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Raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi

Posted on: August 2, 2012


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

Greetings all readers, for the celebration of the festival of Raksha Bandhan, or Raakhi as it is more popularly known.

Today is the full moon day, i.e. the last day of the month of Shravan (Saawan) of the Hindu calendar. Traditionally, the monsoon rains have already set in. The fields that were ploughed and upturned, after the last harvest and before the arrival of rains, are now fully prepared for sowing. For the farmers and their families, this is the auspicious beginning of the sowing season – another crop to tend to, another harvest to look forward to. In most of North India, the farmers will start to sow the wheat crop from this day.

Raksha Bandhan – means ‘a bond of protection’. The festival is a celebration of the chaste relationship of brothers and sisters. On this day, the sisters tie the auspicious colorful threads on the wrist of brothers, and pray for his well being and prosperity. In return, the brother prays for the safety and well being of his sisters, and renews his vows to protect her and be with her in times of difficulties.

Besides the celebration and honoring of the relationship between the brothers and sisters, this day is also celebrated for one more reason. This day is the celebration of the Upakarmam, or the celebration of the holy thread. Many Hindus, especially the ones who are initiated and have accepted the student’s (shishya) vows from a Guru, will wear a new holy thread, the Upamanyu, or ‘janeyu’ (or ‘jinai’) on this day. The initiated will make an offering of water to their ancestors and to the Sages (Rishis) of the past, to honor their memory and to express their gratitude for this birth and for the knowledge. In that sense, it a humble acknowledgement and honor for our benefactors from our history. It is this memory and this acknowledgement that is the basis, and the protection for our continued existence.

And thus, this concept of the ‘bond of protection’ permeates our lives in so many ways.

The origins of this tradition are as old as history itself. The tales of the ancient history of Sanatan Dharma contain many reference to this bond of protection and its celebration. There are narratives from the tales of Lord Vishnu and Raja Bali, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha and his wives Riddhi and Siddhi, the Mother Goddess Santoshi Maa, Lord Krishna and Draupdi, Lord Varuna (the God of Water), Lord Yama (the God of Dharma and Justice), Lord Indra (the King of Gods), and many more. From the more recent histories, there are tales of this ‘bond of protection’ relating to King Porus and Queen Roxanna (the wife of Alexander, the Great), Rani Karnawati of Chittaur and Emperor Humayun, and stories about exchange of this ‘bond of protection’ between the royal families of neighboring kingdoms. In more recent times, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore started the tradition of community Rakhi celebrations in which all members of the community commit to protect each other and the society. When this ‘bond of protection’ is shared and celebrated with close friends and neighbors, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.

The stories are numerous, and I will avoid going into details. I will try to respond to specific queries though, if any readers have them.

The tradition of songs in celebration of this festival is fairly old. I am sure, as the social themes started getting prominence in the screenplays, there would be situations in early films also where this festival would have been represented. It may take some research to unearth Rakhi songs from the early years of the Hindi films. As I was searching for songs related to today’s festival, I came across this film from 1949 – ‘Raakhi’. And the name says it all. (I did not spend time to look at films before this film, but who knows. . .). The film is produced under the banner of Prakash Pictures, and is directed by Shanti Kumar. The star cast of the film is quite familiar – it has Kamini Kaushal, Karan Dewan, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Ulhas, Pran, Kuldeep, Raj Adeeb, Urvashi, Tribhuvan Sinha etc. The songs for this film are penned by Saarshaar Sailaani, and the music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram. The singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar. Or rather, I should say that one of the singing voices has been identified as that of Lata Mangeshkar. As one listens to this song, after the first antaraa, at least two other voices join the singing, as far as I can make out. The Geet Kosh identifies the singers as ‘Lata, and others’. I would request other knowledgeable readers to please help to identify the other voices in this song.

Listen to this, probably one of the earliest Rakhi songs on the Hindi film screen. A simple song, simple words, simply rendred. Only the audio is available, and hence it is not feasible to comment on the picturization of this song.

raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

Ah my dear,
The festival of Raakhi is here
Yes, the festival of Raakhi is here

mora bhaiyyaa jeeye, jalen ghar mein diye
main usi ke liye
baandhoon raakhi mein aasha ke taar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

I pray
My brother may have a long life
And his home may always be lit with lamps (of happiness)
It is for him that I weave
These prayers and hope in the threads of Raakhi
Yes, the festival of Raakhi is here

us ke mann mein umang, jaise paagal tarang
jaise phoolon ke rang, jaise bagiyaa mein aayee bahaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

My brother
He is elated
Like the turbulent waves
Like the color of flowers
As if the spring is here in the garden

dekho duniya ki reet, hogi bhaiyyaa ki jeet
gaaye khushiyon ka geet
mere babul ke ghar ka singaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

This world, and its traditions
My brother will be victorious, joyous – always
And we sing these songs of happiness
For my brother
He is the honor and pride of my father’s home
Yes, the festival of Raakhi is here

yun to (??) se baandhe, koi hazaar dhaage
waari hazaar par hain raakhi ke chaar dhaage
chaar dhaagon se baandha hai pyaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

Many a threads people swear by
Let them tie a thousand threads
These thousands are trivial
Readily forgo these thousands
For the simple four threads of Raakhi
The four threads blended with love
Yes, the festival of Raakhi is here


Song-Raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi (Rakhi)(1949) Singer-Lata, unknown female voice, Lyrics-Sarshar Sailaani, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram
Chorus

Lyrics

raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

mora bhaiyyaa jiye
jalen ghar mein diye
main usi ke liye
baandhoon raakhi mein aasha ke taar sakhi
baandhoon raakhi mein aasha ke taar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

utthen mann mein umang
jaise paagal tarang
utthe mann mein umang
jaise paagal tarang
jaise phoolon ke rang
jaise bagiyaa mein aayee bahaar sakhi
jaise bagiyaa mein aayee bahaar sakhi

raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

dekho duniya ki reet
mere bhaiyyaa ki jeet
dekho duniya ki reet
hogi bhaiyyaa ki jeet
gaaye khushiyon ka geet
morey babul ke ghar ka singaar sakhi
morey babul ke ghar ka singaar sakhi

raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

aaaaaaa
yoon to (??) se baandhe
koi hazaar dhaage
waari hazaar par hain
raakhi ke chaar dhaage
chaar dhaagon se baandha hai pyaar sakhi

chaar dhaagon se baandha hai pyaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar
raakhi ka aaya tyohaar

1 Response to "Raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi"

Sudhir ji,
Just for information,here are some films related to Raakhi-
Raakhi-49
Raakhi-62
Raakhi aur Hathkadi-72
Raakhi aur Rifle-76
Raakhi ki saugandh-79
Rakhi Rakhi-1969
Rakhsha-81-82
Rakhsha Bandhan-76.

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