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Ek thhaa raajaa

Posted on: August 3, 2010


Tiny tots always love to listen to stories. Telling them stories is always the best way to hold their attention. I recall that my kid, when she was young, would look at books with colourful pictures and asked me to read her stories at bed time. Seeing that I would be reluctant, she would tell me-“I am not asking for much, I want you to tell me only ten stories, that is all.”

In Hindi movies too, we have had tiny tots demanding that their parents/ teachers tell them stories. And being Hindi movies, these stories would be told in song forms.I have posted a few such songs in this blog already.

A few hours ago, I stmbled upon the oldest such song. This song is from “Duniya Na Maane” (1937). When I heard the songs of this movie, I was amazed. The movie and its songs are far ahead of its times and are fantastic.

Here is a “story” song from this movie. The picturisation shows young school kids and their pretty female teacher. Those days, when women’s education was non – existent, female teachers to teach kids was an unheard of and revolutionary idea in India. And I am so pleased to see that a Hindi movie shows a female teacher in a movie as early as 1937.

In the picturisation, all the tiny tots insist that their teacher (played by Shanta Apte) tell them a story. “OK, here is the story. There was a king”.She begins.

“No, not like that, tell us by singing this song”- the kids demand. And she starts singing.
“wow, what a lovely song it is”- a kid exclaims.

The expressions on the fact of the teacher as she sings, telling the story is priceless. Towards the end of the song, the kids hang on to her arms, and she lifts several of them, and takes a few rounds, much to the glee of the kids. The chemistry between the kids and Shanta Apte is to be seen to be believed.

Here is this superb song from “Duniya Naa Maane” (1937). It is sung by Shanta Apte herself, as was the practice those days. Munshi Aziz is the lyricist and Keshavrao Bhole is the music director.

It is so interesting to realise that even people of olden generations, when they were kids, loved to be told stories. The picturisation of this song is worth miles to go to watch.

Here is this cute and lovely song. Enjoy.

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Song-Ek thaa Raja (Duniya Na Maane) (1937) Singer-Shanta Apte, Lyrics-Munshi Aziz, MD-Keshavrao Bhole

ek thaa raajaa

naani-naani gaanaa
haan haan suno to

ek thaa raajaa
kyaa achchhaa gaanaa hai waah-waah

ek thaa raajaa ek thi raani
donon par chhaayi thi jawaani
donon par chhaayi thi jawaani
preet mein donon deewaane the
preet mein donon deewaane the
sukh-saagar mein bahte the
sukh-saagar mein bahte the
prem-nagar ke ek mandar mein
prem-nagar ke ek mandar mein
donon hil-mil rahte the
donon hil-mil rahte the

raani kahti thi man meraa moti
aaa aaa
raani kahti thi man meraa moti
raajaa kahe main man kaa chor
raajaa kahe main man kaa chor
raani kahti chandrikaa hoon main
raani kahti
raani kahti chandrikaa hoon main
raajaa kahtaa thaa main hoon chakor
raajaa kahtaa thaa main hoon chakor
raajaa kahtaa thaa main hoon chakor

prem-chaandni chaaron oar
prem-chaandni

prem-chaandni chaaron oar
wo hans-hans ke karte the shor
wo hans-hans ke karte the shor
wo hans-hans ke karte the shor
jaise kooken morni-mor
jaise kooken morni-mor
wo hans-hans ke karte the shor
wo hans-hans ke
wo hans-hans ke
wo hans-hans ke
aa aaa aaa aaa aaa
haan-haan-haan hans ke
haan-haan-haan hans ke
haan-haan-haan hans ke
haan-haan-haan hans ke
haan-haan-haan hans ke
haan-haan-haan hans ke
karte the shor

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