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Japanese Jungle Book on Doordashan, it was

Jungle Book Comic
Jungle Jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai, aarey chaddi pahan ke phool khila hai phool khila ha)
Ek parinda tha sharminda, tha woh nangaa, aarey aisay to andey ke ander tha vo changaa
Sooch raha hai bahar akhir kyo nikla hai
Aarey chaddi pahan ke phol khila hai phool khila hai
Jungle Jungle pata chala hai, chaddi pahan ke phool khila hai
Jungle Jungle pata chala hai, chaddi pahan ke phool khila hai

- The famous title song of Jungle Book, a cartoon series shown on Indian National channel – Doordarshan, in early nineties.

Most people in India remember Jungle book as a delightful cartoon series that was made popular by a memorable title song composed by famous lyricist Gulzar and set to music by musical genius Vishal Bharadwaj (at that time he was a budding musician, and is now a critically acclaimed film director).

In a previous post about another anime series Taro Ek Dragon Ka Beta, I claimed that Taro was the series that introduced Japanese animation to India. I was wrong.

A closer look at Mowgli’s mug shot made me suspicion, it was typical Japanese animation work, and it was so obvious, his long flowing side burns pinned down the series origin to Japan.
As it turns out the cartoon series shown in India was not Disney work but in fact was Japanese series Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli that was first aired in 1989.

Besides Hindi, the series was translated to Arabic as Fatah El Adghal: Boy Of The Jungle and also to German language as "Das Dschungelbuch (Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli)".
While searching for more information about the series, it turned out that another popular cartoon series shown in India in the '90s , Alice in Wonderland, was also of Japanese origin. This series originated in 1983 in Japan. The series became popular in India again thanks top great work by Gulzar and Vishal Bharadwaj. This time Gulzar gave us the lines:
tap tap topi topi tap..
tap tap topi topi tap..


tap tap topi topi tope me jo doobe
far far farmaishi dekhe hain ajoobe
ulat palat galat salat thaain
jhubali jhinak jhaain

tap tap topi topi tope me jo doobe
far far farmaishi dekhe hain ajoobe
ulat palat galat salat thaain
jhubali jhinak jhaain

tap tap topi topi tap..
tap tap topi topi tap..

Both these wonderful series were products of Nippon Animation Studio

I was wrong about Taro being the first Japanese animation series shown in India, but as it turns out, Dragon ka Beta Taro was the oldest of the three anime series as it’s year of origin is 1979. Curiously, it seems these memorable series were shown in India in reverse order of their year of origin - first Jungle Book(1989), then Alice in Wonderland(1983 ) and lastly Taro the Dragon Boy(1979).

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Download Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai

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A big thanks to
Pavan Jha at Hamaraforums for remembering the complete lyrics of the wonderful songs.
One can find Tap tap topi topi at the forum after a bit of searching and registering.

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