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Waadi Ka Samaa

Posted on: April 23, 2018


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Blog Day : 3566 Post No. : 14295

Missing Films of 1960s – 66
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Nightingale of the South – Janakiamma turns 80 today – a grand and a fabulous milestone in of itself. Hearty greetings and best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to her.

Within those eighty years, there lies a sustained joyful journey of musical accomplishments that has lasted for six decades. Last year (2017), she announced her retirement from active singing career – hanging up the microphone after having sung a phenomenal number of songs ( ~ 48,000 by some estimates) in almost 20 different languages.

Sistla Shreerammoorthy Janaki was born this day in 1938 in the village of Pallapatla in Guntur district in what used be part of the Madras Presidency during the British rule. Now, her birthplace lies in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Her musical journey starts very early – at the young age of three, when she started her training under Sree Paidiswamy. A knowledgeable teacher, Sree Paidiswamy strengthened her musical talents and nurtured her interests over the childhood years. When she was in her late teens, her uncle and mentor, Dr. Chandrashekar, advised her to move to Madras (now Chennai) and facilitated her association with the AVM Studios. In 1957, AVM’s music director T. Chalapati Rao, offered Janaki her first break to sing in a Tamil film ‘Vidhiyin Vilayattu’. The Telugu film ‘MLA’ was her second assignment, in which she also acted.

From this first stepping stone, the story of her career is a rising graph, being very soon acknowledged as one of the top playback singers in the film industries of the South. Over the decades, she has worked with almost all the mainstream music directors and has long working relationships with the likes of Illyaraja, GK Venkatesh, MS Vishwanathan, KV Mahadevan, V Kumar, Rajan Nagendra and Shankar Ganesh, amongst many others.

Through the decades of 1960s, 70s and onwards, the list of her popular songs, and the list of awards and honors, is too copious to be covered in a single post. She has won the top National Award for the best female playback singer four times. She was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. And as stated, the list of other regional honors and awards is simply too long.

As I checked through the Geet Kosh, I find that from 1960 to 1980, her name is listed against 38 songs in Hindi films. Of course she continued to sing for Hindi films after 1980 also, just that I am not able to present those numbers.

For today’s celebratory honors, I present this wonderful melody from the 1964 film ‘Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamaara’. Not much information is available about the film. The production company is Movie Mandir of Bombay. Names of producer, director and cast of actors, are not available. Geet Kosh has listing of four songs, with the indication that there might be more. The name of the lyricist is indicated as Shrivas, and the music directors are Gandharva-Ghantashala.

Regarding the lyrics, one may find that the words are occasionally set somewhat awkwardly, almost as if forcing them together in a pattern. With some hind sight about songs from Hindi films that were remakes of, or dubbed from South Indian films, I can say that I have seen this pattern recur in some other Hindi films also. The thing is that the producers would try to retain the music of the songs, because they were popular in their original settings. So, in the Hindi remakes or dubbed versions, they would get the lyrics re-written in Hindi, force fitting them to the tune of the original regional language song. Another sampler is the songs of film ‘Baghdad’ of 1961.

On our blog, we have five songs sung by Janakiamma. Four of these are from the decade of 1980s and one is from a film from 1960. Just underscoring what I stated earlier, that she has been active in the Hindi film industry in the later decades also.

With this song, the film ‘Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamaara’ makes its debut on our blog today.

And once again, Happy Birthday greetings to Janakiamma, with lots of best wishes for good health and comfort, and wishing many happy returns of this celebration in her life.

Song – Waadi Ka Samaa  (Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamaara) (1964) Singer – S Janaki, Lyrics – Shrivas, MD – Gandharva-Ghantasaala

Lyrics

waadi ka samaa
waadi ka samaa
baalam tori yaad dilaata
pyaara wo samaa
pyaar ka wo naghma

raahon ke ye dilkash manzar
yun hi rahen
phir baadon mein jo megh sada
bas jaari rahe
raahon ke ye dilkash manzar
yun hi rahen
phir baadon mein jo megh sada
bas jaari rahe
haaye re dil ki ik wo boli
teri hi rahe
haaye
dekho hum tum beshak har ju paas rahe
aaa aaa aaaaa
oo oo oooo
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaa aaaaaaaa
waadi ka samaa
waadi ka samaa
baalam tori yaad dilaata
pyaara wo samaa
pyaar ka wo naghma

raja tera raaz e mohabbat khul hi gaya
har dafa itna dekh chuke ho
door hat sainyaan
sataaye dil ko hawa nigodi reh reh ke ui maa
hoye
hansaaye itna ye ban jaaye fitrat ka samaa
sataaye dil ko hawa nigodi reh reh ke ui maa
hoye
hansaaye itna ye ban jaaye fitrat ka samaa

aaa aaa aaaaa
oo oo oooo
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaa aaaaaaaa
waadi ka samaa
waadi ka samaa
baalam tori yaad dilaata
pyaara wo samaa
pyaar ka wo naghma

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

वादी का समां
वादी का समां
बालम तोरी याद दिलाता
प्यारा वो समां
प्यार का वो नग़मा

राहों के ये दिलकश मंज़र
यूं ही रहें
फिर बादों में जो मेघ सदा
बस जारी रहें
राहों के ये दिलकश मंज़र
यूं ही रहें
फिर बादों में जो मेघ सदा
बस जारी रहें
हाए रे दिल की इक वो बोली
तेरी ही रहे
हाए
देखो हम तुम बेशक हर जु पास रहें
हाए रे दिल की इक वो बोली
तेरी ही रहे
हाए
देखो हम तुम बेशक हर जु पास रहें
आs आs आss
ओ ओ ओss
आss आss आss आss आssss
आssss आsss आssssssss
वादी का समां
वादी का समां
बालम तोरी याद दिलाता
प्यारा वो समां
प्यार का वो नग़मा

राजा तेरा राज़ ए मोहब्बत खुल ही गया
हर दफा इतना देख चुके हो
दूर हट सैंयां
सताये दिल को हवा निगोड़ी रह रह के ऊई मां
होए
हँसाए इतना ये बन जाये फितरत का समां
सताये दिल को हवा निगोड़ी रह रह के ऊई मां
होए
हँसाए इतना ये बन जाये फितरत का समां

आs आs आss
ओ ओ ओss
आss आss आss आss आssss
आssss आsss आssssssss
वादी का समां
वादी का समां
बालम तोरी याद दिलाता
प्यारा वो समां
प्यार का वो नग़मा

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7 Responses to "Waadi Ka Samaa"

I was lucky to have met her in Houston,Texas, when she visited Dancer Rathna Kumar in her ‘Anjali’ Studio. I was connected with that studio as a Photographer/Videographer. On that day in 2005 or 2006, there were about twenty-thirty Dance students there and every one wanted to get a photo with her. I photographed each student with her and at the end she graciously asked me “What about a photo with you?” Then somebody clicked one. She talked about her songs in particular and Indian Music in general. I requested her to sing a line or two from her duet with Talat: “Mera Kahan Hai Dil Mera Woh To Ek Hi Pal Mein Tera Hua”, and she obliged me singing two lines which I recorded too. Unfortunately I am unable to search that photo and recording from my unmanageable vast collection. (In order to prove my boasting.)

Dear Bharat Bhai,

We sincerely believe you. . . 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks Bharat ji for sharing this information about S.Janaki with us…

Thank you very much for remembering my favourite S.Janaki`s Birthday and writing a seperate post and posting S.Janaki`s rare/unheard song.

The movie must be a dubbed one, that`s my guess

I am being a Kannada speaking citizen, is very fond of her Kannada Movie songs……….(she sang many Kannada movie songs)
I can go on and go on about My favourite S.Janaki,

I remember O.P.Nayyar in one of his radio interviews about how great S.janaki is “as a playback singer.”

Thanks again Sudhir ji for this gesture

another fact I want to share that
S.Janaki is upset with Kannada film industry because after singing many kannada film songs, they have not conferred any awards or felicitations to her……..any state governmentaward or other

Dear Prakash ji,

I am glad to read your comments, and additional inputs about her.

There are many songs that she has sung in Hindi films, but I somehow find this to be my favorite.

🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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