Advertisements

Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Raghupati Raaghav Raajaaraam

Posted on: June 23, 2015


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.

When I think of Hindi Film Industry, I always ask a question to myself. Why was it that so many successful and talented artistes died so unceremoniously and in tragic circumstances ? Why did those who achieved unsurpassed stardom have such unhappy and sad ends to their lives ?

Madholal Master, the famous composer of the 30s was murdered in his house, by unknown killers for unknown reasons.

Master Nissar, a one time Superstar who made the Bombay Governor give way to his fans and who lived in glory died penniless in the dark alleys of Mahim, unknown and unwept.

K L Saigal almost killed himself with his alcoholism.

Leela Chitnis was abandoned by her kins and died in a charity hospital in USA.

Pradeep Kumar, discarded by his relatives was languishing in the ICU in a Calcutta Nursing Home, since he could not pay the Hospital Bills. Rescued by a fan, he died unnoticed in the fan’s house.

Wasti and Parshuram begged on road.

Vatsala Kumthekar, the singer of the 40s, died as a mad beggar on Bombay footpath and was cremated by Municipality as an unclaimed body.

Madhubala, after a tragic life, died of Heart attack. Geeta Bali died of Small Pox. Guru Dutt committed suicide. Nalini Jaywant and Parveen Babi,after self imposed loneliness died unnoticed till their bodies were found after 4 days. Shankar Dasgupta came under a train and Vasant Desai was crushed in the lift.

There are hundreds of such examples.

Take the case of Meena Kumari. Born to a pauper father who dumped her in an orphanage for some time, she wanted to study, but had to earn for family by becoming an actress at the age of 7 years. At 20 years she married an already married man-15 years older than her…leading to a childless unhappy marriage of 10 years ,before her divorce. She had an unsuccessful Liaison with two youngsters- Dharmendra and Gulzar. Both left her to lead their own successful lives and careers. She became an alcoholic and died of Liver Cirhosis, at 39 years of age, heartbroken and penniless,with not enough money to even pay the Hospital bills !

Contrary to her losses and deprivations in personal life, her cinematic career was eminently successful. Graduating from fantasy and Mythological films,”Baiju Bawra”-53 got her the First Filmfare Award and put her into the league of Á class heroines. She started getting Films after Films. She was the only actress who was nominated for ‘Best Actress Award’ for her all 3 films in 1962-Aarti, Main chup rahungi and Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam. This record is still unbroken.

Meena Kumari herself never opted for being a Tragedienne or The Queen of Tears, but our industry is fond of typecasting actors based on their successful films. Even Dilip Kumar had suffered in that way before he recovered.

Meena Kumari was an all rounder. Just see her films, Azaad-55, Memsahib-56, Miss Mary-57 or Kohinoor-60. She could do comedy roles with equal ease, but the producers wanted her to make the audience weep so that they could themselves laugh all the way to the banks. Her real life and reel life virtually merged.

Music in most of her films used to be one of their major attractions and many of these songs continue to remain popular even today.

Though grievously ill, she completed “Pakiza”, saw its success and died within two months. An adamant Kamaal Amrohi had to be convinced and requested to pay her hospital bills so that her body could be released by the Hospital, for her last rites. What an afterlife !

Today’s song is from the film Sharada-57. She had done comedy films in 55,56,and 57, so this film was like home coming to her-a return to tragedy films. Knowing the story after reading reviews I did not see the film, as I did not like watching sure shot tear-jerkers.

C.Ramchandra was the composer. Johnny and Datta Davjekar assisted him here. C Ramchandra was undoubtedly a talented composer,but his career had started going downhill once his relations with Lata soured and she slowly cut down on her singing assignments with him. It was around the period of 1957 that the rift between the two started widening and it had direct impact on C Ramchandra’s career.

C Ramchandra averaged six films a year during the period from 1947 (Shehnayi) to 1951. In next 5 years-52 to 56, the figure came down slightly to 5 films per year for the next five years (1952 to 1956). It dropped to just three films a year for the next 5 years (1957 to 1961). The average dwindled to an abysmal 1.5 films from 1962 to 1966 !

All five movies of C Ramchandra’s in 1957 were Hits-Aasha, Baarish, Nausherwan E Adil, Sharada and Talaash. But only eight of his movies became hits during the subsequent six year period from 1958 to 1963. Stree-61 and Bahu Rani-63 were two films during this period where Lata somehow sang for him.

It is unfortunate that the quality of his songs relied so much on the well being of his personal relations with his premier female singer that his music suffered just as his personal relations with the singer suffered. Same thing happened with O P Nayyar as well, and in his case his premier female playback singer was another Mangeshkar sister.

L.V.Prasad’s film “Sharada”-57 was a remake of Laxmi Production’s Telugu Hit film “Ilavelpu”-56. Laxmi productions was also owned by L V Prasad, but the director was Yoganand. In this film, A Nageshwar Rao had done Raj Kapoor’s role, Anjali Devi did Meena Kumari’s role and Jamuna did Shyama’s role. An ineteresting trivia is, the very famous song of film Vachan-55, “chandamama door ke” was copied in this Telugu film, sung by Jikki as “annam annam vinnava”. This Telugu film was based on the original Tamil film “Edhir Paradhathu”-54. It was later remade in Malayalam also as “Nityakanyaka-63.

Today’s song “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram” was a copy of the Telugu song in Tune and words. It was originally sung by P.Leela.

This “Shaarda”(1957) song is sung by Lata and chorus. It is picturised on Meena Kuamri, Agha and others as a Raam bhajan.

Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.


Song-Raghupati Raghav Raajaaraam (Shaarda)(1957) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

nikhil bhuwan kaalam
am am am am am
nikhil bhuwan kaalam
nitya tejo vishaalam
sakal sagunsheelam
sachchidaanand raamam

jan gan mangaldaayak raam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam
jan gan mangaldaayak raam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam

sharan charan shri sitaaraam
sharan charan shri sitaaraam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam
jan gan mangaladaayak raam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam

sab dharmon kaa saar hai raam
sab dharmon kaa saar hai raam
shri raam
shri raam
shri raam
shri raam

sab dharmon kaa saar hai raam
jeewan saphal karen yahi raam
jeewan saphal karen yahi raam
satya naam hai raam naam
satya naam hai raam naam
jan gan mangaldaayak raam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam

raam raam raam raam jai jai raam
raam raam raam raam jai jai raam
shri raam jai raam
shri raam jai jai raam
shri raam jai raam
shri raam jai jai raam
raam raam raam raam jai jai raam
raam raam raam raam jai jai raam
jan gan mangaladaayak raam

(shri raam)
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam
(shri raam
aa aa aa aa
shri raam)
jan gan mangaladaayak raam
raghupati raaghav raajaaraam

Bolo Siyapati Ramchandra ki jai

Advertisements

4 Responses to "Raghupati Raaghav Raajaaraam"

It had a strangest story ever. The hero’s lover become his mother!!!!

Yes, Nitin ji. What an irony.
It was a very courageous attempt to make the film on the most unusual theme.
It was a real tear-jerker as Deshmukh Saheb has described.
The sequence picturised for the song” O Chand jahan woh jayen…” was very moving.
Some comic relief was provided when Raj Kapoor while singing the song “Jap jap jap jap jap re” suddenly spots a snake and naturally getting terrified jumbles up the words of the song and scoots.
Avadh Lal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Advertisements

Important Announcement

(© 2008 - 2019) atulsongaday.me The content of this site is copyrighted and it may not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent from the site/ author of the content.

What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over TEN years. This blog has over 14900 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 3800 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Total number of songs posts discussed

14943

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1164
Total Number of movies covered =4081

Total visits so far

  • 11,469,923 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,691 other followers

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share

Category of songs

Current Visitors

Archives

Stumble

visitors whereabouts

blogcatalog

Music Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

blogadda

Historical dates

Blog Start date: 19 july 2008

Active for more than 4000 days.

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: