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Hawa mein udta jaaye mora laal dupatta malmal ka

Posted on: September 28, 2008


I can barely believe that this song is 60 years old, and that it was regarded as an old song even during my childhood. But just listening to this song even today makes me feel like I am getting a breath of fresh air.

This song is magic, an iconic song among iconic songs. It is from that perennial favourite “Barsaat”. I wonder how many great songs this movie had. I have given up counting them. Shankar Jaikishan was the music director and Lata the singer. And what about the lyricist who penned this memorable song ? It was someone called Ramesh Shastri. Kudos to him for writing this much loved, much sung and much copied lyrics.

Like most songs that I discuss in this blog, I liked the song just by listening to the audio, without watching the video. Now that I have watched the video, 60 years after everyone else must have watched it ( me the laziest among all those when it comes to watching the videos, but then I belonged to the era where people judged songs by their audio rather than their video). And I find that the video is picturised very well. The actress in this very well known song is an unknown lady called Bimala Kumari. She is seen joyously holding up a dupatta in the air. My daughter would have exclaimed-” but it is a white dupatta”, but I take the word of Lata ji that this is indeed a laal dupatta that Bimala Kumari is holding in her hand in this black and white classic movie.

So here is this timeless classic for everyone’s listening and viewing pleasure. And this is an appropriate time to post this song too, as today Lata ji is celebrating her 80th birthday.

PS-Apart from a “dupatta” song, it is a “waterfall” song as well, with “waterfall” being described as “jhar jhar jhar jhar jharna”. (not to be confused with k k k k kiran from another era 🙂 )



Song- Hawa mein udta jaaye mera laal dupatta malmal ka (Barsaat ) (1949) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Ramesh Shastri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Hawa mein udta jaye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji
Idhar udhar lehraye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji

Ho shar shar shar shar hawa chale
Hay jiyara dagmag dole, jiyara dagmag dole
Ho shar shar shar shar hawa chale
Hay jiyara dagmag dole, jiyara dagmag dole

Phar phar phar phar ude chunariya ghoonghat mora khole
Hay ghoonghat mora khole
Hawa mein udta jaye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji
Idhar udhar lehraye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji

Ho jhar jhar jhar jhar jharna behta
Thanda thanda paani, thanda thanda paani
jhar jhar jhar jhar jharna behta
Thanda thanda paani, thanda thanda paani

Ghunghroo baaje thunak thunak chaal hui mastani
Hay chaal hui mastani
Hawa mein udta jaye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji
Idhar udhar lehraye
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ji
Mora laal dupatta malmal ka ho ji, ho ji

32 Responses to "Hawa mein udta jaaye mora laal dupatta malmal ka"

Beautiful song Atul! Thanks for posting this. It is indeed a timeless classic.

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Yes, indeed this song is timelessness personified.

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Indeed a classic.
This movie was full of terrific songs.

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There are so many timeless songs in this movie. I have lost count.

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Two things have emerged from the introduction. One of Ramesh Shastri, the lyricist little known really. Only other song penned by him I find on web is from Har Har Mahadev (1950) (ka.nkar ka.nkar se mai.n puuchhuu.N rendered by Geeta Dutt). Second is regarding much talked about subject – “Lal Dupattewali” Bimala Kumari .. here too little known personality. Please allow me to mention a little about it. Most of the web sites do mention her name as Pushpa Bimla.. except that she acted in only Barsaat no more details are emerging.

Beautiful song from a movie that made high marks in more than one aspect.

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Waht a beautiful song! And how lovely the lady looks! I came across this video of “Dheere Se Aaja” from the 1952 film Albela:

Do you think this is the same Bimla Kumari?

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this song is fab !!!!!

i let my children watch it and they are stunned by Ms. Bimla Kumari . she looks like hip mod cool model type that rules the day today.. what a great face she has !!

it’s amazing how underrated she was… wonder why that was.

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oh, and on youtube where they posted the song, they are mistaking her for Nimmi !! now Nimmi is fab looking too (like the hollywood Russel).. but they don’t even look anything alike.

it’s too bad Ms. Kumari did not even get a mention or billing in the film… hmmm..

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Welcome to this blog, Joy.

The music lovers of youtube are often very ignorant and they do not bother to find out the proper details. So one should not take the information presented there at face value.

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Bimla Kumari figured in the very first song that Naushad composed as a music director. That was in “Prem Nagar” (1940). In this song, Bimla Kumari sang for herself as was the trend those days. I will post this song tomorrow.

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Atul ji,

There were 2 actresses by name Bimla kumari sr / Bimla kumari jr.
The senior one acted from 1934 to 1940 only, in 12 films. She was a singer also and sang 13 songs in her 4 films. She worked in films Simhasan-34, Prem lakshya-36, baghi Sipahi-36, prem kahani-37, milap-37, Izzat-37, Double cross-38, Baghbaan-38, Vachan-38, Zambo ka beta-39, Daughters of India-39, Jhuti sharm-40 and prem nagar-40. She sometimes used name Vimla / Devi also.
The second was Bimla kumari junior. Bimla was a starlet in Bollywood films from late 40s to early 60s. She will always be remembered as the “Lal Dupatta” girl because that famous song “Hawa mein udta jayey” from Barsaat (1949) was picturized on her. Besides Barsaat, another memorable role of hers was in Albela (1951) as Bhagwan’s sister. Other notable films include Sunehre Din (1949), Sargam (1950) and Shrimatiji (1952). She left Bombay in 1954 to work for Vauhini Studios in Madras. Later, she came back and worked primarily as a dancer in more Hindi films including Do Ustad (1959) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) before disappearing into oblivion. She worked in Sunehare din-49,Barsat-49,Sargam-50, Shri ganesh Mahima-50, Badi bahu-51, Albela-51,  Anand math-52, Shrimati ji-52, Sheesha-52, Gorilla-53,Inaam-55, Raja Vikram-57, Aadhi Roti-57, Detective-58, keechak Vadh-59, Guest House-59, Do Ustad-59, Bazigar-60, Angulimal-60,  Sahib Bibi aur ghulam-62, Madam Zorro-62 and Tarzan and Gorilla-64.

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Very interesting information indeed. Thanks. I am looking for that first song from Prem Nagar.

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[…] of Meena Kumari is actually white or some other colour. I recall that the laal dupatta in the song Hawa me udta jaaye mora laal dupatta malmal kaa(Barsaat) too looked white in the picturisation. So you can never tell about the colours worn by actors in […]

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New linK :

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Atul ji,
This timeless song is written by Ramesh Shastri.
Recently I came accross an article in a Gujarathi paper about him.Here it is in brief-
Ramesh Shastri was a sanskrit scholar who did his Ph.D from Benares University.When Raj kapoor advertised that he wanted songs for his new film Barsat,Dr.Ramesh shastri sent him 4 songs and RK selected’Hawa mein udta jaaye…’
.After this Ramesh also wrote 2 more songs for ‘Har Har Mahadev- 1950′,one of which was’
Kankar kankar se main poochhoon Shankar mera kahan hai..’ sung by Geeta Dutt.This too became very famous.RK called Ramesh to Bombay many times,but he was not interested in Film world.
He was a religious person and spent his life in teaching Sanskrit in many colleges in Gujarat.He died of cerebral palsy on 30-4-2010 in Ahmedabad.
Secondly,the Bimla kumari of the above song and the one featuring in Prem Nagar-1940 songs are different.Sometime back I wrote about both artists already.
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Mr. Deshmukh ji, I have some more information on Ramesh Shastri sahib, which is a reply from his son to the Gujrati article written on the basis of information provided by Sh. R.K. Pandya. Please amend the dates of anniversary. Thanks and regards,
“Dr. Shastri was from Allahabad.
He shifted to Bombay after his mother’s death.
He wrote devotional songs for almost all films before Barsaat ans was already well know in the film industry at that time.
He was qualified in Sanskrit and ayurveda but never served at any university.
He had 5 daughters and one son.
I am his son.
His youngest daughter is Narayani Shastri who is wotking in TV serials and Films like pak pak pakak and rinh.
My father passed away on 8th February 1981”.

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Shri Bhim Raj Garg ji,
Thanks for this additional information,. I will amend the note on Ramesh Shasti.
Thanks.
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Shri Bhim Raj Garg ji,
On checking the source of my information, I find that it was based on an article published in ” Listeners’ Bulletin ” No.144 of April 2010, published by Hamraz ji. This was based on information provided by the Ahmedabad resident daughter of Ramesh Shastri- Ms. Sangeeta Shastri ji.
I wonder why there is difference in the information of a son and daughter.
It also puts us in confusion.
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lovely song..eve whn whn u hear it now aftr almost 60 yrs 🙂

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So glad to know that the song “hava me udta jaye ” was picturised on Bimla Kumari

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Here is the ORIYA language version of this song-

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Sorry about that link.
here is the ORIYA version of this song-

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sorry,some problems !

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This is the last try….

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VERY MUCH TRUE……..!

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Thanks for the commentary on this beautiful I old classic Bimala Kumari has done a great job bina

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AUDIO

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VIDEO

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An Outstanding Song I Have Ever Listened.
I do pay my Heartiest To The Departed Soul Of Lata Ji.

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audio:

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audio 2

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