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Bhajan ke din do chaar

Posted on: May 12, 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.

THE VIBRANT 40s (Episode No 14)
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Hindi films have always catered to all tastes. One can find a mix of themes in the films produced in an year easily.There have been love stories, Historicals, mythological, Stunts, comedies, tragedies, horror, musicals etc etc. However ONE Genre is permanent or rather was permanent, from the beginning of Silent films up to 1970 end. The Genre is RELIGIOUS FILMS.

The VIBRANT 40s too included several religious films during every year starting from 1941 to 1950. In fact some of the All time Hit films in this genre were made in this decade only. Films like Bharat Milap-42, Ram Rajya-43 and Har Har Mahadev-50 are some examples. This trend continued during the next decade too and the 50s saw some very interesting religious films.In the 60s it was much less and in 70s,probably you could count them on fingers. From the 80s onwards,there were no religious films,barring few,perhaps and in last 25 years there has been no religious film,worth a mention even.

Does this mean that people have become Atheists ? No, their thirst for religious films is quenched by the Television,on a daily basis through Serials,featuring various stories. Also there were the Mega Serials,like Mahabharata and Ramayana o TV.

Traditionally all Indians are religious minded. Just look at the crowds at major Temples like Tirupati,Varanasi,Calcutta or Vaishno Devi. The Holy towns of Haridwar and Hrishikesh overflow with visitors in season. Tour operators in every state have their trips to religious places always booked full. In fact many Tour operators thrive on these trips alone.

Religion is not only our mind set,but it is our culture. When foreigners and outsiders attacked India in historical times,several Saints and Holy personalities did the job of awakening and uniting the masses. India being a multi racial,multi language nation,it was necessary to bind the people with one common thread and it was religion.

During the Bhakti Movement in India,from the 7th century,starting from Tamilnadu up to the 16th century India had many Saints who operated in either their own language areas or were known all over India,and all of them contributed towards keeping the Indians united culturally.

The film industry has,from time to time,made films on many of them and either reminded or introduced regional saints to All India audiences. from the silent films onwards, films were made ( sometimes 2 or 3 on one saint) on the following Saints..

Sant Ramdas, Tukaram, Gyaneshwar, Tulsidas, Kabir, Rahim, Janabai, Raghu, Ravidas or Raidas, Sakhu, Gora kumbhar, Eknath, Meerabai, Namdev, Sena, Narhari, Dhanna, Sadhana, Narsi Bhagat, Ramanuja etc.

Like Saints,Indian cultural history is replete with ‘Great souls’ or ‘Bhakts’, who not only worshipped the God, but also helped the masses to remove castes and unwanted rituals in society. Films were made on such Bhakts too,like… Bhakta Cheta, Bilwamangal, Dhruv, Pundalik, Prahlad, Shrawan, Pooran, Shriyala, Surdas, Raj Ambarish, Damajipant, Laxmidas, Peepajee, Sudama, Vatsala, Vidur, Vijaya, Bodana etc.

Apart from these, India had several social reformers like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans, Madhwacharya, Adi Shankaracharya, Vallabhacharya, Ramanand Teerth. Filme were made on some of these too.

Out of all these, I have special affection for Bhakta Prahlad and Bhakta Dhruv, because in both cases their own fathers were against them. In case of Bhakta Prahlad, his father had to be killed by Narsimha and in Dhruv’s case he himself attained an unassailable position in the sky permanently. We call it Dhruv-Tara or the North star.

Film Bhakta Dhruv had 11 songs in it, composed by Shankar Rao Vyas. There were two lyricists-Pt. Indra and Pt. Moti,B.A.. The song selected today is sung by LALITA DEULKAR, who had sung 7 out the 11 songs in the film.

LALITA was born in Bombay in 1924. She was not interested in acting or singing, but poor family conditions and father’s T.B. forced her to earn a living by singing and acting. During 1940-45, she recorded many songs. One Mr. Dulerai Pandya, a Gujarati,owned “The National Recording Co.Ltd.” in Bombay’s fort area. There was a Tricolour shown on the labels of the records, hence this company was known as Jhandewali record co. V.Shantaram was also on its Board of Directors. Initially Prabhat and later Rajkamal film songs were issued on this Jhanda Chhap records only. The company had hired Datta Davjekar for Marathi and Avinash Vyas and Lallubhai Bhojak for Hindi and Gujarati songs. She recorded many Darya songs and Bhavgeets in this company. Along with her, Gajanan Watwe, Jyotsna Bhole also recorded songs here. Some records named her as Lalita Devi. Once Saraswati Devi herd her and gave her chance to do small roles and sing in chorus of songs of Bombay Talkies films. Her Debut was made with the song ‘ Aankhowale tu dekh ke chal” from film ‘Parbat pe apna dera’-44. It was a duet with Parshuram under the baton of Vasant Desai.

After singing songs in Valmiki-46 and Eight Days-46, she got a good break in film Saajan-1947. Her duet with Rafi, ” Humko tumhara hi aasra” is remembered even today. Film Nadiya ke paar-48 also had a duet with Rafi,” More raja ho, le chal nadiya ke paar” which was very popular. C.Ramchandra was the Music Director for both these films. She sang in several other films like Bhakta Dhruv, Khidki, Jalan, Shaheed, Shakti, Vidya, Bedard, Daulat, Girls school, Jai Bheem, Roshni, Sanwariya, Shabnam, Apni Chhaya, Malti madhav, Pahli Tarikh, Sajni etc.

She got married to Composer Sudhir Phadke (25-7-1919 to 29-7-2002), on 29-5-1949 at Poona. Their common friend Mohd. Rafi sang a specially prepared and meticulously rehearsed ” Mangalashtak ” ( an eight stanza marriage song in Marathi), in their marriage. After marriage she sang only in films of Sudhir Phadke. After Sajni-56, she stopped singing completely and became a devoted housewife. She died on 25-5-2010. Their son Shridahar Phadke is a well known Marathi singer and composer.

The film Bhakta Dhruv was produced by Vijay Bhatt for his home banner Prakash Pictures. The Music Director was Shankar rao Vyas. The cast of the film was Shashi kapoor(sr.), Mridula, Shanta Rin, Ramesh Sinha, Jeevan, Leela Mishra, master Laxman etc.

The Child artiste Shashi Kapoor in this film is different than the brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. I have written about this several times, hence I will not repeat the details again here. Actor Jeevan did Narad’s role first time in this film, only to repeat the role more than 60 times in subsequent films till the 60s. From 60s onwards he started working as Villain (My God ! What a 180 degree turn around ! ).

Jeevan or Omprakash Durgaprasad Dhar ( or OK Dhar or Dhar Kashmiri as he was fondly known in his early days) was born in Srinagar on 24-1-1915. His mother died in childbirth and he lost his father when he was just 3 year old. Jeevan was the last of the ….24 siblings ! His first film as a Hero-Madhav- was Fashionable India-1935. he worked in more than 300 films. His last film was “Tera karam mera dharam’-87. The Film “Aakhri sangharsh”- was released in 1997, almost 10 years after he had acted in it. From 1946 to 1978, he worked in almost every film of Dev Anand. He was also in many Manmohan Desai films.

The story of film Bhakta Dhruv was- King Uttanpada (Ramesh Sinha) left his first wife Suniti ( Mridula ), because she had not given him a son. He married beautiful Suruchi (Shanta Rin). By coincidence both queens delivered boys at a time. Suniti’s boy was named Dhruv (Shashi kapoor,Sr.) and Suruchi’s son was called Uttam (Master Laxman). Due to the machinations of Suruchi and her evil Dassi Kumati (Leela Mishra), the king drives Suniti and Dhruv from the palace. When Dhruv becomes 8 year old, he comes to know that the king is his father. He goes to the king and introduces himself. The king is happy and makes him sit on his lap. Suruchi sees this. Angrily she removes Dhruv from the lap and throws him out. Humiliated, he returns to his mother and asks who is bigger than the King ? She replies Narayan is bigger than king. That night, Dhruv goes to the Jungle and starts his Tapasya. Narad muni meets him and guides him. Few years pass and Lord Vishnu appears before Dhruv to grant him his any wish. But he does not ask anything, simply smiles with happiness of seeing the God. Lord Vishnu grants him a permanent place in the Universe, surrounded by the Saptarshis (The 7 sages), in the sky. Today we call it Dhruv Tara or the North Pole.

Let us now enjoy the Bhajan from this film,sung by Lalita Deulkar….


Song-Bhajan ke din do chaar (Bhakt Dhruv)(1947) Singer-Lalita Deulkar, MD-Shankar Rao Vyas
Lalita Deulkar + Chorus

Lyrics

Bhajan ke din do chaar praani
bhajan ke din do chaar
bhajan ke din do chaar praani
bhajan ke din do chaar
janam maran sukh dhaar re
janam maran sukh dhaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar

vaani se har naam le
vaani se har naam le
haathon se bhoodaan de
haathon se bhoodaan de
kaanon se sun mahima Prabhu ki
kaanon se sun mahima
nainon se roop nihaar re
nainon se roop nihaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar

koi rota hai koi gaata hai
koi rota hai koi gaata hai
koi jaata hai
koi aata hai
koi jaata hai
koi aata hai
aawaagaman mitaane ko tu
aawagaman mitaane
tu nis din prabhu pukaar re
tu nis din prabhu pukaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar

doodh ka baanka chandra bina
doodh ka baanka chandra bina
badh kar pooran chand hua
badh kar pooran chand hua
kali phool hokar yoon boli
kali phool hokar yoon boli
dhan dhan dhan kar janhaar re
dhan dhan dhan kar janhaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar re
bhajan ke din do chaar
bhajan ke din do chaar praani
bhajan ke din do chaar
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan

narayan narayan
narayan narayan
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan

narayan narayan
narayan narayan
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan
jai narayan hari narayan

3 Responses to "Bhajan ke din do chaar"

Arunji,
Thanks for the article. Do you have by any chance audio clip of Manglastak by Rafi. Thanks.

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Sorry,I do not have it.
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Thanks for the nice write-up and the song.

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