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Piyu piyu re karat hai papeeha

Posted on: April 9, 2014

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Raag Maalikaa in Hindi Films – 7

Baiju Bawra was an award-winning 1952 Hindi movie directed by Vijay Bhatt, under ‘Prakaash Pictures’ banner. The star cast included Bharat Bhushan, Meena Kumari, Surendra, Kuldeep Kaur, Bipin Gupta, Manmohan Krishna, B M Vyas, Radha Kishan, Rattan Kumar, Baby Tabassum, Rai Mohan etc.

The movie was based on the legend of Baiju Baawara from the days of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Baiju was the son of a musician who also grew up to be a musician. He came to believe that Tansen, the famed musician at the court of Akbar, was responsible for his father’s death. The movie then follows Baiju’s attempt to avenge his father’s death by challenging Tansen to a musical duel. The film was both a commercial and critical success and catapulted both its lead actors into stardom. Meena Kumari went on to win the first-ever Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1954, the first of four Best Actress trophies she won in her career. The film’s music director, Naushad, also received the inaugural Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the song “Tu Ganga Ki Mauj.” This was Naushad’s first and only Filmfare Award won.

This presentation is a unique but unnoticed musical composition of Naushad. The central theme of the film was classical music, under the supervision of Ustad Ameer Khan. Baiju and Tansen both had their common Guru Swami Haridas, and during this imaginary but sort of divine music learning sessions of Baiju, a verse called ‘Lakshan geet’ is narrated by the Guru, describing the nature of that raaga. Mohd Rafi sings those ragas in very small ‘mini bandish’. Rafi’s mastery over classical music is aptly apparent even in those very short compositions of each raaga. The lyrics provided here is a combination of narration and singing.

Song-Piyu piyu re karat hai papeeha (Baiju Baawra)(1952) Narrator-Ustad Ameer Khan, Singer-Mohd Rafi, Lyrics-Traditional, MD-Naushad


“niraash na ho beta, main tum se door hoon, magar meri aatma tumhaare saath hai, uttho beta
gaoo… yeh hai ‘lalit’

(don’t feel dejected, son, I may be away from you, but I am always with you. get up son… sing.. this is ‘lalit’)
gaur vadan sushma bharan
prasanna mukh muskaat
kamal patra sam netra se lalita lalit suhaat”

piyu piyu re karat hai papeeha
ab kahun kaise raakhun jiyaa
piyu piyu re karat hai papeeehaa

yeh hai gaud malhaar
(this is gaud malhaar)
Gaud-sarang malhaar dono
mil mile chhede hain taar
bolat hai barkhaa ki yeh rimjhim
gaao gaud malhaar

rumjhum badariyaa barse
un bin mora jiyaraa tarase
rumjhum badariyaa barse ae ae

“yeh hai pooriya
(this is pooriya)
ratna mukut sar chhatra aur
chaamar mukh mein paan
raja rup kalyaan si
pooriya jaati jaan”

ajab tori prabhu aanbaan dekhi
baagon mein ban mein neel gagan mein
dekhat hoon tori shaan,
shaaan tori

yeh hai baageshree
(this is baageshree)
Vidwaanon ki vaani mein
bas kar vijay dilaat
rakt varna vaageshwari
mand mand nit gaat”

he ri he main kaise ghar aaoon mitawaa
tumhre dhhiguwaa
baat chalat mohe roke thaado thagwaa
he ri he main kaise ae ae

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