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Chana jor garam baabu main laayi mazedaar chana jor garam

Posted on: January 26, 2022


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Rafi Sahab’s Legendary Associations – 10
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73rd Republic Day of India

ek hai apni zameen
ek hai apna gagan
ek hai apna jahaan
ek hai apna watan
apne sabhi sukh ek hain
apne sabhi gham ek hain
aawaaz do
aawaaz do ham ek hain
ham ek hain

“What is it that I want? The same as you, the same as everyone else. I want to be physically safe and healthy, financially secure and personally happy. I want the same confidence in my abilities, in my environment and social acceptance. I have the same worries and aspirations for future. Same apprehensions if the children will turn out well and have good careers or not.”
This is me, in conversation with a dear friend and a long-time colleague. This conversation happened some 15-16 years ago. Actually, we were on the same page in the topic, she was not coming from any opposite direction at all. But she was the one clear on the causes of a problem, I was the one confused.
But things are a lot clearer to me now, exactly what I wanted to explain at that time is more obvious now.

apne sabhi sukh ek hain
apne sabhi gham ek hain

The causes of happiness for the common man are the same everywhere, whatever is the religion, caste, race, region, language, state or country they are allied to. The aspirations are same and the apprehension and causes of sadness are also the same essentially. This is the way a social environment develops, where people go and join hands with each other in times of happiness and sadness.

Today the country is celebrating 73rd Republic Day.

The constitution gives us the right to live with dignity. What is a person’s dignity? it is not just the pride in its citizenship, its values and its integrity. A person’s dignity is the self-belief that I have done nothing wrong and don’t mean any harm to anyone. And a feeling of security, that me, my life, my livelihood and my family is safe. A sense of belonging that makes us feel responsible for the safety and security of fellow citizens and has assurance of reciprocation. Also, that I deserve all that I command. Personally, socially and professionally.

As a citizen it is a right to demand and acquire good education, an adequate health facility, a great judicial system and better law enforcement agencies, plus a media which gives us information, that really mattered. Real information, on what has been done to give the above rights to the citizens.

With the slow and gradual increase of opportunities in education and personal growth, the inequalities have also increased. A success story in monetary terms and career, is just not enough. It is also important to have balanced and broad-minded success stories. Rationality and seeing an issue in a truly international perspective are what will make a successful person intellectually empowered.

At the ripe old age of 75, we should have been a mature people.
Do we see enough, do we care enough?
Do we bother to call out the misbehaviour, of miscreants we see on the streets? Are we bold to speak out against injustice?
Are we smart enough to sift through the crap fed to us day in and day out in the guise of news and entertainment?
Do we bother to check the authenticity of WhatsApp forwards before sharing with other people?
Do we even care that our ‘can’t care less’ attitude is destroying the centuries old social fabric of our society and stripping us of our identity as a people, the whole world, looked at with respect?

Munshi Premchand said “Communalism, whenever it raises its head, it comes within a cloak. Because it is ashamed of coming alone or walking alone. “
Yes, at the age of 75, we are a nation of most young people in the world. Being second largest population in the world, with an average age of 28 years, the figures of young people and children are just hugest in the world. If these young people are a part of work force and aspire for personal growth and are able to collectively individually, contribute to the nation building, what can be built and achieved is mind boggling.
But are we looking at what the young population of this country is aspiring to be?
What is the ambition of an average Indian youngster?
what are their hopes?
What are their priorities?

It is very important to channelise the energies and ambitions of youth towards personal and professional excellence. There is enough talent, brains and hands in this country to make it an economic force. But for that we have to rise above the politics of religion, caste, us and they, region etc.

There was a story of cats and a monkey, we used to hear and read as children. Lately I have not seen it repeated anywhere. So here is the story for refreshing the memory of readers:

Two cats are fighting for a roti. The monkey comes and tells them to stop fighting and make two equal pieces of the roti. The cats agree and make two parts. The monkey tells them the two parts are not equal, one is larger and the other is smaller. He advises the cat holding the larger piece, to break a small part and give it to him, so both the cats have equal portions. The result is again the same, the parts of the roti the cats have are still not equal. So, the other cat is asked to break a small piece and give it to the monkey, to establish the equality. So on and so forth the dispute continues, till the whole roti is finished, while the cats remain empty handed in the end.

Similar is the case of inequality in opportunities in our set up. In the name of equalising those opportunities, the opportunists among us are gobbling up the parts and parcel. Keeping the marginalised sections divided and fighting imaginary/perceptive fights with each other. It is not a true cut and dried, there are multiple layers to these differences, perceptions of not getting a fair share of the ‘roti’. The majority/minorities tussle is but one layer of it and the cloak which Munish Premchand referred to. The real divide here is still the have’s and have nots. Then there is a gender divide, which is inherent and keeps getting uglier.

Where does all this leave the common man, with its apprehensions and aspirations? With their same dukh and sukh, I spoke about in the first para.
“I have the same worries and aspirations for future. Same apprehensions if the children will turn out well and have good careers or not.”

It is true, that once I had children, all my self-interests and care less impulsiveness gave way to worries of the future. Not the least of which was the worry for their safety, physical, emotional and psychological. Major part of their time was spent outside the home, in school and in the creche. How the things that they imbibe from the social atmosphere will affect their character, their thought processes and their choices and priorities? This was a cause of worry for me.

Yes, these ills in society are stemming for this one vice, i. e. selfishness. A few days ago, I had a big discussion with my son, regarding the self-interest of sections of society, and the marginalised sections of the society, who are still outside a certain margin. This margin is not unbreachable. We can see it breached in some developed states in the country. In most parts of the country, the focus of the populace is on the personal growth, better life quality and the common interests of the common man.

My son, interestingly was coming from the other direction in the discussion. I have managed to make an inroad in the way, he looks at opportunities for himself and for others, his fellow countrymen, who have the talent, ability and deserve to take their rightful place in the progress and development of the country, I hope, because he has not come to me with any counter-arguments on the topic :-).

This is my quest to make a balanced, truly intellectual success story out of my children. There is no ‘ism’ in this thought process, just a bit of logic and unselfishness. The conscious unwillingness to get embroiled in a conflict of interests which is a matter of perception. This really is a distraction, which our youth do not need.

The problems and issues in our country are centric and specific to our country. These have to be looked at with a prism of our own, not look for solutions to it, from examples of other nations and other societies.

I will move on to the song post.

The song is an iconic song from the 1981 film “Kranti’. The punch line, or the concluding line of the song is

Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa
Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Yeh dushman hai khudgarzi kaa
Khudgarzi ka khudgarzi kaa

“mera chana’ can be interpreted as ‘my passion’ or ‘my goal’, which really is to treat ‘khudgarzi’ i.e. selfishness as the enemy.

The song is iconic, as it has three legends of hindi film music singing it with the son of another legend. Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar are singing for Dilip Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini, whereas Nitin Mukesh is giving playback to Manoj Kumar in the song, which is written by Santosh Anand and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

I used to hear the ‘sponsored programme’ of this film on Vividh bharati, I have seen the movie also long back. But I only recalled that Rafi Sahab is singing just one line for Dilip Kumar in this song. But now that I have seen and heard the song multiple times, the lines Rafi sahab is singing towards the end of the song, are definitely very significant and elevate the whole song to another level. The composition and orchestration have been kept very simple and basic by Laxmikant-pyarelal, so this is not a crowded song, with all these greats singing their parts, independently and together, with male and female chorus to add to the group.

This is the only song of these four singers. For Rafi sahab’s series, this must be the last such song remaining to be posted in the blog where Rafi sahab and Kishore Kumar are singing together, with or without Lata Mangeshkar and Nitin Mukesh. For Rafi-Lata duets, there are a few songs, at least one of them I plan to include in the series. So, this post takes care of Rafi sahab’s association with Kishore kumar, Nitin Mukesh and Santosh Anand.

Let us go to the song, and listen to the rendition which is a real ‘hair raising’ experience.

Audio:

Video:

Song-Chana jor garam baabu main laaya mazedaar chana jor garam(Kraanti)(1981) Singers-Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Nitin Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics-Santosh Anand, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lata Mangeshkar + Kishore Kumar
Female chorus
Male chorus

Lyrics
(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Tum tum ta ra ra ra
Tum tum ta ra
Tum tum ta ra ra ra
Tum tum ta ra
Tum tum ta ra ra ra
Tum tum taram
Tum tum ta ra ra ra
Tum tum taram

Tum tum taram taram
Tum tum taram taram
Duniya ke hain laakh dharam
Par apna ek karam
Chana jor garam

Chana jor garam baabu
Main laayi majedaar
Chana jor garam
Chana jor garam baabu
Main laaya majedaar
Chana jor garam

Mera chana bana hai a’alaa
Jis mein daala garam masaala
iss ko khaayegaa dilwaala
Chana jor garam
Mera chana khaa gayaa goraa
Mera chana khaa gayaa goraa
Khaa ke ban gayaa tagda ghodaa
Main ne pakad ke usse marodaa
Maar ke tangdi uss ko todaa
Chana jor garam
Chana jor garam baabu
Main laaya majedaar
Chana jor garam

Mere chane ki aankh sharaabi
Sharaabi ee
chane ki aankh sharaabi
Ho oo
Iss ke dekho gaal gulaabi
Gulaabi ee
dekho gaal gulaabi
ho …
iss ka koyi nahin jawaabi
iss ka koyi nahin jawaabi
jaise koyi kudi punjaabi
jaise koyi kudi punjaabi ee

naache chhanan chhanan
naache chhanan chhanan
kothhe chadh ke tainu pukaaraan
sun le mere balam
chana jor garam
Chana jor garam baabu
Main laayi majedaar
Chana jor garam

Meraa chana khaa gaye gore
Gore meraa
chana khaa gaye gore
ho gore
jo ginti mein hain thhode
ho phir bhi maare ham ko kode
phir bhi maare ham ko kode
Tum tum taram taram

Tum tum taram taram
Laakhon kode toote phir bhi
Toota na dum kham
chana jor garam
Chana jor garam baabu
Main laaya majedaar
Chana jor garam

Chana jor garam baabu
Main laaya majedaar
Chana jor garam

Chana jor garam
Chana jor garam
Chana jor garam
Chana jor garam(hoo oooo)
Chana jor garam(oooooo)
Chana jor garam(aa aaaa)
Chana jor garam(aaa aaaa)
Chana jor garam(ooo oooo)
Chana jor garam(ooo oooo)
Aaa aaaaaa
Aaaaa aaaaaa
Aaaaa aaaa
Ooooo oooo
Oooooo oooo

Oooo oooooo
Ooooooo
Aaaa aaaaaa
Aaaaaa
Aaaaaaaa
Aaaaaa
Ho oooo oooo
Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa

Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa
Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Yeh dushman hai khudgarzi kaa
Khudgarzi ka khudgarzi kaa
Sar kafan baandh ke niklaa hai
Deewaana hai yeh pagla hai
Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa

Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Apnon se naataa jodegaa
Gairon se sar ko phodegaa
Apna yeh vachan nibhaayegaa
Maati ka karz chukaayegaa aa

chana hai apni marzi kaa
Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Mit jaane ko mit jaayegaa
Azaad watan kar jaayegaa

Na to chori hai
Na to daakaa hai
Bas yeh to ek dhamaaka hai
Dhamaake mein aawaaz bhi hai
Ek soz bhi hai ae
Ek saaz bhi hai
Samjho to baat yeh saaf bhi hai
Aur na samjho to raaz bhi hai
Apni dharti apna hai gagan
Yeh meraa hai meraa hai watan
Apni dharti apna hai gagan
Yeh meraa hai meraa hai watan
Iss par jo aankh utthaayegaa
Zinda dafnaayaa jaayegaa
Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa

Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Yeh dushman hai khudgarzi kaa
Khudgarzi ka khudgarzi kaa
Mera chana hai apni marzi kaa
Marzi ka bhai marzi ka
Yeh dushman hai khudgarzi kaa
Khudgarzi ka khudgarzi kaa
Aaa aaaaa
Aaaa aaaaa
Aaaa aaaaa
Aaaa aaaaa

7 Responses to "Chana jor garam baabu main laayi mazedaar chana jor garam"

Nahm ji , happy republic day to all.
Thanks for the post especially with this song ‘chana zor garam’ and thinking it in the perspective of the issues you have highlighted in your write up. A very nice thought provoking article I must say and I totally agree with you that the basic problems of the ‘common man’ are same in every society. Many thanks for this post. I liked it very much.
(Regarding the song, I like it very much and had in fact sent it for the same occasion last year, but without a write up. This song deserves an article like this one which you have shared. Thanks.)
Regards,

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Avinash ji,

Thanks you for reading and appreciating the post. I really worked hard for this post. Edited it so many times, removing full paragraphs and writing them again.

I chose this song because it was the group song of the stalwarts and thought it is a ‘patriotic song’ :

Mit jaane ko mit jaayegaa
Azaad watan kar jaayegaa

Apni dharti apna hai gagan
Yeh meraa hai meraa hai watan

I am truly glad that regulars are reading the matters that are explored at length in the blog posts.

Regards.

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Happy Republic Day
Very good post and also true thoughts 👍

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Thanks dear Zainab.

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Beautifully written, Nahm ji. Very insightful and thought provoking. Thanks so much for sharing.
It was a very popular song and I would certainly have listened to it innumerable times. Yet, I had never appreciated the subtlety in the lines picturised on Dilip Kumar,that you have highlighted. A very observant perspective.
Once again, thanking you and with regards,
Avadh Lal

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Thank you Sir, for reading and appreciating the post.

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Thanx Zainab.

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