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Phoole ban bagiyaa

Posted on: August 18, 2012


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

I came across this beautiful unknown song just today. It is from the movie Sautela Bhai starring Guru Dutt and Raaj Kumar. The beautiful song is set to music by Anil Biswas and the peppy lyrics are by Shailendra. There is almost a mathematical precision to the way the song is arranged, the singers and the chorus sing in a set pattern, after listening to one paragraph you know exactly who is going to sing the refrain, and when the chorus is going to repeat lines. Such patterns are usual in good poetry, and it enhances the rhythm of this song too. A special word for fantastic singing by Manna Dey and Meena Kapoor. Meena’s voice sounds so rich and full, like Geeta Dutt’s. She complements Manna Dey’s amazing voice perfectly.

Now for the dancers. The lead dancers are unknown to us so far, unless some kind and knowledgeable reader throws some light on it. We hear about Kareena and Katrina making crores for doing item numbers. These dancers probably got just peanut shells to do the dance here, but their performance is so amazing. The lady dancer, in fact, reminds me faintly of Lara Dutta. Ok, that is just a fancy. 🙂 They portray the passion and enthusiasm that this song requires so brilliantly.

Even the dance is beautifully composed. Alas, there was no mention of the dance composer in the credits either. This is how talented people are often ignored and sidelined, just because they are not stars.


Song-Phoole ban bagiya (Sautela Bhai)(1962) Singers-Manna Dey, Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Anil Biswas
Chorus
Manna Dey + Meena Kapoor
All

Lyrics

Phoole ban bagiya
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aaa
khili kali kali
ee
aayi dekho ritu albeli
ho o o
sang ki saheliyaan
gayi piya ghar
reh gayi daiyya
main akeli ho

Ho ho
ho ho ho

kaah karoon
aaha jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi tohri chitwan
meethi si meethi si agan
mein he hey jale re
ho agan mein he hey jale re,
ho agan mein he hey jale mohra tanman

ho kaaha karoon
aha jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi tohri chitwan

Gori Ho
Piya ho Oooo!
Gori Ho,
Piya ho,
Gori ho

tose jis din se preet lagaayi
bhayi nainon ki neend paraayi
ho gori, ho gori, ho gori
bhayi naino ki neend paraayi

mose jalte hain log lugaai
koi jaane na peer paraayi

ho piya ho piya, ho piya
ho koi jaane na peer paraayi ho

kaaha karoon
aha jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi tohri chitwan

hey meethi si meethi si agan
mein he hey jale re
ho agan mein he hey jale re,
ho agan mein he hey jale mohra tanman

piya ho oooo
Gori ho oooo
Piya ho oooo
Gori ho, piya ho, gori ho
Mori sakhiyon ko soojhe thitholi
aate jaate mohe maare boli

piya, ho piya,
aate jaate mujhe maare boli

Ho mose roothe mere hamjoli
tore kaaran bichhad gayi toli
gori, ho gori, ho gori
tore karan bichad gayi toli

kaaha karoon aha jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi tohri chitwan

he meethi si meethi si agan
mein he hey jale re
ho agan mein he hey jale re,
ho agan mein he hey jale mohra tanman

kaah karoon aha jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi re
ho jiya moh gayi tohri chitwan

meethi si meethi si agan
mein he hey jale re
ho agan mein he hey jale re,
ho agan mein he hey jale mohra tanman

gori ho
piya ho

13 Responses to "Phoole ban bagiyaa"

The lady dancer I think is Sheila Ramachandra or Sheila Ramachandran.(Identification Courtesy: Greta ji of Memsaabstory ).
She may identify her more correctly. Greta Ji Help.
😉

I have seen her in many films as a main dancer like Guide alongwith Waheeda Rehman in the famous snake dance sequence and she is one of the dancers in Teesri manzil dance sequences.And I have seen her also in Shammi Kapoor`s Professor as a dancer with bela bose & co.
She has been credited with many names in Imdb.com :Here is the Link to her Imdb.profile
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1537542/
I may be wrong in this identification porcess. But my gut feeling says that she is Sheila or sheila ramachandra

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The male dancer looks like a young replica of famous dance guru BIrju Maharaj. This comment also based on my fertile imagination. Hope I am wrong this time 🙂

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Ava ji,
SAUTELA BHAI-1962 was Directed by Mahesh Kaul,who also wrote the story,did the s/play and wrote Dialogues too.
The Cinemato grapher was Ratan lal Nagar.
The Art Director was Biren Naug and
The CHOREOGRAPHER was SURESH BHATT.
-AD

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Wow! Seek and ye shall find. I am blessed that I sought some information and found it. Thank you Arunji for the name of the choreographer, I really liked the way the dance was arranged.

The lady dancer is fabulous with her dance and expressions. Now that leaves just the main singer. It is NOT Birju Maharaj I am sure 🙂 Prakashji. Good joke though! I am going to check out the famous snake dance and see if it looks like the same lady.

Thank you all.

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Ava ji,
This song’s begining strongly reminds the song from madhumati-O bichuwa,Daiya re daiya.There is so much resemblance in these 2 songs !
Secondly,for the purpose of records,I think,this is the only song where meena Kapoor and manna Dey have sung together,first and last time.
thirdly,the main dancer may be Sarosh Irani.

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Arunji, Sarosh Irani is indeed in the credits of this movie. So you may be right!!!

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So is Sarosh Irani male or female?

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Ok, I checked – and Sarosh Irani was male. Sorry, but I was not even aware of this. 🙂

What a lovely song this is. Have been listening to it many times since yesterday. Nice write-up, Ava.

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Thanks for looking Raja 🙂 Mighty nice of you. Tom said he will try to find out who the dancers were as well. Maybe he will be luckier.

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I missed this earlier, but I agree with Prakashchandra. I am pretty sure the dancer is Sheila Ramachandra. She was featured quite a bit in Teesri Manzil’s songs too. I will ask Edwina for confirmation 🙂

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I take your word for it. Unlike you , Prakashchandra etc, all these yesteryears acresses look the same to me. 🙂

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Here’s what Edu said, she is just chock full of info 🙂

“Yes Greta it is Sheila & her partner is Suresh (Choreographer) the bloke I mentioned in Mehmood’s Story. Herman’s Wife Shoba is there too. I also see Your Harban & My Ramesh with the others”.

(she calls him “my Harban” because I think he’s so handsome, LOL)

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Thanks for the first hand information.

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