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Aagre Se Odhni Mangaa De Balma

Posted on: July 22, 2016


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

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The Voice of Mukesh #69
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The film industry has seen many stars, who, by logical analysis, should not have been. Let me mention the names of four male singers, who have become legends now – Saigal Sb, Rafi Sb, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar. Besides all four of them being singers who have rendered songs that have become timeless in their essence and popularity, there is one more common thread that runs through their lives. None of these four had any recognized formal training in classical music. And yet, their voice, their renditions, the emotional alchemy contained therein – has an element of something that can only be attributed to providence.

There is an anecdote about a famous classical singer. He was to going to meet Kalyanji (of the Kalyanji Anand ji music director duo) at his recording studio. As he arrived and was entering the place, Mukesh was walking out. He saw Mukesh get into his car and drive off. Going in, after the customary pleasantries, the singer could not contain himself and commented that he had just seen Mukesh drive off in an expensive car. Then he added, here I am, with a solid background in classical music, and I have to travel by bus, and here is Mukesh, no formal training, no grounding in classical music, and he drives an expensive car. Kalyanji Bhai understood, and then gently proceeded to clarify. He pulled out the harmonium, and requested the singer to sit down and sing a few lines of the song “Chandan Sa Badan, Chanchal Chitwan”. He explained to him the notes, the meter, the rhythm, and all the other nuances that a music director would explain to the singer, as he rehearses. The singer started to render the lines. After going through multiple tries, and applying all his classical based training, he was still not able to capture the heart touching essence and the genuine emotional depth in his rendering. Then Kalyanji Bhai gently said – “now you will know why he drives an expensive car”.

Remembering Mukesh ji today (22nd July) on his 93rd anniversary of birth. Those who are visiting the google page today, will surely notice the image of Mukesh prominently displayed in today’s google-doodle, with another image of a boy and and girl and some trees on a snowy background. I am trying to think which song is represented here. Is it “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Khyaal Aata Hai”? I request other friends and readers to help out here.

I am getting back again into this particular series after almost a year. The song presented today is one of the missing songs from 1947, that has become available only recently. This song from the 1947 film ‘Laakhon Mein Ek’ had been untraceable for decades. Then as I started to search this song as part of this series, I was able to eventually get it. And the thanks for that goes to our dear Bakshish Singh ji, who continuously enquired from his circle of friends also. Finally, sometimes late last year, he was able to acquire it and then sent it to me. Missing some important dates on the way, I discussed with Atul ji and we decided to bring it on for today’s anniversary.  In the interim, then, I also discovered that the song has already been uploaded on the YouTube, quite recently.

The song is a light hearted fun filled duet with Shamshad Begum. The lyrics are from the pen of Pt Indra, and the music is by Hansraj Behl. The film is a production from the house of Ranjeet Movietone, and is directed by Temur Behram Shah. The list of artists in this film is brief, and is given as Khurshid (Junior), Nirupa Roy, Ghulam Mohammed, Bipin Gupta, Qamar and Sheikh Hasan. I request other readers and friends to please add more information about this film and the on screen performance of this song.

It is a fun song to hear. The lady is expressing her wish to go and take a bath in the waters of River Jamuna, and bring back a ‘gaagar’ of water for home. The gentleman is reminding that there would be a crowd of people looking; some may even dare to steal her clothes. And so she requests him to have soldier stand guard, with a gun in his hand. Then he says if you carry the ‘gaagar’, the spilling water would drench the clothes you wear. And she requests him to buy a new ‘Odhni’ for her, specially made in the city of Agra. Very interesting exchange. Listen and enjoy.


Song – Aagre Se Odhni Mangaa De Balma (Laakhon Mein Ek) (1947) Singer – Shamshad Begum, Mukesh, Lyrics – Pt Indra, MD – Hansraj Behl

Lyrics

ho..ooye
aagre se odhni manga de balma
oye aagre se odhni manga de balma
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna. . .
aagre se
aagre se odhni manga de balma
oye aagre se odhni manga de balma

jamna ke teer gori ghutne ghutne neer
chanda sa
chanda sa ang dekhe dang rahe bheed
chanda sa ang dekhe dang rahe bheed
pehra bandook ka laga de balma
oye pehra bandook ka laga de balma
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna. . .
aagre se
aagre se odhni manga de balma
oye aagre se odhni manga de balma

dubki lagaaun jahaan gehra gehra neer
dubki lagaaun jahaan gehra gehra neer
dhyaan rahe
dhyaan rahe gori koi le na jaaye chiir
dhyaan rahe gori koi le na jaaye chiir
pehra sipaahi ka laga de balma
oye pehra sipaahi ka laga de balma
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna. . .
aagre se
aagre se odhni manga de balma
oye aagre se odhni manga de balma

bharoon gagariya mein meetha meetha neer
bharoon gagariya mein meetha meetha neer
chhalke gagariya to bheegega chiir
chhalke gagariya to bheegega chiir
nai nai odhni manga de balma
o nai nai odhni manga de balma
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna
jaaungi jamna
nahaane sajna. . .
aagre se
oy hoy hoy hoy aagre se odhni manga de balma
oye aagre se odhni manga de balma

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हो॰॰ओए
आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओए आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना॰ ॰ ॰
आगरे से
आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओए आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा

जमना के तीर गोरी घुटने घुटने नीर
चंदा सा
चंदा सा अंग देखे दंग रहे भीड़
चंदा सा अंग देखे दंग रहे भीड़
पहरा बंदूक का लगा दे बलमा
ओए पहरा बंदूक का लगा दे बलमा
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना॰ ॰ ॰
आगरे से
आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओए आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा

डुबकी लगाऊँ जहां गहरा गहरा नीर
डुबकी लगाऊँ जहां गहरा गहरा नीर
ध्यान रहे
ध्यान रहे गोरी कोई ले ना जाये चीर
ध्यान रहे गोरी कोई ले ना जाये चीर
पहरा सिपाही का लगा दे बलमा
ओए पहरा सिपाही का लगा दे बलमा
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना॰ ॰ ॰
आगरे से
आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओए आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा

भरूँ गगरिया में मीठा मीठा नीर
भरूँ गगरिया में मीठा मीठा नीर
छलके गगरिया तो भीगेगा चीर
छलके गगरिया तो भीगेगा चीर
नई नई ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओ नई नई ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना
जाऊँगी जमना
नहाने सजना॰ ॰ ॰
आगरे से
ओय होय होय होय आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा
ओए आगरे से ओढनी मँगा दे बलमा

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7 Responses to "Aagre Se Odhni Mangaa De Balma"

Sudhir ji,

Many Thanks for this rare gem.
I don’t think the google-doodle has anything to do with a particular song. It may be just a representation of the many love songs he sang.

However I would also associate this duet as there is lot of snow here too. 🙂

https://atulsongaday.me/2009/05/28/kahin-karti-hogi-wo-mera-intezaar/

But then guess what, the person who wrote the below article this morning incidentally included kabhie kabhie among the 3 songs.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/google-celebrates-mukesh-mathur-93rd-birth-anniversary/article8885628.ece

Mahesh ji,
Excellent post befitting the date related to one of the greatest voices.
You may be right about the song depicted in the ‘Google doodle’ being ” Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai”. However, to my mind the image seemed to be associated with the ultimate love couple ever seen on the celluloid screen – Nargis and Raj Kapoor.
Once again thanks and best regards,
Avadh Lal

Avadh ji,
The post and more importantly tracing of the duet is by Sudhir ji.

Sir, congratulations on finding this rare gem. Thanks for the post and the song.
Thanks to Shri.Bakshish Singh ji for providing this song.

What I like about this blog is the interesting anecdotal gems that are like ear worms. I appreciate the efforts behind bringing out such content day after day… what else can be a better tribute to the soulful, healing music of Bollywood…in the years bygone… Classical singers ideally should restrict themselves to classical singing. It is not possible for them to bow down to dictates of commercial cinema.

Kishori Amonkar first sang for Vankurde Shantaram in 1961 – “Geet Gaya Patharon Ne”. The song was the title song – Saason ke taar par, dhadkan ki taal par dil ki pukar ka rang bhare pyar ka”… However Shantaram decided to dub her voice with Asha Bhosle’s. Amonkar swore never to sing again for Bollywood. Her mother Mogubhai Kurdikar the legendary classical singer told her – If you want to sing for movies, do not touch my tanmpura.

Again it is a matter of luck too…Mahendra Kapoor did not become as popular as he should have been. Jaspal Singh (of Geet Gata Chal fame) simply sat at home waiting for the right opportunity that never came. Shailendra Singh faded away….Talat Mahmood never could come to the league of Rafi. The relationship between a singer, producer, director and music director played a great role in the sustainability of the singer,

Even though Ravindra Jain was the one who introduced Jaspal Singh, why did he never give him an opportunity later on? Manna Dey, I heard, was hot tempered. (Singer Usha Timothy recollected his temper during an interview). The film industry doesn’t tolerate attitude. Even Rajesh Khanna could not carry his arrogance for long, isn’t it? If not for B R Chopra, where would Mahendra Kapoor would have been?

Unable to bear the tantrums of big singers, Ravindra Jain settled for others….Why even Lakshmikant Pyarelal who composed the music for Bobby could have given an opportunity to Shailendra Singh?

We only talk about the Mangeshkar monopoly. But sadly we never talk about the monopoly of male singers….Mercifully, the scenario today is vastly different.

This song reminds me of Ladli’s song by Lata and Ashalata.
https://atulsongaday.me/2013/06/12/aagre-ko-ghaaghro-mangwa-de-raja-dewariya/
Ladies of yesteryear seem to be too much attracted by apparels sold in Agra bazaar!!
I have different views about classical singers and film singers. I do not want to start a controversy, but the general ‘mass’ is prejudiced about classical singers, as they think that they belong to ‘class’ people. The stories of classical singers tried and failed to sing film songs are created, without any substance to please the ‘masses’, on whom the popularity of films depend.

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