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La bulbula

Posted on: February 1, 2013


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

C Ramchandra can be easily called the King of Anokhe Bol songs, though he is not who started it.

The first song having Anokhe Bol or meaningless words was composed by the Grand old music Director Madhulal Damodar Master in film ” Hatimtai I “-1933 and the Lyricist was G.R.Sethi who was the film’s director also. The song was ‘ Donga donga dum dum daka adam boka masnam maka’.

This film Hatimtai was made in 4 parts, each part was a separate film and it was called, Hatimtai-I,Hatimtai-II,Hatimtai-III and Hatimtai-IV. In these films, together there were total 49 songs,all written by the Director-cum-lyricist G.R.Sethi.

Madholal Master was born on 21-6-1903, who came to films to become a comedian and ended up giving music to 34 Hindi films during the early era. His last film was in 1952(Jungle ka Jawahar).

His end was very pathetic. His wife had met with an accident and was in hospital and Mdholal was found murdered in his house on 18-6-1990.

C Ramchandra started using Anokhe Bol from songs in Shehnai-47. As we all know Shehnai was a hit musical film. C Ramchandra made it a point to include songs with meaningless words in almost all his songs. In most such songs he sang as Chitalkar. Kishore and Asha’s EEna Meena Diks from Asha is quite famous.

This type of song was a novelty for music lovers and slowly almost every music director(including purists like Naushad and Vasant Desai) used Anokhe Bol in a few of their songs. Despite Anokhe bol,C Ramchandra’s songs used to have melody too in them and they were hummable for common people. C Ramchandra’s use of western instruments added extra flavour to them. There are many songs of S D Burman also with Anokhe Bol…………

Once C Ramchandra reached Bombay, he knew he was closer to his goal in life. His brother had a job, but he too needed a job. His brother’s friend Gaikawad took him to Wadia brothers’ studio. CR says…

” I do not remember who took my interview. After getting a ‘NO’ from many studios, I had come here. Gaikawad must have told Wadias that I was a Hero from Kolhapur, so they were expecting someone similar to Master Vinayak or Master Vithal. I was not bad looking, but very thin and my clothes were very simple. Only a shirt and a Pyjama.

When I entered the cabin for my interview,the interviewer’s jaw dropped after seeing me-with disbelief, probably ! However I was asked to sit.

” Tum ne Hero ka kaam kiya hai ?”

” Haan ji”

” Do you know Horse riding ?”

” No”

“Can you jump from a height ?”

” No”

‘ Can you atleast drive a Motorcycle ?”

” I can only ride a Cycle”

He seemed to be frustrated. ” What type of a Hero are you ?”

I was summarily rejected. I needed a job badly. I used to sit at the adjoining Irani hotel, listen to New Theatre’s film songs. I wrote their notations in Indian style, as I learnt from Sapre Master in Nagpur.

In the meantime my father died in Puntambe.

Someone told me that a new company in Shiwadi, was recruiting people for their film company. I decided I must have atleast a Coat,if not a suit. I sold my Gold medal of 2 Tolas(about 23 gms) for Rs. 18 and stitched a coat. With that coat, I went for job interviews. It was Minerva Movietone of Sohrab Mody. There was a long queue. When my turn came, I went inside and faced Sohrab Mody.

He gave me a Harmonium and asked me to sing. This was easy and I passed the test. I was offered a job at Rs.15 per month and a III class railway pass. I was shocked.I threw the booklet of Naganand before him and said” I have worked as a Hero, and you are giving me only 15 rupees ?”

He coolly said,” yes, take it or leave it.”

I left it ! When I reached home,my mother fired me left and right for rejecting what was atleast available. I realised my mistake and went back running. I met Sohrab Mody and said,” I am ready to work”

He said,” Now I will give you only Rs.15, but NOT railway pass.”

To this also I agreed and my job started.

They were making a film,” Sayeed e Hawas”. I was given the job of a guard behind the king. That film flopped. They made another film,”Atma Tarang”. This also flopped.Now company started cutting costs and removing people-as the luck would have it, the first to be removed was me. I was panicky.I went to Mody, caught his feet and said,”Please dont remove me.” He somehow agreed and due to my Harmonium playing I was shifted to Music Department. ”

C Ramchandra’s first boss was Bundu Khan. He did not like C Ramchandra, because he wanted one of his men to get that job. Bundu Khan was actually buddhu. He used to wear Gold wristwatch but asked others to read the time !

Those days, while shooting a song, C Ramchaadra had some time to sit on a tree with Harmonium. The playback had not yet started.

After Bundu Khan, it was Habeeb Khan. He liked C Ramchandra and taught him many things. He used to run a Music school and C Ramchandra had to teach the students elementary music.

Habeebkhan left and B.S.Hoogan came. Hoogan had a lasting effect on C Ramchandra and his music. Hoogan taught him how to play Indian Raagas on western instruments. He also taught him English Notation writing. Hoogan taught C Ramchandra to play many western instruments. C Ramchandra learnt that getting musicians from Goa was very useful. All this knowledge came handy in C Ramchandra’s success in his career later on. Hoogan took C Ramchandra to many Hotels, where he learnt how the band played. Hoogan used make tunes and C Ramchandra wrote the notations. Sometimes C Ramchandra used to push his own tunes in it and they were passed. Actually, this was the begining of his musical yatra.

Well known composer Meersaheb( Pukar-1939 fame) followed Hoogan. During Meer saheb’s reign C Ramchandra got first introduced to his long time friend Master Bhagwan. It so happened that…………..

Today we will enjoy an interesting song from film USTAD PEDRO-1951.

The cast was Sheikh Mukhtar, Begum Para, Ansari, Mukri , Chaman Puri, Agha etc. The producer was Sheikh Mukhtar and the director was Harish.

Sheikh Mukhtar was very tall, hefty and not so good looking, but he always worked with the most beautiful heroines like Begum Para, Naseem Bano etc. He was very tall and Mukri was very short. They made a comical pair in many films. In this song we can see Mukri lipsynching a song-a rare occasion for a character artist to do so. True to C Ramchandra style this song starts with Anokhe Bol, which is very melodious,in my opinion. The lyricist is Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

(Some excerpts are from the Marathi book- Majhya Jeevanachi Sargam-Copyright by Yeshwant Narhar Chitalkar,with thanks to him).

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Longer audio

Song-La bulbula (Ustaad Pedro)(1951) Singers-C Ramchandra, Lata, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

la la la bulbula
bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula bulbula bulbula
o jaanewaali
tadpaanewaali
mukhdaa dikha jaa chulbula
la la la bulbula
bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula bulbula bulbula

dekho ji
hamen na chheda karo
?? hamen na ghera karo
dekho ji
hamen na chheda karo
?? hamen na ghera karo
ham apna jaate
tum kyun bulaate
sadkon ko gaate bula

la la la bulbula
bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula bulbula bulbula

jab se ye tujhse naina ladey
chauraahe mein ham to rehte khade
chauraahe mein ham to rehte khade
jab se ye tujhse naina ladey
chauraahe mein ham to rehte khade
naina na thhakte
raste hain takte
paas apne hamko tu bula
la la la bulbula
bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula bulbula bulbula

tujhse to meri to hai sagaai
kal jab banoongi main teri lugaayi
shaadi se pehle jo kuchh bhi kehle
us din to de doongi rulaa
jeene na doongi main
kuchh kuchh karoongi
mukhda chhupa ke chulbula

la la la bulbula
bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula bulbula bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
bulbula bulbula bulbula
lalalala bulbula
bulbula bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la lalalalabulbula bulbula bulbula
la lalalalabulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
la bulbula
lalalalbulbula
lalalalabulbula

4 Responses to "La bulbula"

Atul and Deshmukh – unbelievable….how could u get yr hands on this
video ? my heartfelt compliemnts and thanks to u all…

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Ah, what a delightful set of anecdotes in this post. Thank you so much, Arunji. There are so many things that happen behind the scenes that we are not aware of. It is always interesting to read about them.

I first heard of C Ramchandra when I saw the movie Anarkali. I saw the credits “Music : C Ramchandra”. I thought – hey, that’s new! At that time I was used to seeing Shankar Jaikishen, SD Burman etc but for some reason, not CR.

The next time I became familiar with him was when Doordarshan would keep showing “aadha hai chandrama raat aadhi’ on Chitrahaar. It is a fairly long song – and would take up 2 songs’ time, much to the annoyance of many. 🙂 I always liked this song so I never had a problem with it.

I still thought CR was just a one-off type composer. Then I slowly began realising that a lot of iconic songs of the 40s/50s (gore gore baanke chhore, meri jaan meri jaan, mere piya gaye Rangoon, eena meena deeka etc) are his compositions. I think his songs are far better known than he is.

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i simbly loved the song

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really very nice.

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