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Dheere Dheere Jal Re Manwa

Posted on: July 16, 2020


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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Missing Films of 1960s – 115
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Frankly, I never really thought I would be posting a song for this most obscure of films. The name ‘Flying Horse’, with the accompanying information conspicuous for being so frugally available, kind of put this film near the bottom of the list with the likes of ‘Flight to Assam’ and ‘Mahavat’ (both from 1961), for which the expectation for traceability is kind of low enough to be non-existent.

So consider my surprise, and excitement of course, as I get a message from our Sadanand ji, about 10-12 days ago, with a link to this song, with the details claiming it to be one of the songs of this heretofore wonderfully extinct film. I played the song, I checked out the details – it all seemed to match. The song is listed in Geet Kosh as belonging to this film. This in my opinion, would constitute one of the rarest of the rare finds.

My interest in this song was further heightened, as I read the latter part of Sadanand ji’s message. First part of that dampening effect came when I read further to find that this song, although clearly listed for this film in the Geet Kosh, well, it also appears in the listing of another film. Further inputs from Sadanand ji, and more checking through the Geet Kosh reveals that there is another film titled ‘Saalgirah’, which also includes this song. And the fact that makes this scenario more interesting, as well as intriguing is, that ‘Saalgirah’ is listed as one of the unreleased films from the 1950s. As I tried to search for more info, my efforts were directed towards finding out what would be the common set of information for the two films, so as to establish some link between the two. A little digging revealed that there is only one common link between the two films, and that is the music director. That, in my mind, would serve to be an important linkage that would explain as well as support the scenario. The song would have been earlier prepared and recorded for the film ‘Saalgirah’, but then for whatever reason, the film was shelved. The tunes created would then become intellectual property either of the producer or the music director, depend on the understanding between the two.

Come 1963, and the film ‘Flying Horse’ – the music director chooses to use at least four of the songs prepared for the earlier unreleased film ‘Saalgirah’. So this becomes one of the cases of songs meant for one movie, but used in another movie. And here is an additional piece of information that makes the scenario more interesting. The Geet Kosh listing for the unreleased film ‘Saalgirah’ shows that two gramophone records were published for the film, containing 4 of the 5 five songs listed for this unreleased film. Now this publication went on to ensure that the four songs of this film, continued to be available, although the film itself was never completed and released.

As I reviewed the Geet Kosh entries for ‘Flying Horse’, I found that no  gramophone record nos. are listed for it. Presumably then, the two records and four songs originally recorded for ‘Saalgirah’ are likely the only recordings available for these songs. And so with a little agreeable extrapolation, based on the details as contained in Geet Kosh, I am rightly announcing the uncovering of the songs of this rare and obscure film.

And so here we go. The 1963 film ‘Flying Horse’ is directed by Trimurty for the banner of Vishwakala Pictures, Bombay. The cast of actors is listed as Krishna Kumari, Samar Roy, Heera Sawant, Kesari, Ameerbai Karnataki, Shri Bhagwan, Sudha, Madhumati, Omi, Khanna, Pandit Iqbal, Master Mohan, and RS Dubey. It is interesting to note a few familiar names in this cast of actors.

There are seven songs listed for this film. Interestingly, the unreleased film ‘Saalgirah’ has only five songs listed. The common denominator is the four songs that were published on gramophone records. The common factor of the music director across the two films also has a little variation. The name of the MD for ‘Saalgirah’ is listed as H Vijay. And the name of MD for ‘Flying Horse’ is listed as Vijay Honawar. Unless this is a coincidence of a superlative order, I would surmise that the two are the same person. Moreover the wordings of the titles of the four songs match exactly. And so does partially, the name of the lyricists. In the film ‘Saalgirah’ two of the four songs are credited to Madhuraj, one song to Munshi Khanjar, and one song to VR Sharma. In the case of ‘Flying Horse’, all the four songs are credited to Madhukar. It is known fact that Madhuraj is the pseudonym used on occasion by the poet Madhukar Rajasthani. And so does match the name of the lyricist also. The unexplained part that remains is why Madhukar Rajasthani is credited with two extra songs, that have been earlier credited to other lyricists. This will need research on available material like film information booklets etc. I cannot comment on this right now.

The singer’s name is listed in the details of the earlier unreleased film ‘Saalgirah’. The singer for this song is Aashima Bannerji. The song itself is a very sad song of unfulfilled love – an expression that borders on a complete resignation to the vagaries of fate.

So, with some collation of available data, part extrapolation, and part tongue-in-cheek gumption, I present here this song which can be termed as a very rare find. Actually, the uploader of this song on YouTube has probably surmised similar conclusions, and has posted this song for the film ‘Flying Horse’. Another fact that Sadanand ji points out is important, this song was played on Radio Ceylon (now Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation 🙂 ) sometimes during 2019, albeit that announcement was for the unreleased film ‘Saalgirah’.

This series of missing films of 1960s, which has showcased 114 films already, over a span of – oh goodness – now almost five years, continues to be alive. In fact in the interim months since the previous two episodes was published in July 2019 and Jan 2020, I have received information input about the availability of songs of a few more films. That is heartening news, and the series is going to be alive for some more episodes. Watch this space for more postings in this series.

Song – Dheere Dheere Jal Re Manwa  (Flying Horse) (1963) Singer – Aashima Bannerji, Lyrics – Madhukar Rajasthani, MD – Vijay Honawar

Lyrics 

aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

dheere dheere jal re manwa
dheere dheere jal
dheere dheere jal re manwa
dheere dheere jal
nainon mein raat dhal rahi
duniya rahi badal re manwa
dheere dheere jal

gaaun kya mann ki veentee
gaaun kya mann ki veentee
geet adhure pyaar ke
geet adhure pyaar ke
praanon mein bkali bhari
praanon mein bkali bhari
aansoo rahe nikal re manwa
dheere dheere jal re manwa
dheere dheere jal

jeevan ki shaam ho chuki
jeevan ki shaam ho chuki
aasha ki jyot bujh rahi
aasha ki jyot bujh rahi
mil na sakungi tumse main
mil na sakungi tumse main
sapne rahe machal re manwa
dheere dheere jal re manwa
dheere dheere jal
nainon mein raat dhal rahi
duniya rahi badal re manwa
dheere dheere jal

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

धीरे धीरे जल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल
धीरे धीरे जल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल
नैनों में रात ढल रही
दुनिया रही बदल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल

गाउँ क्या मन की वीनती
गाउँ क्या मन की वीनती
गीत अधूरे प्यार के
गीत अधूरे प्यार के
प्राणों में बेकली भरी
प्राणों में बेकली भरी
आँसू रहे निकल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल

जीवन की शाम हो चुकी
जीवन की शाम हो चुकी
आशा की ज्योत बुझ रही
आशा की ज्योत बुझ रही
मिल ना सकूँगी तुमसे मैं
मिल ना सकूँगी तुमसे मैं
सपने रहे मचल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल
नैनों में रात ढल रही
दुनिया रही बदल रे मनवा
धीरे धीरे जल

3 Responses to "Dheere Dheere Jal Re Manwa"

What a find! It is a pretty song too. Madhukar Rajasthani wrote so many beautiful gair filmi songs. I used to love listening to them in the afternoon slot of AIR.
I used to listen to a ghazal by Daag Dehlavi – Tamasha e dairo haram dekhte hain. It used to play quite often at the time, during very late 70s. I tried and tried to find that song but cannot. It has been sung by others but I can’t find it by that same singer. I don’t even remember who sang it. All I remember is her rich voice. It was like Asha Bhonsle’s voice. I still remember the tune.

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Dear Sudhir ji,

I was looking for a biographical sketch of Madhukar Rajasthani but could find none in the public domain. Even Arun Deshmukh ji did not have any details. Would be grateful if you or anyone else could provide some links.

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Sudhir Ji, Nice song, but sounds like a variation of ‘Zindagi usiki hai…” ( Anarkali). I appreciate your search for credentials of MD and lyricist of this song, before presenting here.

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