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Aaye sajna hamaar le ke doliyaa kahaar

Posted on: January 16, 2017

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Today’s song is from the film Taksaal-56. It is sung by S.D.Batish and Lakshmi Shankar with chorus.

Normal, ordinary people, after retirement spend time with friends, relatives, engage themselves in a hobby and relax in general. For politicians, there is no retirement and the people from Armed Forces take up another job or join some NGO and do social work.

Ever thought what an Actor, Director or a Singer did after he stops working in film line-voluntarily or by compulsion ? There are people who simply disappear without a trace, few people do some business and still some others spend peaceful time with family.

There are cases where,the person stops working in film line and lives a life of misery,sorrow and helplessness. I remember the case of Master Nissar. Once upon a time he was so popular that even the Governor’s car had to stop because of the fans of Master Nissar crowding around his car in the mid traffic. In his last days he practiced body massaging and died a pauper. Wasti- the handsome Hero of yesteryears was seen begging near Liberty Theatre in Bombay. The singer-actor Parshuram begged on road and died on footpath. Singer Vatsala Kumthekar roamed on the streets of Bombay as a mad woman and died as an unknown person on a bridge in Bombay. One of the onlookers recognised her.

The Lara Lappa Girl Meena Shrey died in poverty. She was seen collecting money from people for her daughter’s marriage and after her own death her last rites were performed thanks to contribution from people. Sajjad Hussain, G.M.Durani, Karan Dewan, Bharat Bhushan, Pradeep Kumar and many others died unsung, unknown and in poverty.

However there are few-only few- cases where, after retiring from films, people have achieved enviable success and earned a brighter image.

Shashichand Kapoor ( Shashi kapoor Sr.) stopped work after 21 films, continued his studies, did a Post Graduation in Maths and then Ph.D. from America and became a Professor of Mathematics in a prestigious University in USA ! Both actor-singer Surendra and actress Durga Khote-separately-started Documentary and Ad film production companies and were very successful.

The singers of today’s song, S.D. Batish and Lakshmi Shankar were also those who did exemplary work abroad to promote the Indian classical music. After he stopped working in Hindi films, S.D.Batish first went to U.K. before settling in USA. S.D.Batish did monumental work in UK and USA to promote Indian classical music. He did shows on BBC, wrote Books like Ragapedia etc, made documentaries and opened ” Batish Institute of music and Fine Arts ” in California. For HFM lovers and old Film lovers, these are matters of Pride.

Laxmi Shankar too went to USA, after retiring from Hindi film playback singing. She won several awards, got nominated for Grammy awards, held several shows and taught Classical music to American students. She was held in high esteem in USA. She died very recently, on 30-12-2013 in USA. After her death, ‘IndiaWest’ published her obituary, which clearly indicated her achievements and respect she earned in USA-

” One of the most influential Indian musicians in America, vocalist Lakshmi Shankar, passed away Dec. 30 evening in Southern California, surrounded by her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and close friends. She was 87.

Shankar was extraordinarily versatile, excelling in Indian classical dance before illness halted her dancing career and she committed herself to vocal music. Shankar was proficient in a wide range of Indian vocal music styles including Carnatic, khayal, thumri, dadra, kajri, Rabindra sangeet and bhajans, and sang in 14 languages.

“Bhajans were her specialty,” her son, Kumar Shankar, told India-West by phone Jan. 2. “As far as I’m concerned, nobody could sing a bhajan like her.”

Lakshmi Shankar was born on June 16, 1926, in the eastern Indian city of Jamshedpur, and first trained as a child in Bharatnatyam. Later on, she was accepted into the prestigious music institute founded by Uday Shankar in Almora, in what is now Uttarakhand.

While working under Shankar, she mastered the Manipuri, Kathakali and ballet styles, and it was there that she met her future husband, Rajendra Shankar, Uday’s brother. The two were married in 1941, and went on to settle in Mumbai, where Lakshmi’s career grew as an actress and dancer, also branching out into playback singing for regional films.

In the early 1950s, she was struck with pleurisy, a condition that leads to painful inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs. “She could not dance,” explained Kumar. “She had breathing problems, and problem of weight gain.”

But instead of giving up the arts, Lakshmi Shankar decided to put her talent on course in a different direction. In an interview with Traditions Engaged, she explained, “I know the meaning of what I am singing which is a very big thing in music. When I sing I see the expression and the movement of the words and feel them as a dancer would.”

Lakshmi Shankar had a musical epiphany when she discovered ghazals and other north Indian music forms, and soon started studying with Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of the Patiala gharana. Her new affection for Hindustani music led her to collaborate with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar(brother to Uday and Rajendra), for whom she assisted in many projects for ballets, films and festivals. It was a family affair, with her son Kumar handling sound checks for their performances.

Through her work with Ravi Shankar, Lakshmi’s talent was able to reach a global audience. She made numerous recordings with Western artists, including on the soundtrack to Richard Attenborough’s film “Gandhi,” and in 1974 she toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar as the lead singer for George Harrison’s groundbreaking “Music Festival from India.”

Among the many honors she received, her 2008 Grammy nomination for “Dancing in the Light” was a milestone, but Shankar also received a Durfee Foundation grant to teach Indian music to American students; a Kalpana Chawla Award for “Woman of the Year”; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bengali Association of New York; and an award for “Uplifting the World with Music” from Sri Chinmoy.

Kumar Shankar explained that a private memorial will be held January 6 in the San Fernando Valley, and a more public memorial will take place at this year’s Ravi Shankar Foundation music festival. A statement from the Shankar family reads: “She had a heavenly voice which would melt any heart. She was a kind and beautiful soul. We will miss her.”

Lakshmi’s children, Kumar and Vijayshri (who passed away in 1995), were blessed to grow up in a household where nonstop music filled every day, explained Kumar. “She would practice for hours and hours each day … we were surrounded by music all the time.”

Knowing that her loss will also be felt by countless music lovers around the world is small comfort for Kumar. “I have mixed feelings,” he told India-West. “I knew it would happen. But it’s overwhelming.”

Hats off to these two worthy souls who did monumental work in spreading the Indian culture in advanced countries.

TAKSAL-1956 was a Hemen Gupta Production film, Produced and Directed by Hemen Gupta himself.

Hemen Gupta was a well known name in Bangla filmdom,but he also dabbled in Hindi starting with Anand Math,Ferry,Minar,Babar,Kabuliwala and finally Netaji Subhashchandra Bose in 1966.

The mid fifties was era in India where the hugh middle class was besotted with Nehru’s Socialism. Indian Film Industry did not lag behind and in this period many films were made either openly or subtly supporting the socialist cause. Mehboob, K.A.Abbas and others of the ilk were sold to this ideology and made films on such themes.Film makers like B.R.Chopra was another who espoused the cause of correcting the social evils like prostitution, Communal feelings etc.The dignity of labour(Naya Daur) and Villege life of poor farmers(Mother India) were made into films.

For the common man socialism meant all rich is bad, all poor is good.

Those making money,even honestly,were looked down upon.

Taksal was yet another such movie which stressed that Money is not the solution to all problems and money is only the means and not the End.

Jatin Mukherji (Balraj Sahni) an honest and brilliant lawyer, his wife Maya(Nirupa Roy), 3 children and his unmarried sister(Smriti Biswas) are happily living together. Maya is very religious. She does not allow Jatin to take any case of cheating, murder or crime. Slowly his practice goes down and he becomes so poor that his son Ram dies for lack of treatment. At the same time, his sister commits suicide when she is raped by her employer.

Jatin thinks that all his problems are because he is poor, so he decided to make money by hook or crook. He does so, by indulging in many illegal affairs, against the advice of Maya. He becomes very rich.

The “Lambe haath of kanoon” catch up with him one day and no amount of money saves him. He realises then that Money can not solve all problems. But it is too late.

The music is by Roshan, assisted by H.K.Maria. The film had 3 very good bhajans. There were 8 songs and 6 singers-Lata, Rafi, S D Batish, Uma Devi, Laxmi Shankar and Ratna Gupta. This singer Ratna Gupta was the wife of Director/Producer Hemen Gupta. She sang total 6 songs in his 2 films Ferry-54 and Taksaal-56. Ratna Gupta was the mother of actress Archana, who acted in Umang-70, Buddha Mil Gaya-71, and Anokha Daan-72. Then she got married. Archana had acted as a child artist Bula in film Ferry-54. She had even sung a song with another child artist Master Babu ( son of Hemant kumar. Later as an adult actor Ritesh he worked in few films too. He married Maushumi Chatterjee.)

Let us now listen to this duet of Batish and Lakshmi shankar. The song seems to be tuned after some folk song.


Song-Aaye sajna hamaar leke doliyaa kahaar (Taksaal)(1956) Singers- S D Batish, , Lakshmi Shankar, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Roshan


aaye sajna hamaar
leke doliyaa kahaar
chali jaibe munh dhaanp ke chadariyaa mein
aaye sajna hamaar
leke doliyaa kahaar
chali jaibe munh dhaanp ke chadariyaa mein

mil lo mil lo sakhiyaan
kar lo do do batiyaan
mil lo mil lo sakhiyaan
kar lo do do batiyaan
abse ? nagariya mein
aaye sajna hamaar
le ke doliyaa kahaar
chali jaibe munh dhaanp ke chadariyaa mein

maathe bindiyaa sajaake
hanse mehandiyaa lagake
dekho dulhan saj ke sjaaye ke chali

aisi jaldi machaaye
zara ruke na rukaaye
naata barson ka sabse chhudaaye ke chali
naata barson ka sabse chhudaaye ke chali
bhaiya ansuwaa bahawe
jiya kale nahin paawe
kahe bahna kaahe hamen bisraaye ke chali
koi gale se lagaawe
koi mangiyaa sanwaare
koi itar lagaawe re chunariya mein
aaye sajana hamaar
leke doliyaa kahaar
chali jaibe munh dhaanp ke chadariyaa mein
aaye sajna hamaar
leke doliyaa kahaar
chali jaibe munh dhaanp ke chadariyaa mein

ja tu raam hawaale
daata tujhko sambhaale
wohi sabhoon ki laaj nibhaaye ri sakhi
chhod des begaana
piya ghar tohe jaana
bhaye ham sab ab to paraaye ri sakhi
bhaye ham sab ab to paraaye ri sakhi
jo bhi likha
so hi hoye
bas chale nahin koi
yoon hi saara jag ansuwaa bahaaye ri sakhi
yahaan kiska thhikaana
ye to khel puraana
sada rahe aana jaana
ya dagayiraa mein
sada rahe aana jaana
ya dagayiraa mein

aaye sajna hamaa aaa aa aa aar

2 Responses to "Aaye sajna hamaar le ke doliyaa kahaar"

In spite of lung problem she took up singing and excelled. Great. My fav.

Lakshmi Shankar
Aandhiyan (1952)
Sultana Daku(1956)
Yahudi Ki Beti(1956)
Pativrata (1959)
Mohabbat Ki Jeet(1960)
Pyar Ki Pyas(1961)
Idd Ka Chand(1964)
Sapna (1969)
Haveli (1970)
Devi (1970)
Do Boond Pani(1972)
Aarop (1974)


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