Basant Bahar (film)

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Basant Bahar
Directed by Raja Nawathe
Produced by R. Chandra
Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue)
Ta-Ra-Su (story)
Starring Bharat Bhushan
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Cinematography M. Rajaram
Edited by P. S. Khochikar
G. G. Mayekar
Release date
December 7, 1956
Language Hindi

Basant Bahar, directed by Raja Nawathe,[1] is an Indian classic film of the mid-1950s. In 1956, this musical[2] had nine outstanding songs with lyrics written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri; and music composition by Shankar-Jaikishan. The story is based on the Kannada novel "Hamsageethe" by legendary novelist Tarasu. "Hamasa" means swan and "Geethe" means song. It is believed that before a swan dies,it will sing without opening its mouth. That mutter of melody is believed to be unmatched since any scene of lyricism falls short of its reach.


The only son of the Royal Astrologer, Narsin (Om Prakash) namely Gopal (Bharat Bhushan) is not interested in astrology but in music and songs, much to the dismay of Narsin. Gopal's talents are well-known and he could become the Emperor's Chief Musician if he wins in the contest. His rivals live next door, and in order to win the approval of the emperor (Chandrashekhar), they poison Gopal's drink, and Gopal loses his voice completely. His mom (Leela Chitnis) is sorry at the loss of his voice. A young dancing girl, Gopi (Nimmi) takes interest in Gopal, and through her help and a hard knock on the head, he recovers his voice. But Gopal's challenges are far from over, and he will be called upon to prove his worth, as well as his association with Gopi.




Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Badi Der Bhai Mohd. Rafi
2 Bhay Bhajana Vandana Sun Manna Dey
3 Duniya Na Bhaye Mohd. Rafi
4 Ja Ja Re Ja Balama Lata Mangeshkar
5 Kar Gaya Re Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
6 Ketaki Gulab Juhi Manna Dey, Bhimsen Joshi
7 Main Piya Teri Lata Mangeshkar
8 Nain Mile Chain Kahan Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
9 Sur Na Saje Manna Dey


  1. ^ "Basant Bahar (1956)". The Hindu. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Basant Bahar (1956)". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ "4th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 

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