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Dil dhadke chunariya sarke

Posted on: December 25, 2013


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Countdown is in progress, and we are slowly inching forward to the magic milestone.

Merry Christmas and a Happy 9200th post, to all readers and friends. Celebration time once again, and as I said, we are now just seven more century jumps away from that magical number of 10,000 songs on this blog. By the current accepted rate of comfort, we should be making it sometimes in April time frame. Gosh, the built up for an exciting interlude is now setting in.

It is really a wonder. The team is sustaining a pace that is just right. No matter what pluses or minuses we go thru individually, the ticking meter on the blog just keeps, well, ticking away. 🙂 So, ninety two hundred it is. The numbers and the quality of the material on the blog continues to grow. Every time there is a pause, out comes a new idea from one of the team, and lo, there is a new series of songs, a new set of informations, a new perspective with which one meets with old friends and old songs once again.

Returning back from my travels this last Monday, I got in touch with Atul ji to check where we are on the blog. For the past over three weeks, my interaction with the blog has been confined to intermittent checking of the incoming posts, with not much leeway with time to write posts or comments. (I hope that changes now, being back home there is less things on the schedule to deal with.) I find that Atul ji himself is also strapped for time, due to both personal and work related constraints. I could guess that from the little slowdown on the posting clock. But what he informed me was of great interest. That we are going to hit the next century post on the Christmas day. Well, on Monday it meant that we had just a little over one day to get to the target and to locate an appropriate offering for the century milestone.

So I had this idea in the back of my mind for some time, and this exchange with Atul ji brought it right up front. Over past few months, I have been tagging a few songs that have something unique and unexpected about them. As I got to a critical number, I decided to set up a new series of posts –about some unexpected performances, from artists one may not naturally expect to make that contribution. After the exchange with Atul ji on Monday, I decided to initiate this series with the 92nd century post. And so, here it is.

Rare Performances – Things Unique and Unexpected #1
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I had once seen the James-Ivory film ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ (1965) on Doordarshan, gosh, many many years ago. A film in the art genre. The age when I first saw it, it left very little impression on me since at that time I had not setup in my (as then) tiny mind an appreciation of cultures, of inter racial mingling, of the shadow of the British Raj in the not so distant past. And of course, Shakespeare. I was still some years away from a serious reading or viewing of his plays. That was late 1970s.

Then, a few months back, I got hold of this film once again, and watched it. And with all the baggage of learning that now bogs me down, I was verily impressed with this cinematic essay, and actually re ran the film again twice within a span of a week. It is a robust story telling with shades of sadness and melancholy, of the changing colors of society and culture, of the descending realizations that no matter the powers that may be, somethings will never be. Beautifully filmed on locations, the film traces the travels of a touring theatrical company. The era is circa 1960s. India has been without the British Raj now for about a decade and a half. This traveling theatre has been in existence longer than that. Which means they have been playing Shakespeare on the local stage, when there were a lot of Englishmen (and women) in the audience who would relate with matters of the plays, and appreciate it.

That it is English theatre and that it is Shakespeare, still carries some significance. The crowds do come, albeit slowly dwindling. The royal patronage that used to be a bulwark in the days of the Raj, is now itself short of resources to woo such pursuits. So all in all, this theatre company is falling into hard times. Wonderfully scripted, it picks up interludes from the plays themselves to mirror what is happening in the real life of the player’s team, how their fortunes are changing and how glory times are slowly slipping from their grasp, like sand held in a closed fist. The personal characterizations are fabulous, and one can expect that finesse in a James Ivory production. The story follows one season of travels for this group, the changes that come into the thinking, and some decisions getting made that would not even be thought of a few years before. A very impressive film, that prompted me to go and search for more of their
productions, in my collection and from other sources.

So, you may ask, what is ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ doing here. Quite truthfully, my first high point of excitement was when I saw the credits rolling on the screen. The music direction for this film is credited to none other than Satyajit Ray himself. And then part way through the film, when I reached a Hindi song, my excitement was heightened. My first conclusion was, given the credits information, that this could possibly be the rare and unique example of a Hindi song composed by Satyajit Ray. Alas, that was not to be. As I was re running the credits, searching for a lyricist, I found some small print in the credits that clarified that Satyajit Ray has done only the background compositions, and the song itself is written and composed by another gentleman.

So you can understand that my excitement came down few a notches. The song is not a creation of Satyajit Ray. But then the name given also carries an impressive stature in the halls of Indian cinema. And the name is Prayag Raj.

Prayag Raj is the assistant director of ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ with additional credits for having written this song and composed the music for it. My premise is that Satyajit Ray must have had a supervisory hand in this creation, being the overall music director for the film. And hence this makes the song a very unique, rare and an unexpected item of cinematic creation.

Prayag Raj is now a well known film director with a number of significant films to his credit. Coming into the Hindi cinema, he made his mark with his debut directorial venture – ‘Kundan’ in 1972. But his association with cinema and theatre goes back to his school days, and the days of Prithvi Theatres under the leadership of Prithviraj Kapoor himself. He became good friends with Shashi Kapoor, and even had small child actor appearances in the films ‘Aag’ (1948) and ‘Awaara’ (1951). This association bore many relationships, as he worked with Raj Kapoor as an assistant director and writer, and with other directors like M Sadiq, Lekh Tandon, and Manmohan Desai. His career has been a string of mainline hits that he has been associated as a writer, dialogue writer and director. IMDB carries an impressive list on the filmography page for him.

Coming back to the song. Searching out the singing voice was a challenge as it did not appear in the credits. After some detailed search, I was able to locate an interview by Prayag Raj himself in which he identifies the singer as Mubarak Begum. The on screen performance is by Madhur Jaffery. In fact Madhur won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festivsal for her supporting role in this film.

The scenario for the song is the shooting of a film. Madhur Jaffery plays the role of Manjula, a very important leading lady, which is ascertained by how she conducts herself on the sets. So the filming of the song is in progress. After one stanza, there is a break because her dance movements are not correct, and the dance director calls for a ‘Cut’. He starts to explain to her the dance steps again, but after this ‘Cut’, Manjula decides she is not in a mood to continue to work that day, despite the producer’s pleadings that the schedule is already delayed. The camera cuts back on the filming team and the onlookers. The second stanza of the song now continues in the background, while the various players continue with their conversations.

One can see Shashi Kapoor sitting in a chair next to Manjula. Shashi plays the role of Sanju, a spoilt rich young man who is playing both sides of the game of romance. He is courting Manjula, and side by side he starts to romance Lizzie (role played by Felicity Kendal, real life sister-in-law of Shashi Kapoor, being the younger sister of Jennifer Kendal). Lizzie is one of the players in the theatre group, and is the daughter of the leader of the group, Tony Buckingham (role played by Geoffery Kendal, father of Jennifer Kendal). At 2.45 in the clip, one can see Prayag Raj himself, standing next to Pichoo Kapoor. Both are part of the theater group, and are curious onlookers. Near the end of the clip, one can also see Praveen Paul, playing the role of Manjula’s nanny.

A charming little love song from an unexpected quarter – both in terms of the film as well as in terms of its creator. The rendering by Mubarak Begum is sweet and lovely. I have a bias for this voice, and so I like anything she has sung. Enjoy this wonderful quaint cinema. It prompted me to go back to see and re-see many of the James Ivory films.

Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy 9200th.

Cheers.


Song-Dil dhadke chunariya sarke (Shakespeare Wallah)(1965) Singer-Mubarak Begam, Lyrics-Prayag Raj, MD-Prayag Raj

Lyrics

dil dhadke ae ae ae ae
chunariyaa sarke ae ae ae
paayal
chhun chhun boley re. . .

dil dhadke
chunariyaa sarke
paayal chhun chhun boley re
dil dhadke
chunariyaa sarke
paayal chhun chhun boley re
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa

parbat parbat chadh kar dekhoon
teri raah na deekhey ae ae
subah ke rang na
rahe sunehri
shaam ke rang hain pheekey ae ae
shaam ke rang hain pheekey
aur raat bhi kaali ee ee
aur raat bhi kaali
naagan jaisi
tan par doley re
aur raat bhi kaali naagan jaisi
tan par doley re
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa aa
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa

haan aaaa aaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaaa
panghat aangan
soonaa dekhoon
nainaa bhar bhar aaye ae ae
ambuwa ka jhoola
jhooloon akeli
sakhiyaan hansi udaayen ae ae
sakhiyaan hansi udaayen
teri yaad jo aaye ae ae
teri yaad jo aaye
man ko jalaaye
haule haule re
teri yaad jo aaye
man ko jalaaye
haule haule re
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa

dil dhadke
chunariyaa sarke
paayal chhun chhun boley re
dil dhadke
chunariyaa sarke
paayal chhun chhun boley re
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa
ke tere bin chain nahin balmaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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दिल धड़के॰ ॰ ॰एssss
चुनरिया सरके॰ ॰ ॰ए ए
पायल
छुन छुन बोले रे ॰ ॰ ॰

दिल धड़के
चुनरिया सरके
पायल छुन छुन बोले रे
दिल धड़के
चुनरिया सरके
पायल छुन छुन बोले रे
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा

परबत परबत
चढ़ कर देखूँ
तेरी राह ना दीखे
सुबह के रंग ना
रहे सुनहरी
शाम के रंग हैं फीके
शाम के रंग हैं फीके
और रात भी काली॰ ॰ ॰ईss
और रात भी काली
नागन जैसी
तन पर डोले रे
और रात भी काली नागन जैसी
तन पर डोले रे
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा

हाँ आsss आss
आsss आssss
पनघट आँगन
सूना देखूँ
नैना भर भर आयें
अंबुवा का झूला
झूलूँ अकेली
सखियाँ हंसी उड़ाएं
सखियाँ हंसी उड़ाएं
तेरी याद जो आए॰ ॰ ॰एss
तेरी याद जो आए
मन को जलाए
हौले हौले रे
तेरी याद जो आए
मन को जलाए
हौले हौले रे
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा

दिल धड़के
चुनरिया सरके
पायल छुन छुन बोले रे
दिल धड़के
चुनरिया सरके
पायल छुन छुन बोले रे
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा
के तेरे बिन चैन नहीं बलमा

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7 Responses to "Dil dhadke chunariya sarke"

Congratulations to all on reaching this milestone and all the best wishes for the journey onwards…………..

Atul ji and all my friends

Congratulations on 9200th song.

Regards and love froml
Prakash

Great show. Let the show go on. Shakespeare has already said:
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

Sounds like KA composition

lovely song … very typical village song… only the village belle looks to urban….
congrats for song number 9200….
Merry x’mas

Sudhir jee,
Thanks for starting a very novel theme.
I will certainly look forward to future links in this series.
You have given lot of information about an unknown personality,prayaag raaj. These capable people,being behind the screen always,are rarely discussed.

One interesting fact about Prayag raaj must be recorded here and that is- he was the person who shouts YAA HOO in the film junglee song-Chaahe koi mujhe junglee kahe…. by Rafi saab.

Prayag Raaj ,I believe,was the script writer for Junglee.

-AD

Arun ji

Thanks for your message of encouragement, really appreciate it.

Regarding the song from film ‘Junglee’, and the voice behind “Yaahoo”; yes I also recall having read this reference earlier. In fact that article listed two other songs in which his voice was used for the hollering refrains. One is the song “Hum Ko Tum Pe Pyaar Aaya” from the film ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ (1965). In this song, the loud “Affu Khudaa”, is said to be in his voice.

Again, many years later, in the film ‘Coolie’ (1983), in the song “Accident Ho Gaya Rabba Rabba”, the refrain “Allaah Rakhaa” is also listed as Prayag Raj’s handiwork.

Very interesting trivia to note that the first one is the under the music direction of Shankar Jaikishan, the second one is under Kalyanji Anandji, and the third one is for Laxmikant Pyaarelal.

Rgds
Sudhir

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