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Pardesi dhola kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re

Posted on: December 24, 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 #9

Now this song is really something. The scenario that is presented in these verses, is one that would be close to the hearts of every married couple with the caveat that they live in a joint family. (Those who do not live in a joint family, of any type, may discount this experience. 🙂 ). The song is about the moments of romance that a married couple can steal, maybe in the night, when all other members are blissfully asleep. The husband reaches out to his wife, and the wife complains about all the hard work she has to manage at home during the day. The husband placates her and tries to convince her that the household chores are no big deal and for him, and that for him, she still is as beautiful as the chirpy, naughty mynah bird.

This song, the 14th in the singing career of Mukesh, completes the tally of songs he had sung till the year 1945. This song comes from the film ‘Prabhu Ka Ghar’. This film is a social / religious drama, a 1945 production from the banner of Ranjit Movietone. The film is directed by Wajaahat Mirza. The star cast of this film includes Khursheed, Trilok Kapoor, Sulochana Chatterjee, Bipin Gupta, Prakash, Sheikh Hasan, Nagendra, Munne Agha etc.

There are eleven songs in this film, all coming from the pen of Pt. Indra (also known as Pt. Indra Chandra). There are two music directors who share the credits for composing the music for this film. They are Khemchand Prakash and Bulo C Rani. This particular song is set to music by Bulo C Rani. The singing voices are those of Mohan Tara Talpade and Mukesh.

Looking at the star cast, since Khursheed is the heroine, and that being a singer herself, she would be singing her own songs. That would mean that this song is not picturized on the leading pair in the film. I request other knowledgeable readers to please add more information about this song and this film.

So at the end of 1945, Mukesh had done 14 songs in Hindi films, five which are solo songs and the remaining nine are duets. Beyond 1945, and for the reason of the songs of film ‘Pehli Nazar’, the singing assignments for Mukesh start to increase rapidly, as we shall see in the subsequent posts in this series. Till the time of 1951-52 when the acting bug caught up Mukesh once again. But more of that in later posts.

For now, listen to this charming tete-a-tete between a couple, who live in a joint family. The wife tells the husband of the many household chores she must take care of during the day. The exchange is a light hearted remonstration. There are no serious arguments or threats involved. The wife refers to her husband as ‘Pardesi Dhola’ – a youthful sweetheart who lives in faraway lands. This could just be a figurative reference, in that the husband is away most part of the day, and for the wife, he may be living in a foreign land. Enjoy.

pardesi dhola, kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re
matwaali mainaa, nindiya na lijo saari raat re

O my adorable darling from a foreign land
Say, why do you disturb me at midnight
O my chirpy naughty mynah bird
I myself am sleepless all night

din mein mohey saas sataave, panghat roz pathaave
bhari dupehri nanandi mori, chakki paat pisaave

(Do you know that)
My mother in law pesters me all day
Sending me to the village well to carry back water
And my sister in law
Makes me work the grindstone
All afternoon long

(NOTE: ‘panghat’ is the traditional village well, wherefrom many families in a neighborhood would go to get their supply of water for home. Panghat is a very significant part of the rural lore in India, and there are many films
and songs that include this lore and this metaphor.

chakki = the traditional grindstone that used to exist in every home in India; still does in some rural homes. The ladies of the house would use this to grind flour from wheat. Once again, this is a very important part
of the rural lore in India, appearing in many a poetical works.)

chakki peese bina padmani ekadashi ho jaave
panghat se paani bhar laave, wo saajan man bhaave

Ah, my lovely lotus like wife
The grindstone must be worked
And the wheat must be ground
Else there will be no bread made at home
And the day will become a day of fasting for all

(NOTES: padmini = lotus like

ekadashi = a day of fasting that occurs once every fortnight)

din bhar jhaadu rahe haath mein, kya singaar sajaavun
mehndi bhare hatheli meri, gobar leepan jaavun

And you know
All day long I have the broom in my hand
And have no time to do my make up
(And be beautiful)
My hands still carry the henna decoration
And I have to work the ‘gobar’ chores

(NOTES: ‘Mehndi’ or ‘henna’ is a natural powder that is made into a paste and then applied on hands and feet to create very decorative temporary tattoo designs. Applying the henna paste is considered auspicious for women and for their family.

‘gobar’ (or cow dung) is another very important part of the Indian rural scene. One important use is that dried cakes of ‘gobar’ are used as a natural fuel in rural households. Another important use is to mix it with mud and use paste to apply thin layers on the floor and walls of the home.
Especially useful in the days when houses were made of mud, the application of this paste acts as a natural disinfectant, as well as a very good deterrent to keep the insects away. It may sound counter-intuitive to some minds, but it is true that the cow dung has very strong cleansing and disinfectant properties).

chandra-badan gulbadan sajaniyaa, kyun itna dukh pave
jhoothe bartan malne se ye, roop nahin murjhaave

O my dear beloved,
Your face is like a moon, like a fresh flower
Please do not mind (all these chores)
Do not distress yourself
Your youth and beauty will remain unaffected
By any chores you do for he family

Song-Pardesi dhola kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re (Prabhu Ka Ghar)(1945) Singers-Mohantara, Mukesh, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Bulo C Rani


pardesi dhola
pardesi dhola
kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re ae ae
matwaali mainaa
matwaali mainaa
nindiya na leejo saari raat re ae ae

pardesi dhola
matwaali mainaa

din mein mohey saas sataave
panghat roz pathaave
din mein mohey saas sataave
panghat roz pathaave
bhari dupehri nanandi mori
bhari dupehri nanandi mori
chakki paat pisaave
chakki peese bina padmani ekadashi ho jaave
chakki peese bina padmani ekadashi ho jaave
panghat se paani bhar laave
panghat se paani bhar laave
wo saajan man bhaave
man bhaave
matwaali mainaa

pardesi dhola
kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re ae ae
nindiya na leeijo saari raat re ae ae
matwaali mainaa
pardesi dhola

din bhar jhaadu rahe haath mein
kya singaar sajaavun
din bhar jhaadu rahe haath mein
kya singaar sajaavun
mehndi bharee hatheli meri
mehndi bharee hatheli meri
gobar leepan jaavun
chandra-badan gulbadan sajaniyaa
kyun itna dukh paave
chandra-badan gulbadan sajaniyaa
kyun itna dukh paave
jhoothe bartan manjne se ye
jhoothe bartan manjne se ye
roop nahin murjhaave
matwaali mainaa

pardesi dhola
kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re ae ae
nindiya na leejo saari raat re
matwaali mainaa

pardesi dhola

1 Response to "Pardesi dhola kaahe jagaai aadhi raat re"

Thank you for pointing out this duet.
I think this so called “romanntic” duet has the theme of any folk song from any region of India…e.g. mother in law sending newly wed (DIL) to fetch the water, than a sister in law wants her to clean pots/dishes, do laundry and clean house and a younger brother in law wants her to make “specialty dish” for him and so forth…But here her husband has the answer to all her complaints but…Alas! he gives no solutions to this poor lady!

The moral of the song: So to be happy in your marriage, love your husband and his philosophy 🙂


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