Movie – Sargam (1979)
Ramjiki nikli savaari was featured in the N N Sippy Productions’ social drama Sargam (1979) produced by N N Sippy and directed by K Vishwanath. It is a remake of the Telugu movie Siri Siri Muvva (1976). The Bollywood movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Prada (debut), Shashikala, Shreeram Lagoo, Asrani, Aruna Irani, Shakti Kapoor, Keshto Mukherjee, Vijay Arora, etc.
Hema (Jaya Prada) is born with a speech defect where she cannot speak. She lives with her father Chintamani Pradhan (Shreeram Lagoo), her stepmother Savitri (Shashikala) and stepsister Champa (Rajni Sharma). Hema loves to dance and is very talented. On the other hand, Champa is not very talented and does not have an aptitude for art. But, Savitri insists that Champa learn to dance and orders Hema about to perform household chores. Hema strikes up a friendship with the local musician Raju (Rishi Kapoor).
Soon, Lord Rama’s chariot-tour event begins and Raju performs at that time.
Song – Ramjiki nikli savaari
Ramjiki nikli savaari was penned by Anand Bakshi on the music scored by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The man heaps accolades on Lord Rama, whose idol is being taken on a chariot-tour all through the village.
Video – Ramjiki nikli savaari
The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance has been choreographed by P L Raj.
The video opens with some actors playing the Maharashtrian curved trumpet and Rishi Kapoor beginning to dance as he plays the dafli. The camera focuses on the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.
Rishi Kapoor also begins to sing the song with several actors playing different musical instruments like the dhol and lezim. Asrani is also dancing with him. Jaya Prada offers a pooja plate to the priest Om Shiv Puri. He breaks the coconut present in it and returns the plate to her.
When the chorus sings, Jaya Prada tries to sing with them. But, she can’t because she is mute. The song rises to a crescendo with some vigorous dancing. The song and the video end abruptly there.
Mohammad Rafi sings for Rishi Kapoor and Asrani, Jaya Prada, Om Shiv Puri and other actors look on.
The song is deep-rooted in the Hindu culture, particularly in South India where rath-yatra or chariot-tours of different divine idols are celebrated. This is one such event. The song is good. The video is watchable for Rishi Kapoor’s mannerisms while playing the dafli.