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Baamcheekchik Chaamcheekchik

Posted on: August 4, 2013


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

Today, 4th August, is the birth anniversary of our beloved Kishore Kumar. Or, as he is affectionately called, Kishore da.

It gives me great pleasure to post a tribute to him on this occasion.

The song I am posting today also happens to be the 400th song of RD Burman (Pancham) for this blog. It was not originally planned to be so. But as it turns out, it is a double celebration – Kishore da’s birth anniversary and RD’s 400th song here.

So though it is a pure coincidence, I can’t help feeling it is entirely appropriate that they come together here. For, when they came together to produce songs for us, they, more often than not, gave us absolute magic.

Reflecting a bit, I feel it is one of our industry’s great boons that we’ve been blessed and privileged to have such a wide variety of artistes over the years.

The way I see it is, this is unlikely to have been by accident, it is most probably by design.

The fact is that in the creative field, if you want to stand out, you need to somehow establish your own stamp, create your own identity. While you may start your career channeling another artiste, purely to get initial recognition and appreciation, this is unlikely to get you very far as you will always be in that artiste’s shadow.

That is why Mukesh was advised early on in his career (either by Anil Biswas or Naushad, I forget) to get out of KL Saigal mode and develop his own style.

And Kishore da too, although a huge Saigal fan , created his own distinctiveness in the industry with his own gifted voice.

And RD Burman too created his own unique composition style, deliberately different from his legendary father’s style.

How thankful we are to have so much variety! The silken voice of Talat Mehmood, the classical magic of Manna Dey, the divine voice of Rafisaab, the rich, baritone voice of Kishore da, the haunting melodies of Hemantda, the soul-touching voice of Mukesh… They are all like different wines that we can partake of, without having to pick one over the other.

Of all of these, Kishore da is possibly the “modern” legend, the one who has connected best with today’s youth.

I know the term “modern” sounds odd, considering it’s been 26 years since since Kishore da’s death. But in this entire period, there hasn’t been a single young singer who can claim to have quite fully captured the youth’s imagination. There have been some good singers no doubt (the name of Sonu Nigam comes to mind) but nobody quite of legend stature yet.

No wonder then, that much of today’s youth still sees Kishore da as its singing idol. Besides, Kishore da’s style and attitude probably resonates more with the youth than any other yesteryear male singer.

Speaking for myself, I have always been a Kishore fan. Yes, I know I am effusive in my praise of Rafi saab too, but in the pluralistic world that true music lovers inhabit, it is possible to be a fan of both these legends. And more legends too. Thankfully, it is not a multiple-choice question with only one correct answer.

I’ve written about Kishore da before so I will try not to repeat myself.

I grew up right at the time that Kishore da was at the peak of his singing fame. My earliest memories of Kishore da are of Aradhana, so you can imagine how my early memories would have been shaped.

Throughout my childhood, he was THE male voice, the colossus. He was everywhere, playing on every song programmme of the time, dominating Binaca Geetmala. You could hardly see a new movie of the time without having a Kishore song in it. If you were at the nukkad (street corner), and the paanwaala had his transistor on, it was very likely you’d hear Kishore’s voice.

In school, my friends would be singing or humming Kishore songs almost all the time. I think this was purely coincidental. They would sing the most recent hit songs (as is often common practice) – and most of the times this was Kishore. Whether it was “o maajhi re” or “chalte chalte meri ye geet yaad rakhna”, Kishore ruled in my school too.

So that was the “ecosystem” in which I grew up. Kishore, Kishore everywhere.

Not that I minded. I loved his songs – the fun ones like “o meri sharmeelee” and “dekha na haaye re” to the softer ones like “ye jeevan hai” and “jeevan se bhari teri aankhen”. From Rajesh hits like “ye jo mohabbat hai” to non-Rajesh hits like “pal pal dil ke paas”.

Kishore was of course more than just a singer. Though acting was not his preferred choice of profession, I think he did a pretty good job at this too.

He was also a composer. Among his compositions, the songs of Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein, Door Ka Raahi and Jhumroo are extremely popular.

He was also a lyricist, as he wrote the lyrics for some of these songs.

He was also a director and a producer. And has also written scripts.

Those of us who have seen Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein or Door Ka Raahi (I’ve seen both these films) will vouch for how wonderful they are. Their sensitivity, their depth is something that makes them very special, especially considering they were made in an era of largely formulaic films.

Yes, Kishore was the ultimate all-rounder. He just seemed to be able to do anything.

Speaking of his singing, Kishore could sing the most soulful of songs one minute. And the most zany, crazy songs the next. He was that type of person too, I would suppose.

Fortunately there are videos of live performances of Kishore available on the net. If you watch them, you see how totally he enjoys the moment. That was Kishore – always ready to have fun, pull somebody’s leg. Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have both spoken very affectionately of him, and this particular trait of his.

For the song for today, I have picked one such zany, crazy song of Kishore’s because I think this totally reflects his character. I can almost visualize him singing this live.

It is a song from the 1975 film, Kehte Hain Mujh Ko Raja. (Yes, this movie was actually made for me, but I couldn’t give dates, so Biswajeet got the lead role instead. ;-)).

I remember seeing this movie as a young boy. I don’t remember too much of the storyline now – I think it was an average film.

Biswajeet was at that time at the fag end of his “leading man” career. This movie was made by him, possibly as one last attempt to see whether he could resurrect his career. He even directed this film.

This song is really a crazy song. When I first heard it all those years ago (and we’re talking more than 35 years ago!), even then it struck me as crazy. And it still does.

I must confess that writing down the lyrics of this song was quite an experience. Songs without logic are pretty difficult to write down anyway. On top of that, when the song is at this speed, it becomes much more difficult. But I was SO keen that this song should be posted on Kishore da’s birthday as my tribute to him that I decided I would overcome any obstacles or deterrents along the way. I wasn’t going to let my fond memories of this song be derailed for any reason whatsoever.

As I was writing down the lyrics, I almost laughed when I saw that it was a Majrooh – RD Burman combination. Now this is another famous combination that worked very well for many years to give us a whole host of excellent, fun music, often in Nasir Hussain-made films.

But THESE crazy lyrics? Majrooh saab wrote these? I said to myself “no way!”.

I then created in my own mind an image of h ow this song must have come about.

Biswajeet, Kishore da, Majrooh and Pancham must have been together, discussing that they needed a song to show a roadside tamasha going on.

Majrooh might have started in right earnest – but Kishore da and Pancham might have been in playful mood. Pancham would have started some tuning with filler words like “bamchikbubchik”. Kishore da of course would have jumped right in – and started having fun.

Biswajeet would have joined in and the three of them would have been having fun in Bangla.

After some time, Majrooh would have thrown his hands up and said “Pancham, ye bamchikbubchik bamchikbubchik kya kar rahe ho…thoda sochne do”. Pancham would have said “Arrey Majrooh saab, aap hamesha itna serious kyon rehte hain…chaliye chhodiye…is baar kyon na aise hi chhod dein…aur Kishore hai na..wo sambhaal lega….isko jo man mein aata hai, gaane deejiye…bas usi ka main dhun banaa loonga, gaana taiyaar”.

Majrooh would have rather reluctantly agreed to this, thanks to his long association with Pancham.

And so this song might have been created. I cannot imagine that Kishore did NOT make up words along the way. 🙂

Of course none of this actually happened (not that I know of) but it is nice to imagine this sort of baithak. 🙂

I will now leave you with the song itself. Judge for yourself whether there is ANY sense at all in it.

Vintage Kishore da.

Happy birth anniversary, Kishore da. Lots of love. Am sure you and Pancham are having a crazily wonderful time together wherever you are. What a combination you were!

Audio

Video

Song-Bamcheekchiki Chamcheekchiki (Kehte hain Mujhko Raja)(1975) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

yeah
haha
hahahaha

ek dui traan chaar
giligiligiligili
gelgele
ke gelgele
ke gelgele
ke gelgele
ke gelgele
bambamkukuk
bambamkukuk
bambamkukuk
bambamkukuk
dil haku baku
jaan haku baku
jaan haku baku
dil haku baku
Ram Ram Siyaram
Salaam Waleikum
pyaar karo chup chup
doodh piyo chup chup
thhan thhan phut phut
phut phut phut phut
thhan thhan phut phut
How do you do
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta
khidki khol beta
bam bam chik bam bam chika bam bam
heyyy
bambam kukuk
bambam kukuk
bambam kukuk
bambam kukuk
babalog suno
kakalog suno
dadalog suno
jaldi jaldi
ae kee haal hai baadshaho
kya haal hai kudiye
ae puttaraa

dekh bhai idhar aa
khaali hai pinjara
hey dekh bhai idhar aa
arrey khaali hai pinjara
pinjare ke andar
niklega bandar
pinjare ke andar
niklega bandar
yehi parichay hai
Raja Jaani ka
kholo wakaal Jawani Diwani ka
ae chal beta chal beta bam bam bam
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
badh ke bol beta bambambambam
badh ke bol beta bambambambam
badh ke bol beta
khidki khol beta
bam bam chik bam bam chika bam bam
heyyyy

huh heh
huh heh
dekh bhai Shambhu
tan gaya tambu
dekh bhai Shambhu
tan gaya tambu
tambu mein chham chham
dhol baaje chham chham
tambu mein chham chham
dhol baaje chham chham
chhoti si kabootari’
Naach rahi chham chham
chham chhaka chham chhaka chham chhaka chham chham
ghunghroo paal baaje
ghunghuta utaar chale
Mughal-e-azam ke aage
khadi hai Anarkali

ae chal beta chal beta bam bam bam
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta
khidki khol beta
bam bam chik bam bam chika bam bam
heyyy

thap thap le le muchatka kakat
thap thap le le muchatka kakat
phat phat le dhobi phatka kakat
phat phat le dhobi phatka kakat
lebuchatka
dhobi phatka
dil satka
satak Sitaram
hu haa

baap re jamoore zara hatke
chal re dikha de pyare bachke
yehi se dikhega albatta
Dilli Bambai Kalkatta
Hare Rama Krishna
Pyaar Ki Kahaani
Chaahe dekho Do Chor
Chaahe Kaala Paani
Kal Aaj Aur Kal
Bees Saal Pehle
Ek se ek hain
Nehle Pe Dehle
Ek se ek hain
Nehle Pe Dehle

????
kalatodi
jodu ma ke sosubaadi
rail kom jhomajhom
??? aludom
chal beta chal beta bam bam bam
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamcheekchiki
chamcheekchiki
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
bamchikbubchik
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta bambam
brr
badh ke bol beta
khidki khol beta
bam bam chik bam bam chika bam bam
heyyyy

heyyyyy
kaande ki bhaaji
haay mulla kaazi
lahsun ki chatni
hai katni ka batra
Munshi munaqqa
Hakka bakka
Huzoor e aghdat
dimaag e furkat
Huzoor e aghdat
dimaag e furkat
sambhaale halkat
sambhaale halkat
chal hat natkhat
panghat chatpat
Football volleyball
Dustbin baseball
Ping pong
King kong
Ball ball
hall hall

Huh huh
huh
hmmm
sab ko mera jhuk jhuk ke salaa aa aam
aur Ram Ram

11 Responses to "Baamcheekchik Chaamcheekchik"

Only Kishore Kumar can sing such song, very successfully. Thanks for an enjoyable upload. Biswajit tried hard with this film to prolong his career, But the movie flopped, even though it had big names!!

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Excellent tribute, Raja. You could not have selected a better song. As and occasional lyric writer, I feel your pain. But I am glad you persisted.

Majrooh as a writer of this song! I wish I had been there at the recording as well.

I wish Kishore da had somehow managed to act to the song as well. I am quite sure he was itching to 🙂 This kind of craziness was right up his alley.

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Kishore Kumar all the way !!
Raja ji , thanks for this ‘dhamakedaar debut for ‘KHMR’ in ishtyle !!
And Salute to you for bringing us this post and this special song.
(shayad isiliye ‘ Kehte hain AAPKO ‘Raja’) !!
While preparing the lyrics for a Rafi song from this movie, i had noted this song just few days back. great singing by Kishore da and considering the speed of the song, i can imagine what efforts it would have been taken to bring it here.
one correction ‘tambu mein chham chham.. dhol baaje dham dham’..
thanks again Raja ji!!

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Raja ji,

I really feel sad that you were not able to spare time from your busy calendar. Biswajeet has not been able to do justice to this song at all, and I am sure, had you been in the film, this song would have been done oh, so much better. 😀

Thanks for the wonderful post.

Rgds
Sudhir

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i am in complete agreement with u Sudhirjee. Kash yeh gaana Humare Raja ne abhinay kiya hota?

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Only Kishore Da pull off a song like this!! Superb post!!

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हर तरह के गाने सिर्फ किशोर ही गा सकते थे !

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There is a song in bengali along the same tune on You tube,Ganer Dali upload.Whichone was first and who penned lyrics and music in bengali version.anybody can comeup.

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working video

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