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Hullo Atuldom

I don’t remember when was the last birthday post that I wrote for the sweet, chulbuli, very bright, charming and ever smiling Neetu Singh who made her debut in Bollywood as Baby Sonia in the double role of twin sisters, in ‘Do Kaliyan’ (1968).

But my thoughts and appreciation about her are there in the post for the song “Phoolon Ki Duniya Se Taaron Ki Duniya Mein“.

In there I had mentioned that she had appeared in 2013 in a movie called ‘Besharam’ which was directed by Abhinav Kashyap. She played a constable of the Delhi Police going by the name ‘Bulbul Chautala’ who is shown assisting Inspector ‘Chulbul Chautala’ (Rishi Kapoor) in tracking down a car thief Babli (Ranbir Kapoor). I saw this movie recently and realized that I still adore this pyari jodi  who had been a craze till Neetu Singh got married and settled to look after her family.

Today’s song plays with the end credits of the movie and is sung by Mika Singh, Daler Mehndi and Sunidhi Chauhan where we have the young couple Rishi and Neetu dancing along with Ranbir and Pallavi Sharda. The song is written by Kumaar which is the mononym for Rakesh Kumar- a lyricist who has been active in Bollywood for a few years now. The music director is Lalit Pandit who used to form a team with his brother Jatin Pandit and gave us some chart-buster songs in movies like ‘Yes Boss’ (1997), ‘DDLJ’ (1995) etc.

The song has the evergreen pair shaking a leg to the beats of a very modern song which is neither a bhangra nor a disco. I must admit that it must have taken lots of guts to take to the dance floor after a gap of thirty years. The last movie where she had danced had come in 1983 ‘Ganga Meri Maa’ which if my guess is right would have been one that released long after it was completed.

Wishing this sweet charming and smiling on her 62nd birthday though I feel she may not celebrate this year. But I think we can still wish her health and happiness.

Song – Chal Hand Utha Ke Nachchen  (Besharam) (2013) Singer – Mika Singh, Daler Mehndi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Lyrics – Kumaar, MD – Lalit Pandit

Lyrics 

nau baj gaye 
hum saj gaye
do peg lagey angrei
ho nau baj gaye 
hum saj gaye 
do peg lagey angreji
jo chadh gayi 
to addh gayi
yeh cheez badi hai creji
aaja thumkon ki.. limit badha le
hain jeb mein jitne.. note udaa de
hum dheet hain jitne
sweet hain utne
to bachche
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
chal band bajaa ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
tu hoga
bada hero 
par hum bhi nahi kachche
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
chal band bajaa ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen

ab rukne ka time nahin hai
khul ke nachna crime nahin hai
mike pakad ke aaj macha de halla halla
ho o ab rukne ka time nahin hai
khul ke nachna crime nahi hai
mike pakad ke aaj machha de halla halla
dil vil apne phenk huye hain
rahu-ketu theek huye hain
pakad ke finger tu pehna de chhalla chhalla
nainon se zara tu
neat pila de
phir badan soniye
beat hila de
hum desi jitne dude bhi utne hain sachche
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal band bajaa ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
tu hoga
bada hero 
par hum bhi nahi kachche
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
chal band bajaa ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen

chal back hila ke
nachchen
chal taang utha ke
nachchen
chal aag laga ke
nachchen
chal feet badha ke
nachchen
chal pila pila ke
nachchen
chal hila hila ke
nachchen
oye fikr chhod ke sharam faad ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen
chal band bajaa ke nachchen
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen 
chal hand uthaa ke nachchen

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नौ बज गये
हम साज गये
दो पैग लगे अँग्रेजी
हो नौ बज गये
हम साज गये
दो पैग लगे अँग्रेजी
जो चढ़ गई
तो अढ़ गई
ये चीज़ बड़ी है क्रेजी
आजा ठुमकों की॰॰ लिमिट बढ़ा दे
हैं जेब मैं जीतने॰॰ नोट उड़ा दे
हम ढीठ हैं जीतने
स्वीट हैं उतने
तो बच्चे
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल बैंड बजा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
तू होगा
बड़ा हीरो
पर हम भी नहीं कच्चे
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल बैंड बजा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें

अब रुकने का टाइम नहीं है
खुल के नचना क्राइम नहीं है
माइक पकड़ के आज मचा दे हल्ला हल्ला
हो ओ अब रुकने का टाइम नहीं है
खुल के नचना क्राइम नहीं है
माइक पकड़ के आज मचा दे हल्ला हल्ला
दिल विल अपने फेंक हुये हैं
राहू केतू ठीक हुये हैं
पकड़ के फिंगर तू पहना दे छल्ला छल्ला
नैनों से ज़रा तू
नीट पिला दे
फिर बदन सोनिए
बीट हिला दे
हम देसी जीतने ड्यूड भी उतने हैं सच्चे
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल बैंड बजा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
तू होगा
बड़ा हीरो
पर हम भी नहीं कच्चे
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल बैंड बजा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें

चल बैक हिला के
नच्चें
चल टांग उठा के
नच्चें
चल आग लगा के
नच्चें
चल फीट बढ़ा के
नच्चें
चल पिला पिला के
नच्चें
चल हिला हिला के
नच्चें
ओय फिकर छोड़ के शरम फाड़ के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल बैंड बजा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें
चल हैंड उठा के नच्चें


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The date today is 7 july 2020. From the HFM point of view, birth anniversaries of Anil Biswas (born 1914) and Saraswati Kumar Deepak (born 1918) falls today. We have already honoured the two artists in two articles earlier today.

Some other important non HFM related things also happened on this day. It was on this day in 1928 that sliced bread was forst sold by Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, USA. Their product, “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread was advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped. This gave rise to the popular idiom “greatest thing since sliced bread”. 🙂

It was on this day in 1985 that Boris Becker became the youngest male player in history to win a major tennis singles title. He was 17 years, 7 months and 15 days old when he lifted the Wimbledon singles title. This record was later broken by Michael Chang (does anyone remember him today ?) in 1989 French Open. I had watched this match on TV in the hostel with likeminded sports lovers where Boris Becker defeated South Africa’s Kevin Curren (not to be confused with Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran).

Back home, this date is important for Indian cricket lovers. It was on this day in 1981 that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born !

I need not remind our fellow Indian cricket lover what Dhoni has done for Indian cricket. In my opinion, India had a few cricketers (five in number) who to my mind enabled Indian cricket to shift to higher gears. These higher gears did not exist before the advent of these cricketers. The first of them was MAK Pataudi, who gave Indian cricketers the first dose of self belief in their abilities. Then the next was Sunil Gavaskar, who with his rock solid batting against the best pace attacks of the world gave Indians the belief that they too could hold their own and occasionally win too. Then came Kapildev. Before him, it was believed that Indians could not bowl fast. He could not only bowl fast, he could be said to have changed the fortunes of Indian cricket and also world cricket, with his exploits in 1983 World Cup. This title win was a fluke, but this fluke win could not have been achieved without the additional gear that Kapildev had brought to Indian cricket. This win brought an enormous change in balance of cricketing powers. Indian, from being an also ran, began to become title contenders in future world cups. In addition, BCCI, the Indian cricket board, began to have an increasing say in running world cricket.

The next influential cricketer was Saurabh Ganguly. Under his captaincy, India cricket team grew a spine and killer instinct which was lacking in Indian cricket prior to him.

And that brings us to our fifth and final Indian cricket influencer extraordinaire, viz M S Dhoni.

MSD Made his debut into the Indian team during Indian team’s Bangladesh tour of 2004. And it was quite a forgettable start. He was run out for zero in his first batting innings. In the second ODI, India were 131/5 in 33. 2 overs. needing a further 99 runs at an asking rate of 5.8 runs. Dhoni joined Kaif in the centre. Those who had watched his exploits at India A level had high hopes on him. Dhoni was only able to score 12 off 11 deliveries and he was the sixth wicket to fall at 155 at 37.2 overs. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and India had the ignominy of losing to Bangladesh by 15 runs.

Badly stung, India approached the third and final ODI in a murderous mood. Everyone scored runs and India piled on 348. Dhoni got to bat for two deliveries where he scored seven in two deliveries, including a six, the first six of his ODI career.

Though Dhoni did not do much of note in his debut series, he was retained in home series against Pakistan. Coming to bat in the slog overs with India well placed, he once again failed to capitalise and made a disappointing 3 for 7 deliveries.

After four disappointing matches, Dhoni’s fate was hanging by a thin thread. The second ODI at Vishakhapatnam was a make or break match for Dhoni. Luckily for Dhoni and for world cricket, Ganguly, the captain, decided to give Dhoni another chance. Not just that, Dhoni was sent at one down ! And the rest, as they say, is history. Dhoni announced his arrival at world cricket stage with 148 runs. This knock cemented his place in ODI and opened the doors to test selection as well.

By 2007, Dhoni was still a unior player in the team. shock exit of Indian team from 2007 World cup saw many heads roll in Indian cricket. A new form of cricket ,namely T20 cricket was thrust on the rest of thecricketing world by England. England had started ODI world cup back in 1975. They had failed to win any of these world cups. Introducing another world cup of a different format where England had the most experience was clearly an attempt by ECB to finally lift a world cup.

BCCI was unwilling and reluctant to participate in this T20 world cup. But ICC arm twisted BCCI into participating in it. BCCI, in protest, excluded all the seniors from the team and chose a team of younger players, who were expected to be no hopers in the tournament. And Dhoni , who had never captained even in school cricket, was made the captain of the team.

When the world cup ended, India emerged the surprise winner of the tournament. The reluctent BCCI, which wanted to have nothing to do with T20 suddenly saw so much potential in this format that they created IPL. It is something that revolutionised world cricket and brought far more money into cricket than what was the case before. So Indian surprise title win in T20 changed the game of cricket like how it had happened back in 1983.

This T20 win meant that Dhoni was identified as a leader of the team in all formats. And what results he produced ! India, under his captaincy won two more ICC titles , namely ODI world cup in 2011 at home and 2013 Champions Trophy in England. Dhoni became the only captain in history to have won all the three ICC tournaments. No other captain of no other country had come anywhere close.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, Indian also rose up to become the number one test team. His cricket records are known to all. I will not repeat them here.

The influence that Dhoni had on Indain cricket is comparable to the influence of Kapildev. Both of them came from smaller unfashionable places. Prior to them, international cricket in India was considered the privilege of big city players. When India played their first ODI world cup in 1975, all but one players in the team were from metropolitan cities (Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Baroda, one from Rajasthan). When Dhoni captained Indian in 2007 T20 tournament, there were players from unfashionable places like Ranchi (Jharkhand), Jullundhar (Punjab), Aligarh (UP), Rohtak (Haryana), Rae Bareli (UP), Kothamangalam (Kerala) etc. And these players did not just make up numbers, they were in the playing XI and added their weight to the team performance.

Dhoni gave plenty of self confidence to players comng from small places with no cricketing history. The fact that such excellent world class players, with such strong temperament can come from small places was a revelation to all. Their inclusion brought fresh ideas and fresh energy into the team composition. These palyers were not infected by the virus of complacency, lack of killer instinct and choking- that most players coming from big established places seemed afflicted from.

Dhoni’s appeal is India wide and for that matter global. In India, Chennai has adopted him as their favourite son in IPL, where he has served as the skipper right from the first IPL.

A biopic was made on Dhoni which was released in 2016. I found this movie quite rivetting and interesting. I have covered all the songs that appear in the movie with detailed writeups. It turns out that the movie also has a song that was ot picturised. And this song is the title song of the movie. This song was released only online in Youtube and was not part of the movie.

This song is a goosebump inducing song if you are an Indian cricket fan like me. This movie was released not just in Hindi, but in some other languages viz Marathi, Tamil, Telugu etc as well. I have listened to this song in all the languages and I love all the versions.

On the occasion of Dhoni’s 39th birthday today, here is this wonderful themw song cum title song from “M S Dhoni-the untold story”(2016). The Hindi version of the son is sung by Rochak Kohli who is also the music director of this song. One can also watch the Marathi, Tamil , and Telugu versions.

The video version is just two minutes long and makes you long for more. You can then listen to the audio version which is over 4 minutes long.

With this song, all the songs of “M S Dhoni-the untold story”(2016) are covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

Audio (Hindi)

Video

Song-Har Gali mein Dhoni hai (M S Dhoni-the untold story)(2016) Singer-Rochak Kohli, MD-Rochak Kohli
Chorus

Lyrics

o o o o o
o o o o o
o o o o o

chalen chalen to kya chale hum
uden agar to baat hai
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
chalen chalen to kya chale hum
o o o o
uden agar to baat hai
jiye jiye to kya jiye hum
o o o o o
laden agar to baat hai

jaage hai chauraahe
kadmo ki ye thapkiyon se jaage hain
maidaanon khul jaao
aa rahe hain hum jo
khalbali to honi hai
har gali mein Dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o

har gali mein Dhoni hai
o o o o
o o o o

har gali mein Dhoni hai ae ae ae ae ae
har gali mein Dhoni hai

ho o
ujaalon ki gar talaash hai
sooraj ka sahar paas hai ae
ujaalon ki gar talaash hai ae ae
sooraj ka sahar paas hai
aa chal ke hum juta len apne hisse ke ujaale
doobe ek sooraj to dusra uga len
kaafi hai apni khaatir yeh mutthi bhar iraade
chalne ke balboote pe hum duniya hila den aen aen aen
awaazo mil jaao
aa rahe hain hum jo
khalbali to honi hai ae
har gali me Dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o
har gali mein dhoni hai
o o o o o
o o o o o
har gali mein dhoni hai ae ae ae ae
har gali me dhoni hai


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During my visits to Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore family residence) in Kolkata and thereafter a full day visit to Shanti Niketan in 2012, I had often come across the name of Kadambari Devi who was supposed to have inspired Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in his literary, musical and artistic pursuits. But at that time, it never occurred to me to know more about Kadambari Devi.

Last Sunday, while browsing one of the OTT platforms, I found a Bangla film ‘Kadambari’ (2015) where I read a two-liner summary of the film that connected me with Kadambari Devi. The film is a biopic on Kadambari Devi who was the wife of Jyotirindranath Tagore, the elder brother of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The story of Kadambari Devi is a tragic one which is, in my view, is not less than Shakespearean tragedies. Let me first briefly discuss her biography before I set out her story as depicted in the film.

Kadambari Devi (1859-1884) was a daughter of an employee of Jorasanko Thakur Bari who was married to 21-year old Jyotindranath Tagore on July 5, 1868 when she was 9. In Thakur Bari, 7-year old Rabindranath Tagore, the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, became Kadambari’s playmate as no other family members in the Tagore family were of their age group. Her husband was a multi-talented person interested in literature, music, theatre, painting, publications besides the family business. He made arrangements for home education of Kadambari Devi as also  for training in horse riding etc.

After the death of Rabindranath’s mother, Kadambari Devi’s childhood relationship with him was turned from playmate to that of a surrogate mother. The next relationship between Kadambari Devi and Rabindranath in their adulthood became more like platonic love. Everyday, Rabindranath would write poems which he would first recite to Kadambari Devi who would give her critical assessments. Gradually, an intellectual relationship developed between Rabindranath and Kadambari Devi.

The close relationship between Rabindranath and Kadambari Devi during their adulthoods were not liked by the elder family members. So, at the age of 17, Rabindranath was sent to England for further studies. During his short stay in England, he used to write letters to Kadambari Devi discussing about poems and literature and how he was missing her in his literary pursuit. He returned to India without completing his studies and once again their literary companionship started. Rabindranath got his letters to Kadambari Devi published in one of the Bengali magazines. Though these letters were high in their literary contents, the elders in the family read in-between the lines as to whom the emotions expressed in the letters were meant. Elders in the family were afraid that scandal could break out tarnishing the image of the family. So, they decided to get Rabindranath married at the age of 21 with a bride of 11 years who was named as Mrinalini Devi.

After the marriage of Rabindranath, the distance between Kadambari Devi and him widened. On the other hand, Jyotirindranath’s busy schedule with his businesses and other activities made her lonely. After about 4 months of Rabindranath marriage, Kadambari Devi committed suicide by taking an overdose of opium on April 21, 1884 at a young age of 25 years. There was no clue left as to why Kadambari Devi committed suicide.

The story of Kadambari Devi has all the ingredients of making a social drama film. The first Bengali film on this story was made by Satyajit Ray titled ‘Charulata’ (1971) which was based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Bengali novella ‘Nashtanirh’ (Broken Nest). Scholars believe that this novella may have been based on the relationship between Jyotirindranath Tagore, Kadambari Devi and Rabindranath Tagore himself which was published in 1901. The second film, ‘Chhelebela’ (2002) was made which was based on the Rabindranath Tagore’s novella of the same name which meant ‘My Boyhood Days’. Thereafter, two more films – ‘Chirosakhe He’ (2007) and ‘Jeewan Smriti’ (2011) were made in Bengali.

‘Kadambari’ (2015) is the latest Bangla film which is more like a biopic of Kadambari Devi.  The film is directed by Suman Ghosh. The film is based on the Bengali novel ‘Prothomo Alo’ by Sunil Gangopadhyay, ‘Kobir Bouthan’ by Mullika Sengupta and various writings of Rabindranath Tagore. The cast includes Konkana Sen Sharma (Kadambari Devi), Parambrata Chattopadhyay (Rabindranath Tagore), Kaushik Sen (Jyotirindranath Tagore), Sanjoy Nag (Debendranath Tagore), Titas Bhowmik, Srikanto Acharya, Srilekha Mitra etc.

Though the film is a biopic of Kadambari Devi, the director has taken some cinematic liberties in dramatizing some events in the life of the three main characters in the film. The story of Kadambari Devi in the film is as under:

The film starts with the suicide of Kadambari Devi in her bedroom with an overdose of opium. The patriarch of the Tagore family, Debendranath Tagore instructs all in the house not to leak the news of the suicide to outsiders as it is the question of reputation of the family. All the subsequent scenes in the film are shown as flashbacks of Kadambari Devi until her death like  her marriage to Jyotirendranath, Rabindranath as her childhood playmate etc. She feels lonely in the big house as she is the child and the other members of the household are adults. Same is true of Rabindranath as he is the youngest of the Tagore family (7 years). So naturally, both the loners find their relationship as  playmates rewarding.

After the death of Rabindranath’s mother, Kadambari Devi is assigned the duty of looking after him. She would supervise his meals after his return from school. She has become an expert cook and prepares delicious dishes for Rabindranath who, for the first time, feels that the food tastes better than those churned out by the cooks at Thakur Bari.

During the adulthood, Kadambari Devi becomes his literary companion. Rabindranath would recite his new poems first to her to get her feedback which, most of the time, would be adverse. At one point, she says to him that Banckhim Chandra Chattopadhyay writes better than him just to prop him up. There are literary soirees on the terrace of Thakur Bari in the night when there would be poetry recitations, music and singing when all the members of Tagore family would participate. Both of them bond well in all the stages of their relationship in which Rabindranath always addresses Kadambari Devi as ‘bouthan’ (sister-in-law). She is Rabindranath’s total support system all through her life.

The close relationships between Kadambari Devi and Rabindranath in their adulthood is resented by the elder women of the Tagore family. They instigate Debendranath (his father) to send him for study in England. He goes but returns quickly as he develops some illness. Then there are back-biting from the elder women of the family for Kadambari being issueless. She has ‘adopted’ her sister-in-law’s daughter, Urmila who dies in a freak accident in the house and the blame for her death falls on Kadambari Devi for her momentary neglect.

The elder women get upset when they come to know that Rabindranath has published his poems in a magazine which indirectly hint at his admiration for Kadambari Devi. So, the elders decide to get Rabindranath married to Mrilanali Devi. With this, Kadambari Devi has become once again a lonely lady already neglected by her elders in the family and her husband who, as usual, is busy with his businesses and theatre. There is also a hint in the film that Jyotirindranath is having affairs with an actress of one of his plays. With the death of Urmila, Kadambari Devi has gone into depression.

The triggering point for Kadambari Devi’s suicide is when her husband failed to turn up to pick her up from the Thakur Bari for the launching of his new ship at the port.  Even though, her husband has sent a horse cart to pick her up, she refuses to go as she has accidentally found a letter addressed to him by one of the actresses of his play informing him of his child taking shape in her womb. The film ends with Kadambari Devi drinking a liquid from a bottle and goes to sleep never to wake up.

‘Kadambari’ (2015) is the director’s film. He has full control over the main actors and also the fast-paced story telling. All the three main actors – Konkana Sen Sharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Kaushik Sen have given the excellent performances of their roles. Despite a serious subject, there is not a single dull moment in the film. The film has been mostly shot in the houses of the Tagore family and estate lending the authentic period atmosphere.

It sounds strange as to why Debendranath Tagore who is regarded as a social and religious reformer and also an advocate of the girls’ education, got his sons, Jyotirindranath and Rabindranath married to child girls with wide age differences. Also, there is a hint in the film of the patriarchal family system where women have no voice in decision making in the Tagore family. There are dialogues in the film to that effect.

There are speculations in the literary circles as to what kind of relationship Rabindranath Tagore had with Kadambari Devi. Whether their love which was of an innocent and affectionate nature in their childhood had turned into an amorous one in their adulthood. It is difficult to get an answer. It is said that soon after the death of Kadambari Devi, the letters exchanged between Kadamabari Devi and Rabindranath Tagore were destroyed except those which were already published in a magazine. Probably, their relationship was  for companionship and the emotional solace. So, let their love remain as love without assigning any qualifier to it. That’s what Gulzar has said in one of his film songs – “Pyaar Ko Pyaar Hi Rehne Do Koi Naam Na Do.

Since ‘Kadambari’ (2015) is the story on the relationship between Rabindranath Tagore and Kadambari Devi, it is not surprising that almost all of the songs are based on Rabindra Sangeet. There is one song which was written by Maithili poet, Vidyapati which finds place in the film. It is said that Rabindranath Tagore liked this song so much that he set the song to the tune while reciting it in the company of Kadambari Devi. The song is “Bhara Baadar Maah Bhaadar, Shunya Mandir Mor’ – In the month of Bhadra, clouds are full of rains. but my mind is an empty shrine.

In the film, the situation is that after return from Tripura, Rabindranath meets Kadambari Devi in the garden of their estate on the banks of River Ganga. It has started raining and Rabindranath recites these verses of Vidyapati with impromptu tune composed by him.

The song is rendered by Ustad Rashid Khan on the tune set by Rabindranath Tagore. The orchestration of the song is conducted by Bickram Ghosh.

By the way, Aparna Sen also used these Vidyapati’s verses in her Bangla film, ‘Ghawre Bairey Alo’ (2019) in a different situation in the film.

Video

Audio

Song – Bhara Baadar Maah Bhadara, Shunya Mandir Mor (Kadambari) (2015) Singer – Ustad Rashid Khan, Lyrics – Vidyapati, MD – Rabindranath Tagore (Orchestration by Bickram Ghosh)

Lyrics

bhara baadar maah bhaadar
shunya mandir mo…r
bhara baadar
he ae ae ae aa
he ae ae ae ae
sa re  ae ae ae
ra ra ra ru ru
aa aa aaa
aaa aa aaa aaa aaa
ra ma…
bhara baadar maah bhaadar
shunya mandir mo…r
bhara baadar
bhara baadar maah bhaadar
shunya mandir mo…r
bhara baadar
 
jharjha ghan garjanti santati
bhuwan bhari barikhintiyaa
kaant paahun birah daarun
saghane khar shar hantiaa
kulisha shat shat paat modit
mayur naachat maatiaa aa
mayur naachat
mayur naachat
mayur naachat maatiyaa aa
matta daaduri daake daahuki
phaati yaawat chhatiyaa
 
timir dig bhari ghor yaamini
akhir bijurika paanthiyaa
Vidyapati kah kaiche gonaaibi
Hari vine din raatiaan aa
bhara baadar maah bhaadar
shunya mandir mo….r
bhara baadar


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Hindi Songs in Bangla Film – 32
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The folk singer I am discussing here is from Assam. She has no direct or indirect connection to the soils of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Yet her fans from these states has given her the title of ‘Bhojpuri Queen’. It is not that she has consciously chosen to sing in Bhojpuri. The fact is that it is one of the music recording companies who made her to sing Bhojpuri songs.  Again, the title ‘Bhojpuri Queen’ to her would give an impression that she has restricted her singing mainly to Bhojpuri songs. But it is not so. She has been in her professional music scene since 2001 rendering nearly 9000 songs in 30 different languages/dialects of India. She has also done the playback singing in Hindi, Bhojpuri, Bangla, Assamese, Tamil and Marathi films, beside acting in some films. She is a folk musicologist and has done extensive research on the history of folk music especially in the Bhojpuri region.

I am referring to Kalpana Patowary (b. 27/10/1978) who has been endowed with a rich and powerful voice capable of singing in high octaves with ease. She was born in Sorbhog town in Barpeta district of Assam. Her father, Bipin Patowary, a folk singer himself and working for AIR (Aakashvani), Guwahati, gave Kalpana the initial training in Kamrupiya and Gaolporiya folk singing of Assam. She also learnt Baul singing from Naren Das. After completing her graduation in English literature from Cotton College, Guwahati, Kalpana enrolled in Bhatkhande College of Music, Lucknow from where she completed her Sangeet Visharad.

Even though Kalpana Patowary has been performing on the stage since her childhood, her professional music journey started in 2001 when after marrying Pervez Khan, her school-mate and neighbour in Assam, she shifted to Mumbai. She learnt Hindustani classical music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan of Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana in Mumbai. The first music album recorded by Kalpana Patowary was in 2001 which was a remix of popular Hindi songs. Her first Bhojpuri song album  “Na Hum Se Bhangiya Pisaai’ae Ganesh Ke Papa” released in 2002 made her very popular among the Bhojpuri speaking population. With this popularity, she sang for the first time in a Bhojpuri film, ‘Sasura Bada Paisewala’ (2004) after which she became a regular playback singer of Bhojpuri films. She expanded her command over Bhojpuri songs by singing non-film folk songs in Puria, Pachra, Kajri, Birha, Sohar, Chaita and Nautanki genres. She traveled extensively in Bhojpuri speaking regions to study the folklore of the region. She was the first woman singer to sing and record a Chhapraihiya Purvi folk style song which was hitherto a male preserve.

In June 2012, Kalpana Patowary launched her music cum documentary album ‘The Legacy of Bhikari Thakur’ which was released by a British recording company, Virgin EMI Records. It received popularity all over the world, especially from in those countries having a sizeable Bhojpuri speaking population. It was a sort of Kalpana Patowary’s tribute to Bhikari Thakur who is regarded as ‘Shakespeare of Bhojpuri literature’. In addition, she also recorded documentary musical albums like ‘The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut’ and ‘Anthology of Birha’. She is the first singer to sings a Khadi Birha folk song for Coke Studio.

Kalpana Patowary as a playback singer in Bhojpuri films has faced criticism from some quarters for popularising Bhojpuri film songs with raunchy lyrics. She has defended herself by saying that in the initial period of her career in Bhojpuri film music, she was not well-versed with Bhojpuri dialect and the meanings. Also, she has pointed out that it is the writers of the songs who have to take care of the raunchy wordings. Also, she says that if the song was obscene than how did the Censor Board not take objection?

One of the effects of such criticism on Kalpana Patowary seems to be that she has become more determined to study the folklore of Bhojpuri region and popularise such folk songs not only all over India but also all over the world. Hence, during the last five years or so, she has been devoting much of her time in folklores of not only the Bhojpuri region but also of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and North-Eastern States. She has also started her focus on devotional songs of these states.

It is in this background that Kalpana Patowary seems to have lapped up an opportunity by singing a devotional song “Chain Kahaan Prabhu Bin Manwa” in the film ‘Har Har Byomkesh’ (2015) which is picturised on herself.  The song is written by Sutapa Basu which is set to music by Bickram Ghosh. The song in the video clip is partial as picturised in the film. The audio clip has got the full song.

The details of the film and the story have been given in my earlier article on the song – “Roothe Sajan Kaise Manaawe Ho Rama“.

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Acknowledgements: The profile and other information on Kalpana Patowary is based on her interviews which appeared in some newspapers, magazines and also on Rajya Sabha TV. Information on her musical journey is also based on info from her website, http://singerkalpana.blogspot.com/

 

Video

Audio

Song – Chain Kahaan Prabhu Bin Manwa (Har Har Byomkesh) (2015) Singer – Kalpana Patowary, Lyrics – Sutapa Basu, MD – Bickram Ghosh

Lyrics

chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
mann ki aankh se aansoo nikle
mann ki aankh se aansoo nikle
tan ki aankh rowe na
tan ki aankh rowe na
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
 
saagar paar kiya bajrangi..ee..ee
bajrangi ee..ee..ee
saagar paar kiya bajrangi
prabhu ke naam sahaayi
naam lewe to door ho peeda
naam lewe to door ho peeda
door howe kathinaayi
door howe kathinaayi
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
 
naam sahaare kaam sawaare..ae
naam sahaare kaam sawaare
mann ho mail kabhi na
main ho mail kabhi na
naam ke upar aur kachhu naahin
naam ke upar aur kachhu naahin
bhoole to ab nahin jeena
bhoole to ab nahin jeena
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa

mann ki aankh ke aansoo nikle
tan aankh rowe na
tan aankh rowe na
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa
chain kahaan prabhu bin manwa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
मन की आँख से आँसू निकले
मन की आँख से आँसू निकले
तन की आँख रोवे ना
तन की आँख रोवे ना
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा

सागर पार किया बजरंगी॰॰ई॰॰ई
बजरंगी॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई
सागर पार किया बजरंगी
प्रभु के नाम सहाई
नाम लेवे तो दूर हो पीड़ा
नाम लेवे तो दूर हो पीड़ा
दूर होवे कठिनाई
दूर होवे कठिनाई
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा

नाम सहारे काम सवारे॰॰ए
नाम सहारे काम सवारे
मन हो मैल कभी ना
मन हो मैल कभी ना
नाम के ऊपर और कछु नाहीं
नाम के ऊपर और कछु नाहीं
भूले तो अब नहीं जीना
भूले तो अब नहीं जीना
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा

मन की आँख से आँसू निकले
तन की आँख रोवे ना
तन की आँख रोवे ना
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा
चैन कहाँ प्रभु बिन मनवा


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There are a few dates that every Indian knows by heart. For instance. Independence day (15 august), Republic day (26 january) and Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary (2 october). India observes official holidays on these days.

There are some more important days in the history of India and most of them have to do with birth / death anniversaries of eminent persons. These dates are mostly associated with Indian freedom struggle followed by birth pangs of Independence.

The newly independent India was a desperately poor, undernourised, illiterate nation, lying in utter disarray and confusion. There were a few famous foreigners who were convnced that India as a nation was going to be shortlived.

The first few decades of independent India were very difficult. Indians had low self esteem and they had little to show for at the world level in any sphere.

Sports was considered a luxury that the poor nation could not afford. It was popularly believed that one who studied moved ahead in life whereas one who devoted time to sports was a slacker who would be a failure in his future life. -“Padhoge likhoge banoge nawaab Kheloge koodoge hoge kharaab”- it was a very popular saying in Hindi. There is even a song in a Hindi movie containing his idiom.

India had very few sporting achievements. Indians celebrated those few and far between sporting achievements quite hard. India was a powerhouse in Hockey and they used to win gold medals in Olympics continuously till 1956 Olympics. After that they began to get challenged, first by newly independent Pakistan (who won the gold in 1960 Olympics defeating India) and then by Europe and the downfall of Indian hockey began. 1964 Olympics gold and 1975 World cup title were exceptions rather than rule. After 1975, India never won any major international Hockey tournament.

India was no good in any other sports.

Cricket was very popular in India though this popularity did not translate into excellence. Cricket was popular among the “middle” class Indians. Majority of Indians considered themselves as “Middle” class those days. The reason why cricket was popular among “middle” class public had to to with its dress. While one needed to wear shorts to play other games which was considered infra dig by “middle” class Indians, cricket was played while wearing full pants, and so one felt like a sahab rather than a lowly individual while playing cricket. It was a “saala main to saahab ban gaya” kind of feeling for Indians who took to cricket.

Till mid 1970s, longer version of cricket, played in white dress, was the only form of cricket. Despite the popularity of cricket in India, Indian cricketers, with some honourable exceptions, were by and large quite mediocre at international level. The top players of England would not even tour India, and that gave India the opportunity to defeat a depleted English team in 1951-52, which was the first test win for India in test cricket. For next two decades, Indian registered some infrequent test wins, mostly against weak and / or new comer teams, viz Pakistan and new Zealand.

1971 to 1973 was a surprising purple patch for India when they managed to win three test series in a row, against West Indies in 1971, against England in 1971, and in home series against England during 1972-73. But this freak run against depleted sides was too good to last and India got soundly thrashed in their next test series against England in England during 1974.

During that disastrous tour, India played two limited overs match against England and lost tamely.

The first Limited overs world cup was played in England in 1975. Indian public as well as cricketers had no clue about the rules of the game. That was demonstrated rather dramatically during the opening match of that world cup. England piled on 334/ 4 in 60 overs. India in reply, crawled to 132/ 3. Gavaskar, opening the innings, scored 36 runs and remained not out ! He was perhaps trying to play out the overs and draw the match ! The fact that playing out overs and not scoring runs did not avoid defeat, unlike in test matches was not known to many.

In that world cup, India lost every match, except one which they played against a rag tag team of expatriates who represented a team called “East Africa”. East Africa was a collection of club level players from various African nations. India was able to record their only victory of the world cup against this team.

India did even worse in the next world cup in 1979. this time they lost all the matches. Their most humiliating defeat was against Sri Lanka, who at that time were an associate team, they were not yet a test team.

When the third world cup was held in England in 1983, then it was being considered yet another cakewalk for West indies, who had won both the world cups and whose team boasted of strong batting line up and a fearsome pace bowling quartet. They were so strong that other teams would write off their chances against West Indies and would concentrate on winning other matches.

Indian public as well as players were sure that it would be yet another forgettable world cup for them. Some cricketers had already planned to go visit USA on a sight seeing tour after the group stage matches.

This world cup had two groups of four teams each. In each group, the teams played each other twice. The top two teams qualified for the semi finals.

The first group match that India played was against West Indies ! Because of rain interruptions, this match was played over two days. India batting first scored a so so total of 262/8. Yashpal Sharma, with 89 runs, held the innings together where the second highest score was only 36 runs by Sandip Patil. West Indies, after a decent start, suddenly had a middle order collapse against the dibbly dobbly military medium bowling attack of Sandhu, Madanlal and Roger Binny who claimed 5 wickets among themselves. At 130/8 , West Indies were in big trouble, but their tail then began to wag valiantly. Just when it appeared like the tail were taking West Indies to a famous fighting win, Ravi Shashtri struck to claim the two vital tailender wickets. West Indies were bowled out for 228 ! It was a major upset. It was the first ever world cup defeat for West Indies, It was the first ever win for India against a test side (only the second win for them in world cup).

The next match for India was against Zimbabwe, an associate team, and India won comfortably.

Then normal world cup service seemed to resume for India. They lost their next two matches tamely, by 162 runs (against Australia) and 66 runs (against West Indies).

After two wins and two losses, India played Zimbabwe again. While batting first, India were in dire straights at 17/5. Overconfidence by the entire batting line up plus good use of swinging and bouncy conditions by Zimbabwean bowlers had brought India on its knees. The entire top order, viz Gavaskar (0) , Srikkanth (0) , Mohinder Amarnath (5), Sandeep Patil (1) and Yashpal Sharma (9) were blown away. Only bowlers and wicktkeeper were left, who were not known for any great batting feats at international level.

Kapildev (the captain) and Roger Binny took the score to 77, when Binny fell for a gritty 22. Next man Shashtri fell for one, and India was 78/ 7 ! Next man in was Madanlal, he scored 17 and fell when the score was 140.

At 140/8, it appeared as if India was going to maintain its past record of losing to an associate team in the world cup. Incidentally, Zimbabwe had already defeated Australia in this world cup in their very first world cup match.

Kirmani, the wicket keeper was definitely the last hope because Sandhu after him was a perfect rabbit with the bat. Kirmani held his end intact and concentrated on protecting his wicket. He faced 56 balls and scored 24 not out.

All this while, Kapildev was going alone sedately. Coming in at 9/4, he saw off the rampaging opening bowers Rawson and Curran, who bowled bulk of their quota of overs in their opening spell.

After initial jitters, Kapildev began to open up. He had already reached into late 70s when the eighth wicket fell for 140. The eight batsmen who fell had contributed just 55 runs among themselves.

After the fall of eighth wicket, Kapildev started to throw his bat around. The boundary was short on one side and longer on the other, but most Kapildev sixes (six of them) were straight sixes over long on boundary where the boundary was long. Kapildev struck six sixes and 16 fours. When Rawson and Curran returned to finish off their balance quota of overs, they were pulverised, being struck at over ten runs per over.

Kapildev did not give any real chances. He chanced his arms and his hits fell on no man’s land. It was Kapildev’s day out on that day of 18 june 1983.

India reached a respectable looking 266/ 8, a total that looked impossible for most parts of the innings.

While chasing, Zimbabwe were off to a decent start. their first wicket fell at 44, but after that, Indian dibbly dobbly trundlers (Sandhu, Madanlal, Binny and Mohinder Amarnath) did all the damage, with Kapildev taking the final wicket. India had won by 31 runs. It was not a case of India getting out of jail, rather it was like India escaping from the gallows !

Suddenly, India, who looked like going home, were in the reckoning for a semi final spot. They were second in the group with 12 points behind West Indies. Final group match of India was with Australia who were third in the group with 8 points and they too had a chance to pip Indians to the post by defeating india by a decent margin and going through on equal points but better run rate.

This India vs Australia match was a virtual quarter final. India batting first scored what looked like a poorish total of 247 all out in 55. 5 overs.

While chasing, Australia lost their first wicket cheaply with the score on 3. It was the prized wicket of Trevor Chappel who was man of the match in their previous encounter in the tournament. But the second wicket began to score runs and started to look threatening. Just when I and my hostel mates began to despair, the second wicket fell at 46, then the third at 48, fourth at 52, fifth at 52, sixth at 67 etc etc. The trundling trio of Sandhu (2 wickets), Madanlal (4 wickets) and Binny (4 wickets) skittled Australia out for 129 and took India to semifinal. It was something that was looking out of question just two days back.

The day when India stormed into the semi final was 20 june 1983. I was in my hostel where it was a tradition that birthday boy of the day would treat entire hostel with Mithai. That day happened to be my birthday, and the mithai celebration turned out to be quite sweet and memorable for all concerned.

The memory of semi final was a blur. Most Indian wins (except one) came when India batted first. But this time India bowled first and restricted England to 213. India concentrated to keeping wickets in hand. India emerged a comfortable winner in the end in a chase that they executed well, though they gave anxious moments to Indian fans, apparently showing no urgency to score quickly in the middle overs.

Three matches in five days, and three wins. India were in the final of the world cup !

Three days later, it was another sunday. The date was 25 june 1983. The day of the final.

Those were the days when only Delhi and perhaps Bombay had TV. Most part of India only had Radio. Listening to cricket match commentary in a hostel with lots of like minded hostelmates was quite an experience. Everyone had radios, but majority of people would throng together to listen to the commentary on one single radio. If I recall correctly, that used to be the radio of a person who was a cricket enthusiast and claimed to be related to Sharmila Tagore based on the resemblance of his teeth with that of Sharmila Tagore. 🙂

We listened to the commentary of Indian batting, but there was not much to cheer about. India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and India was bowled out for a paltry 183. Chasing 183 was no big deal for West Indies. They were set a similar target in the semifinal against Pakistan and they had romped home with ease, winning by eight wickets with 11.2 overs to spare.

The innings break coincided with our dinner break in the hostel. After dinner, people would traditionally go on an after dinner walk towards the golf course located in front of the hostel some half a km away. West Indies innings had started by then. India claimed an early wicket, but that only brought Viv Richards to the crease. He was going hammer and tongs at the Indian bowling. All of us were reconciled to the fact that it was going to be a one sided match, with west indies winning comfortably.

Then, against the run of play, we gathered that a wicket had fallen, and it was the wicket of Richards ! A big sigh of relief. But West Indies was not a one batsman team. they has a long and strong batting line up. Even their wicket keeper and tailenders could score runs. Moreover he target was not much. A few hefty blows from some batsman, and the match would be decided.

While listening to the commentary, more in hope than real expectation, we found the fourth and fifth wickets falling at the same score, and the wickets were that of Larry Gomes and Clive Lloyd. At 76/6 , Bacchus, another thorn in Indian flesh was gone. Both of the had scored big double centuries against india in India.

Dujon and Marshal gave anxious moments to Indian bowlers. Then Dujon fell to Mohinder Amarnath . 119 for 7 ! Then 8 for 124. Marshal gone, he too to Mohinder Amarnath.

Finally, West Indies resistance came to an end at 140. A 43 run victory for India. So the world had a new champion, an out rightly unexpected champion. If West Indies was to be dethroned, one would expect any team other than India to achieve it. But it turns out that it was the Indian David that slayed the West Indian Goliath.

West Indies had won the earlier two world cups. Their title wins did nothing much for world cricket. But this unexpected fluke win of India against all odds changed the game of cricket ! Indian interest in the game suddenly moved on to the next higher gear. So much so that Indians began to invest far more in cricket. The Indian industry, far smaller and modest then than what it is now, began to take much more interest in cricket. So much so that the world cup which was always held in England and always sponsored by Prudential Bank of England,, was held the next time in Indian subcontinent. This time it was sponsored by an up and coming Indian business house called Reliance ! In 1983, India was considered an also ran, but by 1987, India was a strong title contender ! It is another matter than India lost in the semifinal itself.

1983 win was a fluke no doubt. But he future results showed that Indian cricket had arrived at world stage after this fluke world cup win. Two years later, there was a World Championship of cricket in Australia. India, because of its defeat at home to England in 1984-85 was being considered as a no hoper. Kapildev, the world cup winner in 1983, had lost his captaincy and Gavaskar was made the captain for this WCC. Once again, defying all predictions, India won all their matches, remained undefeated and lifted the WCC title. So it was like Fluke title won 1983 was followed by its sequel, fluke title win II ! Later there would be some ODI tournament wins for India. India began to be counted among favourites in all subsequent world cups.

That is not all. Indians began to take interest in running the administration of ICC (international cricket council) which was till then a preserve of British stiff upper lip Lords who were running it in a manner that was hardly helping popularise the game. Indian businessman, such as Jagmohan Dalmia, took over the running of ICC, and improved the financial condition of ICC beyond all recognition. Today ICC is one of the richest sporting body. It is richer than most sporting bodies where Indians do not take interest. For instance, Rugby is a sport in which cricket playing nations like England, Australia and New Zealand take interest, but India does not. Resul ! International body of Rugby earns far less than ICC.

Much of ICC riches (around 70 % of it) today comes from India. That is how much money Indian market contributes to world cricket. It is this Indian market that has made BCCI one of the richest sporting body of a cuntry, richer than ICC in fact. Seeds of all these giant Oak trees were sown on this day 37 years ago, thanks to that miraculous fluke title win on 25 june 1983 !

25 june 1983 gave Indians immense self confidence that they too can do it. And as mentioned above, they used this win to advance their cricket. Cricket academies sprung up all over India, and some of them were by private companies. For instance, a pace academy came up in Madras, called MRF pace academy. Fans of other countries mocked it, but if today Indian pace attack is considered one of the best pace attacks, then remember, it is the result of three decades of investment on training of pace bowlers in different academies spread all over India. And that started only after this great fluke event that took place on 25 june 198.

This win inspired not just India, but its neighbours too, who may not admit it openly but they look up to India and get inspired. Interest in cricket picked up in these nations too. Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka announced its arrival in cricket scene by unexpectedly winning the world cup in 1996. Three world cup title wins out of four between 1983 and 1996 ! All this was made possible because of that first title win in 1983 ! Even Bangladesh became a cricket crazy nation and started to play international cricket from 2000.

Other sports too benefited in India. Indian Sportsmen in other sports too began to have more self belief. One great example is that of Indian chess. Just like India was supposedly considered incapable to producing fast bowlers till 1970s, India was also considerd incapable of producing Chess grandmasters. Those days, India had just two international masters, that was all. AICF (All India Chess Federation) began to invest more in organising chess tournaments inviting strong chess players from abroad. India saw its first Grand master in 1987 in the form of Vishwanathan Anand in 1987. Later on, he became World Champon as well. He inspired whole lot of Indians to take up Chess. Today India has some 60 off Chess Grandmasters and based on average ELO raking of the top ten chess players in the world, India is among top four strongest chess playing nation in the world !

Likewise one can add the example of Indian Badminton too.

To mark this major major achievement of Indian sport in general and Indian cricket inparticular, here is a cricket song from “Ferrari Ki Sawaari”(2012). This film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar for ‘Vinod Chopra films’. This movie had Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore, Seema Pahwa, Aakash Dabhade, Deepak Shirke, Paresh Rawal, Satyadeep Mishra, Achyut Potdar, Bhalchandra Kadam, Vijay Nikam, Nilesh Diwekar and others, with a special appearance by Vidhya Balan.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala. He not only discovered this cricket song, he sent its lyrics to me specially tomark the occasion of Indian world cup win on 25 june 1983 ! He certainly keeps an eagle eye on important days in the annals of Indian history !

The song is sung by Sonu Nigam, Aishwarya Nigam, Rana Mujumdar and Ashish. Satyanshu Singh is the lyricist. Music is composed by Preetam. Video is partial. One needs to listen to the audio to savour the full song.

Here it is ! Let us once again savour the great moment in the history of India that took place this day 37 years ago.

Video (Partial)

Audio (Full)

Song-Maara re sixer maara re four (Ferrari Ki Sawaari)(2012) Singers-Sonu Nigam, Aishwarya Nigam, Rana Mujumdar, Ashish, Lyrics – Satyanshu Singh, Music– Pritam

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)(audio version)

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
ae ae ae ae …
aa haa
o ho

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
arey public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more ……
ye maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaraa
hey maaraa aa
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
umpire ke haath thhakne lage hain
fielder bhi saare tapakne lage hain
hook maar aisaa tu oo
hook maar aisaa tu
rocket ke jaisaa tu
bouncer pahunchaa de Laahore
o…… r…e

more
more
more
more ….
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaraa
hey maaraa aa

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more …..

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

ham sab ki aankhen tujhpe lagi hain
har dil mein phir se ummeeden jagi hai
public hai sang tere ae
oye oye oye oye ae
public hai sang tere ae
barsaa de rang tere
dikhlaa de balle ka zor
more
more
more
more ……

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
are dekho dekho
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score

maaraa maara re sixer
maaraa maara re four
are dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
maaraa maaraa maaraa sixer
maaraa maaraa maaraa four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae
aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

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Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)(video short version)
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hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa

hey maaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

maaraa re sixer
maaraa re four
dekho to dekho to
apnaa ye score
public to public hai
run maange more
more
more
more
more
more …..
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa aa

aa haa
o ho
hey ae ae ae

ham sab ki aankhen tujhpe lagi hain
har dil mein phir se ummeeden jagi hai
public hai sang tere ae
oye oye oye oye ae
public hai sang tere ae
barsaa de rang tere
dikhlaa de balle ka zor
more
more
more
more ……

hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
hey maaraa
o maaaraa
hey maaraa aa


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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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In Hindi film industry, there are very  few producer-directors who make the films out of their passion for bringing to the notice of the public at large,  the social issues which they consider to be important. The mainstream film makers would generally avoid in their films such subjects as they are not money spinners at the box office unless they add ‘spices’ to those social issues to make it the box office success.  I had earlier discussed such producers/directors like Nagesh Kukunoor and Sai Paranjpye. I guess, the main driving point for them in making socially relevant films is the creative satisfaction and probably the international recognition they may get. Showmanship in terms of top star actors, music directors, lyricists, costly sets and costumes and the marketing blitz before the release of the films do not fit into their budget.

‘Lakshmi’ (2014) was one socially relevant film based on a true story of child trafficking and prostitution. How did Nagesh Kukunoor got the idea of making ‘Lakshmi’ (2014)?

As revealed by Nagesh Kukunoor in a couple of interviews for the magazines, he was on a visit to a rescue shelter for child prostitutes run by a NGO, where he heard several stories of exploitation – both physical and emotional which were of very disturbing nature. But there was a story of one minor girl, Lakshmi who was kidnapped by a child trafficker and sold to a brothel. Despite all odds, she fought bravely, took the traffickers to the court and came out triumphant. All the rescued girls had only one wish list that such exploitation should not happen to other girls.  Nagesh Kukunoor found the experience very moving and decided to make a film on it.

The biggest problem for Nagesh Kukunoor was that though he got the start and the end of Lakshmi’s real story, he was almost blank as to what happened in-between the start and end of the story. He felt that it was not proper to make the girl to relive the trauma she faced in the brothel. So, he relied on the inputs from NGOs as to how the girls were treated in the brothels and his own imagination to fill the gaps in the story. Hence, he calls his film ‘Lakshmi’ (2014) as ‘a fictional account of a true story’.

There was a problem in selecting the actor for the main role of Lakshmi who should be around 14 years of age. But it would be awkward for the director to discussed with a minor actor or with her parents, the scenes involving her activities in the brothel. So, Nagesh Kukunoor dropped the idea of making the film.

In a filmy party, Nagesh Kukunoor met the playback singer, Monali Thakur who was 21, but looked much younger because of her lean figure and small face. He thought that with proper costumes and hairstyles, she could be made to look like a 14-year girl. Fortunately for Negesh Kukunoor, Monali Thakur agreed to do the role of Lakshmi in the film though she had never acted earlier. So, the main actors for the film – Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shah besides Nagesh Kukunoor in the role of a pimp was finalised. Ram Kapoor acted in the role of an advocate for Lakshmi. The film was completed in 22 days of shootings which took place in around Hyderabad. The film faced some hurdles in the Censor Board but eventually got the certification for adult viewing.

I had watched the film on a video sharing platform a few years back but had left it half way as some of the scenes involving the crime and violence were very disturbing. Recently, I watched the film once again skipping disturbing scenes in-between but up to the end involving court-room scenes. The gist of the story of the film is as under:

Lakshmi (Monali Thakur), a minor girl, is sold to Reddy Garu (Satish Kaushik) by her father.  Reddy is a child trafficker who runs a brothel in Hyderabad in the guise of a girls’ hostel as a ‘shelter for orphaned girls. He is assisted by Chinna (Nagesh Kukunoor) who is his front man for his brothel activities. But the kingpin for the immoral activities is a city corporator, Radha (Gulfam Khan). Initially, Reddy keeps Lakshmi in his house, giving her estrogen injections by his personal doctor in the name of injections for her weakness. After 3 weeks, she is sent to the brothel under the custody of Madam Jyothi (Shefali Shah) who is a tough both with her girls and clients but kind-hearted. Jyothi has a daughter who is studying engineering but she is not aware of her mother’s nature of job. Chinna often abuses Jyothi, both verbally and physically for not doing her job properly.

One day, Lakshmi runs away from the brothel and tries to register an FIR in the police station against the illegal activities going in the so called girls’ hostel. But instead of acting on her tip, the news is leaked out to Reddy who through Chinna catches her while on the run. He assaults her with his wooden club stubbed with nails. (did Chinese get the idea from this film!) so that she would not dare try to run away again. But she tells him that she would surely flee from brothel one day.

Since Reddy and Chinna get free every time there is a raid on the brothel, a social worker, Mohan (Ramkrishna Shenoy) sets a trap by becoming a bogus customer and record the activities in a room with a hidden camera with marked currency notes etc. A police raid on the brothel leads to the arrest of Reddy and Chinna along with Jyothi and girls. Girls are sent to the shelters run by Mohan for child prostitute. Both Reddy and Chinna get bail and the brothel is again opened.

Girls  are not happy in the shelter house as neither the work interests them nor their parents and the society honourably accept them. So, one by all girls are back to the brothel except Lakshmi who says to Mohan that she would fight the battle in the court. Encouraged by her stand, Mohan and another lady social worker take her to an advocate, Avinash (Ram Kapoor) who had stopped his practice some years back due to nervous breakdown which in turn was because of the unethical activities of his fellow advocates who could be bought by the interested parties and the manipulation of witnesses.

After listening to the case, Avinash, refuses to take up the case on behalf of Lakshmi as during his practice on Prevetion of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) cases, the complainers did not stand up to the uncomfortable questions put forward by the defense advocates and key witnesses became hostile. Thus, all the cases were dismissed. He further states that not a single case under PITA has gone in favour of the aggrieved parties since the introduction of the Act because of this reason as well as aggrieved parties taking back their complained either due to threat or with money power. Lakshmi says with conviction that she will not change her statement. Her firm commitment makes Advocate Avinash  to agree to fight the case on behalf of Lakshmi.

In the court, the defense lawyer asks Lakshmi very uncomfortable personal questions relating to her activities in the brothel so that she avoids answering which will make the case weak against the accused. The video footage of marked currency notes changing hands at the brothel did not carry weight as the defense lawyer says that the video could have been doctored. Also, being the girls hostel, the money could be changing hands due to legitimate activities of the hostel. in the absence of FIR and the medical report for rapes in the brothel at the material time, Advocate Avinash has no other proof to substantiate the charges made by Lakshmi.

The only proof which Mohan had with him was a long video footage of the room in which Lakshmi was raped in the brothel by 7 clients in the whole night which was recorded in a concealed close-circuit video camera which Mohan had installed with the connivance of Madam Jyothi. But the video footage is too personal to be displayed in the court room. But the urge in Lakshmi to punish Reddy and Chinna was so great that she agreed for the display of the video footage in the court. Also, the witness statement from the personal doctor of Reddy favouring Lakshmi’s contention and the video footage turned the court’s decision in favour of Lakshmi. Reddy, Chinna and Corporator Radha were found guilty under PITA and IPC and they were sentenced 10 years of imprisonment. Lakshmi’s father was also jailed for abatement of the crime.

Monali Thakur made a debut as an actor in the film and she has acted brilliantly though she could have been better trained in her dialogue delivery in Hyderabadi Hindi. She had displayed a very innocence face through out the film so much so that even after her bold decision to fight the case in the court, one never find aggressiveness in her face or in voice. She has played the role in a subtle way. Satish Kaushik in the role of Reddy has acted well but his dialogues with north Indian accents have let him down. On the other hand, Nagesh Kukunoor as Chinna the pimp, has excelled in his dialogues in Hyderabadi Hindi but was somewhat weak in his acting. Ram Kapoor as an advocate for Lakshmi has done excellent performance as an advocate.

As mentioned earlier, the film has some very disturbing scenes. The dialogues are raunchy. But these are expected in the film with the brothel having the central place in the story. Probably, on this background, Nagesh Kukunoor as a producer was not keen on releasing the film widely. The film was release in some select theatres all over India and mostly in the morning slots. However, the film was shown in International film festivals. In Palm Spring Film Festival, 2014, the film won the audience award for the best film among 191 films screened. The film was also shown free to many social organisations all over India.

‘Lakshmi’ has four songs – all as background songs. I am presenting the first song “Sun Ri Baawli Tu Apne Liye Khud Hi Maang Le Duaa” sung by Papon (real name: Angarag Mahanta). The song is written by an upcoming lyricist, Manoj Yadav which is set to music by Tapas Relia, also an upcoming music director from Gujarat.

I find the use of the words in lyrics interesting. The lyrics sounds like that 1960s and 1970s songs. A search in the internet gives me a profile of Manoj Yadav as the son of a mill worker of Mumbai who has spent his major life in Mumbai with summer holidays being spent in Gorakhpur, his native place. He says in one of the interviews that Gulzar’s jingles “Jungle Jungle Pata Chala Hai” which he had watched in his childhood influenced him to write poems. He started his career as a jingle writer for advertising films where Tapas Relia was one of the music directors. Then he gradually moved into Hindi films as song writer. So far, he has written lyrics for about 60 songs in 36 films since 2012.

The song under discussion is used as a background song in parts in 4 different situations in the film. Probably for this reason, the video clip of the song is not available. However, Tips, the owner of the music rights of the songs in the film has made a video clip of the song remixing some scenes from the film with the playback singer Papon while keeping intact the original sound track of the song in the video. The audio clip contains the elongated song.

Remixed Video

Audio

Song – Sun Ri Baawli Tu Apne Liye Khud Hi Maang Le Duaa (Lakshmi) (2014) Singer – Papon (aka Angarag Mahanta), Lyrics – Manoj Yadav, MD – Tapas Relia

Lyrics

ae aa aa ae aaa
o o o o o
uu uu uu uu
ha aa aa aa
re re re re re
la ra aa ra aa aa
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona
bejaar saa nazar aaye jo
tere saamne tera masihaa
wo tera na hona
tan kaa kamra man ki kothi
saanson kaa khel khilona aa aa
kesh mein suraj khos ke chalna
kabhi koi raat miley na aa aa
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona
 
ho o o
toothe taare uthaa le…
unse chanda bana le….ae..
toothe taare uthaa le
unse chanda bana le
thaam aanchal ka kona
usse tu aasmaan bana le
dhoop hai doli chhaavn hai dulhan
khud se preet chhodna
kesh mein suraj khos ke chalna
kabhi koi raat miley na aa aa
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona aa aa
 
ho o o
ud jaana jab
udne ka man ho.. ho…o o o
ud jaana jab 
udne ka man ho
bharose raai ke lena??
tu hi tera hausla ho
likhne de jo bhi likhta hai lamha
uske haath rok na aa
kesh mein suraj khos ke chalna
kabhi koi raat miley na aa aa
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona
bejaar saa nazar aaye jo
tere saamne tera masihaa
wo tera na hona
tan ka kamra man ki kothi
saanson kaa khel khilona aa
kesh mein suraj khos ke chalna
kabhi koi raat miley na aa
sun ri baawli tu apne liye
khud hi maang le duaa
koi tera na hona…
sun ri baawli ae ae ae
sun ri baa…wli ee ee
sun ri baawli ee ee
sun ri baawli  ae ae ae ae


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

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Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 20
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It is like cherry picking a hit parade – the repeat songs are almost always the popular hit songs that have made a serious mark on the collective memory of the audiences and lovers of Hindi films and film songs. And this song is no exception. Rather this song has been so popular – with its catchy lyrics and a very hummable melody – that one hears this song being used in many different avatars outside of the film frame – remixes, revival melodies, even background music for recorded dance performances. One can find such samples online on YT.

This iconic song, originally from the 1968 film – ‘Kismat’, has been reused in the 2011 film ‘Tanu Weds Manu’. Whereas the original song was a disguise cum diversion song, in a situation where the lead pair is trying to get away from a group of bad-men, in the newer film, this song is being used as a wooing-cum-proposal-making song. The occasion is a wedding of a friend of the leading lady. Tanuja (Kangana Ranaut) aka Tanu is trying to muster up courage to proposition Manu, who appears to be too shy and unprepared to take a step towards a relationship. Using the wedding scenario as an excuse, Tanu gets drunk (or appears to get drunk). The situation develops and reaches this song in a couple of minutes, and in the guise of this song, Tanu finally gets to speak her heart out to Manu,

kismat bana de meri
duniya basa de meri
kar le sagaai meri jaan

Please note that in this re-use, the original song has been presented as it is, the only one change is that two stanzas have been used instead of 3. So what we hear in this song are the original voices of Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum, the mukhda and antara lines suitably edited to present a shorter version.

The info about this reuse has been shared with me by Anekant ji. He has been a regular contributor and there is still a few more songs in my pending list for this series, that have been suggested by him.

The original song from the film ‘Kismat’ came on to this blog on 9th February, 2009. It can be accessed here – “Kajra Mohabbat Wala, Akhiyon Mein Aisa Daala“.

Check out this resue, and witness an energetic on screen performance by Kangana, who, under the supposed influence of alcohol, is desirous of presenting a Kanpuria dance for the occasion. And enjoy.

Song – Kajra Mohabbat Wala Akhiyon Mein Aisa Daala  (Tanu Weds Manu) (2011) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – SH Bihari, MD – OP Nayyar

Lyrics

kajra mohabbat waala
akhiyon me aisa daala
kajre ne le li meri jaan
haay re main tere qurbaan
duniya hai mere peeche
lekin main tere peeche
apna bana le meri jaan
haay re main tere qurbaan
kajra mohabbat waala
akhiyon me aisa daala
kajre ne le li meri jaan
haay re main tere qurbaan

aayi ho kahaan se gori
aankhon me pyaar le ke
aayi ho kahaan se gori

aankhon me pyaar le ke
chadhti jawaani ki ye pehli bahaar leke
dilli shahar ka saara
meena bazaar leke

dilli shahar ka saara
meena bazaar leke

jhumka bareli wala
kaano me aisa daala
jhumke ne le li meri jaan
hay re main tere qurbaan
duniya hai mere peeche
lekin main tere peeche
apna bana le meri jaan
haay re main tere qurbaan

motor na bangla maangoon
jhumka na haar maangoon
motor na bangla maangoon
jhumka na haar maangoon
dil ko jalaane waale dil ka qaraar maangoon
sainya bedardi mere
thoda sa pyaar maangoon

sainya bedardi mere
thoda sa pyaar maangoon

kismat bana de meri
duniya basa de meri
kar le sagaai meri jaan
haay re main tere qurbaan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कजरा मोहब्बत वाला
अखियों में ऐसा डाला
कजरे ने ले ली मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान
दुनिया है मेरे पीछे
लेकिन मैं तेरे पीछे
अपना बना ले मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान
कजरा मोहब्बत वाला
अखियों में ऐसा डाला
कजरे ने ले ली मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान

आई हो कहाँ से गोरी
आँखों में प्यार ले के
आई हो कहाँ से गोरी
आँखों में प्यार ले के
चढ़ती जवानी की ये
पहली बहार ले के
दिल्ली शहर का सारा
मीना बाज़ार ले के
दिल्ली शहर का सारा
मीना बाज़ार ले के
झुमका बरेली वाला
कानों में ऐसा डाला
झुमके ने ले ली मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान
दुनिया है मेरे पीछे
लेकिन मैं तेरे पीछे
अपना बना ले मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान

मोटर ना बंगला माँगूँ
झुमका ना हार माँगूँ
मोटर ना बंगला माँगूँ
झुमका ना हार माँगूँ
दिल को जलाने वाले दिल का क़रार माँगूँ
सैंया बेदर्दी मेरे
थोड़ा सा प्यार माँगूँ
सैंया बेदर्दी मेरे
थोड़ा सा प्यार माँगूँ
किस्मत बना दे मेरी
दुनिया बसा दे मेरी
कर लै सगाई मेरी जान
हाय रे मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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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Hindi Songs in Bangla Film – 29
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I became aware about the stories built around the fictional character of Byomkesh Bakshi, the murder mystery solver when a TV serial based on these stories was telecast on the Doordarhsan’s National channel in early 1990s. The serial was directed by Basu Chatterjee with Rajit Kapoor playing the role of Byomkesh Bakshi and KK Raina as Ajit, his assistant. During those days, the character of Byomkesh Bakshi became known all over India. ‘Byomkesh’ became synonymous with persons having inquisitive nature.

I had watched most of the episodes during those years.  The episodes of this serial were recently re-telecast on the Doordarshan Channel during the Covid-19 lockdown. What I liked about the serial was restrained acting by Rajit Kapur as an investigator in a cool and calm mind, trying to solve the mysteries of murders with ‘much ado about nothing’ manner. In the end, the culprits were mostly the ones who were least suspected by the audience. This made the each and every episode a suspense thriller and the audience were glued to the show till the end.

Sharadindhu Bandopadhyay, the creator of Byomkesh Bakshi had written 32 published stories on his fictional character during 1932-70. He was associated with Bombay Talkies during 1938-40 as a story-writer for the films like ‘Bhabhi’ (1938), ‘Vachan’ (1938), ‘Navjeevan’ (1939), ‘Kangan’ (1939), ‘Durga’ (1939), ‘Punar Milan’ (1940) and ‘Azaad’ (1940). In 1970, he had started writing the 33rd story of Byomkesh Bakshi with ‘Bisupati Badh’ as its title. However, before the completion of the story, he died in 1970.

Some of the stories of Byomkesh Bakshi were made into feature films, mainly in Bengali. I got a list of 20 Bangla films made on Byomkesh Bakshi between 1967-2019. Probably, a few more films may have been made on Byomkesh Bakshi with different titles. One film was made in Hindi titled ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ (2015) under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

Last week, Partha Chanda, one of the regular visitors to our Blog conveyed to me that the Bangla film, ‘Har Har Byomkesh’ (2015) had 3 Hindi songs. I watched the film on one of the OTT media services with English subtitles. The film is based on one of 32 stories – ‘Banhi Patanga’ (English title: ‘Moth and Flame’). In Urdu, this  story could have got the title of ‘Shama and Parwaana’.  It is directed by Arindam Sil. The story is set in around mid-1940s. The gist of the story of the film is as under:

Byomkesh (Abir Chatterjee), his wife, Satyabati (Sohoni Sarkar) and his friend Ajit (Ritwick Chakraborty) have come from Kolkata on a holiday to Varanasi. They are the guests of DSP Pandey (Harsh Chhaaya). However, in a couple of days, Byomkesh co-incidentally gets involved in solving the murder mystery in Varanasi.

Pandey had received an invitation from Deepnarayan Singh (Adil Hussain), a rich zamindar to attend a party along with his guests in his palace for celebrating his cure from a liver ailment which had made him bed-ridden for about 5 months. In the party, Byomkesh was introduced, among others, to zamindar’s physician, Dr Palit (Dipankar Dey), Debnarayan (Indradip Dasgupta), the ‘good for nothing’ nephew of Deepnarayan, Shakuntala (Nusrat Jahan), the wife of Deepnarayan who is half of his age and whom he had married rather forcefully after the death of his first wife. During the party, Inspector (Shadab Kamal) came to the palace and informed Dr Palit of robbery in his clinic. However, not much monetary loss was reported. What could be the reason for robbery?

On the very next day, Deepnarayan dies soon after Dr. Palit administers injection for his liver problem. DSP Pandey rushes to the palace along with Byomkesh and Ajit. After interrogating those present in the palace including Dr. Palit and other relatives of Deepnarayan, Byomkesh comes to the conclusion that Deepnarayan has been murdered, possibly for one of the two motives – to corner his vast property by the interested relatives and second, to get rid of him due to extra-marital relationship.

As the investigation progresses, the list of suspects grows in the eyes of Byomkesh. The first is Debnarayan, the nephew of the deceased who would be the immediate beneficiary of the vast property as Deepnarayan has no children. Debnarayan’s wife, Chandni could also be a suspect as after the death, Shakuntala, now widow, would lose power in the palace. Chandni would be the de fact owner of the property as her husband, Debnarayan is not a smart person. Third, the Manager of the estate of Deepnarayan who. with his boss Deepnarayan’s death would get more freedom in managing the financial assets with the scope for misappropriation of money for his own benefits.

Even Shankutala, the widow of Deepnarayan is not above suspicion who is now 3-month pregnant. Byomkesh regards this as an illicit pregnancy as she has become pregnant when Deepnarayan had been bedridden for nearly 5 months with 24 hours surveillance from nurses on him because of his serious illness. Of course, Dr Palit is also in suspect’s list as it is only after he administered the injection, Deepnarayan had died. It is possible that he could have been influenced by any one of the suspects with an offer of handsome monetary rewards for administering poison to Deepnarayan.  And lastly, Narmada Shankar (Subrata Dutta) who is from the same native place as Shakuntala has been friendly with her and has an access to meet her in the palace.

Finally, Byomkesh finds the killer and he is not from the above list. He reveals to all those present in the palace as to how he cracked the case. The film ends with Byomkesh, his wife, Satyabati and Ajit taking a stroll over the ghats of Varanasi as their holidays have just now begun.

I was curious about the title of the film, ‘Har Har Byomkesh’. After watching the film, I guess that the director wanted to give an indication that the whole episode took place in Varanasi, the city of Mahadev (Lord Shiva). So salutation, ‘Har Har Mahadev’ became ‘Har Har Byomkesh’. Interestingly, ‘Vyomkesh’ (pronounced in Bangla as ‘Byomkesh) is made up of two words, ‘Vyom’ (Air, space) and ‘Kesh’ (hair or jatta). When Lord Shiva is doing tandav nrutya, his hairs swing into the air. So Vyomkesh is another name for Lord Shiva. This is the interpretation I got on the internet about ‘Vyomkesh’.

‘Har Har Byomkesh’ (2015) has 3 songs – all in the sub-dialects of Hindi. This is not surprising as the story is set in Varanasi (as against Patna in original story). All 3 songs are composed in three different genres of Hindustani semi-classical music – Thumri, Chaiti and Bhajan. I am presenting here a Chaiti song “Roothe Sajan Kaise Manaawe Ho Raama” sung by Sabina Mumtaz Alam, Hindustani classical singer. The song is written by Sutapa Basu and is set to music by Bickram Ghosh, also a Hindustani classical musician and a fusion music director.

It is a mujra song which is being performed by a mujra singer in the midst of her admirers led by Debnarayan (Indradip Dasgupta), Narmada Shankar (Subrta Dutta) and their cronies in a boat sailing in River Ganga near the Varanasi ghats. Ajit (Ritwick Bandopadhyay), Byomkesh’s friend has gone for a stroll on the ghats of Varanasi. He is surprised to find Debnarayan on the boat enjoying the mujra performance just one day after the death of his uncle, Deepnarayan.

Song – Roothe Sajan Kaise Manaawe Ho Raama (Har Har Byomkesh) (2015) Singer – Sabina Mumtaz Alam, Lyrics – Sutapa Basu, MD – Bickram Ghosh

Lyrics

roothe sajan kaise manaawe ho raama. . .

roothe sajan kaise.. manaawe ho raama..aa
un dwaar kaise hum jaibe
un dwaar kaise hum jaibe  
saanjh saverwa..aa..aa
saa..aanjh saverwa
kaate bin sandeswa
saa..njh.. saverwa
kaate bin sandeswaa
ho dikhaike
ho o o dikhaike sapanwa paas na aaibe
dikhaike sapanwa  paas na aaibe
ho raa..aama..

kaise manaawe
roothe sajan kaise manaawe ho raama..
roothe sajan kaise.. manaawe 

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रूठे सजन कैसे मनावे हो रामा॰॰

रूठे सजन कैसे॰॰ मनावे हो रामा॰॰आ
उन द्वार कैसे हम जईबे
उन द्वार कैसे हम जईबे
साँझ सवेरवा॰॰आ॰॰आ
साँ॰॰आँझ सवेरवा
काटे बिन संदेसवा
साँ॰॰आँझ॰॰ सवेरवा
काटे बिन संदेसवा
हो दिखईके
हो ओ ओ दिखईके सपनवा पास ना अइबे
दिखईके सपनवा पास ना अइबे
हो रा॰॰आमा॰॰

कैसे मनावे
रूठे सजन कैसे मनावे हो रामा॰॰
रूठे सजन कैसे॰॰ मनावे


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Today is 11 may 2020. In my opinion, 11 may is one of the most important dates in the history of modern India. It is on this date that India threw away the self imposed shackles of being an apologetic, suffering from inferiority complex, indecisive and weak nation which was being regarded as a pushover by one and all. Even tiny countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were beginning to mess with India with impunity.

It was on this day in 1998 that India announced to the world in no uncertain terms that enough was enough. India was not a nation to be trifled with. India is not a mouse. It is an elephant and it has decided to take its rightful place in the world. It will no longer act timid when faced with monkeys and hyenas. The world better get used to it.

What exactly did India do on 11 may 1998 ?

It was on this day that India, despite severe pressure from the entire world, and despite high tech surveillance on its activities, successfully conducted nuclear tests (3 nuclear tests on this day, followed by two more tests two days later).

The PM of India, Mr Atalbihari Vajpayee, who had authorised these tests as soon as he came to power, then announced to the world that India was “now a full fledged nuclear state”.

The haves of the nuclear technology as well as the first world wanted India to sign the discriminatory treaties like NPT and CTBT and give up all attempts at developing nuclear capabilities, while the existing nuclear powers were free to carry out their nuclear weapons programme.

They were bullying India for several years. The fact that India was a very weak and vulnerable country those days, beginning from 1990s meant that India was being regarded as a third world country not worthy of being taken seriously or given respect. Indians who were still around during 1980s will recall that any technology that India wanted to acquire from the west was scuttled by USA. India wanted to buy supercomputers for weather forecast but USA prevented its sale giving the excuse that India would use it for its nuclear activities. When India wanted cryogenic engines for its space explorations, USA not only denied this technology to India, it also arm twisted Russia into not giving this technology to India.

India, showing self respect, developed its own supercomputers and well as its own cryogenic engine.

The fact that India had adopted a disastrous economic policy since its independence meant that India was a begging bowl country right from its independence, and no attempt was made to address this fact. In 1991, with India being in dire straights, politically, economically and in many other ways, India faced the ignominy of having to mortgage its gold to secure an IMF bailout package to save Indian economy !

This incident led to an uproar among Indian public. Fortunately, a right man found himself at the helm at the right moment. This man, Mr P V Narsimha Rao, reformed Indian economic policy. The results of this reform took time to show, but they began to show with time. This was another example to show that Indians had self respect, and they would go to great lengths to protect their self respect.

These two events, one being the opening of India economy (the date was 24 july 1991) and other being the nuclear tests on 11 may 1998, are as important in the history of modern India as 15 august 1947 and 26 january 1950. As far as the world was concerned, these two dates are of far more significance than they are to India. Opening of the Indian economy found India becoming an attractive destination of foreign investment and becoming a vast market as well.

When India exploded its nuclear devices on 11 may 1998, the world, which was largely anti India, condemned it. Most major countries imposed sanctions of India.

As noted earlier, India was already used to anti India conduct of USA and their friends. Even the “aid” that India used tyo receive from USA was in millions whereas someone like Pakistan used to receive aid in billions of dollars. So the tiny amount of a few million dollars of American aid did not hurt India much. Curiously, countries like Germany, France and UK could see what USA had not seen, that India was becoming a big market to do business with, and so they neither condemned Indian tests not imposed any sanctions on India. USA and Japan, alongwith China were the most vocal against Indian tests. And unsurprisingly, Pakistan.

Indians knew that Pakistan had acquired nuclear technology clandestinely from China. Threat from China and Pakistan was one of the major reasons why India felt compelled to become an nuclear power. Pakistan felt the urge to match India. They were pressurized by their public (also egged on and mocked at by Indian PM and home minister) into conducting their nuclear tests, wghile USA warned Pakistan against it. Pakistan succumbed to its domestic pressure and conducted its nuclear tests on 28 may 1998. This vindicated Indian accusation that Pakistan had already acquired the nuclear technology clandestinely with Chinese help. Pakistan had to come clean on its nuclear capabilities.

Like India, Pakistan too were slapped with economic sanctions.

What followed in the aftermath of these tests changed the course of International relations. India did not give a damn to USA sanctions but Pakistani economy crumbled. To save Pakistan, an ally of USA, USA looked for a face saving formula and removed the sanctions on the two countries, and at the same time hastily arranged for IMF loans to bail out Pakistani economy.

Soon enough, USA realized that India was a potential economic power and a vast market. And that India had the manpower to develop its own technologies if foreign technologies were denied to them. These realization, plus the knowledge that Indian nuclear programme was indigenous and not based on stealing, unlike Pakistan, meant that USA grudgingly began to give respect to India. Meanwhile tiny neighbors like Nepal and Sri Lanka also learnt to respect the new found assertiveness of India.

Today, in 2020, youngsters who find India being in good terms with USA and other major nations, can barely believe what I have written above. Today India can assert itself and is respected worldwide by the same countries that scorned and scoffed at India till 1998. All this change happened as a result of two major events of 1990s, namely opening of economy and conducting nuclear tests.

This second event took place on 11 may 1998 (viz on this day 22 years ago. Ever since, this date is observed in India as National Technological day. To my mind, it was much more than that. As far as I am concerned this day can as well be called “National Self Respect day.”

It was from this day onward that India became a self respecting and assertive nation. And this self respect and assertiveness began to show in different fields. For instance, India began to become a cricketing powerhouse, at a cricketing as well as at financial level. Indians began to shine in several areas. The area of IT, a new sector which did not exist back then in 1990s, is a sector that is today a sector where Indians thrive.

Today India is world’s fifth largest economy and looks set to become world’s third largest economy in one decade.

All the above feats have been achieved after Indians gained self confidence and self esteem. And that day was 11 may 1998. India has not looked back since.

“Parmaanu”(1998) is a movie that is based on the Pokharan nuclear tests of 1998 that changed the world. This is a very interesting movie. This movie was directed by Abhishek Verma for Zee Studios and JA Entertainment. The movie had John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Aditya Hitkari, Vikas Kumar, Yogendra Tiku, Ajay Shankar, Anuja Sathe, Darshan Pandya, Zachary Coffin, Mark Bennington, Satinder Singh Gahlot, Praveena Deshpande etc in it.

A dialogue of the movie, is my favorite dialogue. It should be the favorite dialogue of all self respecting Indians:-

ab ham dar ke shaant nahin baithhenge
kar ke shaant baithhenge

I watched this movie and loved it. I have covered two songs from this movie in the past. The second of these songs was covered on this date one year ago.

On the occasion of this great day in modern Indian history, here is a song from “Parmaanu”(1998). This song is sung by Divya Kumar. Vayu is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sachin Jigar.


Song-Ke mainu aisa lageya lageya (Parmaanu)(2018) Singer-Divya Kumar, Lyrics-Vayu, MD-Sachin Jigar

Lyrics

chorus

lageya lageya mainu lageya lageya mainu
lageya lageya mainu lageya lageya mainu

sabse pehle sabse badhke
dil mein mere hai ye mera watan
aasmaan bhi haar jaaye kar le koi jatan
sabse badhke dil mein mere hai ye mera watan
aasmaan bhi haar jaaye kar le koi jatan
mainu laggeya
ho mainu laggeya
ho mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya laegeya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

zid pe jo ad jaayenge
jag se bhi lad jayenge
aabru iski rakhne ko
ab to main waari jaawaan ye jivan
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

chorus

apna loha maane duniya ye banaaya hai man
saara dum kham daal ke hum poora kar dein vachan
apna loha maane duniya ye banaaya hai man
sara dum kham daal ke hum poora kar dein vachan
darr se upar uthh gaye sar
hausle hain buland
is iraade ko hila de
har kisi mein kahaan hai itna dum
mainu laggeya
o ho mainu laggeya
ho mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya lageya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya lageya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya lageya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

zid pe jo ad jayenge
jag se bhi bhid jayenge
aabru iski rakhne ko ab to main waari jaawaan ye jeevan
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
laagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
laagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya laegeya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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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4288

WHAAATTT!!! is my first reaction. I am shattered by the flash news.
God can’t be so heartless.

The tributes are flowing in the various news channels.

Amitabh has twittered: He is gone…! Rishi Kapoor…. Gone…just passed away! .. I am destroyed!

Juhi has said: I am shocked beyond words.

Shakti Kapoor is saying: I can’t digest that he is not there. This shouldn’t have happened (is what is Shakti has been telling).

These were the first reactions. In his telephonic talk with the news channels Shakti Kapoor was telling that he looked fine and on the road to be being ‘fit and fine’ when he last met him before the lock-down. But of course it is a known fact the big C is a deceiver. I have gone through the feeling that Shakti was talking of.

Rishi “Chintu” Kapoor has left us in shock. We are yet to come out of the shock that Irfan Khan pushed us into. Both great performers. We don’t know who we should send condolences to in this hour of grief – their families, best friends, colleagues or we his fans.

I began this post as soon as I saw the news item. Now it is four in the afternoon.

Then I let myself cool down, very difficult. There are too many thoughts running through the head. He was very cute as the tiny boy walking in the rain with his siblings. He was a National award winner for his role in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) and best actor award for his debut in adults roles in ‘Bobby’ (1973).

I don’t know how to pay a tribute to my favourite actor/s Irfan and Chintu. So I tried to look for movies where the two have acted together – cannot be possible that these two have not done a movie together, considering that Rishi was very active playing so many diverse characters in recent years. I remembered a movie which I have seen on TV a few years back where Chintu played a character inspired by Dawood Ibrahim and Irfan played Wali Khan an Indian intelligence operative whose mission was to keep an eye on the activities of the don and his gang. I vaguely remember that the movie had a long climax where Wali (Irfan Khan) and Arjun Rampal (also playing an Indian intelligence operative) stage the exchange of the captured don, bring him into Indian territory, and shoot the don when the don mocks the Indian judicial system etc. and how he will be back into his underworld activities. One thing that stayed with me after the movie was both the don’s character and Wali have a bloody end. But the movie itself was a gripping tale.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were the music directors and Niranjan Iyengar the lyricist. The qawwali as picturized in the film gives us a look of almost the entire star cast headed by Rishi Kapoor alongwith Irfan Khan, Shruti Hassan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Shriswara, Nassar, KK Raina etc. Rishi Kapoor looked deadly in that getup.
[Note: A second longer version of the song is also available, but apparently it is the longer audio version that has been quiet randomly overlaid with video clips from the film. The editing and lip syncing is jarring, but it gives one extra antraa of the song.]

And now he is not there. Even when we know that everyone has to go one day we don’t want people we like to go. But then that is the way of life and as I always say and what my mother believed in “Kal Kya Hoga Kis Ko Pata. . .”.

Thinking of two super actors, from different genres and eras May their soul be at peace now, at least they are eased of their pain

 

Song as Picturized

Remix – Longer Audio Version Overlaid with Video Clips

Song – Mera Murshid Khele Hori  (D Day) (2013) Singer – Munnawar Masoom, Javed Ali, Shankar Mahadevan, Gaurav Gupta, Rajiv Sundaresan, Mani Mahadevan, Raman Mahadevan, Lyrics – Niranjan Iyengar, MD -Shankar Ehsan Loy
Chorus

Lyrics 

Based on the Picturized Version

ho oo oo
saawa te suha rang sab ke naseeb da
ho oo oo oo oo
saawa te suha rang naseeb da
khele dukh sukh aankh micholi
ho oo oo
khele dukh sukh aankh micho..oli

jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu
jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu
ho oo oo
saawa te suha rang sab ke naseeb da
khele dukh sukh aankh micholi
mera murshid khele hori
mera murshid khele hori

[dialogue]

yaara rang hai uska nyaa..aara
mera murshid khele hori
pyaala chhidke apne karam ka
pyaala chhidke apne karam ka
rang de sab sansaa..aa..aara
mera murshid khele hori
mera murshid khele hori

[dialogue]

pyala chhidke apne karam ka
pyala chhidke apne karam ka
rang de sab sansara
ho oo oo
ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai. . .

[dialogue]

ho oo oo oo oo
uski rangat meri aadat
uski chaahat ek ibaadat
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaaaa
uski rangat
meri aadat hai
uski chaahat
ek ibaadat hai
uske hone se
sab salaamat hai
uski nazron se sab ki barkat hai
sabki..ee..ee..ee barkat hai
naache naseeba taar pe jiske
haath hai jiske do..o..ori
mera murshid khele hori
ho pyaala chhidke apne karam ka
pyala chhidke apne karam ka
rang de sab sansaara
ho oo oo

[chanting – “Allah Ho Akbar”]

ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara
rang hai nyaara
ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara

[chanting – “Allah Ho Akbar”]

Additional Antraaa from the Longer Audio Version

uske reham se sab kuchh rangiya
rangeya..aa..aa
uski nemat se jag sajiya
ga ma pa ni sa
ni pa
ma re
kahin kaanton pe
phool bikhraaye
kahin ashqon ke
beech muskaaye
kahin kaanton pe
phool bikhraaye
kahin ashqon ke
beech muskaaye
kahin palkon pe
khwaab sajaaye
kahin raaton se
neend udaaye
kahin baadal
kahin barkha
kahin vakhra
kahi sarkha
roop se roop pe na ja uske
shabad anek hai
ek hai boli
mera murshid khele ho..o..ori
mera murshid khele ho..o..ori
yaara rang hai uska nyaara..aa
mera murshid khele ho..o..ori

jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu
jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu

aaaa aaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaaaa

jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu
jee mein tu..u..u
jaan mein tu..u..u
mere sare jahaa..aan mein tu

ho oo oo
pyaala chhidke apne karam ka..aa
rang de sab sansa..aa..aara
mera
pyaala chhidke apne karam ka
pyaala chhidke apne karam ka
rang de sab sansaara
ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara
tere ishq da rang hai nyaara

jee mein tu..u..u
(jee mein tu..u..u)
jaan mein tu..u..u
(jaan mein tu..u..u)
mere saare jahaa..aan mein tu
(jee mein jaan mein saare jahaa..aan mein tu)
jee mein tu..u..u
(jee mein tu..u..u)
jaan mein tu..u..u
(jaan mein tu..u..u)
mere saare jahaa..aan mein tu


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