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Ramaiyya vastavaiyya Ramaiyya vastavaiyya

Posted on: July 12, 2010


It has been pointed out by my readers that the song “Ramaiyya vasta vaiyya” from “Shree 420” (1955) is missing from the blog. Not just this song, I am sure many great gems of yesteryears are missing from the blog. But I will gradually add all these songs. The fact that so many great songs are still missing from this blog despite the blog boasting of over 2600 songs is an indication that there are far too many great songs that were created during the golden era of Bollywood movie music.

Here is this song “Ramaiyya vasta vaiyya” finally in this blog. This song is sung by Rafi, Lata and Mukesh. Shailendra is the lyricist and Shankar Jaikishan is the music director. Legend has it that Shailendra was passing though an area of an under construction building and there he heard some Telugu speaking labourours uttering this word “Ramaiyya vasta vaiyya” (Ramaiyya come here). Shailendra liked this phrase and he created an entire song where this phrase was also incorporated.

Another version is that Shankar, who was born and brought up in Hyderabad Deccan had heard a Telugu folk song and he made use of the tune of that folk music to create this song.

Whatever may be the facts, this song has gone on to become a memorable song.

Coming to the picturisation, this song is picturised on a bit actor (lip syncing in the voice of Rafi), Shiela Vaz, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Lalita Pawar etc. Any idea who is the bit actor ?
PS-The actor is Satya Narayana, the choreographer of the film. I thank Mr Sadanand Kamath for identifying him.

The folk dance is performed by Shiela Vaz, who was a one dance wonder in Bollywood those days (much like Helen, Minu Mumtaz etc) is a major attraction of this song. Readers will recall that she had also performed in songs in “CID”(1956), “Solva Saal” (1958) etc.

So, here is this delightful folk music based song from “Shree 420″(1955) for the listening and viewing pleasure of the readers of this blog.


Song-Ramaiyya vastaavaiyya Ramaiyya vastavaiyya(Shree 420) (1955) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Mukesh Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Ramaiyyaa vastaavaiyyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavaiyyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

nainon mein thi pyaar ki roshni
teri aankhon mein ye duniyaadaari na thi
teri aankhon mein ye duniyaadaari na thi
tu aur thaa teraa dil aur thaa
tere man mein ye meethi kataari na thi
tere man mein ye meethi kataari na thi
main jo dukh paaun to kyaa,
aaj pachhtaaun to kyaa
main jo dukh paaun to kyaa,
aaj pachhtaaun to kyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

aaaa aaaa aaaa
us desh mein tere pardes mein
sone chaandi ke badle mein bikte hain dil
sone chaandi ke badle mein bikte hain dil
is gaanv mein dard ki chhaanv mein
pyaar ke naam par hi dhadakte hain dil
pyaar ke naam par hi dhadakte hain dil
chaand taaron ke tale,
raat ye gaati chale
chaand taaron ke tale,
raat ye gaati chale
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

aaa aaa aaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

yaad aati rahi dil dukhaati rahi
apne man ko manaanaa na aayaa hamen
apne man ko manaanaa na aayaa hamen
tu na aaye to kyaa
bhool jaaye to kyaa
pyaar karke bhulaanaa na aayaa hamen
pyaar karke bhulaanaa na aayaa hamen
wahin se door se hi,
tu bhi ye kah de kabhi
wahin se door se hi,
tu bhi ye kah de kabhi
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

aaaa aaaa
rastaa wahi aur musaafir wahi
ek taaraa na jaane kahaan chhup gayaa
ek taaraa na jaane kahaan chhup gayaa
duniyaa wahi duniyaawaale wahi
koyi kyaa jaane kiskaa jahaan lut gayaa
koyi kyaa jaane kiskaa jahaan lut gayaa
meri aankhon mein rahe,
kaun jo mujhse kahe
meri aankhon mein rahe,
kaun jo mujhse kahe
maine dil tujhko diyaa
maine dil tujhko diyaa
ho Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
aaaa aaaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa
aaaa
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa,
Ramaiyyaa vastaavayyaa

16 Responses to "Ramaiyya vastavaiyya Ramaiyya vastavaiyya"

Thanks, Atul.

Apart from my fascination with Raj Kapoor films, SJ music, and Mukhesh’s singing, the little Telugu tiuches in this song are just little bit of icing on the cake. This novie was released when I was in middle school, growing up in Secunderabad. Didn’t see many Hindi movies then, but even then, you couldn’t escape the hit songs, which pervaded the air literally, the people with radios obliging turning up the volume for their neighbours who didn’t.

I asked a friend of mine, how come the hindi song has telugu words in it. He said that’s how these chaar-sow-bees folk talk, mixing up words in several languages. That explanation was good enough for me then.

BTW, in the song dEkhnE mE bhOlaa hain, the last word in that verse, “chinnanna” – I have no idea how that crept in. The word means “younger older brother” – I mean if you haev two brothers older than you, of them, the older is “pedda-anna” or peddanna, and the younger is “chinna-anna” or chinnanna.

I went back and looked at the song details, just in case Shailendra wrote the song, which he did for some SDB movies. No, this was from the pen of Majrooh Sultanpuri. Perhaps he too picked up the word from some folks talking in Telugu.

If you see “Daag”, Dilip Kumar and another guy are shopping in some open air bazaar, and to perhaps keep the vendor from understanding them, they carry on a bit of conversation in telugu!

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The song with the word Chinanna is from “Bambai Ka Babu” (1960) viz.
Dekhne me bhola hai dil ka salona(Bambai ka babu)

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I remember my grandfather singing this song to me. He used to love these old songs and that was how I got interested in this song!

It is interesting how phrases and words from other languages creep into Hindi songs. I remember a song, and I think you have already written about this one, which was in Tamil – Muthu kulikka vaareegalaa – and the Tamil phrase was retained in the Hindi version as well. The song “dekhne me bhola hai …” has a Tamil version “Eru pooti povaayo …” – just don’t ask me for the name of the movie or more details, I only know the song because my uncle used to sing it. It has the word “Chinanne..” (little older brother) in it, which seems to have been retained in the Hindi version as well!

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Lalitha – I know the movie you are talking about. The (I think original) Telugu version is “rOjulu marAyi”, and I believe the Tamil version is called “kAlam mAripOchcchi” – correct me if I am wrong.

A young Waheeda Rehman (who is from Vizag, and learnt Bharata Natyam as a youngster) dances to the song – EruvakA sAgAlOrannO, chinnannA” – a harvest time song.

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not even the word “chinnanna” was pickedup by majrooh from “eruvaka sagaloranno chinnanna”, sd burman used the same tune for “dekhne mein bhola hai dil ka salona”.
incidently this song was turning point for waheeda rehman as only from this particular dance song she was spotted by gurudutt in 1955 and introduced her in dev anand starred C.I.D(1956) a bollywood blockbuster.

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Yes, I already mentioned it in my short ten-day existence on this site, and didn’t want to repeat it.

So, Waheeda benifited from both her “chinnannA” songs.

Incidentally, I think she would be the ideal person to cast if ever there is a movie made on Indira Gandhi.

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hey all
but the “Dekhne me bhola hai dil ka salona (Bambai ka babu)” song had Suchitra Sen in it no? and Waheeda Rehman didn’t have any such song in C.I.D, no?

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Yes, it was Suchitra Sen in “Bambai Ka Babu” singing this song.

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Krishna–small correction. It is true Waheeda first started acting in Telugu films but she was born near Madras (you can look up the exact place) and frequently visited even after she moved to Bombay. Her children studied in Kodai International school also in Tamil Nadu.

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hey all
i looked up the answer to our query regarding waheeda rehman and her place of birth in “Wikipedia” it says that seh was born in Chengalpetta Tamil Nadu. and she also explains the reason y people think she is from Andhra. in her own words—-So, why the widespread belief that she was born in Hyderabad? “It’s a long story,” she says, “When I was in Chennai, I did three to four Telugu movies. In the first one, Rojulu Maraayi, I did only a folk dance number. However, it went on to become a hit! I was in Hyderabad celebrating its success and Guru Dutt happened to be there. He was on a lookout for new faces and heard that I could speak in Urdu. It is because he spotted me in Hyderabad that people assume I was born there.”
now in stead of discussing the song we are discussing ‘waheedaji’. what gr8 fans we r!!!!!

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Sophy and peevesie’s mom – I read sometime ago that she was born or raised in Vizag, learnt Bharata Natyam there, … I have been mentioning that every chance that I could get. Other than that I have no source for that information. Clearly the Wikipedia article says she was born in Chengleput, Tamul Nadu.

This is the link (I found it again!) to the Vizag Connection.

http://www.tinyurl.com/3a82f2q

There it says – “Waheeda Rehman was born on 14th May 1936, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, into a traditional Muslim family. Her father was a DM (District Magistrate), which resulted in the family moving from one city in the South to another. However, he ultimately settled in Vizag and it was here that she was brought up and had her schooling. ”

Anybody can write anything on a website, and even on Wikipedia. So I don’t know which version is true. BTW if you google “Waheeda Rehman, Vizag”, the first seven links talk about her growing up in Vizag. They are different sites, but may all be recycling the same source.

kyA sE kyA hO gayA! As you said instead of the current song, we are discussing where Waheeda was born!

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The new video link :

Atul,
Rafi sings for Satya Narayana, the choreographer of the film. You may like to amend your write up accordingly.

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Thanks for this identification and the new link.

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I request when you get around to it these two songs

From Shree 420 my favorite song by Lata and Manna Dey “Pyaaru hua ika rar wei hai..”, and the other from Chori Chori the puppet song “Jahaimein jaati hun”

I love these two and can never get enough of them.

Thank you for all your work

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lovely song!!

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Please post the notations of the song Ramayya vasta vaiyya of movie Shri 420. Thanks.

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