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Hamri atariya pe aao sanwariya

Posted on: March 5, 2014


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

hamri atariya pe aajaa re saanwariya dekha dekhi tanik hoi jaaye

This is the mukhda of the song from the film ‘Dedh Ishqiyaa’ (2014) which I partly heard for the first time during the promotion of the film on various TV channels in December 2013. I was very happy that in the era of Hindi film music where loud songs with high velocity instrumentation and the meaningless lyrics are the order of the day, this semi-classical song had also found a place in the scheme of things of the modern day movie makers.

It was gratifying for me to note that within a short time from the day this song was uploaded on YT, it got thousands of hits. After the release of the film, a full version of this song was uploaded on YT which has already got hits over 35000. It is heartening to note that in the midst of what I call as chaotic music scenario in Hindi films,we still have admireres of this kind of music even among younger generayion. This song which is a creation of lyricist Gulzar, singer Rekha Bhardwaj and music director Vishal Bhardwaj is a composition reminiscent of the bygone era of HFM when such music was heard and appreciated more frequently.

But how many of us, especially among the younger generation know that the song from ’Dedh Ishqiyaa’ was inspired from a very popular Bhairavi Dadra of almost the same mukhda sung by Begum Akhtar about five decades back ? The song in Dadra genre was ‘hamri atariya pe aao re sanwariya dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye’. Rather than branding Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj as plagiarists, we should be thankful to them for bringing this immortal Bhairavi Dadra to the notice of present generation, albeit in a new lyrical and musical formats tailored according to the taste of the modern day music lovers. Although Rekha Bhardwaj had rendered this song beautifully in her seductive voice for Madhuri Dixit befitting the role played by her in the film, my vote goes to the original version of this song sung by Begum Akhtar in her soulful voice well supported by sarangi interludes.

A significant feature of this Bhairavi Dadra sung by Begum Akhtar is that after the mukhda ( or ‘sthayi’ in the Hindustani classical music parlance), the first antara is a she’r (couplet) followed by the antara probably in Avadhi, again followed by another she’r. The antara in Avadhi is repeated at the end of the song. I guess that Begam Akhtar, being a ghazal singer may have had a hand in improvising this traditional Dadra by adding two she’rs to it. I could not get the shayars of the she’rs. It is a known fact that Begum Akhtar used to occasionally write she’rs herself as a hobby.

There is some interesting trivia attached to this Bhairavi Dadra. Once in Delhi, Begum Akhtar was staying with one of her senior shagirda (disciples) when she was introduced to a cute washer woman who could dance very well. On the request of the shagirda, the washer woman danced, singing this traditional Dadra. Begum Akhtar was so much impressed with the song that she composed a tune for this song reorganising the lyrics. Later she chose this Dadra for singing in an august gathering of high officials from India and Pakistan in Shimla on the occasion of signing of the Shimla Agreement in July 1972. The lyrics of the Dadra were apt for the occasion (Reference: ‘Ae Mohabbat… Reminiscing Begum Akhtar’ by Professor Rita Ganguly, 2008).

2014 is the birth centenary year of Malika E Ghazal Begum Akhtar and on this occasion, I present the Bhairavi Dadra ‘hamri atariya pe aao saanwariya’ which is sung and composed by her. The lyrics are an amalgam of traditional (probably Avadhi) and Urdu couplets. This Dadra song was a part of Begum Akhtar’s LP ‘Thumri, the music of love’ issued sometime in the late 60s.


Song-Hamri atariya pe aao sanwariya (Begam Akhtar NFS) Singer-Begam Akhtar,MD-Begam Akhtar

Lyrics

aa aaa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye ae ae
hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye
hamri atariyaa

tasawwur mein chale aate wo
kuchh baaten bhi hoti hain aen aen aen
shab e furqat bhi hoti hai
mulaaqaaten bhi hoti hain aen aen aen aen
hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye ae ae
hamri atariyaa pe

prem ki bhiksha aa
maange bhikhaaran
laaj hamaari rakhiyo saajan
prem ki bhiksha aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
prem ki bhiksha
maange bhikaaran
laaj hamaari rakhiyo saajan
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare
saara jhagda khatam hoi jaaye
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare
saara jhagdaa khatam hoi jaaye ae ae
hamri atariyaa pe

tumhaari yaaaad
aansoo ban ke aayi
chasm e veeraan mein ae ae
aa aa aa
tumhaari yaad
aansoo ban ke aayi
chasm e veeraan mein aen aen
zahe kismat ke veeranon mein
barasaten bhi hoti hain
hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye ae
hamri atariyaa pe aao

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aaa
aa
prem ki bhiksha aa
maange bhikaaran
haan aan aan
prem ki bhiksha aa
maange bhikaaran
laaj hamaari rakhiyo saajan
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare ae ae
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare
saara jhagda khatam hoi jaaye ae
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare
saara jhagda khatam hoi jaaye ae
hamri atariyaa pe

hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye ae
hamri atariyaa pe aao sanwariyaa
dekha dekhi balam hoi jaaye ae
aao sajan tum hamre dwaare
saara jhagda khatam hoi jaaye ae
hamri atariyaa pe

4 Responses to "Hamri atariya pe aao sanwariya"

I also fully subscribe to your view where you say that your vote goes to the original version sung by Begum Akhtar.

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Shobha Gurtu has also crooned this number in a very earful style.

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Atul posted: “This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.c”

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I liked the article. Begum indeed had a hand in visualizing and composing this dadra which was not Fakir’s fort.Sudarshan Fakir, a dear friend of mine himself acknowledged this to me once. But the couplets used in the dadra do not seem to be diverse. Both of them are properly knit in quafia and behr, rather artfully and do not seem to have come from a casual shayr like Begum Akhtar as suggested. I would not be surprized if the sher of the bhairvi dadra have come from the pen of Fakir himself who is gererally considered author of this song.To my astonishment, you have not mentioned his name even once. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of his poetry collection which might have helped us to explore if they are not included in the book. Otherwise the matter could be settled. So far as Gulzar’s work is concerned his contribution is limited to replacing ‘balam’ with tanik and there is no acknowledgemant of the original daadra.

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The antaras are not in Awdhi as sugested. It is pure Khdi Boli; only ‘hui’ gives the impression of Avdhi or Bhojpuri.

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