TWINKLE TWINKLE CHILD STAR

Recently we happen to watch Masoom (1983), Mr India (1987) and Zakhm (1998) around the same time. The main reason why these films managed to hit the right chord with their audience are the children who have acted in them, their effortless performances tug at your heartstrings. The images of three kids singing “lakdi ki kathi” in Masoom (1983) or the little girl who became the apple of everyone’s eye with her act in the TV series Balika Vadhu or the little Sardar kid saying “Papa kee kara, petrol khatam hi nahin honda” in a Maruti Suzuki advertisement are firmly etched in public memory. Be it TV, Films or Ad Films we have some lovely children bringing smiles to our faces all the time. In this post we look back at ten such child stars we admire. Continue reading

SANJAY JOG

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, the epic series aired between 1987-1989 is our all time favourite. Everyone is so perfectly cast in their roles that we love each and every artist who was part of it. Last year after we re-watched Ramayan for the umpteenth time, we could not help but wonder where most of the artists of our favourite show have been. We searched the net, found bits of information about some and sadly almost nothing about some others like the fantastic Sanjay Jog (संजय ज़ोग). We continued our search till one day we came across Senior Journalist Anand Bhisey’s blog “Bharat Darshan” (Sanjay Jog’s interview taken in 1988). In its comments section we got to know that he is no more. Continue reading

READING GITA

An old farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavad Gita. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavad Gita just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand, I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagavad Gita do?

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. Continue reading

BAN CHALE RAM RAGHURAI

The song “Ban Chale Ram Raghurai” from Sant Tulsidas (1939) is a personal favorite. It describes the scene where Shri Ram is leaving for the forest with his wife and brother. The agony of Shri Ram’s parents and the people of Ayodhya is beautifully described in simple words with soothing music. Vishnupant ji’s singing style is very pleasing to the ears. We could not find accurate lyrics of this song online. After multiple hearings of the original and Hariharan ji’s recital of this song, we think we have finally managed to get all the words. Today we present this song with audio (link on Youtube) and lyrics. We hope listeners will like it as much as we do.

  

SANT TULSIDAS (1939)
VISHNUPANT PAGNIS, VASANTI, LEELA CHITNIS, K. DATE, RAM MARATHE, KANTI LAL, SUSHILA
Produced By: RANJIT
Directed By: JAYANT DESAI

BAN CHALE RAM RAGHURAI
Singer : VISHNUPANT PAGNIS
Music By: GYAN DUTT
Lyrics: INDRA CHANDRA 

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SAMARPAN

Recently I chanced upon a book titled “Shahu Modak, Pravas …. Ek Devmansacha” written on one of my favorite yesteryears actors. This book written by his wife Pratibha Modak provides an insight on the varied facets of this highly gifted personality. I have seen a lot of work done by Shahu ji in Marathi and Hindi films – Manoos (1939), Sant Dyaneshwar (1940), Bharat Milap (1942), Chakradhari (1954), Sudamache Pohe (1958), Zala Mahar Pandharinath (1970), Hari Darshan (1972), etc to name a few. I knew very little about Shahu ji before reading this book.

His debut film was Shyamsunder (1932) as a child artist where he played Lord Krishna. Thereafter he played the role of Lord Krishna in numerous films (about 30 films) and became famous as Cineworld’s Krishna. Another interesting tidbit I read is that BR Chopra on the advice of Annasaheb Deulgaonkar (famous story and screenplay writer) sent Nitish Bharadwaj to meet Sahu ji before he started working as Lord Krishna in the famous tele-series, Mahabharat. Continue reading

ANTIM AATH DIN

पिछले वर्ष मराठी भाषा में “अखेरचे आठ दिवस” अर्थात “अंतिम आठ दिन” नामक एक कहानी पढ़ी | भारत के महाराष्ट्र प्रदेश में संत एकनाथ नामक एक तपस्वी महात्मा हुए हैं | यह कथा उन्हीकी जीवनी से ली गयी है | आज हम उसी कथा का हिंदी भाषांतर प्रस्तुत कर रहे हैं |

अंतिम आठ दिन

एक बार संत एकनाथजी को एक गृहस्थने दो प्रश्न पूछे | पहला प्रश्न उसने स्वयं के भविष्य के बारेमें पूछा अरु दूसरा एकनाथजी के सहज ही शांत स्वाभाव के बारे में | एकनाथजी सदा हर परिस्थिति में शांत कैसे रहते हैं, इसका भेद जानना चाहते थे |

एकनाथजी ने हंसकर कहा “फिर कभी बताऊँगा” |

कुछ दिनों बाद एकनाथजी उस गृहस्थ से फिर मिले और कहा – “तुम्हारे पहले प्रश्न का उत्तर देने का समय आ गया है, कारण, दुर्भाग्य से आठ दिन बाद तुम्हारी मृत्यु होगी” | इतना कहकर एकनाथजी वहां से चले गए | Continue reading

SWARG

आज कई वर्ष पहले महाविद्यालय में लिखी हुई कविताओं की पुस्तिका नज़र आई | “स्वर्ग” नामक यह मराठी भाषा में लिखी हुई मेरी कविता मुझे सबसे प्रिय है | आज हम वही कविता प्रस्तुत करते हैं | आशा है पढ़नेवालों को यह पसंद आएगी | Continue reading