Hamne suna tha ek hai Bharat – Asha/Sudha/Mohd. Rafi – N Dutta | Didi (1959)

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The second post today is the analysis of the song, Hamne suna tha ek hai Bharat, from the Bollywood movie, Didi (1959). The song has been analyzed on the basis of the context and visualization. Today is Children’s Day or Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday. So, I have shared a children’s song as one of today’s posts.

Movie – Didi (1959)

The song, Hamne suna tha ek hai Bharat, was featured in the Sadashiv Chitra’s K Narayan Kale-Directed and Sadashiv J Row Kavi-Produced famrama, Didi (1959). The movie starred Sunil Dutt, Shobha Khote, Feroz Khan, Jayashree, etc.

Gopal (Sunil Dutt) has a sister, Kamla (Jayashree), who thinks she knows what’s good for him. He is a teacher and one day, his students ask him questions about our country, India and he replies. This exchange is in the form of a song, which is the current one.

Song – Hamne suna tha ek hai Bharat

The lyrics of this song were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and set to music by N Dutta.

The kids ask, “We were taught (by you) that India is one. But the country has been divided by language and various other topographical and other dividers. What you taught us, was not seen at all. Why is this?”

Video – Hamne suna tha ek hai Bharat

The cinematography is by Arvind Laad.

The video opens with the view of the kids sitting on their benches and Sunil Dutt standing in front of them waiting for their questions. One of the kids stands up and asks the first question and the others follow him. Sunil Dutt realizes the seriousness of the questions and nods knowingly.

The kids get ready to listen to the answer. He explains that India represents – Unity in Diversity. But he gets serious when asked about casteism in India, to which he gives an appropriate answer and insists that the equation would change with unified effort. That forms the end of the song and the video also ends there.

Artists

Mohammad Rafi ends his vocals to Sunil Dutt and Asha Bhonsle and Sudha Malhotra sing for the young boys.

Cultural Influence

Basically, the song talks of History where – divide and rule – had ruled the roost and which even led to partition. The song motivates, by its message of unity. But unfortunately, the message has not reached the people who need to understand it, properly. I usually don’t comment on politics. However, what is reservation but another form of divide and rule. Due to this, several talented students and individuals have to give up their dream careers. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the interaction between the teacher and the students.

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