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Bolo kaanha bolo chhalia

Posted on: July 17, 2014


This article is written by Shekhar Gupta, 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.

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 30
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Sudhir ji, one of the Atulite stalwarts, kindly alerted me in mid-April about the impending big event of Bicenquinquagenary or the 10,000th posting on Atul ji’s Song-a-Day Blog sometime in May or June 2014 … and suggested that like other Atulites, I too should submit a special write-up on the occasion.

Ardent an Atulite as I am, I am also a music illiterate – I know nothing about the intricacies of music nor much music history like other contributors on this Blog. So I decided to write about something that has a special place in my heart – not just because of its musical quality but because it took me nearly a 40-year search to find it.

Some background will be in order. In February 1974 when I was working as a bank officer in Bhopal, I was assigned temporary charge for 35 days of managing a branch office in Shahganj, a rural centre 70 km away. I used to travel up and down Bhopal-Shahganj during that period by bus on every working day. The bus radio blared Akashvani and Vividhbharti transmissions during the journey. One particular number “grabbed” me – it was a private number “Bolo Bolo Kanha Bolo Chhaliya” composed by the redoubtable Jaidev and superbly rendered by a then-young phenomenon from Bangladesh called Runa Laila who had taken the India’s music world by storm with her other better known number Dama-dam mast kalandar (https://atulsongaday.me/2013/04/17/dama-dam-mast-kalandar/) and her stage presence in TV programs.

Tried as I did to get that number on a cassette (and later on CD and then via the Internet), I never could find it. Then, I happened to meet up with several bank executives of a European bank from Bangladesh in training programs that I conducted during 2008-11. I badgered every single one of them to help me get any type of recording of this number. They all promised; one of them even claimed to know someone close to Runa Laila – but the result was still the same – I never got hold of this elusive number. I let it be known to everyone I knew who had passion for yesteryears’ music about my quest … then one day in Nov 2011 it fell in my lap, so to say, when I received an e-mail from a friend from Delhi and attached to it was an mp3 clip of “Bolo Bolo Kanha Bolo Chhaliya”! Thus ended my four decades long quest for it.

Enough has already appeared on Runa Laila on this blog here by our in-house encyclopedia Arunkumar ji for me to add anything to it. And a detailed profile of Jaidev is available here on CinePlot web-site.

But in my search for “Bolo Bolo Kanha Bolo Chhaliya” on the Internet, I found something that I have never been able to verify: At least three web-sites list this – or a number with the same mukhda – as in Raag Shankara from the film ‘Chhaliya’ (1959) here , here and here . Chhaliya (1959) is one of the films whose all songs are already posted on this blog but this one does not figure there – nor does it appear on YouTube under that movie.

Another unknown for me is the identity of the poet who wrote this lovely Runa Laila number. Someone has ventured a guess that Jaidev could have himself written it but I am skeptical about it.

I request knowledgeable Atulites to shade some light on these two mysteries – its ‘Chhaliya’ (1959) connection and the writer of the Runa Laila version of this song.


Song-Bolo kaanha bolo chhaliya (Runa Laila NFS)(1974) Singer-Runa Laila, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

bolo bolo kaa. . .anha
bolo chhalia
bolo bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
mann ke brindaavan mein kis ne
mann ke brindaavan mein kis ne
aaj bajaayee
madhur muraliaa. . .
aa
aa
bolo bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia

prem badariyaa ghir ghir aayi
prem badariyaa ghir ghir aayi
pee ka sandesaa paa itraayi
magan mayuri naach uthhi hai
magan mayuri naach uthhi hai
sun ke kisi ki
madhur muraliaa. . .
aa
aa
bolo bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia

kaise pee sang raas rachaaun
kaise pee sang raas rachaaun
antar ghat ki pyaas bujhhaaun
ang ang mein agan lagaaye
ang ang mein agan lagaaye
agan lagaaye
ang ang mein agan lagaaye
ang ang mein agan lagaaye
aaj kisi ki
madhur muraliaa. . .
aa
aa
bolo bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
mann ke brindavan mein kis ne
mann ke brindavan mein kis ne
aaj bajaayee
madhur muraliaa. . .
aa
aa
bolo bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia
bolo kaanha
bolo chhalia

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बोलो बोलो का॰॰आss॰॰न्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
मन के बृंदावन में किसने
मन के बृंदावन में किसने
आज बजाई
मधुर मुरलिया॰॰॰
आss
आss
बोलो बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया

प्रेम बदरिया घिर घिर आई
प्रेम बदरिया घिर घिर आई
पी का सँदेसा पा इतराई
मगन मयूरी नाच उठी है
मगन मयूरी नाच उठी है
सुन के किसी की
मधुर मुरलिया॰॰॰
आss
आss
बोलो बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया

कैसे पी संग रास रचाऊँ
कैसे पी संग रास रचाऊँ
अंतर घट की प्यास बुझाऊँ
अंग अंग में अगन लगाए
अंग अंग में अगन लगाए
अगन लगाए
अंग अंग में अगन लगाए
अंग अंग में अगन लगाए
आज किसी की
मधुर मुरलिया॰॰॰
आss
आss
बोलो बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया

मन के बृंदावन में किसने
मन के बृंदावन में किसने
आज बजाई
मधुर मुरलिया॰॰॰
आss
आss
बोलो बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया
बोलो कान्हा
बोलो छलिया

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18 Responses to "Bolo kaanha bolo chhalia"

This song is worth a chase for a decade. Thanks Shekhar for bringing this to the wider audience of this blog.

You are welcome, Sadanandji. It was a relentless chase of four long decades for this number. The only consolation in the meantime was that my wife could capture the tune and remembered the mukhda … and would sometimes sing it for me. – Shekhar

Excellent pick Shekharbhai! You reminded me of Doordarshan time when I had heard her for the first time. The wave that she had created with Damadam mast kalander…. was phenomenal.
My other favorites of hers are
Bole re papihara…

Ranjish hi sahi….

Badra leja neer hamaare….. (My fav no. 1)

Thanks again. 🙂

Thanks, Khyatiji, for posting other – and better known – Runa Laila numbers above. – Shekhar

Sir, heartiest Congratulations on this special occassion. always enjoyed and loved your posts.
Since last three years i hv been in this up down process for 60*2 km in ST and it becomes more enjoyable when we get to listen songs of yesteryears.
And finally Many Congratulations on finding this song. All our beautiful quests gets shared at this common platform provided by Shri.Atul ji.
Thanks and with best regrads,

Thanks for your kind words, Avinashji. – Shekhar

What a beautiful song! Hearing it for the first time.
Thank you so much for this, Shekhar Guptaji.
Can understand why you so badly wanted to get hold of this song again.
Thanks for the write-up too.

Dear Rajaji, I am glad to be able to bring something worthwhile to someone who has given us music lovers so much through this Blog. Best rgds, Shekhar

She and Reshma was a real threat to M sisters so they sent her packing.

I myself remember searching for not a song but a person in Bhopal.
About a decade or so I read an editorial in Times of India:
After completing the road tender in Indore by ECC(L&T) their engineer went to the Incharge for the balance 5% payment. He was asked ‘mera kitna?’. Upon inquiring with Mumbai HO he was advised to offer an amount. The incharge instructed the accounts Dept to deduct the amount while making the cheque. He was not asking for himself but for the Indore Municipality(Palasia) where he was working!!!!
I was trying to search the great person by asking top people in Indore like Shekharji did for the song. Every year I used to go to Indore(being son-in-law) but to no avail. In 2011 visit I was coming back to Indore from Dewas by bus after demo of my meter, I was watching this senior gentleman talking to the conductor animatedly about the buses he had given on hire after retirement. I just asked him where he was working he said Irrigation Dept.
I shot in the dark. I retold the above story. He exclaimed that it had to be Md Hussein(if I remember the name rightly)his boss; so MH was a younger person. He sang paeans about his honesty and khuddari. He told me another story of his straight forwardness.
There was a scheme that if a town collected x (5%)amount Central Govt. would contribute 95% for the development of the town, So Dhar(MP) town collected 5 crores(50 million). To collect the balance amount this gentleman was deputed by MH to collect the cheque from New Delhi. Again ‘mera kitna’ He reports to MH who in turn orders him to be back to Indore. MH wrote a strong email to the boss at Delhi about the incident that if doesn’t get a reply MH will assume that the boss is also party to the incident. MH receives immediate reply to collect the cheque. Great na!
I google MH and wrote email eulogizing his deeds but alas there was no reply. Perhaps he was too shy to reply.
Now I am not able to google him nor able to zero on to the email. I told the worthies in Indore to honour him at our Gujarati Annual Gathering.
Can any of our bloggers in Bhopal pin him down. Hats off to the great MH. Tujhe salaam MH.

Thanks Shekhar ji for sharing this beautiful song.

You’re most welcome, Venkatji. – Shekhar

Beautiful song, thank you. Runa sounds very different here. Had her film songs only.

You’re welcome, Arpanaji. Glad you liked it. – Shekhar

When this song by Runa Laila came on Door Darshan, in ‘Mehfil-e-Gazal’, I was one of the first to record it on my cassette recorder (I had taken out the audio output from my TV, which was not a standard feature then) I underwent huge mailing expense sending audio cassettes to all of my relatives in India and abroad. I included as many runa’s song that I could gather then..Runa also sang ‘Mai Jaanyu Naahi, which Years later came out in Lata’s voice in ‘Chand Grahan’ album. Jaidev must have recorded Lata’s song first, but since the film was abandoned, he made Runa to sing it on TV.

Dear Bharatjji, IF the version of this song in your collection is of better audio quality than on YouTube, would it be possible for you to send it to chandrashekhargupta@gmail.com as a MP3 clp, please? – Tkx n rgds, Shekhar

I found a better quality mp3 audio clip on Bharat Upadhyayji’s Program on Dr. Surjit Singh’s web-site at . Enjoy!

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