Keshavlal, The Amazing Street Singer From Gujarat

Keshav

First, a few songs from the golden era of Hindi film music, played by him on harmonium – these are songs when played on Vividhbharati, we stayed away from our classes just to listen in:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/_d7Y7WyfV98 (4.23 mins)

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://youtu.be/Cp1PTPDHSu0 (6.47 mins)

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd8mhJ61PLY  (2,49 mins)

There are many more of his out on YouTube.

This old man, Keshavlal Mulchand of Kadi Mehsana, once part of orchestra’s of renowned personalities like Shantaram and Hemant Kumar, is in the worst phase of his life, still singing on the streets! This 70+ man for good part of his life ended up living on foot-paths with his wife Soni Bai. Fortunately he has received recently some help including a roof over his head in Pune.

Here in this much-acclaimed documentary he talks about his life – hear about his marital bliss too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_UQeXI6Ew (13.17 mins).

For your listening pleasure, here are the original tracks:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/ClAXd0itpsA (7.38 mins)

Actors: Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt. Someone observed: ‘May be copied from Mozart Symphony # +40, but the music by late Salil Choudhury has blended it with the Indian melody with unique rendition and intricate rhythm based on Indian Classic and demand of the mass. Hence, successful presentation besides wonderful voice of Lata ji and Talat ji.’

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K8TH8LBs-w (4.1 mins)

Actors: Absolutely adorable Waheeda Rahman with the heart-throb Dev Anand. Music by S. D. Burman, sung by Hemant Kumar.

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://youtu.be/aR6jo2ZdIW4  (3.42 mins)

Actors: Shammi Kapoor. Music by the inimitable O. P Nayyar, sung by Rafi sahib.

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Sources: Various contributors on YouTube and the image from India TV News Desk.

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6 Responses to Keshavlal, The Amazing Street Singer From Gujarat

  1. namitasunder says:

    At last I could comment. Everytime I opened your this post I clicked on the link of songs and the documentary. beautiful experience to listen him and watch the documentary. Happiness definitely is in heart….

    Liked by 1 person

  2. theotheri says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these you-tubes. I would never have found them myself, and as you say, he takes away all our reasons – well, my reasons, anyway – for complaining.

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    • tskraghu says:

      If there’s a dairy farm in Sahara, it must be run by these guys from Gujarat. A second guess would be friends from Punjab!! We’re lucky to have these guys as part of our national fabric.

      Thank you.

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  3. thanks for sharing Raghu!

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