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Nayi nayi pehchaan re

Posted on: January 13, 2019

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Today’s song is from a film Jagriti-1949. This film was made by Veerendra Chitra. The director was Manohar Ghatwai. Music was by K. Narayan Rao and the Lyricist was Indeevar. The cast of the film was Ravikant, Mohana Cabral, Omkar Devaskar, Lalita Rao, Leela, Jal khambata, chemist etc etc.

From the list of 7000 odd actors who worked in Hindi films, during the period 1931 to 2000, if you divide them into grade A, B and C class artistes, you will find that about 350 (5%) actors may come in A grade-i.e. Hero/Heroines- about 1000 (15%) may come in B grade- support actors/ character artistes- and the balalnce 5600 (80%) may fall in C grade- smaller roles. It is true that not all those who join films will shine but the small time actors, who thronged the film cities like Bombay had their own dreams.Most had their dreams shattered and they had to settle for whatever was served to them.

The Mayanagari, sometimes showed its Maya. It picked up unsuspecting souls and bestowed upon them the fame and a name as Leading actors, singers, Directors ,Lyricists or whatever in films. Thus, a scholarly young man, standing in a bus queue in Madras is picked up and made a Hero of more than 40 films as ” Ranjan”. It also made an onlooker of shooting from the crowds of a studio, the famous and rich Hero of more than 50 films as ” Motilal”. An ordinary Motor Mechanic becomes a well known film Director in various languages and is called ” Sarvottam Badami’. A poor motor mechanic working is a garage becomes All India famous poet-Lyricist and Producer Director called ” Gulzar.” The same Maya made a casual singer in Hindu Colony,Dadar in Bombay a famous playback singer of repute, when her singing is heard by a passing Music Director Hanuman prasad, just by chance. She was known as ” Geeta Dutt”. There are many such examples.

There are many such number of ” Accidental Stars’, but the same Maya also scuttled the Golden chances of capable aspiring small timers to become big stars. Atleast two glaring examples are known. one is very well known to many, but the other is hardly known to anyone. Mehboob Khan was almost selected as Hero of India’s First Talkie film ” Aalam Ara”-31. Even suitable costumes for him were also made ready, but then Maya played the trick and his name was pushed back, in favour of the more famous Master Vithal, to cover up the possible risk of the failure of the First talkie, which was an experiment. Nevertheless Mehboob Khan became a significantly notable producer, director and studio owner of India.

The other case how Maya scuttled the chances of fame, name and career of a small time actor who was on the verge of becoming a big star, is not known to most people. Now, take a look at the cast of today’s film ‘ Jagriti’-49, as mentioned above, in the first paragraph of this post. Do you find a name Omkar Devaskar ? Well, this is his story….

Omkar Devaskar was born in 1911 in MP (Central provinces then). After his schooling, he ran away to Bombay to seek employment and got a job as an ‘ Assistant’ in Imperial Film company. His job was to do any work given to him. The salary was Rs.20 pm. When he saw the film shootings, he had an urge to act in films. One day, he asked Ardeshir sheth about it and he started getting uncredited small roles in silent films.

Imperial company decided to make a Talkie First time in India,mainly because of Dadasaheb Torne (Ramchandra Gopal Torne). It was he who prompted Irani to be the first in India to make a Talkie. Torne was his Manager for both Jyoti studio and Imperial Film Company. Torne was also an agent for Cinema Equipment imported from England and Germany. Torne imported Sound recording equipment and the company sent a German Engineer to explain and teach the technique to Indian technicians.

They first wanted to test the sound recording machine by recording and filming a song. Who would sing ? No one was ready to become the sacrificial goat. Irani saw Omkar and asked him to sing before the machine. A terrified Omkar lamely protested, but he had no choice. Ultimately he was ‘ made up’ and the recording and filming started. Omkar sang a Thumri, ‘ Pyare Rasia Bihari’. Everybody present, including Irani, were stunned with the sweet voice and the ease of his singing style. It came off extremely well. About 500 feet film was shot flawlessly. Irani was so much impressed, that he toyed with the idea of giving Omkar the first song in film Aalam Ara. Maya swiftly went to into action. Unfortunately the recording was not saved, otherwise it would have been the first film song to be filmed and Omkar the First ever singer actor to do so. But Alas ! This is called the stroke of misfortune ! Destiny had slated this honour for W.M.Khan.

Missing this chance, anyway, Omkar became an actor and singer. His first talkie film was Imperial’s ” Sati Anusuya “-33. He a sang 3 songs in film ” Noor E Imaan “-33, besides acting in it. Omkar acted in about 30 films in all. His last film was perhaps, Rangeeli-52. He sang 14 songs in 6 films. His last song came in today’s film Jagriti-49. Omkar was a regular actor in many Marathi films too.

Today’s song is sung by Freni Shroff and Yeshwant Bhatt. No information whatsoever is found about this singer Freni. A cursory look at HFGK indicates that possibly she sang only in this film.

YASHWANT BHATT was son of shri Nageshwar Bhatt. He was born at Madhavpur in Gujarat. Since his father was a singer of Haveli Sangeet, Yashwant started singing quite early. His first guru was Kashigar and later on it was Padubhai who actually developed Yashwant as a singer. He always gave credit to his guru Padubhai. Yashwant’s voice was very soft and sweet. It was ideal for singing emotional songs and Bhajans. He was an extremely good natured and helpful person. Soon his name became known for his sweet Bhajans.

He was ambitious to become a Play back singer in Hindi films. He came to Bombay at the age of 20 years. First he got opportunity to sing in chorus in the Circo production film songs. In 1941,he sang Bhajans on Mumbai Radio. Side by side he sang in Hindi films. In all he sang about 25 songs in 13 Hindi films. The films were Khooni Laash-43, Katil-44, Black and white-44, Royal Mail-46, Dhokhebaaz-46, Namak-47, Kismetwali-47, White face-48, Billi-49, Jiyo Raja-49, Jagriti-49, Veer Ghatotkach-49 and Actor -51.

Out of these 13 films, 9 films had music by K. Narayan Rao. Yashwant was his pet singer. Narayan Rao was mainly a composer for C grade and stunt films. His films never became famous, consequently Yashwant too was neglected and never came into limelight. Actually, with other composers, Yashwant had done duets with Naseem, Uma Devi, Sulochana Kadam, Kusum Mantri, Husn Bano, Leela Mehta, Sheela, Rohini Rai, Putlibai, Freni Shroff etc, but in spite of his sweet voice and good singing, he remained neglected by major composers. As a result he could not achieve much success in Hindi films.

This was compensated to a great extent by his Bhajan singing. He lost his father and had to return to Madhavpur. One Mr. Gijubhai was Assistant station Director of Rajkot Radio station. He invited Yashwant to sing bhajans on Rajkot radio. Soon his Bhajans became a rage and he became a very popular Prabhatiya singer. He mainly sang poems of Ganga Sati,Paan bhai and Narsi Mehta etc. He spent a long time singing bhajans. He was made an A class singer on Radio. His name was taken along with famous singers of Gujarat ,like Mohanlal Rayani, Kannubhai Barot, Dula Bhagat etc etc. Due to his good nature he got many friends here. One of them was Ratubhai Adani.

He also sang some songs in Gujarati films. Due to his hectic schedules, he neglected his health and contracted T.B. But he continued his work. when his condition became bad his friend Shri Ratubhai Adani admitted him to Keshod T.B.Hospital.

Yashwant Bhatt died of severe T.B. The news of his death on 27-10-1977 was a shock to his friends, relatives and Bhajan lovers of Gujarat.

His younger brother Harish Bhatt, who was an ardent fan of Saigal also tried to sing in Hindi films. I could trace only one of his songs in the film Kinara-1949. Yashwant Bhatt’s children also carried forward his singing legacy.

There were 9 songs in film Jagriti-49. One song is already discussed. There were all unknown singers like Omkar Devaskar, Lalita Rao, Sanjeevani Pai and Freni Shroff. only Yeshwant Bhatt was a known name. The song is better than average.

( I have used information from Music beyond boundaries by Ashok Ranade and Marathi Cinema in Retrospect by Sanjit Narwekar, MuVyz,HFGK and my own notes, for this write up.)

Song- Nayi nayi pehchaan re (Jaagriti)(1949) Singers- Freni Shroff, Yeshwant Bhatt, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-K Narayan Rao


ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re
nayi nayi pehchaan
ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re
nayi nayi pehchaan

jaan liya aankhon ne tumko
o o
o o o o
jaan liya aankhon ne tumko
dil hai abhi anjaaan
dil hai abhi anjaan
ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re
nayi nayi pehchaan
ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re
nayi nayi pehchaan

sama gaye nainon mein naina aa
nigaahon se mil gayin nigaahen aen
sama gaye nainon mein naina aa
nigaahon se mil gayin nigaahen
jaise milti hain do nadiya
jaise milti hain do nadiya
jaise milti hain do raahen
jaise milti hain do raahen

aen aen
aane lage armaan dilon mein
ban kar ke mehmaan
ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re ae
nayi nayi pehchaan

prem ke path mein bichhe huye hain aen
phool kahin pe
kahin pe kaanten ae

prem ke path pe bichhe huye hain
phool kahi pe
kahin pe kaante

dhoondh lo aisa jiwan sathi
dhoondh lo aisa

jiwan sathi
jo dukh kaate sukh ko baante
jo dukh kaate sukh ko baante

haan aan aan
preet nibhaana bada kathhin hai
hota na aasaan
ee ee ee
nayi nayi pehchaan re
nayi nayi pehchaan


11 Responses to "Nayi nayi pehchaan re"

Quite an informative article.Kudos.




I used to know personally his younger brother Harishbhai. He was called ‘the voice of Saigal’ and used to perform ‘Sagal Sandhya’ in many towns. I used to attend all his performances in Bombay and had marked that he always started the program with Saigal’s Tansen song “Sapt Suran Teen Graam Gaao” and after obliging the audience with many farmaaish always ended singing “Sar Pe Kadam Ki Chhaiyaan Muralia Baaj Rahi.” Sadanandji would be delighted to know that Both the brothers were related to our own Khyatiben.


Bharat ji,
Thanks for your comments and memories.
I first introduced this Yeshwant Bhatt to our readers in August 2014 in the following post here-
I had mentioned the relationship of khyati ji with this singer, in this post, in 2014 only.. kindly go through this post for further information.

I wonder, why Sadanand ji would be delighted with this relationship ?



Another movie that Harish sang for was Jawabdari 1950. he sang a Duet with Yashwant. Yashwant sang another duet with Rampyari in this film.


Brijrani ji,
Was film ‘ Jawabdari” in Hindi ? or Gujarati ?
I dont find this title in Hindi film Catelogue-HFGK.


Not sure, but I know the main star was Nirupa Roy


Actually I think it was Gujarati


Does anyone have any info on Freni Shroff, I know she was a cast member in this movie but that’s all I know. If anyone knows anything else…


Freni Shroff was also an actress in this film Jagriti. She sang a couple more songs in the film.


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