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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from a bilingual ( Hindi/Gujarati) film Krishna Bhakta Bodana-44. I was not aware of who Bodana was. I was knowing about films Krishna Bhakta Sudama-80, as well as films Krishna-Sudama-1933, 1947, 1957, and 1979, but Bodana was an unfamiliar name to me. I came to know about this film first time in 2014, but I just ignored it.

Recently, when one of my friends from another country sent me a rare song from this film, I got curious about it and started searching for information about the film, about Bodana and the making of this film.

During my last 6 years of writing on old films and music, I was fortunate to discover some rare “Pearls”, like singer Abhram Bhagat or singer Tamancha Jaan from Lahore’s Heera Mandi. I had heard the bhajans of Abhram Bhagat when I was about 9-10 year old, when my father brought home a record of his Bhajan – “Haath chakra trishul Sadashiv, alakh jagaate hain nagari mein”. This Bhajan became a favourite in our family and we had that record for many years.

In the year 2012 – after over 60 years – I bumped into this song on You Tube, but before I could download it, the song disappeared, only to reappear in 2013. This time, I noted that it was uploaded by a music lover from Australia. Anyway, I got that song, collected information about Abhram Bhagat and wrote a detailed article on him, which was posted here on 20th April 2013.

The other name Tamancha Jaan, was first noticed by me when I read a book by Pran Neville, on his memoires of Lahore, namely “Lahore – A sentimental journey”. By coincidence, her name popped up again in another book by Anupama Dutt also. This aroused my interest and I collected information oh her. Based on it, I wrote an article on Tamancha Jaan of Lahore, which was posted here on 21-6-2014.

The third singer I discovered was Master Vasant Amrit of Surat – a revolutionary poet singer , when I read a book “Aap ki Parchhainyan” written by five times winner of state Academy Awards of Gujarat- Shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji of Ahmedabad. I wrote a detailed article on the singer, which was posted here on 20-7-2014. The book had mentioned that Master Vasant Amrit had acted in only one Hindi film – Krishna Bhakta Bodana-44. Now, when I received the rare song of this film, from my friend, I remembered this reference and felt very glad.

Film KBB (Krishna Bhakta Bodana-44) was a Wadia movietone film, directed by JBH Wadia. Wadia brothers were actually famous for making Stunt/Action, Fantasy and Costume drama films. JBH Wadia, who was the elder of the two, judged that Genres of such films had a short life, whereas the Genres of Social films had a longer life. So, he proposed that Wadia Movietone start making Social films, rather than making only stunt films hereafter. The younger brother Homi Wadia, had opposite opinions. He insisted on continuing with stunt films.

On this issue, the brothers separated and Homi Wadia started his own “Basant Pictures”, in 1942. All the action film artistes, including their Heroine Fearless Nadia joined Homi Wadia and he blissfully continued making stunt films with Nadia. JBH Wadia, true to his belief, made social films. Film KBB was also one of such films advocated by JBH Wadia. It was based on a folk tale of Gujarat, about a staunch devotee of Krishna – Vijayanand Bodana, who is credited as one responsible for establishing the Ranchhod Rai temple at Dakore in Kheda district (about 30 kms away from Anand-the seat of AMUL).

The film was made in Gujarati and Hindi. For the main lead role, Master Vasant Amrit of Surat was chosen, because he had become a legendary revolutionary poet singer , in those years, in Gujarat. For detailed information on Master Vasant Amrit, please read my article on this Blog. JBH Wadia had directed the film. Pt. Indra had written all the 9 songs and the music was composed by Avinash Vyas and Shankar rao Vyas. The cast of the film consisted of Master Vasant Amrit, Rani Premlata, Meera, Badripershad, Gulab, Nayampalli etc.etc.

The female lead in this film , Rani Premlata was a well known Gujarati stage and film actress of Gujarat. She had acted only in 2 Hindi film. The first was film “Prem ki Devi”-36, made by Star Films of Calcutta. The other one was KBB-44 in Bombay. She also acted in 11 Gujarati films, starting from Janeta-47 to Raja Bhartruhari-49. No further information is available on her anywhere. The above information is given by Harish Raghuwanshi ji, whom I must thank heartily. Now, let us know who was Bodana and how the temple at Dakore got established.

The present Dakor owes its raison d’etre not to Dank Rishi but to Bodana, a great devotee of Lord Krishna. In his previous birth, he is supposed to have lived in Gokul and been a cowherd called Vijayanand. On one ‘Holy’ day, all the cowherds except Vijyanand worshipped Lord Krishna. His wife too worshipped Lord Krishna. But Vijayanand was proud and stayed at home. Lord Krishna came to his house in disguise of his friend and sent him to perform ‘Holi’ puja. Coming back, he realised that his friend was none else but Lord Krishna. Next day they fought a battle of colour. Lord Krishna lost and fell into the river. Vijyanand went after him where Lord Krishna revealed his true self. Vijyanand begged forgiveness. Lord Krishna took pity on him and solaced him with a boon that he would be born in Gujarat again in Kaliyug after 4200 years as Vijayanand Bodana in the house of a Kshatriya and his present wife Sudha would again be his wife, called Gangabai, when he will give them a glimpse (darshna) and relieve them by offering them emancipation (Moksha).

So as the legend would have it, ‘Vijayanand Bodana’, a Rajput of Dakor, becomes a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. He used to let the basil plant (Tulsi) grow in an earthen pot with him on his palm and used to go every six months to Dwarika to worship Lord Krishna with the said Tulsi leaves. He did this continuously, unfailingly and untiringly till he was 72 years he then began to find it increasingly difficult to pursue this ritual. Seeing his plight, Lord Krishna told him that on his ensuing visit to Dwarika, he should bring a bullock-cart with him and Lord Krishna would accompany him to Dakor as he was exceedingly pleased with his devotion.

Accordingly, Bodana went with bullock-cart to Dwarika. Hindu Vaghers who were the 1st hereditary priests of Dwarika handled over the temple to gugli Brahmins due to their indulgence in fighting freedom wars against British empire. So these 2nd priest tribe of Dwarika (Gugli Brahmins) asked Bodana as to why he had brought a cart with him. Whereupon, Bodana replied that he had done so to take away Lord Krishna. Looking to the ramshackle cart, they did not believe him but nevertheless locked and sealed the sanctum sanctorum of Dwarika Temple for the night. At midnight, Lord Krishna broke open all the doors, awoke Bodana and told him to take him to Dakor. Shortly afterwards, Lord Krishna called upon Bodana to rest in the bullock-cart and drove the cart himself till they reached the vicinity of Dakor. Here (near Bileshwar Mahadev on Dakor-Nadiad road) they rested for some time, touching and holding a branch of Neem tree. He woke up Bodana and asked him to take over. Since that day, this Neem tree is found to have one sweet branch though the rest of the branches are bitter and it forms the subject of a well-known Gujarati song (bhajan).

In Dwarika, the Gugli Brahmins finding the image missing chased Bodana and came to Dakor in pursuit. Bodana was frightened but Lord Krishna told him to hide the idol of the deity in the Gomti tank and meet the Guglis. Accordingly, Bodana hid the idol and went to meet the Guglis with a pot of curd to pacify them. They became angry and one of them threw a spear at him. He fell down dead. While hurting Bodana with a spear, it also hurt the image of the deity hidden in Gomti tank and the water turned red with Lord Krishna’s (Ranchhodraiji’s) blood. It is said that even today the earth of Gomti tank where the image lay is red while rest of the tank is of brown mud.

In the midst of Gomti tank, over the place where Lord Krishna was hidden, a small temple having the Lord’s foot-prints is constructed and this temple is linked with the bank of Gomti Tank by a bridge. Even with the death of Bodana, the Guglis were not appeased. Requesting Lord Krishna to return to Dwarika, they sat on the bank of Gomti tank and went on a hunger strike.

At last, Lord Ranchhodraiji (Krishna) directed Gangabai, wife of Bodana, to give gold equivalent of his weight and ask the Guglis to return to Dwarika. Poor lady, the widow of Bodana, was a pauper and could not afford to do so. By a miracle, the idol became as light as a golden nose-ring (1, 1/4 val i.e.1/2 gram in weight) which was all that the widow of Bodana Gangabai had.

The Guglis were disappointed but the Lord mercifully directed that they would find after six months an exact replica of the idol in Savitri Vav at Dwarika. The impatient Guglis looked for the idol sometime earlier than they were told and as a result, found an idol which, though similar to the original one, was smaller, Pilgrims to Dakor still visit the places stated to have been associated with the legend viz. Where the branch of Neem tree under which Lord rested while coming to Dankpur subsequently turned sweet; where the idol was hidden in the Gomti tank; whereon the balance was set up to weigh the original idol which Bodana had enshrined. ( thanks to blessingsonthenet.com and wiki for above adapted information.)

So, here is the rare song from film Krishna Bhakta Bodana-44. It is sung by Manna Dey. Thanks to Sadanand Kamath ji for uploading this song, on my request. I do hope you will all like this song.


Song- Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba (Krishnbhakta Bodana)(1944) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics- Pt Indra, MD- Shankar rao Vyas
Chorus

Lyrics

Sambhal sambhal pag dharna aa baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
chala chali ke jag mein baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna
chala chali ke jag mein baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna

garv abhimaan kare kyun moorakh
garv abhimaan kare kyun moorakh
ant sabhi ko marna baaba
ant sabhi ko marna baaba
chala chali ke jag mein baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna

daata tera hisaab lega
daata tera hisaab lega
bande tu kya jawaab dega
bande tu kya jawaab dega
jhoothh kapat ka bhaar hai sar par
jhoothh kapat ka bhaar hai sar par
kaise paar utarna baaba
kaise paar utarna baaba
chala chali ke jag mein baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna

sundar kanchan kaaya teri
sundar kanchan kaaya teri
ik din hoye bhasam ki dhheri
ik din hoye bhasam ki dhheri
saadhu sant ki sewa karna
saadhu sant ki sewa karna
paap karam se darna baaba
paap karam se darna baaba
chala chali ke jag mein baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna baaba
Sambhal sambhal pag dharna

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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today 5th November is the eighth remembrance anniversary of Bhupen Hazarika (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011). I am not adding any adjectives before his name because they will not do justice to describe the ‘personality’ he was, the monumental work he has done, the legacy he has left behind, and finally the ‘human for humanity’ he was.

I have always wanted to write an article on him since I came in to the contact with the blog. And that was only about how I get introduced to the ‘World of Bhupen Hazarika’ through his album ‘Main Aur Mera Saaya’ (2/1993) and his songs like from the movies that I know ‘Rudaali’ (1993) and others, and the famous non-film song “O Ganga Behti Ho Kyon. . .”.

I still remember the day 14th May 1993 (I was staying at Kota-Rajasthan then) when I bought ‘Main Aur Mera Saaya’ on HMV Cassette and me and one of my colleagues from Bengal listened to it. First time I just listened and was curious to know from my friend about the information on Bhupen Hazarika that he was aware of. Thereafter that evening I keep listening to the cassette changing sides till I went to sleep. That was the magic of the voice of Bhupen Hazarika and also the lyrics of the songs describing the various ‘common individuals in the society – the poor, the downtrodden, the suppressed ones’ and specially depicting the culture of Assam.

Around the same time, I think (June-July of 1993) the songs of ‘Rudaali’ were released and had became popular so the cassette of ‘Rudaali’ too became a part of my collection. Before that the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 1992 was announced; it was conferred on Shri. Bhupen Hazarika for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema and music. After that I think his album with the song “O Ganga Behti Ho Kyon. . .”, couple of songs from ‘Darmiyaan’ (1997) and other non-film songs was released which I bought during my stay at Bareilly.

I was also always remembering the title song from the TV serial ‘Lohit Kinaare’, I think it had the voice of Bhupen Da (if I am not wrong) , but in spite of my continuous search for it I have not been able to find it till date. In between over the years I was only aware of his Assamese and Bengali version of his song “Aawaara Hoon. . .”, which is “Moi Eti Jajabor” in Assamese and “Ami Ek Jajabor” in Bengali. And of course of the Assamese and Bengali versions of the song “O Ganga Behti Ho Kyon. . .” i.e. “Bistirno Parore Ahankh Janore” and “Bistirno Duparer Ashankha Manusher’ respectively.

All these years all of his collection that I was having was always motivating me whenever I listened to the songs and I always cherished this valuable collection with me. After that almost a year back during my regular browsing I got to read about his personal life, his journey from his early years that made Dangor Moina, a child from Sadia, into a towering personality – Bhupen Hazarika. And I realized that one has to read more and more, or if possible, one has to literally live the life of Bhupen Hazarika to understand Bhupen Hazarika in its true ‘human’ spirit. And that surely requires a very detailed post separately.

On his birth anniversary this year (8th September, 2019) when Atul ji presented a post with his song “Ek Kali Do Pattiyaan” and mentioned about the original Assamese version of that song, I immediately checked for it and listen. And I was very excited and happy to enjoy it in Assamese language.

Just a couple of weeks later, there was a discussion on the song on ‘Brahmaputra’ in the ‘Atulites-whatsapp’ group where Atul ji mentioned about the folk singer Kalpana Patowary, so just one day I searched for her songs and came across a link of her performance in the TV musical program ‘Junoon’ where after her performance one of the judges Ila Arun asks her to sing the song of Bhupen Hazarika i.e. “Manuhe Manuhar Babe. . .”. So I looked for this song. When I listened to it first time I was lost in that song and from that day there is not a single day when I have not listened to this and other songs of Bhupen Hazarika in Assamese and Bengali whether I understand it or not.

But, as Bhupen Da himself mentioned in one of his interviews , what MF Hussain had said about him that “. . . when he sings – he paints.”. Here, I would like to add that not only we get to see the picture in front of us, but when he sings, we get involved in those feelings and emotions of those characters that Bhupen Da is singing about, and we unknowingly step into the soul of those characters.

Well, Atul ji’s post and the discussion on the group prompted me to look for the original Assamese and Bengali versions for his songs from the album ‘Main Aur Mera Saaya’. I keep finding them and also found some of them which are given in the table below for those who are interested to listen them. Rather I would request all to please listen to them to understand the ‘nuances’ (as Gulzar saab has said in his commentary in the album ‘Main Aur Mera Saaya’) of the characters.

Song Title (Hindi) Assamese song Bangla Song
Dola Ho Dola Dola He Dola Dola He Dola
Yeh Kiski Sadaa Hai Pratidhwani Suno Pratidhwani Shuni
Us Din Ki Baat Hai Porokhi Puwaate Tulunga
Kitne Hi Saagar Saagar Sangamat Saagar Sangame
Haan Aawaaraa Hoon Moi Eti Jajabor Aami Ek Jajabor
Main Aur Mera Saaya Moi aru mor saa
Ek Kali Do Pattiyaan Ekti kuri duti paata
Aalsi Saawan Badri Udaaye Ek khana megh bheshe elo aakashe

I would request our knowledgeable readers to correct me wherever I had made a mistake and also please provide either the Bangla or Assamese version for the Hindi songs that I have been unable to find in the above list. Also, I would apologize if I have made any mistake in the text while mentioning the songs title in either Assamese or Bengali elsewhere in this post.

Now, coming back to “Manuhe Manuhar Babe”, I found one video link wherein Bhupen Da himself is performing on this song and the details mentioned that this song was composed by him in 1964. And there, just this thought crossed my mind to check if there is a Hindi version of this song since it was the oldest song of Bhupen Da so I thought this should have been naturally translated in Hindi long back and this song both in Assamese and Bengali “Manush Manusher Jonno” (that Atul ji mentioned in his post ), are very popular one. But I could not gather the exact translated words for this song in Hindi if at all the song was made. But finally, I got it when I was listening to the various links available for the song “Insaanon Ne Paise Ke Liye” for Sahir Saab’s Remembrance Day.

So, when I was browsing for the song “Insaanon Ne Paise Ke Liye”, I noticed a link in the suggestions having Bhupen Da’s song “Insaan Insaan Ke Liye” and as I listened to it I had got the song I was looking for. And not just that it was already in the movie which was a Hindi version of ‘Chameli Memsaab’, I also got to listen another one “O Bideshi Bandhu”. What a song that is too. . . as we keep listening they keep growing more and more. . . and more. . .

And nowadays, there is not a single day when I do not listen to Bhupen Da’s song in Assamese or Bengali (even though I do not understand the words fully. But I must say they are very sweet, melodious and healing too). For example, I have listened innumerable times to “Akhom Dekhor Bagisare Sowali” in the voice of Usha Mangeshkar. And then its Bangla version “Asom Desher Meye Aami”. However, it seems that this song was not translated and included in the Hindi version of this movie.

Then there are few songs like “Shahid Pronaamo Tomak” which I like very much. And one song that Bhupen Da has mentioned in the interview (that I referred to above)  “Agnijugor. . .  Nuton Akhom Gadhi, Nutan Bharat Gadhi” which I need to listen, but so far have not found the link for it.

Now I also wish to learn Assamese and Bangla. And as many peoples say very rightly that we should always try and learn the Indian languages other than our mother tongue too. And that is the magic of our rich cultural heritage and of our ‘Unity in Diversity’. Even Bhupen Da an ambassador of ‘humanity’ also plays his role in the process of ‘national integration’ when he talks about that in the above interview.

And that bring us to the song of today, which has been taken from the Hindi moive ‘Chameli Memsaab’ (1979). Bhupen Da won the national award for the ‘Best Music Director’ for the Assamese movie ‘Chameli Memsaab’ at the 23rd National Awards – 1975.

‘Chameli Memsaab’ (Hindi) was directed by Ajit Lahiri for Elem Films, Calcutta. It has Abha Dhuliya, Tom Alter, Freddy Stroud, John McKenzie, Mrs. Freddy Stroud, Carol Alter, Pallavi Mehta, Master Raju, Sushant Sanyal, Mithoon Chakravarty and others. HFGK does not mention about the date of passing of this movie by the Censor Board.

This movie has four songs including one multiple version song. Lyrics for the songs are written by Gajanan Sharma (three songs) and Deep Narayan Mitholiya (one song). Music is composed by Bhupen Hazarika. Bhupen Hazarika, Kamal Ganguly, Arundhati Holme Choudhary and Ila Basu gave their voices to the songs in this movie.

Today’s song is sung by Bhupen Hazarika and Kamal Ganguly and the lyrics are by Deep Narayan Mitholiya (I think singer Kamal Ganguly and lyricist Deep Narayan Mitholiya will be making a debut on this blog).

Let us now enjoy today’s song and welcome ‘Chameli Memsaab’ (1979) on the blog. Let us also remember the great human being Shri Bhupen Hazarika. And remember that we still have a long way to go to explore the writer, composer and singer Bhupen Hazarika.

Thanking Bhupen Da for the vast musical treasure trove of the ‘soul and fragrance of India’

 

Song – Insaan Insaan Ke Liye, Jeevan Jeevan Ke Liye  (Chameli Memsaab) (1979) Singer – Bhupen Hazarika, Kamal Ganguly, Lyrics – Deep Narayan Mitholiya, MD – Bhupen Hazarika
Bhupen Hazarika + Kamal Ganguly
Chorus

Lyrics

insaan insaan ke liye
hmm hmm hmm
jeewan jeewan ke liye
hmm hmm hmm
zaraa si hamdardi ka wo
hmm
kyon haqdaar nahin
o bandhu
insaan insaan ke liye
hmm
jeewan jeewan ke liye
hmm hmm
zaraa si hamdardi ka wo
hmm hmm
kyon haqdaar nahin
o bandhu
insaan insaan ke liye

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

insaan insaan ka saudaa kare ae
wo ise rozgaar kare ae
insaan insaan ka saudaa kare
wo ise rozgaar kare
itihaas puraana agar palte
kya sharmaaoge nahin
o bandhu
insaan insaan ke liye ae

kya nuksaan tujhe ae
jeewan ki gehri bhanwar
paar ho tere sahaare ae
kamzor log agar
hmm hmm hmm hmm
kya nuksaan tujhe ae
hmm hmm
jeewan ki gehri bhanwar
paar ho tere sahaare ae
kamzor log agar
hmm hmm
insaan agar na ho insaan
shaitaan kabhi naa hota insaan
insaan agar na ho insaan
shaitaan kabhi naa hota insaan
shaitaan agar ho jaaye insaan
shaitaan agar ho jaaye insaan
kya sharmaaoge nahin
o bandhu

insaan insaan ke liye
hmm hmm hmm
jeewan jeewan ke liye
hmm hmm hmm
zaraa si hamdardi ka wo
hmm
kyon haqdaar nahin
o bandhu
insaan insaan ke liye
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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इंसां इंसां के लिए
जीवन जीवन के लिए
ज़रा सी हमदर्दी का वो
क्यों हक़दार नहीं
ओ बंधू
इंसां इंसां के लिए
जीवन जीवन के लिए
ज़रा सी हमदर्दी का वो
क्यों हक़दार नहीं
ओ बंधू
इंसां इंसां के लिए

इंसां इंसां का सौदा करे ए
वो इसे रोज़गार करे ए
इंसां इंसां का सौदा करे ए
वो इसे रोज़गार करे ए
इतिहास पुराना अगर पलटे
क्या शरमाओगे नहीं
ओ बंधू
इंसां इंसां के लिए

क्या नुक्सान तुझे ए
जीवन कि गहरी भंवर
पार हो तेरे सहारे ए
कमज़ोर लोग अगर
इंसां अगर न हो इंसां
शैतान कभी ना होता इंसां
इंसां अगर न हो इंसां
शैतान कभी ना होता इंसां
शैतान अगर हो जाए इंसां
क्या शरमाओगे नहीं
ओ बंधू

इंसां इंसां के लिए
जीवन जीवन के लिए
ज़रा सी हमदर्दी का वो
क्यों हक़दार नहीं
ओ बंधू
इंसां इंसां के लिए


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from film Insaaf-1946. This was a social film, directed by Phani Mujumdar and the music was by Hari Prasanna Das aka H P Das. The lyrics came from the veteran, successful lyricist D N Madhok. This film is a special one, because this was the Debut film for Balraj Sahni, after he decided to join films.

Balraj Sahni has a very high place in my list of Original actors, the others being Ashok Kumar, Motilal, Om Puri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amol Palekar, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah and few more. Indian film industry had very few ‘ Natural’ actors and most of them operated from the 30s to the 70s. As I am not well acquainted with the Newer generation actors, I can not speak about them,but I am sure there must be few such Natural actors. I guess Ranbir Kapoor is one actor , who I feel acts with ease.

Basically, it is wrong to compare old actors with the crop of New actors. Comparisons are always between ” Like with Like”. There is a sea of change in everything in film making. The parameters are changed because the needs are different today. It is grossly unfair to compare anything with the old ones.

Few years back, when I first wrote about Balraj Sahni, I had said that Balraj Sahni was a different type of person than all other film actors. It is surprising how he came into film line, in the first place. Basically he was a very sensitive writer and stage actor, but having once entered the film world, he continued for the sake of earning a livelihood, making lot of compromises on his journey of life. I still stand by what I had said. It is worthwhile to even repeat it.

In the days,when not many educated people came into films, Balraj-a double MA in English and Hindi joined the films. In the conventional way he was not a handsome person,but his superior acting prowess compensated for this. In an industry,which is a ‘show business’, he was never counted amongst the Top grade stars, though critics and learned viewers always found him excellent. You can never imagine a Raj kapoor or a Dev Anand in a film like Seema or Kabuliwala, nor can a Dilip kumar fit into ‘Do Bigha Zameen’. For such roles Balraj was matchless. After the film Do Bigha Zameen, he and Nirupa Roy became India’s most loved, poor and uneducated, good natured and simple couple for many subsequent films.

Due to this, Balraj never got any romantic or Glamorous roles. However, to earn his daily bread satisfactorily, he compromised and worked in several B grade movies, like Black Cat-59, opposite a Non actress Minu Mumtaz !

Yudhishthir Sahni aka Balraj Sahni was born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan) on 1st May, 1913 in a Punjabi family. After completing his graduation in Bachelor of Arts (Hindi), and post graduation in Masters of Arts (English Literature), both from Punjab University; he got married to Dayamanti. It was in late 1930s that both husband and wife moved to Bengal to join Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Vishva Bharati University in Shantiniketan as English and Hindi teacher. It was about the same time that in 1936 Balraj wrote his first compilation of Hindi fiction called “Shahzaadon ka Drink”. It was also in Bengal that Balraj and Damayanti’s son, Parikshit was born. In 1938, Sahni went to work with Mahatma Gandhi for a year and the very next year went to England to join the British Broadcasting Network’s Hindi service as a radio announcer. In 1943, he returned to India.

It was in 1944 that Sahni moved to Bombay and joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), a group with which he also started his acting career, albeit through plays. In the same year, he bagged a role in the film “Insaf”, which marked the beginning of his acting career in Hindi film industry. “Dharti ke Lal” and “Door Chalein” were his next of releases in the same year. (In 1947, after doing Heroine’s role in film Gudiya-47, Damayanti expired. Two years later, Balraj married his first cousin Santosh Chandhok and they had 2 children.) It was, however, the film “Do Bigha Zameen” that established his strengths as an actor. The movie was directed by Bimal Roy and came out in 1953; it also won the international prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is now considered a classic.

In the years that followed, he played many leading roles in commercial films opposite actresses like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Vyjayanthimala, and Nutan in films “Lajwanti” (1958), “Ghar Sansar” (1958), “Satta Bazar” (1959), “Kathputli” (1957), and “Sone Ki Chidiya” (1958) respectively. These films further established his position as a versatile actor. In the 1961, film “Kabuliwala”, written by Tagore, went on to become another of his classic. To prepare for the role, Balraj lived with kabuliwalas in a Bombay suburb. His character roles with strong performances in films like “Haqeeqat” (1964), “Waqt” (1965), “Do Raaste” (1969), “Ek Phool Do Mali” (1969), and “Mere Humsafar” (1970) further left an indelible mark in the film fraternity and fans alike. The legendary song “Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen” from the film “Waqt”, picturized on Balraj Sahni and Achala Sachdev is still etched deep in peoples’ memories and is loved by the current generation as well. He acted in 3 films.

Along with successfully proving his acting prowess, he also displayed exceptional directing skills through the film Lal Batti (1957), where passengers are forced to spend a night together at the railway platform at the time of India’s independence. Balraj co-directed this movie along with Krishan Chopra. His performance in the film “Garm Hava” (1973) is considered to be the best, till date. Sadly, this was his last film before his death.

Sahni’s writing career begun with “Shahzaadon Ka Drink” that came out in 1936. This was his first compilation of Hindi fiction. He went on to become an esteemed writer in the Punjabi literature. He wrote “Mera Pakistani Safar” shortly after his visit to Pakistan in 1960. After a tour to Soviet Union in 1969, he wrote “Mera Rusi Safarnama”. This book also earned him the Soviet Land Nehru Award. He also wrote his autobiography called “Meri Filmy Aatmakatha”. Sahni even penned the screenplay for the 1951 released film “Baazi”; starring Dev Anand and directed by Guru Dutt. Apart from this, he wrote a number of poems, short stories, and contributed to the Punjabi magazine Preetlari.

Going through depression for some time after his young daughter Shabnam’s untimely death, Balraj Sahni passed away on 13th April, 1973 at the age of 59 following a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his son Parikshit, who is also an actor in the Hindi film industry.

Balraj Sahni received Padma Shri Award in 1969. Balraj Sahni earned the ‘Soviet Land Nehru Award for his book Mera Rusi Safarnama in 1969. Balraj Sahni starrer movie ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ won the international prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Balraj Sahni joined the BBC-London’s Hindi service as a radio announcer from 1939-43. ‘Punjabi Kala Kender’, founded in 1973 at Mumbai by Balraj Sahni, gives away the annual Balraj Sahni Award’. ‘All India Artists’ Association’ also gives away the annual ‘Balraj Sahni Award’.

The other day,I was reading the Autobiography of Balraj Sahni. His style of narration is very good. He does not miss even the smallest details.The part of his life when he entered the Hindi films is extremely readable.

When he was with BBC, London,once he was deputed to attend a seminar in Poona,India. He came down with his wife Damayanti and they stayed with a friend-Appasaheb Pant, the scion and Yuvraj of Aundh-a princely state in British India, in Maharashtra.( He later became the High Commissioner to Britain, post Independence). One evening they all went to see a Marathi film “Manoos'(Aadmi-39) of Prabhat, directed by V.Shantaram. After seeing the film,he was terribly impressed with Shantaram’s direction and was all praise for him.
When Balraj left BBC and returned to India,he was again in Poona. This time he went to see Shantaram, with prior appointment. When he reached the Gate, a person was waiting for him. he was taken to the reception room. That man left. In the room there was one more person with a Black cap-which was very common for Maharashtrians, those days. Balraj thought he too was another visitor like him After few minutes, that man asked in excellent English if he was Balraj Sahni. Balraj was astonished and nodded affirmatively. That man got up and said,’I am Shantaram. Nice to see you’. Later Shantaram took him around the studio etc.

Balraj returned to Bombay absolutely mesmerized with Shantaram. While in Bombay they were loitering, when they suddenly met Chetan Anand- his old friend. They were very happy to see each others. Chetan took them to his 4 bedroom spacious flat in Pali Hill,Bandra.They stayed with him for few days. Balraj had decided to work in films and was negotiating for his role in film Insaf, while Chetan was busy in his Neecha Nagar-46. One evening they went to see film ‘Shakuntala’, made by Shantaram. After seeing the film Balraj was very much upset and started criticising Shantaram that his standard has gone down, compared to Aadmi-39.

Chetan Anand smiled and said, “Shantaram has made a film for Box office.” Balraj did not understand. Chetan Anand explained, ” One can not go on making art films alone. To run the studio, you need money. Shantaram being a good businessman, he makes such films which earn him money. With this money he can make more meaningful films. For example after Shakuntala, Shantaram made Parbat pe apna Dera-44 and then his memorable film Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46. This is how the maths of cinema works”. There are many such incidents described in his Autobiography which is highly readable,not only for his story but also for glimpse into the film scenario of the 40s and 50s.

Balraj had done 101 films. His first film was ‘Insaaf’-46 and the last film of Balraj, to be released well after his death was “Amaanat”-77.

The film Insaaf-46 was directed by Phani Mujumdar (28-12-1911 to 16-5-1994),who was already a seasoned Director. He is the only Director who directed films in 9 languages (Hindi, Bangla, English, Malay, Chinese, Magadhi, Maithili, Aasamese and Punjabi). Starting with P C Barua in Calcutta, besides Street singer-38 and Kapalkundala-39, he had directed several hit films like Baadbaan, Doctor, Tamanna, Door Chalen, Faraar, Aarti, Kanyadan, Akashdeep, Oonche Log etc., a total of 29 films. A short Biography and Obituary on him, written by the famous Film Historian and writer of “Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema”-Ashish Rajadhyaksha was published in The Independent,Calcutta, on 22-6-1994. I have reproduced it few months back in one of my earlier posts, so I am not repeating it here.

The Music Director of this film, Hari Prasanna Das or H.P.Das was born in Chitgaon, East Bengal, in 1905. He was a Bengali. He was assistant to Pankaj Malik in films Dushman and Kapal Kundala-1939. He gave music to Bangla film ‘ Nimai Sanyasi’-40, in which he gave singing opportunity to 20 year old young Hemant Kumar. His first Hindi film as a MD was New India Films’ Blood Feud (or Josh-E-Inteqam)- 1935. His other films were Mohabbat-43, Meena-44, Kadambari-44, Mazdoor-45, Begum-45, Insaaf-46, Veerangana-47, Sati Toral-47 and Hum bhi insaan hai-48. He died on 26-9-1989.

The film Insaaf aka Justice aka Nyay (न्याय)- 1946 had 8 songs – all penned by D.N.Madhok (5-9-1902 to 9-7-1982), who was an actor (Radheshyam-32), Music Director (Radheshyam-32), Singer (Radheshyam-32), and a Director (16 films,from 1933 to 1955). As a Lyricist, he wrote 882 songs in 119 films (1932 to 1969).

2 songs from this film are already discussed here. Today’s song will be the 3rd song. It is a chorus song. Looks like a Marching song or similar one. I do not know the story line of this film. From the lyrics of all the songs ( I have all the 8 songs of this film with me), I feel it is a film about the battle between “The Haves and The Have Nots”. No wonder, a man of Socialistic leanings, Balraj Sahni made his beginning from such a film ! There is 1 solo and 1 duet of Manna Dey in this film. These are his earliest songs in Hindi films. Manna Dey was a joint MD with H P Das in 3 films – Veerangana-47, Sati Toral-47 and Hum bhi Insaan hai-48.

Now let us listen to this chorus song.


Song- Chala chal chalaa chal uthaa ke kadam (Insaaf)(1946) Singers- Chorus, Lyricist- D N Madhok, MD-Hariprasanna Das

Lyrics

Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham
?? chal diya hai magar
?? hain nahin
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
?? chal diya hai magar
?? hai jahaan walwale nahin
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
?? hai jahaan walwale nahin
pyaara watan
aa aa aa
pyaara watan
pyaara watan
pyaara watan
pyara watan
le na kahin dam
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham

maate tujhse ??
ghutnon ke bal par chalte jo
maate tujhse ??
ghutnon ke bal par chalte jo
uthha kadam
uthha kadam
uthha kadam
aa aa aa
uthha kadam
aa aa aa
?? se nahin kam
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham

maate tujhse ??
ghutnon ke bal par chalte jo
maate tujhse ??
ghutnon ke bal par chalte jo
uthha kadam
uthha kadam
uthha kadam
aa aa aa
uthha kadam
aa aa aa
uthha kadam
?? se nahin kam
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham
Chala chal chalaa chal
uthaa ke kadam
bhaaga jaaye jagat
rah na jaayen ham
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa


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 : 4028 Post No. : 15144

Today, 29th July, is the 66 birthday for Anoop Jalota, the renowned singer of classical and semi-classical music. Known as the Bhajan Samrat, his forte is in the arena of religious bhajans and devotional songs. Here is wishing him many many happy returns of this day.

Anoop was born this day in 1953, in Nainital. His late father, Purushottam Das Jalota has also been a renowned singer of devotional songs himself. Anoop got his initial education in classical music at the Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow. He started his singing career as a chorus singer at All India Radio. Over the years, he has sung popular sugam sangeet and ghazals also. But he has not been as famous and successful in that area. He started singing devotional songs and for that, he has become very popular. He was honored with the award of Padam Shri in 2012.

His songs in Hindi films are quite limited, although I do find two songs by him already on our blog. Today’s song is from the 1977 film ‘Shirdi Ke Sai Baba’. This song is written by Pandurang Dixit and its music is also composed by him. On screen, this song is performed by Manmohan Krishan.

The film is produced by the Sarla Charities Trust, and is directed by Ashok V Bhushan. It is a screen adaptation of the biographical book on Sai Baba by the late Shri Govindrao Dhabolkar. The cast of actors includes Sudhir Dalvi in the title role, Manmohan Krishan, Raj Mehra, B M Vyas, Usha Chauhan, Beerbal, Nazeer Kashmiri, C S Dubey, Gurbachan Singh, Jyotsana Kirpekar, Preetam Balley, Vatsala Deshmukh, Ratanmala Pandit, Bhawna, Master Teeto, and Master Raju. The film has many special and guest appearances, viz., Rajendra Kumar, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Premnath, Manoj Kumar, Madan Puri, Sachin, Dhiraj Kumar, Paintal, Krishan Dhawan, Satish, and Kuljeet.

Geet Kosh lists 9 songs for this film. Some are traditional, and the remaining are penned by Dev Krishan, Manoj Kumar and Pandurang Dixit. The latter is also the music director  for this film. One song of this film is already showcased here on our blog.

In this song, the on screen performer is Manmohan Krishan. He is leading a few others, including some police personnel and taking them to the place where Sai Baba resides.

This song was recorded in 1977, when Anoop would have been just 24 years of age. One can make out the difference in the quality of the voice – in this song and his singing 40 years hence, in the current period.

The Bhajan itself is written and composed very beautifully. Exhorting the listener to meditate on the universality of the message of brotherhood, and the underlying unity and commonalities of all the religions and beliefs. That is the message of Sai Baba – ‘Sab Ka Maalik Ek’ – that the Supreme One is the One and same for all people.

Song – Sumar Manwa. . . Sumar Re Panchtatva Suvichaar  (Shirdi Ke Sai Baba) (1977) Singer – Anup Jalota, Lyrics – Pandurang Dixit, MD – Pandurang Dixit
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

sumar manwaa aa aa aa aa aa
sumar manwaa aa aa aa aa aa
sumar manwaa

sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar
ghat ghat bheetar jag mein nirantar
naad brahma saakar
sunlo pranav ki divya pukaar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

mera mera
kuchh nahin tera
chhod do ahankaar
paalo shaashwat soukhya apaar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

taaran aur phal
karm bhaagya ka
smar lo baaram baar
sunlo dharm chakra jhankaar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

chandra kor ka achal sahaara
kare sitaara ek aadhaar
maano shradhha ka ye saar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

aao jalaado
yagya agni mein
ye katu vishay vikaar
karlo daivi saakshaatkaar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar
sumar manwaa
sumar manwaa
sumar re panch tatva suvichaar

ye stup aikya ka
prem dharm ka
satya shaanti ka dwaar
sandesh bhavya de
mantra divya de
sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar

jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar
jai jai sainaath avtaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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सुमर मनवा आ आ आ आ आ
सुमर मनवा आ आ आ आ आ
सुमर मनवा

सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्व सुविचार

सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्व सुविचार
घट घट भीतर जग में निरंतर
नाद ब्रह्म साकार
सुन लो प्रणव की दिव्य पुकार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्व सुविचार

मेरा मेरा
कुछ नहीं तेरा
छोड़ दो अहंकार
पा लो शाश्वत सौख्य अपार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्व सुविचार

तारण और फल
कर्म भाग्य का
स्मर लो बारं बार
सुन लो धर्म चक्र झंकार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्त्व सुविचार

चन्द्र कोर का चल सहारा
करे सितारा एक आधार
मानो श्रद्धा का ये सार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्त्व सुविचार

आओ जला दो
यज्ञ अग्नि में
ये कटु विषय विकार
कर लो दैवी साक्षात्कार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्त्व सुविचार
सुमर मनवा
सुमर मनवा
सुमर रे पञ्च तत्त्व सुविचार

ये स्तूप ऐक्य का
प्रेम धर्म का
सत्य शान्ति का द्वार
सन्देश भव्य दे
मंत्र दिव्य दे
साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार

जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार
जय जय साईनाथ अवतार



This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3930 Post No. : 15001

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Atul Song-A-Day 15K Song Milestone Celebrations – 11
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Mohammed Rafi : The Incomparable (II) – Song No. 09
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Another momentous occasion, another celebratory post and I was feeling lost. Where was the inspiration ? I saw the e-mailer for the celebration posts planned, just after I had prepared and submitted a post for another song(yet to be posted). This post took a whole three weeks to complete. I am actually not happy writing posts this way. I prefer to write the complete post, in one go. I may look at it 2-4 times and make certain corrections/improvements if required before submitting the post. If I am forced to take breaks while writing the posts, than it takes forever to complete the job.

Fresh instructions were issued to write a post and send it ASAP 🙂 . Incidentally, this acronym is three quarters same as ASAD. ASAD means “Lion” in Arabic and Urdu. I tried to find if this word has a meaning in any other language and found on Google that it means “shubha Mahurat” in Hindi. How appropriate is all this !

On receipt of the above ASAP request, I informed the kaptan’s that I can send a post only next week. They were given no other option but to agree 🙂 .

Than I suddenly remembered the song which had brought me to the blog back in 2010. Predictably it was an illusion of a Rafi song. Why I call it an illusion is that there are just signs of it existing, but so far it has not surfaced. As per some online comments I had gathered this information that Rafi Sahab had rendered this Poem by Pradeep “Khud jiyo auron ko bhi jeene do” for a documentary film made by films division of India. In this document Prithvi Raj Kapoor is shown singing this peom in a class room. I chanced upon this blog in January 2010 while looking for the full lyrics of this poem.

Last week I again searched for any more clues about this rendition by Rafi Sahab and found that a documentary named “khud jiyo auron ko bhi jeene do” was listed in the archives of Films Division of india. This raises hopes that this song exists. So I have requested Sudhir Sir to try to find it.

But this celebration post cannot wait and it started on the blog and I needed a special song for this. Four posts on this 15KSMC have already appeared , awesome songs and posts by Peeviecee’s Mom, Avinash Ji, Shenoy ji and Ava ji. In my own searches and looking for inspiring song, I have just skimmed by these articles and not been able to give comments. All of these were relatively newer songs, so I looked for an old song. I found one Rafi Solo from the 50’s which should have been here already.

But just as I was trying to introspect and decide how to start the post and what to write in it, I remembered this endearing philosophical song rendered by Rafi Sahab in English. The song exhorts us to remember that the world is one and that we share one earth, sky and sun. For all that we know, we are alone in the universe. The universe out there is huge, mean and dangerous. It makes sense for the dwellers of this planet to stick together and not try to wipe each other out from the face of the earth. The past Civilizations of the bygone eras were destroyed due to natural calamities and due to excesses committed by humanity. There are traces of these bygone civilizations, some of which were literally rotten to death. There are continents on this earth, where the entire aboriginal races were eliminated to cater to the human greed of the so called civilized races. That was the era where the strong destroyed the weak for greed of land and resources and wealth.

Now the continents of the world and its controllers are invested in each other and are dependent on each other for accumulation of their virtual wealth and power. And the nation states of the modern world are sailing in the same seas. It is the financial interests of the market forces of modern civilsation, that guide the national pride and the fervor of strategically important market places. In this wider picture also the old adage “united we stand, divided we fall” holds good.

The lyrics of the song are written by Harindernath Chattopadhyay, to suit the meter of the song ‘Bahaaron Phool Barsaao” arguably the most popular song ever. The composers of these iconic songs are Shankar-Jaikishan.

The earnest and honest rendition by Rafi Sahab is to be heard and absorbed in the heart. This is Rafi Sahab singing in an unfamiliar language. He used write down the lyrics in urdu, which is the only language he knew to read and write. A humble person is showing us a wider picture in the mirror.
He tries to make us see ‘ A world his dignity demands. ‘ The Almighty creator looks at the world as one, so remember friends the world is one. And most major monotheistic religions of the world also believe that the human race is created from a single male and female.

So the Rafi song from 1950’s, which is my favorite period for widest range of Rafi Sahabs songs, will wait for its turn in this series. Just a reminder to myself, that I need to write a post each to commemorate 100 years of Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi and Shamshad Begum.

Meanwhile, to all those connected with blog, my fellow contributors and the kaptans, I extend heartiest congratulations on this milestone of 15000 songs, and wish that we all find the gems we look for in the musical khazana.


Song-Remember friends the world is one (Rafi NFS)(1970) Singer-Mohammed Rafi,Lyrics-Harindernath Chattopadhyay, MD-Shankar-Jaikishan

Lyrics

although we hail from different lands
we share one earth and sky and sun
remember friends the world is one
although we hail from different lands
we share one earth and sky and sun
remember friends the world is one

we want all enmity to cease
for we want peace
we all want peace
we want no hate
we want no strife
since we were born
for love and life

come let us chant while joining hands
we shall not rest till wars are done
remember friends the world is one
although we hail from different lands
we share one earth and sky and sun
remember friends the world is one

we have met here to dream and build
we want our dreams to be fulfilled
we have come here to dream and plan
a world of joy and hope for men
a world His dignity demands
a world that we shall see begun
remember friends the world is one

although we hail from different lands
we share one earth and sky and sun
remember friends the world is one


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 : 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

 


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 : 3897 Post No. : 14940

The Many Colors of Love #29 – The Covenants of Love
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And so wrote the scribe

kar le dil ka sauda dil se
dil milta hai mushkil se
(‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’, 1957)

The transactions of heart are bound, but by just one covenant – it is the treasures of heart in exchange only for treasures of heart. No other exchange is possible, no other exchange is expected, nothing else in this whole wide world can be traded for the treasures of heart. For those who may want to, or expect to transact this exchange for something else, then they do not understand the true meaning of love.

And this thought brings up this song today. The burden of this song reiterates this maxim –

deta hai dil de
badle mein dil ke
ghe ghe ghe ghe
ghe re saaiba
pyaar mein sauda nahin

For the longest of time, I was under the impression that this song is already posted. And the reason for that is, that the song “Jhooth Bole Kauwwa Kaate” has been around on the blog for almost two years now. Being familiar with the film, one clearly remembers that these two songs are tandem songs, presented on screen one after the other – rather one flows into the next. Yes, true that Geet Kosh lists these two songs separately, but somehow in my mind, I have carried this impression that these two are a single song.

So when I posted the song by Narendra Chancalon 10th March (“Beshaq Mandir Masjid Todo“), and I reviewed the status of this film on our blog, I realized that this song is not yet posted – we are following the Geet Kosh convention. Since the day I have posted “Beshaq Mandir Masjid. . .”, it has been kind of an eagerness within, to see this movie yippeee’d here. Part of that is being surprised that songs of this film are not yet all on here.

This particular song is performed on screen by Premnath and Rishi Kapoor.  We are into about a third of the film. The two young hearts are now committed to each other, beyond any repair. Although not of legal age yet, but they want to get married and be partners for life. Premnath is non-committal, in the sense that he would do whatever makes his daughter happy. Pran, on the other hand, is a calculating and a manipulative person, eyeing this relationship with suspicion. As he sees the intensity of his son’s emotions, he decides to make a manipulative move, in an attempt to drive a wedge between the young lovers.

He asks his son to invite his beloved and her family for dinner. The young man is extremely excited. Not worldly wise as his businessman father, he thinks his father is a great man and is agreeing with his son’s wishes and choice for a life partner. Little does he know what his father has planned.

With this joyful and amiable news, he rushes to his beloved’s home, to present the invite himself. At her place, a fishermen’s neighborhood, another wedding is in progress. The ambiance is celebratory. There is singing and dancing, congratulations and the auspicious throwing of rice – in short, the mood is just right to share the supposedly wonderful news.

Without much preamble, Rishi delivers the invite to Premnath. The latter accepts forthwith with the comment that for his daughter’s happiness, he will gladly bow his head at the door of anyone, but he will never bend his knees. And to explain his comment, he breaks out in this song – that in the matters of love it is only the treasure of the heart which is to be exchanged for another treasure of heart. There is no other bargaining chip in the matters of love. Rishi readily joins in this song – the theme is so easily understood and reflected in his own mind. For him too, love is simply a give and take of the treasures of the heart.

Manna Dey starts this song, giving playback for Premnath. Shailendra Singh joins in for Rishi Kapoor. As always, it is a delight to watch a song in an RK film. The complete scenario and the ambiance are so totally focused on the song, its emotions and its renditions. Midway through the song, Dimple makes an appearance, as she is preparing for the next part of the song – yes, “Jhooth Boley. . .”. She is just there for now, not participating – but her face, her eyes are going along with the song that her beau is singing. The emotions expressed by her are so endearing, so freshly young, as she coyly and silently expresses herself in response to the lines that Rishi is performing. This small interlude is so charming, so. . . so winning. Dimple simply stole a million hearts right here in this song. Yes – you guessed it right, I too was smitten, and was in love. 🙂

One word in the lyrics had intrigued me right from the start. It is the word ‘ghe’, ‘घे’. Over the decades, this word has been presented variously and almost always erroneously. Some lyrics wrote this down as ‘khe’, ‘खे’; other places would write it down as ‘le’, ‘ले’; even today, the hindi-geet-mala web page for this song has actually written it down as ‘khel’, ‘खेल’. Wonder how they got to it, it does not even fit into the rendered metre of this line.

Once the internet was available, I had done the search for this word in Konkani language. Given that the entire scenario was a Goan neighborhood, it was only logical to seek this word in the local lingua. In Konkani, the word ‘ghe’, ‘घे’ means ‘to take’. The expression follows the lines which say

deta hai dil de
badle mein dil ke

And the young man, and the chorus responds with

ghe ghe ghe ghe
ghe re saaiba

saying – hey young man, just take this bargain, take.. take.. take.. take..  Once this meaning is known, the lyrics fall in place so beautifully.

‘Bobby’ is so close to the heart, and I mean the film, and Bobby. It appeals to an age, a mind set, and emotions – that I am never going to grow out of. It is 1973 forever.

And the talisman for life is forever – “प्यार में सौदा नहीं”.

[Editor’s Note: The initial lines of this song, which are in Konkani, have been provided by Dr Pradeep Shetty ji, in his comment below. The line is now added to the lyrics below. Thanks Dr Pradeep ji.]

[Video – Song Reprised at the end of the film.]

Song – Na Chaahoon Sona Chaandi (Bobby) (1973) Singer – Manna Dey, Shailendra Singh, Lyrics – Vithalbhai Patel, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

aagey naari
tujya matyancha phoolan paaya saoree
aagey naari
tujya matyancha phoolan paaya saoree

laallallall laa la llallall laa llallall laa
laallallall laa la llallall laa llallall laa

[Dialogue between Premnath and Rishi Kapoor]

na chaahoon sona chandi
na chaahoon heera moti
ye mere kis kaam ke

aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaa aaa

na maangu bangla baadi
na maangu ghoda gaadi
ye to hain bas naam ke

aaaaa aaaaaa

deta hai dil de
badle mein dil ke
deta hai dil de
badle mein dil ke
ghe ghe ghe ghe
ghe re saaiba
pyaar mein sauda nahin
ghe ghe ghe ghe

ghe re saaiba
pyaar mein sauda nahin

o lall o lall laa laa
lallal laa laa laa
lallaa laa laa laa laa laa
lallal lallal laa laa

na jaanu mulla qaazi
na jaanu kaaba kaashi
main to hoon prem piyaasa re
mere sapnon ki rani
hogi tum ko hairaani
main to tera deewaana re
deti hai dil de
badle mein dil ke
deti hai dil de
badle mein dil ke
ghe ghe ghe ghe
ghe re saaiba
pyaar mein sauda nahin
ghe ghe ghe ghe
ghe re saaiba
pyaar mein sauda nahin

pyaar mein sauda nahin

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आगे नारी
तुज्या मात्यांचा फूलाँ पाया साओरी
आगे नारी
तुज्या मात्यांचा फूलाँ पाया साओरी

लाल्लल्लल्ल ला ल ल्लाल्लल्ल ला ल्लाल्लल्ल ला
लाल्लल्लल्ल ला ल ल्लाल्लल्ल ला ल्लाल्लल्ल ला

[प्रेमनाथ और ऋषि कपूर की बात चीत।]

ना चाहूँ सोना चाँदी
न चाहूँ हीरा मोती
ये मेरे किस काम के

आsss आssss आsssssss आsss आss

ना माँगूँ बंगला बाड़ी
ना माँगूँ घोड़ा गाड़ी
ये तो हैं बस नाम के

आssss आsssss

देता है दिल दे
बदले में दिल के
देता है दिल दे
बदले में दिल के
घे घे घे घे घे
घे रे सायबा
प्यार में सौदा नहीं
घे घे घे घे घे

घे रे सायबा
प्यार में सौदा नहीं

ओ लल्ल ओ लल्ल ला ला
लल्लल ला ला ला
लल्ला ला ला ला ला
लल्लल लल्लल ला ला

ना जानूँ मुल्ला क़ाज़ी
ना जानूँ काबा काशी
मैं तो हूँ प्रेम पियासा रे
मेरे सपनों की रानी
होगी तुमको हैरानी
मैं तो तेरा दीवाना रे
देती है दिल दे
बदले में दिल के
देती है दिल दे
बदले में दिल के
घे घे घे घे घे
घे रे सायबा
प्यार में सौदा नहीं
घे घे घे घे घे
घे रे सायबा
प्यार में सौदा नहीं

प्यार में सौदा नहीं


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Blog Day : 3885 Post No. : 14914

Our blog regulars have a whatsapp group. One of major hghlights of this group are the good morning mwessages and thoughts of the day by our beloved inhouse encyclopaedia Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh. Nowadays ourinhouse rocket scientist Gajendra Khanna has also started sharing thoughts of the day in the morning.

I almost invariably find myself wholeheartedly agreeing with these thoughts of the day. I need not not them down for use, because I find that I already practice them. I share some of these messages with my wife that I think she needs.

Like these ones-

“Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts”

“Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, hate, drama or negativity stop you from being the best person you can be”

“Don’t permanently damage someone’s feelings just because you are temporarily upset”

“Leadership is not about ruling others, it is about showing others the right path”

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going”

“success also hurts when you do not have a loved one to congratulate you. Failure also looks beautiful when you have a loved one to support you”

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”

“Everything you need is already inside you. Do’t wait for others to light your fire. You have your own matches.”

“The real education is our attitude and behaviour with others. It defines our entire personality, no matter how qualified we are.”

“The height of candles may differ but they yield same brigtness. It is not your position but your ability that makes you shine”

“Respect is the most important element of your personality., It is like an investment whatever you give to others it will return to you with profit.”

“Everyone may not be nice. But there is something nice in everyone.Never keep a fixed image for anyone. because people act differently with different people.”

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten up your path.”

“Silence is the best answer to someone who does not value your words”

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“People understand the true value of the right person only after they suffer from the wrong person”

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you (the giver).”

and many others.

Then there is this basic message that is hardwired into me- “Do unto others you would have them do unto you“. In other words, treat others with respect, and help them if you are in a position to. Because that is what I or anyone else expects from others.

It was day before yesterday (6 march 2019) when I was seated in my office chamber, when the door opened and I found a lady hesitantly asking if she could come in. Normally I expect a peon bring in a chit from the visitor where the name of the person is written (along with purpose of visit). But she obviously came in when no peon was at hand to stop her.

I had no idea if she was an employee or some outsider (like say a salesperson) but I allowed her to come in. She tried to explain what she wanted to say but she was not able to as she was unable to stop her from crying. But from the little she was able to speak and the paper she showed me, I was quickly able to find out that she was an employee of my place. She wanted to get herself transferred to another place. All the necessary approvals from competent authorities were obtained a few weeks ago. She needed to be relieved from the workplace so that she could join at her next place. But she was not getting relieved. The dealing clerk was telling her for the last three weeks that her case was “under process”. She wanted to get releved so that she could join her family. Her crying was mainly because of her young child who was away from her.

I tried to console her and asked her to get seated while I called for the dealer. It turned out that the dealer was not available. I asked the personal officer to come.

While I was waiting for the personal officer, I asked the lady how she was posted in this place while her family was elsewhere. She informed me that she had got her appointment here on compassionate ground as her father was an employee here and he had died while he was in service. Her husband was posted in Ranchi and her child was there with him there. Her old mother in law had to take care of the child while her husband went out on his work.

I tried to make her comfortable by telling her that I too had grown up in Ranchi though I have not been to that place for last 25 years. She asked where I studied. I informed her the name of my college and school, and also added that my school has now shifted to another location, whereas I had studied in this school when it was located in a location near Ranchi Railway station. She seemed to be aware of this place because she told me that her residence in Ranchi was in the same area of Ranchi where my school was earlier located.

I was feeling a bit nostalgic about Ranchi and would have talked some more about Ranchi but then the personal officer arrived. Iinformed him that the lady sitting there had applied for transfer to Ranchi and necessary permissions have already come three weeks back. The dealer is harassing her telling her that her case is under “process”. Please make sure that she is relieved within one hour.

I then turned to the lady and assured her that she would get relived and she should plan to leave for Ranchi on the same day.

She was barely able to belive her eyes. She did not belive that her work could get done so fast. She thanked me. I said it was alright. But she kept thanking me again and again. I told her that it was in my nature to help people and that is what I was doing now as well. She sought water. I asked her to walk into the adjacent room where she would get a glass of water. She went to the adjacent room and there I heard voices offering her water and consoling her telling her to get calmed and to compose herself.

After a while the personal officer brought me a file seeking my approval to get her relived. I signed the file silently. I did not remind him to quickly get it done with as that instruction was already given earlier.

In the second half, I wondered if the lady had received her relieving letter. I thought about enquiring from the personal officer. But before I could do that, I found the same lady entering my chamber informing me with glee that she had got her relieving letter. I expressed happiness that she had finally been relieved.

She left the chamber. I began to wonder when she would reach Ranchi. There is one direct train to Ranchi but that takes a very long semicircular route instead of taking a straight route and takes 24 hours. On checking on internet, I found that if one went to Varanasi (six hours journey) then there were lots of direct trains from Varanasi to Ranchi that took around ten hours to reach there. I was sure that people going to Ranchi, including the lady, may already be aware of this route.

I wondered whether I should have asked her for her travel plan, but then told myself that it was not needed. I had done her a good deed. She was quite broken and disconsolate when she had entered my chamber earlier in the morning. In the afternoon, she was a happy and relieved person, who was looking forward to get reunited with her family for all times to come. And I had made it possible for her. I was sure that lots of good words and blessings may have come my way behind my back. She may have phoned her family back home and may have informed them that she met me and she got her papers in a matter of hours. Not only she, even her family members back at Ranchi may have given their blessings to me.

That was two days ago. I am sure she must have arrived Ranchi by now and would have reported at her new place of posting in Ranchi. In a less sombre light, I wondered if she would visit the cricket ground to watch the ODI that is takng place at Ranchi today. Of course not. She would be too overwhelmed at the moment and she would be getting visited by her relatives and friends. And her young child must have felt mightily relieved and happy to see her mother.

In the evening, my wife called me on phone. It is her habit that she tells me daily about whatever happens in her workplace. She too had done some blessing worthy job in her workplace and she told me about that. I in turn informed her about my nek work. She felt happy as well. I was dreading at her next follow up question, but fortunately she did not ask that question. That question would have been- “You helped that lady get united to her spouse. When will you try to do the same for yourself as well ?” As things stand, she keeps reminding me every now and then that I should try and get myself transferred to MP. That is there in the rules as well-“If a spouse in in state service and another one in central service then the spouse in central service will apply to get transferred to the state where the other spouse in posted and the employer of the central government will try his best to post the central government employee to that state.”

My wife feels the need more than me, because she is a working lady herself. She needs my support and advice on his professinal work almost every day. At the same time, she is far more empowered and strong that most working ladies. So she is able to take care of herself in a far better manner that say the lady whom I helped. But the principles remain the same, of course. Now I shudder to think how she almost single handedly raised our daughter alone while I was posted at places different than her place. It helped though that I was posted in the same state while our daughter began to go to school. No matter what the situation, every child needs and deserves to ive with both of his/her parents.

I realised that today (8 march 2019) is women’s day. And in a way, I inadvertently gave a nice Women’s day gift to the lady. Today, I will be attending a Women’s day function in the office. I think that I may have already done something more worthwhile that mouthing a few platitutes in that gathering. And I feel quite satisfied and proud of myself.

On this occasion, here is a suitable song that tells us that we should do good for others because what we do to others comes back to us. The song is from “Khul Ja Sim Sim”(1956). The song is sung by Rafi (an appropriate singer for a song of this genre, if I must add). Asad Bhopali is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hansraj Bahl.

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


Song-Ye hai kaanoon uska jisne ye duniya banaai hai(Khul Ja Sim Sim)(1956) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

aa aa aa
ye hai kaanoon uska
jisne ye duniya banaai hai
ye hai farmaan uska
jiski ye saari khudaai hai

o o o o
o o o
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
koi dekhe na dekhe
par khuda to dekhta hoga

isi duniya mein jannat hai
yahi duniya jahannum hai
agar aamaal achche hain
to phir kis baat ka gham hai
tere aamaalnaame se hi tera faisla hoga
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
koi dekhe na dekhe
par khuda to dekhta hoga

bhala hoga
aa aa
bhala hoga
aa aa aa

yahaan neki badi do raaste hain
gaur se sun le
tujhe jaana hai kis manzil pe
apna raasta chun le
kadam uthne se pahle soch le
anjaam kya hoga
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
koi dekhe na dekhe
par khuda to dekhta hoga

bhala hoga
aa aa
bhala hoga
aa aa aa

gareebon ki madad kar
bekason ka saath deta ja
ye sauda naqad hai
is haath de is haath leta ja
wahi kaam aayega tere
jo toone de diya hoga
bhalaai kar bhala hoga
buraai kar bura hoga
koi dekhe na dekhe
par khuda to dekhta hoga


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I am sure, many of us have gone through this experience in our lives. Some song heard sometime, somewhere haunts you so much that you can not simply forget it. In due course of time, this disappears, but at a later time, may be after many years when you hear that song again, all your memories come back and you are lost in Nostalgia.

Same thing has happened to me about today’s song, which is from an old film Raaz-1949. It is sung by Mohd. Rafi- who was just beginning to make a mark for him in Hindi film music. When I heard this song after almost 65-70 years, all old memories flashed before my eyes.

It was early 1950 or so. Our house in Hyderabad was second in a lane. Just outside the lane, on the main road and on the opposite side, was a Hotel- Hotel Madina. This hotel was famous in our area, because the owner used to play all latest Hindi film songs on his Gramophone from 7 am to 7 pm. A reasonable crowd of music lovers sat there for hours. In fact the Hotel had become a meeting point for friends. Many ‘ latest ‘ songs were introduced to me this way. I had first heard this Rafi song from film Raaz-49 here only and I fell in love with this song. I remember, I forced my father to buy this record so that I could hear it more often.

Like many other songs, this too went at the backstage and I was swayed by some other lilting songs. That was a period when ” ek se badh kar ek ” songs were rolled out. As the time went and years passed by, I never heard this song again till last week. I was searching for some other song on You Tube, and my eyes fell on this song. Feeling something familiar, I played the song and my God !, I can not describe how many times I must have heard this song till now. I felt as if I met a long lost friend. I remembered my childhood ( I might be about 10-12 years old that time, my friends and the evenings spent clustering near that hotel, so that we could hear the songs.
Now all facilities are available at beck and call, but where are those days, those friends and those songs ?

Coming to today’s film Raaz-49, as many as 6 films with same title are made so far, add to that a few more with the word Raaz in its titles. This film was produced by Neelkamal Kalamandir and was directed by Emmanuel. The 10 songs written by Mirazi and Gulzar Nadeem were composed by the talented but unlucky Sardar Malik (HFGK mentions his name as Malik Sardar). For 10 songs 7 singers were used. One song from this film is already discussed here. I have noticed a peculiar thing about this film and that is, that for its director Emmanuel, Lyricist Mirazi and one singer Shaila, this was the only film they contributed.

The Hero of the film was Mohan Sehgal. Born in Jallundhar, Punjab, on 1-12-1921, Mohan came to to the films to become an actor-preferably a Hero. He acted in 7 films- Neecha Nagar and Chalis Karod in 1946,Phool aur kante-48, Raaz-49, Afsar-50, Humsafar-53 and Suhana Geet-63. But he was known more as a Producer/Director. He directed 18 films- from Aulad-54 to Kasam suhag ki-89. Some of his well known films were, New Delhi-56,Kanyadan-63, Sawan Bhadon-70, and Raja Jaani-72. His favourite actors were Kishore kumar, Dharmendra, Rekha and Hema Malini as well as Navin Nischol. Mohan Sehgal died on 19-10-2005 in Mumbai.

In this film there are two names which are not well known to many. One of them was Maya Devi. Maya Devi was from Bombay and started her career from silent films in 1928 with Anarkali by imperial. Her first Talkie film was Kunwari ya widhva-35. Her real name was Leela. She became a favourite of Bombay Talkies and she did 6 films with them in 37 and 38. In all she did 5 silent films and 31 Talkie films till 1949. Her last film in India was Raaz-49. She got married with a Muslim and then migrated to Pakistan, where she did 19 films and then retired in 1964. Her first film in Pakistan was Phere-1949. She died in Lahore on 1-2-67. She did films in Gujarati and Punjabi also.

The second name is S.B.Nayampalli, who was a popular Villain in his films. S.B.Nayampalli was born in south Karnataka. In 1915,his family shifted to Bombay. His personality was imposing with fair colour, six feet height and solid physique. Due to father’s death, he did a job in P and T department, but soon he left it and joined as a clerk in Killick Nixon company. He was a commerce graduate and was fond of playing Cricket, representing his company at Club cricket championships.

S.B. Nayampally (or Nayampalli) was working at the firm of Killick, Nixon and Company when he was discovered by film director P.Y. Altekar at a gym where Nayampally regularly exercised. Altekar felt that Nayampally very much resembled the famous French boxer Georges Carpenter and would be perfect for the stunt films that had become popular at the time. At Altekar’s urging, Nayampally joined Imperial Studios and was quickly cast in his first film, Wedding Night(1929), opposite the popular actress Jilloo. When he arrived at Imperial to begin his first day of filming he was amused to find that the building now used for the studio had formerly housed the school he’d attended as a child.“Wedding Night was a stunt film of the Robin Hood type,” Nayampally explained in a 1964 interview. “It had a little more of a plot to it than many films of the same class. My next film, Hell’s Paradise (1929), I remember for three reasons. One, it was based on a real-life episode involving an Indian prince and a foreign girl, described as an adventuress. Two, Mama Warerekar, the noted writer, did the story. Three, the film had a kissing scene, probably the first ever in an Indian film.”

Nayampalli was cast in Imperial’s Noorjehan (1931), which was initially to be a silent picture, but because of the success of their film Alam Ara (1931), which was India’s first talkie, the studio decided to make Noorjehan partly with sound. Nayampally was not originally cast in Noorjehan, but a chance meeting with the film’s director, Ezra Mir, got him the role of Prince Salim in the film.Nayampally then played Karna in Imperial’s next sound film, the mythological Draupadi (1931), but the actor considered his best mythological role to be that of the wily Shakuni in Mahatma Vidur (1943), a part that was appreciated by critics and the public, alike.

As sound films came in, silent actors were being discarded in favor of those with stage backgrounds and could not sing, so Nayampalli joined the Grant Anderson Theatrical Company which specialized in Shakespearean plays. After gaining some experience he tried to rejoin films, but without much luck. His previous roles had been leads, so he decided if he wanted to work regularly, maybe he should take a different approach and he offered himself up for character parts.His break came in the role of a hunchback in love with the heroine in Ezra Mir’s Zarina which starred Jal Merchant and Zubeida. The dentures he wore for the role were created specially by a dentist named Jimmy Gheista who had trained abroad with the dentist who had made similar dentures for Lon Chaney.

Nayampally had learned early on how to apply make-up for his roles and, in fact, he became so good at it he eventually came to specialize in horror make-up, which earned him the nickname “The Indian Lon Chaney.” Indeed, Chaney, Erich von Stroheim, Emil Jannings, and John Barrymore were the actors that Nayampally most tried to emulate. Boris Karloff was another of his role models. He was able to put his make-up expertise to good use for the film Sair-e-Paristan (1934), where he was a vampire-like devil, and in Zingaro(1935), in which he played a monster created by a mad scientist, and then as a the hairy “missing link” in Zambo (1937) and its sequel Zambo Ka Beta (1938). For Kalkoot (1935) he created a make-up to resemble the wrinkled effect that Karloff had used in The Mummy(1932).

Nayampally continued working in films throughout the 1940s and 50s, particularly in mythologicals and costume pictures including Raj Nartaki (1941), Nagad Narayan (1943), Vishwas 1943), Taramati(1945), Urvashi (1946), Jhansi-Ki-Rani (1953), Durgesh Nandini (1956), Basant Bahar (1956) and Shiv Parvati (1962) His last credited film appearance was in 1970’s Priya.

After the career in films ended, he started making Documentaries. He made about 35 documentaries. He won ‘ Silver Dolphin’ award for his documentary in the International Film Festival at Teheran in 1970.

He died on 7-5-1994, in Mumbai.

Sardar Malik today is a lesser known composer compared to other giants of the film industry, but he has created some golden melodies.

Born on 13-1- 1925, Sardar Malik had learned classical music from Ustad Alauddin Khan. He also learned a variety of dancing skills from Pt.Uday Shankar. Some other stars like Guru Dutt and Mohan Sehgal too were part of the troop under Pt. Uday Shankar, same time.

Sardar Malik got his break as a Music Director in a movie called ‘Renuka’ which released in 1947. Sardar Malik also sang 4 songs in this movie – 2 solo songs and also 2 duets with Zohrabai. But the movie was not a big success and he remained unrecognized. In the same year, he also composed music for a movie ‘Rain Basera’, but that movie too was not successful. In 1949, only one movie released of Sardar Malik and that was ‘Raaz’. The movie had some wonderful numbers from Rafi, Amirbai and Binapani Mukherjee.

In 1951, Sardar Malik shared the credits with Husnalal Bhagatram and composed a few songs for a movie ‘Stage’, which had lovely numbers sung by Asha Bhosle like ‘Dil Machalne Laga’. Asha Bhosle had excellent control in her voice in the early 50s and her association with Sardar Malik was very special in this era when Lata and Geeta Dutt were at the top.

His next movie was ‘Laila Majnu’ which was a huge success. Sardar Malik composed only 3 songs for this movie ‘Baharon Ki Duniya Pukare’, ‘Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon’ and ‘Dekh Li Ae Ishq’. All the other songs were composed by Ghulam Mohammed but the songs showed his versatility and he gained recognition in the film industry. Thokar (1953) established Sardar Malik as a successful composer. Songs like ‘Ae Gham-e-Dil Kya Karoon’ by Talat and Asha Bhosle and ‘Hawa Ghungunayee Fiza Muskayee’ are evergreen numbers.

‘Aulad’ (1954) showed Sardar Malik’s overall class through his magical compositions. This movie had some great numbers like ‘Duniya Tasveer Ha’i (Talat Mahmood) and ‘Tum Salamat Raho Hazar Baras’ (Asha). The same year saw the release of ‘Chor Bazar’ (1954), which had some of the best songs rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. She sang 3 beautiful songs in this movie ‘Chalta Rahe Yeh Karvan’, ‘Huyi Yeh Humse Yeh Nadani’ and ‘Dar Dar Ki Thokrein Hain’.

In the mid-50’s Sardar Malik composed music for few movies like Ab-e-Hayat-55, Taxi-555-58, Chamak Chandni-57 and Maa Ke Aansoo-59. All these movies had some nice songs. If we observe the decade of 50s, Asha Bhosle, Talat Mahmood and Rafi sang some of the best songs of Sardar Malik.

The decade of 60’s saw the release of ‘Saranga’ (1960), which can be considered as one of the best movies of Indian Cinema. The title song of the movie sung by Mukesh and the sad version of the same sung by Rafi is still as popular as it was 60 yrs ago. Many veteran music composers consider this movie as the best movie composed by Sardar Malik ever. The same year saw the release of ‘Mera Ghar Mere Bachche’ which contained some great songs sung by Mukesh, my favorite song being the duet of Mukesh with Suman Kalyanpur ‘Baharon Se Poochho’.

Sardar Malik remained active in the first half of the 1960s and composed some outstanding music for second rung movies like Madan Manjari, Bachpan, Pick Pocket, Naag Mohini, Jantar Mantar, Maharani Padmini, Roop Sundari and Main Hoon Jadugar. It was destiny that most of the films he composed for were not box-office successes, but he never compromised on the quality of his music. His career appears to come to an abrupt halt in the mid-60s. The last movie of Sardar Malik was Gynaaniji which released in 1977. This movie had songs sung by Rafi, Asha, Jaspal Singh and Jagat Singh Jagga.

Sardar Malik had huge knowledge on all forms of Indian Music. He always depended on light background orchestration in many of his songs. He made the use of accordion and flute in many of his songs. As he was classically trained, he had excellent knowledge on various raagas too.

Married to noted lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri’s sister, Kausar Jahan (Bilqis), Sardar Malik had three sons – Anu, Abu and Dabbu Malik. Thanks to his father’s blessings, Anu Malik met with a lot of success in the 1990s and 2000s.

Sardar Malik passed away on January 27th 2006, but the legacy he has left behind will always remain with us.

Today’s song is a mesmerising song and i believe, this song has inspired a few songs in Hindi films, in later years. Enjoy….

( Thanks for some information used herein from Beete kal ke sitare by S. Tamrakar, apnaarchieve, Mike Barnum blog, pakmag.com, Filmdom-46 and HFGK along with my notes.)


Song-Samay ka chakkar sau bal khaaye (Raaz)(1949) Singer-Mohd. Rafi, Lyrics- Mirazi, MD- Sardar Malik

Lyrics

samay ka chakkar sau bal khaaye ae
sau bal khaaye
aage jaa kar laut na paaye ae
ghoom ghoom kar badhta jaaye
ghoom ghoom kar badhta jaaye
peechhe sab sansaar
peechhe sab sansaar
bolo
o bolo
chakkoo chhuri dhaar
bolo
chakkoo chhuri dhaar

dhaar bane aur chakkar ghoome
phoot ke har chingaari jhoome ae
dhaar bane aur chakkar ghoome
phoot ke har chingaari jhoome
dekho is ki jyot mein chamke
jag jeewan ka pyaar
jag jeewan ka pyaar
bolo
ho bolo
chakkoo chhuri dhaar
chakkoo chhuri dhaar

baalak samjhe ise khilauna
ye zehri talwaar
baalak samjhe ise khilauna
ye zehri talwaar
moorakh isko haath lagaaye
kar de maaraamaar
kar de maaraamaar

jag mein jeet usi ki pyaare ae
jag mein jeet usi ki pyaare
jiske dil mein pyaar
jiske dil mein pyaar
bolo
ho bolo
chakkoo chhuri dhaar
chakkoo chhuri dhaar

dharti badle roop anjaane
aasmaan aisi reet na jaane ae
dharti badle roop anjaane
aasmaan aisi reet na jaane ae
jab tak apne saath jawaani ee
man dekhe sapne manmaane
jeewan poorampaar
bolo
ho bolo
chakkoo chhuri dhaar
chakkoo chhuri dhaar


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

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Do you like Magic ?

I do.

Most people like magic. Right from our childhood, we have been reading stories of Magic. Good Magicians. Bad Magicians. Most fairy tales are full of magic. Magic is the escape route for the aggrieved and stressed mind. Even when we grew up,how we wished that we could do some magic and achieve what we wanted or solve the distressing problem !

Not only Children’s books, but even Mythological stories are full of Magic. No God is a God if he does not do Magic ! Every adult has a child hidden in him. Magic satiates the child’s desires. Days of real Magic were imaginary, but stage Magicians created sleight of hand shows, Hypnotism, Illusions and clever tricks on the stage to make a smart substitute for real magic.

At the same time, film makers took up interesting magical stories like Alladin to make films for their audience. Alladin, Gul e Bakavli and stories of their ilk entertained not only the children, but also adults, who lapped them up. From the Film Title Index of Hamraz ji, I counted about 36 films with the word Jadu in its titles, Magic in 10, Ram in 25, Krishna in 23, Shree in 36. Add to this, films made with other alphabets on the various saints, Gods, Satis, Matas and Bhagwan etc etc. During the 10 years period from 1950 to 1959 alone, 124 Mythological films were made !

This only shows that films having Magic were a popular brand and so ‘C’ grade films like Jadui Angoothi, Jadui Shehnai, Jadui Chitra, Jadui this and Jadui that etc were made.

One of these magic films was Jadui Bansari-48, made by Mohan Pictures-known for quickies and C grade stunt/action and fantasy films. It was directed by Nanubhai Vakil and the music was by Damodar Sharma. Lyricist was Roopbani and the cast was Amirbai Karnataki, Prakash, Ansari, Master Bachha, Anwari and others.

Talking of C grade Action,Historical, Fantasy and Costume films, in India ( and probably elsewhere in the world), there was a class of people, who not only liked these types of films but also were addicted to them. People went to theatre to forget the daily troubles of living a life and to enjoy few moments. For this purpose some people liked music, some liked emotions, some tragedy and yet some comedy. Films were made to cater to every type of audience. Due to this “speciality” actors were identified and thus we had Comedians, Tragedy Kings and queens,Great actors,Great singers and also Great Fighters.

Normally the shift of any actor from one Genre to the other was not acceptable to the audience. That is why, when the Romantic Hero of the late 30s and the 40s-Ashok Kumar acted as King Humayun and ran ( in a feminine style) with a spear in hand, in the film Humayun-1945, the audience ridiculed and laughed at him in the Theatres ! Even when Master Bhagwan acted in a serious role, the public used to laugh treating it as a comedy. Trilok Kapoor never succeeded in a social film. Of course there were some exceptional cases like actress Meena Kumari who changed over from Mythological films to social films and became No 1 star ultimately. But this was a rare and exceptional case.

Not only actors, even Directors and Producers were known for the specialities of films they made. Those who excelled in C grade films rarely tried their hand at other Genres and when they did try, they failed miserably. Here again is an exception in the form of Master Bhagwan-who transitioned from Action film to social films with his “Albela”-1951 and succeeded with this film but all his subsequent films flopped. This was because “Albela” succeeded due to extraordinary music, which could never be replicated in any of his subsequent films that followed.

There was, however one Director who was comfortable with C grade films of Magic, Action, Costume, Fantasy etc. NANUBHAI VAKIL.

Nanubhai Vakil was born in a Desai family of Valsad in Gujarat in the year 1904. In his family there were many Advocates including his father, so their family name itself became Vakil. Nanubhai came to Bombay to study Law. He completed his B.A. LL.B from Wilson College, Bombay but he did not join his family profession. Instead he was attracted towards the film world.

He joined Sharada films as a screenplay writer and later joined Ranjit films as a Director. He directed 18 silent films for Ranjit studios. However, it was Sagar Movietone which gave him the first opportunity to direct his first Talkie film. It was the First Gujarati Talkie film, “Narsimh Mehto” in 1932. After this there was no looking back. He selected and became expert in directing only Fantasy,Stunt and Costume films.
In his career from 1929 to 1973 period,he directed 20 silent and 70 Talkie films -all stunt and fantasy films, except one social film Kya yeh Bambai hai in 1959.

He was associated with Mohan pictures for a long time and directed 18 films for this company. During this period he also married his Heroine Sarojini ( real name Roshan Jehan alias Ranee). They had one daughter-AZRA, who too became an actress. Sarojini was the sister of Indurani, who was married to Ramnik Shah, owner of Mohan Pictures. Thus Ramnik and Nanubhai were ‘Sadu’s ( Co-Brothers).

Unlike most of his colleagues ,who had no formal school education ,Mr Vakil was highly educated, being B.A.L.L.B. in those days. Since beginning,he was attracted to Fantasy & Arabian Night movies.He believed that,the audience visits the cinema hall,to experience some thing,which he has not seen in his real life.He wants to be entertained & to forget the harsh realities of the outer world.Fantasy/ Costume movies transports him to an imaginary world of King & Queens,where beside the crafty Vazir,he finds gorgeous girls dancing,the handsome,manly & brave hero,rescues the pretty damsel from the clutches of evil magician.The movie come to an end and the viewers come out from the theater,happy & satisfied,since evil doers have been eliminated & brave man living happily with the petite gal,in their fairy land. Bulbul E Bagh,Rashk E Laila,Fakhr E Islam,Gulshan E Alam,Kumud Kumari were his earlier movies.

In 50s & 60s, few of his movies were, Shan E Hatim,Khul Ja Sim Sim,ShanE Khuda, Idd Ka Chand,Noor Mahal,Flying Rani,Alam Ara Ki Beti,Bansri Bala, Hatim Tai Ka Beta etc..He made remakes of many movie like Lal E Yaman, Alam Ara (Twice, in 1956 & !973) & Hatim Tai Ki Beti in 1940 & 1955. During his five decades long career, he made movies with in a small budget, with less paid actors. Nanu Bhai Vakil had two productions Companies viz Desai Films & Vakil Production. All his movies had no connect with the present. Elite & pseudo intellectuals avoided to even discuss his movies, but Vakil Sahab had a dedicated audience consisting of common public,less privileged & so called front benchers,who enjoyed his brand of cinema.

His films included less known stars like Sarojini, Navin chandra, Rafiq, Prakash,Gulnar,Daljit, Chitra etc. He also worked with Zubeida, Yakub, Jal Merchant,Jaddanbai,Shanta Hublikar, Nimmi, Veena, Jairaj, Shakila,Nirupa Roy, Nadira,Mehmood,Shobhana Samarth, Nirmala,her husband Arun Ahuja etc His MDs were also little known. However,Music Director A.R.Qureshi ( the famous Tabla Nawaz Alla Rakha-father of Zakir Hussain) gave music to his 18 films.

He never mixed with film folks and spent his life aloof. He quietly died on 29-12-1980 at Bombay.

Actress Anwari, who acted in film Jadui Bansari-48, was from a Tawayaf family of Lucknow. She started her acting career with film Heer Ranjha-32 and then she acted in film Pooran Bhagat-1932, along with K L Saigal. She joined East India Film co. and worked in films likeAurat ka pyar-33,Night Bird-34, Nagin-34 and Mumtaz Begum-34. She had also acted in another NT film Chandidas-34. She shifted her base to Bombay and worked in several films for next four decades. Her last film was Chaitali-1975. In all she did 140 films. She was known as ‘ Pride of Lucknow’ during her peak period. She was credited variously as Anwari Begum, Anwari, and Anwari bai. She expired somewhere in early 80s.

Among the old era MDs, Damodar Sharma was different, in the sense that his songs were always unlike those of his contemporaries. When you hear today’s song, you will notice that difference. From 1934 to 1948, he gave music to just 41 films. All his films were C grade films made by Paramount, Liberty, Ramnik Productions, Mohan Pictures and others. After 1948, he stopped getting films, so he worked as assistant to MD A.R.Qureshi till 1964. Today’s song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki and A.R.Oza.

Amritlal R. Oza was a Nagar Bramhin from Gujarat. He joined Ranjit when Khemchand Prakash, Gyan Dutt and Bulo C Rani were paid musicians there. His first song came in Pujari-46. He was very friendly with Bulo C Rai and Hansraj behl. He sang maximum songs for them only. At the same time he sang in Gujarati films and he became very famous and popular there.

Some Hindi films in which he sang are, Lakhon mein ek-47, Nanad Bhojai-48, Bichhade Balam-49( he sang with Meenakumari also), Bhool Bhulaiyan-49, Nili-50 etc. He sang 39 songs in 23 Hindi films,but sang much and many more in Gujarati. After retirement he settled in Ahmedabad, where he died on 13-5-1985.

Let us now enjoy this fast paced lovely duet from Film Jadui Bansari-48, which makes its Debut on the Blog.


Song-Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo (Jaadui Bansari)(1948) Singers- Amirbai Karnataki, A R Oza, Lyrics- Roopvani, MD- Damodar Sharma
Male chorus
All together

Lyrics

Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo

pyaar se jab dil milte hain
pyaar se jab dil milte hain

man ke kamal tab khilte hain
man ke kamal tab khilte hain
jeet karo ya haar karo
jeet karo ya haar karo

duniya waalon pyaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo

apna kaho to apna jaano
preet ki reet ko tum pehchaano
apna kaho to apna jaano
preet ki reet ko tum pehchaano
sabse naina chaar karo
sabse naina chaar karo

duniya waalon pyaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo

hamne dekho
hamne dekho pyaar kiya hai
jooton(?) ka vyapaar kiya hai
hamne dekho pyaar kiya hai
jooton(?) ka vyopaar kiya hai

tum bhi ye vyapaar karo
tum bhi ye vyapaar karo

duniya waalon pyaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo
duniya waalon pyaar karo
Ghar ghar yahi prachaar karo o


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