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Pagdi sambhaal jatta

Posted on: September 28, 2013


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

At young age in school when we learn about the freedom movement and freedom fighters we are easily inspired by Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh because their life had struggle, thrill, passion and action. They did all this for the people, for the nation, for us who are now enjoying the freedom that they helped achieve for us.

Still, at that young age when we are growing up, we are not fully equipped to imagine and appreciate the extent of the struggles, sacrifices and hardships that they went through and the odds that they were up against at that time.

As we grow up and become mature, we also understand that the sacrifice made by Mahatma Gandhi was no less. We cannot even try to do what he practised all his life.

In spite of the ideological differences between them, they all fought for freedom and to free the country from the Britishers. And the sacrifice made by them can never be forgotten.

Today we remember Sardar Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary (28 september 1907-23 march 1931). We remember him for his bravery and for the supreme sacrifice that he made for the nation. He has been a source of inspiration for many years now and will remain an inspiration in times to come too.

Subhash Chandra Bose said “Bhagat Singh had become the symbol of the new awakening among the youths …”
Today we need more awakened youths who would fight against the lacunae in our system, fight against corruption in our country, and fight for the poor, child and women in our society to make India a strong and better country in the future.

When he was hanged to death Bhagat Singh’s age was only 23 years, 05 months, and 25 days.

It was Bhagat Singh, who, to avoid his marriage had written that “My life has been dedicated to the noblest cause, that of the freedom of the country. Therefore, there is no rest or worldly desire that can lure me now.” It was his determination, devotion, courage and an undying patriotic spirit to carry the mission he dreamt of.

The song I have chosen for this occasion is a song which gives a ‘wake-up’ call, and we all, time to time, need this call. Because we are very busy in our day to day life and even if we are at all ‘socially conscious’ we cannot participate to collectively express our anguish or outrage. Though some time there are protests and agitations which try to shake up our ‘sleeping souls’ but that is not enough to culminate the anger into a big revolt.

The song under discussion featured in as many as three films (which I know and have watched) made on Bhagat Singh ‘Shaheed -1965’, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh-2002’ and ‘23rd March 1931: Shaheed-2002’.

As the film ‘23rd March 1931: Shaheed’ (2002) was based on the 1965 ‘Shaheed’, so in both films this song is shown happening at a village function where Sardar Ajit Singh sings it , whereas in the film ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, it is shown happening at the annual cultural function at the college and there Bhagat Singh is shown performing this song.

However I select this one from the 1965 Shaheed as it is sung by Rafi Saab.

This is the song which has been originated by Shri.Ajit Singh , uncle of Bhagat Singh, and I think then it was a source of inspiration for many including Bhagat Singh. When I searched for additional information I got to know that there was in fact a movement itself which was called as ‘Pagdi Sambhaal Jattaa Movement’ and an article about this movement titled as ‘Sardar Ajit Singh: Hero of the ‘Pagdi Sambhal Jatta’ Movement’. It is mentioned in this article that : ‘In a mammoth rally at Lyallpur on 3 rd March 1907, Banke Dayal, the editor of the newspaper, Jhang Syal, introduced his song, “Pagdi sambhal Jatta, Pagdi Sambhal oye”. Such was the popularity of the song that it soon became the very symbol and soul of the movement. So much so that the movement itself came to be called the Pagadi sambhaal Jattaa movement. ”
(I would request our knowledgeable readers to share any information, if they have, about the song or the ‘pagadi sambhaal jattaa’ movement and about Sardar Ajit Singh)

The song itself continued to be relevant even in the present social conditions of our country. The ‘common man’ is still suffering and issues like corruption, atrocities on women and children, upliftment of the downtrodden, the poor, farmers’ suicide, lack of basic amenities are seen even today.

Our freedom fighters fought for freedom from the British rulers, but the India that they dreamt about has not yet been achieved and so freedom struggle against the present conditions in the country is still required to be waged and won.

Audio (Full)

Video (Partial)

Song-Pagdi sambhaal jatta (Shaheed)(1965) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Prem Dhawan

Lyrics

Pagdi sambhaal oye ae ae ae ae
Pagdi sambhaal oye ae ae ae ae ae ae
haan aan aan aan aan
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal teraa
Lut gayaa maal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa

tu dharti ki maang sanwaare
soye khet jagaaye
tu dharti ki maang sanwaare
soye khet jagaaye
Saare jag kaa pet bhare
Tu annadaataa kehlaaye
Phir kyunbhukh tujhe khaati hai ae
Phir kyunbhukh tujhe khaati hai ae
Aur tu bhukh ko khaaye
Lut gayaa maal teraa
Lut gayaa maal oye
Pagadi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa

Deke apnaa khoon paseenaa
Tune fasal ugaayee
Deke apnaa khoon paseenaa
Tune fasal ugaayee
Aandhi dekhi toofaan jhele
Bipdaa sabhi uthaayee
Fasal paki to le gaye zaalim
Fasal paki to le gaye zaalim
Teri nek kamaayee
Lut gayaa maal teraa
Lut gayaa maal oye
Pagadi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa

Uthh aur uth ke khaaq se zarre
Ek sitaaraa ban jaa
Uthhh aur uth ke khaaq se zarre
Ek sitaaraa ban jaa
bujhaa bujhaa kyun dil hai teraa
Ek angaaraa ban jaa
O sadiyon ke thehre paani ee ee ee ee
O sadiyon ke thehre paani
Behati dhaaraa ban jaa
Lut gayaa maal teraa
Lut gayaa maal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa

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8 Responses to "Pagdi sambhaal jatta"

Excellent write up Avinash. I had tears in my eyes.

Avinash ji,
Thanks for doing an outstanding job of reminding us of the Shaeed e Azam Bhagat Singh ji.
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Avinash ji,
Just type ” Freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh” on Google and you get lot of information about Ajit singh ji. here is in brief about him-

Sardar Ajit Singh Sandhu (2 February 1881-15 August 1947) was born at village Khatkar Kalan district Jalandhar in in a military family from Punjab in India.

He was the man in the Punjab who resented the high-handedness of the British rule and openly criticized the British government. He was declared a political rebel and had to spend many years of his life in jails or in exile from India.
Sardar Ajit Singh was the uncle of Shahid-i-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh.
He was born at Khatkarkalan village in Nawanshahr District.[1]
He studied at D.A.V. College, Lahore and later on Law College, Barreily.He plunged into the freedom movement and left his law studies. In 1907, he was deported to Mandalay Jail in Burma along with Lala Lajpat Rai. After his release, he escaped to Iran. From there, he traveled to Rome, Geneva, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro.
In 1918, he came in close contact with the Ghadar Party in San Francisco. In 1939, he returned to Europe and later on helped Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in his mission in Italy. In 1946, he came back to India at the invitation of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. After spending some time in Delhi, he went to Dalhousie.
He breathed his last on August 15, 1947, after India got its Independence. His last words were, “Thank God, my mission is fulfilled.”
A samadhi in his memory is at Panjpula, a popular and scenic picnic spot in Dalhousie
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Avinash ji,

Very thoughtful and a very impotant remembrance. Thanks for the same.

The true freedom fighters, who actually made the sacrifices, many of them made the ultimate sacrifice, are not even acknowledged national personalities. Names such as Bhagat Singh, Subhas Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Chandrashekar Azaad, Ramprasad Bismil, and many more, are relegated to misrepresented history that has been touted for the past seven decades by a set of self serving and corrupt politicians, whose only objective is to somehow remain in power, enjoy the luxuries that come along the part time job of being the ‘kings’.

The dream of a free nation on our own terms, that these fighters envisioned, was sold down the river by the greedy and self serving so called ‘leaders’, who actually made a deal with the foreign powers, and foisted probably the largest social disaster and genocide in the history of mankind. The holocaust that Hitler brought down on the Jewish people pales into insignificance against the horrors and the misery of the totally unwarranted partition of this nation, the complete facts and history of which have never been acknowledged by our own leaders, what to talk about the world.

The names listed above, were a thorn in the side of the British, not only becuase they were fervent nationalists and were actually fighting a battle with guns and bombs, but more so because these people were educated intellectuals, with strong personalities and communication skills, that could influence the masses, if they were provided any such opportunities. And thus, they had to be eliminated, to keep the focus on the ‘leaders’ whom the British could ‘deal’ with. The writings of these dedicated souls are studies in revelation, about their visions and dreams of what this nation could have been. The miracle that Subhash Bose accomplished when he was able to pull together an army of ex-patriates, that shook the British empire to its foundations when they overran Burma and Assam, and were knocking the doors of Chittagong and Calcutta, before the Japanese withdrew after the atomic bombings.

If ever the history of this nation gets rewritten correctly, it will be explained how the British were shaken by these militant uprisings, and not by the so called ‘civil disobedience’ and ‘non-violent movements’, that have always been showcased because it served the purpose of the British masters, and of the so called ‘leaders’ who made a deal with them.

Bhagat Singh refused to make a deal with the British govt, though he was compelled to do so on more than one occasion. And he took to the gallows willingly, because he undertook the momentous personal decision that die he may, but this sacrifice was necessary to raise the consciousness of the masses, and send a message to the corrupt politicians and leaders. For all we see happening today, his sacrifice has been belittled and has been proven to be in vain, for we live in a social and political system that is worse than the one he was witness to.

As I said, thanks for the remembrance and the write up. It is important to perpetuate this memory, for this is the true history, and the true war against the British rule.

Rgds
Sudhir

@Atul ji – thanks for the post …!!!
@Ava ji – thanks for your support and appreciation.
@Sh.Deshmukh Sir, Sh.Sudhir Sir – thanks for the appreciation and sharing important information and sharing your thoughts.

Thanks for this informative write up on this song.

The video link has a different stanza, which is not there in the audio link:

kab tak baittha dekhegaa tu
haathhon ki ye lakeeren
kab tak baittha dekhegaa tu
haathhon ki ye lakeeren
tad gulaami ki ye puraani
zang bhari zanjeeren
himmat ho to ban jaati hai
himmat ho to ban jaati hai
sab bigdi taqdeeren
Lut gayaa maal teraa
Lut gayaa maal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
pagdi sambhal teraa
lut gayaa maal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa
Pagdi sambhaal oye
Pagdi sambhaal jattaa

Good to revisit this oft heard song.

A typo in this line :

‘ tod ‘ gulaami ki ye puraani

@ Nahm ji – thank you very much. Sorry ! its mistake on my part. Normally i check both the links while sending the lyrics. I wonder how i missed this one.
Thanks for the additional stanza and i would request Atul ji to kindly add this stanza to the lyrics please.

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