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Aaj hamen ban behad bhaataa

Posted on: July 19, 2010


I became aware of this movie called “Amar Jyoti” (1936) thanks to the review of this movie by Greta (memsaab). When I searched for the songs of this movie, I came across a few songs from this movie. Considering that the sound recording technology was in its infancy and the actors themselves had to record the songs live, the quality of the songs were not particularly great at least in the first two songs of this movie that I came across. But when I heard the third song, I sat up and took notice.

This song is a duet, a love song. What caught my attention is the use of shuddh Hindi words throughout this song, which sound so sweet. I have always maintained that usage of shuddh Hindi/Sanskrit words in a love song makes the song far more effective than the usual fare that we are used to in Bollywood movies.

As was the custom those days, this song is sung by the actors themselves, who are Shanta Apte and B Nandrekar. Pt Narottam Vyas is the lyricist. Master Krishnarao is the music director.

As mentioned earlier, the lyrics are quite sweet and appealing and that makes this song a wonderful love song to listen to. So here is this song, which is one of the very first love songs from Hindi movies. I loved listening to this song.

While noting down the lyrics, I could get all the words, but I was stuck up at just one word which I have marked as (?) in the lyrics. Readers who are able to get this word are requested to tell me what word it should be.
So here is this beautiful song-“Aaj hamen ban behad bhataa” (today I find the forest lovely)

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Song-Aaj hamen ban behad bhaataa (Amar Jyoti) (1936) Singers-Shanta Apte, B. Nandrekar, Lyrics-Pt Narottam Vyas, MD-Master Krishnarao

Lyrics

Aaj hamen ban behad bhaataa
aaj hamen ban behad bhaataa
deekhen sabhi vastu ati sundar
deekhen sabhi vastu ati sundar
kyaa vasant hai aataa ?
kyaa vasant hai aataa ?
kyaa vasant hai aataa ?
kyaa ?

kal kal karti vyaakul ho nadi
kal kal karti vyaakul ho nadi
kidhar chali ithlaati ?
kidhar chali ?
haan haan
kidhar chali ithlaati ?
apne pyaare mitra neer
saagar se milne jaati
apne pyaare mitra neer
saagar se milne jaati
wahaan maalti bel ped se
wahaan maalti bel ped se
mil kar kyaa karti hain
mil kar kyaa karti hain
chaahti hain preetam sa usko
chaahti hain preetam sa usko
lipat hiyaa bharti hain
lipat hiyaa bharti hain
gun gun kartaa ye bhanwraa hai
gun gun kartaa ye bhanwraa hai
wo kiske gun hai gaataa ?
wo kiske gun hai gaataa ?
gaata
gaata hai gun gulaab kaa
gaata hai gun gulaab kaa
jisase ras hai paataa
jisase ras hai paataa
kudrat mein ye khel mel kaa
kudrat mein ye khel mel kaa
kaho kis liye hotaa ?
kaho kis liye hotaa ?
anubhav kartaa hai dil meraa
anubhav kartaa hai dil meraa
par kyon ?
nahin batlaataa
par kyon ?
nahin batlaataa
lekin
aaj hamen ban behat bhaataa
aaj hamen ban behat bhaataa
deekhen sabhi vastu ati sundar
deekhen sabhi vastu ati sundar
kyaa vasant hai aataa
kyaa vasant hai aataa
aaj hamen ban behat bhaataa
aaj hamen ban behat bhaataa

8 Responses to "Aaj hamen ban behad bhaataa"

See, that’s what I miss by not understanding the language 🙂 I found this song dull to listen to. Apparently though the music was very popular when the film released in 1936. It’s a wonderful movie too whether one likes the songs or not 🙂

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The song is lovely to listen to, provided one knows what is being expressed in the song. 🙂

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I may be wrong but sounds like “wahaan malti bel ped se, mil kar kyaa kartin hain”.

Btw, “Malti” is flower.

This songs must be craze those days when Nautanki/stage-drama and live folk/sufi song/music were the only options.

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I was not aware of this song until 2-3 days back when I was searching for ‘Suno suno ban ke prani on YT not knowing from which film this song was from! My mother used to sing this song during my childhood days.

I agree that songs in pure Hindi words suits well for romantic songs.

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aata is the meaning means basant ‘ aati’

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🙂 enjoy this shuddh hindi words’ song 🙂 Really beautiful ! aur ‘ban’ to mujhe hamesha hi bhaataa ….
This was the 1st post to start the day on 19th July 2010 !
Great Post!

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I liked the shuddh hindi concept. Ofcourse the song is fresh and have a fervour of new world music that further was nourtured by Bombay Talkies and Saraswatidevi.

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