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Where is Jhumri Telaiya?
|by G Swaminathan|
It was my college days when I started listening to Hindi film songs after the release and thunderous success of ‘Aaradhana’ at Chennai and in Tamil Nadu. Our only source was the then famous Vividh Bharati where we had those ‘Aap Ke Anurodh’, ‘Man Chaahe Geet’ and ‘Jayamaala’ etc when we happened to listen and enjoy the famous songs.
These programs were just for 30 minutes or at times one hour. The songs will be announced with the name of the lyricist and music director apart from the names of the singers and film. Our ears will be glued to the radio and radio Ceylon but there used to be a lot of disturbance in my home’s radio. So Vividh Bharati was our preference.
If we hear the name of the lyricist ‘geet kaar Anand Bhakshi’ we knew what will follow; sangeetkaar will be RD Burman, SD Burman or Laximikant Pyarelel. So we had several wonderful combinations like this. Sahir Ludiyanvi, Shakeel Badayuni with Naushad Indeevar and Gulshan Bawra and Kalyanji Anandji, Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri with Shankar Jaikishen, SH Bihari with OP Nayyar, Raja Mehadi Ali Khan with Madan Mohan, Varma Malik with Sonik-Omi and apart from these we had a host of lyricists like Majrooh Sultanpuri, Sameer, Anjaan, and the popular poets like Gulzar, Kaifi Azmi, Dev Kohli, Nida Fazli and Maya Govind and their poetic talents were exemplary. There were lyricists like Jan Nissar Akhtar, Qamar Jalalbadi and Naqsh Lyal Puri, MG Hashmat, Gauhar Kanpuri.
Somehow I felt those years the lyricists, music composer name combination itself carried a musical tenor and almost many of the songs were melodic and could be recalled even today.
In the ‘Man Chaahe Geet’ program the names of the listeners will be announced. A constant name there would be 'Jhumri Telaiya se Babu Rao Chakole!' Those who had been listening this program would not have forgotten this name and place!
By the way, I don’t know and at that time cared to know where Jhumri Telaiya is and who is Babu Rao Chakole! But, today when I trace those songs in the internet and listen I yearn to know about the place and the person!
Surprisingly the present day’s 24x7 channels and FM radios and the nonstop music do not impress me. I like those half an hour program which was so precious and dear to me.
Post Script: Jhumri Telaiya is a city in the Koderma District of Jharkhand, India. It is situated in the Damodar Valley. Jhumri is the name of the original village in the area, which is now located in the city. The word "Telaiya" is the Hindi language word for a small lake (the Tilaiya Dam reservoir). The word Jhumri itself may have originated from "Jhuri", the local word for "bush", which is commonly used as fuel for cooking in the villages. Jhumri is also said to be a local folk dance.
Association with Vividh Bharati : Originally a little-known town, Jhumri Telaiya became famous in India in 1957 owing to its connection with Vividh Bharati, a nationally broadcast radio service of the All India Radio. At a time when numerous television channels and FM radio stations were yet to come to India, the Vividh Bharati radio shows were a national phenomenon. The largest number of requests for film songs addressed to the channel came from Jhumri Telaiya. Young listeners from the town would compete among themselves to send out the most song requests in a day or month. Vividh Bharati Radio listeners thus became familiar with the town of Jhumri Telaiya. Many listeners of Vividh Bharti used to doubt the existence of such a village, and thus the "Jhumri Talaiya" came to be associated with any less-known or insignificant place. This reference is found in several Hindi movies and songs. For example, the movie Mounto (1975) features a song titled Mein Toh Jhumri Taliyah Seh Aeyehi Hun ("I've come from Jhumri Talaiya").
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