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For today’s episode of this series, I present this sensuous song from the 1970 film ‘Veer Abhimanyu’.  As the name suggests, this is a mythological film, which based on the historical narrative from the epic Mahabharat. It covers the part of history of Abhimanyu, the son of Arjun. I give a brief summary below.

Abhimanyu is the son of Arjun and Subhadra. As Subhadra is the younger sister of Krishna and Balram, that makes Krishna and Balram uncles (mamma) of Abhimanyu. Being the son and nephew of the three best stalwarts of this epic, Abhimanyu is groomed to become one of the bravest and best warriors amongst the entire Kuru clan (i.e. both the Kaurav and Pandav lineages).

There is a short episode in Mahabharat, where it is narrated how Abhimanyu learnt the art of piercing and entering the Chakravyuh formation on a battlefield. A Chakravyuh is a formidable and impenetrable discus shaped formation of soldiers. The main purpose of this formation is to keep safe the generals and the battle leaders from the enemy warriors. It is a complex structure of intertwined ring formations of soldiers, and is almost impossible to penetrate. When Subhadra was pregnant, carrying Abhimanyu in her womb, one night Arjun was describing the complex structure of this formation, the trick to penetrate and enter it, then how to destroy it from the inside and then exit from the ruins of this formation. It is stated that Abhimanyu learnt this warfare strategy, in his mother’s womb, while Arjun was describing it. As the narrative tells us, after listening to about half of this description, Subhadra drifted into sleep. And so, Abhimanyu could imbibe only the first half of this strategy, i.e. penetrating and entering this formation, but could not get the remaining description on how to exit from it. This partial learning had a very telling consequence on battlefield of Kurukshetra.

As the Mahabharat war started, Abhimanyu was one of the primary architects of the roster of daily victories for the Pandavs. He was just sixteen years old at that time. On the first day of warfare, Abhimanyu engaged Bhisma, his great grandfather, in one-on-one battle. By the end of the day, Bhishma is not able to overcome Abhmanyu, rather by end of the day, Abhimanyu breaks the bow in the hands of Bhishma. And the day ends. On the second day, Abhimanyu attacks Ashwathama, son of Dronacharya, the seer who has taught the Kauravs and Pandavs in the skills and art of waepons and warfare. On hearing that Abhimanyu has attacked Ashwathama, Drona immediately comes to his son’s assistance. Another day long duel happens, and Drona is finally at the mercy of Abhimanyu. And the day ends.

For the third day, Drona devises a deceptive strategy. A part of Kaurav army would engage and draw away Arjun, and Krishna along with him, to a far point from the main battlefield. Then another part of the Kaurav army would form the Chakravyuh, and engage the remaining warriors of the Pandav army, which would expectedly be led by Abhimanyu. To everyone’s knowledge, only two people know the stratagem of how to break the Chakravyuh formation – Arjun and Krishna. And both of them are lured away on a deceptive trail elsewhere. The purpose is to engage and defeat Abhimanyu, without exposing the main warriors of the Kaurav side. To everyone’s surprise, Abhmanyu, instead of being daunted in the face of the Chakravyuh takes on the challenge, breaks it and enters. The Kaurav battle leaders are frightened – that this boy knows the secrets of this strategy. But in fact, Abhimanyu knows only half the strategy, as described above. He nonetheless enters the Chakravyuh. There is a long list of names of warriors on Kaurav side given in the narrative – the ones who are defeated and killed by Abhimanyu on that day. But in the end, being unable to make progress outwards from the Chakravyuh, Abhimanyu is surrounded by the Kaurav warriors, who engage him one-to-many.

Abhimanyu fights till the end. The horses of his chariot are killed, Kripacharya kills his chariot drivers, his chariot is destroyed, his bow is broken by an arrow from behind him, fired by Karna. He takes to fight with sword and shield, then takes on a chariot wheel to stave off his opponents. When the chariot wheel also is broken, he is engaged in gada-yudh (fighting using the mace) by son of Dushaasan. In the end, he is killed by a blow of mace from the behind.

In this episode, the stalwarts of the Kaurav army broke so many rules of warfare engagements, that were conventionally agreed upon by the two armies. There would only be one-on-one battle between warriors; an injured warrior would not be attacked; a warrior not having any weapons or arms would not be attacked; the chariot horses and chariot drivers would not be attacked; no warrior would be attacked from behind. Such was the prowess and the fighting ability of this young warrior, and such was the fear he generated when he penetrated the Chakravyuh that the entire Kaurav army on that day, including Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya, Karna, Duryodhan, Dushaasan, and many others, put together their strength, and broke umpteen rules of engagement, in their endeavor to take out Abhimanyu from the battle equation.

The amorous side of this narrative is the marriage of Abhimanyu with Uttara.

Abhimanyu’s wife is Uttara, the daughter of King Viraat. Their coming together is also an interesting narrative. When the Pandavs have been exiled, they are supposed to spend twelve years away from from Hastinapur, and after that they have to spend one year in agyaat-vaas – incognito anonymous exile. If by any chance, their whereabouts become known during this last one year, the term of their exile would be extended by another twelve years. During this period of agyaat-vaas, Pandavs take refuge in the kingdom of King Viraat, all being disguised into different roles concealing their real identities.

As part of this masquerade, Arjun takes on the role of Brihannala, an eunuch who teaches music and dance to the children of King Viraat. Later, when their identities are revealed at the end of this period, King Viraat is gratuitous and happy, and proposes to offer his daughter Uttara in marriage to Arjun. Arjun declines the proposal saying that since Uttara is his student, he cannot think of a matrimonial relationship with her. He, in turn proposes to accept her as his daughter-in-law, much to the delight of King Viraat and the entire Pandav family. The Pandav family is rejoicing because, unknown to Arjun, but known to Yudhishtar and Draupadi, Abhimanyu and Uttara have already met and are in love.

When the sad end comes for Abhimanyu in the battlefield, Uttara is carrying his child – Parikshit. Parikshit goes on to inherit the throne of Hasitnapur, as the sole surviving heir of the entire Kuru clan. After the demise of all other male members of the two families in the great war, and after the departure of Pandavas alongwith Draupdi to the Himalayas, Pariskshit becomes the King of this land. His reign also signals the advent of the Kali-yug on this earth.

The song that is presented today, depicts the yearning of Uttara for Abhimanyu. The two have already met, are in love, and the lady is pining for his company. On screen, the role of Uttara is played by Kanchana. The lady who accompanies her is Krishna Kumari, an actress from Tamil / Telugu films. [Thanks to Prakash ji for the identification.]
She is accompanied by another lady friend, who I am not able to identify. I request other knowledgeable readers to please help identify this actress.

The film is produced under the banner of Shri Rajlakshmi Pictures, Madras, and is directed by V Madhusudan Rao. Quite possibly, this is a Hindi remake of the original Tamil or Telugu version. The star cast is listed as NT Ramarao, Shobhan Babu, Pehalwan Kantarao, Padmanabhan, Kanchana, and G Varalakshmi. Six songs are listed for this film, all are written by Prem Dhawan, and the music is also composed by him.

We have had some recent discussion on sensuous and suggestive songs in the early decades, some of which were ordered to be cut from the film by the Censor Board. This song is quite high in that category of being sensuous and suggestive. And yet, in 1970, this song was allowed by the Censor Board. The social and moral norms change so much over the decades.

However, apart from the visuals, I liked this song for the quality of its verses, the music, and its rendition. A very well created song in my opinion.

Song – Kisne Chhoo Liya Naazuk Tan Haaye Ram  (Veer Abhimanyu) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Prem Dhawan

Lyrics

kis ne chhoo liya
mmmm mmm mmm mmm
ang ang doley
mmmm mmm mmm mmm

kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

piya jo aaye waari jaaun waari jaaun
laaj sharam se bal-khaaun bal-khaaun
piya jo aaye waari jaaun waari jaaun
laaj sharam se bal-khaaun bal-khaaun
un se chori muskaaun muskaaun
un se chori muskaaun muskaaun
ghunghroo chhanke chhanke
paayal chhann chhann
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

sapne ko apna kehte nahin
apne ho sainyyan ya ho sapna koi
sapne ko apna kehte nahin
apne ho sainyyan ya ho sapna koi
ek tak dekha hum kho gaye
jaane kyon hum to tumhaare ho gaye
jaane kyon hum to tumhaare ho gaye
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

jiya kaahe machle kaahe tadpun
jaane kyon tan yun haale doley
jiya kaahe machle kaahe tadpun
jaane kyon tan yun haale doley
hai koi jaadu tu ne kiya
khaaye jo ye manwa hichkole
khaaye jo ye manwa hichkole
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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किसने छू लिया
म्ममम म्मम म्मम म्मम
अंग अंग डोले
म्ममम म्मम म्मम म्मम

किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

पिया जो आए वारी जाऊँ वारी जाऊँ
लाज शरम से बलखाऊँ बलखाऊँ
पिया जो आए वारी जाऊँ वारी जाऊँ
लाज शरम से बलखाऊँ बलखाऊँ
उन से चोरी चोरी मुसकाऊँ मुसकाऊँ
उन से चोरी चोरी मुसकाऊँ मुसकाऊँ
घुँघरू छनके छनके
पायल छन्न छन्न
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

सपने को अपना कहते नहीं
अपने हो सैंय्याँ या हो सपना कोई
सपने को अपना कहते नहीं
अपने हो सैंय्याँ या हो सपना कोई
एकटक देखा हम खो गए
जाने क्यों हम तो तुम्हारे हो गए
जाने क्यों हम तो तुम्हारे हो गए
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

जिया काहे मचले काहे तड़पूँ
जाने क्यों तन यूं हाले डोले
जिया काहे मचले काहे तड़पूँ
जाने क्यों तन यूं हाले डोले
हाए कोई जादू तूने किया
खाये जो ये मनवा हिचकोले
खाये जो ये मनवा हिचकोले
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम॰ ॰ ॰

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