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Sarke Chunariya Lachke Qamariya Aa Ja Saanwariya Re

Posted on: January 21, 2022


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Hullo Atuldom

21st January – the 57th remembrance day of the lively, lovely Geeta Bali – of the mischievous eyes and smile.

She was born Harkirtan Kaur in Amritsar and began her career at the age of 12. Her first adult role or heroine role came in 1946 i.e. at the age of 16. The film was ‘Badnaami’. Her popularity came with ‘Baawre Nain’ in 1950. She was seen in about 80+ films in her short career which ended with her untimely death in 1965.

To be truthful, I must say that my first memories of the lady was when I saw her dancing with Bhagwan Dada in the songs of ‘Albela’ (1951). This was during the Chitrahaar and Chhaayageet (television programs) days of my life. I didn’t know any other details about her and honestly speaking I didn’t bother to find too.

For me the actors lasted for as long as the songs played on the television. It must have been much much later in my life, say in the last 15-20 years that I have come to associate songs with the writers, music directors, films, singers, actors emoting on the screen etc. Same goes for Geeta Bali too.

It is only in the last so many years that I found that some of the songs which I love to hear are also great to see because of who it is filmed on. This is the truth of my liking “Sun Bairi Balam Sach Bol Re“; “Tadbeer Se Bigdi Huyi Taqdeer Banaa Le“; “Shaam Dhale Khidki Tale“; “Chaandni Aayi Banke Pyaar Saajana O Saajana“; and the best of them all “Ye Raat Ye Chaandni Phir Kahaan“. All these songs have one common factor – Geeta Bali. I am sorry I forgot to add another personal favorite in this list – “Shola Jo Bhadke Dil Mera Dhadke” – all lively lovely songs and a heroine to match. Today one more song got added to this list – a song from the 1956 release ‘Inspector’ – “Mera Akele Jiya Kaise Laage Re Piya“.

Recently after subscribing to a particular channel on my DTH I am having a daily feast of great, good movies and songs That is where I discovered that today is the anniversary of this beautiful lady who was also Shammi Kapoor’s wife. She was one Kapoor bahu who continued to work in films even after marriage and two children. Her popularity didn’t wane due to her marriage. Of course Jennifer Kendall (Shashi Kapoor’s wife) was not on the scene then I think.

After I discovered today’s connection with Geeta Bali I googled to see what the internet throws up about this yesteryear leading lady. I found this https://www.indiatimes.com/entertainment/celebs/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-indian-cinema-s-larger-than-life-actress-geeta-bali-256307.html  where her son Aditya Raj Kapoor has been quoted (I am reproducing here)

If you see the way Shammi Kapoor danced, that was Geeta Bali’s personality. My mother was a bigger and more successful star than my father when they got married. 

Of course then the article goes on to mention that she had worked with her future-in-laws before she got married to Shammi Kapoor. The article says that Surinder Kapoor (Anil and Boney Kapoor’s father) was Geeta’s secretary. And that she was a disciplinarian , adventurous, promoter of fine arts and how she used to take her kids on long drives. (Personally I didn’t know all this). That article is a good read.

I had messaged Sudhirji and Atulji in the morning asking if there were any songs filmed on Geeta Bali that are yet to be posted, and Sudhir ji replied that he has to look up. By then I had discovered an hitherto unheard, unseen (by me of course) song that has Geeta Bali playing a village girl whose friends are teasing her about her marriage being fixed with a city bred. I looked further and found that this was from a 1960 movie called ‘Bade Ghar Ki Bahu’. Looking up the ‘List of songs movie-wise’ told me that this song is yet to be posted and only the following two song from this film are on the blog.

Cham Cham Chamka Saara Jahaan

Meri Khata Bata De Phir Chaahe Jo Sazaa De

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhonsle, written by Tanvir Naqvi and composed by Chitragupt. The movie was directed by Kundan Kumar and had a cast of Geeta Bali, Kuldeep Kaur, Shammi, Abhi Bhattacharya, Sunder etc.

I must thank Sudhir ji for helping with cutting the video out of the movie of which I found a very bad print on YouTube.


Song – Sarke Chunariya Lachke Qamariya Aa Ja Saanwariya Re (Bade Ghar Ki Bahu) (1960) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Tanvir Naqvi, MD – Chitragupt
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

oo oo oooo
oo oo oo oooo

oo oo oo oo oo oo
oo oo oo

oo oo
lall la lalla
oo oo
lall la lalla
oo oo
lall la lalla
lall la lalla
lall la la

sarke chunariya lachke kamariya
aaja saanwariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re..ae..ae
sarke chunariya lachke kamariya
aaja saanwariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re..ae..ae

oo oo oo ooooo
hothon pe laali

hothon pe laali
nainon mein dorey
hothon pe laali
nainon mein dorey
chhup chhup ke dekhen
gaaon ke chhore
chhup chhup ke dekhen
gaaon ke chhore
ho gaaon ke chhore
aaa aaa aaa aaa
mukh par hai jhhalke
moti se jal ke
chhalke gagariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re
sarke chunariya lachke qamariya
aaja saanwariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re..ae..ae

oo oo oo ooooo
gaalon ko choome

gaalon ko choome
chaandi ke baale
gaalon ko choome
chaandi ke baale
maare sharam ke
ghunghat nikaale
maare sharam ke
ghunghat nikaale
ho ghunghat nikaale
aaa aaa aaa aaa
chalti hai chhan chhan
jhanke hai jhaanjhar
saaje dagariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re
sarke chunariya lachke qamariya
aaja saanwariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re..ae..ae

oo oo oo ooooo
jhoole hain sakhiyaan

jhoole hain sakhiyaan
choodi hai khanke
jhoole hain sakhiyaan
choodi hai khanke
khushboo se mehke
jhonke pawan ke
khushboo se mehke
jhonke pawan ke
ho jhonke pawan ke
aaa aaa aaa aaa
udte hain aanchal
jhukte hain baadal
chamke bijuriya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re
sarke chunariya lachke qamariya
aaja saanwariya re
rang bhari hamri nagariya re..ae..ae

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

ओ ओ ओ॰॰ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ॰॰ओ

ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ

ओ ओ
लल्ल लल्ला
ओ ओ
लल्ल लल्ला
ओ ओ
लल्ल लल्ला
लल्ल लल्ला
लल्ल ला ला 

सरके चुनरिया लचके कमरिया
आजा साँवरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
सरके चुनरिया लचके कमरिया
आजा साँवरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे॰॰ए॰॰ए

ओ ओ ओ ओ॰॰ओ
होठों पे लाली

होठों पे लाली
नैनों में डोरे
होठों पे लाली
नैनों में डोरे
छुप छुप के देखें गाँव के छोरे
छुप छुप के देखें गाँव के छोरे
हो गाँव के छोरे
आ आ आ आ
मुख पे हैं झलके
मोती से जल के
छलके गगरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे
सरके चुनरिया लचके कमरिया
आजा साँवरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे॰॰ए॰॰ए

ओ ओ ओ ओ॰॰ओ
गालों को चूमें

गालों को चूमें
चांदी के बाले
गालों को चूमें
चांदी के बाले
मारे शरम के घूँघट निकाले
मारे शरम के घूँघट निकाले
हो घूँघट निकाले
आ आ आ आ
चलती है छन छन
झनके है झाँझर
साजे डगरीया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे
सरके चुनरिया लचके कमरिया
आजा साँवरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे॰॰ए॰॰ए

ओ ओ ओ ओ॰॰ओ
झूल हैं सखियाँ

झूल हैं सखियाँ
चूड़ी है खनके
झूल हैं सखियाँ
चूड़ी है खनके
खुशबू से महके
झोंके पवन के
खुशबू से महके
झोंके पवन के
हो झोंके पवन के
आ आ आ आ
उड़ते हैं आँचल
झुकते हैं बादल
चमके बिजुरीया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे
सरके चुनरिया लचके कमरिया
आजा साँवरिया रे
रंग भरी हमरी नगरिया रे॰॰ए॰॰ए

 

4 Responses to "Sarke Chunariya Lachke Qamariya Aa Ja Saanwariya Re"

Good find. The actual song tune is sounding like an old garba song.

It is true that Geeta Bali was a very big star when she married Shammi Kapoor. There should be some more songs of hers not posted as she was active in 50’s. With Geeta Bali’s name somehow I am reminded of the movie “Aji Bas Shukriya’ and its songs.

https://atulsongaday.me/2009/07/07/saari-saari-raat-teri-yaad-sataaye/
https://atulsongaday.me/2011/07/15/o-daataa-o-daataa-de-hamko-bhi-ek-pyaaraa-banglaa/

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Yes even I felt that the song had a garba-tune to it.
And yes, I did find a few more songs that are yet to be posted. I landed on this song by working backwards on her filmography.

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Nahm Ji, Thanks for the link to song ‘ O data..” .
Visited the post and heard the fun song for the first time 🙂
Probably Adnan Sami’s ‘Lift Karade ..” was inspired by this song 🙂

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🙂🙂 really.

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