Living Young…

A few days ago, a good friend of mine forwarded a piece, of which this is an extract, as a poem penned by our late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s much adored/loved prime minister.

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Atalji on the essentials for living young (the translation is not word by word):   

 

घर चाहे   ‘कैसा’   भी हो………

उसके    एक    कोने में………..

खुलकर हंसने की जगह रखना..

May it be whatever,

set aside a place in the house

for laughing your heart out.

 

सूरज कितना भी दूर हो………..

उसको घर आने का रास्ता देना..

However distant the sun may be,

lay out a way for him to enter.

 

कभी कभी छत पर चढ़कर..

तारे    अवश्य     गिनना……

हो सके तो हाथ बढ़ा कर…..

चाँद को छूने की कोशिश करना….

Now and then be sure to climb

over the roof to count the stars and,

if you can, put your hand out,

to reach for the moon.

 

अगर हो लोगों से मिलना जुलना…..

तो घर के पास पड़ोस ज़रूर रखना…

If it be to meet up and mingle with people,

be sure to be blessed with a neighborhood.

 

भीगने देना बारिश में………..

उछल कूद भी करने देना……

हो    सके  तो बच्चों को…….

एक कागज़ की किश्ती चलाने देना..

Get out and wet in the rain,

jumping and splashing without a care.

Delight the kids, if you can,

floating in the waters a paper boat.

 

कभी हो फुरसत,आसमान भी साफ हो….

तो एक पतंग आसमान में चढ़ाना………..

हो सके तो एक छोटा सा पेंच भी लड़ाना..

When you’ve a little time and the sky clear,

fly a kite up high as you can. And, perhaps

even engage another in a little skirmish.

 

घर के सामने रखना एक पेड़….

उस पर बैठे पक्षियों की……….

बातें अवश्य  सुनना……………

Let there be a tree in the front.

The birds perched on its branches –

be sure to eavesdrop on their chatter.

 

घर चाहे   ‘कैसा’   भी हो……..

घर के    एक कोने   में…………

खुलकर हँसने की जगह रखना…

May it be whatever,

set aside a place in the house

for laughing your heart out.

 

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Source: Thanks to Gopalswamy and image from indianexpress.com. Note authenticity not verified. 

 

 

 

Source: Authenticity not verified. Image from indianexpress.com.

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Will You Watch A Girl Dance – No Bump, Grind, Pout, Skin

or flinging limbs like throwing them away…?

Watch this and you’ll watch again!

A young village belle swaying, floating, gamboling about like a lamb let free – her eyes and hands at their eloquent best…

Who else, but a young Vyjayanthimala in a puppet dance with Shankar Jaikishen rising to the occasion once again weaving their magic! :

Movie: Kath Putli (1957),

Song: Bol Ri Kath Putli

Star cast: Vyjayanthimala, Balraj Sahni, Jawahar Kaul, Agha, Poonam, Kamla Laxman, Sheela Kashmiri, C S Dube, Shyam Kumar, Vijay,

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan.

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Amiya Chakrabarty, Nitin Bose

Produced by Ajit Chakraborty, Amiya Chakrabarty.

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To get a glimpse of SJ’s genius, here’s short clip on the mesmerizing play of violins and accordion in the song by a orchestra troupe – SJMF Ahmedabad & Meghdoot Melodies Club, Vadodara:

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We swooned over him and then again…! And this film had two of him!

Song: Kabhi Khud Pe

Film: Hum Dono(1961)

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

Lyricist: Sahir

Music Director: Jaidev

Director: Amarjeet

Producer: Brij Mohan, Dev Anand

Cast: Dev Anand, Nanda, Sadhna, Lalita Pawar, Jagirdar, Rashid Khan, Leela Chitnis, Jagdish Raaj, Prabhu Dayal, Wasi Khan, Bhagwan Sinha, Ravikant, Prem Sagar, Ghulam Hussain

Tidbit from Vijay Aher:  After this film’s music was hit, Navketan films decided to give every alternate film to Jaidev and SD Burman. After SD heard this he pressurized Navketan by saying he’ll do something to himself. Hence Jaidev was denied films afterwards from Navketan. Jaidev Sahab was unmarried and died in Mumbai without any home of himself. “Gharunda”, “Gaban”…are truly masterpieces of him.

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Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Kanch ki Gudiya (1961)

Song: Sath Ho Tum Aur Raat Jawaan

Star cast: Manoj Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Shobha Khote, Tarun Bose, Iftekhar

Singer: Mukesh, Asha Bhonsle

Music Director: Suhrid Kar

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail

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Movie: Dil Ek Mandir (1963) 

Song: याद न जाए बीते दिनों की

Star cast: Meena Kumari, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Mehmood, Shubha Khote, Manmohan Krishna, Achala Sachdev, Sundar, Randhir, Krishna Kumari, Santhini, Ram Mohan, Keshav Rana, Baby Padmini

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: C.V. Sridhar

Production Co: Chitralaya Pictures

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Sure To Get You On Your Feet…

Not talking about the national anthem here.

The first is from that genius of a guy – O P Nayyar from 1958 and the second played by the glamour girl Sridevi in a comic piece, an iconic imitation of Chaplin, some thirty years later in 1987.

Movie: Howrah Bridge (1958) 

Song: Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Star cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, K.N Singh, Helen, Dhumal, Om Parkesh, Kammo, Madan P, Sunder, Mehmood, Minu Mumtaz, Chaman Puri

Singer: Geeta Dutt

Music Director: O P Nayyar

Lyricist:  Qamar Jalalabadi

Directed and Produced by Shakti Samanta.

Tidbit: The ‘bad’ girl Helen’s first break into films!

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Movie: Mr. India (1987) 

Song: Hawa Hawai

Star cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Satish Kaushik, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor

Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Producer: Boney Kapoor

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Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Anokhi Raat (1968) 

Song: Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal Mein

Star cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Zahida, Mukri

Singer: Mukesh

Music Director: Roshan

Lyricist: Indivar

Album:  Legends Mukesh- 4. Licensed to YouTube by saregama (on behalf of Saregama)

Tidbit: Roshan passed away before the movie was completed. Zahida, the heroine, is a niece of Nargis. 

Movie: Modern Girl (1961) 

Song: Ye Mausam Rangeen Sama

Star cast: Pradeep Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Smriti Biswas

Singer: Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur

Music Director: Ravi

Lyricist: Gulshan Bavra

Quality: Could be better. In the second half, the song is rendered once again, this time the sound is better. The song is too melodious to miss despite the quality issue. 

About sad end of Sayeeda Khan: The heroine of this movie was Sayeeda Khan (in the clip). There is very little known about her – she was a small time actress active in Bollywood in 1960’s; acted in a few movies: opposite Kishore Kumar in movies like “Crorepati” and “Apna Haath Jagannath”, with Manoj Kumar in “Honeymoon”. She married Brij Sadanah (producer of “Victoria no. 203”). In 1990, her husband killed Sayeeda Khan and their daughter, before killing himself. Luckily their son Kamal, who was not at home, survived. Kamal Sadanah later acted as hero in a movie called “Rang”. (Source: YouTube)

 

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Life Is Not Short…

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Only we begin to live late in the day.

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A Bird, A Cage And Freedom

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Have taken a bird out from its cage,

it remains to take the cage out from its mind.

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