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Karuna suno Shyaam mori

Posted on: April 7, 2014

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

Today (7 april 2014) we remember a great soul of India on his birthday, with a very brief account of his life.

Bharat Ratana Pandit Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar, as well as a true cultural ambassador to the world of Hindustani Classical Music. He was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his elder brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing, under the famous Ustad Alluddin Khan of ‘Maihar’ gharana. Soon he became a well-known personality in Indian Classical Music, and his life and work is known to most of the music lovers, nationally as well as Internationally.

Beginning in the mid-1950s he composed the music for the Apu Triology by Satyajit Ray, which became internationally acclaimed. He was music director for several Hindi movies including Godaan, Anuradha and Meera. Pandit-ji left us recently on 11th December 2012.

Meera is a 1979 film, produced by Premji and directed by Gulzar. The star cast of the film included Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Shriram Lagu, Bharat Bhushan, Amjad Khan, A K Hangal, Shammi Kapoor, Deena Pathak, Vidya Sinha etc.

The film is based on the life of Meera Bai, a Hindu Saint-Poet who renounced princely comforts in pursuit of her love for Lord Krishna. The film portrays the life and times of Meera from a historical perspective rather than a mythological one. Through Meera’s life, Gulzar has shown a woman’s struggle to find her independence, dignity and spiritual satisfaction in a society where women are supposed to be worthy of only taking care of the household chores.

Since Lata-ji had sung lots of Meera bhajans under the direction of her brother Hridaynath, she showed her reluctance to sing almost the same bhajans under a different Music Director. It was a sort of challenge for Pandi-ji, and he chose a very well-known south Indian singer Vani Jairam. Vani was introduced to Hindi film music by Music Director Vasant Desai in ‘Guddi’. Other Music Directors including Chitragupta, Naushad, Madan Mohan, O P Nayyar, R D Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Lakshmikant Pyarelal and Jaidev had also used her voice for a song or two for their films. But it was totally a different case for Meera, as there were many bhajans of Meera Bai in the film and out of the Fourteen songs of that film, Vani sang Thirteen of them.

Let us watch lovely Hema Malini with the soothing voice of Vani in this very short bhajan of Meera Bai, a very good sample of the genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar-ji.

Song-Karuna Suno Shyam Mori (Meera)(1979) Singer-Vani Jairam, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Pandit Ravi Shankar


karuna suno shyaam moree
karuna suno shyaam moree
main toh hoi rahee cheri tori
karuna suno shyaam moree

tumhre kaaran sab sukh chhodya
ab mohe kyun tarsa ho
viraha vyatha laagee ur antar
so tum aaye bujha
karuna suno shyaam moree
main toh hoi rahee cheri tori
karuna suno

3 Responses to "Karuna suno Shyaam mori"

When the movie came out, I used to listen to the marvelous bhajans on a loop. Even now, when I get a chance to listen to them, I am transported.

I like Karna fakiri to kya dilgiri especially well.


Thank you Bharatbhai and Atulji for the post. All songs of Meera are very close to my heart. Looking forward for more songs of this movie. 🙂




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