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4612 Post No. : 16245

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Sahir Ludhianvi & His Music Directors-10 – (more than ‘ten-movies collaboration’)
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Welcome all to this post, where we discuss the last collaboration of ‘Sahir and His Music Directors’. I will not conclude this series with today’s post, though. I will conclude this series in my next post where I will provide updated details of Sahir’s filmography.

Today’s music director with Sahir is Ravi.

The names of Sahir and Ravi immediately brings to our mind a long list of immortal, memorable, unforgettable and iconic songs.
If we want to list them here that would require a lot of space, instead, we take a look on the list of the movies of this great collaboration ;

S.no Movie Year Songs of lyricist in the blog Song penned by lyricist in movie as per HFGK Song penned by lyricist in movie as per the book -The People’s Poet
1 Aaj Aur Kal 1963 9 8 9
2 Gumraah 1963 7 8 8
3 Pyaar Ka Bandhan 1963 Ravi 5 5 5
4 Bahu Beti 1965 7 7 7
5 Kaajal 1965 Ravi 11 11 13
6 Waqt 1965 8 8 8
7 Humraaz 1967 5 5 5
8 Aaankhein 1968 6 6 6
9 Do Kaliyaan 1968 8 8 8
10 Neel Kamal 1968 7 7 8
11 Aadmi Aur Insaan 1969 9 9 10
12 Paisaa Ya Pyaar 1969 4 5 5
13 Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo 1970 6 8 9
14 Ganga Tera Paani Amrit 1971 4 4 4
15 Dhundh 1973 4 3 3
16 Mehmaan 1973 4 6 6
17 Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka 1975 7 5 8
18 Amaanat 1977 8 8 7
19 Chingaari 1989 4 7 7
Total 123 128 136

I am sure the above list will bring back fond memories for many people.

Today’s song reminds us of the famous “Kaajal”(1965) bhajan ‘tora man darpan kahlaaye’.

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Usha Mangeshkar. It is from the movie ‘Chingaari-1971/1989’ (released in 1989). Leena Chandavarkar and Durga Khote are seen lip syncing this song.

Let us now listen to this beautiful bhajan …

Song-Meri baari re kaahe ko bhoole banwaari(Chingaari)(1989) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi
Both

Lyrics

banwaari ee ee
o o o o o o o o of
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
jab jab bheed padi dukhiyan par
tumhi ne ae vipadaa taari re are
meri baari re ae ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari ee

? ka jyoti
janam ke paapan
par purshan ki pyaari ee

par purshan ki pyaari ee
dharm karam ke nikat na aayi
paap kiye atibhaari

paap kiye atibhaari
ik tote ke rom ratan se
toone paar utaari re
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
meri baari re ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari ee

drupad sutaa pandav ki naari
juaa khel kar haari ee ee

juaa khel kar haari ee
bhari sabhaa mein dusht dushaasan
khenchan lagaa saari ee

khenchan lagaa saari ee
lut’ti laaj bachaayi
jab wo
dukhiya tumhe pukaari re

meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari ee
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari ee

meera tere pyaar ke kaaran
lok laaj sab haari ee

lok laaj sab haari ee
nirlaj kah raana ne usko
bheji naag pitaari

bheji naag pitaari
naag phool
vish amrut ban gayaa
teri leelaa nyaari re

meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
jab jab bheer padi dukhiyan par
tumhi ne vipadaa taari re
meri baari re ae ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole banwaari
meri baari re ae ae
kaahe ko bhoole ae banwaari ee


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4609 Post No. : 16240

Yearwise discussion of Lata Mangeshkar songs in HFM: Part XXIII: Year 1969
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In this episode, we discuss Lata Mangeshkar songs that she sang in Hindi movies released in 1969.

In 1969, 98 Hindi movies containing 785 songs were released. Lata Mangeshkar got to sing in 43 of these movies and she sang 97 songs in these movies. So Lata Mangeshkar’s voice was heard in 43.9 % of the movies released in 1969. Her voice was heard in 12.3 % of the songs appearing in the movies of 1969.

Here are the details of songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar in Hindi movies released in 1969 :-

S N Movie Music director Lata song in the blog Lata HFM songs recorded in the year Lata solo songs Male duet Female duet Other songs Lyricists
1 Aaraadhna S D Burman 3 3 1 2 0 0 Anand Bakshi
2 Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke Laxmikant Pyarelal 3 3 1 2 0 0 Anand Bakshi
3 Anjaana Laxmikant Pyarelal 3 3 1 2 0 0 Anand Bakshi
4 Bank Robbery Chitragupta 1 1 1 0 0 0 Prem Dhawan
5 Beti Sonik Omi 0 3 3 0 0 0 Shakeel Badayuni
6 Chiraag Madan Mohan 4 4 4 0 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
7 Dharti Kahe Pukaar Ke Laxmikant Pyarelal 2 2 2 0 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
8 Do Raaste Laxmikant Pyarelal 3 3 2 1 0 0 Anand Bakshi
9 Ek Shrimaan Ek Shrimati Kalyanji Anandji 1 1 0 1 0 0 Rajinder Krishan
10 Gunda G S Kohli 0 1 1 0 0 0 Shadab
11 Hum Ek Hain Usha Khanna 1 1 1 0 0 0 Indeewar
12 Inteqaam Laxmikant Pyarelal 5 5 4 1 0 0 Rajinder Krishan
13 Jahaan Pyaar Miley Shankar Jaikishan 1 1 1 0 0 0 Farooque Kaiser
14 Jeene Ki Raah Laxmikant Pyarelal 2 2 1 1 0 0 Anand Bakshi
15 Jigri Dost Laxmikant Pyarelal 3 3 1 2 0 0 Anand Bakshi
16 Jyoti S D Burman 3 3 1 1 1 0 Anand Bakshi
17 Khamoshi Hemant Kumar 1 1 1 0 0 0 Gulzar
18 Madhavi Laxmikant Pyarelal 1 3 2 0 1 0 Anand Bakshi
19 Mahal Kalyanji Anandji 1 1 1 0 0 0 Anand Bakshi
20 Mera Dost Laxmikant Pyarelal 0 2 1 1 0 0 Anand Bakshi
21 Meri Bhaabhi Laxmikant Pyarelal 2 4 3 1 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
22 Nai Zindagi Chitragupta 1 4 4 0 0 0 Prem Dhawan
23 Nanha Farishta Kalyanji Anandji 1 1 1 0 0 0 Sahir Ludhianvi
24 Prarthana Hridaynath Mangeshkar 0 1 1 0 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
25 Prince Shankar Jaikishan 3 3 2 0 0 1 Farooque Kaiser (1) Hasrat Jaipuri (2)
26 Pyaar Ka Mausam R D Burman 6 6 4 2 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
27 Pyaar Ka Sapna Chitragupta 1 2 1 1 0 0 Rajinder Krishan
28 Pyaasi Shaam Laxmikant Pyarelal 2 2 1 1 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
29 Raat Ke Andhere Mein Prem Dhawan 2 2 2 0 0 0 Prem Dhawan
30 Raahgeer Hemant Kumar 1 2 2 0 0 0 Gulzar
31 Raja Saab Kalyanji Anandji 2 2 1 1 0 0 Anand Bakshi
32 Saajan Laxmikant Pyarelal 3 4 3 1 0 0 Anand Bakshi
33 Sapna Jaidev 1 1 1 0 0 0 V N Mangal
34 Satyakaam Laxmikant Pyarelal 2 2 2 0 0 0 Kaifi Azmi
35 Shart Laxmikant Pyarelal 0 1 1 0 0 0 Anand Bakshi
36 Shatranj Shankar Jaikishan 1 2 2 0 0 0 Hasrat Jaipuri
37 Talaash S D Burman 4 4 2 2 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
38 Tamanna Kalyanji Anandji 0 1 1 0 0 0 Anand Bakshi
39 Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai Shankar Jaikishan 2 2 1 1 0 0 Hasrat Jaipuri
40 Vishwaas Kalyanji Anandji 1 1 1 0 0 0 Gulshan Bawra
41 Waapas Laxmikant Pyarelal 1 1 0 1 0 0 Majrooh Sultanpuri
42 Waaris R D Burman 2 2 0 2 0 0 Rajinder Krishan
43 Yakeen Shankar Jaikishan 1 1 1 0 0 0 Hasrat Jaipuri
Total 43 movies 14 MDs 77 97 67 27 2 1 14 lyricists

Lata Mangeshkar worked with 14 music directors and 14 lyricists in these 43 movies released in 1969. Shankar Jaikishan with 391 songs in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar were the leading music directors for her followed by C Ramchandra with 274 songs. Other top music directors for Lata Mangeshkar were Chitragupta (223), Laxmikant Pyarelal (171), Madan Mohan (166), Roshan (144), Kalyanji Anandji (133), Naushad (126), S D Burman (126), Hemant Kumar (124), Anil Biswas (120), Husnlal Bhagatram (108) and Vasant Desai (104). Together these thirteen music directors composed 2210 songs out of 3253 songs that Lata Mangeshkar had sung in Hindi movies till end of 1969. The top nine lyricists till end of 1969 for Lata Mangeshkar were Rajinder Krishan (477), Shailendra (360), Hasrat Jaipuri (266), Majrooh Sultanpuri (25), Prem Dhawan (194), Shakeel Badayuni (189), Bharat Vyas (180), Anand Bakshi (123) and Sahir Ludhianvi (108). These eight lyricists had penned 2123 songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar till that time.

Lata Mangeshkar collaborated with her kid brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar as a music director in a Hindi movie for the first time this year. Shadab and V N Mangal were two lyricists who got to collaborate with Lata Mangeshkar for the first time in movies released this year.

Here is the summary of Lata Mangeshkar’s playback career in Hindi movies till end of 1969 :

Year Movie count Lata song in the blog Lata HFM songs recorded in the year Lata solo songs Male duet Female duet Other songs Remarks
1946 3 movies 4 4 4 0 0 0
1947 3 movies 5 5 3 1 0 1
1948 16 movies 50 50 37 6 4 3
1949 38 movies 134 157 103 35 12 7
1950 36 movies 114 143 93 32 14 4
1951 49 movies 189 223 158 52 10 3
1952 43 movies 149 177 138 31 4 4
1953 45 movies 170 195 149 35 5 6
1954 43 movies 140 172 144 23 4 1
1955 50 movies 165 218 177 30 10 1
1956 49 movies 168 204 153 35 13 3
1957 47 movies 129 160 110 38 7 5
1958 35 movies 102 132 95 25 10 1
1959 58 movies 188 211 130 68 12 1
1960 48 movies 139 166 102 50 12 1
1961 44 movies 125 152 88 55 5 4
1962 40 movies 118 129 84 40 5 0
1963 37 movies 103 111 62 38 8 3
1964 46 movies 122 133 91 31 8 3
1965 42 movies 83 91 71 17 1 2
1966 49 movies 104 133 110 14 8 1
1967 44 movies 92 106 67 38 8 3
1968 33 movies 83 84 59 19 5 1
1969 43 movies 77 97 67 27 2 1
Total upto 1969 941 movies 2770 3253 2295 740 167 59

It can be seen from the table of 1969 that Lata Mangeshkar sang 97 songs in 43 movies released in 1969. 77 of these songs are already covered in the blog.

All Lata Mangeshkar songs from 30 movies of 1969 are already covered in the blog. So 20 Lata Mangeshkar songs from 13 movies of 1969 still remain to be discussed.

Alphabetically the first movie of 1969 that offeres us Lata Mangeshkar songs to be discussed is “Beti”(1969).

“Beti”(1969) was produced by K P S Singh and N P singh and directed by Harmesh Malhotra for K P S Films Production, Bombay. The movie had Sanjay Khan, Nanda, Rajendra Nath, Asit Sen,, Madhumati, Shyama ,Sulochana Latkar, Kamini Kaushal, Raj Mehra, Ram Mohan, Shabanam, Sheela.R aka Sheila Ramchandra, Kishore Sahu, Randhir, Mirza Musharraf, Dulari, Jankidass, Lalita Kumari, Sujata, Niranjan Sharma, Narbada Shankar, Baby Sarika, Rajeev,Chinnoo, Master Rippee etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Three songs have been covered so far. Lata Mangeshkar had sung three songs in it. None of these songs has been represented in the blog so far.

Here is a Lata Mangeshkar song from “Beti”(1969). Shakeel Badayuni is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sonik Omi.

Only the audio of the song appears to be available. The song is a bhajan. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-Shyam dhun laagi (Beti)(1969) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Sonik Omi

Lyrics

chhod ke tera daar main giridhar
jau ab kit oar
kis’se kahoon on dukh dard
bandhi jab tujhse ae ae ae
preet ki dor

shyaam dhun laagi
hari naam dhun laagi
ho o
shyaam dhun laagi
hari naam dhun laagi
mere man mein base nand laala
ho o
mere man mein base nand laala
ho o
shyam dhun laagi
hari nam dhun laagi re

aanchal mein jo toone bhare dukh
mere liye sab taare hain
aanchal mein jo toone bhare dukh
mere liye sab taare hain
tere haath se kaante milenjo
wo bhi mujhko pyaare hain
bana de mujhe chaahe
mita de mujhe chaahe
bana de mujhe chaahe
mita de mujhe chaahe
tere naam ki japti hoon maala
ho o o
shyam dhun laagi
hari naam dhun laagi re

giridhar tu hai daya ka saagar
tere charan ki main daasi
giridhar tu hai daya ka saagar
tere charan ki main daasi
vyaakul man ki pyaas bujha de
aaj to gokul ke waasi
jaloon main din raina
na aaye mohe chaina
jaloon main din raina
na aaye mohe chaina
mera biraha se pad gaya paala
ho o
shyam dhun laagi
hari naam dhun laagi
mere man mein base nandlaala
ho o
shyam dhun laagi
hari naam dhun laagi re


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4548 Post No. : 16128

Today, December 30, 2020 is 7th Remembrance Day of Lakshmi Shankar.

What a musical journey Lakshmi Shankar had in her career spreading over 7 decades! Her journey from a Bharatnataym dancer to Uday Shankar’s ballet dancer, an actress in a Tamil film, a playback singer in Hindi films, a Hindustani classical vocalist and as a catalyst in spreading the Hindustani classical music across the continents is unparalleled. And it is more so for a woman who had to cross the societal barrier. Lakshmi Shankar was really a woman of substance.

In 2009, 83-year-old Lakshmi Shankar received a Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album. Although she could not make it to the final list, the Grammy nomination itself was a great event for a woman Hindustani classical vocalist in the Western music dominated award. The irony is that she never got the status of a celebrity in her own country. She did not get any ‘Padma’ awards from Government of India nor any award from Sangeet Academy – whether Central or State levels.

Lakshmi Shankar, was born as Mahalakshmi Sastri (16/06/1926- 30/12/2013) in Jamshedpur where her father Vaidyanath Sastri was employed in Tata Iron and Steel Company as a Chartered Accountant. He was a native of a village in Pudukkottai district. Her mother, Visalaksi was from Palghat (Palakkad) district – both districts being part of the then Madras Presidency. During Vaidyanath Sastri’s stay in Jamshedpur, Mahatma Gandhi made a number of visits to Jamshedpur. The result was that he became attracted to Gandhian ideology. Mahatma Gandhi picked him up to devote time for the upliftment of harijans. He left the job and shifted to Poona (Pune) in 1930 for the assigned work. His other family members, including Lakshmi Shankar, shifted to Madras (Chennai).

At the age of 8, Lakshmi was put under Guru Kandappa Pillai for learning Bharatnataym dance in Chennai. At the age of 11, she performed her arangetram in Bharatnatyam dance. At the age of 13, she joined Uday Shankar’s India Cultural Centre in Almora for training in fusion dances. During her stint in Almora, Lakshmi Shankar got married to Rajendra Shankar, (the next younger brother of Uday Shankar) who was 21 years older than her. Rajendra Shankar, with M.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry was working as a script writer and was handling publicity in Uday Shankar’s Dance Academy. During 1940-43, Lakshmi Shankar travelled across India as one of the dancers with Uday Shankar’s dance troupe. In 1944, Uday Shankar’s India Cultural Centre in Almora was closed down due to financial constraints.

Following the closure of Uday Shankar’s Dance Academy, Lakshmi Shankar with her husband and brother-in-law, Ravi Shankar came to Mumbai. Both the Shankar brothers got associated with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). While Rajendra Shankar joined Bombay Talkies (later Filmistan) as story and script writer, Ravi Shankar got his first assignment for scoring music for Chetan Anand’s ‘Neecha Nagar’ (1946) followed by K A Abbas’s ‘Dharti Ke Laal’ (1946). In the first film, Lakshmi Shankar sang for Kamini Kaushal a lullaby so na o nanhi so na. In ‘Dharti Ke Laal’ (1946), she sang beete ho sukh ke din aayee dukh ki ratiyaan.

With these two films, the musical collaboration of Lakshmi Shankar with her brother-in-law, Ravi Shankar started which continued until the latter’s death in December 2012.

Ravi Shankar and his other associates were disillusioned with IPTA as they were not given the freedom in creating the work of their respective fields. Ravi Shankar set up his own artists’ group in which his wife Annapurna Devi, sister-in-law, Lakshmi Shankar and his elder brother, Rajendra Shankar, Zohra Sehgal, Shanti Bardhan etc became the important part of this group.

It was around this time that Jawaharlal’s Nehru’s book ‘The Discovery of India’ (1946) was published and Ravi Shankar felt that this book was a good choice for adapting it as a ballet-cum-opera on the stage. He got the financial backing for the project from Indian National Theatre, the cultural wing of the Indian National Congress. While Ravi Shankar and Annapurna Devi took charge of the music, Rajendra Shankar wrote the script and looked after the production. Lakshmi Shankar and Sachin Shankar became the main dancers to be choreographed by Shanti Bardhan.

The premier of ‘The Discovery of India Ballet-Cum-Opera’ was held in New Delhi in April 1947 in the presence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The premier of the ballet-cum-opera was highly successful. Later, it was staged at many prominent cities all over India because of which Lakshmi Shankar became a well-known dancer.

In 1948, while the ballet-cum-opera was still being staged, Lakshmi Shankar fell ill and was diagnosed as suffering from pleurisy affecting her lungs. She was taken back to her house in Chennai for recuperation. The doctor advised her to give up dancing as it would be too hard for her weak lungs. With this, her professional dancing career came to an end.

After a complete recovery from illness, Lakshmi Shankar returned to Mumbai where her husband was already working as a story and screenplay writer in Amiya Chakraborty’s film production company, ‘Mars & Movies’. [Lakshmi Shankar’s younger sister Kamala Sastri was married to Amiya Chakraborty in 1951]. In the absence of dancing, she thought of pursuing the playback singing career in films.

Post-illness, Lakshmi Shankar sang jingles in some advertising films and got a chance to sing a bhajan ‘in Aandhiyaan (1952). It was during her rehearsal of the song recording for the film ‘Mastaana’ (1954) when its music director, Madan Mohan advised her to learn Hindustani classical music as he felt that her voice was most suited for thumri singing. Though Lakshmi Shankar liked Hindustani classical music in instruments, she was not keen to become Hindustani classical vocalist.

It was because of Madan Mohan’s persistence that Lakshmi Shankar agreed to give a try. The next day, Madan Mohan came to her house with Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of Patiala Gharana and with a harmonium. Madan Mohan played on harmonium and Ustad played on his swarmandal. Ustad’s one line of some bandish mesmerised Lakshmi Shankar so much that she resolved to learn Hindustani classical music as a vocalist from him.

Lakshmi Shankar completed her training in three years’ time. In January 1957, she gave her maiden performance at Entally Music Festival in Kolkata which was very much appreciated. With this success, she was invited to many music festivals all over India. She continued learning Hindustani classical music with Professor B R Deodhar and completed her Bachelor of Music degree under him. In the meanwhile, she occasionally sang for Hindi films as playback singer about 30 songs in 20 films from 1946 to 1974. In the Marathi film ‘Pativrata’ (1959), she had sung 2 thumris with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

In 1962-63, she got her first opportunity for a 4-month tour to the USA and Europe as a part of Uday Shankar’s group as a lead vocalist and the music director of the ballet orchestra. In 1968, Ravi Shankar organised the Festival of India in the USA in which she was again a lead vocalist along with many eminent musicians from India. In 1970, she travelled to Italy (Rome, Florence and Venice) and the Shiraz Festival in Iran for her solo performance as a vocalist.

Some of Lakshmi Shankar’s notable works included her cross collaborations with George Harrison in 1974. One of her collaborations with him was a Krishna song in English, ‘I am missing you’ which received good receptions in its live performance throughout the USA. This song made her well-known in the Western countries. The English song was written by Pandit Ravi Shankar. She also sang a couple of soulful bhajans in Attenborough’s Oscar winning film ‘Gandhi’ (1982) for which Ravi Shankar was the music director.

Lakshmi Shankar had been travelling quite often on her musical tours abroad either as a part of Pandit Ravi Shankar’s troupe or as a solo performer. For this reason, Lakshmi Shankar moved to the USA along with her family and took permanent residency near Los Angeles in 1984. She cut many discs in the USA and Europe besides India. Later in her life, she started teaching Hindustani classical music to American-Indians in her house in Simi Valley, California.

With the death of Pandit Ravi Shankar on December 11, 2012, Lakshmi Shankar’s collaborations with him of over 7 decades ended. It had started first as dancers in Uday Shankar’s academy in 1939, as a playback singer under his music direction in 1946, as a dancer in his ballet-cum-opera ‘Discovery of India’ in 1947-48 and both national and international collaboration from 1963 onwards with him. After Ravi Shankar’s death, Lakshmi Shankar’s health started deteriorating. Almost one year after her mentor’s death, Lakshmi Shankar passed away on December 30, 2013.

On the occasion of the 7th Remembrance Day of Lakshmi Shankar, I am presenting one of her popular non-film Krishna bhajans, ehi Muraare kunjavihaare (1979). She has rendered this bhajan in Raag Pahadi. Most of the on-line references have accredited this Sanskrit bhajan to Jayadeva. But a section of the listeners has pointed out that this bhajan is not found in Jayadeva’s Ashtapadi.

Lakshmi Shankar recorded this devotional song in the USA which became a part of a Long-Playing Record, ‘Lakshmi Shankar Sings Devotional Songs’ for ISCKKON Golden Avatar Productions in 1979 under the orchestration of L Subramaniam, a renowned violinist supported by Ustad Zakir Hussain on tabla. I feel that Lakshmi Shankar may have composed the tune herself. Later, sometime in the 1980s, she sang live on All India Radio/Doordarshan as part of the National Programme of Music. I personally like her live version because of the audio quality, the clarity of the words, the excellent tabla rhythm and the elaborations with which Lakshmi Shankar rendered the bhajan.

How could Lakshmi Shankar mesmerise her foreign audience with her bhajans? The answer is that she did with her emotive voice as evident in this bhajan.

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Acknowledgements:

1. ‘Poignant Song – The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar’ (2019) By Kavita Das.

2. An Interview with Lakshmi Shankar by Shreen Isal, June 2001 published in http://www.associationsargam.com

Audio Clip: (Record version)

Video Clip: (From live concert on AIR/Doordarshan)

Song-Ehi muraare kunjavihaare (Lakhmi Shankar NFS)(1979) Singer-Lakshmi Shankar

Lyrics (Based on record version)
[The equivalent lyrics are written based on the phonetics of Sanskrit stotram].

ehi muraare
ehi mura…are
ehi muraare kunjavihaa…re
ehi praṇata jana bandho
ehi muraare kunjavihaare
ehi praṇata jana bandho
hey Madhava madhumathana vareṇya
Keshava karuṇasindho

raasa nikunje gunjati niyatam
raasa nikunje gunjati niyatam
bhramarashatam kil kaanta aa
ehi nibhṛta pathapaantha..aa
tvamiha yaache darashandaanam
tvamiha yaache darashandaanam
he Madhusoodan shanta
ehi muraare kunjavihaare
ehi praṇata janabandho

nava neeraj dhara shyaamal sundara
nava neeraj dhara shyaamal sundara
chandra kusum ruchivesha
gopigaṇ hṛidayesha..aa
govardhana dhara vṛindaavanachara
govardhana dhara vṛindaavanachara
vanshīdhara paramesha
ehi muraare kunjavihaare
ehi praṇata janabandho

Raadharanjan kansaniṣhoodan
Raadharanjan kansaniṣoodan
praṇatistaavaka charaṇe
nikhila niraashraya sharaṇe
ehi Janaardana pitaambaradhara
ehi Janaardana pitaambaradhara
kunje mantharapavane..ae
ehi muraare
ehi muraare
ehi muraare kunja vihaare
ehi praṇata jana bandh..o
he Madhava madhu mathana vareṇya
Keshava karuṇa sindho

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English Translation (Source: http://www.kksongs.org )
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O killer of the demon Mura who roams in the gardens, come near.
O Mādhava, who is the friend of those who bow upon, who destroyed Madhu, who is desirable, who is Keshva and who is the ocean of compassion, come near.

Hundreds of shiny bumble-bees are continuously buzzing in the gardens of [our] transcendental mellows. O You, who beyond the paths of material standards, come near. We all are craving for the sight of You, O Madhusoodana, who is calm.

O You, who holds a new lotus, who is dark in complexion, who is beautiful, who is decorated with chandrakusuma, who rules the heart of group of Gopī, who held Govardhana, who roams in Vrindaavana, who holds a flute, who is the supreme ruler.

O who gives pleasure to Rādhaa, who destroyed Kamsa, who is complete. I am bowing into Your feet which is the shelter of the unsheltered.
O Janaardana, who has yellow robes, come close to me in this garden.


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Blog Day :

4527 Post No. : 16087

“Angulimaal”(1960) was produced by M/s Prakash Veramal and directed by Vijay Bhatt for P V Films, Bombay. This historical movie had Nimmi, Bharat Bhushan, Anita Guha, Ulhas, Chandrashekhar, Achla Sachdev, Manmohan Krishn, Prem Adeeb, Kesri, Rammohan, Vinod Kumar, Sheela Kashmiri, Vimla, Helen etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the past. Here are their details :-

Song Date of posting Singers Remarks
Aayi aayi basanti belaa 18 March 2011 Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Meena Kapoor
Dheere dheere dhal ri chanda ( 20 April 2011 Aarti Mukherjee
Bade aaye shikaari shikaar karne 5 May 2011 Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle
Jaa ri na bataaun main to naam chitchor kaa 6 May 2011 Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Kapoor
Mere chanchal naina madhur ras ke bhare 27 October 2018 Meena Kapoor
Buddham sharnam gachhaami 11 October 2020 Manna Dey Picturised as a Five part song

The eighth and final song from the movie is sung by a male voice and Asha Bhonsle. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Anil Biswas.

The song is picturised on Manmohan Krishn and a lady who I guess is a young Achla Sachdev. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song including the identification of the lady. I feel that the male voice is that of Manmohan Krishn himself, who was an occasional singer as well.

With this song, all the songs of “Angulimaal”(1960) are now covered and the movie joins the lists of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Murliwaale Gopal teri sharan mein hai mera laal (Angulimaal)(1960) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Anil Biswas
Murli Krishn

Lyrics

om namo brahmanayadevay
go bramhanahitayse
jagathitay krishnay govinday namo namah
om

muraliwaale gopal,
gopaal
gopal

muraliwaale gopal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan mein hai mera laal
muraliwaale gopal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan mein hai mera laal
tu hi rakhana ise sambhal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan mein hai mera laal
muraliwale gopa aa aal

phool mera hai komal-komal
kathin tera sansaar
iski dag-mag naiya kanhaiya tu hi lagaana par
khewaiyya tu hi lagaana par
har sankat dena taa aal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan me hai mera laal
muraliwale gopaa aa aal
muraliwale gopal, ho muraliwale gopal

nainon ke gangaajal se
jeewan ke paap dhula de
nainon ke gangaajal se
jeewan ke paap dhula de
apni umar chadhhaaun tujhe
mere laal ko amar bana de
mere laal ko amar bana de
hey shaanti ki liye mashaal
jagaaye jag mein jyot vishal
kare uncha bharat ka bhaa aal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan mein hai mera laal
muraliwaale gopal
teri sharan mein hai mera laal
tere charan mein hai mera laal
muraliwaale gopaa aa aal


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Blog Day :

4435 Post No. : 15874

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 73
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On this day ten years ago viz on 8 September 2010, six songs from six movies were covered, as was the norm those days.

Here are the details of the six songs:-

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Aawaaz de kahaan hai duniyaa meri jawaan hai Anmol Ghadi-1946 All songs covered
Rahiye ab aisi jagah chal kar jahaan koi na ho Mirza Ghalib-1954 All songs covered
Nazren uthaa ke zaraa dekh le Chacha Zindabad-1959 All songs covered
Do nain milye do phool khiley Ghoonghat-1960 06 songs posted
Shokh nazar ki bijliyaan Wo Kaun Thi-1964 All songs covered
Aagre se ghaaghro mangaa de rasiyaa Chor Machaaye Shor-1974 All songs covered

Except one movie, all other five movies, that got represented that day have been YIPPEED by now.

That leaves us with just “Ghoonghat”(1960) as the sole movie eligible for today’s blog Ten year challenge.

As many as six songs of “Ghoonghat”(1960) have been covered so far. Here are the details:-

Song Posted On
Laage naa moraa jiyaa 13.05.2009
Mori chham chham baaje paayaliyaa 14.05.2009
Kyaa kyaa nazaaren dikhaatin hai ankhiyaan 06.09.2009
Do nain milye do phool khiley 08.09.2010
Haay re insaan ki majbooriyaan 13.09.2010
Ye zindagi ka mausam aur ye samaa suhaanaa 24.03.2012

Here is a song from “Ghoonghat”(1960). This song is sung by Lata. Shakeel Badayuni is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ravi.

The song is picturised on Bina Rai who is seen singing this bhajan in front of an idol of Lord Krishn. Though I consider my Hindi knowledge to be quite decent, I am stumped by this word “pat” in the lyrics. I request our nowledgeable readers to tel us the meaning of this word in the lyrics. Is this word in some way a synonym of “laaj” ?

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra and the blog ten year challenge details were sent by Avinash Scrapwala.

audio link:

video link:

Song-Meri pat raakho Giridhaari (Ghoonghat)(1960) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Ravi

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

pat raakho o o Giridhaari
pat raakho rey ae ae ae Giridhaari

meri pat raakho giridhaari..ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari
meri pat raakho giridhaari..ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari
main dukhiya sharan tihaari..ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari..ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari

chhod tumhaara
dwaar prabhu main
kiske dwaarey jaaoon..oon..oon
chhod tumhaara
dwaar prabhu main
kiske dwaarey jaaoon..oon
tum bin meraa
kaun sahaara
kiski aas lagaaoon
ye bolo krishn muraari ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari…ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari

dekho meri
beech bhanwar mein
doob rahi hai naiyya
chaaron oar hai ghoar andhera
koi nahin khiwaiyyaan
toofaan uttha hai bhaari ee ee
mujhe shakti do o o o
mujhe shakti do banwaari ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari..eee
meri pat raakho giridhaari
main dukhiya sharan tihaari..ee ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari ee
meri pat raakho giridhaari


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Blog Day :

4385 Post No. : 15743

“Preet Ka Geet”(1950) was directed by Girish Trivedi for Kalakaar Chitra, Bombay. The movie had Sulochana Chatterjee, Prem Adeeb, Gulab, Shashikala, Kukku, Badri Prasad, Shyam Sundar, Munshi Khanjar, Urvashi etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs. Five songs have been covered in the past.

Today (20 july 2020) is the 48th remembrance day of Geeta Dutt(23 November 1930– 20 July 1972). As a tribute to Geeta Dutt, here is a song from “Preet Ka Geet”(1950).

This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Premi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shyam Babu Pathak.

Only the audio of this song is available. it is a Lord Krishn bhajan. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.

Audio

Song-Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re (Preet Ka Geet)(1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Premi, MD-Shyam Babu Pathak

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Kholo kholo man ke
Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re
Kholo kholo man ke
Dwaare khadi hai kabse
Raadha tihaari
Kholo kholo man ke
Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re
Kholo kholo man ke

Mere soone se jeewan mein
Kaahe bairan bansiya bajaayee
Mere soone se jeewan mein
Kaahe bairan bansiya bajaayee
Mere bhole bhaale man mein Kaahe
Soyi preet jagayee
Jagaayee
Mere bhole bhaale man mein Kaahe
Soyi preet jagayee
Jagaayee
Ab to kar do birhan ki
Rain ujiyaari
Kholo kholo man ke
Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re
Kholo kholo man ke

Hum hain janam janam ke saathi
Tum ho deepak Main hoon baati
Hum hain janam janam ke saathi
Tum ho deepak Main hoon baati
Jo baati dil mein bas jaati to
Jalti aur muskaati
Muskaati
Jo baati dil mein bas jaati to
Jalti aur muskaati
Muskaati
Pyaari pyaari hain Preet ki aag Bihaari
Kholo kholo man ke
Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re
Kholo kholo man ke
Dwaar khadi hai kabse Raadha tihaari
Kholo kholo man ke
Kholo kholo man ke dwaar Muraari re
Kholo kholo man ke


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Blog Day :

4345 Post No. : 15652

“Shyam Ki Jogan”(1957) was produced by K Bakshi and directed by S P Kalla for K B Films, Bombay. This obscure devotional movie had Shahu Modak, Sulochana, B M Vyas, Kamal Mehra, Kammo, Ratnamala, ramesh Sinha, Jagdev, C S Dubey, Mehru, Baby Lata, Jeewan Kala, Funny Walker, Praveen, Maruti etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it.

Two songs from the movie have been discussed in the past. Here is the third song from “Shyam Ki Jogan”(1957) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. S P Kalla is the lyricist. Music is composed by Narayan Dutt.

Only the audio of this song is available which sounds like a Meera bhajan (though S P Kalla is credited for the lyrics). I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Main to prem deewaani ho gayi re(Shyaam Ki Jogan)(1957) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-S P Kalla, MD-Narayan Dutt

Lyrics

main to prem deewaani ho gayi re ae
mujhe duniya se kya kaam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam
main to prem deewaani ho gayi re ae
mujhe duniya se kya kaam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam

man panchhi ki ghaayal paankhen
man panchhi ki ghaayal paankhen
janam janam ki pyaasi aankhen
dhoondh rahi ghanshyaam se
mera shyaam ki jogan naam
main to prem deewaani ho gayi re ae
mujhe duniya se kya kaam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam

saans ke taar mein bas gaya sai
saans ke taar mein bas gaya sai
amar milan ki jyot jagaayi
alakh japoon yahi kaam re
mera shyaam ki jogan naam
main to prem deewaani ho gayi re ae
mujhe duniya se kya kaam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam re ae
mera shyaam ki jogan naam


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Blog Day :

4323 Post No. : 15611

Hullo Atuldom

These days we have people from all walks of life connecting with each other over video calls, chat groups coming together on various online platforms etc. Similarly there are people who are going ‘live’ on Facebook and YouTube. On these ‘live’ days they showcase their talents in singing and dancing etc. I have watched a few and must say, rather admit, that this period of Lock-down is helping everyone rediscover their passion in singing and other art forms. All the best to all of them

Some videos of these ‘live’ acts are doing the rounds on the social media called Whatsapp. My husband forwarded me one such video which had the South Indian stalwart SP Balasubramaniam singing one of his popular songs from the 1979 Telugu movie ‘Shankarabharanam’.

That movie had some great songs which were based on Carnatic Ragas and told the story of an exponent of classical music Sankara Sastri (JV Somayajulu) and his ardent fan cum disciple Tulsi (Manju Bhargavi). The movie was written and directed by K Viswanath, had music by KV Mahadevan and lyrics were by V Sundararama Murthy. K Viswanath later remade this movie in Hindi as ‘Sur Sangam’ in 1985.

The Hindi version had Girish Karnad and Jaya Prada playing the roles of Pandit Shivshankar Shastri and Tulsi. The film made its debut on the blog on 19th May, 2013 with the song “Mai Ka Piya Bulaave Apne Mandirva“. (In that sense, it is like a seven-year challenge. 🙂 )

Our dear Sudhir ji had posted one song from this movie on the occasion of World Music day in 2017 “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye“. The movie has eleven songs in all with “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye” appearing as two parts in the movie. Then we also have the song Dhanya Bhaag Sewa Ka Awsar Paaya which was shared by Khyatiben in July 2014 as part of the build up to the 10000th post. Sudhir ji then later wrote a heartfelt tribute to Girish Karnad in his post on the song “Hey Shiv Shankar Hey Karunakar” last year.

I feel Sudhir ji has given us a good biography of Girish Karnad in his post last year. So I shall go directly to the next song from this film. In this song we see the Shastri ji teaching a small boy a classical bhajan. He is unaware that the boy is actually the son of his fan/disciple Tulsi. He feels that the little boy has a lot of potential to take over the mantle from him. In fact the second anatara shows the child singing what he has learnt from the guru and the mother envisions the guru himself. The song is in the vocals of the Mishra brothers – Rajan and Sajan Mishra, with Lata Mangeshkar. Lyricist is Vasant Dev with Laxmikant-Pyaarelal as the music composers. I must admit here that I have no knowledge about the Raag or Taal that this song is in. I expect knowledgeable readers to help here.

Thinking of the versatile actor Girish Karnad today on his 82nd birthday.

Song – Jaaun Torey Charan Kamal Par Vaari  (Sur Sangam) (1985) Singer – Rajan-Sajan Misra, Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Vasant Dev, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Rajan-Sajan Misra + Lata Mangeshkar

Lyrics 

jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari
o ho 
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
hey gopal govind murari
hey gopal govind murari 
sharnaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

kitna ghana bana andhiyaara
kitna ghana bana andhiyaara
ghulta mai saara ka saara
ghulta mai saara ka saara 
tu hi mera ek adhaa..aa..aar
aa a a aa aaaa aaaa
ga re pa ga dha pa
dha pa ga re ga pa dha re
re ga ga re sa dha pa ga re
ga pa dha pa re
sa dha ga pa
ga dha pa ga
pa ma ga re
ma ga re sa
re ga re ga pa dha pa
sa dha pa ga re sa
tu hi mera ek adhaar
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan par vaari

sana nana nana nana
sana nana pawan jhakora aata
sana nana pawan jhakora aata
haara mann tapta gabraata
haara mann tapta gabraata
toot raha saanson ka taar
aaaaaa aaa
toot raha saanson ka taar 
sharanasgat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

morpankh ki kiran jaga kar
jaga kar
morpankh ki kiran jaga kar
adharon par muskaan uga kar
adharon par muskaan uga kar 
har le mann ki piir apaa..aa..aar
sa re sa ga sa pa
sa dha sa pa dha pa ga re
sa dha sa
har le mann ki piir apaar
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari
hey gopal govind murari
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
ओ हो
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
हे गोपाल गोविंद मुरारी
हे गोपाल गोविंद मुरारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

कितना घना बना अँधियारा
कितना घना बना अँधियारा
घुलता मैं सारा का सारा
घुलता मैं सारा का सारा
तू ही मेरा एक आधार
आ आ आs आsss आsss
ग रे प ग ध प
ध प ग रे ग ध प रे
रे ग ग रे स ध प ग रे
ग प ध प रे
स ध ग प
ग ध प ग
प म ग रे
म ग रे स
तू ही मेरा एक आधार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

स न न न न न न
स न न न पवन झकोरा आता
स न न न पवन झकोरा आता
हारा मन तपता घबराता
हारा मन तपता घबराता
टूट रहा साँसों का तार
आsssss आss
टूट रहा साँसों का तार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

मोरपंख की किरण जगा कर
जगा कर
मोरपंख की किरण जगा कर
अधरों पर मुस्कान उगा कर
अधरों पर मुस्कान उगा कर
हर ले मन की पीर अपा॰॰आर
स रे स ग स प
स ध स प ध प ग रे
स ध स
हर ले मन की पीर अपार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी


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Blog Day?:

4286 Post No. : 15535

“Baaraat”(1960) was produced and directed by K Amarnath for K Amarnath Productions, Bombay. This “social” movie had Ajeet, Shakila, Mukri, Salim, Protima Devi, Murad, Shalini, Brahm Bhardwaj, Gulnar, Pandey, Amrit Rana, Ravikant, Sheila Kashmiri, Sajjan etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Four songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Baaraat”(1960) to appear in the blog. This song is a Lord Krishn bhajan. It is sung by Rafi and Chorus. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

I am unable to identify the actor who lip syncs this song on screen. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify him.

The video contains partial song. The audio version is full, containing one extra stanza.

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Mohan main ek bhatka raahi (Baaraat)(1960) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta
Chorus

Lyrics

mohan main ik bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho o o
mohan main ik bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho

kab tak pag-pag thhokar khaaun
bolo akela main kit jaaun
kab tak pag-pag thhokar khaaun
bolo akela main kit jaaun
kaahe na tum se aas lagaaun
tum laakhon ke sahaare ho o o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho

dekh bhatakta mere kadam ko
dosh na den sab bhagwan tumko
dekh bhatakta mere kadam ko
dosh na den sab bhagwan tumko
tum to dekh rahe ho humko
tum to saath hamaare ho o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho

chhaaya andhera haath badhha do
baanh pakad ke raah dikhaa do
chhaaya andhera haathh badha do
baanh pakad ke raah dikhaa do
chhed do murli
jyot jagaa do o o
chhed do murli
jyot jagaa do
koi tumko pukaare ho o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum pathh ke ujiyaare ho o
mohan main ek bhatka raahi
tum patha ke ujiyaare ho


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Blog Day :

4240 Post No. : 15455 Movie Count :

4257

Hindi Songs from Bangla Films : 19
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‘Jogajog’ (Relationship, 2015) was a Bangla film which was based on a novel of the same name written by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and published in 1929. The film was directed by Shekhar Das. The main cast included Bhartya Basu, Suvalagna Mukherjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Shaheb Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee etc. By the way, Bhartya Basu, the lead actor in the film was the MLA and the Minister of Tourism of the Government of West Bengal when the film’s shooting started. It was a debut film for the lead actress, Suvalogna Mukherjee.

Unfortunately, the film is not available on video sharing platforms. So, I had to depend upon the English edition of Tagore’s novel which is available online as well as review of the film on the Times of India. Having gone through both the sources, I get an impression that the film’s director, Shekhar Das has, by and large, adhered to the story of the novel including the names of the characters. The novel itself is a commentary on the declining influence of aristocracy of landlords in Bengal Presidency from early 20th Century and the emergence of neo-rich business class and their clash of culture and values. It is a feminist novel but at the end, it is the defeat for the female protagonist in the novel.

The gist of the story of the film is as under:

The story revolves around the hostility of two families – the Chatterjees and the Ghoshals. The Chatterjees are landlords whose fortunes have declined while that of Ghoshals have improved considerably thanks to their flourishing business. Bipradas Chatterjee (Arjun Chakraborty), current head of Chatterjee family is indebted to Madhusudan Ghoshal (Bratya Basu), the middle-aged head of Ghoshal family. To resolve the debt issue, Madhusudhan offers Bipradas to marry his younger sister, Kumudini (Suvalogna Mukherjee), a strong-willed, religious minded and cultured girl. She agrees to get married to Madhusudan who is twice her age to save her elder brother from the clutches of indebtedness to Ghoshals.

From the day Kumudini comes to Madhusudhan’s house after her marriage, she is assigned a subsidiary status in an already dysfunctional Ghoshal family in which there is a hen-pecked younger brother, a sister-in-law, Shyamasundari (Ananya Chatterjee) who has become widow at a young age. Kumuduni carries out her work in the household which is expected of a married woman. As she has been brought up in a cultured family where women have been treated equal with their men folks, Kumudini finds Ghoshal house exactly opposite of her cultural upbringing. Here she is treated as a sub-servient to Madhusudan as well as an object of his sexual desires. His vulgar display of wealth and the rustic way of conversations with her puts her off to such an extent that she develops aversion towards her husband. Added to her woos is Madhusudan’s illicit relationship with his sister-in-law, Shyamasundari. With these background , she takes recourse to spirituality. She identifies herself with Meerabai and find solace in singing Meera bhajans.

Over a period of time, Kumudini is subjected to emotional trauma and the marital rape. Not able to cope up with her emotional trauma any more, Kumudini comes back to her elder brother’s house. He gives her assurance that she is not a burden on him. On the contrary, it is her right to be in his house. However, when Kumudini’s pregnancy is revealed, her elder brother does not agree with Kumudini to get her liberation from the marriage as she is carrying Madhusudhan’s child. He justifies his stand by saying that it is not right to deprive the child from the father’s home. Kumudini is sent back to the Ghoshal household.

In a way, it is a defeatist end in the novel to Kumudini. Probably, Tagore went with the stark reality of that time. Since director, Shekhar Das had made this film in the 21st century, the film’s end comes with some minor changes so as not to make the film with a defeatist end for Kumudini. I have seen the end part of a pirated version of the film on a video sharing platform in which Madhusudhan visits Chatterjee’s house and meets Kumudini privately. He tenders his apology to Kumudini for his wrongdoings and request her to come back home.

‘Jogajog’ (2015) has two Meera bhajans of which I am presenting one of the most popular and famous bhajans ‘mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi’. The bhajan is rendered by Shreya Ghosal whom I consider as ‘Lata Mangeshkar of 21st century insofar as per playback singing is concerned. I have watched her growing from the winner of ZEE TV’s ‘sa re ga ma’(children) programme sometime in the 90s and her first playback singing for Hindi film ‘Devdas’ (2002) and thereafter. I still remember the confidence and the pose with which she rendered a song in front of stalwarts like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Girija Devi, Anil Biswas etc on the dais and many more stalwarts in the audience.

The song is picturised on Suvalogna Mukherjee and Bratya Basu is an impatient listener. The bhajan is set to music by Pandit Debojyoti Bose who is a Sarod player and a disciple of Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He is more into concerts than the music director.

I checked and found out that this Meera bhajan has been a part of more than a dozen Hindi films from 1932 onward. The singers varied from Zubieda, Sitara Kanpuri, M S Subbulaxmi, Mangeshkar sisters (Lata, Asha, Usha) to Vaani Jayraman. This is not an exhaustive list. There may be more singers in non-film segment.

I find Shreya’s Ghoshal’s version of this popular Meera bhajan equally pleasing to listen.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koye (Jogajog)(Bangla)(2015) Singer-Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Pandit Debojyoti Bose

Lyrics

mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
jaake sir mor mukut mero pati soi
mere to Giridhar Gopal

taat maat bharta bandhu apna nahi koi
chhaadi do kul ki kaani
chhaadi do kul ki kaani kaa kariye koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal

aayi main bhakti ka jo jagat dekhat mohi
daasi Meera Giridhar prabhu
daa..aasi Meera Giridhar prabhu taaro ab mohi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
jaake sir mor mukut mero pati soi
mere to Giridhar Gopal


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