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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

Blog Day : 3707 Post No. : 14632

Today’s song is from film the film Mahatma Vidur-1943. It is sung by Vishnupant Pagnis. This will be his second song on the Blog.

The song is written by Pt. Narottam Vyas and MD is H.C. aka Harishchandra Bali. The film was produced by Circo productions and directed by Parshwanath Alatekar. The cast of the film was Vishnupant Pagnis, Durga Khote, nayampalii. Baby Madhuri,Kalyani, David etc.etc.

Thousands of actors worked in Hindi films. All were not heroes, because to become Hero in a film, you require Luck or a God father. There were many One Film Wonders in Hindi films. Some worked in only one film and some worked only in one film worth remembering. So much has been written about this tribe, that I will not repeat it here. However, working in just one film or a film which records your name in the Hindi Film History for ever is something extraordinary. I remember just two such names, offhand, in this category, though, I feel, there could be few more such names. Knowledgeable readers can point them out in the comment section.

The names which I remember are Rajkumar Gupta, who did the role of Ajay in film Jagriti-1954 and Vishnupant Pagnis who did the main role in the film Sant Tukaram-1936 (Marathi version. Its Hindi version came up only in 1948). Rajkumar Gupta-who hailed from Ranchi-acted in only One film, Jagriti, arguably the most meaningful Children’s film ever, and his role of Ajay alongwith the movie has passed into folklore.

Vishnupant Pagnis did the immortal role of Tukaram in his first film and then lived the role throughout his life, though he did four more films in the same Genre of Saint films. His name became famous not only in India but also in other countries. This film was hailed as “one of the 3 Best films in the world” at the Venice Film Festival, where it won accolades. Records of his Bhajans from this film created records ( we too had these records in our house in the 1940s.)

Vishnupant Pagnis was born in a small place called Chicodi, near Kolhapur, on 1-11-1892, in a lower middle class family. After formal education, he was assisted by Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur state to join a Drama company at the age of 10 years. He sang naturally, without any training from an expert. he was a popular artist doing female roles, till his entry in films. He shifted to work in various drama companies including “Lalit Kaladarsh” of Mama Varerkar- a name connected with many Marathi and Hindi films of that time. In 1913, he floated his own company ‘ Jagchitradarsh ‘, only to wind after two years in 1915. he continued working in dramas and doing female roles, for which he was famous in those times.

After a few years, he left drama acting and worked as a Music Teacher in Municipal school at Girgaum in Bombay. After his wife died, he lived with his friend Petkar. They started a Gold Jewellary shop “Pagnis Petkar and Mandali” in Girgaon.

When Prabhat Film company planned to make Sant Tukaram, a search was undertaken for the main role and the main female role. This was in early 1936 and he was selected for the role of Tukaram, while a worker in the Prabhat company-Gauri – was selected as his wife. The Director duo of the film- Damle and Fattelal- were not happy about his selection, because his name was associated with female roles. But this became his strong point for the film in which he portryed a soft, kind and loving Tukaram. He did the role so well that the film Sant Tukaram became an International Hit, in addition to running to full house in Non Marathi areas like Madras Presidency, covering Andhra, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka and also in Bengal and Punjab. he became an actor in great demand for Saint films. After the film Sant Tukaral, hundreds of people used to crowd in his shop at Girgaum to pay respects and touch his feet as Tukaram. He also always dressed like Tukaram thereafter !

Vishnupant Pagnis worked in for more films of the same genre, namely Sant Tulsidas-39, Narsi Bhagat-43, Bhakta Raj-43 and his last film Mahatma Vidur-43. He also gave music in two films, Sant Janabai- 38 and Sant Tulsidas-39. These two and Mahatma Vidur were also made in Marathi language. His most famous film Sant Tukaram was released in Hindi only in 1948, but without his songs, because he had died on 3-10-1943. The MD- Snehal Bhatkar sang his songs in the Hindi version.

Vishnupant Pagnis became immortal with just one film Sant Tukaram. Even today this film is shown and discussed in the film Institutes of many countries.Many books and essays and articles are published on this film. His performance as Tukaram has become a major reference-point in debates about Indian performance idioms: e.g. Kumar Shahani’s essay The Saint Poets of Prabhat, 1981; Geeta Kapur’s Mythic Material in Indian Cinema, 1987 etc etc.

Today’s film Mahatma Vidur-43 was made on the life of Vidur after he renounced his Royal heritage and displeased the Kauravas by joining the Pandav camp.The film was full of miracle scenes. The art direction was by the legendary Baburao Painter. Story was by mohanlal Dave and dialogeus and lyrics by Narottam Vyas and Mahesh Kaul.

How many of us really know anything about Vidur ? Not many, I am sure. Vidur was an important character in Mahabharat. He was the brother of Dhritrashtra and Pandu, thus an uncle of Kauravas and Pandavas. The story of his birth is interesting.

In the clan of Kuru, Vichitraveerya became the king. Bhishma did his marriage with Ambika and Ambalika, However, the king died without any issues. The Queen mother Satyavati requested the Rajpurohit and family mentor Bhishma to produce children for the clan. But due to his vow of Celibacy, he refused. Then Maharshi Vyas was called in to help, which he agreed. When he went to queen Ambika, she could not tolerate his Teja and closed her eyes. Hence Dhritarashtra was born without vision. Ambalika fell pale and she gave birth to Pandu, who was ill always. Finally a Daasi was asked to go with Vyasa. the Daasi enjoyed the intimacy and a very intelligent and learned Vidur was born. the meaning of word Vidur itself is skillful, intelligent and Philosophical.

In the great war, Vidur sided the Pandavas because they were on the side of Truth. He saved them many times from the plans of Kauravas, especially from the Lakshagriha fire. His advices and principles are known as Vidur Neeti. ( This is supposed to be the precursor to Chanakya Neeti in King Nand’s period.). After the war Vidur was made the PM, but he declined and went to the forest for doing Penance. Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, Kunti and Madri too went with him. Once when Dharmaraj-Yudhishthir- went to call on him, Vidur died in his arm, bestowing all his powers to him. The others with him also died later in a forest fire.

The film was directed by Parshwanath Alatekar. Tbhis name too must be unknown to most people. Altekar (1897-1957) was from Kharepatan i n Ratnagiri, the coastal Konkan area of Maharashtra. he was educated in Kolhapur and graduated from Sangli. he abandoned Law studies to direct a drama in 1922. Basically a drama enthusiast, Altekar entered film world in Marathi and directed many films in silent era. He joined hands with Sarpotdar, Master Vithal and pendharkar brothers. In 1928, he made 4 films for Imperial film company, then for Saraswati Cinetone, Master Vinayak and Circo films. He made a few Tamil and Kannada films as well.

He floated his own company Natraj Cinetone and made Hindi/Marathi film Saathi/Savangadi in 1938 with Durga Khote and Mubarak. Meanwhile he worked for his pet drama group Natya Manwantar. Alatekar died on 22-11-1957 at Bombay. he directed 13 films including silent and Tamil/Kannada films. His Hindi films were Vasavdatta-34, Saathi-38, Mera Haque-39, Geeta 40 and Mahatma Vidur-43.

Let us now listen to Vishnupant Pagnis singing a song from film Mahatma Vidur-43. The film makes its in debut in the Blog with this song.

(Credits- Hindu Dharma Granth by Pt. Shrinivas, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Film Directory, Prabhat Cinema by Bapu Watwe, Marathi Chitrapat sangeetkar kosh, HFGK, MuVyz and my notes)


Song-Har kaam mein rahte Prabhu hamaare (Mahatma Vidur)(1943) Singer-Vishnupant Pagnis, Lyrics-Pt Narottam Vyas, MD-Harishchandra Bali
Chorus

Lyrics

Har kaam mein rahte
Prabhu hamaare
Har kaam mein rahte Prabhu hamaare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare

mata kheti sab kuchh deti
mata kheti sab kuchh deti
bhare ann bhandaare ae
bhare ann bhandaare ae
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare

chalta pyaara kargha pyaara charkha
chalta pyaara kargha pyaara charkha
karta rahta dhan ki varsha
karta rahta dhan ki varsha
dhakta badan hamaare
dhakta badan hamaare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare

ye jeewan sarvas(?)??
ye jeewan sarvas(?) ??
balram krishn ki maiyya
balram krishn ki maiyya
ham jeete un ke sahaare
ham jeete un ke sahaare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare

mukti ka panthh na dooja
mukti ka panthh na dooja
sab kaam prabhu ki pooja
sab kaam prabhu ki pooja
nij kaam hi jan ko taare
nij kaam hi jan ko taare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare
hare muraare

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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

Blog Day : 3653 Post No. : 14508

ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 14
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This Blog is completing 10 years on 19th July 2018.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Blog and CONGRATULATIONS for ATUL ji.

I have yet to come across a similar blog which is running smoothly for 10 years, earning readers’ love and participation to an unbelievable level. The blog has created its own world of ATULITES, consisting of contributors of articles, lyrics, data supply, silent workers behind the limelight, who keep the blog’s non working videos replaced, untiringly and well wishers. The ATULITES run a WA group, meet at different locations in India (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Lucknow) from time to time and otherwise keep connected with emails and phone calls. This is an exceptional example, how people of diverse interests-vocations-locations and different age groups stick together with the central magnet of what is called as ‘atulsongaday,’.

It is something beyond mere love of music. It is the result of Atul ji’s leadership that has kept this flock together for such a long period. To assist him, help him and lending a hand is dear Sudhir ji, whose role in keeping in touch with all members is unparalleled.

I came across this blog somewhere in the end of 2010, ending my newly learnt surfing journey here only. I had found a one spot treasure of old songs and information on old films – the people, the times and the stories thereof. My first article came up on 1-10-2012, because of Atul ji’s encouragement and it still continues. The blog has really taught me “It is never too late to turn a new page in the book of life”. It gave me a new identity and a name in the like minded groups, sites and blogs on the Internet. It also gave me new friends.

I take this opportunity to wish the blog many many happy returns of the day (19th July ) and many more milestones. I also wish Atul ji all the best in this enterprise.

BOMBAY (today’s Mumbai) has always been an attraction for people in India. It is considered a ‘mayanagari‘, a ‘swapnanagari‘, where the dreams of hard working talented people can come true. Not every person is a success story but maximum success stories in India have taken place here, in almost every field. When the film industry started blooming and job opportunities opened up in this new field, there was a new destination for people with ambitions and dreams.

There was a trend that aspirants from every corner of India would run away from their town to Bombay, in search and hope of better life. In fact, for all lost children, the search would start from Bombay first. Khalid Hasan, the famous journalist from Pakistan had written in The Friday Times, Lahore, “I love the Qaid e Azam, but what sort of a country he has given us ! There is nowhere for young boys and girls to run to now !!”

This is sufficient to endorse that Bombay was the most desired destination. Today’s song is selected, because in it the singer expresses his desire to go to Bombay. He says, “Bambai ko chalo Bambai ko”. This song is from film ‘Kirti’ from 1942. It was written by Pt. Phani. The music was by Harischandra Bali and it was sung by a most unexpected actor Mithu Miyan. No information about this actor is available. This may not be his real name also. As per records, he seems to have acted in 32 films, from ‘Lutaru Lalna’ (1932) to ‘Alibaba And 40 Thieves’ (1966).

The cast of the film is listed as Lalita Pawar, Jairaj, Sunalini Devi, Jagdish Sethi, Mithu Miyan etc. The film was directed by VM aka Dada Gunjal and the MD was Harishchandra Bali aka HC Bali.

HC Bali was born on 10-3-1906 at Jalandhar, Punjab. He received early training in music from Pt Tola Ram and Ustad Maula Baksh of Talwandi Gharana. He was also a desciple of Bhaskerbua Bakhle and Pt Dilip Chandra Vedi. He adopted their styles. Bali came to Bombay. He entered film by acting as a Hero in film ‘Naksh e Sulemani’ (1933). In later life also he acted in few more films. As an MD, his first film was ‘Aurat Ka Dil’ (1933) and last film was ‘Janata’ (1947). He gave music to 26 films. Among these were first films of Prof Pt Ramanand Sharma, ‘Watan Parast’ (1934), first film of actress Pramila, ‘Bhikharin’ (1935), first film of Debaki Bose in Bombay, ‘Jeewan Natak’ (1935). In film ‘Pati Patni’ (1939), Naushad was his assistant and composed few songs also. In 1942, Bali gave music to ‘Aple Ghar’ (1942), the Marathi verion of ‘Apna Ghar’ (1941). He was the MD for the last film of Vishnupant Pagnis, ‘Mahatma Vidur’ (1943) and in film ‘Janata’ (1947), he gave opportunity to lyricist Rajendra Krishna for the first time.

Bali also gets the credit for bringing KL Saigal to limelight. Both he and Saigal were from Jalandhar. When Saigal was in Calcutta for his job as a typewriter salesman, Bali was living with RC Boral. Bali told Boral about Saigal’s singing and the rest is history. Bali came into news in the late 1950s, when he said that Lata had sung 4 songs for his film ‘Seedha Rasta’ (1941) and thus claimed introducing her to the film singing. However, Lata clarified that till her father Dinanath’s death in 1942, she was in Kolhapur and there was no question of her singing in films in 1941. Thus Bali’s claim got scuttled.

After 1947, Bali retired from films and returned to Jalandhar. He started his own Music School,’Sangeet Vihar’. He became famous as a Music Guru to many singers in later years. Bali also sang on radio and was an A grade artist of All India Radio. He also wrote few books on Music. ‘Sangeet Vigyan’ in 4 volumes and ‘Sangeet Prakash’ in Punjabi language. These books were published by Punjab State University Text Book Board in Chandigarh. Harishchandra Bali died on 24-6-1976 at Jalandhar.

Now let us know something about Sunalini Devi, the actress. She was born on 1-1-1896 in Hyderabad Deccan. Her father, Aghornath Chatopadhyay, a Bengali settled in Hyderabad, was a Sanjskrit scholar. He was proficient in 27 languages and was the first Indian to get the D.Sc. honour. Sunalini was the elder sister of Sarojini, who became Sarojini Naidu after her marriage.

Sunalini learnt music and dance from the age of three itself. Due to her sweet voice, she was called ‘Kokila’. It is to be noted that her younger sister Saojini Naidu was called ‘Nightingale of India’ ! It is unfortunate that the film industry did not use Sunalini’s music skill in her films and she sang just one song in her career in film ‘Raja Rani’ (1942).

Sunalini started acting in stage dramas from 1918. Her first movie was ‘Light of Asia’ which was released initially in Germany and Poland in 1925. Its restored version was released on 5th July 2001, in India. This film was made by Himanshu Rai. The film was shot in Lahore. It was a silent film on Gautama Buddh. Her first talkie film was ‘Veer Kunal’ (1932). She acted in 56 films. Mostly she was known for motherly roles only. She had, like her more eminent sister, married a south Indian Mr AS Rajan, a writer from Madras.

Some of her well known films are, ‘Aurat’ (1940), ‘Lalaji’ (1942), ‘Inkaar (1943)’, ‘Nai Roshni’ (1941), ‘Talaash’ (1952), ‘Bairam Khan’ (1946), ‘Tamasha’ (1952), ‘Dilruba’ (1950), ‘Malhar’ (1951) etc. She retired from films in 1956.

The film ‘Kirti had 12 songs. The singer Mithu Miyan and the film make their debut here on this 10th anniversary day of the blog

[Author’s Note: Credits- Film Directory, Wiki, HFGK, MuVyz, Dhunon Ki Yatra, Tradition of Hindi Music by Manorama Sharma, Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetkar Kosh, and my notes.]

 


Song – Bambai Ko Chalo Bambai Ko (Kirti) (1942) Singer – Mithu Miyan, Lyrics – Pt Phani, Music – Harishchandra Bali
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bhai bada shehar bambai
bhai bada shehar bambai
yahaan khel tamaashe kai
yahaan khel tamaashe kai
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

bambai shehar albela
albela
bambai shehar albela
sunder har (??) ka khela
sunder har (??) ka khela
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

bada staashun bori bunder
bada staashun bori bunder
ghoomen chal ke us ke andar
ghoomen chal ke us ke andar
?? waali gaadi dekhen
uuu eee eee eee
?? waali gaadi dekhen
gali mohalle baadi dekhen
?? waali gaadi dekhen
gali mohalle baadi dekhen
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

bambai ki sethani dekhen
bambai ki sethani dekhen..en..en
maarwaad ki rani dekhen
maarwaad ki rani dekhen
haiii haiii
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

kalkatte ka baabu dekhen
kalkatte ka baabu dekhen
kaashi ji ka sadhu dekhen
kaashi ji ka sadhu dekhen
haiii haiii
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

bhai bada shehar bambai
bhai bada shehar bambai
yahaan khel tamaashe kai
yahaan khel tamaashe kai
haiii haiii
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko
bambai ko chalo bambai ko

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
भई बड़ा शहर बंबई
भई बड़ा शहर बंबई
यहाँ खेल तमाशे कई
यहाँ खेल तमाशे कई
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को

बंबई शहर अलबेला
अलबेला
बंबई शहर अलबेला
सुंदर हर (??) का खेला
सुंदर हर (??) का खेला
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को

बड़ा सटेशन बोरी बंदर
बड़ा सटेशन बोरी बंदर
घूमें छलके उस के अंदर
घूमें छलके उस के अंदर
?? वाली गाड़ी देखेँ
ऊ॰॰ऊई॰॰ई॰॰ई
?? वाली गाड़ी देखेँ
गली मोहल्ले बाड़ी देखें
?? वाली गाड़ी देखेँ
गली मोहल्ले बाड़ी देखें
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को

बंबई की सेठानी देखें
बंबई की सेठानी देखें॰॰एं॰॰एं
मारवाड़ की रानी देखें
मारवाड़ की रानी देखें
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को

कलकत्ते का बाबू देखें
कलकत्ते का बाबू देखें
काशी जी का साधू देखें
काशी जी का साधू देखें
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
भई बड़ा शहर बंबई
भई बड़ा शहर बंबई
यहाँ खेल तमाशे कई
यहाँ खेल तमाशे कई
हई॰॰ई हई॰॰ई
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को
बंबई को चलो बंबई को


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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’s song is from the film Mamaji-1942. This film was directed by Narottam Vyas, who also wrote its Lyrics. Harishchandra Balimusic director and the film cast was Lalita Pawar, B.Nandrekar, Yaqub, Jeevan,Nana Palshikar, Marutirao Pehelwan etc.
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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 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.

The Wonderful Sounds of 1930s – 1
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The decade of 1930s will continue to remain a shaded mystery for the lovers of Hindi film music.  In the decade when the Hindi film song was born and took its first fledgling steps, the creators and the keepers of this art probably did not envision the significance of this new medium and expansive influence it would go on to exercise on an entire culture, generation after generation.  When the films, and more so, the talking films came into being, their predecessor was the various forms of folk theatre and formal stage drama.  From time immemorial, since these art forms have existed, these have simply been live performances, with no thought or effort applied to somehow catalog and preserve them.  The play was written, and its script was the primary record of its existence.
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“Jeewan Naatak”(1935) was produced by Debki Bose. The movie had Durga Khote, P Jairaj, Rmpyaari, Lovji Lawangiya, Alaknanda, shivrani, Mubarak, maruti rao Pahalwan, Nirma Bannerji, nandkishore, Dar Kashmiri etc in it.
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