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Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo janam safal ho jaaye

Posted on: October 25, 2009


There are many musical blockbuster movies whose songs are under represented and in some cases even unrepresented in this blog. But then the reason is that there are far too many gems lying there than need to be posted. There are literally a goldmine of great songs that are still left to be posted.

So far I have posted just one song from “Pyasa” (1957). There are countless number of songs, and all of them great songs in this movie, and it is about time that I started to post them.

Here is a lovely song from this movie. It is very much based on folk music of Bengal. Geeta Dutt is the singer and S D Burman is the music director. The lyrics of this song are just amazing. It is written in chaste Hindi, and sound very nice to the ears. It is difficult to imagine that this song is written not by some noted Hindi lyricist but by one who was renowned as a shayar. Yes, this song is written by Sahir Ludhianvi, and here he shows that he could write very nice sanskritised lyrics too, if the situation so demanded.

It was not a fluke either. Sahir Ludhianvi himself had written another great sanskritised song in “Devdas” , and that too was for the same music director. That song was “aan milo aan milo Shyam saanware”. This shows what great literally skills Sahir Ludhianvi possessed. This also shows the importance that lyrics were accorded by music directors. No wonder these songs have gone on to become timeless classics.

The song is not picturised on any leading actress (Waheeda Rehman aor Mala Sinha). Rather it is picturised on a bit actress whose name escapes me. May be my knowledgeable readers will be able to tell me who she is.


Song-Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo (Pyaasa) (1957) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

birhaa ke dukhde sah sah kar jab Raadhe besudh ho li
to ik din apne manmohan se jaa kar yoon boli

aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye
aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye
hriday ki peedaa deh ki agni
sab sheetal ho jaaye
aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye

kayi jug se hain jaage
more nain abhaage
kayi jug se hain jaage
more nain abhaage
kahin jiyaa nahin laage bin tore
sukh dekhe nahin aage
ho
sukh dekhe nahin aage
dukh peechhe peechhe bhaage
jag soonaa soonaa laage bin tore
prem sudhaa,
more saanwariyaa,
saanwariyaa
prem sudhaa itni barsaa do
jag jal thal ho jaaye
aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye

mohe apnaa banaalo
ho
mohe apnaa banaalo mori baanh pakad
main hoon janam janam ki daasi
mohe apnaa banaalo mori baanh pakad
main hoon janam janam ki daasi
meri pyaas bujhaa do
manhar giridhar, pyaas bujhaa do
manhar giridhar, pyaas bujhaa do
manhar giridhar
main hoon antarghat tak pyaasi
prem sudhaa
more saanwariyaa
saanwariyaa
prem sudhaa itni barsaa do
jag jal thal ho jaaye
aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye
hriday ki peedaa deh ki agni
sab sheetal ho jaaye
aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo
janam safal ho jaaye

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3 Responses to "Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaalo janam safal ho jaaye"

Best thing to come out of my city…and both his school and college were 2 minutes from my home.

You can hear him reciting his poetry and some other videos and translated poems at

http://www.sahirludhianvi.com/blog/

Er. This song was written by Sahir, but it is more or less translation of a Baul song. The tune is entirely from that song – so it not an original composition. In fact S D Burman derived a lot of ‘inspiration’ from Baul and Rabindra sangeet. You can read more about Bauls and their music here: http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=273413

Also, if you simply listen to the song, without watching the picturisation, you can easily mistake it for a very sensuous love song. But when you see it, you realise it is a devotional song – this is characteristic of Baul music, which owes a lot to the Bhakti tradition (to which people like Meera belonged) where the Lord is seen as a the beloved.

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