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Main baithhi thhi phulwaari mein

Posted on: August 22, 2011


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

The non film songs of Saigal Saab almost entirely consist of ghazals by various poets. In this category, there is a handful of songs that are not ghazals. But what gems of semi classical creation these are. This particular song has a very unique distinction, making it an important and a rare song. This is probably the only song for which Saigal Saab is the lyricist, composer and singer, all together. Yes, the lyrics of this beautiful song are written by Saigal Saab himself.

The song itself is a wonderful piece of poetry. The words are simply crafted, but the theme they represent is a very deep philosophy. The song is presented as a conversation between two lady friends (sakhi), but the symbolic illustration is very profound. On the surface, on a simple reading, the song tells about a lady whose husband / lover is not with her. She is missing him, very acutely. While sitting in the garden one day, her friend comes, and asks her the cause of her sadness. Unable to say, she simply starts to cry, and the tears welling from eyes speak of the separation between the lovers, and of the burden of waiting in expectation. The question posed is “. . . to which land now, my lover belongs”. The gloom overtakes the second lady also, and she too starts to express the same emotions, and asks the same question.

The second half is the redemption of this emotion. There is an allusion to a search that spans the three worlds, and then not finding her beloved, she sits down again, tired and dejected. And the query repeats itself. There is now a dawning of realization, as the mind begins to speak and reveals a secret. The mind says, that you are searching for your lover in the external world, and endlessly waiting for him. Just once, close the eyes that see the external world, and try to see with the inner vision of your heart, and you will find the answer to your query. As you would repeat this query, the answer will speak itself to you, and in the same words. Only that now these words are not a query, but a realization.

An interpretation of these words is in terms of the search for the eternal truth, or the inner self, or God Almighty. One searches for the truth, for Him in the external world, but finds no expression of Him. But when this search is directed inwards, a profound discovery occurs. That which was being sought in the external world is actually ensconced within a person’s heart.

One more interpretation can also be applied. This episode is from the eternal pastimes of Lord Krishna. He has left Braj and is gone to Mathura. The gopis, and especially Radha ji, are heartbroken and dejected. They are in Vrindavan, and they all ask the same question from each other. And then the realization also dawns that the Lord is inside the heart, He can be found and met with in the heart, and from here he will never depart. It is said that Krishna, after leaving Brindavan to go to Mathura, then never ever came back. And Radha ji, she never left Braj Dhaam and never stepped out of the perimeter of Braj.

The personification of the self as a female figure is also consistent with the philosophical quest for the eternal truth. The self of a human being is a female person, always yearning for a union with Him, and desiring to seek out the truth of existence. And the poet says, the truth lies within.

So just switch on this song and savor it with your eyes closed. A gem of a song in every aspect. Enjoy.


Song-Main baithhi thhi phulwaari mein (Saigal NFS) (1940)Singer-K L Saigal,Lyrics-K L Saigal,MD-K L Saigal

Lyrics

main baitthi thi phulwaari mein
ik sakhi aa gayee aur bolee
kyaa soch hai tumko bolo to
hoon behan tumhaari munh boli
kuchh keh na saki
kuchh keh na saki
munh takat rahi
kuchh keh na saki
munh takat rahi
nainon se chali ansuwan toli
nainon se chali ansuwan toli
chalte chalte wohi bol gayee
chalte chalte wohi bol gayee
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raa

wo sunte hi khaamosh huyee
aur nain bhaye bauraan sakhi
wo sunte hi khaamosh huyee
aur nain bhaye bauraan sakhi
main chaaha us ko chet karoon
thhaa jaane us ko maan sakhi
jab hosh huyee tab kehne lagi
jab hosh huyee tab kehne lagi
yehi thhaa mujh ko bhi dhyaan sakhi
yehi thhaa mujh ko bhi dhyaan sakhi
aur yehi main kehne waali thhee
aur yehi main kehne waali thhee
kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje

sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa

kuchh na samjhi kyaa kahe sakhi
bin jaane dhoondan chal nikli
jangal upvan tribhuvan dhoonda
par kahin na us ki ter mili
aakhir thhak kar main baithh gayee
aakhir thhak kar main baithh gayee
aakhir thhak kar main baithh gayee
aur lagi poochhne kaho koi
aur lagi poochhne kaho koi
ki sunder chhabi jiski kehte hain
wo kaun des raaje piyaraa
wo kaun des raaje piyaraa
wo kaun des raaje

heyyy
tab mann ne haaye
tab mann ne meethhee baat kahee
tab mann ne meethhee baat kahee
kyun toone itni baat gahi
ghar baithhe pee paa sakti thhee
mein bidhi bataaun wo kyaa thhee
baahar ke nainaa moond sakhi
baahar ke nainaa moond sakhi
aur nain hriday ke khol sakhi
aur nain hriday ke khol sakhi
ab apne munh se bol sakhi
ab apne munh se bol sakhi
sakhi kaun des raaje piyaraa
sakhi kaun des raaje

2 Responses to "Main baithhi thhi phulwaari mein"

@Sudhir, Atul
Thanks a lot for posting this gem, which is one of the best non-film songs of Saigal. Saigal was a multifarious talent – this song is a prime example. Non-film songs gave him more scope for giving full play to his talents and emotions as he was not bound by the composition of another person, nor by the requirements of picturisation in a movie.

By the way, you do not seem to have yet posted Jhulna jhulao ri, which I believe is his first recorded song pre-dating his tryst with New Theatres.

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Ak ji,

Yes, we will soon be posting the song ‘Jhulnaa Jhulaao Ri’. From the list of non film songs of Saigal Saab, there are many ghazals and a few geet/songs. Slowly, we shall be covering all.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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