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Uthha ke sar chalo jawaan

Posted on: March 5, 2022


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Today’s song is a good Marching song from the film ‘Golconda Ka Qaidi’ – aka ‘Prisoner of Golkonda’ (1954). This was a film made in both Hindi as well as English.

Way back in 1954, when this film was released and shown in Hyderabad, I was still in school, studying for my Matriculation- that is 10th standard. In those days, for 10th standard, a novel used to be studied as a ‘Non-Detail’ subject along with the regular English Text paper. This was to ensure to inculcate a liking for literature among the students as well as introduction of world famous novels etc to them. In that year, we had the famous novel by Anthony Hope – ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ as a ‘Non-Detail’ syllabus. Fond of reading novels etc, I was simply fascinated by this novel. Till today, I have this novel in my book collection.

When we saw the posters of of the film ‘Prisoner of Golkonda’ in our city, we were excited, thinking that this was the Hindi version of the Hollywood film “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1952) ( earlier there was also a silent film in 1922 and a talkie version in 1937 in Hollywood). This English film had already come to Hyderabad, just a year ago and we had seen it officially – since it’s novel was in our syllabus of 10th standard. After the Hindi film came to Hyderabad sometime in October 1954, the theatre owners brought the English film ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ again for morning shows.

However, after seeing the Hindi film, we were bitterly disappointed because its story was nowhere near the captivating story of the English novel. It was absolutely a Raja, Rani and evil Vazir type story, so common in Hindi films of that period. And overall, the film, including its songs, was a big let-down on our expectations. I can’t blame the filmmakers for our disappointment, because nowhere did they ever say that it was a copy of the English film. It was we who got misled by the ” Same Name Confusion ” of the film title !

Golkonda is a fort near Hyderabad city and it was/is a tourist spot too. The film cheated us here also. There was absolutely no connection of the film story with our Golkonda fort at all. The Hyderabad public cursed the filmmakers for misleading them. After 2 years, in 1956, there came a film ‘Char Minar’ to Hyderabad. Public in Hyderabad got excited thinking that the film story was woven around the best showpiece of Hyderabad – the Char Minar. Here too came the disappointment. It had nothing to do with the Hyderabad Char Minar. In the film, Char Minar was the name of a sarai in Madina, where the hero is lost etc.

So much for the misleading film titles !

Film ‘Golconda Ka Qaidi’ (1954) had many firsts. It was the first film of lyricist Lalji Pande aka Anjaan. It was the first film for actor Rajendranath- brother of Premnath. It was the first film of actor Prem Nath as a director. The film was made by P.N. Films- owned by Premnath and Bina Rai. It was produced and directed by Premnath himself. He was the hero, his wife Bina Rai was the heroine and his younger brother Rajendernath made his debut in the film. Premnath himself sang a song in this film (one of the 5 songs from 5 films). The cast consisted of Premnath, Bina Rai, Agha, Shobhana Samarth, Heeralal, Indumati, Rajen kapoor, Cuckoo, Rajendranath with many more. Guest artistes were Om Prakash, Bipin Gupta and Sunder.

The film had 8 songs written by Anjaan, Kaif Irfani and Prakash Sathi. HFGK mentions 3 names as MDs – Datta Davjekar, Jagannath and Kundanlal (I believe they were Davjekar’s assistants). There is a footnote in HFGK that all song tunes were prepared by Datta Davjekar himself.

Datta Davjekar was a famous and respected name in Marathi film and non film music, but in Hindi his work is limited to only 5 films – ‘Aap Ki Sewa Mein’ (1947), ‘Adalat’ (1948), ‘Jeet Kiski’ (1952), ‘Golconda Ka Qaidi’ (1954) and ‘Bal Shivaji’ (1956). His name will be immortal in Hindi film music history , because he gave the first Hindi film playback song to Lata Mangeshkar in the film ‘Aap Ki Sewa Mein’ (1947).

In the Hindi film industry, there were many name alikes. Some of them also caused serious problems of ‘Same Name Confusion”. Artistes of the same name was a common phenomenon in early cinema i.e. the 1930s and the 40s. Then it diminished slowly. This matter was not only common in actors, but also in other categories also. As far as Music Directors are concerned, there were so many ‘Dattas’ as MDs. Some of them at the same time and few causing the SNC syndrome too ! There were K Datta, N Datta, Narayan Dutt, Dutta Thakar, DC Dutt, Dattaram and Datta Davjekar. Each one contributed to HFM to his ability. One MD’s name will be written in Golden Ink, in the History of HFM. The name is DATTA DAVJEKAR. This is because he created an all time Legend LATA MANGESHKAR, by giving her the opportunity to sing her first playback Hindi song in one of his films – ‘Aap Ki Sewa Mein’.

Dattatreya Shankar Davjekar (Born on 15-11-1915 – died 19 September 2007), better known as Datta Davjekar or Datta Daujeker , was a veteran music composer mainly associated with Marathi and Hindi movies. He studied up to Matriculation in Nutan Marathi Vidyalay.
He started working from 1931 composing songs in Melas and later in Saraswati Cinetone. Assisted Sureshbabu Mane for film ‘Nandkumar’ (1937). Later he assisted Govindrao Tembe in Natraj Films company. He was called to Bombay to record all Hindi and Marathi songs for film ‘Savangadi’ in Marathi and ‘Saathi’ in Hindi in 1938. He first gave music to ‘Municipality’ made by Brilliant Pictures.

Datta Davjekar’s father Baburao used to play tabla for live folk musical plays as well as in Urdu plays. He used to work in Arya Subodh Natak Mandali. He played pakhwaj also.

Davjekar learned how to play tabla and harmonium and thus developed an interest in music. He also started composing songs. Later, he was invited by the famous star Shanta Apte to perform on her shows. Davjekar performed at places as far off as Allahabad and Lahore.

Davjekar assisted C Ramachandra and Chitragupta for a while. His first break came in 1941 with a Marathi film called ‘Municipality’. It was followed by ‘Sarkari Pahune’ in 1942. One of the film’s songs “Naache Sangeet Natwar” was a big hit. Davjekar went on to work with big names in Marathi cinema, like Raja Paranjape, Gajanan Jagirdar, Master Vinayak, Dinkar Patil, Datta Dharmadhikari, Rajdutt and Raja Thakur. In 1945, he joined HMV and composed several popular Marathi Bhavgeet songs, writing them himself, like “Tuj Swapni Pahile” and “Kuni Bai Gungunle” etc. He was known as ‘DD’.

His famous films include ‘Rangalyaa Raatri Ashyaa’, ‘Paathlaag’, ‘Pahu Re Kitni Vaat’, ‘Thoraataanchi Kamlaa’, ‘Padchaaya’, ‘Chimanrao Gundyabhau’, ‘Pedgaonche Shahane’, ‘Juna Te Sona’, ‘Sant Vahate Krishna Mai’, ‘Sukhaachi Sawali’, ‘Viasakh Vanwaa’ and ‘Yashoda’. His last film release was ‘Pahaate Punyechi’ in 1992. His non-film song “Sainik Ho Tumchyaa Saathi” (translation: For you, oh Soldiers) was a big hit and its sales proceeds went to the Armed Forces.

In a career spanning fifty two years, Davjekar composed music in several languages for sixty films, twelve plays and several documentaries. He learnt German music for composing music for the play ‘Thank you, Mr Glad’. He is credited for giving a break to many singers who became extremely popular over a period of time, including the Mangeshkar siblings, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale and Usha Mangeshkar as well as others such as Anuradha Paudwal.

The film ‘Maazhe Baal’, released in 1943, was Davjekar’s first Marathi film with Lata Mangeshkar. He went on to introduce her to Hindi films with his song “Paa Laagoo Kar Jori Re” for the film ‘Aap Ki Sewa Mein’ (1947).

Davjekar did four more Hindi films, Vasant Joglekar’s ‘Adalat’ (1948), ‘Jeet Kiski’ (1952), Premnath’s English-Hindi bilingual, ‘Prisoner of Golconda’, in which Sudha Malhotra sang, and ‘Bal Shivaji’ (1956). He used to accompany Lata Mangeshkar on her foreign trips for music programs as the chief arranger. He won five awards for his music to Marathi films. In 1995 he was given ‘Lata Mangeshkar’ award by Maharashtra Government.

On 19 September 2007 Davjekar died of a heart attack at his residence in Andheri, Mumbai.

An Obituary in One India dated 20th September 2007 says…

Family sources said Davjekar died of a heart attack at his Andheri residence late last night.

The funeral took place at the Oshiwara crematorium this morning and was attended by family, friends and admirers.

Condoling the death of Mr Davjekar, Lata Mangeshkar recollected that the late music composer had given her the first opportunity in playback singing in his movie ‘Aap Ki Seva Mein’. ”Just like his music, he was a sweet human being,” Mangeshkar said.

His non-film song ”Sainik Ho Tumchyaa Saathi” was a superhit and its sales proceeds went to the Armed Forces. Datta Davjekar also composed music for twelve plays including ‘Thank You Mr Glad’ for which he learnt German music. In a career spanning more than six decades, he scored music for nearly 60 films.

(Based on information from Wiki, One India, and Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetkar kosh, with thanks.)

Today’s song is a marching song by Rafi with Chorus. Enjoy….


Song- Uthha ke sar chalo jawaan (Gulkonda Ka Qaidi)(1954) Singer- Rafi, Lyricist- Anjaan, MD- Datta Davjekar
Chorus

Lyrics

uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shaan se badhe chalo
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shaan se badhe chalo
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan

na dekh hum sakenge ab
ye desh ki veeraaniyaan
na seenkhchon mein band rah sakengi ye jawaaniyaan
uthho jawaan baazuon ka zor tol kar chalo
watan ghulam ab na rah sake
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shaan se badhe chalo
watan ki aan ke liye toofaan se lade chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan

tadap ke mit rahi hain begunaah zindgaaniyaan
kahaan gayin jawaan tere khoon ki rawaaniyaan
tadap ke mit rahi hain begunaah zindgaaniyaan
kahaan gayin jawaan tere khoon ki rawaaniyaan
bata do tum jahaan ko
ke hum kisi se kam nahin
amar shaheed ban ke aasmaan per chadhe chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shaan se badhe chalo
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan

ye sar kate kate
kisi ke saamne jhuke nahin
mita do julm ye sitam
kadam kahin ruke nahin
ye thhaan kar chalo ke
ab na chhal sake ??
nashe mein jhoom baazooband
?? Vande matram badhe chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
(aa aa aa)
shaan se badhe chalo
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
(aa aa aa)
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shan se badhe chalo
(aa aa aa)
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
(aa aa aa)
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
shaan se badhe chalo
(aa aa aa)
watan ki aan ke liye
toofaan se lade chalo
uthha ke sar chalo jawaan
(aa aa aa)

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