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Blog Day : 3921 Post No. : 14986

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 28
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Looking at 13th April of ten years ago, the post score card was six songs.

Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Aawaara 1951
Teri Duniya Me Jeene Se To Behtar Hai Ke Mar Jaayen House No 44 1955
Tu Kahan Ye Bataa Is Nasheeli Raat Mein Tere Ghar Ke Saamne 1963
Iktara Bole Yaadgaar 1970
O Neele Parbaton Ki Dhaara Aadmi Aur Insaan 1969
Prem Kahaani Me Ik Ladka Hota Hai Prem Kahaani 1975

Two of the six films represented that day had made their debut – ‘House No. 44’ (1955) and ‘Yaadgaar’ (1970). Of the six films, five are already yippeee’d over the past 10 years. The one film that still awaits all its songs to be posted is ‘Yaadgaar’. Today, we bring to fore the fourth third song of this film, from a total of six songs listed.

Manoj Kumar, having started his career in 1958 with films like ‘Panchaayat’ and ‘Sahaara’, turned a writer and a producer less than a decade later. His first venture was ‘Shaheed’ in released 1965. The film was directed by S Ram Sharma under the banner of KPK Movies, Bombay. Then in 1967, under the new banner of Vishal International, he produced and directed ‘Upkar’. Coming close on the heels of the 1965 conflict with Pakistan, and the sudden demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Jan 1966, this film rode a wave of popularity on the sentiments of nationalism and social integration, and became one of the major blockbusters of the 1960s. The film also established the image and tag name of Mr. Bharat for him.

In 1970, he followed it up with ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, again from his own banner of Vishal International, another film that is on the same theme of nationalism and Indian culture, further strengthening that image. The fact that the title role he played in these two films has the name ‘Bharat’ helped a lot, of course.

In 1970 came another film that followed in the footsteps of his earlier creations, with the similar socially relevant theme of nationalism and Indian culture. Although not from the banner of Vishal International (the production house was Kunal Chitra, Bombay), the film was directed by S Ram Sharma, an old friend who had also directed ‘Shaheed’ of 1965. As with ‘Shaheed’, the story and screenplay is written by Manoj Kumar himself.

The cast of actors for this film is listed as Nutan, Manoj Kumar, Pran, Prem Chopra, Kamini Kaushal, Mehmood (Junior), Madan Puri, Tiwari, Mohan Choti, Lalita Chatterjee, Asit Sen, Lakshmichaya, Shammi, Manmohan, Paulson, Jayshree, Kuljeet, Renu, Raj Kishore, Harbans Pape, Kirti Behal, Manohar, Naidu, Beerbal, Hansraj, Shrinath, Mohan Jerry, Dubey, Sabeena, Manohar Gosvai, Kesho Rana, Brahm Bhardwaj, Sobati, Aleeja, Genius, Darshan M, Ravikant, Chandra, Mohan Chhotu, Narbada Shankar, and Ramlal etc. One cannot help but notice a set of names that had had become regular in the cast of actors in his films – Kamini Kaushal, Pran, Madan Puri, Prem Chopra, Asit Sen, Tiwari, Mohan Choti, Manmohan, Shammi etc.

The theme song of this film is “Iktaara Bole, Sun Sun Kya Kahe Ye Tumse”. The song was a major hit in its time, as the film tried to address the malaise of degradation of social values in the Indian society. The song touches upon a series of topics like population, corruption in routine life, fashion, cold war and deteriorating relations between nations, political leaders, religious dogmas etc. The theme runs in parallel to the romantic love interest between Manoj Kumar and Nutan, touching also upon the class/caste conflict in the society.

This song carries forward this message of class/caste conflict and the desire for social equality. The scenario relates to the class conflict in religion. A number of people are waiting outside a temple, to enter and to worship theie God. But the pujari (priest) at the temple, temporarily halts the entry of devotees into the temple, as the chief patron of the temple is expected shortly. Rana Shamsher Singh (role played by Tiwari) is the rich man who has provided the funding for the temple, and so the temple is known by his name – Rana Mandir. As other devotees wait to enter the temple, a war of words breaks out between Bhanu (name of the role played by Manoj Kumar, thankfully not Bharat, as in ‘Upkar’ and ‘Purab Aur Paschim’) and Rana, which turns into this song that tells about God and his relationship to His devotees. The words tell that God is not necessarily housed in the temple, and that He also manifests Himself in many other locations and endeavors that also involve the poor and the downtrodden of the society.

The words of this song are from the pen of Indeewar, who also wrote the iconic “Kasme Waade Pyaar Wafa Sab. . .” for Manoj Kumar’s ‘Upkar’. The music is by Kalyanji Anandji. This music director duo was the regular MDs for Manoj Kumar’s films – ‘Upkar’, ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ and ‘Yaadgar’. But come 1972, Manoj Kumar switched to Laxmikant Pyaarelal with his next venture ‘Shor’.

The singing voice is of Mahendra Kapoor, the playback singer that Manoj Kumar preferred for himself. Listen to this typical ‘Bharat’ message that helped further strengthen the image of Mr Bharat.

Song – Wo Khet Mein Milega, Khalihaan Mein Milega  (Yaadgaar) (1970) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Indeewar, MD – Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus
Tiwari

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapvaala)

aaye jahaan bhagwaan se pehle
kisi dhanwaan ka naam
us mandir ke dwaar khade khud
royen krishna aur raam

dhanwaan ko pehle miley
bhagwaan ke darshan
darshan ko tarastaa rahey
jo bhakt ho nirdhan
ye dakshina ki reet
ye pandon ke chhalaawe
dukaan mein biktey huye
mandir ke chadhaawe
aise hi agar
aise hi agar dharm ka vyaapar
chalega
bhagwaan ka duniya mein
koi naam na legaa
aisi jageh pe jaa ke tu kuchh bhi na paayega
bhagwaan aisa mandir khud chhod jaayegaa
chhod jaayega
chhod jaayega

bhagwaan raana mandir mein nahin
to aur kahaan milegaa

wo khet mein milega
khalihaan mein milegaa
wo khet mein ae milegaa
khalihaan mein milegaa
bhagwaan to ae bande..ae
bhagwaan to ae bande
insaan mein ae milegaa
wo khet mein milega
khalihaan mein milegaa

dhanwaan jo hai jhoothha..aa
ho ho o o 
shaitaan ke baraabar
aa aa aa aa
nirdhan agar hai sachchaa
bhagwaan ke baraabar
wo dhong mein nahin hai
imaan mein milegaa..aa
wo khet mein milegaa

ganga se bhi hai paawan
ho ho o o 
mazdoor ka paseena
aa aa aa aa
paani na koi samjhe
anmol ye nagina
aise hi paseenon ke nirmaan mein milegaa
wo khet mein milegaa

geeta sunaa rahaa hai..ae
aawaaz mein kalon ki..ee
taqdeer likh rahaa hai
nokon se wo halon ki..ee
mazdoor mein milegaa aa
wo kisaan mein ae milegaa aa
wo khet mein ae milegaa
khalihaan mein milegaa
bhagwaan to ae bande
insaan mein ae milega..aa
wo khet mein milega
khalihaan mein milega
wo khet mein milega
khalihaan mein milega
wo khet mein milega
khalihaan mein milega

bhagwaan to ae bande
insaan mein ae milega

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapvaala)
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आये जहां भगवान से पहले
किसी धनवान का नाम
उस मंदिर के द्वार खड़े खुद
रोयें कृष्ण और राम

धनवान को पहले मिले
भगवान् के दर्शन
दर्शन को तरसता रहे
जो भक्त हो निर्धन
ये दक्षिणा कि रीत
ये पंडों के छलावे
दूकान में बिकते हुए
मंदिर के चढ़ावे
ऐसे ही अगर॰॰र
ऐसे ही अगर धर्म का व्यापार चलेगा
भगवान् का दुनिया में
कोई नाम ना लेगा
ऐसी जगह पे जाके तू कुछ भी न पायेगा
भगवान् ऐसा मंदिर खुद छोड़ जाएगा
छोड़ जाएगा
छोड़ जाएगा

(भगवान् राणा मंदिर में नहीं
तो और कहाँ मिलेगा)

वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा
वो खेत में ए मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा
भगवान् तो ए बन्दे॰॰ए
भगवान् तो ए बन्दे
इंसान में ए मिलेगा
वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा

धनवान जो है झूठा॰॰आ
हो हो ओ ओ
शैतान के बराबर
आ आ आ आ
निर्धन अगर है सच्चा
भगवान् के बराबर
वो ढोंग में नहीं है
ईमान में मिलेगा॰॰आ॰॰आ
वो खेत में मिलेगा

गंगा से भी है पावन
हो हो ओ ओ
मजदूर का पसीना
आ आ आ आ
पानी न कोई समझे
अनमोल ये नगीना
ऐसे ही पसीनों के निर्माण में मिलेगा
वो खेत में मिलेगा

गीता सुना रहा है॰॰ए
आवाज़ में कलों कि॰॰ई
तकदीर लिख रहा है
नोकों से वो हलों की॰॰ई
मजदूर में मिलेगा॰॰आ
वो किसान में ए मिलेगा॰॰आ
वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा

भगवान् तो ए बन्दे
इंसान में ए मिलेगा॰॰आ     
वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा
वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा
वो खेत में मिलेगा
खलिहान में मिलेगा


भगवान् तो ए बन्दे
इंसान में ए मिलेगा

 

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Blog Day : 3908 Post No. : 14966

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Blog Ten Year Challenge (2009-2019)-Song number 24
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Nowadays, we generally believe that the golden era of HFM lasted from 1949 till 1980 and after that the general standards of HFM fell down several notches, never to recover again.

When I was growing up in 1970s, I felt that this deterioration of HFM had started in 1970s itself. Some of the songs that later were considered classics were regarded by mediocre by me during those days. For instance, the songs of “Do Chor”(1972) were mediocre for me. Song like Yaari ho gayi yaar se lak tunoo tunoo was jarring to my ears. “Sanyaasi” (1974) songs were downright mediocre as far as I was concerned.

Many Laxmikant Pyarelal compositions of 1970s were chaalu to my ears and I did not like them much. I did not like the songs of “Suhaag”(1979) much but today these songs are considered near classics.

“Aas Paas”(1980) songs were very much mediocre songs to my ears and minds. No wonder that I did not watch this movie. The most chaalu and popular song of the movie was Tum jo chale gaye to hogi badi kharaabi. This movie made its debut in the blog with this song. That was on 31 march 2009, viz exactly ten years ago.

The movie had six songs in it, but only one more song from the movie has since been covered. This second song is Hamko bhi gham ne maara which was posted on 6 december 2013. After that, there has been no more covereage of songs from this movie for more than five years.

Now, thanks to the “blog ten year challenge” series, this movie “Aas Paas”(1980) came to the notice of Avinash Scrapwala and he sent the lyrics of another song from “Aas Paas”(1980).

This song, the third from the movie to appear in the blog, is sung by Rafi and Lata. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is omposed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The song is picturised as a typical Punjabi style dance song. It is picturised on Dharmendra, Hema Malini and many other male and female dancers in bright colorful attires. harmendra with his two left feet style dancing makes for a sharp contrast from Hema Malini, a dancing exponent.

As mentioned earlier, I had not watched this movie during its time and I was not even aware of this song till now. So this song comes in the blog exactly ten years after another song appeared in the blog. And at the same time, this song comes to my notice some four decades after it was created. So I suppose this can also form some kind of a challenge series, viz – Songs coming to notice forty year after its creation. 🙂

For now, here is this latest presentation under the “Blog Ten Year Challenge (2009-2019)” series.

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Shahar mein charcha hai (Aas Paas)(1980) Singers-Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

tere laung da peya lashkaara
te haaliyan ne hal dak lay
ho jatt kudiyaan to darr da maara
te mode utthe daang rakhdaa
oye

shahar mein charchaa hai
aa haa
shahar mein charchaa hai
ye duniya kehti hai ae
shahar mein charchaa hai
ye duniya kehti hai ae
gali mein meri ik ladki kanwaari rehti hai
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
haan haan bol

shahar mein charchaa hai
aa haa
shahar mein charchaa hai
zamaana kehta hai ae
shahar mein charchaa hai
zamaana kehta hai
gali mein meri ik mera
deewaana rehta hai
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
bol

sun ri kamla
ik jat yamla
moonchh naa daadhi
ghoda gaadi ee
leke aaya
ho aaya
dil ghabraayaa aa
leke aaya
ho aaya
dil ghabraaya
main sharmaayi ee
raam duhaayi ee..ee
meri nindiya tooti
jo dekha ye sapna
chhupaata hai kyun soorat
saaf dikha chehra apna
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
bol

dekh o bante
ye khat padh ke
kisne likha hai
is mein likha hai
teri deewaani
deewaani
main dil jaani ee
teri deewaani
deewaani
main dil jaani
band te baaja aa
leke aaja aa
dikhaa doon ye tujhko
ise pehchaane to
mujhe shaq hota hai tujhpe
buraa naa maane to
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
hoye hoye bol naa..aa

sajaa hai mandap saamne tere
aa chal le len ham bhi phere
ho o mud ja jattaa
ho jattaa
chhod dupatta aa aa
mud ja jattaa
ho jattaa
chhod dupatta
aur jo ho par
ye nahin hoga aa aa
yahi ho jaaye na
ye hote dekha hai
mere haathon mein ye jiske
lagan ki rekha hai
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
ho o bol

shahar mein charchaa hai
zamaana kehta hai
gali mein meri ik mera
deewaana rehta hai
kahin tu wohi to nahin
kahin tu wohi to nahin
kahin tu wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin
wohi to nahin. . .
haan haan bol

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Devnagri Script lyrics (provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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तेरे लौंग दा पया लश्कारा
ते हालियां ने हल डाक लय
हो जट्ट कुडियां तो डर दा मारा
ते मोड उत्थे डांग रखदा
ओये

शहर में चर्चा है
आ हां
शहर में चर्चा है
ये दुनिया कहती है
शहर में चर्चा है
ये दुनिया कहती है
गली में मेरी इक लड़की कंवारी रहती है
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
हाँ हाँ बोल

शहर में चर्चा है
आ हां
शहर में चर्चा है
ज़माना कहता है
शहर में चर्चा है
ज़माना कहता है
गली में मेरी इक मेरा
दीवाना रहता है
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
बोल

सुन री कमला
इक जट यमला
मूछ ना दाढ़ी
घोड़ा गाडी ई
लेके आया
हो आया
दिल घबराया आ
लेके आया
हो आया दिल घबराया
मैं शरमाई ई
राम दुहाई॰॰ई
मेरी निंदिया टूटी
जो देखा ये सपना
छुपाता है क्यूँ सूरत
साफ़ दिखा चेहरा अपना
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
बोल

देख ओ बंते
ये ख़त पढ़ के
किसने लिखा है
इसमें लिखा है
तेरी दीवानी
दीवानी
मैं दिलजानी
तेरी दीवानी
दीवानी
मैं दिलजानी
बैंड ते बाजा आ
लेके आजा आ
दिखा दूं ये तुझको
इसे पहचाने तो
मुझे शक होता है तुझपे
बुरा ना माने तो
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
होए होए बोल ना॰॰आ

सजा है मंडप सामने तेरे
आ चल ले ले हम भी फेरे ए
हो ओ मुड जा जट्टा
हो जट्टा
छोड़ दुपट्टा॰॰आ
मुड जा जट्टा
हो जट्टा
छोड़ दुपट्टा
और जो हो पर
ये नहीं होगा॰॰आ
यही हो जाए ना
ये होते देखा है
मेरे हाथों में ये जिसके
लगन की रेखा है
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
हो ओ बोल

शहर में चर्चा है
ज़माना कहता है
गली में मेरी इक मेरा
दीवाना रहता है
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
कहीं तू वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं
वही तो नहीं॰ ॰ ॰
हाँ हाँ बो॰॰ल


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Blog Day : 3900 Post No. : 14950

When I was in school, we had some “boring” subjects like, History, Geography, Social Science etc. These were “arts” subjects and were considered low scoring as well.

When I think about it now, I realise that History text book basically used to be like a collections of a few chapters and each chapter was like a story of a particular era. For instance, first chapter was Ramayana. second Chapter was Mahabharata. Third chapter was Mauryavansh (Chandragupta Maurya , Samrat Ashok etc. A few chapters later, we were into Mughal era (Akbar, Shahjahaan etc, and then British Era.

In British era, we had discussion on freedom struggle. In freedom struggle, we basically read that non violent movement by Mahatma Gandhi earned India their freedom. There was passing mention of Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose etc as well.

Then we were told that British were defeated by the non violent movement of Gandhi and they gave India independence, but at the last moment, they played a dirty trick and divided the country into two.

Many decades on, when we can gain information from sources other than test books published by the government or gooverment approved publishers, we can have a more holistic picture of things as they unfolded. We now have access to other sources as well as so we can form our own opinion on what was happening those days.

It could be seen that the country, like now, had people with different ideologies and people followed their own ideologies. There were followers of Mahatma Gandhi, but then there were followers of other leaders as well. We have seen that Subhash Chandra Bose had a tremendous following. And his philosophy of gaining independence for India was different from that of Mahatma Gandhi. Since history is written by “victors” and somehow Mahatma Gandhi’s non violent movie has been credited as the reason for India gaining independence so Indian freedom struggle has been penned accordingly.

When one thinks about it dispassionately, one realises that British were no saints who would somehow be shamed by “non violent” movements and would grant independence to India out of shame. There were many factors that made it increasingly difficult for them to continue to rule India. It was a combination of all these factors that finally broke the back of camel and Britain finally granted independence to India and left at the earliest opportunity.

The major cause why Britain left was that two world wars had taken place and it had taken a heavy toll on Britain financially. Britain was the sole superpower of the world before the first world war. After the end of the second wold war Britain was economically on the verge of collapse. They had to take loan from USA the new superpower of the world to keep their economy afloat.

India had contributed a good number of armymen to fight the world wars for Britain. It was the understanding that Britain would grant Indian independence after the world war.

Moreover, with Media (radio, newspapers etc) becoming influential, world opinion was turning in favour of freedom of India and it was becoming difficult for Britain to hang on to its colonies.

When we look at history, we find India was becoming ungovernable from early 1900s, because there were many cases of armed resistance from all over the country.

Not all freedom fighters were moderates. There were radicals as well. In fact , there was a trio of radicals popularly called Lal, Bal, Pal- viz Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal. They incidentally, belonged to three major regions of the country and helped spread their message of armed struggle in their regions. Taken together, that was almost entire India. They advocated civil agitation and direct revolution to overthrow the British Empire.

British Government divided Bangal province and that caused widespread resentment among people. The protest against it was violent and quite a few protests died, some in police custody (viz Brahmabhandav Upadhyay) while some were hanged (Khudiram Bose, Bagha Jatin).

Then Draconian Rowlatt act was passed in 1919. Protest against this act led to the Jallianwala Massacre on 13 april 1919. The main perpetrator Dyer was forced to retire but he was hailed as a hero in Britain. Whatever goodwill Indians had for British government evaporated totally.

During 1920s, several armed resistances happened all over the country. One of the more prominent of them was Kakori Case (1925) in UP. Government treasury was looted while it was being carried in a train. In this case, three revolutionaries, namely Ramprasad Bismil, Rajendra Lahiri, Raushan Singh and Ashfaqullh.

It is noticeable that such activities were happening all over India, and in all these cases some people were prompmtly being found guilty and were being sentenced to death, no less. So many people were sentenced to death those days that the claim of Indian freedom fight being mostly non violent does not sound too convincing.

On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death for the killing 21-year-old British police officer John Saunders. They mistook Saunders for Superintendent James Scott, who was responsible for leading a lathi charge against Lala Lajpat Rai, who along with his followers was protesting against the Simon Commission.

Lala Lajpatrai was mortally injured in a Lathi charge on him by police led by Superintendent James Scott, when Lala Lajpatrai was leading a protest march against Simon Commision. Death of Lala Lajpat Rai stung Indians. Bhagat Singh, Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru decided to avenge it by killing James Scott, but instead they killed 21-year-old British police officer John Saunders.

The case was heard on the court of Lahore Case Tribunal from 5th may 1930 and death penalty was pronounced on 27 october 1930.

Bhagat Singh along with Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death this day 88 years ago (23 march 1931).

Several movies have been made on Bhagat Singh. In all these movies, the song “Mera rang de basanti chola” gets played prominently. In these movies the three revolutionaries are seen marching to the gallows while singing this song (or while this song plays in the backgound).

Here is this song from “The Legend of Bhagat Singh”(2002). This song is sung by Sonu Nigam and Manmohan Waris. Sameer is credited as the lyricist, though this lyrics could well be a traditional song. Music is composed by A R Rahman.

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

Video

Song-Mera rang de basanti chola (the Legend of Bhagat Singh)(2002) Singers-Sonu Nigam, Manmohan Waris, Lyrics-Sameer,MD-A R Rahman
Both
Chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Mera rang de ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae
Mera rang de ae basanti chola
maaye rang de ae
Mera rang de
basanti chola
maaye rang de
Mera rang de
basanti chola rang de
rang de ae ae
rang de
basanti chola
maaye rang de

ho o o o o o°°°°°
o o o o o
o o o o o o o o o o

nikley hai veer jiyaale
yoon apnaa seena taane
hans hans ke jaan lutaane
aazaad saweraa laane ae
mar ke kaise jeete hain
is duniyaa ko batlaane
tere laal chaley hain maaye
ab teri laaj bachaane

mar ke kaise jeete hain
is duniyaa ko batlaane
tere laal chaley hain maaye
ab teri laaj bachaane

aazaadi ka shola banke
khoon ragon mein dolaa aa

Mera rang de ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae°°°°°
Mera rang de ae basanti chola
maaye rang de ae
Mera rang de
basanti chola
maaye rang de ae
Mera rang de
basanti chola rang de
rang de ae ae
rang de
basanti chola aa maaye rang de

din aaj ka badaa suhaana
Mausam bhi badaa sunehra
Ham sar pe baaandh ke aaye ae
Balidaanon ka ye sehra
Betaab hamaare dil mein
ik masti si chhayai hai
Ae desh alvidaa tujhko
Kehne ki ghadi aayi hai
Mehkenge teri fizaan mein
Ham banke hawaa ka jhonkaa

Kismat waalon ko miltaa aa
Aise marne ka mauka

Nikli ee hai baaraat
sajaa hai
Inquilaab ka dolaa aa

Mera rang de ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae °°°°°
Mera rang de ae ae ae ae ae ae ae ae °°°°°
Mera rang de basanti chola rang de
rang de ae ae

rang de
basanti chola
maaye rang de ae
Mera rang de
basanti chola rang de

rang de ae ae
rang de
basanti chola maaye rang de ae ae ae

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मेरा रंग दे ए ए ए ए ए ए ए°°°°°
मेरा रंग दे ए बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए
मेरा रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए
मेरा रंग दे
बसंती चोला रंग दे
रंग दे ए
रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे

हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ°°°°°
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ

निकले है वीर जियाले
यूं अपना सीना ताने
हंस हंस के जान लूटाने
आज़ाद सवेरा लाने ए
मर के कैसे जीते है
इस दुनिया को बतलाने
तेरे लाल चले है माये
अब तेरी लाज बचाने

मर के कैसे जीते है
इस दुनिया को बतलाने
तेरे लाल चले है माये
अब तेरी लाज बचाने

आज़ादी का शोला आ बनके खून
रगों में डोला आ

मेरा रंग दे ए ए ए ए ए ए ए°°°°°
मेरा रंग दे ए बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए
मेरा रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए
मेरा रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे
रंग दे ए
रंग दे
बसंती चोला आ माये रंग दे

दिन आज का बड़ा सुहाना
मौसम भी बड़ा सुनेहरा
हम सर पे बाँध के आये ए
बलिदानों का ये सेहरा
बेताब हमारे दिल में
इक मस्ती सी छायी है
अय देश अलविदा तुझको
कहने की घडी आयी है
महकेंगे तेरी फिजा में
हम बनके हवा का झोंका

किस्मत वालों को मिलता आ
ऐसे मरने का मौका

निकली ई है बरात सजा है
इन्किलाब का डोला आ

मेरा रंग दे ए ए ए ए ए ए ए°°°°°
मेरा रंग दे ए ए ए ए ए ए ए°°°°°
मेरा रंग दे ए बसंती चोला रंग दे
रंग दे ए

रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए
मेरा रंग दे
बसंती चोला रंग दे

रंग दे
रंग दे ए
रंग दे
बसंती चोला माये रंग दे ए ए ए


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 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 : 3887 Post No. : 14918

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 14
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‘Bobby’ created almost a storm in 1973. This drama of puppy love, completely fresh faces (almost, Rishi Kapoor had already made his mark in the ‘child RK’ role in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970)), and a love story aimed at an age bracket lower than college going young people – the lovers in this film are just transitioning from high school to college. In the early 1970s, the influence of the hippie movement and free love ideas from the west into the Indian society was still a compelling influence. And the provocative presentation, as is the wont of RK style, ensured that young people of all ages went to see this film multiple times in the theaters.

The story of RK – from ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) to ‘Bobby’ (1973) is quite well known. ‘Mera Naam Joker’ was designed and produced by RK as his magum opus. He put his everything into that film, both the creativity and the finances – and lost out on the gamble at the box office. Many reasons can be analyzed as to why that happened. ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is a remarkable film, but then maybe RK went overboard in certain aspects. With the huge success of ‘Sangam’ (1964) behind him he gambled that the length of the film won’t be a deterrent to the audience. He called the wrong numbers on the dice. The film was a financial disaster for RK, in its first run. It broke him.

But his resilience to bounce back played out well. After a gap of three years, he came up with ‘Bobby’, and he had the audiences lapping it up, again and again. Some journalist even wrote that RK has extracted his revenge on the system, as well as the audiences, and got compensated many times over for the disaster of ‘Mera Naam Joker’.

‘Bobby’ was also a significant departure for RK banner in another way. The Shankar-Jaikishan duo of music directors had been rendered solo, by the untimely departure of Jaikishan in 1970. RK took a glaring decision to switch music directors, bringing to close an association that had lasted for more than two decades. Many industry observers commented that this was expected. Many others in the industry were shocked by this move. A move that essentially signaled the downturn of Shankar as an MD. He doggedly tried to keep the SJ banner alive but the zest and the verve was gone, forever. The numbers speak for themselves – in 1971, seventeen films were released with music by SJ. Of course, presumably, a fair share of the work on this set of seventeen would have been done while Jaikishan was still alive. The rest of the decade of 1970s tells a grim story. 1972 – 8 films; 1973 – 7 films; 1974 – 4 films; 1975 – 5 films; 1976 – none; 1977 – 2; 1978 – 1; 1979 – 2; 1980 -1. The magic sun of SJ was slowly fading away.

RK switched to Laxmi-Pyaare. From RK’s perspective, this was a correct strategic move. And the results are for everyone to see. Of course, no one can discount the uncanny ability of RK to inspire creation of absolutely wonderful music for his films. And yes, Laxmi-Pyaare delivered to his expectations. The songs of ‘Bobby’ were super hits in their time, and they continue to be in popular demand even now after almost four decades. I am sure I do not need to present the song list to make this point. 🙂

With ‘Bobby’, RK and Laxmi-Pyaare introduced a new and a very different sound to the world of Hindi film music. The name – Narendra Chanchal. A singer with a very expressive, a very deep baritone – a voice with a phenomenal range that rivaled even Mahendra Kapoor in rendering the higher octaves. It is quoted that RK had heard him sing at some religious function. He followed up with some more research, and then decided to bring in this voice for a Sufi-like song in the film.

I remember that the promotion and the publicity presentations for this film was quite low key. The film was introduced without much fanfare. Yes, the choice of moving from SJ to LP did become talk of the town, but nothing much more than that. And this new singer – Chanchal, got introduced to the public, just as is. Working with the expected fare of Lata, Shailendra Singh, Asha and Manna Da, the audiences would be taken by surprise as Chancal would appear in person on the screen, to present this song.

And the song was an immediate hit. Over the years, it has gained almost a cult status. In reasonable memory, this probably was the first Sufi-type song presented in such traditional Sufi garb, in a Hindi film. No, I am not trying to discount all the bhajans and songs of religious expression that came before this. But surely, this song introduced a completely new sound in the Hindi film music space. The genre – picking on the original writings of Bulle Shah, the famous Sufi poet from Punjab. And the voice – no, not choosing Rafi or Manna Dey to render this. Chanchal – a new voice, a new full throated sound, that you had to slightly reduce the volume on the radio or gramophone, as his singing came on.

RK’s uncanny ability to present a song on the screen in a manner that the emotions of the players on screen will grab the emotions in the audience’s mind and heart, and pull the strings, almost viciously. The two young lovers are at a precipice of near break-up. Just recently into their romance, a jarring note of an unexplained misunderstanding tears them apart, oh so cruelly. The young man follows the lady, as she joins a school trip to get away from him. He tries to approach her; she is cold and nonchalant, and the ever chivalrous bystanders give a good beating to the young man. The lady is still silent. And so is the young man, just looking at her imploringly, asking for a chance to explain. The conversation is not entertained. The hearts are pining and wreathing with tears. But the stand-off remains. Explanations are not allowed. The silent gazes of pain, the eyes telling beseeching stories of pleadings. But no, the words are not permitted.

And then, this deep throated sound from a singer sitting in a group of porters, rises to block out and mask all the other sounds in the camp. A voice that delivers the message, the words that the young man is trying to articulate, but is not able to. Those words are compellingly brought out in this loud rustic voice of a folk singer, singing by the campfire, playing on a daff (‘डफ’) in his hand. The memories go back to ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960). There also, the protagonist plays the daff, when an important message, and the right words are to be delivered.

Over the years, Chanchal did sing, maybe a dozen, or maybe a score more songs in Hindi films. And then he quietly exited and went back to his forte – the world of popular religious bhajans. His success in that field is simply phenomenal, and for everyone to see. Just that he could not jell well with the systems of the tinsel town Mayanagri.
[Author’s Note: After little more research on the internet, we find that the total number of songs sung by Narendra Chancal in Hindi films is about 35.  Nahm ji has pointed out in comments another wonderful solo – “Kabhi Gham Se Dil Lagaaya” from film ‘Daaku’ (1975). Other superb solos by him are:
“Meri Zindagi Tumhare Pyaar Pe Kurbaan” – from ‘Jeevan Sangram’ (1974)
“Loot Liya Sansaar” – from ‘Fauji’ (1976)
“Yaar Di Chaukhat Kaaba Kaashi” – from ‘Ram Bharose’ (1977)
“Do Ghut Pila De Saaqiya” – from ‘Kaala Suraj’ (1986)
“Tut Gayi Je Yaari” – from ‘Ramkali’ (1986)
The other songs are duets, group songs, and of course religious bhajans.]

Ten years back, this day, the output on the blog was nothing short of phenomenal. On 10th March, 2009, a total of 12 songs were posted. Atul ji was quite in the pink, and on the roll, during those initial weeks and months of this blog. 12 songs mean that 12 films got represented that day. And ‘Bobby’ made its debut on that day, with the song – “Main Shaayar To Nahin”.

Over the past decade, nine of those films have been yippeee’d, and three remain. As I checked the list, I was somberly surprised that a film like ‘Bobby’, with one superlative song after another, had not yet been yippeee’d here. And mind you, the songs pending are not lightweights. Each one of them is a popular super hit, all by itself.

Quick round up review of credits – the words of this song are adapted and redrafted by Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi, based on an original song by Bulle Shah. The music – Laxmi-Pyaare. Singing voice – Narendra Chanchal. On screen, the singer himself is performing the song, carrying the messages between the two young lovers, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, who are not communicating, except through the eyes. And the words of this song so powerfully express the unsaid emotions between them.

If you have ever been in love, this song is for you. And yes, if you have ever been in love, this film is for you.

 

Song – Beshaq Mandir Masjid Todo, Bulle Shaa Ye Kehta (Bobby) (1973) Singer – Narendra Chanchal, Lyrics – Inderjit Singh Tulsi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

beshaq mandir masjid dhaa de
bulle shah..aa ye kehta..aa

beshaq mandir masjid todo
bulle shah..aa ye kehta..aa
par pyaar bharaa dil
kabhi na todo..o..o
is dil mein..ae dilbar rehta

jis palde mein tuley mohabbat. . .
jis palde mein tuley mohabbat
us mein chaandi nahin tolnaa..aa
taubaa meri
naa dholna
main nahin bolna..aa
ho nahin bolna jaa
main nahin bolna jaa
o main nahin bolnaa jaa
dholna
main nahin bolnaa..aa
tauba meri
naa dholna
main nahin bolnaa..aa

aag te ishq baraabar dono..o
par paani aa..aag bujhaaye
aag te ishq baraabar dono
par paani aag bujhaaye
aashiq ke jab aansoo nikley..ae..ae
aur agan lag jaaye
tere saamne baithh ke rolaan..aa..aa..aa..aa..aa
ho tere saamne baithh ke rolaan
dil ka dukhdaa nahin pholna..aa..aa
dholnaa..aa
main nahin bolna..aa
ho nahin bolnaa jaa
main nahin bolnaa jaa..aa
ve main nahin bolna jaa
dholna
main nahin bolnaa..aa
tauba meri
naa dholna
main nahin bolnaa..aa

ve main nahin bolna..aa
o ve main nahin bolna..aa
ve main nahin bolna..aa..aa..aa..aa
ve main nahin bolna..aa
ve main nahin bolna..aa
dholna..aa
main nahin bolna
nahin bolna
ve main nahin bolna
nahin bolna aa
ve main nahin bolna aa
nahin bolna
ve main nahin bolna..aa..aa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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बेशक मंदिर मस्जिद ढा दे
बुल्ले शाह॰॰आ ये कहता॰॰आ

बेशक मंदिर मस्जिद तोड़ो
बुल्ले शाह॰॰आ ये कहता॰॰आ
पर प्यार भरा दिल
कभी ना तोड़ो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
इस दिल में॰॰ए दिलबर रहता
जिस पलड़े में तुले मोहब्बत॰ ॰ ॰
जिस पलड़े में तुले मोहब्बत
उसमे चांदी नहीं तोलना॰॰आ
तौबा मेरी
ना ढोलना
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
हो नहीं बोलना जा
मैं नहीं बोलना जा
ओ मैं नहीं बोलना जा
ढोलना
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
तौबा मेरी
ना ढोलना
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ

आग ते इश्क बराबर दोनों॰॰ओ
पर पानी आ॰॰आग बुझाए
आग ते इश्क बराबर दोनों
पर पानी आग बुझाए
आशिक के जब आंसू निकले॰॰ए॰॰ए
और अगन लग जाए
तेरे सामने बैठ के रोलां॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
हो तेरे सामने बैठ के रोलां
दिल का दुखड़ा नहीं फोलना॰॰आ॰॰आ
ढोलना॰॰आ
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
हो नहीं बोलना जा
मैं नहीं बोलना जा॰॰आ
वे मैं नहीं बोलना जा
ढोलना
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
तौबा मेरी
ना ढोलना
मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ

वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
ओ वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
ढोलना॰॰आ
मैं नहीं बोलना
नहीं बोलना
वे मैं नहीं बोलना
नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ
नहीं बोलना
वे मैं नहीं बोलना॰॰आ॰॰आ

 


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Blog Day : 3876 Post No. : 14898

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 10
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Today is 27 february 2019. The day is almost over and the first post of the day is just about coming up. Things were much different on this day ten years ago. On that day (27 february 2009), as many as seven songs were covered. Those were the days when I would discuss six or seven sog a day with ease, and a century of songs would come up in sixteen days or so.

Even I am surprised at the level of energy motivation and passion that I used to possess those days. 🙂

Coming to this day ten years ago, as many as seven songs were covered. Six of these movies have been YIPPEED by now. The only unyippeed movie from that day is “Kaajal”(1965).

“Kaajal”(1965) was directed by Ram Maheshwari for Kalpanalok, Bombay. The movie had Meena Kumari, Raj Kumar, Dharmendra, Padmini, Sailesh Kumar, Helen, Durga Khoy=te, Jageerdar, Tiwari, Mahendra, Gopal Sahgal, Tuntun, Keshav Rana, Madhu Apte, Abhimanyu Sharma, Polson, Rajan Kapoor, Mumtaz, Mehmood etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs in it. Eight songs from the movie have been covered in the past. The movie made its debut in the blog on this day ten years ago with the song Tora man darpan kahlaaye.

I had not watched any movies in movie halls from 1972 to 1977. Only after I reached College and got “freedom” that I began to watch movies with a vengeance, as if to make up for lost time. It was during this movie watching spree that I watched “Kaajal” (1965) in 1978 or 1979 in a movie hall called Ratan Talkies in Ranchi. So that was nearly forty years ago. I think that this cinema hall no longer exists. If we have any Ranchi based readers then I request the to help confirm or refute this fact.

When I watched the movie, I kept getting surprised repeatedly by the feeling-“arre, ye gaana is film ka hai”. The movie was full of well known timeless classic songs. Base somewhere in a neighbouring state, Raja too independently felt the same way when he watched this movie.

Coming to today’s song, it is a “shringaar” ras song which is sung by Mahendra Kapoor. Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ravi, whom I had begun to regard as a creator of conic songs, thanks to a plethora of sungs composed by him that had ended up becoming timeless classics.

This song is picturised on Dharmendra and Padmini. Incidentally, This movie was the first occasion for me to watch Dharmendra, Padmini and many others.

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


Song-Muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila (Kaajal)(1965) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila
jazbaat ko ab mil jaane do
muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila
jazbaat ko ab mil jaane do
jis tarah mili hai do roohen
us tarah se lab mil jaane do
muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila

seene se hataa do aanchal ko
shaane se jhatak do zulfon ko
seene se hataa do aanchal ko
shaane se jhatak do zulfon ko
shaane se jhatak do zulfon ko
jaati huyi rangeen ghadiyon ko
rukne ka sabab mil jaane do
muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila

in paak gunaahon ki ghadiyaan
aati hai magar har raat nahin
in paak gunaahon ki ghadiyaan
aati hai magar har raat nahin
aati hai magar har raat nahin
is raat mein sab kho jaane do
is raat mein sab mil jaane do
muddat ki tamannaaon ka sila

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मुद्दत की तमन्नाओं का सिला
जज़्बात को अब मिल जाने दो
मुद्दत की तमन्नाओं का सिला
जज़्बात को अब मिल जाने दो
जिस तरह मिली है दो रूहें
उस तरह से लब मिल जाने दो
मुद्दत की तमन्नाओं का सिला

सीने से हटा दो आँचल को
शाने से झटक दो जुल्फों को
सीने से हटा दो आँचल को
शाने से झटक दो जुल्फों को ओ
शाने से झटक दो जुल्फों को
जाती हुयी हंगीन घड़ियों को
रुकने का सबब मिल जाने दो
मुद्दत की तमन्नाओं का सिला

इन पाक गुनाहों कि घड़ियाँ
आती है मगर हर रात नहीं
इन पाक गुनाहों कि घड़ियाँ
आती है मगर हर रात नहीं ई
आती है मगर हर रात नहीं
इस रात में सब खो जाने दो
इस रात में सब मिल जाने दो
मुद्दत की तमन्नाओं का सिला


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Blog Day : 3841 Post No. : 14853

Today (23 january 2019) is the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, one of the most admired freedom fighters of India.

One year ago, I had written a detailed writeup about his escape from his house arrest. That writeup was accompanied by the song Jodi tor daak..tanha raahi apni raah chalta jaayegaa.

Writing that article was quite a emotional roller coaster ride for me, because I tried to imagine all the meticulous planning of that escape, including the successful execution of the plan.

In the process, I watched snippets of the movie “Bose The forgotten Hero”(2004) which contains this song.

Lyrics of that song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala. One year later, he sent the lyrics of another song from the movie to be posted on this occasion with a request of a writeup by me because I have seen the movie. No, I have not seen the movie. I have only seen parts of it, because I cannot bear to see the full movie even though I know that it is a movie and the scenes depicted in the movie happened over seven decades ago.

So, my writeup is not based on my watching the movie, rather it is based on my impressions on Subhash Chandra Bose.

It seems to me, and many people would agree that his contributions towards the independence movement has been vastly underrated and attempts have been made to consign his contribution to just a few lines. We have been fed the history that non violent agitations led by Mahatma Gandhi won us our freedom.

When I try to think about it now, it does not seem to add up. If non violent agitations gave us freedom, then what explains the violence that took place during the partition ? Why the proponents of these non violence agitations agreed to the participation of Indian armymen in the second world war and also the first world war before that ? If people in India really followed non violence, then what explains the Indo Pak wars that took place and the terror attacks that are taking place from across the border.

When one tries to look at the reasons for the independence of India, it appears that the reason why India got independence was not Non violent agitations but it was mainly due to the precarious economical situation of Britain.

Britain which used to be the strongest economy in the world till the 18th century found itself being overtaken by USA and Germany by the turn of 19th century. USA was able to cash in because it pioneered new indstries, viz automobiles, motorbikes and aircrafts and became the leading manufacturer of these new technology items. The first world war and later the second world war devastated British economy. After the second world war ended Britain had lost much of its absolute wealth. Its trade reduced to just one third vis a vis its pre war trade. Dollar had become the preferred currency and Britain had shortage of dollars to pay off its wartime debts. As an emergency measure, Britain began to hive off its overseas assets. USA extracted a heavy price from Britain for getting involved in the second world war. Britain had to take a loan of $ 4.33 billions from USA. Winter of 1946-47 broke the back of British economy, with cutrailed economic production and shortage of coal. The situation reeached its worst in August 1947 !

Is it a coincidence that India got its independence in August 1947 ! With the benefit of all the information contained in the above para, it appears that Britain were in no position to be able to hold on to India any longer. Even if there were no agitations, violent or otherwise, Britain woould have left India sooner or later.

It appears to me that holding on to the Indian empire was becoming more and more prohibitively expensive for Britain. It would seem to me that “Non violent” agitations were not the only thing Britain had to worry. They also had to worry about the real possibility of disenchantment in the natives who manned Indian Army. The contribution of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauz, which actually participated in world war II cannot be underestimated.

The end of the war saw a large number of the troops of Azad Hind Fauz repatriated to India where some faced trials for treason at Red Fort in Delhi. Instead of acting as a deterrent,as hoped by the British, these trials became a galvanising point in the Indian Independence movement. The Bombay mutiny in the Royal Indian Navy and other mutinies in 1946 are thought to have been caused by the nationalist feelings that were caused by the INA trials. Many historians believe that these events played a crucial role in hastening the end of British rule in India.

After independence, Gandhian freedom fighters were given the status of freedom fighters but Azad Hind Fauz members were denied this privilege. Nevertheless, the Azad Hind Fauz remains a popular and passionate topic in Indian culture and politics.

India became politically independent on 15 august 1947. It wold take decades and decades of slog with lots of troubles enroute, before Indian fortunes would begin to look up and they would shrug off the tag of a begging bowl nation and subsequently a nation considered the fastest growing major nation in the world. I would cover this vast topic in another writeup on the occasion of Republic day, which falls three day later.

For now, let us listen to this song of hope. The hopes of securing independence. The hopes of living happily ever after. The song is a chorus song. Jawed Akhtar is the lyricist. Music is composed by A R Rahman.

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

Video
(video)
Audio

Song-Ham Dilli Dilli jaayenge (Bose-The Forgotten Hero)(2004) Lyrics-Jawed Akhtar, MD-A R Rahman

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Ham Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Fauji ban ke rehna hai
Dukh dard museebat sahna hai
Ab fauji ban ke rehna hai
Dukh dard museebat sahna hai

Subhash kaa ye kehna kehna hai
Chalo Dilli chal ke rehna hai
Ham Dilii Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge

Ham goli kha ke jhoomenge
Maut ko badhh ke chumenge
Matawaale ban aazaadi ke
Hum dariya jungle ghoomenge
Goli kha ke jhoomenge
Maut ko badhh ke choomenge
Matawaale ban aazaadi ke
Ham dariya jungle ghumenge
Subhash hamaara haawi hai
Ghulaami ke taalon ki chaabhi hai
Phir kaisa khatraa baaki hai
Khuda bhi hamaara saathi hai
Ham Dilii Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge

Fauji ban ke jaayenge
Aur Dilii ko sajaayenge
Fauji ban ke jaayenge
Dilii ko sajaayenge
Zaalim firangi qaum kaa
Ham naam-o-nishaan mitaayenge
Ham Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Dilli Dilli jaayenge
Ham apna Hind banaayenge
Fauji ban ke rehna hai
Dukh dard museebat sahna hai
Ab fauji ban ke rehna hai
Dukh dard museebat sahna hai
Subhash kaa ye kehna kehna hai
Chalo Dilli chal ke rehna hai

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हम दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
फौजी बन के रहना है
दुःख दर्द मुसीबत सहना है
अब फौजी बन के रहना है
दुःख दर्द मुसीबत सहना है

सुभाष का ये कहना कहना है
चलो दिल्ली चल के रहना है
हम दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे

हम गोली खा के झूमेंगे
मौत को बढ़ के चूमेंगे
मतवाले बन आज़ादी के
हम दरिया जंगल घूमेंगे
गोली खा के झूमेंगे
मौत को बढ़ के चूमेंगे
मतवाले बन आज़ादी के
हम दरिया जंगल घूमेंगे
सुभाष हमारा हावी है
ग़ुलामी के तालों कि चाभी है
फिर कैसा ख़तरा बाकी है
खुदा भी हमारा साथी है

हम दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे

फौजी बन के जायेंगे
और दिल्ली को सजायेंगे
फौजी बन के जायेंगे
दिल्ली को सजायेंगे
ज़ालिम फिरंगी कौम का
हम नाम-ओ-निशान मिटायेंगे

हम दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
दिल्ली दिल्ली जायेंगे
हम अपना हिन्द बनायेंगे
फौजी बन के रहना है
दुःख दर्द मुसीबत सहना है
अब फौजी बन के रहना है
दुःख दर्द मुसीबत सहना है

सुभाष का ये कहना कहना है
चलो दिल्ली चल के रहना है


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Blog Day : 3802 Post No. : 14794

“Kaala Patthar”(1979) was directed by Yash Chopra for Yashraj Films Bombay.

This movie was a multi starrer movie and it had Shashi Kapoor, Rakhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Prem Chopra, Parikshat Sahni, Romesh Sharma, (special apopearance), Poonam Dhillon (special appearance), Manmohan Krishan, Madan Puri, Ifthikar, Satyen Kappu, Yunus Parwez, Geeta Sidharth, Gautam Sareen, Sharat Saxena, MacMohan, Mahaan, Sudhir Dalwai, Sudha Chopra, Harish, Mohan Sherry, Vikas Anand, Jagdeesh Raj, Suresh Oberoi, Prem Sagar, Pardesi, Nazir Kashmiri, Ashok Rajdan etc in it.

The movie was released with great fanfare and it was expected to be a blockbuster. But the movie received lukewarm response from the movie goers, much to the surprise of experts. Subsequently it was concluded that Indian audience do not patronise movies that depict disasters. They are into escapist stuff rather than into tales based on real life disaster. “Kaala Patthar”(1979) was inspired from the Chasnala mine disaster that had taken place on 27 december 1975.

Chasnala mine was located adjacent to an abandoned mine (separated by a wall of coal) that tended to get filled with rain water. A panel of experts had recommended that water accumulation in that abandoned mine was required to be avoided and secondly the barrier of coal separating this abandoned mine from adjacent locations was to be left untouched.

The recommendations were disregarded. Permission was sought and obtained to mine coal from the barrier.

As coal from this barrier was being mined, the coal wall separating this mine from the abandoned water filled mine caved in and water flooded the Chasnala mine, killing 372 miners who were working inside the mine.

This incident was the biggest industrial tragedy of India till that time and subsequently it was overtaken by Bhopal gas tragedy on 2 and 3 december 1984.

Coming to the movie, the movie had six songs in it. Five songs have been covered in the past. Here are their details:-

Song Title

Post No.

Post Date

Ik raastaa hai zindagi 2970 15-Sep-10
Ishq aur mushq kade na chhupde 5273 9-Jan-12
Baahon mein teri masti ke ghere 6005 24-May-12
Mujhe pyaar ka tohfa de ke 14337 12-May-18
Dhoom mache dhoom 14761 24-Nov-18

The sixth and final song from the movie is sung by Lata and chorus. Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Rajesh Roshan.

The song is picturised as a wedding ritual song where Neetu Singh lip syncs the song. The picturisation shows Poonam Dhillon playing the bride and Romesh Sharma the groom while almost the entire starcast seems to be attending the wedding function.

This song has gone on to become one of several must sung songs in Indian weddings.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala long long ago in 2013.

With this song, all the songs of “Kaala Patthar”(1979)have been covered and the movie joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Meri dooron se aayi baaraat (Kaala Patthar)(1979) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Rajesh Roshan
chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni
meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni

balma chhail chhabeela
mann ko mohe
joda rang rangeela
tan pe sohe
balma chhail chhabeela
mann ko mohe
main to waari jaaun
balihaari jaaun
pada paaon yeh kiska aangan mein
phool khile phool se mere tan mann mein
chhoota mayke ki galiyon kaa saath
maiya main to paauni
meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni

le gaye dil ko loot ke tere bol raseele ae
ghaayal kar gaye haay
ghaayal kar gaye jaan ko tere nain kateele ae
le gaye dil ko loot ke tere bol raseele
main toh waari jaaun
balihaari jaaun
jab mukhda dekhoon darpan mein
teri soorat ubhre nainan mein
bhali laage naa naihar ki baat
maiya main to paauni
meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni

waar diya maine tujh par
dil waar diya
haar diya maine sab kuchh
are haar diya
maar diya toone julmi
haay maar diya
main to waari jaaun balihaari jaaun
teraa naam base meri dhadkan mein
teraa roop hanse mere sapnan mein
liya saajan ne haathon mein haath
maiya main to ho paauni
meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni
meri dooron se aayi baaraat
maiya main to paauni


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Blog Day : 3751 Post No. : 14716

The Hindi film industry has seen many legends in its 100+ years of existence. Giants in their chosen field, revered by not just their generation but by generations that followed. They have a very fond place in the hearts of film lovers, who are eternally thankful for their immense contribution to cinema. They all recognise the the world of cinema would be much the poorer without this contribution.

One such legend, and one who probably elevates the worth of the term “legend”, is, without doubt, yesteryear poet and lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi.

Today (25 october 2018)happens to be his death anniversary – and, as we’ve done on previous occasions, we pay our humble tribute to him today.

Among various artistes that I’ve written about on this blog, Sahir has probably featured the most, alongside Rafisaab. I’ve written many times about him, on his birth and death anniversaries.

And yet, I’m never bored while discussing Sahir. Yes, readers of my posts might get bored 🙂 – but I’m not.

Whenever I write about him, I feel a rush of energy in my body. The content might be repetitive, but the huge regard I have for him overcomes everything else.

Sahir’s status as poet and lyricist extraordinaire is established beyond debate. He might not have been the most popular person around (and that’s the understatement of the millennium!) but even his most ardent critics would have to grudgingly acknowledge the sheer magic of his poetry.

Such is the richness of the treasure trove that he has left us that no post can do justice to it. In previous posts on him, I have often listed some of his songs – the sheer power of many of them transports you to a different world. Yes, there’s much more to a song than just its lyrics – but with Sahir, you could be assured that the lyrics never missed your attention.

Sahir’s lyrics were a direct reflection of his personality. He had strong views on various aspects of life and society, on relationships, on politics – and never hesitated to let the world know of them. It was as if he was waiting for an opportunity to use his poetry and lyrics to convey the message that Sahir, the person, wanted to get across to the world.

Thus, when you listened to “zindagi bheekh mein nahin milti, zindagi badh ke chheeni jaati hai”, you felt it was Sahir exhorting you to demand your rights in life.

Or even, later in life, when he was disillusioned with the way things were going in his life, “main pal do pal ka shaayar hoon”.

Sahir had a very strong sense of justice and injustice in society. Early in life, when called upon to choose between his mother and his far wealthier father, he chose his mother. Till her very end, he was totally devoted to her. Many of his songs reflect the loving relationship between a mother and child.

Throughout his life, Sahir spoke out against injustice and tyranny. He spoke for the underprivileged, the marginalized, the labour class. He tried to show society a mirror, however ugly it looked. He was trenchant in his criticism of the state of affairs – “Samaj ko badal daalo” was one of his lines.

Sahir’s lament about the pathetic state of living for the poor in India is well illustrated in the poignant songs of Pyaasa (1957). “Yahaan par to jeewan se hai maut sasti” he wrote, following it up with “ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai”. “Jinhe naaz hai Hind par wo kahaan hain”, he said.

Continuing in this refrain, he went satirical, writing “Cheen-o-Arab hamara, Hindustan hamara, rehne ko ghar nahin hai, saara jahaan hamaara” for Phir Subah Hogi (1958).

Each line, one could feel, coming straight from the heart.

There were other aspects also that Sahir was concerned about and discussed in his lyrics. Hindu-Muslim unity for example. Always a sensitive topic, and even more so in the years following independence. But Sahir was never one to shy away from a topic – his lines “tu Hindu banega na Musalmaan banega” are some of the greatest lines of Hindi cinema.

The other thing that bothered Sahir greatly was the treatment of women in Indian society. He was deeply disturbed by the lack of respect accorded to women, thanks to a patriarchal society that privileged men over women. Sahir minced no words while lamenting this – his “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko” is a classic in Hindi cinema, with its entire theme revolving around women and how they have been treated by men in India.

It is therefore only fitting that on his death anniversary, the song picked for the blog reflects his thoughts on this topic. The song is “Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa na saki” from Lakshmi (1982). The film was released after Sahir’s death – in fact, the film starts with a tribute to Sahir.

This song was one of several songs proposed to me for this write-up by Avinashji. As usual, he has been kind enough to prepare the lyrics for this song.

Though this song is not all that well-known, certainly not as well known as “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko”, its words are trademark Sahir. Typical of him, in this song too, he laments the way women have been treated in Indian society. But this time he uses Seeta as his example, saying even she could not find happiness on this earth. He says women have forever suffered, and in today’s world, there isn’t even a Valmiki to give a Seeta refuge in time of need. She has to fend for herself all alone, and constantly seek to avoid the predatory eye of men around her.

Talking of the predatory eye, I cannot help talking about one of the hottest topics right now in India – at least in urban India and on social media. And that is the #MeToo movement. I’m sure Sahir would have had something to say about it, had he been around. So I’m taking the liberty of sharing my thoughts on the subject.

The #MeToo movement, in my opinion, is primarily about those who have been sexually abused and harassed, coming out with their story. While these are mostly women, it is not necessarily limited to women alone. There have been a few cases of men too coming out with their horrific stories. At the moment, it is largely focussed on workplace harassment, but there’s no reason it couldn’t go way beyond that.

It is a fact that, mainly thanks to our patriarchal society, there is a huge power imbalance between men and women in India. This actually exists around the world, but the patriarchy makes it much worse in India.

Power, as we all know, is a hugely corrupting and intoxicating drug. So it is not at all surprising that those in power, mostly men, would tend to exploit those they have power over, mostly women. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.

What makes it worse, as if to add insult to injury, Indian society is also unforgiving towards women in this respect. Instead of being supportive, it tends to blame the victim. Even the woman’s own family make her feel guilty for what is essentially a man’s wrongdoing. She is often gaslighted into thinking that it is somehow her fault, that she invited it. She is encouraged to just be quiet about it, since “the honour of the family” might be at stake.

If she is a working woman, she might even be encouraged to stop working. Many women have fallen out of the workforce in India for this reason alone.

Then again, thanks to the power imbalance, she is up against it if she even chooses to seek justice through the justice system. To even make a complaint to the police, to get an FIR registered is a huge challenge. When you’re complaining about a more powerful party, the system will bend towards that party. The police will either discourage you from giving your complaint, or will mock you, or will flatly refuse to write an FIR.

If you do get past the police hurdle, you still have the rest of the justice system to deal with. Courts which will insist on evidence – which in most cases of this sort is just not available.

Besides, the other party being much more powerful, he can ensure your life is made miserable.

So justice through the normal justice system (which is often referred to as “due process”) is almost always a pipedream.

To help matters, at least in the workplace, new legislation was brought in in 2013, replacing the earlier Vishakha guidelines which laid out steps to be taken at a workplace to deal with sexual harassment complaints. An employer is supposed to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and so on.

I won’t go into all the details, but the reality is that many employers have not even set this up. And even where this is theoretically in place, women who have complained have failed to get justice. On the contrary, it has boomeranged on them – they’ve been marked as “trouble-makers” in the organisation. Remember, they are complaining about someone who is almost invariably in a higher power position in the company.

With this being the stark reality, whether we like it or not, is it surprising that many women have just kept their pain buried within themselves? They have tolerated harassment but not brought it out in the open. Maybe they didn’t want to jeopardize their careers – after all, it is the woman who tends to bear the brunt of any negative fallout in these matters.

But now we have #MeToo.

Some women at least have decided enough is enough. It is not their shame to bear, so why should they? So they have decided to come out with their story. It is cathartic for them – it must be so hard to keep this buried within you for years.

Some of them have disclosed their identity, some have not. Some have disclosed the identity of the predator, some have chosen not to specifically name him (although there are usually enough hints in their story). It’s upto each person to decide what level of comfort she has – no one can demand she behave in a particular way.

One complaint about #MeToo is that many of these stories are coming out after many years. Ten years, even twenty years. Why didn’t they come out earlier? How can we possibly believe something that might or might not have happened a decade ago?

I feel this is unreasonable. I’ve already explained how the odds are stacked against the woman – the situation was even worse a decade ago. Besides, when women have been constantly shamed, why would they invite further ridicule by complaining, especially when they have no hope of justice?

It is only now, that thanks to the #MeToo movement, they are coming out with their story – hoping to get closure if nothing else. If they get justice, great – if not, at least they’re hoping for closure.

Many have complained that outing men on social media is not the right way to go about this. That women should follow due process – that is, go through the justice sytem of police and courts, or through the workplace structures for this purpose.

And that has worked, right? After trying all that, and hitting their heads against a wall, women have finally chosen social media as their hope for getting their message across. And who can blame them? It’s not like they didn’t want due process – it is that “due process” failed them completely.

Another criticism of #MeToo is that it is often just accusation, without evidence. And no court can possibly accept that. There’s a chance that an innocent person is maligned out of malice or whatever other reason, and his reputation totally destroyed by a #MeToo accusation.

Yes, this is possible. In the spate of accusations, it is possible that some are fake too. Which is why every accusation needs to be attempted to be vetted to the extent possible. Having said that, it is also very unreasonable and unrealistic to expect evidence in cases of sexual harassment, because of its very nature. It tends to happen behind closed doors. So there will be many cases where such evidence is just not available.

Yet another criticism is that #MeToo is about the urban elite and about sometimes seemingly trivial harassment, while women in rural India suffer far worse.

I think this is unfair. Yes, rural women suffer harassment too – possibly much more. Does that mean urban women should be silent? What sort of logic is that? Rather, we should hope the movement spreads to rural India too. Most movements anyway start with those who have relatively more agency – and then spread.

All in all, I think #MeToo in India was long overdue. It started in the US almost exactly a year ago, and exposed many well-known Hollywood personalities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Around that time, an Indian in the US, Raya Sarkar, prepared a list of predators in academia – but she was unfortunately criticized and the movement did not pick up steam then in India.

Now it has.

No one knows how it will go from here. Will it evolve further? Or will it fizzle out?

I’m sincerely hoping it evolves further. I’d like to see it grow – go beyond urban India, go beyond the few sectors it has so far been largely restricted to (films, media, advertising). There must be many more cases in politics, in government and corporate India, where power is most prone to abuse. Maybe those stories are slow in coming because the women involved are less comfortable coming out with their stories.

And that’s only fair. Each person has to decide for herself – she has to weigh the consequences of her actions. We need to respect that.

One huge positive impact of #MeToo has been that men themselves seem to be re-assessing their behaviour. Not just in the past but also in the present. They seem to be becoming more sensitized and aware of boundaries and space. And about consent. At least I hope so.

Hopefully films too will become more sensitized to gender from now on. I think it is already happening. Films in the past have been hugely misogynistic, often presenting stalking as romantic! And considering how much of an influence films/TV have on society, they might have playe thei role too in moulding society into what it is today.

But then, they were a function of their times – I don’t want to dwell on the past. We can’t change that anyway.

What we can change is the present and the future. And hopefully from now on at least, we will see better-behaved men, whether triggered by #MeToo or not.

Of course, we need much more to happen. Until we dismantle patriarchy there is always going to be victim-blaming and shaming. We all know that men are the root cause of the problem, yet we will continue to blame the women and expect them to “behave themselves”.

So much more needs to happen. We can all do our bit – by calling out patriarchy when we see it, even if it happens without our close circles. By bringing up the next generation with a better understanding of gender equality so that boys don’t grow up with a sense of entitlement. This is what manifests itself in most undesirable behaviour when the boy becomes a man.

Clearly we haven’t done enough in the last 60 years, since Sahir wrote “aurat ne janam diya” in 1958. It’s a sad reflection of our society that it feels relevant even in 2018.

I’d like a future generation to listen to it and say “Oh, how horrible things were for women in those days! Thank God things are so much better today, and women don’t go through all that!”

I know I’m dreaming – but you know what they say. Ummeed pe duniya kaayam hai.

Let’s do our bit to make it happen?

Thanks for listening.


Song-Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa na saki (Lakshmi)(1982) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Naa tera durbhaagya nayaa hai
Naa jag ka vyavhaar nayaa aa
Naa raahon ke shool naye ae
Naa patthar dil sansaar nayaa

Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Jo zulm teri taqdeer banaa
Jo zulm teri taqdeer banaa
Wo zulm yugon se zaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Wo kanyaa ho ya garbhwati
Naari ko sadaa apmaan milaa
Wo kanyaa ho ya garbhwati
Naari ko sadaa apmaan milaa
Avtaaron ki nasl badhaa kar bhi
Patitaaon mein sthaan mila
Sadiyon se yahaan har ablaa ne
Sadiyon se yahaan har ablaa ne
Ro ro kar umar guzaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Kehne ko to devi kehlaayee
Par naar yahaan daasi hi rahi
Kehne ko to devi kehlaayee
Par naar yahaan daasi hi rahi
Do pyaar ke meethhe bolon ki
Martey dam tak pyaasi hi rahi
Jo zehar miley wo peeti jaa
Jo zehar miley wo peeti jaa
Tu kaun si Janak dulaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Maikaa chhoota sasuraal chhoota
Jaayegi magar jaayegi kahaan
Maikaa chhoota sasuraal chhoota
Jaayegi magar jaayegi kahaan
Ab Valmiki saa koyi rishi
Is dharti par paayegi kahaan
Ab tu ik bhatki hirni hain
Ab tu ik bhatki hirni hain
Aur mard ki aankh shikaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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ना तेरा दुर्भाग्य नया है
ना जग का व्यवहार नया आ
ना राहों के शूल नए ए
ना पत्थर दिल संसार नया

सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
जो ज़ुल्म तेरी तकदीर बना
जो ज़ुल्म तेरी तकदीर बना
वो ज़ुल्म युगों से जारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

वो कन्या हो या गर्भवती
नारी को सदा अपमान मिला
वो कन्या हो या गर्भवती
नारी को सदा अपमान मिला
अवतारों की नस्ल बढ़ाकर भी
पतिताओं में स्थान मिला
सदियों से यहाँ हर अबला ने
सदियों से यहाँ हर अबला ने
रो रो कर उम्र गुजारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

कहने को तो देवी कहलाई
पर नार यहाँ दासी ही रही
कहने को तो देवी कहलायी
पर नार यहाँ दासी ही रही
दो प्यार के मीठे बोलों की
मरते दम तक प्यासी ही रही
जो ज़हर मिले वो पीती जा
जो ज़हर मिले वो पीती जा
तू कौनसी जनक दुलारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

मैका छूटा ससुराल छूटा
जायेगी मगर जायेगी कहाँ
मैका छूटा ससुराल छूटा
जायेगी मगर जायेगी कहाँ
अब वाल्मीकी सा कोई ऋषि
इस धरती पर पाएगी कहाँ
अब तू इक भटकी हिरनी है
अब तू इक भटकी हिरनी है
और मर्द की आँख शिकारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है


This article is written by Raja, 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.

Blog Day : 3680 Post No. : 14574

The 15th of August, is a special date in the calendar for India.

Every year, there are events across the country celebrating the day. There is flag-hoisting in schools, offices and public places. There are patriotic songs played on radio. There’s a lot more to mark the date and occasion.

All of this is understandable. After all, it was on the 15th of August that many years ago, India became an independent nation, free from British rule.

Today is the 72nd Independence Day for India. I still remember the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1972 – I was part of my school March Past event. How time flies!

But there is more to this date than just celebration. It is an occasion that at least some of us use to reflect. On India’s journey as an independent nation so far. We take stock of where we are, and where we’d like to see us go from here.

I am sure there must be many articles written on this subject in various media publications this week. On our part, our Avinashji has sent me the lyrics for today’s song and requested me to share my thoughts on this occasion. I am therefore taking the liberty of doing so.

Whenever I think of 15th August, the first thing that comes to my mind is our Freedom Struggle and our Founding Fathers. Today we take our freedom for granted – it is hard to even imagine that we were once a colony of the British Empire.

But if it were not for the struggles and sacrifices of millions of Indians, from every corner of the country, would we have got independence when we did? We are familiar with some of the more prominent names who were part of this struggle. But there were so many more who made sacrifices, who gave up their lives for the cause – and died unsung.

I always think of them on 15th August.

Then the Founding Fathers themselves. Once India became an independent country, Britain left it to fend for itself. Can you imagine the challenges a new-born India would have faced at that time?

India was then a country reeling from the horrors of partition. Although there had been talk of partition for a while, the actual execution of the whole process was done very hastily, without enough attention to detail. Political lines were drawn to create India and Pakistan, but these were still being “negotiated”. Even on independence, many villages did not even know whether they belonged to India or Pakistan. And there were the tricky issues of princely states like Junagadh and Hyderabad. And there was Kashmir.

So things were very fluid on 15th August 1947, though technically India and Pakistan had both become independent nations.
The mass migration of millions across borders, with all the violence and pain that ensued – how can one ever forget that! People lost everything, their families, their possessions. Their entire life got uprooted as they became refugees in their new world.

Then, post independence, the massive task of bringing more than 565 princely states into the fold of one nation. How challenging was that! Some agreed to be part of India. Different tactics were needed to bring the others into the fold.

All this while communal harmony, already severely tested in the tense times leading upto the partition, was just about hanging by a thread. The partition exposed fault lines much more nakedly – there was resentment amongst Hindus in India for Muslims who had not migrated. And the other way round in Pakistan.

As we know, many Muslim artistes in the Hindi film industry even changed their names to Hindu-sounding names to avoid becoming targets of hatred, and to appeal to the largely Hindu audiences.

Such was the fragility of Indian communal harmony in the immediate aftermath of independence.

Talking of fragility, it was not only communal harmony that was fragile. Independent India had inherited unprecedented levels of poverty, exacerbated by partition woes. Its economy was in very bad shape. Poor living conditions meant disease was not uncommon. Added to this was a very high level of illiteracy and social backwardness in general.

Kashmir was still a burning issue, Gandhiji got assassinated.

The overall situation looked so bleak at one time that Life Magazine, in the late 1940s, even ran a story along the lines of “Will India survive?” Clearly the world was skeptical.

Thankfully, our Founding Fathers were not.

Even in the midst of all these seemingly insurmountable challenges, they stayed steadfast on course, buoyed by the exuberance of having a new baby to nurture and nourish. Yes, there were challenges – but, to them, these were teething troubles.

Despite differences amongst themselves (yes, they did have differences!), they were united on one thing – all of them had a dream of a strong, resilient, and free India. Their views on how to get there might have been different – Nehru might have had a socialist mindset, Rajaji a more capitalist mindset – but they shared this common dream.

This dream involved providing, for every Indian, a fair opportunity at life. A life of dignity. India would be a country where justice would be available to one and all. A country which had hitherto been suppressed, but whose peoples would now be able to breathe freely, not be enslaved to any thought. They would be free to pursue a religion of their choice. India would be a country whose people would feel a sense of fraternity towards each other, not be divided by regionalism, casteism, religion and other such divisive elements.

This dream got enshrined in the form of a Constitution for India. When India became a Republic on 26th January 1950, it further underlined the vision of the Founding Fathers – that there would be no monarchy in India, that there would be elected representatives, elected by the people. There’s a lot more in the Constitution – it lays down the terms of reference between organs of the State, separation of powers between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, it talks about fundamental rights and duties of citizens.

While there is always scope for improvement, and any document should be a living document kept in tune with the times, the Constitution of India does provide a great framework for the country. Without it, there would be utter chaos.

And for this Constitution too, we need to thank our Founding Fathers and their vision.

I know none of this is new to anyone – and I am rambling – but I do think that at least on Independence Day (if not on other days) we need to remind ourselves of how much struggle, sacrifice and effort went into first making India an independent nation, and then ensuring it survived against the greatest of odds.

Unless and until we appreciate the magnitude of the challenges that were faced and overcome at that time, we will not be able to value the freedom we have today.

So I hope you will excuse my rather long history lesson. 🙂 If there are any inaccuracies here, please do let me know. I’m happy to be corrected.

The song “hum laaye hain toofaan se kashti nikaal ke” comes to mind in this regard.

Now to today’s India. Let’s take stock of where we are.

We’ve come a long way from those early fragile years. Sure, we’re still not where we’d like to be, but we’re definitely not looking at an existential crisis.

Economically too we are far better off today. Although we still have millions below the poverty line, and many above it still struggling to make both ends meet, we are better off than the “independence” generation. Many of us will admit that our own fathers and forefathers had a much tougher life than we are having now.

Education levels have also significantly improved. I have doubts about the quality of education as I see many “highly-qualified” Indians unable to comprehend basics, completely lacking in logical or analytical thinking, lacking in life-skills, but that’s for another debate. Let’s just say, we have many millions more “educated” Indians today.

In many other areas, like tackling disease, or improving sanitation or road infrastructure, India is progressing. It’s a 71-year young nation now, one would expect nothing less.

So on the material front, I think India is on the right track. Still a long way to go, still a lot of poverty to eradicate, but I have hope.

My bigger concern is to do with freedom and independence. Not of India, but of Indians.

I happen to think India became free and independent on 15th August 1947 – but only in a political sense.

Indians are FAR from being free or independent, even today, 71 years later.

When Indians attained freedom from colonial rule, they expected to be able to lead their lives as free citizens. No more being slaves to anyone, no more being treated like third-class citizens.

The reality though is that we are still slaves. Not to British masters anymore, but to Indian ones.

The difference is, we didn’t elect those British masters, we now elect our Indian masters. The specific individuals change, but the underlying master-slave relationship doesn’t.

In theory, in a democracy, we, the people, have power. We elect representatives on our behalf to run the affairs of the country. These representatives are therefore “public servants”, supposed to serve the interests of the people. They are supposed to be accountable to the people for the tasks assigned to them. They are also accountable to the people for funds utilized by them because these funds are collected from, and on behalf of, the people. They are supposed to be transparent about their work, so that the public can evaluate progress (or lack of it).

This is the theory.

We all know how things work in practice.

But why don’t they work?

Simply because there is a huge power imbalance between the people and their representatives. These representatives, so-called “public servants”, have steadily increased their power quotient at the cost of the people they are supposed to serve. As it is, they have the power to make laws – so they make or modify laws to strengthen their power position, to legitimize their power grab, thus further skewing the imbalance in their favour. Sel-aggrandizement is the mantra.

This isn’t just the story of one political party – this is with practically every political party.

Which is why the solution isn’t to just replace one party with another.

The solution is to structurally redress this power imbalance.

Make the public more powerful.

How?

There is very little power in the hands of one individual. I can scream from my rooftop but my single voice means nothing.

But there is a lot of power in a large group. The larger, the better.

When a large group chooses to raise its voice, these representatives have no choice but to listen. Otherwise they know they will be on the wrong side of the numbers game.

And in a democracy, it is all about a numbers game.

But for a large group to raise its voice against the powers-that-be, it has to, first of all, be free. It must NOT have a slave mentality.

And that’s a big problem in India.

Maybe due to historical baggage of being ruled by maharajas, many Indians are still subservient to authority. They are still happy to be “ruled”. Feudalism, although less today, still plays its role in perpetuating this master-slave relationship.

This is also why SO many Indians still have this “mai-baap” attitude towards government and other powers-that-be. They fall at the feet of politicians, seeking favours, sometimes even begging for something that is their right, but has been denied to them.

And of course, the politicians then act high-and-mighty, dishing out largesse as if they are royalty. They act generous – it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. A sizeable share of the public’s hard-earned money is distributed as an act of generosity by the politicians. And they get praise for this. Not to mention votes.

It is THIS mentality that is my biggest issue with Indians. This slave mentality.

Which is why I say India became a free country on 15th August 1947 – but Indians are still slaves.

Just to clarify, I wouldn’t blame the poor or destitute for this. They are barely struggling to survive on a daily basis – they hardly have any choice or agency. But those who DO have a choice, who don’t HAVE to grovel before the powers-that-be but still do so, they are the ones who are undermining the effort to redress the power imbalance. They are often the ones to first stand up in defence for the powers-that-be, against their own fellow citizens.

So on this Independence Day, my request to all Indians is to abolish this slave mindset – and be free. If you don’t want to be treated like a third-class citizen, you first need to stop behaving like one.

Freedom is too precious to let it be taken away from you by anyone. Like Sahir said “zindagi bheekh mein nahin milti, zindagi badh ke chheeni jaati hai…apna haq sangdil zamaane se, chheen pao, to koi baat baney”.

And please stand up for those who try to break these chains of slavery. As I said earlier, this battle cannot be fought by one individual. So when someone is trying to fight against oppression, against slavery, please support his or her effort, instead of undermining it by being loyal to the master.

Even during our Freedom Struggle, there were Indians who undermined the effort of fellow Indians by taking the side of the British. This only made the freedom struggle harder.

I hope we have learnt from that lesson.

There are a lot more thoughts in my head on this Independence Day – there are a lot more improvements I’d like to see in India. Especially with regard to society.

The thing is, if we harbour aspirations to be a truly developed nation, we need to also have progressive thought in society. Mere material progress isn’t enough.

It saddens me to see that even in 2018, some of our thinking is regressive.

Patriarchy is still rampant in Indian society – with all its negative consequences for women, and even men. It is one of the biggest reasons for rapes and other forms of violence against women.

Then, our casteism. Even today, Dalits are discriminated against – let’s not pretend they aren’t.

Indian society is full of prejudices – just look at matrimonial columns to get an idea.

There’s a lot more that bothers me – I could go on and on.

But this post has already become too long – and each of these topics deserves proper discussion and treatment of its own.

So I will stop here on these topics.

Just to clarify, I’m not saying we haven’t come a long way. We have. But we still have a very long way to go – in terms of poverty alleviation/elimination and society upgradation.

The responsibility lies largely with those of us who are relatively privileged and educated. Even the Freedom Struggle counted amongst its leaders many well-educated Indians, of whom many had had the opportunity to study or live abroad and get a different perspective on life and their country.

So those of us who are in a position to make a difference need to do so. But for that, we first need to CARE for our less-privileged fellow citizens. Instead of looking down on them, we need to think of how we can make their lives better. We need to help make them free and independent citizens. Remember, WE are the fortunate ones, to even be able to read this online. I don’t mean this in the slightest patronizing sense – the fact is that we are all privileged. Millions are not.

Also remember, those well-off Indians from the Freedom Struggle could very easily have just enjoyed their privilege instead of throwing themselves into the Struggle. They chose to make sacrifices because the cause they were fighting for, was bigger than their individual selves.

We need a similar cause that we can all rally around today. If that is the prosperity of India, it must mean the prosperity of all Indians, not just a select few. But prosperity, without peace and harmony, is useless. So the cause must encompass all these components.

India is nothing without Indians. It would be just a piece of land. So talking about “making INDIA a great nation” is all just empty rhetoric if we are not working towards making the future of INDIANS great. And again here I mean ALL Indians, not a select few.

For me it is all about the individual first. She or he is the unit-level of existence. If the individual isn’t empowered, if she or he isn’t free, what’s to celebrate about the nation being free? The nation is just a bunch of individuals, right?

You might not agree with my thoughts (and that’s perfectly fine!) – I’m just sharing them here on request of Avinashji. 

A lot more running in my head too – but this post has already become way too long now, so let me get to the song for the occasion.

It is a non-film song. A patriotic song composed by Khayyam, sung by Rafisaab, to Sahir’s lyrics.

I heard this song for the first time only a few days ago – I quite liked it. I hope you like it too.

Happy Independence Day. And thanks for your patience in tolerating this long post. 🙂


Song-Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai (Rafi NFS)(1962) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Khayyam
chorus
Rafi+Chorus

Lyrics

Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai
Aa aa aa aa aa
Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Hoshiyaar ho jaao o

Hamaare imtihaan ka waqt hai
Taiyyaar ho jaao
Taiyyaar ho jaao
Taiyyaar ho jaao o

Hamaari sarhadon par khoon behta hai
Jawaanon ka
Aa aa
Huaa jaata hai dil chhalni
Himaalaa ki chattaanon ka
Aa aa
Uthho rukh pher do dushman ki
Topon ke dahaanon ka aa
Aa aa
Watan ki sarhadon par aahni
Deewaar ho jaao
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai

Wo jinko saadgi mein hamne
Aankhon par bithhaaya thha
Aa aa
Wo jinko bhai kehkar
Hamne seene se lagaaya thha
Aa aa
Wo jinki gardanon mein haar
Baahon ka pehnaaya thha
Aa aa aa
Ab unki gardanon ke waaste
Talwaar ho jaao o
Aa aa aa
Ab unki gardanon ke waaste
Talwaar ho jaao o
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai

Na ham is waqt Hindu hain
Na Muslim hain
Na Isaayi
Hmm hmm hmm
Agar kuchh hain to hain
Is desh is dharti ke shaidaai
Hmm hmm hmm
Isi ko zindagi denge
Ae ae ae
Isi ko zindagi denge
Isi se zindagi paayi
Lahu ke rang se likhaa huaa
Ikraar ho jaao
Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Hoshiyaar ho jaao
Hoshiyaar ho jaao o

Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai

Khabar rakhna koi gaddaar
Saazish kar nahin paaye ae
Aa aa
Nazar rakhna koi zaalim
Tijori bhar nahin paaye ae
Aa aa
Hamaari kaum par ar ar ar
Hamaari kaum par
Taareekh tohmat dhar nahin paaye ae
Aa aa aa
Kafan dushman
Darindon ke liye
Lalkaar ho jaao
Lalkaar ho jaao
Lalkaar ho jaao o
Lalkaar ho jaao o
Lalkaar ho jaao o o

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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वतन की आबरू खतरे में है
आ आ आ आ आ
वतन की आबरू खतरे में है
होशियार हो जाओ
होशियार हो जाओ
होशियार हो जाओ ओ

हमारे इम्तिहान का वक़्त है
तैयार हो जाओ
तैयार हो जाओ
तैयार हो जाओ ओ

हमारी सरहदों पर खून बहता है
जवानों का
आ आ
हुआ जाता है दिल छलनी
हिमाला की चट्टानों का
आ आ
उठो रुख फेर दो दुश्मन कि
तोपों के दहानों का आ
आ आ
वतन की सरहदों पर आहनी
दीवार हो जाओ
होशियार हो जाओ
वतन की आबरू खतरे में है

वो जिनको सादगी में हमने
आँखों पर बिठाया था
आ आ
वो जिनको भाई कहकर
हमने सीने से लगाया था
आ आ
वो जिनकी गर्दनों में हार
बाहों का पहनाया था
आ आ आ
अब उनकी गर्दनों के वास्ते
तलवार हो जाओ ओ
आ आ आ
अब उनकी गर्दनों के वास्ते
तलवार हो जाओ ओ
होशियार हो जाओ
वतन की आबरू खतरे में है

ना हम इस वक़्त हिन्दू है
ना मुस्लिम है
न इसाई
हम्म हम्म हम्म
अगर कुछ हैं तो है
इस देश इस धरती के शैदाई
हम्म हम्म हम्म
इसी को ज़िन्दगी देंगे
ए ए ए
इसी को ज़िन्दगी देंगे
इसी से ज़िन्दगी पायी
लहू के रंग से लिखा हुआ
इकरार हो जाओ
वतन की आबरू खतरे में है
होशियार हो जाओ
होशियार हो जाओ
होशियार हो जाओ ओ

वतन की आबरू खतरे में है

खबर रखना कोई गद्दार
साज़िश कर नहीं पाए ए
आ आ
नज़र रखना कोई ज़ालिम
तिजोरी भर नहीं पाए ए
आ आ
हमारी कौम पर र र र
हमारी कौम पर
तारीख तोहमत धर नहीं पाए ए
आ आ आ
कफ़न दुश्मन
दरिंदों के लिए
ललकार हो जाओ
ललकार हो जाओ
ललकार हो जाओ ओ
ललकार हो जाओ ओ
ललकार हो जाओ ओ ओ

Dahaan – दहान -دہان
mouth; orifice

Shaidaa. ii – शैदाई – شیدائی
lover, enamored

Tohmat – तोहमत – تہمت
Allegation, Accuse
false accusation, suspicion of guilt


This article is written by Raja, 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.

Blog Day : 3669 Post No. : 14546

Less than a week ago, we remembered our beloved Rafisaab on his death anniversary.
Today happens to the birth anniversary of another of our beloved legends, Kishore Kumar (popularly referred to as Kishoreda). So we very fondly remember him today and pay tribute to him.

Both Rafisaab and Kishoreda died when just in their 50s – both of them could have easily gone for many more years. But life and death matters are not in our hands – we can only thank them for what they have given us, the legacy they have left behind for generations to relish.

As with Rafisaab, I have written a lot about Kishoreda already on this blog. I am extremely fond of him – as I have said many times, it is never a competition for me between artistes. This isn’t an Olympics event where if one has to get gold, the other can at best aspire for silver.

I remember a poll in the late 70s, where people had to vote on who was the better singer, Kishoreda or Rafisaab. I don’t remember who came up with the poll but those were times when Kishoreda was the reigning star. He himself felt so embarrassed by this poll that he conveyed his unhappiness at it and it ended.

Professional rivalry apart, Kishoreda and Rafisaab had great respect for each other and were actually very good friends. Amit Kumar, Kishoreda’s son, has narrated stories about their friendship. So all this petty thinking is in the minds of people and not those who are the topic of discussion.

Personally, I have always stayed away from discussions trying to pull down one artiste to make the other look better. Thankfully, the world of music is like an ocean – it has room for everyone to contribute to, and partake of, its treasures.

Amongst the artistes, sure, there might be competition to be better than the other – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It only makes one strive to be better.

I remember Laxmikant-Pyarelal saying that if RD Burman came out with a hit album, L-P wanted to do better with their next. And RD had the same competitive spirit. But it was never malicious, or to run down the other.

As music lovers, we benefit from this – we get the best of all worlds.

Now let me talk a little bit more about Kishoreda since this post is a tribute to him.

Where do I start?

With his singing of course.

I am fond of Kishore Kumar the actor too. I’ve seen many of his comedy films of the 50s and 60s.

I am also much-impressed by Kishore Kumar, the producer/director. Contrary to his image of being more of a prankster and comedian, his films Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964) and Door Ka Raahi (1971) are thought-provoking, sensitive, films with depth. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to see a different side of Kishore Kumar.

I am also impressed by Kishore Kumar the composer. He composed almost entirely only for his own films – and did a wonderful job at it.

Considering he was also the writer for his own films, it gives us an idea of what a brilliant all-rounder he was. It is hard enough to do one job, but to do so many so effortlessly requires genius.

And Kishoreda definitely qualifies for this. Much like Sir Gary Sobers, former West Indian cricketer, who, as an all-rounder, could do practically anything on a cricket field.

And yet, despite all this, what Kishoreda will be best-remembered for, and what he absolutely excelled in, was as a singer.

Which is why I would like to discuss more about his singing now.

I’ve said this many times before – I grew up with Kishoreda all around me. Those were the early 70s – and Kishoreda was everywhere. You had to live in that time to realize how much he dominated that period. Or, if you want evidence, just check Binaca Geet Mala lists and you will know.

I don’t need any such evidence – I know that every single day Kishoreda dominated song programmes on radio that were based on the latest Hindi film songs. The female voice might have been largely split between Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, but the male voice was Kishore, Kishore and Kishore.

It was often for Rajesh Khanna, but even when it wasn’t, it was Kishore. It could be Kishore for Shashi Kapoor (Sharmilee) or for Dharmendra (Blackmail) or for Jeetendra (Parichay) or Dev Anand (Gambler) but it was Kishore all the way.

Occasionally there’d be a male voice of a “new” song that was not Kishore. That song often stood out as an exception. It could be Rafisaab or Mukesh or Manna Dey. But it was always the exception, not the norm.

So THIS was the environment in which I grew up. My school classmates used to sing a lot of songs – they were invariably Kishore songs. In particular, I remember songs like “o mere dil ke chain” (which was my favourite at one time), “chalte chalte”, “o maajhi re” and “zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain”.

But of course there were many more.

My own favourite would keep changing. I had this concept of a favourite song which I’d sing non-stop (driving others crazy) till another favourite took over.

I remember it was at one time “ye shaam mastaani”, then “sama hai suhaana suhaana”, then “jaane ja dhoondhta phir raha” took over, to be displaced by “o mere dil ke chain” (this was favourite for a very long time) and then “tere bina zindagi se koi” took over. There might have been others too, I can’t remember now. In between, there were umpteen songs that I’d sing while taking a break from my favourite. 🙂 Obviously, all to myself only – which is why I am still alive. 🙂

This post is already getting a bit long but I’ll mention one anecdote from school days. I was in 8th Standard. In those days, we’d often ask our teachers for a “free period” – sometimes a teacher would be nice enough to oblige. Boys would then go up to the front of the class and sing songs.

Once our English teacher gave us a “free period”. The best singer in the class, by name Prasad, went up to sing. Suddenly he announced “I’ll sing this song because it is Raja’s favourite”. Now I was quite a favourite of my teacher, maybe because I was reasonably good in English. She immediately looked at me – I am pretty sure she expected an “English” song. Maybe Carpenters or Rolling Stones, or Beatles, or some such group. She probably had that idea about me.

Prasad started singing “o mere dil ke chain”.

I could see the look on my teacher’s face. It was like she had been hit by a brick. A Hindi song? That too a film song? That too, a romantic song? Bhajan hota to phir bhi chal jaata. I turned red, and immediately averted my eyes, looking down throughout, hoping the earth would just open up and swallow me. I was sitting in the front row, right in front of her, so there was no place to hide. Prasad must have sung very well – he always did – but I couldn’t listen to one word. I was too busy lost in my own “misery” to pay attention to anything else.

Somehow I managed to survive – though I think my teacher never quite saw me the same way again. 🙂 Prasad has a lot to answer for. 🙂

Today, this anecdote suddenly came to mind as I was writing this post. Wonderful memories – of Kishore Kumar songs, enjoyed with my classmates in school.

The point is to emphasise how much of an influence Kishore Kumar had on me at that time. Rafisaab came into my life much later.

By the time the 1980s came along I could not keep track of the latest songs. Partly because I got busy, partly because I didn’t like where music was headed. (“Angrezi mein kehte hain” and “shaayad meri shaadi ka khayaal”, you know I’m looking at you :-)).
Anyway, it wasn’t Kishore’s fault. His voice was always a delight to listen to.

Now onto the song for today.

This is a song I’d never heard before till Avinashji brought it to my attention a few weeks ago. I’d never even heard of the film.

The original idea was to possibly post it as Kishoreda’s 1100th song on this blog, but since another song took that place, we are posting this as his birthday song. The lyrics are, as usual, by Avinashji.

The song is “geeton mein mere” from Geet Ganga (1982). The film itself makes its debut on this blog today.

It is a pleasant song which grows on me the more I listen to it. I have already listened to it quite a few times.

The lyrics, referring to songs flowing like the Ganga, have a nice feel to them. Anjaan, the lyricist, being a native of Varanasi, had his own style of lyrics, often bringing a Bhojpuri feel to them. And this song referring to the Ganga is in the tradition of other songs written by him which also refer to it – “Ganga kinaare waala”, “maano to main Ganga maa hoon”, “Ganga mein dooba” for example.

The song is picturised on Arun Govil, and as he “sings”, the words resonate with me.

jhoom ke aise ae
geet sunaaun
nafrat mein bhi preet jagaaun
dushman ko bhi meet banaaun
jo dil chhu le ae
geet wo gaaun
swarg utaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

Lovely lines – and it is wonderful to listen to Kishore Kumar singing them. Indeed “jo dil chhu le, geet wo gaaun” suits him – he sang many songs that touched our heart.

I hope you like the song too.

On this note, I will end this post as it has already become somewhat long.

All I will say is, Kishore Kumar will always remain in our hearts as a very special person – one of a kind.

Thank you for everything, Kishoreda.

Patt I

Part II

Song-Geeton mein mere Ganga ki dhaara(Geet Ganga)(1982) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anjaan, Md-Sapan Jagmohan
Kishore Kumar + Chorus

Lyrics
——————————–
Part I
——————————-

Geeton mein mere ae
ho o o o o o o
Geeton mein mere
Gangaa ki dhaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
geeton mein mere
gangaa ki dhaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

bol bol mein ae ae ae
bol bol mein
Gangaa boley
Chhand chhand mein dhun
Kal kal ki
Prem bhare geeton mein mere
Paawantaa hai Gangaa jal ki
Dukh ki lehar mein aen
Ho o o o o o o o
Dukh ki lehar mein
Sukh ka kinaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

jhoom ke aise ae
ho o o o
jhoom ke aise
geet sunaaun
nafrat mein bhi preet jagaaun
dushman ko bhi meet banaaun
jo dil chhoo le
geet wo gaaun
geeton mein maine ae ae
ho o o o
geeton mein maine
swarg utaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

har pal Gangaa aa
ho o o o o o o
har pal Gangaa ke gun gaaun
nagar dagar mein
alakh jagaaun
paap hare lehren Gangaa ki
main dil ke dukh dard bhulaaun
Gangaa tat ka aa
Ho o o o o o
Gangaa tat ka
Main banjaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
geeton mein mere
gangaa ki dhaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

——————————————-
Part II
——————————————-
Geeton mein mere ae
ho o o o o o o
Geeton mein mere
Gangaa ki dhaaraa aa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara aa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara aa

geeton mein mere
gangaa ki dhaaraa aa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

Jab Gangaa ka naam pukaaraa
doob ke tar gayaa ye jag saaraa
saans saans Shankar ki pooja
har swar mein hari om ka naaraa
mujh ko to mere ae
ho o o o o o o o
mujh ko to mere
geeton ne taaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

har pal Gangaa aa
ho o o ho o o o
har pal Gangaa ke gun gaaun
nagar dagar mein
alakh jagaaun
paap hare lehren Gangaa ki
main dil ke dukh dard bhulaaun
Gangaa tat ka aa
Ho o o o o o o o
Gangaa tat ka
Main banjaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
geeton mein mere
gangaa ki dhaaraa
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara
saat suron mein bahe re jag saara

—————————————————–
Devnagri Script lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
——————————————————

गीतों में मेरे ए
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
गीतों में मेरे
गंगा कि धारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा आ

गीतों में मेरे
गंगा कि धारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा

बोल बोल में ए ए ए
बोल बोल में ए
गंगा बोले ए
छंद छंद में धून कल कल कि
प्रेम भरे गीतों में मेरे
पावनता है गंगा जल कि
दुःख कि लहर में
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
दुःख कि लहर में
सुख का किनारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा

झूम के ऐसे ए
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
झूम के ऐसे ए
गीत सुनाऊं
नफरत में भी प्रीत जगाऊं
दुश्मन को भी मीत बनाऊं
जो दिल छू ले ए
गीत वो गाऊं
गीतों में मैंने ए
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
गीतों में मैंने ए
स्वर्ग उतारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा

हर पल गंगा आ
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
हर पल गंगा के गुण गाऊं
नगर नगर में
अलख जगाऊं
पाप हरे लहरें गंगा कि
मैं दिल के दुःख दर्द भूलाऊं
गंगा तट का
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
गंगा तट का
मैं बंजारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
गीतों में मेरे

गीतों में मेरे ए
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
गीतों में मेरे
गंगा कि धारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा आ
गीतों में मेरे
गंगा कि धारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा

जब गंगा का नाम पुकारा
डूब के टार गया ये जग सारा
सांस सांस शंकर कि पूजा
हर स्वर में हरी ॐ का नारा आ
मुझको को तो मेरे ए
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
मुझ को तो मेरे
गीतों ने तारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा

हर पल गंगा आ
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
हर पल गंगा के गुण गाऊं
नगर नगर में
अलख जगाऊं
पाप हरे लहरें गंगा कि
मैं दिल के दुःख दर्द भूलाऊं
गंगा तट का
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
गंगा तट का
मैं बंजारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
गीतों में मेरे
गंगा कि धारा आ
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा
सात सुरों में बहे रे जग सारा


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