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Buddham sharnam gachchaami

Posted on: October 11, 2020


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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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‘Angulimaal’ (1960) was directed by Vijay Bhatt of Prakash Pictures which had been known for producing mythological and historical films among other genres. The film was a presentation of Thai Information Services Co Ltd. It is said that on the occasion of 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Thai Government financed the film. I find from the credit title of the film that a Thai sounding name, Viratna Vidyabanich was as one of the production controllers. The star cast consisted of Bharat Bhushan, Nimmi, Anita Guha, Manmohan Krishan, Achala Sachdev, Chandrasekhar, Prem Adib, Ulhas, Kesri, Ram Mohan, Helen, Bimla, Sheila Kashmiri and Master Vinod Kumar (Vinod Mehra). The dialogues were written by a well-known Hindi writer and poet, Bhavani Prasad Mishra, the only film for which he wrote dialogues. Earlier, Bhavani Prasad Mishra had written lyrics for ‘Swayam Siddha’ (1949).

The story of the film is adapted from one of the Buddhist scriptures – ‘Angulimaal Sutta’. The story was said to have been in existence since 5th-4th Century BC which have been passed on to the next generations in the oral traditions until it was recorded in writing in the later centuries. As such, the original story of Angulimaal may have gone through some additions as it passed on to next generation in oral format. It is said that the family background of Angulimaal was not mentioned in the original story. Later on, it got incorporated in the story.

The story depicted in the film is as under:

On a stormy night, a son is born to the Royal Priest (Manmohan Krishan) of a kingdom. The Royal astrologer predicts that the boy would become a dreaded killer in his later years. The royal priest takes his new born son to the King (Prem Adib) for his blessings. The royal astrologer, however, suggests to the King that the boy should be killed to prevent him from becoming a dreaded killer. The King overrules him by saying that it is not right to kill a child when he has not committed a crime. Instead, King names him as ‘Ahinsak’ (Non-Violent) and orders that Ahinsak should be given proper education and the cultural upbringing so that he is prevented from becoming a killer.

During the 8th birthday celebration of King’s daughter, Princess Maya (Nimmi), King finds Ahinsak (Vinod Kumar) the most intelligent among the boys present at the occasion. He orders the Acharya (Ulhas) to take Ahinsak to his Gurukul for further studies. In the Gurukul, Ahinsak is introduced to Maruti, Dhanpal and Krishna among others. In the Gurukul, because of his all-round excellence in studies, sports, horse-riding and behaviour, Ahinsak becomes the darling of Acharya and his wife Gurumata (Anita Guha).

The boys have now grown up. Maruti (Chandrasekhar), Krishna (Kesri) and Dhanpal have become jealous of Ahinsak (Bharat Bhushan) as they cannot compete with him in any field. Another reason for jealousy for Maruti is that Princess Maya likes Ahinsak and Maruti is eyeing on marrying her. So, all three of them conspire to poison the mind of Acharya against Ahinsak by making some false allegations. One of the false allegations made by Dhanpal is that Ahinsak is having illicit relations with Gurumata. In the spur of the moment, Ahinsak kills Dhanpal for making a wild allegation. With this incidence, Acharya thinks that the prediction of the astrologer about Ahinsak becoming a killer may come out to be true. He expels Ahinsak from the Gurukul. His parent and his friends also shun him for life. The king announces a booty on his head. In the circumstances, he had no alternative but to run away in the forest where he makes friendship with animals but hates human beings. He starts the ruthlessly killings of human being whenever he sees them. In this process, he starts collecting a finger each of his killer. He takes a pledge to kill a thousand persons and to make a garland of fingers (Angulimaal) of those killed by him.

Angulimaal is now one short of his target of 1000 killings. He is about to kill a person in the darkness without knowing as to who the person was. The person happens to be his mother who had stepped out in search of her son and has been wandering in the forest for many days. When Angulimaal was about to kill her, he finds his hand holding a sword getting locked. He tries many times but his handis not able to raise the sword to kill the person. Then he sees a divine person appearing in front of him who is none other than Lord Buddha. Angulimaal tries to kill him but he is not able to catch-up with him. In desperation, Angulimaal asks him as to who he is.

After a series of arguments and questions, Angulimaal finds that this divine person still loves him after his horrible killings. He throws his sword and follows the advice of Lord Buddha to become a monk. He goes back to the people in the street of his royal palace, asking for forgiveness. But instead he is attacked by people throwing stones at him. He gets injured but continues to plead for forgiveness. At the right time, Princess Maya, who has become a monk, comes and rescues him from the mad crowd. She takes him to the monastery. The film ends with Angulimaal dressed as a monk, walking through the street for alms. Instead of stones, people now shower him with flowers and seeking his blessing.

There are 7 songs in ‘Angulimaal’ (1960) of which 5 songs have been covered on the Blog. All the songs were written by Bharat Vyas which was set to music by Anil Biswas. I was surprised to note that of the remaining two songs, the theme song and that too the most popular song of the film, ‘Buddham sharanam gachchaami’ is yet to be covered on the Blog. So, here is the theme song of about 10 minutes of duration which I am presenting with this article. The song is majorly rendered by Manna Dey except four lines which is rendered by Asha Bhosle lip syncing for Nimmi.

The song was not a cake walk for presentation as I found that there were many parts of the songs on the video sharing platform – some incomplete also. Fortunately, I found an audio clip of the song containing all the 6 parts of the song. Each stanza of the song has been rendered separately as background song. But video clips of a couple of parts of the song were not available. Also, it was necessary to know the sequence of each part of the song as it appears in the film. Instead of presenting the video clips in driblets, that too incomplete, I have made a new video clip by ripping off all the available parts of the song from the DVD of the film and uploaded the same. Unfortunately, Part-2 of the song is not available on the DVD of the film.

I give below the part-wise sequence of the song as appearing in the filmand the context thereof.

Part-1: As background song while credit titles of the film is displayed on the screen

Part-2: Missing in the DVD of the film. Probably this part was the continuation of Part-1. This part can be heard from the audio clip.

Part-3: The song is played in the background when Gurumata (Anita Guha) was about to commit suicide by jumping from a hill top into the river for tarnishing her name linking with Ahinsak (Bharat Bhushan). A monk’s sermons in the background stops her from committing suicide. She joins a monastery.

Part-4: Princess Maya (Nimmi) after failing to persuade Angulimaal to give up killings and join her, she is distressed that Angulimaal would continue to indulge in his killings. She decides to join monastery.

Part-5: Angulimaal (Bharat Bhushan) is about to kill his mother (Achala Sachdev). But the background song prevents him from using his sword as his hand muscle gets locked.

Part-6: Background song as Angulimaal, as a reformed man and now a monk, walks through the streets.

The lyrics in every line of the song has deep philosophical and inspirational thoughts. This song has as much of relevance today as was 60 years back when it was written by Bharat Vyas.

This is a devotional cum inspirational song which has a soothing effect on the mind.

Video Clip:(All Parts except Part-2)

Audio Clip: (All – Parts 1 to 6)

Song-Buddham sharnam gachhaami (Angulimaal)(1960) Singers-Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Anil Biswas
Chorus
Manna Dey + Chorus

Lyrics(Based on Audio Clip)

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Part-1
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buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

ghabaraaye ae ae jab mann anmol
aa aa aa aa aa aa
hriday ho uthhe daanvaadol
aa aa aa aa aa aa

ghabaraaye jab mann anmol
aur hriday ho daanvaadol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

—————————–
Part-2
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jab ashaanti ka raag uthhe
laal lahu ka phaag uthe
hinsa ki wo aag uthhe
maanav mein pashu jaag uthe…ae ae
upar se muskaate ??
bheetar zahar rahe wo ghol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

—————————
Part-3
—————————-
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
jab dukh ki ghadiyaan aayen
aa aa aa aa
sachh par jhooth vijay paaye
aa aa aa aa
iss nirmal paavan mann par
jab kalank ke ghan chhaayen..en en
anyaayon ki aandhi se
praan uthhe jab tere dol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

——————————–
Part-4
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roothh gaya jab sun’ne waala
kis’se karoon pukaa…aa aar
pyaar kahaan pahchaan saka ye
ye nirdayi sansaa…r

nirdayata jab lewe jaan
daya huyi ho antardhyaan
jab ye chhota sa insaan
bhool raha apna bhagwaan aan
satya tera jab ghabaraaye
shraddha ho jab daanvaadol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

—————————————-
Part-5
—————————————-
buddham saranam gachchhaami
jab duniya se pyaar uthhe ae ae ae ae ae
jab duniya se pyaar uthhe
nafrat ki deewaar uthhe
maa ki mamta par jis din
bete ki talwaar uthhe….ae ae ae
aaa aaa aaa aaa
dharti ki kaaya kaanpe
ambar dagmag uthhe dol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami

——————————–
Part-6
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door kiya jis ne jan-jan ke
vyaakul mann kaa aa andhiyaara aa aa
jiski ek kiran ko chhoo kar
chamak uthha ye jag saara

deep satya kaa sada jale
daya ahinsa sada phale
sukh shaanti ki chhaaya mein
jan-gan-man kaa prem pale ae ae
Bhaarat ke bhagawan Buddha ka
goonje ghar ghar mantra amol
hey maanav nit mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
hey maanav nit mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

7 Responses to "Buddham sharnam gachchaami"

I have always liked this beautiful song and keep hearing it time and again. But, have never heard it in it’s entirety.

Thank you, Sadanand ji.

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Namaskaar,Thanks 🙏🏽 for this wonderful, soothing song well edited and shared for all Buddham sharanam gachchhaami  Aabhaar  Regards  Atul Dave  Architect 

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Prakashchandra ji,
I had already listened to Part-1 and 2 of the audio clips you have kindly posted above. Since I found that Part-3 and 4 of the song were not covered in this two-part audio clips, I chose the alternative non-company audio clip containing all the six parts of the song.

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“Aadat se Majboor” Sadanand ji, 😅
Hope you don`t mind me, posting record company audio links,
Anyways Thanks for writing to me,

Regards

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Prakashchandra ji,
Please continue this excellent work.

Iss aadat ko aap jaari rakhiye.

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