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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 :

4564 Post No. : 16162

I remember, when I was a growing child, I used to hear the name of film personality called ‘Sajjan’ by elders at home, or likeminded cine-goers who were family friends of my parents.
I used to wonder who exactly this person was in the movies I was watching. It continued for many years and all this while I had no clue about this person.

When I was a grown-up boy (😉) and was studying in 11-12th standard I watched ‘Johny Mera Naam-1970’ in 1983-85. And here for the first time I get to know who exactly the actor named ‘Sajjan’ was. After that whichever movies new and older I watched I enjoyed his performance on screen. In the background his image of a good character actor (that build up in my mind from the discussions at home) was always there in my mind. So, I was also enjoying his negative roles in many black & white movies of fifties and sixties.

Aftergoing through his filmography, I can recall watching many of these movies where he played various roles particularly with negative shades or sometime being the associate of the of the main villain of the movie, or the different character roles.

But before that he had acted as a hero or second to the hero in the movies of fifties and sixties. There is a long list of the movies he was a part of; however, I am not listing them all here today.

Regulars on this blog would wonder why I am discussing Sajjan today. The reason is- today (15 January 2020) is his birth anniversary.

Sajjan Lal Purohit was born on 15th January 1921 in Jaipur, Rajasthan (then Jaipur State of British India). That way today marks his 100th birth anniversary.

I had not read about him in the details and maybe he must have been discussed on the blog which I might not be aware of, so I have taken some information from Wikipedia and reproducing the same here.

Wikipedia mentions that he graduated from the Jaswant College, Jodhpur and he desired to become a lawyer and not an actor.

Wikipedia also mentions the following regarding his career in the movies;

In 1941, he arrived in Calcutta and worked as an apprentice in a laboratory of East India Company. His initial breakthrough in films was as an extra in films such as Masoom (1941) and Chowringhee (1942). Sajjan left Calcutta during World War II and reached Mumbai. In Mumbai he worked as an assistant to famous director Kidar Sharma. At that time, the great showman Raj Kapoor was also worked as an assistant to Kidar Sharma. He also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar and Vakil Sahib and got Rs.35 as salary.
A poet by heart, Sajjan showed his talent when he wrote dialogues for Meena (1944) and lyrics for Door Chalen (1946) and Dhanyavad (1948). Sajjan also acted in small roles in Prithvi Theatre. His acting debut film was Dhanyavad. After that, Bombay Theatre’s Muqaddar was released in 1950. The heroine was Nalini Jaywant.
By then Sajjan was well established in the films. In the 1950s and 1960s, Sajjan acted as hero or side-hero in films such as; Sainya, Rail Ka Dibba, Bahana, Sheesha, Malkin, Nirmohi, Kasturi, Mehmaan, Lagan, Girl School, Paridhaan, Ghar-Ghar Mein Diiwali, Haa-Haa-Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo, Poonam Jhanjhar and Halla-Gulla. As hero, his last film was Kabuliwala, Do Chor, and as an artist he last appeared in the 1986 release Shatru with Rajesh Khanna. An artist of more than 150 films, Sajjan also worked in TV serials. In Vikram Aur Betaal he played Betaal. His other serial was Lena-Dena.

I had watched many episodes of ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’ on TV and I liked Sajjan playing Betaal very much.

Sajjan passed away at the age of seventy-nine on 17th May’2000 in Mumbai (then Bombay).

As a tribute to him today I am presenting a song from ‘Yaar Mera-1971’ which was picturized on him (part-1 of the song). I had noted this song long time back but recently when I was going through the list of pending songs and came across this song, I watched it again and noted that it was Sajjan who was lip-syncing this song so I thought to present it on his anniversary.

This song is shown happening in a ‘village temple’ as a part of ‘sandhya-aarti-bhajan’ where Sajjan and many others are present (villagers and temple associates). A grief-stricken Jeetendra is also seen taking resort in the temple and sitting in ‘dhyaan’ while listening the ‘bhajan’ and I think he remains in this situation for a long time (😊) because by the time the song ends Jeetendra had a ‘beard’ of many days.

Part-2 of the song is played in the back-ground while Jeetendra is shown lying on a hospital bed, but as the song gets played, he regains some strength to leave the hospital without caring the ‘staff’ present there and reach the temple after crossing ‘fields’ etc.

HFGK mentions this song as a one song and not in parts.

I have not watched this movie so I request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs.

So far, two songs from this movie ‘Yaar Mera-1971’ have been posted on the blog. Today’s song is the third song from this movie to appear on the blog.

Let us now listen to today’s song which is from the movie ‘Yaar Mera-1971’ as mentioned above. Lyrics are by Neeraj and music is composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.
Manna Dey is the singer of this song.

Part I

Part II

Song-Hari Om Hari om Hari Om (Yaar Mera)(1971) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Chorus

Lyrics

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PART-I
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Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om

Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin

Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa

Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om

Uski ho marzi to pal mein
Andha bhi aankhen paa jaaye
Uski ho marzi to pal mein
Andha bhi aankhen paa jaaye
Mil jaaye raaj bhikhari ko
Mil jaaye raaj bhikhari ko
Gaagar mein saagar aa jaaye
Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa

Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om

Wo jag ka paalanhaara hain
Sabke kashton ko hartaa hain
Wo jag ka paalanhaara hain
Sabke kashton ko hartaa hain
Lekin jo jaisa karta hain
Lekin jo jaisa karta hain
Wo waisa jag mein bharta hain
Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa

Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om

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PART – II
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Re chhod buraai ka rasta
Tere haath naa kuchh bhi aayega
Re chhod buraai ka rasta
Tere haath naa kuchh bhi aayega
Tu chain kahin naa paayega
Tu chain kahin naa paayega
Vardaan shaap ban jaayega
Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa

Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om

Tera dhan tera karm hain re
Jhootha sab chaandi sona hain
Tera dhan tera karm hain re
Jhootha sab chaandi sona hain
Kyun sar ka bojh badhaata hain
Kyun sar ka bojh badhaata hain
Jo paaya hain
Wo khona hain
Bhagwan ke ghar mein sab kuchh hain
Jo yahaan mile wo kahin nahin
Tere maangne mein ho kami bhale
Aa aa aa aa
Uske ke dene mein kami nahin
Aa aa aa aa

Hari Om
Hari Om
Hari Om


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 :

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.


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 :

4542 Post No. : 16113

Today 24th December’2020 is the ninety-sixth birth anniversary of legendary singer Mohd Rafi(24.12.1924 – 31.07.1980).

On this occasion, as a tribute to him, here is a song from the ‘1957’ movie ‘Laxmi Pooja’.

‘Laxmi Pooja-1957’ was directed by Jayant Desai for ‘Hemlata Pictures, Bombay’. Jayant Desai was also the produer of this movie. This movie had Nirupa Roy, Shahu Modak, Jeevan, Niranjan Sharma, Anant Kumar, Babu Raje, Praveen Pal, Indira, Manju, Shri Bhagwan, Sukumar, Rajrani and others.

Meenu Mumtaz make a guest appearance in this movie.

Music for this movie was composed by Chitragupta.

This movie had nine songs written by Bharat Vyas. 18th December 2020 was the 102nd birth anniversary of poet-lyricist Bharat Vyas (18.12.1918 – 05.07.1982). This post serves as a tribute to him as ell.

Out of the nine songs of this movie, so far only two songs are posted on the blog. The details of the songs are as given below;

S.No. Song Title Posted on
01 Hey ann dhan ki maharani, ho jai Laxmi rani
02 Raaj kaaj se kya lenaa jab man mein huaa ujaala
03 Mere paaon mein dekho jhanjhar jhanke
04 Are sun lo babaji… arey ho beta chamdee to jaaye…
05 Sun sun paalanhaare, koyi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare Being posted today
06 Aaj raas ka rang hai, naache ang ang hai
07 Thhodi si zindagaani…kyon naa Govind gun gaaye re 18.06.2018
08 Chaahe padi aafat badi …. Ram jise taare
09 Kahlaataa hai jagat mein … itni si meri hai pukaar prabhu 25.07.2020

This movie was introduced on the blog on 18.06.2018. Its second song was posted on 25.07.2020. The song under discussion is the third song to be posted from this movie. We have a long way to go with six more songs still left to be covered.

Today’s song is sung by Mohd Rafi. As mentioned above lyrics are by Bharat Vyas and music is composed by Chitragupta.

I had come across this song long back in 2014. Only the audio of this song is available. I would request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs.

Let us now listen to today’s song …


Song-Sun sun paalanhaare (Lakshmi Pooja)(1957) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

Sun sun paalan-haare
Sun sun paalan-haare
Koi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare
Ho koi teri shakti ko aaj lalkaare
Sun sun paalan haare
Koi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare
Ho koi teri shakti ko aaj lalkaare
Sun sun paalan-haare

tap ne abhimaan jagaaya
tere bhakton pe sankat aaya aa
tap ne abhimaan jagaaya
tere bhakton pe sankat aaya
barse na paani
tarse re praani
dharti ki sookh rahi kaayaa
tujhe dharti ka kan kan pukaare ae ae
ho shrishtri ke sarjanhaare
koi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare
ho koi teri shakti ko aaj lalkaare
sun sun paalan-haare

meri boli ye ab na rukegi
tujhe kehna hai so keh chukegi ee
meri boli ye ab na rukegi
tujhe kehna hai so keh chukegi
tere aaye bina
mukh dikhaaye bina
meri kartaal ab na jhukegi
ab apnon se mukh na chhupaa re ae ae
mat apna bharosa ganwaa re
koi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare
ho koi teri shakti ko aaj lalkaare
sun sun paalan-haare
koi teri bhakti ko aaj lalkaare
ho koi teri shakti ko aaj lalkaare
sun sun paalan-haare ae

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Devnagri script lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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सुन सुन पालनहारे

सुन सुन पालनहारे
कोई तेरी भक्ति को आज ललकारे
हो कोई तेरी शक्ति को आज ललकारे

सुन सुन पालनहारे
कोई तेरी भक्ति को आज ललकारे
हो कोई तेरी शक्ति को आज ललकारे
सुन सुनपालनहारे

तप ने अभिमान जगाया
तेरे भक्तों पे संकट आया
तप ने अभिमान जगाया
तेरे भक्तों पे संकट आया
बरसे न पानी
तरसे रे प्राणी
धरती की सूख रही काया
तुझे धरती का कण कण पुकारे ए ए
हो श्रृष्टि के सर्जनहारे
कोई तेरी भक्ति को आज ललकारे
हो कोई तेरी शक्ति को आज ललकारे
सुन सुन पालनहारे
मेरी बोली ये अब न रुकेगी
तुझे कहना है सो कह चुकेगी ई
मेरी बोली ये अब न रुकेगी
तुझे कहना है सो कह चुकेगी ई
तेरे आये बिना
मुख दिखाए बिना
मेरी कर-ताल अब न झुकेगी
अब अपनों से मुख न छुपा रे ए ए
मत अपना भरोसा गंवा रे
कोई तेरी भक्ति को आज ललकारे
हो कोई तेरी शक्ति को आज ललकारे
सुन सुन पालनहारे
कोई तेरी भक्ति को आज ललकारे
हो कोई तेरी शक्ति को आज ललकारे
सुन सुन पालनहारे


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4528 Post No. : 16089

15 August 1975 saw the release of a movie that went on to become an all time surprise hit. No, I am not talking about “Sholay”(1975) which was released on that date. “Sholay”(1975) was a big budget multistarrer movie and it was expected to do well at the box office, at least by the makers of the movie, if not the trade pundits.

Another movie was released on 15 august 1975. It was a low key release in a few movie halls. This movie was expected to do a modest business and was expected to last just one or two weeks in movie halls before being replaced by other movies.

But surprisingly, this movie, which had no big stars, and which was a religious movie (that was considered infra dig by city bred movie goers) began to draw crowds that was comparable to the crowd thronging to watch “Sholay”(1975).

Seeing that this movie was made on a shoe strong budget, this movie turned out to be one of the most profitable movie ever for its makers. People would offer prayer in the movie hall and perform aarti. This goddess, which few people were aware of, suddenly found a pride of place among the pantheon of Gods.

This movie, a surprise all time super duper hit, was produced by Satram Rohara and directed by Vijay Sharma for Bhagyalaxmi Chitra Mandir, Bombay had Kanan Kaushal, Ashish Kumar, Anita Guha (playing the title role), Bharat Bhushan, Rajani Bala, Bela Bose, B. M. Vyas, Rajan Haksar, Manohar Desai, Dilip Dutta, Mahipal, Padmarani, Leela Mishra, Sushila Devi etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. The movie makers had roped in C Arjun ( largely a music director of B grade movies) as the music director. Kavi Pradeep, a top lyricist of 1940s and 1950s, but more or less out of work by that time, was signed up as the lyricist. He was an inspired choice as the lyricist, seeing that penning religious songs and patriotic songs was his strong suit.

All the songs of “Jai Santoshi Maa”(1975) became hugely popular and they remain so. Kavi Pradeep, in addition to penning the lyrics, also sung two songs in the movie in his characteristic style and these songs became all time classics.

Today (11 December 2020) is the 22nd remembrance day of Kavi Pradeep(6 February 1915 – 11 December 1998). On this occasion, here is a song from “Jai Santoshi Maa”(1975). This song is sung by Usha Mangeshkar who found herself in the role of leading female playback singer in the movie, which was rare for her, as she normally got one song in most movies, for some side actors.

This song happens to be the 200th song of Usha Mangeshkar as a playback singer in the blog. It is quite a befitting song to mark her double century in the blog.

This song, a prayer to Santoshi Maa, is lip synced by Kanan Kaushal. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify the other actors seen in the picturisation of this song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala (long long ago).

Video

Audio

Song-Karti hoon tumhaara vrat main sweekaar karo maa (Jai Santoshi Maa)(1975) Singer-Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-C Arjun

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Karti hoon tumhaara vrat main
Sweekaar karo maa
Manjhdhaar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi
Karti hoon tumhara vrat main
Sweekaar karo maa
Manjhdhar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi

Baithhi hoon badi aasha se
Tumhaare darbaar mein
Baithhi hoon badi aasha se
Tumhaare darbaar mein
Kyun roye tumhaari beti
Is nirday sansaar mein
Paltaa do meri bhi kismat
Paltaa do meri bhi kismet
Chamatkaar karo maa
Manjhdhaar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi

Mere liye to band hain
Duniyaa ki sab raahein
Mere liye to band hain
Duniyaa ki sab raahein
Kalyan mera ho saktaa hai
Maa aap jo chaahen
Chintaa ki aag se mera
Chintaa ki aag se mera
Uddhaar karo maa
Manjhdhaar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi

Durbhaagya ki deewaar ko
Tum aaj hataa do o
Durbhaagya ki deewaar ko
Tum aaj hataa do
Maateshwari waapas mere
Saubhaagya ko laa do
Ik abhaageeni naari se
Ik abhaageeni naari se
Kuchh pyaar karo maa
Manjhdhaar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi
Karti hoon tumhaara vrat main
Sweekaar karo maa
Manjhdhaar mein main atkee
Bedaa paar karo maa
Bedaa paar karo maa
Hey maa Santoshi
Maa Santoshi


This article is written by nahm, 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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4494 Post No. : 16024

06/11/2020 – 35th Remembrance day of Sanjeev Kumar

The song I am presenting today as a tribute to Sanjeev Kumar, the versatile actor, comic, romantic, angry young man, character actor and sometime villainous, actor and above all the Thakur of ‘Sholay’, is from the film ‘Love and God’ (1986). Sanjeev Kumar was born on 9th July, 1938 as Harihar Jethalal Jariwala , at Surat. His filmography lists 171 films from 1960 to 1994. He was just 48 years old when he died in 1985, though he had been doing the roles of old man since 70’s. In ‘Aandhi’ he is the patient hotelier husband of Suchitra Sen, caught between the ambitious father Rehman and his dutiful daughter. I have seen that film 4 decades ago, it is time to refresh the memory.

Who can forget the doctor in “Mausam”, singing “chhadi re chhadikaise gale meinpadi”. He was also one of the dedicated “Shatraj ke Khiladi”. The inspector in this, the lawyer in that plus the doctor in ‘Silsila’. Wah, come to think of it he was also one of the actors who had a profession. Be it a ‘darzi’ or a ‘domestic servant, nothing was too lowly for him. Who can forget the novelist in “Anamika”. It will be interesting to know if he played the role of a cook, or a librarian(possible), a professor, or a watchman, waiter etc.

Before I forget, he has the distinction of doing the role of Jaya Bahaduri (Bachchan)’s, husband, hero, friend, father, father-in-law etc.

The film “Love and God” was based on the story of Laila Majnu and Sanjeev Kumar eventually played the role of “Qais”(did Qais have a profession?) here, after the film was shelved and revived several times. Guru Dutt was originally cast in the role of ‘Qais’. The much delayed film by K. Asif was finally released in 1986 after even Sanjeev Kumar had died.

The song presented here is again a prayer (Du’aa) song, written by Khumar Barabankwi, composed by Naushad. Singers are the ever divine Mohammed Rafi Sahab and Lata Mangeshkar with Chorus. This du’aais very carefully following the protocol of prayer, in the sense, it starts with the devotion and how the Allah’s greatness is visible everywhere. Then first stanza talks how I am aggrieved and I have come to you, believing in you, with the hope in the heart. Second stanza has the appeal that all is in your hands and you will do as deemed best, you are the all merciful and save me from humiliation. Last stanza is the lament that I can’t bear this desolation, give the whole universe of others if you wish but grant me my one wish, i.e. my mohabbat.

Full audio :

Video:

Song-Gulshan gulshan sehra sehra barsen jalwe tere (Love and God)(1986) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Lyrics-Khumar Barabankwi, MD-Naushad
Chorus

Lyrics

Allah……
Allah…..
Allah…..
Allah…..
Allah…..
Allah…..

phoolon mein tu
zarron mein tu
dil mein tu hi
mere ae
Allah
Allah
gulshan gulshan
sehra sehra
barsen jalwe tere
Allah
Allah
phoolon mein tu
zarron mein tu
dil mein tu hi
mere Allah
Allah
gulshan gulshan
sehra sehra
barsen jalwe tere
Allah
Allah

jalte huye dil ke zakhmon ko
seene mein sajaa kar laaya hoon
jo daagh diye hain duniyaa ne
wo tujhko dikhaane aaya hoon
pyaar ki shama’en liye huye ae
dil mein charaaghan kiye huye ae
aa hi gaye deewaane tere ae
jaam-e-muhobbat piye huye
manzil manzil
mehfil mehfil
sunkar charche tere ae
Allah
Allah
gulshan gulshan
sehra sehra
barsen jalwe tere
Allah
Allah

jalne de isse ya bujhne de
ab kaam to ye bas teraa hai
raushan hai jo shama’a haathhon mein
ye jaltaa huaa dil meraa hai
ishq ki duniyaa mitey nahinee
ye shama’e tamanna bujhe nahineen
ek dar-e-jaanan ke siwaaaa
aur kahin sar jhuke nahin
rehmat waale
izzat rakh le
jaaun sadqe tere ae
Allah
Allah
Allah

Allah
gulshan gulshan
sehra sehra
barsen jalwe tere
Allah

Allah

insaan hoon main patthar to nahin
dil rakhhta hoon main bhi seene mein
kehne ke liye zindaa hoon magar
kuchh baat nahin hai jeene mein
aaj mujhe bhi khushi mile ae
bichhdi hui zindagi mile ae
auron ko de de donon jahaanan
mujhko muhobbat meri mile ae
rote aayen
hanste jaayen
bande dar se tere ae
Allah
Allah

gulshan gulshan
sehra sehra
barsen jalwe tere
Allah
Allah
Allah
AllahAllahAllahAllah
AllahAllahAllahAllah
AllahAllahAllahAllah
AllahAllahAllahAllah

Lailalailalailaaa
lailaaa
Lailalailalailaaa
lailaaa
Lailalailalailaaa
lailaaa


This article is written by nahm, 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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4487 Post No. : 16009

Here is the 13th and final song from LailaMajnu (1953). Out of the 14 songs listed at myswar.com and also with the posted songs list in the blog, 12 are posted. As mentioned in the penultimate post here , the extra song added in the list was ultimately used in the another Shammi Kapoor film ‘Chor Bazar (1954)’, with Sardar Malik’s music is posted here .

This is a prayer in a madrasa picturised on Master Jagdeep.

Madrasa or “Madrasah” is the oldest form of organized education institutions. One gathers all sort of general knowledge or information as one flits from interesting topics and not very interesting or boring issues. We keep growing, with the informal knowledge and gaining of wisdom, throughout our lives. And this is the way it should be, or the human intelligence would stagnate and die out. Nowadays, we are in danger of information overload, as there are too many sources, from which we can gather information on any topic or issue. I had a vague notion that “Madrasa” is one of the oldest form of organized system of imparting education, I read or heard somewhere. Then I looked up in Google to find out if my notion is correct. And I searched for “Maktab”, and as it happened, Google did confirm it to me in a very roundabout way, from maktab to kuttab to finally madrasah. I am beginning to dread finding answers on google, as the obvious answer it gives is misleading. One has to dig deeper in the results to come at a truthful conclusion.

I also found a pdf file of a research paper titled “Maktabs and Madrasas in India: A Look at Statistics based on 8th All India School Education Survey” at researchgate.net. The following para giving brief history is reproduced below:

“The first educational institution in the Muslim world was the mosque built at Medina early in the seventh century by the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. From then on, mosques were used for teaching purposes, especially for the teaching of law and theology, but as society developed, study circles were held not only in the mosques but also in the palaces, in the streets and even in the market-places. The study circles also grew in number and quality during this period, forming the nuclei of what were to become the madrasas, colleges intended for adults who had already received their primary education in private schools or mosques. In the tenth century the madrasas emerged as an independent institution distinct from the mosque, although madrasas – at least in the early days – were set up either for a single jurist or to teach the tenets of a particular legal school. Thus was born a new kind of educational institution, destined in future to become a center of religious and secular learning in the Islamic world and a place where the representatives of the official class were educated in the spirit of Muslim orthodoxy.

The history of Madrasa education in India starts since the arrival of Muslims in India and it began in the 10th century with the establishment of Maktabs and Madrasas in the towns of Sind, Dabel, Mansura, Multan by the Arab traders and settlers (Haque, 2013).”

Considering, that education and knowledge is power, the imparting of power to the people, and starting young in observing, absorbing and gaining this power is a tradition in Islam, is a sobering thought. The very first “Wahee”(Divine revelation) that was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) began with the word “Iqraa”, meaning “read”, as in read, repeat, study and gain knowledge.

And to think that we all have arrived in this era of faster traffic of information, programming and coding and moving to artificial intelligence, through the foundation laid by the Prophet and his companions, of an education system, 1400 years ago. A lot has gone by and happened, and lessons have been learnt in these 1400 years.

May Allah Almighty give us and our future generations, the taufeeq, the discipline, talent and the spirit to gain, impart and constantly improve the education and knowledge, as these words in the prayer:

yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar
rakkhen tere farmaan ko
seene se lagaa kar

Wikipedia say this in one of the pages:

Literacy
In medieval times, the Caliphate experienced a growth in literacy, having the highest literacy rate of the Middle Ages, comparable to classical Athens’ literacy in antiquity.[7] The emergence of the Maktab and Madrasah institutions played a fundamental role in the relatively high literacy rates of the medieval Islamic world.[8]

I am yet to look up the antiquity age in classical Athens, to see if it is a concurrent period, later or earlier period, of what is given above as medieval times. 🙂

This is what it means dissemination of information available on the internet.

Let us move on to the song being posted and Jagdeep, who is in the middle of it all. We see a very young Jagdeep, singing this prayer with other students, as the ustad is looking on. Shamshad Begum is the singer of this prayer written by Shakeel Badayuni and composed by Ghulam Mohammed. Jagdeep was born 29th March, 1939, so he was 14 years old in 1953. He expired a few months ago on 20th July, 2020, another casualty possibly of these pandemic times. As per the filmography, he has worked in 391 films as an actor, starting as a child artist in 1950, up to 2017. This could be a record as a 67 year long career. Those who started before him in the industry have long since hung up their boots. Innumerable memorable characters played by him are part of the histology of hindi films and also the some sweet and some funny and some romantic songs filmed on Jagdeep are already posted in the blog. Some songs may be remaining to be posted, the current one being one of them.

Here is a memorable stanza of this famous background song pictured on Jagdeep in the film Bhaabhi(1957) :

khatam hue din us daali ke
jis par teraa baseraa thaa
aaj yahaan aur kal ho wahaan
ye jogi waalaa phera thaa
ye teri jaageer nahin thi
chaar ghadi ka dera tha
sadaa raha hai is duniyaa mein
kiskaa aab-o-daanaa
chal ud jaa re panchhi
ke ab ye des hua begaanaa


Song-Ye jaan ye imaan bas Allah ke liye hai (Laila Majnu)(1953) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Ghulam Mohammad
Chorus

Lyrics

Yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliyehai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliye hai

Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai

maalik tu hi
khaaliq tu hi
ma’abood khudaaya
maalik tu hi
khaaliq tu hi
ma’abood khudaaya

mitti ko sharaf de ke hamen
tu ne banaaya
hamen tu ne banaaya
oonchaa hai farishton se bhi
insaan ka paayaa
oonchaa hai farishton se bhi
insaan ka paayaa

insaan ki hasti
teri duniyaa ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah keliyehai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai

yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar
yaa rabb hamen ta’aleem ki
taufeeq ‘ataa kar

rakkhen tere farmaan ko
seene se lagaa kar
seene se lagaa kar
bandon ko na tu
daaman-e-rehmat se judaakar
bandon ko na tu
daaman-e-rehmat se judaa kar

jo saans hai bas teri
tamanna ke liye hai
Allah ke liye hai
mere maula ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai
yeh jaan ye imaan
bas Allah ke liye hai


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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4476 Post No. : 15978

Today’s song is from the film Village Girl aka Gram Kanya-1936.

Nine years later, Ramnik Productions made another film with the same title in 1945 with the famous singer Noorjehan singing under the baton of Melody maker music director Shyamsundar. So, when the name Village Girl is mentioned, one’s mind thinks only of the 1945 film of Noorjehan- Village Girl aka Gaon ki Gori-45.

The 1936 film was made by Sagar Movietone. Though Sagar made Talkie films right from the first year of the Talkie era-1931, their films did not make much mark in the film world, till Motilal and Sabita Devi pair came on the scene in 1934 end with ” Shehar ka jaadu”. The new pair clicked famously and Sagar became a name to reckon with. This successful pair did 8 films together for Sagar.

During this period actor singer Surendra came on the scene with his film ” Deccan Queen”-1936, with Aruna Devi. The two Heros then worked with different Heroines of Sagar company. While Motilal worked with Shobhana Samarth, Bibbo, Maya Banerjee and Rose, Sabita Devi worked with Kumar and Surendra. Both Motilal and Surendra came together in the film Jagirdar-36. For the young pair of Surendra and Sabita Devi, film Village Girl was the first film together. They did only one more film together- For Ladies Only-39. Both the films were directed by Sarvottam Badami.

S.Badami is an example of what the Cinema industry is. For some, it is a ditch which destroys the entrant and for a few lucky ones it plays ” Philosopher’s Stone (Paras)”, which turns their lives into Gold. He is one of the two examples, where an ordinary Motor Mechanic makes it as a famous member of the cinema industry. Besides Badami, the other such example is Poet-Director Gulzar (Sampooran Singh Kalra), who was also a Motor Mechanic.

Sarvottam Badami was born in 1910 at Channapatna in Karnataka,to a revenue officer working in Mysore. He passed his SSLC and worked as a garage mechanic and then a projectionist in Select Picture House, Bangalore, both of which were owned by Dr. Ambalal Patel. Patel moved to Bombay and financed Ardeshir Irani of Imperial Film Company, and Chimanlal Desai as a partner forming Sagar Movietone in 1930.
At the age of 19 years, Badami went to Bombay to study automobile engineering. He was asked by Ardeshir Irani who met him at a wedding to help out with the recording equipment he had purchased from abroad.

Badami helped in the sound recording department for the first Talkie in India, Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara (1931). Around that time a German director making the film Harishchandra left half-way and Badami offered to complete it, the co-director was Raja Chandrasekhar, although the co-director credit has also been cited as T. C. Vadivelu Naicker. The film turned out to be successful. He was contracted by Sagar Movietone (Sagar Film Company) to direct three films, two in Telugu and one in Tamil: Galava Rishi (Tamil), Rama Paduka Pattabhishekam and Shakuntala in Telugu. The success of these films established him as a director. His working team had people like the cinematographer Faredoon Irani, music director Anil Biswas and the Sagar Movietone favourites Sabita Devi and Motilal.

Initially, to avoid embarrassment to his family he requested not to be credited in the regional language films. He did not know Hindi but from 1932-1947, he worked for Sagar Movietone and also directed nearly 30 films in Hindi, for many others. His first Hindi film was Chandrahasa (1933) starring Noor Mohammed Charlie. He was paid Rs 2000 per film with the complete film being made within Rs 50,000. He worked with most of the top actors of the time like Motilal, Nargis, Ashok Kumar and Pahari Sanyal. He brought Mehboob Khan who was then doing roles as an extra out of obscurity and gave him the role of Sabita Devi’s father in the film Vengeance is mine(1935).

He made several films based on novels. Some of the writers whose work he used were K.M.Munshi, Sarat Chandra and Ramanlal Vasanthlal Desai. The film Aap ki Marzi (1939) was inspired by the Hollywood film Paradise for Three (1938). He became known for his satirical comedies and “socially relevant films”.His film Grihalaxmi (1934), which starred Jal Merchant and Sabita Devi had the woman getting into marriage only if her doctor husband agreed not to want children. The success of the film mitigated the enraged public reaction at the time.

He showed his understanding of media publicity required for films when in 1937, Badami resorted to woo audiences by announcing cash prizes of Rs.500, Rs.200 and Rs.100 for the best reviews of his newly released film Kulvadhu (1937). The promotional gambit worked sending audiences to the theatres. According to an interview, most of Badami’s films didn’t survive as the negatives were burnt to extract the silver from the silver nitrate.

After Aap ki Marzi-38, he followed his mentor, Dr. Patel and joined Sudama Pictures, when in 1939, Sagar Movietone merged into National Films. Badami

also worked in Famous Cine Laboratories, from 46 to 48.

Apparently, in 1948 Deputy Prime Minister Vallabh bhai Patel, who was then also in charge of the Information Ministry, on a visit to the Cine Laboratories Bombay, asked Badami to help set up a Newsreel and Documentary section. The Films Division was established in 1948. He became chief producer in the newsreel department and made several documentaries. He worked in the Films Division making documentaries from 1948-1952. After that he stopped making films and returned to Bangalore to retire as “I was a forgotten man in the feature film world”. He became an industrialist by starting a manufacturing business. Later he worked as a Consultant for Kamani Group of Industries also. He died in 2005 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

FILMOGRAPHY: 1932: Harishchandra; Galava Rishi; Paduka Pattabhishekham; Shakuntala; 1933: Chandrahasa; 1934: Grihalakshmi; 1935: Dr. Madhurika; Vengeance is Mine; 1936: Jeevan Lata; Grama Kanya; 1937: Kokila; Kulavadhu; 1938: Three Hundred Days and After; 1939: Aap Ki Marzi; Ladies Only; 1940: Chingari; Sajani; 1941: Holiday in Bombay; 1942: Khilona; 1943: Prarthana; 1944: Bhagya Lakshmi; 1945: Ramayani; 1946: Uttara Abhimanyu; 1947: Manmani; 1951: Vinoba Bhave (Doc);1952: Roof over the head

(Ack: Sapnon ke saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Sagar Movietone by Biren Kothari, HFGK, muVyz, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, and my notes)

The cast of the film was Sabita Devi, Surendra, Yakub, Aruna, Kayam Ali, Sankatha Prasad and many others. The film’s story was written by Dr. Jayant Shyama. The story is about a young man Kumar (Surendra) who loves Vilasini (Aruna), but has to marry Bansari (Sabita Devi) due to family obligations. The film shows the complications in their lives.

Kumar’s father (Sankatha Prasad) has taken a loan from sheth Dinanath (Kayam Ali) for Kumar’s education, on condition of Kumar’s marriage to his daughter Bansuri. Unknown to this precondition, Kumar falls in love and impregnates Vilasini. Due to parental obligations, Kumar is forced to marry Bansuri and abandon Vilasini. As the days pass by, Kumar’s father gets killed accidentally by Kumar himself. Vilasini tries to take the blame on herself. In the court the truth comes out and Bansuri comes to know about her love and pregnancy from Kumar. Bansuri frees Kumar from her bond and the lovers unite.

Now we come to the Music riddles of this film. The film, as mentioned in the book “Sagar Movietone” by Shri Biren Kothari ji gives the name of Bhaskar Rao as its Music Director and also for film ‘ Captain Kirti Kumar-37’. Who is this Bhaskar Rao ? A. Bhaskar Rao was a writer ( Aadmi-39) and asstt. Director(Padosi-41) in Prabhat. Hailing from south Karnataka, Amembal Bhasker Rao’s elder brother A.Sunder Rao was an expert Harmonium player. His younger brother A. Dinkar Rao aka D. Amel, was with A.I.R. as a Musician for 40 years. A.Bhasker Rao was a Tabla player and a disciple of Master krisna Rao Phulambrikar.

However, HFGK gives the name of MD as only ” Rao”. The uploader of the song claims that the MD is Shankar Rao Khatu. Dr. Ashok Ranade, in his book “Music beyond Boundaries”, on page 342, mentions the name as Shankar Rao Khatu. I wrote to Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, who says it is Shankar rao khatu. Now, this Khatu was a famous Bhajan singer. He had dabbled in films too by acting in film Vasant Sena-34, sang a song in film ” Khwabon ki duniya-37″ and gave music to film Sagar kanya-36. In all these films his name appears as Shankar Rao Khatu and nowhere as only “Rao”. I feel this confirms that Rao does not mean Shankar Rao Khatu. In western India like Maharashtra and Gujarat, people from Karnatak or southern states are referred to only as Rao. All these pointers take me to feel that the MD is A.Bhaskar Rao. Moreover, for two successive Sagar films he was the MD.

PS-Shri Biren Kothari has subsequently clarified that the music director was Shankar Rao Khatu.

There is confusion about the singer also. HFGK lists the singer as Rajkumari. When I listened to the other songs of Rajkumari from the same film, I felt that this voice was different. Isuru kariyawasam, the Sinhalese expert on old Hindi films commented on YT that the singer is Sabita Devi. The uploader, Shalin Bhatt agrees to some extent about voice but insists on the name of Rajkumari. Girdharilalji claims it to be Rajkumari Calcuttewali ! I feel it is unlikely because Pullobai did not sing in any film outside Calcutta or films made by other than Calcutta producers. So I have gone the safe way by saying that Rajkumari is the singer of this song.

I request experts to opine. I am not a voice expert.


Song-Tum Tulsi maata pyaari (Village Girl)(1936) Singer-Rajkumari, Lyricist- Unknown, MD- Shankar Rao Khatu

Lyrics

Tulsi maata pyaari
tum Tulsi Maata pyaari
tum Tulsi Maata pyaari
sati ho dukh nivaari
tum devi sankathaari
sati ho dukh nivaari
tum devi sankathaari
sabke rog taaro tum
sabke rog taaro tum
jeewan nav ka taaro
sabke rog taaro tum
sabke rog taaro tum
jeewan nav ka taaro
Tulsi mata pyaari
tum Tulsi Mata pyaari

mahima sabne maani
mahima sabne maani
murli waala gun gaaya
mahima sabne maani
haan aan aan aan aan aan aan
mahima sabne maani
murli waala gun gaaya
murli waala gun gaaya
murli waala gun gaaya
poojan ko aayi daasi
poojan ko aayi daasi
vinti karat tori main
vinti karat tori main
vinti karat tori main
Tulsi maata pyaari
tum Tulsi Maata pyaari

sati ho dukh nivaari
tum devi sankathaari
sab ke rog taaro tum
sab ke rog taaro tum
sab ke rog taaro tum
jeewan nav ka taaro
jeewan nav ka taaro
Tulsi maata pyaari
tum Tulsi Mata pyaari


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.

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‘Angulimaal’ (1960) was directed by Vijay Bhatt of Prakash Pictures which had been known for producing mythological and historical films among other genres. The film was a presentation of Thai Information Services Co Ltd. It is said that on the occasion of 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Thai Government financed the film. I find from the credit title of the film that a Thai sounding name, Viratna Vidyabanich was as one of the production controllers. The star cast consisted of Bharat Bhushan, Nimmi, Anita Guha, Manmohan Krishan, Achala Sachdev, Chandrasekhar, Prem Adib, Ulhas, Kesri, Ram Mohan, Helen, Bimla, Sheila Kashmiri and Master Vinod Kumar (Vinod Mehra). The dialogues were written by a well-known Hindi writer and poet, Bhavani Prasad Mishra, the only film for which he wrote dialogues. Earlier, Bhavani Prasad Mishra had written lyrics for ‘Swayam Siddha’ (1949).

The story of the film is adapted from one of the Buddhist scriptures – ‘Angulimaal Sutta’. The story was said to have been in existence since 5th-4th Century BC which have been passed on to the next generations in the oral traditions until it was recorded in writing in the later centuries. As such, the original story of Angulimaal may have gone through some additions as it passed on to next generation in oral format. It is said that the family background of Angulimaal was not mentioned in the original story. Later on, it got incorporated in the story.

The story depicted in the film is as under:

On a stormy night, a son is born to the Royal Priest (Manmohan Krishan) of a kingdom. The Royal astrologer predicts that the boy would become a dreaded killer in his later years. The royal priest takes his new born son to the King (Prem Adib) for his blessings. The royal astrologer, however, suggests to the King that the boy should be killed to prevent him from becoming a dreaded killer. The King overrules him by saying that it is not right to kill a child when he has not committed a crime. Instead, King names him as ‘Ahinsak’ (Non-Violent) and orders that Ahinsak should be given proper education and the cultural upbringing so that he is prevented from becoming a killer.

During the 8th birthday celebration of King’s daughter, Princess Maya (Nimmi), King finds Ahinsak (Vinod Kumar) the most intelligent among the boys present at the occasion. He orders the Acharya (Ulhas) to take Ahinsak to his Gurukul for further studies. In the Gurukul, Ahinsak is introduced to Maruti, Dhanpal and Krishna among others. In the Gurukul, because of his all-round excellence in studies, sports, horse-riding and behaviour, Ahinsak becomes the darling of Acharya and his wife Gurumata (Anita Guha).

The boys have now grown up. Maruti (Chandrasekhar), Krishna (Kesri) and Dhanpal have become jealous of Ahinsak (Bharat Bhushan) as they cannot compete with him in any field. Another reason for jealousy for Maruti is that Princess Maya likes Ahinsak and Maruti is eyeing on marrying her. So, all three of them conspire to poison the mind of Acharya against Ahinsak by making some false allegations. One of the false allegations made by Dhanpal is that Ahinsak is having illicit relations with Gurumata. In the spur of the moment, Ahinsak kills Dhanpal for making a wild allegation. With this incidence, Acharya thinks that the prediction of the astrologer about Ahinsak becoming a killer may come out to be true. He expels Ahinsak from the Gurukul. His parent and his friends also shun him for life. The king announces a booty on his head. In the circumstances, he had no alternative but to run away in the forest where he makes friendship with animals but hates human beings. He starts the ruthlessly killings of human being whenever he sees them. In this process, he starts collecting a finger each of his killer. He takes a pledge to kill a thousand persons and to make a garland of fingers (Angulimaal) of those killed by him.

Angulimaal is now one short of his target of 1000 killings. He is about to kill a person in the darkness without knowing as to who the person was. The person happens to be his mother who had stepped out in search of her son and has been wandering in the forest for many days. When Angulimaal was about to kill her, he finds his hand holding a sword getting locked. He tries many times but his handis not able to raise the sword to kill the person. Then he sees a divine person appearing in front of him who is none other than Lord Buddha. Angulimaal tries to kill him but he is not able to catch-up with him. In desperation, Angulimaal asks him as to who he is.

After a series of arguments and questions, Angulimaal finds that this divine person still loves him after his horrible killings. He throws his sword and follows the advice of Lord Buddha to become a monk. He goes back to the people in the street of his royal palace, asking for forgiveness. But instead he is attacked by people throwing stones at him. He gets injured but continues to plead for forgiveness. At the right time, Princess Maya, who has become a monk, comes and rescues him from the mad crowd. She takes him to the monastery. The film ends with Angulimaal dressed as a monk, walking through the street for alms. Instead of stones, people now shower him with flowers and seeking his blessing.

There are 7 songs in ‘Angulimaal’ (1960) of which 5 songs have been covered on the Blog. All the songs were written by Bharat Vyas which was set to music by Anil Biswas. I was surprised to note that of the remaining two songs, the theme song and that too the most popular song of the film, ‘Buddham sharanam gachchaami’ is yet to be covered on the Blog. So, here is the theme song of about 10 minutes of duration which I am presenting with this article. The song is majorly rendered by Manna Dey except four lines which is rendered by Asha Bhosle lip syncing for Nimmi.

The song was not a cake walk for presentation as I found that there were many parts of the songs on the video sharing platform – some incomplete also. Fortunately, I found an audio clip of the song containing all the 6 parts of the song. Each stanza of the song has been rendered separately as background song. But video clips of a couple of parts of the song were not available. Also, it was necessary to know the sequence of each part of the song as it appears in the film. Instead of presenting the video clips in driblets, that too incomplete, I have made a new video clip by ripping off all the available parts of the song from the DVD of the film and uploaded the same. Unfortunately, Part-2 of the song is not available on the DVD of the film.

I give below the part-wise sequence of the song as appearing in the filmand the context thereof.

Part-1: As background song while credit titles of the film is displayed on the screen

Part-2: Missing in the DVD of the film. Probably this part was the continuation of Part-1. This part can be heard from the audio clip.

Part-3: The song is played in the background when Gurumata (Anita Guha) was about to commit suicide by jumping from a hill top into the river for tarnishing her name linking with Ahinsak (Bharat Bhushan). A monk’s sermons in the background stops her from committing suicide. She joins a monastery.

Part-4: Princess Maya (Nimmi) after failing to persuade Angulimaal to give up killings and join her, she is distressed that Angulimaal would continue to indulge in his killings. She decides to join monastery.

Part-5: Angulimaal (Bharat Bhushan) is about to kill his mother (Achala Sachdev). But the background song prevents him from using his sword as his hand muscle gets locked.

Part-6: Background song as Angulimaal, as a reformed man and now a monk, walks through the streets.

The lyrics in every line of the song has deep philosophical and inspirational thoughts. This song has as much of relevance today as was 60 years back when it was written by Bharat Vyas.

This is a devotional cum inspirational song which has a soothing effect on the mind.

Video Clip:(All Parts except Part-2)

Audio Clip: (All – Parts 1 to 6)

Song-Buddham sharnam gachhaami (Angulimaal)(1960) Singers-Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Anil Biswas
Chorus
Manna Dey + Chorus

Lyrics(Based on Audio Clip)

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Part-1
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buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

ghabaraaye ae ae jab mann anmol
aa aa aa aa aa aa
hriday ho uthhe daanvaadol
aa aa aa aa aa aa

ghabaraaye jab mann anmol
aur hriday ho daanvaadol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

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Part-2
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jab ashaanti ka raag uthhe
laal lahu ka phaag uthe
hinsa ki wo aag uthhe
maanav mein pashu jaag uthe…ae ae
upar se muskaate ??
bheetar zahar rahe wo ghol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

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Part-3
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aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
jab dukh ki ghadiyaan aayen
aa aa aa aa
sachh par jhooth vijay paaye
aa aa aa aa
iss nirmal paavan mann par
jab kalank ke ghan chhaayen..en en
anyaayon ki aandhi se
praan uthhe jab tere dol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

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Part-4
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roothh gaya jab sun’ne waala
kis’se karoon pukaa…aa aar
pyaar kahaan pahchaan saka ye
ye nirdayi sansaa…r

nirdayata jab lewe jaan
daya huyi ho antardhyaan
jab ye chhota sa insaan
bhool raha apna bhagwaan aan
satya tera jab ghabaraaye
shraddha ho jab daanvaadol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami ee
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami

—————————————-
Part-5
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buddham saranam gachchhaami
jab duniya se pyaar uthhe ae ae ae ae ae
jab duniya se pyaar uthhe
nafrat ki deewaar uthhe
maa ki mamta par jis din
bete ki talwaar uthhe….ae ae ae
aaa aaa aaa aaa
dharti ki kaaya kaanpe
ambar dagmag uthhe dol
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
tab maanav tu mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami

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Part-6
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door kiya jis ne jan-jan ke
vyaakul mann kaa aa andhiyaara aa aa
jiski ek kiran ko chhoo kar
chamak uthha ye jag saara

deep satya kaa sada jale
daya ahinsa sada phale
sukh shaanti ki chhaaya mein
jan-gan-man kaa prem pale ae ae
Bhaarat ke bhagawan Buddha ka
goonje ghar ghar mantra amol
hey maanav nit mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
hey maanav nit mukh se bol
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami
buddham sharanam gachchhaami
dhammam sharanam gachchhaami
sangham sharanam gachchhaami


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 Baadbaan-1954.

This film has some history. After actress Devika Rani left Bombay Talkies in 1945, it was going downhill. The fall had actually started in 1940, after Himanshu Rai’s death. That is when Devika Rani took over the reigns of Bombay Talkies. From the day she was brought back from Calcutta (after the elopement), Devika Rani was not comfortable with Shashdhar Mukherjee. She had always suspected that he instigated the staff against her and they ridiculed her. She caught hold of Amiya Chakraborty in her group and there were clearly two groups in Bombay Talkies management.

As a result of continued friction, a big group of disgruntled staff of the company left Bombay Talkies and later formed Filmistan. Devika Rani was shattered, but the other loyalists helped her and the company continued till 1945. In this year, Devika Rani got married, sold her shares and left the company. The new management kept on making films sporadically, but except film Mahal-1949, no Hit film was made. Finally in 1952, the company was sold to Tolaram jalan, a businessman-not connected with films. In 1952, Bimal Roy made the film ‘Maa’ and Phani majumdar made the film ‘Tamasha ‘, but these too could not save Bombay Talkies.

As a last effort, the employees of Bombay Talkies got together and formed “Bombay Talkies workers’ Industrial Cooperative Society ” and made the film “Baadbaan “-54. As a help to the workers and as a gesture of gratitude, all the artistes of the film, like Dev Anand, Meena Kumari, Usha Kiran,Jairaj, Leela Chitnis etc etc, the director Phani Majumdar and the composers Timir Baran and S K Pal, along with all Technical staff worked free for this film.

In Spite of all this, the film Baadbaan flopped and finally the company was closed down in December-1954. That was the background history of the film Baadbaan. The meaning of this Title word is…Baad means Storm and Baan means Safeguard. The film is about the storm that comes in the life of the Hero and how his life changes after this.

The all-star cast of eleven top-rate players comprised of Dev Anand, Meena Kumari, Usha Kiron, Ashok Kumar, Bipin Gupta, Gope, Krishnakant, Jairaj, Leela Chitnis, Sheikh Mukhtar and Shivraj.The credit for handling this brilliant array or talent goes to Director Phani Mazumdar who also wrote the story and to Nabendu Ghosh whose compact screenplay and terse, but tell­ing, dialogue exploit both the stars and their well-written parts as well as the richly-interest­ing story.

A beautiful, very melodious music score composed by Timir Baran and S.K. Pal, lovely lyrics written by Indivar and Udhav Kumar and superbly choreographed dances designed by the brilliant exponent Shanti Bhardan and Parvati Kumar provide sparkling highlights in this engrossing film.

The picture depicts a story rich in incident and emotional conflict and centers on an orphaned child whose parents, fisher folk, are killed in a storm and who is adopted by a rich, kind and broad-minded philanthropist. The real drama sets in when the boy returns from Eng­land and falls in love with a lovely young so­cialite who reciprocates his love. On hearing of his true parentage, however, her father forbids the marriage but relents at seeing his daugh­ter’s unhappiness.The hero’s overwhelming passion for a beautiful fisher girl from the village of his birth to which he returns, bent on improving his peo­ple’s lot, and his love for his charming wife make for strong emotional power climaxed tragically by the latter’s death and given subtle meaning by his return to his own people and a girl of his own kind.The best performance comes from Usha Kiron who dominates the picture with her gloriously rich portrayal as the fisher girl Mohania. She literally lights up the screen with her brilliant, sympathetic acting.

Dev Anand, as the hero, puts over a good role despite the fact that he tends to fall short in some of his scenes and is a trifle gauche throughout the film. Meena Kumari, as his ill- starred wife, turns in a quiet, polished role in a quite difficult part. Another subtle but telling performance comes from Ashok Kumar who plays her silent lover and the hero’s friend with the consummate ease of a veteran artist.Bipin Gupta and Krishnakant, as the hero’s foster-father and the heroine’s father, act im­peccably as usual. Jairaj, as Dev Anand’s fa­ther, does well in a small part and Leela Chitnis as his mother acts well and looks love­ly. The comedy is provided mainly by Gope who handles his comic and dramatic scenes very well. ( review adapted from Cineplot, with thanks.).

In Spite of all this, the film was not successful at the Box office. The reasons could be any and many, but the film industry is governed by superstitious notions. One of them is that the pair of Dev Anand- Meena Kumari can not bring out anything good. This pair had featured in 4 films. Their first film was ‘Sanam’-51. Of course Meena Kumari was not a Heroine in this film, but her presence in the film with Dev Anand, saw that the Love Birds- Suraiya-Dev Anand separated for ever in their lives, from this film. The director Nandlal Jaswantlal also began a bad patch in his life .

The second film was ‘Tamasha’-52, made by an already sinking Bombay talkies. This film not only failed, but Bombay Talkies also did not remain in a position to make another film. When the workers union made the film Baadbaan-54 -their 3rd film together- the film and the Union, together with Bombay Talkies sank so deep – never to get up again ! That was Curtains for Bombay Talkies !

For the fourth time Dev and Meena kumari came together again in film ‘Kinare Kinare’-63. Lyricist Nyay Sharma was the Producer. The film took 5 years to complete and after its release, flopped miserably, putting Nyay Sharma in the depth of debts ! Seeing this result, no Producer ever dared to bring Dev-Meena Kumari together again, Ever !

I would not believe such stories, but when I saw another example, I started believing this phenomenon. There was yet another pair- Waheeda-Rajendra Kumar- in films, which was called a “KIller Pair”. The first film of this pair was the film ‘Nirmala’ Made by Dalsukh Pancholi. During its making only, Pancholi died and the film went into cans. Second film was ‘Palki’-67, made by S U Sunny. During its making Sunny died on the sets. The film was completed by Mahesh Kaul, but on release it flopped. The third film was S S Vasan’s “Shatranj”-69. During its making Vasan died. Their fourth and last film together was “Dharati’-70, made by Director Shreedhar. During its making, the producer-Shreedhar’s mother died. After this film, no one dared to bring this pair together again, ever !

In our film industry, such stories of ‘Lucky” -“Unlucky” actors, directors and MDs are many. Maybe some more stories, some other time….

Here is the 6th song from the film Baadbaan-54. It is sung by Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle and chorus. The song’s duration is only 2.50minutes, but it’s prelude music runs for 1.18 minutes…one of the longest, maybe.


Song-Jai deva ho (Baadbaan)(1954) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Uddhav Kumar, MD-Timir Baran- S K Pal
Chorus
Asha Bhonsle + Manna Dey + Chorus

jai deva ho
jai deva ho
jai deva jai deva jai deva ho

jai deva ho
jai deva ho
jai deva jai deva jai deva ho
jai deva ho jai deva ho
jai deva jai deva jai deva ho

humpe raakho mehar ki najariya najariya
jai deva ho
jai deva ho
jai deva jai deva jai deva ho

andhiyaari raat gayi bairan barsaat gayi
o o o
o o o

andhiyari raat gayi bairan barsat gayi
ho o o o

aayi hai bhor naye saal ki
aayi hai aayi hai aayi hai bhor naye saal ki
aao re deva baitho re deva
khaali hai ankhiyon ki paalki
ee ee ee
aayi hai bhor naye saal ki

jai deva ho jai deva ho
jai deva jai deva jai deva ho


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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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Hullo Atuldom

‘Lav Kush’ (1997) is a story of the twin children of Devi Seeta and Lord Rama. They were born after Seeta is banished to the jungle in Uttar Ramayana i.e. the last chapter of the epic ‘Ramayana’. Lord Rama is unaware of the birth of his sons in Sage Valmiki’s ashram where Seeta is taken care of, and the children grow up as ‘muni kumars‘ who are trained to be proficient in military skills as well.

There have been many movies and serials in almost all the Indian languages, with ‘Luv Kush’ as the central theme. A search for ‘Lav Kush’ or ‘Luv Khush’ on google comes up with 10 results or 10 instances when the story has been used by the entertainment world in the form of movies animation series and TV series (there may have been more). The last of these was an animation series for children in 2012.

The first time the story was used was may be in 1951, a movie by Nanabhai Bhatt where Nirupa Roy was Seeta and Prem Adib was Ram. Then There was a movie in 1967 where Jayshree Gadkar played Seeta to Ashim Kumar’s Ram. There was a short film by K A Abbas in 1972 with Lav Kush as the story. ‘Lav Kush’ in 1974 spoke Telugu. There was a ‘Lav Kush’ in 1997 with Jaya Prada as Seeta and Jeetendra as Ram. Interesting trivia about this movie is that Jayshree Gadkar (Seeta of ‘lAV kUSH’ 1967) played Kaushalya. In fact Jayshree Gadkar has played Kaushalya in the TV series ‘Lav Kush’/ (1988) as also the ‘Ramayana’ Doordarshan serial.

Now the regular followers of this blog may be wondering why I have taken up this part of ‘Ramayana’. Well, last week I saw a movie on one of the satellite channels. When I discovered it, I saw the cute boys – Master Adil and Baby Shrestha playing Lav and Kush – regaling the courtiers of Ayodhya by their rendition of the Ramayana. But they get angry when they come to know that Seeta Mata has been banished by Ram and they question him about his being addressed as ‘maryada purushottam‘. They walk out of Ayodhya and go straight to their mother and report all that they saw in Ayodhya. They are pacified by sage Valmiki and I jolted into “Who is playing Valmiki?”

I mean, I was used to seeing that actor as a badman, good friend, benevolent grandfather, strict father, uncle, even a war-veteran but never had I thought that this versatile actor had done a mythological role. I have heard stories of how people of a certain generation never gave their children this popular actor’s name. I am sure the readers have guessed that I  am referring to Pran Saab.

So we have Pran Krishan Sikand (12 february 1920 – 12 July 2013) who played a wide variety of roles beginning with playing the hero to Noor Jehan in ‘Khandaan’ of 1942, going on to play a badman in umpteen movies and then changing track to become ‘Malang Chacha‘ in ‘Upkaar’ (1967).

Personally, I first saw him as a strict father to Rishi Kapoor in ‘Bobby’ (1973) and then as a grandfather trying to get familiar with his grand children in ‘Parichay’ (1972). Though ‘Parichay’ was an earlier film and I may have seen it in the theatre as a child in arms, but I sure I saw it with full awareness when Bombay Doordarshan telecast it on their Sunday evening show. In fact I may have seen many of his pre-70s movies on the television and got scared too of the characters he portrayed.

Some of his scenes are forever etched in the mind; like the one in ‘Guddi’ (1971) where he tells Utpal Dutt – “It is a pleasure getting beaten by a person like Dharmendra, imagine I have been beaten up by heroes half my size”. (I tried to locate this scene as a video clip on YouTube but failed, because the punch of the dialogue gets lost-in-translation). That scene in ‘Don’ (1978) where he is escaping from the goons with his children and is confronted by Amitabh – an outstanding  scene. But the most memorable scene (IMHO) is the one from ‘Zanjeer’ (1973)  where he faces the inspector played by Amitabh for the first time. There are many such memorable scenes that I am sure, are the personal favorites of the blog-followers.

Similarly every one will have a favourite song which has been filmed on Pran Saab. “Phir Na Kehna Micheal Daroo Pee Ke Danga Karta Hai“; “Bolega To Bologe Ke Bolta Hai“; “Yaari Hai Imaan Mera“; “Kasamein Vaade Pyaar Wafa Sab Baatein Baaton Ka Kya“; “Jeevan Ke Din Chhote Sahi Hum Bhi Bade Dilwale“; or the evergreen “Do Bechare Bina Sahaare Dekho Poochh Poochh Kar Haare“. There are also songs where the heroine, with the help of the hero, has made Pran Saab sing and dance and make a buffoon of himself- “Dil Ki Umangein Hain Jawaan“; and can one forget him in that song from “Half Ticket” where he says “Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe Jaise Katariya“.

It is very easy to visualize him as a sage only thing is I was unaware of this movie or the fact that he played the Valmiki, that is why I was pleasantly surprised. And he had a song here too. Now that means it has to be on our blog too. Here it is sung by Suresh Wadkar, written by Dev Kohli and Raam Laxman is the music composer. It comes towards the end of the movie when Seeta has heard that Ram is undertaking the ‘Ashwamedha Yagya‘ and she is wondering how it can be undertaken in the absence of the better half. And Sage Valmiki sings this to make her see the reality of Ram.

A few thoughts crossed my mind as I was seeing this video to jot the lyrics: never seen Pran in this getup (this I have already said), there is an earnestness seen when he does the alaap part of the song, his expressions explain why he had had such a long run in the movies.

Remembering Pran Saab on his anniversary.

Video

Audio

Song – Karo Nahin Sandeh Ram Par  (Lav Kush) (1997) Singer – Suresh Wadkar, Lyrics – Dev Kohli, MD – Raam Laxman

Lyrics 

aaaa aaaaa

ram ram ram

karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh
karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh
sada raha hai sada rahega aaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaaaa 
aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaa
sada raha hai sada rahega
tum par unka nae..ae..ae..aeh
karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh

ek vachan hai ek karm hai
ek ram ka baan
ek vachan hai ek karm hai
ek ram ka baan
ek patni ka vrat hai unka aaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaa aaaa
ek patni ka vrat hai unka
karein jagat kalya..aa..aan
karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh

yadi ve dharm tyag dein apna
chhand badal de gaayan
aaaaa
yadi whe dharm tyag de apna
chhand badal de gaayan
janm vyarth ho jaaye mera
aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaa
janm vyarth ho jaaye mera
vyarth meri ramaya..aa..aa..n
karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh
sada raha hai sada rahega
tum par unka nae..ae..h
karo nahin sandeh ram par
karo nahin sandeh

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

करो नहीं सन्देह राम पर
करो नहीं सन्देह
करो नहीं सन्देह राम पर
करो नहीं सन्देह
सदा रहा है सदा रहेगा
आsssss
आssss आssssssss
आssss आsssss आsssss
सदा रहा है सदा रहेगा
तुम पर उनका ने॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰एह
करो नहीं सन्देह राम पर
करो नहीं सन्देह

एक वचन है एक कर्म है
एक राम का बाण
एक वचन है एक कर्म है
एक राम का बाण
एक पत्नी का व्रत है उनका
आsssss
आssss आsssss आ
एक पत्नी का व्रत है उनका
करे जगत कल्या॰॰आ॰॰ण

यदि वे धर्म त्यागी दें अपना
छंद बादल दे ज्ञान
आsssss
यदि वे धर्म त्यागी दें अपना
छंद बादल दे ज्ञान
जन्म व्यर्थ हो जाये मेरा
आssss आsssss आsssss
आssss आssssssss
जन्म व्यर्थ हो जाये मेरा
व्यर्थ मेरी रामायण

करो नहीं सन्देह राम पर
करो नहीं सन्देह
करो नहीं सन्देह राम पर
करो नहीं सन्देह


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