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Suniyo jee araj mhaaro

Posted on: October 26, 2012


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

Having stayed in Mumbai for over 60 years, I have a fair knowledge of Marathi but not as good as Hindi and English being my medium of instructions in school and college days respectively. In my younger days, I used to often listen to some non-filmy Marathi songs on the radio as also during some public functions like Ganesh festival. Of these, two Marathi songs which created interest in me to listen to more Marathi songs were “mee dolkar dolkar dolkar dariya cha raaja” ( I am a boatman, the king of sea) sung by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and “ne majsi ne matrabhumi laa, sagara praan talmal laa” (O sea, take me back to my motherland. My heart aches for her) sung by all the five Mangeshkars – Lata, Asha, Usha, Meena and Hridaynath. Both these songs were composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar probably in the late 60s or early 70s. These two songs were my first introduction to Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

Hridaynath Mangeshkar (born on October 26, 1937) was the youngest and the only son of Master Dinanath Mangeshkar. For a short while, he received classical music training from Ustad Ameer Khan. But by and large, he was a self trained in Hindustani classical and folk musics. He began his filmy career as a playback singer in early 50s in the Hindi films like ‘Deewana’ (1952), ‘Babla’ (1953), ‘Guzaara’ (1954), ‘Bazooband’ (1954). In 1955, he debuted as a music director in a Marathi film and since then, his association with Marathi film industry as a singer and music director has been continuing albeit selectively . He also composed music for some Hindi films like ‘Harishchandra Taramati’ (1970), ‘Chakra’ (1981), ‘Mashaal’ (1984), ‘Ram Ki Ganga’ (1984), ‘Lekin’ (1990), ‘Maya Memsaab’ (1994), ‘Lal Salaam’ (2002) to name a few. But he could not create impact in Hindi film industry unlike his two famous iconic sisters did. In an interview a couple of years back, he had said that it was not that he did not need Hindi films but the truth was that Hindi film did not need him. He said that perhaps his complex song compositions based on classical and folk music was not to the liking of general masses. He also required good poetry for his musical compositions which were presently lacking in Hindi films.

Hridaynath Mangeshkar has, however, been very active in composing and singing non-filmy songs for over 40 years. His album ‘Koli Geet’ (Fisherman songs) of which I referred to a song above, was one of the highest sold albums. Though in Marathi, this album is known in most part of India. He also composed music for some of the mega non-filmy albums of Meera, Kabeer and Soordas bhajans, compositions of Sant Dnyneshwar and ghazals of Mirza Ghalibs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. In appreciation of his work in classical and folk music, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj conferred on him the title of ‘Pandit’. He also got National Film Award for the best music director for his song compositions in ‘Lekin’ (1990).

On the occasion of the 75th birthday of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, I have chosen a song ‘ suniyo ji araj mhaari ho baabulaa hamaar’ from the film LEKIN (1990). The film was produced under the banner of Dinanath Kala Mandir (Producers : Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Bal Phule) and directed by Gulzar. The film has an impressive list of actors – Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Amjad Khan, Beena Banerjee, Alok Nath, Moon Moon Sen, Vijayendra Ghatge, Ajit Vachani, Hema Malini ( guest appearance) etc.

This song was composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar in raag Vihangi mixing classical tune with folk music. The composition of the tune is complex but the orchestration is simple with the use of sitar, sarangi and percussions. In this type of song, the singer has to carry a major burden of ensuring a flawless rendering as light orchestration would not camouflage the weakness in rendering. In my view, I do not think that any other playback singers of that time would have done full justice to this song other than Lata Mangeshkar. This song is one of the few Hindi film songs where singer, lyricist, composer and the actor on whom it is picturised have given their best.

I consider this song one among the best composed Hindi film songs and one of the best songs among the top 10 songs of Lata Mangeshkar.


Song-Suniyo jee araj mhaaro (Lekin)(1990) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Lyrics

aaa
aaa aa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aa aaa
aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aaa aa aa aa
suniyo ji
araj mhaari ho o
baabulaa hamaar

suniyo ji
araj mhaari ho o
baabulaa hamaar
saawan aayo
ghar lai jaiyi ho
o o o
saawan aayo
saawan aayo
ghar lai jaiyi ho
o o o
baabulaa hamaar
suniyo ji ee ee
suniyo ji
suniyo

bheeje bheeje anganaa ki
yaad jo aawe ae
bheeje bheeje anganaa ki
yaad jo aawe
rukhi rukhi ankhiyon mein
reti udaawe ae ae
rukhi rukhi ankhiyon mein
reti udaawe
sooni sooni
sooni sooni
sooni sooni
kori ankhiyaan
aan aan
bhejiyo phuhaar
suniyo ji
araj mhaari
ho o o

sa re ga ga
dha dha pa ga
sa sa ni dha
ga pa sa ni dha
ga ni dha pa
ga dha pa ga
sa re ni sa
suniyo o o

bisraa diyo hai kaahe
bides bhijaay ke
bisraa diyo hai kaahe
bides bhijaay ke ae
hamkaa bulaay le baabul
doliyaa liwaay ke ae
hamkaa bulaay le baabul
doliyaa liwaay ke
bhejo ji ee
bhejo ji ee
bhejo ji ee
doli uthaaye ae ae
chaaro o kahaar
suniyo ji
araj mhaari ho o o
baabulaa hamaar
saawan aayo
ghar le jaiyiho ho o o
baabula
aa aa
hamaar
suniyo ji
suniyo ji
suniyo ji

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7 Responses to "Suniyo jee araj mhaaro"

Sadanandji

Superb Selection of song and Great Information in your usual style. Post padhke aur geet sunnke dil bhar aayaa,

Dher saare Dhanyawaad information aur geet ke liye…

Regards
Prakash

In the first line of the second last paragraph, the word ‘Vihangi’ may be read as ‘Vihangini’.

Never heard any other song from this movie other than “Yaara Seeli Seeli”. This movie seems to be a treasure trove of music. Thank you.

By the way, I guess the song is Suniyo Jee, and not Suniye Jee (typo in the song title)

@ Shri.Kamath Sir – a beautiful post to grace the occassion ! One of my favorite album ‘ LEKIN’- the film of 1990 was dedicated to the ‘The Girl Child ‘ , had lyrics by Gulzar ( another reason to have this in my collection). I had bought this HMV cassette on 12.01.1991 (i had this habit of putting my sign and date on all the cassettes that i use to get on regular basis). all the songs from this film are very beautiful and specially ejnoyed them during my stay in Rajasthan for eight years then.

@Shri.Pradeep ji – ‘ Surmai shaam’ – by Suresh Wadkar, ‘Kesariya balma’ & ‘Main Ek Sadi se baithi hoon’ both by Lata , Jhoote naina bole sachi batiyaan- Asha Bhosle and Satyasheel Deshpande and ‘Ja Ja re ‘ – by Lata and Hridaynath Mangeshkar himself are the other beautiful songs (apart from the two mentioned) from this ‘teasure trove'(as rightly mentioned by you)!!! I am sure you are going to enjoy them all !!

@ Shri.Kamath Sir, Shri.Atul ji – Thanks again !!!

Thank you Avinash Ji, I shall listen to the rest of the songs tonight. I was just watching Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV now and I must say, what talent of singers we have this season. It was a treat to watch these singers perform. And Sone Pe Suhaga, was the fact that Pandit Jasraj was the special guest for the day.

I do also watch this episode partly. With Pandit Jasraj ji their and the new talent in full glory , it was realy a treat to watch the perforamnces.

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