Jai Raghunandan – Rafi/Asha – Ravi – Bipin/Vijayalakshmi | Gharana (1961)

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This beautiful and typically Hindu bhajan was written by a Muslim and rendered by one too. I am getting goosebumps! Movies have always shown the integration between the different religions. But, the reality is different. Unfortunately!

Movie: This song appeared in 1961 Gemini Studios’ hit family drama Gharana (1961) produced and directed by S S Vasan. The movie starred Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Bipin Gupta, Lalita Pawar, Devika, Shobha Khote, Agha, Vijayalakshmi, etc. This movie was a remake of the Telugu movie Shanthi Nivasam (1960).

The movie begins with this song.

Song: Shakeel Badayuni has penned the lyrics of this song and Ravi has set the music.

This is a bhajan or a devotional song address to Lord Rama.

Video: Cinematography is by P Ellappa.

The video opens with the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman and Bipin Gupta beginning the bhajan. The camera moves back and the frame is filled by Bipin Gupta, Vijayalakshmi, Master Randeep and Moppet Raju. We can see the backs of the 2 kids. They are playing the manjira (hand cymbals).

Bipin Gupta begins the song. Vijayalakshmi joins him in the song. The kids are also in the chorus. Bipin Gupta soon performs the aarti. The kids are tempted by the sweets kept in front of the deity as Prasad. The song peters out and the video ends as all of them bow down in front of the idols.

Artists: Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle have given playback for this song and the onscreen performances are by Bipin Gupta, Vijayalakshmi, Master Randeep and Moppet Raju.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song has a strong influence of the Hindu culture on it particularly of the religious type. This song is fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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