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

O meri praan sajni Champaawati aajaa

Posted on: July 11, 2010

(This article is written by Raja, a regular visitor of this blog and a fellow enthusiast of Bollywood songs)

This song is the 2600th on this blog. That’s quite a milestone, considering every song is a construction on its own.

Atul requested me, with a little bit of hesitation, to write up a guest piece on a song for this occasion.
For my part, I did not hesitate for one moment. Why? Not because I consider myself much of a writer but because this blog is close to my heart for a whole host of reasons.

One is that I am anyway mad about Hindi songs. Totally utterly mad. I can spend – and have spent hours on end – listening to songs. There were times in my life when I would be on youtube watching/listening to songs from 7.00 p.m – 4.00 a.m, forgetting about dinner, sleep and other such reasonably basic requirements of life.

Another is that Atul, who has created this blog, and I share a lot of common ground. Though we have only met in cyberspace, both of us grew up in the 1970s in unfashionable (read, non-city!) India. We share a love for cricket and the simple things in life – like travelling by Indian Railways.

A third reason is that I know this blog is a labour of love. There are many “commercial” sites out there where one can get information about songs. Many of them are just “quick-fix” jobs of copy-paste. Not difficult to do in today’s world. If there is anything wrong in the underlying copied text (e.g. lyrics), it just gets carried over – and further propagated around the world. Fair enough. To each his own, I always say.

But I know Atul’s mindset does not permit him such “quick-fix” luxuries. He painstakingly tries to get his lyrics right. Listening to the song again and again. Not missing out even one line, even if it is repeated. It is one stupendous effort – and one that only somebody who has tried this himself or herself will realize. I tried this with a few songs myself – and developed new respect for what Atul tries to do. Day in and day out.

In his quest, he has discovered songs that are long-forgotten. In fact, I would say that is one of his “specializations”. Popular songs are easy to locate. But some old songs from the 1940s and 50s? There are many gems out there that have been covered by sand. Atul unearths them. Songs of Dholak (1951)? Each one a gem! I had not heard of any of them till Atul brought them to my notice here. For that I am very thankful to him. Patrons of Hindi film music all over the world – who appreciate the legacy of songs of yesteryear – should be thankful to him.

In addition to his lyrics and video, Atul provides an intro to each song. And this is another highlight of his blog – I always enjoy reading his witty comments, his “Atulisms” as I like to call them. Very earthy, sometimes cynical but never malicious.

I have seen this blog from the day it was born. And today it has hit 2600 songs!!! In less than 2 years.. Not bad, considering this is just his hobby. He has a full-time job and a family who he better give first priority to. 🙂 And other interests.

It is not about quantity. This is not a production line. Each song is added here in his blog with love. You can feel it.

Aiming to serve his readers, he encourages “farmaishes” (requests) from them. And I have fully exploited this by bombarding him with hundreds of farmaishes.

So when he requested me to write up an intro for his 2600th song, I was very happy to do it.
This is the least I can do for somebody who has given me so much happiness through his blog in the last couple of years. So here goes – my humble write-up for the 2600th song in this wonderful blog.

One of the buzzwords in the technology world is “re-usability”. Whether it is program code or application design, it is all about using (or creating) “templates” for “reusability”. In a world where time is money, it is all about “build once, deploy again and again”. In a way, especially if the end-product’s USP (unique selling proposition) is not its individuality, it makes perfect sense.

But I will not allow the technology industry (which loves to recycle basic “common sense” concepts as its own creations) to take credit for this. Long before it got into this act, there was at least one industry that had mastered this.

And that was Bollywood (or for that matter Indian cinema in general). Storylines, scenes, dialogues were all templated and only needed to be fitted in (“configured” to use IT lingo) with appropriate casting and music. So you had the “meley mein bichhadna” (separation in a mela), the “locket around the kid’s neck”, “love triangle invariably resulting in sacrifice”, “poor hero, rich heroine saga with the heroine’s father offering the hero money to stay away from his daughter” etc etc etc. I can go on and on but this is a song blog, so I will restrain myself.

Then there were the song-and-dance routines. Concepts were templated. “Running around trees”, “pining” (typically a Lata or Mukesh/Rafi sad song – “rasik balma” types), “club dance” . And of course , the village dance. Which was also hugely popular because it gave an opportunity to use folk tunes and display traditional dance forms, in traditional attire.

There were two types of village dances. Those which were in movies about villages. For example, the Ganga Jamuna or Naya Daur types. Here the song-and-dance was an intrinsic part of the movie, typically the hero and heroine dancing, with love blossoming between them. Think Dilip Kumar and Vyjanthimala.
But then this template was such a surefire success that producers/directors found a way of introducing it also into non-village themed movies too.

How? Simple. Let the town/city hero-heroine go to a village – and somehow the village will be hosting a song-and-dance show at that time. Just pure co-incidence. Sometimes the villagers will invite the hero/heroine to join (or they will imagine themselves to be part of it). Think Aarti, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi, Jeene Ki Raah, Prem Nagar. To mention just a few. There are many more movies which have successfully used this template.

Not that I am complaining. On the contrary, I just LOVE this template. I love folk music, I love dance – in all its shapes and forms. Classical, western, folk, whatever.

One of the best things about these village dances – apart from the fabulous song, dance and music itself – is the attire. The dancers are usually colorfully dressed up, there is an air of fun and festivity – and it is like being transported to a different world altogether for the average movie-goer who wants to escape from his day-to-day routine lifestyle.

In this category (I don’t know whether there is a specific category for this already), one of my favourite songs is this one.
O meri praan sajni champavati aa ja

It is from Annadata (1972). I remember this movie from my childhood. It was a sweet movie, very non-glam, decent storyline. Lovely songs. I think it did reasonably well too – which, considering that was the Rajesh Khanna craze era, was very creditable.

New, upcoming actors Anil Dhawan and Jaya Bhaduri were quite a hit pair in those times. For soft movies, where the emphasis was on vulnerability of relationships, affected by the hardness of the real world.
In this song sequence, they are picturised as a young couple, with love blossoming between them but their shyness preventing them from expressing it more explicitly. Especially Anil Dhawan, who as the man is normally expected to take the initiative in such matters.

The song then is about precisely this – with Gopi Krishna (dance maestro) expressing his love for Madhumati in a way that Anil is not able to express for Jaya.

The picturisation is just great and colourful, it is a beautifully choreographed song (you would not expect anything less from Gopi Krishna!), the music is just fantastic, lively and foot-tapping (you would not expect anything less from Salil Choudhary), the lyrics are simple, pure and sweet (typical Yogesh attributes) and the voice is Kishore of early 70s (which translates to “heavenly”).

What more can you ask for?

If I were to ever make a list of top-100 songs (I have toyed with this idea but never got around to it), this song would be in my list.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



Song-O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa (Annadaata) (1972) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Sabita Chaudhary, Lyrics-Yogesh, MD-Salil Chaudhary


O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
haay lekar chain yoon mera
door tu mujhse naa jaa
O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
tu na ho to kahin dil ye lage naa meraa
O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
haay lekar chain yoon mera
door tu mujhse naa jaa

haay main saari majbooriyaan
kaise bataaun piyaa aaj tujhe
dekhe jo jag saara ghoor ke
teri kasam aaye laaj mujhe
haay kaise chal ke main aaun sambhal ke main
dhalke chunar mori paayal baje
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
tu na ho to kahin dil ye lage naa meraa
O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
haay lekar chain yoon mera
door tu mujhse naa jaa

chhaayi hain kaisi madhoshiyaan
aise mein raho na yoon tum judaa
chaaho to le lo meri jaan bhi
yoon dil ko do na mere tum sazaa
socho zara ye kabhi dil jo rahega dukhi
to zindagi mein bhalaa kyaa hai mazaa
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
tu na ho to kahin dil ye lage naa meraa
O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
haay lekar chain yoon mera
door tu mujhse naa jaa

maangoon duaayen main to ye sadaa
hothon pe tere mera naam rahe
main bhi to chaahoon mere pyaar ka
tujhpe sadaa ye ilzaam rahe
maangoon duaayen main to ye sadaa
hothon pe tere mera naam rahe
main bhi to chaahoon mere pyaar ka
tujhpe sadaa ye ilzaam rahe
na ham ko dar koi
na ho fikar koi
chaahe zamaanaa hamen kuchh bhi kahe
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
tu na ho to kahin dil ye lage naa meraa
O meri praan sajni Champawati aajaa
haay lekar chain yoon mera
door tu mujhse naa jaa
aisi masti chhaayi hai
mehfil rang par aayi hai
lekin mere is dil mein
sach poochho tanhaayi hai
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa
Champawati tu aajaa

10 Responses to "O meri praan sajni Champaawati aajaa"

What a great write-up, Raja! Just as Atul’s love for this blog and music shows in his writing, so does your love for Bollywood music come through in your writing!

Though I have seen the movie some ages back (!), and I had forgotten all the songs, they came back to my mind as I read and heard this song. Very enjoyable piece! Thank you, Raja and Atul!


Raja what a beautifully heartfelt appreciation you have written for this wonderful blog, and I completely and emphatically agree with everything you have said!!! 🙂

I didn’t know that was Gopi Krishna himself dancing, how fun 🙂 It is a wonderful song in a film chock-full of them, and a wonderful movie too.


Raja, what a great write-up!.

I liked your take on the templates and morphing the required template on the desired movie/song.

This song is a favorite of mine and Sabita Chaudhary has sung it really well, of course about Kishoreda, is there anything left to be said. He is in another zone!

I wanted to know if Sabita Chaudhary is related to the great Salilda.

The first thing I do on getting up is to check the latest posts by Atul, and mostly the song is one which I listened to when I was a child and growing up. The song transports me back into the good old times and serves as a time machine of sorts. Each song had its own associations and memories, and the music of the yester years could really uplift a person.





Sabita Chaudhary was Salil Chaudhary’s wife, of course.


I thank Raja for this writeup. And I thank Lalitha,Greta and Mohan for their kind words.


Bahut hi achchhi post likhi hai.
is blog par aa kar hamen bhi kayee behtreen aur nayaab geet aur jaankariyan milti hain.[!2600 songs- sabhi ek se badhkar ek hain!]
_-Anndaata movie ke sabhi geet bahut achche gaane ko kabhi dhyan se nahin dkeha na suna tha….nain hamare aur Raaton ke saye ‘zarur bahut baar suna hai.
Aaj is geet ke zareeye Gopi krishna aur Sabita chaudhary ke bare mein pahali baar jana.



thanks a lot searching for this song i will thankful if you cand add bombay se ayya mera dost and other such beautiful group songs where hero heroin not invoved in the songs item no. first of it kind


My favorite happy song.



There’s a bengali version of this song by Lata Mangeshkar… is it related?


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