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Aaya ri kaun sakhi apni nagariya

Posted on: October 15, 2019

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Today’s song is from the film Gokul ka Chor-1959. My last post was from film Gokul ka Raja-54. Its now time to get out of Gokul Town – after this post. Not that there are no more films on Gokul. There are still 2 more films with same title ” Gokul”, one of 1946 and the other of 1985. I always wondered why there were no films on Mathura or Vrindavan… two more places closely connected to Krishna. As far as Dwarka is concerned, there is a sole film ” Dwarkadheesh”, made in 1956.

During my school days, we boys always used to have 2 groups, one each who like Ram and Krishna. In our school annual functions,in the debating contest, boys from each group vehemently and enthusiastically spoke about their Group God – Ram or Krishna. From the young age itself, personally, I always adored Krishna. In my opinion, Krishna is more relevant in Kaliyug.

There were 4 Yugs
1. Satyug – 17,28,000 years
2. Tretayug – 12,96,000 years
3. Dwaparyug – 8,64,000 years
4. Kaliyug – 4,32,000 years

Shri Ram was the 7th incarnation (Avtar) of Lord Vishnu and he was born in the middle of Tretayug.
Krishna was the 8th Avatar and was born in the end part of the Dwaparyug.
The 4th yug is Kaliyug in which we are living.

Shri Ram ruled for 11000 years. He existed 1.75 million years ago.

Shri Krishna ruled for 125 years and died just one month before Dwaparyug ended and Kaliyug started. That is only 5122 years BCE, before Today. So mathematically also Krishna was closer to Kaliyug of today.

Shri Ram presented an ideal to follow Raj-Dharma, and all rules, regulations, Laws and Social Norms, irrespective of the sufferings. During his times, Praja used to follow the King. That is why there was a Ram Rajya, where ultimately the Evil paid for its misdeeds.

In Shri Krishna’s times, the world had changed and Krishna taught us how to live in today’s Yug, by Tit for Tat, not tolerating injustice, being street smart, using Chanakya type Neetis to achieve Goals. He provided lessons through his own behaviour, how to survive and be successful with Tact and Intelligence, how Karma is more important than Dharma, when it come to destroying the Evil. The whole Bhagwadgeeta is full of worldly advise.
That is why I feel Krishna is more relevant in today’s times. Ram is respected, Krishna is loved.

So much for the Ram and Krishna philosophies. Anyway, To Each His Own. I only expressed my views.
Interestingly, at a cursory count, I find that out of films on Ram (Ramayan and related) and Krishna (Mahabharat and related), 70% films are on Krishna and 30% films are on Ram. Even the film makers seem to consider Krishna as a better entertainer !

Now, coming to today’s film Gokul ka chor-59, it was made by Roopvani films for producer Sharad Pai. He was the son of Baburao Pai, one of the leading Film Distributors of yore and a partner of Prabhat Films. He joined after Keshavrao Dhaiber had to leave Prabhat, because he married the company Heroine Nalini Tarkhad, breaking the directorial agreement rule. For the same reason, V.Shantaram had also to leave Prabhat when he married Jayashree kamulkar, another Prabhat Heroine. But , funnily, S.Fattelal escaped this rule, because he had married Gulab aka Kamlabai, Prabhat Heroine of the Silent Era, before this rule was formulated ! (This Gulab aka Kamlabai is in the Prabhat Logo)

This film was directed by Vasant Painter and the music was by Sudhir Phadke. Information in details about Sudhir Phadke is already given by Sudhir ji, few years back and by me recently, so I will not repeat it.

However, Vasant Painter is a name not known to many Hindi film watchers.

Vasant Anandrao Painter was born in a village near Kolhapur on 13-8- 1913. His father Anandrao, along with cousin Baburao Painter wanted to make films. Anandrao had bought a second hand Projector, which he turned into a Camera and shot a short film also. Unfortunately, Anandrao Mistry aka Anandrao Painter died suddenly in 1916 and Baburao Painter went on to become the famous founder of Marathi films in the Silent Era.

By the time Vasant became 20 year old,the Silent film era was in full swing and many films were made in Kolhapur,Poona and Bombay.He had a liking for painting,so he picked up poster painting work,first in Maharashtra Film company and later in Prabhat film company when it was started in Kolhapur. He did all jobs,including assisting in cinematography and direction.

His first break came when he was 33 year old. He got an opportunity to direct Prabhat’s film ” Gokul”-46 and later on “Seedha Raasta”-47. After V.Shantaram had left Prabhat to start his own Rajkamal, Vasant Painter remained in Prabhat loyally, so he got the reward. Actress Kamala Kotnis had floated a production company,Kamala Chitra Ltd. She invited Painter to direct her film,’Sati Ahilya’-49. Snehal Bhatkar was the MD. Painter directed ‘ Bhishma Pratignya ‘-1950. This was,probably,the only Mythological film Nargis had acted in, with Shahu Modak. His other films were,Murliwala-51, Devyani-52, Sajni-56, Patit paawan-55, Gokul ka chor-59, Pyar ki jeet-62 and Dagaa-77. Meanwhile he was producing and directing several Marathi films too. He had won 9 awards,including the prestigious ” V.Shantaram Award”.

Vasant Painter died on 31-5-2006, leaving behind him 6 daughters and 1 son.

The cast of the film consisted of Kumkum. Romi, Manorama, Mohan Choti (real name Mohan Gorakshkar from Amaravati, Maharashtra) Ratnamala, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Madhav Kale, Madhu Apte, Polson etc.etc.

In any star cast of any film, after the names of main and known actors, there will be a line of names of actors who are not familiar and they can not be identified in the film, except by a few handful such experts. Information on these actors is neither collected nor compiled, leave alone their Bios being available. They are just names in the list. One such name in this list is Madhav Kale.

Madhav Kale was born in Nashik in 1903. After his school education at Nashik, he joined Deccan college at Poona and passed Intermediate course. He was interested in playing in dramas, which was opposed by his mother. But he used to take part in dramas while in college. He was a good singer too. Wanting to join films, he sent applications to many companies. Saroj and sharda companies responded. He acted in several silent films like Mukti sangram, Kanak kesari etc. He entered the Talkie films with Vikram Charitra-32, Mera Imaan-34 and Vishnu Bhakti-34. During this period, he got married in 1934.

He acted in 21 films. His last film was Gokul ka chor-59 (today’s film). He even directed one film, Sacha Sapna-42. He sang 13 songs in 7 films till 1942.

There is no information about him after this.

Another name in the cast is of Madhu Apte. His full name was Madhukar Shankar Apte. He was a Marathi stage and film actor predominantly, who successfully used his handicap of stammering to advantage, in delivering dialogues and creating humour by mistiming the dialogues. He was born on 1-3-1919 at Poona and died on 25-2-1993 at Poona.

Today’s song is sung by Sudha Malhotra and chorus. This is perhaps the first time I am presenting a song of Sudha Malhotra. Whenever her name comes up I remember her popular bhajan, ” Darshan do Ghanshyam nath more, aankhiyan pyaasi re”. I also remember that she is one of those few cine artistes, who try to hide that their debut in the films is through a non-descript film and who insists that a leading Music Director was responsible to launch her in films.

Sudha Malhotra first sang few songs in film “The Last message ( Aakhri paigham)”-1949, under MDs Abid Hussain Khan and Sushant Bannerji. However, in every interview, she has insisted that she debuted in film Arzoo-50 under Anil Biswas. The facts are available in HFGK for anyone to see.

(Some information for this post is taken, with thanks, from The Premier of Hinduism by D S Sarma, Marathi Cinema in Retrospect by Sanjit Narvekar and The Lost Treasure by Kamlakar P.)

Song-Aaya ri kaun sakhi apni nagariya (Gokul Ka Chor)(1959) Singer- Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics- Madhukar Rajasthani, MD- Sudhir Phadke


Aaya ri kaun sakhi apni nagariya
apni nagariya
apni nagariya
praanon mein baaj rahi
meethhi baansuriya
meethhi baansuriya
meethhi baansuriya
padte hi paanv sakhi
dharti pe salone
chhalki umang bhari
man ki gagariya
man ki gagariya
o o o o
jeewan ke angna
aasha ka jhoolna
jhoole hain krishn kanhaai
jhoole hain krishn kanhaai
jeewan ke angna
aasha ka jhoolna
jhoole hain krishn kanhaai
jhoole hain krishn kanhaai
baanto badhaai
baanto badhaai
aaye krishn kanhaai
aaye krishn kanhaai

sooraj ka tej laaya nainon mein bhar ke
sudh budh dev bhoole dekho tadke
maaya hansi ?? koi naya roop dharke
mukh par chaand khila nandkumar ke
dukh se ubaarne
dharti sanwaarne
jyoti nayi jagmagaayi
jhoole hain krishan kanhaayi
jeewan ke angnaa asha ka jhoolna
jhoole hain krishn kanhaayi
jhoole hain krishn kanhaayi
baanto badhaayi
baanto badhayi
aaye krishn kanhaayi
aaye krishn kanhaayi
ho ho

baadal ka rang liye
paaras ka tan hai
bali bali jaaye sakhi
baanka man hai

gyaani ka gyaan laayi paawan kiran hai
bade bade jhoomen sakhi
ye to rain hai

jyoti ye karm ka
deepak hai dharm ka
vedon ki hai ye sachchaai
jhoole hain krishn kanhaayi
baanto badhaayi
baanto badhaayi
aaye krishn kanhaayi
aaye krishn kanhaayi
ho ho

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