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Chanaa zor garam babu main laayaa mazedaar

Posted on: December 7, 2010


I have no idea if chana jor, moongphali etc are still sold today on street by vendors. Personally I have not seen such vendors for the past few decades, so chances are, such vendors are on the verge of extinction, if not already extinct.

When I was a kid, chana jor vendors were as ubiquitous as common sparrow. Common sparows could be seen in front of households in large numbers in those days. Now a days, you are lucky to find a few of them, and for that you need to go to small sleepy towns. They have all but vanished from cities.

For the uninitiated, chana jor was a mixture of chana (gram) and namkeen, which the chana jor vendor used to sell. The vendor was not stationary at one place, rather he was constantly on the move. His main customers were children. The chana jor vendor had his stuff hanging from one shoulder in a box, and his portable stand held on his head. As he got customers, he would put this stand down, and keep his box on the stand and sell his stuff.

The stuff sold by him was not really very hygienic and many health conscious mothers would forbid their kids to buy stuff from him, but I am not sure if kids paid much heed to this warning.

Since the vendor was always on the move, he needed a means to advertise his presence. The vendors would either call or even sing a song that would have the word chana jor garam in it.

A chana jor garam song was first created in Hindi movies as way back as in 1938 in the movie “Bandhan”. With this chana jor sellers got a song of their own with which to attract their customers. This song(Chane jor garam babu (Bandhan)(1938) ) became the anthem of all chana jor sellers of India. This song was sung by Arun Kumar. It was written by Pradeep and music was by Saraswati Devi.

Two decades later, another fantastic chana jor song was created. and this song is the topic of discussion here. This song is a stage song, sung by Kishore Kumar and Shamshad Begam. This fantastic comedy song is picturised on Kishore Kumar and Meena Kumari.

This song is written by Jaan Nissar Akhtar and its music is composed by O P Nayyar. Listening to this song (and watching the picturisation) will make your day.

This song makes my day too, and for another reason. This song is a landmark song for this blog. It is the 3300th song of this blog. And I am happy to post this delightful song to mark this occasion.

As always, I thank all my well wishers who have continued to encourage me through various means, viz by their visits, votes,farmaishes, suggestions etc. This century took me 25 days, which is nearly one week more than I would have liked, but then this period was an important festival cum holiday season in India where one has to devote time to one’s family, relatives etc.

With this land mark behind us, we can look forward to discussing many more great songs in the coming days. I request you all to keep showering your blessings and well widshes, because we have many more great songs yet to be discussed. I take this occassion to one again thank you all.

Audio

Video

Song-Chanaa zor garam main laayaa mazedaar(Nayaa Andaaz) (1956) Singera-Shamshad Begam, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Jaan Nissaar Akhtar, MD- O P Nayyar

Lyrics

ho chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
haan
moongfalli gariyam gariyam
main laayaa mazedaar
moongfalli garam garam
main laayaa mazedaar
mera chana hai sabse aalaa
isme daalaa garam masaalaa
jo bhi dekhe ho matwaalaa
khaaye isko har dil waalaa
arre khaaye har dil waalaa
chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
haan
hmmph hmph hmph hmph hmph
hmmph hmph hmph hmph hmph

jisne khaaya ek bhi daanaa
aayaa usko dil kaa lagaanaa
aashiq ispe ek zamaanaa
babu tum bhi khaate jaanaa
arre tum bhi khaate jaanaa
moongfalli gariyam gariyam
main laayaa mazedaar
moongfalli garam garam
main laayaa mazedaar
ho chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
chanaa zor garam babu
main laayaa mazedaar
haan

aahe aahe
aahe aahe
aahe aahe
he
haay haay
haay haay
haay haay
he

chooso
thadiyaan te sarad ganderiyaan
chooso
thadiyaan te sarad ganderiyaan
do teriyaan te do ne meriyaan
do teriyaan te do ne meriyaan
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
khaalo garam te do ne meriyaan
do teriyaan te do ne meriyaan
do teriyaan te do ne meriyaan
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
kaisi bhari dekho pyaar ke ras mein
kaisi bhari dekho pyaar ke ras mein
jisko khilaao ji
kar lo bas mein
jisko khilaao ji
kar lo bas mein
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
kuchh na kahoongi main
chun chun le jaa
kuchh na kahoongi main
chun chun le jaa
daam nahin ho to
dil hi de jaa
daam nahin ho to
dil hi de jaa
chhooso thandiyan te sarad ganderiyaan
chhooso thandiyan te sarad ganderiyaan
ho
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan
khaalo garam te garam jalebiyaan

sainyya raja laa do
gale ka mohe haar re
sainyya raja laa do
gale ka mohe haar re
jo bhi kaho laa den
ke tumse hamen pyaar re
jo bhi kaho laa den
ke tumse hamen pyaar re

laana dekho choodiyaa
to laanaa kangnaa ji
laana dekho choodiyaa
to laanaa kangnaa ji
halki phulki baaliyaan bhi more sajnaa ji
ye bainyy doongi waar den
sainyya raja laado
gale ka mohe haar re
jo bhi kaho laa den
ke tumse hamen pyaar re
jo bhi kaho laa den
ke tumse hamen pyaar re

ham to taare tod laayen
kyaa hai samjhaa ji
ham to taare tod laayen
kyaa hai samjhaa ji
tumko bhi hai pyaar hamse
kahdo itna ji
karo to aankhen chaar ji
jo bhi kaho laa den
ke tumse hamen pyaar re
sainyya raja laa do
gale ka mohe haar re
sainyya raja laa do
gale ka mohe haar re

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3 Responses to "Chanaa zor garam babu main laayaa mazedaar"

Tasty song and equally good writeup. Like you said “Munh main paani aa gaya”.

Thanks for posting this gem.

I remember these ubiquitous vendors in Delhi and Madras–Marina beach. They were around in the 70s and 80s.

I think that they have more or less vanished. This is the case not only with them, but with many other old wold things, like horse driven tonga. I have seen Tonga in places like Agra etc so may be one could still see them in some places.

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