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Phaagun ke din chaar

Posted on: April 3, 2013


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

From the day Radio Transmission started in India for public, on 1-4-1930, till the record players and Tape recorders became popular, Radio was the only source of entertainment “Home Delivered” to indian Music Lovers.

Transistors became popular somewhere in the 60s. This was actually a revolution for India. A portable radio, that too which can play even if there is no electricity available was in fact a boon to the people.

In those days Radio programs also had variety and there used to be competition among Radio Stations. Ofcourse in the 50s and 60s no one could touch Radio Ceylon for their fan following.

I remember that Radio Ceylon Hindi service used to start sharp at 7 am. From 7 to 7.15 it was ” Vadya sangeet’-instrumental music. From 7.15 to 7.30 it was “Ek hi film ke Geet” and from 7.30 onwards it was the enchanting programme of ” Purane filmon ka sangeet” till 7.57 when a Saigal song was played. From 8 to 8.30 it was “Aap hi ke geet”,a farmaish programme. very rarerly I used to hear programmes after 8.30, as the time clashed with school/College timings.

In our house the radio used to start at 5.30 am with Mumbai station. After the usual Shehnayi vaadan, Bhajans would start and continue till 6.30 am. Since everyone liked Bhajans in the house, the radio was heard by all members. At 7 am, after the Headlines of News,the station was changed to Radio Ceylon promptly.

During these days I heard many wonderful bhajans by Paluskar, Juthika Roy, Abharam Bhagat, Lata, Asha, Rafi, Manna Dey, Geeta, Hemant Kumar etc. Some of the Bhajans were deeply etched on the mind.

One such Bhajan was Asha Bhosale’s meera Bhajan- “Phagun ke din chaar re”, which was broadcast frequently on Radio. Its music was given by Jaidev Sharma or just Jaidev as we know him.

In the late 50s and early 60s Jaidev composed several NFS. There were very few composers who turned to works of ever lasting poems by well known poets in Hindi. Jaidev produced ” Madhushala” by Hariwansh Rai Shrivastav aka Bachhan.

Bachchan and other “Chhaayaawaadi” poets’ works were composed only by Jaidev. Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Verma, Meera, Ghalib, Jigar, Narendra Sharma, Bismil and Dinkar’s artworks were turned into wonderful melody records by Jaidev.

Jaidev used Chhaya Ganguly, Uddhav kumar, Chandan Das,Peenaz Masani,and Hariharan in their early years for his records.

Jaidev’s last recording was for Firaq Gorakhpuri’s ghazal. At the time of recording it, he became ovewhelmed with emotions and said, ” My life ambition is fulfilled. Now let the Death come anytime”…..and Death did come soon, within a week’s time !

Jaidev was never comfortable with Lata. May be because he was an unwilling partner in the dispute between Lata and S D Burman. Actually Jaidev wanted to record the Bhajan “Allah tero naam” for Hum Dono in the voice of M S Subbulaxmi, but the producers insisted on Lata.

Jaidev knew that she will refuse. When Rashid Khan went to Lata as an emissary, Lata flatly refused to sing for Jaidev. It seems that the producers sent a message to Lata that they will remove Jaidev. On hearing this, Lata relented in order to enable Jaidev to keep his job. And then she sang ‘Allah tero naam’ with so much feeling that it created history.

Anyway, this Asha Bhajan-‘phagun ke din chaar’ reminds us of those ” Radio-Active” days…

Let us enjoy this Meera bhajan sung by Asha Bhonsle.


Song-Phaagun ke din chaar (Asha Bhonsle NFS)(1960) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

phagun ke din chaaaar
phagun ke din chaar
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar

bin kartaal pakhaawaj baaje
bin kartaal pakhaawaj baaje
anhad ki jhankaar re
anhad ki jhankaar re
bini sur raag chhattison gaave
bini sur raag chhattison gaave
bini sur raag chhattison gaave
rom – rom rankaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar

ghat ke sab pat khol diye hain
ghat ke sab pat khol diye hain
lok laaj sab daar re
lok laaj sab daar re
Meera ke prabhu Giridhar naagar
Meera ke prabhu Giridhar naagar
Meera ke prabhu Giridhar naagar
charan kamal balihaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel manaa re
phagun ke din chaar

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2 Responses to "Phaagun ke din chaar"

In my view, this is one of the best NFSs of Asha Bhonsle. In this bhajan, Meerabai is celebrating a ‘spiritual’ holi.

Arunji,
You made my day 🙂 I agree with Sadanandji about this song being the best Ashaji’s NFS song in bhajan category. Bachpan mein radio pe gaana bahut suna hai and now you provided the info. 🙂

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