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Aayee jhoom ke basant

Posted on: January 28, 2012


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

Greetings to all on the occasion of Basant Panchmi today, the festival that heralds the onset of the spring season. Although it is still the month of Maagh (as per the Hindu calendar) and the beginning of the month of Pha’gun, which is the month of colors, is still a few days hence, the season of colors and freshness has been initiated. (Pha’gun is the month of colors, and the last day of Pha’gun is the celebration of Holi, which will be celebrated on 8th March this year). Basant is also a huge celebration with our brethren across the border, and the festival of kite flying and sumptuous food is already in progress since the day before. In Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Kasur and across all of the Punjab, this festival is energetically celebrated as ‘Jashn-e-Baharaan’ (Celebration of Spring) or simply, Basant.

In north India, after the chill of the winter starts to wane, the season of spring sets in. Spring is considered to be the beginning of new life. It is the season of rebirth and bloom, the season of arrival of happiness. The fields of mustard are blooming with yellow flowers, as if a soft yellow carpet is laid on the earth. The wheat plants start to ripen and swing like gold in the welcome warmth of the sunshine. Gardens are alive as colorful flowers starts blossoming. Today, the day of Basant Panchami, is celebrated as the welcoming of colors and happiness. On this day, people will wear something yellow and in homes, a yellow dish – sweet rice or yellow halwaa, will be prepared. And of course, kite flying is a big sport for today.

This day is another very significant occasion in our Hindu traditions. It is the celebration of Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning and Wisdom.

This day is also one more very special celebration, and that is the celebration of Kaamdev, the God of Love in Hindu traditions. (More about that in the accompanying post on “Ab Aayee Basant Bahaar” 🙂 ).

The song in this post is the quintessential community celebration for Basant Panchami, from the film ‘Upkar’, the biggest hit of 1967. There are so many actors and performers and singers in this song, that I ran out of distinct colors trying to color code the lyrics for all the singers and their combinations. (I ended up using one color for chorus – in the song there are some lines which are male chorus only, some lines which are female chorus only, and some lines which are combined chorus and main singers). In any case, the result is that the lyrics are already very colorful to see, and that is keeping in with today’s spirit of celebrations. 🙂

There are as many as seven singers in this song, and as many performers, with additional actors playing other roles also present in the picturization. The singers and performers list is as follows – Manna Dey singing for Pran, Mahendra Kapoor singing for Manoj Kumar, Asha Bhosle singing for Asha Parekh, Shamshad Begum singing for actress Shammi, actor Sunder singing for himself, Mohan Choti singing for himself, and a singer by the name Mahesh singing for Gulshan Bawra. That is quiet a list.

(Sunder, Shammi, Mohan Choti and Gulshan Bawra play brief cameo roles in this song. Sunder, a widower, has two sons, Mohan Choti and Gulshan Bawra. He is a trader selling nuts, popcorn etc. Shammi (referred to as Pyaari in the song, by Sunder) is also a widow, who owns the ‘bhatti’ (furnace set up), where Sunder sends the stuff from his shop to be heated for selling. And of course, he has eyes for her, trying to convince her for matrimony. The one antaraa all these actors sing in this song, tells the complete story).

Other actors visible in this clip are Manmohan, Prem Chopra, Kamini Kaushal, Manmohan Krishan, Madan Puri and Kanhayyaalal. There is another lady, standing besides Manmohan (at 1:08 in the clip) and later can be seen in the song doing some dance steps with Prem Chopra. She plays the role of Manmohan’s wife in the film. I am not able to place a name to her, and request other knowledgeable readers to kindly help to identify her.

The song is set in a village fair, and there is a lot of fun and exuberance built into the scene. The song itself is structured in three parts. The first antaraa talks about the bonhomie and goodwill amongst all. The second antaraa is the comical exchange between Sunder and Shammi. And the third antaraa is where Asha Parekh steps out to join the dancing and express her inner feelings. The overall picturization is very good, but the third antaraa is just excellent. The manner in which Asha Parekh and Manoj Kumar see each other is superb; their eyes stray on to each other, they will gaze when the other is looking elsewhere, as soon as their gazes meet, one of them turns away the gaze – it is a minute expression, yet a very wonderful expression of first love. There is verve and audacity, and yet the bashfulness and community presence overpowers it – all very tenderly expressed.

‘Upkar’ (1967) is a picture I think one does not need to write a lot about. A huge hit in its own time, riding on the waves of patriotism (post the 1965 conflict), and over the decades, one of the perennial favorites of the TV channels, and of course the publicity machinery of the govt. I remember this anecdote from the late sixties and seventies. One of my cousins in Chandigarh was working for the Public Relations department in the state govt. of Haryana. And he used to tell us that he and many others were on the road almost two weeks every month, and would be showing this picture at every village, and for any and every celebration. So much so he remembers the entire film, dialogues and all, by heart. 😀

Regardless, this was the film that established Manoj Kumar as Mr. Bharat of the Bombay film world, an image that he has carried through all his film career.

(The post is fairly long already, and I will skip the customary film details – to be covered in some other song of this film).

Enjoy this wonderful ‘joie de vivre’ celebration song, and greetings once again for Basant Panchami.


Song-Aayee jhoom ke basant(Upkaar)(1967) Singers-Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Shamshad Begam, Sundar, Mahesh & Mohan Choti, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Manna Dey + Mahendra Kapoor
Mahendra Kapoor + Asha Bhonsle
Chorus

Lyrics

peeli peeli sarson phooli
peeli udey patang
arre peeli peeli uddi chunariya
peeli pagdi ke sang
galey lagaa ke dushman ko bhi
yaar banaa lo
kahey malang

aayee jhhom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aaj rang lo dilon ko. . . oooo
rang lo rang lo dilon ko
ik rang mein
aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke

aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa
hoye hoye
aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa (hoye) aaa
hoye hoye. . .

hai ye dharti sabhi ki
gagan sab kaa
tera mera na kaho
hai ye chaman sabka
ho
tera mera na kaho
hai ye chaman sabka
ho tera mera jo kahe. . . aay aay aay
ho tera mera jo kahe
wo hai chhote dil kaa
kharey dil se badal le
jo hai khotey dil kaa
ho kharey dil se badal le
jo hai khotey dil kaa

ho koi chhotaa na badaa. . . aaa aaa aaa
koi chhotaa na badaa
ho koi khota na kharaa
o jeena seekh lo zaraa
ik naye dhang mein
aayee jhhoom ke
aha o aayee jhhoom ke
oho o aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke

meri hatti ke laakhon mann daaney
daaney
teri bhatti mein bhun gaye jaa ke
o jaa ke
teri bhatti mein bhun gaye jaa ke
dil ko rakhnaa o buddhe bachaa ke
bachaa ke
bhoon daaloongi mein
daanon mein milaa ke
haaye bhoon daaloongi mein
daanon mein milaa ke
o pyaari
phitte moonh chhod pichhaa
arre o hatti waale
tabhi chhodungaa jab tu ne haan ki
o pyaari
tabhi chhodungaa jab tu ne haan ki
budhaape ki sharam kar
phitte moonh bacchon waale
o do do bacchon waale
in ko bhi to zaroorat hai maan ki
o pyaari
in ko bhi to zaroorat hai maan ki
na na baapu. . .
kyaa hai bete
baapu jhoothh na aise bol
hum do here hain anmol
hum ko bhatti mein na rol
apne dil ke sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke
aha o aayee jhhoom ke
oho o aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke

hoye hoye hoye hoye
oye oye oye oye
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaa
hoye hoye
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaa
aaj laage nahin dharti pe mere paaon re
baat dil ki chaahe jaan hi le saaraa gaaon re
aaj laage nahin dharti pe mere paaon re
baat dil ki chaahe jaan hi le saaraa gaaon re
o barse pyaar ki phuaa. . .aar
hooooo oooo oooo
barse pyaar ki phuaar
hai khushi ka ye melaa
aaj rahaa na rahegaa na koi bhi akela
aaj rahaa hai, rahegaa na koi bhi akela
jaane tujh mein kyaa hai. . . aaay
jaane tujh mein kyaa hai baat
tujh ko yaad karoon din raat
dil ye chaahe thhaam ke haath chal doon
tere sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke
aha o aayee jhhoom ke
oho o aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aaj rang lo dilon ko. . . oooo oooo oooo
rang lo rang lo dilon ko
ik rang mein
aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
aayee jhhoom ke basant
jhoomo sang sang mein
heyyy haah

aa haa
aa haa
aa haa
aa haa
o ho
o ho
o ho
o ho
urrrrrrr rrrrrrr yaaaa
o aayee jhhoom ke basant
ho aayee jhhoom ke basant
ho aayee
ho aayee jhhoom ke

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3 Responses to "Aayee jhoom ke basant"

The lady standing besides Manmohan(1:08) is CAROLENE KING.

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Prakash ji

Thanks for the identification. Great. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Happy Basant Panchami to one and all!!!

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