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O bhaai machhua teri jaali ka tootaa re dhaaga

Posted on: November 4, 2016


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

We return to the ‘ Melody yatra of the 50s ‘ with yet another song from film Nadaan-51. This film was made by M and T Films, Bombay. Directed by Heera Singh, it was produced by S R Bhattacharya. The Chic Chocolate was the music director. In the credits of the film it was mentioned that the music was given under the “supervision” of C.Ramchandra. The cast of the film was Madhubala, Dev Anand,Mubarak, Madan Puri, Manmohan krishna, Sunalini Devi etc etc.

When we talk of C.Ramchandra’s music, we can not leave out Lata’s voice. Chick Chocolate( A.X.Vaz)his long time assistant and arranger occupies an equally important place in C Ramchandra’s career. However when we look back at it today,Lata has become immortal, while the name of Chic Chocolate is not even remembered by a music lover. Chic was C Ramchandra’s arranger. He was from Goa. From the film Safar-46 onwards, C Ramchandra’s music had that Goan flavour in all his popular films till the early 50s.

In his autobiography, C.Ramchandra has written that when he was struggling in his career while working in Minerva, he had learnt many things from the Kashmiri composer B.S.Hoogan. Hoogan taught him reading and writing song Notations. This was extremely useful to him in his future career. Hoogan also taught him how to use western musical instruments in Indian songs. During the period of 1930-31, it was Hoogan who first brought many western instrument players from Goa to Bombay. He was the first to use them in Hindi film music.

During that period and later on, many arrangers like Anthony Gonsalvez, Sebastian D’souza, Kersi Lord, Chic Chocolate etc came from Goa and other places to Bombay to work in films. Along with them players like John Gomes ( clarinet, violin), Joe Gomes (Alto Saxophone), Anna Joshi (Tabla), Amancio D’silva (Guitar), Francis Vaz (Drums), E. Daniels ( accordian), Kartk kumar (Sitar), George Fernandez (Trumpet), Mark Machalo(Piano), Y S Mulky ( Piano,Trumpet) also rrived, and many of them joined C Ramchandra’s orchestra from time to time. These people kept on coming from Goa to find place in various orchestras of N Datta, S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Khayyam and many others. They truly enriched Hindi music.

However it was only C. Ramchandra who was famous for his Goan themes and tunes. Chic Chocolate also worked for O P Nayyar and Khayyam. While working with C Ramchandra as arranger, he became an independent Composer with with the film Nadan-51 and later on for Rangeeli-52. For both films C Ramchnadra’s name was mentioned as “under the supervision of”. Although C. Ramchandra had encouraged him to become an independent composer, Chick never left working for C Ramchandra and this is where he lost heavily. Unlike other arrangers like Ravi, N Datta, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Shankar Jaikishan and few others who left working as assistants and worked full time independently as Music Directorss, he nevver felt confident enough to work as an independent music director.

The Goan colour of C Ramchandra’s music was mainly due to Chic Chocolate, but it had become C Ramchandra’s identity. That is the reason why in Nadaan-51 and Rangeeli-52, though Chic Chocolate was the Music Director, its music was considered as C Ramchnadra’s music. Chic could never establish his own identity as an independent Composer !

Out of 9 songs of Nadaan-51, 4 songs were with Goanese flavour and they became instant hits as C Ramchandra’s songs. The hallmark of C Ramchnadra’s music was that in every film there used to be one or two soft songs of Lata. In Nadaan also there were two such soft Lata songs. Another soft duet of Chitalkar and Lata “aisa kya kasoor kiya” sounded a little odd because at times Chitalkar’s voice did not suit soft and sentimental songs. But he was so much keen on singing with Lata that he did not bother much about this discordance. He had done the same thing in Albela’s famous Lori “Dheere se aajaa ri”, while singing with Lata.

There is an interesting anecdote about this song. Once Lata became a famous star singer, she started celebrating the Birth Anniversary of her father Master Deenanath, with a big function. She would invariable call some famous person as the chief Guest of this function. Being very close to Lata, C.Ramchandra used to participate in these functions whole heartedly. In 1952 programe the chief guest was Bade Ghulam Ali khan. Khansaab had never met C. Ramchandra till then. When he met Lata in that function, he fondly said, ‘Beti tumne vo Lori “Dheere se aa jaa ri” kya khub gaayee hai. Dil khush hua. Lekin tumhare saath jo gaa raha tha vo to bade ‘Bhadde’ aawaaz ka tha. pata nahi Music Director ne usse kyun liya hoga ? ” C.Ramchandra was standing there only and his face was worth taking a Photograph !!!

Nadaan-51 had Talat’s famous song ‘aa teri tasveer bana loon’ in 2 parts. Compared to Kishore, Rafi,Hemant or Manna Dey, both Mukesh and Talat sang for Dev Anand in very few movies. This was one of those songs. Today’s song is a typical Goanese Fisherman song and has that special C Ramchnadra touch. Let us enjoy this song now……

Audio

Video (Partial)

Song- O Bhaai machhua teri jaali ka toota re dhaaga (Naadaan)(1951) Singers- C Ramchandra, Lata, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Chic Chocolate
chorus

Lyrics

daa daa daa daa daan
dan dan dan dan daan
hoy
o bhai machhua
o bhai machhua
tere jaale ka toota re dhaaga
o kachhua bhaaga
arre o kachhua bhaaga
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhaliyaan
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhaliyaan

hai jaal mein tere beeson machhariyaan
koi nayi hai
arre koi puraani
lalalala
lalalala

sabse niraali shahar ki machhariya
saari talaiya ki raani
arre bhaai saari talaiyaa ki raani
abhi raani ki baali hai baali umariya
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhariya
o bhaai machhua
o bhaai machhua
tere jaale ka toota re dhaaaga
o kachhua bhaaga
arre o kachhua bhaaga
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhariya
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhariya

o o o
o o o
na bhaaye mohe taal talaiyya
na bhaaye mohe tori nagariya
kaise main jaaun raam
jaaun raama
kaise main jaaun raam
pee ke milan ko
daaku khade hain dagariya aa
daaku khade hain dagariya
mohe saajan ki jaana hai
jaana nagariya

kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhariya
o bhaai machhua
o bhaai machhua
tere jaale ka toota re dhaaga
o kachhua bhaaga
arre o kachhua bhaaga
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye
machhariya
kahin bhaag na jaaye
na jaaye machhariya
hoy

hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy
hoy hoy

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