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This article is written by Dr PradeepKumar Shetty, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a new 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.

Dr PradeepKumar Shetty makes his debut in the blog as an article contributor with this post.

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#the Decade of Eighties – 1981 – 1990 #
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(The movie – ‘Saaraansh-1984’, and tribute to Singer Bhupinder Singh)

Some movies touch you deeply, pull at your heart strings and get embedded permanently in your very being. It could be due the theme, the direction, or in the majority of the instances, the performances.

A few that have had such an effect on me are BOOT POLISH, MOTHER INDIA, SAHAB BIBI AUR GHULAM, DOST, KASTURI NIVASA (Kannada), MAUSAM, MOONRAM PIRAI (original Tamil version of Sadmaa), MASOOM, NAYAGAN, RUDAALI, BLACK.

The movie that is making its debut on the blog today is one such movie.

“SAARAANSH-1984” where a 29 year old NSD Graduate Anupam Kher debuted in the role of a 65 years old retired School Teacher, moved me to the very core. Kher’s acting and Mahesh Bhatt’s direction was superb in this movie.

Bhatt wrote the story, screenplay (with Sujit Sen), and dialogues written by Sujit Sen and Amit Khanna made the movie an emotional roller coaster ride. Able support was provided by Rohini Hattangadi, Neelu Phule, and Suhas Bhalekar.

Soni Razdan, Madan Jain, Akash Khurana, Alok Nath etc were in the cast.

Produced by Tarachand Barjatya of Rajshri Pictures the other credits of this movie are as;
Cinematography – Adeep Tandon, Editing-David Dhawan, Costumes-Amal Allana, Make up-S. Jayanta, Sound-Hitendra Ghosh, Art Direction – Madhukar Shinde.

The struggle of an old father coming into terms with the greatest loss of his life – the murdering of his only son in New York, his wife’s attempts at finding solace in the rituals and Pundits, standing up for a young woman whom they had taken as Paying Guest (against a local politician and his goons), contemplating suicide together earlier – the events unfold like a ‘tragic poem’ on the celluloid, but without losing hope for the final ‘ALL is WELL’.

Sanjeev Kumar, the thespian (with Sholay, Mausam, Zindagi, and Arjun Pandit, Trishul behind him) was the choice (in spite of Kher having been finalized by Mr. Bhatt) for the role by the Producers. But, Kher’s brilliant performance won him the ‘Filmfare Award’ for the Best Actor. Bhatt and Shinde also won for Story and Art Direction respectively.

The honor at the National Awards went to Naseeruddin Shah that year for ‘PAAR’. But Vasant Dev won the Best Lyricist award for ‘Saaraansh’.

This movie was India’s official entry for the Academy Award for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. It was included in the Panorama section of the 1984-IFFI. At the 14th Moscow International Film Festival, it was nominated for the ‘Golden Prize’ and Bhatt was given a ‘special prize’.

(At the ‘Filmfare Awards’, the other nominations for the film were for Best Film, Director, Actress and supporting actress- almost all the major categories).

So far for Mahesh Bhatt his movies ‘Arth’, ‘Naam’, ‘Janam’, ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Dil Hai Ke Maantaa Nahin’, ‘Ham Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke’, ‘Sir’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Zakhm’ etc have won him critical acclaim and many were commercially successful too. But to me ‘Saaransh’ is his most sensitive work same like Anupam Kher’s sensitive performance in this movie among his other movies.

Today’s song is a beautifully created and equally well picturised one. Kher, Hattangadi, Bhalekar and Alok Nath are the known faces here. Sung hauntingly by Bhupinder Singh, the lyrics are by Vasant Dev and music by Ajit Verman.

As mentioned earlier, Vasant Dev was given the ‘best lyricist award’ at the 32nd National Film Festivals.

Today is Bhupinder Singh’s birth anniversary (born on 6th February’1940). Surprisingly his voice features in two other favorite movies I have listed above.

This part was conceived on the 18th July’2022 the day Bhupinder Singh left for his heavenly journey and was informed to Avinash ji.

Lyrics noted are as per the audio of this song which is a longer version than the video, and provided by Avinash Scrapwala.

I am grateful to dear Avinash Scrapwala ji for his technical help. I feel lost with these things. He reminded me often, waited patiently and helped to make this post happen. (As mentioned above it was conceived on the day Bhupinder Singh left for his heavenly journey i.e. 18th July’2022, a gestation period of nearly nine months!!!)

Thanks also to all our ASAD friends who constantly goaded me to make a start.

Let us pay our tributes to Bhupinder Singh with this song.

Audio

Video

Song-Andhiyaara gehraaya (Saaraansh)(1984) Singer-Bhupinder Singh, Lyrics-Vasant Dev, MD-Ajit Verman

Lyrics (Based on audio link)(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

hmm hmm mmmm
hmm
hmm hoo oo aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
hmm hmm mm
o o o o o
hmm hmm mm
o o o o o
hmm hmm mm
o o o o o
hmm hmm mm
o o o o o
hmm hmm mm

andhiyaara gehraaya
hmm mm
soonaapan ghir aaya
hmm mm
ghabraaya man mera aa
hmm mm
charnon mein aaya
hmm mm
kyun ho tum
hmm mm
yoon gum sum
hmm mm
kirnon ko aane do
hmm mm
patthar ki aankhon se
hmm mm
karuna ko jharne do
andhiyaara gehraaya
hmm mm
soonaapan ghir aaya
hmm mm
ghabraaya man mera aa
hmm
charnon mein ae aaya
hmm mm

hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm

patton tinkon ka
banaa thha aa
ghar mera aa
dhhah gaya
bah gaya
ab kahaan baseraa
bheega hai man paakhi
anjali mein palne do
andhiyaara gehraaya
hmm mm
soonaapan ghir aaya
hmm mm
ghabraaya man mera aa
hmm
charnon mein ae aaya
hmm mm

hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm

ye udaasi agar
chhaayi hai mere liye ae
peer ki raah bhi
hai bani mere liye
seh loon main har jalan
chandan wo ban’ne do
andhiyaara gehraaya
hmm mm
soonaapan ghir aaya
hmm mm
ghabraaya man mera aa
hmm
charnon mein ae aaya
hmm mm

hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm
hmm mm

aisi chali aandhi ki
jhare paat sabhi
gir gaya
mil gaya
dhool mein
phool bhi
dhool ke phool ko
ankur ban
ugney do o
andhiyaara gehraaya
hmm mm
soonaapan ghir aaya
hmm mm
ghabraaya man mera aa
hmm
charnon mein ae aaya
hmm mm

aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa
aa aa


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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14.11.2022

#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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#Bhoole-Bisre Geet # (movie – Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Paseena-1978)
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Today 14th November is celebrated as a ‘children day’ all over the country. It is the birth anniversary of our First Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.

We pay our tributes to the Country’s first Prime Minister today and enjoy this song with a message on this special day.

For this occasion I was looking for a children’s song for presenting on the blog. And I was especially looking for a song sung by children that reminded me of this movie name which I had earlier came across while browsing the HFGK Vol-V (1971-1980). When I was in Nagpur during 2015-2016 I got a DVD having this movie with other V. Shantaram movies from a road-side CD/DVD seller in Sadar area of Nagpur. I thought I would watch it later but it didn’t happen. Then the changing of places for me (Nagpur-Anand-Vadodara) got the whole lot of books and CD/DVDs remain as it is for years now…

The videos of this movie were not available online those days. But now the songs in audio format and even the movie is available online.

This movie is ‘Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Paseena-1978’.

I had always been fascinated by the movies made for the children especially and have always loved to watch them.

Today we will listen to a song from this movie to commemorate today’s occasion and will have brief information about this movie.

‘Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Paseena-1978’ was directed by Sulbha Deshpande for ‘V. Shantaram Productions’.

It was produced by Kiran Shantaram.

It had Sushant Ray, Rajan Sawant, Sugandha Sadhale, Nishad Tambe, Ninad Tambe, Sharang Deo, Durga Jasraj, Abhitabh Sharadchandra, Ninad Deshpande, Parag Vanakudre, Atul Parchure, Mohan Desai, Prashant Bhalerao, Sujit Ray, Rahul Kiran, Uday Shinde, Sushma Sawarkar, Ajit Deshpande, Vijay Joshi, Yatin Karyekar, Dhananjay Kakad, Sonal Phadake, Sherona Ghosalkar, Sandeep Palande, Chhaya Shete, Priya Hate, Vaishali Likhite, Vidya Shanbhag, Dhanlaxmi Sharma, Nita Khambate, Sadhana Phadke, Priya Vaidya, Rajshri Kulkarni, and many other child artists. (I thought to present the complete list here, but as I was noting it down from the movie link it was just going on and on 😊 ).

Story of this movie was written by Vijay Tendulkar. Screenplay was jointly written by Vijay Tendulkar and Sulbha Deshpande.

Editing of this movie was done by Madhav Kamble.

Dialogues and lyrics for the songs in this movie were written by Professor Vasant Deo.
This movie was passed by Censor Board on 30.12.1978.

This movie has four songs written by Vasant Deo and composed to music by Sharang Deo.

I guess that all the songs in this movie were sung by singers who were young then, as their name suggests.

Arati Anklikar (born on 27.01.1963), Sadhana Ghanekar(born on 07.03.1969), Durga Jasraj, Sharmila Datar, Vandana Datar, Ratan, Sharma had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

The movie then introduced the first ‘child music director’ Sharang Deo.

Here is a brief about this movie taken from a online website (which doesn’t allow to copy it, so I had typed it as it is 😊 )

“Narrated in form of a play by a group of well-intentioned children, it tries to drive home the need for all round hard work. The king and queen in the play who are childless are advised that only a herb ‘mixed with human sweat’ produced by hard work can give them their heir. The search by the king for such a commodity makes him realize that right from himself to his subjects there is a crass laziness and corruption. The king realizes that the nation can progress only through hard work and not by inflicting any punishment on himself or his subjects. With this message the play ends.”

Today’s song is an inspirational song and it motivates all to do hard work to make this earth a ‘paradise’ for all.

Today’s song is sung by Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar.

I have not been able to note correct words at few places which I have marked as (?). I would like to request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs.

I do not remember to have watched this movie in my childhood and later and it was only in 2015 when I got my copy of HFGK Vol-V that I got to know about this movie.

With the today’s song this movie ‘Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Paseena-1978’ makes its debut on the blog.
Video


Audio

Song-Ruko naa jhuko naa (Raaja Raani Ko Chaahiye Paseena)(1978) Singer-Aarti Ankalikar-Tikekar, Lyrics-Vasant dev, MD-Sharang Dev

Lyrics

ruko naa
jhuko naa
ruko naa aa
jhuko naa
kadam badhaao
kadam badhaao o
kadam badhaao o
ruko naa
jhuko naa
ruko naa
jhuko naa
kadam badhaao
kadam badhaao o
kadam badhaao o
ruko naa
jhuko naa

kaam ke bina bekaar hai
jeena tera
kaam ke bina bekaar hai
jeena tera
behta paseena kare
mitti ka sonaa
behta paseena kare
mitti ka sonaa
sonaa
ruko naa
roko naa
jhuko naa
kadam badhaao
kadam badhaao o
kadam badhaao o
ruko naa aa

?????
bol rahaa hai
?????
bol rahaa hai
har mushqil ko
todo o
har mushqil ko
todo o
ghoomtaa pahiya
kehta jaata
ghoomtaa pahiya
kehta jaata
har doori ko
todo o
har doori ko
todo o

hansiya hanskar ye boley re
hansiya hanskar ye boley re
koyi nahin majboot
koyi nahin majboot
ruko naa
jhuko naa
ruko naa aa
jhuko naa
kadam badhaao
kadam badhaao o
kadam badhaao o
ruko naa aa

bane paseena beej
dharti uglegi sonaa
bane paseena beej
dharti uglegi sonaa
gire paseena jo
machine mein
chaley kaarkhaana
gire paseena jo
machine mein
chaley kaarkhaana
o ho o ho o
o ho ho ho ho ho o
dharti par utraa
nandanwan
dharti par utraa
nandanwan
wo din kitnaa door
wo din kitnaa door
ruko naa aa
jhuko naa aa
ruko naa aa
jhuko naa
kadam badhaao
kadam badhaao o
kadam badhaao o


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you don’t feel pain”.

Thus spoke Bob Marley (1945-1981), the famous Jamaican singer and songwriter, about the power of music. From the most casual to the most formal, every activity, every endeavor of human existence is in one form or another, quite inextricably linked with music. Music pervades our lives and our beings. In many an instance, music appears quite unexpectedly in our lives.

Back in 1981, the Minister of Culture of France was a gentleman by the name Jack Lang. He appointed Maurice Fleuret as the Director of Music and Dance. One observation Maurice had about the cultural ethos of France – “the music everywhere, the concert nowhere”. He conducted a sample survey of the French population. The survey brought out some very interesting results; the most important one was which established that almost half the population was adept at playing one or another type of musical instrument.

Armed with this result, Maurice dreamt of bringing this talent for music, out in the open. Working with his minister, Maurice set out to design a method which would allow common people to be able to perform for others. From this pursuit was born the concept of ‘Fête de la Musique’ or the ‘Festival of Music’. After preparing and communicating for many weeks, finally the date for this public festival was decided as 21st June. In the year 1982, this event was rolled out across the length and breadth of France.

Ever since, the phenomena has spread to practically everywhere. This festival is now held in more than a thousand cities across 170 countries.

One basic feature of this celebration is that it is free. The artists and musicians perform for free. And also, all performances are free for the viewing public.

When writing about music, I have occasionally fallen back on the 1985 film ‘Sur Sangam’, for a suitable song for the post. Once again today, as I write to celebrate this worldwide event, I bring to the readers another wonderful song that tells about the nature and practice of music. The beginning words of this song lay out such an adept definition,

saadh re mann sur ko saadh re
ek mann ko doosre se baandh re

Yes, a force that brings together and binds the minds and hearts of people. Need I say more – the experience of the regulars of this musical bandwagon will speak for itself.

As I noted in my write up for the song “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye”, as far as the memory serves, the film ‘Sur Sangam’ is probably the last film that I can remember, that has music as its central theme. After 1985, I cannot recall any other Hindi film built on the theme of music.

The film is a Hindi remake of the iconic Telegu film ‘Shankarabharnam’. It has been produced by V Ramesh for Vijay Madhavi Pictures, Madras and is directed by K Vishwanath. The eminent star cast of this film includes Girish Karnad, Jayaprada, Sachin, Sadhna Singh, Deven Verma, Bharti Achrekar, Paintal, Tabassum, Asrani, Bhushan Tiwari, Dina Pathak, Mohan Choti, OP Singh, Jeet Mohan, Sulabha Deshpande, SP Dubey, Urmila, Master Akash Singh and Baby Mamta.

The film has a set of very wonderful 11 songs, all written by Vasant Dev, and set to wonderful classical melodies by Lakshmikant Pyaarelal. Five songs of this film are already showcased on our blog. And the sixth makes its appearance today on the occasion of the World Day of Music. The singing voice is that of Rajan Sajan Misra.

May there be delightful music today, and every day in our lives.

Audio

Video

Song – Saadh Re Mann Sur Ko Saadh Re (Sur Sangam) (1985) Singer – Rajan Sajan Misra, Lyrics – Vasant Dev, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics

saadh re
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re
mann sur ko saadh re

ek mann ko
doosre se
baandh re
saadh re
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re..ae..ae
mann sur ko saadh re

taa..aa..aan hai suraj kiran
taa..aa..aan hai suraj kiran
alaap neelam ka gagan
alaap neelam ka gagan
ab ugey ankur dhara par
baandh aisa raag re..ae..ae
saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re

ma pa nee nee nee dha
nee. . . sa
ga nee ma pa
pa ga
ma re
re pa

megh se malhaar le tu. . .
megh se malhaar le tu
gandh se gandhaar le tu
gandh se gandhaar le tu
dhol pancham kokila ka
tu bahaa re raag re. . .
saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re

mann yahi tu dhyaan rakh
mann yahi tu dhyaan rakh
sur ki sahi pehchaan rakh
sur ki sahi pehchaan rakh
tu rahe ya na rahe
par sur rahe abaad re..ae
ae..ae

saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re..ae..ae
mann sur ko saadh re
saadh re..ae
mann sur ko saadh re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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साध रे
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे
मन सुर को साध रे

एक मन को
दूसरे से
बांध रे
साध रे
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे

ता॰॰आ॰॰आन है सूरज किरण
ता॰॰आ॰॰आन है सूरज किरण
आलाप नीलम का गगन
आलाप नीलम का गगन
अब उगे अंकुर धरा पर
बांध ऐसा राग रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे

म प नी नी नी ध
नी॰ ॰ ॰ स
ग नी म प
प ग
म रे
रे प

मेघ से मल्हार ले तू॰ ॰ ॰
मेघ से मल्हार ले तू
गंध से गंधार ले तू
गंध से गंधार ले तू
ढोल पंचम कोकिला का
तू बहा रे राग रे॰ ॰ ॰
साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे

मन यही तू ध्यान रख
मन यही तू ध्यान रख
सुर की सही पहचान रख
तू रहे या ना रहे पर
सुर रहे आबाद रे॰॰ए
॰॰ए॰॰ए

साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे
साध रे॰॰ए
मन सुर को साध रे


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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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Hullo Atuldom

These days we have people from all walks of life connecting with each other over video calls, chat groups coming together on various online platforms etc. Similarly there are people who are going ‘live’ on Facebook and YouTube. On these ‘live’ days they showcase their talents in singing and dancing etc. I have watched a few and must say, rather admit, that this period of Lock-down is helping everyone rediscover their passion in singing and other art forms. All the best to all of them

Some videos of these ‘live’ acts are doing the rounds on the social media called Whatsapp. My husband forwarded me one such video which had the South Indian stalwart SP Balasubramaniam singing one of his popular songs from the 1979 Telugu movie ‘Shankarabharanam’.

That movie had some great songs which were based on Carnatic Ragas and told the story of an exponent of classical music Sankara Sastri (JV Somayajulu) and his ardent fan cum disciple Tulsi (Manju Bhargavi). The movie was written and directed by K Viswanath, had music by KV Mahadevan and lyrics were by V Sundararama Murthy. K Viswanath later remade this movie in Hindi as ‘Sur Sangam’ in 1985.

The Hindi version had Girish Karnad and Jaya Prada playing the roles of Pandit Shivshankar Shastri and Tulsi. The film made its debut on the blog on 19th May, 2013 with the song “Mai Ka Piya Bulaave Apne Mandirva“. (In that sense, it is like a seven-year challenge. 🙂 )

Our dear Sudhir ji had posted one song from this movie on the occasion of World Music day in 2017 “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye“. The movie has eleven songs in all with “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye” appearing as two parts in the movie. Then we also have the song Dhanya Bhaag Sewa Ka Awsar Paaya which was shared by Khyatiben in July 2014 as part of the build up to the 10000th post. Sudhir ji then later wrote a heartfelt tribute to Girish Karnad in his post on the song “Hey Shiv Shankar Hey Karunakar” last year.

I feel Sudhir ji has given us a good biography of Girish Karnad in his post last year. So I shall go directly to the next song from this film. In this song we see the Shastri ji teaching a small boy a classical bhajan. He is unaware that the boy is actually the son of his fan/disciple Tulsi. He feels that the little boy has a lot of potential to take over the mantle from him. In fact the second anatara shows the child singing what he has learnt from the guru and the mother envisions the guru himself. The song is in the vocals of the Mishra brothers – Rajan and Sajan Mishra, with Lata Mangeshkar. Lyricist is Vasant Dev with Laxmikant-Pyaarelal as the music composers. I must admit here that I have no knowledge about the Raag or Taal that this song is in. I expect knowledgeable readers to help here.

Thinking of the versatile actor Girish Karnad today on his 82nd birthday.

Audio

Video

Song – Jaaun Torey Charan Kamal Par Vaari  (Sur Sangam) (1985) Singer – Rajan-Sajan Misra, Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Vasant Dev, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Rajan-Sajan Misra + Lata Mangeshkar

Lyrics 

jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari
o ho 
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
hey gopal govind murari
hey gopal govind murari 
sharnaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

kitna ghana bana andhiyaara
kitna ghana bana andhiyaara
ghulta mai saara ka saara
ghulta mai saara ka saara 
tu hi mera ek adhaa..aa..aar
aa a a aa aaaa aaaa
ga re pa ga dha pa
dha pa ga re ga pa dha re
re ga ga re sa dha pa ga re
ga pa dha pa re
sa dha ga pa
ga dha pa ga
pa ma ga re
ma ga re sa
re ga re ga pa dha pa
sa dha pa ga re sa
tu hi mera ek adhaar
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan par vaari

sana nana nana nana
sana nana pawan jhakora aata
sana nana pawan jhakora aata
haara mann tapta gabraata
haara mann tapta gabraata
toot raha saanson ka taar
aaaaaa aaa
toot raha saanson ka taar 
sharanasgat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

morpankh ki kiran jaga kar
jaga kar
morpankh ki kiran jaga kar
adharon par muskaan uga kar
adharon par muskaan uga kar 
har le mann ki piir apaa..aa..aar
sa re sa ga sa pa
sa dha sa pa dha pa ga re
sa dha sa
har le mann ki piir apaar
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari
hey gopal govind murari
sharanaagat hoon dwaar tihaare
jaaun torey charan kamal par vaari
jaa..aaun torey charan kamal par vaari

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
ओ हो
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
हे गोपाल गोविंद मुरारी
हे गोपाल गोविंद मुरारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

कितना घना बना अँधियारा
कितना घना बना अँधियारा
घुलता मैं सारा का सारा
घुलता मैं सारा का सारा
तू ही मेरा एक आधार
आ आ आs आsss आsss
ग रे प ग ध प
ध प ग रे ग ध प रे
रे ग ग रे स ध प ग रे
ग प ध प रे
स ध ग प
ग ध प ग
प म ग रे
म ग रे स
तू ही मेरा एक आधार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

स न न न न न न
स न न न पवन झकोरा आता
स न न न पवन झकोरा आता
हारा मन तपता घबराता
हारा मन तपता घबराता
टूट रहा साँसों का तार
आsssss आss
टूट रहा साँसों का तार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी

मोरपंख की किरण जगा कर
जगा कर
मोरपंख की किरण जगा कर
अधरों पर मुस्कान उगा कर
अधरों पर मुस्कान उगा कर
हर ले मन की पीर अपा॰॰आर
स रे स ग स प
स ध स प ध प ग रे
स ध स
हर ले मन की पीर अपार
शरणागत हूँ द्वार तिहारे
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जाऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी
जा॰॰आऊँ तोरे चरण कमल पर वारी


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 : 3982 Post No. : 15069

In some cases, it is the voice – some people will impress you, attract you with their voice. Girish Karnad’s voice has one of the most relaxing sound quality that I have heard. And his presence, his demeanor, his being in a scene, on screen or on stage, always had the same expression of comfort and relaxation as his voice. Seeing him, listening to him, one could never imagine if this person could be moved to a hasty or an impatient action.

He passed away, the day before. The news said that he was 82. I was surprised, it couldn’t be. Over the years since I had first seen him live in a drama in Delhi – almost a millennium ago, and then through films and media images, he always seemed to be the same, never changing, nor ageing. Be it the memories and images from the 60s, 70s, or even recent. He always appeared to be the same.

So when I read this one line in a media news item, I was very taken aback. Sure, I had not seen him active for the past few years, but the thought process probably had never projected far enough to make believe that he was past his 80th. In fact, as I reviewed his filmography in preparation for this article, I find that 5 of his upcoming films are slated for released through the rest of 2019.

Mid 1960s to 70s was an era for the theatre in India. One sees an upsurge in the quality of drama, the subject matter handling by the playwrights and the abilities of the dramatists. If it was Badal Sircar in Bangla (east), it was Vijay Tendulkar in Matathi (west); if it was Mohan Rakesh in Hindi (north), it was Girish Karnad in Kannada (south). These playwrights brought in some very incisive, some very timeless creations, that brought a completely fresh air, breaking new grounds in understanding the human psyche – how the humans interact, with each other and within themselves, how the social influences mould the individual behaviors, and in reverse, how the human expressions manipulate the social conduct. And together, how they shape the movement of history.

Girish K broke out a very crisp and a surprisingly innovative line of enquiry, with his very first play – ‘Yayati’. Most of the readers will be familiar with this episode from the epic, Mahabharat. Yayati is a king in the lineage of the Chandravansh, the lineage of Chandra, the Moon God. He is portrayed as an irresponsible king, consumed by his obsession with young age and the pleasures to be derived from it. He is afraid of getting old. His wife is Devyani, daughter of Rishi Shukracharya. Sharmishtha is the name of one of the ladies in waiting of Devyani. Actually a princess herself from another kingdom, Sharmishtha becomes a bounden server to Devyani due to certain events. As the events unfold furhter, Yayati has an extra marital affair with Sharmishtha, who bears three sons for him. Devyani too has three children, one daughter and two sons. Devyani complains to her father, who is the purohit (high priest) of the demon clan. Incensed by the behavior of his son-in-law, he curses him to a premature and a prolonged old age.

Yayati is shattered. He goes to Shukracharya, begs for forgiveness and removal of the curse. Shukracharaya tells him that his curse cannot be reversed, but it can be transferred to a person willing to take on such a curse. Yayati is overjoyed, but the joy is short-lived as he finds out that no one is ready to accept his curse. Finally, one of his sons, Puru, agrees to take on the curse of his father, wanting to bring peace to his father. Yayati enjoys another one thousand years of youth, donated by his son Puru.

This is a well known tale, and it has its own share of interpretations, analysis and philosophical discourse in literary critique over the ages. Girish K stepped in and asked a question that was never asked for many a millennia. What about Chitralekha?

It is not clear whether this character by this name exists in the annals of Mahabharat. Girish K is alluding to, and enquiring about Puru’s wife. A man goes ahead and takes on the curse of old age for a thousand years. There is name and fame, for this sacrifice. But no one ever asked, what about his wife? What happened to her life and her time, and whether and how did she endure this abnormally changed circumstance foisted upon her. With certain modifications to the original plot, Girish K is the first scholar to ask this question.

This play came about during Girish K’s journey to England by ship in 1960. The version of Mahabharat by C Rajagopalachari was published in 1951. This version of the epic influenced Girish K, and he went on to create two great plays based on themes from this epic. By his own account, ‘Yayati’ came so naturally to him, almost as if someone was dictating and he was just transcribing. The writing of this play was completed on this sea voyage of three weeks. He was traveling to London, having been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship at the Oxford University. During his stay and studies, he completed a triple MA, simultaneously in philosophy, politics and economics. The second play, that was born out of the influence of Mahabharat, sat in his mind for almost three decades, and then was born as ‘Fire and Rain’, which was staged first time in 1995.

His other most celebrated theatrical creation is another view into the history of India. Titled ‘Tuglaq’, this play took the theatre world, the audiences and the socio-political commentators by storm when it was first staged in 1966. In 1972, this play was enacted by the National School of Drama, directed by Ebrahim Elkazi, and presented on the ramparts of the Old Fort (Purana Qila) in Delhi. Using the ruins of the Old Fort as the backdrop, the play was enacted, to a very critical acclaim. Personally, that was my first introduction to Girish K. Quite enchanted by the theatre scene in Delhi, I have seen this enactment of the play while I still was in school.

The play covers the last 5 years of the reign of Mohammed Bin Tuglaq. The protagonist, is portrayed as having great ideas and a grand vision, but his reign was an abject failure. He started his rule with great ideals of a unified India, but his kingdom degenerated into anarchy. His proclamation to move his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, resulted in a massive exodus that brought misery and sorrow to a huge population. This was seen by the commentators as an allegory to the Partition of the country in 1947, and mass movement of people from both sides of the border.

In his later discussions, Girish K has revealed that the play was not originally written with an intent to comment on the then current political scenario in the country. Writing about the commentary on his play, Girish K has stated – “I did not consciously write about the Nehru era, I am always flattered when people tell me that it was about the Nehru era and equally applies to development of politics since then. But, I think, that is a compliment that any playwright would be thrilled to get, but it was not intended to be a contemporary play about a contemporary situation.”

Girish K started his theatre career in Madras, with a drama group called the Madras Players. Starting with ‘Yayati’ we see the development of a multi-faceted career that has lasted for almost six decades – author, teacher, playwright, director, stage actor, film actor, director of FTII Pune, chairman of the Sangeet Natak Academy – there is so much in his career to write and tell about.

His association with the cinema begins with ‘Samskaara’ (1970) and ‘Vamsh Vriksh’ (1972), both in Kannada, and both well recognized and well awarded films. Girish K was also the co-director of ‘Vamsh Vriksh’. The storylines for both films are a very strong statement on the evolving nature of human relationships, as each individual passes through his or her own pleasures, travails, dreams and anguish. The stories tell of compelling human emotions that drive human beings, to behave in manners that are quite out of the ordinary expectations. In ‘Samskaara’, Praneshcharaya (role played by Girish K), a devout Brahmin, is so convinced of moksha being the ultimate goal of life, and being so focused to achieve it, marries an invalid, so he can remain a celibate all his life. His antithesis is life is Narayanappa, a Brahmin who has given up the traditions – he eats meat and lives with Chandri, a lady of lower standing in the society. As the events unfold, Narayanappa passes away. His final rites become a controversy – a non-Brahmin cannot perform his rites, and no Brahmin in the village is ready to perform the rites for one who has fallen from the tradition. In the midst of all this, Praneshcharya one night wakes up in the lap of Chandri. Unable to reconcile with his own actions, he leaves the village in despair. Chandri secretly performs the last rites of Narayanappa and leaves the village too. In the last scene, Praneshcharya is seen returning to the village. Did he confess and atone for his actions? – the question remains unanswered.

‘Vamsh Vriskh’ is a complex narrative of the progression in a family, the interrelationships, the hidden connects and the invisible knowns. The protagonist, Srinivasa Shrotri, goes through many a tribulation in life, and tries to keep his mental peace intact. Having lost or settled all his affairs, he finally renounces householder’s life to become a sanyaasi.

In 1974, Girish K appeared in a children’s film ‘Jaadu Ka Shankh’. Not much more information about this film is locatable.

In the next three years, we see Girish K in three films that are outstanding statements of the new-wave cinema. In 1975, we see him in ‘Nishaant’ as the timid but principled schoolmaster, whose wife is abducted by the brothers of the landlord. The film has a kind of idealist ending, with the schoolmaster fatally attacking the landlord during a religious celebration and the entire village rising up against the landlord and lynching him and his entire family. In 1976 came ‘Manthan’ – the story of the white revolution in India. Girish K has played the role of Dr Rao, a chemist assigned in the rural areas, to help villagers determine the quality of their milk and to help free them from the clutches of the milk contractors by establishing co-operative societies. In 1977, we see Girish K in ‘Swami’, assaying the role of Ghamshyam, an upright and principled eldest son in the family, after passing away of his father, handling the family matters and his own personal life very maturely and with wisdom, in the presence of a hostile step mother.

In the next four decades , Girish K has appeared in almost 100 films, in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malyalam and Assamese. I remember seeing him in ‘Man Pasand’ (1980), playing the role of Kashinath, a close friend of Pratap, the protagonist (role played by Dev Anand). Later, I have seen him in ‘Aasha’ (1980), ‘Ek Baar Chale Aao’ (1983), ‘Tarang’ (1984), till the waning interest in newer films kept me away. Ah yes, he was part of the dear ‘Malgudi Days’ series on the television, playing the role of Swami’s father. In his other directorial outings, he has directed ‘Godhuli’ (1977) and ‘Utsav’ (1984), films that have earned a lot of critical acclaim. He has also made a number of documentaries, like one on the Kannada poet DR Bendre (1972), ‘Kanaka-Purandara’ (English, 1988) on two medieval Bhakti poets of Karnataka, Kanaka Das and Purandara Das, and ‘The Lamp in the Niche’ (English, 1989) on Sufism and the Bhakti movement in India. Many of his films and documentaries have won several national and international awards.

Girish K’s accomplishment as an actor is simply his complete comfort with being the character he is playing. Watching him on the screen, one has this confidence that he knows all the ins and outs of the character he plays, and that in some incarnation he has lived that role himself. The authenticity of portrayal is simply magnificent.

In 1985, he appeared in the role of Pandit Shiv Shankar Shastri in the film ‘Sur Sangam’. The film, and his portrayal of the senior patriarchic exponent of classical music, are my all time favorite. I have written about this film in an earlier article with the song “Aaye Sur Ke Panchhi Aaye”. The film revolves around classical music and the story of Pt Shiv Shankar Shastri, one of the greatest living exponents of this art form. The story line brings in Tulsi (role played by Jayaprada), who is musically inclined and who reveres Shastri ji. The turn of events brings a certain unexplainable element – Tulsi is sexually assaulted, and the man responsible also throws down the portrait of Shastri ji. In a fit of violent anger, Tulsi slays the man with a shard of glass from broken portrait, runs off into the night, and boards a train departing from the local station. As destiny would have it, she barges into a first class coupe whose sole occupant is Shastri ji, who is traveling for participating in an out of town program. The two travel together, and return. Tulsi starts living in the same house as Shastri ji. He is a widower and has a girl child. Slowly, Tulsi becomes a part of the household. Being inclined for classical music, she also starts to practice while staying at Shastri ji’s home. One night, there is a special celebration at the temple of Lord Shiv. Shastri ji is to perform. Tulsi accompanies him, as usual. With the performance about to begin, Shastri ji motions Tulsi to pick up and play the taanpura in accompaniment. At this, all his participating disciples become incensed and leave the stage one by one. Tulsi rushes back home (and then leaves the household for good), the audience leaves and Shastri ji is the sole person left in the temple. In the absence of any accompaniment and musical support, he resolves to make his musical presentation regardless, to the Lord. And he presents this song, alone in a deserted temple, to Lord Shiv.

I picked this song specially, to highlight one aspect of Girish K’s artistic expressions, which was probably hidden until then. An accomplished performer, he has performed the dance steps as part of this song. Every review of the film at that time, commented on the dancer in Girish K. He revealed in an interview that he had taken on special dance training to prepare for this song. You can see the performance for yourself. It is no less than an accomplished and well trained dancer, presenting these steps in unison with the music.

This one song, in my humble opinion, is the best artistic performance that I have seen from Girish K. See the manner in which he starts his dialogue with the Lord. His singing, his facial expressions, his gestures and movements, all coalesce into a fluid expression of a conversation with Lord Shiv. No one else is present so this is a very private conversation, in which Shastri ji is telling the Lord to listen to His own sound coming from inside him. This entire clip is a one wonderful performance by Girish K that probably has not been surpassed.

It is a sad goodbye that we bid today. The person, the artist, and a scholar – it is truly a great loss to the cultural landscape of this sub continent that may never be made up.

One commentator has written about Girish K’s creations, that “. . . Girish Karnad allowed his characters to ask the questions, to struggle with the inconclusive, and hence his stories truly never ended.” Yes, that is the legacy of this multi-faceted artist – his creations, his stories, his characters – all still have a lot be explored for. That “struggle with the inconclusive” is so appropriate a passage dealing with the complex realities and relationships in the course of a human life. His stories have not really ended. And neither has his legacy.

Girish K – Rest in Peace. . . Enduring Peace

 

Audio

Video

Song – Hey Shiv Shankar, Hey Karunakar  (Sur Sangam) (1985) Singer – Rajan-Sajan Misra, Lyrics – Vasant Dev, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

hey..ey..ey shiv shankar
hey..ey..ey karunakar
parmanand maheshwar

hey shiv shankar
hey karunakar
hey shiv shankar
hey karunakar
parmanand maheshwar
mere bheetar tum gaate ho
mere bheetar tum gaate ho
sun lo tum apna ye swar
hey shiv shankar
hey karunakar
parmanand maheshwar

maun gaan ka dhyaan jamaaya
maun gaan ka dhyaan jamaaya
yog raag ko hi maana
tum hi baney ho taan praan ki
tum hi baney ho taan praan ki
mere tan mann ko paawan kar
hey shiv shankar
hey karunakar
parmanand maheshwar

rudra been jhankar tumhaari
rudra been jhankar tumhaari
shudra janon se rahi ansuni
dhanya tumhi ho jaavo sureshwar
dhanya tumhi ho jaavo sureshwar
apne mukh se sun apna swar
hey shiv shankar
hey karunakar
parmanand maheshwar [

nabh chaaya ghan ghor bijuriya damke jhamke
adharon ki muskaan tumhaari cham cham chamke
aaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaa
ghir ghir aaye megh bhayankar garaj garajte
goonja nupur naad tumhaara thirak thirkate
jhuk gaya matha ki tum ne haan kaha jis pal umapati
sheesh ki ganga dharaa par utar aayi chhal-chhalaati
ga ga re ni re ga ma
dha ni re ga re sa
geet ki har lehar par tum jhoom kar naacho nateshwar
aaj is anand varsha mein nahaao tum maheshwar
aaa aaaaaa aaaaaaj is anand varsha mein
nahaa..aavoo tum maheshwar
shiv shankar
maheshwar
shiv shankar
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaa

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

हे॰॰ए॰॰ए शिव शंकर
हे॰॰ए॰॰ए करुणाकर
परमानन्द महेश्वर

हे शिव शंकर
हे करुणाकर
हे शिव शंकर
हे करुणाकर
परमानन्द महेश्वर
मेरे भीतर तुम गाते हो
मेरे भीतर तुम गाते हो
सुन लो तुम अपना ये स्वर
हे शिव शंकर
हे करुणाकर
परमानन्द महेश्वर

मौन गान का ध्यान जमाया
मौन गान का ध्यान जमाया
योग राग को ही माना
तुम ही बने हो तान प्राण की
तुम ही बने हो तान प्राण की
मेरे तन मन को पावन कर
हे शिव शंकर
हे करुणाकर
परमानन्द महेश्वर

रुद्र बीन झंकार तुम्हारी
रुद्र बीन झंकार तुम्हारी
शूद्र जनों से रही अनसुनी
धन्य तुम्हीं हो जावो सुरेश्वर
धन्य तुम्हीं हो जावो सुरेश्वर
अपने मुख से सुन अपना स्वर
हे शिव शंकर
हे करुणाकर
परमानन्द महेश्वर

घन छाया घनघोर बिजुरिया दमके झमके
अधरों की मुस्कान तुम्हारी चम चम चमके
आsss आssss आssss आsssss आsssss
घिर घिर आए मेघ भयंकर गरज गरजते
गूँजा नूपुर नाद तुम्हारा थिरक थिरकते
झुक गया माथा कि तुमने हाँ कहा जिस पल उमापति
शीश कि गंगा धरा पर उतार आई छल-छलाती
ग ग रे नि रे ग म
ध नि रे ग रे स
गीत की हर लहर पर तुम झूम कर नाचो नटेश्वर
आज इस आनंद वर्षा में नहाओ तुम महेश्वर
आ आ आ॰॰आज इस आनंद वर्षा में
नहा॰॰आवो तुम महेश्वर
शिव शंकर
महेश्वर
शिव शंकर
आsss आssss आssssss


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today, 21st June is designated as the World Music Day. The reminders checked in quite late in the afternoon today. The historical details about this event are available on the internet, and our dear Arun ji has also summarized them in a brief post on the Whatsapp group.

As I set down thinking about this event, and to search out an appropriate song for today, my mind almost immediately went to the 1985 film ‘Sur Sangam’.  In my mind, this is probably the best film on the theme of classical music, in the recent decades. Times are past that classical music and the legends of this art form used to be the central themes of many a film, especially from the historical perspective, in the decades that coincide with the golden era of Hindi film music. Historical persona such as Tansen and Baiju, Narsi Mehta and Meerabai, Kalidas and Soordas, Kabir and Rani Roopmati have been central themes and central characters of many a film till the decade of 1970s. Beyond that, I cannot easily recall a film whose theme and storyline is based primarily on classical music.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

DRISHTI (1990) was produced and directed by Govind Nihalani who was also the cinematographer of the film. The star cast included those actors who at that time, were usually associated with parallel cinema. Shekhar Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia were in the lead roles of husband and wife while Mita Vashisht and Vijay Kashyap were in the roles of another couple. Irfan Khan, Neena Gupta, Navneet Nishan and Tabassum Mansoori had small but important roles in the film. It is said that the film was a remake of a TV Series ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ (1973) directed by Ingmar Bergman. The film failed at the box office but was critically acclaimed. The film won the National Film Award for the best feature film in Hindi.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Ajit Verman is today’s (26 march 2014) 67 year old birthday boy (DOB 26 march 1947). I found from Wikipedia that he started his career as a musician for the likes of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Pankaj Mullick and Salil Chaudhary etc in Kolkata. And also Shankar Jaikishan and Laxmi Pyare in Mumbai in the 70s.
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“Sur Sangam” (1985) was a Vijaya Madhavee Pictures production. It was produced by Vadde Ramesh and directed by K Vishwanath. The movie had Girish Karnad, Jayaprada, Sachin, Sadhana Singh, Paintal, Mohan Choti, Deven Varma, Bhushan Tiwari, Bharati Achrekar, Tabassum, Dina Pathak, Asha Singh, Urmila Matondkar, Sulabha Deshpande, S P Dubey, Jitmohan Mitra, O P Singh, Mohan, KrishnaMurthy, Bheemeshwara Rao, Akash Singh, Baby Mamata etc in it.
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“Utsav” (1984) was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Girish Karnad. The movie had Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Amjad Khan, Shankar Nag, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shekhar Suman, Neena Gupta, Anuradha Patel, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Harish Patel, Yunus Parwez, Satish Kaushik etc in it.
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