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Aayi deewaali aayi deewaali

Posted on: October 26, 2011


This deewaali (26th october 2011) is the fourth deewaali for this blog. Yes, it is unbelievable, but true to realise that this blog is celebrating its fourth deewaali today.

On the previous three deewaalis, we have covered most of the well known deewaali songs. Does it mean that there are no more deewali songs to cover ? Not at all. There are still lots and lots of deewali songs one can come up with.

For instance, here is a deewali song from the earlier days of Hindi movies, when poineers like Naushad were creating music that determined the future course that Hindi movie music would take.

Naushad’s “Rattan” was a landmark movie as far as Hindi movie music was concerned. With this movie, music was democratised in the sense that folk music based music began to be created instead of classical music based music and the public liked this music enormously. The popularity of the music of this movie those days was incredible.

Even today, more than six decades later, listening to the songs of this movie can still enthrall a listener. I have discussed as many as five songs from this movie. While searching for deewaali songs to discuss, I came across this song from “Rattan”. I had heard this song in the past, bu I never knew the details of this song. It is only now that I have realised that this song is from “Rattan”.

Here is this wonderful song from “Rattan” (1944). It is sung by Zohrabai Ambalewali and it is picturised on Swarnlata. Swarnlata is lamenting the fact that deewali has arrived and people are celebrating it, but she has little reason to look forward to it, because she is lonely and without her beloved.

The lyrics of this song are written by D N Madhok and then lyrics are quite philosophical at places. I especially loved these lines

bachpan jawaani sang naachke chalaa gayaa
ab naache jawaani budhaape sang wo din aa gayaa

Young age danced with youth and went away
now it is time for youth to dance with old age

So in effect the lyrics says that time is quickly passing us by and this feeling is further reiterated in the last para

kisko gumaan thha wo din yoon guzar jaayenge
aur ek baar jaake wo phir laut ke na aayenge

Who thought that time would pass away in a blur
and that once gone, it would not come back

Indeed, the timelessness of this song owes as much to the lyrics of D N Madhok, as to the singing of Zohrabai Ambalewaali and the music of Naushad.

On this occasion, I wish all the readers and visitors of this blog a happy deewaali and a happy new year.

Audio

Video

Song-Aayi deewaali aayi deewaali (Rattan) (1944) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewali, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Naushad

Lyrics

Aayi deewaali aayi deewaali
aayi deewaali aayi deewaali
deepak sang naache patangaa
main kiske sang naachoon bataa jaa
deepak sang naache patangaa
main kiske sang naachoon bataa jaa
aayi deewaali aayi deewaali

bachpan jawaani sang naachke chalaa gayaa
bachpan jawaani sang naachke chalaa gayaa
ab naache jawaani budhaape sang wo din aa gayaa
ab naache jawaani budhaape sang wo din aa gayaa
bichhde huye saathi zaraa aa
main kiske sang naachoon bataa jaa
aayi deewaali aayi deewaali

kisko gumaan thha wo din yoon guzar jaayenge
kisko gumaan thha wo din yoon guzar jaayenge
aur ek baar jaake wo phir laut ke na aayenge
aur ek baar jaake wo phir laut ke na aayenge
bichhde huye saathi zaraa aa
main kiske sang naachoon bataa jaa
aayi deewaali aayi deewaali
deepak sang naache patangaa
main kiske sang naachoon bataa jaa
aayi deewaali aayi deewaali

2 Responses to "Aayi deewaali aayi deewaali"

What a lovely, melodious song!!!
Never heard it before.
Typical Naushad!
And I love Zohrabai Ambalewali’s voice.

Thanks for posting this, Atul.

And I wish everybody a happy Diwali.

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THIS SONG IS OWER FAMILYS MUST SUNG SONG. EVERY ONE REMEMBERS THE SONG. I HEARD IT WHEN I WAS THREE OR FOUR YRS OLD. IT WAS MY LATE FATHERS FAVOURITE SONG . WE USE TO SING ON BEACH. IN CAR WHILE TRAVELLING ALL OVER. ” THANK YOU VERYMUCH “

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