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Dear Friends, I apologize for missing this forum for over two months. I definitely missed my friends’ uploads and will listen as time will permit. My absence doesn’t mean anything but I am busy with my grand twins. If I sit on computer then they want me to sing live for them. Secondly, in New Jersey our friends arrange lot of karaoke jam sessions so social commitments have to be fulfilled, that is my wife’s priority and thirdly, we four friends started a musical group KEEP ALIVE, so going professional we are keeping alive Bollywood music and entertainment in New Jersey.

This is one of my old recording which I have share on Muziboo two years ago. Mera Joota hai Japani a song performed by popular Bollywood star Raj Kapoor, though sung by Mukesh. In this song wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, Raj Kapoor asserts his pride in being Indian, despite his clothes all being from other countries. Due to its patriotic themes, the song was widely embraced in its time as a representation of the newly sovereign nation of India. As India was gaining its status as a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic, this song depicted the casting off of the colonialist yoke and the recognition of the internationalist aim of uniting to make India and the world a better place. This song gained international fame, particularly in the Soviet Union.

I hope you will enjoy my rendition.

If you like to see my live performance of this song then please go to YouTube following this link:


Movie : Shree 420 (1955)
Music :Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics : Shailendra
Original Singer : Mukesh

Mera Joota Hai Japani
Yeh Patloon Inglistani
Sar pay laal topi Roosi
Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani

Which roughly translated goes something like this:

My shoes are Japanese
These trousers are British
On my head I wear a Russian hat
Yet my heart belongs to India

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