Basant Bahar

Basant Bahar , India, 23 March 1956

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.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 150 Minutes
  • Director: Raja Nawathe
  • Awards: 1956 - Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Hindi


Directed by Raja Nawathe, Basant Bahar is an Indian classic of the mid-fifties. 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.

In the last scene, the protagonist cuts his tongue himself, since he don't want to sing in front of an Immoral and merciless king. The novel basically as all novels by Tarasu has expressive similist approach.