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Aaya hai raaja logon re logon

Posted on: November 18, 2021


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Most Indians today know that Tiger is the national animal of India. But that was not the case when India became independent. Asiatic Lion (found in Geer forest in Gujarat), was declared as India’s national animal in 1948 by PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1948, mainly because of lobbying by Gujrat Natural History Society.

But the number of lions was very small, whereas Tigers were found in as many as 16 states of India. On 18 november 1972, exactly 49 years ago, Royal Bengal Tiger was chosen as India’s national animal.

It is to be kept in mind that tigers found all over India are of the same species viz Royal Bengal tiger (Tigris panthera). If someone thinks that Royal Bengal Tigers are only found in Bengal and Bangladesh, and tigers in other parts of India are of different species , then that is not the case. The name Royal Bengal Tiger itself is a misnomer. Some British Official had first seen this animal in an area now falling in Central India – present day MP, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra region- in other words in Mowgli country of Rudyard Kipling) and named it as Royal Bengal Tiger, because that region then fell under Bengal Presidency. It is to be noted that Bengal Presidency covered a vast region of India those days. It covered entire North East India, Present Bangladesh, Bangal, Bihar , Jharkhand, Orissa, Eastern UP, MP, Chhatisgarh, etc. Like the case then, even today most population of Royal Bengal tigers is found in the same Mowgli land.

Both Lions and tigers were facing extinction during 1970s. There were only 1827 tigers left in India in 1972. To save tigers from extinction, a tiger conservation programme called Project Tiger was started in April 1973 by Government of India. 27 tiger sanctuaries were created under this project. Today, the number of tigers in India is estimated to be around 2500-3500.

Today Bengal has a tiger population of under 100. Same is the case for Bangladesh. In contrast, MP, and Karnataka have over 500 tigers each while Uttarakhand has 400 plus and Maharashtra 300 plus. Tamilnadu has 200 plus. Kerala, UP, Assam have 100 plus tigers each. Overall, as many as nine different Indian states have more Royal Bengal Tigers than are found in Sundarban area of Bengal and Bangladesh. So personally I would like to describe this animal as Royal Indian Tiger that enjoys a pan Indian presence.

The population of these tigers have reduced in Bangladesh and Bengal (sundarban area), whereas their population has increased in other parts of India. So, I can only laugh when Bangladesh stakes claims on this animal. Like India, they too have Royal Bengal Tiger as their national animal. On another note, lions are used as their their national symbols by England as well as Sri Lanka, though none of these countries today have any lions left in their jungles.

To mark today’s date as the date when Tiger’s became the national animal of India, I was looking for a song where Tiger finds a mention, even if symbolically. I think I have found a rocking and rollicking song for the occasion. This song is from “Appu Raja”(1990), which was a dubbed version of the Original Tamil movie Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989).

This movie (both original as well as Hindi dubbed version) were produced by Kamal Haasan and directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao for Raaj Kamal Films International, Madras. The film had Kamal Haasan, Jaishankar, Nagesh, Gautami, Rupini, Manorama, Srividya, Janagaraj, Moulee, Delhi Ganesh, Nassar etc in it.

The movie was dubbed but songs in Hindi version were specially recorded, duly translating the Tamil lyrics into Hindi.

Here is the first song from “Appu Raja”(1990) to appear in the blog. This fantastic danc song is sung by S P Balasubrahmaniam and chorus. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ilayaraja. The picturisation shows wonderful dance performance by Kamal Hasan, Manorama (playin Kamal Hasan’s mother) and others.

On the occasion of adoption of Tiger as Indian national animal, here is a wondful dance song. I am told that this song has become a must play song at birthday parties in Maharashtra. This song is a fit song to dance, no doubt about that.

With this song, “Appu Raja”(1990) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-aaya hai raaja logon re logon(Appu Raaja)(1990) Singer-S P Balasubrahmaniam, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Ilayaraja

Lyrics

aaya hai raaja logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang jhoom lo jhoom lo
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
sheron ka hoon main sher yaaron
are koi na mujhsa daler pyaaron
shero ka hu mai hoon
sher yaaro
are koi na mujhsa
daler pyaaron
such such kahta main
dat ke rahta main
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo

are dar kya hai dham dham dhamaadham dhamaake se naacho re
ho o
jab tak ye dam hai koi nahin gham hai
hoga jo hone do
yaaron aage bhi peechhe bhi mudke zara dekho
ho o
koi chupke se chhup chhup ke aake na maare tum ko yehan
aji vo hai shikaari to ham bhi khilaadi
haar na maanen
hoy hoy
pehalwaan vahalwan aayen jo saame
maar bhagaayen
hoy hoy
khilaadi kaun hai
raaja ho raaja
balwaan kaun hai
raaja aa
yoon chhupke nishaane karo kaahe
hey dhokhe mein raaja to na aaye
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo

aji pyaar mein ban jaaya karte hain hum hi zara bhole ho o
par jab aa jaaye samne dushman to bach ke jaaye na
pyaara koi mila to usey dil se laga daala ho o
koi akde vakde to phir chhode na uski jaan
choro ke chor hain
veeron ke veer hain
aazma lo
hoye hoye
kaato to kaatenge
maaro to maarenge
baazi lagaa lo
hoye hoye
ustaad sab ka
raaja ho raaja
o daada sab ka
raaja
o jee bandook to hai khilauna re
hey dil waale darte na goli se
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
o raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
sheron ka main hoon
sher yaaron
are koi na mujhsa
daler pyaaron
sheron ka main hoon
sher yaaron
are koi na mujhsa
daler pyaaron
arre sach sach kehta main
dat ke rehta main
aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo
arre aaya hai raaja
logon re logon
raaja ke sang sang
jhoom lo jhoom lo

5 Responses to "Aaya hai raaja logon re logon"

Yes this song had been very popular then in Marathwada (Parli Vaijnath) region of Maharashtra. I had watched this movie then and liked it very much. I had even recorded this song in compilation of new songs in a cassette. I was staying at Kota then.
Thanks for the post, liked it very much 🙂

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Udupi Style Tiger dance: (performed during Krishnashtrami Festival)
in movie ” ULIDAVARU KANDANTHE”(Kannada movie video clip)

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another video clip of the same movie mentioned above about Tiger dance

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Instrumental bit of above movie song:

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record company audio link:

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