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Blog Day : 3859 Post No. : 14873

Greetings all – Basant is here. Today is the celebration of Basant Panchmi.

Of all the wonderful songs that have been created in Hindi films, for celebrating this King of Seasons, I would prefer to place this song today to be amongst the top five. Such a beautiful creation this is.

I myself had not heard of this song, till about five days ago. A friend in our circle enquired whether I had this song. He has been searching for it for some time now. Not being aware of it first hand, I said I will check. And when I located it in my collection, and then heard it for the first time, I am simply bowled over by the soft beauty and the delicious attractiveness of this song. The words, the music and the rendition have all come together in a conspiracy to steal your heart away.

The words are written by Saraswati Kumar Deepak. Ah, the enchantment of the lyrics that say – “चलो तारों के गजरे बना लो सखी” – come, lets make a garland from the stars. The wonderful music is from the mind of Ajit Merchant. The soft and beautiful melody – it makes such a delightful use of chorus lines interspersed with the primary singing voice. And this exquisite rendition is in the voice of Sudha Malhotra. She has rendered some of the loveliest songs in Hindi films. And this one stands right up there with her best – sung ever so sweetly.

The film is ‘Ram Bhakt Vibhishan’ from 1958 – one of the more obscure and unfamiliar productions, whose claim to fame might well just be the lovely music – like this song. The production banner is Rajni Chitr, Bombay. The film is produced by SJ Rajdev and directed by Samar Chatterji. The star cast of this film is listed as Nirupa Roy, Shahu Modak, Prem Adeeb, Krishna Kumari, Shanta Apte, Babu, Kamal, Surendra Kumar, Neema, Sarita, and Bipin Gupta. A total of nine songs are listed for this film. This is the third song for this film to appear here on our blog.

Listen to this lovely creation, and marvel – at the gems that still need to be discovered.

Song – Ritu Raja Ne Teer Chalaaya  (Ram Bhakt Vibhishan) (1958) Singer – Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Saraswati Kumar Deepak, MD – Ajit Merchant
Chorus

Lyrics

ritu raja ne. . .

ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
bhanwre chaley. . .
bhanwre chaley
bhanwre chaley gungunaate huye
suno praanon ki bansi bajaate huye
gungunaate huye
gungunaate huye
zara nainon se
zara nainon se naina milaate huye
chalo masti ki basti basaate huye
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
angdaaiyaan. . .
angdaaiyaan
angdaaiyaan le ke pariaan chalin
neele neele gagan ki sundariaan chalin
dekho pariaan chalin
dekho pariaan chalin
badi natkhat hai
badi natkhat rengeeli badi manchali
saari duniya mein machne lagi khalbali
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
chanda taley. . .
chanda taley
chanda taley jhoola daalo sakhi
chalo taaron ki gajre bana lo sakhi
jhoola daalo sakhi
jhoola daalo sakhi
hath chhodo ji
hath chhodo najariya utha lo sakhi
baanke balma ko apna bana lo sakhi
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰

ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
भँवरे चले॰ ॰ ॰
भँवरे चले
भँवरे चले गुनगुनाते हुये
सुनो प्राणों की बंसी बजाते हुये
गुनगुनाते हुये
गुनगुनाते हुये
ज़रा नैनों से
ज़रा नैनों से नैना मिलाते हुये
चलो मस्ती की बस्ती बसाते हुये
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
अंगड़ाइयाँ॰ ॰ ॰
अंगड़ाइयाँ
अंगड़ाइयाँ ले के पारियाँ चलीं
नीले नीले गगन की सुंदरियाँ चलीं
देखो पारियाँ चलीं
देखो पारियाँ चलीं
बड़ी नटखट है
बड़ी नटखट रंगीली बड़ी मनचली
सारी दुनिया में मचने लगी खलबली
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
चंदा तले॰ ॰ ॰
चंदा तले
चंदा तले झूला डालो सखी
चलो तारों के गजरे बना लो सखी
झूला डालो सखी
झूला डालो सखी
हठ छोड़ो जी
हठ छोड़ो नजरिया उठा लो सखी
बाँके बलमा को अपना बना लो सखी
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

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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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today is the 98th birth anniversary of a venerated poet and song writer in our Hindi film industry. He is one of those lyricists in the industry, who has a significant portfolio of work but not much is known about his personal life. We only know that he started to work in the Hindi films in 1942. On our blog, the last two posted songs written by him are “Main Nainon Ka Saawan Bhulaane Chali Hoon”, and “Ek Gagan Panth Ka Pakheru”.
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The runaway success of musical films like ‘Khazaanchi’ (1941), ‘Basant’ (1942), ‘Kismet’ (1943), ‘Tansen’ (1943) and ‘Rattan’ (1944) seem to have attracted, many new music directors to join the Hindi film industry in the 1940s. But only a few of them could climb the ladder of success to reach among the top music directors and elongate their successful musical carrier in the 1950s and beyond. Most of new music directors vanished into thin air after composing songs for very few films.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Music director Ajit Merchant is better known for his contributions to the Gujarati cinema and to the theatre world in Bombay. He did venture into the Hindi film world also, albeit his contribution is limited to less than 10 movies. Saperaa (1961) is one of the movies that Ajit Merchant composed music for. I have already discussed a wonderful Manna Dey solo from this movie, some days back. Here is another beautiful gem of a song from the same movie. This is a duet, that is rendered so lovingly by Manna Dey and Suman Kalyanpur. The lyrics are by Indeewar. The lead roles in this movie are played by Jyoti and Ranjan. Other actors in the film are Tiwari, Jeevnkala, Sunder, Uma Dutt, Neena, Rajan Kapoor etc.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

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