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Main man ki baat bataaoon

Posted on: August 11, 2011


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

Since the time machines started getting invented, and later became an integral part of how the society (or a part of the society) started to use them on a large scale, a certain divide between the rural and urban milieu has also emerged. The debate on this un-ending. The rural system is the caretaker of farms and dairy, and plays the significant role of the provider of food to the entire society. The industrialized and urban system on the other hand, has become the provider of the mechanized solutions and consumer products for the society. Is there a way to determine whether one is more important than the other? Advocates of both sides have argued now for many years, trying to establish the preponderance of one over the other. (IMHO, the farm and agricultural sector is more important, because it is possible to do without many things, rather most things in life, if it comes to that. But one cannot do without food. But that is just my opinion 🙂 ).

The 1938 production from New Theatres, Calcutta, Dhartimaataa, deals with this very debate. And it is possible that this could be the pioneering film to take on this topic. There are many films that have followed, which deal with this subject, especially in the post independence era, in 50s and 60s. Jeet (1949), Do Beegha Zameen (1953), Naya Daur (1957) are good examples. Dhartimaataa was produced by BN Sircar and was conceptualized and directed by Nitin Bose. (Nitin Bose is well known as the pioneer of background singing. In 1935, working with RC Boral, the concept of background singing was introduced in the film Dhoop Chhaaon.) The star cast for the movie includes KL Saigal, Jagdish Sethi, Kamlesh Kumari, KC Dey, Uma Shashi, Nemo, Bikram Kapoor, Nawab, Seraj, Vaid, Sham Laha and Illiyaas etc. (For those who may recall, Nemo is the same actor who plays the role of Seth Sonachand Dharmanand in the 1955 film Shri 420.)

The film is a story of two very good friends Ashok (played by Saigal Saab) and Ajay (played by Jagdish Sethi). Ajay believes that the nation and people can progress only through industrialization, and Ashok’s conviction is that farming is the primary need of the humans, and the agriculture sector needs to be brought up through improved methods and implements and also through newer systems of cooperative farming. Ajay sets sail for England, for studying engineering and to bring back new technology to this country. Ashok, who is from a poor family, turns towards the villages, and sets to organize and improve the farming sector. In this endeavor, incidentally, the person who helps him the most is Pratibha (played by Kamlesh Kumari), Ajay’s sister. In the village he meets Kunj Basant, a blind person (played by KC Dey). Basant and his daughter, Gouri (played by Uma Shashi) are convinced of Ashok’s ideas and commitment, and work with him to rally the villagers. Ashok’s endeavors are a success, as he is able to impvrove the farm production in the village.

Dhartimata has a string of 7 very lovely songs. The lyrics are by Pt. Sudarshan, and the wonderful music is created by Pankaj Mullick. The iconic song, ‘Duniya Rang Rangeelee Baba’ from this movie is already posted on this blog, besides two other songs “Kis Ne Ye Sab Khel Rachaayaa’ and ‘Ab Mein Kaah Karoon Kit Jaaun’. This is the fourth song from this movie to be posted here. The song is a beautiful expression of the aspirations of two characters in this film. The voices are those of Saigal Saab and Uma Shashi, and so it is safe to assume that it is picturized also on these two actors. (Only the audio clip of this song is available, hence one needs to assume.) The lead in music is simply superb, and a reminder of the musical genius that is Pankaj Mullick. Note how multiple instruments have been blended – flute, piano, guitar and table, without losing the harmony and the beauty.

As Gouri sings, she expresses her desire to be one with the nature, and in the process she describes how the various parts of nature are a great support for human beings. She aspires to be dawn to wake up people, to be a cloud to bring rains, to be a flower to spread fragrance, and so on. And then Ashok responds to express that he aspires to be a waterfall and generate music, and be a dream of hopes to bring together those who are separated. The rendition is simply delightful – as one would listen to this song with eyes closed, it is almost an experience to hear this song and to feel the flowers, the clouds, the waterfall close to yourself.

NOTE: New Theatres traditionally would make the films simultaneously in Hindi and Bengali, by simply shooting them at the same time. This film was also released in Bengali, by the name, Desher Maati.

Enjoy this soothing flow of an ode to nature.


Song-Main man ki baat bataaun (Dharti Mata) (1938) Singers-Uma Shashi, K L Saigal, Lyrics-Pt Sudarshan, MD-Pankaj Mullick

Lyrics

man ki baat bataaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon
kyaa-kyaa baat uthat man morey
kyaa-kyaa baat uthat man morey
sab kah kar samjhaaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon

phool banoon
phool banoon
phoolan ang mehkoon bansi bankar gaaoon
param puneet prabhaat banoon main
jaagoon aur jagaaoon
nipat suhaani dhoop banoon main
jaagoon aur jagaaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon

jaag banoon aakaash sajaaoon
taare roz jalaaoon
lehar banoon pal pal lehraaoon
baadal ban jag chhaaoon
lehar banoon pal pal lehraaoon
baadal ban jag chhaaoon

tu baadal kaa roop bane
main chaatak roop dhar aaoon
tu baadal kaa roop bane
main chaatak roop dhar aaoon
sookhaa pyaasaa khet banoon main
sookhaa pyaasaa khet banoon main
pal pal tujhe bulaaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon

meethhaa geet banoon jharne kaa
nit nit sunat suhaaoon
meethhaa geet banoon jharne kaa
nit nit sunat suhaaoon
aashaa kaa sapnaa bankar
aashaa kaa sapnaa bankar
man toote jo dikhaaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon
main man ki baat bataaoon

4 Responses to "Main man ki baat bataaoon"

Very few people know true genius of Pankaj Mullick. Credit for introducing musical interlude between two stanzas in a song for the first time in Hindi film industry goes to him.
Regards,
Rajendra

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Thanks for this information. and welcome to this blog.

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You are so right ! I am 76 +. I appreciate and share the sentiments with you. I was too young(!) to see the movie at that time . I was hoping to see the video of this song ( Main man ki bat bataun) but it is not there. Thanks all the same ! God bless you !

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Great song! I like all songs from this movie specially… ‘duniya rang rangilee baba…’, great music by Pankaj Mullick!!!
Thanks,

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