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When Mohd. Rafi learnt Sanskrit for Ganpati song...

September 10, 2013 12:56:03 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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The nation echoed with the welcoming chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Morya...' on Monday with the onset of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. On this auspicious festival Glamsham.Com wishes its readers 'Happy Ganesh Utsav' and shares an interesting anecdote related to Ganesh Festival.

Come Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the streets echo with the super hit song ...

Devaa O Devaa Ganpati Devaa, Tumse Badhkar Kaun
Swaami Tumse Badhkar Kaun, Aur Tumhaare bhaktjanon Mein...'

Though the movie HUMSE BADKAR KAUN (1981) has been erased from the memories of cine lovers yet each year on Ganesh Chaturthi this song comes to fore for its brilliant composition by music director Ram Laxman and Mohd Rafi's extraordinary singing. However, one thing that listeners would have ignored is that the song begins with a Sanskrit Shloka that goes...

Vakratunda Mahakaya, Suryakoti Samaprabha,
Nirvighnam, Kuru Me Deva, Sarva Kaaryessu Sarvadaa....

The shloka in chaste Sanskrit is sung so devotionally and impeccably by Mohd. Rafi that one is left dumbfounded by his rendition because Mohd. Rafi was a Muslim and to master a complicated language as Sanskrit is truly commendable!

The roots of mastering Sanskrit dates back to the 50s when Rafi sahab was first approached by music wizard Naushad to sing the super hit bhajan Man Tadapat Bhajan.... for the movie BAIJU BAWRA.

Rafi Sahab who hailed from Punjab was in trouble as he knew only Punjabi and Urdu. But Naushad hired Sanskrit pundits from Varanasi to train Rafi sahab. It took over a month to master the diction and correct pronunciation of the Sanskrit lyrics of the Bhajan. After this Rafi Sahab even recorded many non-filmy devotional Bhajans for music companies.




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