Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs


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“Raaj Raani”(1950) was directed by Satish Nigam for Jagat Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Meena, Rehman, Sohan, Usha Kiran, Cuckkoo, Vyas, Mehta, Shashikala etc in it.

There were seven songs in the movie. Three of these songs have been covered in the past.

Six out of seven songs were female solos, which were equally distributed among three singer namely Shamshad Begam, Surinder Kaur and Lata Mangeshkar. All of them had sung two songs each.

The seventh song is a duet which is sung by Shamshad Begam and Rafi. Here is this less known Shamshad Rafi duet from this less known movie. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hansraj Bahl.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Lo pakdo pakdo saajanwa jawaani bhaagi jaaye(Raaj Raani)(1950) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Rafi, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

lo pakdo pakdo
lo pakdo pakdo saajnwa aa
jawaani bhaagi jaaye
lo pakdo pakdo saajnwa aa
jawaani bhaagi jaaye
ek baar ye chanchaliya ye manchaliya
ek baar ye chanchaliya ye manchaliya
gayi to laut ke na aaye
ho o gayi to laut ke na aaye
lo pakdo pakdo
lo pakdo pakdo saajnwa aa
jawaani bhaagi jaaye

ra ra ra raar rara
matlab samjha do iska re re re re re re re
haaye na lo kisi ki ra ra ra rara ra ra
matlab samjha do iska ree ree ree reer ree ree
haaye na lo kisi ki
teri kaayam rahe jawaani
na jaana aag laga ke
mere armaan jaga ke
o teri kaayam rahe jawani
na jaana aag laga ke
mere armaan jaga ke
muddat ki lagi thi aag bhadkti jaaye na bas mein aaye

lo pakdo pakdo
lo pakdo pakdo saajanwa jawaani bhaagi jaaye

ra ra ra ra
rara

main kya jaanoon kaho kya ree ree ree ree reer ree
haalat buri hai dil ki
ra ra raraar ra ra

main kya jaanoon kaho kya ree ree ree ree ree ree
haalat buri hai dil ki
teri kaayam rahe jawani na hamko yoon tarsaao
thahar bhi jao
o teri kaayam rahe jawani na hamko yoon tarsao
thahr bhi jao

ye chalti phirti chhaaya kyun bharmaya haath na aaye
lo pakdo pakdo
lo pakdo pakdo saajanwa
jawaani bhaagi jaye
ek baar ye chanchliya ye manchliya
ek baar ye chanchliya ye manchliya
gayi to laut ke na aaye
ho o
gayi to laut ke na aaye
lo pakdo pakdo
lo pakdo pakdo saajnwa
jawaani bhaagi jaaye


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Hullo Atuldom

I know of a few people who have two birthdays each year. This can be explained as an adjustment for the sake of getting admission in schools which have a condition that the child should have completed 3½ when getting admitted to pre-school, and/or 5½ when the child starts class one in June. June is the time when the academic sessions begin in India and this rule has been in place for ages. So I have two cases for this in my family – my mother’s birth year was changed to comply with admission requirements.

June 1st is a special date for an Atulite who loves to travel. He has traveled to places which offer a lot of adventure and camping attractions. He has chronicled his travel experiences in www.sadanandsafar.blogspot.com.

It is our Sadanand ji’s birthday, a special birthday today. I shall not mention his age as I know him to be rather young at heart – his travels and treks are a testimony to that.

Currently his journey is discovering songs which we have hitherto not heard, Hindi songs which are from Bengali films. This series has given us some great songs. He has a lot of patience to dig out authentic and accurate information from varied sources like past issues of the magazine ‘Film India’ and other sites. He is painstakingly trying to find links. All the best to him in this – may we get more of the same. Here I will admit that his series has made me look out for songs in south Indian movies and a link that our In-house encyclopedia sent me has started that journey for me. I hope that I am able to sustain myself for as long as Sadanandji who has crossed 600 posts on the blog of which 28 posts were of Hindi songs in Bangla films. That is indeed a lot of rummaging through available online and offline material.

He has one more love – pointed out to me by our Avinash ji, whom I brain-stormed with before I sat to write this post. He loves poetry or shaayari as it is called. Avinash ji drew my attention towards Sadanandji’s love for Gopal Das Neeraj. So today we will have a song penned by Neeraj.

I just realized that I should explain my opening paragraph.

Since morning we have been wishing Sadanand ji through WhatsApp and he graciously thanked everyone but added “Thanks for wishing me on my official birthday. My actual birthday is **/07/****” . So that means we get to wish him one more time – ‘duguna wishes’. I am sure that this change in date of birth may have happened at the point of school admissions, am I right Sadanand ji ? As one of my many acquaintances loves to say – “same case as my mother”.

Now I shall move to the song for which I must thank Avinash ji; he has provided me the lyrics in both English and Devanagari (his forte). He also provided me the link to the audio and video and I realized why he suggested this song from “Gunaah” (1993).

I think I have seen this movie ages ago on television and this movie had Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia, Sumeet Saigal, Anjana Mumtaz, Shammi, Manohar Singh, Akash Khurana, Raza Murad, Avtar Gill  etc. It was the story of a young journalist (Sunny Deol) who is found wounded on the shores of Goa, treated by Dr. Joe D’Costa (Manohar Singh). He suffers from amnesia and then remembers details about himself, his life etc after five long years. He recollects that he was instrumental in the downfall of an upright politician and had a girl friend etc. Then the movie makes its way through the usual lanes of finding the real-culprits. The movie was directed by Mahesh Bhatt had songs written by Neeraj and Payam Saeedi (don’t know anything about this person) and Rajesh Roshan was the music director.

Today’s song starts on the seashore, in a Goan village setting with choreographer Ganesh Acharya (don’t know if he was the choreographer for this movie) lip-syncing to Manhar Udhas and we see Manohar Singh urging Sunny Deol to join the fun. I am unable to identify the girl (she looks very familiar) who is lip syncing to Sadhana Sargam.

Wishing Sadanand ji once again a musical day with family and remember your fellow Atulites when you cut the cake. 😉

 

Video

Audio

Song – Ek Musafir Hoon Main  (Gunaah) (1993) Singer – Manhar Udhas, Sadhna Sargam, Lyrics – Neeraj, MD – Rajesh Roshan
Manhar Udhas + Sdhna Sargam
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

ek musaafir hoon main ae
ek musaafir hai tu
apna ghar hai kahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

ek musaafir hoon main ae
ek musaafir hai tu
apna ghar hai kahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

la la la laa la laa
la la la laa la laa
la la la laa la laa
la la laa la laa la laa

sa sa re re
sa sa saa re re
sa sa re re sa aa

aaj to geet gaa le
aa aa aa aa aa
kal ki kis ko khabar
aaj to geet gaa le ae
aa aa aa aa aa
kal ki kis ko khabar
kuchh bhi maaloom nahin
khatm ho kab safar
ek parinda hoon main
ek parinda hai tu
hai basera kahaan
hai savera kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
hai savera kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

ye madhur chaandni ee
aa aa aa aa
aa ke pi le zara aa
ye madhur chaandni ee
aa aa aa aa
aa ke pi le zara aa
roop ke gaaon mein ae
aa ke jee le zara aa
ek dhaaraa hoon main
ek dhaaraa hai tu
apna udgam kahaan
apna sangam kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
apna sangam kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

kal mile thhe yahin
aa aa aa aa
aaj ham kho gaye ae ae
kal mile thhe yahin
aa aa aa aa
aaj ham kho gaye ae ae
haadse yoon huye ae
kya se kya ho gaye ae
ek khilauna hoon main
ek khilauna hai tu
tootna hai kahaan
hai bikharna kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
hai bikharna kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

ek musaafir hoon main ae
ek musaafir hai tu
apna ghar hai kahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan
ham ko jaana kahaan
kaun jaane yahaan

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

एक मुसाफिर हूँ मैं ए
एक मुसाफिर है तू
अपना घर है कहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
एक मुसाफिर हूँ मैं ए
एक मुसाफिर है तू
अपना घर है कहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ

ल ल ल ला ल ला
ल ल ल ला ल ला
ल ल ल ला ल ला
ल ल  ला ल ला ल ला

सा सा रे रे
स स सा रे रे
सा सा रे रे सा आ

आज तो गीत गा ले
आ आ आ आ आ
कल कि किस को खबर
आज तो गीत गा ले ए
आ आ आ आ आ
कल कि किस को खबर
कुछ भी मालूम नहीं
ख़त्म हो कब सफ़र
एक परिंदा हूँ मैं
एक परिंदा है तू
है बसेरा कहाँ
है सवेरा कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
है सवेरा कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ

ये मधुर चांदनी ई
आ आ आ आ आ
आ के पी ले ज़रा आ
ये मधुर चांदनी ई
आ आ आ आ आ
आ के पी ले ज़रा आ
रूप के गाँव में ए
आ के जी ले ज़रा आ
एक धारा हूँ मैं
एक धारा है तू
अपना उद्गम कहाँ
अपना संगम कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
अपना संगम कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ

कल मिले थे यहीं
आ आ आ आ
आज हम खो गए ए ए
कल मिले थे यहीं
आ आ आ आ
आज हम खो गए ए ए
हादसे यूं हुए ए
क्या से क्या हो गए ए
एक खिलौना हूँ मैं
एक खिलौना है तू
टूटना है कहाँ
है बिखरना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
है बिखरना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ

एक मुसाफिर हूँ मैं ए
एक मुसाफिर है तू
अपना घर है कहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ
हम को जाना कहाँ
कौन जाने यहाँ

आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ


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Today (1 june 2020) is pehli taareekh. And it turns out that today is World Milk Day. In India, National Milk Day falls on a different day, namely 26 November, which is the birthday of Verghese Kurien, who brought White revolution( Milk revolution) in India.

When I was growing up, India was a desperately poor country. It was deficient in foodgrains and also milk. Our history books wistfully recalled those days in distant past when India was a prosperous country where “दूध की नदियाँ बहा करती थीं” ( “doodh ki nadiyan baha karti thi). Indians wistfully sighed and felt envious of countries like Netherlands that they were the nation that had doodh ki nadi flowing in their country.

A few days ago, I was watching videos that showed progress of various countries over the years in graphical forms in various fields. In most areas, the graph started showing USA and USSR at top and ended showing China, USA and India at the top. It was heartwarming as a Indian to witness the progress of India in all these fields.

One field that really made me proud and came as a pleasant surprise to me was the fact that India had become the number one milk producing country in the world ! And it has been number one since 1998 !

The Milk revolution in India started in Kaira District of Gujrat. The Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union was organized in 1946 with the blessings of late Sardar Vallabhai Patel. It started with two village milk producers’ societies and began pasteurizing milk for the Bombay Milk Scheme in June 1948. At that time, only 250 liters of milk per day was being handled. by 1960s, 378 village milk producers’ co-operative societies became affiliated to the main union. These societies in turn had about 65,000 farmers as their members. In these villages, there were about 1, 25,000 adult buffaloes of the Surti Breed. During the year 63-64 about 60,000 tonnes of milk was collected by the union. The cost of the milk and milk products sold in that year was over Rs.6 crores. The Union marketed milk in Gujarat and Maharashtra States and milk products on all-India basis. Its trade name “Amul” had become a household word all over India. The union had established an excellent reputation in the dairy industry and had evoked the admiration of experts from many parts of the world.

Verghese Kurien was the the General Manager of Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd (Amul) at that time. Mr Lal Bahadur Shashtri, the second PM of India, who had taken over charge just a few months back, visited Anand on 31 october 1964. He was very impressed with amul model and he decided to replicate this model all over India. Accordingly, he wrote a letter to all the states. NDDB (National Dairy Development Board) was set up with its HQ at Anand. It began plans called Opweration Flood. It had three phases -phase I , II and III. OF I (from 1 july 1970 to 31 march 1981) sought to establish 18 “Anands” linked to the four urban markets – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. OF-II (2 october 1979 to 31 march 1985) aimed to establish a modern and self sustaining dairy industry, building on the foundation of OF-I to meet the nations’s needs in milk and milk products. Of III (1 april 1985 to 30 apr 1996) focused on consolidating the milk procurement, processing and marketing infrastructure created under OF-I & OF-II.

By the time OF III ended, India was already number one milk producing nation in the world, a position it holds to this date. Today India produces 22 % of all milk produced in the world. Indian per capita milk production (394 ml) is higher than the world average. The per capita availability of milk is the highest in Punjab (1181 ml),followed by Haryana (1087 ml), Rajasthan (870 ml), Gujarat (626), MP (538 ml), Andhra (623 ml), Himachal (565) etc. There are states that have surprisingly low milk availability viz Delhi (35 ml), Goa (71 ml), Assam (71 ml),Chandigarh (90 ml) etc. I am sure these milk deficient states get their milk supply from milk surplus states. India produces 22% of world production, followed by USA, China, Pakistan and Brazil.

When India became independent, per capita availability of milk was 130 ml, which reduced to an all time low of 110 ml by 1970 before it picked up. In other words, milk availability in Indian picked up only after operation flood project began.

I grew up in Bihar (now it is Jharkhand) in 1960s. Even today Jharkhand per capita milk availability is only 177 ml. Those days it was far lower. I can honestly say that my pets have had more milk in their earlier lives that I ever had ! 🙂 Today my sole pet Bhhole consumes bulk of the milk that I get every morning, and that is more than what an average human gets to drink in a day. 🙂 It has been made possible because to the pioneers and foot soldiers of operation flood. This, alongwith self sufficiency in the fields of other foodstuff has ensured that India does not have to rely on imports and it is secure as far as food security is concerned. That has made India a confident nation. None of Indian neighbours, including China, has this kind of food security.

I wondered if there was any Hindi movie songs on milk. One song from “Manthan” (1977) has already been covered, and there were no other songs. Then it struck me that milk products too qualify, and that we have so many maakhan (butter) songs in Hindi movies, mostly associated with Lord Krishna. One can say that Lord Krishna, serving as a cowherd in Gokul, was a brand ambassador for milk products in general and maakhan (butter ) in particular. 🙂

A few songs of this genre have already been covered in the blog. While searching for other songs, I came across this song from “Gopal Krishna”(1979) which fits the bill perfectly. This movie was produced by Tarachand Barjatya and directed by Vijay Sharma for Rajshree Productions. The movie had Sachin, Zarina Wahab, Reeta Bhaduri, Manhar Desai, Master Sandip, Jeevan etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it.

Here is the first song from “Gopal Krishna”(1979) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Chandrani Mukherjee which is lip synced by an actor playing young Lord Krishna . I guess that he is master Sandip, with Reeta Bhaaduri playing Maa Yashoda. Lyrics and music is by Ravindra Jain.

The situation is quite familiar to most of us. Some lady complains that Kanhaiyya has stolen maakhan from har matki. An irate Maaa Yashoda is out to punish Kanhaiyya. Kanhaiyya sings this song where he denies the charge. My own home has abundant quantity of Makhan, why would I go elsewhere for it, he explains. As for the maakhan smeared on his lips, he accused Ahir ki chhori of deliberately framing him by smearing maakhan on his lips. He then plays the emotional card- I do your chaakri for the whole day by tending to the cows in the meadows, but instead of believing me, you believe the words of others. 🙂

Very cute and sweet song, picturised nicely. This song is a hidden gem that I became aware of only today.

On the occasion of World Milk day, here is this lovely song from “Gopal Krishna”(1979).


Song-Tu man ki ati bhori o maiyya mori(Gopal Krishna)(1979) Singer-Chandrani Mukherjee, Lyrics-Ravindra Jain, MD-Ravindra Jain

Lyrics

tu man ki ati bhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
tu man ki aati bhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
jaako ghar bharyo dadhhi maakhan syon
jaako ghar bharyo dadhhi maakhan syon
vo kyon karan lago chori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
tu man ki ati bhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori

na kaaho ko maakhan khaayo
na koi matki phodi
na kaaho ko ka maakhan khaayo
na koi matki phodi
more mukh maakhan male tore sanmukh
more mukh maakhan male tore sanmukh
laayi aheer ki chhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
tu man ki ati bhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
jaako ghar bharyo dadhhi maakhan syo
jaako ghar bharyo dadhhi maakhan syo
vo kyun karan lagyo chori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori

din din bhar main to dhenu chaaravat karat chaakri tori
din din bhar main to dhenu chaaravat karat chaakri tori
yaahu par tu unki sunat hai
yaahu par tu unki sunat hai
jhoothi kahaani jori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
tu man ki ati bhori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori
ja ko ghar bharyo dadhhi maakhan syo
ja ko ghar bharyo dadhhi makhan syo
vo kyun karan lagyo chori o maiyya mori
tu man ki ati bhori


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from film Pattharon ka Saudagar-1944. The film was made by Minerva Movietone. It was a Costume drama, directed by a Debutant Director Shorey Daulatlavi, who was earlier a Cinematographer with Minerva. Sohrab Modi was not known to be a generous person or one who encouraged Talent development in his staff. All his decisions were made on the basis of financial considerations. No wonder, he paid this novice quite a low wage. After this film, Daulatlavi got attached to Navyug Pictures and directed three more films, namely Din Raat-45, Paro-47 and Saajan ka Ghar-48.

The Music Director was Meer Saheb. During the period of 1937-38, C Ramchandra ( he was only Ram Chitalkar those days) worked in Minerva Movietone and had the opportunity of working under Meer Saheb. He wrote in his Marathi Autobiography, ” Meer Saheb was a good person and a good Musician, but problem with him was that he would forget the tune set in the evening by next morning. When I joined him, I used to write the Tune’s notation immediately, so that his problem was taken care of. He was very much pleased with me for this “.

Out of seven songs in the movie , five were written by Lyricist Gaafil Harnalvi and two by Sudarshan. The cast of the film was Al Nasir, Meena, Paresh Banerjee, Sheela, Sankatha Prasad, K N Singh, Jilloo, Balraj Mehta and others.

Though this film came from Minerva Movietone, one of the famous and successful movie studios of India, film Pattharon ka Saudagar (1944) was a failure. Almost every successful and famous studio faced this problem of flops. Minerva actually had started with a big flop movie, ‘Atma Tarang-37 ‘ and there were two earlier flop movies made by Modi, under different banner,- Hamlet-35 and Sayeed E Havas-36. Even in later stage, Minerva’s films like Main Haari-40, Phir Milenge-42 and Dr. kumar-44 had flopped. Even Minerva’s ambitious last big film Jhansi ki Rani-53 had failed.

In case of another famous company, Prabhat Films, films like Dharmatma-35, Ramshastri-44 etc had flopped. Similarly, New Theatres of Calcutta had flop films like their first 3 films and later Nartaki-41, Meenakshi-42 and Anjangarh-48 were flops.

One more point of films’ success or failure is, how other films, made around same time fared in its competetion. In 1944, quite a good number of successful films had been released and they gave a tough competetion to PKS. Some of the notable films of 1944 were….Bhanwara, a quicky made by Kidar Sharma for Ranjit (it was reportedly made in 9 days flat, as per Kidar Sharma, in his autobiography), featuring Saigal. Naturally, his songs made the film popular. Film Bharthari became popular for Surendra’s songs. Chal Chal re Naujawan was Filmistan’s first venture. Chaand was first film of Husnlal-Bhagatram ( first time Prabhat hired a non Marathi composer). Daasi had good songs under Pt. Amarnath.

Draupadi was first film of Sushila Rani, who sang all 9 songs in the film. It was directed by her mentor-and husband, later – Baburao Patel. Irada was the first film for Hemant Kumar’s first Hindi playback song. Fazli Brothers- the pioneers of Muslim socials in India released Ismat-first such film in Bombay by them. Their earlier 2 films were from Calcutta. Bombay Talkies gave Jwar Bhata- Dilip Kumar’s first film. Surprisingly, Agha was the leading man opposite Shamim and Dilip kumar was the second Hero opposite another debutante Mrudula.

Krishna Bhakta Bodana was the only film of the Revolutionary singer from Surat- Master Vasant Amrit. Lal Haveli of Nurjehan, in which C Ramchandra sang one song for Mir Saheb-his old boss from Minerva. Shalimar’s Mann ki Jeet featured their star Neena again. New Theatre’s My Sister with Saigal’s song in the music of Pankaj Mullick was famous. Shantaram’s Parbat pe apna dera had Amirbai’s career best song “Pareshan hoon ke kyun meri pareshani Nahi jaati “. Prabhat’s Ramshastri directed by Gajanan Jahagirdar and film Uss Paar with the first duet of Mukesh with Kusum Mantri were also there. With all these films, the mediocre Pattharon ka Saudagar had no chance to succeed at all.

A very odd name in the cast can be seen- Balraj Mehta. I am sure,hardly anyone has ever heard his name, but he was a very active person in his life. Born on 22-4-1918 at Lahore, he was the son of Sukh Dayal Mehta – Superintendent in the Commissioner’s office at Lahore. He completed Matriculation from Central Model High School and B.A. from Dayal Singh College of Lahore in 1939.

He was active in Students’ union and held General Secretary’s post of Punjab University Students’ Union, in 35-37. He organised All India Student Federation conference in 36/37. He was a born Leader. He was interested in acting on stage. In 1944, he founded Indian National Theatre (I.N.T.), which is a very famous institution in India now also. He wrote, directed and produced its first stage drama ” Aawaaz” in 1945.

By now he was married and needed to earn money. He joined film line. He acted first in “Dulla Batti” in 1939-40. Then came Sajjan-41,Panna-44, Parakh-44, Pattharon ka Saudagar-44, Gulami-45 and lastly Pul-47.In the period 1944-45, he also became Secretary of Film Artistes’ Association and served it for a long time. In 1947, he entered Politics. After Independence, he became a journalist. After this I found his name in the cast of film Ayodhyapati-56 and then as a Director of film Trunk Call-1960. However, there is no information about him after this.

The second Heroine of this Costume drama was Sheela. She was a find of Sohrab Modi himself. SHEELA(real name-Roshan Ara) was born on 13-3-1925 at Sholapur-Maharashtra. Her father was Station Master at Sholapur Rly.Stn.

Once Sohrab Modi had come to Sholapur with his Drama company. He went to the station to do reservations and saw Sheela. They got to know each others and he proposed to give her roles in his films.Thus Sheela came to Bombay in 1936 and Joined Minerva Movietone as a singer/actress.
Her first film was Khan Bahadur-37, in which she sang and acted. Then came Jailor-38 in which she sang 4 solo songs under MD Mir Sahib.Then Divorce and Meetha Zahar came.

She became famous only after her songs in Pukar-39. Bharosa, Wasiyat and Sikander also gave her name and fame. In Sikander she had 6 songs out of total 7 songs. The famous song ‘ zindagi hai pyar se’ also had her voice in the chorus. She was Heroine in film ‘ Vaseeyat’-40
Ulti Ganga, Bhakta Raidas, Prithvi Vallabh,and Patharon ka Saudagar were all Minerva films.

She had also done films elsewhere. Viz:Alladin and wonderful lamp, College Girl, Gaibi Gola, Jahan ara, Keemti qurbani, Sansar naiya, Shaitan ka pash etc.

After 1943, she almost stopped working. Only in Beete Din-47 and lastly in Billi-49 she sang songs., which was a stunt film of Nadia and Cavas.
She had married the actor Rama Shukla, in 1947. He was a Kanauji Brahmin and they had terrible opposition to their marriage. The marriage was by Registration. Only 4 friends were present in the marriage. They had one son and one daughter. Rama Shukla died by Heart attack in the 50s.

Her voice had a peculiar mixture of Muslim style of Amirbai karnataki and Marathi slant od Shanta Apte.

There is an anecdote with one of her songs. When film Pukar was in the making, C.Ramchandra was working as an assistant to MD Meer Saheb. He has mentioned in his autobiography also that in the absence of Meer saheb, he used to insert his tunes to songs as Meer saheb’s. This was known to many, except, may be, Meer saheb himself. One of the very popular songs sung by Sheela ” Tum bin hamri kaun khabar le” was actually composed by C.Ramchandra. This is supposed to be C Ramchandra’s first composed song. The credit ,of course, went to Meer Saheb.

Let us now listen to today’s song. It is a duet of Rajkumari and Sheela. I liked this song. May be you will also like it. With this song, film Patthron ka Saudagar makes its Debut on the Blog.


Song-Aao chalen uss paar sajni (Paattharon Ka Saudaagar)(1944) Singers- Sheela, Rajkumari, Lyricist- Sudarshan MD-Meer Saheb

Lyrics

Aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar
aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar
kaah karoon mann maane naahin
kaah karoon mann maane naahin
daude baarambaar sajni
daude baarambaar sajni

aao chalen uss paar
aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar
aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar

wo duniya albeli si hai
uski reet ?? si hai
wo duniya albeli si hai
uski reet ?? si hai
wo to ek paheli si hai
wo to ek paheli si hai
jo koi jaane jo koi samjhe
jo koi jaane jo koi samjhe
pahunche ?? sajni
pahunche ?? sajni
aao chalen us paar
Aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar
Aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar

parbat ooncha dariya gahra
kadam kadam par ?? pahra
parbat ooncha dariya gahra
kadam kadam par ?? pahra
?? sunahra
?? sunahra
usmein baitha sundar sundar
mohan raajkumaar sajni
usmein baitha sundar sundar
mohan raajkumaar sajni

aao chalen us paar
aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar
aao chalen uss paar sajni
aao chalen us paar


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day: 4335 Post No.: 15631

The connoisseurs of Hindi film music of the 1960s and 1970s would recall the four melodious songs sung by Geeta Dutt in ‘Uski Kahaani’ (1966) and ‘Anubhav’ (1971). Fans of Gulzar would know that all these four songs have come from his pen. But I will not be surprised if only few of them would remember that all these four songs had been set to music by Kanu Roy. Among these few persons, most of them would not have known his real identity. In his case, it was not only of the confusion of same name but also the confusion with a wrong family tree.

Most of the websites including Wikipedia says that Kanu Roy was an actor and music director who started his acting career in 1940s and switched over to music direction from 1960 onwards. His filmography in IMDb shows him both as an actor and the music director. In some websites, Kanu Roy as a music director has been discussed with the photograph of the actor, Kanu Roy. He is also been wrongly associated with the family of Geeta Dutt as one of her brothers. The facts are:

1. Kanu Roy, the actor and Kanu Roy, the music director were different persons. Kanu Roy, the actor came to Bombay (Mumbai) in early 1940s to join Bombay Talkies. On the basis of Gulzar’s interview which appeared in a ‘Filmfare’ issue of 2012, Kanu Roy, the music director came to Bombay sometime in mid-1950s. (My guess is that he may have come with Basu Bhattacharya who was his close friend).

2. Kanu Roy, the actor was never a music director. Kanu Roy, the music director never acted in films.

3. Kanu Roy, the music director was not a brother of Geeta Dutt. I have seen a photograph of Geeta Dutt’s full family before her marriage. In this photograph, there is no Kanu Roy. The names of Geeta Dutt’s four brothers are Mihir Roy, Ranjit Roy, Mukul Roy and Milan Roy.

With multiple confusion about his name, even the basic profile of the music director, Kanu Roy is difficult to get. I could get some information from Gulzar’s interview published in one of the Filmfare issues of 2012 which is available on http://www.tanqeed.com . In this interview, Gulzar talked about his association as a lyricist with Kanu Roy which I have summarized below with my marginal inputs.

Kanu Roy had picked up the musical notes from Bengal. He began his career by assisting music director, Salil Choudhury who also had Kanu Ghosh as his Assistant Music Director. It seems Kanu Roy was a Welder by profession and had worked on the upkeeping of the Howrah Bridge. He was an introvert by nature and had in him a mix of timid and humble nature.

Basu Bhattacharya and Kanu Roy were great friends. It was Basu Bhattacharya who gave Kanu Roy his first break as a music director in ‘Uski Kahaani’ (1966) which he produced and directed at shoestring budget. Subsequently, he worked in another five films of Basu Bhattacharya. Because of the low budget films, Basu Bhattacharya would never allow Kanu Roy to have more than 6-8 musicians (as against 50-100 musicians the music directors like Shankar-Jaikishan, Naushad, O P Nayyar etc would have in their orchestra). Also, Kanu Roy would not get the regular shifts in the recording studios for rehearsals of the songs. He had to manage in the early morning hours of the recording studio. He did not have a bargaining power with Basu Bhattacharya to ask for more musicians. (Probably for the same reason, he may not have got the playback singers of his choice). It is remarkable that with these constraints, Kanu Roy could composed melodious songs in Basu Bhattacharya’s films.

Kanu Roy’s career ended with his life on 20/12/1981. He lived in poverty and died in poverty.

During his musical journey from 1966-80, Kanu Roy composed 28 songs in 8 films, of which 6 films were of Basu Bhattacharya. Of the remaining two films, one film ‘Mayuri’ (1970s) remained unreleased. Though his contributions to Hindi film music in terms of numbers were low, many of his melodious songs still linger on. Unfortunately, his name may not ring bell for many who may still enjoy those melodious songs.

Although most of Kanu Roy’s melodious songs have been covered in the Blog, I found one song which I liked for its all-round excellence – lyrics, rendition, melody, composition and the picturization. The song is ‘pahchaan to thhi pahchaana nahi’ from ’Griha Pravesh’ (1979). The song is rendered by Chandrani Mukherjee on the words of Gulzar. Having watched the film, I feel that this song summarises the theme of the film.

Amar (Sanjeev Kumar) and Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) has been married for 10 years with 8-year old boy. During this period, some staleness in their relationship develops. Both are under the illusion that they are in love but in practice, they are just being together under one roof. Now their marriage is in the verge of collapse when Amar develops affairs with his office typist Sapna (Sarika). He is caught in a bind in that while he loves Sapna, in the back of his mind, he is also emotionally attached to his family.

Finally, Amar tells Mansi of his intention to divorce her to marry Sapna. After the initial shock, Mansi agrees for divorce on the condition that he should bring Sapna to the house to meet her. The reason is that Sapna has seen Amar in the office as an Accountant and develop the liking for him in an office environment. But she has not seen him in his house where the environment is different.

Before Sapna visit to her house, Mansi gets her house painted. She undergoes herself to a new make-over. While doing this, the song under discussion plays in the background. Sapna visits her house with Amar. After a brief meeting, Mansi takes Amar aside and tell him that she is ready to leave him for Sapna. After the meeting, Mansi tells Amar to drop Sapna to her house. However, when crossing the road, Sapna walks over to the other side of the road while Amar gets stranded on the opposite side because of a marriage procession on the road. In the midst of the orchestra in the marriage procession playing ‘tu Ganga ki mauj mein Jamuna ki dhara’, both Amar and Sapna take leave by waving hands at each other. The scene is symbolic of conveying the message that Amar has a change of heart. The film ends with Amar returning home having coffee with Mansi and his son with the replaying of the film’s song ‘zindagi phoolon ki nahi, phoolon ki tarah mehkti rahe’.

The lyrics of the song under discussion are simple and convey retrospection on the part of a housewife who forgets to give attention to herself. Instead, much of her time is spent in the kitchen, looking after husband and the child and upkeep of the house. In this milieu, she forgets her own identity.

In keeping with the low budget of the film, Kanu Roy has used only three main musical instruments in this song – Sarod, Sitar and what I believe to be Khol (Bangla Dholak) which one can hear in a low rhythm as the song is rendered. The song starts with a prelude of Sarod and Sitar and the same instruments are used in the interludes of the song. Chandrani Mukherjee, who is the sister-in-law of Bappi Lahiri, has rendered the song with poignant feeling in keeping with the mood of the situation. The Audio clip is longer with the same lyrics because it has the longer prelude music than in the video clip.

This song sums up the story of a housewife in a middle-class society.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin(Grih Pravesh)(1979) Singer-Chandrani Mukherjee, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Kanu Roy

Lyrics

pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi

jab dhoop barasti hai sar pe to
paanv mein chhaanv khilti hai
main bhool gayi thhi chhaanv agar
milti hai to dhoop mein milti hai
is dhoop aur chhaanv ke khel mein kyun
jeene ka ishaara samjha nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi

main jaagi rahi kuchh sapnon mein
aur jaagi huyi bhi soyi rahi
jaane kin bhool bhulaiyya mein kuchh
bhatki rahi kuchh khoyi rahi
jeene ke liye main marti rahi
jeene ka ishaara samjha nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi


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Blog Day: 4334 Post No.: 15630

“Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”(1960) was directed by Ramesh Tiwari for N C Films, Bombay. This “Social” movie had Bharat Bhushan, Anita Guha, Jeewan, Tiwari, Prem Chopra (debut), Krishnakumari, Bela, Kammo, Helen, Naaz, Mishra, Anwari Bai, Narbada Shankar, Rajinder Kathana, Ratan Gaurang, Nemo, Prakash, Robert etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the past.

Details of the seven songs covered in the blog are :-

S N Song Post number in blog Date of posting
1 Haseen ho Khudaa to nahin ho 1524 28-June-2009
2 Tere peechhe phirte phirte ho gayaa pooraa saal re 2441 30-Apr-2010
3 Auraton ke dabbe mein mard aa gayaa 2447 3-May-2010
4 Jahaan tu tu tu wahaan main main main 12362 10-Sep-2016
5 Baaghon mein kabootar kaale 13845 28-Dec-2017
6 Ye hai june ka maheena aaye bada hi paseena 15100 1-July-2019
7 Raat kaali jugnu chamken 15614 20-May-2020

Here is the eighth and final song from “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”(1960). This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Geeta Dutt. At least another unknown female voice is there in addition to chorus. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hansraj Bahl

The song is picturised as a stage song and it is a song with a message as it is against the dowry system.

I am unable to identify the actors seen in the picturisation. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify them.

With this song, all the eight songs of “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”(1960) get covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Aao aao ladki waalon…dulha bikta beech baazaar (Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh)(1960) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Geeta Dutt, Unknown female voice, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Chorus

Lyrics

aao aao ladki waalon
ladka mila ?? raha hai
dulhan ke liye dulhe ka daam ho raha hai
ye hai ladka B A
iski bolo boli
ek hazaar
ek nahin bhai
do hazaar
arre do nahin bhai
chaar hazaar
arre chaar bhi kya hai
das hazaar
aji das to kya hai
bees hazaar
bees hazaar
bees hazaar ek
bees hazaar do
bees hazaar teen

dulha bikta beech baazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar
beche pagdi to baabul laaye beti ka singaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar
beche pagdi to baabul laaye beti ka singaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopar

mera ladka M A
iski keemat jo bhi bole
baarah man wo chaandi laaye
sona teen sau tole
satrah jode do sau suit
bahan ki saadi bhai ka boot
ghadi sasur ki saas ka joda
do motor ek baggi ghoda
palang radio aur kaaleen
rang birange sofe teen
ye sab do
ye sab do to kar sakta hoon main kuchh soch vichaar
hai aisi shaadi pe dhikkaar
dhikkaar
dhikkaar

dulha bikta beech bazar
ye hai shadi ya vyopar
beche pagdi to baabul laaye beti ka singaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopar

mera ladka anpadh phir bhi keemat poora laakh
laakh to den par kahaan seth ji dulhe ki ??
arre ek haath ka hai ek laakh
do ka leta main do laakh
kyun ladke ki itni fees
hai ye khaandaani raees
chaar sau beeghe hai jaageer
khulegi ladki ki taqdeer
aisa var
aisa var
aisa var na milega chaahe dhoondho sab sansaar
hoye aisi shaadi pe dhikkaar dhikkaar dhikkaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar
beche pagdi to baabul laaye beti ka singaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar

kab tak dukhiya baabul apni kanya rakhe kanwaari
roz ye paudha chadhta jaaye
badhe ye jimmewaari
aaj khuda ban baithe hain ye beton ka vyopaari
kya ho sab ghar bar bike bik jaye kapde tan ke
laaunga jo bhi maagoge bete waalon bhihkaari banke
main bhikhaari banke
main bhikhaari banke
main bhikhaari banke ae

motor bangla chaandi sona
haan haan haanji aur kaho na
nakdi laakh nahin to n
sab manzoor hai kahdo haan
acchha to ha,
haan
haan
ja ri ja ri dulhaniya pyaari
tere baabul ne waari tujhpe duniya saari

ja ri ja ri dulhaniya pyaari
(aa aa aa aa aa)
tere baabul ne waari tujhpe duniya saari

hamen bulaa ke ghar pe tumne diya ye dhokha kaisa
laalach buri bala hai
milta hai jaise ko taisa
abhi saza ye kam hi mili hai
bhaago yahaan se laala
warna pakad se pitwaayenge
hum munh karke kaala
upar se daalenge gale mein hum jooton ka haar

rrr
yoon na karna
isse achcha hai marna
kya tumko daulat pyaari
na na ji izzat pyaari
to paaon pe rakh do pagdi
maangoon ne ek bhi damdi
to karlo aaj se tauba
mere to baap ki tauba
kya maan li tumne haar
haan chhoda ji chhoda ye beton ka vyopaar
aisi shaadi pe dhikkaar dhikkaar dhikkaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shadi ya vyopaar
beche pagdi to baabul laaye beti ka singaar
dulha bikta beech bazaar
ye hai shaadi ya vyopaar


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4333 Post No. : 15629 Movie Count :

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Regulars of this blog are aware that my family had three pets namely Nuppy (cat), Bhole (dog) and Chhote (Dog) that my wife adopted in september 2010, october 2010 and december 2010 respectively in the place where she lived. I was based at Nagpur those days, some 300 km away. They were all very young when they were brought home. I would visit my wife and daughter and bring them to Nagpur along with the pets during their holidays.

These pets and their interesting tales are covered in several of my writeups, viz. Aaye ho to dekh lo duniya zaraa (Chiraag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan), Jab koi ladki baar baar mere dil ko tadpaaye (Chattan Singh), Ye pyaari pyaari paati (Janmbhoomi), Tu hai mera yaar (Milan),Jahaan chaar yaar mil jaaye wahaan raat ho gulzaar (Sharaabi)(1984), Jaa jaldi bhaag jaa (Deshpremi)(1982), Bade miyaan to bade miyaan (Bade Milaay Chhote Miyaan)(1998) etc.

Most of these writeups were happy tales describing the amusing antics of the pets. The first and so far the only sad writeup appeared on 29 june 2012, where I broke the news that the cat nuppy was no more.

There have been no detailed posts in the blog about my pets since 2015 though I had a collection of many new interesting stories about them.

I have finally decided to pen another writeup on my pets. This is unfortunately another obituary. It is Chhote, the youngest pet who passed away on 27 may 2020.

When we got the medical cards of our pets made in Nagpur in January 2011, the three of us were the owners of the three pets. Chhote was shown as owned by my wife, Bhole by me and Nuppy by our daughter.

The three pets have brought us countless hours of joy as long as they lived and left fond memories after two of them left us.

Chhote was the centre of attraction of our household. Not just the humans in the house, even the other two pets of the house were very fond of him. He had a natural knack of winning over strangers (animals as well as human beings). He was the youngest pet, and the other two pets were very protective of him. In the winter season of 2010-11, the three of them would sleep snuggled up with each other. The two senior pets would keep Chhote between them, protecting him from both sides.

My wife never pampered our daughter (despite she being our only child), but Chhote was pampered by her, to the extent that she began to give step motherly treatment to Bhhole. Later she realised the error of her ways and made amends. Chhote began to assert proprietary claims over my wife and would prevent Bhole form coming close to her. When I came visiting from Nagpur, Bhole paid Chhote in the same coin. He staked a proprietary claim over me and prevented Chhote from coming close to me, much to our amusement. Till the last moment, this ownership claim was not given up. But to our credit, we tried to treat both dogs fairly even if he was not the owner. 🙂

Chhote had such smooth silky coat. In Nagpur, I would hear the door bell. At the door, I would find the padosan living upstairs holding Chhote and telling me that he was going to the busy main road. I would thank her and take hold of Chhote. People loved to hold Chhote in their arms, just to feel the texture of his smooth silky coat.

Cat was allowed to go out and come in but the dogs were not. But Chhote, always looking for challenges and adventures would often escape out of the home. Bhhole would then seek to escape so that he could go out and protect Chhote.

While Bhole and nuppy knew their way back home, Chhote did not and he would lose his way. Then my wife would order nuppy to go and bring Chhote back. Amazingly, nuppy understood the command. She would go and bring Chhote home. This happened more than once and so it could not be just a coincidence.

Even street dogs began to know him. Once a street dog brought him back to the home! As a reward, my wife gave that dog some foodstuff to eat.

Chhote gave respect to his senior pets, just like humans do.

While Chhote had the temperament of being a dog seeking to socialise with everyone, Bhhole was an athletic dog, with strong jaws and good running speed. My daughter appointed him her sprint coach. The two would begin their sprint together. Bhhole would easily outrun her and then stop to allow her to catch up with him before resuming his sprint. Bhhole’s coaching was quite useful seeing that my daughter was the 100 metre sprinting champion of her class among girls and once she even won a District level sprint.

Bhhole would also play football with my daughter while being dressed properly in football shorts. Bhhole, proudly sporting his footballing short looking like Scoobie Doo, would be seriously tackling the daughter for ball possession when he would suddenly find his shorts being pulled down. It was Chhote (looking like Scrapy Doo) entering the arena wondering what happened to the tail of Bhhole. Bhhole would snarl at him, asking him to leave him alone. 🙂

Once, Chhote for some reason began to whine and whimper and got into the nerves of my wife. It is said by wise men, and morning message to this effect regularly gets circulated in whatsapp groups that “One should not take imortant decisions when angry and one should not make promises when happy”. It is a wise saying that my wife does not practice. She got annoyed with Chhote and decided to give away the trouble making Chhote to someone else. She convinced a lady to take Chhote and handed Chhote to her.

That was a saturday. When the daughter came back home from school and found Chhote missing, she started crying and insisted that Chhote be brought back. Even the other two pets were silent and sad. Next morning, wife and daughter went to that lady. They found Chhote, who roamed around freely inside his earlier home, tied by a chain in that household. Chhote was very happy to see them. My wife asked Chhote back. Much to their relief, the lady agreed to hand Chhote back. While they were bringing Chhote back, a cow who had recently given birth to a calf though that her calf was being taken away. she gave a chase. My wife went to the cow and showed her Chhote and convinced her that it was a pup and not her calf. 🙂 When Chhote was brought back home, the other pets, silent since morning, became happy and cheerful. The raunaq of the household had returned. The voice of Chhote which my wife was finding annoying till the previous day began to sound like music to her ears.

Chhote was quite intelligent and smart. Unlike most humans, he could think out of the box and outsmart humans. A human would chain him and think that Chhote cannot get away. Chhote would pull his head out of the neck collar and the human would be left holding the chain with the collar. Chhote had used this trick on many unsuspecting humans. In the early days, we tied him with chain made of fibre. He would bite off the rope and free himself. Then we bought metal chains to tie him and Bhole.

In Nagpur, we had a garden adjacent to my residence. The garden is closed from all sides. I would leave the dogs in the garden every morning for an hour before bringing them inside the home. I was secure in my knowledge that there was no way the dogs can go out of the garden. But as I mentioned before, Chhote outwitted me. He laid a detailed long term plan. This plan was carried out so well that I could notice nothing. One week later, when I went to the garden to bring the two pets back, they were nowhere to be found. They had escaped !

What Chhote had done was an example of a lateral thinking at its best. He found out that the mud under the gate was soft. So every day, he got Bhhole (the athletic dog) to dig some mud from under the gate. Bhhole dug some mud everyday for seven days. On the seventh day, enough gap got created under the gap and the two escaped through that gap.

Where did they go ? There was a children’s part nearby. The board said-“only for Children of Railway employees”. The two dogs were playing there, considering themselves as children of a Railway employee.

Both dogs had different natures and different qualities. Chhote, the brainy one, had the ability to analyse things and work out ingenious solutions, which is unusual for most other dogs. For instance Bhole could never do these things. When it came to opening doors, Bhhole only knew how to open door by pushing. If the door needed to be pulled then Bhole was all at sea. But Chhote could easily pull a door. He even worked out the way to go through spring loaded doors by pulling it safely.

Bhole was good in barking whereas Chhote was not. When Bhole barked, his bark was so furious that people thought that many dogs were barking. Chhote accompanied him in barking but he in reality would only be only lip syncing in Bhole’s voice.

Chhote had some superhuman abilities in him. For instance he could tell by smell if the foodstuff was edible. We often used to buy milk packets when running short of Milkman supplied milk. Once we bought one such milk packet and offered this milk to the pets. Pets, who would dring milkman supplied milk without a fuss, refused t drink it despite being hungry. Later they drank milkman supplied milk. That is how we realised that the milk suppled in milk packets was not safe.

Chhote’s hearing ability was truly superhuman. The car that we have is one of millions such cars built to the same specifications, but Chhote could tell this car apart by the sound of its engine. He could do it when the car was at least a kilometer away. The person driving the car could barely listen to the sound of the engine, whereas Chhote, located one kilometer away could tell that this car belonging to the family was arriving back home in five minutes.

Chhote was very fond of being driven around in that car. He would take the passenger seat and look around, soaking in the scenario. He has traveled a lot between Maharashtra and MP, seated on the passenger seat.

When visitors came home, they were afraid of Bhole and they would request that Bhole be tied down by chain. No one was afraid of Chhote. Chhote would remain free and join in watching the visitors (plumbers/ electricians etc) do their stuff. If luggage was being moved from one place to another (for instance during transfers) Chhote would sit on the furnitures and would get carried along with the furniture. If the school friends of the daughter drop in and had their discussion while seated on chairs, Chhote too would hop on a chair and give them company.

From Nagpur, I got transferred to Bilaspur during end of 2011 and shifted the luggage in February 2012. All six of us travelled from Nagpur to Bilaspur in that car.

Bilaspur residence had a sprawling premise. The wall was broken at places. Initially I was worried that the dogs would escape through the gaps and would be lost. But after nearly one year of tussle between the pets and me, I realised that the pets could go out and come in safely. There were many occasions when I felt that the dogs (one or both) were lost, but fortunately they came back safely every time. In due course, the premise became a safe haven for pups and their mothers. The two pets would repel any male dogs from entering the premise, but pups and their mothers were welcome to reside in the premise. There was a time when the premise housed, apart from Bhhole and Chhote, two female dogs and nearly a dozen pups.

Bhole and Chhote had their meals in their earmarked pots. Bhole was very possessive about his meal and would not share it with any other dogs. Chhote on the other hand was quite accommodating and shared the meal of his pot with any pup who approached him. The pups adored him. I had taken photographs (that I shared on facebook) that show Chhote walking around with nearly a dozen pups following him.

We also had some temporary pets there that lasted for just a few months before being lost for one reason or the other. My wife had given them interesting names. One of these temporary pets was a pup named Kabra Singh. Both Bhole and Chhote were quite friendly with Kabra Singh and they would teach him tricks of dogfight. I have a photograph where Kabra Singh is seen trying to apply those tricks on his own gurus. 🙂 Kabra Singh tried to copy the mannerisms of Chhote. If Chhote was seated on a chair then he would get seated on a small stool striking the same pose as Chhote.

When I was transferred from Bilaspur to Izatnagar in UP in 2015 then bringing the two pets offered challenges because of the distance involved. Finally I worked out an elegant solution (first suggested by the daughter). She suggested that we needed to bring them by train. Initially I told her that it was not possible. Then on checking up the rules I found that dogs could be brought in guards van or in AC first (if other passengers do not object). No self respecting pet dog would ever travel in the guard van with the guard (without the owner) so that option was ruled out. The dogs had to be taken only by AC first. The best and fail safe way to ensure that there was no objection from other fellow passengers was to ensure that we got the cabin of two berths instead of four berth cabin. I requested for it. I was ensured that I would get that provided no VIPs traveled that day by that train. I prayed and my prayers were answered. VIPs kept away and we were allotted two berth cabin. The dogs, duly certified fit to travel (certificate issued by a government vet), with their documents and tickets were with us. THe TTE saw the tickets and raised no alarms (I had already ensured that the TTE was briefed beforehand). Chhote occupied the lower berth and watched eagerly out of the window like a wide eyed kid. Bhole, not interested , made himself comfortable at the floor of the cabin. Chhote let my wife share the lower berth with him. 🙂

Early morning, we arrived at Agra cantt. From there, we reached Izatnagar by road.

Izatnagar in UP was different from Bilaspur in Chattisgarh. The premise of the residence was just as porous as was the case with Bilaspur residence but I realised that allowing the dogs to roam free like they did at Bilaspur was not safe. So after a few close shaves, it was made sure that the two dogs were taken out of the residence only while chained. Of course then escaped from the chain many a times and those who ran behind to bring them back aften had harrowing time cornering them and bringing them back.

Every morning I would take the dogs on walk, one dog at a time. It was alweays Chhote first, because it was he who insisted on being taken for a walk first thing in the morning, come rain or snow. Thanks to him, I became the most disciplined officer in Izatnagar who would regularly go on a walk at 6 AM and even earlier while others were still sleeping. Even during torrential rain, Chhote would insist on having his daily morning walk. He was that kind of outgoing dog.

The street dogs in Izatnagar were quite big built and fearsome. They would try to bully Chhote and Chhote would get nervous. I , armed with a stick, assured him that he was under Z category security and he was well protected. I would manage to keep the gang of street dogs at bay. When it was the turn of Bhole to go on his morning walk, the tables were turned. For some reason, the appearance of Bhole unnerved even those big built hardened street dogs assembled in a gang and they would quickly disperse at the sight of Bhole. Bhole walked the street like a dabang dog.

Like at Bilaspur, even at Izatnagar, pups and their mothers were allowed to stay in the premises of the residence. As at Bilaspur, even here the pups were fond of the pets. Even Bhole was admired by pets. When they went on their morning walk, these pups also accompanied them. Pups accompanying Bhole would take advantage of Bhole’s appearance to bully even big looking street dogs and chase them away. 🙂

Izatnagar has an IVRI (Indian Vetenary Research Institute) nearby. The two dogs would often go there for their medical check ups and there they would combine to bully other dogs.

When I was transferred from Izatnagar to Gorakhpur in August 2018, I and my wife travelled by our car with our pets. The residence at Gorakhpur had proper walls so the pets could not go out. So for the first time in years, we could leave the dogs in the premise without worrying about them going out of premises. On three occasions, during heavy rains, I found parts of wall falling down and the premise getinmg exposed to public. Those were harowing days, because it meant dogs could escape to busy main road and from then onwars there was no hope for seeing them again. On all these occasions, I managed to somehow keep the dogs restrained while the wall got repaired (first temporarity and then permanently). On those days, I would take them out of residence while chained. Otherwise the dogs had forgotten the experience of being chained after coming to Bilaspur.

After one year of stay at Gorakhpur, Chhote suddenly developed the desire to go on a walk out of the residence every morning and afternoon, like how it was in Izatnagar. It was from december 2019 onwards. Chhote continued to go on his walks till march 2020,

It was during the last months of 2019 that Chhote started suffering from a medical problem that initially went unnoticed. My wife feels that he had developed a tiny swelling inside his mouth on the right side. Later, on being checked, it turned out to be malignant cancer. My wife took him to a vet for treatment in early march 2020, hoping that it would help. Next date of treatment was 25 march 2020, which turned out to be the date when lockdown started in India. It was in the second week of april that the Vet clinic finally opened. When Chhote was taken to the vet, he had become quite weak and thin by then because he was not able to eat properly. He was given driops and some injections, which helped a bit, and his appetite returned a bit. He has stopped eating his normal food. My daughter suggested that he be fed soft chicken pieces. She ordered chicken biryaani online every afternoon. I would feed Chhote soft pieces morsel by morsel which he would struggle to eat. He would then drink lots of water in a bid to wash it down.

The cancerous growth was becoming bigger. It led to continuous secretion that Chhote would try to wipe on his forelimbs. So his shiny white coat wou;d get dirty and discolored. I began to give him baths every second day which gave him relief for some time before his body would once again be covered with that secretion.

Chhote was suffering. Inability to take in nourishment was telling on him. An erstwhile burly looking Chhote was getting shrunk in size which was sad to see. When I showed his video to my daughter she began to cry at his plight.

When Chhote was taken to the vet again one week later, this time he stated that it was a hopeless case. The swelling is solid swelling. Nothing can be done to reduce it- the vet stated.

So I came back and informed this fact tyo my wife on phone.

To the credit of Chhote, he endured this pain stoically. He had realised that his last time was approaching. He seemed to be reconciled to it, secure in the knowledge that we tried everything we could for him. In his prime, he would bother us for many things, but this time he had decided that he would try and be as less of a problem on us as he could help. He did not whimper once throughout his suffering.

On my part, I made sure that Chhote did not feel unwanted, unloved and uncared for because of his medical condition. He was given the same freedom as before. No quarantine, no restrictions, no stigmas. He in fact was given special attention as far as feeding him and bathing him was concerned.

When my wife and daughter first became aware of the worsening condition of Chhote, they opined that he should not be made to suffer like this and he should be given euthanasia. I opposed the idea telling them that he was eating chicken and so he was getting nourishment.

By 25th may, his condition took a turn for the worse. He stopped taking even the little nourishment he was able to take earlier. And he had become so weak that he struggled to stand on his feet.

On 26th may, I phoned my wife and informed her of Chhote’s situation. I told her that I could no see Chhote holding on for much longer. It was now I, instead of she, who broached the subject of euthanasia. My wife, from her location in MP tried to get things arranged by talking to people concerned. The feedback was that no doctor was prepared. So be it. But we needed to be ready since the end was near.

On 26th of night, Chhote struggled to move around in the hall. He tried to sit in one place, and then another, then at yet another place and so on. He did not eat anything. with some effort, he drank water.

At night, he was sleeping in the hall. Late at night, when I woke up and looked at the hall, he was not there. It meant that he had gone to some other room where he liked to stay.

Every night, I am woken up by Bhhole a few times who wants to go out to relieve himself. And I take his out. Every time I do that, more often than not, Chhote too joins in. On this night, Chhote did not come out.

Next morning, when I hardly got any sleep, I took Bhole out of residence. At about 5 AM, I mustered enough courage to venture in the direction where Chhote had gone at night. There he was, lying stone cold at the floor. He had expired, after bravely fighting off this killer disease for several weeks.

As instructed by my wife the previous day, I kept the body on Chhote’s bed, which my daughter had ordered for him online the previous year. Then I covered him with a dupatta of my wife.

My wife had phoned the concerned people. An area was located in one corner of the premise adjacent to the boudary wall. A grave was dug. Chhote along with his bed and my wife’s dupatta covering him was laid to rest in that grave. Flowers, plucked from the plants in the premise were laid on the grave. Agarbattis were lit.

When nuppy had died, it came as a sudden shock because Nuppy was young and without any ailments. Chhote’s death on the other hand was not unexpected. It had become nevitable after cancer was detected inside his mouth and it was diagnosed as incurable. The pain of losing Chhote was tempered by other feelings, viz, feeling of relief that Chhote was finally put out of the terrible misery he was going through.

Then there was the feeling that I was spared a moral dilemma of subjecting my pet to euthanasia. No doubt I wanted that in order to save the pet from further pain, but that would have still amounted to murder. I was mightily relived that I could now could keep a clear conscious. I also felt morally upright knowing that I did not lt my pet down, I did not betray him and I did not hurt his feelings while he was undergoing his suffering. He was in need of support and comfort and I tried to provide that. When I realised that his end was near then I decided not to leave him alone.I took leave from office and stayed at home in the second half of 26 may 2020. So I was at home when the end came sometime in the night of 26 may-27 may.

My daughter asked me, did Chhote sport his collar while being buried ? I replied in the affirmative. Then I realised how wise it was on my part to fit Chhote’s favourite collar around his neck. Pet dogs wear this collar proudly as a badge of honour for being a pet of a household. Chhote departed from the world, secure in the knowledge that he was sporting his favourite collar at that time.

How did Bhole react to the demise of Chhote ? In the morning of 27 may 2020. Bhole must have gone to the room where Chhote was lying dead. He must have seen that Chhote was no more alive. Bhole kept a sombre silence throughout the morning. He saw Chhote, with his bed and dupatta cover being carried out. So he knew that Chhote would no longer be around.

Chhote got a decent honorable burial with eight human beings present. If there is something like soul which watches from above, then the soul of Chhote would have felt that he was treated well in his life and also while bidding him a final farewell.

There is this concept of “Shaapit gandarv” and “shaapit dev”. In ancient mythology, some gods would anger some rishis/ munis and the rishis / munis woud curse them to get born in the Mrityulok. On request, the sentence would be reduced a bit. Like for instance, in Mahabharat, eight vasus were cursed by Rishi Vashisht that they would e born as humans. On request, it was stated by Rishi that they would hav to spend just a few moments as human, as their mother would kill them immediately and then they could be back as Vasus. Some acquaintances, who are familiar with our pets have suggested that our pets too were like such devas who were cursed by some munis that they would be born as dogs on earth. On being requested, their sentence was softened. It was ordained that they would be brought up by a kind human family that would bring them up with care and affection. It is a theory that I agree with. Chhote and Bhole, and also nuppy seem to be very special pets who possessed qualities that seem unreal in a normal cat/ dog.

So, nuppy and Chhote are back to being the devas that they were before they came into our lives. Bhole is the only one left now. He perhaps needed to serve the longest sentence of them all. Like the humans, Bhole too is remarkable well composed and is coping well with the loss. Hopefully, we will get over the loss soon. The font memories of Chhote will ofcourse linger for many years. We have not forgotten nuppy who left us eight years ago, and I am sure same will be the case with Chhote as well.

I am sad but also relieved, and philosophical about this loss. Two days have already passed. I thought that I would keep this news to myself. But then I decided that it would be a burden on my chest if I kept this fact to myself. So this writeup, the longest in the blog for some time is my effort to get the load off my chest and then resume my normal life.

I searched for a suitable somh to go with the occasion. The search led me to a song from “Pyaas”(1982).

“Pyaasa”(1982) was produced and directed by O P Ralhan for Ralhan Productions Bombay. It had Kanwaljeet, Zeenat Aman, Tanuja, Anju Mahendroo, Madan Puri, Kamini Kaushal, A K Hangal, Dheeraj Kumar, Manmohan Krishna, Ram Mohan, Brahmchaari, Kamaldeep, Jagdish Raj, Devyani Thakkar, Shivraj, R S Chopra, Asha Sharma, Gauri Verma, Sunil Dhawan, Dhanraj, Maqbool, Hakeem, Ashok, Rafiq, Anil Ahuja, Rani Gill, Surjit Kaur, Shwini Kumar, Zeenat, Satyarani, Ramlal , Jimmy, Gopal Ralhan, Vinod Talwar, Ashok, Ratan Gaurang, Harendra, Kumud Tripathi, Ramesh Kumar, V K Chopra, Renu Kumar, Tarana, G Ansari, Ameer, Raj Kishore, Master Chhotu, Debut-Aaloka, Guest appearances by McMohan and Om Shivpuri.

This forgotten movie had eight songs by three lyricists. This song from “Pyaasa”(1982) is a song that seems tailormade for the sombre occasion. The song is sung by Kishore Kumar. Shiv Kumar Saro is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bappi Lahiri.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

With this song, “Pyaas”(1982) makes its debut in the blog.


Song=Saath mera chhod kar (Pyaas)(1982) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Shiv Kumar Saroj, MD-Bappi Lahiri
Chorus

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

saath mera chhod kar
saath mera chhod kar
chal diya tu kahaan
dil mera tod kar
dil mera tod kar
saath mera chhod kar
saath mera chhod kar
chal diya tu kahaan
dil mera tod kar
dil mera tod kar

aaa aa aa aa
aaa aaa aa aaa aaa

gham se bhara hoon main
aur mujhe gham na do
phool maange thhe maine
mujhko khaar na do
saath mera chhod kar
saath mera chhod kar
chal diya tu kahaan
dil mera tod kar
dil mera tod kar

hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm

yaaden thhin kitni haseen roye aasmaan roye zameen
sahar ka ham kya karen yaar apna saath nahin
saath mera chhod kar
saath mera chhod kar
chal diya tu kahaan
dil mera tod kar
dil mera tod kar

aa aa aa aa
har dil mein zinda hai tu
insaan nahin farishta hai tu
gareebon ki hai jaan tu
insaan par ehsaan tu
saath mera chhod kar
saath mera chhod kar
chal diya tu kahaan
dil mera tod kar
dil mera tod kar
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm


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Blog Day: 4333 Post No.: 15628

“Zingaaro”(1963) was directed by Chandrakant for Jai Films, Bombay. This “costume drama” movie had Jairaj, Jabeen Jaleel, Tiwari, Bela Bose, Laxmi Chhaaya, Aruna Irani, Maruti, Mridula, Babu Raje, Poonam Kapoor, Baburao Pahalwan, Radheshyam, Moolchand, Ghani, Pahalwan, Julien etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Zingaaro”(1963) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and chorus. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by S N Tripathi.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-Muhabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo (Zingaaro)(1963) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-S N Tripathi
Chorus

Lyrics

muhabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo o
jale dil magar muskuraate chalo
muhabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo
jale dil magar muskuraate chalo
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa

honthon pe ho naam kisi ka
yaad kisi ki seene mein
pyaar na ho to phir kya rakkha
hai marne ya jeene mein
ho ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho

honthon pe ho naam kisi ka
yaad kisi ki seene mein
pyaar na ho to phir kya rakkha
hai marne ya jeene mein
ulfat ki mehak sajaate chalo o o o
mohabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo o
jale dil magar muskuraate chalo
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa

jiske dil mein pyaar samaaya
roke se kab rukta hai
dilwaale ka sar to bas
dildaar ke aage jhukta hai
ho ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho

jiske dil mein pyaar samaaya
roke se kab rukta hai
dilwaale ka sar to bas
dildaar ke aage jhukta hai
duniya ki nazren jhukaate chalo o o o
mohabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo o
jale dil magar muskuraate chalo
muhabbat mein sab kuchh lutaate chalo o o
jale dil magar muskuraate chalo


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Blog Day: 4332 Post No.: 15627

Today’s song is from a film ‘Dharti ke Lal’-46, made by Indian People Theatre Association – formed on 25th May 1943. The film was directed by K.A.Abbas. The music was by Ravishankar. For 10 songs, written by a team of 4 Lyricists, music was composed by Ravi Shankar. Ravi Shankar (7-4-1920 to 11-12-2012) gave music only to 5 Hindi films, composing 48 songs – Neecha Nagar-46, Dharati ke lal-46, Anuradha-60, Godan-63 and Meera-79. Few songs from films Anuradha and Godan were good and popular, otherwise, in my opinion, his music was absolutely average. It never impressed me.

The film’s cast was Shombhu Mitra, Usha Dutt, Balraj Sahni, Damayanti Sahni, Anwar Mirza, Tripti Bhaduri Mitra, David, K N Singh etc etc. This was the first and the only directly produced film by IPTA. Later on, it supported many films in Hindi, Bangla and other languages. IPTA was an association of like minded people of socialistic thinking, influenced by and tilting towards Communism.

After the Great Russian Revolution in 1917, the Communist Cult philosophy started attracting people in the world, but within next 75 years,i.e. by 1992, the Russian Communism came to a close with President Gorbachev’s Peristroika and Glassnost. In India, in the early years after the Independence, Communists had some states under their control and with Nehru’s blessings, they prospered too. However, as on today, Communism in not only the world, but even in India is thriving only in remote pockets and Naxalite activities. IPTA has been the Cultural wing of CPI in India.

It had become an established way to project India’s poverty, illiteracy, poor people and the miseries of the ‘Have Nots’, through films and such ‘realistic’ films were decorated with medals. Films made on the famous Bengal Famine of 1943 and Appu Triology did this job faithfully and received accolades.

In Indian film industry there were stalwarts, who swore by Nehru’s Socialism. Big guns like Mehboob Khan, A R Kardar and B R Chopra were few examples. Socialism dripped from the films they made- Roti, Mother India, Son of India, Naya Daur etc. can be quoted in this context.

Amongst the actors, Balraj Sahni was one actor who tilted to this philosophy. Most writers, directors actors etc from Bangla film industry were sympathetic towards this philosophy, if not actively participating openly into it. Out of the important and active members of Bombay from IPTA was K A Abbas. It was his idea to make a film on 1943 Bengal famine. Abbas not only made Dharti ke lal in 1946, but also made its sequel Munna in 1954. This is what Encyclopedia of indian Cinema says about film Dharti ke lal-46….Based on Bijon Bhattacharya’s plays Nabanna and Jabanbandi; Krishen Chander’s short story Annadata. Abbas’s directorial debut launched a major trend of ‘realist’ cinema. The film is set during WW2 and the 1943 Bengal famine (a traumatic event often used as source material by left cultural movements) and a growing ‘nation-building’ ideology. Made during the war, the novice cast and crew were accorded a special licence for a war-effort contribution.
The only film actually produced by the IPTA (although it later informally supported several other films), the film is based partly on Sombhu Mitra’s landmark production of Bhattacharya’s play Nabanna for the IPTA. It narrates the story of a family of sharecroppers in Bengal: the patriarch Samaddar, his elder son Niranjan and his wife Binodini, and the younger son Ramu with his wife Radhika. Despite a good harvest and rising grain prices during the war, Samaddar loses his property to a crooked graindealing zamindar. Ramu, his wife and their newborn baby go to Calcutta followed soon after by the rest of the family along with thousands of similarly dispossessed peasants. The film intercuts Ramu’s frantic search for work with his wife’s descent into prostitution. Before dying, the patriarch enjoins his family to return to their native soil where the farmers get together and, in a stridently celebratory socialist-realist ending, opt for Soviet-style collective farming. Ramu is excluded from their world.

The film’s highly stylised and symbol-laden realism proved extremely influential. It appears to have found a way of narrativising the 1943 famine which set the pattern for many films moving from depictions of deprivation in the country to suffering in the city, e.g. Nemai Ghosh’s Chinnamul (1950) and Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zameen (1953). It also initiated a new type of melodrama able to marry actuality to psychoanalytic and political anxieties and desires, as in Abbas’s scripts for Raj Kapoor.

Presented By: Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA); Associate Producer: V.P. Sathe; Associate Director: Sambhu Mitra, Balraj Sahni, P.A. Gupte; Assistant Director: Srinivas Sastri, Narendra Trivedi; Story: Bijon Bhattacharya, Krishen Chander; Screenplay: K.A. Abbas; Dialogue: K.A. Abbas; Adaptation: Bijon Bhattacharya’s “Navana” and “Jiban Maran”, Krishen Chander’s “I cannot die”. Music Director: Ravi Shankar.
K A Abbas was an important name in Hindi film industry. He was close to many heavyweight actors, producers and other directors. He belonged to a highly cultured and educaqted family from Panipat (present Haryana). Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was born in Panipat, Haryana, on 7-6-1916. He was born in the home of celebrated Urdu poet, ‘Khwaja Altaf Husain Hali’, a student of Mirza Ghalib. His grandfather Khwaja Gulam Abbas was one of the chief rebels of the 1857 Rebellion movement, and the first martyr of Panipat to be blown from the mouth of a cannon. Abbas’s father Ghulam-Us-Sibtain graduated from Aligarh Muslim University, was a tutor of a prince and a prosperous businessman, who modernised the preparation of Unani medicines. Abbas’s mother, ‘Masroor Khatoon’, was the daughter of Sajjad Husain, an enlightened educationist.

Abbas took his early education in ‘Hali Muslim High School’, which was established by his great grand father Hali. He had his early education till 7th in Panipat. He was instructed to read the Arabic text of the Quran and his childhood dreams swung at the compulsive behest of his father. Abbas completed his matriculation at the age of fifteen. He did his B.A. with English literature in 1933 and LL.B. in 1935 from Aligarh Muslim University

Worked on National Call, a New Delhi paper (1933); started Aligarh Opinion when studying law (1934); obtained law degree in 1935; political correspondent and later film critic for nationalist Bombay Chronicle, Bombay (1935- 47) praising Dieterle, Capra and esp. Shantaram. Wrote Indian journalism’s longest- running weekly political column, Last Page (1941-86), in Chronicle and Blitz. Best-known fiction (Zafran Ke Phool situated in Kashmir, Inquilab on communal violence) places him in younger generation of Urdu and Hindi writers with Ali Sardar Jafri and Ismat Chughtai, whose work followed the PWA? and drew sustenance from Nehruite socialism’s pre- Independence, anti-Fascist and anti-communal commitments.

Founder member of IPTA’s all- India front (1943), to which he contributed two seminal plays: Yeh Amrit Hai and Zubeida. Entered film as publicist for Bombay Talkies (1936) to whom he sold his first screenplay, Naya Sansar (1941). First film, Dharti Ke Lal, made under IPTA’s banner and drew on Bijon Bhattacharya’s classic play Nabanna (1944), dealing with the Bengal famine of 1943.

Set up production company Naya Sansar (1951), providing India’s most consistent representation of socialist-realist film (cf. Thoppil Bhasi and Utpal Dutt). Best work is in the scripts for his own films and for those of Raj Kapoor (Awara 1951); Shri 420 (1955), 1955, both co-written with V.P. Sathe; Jagte Raho, 1956; Bobby, 1973) and Shantaram’s Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946; adapted from his own book, And One Did Not Come Back), which combined aspects of Soviet cinema (Pudovkin) and of Hollywood (e.g. Capra and Upton Sinclair), influencing a new generation of Hindi cineastes (Kapoor, Chetan Anand) and sparking new realist performance idioms (BALRAJ SAHNI). His Munna, without songs or dances, and Shaher Aur Sapna, cheaply made on location in slums, were described as being influenced by neo-realism.

Pardesi is the first Indian-Soviet co-production, co- directed by Vassili M. Pronin. The landmark Supreme Court censorship judgement about his Char Shaher Ek Kahani (aka A Tale of Four Cities) curtailed ‘arbitrary’ governmental pre- censorship powers on the grounds that the Indian Constitution guarantees the right to free speech. His constitutional challenge of the Cinematograph Act led to the famous Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of precensorship of cinema. Interestingly in Interestingly in 1939, K A Abbas had written a letter to Gandhi urging him to reconsider his opinion on the idea of the evil of cinema. He writes
“Today I bring for your scrutiny – and approval -a new toy my generation has learned to play with, the CINEMA! – You include cinema among evils like gambling, sutta, horse racing etc… Now if these statements had come from any other person, it was not necessary to be worried about them… But your case is different. In view of the great position you hold in this country, and I may say in the world, even the slightest expression of your opinion carries much weight with millions of people. And one of the world’s most useful inventions would be allowed to be discarded or what is worse, left alone to be abused by unscrupulous people. You are a great soul, Bapu. In your heart there is no room for prejudice. Give this little toy of ours, the cinema, which is not so useless as it looks, a little of your attention and bless it with a smile of toleration”.

Published many books including I Am Not An Island and Mad Mad World of Indian Films (both 1977). Other important scripts: Neecha Nagar (1946); Mera Naam Joker (1970); Zindagi Zindagi (1972); Henna (1991). Abbas also brought a number of new talents into the film industry, such as Amitabh Bachchan in Saat Hindustani . K.A.Abbas died on 1-6-1987 at Bombay. ( adapted, with thanks, from The Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema).

One of the main female leads in the film was Tripti Mitra, who was not at all a known face in Hindi films that time. Her name first became known to Hindi audience when, as the main Heroine, Tripti Mitra gave a remarkable performance in film Gopinath-1948.
Tripti Mitra was a big name in Bangla films and stage movement. She acted in only 3 Hindi movies. Gopinath-48, Dharati ke Lal-46 and Munna-54. Munna was a sequel to Dharati Ke Lal- both films directed by K.A.Abbas.

Smt. TRIPTI MITRA, née Tripti Bhaduri (Born 25 October 1925 – Died 24 May 1989), popular Indian Actress of Bengali Theatre and Films. She was the wife of Sombhu Mitra, noted Theatre & Film Director, with whom she co-founded pioneering theatre group Bohurupee in 1948. She has acted in films like Jukti Takko Aar Gappo and Dharti Ke Lal.

She was awarded Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.

Tripti Mitra was born in Dinajpur (British India) on 25 October 1925. Her father was Ashutosh Bhaduri and mother was Shailabala Debi. In Dinajpur Minor School she studied up to class six, then she came to Kolkata and got admission in Pyaricharan School. After passing Higher Secondary Examination from that school, she got admission in Ashutosh College. But she could not complete her studies since she got a job. She married Sombhu Mitra in December, 1945. She has a daughter Shaoli Mitra, who is also an actress and director.

Tripti Mitra had been acting in theatre since her teens. She first acted in her cousin Bijon Bhattacharya’s play Agun (Fire) in 1943. After watching her stage performance in noted IPTA play, Nabanna (Harvest) based on Bengal famine of 1943, director Khwaja Ahmad Abbas took her to Bombay to act in Gana Natya Sangha’s film Dharti Ke Lal in 1943, partly based on the play. Her first Bengali film was Pathik in 1953, the film was directed by Debaki Kumar Basu. She also acted in Ritwik Ghatak’s last film, Jukti Takko Aar Gappo (1974).

In 1948, Shombhu and Tripti Mitra founded their own theatre group named Bohurupee. She acted in innumerable plays mostly along with her husband Sombhu Mitra,a colossus in the field of theatre, to become one of the most legendary beings of Bengali theatre, most famous for her role as Nandini, the protagonist of Rabindranath Tagore’s Rakta Karabi. She also acted in Jago Hua Savera, a 1959 Urdu movie produced in Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), based on a Manik Bandopadhya’s classic novel Padma Nadir Majhi.

Tripti Mitra died on 24 May 1989.

Out of the 10 songs of the film, today’s song is the 3rd song to be presented here. The song is slightly short of 3 minutes. In the film , even a much shorter version is used. Thanks to Sadanand Kamath ji for uploading this rare song which was not available so far on You Tube.


Song- Beete ho sukh ke din aayee dukh ki ratiya (Dharti Ke Laal)(1946) Singer- Lakshmi Shankar, Lyricist- Unknown, MD- Pt. Ravi Shankar

Lyrics

Beete ho sukh ke din
aayee dukh ki ratiyaa
ho raama
Beete ho o sukh ke din
aayeen dukh ki ratiyaa
ho raama
ho raama aa
tadpat hai mora jiyara
tadpat hai mora jiyara
piya bina beete ??
ho raama
piya bina beete ??
ho raama
piya gailo bideswa ho raama
piya gailo bideswa ho raama
piya gailo bideswa ho raama

kaa se kahoon oon ab main aen aen
dukhi man ki batiyaan aan aan
ho raama aa
taras rahin mori ankhiyaan aan
kahaan gailo balamwa ho
kahaan gailo balamwa ho
ho raama
ho raama
kaa se kahoon ab main
dukhi man ki batiyaan
ho ho
ho ho
raama
beete ho ho
sukh ke din
aayeen dukh ki ratiyaan aan
ho o raama


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Blog Day: 4332 Post No.: 15626

“Raseeli”(1946) was a “social” movie which was directed by Hanuman Prasad for Jaibharat Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Radharani, Sushil Kumar, Kanhaiyalal, Ramesh Gupta, Anant Prabhu, Ranibala, Meghmala, Shanti devi, Ramlal, Shamlal etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Two of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Raseeli”(1946) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Rafi and Shamshad Begam. Hanuman Prasad, the director of the movie, was the lyricist as well as the music director.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Dil mujhko jalaata hai (Raseeli)(1946) Singer-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Hamuman Prasad, MD-Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

dil
dil mujhko jalaata hai
dil mujhko jalaata hai
main dil ko jalaati hoon
main aen dil ko jalaati hoon

main tumko bhulaata hoon
main tumko bhulaata hoon
main tujhko bhulaati hoon
main aen tujhko bhulaati hoon

ik dard mere dil mein aen aen
ik tees hai jigar mein
ik dard mere dil mein aen aen
ik tees hai jigar mein
haaye tees hai jigar mein

ye mujhko rulaata hai
ye mujhko rulaata hai
main isko rulaati hoon
main aen isko rulaati hoon

tum dil se nikal jaao
tum seene mein aa jaao
tum dil se nikal jaao
tum seene mein aa jaao
tum seene mein aa jaao

gham mujhko mitaata hai
gham mujhko mitaata hai
main gham ko mitaati hoon
main aen gham ko mitaati hoon

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