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Ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa

Posted on: April 9, 2011


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

Our country is a land of villages, and it lives in the hearts of the farmers of this land. There is an immeasurable bond that we Indians have with the mitti (soil) of this land; that which cares for us and provides for all our needs.

A farmer’s soul is his land, his labors of sweat, and his crops. And in a country like ours, the rivers and monsoon are a major part of the life of a farmer. Seeing the fields and crops getting soaked in rains is a spectacle of joy and delights for the farmers. A farmer’s heart swells with delight and satisfaction, on the sight of thick dark clouds rolling over the horizon towards his village and his farmland. And the farmer’s heart sings out . . . “umad ghumad jab barse badariyaa to tthumuk tthumuk naache mor”. (This couplet is from the song ‘Pipraa Ke Patwaa Sareekhe Doley Manwaa’ of movie Godaan).

Hindi movies, especially from the early decades, have had a lot of focus on rural India. There are so many wonderful movies made with farmers as the primary characters, and it goes without saying that the music and the songs of such movies are steeped with rural folk music and themes of the earth that touch the heart. The joy of a farmer on seeing the monsoon clouds over his village, emanates in the form of wonderful melodies that are an expression of extreme pleasure and gratitude towards the clouds, the nature and God, for making possible their happiness.
There are many wonderful farmer songs of monsoon in Hindi movies, of the ilk

– ‘Hariyala saawan dhol bajaata aaya’ from Do Bigha Zameen
– ‘Matwaala jiya doley piya jhoome ghataa chhaaye re baadal’ from Mother India
– ‘Baadal aaye baadal aaye badal gaya sansaar’ from Aurat (1938)-
‘Ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badra’ from Lagaan (2001)

Here is a song on the same theme from the movie “Do Aankhen Baarah Haath” (1957). In this movie,V Shantaram (who is also the director), is a police officer working on an experimental project for rehabilitating criminals. He gets permission to set up a farm in a village, with a set of six convicts. The story is set in a village, and the main occupation and livelihood of this group is going to be farming. Needless to say there is dependence on monsoon, and there is a very eager and expectant wait for the clouds and the rainy season, as gets depicted in the dialogue at the beginning of this clip. Sandhya, the local village girl calls them to the door and points towards the clouds and the rain that is falling some distance away, and that it is just going to reach them. There is relief and happiness amongst the characters on the screen and the song follows.

V Shantaram has so beautifully conjured up this superb situation that conveys the playfulness, the joy, the relief and the satisfaction of the people in the story. It has the thunder of the beating drums, it has the enthusiasm and gusto of the farmers reveling in their treasures, it has children playing in rain and it has the khilonewaali playing the local folk tunes on the iktaara in accompaniment to the words.

Wonderful lyrics written by Bharat Vyas, a rousing, thunderous and a racy composition by Vasant Desai. And the best of all, it is the voices of Manna Dey and Lata. Manna Da, who can really scale the heights with his deep earthy voice, making the whole song appear so wonderfully complete and effortless. Accompanying Manna Da is Lata, with the sonorous and playful song of the khilonewaali playing with the kids in rain.

Vasant Desai has made a wonderful use of the iktara (single stringed) toy instrument, played with a small bow. Sandhya, the khilonewaali lady, plays this instrument throughout this song, and the composer has integrated this music so well into this song. (I remember such toy sellers used to come and sell this iktara with bow, and the small wheeled drum toy, in our neighborhood. Nowadays, at least in the large cities, these toys can be found only during handicraft fairs etc.)

As the song is played out, and the scenario unfolds, one realizes that the female protagonist in the scene is the representation of Mother Nature herself, bringing the much awaited rains in the first antaraa, then the breeze and sunshine that nurture the crops in the second antaraa, and finally as the Mother Earth herself, giving away the treasures of nourishment and prosperity to her children. Listen to the words carefully, each antaraa is so beautifully worded that it touches the heart. In the first antaraa, rain is likened to a new bride, who will shower her blessings on ‘ Jo Koyi Is Ke Pyaar Ko Tarsey, Wahin Naveli Barse’. In the second antaraa, the sprouting of plants and appearance of buds is presented as ‘Kaliyon Ka Kanganaa Baaje’; what a beautiful expression. In the third antaraa, there is a very touching heartfelt gratitude to all aspects of Mother Nature, in the words ‘Dhan Ye Saawan, Dhan Ye Barkha, Dhan Dhan Hamri Dharti’.

Enjoy this wonderful creation from Bharat Vyas, Vasant Desai, Lata and Manna Dey.

Audio

Video

Song-Ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath)(1957) Singer-Manna Dey, Lata, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

ho o o o
umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
ahaaaa
ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
kaare kaare badraa ki chhaayee chhaayee re chhataa
chale sannan pawan ka lagaa re teer
baadal ko cheer
nikla re neer
nikla re neer
jhar jhar jhar jhar jhar dhaar jharey
ho dharti jal se maang bhare
ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa

nannhi nannhi boondaniyon ki
khanan khanan khan khanjri
bajaati aayee
bajaati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
chhup chhup chhup chhup chhainyaan
aa ja daroon tohe gal bainyaan
aa ja daroon tohe gal bainyaan
chhup chhainyaanmein to naachoon tere sang sang sainyaan
ho sainyaan
ho sainyaan
ho ho ho
saawan ka sandesaa le kar nikli apne ghar se
jo koi is ke pyaar ko tarsey wahin naveli barsey
kaare kaare
kaare kaare baadarwaa ki
jhanan jhanan jhan jhaanjari
bajaati aayee
bajaati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
ho ho ho ho
umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
kaare kaare badraa ki chhaayee chhaayee re chhataa
chale sannan pawan ka lagaa re teer
baadal ko cheer
nikla re neer
nikla re neer
jhar jhar jhar jhar ab dhaar jharey
ho dharti jal se maang bhare
ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa

meetthi meetthi mast pawan ki
sanan sanan san bansari
bajaati aayee
bajaati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
hari hari chunari saaje
kaliyon ka kangnaa baaje
kaliyon ka kangnaa baaje
man gaaje
dekho barkha ki akhiyaan laaje
ho laaje
ho laaje
ah haa haa haa
dekh ke apni barkha raani ki meetthi muskaan re
saawan ke dulhe ki dekho
dhamak utthi hai taan re
gori gori
gori gori si bindiya ki
chamak chamak cham chhamkhari
chamkaati aayee
chamkaati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
ho ho ho
umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
kaare kaare badraa ki chhaayee chhaayee re chhataa
chale sannan pawan ka lagaa re teer
baadal ko cheer
nikla re neer
nikla re neer
jhar jhar jhar jhar ab dhaar jharey
ho dharti jal se maang bhare
ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa

rang birangi doli bhar ke
jhanan jhanan bhandaar re
lutaati aayee
lutaati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
dharti ne gatthree kholi
bharo bharo apni jholi
bharo bharo apni jholi
anmoli bhaiyyaa
khelo khelo khushiyon ki holi
ho holi
ho holi
ho ho ho ho
dhan ye saawan
dhan ye barkha
dhan dhan hamri dharti
sabke jeevan ke ye dhuree
sapne poorey karti
dekho dekho
dekho dekho
ghar ghar hamre
lehar lehar anand ki
lehraati aayee
lehraati aayee
dekho bhaayee
barkha dulhaniyaa
barkha dulhaniyaa
ho hoooo
umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
kaare kaare badraa ki chhaayee chhaayee re chhataa
chale sannan pawan ka lagaa re teer
baadal ko cheer
nikla re neer
nikla re neer
jhar jhar jhar jhar ab dhaar jharey
ho dharti jal se maang bhare
ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa
aa aa aa

1 Response to "Ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa"

Another classic film watched in Bombay Doordarshan. Remembered for “Ae maalik tere Bande” . Thanks for reminding this song after a long time.

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