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Maata Saraswati Shaarada

Posted on: March 14, 2014


This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Genius of Jaidev
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Alaap a 1977 film was produced by Hrishikesh Mukerjee and N.C Sippy and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Chhaya Devi, Sanjeey Kumar, Asrani, Farida Jalal, Om Prakash, Manmohan Krishna, Master Ravi, A K Hangal, etc. It is one of the best offerings of MD jaidev’ in his marvelous carrier. Dr Rahi Massom Raza and Harivanshrai Bachchan provided the lyrics for the songs.

Alaap was released in 1977 when Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom was at its peak. It has often been said that the films he made with Hrishikesh Mukherjee saw a more restrained side to Amitabh, and that he has never acted better in his career. The story epitomises the struggling musician type of Chaaya Devi. Not only her acting but amazing performance by all stars.

Although Rekha gives a fine and understated performance as Amitabh’s adoring and long-suffering wife, romance of the usual sort is downplayed here. The strongest female character is in fact the aging courtesan-singer Sarju Bai. Her character in this movie is heart wrenching, wonderfully portrayed by Chhaaya Devi. Though she gradually assumes the role of Amitabh’s lost mother, she never lapses into the pious maternal stereotypes common to so many Bombay films, but instead offers a complex and rare portrait of an earthy, mature, and experienced woman who has both loved and suffered deeply. She thus adds a further dimension to the history of portrayal of courtesans and professional women in mainstream cinema. This charming and unpretentious film offers a palate-cleansing change from the spicy ‘masala’ epics that dominated that era, and features their superstar Amitabh Bachchan in a decidedly offbeat role.

Though its central themes of protracted father-son conflict and of a suffering artist in a callous world are routine enough, its comparatively realistic depiction of life at various social levels in a provincial town, witty yet understated dialogues and beautiful songs that are deftly integrated into the storyline, and masterful but low-key performances, and above all Hrishikesh’s sensitive direction, all serve to lift it above the ‘ordinary’. A must see movie.

Dedicated to the memory of the great singers K. L. Saigal and Mukesh, the movie music is a great masterpiece by genius Jaidev. Light Hindustani Classical songs are beautifully rendered by Yesudas, Lata, Bhupinder, Madhurani, Fayyaz and others. (One of the songs though available on LP was dropped from movie. It was “Zindagi Ko Sanwarna Hoga” by Yesudas.) The movie deals with class warfare with a backdrop of music. The soundtrack of Alaap is incredibly good. There are numerous classical gems.

This presentation is a combination of two melodies, which are in the beginning and at the end of the film. The part 1 shows Amitabh and other diciples concluding their training under Guru Hangal and the part 2 depicts ‘The End’ of the film where Om Prakash, finally, accepting grandson Master Ravi, in the presence of sick Amitabh, crying Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar, Farida Jalal and Manmohan Krishna. I repeat, A must see movie.


Song-Mata Saraswati Sharada (Alaap) (1977) Singers – Lata, Yesudas, Madhurani, Dilraj Kaur, Lyrics – Traditional, MD – Jaidev

Lyrics

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(part 1)
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aaa aa aa aaaa
aa aa aa
maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
vidyaa daani dayaani duhkha harini
jagat janani jvaalaamukhi maataa
sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
vidyaa daani dayaani duhkha harini
jagat janani jvaalaamukhi maataa
sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa

keeje sudrishti
kije sudrishti sevak jaan apanaa
itanaa varadaan dije
taan taal aur alaap
buddhi alankaar shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
vidyaa daani dayaani duhkha harini
jagata janani jvaalaamukhi maataa
sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa

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(part 2)
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maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
vidyaa daani dayaani duhkha harini
jagat janani jvaalaamukhi maataa
sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa

keeje sudrishti ee ee
keeje sudrishti sevak jaan apnaa
itnaa varadaan deeje taan taal aur alaap
buddhi alankaaar shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa
hey maataa sarasvati shaaradaa

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4 Responses to "Maata Saraswati Shaarada"

Thank You Bharatji for
* this song and
* the recommendation you have made for seeing this film.
I invite the attention of the prospecting viewers to note especially the character played by Manmohan Krishna. He is just not a tabla-player. He is a music lover who has fallen in love with Chhaya Devi’s character. He does not want her body or money. He just wants to be near her and LISTEN to her music. And for this he has sacrificed his life.

Thanks.
In fact, lot of care has been taken to develop each character. even sidekicks like Farida Jalal, Asrani etc have performed excellently. that’s the mastery of superb direction by Hrishikesh-ji

No words can describe the feelings that we have after listening such divine creations ! ‘ek aloukik anand, ek aloukik anubhuti’ …
many thanks for these posts !

Avinash-j-,
You are welcome………
More treasures are on the way. Pl be on lookout !!!

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