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5424 Post No. : 17793 Movie Count :


#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # (Debutant Movie- Kurukshetra-1977)

Today’s song is from the movie ‘Kurukshetra-1977’. This movie is making its debut on the blog today.

From the cast and crew of this movie it seems to be a ‘dubbed movie’ from a ‘south’ movie.

‘Kurukshetra-1977’ was a ‘mythological’ movie directed by K. Kameshwar Rao for ‘Madhavi Padmalaya International, Madras’. It had Krishna, Shobhan Babu, Krishnam Raju, Satyanarayan, Baliaah Gummadi, Chandramohan, Randhave, Rangnath, Kantarao, Vijaynirmala, Jamuna, Anjali, Lata, Chandrakala, Jayaprada and others.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 17.06.1977.

As per information available, movies with same title ‘Kurukshetra’ were also released in the year ‘1933’, ‘1945’, and in the year ‘2000’.

Out of the above, the movie made in ‘1945’ is already available on the blog.

Today ‘Kurukshetra-1977’ joins the movie of ‘1945’ on the blog.

‘Kurukshetra-1977’ has seven songs which were all written by lyricist Bharat Vyas. Music was composed by S. Rajeshwar Rao.

Here is the list of the songs of this movie with their respective singers.

SNo. Song Title Singer/s
01 Boley hriday ki ye veenaa Vani Jairam, Mahendra Kapoor
02 Yahi mai sabha man haram navras manoram Vani Jairam, chorus
03 Naache tan aaj to jhankaar karti dharti Mahendra Kapoor, Vani Jairam
04 Ae purushon, ae prabhuon Vani Jairam
05 Dharmkshetra hai ye kurukshetra hai Mahendra Kapoor, chorus
06 Pralaykaal ban raudraroop dhar Mahendra Kapoor, chorus
07 Bharat mein ekmaatra mahaabharat ke supaatra Mahendra Kapoor

I do not think that I have ever heard or read about this movie ever. I became aware of this movie thanks to Geet Kosh Vol-V (1971-1980).

Today we introduce this movie on the blog with a duet song from it which is sung by Vani Jairam and Mahendra Kapoor.

I would request knowledgeable readers to add more information about this movie and its songs.

Let us now listen to this duet song which is a nice song to listen to …


Song-Bole hriday ki ye veenaa (Kurukshetra)(1977) Singers- Vani Jairam, Mahendra Kapoor , Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-S Rajeshwar Rao


boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa
navmohak jeewan
madhumay hogaa aa aa aa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa

miley aaj do
hriday achaanak
madhumukhi muskaao o o o
milaa prem phal
aaj ke is din
sangini aao
kho jaao o o

saj ke aayi mohaniyaa re ae
sajnaa teri dulhaniyaa re ae
jalpari si
rasbhari si
jalpari si ee
rasbhari si
pulkit yauwan lo aaj hogaa aa aa aa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa

mast koyaliyaa tu
mugdh swaron se
pranayee jag ko
lubhaaye jaa aa aa aa
mayurini tu
naach runjhunanan
lehar lehar pe ae
chhaaye jaa aa

dekho hamen ae
phal de diyaa aa

detaa prabhu oo
uski dayaa
lo madan hi
purhohit ban
lo madan hi
purhohit ban

shubh muhurt mein
lagan kar gayaa aa aa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa aa
boley hriday ki ye veenaa aa

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4514 Post No. : 16066

Today’s song is from the film Kurukshetra-45. This was a film made by Unity Productions, Calcutta. The film was directed by Rameshwar Sharma. This is an unknown name. I could only find that he had directed only 3 films…Bhakta Kabir-1942, Kurukshetra-45 and Vaasana-52. All these films were made by Unity productions, so maybe he was from Calcutta. The Lyricist was Jameel Mazhari – another new name. He seems to have written songs for only this film. The Music Director was Pandit Ganapat Rao.

I tried hery hard to get some information about this MD, but to no avail. However, what I know about him is….Pt.Ganapatrao Gurav,the Music director of this movie was basically a Classical singer and was the first batch disciple of Ustad Karim Khan,the founder of Kirana Gharana. He was a Court Musician in the state of Jamkhandi, Karnataka. He hailed from Ratnagiri dist.of Maharashtra and was a respected figure in classical circles.
However,like some other classical singers of his time,he too ventured in Film music and gave music to Kurukshetra and Bebus(1950) featuring Bharat Bhushan and Poornima.

He returned to classical singing and today his Grandson Pt .Kaibalyanath is an accomplished singer awarded A grade by AIR and Doordarshan,in addition to many awards. There is an annual Pt.Ganapatrao memorial festival conducted by India Habitat Centre also.

The cast of the film was K L Saigal, Nawab kashmiri, Shyamlo, Udwadiya, Radharani, Agha Mehmood kashmiri, Tara, Kamal kant etc.etc. There were 14 songs in the film. Four songs-all sung by Saigal are already on the Blog. Today’s song will be the fifth song here.

The Film indicates 2 names, which are cases of ” Same Name Confusion”. Radha Rani and Kalyani – singer of today’s song. There were 2 singer actresses by the name of Radha Rani. One was from Bombay and the other was from Calcutta. Today’s Radha Rani is Calcuttewali.

This Radha Rani was born in 1903 at Jiaganj, Murshidabad in West Bengal. She was from a rich Marwadi family settled in Bengal for many generations. Her Bangla was very good. After the demise of her father, her mother established a Gopal ji Mandir at her residence.

Listening to kirtans from in house offerings and also from visitors, she developed a liking for devotional songs. She was trained by Keertania Harimakhan Das and then Manju Ustad. She was trained in Thumris and Ghazals by Ustad Dabeer Khan. She stayed in Behrampur to learn music.

She started giving performances. In one such performance, the Zamindar of Jiaganj, Surendranath Singh heard her. Impressed with her, he brought her to Calcutta and she was exposed to theatre ,Radio and films. Her first silent film was Sreekant-30. Then she acted in several silent films like in which she worked with Debki Bose, Sabita devi, Dhiren Ganguly etc etc. She cut several private records for Hindustan Records company. She sang pala Keertan songs which became very popular.

New Theatres took her in ‘ Yahudi ki Ladki ‘-33. Subsequently she also acted in film ‘ Kashinath-43’ from New Theatres. She acted in only films made in Calcutta and by Calcutta companies. She did many Bangla films.

Radha Rani also gave playback in 4 Hindi films,namely- Mukti-37, Nartaki-40, Aandhi-40 and Irada-44. She worked in Hindi films till only 1947. How long she worked in Bangla films, I do not know. This Radha Rani expired on 22-8-1997 at Calcutta, at the ripe age of 94 years.

Filmography in Hindi- Silent films like Srikant-30, Flames of Flesh-30, Panchsaar-30, After the Death-31, Money makes what not-31 etc Talkie Films- Yahudi ki ladki-33, Daku ka Ladka-35, Daksha Yagnya-35, Kadkati Bijli-36, Khudai Khidamatgar-37, karmaveer-38, Kashinath-43, Shri Ramanuj-43, Kurukshetra-45, Baap-46 and Aisa Kyun-47.

The other Same Name Confusion name is that of singer Kalyani. There were 2 singer actresses with the same name Kalyani. One was mainly active in Bombay films and the other was active in Calcutta films. Since this is the first time, I give notes on both the artistes.

Kalyani Bai (1920-2009) (real name – Zarina) was an actor-singer who was trained in classical singing. She sang khayal, thumri and ghazals for All India Radio and recorded such genre of songs for HMV. This led her to a filmy career in Calcutta in 1934 as an actor-singer. After some struggle, she was employed with New Theatres and she acted in films like ‘Anaath Ashram’ (1937), ‘Mukti’ (1937), and ‘President’ (1937) in which she also sang some songs for herself.

In 1937, Kalyani Bai left New Theatres and joined Ranjit Movietone in Bombay (Mumbai). Her first film with Ranjit Movietone was ‘Toofaani Toli’ (1937). In the 40s, she appeared to have become a free-lancer, although I find that she worked in more films directed by VM Vyas of Sunrise Films than other banners. She was one of the singers in the famous All-Women qawwali in the film Zeenat-1945. Her last film as an actor-singer was ‘Ghar’ (1945). However, she lent her voice for other actresses in films released during 1947-54. She also acted in small roles in a few films of the 1970s and probably early 80s. She later married Seth Chirauddin Bakar. She had 2 sons and a daughter from him. She retired and settled in Bombay. She died on 1-10-2009.

Kalyani Das was a playback singer who started her career in Hindi films from Calcutta with PC Barua’s ‘Jawaab’ (1942) and ended her playback singing career in Hindi films with ‘Iran Ki Ek Raat’ (1949). She also sang for a few films made in Bombay. To the best of my knowledge, she did not act in any films.

It is not so difficult to segregate ‘Kalyanis’ as both of them worked in Calcutta at different times. Kalyani Bai worked in films produced in Calcutta up to 1937 whereas Kalyani Das commenced her playback singing career from Calcutta from 1942 onward. She mostly worked for music director Kamal Dasgupta (8 out of 11 Hindi films in which she was playback singer). She sang 37 songs in 11 films….Jawab-42, meghdoot-45, Kurukshetra-45, Zameen Aasmaan-46, Prem ki Duniya-46, Bindiya-46, Manmaani-47, Giribala-47, Faisla-47, Swayamsidha-49 and Iran ki ek raat-49.

Films made with the name ” Kurukshetra ” were many, made in different languages. As per the CITWF (complete index to world films) data, such films were made in 1933, 1945, 1977, 1983, 1987, 1988, 2000 and 2008. The oldest Kurukshetra was produced by Chhatrapati Cine Co. Kolhapur , Directed by Sardar Balasaheb Yadav, Music by Bhurji khan Saheb and the cast included Balasaheb Yadav, Madhavrao, Joshi, Nandrekar, Hansa, Padma etc. It was a Mythological movie

Film Kurukshetra-45 was released on 17-5-1946 in New West End theatre, Bombay, where it ran only for 4 weeks. According to the review in magazine ‘ Film India’ of July 1946, the film was not liked by the audience. As usual the editor criticised the director and the story/dialogue writer-Kamalkant Varma. This Sharma-Varma pair spoiled the film, as per the review. It was, however, all praise for Saigal and the Music Director. Personally, I was not much impressed with any song of this film, but still, I find today’s song much better in tune, music and the rendition by Kalyani Das.

Song-Ae mere swapan ke vaasi (Kurukshetra)(1945) Singer- Kalyani Das, Lyricist-Jamil Mazhari, MD- Pt. Ganpatrao (Gurav)


Ae mere swapan ke vaasi
Ae mere swapan ke vaasi
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa aa aa aa aa

ae mere swapan ke waasi
ae mere swapan ke waasi
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
bhhenee bhheenee basant ritu mein aen
bhhenee bhheenee basant ritu mein
?? ka tyohaar manaa jaa
aa aa aa
madhur madhur sangeet bhari ??
madhur madhur sangeet bhari ??
hriday patal par chhaa jaa
hriday patal par chhaa jaa
ae mere swapan ke waasi
ae mere swapan ke waasi
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa aa aa aa aa

ae mere swapan ke waasi
ae mere swapan ke waasi
aa jaa
aa jaa
aa jaa
dukh ke saagar ka ??jaa
ankhiyaan tarse
daras dikhaa jaa
baaghon mein bhanwre goonj rahe
kaliyon ka munh choom rahe
tu bhi mukh dikhlaa jaa aa aa
ae mere swapan ke waasi
ae mere swapan ke waasi
aa jaaaa

“Kurukshetra” (1945) is one of the lesser known K L Saigal movies, as far as I am concerned. This movie had actors like K L Saigal. Nawab Kashmiri, Shaamlee, Udwwadia, Biman Bannerji, Radha Rani,Ajit,Tara,Agha Mehmood Kashmiri etc. This movie was directed by Rameshwar Sharma.
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This article is written by Sudhir,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

It is said that illustrious poets and their marvelous, amazing poetry has existed and will continues to exist till the end of time. Alas, the divinity that was bestowed by the cadence of KL Saigal’s rendition, was reserved for a privileged few. Any piece of poetry that was fortunate enough to be sung by this singer, came to life in his voice, as nothing else ever before or after him. From the simple, to the truly inspired creations of famous poets, each rendering was as if the singer himself was living the very life that the verse manifested. There may be words to describe the voice and the tone of KL Saigal, but there is no words, no comparison to the vitality and the liveliness that his voice imparted to the words.
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In my series of daily K L Saigal songs, here is another song that is apparently not available on youtube so I had to upload it myself.
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There have been several Hindi movies called “Kurukshetra” and almost all of these movies ended up as obscure movies.
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