Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2014


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NEW DELHI – INDIA           FEBRUARY 18, 2015           00.45 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned, are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

[ I post Vidur’s Film Diary every month. This particular diary is being posted almost 2 / 3 months late. There were problems regarding all my social networking sites. I express regrets to my readers. ]

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 .
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Jay Borade :

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A choreographer of repute , who choreographed almost all films of Rajshri Productions and several hits of Salman Khan, died on November 03, 2014 in Mumbai.

Choreographer Jay Borade was known for his work on “Maine Pyar Kiya” [  (1989 ] , “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” [ 1994 ] , and “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” [ 2001 ] .

Ravi Chopra :

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(27 September 1946 – 12 November 2014) Ravi Chopra , son of veteran producer and director Baldev Raj Chopra and nephew of producer and director Yash Chopra, was a producer and director of repute. Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra are his cousins. He is known for directing the epic Indian television series Mahabharat. and several hit movies like ” Baghbaan “. He assisted his legendary father in many hit films before starting his own journey.

His son Kapil Chopra is my student.

Sitara Devi : 

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(November 8, 1920 – November 25, 2014) Sitara Devi was an eminent dancer of Kathak . Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragyini, meaning the empress of dance, and She was always known as the Kathak queen.

She has given performances in several parts of India, and in several other countries, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967; and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November  07

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1 – A Decent Arrangement ………………………………… X

2 – The Shaukeens …………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

3 – Chaar Sahibzaade …………………………………………. X

4 – Rang Rasiya ………………………………………………….. Ferena Wazeir

……………………………………………………………………………. Dhaval Gada

 

Second Week – November 14

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1 – 6 – 5 = 2 ………………………………………………………… X

2 – Money Back Guarantee …………………………………. X

3 – Kill Dil ……………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – November 21
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1 – The Real Dream Girl ……………………………………… X

2 – Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai …………………………………… X

3 – Titoo MBA …………………………………………………….. X

4 – Wah Taj …………………………………………………………. X

5 – Gollu Aur Pappu …………………………………………….. X

6 – Happy Ending …………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………………………………… Kalki Koechlin

……………………………………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

Fourth Week  – November 28
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1 -Sulemani Keeda ………………………………………………… X

2 – Hum Hain Teen Khurafaati ……………………………… X

3 – Zed Plus …………………………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

4 – Zid …………………………………………………………………… X

5 – Ungli ……………………………………………………………….. Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………………… Angad Bedi

 

In total …………… 18 …………….. films got released in November . Out of these ………….. 18 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 09 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . Remaining …………. 01 ………… Dhaval Gada is the Co – Producer of  ” Rang Rasiya  “.

 

My 09 students appeared in 05 films . I have no data for TV show , regional films , plays and Ads for the month of November. Thus total number of students working in the month of November remains only 09.  As I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of life.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 09 students .

May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Adieu Krishna Shah


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 24 , 2013           02.45 P.M.

Hollywood filmmaker of Indian origin , the first true Indian export to Hollywood ,   Krishna Shah , who wrote , directed and produced genre films such as  “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ] died on Oct. 13 , 2013 in Los Angeles , U. S. A.  He was 75 years old and had been ill since suffering a stroke last year.

Krishna Shah started his career directing Cicely Tyson , James Earl Jones and Lou Gossett Jr. in an adaptation of the play The River Niger ” [ 1976 ] .

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Cover of The River Niger

He wrote, directed and produced Hindi film “ Shalimar ” [ 1978 ] starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman .  It also marked the Bollywood debut of English actor Rex Harrison . In Bollywood he made a documentary on Indian movies , “ Cinema Cinema ” [ 1979 ] .
Besides “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ]  , he also produced  “ Evil Laugh ” [ 1986 ]  andTed & Venus ” [ 1991 ] . He also directed the comedy “ American Drive-In ” .

A graduate of UCLA and Yale , he initially co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play “ Sponano ” [ 1964 ] on Broadway .  Off Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s “ The King of the Dark Chamber which won two Obies and ran almost a year. His other credits include directing Athol Fugard’s “ Bloodknot ” as well as Milton Hood Ward’s “ Kindly Monies ” in London.

In TV he wrote episodes of “ The Flying Nun ”  , “ Six Million Dollar Man ” and “ The Man From UNCLE ” among other shows.

After making an animated version of epic “ Ramayana ” [ 1992 ] , he started producing other Indian films including Nagesh Kukunoor’s debut  “ Hyderabad Blues ” [ 1998 ] . At the time of his death he was working on “ Sleepaway Camp IV : The Survivor ”  [ 2012 ] .

Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor

Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Krishna Shah ran his own production company Double Helix Films , a production , distribution and foreign sales company called MRI and later was a topper at Carnegie Film Group.

A member of the Writers Guild , he was assistant secretary in the Directors Guild and a member of the Academy .

He was the first true Indian export to Hollywood and should be respected for that .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Krishna Shah .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer homage to the near and dear ones of the departed soul .

[ Several details of his life and career is taken from the Wikipedia and various other sources from internet . I express my gratitude . ]

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80 Years of ” Natir Pooja ” , A Rabindranath Tagore Film


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 15 , 2012           11.58 P.M.

” Natir Pooja ” . Does this name ring any familiar bell ?

I know the answer . It will be emphatic NO .

” Natir Pooja “ is a Bengali film . Does it make matter easier now ?

I know the answer even this time . It will again be a NO .

” Natir Pooja “ was produced by B. N. Sircar of New Theatres . What ?

Answer will be unanimous . The film evokes no familiarity .

” Natir Pooja “ was filmed at floor number 1 of NT Studio , Kolkata ? Now !

Even a student of cinema will now scratch his head .

” Natir Pooja “ was released in Chitra Talkies , Kolkata on March 14 , 1932 .

Now even the connoisseurs will look the other way .

Well , now let me untangle the mystery .

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” Natir Pooja “ completed 80th year on March 14 , 2012 . It was released on March 14 , 1932 and it is the only feature film directed by legendary Rabindranath Tagore in 1931 . It was based on a dramatised version of Rabindranath Tagore’s long poem Poojarini . It is 2500 year old story of  a Nati [ danseuse ] , who sacrificed herself because of her devotion of Buddha .

Tagore wrote this all – woman play at the behest of his daughter – in – law . It was first performed in Uttarayan , Shantiniketan on the occasion of Tagore’s 70th birthday . Later on a ticketed performance was staged in New Empire of Kolkata for the aid of Vishwa Bharati . B. N. Sircar of New Theatres saw it there and requested Tagore to make it into a film .

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Rabindranath Tagore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tagore , apart from directing the film , also played role of Upala .

Rabindranath Tagore as an Actor in Natir Pooja

Rabindranath Tagore as an Actor in Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Synopsis of Natir Pooja

Synopsis of Natir Pooja

Nitin Bose was the cinematographer of the film . In his later years same Nitin Bose migrated to Mumbai and made many path – breaking films including Dilip Kumar‘s Technicolor ” Ganga Jumna ” .

It is unfortunate and sad that the prints of the film , the only one ever directed by Rabindranath Tagore , were destroyed in a fire that engulfed New Theatres .

I happened to see an article about ” Natir Pooja “ in Screen and was tempted to share it with the students of my acting academy .

It is well-known that Rabindranath Tagore was India’s first Nobel Laureate and the first Asian to get Nobel Prize for literature . It is in common knowledge that he was a poet , story – writer , song – writer , novelist , dramatist , musician , painter and educationist . But it is not in common knowledge that he directed a feature film in Bengali and also acted in it .

I , on behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , remember the 8oth anniversary of the film ” Natir Pooja ” , a directorial venture of Rabindranath Tagore .

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director


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Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 13 , 2012           11.59 P.M.

Pandit Ravi Shankar , a Sitar maestro par excellence , an unofficial ambassador of Indian classical music , the first India Rock Star in true sense of the term , died yesterday on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , U. S. A.

Apart from classical music , he had given music for some feature films also .

Hindi Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Neecha Nagar [ 1946 ]

This Chetan Anand directed film was his debut film as well as debut film of Pandit Ravi Shankar also . It starred Kamini Kaushal , Uma Anand and Zohra Sehgal . It was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas .

2 – Dharti Ke Lal [ 1946 ]

This Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed film was his debut film and the second film of Pandit Ravi Shankar . It starred Balraj Sahni , Tripti Mitra , K. N. Singh , Zohra Sehgal , David and Sombhu Mitra . It was written by Kishan Chander .

3 – Anuradha [ 1960 ]

This film was produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . This film had lyrics by Shailendra and several gems sung by Lata Mangeshkar . It starred Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu .

4 – Godan [ 1963 ]

This Trilok Jetley directed film was based on Munshi Premchand’s immortal novel of the same name . It had some immortal melodies . It starred Raj Kumar , Kamini Kaushal , Mehmood and Shashikala .

5 – Meera [ 1979 ]

This Gulzar directed film had several Meera Bhajans tuned by Pandit ji . It starred Hema Malini and Vinod Khanna .

Bengali Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Pather Panchali [ 1955 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was his debut film . It is the first part of Apu Trilogy .

2 – Aparajito [ 1956 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was the second part of Apu Trilogy .

3 – Kabuliwala [ 1957 ]

This is the Bengali film based on Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story .

4 – Paras Pather [ 1958 ]

A social satire directed by Satyajit Ray .

5 – Apur Sansar [ 1959 ]

Third and final part of Apu Trilogy .

6 – Genesis [ 1986 ]

This Mrinal Sen directed film starred Shabana Azmi , Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri was the last film of Pandit Ravi Shankar as music director .

English Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Gandhi [ 1982 ]

This Richard Attenborough film had Ben Kingsley in the title role as Gandhi .

I made this list for the connoisseurs of film music and for the benefit of the acting students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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100 Years of Our National Anthem : Jana Gana Mana ….


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 29 , 2011           02.25 A.M.

Portrait of Bharat Mata

On December 27 , 2011 , our National Anthem completed 100 years . Written by Rabindra Nath Tagore in Bengali , it was first sung on December 27 . 1911 in the Calcutta [ Now Kolkata ] session of Indian National Congress . The building , where plenary session of Congress was held is called Bharat Sabha . It is on Bowbazar Street . That building still stands and is the silent reminder of that historical event .

Bharat Sabha on Bowbazar Street , Where Jana Gana Mana Was First Sung

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Rabindra Nath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore wrote 5 stanzas of the song , which is basically a Brahmo Hymn . Only the first stanza was adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem on January 24 , 1950 . Here I am giving all the 5 stanzas along with the English translation done by Rabindranath Tagore himself .

Rabindranath Tagore at His Writing Desk

[ 1 ] = Jano Gano Mano Adhinaayako Jayo Hey,Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Panjaabo Sindhu Gujaraato Maraathaa,Draabiro Utkalo Bango
Bindhyo Himaachalo Jamunaa Gangaa, Uchchhalo Jalodhi Tarango
Tabo Shubho Naamey Jaagey, Tabo Shubho Aashisho Maagey
Gaahey Tabo Jayogaathaa
Jano Gano Mangalo Daayako, Jayo Hey Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey,Jayo Jayo Jayo, Jayo Hey

[ Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,Dispenser of India‘s destiny,
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat & Maratha,of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal,
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges,
And is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise,
The saving of all people waits in thy hands,
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny,
Victory, Victory, Victory to thee. ]

[ 2 ] = Ohoroho Tobo Aahbaano Prachaarito,Shuni Tabo Udaaro Baani

Hindu Bauddho Shikho Jaino,Parashiko Musholmaano Christaani

Purabo Pashchimo Aashey,Tabo Singhaasano Paashey
Premohaaro Hawye Gaanthaa
Jano Gano Oikyo Bidhaayako Jayo Hey,Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey,Jayo Jayo Jayo, Jayo Hey

[ Day and night, thy voice goes out from land to land,
calling the Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains round thy throne and the Parsees, Mussalmans and Christians.
Offerings are brought to thy shrine by the East and the West
To be woven in a garland of love.
Thou bringeth the hearts of all people into the harmony of one life,Thou Dispenser of India’s destiny,
Victory, Victory, Victory to thee.” ]

[ 3 ] = Potono Abhbhudoy Bandhuro Ponthaa,Jugo Jugo Dhaabito Jaatri
Hey Chiro Saarothi, Tabo Ratha Chakrey Mukhorito Potho Dino Raatri
Daaruno Biplabo Maajhey,Tabo Shankhodhwoni Bajey
Sankato Dukkho Traataa
Jano Gano Potho Parichaayako,Jayo Hey Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey,Jayo Jayo Jayo, Jayo Hey

[ The procession of pilgrims passes over the endless road, rugged with the rise and fall of nations;
and it resounds with the thunder of thy wheel.Eternal Charioteer!
Through the dire days of doom thy trumpet sounds, and men are led by thee across death.
Thy finger points the path to all people.
Oh dispenser of India’s destiny!
Victory, victory, victory to thee. ]

[ 4 ] = Ghoro Timiro Ghono Nibiro,Nishithey Peerito Murchhito Deshey

Jagrato Chhilo Tabo Abicholo Mangalo,Noto Nayoney Animeshey
Duhswapney Aatankey,Rokkhaa Koriley Ankey
Snehamoyi Tumi Maataaa
Jano Gano Duhkho Trayako,Jayo Hey Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey,Jayo Jayo Jayo, Jayo Hey

[ The darkness was dense and deep was the night; my country lay in a deathlike silence of swoon.
 But thy mother arms were round her and thine eyes gazed upon her troubled face
in sleepless love through her hours of ghastly dreams.
Thou art the companion and the saviour of the people in their sorrows,
thou dispenser of India’s destiny!
Victory, victory, victory to thee. ]

[ 5 ] = Raatri Prabhatilo Udilo Rabichhabi, Purbo Udayo Giri Bhaaley
Gaahey Bihangamo Punyo Samirano, Nabo Jibano Rasho Dhaley
Tabo Karunaaruno Ragey,Nidrito Bhaarato Jagey
Tabo Chorone Noto Maatha
Jayo Jayo Jayo Hey, Jayo Rajeshwaro, Bhaarato Bhaagyo Bidhaataa
Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey, Jayo Hey,Jayo Jayo Jayo, Jayo Hey

[ The night fades;the light breaks over the peaks of the Eastern hills,
the birds begin to sing and the morning breeze carries the breath of new life.
The rays of the mercy have touched the waking land with their blessings.
Victory to the King of Kings,
victory to thee, dispenser of India’s destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee. ]

Rabindranath Tagore at His Writing Desk

Music Notes of Jana Gana Mana

I am giving all the 5 stanzas of Jana Gana Mana ….. in Bengali script .

জনগণমন-অধিনায়ক জয় হে ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
পঞ্জাব সিন্ধু গুজরাট মরাঠা দ্রাবিড় উৎকল বঙ্গ
বিন্ধ্য হিমাচল যমুনা গঙ্গা উচ্ছলজলধিতরঙ্গ
তব শুভ নামে জাগে,        তব শুভ আশিষ মাগে,
গাহে তব জয়গাথা।
জনগণমঙ্গলদায়ক জয় হে ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় জয় জয় জয় হে।।

অহরহ তব আহ্বান প্রচারিত, শুনি তব উদার বাণী
হিন্দু বৌদ্ধ শিখ জৈন পারসিক মুসলমান খৃস্টানী
পূরব পশ্চিম আসে       তব সিংহাসন-পাশে
প্রেমহার হয় গাঁথা।
জনগণ-ঐক্য-বিধায়ক জয় হে ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় জয় জয় জয় হে।।

পতন-অভ্যুদয়-বন্ধুর পন্থা, যুগ যুগ ধাবিত যাত্রী।
হে চিরসারথি, তব রথচক্রে মুখরিত পথ দিনরাত্রি।
দারুণ বিপ্লব-মাঝে       তব শঙ্খধ্বনি বাজে
সঙ্কটদুঃখত্রাতা।
জনগণপথপরিচায়ক জয় হে ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় জয় জয় জয় হে।।

ঘোরতিমিরঘন নিবিড় নিশীথে পীড়িত মূর্ছিত দেশে
জাগ্রত ছিল তব অবিচল মঙ্গল নতনয়নে অনিমেষে।
দুঃস্বপ্নে আতঙ্কে       রক্ষা করিলে অঙ্কে
স্নেহময়ী তুমি মাতা।
জনগণদুঃখত্রায়ক জয় হে ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় জয় জয় জয় হে।।

রাত্রি প্রভাতিল, উদিল রবিচ্ছবি পূর্ব-উদয়গিরিভালে –
গাহে বিহঙ্গম, পূণ্য সমীরণ নবজীবনরস ঢালে।
তব করুণারুণরাগে       নিদ্রিত ভারত জাগে
তব চরণে নত মাথা।
জয় জয় জয় হে জয় রাজেশ্বর ভারতভাগ্যবিধাতা!
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় জয় জয় জয় হে।।

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English Translation of Jana Gana Mana in Tagore's Hand-Writing - Part 1

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English Translation of Jana Gana Mana in Tagore's Hand-Writing - Part 2

It is unfortunate that our National Anthem is mired in controversies . The poem was composed in December 1911, precisely at the time of the Coronation Durbar of George V, and “Bharat Bhagya vidhata” and “Adhinayaka” is considered by some to be in praise of King George V and not God. The composition was first sung during a convention of the then loyalist Indian National Congress in Calcutta on Dec. 26, 1911.It was sung on the second day of the convention, and the agenda of that day devoted itself to a loyal welcome of George V on his visit to India. The event was reported thus in the British Indian press :

“The Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore sang a song composed by him specially to welcome the Emperor.” (Statesman, Dec. 28, 1911)

“The proceedings began with the singing by Rabindranath Tagore of a song specially composed by him in honour of the Emperor.” (Englishman, Dec. 28, 1911)

“When the proceedings of the Indian National Congress began on Wednesday 27th December 1911, a Bengali song in welcome of the Emperor was sung. A resolution welcoming the Emperor and Empress was also adopted unanimously.” (Indian, Dec. 29, 1911)

Many historians aver that the newspaper reports cited above were misguided. The confusion arose in British Indian press since a different song, “Badshah Humara” written in Hindi by Rambhuj Chaudhary , was sung on the same occasion in praise of the monarch. The nationalist Indian press stated this difference of events clearly:-

“The proceedings of the Congress party session started with a prayer in Bengali to praise God (song of benediction). This was followed by a resolution expressing loyalty to King George V. Then another song was sung welcoming King George V.” (Amrita Bazar Patrika, Dec.28,1911)

“The annual session of Congress began by singing a song composed by the great Bengali poet Ravindranath Tagore. Then a resolution expressing loyalty to King George V was passed. A song paying a heartfelt homage to King George V was then sung by a group of boys and girls.” (The Bengalee, Dec. 28, 1911)

Even the report of the annual session of the Indian National Congress of December 1911 stated this difference:

“On the first day of 28th annual session of the Congress, proceedings started after singing Vande Mataram. On the second day the work began after singing a patriotic song by Babu Ravindranath Tagore. Messages from well wishers were then read and a resolution was passed expressing loyalty to King George V. Afterwards the song composed for welcoming King George V and Queen Mary was sung.”

On 10 November 1937 Tagore wrote a letter to Mr Pulin Bihari Sen about the controversy. That letter in Bengali can be found in Tagore’s biography Ravindrajivani, volume II page 339 by Prabhatkumar Mukherjee.

“A certain high official in His Majesty’s service, who was also my friend, had requested that I write a song of felicitation towards the Emperor. The request simply amazed me. It caused a great stir in my heart. In response to that great mental turmoil, I pronounced the victory in Jana Gana Mana of that Bhagya Vidhata [ed. God of Destiny] of India who has from age after age held steadfast the reins of India’s chariot through rise and fall, through the straight path and the curved. That Lord of Destiny, that Reader of the Collective Mind of India, that Perennial Guide, could never be George V, George VI, or any other George. Even my official friend understood this about the song. After all, even if his admiration for the crown was excessive, he was not lacking in simple common sense.”

Again in his letter of 19 March 1939 Tagore writes,

“I should only insult myself if I cared to answer those who consider me capable of such unbounded stupidity as to sing in praise of George the Fourth or George the Fifth as the Eternal Charioteer leading the pilgrims on their journey through countless ages of the timeless history of mankind.” (Purvasa, Phalgun, 1354, p738.)

Moreover, Tagore was a patriot who wrote other songs too apart from “Jana gana Mana” lionizing the Indian independence movement. He renounced his knighthood in protest against the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. The  Knighthood i.e. the title of ‘Sir’ was conferred on him by the same King George V after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature for “Gitanjali” from the government of Sweden. Two of Tagore’s more politically charged compositions, “Chitto Jetha Bhayshunyo” (“Where the Mind is Without Fear” :Gitanjali Poem#35) and “Ekla Chalo Re” (“If They Answer Not to Thy Call, Walk Alone”), gained mass appeal, with the latter favoured by Gandhiji and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose .

In 1919, Tagore travelled to Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh and spent five days at the Theosophical College with Irish poet James H. Cousins, who was the principal.

On the evening of February 28, 1919, the poet, for the first time, sang the inspiring devotional song and enthralled the college authorities, who selected it as the prayer song.

Tagore subsequently translated the lyrics into English and with the help of Cousins’ wife, Margaret, who was an expert in western music, set down the notation which is being followed till today.

This opened the window for the song to reach national and international audiences.

I personally believe that Gurudev , as he was fondly called  , was a patriot and he created Jana Gana Mana ….. in the honour of Bharat Mata . It was a Brahmo Hymn and not a song in the honour of King George the 5th .

If still people want to raise an accusing finger , it should be pointed at the Congress . The Indian National Congress even passed a resolution praising King George the 5th. A confusion was created by ignorant people and Tagore was blamed for subservient behaviour and the Congress conveniently forgot its resolution praising and hailing the King George 5th of Great Britain . Indian National Congress still keeps enigmatic silence and feigns ignorance , when Tagore is accused for praising the King George V .

It is shameful !

[ Certain portions of this blog is re – produced from Wikipedia and various other sources on internet . I am indebted . I express mu gratitude . ]

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Suchitra Mitra : আর নাই রে বেলা…. [ Aar Nai Re Bela ]


আর নাই রে বেলা , নামল ছায়া ধরানি তে
আজ চল রে ঘাটে কলস খানি ভরে নিতে ………আর নাই রে বেলা
জানি না আর ফিরিব কি না , কার সাথে আজ হবে চিনা
ঘাটে সেই অজানা বাজায়ে বীনা তরণী তে ………আর নাই রে বেলা

[ I don’t have enough time now. Evening sun’s shadow is descending on earth. Let us go with our empty pitcher and get it filled with water from the banks of the river [ of life ]………..I don’t have time now. I don’t know whether I will be returning again to this world or not………I don’t know with whom I am going to be introduced today in another unknown world , [ in my next life ]……………… the same unknown divine one is playing flute on the bank of river and waiting for me in the canoe, to take me away………………… I don’t have time now………… ]

It is quite difficult and a daunting task indeed to translate above mentioned lines written by Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] and sung by Suchitra Mitra . I have tried to translate these lines as per my ability and I express my regret if I have made any mistakes. This and numerous other songs written and coposed by Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] and sung by Suchtra Mitra are part of my life and being.

 

In Berlin, 1930

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I started learning Bengali in 1969 when I was in the 11th standard and when I was studying in the Government Inter College , Allahabad. I got a fantastic book to learn Bengali, written by Gopal Chandra Chakraborty ” Vedantshastri ” and within a year I started reading and writing Bengali fluently. Though I couldn’t speak it too fluently for lack of practise.  Slowly I got introduced to Bengali literature and cuisine. I was hugely influenced and impressed by the writings of Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] . In due course of time I got to know about Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti also. I started listening Rabindra Sangeet and was hooked to it immediately. I used to listen Rabindra Sangeet sung by Hemant Kumar Mukhopadhyay, known to Hindi speaking audience as Hemant Kumar initially. But later on I moved on to Suchitra Mitra.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

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When I came to Mumbai in 1989, I got a pack of two cassettes of Rabeendra Sangeet sung by Suchitra Mitra, as a gift. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan played Sarod along with Suchtra Mitra. I was new to her world and after listening the cassettes for the first time, I was hooked.  Needless to say that I became a huge fan of Suchitra Mitra and I am an avid follower of her music till today. She became a permanent source of inspiration.

আগুনের  পারাস্মানি ছুয়াও  প্রাণে , এ জীবন পূর্ণ করো , এ জীবন পূর্ণ করো

Above mentioned song or the song I am giving below are part of my daily life. Whenever I am sad or feel lonely they come to give me company and reverberate in the dark , sad and lonely corners of my heart and sooth my ruffled feelings. Immortal words, enchanting music and heavenly voice of Suchitra Mitra , they all are permanent source of calmness and inspiration for me.

যদি তোর ডাক সুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে
একলা  চলো একলা  চলো একলা  চলো একলা  চলো রে

Suchitra Mitra was born on September 19, 1924. She learnt music from legendary Pankaj Mullick. Apart from Rabindra Sangeet , she sang for films also. She acted in one film. She was awarded Padma Shri in 1973 and was appointed Sheriff of Kolkata in 2001. She died on January 03, 2011 due to cardiac arrest in Kolkata. I deeply mourn the death of this legendary singer , who is par-excellence and immortal and whose songs are part of my being.

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