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Kheton pe chaley bhaiyya kisaan re

Posted on: September 6, 2022


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from the film Adab Arz-1943. The film was made by Amar pictures, Bombay – which was started by Chimanlal Desai after Sagar Movietone closed and he also left National Studios. The film was one of the 8 films that his son-Virendra Desai – directed in his failed career. Music was provided to the 12 songs written by Rammurthy Chaturvedi, Kailash G Matwala and Pt. Indra, by Gyan Dutt who had recently left his long association with Ranjit Movietone. The cast of the film was Nalini Jayawant, Karan Dewan, Kamla Chaterjee, Ansari, Pratima Devi, Dulari, Mukesh, Nagendra M, M Kumar, and many others.

Not much information is available about this film anywhere. This is one great obstacle in writing about old films. Maybe the people who collect records and Film Booklets have its booklet giving some extra details and an incomplete storyline. otherwise such stories are available only in the reviews appearing in Film magazines of those times. Magazine Film India was a good source of such stories, but unfortunately issues of 1943 year are not available on the Net-like other years.

Luckily, at least HFGK gives the data for film songs of most films of the year. Here also there are films for which absolutely on information – except the film title – is available. I do not know why it is so, but surely HFGK makers must be helpless in such cases. I know how much effort Har Mandir Singh ji and his team took in collecting the data for films for compiling one volume for each decade.

In the year 2012, I had bought all the then available Volumes (5 Volumes) for the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and the 70’s decades. Of late, volumes for next decades are also available, but I have not bought them, as I don’t generally write on films made after the year 1980. However, I have got the Book of filmography from 1981 to 2000, published by Hamraz ji. Except song details, it has all other details about films made in these 20 years.

The HFGK volumes for 1930 to 1960 which I have, are in complete tattered condition. This is due to its constant-almost daily- use for the last so many years. The cardboard covers have separated from the rest of the papers and the pages are in “divorced” condition with other pages ! Even then I use the same volumes in ” as is where is ” condition (they are beyond ‘gumming’), because of the hundreds of the small notes I have made on each page and each name, song and each detail. Buying new volumes means losing all this information being used as a reference or maintaining all 10 volumes, at a time, which will be cumbersome !

HFGK has been one of the tools I have used in writing my more than 1100 articles. I can not imagine how I would have done it without them. HFGK provides names of major and minor actors, the director, the MD and the song details which makes it very easy for finding the songs on social media like YouTube etc. Kind song collectors upload “new” old songs from time to time. There are music collectors who collect only the songs of the old films (without collecting 78 RPM records), like, for example Dr. Surjit Singh ji. He allows any song lover to download these songs for FREE. A real social worker, I would say. My friend Shri Abhay Jain from the USA has given me more than 6000 songs from films of the 30’s and 40’s alone !

Many times HFGK provides names of some actors, singers , MDs, or Directors who evoke my interest as they are not commonly seen and I spend months collecting information about them from various sources. Even in today’s film cast I find 2 interesting actor names, Nagendra M. and A.N.Ansari. Today I will provide information about Nagendra M here.

Nagendra Majumdar. He was the father of Music Director Ninu (Niranjan) Majumdar. Nagendra was born in a happy family in the year 1894 in Bombay. After his father died, “Pearl Dairy” established by his father ran very well doing good business. Suddenly, Nagendra’s wife fell seriously ill and despite taking her full care, she expired. Due to neglect of the Dairy in this period, Dairy also closed down.

He shifted to Baroda and worked as a State Police Inspector. Later he worked as Watch and Ward Inspector in Baroda Railways. He left the job and started working as a hero in dramas of famous dramatist R.V.Desai. Heeralal, the owner of Laxmi Film Company, Bombay was impressed with his personality and took him to Bombay in 1926 to act in his silent films. Thus started his film career. In those days Silent films used to be completed within a month. He worked as a Hero in films of Laxmi, Jagdish and Imperial film companies.

In the same year, he directed a film ‘Paani mein aag’-1926, made by Royal Arts. Then came two more films made by Kaiser E Hind films. He also directed films for other companies. In all, he directed 15 Silent films by 1932. By then the Talkie had arrived. In the next 14 years he directed 12 Talkie films like – Ras Vilas-32, Sassi Punnu-32, Patit Pawan-33, mirza Sahibaan-33, Mera Imaan-34, Kala Wagh-34, Rangila nawab-35, Kimiyagar-36, Aaj ka Aladdin aka Aladdin II-36, Lehri lutera-37, Talwarwala-46 and Swadesh Sewa-46.

When offers for direction became few, he started acting in films. He acted in 12 films. When K L Saigal came to Bombay, Nagendra wanted to work with him. In the film Tansen-43, he did the role of Tansen’s (Saigal’s) father and he was very happy. Other films that he acted in were Kanchan-41,Beti-41, Khilauna-42, Bhakt Surdas-42, Armaan-42, Tansen-43, Gauri-43, Adab Arz-43, Bharthari-44, Prabhu ka Ghar-45, Ghazal-45 and Dhanna Bhagat-45.

His last 2 films came in 1946, but his health was not cooperating for quite a few years. He gave up work and took a rest. However, he suffered from paralysis and died on 22-8-1951. His son Ninu Majumdar worked in Bombay A.I.R. as head of Gujarati programmes, since 1937. By the time Nagendra died, Ninu had already started working as a Music Director.

As a Director, Nagendra had worked with the best of his times like, Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jillo, Billimorea brothers, Madhuri, Navinchandra, Durga Khote, Jairaj, Sultana, Noorjehan sr and such luminaries of those days. He had worked for Ranjit, Imperial, Sharda, Lakshmi, Jayant Desai films, Yagnik films etc etc.

I have information about Ansari also, but the post will be too long and I know from my own experience that nowadays long posts are not read by most people. Ansari will have to wait for some other time, another day.

Lastly, a little information about Director Virendra Desai and the heroine of this film Nalini Jayawant. They got married in 1943, when Virendra was 15 years older than the 17 year old Nalini and when he was already married having 2 daughters and 1 son too ! Their marriage was not successful and they divorced in 1948. Virendra Desai led a dejected and defeated life personally after this, whereas Nalini married again and shone a lot in Hindi films as an actress. When she died, she was living alone and her body was discovered after 3 days. The ‘ May-December ‘ marriage was not lucky for both of them !

Today’s song is the second song from this film in this Blog and is sung by Nalini Jayawant again.

(Author’s note- Information for this article is collated from various sources like Listener’s Bulletins No. 40 of Feb-80 and No.145 of July 2010, HFGK, muVyz, Sapnon ke Saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Silent films by Dr.Verma, Lost Treasures by Kamlakar P., Sagar Movietone by Biren Kothari ji and my notes.)


Song- Kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re (Aadaab Arz)(1943) Singer- Nalini Jaywant, Lyricist- Rammurthy, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re
thumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re

aage badha hindustan re ae
aage badha hindustan re ae
talwaar sang sang jaaye re ae
talwaar sang sang jaaye re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan
thhumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan
thhumak bhaagi (??)
peechhe jaaye re

hare bhare haaye khet humaare
hare bhare haaye khet humaare
bhaiyya ke sariya(?) pagariya daari
bhaiya ke sariya(?) pagariya daari
gori bhaabhi ?? samjhaaye
gori bhabhi ?? samjhaaye
jhanda tiranga jaise phahraaye re
jhanda tiranga jaise phahraaye re
kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan thhumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan thhumak bhaagi (??)
peechhe jaaye re
thhumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re

4 Responses to "Kheton pe chaley bhaiyya kisaan re"

Post is very informative. As usual your painstaking and authentic culling of information I appreciate and thanks for the same.

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Manohar Lal Dave ji,
Thanks for your kind words.
It feels nice to see you commenting on my post after a gap.
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Arunji,
This is an awesome post. Though you have credited sources, but collating information about unknown artistes of that era is entirely yours. I have to endorse your views on HFGK. Without that work, many blogs, writers on film music wouldn’t exist. Congratulations and thanks to you.
AK

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AK ji,
Thank you for recognising the hard work that goes behind making a post on old films. Your such comments truly encourage and motivate to continue doing what I am doing.
Thanks once again.
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