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Ganga mein nahin Jamuna mein nahin

Posted on: June 22, 2021


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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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Today’s song is from a Mythological film- Shri Krishna Bhakti-1955. Made under the banner of Combined films Traders, Bombay, it was directed by the Wizard of Trick scenes- Babubhai Mistry. MD was my favourite- Chitragupta. All the 8 songs of this film were written by G S Nepali.

Hindu religion describes how the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu (Dashavataar) actually represent the Evolution of the Human race. The 10 Avatars were…

1. Matsya….Life started from water.
2. Kachha(Tortoise)…. First Amphibian who learned to live both in Sea and on Land.
3. Varaah (The Boar)….Life solely on Land.
4. Narsimha….Half qualities of Animal and half of Human.
5. Waman….Developing Humans.
6. Parshuram….Human ruled by Emotions
7. Shri Ram….Perfect Human being.
8. Shri Krishna….Survival amongst the opposition.
9. The Buddha….Extreme stage of Sacrifice
10. Kalki….End of Anarchy and present set up, to start a New Age all over again….Yet to come.

The most popular among these are, of course, Ram and Krishna. But what was the necessity of these Avatars at all ? Answer to this is in Bhagwad Geeta. BHAGAVAD GITA is one of our cultural heritage books. It is a part of Mahabharat and is also a part of Bramhopnishad-which is a scripture on Yogas.

This is a dialogue between Lord Shri Krishna and Arjun. The legend says that when Kauravas and Pandavas stood opposite each others for a war on Kurukshetra, Dhritrashtra,the blind father of Kauravas asked Sanjay- who had the divine power of seeing the war at Kurukshetra- to describe him the war happenings. Sanjay starts and in the course of his reporting, the entire Geeta too is narrated.

Without going into the details further, enough to stress that Lord Shrikrishna explains to Arjuna that, whenever there is a decline of Dharma and righteousness, He takes birth from age to age (sambhavami yuge yuge), to protect the virtuous, destroy evil-doers and to reestablish Dharma and righteousness.

This is described in the IV chapter, stanzas 7 and 8 in Bhagavad Gita thus-

“Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya
Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha,
Abhyuthanam Adharmaysya
Tadatmanam Srijami Aham’.

Bhagavad Gita (Chapter IV-7)

“Whenever there is decay
of righteousness O! Bharatha
And a rise of unrighteousness
then I manifest Myself!”

Praritranaya Sadhunam
Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam
Dharamasansthapnaya
Sambhavami Yuge-Yuge.”

Bhagavat Gita (Chapter IV-8)

“For the protection of the good,
for the destruc­tion of the wicked and
for the establishment of righteousness,
I am born in every age.”

Indian filmmakers have made several films on the stories associated with these two Avatars- Ram and Krishn. Lord Ram has always been hailed as the “Purushottam” or the complete man. Personally, I feel that Characters like Shri Ram are not suitable for this age. For today’s times, the best suited is Krishna. While Ram taught us how to rule righteously, Krishna taught us how to win over the Villains and be successful. In today’s context, Krishn-Niti is more suitable,I aver. When your righteous living is in danger due to evil forces, you can not remain like a Purshottam. You will need to adopt Krishn Niti for survival. The best difference between these two can be explained by this Shlok.

Shri Ram – Ahinsa Parmo Dharmah….There is nothing greater than Non violence.

Shri Krishna – Dharma Hinsa tathaiva cha….You are justified to pick up arms for a just cause.

For the last 100 odd years, we were taught only the first part, but now we realise the second part is more suitable for our survival, in these times. Krishna Niti says, there is nothing wrong to adopt unconventional methods if your Right Cause is facing strong opposition. Lord Krtishna’s life was full of interesting episodes and therefore I like Krishna more than Ram, for his relevance to modern times.

Today’s song is from a film which depicts the story of a Krishn Bhakt. It is about how the devotee is saved from imminent death. The story of the film is….

In a village lives a boastful Bramhin Balbhadra Shastri and Cheta-the Krishn Bhakta Harijan. One day Cheta invites several Sadhus for food, whom Balbhadra had insulted. At the time of meals, the Sadhus get more than enough food. At the same time, food from Balbhadra’s house disappears. This enrages Balbhadra Shastri. On Janmashtami day, Shanti- Balbhadra’s daughter serves Prasad to Seva, son of Cheta. Balbhadra is very angry and hits Seva. He becomes unconscious. Same time the Idol in the temple disappears miraculously. People are afraid and request Cheta to invoke God to come back. Cheta sings a Bhajan and Seva comes alive and at the same time the Temple idol returns. All the people start hailing Cheta.

Balbhadra is very angry and decides to kill Cheta, but in the melee, instead of Cheta, Balbhadra kills his own daughter Shanta. Balbhadra accuses Cheta of her murder and takes him to court. Cheta is sentenced to death. On the day of execution, when Cheta is singing a bhajan while on way to the Gallows, suddenly, Shanta comes running and explains that the killed girl was someone else and she was kidnapped. Cheta is freed. Balbhadra repents and Cheta is honoured as a Great Krishn Bhakt.

The great Editor and special effect-Trick scene expert Babubhai Mistri ( 5-9-1918 to 20-12-2010), in the beginning, was an assistant with Prakash pictures.Prakash was making a film “Khwabon ki Duniya”- 37, based on the famous novel “The Invisible Man” by H.G.Wells,1897.The shooting started but the basic problem was how to show the ‘invisible‘ man. There was no special effect technique available in India till then, like in Hollywood.

Vijay Bhatt had an assistant called Babubhai Mistri, who accepted the challenge and using a dim light, a black curtain and a black thread to move articles, he achieved the desired results. This made the film not only a hit and popular one, but also a unique one. Babubhai Mistri, thus, became the father of the trick scenes and special effects in India. In the process, Babubhai also earned a nickname of ‘kaala dhaaga‘ (black thread) for the rest of his life, in the film industry.

Babubhai directed 49 Hindi films-mostly B and C grade Mythologicals, Costume, and Historical films. He also directed 1 Telugu and 9 Gujarati films. His first film as a director was Muqabala-42. Surprisingly he started off with a social film, but there was a valid reason. The initial Poster Painter had developed into a skilled Editor and trick scene expert, by his own hard work, encouraged by the Wadia brothers. The film was an unusual film of a story of twin sisters. Wadias wanted Babubhai to do something which will make the film stand out from all other such films.

Directed by Babubhai Mistry, it was the last movie of Fearless Nadia for Wadia Movietone. She had a double role of twin sisters: good Madhuri and bad Rita.
This film was First in India to use Split-screen method for double roles, where both sisters could cross each others, shake hands and talk together. The other attraction was the Night club set, which, in case of police Raid, could be converted into a respected residence in few minutes. It was a great fun to watch these two things.
A happy ending picture, but to see and hear the laboured Hindi dialogues of Madhuri (good Nadia) was another treat.

Today’s song is a bhajan by Mohd. Rafi and chorus.


Song- Ganga mein nahin Jamuna mein nahin (Shri Krishn Bhakti)(1955) Singer- Mohd. Rafi, Lyricist- G S Nepali, MD- Chitragupta
Chorus

Lyrics

Ganga mein nahin
Jamuna mein nahin
mehlon mein nahin
kutiyon mein nahin een een een
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
mehlon mein nahin
kutiyon mein nahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin

kyun naam na lekar dhan jode
kaudi ke liye naataa tode
kyun naam na lekar dhan jode
kaudi ke liye naataa tode

sone mein nahin chaandi mein nahin
sone mein nahin chaandi mein nahin
heere mein nahin moti mein nahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin

chupke se ro(?) man ki maala
chupke dekhe murli waala
chupke se ro(?) man ki maala
chupke dekhe murli waala

jantar mein nahin mantar mein nahin
jantar mein nahin mantar mein nahin
dharti mein nahin saagar mein nahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin

paataal gagan jal mein thhal mein
muskaata hua ?? pal mein
paataal gagan jal mein thhal mein
muskaata hua ?? pal mein

mandir mein nahin teerthon mein nahin
mandir mein nahin teerthon mein nahin
Geeta mein nahin Vedon mein nahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
mehlon mein nahin
kutiyon mein nahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin
jahaan yaad karo Bhagwaan wahin

7 Responses to "Ganga mein nahin Jamuna mein nahin"

Second stanza:

“chhupke phero” man ki maala
“chhupke” dekhe murli waala

Third stanza:

paataal gagan jal mein thhal mein
muskaata hua “nikle” pal mein

Sir,

Thank you for the informative post. I was under the impression that this is the ‘the age of Buddha’, since there have been no more ‘Avatar’ since Lord Buddha.

The chinese have a lot more Avatars of Buddha, the smiling Buddha is one example.

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Thanks for your comment.
Avatar i.e. incarnation of The Supreme, on this earth, takes place only when needed. It is not a continuous process, nor Avatar means a variety or a kind. He comes only when the need arises.
The last Avatar will come when the world will saturate with immorality and loss of Religions.
These are all the writings in the Scriptures. To believe them or not is left to the individuals.
” The chinese have a lot more Avatars of Buddha….” Does this mean different varieties or kinds of Buddhas ? To my knowledge, Chinese holy books agree to only ONE Buddha.
Thanks again.
-AD

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Yes, I meant different kinds. “The laughing buddha” is a different take from the “Extreme stage of Sacrifice”. Both of them are diverse things.

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Arun Ji, thanks for the post.
Interesting to read more about Babubhai Mistry, a name I have been very familiar with.
I agree with your comments about Krishna Neeti. If I remember right, Krishna avatar is spoken of as Poorna Avatar. More over, It is put forth by many that every Avatar has evolved/manifested according the kind of world that existed at that time.

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Satish ji,
You are right.
Supply was as per demand….means whatever was required for that time, God provided that in his Avtar. All the more reason that Ram is unsuitable today as an ideal to follow, because the times have changed.
Thanks for your views.
-AD

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Lovely post & Bhajan Arun ji!
Thanks a lot!

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Umesh ji,
Thanks for your appreciation.

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