Being Saif Ali

Incurably about the extremely pointless things in life.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

"Gaao Beta Gaao" (Sing my dear! Sing!)

Being graduate students (read paupers) we dont have a TV in our apartment sowe get by another way ... after dinner we sprawl in the tiny living room and just talk about stuff we used to watch back home. So a conversation ensued ... about the good ole days of Doordarshan (I realized I was old enough to have good ole days). Now, at some point or the other we have all criticized, lamented and downgraded our national television for being outdated, obsolete and all these other new age adjectives. It therefore will be a surprise to you all that all of us unanimously had the most fond memories of Doordarshan. The talk began when my friend brought up the national integration song that they used to play (oh so too too many times) ... Mile Sur Mera Tumhara ... and we all agreed it was superb .. then we amused ourselves by humming and singing broken lines from it and surprised oursleves by how much of it we remembered. Began with Pandit Bhim Sen Joshi's majestic voice, then went onto a rural scene in Punjab, then a fisherman, then Malika Sarabai (who can forget her) appeared somewhere, Shabana Aazmi ... the beautiful crescendo. A friend added that MIT has done there own version of Mile Sur ... From this the topic turned to even older times ...of Vikram aur Betaal, to these oh-so-beautifully-primitve cartoons for children. Like the one where a boy is asking his elder sister all these cute questions about things ... remember ... "ek chidiya anek chidiya" ... somehting ... ek ek ek ka kar ke taare bane anek" ... "jugat lagaani hogi!!".. "..chatur chidiya, sayaani chidiya". Then more singing happened ... big fat graduate students singing (only in pieces) this ancient song for children. Afterwards...we talked of Mullah Nasruddin, Mungeri Lal ke Hasin Sapne ... much much more. We couldnt get enough. Ofcourse, being very smart engineers, we had to find out how to acquire these gems of the past on new formats (mpeg, avi ... whatever). And we proved that we were indeed very resourceful ... and in your service ... found these resources ... Mile Sur Mera Tumhara ... listen at Ek chidiya Anek Chidiya ... watch at Also, it seems we arent the only ones who howl old Doordarshan songs and ads ... it seems to be quite a popular pastime.


Anonymous aravind said...

u just spoke my heart. I hve been longing for that ek chidiya video for some time now.U wont believe we also had a discussion abt old DD shows sometime last week around the same time when u guys had it.
anyways, thans a ton for the links.Let keep more such links pouring in!
my fav. serials have been vikram aur betaal,indradhanush and dekh bhai dekh :)

7/29/2005 05:49:00 AM  
Blogger vivitsa said...

Oh I used to love DD.. I remember my whole family used to assemble in front of the TV on a Sunday morning 9 o clock to watch "Ramayan" and later "Mahabharath" !!!! and oh.. the "Ek chidiya" !!! Wow ! Took me right back to old times.. Did u know orkut has a community for old DD serials!! Hmm.. oh do u remember "Jungle book" title song.. !! Man!! Those were some days I tell u !!

7/29/2005 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Saif Ali said...

Well well ... this has struck a chord. I suppose we have and Mr Samarth Shetty to thank for putting up the song and the video. Credit where credit is due. On popular demand I suppose I should find more such links.
-- saif

7/29/2005 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous sandeep said...

hey saif
not only the diaspora is nostalgic about DD; even we, belonging to 'ek chidiya' generation, who stay here only, are very emotional about those good ol' days when the sunday movie was a feast, chitrahar was everybody's favorite and we didn't even miss 'saaptahiki'.....
i guess it always happens like this...we always remember old time as good time.

8/27/2005 07:54:00 AM  
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