etc.

Thank you Arun jee

for providing information about the darker side of the Great Lata jee.

“Kaash Lata jee ke sur aur talent jaisaa hi unnke swabhaav hothaa …….”

prakash

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