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Jaago aayee usha

Posted on: February 13, 2014


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.

Writing about old films and old songs is not an easy job. Particularly,if you are writing about Debut Films and Debut songs,it is a Herculean task to find out which is the real Debut song/Film. This is because, as I always say, we are a poor nation as far as recording film history is concerned. There are conflicting claims made by Internet sites and so called experts. Even books are not reliable, as I found recently. Therefore, it is very difficult to verify any information.

Nowadays, we find many books coming which simply copy what has already been done painstakingly by some pioneers. Some books are published using data given in HFGK, of Harmandir ji-without even bothering to acknowledge the source. (Some books in this category are ‘beete kal ke sitare’ and ‘Swaron ki yatra’, which carry many mistakes.) Obviously, they carry mistakes found in HFGK. Luckily,HFGK adds an ‘Errata” page in every volume, which gives corrections, thus rectifying wrong or incomplete information. But these books and sites like ‘My swar’ do not look at these corrections and spread half or wrong information.

With all its faults, even today, the HFGK happens to be the most authentic and trustworthy chronicle of HFM, taking the correctness to almost 95%.

Anyway, forget about all this. I wish to share with you an exclusive experience I had on the 11th February 2014 in Mumbai. I was invited, as a Guest, to attend a function to release a book on “SAGAR MOVIETONE”, written by noted author Biren Kothari ji. The book was to be released by the well known actor AMIR KHAN. The function was at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai,followed by a lovely dinner with Amir Khan.

it was a very joyous occasion, because I personally met some stalwarts of Hindi Film/Song History and spent some time talking with them. I met shri Nalin Shah, Shishir Krishna Sharma, Shri Tushar Bhatiya, Shri Biren Kothari, Shri Urvish Kothari, Chandrashekhar Vaidya and a few others. A host of film personalities attended the function-Amir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Yesteryear Heroine Sushila Rani Patel (wife of Baburao Patel of Mother India magazine), Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Prasoon Joshi and a few others, whose names I do not know.

All in all, it was a very pleasant experience. This function has rejuvenated my spirits, which were rather low off late and now I renewed my resolve to continue writing on old films and songs.

Today, we hear the DEBUT SONG of Manna Dey. In fact, I was surprised that his Debut song was not yet posted on the Blog. But then it has always been happening with talented Manna Dey. He has always been taken for granted and also typedcast as a singer for classical songs, bhajan or group singing, though he was very much capable of singing a variety of songs, like any other big singer.

Manna Dey’s Biography is very simple.

” Born on 1-5-1919,he was trained in a classical base and blessings of his legendary uncle K.C.Dey. His Debut song was from film Tamanna-1942.This first song was with baby Suraiyya. He sang 1340 songs, sung in 16 languages. He gave music to 16 films( 2 films shared with other Music Directors). His wife was a Malayali. He had settled in Benguluru. he died on 24-10-2013″

Manna Dey was a much more versatile and multi dimensional artist than what the above biography suggests. He was a very hardworking, humble and likable person. I had an opportunity to read some of his interviews, like the one I found in RMIM Archives and the other taken by well known author and a winner of Sahitya Academy Awards 5 times, Shri Rajnikumar Pandyaji,for his book,” Aap ki Parchhaiyan”-in Hindi.
For the benefit of our readers,here is an anecdote,Manna Dey told Shri Pandya ji….

(Free translation from Hindi)
” When Manna Dey was studying in college, one day the Principal called him and said,’ My son, I have heard that you sing very well and your uncle is K.C.Dey, the famous singer. Will you sing for our college, in the Inter Collegiate competitions ?’ This was the Scottish Church college which was the only Co-Education college in Calcutta in those days. Manna Dey said,’ Sorry sir, my uncle will never permit me to do this.’

The Principal wrote a letter to K.C.Dey and a few students went to K.C.Dey with that letter. After lot of cajoling and convincing, he agreed to allow Manna to participate. After the joyous friends left,K C Dey took Manna Dey left and right accusing him that it was all his plot. However after he calmed down he said,’ whatever has happened, forget about it. You have only one month before the competition. Let us practice.’ From next day, for one month the Uncle took so much of practice that Manna Dey won all First prizes in all categories of Music in that festival, for his college and became a Hero. “

We all know that Manna Dey sang ” Ketaki gulab juhi…” along with Pt. Bhimsen Joshi with reluctance and apprehension, because even in a film song, the idea of defeating a classical Giant was not digested by his humble nature. Here is what really happened behind the scenes,in Manna Dey’s own words….

” Q : You sang ‘Ketaki gulab juhi champak’, with Bimsen Joshi, in ‘Basant Bahar’. What was the experience like?

A : Haven’t I told you that story? It’s interesting. At first the film’s hero Bharat Bhooshan didn’t want my voice. After the success of ‘Baiju Bawra’ Rafi was understandably his first choice. But Shankar, ever my supporter, prevailed upon him, and some tact was called for since Bhooshan’s brother was the film’s producer. The first song recorded was ‘Sur na saje’, and that won Bharat Bhooshan over completely. Next came ‘Nain mile chain kahan’. Then Shankar called up and said, “I need you for a duet. The film’s situation calls for the hero to
sing with a music ustad, and defeats the ustad in the process”. I said “Sure. When do we do it?”, confident that my co-singer would be Rafi or another playback singer. “Well, we’re trying to get either Pt. Bhimsen Joshi or Ustad Aamir Khan for the ustad’s voice”, Shankar said. (*Eyes wide open, thunderstruck*) My heart sank. ME? Sing with Bhimsen Joshi? And ‘defeat’ him in a duet? I tried at once to get out of
it. “Why don’t you get two classical singers for the duet”, I asked him. Shankar’s firmness could cut both ways – he lost no time in pointing out that after two songs had already been recorded, I was now the established voice of the hero, and who was going to explain to Bharat Bhooshan why another voice was now being used? I went home depressed, and told my wife,”Pack! We leave Bombay tonight and return only after six
weeks”. When I told her why, she chided me and said “Shame on you! It is after all, a playback song”. After much arguing and convincing I finally decided to take it up as a challenge. I made Shankar give me the song a full four weeks in advance. We has two rehearsals, and Bhimsen Joshi’s voice was incredible. Standing next to him in the recording booth was an experience. But then I was also appeciated, especially for my ‘entry’ in the song, with an alaap in a single long breath. “

(My thanks to Shri Rajnikumar Pandyaji and RMIM Archives)

Now we will enjoy a song in the fresh and mint voice of Manna Dey and Baby Suraiyya,from the film ‘ Tamanna”-1942. This song was picturised on a beggar and a small girl. Manna dey gave playback to the beggar and Suraiyya to the girl. The lyricist is S.K.Kalla and the music is composed by K C Dey.


Song-Jaago aayee Usha (Tamanna)(1942) Singers-Manna Dey, Suraiyya, Lyrics-S K Kalla, MD-K C Dey
Both

Lyrics

jaago
jaago
jaago
aayee Usha
jaago
jaago
jaago
aayee Usha
panchhi boley jaago
jaago
jaago
aayee Usha

nananananana
prabhat rath chadh aayee Usha
prabhat rath chadh aayee Usha
door timir bhagaayee Usha
door timir bhagaayee Usha
jaago
jaago

sindoor thhaali
bhar laayi Usha
tilak karan ko
aayee Usha
bhar laayi usha
sindoor thhaali
bhar laayi Usha
tilak karan ko
aayee Usha
bhar laayi usha

aayee
nananaanana
aayee
nanananana
aayee Usha
jaago
jaago
jaago
aayee Usha

11 Responses to "Jaago aayee usha"

Due to obvious reasons not every one can put that extra effort as you do to present a write up. Very beautiful presentation and worth reading as well.

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Arunji,
Wonderful and informative post. Salute to your passion for HFM and sharing your knowledge with all of us by doing this laborious work.
As you have said, HFGK is the most reliable and faithful source for all music lovers. The “errata” pages of these volumes are the proofs of Harmandir ji’s love, passion and honesty.
I can feel the pleasure you had meeting those stalwarts and being part of this event. Doesn’t it feel great when you meet people with the same interest and devotion that you have? I am sure you will adore this memory for a long.
Atulji,
the missing words are “door timir” and the line should be
door timir bhagaayee Usha…. (timir=darkness)
Thanks

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Arunji,
Just received an email regarding this event. (you also must have received the same too) Here is the clip of the article with the pictures, in Gujarati for all who are interested.
Thanks again for sharing your pleasure with us.

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Where is the clip, Madam?
Waiting.

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Bharatbhai,
Sorry. Here is the clip.
http://urvishkothari-gujarati.blogspot.com/

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Thanks,khyatiji.
Consider that I represented all ATUL Team members in that function.
It was indeed an exhilarating experience.
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Arunji,

“. . . I renewed my resolve to continue writing on old films and songs.”

We cannot even think of that which you may have thought. And I am glad this function could make you not go in the direction in which you may have been thinking.

I have no words to measure your contributions, and to express our good fortune. Please do not consider whatever you may have been contemplating “off late”. 😉

I am glad you were able to be at the function. Nalin ji and I talked today morning, and he mentioned about it.

Thanks for posting this wonderful song; been waiting for it to appear here.

Best Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
Thanks for your encouraging words.
‘of late’, I was depressed,but now I am impressed with your feelings.which are worth their weight in GOLD for me.
Thanks !
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🙂 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Dear Arun,
I entirely agree with feelings expressed by dear Sudhir.
Please take it as your ‘karma’ to write articles on old film songs and on the film industry’s personalities.
I can not write more as I am travelling and not comfortable with the device I have.
With Best Regards,

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Kamath ji,
So nice of you to say so. Your feelings have touched me.
I assure you that I shall be a KARMAYOGI now.
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