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Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal

Posted on: June 20, 2016

This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

When I was a kid, I lived in a small township where we had a medical centre as part of the facilities within the township. It was manned by a fine doctor, Dr. Sinha. He was from Bihar, never spoke much, but his diagnosis was excellent. He never over-dosed patients – I remember he would often send me back home without prescribing any medicines at all. To my disappointment! 🙂 I’d get well on my own, within a day or so.

One day, the centre was closed – my mom said it was because the doctor wasn’t well. I was puzzled. I said “How is that possible? He is the doctor, he makes others ok, how can he himself not be well?” 🙂 It was something I could not imagine.

Come on, I was just a very young boy then. 🙂

Today I am remembering this incident because it has something to do with this post.

On this blog, Atul has a page for birthdays of various Hindi film artistes. He has meticulously kept track of these dates and makes it a point, as much as possible, to post a song honouring the artiste on the concerned date. That is like Dr. Sinha treating his patients.

And, just like Dr. Sinha having his own turn at being unwell, today it is Atul’s turn to have his own birthday celebrated, instead of celebrating others. And it is our turn to do the celebration!

It gives me great pleasure to write this post on this occasion. I had an eye on the date for the last few days anyway, but today morning I also got a request from Arunji that I write a post. Of course, I said yes. I wouldn’t miss the chance!

Atul, where do I start?

Am not sure you realize what a HUGE difference you have made – and are continuing to make – for HFM lovers around the world. Sure, there were sites on HFM before this blog. But it is only after this blog started, that we have ONE place where HFM lovers can congregate, listen to songs, check out the lyrics, read an intro on the song, discuss it amongst themselves. All of this, with the full confidence that all the information being provided is as accurate as (and more actually than) any available anywhere else. And a LOT of it not available anywhere else.

And the daily updates of a few songs adds to it all. HFM lovers flock here everyday to see what’s new – and to listen and discuss. They discover long-forgotten songs, they are often taken back to those times and get nostalgic.

An entire community has been created in the process.

And all this is due to you.

Am sure you will say that it is a team effort and a lot of us have also helped in the process (and it is true, no doubt) but the bottom line is that without you, there wouldn’t have been a blog to start with.

I recently said in a post that if old Hindi films and music have survived at all till now, it is probably only due to sheer love and passion of a (sadly dwindling) few, who are doing their bit in keeping it going. Almost entirely voluntarily. Some are uploading old films and music to youtube/dailymotion etc, some have blogs, some (like our Arunji) are actively sharing all information at their disposal (researched and compiled from various sources) on various platforms to reach as many interested people as possible. Institutionally, India has not been great at archiving its past – it’s efforts of individuals that we depend on more and more. An interview here, an interview there.

I am not worried about the Awaaras and Pyaasas. They will survive. It is the lesser-known film that is most at risk. A lot of films are probably already lost to us. Imagine the work, the music.

It is in this context that we need to see the value of this blog. It records the most obscure of songs with as much detail as possible. Already some songs, considered otherwise lost, have got a new lease of life here. So in every sense, this is becoming a comprehensive repository for posterity. One day we will all be gone, but hopefully this blog will be around for a very long time – with all the treasures and richness of music and information that future generations can dig into. At least we can do this much for them.

And this is all because of you.

It probably wasn’t what you had in mind when you started on 19th July 2008 (at least not the scale) – but see what you’ve built, what you have given all of us.

How can we ever thank you enough for this?

I have absolutely no doubt that the only reason this was possible at all is your sheer dedication. Anybody can start a blog (many have!) but most of them are just languishing. *cough cough *

It is your dedication, your discipline, your focus that has kept this blog going, day after day, all these years. Spending hours on it every day, despite having a full-time job and family (pets included:-) ). Despite various constraints like internet availability, power cuts, frequent job transfers. You brave them all, even joke about them (with your usual Atulisms:-) ), and keep the blog going. I don’t know what to say – can only say “hats off to you!”. If I were in your position, I can assure you the blog wouldn’t have gone into its second week! 🙂

Thanks to this blog, we regulars have come much closer to each other and become good friends. Some of us have been able to meet face-to-face – it has been a wonderful experience. Music binds us all together – and this blog is the biggest enabler of them all.

And it is all due to you.

I have very fond memories of the one time the two of us managed to meet – in Nagpur. It was just a few hours that evening – but they were just wonderful. I remember those handwritten scorecards of 1970s cricket matches you showed me! 🙂

I thought I would discuss, for everyone’s benefit, how we first “met” in 2005 on the internet, but this post is already getting very long now and I haven’t even got to the song part. So that’s for another day (and post).

For now, let me just wish you, Atul, a very very happy birthday and many, many happy returns of the day! I speak not just on behalf of myself but on behalf of all those whose lives have been enriched by you.

Now for the song.

Yesterday I began searching for an appropriate song for your birthday. I did the usual searches – on “birthday”, “janam din”, “saalgirah”. I did manage to find just the odd unposted one but somehow I wasn’t satisfied. By the way, “saalgirah” returned some Pakistani film songs that I happened to listen to, in the process. 🙂

Then I decided to take a different route. I thought I’d look for “gaana”, “geet” to find a song about singing. I came across “Geet Gaata Chal” – and that held my attention for a bit.

Now I know, being of the same generation as you, that there is a certain type of song of the mid-late 70s/early 80s, that you are fond of. I was fond of them too. Those were the days when Amitabh Bachchan ruled. Yet there were these “alternative” films, as if in a parallel universe.

The masala big-budget films, often multi-starrers, usually starred Amitabh, Dharam, Shashi, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra and other stars. Music would often be by RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal or Kalyanji Anandji, with the popular singers like Lata, Asha Bhosle, Kishore. The heroines were also big names like Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Rekha, Raakhee. Directors were usually Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra and other big names.

For these “alternative” films, usually low-budget , we usually had heroes like Amol Palekar, Vijayendra Ghatge, Sachin, Arun Govil. Heroines like Zarina Wahab, Ranjeeta Kaur, Rameshwari. Music by Ravindra Jain (he was king of this parallel universe). Songs by Yesudas and Hemlata. These films were often made by the Barjatyas under the Rajshri banner.

They were like two worlds apart. And yet, both were enjoyable in their own way. These “alternative” films often became big hits, thanks to excellent music and a reasonably good storyline. Not everybody liked the masala and loud music – they had the option of listening to Yesudas, and Ravindra Jain’s soft music.

Geet Gaata Chal (1975) was one such film. Starring Sachin and Sarika, it was hugely popular in its time. Its title song “geet gaata chal, o saathi, gungunaata chal” was massively popular – and ended the year at 4th in the Binaca Geet Mala list of 1976 (ahead of it were “kabhi kabhi mere dil mein” “ik din bik jaayega maati ke mol” and “main to aarti utaaroon re”).

I absolutely loved this song at that time. In those days, I’d have a favourite song for a few days – I’d sing it non-stop, till another song took over. I remember singing this non-stop, to the extreme annoyance of everyone around me. The voice might not be to everyone’s taste but I quite liked it. It was a different voice altogether, compared to Kishore’s baritone voice, which was then the reigning male voice of the day.

So I decided to listen to the song – for old times’ sake. I also thought I’d check the blog to see if Geet Gaata Chal had been YIPPEEED, and if not, which songs of the film were available for posting.

I was in for a big surprise.

I found that this title song hadn’t been posted yet. I checked again. I couldn’t believe it. I sent Atul a mail this morning just to confirm that this hadn’t been posted. He confirmed it – and I immediately decided that this was then going to be Atul’s birthday post song (though I didn’t tell him that. 🙂 )

So here it is. A song that is one of the most positive uplifting songs out there.

Exhorting people to sing and hum along in life.

A song that talks about nature in all its glory. Open skies. Green fields. Flowing water. The wind blowing, birds chirping.
A song that talks about philosophy. Smile while amongst thorns. There’s no life without water. Don’t worry about where you’ve come from and where you’re going, just be happy.

Very simple, but wonderful lyrics, by Ravindra Jain. And a very pleasant composition too. No wonder this song did so well that year. It would play at every “loudspeaker function” at the time.

I am happy that I got to post this here, that too on this special day.

One line in this song has a great message:

Hanste hansaate beete, har ghadi har pal.

May you laugh and make others laugh, every moment of your life. What a positive thought that is!

I leave you with that thought.

And once again, wish Atul a very happy birthday – and thanks for this wonderful blog!

Audio – (Both parts)

Video – Part I

Video – Part II

Video – Part III (Sad version)

Song-Geet Gaata Chal o saathi gungunaata chal (Geet Gaata Chal)(1975) Singer-Jaspal Singh, Lyrics-Ravindra Jain, MD-Ravindra Jain


Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
O bandhu re ae ae ae ae
Hanste hansaate beete har ghadi har pal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
O saathi
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal

Khula khula gagan ye
hari bhari dharti
Jitna bhi dekho
tabeeyat nahin bharti
O o o o
Ho o o
Sundar se sundar har ek rachna aaa
Phool kahe kaanton mein bhi seekho hansna
O saathi seekho hansna
O raahi re ae ae
aa aa aa
ae ae
Kumhala na jaaye kahin mann tera komal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
O o saathi
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal

Hai ho
Hai ho
Haiya ho ho

O ho ho
O ho ho
O o o
o o o o

Chaandi sa chamakta ye nadiya ka paani ee
Paani ki har ik boond deti zindagaani
O o o o
Ho o o o o
Ambar se barse
zameen se miley ae
Neer ke bina to bhaiya kaam na chaley
O bhaiya kaam na chaley
O megha re ae
aa aaa aa
ae ae
Jal jo na hota to ye jag jaata jal
Geet gaata
chal o saathi

Chal re chal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal

Kahaan se tu aaya aur kahaan tujhe jaana hai
Khush hai wahi jo is baat se begaana hai
O o o o o
Ho o o o
Chal chal chalke hawaayen karein shor
Udte pakheru kheenche manwa ki dor
O kheenche manwa ki dor
O panchhi re ae ae ae ae
aa aa aa
Panchhiyon ke pankh leke ho ja tu ojhal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal
O saathi
Geet gaata
Chal o saathi

Chal re chal
Geet gaata
Chal o saathi

Chal re chal
Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal

18 Responses to "Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunaata chal"

Another very well written post with a perfect song selected for a very very special person of this blog. 🙂
Happy birthday Atulji.



You have gifted not only to Atul ji but to all of us a thought provoking post on the occasion of Atul ji’s birth day. I shudder whenever I think as to how Atul ji has managed all these years without an iota of exhaustion in pursuing the ‘Project ASAD’.

Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, Atul ji,


First my compliments to you on your excellent writing. This comes out of heart-felt greetings. I also add my heartiest Happy Birthday wishes to Atul and congratulations on the great work he is doing (not to forget all the Atul-team members for their splendid work. I am personally grateful for I am a regular diver in this huge repository for my own blog.



Grea.ea..ea..t post !


Many Happy Returns Of The Day and


D Samant


Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, Atul ji




Greetings Atul ji,
For many happy returns of this auspicious day.

And Raja ji,

Thanks, for the lovely post, the song, and the hearty sentiments.




Happy birthday,Atul ji.



Raja ji,

Thanks for your article on this occasion.
Here is a small ( ? ) poem, on our dear ATUL ji.
This was written 3 years back, but is very much relevant even today…

Suno ji suno,
yeh hai mera pyara
‘subka dil lubhanewala,
ye koi khel nahi hai
itna aasan nahi hai
yadein taaza karnewala’
duniya isko dekh rahi hai
gaane sunke khoj rahi hai
hai bhala kaun ye dilwala
iske pyar mein doobi duniya
isko chaahe saari duniya
kahan hai pyaare geetonwala
Geeton ki iss yatra mein
hum sab hai iske saathi
sub ko saath lenewala
Nayak ho to aisa dilwala
khushiyan apni baatnewala
har yaatri ko chahnewala
Sab ke dil mein ek hi Naara
Neta ho to aisa pyaraa
Atul ji jaisa Bade dilwala



Waah, Arunji, superb!


Thank you everybody!
It was a pleasure writing this post although I do tend to be all long-winded and digress quite a lot. Would be an editor’s nightmare! 🙂
Thanks for your patience in bearing with this. 🙂


Atul ji, many many happy returns of the day 🙂 Hope you are enjoying the day to the max!!
Raja ji, your compliments are so very appropriate and heart-felt.
Happy Birthday once again to our beloved Atul ji!!


Please accept my belated greeting and may you continue the job you have undertaken taking it to logical conclusion.


!! Geet Gaataa Chal, O Saathi Gungunaataa Chal …!!!

Heartiest Congratulations to all !!!


!! Wishing Atul ji a ‘very very Happy Birthday’ and ‘many many Happy returns of the day …!!! 🙂


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