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Prabhu na bisaariyo jee

Posted on: May 30, 2014

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Do you remember which story you liked the most in your childhood ? When we were in school, we read lot of stories. Stories from Mythology, History, Magic, Mystery, Birbal, Tenaliram, Tarzan etc etc. We liked some stories, and did not like others. To me, barring Alladin, Alibaba and Sindbad, all stories of Arabian Nights were same. Stories from Vedas were hard to remember due to difficult names like Jamadagni, Jaratkaru or Yadnyawalkya etc. My favourite story was that of Alladin, which I would read repeatedly at frequent intervals.

I think, Hindi Cinema producers too have their favourites in stories, on which they make films. A cursory browsing of the list of films from 1931 to 1987, gave me the information that Alladin ( 5 films), Alibaba ( 6 ), Bhakta Prahlad ( 6 ), and Laila Majnu ( 5 ) were few stories on which several producers made films at different times. However, the Top story amongst all the films is that of Raja Harishchandra. A total of 11 films were made on this story till 1987. A point to be noted is that even Dadasaheb Phalke selected this story to make India’s First silent feature film in 1913.

Silent films were made on Raja Harishchandra in 1913, 1917, 1924,1928 and 1929. Talkie films were made on Harishchandra in 1931 and 1958, as Raja harishchandra in 1952 and 1979 and as Harishchandra and Taramati in 1963 and 1970. Clearly, this could be a record that 11 films are made on ONE story.

What is so enchanting and mesmerising in this story ? It is a story of Principles, which Indians have always held very high-Truthfulness and Honesty. The story also highlights the power of Tolerance and determination.

Today’s Bhajan is from the film Raja Harishchandra-1952. It is sung by Rafi and Lata. The music is by Husnalal-Bhagatram,the duo who were moving in the last phase of their career. The film was produced by C.M.Trivedi, for his own Trivedi productions. It was directed by Raman B Desai.

Raman B Desai was born in Bilimora, Gujarat,on 28-4-1918. At the age of 20 years he joined Wadia Movietone as an assistant Director. He assisted Director Chaturbhuj Doshi for quite some time. He became an independent Director with Pehli Pehchan in 1947. Then came Narad Muni, Raja Harishchandra, Hari Darshan, Naag Panchami, Chakradhari, Rajyogi Bharthari, Navaratri, Waman Avataar, Ram navami, Grihalaxmi (he also produced it) and Amar jyoti-1965. he also directed 6 Gujarati films. Due to his expertise in religious films, he was known as ” King of Mythological Films”.

Raman B Desai expired on 22-12-1997. ( he should not be mistaken for another director Ramanlal Desai, who operated in the same period and directed films like Aab-e-Hayaat-55 and Sangeeta-50 etc.)

I am thankful to shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji for this information.

The cast of the film was Prem Adeeb, Sumitra Devi, Pravin Kumar, Gope, Moni Chatterji etc.

The name of heroine Sumitra Devi may not be familiar to many readers.

Sumitra Devi was born in 1923 as Nilima Chatterjee, in an orthodox bramhin family at Shiuri village, Birbhum in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh). She was educated and grew up in Bihar. In young age, lured by the emerging cinema, she sent an application to New Theatres in Calcutta, without informing the family. She was called for interview and against the wishes of her family, she went to Calcutta,was interviewed and got selected. She was given a new name of Sumitra Devi.

Her first films were Sandhi (Bangla) and My Sister (Hindi). her acting was so good that in her First film itself she won the prestigious Bengal Journalist Association award for Best Actress. She soon got married and also divorced quickly.

After doing many films in Bangla, she came to Bombay and acted in a Bi-lingual film Mashal-50 Hindi and Samar-Bangla. She acted in 24 Hindi films like Raja Harishchandra, Mayurpankh, Mamta, Deewana, Arabian Nights etc. She used to shuttle between Bombay and Calcutta, doing Hindi and Bangla films. After her work in ‘Jagte Raho’-56, she became a member in a Film Delegation to China. her last film was Wafaadaar-1985.

She had married Devi mukherjee, but he committed suicide in 1947. In her later age, she married Sharma, a Bombay Businessman.

Sumitra Devi died on 28-8-1990.

The story of the film Raja Harishchandra-52 was-

Truth alone shall succeed in the end. For, Truth alone can keep the world stable. From times immemorial, torch-bearers of Truth have blazed the trail of human progress. Such one was, Harishchandra, the King of Ayodhya. . Child Harischandra flowered into a handsome youth on the bough of royal luxury. The young heart fell for Princess Taramati of Mithila. Every full moon saw the young hunter Harischandra making his way to the forest to meet his love, Taramati.

On one such occasion, the lovers lost their track in the darkness of the heavy bursting clouds and wandered to the ashram of a blind Brahmin sage Sachchidanand, who gave them shelter for the night. Next morning came the time to take leave; but Harishchandra could not feel like leaving the ashram until he knew his future from the lips Sachchidanand, the miracle of whose astrological powers, he was fortunate to see. Sachinanand tried to dissuade Harishchandra from his thought but Harishchandra insisted upon knowing his future. Helpless Sachidanand had to fortell what lay in store in the future of Harishchandra. . “The married life of Harishchandra and Taramati shall be a hard one”. What a rude shock to the great lovers.

Harishchandra did his utmost persuade Taramati away from her decision of marrying him. But how could Taramati be happy without Harishchandra So Harishchandra and Taramati were married. The father of Harishchandra refused to believe in the words of Sachchidananad and put him behind the bars. . Destiny has its way with human beings. In spite of everything, Harishchandra could not find peace with himself. The shadows of the coming events made him restless. The words of Sachchidanad started taking shape. This development was too much for the old father of Harishchandra to bear. He broke down under its weight and died a miserable man.

This completely unnerved Harishchandra and took him to the feet of Sachchidanand seeking his advice in saving himself and his family from ruination. . Sachchidanad impressed upon him the greatness of Honesty and Karma, and asked him to practice Truth.

When Harishchandra accepted and started practicing the doctrine of Truth, Indra, the King of Gods, was greatly shocked. For, a mere human being like Harishchandra had started on his path to Godliness by practising Truth and might one day unseat the Gods! . Sensing this great danger, Vishwamitra decided to put Harishchandra on severe trials, with a view of forcing him to commit breaches in his practice of Truth. He thought of the most ruthless snares to catch Harishchandra unwares. Next day he went to the king and asked him to donate all his kingdom, which king had promissed him in the sage’s dream. Satyavadi Harishchandra donates the kingdom, sells his wife and son to a Brahman and self to a guard of Shamshan, in order to collect Dakshina amount.

After few days,his son dies of snake bite,but there is no money to pay tax for cremation. Taramati sells her Mangalsutra and pays to Harishchandra,the Smashan Guard to cremate their son. Seeing all this,the Gods descend and make his son alive,return all his kingdom and give the family a place in Heaven. Thus Truth alone triumphs.

Let us now enjoy a Video Bhajan from this film, sung by Rafi and Lata….



Song-Prabhu na bisaariyo ji hari na bisaariyo (Raaja Harishchandra)(1952) Singers-Rafi, Lata, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram
Rafi + Lata


prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

jal mein seep seep mein moti ee ee
jal mein seep seep mein moti
ratan amol banaaya ho ratan amol banaaya
nayi nayi nit ghadi ghadaiyaan aan
nayi nayi nit ghadi ghadaiyaan
rang rangeeli kaaya ho rang rangeeli kaaya

bade bade yogi muniyon ne paar na uska paaya
prabhu na bisaariyo ji hari na bisaariyo ji

dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

prabhu na bisaariyo ji hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji

dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

dharti aur aakash banaaya aa aa aa aa
dharti aur aakash banaaya
suraj chaand sitaare ho
suraj chaand sitaare
maanav ke sukh kaaj banaaye ae ae
maanav ke sukh kaaj banaaye
usne vaibhav saare ho
usne vaibhav saare

kadam kadam par rang badalte
kahin dhoop kahin chhaaya
prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji

dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

jal ka roop badal baadal kar ar ar
jal ka roop badal baadal kar
gagan beech pahunchaaya ho
gagan beech pahunchaaya
ujade sookhe ban upvan mein ae ae
ujade sookhe ban upvan mein
garaj garaj barsaaya ho
garaj garaj barsaaya

jaisi jiski karni
usne waisa hi phal paaya
parbhu na bisariyo ji
hari na bisariyo ji

dukh sukh hai sab uski maya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maya

prabhu na bisaariyo ji
hari na bisaariyo ji
prabhu na bisaariyo ji

dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya
dukh sukh hai sab uski maaya

4 Responses to "Prabhu na bisaariyo jee"

Thanks for the beautiful song. The tune reminds me of another bhajan in film Narsinh Avatar 1949 music by Vasant Desai lyrics by Pt. Narendra Sharma and singers Md. Rafi and Lata ji: “Prabu ko bisaro na ji, Hari na bisarange”


In the service of Mohanji


Thanks for the beautiful song and post. It is like attending a pravachan session. Enjoyable experience.

A small correction. Siuri or Suri is the district headquarters of Birbhum district in West Bengal and not East Bengal.


Thanks for your correction.


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