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Soona mandir mera sakhi ri

Posted on: March 31, 2013


“Bharthari” (1944) was a Navin Pictures production movie. It was directed by Chaturbhuj Joshi. the movie had Surendra, Mumtaj Shanti, Pahadi Sanyal, Kajjan, Sulochana, Dave, Babar etc.

Here is what Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our inhouse encyclopaedia, has to say about this movie:

BHARTHARI-1944 was a movie by Navin pictures. It was directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi with music by Khemchand Prakash. The correct name is Bhartrihari, but the common name is Bharthari.

Raja Bharthari was a king of Ujjain either in the 1st or 7th century. There are many folk tales about him in North india where he was famous as a saint. He was also a subject matter of many films like-
Bharthari-1922
Bharthari-1932
Bharthari-1944
Rajyogi Bharthari-1954
PBharthari-1990 and
Raja Bharthari(Gujarathi)-1973

The music of this film was very popular. The story is, King Bharthari goes on a Hunt when he sees a young woman jumping on the burning pyre of her dead husband(Sati). He comes home and asks his queen Pingala if she would also do the same after his death. The queen replies No, because she will die the moment she hears about his death. The king wants to test this and goes for hunting once again. From there he sends a false message of his death. Hearing the news, the queen dies instantly. The king is repentent and mourns very much. Hearing this episode, Guru Gorakhnath comes and creates 750 images of pingla and also makes her alive. The king realises the futility of this mortal world, renounces everything and becomes a saint.

The film cast was Surendra as Bharthari, Mumtaj Shanti as Queen Pingala and Nagendra (who later became pahadi Sanyal) as guru Gorakhnath, Kajjan, Sulochana, Dave, Babar etc.

The music was outstanding, particularly Amirbai-Surendra duet ‘Bhiksha dede maiyya pingala…’.

Three songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. Here is the fourth song from the movie. This song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki. Pt Indra Chandra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khemchand Prakash.

Only the audio of this song is available. Going by the details provided above, it is clear that the song is picturised on Mumtaz Shanti.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Nitin Shah.


Song-Soona mandir mera sakhi ri (Bharthari)(1944)Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Khemchand Prakash

Lyrics

soona mandir mera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera sakhi ri
jagmag jagmag deep jalaaun
jagmag jagmag deep jalaaun
pi bin phir bhi andhera sakhi ri
pi bin phir bhi andhera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera

pi ko dhoondhun main kunjan mein
pi ko dhoondhun main kunjan mein
bola koi pi pi bann mein
bola koi pi pi bann mein
ye to papeehaa piya nahin hai
ye to papeehaa piya nahin hai
pi bin rain sawera sakhi ri
pi bin rain sawera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera

nain jharokhe soone saare
nain jharokhe soone saare
soone hain palko ke dwaare
soone hain palkno ke dwaare
bin saajan ye raaj bhavan bhi
bin saajan ye raaj bhavan bhi
hai jogi ka dera sakhi ri
hai jogi ka dera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera sakhi ri
soona mandir mera

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