“Jalala Jalala Jaladhare” – Valmiki (1963) – Kannada Feature Film

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Valmiki – ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ (1963) – “Jalala Jalala Jaladhare” (ಜಲಲ ಜಲಲ ಜಲಧಾರೆ) – Composed by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao (ಘಂಟಸಾಲ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರ ರಾವ್) – Voice: P Susheela (ಪುಳಪಕ ಸುಶೀಲ)

Valmiki (Kannada: ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ), a bilingual production is a 1963 Indian Kannada feature film, directed by C. S. Rao and produced by S K Habeebulla. The film stars Rajkumar, Kantha Rao, Narasimharaju and Rajanala Kaleswara Rao in lead roles. The film had musical score by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao.

Ghantasala’s formative years were spent as a freelance vocal artist for All India Radio (AIR). An acquaintance, Peketi Siva Ram from HMV studios recorded Ghantasala’s early private albums. It was in 1944, the production house – Prathibha Films – headed by the acclaimed director Ghantalasa Balramiah introduced Ghantasala to celluloid as a chorus singer and for a character role in the movie “Seetha Rama Jananam”  (which incidentally became the milestone movie for Akkineni Nageswara Rao). He also apprenticed under well-known music directors Gali Penchala and C. R. Subbaraman absorbed the nuances of composing for full-length feature films. In 1947, Pendurthi Subba Rao commissioned “Lakshmamma” with Ch. Narayana Rao & Malathi to play the lead. Balantrapu Rajinikanta Rao composed four songs, but the project was shelved. C Krishnaveni (actress/producer) procured the rights of the movie and decided to complete it. Ghantasala was assigned the task of composing and retained the four songs apart from conducting the background score. Impressed by his mastery and expertise, C Krishnaveni employed Ghantasala for her next venture “Mana Desam” (1949) starring N T Rama Rao.   It established Ghantasala as a independent music composer-cum-playback singer (hits included “Jai Janani Parama Pavani, “Bavanu Meppinchali”and “Idi Verapo Mathi Marapo”). He was the most prolific film composer and playback singer in Telugu cinema until the mid-1970s. He composed music for many popular Telugu movies, including , Patala Bhairavi, Maya Bazaar, Lava Kusa, Pandava Vanavasam, Gundamma Katha, Pelli Chesi Choodu & Paramanadayya Sishyula Katha, and also for popular Tamil and Kannada films in the 1950s and 1960s.

jalala jalala jala dhare
tumbhi tumbaale jhole
dhoni duvvale maele
jaane jammaela jole
haha hahaha hoho hoho
nanna jhateyaagi haadu haayaagi khogile
maaghi khogiletaala himmelaa mela mummela needale
navile haadale
bimka binnana bedagu bigumana
balle ambale bhale
tampu kannota tumbhu maimata mamchale
cheluve camchale
brumgasaramga timga matamganagale
lalane ninele
hamsa nadedamte honalu haridamte
haayi harigola leele
ಜಲಲ ಜಲಲ ಜಲಧಾರೆ
ತುಂಭಿ ತುಂಬಾಳೆ ಜೋಲೀ
ಧೋನಿ ಧುವಾಲೆ ಮೇಲೆ
ಜಾಣೆ ಜಮ್ಮೆಳ ಜೋಲೀ
ಹಾಹಾ ಹಹಹ ಹೀಹ್ವ್ ಹೊ
ನನ್ನ ಝಾಥಿಯಾಗಿ ಹಾಡು ಹಾಯಾಘಿ ಕೋಗಿಲೆ
ಮಾಘಿ ಕೋಗಿಲೆ
ತಾಳ ಹಿಮ್ಮೇಳ ಮೇಳ ಮುಮ್ಮೇಳ ನೀಡಲೇ
ನಾವಿಲ್ ಹಾಡಲೇ
ಭೀಮಕ ಬಿನ್ನಾಣ ಬೆಡಗು ಭೀಗುಮಾನ
ಬಲ್ಲೆ ಅಂಬಳೆ ಬಾಳೆ
ತಂಪು ಕಣ್ಣಒತ ತುಂಬು ಮೈಮಾಟ ಮಂಚಾಲೆ
ಚೆಲುವೆ ಚಂಚಲೆ
ಬೃಂಗಸಾರಂಗ ತಿಂಗ ಮಾತಂಗಾ ನಾಗಲೇ
ಲಾಲನೆ ನಿನಲ್
ಹಂಸ ನಾಡದಂತೆ ಹೊನಲು ಹರಿದಂತೆ
ಹಾಯಿ ಹರಿಗೋಲ ಲೀಲೆ

Judicious accompaniment, benign arrangements (bongos-flute-horns), seraphic vocals – who could want more? – the purity of P Susheela’s voice  (a national treasure) harmonized by the emotional connection she seems to have with the music – pitch, control, interpretation, and  passion are truly sterling and enduring. The aurulent-throated P Susheela performs bewitchingly (providing the needed melodic contour) supported by background vocals. The music is simply, but elegantly, arranged. Savor every note, and don’t worry if you find yourself singing along. Nothing loud or very irritating, just a very soothing recording, but her reading of the song reflecting on landscape and the natural world (strict construction) have found a new level of tenderness and soulfulness. She sticks to the melody, enunciates each word clearly, and  wraps herself in the persona (actress Raja Sulochana) – her expressive artistry  brings them all vividly to life in an unhurried heartfelt style.

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