Wednesday, 29 January 2014

A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

“Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as this walked on the earth in flesh and blood.”
–Einstein
The above quotation by Einstein was said as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, arguably the most influential man of the 20th century. He helped change the fate of millions of people around the globe. When one looks at the major movements of the 20th century- viz anticolonialism, anti apartheid, non violence, and movement against untouchability ( the last one a uniquely Indian social evil)- Gandhi was the motive force/ originator behind all these major movements. And it goes without saying that these movements helped change the destiny of millions of people and scores of nations around the globe.

Jaagriti was a children’s movie produced just 6 years after the death of Mahatma Gandhi and its story was full of high ideals and great hopes for the future of India. All the songs of this movie were full of patriotic fervour and zeal for nation building. The song “aao bachchon tumhe dikhaaye jhaanki Hindustan ki” from this same movie has almost become another national anthem which is nearly as popular as the official national anthem and song.
Here is a tribute to the great man from the movie “Jaagriti” (1954). The lyrics is by Pradeep and Music is by Hemant Kumar. This song is sung on the screen by a school kid. Those days playback for kids was given by female singers. Kids singing for kids was not yet in vogue. Thus we find here Asha Bhonsle singing this song for a school boy. The lyrics go a bit overboard,but then it shows how the lyricist Pradeep viewed Gandhi in those heady days when the country had just acquired independence.
So on the occassion of 30th january,Martyrs' day of Mahatma Gandhi, I present this song -” Dedi hamen aazaadi bina khadg bina dhaal” to the readers of this blog.
Song- dedi hamen aazaadi bina khadg bina dhaal ( Jaagriti) (1954) Singer-Asha Bhosle, Lyrics- Pradeep, MD- Hemant Kumar
lyrics
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
aandhi mein bhi jalti rahi Gandhi teri mashaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
dharti pe ladi tune ajab dhang ki ladaai
daagi na kahin top na bandook chalaai
dushman ke kile par bhi na ki toone chadhaai
waah re fakir khoob karaamaat dikhaai
chutki mein dushmanon ko diyaa desh se nikaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
shatranj bichhaa kar yahaan baithaa thaa zamaanaa
lagtaa thaa mushkil hai firangi ko haraanaa
takkar thi bade zor ki dushman bhi tha taanaa
par tu bhi thaa Baapu bada ustaad puraanaa
maaraa wo kas ke daanv ke ulti sabhi ki chaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
jab jab teraa bigul bajaa jawaan chal pade
mazdoor chal pade the aur kisaan chal pade
Hindu au Mussalmaan, Sikh Pathaan chal pade
kadmon pe teri koti koti praan chal pade
phoolon ki sej chhod ke daude Jawaaharalaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
man men thi ahinsaa ki lagan tan pe langoti
laakhon mein ghoomtaa thaa liye satya ki sonti
waise to dekhne mein thi hasti teri chhoti
lekin tujhe jhukti thi himaalay ki bhi choti
duniyaa mein tu bejod tha insaan bemisaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant tuune kar diyaa kamaal
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
jag mein koi jiyaa hai to Baapu tu hi jiyaa
toone watan ki raah mein sab kuchh lutaa diyaa
maangaa na koi takht na to taaj bhi liyaa
amrit diyaa to theek magar khud zahar piyaa
jis din teri chitaa jali, royaa thaa mahaakaal
Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diyaa kamaal
de di hamen aazaadi binaa khadg binaa dhaal
Sabarmati ke sant toone kar diyaa kamaal
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam
Raghupati Raaghav Raajaa Raam