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Nindiya aayi re

Posted on: April 18, 2013


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

When Kidar Sharma wrote the lyrics of the song so jaa rajkumari so jaa, he might not have been aware that he wrote the first lori (lullaby) song for a Hindi film. Another thing he did differently was that he wrote the lori lyrics for a male singer-actor (K L Saigal) whereas the lori is traditionally sung by women. This could happen because, as he said in his autobiography ‘The One and Lonely Kidar Sharma’ (2002), he had in fact written a lori ‘so jaa raj dulari so jaa, so jaa main balihaari so jaa’ especially for his wife Raj Dulari. But K L Saigal fell in love with it and pressurised Kidar Sharma to make it public. It was only after his wife agreed that Kidar Sharma consented to use this lori for the film ‘Zindagi” (1940) by changing ‘raj dulari’ to ‘rajkumari’. This lori sung by K L Saigal became very popular all over India.

It is my guess that it then became a trend to include a lori song if necessary by creating situations for it in films. In ‘Kismat’ (1943), a lori dheere dheere aare baadal sung by Amirbai Karnataki with another version of the song sung by both Ashok Kumar and Amirbai Karnataki on the original sound track became very popular. But I find that in the 40s, lori songs in Hindi films were few and far between. It was in 50s and 60s that the number of lori songs in Hindi films picked up. The honour for continuing the trend of lori songs in the 50s goes to C Ramchandra for the song dheere se aa jaa ri ankhiyan mein from ‘Albela’ (1951). Most of the lori songs were sung by female playback singers though in few cases, these were sung by both female and male playback singers – duets as well as solos.

The lori songs were still popular in the 70s and 80s but they became comparatively lesser in numbers. Now a day, one rarely gets to hear lori songs in the new generation Hindi films. To some extent, it is a reflection on our modern society where the traditional singing of loris by mother and grandmother has been replaced by recorded lullabies that come as a part of baby bassinet.

I have chosen for the discussion a rare lori song ‘ nindiya aayi re’ from the film BADI BAHU (1951) sung by Rajkumari. The song was written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and set to music by Anil Biswas. The film was produced under the banner of Variety Productions by Asha Biswas and directed by Shamim Bhagat. The star cast of the film included Shekhar, Nimmi, Sulochana Chatterjee, Raj Adib, Chandan etc.

Only the audio clip of the song is available. But judging by the fact that Lata Mangeshkar had five songs in the film probably lending her voice for Nimmi, my guess is that this song may have been picturised on Sulochana Chatterjee.


Song-Nindiya aayi re (Badi Bahu)(1951) Singer-Rajkumari, Lyrics-Narendra Sharma, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

nindiya aayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiya aayi re
munni ko meethi nindiya aayi re
nindiya aayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiya aayi re
munni ko meethi nindiya aayi re

meethi meethi nindiyaa
nanhi nanhi muniya
meethi meethi nindiya
nanhi nanhi muniyaa
nanhe se man mein
sapnon ki duniyaa
nanhe se man mein
sapnon ki duniyaa
kaise samaayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiyaa aayi re
munni ko meethi nindiyaa aayi re

pyaar ka jhoola
mamta ki dori
pyaar ka jhoola
mamta ki dori
sapna dekhe raaja ki chhori
sapna dekhe raaja ki chhori
chhavi man bhaayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiya aayi re
munni ko meethi nindiya aayi re

chanderi chaadar phulwa bichaunaa
chanderi chaadar phulwa bichaunaa
neend se khele mera khilaunaa
neend se khele mera khilaunaa
jodi suhaayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiyaa aayi re
munni ko meethi nindiyaa aayi re
nanhi ko meethi nindiyaa aayi re
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

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