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Aaj hori khelen kanhaiyya

Posted on: July 20, 2014


This article is written by Sudhir, 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 –43 (Post number 9997)
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Folks who are avid browsers of the internet in search of Hindi film songs and related information must be very familiar with another blog ‘Songs Of Yore’ (http://www.songsofyore.com/). Today, I am writing to introduce AK ji, the personality, who is the driving force behind this blog that is famous in the digital world, for its content and references. Last month, on 7th June, his blog ‘SoY’ celebrated its fourth anniversary. On the occasion, the lead post starts with the following paragraph.

I have often said I started blogging स्वान्तः सुखाय. As Songs of Yore completes four years today, I find I have become a little less selfish. Now I do a lot of things that are suggested and driven by the readers. And, you don’t need a preacher to tell you that nothing pleases a person more than knowing that what he does also pleases a lot of other people. So, I have to thank all the readers for making the journey of Songs of Yore so delightful.

This above para summarizes the philosophy and the drive of the person himself. AK ji, as he is known to his blog readers, and to the Atulites also, is a person who is so well meshed with and immersed with this art form. It is a passion that has advanced from being just a love to hear this music, to becoming a cause, for the collection, preservation and sharing. Which led him to set up the ‘SoY’ blog four years ago.

My familiarity with AK ji started sometimes in late 2011, as I came across his blog while searching for some HFM related information. Maybe it was Arun ji who directed me there, but I do not remember clearly. Earlier, I had seen a commenter on our blog with the intriguing name – ‘SongsOfYore’. When I landed on the blog, I came to realize the connection. This started a communication on email, which very quickly led to personally meeting with him. Just prior to our first meeting, I received an email from Arun ji, who mentioned that AK ji was in Bombay and that the two of them had met. The only information I got in Arun ji’s message was that AK ji is one of the senior most bureaucrats with Govt of India. Later when the communication between myself and AK ji came to the point of knowing that we are both residents of Delhi, then the plans came about to meet in person.

It was coincidental and fortuitous that Harmandir ji was also in Delhi when we first met. So it was a wonderful three way meeting that we had. After that AK ji visited me at home, and we sat and discussed about some then current searches and questions that were active on email and in blog comments. I remember there was a very active discussion on the first song of Lata Mangeshkar. That topic initiated a lot of good research and information exchange, and it involved many people.

Then came the opportunity that Atul ji was visiting Delhi. I called up AK ji, and we set up another very interesting three way meeting. After that we have met occasionally. In recent months, AK ji has shifted his residence to Greater Noida, one of the suburb towns of Delhi. So in person meetings have not happened for some time, but is there very active exchange that continues over phone and email. Especially after AK ji came to know that I have the habit to ferret out obscure and long forgotten songs, our communications about trying to acquire such rare pieces of music has been ongoing.

AK ji is an engineer plus an MBA by education. He has a very strong background in science. After meeting him, I find in him a friend who is well read, and has an eager interest in a wide variety of things. The discussions with him are animated, and we generally run out of time, but not out of subject matter. He has spent a career lifetime with the Govt of India. Earlier this year he retired from the senior most level of civil service in the GOI.

His interest in old film music is born out of a romance with the radio and Doordarshsan, and continued to grow into keen enthusiasm and on towards a eager passion. And out of this passion is born his blog, ‘Songs Of Yore’ (http://www.songsofyore.com/). A visit to this blog will introduce the wide variety of topics and themes that AK ji continues to publish as well as moderate, with contributions from other like minded souls. He once shared with me that the essential strength of his blog is its knowledgeable readers and contributors. There is a very active participation and dialogue that continues as a stream on his blog.

For this intro post, I am presenting a rare non film song by the renowned KC Dey, on special request of AK ji himself. I have not been able to locate any additional information about this song. The verses internally identify the author as Ram Das. Apparently it is a bhajan that has been written by a devotee, Ram Das. The YouTube upload identifies KC Dey as the composer of this song.

This is a real beautiful Holi song that is sung by an unnamed ‘gopi’, who tells of her tribulations on the day of Holi, when the mischievous Kanhaiyyaa drenched her with colors when she was on way to get water from Jamuna river. Hearing it in the divine voice of KC Dey, simply adds to the beauty of words and the melody.

Listen and enjoy.


Song-Aaj hori khelen kanhaiyya (K C Dey)(1940) Singer-K C Dey, Lyrics-Ram Das, MD-K C Dey

Lyrics

aa aaaa
aaaaaa
aaaaaaaa aaaaa
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen
hori khelen
hori. . . kh. .elen
shyaam
shyaa. . aa. . aa. .aam
aaj hori khelen
aa. .aa. .aaj
aaaa. .aaj
aaj
hori khelen
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen

jaat rahi main jamuna jal ko
jaat rahi main
aaa jamuna. .
aaa jamuna. .
aaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
jaat rahi main jamuna jal ko
bhar pichkaari more gaal maari re
dari banwaari re
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen

haaan
nand ke kanhaai
nai choli mat kaari
phir kaari (?)
mukh choom
choom choom
haaan
haaan
hey ri geri beri beri aali
aali
hey ri geri beri beri aali
aali
kahe ram das
haaan aaaa aaaa
aa aaa aa aa
kahe ram das
anoothhe brij raaj
naa aave vaa ko laaj
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang
haan chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen kanhaiyyaa
chundar rang mori daari re
aaj hori khelen

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ आsss
आssss
आsssss आssss
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें
होरी खेलें
होरीss खेssलें
श्याम
श्या ॰ ॰ आss ॰ ॰ म
आज होरी खेलें
आs आs आज
आsss आज
आज
होरी खेलें
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें

जात रही मैं जमुना जल को
जात रही मैं
आss जमुना॰ ॰ ॰
आss जमुना॰ ॰ ॰
आs आsss आss
आs आsss आssss आsss आss
जात रही मैं जमुना जल को
भर पिचकारी मोरे गाल मारी रे
डरी बनवारी रे

आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें

हाँ
नन्द के कन्हाई
नई चोली मत कारी
फिर कारी (?)
मुख चूम
चूम चूम
हाँ
हाँ
हे री गेरी बेरी बेरी आली
आली
हे री गेरी बेरी बेरी आली
आली
कहे राम दास
हाँ आsss आss
कहे राम दास
अनूठे ब्रिजराज
ना आवे वा को लाज
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग
हाँ चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें कन्हैय्या
चूँदर रंग मोरी डारी रे
आज होरी खेलें

4 Responses to "Aaj hori khelen kanhaiyya"

3 more to go for a grand YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!

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Sudhirji,
Another “Jaan Pehchaan” post. You are very lucky to meet personally Nalinbhai, AKji, Atulji, Harmandir Singhji and few more HFM fans. Kindly convey my best wishes to AKji on SoY’s fourth b’day.

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🙂 🙂

OK,

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,

Among the persons introduced here, Akji is the only individual I have met in person. In fact my entry into the blogosphere was through SoY when I accidentally landed there looking for a particular composition in Raag Yaman. That was in September 2012. Again through his blog I came to know about this site, Atul song a day, and a few more similar sites. Before that I was totally oblivious about the activity on HFG in the net. I was a ‘Kupamanduka’, thinking that I know a lot about music and HFG. My introduction to these blogs through SoY, opened up an entirely new world and expanded my vision and made me humble! I got to learn a lot from SoY, ASAD, and other blogs and enjoyed (and still enjoying) my visits, which has become quite frequent. That is how I am here today, enjoying the august company of ASAD members. Thank you AK ji.

Another thing I would like to share is, during our meetings he always made me feel important. In fact only today I have come to know about his meetings with Harminder Singh ji, Atulji and others. He is a really a very unassuming person

Thank you Sudhir ji for sharing your experience with AK ji.

Knowing his love for Vintage songs and especially for New Theatres, K C Dey and Pankaj Mullick, it is not all surprising that the (special) request for this song came from him. I too share his liking for K C Dey. Thanks for posting this wonderful song Sudhir ji.

Although we have fair idea about you and Arun ji through your write-ups posted earlier and now, we (I) would like to see a formal intro here.

Thank you once again

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