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Jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiyaan

Posted on: February 19, 2009


“Aashirwaad” (1968) was an offbeat movie. And obviously, Indian movie goers were not ready for such movies. So there is little surprise then that the mention of this movie would draw a blank from many Bollywood movie buffs.

This movie was not for masses in any case. That was true for its music as well.

Vasant Desai created some classy music in this movie.

Here is a beautiful song sung by Lata. “Jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiyaan” is such a wonderful song. Let me admit that I never heard this song till today, though I had heard a few other songs of this movie in 1970s. Though I must say in my defence that I never got to listen to this song on radio/ loudspeakers, so I was never aware of the existence of this song.

This movie is a moving tale of Ashok Kumar who sacrifies for the sake of others and suffers. I have read the screenplay of this movie ( books containing screenplays of movies were published in 1970s) and from that I know that this song is picturised on Sumita Sanyal who is Ashok Kumar’s daughter and Sanjeev Kumar’s wife in this movie.

Harindranath Chattopadhyaya, who played a role in this movie as well, was the lyricist. Vasant Desai was the music director.

Having discovered this song, I cannot have enough of this semi classical song (based on Raag gaud malhaar). It is indeed a gem that needs to be brought back into circulation.

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Song- Jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiyaan (Aashirwaad) (1968) Singer-Lata,Lyrics-Harindranath Chattopadhyaya, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

Jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiyan
saanwaariya ghar aa
saanwaariya ghar aa
tere sang sang rang basanti
tum bin sab soona
saanwariya ghar aa

reshmi bundiya
tan pe maare
reshmi bundiya
tan pe maare
ched kare bheegi bauchaaren
ched kare bheegi bauchaaren
maanat na
maanat na jiyaraa
saanwariya ghar aa
saanwariya ghar aa

baawari birhan
baawari birhan
kal na paye
baawari birhan
kal na paye
pal beete jaise jug jaaye
pal beete jaise jug jaaye
kaise kate birha
kaise kate birha
saanwariya ghar aa
saanwariya ghar aa
jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiya
saanwariya ghar aa
saanwariya ghar aa

7 Responses to "Jhir jhir barse saawani ankhiyaan"

I vaguely remember this song from my past, but I sat down and really enjoyed it today. This movie had some other good songs too, including the famous “Ek tha bachpan …”, but I guess the movie did not have one of the star casts required to become a box office hit. Thanks for the song, Atul.

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You can notice the interlude orchestration of this song resembles that of SJ. Sebastian was the arranger.

Abhay

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As per HFGK Vol IV Harindranath Chattopadhyay is mentioned as lyricist for two songs i.e. ‘rail gaadi rail gaadi’ and ‘ naani ki naao chali’.
It doesn’t mentioned his name for ‘Jhingaapur taakur taakur’ and needs to be corrected I think.
All other songs were penned by Gulzar.

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Beautiful semi classical composition by Vasant Desai. Lata’s voice overlapped when Sumita Sanyal mimes the song along with the record played in the video clip. Overlapping of singer’s voice is well experimented by Hrishikesh Mukherjee to give it a natural look and feel of Sumita Sanyal singing along with the record played. SD Burman has also used this technique for the song Baithen Hain Kya Uske Pass,sung by Asha in Jewel Thief.

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