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Jeewan ki naao na doley

Posted on: June 9, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

1943 saw the coming together of director-producer V Shantaram, and composer Vasant Desai for the first time. Shantaram had been active now for many years in the industry, with Prabhat Studios, and then with Rajkamal Kalamandir. For Vasant Desai, it was the second or third movie of his career, having composed music for the movie Shobha in 1942. This association was to last for a very long time, till 1966, and Vasant Desai composed music for many movies by V Shantaram, from Parbat Pe Apna Dera (1944) and Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani (1946) down to Ladki Sahyadri Ki (1966).

Abhigyan Shakuntala is a famous dramatic creation of the great Kavi Kalidas. It has been produced for the silver screen many times (1920 – silent version, 1943, and 1966), and the episode of Shakuntala-Dushyanta has been played as part of many movies. There are movies where this episode is played as a dream sequence (Khilona, 1970), or as a stage adaptation (Kavi Kalidas, 1959; I have seen it as a stage play in at least two more movies, but cannot recall at this time). The theme of Shakuntala’s betrothal to King Dushyanata, then separation, the king failing to recognize her, and then the reunion, has been the basis of many screenplays as is or with simple variations and additions e.g. Aakhri Khat (1966), Ek Kunwaari Ek Kunwaara (1973), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), and many more.

Abhigyan Shakuntala means ‘the recognition of Shakuntala’. This story originally is part of the Mahabharata epic, which Kavi Kalidas developed into a complete theatrical play. Shakuntala is the daughter of Rishi Vishvamitra and the apsara Menka. She is brought up by Rishi Kanav. Once, when she is alone in the ashram, King Dushyanta of Hastinapur, reaches the ashram having lost his way in the forest. They fall in love at first sight. (Love at first sight is not a creation of modern day romances, it is the stuff of history 🙂 . Duyshanta courts her, and they marry. He gives her his royal ring and takes leave to return to his kingdom, with a promise to return soon to take her with him. In the interim there is an episode of Durvasa muni, who is angered by Shakuntala’s behavior when he visits the ashram (she is lost in amorous thoughts, and does not pay attention to his arrival), and he curses her that the person in whose thoughts she is lost, will forget her. Shakuntala travels to Hastinapur, but loses the ring on the way. As the curse would have it, he does not recognize her. She is heartbroken and returns. There are more episodes in between, and the ring is found and returned to the king. On seeing the ring, his memory returns, and he comes back to the ashram to take her back with him. (I am sure as you read this brief summary of the theme, you will also be able to identify more movies where this theme is used).

This song is penned by Dewan Sharar, and the music is composed by Vasant Desai. The singing voice and on screen picturization is both Jayshree. (Note: this person is the wife of V Shantaram and mother of Rajshree; and is not the same person as Jayshree Gadkar who appeared in the movies in 1950s and 60s. On the YouTube post for the audio of this song, inadvertently the still photograph of Jayshree Gadkar is posted). The list of actors of this movie includes Jayshree, Chandramohan, Zohra, Nana Palsikar, Shantiran, Nimbalkar, Raja Pandit, Vidya, Ameena, Madan Mohan, Vilas, Kumar Ganesh, Ratan Piya etc.

The song itself is a prayer to God, which is very simple and matter of fact. It has no complaints or regrets; just a very simple statement that my life is in your hands, no one else can take care but You, so please now you watch over me. Another very simple composition and Jayshree has sung this extremely well. Just click on the link and enjoy this wonderful and simple prayer.


Song-Jeewan ki naao na doley (Shakuntala) (1943) Singer-Jayshree Shantaram, Lyrics- MD-Vasant Desai,Lyrics-Dewan Sharar,MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale
jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale
prabhu mere paar lagaa ley
haan paar lagaa ley
haan ye hai tere hawaale
jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale

saagar mein halchal
naaiyyaa mein jal thal
saagar mein halchal
naaiyyaa mein jal thal
tere bina kaun sambhaale
tere bina kaun sambhaale
haan ye hai tere hawaale
jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale

andhiyaari duniya mein aasha hai chamkee
andhiyaari duniya mein aasha hai chamkee
saathi ho mere dayaale
saathi ho mere dayaale
haan ye hai tere hawaale
jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale

chhote se deepak mein chhoti se jyoti
chhote se deepak mein chhoti se jyoti
jag mein ye kar de ujaale
haan kar de ujaale
haan ye hai tere hawaale
jeewvan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale
prabhu mere paar lagaa ley
haan paar lagaa ley
jeewan ki naao na doley
haan ye hai tere hawaale

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8 Responses to "Jeewan ki naao na doley"

Sorry to hear the passing away of MF Hussain, to honor him I will give a name of his film Gaja Gamini (2000) Some others: Aandhiyan (1989) Stree (1961).

Shantaram produced and directed a film based on the same story as Stree in 1961 with Sandhya. Mumtaz also plays a bit role in the film.

Sudhir sir,
I beg to state that there is a small correction in your article.
The correct name of Kalidas’s epic is “Abhidnyan Shakuntal” or ‘Abhigyan Shakuntal’.
Shakuntal means-about Shakuntala,in Sanskrit.

Sudhir ji,
One will have to understand,however, that the word Shakuntal in the title should be prononced
as SHAAKUNTAL,to get the correct meaning-i.e. about Shakuntala.
Boodhemiyan ji is right about the title name.

Bhoodemiyan ji, Arun ji,

Thanks for your inputs and corrections. I stand corrected.

I just wish to add that at most places I have referred, about this literary masterpiece, the title is written as Abhijñānaśākuntalam.

Here is a link to a publisher’s web page, where the Sanskrit version of the book is displayed.
http://pustak.org/home.php?bookid=3619

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji,/Boodhemiyan ji,
Every sript and every language is unique in its own way.Particularly,Old languages like Sanskrit had some singularly unique symbols in script for sounds which are found only in that language.
For example, sounds like nk(like in ank),ng(like in ang),dn(like in yadnya)etc were expressed in Devnagari script with typical alphabets.
It is almost impossible to write them exactly in English,because the base of the language differs.Some difficult pronounciations of sanskrit went overhead of western sanskrit scolars initially.Thus Maxmuller and co. took a long time to understand and master sanskrit language,before they could dream of transalating our sacred books.
Our Sanskrit Teacher used to quote a simple example: How to know which spelling is correct ? KRISHNA,KRUSHNA OR KREESHNA ?
For routine use,some fixed spellings like KRISHNA are accepted ,but the puritans of Sanskrit are not satisfied.
in the same way,ABHIDNYANA SHAKUNTALAM,can be translated as Abhijnan or Abhigyan(depending upon whether you are from south or north(first in south and the second in north-possibly because there is a word already Gyan for Knowledge in Hindi)
This happens because the alphabets of Devnagari and Roman scripts are different.
Similar difficulties arise in case of Tamil,Malyali,German,Russian and Hibroo,while translating in English.(There may be many other languages like this ).
-AD

Deshmukh sir,
What a studied article!
How many languages do you know/have you studied ?
Marathi,Hindi,English,Urdu,Kannada,Teluge,Gujarati and Sanskrit.My God!

Boodhemiyan ji,

Thank you for your kind words.my schooling was done in Urdu,College in English,Hindi-language of communication,Marathi is my Mothertongue.Gujarati as I live in Mumbai.Telugu and Kannada as I spent my early years in Hyderabad State(a 3 language state-Marathi/Telugu/Kannada,bur rulers were Muslims,hence Urdu.)
Sanskrit by choice and study since school.

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