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Jhan jhan baaje ektaaraa

Posted on: November 16, 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.

On Children’s Day (14th November) we had introduced the children’s film, Dak Ghar (1965) to the blog. This film, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India, is based on the Bengali play of the same name, written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1912.

When I watched this film a few years ago for the first time, I really liked it a lot. It was sent to me by Greta (better known as memsaab, for her memsaabstory blog) for subtitling. I immediately realized it was a little treasure of a film – and thoroughly enjoyed subtitling it.

For a long time, I meant to post its songs on the blog but somehow never got around to doing it. I used to do write-ups for other songs, while this was always at the back of my mind. I also didn’t fail to notice that not a single song of the film had been posted yet on the blog.

Then, on Children’s Day this year, sometime in the evening, I felt it was high time now. I just HAD to get this film onto the blog – and this was the perfect occasion for it.

So I quickly contacted Atul and told him I was planning a write-up for Children’s Day. Though it was a little late in the day, would he be able to accommodate it on the same day? He said, no problem.

So then I finally got over my laziness/inertia (whatever you want to call it) and quickly prepared a write-up for the blog, together with the lyrics. It was a multiple-version song, “taaza dahi le lo taaza dahi”, which kicked off the debut of this film on the blog.

I also mentioned on that post that I intended to take up other songs of this film also in due course. The film has sweet kids’ songs (and a couple of philosophical ones too) – and now that I had got off the mark, I felt I should keep up the momentum. Any batsman will tell you that usually his first objective while going into bat is to get off the mark. 🙂

So here then is the second song of this film to grace this blog.

While narrating the storyline of the film in the previous post, I’d said that the protagonist (a young child) has a vivid imagination. He is incurably ill and confined to his home. His only window to the world (literally) is his room window through which he manages to have conversations with various people. He asks them about their world and yearns to go to places they go to.

But of course he can’t. Not physically. But he has a vivid imagination – and, in his mind, he travels to all those places, doing all the things he sees these people do.

Thus, when he sees a curd-seller, he imagines himself selling curd. When he sees a flower-seller, he imagines himself selling flowers. When he is told the king (Raja) is building a new Post Office in town, he imagines himself delivering letters.

It is a wonderfully sweet and simple story which reflects the mind of an innocent child. Sachin, child artiste in those days, has done a fabulous job as the protagonist.

The song today is picturised on him, as he imagines himself as a postman, delivering letters to various people in the village. There is a brief moment (even in his imaginary world) where he is scared when he comes across Satyen Kappoo, his dad, who disapproves of him even getting out of the house. For his own good, of course.

This song has reference to various places, including CP (Central Provinces). CP and Berar, a province of British India (covering Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Maharashtra), is a region that Atul should be very familiar with. 🙂

Anyway, I’ll leave you to enjoy this sweet song now. Sung by Sushma Shreshtha, lyrics by Kaifi Azmi and composed by Madan Mohan.

(Audio video not available on Youtube – This is another site audio mp3 song)
Audio – Mp3 Link
Click Here – Jhan Jhan Baaje Ektaara.mp3
Song-Jhan jhan baaje ektaara (Daak Ghar)(1966) Singer-Sushma Shreshtha, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara
Chitthi pakdo
Ho jaao
Baabuji
Nau do gyaarah
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara

Ooty Shimla Nainital
UP CP aur Bangaal
Ooty Shimla Nainital
UP CP aur Bangaal
London Russia aur Nepal
Kaisa maika, kya sasuraal
Kaisa maika, kya sasuraal
Is thhaili mein jag saaraaaa
Is thhaili mein jag saaraaaa
Jag saaraa aa aa
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara

Chitthi waale
Bolo ji
Apna thaila
Kholo ji
Meri chitthi
Ye lo ji
Koi sharbat gholo ji
Aata hai preetam pyaara
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara

Meri chitthi
Koi nahin
Meri chitthi
Koi nahin
Meri chitthi
Haath badhaa
Jaake gharwaale se padhaa
Anpadh hai bechaara
Wo anpadh hai bechaara
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara
Chitthi pakdo
Ho jaao
Baabuji
Nau do gyaarah
Jhan jhan baaje ektaara
Raaja ka main harkaara

1 Response to "Jhan jhan baaje ektaaraa"

How come a ektara can make jhan jhan. I am trying to be practical. Bache hai to maaf!!!

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