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Naao chali naani ki naao chali

Posted on: June 27, 2011


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

As a child, I have been a very dedicated listener to the Hindi film songs on All India Radio and Radio Ceylon. Besides the song, another program that I never missed was the weekly program for children on Sundays, “Bacchon Ke Liye”, broadcast at 9 am. This hour long program was a most fascinating trip to many worlds. The program was hosted by the well known radio announcer Madhu Chanda (later also worked on Doordarshan), and a gentleman whose name I cannot recall now. The program consisted of information, entertainment, games (e.g. antaakshari competition, but not of filmi songs; it was on current Hindi poetry). We had stories, short plays, memoirs of great men and women from Indian history, programs on new adventures in science and exploration, programs on values and behavior. For all the years that I followed it on the radio, one thing that this program never was – it was never boring.

In one of the episodes, Harindranath Chattopadhyay himself appeared and sang these two poems live on the radio – “Rail Gaadi” and “Naani Ki Naao Chali”. Harindrnath is recognized as an eminent writer of children’s literature in 1950s and 60s, and both these poems are written by him. I remember that the program was repeated at least twice on popular demand. Since that time, both these poems have installed themselves in my memory, and in later years I would sometimes hum them to myself.

When the movie Aashirwaad was released in 1968, I did not get to see it on the big screen, but some years later I saw it for the first time on Doordarshan. And I was so enthralled that Harindranath himself was in this movie, and so were both these poems, sung by the inimitable Ashok Kumar. And what a treat it was, along with the assurance that these poems are not lost. Some days back I had posted the ‘Rail Gaadi’ song from the film Aashirwaad (1968). In this post, I am writing about the second children’s song from the same movie. Though somewhat lesser known than its “locomotive” counterpart, this song is rather more endearing. It is about a “boat journey” of a grandmother, who typically will pack huge amounts of luggage for the trip. The list of items is actually a very good lesson for kids, in terms of teaching them to recognize many common everyday household items. And the poem ends with the arithmetic table for ‘15’. Hope you remember your tables, and will be able to keep pace with the song. 😀

In the story line, Ashok Kumar is married to Veena, daughter of a rich landlord. After Veena’s father passes away, he wills his assets to his daughter, with the condition that she cannot take any decisions about the land or the people living on that land, without the consent of her husband. The husband and wife are of widely different natures. Whereas Veena’s character can be termed as a cruel “zamindaar” type person, Ashok Kumar is a very benevolent and caring person, who spends most of his time with the common people in the village. He is nicknamed Jogi Thakur by the villagers. This obviously leads to many confrontations between the husband and wife, and as a result of these confrontations, many times Ashok Kumar would wander away from home for days. They have a daughter, Neena, whom Ashok Kumar loves dearly, but being unable to stand the anger and behavior of his wife, he still chooses to be away. It is as a result of one of these confrontations that Ashok Kumar leaves the village and goes away for many days to the city. In the city, he befriends a poor bi-scope walla, who goes from street to street showing pictures and images to small children. (I am sure many of us would remember this makeshift piece of gadgetry that would be brought by the bi-scope walla for children to see through the small viewing holes; they would display still photos of many varieties, and the themes would change with every visit. I remember that in our neighborhood in Karol Bagh, New Delhi, where I grew up, these bi-scope wallas were a regular feature, and one of them even had a larger version with a read projector wherein he would show clips from actual movies.)

Coming back to the story line, both these songs are performed by Ashok Kumar as gets together with children in a particular locality. In this neighborhood, he also befriends another girl child, played by Baby Sarika. He sings this song as he is playing the bi-scope for children, and Baby Sarika is innocently asking her the questions as the story is progressing.

The music is by Vasant Desai, and the poetry of course of Harindranath Chattopadhyay. The singing voice is of Ashok Kumar, and the intervening questions are in the voice of Baby Sarika. Click on the link and enjoy is tiny two minutes marvel created for children.


Song-Naani ki naao chali (Aasheerwaad) (1968) Singers-Ashok Kumar, Sarika, Lyrics-Harindranath Chattopadhyay, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

naao chali
naani ki naao chali
neena ki naani ki naao chali
lambe safar pe
samaan ghar se nikaale gaye
naani ke ghar se nikaale gaye
idhar se udhar se nikaale gaye
aur naani ki naao mein daale gaye

kyaa kyaa daale gaye?

ek chhadi
ek ghadi
ek jhhaadoo
ek laadoo
ek sandook
ek bandook
ek talwar
ek salwar
ek ghode ke jeen
ek dholak
ek been
ek ghode ki naal
ek dheewar ka jaal
ek lehsun
ek aaloo
ek totaa
ek bhaaloo
ek doraa
ek doree
ek boraa
ek boree
ek dandaa
ek jhandaa
ek handaa
ek andaa
ek kelaa
ek aam
ek pakka ek kacchaa
aur
tokri mein ek billi ka baccha

hahahaha

phir ek magar ne peechhaa kiyaa
naani ki naao ka peechhaa kiyaa
neena ki naani ki naao ka peechhaa kiyaa

phir kyaa huaa?

chupke se peechhe se
upar se neeche se
ek ek samaan khench liyaa
ek billi ka baccha
ek kelaa
ek aam
ek pakka ek kacchaa
ek andaa
ek handaa
ek jhandaa
ek dandaa
ek boree
ek boraa
ek doree
ek doraa
ek totaa
ek bhaaloo
ek lehsun
ek aaloo
ek dheewar ka jaal
ek ghode ki naal
ek dholak
ek been
ek ghode ke jeen
ek talwar
ek salwar
ek bandook
ek sandook
ek laadoo
ek jhhaadoo
ek chhadi
ek ghadi

magar naani kyaa kar rahee thhee?

naani thhee bechaari buddhi behri
neena ki naani thhee buddhi behri
naani ki neend thhee itneee gehree
itneee gehreeeeee

kitti gehree?

nadia se gerhee
din do-pehree
raat ki raani
thhanda paani
garma masaalaa
pait mein taalaa
saadhe solaah
pandraah ek pandraah
doonaa tees
teea pantaalis
chauke saatth
panaa pachattar
chhakke nabbe
saati pichhlaa na
aatthi beesaa
navaa pateesaa
galey mein rassaa

ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha

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2 Responses to "Naao chali naani ki naao chali"

another song which should ve come ages ago on to this site

Such a sweet song, vaguely remember listening to it when I was young.

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