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This article is the 16700th article in the blog.

Blog Day :

4898 Post No. : 16700

Publishing the blog century post brings some anxious moments. One has to worry about the song that should be used for the occasion. It also calls for more efforts than usual as far as writeup is concerned.

But once the century post is published, one tends to relax for the next 99 songs. The next century post occasion will not arrive for many months, so I can relax- this is the usual feeling. But sooner or later, even those “many months” are over and yet another blog century occasion presents itself.  🙂

That occasion is upon us. And this post is post number 16700th for the blog.

I have discussed it in the past that I begin to worry about the century post only at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. When the time for worrying arrived, I found that I had no idea what song to discuss. Then I remembered that I sometimes come across rare songs and I note down their details, hoping to use these songs at special occasions. These details are stored away in text files titled “rare songs”, “rare songs latest”, “rarest songs” etc.

I located these files and realised that I had several songs in these files. I checked them up and finalised a song. Just when I sat down to prepare a writeup, I found out that the song had already been used up on a past occasion. So I had to switch over to another song.

The song that I have chosen as the 16700th song for the blog is from “Pagdandi”(1947). This movie was directed by Ramnarayan Dube. The movie had Akhtar, Padma, Gyani, Kalawati, G N Butt, Om Prakash, Shyam Lal, Durga Mota Sudarshan, Raza Meer etc in it.

The movie had ten rare songs in it. HFGK does not contain details of the singers for any songs. Only the record numbers of the songs are available. That is how rare these songs are.

However, the blog has so far covered as many as eight songs from the movie.

This song, the ninth song from “Pagdandi”(1947), like other songs does not give details of the singer. But the uploader mentions the singer as Munawwar Sultana. Lyrics are by D N Madhok. Music is composed by Khursheed Anwar.

The song is a fun song to listen to. It is a “Sainyya bhaye kotwal ab dar kaahe ka” genre of song, which was fairly popular in Hindi movies those days. I remember “Daroga jee”(1949) containing several songs of this genre. In these songs, the lady would tell everyone that her beau had become a big shot government employee and now others better start paying respect and tributes to the lady. Sainyya becoming “kotwal” (read policeman) was preferred the most. Next preference was for sainyya to become patwaari (which is the case here).

In all these songs, others would be warned to behave themselves, else “thhaane mein rapat” may follow.  🙂 In this case, one is threatened with “bhaari jurmaana”.  🙂 Such misuse of powers vested with officials was considered normal those days. 🙂

In small remote places, even today small time policemen and government officials wieid considerable influence over public. If they go to the local market, the shopkeepers treat them as VIPs. Some of them, mainly policemen do not even pay for stuff they take from shops. Kids who watch all this dream of becoming policemen. People who are a bit more aware dream of becoming IAS or IPS, but such people are not found in these remote places.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

Only one more song from the movie is left to be covered. But that record number of that song “Rukhsat hua jo god ka paala” is not mentioned, which suggests that this song was only there in the movie and its records were not issued. So unless the prints of the movie miraculously become available, this tenth and final song from the movie is not available and has been lost.

With this song, we reach blog post number 16700. This is the 167th blog century for the blog. Now we are just three centuries away from 17000 mark. At the present rate, we should be there in another six months or so.

I take this opportunity to thank one and all. The continous support, patronage and encouragemnent that we get from one and all is the fuel that drives this musical bandwagon. I take this opportunity to thank one and all. I take this opportunity to especially thank our regulars whose contributions are enriching the blog and taking it to newer heights. Here is hoping that we keep reaching many more landmarks in the times to come.


Song-Balma patwaari ho gaye (Pagdandi)(1947) Singer-Munawwar Sultana, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Khursheed Anwar

Lyrics

balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o dagar chalne waale
are o
are o dagar chalne waale
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o gaanv waalon aawo
arre o
arre o gaanv waalon aawo
khud jahaan dekh lo ghus ghus jaao
khud jahaan dekh lo ghus ghus jaao
patwaaree sabka afsar hai
yeh bade saab kaa kehna hai
aardar bhee jaaree ho gaye
patwaaree sabka afsar hai
yeh bade saab kaa kehna hai
aardar bhee jaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o dagar chalne waale
arre o
arre o dagar chalne waale
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 :

4778 Post No. : 16530

We are in the midst of Saawan, the 5th month of the Hindu calendar. Besides, being a holy month for Hindus, it is also a month for romanticism. After experiencing the scorching summer for a couple of months, rains bring a great relief to the people. By the time, the month of saawan starts, the rains have already transformed not only the dry agricultural fields into green but also the surroundings areas. Also, in the saawan month, the intensity of the rains gets reduced allowing the inter-play of showers and soft sunrays. All these changes in the climate make the atmosphere congenial for romanticism. Longing, rejoicing and separation become the part of the romantic month of saawan for those in love. Poets, writers and artists have been inspired by the romaticism of saawan in their works.

In ‘Meghdoot’, written by Kalidas about 1600 years ago, there is no direct reference to ‘saawan’ in the poems. But the reference to the clouds gives an indication of the rainy season when the exiled Yaksha on a mountain sees a cloud perched on the peak. He requests the cloud to deliver his message to his beloved in the Himalayan city of Alaka. Probably, this was the inspiration for some ‘saawan’ songs in Hindi films, the popular one being saawan ke baadalon unse ye jaa kaho from ‘Rattan’ (1944).

In the 14th century, Amir Khusrau wrote a ‘saawan’ poem, ‘amma mere baba ko bhejo ri ke saawan aaya’. The poem was written in a form of the conversation between the mother and her newly married daughter staying in her sasural (in-law’s place). The full song is as under:

amma mere baba ko bhejo ri ke saawan ayaa
beti tera baba to boodha ri ke saawan ayaa

amma mere bhai ko bhejo ri ke saawan ayaa
beti tera bhai to baala ri ke saawan ayaa

amma mere mamu ko bhejo ri ke saawan ayaa
beti tera mamu to baanka ri ke saawan ayaa

Probably, Amir Khusrau wrote this piognant poem in the background of a convention among the some of the Hindu families that the newly married daughters stay with their parents during the month of saawan, among other reasons, to celebrate the festivals like Naag Panchami, Teej, Raksha Bandhan, Shri Krishna Janmashtmi etc. for the first time after the marriage. In olden days, it was either father, brother or the maternal uncle who would bring the newly married girl to her parent’s house. Khusrau’s poem is the reflection of a newly married girl who is longing to visit her parent’s house in the month of saawan but unable to visit as her father is too old and her brother is too young to undertake the journey to fetch her.

As against this, for the girl whose marriage has been fixed, the month of saawan is the longing for her fiancé. There is an eagerness to meet him. The mood of joie de vivre is well expressed in Shailendra’s lyrics in aaye re din saawan ke in the film ‘Gaban’ (1966).

The rejoicing mood in Meerabai’s bhajan, barse boondiyaan saawan ki which Lata Mangeshkar sang, became very popular though it was a non-film song. I will not be surprised if other poets of Bhakti movements at that period also wrote on the month of saawan.

In the Urdu drama, ‘Inder Sabha’ (1850s) which was written in verses by Amanat Lucknawi, there is a ghazal praying for the early arrival of ‘saawan’. He had used the metaphor of saawan in various romantic instances, like the swirling of beloved’s ‘zulfen’ and ‘dupatta’ to that of the clouds of saawan. A somewhat similar metaphor was used by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan in the mukhda of the song, zulfon ki ghata lekar saawan ki pari aayi in ‘Reshmi Roomaal’ (1961).

This was an unique ghazal in the sense that it had two matla (the first she’r) and had used ‘radif ‘(repeat words) – ‘saawan ki’ in all the 11 she’rs of the ghazal. One can say that it was a ‘saawan dominated’ ghazal. The first two she’rs of the ghazal are as under:

dil ko marghoob hai thandi hawa jo saawan ki
maangta hoon main sada haq se duwa saawan ki

yaad aata hai wo sabza wo ghata saawan ki
shaql dikhlaaye kahin jald khuda saawan ki

And lastly, Amanat Lacknawi writes:

ae ‘Amanat’ yah nikaali hai zameen tu ne nayi
pahle thhi kiski ghazal tere siwa saawan ki

Not all the poets used in their poems, the context of ‘saawan’ in the conventional sense of romance, separation and rejoice. Neeraj used the month of saawan in one of his ghazals to depict the ironies of life. He said:

ab ke saawan mein ye sharaarat mere saath huyi
mera ghar chhod kar kul shahar mein barsaat huyi
zindagi bhar to huyi guftugoo ghairon se magar
aaj tak hamse na hamaari mulaakaat huyi

Hindi film music has also been influenced by ‘saawan’ songs since the sound films appeared in 1931. Unfortunately, in the initial period of sound films, the songs were rarely released on gramophone records. Due to non-availability of the films’s print, most of songs from the films of early 1930s have been lost. The earliest ‘saawan’ song’ from the Hindi films for which I could get the mukhda of the song is from ‘Maharani’ (1934) in which the song ‘saawan ghan barse chaatak kyun tarse’ was listed. However, the song is not available. As far as I know, the earliest ‘saawan’ song from Hindi films that is available for listening (also for watching) is naahin aaye ghanshyam from the film ‘Devdas’ (1935). There has been a steady flow of ‘saawan’ songs in Hindi films since the inception of sound films.

Some of the ‘saawan’ songs in Hindi films which are of my liking (not an exhaustive list) are as under:

saawan aaye na aaye – Sadhana (1939)

saawan ke nazaare hain – Khazaanchi (1941)

kayi din se saawan barasta hai rimjhim rimjhim – Samaaj (1954)

thandi thandi saawan ki phuhaar – Jagate Raho (1956)

do boonden saawan ki – Phir Subah Hogi (1958)

garjat barsat saawan aayo re – Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)

deewaana huwa baadal saawan ki ghata chhaayi – Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

saawan ke din aaye sajanwa aan milo – Bhumika (1977)

saawan ki aayi bahaar re – Junoon (1978)

lagi aaj saawan ki phir wo jhadi hai – Chaandni (1989)

Notwithstanding my above list, if someone was to ask me to instantly give one example of ‘saawan’ song from the Hindi films, the first song that will invariabnly come to my mind is rimjhim gire saawan sulag sulag jaaye man from ‘Manzil’ (1979) The reason is that I had watched the film and the song was picturised on Amitabh Bachchan and Maushumi Chatterjee in the midst of real rains. This song gives a real feel of the atmosphere of the month of saawan.

Our Blog has covered as many as 99 ‘saawan’ songs. The count could be more as tagging of few ‘saawan’ songs may have been missed. I am presenting today, a lovely ‘saawan’ song, ‘barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa saawan ka aaya mahina’ from the film ‘Papeeha Re’ (1948). HFGK is silent on the singers of the song. However, I am fairly sure that the two voices sound like that of Munawwar Sultana and Zeenat Begum.

From the lyrics of the song, it appears that Zeenat Begam is singing for an actress doing a male character in this song sequence.

Audio Clip:

Song-Barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa saawan ka aaya maheena (Papeeha Re)(1948) Singers-Munawwar Sultana, Zeenat Begam, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Dhaniram
Both

Lyrics

barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa
saawan ka aaya maheena

o na jaa pardes
o na jaa pardes
na jaa
na jaa haan
mera mushqil tum bin jeena
saawan ka aaya maheena

tum to chale pardesiya
yahaan laagega kaise jiya
o piya
kaahe ka jadoo kiya
jo thhaa jaana chhod ke hamko
jo thhaa jaana chhod ke hamko..o o o
kaahe ka jaadoo kiya
o raaja
phir kaahe ka jaadoo kiya
barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa
saawan ka aaya maheena

naukri karne ko jaana zaroori
gori jaana zaroori
aayi badi majboori
dil mein tu apne aake basaa le mori
aake basaa le
phir kaahe ki doori sajaniya
phir kaahe ki doori

barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa
saawan ka aaya maheena

maar tu goli naukari ko
o raaja naukari ko
morey raaja
rah jaa tu mere paas
dekh sooratiya bhookh mitegi mori
bhookh mitegi
nainon ki jaayegi pyaas
o morey raaja
nainon ki jaayegi pyaas
barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa
saawan ka aaya maheena

na ro tu na ro
na ro tu na ro
o meri raani na ro
o meri raani
kaahe bhayi tu udaas
ab to karoonga teri main chaakri
ho teri main chaakri
tera banoonga daas
o meri raani
tera banoonga daas

barkha ki rut hai baanke balamwa
saawan ka aaya maheena


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

Muslim socials, one of the genres of Hindi films, came into prominence during 1940s when ‘Qaidi’ (1940), produced by Film Corporation of India, Calcutta became a box office hit. Thereafter, in the 1940s, films like ‘Maasoom’ (1941), ‘Yaad’ 1942), ‘Naukar’ (1943) ‘Najma’ (1943), ‘Ismat’ (1944), ‘Zeenat’ (1945), ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945), ‘Nek Parween’ (1946), ‘Shama’ (1946), ‘Dard, (1947), ‘Elan’ (1947), ‘Kaneez’ (1949) etc were released and most of them which became box office successes.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

‘Barsaat Ki Ek Raat’ from 1948 was directed by G Singh. The star cast of this film includes Pran, Amarnath, Asha Posley, Shahzadi, Durga Mota and Shyam Lal amongst others.
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