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Sone ki jahaan dharti chaandi ka gagan hai

Posted on: January 26, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

15th August and 26th January are two days in the year when I find myself going back in time by almost 50 years to my school days at the time of the flag hosting ceremonies in our housing society.

My School, Dayanand Vidhyalaya, is located in Matunga (Central Railway), Mumbai. Matunga is known as ‘mini Chennai’ as it has a large chunk of Tamil speaking population. I have lots of memories of this place. I had my first Masala Dosa in one of the hotels here sometime in 1961 (cost- 25 paise with unlimited sambhar and chatney). This was the place where I played cricket for the first time at Nappu Garden which was just across the street from my school. It was here that that I skipped the post-recess class for the first ( and the last) time in my life as there was so much tension building up in my mind after India lost 6 wickets quickly for less than 100 runs in a test match between India and England held around the Republic Day of 1963. We were in the compound of a residential building just opposite our school and a faint sound of commentary made us to stand outside the window of a ground floor flat. We were thrilled to know that the 7th wicket partnership of Borde and Durrani was shaping up nicely to take India to a respectable score.

My most cherished memory of the high school days was the Prabhat Pheri (morning processions) in which we used to participate on 15th August and 26th January from the school. On these days, we would be ready to reach school by 7.00 a.m. with freshly washed and pressed school uniforms. All the students would stand in straight lines in Nappu Garden supervised by our P.T. teacher who would conduct some drills. Our teachers would accompany us to ensure that the procession went out in an orderly manner. All of us would than march out of Nappu Garden, carrying the tricolour and walk through the streets encircling the garden singing patriotic songs in chorus. One of the patriotic songs which was most popular those days was ‘aawaaz do hum ek hain’ by Mohammed Rafi.

The procession would reach Ambedkar Road, the main arterial road of Matunga and arrive back at the school via King’s Circle (now Maheshwari Udhyan). It was in this stretch of the procession that we would feel very proud because people would come out to their balconies to watch the procession and wave their hands towards us. The procession would terminate at the Nappu Garden. The flag hosting ceremony would take place in our school compound followed by speech by the Principal of the school. The ceremony would end with the distribution of chocolates and we would then disperse.

I am not sure whether the tradition of Prabhat Pheris is still there in the school. I have not seen Prabhat Pheris in the vicinity of my house where there are at least 5 schools within a radius of about 2 kms. My granddaughter tells me that the flag hosting ceremony does take place in her school on Independence Day and the Republic Day but only the students of secondary level take part in them. But there is no Prabhat Pheris. With changing scenarios where (i) roads/streets have become crowded, (ii) schools require prior permission from the police authorities to take out processions on the roads/streets and (iii) for the security reasons, instead of teachers, policemen accompany the procession, the present generation of students have lost the old fun of participating in Prabhat Pheris. However, I am sure that the convention of taking out Prabhat Pheris on the Independence Day and the Republic Day must still be there in smaller towns.

On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day, I have selected a patriotic song ‘sone ki jahaan dharti chaandi ka gagan hai’ from the film ‘26 JANUARY’ (1956) sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus. The song is penned by Rajinder Krishan and set to music by C Ramchandra. If I remember correctly, this song used to be played on Vividh Bharati on these two national holidays in early 60s. But I had not heard on the radio in my later years. Perhaps, the more popular mere desh ki dharti sona ugle ugle heere moti may have edged out the song under discussion.

The film, 26 JANUARY (1956) was produced under the banner of Saigal Productions and was directed by Ramesh Saigal. Ajit and Nalini Jaywant were in lead roles with Johny Walker, Nishi, Sapru, B M Vyas, Leela Mishra, Cuckoo, Chaman Puri etc in the subsidiary roles. The film has seven songs and ’26 January’ (1956) makes its debut in the Blog with this song.


Song-Sone ki jahaan dharti chaandi ka gagan hai(26 January)(1956) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

sone ki jahaan dharti ee
chaandi ka gagan hai ae
sone ki jahaan dharti
chaandi ka gagan hai
wo mera watan mera watan
mera watan hai

har lahar yahaan geet hai
har mauj hai sangeet
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aaa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

har lahar yahaan geet hai
har mauj hai sangeet
is duniya ki jo reet hai
kehte hain use preet
is duniya ki jo reet hai
kehte hain use preet
zarra bhi jahaan phool hai ae
sehra bhi chaman hai ae
zarra bhi jahaan phool hai
sehra bhi chaman hai
wo mera watan mera watan mera watan hai
sone ki jahaan dharti
chaandi ka gagan hai
wo mera watan mera watan
mera watan hai

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa(wo mera watan mera watan mera watan hai
sone ki jahaan dharti
chaandi ka gagan hai
wo mera watan mera watan
mera watan hai
)

ham ek hain
ek desh hai
aur ek hai boli
hum ek hain
ek desh hai
aur ek hai boli
miljul ke manaate hain deewaali ho ya holi
miljul ke manaate hain deewaali ho ya holi
har ek jahaan pyaar ki dhun hi mein magan hai
har ek jahaan pyaar ki dhun hi mein magan hai
wo mera watan mera watan mera watan hai
sone ki jahaan dharti
chaandi ka gagan hai
wo mera watan mera watan
mera watan hai

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1 Response to "Sone ki jahaan dharti chaandi ka gagan hai"

Sadanandji,
US mein rehke Bharat ki yaad aa rahi hain. Quite so.

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