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Suno suno Hari ki leela

Posted on: November 13, 2013


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

This is the 9th song of the series “The Great Souls of India”. It is from the film BHAKTA PRAHLAD-1946. It is sung by Hamida Bano, Geeta Dutt and Chorus.

This is a special song. (According to the up loader of this video) This is the FIRST ever song sung by Geeta Dutt,in her career,when she was just 16 year old. The story of this song is- Pt.Hanuman Prasad,Music Director used to often visit the Kathak Dancing school of Pt. Gaurishankar,his friend,situated in a building ground floor in Hindu Colony,Dadar,Bombay. One day, while on one such visit,he heard some girl’s singing. Attracted by the melodious voice, he went up to the First floor, where Mr.Devendra Roy Chaudhari was staying. It was his daughter who was singing. Impressed by her singing ability, he convinced her father to allow her to sing in his film and on his consent, Geeta Dutt sang few lines in this song. The film was Bhakta Prahlad-1946.

Today, we proudly present to you this unique song. Even through the chorus,one can detect Geeta’s voice clearly.

In our religious books, there are several stories of different Bhakts. The story of Bhakt Prahlad is one of the most interesting, for it has all the elements of a Thriller. The various methods tried to kill Prahlad, how he is saved each time and the final showdown of his Asur father with lord Vishnu is simply spectacular ! It is worth reading several times.

Narsimh Awatar is the 4th Awatar of Lord Vishnu, which took place in Satyayuga. Actually, all the first 4 Awatars took place in Satyayug.

The Dashavatars are nothing but symbols of Man’s evolution on this Earth. The first life came into being in Water-so it was Matsya Awatar. Then the life became Amphibian-so Koorma Awatar, which could move in water and on Land both….so on and so forth. I have discussed all these Awatars in an earlier article on this Blog.

One common thing I found in all these Mythological stories is, God( Particularly Shiv Shankar) gives a Boon to his Asur Bhakts without considering the aftereffects. Then God has to either take an Awatar or conjure up some logical trick to undo the harm his boon was causing. Thus Mohini had to dance away Bhasmasur to death and Laxmi had to kill Sund- Upsund in a mutual fight between the brothers. Even in the case of Bhakta Prahlad, Lord Vishnu had to take Awatar depicting half Lion-half Man to circumvent the boon given to Hiranyakashyapu.

Many books and internet sites describe the story of Bhakta Prahlad, but I liked the most thestory of Prahlad told by Swami Vivekanand in California,USA, when he had gone there for the ‘World Religion Congress” at the end of 19th century. Here it is for your reading pleasure, thanks to ‘ Ramkrishna Vivekanand information centre” —

THE STORY OF PRAHLADA

(Delivered in California)

Hiranyakashipu was the king of the Daityas. The Daityas, though born of the same parentage as the Devas or gods, were always, at war with the latter. The Daityas had no part in the oblations and offerings of mankind, or in the government of the world and its guidance. But sometimes they waxed strong and drove all the Devas from the heaven, and seized the throne of the gods and ruled for a time. Then the Devas prayed to Vishnu, the Omnipresent Lord of the universe, and He helped them out of their difficulty. The Daityas were driven out, and once more the gods reigned. Hiranyakashipu, king of the Daityas, in his turn, succeeded in conquering his cousins, the Devas, and seated himself on the throne of the heavens and ruled the three worlds — the middle world, inhabited by men and animals; the heavens, inhabited by gods and godlike beings; and the nether world, inhabited by the Daityas. Now, Hiranyakashipu declared himself to be the God of the whole universe and proclaimed that there was no other God but himself, and strictly enjoined that the Omnipotent Vishnu should have no worship offered to Him anywhere; and that all the worship should henceforth be given to himself only.

Hiranyakashipu had a son called Prahlâda. Now, it so happened, that this Prahlada from his infancy was devoted to God. He showed indications of this as a child; and the king of the Daityas, fearing that the evil he wanted to drive away from the world would crop up in his own family, made over his son to two teachers called Shanda and Amarka, who were very stern disciplinarians, with strict injunctions that Prahlada was never to hear even the name of Vishnu mentioned. The teachers took the prince to their home, and there he was put to study with the other children of his age. But the little Prahlada, instead of learning from his books, devoted all the time in teaching the other boys how to worship Vishnu. When the teachers found it out, they were frightened, for the fear of the mighty king Hiranyakashipu was upon them, and they tried their best to dissuade the child from such teachings. But Prahlada could no more stop his teaching and worshipping Vishnu than he could stop breathing. To clear themselves, the teachers told the terrible fact to the king, that his son was not only worshipping Vishnu himself, but also spoiling all the other children by teaching them to worship Vishnu.

The monarch became very much enraged when he heard this and called the boy to his presence. He tried by gentle persuasions to dissuade Prahlada from the worship of Vishnu and taught him that he, the king, was the only God to worship. But it was to no purpose. The child declared, again and again, that the Omnipresent Vishnu, Lord of the universe, was the only Being to be worshipped — for even he, the king, held his throne only so long as it pleased Vishnu. The rage of the king knew no bounds, and he ordered the boy to be immediately killed. So the Daityas struck him with pointed weapons; but Prahlad’s mind was so intent upon Vishnu that he felt no pain from them.

When his father, the king, saw that it was so, he became frightened but, roused to the worst passions of a Daitya, contrived various diabolical means to kill the boy. He ordered him to be trampled under foot by an elephant. The enraged elephant could not crush the body any more than he could have crushed a block of iron. So this measure also was to no purpose. Then the king ordered the boy to be thrown over a precipice, and this order too was duly carried out; but, as Vishnu resided in the heart of Prahlada, he came down upon the earth as gently as a flower drops upon the grass. Poison, fire, starvation, throwing into a well, enchantments, and other measures were then tried on the child one after another, but to no purpose. Nothing could hurt him in whose heart dwelt Vishnu.

At last, the king ordered the boy to be tied with mighty serpents called up from the nether worlds, and then cast to the bottom of the ocean, where huge mountains were to be piled high upon him, so that in course of time, if not immediately, he might die; and he ordered him to be left in this plight. Even though treated in this manner, the boy continued to pray to his beloved Vishnu: “Salutation to Thee, Lord of the universe. Thou beautiful Vishnu!” Thus thinking and meditating on Vishnu, he began to feel that Vishnu was near him, nay, that He was in his own soul, until he began to feel that he was Vishnu, and that he was everything and everywhere.

As soon as he realised this, all the snake bonds snapped asunder; the mountains were pulverised, the ocean upheaved, and he was gently lifted up above the waves, and safely carried to the shore. As Prahlada stood there, he forgot that he was a Daitya and had a mortal body: he felt he was the universe and all the powers of the universe emanated from him; there was nothing in nature that could injure him; he himself was the ruler of nature. Time passed thus, in one unbroken ecstasy of bliss, until gradually Prahlada began to remember that he had a body and that he was Prahlada. As soon as he became once more conscious of the body, he saw that God was within and without; and everything appeared to him as Vishnu.

When the king Hiranyakashipu found to his horror that all mortal means of getting rid of the boy who was perfectly devoted to his enemy, the God Vishnu, were powerless, he was at a loss to know what to do. The king had the boy again brought before him, and tried to persuade him once more to listen to his advice, through gentle means. But Prahlada made the same reply. Thinking, however, that these childish whims of the boy would be rectified with age and further training, he put him again under the charge of the teachers, Shanda and Amarka, asking them to teach him the duties of the king. But those teachings did not appeal to Prahlada, and he spent his time in instructing his schoolmates in the path of devotion to the Lord Vishnu.

When his father came to hear about it, he again became furious with rage, and calling the boy to him, threatened to kill him, and abused Vishnu in the worst language. But Prahlada still insisted that Vishnu was the Lord of the universe, the Beginningless, the Endless, the Omnipotent and the Omnipresent, and as such, he alone was to be worshipped. The king roared with anger and said: “Thou evil one, if thy Vishnu is God omnipresent, why doth he not reside in that pillar yonder?” Prahlada humbly submitted that He did do so. “If so,” cried the king, “let him defend thee; I will kill thee with this sword.” Thus saying the king rushed at him with sword in hand, and dealt a terrible blow at the pillar. Instantly thundering voice was heard, and lo and behold, there issued forth from the pillar Vishnu in His awful Nrisimha form — half-lion, half-man! Panic-stricken, the Daityas ran away in all directions; but Hiranyakashipu fought with him long and desperately, till he was finally overpowered and killed.

Then the gods descended from heaven and offered hymns to Vishnu, and Prahlada also fell at His feet and broke forth into exquisite hymns of praise and devotion. And he heard the Voice of God saying, “Ask, Prahlada ask for anything thou desires”; thou art My favourite child; therefore ask for anything thou mayest wish.” And Prahlada choked with feelings replied, “Lord, I have seen Thee. What else can I want? Do thou not tempt me with earthly or heavenly boons.” Again the Voice said: “Yet ask something, my son.” And then Prahlada replied, “That intense love, O Lord, which the ignorant bear to worldly things, may I have the same love for Thee; may I have the same intensity of love for Thee, but only for love’s sake!”

Then the Lord said, “Prahlada, though My intense devotees never desire for anything, here or hereafter, yet by My command, do thou enjoy the blessings of this world to the end of the present cycle, and perform works of religious merit, with thy heart fixed on Me. And thus in time, after the dissolution of thy body, thou shalt attain Me.” Thus blessing Prahlada, the Lord Vishnu disappeared. Then the gods headed by Brahma installed Prahlada on the throne of the Daityas and returned to their respective spheres.

The film BHAKTA PRAHLAD-1946 was made by Vishnu Cinetone,Bombay and it was directed by Dhirubhai Desai. The music was by Pt. Hanuman Prasad and K.C.Verma. The Lyricists were, Bekal, Pt.Veer, Ram murthy, Deepak and B P Bajpai. The cast was Anant Marathe, Leela Chitnis, Ulhas, Tiwari, Dikshit and Rajkumari Shukla etc.

The story of the film was-

Story of Bhakta Prahlad is the story of perennial struggle between good and evil. It is a story of a child’s devotion in the supreme God and his evil father who believed that he was the God himself.

King of Daityas, Hirnyakashypu was a declared enemy of God Vishunu and his devotees. He had also received “Vardaan” from God Brahma that he would not be killed otherwise under the stipulated specific conditinos but falsely taking himself to be immortal he declared himself to be God and ordered that only HE should be worshiped as God. All the devotees of Vishnu were declared to be his enemies and were to be killed mercilessly.

Prahald, his own son refused to obey his evil orders. The King tried to persuade him to give up his belief in Vishnu. When Prahald refused to obey, the furious king ordered that he should be put to death. But as the saying goes Man Proposes God Disposes, all the efforts of the king failed. Hunger or poison would not effect the child nor would the snakes bite him, ferocious animals like the lion, instead of killing Prahald, would become his friends. Prahald was even hurled down from the top of the mountain but death would not touch him. He came out unharmed from boiling oil and many such tortures.

Events moved swiftly to climax. The king’s sister Holika requested the king to allow her to sit in the fire along with Prahald. Since she would wear a magic cloth the fire would not burn her. But they were ignorant of God’s miraculous ways. Holika was burned to ashes while Prahald was left unharmed. . King lost his self control, he would not read the signs of the coming events. He ordered Prahlad to embrace a burning hot iron pillar. With out any hesitation Prahald embraced the burning iron pillar. His faith in God moved the three universes. God himself had to come to save Prahald the symbol of good and to destory the evil. The pillar burst and God appeared from within in the form of Narsinha (half Lion and half human) Narsinha killed Hirnyakashypu, therby destroying the forces of evil and darkness so that light and goodness should prevail in the universe.

Here is the song from this film,sung by Hamida Bano,Geeta Dutt and chorus. Remember, this is Geeta’s FIRST song in her career.


Song-Suno suno hari ki leela (Bhakt Prahlad)(1946) Singers-Hamida Bano, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rammurty Chaturvedi, MD-Hanuman Prasad
Chorus

Lyrics

suno suno
suno suno
hari ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re
prabhu ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re
suno suno
suno suno
hari ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re
prabhu ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re
suno suno
suno suno

sakal nyaara ???
sakal nyaara ???
dharti aur aakash banaaya
dharti aur aakash banaaya
chaand suraj taaron se sajaaya
chaand suraj taaron se sajaaya
aur uske gun gaata ??
aur uske gun gaata ??
jeewan safal banaaye re banaaye re
jeewan safal banaaye re banaaye re
suno suno
suno suno
hari ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re
prabhu ki leela sunaayen re sunaayen re

suno suno
suno suno

?? uski chamak hai
?? uski chamak hai
phoolon mein bhi uski mahak hai
phoolon mein bhi uski mahak hai
sab cheezon mein uski jhalak hai
sab cheezon mein uski jhalak hai
prabhu Ram sab ke ghat ghat mein
prabhu Ram sab ke ghat ghat mein
wohi ek samaaye re samaaye re
wohi ek samaaye re samaaye re
suno suno
suno suno
hari ki leela sunaye re sunaaye re
prabhu ki leela sunaye sunaye

suno suno
suno suno

sabka dhyaan rakhne wala
sabka dhyaan rakhne waala
sabka hriday parakhne wala
sabka hriday parakhne waala
bhakton ki pat rakhne waala
bhakaton ki pat rakhne waala
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari
wohi chakra sudarshan dhaari

beda paar lagaaye re lagaaye ra
beda paar lagaaye re lagaaye re
suno suno
suno suno
suno suno

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2 Responses to "Suno suno Hari ki leela"

There were many BPs thereafter : 1959, 1965, 1967(from South)

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Yes, Geeta Dutt’s voice is distinct and can be clearly recognised. Great news for me that this is her first recorded song which I luckily heard today for the first time. Many many thanks.

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