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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 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 :

5299 Post No. : 17353

#the Decade of Fifties – 1941 – 1950 #
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“Andhon Ki Duniya-1947” was directed by Keshav Rao Daate for ‘Rajkamal Kalamandir Ltd.’.It had Leela Chitnis, Manmohan Krishna, Munawwar Sultana, Mahipal, Professor Hudlikar, Vikas, Gulab, Parshuram and others.

This movie has ten songs written by Behzad Lucknowi, Deewan Sharar, and Khumar. Music for this movie was composed by Vasant Desai.

In the information provided in HFGK Vol-II (1941-1950) for this movie page lyricist’s name for one song is not mentioned. (And the singer’s name for only two songs has been provided on the movie page i.e. song no.1 &2. But for song number one the correct names are again mentioned in the ‘Corrigenda’.).
In the ‘addenda’ HFGK has mentioned the singers’ name for song no.4, 5, 8, 10, 6, 7 and 9 which I have provided in the below table.

SNo Song Title Lyricist Singer/s
01 Is ishq ke daaman mein phoolon ka khazaana Behzad Lucknowi Shailesh Mukherjee, Zohrabai Ambalewali
02 Tujhe aap beetana hai apna jeewan Deewan Sharar Manmohan Krishna, chorus
03 Nigaahon ka sadkaa nigaah karte jaan Deewan Sharar Not known
04 Ghareebon ke daata, ghareebon ke waali Not known Zohrabai Ambalewali, chorus
05 Sunaaun haal e dil kaise Deewan Sharar Zohrabai Ambalewali
06 Gaana –gaana sakhi koi gaana Deewan Sharar Various artistes
07 Mere jeewan ka tu ujiyaara Deewan Sharar Manmohan Krishna
08 Koyal kyon shor machaaye preetam Khumar Zohrabai Ambalewali
09 Hamko sazaayein dete ho sarkaar kisliye Deewan Sharar Manmohan Krishna
10 Koyi batlaa de mujhe, dard-e-muhabbat kyon …. Deewan Sharar Zohrabai Ambalewali

One song (the first song in the above table) has been posted on the blog earlier on 24.08.2014. That was a LONG time ago. 🙂

Today we present the second song from this movie. It is written by Deewan Sharar (as per HFGK. The up-loaders on ‘YouTube’ mention the lyricist as Behzad Lucknowi).

Music is composed by Vasant Desai.

Let us now listen to today’s song…

I would request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs.

Editor’s note:- With this song, Vasant Desai reaches 200 songs as a music director in the blog.


song-Sunaaun haal e dil kaise (Andhon Ki Duniya)(1947) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

sunaaun haal e dil kaise
sunaaun haal e dil kaise
ye ik mushqil si
mushqil hai
ye ik mushqil si ee
mushqil hai ae
mera dil to wo hai
haan
mera dil to wohi hai
par
zaraa badlaa huaa dil hai
sunaaun haal e dil kaise
sunaaun un un un un

o o o o
o o o o o
ham apne ghar ko dil
aur dil ko apna ghar samajhte thhe
ham apne ghar ko dil
aur dil ko apna ghar samajhte thhe
ye ab jaana ke ghar to
zindagi ki pehli manzil hai
sunaaun un un un un

kabhi dil shaad thha
khush thha
patang aur dor ke peechhe ae
kabhi dil shaad thha
khush thha
patang aur dor ke peechhe ae
samajh mein ab lagaa aane
wo kya dil thha
ye kya dil hai
wo kya dil thha
ye kya dil hai
sunaaun un un un un

o o o o o o o
o ho o o
wo mere dil mein bastey hain
ae
wo mere dil mein bastey hain
to samjho mere bas mein hain
to samjho mere bas mein hain
mera dil unke qaaboo mein
to jaano unke qaabil hai
to jaano unke qaabil hai
sunaaun haal e dil kaise
sunaaun un un un un


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 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.

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5270 Post No. : 17279 Movie Count :

4653

#the Decade of Seventies – 1981 – 1990 #
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#Bhoole-Bisre Geet # (missing movies of 1973 – A tribute to Vasant Desai)
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Today, 22nd December 2022 is forty-seventh remembrance anniversary of yesteryear’s legendary music composer Vasant Desai. He was born on 9th June 1912 and passed away on 22nd December 1975 at the age of 63 years.

For me, Vasant Desai is one of the great names which I am admirer of and have always been fascinated by his wonderful musical creations. I have been listening to the songs he composed for Hindi Film Music. There is a long list of my favorites of him from Hindi as well as Marathi film music. Today as a tribute to him I am presenting a song from a movie ‘Grahan’ (1973). Some sources also mention this movie as from the year 1976. I think this was an obscure movie of its time. No video of this movie is available on online platform, I guess.

‘Grahan’ (alias ‘The Acceptance’) was directed by Manjul Prabhat for AK Films, Bombay. It had Nutan, Basant Choudhary, Suhasini Muley, Subhash Ghai, Ajay, Vaishali, Shashi Puri, BB Bhalla and others. This movie was passed by Censor Board on 29.12.1973.

This movie has two songs composed by Vasant Desai. Lyrics for one song are taken from a ‘traditional folk song’. The song being presented today is penned by Vasant Desai himself. Mahendra Kapoor and Vani Jairam are the voices used for the songs in this movie. Today’s song is sung by Vani Jairam.

As mentioned above only the audio of this song is available.

I would request knowledgeable readers who have any information about this movie or have watched this movie in those years to share as possible here.

Let us now listen to today’s song and pay our tributes to Vasant Desai.

With this song this movie ‘Grahan’ makes its debut on the blog.


Song-Bikhre taar miley phir mann ke (Grahan)(1973) Singer-Vani Jairam, Lyrics-Vasant Desai, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

bikhre taar miley
phir mann ke ae
bikhre taar miley
phir mann ke ae
bikhre taar miley
aa aa aa aa aa
sur saje ae jeewan ke ae ae
bikhre taar miley ae
phir mann ke ae
bikhre taar miley ae

aa aa aa aa aa
prem raagini ee ee
sargam chhede ae ae ae
prem raagini ee ee
sargam chhede ae
gaaye geet milan ke ae ae ae ae ae
prem raagini ee ee
sargam chhede ae ae ae
ae ae ae ae
ae ae ae ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
prem raagini ee ee
sargam chhede ae ae ae
gaaye geet milan ke ae ae ae ae
gaaye geet milan ke ae ae ae ae
bikhre taar miley
phir mann ke
bikhre taar miley ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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बिखरे तार मिले
फिर मन के
बिखरे तार मिले
फिर मन के
बिखरे तार मिले
आ आ आ आ आ
सुर सजे॰॰ जीवन के॰॰
बिखरे तार मिले फिर मन के
बिखरे तार मिले

आ आ आ आ आ
प्रेम रागिनी॰॰ई॰॰ई
सरगम छेड़े॰॰ए
प्रेम रागिनी॰॰ई॰॰ई
सरगम छेड़े॰॰ए
गाये गीत मिलन के॰॰ए॰॰ए
प्रेम रागिनी॰॰ई॰॰ई
सरगम छेड़े॰॰ए
॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
प्रेम रागिनी॰॰ई॰॰ई
सरगम छेड़े॰॰ए
गाये गीत मिलन के॰॰ए॰॰ए
गाये गीत मिलन के॰॰ए॰॰ए

बिखरे तार मिले
फिर मन के
बिखरे तार मिले॰॰ए॰॰ए
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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 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 :

5223 Post No. : 17216

Today’s song is from the 1961 movie ‘Sampoorna Ramayana’.

‘Farmaaish’ of this song was also sent by our regular reader Shri. Deepak Patwardhan ji to me.

Today’s song is sung a Lata-Asha duet and that was the main reason of Deepak ji’s ‘farmaaish’ as he was surprised to note that this ‘duet’ has not yet been posted on the blog.

‘Sampoorna Ramayana-1961’ was directed by Babubhai Mistry for ‘Basant Pictures, Bombay’. It was a Wadia Brothers Production.

It had Anita Guha, Mahipal, Sulochana, Lalita Pawar, Achala Sachdev, Krishna Kumari, Raj Kumar, Anant Kumar, Uma Dutt, Badri Prasad and others.

‘Sampoorna Ramayana-1961’ had nine songs as per details mentioned on this movie-page in HFGK Vol-IV (1961-1970).

Lyrics for all the songs were written by Bharat Vyas and music was composed by Vasant Desai.

(However the blog mentions total number of songs from this movie as eleven (I don’t know why)).

Following is the list of songs this movie has.

SNo Song Title Singer/s Posted on
01 Dharti kyun viparit huyi… Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
02 Doley re doley re praan Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi
03 Mere jeewan ki parnkuti mein Lata Mangeshkar
04 Baar baar bagiya mein koyal na boley Asha Bhonsle 21.11.2014
05 San sanan sanan … jaa re o pawan Lata Mangeshkar 29.06.2009
06 Bolo sabhi jai ram ram ram Mahendra Kapoor
07 Baadlon barso nayan ki kor se Lata Mangeshkar 28.06.2009
08 Ham ramchandra ki chandrakala ke… Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle Being presented today
09 More ram kab aaoge, kab aaoge … Lata Mangeshkar

We can see from the above table this movie ‘Sampoorna Ramayana-1961’ made its debut on the blog on 28.06.2009, however, so far, only three songs from this movie have been posted on the blog.

Today’s song is the fourth song from this movie to appear on the blog.

As mentioned above the today’s song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. On screen it is performed by two artists playing the character of Lav and Kush. (I am not aware of the names of these child artists).

The song happens when Shri Ram (Mahipal) is performing ‘Ashwamedh yagya’ with the statue of Sita by his side.
Many other male and female artists are also seen in the picturisation of this song.

Let us now listen to today’s song …


Song-Ham Ramchandra ki chandrakala ke (Sampoorna Ramayana)(1961) Singers-Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Vasant Desai
Both

Lyrics

ham ramchandra ki
chandrakala mein bhi
kalank dikhlaate hain aen aen aen
naari ke aansuon se likhi
ramayan tumhe sunaate hain ae ae

in taaron se angaaron ki
jhankaar nayi sunwaate hain ae
ye shlok nahin atyaachaaron ke
agnigeet ham gaate hain

bharat ki seetaaon ke dukhde
jab tak honge choorn nahin
hey raam
hey raam tumhaari ramayan
tab tak hogi sampoorna nahin
sampoorna nahin

bharat ki seetaaon ke ae
dukhde

jab purush parikshaayen lega
naari mein dosh nikaalega
sati par vishwaas nahin karke
pati unhen agni mein daalega aa
naari par laanchhan jwaala ki
lapten hogi poorna nahin
he raam
he raam tumhaari ramayan
tab tak hogi sampoorna nahin
sampoorna nahin

bharat ki seetaaon ke ae ae dukhde ae

jab ram rajya ke nirmaata
dhobi ki baat mein aayenge
jab ram rajya ke nirmaata
dhobi ki baat mein aayenge
bharat bhavishya ki maata ko
dhokhe se van mein thhukraayenge ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aaaa
kavi valmiki ee ee ee
tab tak lekhni valmiki kavi ki
likhne ko paripoorna nahin
hey raam
hey raam tumhaari ramayan
tab tak hogi sampoorna nahin
sampoorna nahin
bharat ki seetaaon ke ae dukhde
jab tak honge choorna nahin
hey raam
hey raam tumhaari ramayan
tab tak hogi sampoorna nahin
sampoorna nahin
bharat ki seetaaon ke ae ae dukhde

purushon ki neeti aneeti bani chalti hai ae
naari ke paawan jeewan ko
chhalti hai ae

to sanskriti sabhyata ki sandhya dhalti hai ae
jab swayam jwaala mein jagdamba jalti hai
jwaala mein jagdamba jalti hai
jagdamba jalti hai …


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Blog Day :

5094 Post No. : 17023

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 58
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This date (29 June) ten years ago (2012) saw four songs from four movies getting covered in the blog. Here are their details:-

Blog Post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
6147 Gaawo gaawo ae mere saadhu Miss Frontier Mail (1936) Movie YIPPEED by now
6148 Suno suno ban ke praani Amar Jyoti (1936) 7 Songs out of 11 covered
6149 Rang rangeela saanwraa mohe mil gaya jamuna paar Baarood(1960) Movie YIPPEED by now
6150 Maut aayegi maut aani hai Naghmaa(1953) Movie YIPPEED by now

We can observe that three movies (out of four) whose songs were covered ten years ago have since been YIPPEED in the blog. That leaves us with only one movie that is still eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today (29 June 2022).

This movie is “Amar Jyoti”(1936). “Amar Jyoti”(1936) was directed by V Shantaram for Prabhat Film Company Poona. The movie had Durga Khote, Shanta Apte, Vaasanti, Karuna devi, Chandra Mohan, V.Nandrekar, Gajendra, K.Narain Kale, S.K. kulkarni, Vasant Desai etc in it.

Seven songs from “Amar Jyoti”(1936) have been covered in the blog so far. Here is the eighth song from the movie to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Vasant Desai. Pt Narottam Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Master Krishna Rao.

The song is picturised on Vasant Desai (I guess) and Durga Khote.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio link:

video link:

Song-Kaaraj ki jyot sadaa hi jarey (Amar Jyoti)(1936) Singer-Vasant Desai, Lyrics-Pt Narottam Vyas, MD-Master Krishna Rao

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

kaaraj ki jyot sadaa hi jarey ae
kaaraj ki jyot sadaa hi jarey ae
ek jan jaaye
doojaa aaye ae
phir bhi jyot badhey ae ae
phir bhi jyot badhey ae ae

jyoti ke is lagaataar mein ae ae
jyoti ke ae
jyoti ke is lagaataar mein ae ae ae ae ae
jyoti ke is lagaataar mein
karta hi biharey ae ae ae ae ae
karta hi biharey
kaaraj ki jyot sadaa hi jarey
kaaraj ki jyot sadaa hi jarey
ek jan jaaye
doojaa aaye ae ae
phir bhi jyot badhey ae ae ae ae
phir bhi jyot badhey ae
kaaraj ki jyot

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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कारज की ज्योत सदा ही जरे
कारज की ज्योत सदा ही जरे
इक जन जाये
दूजा आए ए
फिर भी ज्योत बढ़े ए ए
फिर भी ज्योत बढ़े ए ए

ज्योति के इस लगातार में ए ए
ज्योति के
ज्योति के इस लगातार में ए ए ए ए
ज्योति के इस लगातार में
कर्ता ही बिहारे ए ए ए ए
कर्ता ही बिहारे

कारज की ज्योत सदा ही जरे
कारज की ज्योत सदा ही जरे
इक जन जाये
दूजा आए
फिर भी ज्योत बढ़े ए ए ए ए
फिर भी ज्योत बढ़े ए
कारज की ज्योत


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 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 :

4990 Post No. : 16882

Today’s song is from the film Do Behnen-1959.

The film was made by Brij kala Mandir, Bombay. Produced by J P Sehgal and Kailash Kapoor, it was directed by Kedar Kapoor. Music was composed by Vasant Desai and all the 7 songs were written by Kavi Pradeep. The cast of the film was Shyama, Rajendra Kumar, Chand Usmani, Radha Kishen, Tiwari, Ram Mohan, Leela Mishra and many more.

The director Kedar Kapoor (2.9.1927-5.6.1987) directed 35 films from 1954 to 1983. In his career he was branded as Dara Singh Specialist, because he directed as many as 19 films of Dara Singh. His daughter Madhu kapoor was also an actress, in those days. The pair of composer Vasant Desai and Kavi Pradeep was unusual. They came together only in 2 films of 1959, namely south made School master and Do Behnen. Kavi pradeep was not acceptable to many well known Music Directors of those times, because Pradeep insisted on singing at least one song in every film and he used to force the composer to use the tunes he made for his songs. Due to this, MDs who were famous, could afford to deny working with him, like Naushad for example. Even Vasant Desai had to give one song from both his films to Pradeep to sing.

The story of Do behnen-59 was a story of twin sisters who were poles apart in nature. Shyama did a double role for both sisters. Earlier K.A.Abbas’ story in film ” Anhonee’-1952 had handled such a story. But that too was not the first one. In 1942, the film “Muqabala” depicted 2 sisters having different natures. In that film the Stunt Queen Fearless Nadia did the double role of sisters.

Having a double role in films was not a new thing. Let us take a brief look at the history of Double roles in films. As far back as into the initial era of making silent films, a male actor, Anna Salunke, had done the double role of Shri Ram and Seeta in film ” Lanka Dahan”-1917, made by Dadasaheb Phalke. Later on actress Patience Cooper did double roles of Twin sisters in silent film “Patni Pratap”-1923 and then again as Mother and daughter in silent film “Kashmiri Sundari”-1925. Master Vithal did a double role in the film Raj Tarang-1927.

When Talkie films started, the first film to have a double role was “Awara Shehzada”-1933.The Hero was Shahu Modak. The film was based on Mark Twain’s popular novel “The prince and the pauper’ in 1881. With this film India had beaten Hollywood in this race, because the first Talkie film on this novel was made in Hollywood only in 1937, with the same title of novel. The film featured the handsome Erol Flynn. Another popular film was ” The prisoner of Zenda’ based on the novel of same name by Anthony Hope in 1894 in 1937 and 1952.

In Hindi, a major hit film on double roles was Geeta-1940. In this film the hero-Chandramohan did a role of Father and son and the Heroine Durga Khote did the double role of Mother and wife. The film advocated the principle for the first time in films that ” Crime never pays”. This theme was later used in many films like “Kismat”-43 and “Sangram”-50. Film Geeta became so popular that it was remade as “Ustad’-1957 and “Karmayogi”-1978. Ashok kumar and Raaj Kumar did double roles in these films.

In the south made film “Chandralekha’-1948, the Hero Ranjan had a double role as twin brothers. The trend of making films with double roles went on increasing steadily. I have the statistics of such films from 1931 to 2014. As per this, the double role films were 3 in the 40’s, 11 in 50’s, 37 in 60’s, 63 in 70’s, 62 in 80’s, 81 in 90’s, 45 in 2000 and 17 till 2014.

Leading actors did double roles in films thus –

Amitabh-15 films
Rajesh K. – 11 films
Mithun Ch. -11
Govinda -10
Jeetendra -9
6 films each by Akshay kr., Hema M., Rishi K., Sanjeev kr.,and Shri Devi
5 films by Anupam K., Dilip kr., Mehmood and SRKhan
4 films by Ajay D, Anil k., J.Shroff, KK, Rekha, Sadhana, Salman Khan, Shashi K.
3 films by 15 actors. 2 and 1 by many actors. I have all the names but it will be too long a list.

So much for films with double roles.

The story of Do Behnen-59 was written by eminent writer Pt. Mukhram Sharma ( 29-5-1909 to 25-4-2000): The most famous writer of stories with social themes in the fifties, Pandit Mukhram Sharma had a long association with B. R. Chopra. He had written stories for many of his hit films. Some of his notable films are Ek Hi Raasta, Aulad, Sadhna and Dhool Ka Phool. Pt. Sharma had also won Filmfare awards for Sadhna, Vachan and Aulad. His other hit films include Santaan, Do Kalian, Jeene Ki Raah, Raja Aur Rank, Dadi Maa, Gharana and Talaq. Pt. Mukhram Sharma won Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1961).

Before coming to Bombay, he was a teacher in Meerut. In 1939, he came to Bombay, but could not get any job. He moved to Poona and joined Prabhat films as a Tutor for Marathi and Hindi. In Poona, he married a Marathi actress Shanta Mujumdar.He was with Marathi films till 1952, then he came to Bombay and got the first Filmfare award for Best story for his film Aulad-54.

Then there was no looking back. After winning Filmfare awards 3 times, Academy Award and Lifetime achievement Zee award, Sharma retired in 1980 and went back to Meerut.

The story of Do Behnen-59 was……….

Bombay-based look-alike twin sisters, Vasanti and Malti ( Shyama ), live a wealthy lifestyle with their parents. Their father, Raghunath ( S.K.Prem), arranges devout Vasanti’s marriage with Ramesh ( Rajendra Kumar), who lives with his widower father, a doctor ( Tiwari), and a sister, Rekha ( Chand Usmani). After the wedding, Raghunath is shocked to find Malti singing and dancing with a male named Anokhey( Ram Mohan) in a nightclub.

He brings her home, admonishes her severely and forbids her to leave the home. In response, she elopes with Anokhey, travels to Poona and books a room in Paramount Hotel. Shortly thereafter Anokhey shows his true colors, squanders her money, starts drinking, and frequenting prostitutes. He then takes her jewelry and walks out of her life. In order to recover the rent, the Hotel Manager contacts the Mathurs, and Vasanti and her mom ( Mumtaz Begum) attend to take Malti back home.

While traveling home, the train meets with an accident and Vasanti passes away. Her mother tells everyone that it is Malti who has passed away, and compels Malti to take over as Vasanti, which she does reluctantly.

After going to her house, she finds it very difficult to adjust to the sati savitri type behaviour. However, slowly she starts loving the new house and also her husband. Ramesh many times gets puzzled with her behaviour, but ignores it.

Finally the truth is out one day, but by that time Ramesh starts liking her and so a New Malti takes over her dead sister’s place officially.

Today’s song is the 7th and the final song of this film. It makes the film ” YIPPIED ” ! It is a good song too. Enjoy….


Song-Chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan bichhua bole (Do Behnen)(1959) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Vasant Desai
Chorus
Lata + Chorus

Lyrics

ho ho ho
papapapapa
papapapa
hahahahaha

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
sa re sa re ma ha ma dha pa
pa ma ga re ma ga re sa
sa sa sa
ma pa dha
dha ni re sa
sa sa

chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan
bichhuwa bole re
tan dole
man dole
chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan
bichhuwa bole re
tan dole
man dole

sakhi dekho jawaani aayi ban thhan ke
aayi ban thhan ke/font>
jeevan mein madhu ras ghole
tan dole
man dole

chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan
bichhuwa bole re
tan dole
man dole

o o
kis manzil pe aaj hum aaye
aaj hum aaye
dekho naazuk badan lahraaye
ho lahraye balkhaye
dekho nas nas mein hai bijli tadapti
nas nas mein hai bijli tadapti
ang mein bhadke shole
tan dole
man dole

chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan
bichhuwa bole re
tan dole
man dole

badal gaya sab roop rang
sakhi badal gayi hai chaal ree
chaal ree
dhak dhak dhak mere dil ki dhadkan
dene lagi hai taal re
taal re
o o
nain nachaa le gori teer chala le
nain nachaa le gori teer chala le
aaye khushi ke jhakole ae
tan dole
man dole

chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan
bichhuwa bole re tan dole man dole
chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan chhum chananan nanan


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 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.

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Songs from Artiste Name Films….Second Season….No. 6

Today’s song is from the film Shakuntala-1943.

After leaving Prabhat Film Co. in 1942, V.Shantaram came to Bombay. He had definite plans for his future. But till the right time ( read-arrangement for finance) was ripe, he joined the Films Division of the Government. Later, when the arrangements were in place, he bought a studio with extra land to start his own Rajkamal Kala Mandir. He selected this name to keep his parents’ names with him. Father was RAJaram and Mother was KAMALabai. The first film he made here was “Shakuntala” The film was based on ” अभिज्ञान शाकुन्तलम ” written by Kavi Kalidas in the 3rd century. It depicts the story of Shakuntala- daughter of sage Vishwamitra and apsara Menaka. It is about her love with king Dushyant.

Dewan Sharar had adapted the story from the original ” अभिज्ञान शाकुंतलम ” by Mahakavi Kalidas written in the 3rd century. He wrote the story, dialogues and Lyrics ( some lyrics were by Ratan Piya ) also. This was Sharar’s first film with Shantaram . Their association continued for some more films like, Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Apna Desh-49, Teen batti char Raasta-53 and J.J. Payal baje-55.

The cast of the film was Jayashree ( for whom Shantaram had to leave Prabhat), Chandramohan, Zohra, Ameena, Nimbalkar, Nana Palshikar etc etc. For actress Zohra Jaan, this was her last film in India, before Partition. Actually, she was already selected as the Heroine of Shantaram’s next film ‘ Parbat pe apna dera”, but when some communal riots erupted in Bombay for Partition, she got scared and left immediately for Lahore, Pakistan.

One interesting actor in the cast was Madan Mohan (not the Music Director). He had come from Punjab and he stuck with Shantaram’s films He was in Parbat pe apna dera-44 and he became a regular in most films of Shantaram, after that. Likewise another interesting actor was Indurao T. Nimbalkar, a veteran actor from marathi films. He too became almost a regular with Shantaram. In film Shakuntala-43 he played the role of sage Kanva Muni, the foster father of Shakuntala.

Film Shakuntala was a successful film. It not only ran for 104 weeks in Bombay, but it became the first ever Hindi film to be shown in the USA. The New York Times had given a favourable review of the film in its editions. The film was also nominated for the Grand International Award at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.

This was Vasant Desai’s first independent assignment with his mentor-V.Shantaram. he had a long associationwith Rajkamal filmsn subsequently. So, one can see major landmarks were associated with this film.

Now, coming to our point. There were two actresses in Hindi films, named Shakuntala. One was Baby Shakuntala to start with , but later on she became Heroine in many Hit films. She paired with well known heroes, like Kishore Kumar,Bharat Bhooshan,Karan Dewan, Amarnath, Anant marathe, master Bhagwan, Abhi Bhattacharya etc etc. She was a well known actress.

The other Shakuntala was not so well known, because she acted only in the 30’s and 40’s films. Her last film was Paisa-1941 after which she went out of Hindi films.

None of these two Shakunatalas had acted in this film. However, we will see the information on the less known Shakuntala. Her full name was Shakuntala Paranjpye (शकुंतला परांजपे ) She had a very bright career before and after her sojourn into the film world of Hindi and Marathi cinemas. Very few people can match her achievements in films, social work, politics and education. She was the mother of Sai Paranjpye, famous director of offbeat films like Katha, Chashme Baddur, Sparsh etc.

Shakuntalā Parānjpye (17 January 1906 – 3 May 2000) was a writer and a prominent social worker. She was a member of Maharashtra Legislative Council during 1958–64, and was a nominated member of Indian Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) during 1964–70. In 1991, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan title in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of family planning since 1938.

Shakuntala Paranjpye was the daughter of Sir R.P.Paranjpye the first Indian to be Senior Wrangler at the University of Cambridge, an educationist, and India’s High Commissioner to Australia during 1944–1947Shakuntala studied for the Mathematical Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge. She graduated there in 1929. She received a Diploma in Education from London University the next year.
Shakuntala worked in the 1930s with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In the same decade and in the 1940s,, she also acted in some Marathi and Hindi movies. Shakuntala wrote many plays, sketches, and novels in Marathi. Some of her work was in English.

A Hindi children’s movie, Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo, which was based on a Marathi story by Shakuntala was released in 2003.

Shakuntala was married for a short time to a Russian painter, Youra Sleptzoff. She had a daughter, Sai Paranjpye, by him in 1938. Soon after Sai’s birth, she divorced Youra, and brought up Sai in her own father’s household. Sai Paranjpye is a noted Hindi movie director and screenwriter. She is known for her comedies and children’s movies. In 1991, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan title in recognition of her artistic talents.
Shakuntala wrote many books. Some of them are….

1.Three years in Australia
2. Sense and Non sense
3. Kahi ambat kahi goad (Marathi)
4.Desh Videshichya Lok katha (Marathi)

She acted in 13 films- Sairandhri-33, Parth Kumar-34, Bhedi Rajkumar-34,Bhakta Prahlad-34, Typist Girl-35, Sone ka Shahar-35, Kali Waghan-35, Bahadur Beti-35, Duniya na maane-37, Sultana Chand Bibi-38, Jeevan Jyoti-38, Stree-38 and Paisa-41. She sang 9 songs in 4 films-Typist Girl,Sone ka shahar, Stree and Paisa.
Though she ended her Hindi film career in 1941 itself, she is often credited with the films till 1955- films which were actually done by the other (Baby) Shakuntala. This is what I call as “Same Name Confusion”. In fact, (Baby) Shakuntala started her career with film Dus Baje in 1942, so there was no scope for mixing up their filmographies. But wiki as well as most of the film related sites do this mistake.

Today’s song is a short one, with video showing the final departure of Shakuntala, Dushyant and their son-Bharat. It is sung by Amirbai and a chorus with a male voice. The story of film Shakuntala -1943 was –

Shakuntala (Jayshree) is the daughter of sage Vishwamitra and Menaka, but is brought up by the sage Kanva, and stays with him in a forest dwelling. She meets King Dushyanta (Chandra Mohan), when he comes there for a hunt. The two fall in love and get married, with Dushyanta staying with her. Soon he has to leave and he promises to come back for her. Before leaving he gives her a ring as a token of their marriage. Shakuntala passes her days waiting for Dushyanta. She is so lost in his thoughts that she doesn’t hear a sage asking for water. He then leaves her with a curse that the one she is thinking about will forget her. She gives birth to a son, Bharata and several years pass without the return of Dushyanta who has lost his memory and has no recollection of Shakuntala. The ring he has given her is lost in the river and swallowed by a fish. Dushyanta turns her away when Shakuntala goes to the court. Later when Dushyanta recovers his memory Shakuntala refuses to go with him but both are finally united.


Song- Sukh bhara, sukh bhara (Shakuntala)(1943) Singers- Amirbai Karnataki, Unknown male voice, Lyricist- Ratan Piya, MD- Vasant Desai

Lyrics

Sukh bhara
sukh bhara
Sukh bhara
sukh bhara
kare jeevan bharat ye tumhaara

?? varshon ke viyogi
nikla sukh ka taara
Sukh bhara
sukh bhara
kare jeevan bharat ye tumhaara
?? apne praan badhaaye
jai jai kaare
jag mein paaye
rajyawansh(?) ho Bharat naam se
Bhaarat ye pyaara hamaara
bhaarat ye pyaara hamaara
Sukh bhara
sukh bhara
bhaarat ye pyaara hamaara


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Missing Films of 1960s – 118
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All changes with time. Does everything? There is a counter quote to this one – the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Do dreams change with time, across generations? Maybe some do. Does love change with time? I feel not. The basic understanding of emotions probably remains the same across generations, and maybe across geographies too.

Does life change? Yes, in a context, life does change with passage of time and as per the changing social and economic environment. But do the passages of life change? I believe not. Birth, growth, old age and death – all these passages visit everyone invariably.

And so does childhood – visits everyone invariably. Childhood, and its dreams – that is an experience that visits all of us immediately as we arrive in this creation. Of course the duration of this experience varies from person to person. And not to discount the fact that for some strange souls, this experience lasts a lifetime.

14th November today. Birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Traditionally, this day is designated as and has been celebrated as the day of Children for decades. With changing political and administrative priorities, the celebration associated with this day seems to have disappeared from our calendars. Sad to see that a child’s fun and happiness is overshadowed by political idiosyncrasies.

I cannot speak of the digital media – I do not watch TV, period. I get three newspapers at home. Today morning I felt good in my heart that two of them carry special sections of four pages each, devoted to Children’s Day. These pages carry short stories and other material for children. I feel happy that all is not changed, all is not forgotten.

Looking back into our blog, for this date of 14th November across the 13+ years of our musical journey, I find the following about this celebration.

In 2008, there was no mention of Children’s Day on the blog, on this date. In 2009 this day was a dot day, no posts. 2010 saw 6 posts, but no mention of children. 2011 turned out to be a redeeming bonanza, with the entire set of 5 posts that day were assigned to children’s songs.

2012 was again a dot day. In 2013 there were seven posts, with one for this celebration. In 2014 we had 2 celebratory posts devoted to children, out of 5. In 2015 it was 1 out of 2 and 2016 saw 2 posts out of 6. This day in 2017 had only one post, not a children’s song. 2018 had one out of two posts, 2019 had just one post and it was a children’s song. Last year, we had two songs, one of which is the celebration for the day.

So a total of 14 posts in the past 13 years. In all fairness to the blog, I must state we otherwise have 115 children’s songs already posted + many more in other categories like ‘Lullabies’, ‘Parent Child Songs’ etc.

A friend sent a greeting today that carries these words,

“Childhood is all about being wild,”
“having fun and enjoying a carefree life”
“Enjoy your childhood till it lasts.”
“Happy Children’s Day”

I liked the phrase in here – “Enjoy your childhood till it lasts.”. Of course, till it lasts, but then making it last is in our own hands. One can grow up, and take care of everything in life that needs to be taken care of, and still continue to nourish and nurture a child within. You may think it is not feasible, but I do know some people who manage to do just this.

Coming to this song for today. I must share that this song has been sitting with me for over two years now, waiting to be written for. If I remember correctly, it is Sadanand ji who sent me the link to this rare song.

So let’s talk about the rarity factor of this song. The film ‘Rahul’ is a 1964 film by Children’s Film Society, Bombay. Although it is listed in the Geet Kosh, search by me and other friends had turned up a nought, and we had lost all hope that anything about this film will ever turn up. Scarce as they are, the films of Children Film Society are anyway a rarity, and more so the songs contained within. Geet Kosh lists two songs in the film, with the footnote that the film has just two songs.

About the film now. This is a film of devotional genre. The film is directed by Ram Gabaale. The songs are written by Madhukar Rajasthani. Music for this film is by the venerated Vasant Desai. The singing voice is of Asha Bhosle accompanied by chorus.

The star cast of this film is listed as Sandeep, Achla Sachdev, Arun, Ratnamala, Jagdish Sethi, Chaman Puri, Daya Devi, Leela Chaukhaani.

This is a very interesting fun song. The accompanying image on the YouTube clip appears to be of this song itself. It seems to be a song performed by children plus a main lady dancer, all dressed as tribal folk. The song is full of animal sounds and animal references, indicating a forest ambiance having been created for this song. And the singing by Asha Bhosle is just superb. A really enjoyable children’s song.

For the child inside all of us – “Dim Dim Dim Dim Digo”.

Song – Dim Dim Dim Dim Digo  (Rahul) (1964) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Madhukar Rajasthani, MD – Vasant Desai
Chorus

Lyrics

[animal sounds]

aha ha ha aha
aha ha ha aha

aaa haaa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaaa

dim dim dim dim digo
aha ha ha ha
dim dim dim dim digo
o ooo
khamba sa gabru igo
ooo oooo
oo oooo
dim dim dim dim digo
aaaa aaaa
dim dim dim dim digo

aaha ha haa haa haa
ha haa haa haa
ho ho ho
aaha ha haa haa haa
ha haa haa haa
ho ho ho

log kahen chaahe junglee
junglee
log kahen chaahe junglee
dafli pe pade jab ungli
dafli pe pade jab ungli
sher dabaa ke
dum ko bhaage
sher dabaa ke
dum ko bhaage
apne aage chigo
ha ha ha ha ha haaa
haaaa
dim dim dim dim digo
o ho oo
dim dim dim dim digo

hum parvat parvat ghoomen
aaa aaaa
aaaaaaaaaaa aaaa aa
hum parvat parvat ghoomen
mushqil ka daaman choomen
mushqil ka daaman choomen
ho sardi garmi
barkha jhelen
sardi garmi
barkha jhelen
maut se khelen pico
aa haa haa haa
oo oo oooo
o oo o
dim dim digo
ha ha ha ha haaa
dim dim digo

bade ajab hain apne saathi
apne saathi
bade ajab hain apne saathi
bhaalu
(bear sound)

geedad
(jackal sound)
bandar
(monkey sound)

haathi
(elephant sound)
bade ajab hain apne saathi

bhaalu geedad bandar haathi
kab ye ladaai hum se thaanen
kab ye ladaai hum se thaanen
koi na jaane jhigo
oo oo oo oooo
oooo ooooo
ho oo oo
dim dim digo
ho ho oo
dim dim digo
hoo oo
khamba sa gabru igo
oooo
ooooo
oooo

dim dim digo
ha ha ha ha haaa
dim dim digo

[animal sounds]


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 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.

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4801 Post No. : 16567

‘Parbat Pe Apna Dera’ (1944) was V Shantaram’s second film under his banner, Rajkamal Kala Mandir following a tremendous box office success of his first film ‘Shakuntala’ (1943). The film was released on August 8, 1944. The starcast included Vanmala and Ulhas in the lead roles supported by Shantarin, Madan Mohan, Kanta Kumari, P L Samant, Vijaya, Baby Nalini etc.

The lead actor of the film, Ulhas (real name: M N Kaul) had switched over to character actor’s roles when I started watching films in the theatre. So, it was a new experience to me when I first saw his performance as a lead actor in ‘Basant’ (1942) about 6-7 years back after which I saw his performance in the lead role in ‘Parbat Pe Apna Dera’ (1944). I have noted that Ulhas had worked in some films under V Shantaram – ‘Wahaan’ (1937), ‘Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani’ (1946), ‘Dahej’ (1950), ‘Surang’ (1953), ‘Toofaan Aur Diya’ (1956), ‘Do Aankhen Baarah Haath’ (1957), ‘Navrang’ (1959) and ‘Sehra’ (1963).

Ulhas’s connection with V Shantaram goes back to 1937 when he left his home town, Ajmer and reached Pune to try his luck as an actor. He met his fellow Kashmiri, Chandramohan who has become a well-known actor in Prabhat Film Company. He helped Ulhas in getting a side role in ‘Wahaan’ (1937) in which Chandramohan was a lead actor and V Shantaram was the director. After this, there was no looking back for Ulhas. He acted in over 150 films during his active filmy career of over 3 decades.

V Shantaram who had been making films with progressive themes like in ‘Duniya Na Maane’ (1937). ‘Aadmi’ (1939), ‘Padosi’ (1941) etc, chose a different theme for the film which he had not handled in his previous films. The theme was an unusual romance between an ascetic with a hilltop as his abode sans the worldly pleasure and a blind heiress staying in her palatial home. I have watched the film a couple of months back. The story of the film is as under:

Sadhu Ram Das (Ulhas) has renounced the world and made a hill top his abode Just below his hilltop abode is a Shiva temple. Meera Devi (Vanmala) an heiress who has lost her eyesight in the childhood, often visit Shiva temple along with her father (P L Samant) and her maid (Shantarin) to seek the blessing for curing her eyesight as modern medical science has not been able to restore her eyesight.

During one of her visits to Shiva temple, Meera Devi hears a singing voice from a distance which happens to be that of Sadhu Ram Das. Meera Devi is eager to visit the place to see the singer. Sadhu Ram Das does not like people visiting him as they distract his concentration during the prayer. First, he discourages her to come near him. But finding Meera Devi blind, he offers to cure her blindness within six days through his herbal eye drops.

On the sixth day, Meera Devi’s eyesight is restored. Now she wants to become a devotee of Sadhu Ram Das to serve him in his daily routine. But Sadhu turns her away as he does not want to get affected in his prayer and the concentration. After she leaves, Sadhu Ram Das is restless and feels her absence. Hence, when Meera Devi starts visiting his abode to help him in his daily routine, he does not object her presence. Slowly, he tastes the luxury of someone doing the work for him.

Meera Devi’s daily visit to the abode of Sadhu Ram Das creates a flutter among other sadhus staying nearby. She suggests Sadhu Ram Das to shift to her palatial residence which after some hesitation, he agrees. He soon gets used to the luxuries of life. He shades his beard and sadhu’s outfits. He starts flirting with Meera Devi and soon they get married.

After marriage, Sadhu Ram Das becomes Ram Babu who suddenly develops taste for enjoying the company of other ladies. During a boat ride with Meera Devi, he gets attracted towards a courtesan who is singing in her own boat. He clandestinely visits her boats every day and enjoy her company with wine. During one of his such visits, he is caught red-handed by Meera Devi’s father but decides not to tell his daughter after Ram Babu promises not to repeat the mistake.

Ram Babu’s addiction for the company of females results in breaking his promises to his father-in-law and flirts with a florist in the vicinity of his home itself. He is once again caught red-handed by Meera Devi who is hurt by his behaviour. She debars him from entering her home.

Now that his wife knows about his weakness for women, he now openly flirts with women during the Navratri festival. On the Dusshera day, he flirts with one of Meera Devi’s friends (Kanta Kumari) and attempts to molest her. To save herself, she throws a burning cracker towards Ram Babu which hits him in his eyes resulting in blindness.

When Meera Devi comes to know about the incidence, she goes with her father in search of him. Eventually, they find him in his hilltop abode. Meera Devi suddenly remembers his magic herbal eye drop bottle which she retrieves from his cave. Alas, on the way, it falls and bottle is broken. Finally, it is the continuous ringing of the temple bell by both Meera Devi and Ram Babu which restores his eyesight.

Most of V Shantaram’s films have some message to the society and ‘Parbat Pe Apna Dera’ (1944) is no exception. In the film, he sets out the message that it does not take much time for ascetic to turn hedonist. Afterall, an ascetic is also a human and is subject to the temptation of the worldly pleasures which are addictive in nature. The title of the film did make me hesitant to watch the film. But once I began to watch, the film unfolded like a smooth sailing.

There is nothing much in the story by Diwan Sharar. In fact, the story’s end is a tame affair. But his dialogues are crispy. It is V Shantaram’s direction which makes the story visually interesting. There are a few brilliant streaks of symbolisms in his direction. For instance, the ascetic’s abode on a hilltop conveys that his status is on a high pedestal. When he decides to shift to Meera’s palatial home on the plains and is walking with her to come down, a big bolder with accompanying rocks and stones roll down symbolising that the ascetic is walking down to a lower status to become a householder.

On the performances of the actors in the film, only 4 actors have a large screen presence – Ulhas, Vanmala, Shantarin and Madan Mohan (not to be confused with music director, Madan Mohan). All the four have given a good performance.

Another plus point of this film is the musical compositions of Vasant Desai. Most of the songs have pleasing tunes and good orchestrations which have been nicely picturised. All these three elements of the songs put Vasant Desai’s music being ahead of its time.

So far, six songs (out of 9) have been covered in the Blog. I am presenting the 7th song from the film, ‘sapanon mein aane waale’ rendered by Khan Mastana. The song is written by Diwan Sharar which is set to music by Vasant Desai.

The song is picturised on Ulhas who, after renouncing from asceticism and marrying Vanmala, has become a playboy. He sings this song during a festival gathering to attract female participants.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Sapnon mein aanewaale hamko jaga rahe hain (Parbat Pe Apna Dera)(1944) Singer-Khan Mastana, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

aaa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa

sapanon mein aanewaale
sapanon mein aanewaale
hamko jagaa rahen hain
hamko jagaa rahen hain
ham jinko dhoondhte thhe
ham jinko dhoondhte thhe
wo khud bula rahen hain
wo khud bula rahen hain

mehmaanon ki hai raunaq
mehmaanon ki hai raunaq
taanta sa lag raha hai
taanta sa lag raha hai
do chaar jaa rahen hain
do chaar aa rahen hain
do chaar jaa rahen hain

hairaan hain nighaaein
hairaan hain nighaaein
kya chaahen kya na chaahen
kya chaahen kya na chaahen
wo kuchch dikha rahe hain
aur kuchch chhupa rahe hain
aur kuchch chhupa rahen hain

doley ae
doley hain mann ki naiyya
doley ae
doley hain mann ki naiyya
aur bekhabar khaiwaiyya
aur bekhabar khaiwaiyya
bhooli huyi dagar mein aen
bhooli huyi dagar mein
ham dagmaga rahe hain
ham dagmaga rahe hain
sapanon mein aanewaale
hamko jagaa rahe hain
ham jinko dhoondhte the
wo khud bula rahe hain
sapanon mein aanewaale ae


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 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.

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4746 Post No. : 16473

Sixty-five years have passed since ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955) -JJPB for short – was released. I had seen the film in a theatre in South Mumbai either in 1955 or 1956 (this film had run for nearly 2 years in a single theatre in Mumbai). But I had no recollection of much of the film. It was only after I watched some parts of the film on the video sharing platforms over a period of time, I could connect some scenes from the film I saw in my childhood. The film still evokes interest of the cinema lovers especially of those who relish the classical dance/music.

I am now in a better position the appreciate a bold and somewhat adventurous decision Shantaram took to produce and direct JJPB with the classical dance as a theme. If not handled properly, the theme could have turned the film into a documentary rather than a feature film. It was a high budget film in a technicolour extravaganza. Shantaram’s bold and daring decision to make JJPB has be admired in the backdrop of the following handicaps he faced:

(1) The successive failures at the box office of ‘Surang’ (1953) and ‘Subah Ka Taara’ (1954), both directed by V Shantaram had already put a financial strain on his banner, Rajkamal Kala Mandir. Under the circumstances, producing a film with a classical dance theme which Shantaram had never handled in the past, that too in technicolour was fraught with a huge financial risk.

(2) There were examples in the 1940s when Sagar Movietone made ‘Kumkum The Dancer’ (1940) and Wadia Movietone made ‘Court Dancer/Raj Nartaki’ (1941) with classical dance theme. The results were not encouraging. Both these films failed at the box office putting the financial strains on the respective banners. Eventually, Sagar Movietone had to be merged with National Studio and Wadia Movietone got split between Wadia Brothers and the Wadia Studio was sold to V Shantaram.

(3) It was a high budget film but the lead actors in the film were non-stars – a handicap for the box office collections. The lead actor, Gopi Krishna was just emerging as a choreographer in a couple of films while the lead actress, Sandhya had acted in two Hindi films prior to getting the lead role of a dancer in JJPB. Moreover, she was not a trained classical dancer like Vyjayantimala who had already became a star actor-dancer and had the capacity to attract the crowd in the theatres much higher than that of Sandhya.

Despite these handicaps, going ahead with JJPB showed the confidence level of Shantaram as a director and a master craftsman of the cinema medium. Probably, Shantaram may have felt that with his technicolour film, he was in a better postion to present the classical dance theme than what Sagar Movietone and Wadia Movietone had made in 1940-41. He put Sandhya under Gopikrishna for the intensive dance training for over a year which included training during the shooting of the film as well.

Shantaram was very successful in winning over the audience who had rejected his previous two films. He made the Indian classical dances visually appealing to the audience by presenting them in a hybrid choreography, coupled with the lavish settings. The visuals in Technicolour appealed to the audience. The film became Shantaram’s most successful films on the box office front. More than the commercial success of the film, it was personal satisfaction for Shantaram as a producer-director when JJPB won the National Award and the Filmfare Award for the Best Film for 1955.

Since JJPB was all about Indian classical dances, it was apparent that the songs need to be based on the Hindustani classical music. It is said that some well-wishers of Shantaram including Vasant Desai had suggested him to entrust the music direction of the film to Naushad who had emerged as a star music director in the classical genre after the phenomenal success of his songs in ‘Baiju Bawra’ (1952). But Shantaram entrusted the music direction to Vasant Desai. It is interesting to note that after ‘Dahej’ (1950), as a music director, Vasant Desai was not associated with Shantaram’s subsequent films, ‘Parchhaain’ (1952), ‘Surang’ (1953), ‘Teen Batti Chaar Raasta’ (1953) and ‘Subah Ka Taara’ (1954).

In his zeal to prove the confidence reposed on him by his mentor, Vasant Desai travelled all over India to pick up the best musicians for his music team for JJPB. In Jammu, he picked up Shiv Kumar Sharma, an upcoming Santoor player who was still in his teen at that time. From Banaras, he picked up Pandit Samta Prasad, the renowned Tabla player. Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan of Indore played sitar for Vasant Desai. In JJPB, Santoor as a musical instrument was used for the first time which later became a part of many Hindi film songs and background music.

After almost all the songs had been recorded, Vasant Desai had composed the title song in raga ‘Darbari’ for which he persuaded Ustad Amir Khan to sing. Ustad Amir Khan arrived at the recording studio for the final rehearsal and recording. At the last moment, Vasant Desai felt that he should get consent of Shantaram before the recording. So, he invited him to the recording studio to listen to the final rehearsal. Upon listening to the rehearsal, Shantaram was unhappy. He called Vasant Desai to an adjoining room and advised him to cancel the recording and suggested to either change the tune or the singer or both. Somehow Vasant Desai, on some pretext, persuaded Ustad Amir Khan to come for the recording the next day.

A nervous Vasant Desai reached home and sat down quietly. He did not know what was wrong with the composition and could not sleep that night. Early morning, it dawned to him that all the dances in the film had very fast tempo and rhythm whereas his tune was in very slow tempo and so were the aalaaps. Vasant Desai composed the same song in Raga Adana in very fast tempo and aalaaps. He rehearsed the new tune with Ustad Amir Khan in the presence of Shantaram who was pleased with the new composition. [Source of this triva on title song -”Journal of SIRC”, Annual 2012].

I am presenting here the much talked about title song, ‘jhanak jhanak paayal baaje’ rendered by Ustad Amir Khan. The words are of Hasrat Jaipuri and the music composition is of Vasant Desai.

The title song became so popular that Ustad Amir Khan used to get ‘farmaish’ in his public concerts to sing the title song. Later, Ustad Amir Khan started singing a much-elongated version of this song (nearly 9 minutes) in his concerts and the gramophone record for the same was released. Ustad Amir Khan sang live the title song of the film on the occasion of the diamond jubilee (60th week) celebration of the film in the presence of the distinguished guests at the Liberty cinema in Mumbai.

Audio Clip:

Video Clip:

Audio Clip (Concert Verson):

Song-Jhanak jhanak paayal baaje (Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje)(1955) Singer-Ustad Amir Khan, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Vasant Desai

Chorus

Lyrics: (Based on Audio Clip)

jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje

paayaliya ki runak jhunak par
paayaliya ki runak jhunak par
chham chham manwa naa..che
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje

neel gagan bhi sunkar jhoome
madhur madhur jhanka…ar
madhur madhur jhankaar
soyi dharti jaag uthhi hai
soyi dharti jaag uthhi hai
goonj uthha sansaar
raag rang bhi saa…je
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje

jhanak jhanak paa…yal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje

[sargam]
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje

(aaaaaaaaaaaa)

jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
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paayal baa..je
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
paayal baa….je
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
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aaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaa
paayal aaa baa..je ae
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
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paayal baa…je
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
jhanak jhanak paayal baaje
(aaaaaaaaaaaaaa)
jhanak-jhanak paayal baaje
(aaaaaaaaaaaaaa)
jhanak-jhanak paayal baaje


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 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

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After leaving Prabhat Film Company in May 1942, V. Shantaram had announced his new film, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) under his own banner, Rajkamal Kala Mandir. He was looking for a reputed writer who could write screen-play and dialogues for the film. Baburao Patel, the editor of ‘Filmindia’ magazine who had business relations with Prabhat Film Company (through its printing press) and with V Shantaram, suggested the name of Dewan Sharar, author, playwright, poet and journalist of the international repute. In those days, Dewan Sharar used to publish his short stories every month in ‘Filmindia’ magazine after returning to India sometime in 1941 from London where he had been staying for many years.

Around the same time, D R D Productions of D R D Wadia had announced its maiden film, ‘Ishaara’ (1943) based on the Dewan Sharar’s famous novel, ‘The Gong of Siva’ (1935). With this film as well as ‘Shakuntala’ (1943), Dewan Sharar had shifted from Delhi to Mumbai and had made Cricket Club of India (CCI) as his temporary abode to write screen-play and dialogues for both these films. Since V Shantaram, after leaving Prabhat Films, did not have his own office, it was at CCI where he and Dewan Sharar met frequently to finalise the screen-play and dialogues for ‘Shakuntala’ (1943).

‘Ishaara’ (1943) was released in June 1943 and after couple of months, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) was released. Both these films were box office success. Dewan Sharar had a long partnership with Rajkamal Kala Mandir as a story, screen-play, dialogue, song writer and sometime as an actor until ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955).

Shantaram was to direct ‘Omar Khayyam’ under the banner of Prabhat Films in 1941 and the screen-play of the film written by Baburao Patel was ready. However, at that time, Shantaram did not go ahead with the film as his relationship with other directors of Prabhat Films was strained. After leaving Prabhat Films and the successful run of his maiden film, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943), Shantaram toyed the idea of reviving ‘Omar Khayyam’. He entrusted Khwaja Ahmed Abbas to rewrite the screen-play of ‘Omar Khayyam’. However, due to the fear of copyright issue that may crop up with Prabhat Films, Shantaram once again abandoned the plan to direct ‘Omar Khayyam’. It is quite possible that during this period, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas might have brought to the notice of Shantaram his novella, ‘And One Did Not Come Back’ which was based on the life of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis who spent 4 years in China during 1938-42 on a medical mission.

The story of Dr, Dwarkanath Kotnis impressed Shantaram so much that he not only decided to make a film as a biopic but also decided to act in the title role of Dr. Kotnis. The film took nearly 2 years to complete at a total cost of Rs.20 lakhs. The delay was mainly due to reshooting of some sequences which Shantaram was not happy when viewing the film at the editing table. For the sake of authenticity, Dr. B K Basu, one of the doctors who accompanied Dr. Kotnis to China and a Chinese lady was part of the production team to supervise during the shooting of the film [Source; from the advertisement which appeared in ‘Film Pictorial’, April 1946].

‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) was made in Hindi and English with the title ‘The Eternal Tale of Dr. Kotnis’. The film had V Shantaram in the title role of Dr. Kotnis and Jayshree as Chinese nurse, Ching Lan. Other actors in the film were Keshavrao Date, Pratima Devi, Ulhas, Janaki Das, Dewan Sharar, Salvi, Hudlikar, Baburao Pendharkar, Master Vinayak etc. The screen-play was jointly written by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas and V P Sathe, the writer and publicist. Dialogues and songs were written by Dewan Sharar. The film was released on March 16, 1946 at Swastik Theatre, Mumbai.

I am not sure whether the English version of film was released. But there is a mention in one of the issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazine of 1946 that Shantaram along with Jayshree and Dewan Sharar sailed to London in July 1946 on their way to New York taking with them the English version of ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) and ‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) for release in the USA.

‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) had 7 songs – all written by Dewan Sharar which were set to music by Vasant Desai. Three songs have been covered on the Blog. I am presenting the 4th song, ‘chit doley nit doley subah shaam prabhu ji’ a lullaby from the film sung by Jayshree on whom the song is picturised along with V Shantaram. Dewan Sharar makes a brief presence in the song picturisation. The child in the cradle is Rajshree, the reel and the real daughter of V Shantaram and Jayshree.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Chit doley nit doley (Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani)(1946) Singer-Jayshree, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra):

chit doley
nit doley
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam prabhu ji ee
chit doley
nit doley
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam
ho shaam savera
subah shaam
ho shaam savera
mann preetam kaa ho dera
aa aa
mann preetam kaa ho dera
iss dere kar bhi le
iss dere kar bhi le
vishraam prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley

neele parvat khet sunahre
neele parvat khet sunahre
neeli nadiyaan gahre gahre
neeli nadiyaan gahre gahre
chanda taare lete saare
chanda taare lete saare
ae ae
teraa naam prabhu ji ee
chit doley nit doley

pyaare nazaare
pyaare nazaare hain pyaare pyaare
pyaare nazaare
pyaare nazaare hain pyaare pyaare
aaankhon hi aankhon mein
ae ae ae ae
aankhon hi aankhon mein karte ishaare
nain tere
nain mere
nain tere
nain mere
ae ae ae
din rain prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley


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