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Parwaane ho parwaane

Posted on: August 31, 2013


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

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The Voice of Mukesh #29
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The tapestry of the fables of love is never compete without the legendary saga of the flame and the moth – much better represented in the Urdu zubaan as Shama aur Parwaana. Somehow, the English equivalents of some of the more profound words and concepts in Hindi and Urdu, simply do not carry the same weight and substance. The English equivalents are a poor excuse to express that which is alien to that language. Shama and Parwaana are an example of such translation dilemmas. There seems to be no adequately authoritative word in the English language to convey the same sentiments in totality.

Anyways, let us keep the translation issues aside for this song. Continuing with the series of discovering Mukesh, and charting the course of his career in the early years. ‘Pardesi Mehmaan’ is a film from 1948. Produced under the famous Ranjit Movietone banner, the film is directed by Aspi. The film has eleven songs, all written by Pt Indra, and the music comes from the mind of Hansraj Behl. The list of actors includes Husn Banu, Kamal Kapoor, Rajrani, Ghulam Mohammad, Sheikh Hasan, Afgan Sandow, Abdul Rehman, Azeem, Bipin Gupta, Kaizer.

Now this song has a claim to fame, in terms of a rare and unique combination of singers. It is a duet of the voices of Husn Banu and Mukesh. And from all the search that I could make in the Geet Kosh and the Mukesh Geet Kosh, this appears to be the only duet of these two singers.

The verses of this song talk about a back and forth conversation between the Shama and the Parwaana, with both trying to impress the other to learn –from the other. To learn what it is about the truth of love, and the true spirit of burning in love. The discernment of this relationship between the Shama and the Parwaana has consumed many a poets and philosophers over centuries since the human mind started to perceive the concept of love, and the concept of being consumed by its fires. The symbolism of love that is represented by this pair of lovers, has been written about, again and again, in so many forms and with so many interpretations, and still the mind of the poet does not rest. The poetry of the sub continent and of the middle eastern cultures abounds with poems and tales about the love of these two.

In this particular song, both the Shama and the Parwaana are trying to challenge the other, with the profundity of their own perception and vision of love. Listen to this beautiful piece of poetry that has been strung together with the rhythm and notes with a fairly fast pace. One can make out the influence of the Punjabi folk as the melody plays out. And be it so, for Hansraj Behl’s music is verily influenced by his roots in Punjab.

Listen and enjoy, this rare and unique combination of voices, the only one such duet in the annals of Hindi film music.


Song-Parwaane ho parwaane tu kya jalna jaane (Pardesi Mehmaan)(1948) Singers-Husn Bano, Mukesh, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

parwaane ho parwaane
parwaane ho parwaane
tu kya jalna jaane
maane ya na maane
maane ya na maane
jalna seekh shama se pagle
jalna seekh shama se pagle
phir jal jaa deewaane
phir jal jaa deewaane
ae shama tu kya pehchaane
ae shama tu kya pehchaane
parwaane ke dil ki jalan ko
parwaane ke dil ki jalan ko
parwaana hi jaane
parwaana hi jaane

parwaane ho parwaane
parwaane ho parwaane

udd kar aata
preet jataata
udd kar aata
preet jataata
jal ke paata naam
haan jal ke paata naam
jal ke paata naam
haan jal ke paata naam
chupke chupke jalne waali
chupke chupke jalne waali
huyi shama badnaam
huyi shama badnaam
ye dard kaun pehchaane
ye dard kaun pehchaane
ye dard kaun pehchaane
parwaane ho parwaane
parwaane ho parwaane

jaan boojh kar bhi parwaana
aag se preet lagaata
aag se preet lagaata
jaan boojh kar bhi parwaana
aag se preet lagaata
aag se preet lagaata
udta girta
jalta marta
udta girta jalta marta
preet ki reet nibhaata
preet ki reet nibhaata
tu to jalaana jaane
tu to jalaana jaane
tu kya jalnaa jaane

parwaane ho parwaane
parwaane ho parwaane

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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परवाने हो परवाने
परवाने हो परवाने
तू क्या जलना जाने
माने या न माने
माने या न माने
जलना सीख शमा से पगले
जलना सीख शमा से पगले
फिर जल जा दीवाने
फिर जल जा दीवाने
ए शमा तू क्या पहचाने
ए शमा तू क्या पहचाने
परवाने के दिल की जलन को
परवाने के दिल की जलन को
परवाना ही जाने
परवाना ही जाने

परवाने हो परवाने
परवाने हो परवाने

उड़ कर आता
प्रीत जताता
उड़ कर आता
प्रीत जताता
जल के पाता नाम
हाँ जल के पाता नाम
जल के पाता नाम
हाँ जल के पाता नाम
चुपके चुपके जलने वाली
चुपके चुपके जलने वाली
हुई शमा बदनाम
हुई शमा बदनाम
ये दर्द कौन पहचाने
ये दर्द कौन पहचाने
ये दर्द कौन पहचाने
परवाने हो परवाने
परवाने हो परवाने

जान बूझ कर भी परवाना
आग से प्रीत लगाता
आग से प्रीत लगाता
जान बूझ कर भी परवाना
आग से प्रीत लगाता
आग से प्रीत लगाता
उड़ता गिरता
जलता मरता
उड़ता गिरता जलता मरता
प्रीत की रीत निभाता
प्रीत की रीत निभाता
तू तो जलाना जाने
तू तो जलाना जाने
तू क्या जलना जाने

परवाने हो परवाने
परवाने हो परवाने

2 Responses to "Parwaane ho parwaane"

@Sudhir ji – Sir, many Congratulations on this 200th Devnagri Script Lyrics …!!!

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Gosh, I did not even notice.

Thanks Avinash ji, for you message of greetings and yes, also for keeping track. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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