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Zamaana das das ke das note ka

Posted on: November 26, 2015


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We in this blog discuss songs ranging mostly from 1931 to 1980s and sometimes from songs falling outside this range as well. One can often judge the era of the song by listening to it. Sometimes the lyrics of the song deal with some important happenings of the era as well.

India (and the world) has not remain static all this while. Lots of changes have taken place over the decades. While some changes were incremental and unnoticeable, big violent lifechanging changes have also taken place during these decades.

We all know about the world wars, partition of the country and many other occurences that affected the lives of millions. We have movies as well as songs that describe those occurences.

Then there are changes that were also major changes during their times but they have been forgotten with time.

For instance, the monetary system of India has seen changes over the decades. Youngsters born after 1980s may not have seen any changes in Indian monetary systems, but people born in 1960s and prior to that know that the changes in Indian monetary system were quite marked.

During the earlier days of Indian movies, when India was a British Colony, Indian monertary system had coins whose head had the picture of the British Monarch and the tail side mentioned the value of the coin. One rupee coin was the standard unit of currency. One rupee equalled 64 paise. One rupee also equalled 16 annas, which meant that one anna was equal to four paise. Half a rupee was equal to Aath Anna (athanni), quarter of rupee was equal to chaar anna (chavanni). Likewise there used to be do anna (doanni) as well as one anna.

The smallest unit of currency was not even paisa. It was pie. Three pies equalled one paisa.

It is not as if the Indian currency changed instantaneously as soon as India became independent. British era coins were the only coins being used in India from 15 august 1947 till 15 august 1950. On 15 august 1950, Indian government issued coins which were basically similar to the British era coins, with the only difference being that there was Ashok Pillar instead of Btitish Monark’s face on the head side of the coins. This series of coins are known as anna series of coins.

It was on 1957 that India switched over to decimal system, where one rupee was equal to 100 paise rather than 64 paise as before. To differentiate the paise of metric system from the earlier system, they were called naye paise. The term naye paise continued to be used widely till 1970s till the time when the old era paise went out of circulation. Old habits died hard and people continued to call 50 paise coin as athanni and 25 paise coin as chawanni, and that habit persists even today.

The coins of British era alongwith anna series coins of India continued to be in use in India till 1970s, even when India had adopted decimal system of currency.

One thing to note about India coins down the years is that the metal in these coins kept on getting diluted with time. British era (and before that Mughal era) coins had gold, silver, copper etc in them depending on the value of the coin. After independence, these metals gave way to cheaper materials like nickel etc.

Then there are paper notes that constitute much of the currency.

Indian Rupee was quite strong vis a vis US dollar during its earlier years. One dollar equalled INR 3.30 in 1948. Even after gradual devaluation, one dollar equalled INR 7.50 in 1966. To put things in perspective, today one dollar equals INR 65 or so.

So one can see that Indian rupee fetched lots of value during its earlier days.

The song under discussion tells us about the Indian monetary system as it was in 1950. This song tells us that coins like doanni, chawanni, athanni and rupaiyya were not what they used to be in the past. It was the “zamaana” of ten notes of Rs ten, viz one hundred rupee notes.

One hundred rupees was considered a big amount even in 1970s. One could buy expensive shoes for something like Rs 29.95 in Bata show rooms in 1970s. 🙂 I was aghast to once see a rich man giving Rs ten as alms to a beggarwoman who was pestering him, while the going rate for beggars those days used to be just a few paise at the most. 🙂

Here is this fun look at the monetary state of affairs in India in 1950. This song is sung by Shamshad Begam and chorus. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hansraj Bahl.

This song is from “Shaan”(1950), which was directed by Jayant Desai for Kuldeep Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Suraiyya, Rehman, Manorama, David, Amar, Chaand, Pratima Devi, Cuckkoo, Savitri, Neeru, Kala, Rajani, Sapru etc in it.

Only the audio of this song is available. i request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

The movie had ten songs in it. As many as nine songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. So the song under discussion is the tenth and final song to be discussed in the blog.

And this song happens to be the 11600th song post for the blog. So we reach one more century of songs today. Our last century was on 23 october 2015. So it has taken us 34 days to reach this century. It is a slow century, but a steady one. These days lots of research word and background work is being understaken in the blog. Moreover a few of us are unable to devote as much time as would like to. But let me assure our readers that we still manage to devote considerable quality time for the blog. Our regulars must have noticed that we have undertaken a project of discussing HFM year by year, with in depth statistical details. That analysis, when completed, would be a great way forward for music lovers in finding our about the actual availability of Hindi movie songs, as against the number of songs that have been created over the years.

I take this opportunity to thank one and all for their continued partonage and encouragement which is what has been the driving force behind the continuous march of this musical bandwagon.


Song-Zamaana das das ke das note ka (Shaan)(1950) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Chorus

Lyrics

doanni chawanni athanni rupaiyya
inko na poochhe ae ae
koi mere bhaiyya
Zamaana aa aa aa
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana das das ke das note ka
Zamaana aa
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
chham chham chham chham chham chham
chham chham chham chham chham chham
lililililili lilili lililili

pehle sau ka note dikhaana
note dikhaana
peechhe sun’na mera gaana
pehle sau ka note dikhaana
note dikhaana
peechhe sun’na mera gaana
nayi qeematen naya zamaana
pandit ho ya maulaana
ae ji
pandit ho ya maulaana
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das
note ka
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
chham chham chham chham chham chham
chham chham chham chham chham chham
lililililili lilili lililili

tees tees ke mere ishaare
bees bees ke bol
ae ji
bees bees ke bol
hare note pe naach dikhaaun
naach dikhaaun
chham chham chham chham chham chham
chham chham chham chham chham chham

hare note pe naach dikhaaun
baabu pocket khol
baabu pocket khol
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das
note ka
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
chham chham chham chham chham chham
chham chham chham chham chham chham
lililililili lilili

duniya ke anjan mein daale jo noton ka tel
o baabu
jo noton ka tel
duniya ke anjan mein daale jo noton ka tel
o baabu
jo noton ka tel
ek pate ki baat bataaun
chaley usi ki rail
o baabu
chaley usi ki rail
o bhaiya
chale usi ki rail
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana aa aa
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana
das das ke das note ka
Zamaana aa
das das ke das

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7 Responses to "Zamaana das das ke das note ka"

Congratulations Atul ji on yet another century !!!
Congratulations and best wishes to all !!!

Good morning all 🙂
gaya andhera hua ujaala , chamka chamka 11600 ka taara ,

Atulji,

Congratulations on reaching this milestone and thanks to Avinashbhai for informing.

Congrats Atul ji!!

doanni chawanni athanni rupaiyya
inko na poochhe ae ae
koi mere bhaiyya
Zamaana aa aa aa
das das ke das note ka nahi
per hai gyara hazar chhesau ke note ka.
Congrats to all

aajkal Test ka ruthba hai. Century was scored with patience and determination unlike SAF players.

Atul Ji, 11600 posts. Congrats

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