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Rang de re jeewan ki chunariya

Posted on: January 9, 2014

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

Three Hindi films of the 50s which had created lots of hype during their pre-released days were ‘Aan’ (1952), ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955) and ‘Navrang’ (1959). They were all made in Technicolor. With nearly all the films made during that time and earlier in black and white, there was curiosity among film buffs to watch these Technicolor films. While none of these films had good story lines, they all ran in the theaters for a long time. I remember ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955) had completed 100 weeks of run in Metro theater and ‘Navrang’ (1959) ran for over 50 weeks in Liberty theater of Mumbai.

In my school days, we were not allowed to watch movies except a couple of films during a year and that too after the elders in the family ‘certified’ these movies to be fit for viewing by children. Like other filmy buffs, I was also curious to see Technicolour films. So ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaaje’ (1955) became the first Technicolour film that I watched. I saw this movie in 1956 at Metro after persistently nagging my maternal uncle. “Navrang” (1959 ) was the second Technicolour film that I saw. I saw this movie not as much for the film but for having a feel of the then newly renovated Liberty Theatre. We were told that walking in the aisle of Liberty theatre was an experience in itself as one could feel the softness of the floor covered with thick and richly designed red carpet. Walking over the carpet gave me the feeling as if I was mildly jumping on a soft mattress.

The other memory associated with watching the film ‘Navrang’ (1959) at Liberty was the song picturisation of tum sainyya gulaab ke phool in which a horse dances to the tune and rhythm of the song which was a novelty for me. But the most bizarre moment associated with the film was at the time of watching its credit title in the beginning. The film which was supposed to be in Technicolour started with credit titles shown in black and white! Before I became restless with the feeling of being let down,nine different colours flowed out from nine earthen vessels to form the name of the film, much to my relief. At that time, Instead of being impressed with the visual effect that the director intended to create on the audience, I was merely relieved to find out that the movie was indeed in colour as advertised..

There were 12 songs in NAVRANG (1959) out of which as many as 10 songs have been covered in the blog. I am presenting the 11th song from the film (the first song to appera in the film) which is a background song as credit titles are shown. The song is ‘rang de re jeewan ki chunariya’ sung by Manna Dey and Asha Bhonsle. The song was written by Bharat Vyas and set to music by C Ramchandra. The main feature of this song is that after the second stanza, V Shantaram, the film’s director, comes on the stage to narrate as to how he thought of making the film when he was confined on the bed due to an accident while fighting with a bull during the filming of the climax scenes of ‘Do Aankhen Baraah Haath’ (1958). During his narration, the song continues in the background in a very low sound which makes it difficult to note down the lyrics. Even the audio clip covers the narration of V Shantaram. I am sure the lyrics are different in the third stanza.

The song with narration by V Shantaram serves as an introduction of the film to the audience, with nine colours representing the nine shades of life.

C Ramchandra set a new benchmark for himself with his music direction in this film which, in my view, he could not surpass in his subsequent films.



Song-Rang de re jeewan ki chunariya (Navrang)(1959) Singers-Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-C Ramchandra
Both, Chorus, Female Chorus


aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa aaa

rang de re
(rang de re
rang de re )
jeewan ki chunariyaa aa

aaa aaa aaa
rang de re
ae ae ae ae ae
(ae ae ae ae ae )
(ae ae ae ae ae)
tan tarang de
man umang de
aaj rang de re
ye jeewan ki chunariyaa aaa aa
jeewan ki chunariyaa

rang de re

aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aaa

rangon se toone apni chhabiyaan sajaayin
chhabiyaan sajaayin
kiranon ki toone unmein
jyot jagaayi ee
jyot jagaayi
waah re chitere
dekhi teri chaturaayi

indra dhanush mein jhalake
teri parchhaayi
tan tarang de
man umang de
aaj rang de re
ye jeewan ki chunariyaa aa
jeewan ki chunariyaa
rang de re ae
( ae ae ae ae )
tan tarang de
man umang de
aaj rang de re…e

[V Shantaram’s dialogue with the song continues in the background]

jeewan ki chunariyaa
rang de re ae ae
ae ae ae
(rang de re ae)

8 Responses to "Rang de re jeewan ki chunariya"

Dear Arunji Deshmukh
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baahar ik ?? …

is ‘ waah re chitere dekhi teri chaturaayi’…


@ Atul ji

kindly correct the lyrics ‘baahar ik ?? …
as ‘ waah re chitere dekhi teri chaturaayi’… please.


I would like to add a little trivia.
Aan by Mehboob was ‘ print by tecnicolor’ i.e. photographed in BW and then processed in tecnicolor. JJPB-1955 was ‘ color by tecnicolor’. Then came Jhansi ki Rani – 1956 by Sohrab Modi which was ‘ color by tecnicolor’. This was a very ambitious movie by S Modi, but did not run to expectations.(Full movie is available at UT but in BW) and then came Navrang-1959. JJPB ran for 25 weeks at Metro (as per contract) ,then 25 weeks at Liberty (as per contract).Side by side it ran at Plaza from the beginning.Thus total 100 weeks.

D Samant


Corrections to some comments-
‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ was released in 1953-54, 2 years before ‘JJPB’.
‘JJPB’ ran at Royal Opera House for 102 weeks; & the whole Opera House area was decorated, when it completed 100 weeks!!


Thanks for some additional information and the correction.


Sadanand Kamath ji and Atul ji,
Just wanted to know if this song can be heard without the V. Shantaram Dialogue. The Second stanza is not very clear when he is talking. Is full song available anywhere?


audio link(I am not very sure about the voice of Shantaram, since I have not heard this audio link for the time being)


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