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Meri maata ke sar par taaj rahe

Posted on: July 20, 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.

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations –45 (Post number 9999)
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A DAY OF JOY- TO REMEMBER FOR EVER !

In a Man’s life, there are occasions of happiness like Graduation, Job, marriage, First child etc. These are the milestones in one’s life and are celebrated with joy shared by the near and dear ones.

Today I too feel like celebrating because ” OUR ” Blog has touched a milestone- THE 10,000th SONG !

My heartiest Congratulations to ATUL ji, who is doing a great job. I feel his must be the only Blog on the entire Internet, which can boast of 10,000 Hindi film and non film songs (from 1932 onwards), with proper Lyrics. This is a place for Nostalgia, for thousands of Music lovers from almost 200 countries of the World.

I feel not only Happy, but also proud that I am a part of the Team which contributes to this Blog. With over 300 articles, over 500 Film stories and more that 500 information Tit bits on almost every topic related to old films/music, I feel like the famous Mythological Squirrel in the Ramayana.

Thank you Atul ji for providing a platform, where the group could showcase their skills in posting songs, lyrics and articles, thereby contributing to the efforts of making this Blog-A Complete Knowledge portal for Hindi film songs.

In 2010, when I learnt operating Computer, while surfing to find sites for free downloading, I bumped into this site. I was impressed with the kind of songs and the style of operating so much that I have stayed here since then. Slowly I started giving my comments on songs and in Sept. 2012,Atul ji encouraged me to write an article post for the Blog. My first post came up here on 1-10-2012.

This Blog has changed my life for the better. I never had a problem of spending time after retirement, but writing and participating on this blog filled me with a new enthusiasm and I became a busy person. At times, I overdo this and then suffer in health. It has always been a pleasure to share knowledge with interested people. When I read that people are liking my writing, I feel contented. The thanks go to Atul ji, undoubtedly.

So, ATUL ji, thank you once again and heartiest Congratulations for achieving this Milestone of 10,000 songs. May God bless you to succeed always in your endeavour.

On this happy occasion, I wish to introduce our readers to a Singer from the yesteryears. He was unique. He was patriotic. He was MASTER VASANT AMRIT of Surat.

Most of our readers will not know who this person is. Our senior readers from Gujarat MAY have heard his name in their younger days. Master Vasant was a singer from Gujarat, who became famous all over Indian subcontinent, just because of ONE song. This song was one of the most popular songs in the pre-independence period. It was banned by the British raj, but it was sung by patriotic people privately.

Master Vasant was born on 2-2-1902, at Jaam Khambaliya, in Gujarat. His father was Amritlal Madan ji. They were Saraswat Bramhins. His father was a Keertankar from ‘Adityaram gharana’. He had learnt under Pt. onkarnath ji. Well versed in Gujarati,Sanskrit and Urdu literature,he was a voracious reader.Amritlal taught young Vasant how to play instruments. he was taught classical music and Hari Keertan.

Young Vasant became the ” Rajgayak ” of Jaamnagar state. He was awarded the title of ‘ Sangeet Ratna’ for his singing. Thousands of people would gather to listen to his singing.

He used to sing in special occasions like marriages etc in the Royal family, and in such cases the guards used to have a tough time to control the surging crowds gathered to see and hear his singing. Maharaja of Bhavnagar too awarded him the title of ‘ Sangeet Bhasker “.

His singing became so famous that his stage shows were arranged from Rangoon to Karachi. In 1936-37,he was specially invited to sing before Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira ji in Rangoon.

Many records of his singing were popular like, ‘Idhar sudama udhar kanhiaya’, ‘mathura mein sahi-Gokul mein sahi ‘, ‘ Phool rahi hai belariya’, ‘Do din ka Mela’ and many more. His most famous and popular song was ” Meri mata ke sar par Taaj rahe”. It was written in 1928 by shri Madhav ji Shukla Moradabadwale. The song became famous and thousands of records were sold everywhere. It became a Patriot’s favourite everywhere. It was sung during the Prabhat pheris too. This information reached the British Government and they decided to ban this song as it contained words like Gandhi ji and Vande Mataram. Orders were issued and the officers reached the Gramophone company and the original Dye Negative of this record was destroyed. Further all records in the markets were confiscated and ” possessing, singing or playing this record ” became a serious crime against the Government. However.the patriots used to play and listen to this song within closed doors.

The ban, declared in 1930 was lifted in or around 1945, with the efforts of Kanhiayalal Munshi ji. But then soon ,in 1947, the country became Independent and the song and the record were soon forgotten.

Due to his singing skills and good looks, he was offered several films, but he acted only in one Bilingual film- ‘ Krishnabhakta Bodana”-1944 in Gujarati and Hindi.The Heroine of this film was Rani Premlata. In the Hindi film he sang 3 songs- 1. Jaan liya pehchan liya 2. Main chor bana Prabhu tera and 3. Saari daaliyon mein meethi ek daali. This was his only connection with the film world.

There was another actor named Vasant, so he always wrote his name as Master Vasant Amrit to avoid confusion. After retirement he lived in Surat with his wife and widowed sick sister. His financial condition was not good. In those days singers did not get Royalty from HMV, they got paid lump sum way once only. He was getting a meagre pension from the Gujarat Government. His health also deteriorated and in 1985, he was paralysed below waist making him a handicap for ever.

Famous writer and winner of five sahitya academy awards, shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji traced him to a society in Surat, in Bungalow no. 3 of a society on Varachha Road. This too needed lot of efforts and contacting many friends for information. When this news was published in local papers, some help poured in. When he actually met Master Vasant and saw his condition,he decided to do something about it. Pandyaji spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Chimanbhai Patel to grant an award of Rs. 1 lakh to master Vasant. This scheme of finacial assistance to senior artists was already in existence in Gujarat. The CM, after listening to the condition of Master Vasant agreed immediately and gave orders accordingly. But alas ! The crude bureaucracy of the Govt. has its own wishes and speed. Nothing moved and after some time Pandyaji again took up the issue at the officer level. promises given, but no action.

Master Vasant was getting older and nearing his last days. Pandyaji took lot of efforts through the CM again and many related officers. He wanted that before master Vasant dies, he should get the help. In the month of January 1991, master Vasant was admitted in Hospital for the last time. Fortunately, due to Pandyaji’s untiring efforts, Master Vasant finally got his money, with all arrears etc, by a special courier who gave the amount to him personally. Master Vasant was happy and blessed shri Pandya ji from heart. Within next 4 days MASTER VASANT AMRIT OF SURAT died and a legend came to an end, on 19-1-1991.

Shri Rajanikumar Pandya ji has written all this in details and in his inimitable flowing style, in his book ” Aapki Parchhainyan “. When I was reading his description, tears were rolling down my eyes. My mind was filled with disgust towards Government’s apathy in looking after artistes who had made that state Proud. But for the unstinted and selfless efforts of shri Pandya ji,Master Vasant would have never got any help before his death ! My hats off to shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji.

Well,I thought that today’s celebrations call for an equally important song, which was the favourite of patriots before Independence. So,here is the once famous song” Meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe” sung soulfully by MASTER VASANT AMRIT ji.

(My thanks to shri Rajnikumar Pandyaji for his article and other materials which he sent to me,Harish Raghuvanshi ji for information,dates of b & d,and the original song in MP3,and to Atul ji for uploading it on You Tube).


Song-Meri maata ke sar par taaj rahe (Master Vasant Amrit NFS )(1928) Singer-Master Vasant Amrit, Lyrics-Madhavji Shukla Muradabadwaale

Lyrics

aaa aa aa
maa
meri jaan na rahe
mera sar na rahe
Samaan na rahe
na ye saaz rahe
yahi Hind mera Azaad rahe

meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
aaa aa aa aa
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
ae ae

Peshaani mein jiske shobhe Tilak
aur goad mein Gandhi biraaj rahe
aur goad mein Gandhi biraaj rahe
na ye daage badan mein safed rahe
na ye daag badan mein safed rahe
na to kodh rahe na ye khaaj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri
taaaa
ae
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
haan

Sikh Hindu Musalmaan ek rahen
Sikh Hindu Musalmaan ek rahen
bhai bhai sa ye rasmo-riwaaz rahe
bhai bhai sa rasmo-riwaaz rahe
Guru granth quran, puran rahen
Guru granth quran, puran rahen
meri pooja rahe aur Namaaz rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri

maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri maata
maata ke sar par Taj rahe
ae ae
maa aaa aaa aaaa
haan
maata ke sar par Taj rahe
arre meri maa
maa maa ge ri
haan
maata ke sar par Taj rahe
haan
hind mera aazaad rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
ae ae
meri maaa

aa aa aaa
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
haaan

Ye kisaan mere khushhaal rahen
poori ho fasal sukh saaz rahen
haan
poori ho fasal sukh saaz rahen
mere bachhe watan pe nissar rahen
mere bachhe watan pe nissar rahen
meri maa behnon ki laaj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri
taaj aa aa
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
maaata
maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri

Meri Gaay rahe mere bail rahen
ghar ghar mein bhara sab anaaz rahe
aur Ghee doodh ki nadiyan behti rahen
aur
aur anand aur swaraaj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri
taaane
meri
haaan
maata ke sar par Taaaaj
aane meri
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri
sar par taaj rahe
meri maa

Madhav ki hai chaah
khuda ki qasam
aur mere baad wafaa ka ye baaz rahe
gaadhe ka kafan ho ?? padaa
aur Vande Mataram alphaaz rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taj rahe
meri
arre maata ke sar par taaaaaz rahe
haan
meri maata ke sar par Taaaj
meri
arre maata ke sar par

meri maata ke sar par Taaj rahe
yehi hind mera aazaad rahe
yehi hind mera aazaad rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taaj rahe
meri maata ke sar par Taaj rahe
maan
meri maata ke sar par Taaj

49 Responses to "Meri maata ke sar par taaj rahe"

What a great voice. I am hearing this for the first time. You have brought a gem to our attention, Arunji.

Thank you kindly for being here and bringing so many things to our notice.

Hurray! One more left. Balloons!

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What a magical number 9999!

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We are almost there!!!.. 9999, and just one more to go for a grand YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE! moment. Wonder what song it would be :).

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Arun ji,

And my God, what an amazing coincident.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
What is the coincidence ?
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Arun ji

the revelation is just a little ahead

🙂

Sudhir

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Sudhirji,
Ab aap bhi tadpa rahe ho…. 😦

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How does one feel on the day of exam result. Specially now a days when it is coming on d net. And Connectivity is bad
Or net gets jammed.
And one is all ready to yyyyiiiiippppppeee!!!!

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Sahi baat hai Peevesie’s Mom ji, Actually exam ke time pe bhi itna tension nahi tha :). Aur baat rahi connectivity ki… lagta hai aaj blog la load bohat hee zyaada ho gaya hai… hum sab har ek sec par refresh jo kar rahe hain ;)…

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Exam ki baat chhodo, shaadi ke time bhi itni tension nahi huyi thi…. 😆

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Khyati Ji, lekin aapke shaadi pe toh aapke pati dev ko tension thee ;).

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Are Pradeepbhai, aap ko ehsaas hua, wo zaruri nahi ki sabhi ko wo hi ho… Dekho hamaare patidev to chain se so rahe hai…. 🙂

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What a lovely song. Not surprisingly, I’ve never heard it before. But that is one of the best things here – I keep getting amazed by songs that I’ve not heard before. 🙂

Thank you for this, Arunji. And thank you for all the information too. Not just for this song, but for this blog in general. You’ve been an amazing source of information and knowledge for all of us.

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Pradeepbhai Uvaach : ” Aayega aayega aayega…aayega aanewaala aayega… aayega…” (on the FB chat)

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Arun ji,

A wonderful rendition. Everything applies even today.

The lines
– na ye daag badan mein safed rahe
– na to kodh rahe na ye khaaj rahe

Safed daag refers to the Englishmen
‘Kodh’ (leprosy) refers to the traitors who worked with the British
‘Khaaj’ (irriation) is the skirmishes that the patriots had with the British

Sadly, the ‘Taaj’ is broken today. Just see the actual map of India. The crown has been decimated by illegal foreign intrusions and insurgency. Barely the head remains.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Tadpaoge, tadpa lo, hum tadap tadap kar bhi tumhaare geet gaayenge…

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Sahi baat Khyati Ji!! :).

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tadap tadap is dilse aah nikalti rahi
mujhko sazaa di pyaar ka

pyaar, of course is for beloved Atulji and the blog 😀

Atulji, aapki patni bura toh nahin manegi na?

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Waiting….waiting….waiting…….

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Idhar current chali gayee 2 min ke liye.. mera toh dil hee rukh gaya tha :).

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Pradeepji,

daraav mat…

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Hey Bijli mata, kripya karke mere Bharat mein apni roshni banaaye rakhna, Aaj hum sab ke liye bahut bada din hai, to aap ka aashish barsaate rehna…

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Arunji,
Just finished reading the article. Never heard about this artist. Wealth of info you have provided. Thanks to Shri Rajnibhai for the article, Harishbhai for the song, you for introducing this artist to us and Atulji for posting it.

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What a coincidence!

I came across the name Master Vasant sometime last week in pursuing my interest in photographing and keeping labels of rare 78 RPM discs. I found a picture of 78 RPM disc of a Gujarati song sung by Master Vasant of Surat on e-bay. The record was for the sale at a very high premium indicating that it was a very rare record.. After browsing through the net, I came to know that he was a classically trained singer of Gwalior and Kirana gharanas. On YT, some of ghazals sung by him sometime in early 30s have been uploaded.

According to a comment made by Suresh Chandvankar of SIRC in Warren Senders’ Blog, it is speculated that Master Vasant of Surat may have worked in the film ‘Farebi Jaal’ (1931) and sang the songs for himself. Since the film’s reels are not available, it is difficult to verify this speculation.

I heard the song under discussion for the first time.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs of Government bureaucracy to show a utter disregard to a artist of repute like Master Vasant Amrut when releasing the payment.for his well being.

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Sadanand ji,

I have also read what was said in SIRC.
As I have mentioned in the article,there was another artist called Vasant. It must be him in Farebi Jaal-31 and NOT this one. Master vasant Amrit of Surat was interviewed by Pandya ji and he himself clarified that he did not work in Farebi Jaal.
I have not mentioned in the article,but Pandyaji has mentioned that when he took up pending case of Master Vasant with the bureaucrats,they asked him if he was going to get a ‘cut’ in this amount !
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Arun-ji,
We are indebted to Pandya-ji for what he did and achieved to help master Vasant. About the ‘cut’ mentioned I am little ‘skeptical’, as I have been reading Padya-ji since long time and know his biased opinion about Gujarat Government in general. I have formed my opinion after reading many anti-Narendrabhai articles.

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Many Congratulations Sir …!!!
Great post to grace this very very special occassion !
Thanks a lot !
And here is wishing all the best wishes to all and eagerly awaiting the special moment now …

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Avinash ji,
Are you not reading all the E Mails ? Very interesting…

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Avinashji,
Please read Sudhirji’s email and you will find the treasure… Like what Arunji has said…

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What a beautiful voice. Just the right one to celebrate the 9999th song on this fabulous blog.
I might not comment every post of yours Arunji, but I enjoy them all the same. The wealth of information in your posts in enormous and very, very deep! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Thanks,Harvey ji.

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We are just one song away from the magical figure of 10000!! A great post for the record 9999th posting!!

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The singing style of Master Vasant Amrit ji seems to be not much different from that of Bal Gandharva and Master Dinanath. Excellent song but may not appeal to the present generation. Keep up the good work Atulji and heartiest congratulations in advance for achieving the 10000 song mark on the blog.

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Arunji,
Please hear 3 songs of Master Vasant Amrit:
a) bahar hai basant ki
b) ram aur shyam
c) sarfaroshi ki tamanna on>>>

shastriya gaayan : on YT
jhan jhan payal baaje in raag nat bihag>>

dhan dhan baaje in raag patdeep>>>

bhaj mangal shyam in raag purvi

phul rahi belariya in raag durga>>

Ghazal >>usne kaha hasti hai teri

misra ghazal-ham hai bande ishq ke

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In 1931, the Indian Art Production, Bombay, produced a film titled Farebi Jaal (Trapped) directed by M. Bhavnani.Though the name of the music director was not given but Master Vasant has been credited for the lyrics. Of the six songs in this film, Durga Khote and Master Vasant sang three each. [Ref: Hindi film geet kosh, vol.1, (1931-40), by Harminder Singh Hamraaz, 1988, page 15]. Around 1930, Master Vasant Amrut (of Surat) had cut two records: HMV P 13474 and P 13542. Gramophone Company released these records on black label in February 1931 and November 1931 respectively. Of these four songs, three are identical in the list of the songs of this film. It appears that these records were directly used in the film. It is not clear on whom the songs sung by Master Vasant Amrut were picturised. Thus, Master Vasant Amrut of Surat, could then be the first playback singer of Hindi film songs.

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Arun ji,

I am reading your post in detail and the comments after having gone through the 10k post. What co-incidence and what contribution of information by Kamath ji and Nitin ji, I am speechless..

Many many thanks for this rare gem on the penultimate post before 10k.

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Arun ji,
Namaskar

What a wonderful listening experience. You have selected the appropriate occasion to pay rich tributes to Master Vasant Amrit. Let me too pay my tributes to Master Vasant Amrit, whom I am listening for the first time. This must be one of the oldest (1928) songs, if not the oldest, to be posted here. Thus this blog covers songs from 1928 onwards.

In keeping with your reputation, you have brought out a heavenly number from your “Akshayapatra”.

Thank You Arunji for the excellent post and presenting the heavenly rendition.

Thanks to Nitin ji too for the delightful add ons.

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Venkataramanji,
Thanks a lot for introducing this vintage song and singer to us.

AK

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Arunji,
Utterly sorry. I meant thank you Arunji for this great experience.

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very very happy to hear voice of “Master Vasant Amrit”, I spent my very early childhood with him & loved by him the most in his last days of life.

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Pratik ji,
Thanks for your comments.
I am very happy that you could hear the voice of a person who was so close to you in your formative years.
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I had heard about this song from my father, who recalled that it was very popular during the freedom movement. One verse says:

Na ye daag badan mein safed rahe
Na toh kodh rahe na ye khaaj rahe

The safed daag and kodh (leprosy) refer not to the disease, but to the British – Kodhi was a term used by the revolutionaries to refer to the whites.

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thanks for sharing such a wonderful information about master vasant

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I spent several years with “Master Vasant Amrut”, so honorable personality & i am so lucky to own some of his handwritten materials !

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I spent my childhood and school years along with my brothers and sisters with him. Master Vasant who was our Dada (Grandad – my dads uncle). My dad looked after his basic needs and visited him at least once a month from Kalyan to Surat. We had the pleasure to spend All our school vacations with dada and baa and always looked forward to our holidays. He also encouraged and taught me to play the harmonium and classical music which I pursued for few years whilst at school and had to give up halfway. Dada, baa and Foi (his sister) came to stay with us for a month or two every year. Even though he was paralysed from waist below at the age of 40 which was caused by slipping to get on a moving bus, he had very strong willpower which kept him going for many years. His stories of his experiences of singing in the palaces always amazed us. Celebrities such as magician K.Lal visited him regularly and also borrowed dada’s stately and grand robes from his collection to perform at his magic shows. Also music director n singer Purushottam Upadhyay, Aasit Desai etc were his regular visitors. I will update more info about dada in the coming days.

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Amita Joshi ji,

Thank you very much for sharing your memories about Master Vasant ji, with us. It is always a pleasure to know more about these personalities from their near and dear ones It is so kind of you to comment here about your Dada ji and we look forward to more such memories from you.
Thanks once again.

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Dear Amita ji,

Thanks so much for sharing these memories, and I echo the sentiments expressed by Arun ji.

We look forward to hear more about your Dada, from you.

Sincere regards
Sudhir

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Thanks sir. I am 66 years old and I distinctly remembered its melody. We had its 78 rpm record and would play it more than 60 rears back. EVM my siblings remember it clearly, Heard it after more than half a century.

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My God
What a write up
What a fantastic patriotic song.
I can’t stop my tears listening to lyrics.

What a great singer. – Inshallah If I make a video this song
Will my singing do justice to master Vasant Amritji

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