‘Bullock Cart’ songs

After I completed the train songs, and songs with ‘Tonga rhythm’, I was wondering what next! Then I started my series on boat songs. While I was researching for the songs with Tonga rhythm, I remembered a few songs which I thought to be fitting the theme, but ultimately those songs turned out to be songs picturised on a bullock cart.

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Image source – Wikipedia

Bullock Cart is a means of transportation used since ancient times in many parts of the world. It’s mainly used for transportation of goods, though it’s commonly used as a public transport vehicle in villages. They are still used in some parts where modern vehicles are too expensive or where the infrastructure favours. It’s mainly a carriage with two wheels or four wheels that is pulled by bulls or oxen. Oxen are male cattle that are castrated to make them docile and more safer than bulls to work with. I always come across a group of bullock carts carrying sugarcane. In some parts of rural Maharashtra, bullock cart races are held, which are very popular among the local population as well as nearby towns.

I started thinking about the songs. But I couldn’t gather enough songs. I then stopped myself insisting on an immediate response. I was sure, in due course I will remember a few more songs. So I let the process take a slow course. Finally I had an adequate number of songs to make a post.
But the journey wasn’t a smooth one. While I could remember a few films having a rural background, not all of those films had bullock carts. Most of the films had ghoda gadi. But a few of the films with a backdrop of agricultural activities obviously had it, and in a few songs the main lead himself was the one running the cart as a part of his profession. So I could get more than one song in a single movie. But I decided to restrict myself to one song per film.
This time I allowed myself to include post-70s films and a couple of songs actually belonged to that era.

I think off hand it’s difficult to think of songs picturised on a bullock cart. I tried to stick to the song only if it has a bullock cart either throughout or at least for more than 3/4th of the song. So I dropped a popular song. I’m sharing a screenshot from the song, would you identify the song?

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Would you identify the film or the song?

Have you thought of a song? Are you ready? I’ve arranged the songs in chronological order. Come on, let’s hit the list……..

1. Na Pee Ki Nagariya – Devdas (1935) Pahari Sanyal / Timir Baran – Kidar Sharma
I am starting with the oldest song I could find in this category. The song is sung by Pahadi Sanyal. The bullock cart driver carrying a badly sick Devdas (K L Saigal) to Paro’s place is played by Kapoor, as per the titles of the film. We listen to the voice of K L Saigal as he converses with the bullock cart driver. But there’s only dialogues. He doesn’t sing.

2. Jaiyo Na Bides Mera Jiya Bhar Aayega – Neel Kamal (1947) Rajkumari & Snehal Bhatkar / B Vasudev – Kidar Sharma
Kidar Sharma offered a break to Raj Kapoor and Madhubala with Neel Kamal. The film has a rural background and Raj Kapoor, when he needs to travel, chooses a bullock cart. Madhubala, attracted to him, runs behind the cart, requesting him to stop. He plans to go away from her because he doesn’t consider himself worthy of the love and the trust she showed for him. His feelings are well reflected in the song.
I was very much surprised to hear Snehal Bhatkar’s voice, which perfectly suited Raj Kapoor and sounded much like Mukesh.

3. Hai Re Ud Ud Jaye – Mirza Sahiban (1947) Noorjahan, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Shamshad Begum & Chorus / Pandit Amarnath – Qamar Jalalabadi
One of my absolute favourite songs by Noorjahan. What a beautiful melody and good tune. Though not mentioned in the titles, Pandit Amarnath’s younger brothers, Husnalal and Bhagatram assisted him for the movie and completed it after his sad demise during the making ofcthe movie. Shamshad Begum and Zohrabai Ambalewali have very little scope. It’s picturised on a group of bullock carts, Noorjahan and her friends occupying one of the carts. Trilok Kapoor accompanies them and Noorjahan addresses him tangentially in one of the verses.

4. O Gadiwale Gadi Dheere Haank Re – Mother India (1957) Rafi, Shamshad Begum & Chorus / Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
Mother India was set in rural India and had bullock carts in the movie as well in a few other songs. But this one’s a complete song shot on a group of bullock carts. The party is traveling for Ramu’s (Rajendra Kumar) marriage. Birju (Sunil Dutt) sings it with his friends in one of the carts while Rupa (Chanchal) accompanied by her friends travels in another cart. There’s teasing and fun throughout. Enjoy this energetic number and pay attention to the rhythm of the song. It’s distinctly different from the routine Tonga rhythm. Nevertheless it perfectly suits the situation.

5. Bedard Zamana Tera Dushman Hai – Mehndi (1958) Hemant Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar / Ravi – S H Bihari
Mehndi was one of the first films based on the life of Umrao Jaan Ada. Jayashree played the role and Ravi composed a few wonderful solos for the film, which were sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The said duet was a part of my post on duets of Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar. It’s picturised on Jayashree and M Kumar, traveling on a bullock cart. Hemant Kumar lends voice to M Kumar and also to a beggar who opens the song.

6. Woh door Jo Nadiya Behti Hai – Barkha (1959) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / Chitragupt – Rajendra Krishan
This was one of the first few songs which I had on my list. A pair of siblings played by Nanda and Jagdeep travel on a bullock cart and sing about each other and their bonding. The cart travels through the ruins of heritage buildings. There are ruins of temples and a few intact monuments as well. Could it be Hampi? If anyone knows about the picturisation, please throw light on it.

7. Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo – Teesri Kasam (1966) Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
I was sure to find a song fitting today’s theme in this movie. And I could get a few though I selected the one I like the most and fits my criteria. Complex philosophy of life narrated in a simple language. The film was produced by Shailendra and he penned most of the songs too. Raj Kapoor plays a bullock cart driver, who takes vows during his journey of life. Though the film was acclaimed by critics, it saw an utter commercial failure. The film has a number of meaningful and excellent songs.

8. Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal Mein – Anokhi Raat (1968) Mukesh & Chorus / Roshan – Indeevar
Anokhi Raat was the last film Roshan composed for. It has a few outstanding solos by various singers. This song by Mukesh is picturised on Sanjeev Kumar and Zahida. Soulful philosophical lyrics depicting the ways of life.

9. Goriya Kahan Tera Des Re – Carvan (1971) Asha Bhosle, Rafi & Chorus / R D Burman – Majrooh
A large group of bullock carts, with the troupe dancing and singing in the vicinity. A good song to listen to. I couldn’t find a full video, but here’s the longest I could locate.

10. Piya Maine Kya Kiya – Us Paar (1974) Manna Dey / S D Burman – Yogesh
A film with a rural backdrop. Though the film isn’t very popular, so are the songs, I like the songs. The film maintains the 60s flavour. The song runs in the background when Maushumi Chatterjee leaves Vinod Mehra devastated. The bullock cart is driven by Jalal Agha, who doesn’t hesitate to beat Vinod Mehra by the whip.

I end my list. It took me a few months to come up with the songs. But I know, my blog readers are sharp enough to come up with a befitting song within moments. Have you thought of a song to add?

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Mehfil Mein Meri, claims no credit for any image, screenshots or songs posted on this site. Images on this blog are posted to make the text interesting. The images and screenshots are the copyright of their original owners. The song links are shared from YouTube, only for the listening convenience of music lovers. The copyright of these songs rests with the respective owners, producers and music companies.

33 Replies to “‘Bullock Cart’ songs”

  1. Dear Anup ji,

    A Bullock Cart Song generally has a slow steady beat, making things easy for the Composer.

    You had two songs from 1947 and made a great leap to 1957. What crime did this song from 1948 do ?

    Knowing you, perhaps you deliberately left it out, giving scope to others to make their contributions. Don’t take that seriously, just kidding.

    All in all a great Post.

    What next? Cycle Rickshaw Songs?

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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  2. Great compilation.
    For some reason,I thought ” Chhoti si yeh zindagani re” from Aah was a bullock cart song…but turned out to be a Tonga song.

    One song that perhaps fits the bill here is “Kaun disa mein leke chala re batohiya..” from the (relatively) new Nadiya Ke Paar (Sachin,Sadhna Singh).

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    1. Slavkare,
      Welcome to Mehfil.
      Thank you for your appreciation.
      The song from Nadiya Ke Paar was on my shortlist, but I got more suitable songs, so I skipped it.
      Thank you for adding it.
      🙂

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Madhu ji.
      I think the screen cap is not representative enough. She’s Nutan from Chhalia. A small part of the song, Baaje Payal Chhun Chhun is picturised on a group of bullock carts.
      🙂

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  3. Anup ji,

    Nice journey.
    5 of the songs came to my mind when I saw the title.

    Today, I want to mention a great favorite of mine from Tumcha Maatra Bhasha.

    Akheera cha ha tula dandavat
    Sodoona jaate gaaoon…

    MARATHA TITUKA MELAAVA, 1964.
    Lata, Meena, Usha; Yogesh ; Anandaghan.

    The singing by Lata Didi and the echo effect in the voices of Meena and Usha are awesome.

    Of all the few movies for which Lata has scored music, this movie is my favorite. I can’t get enough of …Swaraj thoran chade…by Hemant Da, Hridaynath, Avinash and others.

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    1. Thank you Pradeep ji for visiting and commenting.
      And thanks a lot for adding the soulful, अखेरचा हा तुला दंडवत. It’s a beautiful song, composed and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. One of my most favourite Marathi songs.
      Let me add the link,

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  4. Very interesting songs compiled. I have been following your posts through our WhatsApp group. Songs in a bullock cart are interesting and very well thought of. Songs in car, horsecart are common but not this one. One more song not in your list struck me. Will add it over here. Please keep posting such interesting themes.

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    1. Welcome Sanjay Sathe ji to Mehfil.
      Thank you for your appreciation. I hope you continue visiting my future posts.
      And I must say, you’ve added a very interesting song. I wasn’t aware of it. I haven’t seen a car being towed by a bullock cart.
      And it’s very interesting to watch Mukesh singing for Surendra.
      🙂

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      1. Dear Anup ji,

        Back in 1948, Surendra sang for himself. That is NOT Mukesh! Even Tommy Daniels, who is very particular about details, mentions Surendra as the singer.

        Not to worry. All great people make mistakes.

        With warm regards

        PARTHA CHANDA

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  5. Bullock cart was very common in Marathi movies. That’s why Marathi songs also. This song is sung by Vishnu Waghmare and composed by Ram Kadam.

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    1. Yes,
      Bullock Cart was very common in Marathi songs.
      Dr Shetty has already added Lata’s composition and now you’ve added, this energetic credits song from Pinjara.
      आली ठुमकत नार लचकत
      It’s another of popular songs in Marathi.
      🙂

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    2. Dear Ravindra ji,

      Many thanks for adding the song from PINJARA. Mind goes back many years when the Film was shown on Doordarshan.

      With warm regards

      PARTHA CHANDA

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  6. Anup ji ,
    Nice theme …
    Nice selection of songs …
    Nice presentation .

    Too many wonderful marathi songs r there ..
    Song …. Film …. The गाडीवान
    डौल मोराचा तांबडी माती दादा कोंडके
    चला लवकरी थोरातांची कमळा उमा
    आम्ही दैवाचे संत ज्ञानेश्वर वसंत देसाई
    गाडीवान दादा प्रपंच सीमा

    Let me add one from बावर्ची ..
    Rajesh Khanna is the गाडीवान

    ” तुम बिन जीवन कैसा जीवन ”

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole

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    1. Thank you so much Pramod ji for the appreciation.
      And I had no idea so many of our Marathi songs would be added to the list.
      Thank you for adding the Bawarchi song. A perfect fit!
      And,
      Let me the Marathi song links,
      डौल मोराच्या मानंचा

      चला लवकरी माथ्यावरती ऊन

      आम्ही दैवाचे शेतकरी

      बैल तुझे हरणावानी गाडीवान दादा

      Thank you so much.
      🙂

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  7. Anupji, thanks for taking us back to the old times when technology had not advanced. I am adding two songs :-
    1) A Telegu Song which is very popular from the movie Malleswari – Parugulu Tiyyali featuring Bhanumati and NTR

    and
    2) A song from Mela featuring Dilip Kumar – Gaaye Ja Geet Milan Ke

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    1. Anitaji,
      Thank you for the appreciation. And thanks for the songs. The telugu song by NTR and bhanumati has such an infectious rhythm. Liked it.
      The song from Mela was added by Partha Chanda ji already.
      🙂

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  8. Anup,
    Bullock cart songs surely face extinction, because they belong to an era and a place which no longer exists. You have selected some of the best songs known of this genre. Let me add two more:

    ‘Nadiya kinare Ram bagiya mein’ sung by Bharat Vyas from ‘Chandralekha’ (1948)

    And another superb Chitragupta composition. This bullock cart song shows the childhood friends growing into adult lovers.
    ‘Teri aankhon mein pyar maine dekh liya’ by Rafi and Lata Mangehskar from ‘Chaand Mere Aa Ja’ (1960), music Chitragupta

    AK

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    1. Yes,
      The bullock cart era has ended and such songs are no longer made.
      Thank you for adding beautiful songs. Both fit perfectly.
      The song from Chand mere aaja was there on my shortlist. But I dropped it and I was wishing someone to add it.
      Thank you for adding it. In general I’m a huge Chitragupt fan.

      🙂

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  9. My response is as slow as a bullock cart and hence missed the chance to post the only song I knew, Sahara 1958. My congrats on a queer post where songs are difficult to find. Keep in the same vein for future. I am sure that films after the first talkies and in the immediate aftermath would be heavily rural biased and there could be bullock cart songs. I am not as smart as the Baker Street detective and no contribution to make other than a few words.

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  10. I think the entire gamut of bullock cart songs have been covered by your post and the comments. 🙂 I have fond memories of riding in a bullock cart at my grandparent’s place in my childhood, but even then, bullock carts were beginning to phase out in our town. Nice post, Anupji.

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    1. Yes,
      The songs, I too guess, won’t be many. Nice that you’ve memories of riding a bullock cart. I haven’t ever travelled on a bullock cart, though we used to go a fare, nearby, on a Tonga.
      🙂

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  11. Oof, this is a difficult theme! The closest thing I could come up with was “Chhailla Mera Chhailla” from “Chhailla Babu, but the cart is only there at the beginning. Rajesh Khanna is reminiscing about his mother while traveling through the mountains on an oxcart, but most of the picturization focuses on the mother (Achala Sachdev) walking through Bombay.

    I did see “Prince” recently, in which the last repetition of “Madhosh Hawa Matwali Fiza” has most of the characters riding on a nice new red tractor–so additional subtypes of vehicular song remain unexplored ( ;

    Am I correct in thinking that B. Vasudev was one of Snehal Bhatkar’s pen names?

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