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Blog Day :

4279 Post No. : 15518

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 16
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When I look back on this day (5 april) ten years ago, this output of this blog had begun to go up. Four songs were covered on 5 april 2010 which was a 100 % improvement on two songs a day that the blog had got reduced to.

Following three sons were covered on that day :

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Palat meri jaan tere qurbaan Aan Milo Sajna-1970 All songs covered
Duniya hamaare pyaar ki yoon hi jawaan Lahore-1949 08 of 10 songs covered
Bhool na jaana aaj ki baatein Waapas-1943 All songs covered
Door desh ka rahnewaala aayaa Jawab-1942 All songs covered

We can see that three of the movies whose songs were covered have already been YIPPEED during the past ten years. That leaves us with just one movie which qualifies to be discussed under “Blog Ten Year Challenge”.

This movie is “Lahore”(1949). “Lahore” (1949) was based on the aftermath of India’s partition following independence. This movie produced by Jaimini Dewan and directed by M L Anand for was Jaimini Dewan production. The movie had Karan Dewan, Nargis, Kuldeep, Pratima Devi, Gulab, Om Prakash, Randhir, Balakram, Urvashi, Ram Avtaar etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Eight of these songs have been covered in the blog:-

Song Posted On
Bahaarein phir bhi aayengin 20.04.2009
Duniya hamaare pyaar ki yoon hi jawaan 05.04.2010
Toote huye armaanon ki ik duniya basaaye 12.08.2010
Sun lo sajan meri baat 10.11.2011
Wohi rota hua ek dil 06.05.2013
Ik aas badhaaye jaati hai 16.07.2013
Us dil ki kismat kya kahiye 04.06.2014
Bhagwaan kahaan hai 03.10.2016

That leaves us two more songs from the movie. Here is the ninth song from the movie. This song is sung by G M Durrani. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shyam Sundar.

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

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

Now just one song from “Lahore” (1949) is left to be covered. I have not been able to locate this song “Hum jahaan mein aaye hain aansoo bahaane ke liye” sung by Karan Dewanby > If our readers are able to locate this song then I request them to bring the song to our notice.

(audio)
Song-Hamne circus mein naukri kar li (Lahore)(1949) Singer-G M Durrani, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shyam Sundar

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Hamne ae
hamne circus mein ae
naukri ee ee
kar li ee ee
ho o o o o
hamne circus mein
naukri ee ee
hamne circus mein
naukri kar li ee ee
he he he
o
naa miley rozgaar
ho o
naa miley
naa miley
naa miley rozgaar joote se
ae ae ae
naa miley rozgaar joote se

ishq ke marz ki
dawaa ye hai
haan aan aan aan aa
ishq ke marz ki
dawaa ye hai
ae ae ae ae
ho pal mein utrey bukhaar
ho o pal mein utrey bukhaar
joote se ae ae ae
pal mein utrey bukhaar
joote se

nayi tehzeeb tera kya kehnaa
haan aan aan aan aa
haan aan aan aan aa
nayi tehzeeb
dha dha dha sa ga
ga dha
ga dha
ga dha
ha

(sargam ….)

ha ha
nayi tehzeeb
nayi tehzeeb tera kya kehnaa aa
aa aa

o jaan se jyaada pyaar
ho o
jaan se
jaan se
jaan se jyaada pyaar joote se
ae ae ae
jaan se jyaada pyaar joote se

gair se lift
lift
maang lenge ham
maa aa aa aa ang
maa aa aa aa
aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
gair se lift maang lenge ham
hm hm hm hm

o naa sahi teri car
ho o
naa sahi
naa sahi
naa sahi
teri car
joote se
naa sahi
teri car
joote se

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हमने ए
हमने सर्कस में ए
नौकरी ई ई
कर ली ई ई
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ
हमने सर्कस में
नौकरी ई ई
हमने सर्कस में
नौकरी कर ली ई ई
हे हे हे

ना मिले रोज़गार
हो
ना मिले
ना मिले
ना मिले रोज़गार जूते से
ए ए ए
ना मिले रोज़गार जूते से
इश्क के मर्ज़ कि
दवा ये है
हाँ आँ हाँ हाँ आ
इश्क के मर्ज़ कि
दवा ये है
ए ए ए ए
हो पल में उतरे बुखार
हो ओ पल में उतरे बुखार
जूते से ए ए ए
पल में उतरे बुखार
जूते से
नयी तहज़ीब तेरा क्या कहना
हाँ आँ आँ आँ आँ आ
हाँ आँ आँ आँ आँ आ
नयी तहज़ीब
ध ध ध सा
सा
ग सा ग सा
गधा आ
हे हे
(सरगम …)

नि नि सा
ग ग रे सा गा पा
गा अ…

नयी तहज़ीब
नयी तहज़ीब तेरा क्या कहना आ
आ आ
ओ जान से ज्यादा प्यार
हो ओ
जान से
जान से
जान से ज्यादा प्यार जूते से
ए ए ए
जान से
जान से ज्यादा प्यार जूते से
गैर से लिफ्ट
लिफ्ट
मांग लेंगे हम
माँ s s s s s s ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
गैर से लिफ्ट मांग लेंगे हम
ह्म ह्म ह्म ह्म
ओ ना सही तेरी कार
हो ओ
ना सही
ना सही
तेरी कार
जूते से
ना सही
तेरी कार
जूते से


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Blog Day : 4226 Post No. : 15432

Today’s song is from a comedy musical film – Laadli-49.

During the period 1947 to 1950, there was a spate of comedy and musical films.It was also in this period that Naushad and C Ramchandra played havoc with their music. Films like Bela,Daak Bungla, Do Bhai, Jungle mein mangal, Natak, Shadi se pehle,Shehnai, Gunsundari, Hip Hip Hurray, Khidki, Mera Munna, Suhag raat, Andaz, Badi Behan, barsaat, Ek this ladki, Mahal, Namoona and Patanga stirred the HFM from upside down and then up again !

For all other MDs, this period played a challenge to come up to their highest and best level to compete. MDs like Anil Biswas handled the situation with ease, with his musicals like Laadli and Lajawab. Film Laadli-49 was made by Variety pictures – owned by Anil Biswas and his wife Ashalata (Mehrunnisa Bhagat). It was directed by an old friend of Anil Biswas – J P Advani. However, he directed only 3 films of Anil Biswas – Veena-48, Laadli-49 and Lajawab-50.

Jagatrai Pesumal Advani was born on 17-5-1903 in Hyderabad ( Sindh ). After graduating, he studied film making in Germany in the 1920s. After coming back to India, he joined Mohan Bhavnani – a big gun in those days- as his assistant. His first film as a Director was Heer Ranjha-1931. He shifted to Saroj Movietone in 1934 and then to Karachi to work for Golden Eagle Company. He was considered an expert who could handle the Heroines at his will.

He directed about 30 films, including a Hindi/Punjabi bilingual film Sassi-Punnu-46. His Filmography is- 1931: Heer Ranjha; 1933: Zehar-e-Ishq; 1934: Afghan Abla; Dilara; Gafil Musafir; Johar-e-Shamsheer; Tilasmi Talwar; Vasantsena; Flashing Sword; 1935: Bahar-e- Sulemani; Farebi Duniya; Shah Behram; 1936: Elaan-e-Jung; Shokh Dilruba; Sipahsalaar; 1937: Saqi; Insaaf; 1939: Dekha Jayega; 1940: Dharma Bandhan; Sneh Bandhan; 1941: Shehzadi; 1942: Suhagan; 1943: Sahara; 1946: Sassi Punnu; 1948: Veena; 1949: Laadli; 1950: Wafaa; Lajawaab; 1952: Saloni; 1954: Danka; 1955: Hasina.

The cast of the film was Sulochana Chaterjee, Jairaj, Kuldip Kaur, Ramesh Sinha, Randhir, Narbada Shankar and others. There was a coincidence that 2 Sulochanas acted in this film. Along with Heroine Sulochana Chaterjee, the old timer Sulochana Sr. (Ruby Myers) also acted in a side role. Born in Chandranagar, Sulochana Chatterjee was the daughter of a military man and the family, five girls, including the late Kamla Chatterjee ( she looked like Geeta Bali, and was Kidar Sharma’s wife), and one boy, used to travel along with their parents to wherever their father was transferred.
From Calcutta they moved to Jabalpore and it was here that Sulochana did her school­ing. She also took an active part in school dramatics. After some time the family was transferred to Bombay and here her younger sister, Kamla, was spotted by Sohrab Modi, a friend of their father’s, and given a role as a child star in Modi’s picture Jailor (1938).

Once Sulochana happened to visit the sets one day and after watching her sister at work, She was offered a part in Harishchandra Pictures’ “Aina”-44, which she accepted. She was co-starred with Trilok Kapoor. She starred in scores of films after that, among them the comedy “Ladli”-50, in which she appeared with Jairaj, and “Grahasti”-48 which was a memor­able hit and in which she play­ed with Yakub and Masood.

Sulochana acted in two Bengali pictures “Apanaela”, produced by Saroj Mukerjee and directed by Benoy Banerjee with Pradeep Kumar as her leading man, and Benoy Banerjee’s “Minoti” in which she shared stellar honors with Smriti Biswas and Paresh Banerjee. Her well known films are Chaitanya Mahaprabhu-53, Rami Dhoban-53, Shahjehan-46, Veena-48, Nav Durga-53, Jagte Raho-56, Jis desh mein Gaqnga behti hai-60, Sarswatichandra-68 etc.

In all she acted in 119 films. Her first film was Shobha-42 and last film was Shabas Daddy-79. After retirement, she settled in Bombay. Sulochana Chatterjee died on 30-8-1999.

Her favorite pastime, was playing with her sister’s children. She cooked, too, and knitted off and on. She was fond of English pictures , liked Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck and comedies. Sulochana could play Bad­minton and drove a car. A gifted linguist, she knew Bengali, her mother tongue, Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi, Kutchi and Guajarati. She spoke them all fluently.

Film Laadli was a comedy musical. There were 5 Lyricists and the MD was Anil Biswas. In Hindi film industry,right from 1931 onwards,many composers from Bengal came to Bombay to try their luck,but only a few could make their name here. There was a host of small time Bangla composers (some of them were Big names in Bengal) came to Bombay for a while,did 2-3 films and went back. Few of them were Shoolpani mukherjee, S P Mukherjee, V V Ganguly, Niren Lahiri, Shivram Ghosh, A C Biswas, Bhishmadev Chatterjee, Sushant Banerjee, Robin Chaterjee, Naresh Bhattacharya etc.

Besides these composers,there were some less successful composers from Bengal, in Bombay, like Ashok Ghosh, Pannalal Ghosh, Robin Banerjee, Hiren Bose, Shyamal Mitra, Arunkumar Mukherjee and Manas Mukherjee. Their major problem was Language and cultural difference.

There were 4 major composers from Bengal,who succeeded here and etched their names in the HFM history. I call them A grade. They all operated at the same time during the Golden Age period. Two composers came from East Bengal-Anil Biswas and S D Burman. Two composers came from West Bengal-Hemant Kumar and Salil Chaudhari.

Anil Biswas was the first major composer from Bengal to start his career in Bombay in 1935, at the age of just 21 years, whereas S D Burman was the oldest having started his career in Bombay in 1946, at the age of 40 years ! The longest tenure was that of Salil Chaudhari,but his song total is the lowest, with an average of about 5 songs per film.This is much lower than the average of 8+ and 9 of the others. This may be, because in later part of his career Salil da gave music to many parallel films which had minimum songs.

The two senior composers were from the East Bengal and the two junior composers were from the West Bengal. The styles of these two groups were different because of the different pattern of Eastern and Western Bangla music. All four depended and used heavily from the folk tunes and Bangla songs,from their respective regions. Anil Biswas and Burman da drew heavily from the Eastern Bangla folk tunes and that is why sometimes their music had similarities.

A case in point is song – “Sundari O sundari” from Lajawab-50. It was based on a folk tune of East Bengal. By coincidence S D Burman too used the same tune and same Mukhda for his Bangla film, “Samar’-50. Not only this,S D Burman again used the same tune for a song in film ‘Munimji”-55 ( Anadi re Anadi).
Anil Biswas was hailed as one of the most original,revolutionary and experimental composer,even dubbed as “The Bhishma Pitamaha”of HFM.

He was original. When Anil Biswas came on the scene in the mid 30s, the Parsee Theatre music,Marathi Natya sangeet and Gujarati drama and Lok kala Sangeet was being followed in film music. He decided to change this pattern and used Robindra Sangeet and Folk tunes for his songs. He was Revolutionary because he introduced western instruments in his music as a routine,which no one had thought of,so far. He was experimental,because he tried a variety of singers.

Those days,when playback was not yet common,non singers sang songs and it was a terrible task to make them sing properly. Anil Biswas tried the First ever playback,in Bombay,in his film “Mahageet”-37,singing the playback song himself to be shot on Hiren Bose in the film.

In a span of 30 years and in his 86 films having 777 songs,he used 76 singers. Among his singers Lata stands at First rank with 120 songs. The second place is shared by Surendra and Meena Kapoor( naturally), with 44 songs. Next name is that of Anil Biswas himself,with 43 songs.

Going through the list of singers,one finds very unknown names like Omkar, Kamlakar, Kokila, Gajadhar, D.Manek, Tarachand, Devaskar, Madhav kale, Yusuf Effendi, Solanki and Swapna Sen. Except Madhav Kale and Yusuf Effendi,I have never heard the other names myself,nor have I read about them anywhere. It is likely that these singers were from the early era and his earliest films. He himself first sang in ‘Dharam ki Devi’-35 and his last song was in ‘Sautela Bhai’-62.

Today’s song is the 6th song of this film to be discussed here. The film had an all time immortal song by the Anil Biswas – Lata duo…”Tumhare bulane ko jee chahata hai….” Such fine songs are now only in memory. Today’s song is also a good song. This is a Chorus song. Anil Biswas was particularly fond of Chorus songs and his no film was complete without at least one chorus song. Now, enjoy this chorus song….

( My thanks to Cineplot, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema and History of Indian Film Music, for information used herein)


Song-Gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do (Laadli)(1949) Singer-Lata, Lyrics- S H Bihari, MD-Anil Biswas
Chorus

Lyrics

gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do

gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do

ameeron o o
ameeron hamen sookhi roti hi de do o o
ameeron hamen sookhi roti hi de do o o
gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
o o o o
o o o o

jo pahle thhi haalat wahi hai hamaari ee ee
ye pahle bhi bhookhe hain ab bhi bhikhaari
ye pahle bhi bhookhe hain ab bhi bhikhaari
hamesha se hain haath phaile huye do o o
hamesha se hain haath phaile huye do o o
gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
o o o o
o o o o

ye oonchi imaarat ye resham ke kapde ae ae
na kutiya hi hamko na khaadi ke tukde
na kutiya hi hamko na khaadi ke tukde
hamen bhi to apna badan dhaanpne do o o
hamen bhi to apna badan dhaanpne do o o
gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
o o o o
o o o o

agar rookhi sookhi ye khaa kar bachenge
to kal ko ye Gandhi Jawahir banenge
agar rookhi sookhi ye khaa kar bachenge
to kal ko ye Gandhi Jawahir banenge
inhen sirf jeene ka mauka hi de do o o
inhen sirf jeene ka mauka hi de do o o
gareebon ka hissa gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do

ameeron o (gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
)
ameeron o (gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
)
ameeron o (gareebon ko de do
gareebon ko de do
)


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Blog Day : 4219 Post No. : 15421

“Anyaay” (1949) was produced and directed by J S Kashyap for Diamond Pictures Limited, Bommbay.

“Anyaay”(1949) was a unique kind of movie. It was not an “original” standalone movie. It basically took scenes from 14 earlier movies of Bombay Talkies and combined them to come up with a story, shooting a few additional scenes as required. For shooting these scenes, the movie had used J S Kashyap, Laxman Saroj, Putli Bai, Narbada Shankar, Devidutt Nautiyal, Kesar Bai, Shree Bhagwan, B S Bhatnagar etc.

The movie had nine songs according to HFGK. Even the songs of the movie were those songs which were already utilised in Eearlier Bombay Talkies movies. For instance, the movie reused (with visuals) two songs from “Jeewan Prabhat”(1937) and one song from “Hamaari Baat”(1943).

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

Here is the third song from “Anyaay” (1949) to appear in the blog. This song was originally used in “Izzat”(1937). There the song was sung by Devika rani but here the same song is sung by Meena Kapoor.

J S Kashyap was the lyricist in both the movies. Music in “Anyaay”(1949) version was by Ram Prasad.

Incidentally the tune of the song was different in the two movies.

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

Incidentally, the same song is mentioned in HFGK under two headings, viz at serial number 4 as “O jaane waale ye to bata” and at serial number 9 as “nagari laage sooni sooni”. So in effect, the movie had eight songs and not nine.


Song-O jaane waale ye to bata..nagari laage sooni sooni (Anyaay)(1949) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-J S Kashyap, MD-Ram Prasad

Lyrics

O jaane waale
ye to bata
mujhe kiske sahaare chhod chala
mera man jeewan soona kar ke
kyun nirmohi munh mod chada

nagari laage sooni sooni
nagari laage sooni sooni
jabse gaye pal chain na gaye
ja se gaye
palchain na aaye
buri bhayi gati man ki
buri bhayi gati man ki
nisdin naina raah takat hai
nisdin naina raah takat hai
chaah lagi darashan ki
ho chaah lagi darsan ki
more peer badhat din dooni
more peer badhat din dooni

nagari laage sooni sooni
nagari laage sooni sooni


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Blog Day : 4215 Post No. : 15416

“Anmol Moti”(1949) was directed by Shanti Kumar for Jaishakti Pictures, Bombay. This movie had Shenprabha Pradhan, Indu, Umakant, Vimal Bai, Ramesh Sinha, Kesar Bai, C S Dubey, Om Prakash Gaud, Tribhuwan Sinha, Sharad Shukla, Tikaram, Shyama etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past in the blog.

Here is the third song from “Anmol Moti”(1949) to appear in the blog. Though its details are not mentioned in HFGK, the uploader of this song mentions that it is sung by Snehprabha Pradhan. Music is composed by Ram Ganguly.

Only the audio of this song is available. Since Snehprabha Pradhan had acted in the movie tso it follows that the song was picturised on herself.


Song-Kya khabar thhi ye muhobbat is qadar tadpaayegi(Anmol Moti)(1949) Singer-Snehprabha Pradhan, MD-Ram Ganguly

Lyrics

kya khabar thhi ye muhobbat is kadar tadpaayegi
kya khabar thhi ye muhobbat is kadar tadpaayegi
kya khabar thhi is kadar taqdeer palta khaayegi

hum to samjhe thhe muhobbat mein maza kuchch aur hai
hum to samjhe thhe muhobbat mein maza kuchch aur hai
kya khabar thhi ki humari jaan par ban jaayegi
kya khabar thhi ki humari jaan par ban jaayegi

waqt meri zindagi se sab adhoora reh gaya
waqt meri zindagi se sab adhoora rah gaya
kya khabar thhi ki khushi meri gham mein badal jaayegi
kya khabar thhi ye muhobbat is kadar tadpaayegi


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Blog Day : 4212 Post No. : 15413

“Anmol Moti”(1949) was directed by Shanti Kumar for Jaishakti Pictures, Bombay. This highly obscure movie had Shenprabha Pradhan, Indu, Umakant, Vimal Bai, Ramesh Sinha, Kesar Bai, C S Dubey, Om Prakash Gaud, Tribhuwan Sinha, Sharad Shukla, Tikaram, Shyama etc in it.

The movie had ten obscure songs in it. In case of nine out of ten songs, even the details of singers are not available. The one song whose singers are mentioned in HFGK is the one song that has been covered in the past in the blog.

Here is the second song from “Anmol Moti”(1949) to appear in the blog. Though its details are not mentioned in HFGK, listening to the song reveals that it is a duet song sung by Shamshad Begam and Shailesh Mukherji. Ramesh Gupta is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ram Ganguly.

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


Song-Armaanon ka pyaala mera thhes lagi aur phhoot gaya (Anmol Moti)(1949) Singers- Shamshad Begam, Shailesh Mukherjee, Lyrics-Ramesh Gupta, MD-Ram Ganguly
Both

Lyrics

armaanon ka pyaala mera
thhes lagi aur phoot gaya
mera dil toot gaya
mere dil toot gaya
toote taar milen phir kaise ae ae
toote taar milen phir kaise
man ke phool khilen phir kaise ae
aur naseeba phoot gaya
phoot gaya aa aa
mera dil
mera dil toot gaya aa aa
mera dil toot gaya

ab kaise tumko samjhaaun
ab kaise tumko samjhaaun
kya munh le kar saamne jaaun
har ik sahaara chhoot gaya
chhoot gaya aa
mera dil

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
mera dil toot gaya aa aa
mera dil toot gaya

jisko man ka meet samajh kar
jisko man ka meet samajh kar
prem ka geet sunaaya thha aa
jisko man ka meet samajh kar
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
duniya ko begaana samajh kar
jisko apna banaaya thha aa
jisko apna banaaya thha

wo de ke bharosa loot gaya aa
loot gaya aa aa
mera dil toot gaya aa aa
mera dil toot gaya


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

Blog Day : 4137 Post No. : 15296

Today’s song is from the film Maya Bazar-49.

There can not be a single person in India who does not know stories from Ramayan and Mahabharat. Whether the person is educated or uneducated, belonging to any religion or Caste, knows about these Epics. People other than Hindus, may not know much, but every Hindu knows Ramayan and Mahabharat stories.

We have heard and read various stories from these Epics, which were written several thousand years ago. The Mahabharat, which is approximately four times bigger than Ramayana has stories which are full of Adventure, Human qualities and Magic. These stories are more interesting than Ramayana stories, anyday.

The very fact that these Epics are age old, is also the cause of many newer stories getting added to the original ‘ Historical Document ‘ over several generations. Some highly imaginative and enterprising playwright of Yore created a new character in Mahabharat. This was supposed to be the daughter of Balram, the elder brother of Shri Krishna, and got her married to the son of Arjuna, in a very thrilling way. In the original epic, she is non-existent.

This first started in Maharashtra, where stage dramas were very popular. Different drama companies gave the imaginary daughter different names, to prove that their story was authentic. Thus two names- Surekha and Vatsala came into the stories for this fictitious character. Addition of Krishna and a Rakshas- Ghatotkach also added the required humour and magic. These dramas became very popular.

When Silent film era began, the then famous Maharashtra Film company of Kolhapur, belonging to Baburao Painter, made not one, but three silent films on this story. The first film was Vatsala Haran-1919, the second was Surekha-Abhimanyu alias Surekha Haran-1921 and the third film was Maya Bazar alias Vatsala Haran-1923.

The South was not to lag behind. They too staged dramas on this story, but the name of the daughter was changed to Sasirekha, to claim that their story was the original.The famous ” Surabhi Drama Troupe” of south made the play- one of the most crowd pulling popular show. In south a silent film on this story was made as ” Maya Bazar”-1925.

When the Talkie films started in 1931, in the very next year, film ” Maya Bazar”-32 was made by Sagar Movietone. Subsequently, movies on this title were made in 1949, 1958, 1971, and 1984 also. The south made a Talkie film Maya Bazar in 1936 with a title ‘ Sasirekha Parinay’, because Surekha/Vatsala was known as Sasirekha in south. However, one of the best ever films on this story was made by Vijay Vauhini Studios, Madras as ” Maya Bazar” in 1957 in Telugu and Tamil. The Kannada version- as dubbed film- came in 1958. This film was on Top in the list ” 100 greatest films made in India “, by CNN-IBN, for the period of 100 years-1913 to 2013. I have seen this wonderful film and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Our today’s film Maya Bazar-(Vatsala Haran)-49 was made by Manik Studios, Bombay. All songs of this film as well as the story and screenplay was done by Pt. Mukhram Sharma and the music was by Sudhir Phadke. The film was made Bilingual-in Hindi and Marathi. The cast was Durga Khote, Shahu Modak, Baby Shakuntala, Balakram, Kusum Deshpande and Vasant Thengadi ( they were Husband-wife pair in real life), Ganpatrao Bakre (one time a famous, popular and handsome Hero of silent films), Usha Marathe ( she changed her name to Usha Kiran and became famous in Hindi and Marathi films,later on), Master Chhotu etc.etc.

The film was directed by Datta Dharmadhikari. This was his first independent film as a director. Earlier he had joined Raja Nene for directing film Shadi se pehle-47. Datta Dharmadhikari was born on 2-12-1913 at Kolhapur in a lower middle class family. He studied up to Matriculation and started working in various film studios of Kolhapur. He first worked with Baburao pendharkar and then joined Prabhat. He learnt from almost every department of film making, except the Music department. He even acted a small role in film Sant Gyaneshwar -40, a bilingual in Marathi and Hindi. Having worked as an assistant director, he became joint Director with Raja Nene for film ‘Shadi se pehle ‘-47. Simultaneously, he directed some very successful films in Marathi.

He established his own production company “Alhad Chitra “. Alhad ( means joy ) was his son, who worked as a child artiste in all his films- Hindi and Marathi.Datta re-made some of his successful Marathi films in Hindi, like Nanhe Munne-52 ( Chimni Pakhare in Marathi), Mahatma-53 in 3 Languages- Marathi, Hindi and English and Suhagan-54 ( Suwasini in Marathi ).

When he produced film Mahatma-53 in Hindi and Marathi with an English version,he lost heavily and was forced to sell everything he had. Things were so bad that his wife had to cook Tiffins for people to run the house. However Datta came out of this all. He started accepting Directorial work from other producers, both in Marathi and Hindi. His last film was in 1982. Datta Dharmadhikari died on 30-12-1982.

He directed 21 Marathi and 11 Hindi films. His films in Hindi are Shadi se pehle-47, Maya Bazar-49, Nanhe Munne-52, Mahatma-53, Bhagyawan-53, Savdhan-54, Sudarshan Chakra-56, Deep jalta rahe-59, Subhadra Haran-64, Mujhe seene se lagaa lo-69 and last film Daulat ka Nasha-82. He gave break to a pair of Composers- Vasant-Ramchandra ( Vasant Pawar and Ramchandra Wadhavkar ) for 5 of his films in Hindi, but they could not get any work from other banners and their career in Hindi, as a pair, ended with these 5 films only.

The story of film Maya Bazar-49 was….

Subhadra (the sister of Balarama and Krishna) marries a Pandava- Arjuna. Their son Abhimanyu falls in love with Balarama’s daughter, Vatsala. The families consent to their marrying when they reach adulthood. When Abhimanyu and Vatsala have grown up, Krishna introduces them to each other. One day, the Pandavas are invited by Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas to join in a game of dice. Duryodhana’s uncle, Shakuni, manipulates the results of the game, thereby costing the Pandavas their wealth, their liberty and their wife Draupadi. Duryodhana’s brother, Dushasana, attempts to disrobe Draupadi. He is seen by Krishna, who, furious, comes to her rescue.
On hearing what happened to the Pandavas, Balarama decides to teach the Kauravas a lesson and travels to their capital Hastinapuram. Shakuni and Duryodhana approach Balarama with an insincere respectful manner, then seek his approval of a marriage between Vatsala and Duryodhana’s son Lakshmana Kumara. Their true goal is to force Balarama and Krishna to support them if the Pandavas wage war. Unaware of their real intentions, Balarama agrees to the marriage.

Because of the ruined financial state of Pandavas, Balarama’s wife, Revati, refuses to honour her commitment to marry Vatsala and Abhimanyu and expresses her support for the alliance with the Kauravas. Krishna, who is aware of Duryodhana and Shakuni’s real intentions, orders his charioteer Daaruka to take Subhadra and Abhimanyu through the forests to Ghatotkacha’s hermitage.

Ghatotkacha, who happens to be Abhimanyu’s brother, at first thinks they are intruders in his forest and attacks them but later apologises for the misunderstanding. When Subhadra explains the change in the marriage arrangements, Ghatotkacha decides to wage war against both the Kauravas and Balarama. At the urging of his mother, Hidimbi, and Subhadra, Ghatotkacha abandons his plans and is advised instead to try some trickery in Dwaraka.

With the knowledge of Krishna and Vatsala’s servant, he carries the sleeping Vatsala in her bed from Dwaraka, and flies to his hermitage. Assuming Vatsala’s form, he returns to Dwaraka and, with the help of his assistants, wreaks havoc on her wedding to Lakshmana Kumara, preventing the marriage from being carried out.

With the help of assistants, Ghatotkacha creates a magical town consisting of an illusory marketplace and palace. He names the town Mayabazar and invites the Kauravas to stay there. Assistants introduce themselves to the Kauravas as servants appointed by Balarama to look after them. They manage to trick Shakuni’s lackeys. Ghatotkacha (in Vatsala’s form) makes Duryodhana’s wife rethink the marriage arrangement and teases Lakshmana Kumara. He plans the wedding of the real Vatsala and Abhimanyu in his hermitage which is attended by Krishna. Using his divine powers, Krishna also attends as a guest for the marriage taking place in the Mayabazar.

On the wedding day, Ghatotkacha appears before Lakshmana Kumara in various tantalising forms while, at the hermitage, Vatsala marries Abhimanyu. When Shakuni discovers what has really happened, he blames Krishna. Satyaki, Arjuna’s disciple, asks Shakuni to speak standing on a magical box. He proceeds to stand on the box, which makes him involuntarily explain the Kauravas’ real intentions behind the marriage proposal. Ghatotkacha then reveals his identity. After humiliating the Kauravas, Ghatotkacha sends them back to Hastinapur. Vatsala’s parents accept her marriage. They thank Ghatotkacha, who credits Krishna as the mastermind behind everything, including Abhimanyu and Vatsala’s marriage. ( just for information…. this Laxman Kumar is killed by Abhimanyu on the 13th day of the Mahabharat war).

Today’s song is a ‘Sales Pitch’ song- one of the earliest in its category. The singer is Sudhir Phadke, whose voice is so fresh. This was the first Hindi film, in which he sang a song. Same year he also sang in film Sant Janabai-49. That way, this is a rare song. Thanks to Sadanand kamath ji, who uploaded this song on my request.

(I also thank book “Silent Cinema” by Dr. R K Varma, baklol.com and The Hindu article of 30-4-2015 on this film, for information used herein.)


Song-Phatey puraane kapde phenko naye naye tum le lo (Maaya Baazaar)(1949) Singer- Sudhir Phadke, Lyrics- Pt Mukhram Sharma, MD- Sudhir Phadke

Lyrics

Ho o
Nagarvasiyon suno
dhyaan de kar suno
aisa swarn awsar phir kabhi haath na aayega
puraana do
naya lo
puraana
do naya lo

phate puraane kapde phenko
phate puraane kapde phenko
naye naye tum le lo
naye naye tum le lo
gaya samay phir haath na aaye
soch rahe kya le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
makhmal pahno
resham pahno
mor mukut peetaambar pahno
maile chithhde phenko phenko o
maile chithhde phenko phenko
naye naye tum le lo
naye naye tum le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
aasmaani ?? chunariyaan
indrdhanush ki lagi chunariyaan
lagi chunariyaan
angiya mein hain chaand sitaare
aawo
le lo
le lo
aao le lo le lo
aao le lo le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
saadi le lo
hanse jawaani
hanse jawaani
hanse jawaani
phoohad pahne
bane sayaani
bane sayaani
bane sayaani
dhaani dhaani jaali waali
kaali peeli choli le lo
le lo
le lo le lo
aao le lo le lo
aao le lo le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
toote phoote bartan phenko
nakkaashi ke bartan dekho
toote phoote bartan phenko
nakkaashi ke bartan dekho
daan dharm ki lagin dukaanen
lagin dukaanen

daan dharm ki lagin dukaanen
lagin dukaanen
lagin dukaanen
muft maal hai le lo
muft maal hai le lo
soch rahe kya le lo
maanik moti heere pehno
ratan jadaau gehne pehno
maanik moti heere pehno
ratan jadaau gehne pehno
Laxmi ka bhandar khula hai
Laxmi ka bhandar khula hai
nagarwaasiyon aao le lo
nagarwaasiyon aao le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo
le lo le lo


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 Musically Iconic film Bazaar-1949.

The film was made by Madhukar Pictures. It was based on a story by K.Amarnath, who also directed this film.The 16 songs of the film were written by Qamal Jalalabadi and the Music Director was Shyam Sundar- one of my favourite composers in Hindi.

1949 was the best year in the Golden Era of HFM. There were so many films offering evergreen, out of this world songs, that the audience did not know which film to see and which song to be heard. The sale of records registered a Record of Sales in 1949. 157 films were made in 1949. Barring the figure of 181 films in 1947 ( we know the reasons), 1949 produced the maximum films from 1931 to 1984 – a period of 50++ years. What’s more, almost every alternate film gave superb songs. Nearly every Music Director of Hindi films was present in 1949, with his film.

This was also a transition period, when older composers were giving way to newer ones. Additionally, the competition between Naushad and C Ramchandra for the Number One position was on its peak. Though CR is my favourite composer, during the period 47 to 49, it was all the way Naushad who was the undisputed Numero Uno as far as quality and number of hit films were concerned. Here is a chart…

composer Year Number of films Hit films
C Ramchandra 1947 8
1948 3
1949 7
Total 18 4
Naushad 1947 2
1948 3
1949 4
Total 9 8

In this period Naushad’s strike rate of Hit films was more than double, compared to C Ramchandra percentagewise.

The year 1949 had absolutely heavenly showers of Musical Films. Some of such films were Andaz, Badi Behan, Barsaat, Bazaar, Dulari, Jeet, Apna Desh, Chandni Raat, Chaar Din, Sunehre Din, Shayar, Dillagi, Ek thi ladki, Kaneez, Laadli, Lahore, Mahal, Namoona, Patanga etc etc. The year 1949 also witnessed the introduction of A and U Censor certificates, the establishment of Films Division, the start of Navketan productions of Anand brothers and few other landmarks in Hindi film industry.

The cast of bazaar -49 was Nigar Sultana, Shyam, Gope, Cuckoo, Badri prasad, Yakub etc etc. Shyam was a very handsome actor. However, just like Ashok kumar, he too was first rejected in the screen test by Bombay Talkies. In the case of Ashok kumar, this rejection was overruled by Himanshu Rai- owner of Bombay Talkies and he became a Hero immediately. In case of Shyam, he had to wait for some more time.

Sunder Shyam Chadda (20 February 1920 – 25 April 1951) was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan on February 20, 1920. Shyam’s grand father was a village Patwari, while his father worked as a store keeper with the Indian medical Service. So the young Shyam had to keep moving with his father in different cantonment towns of Punjab. A graduate from the Punjab University Shyam had a great fascination for films right from early childhood. It was Shyam’s uncle, late Tarachand Chadha, a subedar with the British Army who convinced Shyam’s father to allow Shyam to join the film line. Shyam came to Poona and worked with Prabhat cinema and stayed in lane no-9 Prabhat road in Adhar Bungalow.
In 1941 Shyam was called for a screen test by Bombay Talkies but met with no success. Determined to work in films, he took up the job of assistant director to JK Nanda and appeared in a Punjabi picture from Lahore. Shyam’s first film was Mann ka meet-44. Saigal’s death in 1947 created a void in the film world which was soon filled up by one of the leading heroes of those times, Ashok Kumar. Shyam ruled the world of celluloid from 1948 and 1951, when he was killed in a tragic accident.

With super hits like Dillagi, Patanga, Kaneej, Samadhi, Man Ka Meet and Shabistan under his belt, Shyam had scaled dizzying heights of super stardom in his late 20s. He was a true achiever in every sense of the word.

After Dillagi, in which he stared opposite Suraiya, which was released in 1949, he shot to stardom with the popular song Tu Mera Chand Mai Teri Chandni, a rage in those days.( this song was sung by singer Shyam kumar and not by actor Shyam)

He married a Muslim, Mumtaz Qureshi (nickname “Taji”), with whom he had a daughter, Pakistani TV actress Sahira Kazmi, married to actor Rahat Kazmi, and a son named Shakir (born two months after his death), a psychiatrist based in UK. His wife migrated to Lahore, Pakistan, after his premature death in 1951, along with her elder sister, Zeb Qureshi, who was an actress in Bombay. Mumtaz later married a gentleman, Ansari after Shyam’s death.

He acted with Munawar Sulltana in many films like Kaneez and Majboor. A highly educated person, Shyam wrote an article for Blitz, a leading film magazine of those times on his favourite heroines. He was a close personal friend of Saadat Hasan Manto and was the inspiration of many of his stories. Even after partition, their bond of friendship endured.

He died after a nasty fall from horseback, at the young age of 30 when destiny snuffed the life out of this versatile actor. It was an ill-fated day when he was shooting for Filimistan’s Shabistan directed by Vibhuti Mitra at Ghodbunder road near Borivali when the reins of the horse slipped from Shyam’s hand. He was thrown off the horse and received major injuries on his head and was rushed to the Bombay Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Fans from all over thronged to pay their respects to their loved hero at the Sonapur crematorium at the Bombay Kings road.

Even the BMC (Bombay Municipal Corporation) named the place where Shyam stayed in Chembur as Shyam Park. Though younger than Ashok Kumar , he played roles of the latter’s elder brother. After Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand , Shyam and Rehman are remembered most for their contribution to the field of Hindi cinema.

Shyam is incidentally survived by Younger brother, Harbans Chadha. Shyam was fond of his daughter Sahera but he did not live long to see his son, who was born a couple of month after his death. His son Shakir, who now lives in Pakistan with his mother Taji, who had migrated there after partition.

Filmography of Shyam’s films as a lead hero:

1948-Majboor,Shikayat,Bazaar,Chandani Raat,
1949- Char Din, Dada, Dillagi, Kaneez, Naach, Patanga, Raat Ki Rani,
1950- Choti Bhabiu, Meena Bazaar, Nirdosh, Samadhi, Sangeeta, Suraj Mukhi, Wafa , Kale Badal,
1951- Shabistan
Shyam acted in 24 films, in all.

There are many versions of how Shyam died during the shooting. However , here is the report from an eye witness, who was present there on that day and this happened before his eyes. The horse Shyam rode, was owned by him.

Jimmy Bharucha, one of the best Horse Trainers in India, had himself been trained in foreign countries. He had opened a Horse Training School in Poona. Yesteryear actor SHYAM was one of his earliest students. For all his films, Shyam used the same horse from Bharucha. Actor Shyam had died while doing a stunt for film Shabistan-51.

Whenever he talked about Shyam, Bharucha got emotional. The truth about Shyam’s death….

That fateful day, Shyam was in a very cheerful mood. He joked with other artists as usual. The film was SHABISTAN. He had to do a stunt scene on a horse. His double was kept ready. However Shyam insisted on doing that dangerous shot himself that day. The scene started and was also completed successfully. There was a round of applauding claps.

Shyam was getting down from the horse and suddenly,the horse started running. Shyam’s foot got stuck in the stirr-up and he was dragged some distance before people ran and stopped the horse. Shyam was unconscious. He was immediately taken to the hospital, but he died-with his make up and costume still on him ! ( from an article by Vasant Bhalekar in book ‘Ruperi Smaran Yatra’ by Prof. Subhash Savarkar and article ‘Anipals’ by Mala Doshi ).

Film Bazaar was released on 4-3-1949 at Excelsior Cinema in Bombay. The Film India magazine of May 1949 had published a review of this film. Once for a change, Baburao Patel had good words about a film and its music. The story of the film, as outlined in this review is this…

An impecunious poet, Parwana (Shyam), runs away from home in company with his pal Jagu (Gope) to join a theatrical company. On the way, they come across a gypsy camp and Jagu succeeds in picking up Koel (Cuckoo), a gypsy dancer, as his sweetheart. Parwana and Jagu soon cross swords with Khanna ( Yakub) of Khanna Theatres, whose main attraction is Bijli ( NIgar Sultana), a beautiful and temperamental dancer. Bijli is attracted by Parwana’s poetry and physique and we soon see Parwana, Jagu and Koel working in Khanna Theatres.
Parwana and Bijli begin to love each other and Khanna doesn’t like the look of things, being himself in love with Bijli. Things soon reach a show-down stage and Bijli walks out of Khanna Theatres arm-in-arm with Parwana and his stooges. The new team tries to start its own theatre business, but the love-stricken Khanna becomes vindictive and with his influence and money hounds them out from place to place till Parwana and Bijli are ruined and heartbroken. In a desperate attempt to save Parwana’s poetic soul, Bijli, sacrificing her love for him, compromises matters with Khanna, who helps to put Parwana on the stage once again. But, Parwana needs more than mere success to feel happy and very soon he returns heartbroken to his parental home, a sadder but wiser man.

Now Parwana dedicates himself to national service and we soon come to the climax, in which Khanna, realizing the intensity of Bijli’s love for Parwana, gracefully gives her up and all rush to a public meeting for their individual professions and confessions. Evidently, anyplace seems to be good enough for the Punjabis to vomit their love and a large crowd does not deter Bijli from vomiting her love for Parwana on a public platform. It ends well.

Film Bazaar was remade as ‘Naya Andaz-1956’ starring Kishore kumar and Meena kumari . This film also had excellent music by O P Nayyar. Interestingly, this film also was directed by same K.Amarnath only.

Film Bazaar-49 had 16 songs. 14 are already discussed here. Today’s song is the 15th song.( I am surprised how this song remained uncovered so long. May be my good luck !) . The only song now remains to be covered is ” Nazar se mil jayegi nazar”. HFGK is silent about its singer, but also has a note that this song was removed from the film. This song’s record number is also not given, leading to a guess that, may be this song, having been removed from film, was not made into a record. In that case, today’s song is the last song of this film to be covered. Worth thinking.


Song- Maang raha hai Hindustan Roti Kapda aur Makaan (Baazaar)(1949) Singer- Mohd. Rafi, Lyricist- Qamar Jalalabadi, MD- Shyamsunder
Chorus

Lyrics

watan ki raah mein jo moti lutaaye jaate hain aen
to motiyon se jawaahar banaaye jaate hain aen
tu dekh Dilli mein jaa kar samaadh Baapu ki
ke is pe phool nahin
dil chadhaaye jaate hain

maang raha hai Hindustan
Roti kapda aur makaan
Roti kapda
Roti kapda aur makaan
maang raha hai

millon mein jaao aur dekho
millon mein jaao aur dekho
kya hai Hindustan
dekh ke bangle mein raunaq
dekh ke bangle mein raunaq
mazdoor ka ghar veeraan aan
maang raha hai Hindustan
Roti kapda aur makaan
Roti kapda
Roti kapda aur makaan
maang raha hai

kheton mein jaao aur dekho
kya hai Hindustan
kheton mein jaao aur dekho
kya hai Hindustan
zameendaar ke bhare hain kothe
zameendaar ke bhare hain kothe
bhookhha mare kisaan
maang raha hai Hindustan
Roti kapda aur makaan
Roti kapda
Roti kapda aur makaan
maang raha hai

mehlon mein jaao aur dekho
mehlon mein jaao aur dekho
daawat ka saamaan
neeche raste par soya hai
neeche raste par soya hai
ik bhookha insaan aan
maang raha hai Hindustan
Roti kapda aur makaan
Roti kapda
Roti kapda aur makaan
maang raha hai

Hindustan ko aaj banaa den
aisa Hindustan
sab ko mile roti kapda
sab ko mile makaan


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

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4094 Post No. : 15238

Today’s song is from a film Rakhi-1949. This social film was made by Prakash Pictures,Bombay. It was directed by Dr. Shanti kumar ( he is different than the composer Shanti Kumar Desai). The 10 melodious songs were composed by the Melody-Magicians Husnlal-Bhagatram.

Most of us know that Husnlal and Bhagatram were the brothers of Pt. Amarnath- the eldest brother, who too was a well known, pre Independence music director. However, How many of us know that out of this pair, Bhagatram was the elder brother ? Have you anytime wondered why the younger brother’s name comes first in this pair ?

Normally, when a pair of brothers is referred, it is the elder brother’s name that comes first. For example, Ram-Laxman or Balram – Srikrishna or even Kalyanji – Anand ji, Jatin-Lalit or Anand-Milind. For many years, this matter was bothering me, but I could not find any justification for this unusual way of pairing. I was sure that there must be some story behind this.

Two years ago, the Blog “Songs of yore” published the second part of Husnlal-Bhagatram post on 11-8-2017, based on the interview of Dinesh Prabhakar, son of Husnlal and Ms. Nirmala Devi, wife of Husnlal. During her talk, Nirmala Devi explained the reasons for calling the pair as Husnlal-Bhagatram, inspite of Bhagatram being the elder one and more experienced of the two. Bhagatram had already given music, individually to 9 films, in the late 30s and early 40s, before the pair was formed. Her statement answered my long awaited query about the unusual name of the pair. Here is the related portion of her interview….

” The 90-year old Shrimati Nirmala Devi is an amazing lady. She still has a razor-sharp memory and superb knowledge of music and music personalities of that era. She gave me a lot of interesting information, not available elsewhere – for example, the reason why the younger brother Husnlal’s name comes first in the duo’s name. Her talk also revealed that other family commitments, too, in Delhi were contributory factors for their decline in the film music.

Shrimati Nirmala Devi speaks about her husband (late) Pt Husnlal

DD Kashyap, who was directing Chaand (1944) for Prabhat Films, wanted to engage Pt Amarnath based in Lahore, who was a towering figure in music. As he was heavily preoccupied, he strongly recommended his younger brother Pt Husnlal who was staying with him and assisting him in Lahore-based films of Pancholi and others, assuring Kashyap that Pt Husnlal was no less talented than him. Pt Amarnath was like a father-figure to his younger brothers, especially to Pt Husnlal. A music session was organized to demonstrate Pt Husnlal’s talent. Kashyap was highly impressed. When it was time for Pt Husnlal to proceed for Poona/Bombay, Pt Amarnath, out of concern for his kid-brother, suggested to Kashyap to also engage Pt Bhagatram with him. Kashyap expressed difficulty in arranging the payment for two as the contract was already made out. Pt Amarnath assured him that he should not bother about increasing the fee, but the two brothers must work together. (Thus it was that Bhagatram got appended to Husnlal, forming the duo HB. Another reason why the younger brother’s name preceded the elder brother was simply the aesthetics – Husnlal-Bhagatram sounding better than the other way around.) ”

Dr. Shantikumar directed the film Rakhi-49. No information is available about him anywhere. We only know that he directed 18 films. Starting with film Police-44, he ended his career with film Mahasati Behula-64.

The cast of the film was Kamini Kaushal (real name Uma Kashyap), Karan Dewan, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Pran, Kuldip, Raj Adeeb (younger brother of Prem Adeeb), Ulhas etc. As time flows, Heroes become character artistes and then they fade out. There are hundreds of old time actors about whom absolutely no information is available. Intense search sometimes yields some results and one feels at peace with whatever is available. One such actor is Ulhas. For many years nothing was known about him except names of his films from HFGK. Over a period a little more about him came to light. Now we know that his real name was M.N.Kaul and that he was a Kashmiri Pandit. He worked in 155 films. Recently I found the following note on Ulhas in ‘ Chinar Shade’ Blog..

He was known as ULHAAS and his real name was M N Kaul. He belonged to a Kashmiri Pandit family from Ajmer. As a young boy, he moved to Poona in 1937 and joined Prabhat Pictures as an actor. His first movie as an actor was ” Wahan “. He worked with stalwarts like A R Kardar and Sohrab Modi.

Chandr Mohan Wattal , another Kashmiri actor of 1930s and 1940s helped him a lot to settle in films .In fact he intervened and requested V Shantaram for his role in “Wahan”. Ulhaas remained loyal to Chandr Mohan wattal for this favour till latter’s death in 1949.

When Bombay Talkies decided to start their New film BASANT, Ulhaas and Mumtaz Shanti were signed as lead pair. Again in the movie PARBAT PE APNAA DERA , he was signed as hero.

Thereafter , he started doing character roles. He played memorable character roles in Guide , Amar, Aadmi, ,Shama Parwana, Sehra, Ziddi, Goonj Uthhi Shehnaayi, Rani Roopmati, Dhaka Ki Malmal, Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, Kundan, Heer, Mirza Ghalib ,Jhansi Ki Raani , Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal, Sangharsh , Prem Pujaari, Badi Didi, Do Aaankhen Baarah Haath, Johar Mehmood in Goa.

In his 38 years of career, he acted in many hit movies. His last movie was Sawaal (1982).

We all know about Pran very well, so there is no point in giving his Bio-data here. Few days back I found an article on Pran on http://www.rediffmail.com. This article gave interesting points about Pran’s life, which normally are not known to most people. Here is an excerpt from this article, duly edited by me.
Pran’s full name is Pran Krishan Sikand. Pran wanted to be a photographer and even took up a job as an apprentice in A Das & Co, Delhi.

Pran’s first ever acting role was Sita to Madan Puri’s Ram in Shimla, at a local Ramlila.

Since Pran’s father was a civil contractor with the government, Pran studied at various schools in Kapurthala (Punjab), Unnao, Meerat and Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) and Dehradun (Uttarakhand).

Pran’s first film was in Punjabi called Yamla Jat (1940), where he played a villain. It was a huge hit.

Pran did not tell his father that he was shooting for a movie, as he thought his father would not permit him to have an acting career. When his first interview appeared in a newspaper, Pran asked his sisters to hide the papers. When his father finally learnt of his career, he was not upset as Pran had expected.

In one of his early films, Pran played hero to Noor Jehan in Khandaan (1942).

Pran came to Mumbai from Lahore on August 14, 1947, just a day before India’s Independence, with his wife and one-year-old son Arvind.

According to Pran, one of the most precious things he lost in the Partition was his dog. When Pran became popular, he would name his dogs Bullet, Whisky and Soda.

Before Pran came to Mumbai, he had already acted in 22 films as a villain. Due to the Partition, his career had a brief pause.

When Pran came to Mumbai, he stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel. As he had no work, money started running out, and the family had to shift to smaller and smaller hotels. Finally, they had to stay in a guest house.

After eight months of arriving in Mumbai, Pran — with the help of writer Saadat Hasan Manto and actor Shyam — got a role in Shaheed Latif’s Ziddi (1948), starring Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal.

Ziddi was a hit. Within a week of its release, Pran signed three more films: S M Yusuf’s Grihasti, Prabhat Films’s Apradhi and Wali Mohammad Wali’s Putli.

BR Chopra’s Afsana (1951) was Pran’s first biggest hit after he shifted to Mumbai.

Pran had three children — Arvind, Sunil and Pinky — and five grandchildren.

Ashok Kumar and Pran were the best of friends and have acted in more than 25 films together, including Afsana, Victoria No 203, Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke Ghar Chor, Apna Khoon, Aap Ke Deewane, Raja Aur Rana, Inspector, Lakeeren, Mr X, Pooja Ke Phool, Purab Aur Pachhim, Adhikar, Naya Zamana and Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool.

Pran even played Valmiki in a mythological film called Luv-Kush.

When Pran was signed up for Halaku, Meena Kumari was quite upset but when she saw him in costume, and a few rushes from the film, she was very happy.

Pran would work on his make-up well. He would have an artist at home, who would sketch the kind of look he wanted. Then, his make-up man and wig-maker would work on it.

Pran acted in several Bengali films as well, including Joy Mukherjee’s Sonai Dighe, directed by Ashim Banerjee.

It was Pran who recommended Amitabh Bachchan to Prakash Mehra for Zanjeer, which had been offered to Dev Anand, Raaj Kumar and Dharmendra earlier.

Pran acted with Amitabh in 15 films like Zanjeer, Kasauti, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Majboor, Dostana, Naseeb, Kaalia and Sharaabi.

Not many know that Pran was paid more than Amitabh Bachchan. In the 1970s, only Rajesh Khannna was paid more than Pran. In the 1950s and 1960s, only Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar were paid more than Pran.

Pran started rejecting film offers in the 1990s citing age-related problems. But when Amitabh was going through a rough patch in his career, he requested Pran to act in his film Mrityudaata and Tere Mere Sapne. Pran readily agreed.

During the filming of both Mrituyudata and Tere Mere Sapne, Pran’s legs used to tremble. So he shot most of the scenes in a seated position. After 2000, he made very few guest appearances in films.

Pran is a member of various social organisations, and even had his own football team called the Bombay Dynamos Football Club.
Pran’s favourite word ‘Barkhurdaar’ became immensely popular over the years.

In 2001, Pran got a Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award from the government of India.

Pran’s biography is titled …And Pran because in most of his movies, his name in the credits would appear last and read as …and Pran. Sometimes, it would be …above all Pran.

Film Rakhi was a typical ” Tear Jerker ” story of a spoiled brother and his sympathetic, protective sister. Shanti kumar was the most suitable director for such stories, as he handled emotional scenes perfectly, in his direction. The story of the film was…..

Shankar(Pran) is the brother of Kamini and is a vagabond.Because of him ,the sister suffers quite a lot, but ties a Rakhi always. Shankar is arrested for fraud and is in Police custody,when Karan Diwan -his sister’s husband is accused of Murder,which he has not done.Knowing this,Shankar runs away from lock up to get the real culprit and when he does,he is shot and dies in the arms of sister Kamini-who ties a Rakhi on his wrist as it is the Rakhi Poonam that day.Highly melodramatic indeed !

Today’s duet is the 4th song to be discussed here. It is sung by Shamshad Begum and Ram Kamlani . Ram Kamlani was Gope’s youngest brother. They were 9 siblings and Ram kamlani was the last one. He was born on 20-10-1919. Though Gope started his career in acting in 1933 and concentrated only on acting, Ram Kamlani dabbled in Acting, Direction, Production and Playback singing too. He entered the film line in late 40s.

As an actor he acted in 9 films like Ajeet, Inaam, Kaajal, Do Raaha, Joi Bangla Desh etc. As a Singer he sang 22 songs in 15 films. Starting with Doosri Shaadi-47, he sang in Ghar ki Izzat, Rangeen Zamaana, Kaajal, Refugee, Pyar ki jeet, Maa ka pyar, Naao, Raakhi, Bahurani, Khamosh Sipahi, Meena Bazar, Malkin, Chaalbaaz, Laal Dupatta etc.

Mostly, he sang for his brother Gope. His songs were generally duets. These were mainly comedy songs,very few were serious ones. His rare solos like,” Bane hai hum to Ghar Jamai'(Ghar ki izzat) and ” Koi samze isse muhabbat”(Meena Bazaar) became popular.

When Gope established Gope Productions, he produced some films and directed some of them,like, Muskurahat, Biradari, Bezuban, Khamosh Sipahi, Hangama etc.

Ram Kamlani died in 1983 in Bombay.

The song is very good to listen to. After all, it was composed by the Melody Magicians !


Song-Mohe laa de reshmi lehenga (Raakhi)(1949) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Ram Kamlani, Lyrics- Sarashar Sailani, MD- Husnlal Bhagatram
Both

Lyrics

mohe la de
ho mohe la de reshmi lehanga
mohe la de
ho mohe la de reshmi lehanga
chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga
ho chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga
waah ri meri nain michakko
bojh lehange ka kaise uthhaayegi
kaise uthhaayegi
tori patli kamar bal khaayegi
kamar bal khaayegi
tori patli kamar bal khaayegi
kamar bal khaayegi
main na laaunga
ho main na laaunga reshmi lehanga
main na laaunga
ho main na laaunga reshmi lehanga
chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga
chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga

ho phir laa de chunariya silki ee ee
ho phir laa de chunariya silki
toone baat kahi mere dil ki
ho toone baat kahi mere dil ki
par wo hai videshi mill ki
main na laaunga
main na laaunga chunariya silki

acchha suit sila de parachute ka
parachute ka
acchha suit sila de parachute ka
dil loot legi kisi rangroot ka
ho dil loot legi kisi rangroot ka

aji jaane bhi do chhodo ye bahaane
chhodo ye bahaane
gori sach main kahoon raam jaane
raam jaane, raam jaane, raam jaane

aji jaane bhi do chhodo ye bahaane
chhodo ye bahaane
gori sach main kahoon raam jaane
raam jaane, raam jaane, raam jaane raam jaane
achha to phir raam hi jaane
main to chali bareli
rooth chali mori nain michakko
chhod ke jaan akeli
kanghi le le sheesha le le
rooth naa meri jaan
kanghi le le sheesha le le
rooth naa meri jaan

bhaad mein jhonki kanghi shishe
baand mera saamaan
abe bhaad mein jhonki kanghi sheeshe
baand mera saamaan
main to maike chali
gham le ke chali
main to maike chali
gham le ke chali
duniya waalon
duniya waalon
duniya waalon
duniya waalon
dekho mere ghar ki baat niraali
sabka sheesh jhuke mere aage
par na jhuke gharwaali
gori maike na ja
dukh de ke na ja
gori mayke na ja
dukh de ke na ja
tohe la doonga
ho tohe laa dunga reshami lehanga
tohe la doonga
ho tohe laa doonga reshami lehanga

chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga
ho chaahe sasta mile chaahe mahanga


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Today’s song is from film Sant Janabai-49.

This was a film made by Prabhat Film Company, Poona. It was produced by S.(Saheb mama) Fattelal and it was directed by a Noted Marathi Director- Goving Ghanekar, who also directed one more Hindi film Shiv Leela-52. Both the films were Bilingual,made in Hindi and Marathi. The lyrics for the Hindi version were written by Pt.Narendra Sharma and the music was composed by Sudhir Phadke. The story of the film and the screenplay was by G.D.Madgulkar – a very famous Marathi writer and poet from Maharashtra. The cast of the film was Hansa Wadkar, Shakuntala, Ganesh Abhyankar, Gauri, Balakram, Javdekar, Kumar Ashok etc.

During the period 30s to mid 40s, Indian Film Industry was dominated by film production giants like New Theatres, Bombay Talkies, Ranjit, Prabhat and Wadia. Films were sold and seen just on the name of the film company. Diverse subjects were handled by these film makers and they contributed to maintaining Indian culture and traditions. This was the period when films with a message were made. Actors and directors had not yet become rule-makers. The studio system had a discipline.

However, after the second world war,lot of money came into the film line and slowly the priorities and values changed. Profits from the films became the major issue and this diverted most producers to make what they thought the audience wanted.The capable and talented film makers separated from their present organisations to have their own set ups. Actors no more stuck to any specific studio and ‘Free-lancing’ became the password. This also prompted the collapse of the studios. New Theatres, Bombay Talkies, Ranjit, Wadia and Prabhat not only split but also closed down, over a period, due to their own reasons.

Prabhat was no exception. It is popularly believed that when Shantaram left Prabhat, that was the point of its disintegration,but it is actually not so. Prabhat shifted from kolhapur to Poona in 1933 and that time all the Five partners had made a rule that in future, if any director/partner falls in love or has an affair with any of the staff members, he will have to leave Prabhat. ( This was initiated, because the Art Director Saheb mama Fattelal had married Gulab aka kamla Devi,an actress of Prabhat, in 1931.She is the same girl who bends backwards and blows the Tutari or Trombone, in Prabhat’s famous Logo) Under this rule, the first to go was Keshavrao Dhaiber, who fell in love with the heroine Nalini Tarkhad and married her in 1937. After his exit, in his place, Prabhat’s long time distributor Baburao Pai was appointed a Partner/Director.

V. Shantaram married Heroine Jaishree (Kamulkar) on 22-10-1941.He was continuously prodded to leave Prabhat. Finally he left and founded his own Rajkamal Kala Mandir. One more director V.Damle died in 1945. Prabhat started crumbling and after its last film Sant Janabai-1949, it stopped production. The studio and the properties were auctioned in 1952, and the company was officially closed on 13-10-1953.

Prabhat had made many films on Marathi saints like Sant Sakhu, Sant Tukaram, Sant Dnyaneshwar, Maya Machhindra, Dharmatma etc .Maharashtra had a rich tradition of Saints. During the period 13th Century to 17th Century, many saints guided the people of Maharashtra. Most saints of Maharashtra were from lower Castes, but they had followers in every section of the society, including Brahmins. There were saints like Namdev-Tailor, Tukaram-Vaishya, Pundalik-Varkari, Goroba-Potter, Janabai-Shudra, Kanhopatra- S.C., Sant Sena- Barber, Savata mali and Chokha Mela – Gardeners, Narhari-Goldsmith and many such more.

Almost every saint film brought in lot of profits to Prabhat. The most famous one was of course Sant Tukaram (Marathi)-1936, which brought money and fame. This film is taught in many Film courses all over the world even today.Its Hindi version came in 1948. No wonder the Prabhat chapter closed with a saint film- Sant Janabai-49.

The story of Janabai is intertwined with the story of Namdev, because Namdev had given her shelter in his home. So, Prabhat first wanted to make this film as a Sant Namdev film. Prabhat’s in house writer Shivram Vashikar wrote the story and Vasant painter was to direct the film. But the plan changed and film on Janabai’s name was decided. Now, G.D.Madgulkar, eminent writer and Poet of Marathi wrote the story. The director was also changed. Govind Ghanekar was the production chief in Prabhat. He was named as the director.Later, he directed and produced many famous and hit Marathi films in 50s and 60s. Earlier actor Ganesh Abhyankar aka Vivek was to become Namdev. In this film also he was retained as Namdev. This actor Vivek, in later years, became one of the most successful actors on Marathi screen. Films used to be sold on his name alone.

While shooting this film, there was a very touching but interesting incident. The last scene of the film Sant Janabai-49 was that Janabai is taken to the Gallows to be hanged on a false accusation of stealing gold ornaments of Lord Vitthal. The shooting was being done in a village near Kolhapur. The big procession of people was going with the handcuffed Janabai in the centre, chanting Vithal Vithal.The people also chanted and some were weeping and falling on her feet (for shooting purpose only). The villagers had gathered in huge numbers, to see the shooting.Many of them thought that this was all real. They too wept and fell on Janabai’s feet. The studio workers had a tough time to remove and restrain them during the shooting.

One name in the cast is that of Gauri. Her real name was Tanibai Dawari. In this film she played Namdev’s mother. She was with Prabhat since its inception and did small roles in silent films. She was totally illiterate and could not read or write. After the advent of the Talkie films, she continued doing small roles in Prabhat films. When film Sant Tukaram was being conceived, Shantaram started searching for an actress to do the role of Tukaram’s wife-Avali…who loved Tukaram but was sort of a shrew because she felt Vithoba bhakti was spoiling Tukaram. Suddenly Shantaram saw Gauri and he called her. Giving a copy of the script to her, he said,” you are selected to do the role of Avali. Now read the dialogues and be prepared.”

Gauri was stunned. She did not know how to react. She could not read. She was sure that now she will be exposed and removed from service, as Prabhat did not employ illiterate people. This was their rule for employment. She took the script and went out of the room. Music Director Keshavrao Bhole found her in a corner, weeping. When he enquired repeatedly, Gauri explained everything frankly. Bhole pacified her and said, ‘ Dont worry ‘. From that day onwards he taught Gauri reading and writing for 8 hours a day for 15 days. Being a sharp student Gauri picked it up very quickly, as it was a Do or Die status for her.

Her role in film Sant Tukaram was lauded by one and all. It was praised even in Venice festival. Prabhat gave her a special award also. Gauri continued with Prabhat till it was making films. Then she retired from films and settled in Poona, doing some household jobs for survival. Unfortunately the Panshet flood debacle in Poona in 1961, washed out everything she had. She returned to her hometown,Kagal,near Kolhapur. In 1964,a film on Tukaram ” Tuka zalase kalas” in Marathi was launched. Sulochana Latkar was to do the role of Tukaram’s wife, Avali. She wanted to take blessings from Gauri-the original Avali. Sulochana went to Kagal and took her blessings. She gave her a Sari and some money too. Soon after this, Gauri aka Tanibai Dawari died.

In spite of good direction, acting and good music by Sudhir Phadke, the film could not escape being the last stone on the samadhi of Prabhat and a Golden Chapter of Hindi cinema came to a close.

The Music Director Sudhir Phadke may not have been a notable composer in Hindi films,but he was a big gun in Marathi cinema. Sudhir Phadke ( July 25, 1919 – July 29, 2002) was an accomplished Marathi singer-composer. He was regarded as an icon of the Marathi film industry and Marathi Sugam Sangeet i.e. Bhavgeet (light music) for five decades. Apart from Marathi, Phadke sang and composed songs in several Hindi films as well. Phadke was affectionately known as Babuji (an honorary title given to respected gentlemen in India).

Sudhir Phadke was born in Kolhapur on July 25, 1919. His birth name was Ram Phadke, but he later changed his name to ‘Sudhir’ when he composed a song for HMV because he thought ‘Sudhir Phadke’ sounded more ‘weighty’. Phadke acquired his primary tutelage in vocal classical music from the late Vamanrao Padhye in Kolhapur. After beginning his career with HMV in 1941, he joined the Prabhat Film Company as music director in 1946. During his long career, he composed for many Marathi and Hindi films. He was also an immaculate playback singer. Phadke married his fellow singer Lalita Deulkar. Their son Shridhar Phadke (born 1951) is also a composer and singer.

Geet Ramayana, based on poet G D Madgulkar’s verses, is one of Phadke’s most popular works. The programme ran on All India Radio for a year, 1954-55. Stage performances of the program continue to draw huge crowds even today. Phadke set to music all 56 songs, and they were sung by different singers for radio (Manik Verma, Lata Mangeshkar, Phadke himself, Vasantrao Deshpande etc). All 56 songs were also recorded in Phadke’s own voice.
In last days of his life, Phadke was involved in producing a Hindi film on the life of the Indian freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The movie Veer Savarkar was funded by public donations. Sudhir Phadke last sang and composed music for this movie.
Phadke was connected with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for over 60 years. He was the main inspiration and founder member of India Heritage Foundation in the United States.

Sudhir Phadke gave music to 19 Hindi films from 1946 (Rukmini Swayamvar) to 1972 (Daraar). His famous film is Pehli Tarikh -54, in which he had composed the famous Kishore Kumar song- Din hai suhana aaj pehli tarikh hai. He also sang 14 songs in 9 Hindi films. A noteworthy fact about Sudhir Phadke is that during his peak period in Marathi films, he created a World Record. He teamed up with writer/poet G.D.Madgulkar (गदिमा , as he was known fondly in Maharashtra) and director Raja Paranjape. Together, as a team, they gave a total of 11 Hit films,in a row in 18 years- from 1948 to 1966 … a record for a Team.

The story of film Sant Janabai-49, adapted from aumamen.com is…

Jana, a little girl whose mother before dying told her to go to Pandharpur where she will be protected by Lord Vitthal, A merchant who is the father of Sant Namdev accidentally steps on Jana’s hand and asks for her forgiveness. He asks what she was doing in the temple alone, she tells him her story, being a good devotee of Vitthal he adopts her.

Little Namdev likes her from the instant he sees her and accepts her as his elder sister with joy. But the mother of Namdev wasn’t too happy with another person being in the family, but later she too melts to the love and simplicity of the little girl who would become a great saint as we know today.

Jana was assigned the work of washing the clothes by Namdev’s mother. Jana and Namdev hear a group of pilgrims singing in praise of Lord Vitthal and they start singing and dancing. Children in the group who are very thirsty run to Janabai to beg for water from her. “There are many wells in the village, go get your own water” says Namdev. “But we are outcastes, nobody gives us water” says the one of the pilgrims.

Janabai pours them water from her pot, the satisfied devotees bless her for giving them water to drink. She gets scolded and beaten by Namdev’s mother for her act of charity towards the outcastes, which was considered a terrible thing during those times.

Namdev being a very devotional man, always sings and dances and forgets the duties of an householder. Janabai works hard for the food of Namdev’s family (wife and two children). Janabai prays to Vitthal for the food, when Vitthal gives her food she only takes what she needed for a day or two.

Namdev had a big debt to be settled, but he was on a pilgrimage to North India. the wealthy man who had lent him money decides to take Namdev’s property into possession. Jana pleads with him and agrees that she would pay all the money back. Jana works night and day to gather the money she needed.

One night she was very tired and falls asleep while working, but when she wakes up she sees a blanket on her and also sees that the work has been finished. Next night she pretends to be sleeping so that she could catch the person who did it. As soon as she sleeps she sees Lord Vitthal appear and do her work for her.

She catches him while working, from then on Lord Vitthal helps her in her work, he sings for her. He fetches water for her and does many things around

One day Lord Vitthal feels very tired, seeing that Jana puts him to sleep. In the morning when he wakes up, he walks back to the temple with the blanket around his body, his ornament falls from his neck and falls on the floor of Janabai’s house.

In the morning when priests see the statue of Lord Vitthal they come to the conclusion that somebody must have stolen the ornament of Lord. They see a blanket nearby and assume it must belong to the thief. They start questioning everyone to find out to whom that belonged.

Janabai tells them that it belonged to her, priests search her house and when they find the ornament they accuse her of the theft, she tells them that the Lord was sleeping in her house yesterday and he must have left the ornament. People laugh at her, and thinking of her to be a liar, they decide to hang her to death.

They march her on streets, and just before the time to kill her, she prays to Lord Vitthal and he appears.

(Information from book “Santpatanchi Santwani” ( संतपटांची संतवाणी )by Isak Mujawar, sites last.fm, MuVyz,wiki, HFGK and my notes has been used herein, with thanks.)


Song-Ram ras barse re bhai (Sant Janabai)( 1949) Singer-Unknown male voice, Lyrics-Pt Narendra Sharma, MD-Sudhir Phadke
Chorus

Lyrics

Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

daaku bhi harinaam kare
kyun tarse re bhai
arre kyun tarse se bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

nirbal ke bal Ram hamaare
garveele Ravan maare
ho garveele Ravan maare
gautam naari shilaa bechaari
charanan se Raghav taare
charanan se Raghav taare
khaaye jhoothe ber
ho khaaye jhoothhe ber
shabar ke kar se re bhai
shabar ke kar se re bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

??
dhanush tod jeeti seeta
ho dhanush tod jeeti seeta
mohan ko ye ardh na roye
hari ne rach daayi geeta
hari ne rach daayi geeta
chamke chakr sudarshan
manuwa harshe re bhai
o manuwa harshe re bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

soory vansh jab ??
ho ho ho ho
soory vansh jab ??
gwaal baal ke sang khela
ho gwaal baal ke sang khela

pandurang peetaambhar dhaari
pandharpur prabhu ka mela
pandharpur prabhu ka mela
mukh se bolo Ram
ho
mukh se bolo Ram
kaho to ham sab se bhai
kaho to ham sab se bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram wahi jo ghat ghat ramta re ae
Ram wahi jo ghat ghat ramta
?? ko ek hari
?? ko ek hari
Ram Shyam mein sab Narayan
peer deen ki door kare
peer deen ki door kare

jaise man ke saath
ho jaise man ke saath
jaise hari darse re bhai
jaise hari darse re bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

daaku bhi hari naam kare kyun
tarse re bhai
arre kyun tarse re bhai
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse
Ram ras barse re bhai
Ram ras barse re bhai

jai jai vitthal
jai hari vitthal
jai jai vitthal
jai hari vitthal
jai jai vitthal
jai hari vitthal
jai jai vitthal
jai hari vitthal
jai jai vitthal
jai hari vitthal
hari sharnam


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“Jal Tarang”(1949) was directed by Rajendra Sharma for Kuldeep Pictures Limited, Bombay. This “social” movie had Geeta Baali, Rehman, Ram Singh, Rajan Haksar, Ramesh Thakur, Shashikala, Kesari, Pesi Patel, Shyama, Sevak, Uma Dutt, Tiger (dog) etc in it.

The ovie had nine songs in it that were penned by six lyricists. Four of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Jal Tarang”(1949) to appear in the blog. The song is a sung by Rafi and Shamshad Begam for most part and then one unknown male voice sings a line in the last stanza. So, what was sounding like a duet becomes a non duet. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify this unknown male voice. My guess is that it could be Husnlal or Bhagatram, one of the music director duo.

Pt Sudarshan is the lyricist. This was the only song penned by him in this movie. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

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


Song-Musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal (Jal Tarang)(1949) Singers-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Unknown male voice, Lyrics-Pt Sudarshan, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram
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Lyrics

musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal
safar ki kahaani sunaaye chala chal
sunaaye chala chal
sunaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

kahin ban ke rahmat ka baadal baras ja aa aa
kahin ban ke rahmat ka baadal baras jaa
kahin dil pe bijli giraaye chala chal
kahin dil pe bijli giraaye chala chal
giraaye chalaa chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

rukaawat ke patthar hataaye chala chal l
rukaawat ke patthar
hataaye chala chal
dhuyen aasmaan ke udaaye chala chal
dhuyen aasmaan ke udaaye chalaa chal
udaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

tu duniya mein apna sabhi kuchh luta kar r
tu duniya mein apna sabhi kuchh lutaa kar
tu duniya ko apna banaaye chala chal
tu duniya ko apna banaaye chala chal
banaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

suna kar hamen chaar sukh dukh ki baaten
suna kar hamen chaar sukh dukh ki baaten
rulaaye chala chal hansaaye chala chal
rulaaye chala chal
hansaaye chalaa chal
hansaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal


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