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Ae ri main to prem deewaani

Posted on: December 13, 2012


“Meera” (1979) was produced by Premji and J N Manchanda and directed by Gulzar. The movie had Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Vidya Sinha, Amjad Khan, Bharat Bhushan, Dr Shreeram Lagoo, Dina Pathak etc in it.

This movie had music by Pt Ravi Shankar (7 april 1920 -11 december 2012). Pt Ravi Shankar had acted as a music director in a few Hindi movies, but he made his mark as a Sitar expert who introduced this Indian musical instrument to the world. George Harrison, the guitarist of the Beatles became interested in Sitar. He played Sitar in a beatles composition, viz. Norwegian wood, but he played Sitar like a guitar in this song. He became interested in learning to play it the right way. That desire led him to Pt Ravi Shankar. George Harrison learnt Sitar from Pt Ravi Shankar. This association changed the life of both. This association with George Harrison helped Pt Ravi Shankar gain world wide popularity while George Harrison was so much influenced in his stint with Pt Ravi Shankar that he became a vegetarian and embraced Hinduism.

One of the first western musician who learnt about Indian music from him was jazz saxophone legend John Coltrone. He became so impressed with Ravi Shankar that he named his son as Ravi.
Composer Philip Glass, Violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Western Classic music conductor Zubin Mehta are some famous names that have interacted and performed with Ravi Shankar.

Though Pt Ravishankar earned his name and fame mainly in the west and he settled down there as well, but he did not approve of certain practices of western musicians and audiences. For instance, he was aghast when he once saw Rolling stone artist Jimy Hendricks throwing his guitar into fire to the applause of the audience. To him, musical instruments were divine and gods resided in them. When he travelled on planes, he would buy a separate ticket for his sitar and that Sitar would travel with him under the name of “Sur Shankar”.

Pt Ravi Shankar deservedly won lots and lots of accolades for his music all over the world.

As a tribute to Pt Ravishankar, here is a song from “Meera” (1979). This song is sung by Vani Jairam and it is picturised on Hema Malini. The song is a traditional song which is supposed to be written by Meera Bai herself.

The lyrics of this song were sent by Khyati Bhatt and a few hours later by Nitin Shah as well.

Audio

Video

Song-Ae ri main to prem deewaani (Meera)(1979) Singer-Vani Jairam, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Pt Ravishankar

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani

jo main aisa jaanti
preet kiye dukh hoye
nagar dhandhora peetati
preet naa keejo koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
ae ri main to prem deewaani
aa aa aa aa
ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
mero dard na jaane koye
ae ri main to prem deewaani
aa aa aa aa
ae ri main to prem deewaani
aa aa aa aa
ae ri main to prem deewaani
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

3 Responses to "Ae ri main to prem deewaani"

Beautiful Meera bhajan composed beautifully by Ravi Shankar.

Nice anecdote Atul, about Ravi Shankar’s sitar traveling with him as Sur Shankar. 🙂

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Very melodious bhajan,thanks a lot. The bhajan rendered by Suman Kalyanpur is also very sweet,

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Vani’s voice is like running river water; transparent, clear, sweet and flowing

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