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Ab to bataa de avgun mere

Posted on: December 26, 2015

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“Sant Tukaram”(1965) was directed by Rajesh Nanda for Ashok Films, Bombay. The movie had Shahu Modak, Anita Guha, B M Vyas, Badriprasad, Helen etc. in it. The story was about the highly revered Saint of Maharashtra, namely Sant Tukaram.

The story of this movie was given by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our beloved inhouse encyclopaedia, while discussing one of the earlier songs from this movie. Here is what he had to say about the story of the movie:

About there centuries ago, Tukaram was born in Dehu Gaon. He was a sudra and had poor village folk take good from his shop and asked them to pay when they could afford. Mumbaji, the Pujari of the Ganesh Temple held permanent grudge against him. He instigated another grocer of the village to set fire to Tukaram’s shop. As if all these calamities were not enough one more was added to his lot in the form of famine. Tukarams old mother, his first wife and son died of starvation. Thukaram became detached from the world and spent his whole time in worship. He developed extraordinary powers. He even gave life to a dead child. But all this didn’t offer bread to his family. His surviving wife, Jeeja Bai implored him to seek some avocation. The land lord offered him the job as the watch-man in his fields. Mumbaji drove cattle in the fields in order to destory the crop. By the grace of Lord Krishna, the yield was double and the land lord gave Tukaram place for worship of the Lord.

Now Mumbaji asked Rambha a Nautch girl to spoil his reputation by enticing Tukaram with her fake love. Rambha failed. As a last resort he invited Rameshwar Bhatt the religious head to Dehu Gaon. Rameshwar Bhatt ordered Tukaram to stop writing abhang since he was born a shudra and ordered him to throw his `Gatha (Collection of Abhangs) in the Indrayani river. He did so but took a vow that he will fast unto death till his Gatha was restored to him by the Deity of the river. This miracle happened after two weeks ordeal. Shivaji Maharaj come to meet him. He offered money and gold to Tukaram but he humbly declined to accept it. Shivaji that evening joined his keertan. Mumbaji informed the Moghuls to capture Shivaji. The Moghul Amry found a thousand Shivajis and they returned flabbergested. After this incident he peacefully wrote more abhangs. Mumbaji turned a leper and the village children pelted stones on him. Rameshwar Bhatt’s body felt burning sensation and even long submerging of the body in water could not heal him. At last Tukaram received the message of the Lord to go to Heaven. The village folk thronged the streets for his Darshan. Even Mumbaji and Rameshwar Bhatt came to ask his forgiveness. They were cured of their maladies. The celestial Viman descended from the sky before the entire gathering of the village and he went to heaven bodily.

Two songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. Here is the third song from the movie. This song is sung by Rafi. Madhukar Rajasthani is the lyricist. Music is composed by Vedpal.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.



Song-Ab to bata de avgun mere (Sant Tukaram)(1965) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Madhukar Rajasthani, MD-Vedpal

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Banaa saktey ho jab duniya
Hai kya mushkil banaa denaa
Meri ek baat chhoti si
Mere bhagwan banaa denaa

Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Laakh jatan kar ke bhi jag ke
Aa na sakaa main kaam
Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam

Ho gaya soona ghar ka aangan
Tadap rahaa hai bhola bachpan
Maine apna dharm nibhaaya
Phir bhi ye parinaam
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam

Man to dayaa se tera bharaa hai
Patthar ka to roop dharaa hai
Tujhse dayaalu hai gar koyee
Toohi bataa wo naam
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Ab to bataa de avgun mere
Paaon padaa hoon shyaam
Ab to bataa de shyaam
Ab to bataa de shyaam
Ab to bataa de shyaam

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