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Chanda des piyaa ke jaa

Posted on: December 27, 2011

“Bharthari” (1944) is a movie that I became aware of when I discovered a wonderful song from this movie and discussed it in this blog. No information of any sort was available on this movie on internet till then. But our in house encyclopaedia, Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh had exhaustive information about him which he shared with us in his comments to that post.

Here is what he had to share with us:-

BHARTHARI-1944 was a movie by Navin pictures,directed by Chturbhuj Doshi with music by Khemchand Prakash.

The correct name is Bhartrihari,but the common name is Bharthari.

Raja Bharthari was a king of Ujjain either in the 1st or 7th century. There are many folktales about him in North india where he was famous as a saint.He was also a subject matter of many films like-
” -1932
” -1944
Rajyogi Bharthari-1954
pingala Bharthari-1990 and
Raja Bharthari(Gujarathi)-1973

The music of this film was very popular.The story is,King Bharthari goes on a Hunt when he sees a young woman jumping on the burning pyre of her dead husband(Sati).He comes home and asks his queen Pingala if she would also do the same after his death.The queen replies, No, because she will die the moment she hears about his death. The king wants to test this and goes for hunting once again. From there he sends a false message of his death. Hearing the news,the queen dies instantly. The king is repentent and mourns very much. Hearing this episode,Guru Gorakhnath comes and creates 750 images of pingla and also makes her alive. The king realises the futility of this mortal world, renounces everything and becomes a saint.

The film cast was Surendra as Bharthari,Mumtaj Shanti as Queen Pingala and Nagendra(who later became Pahadi Sanyal) as guru Gorakh nath, Kajjan, Sulochana, Dave, Babar etc.
The music was outstanding, particularly Amirbai-Surendra duet ‘Bhiksha dede maiyya pingala…’

Here is another nice song from this movie. This song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki, and based on the star cast given by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, I guess that the song is picturised on Mumtaz Shanti.

Pt Indra Chandra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khemchand Prakash.

Song- Chandaa des piyaa ke jaa (Bharthari)(1944) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Khemchand Prakash


aa aa
des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
saajan hamre bhoole hamko
saajan hamre bhoole hamko
saajan hamre bhoole hamko
saajan hamre bhoole hamko
unhen manaa kar laa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
o chandaa des piyaa ke jaa

sundar manhar ritu hai suhaayi
madhuban mein kyun birahaa banaayi
itni sunaakar aaj
itni sunaakar aaj
itni sunaakar aaj
itnii sunaakar aaj
o chanda
des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa
chandaa des piyaa ke jaa

saanjh bhaye main deepak jalti
raat raat bhar oas si dhalti
jaa ke yaad dilaa
aa aa
jaa ke yaad dilaa
aa aa
jaa ke yaad dilaa
jaa ke yaad dilaa
o chandaa,
des piyaa ke jaa
des piyaa ke jaa
des piyaa ke jaa

1 Response to "Chanda des piyaa ke jaa"

Got the opportunity to listen this beautiful number after decades and lost in the childhood memories. In olden golden days when the gramophone disc of this song was played,we used to sing along as its music was so simple to follow.


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