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Bhaj man narayan narayan

Posted on: July 25, 2016


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

This is an excellent Bhajan sung by the Music Director Hemant Kumar himself. When you her him sing/recite a bhajan, one feels as if his voice is made only for singing Bhajans.

The decade of 1950s was a “Golden Period” for Mythological and Religious films, with an average of one such film getting released every month for Ten continuous years in this decade.

Hindi film industry has always been consistent in churning out Mythological films, from the beginning of the film making era- in Silent films as well as Talkie films.

The first full length silent feature film, which Dadasaheb Phalke made in 1913, was a Mythological film. When Talkie films started, in the very first year i.e. 1931, there were 8 Mythological films made out of the total 24 films made that year ! Indian people have a fascination for watching and enjoying Religious and Mythological stories from Puranas, Ramayan and Mahabharat.

In the early era there was a Studio system and in studio system, the artists did whatever work was assigned to him. Initially the jobs were not cut out, so a story writer would assist the Cameraman and then carry the equipment, or even work in a minor role in the film, if the need arose. This also gave an opportunity to active people to learn new skills and then stick to them to develop expertise.

The studio system managed to survive till the end of the 1940s and till then many ambitious men learnt new skills and then became well known names in those fields.

Few examples hare presented here:

When the shooting of film ” Ek thi ladki”-49 was going on,director, script writer, cameraman and other crew were sitting on the bank of the river, where the shooting was to take place. That day, one of the distributors was also present to watch the shooting. The scene depicted a speed boat losing control in the river with the Heroine in it. At the last minute the junior artiste who was to man the boat developed cold feet and left. Director Roop Shorey asked the script writer I S Johar to do the role. Johar not only did the role, but also added acting of fear and shivering showing helplessness. Seeing all this the onlookers were laughing and rolling on the floor. The distributor was so impressed that he insisted on giving Johar a bigger role in the film. Thus a new role was written and Johar became a comedy actor !

Choreographer of film Lakharani-45, trained in the Udai shanker’s school at Almoda, became assistant Director to P L Santoshi in film ” Hum sab ek hain’-46. His name was Guru Dutt. P L Santoshi himself was a story and dialogue writer till then.

Amiya Chakraborty joined Bombay Talkies as a Canteen Manager and ended as a successful Director. Najam Naqvi was a Continuity man before he developed as a Director, Ashok kumar was a Lab assistant, Nitin Bose and Bimal Roy were Cinematographers. Hrishikesh Mukherjee was an Editor. There are many such examples.

In some cases some extraordinary All- rounders were made. In one of my earlier articles I have written about Character artiste Badri Pershad. We all know him as an actor, but during the 30s and 40s, he was a producer, Director, Singer, Music Director, lyricist, Actor, Hero, villain comedian and character actor and above all surprisingly -a Choreographer also ! His case is unique in Hindi film industry.

Today’s song is from film, ” Bhagwat Mahima”-55, made by Filmistan. The film was directed by Vithaldas Panchotiya, who also acted in the film. Vithaldas is yet another example of an All- rounder in films. He has been a Producer, Director, story writer, dialogue writer, screenplay writer, lyricist, Singer, Music Director and God knows what else !

Born in October 1906 in Vadnagar in Gujarat, he followed his father’s footsteps. His father worked in stage dramas and toured with the drama company. From the age of 8 years Vithaldas started acting in dramas. later he joined Calcutta’s Alfred Drama company, owned by Madon Theatres ltd. He worked on a salary of Rs. 35 pm. while working in dramas, he established his own Gujarat Film company and produced 12 silent films in 10 years. Vithaldas first acted in silent film ‘ Dhruv charitra’-1921. He learnt dance and music too. He acted , directed, sang songs and gave music also. He acted in Talkie film ” Muflis Ashiqe”-1932, claimed to be India’s first comedy film. He acted, sand and composed music for this film.

Being a staunch Gandhian, he used to participate in rallies etc. Some of his films were Hindustan-32, Insaf ki Tope-34, Gaibi Gola-35 ( he was the writer and the director too.He gave a break to Baby Noorjahan in this film.), Khudai Khidamadgar-37aka Garib ki Tope, Takdir ki Tope-38 etc .

I find it very difficult to know exactly how many films he did in various capacities in the 30s, as there are conflicting claims by him and Master Fida hussain. In few cases the details in HFGK and what the claims are get duplicated too. Some of his films in the 40s are Ramanuj-43, Giribala-47, Grihalaxmi-48, Ghar ki Numaish-48 ( released only in 1962, with the title ‘ Jai ho muhabbat ki ‘ )

Thanks to information and statistical data provided by shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji of Surat, we know that his Filmography consists of total 11+ 26 films. The break up is-

11 silent films
25 Talkie films as Actor and 1 film as a writer only.
9 films as a Director
2 films as Lyricist and
2 films as Music Director
As per Muvyz data, he sang 37 songs in 8 films.

from 1951 to 1960, he did 13 films- mostly ( 9) for Filmistan. He directed 2 of them. After 1960 his work reduced. The deathof his 3 sons broke him emotionally. As a true Gandhian, it was his dream to make a film- Gandhi Sangram- on mahatma Gandhi. He had done all the spade work and the Muhurat of shooting was also done on 2-10-1987, The Government had promised finance. Even Rajiv Gandhi promissed him that. however nothing came to him and he died on 30-10-1996, with his dream unfulfilled.

His daughter Shradha used to work in Gujarati films. She too died in a Train accident in 2000. Her daughter Deepshikha is an actress.

Film Bhagwat mahima had a cast of some early era actors like Parshuram, Lallubhai Naik, Kesarjaan and Vithaldas himself. The film had 10 songs. Today’s song will be the 3rd song from the film to be posted here. Hemant Kumar, the composer has sung some very good Bhajans- like today’s bhajan- in this film. The story of the film is taken from bhagwat puran and is like this-

Nagar Seth, a rich man living in one of the gayest cities of India, had everything he wanted in life with one exception. And that was his having no children. His wife, Shanta, consoled him by saying that it was better not to have a child rather than have one who would ruin the fair name of the family by his mis-deeds. She narrated to her husband the story of Sukhram who served his son for three generation in the forms of a bull,a dog and a serpent, even though he could have gone to heaven without doing this service. His son, however, ill-treated the father throughout. . Anyway, the story failed to impress Nagar Seth.

One day Shri Jagat Guru Shankaracharya happened to pass through the town. Shanta, who was a desciple of his, requested him to console her husband. In doing so, Shankaracharya narrated a story from the Immortal Classic, Shrimad Bhagvat, wherein Atmadev, also placed in similar circumstances, prayed for a child. Doing penance, Atmadev had `darshan of Narad Muni who gave him a fruit saying that his wife would beget a noble son if she ate the fruit. . Atmadevs wife had no faith in miracles and, on the advice of her sister, Ganga, gave the fruit to her cow.
Ganga, who was expecting a baby, offered her child to Dhundhuli (Atmadevs wife) for some consideration. Thus, Atmadev was made to believe that Ganga’s child was his own. He was named Dhundhukari.

At the same time, the cow which had eaten the fruit, also gave birth to a son who was human in every feature except his ears which were shaped like a cows. This boy was also brought up by Atmadev and named “Gokarn”.

Both the boys grew up together and, in due course, became young men. Gokarn, who lead a pious and righteous life, became a learned and famous man. Dhundhukari, on the other hand, grew up in bad ways and became the terror of the town. . One day, Dhundhukaris real father, i.e.Ganga’s husband, told Atmadev about his sons real identity. This so much upset Atmadev that he went away into the forest. There, later, he lost his life.

Champa, a helpless girl and one of the many victims of Dhundhukari, conspired with some of her friends and killed Dhundhukari. Because of his manifold sins, he then became a wandering ghost. . Gokarn, who had now become a Mahatma, was at Gaya offering `Pind Dan to his deceased father when he learned about Dhundhukari’s fate. To relieve him of his ghostly existence, Gokarn offered `Pind Dan not once, but 108 times. Still, he was not successful. He then offered prayers to Suryadev on the advice of learned pandits. Suryadev, pleased with the prayers, blessed Gokarn and asked him to recite Shrimad Bhagvat for the salvation of Dhundhukari’s ghost.


Song-Bhaj man narayan narayan (Bhaagwat Mahima)(1955) Singer-Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-Pt Madhur, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

bhaj man narayan narayan
bhaj man narayan narayan

jag ki sewa mahaa dharm hai
jag ki sewa mahaa dharm hai
dil ko dukhaana paap karm hai
par-hit mein tu praan ganwa de
vedon ka ye saar
par-hit mein tu praan ganwa de
vedon ka ye saar
pahan le sewa ka tu haar
tera ho jaaye beda paar
bhaj man narayan narayan
bhaj man narayan narayan

guru gyaan sab se badhkar hai
ye dhan rehta sada amar hai
guru gyaan sab se badhkar hai
ye dhan rehta sada amar hai
sachcha guru dhoondh le tu ye
veena ki jhankaar
sachcha guru dhoondh le tu ye
veena ki jhankaar
pahan le sewa ka tu haar
tera ho jaaye beda paar
bhaj man narayan narayan
bhaj man narayan narayan

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