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Ye baat kitni sach hai

Posted on: June 27, 2013


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

The Many Colors of Love #3 — The Fancy Emotions of Childhood
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And so the scribe has written. . .

“Bachpan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Dena”.

We all miss it. Many a times, we think about it. The times of childhood. The age of innocence, when the mind is unsullied, and the emotions are tender, the heart is not yet weighed down with the burden of arguments and logic. The petite, uncomplicated minds. The impressionable emotional veneer. And the friendships that will start, with no motivations and no vested interests. Ah, the simple and blameless games, the charming tales of innocent companionships, and the conversations about the most important things in the world. A time when the life appears to be just a long summer vacation. Without realizing it of course. All these qualifications are but realizations looking back, at the times of joy, at the wonder that is childhood – the real joy of which is acknowledged only in memories and looking back. Really.

Yes, once again – “Aaya Hai Mujhe Phir Yaad Wo Zaalim, Guzra Zamaana Bachpan Kaa . . .”.

The emotions catch up with heart unknowingly – the day of feelings butterflies in the stomach for the first time, the day when the eyes get arrested for the first time, the days when the feeling of missing someone becomes important for the first time. And then, without knowing what is love, a fancy feeling starts to play in the heart for a special person – a special person you would like to spend time with, a special friend you wait for at the school gate or at a bus stop, a special someone your eyes would search for during the lunch break.

The fancy feeling makes you feel good. There is no pining, no sadness, no despair attached to it, not as yet. There is no flowers, no gifts, not as yet. The feeling is the need to be just together, just being with that special someone, with nothing else in the mind. Nothing to get, nothing to gain, no special favors – just a company. The feeling is simply so good by itself. The mind does not even know anything more, anything next – no touching, no cuddling. Just being together, sharing the lunch box, and sharing tall tales and stories one has heard, or just imagined. When the topic of seeing a cockroach in your room the previous night is the big news of the day. And spending time on a mound of sand to build a sand house, and be able to shake hands in the tunnels in the sand is the big accomplishment.

I guess they call it puppy love. In an innocent mind, just as anything else melds in naturally, so does this feeling. The restlessness and the wait when not together, and the contentment and joy when together, is probably experienced then. But the wonder and the flutter is felt more, when one looks back over the years and remembers. Memories to relish without regrets. Memories that are pious, and innocent, as are the times of childhood. Many friendships do fade away, but there are some friendships that will stay on for life. Friends that remain like family, friends that sometimes become more than friends. The blooming romances sometimes come from the budding fancies that steal your heart in childhood.

Many a storyline in Hindi films is about such fancies of childhood. Some really memorable films and some really memorable songs have come from this theme. The fondness of childhood that turns into a serious matter of the heart, leading to a later life tragedy has been immortalized in the iconic novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and the film ‘Devdaas’ that has been made many times over. The 1955 version has a lovely Baul bhajan that tells of the memories of childhood togetherness and then the separation and loneliness –“Aan Milo Aan Milo Shyam Saanwre, Brij Mein Akeli Raadhe Khoi Khoi Si Re”.

We have Pankaj Mullick and Pahadi Sanyal singing “Kahaan Wo Bachpan Ka Pyaara Sapna” from ‘Adhikar (1937). A very interesting sound of “Bachpan Mein Giraftaar Ho Gaye Hum, Ek Hee Teer Se Shikaar Ho Gaye Hum” from the film ‘Devbaala” (1938). In 1941, Hemant Kumar recorded this delicate and dainty non film song under the baton of Kamla Dasgupta – “Bhalaa Thaa Kitnaa Apna Bachpan” . In the 1944 film ‘Mumtaz Mahal’, Khursheed sang the soulful “Ulfat Ke Fasaane, Bachpan Ke Zamaane…Na Wo Bhoole Na Hum Bhoole…”. Then in 1946 came another iconic film ‘Anmol Ghadi’ that played this theme of childhood affections, with the memories made famous with its songs “Udan Khatole Pe Udd Jaaun” and “Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi Mujhe Bhool Na Jaana”. In 1948, when Ghulam Haider gave us the rousing songs of patriotic fervor and the soulful songs of sadness in the film “Shaheed”, he also composed this lovely song by Lalita Deolakar, “Bachpan Ki Yaad Dheere Dheere Pyaar Ban Gai”. Then we have the charming lilting melody of “Bachpan Ke Din Bhulaa Na Dena” from ‘Deedaar’ (1951), followed very soon with “Bachpan Ki Mohabbat Ko Dil Se Na Judaa Karna” from ‘Baiju Baawra’ (1952). Then came “Bachpan Ka Tora Mora Pyaar” from ‘Do Phool’ (1958).

In 1959 in “Sujata”, SD Burman gave us the heartfelt joyful song “Bachpan Ke Din Bhi Kyaa Din Thhe”. The year 1959 also gave us another film in this theme – ‘Goonj Uthi Shenaai’. Readers would remember that the song “Keh Do Koi Na Karey Yahaan Pyaar”. The lead in verse to this song is “Bikhar Gaye Bachpan Ke Sapne, Armaanon Ki Shaam Dhale. . .”. The year 1961 brought us the film ‘Zabak’,and we see Mahipal singing to the soulful rendering of Mukesh “Mehlon Ne Chheen Liyaa, Bachpan Ka Pyaar Mera”.

Then on to ‘Devar’ in 1966, with childhood memories remembered with “Aaya Hai Mujhe Phir Yaad Wo Zaalim, Guzraa Zamaana Bachpan Kaa” and the theme song carried through the film, in “Duniya Mein Aisa Kahaan Sabka Naseeb Hai”. In 1977 came ‘Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin’ with its famous song of childhood affiliations – “Kyaa Huaa Tera Waada, Wo Kasam Wo Iraada”. (I am sure there are more such examples that I cannot recall off hand, request other readers to please add more.)

Each of these songs is a wonderful gem, bringing back the memories of childhood attachments blooming into romance as the youth arrives. And the song that I present today is one such charming melody, I wonder how it has remained hidden for so long. The song is from the 1952 film ‘Chamkee’, which is making its debut on this blog today. The film is produced under the banner of National Film Circuit, Bombay and is directed by JK Nanda. The cast of actors is Ragini, Shekhar, Roopmala, Ulhas, Murad, Meera Mishra, Kukku, Nana Palsikar, Mumtaz, Uma Dutt, Khairati, Brij Saarah, Iqbal, Pannu, Jeevan.

The song is created by a wonderful team. The lyrics are from the pen of Pradeep. The music composition is by Manna Dey. Rare findings, as Manna Da has made the music for only 16 films between 1947 and 1973. And the singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar.

The words of this song are just enchanting – “Bachpan Ki Yaad Le Kar Aati Hai Jawaani”. A matter of experience so true and so engagingly personal. As we look back over our own years that we have come through, we realize the import of these words. Ah, the wonderful and tender memories of childhood, still so vivid, still so clear, and still so enchanting and dear that they would never fail to fill up the eyes. And there is a friend, a special person in these memories who is still able to quicken our heartbeats. Yes, I do remember her, and our childish talks, and tokens of friendships exchanged. It was not evident then, but now I know, it was a matter of heart that has never left me. She is far off now, and we are not in touch. But yes, that sweet charming smile is still resides deep in memory.

Ah, to be back to childhood once more, I would not mind giving up all my youth and all my years. Just for being a child, once more.

And the poet echoes this feeling, with his words

ruk ruk meri jawaani, balainyaan le chaloon
ik baar main bachpan ko mud kar ke dekh loon

Live those wonderful memories again, and enjoy.


Song-Ye baat kitni sach hai (Chamkee)(1952) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD-Manna Dey

Lyrics

ye baat kitni sach hai
maana ke puraani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai
maana ke puraani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai

chhup chhup nadi ke koolay
khud apna bhaan bhoolay
sab ki nazar bachaa ke
hum jhoolte thhe jhoole
chhup chhup nadi ke koolay
khud apna bhaan bhoolay
sab ki nazar bachaa ke
hum jhoolte thhe jhoole
praanon mein samaayi hai
ab tak wo kahaani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai

ye cham-chamaata chandaa
wo tim-timaate taare
ye cham chamaata chandaa
wo tim timaate taare
karte thhe un dinon mein
kuchh aur hi ishaare
pal bhar mein rooth jaana
sakhiyon ka phir manaana
haathon se moonh chhupa ke
phir jhatt se muskuraana
jeevan ki wo kuchh ghadiyaan
hain kitni suhaani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai

kehte hain kehne waale
jisko zindgaani
hum us ko samajhte hain
behtaa huaa paani
kehte hain kehne waale
jisko zindgaani
hum us ko samajhte hain
behtaa huaa paani
ruk ruk meri jawaani
balainyaan le chaloon
ik baar main bachpan ko
mud kar ke dekh loon
guzre huye dinon ki
wo hai meethi nishaani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai
maana ke puraani
bachpan ki yaad le kar
aati hai jawaani
ye baat kitni sach hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये बात कितनी सच है
माना के पुरानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है
माना के पुरानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है

छुप छुप नदी के कूले
खुद अपना भान भूले
सब की नज़र बचा के
हम झूलते थे झूले
छुप छुप नदी के कूले
खुद अपना भान भूले
सब की नज़र बचा के
हम झूलते थे झूले
प्राणों में समाई है
अब तक वो कहानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है

ये चमचमाता चंदा
वो टिमटिमाते तारे
ये चमचमाता चंदा
वो टिमटिमाते तारे
करते थे उन दिनों में
कुछ और ही इशारे
पल भर में रूठ जाना
सखियों का फिर मनाना
हाथों से मुँह छुपा के
फिर झट से मुसकुराना
जीवन की वो कुछ घड़ियाँ
हैं कितनी सुहानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है

कहते हैं कहने वाले
जिसको ज़िंदगानी
हम उसको समझते हैं
बहता हुआ पानी
कहते हैं कहने वाले
जिसको ज़िंदगानी
हम उसको समझते हैं
बहता हुआ पानी
रुक रुक मेरी जवानी
बलैयां ले चलूँ
इक बार मैं बचपन को
मुड़ कर के देख लूँ
गुजरे हुये दिनों की
वो है मीठी निशानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है
माना के पुरानी
बचपन की याद ले कर
आती है जवानी
ये बात कितनी सच है

4 Responses to "Ye baat kitni sach hai"

Sudhirji, is there anyone who wouldn’t like to go back in time and enjoy childhood all over again? I remember Shamshad Begum’s “Dhadke mera dil mujhko jawani Ram kasam na bhaaye, bachpan yaad aaye…” Is the song from ‘Aan’?

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So true Mani ji, yes, so true. We all do.
🙂

The song you mention is from the film ‘Babul’ (1950).

Rgds
Sudhir

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Oh? Is it from ‘Babul’? Dhanyawad, Sudhirji. “Bachpan ke din bhi kya din the, udthe phirthe thitli ban…..” Reminds me of a wonderful poem we had in Hindi during my schooldays. I think it was by Subadra Kumari Chauhan….”Mere bachpan mujhe lauta do….”

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Thanks Sudhir Sir for this excellent and unique write-up direct from the depth of heart. How capable our lyricist was…!

Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad wo zalim, guzra zamana bachpan ka…. wo khel wo sathi wo jhoole…. wo daud ke kahna aa chhoole…. hum aaj talak bhi na bhoole … wo meet purana bachpan ka…

How precious and anmol childhood was…!!! Bachapan ganvaake main ne sab kuchh ganvaayaa.

And now today and tomorrow “Koi lauta de mere beete hu din…pyar pal chhin”

Salute to that BACHPAN …bachpan ke din bhi kya din the…

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