While the nation recently celebrated the golden jubilee of the patriotic song – ‘Aye mere watan ke logon…’ with great fervour, it’s tragic that the poet who wrote the soulful lyrics was truly forgotten!
What’s most agonizing is that the year 2014 marks the Birth Centenary of Kavi Pradeep, who was crowned as the ‘National poet’ by the Government of India for his immense contribution of patriotic songs to the nation. And more importantly, for penning the nationalistic song ‘Aye mere watan ke logon…’ yet the nation seems unconcerned!
Glamsham.Com remembers the poet on his hundredth birthday that falls on February 6, 2014. Kavi Pradeep fuelled patriotism among Indians during pre-independence India with his songs, despite the British Censors keeping a hawk eye.
Penning patriotic lyrics during pre-independence India was a tough proposition, as the British Censors would not allow any song that incited Indian against the British. Interestingly, Kavi Pradeep was a master of words and he would convey his message cleverly.
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For instance, when he penned the hit song ‘Door hato aye duniya walo, Hindustan hamara hain…’ from the Ashok Kumar starrer KISMAT, Kavi Pradeep played with words and deceived the British censors by cunningly including the line….Shuru hua hai jung tumhara Jaag utho Hindustani, phir na kisi ke aage jhukna German ho ya Japani’.
Kavi Pradeep intentionally incorporated the words German and Japani to delude the Britishers that the song was not targeted towards them.
Similarly, in its other national song ‘Chal chal re naujawan… from Ashok Kumar’s BANDHAN, he intelligently called upon the nation to march towards freedom on Gandhiji’s quit India call via the lines, ‘Chalo sang chale hum’.