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Ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa

Posted on: May 15, 2012


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

The non-film songs made an appearance on this blog with the songs sung by Saigal Saab. One proud feather that this blog carries in its cap is that all the Hindi/Urdu songs sung by Saigal Saab, both from films and non-film, are now posted on this blog. After Saigal Saab’s non-film songs started to appear on this blog, a general discussion ensued amongst the readers and contributors, wishing to see more of non-film songs posted here, from other singers also. And so followed some more non-film songs from stalwarts such as Pankaj Mullick, Jagmohan ‘Sursagar’, Talat Mehmood, Juthika Roy, Geeta Dutt, Kamla Jharia and CH Atma have found a place here. Lata also has already made a debut in the non-film category, for the song “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo”. And so has Mohammed Rafi for the song “Awaaz Do Hum Ek Hain” .

But as is known to all, there is still a large number of very famous singers of Hindi film songs, whose non-film offerings are not yet represented on this blog. After Lata and Rafi, the singer who has the most songs on this blog is Asha Bhosle. As I checked through the song lists and the stats on the blog, I find that we do not yet have a non film song by Asha posted here.

So this song is the first non-film offering by Asha ji, to be posted here. This song is penned by Bharat Vyas, and the music is composed by Nikhil Ghosh. Readers may be familiar that Nikhil Ghosh is the younger brother of Pannalal Ghosh, the renowned exponent of the bamboo flute. I am not sure about the vintage of this song, but I believe it must have been composed and sung sometimes in the late 1950s or early 60s.

The song is a wonderful call, beckoning the lover to be back home, now that the spring season is here, the mango trees are getting the bloom of new flowers and the koel bird sits on the branch of the mango tree and is singing. What a lovely song, and what is scintillating melody to which it has been tuned. Asha Bhosle is at her vivacious best as she renders this joyful song. Enjoy.

ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koeliyaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar

O my beloved, come home
Koel is singing its lovely songs
Sitting on the branch of the mango trees
Please come home to me

bagiyaa mein bhanware jhoom rahey hain
kaliyon ke mukhde choom rahey hain
chhaayee basant bahaar
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar

The honey seeking wasps
They dance amongst the flowers in the garden
Kissing their faces and petals
The joyous spring is here
Please come home to me

giri giri jaaye mori maathe ki bindiya
tum bin saajan aaye na nindiyaa
pawan hindoley, mann moraa doley
jhann jhann baaje sitaar
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar

The red bindiya I put on my forehead
It just keeps slipping
And sleep is miles away from my eyes
For your are not with me
My heart sways and rolls
On the swings of the prancing winds
Playing music (of the ‘sitaar’) in the sky
O please come
Please come home to me

(NOTE: Bindiyaa is the red colored dot that married women in Hindu tradition, put on their forehead. It signifies that the lady is not single. Before the advent of modern cosmetics, this bindi used to be solely applied using a small pinch of the red vermillion powder. Later, stick on ‘bindi’, of many varieties, have came into the market and became popular, as they are quicker to apply and less hassle. So the ‘falling of bindiyaa’ referred to in this song relates to this stick on ‘bindi’. In the folk songs and in poetry across the ages, the splattering of the powder ‘bindi’ or slipping and falling of the stick on ‘bindi’ is generally associated with two situations. First, it can be due to either amorous exchange between lovers. Secondly, it can be a state of disarray as the lady pines and waits for her lover, being so lost in his thoughts that she is unaware of her own appearance. Hence the verse “giri giri jaaye morey maathe ki bindiyaa”.)

(NOTE: Sitaar – the famous stringed instrument from the Indian subcontinent).


Song-Ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa (Asha Bhonsle NFS)(1960) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Nikhil Ghosh

Lyrics

ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar

bagiyaa mein bhanware jhoom rahey hain
kaliyon ke mukhde choom rahey hain
bagiyaa mein bhanware jhoom rahey hain
kaliyon ke mukhde choom rahey hain
chhaayee basant bahaaaar
chhaayee basant bahaaar
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar

giri giri jaaye mori maathe ki bindiya
giri giri jaaye mori maathe ki bindiya
tum bin saajan aaye na nindiyaa
tum bin saajan aaye na nindiyaa
haan. . . aaye na nindiyaa
pawan hindoley
mann moraa doley
pawan hindoley

pawan hindoley
mann moraa doley
jhann jhann baaje sitaar
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa
aa jaa balamwaa hamaar
aa jaa

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3 Responses to "Ambuwaa ki daari boley kaari koyaliyaa"

Sudhirji,
Missed your posts/songs since last few days. Thanks for finding all those rare gems. This particular NFS of Ashaji reminds me of my childhood days. Radio pe bahut baar suna tha. It’s also part of my YT list. I love another NFS of her by Meerabai –
phagun ke din chaar re
holi khel mana re

I listened to this song 2-3 times last night, it is such a beautiful song.

Sudhirji, I love the way you have described the song.

Wonderful song. Reminded me of Dahej (1950) film’s song with the same title sung by Jayshree. There are not too many NFS of Asha Bhosle that I like. The one I like most is Geet kitne ga chuki hun is sukhi jag ke liye

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