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Mori atariya pe aa ja ho

Posted on: December 10, 2012


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

The Voice of Mukesh #7
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As we had progressed from 1941 to 1942, one duet song for Mukesh was so far missing from the posts, on account of this song being unavailable anywhere I had checked at that point in time. Well, since then, things have changed, and now I have been able to recently acquire an audio recording of this song which I am posting online today. I must thank Shri Pradeep Sharma ji of Delhi, who has been very kind to share this song with me. I came in touch with Pradeep ji, just about one week ago. And in our very first meeting, he shared with me that he is a Mukesh fan, and has most of the songs by this singer. I immediately asked him whether he had this song. He confirmed it spontaneously. Mind you, all this exchange is happening as we meet for the first time, have just said hello, and the only next sentence he had said that he is a Mukesh fan. All other detailed introductions and discussion on collections and singers and songs, happened later. The request for the song, the confirmation and the promise to send it, happened first. And the next day, the song was sitting in my mailbox.

I am glad to have received this song. As we are assaying the journey of Mukesh’s early years, this gap in 1942 was nagging me at the back of my mind. For the 1942 film ‘Dukh Sukh’, Mukesh has sung two duets with Sitara. The first one, “Ab Der Na Kar Saajan, Phoolon Se Jo Milna Hai” is already posted on this blog. This here is the second Mukesh -Sitara duet from the same film.

The film is from the production house of Ranjit Movietone, and is directed by Ram Daryani. The main star cast includes Sitaara, Vasanti, Rama Shukul, Pratima Devi, Khatoon, A Shah, HM Sheikh, Mukesh. The songs of this film are penned by Wali Saheb. The music is composed by Khemchand Prakash. Another item that I was recently able to acquire is a photograph of the lyricist Wali Saheb. You can see the same as you will play the song. Since both the singers are in the list of actors, my guess is that this song must have been picturized on Mukesh and Sitara.

This song is a lover’s song, with the lady calling out to her lover to come and join her, as she is alone. The stars and the moon in the sky are asking her where he is, and she has nothing to tell them. Then the lover joins her and both sing together.

The two duets by Sitara and Mukesh in this film follow the same pattern. The lady singer starts the song, and sings the mukhdaa and the first antaraa. The gentleman singer then joins in, starting the second antaraa. He sings a few lines and the lady singer completes the last line of the antaraa.

The peculiar thing about these two songs is an intrinsic relationship that seems to exist in between these two songs. It is the words that Mukesh sings, seem to resonate with the same idea in both songs. In the song “Ab Der Na Kar Saajan”, the lines sung by Mukesh include the line

“do par hain jalaa lenaa, aayaa hoon mere deepak”

And this song includes the line

“jal gaye donon pankh ri sajnee”

It is almost as if a wish is made in the first song, and it gets fulfilled in the second song. It is a very subtle touch that is given by the poet, across two songs. Just so uncanny.

There is a total of twelve songs in this film. Of these, information relating to singer is missing for two songs. Who knows, we may discover another Mukesh song in case the one missing 78 rpm gets located. Meanwhile, let us enjoy this wonderful and rare treat from eighty years ago, the voices of Sitara Devi and Mukesh.

mori atariyaa pe aa ja ho, o pardesi panchhi
mann ki been suna jaa ho, o pardesi panchhi

O traveler from afar
O bird from a distant land
O come to my terrace
Come and play the music of the heart

oonchi atariyaa akeli hoon saajan
chanda kahe torey kit gaye raajan
in se kahoon kyaa bataa ja ho, o pardesi panchhi

I am alone and forlorn
On my high terrace
The moon in the sky
Asks me where is my sweetheart
What shall I convey to him
O pray come and tell me
O bird from a distant land

laagi yoon prem ki agnee.
jal gaye donon pankh ri sajnee
tum hi tum nainan maanhi
aur kachhu ab deekhat naahin
kaise dhoondhun, kahaan sidhaari

Ah, this fire of love
So overtakes me
Both my wings are singed
(And I can’t fly anymore)
You, and only you
Now lives in my eyes
And they do not see anything else
(I too am searching for you)
Where to look, where you may be
(I don’t know)

ye uljhan suljhaa jaa ho, o pardesi panchhi
O come and solve this mystery for me

O bird from a distant land


Song-Mori atariya pe aa jaa ho(Dukh Sukh)(1942) Singers-Sitara Devi, Mukesh, Lyrics-Wali Sahab, MD-Khemchand Prakash
Both

Lyrics

mori atariyaa pe aa ja ho o
o pardesi panchhi
mori atariyaa pe aa ja ho o
o pardesi panchhi
mann ki been suna jaa ho o
o pardesi panchhi
mann ki been suna jaa ho o
o pardesi panchhi

oonchi atariyaa akeli hoon saajan
oonchi atariyaa akeli hoon saajan
chanda kahe torey kit gaye raajan
chanda kahe torey kit gaye raajan
in se kahoon kyaa bataa ja ho o
o pardesi panchhi
in se kahoon kyaa bataa ja ho o
o pardesi panchhi

laagi yoon
prem ki agnee ee ee
laagi yoon
prem ki agnee ee ee
jal gaye donon
pankh ri sajnee ee ee
jal gaye donon
pankh ri sajnee ee ee
tum hi tum ho nainan maanhi
tum hi tum ho nainan maanhi
aur kachhu ab deekhat naahin
aur kachhu ab deekhat naahin
kaise dhoondhoon
raah tihaari
kaise dhoondhoon
raah tihaari

ye uljhan suljhaa jaa ho. . .
o pardesi panchhi
ye uljhan suljhaa jaa ho. . .
o pardesi panchhi
mori atariyaa pe aa ja ho. . .
o pardesi panchhi
mori atariyaa pe aa ja ho. . .
o pardesi panchhi

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3 Responses to "Mori atariya pe aa ja ho"

Sudhir ji,
Fortune favours the brave ! Similarly Luck helps the hardworker !
I feel very happy that you have been able to not only locate but also procure this rare song.I know it is very very rare and difficult to get,because I have been also trying to get it,post our discussion about it and few of the best Record collectors in my list could not find it !
Congratulations on your extraordinary achievement and a Big THANKS for sharing it for the use of all song lovers of yesteryears.
-AD

Arun ji

Thanks for your message. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

Thanks a lot for this RARE upload and also for the photograph of Wali Saheb Ji.

Regards.

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