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Ganga tera paani amrit

Posted on: January 26, 2012


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

Here is a song on the occasion of 63rd Indian Republic Day on behalf of all NRIs. Even though we live outside “Bharat”, our heart and soul always remains in India.

As a family, we have taken two tours of North India during our last two visits. The first visit was Delhi, Agra, Haridwar & Rishikesh. While performing aarti at Har Ki Pedhi, couldn’t stop tears running through my eyes. Such a joy to see vast Ganga with tremendous force of unconditional love.

Our second visit was doing Char Dham Yatra. We saw all “different forms of Ganga” flowing through different regions and hence recognized with different names. My kids were so thrilled specially looking at a glacier on one of the peak of Himalaya ranges behind Kedarnath Temple. That environment is so serene & pious, you just don’t want to leave that area. How blessed we Indian are that Lord is bestowing his love in the form of Ganga!

PS-Sudhir jee has now provided some additional information about this song as well as the additional links and lyrics of the song.

This song is played twice in the film. The first time, it is played when the titles are being displayed. Then the second time it is played when the lead characters are grown up, and Navin Nischol is a farmer of the new age. He sings the second part of this song on the screen, which is the version that is the one posted by Khyati ji.

I am including the link for an audio only post, that is a compilation of the two versions.

Audio-Part I and II combined

Part II-video

Song-Ganga tera paani amrit (Ganga Tera Pani Amrit)(1971) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi
Chorus
Male chorus
Female Chorus

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Lyrics-Part I(Provided by Sudhir)
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jai jai Gangey
har har Gangey
jai jai Gangey
har har Gangey

har har Gangey keh ke duniya
tere aage jhukti
tujhi se hum sab jeevan paayen
tujhi se paayen mukti
teri sharan miley to maiyyaa
janam safal ho jaaye
janam safal ho jaaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
Ganga. . .
tera paani amrit
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behtaa jaaye
yug yug se is desh ki dharti
tujh se jeevan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit

aaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa
aaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaaaaq

door Himalaya se tu aayee
geet suhaane gaati
basti basti jungle jungle
sukh sandesh sunaati
teri chaandi jaisi dhaaraa
meelon tak lehraaye
ganga tera paani amrit
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaaa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaaa

kitne suraj ubhare doobe
Ganga tere dwaare
yugon yugon ki kathaa sunnaayen
tere behte dhaare
tujh ko chhod ke Bharat ka
itihaas likhaa naa jaaye
ganga tera paani amrit
is dharti ka dukh sukh tu ne
apne beech samoyaa
jab jab desh ghulaam huaa hai
tera paani royaa
jab jab hum azaad huye hain
tere tat muskaaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behtaa jaaye
yug yug se is desh ki dharti
tujh se jeevan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
Ganga tera paani amrit

———————————
Lyrics-Part II(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)
———————————
Ganga tera paani amrit
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behta jaaye
yug yug se iss desh ki dharti
tujh se jeewan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behta jaaye
yug yug se iss desh ki dharti
tujh se jeewan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aa aa aa aa

kheton kheton tujh se jaagi
dharti par hariyali
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

kheton kheton tujh se jaagi
dharti par hariyali
fasalein tera raag alaapen
jhoome baali baali
tera paani peekar mitti
soney mein dhal jaaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behta jaaye
yug yug se iss desh ki dharti
tujh se jeewan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit

aa aa aa aa
aaaa

aa aa aa aa
aa
aa

aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

tere daan ki daulat oonche
khalihaanon mein dhalti
tere daan ki daulat oonche
khalihaanon mein dhalti
khushiyon ke mele lagte
mehnat ki daali phalti
lahek lahek kar dhoom machaate
teri god ke jaaye

Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behta jaaye
yug yug se iss desh ki dharti
tujh se jeewan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit

oho
lalalalalalalala
aha
aa aa aa
oho
lalalalalalalala
aha
aa aa aa aa aa aa

o o o o o o
o o o o o

goonj rahee hai tere tat par
navjeevan ki sargam
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

goonj rahee hai tere tat par
navjeevan ki sargam
tu nadiyon ka sangam karti
hum kheton ka sangam
yahi woh sangam hai jo
dil ka dil se mel karaaye
Ganga tera paani amrit
jhar jhar behta jaaye
yug yug se iss desh ki dharti
tujh se jeevan paaye
Ganga tera paani amrit

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21 Responses to "Ganga tera paani amrit"

Atulbhai,
Thanks for posting. What a coincidence! On the 63rd Republican Day of India, my 1st post for this blog and Sudhirji’s 300th! Hope to see his 400th post on August 15th, 2012, India’s 65th Independence Day! 🙂

Sorry, It’s Sudhirji’s 301st.

This song and your comments on this, remembered me my same experiences, where I had been to all these places some ten years back.It is really incredible !
Arun Bhat
Margao-Goa..

26th January 2012

Khyati ji,

Kudos; and great to see a post from you. 🙂

I can relate to the emotions you write about, when you were at the Har Ki Pedhi. Whenever I go to Haridwar, always for a long time I simply stand and watch the rushing tumultuous waters of Ganga. Just the sight of this water brings up such a force of elated emotions inside – a real experience of joy.

One small observation. This song is played twice in the film. When the titles are being displayed, at that time part I of this song plays in the background. There is a lead in verse and three antaraas that are played at this time. The link you have given in your post is part II of this song, which is played later in the film.

I am sending the link of the complete audio of this song,and lyrics of the additional antaraas in email to Atul ji. The person who has uploaded this audio has combined the two occurences of this song in the film into one file that plays for

And hope to to see many more posts from you. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

Apologies for the incomplete sentence.in the second last para.

. . . one file that plays for a little over 9 minutes.

Sudhir

Shdirji,
What a small but sharp observation! Yes, I did listen to that audio and realized that I did miss the 1st part.
“tujhi se hum sab jeevan paaye tujhi se paaye mukti”
Actually the 1st part expresses more significance/emotions for me.
“tujh ko chhod ke bharat ka itihaas likha na jaaye….”
chhote the tab vividhbharati pe ye gaana suna kar the the. 25 saal ke baad suna to 1st part yaad nahi raha. Thanks for “completing the circle”.
Just curious- why in the 1st part, the verse is so sad. I have a feeling that at it must be at the end of the movie when someone must have sacrificed his/her life. Have you seen the movie?

Khyati ji,

In the beginning of the film, there is a partition of brothers in a family. Rehman and Pran are brothers, and farmers. Rehman is a widower, and has a son (who grows up to be Navin Nischol). Nirupa Roy plays the role of Pran’s wife and Navin Nischol’s chaachi. They live in a joint family and Nirupa Roy takes care of the young child, along with her own children. In the beginning of the film, Pran makes a decision to give up farming, leave the village, and seek employment elsewhere. He takes his family with him, leaving behind Rehman and his son in the village. Rehman loves the soil, and being a farmer, he does not follow his younger brother. The child is heartbroken because of his chaachi’s departure. After this opening episode, the song starts along with the titles.

You are so right about the emotions and words of the first part, they are definitely much more impressive, and sentimental. Whenever I am in Haridwar and I see the waters of Ganga, the lines always ring in my mind, ‘door Himalaya se tu aayee geet suhaane gaati. . .’. Listening to the first part, it always brings tears to my eyes.

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhirji,
Just found videos of that missing parts. Actually the song is in three parts. Here is the video of Part I which is played during the title.

Part II is the one Atulji has posted.
Part III is played may be at the end. And as I guessed, it’s the sad version. The perfect example to prove why Rafi is worshiped as a “Lord of Emotions” when it comes to expressing emotions through the voice.

Khyati ji,

Just seeing your new post, and the complete set of song clippings. What I wrote in my previous post, it is not fully correct; it has been a while that I saw this film.

Thanks for digging out all the clips and putting them together.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks Sudhirji for the storyline. Now I can make some connection between these videos and character of Pran and Nirupa Roy. As you have noticed pranji ke haath bandhe hai. Looks like his role is like in Purab aur Pachhim where he leaves India and says”Kya diya tumhare Bharat ne? Sirf zero zero zero” Thanks again Sudhirji.

Khyati ji,

Thanks for all the links of this song and the write up . This is your first , so congrats !

I have this song on radio many times but saw the video for the first time. When i saw the photo on screen of Navin Nischal, i said what a lucky fellow to get to sing another iconic song. In his not so successful career he has lip synched some great songs, like “tum jo mil gaye ho” “Raat kali ek khwaab mein aayi” and “Chaal mein thumka gaal pe jhumka” etc.

And seeing NIrupa Roy die in this scene, reminds of numerous death scenes the prodigal son Amitabh Bachhan has done. Mr. Bachan , should have taken a leaf a out of his mother’s death scene and saved some film reels.

Thanks Nahmji for encouraging words. I agree with you on Navin Nischal’s luck! He got one of THE BEST song of Rafi/Madan Mohan’s combo, Tum Jo mil Gaye ho….. Aur Rafi Sahab to Rafi sahab thhe. Chhota ho ya bada kalakaar, he just gave his best voice and made them “recognized” in the film industry.
Amitabh-Nirupa Roy must be the most popular pair of “maa beta” relation in hindi film industry.

Congrats Khyathiji
on your first post

regards
prakash

Thanks Prakashji.

Khyatiji, u are doing a great job by giving us such lovely lyrics.Thanks.

zinobia

Thanks Zinobiaji for encouraging words. Half credit goes to Sudhirji as he has provided the Part I.

Khyati ji,
Congrats on your FIRST write up !
-AD

Arunji,
Thanks. Missed your write ups last few days.

Khyati ji !! a very nice post and all comments there are full of emotions! who else other than Sahir Ludhiyanvi could do that, he has given words to our emotions for ‘Ganga’ – the soul of India !!!

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