Today is 14th of November. The birth day of the first Prime Minister of our country- Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Chacha Nehru, as he was fondly called, was very fond of children and deeply cared for them. It’s the reason his birth day is commemorated in India as Baal Divas or Children’s Day.
When I was young, however, the day didn’t seem so special except for the fact that we went to school in coloured dresses. No uniforms that day. Other things at school remained the same. But strangely we still felt excited.
Today I remember it more, perhaps because the good carefree days are over. So, to commemorate this Baal Divas I decided to compile a list of some of my favourite children’s songs and to discuss a little something more.
Children’s songs in movies and my favourites:
This post or rather its precursor was prompted by a comment from a 7-year-old girl, actually almost a year ago while celebrating my niece’s 5th birthday. The comment triggered a lot of thoughts and any list wasn’t a part of it. But today being children’s day, I decided to list a few of my favourite children’s songs before moving on to another discussion.
You see those, like me, who have grown up in the Doordarshan (herein after referred to as DD) and Chitrahaar age must be fairly acquainted with the children’s songs from the era of 1950’s and 1960’s movies.
I like all these songs and the list herein is only a compilation of some and not a ranking of any sort.
Brahmchari is one of my all-time favourites, especially the initial scenes between Shammi Kapoor and the kids are truly enjoyable. This song is also one of the earliest I heard.
This song if I remember right used to be a regular on DD. I loved the picturisation. And the way Lalita Pawar slowly melts to her grandson’s demands, is actually cute.
In the days of tape-recorders and cassettes, we had one containing lots of birthday songs and children’s songs. Though it was quite later that I came to know that some of these “birthday songs” were actually celebrating birthdays of grownups (like “Baar baar din ye aaye” from Karz or “Tum jiyo hazaron saal” from Sujata). But there were few others actually for children, like this one:
A classic children’s song sung by children, written by Gulzar in a way it feels a kid would write and the music to accompany it. The song is loads of fun to watch:
This too was one of the regulars of Chitrahaar or Rangoli and its famous enough so I need not say anything more:
The cassette I mentioned in song no. 3 above had few birthday songs on children too. This is simply the best. And it’s good that Johnny Walker has been given most of the screen time:
7. Hum kaale hain to kya hua- The Junior Mehmood version from Brahmchari:
The song by itself is good, but its way more fun when Junior Mehmood dances to it in Brahmchari to cheer the heroine- Rajshree:
8. Tim tim karte tare (Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan, 1959):
This is fairly a recent addition to my favourites. The song is so sweet, melodious and soft. So is the picturisation:
I do not remember any good children’s songs from movies later than 1980’s. This and the last one in my list must be one of a dying tradition.
Ok, so this one’s is parody, not a separate song as such. But it’s hilarious and fun. I never get tired watching either the kids or Sridevi in it. I am sure most of you like it too:
Which are your favourite children’s songs.
The comment and my questions:
About a year ago while celebrating my niece’s 5th birthday I downloaded and played as many of the children’s songs as I liked and could remember. My niece already knew many of these and was (still is) fond of listening to them. I therefore assumed that her contemporaries would like them too.
After a while I got a sort of shock when one of her friends, about a couple of years older, commented- “Kya bachchon wale gaane lagaye hain, koi achche wale lagane chahiye na.”
That comment left me angry, stunned and bewildered all at the same time. Also, for some strange reason- ashamed. Now what did that girl meant by “bachchon waale gaane” or “achche gaane”? Are the ones we played not “achche gaane”?
Of course, in all kids parties these days the usual songs played are the one on which they can dance. Few samples of the usual suspects being: “Chhityan kalayian we”, “Baby doll main sone di”, “Swag se Swagat”, “Baby ko base pasand hai”. I get it that they need something to shake a leg to. But aren’t there better songs to serve the purpose?
And are the children’s songs from old movies really- “bachchon waale gaane”. They are literally, yes. But the comment coming from a 7-year-old girl left some questions in my mind to which I still don’t have any answers.
So, I pick today (being children’s day) to put forth these questions to you and see if I can finally find the answers I seek.
1. “Bachchon waale gaane”- Are the kid’s songs really childish, and therefore inappropriate for children of that young age. Or did she mean that our choice was childish?
2. Or does that mean that perhaps I haven’t grown up yet?
3. Is lack of good writers/ poets a reason that kids these days are not used to such songs? Or are their parents and elders too responsible for exposing them to so called peppy songs the words of which carry meaning many of them won’t understand?
4. Or is it what’s said as being the need of the hour? Whenever we express such concerns the one thing we frequently get is- “Times have changed”. So, it perhaps means that I have grown too old fashioned for these times.
I really don’t know. In case you have an answer do let me know.
But one thing I do know is that however fast, modern or changing these times might be, nature hasn’t brought any change in its process of evolution and growing-up as of yet. It may catch-up with humans later on, but not yet.
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