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Raakhi kehti hai tumse bhaiyya

Posted on: August 13, 2011


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

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated today in many parts of the country. A tradition as old as our culture itself, it is a significant celebration of the brother-sister relationship in our country. By tying a piece of colored auspicious thread on the wrist of her brother, the sister is wishing for his well being, good health and prosperity, and in return the brother is making a promise to protect her and her honor. It is a much loved festival, that occurs on the full moon day of the month of Saawan.

The tradition of this festival goes back into the prehistory of our culture, and is related to the Vaaman avatar, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Raja Bali, who is the king of the Asuras, is endeavoring to attain supremacy over all universe by completing 100 yagnas. 99 of these have been completed and the 100th is to be conducted. The Devatas as frightened and they pray to Lord Vishnu to save them. The Lord takes the form of Vaaman, a small Brahmin child and visits the place where the Yagna is about to begin. He stands at the door and requests for an offering on this day of Yagna. He insists that he will receive the offering from the hands of the king himself. Raja Bali, who is known for his big heart and is famous for his charity, leaves the Yagna-shala against the advice of his Guru, Shri Shukracharya, and comes to the entrance to meet this Brahmin child. There is a very wonderful exchange between the two, in which the Lord essentially tricks Raja Bali into giving unto Him, everything that he owns, including himself. He asks the king for a piece of land that can be measured in three strides. The king agrees, and the Lord transforms himself into his Viraat (huge) form and measures the entire earth and the skies with two strides. Then He asks Raja Bali where to put His third stride. With nothing else to offer, the King offers himself and the Lord places his foot on the king’s head, and now He owns everything.

But the Lord is also very pleased that the king has kept his word and not tried to wriggle out of it, despite seeing that he has lost everything. He then bestows the kingdom of netherworld to Raja Bali and makes him the king of Paataal Lok (the Netherworlds). And then he asks Raja Bali to make one more wish, and that will be fulfilled. After some thinking, Raja Bali asks for a strange wish. Raja Bali is known as a great devotee of the Lord. (Raja Bali is the grandson of King Prahlad, the great devotee of the Lord, for whose protection he Lord had appeared in the form of Narasimha Avatar). He wishes that he should have darshan of (meeting with) the Lord, every time he enters or exits his palace in Paataal Lok. The Lord is nonplussed, for this means now that He has to sit at the gate of Raja Bali’s palace forever. But the word is already given, and so the Lord is now always standing a the gate of Raja Bali’s palace.

Goddess Lakshmi is very disturbed on hearing this. She visits Raja Bali in the Paataal Lok, on the day of Shraavan Poornima, and professes to be his sister, and takes him be her brother. She ties a sacred thread on his wrist to symbolize their relationship. In return, Raja Bali wants to gift Her with something, so he asks Her to make a wish. She says She is without honor and she would like to get back her honor, and only her brother (Raja Bali) can help her. The she explains that without the Lord, she is leading a life of assumed widowhood, and how can a brother be responsible for this situation. Raja Bali is convinced, and he forthwith releases the Lord from the binding. This occasion became and the symbolism of tying a sacred thread on brother’s wrist, has come to represent one of the most important festivals, as well as a celebration of the sister-brother relationship.

The stories in Hindi films mostly revolve around the family theme, and as such, the relationship between sisters and brother is a mainstay of the storylines in many movies. This festival is also celebrated as part of the storyline in many movies. And yes, of course, there are songs for this occasion. In fact, over the years, a fairly large number of songs have been created and performed on the screen to mark this festival.

This song is from the 1968 film, Ek Phool Ek Bhool. A social drama directed by Kidar Kapoor, the film’s star cast includes Dev Kumar, Zeb Rehman, Jayanti, Sudhir, Madan Puri, KN Singh, Helen, Dulari, Sunder etc. The lyrics are by Indeewar and the composition is by Usha Khanna. On screen, the song is performed by Zeb Rehman Jayanti, who plays the role Dev Kumar’s sister. Dev Kumar is also visible in the clip. There is also a very familiar child actor, who I think is Master Shahid. Other knowledgeable readers, please confirm.

Enjoy is melodious song that celebrates the important day of Raakhi today.

PS-The actress is Jayanthi. The child actor is indeed Master Shahid. Our thanks go to Prakashchandra for these identifications.

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Song-Raakhi kehti hai tumse bhaiyya (Ek Phool Ek Bhool) (1968) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyya
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa

saawan mein padey jab jhooley
bhai na behan ko bhooley
saawan mein padey jab jhooley
bhai na behan ko bhooley
yaad dilaayegi
tum ko meri
har badli saawan ki
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa

chaahoon na sona chaandi
maangoon na heere moti
chaahoon na sona chaandi
maangoon na heer moti
tu mil jaaye
to mil jaaye
sab khushiyaan jeewan ki
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa

chun loon main palkon pe
teri raahon ke kaante
chun loon main palkon pe
teri raahon ke kaante
sukh tere hon
dukh mein le loon
abhilashaa hai mann ki
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa
mere bhaiyyaa
rakhnaa laaj behan ki
ho raakhi kehti hai tum se bhaiyyaa

11 Responses to "Raakhi kehti hai tumse bhaiyya"

Its not Zeb Rehmaan , it s JAYANTHI, who is famous kannada, telugu, tamil movie actress.

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Jayanthi acted in LAAL BANGLA(1966)(with jugal kishore and sujit kumar, I think)(music by usha khanna)
she was there in the picturisation of songs from movie Laal Bangla
a)Haseen waadiyon, fizaaon se keh do..mera yaar mera pyaar leke aayahai(rafi)(with sujit kumar)
b)chaand ko kya maloom chahta hai use koi chakor,woh bechara(mukesh)(with Jugal kishore)

further, she acted as Shammi kapoor`s sister in pramod chakravorthy`s “Tumse achcha kaun hai”

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It is Master shahid, who acted in Aradhanaa,apnadesh and many other films.

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Prakash ji

Thanks for the correction and for the confirmation.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Atulji

thanks for the detailed description of “Raksha bandhan” Festival. It is very much informative.
regards

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It is Sudhir ji who has written this informative article. 😀

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oh sorry, sudhirji,
thank you sudhirji

regards

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This audio link includes the raksha bandhan song of ek phool ek bhool

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audio

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working video

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