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Dheere baho nadiya dheere baho

Posted on: August 31, 2012

I wonder if anyone has made a list of “Chakki” songs in Hindi movies. Present generation people may not be aware of a “Chakki”. “Chakki” was a manual rotaty grinder- a home appliance of previous generations which was used to grind grains. You poured grains on the hole near the centre of the “chakki” and rotated the “Chakki”. The grain got crushed and came out from the edges which was then collected.

Using “Chakki” was hard work. Jail inmates who were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment were supposed to be given the task of “Chakki peesna”. As Dharmendra puts it in “Sholay” (1975)- “Budhhiya going Jail, In jail budhhiya chakki peesing and peesing and peesing….” 🙂

“Chaaki Peesna” was hard work no doubt but it was good exercise for one’s stomach. In fact, “chakki peesna” was a natural exercise that village women did as part of their domestic chores. One may still find “Chakki” in village households in remote villages.

How many Hindi songs one can find on “Chakki” ? I remember one song from “Bandini” . And just now I came across one such song from “Achhot Kanya” (1936).

When I looked at the lyrics of this “Achhot Kanya” (1936) song-“dheere baho nadiya dheere baho”, I thought that it was a river song, but I found that the picturisation of this song shows a few women, dressed up in their finest, working on “Chakki” and a few are working on “moosal” and “okhli” (Mortar and pestle) as well, while singing this song.

This song, a blast from the distant past- is sung by Kusum Kumari and chorus. J S Kashyap is the lyricist. Music is composed by Saraswati Devi.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Nitin Shah.

Song-Dheere baho nadiya dheere baho (Achhoot Kanya)(1936) Singer-Kusum Kumari, Lyrics-J S Kashyap, MD-Saraswati Devi

Lyrics(Provided by Nitin Shah)

dheere baho nadiya
dheere baho
hamen utran paar
dheere baho nadiya
dhire baho
hamen utran paar

kaahe ki tori naiya re
aur kaahe ki patwaar
kaahe ki tori naiya re
aur kaahe ki patwaar
kauntora naiya khiwaiya re
kaun utran paar
kaun tora naiya khiwaiya re
kaun utran paar
dheere baho nadiya
dheere baho
hamen utran paar
dheere baho nadiya
dheere baho
hame utran paar

chhalpat mori naiyaa re
chhalti ye patwaar
chhalpat mori naiyaa re
chhalti ye patwaar
saainyy mora naiya khiwaiyya re
hamen utran paar
sainyya mora naiya khiwaiyya re
hamen utran paar
dheere baho nadiya
dheere baho
hame utran paar
dheere baho nadiya
dheere baho
hamen utran paar


7 Responses to "Dheere baho nadiya dheere baho"

To un husked the grains they use the mortar&pestle.
My mom used have few chakki, from 6 foot to 1 foot in diameter, may be couple of 1 footers.
But my mom used only once a year when we have to do our KOLDEVI naividya pooja, means nine type of foods. The whole preparation (making atta to cook) should be done by family members only.
So we have to make our own Atta for the pooja.
Somehow I never figure it out that chakki should go clockwise or counter clockwise? Every year I asked same question to mom and she used to get angry by asking her same question every year. BTW, we had electic Chakki (ghar ghanti) by 1964…(sheewww..)

The another chakki gana is from film Heera Moti 1959/Kaun rang mungwa kaun rang motiya/ Suman-Sudha.

Yes I have already discussed that “Heera Moti” chakki song.

Chakki can be rotated clockwise/ anticlockwise. It depends on the user whether he/she is right hander or left hander.

Here’s one if it qualifies :

I thought of this same song while reading the above post. Interesting story telling by Gulzar in this song. Nice colour co-ordination in 3 sisters dresses.
Shabana Azmi was dumb in the film, so no words in the song for her.
The last stanza is :
‘Jeem se jumma, jeem se jumman
dushan duniyaa saari ”

‘Jeem’ is the name of alphabet ‘J’ in Urdu. Trust Gulzar to take us to the basics.

These types of song scenes remind one, of a big joint family in villages.In olden days,i.e. atleast 50-60 years ago,Joint family was the norm and all the household chores were shared by all ladies,as per their likings or expertise.Chakki,moosal and a thing called “ghusal khamb” for making butter out of cream-one with a big verticle pole with rope wound around it(as Yashoda maiyya is always shown,while Kanhaiya ji eats the butter),and such various equipments were present for day to day jobs.
nowadays most of thses things remain only in pictures or in books.The newer instruments have surely helped the modern women for the same results,probably,but have lost the touch of the love and “apnapan” generated by joint families.

Yes Arunji, totally agree with you. I have never done this job, but have heard so many stories from my Mother as she was brought up in a joint family, living in a small town. After my marriage, I have listened my Mother-in-Law’s memories of sharing these type of everyday jobs with all her Sister-in-Laws. The difference being, my Mother lived in a town before her marriage and she moved to Bombay/Mumbai after her marriage, where as my MIL was brought up in Mumbai and she moved to the same town (our family home town) where my Mother spent her childhood. So, I am the lucky one who at least could listen their memories and could feel the beautiful life that they had in a joint family. Aap ne jeen jeen cheez ke naam bataaye hai, wo sab un dono ne istamaal kiye hai, in their everyday life. Kuwe mein se paani bhi har roz nikaalte the wo dono. Meri maa aaj bhi jab bhi kabhi gaaon jaati hai to ye kaam zarur karti hai. Aur uske chehre par jo khushi aati hai, wo kisi sehar ki koi bhi instrument nahi de sakti. My MIL used to have tears in her eyes just by remembering her Golden Days and would sing one Gujarati geet that her Brother in law, who was a radio artist, used to sing. Oh! I miss listening to her stories. Thanks Arunji for reminding me my beautiful moments.

Lovely song from a superb film.

I have very fond memories of this movie because it is one of the movies I subtitled. But even if I had not, I would have loved this movie. It questions the walls created in society by the caste system in India. This is its central theme, woven around a beautiful love story between a very young Ashok Kumar and a beautiful Devika Rani.

I saw it only a few months ago for the first time (have been wanting to see it for ages!) – it is an evergreen film.

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