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So jaa so jaa so jaa

Posted on: November 22, 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.

LOST AND FOUND-GEMS FROM UNRELEASED FILMS…Song No. 12…LAST SONG OF THIS SERIES
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Today’s song is a real Gem in this series. In the period 1931 to 1940, there were only 7 unreleased films, out of which information is available on the records of only 3 films. This is/may be because though having records for the film songs issued commercially had started from 1932, it had not caught momentum till late 30s. Madhuri-1932 was the FIRST film for which commercial records were issued with the Film and Singer’s name mentioned on the Record label. Obviously, this film ‘Stove Tragedy’ whose song we are going to enjoy today, must have been made after 1932.

The record information gives the singer’s name as ‘ Miss Sitara’. Now,if you scan HFGK, you will find names of singers like Sitara, Miss Sitara, Sitara Devi, Sitara(Agra) and Sitara Kanpuri. One may wonder if all these Sitaras were one or different persons.

As far as Sitara Kanpuri is concerned, she was a different person. Sitara Kanpuri or Sitara of Kanpur or Sitarabai Kanpurwali was born in Cawnpore(Kanpur-UP) in 1923 in a courtesan’s family and so her father’s name is not known.

She did not have formal schooling, but sang wonderfully. she started singing on Radio. She was an expert in Bhajans,Thumari and Gazals.

W.Z.Ahmed, who was also from Kanpur heard about her singing, heard her once and took her to his office in Bombay. She was so excited that without delay, she put her thumb on the contract put forth.The contract restricted her to sing only for Ahmed’s Shalimar studio productions for 10 years. She sang her first song,’nagari meri kab tak’ in Mann ki jeet-1944 for Neena ( real name Shahida-she was the wife of the brother of Renuka Devi the actress. She was a plain simple house wife,who was lured by Ahmed and made actress Neena and his wife), who was Ahmed’s wife.later she also sang in prithwiraj sanyukta-46 and Meerabai-47.In the free times she was allowed to do private jalsa for her living.

After Partition, Ahmed and Neena left for Pakistan, taking with them the prints of their films(like most others who left India) and Sitara was free to sing free lance now. She sang in Pugree-48, Aparadhi-49 and Rasheed Dulhan -50.

After this she simply vanished into thin air !

Barring just one song from Film ” Vaasanti-1938″, Singer Sitara (Agra) does not appear in the HFGK again(E&OE)- obviously she was a classical singer from Agra.

Talking about the other varieties of Sitaras,I started a search and looked into the interview of Dancer,singer,actress Sitara Devi published in Sharma ji’s Blog ” Beete Hue Din.blogspot.com “. She has recounted the names of her initial films in the interview. Referring to the HFGK again I checked all these films serially. My findings were-

Movie Credited as
First film-Vasantsena -34 Miss Sitara
Second film- Anokhi Muhobbat-34 Sitara Devi
Third film- Shehar ka Jaadu-34 Sitaara
Fourth film- Vengeance is mine-35 Sitaara
Fifth film- Registan ki Rani- 35 Sitaara

From the above data, it is clear that she is the same person using all 3 names mentioned above. Since the singer’s name for today’s song is mentioned as Miss Sitara, this film might have made in or around 1934, when she was calling herself as Miss Sitara. As she became famous as a Dancer, she liked to use Sitara Devi as her name many times. In all her Dance programmes or dance related items,her name always was Sitara Devi.
So much about Sitara, the singer dancer and actress .

The film name ” Stove Tragedy ” evokes nostalgic memories. Kerosene stoves as a kitchen aid, came into use in India around the First or the second decade of the 20th Century. But this was exclusively used by the urban, upfront, higher level families. For most others, it was the traditional Choolhas for cooking. Those of our readers who grew up in the 50s or 60s will definitely remember Kerosene Stoves. It was only in the 70s that the LPG was introduced and became popular and commonly used cooking means. The original first Kerosene stove known popularly as ” Primus ” stove was later replaced by a Wick stove for safety purpose.

This is one reference I found in an old article, “In Hindi, Kerosene is called ‘Mitti ka tel’, meaning oil (out) of the earth. Initially, Kerosene was used in the lanterns for light. In 1892, Frans Wilhem Lindqvist developed the first commercially manufactured portable indoor cooking stove called ‘Primus’. The Primus employs a special burner where a tube is heated by lighting alcohol spirit. The Kerosene is manually pumped into heated tube, where it sprays out of a nipple mixing with air and producing blue hot flame. Primus provided convenience and became popular among low middle class in the urban areas.
During late 1970s, Kerosene wick stove was introduced. In principle, it is similar to the Kerosene space heaters used in United States ”

The Kerosene stoves, besides being useful and famous for cooking and heating, were also notorious for accidents. Every now and then, there used to be cases reported in papers about the explosion of Stoves resulting in serious burns and deaths. Also these stoves were the causes where the ladies’ dresses, particularly the Sarees used to catch fire and young housewives would die of burns. Probably, this danger must have prompted invention and introduction of Stoves with Wicks.

The film ‘ Stove Tragedy’ might be a film based on such an accident. Its story is not known,but the title of the film suggests this type of story-line.

I am very grateful to our SUDHIR JI,who was kind enough to offer me this song-with Lyrics-to get included in this series. He even uploaded it on You Tube. So I am concluding this series with this Gem from an unreleased film of 30’s…an Unique distinction for this Blog. Thank you,Sudhir ji for your generosity.

Let us now enjoy this song by Miss Sitara….


Song-So jaa so jaa so jaa (Stove Tragedy)(1934)(UR) Singer-Miss Sitara

Lyrics(Provided by Sudhir)

so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere laal kanhaiyaa so ja
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere laal kanhaiyaa so ja
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re ae ae
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere laal kanhaiyaa so ja
haaan
mere laal kanhaiyaa so ja

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maat yashoda jhoola jhulaaven
maat yashoda jhoola jhulaaven
tori aankhon mein nindiya aave
haan
tori aankhon mein nindiya aave
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere laal kanhaiyaa so ja
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere aankhon ke taare so ja

doodh dahi aur maakhan mewa
doodh dahi aur maakhan mewa
bhor hot tu khaave
haa. . .aan
bhor hot tu khaave
so jaa so jaa
so jaa re
mere aankhon ke taare so ja

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7 Responses to "So jaa so jaa so jaa"

Yes, indeed very rare. Thank you for ID the singer.
A beautiful timeless lullaby song for Bal Krishna (Kanhaiya).
I don’t blame Sitara Devi for demanding highest civilian award from government of India. Let’s say she is well deserved it.
On a lighter note: thinking of “Stove Tragedy”, if this film was successful than should have go for two more with tragedy title, thus making ‘trilogy of tragedy’. (1) Yagnas (bonfire) (2) mitti ka chulha. 🙂

A real treasure of information of music & films.

Arunji, Sudhirji
Thanks a lot to both of you for this treasure.

One small point. I remember In 10K series, you posted a song said to be from a 1931 film. Am I remembering right? In that case, correction needed.

AK

AK ji,

No correction is required. That indeed was the oldest film song of 1931,sung by Master Vasant in 1931 itself. Only thing was the film’s name was NOT mentioned on the record,though it was agreed that the song was used in that film of 1931.
What has been said in this article is ” Madhuri-1932 was the FIRST film for which commercial records were issued with the Film and Singer’s name mentioned on the Record label. ”
I hope the matter is clear now.
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AK ji,

Here is an excerpt from an article by Dr.Surjit Singh ji,in 2006,which supports what I said in this article-
“No records were issued and no prints survive of the first talkie. Miss Zubeida sang a line from one of her songs, ‘badala dilwayega ya rab tu sitamgaron se’ in a 1982 television program called ‘Mortal Men, Immortal Melodies’. The second talkie was released by Madan on May 30 and was called Shirin Farhad. It was based on an existing stage play, written by the famous Agha Hashr Kashmiri, starring Master Nisar and Jahanara Kajjan (who recreated their stage roles) and was even more successful. It is said that a tongawalla in Lahore pawned his tonga to see this film 22 times! Madan Theatres produced seven more talkies this year while the rest of the films were made in Bombay. Until recently it was believed that no records were issued in 1931. However, Mr. Narendra Shrimali ‘Kamal’ was able to obtain two records containing two songs of the talkie Trapped. The songs are ‘hum hain bande ishq ke’ and ‘phulrahin belariyan dole’ recorded in February and November 1931, respectively.”

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Which are the seven unreleased films of the 1930s that this article discusses? Besides STOVE TRAGEDY (1930s) of course…

As given in HFGK Appendix-I
Dev Kanya
Faraari
Jaadunagari
Jagga Daaku
Praja ki pukar
Stove tragedy and
Terror of Bombay.
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