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Sarita sugandh shobhe vasant

Posted on: September 28, 2014


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

SONGS FROM ARTISTE NAME FILMS…..Song No.6
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Today’s song is from film Madhuri-1932 Although actress Madhuri was not a part of this film cast, she was very much around in the industry, doing many films since the silent films from 1927 to Talkie films.

Place- Shanmukhanand Hall, Mumbai
Date 7-2-1999
Time- 7 p.m.
Programme- Felicitation to ‘ Stars from the Silent Era’
Organisers- ” Amrut” and ” Cine Society of Bombay ”

The entire hall was overcrowded. Not only all the seats were occupied, but people were standing wherever possible. Everybody wanted to see the Two STARS on the stage-Jairaj and Madhuri. Both were in their late 80s, but looked radiant and smiling. For Madhuri it was a surprise that the organisers found her out after living in oblivion for over 50 years. She was simply overwhelmed with the people’s affection and love. For Jairaj, these things were not new. He had been around all the time.

Madhuri and Jairaj were a Popular pair in Silent film era. They worked as a lead pair in 3 films, one each in 1930- Rasili Rani, 1931-Warrior from the wild and 1932-My Hero. They came together after almost 70 years on this stage.

Like many others, Madhuri too was an Anglo Indian. Her name was Beryl Claessen. She was born on 3-11-1913 at Delhi. Her father was a big officer in Government. Her initial schooling took place in Nainital. She learnt music too, because she wanted to become a Music Teacher. However that she never became, but on a visit to Bombay she was picked up by producer Indulal Yagnik and she started acting in silent films.

Many Heroines in those days were Anglo-Indians, Europeans or Jew girls. Since silent films did not require speaking Hindi or Urdu ( or any language, for that matter),these girls were preferred, as Indian audience loved their fair colour (Gori Mem). Additionally, these girls did not hesitate in giving intimate scenes like kissing or doing stunts themselves. Most girls knew Horse riding, fencing and fighting.

In 1928, there was a Silent film Madhuri, but actress Sulochana(Ruby Myers) did this role and in 1932 there was a Talkie film Madhuri, in which also Sulochana only did the role. When Talkie films era began most of the Anglo Indian girls became jobless, since they could not speak Hindi/Urdu nor could they sing a song-the two requirements for actresses in Talkie films. however, a few intelligent and professional actresses learnt Hindi/Urdu language speaking. Madhuri and Sabita Devi (Irene Gasper) were two such clever girls who achieved proficiency in these matters.

Madhuri was very beautiful. After doing 17 silent films, she made her debut in Talike films with ‘Pardesi Preetam’-1933. Nandalal Jashvantlala directed his first film here. Her Hero was Raja Sandow. She did many films for Ranjit under the direction of Jayant Desai. From 1933 to 1942, she acted in 26 films. They were (not in order) Kashmeera, Mitti ka Putla, Noor e watan, Secretary, Lehri Lala, Rangeela Raja, Sitamgarh, Prithviputra, Thokar, Raj Ramni, Diwali, Matlabi Duniya, Toofani Toli, Shama Parwana, College Girl, Nadira, Veer Babruvahan, Zamin ka chaand, Ban ki chidia, Toofan Mail, Mehman Sasural, Shadi and Ikrar. In 1941, Madhuri got married and retired from Film line. After this she simply disappeared for the next 50 years without a trace, till the organisers of the above programme located her.

Film Madhuri-1932 had issued 2 records of 78 RPM commercially. All the 4 songs on these records were sung by Vinayakrao Patwardhan, who was the Hero of the film. 2 songs are already posted on this Blog. Today we will enjoy the 3rd song- which is actually the FIRST song from a Hindi film for which a commercial record was issued.

Till recently, this was the popular belief that Madhuri is the first film to have its recorded songs. However, a Film music Historian shri Narendra Shrimali discovered that 2 records of film songs were made even in 1931.

In his book,” Music of Theatre and Hindi Cinema 1900 to 1950″, Shrimali has mentioned that 2 songs of Farebi jaal or The Trapped were available on records in 1931 itself. Thus these songs become the FIRST ever Film Songs available. Recently when the Blog completed 10000 songs, our Sudhir ji had posted this song from the film Farebi Jaal or The Trapped, sung by Master Vasant Amrit of Surat in 1931. This was a very proud moment for all of us that not only 10000 songs were completed ,but also a HISTORICAL song-the FIRST ever film song on record was posted on this occasion. My Thanks to Sudhir ji and Atul ji for this Double Treat for the music lovers of the World.

Today we will listen to the First of the Recorded songs for film Madhuri- Sarita sugandh shobhe vasant, sung by Vinayak Rao Patwardhan.

VINAYAK RAO PATWARDHAN was born in Miraj, Maharashtra, on 22-7-1898, in a Dashgranthi Marathi bramhin family. He lost his Mother in 1902 and father after 6 months. His uncle, in the joint family sent him to Balkrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar for training in music. He was spotted by the great classical singer Vishnu Digamber Paluskar and taken to Lahore for further music training in his Gandharva mahavidyalaya. He learnt music from 1905 to 1908 in Lahore and then from 1911 to 1914 at Bombay with a scholarship of Rs.16/- from the Miraj rulers. After becoming Sangeet praveen he learnt music from Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale. From 1921 to 1931 he was in Balgandharva’s Natak mandali, singing and acting on stage. In 1932 he did MADHURI, but then went back to teaching Music. He also taught to D.V.Paluskar son of V.D.Paluskar who died in 1931 when D V Paluskar was just 9 year old. Thus he taught Guru’s son also. Vinayak Rao got several awards and rewards. He got Academy award in 1965 and Padma Bhushan in 1972. He died on 23-8-1975 at Poona.

The story of Madhuri -32 was…

MADHURI-1932 was an action and adventure film set in the background of rivalary between Ujjain and Kanauj in Upper India, in the 4th century.

It was also a love story of Prince of Malwa-Amber (Vinayak Rao) and Madhuri-princess of Ujjain(Sulochana alias Ruby Myers). Their love affair is disturbed first by Tikka (Mohammed)-the prince of a carvan of tribe-Gulwari and later by Mahasamant (Jamshed) the evil commander of Kanauj, who is interested in kidnapping and marrying Madhuri.

In one fight, Mahasamant defeats Amber and imprisons him in a dungeon. Madhuri has a sword duel with him in which she defeats him. Then donning a male attire, she rescues Prince amber. There is a sword fight in the soldiers and these two lovers. You have guessed it right. The lovers kill everybody and run away to Ujjain, where they are married by the king.

In the entire film, Vinayakrao was very uncomfortable acting with Sulochana, as he had always acted with Balgandharva donning a female attire. Here it was a real lady !

(My sincere thanks to shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji of Surat for providing me much of the information used herein.)

Here is the third song from “Maadhuri”(1932) to appear in the blog. It is sung by Vinayakrao Patwardhan. Lyricist is not known. Music is composed by Pransukhlal Naik.


Song-Sarita sugandh shobhe vasant (Maadhuri)(1932) Singer-Vinayak Rao Patwardhan, MD-Pransukhlal Naik

Lyrics

aaa
sarita sugandh shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita sugandh
shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re ae
sarita sugandh
shobhe ae ae ae
vasant
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
sarita sugandh shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita sugandh shobhe ae ae
vasant
aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa
aaa aaa
aaa aaa
aa aa
sarita sugandh shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita sugandh

adhar vimal ki ee ee
ee ee
adhar vimal ki
adhar vimal ki
paaka rasiya
adhar vimal ki
paaka(?) rasiya
adhar vimal ki
paaka(?) rasiya
nain milan so naach uthhe re
nain milan so naach uthhe re
sarita sugandh shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita sugandh
sarita sugandh
sarita sugandh
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
sarita sugandh
aa aa aa aa
sarita
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
sarita
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
sarita
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aa aa
sarita sugandh
shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita
aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aaa aa aa aa aa
aa aa
sarita sugandh
shobhe vasant
jiyara raas khele re
sarita sugandh
sarita sugandh
sarita sugandh

5 Responses to "Sarita sugandh shobhe vasant"

I like the said article.More over I am interested to know more about 1940s actresses.About Madhuri, Film India Magazine 1946 noted that she got married in Dec 1945 with Mr.Larrmar Venay from Poona.Some state she divorced in 1949.But one thing true she simpally disappeared. I would like to know more about Madhuri. Her video look what I can see is from saigals private video

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Arun ji, As you know I am a big fan of Miss Madhuri, have got almost all her talkie film posters e Dept a few of her silent movies. Do you have any photos of this Mumbai event? Really happy to see Madhuri at her late stage. jairaj the luckiest guy who worked almost all heroines of his days, it will be a nice research to check all leading ladies who acted opposite Jairaj. starting from Madhuri and Zebunissa
Thank you
Best wishes
Isuru

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Isuru ji,

I am not having any photos of this event. Main reason is that in 1999, I was not into writing about old films and actors etc. I came into this only as late as in 2011/12.
you may try in some old issues of Filmfare or Screen.

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WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE AGAIN BY ARUNJI. I AM A BIG FAN OF THIS BLOG AND OF ARUNJI AND SADANANDJI. THEY CAN EXCAVATE ANYTHING RELATED TO OLD DAYS OF BOLLYWOOD. OTHER WRITERS OF THIS BLOG ALSO DO WONDERFUL JOB.
BY THE WAY, VINAYAKRAO PATWARDHAN WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS “TARANA” . HE USED TO DELIVER THE BOL OF TARANA WITH SUCH AN AMAZING SPEED THAT WHEN HE SUNG A TARANA IN A CONCERT IN RUSSIA, PEOPLE ASKED HIM TO OPEN HIS MOUTH AND CHECKED WHETHER ANY DEVICE WAS FITTED INSIDE. HE AND NARAYANRAO VYAS TAUGHT V D PALSUKAR AS A MARK OF RESPECT FOR THEIR GURE – DV PALUSKAR – A SORT OF GURU DAKSHINA. .

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DHANANJAY KURANE ji,

Thanks for your appreciation and extra information on Vinayak buwa.
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