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Vandan karen ree sakhi vandan karen

Posted on: August 21, 2021


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I have come across 3 Hindi films on the story of ‘Krihsna-Arjuna Yuddh’. I had never heard of the story of war between Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat. How could they be at war with each other when Arjun and Lord Krishna were not only great friends but they were also relatives. Then how did the story of ‘Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ emerge? I could not get the slightest indication of the story even as a sub-plot in Mahabharat. A search on the internet revealed that there was indeed a story of Krishna-Arjun war. I came across at least two such stories with some minor variations though the main theme (the reasons for the war) remained the same in both the stories. There may be a few more versions of this story.

The first version of the story of Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ which I read is based on a fictional work written by a Telugu author, Chilakamarti Lakshminarasimhan with a title ‘Gayapakhyanam’ (1890). Based on this story, the Telugu drama ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’ was staged in early 20th century. Later, the film, ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’ (1963) was made in Telugu. The timeframe in the story was pre-Mahabharat war. The full story can be read here and here.

The first film on Krishna-Arjuna war was a silent film ‘Krishna Arjuna Yuddha’ (1923). With the advent of talkies, the same was made into a sound film in 1934 in Hindi. This was again remade as ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddha’ (1945) and ‘Shri Krishna Arjuna Yuddh’ (1971), both in Hindi. Going by the synopsis of the 1934 talky film, I feel that all these films were based on the second version of the story for which the timeframe for this story was post-Mahabharat war. I will also not be surprised if the story writers of each of these films may have added sub-plots to the main story to make the films interesting to watch.

The story of ‘Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ in Hindi films seems to have been adapted from the second version which I have read in an article in Punjab Kesari. I have paraphrased the story to make it concise:

Once Maharshi Gaalav was making a divine offering to Sun God in the early morning when he saw Gandharva king, Chitrasen travelling in his aviation chariot in the sky. However, while travelling, Chitrasen’s spit fell in the Gaalav’s offerings. He was terribly annoyed with Chitrasen. He was about to give him a curse when he realised that his cursing would result in nullifying his years of meditation. So, he went to Lord Krishna with a complaint against Chitrasen. After hearing, Lord Krishna at once took a vow that before the sunrise the next day, he would kill Chitrasen. Gaalav returned to his hermitage satisfied.

After Gaalav had left, Devrishi Narad reached Lord Krishna’s house. Observing Lord Krishna in a serious mood, Narad asked him as to what was the reason for his serious face. Lord Krishna revealed about Gaalav’s visit and his vow to kill Chitrasen before the sunrise the next day. After hearing this, Narad rushed to meet Chitrasen and apprised him of the danger to his life with Lord Krishna’s vow. Chitrasen got panicky and proceeded to Lord Indra and Lord Shiva with a request to protect him from Lord Krishna. His requests went in vain as they would not like to interfere with Lord Krishna’s matter.

A disappointed Chitrasen came back to Narad and requested him to find a way out to get his life protected. Narad gave him a solution by advising him to visit a particular place on the banks of Yamuna River in the midnight and cry loudly. After listening to his cries, a lady would come to him and enquire as to the reasons for his crying. He would have first get her commitment for the protection from his impending death without revealing as to who was his potential killer. Once the lady gives the promise to protect him, he can reveal the name of Lord Krishna as his potential killer. Chitrasen had no other option but to agree to Narad’s advice.

In between, Narad made a hasty visit to Arjun’s palace and met Subhadra. He told her that the day was the most auspicious one to take a bath in Yamuna River in the midnight and if she gets an opportunity to help a needy person, she would get ‘akshya punya’. That night, Subhadra visited the banks of Yamuna River along with her friends for the auspicious bath, After her bath, she heard a loud cry for help. She thought it as an opportunity to help a person in distress for ‘akshya punya’ and visited the person who was none other than Chitrasen. He told his problem to Subhadra without revealing the name of Lord Krishna. Once he got the firm commitment from her that she would protect him, Chitrasen revealed the name of his potential killer as Lord Krishna. Subhadra was now in a piquant situation. On the one side, Lord Krishna’s promise to Gaalav has to be met. On the other side, it was her commitment to save Chitrasen from a sure death,

Subhadra returned to her palace with Chitrasen and presented him to Arjun who turned out to be his friend. Arjun was ready to protect Chitrasen to fulfill the commitment Subhadra made to him. Arjun gave refuge to Chitrasen in his palace. Now it was Narad’s turn to meet Lord Krishna and to apprise him that his close friend and brother-in-law, Arjun had given protection to Chitrasen. He suggested to Lord Krishna to think twice before planning his next move. Lord Krishna requested Narad to convince Arjun to release and bring Chitrasen to his place.

Narad met Arjun with Lord Krishna’s proposal which Arjuna flatly refused to comply with. He said that having given promise to Subhadra to give protection to Chitrasen, it was not correct on his part to deviate from his promise as per the teachings of Lord Krishna. Narad went back to Lord Krishna and conveyed Arjun’s decision. Now a war was eminent between Lord Krishna and Arjun. Lord Krishna comes with his army of Yadavas and Arjuna with the army of Pandavas. A pierce war broke out between them exhausting all their conventional weapons without any result. At last, Lord Krishna took out his Sudarshan Chakra for which Arjun’s response was through his Pashupatashtra. Knowing that these two potent weapons were capable of destroying the whole world, Arjun invoked Lord Shiva who appeared at the war scene. After taking control of both these potent weapons, Lord Shiva reached out to Lord Krishna and reminded him that there were several instances where he had not fulfilled his vows in difference to his devotees. Lord Shiva ordered them to stop the war at once. Lord Krishna stopped the war by hugging Arjun and freed Chitrasen from his vow to kill him.

Maharshi Gaalav was disappointed. He felt that Lord Krishna, Arjuna, Subhadra and Chitrasen had played pranks with him. He told them that he was going to burn them with his power. So, he took some water on his hand to pour on the ground so that all the four are destroyed by burning. But before he could do so, Subhadra said loudly that if she was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and her devotion to Arjun was complete, the water from the hands of Gaalav would not fall on the ground. That was what exactly happened when Gaalav attempted to pour the water from his hand.

Maharshi Gaalav was ashamed of his act. He took leave of Lord Krishna and returned to his hermitage.

I like this fictional story because there is lot to be learnt from it. Firstly, one should never give commitment to anyone without ascertaining the facts in full. Second, one should not unilaterally act based on the information provided by a third party. Thirdly, the punishment should be in commesurate with the offence. Lastly, there should be timely intervention by the superiors before the matter goes out of hand.

‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) was produced under the banner of Murari Picutures and was directed by Mohan Sinha. The star cast included Prithviraj Kapoor, Shobhana Samarth, Shahu Modak, Maneka Devi, Kanaiyalal, Rattanbai, Trilok Kapoor, Vasant Pehalwan, Nand Kishore, Shyam Sundar etc.

The film had 10 songs of which Y N Joshi and Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri wrote 6 songs and 2 songs, respectively. Lyricists for the remaining 2 songs are not known. All the songs were set to music by Jagannath Prakash. This was the only film for which he was the music director.

I am presenting the first song, ‘vandan karo ri sakhi vandan karo’ from ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) to appear on the Blog. The song is written by Y N Joshi. HFGK is silent on the singers of the song. The song’s mp3 clip mentions the name of the singers as Hameeda Bano and Geeta Roy which I am inclined to agree.

With this song, ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) and the music director, Jagannath Prakash make debut on the Blog.

Audio Clip:

Song-Vandan karen ree sakhi vandan karen (Shri Krishn Arjun Yudhh)(1945) Singers-Hameeda Bano, Geeta Roy, Lyrics-Y N Joshi , MD-Jagannath Prakash
Chorus

Lyrics

vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen

vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen ae ae
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen ae ae
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

maaya apaar inki mahima apaar
maaya apaar inki mahima apaar
shobha apaar inki leela apaar
shobha apaar inki leela apaar
rishi muni swaami??
haar gaye ree ee
rishi muni swaami ??
haar gaye ree ee
paaya na koi paar
koi paar
paaya na koi paar
koi paar
chalo milkar sakhi naman karo sakhi naman karo
chalo milkar sakhi naman karo sakhi naman karo
o sakhi naman karo
o sakhi naman karo

Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
mangal Yashoda nandan karen ree sakhi
vandan karen
mangal Yashoda nandan kare ree sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
inne sikhaaya hai hamen
anyaay se bhidey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
inne sikhaaya hai hamen
anyaay se bhidey rahen

mangal Yashoda nandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
mangal Yashoda nandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

4 Responses to "Vandan karen ree sakhi vandan karen"

Heartiest Congratulations Kamath Saheb and Atul ji on 4500th movie introduced on the blog.

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oh! I did not notice the count.

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“Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh- “Balwant Sangit Mandali—–in following book Gender, Culture, and Performance: Marathi Theatre and Cinema before Independence-page 200- it is a mentioned that Master Dinanath played Arjun in this film ( 1934)This was produced by Balwant Pictures Corporation Sangli. https://books.google.de/books?id=ey8rDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200&dq=marathi+play+Krishna-Arjuna+Yuddh&source=bl&ots=nkbFiyl09q&sig=ACfU3U3NhGKu8XCFRNABPGePcV_-FNJH0A&hl=de&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjkwaKyx8vyAhWLy4UKHQHDDSYQ6AF6BAgZEAM#v=onepage&q=marathi%20play%20Krishna-Arjuna%20Yuddh&f=false

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Sham ji,
Seeing your comment after a long time.
Yes, the film ” Krishna Arjun Yuddha’-1934 was a bilingual film, in Marathi and Hindi. It had 3 directors- Chintamanrao kolhatkar, Vishram Bedekar (
Vishwanath chintaman Bedekar) and Bhatt.
HFGK does not mention MD’s name. I guess, Deenanath ji must have given the music.
Sad that Deenanath ji did not work in more Hindi films.
Though the Balwant company was for a period 1934-1938, it did not seem to make any other Hindi film.
The film Andheri Duniya, claimed to have been made by Balwant was actually made by Parijat pictures, Sangli, which was financed by the King Patwardhan of Sangli State.
Master Deenanath was in it but not as the main character. His name comes last in the credits. He sang 2 songs in this film.
-AD

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