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Jaago Anjaani, Raajdulaari

Posted on: September 20, 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 :

3716 Post No. : 14647 Movie Count :

4001

Missing Films of 1960s – 78
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And here is the 4001st film to find its place on our blog. Thanks Atul ji, for a very interesting sojourn through a tale of years and numbers. The tales, most surely, is not yet done with. So many more chapters are still to be written, and I am sure there is still a ton of surprises that are waiting in the shadows.

As the years progress, it is to be expected that the number of people interested in this music form will be lessening. Maybe so, but the experience so far has been that the interest in this music form continues to retain the attention of music lovers. Their numbers may be reducing through a natural process, but the music is continuously attracting new followers. Let me mention a few very interesting developments which are very recent.

When digital music arrived on the scene, it took the world by storm. Every creator of music, every producer of music items made a beeline for the CDs and the digitally converted and compressed formats. Everything that is anything in music, well almost, is now available in mp3 and other digital formats, with a greater ease of storage and sharing. However, the aficionado listeners, having spent a lot of time with digital music are probably beginning to miss the fidelity of the analog recordings – of the vinyl records and the coated plastic tapes. As we all know, digitization is basically a process to slice the stream of music into tiny packets and store them in digital formats. This slicing process (called sampling), however fine tuned and precise it may be, still leads to a loss of content. When the digital sampling happens, and packets are created, it does drop out minute fractions of audio stream in between the packets. The resulting output may get subjected to further such process, as folks try more digital processes to ‘clean’ the sound and to tweak the different frequency ranges to their personal preferences. Every time such a transformation process is applied to a stream of music, it loses some fraction of its original content. I have been part of listening sessions wherein the differences between the analog audio tracks and their digitally transformed versions, have been demonstrated. With some surprising differences.

In recent months and years, there has been a slowly progressing turnback towards the analog sound once again. In Europe, the music companies have started pressing vinyl records once again, and we are seeing more and more of them in the market. Even many latest Hindi films are releasing their music on LPs once again. Just go to music stores, and to the online stores, and today, you can buy a much larger selection of latest music on LPs than maybe 10 or 15 years ago.

In the US, there is a spurt in the demand of original music tracks on 78 rpm records, and their market is really going up. Although I have not yet heard about a return back to 78 rpm pressing factories. But who knows, the value economics may still turn the tide in that direction.

In India, besides the music of newer Hindi films coming on LPs, there is another move coming up, towards re-releasing the available earliest music of the 1900s to 1940s on LP records. One of the factors is that majority of the music of that period is now technically out of copyright ownership status and is in public domain. I am aware of at least on such enterprise who are working to bring back to life, the music of the likes of Gauhar Jaan and Janakibai, and release the available collections in LP format. I have a feeling this will trend is only going to grow over the years, and we should be seeing more players come into this market. There is a ton of non-film music that is still available in 78 rpm format that is waiting for a second life. Digital is all well, but listeners are now returning to the gramophone.

In an interesting conversation just last month, I got this surprise news that some music companies are working to bring back the cassette tape into the market once again. The purity and the fidelity of the sound is once again the driving force behind this renewal. Over the decades, the research on the different storage media and formats, has established that the original media formats continue to be the safest, the most reliable and the most enduring. The life span of celluloid and plastic tapes (audio and VHS) has proven to be longer lasting than CDs and hard disks. Of course the caveat is that they are stored in proper conditions. The well stored celluloid films from the late 1800s are still going strong, much better than the VHS tapes, and which in turn are proving to be much longer lasting than DVDs and hard disks.

I will turn this detour into the technical aspects of media storage, back to where I had started from. That there still are a ton of surprises that are probably waiting in the shadows. Let me bring up another very interesting aspect of this discussion – the collections that are sitting with private collectors. Yes, there are many a sizeable collections of records that are in the possession of private collectors. With the passing of years and the intervention of natural processes, a number of these collections are changing hands and getting redistributed. These collections, for decades, have been religiously guarded and kept ultra safe for private listening only. With passage of time and change of guard (ownership thru inheritance), and for lack of interest on the part of the inheritee, these collections are now seeing light of the day. Knowledgeable collectors are avidly pursuing such opportunities to take a pick of some very well preserved and very rare recordings. A very interesting aside here is that collectors in Pakistan are also in the fray, and they are making a good harvest. As per comments made in discussions in music collector circles, in good probability, there are more 78 rpm records now in Pakistan than here in India. And that is because the Pakistani collectors seem to be keeping much better tabs on such movements of private collections than their Indian counterparts.

My hope and my expectation is that in this process of collections changing hands and moving to different owners, we may see some more of unheard, unlisted and unexpected recordings come out into public domain.  Gosh, who knows what we may still encounter as the search brings up more and more hitherto unavailable items into the open.

Coming to the 4001st film – a very obscure and unfamiliar name – ‘Ek Surat Do Dil’ from 1968. Except for the listing in the Geet Kosh, I have no other information traceable, for this film. This is a film produced in Calcutta, under the banner of Kashi Alok Chitram. There is no information available about the actors or producer/director of this film. The Geet Kosh lists eight songs for this film. It appears as if only one record has surfaced in the public domain so far, and that seems to be the only source of information available. The names of the singers, songwriters and the music director seem to have been taken from the record label itself. The name of the music director is Bijan Pal. This name appears in the Geet Kosh only for this one film. And that’s it. Same is with the songwriter – Ramji Singh. A completely unfamiliar and obscure name, appearing in the Geet Kosh for this one solitary song.

Aha, the singer names are more familiar – Subir Sen and Aarti Mukherjee. The tune and the arrangement is very atypical. The sound makes one feel that this tune is heard somewhere before, but I cannot place anything specifically.

4001st film makes its debut here today. Let us take a quick look at the 1968 numbers. As per Geet Kosh, there are 72 films plus one Bhojpuri film. Of the 72 Hindi films, 66 films are already represented on our blog. This is the 67th film to come on board. That leaves 5 more to get – I think we will get to see at least a couple of more films from this year.

And yes, btw, 1968 is a very interesting and special year for our blog. Can you guess?  🙂

Song – Jaago Anjaani, Raajdulaari  (Ek Surat Do Dil) (1968) Singer – Subir Sen, Aarti Mukherjee, Lyrics – Ramji Singh, MD – Bijan Pal
Subir Sen – Aarti Mukherjee

Lyrics

jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani. . .

oi re..ae..ae..ae..ae

ye angdaai kehti kahaani
meri rag rag mein machle jawaani
har kali par bhanwar gungunaate
pyaar ki raagni hain sunaate
aa ja re meet mere
ban ke geet mere
kaisi hai ye beqaraari
aa ja re meet mere
ban ke geet mere
kaisi hai ye beqaraari
jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani. . .

ye hawa madbhari ye bahaaren
phool muska ke mujhko pukaaren
jhoomta hai nadi ka kinaara
haaye kaisa suhaana nazaara
na jaao door kahin
aa jaao paas yahin
royegi birhan tumhaari
na jaao door kahin
aa jaao paas yahin
royegi birhan tumhaari
jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani
raajdulaari
dhal gaya chanda
kati raat saari
jaago anjaani. . .

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

जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढाल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढाल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी॰ ॰ ॰

ओई रे॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए

ये अंगड़ाई कहती कहानी
मेरी रग रग में मचले जवानी
हर काली पर भँवर गुनगुनाते
प्यार की रागनी हैं सुनाते
आ जा रे मीत मेरे
बन के गीत मेरे
कैसी है ये बेक़रारी
आ जा रे मीत मेरे
बन के गीत मेरे
कैसी है ये बेक़रारी
जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी॰ ॰ ॰

ये हवा मदभरी ये बहारें
फूल मुस्का के मुझको पुकारें
झूमता है नदी का किनारा
हाय कैसा सुहाना नज़ारा
ना जाओ दूर कहीं
आ जाओ पास यहीं
रोएगी बिरहन तुम्हारी
ना जाओ दूर कहीं
आ जाओ पास यहीं
रोएगी बिरहन तुम्हारी
जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी
राजदुलारी
ढल गया चंदा
कटी रात सारी
जागो अनजानी॰ ॰ ॰

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2 Responses to "Jaago Anjaani, Raajdulaari"

“And yes, btw, 1968 is a very interesting and special year for our blog. Can you guess? 🙂”
unable to crack this instantly. need to think.
“The sound makes one feel that this tune is heard somewhere before, but I cannot place anything specifically.”
the tune of opening lines seem to follow the beat of “hum chal rahe hain, tum chal rahe ho, magar duniyawalon ke dil jal rahe hain”
hearing this “oi re..ae..ae..ae..ae” makes me want to sing “ghabraye haye re dil sapno mein aake kabhi mil”
but what follows “oi re..ae..ae..ae..ae” is a different meter of some other familiar song.
actually there seems to be tunes of three distinct songs made up into this one song.
still trying to crack
“And yes, btw, 1968 is a very interesting and special year for our blog. Can you guess? 🙂”

Dear All,

Regarding the poser at the end of the post, the discussion on that migrated over to the WhatsApp group and got completed there. Aparna ji was the first one to solve this query.

Yes, 1968 is the year of the first song on our blog – “Miley Na Phool To Kaanton Se Dosti Kar Li” from film ‘Anokhi Raat’ (1968).

Atul ji has promised to reveal some more interesting info about the year 1968. Awaiting for that, maybe in another post. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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