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Taazaa dahi le lo taazaa dahi

Posted on: November 14, 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 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.

Today is the 14th of November, celebrated in India as Children’s Day.

This is a day that is remembered to mark the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister and one of India’s Founding Fathers, Jawaharlal Nehru. Since he was considered to be particularly close to children, the day is celebrated as Children’s Day.

On this day, across the country, school children organize events in their school, whether drama or drawing / painting events or anything to celebrate the day. At least I think they still do – they used to, in my time in school (which was admittedly a long time ago!).

On this blog, we too would like to mark this occasion with songs for children.

Now, there have been a fair number of children’s songs in films. Some songs have become iconic – songs like “nanhe munne bache” , “chanda maama door ke”, “maa mujhe apni aanchal mein chhupa le” , “bache mann ke sache”, “dadi amma, dadi amma maan jao” and of course, “lakdi ki kaathhi”. And many more as well.

There have also been out-and-out children’s films. Like Safed Haathi (1977) which I remember very well from my schooldays. Some scenes of this film were shot in the area where I was growing up. 🙂
Gulzar’s Kitaab, also a 1977 film, is also based on a child, how he views education and his experiences in the real world when he decides to go out on his own.

For today, I have picked a song from a children’s film that is making its debut on this blog. It is a short film (just about an hour), based on a play in Bengali (Dak Ghar) by Rabindranath Tagore, written in 1912. The film, like the play, is also named Dak Ghar (1965). It is produced by Children’s Film Society of India and directed by Zul Vellani.

It is a film that I happened to watch a few years ago, thanks to Greta (better known to most people as memsaab, of memsaabstory blog fame). As regulars here know, I used to sometimes subtitle films for the benefit of non-Hindi speaking audiences, based on requests from memsaab.

So she sent me this film, Dak Ghar, to subtitle. As I watched the film, I was very impressed by it. It is a simple film, which completely revolves around one character and his imagination – a young child, played by Sachin (then a child artiste).

The story is that Sachin is a young boy who is suffering from an incurable disease. He has been forbidden to step out of his house. The poor child can only look out of his window (even that is discouraged, but he manages to do it). He can only observe happenings on the streets, see other children playing, talk to the vendor selling curd, talk to the girl selling flowers, talk to the postman and so on.

He has a very vivid imagination – and as and when he has any conversation, his mind immediately imagines himself in a different world. He begins to imagine himself as a curd-seller or a flower-picker or a postman, and so on.

It is a very soft and sweet film – with an excellent performance by Sachin. Others in the film include Balraj Sahni, Satyan Kappoo, AK Hangal and Mukri. There’s even a small role for Sharmila Tagore. But Sachin is the heart and soul of the film and completely steals the show.

The songs in the film are also just as sweet as the film. They are written by Kaifi Azmi and composed by Madan Mohan.

Today’s song has two versions. First a male version, picturised on Mukri, who sells curd in the village. Sachin talks to him and then begins to imagine himself as a curd seller. Hence, the female version in the voice of Sushma Shreshtha.

I loved the film – and plan to post other songs of the film also on this blog in due course.

In the meantime, on this Children’s Day, please do listen to this song. I hope you like it.

Male version
(Audio video not available on Youtube – This is another site audio mp3 song)
Audio – Mp3 Link
Click Here – Taaza Dahi Le Lo Taaza Dahi.mp3

Female version
(Audio video not available on Youtube – This is another site audio mp3 song)
Audio – Mp3 Link
Click Here – Taaza Dahi Le Lo Taaza Dahi.mp3
Song-Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi (Daak Ghar )(1966) Singer-Shyam Vaswani/Sushma Shreshtha, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics
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Male version (sung by Shyam Vaswani)
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Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Boodha bhi khaaye
bacha bhi khaaye
Khaaye mazey leke raaja dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi

Aata hoon badi door se
Laata hoon dahi main
Aata hoon badi door se
Laata hoon dahi main
Jo kaam ki ho baat
Bataata hoon wohi main
Khaao na bhaai kadvi mithaai
Kar dega tumko achha dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Boodha bhi khaaye,
bacha bhi khaaye
Khaaye mazey leke raaja dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi

—————————————
Female version (sung by Sushma Shreshtha)
—————————————
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Boodha bhi khaaye
bacha bhi khaaye
Khaaye mazey leke raaja dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi

Bachcha khaaye badaa ho jaaye
Rogi uthh ke khadaa ho jaaye
Bachcha khaaye badaa ho jaaye
Rogi uthh ke khadaa ho jaaye
Vaid dawaai peechha chhode
Kar de hatta katta dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi

Munh mein tumhaare daant nahin hain
Pet mein baaki aant nahin hain
Munh mein tumhaare daant nahin hain
Pet mein baaki aant nahin hain
Khaoge kaise roti boti
Kha lo boodhe taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Boodha bhi khaaye,
bachcha bhi khaaye
Khaaye mazey leke raja dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi
Taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi

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