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Mora gora ang lai le mohe shyaam rang dai de

Posted on: November 4, 2009


“Bandini” (1963) was a melancholic movie, and so one assumes its songs to be melancholic too. But not all songs of this movie are sad songs.

Here is a happy song from this movie. It is sung by Lata and picturised on Nutan. The song “mora gora rang lai le mohe shyaam rang dai de” (take away my fair complexion, give me dark complexion) is written by Gulzar and music is composed by S D Burman.

In old Indian mythology, Lord Krishna is depicted as dark and his beloved Radha as fair. Just before the song, Nutan overhears a tale of Krishna which goes something like- “Radha surreptitiously goes to meet Krishna in dark. She has covered her in dark colours, viz blue sari, blue bangles,black kohl etc. Still, when her fair complexion glows in dark, she is afraid of being noticed. So wishes that her fair colour is taken away and she is given dark complexion instead so that she could merge into the darkness.”

Nutan sings this song fantasising her to be Radha.

In case one is familiar with the background information, Gulzar’s creation , which draws from Indian mythological and cultural references is wonderful. Lata sings it beautifully and S D Burman’s music makes this song a memorable song.

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song-Mora gora ang lai le (Bandini) (1963) Singer-Lata, Lyrics- Gulzar, MD- S D Burman

Lyrics

moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
chhup jaaungi raat hi mein
mohe pi kaa sang dai de
moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
chhup jaaungi raat hi mein
mohe pi kaa sang dai de

ek laaj roke paiyaan
ek moh kheenche baiyaan
haay
ek laaj roke paiyaan
ek moh kheenche baiyaan
jaaun kidhar na jaanoon
ham kaa koyi bataayi de
ho o
moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
chhup jaaungi raat hi mein
mohe pi kaa sang dai de

badri hataa ke chandaa
chup ke se jhaanke chandaa
aa aa
badri hataa ke chandaa
chup ke se jhaanke chandaa
tohe raahu laage bairi
muskaaye ji jalaayi ke
ho o
moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
chhup jaaungi raat hi mein
mohe pi kaa sang dai de

kuchh kho diyaa hai paayi ke
kuchh paa liyaa gavaayi ke
kuchh kho diyaa hai paayi ke
kuchh paa liyaa gavaayi ke
kahaan le chalaa hai manwaa
mohe baawri banaayi ke
ho o
moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
chhup jaaungi raat hi mein
mohe pi kaa sang dai de

moraa goraa ang lai le
mohe shyaam rang dai de
hmm hmm

14 Responses to "Mora gora ang lai le mohe shyaam rang dai de"

Bandini = superlative music.

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Beautiful. Atul, thanks for this one. Another of those songs that doesn’t have any urdu influence (not that urdu influence is bad).

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Sanskrit influenced songs, and rustic language influenced songs have their own unique charms too.

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incomparable song and it was gulzar saab’s first song in the movies.

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Gulzar had written a song in “Kabuliwaala” (1961) prior to this.

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Gulzar had written songs in 3 films of 1960,under the name Gulzar Deenvi-
Choron ki baraat
Diler haseena and
Shreeman Satyavaadi.

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Arunji – Is there a significance to why he used Gulzar Deenvi at first and then dropped Deenvi?

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[…] (1963). Like most people, I am only aware about its songs, viz Mere saajan hain us paar, Mora gora ang lai le mohe shyaam rang dai de and O jaane waale ho sake to laut ke […]

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Oh! What a masterpiece creation the film Bandini was ! All songs of this film were captivating. After decades got the chance to watch Nutan lip syncing with this particular song

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In what Raga is Mera gora rang … composed?

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audio

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My question is which ‘MUSICAL RAAGA’ & not as in the meaning of ‘ANGER or IN RAGE’!

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working video

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