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Kancha le kanchi lai lagyo

Posted on: July 4, 2013


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

This is the last and final song of Madhumati and with this song all songs of Madhumati are now posted on this Blog.

The years 1957 and 1958 , among all the years of the 50s, brought a feast of musical films that inundated music lovers in the oceans of Divine music. Some of the memorable films of these 2 years were Asha, Ab dilli door nahin, Agra Road, Apradhi kaun, Baarish, Bhabhi, Dekh kabira roya, Do aankhen barah haath, Kathputali, Miss Mary, Mother india, Mr.X, Nau do gyarah, Naya daur, Paying guest, Pyaasa, Sharada, Aakhri dao, Adalat, Aji bas shukriya, Chalti ka naam gaadi, Dilli ka Thug, Howrah bridge , Kaala Pani, Lala Rukh, Light House, Madhumati, Parvarish, Phagun, Phir subah hogi, Post Box 999, Samrat Chandragupt, Sitaron se aagey, Sone ki chidiya, Sswarna Sundari, Yahudi etc etc…..,There are more than double number of films which are not in this list, but they were very good too.

It looked as if ALL composers were at the peak of their prowess during these two years. Films with not only superb music, but meaningful stories and acting regaled us no end.

Recently I read an interview of Vyjayantimala, given to Abhijit Desai, a writer of books on Cinema. In this interview she told interesting anecdotes about Madhumati and things related to it and otherwise also.

Vyjayantimala was launched in Hindi with Bahar-1951, but her first blockbuster was Nagin-1954. Vyjayanti’s grandmother and her controller in those days, Yadugiri Devi, brought her to Bombay, looking for an entry into a main stream group.

Raj and Dev were out, because Raj had his Nargis and Dev too was tied up with Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Kalpana Kartik. Anyway, Raj and Dev were not in much demand in South, so they kept away from them.

When Nargis and Bina Rai rejected Chandramukhi’s role in Devdas, Yadugiri Devi jumped at it and grabbed it with both hands. Devdas took Vyjayantimala to the A League of heroines and got her Bimal Roy’s MADHUMATI. With this newfound closeness to Dilip kumar, she also got NAYA DAUR when Madhubala was removed from Naya Daur because of the bad blood between her family and Dilip Kumar . After this Vyjayantimala never looked back nor did she need efforts from Yadugiri devi, because now she was counted amongst the more successful top class Heroines.

Vyjyantimala worked with Dev first in AMAR DEEP-58 and with Raj Kapoor in NAZRANA-61, both films directed by south directors. While doing Nazrana, she was selected for SANGAM and this Sangam also got her Dr. Bali as her Husband !

She had a very high opinion of Bimal Roy. “He never interfered with actors’ acting. He would nicely explain the shot and then leave the acting to the actors. Raj Kapoor was exactly opposite. he would show every scene himself doing it and then expect the actor to do exactly the same. I had many tiffs with him on this,as there was no freedom to the actor. In the end all actors acted like Raj Kapoor only !”

“Major part of MADHUMATI was shot in Nainital (about 70%). For this Dilip kumar, myself, Bimal Roy, Jayant, Pran, Johnny Walker and many others had camped in Nainital for 15 days continuously.

When we all returned, it was found that most shots had come foggy. Those days there was no facility to see the shooting same day, unlike today. So no one knew about this. It was a great blow. Dilip kumar was furious. He was working in 4 films at that time and I had 3 films on hands, so the question of fresh dates did not arise at all. Bimal Roy was cool. He checked all the shooting once again, day and night, separated good shots, threw away the bad shots in dust bin and poor chap, went through all the process of getting our dates once again.

” This time we shot the film at BHANDARDARA ( a Hill station and rocky forest area, 185 kms from Bombay, near Ahmednagar District). Bimal Roy then mixed these shots with Nainital shooting so skillfully that not even the greatest Editor in the world could tell them apart !! ”

Vyjayantimala was very lucky. She always got big banners and big directors in her life. Black and white era was essentially a Heroine oriented period. In the film Andaz, the Name of Nargis came First ,before Raj or Dilip in the credits ! By the time the 60s came, many leading Heroines like Nargis, Madhubala, Nalini Jaywant etc started started disappearing slowly. Meena Kumari, however,somehow reached the Colour Era. Nutan was doing selective films. Only 2 of the 50s heroines viz Waheeda Rehman and Vyjayantimala entered the Colour Era with Elan.

The 60s actually saw many changes. The film subjects changed and the commercial cinema went Outdoor in the real sense. Everyone wanted the colour impact due to colour films.

Vyjayantimala was,in fact, the only southern actress whose Hindi dialogues never had the famous ” Madrasi touch”. Almost all other heroines like Hema Malini, Rekha, initially, Padmini, ShriDevi (she never dubbed for herself in her first 40 Hindi films) all spoke ‘southern’ Hindi. This was due to Vyjayantimala’s own efforts and due to the fact that she worked with Top actors and directors.

Vyjayantimala discussed an incident to demonstrate how nowadays the media wants to create controversies at any cost. She once attended some programme arranged by Bimal Roy’s daughter. All the press and TV reporters crowded around her. They asked her opinion about Shahrukh khan’s acting in Devdas. She repeatedly told them that she had not seen the film and it is not fair to comment by seeing the promos. but they insisted for just one line comment. finally, she said that Shahrukh Khan must have acted the way he acts! She thought it was a very clever answer. To her dismay, next day the Headlines were ” Dilip played Devdas and Shahrukh played Shahrukh-says Vyjayantimala.” Naturally Shahrukh Khan was upset.

This last song from Madhumati is sung by Asha Bhosle, Sabita bannerjee,Ghulam Mohammad and others.

Sabita Bannerjee was Salil Chaudhari’s wife. She had sung in 37 Hindi films like Honeymoon, Usne kaha tha, Madhumati,Sapne suhane, Yahudi ki beti, Masoom, Kabuliwala etc etc.

The other singer in this song is Ghulam Mohammadd, which is rather surprising. He was not known to sing songs in films. May be,during the period 1955 to 1960, he had got only 3 films to compose-Paak Daaman-57, Maalik-58 and Do Gunde-59 and this fact must have caused lot of financial strain on him. Perhaps it was for this reason that he might have sung songs in films to sustain himself.

Here is this nice song with a Folk tune. Enjoy…….


Song-Kancha le kanchi lai lagyo (Madhumati)(1958) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Sabita Bannerji, Ghulam Mohammad, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Salil Chaudhary
Female chorus
Male chorus
All chorus

Lyrics

kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera
kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera

naye naye raaja
ki nayi taksaal
ho nayi taksaal
naye paise
ho naye paise ko lekar
aaya hai naya saal

naye paise
ho naye paise ko lekar
aaya hai naya saal
naye paise
ho naye paise ko lekar
aaya hai naya saal

kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera
kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera

o more baali ghar aaja
o more baali ghar aaja
kal parson gin gin ke
balma beete barson
kal parson gin gin ke
balma beete barson

ho o o
koi paati na sandesha
hatheli mein pad gayi sarson
haay hatheli mein pad gayi sarson
kal parson gin gin ke
balma beete barson
kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera
kancha le kanchi lai laajo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera

rut matwaali jhoome daali daali
jaane jag sara jaane na maali

kali muskaaye bhawre ko bulaaye
jaane jag saara
jaane na maali

hamre dil mein ka ka armaan
haaye balam na jaane

na jaane
baalma na jaane
na jaane
baalma na jaane

daal jhuki ambiya itraai
koyal gaaye gaane

naaa jaane
baalma na jaane
na jaane
baalma na jaane

man more sajni pyaar ki agni
jaane jag saara
jaane na mali
rut matwaali jhoome daali daali
jaane jag saara
jaane na maali
rut matwali
jhoome dali daali
jaane jag saara
jaane na maali

15 Responses to "Kancha le kanchi lai lagyo"

Arun ji

Thank you for “ANMOL”information and a rare song.

Regards
Prakash

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Missing words: kanti baaje lalte bha le lo

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The chorus with its missing words is
‘kanchha le kaanchhi laai lagyo
ban ko baato laltin lai baalera’

That’s Nepali (v. similar syntactically to Kumaoni) for:

(kaanchha ) the young boy took away (kaanchhi) the young girl
(Ban ko baato) along a forest road (laltin lai baalera) after lighting up a lantern…

A folksong describing their elopement, most likely…

Incidentally, I grew up in Darjeeling in the 60s listening to the chorus on everybody’s lips, with no idea until to day that ‘Madhumati’ was where it came from!!

best
Jeta.

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Jeta ji,
Thanks for this interesting information. I had all the time suspected it to be some folk lore,but did not know which language.
It is possible that Salil chaudhari picked it up from the folk song rather than this song going there first.
-AD

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hats off to Arun Kumar! Please keep such anecdotes coming in, where necessary, and even where unnecessary. You add a lot of value to the blog.

We can hear the song otself from many a source, but these insightful tidbits are few and far between.

(No, AK hasn’t paid me to say this!)

That aside, I have seen the movie multiple times. take away the obligatory Johnny Walker song, and the rest of them are divine. But I don’t remember hearing this song in the movie. I have the DVD and will watch it again. Any comment, AK?

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Krishna ji,
I hope you are NOT referring to me as AK. Normally I am addressed as ‘Arun ji’,though I dont mind any name-provided I know in advance that it is me that is mentioned.
Anyway. I always try to make my posts more informative than merely describing the song or the other mundane details .
I am glad that you like this article. Thanks.
-AD

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contd…
the confusion arises because there is another AK (of Songs of yore).
-AD

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Bhandardara is 28 km from Igatpuri which should be in Nasik district which is north of Mumbai. Info given in Wiki is incorrect. Ahmednagar district abuts Pune district which is south of Mumbai. Both the Igatpuri and Nagar are in opposite direction

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Bhandardara is indeed in Ahmednagar district. I have gone there 2-3 times. Since it is located close to the border of Nasik district, it is easily accessible from Igatpuri.

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Nitin ji,
Kindly see this link,from maharashtra Tourism,which clearly states that Bhandardara Hill Resort is in Ahmednagar and Nashik is 70 kms. away from it.
http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/TouristDelight/Hillstations/HillStations.aspx?strpage=BhandaradaraHillstation.html

-AD

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Ghulam Md also sang in
a) Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan (1957)
b) Heera Moti (1959)
c) Air Mail (1960)
d) Biwi Aur Makan (1966)

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Arunji,
I am glad you took a break from the Nutan series. 🙂 Like all other posts, this was also very informative post. I love reading the anecdotes of the films or film personalities. Thank you.

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Dr C L Bali’s dispensary was hardly 5 minutes walk from my house in Kurla, a suburb of Mumbai where I was staying until 1970. He was very handsome. Those days, I used to hear rumours about Vyjayantimala secretly visiting to his dispensary disguised in burqa. While his dispensary was functional until I left Kurla in 1970, Dr Bali rarely visited his dispensary after his marriage with Vyjayantimala.

Dr Bali was also a personal physician for Raj Kapoor.

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Sadanand ji,
That is why Dr. Bali went abroad with the crew of SANGAM for foreign shootings and VM and he fell in love during that period only.

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Another interesting trivia from Sadanandji and Arunji. 🙂 Thank you.

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