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O saawan ke din aaye re

Posted on: August 2, 2012


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

I am familiar with the Hindi film ‘Sikandar-e-Azam’ (1965) which I had watched on Doordarshan long ago. How can I forget the iconic song “jahan daal daal par sone ki chidiyan karti hai basera” which used to be played on our Independent Day and the Republic Day. A few months back, I came to know that there was another film ‘Sikandar’ with the same story line which was released in 1941. The film was produced under the banner of Minerva Movietone owned by Sohrab Modi and directed by him. The star cast included Prithviraj Kapoor ( Sikandar), Sohrab Modi ( King Porus), Vanmala (Ruksana), Sheela, Meena Shorey ( Prarthhna, Kign Ambi’s sister), K N Singh ( King Ambi of Taxila) etc.

The audio-video quality of the full movie clip as well as video clips of the songs from ‘Sikandar’ were so poor that there was no point in watching the movie or video clips of the songs. A few days back, I noticed that a high quality full movie clip of this film was uploaded on YT. Probably, the uploader had re-mastered the video from the VHS tape. I watched the movie a few hours back. The movie was so absorbing that as far as I remember, this was my first film which I watched on my laptop in one sitting. There was not a single moment of boredom. Even some of the melodramatic scenes were kept short. The film had huge and lavish sets perhaps comparable to that used in some of the Hollywood films of that time. The battle scenes with hundreds of persons, horses and elephants participating were nicely picturised despite the limitation of the technology of film shooting at that time.

The performances of both Prithviraj Kapoor and Sohrab Modi were outstanding. There were no over-dramatics in dialogue deliveries by both the actors. The best part of the film was the dialogues written by Pandit Sudarshan. There were at least a dozen ‘punch line’ dialogues between Prithviraj Kapoor and Sohrab Modi which must have received a loud round of applause from the audience in those days. Prithviraj Kapoor looked very handsome and having seen him as a young man, I can say that he was the cutest among all his subsequent generation of Kapoors. His style of dialogue delivery in this film was quite different from what I had seen him in many of his later films like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Sikandar-e-Azam’ (1965) etc. His dialogue delivery and smile reminded me of Shashi Kapoor in his 70 and 80’s films.

This was Prithviraj Kapoor’s first film on his return to Bombay (Mumbai) after quitting New Theatres. This film was released in the midst of World War II and Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Quit India’ movement . With an intense patriotic fervour prevailing in India at that time, the film was a super hit at the box office. The success of this film resulted in Prithviraj Kapoor getting roles in many period movies from the 40s to 60s including ’Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Rustam Sohrab’(1963), ‘Sikandar-e-Azam’ (1965) etc. Incidentally, this was the debut film for Meena Shorey in the role of a sister of King Ambi of Taxila.

We are in the midst of the Hindu month of Saawan and today is Raksha Bandan or Rakhi Purnima day. For this occasion, I have chosen one of the oldest ‘saawan’ song of the Hindi films ‘ saawan ke din aaye re’ from ‘Sikandar’ (1941) for discussion. The song is sung by Sheela, one other female singer, two male singers (whom I am unable to identify) and Chorus. The song was written by Pandit Sudarshan. There were two music directors in this film – Meer Saheb and Rafiq Ghaznavi. I have not been able to get the information as to which one of them composed the music for this song. It is a typical saawan song with teej festival like scenarios. There is a scene in the song in which the girls tie raakhi on the wrists of men folks. Vanmala (Ruksana) watches this scene. After the end of the song, Sheela explains her the tradition behind tying raakhi. After hearing this, Ruksana goes to King Porus to tie a raakhi onhis wrist for the protection of Sikandar (whom she is in love with) during the battle. King Porus keeps his words and restrains himself from attacking Sikandar personally even though he had a chance to kill him.

This is the first song from this film to make an appearance in this blog.

Video

Song-O saawan ke din aaye re (Sikandar)(1941) Singer-Sheela, 1st Male Singer, Female Singer, 2nd Male Singer, Lyrics- Pt Sudarshan, MD-

Female Singer +2nd Male Singer, male chorus, female chorus

Lyrics

o saawan ke din aaye re
saawan ke din aaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re
ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

kab lag odhoon puraani chunariyaa
kab lag odhoon puraani chunariyaa
sundar roop lajaaye
haaye haaye
sundar roop lajaaye
mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o saawan ke din aaye re
saawan ke din aaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re
ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

nayi chunariyaa roop nikhaare
nayi chunariyaa roop nikhaare
laal chunariyaa chandra ubhaare
laal chunariyaa chandra ubhaare
dekhat man lalchaaye re
haay haaye
dekhat man lalchaaye re
mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o saawan ke din aaye re
saawan ke din aaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re
ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

aa gayo ban mein ritu matwaare
aa gayo ban mein ritu matwaare
chhaa gayo man mein prem ko maare
chhaa gayo man mein prem ko maare
joban shor machaaye re
joban shor machaaye re
mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o saawan ke din aaye re
saawan ke din aaye re
mohe laagi gujariyaa
mohe laagi gujariyaa

sab jag maas (?) manaaye re
sab jag maas(?) manaaye re
mohe laagi najariyaa
mohe laagi najariyaa

gujar gayi joban ki batiyaan
gujar gayi joban ki batiyaan

beet gayi rang ras ki ratiyaa
beet gayi rang ras ki ratiyaa

kaun gayi ritu laaye re
kaun gayi ritu laaye re
mohe laagi gujariyaa
mohe laagi gujariyaa

o saawan ke din aaye re
saawan ke din aaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

o ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re
ghar ghar saaj sajaaye re

mangwaa de chunariyaa
mangwaa de chunariyaa

7 Responses to "O saawan ke din aaye re"

Lovely to see this song posted today. In fact I was thinking just a few minutes ago that this song should be posted today since it is perfect for the occasion.

This much-improved version on youtube now is none other than the version worked on by Tom. This is one of the projects Ava and I were also involved in. I did the subtitling, Ava did the song translations, Tom did the work on the video/audio side. As always, he has done a fantastic job with this one too. It is a pleasur to watch a video, once Tom has done his magic on it.

The movie is also a wonderful movie. Indeed Prithviraj Kapoor is amazingly handsome in this.

There are other good songs in this movie too – hopefully they will be added to the blog soon.

Thanks very much for this write-up, Kamathji.

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I had half guessed that this much improved version that Mr Kamath discovered must be Toom’s magic, with subtitling done by you.

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So it is a threesome job. Well done.
Tom’s work on video quality improvement is magical. It is for this reason that I always prefer his video clips for song discussion on this blog. Unfortunately, about six months back YT terminated his account and we lost lots of his work. Now that he has been reinstated on YT, I am sure he would upload many more videos in the days to come.

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Kamath ji,
Perhaps you are aware of the special project of ” EDU PRODUCTIONS ” undertaken by our memsaab ji.
Under this project they decided to make rare and difficult to get films of the bygone era avalable on’ you tube’ after properly restoring its prints.This work,according to memsaab,is done by “a team of Tom,Raja ji ,Ava ji,and others”.
In this scheme so far the following films are made available-
Achhut Kanya-36
Amar Jyoti-36
Babul-50
Daaera-53
Dil apna aur preet parayi-60
Mujhe jeene do-63
Pagla kahin ka-70
Pukar-39
Raj Nartaki-41
Shikast-53
Sikander-41.
Most of these films can be seen only with a link from memsaab’s blog.
You may be aware of it,but it may be a new info for our other readers,hence this note.
-AD

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I was aware of these films but did not know that it was a part of the special project undertaken by memsaab. Thanks for bringing this to the notice of all the readers.

Some of these films are there in Tom’s channel in YT. I guess you missed to mention ‘Shahjehan’ (1946) which is there in Tom’s channel..

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Kamath ji,
Shahjehan-46 is in Tom’s channel,but it is not a part of Edu Productions,hence the name is not there.
-AD

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The audio/visuals are just as excellent as restored & digitally remastered Hollywood oldies! Many congrats to the team & Memsaab and of course this blog which is virtual fountainhead of information! Thanks a ton to Atul & his team for treating to excellent music everyday!

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