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Baazooband khul khul jaaye

Posted on: October 28, 2012


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

It is a known fact that popular thumris (or ghazals) ascribed to the original classical and ghazal singers have also been sung by a few other doyens of Hindustani classical and ghazal singers. For instance, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sang two thumris – ‘yaad piya ki aaye’ and ‘aaye na baalam kaa karu sajani’ to express his grief over the loss of his beloved wife in 1932, which became so popular that many classical singers in the concerts would get ‘farmaish’ to sing these two thumris. Similarly, Shakeel Badayuni’s ghazal ‘ae mohabbat tere anjaam pe ronaa aaya’ which was made immortal by Begum Akhtar’s rendition in early 50s, has been sung by many renowned ghazal singers. In the filmy parlance, these become version renditions of thumris and ghazals.

I came across a bhairvi thumri ‘baazooband khul khul jaaye’ on the internet sung by many Hindustani classical and ghazal singers. I understand that this thumri was popularised by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The list of other singers of this thumri is very impressive – Ustad Barkat Ali Khan ( younger brother of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan), Girija Devi, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ustaad Faiyyaz Khan, Abida Parveen, Rita Ganguly, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh. This list may not be exhaustive but it is a sufficient testimony of the popularity of this thumri.

Our Hindi film industry was not far behind in recognising the popularity of this bhiarvi thumri. In fact a mujra song was composed by music director Mohammed Shafi based on this bhairvi thumri for the film BAAZOOBAND (1954). Lyricist Prem Dhawan wrote this mujra song ‘ baazooband khul khul jaaye’ by incorporating only the first line of the traditional bandish of the thumri. The film was produced by Ashalata Biswas (wife of Anil Biswas) and directed by Ramanand Sagar, perhaps his first debut film as a director. The star cast included Balraj Sahani, Roopmala, Sulochana Chatterji, Om Prakash, Anwar Hussain, Radhakrishan etc.

In the 70s, my friends used to discuss and talk highly about this song among themselves. I had no occasion to listen to this song then. After 40 years, I got the opportunity to listen to this song for the first time on the internet when I came across an audio clip of the song a couple of months back. Since then, I have been trying to decipher lyrics of this song for posting in this blog. But after getting stuck in a couple of lines, I just gave up the attempt for the time being but in that process, I completely forgot about this song. It was only last week that I came across the video clip of this song. After watching this video clip, my perspective about this song completely changed from the impression of a semi-classical song in a general setting that I got from audio clip to an aesthetically shot mujra song.

The setting of the mujra song looks realistic if I go by the picturisation of similar songs in Hindi films of 30s and 40s where a ‘kotha’ has been shown as a single room cramped with patrons sitting together. The singer on the screen (Roopmala) sings the mujra song sitting on the floor surrounded by her patrons which include Balraj Sahani and Om Prakash among others. Note the sensual effect she creates simply by her facial expression and hand gestures especially when she lip syncs the mukhda of the song. The highlight of the song is that Roopmala starts dancing only after the end of the song and the beginning of the crescendo of tabla strokes. In the end, she falls on the lap of Balraj Sahani. The whole sequence of the song – from the start to an end has been done aesthetically. The first line of the song ‘baazooband khul khul jaaye’ ( my armlet is getting loose or becoming loose) itself is sensual as it gives a subtle hint to her lover of her desire to be with him.

I rate this song one of the best among mujra songs I have so far watched in Hindi films. This song also proves the Lata Mangeshkar’s command over the rendition of classical raag based songs even in the early stage of her playback singing carrier.

I have given also the audio link containing only the song as I find that speed of video clip especially at the beginning to be uneven which mars the marvelous rendition by Lata Mangeshkar.

Incidentally, a semi-classical song keeping the first line of this traditional bhairvi thumri bandish was also composed for the film ‘Banaras’ (2006)

Video

Audio

Song-Baazooband khul khul jaaye (Baazooband)(1954) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Md Shafi

Lyrics : (based on video clip)

aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa
kis soutan ki
laagi nazariya aa aa
kis bairan ki
laagi haay

o o
baazooband khul khul jaaye
baazooband khul khul jaaye
ho o o
bedardi baalmaa aa aa
baazooband khul khul jaaye

kaisi preet ke kachhe dhaage
kaisi preet ke kachhe dhaage
laakh jatan karoon birhan laage
laakh jatan karoon birhan laage
chaahe maano na maano
jhoothi tumri preet re
chaahe maano na maano
jhoothi tumri preet re
baazooband khul khul jaaye
baazooband khul khul jaaye
ho o o bedardi balmaa aa aa
baazooband khul khul jaaye

aa aa aa aaa
saajan wo din kaun se
jab hum sang keeni preet
ho o o
ab preet lagaa dukh dete hain
ye kaun desh ki reet
aa aaa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
preet karen to kaase karen
udaasi man batiyaan
ho o o
jaani jaani ki preet ko sau
janam akaarath jaaye
chaahe maano na maano
jhooti tumri preet
chaahe maano na maano
jhooti tumri preet
mit mitwaa re
baazooband khul khul jaaye
baazooband khul khul jaaye
ho o o bedardi baalmaa aa aa
baazooband khul khul jaaye

aa aa aaa aaa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa
khul khul jaaye
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
baazooband khul khul jaaye
baazooband khul khul jaaye

3 Responses to "Baazooband khul khul jaaye"

This Song Base on Rag BHARAVI>
Vrry Relaxing RAG,

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Some minor corrections in lyricks.
After ‘kaisee preet ke kachche dhaage’
Laakh jatan karun GIRAHAN laage.
And in the second antara
Saajan woh din kaun THE
jab hum sang keeni preet
Ho … ab preet laga dukh det HO
yeh kaun desh ki reet
Han ….
preet kare to WHAN se kare
JYAN se man PATIAAYE
Ho… JANE JANE ki preet se to
janam akaarath jaaye

Wonderful Classical Bhairavi composition by Mohammad Shafi

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