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Main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re

Posted on: August 27, 2011


There are a few milestones in this blog that I eagerly look forward to. One of them is the obvious milestone of century songs. Every song that marks the completion of a century is a special song for this blog and we celebrate it by discussing a special song on that occasion. There have been 44 such occasions for this blog.

Then there are the occasions when individual artists complete their own centuries of songs. Getting the artists to reach their centuries is easy if they are as prolific as Lata or Rafi, but that is not the case for all artists. I consciously try and discuss songs of those artists who are short of their individual centuries so that they may be able to reach the coveted three figure mark.

One hundred or more songs of a artist in this blog is an indication that the concerned artist had a long and fruitful innings in Hindi movies and that he made significant contributions in enriching his chosen field of activity. I am very happy and proud of the fact that as many as 45 individual centuries have been notched up in this blog. It included 18 music directors, 14 singers and 13 lyricists. The fact that so many of their songs figure in this blog is an affirmation of the fact that all these artists have been the major contributors in enriching the Hindi movie music world during its golden era and in some cases, even before that era.

There are still some artists whose representation in this blog has yet to reach three figure marks and it is my font hope to see them reach the figure as soon as possible. And every time an artist reaches the mark, it is a time for pure joy as far as I am concerned.

And it gives me great joy to announce that Kavi Pradeep also joins the list of centurions with this post. All those who have heard songs penned by Pradeep will agree that he has been a major pillar of Hindi movie music. His contributions in fact go far beyond writing songs for Hindi movies. His influence has extended far beyond.

Kavi Pradeep, whose actual name was Ramchandra Baryanji Dwivedi, was born on 6th february 1915 and he began writing lyrics for Hindi movie songs in late1930s, when he was barely in his twenties. His first movie as a lyricist was “Kangan” (1939). He wrote four songs in it and he sang three of them himself. which was followed by “Bandhan” (1940). If the songs of “Kangan” (1939) were popular, then the songs of “Bandhan” (1940) became all time classics. The song “Chal Chal Re naujawan” from this song became a war cry for freedom fighters who were fighting British rule in India. This movie also had the timeless classic song for chana zor garam vendors called Chane jor garam babu . This song became so popular among roadside chana zor vendors that they would sing this song while vending their wares for decades. I have personally heard this song being sung by roadside vendors in 1970s ! And this song inspires a few more Chana Zor garam songs in Hindi movies in later decades.

In the 1940s, Pradeep figured as lyricist in movies that made history in more ways than one. “Kismat” (1943), which was the biggest hit movie of all times till then (and whose record was broker only in 1975 by Sholay ) had some timeless classic songs in it. One of these songs was a patriotic song called Door hato ae duniya waalon Hindustan hamaara hai (Kismat) . This song was purportedly meant to be a song addressed at Japanese who were at war with Britain and other allied forces, and the British controlled censors also bought this fact. But as this song became well known, no one was left in any doubt that this song was actually meant to rally Indians against their British rulers. The Briotish government sprng into action and the censor board top official was removed, and action was initiated to get this song banned. An arrest warrant was issued against Pradeep, who went underground. But the public mood was so much swayed by this song that the British had no option but to climb down from their hard line. The song stayed un banned and the arrest warrant against Pradeep was also quitely withdrawn.

After independence, Pradeep wrote songs on relevant themes like aftermath of partition,nation building,patriotic songs, songs on social evils etc. And his lyrics, in all these songs, hit home with the audience. Who can forget songs like Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat.. Kitna badal gaya insaan(Nastik)(1954), Aao bachchon tumhe dikhaayen jhanki Hindustan ki(Jaagriti)(1954), De di hamen aazaadi bina khadg bina dhaal(Jaagriti)(1954), Ham laaye hain toofaan se kishti nikaal ke (Jaagriti) and the non movie patriotic song par excellence Ae mere watan ke logon zaraa aankh mein bhar lo paani

Pradeep also sang songs, and these songs had a pied piper like effect on the listeners. In fact, his voice holds that magical sway over the listeners even today.

It is wrong to assume that Pradeep was only into writing songs on serious issues of national importance. He has also written songs in religious movies, romantic movies, fun movies etc. And his lyrics are just as impressive in these songs as they are in case of his serious songs.

Kavi Pradeep was active in Hindi movies from late 1930s till early 1970s. If his first few movies made waves, then his last few movies, coming at the fag end of his career, were no less impressive. Take the songs of “Sambandh” (1969) for example. This movie had O P Nayyar as the music director, and he himself was towards the end of his career and he was finding himself with very few friends in the industry.O P Nayyar and Kavi Pradeep were working together for the first time in their careers. And this movie saw O P Nayyar working with singers whom he did not regard high vis a vis his usual singers. This movie had singers like Mukesh, Hemant Kumar and Mahendra Kapoor.

Despite all this, the songs of this movie turned out to be great hits with music lovers. Who can forget songs like andhere mein jo baithhe hain , Apni maata ke dulaare bachche and last but not the least Chal akela chal akela chal akela tera mela chhoota raahi chal akela !

Enough of serious stuff. I have mentioned that Kavi Pradeep could write light hearted stuff with equal ease. Here is just the song to illustrate this fact. This song is from “Jhoola” (1941), which to my mind was a path breaking movie, which continued to inspire movie makers for decades. In fact, this movie was certainly the inspiration for ‘Padosan” (1968). You do not believe me ? You will believe me, when I tell you that the first few lines of the padosan song Ek chatur naar(Padosan)(1968) were taken from the comedy song Ek chatur naar karkar singaar (Jhoola) , which was sung by Ashok Kumar and it was picturised on Ashok Kumar as well.

Mehmood (Producer of Padosan) and Kishore Kumar (singer of Padosan songs) were well aware of “Jhoola” (1942) seeing that Ashok Kumar (Kishore Kumar’s brother and Mehmood’s father (Mumtaz Ali) had acted in “Jhoola” (1942).

This great fun song is in fact picturised on Mumtaz Ali and a lady as a stage song. This lady, who plays his partner in his stageshows is someone I am unable to identify. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify her. She in fact is visible in another song of this movie namely Aaj mausam salona salona re (Jhoola).

This great song, which remains popular to this day, is sung by Arun Kumar and Rehmat Bano. Saraswati Devi is the music director.

So here is this 100th song of Kavi Pradeep as a lyricist. And I am happy to see Kavi Pradeep become the 46th artist and 14th lyricist to reach his century of songs in this blog.


Song-Main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re (Jhoolaa) (1941) Singers-Arun Kumar, Rehmat Bano, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD-Saraswati Devi

Lyrics

main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re
ae baabu jee
main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re
ae baabu jee
meraa Bambai se baalam aayaa re
ae baabu jee
meraa Bambai se baalam aayaa re
ae baabu jee
main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re
ae baabu jee

beewi meri naazuk
sajan albelaa
beewi meri naazuk
sajan albelaa
naye zamaane ke Majnu aur Lailaa
naye zamaane ke Majnu aur Lailaa
sone mein suhaagaa milaayaa re
ai baabu jee
sone mein suhaagaa milaayaa re
ai baabu jee

baabu jee main hoon saudaagar ki chhori
baabu jee main hoon saudaagar ki chhori
haay sainyaa ne kar li mere dhan ki chori
hain chori kaisi chori
inane gupchup
inane gupchup meraa dil churaayaa re
ae baabuu jee
inane gupchup meraa dil churaayaa re
ae baabuu jee
meraa Bambai se baalam aayaa re
ae baabu jee

ae baabu jee itni araj suno mori
baabu jee itni araj suno mori
arre maine kal hi to Dilli mein
iske baap kaa karjaa chukaayaa re
ae baabu jee
iske baap kaa karjaa chukaayaa re
ae baabu jee

mere baap kaa naam na lenaa
jhoothon ke sardaar
warnaa kaan pakad kar doongi
gaali bees hazaar
dekho-dekho jee
dekho-dekho jee hazaar
hamko chhedo naa bekaar
warnaa meraa bhi gussaa sawaayaa re
ae baabu jee
warnaa meraa bhi gussaa sawaayaa re
ae baabu jee

pyaari guiyaan aao aao
saari baaten bhool jaao
pyaari guiyaan aao aao
saari baaten bhool jaao
bolo meri qasam
haan haan
haan haan haan
bolo meri qasam
haan haan
teri qasam
tere bhai ki qasam
teri ammaa ki qasam
tere baap ki qasam
aaj mausam salonaa aayaa re
ae baabu jee
aaj mausam salonaa aayaa re
ae baabu jee

aaj mausam salonaa
salona re
haan salona re
din salona ritu saloni
mausam salona re
chamke chhamachham mere sapne
chamke chhamachham mere sapne
jaise chaandi ye sona re
aaj mausam salona
salona re
haan salona re
din salona ritu saloni
mausam salona re

14 Responses to "Main to Dilli se dulhan laayaa re"

Atul ji,

Congratulations on achieving this milestone. The speed with which Kavi Pradeep’s songs were appearing for the last few days, I too was eagerly awaiting this event.

In the minds of listeners, the names like Shailendra, Hasrat, Sahir, Majrooh, Shakeel, Anand Bakshi, Jaan Nissar, Raja Mehndi, Gulzar etc. are well recognized, as these poets are associated with many big name movies and music directors. There is another very large number of poets like Pradeep, Asad Bhopali, Anjaan, Indeewar, Saraswati Kumar Deepak, khumar Barabankawi, Neeraj, PL Santoshi, SH Behari, DN Madhok, Prem Dhawan, Verma Malik, Gulshan Bawra, etc. who have had fairly long innings in the industry, and have contribute a huge body of poetry to the Hindi film music. But they are not so well remembered, and not recognized for their contributions.

I really appreciate that through this blog, we are honoring such poets (and other artists too), and recognizing their established place in the annals of this heritage.

With best wishes for many many more such milestones to appear on this blog in the coming days.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thanks a lot for your detailed comment about the major lyricists.

As far as this blog is concerned, the relative number of songs of various lyricists are more or less proportionate to the body of work contributed by them in their chosen field Thus we find that we have lyricists like Majrooh Sultanpuri, Rajinder Krishan, Anand Bakshi, Shailendra etc leading the way as they did in the Hindi movie world.

But we have seen ample evidence that even the artists with lesser volume of work were qualitatively no less when it came to enriching music world with their contributions. It gives me great pleasure whenever I see a lyricist reach three figure mark. This blog features over two hundred lyricists. 14 of them have reached theirthree figures. Next in line are lyricists like Asad Bhopali, D N Madhok, Gulzar, Jaan Nisaar Akhtar, P L Santoshi, S H Bihari, Anjaan,Neeraj, Gulshan Baawra etc. I look forward to the day when all of them will have their individual centuries against their names in this blog.

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Atul ji,
Congratulations for completing a century of Pradeep’s songs.
Kavi Pradeep was really a very fortunate person to have started his career with films like Kangan, Bandhan and Jhoola.
That was the time actually,the Hindi film industry was entering its Golden age.1942 was an year when major events took place in the industry which changed its face completely.
In 1942,Suraiya started singing with Nai Dunia debut
Filmistan studio was established by S,Mukherji and Ashok kumar
A.R.Kardar started his own studio
Mehboob khan started his own studio
Homi Wadia established Basant Pictures in place of Wadia Movietone
V.Shantaram broke away from Prabhat and started his own Rajkamal Kalamandir,named after his father RAJaram and mother KAMALabai.

Not only this,1942 also saw entry of several musical films like Saigal’s Bhakta Surdas,Madhubala’s first film as a child-Basat,Bharat Bhushan’s first film-Bhakta Kabir,Bharat Milap,Jawab,Khandaan,Roti,C.Ramchandra’s first film-Sukhi Jivan,Zamindaar etc.
The hindi film music was prospering and it needed new Lyricists,Composers,Singers.Kavi Pradeep succeeded in all this competitive atmosphere and made a name for himself.At one time,he was the most desired Lyricist in the industry and he disappointed none !
Despite all the fame and success,Pradeep remained a simple man,non pompous and helpful.
All this culminated at the end with the ultimate recognition by the people and the Govternment when he was honoured with Rashtriya Kavi award.
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Thanks a lot for your informative comments. Indeed, now that you mentiion it, 1940s was very exciting time indeed and Kavi Pradeep did a wonderful job as a lyricist and carved a unique niche for himself, not only in movie industry, but also in public mind.

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Name of Bharat Vyasji should also be added to the list of lyricists.

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Yes, he has also completed his century of songs in this blog.

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What I like the most about some of the Hindi film lyricists and poets was that apart from earning livelihood from writing film songs, they used Hindi films as a medium of transmitting their views on religion, politics, war & peace, philosophy of life etc.
Kavi Pradeep was one of the foremost among such lyricists.

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Indeed, Kavi Pradeep’s songs helped the causes of freedom fighting, social reforms, calling attention to problems, nation building etc. He also wrote songs on religious matters, philosopy etc as mentioned by you. And he was quite progressive in his views on these matters.

And his lyrics, which were often in chaste Hindi, were a delight to listen to.

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Am very happy to see another milestone being reached here. Pradeep’s writing was always full of fire and passion, even if he was not as well known commercially as many others. His poems for the freedom fight are among the best out there and he will always be remembered and respected by those who look beyond routine entertainment.

Congrats, Atul, for getting this 100 too.

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Thanks a lot, Raja.Pradeep was indeed all fire and brimstone, and he believed in calling a spade a spade, be it human beings, or even Gods. 😀

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Atulji
Badhaayiyaan!!!!

“Aap aisi hi safalathaaon ki nayee nayee bulandiyon ko chhothe jaayiye. Aapki khushi mein , ham sab ki khushiyaan aur haardik shubhkaamnaayein shaamil hai aur hameshaa rahega.”

with love and regards
prakash

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Thanks a lot. I am happy when I see different artists reach their century of songs. Pradeep richly deserved it, and there are also others who too deserve their centuries.

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Atul ji,
The actress who is in the above song with Mumtaz Ali,is SHAHAJADI.
She acted in few silent movies and then acted in films like Adhar-45,Badalati Duniya-43,Behan-41,Barsat ki ek raat-48 Dekhoji-47 etc.
She was in Jhoola-41 also and can be seen in another song also,”aaj mausam salona….”.
-AD

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Thanks a lot for this information. I was trying to find her name for quite some time.

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