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More man ki nagariya basaayi re Maadho jee

Posted on: August 31, 2011


When one has to find details about Hindi movie songs, especially old songs, one has to be quite wary of the authenticity of the information. There are information about old songs that are incorrect. If such an information appears in one site, then it is faithfully cut and pasted by all other sites, and with time it becomes Gospel.

There are some well respected sources and the information contained in them are often taken as the last word on the subject even by sceptics. But sometimes even these sources can be wrong.

I would like to illustrate by point by means of this song from “Kanchan” (1941). Almost all sources on internet including the venerable Geet Kosh mentions that Leela Chitnis and Parul Ghosh are the singers of this song. So all other sites on internet have faithfully reproduced this information.

The question is, has anyone from any of these sites ever heard this song to check if the singers are actually Leela Chitnis and Paruyl Ghosh ? I bet that no one has taken the trouble to check it out.

When I heard this song, I found that the song is sung by a female voice followed by a male voice. I took the female voice to be Leela Chitnis’s because she has sung another song in this song and the voices match,. But the other voice clearly sounded masculine. Could it be so that Parul Ghosh who was a female had a voice like that ? I listened to a few songs sung by Parul Ghosh and found that she had a proper feminine voice. So the voice of this “Kanchan” song cannot be the voice of Parul Ghosh, no matter what all the sources on internet say. On this count, even Geet Kosh is wrong, if there also Parul Ghosh is mentioned as the singer.

Was there any site on intenet that dared to tell the facts ? I found that fortunately, smriti.com mentioned that fact that the mention of Parul Ghosh as a singer is incorrect. There the name of the male singer is mentioned as Muzumdar.

I would like to go with the information contained in smriti.com.

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this singer because this appears to be the only song sung by this singer.

Here is this song from “Kanchan” (1941). This song is a Krishna bhajan. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Gyan Dutt is the music director.


Song-More man ki nagariyaa basaayi re Madho jee (Kanchan) (1941) Singer-Leela Chitnis, Mazumdar, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee

more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee

jhole khaati si jeewan ki naiyya
jhole khaati si jeewan ki naiyya
bane man ke basaiyya khiwaiyya
bane man ke basaiyya khiwaiyya
dagmagaati kinaare lagaayi re
dagmagaati kinaare lagaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee

more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee

Maadho Maadho jagat pukaare
Maadho Maadho jagat pukaare
main kahoon re mera kaala
main kahoon re mera kaala
main kahoon ur mera kaala
main kahoon ur mera kaala
jab jab peed bane Bhakton pe
jab jab peed bane Bhakton pe
pahunche baansuriwaalaa

Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee
more man ki nagariya basaayi re
Maadho jee
Maadho jee

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6 Responses to "More man ki nagariya basaayi re Maadho jee"

Atul ji,

Here is some more information regarding the singing voices for this song. I checked out the original 78 rpm record for this song, which is fortunately available with my friend (bless him 🙂 ).

The names of the singers are printed as ‘Ghosh, Leela Chitnis’. Now the name ‘Ghosh’ is not fully spelt out on the label, and so it is very difficult to determine the full real name of the singer.

I did a quick scan of the films listed in the Geet Kosh, plus minus two years with this film, and came up with the following list of artists with last name as Ghosh.

As Singers:
– Parul Ghosh
– Mrinal Ghosh
– Suprava Ghosh
– Sudha Ghosh
– Shrimati Ghosh

As Music Directors:
– Pannalal ghosh
– Ashok Ghosh
– Gyan Prakash Ghosh

I am listing the music directors also for a reason. In those years, as per the listings, it is not uncommon for music directors to also be singing one (or more) songs, even for films for which they are not composing music. E.g. there are songs sung by Anil Biswas, Gyan Dutt, SN Tripathi etc.

Of the above listed names, the possibilities for the male voice can be
1. Mrinal Ghosh
2. Suprava Ghosh (need to cofirm if this is a male person)
3. Pannalal Ghosh
4. Ashok Ghosh
5. Gyan Prakash Ghosh
However, in the scan I did, I could not locate any songs sung by the music directors listed at 2, 3 and 4.

Apparently, the entry ‘Parul Ghosh’ in Geet Kosh is incorrect. And also, the information from smriti.com is possibly a guess work. There are two singer’s names appearing in the films for the period I checked, and that is Neenu Mazumdar and Robin Mazumdar.

Given that the record label states the name as ‘Ghosh’, we have to consider the names 1 to 5 listed above. The next step (of identifying the specific name) could be even more difficult, because I am not sure if any relevant documentation, more appropriate and relevant than the record label, can be reseached and located.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks a lot for this painstaking research work. So now we can atleast say that the singer was a male singer called Ghosh, even if his first name is not known as of now.

Yes, that is correct.

Oops, a correction. The last line in the third last para says
“However, in the scan I did, I could not locate any songs sung by the music directors listed at 2, 3 and 4.”

It should read
“However, in the scan I did, I could not locate any songs sung by the music directors listed at 3, 4, and 5.”

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji / Atul ji,

There was a singing actor ROBIN MAJUMDAR in the 40s.He acted in Arabian Nights-46,Pehchan-46,Jhooti kasamen-48,Jawani ki aag-51 etc.
I have definite information about his film ARABIAN NIGHTS-46 in which he acted with Kanan devi,devi mukherjee,Nawab etc.The film was directed by Niren Lahiri and the MD was Kamal Dasgupta.Lyricist was Fayyaz hashmi.
There is a song “Aak tune nakkaaraa yeh dil mera”,sung by Kanan Devi,Robin Majumdar and chorus.It is a very interesting song with lot of meaningless words in the begining.
He might have sung many more songs,I have not checked.
you can work on this lead further.
-AD

Atul ji/Sudhir ji,

My two cents on identifying the male singer in the song.

With a voice matching exercise, I feel that the male voice in the song may be of Ninu Mazumdar. There are listing of a few songs sung by him in the films of 1942 also.

Incidentally, one of the actors in the film ‘Kanchan’ (1941) was Nagendra Mazumdar. Ninu Mazumdar’s father’s name was also Nagendra Mazumdar who was a film producer during the silent film era. Later on he seems to have acted in dozen films mostly with Ranjit Movietone in the 1940s.

‘Kanchan’ (1941) was produced under the banner of Chitra Productions. Leela Chitnis produced this film jointly with C R Gwalani. However, all infrastructure and support including some actors, music director etc was taken from Ranjit Movietone.

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