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Teriya teriya

Posted on: February 6, 2013


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

Today’s song is written by the famous Lyricist/Director and Writer P L Santoshi. With this song he completes his 100 songs on this Blog.

P L Santoshi is the 20th Lyricist to cross the Century mark. The leading name is M Sultanpuri with 638 songs, followed by Rajendra Krishna-610, and Anand Bakshi with 556 songs.

I am very happy that with this song he completes the Century.

P L Santoshi was a living example in Hindi Film Industry how sheer hard work, patience and talent can build a person’s career. Born on 7-8-1916 at Jabalpore-MP, to a school Head Master, he completed his school education and came to Bombay in 1936.

He worked as P A to Jaddanbai. He started his film career by doing a small role in ‘Moti ka Haar’-1936. He also wrote a few songs for it.

Later joining Ranjit Movietone he wrote many songs for films of Gyan Dutt, Music Director of Ranjit. Singer Khurshid used to like his songs very much.

His kismat opened up after he joined Bombay Talkies in 1941 and wrote songs and screenplay of the iconic film KISMET-1943. His next stop was Poona with Prabhat. There he got his first opportunity to debut as a Director for ” HUM EK HAIN”, through which three stars viz. Dev Anand, Rehana and Rehman also debuted.

From the very first film with Rehana, P L Santoshi was so much besotted with her that he produced and directed three successive films with her-Shehnai-47, Khidki-48 and Sargam-50. C Ramchandra was his Music Director for all these films and the three films were great hits too with their lilting music. C Ramchandra created wonders and proved that as much as he was adept at western music in Shehnai, he was equally at ease with classical Raagas in Sargam-50. Despite all his efforts Rehana only played a love game with Santoshi and deserted him when he lost all his wealth.

P L Santoshi earned a fortune. Money was no problem with him. The problem was handling the money. When he had plenty of money, he spent it recklessly. As a result, Santoshi,who had 3 cars of his own once, was seen standing in bus queues in Bombay, in his bad days. He was in deep debt and also was arrested once.

Santoshi died due to Kidney failure, on 7-9-78,in Bombay.

He was married twice, once with a Gujarati girl and again with a South Indian girl.

He directed 18 films. He wrote more than 350 songs in about 100 films.

Santoshi’s contribution in C Ramchandra’s success was significant. They paired together in many films and Santoshi provided suitable lyrics to C Ramchandra as per his requirement. The ‘Anokhe Bol’ experiment of C Ramchandra was complemented by Santoshi’s lyrics as he wrote simple and comical songs. While in Filmistan, Santoshi was a great supporter of C Ramchandra.

C Ramchandra’s life story….

Lata Mangeshkar was employed by Master Vinayak of Huns Pictures at Kolhapur, but she was trying her best to get a foothold in Bombay and for this she visited Bombay frequently. When the recording of ‘Jawani ki rail chali jaaye re’ from Shehnai was due, she had come, sang the song and left for Kolhapur. This time, someone introduced C Ramchandra to her ,” This is Lata Mangeshkar”. They were very formal. Once she left, C Ramchandra was restless. he reminisces…

“She went away but as a composer, I remembered her sweet melodious voice. It was haunting. In the Springtime, all birds sing, but it is the Koyal one looks for. If some artist wanted to paint her voice, he would have to borrow colours from The Sun and The Moon. I was wondering whether her employers in Kolhapur will allow her to come to Bombay for singing.

” After the success of Shehnai, I had become very famous. In film industry success brings in money. I was sure to get more money now. Due to my name C Ramchandra, people in South India were happy that one of them was doing wonders in Hindi films, while in Maharashtra, many did not know who I was.

” One day I met Gajanan Jahagirdar on the road. We knew each others since Minerva. He was a big name even then. He knew me only by face. He smiled and asked,’ How are you’ in Marathi.

Then he asked me,’what are doing these days ?’

I replied,’ Music, what else ‘

he said gravely, ” You Marathis should do something different. See this South Indian fellow, he is storming with his music’

I asked,’Who ?’

He seriously said, ” somebody called C Ramchandra is there. What a composer ” and he left.

“I laughed and told this to Bhagwan. He too laughed.”

Shehnai made C Ramchandra wealthy. He bought a second hand car and appointed a driver also. Somehow that car was not liking him. Whenever he used to sit in it, after some time it used to stop. The driver would then ask C Ramchandra to push it. After some more distance again the same thing. In six montha period, he must not have travelled even 6 miles in it at a stretch ! He sold it and bought a new car.

C Ramchandra had now got many films, money was flowing like water. He bought a 2 storeyed building in Shivaji park, Dadar, Bombay. The top floor was for him and ground floor flats were rented. He named it ” Sai Prasad.”

In personal life C Ramchandra was very unhappy. With forced abstinance from wife they were always fighting. He immersed himself in Sur, Sura and Sudha. He enjoyed everything alone. because of this he became an introvert.

He had fallen in love with a girl. Ben knew it but kept quiet.

” One evening I had a programme with her. I told Ben I am going out with Bhagwan and that I will have dinner outside only. Bhagwan was my true companion. We went to her house, had dinner, drinks and slept there. Next morning I dropped Bhagwan at his place and went home. Ben asked me where I had been. I could not tell a lie. I told her the truth. She did not say a word. Her eyes welled. I went to take a bath and Bhagwan came. Ben casually asked him where we were last night. We had already decided what to bluff in such a situation. Bhagwan started all that.He even told Ben the name of a Hotel where we had food. From bathroom I heard all this. When I came out, Ben went inside and I started laughing. Bhagwan asked me the reason. When I told him that I had told the truth to Ben already, he was stunned. Then he ran out of our house and did not visit our home for next one month !

Though I had many films on hand, I had not left Filmistan job. Bibhuti Mitra, who had directed my first film in Filmistan-Safar-46, was directing Shabistan now for which I was doing the music. I was never comfortable with Mitra. In Safar, he had not interfered but in Shabistan, after I made three songs and was making the 4th one, he started interfering. I never tolerated this and I left the film and Filmistan. I had done 4 songs, later Madan Mohan did 4 songs in Shabistan-51.

This time I was not jobless, on the contrary I had too many films.

One day I asked Bhagwan,” Tu kitne din Ye stunt films karega ? Ab koi social film kar na.”

He asked me,” tu music dega, C Ramchandra ke naam se ?” (I used to give music to his stunt films as ‘Annasaheb’)

I said,” yes,doonga. Mere naam ka fayda utha le.”

Bhagwan was excited. He was a multifaceted artist. He could dance, act, sing, write and direct. He sat and wrote the story of ALBELA……..”

when C Ramchandra was becoming famous as a promoter of Anokhe Bol songs, other composers also did such songs. One of them was S D Burman. In S D Burman’s early films upto 56-57, there were many such songs, for example take the case of Funtoosh-56.

In ‘Chalis Baba Ek Chor’-54, S D Burman made a song with Anokhe Bol and invited the currently hot pair of C Ramchandra and Lata to sing it. C Ramchandra could not say NO to SDB, but he was extremely busy. Finally the lyrics of the song were altered and C Ramchandra had only 1 or 2 lines and laughing sound. Thus the song was recorded in no time and it became very famous. This was a rare occasion when C Ramchandra-Lata sang for some other composer. There are a few more such C Ramchandra-Lata duets songs which were composed by music directors other than C Ramchandra.

let us today enjoy this song. Though Chitalkar’s name is not mentioned on the record, HFGK confirms that it is Chitalkar’s voice. Plus C Ramchandra also has mentioed about this in one of his interviews.


Song-Teriya teriya (Chalis Baba Ek Chor)(1954) Singers-Lata, C Ramchandra, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

teriya haahaa
teriya haahaa
teriya totari teriya haha ha
teriya haahaa
teriya haahaa
totari teriya haahaa
do jaan ausne jo
hahaha
do jaan ausne jo
hahaha

teriya haahaa
teriya haahaa
teriya totari teriya haahaahaa
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
teriya haahaa
teriya aahaa
teriya totari teriya
haahaahaa

do jaan ausne jo
haahaahaa
do jaan ausne jo
hahaha

teriya haahaa
teriya aahaa
teriya totari teriya
haahaahaa
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
teriya aahaa
teriya aahaa
teriya totari teriya
haahaahaa

do jaan ausne jo
hahaha
do jaan ausne jo
hahaha

teriya haahaa
teriya haahaa
teriya totari teriya
haahaahaa
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
kaanch ki hai beriya
mat kar deriya
jaal mein hai phans gai
sone ki machhariya
teriya haahaa
teriya haahaa
teriya totari teriya

12 Responses to "Teriya teriya"

Joke with Gajanan J was superb. Really enjoyed it.

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Arun Kumar Ji,
Just under the video MD name is given as C. Ramachandra. From the post I thought that it was S.D. Burman.

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Music director is indeed S D Burman. I had absent mindedly mentioned it as C Ramchandra. Now it is rectified.

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CR-Ben-Bhagwan story was hilarious too. Thanks for the write up.
BTW, your post on SoY about Multiple Version songs: Hindi and Marathi, was very informative for HFM lovers of 70s.

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Khyati ji,
Thanks for liking my Guest post on Songs of Yore.
You may also like my other guest post currently on Memsaab,about actor Parshuram.
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Arunji,
What a monumental work you have achieved by writing an article of an actor whose name nobody remembers. Can you convey my thanks to his family- wife, daughter, son – for being so friendly and sharing “hard to believe” story of this actor with all of us? The first film I saw was “Basant Bahar” on Doordardhan, Sunday movie. Never liked him as he was too good to perform that role. From the list of his movies you have provided, I have seen only seven movies of Him. I would be more interested in watching his two Marathi movies-Kunku and Amar Bhoopali( my fav bhajan- Ghanshyam sundara…) if I am lucky to find the DVDs. Thanks again for introducing this forgotten hero to all Hindi Cine Lovers.

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Atulji,
Congratulations on completing 100 songs of P L Santoshi. 🙂

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khyati ji,
Thanks for your kind words.
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Arun ji…i am d elighted to read Anna and Lata singing a song in the SDBurman composed film song Teriya Teriya.. seems its a typographical error that music composed by CR as at other place its SD Burman…nevertheless…

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audio

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I heard this song many a times and liked it. The line “Do Jaan Ausne Jo” has any meaning or its a part of Anokhe Bol?
Another interesting part of this song is Lata repeats same line “Kaanch Ki Hai Beriya …Sone Ki Machhariya” in her antaras. Fun lyrics by PL Santoshi.

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gandhivp ji,
Thanks.
Those are Anokhe bol only.
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