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Blog Day:

4355 Post No. : 15674

Hello everyone,

So after what seems like ages, I’m back here with a post.
You can therefore assume it must be a special occasion.
A special anniversary, of an artiste or celebrity.

And it is.

Today is the birthday of the most important celebrity for this blog.
In fact, without this celebrity, the blog would not even have existed.
Yes, I’m talking about Atul himself.

Wish you a very very happy birthday, Atul.
Many happy returns of the day!

Now Atul might not consider himself a celebrity – but for us, he very much is.
I checked the dictionary definition of “celebrity” and there are two definitions
“a famous person, especially in entertainment or sport”
“the state of being well known”.

Atul satisfies BOTH conditions, in the context of this blog.
Ok, so he might not be a celeb in Bollywood yet, he might not make it to Page 3 or gossip columns (or maybe he does, I don’t know!). But if the dictionary definition is satisfied, I am too. 🙂

I don’t know where to start writing from, but I think a journey down memory lane might not be such a bad place to start. Those of you who have heard this before, kindly bear with me.

It all started in the first half of 2005. Probably around April or so.

In those days I was in Holland, and pretty crazy about cricket.
Not the right sport for that country, or the right country for that sport. 🙂
I got no TV coverage of cricket – and I was desperate to discuss cricket with like-minded cricket fans.

Luckily I had internet – so that was a life-saver in this context.

BBC in those days had a forum called BBC  TMS where one could discuss cricket. It was mostly Indians and Pakistanis, so you can imagine the level of discussion and amount of abuse. 🙂 Much of it was deliberately in Hindi, to avoid catching the eye of the forum moderators.

But after a while, they caught on to what was going on – and eventually the forum was shut down.

I then began hunting for other options.
I came across a Pakistani cricket forum which I joined.

It was there that I came across a person who went by the handle of “squarecut” (I think).

Now most of the discussion on the forum was obviously of modern/current cricket (Tendulkar, Wasim Akram etc) but this handle posted on topics of an earlier era – mostly the 1970s. And mostly talking about Indian cricketers of that era – like Vishwanath.

I could immediately relate to this. This was MY era, and I loved to discuss cricket of that era. So I immediately warmed to this person.

What was most remarkable was that his experiences were very similar to mine.
And his posts were also very interesting.

After a while, I got bored of that forum and continued my search for other options.

I came across a new forum, started by a few Indians in the wake of the BBC TMS shutdown.

I was initially a bit unsure of it, but then I saw a familiar handle.
The same “squarecut”.

So I joined that forum.
And for many years, Atul and I (and many other friends we made on that forum) spent many wonderful moments discussing cricket, and a lot of non-cricketing stuff, on that forum.

Anyway, long story – of How I Met Atul.
(Someone needs to make a Netflix series on this. :-))

Continuing (Season-2 of HIMA), the best thing about the forum was that though it was primarily a cricket forum, we could, and would, discuss anything under the sun.

Politics, movies, music, culture, anything.
And since there were people from around the world, it was quite interesting.

It didn’t take long for me to discover that Atul was keen on Hindi songs too.
Bas, phir kya tha?

We set up a section on the forum to discuss just this.
We called it Geetmala, where each person would pick up a topic (Atul picked up “trains” – anyone surprised?) and post 10 or so songs on it.

One day Atul announced that he had just started a blog.
He has always been someone who likes to experiment with things, so this was a sort of experiment for him too.
For nostalgia sake, I checked just now and found that blog still very much intact – it is on the blogroll of this blog.

One of the posts is http://squarecutsblog.blogspot.com/2008_06_01_archive.html .
Dated 1st June 2008.

Having now got some blogging experience, Atul decided to start a new blog where he would discuss one song a day.

And thus, on the 19th  of July 2008, a first post on this “one song a day” blog appeared.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m sorry for this rather elaborate throwback to another era, but since it is Atul’s birthday today, I couldn’t help reminiscing how we first got to know each other.

And oh, we did manage to meet once too.

When Atul was posted in Nagpur, I made a trip to Nagpur to meet him and a common friend (from the cricket forum). My only trip to Nagpur ever.

It was wonderful meeting Atul, and having dinner with him.
We discussed cricket of the 70s, songs and of course this blog.

There are other memories too.
Atul and his special relationship with Bangladesh cricket, for example. 🙂

No mention of Atul would be complete without talking about Atulisms. 🙂

This is a term I coined to refer to Atul’s unique one-liners.

For example, on his first blog referred to above, in an August 2008 piece, he says “Knowing fully well that Indian authorities are not likely to exert themselves in such strenuous tasks like thinking, planning, etc, I have done all the hard work for them.” 🙂

I can go on and on, but I think readers might already be impatient about the length of this post.

So I’m going to go straight to the song now.

As usual, I owe this song to Avinashji. He was in fact the person who requested me to write a post for this occasion, and gave me a choice of a few songs to pick from.

I picked this one – Avinashji has provided the lyrics.

It is a multiple version song from the film ‘Jeevan Rekha’ (1974).

Some more details about the film, provided to me by Avinashji.

“Jeewan Rekhaa-1974” was directed by Nanabhai Bhatt for ‘Nanak Films, Bombay’. It has Pran, Farida Jalal, Tabrez, Jalal Agha, Keshto Mukherjee, Chandrashekhar, Asit Sen, Aparna Choudhari, Vikrant, Jagdish Raj, Ravish Dhillon, Shetty, K.N.Singh, Ajit, Raj Rani, Rajni Bala, Pravin Pal, Polson, Ramlal, Sudarshan Sharma, Kirti Kumar, Kamaldeep, Dev Sharma, Surendra Kohli, Thakur Chhabra, Vikas Bali, Ashok Seth, Prince Shakil, Sagar, Rashid Khan, Master Vijay and others. Manmohan and Fariyal make special appearance in this movie.

This movie has as many as seven songs (including one multiple version song being presented today).
Three lyricist Dev Kohli (four songs), Anjaan (two songs) and Kafil Azar (one song) wrote the lyrics for this movie.
Music was composed by two music directors Suman Raj – three songs and Jagdish J- four songs.

Asha Bhonsle, Mohd Rafi, Manna Dey, Mukesh and Chandrani Mukherjee had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 19.07.1974.

Male version of this song is sung by Manna Dey, the female version by Chandrani Mukherjee.

I vaguely seem to remember a film by this name, but I don’t recall hearing this song before.

When Avinashji sent me the video(s) and I listened to the song, I instantly fell in love with it.

It’s a cheerful and positive song – and I think quite fitting for this occasion – “Geet Hai Ye Zindagi, Gungunaate Aur Gaate Chale Chalo, Chale Chalo”.

Doesn’t this just describe what Atul has been doing with this blog? It seems just perfect for Atul on his birthday. 🙂

So once again, wish you a very happy birthday, Atul. I hope you like this choice of song.

Just want to mention that the composer Jagdish is a totally new name for me. If anyone knows more about him, kindly enlighten me.

And Atul, if I’ve got any facts wrong in this post (my memory isn’t very good) , please let me know. 🙂

Audio – Male Version

Audio – Female Version

Song – Geet Hai Ye Zindagi (Jeevan Rekha) (1974) Singer – Manna Dey, Chandrani Mukherjee, Lyrics – Dev Kohli, MD – Jagdish J

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Male Version

geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo o
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

ise bhi ham se pyaar hai
hamen bhi is’se pyaar hai
ise bhi ham se pyaar hai
hamen bhi is’se pyaar hai
badi madhur ye preet hai
ye preet ki pukaar hai
geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo o
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

ye zindagi ee umang hai
haseen is ka rang hai ae
ye zindagi ee umang hai
haseen is ka rang hai
ye maana is mein dukh bhi hai
khushi bhi is ke sang hai
geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo o
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

hazaar aayen ae mushqilen
jahaan se aagey ae ham chalen ae
hazaar aayen ae mushqilen
jahaan se aagey ae ham chalen ae
ye kah rahe hain raaste
bulaa rahi hain manzilen
geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

laal laa laa laa la laa
laa laa laa laa laa
laa laa laa laa laa
laa laa laa la laal aa

Female Version

geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo o
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

ise bhi ham se pyaar hai
hamen bhi is’se pyaar hai
ise bhi ham se pyaar hai
hamen bhi is’se pyaar hai
badi madhur ye preet hai
ye preet ki pukaar hai
geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo o
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

hazaar aayen ae mushqilen
jahaan se aagey ae ham chalen ae
hazaar aayen ae mushqilen
jahaan se aagey ae ham chalen ae
ye kah rahe hain raaste
bulaa rahi hain manzilen
geet hai ye zindagi
geet hai ye zindagi
gungunaate aur gaate
chaley chalo
chaley chalo
geet hai ye zindagi

laal laa laa laa la laa
laa laa laa laa laa
laa laa laa laa laa
laa laa laa la laal aa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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पुरुष स्वर

गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

इसे भी हम से प्यार है
हमें भी इससे प्यार है
इसे भी हम से प्यार है
हमें भी इससे प्यार है
बड़ी मधुर हए प्रीत है
ये प्रीत की पुकार है
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

ये ज़िन्दगी उमंग है
हसीं इसका रंग है ए
ये ज़िन्दगी उमंग है
हसीन इसका रंग है ए
ये माना इसमें दुःख भी है
ख़ुशी भी इसके संग है
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

हज़ार आयें ए मुश्किलें
जहां से आगे ए हम चलें ए
हज़ार आयें ए मुश्किलें
जहां से आगे ए हम चलें ए
ये कह रहें हैं रास्तें
बुला रही है मंजिलें
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

ला ला ला ला ल ला
ला ला ला ला ला
ला ला ला ला ला
ला ला ला ल ला आ

महिला स्वर

गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

इसे भी हम से प्यार है
हमें भी इससे प्यार है
इसे भी हम से प्यार है
हमें भी इससे प्यार है
बड़ी मधुर हए प्रीत है
ये प्रीत की पुकार है
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

हज़ार आयें ए मुश्किलें
जहां से आगे ए हम चलें ए
हज़ार आयें ए मुश्किलें
जहां से आगे ए हम चलें ए
ये कह रहें हैं रास्तें
बुला रही है मंजिलें
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी
गुनगुनाते और गाते
चले चलो ओ
चले चलो
गीत है ये ज़िन्दगी

ला ला ला ला ल ला
ला ला ला ला ला
ला ला ला ला ला
ला ला ला ल ला आ


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.

Blog Day :

4314 Post No. : 15593 Movie Count :

4293

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Hindi songs in Bangla Films: 27
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One of the many Bangla films in which Uttam Kumar paired with Supriya Devi was ‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970). The film was directed by Agragami. The star cast included Uttam Kumar, Supriya Devi, Nirmal Kumar, Deepa Chatterjee, Asit Baran, Tarun Kumar, Bimal Mitra etc. I have watched the film with English sub-titles on an OTT platform.  The film’s English sub-titles are not as good as they ought to be. They are also not properly synchronized with the scenes. Within these limitations, I could make out the story of the film as under:

Mriganka (Uttam Kumar), an upcoming painter, falls in love with Aditi (Supriya Devi), the singer during their college days. After the completion of college, they decide to get married. Aditi belongs to Christian family with a good financial status in the society whereas Mriganka belongs to an orthodox Hindu middle class family. There is opposition from both the families due to different religious and social status. Both of them get married against the wishes of their respective family. However, Aditi’s father gives some initial financial support to set up the house and also send with them Judith (Deepa Chatterjee), an orphan who has been staying with Aditi’s family since childhood, to support the newly married couple in household work.

With the help of the initial financial support from Aditi’s father, Mriganka gets a large house at a very high rent. He also furnishes the house by buying costly furniture and fixtures. In a short period of their marriage, Mriganka has spent all the money his father-in-law has given to his daughter. He has no income as he is yet to establish himself as a painter of repute. Hence his paintings remain unsold in the exhibitions. Soon, there is a financial crisis for the newly married couple.

Both Mriganka and Aditi meet their common friend Subroto (Nirmal Kumar) to get his guidance as to how to come out of their financial mess. Based on his advice, they move to a smaller house to reduce the rent outgo. Aditi who has been trained in Hindustani classical music decides to take singing as a career and becomes the radio singer. She earns her fees but not enough to run the house. Mriganka is not able to sell his paintings. So, Subroto helps him getting a job in the office. However, being a painter at heart, office work does not interest him. Within short time, he leaves the office job.

In the meanwhile, Aditi has become a famous singer. The gramophone records of her songs are sold like hot cake. She becomes very busy in her singing assignments. She has now become a celebrity. Both are now comfortable on their financial front. However, Mriganka is not able to sell any of his paintings despite getting favourable critical reviews of his paintings. He is not prepared to compromise on the subject of his paintings by which the art lovers can be enticed. Out of frustration, there is constant frictions between Mriganka and Aditi on trivial issues. Mriganka who has been a teetotaler and a non-smoker becomes an alcoholic.  The matter reaches a stage when Aditi misunderstands Mriganka in the company of a female model in her house as a muse for his painting. In the background of intense arguments, Mriganka decides to leave the house. Eventually, Mriganka and Aditi get divorce.

While Aditi’s singing career is on the upper trajectory, Mriganka’s luck is not in his favour. He decides to try his luck out of India by participating in the painting exhibitions in Europe. Despite having differences with his father, Mariganka was fortunate that at the time of the death, his father has left him   his share of savings which has come handy now to finance his trip to Europe. However, Mriganka returns to India without any success in Europe. His health has already started deteriorating forcing him to give up painting.

One day, while coming out of the church, Judith sees Mriganka walking on the road looking very sick. She takes him to her house and nurses him for few days until he recovers from his ill health. Even after that Judith visits Mriganka’s house daily to take care of his food and other daily routine. This information gets passed on to Aditi when Subroto meets her. She gets upset over the ‘scandalous’ relations between Judith and Mriganka but dismisses this information as of no concern to her.

Mriganka gets married to Judith and he is back to painting due to her encouragement. But at the back of her mind, Judith feels that she is indirectly responsible for the separation of Aditi and Mriganka as she had given a false testimony to the divorce court that she had affairs with Mriganka in order to hasten the divorce proceedings under instructions from him. Judith suffers a miscarriage and she dies in the hospital. Aditi attends the burial of Judith where Mriganka and his friend Subroto are present.

The film ends with a scene in which Aditi and Mriganka come out of the burial ground. He is about to go his way when Aditi stops him. Mriganka crosses the road with the support of Aditi holding his hand.

This film is one more example in Bangla films of ending scene being indeterminate leaving it to the audience to interpret in their own way. The first interpretation could be that it was a mere courtesy to help Mriganka to cross the road and drop him in his house in her car. Another interpretation could be that by supporting him to cross the road by holding his hand, they are united as a couple. The third interpretation which looks more probable to me is that Aditi has decided to extend her emotional support to Mriganka after the death of Judith and they remain friends.

At the outset, I thought that the story of the film is akin to Hindi film ‘Abhimaan’ (1973) in which the husband and wife who are professional singers get separated because of ego clashes. But at the end, there is an emotional reunion between the two.

In my view, in ‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970), there are no explicit ego clashes between their respective professions or between man and woman.  Even if it is there, the director has kept that at the low key. The friction points between Mriganka and Aditi arise because the former is not able to spend much time with the latter as she is quite busy in her professional work. Aditi has problem with Mriganka because he spends money on things which are not priorities like alcohol when his own earnings are not enough to get two meals a day. Neither Mriganka has problem with Aditi’s professional pursuit nor Aditi is concerned about Mriganka not able to earn income.

In the height of their frictions, it is Mriganka who decides to go for divorce to give Aditi the space in her professional pursuit. He also knows that she will not divorce him. So, he creates an impression that he has affairs with Judith to get the divorce faster. In sums, I feel that the director has handled the subject with delicate balance, avoiding the label of a feminist to Aditi and a male chauvinist to Mriganka.

‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970) has 5 songs of which one is in Hindi. The song which I am presenting is “Mann Kahaan Laago Mora Chain Ganwaayi Diyo Re’ which is a duet sung by Manna Dey and Aarti Mukherjee. The song is written by Gulzar which is set to music by Nachiketa Ghosh.

The situation of the song is that after becoming popular singer in Bangla songs, a new music director has taken Aditi for the first time to sing a Hindi song to test it in the market. His idea is that if successful, he wants her to accompany him to Mumbai to make her popular in Hindi songs which will also benefit the music director in pursuing his career in Mumbai. However, with so much happening with her in personal front, Aditi finally declines to move out of Kolkata. In real life also, Supriya Devi, after working in Mumbai for 3 films – Begaana’ (1963), ‘Aap Ki Parchhaayian’ (1964) and ‘Door Gagan Ki Chhaaon Mein’ (1964), she bid farewell to Bollywood. It is said that she refused Raj Kapoor’s offer to her of a role in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) which eventually went to Simi.

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Mann Kahaan Laago Mora Chain Gawaai Diyo Re (Bilambita Loy)(Bangla) (1970) Singer – Manna Dey, Aarti Mukherji, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Nachiketa Ghosh
Manna Dey + Aarti Mukherji

Lyrics

taap chadhe to
baid bulaayi ke. . .
tan ke rog utaare
arre mann ka rog na jaaye raama
laakh jatan kar haare

 
mann kahaan laago
aiyyo. . .
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
nain laage
bairi naina
nain laage
bairi naina
raat jagaayi diyo re ae
mann kahaan laago
ho o
arre mann kahaan laago  
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .

kehte naina
sunte naina
preet ki andhi do batiyaan
haan
jhooth si kaari
laagi raama
veham se lambi
ye ratiyaan
kaisa rog lagaayi diyo re. . .
o mann kahaan laago
uyi ammaa
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .
ae ae ae ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
 
kaahe chhalken
bheegi phalken
rote hanste sapanon mein
rog lage hai
jogan jaisi
do sansaari akhiyon mein
kaun ye paath padhaayi gayo re..
mann kahaan laago
haaye
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .
ae ae ae ae ae

mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
nain laage
bairi naina
nain laage
bairi naina
raat jagaayi diyo re ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
hey ae ae ae ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ताप चढ़े तो
बैद बुलाइ के॰ ॰ ॰
तन के रोग उतारे
अरे मन का रोग ना जाये रामा
लाख जतन कर हारे

मन कहाँ लागो
अइओ॰ ॰ ॰
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
रात जगाई दियो रे
हो ओ
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰

कहते नैना
सुनते नैना
प्रीत की अंधी दो बतियाँ
हाँ
झूठ सी कारी
लागि रामा
वहम से लंबी
ये रतियाँ
कैसा रोग लगाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ओ मन कहाँ लागो
ऊई अम्मा
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ए ए ए ए
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे

काहे छलकें
भीगी पलकें
रोते हँसते सपनों में
रोग लगे है
जोगन जैसी
दो संसारी अखियों में
कौन ये पाठ पढ़ाई गयो रे॰ ॰ ॰
मन कहाँ लागो
हाए
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ए ए ए ए ए

मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
रात जगाई दियो रे
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
हे ए ए ए ए ए
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे


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Imagine, a tall and lanky young man from India, trained to be a wrestler, and a state level sportsman from Bengal, appearing in the Indian contingent at the Olympics in 1936 / 1940 / 1944. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the Olympics of 1940 and 1944 were cancelled due to the ongoing World War II. Had there been peace in the world during those years, maybe the course of history of the Hindi film music may have been different.

Well OK, the previous paragraph is quite speculative. But yes, the fact is that in his younger years, PC Dey was much more inclined towards body building and wrestling. Trained by one Gorobabu, a pehalwan of repute in Bengal, he represented his institution, Vidyasagar College of Calcutta (now Kolkata) at the state level championships and reached the finals in his category. Never mind that his uncle, the renowned KC Dey, would continue to press him to take his music training more seriously. But that was not to be so. Well, for some time at least.

The young Prabodh Chandra developed weakness in his eyesight, which became a handicap in continuing his proposed career as a wrestler. Getting into the wrestling ring with eyeglasses was never a good option. And so, this vision problem coupled with the second World War eventually decided the career path for this young man. And that, to the greater gain and benefit for the music lovers of this country.

Remembering Manna Dey, the stalwart singer of Indian film industry, on the 101st anniversary of his birth today. Born in 1919, we celebrate it today in 2020.

His uncle, KC Dey would goad him, guide him and train him with a vision to for Manna Da to become one of the top singers in the country. In 1942, KC Dey was preparing music for the film ‘Tamanna’. He called upon his nephew to sing a duet with Suraiya – “Jaago Aayee Usha. . .”. With this song, the film career of Manna Dey was launched.

A little time later, Vijay Bhatt and Shankar Rao Vyas approached KC Dey to request him for playback singing in their upcoming film – ‘Ram Rajya’ (1943). Understandably, KC Dey declined the offer, since he would never give playback to any other actor. Providence would have it that the young Manna was also in the room at that time. Vijay Bhatt then directed his attention to the nephew singer. The consent was given and the agreement was in place. Manna Dey would sing for Shankar Rao Vyas in this upcoming film. The song “Tyagmayi Tu Gayi. . .” is the first solo song recorded by Manna Da.

More recordings followed. And then we come to 1950, and the film ‘Mashaal’. The song is “Upar Gagan Vishal“. Manna Dey, and his voice have arrived on to the Hindi film stage.

But then, yes, there is more to his voice than just the film songs. There is a wonderful set of non-film songs that he has recorded during his career. I bring to attention this endearingly beautiful piece, that is written by Madhukar Rajasthani. The music composition is by Manna Da himself. A wondrous song of the first tryst between the lovers. So less words, so short and sweet. And yet, the entire saga of that encounter is ensconced in this brief song of two antaraas. A small pearl from the nose pin of the damsel, gets loose and is lost. And the poet says,

kajraari akhiyaan
reh gayin roti re. . .

Beautiful, simply delightful – that is the softness of this singing voice. Manna Dey – at 101.


Song – Sajni. . . Nathli Se Toota Moti Re (Manna Dey – NFS) (1982) Singer – Manna Dey, Lyrics – Madhukar Rajasthani, MD – Manna Dey

Lyrics

sajni..ee

sajni..ee

nathli se toota moti re
nathli se toota moti re
kajraari akhiyaan
reh gayin roti re
kajraari akhiyaan
reh gayin roti re
nathli se toota moti re
sajni..ee
nathli se toota moti re

roop ki agiya
ang mein laagi
ang mein laagi
kaise chhupaa..aaye
laaj abhaagi
laaj abhaagi
manwa. . .
kehta. . .
bhor kabhi na hoti re
kajraari akhiyaan
reh gayin roti re
nathli se toota moti re

bholi dulhaniya
palken jhukaaye
palken jhukaaye
ghunghatwa mein
sehme lajaaye
sehme lajaaye
balmaa..aa
padhaaye
preet ki pehli pothi re
kajraari akhiyaan
reh gayin roti re
nathli se toota moti re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सजनी॰॰ई

सजनी॰॰ई

नथली से टूटा मोती रे
नथली से टूटा मोती रे
कजरारी अखियाँ
रह गईं रोती रे
कजरारी अखियाँ
रह गईं रोती रे
नथली से टूटा मोती रे
सजनी॰॰ई
नथली से टूटा मोती रे

रूप की अगिया
अंग में लागि
अंग में लागि
कैसे छुपा॰॰आए
लाज अभागी
लाज अभागी
मनवा॰ ॰ ॰
कहता॰ ॰ ॰
भोर कभी ना होती रे
कजरारी अखियाँ
रह गईं रोती रे
नथली से टूटा मोती रे

भोली दुलहनीया
पलकें झुकाये
पलकें झुकाये
घूंघटवा में॰ ॰ ॰
सहमे लजाये
सहमे लजाये
बलमा॰॰आ
पढ़ाये
प्रीत की पहली पोथी रे
कजरारी अखियाँ
रह गईं रोती रे
नथली से टूटा मोती रे


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Hindi songs in Bangla Films: 26
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Mumbai has been the leading Hindi film production centre in India ever since Dadasaheb Phalke produced the first silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913. After the release of India’s first talkie ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931, many more film production companies were set up in Mumbai, some of them owning the studios. The outdoor shootings, if any, in the initial stages of talkie films were done mostly in around Mumbai. It was quite natural that stories of some Hindi films would have Mumbai as the background portraying the many facets of the city. Obviously, in such films, there would be scenes from Mumbai and possibly one ‘Bombay-centric’ song.

The earliest Hindi film in which I found a song with Bombay (now Mumbai) as the theme is Bambai Ko Chalo Bambai Ko from ‘Kirti’ (1942) written by Pandit Phani. The song talks about Boribunder station (now Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), dhuen waali ghaadi (steam engine train), Bambai Ki Sethani, Kalkate ke babu, Marwaad ki rani, Kashi ke sadhu etc. In short, the song gives a glimpse of cosmopolitan character of Mumbai.

In the 1950s, there were two songs which, I feel, are quintessential of Mumbai even now. The first is, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan Ye Hai Bombay Meri Jaan from ‘CID’ (1956) written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. At the outset, song would appear to be a fun song. But a closer look at the lyrics of the song would reveal that behind the fun, there is sarcasm. For example:

kahin building kahin traame, kahin motor, kahin mill
miltaa hai yahaan sab kuchh ik miltaa nahin dil
insaan kaa nahin kahin naam-o-nishaan

[Everything is available in Mumbai except love and humanity.]

Another example of sarcasm in the song:

kahin satta, kahin patta, kahin chori kahin race
kahin daaka, kahin faaka, kahin thokar, kahin thes
bekaaron ke hain kayi kaam yahaan

[There are many works available like gambling, pick-pocketing, burglary, horse racing etc. There is no dearth of employment for unemployed.]

But at the end, the song turns from the sarcasm to the theory of ‘karma’:

buraa duniyaa jo hai kahtaa aisaa bholaa tu na ban
jo hai kartaa wo hai bhartaa ye yahaan kaa hai chalan
dadagiri nahin milne ki yahaan

[By telling that the world is bad, one does not become good. Here, the motto is that one who works get the fruits of his work. Bullying will not fetch anything.]

The second song of 1950s I am referring to is about the flight of the homeless in Mumbai. The song does not have specific reference to Mumbai in its lyrics but the word ‘Boribunder’ in the lyrics is the indication as to which city the song is referring to. It is an iconic song, Cheen O Arab Hamaara Hindustan Hamaara from ‘Phir Subah Hogi’ (1958) which was written by Sahir Ludhianvi. Just three lines from the song sums of the problems of homeless in Mumbai in a sarcastic way:

rehne ko ghar nahin hai
saaraa jahaan hamaara
Hindustan hamaara

There are also songs like Jiska Joota Usi Ka Sar, Dil Hai Chhota Bada Shahar, Wah Re Wah Re Teri Bambai from ‘Guest House’ (1959) written by Prem Dhawan and Ye Bambai Shahar Ka Bada Naam Hai from ‘Kya Ye Bombay Hai’ (1959) written by Noor Devasi. Both the songs describe the life in Mumbai from different perspectives. Then there is a fun song, Ye Haseen Bambai Apne Ko To Jam Gayi from ‘Holiday in Bombay’ (1963) written by Anjaan and “Bambai Hamaari Bambai Ye Rajdulaari Bambai” from ‘Street Singer’ (1966) written by Hasrat Jaipuri.

As we come to 1970s, with the exponential growth of Mumbai as a business and commercial hub of India, Mumbai became one of the major preferred cities for migrant workers. The problems faced by migrants in Mumbai has been beautifully expressed in the song Seene Mein Jalan Aankhon Mein Toofaan Sa Kyon Hai from ‘Gaman’ (1978) written by Shahryar. The problem of finding homes for the middle class people in Mumbai who spent their bachelorhood in staying as paying guests is depicted in the song Do Deewaane Shahar Mein, Raat Mein Ya Dophar Mein, Aab O Daana Dhoondhte Hain Ek Aashiyaanaa Dhoondhte Hain from ‘Gharoanda’ (1977), written by Gulzar.

There are other ‘Bombay-centric’ songs in Hindi films which are mostly fun songs. One of the popular songs under this category is Ee Hai Bambai Nagariya Tu Dekh Babuaa from ‘Don’ (1978) written by Anjaan. I have not checked much about the songs on Mumbai in the 1980s and thereafter. But one song whose lyrics stand true to most of the migrants to Mumbai including those who came here to fulfil their dream of becoming artist in Hindi films is from an ‘off the mainstream’ film ‘Sankat City’ (2009). The apt song is “Mumbai One-Way Nagari Hai”.

All the ‘Bombay-centric’ songs I have enumerated above are from Hindi films. It was a pleasant surprise for me when I found one such Hindi song in Bangla film ‘Dui Bechaara’ (1960). The ‘Bombay’ song is “Karo Na Phere Gali Ke Mere Hanso Na Bolo Ji” sung by Geeta Dutt and Manna Dey. The song is written by Gulzar which is set to music by Bhupen Hazarika.

The film is not available for viewing. So it is difficult to visualise the situation of the song in the film. Probably, it could well be a stage song.

Audio Clip:

Song – Karo Na Phere Gali Ke Mere Hato Na Bolo Jee (Dui Bechaare) (Bangla) (1960) Singers – Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Bhupen Hazarika
Both

Lyrics

karo na phere gali ke mere
hato na bolo ji
haay
jigar jalaa ke nazar churaa ke
kahaan chale ho ji

arre karo na phere gali ke mere
hato na bolo ji
aji jigar jalaa ke nazar churaa ke
kahaan chale ho ji

bahaane lagaaye toone
dekhi na Bambai teri
bahaane lagaaye toone
dekhi na Bambai teri
bura hai bigadna hamse
chalo aise roothho na
chalo dikhaa doon tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

puraana hai Boribunder
adda chor uchakkon kaa
puraana hai Boribundar
adda chor uchakkon kaa

badaa naam chori chakkar
rela dhool aur dhakkon kaa
badaa naam chori chakkar
rela dhool aur dhakkon kaa
aji chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

o o o
anokhe tamaashe iske
kaisi ye Bambai teri
chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

kinaare pe chaupati ke filmy pariyaan ghoomen
kinaare pe chaupati ke filmy pariyaan ghoomen
kahaan ko chale tum itni pahan ke oonchi patloonen
kahaan ko chale tum itni pahan ke oonchi patloonen
aji chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

o o o o
anokhe tamaashe iske
kaisi ye Bambai teri
chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

sharam bhi yahaan sharmaaye phere maari maari
sharam bhi yahaan sharmaaye phere maari maari

samundar mein dooben jaake maari baari baari
samundar mein dooben jaake maari baari baari
chalo main haari nakal hai saari
ajab shahar Bambai
ajji kaha thhaa hamne suna na tumne
chalo chhodo Bambai

chalo chalo chhodo Bambai
chalo chalo chhodo Bambai
chalo chalo chhodo Bambai


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“Gopichand”(1958) was produced by Ishwarlal and Prabhudas K Tanna and directed by Ishwarlal for Vasundhara Chitra, Bombay. This mythological movie had Shahu Modak, Shyama, B M Vyas, Prem Adib, Paro, Sundar, Malay Sarkar, Kesari, Salvi, Durga Khote etc in it.

This obscure movie had eight obscure songs in it.

Today (1 may 2020) is the 101st birth anniversary of Manna Dey (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013). On this occasion, here is a song from “Gopichand”(1958). This song is sung by Manna Dey. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Avinash Vyas.

Only the audio of this philosophical song is available. Seeing that Manna Dey was the only male playback singer in this movie, he may have sung this song for the main actor of the movie, namely Shahu Modak.

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.

Listening to this philosophical song has calming infuence on the senses. It is just the kind of song that one would like to listen to in view of the recent bereavements in the film industry.

With this song, “Gopichand”(1958) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Teri duniya maati ki re (Gopichand)(1958) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

o o
teri duniya maati ki re ae
teri duniya maati ki re
maati ki ye kaaya
tu hi jaane alakh niranjan
is maati ki maaya re ae
is maati ki maaya
alakh niranjan
alakh niranjan
alakh niranjan

o jagat baagh ke maali ee ee ee
o jagat baagh ke maali
tu kare sabki rakhwaali
phir kaahe ujad ke
kul se bichhad ke
roye re tu nidaali ee ee ee

khile phool murjhaaye ae ae
khile phool murjhaaye
ye kyun bina khile murjhaaya aa
bina khile murjhaaya
tu hi jaane alakh niranjan
is maati ki maaya re
is maati ki maaya
teri duniya maati ki re ae
alakh niranjan
alakh niranjan

tu hi sabka paalanhaara
tu hi praan ka daata aa aa
ham sab hain santaan teri
tu parampita kehlaata aa
tu hai paalak
ye hai baalak
tu hai paalak
ye hai baalak
tu jyoti ye chhaaya
tu hi jaane alakh niranjan
is maati ki maaya re
is maati ki maaya
teri duniya maati ki re ae ae
teri duniya maati ki re
maati ki ye kaaya
tu hi jaane alakh niranjan
is maati ki maaya re
is maati ki maaya
teri duniya maati ki re


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4302 Post No. : 15566

Today’s song is from film Ram Vivah-49. This is a duet song by Manna Dey and Geeta Roy. This is the first ever duet of these singers, in their career.

Geeta, who debuted via a chorus song in 1946, won some fame with her songs in film Do Bhai-47, with music by S D Burman. However till about 1950 or so, she was still struggling to make a place in the film line. She had to compete with singers like Lata and Asha as well as Shamshad, Amirbai and Zohrabai too. Manna Dey was an occasional singer, struggling very hard to get established as either a singer or a Music Director. Good sense prevailed and he realised that singing was his forte and he concentrated on it,later. He is one of my favourite singers, who had all the merit and talent, but not a strong Luck ! He became a preferred singer for composers, whenever a Bhajan, religious song or a high pitched song was to be sung.

Film Ram Vivah-49 was was produced by Prem Adib Productions and it was the only film directed by him ever. This film came after the eminently flop film Raambaan-48, made by Prakash pictures. Actually, it was Prakash pictures who had earlier made two very successful film on Ramayan stories, namely Bharat Bhet-42 and Ramrajya-43. Enthused with the success of these two films, Prakash decided to complete Triology with one more film on Ram and Seeta. They waited for 5 years and then made Raambaan-48. The glaring mistake they made was in the film story. The first two films were largely true to the original Valmiki Ramayan. While making Raambaan, they employed their story department authors-Mohan lal Dave and Pt.Girish. They messed up with the story and made it into a poor and distorted version of Ramkatha. This caused the failure of film Raambaan-48.

Learning a lesson from this, Prem Adib stuck to the original Valmiki Ramayan. In fact the Credits show Valmiki’s name for ‘ Story ‘. Additionally, the cast consisted of almost same team with Prem Adib, Shobhana Samarth, Jeevan, Umakant, Shanta Kumari and others. Music director was Shankar rao Vyas and Lyricist was Moti, B.A. (actually he was an M.A.).

The lead pair of Prem Adib and Shobhana Samarth had become extremely popular all over the country as Ram and Seeta, after their two films Bharat Milap and Ram Rajya. These two actors came together first time in film Industrial India-1938. After this they worked in 11 more films plus one more film Ramayan-54, which was concocted by joining parts of 3 films made by Prakash Pictures on Ram and Seeta. After film Rambaan-48, Prakash films focused on social and musical films and made memorable films like Baiju Bawra-52 and Gunj Uthi Shehnai-59.

The stories of Rama and offshoots of Ramayana have always inspired film makers. Mahabharat too did the same. In Hindi language alone, films on Rama stories are around 25 ( not counting obvious other films like Ram aur Shyam, Ram Lakhan or Ram Balram etc.). Practically, in every Indian language and dialects, Nepalese and Sinhalese Ram films are made. However, the kind of fame,popularity and the Box office returns, Film Ram Rajya-43 earned is beyond imagination. Calendars from 1944 to 1950 featured Shobhana and Prem as Ram and Seeta. Wherever these stars went they were mobbed and people used to touch their feet, as Ram and Seeta.

Ramayan and Mahabharata are the two major Religious Epics for Indians. Ramayana has been popular and wide spread all over the Eastern World. There are in all 300 versions of Ramayana. These include the original Valmiki Ramayan and few other major Indian language Versions like Kamban’s Ramavataram in Tamil and Rangnathan’s Ramayana in Telugu. Then there is Ramayan Manjiri in NE and Bengal version. There is a Jain version too.Besides Ramayana in every Indian language and many dialects with scripts, there are Ramayana Versions in Burma, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thialand, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam and China. All these versions total upto 300 in number.

Actor Umakant played the role of Laxman even in this film. In all he played this role in 7 films. Similarly, actor Jeevan, who first time played the role of Narad in Bharat Milap-42, played Narad in almost 100 films in his career ( it was like Jagdish Raj playing role of Police Inspector or Iftekhar playing Police Commissioner or Murad playing a court Judge in Hindi films).

In my last post (on film Bharat Milap-42), I had mentioned about difficulty in getting information on practically unknown actors.This is a major problem for people ,like me, who are students of vintage films and its people. Another big problem is “same name confusion”, caused by artistes having similar sounding names . In early cinema era as we all know, most artistes came form lower strata of society as members of respectable families were not ready to join this ‘ lowly’ film line. This applied mostly for women folk. Among these families of Tawayafs and singers, there were limited names recycled. Some examples are Noorjehan, Khursheed, Zubeida, Shehzadi, Naseem etc etc. This caused problems and confusions. This problems was also among Male artistes at a lesser rate. Names like Asit Sen, N Datta, Rajkumar, Shyam etc are some examples. It was not restricted to Muslim artistes only. There are examples like Nalini, Leela, Ranjana, Rajkumari etc . I would say the ratio was 60:40 for females and Males.

At one given time, there were as many as 8 to 10 Nalinis working in films. Similarly there were several Shantas in films. Few examples are Shanta Apte, Shanta Hublikar, Shanta Mujumdar, Shanta kumari (stuntwali), Shanta kumari (Socialwali),Shanta Patel etc. Luckily, there was no Same name confusion, as these Shantas were using their surnames. Shanta Mujumdar acted only in Prabhat bilingual films. She later married writer Pt. Mukhram Sharma. Shanta kumari and Shanta Patel were stunt actresses. Socialwali Shanta kumari stopped working in 1936…before stuntwali came in. Socialwali married and became Shanta Kothari and worked in 3 films with this name.

Today, we will know more about Shanta Kothari (nee Shanta kumari), who acted as Kaushalya in 3 films after marriage. She is one of those artistes about whom information had to be culled from multiple sources, with great efforts. She was born in 1904 in a large family. Her father Motilal was Principal of a college, but mother was a Tawayef. She studied in English medium. After father’s death, her mother started teaching her dancing and singing. Soon she was singing for customers.

She was very beautiful looking. She entered film line at the age of 16 years, i.e. in 1920. She acted in Silent films made by various companies like Sharada, Great Eastern,Ranjit, kohinoor, Shri krishna film co and krishnatone etc.Some of her silent films were, Kala pahad-27, with master Vithal, Bhai ya kasai-28,Pilgrims of Love-29, Kumud Kumari-29, Prince Charming-30 with E.Billimoria and Castles in the air-30. Other films were Loves of Mughal Prince, Drums of Love, Pyari Jogan, Pardesi Sainya, Prem yatra, Rasili Radha, Maujeli Mashuqa, Shaikh Chilli etc etc. In 1930 she went to Calcutta and worked in film Shrikant also.

Due to her good looks, dancing and singing skills,she effortlessly entered Talkie film era. Her first talkie was krishn Cinetone’s Heer Ranjha-31. It was followed by Chintamani-31,Krishnavatar-32, Lanka Dahan-33, Hatim Tai-1-33, Simhasan-34, Sant Tulsidas-34, Kashmeera-34, Aaj kal-34, Bal hatya and Prem yatri-36. She sang on A.I.R. Bombay frequently. In film Sant Tulsidas, she sang equally with a stalwart like G.N.Joshi, with ease. She sang 21 songs in 8 films in her career.

She took a break from films and she got married to Sound Recordist Kothari. She became Shanta Shantaram Kothari after marriage.In 1941, when film Bharat Milap was being planned, Prakash Pictures requested and she worked in that film as well as Ramrajya-43 in the role of Kaushalya. After 5 years when Prem Adib requested, she again worked in film Ram Vivah-49. However, she stopped films after that.

I could not get further information about her after this period, but we have all information about her film career. (For information used here, I thank Isuru Udayanga Kariyavasam, V.S.Nigam’s article on http://www.medium.com, books- Beete kal ke sitare-S.Tamrakar, Early Hindustani talkies-P.Kamalakar, muVyz.com, CITWF, HFGK and my notes)

The Music Director of film Ram Vivah-49 was Shankar Rao Vyas. After the success of films ‘ Narsi Bhagat-40’ and ‘ Bharata Milap-42’, Vyas rode on the Pinnacle of his career with the popularity of Ramrajya songs. Vyas was a very hard working person. Once while recording songs of film ‘ Vikramaditya’-45, he needed Echo effect in the song ‘ Om Jai Jai Shankar’. In those days, the recording studios were not equipped with such facilities. Vyas searched and found out a Temple having a big Dome in the obscure suburb Jogeshwari in Bombay and recorded this song in that Temple at 2 am in the midnight when it was very quiet !

Ramrajya-43 was the most successful musical film of that era. When Prakash Pictures planned to produce Ramrajya again in 1967, the MD was Vasant Desai. Before recording film’s first song Desai garlanded the photo of Shankar Rao Vyas and then only started the work, seeking his Blessings. Ramrajya had also the distinction of being the only film in the world which Mahatma Gandhi saw in his life. It is said that he was pleased with its songs very much.

Prof. Shankarrao Vyas (1898-1956) was born in Kolhapur on 23-1-1898. His father Ganeshpant was a well known Keertankar and Puranik! So, he was brought up in the religious and musical environment. Unfortunately, Ganeshpant died when Shankar was seven years old. His paternal uncle brought him up for few years. His maternal uncle (Mama) noticed his inclination towards music and enrolled him in the ‘gurukul’ of Maharaj (Pandit) Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.

In those days, students had to sign a bond with the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Training period would last 8-10 years and the student would become all-rounder in every field related to music. Thus, Shankar Rao spent nine years in this gurukul, earned ‘Sangeet Pravin’ degree and gold medal for overall development. With the suggestion of guruji, he worked in Lahore vidyalaya for few years.
In 1931, he moved to Ahmadabad for establishing branch of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He was an expert not only in vocal music, but could play and repair many instruments including sitar, jaltarang and mendolin. He would conduct orchestra consisting of Indian and western instruments. He was also a very good composer and wrote several bandishes. He was the key person in planning music section of national (Rashtriya) schools: an idea originated by Gandhiji in Ahmadabad.

In 1935, he left Ahmadabad and settled in Bombay. He founded school for music education at Dadar, just outside the western railway station. ‘Vyas Sangeet Vidyalaya’. It is still functioning at this place. His brother Narayanrao Vyas and brother in law Vasantrao Rajopadhye also joined him in this noble cause. Around 1930/31, HMV Company invited both Vyas brothers for recordings and they cut over 200 songs (100 discs) until about 1938. He also cut few orchestral records under ‘Vyas Brothers’ banner playing pure classical ragas. These records were best sellers and company had printed their photographs on record catalogues.

This period was also the beginning of talkie films. Shankar Rao composed music for Hindi (35), Marathi (5), and Gujrathi (3) films from 1937-1955. His first film as a composer was ‘ His Highness’ -37 and the last was ‘ Baal Ramayan’ -released in 56. He also composed background music for fifteen films. Most of his films were based on religious or mythological themes. He also taught music to non-singing actors such as Sardar Akhtar and Shirin Bano. His most famous musical films were – Narsi Bhagat (1940), Bharat Bhet (1941), Ram Rajya (1943, in Hindi and Marathi). Saraswati Rane sung ‘Beena madhur madhur kachu bol’ in raga Bhimpalas in Hindi film ‘Ram Rajya’ and this song became popular throughout India. This was the only film that Gandhji watched in cinema hall and was much impressed with the music. Songs from Marathi version of ‘Ram Rajya’ viz. ‘Sujanho parisa ramkatha’ and ‘Ladkya raanila lagale dohale’ are shown on TV even today.

He was very busy in many fields as a composer, Principal of his music school, author of articles and bandishes, President of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and founder editor of ‘Sangeet Kala Vihar’ magazine (founded in 1947) of Vidyalaya that is published even today. He passed away at Ahmadabad on 17-12- 1956. He has sung couple of abhangs of Saint Tukaram. These are available on HMV records. Record P 13454 published in 1931 has a sweet abhang – ‘Roopi guntale lochan, charani sthiravale mana’.

Today’s song indicates that Shankarrao Vyas tried hard to be with the changing tastes of his audience. The song has a faster tune and music.


Song-Dhanya Dhanya hai Avadhpuri (Raam Vivaah)(1949) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Lyricist- Moti B A, MD- Shankarrao Vyas
Both

Lyrics

Dhanya dhanya hai avadhpuri
Dhanya wahaan ki phulwaari
Jahaan Raam ne janam liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari ee
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Avadhpuri ke uttar dish
Saryu ki dhaara behti hai
Raaja Dashrath raaj karen aur
Praja chain se rehti hai ae
Praja chain se rehti hai

Ann dhan se bharpoor Ayodhya
Teen lok se hai nyaari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Chham chham karti chali kaamini
Hai solah singaar kiye
Aankhon mein sansaar liye
Haathon mein sundar haar liye
Satvanti hain sabhi naariyaan
Sat par apne balihaari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari

Raam Lakhan aur Bharat
Shatrughan
Chaar ratn hain raaja ke
Jinmein sabse bade raam hain
Pran piyaare parja ke ae
Pran piyaare parja ke
Raam liye dhanu-baan raakshason ke
Marne ki hai baari

Jahaan Raam ne janm liya hai
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari ee
Dhanya wahaan ke nar naari


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4299 Post No. : 15558

“Baaraat”(1960) was produced and directed by K Amarnath for K Amarnath Productions, Bombay. This “social” movie had Ajit, Shakila, Mukri, Salim, Protima Devi, Murad, Shalini, Brahm Bhardwaj, Gulnar, Pandey, Amrit Rana, Ravikant, Sheila Kashmiri, Sajjan etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Six of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the seventh song from “Baaraat”(1960) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Rafi and Manna Dey. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

The song is picturised on Ajit and Mukri who are seen trading their wares namely Tel maalish and boot polish respectively in prime location of Mumbai, viz in front of Hotel Taj. 🙂

Video has one stanza less. The audio contains the full song.

Video

Audio

Song-O baabu tel maalish karaa lo boot polish(Baaraat)(1960) Singers-Rafi, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

o baabu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish
o baabu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish
phool se halka sar ho jaaye tel maalish
darpan jaisa joota chamke boot polish
o baabu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish
o baabu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish

kehte hain daaru kise kehte hain bhang
champi karalo chadhe aankho mein rang
kehte hain daaru kise kehte hain bhang
champi karaalo chade aankhon me rang
malish kara polish kara
garmi ho sardi ho chaahe pade baarish

o babu tel malish
karalo boot polish
o babu tel malish
karalo boot polish

chamka ke doon jo abhi joote ko baandh
dharti pe sab ye kahen utra hai chaand
chamka ke doon jo abhi joote ko baandh
dharti pe sab ye kahen utra hai chaand

sar jo tera mal du zara
taare na dikhe to kabhi karo naalikh
o babu tel malish
karalo boot polish
o babu tel malish
karalo boot polish

phera jo haath laga aisa bhala
rota jo aaya wohi hansta chala
phera jo haath laga aisa bhala
rota jo aaya wohi hansta chala
are dekho idhar joota magar
ik baar to chhoone do yahi hai gujaarish

o babu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish
o baabu tel maalish
karaa lo boot polish


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4298 Post No. : 15555

“Baaraat”(1960) was produced and directed by K Amarnath for K Amarnath Productions, Bombay. This “social” movie had Ajit, Shakila, Mukri, Salim, Protima Devi, Murad, Shalini, Brahm Bhardwaj, Gulnar, Pandey, Amrit Rana, Ravikant, Sheila Kashmiri, Sajjan etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Five of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Baaraat”(1960) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Rafi, Manna Dey and chorus. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-Arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana (Baaraat)(1960) Singers-Rafi, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta
Both
Chorus

Lyrics

arre janewaale
ho o o o
are jaanewale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
aane jaane ka yahi hai zamaana ke
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewale hamaari gali aana

jo karen tujhpe yaqeen
haan
aji hum aise nahin
naa
aise naadaan nazar aayenge tujhe aur kahin
haan
jo karen tujhpe yaqeen
aji hum aise nahin
aise naadaan nazar aayenge tujhe aur kahin

chhod de hamko baaton mein behlaana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
are jaanewaale hamaari gali aana

aane jaane ka yahi hai zamaana ke
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana

ho pichad
ho lichad
dhup dhipad
thimpa thhipad
hrr
ha
o dhippad
hrr
rappa

arre nikli meri jaan
hoy
sambhal ae jaane jahaan
waahwaah
yoon lachakta hai badan
jaise mohabbat ki kamaan

arre nikli meri jaan
sambhal ae jaane jahaan
yoon lachakta hai badan
jaise mohabbat ki kamaan
tauba tauba ye andaaz e mastaana
arre jaanewale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana

aane jaane ka yahi hai zamaana ke
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana

aa haha
dampa diga
tu tupat
o chicat
hrr

toone sau baar suna
haan
maine sau baar kaha
haan
dil tera ghar hai
tu is ghar me sanam shauk se aa
aha
toone sau baar suna
maine sau baar kaha
dil tera ghar hai
tu is ghar mein sanam shauk se aa

hum tere hain taklluf na farmaana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana

aane jaane ka yahi hai zamaana ke
arre jaanewaale hamaari gali aana
arre jaanewale hamaari gali aana


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4293 Post No. : 15546

“Preetam” (1971) was produced and directed by Bhappie Sonie. The movie had Shammi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Leena Chandavarkar, Helen, Raj Mehra, Tiwari, Anwar Hussain, Manmohan, Siddhu, Malika, Urmila Bhatt, Raj Kishore, Ravikant, Daya Devi, Shyam, Dhanraj, Robert Slater, Birbal, Naaz, Dhumal, Mehmood etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it. Five songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here are the details of these songs:-

S N Song Song number in blog Date of posting
1 Insaaf huaa duniya se ae yaar safaachat 8400 23-July-2013
2 Chaal suhaani haay baat raseeli haay 8655 7-Sep-2013
3 Haay dil laga to aisa laga 8839 15-Oct-2013
4 Sher se ladne aayi dekho shahar ki ik billi 14573 14-Aug-2018
5 Ham bhi shikaari tum bhi shikaari 14610 29-Aug-2018

Here is the sixth and final song from “Preetam”(1971) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Manna Dey. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

The first song from the movie to appear in the blog was a Manna Dey song as well. Like that song, this song too is picturised on Mehmood. Here he is seen with Naaz. While commenting on that song, I had observed that

Listening to the song, it is clear that the dance and music is inspired from “Gumnaam” (1965) and the lyrics are somewhat inspired from “Padosan” (1968). Based on the above, I guessed that the music director must be Shankar Jaikishan and the lyricist must be Rajinder Krishan. On checking up, I was proved right !

The above observations apply on this song as well. 🙂

In the start of the song, there are some words that I guess are in Tamil. I request our knowledgeable readers to help correct those lyrics wherever applicable.

With this song, all the songs of “Preetam”(1971) are covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Hamne ye soch kar pyaar kiya (Preetam)(1971) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

ni na nikre
na ayogya
adoob tappu
na unmayi khaad nikre
ney shikhre
ney shikhre
mutaam kudu

humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
haaye
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiyaa aa

thhodi si yek din
humne sharaab pee li
aane laga jo maza
to behisaab pee li
thhodi si yek din
humne sharaab peeli
aane laga jo maza
to behisaab peeli
toota khumaar jab
aaya khayaal tab
aankhon se yaar ne jo
mujhko pilaayi thhi
aisi sharaab koi
aisa koi jaam nahin
nahin nahin nahin nahin
nahin nahin nahin nahin
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiyaaa

yek deewaane se ye humne sawaal kiya
soorat bana li kaisi
kaisa ye haal kiya
paav
ayyo paav
yek deewaane se ye humne sawaal kiya
soorat bana li kaisi
kaisa ye haal kiya
bola fakeer hoon
phir bhi ameer hoon
duniya ko bech ke
pyaar khareeda maine
banda hoon pyaar ka
kisi ka ghulam nahin
nahin nahin nahin nahin nahin
nahin nahin nahin
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
haaye
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya aa
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
pyaar se achcha koi kaam nahin
ayyo amma
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya
haaye
humne ye sochkar pyaar kiya aa
nahin nahin nahin nahin
nahin nahin nahin nahin
ayyo ayyo ayyo gauri ayyo


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4285 Post No. : 15532

“Maa”(1952) was produced by Ashok Kumar and Sawak Vacha and directed by Bimal Roy for Bombay Talkies. This movie had Leela Chitnis, Bharat Bhushan,Shyama, Nazir Hussain,Asit Sen, Manju, B.M.Vyas, Achla Sachdev, Bikram Kapoor, Krishnakant, Samar Chatterjee, Bharata Vyas(uncredited) etc in it.

This movie, which was based on a Bangla story by Swaraj Bannerjee had six songs in it. Four songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Maa” (1952) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Manna Dey. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by S K Pal. The lyrics for this song have been contributed by Avinash ji.

Only the audio of this “ode to mother” song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Wo aankhen kya aankhen(Maa)(1952) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-SK Pal

Lyrics  (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

wo aankhen kya aankhen aen jin mein
aansu ki dhaar nahin een een een
wo dil patthar hai
jis dil mein maata ka pyaar nahin

wo aankhen kya aankhen jin mein
aansu ki dhaar nahin
wo dil patthar hai
jis dil mein maata ka pyaar nahin

dharti si dheeraj waali
aur aakaash si nirmal maa
ganga si paawan man-bhaawan
jamuna si nischchhal maa
bhagwaan bhagwaan
bhagwaan banaayi hai toone duniya mein kaisi maa
jo sab kuchch de
aur kuchh bhi na le ae ae
jo sab kuchch de
aur kuchh bhi na le
bas ek hai aisi maa
duniya mein hazaaron naate
duniya mein hazaaron naate
par maata do chaar nahin
wo dil patthar hai
jis dil mein maata ka pyaar nahin
wo aankhen kya aankhen

bachpan ki pyaar bhari godi ke
meethhe meethhe jhoole
haaye meethhe meethhe jhoole
lori ka aa
lori ka wo sangeet madhur
koi kab kaise bhoole
maata ka ye nirmal naata aa aa aa
maata ka ye nirmal naata
toote na koi tode
insaan nahin
haiwaan hai wo o o
jo maa se bhi munh mode ae
insaan nahin haiwaan hai wo
jo maa se bhi munh mode
wo jeevan kya jeevan
wo jeevan kya jeevan
jismein mamta ka taar nahin
wo dil patthar hai
jis dil mein maata ka pyaar nahin
wo aankhen kya aankhen


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