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Chalaawo Na Teer e Nazar Jaate Jaate

Posted on: June 29, 2015


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

The Wonderful Sounds of 1930s – 9
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What an enchanting and rare piece of music this one is.  Coming from the 1935 film ‘Raaj Mukut’, this song is part of the history that is eight decades old now.  Of the fourteen songs that are listed for this film in the Geet Kosh, only this one is so far traceable and available.

The lyrics are from the pen of Pt Shiv Kumar, and the music is by Gobindrao Tembe.  Incidentally, Gobindrao Tembe is also the director of the film, that has been produced under the banner of Shalini Cinetone of Kolhapur.  The list of actors is given as K Vasudev, GS Tembe, SD Joshi, VM Garde, Aslam Lodhi, Sundari, Ameena, Tanibai, D Dudhale, Vinayak Kale.  The singer’s name is not identified in the Geet Kosh listings.  In 1935, playback singing had not yet taken the front seat in song recordings.  The songs were filmed live in the voices of the actors themselves.  It could be any other actor listed above.  A name GS Tembe appears in the list, but I am not certain if this is the same person as Gobindrao Tembe.  I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please add more information on this.

The more I am discovering about Gobindrao Tembe, I find him to be a multifaceted artist and creator, who was very active in theatres, films and classical music.  He is acknowledged as an excellent performing artist, as well as a talented director and a manager, who produced and directed numerous stage and film productions, and also acted in them.  He was closely associated with the All India Radio, and produced many plays and music programs for them.  Following is a brief bio-sketch for him, taken from the website Indianetzone.com.

Govindrao Tembe was a Marathi composer who is a prominent actor and also a playwright. He was born in Kolhapur to a family closely associated with Shahu Maharaja in 1881. Govindrao Tembe held several jobs as clerk, lawyer, and circus manager before joining the Kirloskar Natak Mandali as male lead. Bal Gandharva, Ganesh Bodas, and Tembe left Kirloskar to form the Gandharva Natak Mandali in 1913. For quite some time this company reigned supreme in Marathi theatre and much of the credit goes to Tembe as the first ‘music director’. He was responsible for composing apt classical tunes and training the singers. His acting in Deval’s versions of Sanskrit material, as Charudatta in Mrichchhakatik and Pundarik in Shapa sambhram, also won critical acclaim. After 1915 the Gandharva Mandali in turn split up, and Tembe set up his Shivraj Natak Mandali, named after Shahu Maharaja’s son, prince Shivaji. It staged old plays as well as its own productions, among which Vasudevshastri Khare’s Chitravanchana i.e. ‘Deceived by a Picture’ in 1917 and Krishnakanchan i.e. ‘Dark Lustre’ in 1917, and a translation of Manishankar Trivedi’s Siddha-sansar or ‘Successful Life’ did extremely well. Tembe trained Shankarrao Sarnaik and Dattopant Pethkar, who are its two main artists. With Rajarambapu Purohit and Dada Ladu on harmonium and tabla, and the Painter brothers for stage settings, Shivraj was very popular, both in south and north India. However, it closed down after ten years.

Govindrao Tembe entered the renowned film company, ‘Prabhat’, as an actor-singer and music director. Making a big impact in 1932 he played the heroes of Maya Machhindra and Ayodhyecha Raja i.e. King of Ayodhya. He went back to Kolhapur and joined Shalini Cinetone where he scored the music for classic films like Usha and Pratibha in 1937. He established his own movie company, Natraj, in partnership with Durga Khote and Parshwanath Altekar, among others. His cinema career was characterized by his versatility as actor, director, music director, scriptwriter, dialogue writer, lyricist, and producer.

Govindrao Tembe wrote several plays based on mythological stories, which served as metaphors for the contemporary scenario of the Swadeshi i.e. nationalist movement. They include Patvardhan in 1924, Tulsidas in 1924, and Vatsalaharan i.e. ‘Vatsala’s Abduction in 1929. He adapted Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as Gambhir ghatana i.e. ‘Serious Business’ in 1930. He also wrote a series of articles on women and the stage, where he argued how theatre would benefit from actresses.

Govindrao Tembe was a disciple of classical maestros just like Bhaskarbuwa Bakhle and Alladiya Khan. He left an indelible imprint on the development of the light-classical music idiom in Maharashtra. He was an excellent harmonium player who popularized the instrument banned by All India Radio as antithetical to classical music and gave it prestige. His Majha sangit vyasanga i.e. ‘My Musical Pursuits’ in 1939 documents the history of music in Maharashtra. He also wrote extensively on attempts to create post-Sangitnatak classical khayal in Marathi, problems of notating Indian music, and about the harmonium as well. Govindrao Tembe died in the year 1955.

Besides the above piece, I also located here  at the website titled ‘Vijay Parrikar’s Library’, a very detailed and a moving obituary for this magnificent artist.  This obituary makes a very compelling reading.  (After the page loads, click on ‘About Gobindrao Tembe’.)

Listen to this wonderful creation from eighty years ago – marvel and enjoy.

Song – Chalaawo Na Teer e Nazar Jaate Jaate (Raaj Mukut) (1935) Singer – [unidentified male voice], Lyrics – Pt Shiv Kumar, MD – Gobindrao Tembe

Lyrics

chalaawo na teer e nazar jaate jaate
chalaawo na teer e nazar jaate jaate
dikhaawo na apna hunar jaate jaate
dikhaawo na apna hunar jaate jaate

raqeebon ke ghar aap jaayen to jaayen
raqeebon ke ghar aap
raqeebon ke ghar aap jaayen to jaayen
idhar bhi nazar ho udhar jaate jaate
idhar bhi nazar
idhar bhi nazar ho udhar jaate jaate
idhar bhi nazar ho

abhi tak to jaanaa. . .
aaaa aaa  aaaa haa. .aan haa. .aan
abhi tak to jaana hi jaana hua hai
abhi tak to jaana . . jaana hua hai
ke jaayega dard e jigar jaate jaate
ke jaayega dard e jigar jaate jaate
. . . . . jaate

tujhe bhi khabar hai nigaahon ne teri
haa. . .an te. . .ri
haa. . .aan. . .aan
khabar hai nigaahon ne teri
tujhe bhi khabar hai nigaahon ne teri
hazaaron kiye bekhabar jaate jaate
hazaaron kiye
hazaaron kiye bekhabar jaate jaate
hazaaron kiye bekhabar jaate jaate
chalaawo na teer e

qazaa thehr qaatil ki makkaarion ke
qazaa thehr qaatil ki makkaarion ke
zaraa dekhte aankh bhar jaate jaate
zaraa dekhte aankh bhar jaate jaate
zaraa dekhte aankh bhar jaate jaate

chalaawo na teer e nazar jaate jaate
dikhaawo na . . . hunar jaate jaate
dikhaawo na apna hunar jaate jaate
chalaawo na teer e nazar jaate jaate

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चलावो ना तीर ए नज़र जाते जाते
चलावो ना तीर ए नज़र जाते जाते
दिखावो ना अपना हुनर जाते जाते
दिखावो ना अपना हुनर जाते जाते

रक़ीबों के घर आप जाएँ तो जाएँ
रक़ीबों के घर आप
रक़ीबों के घर आप जाएँ तो जाएँ
इधर भी नज़र हो उधर जाते जाते
इधर भी नज़र
इधर भी नज़र हो उधर जाते जाते
इधर भी नज़र हो

अभी तक तो जाना॰ ॰आss
आss आss आss हाँsss हाँsss
अभी तक तो जाना ही जाना हुआ है
अभी तक तो जाना ॰ ॰ जाना हुआ है
के जाएगा दर्द ए जिगर जाते जाते
के जाएगा दर्द ए जिगर जाते जाते
॰ ॰ ॰ ॰ ॰ ॰ ॰ ॰ जाते

तुझे भी खबर है निगाहों ने तेरी
हाँsss ते॰ ॰री
हाँsss हाँsss
खबर है निगाहों ने तेरी
तुझे भी खबर है निगाहों ने तेरी
हजारों किए बेखबर जाते जाते
हजारों किए
हजारों किए बेखबर जाते जाते
हजारों किए बेखबर जाते जाते
चलावो ना तीर ए

क़ज़ा ठहर क़ातिल की मक्कारीओं के
क़ज़ा ठहर क़ातिल की मक्कारीओं के
ज़रा देखते आँख भर जाते जाते
ज़रा देखते आँख भर जाते जाते
ज़रा देखते आँख भर जाते जाते
चलावो ना तीर ए नज़र जाते जाते
दिखावो ना अपना ॰ ॰ जाते जाते
दिखावो ना अपना हुनर जाते जाते
चलावो ना तीर ए नज़र जाते जाते

4 Responses to "Chalaawo Na Teer e Nazar Jaate Jaate"

Sudhirji.
Govindrao Tembe is the same as G S Tembe: Govind Sadashiv Tembe. -D Samant

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Sudhir ji,
The singer of this song is most likely Govindrao Sadashiv Tembe or G.S.Tembe,in short. In 1934 he had gone to Calcutta to act and sing in film “Seeta”, along with Prithviraj Kapoor.
He came back and acted in Hindi films again singing therein. He also gave music to Marathi film Usha in 1935.
So it looks to be Govindrao Tembe only. There was no other actor or singer by name Tembe in films in those days.
The Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetkar Kosh by Madhu Potdar gives this information.
-AD

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Dear Arun ji, Samant ji,

Thanks for your inputs, and the clarifications. Yes indeed, Govindrao Tembe himself has also acted in this film.

I got a message from Girdharilal ji (Jodhpur). He has the physical record and has informed that the record carries the name of the singer as Master Nabi Solapurkar. That being the case in terms of documentation, it still is not easy to establish and confirm. This name does not appear in the cast of actors. I am writing to Harmandir ji also, seeking his guidance.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,

This is not unusual. Those days,routinely,film songs were sung by other private artistes and such songs were issued as records too. So there is every possibility that Govindrao Tembe sang the song in the film, but record of his song was not issued. Instead, later on some other person (Nabi Solapurkar,in this case) must have made a record.

-AD

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