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Missing Films of 1960s – 108
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At 108, generally a maala is considered to be complete. So we are at the 108th episode of this series, searching for and bringing on missing films of 1960s on to our blog. Ah but, the homework is not still fully done. So there still are some films pending, to be taken care.

The story of the descent of the holy river Ganga, from the Baikunth Lok down to the earth, is very detailed and interesting. It spans four generations of kings belonging to the Suryavansh, the Sun Dynasty, in which later Lord Ram also appeared.

In the lineage of Suryavansh – Vivaswaan (also known as Vaivaswat Manu) is the son of Sun God. He had 10 sons. His second eldest son is Ikshvaku, from whom starts the primary lineage of the Sun Dynasty as we know it. His next in line is a son named Nimi. The lineage progresses and through more generations reaches Raja Harishchandra. The descendants of Raja Harishchandra in sequence, are Rohit, Vrishabh, Baahuk and then Sagar (‘सगर’).

Raja Sagar has two wives – Sumati and Keshini, but no children. Once Rishi Aurv (‘और्व’), passing through the kingdom, stayed at the palace and accepted the hospitality of Raja Sagar. When he was leaving, pleased by the selfless service done by the king, he asked the king to express his wish. The king of course expressed his desire to have sons so that his dynasty may continue. The Rishi blessed him, and said that one of his queens will give birth to one son. The second queen will be blessed with 60,000 sons. All of them will be brave and exceptional, but that they will be playful and short in temper.

With the passage of time, the blessing of the Rishi bore fruits, and the sons were born. Sumati gave birth to one sone Asmanja, and Keshini gave birth to 60,000 sons. Asmanja turns out to be a person with negative qualities.

Then after another passage of time, the King decided to conduct the Ashvamedha Yajna, to proclaim his sovereignty over all the land. The sixty thousand sons were given charge of protecting the horse of the Yajna. Now, Lord Indra, the king of the demigods, was envious of Raja Sagar. He decided to play a mischief. One night, as all the sons and soldiers were asleep, Indra stole the horse, took it, and tied it in the ashram of Kapil Muni, who was meditating at that time.

The army of 60,000 sons of Sagar reached Kapil Muni’s ashram in search of the horse. Finding the horse there, they jumped to the conclusion that Kapil Muni had stolen it. Muni was deep in meditation. Sagar’s sons started to rebuke him and call him names. They prodded him with their bows and disturbed him no end. Kapil Muni’s mediation was broken. He opened his eyes and looked at the army of 60,000 sons of Sagar. Such was the power in him, that by his mere glance, the 60,000 boys were burnt to death and turned into ashes.

When Sagar heard of this news, he was grief stricken. All his sons, save one, had perished without any proper samskaar etc. He consulted his Raj Purohit, Vashishth Muni. Vashishth said that the only way the perished sons could attain salvation was if the waters of the holy river Ganga was sprinkled on the ashes of the army of sons. For Raja Sagar, it was an unthinkable task. The grief took his life. His remaining son Asmanja was not a good person, and had been banished from the kingdom. But the son of Asmanja – Anshuman, turned out to be a very noble person. Sagar made him the King. Anshuman made a vow to bring water of Ganga to the earth. He forsook his kingdom and did mediation and penance all his life. But was not successful. He had one son, Dilip. The onus of accomplishing this task fell on to his shoulder. He too followed the path of meditation and penance, but quickly lost his health and passed away. The mantle for this task was now taken up by Dilip’s son, Bhagirath.

He prayed to Brahma for long years. Finally, Brahma was pleased, and he blessed Bhagirath with the promise that Ganga would descend from Baikunth and will come to earth. The narrative further tells us of the problem of the strength and volume of the flowing waters of Ganga. The earth or any person on earth could not withstand the force of the flow of Ganga. Then Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva, who agreed to let the holy river Ganga descend on to him, he would bear the main brunt of the force, and then the rest of earth and its people would then be blessed by it. There is a lot more detail in this narrative, appearing in multiple scriptures.

The film ‘Har Har Gange’ of 1968 is produced under the banner of Nitin Chitra and is directed by Babubhai Mistry. (Another film by the same name was produced in 1979, and that too is also directed by the same person.) The star cast of the 1968 film is listed as Jaishri Gadkar, Abhi Bhattacharya, Mahesh Kumar, Sulochana, Jeevan, Bharti, BM Vyas, Arvind Pandya, Uma Dutt, Vishwas, SN Tripathi, Sudarshan, Babu Raje, Tuntun, Paulson, Dalda Hindustani, Mahesh Bhatt, Rajkumar, Shri Bhagwan, Saraswati Devi, Bhairavi, Uma Khosla, Meena Pankaj, Malti Shashi, Master Gopi, Prakash, Munna Bagla, Madhumati, Bela Bose, and Helen.

The film has 6 songs, all penned by Kavi Pradeep. The music is composed by SN Tripathi. The song has been rendered by Krishna Kalle. The occasion seems to be that King Bhagirath is leaving the kingdom to go to the forest to do penance and to free his dynasty from the curse that 60,000 of his ancestors had brought upon themselves. From the words in the verses, it seems as if the song is being performed on screen by the wife of King Bhagirath. I have not been able to locate her name in the related information available. I would request other knowledgeable readers to please add this information if available.

With this song, the 1968 film ‘Har Har Gange’ makes its debut on our blog. With the publication of this post we are coming to the home stretch with this series. Now just 4 more films from the 1960s remain in this project. More details about that later.

 

Song – Jaao Mere Devta, Jaao Mere Praan  (Har Har Gange) (1968) Singer – Krishna Kalle, Lyrics – Kavi Pradeep, MD – SN Tripathi
Chorus

Lyrics

jaao mere devta
jaao mere praan
karey ganga maiya tumhaara kalyan
sidhaaro hey praan dhan
rakho kul ki aan
karey ganga maiya tumhaara kalyan
har har gange. . .
har har gange

barson se hai ye duniya dukhi
mit jaana par karna is ko sukhi
rakhna hamaare aansoo ka maan
jaao mere devta
jaao mere praan
karey ganga maiya tumhaara kalyan
har har gange. . .
har har gange

parvat jo rokey to rukna nahin
bijli girey phir bhi jhukna nahin
rakhna hamesha hatheli pe jaan
jaao mere devta
jaao mere praan
karey ganga maiya tumhaara kalyan
sidhaaro hey praan dhan
rakho kul ki aan
karey ganga maiya tumhaara kalyan
har har gange. . .
har har gange

har har gange. . .
har har gange

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जाओ मेरे देवता
जाओ मेरे प्राण
करे गंगा मैया तुम्हारा कल्याण
सिधारो हे प्राण धन
रखो कुल की आन
करे गंगा मैया तुम्हारा कल्याण
हर हर गंगे॰ ॰ ॰
हर हर गंगे

बरसों से है ये दुनिया दुखी
मिट जाना पर करना इसको सुखी
रखना हमारे आँसू का मान
जाओ मेरे देवता
जाओ मेरे प्राण
करे गंगा मैया तुम्हारा कल्याण
हर हर गंगे॰ ॰ ॰
हर हर गंगे

पर्वत जो रोके तो रुकना नहीं
बिजली गिरे तो झुकना नहीं
रखना हमेशा हथेली पे जान
जाओ मेरे देवता
जाओ मेरे प्राण
करे गंगा मैया तुम्हारा कल्याण
सिधारो हे प्राण धन
रखो कुल की आन
करे गंगा मैया तुम्हारा कल्याण
हर हर गंगे॰ ॰ ॰
हर हर गंगे

हर हर गंगे॰ ॰ ॰
हर हर गंगे

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