Advertisements

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

Boojh sako to boojho

Posted on: June 12, 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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 48
—————————————–
Ichak daanaa beechak daanaa daane oopar daanaa from ‘Shri 420’ (1955) has become one of the immortal songs of the 1950s. I can watch the video clip of this song umpteen times without reaching the saturation point. For our generation, it was an unique song in that it was the first song for us where riddles had been incorporated with answers in the song itself. n this song, a teacher (Nargis) is teaching her students the identification of a fruit, a vegetable and a bird through the riddles. This was a novelty and the song became a hit in our school so much so that during the recess, we used to devise out own riddles, albeit sometimes with wrong hints for others to solve them.

I find that in our Blog, there is a separate tag ‘paheli songs’ (riddle song or brain teaser songs). Under this tag, 3 other ‘paheli songs’ have been listed as under:

boojh mera kya naam re – CID (1956)

saaf karo insaaf karo – ‘Aashirwaad ‘(1968)

wo kaun hai wo kuan hai – ‘Anjaana’ (1969)

I had watched ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) when the film was released. I remember Rishi Kapoor (Raju) successfully solves the riddle in the song ‘Teetar ke do aage teetar’. There may be a few more songs under this category. But none of these songs could quite exceed the popularity of ‘Ichak daanaa beechak daanaa daane oopar daanaa’ which was the first paheli song we heard. Later on, I was all praise for Raj Kapoor’s ingenuity in visualising the picturisation of this song in the film.

Few days back, I came across an audio clip of a song ‘boojh sako to boojho meri ek paheli boojho’ from the film ZAMEENDAAR’ (1942). This audio clip seems to be uploaded by Sa Re Ga Ma’ (HMV) as there is a copyright mark in the space meant for giving details of the song. After listening to the full song, I realised that it was a ‘paheli song’ and probably the oldest one in a Hindi movie. The song was written by Qamar Jalalabadi. Incidentally, ‘Zameendaar’ (1942) was his first film as a lyricist. Ghulam Haider is the music director.

Almost all the websites including http://www.myswar.com mention Shanta Apte as the sole singer for this song. Sa Re Ga Ma caption mentions the singers as ‘Shanta Apte and Chorus’. However, the song starts with a male voice. He sings almost half the song after which Shanta Apte sings the remaining part of the song. There are no chorus singers in the song. While Shanta Apte sings for herself, the male voice may be singing for S D Narang.

I could not make even a wild guess from the voice as to who could be the male singer except that it had a shade of Marathi pronunciation, particularly at ‘naajuk naajuk patli kamariya’. Then I searched for mp3 clip in Dr. Surjit Singh’s website. After a long search, I got the mp3 clip of the song which mentions the name of the singers as ‘Bhatkar and Shanta Apte’. I was surprised by the name of Bhatkar (probably V G Bhatkar, later known as Snehal Bhatkar) because I have never heard that he has sung for Hindi films as early as 1942. Since the mp3 clip of the song was uploaded on Dr Surjit Singh’s Website by Girdharilal Vishwakrama, who has a large collections of 78 RPM records of Hindi films especially of 1932-50, he may be right in his identification of the male singer of the song. I am treating the male voice in the song as that of V G Bhatkar (Snehal Bhatkar) for the time being.

Paheli songs are also called ’riddle songs’ or ‘brain teaser’ songs. But the song under discussion is an unique ‘paheli song’. At the outset, the riddles give the impression that they are descriptions of the great virtues of each other’s beloved. But when one answers correctly, the other one declares it to be wrong and gives alternative answer which is also correct. This is because the riddles are composed in such a way to have more than one answer. Actually, through the medium of riddles, couple in love are teasing each other – a ‘teasing paheli song’, one may call it.


Song-Boojh sako to boojho (Zameendaar)(1942) Singers-Snehal Bhatkar, Shanta Apte, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

boojh sako to boojho
meri ee ee ee
ek pehli boojho
boojh sako to boojho
meri ee ee ee
ek pehli boojho
naajuk naajuk uski kamariya aa
kamariya
kab se rangti(?) hai ae ae
uski chunariya
naajuk naajuk uski kamariya aa
kamariya
kab se rangti(?) hai ae ae
uski chunariya
aa aa aa aa
chupke chupke rehti hai
chupke chupke rehti hai
sharmeeli raani
koi musaafir dekh na le
kahin mast jawaani
dekhe jab ang piyaare
tarsat hain honth hamaare
tan uska naagan
?is tarah bal khaaye
tan uska naagan
?is tarah bal khaaye
koi dekhe uska dil lalchaaye
koi to boojh bataaye
ye to main hoon
nahin
kakdi

boojh sako to boojho
meri ee ee
ek pehli boojho o
boojh sako to boojho
meri ee ee
ek pehli boojho
uss pyaare ki har baat niraali
chehre par laali
uss pyaare ki har baat niraali
chehre par laali
dukh sukh ke kaanton mein
rehne waala
dukh sukh ke kaanton mein
rehne waala
toofaan ki shakhti ko
sehne waala
toofaan ki shakhti ko
sehne waala
ik bhola baala banwaasi
ik bhola baala banwaasi
jab dekho o
ho door udaasi
jab dekho o
ho door udaasi
uske ae tan mein bhari mithaaas
uske ae tan mein bhari mithaas
jab chaaho aa jaaye paas
jab chaaho aa jaaye paas
haan aa aan
dil bhi khush ho jaaye
dil bhi khush ho jaaye
haan
koi to boojh bataaye
haan
koi to boojh bataaye

ye to main hoon
nahin nahin
ber

Advertisements

3 Responses to "Boojh sako to boojho"

Entertaining –
?is? – sounds like ‘kee’.

As usual, a very thorough post. Thank you, Sadanandji.

By the way, another “paheli” song that comes to mind is:
ek sawaal main karoon (Sasuraal).

And oh, the video wasn’t working when I clicked on it, so I found another one on the net.

Snehal Bhatkar in Neel Kamal (1947)
Jaiyyo Na Bides Mora Jiya Bhar Aayega
Brij Me Dhul Macha Ja O Mathura Ke Raja

in Bhola Shankar (1951)
Shankar Kanta Laage Na Kankar
Chandar Bhalnath Bhole Bhasam
Jai Jai Mata Parvati

in Bhakti (1956)
Chhanak Chhanak Chhan Bole

in Sangeeta (1950)
Jaise Hukke Ke Dhuye Me Dhua

in Rangila Rajasthan (1949)
Mar Nazar Tadpaave Jiya Jalaave Tarsaave
O Jungle Mangal Desh Mhane Bolo Laage Ji
Pipal Ki Ott Chandarma Chamke Taara

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

14929

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1163
Total Number of movies covered =4076

Total visits so far

  • 11,459,824 hits

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

Join 1,692 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: