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Aaj hai karwa chauthh sakhi ree

Posted on: October 15, 2011


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

There is one big loss that the society faces of the demise of the radio broadcasts, and the rise of television and other devices. In the decades of 60s and 70s, and maybe even 80s, when radio was the prime mover of entertainment, one could bank upon hearing it somehow, someplace, every place through the day. In the morning radios would be the wake up call at homes, with news, religious music, and film music playing till one left for school or work. Afternoons and evenings again, radio used to play news and music and one could hear the sounds emanating from many households. And yes, radio would play all day at small tea shops, paan shops, and general merchants, and if there was a cricket commentary being broadcast, it was not out of place to see large crowds at tea shops and paan shops.

The loss I am talking about is the one role that this medium played very well. On days of special festivals and celebrations, one could surely hear the songs and music related to that festival played intermittently all day long. So on the day of Raksha Bandhan, the radio would play songs of Raakhi, on 2nd October, one could surely hear songs about Mahatama Gandhi, and the same for practically all other significant religious, social and cultural events. Nowadays, with this medium almost completely out of sight (hearing), one does not get to hear those special songs for festivals and celebrations. A downside for cultural awareness in the society, in my opinion. On a day like today, one misses the reinforcing and reassuring sounds of these festival special songs.

Today is a significant festival especially in North India, celebrating the Karva Chauth. A festival when the ladies fast all day long, from sunrise to moonrise, and pray for the health and long life of their husbands and their relationship. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the month of Kartik, and this year, the celebration is today (15th Oct). There are a number of legends and stories from our history that are cited as the basis for this festival. There is a very detailed write up on this festival, it’s observance, it’s rituals, and a summary of the stories that form the basis, on Wikipedia, at Karwa chauth. The Wikipedia entry even mentions the film Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (1995) wherein there are episodes related to this festival. Over the decades, this festival has appeared in many films and of course has songs written for it. In fact, there is a 1980 film by this name also.

The song I present for today’s celebration is an iconic song from its time, just for its theme, from the film Bahu Beti (1965). This film is a social drama, produced under the banner of Shatrujeet Films, Bombay and directed by T Prakash Rao. It has an impressive star cast that includes Ashok Kumar, Achla Sachdev, Mala Sinha, Joy Mukherjee, Mumtaz, Asheesh Kumar, Mehmood, Chaman Puri, Mukri, Ratnamala, Dhumal, Neelam etc. The songs of this film are penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, and the music is composed by Ravi. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle, supported by chorus. On screen the song is presented by Mala Sinha and Mumtaz, sharing the voice of Asha ji, and a group of other ladies. Also visible in the video clip are Ashok Kumar and Achala Sachdev. The song is a traditional greeting with which the ladies are blessing each other, and wishing for the long life of husbands and the relationship of husband and wife.

Greetings and best wishes to all couples, everywhere for a long and happy married life together.

(NOTE: there is a technical / thematic / presentation error in this clip, near the end. Let us see if readers can catch it.) 🙂

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Song-Aaj hai karwa chauth sakhi ree (Bahu Beti) (1965) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi
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aaj hai karva chauth sakhi ree
maang le sukh ka daan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi ree
maang le sukh ka daan ho

apne sapnon ke swami ka
dhar kar mann mein dhyaan ho
apne sapnon ke swami ka
dhar kar mann mein dhyaan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi ree
maang le sukh ka daan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi

janam janam tak maang ka teri
rang padey na pheekaa
janam janam tak maang ka teri
rang padey na pheekaa

jab tak chamke chaand sitaare
tab tak chamke teekaa
bandhi rahe manbhavte preetam
ke praanon se praan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi ree
maang le sukh ka daan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi

jo koi maange aaj lagan se
yug yug ka sukh paaye
jo koi maange aaj lagan se
yug yug ka sukh paaye

saadh safal ho prem amar ho
jeevan mein ras aaye
aaj har ek naari ko prabhu se
miltaa hai vardaan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi ree
maang le sukh ka daan ho
apne sapnon ke swami ka
dhar kar mann mein dhyaan ho
aaj hai karva chauth sakhi

4 Responses to "Aaj hai karwa chauthh sakhi ree"

technical / thematic / presentation error in this clip :

The moon should be full, and not crescent as shown in the clip. is that right ?

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Nahm ji,

Yes, you have got it correct. 🙂

The image of the moon shown at the end of the song is the size and shape as on the fourth day after a new moon, whereas actually it should be the shape and size as on the fourth day after a full moon. And hence it should be almost a full moon and not a cresecent.

Thanks Nahm ji, 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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