The fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya

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#16 Apr 6th, 2014, 18:52
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Jhumritilaiya disguises itself as Koderma(KQR) on the railway system. That is why people think it doesn't exist even though they may have passed through it several times and even stopped there. And I think you should refer to the radio station as Radio Ceylon as it was called in the days of Aap Hi ke Geet (8:30 am daily). Other regulars on this programme and on Vividh Bharati's Manoranjan (2pm) were Preetam Singh Deepak from Panipat, Jamaluddin Sahil from Karimnagar and Sakharam Mithaiwala from Naya Jalna.
So true the kqr thing. Sometimes when I explain that people get surprised that its one and the same. But if you look closely on the signboard on the station says jhumri telaiya in very small letters under koderma. The actual koderma is 7 km from the station. And yes it was actually called ceylon I just couldn't remember the name and all these tales are heard not expirienced first hand I was born in the tv era, but i've heard those tales intently from my father
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Surely going to be a nice & enjoyable thread ! Waiting for more to come from our most senior IM ers ..

Thanks Morichika for presenting this beautiful Thread & old photos !
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Originally Posted by Gametotravel View Post @Morchika- How far from Ranchi? Dam looks like Damodar Valley Dam which itself is very beautiful!
Its some 160 kms I think and yes it is a damodar valley dam, first one historically as well as geographically which the reason for ample water perennially. Are you from ranchi??

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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post Great stuff Morichika! I've heard of Jhumritilaiya but never really imagined it as a real place!

This could turn into a lovely thread with your writing and photos interspersed with people's radio memories .
Thank you and it is real

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Originally Posted by Duronto Jajabar View Post and Amin Sayani...

That what I knew about Jumri Talaiya

You pictured an 'roopkotha-r jagat' (world of fables) on earth Nice recalling Morichika.
hehe thank you but its not recalling its mere retelling

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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Great thread.

Not just to Binaca, but people from Jhumri Telaiya seemed to send regular requests to Vividh Bharati (All India Radio, Vividh meaning 'various' or 'miscellaneous', and Bharati meaning 'Indian' )- and which I, with then my childish humour, used to call Vidhva Bharati (Vidhva meaning widow)

I still do.
I'm a child then I find your humor humorous
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post You have hit a cord with such finesse. It's not at all about the place, it's about the time for me. The eighties, adolescence, yearly vacation in sleeper class with a big family , the changing landscapes, the amazing convenience of olive colored holdall, the indrajal comics, the tinkles and amar Chitra kathas, the long maintenance stop at mughal serai at night , the rush to fill the water bottles on in unnamed stations, the chai chai... I was transported to that long lost time. Brilliant and I'm waiting for more
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funny thing I was not even alive at that time but my mom explained the holdall, the comics and the chitra kathas to me

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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Hamid Sayani was also the compere of the Bournvita Quiz Contest when a proud me participated (early/mid seventies). After he died, Amin Sayani took over, I think.
wow cheers to you must be lucky
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@prince09 Yeah I'll tell the exact location in the next installment and timbuktu is in Mali a west african country, yeah in 1950s I guess it was constructed...
Now that, Radio ceylon was the first (1925) radio bradcasting in asia so that was maybe the reason for broadcasting from colombo and vividh bharti was made in 1957 especially to compete against radio ceylon.
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Originally Posted by prince09 View Post Why were these Indian programs broadcast from Sri Lanka?. I understand hindi movies had/still has a wide audience through out the sub continent and middle east from the 60s. Many afghans I know have detailed knowledge of hindi movies/songs and actors from even 50s but why were they aired from Colombo?.



And about the radio programs, what about 'Mann Chahe Geet/Bhule Bisre Geet'?. Fond memories of this late night program with my dad trying to become mukesh/rafi 2!
https://wearethebest.wordpress.com/tag/bv-keskar/

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The then IB minister, B.V. Keskar, restricted the playing of Hindi film music on AIR, so then Radio Ceylon swamped the airwaves with Binaca Geetmala—a hit parade of film songs—broadcast by Hameed and Ameen Sayani. Keskar had to allow film music back and the Vividh Bharati channel was created.
In Keskar's day Hindi film music was considered beyond the pale by AIR so Radio Ceylon and Radio Goa stepped in to fill the gap. You could also listen to Hindi film music from Radio Nepal and Radio Pakistan (till 1965).

Here is some more about Keskar: http://www.hindustantimes.com/commen...e1-631438.aspx

He also gave us Vadya Vrinda.http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Oppurtun...ges/Music.aspx This was the muzak played on Indian Airlines.
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Great thread.
Amin Siyani is still rolling out his filmy musical programme on FM in Delhi.
I love this programme of biographies and vintage interview of old singers and musicians but get tuned only when driving. Not like those old days when schedule was fixed to hear him and songs he selected.
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I listened to Sayani's two part interview with Lata Mangeshkar on AIR FM last year. A very frank and revealing account by the great singer on her life's work with some of the finest composers of a bygone era. I wish I had recorded it.

"Vividh Bharti" is going strong! Unfortunately only on AM (Medium Wave - 1188khz in Mumbai) and I love to listen to it when in India.

Some of the old favourites are still on (program names in Bold):
Renu Bansal / Amar Kant - Patrawali
Shehnaaz Akhtari / Renu Bansal / Manju Trivedi / Savita - Sakhi Saheli
Kamal Sharma / Rajendra Tripathi / Nimmi Mishra - Chhaya Geet
Yunus Khan - Jigyasa
Mamta Singh - SMS Ke Bahaane VBS Ke Taraane
Shefali - Aap Ki Farmaish
Dev Narain - Bela Ke Phool
Manju Trivedi - Mann Chaahe Geet
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Btw we have grown up on TV's 'Chitrahaar' a must watch every week and later twice a week. Became boring later due to unmindful selections and idiotic repetitions.

But at its prime, No other programme could hold TRPs it used to have till date.
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Re: The fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya

There used to be a programme of Hindi film songs aired during late eighties and early nineties, on Sunday morning around 8.. I have forgotten the name.
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@golghar thank you for this information

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Originally Posted by cityMONK View Post Btw we have grown up on TV's 'Chitrahaar' a must watch every week and later twice a week. Became boring later due to unmindful selections and idiotic repetitions.

But at its prime, No other programme could hold TRPs it used to have till date.
Now this i know i used to watch this as a kid
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I listened to Sayani's two part interview with Lata Mangeshkar on AIR FM last year. A very frank and revealing account by the great singer on her life's work with some of the finest composers of a bygone era. I wish I had recorded it.
Did she say which song was her personal favourite? In an earlier interview she mentioned the first one on this list http://www.raaga.com/channels/hindi/...sp?mid=h001815 (Bairan Neend Na Aaye). In 1967 she had included it among her "top ten". Unfortunately this isn't a very good recording and there is no youtube clip of the song from the film. I suppose one has to watch the whole film to see it filmed on Anita Guha.
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I don't recall but she spoke extremely fondly of Madan Mohan of course, and I believe he was her favourite composer. She was very candid about her spat with O.P. Nayyar which was delved into in great detail by Sayani. It was a case of inflated egos and misunderstandings, as is usually the case.

I have the song "Bairan Neend Na Aaye" on my iTunes from two CDs:
Lata Mangeshkar: The Nightingale - Legends (3m01s)
Madan Mohan: The Ghazal King - The Golden Collection (3m14s)
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The meatier details of Jhumri Telaiya

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Its not the radio that started the saga of Jhumri Telaiya. It was mica. In 1890s while laying railroad through koderma the British found huge mica deposits were found soon mining activities started, many mining houses were set up. The most successfull of those being the CH pvt. Ltd. Owned by Chattu Ram Bhadani and Horil Ram Bhadani, two brothers, set up around 1910 or something by 1920s they prospered and were living a lavish life. They brought in telephone conectivity in the 1920s to Telaiya. Jhumri Telaiya even boasted most numbers of telephone connections and calls made in whole India. From those times till late 1960s Jhumri Telaiya became home to prosperous businessman and grand villas with their Arabian thoroughbreds, porsche and mercedes cars. But all this dwindled soon due to the transfer of most mica business to government owned corporation in 1970s. The civillians still had work in the mines but that too stopped in 1990s with the invention of some synthetic substitute for space and military equipment. With the dissolution of USSR the export stopped they being the major buyer. From there on the town saw its downfall. The once town with a bright future saw its decline with depleting work source and soon faded into one of the most backward town of India. The shining past is still visible in some the places in the town. The rajgarhia road and if gone further the vishrambagh still has some of the abandoned and dilapidated villas of that time. Although most of them being closed off in personal properties could be a problem if someone wants to see. The Bhadani descendants still live in the area I'm close with some of them so I got the pleasure of seeing their old house, since then many new villas cropped up in this area owned by those descendants with sprinklers large gardens, glass doors and even computer it was around 2002 when I visited one of them. The old money and the legacy of two schools one theatre must have helped the legendary Bhadanis in continuing their status. But that glory is missing as well with the porsche and mercedes...... I hurt my hand so will write later
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Continuing The Earlier Post

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This place is not remote, its fairly easy to find, as well as tough I couldn't find a map. Jhumri telaiya is situated in the northern part of the state Jharkhand perched at a height of 1252 ft. (?) It is well connected by roadways as well as railways. The Grand Chord line connects that connects delhi to kolkata passes through this place. The station name is Koderma you may have even passed through it but never realized that this is that place. The station code is kqr, trains from ahmedabad, indore, new delhi, kolkata, puri, ranchi, mumbai, dehradun, jammu, jaipur, ajmer, patna etc directly connect Jhumri telaiya. The place is easily connected by roadways NH 31 passes through the town. The road condition is very good in this place. From station koderma Jhumri Telaiya is 0 kms the actual district headquarter koderma is 7 kms from the station.



Tourist places like deoghar, bodh gaya, Rajgir, hazaribag are easily accessible from here.

To be continued.......
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Another claim-to-fame that Jhumritalaiya has is that at one time it was the leading producer of mica, a substance that used to be used in electronics in the 60s and the 70s. It had made the town one of the richest places in India. The mica mine owners, hailing from Jhumritalaiya, were one of the richest people in India with lavish homes in Mumbai.

This bout of prosperity lasted till the world moved on to mica-substitutes and Jhumritalaiya regained its anonymous notoriety.

I had read a very kind article about this place in Illustrated Weekly (I think) that had characterized it as a happy place, with its denizens having an easy acceptance of their rollercoaster fate and their 'Timbuktu' status.
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