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My first article was posted on this Blog on 1-10-2012. Before that, for almost an year and a half, I used to post my comments on the songs posted on the Blog. In those comments, I used to give information about not only the songs, but also about the film, the cast, story. MD, Lyricist and in general any matter connected with the film or the song. For example, while commenting on a song from film Chandralekha-48, I had mentioned how Vasan made more than 100 prints of the film for its All India release and how the famous ‘ Nagara’ dance was choreographed etc etc.

Other readers gave me lot of support by liking and appreciating my informative comments. This and Atul ji encouraged me and I started writing posts on the Blog with great enthusiasm. I have always believed that Knowledge increases by sharing and indeed it did. Within a week’s time I brought up my first series on ” Less Known Singers”. Looking at the welcome it received from people in the Blog and the visitors, I continuously ran as many as 26 series of songs on selected themes.

Some themes were my favourites, like ‘ Flavour of the 30’s ‘, ‘ The vibrant 40’s ‘, ‘ Vintage Naushad “, ‘ Bhajan Mala ‘, ‘Gems from the Migrators’, and ” songs from the Artiste name films”.

One of the series was ” The Great souls of India”, which ran from 1-11-2013 to 15-11-2013, covering 10 songs. In this series I had selected songs from films on Sant Kabir, Sant Tulsidas, Sant Surdas, Sant Tukaram, Sant Dnyaneshwar, Bhakt Dhruv, Bhakt Prahlad, Narsi Bhagat, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Jagadguru Shankaracharya.

That time I regretted that I could only include 10 ‘ Great souls ‘ in the series, when another 8 to 10 were left out. I felt particularly sad that Sant Meerabai was left out. I am making amends to that lapse now. DER AAYE DURUST AAYE. It is never too late to repair the damage. So, today’s song is from a film ” Meerabai”-47. There was yet another film ” Meera’ in 1947. Two songs from that film were already discussed here, therefore I have selected this film, which makes a Debut here.

There was one thing common in these two films on Meerabai. Both films had songs predominantly sung by just One Singer. In the film ‘Meera’-47, 17 songs out of the 18 songs were sung by its Heroine M.S.Subbulakshmi. In the film ‘ Meerabai’-47, all the 13 songs were sung by Sitarabai Kanpuri. While Meera was originally a Tamil film of 1945, dubbed in Hindi in 1947, Meerabai was a fresh film made in Hindi only. In Meera, it was a feast and delight to listen to M.S. in Hindi. Her conspicuous Hindi pronunciations were never a barrier in savouring her divine rendering. Most bhajans in her film had the traditional tunes, but in film Meerabai, the MD S.K.Pal had tried newer tunes to these Bhajans. To his credit, I must say that his attempts were praiseworthy. Just listen to today’s song and you will agree with me.

Mirabai was a great saint and a devotee of Sri Krishna. Despite facing criticism and hostility from her own family, she lived an exemplary saintly life and composed many devotional bhajans. Historical information about the life of Mirabai is a matter of some scholarly debate. The oldest biographical account was Priyadas’s commentary in Nabhadas’ Sri Bhaktammal in 1712. Nevertheless, there are many oral histories, which give an insight into this unique poet and saint of India.

Mira was born around the start of the 16th Century in the Chaukari village in Merta, Rajasthan. Her father was Ratan Singh a descendant of Rao Rathor, the founder of Jodhpur. When Mirabai was only three years old, a wandering Sadhu came to her family’s home and gave a doll of Sri Krishna to her father. Her father saw this as a special blessing but was initially unwilling to give it to his daughter, because he felt she would not appreciate it. However, Mira had, at first sight, become deeply enamoured with this depiction of Lord Krishna. She refused to eat until the doll of Sri Krishna was given to her. To Mira, this figure of Sri Krishna embodied his living presence. She resolved to make Krishna her lifelong friend, lover, and husband. Throughout her turbulent life, she never wavered from her youthful commitment.
On one occasion, when Mira was still young, she saw a wedding procession going down the street. Turning to her mother, she asked in innocence, “Who will be my husband?” Her mother replied, half in jest, half in seriousness. “You already have your husband, Sri Krishna.” Mira’s mother was supportive of her daughter’s blossoming religious tendencies, but she passed away when Meera was only young.

At an early age, Mira’s father arranged for her to be married to Prince Bhoj Raj, who was the eldest son of Rana Sanga of Chittor. They were an influential Hindu family and the marriage significantly elevated Mira’s social position. However, Mira was not enamoured of the luxuries of the palace. She served her husband dutifully, but in the evening she would spend her time in devotion and singing to her beloved Sri Krishna. While singing devotional bhajans, she would frequently lose awareness of the world, entering into states of ecstasy and trance.

Her new family did not approve of her piety and devotion to Krishna. To make things worse, Mira refused to worship their family deity Durga. She said she had already committed herself to Sri Krishna. Her family became increasingly disproving of her actions, but the fame and saintly reputation of Mirabai spread throughout the region. Often she would spend time discussing spiritual issues with Sadhus, and people would join in the singing of her bhajans. However, this just made her family even more jealous. Mira’s sister-in-law Udabai started to spread false gossip and defamatory remarks about Mirabai. She said Mira was entertaining men in her room. Her husband, believing these stories to be true, tore into her room with sword in hand. However, he saw Mira only playing with a doll. No man was there at all. Throughout these hysterical slanders, Mirabai remained unmoved by both the criticism and praise of the world.

After this experience, her family continued to torture her. They restricted her movements and sought to make her life as uncomfortable as possible. In the face of all these trials and tribulations, she remained detached from her physical suffering. There was nothing that could disturb her inner connection to Giridhara (epithet of Sri Krishna as young cowherd boy). It is said that twice her family tried to kill her, once through a venomous snake and once through poisonous drink. On both occasions, it is said Mirabai, protected by the Grace of Sri Krishna, came to no ill harm.

However, the relentless torments and hostility interfered with her life of devotion and contemplation on Krishna. She sought the advice of learned men and saints. They advised her to leave the palace and return to Brindaban. Secretly, with some followers, she slipped out of the palace and escaped to the holy city of Brindaban. In Brindaban Mirabai was free to worship Giridhara to her heart’s content. She would spend her time in singing bhajans and in ecstatic communion with Krishna. Like a true Bhakti, she worshipped God wholeheartedly. The riches of the world offered no attraction to Mirabai; her only satisfaction came from her single-minded devotion to Sri Krishna. Her soul was ever yearning for Krishna. She considered herself to be a Gopi of Vrindaban, mad only with pure love for Sri Krishna.Her devotion and spiritual magnetism were infectious.

Even learned Sadhus would come to her for inspiration. There is a story of one respected Spiritual Master, who refused to speak to Mirabai because she was a woman. Mirabai replied there was only one real man in Brindaban, Sri Krishna; everyone else was a Gopi of Krishna. On hearing this, the spiritual Master accepted the wisdom of Mirabai and agreed to talk to her. Later, Mirabai would become his student.

Much of what we know about Mirabai comes from her poetry. Her poetry expresses the longing and seeking of her soul for union with Sri Krishna. At times, she expresses the pain of separation and at other times the ecstasy of divine union. Her devotional poems were designed to be sung as bhajans, and many are still sung today.

Mirabai was a devotee of the highest order. She was immune to the criticism and suffering of the world. She was born a princess but forsook the pleasures of a palace for begging on the streets of Brindaban. She lived during a time of war and spiritual decline, but her life offered a shining example of the purest devotion. Many were inspired by her infectious devotion and spontaneous love for Sri Krishna. Mirabai showed how a seeker could attain union with God, only through love. Her only message was that Krishna was her all.

It is said in her death she melted into the heart of Krishna. Tradition relates how one day she was singing in a temple when Sri Krishna appeared in his subtle form. Sri Krishna was so pleased with his dearest devotee that he opened up his heart centre, and Mirabai entered leaving her body while in the highest state of Krishna consciousness. (free adaptation from biographyonline.net, with thanks)

Film Meerabai-47 was made by Shalimar Pictures, Poona. Its direcor was W.Z.Ahmed. Lyrics were by Meerabai and MD was Suryakant aka S.K.Pal ( he was the nephew of another MD Ramchandra Pal of Bombay Talkies). The cast of the film consisted of Neena, Masood Pervez, Neelam, Tiwari, Shyama (Dulari), Ramavtar, Noorjehan sr. etc etc.

There is a general and wrong feeling among some movie buffs in India that, artistes who opted to migrate to Pakistan after partition had failed there and died in penury and misery. While some such cases indeed were there unfortunately, but not ALL had failed. On the contrary, I feel most of the Directors, Music composers and Heros succeeded in Pakistan. This was because they were all ready made available to Pakistan industry. Many of them like Khursheed Anwar, Inayat Hussain or G.A.Chisti were regarded as pioneers of Pak film industry. Same case with directors like Dawood Chand, M Sadiq, Shaukat Husaain Rizvi etc who became pillars of Pak film industry. unfortunately, once the crop of artistes who migrated from India ended their careers, their film industry had a premature death. This was because, there was no second line of artistes to take over.

The Hero of the film Meerabai-47, Masood Pervez was also one such migrant who succeeded in Pakistan. He was born in 1918 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. He passed his M.Sc. and joined films. His first film as a Hero was Punjabi film ” Mangati “-42, which became a Golden Jubilee film. He further worked in film Gulami-45 and Meerabai-47. After Partition, he went to Pakistan.

His first film as a Director in Pakistan was ‘ Beli’-50 It had a moderate success. His big breakthrough came with film ‘ Intezar ‘-56, which was a colossal hit. He directed 23 films between 1950 and 1982. he is considered to be one of the pioneers of Pak films. He directed 3 Folk stories Mirza Jat-67, Heer Ranjha-70 and again Mirza Jat-82, all very successful. he died on 11-3-2001 in Lahore. He was the nephew of Saadat Hassan Manto.

Film Meerabai-47 had 13 songs, most of them quite good. The original Meera Bhajans were translated in plain Hindi by Pt. Bharat Vyas. With this song the film makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song-Mhaane chaakar raakho jee (Meera Bai)(1947) Singer-Sitarabai Kanpuri, Lyrics-Meera bai, MD-S K Pal

Lyrics

mhaane chaakar raakho ji ee
chaakar raakho ji
sanwariyaa aa
mhaane chaakar raakho ji
mhaane chaakar raakho ji ee
chaakar raakho ji
saanwariyaa
mhaane chaakar raakho ji

chaakar rah toon baag lagaa doon
nis-din darshan paa toon
brindaawan ki kunj-galin mein
brindaawan ki kunj-galin mein
teri leelaa gaa toon
teri leelaa gaa toon

maane chaakar raakho ji
chaakar raakho ji
saanwariyaa
mhaane chaakar raakho ji

unche unche mahal banaaun
jis bich raakhoon baari
saanwariyaa ke darshan paaun
saanwariyaa ke darshan paaun
jaaun tan man vaari
jaaun tan man vaari

mhaane chaakar raakho ji
chaakar raakho ji
saanwariyaa
mhaane chaakar raakho ji

jogi aayaa jog karan koon
jogi aayaa jog karan koon
tap karne sanyaasi
hari-bhajan ko saadhu aayaa
bindraaban ke waasi
kaahe neer jhare nainan se
kaahe neer jhare nainan se
dheer dharo ji meeraa
aadhi raat prabhu darshan de hai
aadhi raat prabhu darshan de hai
prem nadi ke teeraa aa
prem nadi ke teeraa

mhaane chaakar raakho ji
chaakar raakho ji
saanwariyaa
mhaane chaakar raakho ji

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Blog Day : 3747 Post No. : 14709

“Gopinath”(1948) was produced by Brij Kishore Agrawal and directed by Mahesh Kaul for Shanti Lok Chitra Production, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Tripti Mitra, Nand Kishore, Latika, Sachin Ghosh, Anwari Bai, Feroz, Niranjan Tiwari, Mahesh Kaul, Randhir, Baby Zubeida etc in it.

This “social” movie had nine songs in it that were penned by three lyricists namely Soordas, Meerabai and Rammurty Chaturvedi. Two of the three “lyricists”, viz Soordas, Meerabai lived hundreds of years ago and their influence on Indian music scene can be seen from the fact that lots and lots of songs used in HFM and elsewhere were their creations.

Two songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Gopinath”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Meena Kapoor. Meera bai (1498-1546), who lived more than four hunndred years ago is credited as the lyricist. This is the 37th song in the blog that is “penned” by Meera Bai !

Music is composed by Ninu Majumdar.

Picturisation shows this song being lip synced by Tripti Mitra, who was the wife of Shombu Mitra- well known as director of “Jaagte Raho”(1956). The young girl visible in the picturisation should be baby Zubeida.


Song-Main birhan baithhi jaagoon jagat sab sowe ri aali (Gopinath)(1948) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Ninu Majumdar

Lyrics

main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali

dulhan baithhi rang mahal mein
motiyan ki lad pove
dulhan baithhi rang mahal mein
motiyan ki lad pove ae
ik dulhan hum aisi dekhe
ik dulhan hum aisi dekhe
ansuwan maala pove ri
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali

taare gin gin rain bihaani
sukh ki ghadi kab aave
taare gin gin rain bihaani
sukh ki ghadi kab aave ae ae
meera ke prabhu giridhar naagar
meera ke prabhu giridhar naagar
jab unhen darash dikhaave ri
main birhin baithhi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali
main birhin baithi jaagoon
jagat sab sowe ri aali


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Blog Day : 3621 Post No. : 14430

“Raajraani Meera”(1956) was directed by G P Pawar for Chitra Bharati Production, Bombay. The movie had Roopmala, Mahipal, Lalita Pawar, Sulochana, Sapru, Prem Adeeb etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from this movie. This song is sung by Lata. B D Mishra is the lyricist. Music is composed by S N Tripathi.

Only the audio of this song is available. The song was clearly picturised on the character playing Meera. Going by the cast, it could be Roopmala. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on this matter.


Song-Karoongi karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi(Rajrani Meera)(1956) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-B D Mishra, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm

karoongi
karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi
karoongi
karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi
hari charnan ki naiyya se bhav saagar paar karoongi
karoongi
karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi

jamuna tat pe bansi bajaaye
jamuna tat pe bansi bajaaye
gopin ko nit naach nachaaye
jamuna tat pe bansi bajaaye
gopin ko nit naach nachaaye
wahi baansuri waala kaanha
wahi baansuri waala kaanha
mero naath kahaaye ae ae
karoongi
karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi

lok laaj ka tod ke bandhan
ho gayi re main to prem deewaani
lok laaj ka tod ke bandhan
ho gayi re main to prem deewaani
meera ke sab kunj bihaari
meera aa
meera ke sab kunj bihaari
girdhar ??
karoongi
karoongi main to hari se preet karoongi


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Blog Day : 3597 Post No. : 14355

Today (24 may 2018) is the 25th rememberance day of Bulo C Rani (6 may 1920-24 may 1993). He is one of several artists, many of the music directors whose birth as well as remembrance days fall in the same month.

On this occasion, here is a song from “Dharti”(1946) as a tribute to Bulo C Rani.

“Dharti”(1946) was directed by Manibhai Vyas and it had Mumtaz Shanti, Trilok Kapoor, Padma Banerji, Vikram Kapoor, Baby Anwari, Sheikh Hussain, Pandit Iqbal, Jugal Kishore, Lakshman, Mustafa, Leela Shinde, and Tipnis.

The movie had eleven songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Dharti”(1946) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Mohantara Talpade. Lyrics are by Pandit Indra Chandra. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Only the audio of this song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song which sounds like a meera bhajan.


Song-Roothh gaye mose manmohan ab saawan ko kya karoon (Dharti)(1946) Singer-Mohantara Talpade, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Bulo C Rani

Lyrics

rooth gaye mose manmohan
ab saawan ko kya karoon
rooth gaye mose manmohan
ab saawan ko kya karoon
chhod chale mohe madhusudan
ab madhuwan ko kya karoon
chhod chale mohe madhusudan
ab madhuwan ko kya karoon
mor papeeha koyal bairan
mor papeeha koyal bairan jali ko aur jalaaye re
jali ko aur jalaaye re
birhan aansu ki jamuna mein
birahan aansu ki jamuna mein pal pal doobi jaaye re
pal pal doobi jaaye re
raakh hui jal jal kar un bin
ab chandan ko kya karoon
raakh hui jal jal kar un bin
ab chandan ko kya karoon

gagan pe chanda jug jug jhaanke
gagan pe chanda jug jug jhaanke
sheetal aangan gaaye re
sheetal aangan gaaye re
kunj gali mein vyaakkul birhan
kunj gali mein vyaakul birhan
ang ang murjhaaye re
ang ang murjhaaye re
main to hoon sajan ki jogan
ghar aangan ko kya karoon
main to hun sajan ki jogan
ghar aangan ko kya karoon
rooth gaye mose manmohan
ab saawan ko kya karoon


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“Kuchh Naya”(1948) was directed by Ninu Majumdar for Shanti pictures, Bombay. This “social” movie had Ramesh Arora, Sudha Rao, Ramesh Sinh, Purnima Chaudhary, R S Dubey, Tribhuwan Sinha, Sharad Rao, Master Prakash etc in it.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Sureeli Suman – 19
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In 1995, Gulshan Kumar, owner of ‘T Series’, under the name of ‘Super Cassettes Industries’ published this Devotional Album by Suman Kalyanpur titled ‘Hey Govind Hey Gopal’. Gulshan Kumar had many Music composers and Lyricists on his regular payroll. Like a factory these artists churned out songs after songs and they were stored as a bank of songs for any situations for whichever producer wanted them.
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This article is written by Sudhir, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

… a lilting voice […]
falling softer than petals from blown roses on the grass,
and then lingering on and echoing endlessly…

(excerpted from an article by Anup Kumar Pande, published in the Hindu dated December 17, 2004).

A description more decent, more appropriate, I have not been able to find, or even be able to conjure up. The word ‘grace’, characterizes this persona, in ways more than one. And in all ways, nothing more appropriate would appeal – the ‘grace’ of the Almighty, that was gifted to her; the ‘grace’ with which she carried this gift through a lifetime that can only be described as matchlessly supreme; and the ‘grace’ with which she conducted her life, and herself, in an era wherein being blemish-less is a dream accomplishment.
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Sureeli Suman – 11
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Meerabai, right from her childhood was totally immersed in ‘Prem-Bhakti’  of her ‘Aaraadhya Dev’  Krishna. She suffered lots of humiliations and even an attempt of poisoning in her life. Ultimately she renounced everything and became a ‘Jogan’ in real sense.  As she migrated from Mewaad, Rajasthan to  Dwarika, Gujarat she has written many devotionals in many languages viz. Hindi, Mewaadi and Gujarati.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Sureeli Suman – 08
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This Meerabai Bhajan has been used in many films with voices of Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Roy, Vani Jairam etc. Amongst them Lata’s version in ‘Navbahar’, under the music direction of Roshan has become so popular that any music lover will immediately identify this bhajan with ‘Navbahar’ version.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Sureeli Suman – 07
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“Jogi mat jaa” is a very popular Meerabai bhajan, made famous during yester-years by Juthika Roy and M S Subbulakshmi and later on by Geeta Roy, Lata Mangeshkar and many other singers. Even in Classical field it was made immortal by Pandit Omkarnathji Thakur.
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