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Blog Day:

4453 Post No. : 159

In one recent article of Sudhir jee on his “This week that year” series, he wondered why my spree of posting one “Anmol Ghadi”(1946) song everyday had a break of one day and subsequently the final song got covered after break of one day. I do not have any recollections of those days, but I am certain about the fact that the concept of YIPPying all the songs of a movie had not entered my mind by that time. My attempt was to cover all songs that I could come across. I may have missed stumbling against the one remaining Anmol Ghadi song on that day whereas I could locate it the next day. That is the only plausible explanation that I can think of.

I find that my first interaction with Pradeep Raghunathan took place on 22 march 2011. We have had some very intersting online chats together, some lasting for one hour and more.

I find some interesting details from the online chat logs. For instance, During our discussion on 15 april 2011, I mentioned that the blog had songs from 1500 movies, and that I expect the blog to one day reach 10000 songs. 🙂 Today we have songs from over 4000 movies and we are inching towards 16000 songs mark. 🙂

During our chat on 16 december 2011, he suggested providing serial number with each song. I told him that I do it internally in my excel sheet, access table etc. Today his suggestion is being followed in the blog starting from january 2017.

During these discussions, he discussed tagging of songs on IPOD. With time he started concentrating on those movies where all songs were covered. He relied upon online sources to guess if all songs were covered. I was keeping track of songs in movies by relying on online sources. I did not have HFGK with me at that time.

I can see from our early morning interactions at 1 AM on 22 november 2012 between two sleepless souls that the blog had 141 movies YIPPEED (though the term was not coined at that time) by 22 november 2012 whereas Pradep Raghunathan had tagged all songs for 132 of them. So the gap was only 9 movies for his at that time !

From july 2014 onwards, I have access to HFGK, thanks to the generosity of our blog stalwarts M/s Arunkumar Deshmukh and Sudhir Jee, and from then onwards YIPPYIng movies in the blog has become a planned activity rather than an incidental or chance activity.

Pradeep Raghunathan was doing tagging of songs of YIPPEED movies on his own. He was subsequenly joined by Khyati Bhatt, Aparna H M and Avinash Scrapwala in this tagging of songs mission.

It gives me some comfort that today on 26 september 2020 the blog has 1221 movies YIPPEED whereas the YIPPEE team of Pradeep Raghunathan and colleagues (Khyati Bhatt, Aparna H M and Avinash Scrapwala) are at just over 1000 movies mark. I need to get my act together and start YIPPYing some more movies seeing that team YIPPEE is threatening to catch up with the YIPPEED movies in the blog.

This year 2020 has seen 41 movies getting YIPPEED. THe record was set up in 2013 whe as many as 202 movies got YIPPEED.

Now a days we keep track of movies in the blog and we know which movies are nearing YIPPEEhood. The challenge often lies in locating the balance song or songs which are often rare songs.

“Baansuriya” (1949) was directed by Ram Narayan Dave for Nigaristaan Films, Bombay. The movie had Ram Singh, Geeta Bali, Om Prakash, Randhir, Kuldip, Sofia, Gulab, Uma Dutt, Shanti Madhok, Ramesh Thakur, Raj Pal, Sham Lal, Madan Kapoor, Raja Salim, Ram Avtaar etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the past. Here are the details of the songs covered so far :-

Blog song number Song Date of posting
8745 Na shama ka qusoor na parwaane ka qusoor 22 September 2013
13190 Chaahe chori chori aao chaahe chhu chhup aao 25 April 2017
13298 Ye duniya kehti hai koi fariyaad na karey 1 June 2017
13538 Jo kar ke gaye barbaad hamen aati hai unki yaad hamen 20 August 2017
15764 Teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi 31 July 2020
15834 Dil tod ke jaane waale o 26 August 2020
15839 Tere saamne hum aansoo bahaayenge 27 August 2020

It can be seen that the movie was lying undiscussed in the blog since 2017. The year 2020 saw as many as three songs getting discussed in a matter of one month. Now only one song is left to be covered. That song is very much available.

Here is this eighth and final song from “Baansuriya” (1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Mulkraj Bhakri is the lyricist. 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 the song.

With this song, all the songs of “Baansuriya” (1949) get covered and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Aa ja aa ja ke jiya mora taras gaya (Baansuriya)(1949) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics- Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

aa ja aa ja
ho aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya
aa ja aa jaa
ho aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya
tera saath kabhi na chhodoon
marte dam tak munh na modoon
aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya

kaate kate na mose lambi lambi raat ho
kaate kate na mose lambi lambi raat ho
sun ja kabhi tu aake ik mori baat ho
sun ja kabhi tu aake ik mori baat ho
ik mori baat ho
ik mori baat ho
kyun humse kinaara kar gaye
hum to jeet hi hi mar gaye
aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya
aa ja aa jaa
ho aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya

maine to tere liye sab jag chhoda
maine to tere liye sab jag chhoda
kaahe bedardi toone dil mera toda
kaahe bedardi toone dil mera toda
dil mera toda
dil mera toda
ye baat bata ja aake
roothhe kyu ho nain mila ke
aa ja aa ja
ke jiya mora taras gaya
aa ja aa jaa
ho aa ja aa jaa
ke jiya mora taras gaya


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Blog Day:

4451 Post No. : 15912

ik arz meri maan lo daftar ko jaana hai
mangal ka din hai aaj koi itwaar nahin hai

These two lines in the song “kyun garm sard hote ho takraar nahin hai” from ‘Chokori’ (1949) sung by Mohammed Rafi has made me to present this song which was not available on-line until SAREGAMA uploaded the audio clip of this rare song on one of the video sharing platforms in early 2019.

‘Chakori’ (1949) was the first film of Ravindra Dave as a producer which he produced under the banner of Ramesh Pictures. The film was directed by his younger brother, Ram Narayan Dave. The star cast included Nalini Jaywant, Bharat Bhushan, Manorama, Om Prakash, Randhir, Narbada Shankar, Uma Dutt, Cuckoo etc. The story, screen-play, dialogues and songs were written by Mulkraj Bhakri.

Ravindra Dave was the son of Karachi-based Seth Ratilal Dave who had a flourishing business of film distribution for North Indian territories under the name, Empire Talkie Distributors. This was the first film distribution company which undertook to distribute India’s first talkie ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) in Northern India. He joined his father’s film distribution company and helped his father in procuring distributions rights of films produced in Mumbai.

Dalsukh Pancholi was the uncle of Ravindra Dave who was already in film production and the owner of Pancholi Studio in Lahore. Ravindra Dave became the Production Manager in Pancholi Films. He got his first assignment as a director in Pancholi’s ‘Poonji’ (1943) along with Vishnu Pancholi. With his talent firmly established in film making, Pancholi gave him the assignment of writing the script for ‘Dhamki’ (1943) and directing it.

When Ravindra Dave was directing Pancholi’s next film, ‘Patjhad’ (1948), the partition happened and the communal riots that broke out in Lahore made him and Pancholis to come to Bombay with the completed reels of the film which was later released in 1948 after completion of the film in Mumbai. For both Pancholis and Ravindra Dave, it was like starting their filmy career afresh. Ravindra Dave directed about 30 Hindi films during 1943-69. Later, he shifted to Gujarati films producing and directing around 20 films until 1985.

Mulkhraj Bhakri, the story, screen-play, dialogue and song writer of ‘Chakori’ (1949) was born in Gujranwala in Punjab (now in Pakistan). His father, Moolchand Bhakri was the store-keeper in Indian Army Service Corps (IASC) at Pathankot. He went to school in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad in Pakistan). After completion of his Matriculation examination in 1931, he was keen to join the film industry.

Mulkraj Bhakri started his career as Cinema Manager. It took him a long time to get his first break in the film ‘Arsi’ (1947) as story and dialogue writer. After the success of the film, Mukraj Bhakri got two films – ‘Barsaat Ki Ek Raat’ (1948) and ‘Papiha Re’ (1948) for which he wrote story, dialogues, screen play and lyrics. Both these films were being produced in Lahore studios. Unfortunately, both the films became the victims of partition and were temporarily abandoned. These films were later released in some parts of India.

Mukraj Bhakri came to Bombay (Mumbai) after the partition along with his brothers, Lekhraj Bhakri, Deshraj Bhakri and Rajkumar Bhakri who were all associated with Hindi films. Mulkraj Bhakri became the rallying point for displaced film artists and technicians from Lahore. Bhakri who was the ‘de facto’ producer of the film ‘Chunariya’ (1948) gave Ravindra Dave his first assignment in post-partition India to direct the film. Next, Ravindra Dave got Prakash Pictures’ ‘Saawan Baadhon’ (1949) to direct. He also directed his uncle Pancholi’s first film in post-independent India – ‘Meena Baazar’ (1950).

Note: The profiles of Ravindra Dave and Mulkraj Bhakri up to 1949 are based on articles written by character actor, Janki Dass in film magazine ‘Sound’ – May 1949 and July 1949 issues, respectively.

So far, 7 songs (out of 11 songs) of ‘Chakori’ (1949) have been covered in the Blog. The song under presentation is the 8th song from the film to appear on the Blog. Song is written by Mulkraj Bhakri which is set to music by Hansraj Bahl.

In Hindi film songs, I had not come across the Urdu word ‘dehleez’ (threshold; may be चौखट in Hindi) until Gulzar saab used it in mudke na dekho dilbaro in ‘Raazi’ (2018). I was pleasantly surprised to note that Mulkraj Bhkari had used the word ‘dahleez’ in the song under presentation as early as 1949. Interestingly, Gulzar saab has also used the Hindi equivalent word ‘Chaukhat’ in the song, chhod aaye ham wo galiyaan in the film ‘Maachis’ (1996).

Enjoy the ‘wooing and pleading with the beloved’ song.

Audio Clip:

Song-Kyun garm sard hote ho takraar nahin hai(Chakori)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

kyun garm sard hote ho
takraar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai
kyun garm sard hote ho
takraar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai

baitha hoon main dehleez pe ghutnon ko thhaam ke
aji ghutnon ko thhaam ke
baitha hoon main dehleez pe ghutnon ko thhaam ke
aji ghutnon ko thhaam ke
main khali jaaun
achcha ye sarkaar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai

ye sochta hoon roz tujhe sair karaaun
tujhe main sair karaaun
ye sochta hoon roz tujhe sair karaaun
tujhe main sair karaaun
magar kya karoon
bekaar hoon saahib
mere paas car nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai

ik arz meri maan lo
daftar ko jaana hai
aji daftar ko jaana hai
ik arz meri maan lo
daftar ko jaana hai
ho maine daftar jaana hai
mangal ka din hai
aaj koi itwaar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai

teri judaai mein mujhe kyun aayen siskiyaan
haay
aayen siskiyaan
teri judaai mein mujhe kyun aayen siskiyaan
mujhe kyun aayen siskiyaan
achha bhala to hoon
koi bhukhaar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai
kyun garm sard hote ho takraar nahin hai
dil lena hai to le lo
dil lena hai to le lo
inkaar nahin hai


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Blog Day :

4423 Post No. : 15839

When blog ten year challenge series was started in the blog the last year then the seris hoped to take up songs of those movies that were covered in the blog ten years ago and which were not YIPPEED despite the passage of one decade. That way, this series was also an aid in informing us about movies which offer us opportunities not only for Blog ten year challenge, but also subsequently about their potential YIPPiehood.

The project YIPPEE itself seems to have gone on a backburner, as is the project of seeing artists through to their centuries in the blog. The other project of discussing songs on th occasion of anniversaries of artists is somehow being maintained, thanks to the contributions of a few enthusiastic contributors.

Their enthusiasm often rubs off on me as well, and I too try and make some efforts, which have seen some progress in these projects. Three YIPPEED movie in August 2020 and one artist reaching century mark may not amount to much, but it still shows some progress.

To help me to quickly identify which movies and which artists to cover, I have build up some aids.

To help me identify movies nearing YIPPEEdom, Whenever a movie had two songs left to be covered, I mark movies them down in a earmarked excel sheetWhenever a movie had two songs left to be covered. I also have a list of songs of artists, and I know at a glance which artists are nearing their centuries.

When a song of “Baansuriya”(1949) was discussed yesterday (26 august 2020, it gave me the information that six out of eight songs from the movie had got covered. So, “Baansuriya”(1949) joined the shortlist of YIPPiable moviesyesterday.

When I checked up the availability of the remaining two songs, I found that they were available. So this movie can be YIPPEED easily.

Here is the seventh and penultimate song from “Baansuriya”(1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt (then Roy). Mulkraj Bhakri is the lyricist. 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 the song.


Song-Tere saamne hum aansoo bahaayenge (Baansuriya)(1949) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge
dil ka na dard sunaayenge
sunayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge
dil ka na dard sunaayenge
sunayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge

laakh hans ke chalo
laakh bach ke chalo
chhup chhup ke raho
tum milo na milo
gali teri ke phere lagaayenge
lagayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge
dil ka na dard sunaayenge
sunaayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge

tum badal jaao lekin na badlenge hum
maar daalega teri judaai ka gham
tere dar pe ye jaan ganwaayenge
gawayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge
dil ka na dard sunaayenge
sunaayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge
dil ka na dard sunaayenge
sunaayenge
tere saamne hum aansu bahaayenge


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Blog Day :

4422 Post No. : 15834

“Bansuriya”(1949) or “Bansariya”(1949) was a social movie which was directed by Ram Narayan Dave for Nigaristaan Films Production, Bombay . The movie had Geeta Bali, Ram Singh, Om Prakash, Randhir, Kuldip, Sofia, Gulab, Uma Dutt, Shanti Madhok, Ramesh Thakur, Raj Pal, Sham Lal, Madan Kapur, Raja Salim, Ram Avtar etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Five songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Bansariya”(1949) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Lata. Mulkraj Bhakti is the lyricist. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

Only the audio of the song is available. My guess is that this melancholic song was picturised on Geeta Bali. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.

It seems that “dil tootna” was quite a flavour of 1949. This is the sixth song of 1949 in the blog containing the phrase “dil tod..” or “dil toot…”. 🙂


Song-Dil tod ke jaane waale o munh mod ke jaane waale o (Bansariya) (1949) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD- Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

hasrat e barbaad meri ee
dil ke armaan choor hain aen aen
bebasi apni pe main aansu bahaaun raat din

dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
teri yaad mein ik dil rota hai
itna par tujhko yaad rahe
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o

taqdeer ke kaatib ne jis din n n
mujh bekas ki taqdeer likhi ee ee ee
sab ranj-o-aalam duniya ke diye ae
meri kismat mein ye lakeer likhe

ye badqismat barbaad rahe
ye badqismat barbaad rahe
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o

meri mit gayi saari hasratein
mere armaanon ka khoon hua aa aa
toone pyaar ke badle dard diya
dil se niklegi yahi dua
gham dene waala shaad rahe
gham dene waala shaad rahe
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o
tu jahaan rahe aabaad rahe
aabaad rahe
dil tod ke jaane waale o
munh mod ke jaane waale o


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Blog Day :

4396 Post No. : 15764

Remembering Mohammed Rafi Sahab on his 40th death anniversary :

meri awaaz ka tee…ee…eer
jaayega dil kob hichee…ee..e.er
meri awaaz ka teer
jaayega dil ko bhi cheer
khoye nafrat laaye ulfat
ye hasar hai meherbaan
sun le tu dil ki sadaa
pyaar se pyaar sajaa
sun le tu dil ki sadaa

(Hasrat Jaipuri)

How true these lines are from this song from ‘Tere ghar ke saamne’(1963).

tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
haan tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere
sang sang tum bhi gungunaaoge
haan tum mujhe yoon bhulaa naa paaoge
ho tum mujhey oon …

(HasratJaipuri)

This song from the film “Pagla Kahin kaa” has gone down in history as the closest to the real impact and the engravings of Rafi Sahab, for the fans of hindi film songs. No question of forgetting a legend, which lives on through his voice. And how he does this! Till there is sound and voices in this mortal world and there is the ability in human race to hear and appreciate the sounds of the universe, his vibrancy and legacy, his echo and alaap, shall survive, in sha Allah.

It is 40 years already since the soul left this world. We are lucky that we have lived in this era, blessed to be able to listen to Mohammed Rafi Sahab’s songs.

That fateful day 40 years ago, was a Thursday. I remember that because it was the day of ‘Chhaayageet’, it was a weekly treat of watching film songs on TV. The program that day included songs of film ‘Aradhana’. If I remember correctly than ‘Gungunaa rahe hain bhanwre khil rahi hai kali kali” was one of the songs played that day. It was in the 10:00 pm English news that the sad news was announced. The next day was a Friday, may be second or third Friday of the holy month of Ramazan. As per the custom, the funeral was held after Friday prayers.

Another fact about this death and funeral is not often referred to anywhere, is that Ramadhan is considered to be most auspicious, for those who die during the month. It is said that the doors of heaven are kept open throughout the month for those pious people whom the Almighty chooses to call back to his fold. It is considered to be the best possible end (burial after the Jumah prayers included) second only to the death and burial in Makkah and Madinah. When I say this people may ask, what is good about a death? Death is the only certainty, inevitable fact that all creation comes to an end. The end has to come one day, earlier for some and later for others. Here is a prayer which is uttered as soon as the news of demise is heard:

Inna lillahiwainnailayhi raji’uun
Meaning : Surely to Allah we belong and to him we shall return.

Let’s go back to the funeral of Rafi Sahab. It is said to be the largest funeral procession Mumbai has ever witnessed. I read in the newspapers and magazines later on that the people heard the news on radio in far off places and left for Mumbai. Without thinking of anything, whether buses/trains are available or not, whether they will reach in time for a last glimpse of the smiling face of their beloved Rafi Sahab. The television news coverage that Friday evening is unforgettable for me. There was a sea of people all around the road in front of the Masjid at Bandra, where the ‘namaaz-e-janaaza’ was held. Plus it was raining heavily, but the people were not deterred. They all wanted to accompany their favourite singer to his final resting place. There were film stars and superstars, technicians and musicians who had witnessed the Rafi magic in the recording studios, people indebted to him for some reason or the other, people who had known him personally and met him a few times and then there were the lakhs of people who knew him only through his voice heard on radio or in the cinema theatre in playback to big and small film actors.

Surely for these people on that fateful Friday, it was the Rafi voice “awaaz ka teer”, which brought them to the ‘janaaza’ as it went ‘jaayegaa dil ko bhi cheer”. The expression ‘Dil ko cheer’ is such an apt description of the phenomena’s effect on the discerning. It means to be such a pain so as to split the heart, literally.

This blog has the ‘Sharf’ of having begun with a Rafi song on 19th July 2008. I made use of the word ‘sharf’ here as it means more than the ‘mere honour’, it means good fortune and the ‘zarf’ too. More so, in the context of all the good intentions with which this blog began and continues to maintain, purity of intentions, I mean. Reminds me of a ditty I wrote in the comments of this post which is the 1000 Rafi songs milestone for the blog :

A memory, momentous,
A drop, which shapes.
The legacy that lingers,
It is the purity which prevails.

The blog also has the honour of celebrating the its very first event of Rafi sahab’s 28th death anniversary on 31/07/2008, with this song. The blog was a thirteen day old baby on this day and celebrating its first remembrance day for Rafi sahab.

This was the thirteenth song to be posted on the blog and third Rafi song after the first song of “Anokhi Raat” and Love in Tokyo. After such auspicious beginning there was no looking back. More than 3000 Rafi songs are posted in the blog, but still thousands are yet to be posted. All the songs referred above are of the 60’s decade, which belonged to Rafi sahib as a matchless playback singer, as the preferred on screen voice of all the stars and male actors of the era. And a first choice for the full genre of playback singing, for all the composers.

In the deeper recesses of the conscious thinking mind, I find it astonishing and unbelievable that a playback singer with a name “Mohammed Rafi” should have found such adulation, recognition, love and affection, not to mention the fan following in the post-independence/ partitioned India. He was the voice of the singing stars visible on screen. His own face was never visible. May be some photographs could appear in magazines. But as far as I can remember his voice was always synonymous with his smiling face, with the high forehead. It could be because we grew up to love his songs through radio. He himself must have found it surreal and felt as if he is in a dream, will wake up in no time to find the dream has ended. He ruled the musically inclined hearts of the nation with his benign self. He unwittingly ruffled a few powerful feathers. Despite all this, he achieved his own superstardom long before the term “superstar” was coined for Rajesh Khanna. It all materialized as destined or divine decree not due to any PR machinery or the favoritism, nepotism etc. Rafi sahab is akin to equestrian Gold Medallist in the Olympics, no less, for 2 decades. I exaggerate, will compromise and make it 15-16 years or like 4 Olympics in a row.

Yes there was space for a versatile playback singer in the 50’s, which really was not vacated by anyone. But then the likes of Shankar-Jaikishan, O. P. Nayyar, Ravi, Madan Mohan, Roshan and S. D. Burman, found the one to suit all the moods of music they were looking to create. It was Naushad who explored and exposed Rafi Sahab as the all-encompassing singer in musical block busters “Aan’, ‘Deedar” ‘Baiju-Bawra” etc. The second and third generation of maestros couldn’t help, but lap up the goodies on offer. The stupendous abilities of such a divine voice quality must have felt like a dream come true, Naushad sahib included. It gave wings (say freedom) to all those composers to create and compose at will anything and everything, which they did and enriched the hindi film music. Rafi sahab was only too glad to be able to deliver. And the beneficiaries are us, hindi film music fans, whoever may have the copyrights.

I would say even the super musician, R D. Burman created some of his best with Rafi sahab. I am not prejudiced in thinking of “Pyar ka Mausam”, “Abhilasha”, ‘Teesri Manzil” and ‘Caravan” as among the best of RDB. Who can make a list of best of RDB in creativity and melody and can ignore songs like “ goriya kahan tera des re” “wadiyan mera daaman” “Chekhush nazaare”“tum bin jaun kahan” “rut hai Milan ki”(this is distinctly different creation), and all six classics of “Teesri manzil”, not to forget ‘kya hua tera wada” and the qawwalis. I know some people do manage to exclude these in their enthusiasm, but sorry I can’t.

Rafi sahab achieved all this or rather was granted as a blessing by the Almighty, without having the ambitions of this status. He was right in pointing towards the sky and saying “sab upar wale kee den hai” whenever he was praised and appreciated. There are very few such souls who have the grace of accepting all “Rab di meher” and being so humble with it, without artifice.

Another quality which is often attributed to Rafi sahab is ‘innocence’. So here is an innocent sounding song, with the purity of heart in the one and only divine voice of Rafi Sahab. This will be among the last Rafi songs of 40’s decade remaining to be posted. The film is “Baansuriya” (1949). Composers are Husnlal-Bhagatram and Mulk Raj Bhakri is the lyricist. The words of the song “teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi“ are quite apt, if one wants to say that we are missing Rafi sahab’s voice. But I would go with “dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi”, which is every day because of the range of emotion that Rafi Sahabs different renditions invoke in me.

Having written so much in this long post, I am still feeling as if I have not expressed all that I wish to. I will quote Mirza Ghalib here :

Ya rab wo na samjhe hain na samjhenge meri baat
De aur dil unko jo na de mujhko zubaan aur


Song-Teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi (Baansuriyaa)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

mujhko kyun dil se bhulaa diyaa
ye kya kiya haay kya kiyaaaaa
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

jab se saajan tum door huye ae
jab se saajan tum door huye ae
dil ke armaan sab choor huye ae
dil ke armaan sab choor huye ae
jab tum hi nahin ho saathh sajan
jeene ki nahin koyi aas sajan
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi

kuchh apna pataa diyaa na mujhe ae ae
kuchh apna pataa diyaa na mujhe ae ae
kabhi bhool ke yaad kiyaa na mujhe ae ae
kabhi bhool ke yaad kiyaa na mujhe ae ae
kaise dil ko samjhaaun main
kab tak yoon ashk bahaaun main
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi
dil bhar bhar aaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi ee
teri yaad sataaye ghadi ghadi
haay ghadi ghadi


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4352 Post No. : 15666

Today’s song is from the film Kaneez-49. The film had 12 songs. 11 songs are already posted. This is the last song of the film to be discussed here.

HFGK mentions mukhada of this song as ” Dil bechane nikla hai”, sung by Durrani and Rajkumari. There are at least two uploads of this song on YouTube. One is from our Sadanand Kamath ji and the other is from Saregama company. In both uploads, the first line is missing and the song starts as ” dil le lo, dil le lo”. However in the Saregama upload,, in the end , the words are ” dil bechane nikla hai, dil ka saudagar, dil le lo dil le lo”, confirming that this is the same song as mentioned in HFGK. As such, Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji has uploaded this song on Surjit ji’s site, from his record. So, there is no doubt.

Film Kaneez-49 has an interesting history of its making. As per an advertisement in a film magazine, this was first being made with a title of ” Tehzeeb”, by producers S A Shah and Krishan Kumar, for their Carvaan Pictures. It was to be directed by K D Mehra. Shatir Ghaznavi wrote the dialogues and lyrics. Due to the partition announcement. Krishan Kumar shifted to Bombay, with the incomplete film. After the partition, with a new set of actors, the film was redone and titled ‘ Kaneez ‘. Remaining dialogues were written by Hasrat Lucknowi. This time Krishan Kumar himself directed the film and released it in India and Pakistan. The film was a Hit.

Besides director Krishan Kumar, there were 2 MDs- Ghulam Haider and Hansraj Behl. Four lyricists wrote the songs. The cast of the film was Shyam, Munawwar Sultana, Urmila,Kuldip Kaur, Cuckoo, Ramayan Tiwari, Ramesh Sinha and others.

The shooting of Kaneez was in full swing in 1948 at Shrikant Studios. On another floor of that studio, a stunt film of Master Bhagwan was being shot. Isak Mujawar, Film Historian, has described an incident of that time, in his book on Master Bhagwan-” Ek Albela “. Actor Shyam was very friendly with Master Bhagwan. In those days, Shyam had grown very close to M.Sultana. One day, during a shooting break, shyam and Munawwar met Bhagwan and said,” I am very keen to work in your film”. Bhagwan smiled and said,” Before that, you must see the shooting of my films. After that, let us see what will be your decision.”

Accordingly, the next day Shyam and M.Sultana went to see the shooting of the film ” Laalach “,made by Bhagwan. The scene was Baburao pehelwan fighting with 5-6 goons, on the balcony of a house. The scene started and after some time Baburao got a hit from one villain and he slipped, falling on the ground floor where a glass table was kept. On impact, the glass table broke. There was a loud noise, commotion and shouting. Shyam and Munawwar shouted in fear and ran out of the studio. Such accidents were common to Baburao.After treating his bruises and cuts, Baburao started the fighting scene again. Shyam and M.Sultana came back to inquire about the actor’s fate. They were shocked to see him doing the fighting scene. On asking, Bhagwan told Shyam, ” In my films, such accidents are a common thing. And yes, you said you want to work in my films, isn’t it ?” Shyam said,” No , No, who wants to die doing stunts ?”. Bhagwan told him,” Be happy in doing Love scenes and singing songs in your films”. By a turn of fate, with 2 year’s time Shyam died doing a stunt for film ‘Shabistan’-51 !

In the cast, you will see Cuckoo. In those days, Cuckoo was an attraction in any film. Both Azurie and Cuckoo were in great demand. Cuckoo Moray, (4th February 1928 – 30th September 1981) was an Anglo-Indian dancer and actress. Cuckoo was the queen of film dancing in Hindi cinema of the 1940s and 1950s. Though unfamiliar in name, she was known as the “rubber girl” of Hindi cinema and her talent made cabaret dancing a must in the Bollywood films during the 1940s and 1950s. She could acrobatically bend her body at great length.

Cuckoo started appearing in films from the mid forties. She started as a child artiste. Her first film was Anjaan-41. She was seen as a background dancer in film Meghdoot-45. Cuckoo made her screen debut in the film Arab Ka Sitara in 1946. Soon after, in Sona Chandi-46, directors and greater audiences noticed her dancing abilities for the first time. One of her dances in film Parwana-47 with suggestive lyrics to the song was considered vulgar enough to get banned from the film. Then, the turning point in Cuckoo’s career was in Mehboob Khan’s films. Her dance number in his film Anokhi Ada (1948) established her as the lead dancer of the era and in Andaz(1949), a romantic drama starring Nargis, Dilip Kumar, and Raj Kapoor, gave the dancer an opportunity to display her acting skills. In Mehboob Khan’s 1952 technicolor film Aan, which was her first colour film, she had a brief cameo in a dance sequence. She only appeared in 2 colour films in her career- Aan & Mayurpankh. She would charge Rs 6,000 for a dance number, an enviable fee in the 50s.

Usually she is credited with bringing into films 2 Anglo Indian brothers Tony (Krishna kumar) and Robert (Surya kumar). However, Azuri later claimed that it was she who brought them into films from an orphanage and trained them. Dancers first, both became Choreographers of repute later.

Cuckoo remained the best dancer in Hindi films until dancers such as Helen and Vyjayanthimala came into the industry. Cuckoo was a family friend of the Anglo-Burmese dancer and actress Helen. She was also known for helping unknown actors get their break in Bollywood, such as Pran in Ziddi. Cuckoo had introduced a 13-year-old Helen into films as a chorus dancer in films such as Shabistan and Awaara (both 1951). Cuckoo and Helen most notably appeared in song and dance sequences together, such as in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi(1958) and Yahudi (1958). Her last film appearance was in Mujhe Jeene Do in 1963 after which, she had disappeared from the film industry. She was a Heroine in the film Sona Chandi-46, under the name Kishori, but due to her faulty Hindi and pronunciation, she could not continue as a Heroine. She appeared in 155 films and 67 songs were shot on her.

Cuckoo, the legendary cabaret queen of Bollywood was one of those film stars who lived ostentatiously, spent extravagantly and died broke and penniless. Her three cars (one for her use, one for taking her dogs for a drive, and the other often used to summon protege Helen to play with her sister), her flats and whatever jewellery she had, were all taken away because the dancer had evaded income tax. She would charge Rs 6,000 for a dance number, an enviable fee in the ’50s. Cuckoo died of cancer at the age of 52; during her last days she could barely afford to buy painkillers. “She never thought of security, of tomorrow,” Helen recalls. “But what a tremendous lady she was! There wasn’t even a tear in her eye, even when the roles stopped, when the money disappeared. Instead she’d joke about her plight. Some actors did help but it was too late, much too late.”

Cuckoo died on 30 September 1981 due to cancer at the age of 53. She was forgotten and unattended by the film industry at the time of her death. (adapted from wiki, MuVyz, book ‘Edwina’ and cineplot).

Today’s song (despite the missing first line) is a good duet by G M Durrani and Rajkumari. Sadanand ji opines that the female singer is Shamshad Begum. With this song film Kaneez will be ‘ Yippeed ‘, with all its songs covered.

(I thank Sadanand Kamath ji for information about the film’s original avatar).


Song-Dil bechne nikla hai dil ka ik saudagar (Kaneez)(1949) Singers- G M Durrani, Unknown female voice, Lyricist- Shatir Ghaznavi, MD- Ghulam Haider
Both

Lyrics

dil le lo
dil le lo
dil le lo
dil le lo

o o o o
thahar saudaagar
aisa dil main khoj khoj ke haari ee
thahar saudaagar
aisa dil main khoj khoj ke haari
jo dil preet mein jalna jaane
uspe sadqe waari
jo dil preet mein jalna jaane
uspe sadqe waari

dil ka sauda karne waali
mushqil hai ye kaam kaam
mushqil hai ye kaa aam
dil ka sauda karne waali
mushqil hai ye kaam kaam
mushqil hai ye kaa aam
par aise de doon (??)bhi kya hai
dogi kitne daam
par aise de doon (??) bhi kya hai
dogi kitne daam
o o dil waale
iske badle pooraa kar doon
tere prem ka sapna aa aa
o o o dil waale
iske badle pooraa kar doon
tere prem ka sapna aa aa
tan bhi doongi
man bhi doongi
jeewan doongi apna
o o
tan bhi doongi
man bhi doongi
jeewan doongi apna

aa aa aa
?? jhoothhi aasha
sachchi teri preet
dil ki baazi naqda naqdi
jeet gayi tu jeet
main teri main teri baalam
tu mera tu mera aa

ham tum donon yoon mil jaayen
jaise saanjh sawera
ho o o
ham tum donon yoon mil jaayen
jaise saanjh sawera

ab meri jabaan pe na aayega
kabhi dilbar
ab meri jabaan pe na aayega
kabhi dilbar
dil bechne nikla hai
hai ik dil ka saudaagar
dil le lo o
dil le lo
dil le lo o
dil le lo


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4343 Post No. : 15647

“Vikram Shashikala”(1949) aka “Kalank Shobha” aka “Stree Charitra” was directed by D K Kane for Chitravani Productions, Bombay. This movie had Monika Desai, Master Vitthal, Indumati, Yashodhan, Shobha, Kumud, Master Chhotu, Waskar, Kelkar, Rathod, Narayanrao, Vasant Rao, Pt Upadhyay, Shankar Rao Bhonsle, Pt Dukhi etc in it.

This obscure movie had eight obscure songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Vikram Shashikala”(1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt (then Geeta Roy) and Master Pandya . Pt Dukhi Amritsari is the lyricist. Music is composed by Dattaram Gadekar.

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

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


Song-Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe (Vikram Shashikala)(1949) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Pandya, Lyrics-Dukhi Amritsari, MD-Dattaram Gadekar
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Aaj ka din tohe
Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe
Haan haan yaad rahe
Achchha
Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe
Haan yaad rahe

Bhool na jaana saajan
Aaj ki baatein
Bhool na jaana saajan
Aaj ki baatein
Aaj ki baatein
Tum na bhulaana sajni
Tum na bhulaana sajni
Ye mulaaqaatein
Ye mulaaqaatein

Hilmil panchhi kya gaate hain
Hilmil panchhi kya gaate hain
Bolo bolo ji
Haan haan bolo bolo ji
Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe
Haan yaad rahe

Kal kal karti nadiya behti
Kal kal karti nadiya behti
Kiske geet wo gaaye
Bolo kiske geet wo gaaye
Sun ri sajni ee ee
Sun ri sajni tohe bataaun
Kaun tohe samjhaaye re Sajani
Kaun tohe samjhaaye

Kya
Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe
Tohe yaad rahe
Aaj ka din tohe yaad rahe
Haan yaad rahe

Jabse roop tumhaara dekha
Jabse roop tumhaara dekha
Tabse hua deewaana
Deewaana
Deewaana

O o o o
O more baalam
O more baalam
Kuchh din ho tum
Dil se kabhi na bhulaana
Haan na bhulaana
Ho baalam
Kasam tohe hai bahaaron ki
Kasam tohe hain sitaaron ki
Tumhe meri kasam
Tumhen meri kasam
Ye na bhoolenge hum
Ye na bhoolenge hum
Aaj ka din hamen
Aaj ka din hamen yaad rahe
Haan haan yaad rahe
Aaj ka din hamen yaad rahe
Haan yaad rahe


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4325 Post No. : 15615

“Veer Ghatotkach”(1949) was directed by Nanubhai Bhatt. The movie had Shahu Modak, Meena Kumari, Sumiti Gupte, Vasant Pahelwan, Naranjan Sharma, S N Tripathi, Sona Chatterjee, Leela Kumari, Shanta Patel, H Prakash etc in it.

The mythological movie, based on a character of Mahabharat, had nine songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Veer Ghatotkach”(1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by a singer who is uncredited in HFGK. The song is lip synced by Shahu Modak while Meena Kumari looks on.

Saraswati Kumar Deepak is the lyricist. Music is composed by S N Tripathi.

I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify the singer of this song.
PS-Mr Sadanand Kamath believes that it is Shahu Modak himself singing the song.


Song-Jag mein karman ki gati nyaari (Veer Ghatotkach)(1949) Singer-Shahu Modak, Lyrics-Saraswati Kumar Deepak, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

jag mein aen karman ki gati nyaari
jag mein aen karman ki gati nyaari
jag mein karman ki gati nyaari
murjha kar bhi khil jaati hai aasha ki phulwaari ee ee
murjha kar bhi khil jaati hai aasha ki phulwaari ee ee
karman ki gati nyaari
jag mein aen karman ki gati nyaari

hansna rona paana khona
sab is gati ki leela aa aa
sab is gati ki leela aa aa
rang birange sapnon ka hai ye sansaar rangeela
bandhe huye hai karm dor mein
bandhe huye hai karm dor mein saare hi nar naari ee ee
karman ki gati nyaari jag mein
karman ki gati nyaari
karam bhoomi par kaanton ke sang
phoolon ki sej suhani
phoolon ki sej suhani
dukh sukh donon saath saath hai
jag ki yahi kahaani
mat niraash ho khil jaayegi
mat nirash ho khil jaayegi
man ki kesar kyaari ee ee
karman ki gati nyaari
jag mein karman ki gati nyaari

jaisi karni waisi bharni
yahi yahaan ka lekha aa aa
yahi yahaan ka lekha
nahin mitaaye mit sakti jo khhinchi bhaagy ki rekha
saras savera aaya dekho
saras savera aaya dekho
rain gayi andhiyaari ee ee
karman ki gati nyaari
jag mein karman ki gati nyaari


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4302 Post No. : 15566

Today’s song is from film Ram Vivah-49. This is a duet song by Manna Dey and Geeta Roy. This is the first ever duet of these singers, in their career.

Geeta, who debuted via a chorus song in 1946, won some fame with her songs in film Do Bhai-47, with music by S D Burman. However till about 1950 or so, she was still struggling to make a place in the film line. She had to compete with singers like Lata and Asha as well as Shamshad, Amirbai and Zohrabai too. Manna Dey was an occasional singer, struggling very hard to get established as either a singer or a Music Director. Good sense prevailed and he realised that singing was his forte and he concentrated on it,later. He is one of my favourite singers, who had all the merit and talent, but not a strong Luck ! He became a preferred singer for composers, whenever a Bhajan, religious song or a high pitched song was to be sung.

Film Ram Vivah-49 was was produced by Prem Adib Productions and it was the only film directed by him ever. This film came after the eminently flop film Raambaan-48, made by Prakash pictures. Actually, it was Prakash pictures who had earlier made two very successful film on Ramayan stories, namely Bharat Bhet-42 and Ramrajya-43. Enthused with the success of these two films, Prakash decided to complete Triology with one more film on Ram and Seeta. They waited for 5 years and then made Raambaan-48. The glaring mistake they made was in the film story. The first two films were largely true to the original Valmiki Ramayan. While making Raambaan, they employed their story department authors-Mohan lal Dave and Pt.Girish. They messed up with the story and made it into a poor and distorted version of Ramkatha. This caused the failure of film Raambaan-48.

Learning a lesson from this, Prem Adib stuck to the original Valmiki Ramayan. In fact the Credits show Valmiki’s name for ‘ Story ‘. Additionally, the cast consisted of almost same team with Prem Adib, Shobhana Samarth, Jeevan, Umakant, Shanta Kumari and others. Music director was Shankar rao Vyas and Lyricist was Moti, B.A. (actually he was an M.A.).

The lead pair of Prem Adib and Shobhana Samarth had become extremely popular all over the country as Ram and Seeta, after their two films Bharat Milap and Ram Rajya. These two actors came together first time in film Industrial India-1938. After this they worked in 11 more films plus one more film Ramayan-54, which was concocted by joining parts of 3 films made by Prakash Pictures on Ram and Seeta. After film Rambaan-48, Prakash films focused on social and musical films and made memorable films like Baiju Bawra-52 and Gunj Uthi Shehnai-59.

The stories of Rama and offshoots of Ramayana have always inspired film makers. Mahabharat too did the same. In Hindi language alone, films on Rama stories are around 25 ( not counting obvious other films like Ram aur Shyam, Ram Lakhan or Ram Balram etc.). Practically, in every Indian language and dialects, Nepalese and Sinhalese Ram films are made. However, the kind of fame,popularity and the Box office returns, Film Ram Rajya-43 earned is beyond imagination. Calendars from 1944 to 1950 featured Shobhana and Prem as Ram and Seeta. Wherever these stars went they were mobbed and people used to touch their feet, as Ram and Seeta.

Ramayan and Mahabharata are the two major Religious Epics for Indians. Ramayana has been popular and wide spread all over the Eastern World. There are in all 300 versions of Ramayana. These include the original Valmiki Ramayan and few other major Indian language Versions like Kamban’s Ramavataram in Tamil and Rangnathan’s Ramayana in Telugu. Then there is Ramayan Manjiri in NE and Bengal version. There is a Jain version too.Besides Ramayana in every Indian language and many dialects with scripts, there are Ramayana Versions in Burma, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thialand, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam and China. All these versions total upto 300 in number.

Actor Umakant played the role of Laxman even in this film. In all he played this role in 7 films. Similarly, actor Jeevan, who first time played the role of Narad in Bharat Milap-42, played Narad in almost 100 films in his career ( it was like Jagdish Raj playing role of Police Inspector or Iftekhar playing Police Commissioner or Murad playing a court Judge in Hindi films).

In my last post (on film Bharat Milap-42), I had mentioned about difficulty in getting information on practically unknown actors.This is a major problem for people ,like me, who are students of vintage films and its people. Another big problem is “same name confusion”, caused by artistes having similar sounding names . In early cinema era as we all know, most artistes came form lower strata of society as members of respectable families were not ready to join this ‘ lowly’ film line. This applied mostly for women folk. Among these families of Tawayafs and singers, there were limited names recycled. Some examples are Noorjehan, Khursheed, Zubeida, Shehzadi, Naseem etc etc. This caused problems and confusions. This problems was also among Male artistes at a lesser rate. Names like Asit Sen, N Datta, Rajkumar, Shyam etc are some examples. It was not restricted to Muslim artistes only. There are examples like Nalini, Leela, Ranjana, Rajkumari etc . I would say the ratio was 60:40 for females and Males.

At one given time, there were as many as 8 to 10 Nalinis working in films. Similarly there were several Shantas in films. Few examples are Shanta Apte, Shanta Hublikar, Shanta Mujumdar, Shanta kumari (stuntwali), Shanta kumari (Socialwali),Shanta Patel etc. Luckily, there was no Same name confusion, as these Shantas were using their surnames. Shanta Mujumdar acted only in Prabhat bilingual films. She later married writer Pt. Mukhram Sharma. Shanta kumari and Shanta Patel were stunt actresses. Socialwali Shanta kumari stopped working in 1936…before stuntwali came in. Socialwali married and became Shanta Kothari and worked in 3 films with this name.

Today, we will know more about Shanta Kothari (nee Shanta kumari), who acted as Kaushalya in 3 films after marriage. She is one of those artistes about whom information had to be culled from multiple sources, with great efforts. She was born in 1904 in a large family. Her father Motilal was Principal of a college, but mother was a Tawayef. She studied in English medium. After father’s death, her mother started teaching her dancing and singing. Soon she was singing for customers.

She was very beautiful looking. She entered film line at the age of 16 years, i.e. in 1920. She acted in Silent films made by various companies like Sharada, Great Eastern,Ranjit, kohinoor, Shri krishna film co and krishnatone etc.Some of her silent films were, Kala pahad-27, with master Vithal, Bhai ya kasai-28,Pilgrims of Love-29, Kumud Kumari-29, Prince Charming-30 with E.Billimoria and Castles in the air-30. Other films were Loves of Mughal Prince, Drums of Love, Pyari Jogan, Pardesi Sainya, Prem yatra, Rasili Radha, Maujeli Mashuqa, Shaikh Chilli etc etc. In 1930 she went to Calcutta and worked in film Shrikant also.

Due to her good looks, dancing and singing skills,she effortlessly entered Talkie film era. Her first talkie was krishn Cinetone’s Heer Ranjha-31. It was followed by Chintamani-31,Krishnavatar-32, Lanka Dahan-33, Hatim Tai-1-33, Simhasan-34, Sant Tulsidas-34, Kashmeera-34, Aaj kal-34, Bal hatya and Prem yatri-36. She sang on A.I.R. Bombay frequently. In film Sant Tulsidas, she sang equally with a stalwart like G.N.Joshi, with ease. She sang 21 songs in 8 films in her career.

She took a break from films and she got married to Sound Recordist Kothari. She became Shanta Shantaram Kothari after marriage.In 1941, when film Bharat Milap was being planned, Prakash Pictures requested and she worked in that film as well as Ramrajya-43 in the role of Kaushalya. After 5 years when Prem Adib requested, she again worked in film Ram Vivah-49. However, she stopped films after that.

I could not get further information about her after this period, but we have all information about her film career. (For information used here, I thank Isuru Udayanga Kariyavasam, V.S.Nigam’s article on http://www.medium.com, books- Beete kal ke sitare-S.Tamrakar, Early Hindustani talkies-P.Kamalakar, muVyz.com, CITWF, HFGK and my notes)

The Music Director of film Ram Vivah-49 was Shankar Rao Vyas. After the success of films ‘ Narsi Bhagat-40’ and ‘ Bharata Milap-42’, Vyas rode on the Pinnacle of his career with the popularity of Ramrajya songs. Vyas was a very hard working person. Once while recording songs of film ‘ Vikramaditya’-45, he needed Echo effect in the song ‘ Om Jai Jai Shankar’. In those days, the recording studios were not equipped with such facilities. Vyas searched and found out a Temple having a big Dome in the obscure suburb Jogeshwari in Bombay and recorded this song in that Temple at 2 am in the midnight when it was very quiet !

Ramrajya-43 was the most successful musical film of that era. When Prakash Pictures planned to produce Ramrajya again in 1967, the MD was Vasant Desai. Before recording film’s first song Desai garlanded the photo of Shankar Rao Vyas and then only started the work, seeking his Blessings. Ramrajya had also the distinction of being the only film in the world which Mahatma Gandhi saw in his life. It is said that he was pleased with its songs very much.

Prof. Shankarrao Vyas (1898-1956) was born in Kolhapur on 23-1-1898. His father Ganeshpant was a well known Keertankar and Puranik! So, he was brought up in the religious and musical environment. Unfortunately, Ganeshpant died when Shankar was seven years old. His paternal uncle brought him up for few years. His maternal uncle (Mama) noticed his inclination towards music and enrolled him in the ‘gurukul’ of Maharaj (Pandit) Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.

In those days, students had to sign a bond with the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Training period would last 8-10 years and the student would become all-rounder in every field related to music. Thus, Shankar Rao spent nine years in this gurukul, earned ‘Sangeet Pravin’ degree and gold medal for overall development. With the suggestion of guruji, he worked in Lahore vidyalaya for few years.
In 1931, he moved to Ahmadabad for establishing branch of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He was an expert not only in vocal music, but could play and repair many instruments including sitar, jaltarang and mendolin. He would conduct orchestra consisting of Indian and western instruments. He was also a very good composer and wrote several bandishes. He was the key person in planning music section of national (Rashtriya) schools: an idea originated by Gandhiji in Ahmadabad.

In 1935, he left Ahmadabad and settled in Bombay. He founded school for music education at Dadar, just outside the western railway station. ‘Vyas Sangeet Vidyalaya’. It is still functioning at this place. His brother Narayanrao Vyas and brother in law Vasantrao Rajopadhye also joined him in this noble cause. Around 1930/31, HMV Company invited both Vyas brothers for recordings and they cut over 200 songs (100 discs) until about 1938. He also cut few orchestral records under ‘Vyas Brothers’ banner playing pure classical ragas. These records were best sellers and company had printed their photographs on record catalogues.

This period was also the beginning of talkie films. Shankar Rao composed music for Hindi (35), Marathi (5), and Gujrathi (3) films from 1937-1955. His first film as a composer was ‘ His Highness’ -37 and the last was ‘ Baal Ramayan’ -released in 56. He also composed background music for fifteen films. Most of his films were based on religious or mythological themes. He also taught music to non-singing actors such as Sardar Akhtar and Shirin Bano. His most famous musical films were – Narsi Bhagat (1940), Bharat Bhet (1941), Ram Rajya (1943, in Hindi and Marathi). Saraswati Rane sung ‘Beena madhur madhur kachu bol’ in raga Bhimpalas in Hindi film ‘Ram Rajya’ and this song became popular throughout India. This was the only film that Gandhji watched in cinema hall and was much impressed with the music. Songs from Marathi version of ‘Ram Rajya’ viz. ‘Sujanho parisa ramkatha’ and ‘Ladkya raanila lagale dohale’ are shown on TV even today.

He was very busy in many fields as a composer, Principal of his music school, author of articles and bandishes, President of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and founder editor of ‘Sangeet Kala Vihar’ magazine (founded in 1947) of Vidyalaya that is published even today. He passed away at Ahmadabad on 17-12- 1956. He has sung couple of abhangs of Saint Tukaram. These are available on HMV records. Record P 13454 published in 1931 has a sweet abhang – ‘Roopi guntale lochan, charani sthiravale mana’.

Today’s song indicates that Shankarrao Vyas tried hard to be with the changing tastes of his audience. The song has a faster tune and music.


Song-Dhanya Dhanya hai Avadhpuri (Raam Vivaah)(1949) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Lyricist- Moti B A, MD- Shankarrao Vyas
Both

Lyrics

Dhanya dhanya hai avadhpuri
Dhanya wahaan ki phulwaari
Jahaan Raam ne janam liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari ee
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Avadhpuri ke uttar dish
Saryu ki dhaara behti hai
Raaja Dashrath raaj karen aur
Praja chain se rehti hai ae
Praja chain se rehti hai

Ann dhan se bharpoor Ayodhya
Teen lok se hai nyaari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Chham chham karti chali kaamini
Hai solah singaar kiye
Aankhon mein sansaar liye
Haathon mein sundar haar liye
Satvanti hain sabhi naariyaan
Sat par apne balihaari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Raam Lakhan aur Bharat
Shatrughan
Chaar ratn hain raaja ke
Jinmein sabse bade raam hain
Pran piyaare parja ke ae
Pran piyaare parja ke
Raam liye dhanu-baan raakshason ke
Marne ki hai baari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari ee
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari


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4279 Post No. : 15518

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 17
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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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