Basant Bahar (film)

Basant Bahar (lit. Beautiful Spring), directed by Raja Nawathe,[1] is a 1956 Indian film. 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. Hamsa 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.

Basant Bahar
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Directed byRaja Nawathe
Produced byR. Chandra
Written byRajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue)
Ta-Ra-Su (story)
StarringBharat Bhushan
Music byShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyM. Rajaram
Edited byP. S. Khochikar
G. G. Mayekar
Release date
December 7, 1956


The film begins with Gopal Joshi (Bharat Bhushan) singing a raga. His father, Narsin Joshi (Om Prakash), the royal astrologer, comes and scolds him for singing and says he should become an astrologer. On the other hand, in his neighbourhood, his neighbour Malaya, the son of the royal musician is scolded by his father for being lesser than Gopal in singing. He is preparing him for a music competition, the winner of which will become the royal musician. At the same time, Gopal enters and says that he will not participate, to which Malaya's father refuses, and convinces Gopal to participate. On the day of the competition however, Malaya gives Gopal some holy water. He has secretly added a poison that ruins Gopal's singing ability. He loses the competition. Shortly thereafter, he loses his voice completely. A new friend Gopi (Nimmi) who is a dancer, eventually helps him regain his voice. Gopal eventually gets to sing in front of the king and impress him.




Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Badi Der Bhai Mohammed 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 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Basant Bahar (1956)". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  3. ^ "4th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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