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Ummeed bharaa panchhi

Posted on: October 4, 2010


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

There are singing voices. Then there are voices that sing. And then there is SD Burman – affectionately Sachin Da, or just plain Dada, to most people in the industry, a voice that stands apart from everyone else.

The songs sung by him for Hindi films, may be possible to compile on a single LP. But the sound of the songs that he has sung, haunts the mind forever, having heard him just once. The association of Sachin Da with films way back to the late 1920s. Born in 1906, Sachin Da had come to Calcutta, by 1929. The first documented information about his career is that he composed music for a silent Bangla film ‘Raajgi’, released in 1930.

The details about his early career are sketchy. It is stated that, in 1933, he recorded some songs in the film ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ under the baton Pankaj Mullick. This film was from New Theatres, with KL Saigal and Ratanbai in lead roles. But later, the songs sung by him were re-recorded in the voice of Pahadi Sanyal, and used in the film. There is no trace of recordings made in Sachin Da’s voice. Then in 1934, he recorded some songs for the film ‘Seeta’ produced by the East India Film Co., under the music direction of KC Dey. Once again, these recordings are not available.

Sachin Da stayed in Calcutta till 1939, active as a music director for Bangla films and a singer of non film Hindi and Bangla songs on the radio. He participated in the famed music conference, the ‘Allahbad Sangeet Sammelan’ in 1935. In 1939, he came to Bombay, like many other stalwarts of the Calcutta film industry. But it would be many years before he was able
to find meaningful assignments for himself. The real starting point came in 1946. Staying close to KL Saigal, KN Singh and Manna Dey in Bombay, he would sing at private get togethers with friends. And then on their suggestion, the song “Dheere Se Jaana Bagiyan Mein” was recorded, and found immense success with the listening public. And in 1946, he got two assignments as a music director with the production house of Filmistan. The first film was ‘Shikari’ and the second film was ‘Eight Days’.

The film ‘Eight Days’ was based on a short story by Saadat Hasan Manto, and in fact this film has a unique distinction in the fact that Sadat Hasan Manto himself, along with Upendra Nath Ashk and Raja Mehndi Ali Khan acted in this film. Another interesting thing I read about this film is that although the director’s name in the credits is given as Dattaram N Pai, the film was actually directed by Ashok Kumar himself. The complete star cast of the film is Ashok Kumar, Veera, SL Puri, Rama Shukul, Mohsin, Upendra Nath Ashk, Mehndi Ali Khan, Sadat Hasan Manto, Agha Jaan, Shri Bhagwan, Leela Misra, Sunalini Devi, Sunetra, and Noorhjehaan Banu etc. The seven songs in this film are written by Qamar Jalaalabaadi and Gopal Singh Nepali. This particular song is written by GS Nepali.

So barring the non availability of recordings of his earlier songs from Hindi films, this could well be the first song sung by Sachin Da in Hindi films, for which the recording is available.

The music composition is based on folk melodies of the eastern region, also using the music instruments from there. The one thing that is very noticeable in this song is, that Sachin Da’s voice sounds the same, as his voice in the 70s. A beautiful song, a ballad of love that is also the philosophy of life. At one level, it is a simple tale of a bird separated from its mate and searching for her. At another level, it is a beautiful enunciation of a soul craving to meet its creator. A careful listen will bring out this feeling and this expression to the mind. The role played by night (Rajni) in this tale – it is the manifestation of ‘Maaya’ that deludes and derides the soul that is seeking its creator.

A lovely set of verses, an enchanting melody and a voice whose sound will haunt. Enjoy.

ummeed bharaa panchhi, thha khoj rahaa sajni
kehta thaa yehi panchhi, haaye bichhud gayi sajni

Ever hopeful, the little bird
Searches for its mate
Ruefully singing
Woe is me
For I am separated from my mate

taaron bhari rajni aanchal ko pasaare
thhi pooch rahi has ke tu kis ko pukaare

The night, adorned with stars
Stands, as if in welcome,
With outspread arms
Enquiring with a smirk
What do you seek, o little bird

nainan mein neer bhare, dard sambhaale
kehta thaa yehi panchhi, haaye bichhud gayi sajni

With its eyes brimming
And a heart heavy with sorrowful pain
The little bird
Continues to sing
Woe is me
For I am separated from my mate

rajni. . . mohe na sataa, dil na jalaa, itna bataa
kahaan gayi sajni, wo kahaan gayi sajni

(Then the little bird says)
O enchantress of darkness
Do not play with me
Do not singe my heart any more
Tell me, o please tell me
Where has my beloved ventured to

aansoon hain mere nainon ke na os ki boonden
dil mein lagi aag, lagan mann mein milan ki

What you see are the real tears of sorrow
It is not the drops of dew
My heart burns
And an incessant clamour
Rings in the mind
To seek and to be with again

haal pe mere tujhe kyun taras naa aaye
kehta thaa yehi panchhi, haaye bichhud gayi sajni

O night
Have some pity on me
And thus the little bird
Continues its search
Regretting the moment
The two were separated


Song-Ummeed bhara panchhi (Aath Din)(1946) Singer-S D Burman, Lyrics-Gopal Singh Nepali, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

ummeed bharaa panchhi
thha khoj rahaa sajni
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
ummeed bharaa panchhi
thha khoj rahaa sajni
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni

taaron bhari rajni
aanchal ko pasaare
taaron bhari rajni
aanchal ko pasaare
thhi pooch rahi has ke
tu kis ko pukaare
tu kis ko pukaare
nainan mein neer bhare
dard sambhaale
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
ummeed bharaa panchhi
thha khoj rahaa sajni
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni

rajni. . .
mohe na sataa
dil na jalaa
itna bataa
kahaan gayi sajni
wo kahaan gayi sajni
rajni. . .
mohe na sataa
dil na jalaa
itna bataa
kahaan gayi sajni
wo kahaan gayi sajni

aansoon hain mere nainon ke
na os ki boonden
aansoon hain mere nainon ke
na os ki boonden
dil mein lagi aag
lagan mann mein milan ki
ho mann mein milan ki
haal pe mere tujhe kyun taras naa aaye
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni

ummeed bharaa panchhi
thha khoj rahaa sajni
kehta thaa yehi panchhi
haaye bichhud gayi sajni
haaye bichhud gayi sajni

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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उम्मीद भरा पंछी
था खोज रहा सजनी
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
उम्मीद भरा पंछी
था खोज रहा सजनी
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी

तारों भरी रजनी
आँचल को पसारे
तारों भरी रजनी
आँचल को पसारे
थी पूछ रही हस के
तू किसको पुकारे
तू किसको पुकारे
नैनन में नीर भरे
दर्द संभारे
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
उम्मीद भरा पंछी
था खोज रहा सजनी
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी

रजनी॰ईsss
मोहे न सता
दिल ना जला
इतना बता
कहाँ गयी सजनी
वो कहाँ गयी सजनी

आंसूँ हैं मेरे नैनों के
ना ओस की बूंदें
आंसूँ हैं मेरे नैनों के
ना ओस की बूंदें
दिल में लगी आग
लगन मन में मिलन की
हो मन में मिलन की
हाल पे मेरे तुझे क्यूँ तरस न आए
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी

उम्मीद भरा पंछी
था खोज रहा सजनी
कहता था यही पंछी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी
हाय बिछुड़ गई सजनी

3 Responses to "Ummeed bharaa panchhi"

Fantastic song. A rarity. Thanks.

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Atulji , this song which i must have heard in 53 or may be little later,but it remained in my memory for a long long time,but unfrortunately i never reme.the film , i am now 68 u can imagine how great singer and song must be which created the waves of emotions in my heart, when i was only 9 to 10 years old. it will be surprising who will read this comment , so young boy of 10,can he understand the emotions from the song which he derives. but it is a fact. till today when i hear this song from the cd, my heart gets full of emotions. such is the effect of our hindi songs.

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It is not ‘dekho re gai sajni’. It is “bichud gai sajni. Kindly correct.

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