Subject: Abhi To Main Jawan Hun (#479)
Date: Wed 1/26/2000 9:25 AM PST


       Song:    jahaan daal daal par
                sone ki chidiya karti hain basera
                vo bhaarat desh hai mera
                vo bhaarat desh hai mera

       Film:    Sikandar-e-Azam (1965)
       Singer:  Mohammed Rafi, chorus
       Music:   Hansraj Behl
       Lyrics:  Rajendra Krishan
       *ing:    Prithviraj Kapoor, ?

India completes 50 years of being a republic today. In recognition of
this landmark, here's one of my most favorite patriotic songs ever. An
inspired paean with an equally evocative rendition, although the
orchestration seems a bit jarring at times. The words do cause a
reflective twinge, as we look back on where we were and where we've
come. But this song nevers fails to touch that sentimental chord that
lives within all of us in varying degrees, and which nevers lets us let
go of India no matter how far away we are, or how long we've been away
from home.

I haven't seen this movie, but vaguely remember its picturization... a
rather vivid depiction of the India that was. Now this is where a few
oz. of confusion ensue. The picture on the video cover movie seemed to
suggest a more contemporary setting for the movie, so how does this one
song lapse into what looked like the early ADs?  Anyone seen the movie?

I'll continue with Mohammed Shafi next article on...