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Kajra lagaa ke re bindiya sajaa ke

Posted on: November 18, 2019

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Today (18 november 2019) is thr 118th birth anniversary of V Shantaram (18 november 1901- 30 october 1990).

When one looks at the career of V Shantaram, one can only be amazed. He made his debut as an actor in 1921 in a silent movie “Surekha Haran”(1921). His last movie was as a director in “Jhanjhaar”(1987).

After acting in a few silent moves, he turned director with “Netaji Palkar.”

He acted, produced and directed many movies, including some movies that are considered landmark movies in the annals of Indian cinema.

“Ayodhyache Raja”(1932), directed by him under “Prabhat Films” was the first Marathi talkie. It was also made in Hindi as “Ayodhya Ka Raja”(1932). “Maaya Machhindra”(1932) also came in the same year. “Amar Jyoti”(1936), “Aadmi”(1939) and “Padosi”(1941) were some well known Prabhat talkies films directed by him.

He then left Prabhat and formed Rajkamal Kala Mandir. More than twenty movies were produced by Rajkamal. “Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani”(1946), “Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje”(1955), “Do Aankhen Baarah Haath”(1957), “Navrang”(1959), “Stree”(1961), “Sehra”(1963), “Geet Gaaya Pattharon Ne”(1964) etc were some of his memorable movies under this banner.

On the occasion of his birth anniversary, here is a song from “Jal Bin Machhli Nrity Bin Bijli”(1971). This movie was produced and directed by V Shantaram. The movie had Abhijeet(Introducing),Sandhya, Dina Gandhi aka Dina Pathak, Raja Paranjape, Vatsala Deshmukh, Iftekhar, Birbal, Vasant Parekh, Ravindra, Paresh Nanda, Nanda, Basant and new artists Minal, Praveen Kumar, child star Sushant Ray.

The song is sung by Lata. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The song is preceded by several minutes of dance. And what a dance performance ! A few days ago, I had discussed a “snake” dance which I thought was one of a kind. Here is another one of a kind dance. It is picturised as a “snake-peacock-Eagle” dance. The dance director Praveen Kumar has done a great job choreographing this dance. Incidentally, the term choreography was not known those days.

The dance is picturised on Sandhya and Minal. Abhijeet and Raja Paranjpe are also visible in the picturisation.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

The song (including the dance) is nearly ten minutes long. And every second of this long song is worth watching.


Song-Kajra lagaa ke re bindiya saja ke(Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli)(1971) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

kajra lagaa ke
re bindiya sajaa ke
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
ho kajra lagaa ke
re bindiya sajaa ke
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
?? ki madhur taan
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
ho kajra lagaa ke re
re bindiya sajaa ke
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki

ae tum na bologe
yoon na bolo na bolo na bolo na bolo
hum sang na, sang na,
hum sang na dologe
hum sang na dolo na dolo na dolo na dologe
boloongi nahin
tum sang
doloongi nahin
karoon par main kya
bas mein nahin jiya
ho aayi mai to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
ho kajra lagaa ke
re bindiya sajaa ke
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe layi milan dhun piya ki

lo main hi haari re
ye lo main hi haari re
haari re haari re
bhayi tum pe
tum pe,
bhayi tum pe waari re
sainyya tum pe waari re
vari re vari re
aye ji ab to bol do
maan jaao
ankhiyaan khol do
balam jago re ae
garva laago more
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
ho kajra lagaa ke
re bindiya sajaa ke
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki
ho aayi main to aayi re aayi
mohe laayi milan dhun piya ki

ho main to aayi re aayi
tumhe laayi milan dhun n n
piya ki

piya ki

6 Responses to "Kajra lagaa ke re bindiya sajaa ke"

Many thanks for this post Atul ji and thanks Prakash ji for this wonderful song. I was also preparing the post with the same song, but could not finish it. During the preparation of this song I had watched it many times.
Actually there is a anecdote related to this song of how I came to know about this song. In 1985-1986 when I started collecting cassettes and was also getting recorded some cassettes for selected compilation that one of my Boss asked me to look for this song. At that time, being a Kaka fan, I bought the cassette of ‘Apna Desh-1970’ thinking that the song was ‘kajra lagaake, gajra sajaake…’. Later on I came to know about this song from ‘Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli’ and after coming into contact with this blog I was longing for seeing it here.
I had watched the movie in parts only, and need to watch it full.
Still two songs from this movie are remaining, so I can take a chance 🙂
Thanks again,


The 1987 movie directed by V.Shantaram is ‘Jhanjhaar’ (Fire) (as also spelled on its posters) and not Jhaanjar”(1987), I think (if both do not have same meaning?)


It was Jhanjhaar not jhaanjar.
jhaanjar is anklet


Good song of the early seventies.
I think ?? Should ve the words “leher ki chaal ” that is what it sounds like.
People with better ears should help.




Atul Ji. thanks for helping recall this nice song. I heard this song in those days, but did not hear it since or recalled it.. i also did not know this song is from ‘Jal Bin….’


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