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Pau baarah pau baarah pyaar mein pau baarah

Posted on: August 3, 2014


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

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The Many Colors of Love #19 – The Gambles of Love
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And so wrote the scribe

nainon se jo naina takraaye to
kaun haara aur kaun jeeta

…….
…….
……..
is pyaar ki baazi mein hans kar
jo dil haara wo sab jeeta
jo dil haara wo sab jeeta

And they often say, the matters of heart are a gamble of life. The game of love is very exacting. And the insistence of the game-master is that no wager is big enough in this game of love. The game is played with odds which at times will compel you to bet everything in an all or nothing deal.

This post turns out to be special. Along with the love series special on the ‘Gambles of Love’, we are also making another celebration that combines surprise with anniversary and milestone. Read on, and you will find out.

This gamble of love is the most enticing, and at the same time, it is the most perilous. Sometimes you lose a heart, sometimes you gain a life, and yes, sometimes you even lose a life. All is possible in this gamble of love. Come to mind the lines of the song from ‘Anaadi’ (1959)

dil pe marne waale, marenge bhikaari

For the odds are always loaded against you. And the dynamics of all the aspects that will influence the outcome of this game are much more intricate and confounding than weather and cricket put together. All the stories of love narrated by the histories all tell us – the most rare thing in this world is the fulfillment of all the aspirations and entreaties of love.

On a lighter note, I am reminded of a comedy skit that I heard on the radio, long long back. The days when programs like ‘Lehren’ and ‘Hawa Mahal’ on Aakaashvani were as staple a part of listening diet as the film songs. The title of the skit was ‘International Premi Sammelan’. All the famous ‘aashiqs’ from world over are invited – Majnu, Farhad, Mahiwal, Romeo, Ranjha, Mirza. . . the list goes on. By turn each of these famous aficionados of the matters of heart, take the podium and describe what went wrong with their love story. There is a couple of reporters covering the event. One of them is a lady. As the skit progresses, we find all the famous lovers lamenting on the stage, are off wooing the lady reporter off stage. 😀 😀 At a point, things seem to get out of hand and the other reporter, a gentleman intervenes. All the ‘premis’ question his intrusion, and he reveals that the two of them are lovers and will be married soon. There is a short humorous exchange between the ‘premis’ and the reporter gentleman, that was a telling remark.

फरहाद: अच्छा तो आप भी प्रेमी हैं। आइये, हमारी महफिल में शामिल हो जाइए।

रिपोर्टर: मैं आपकी महफिल में नहीं बैठूँगा। मैं एक कामयाब प्रेमी हूँ।

महिवाल: ‘कामयाब प्रेमी’? अरे ये कौन सी जात होती है प्रेमी की?

😀 😀

(Farhaad: Achhaa to aap bhi premi hain. Aaiye, hammari mehfil mein aaiye.)

(Farhad: Ah so, you are also a lover. Come join our meeting.)

(Reporter: Main aapki mehfil mein nahin baithunga. Main ek ‘kaamyaab premi’ hoon.)

(Reporter: I will not join you. I am a successful lover.)

(Mahiwaal: ‘Kaamyaab Premi’? Arre ye kaun si jaat hoti hai premi ki?)

(Mahiwaal: ‘Successful lover’? What breed of lover is that supposed to be?)

Real gamblers are a breed apart. Playing the high wager games on the gambling table is an art that takes a lifetime to learn and be proficient with. So much has been written and played, about this knack of managing the battle of nerves that is required to be fought. There are many a works of fiction and cinema that have dealt with the matters of gambling and the art of it. But on the side of the matters of heart, this gamble is many shades more complex. For many a times, the game is played without knowing what loss or victory can be. For the loss may be a victory or victory may be a loss. The normal equations of gambling simply do not apply here.

For today’s topic in love, I present this never-missing-a-heartbeat song that takes off in a zoom from the word go, and the breakneck pace is carried through relentlessly. A forgotten number from the 1959 film ‘Raat Ke Raahi’, it is a huge wonder that a song like this has remained obscure, in a time when the dances of Helen and Bela Bose and Cuckoo and Minoo Mumtaz were the popular rage of the day. Sung by the one and only who can do justice to such pace and rhythm – Asha Bhonsle, it is a song that will compel you to move, you will not be able to sit still once it starts playing.

The term ‘Pau Baarah’, has very ancient origins. In the game of ‘chaupar’ that was played between the Pandava brothers and the Kaurav clan, in the epic Mahabharat, this term has been used to signify the winning role of dice. A die has six facets, and the highest score rolling a die is six. Generally two dice are thrown together, and the maximum winning score is twelve. That is the origin of the phrase ‘Pau Baarah’ – ah, the victory of the highest score on the roll of dice.

The song takes you to the top of the world professing the winning wager in the game of love. The words exhort the player to play the game, no matter what the consequences may be. The words tell the player not to be dejected by defeat and not to be vain in victory. For victory or defeat is a simply a conception in destiny.

In case you have had a peek at the song, I am sure you must be taken in by the tempo and mood of this oh so energetic song. And the surprise element is now revealed. Believe it, the composition is by Jaidev.

And we have a twin celebration today for him. It is the anniversary of his birth. And this song also celebrates the century of his songs to be posted on this blog. And if coincidences are still to be counted – this is the 19th post in the colors of love series, and the year of birth for Jaidev is 1919.

Ah Jaidev, forever the traveler of forsaken paths. The maestro whose genius has been discussed by Bharat ji in his series titled ‘Genius of Jaidev’. Sometimes, it is a real dilemma to understand – does the grade A cinema and all its trappings actually shuns the likes of Jaidev and Khayyaam. Or is it that these practitioners of perfection and propriety have no time and inclination for the compromises demanded for working in those levels.

The passion for music and cinema compelled a 15 year old young lad in Ludhiana, to run away from his home to Bombay. He got small roles in the films from the house of Wadias – films of the likes of ‘Hunterwali’ (1935) and ‘Miss Frontier Mail’ (1936). But on hearing the news of ill health of his father, he returned home. After his father passed away, he stayed with the family, till such time that his sister got married. After that, he ventured out of home once again. But this time his destination was Lucknow, to learn music at the feet of the maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. When his mentor got assignment with Navketan for ‘Aandhiyan’ (1952), he also moved to Bombay. He worked as an assistant on ‘Aandhiyaan’ and ‘Hum Safar’ (1953).

When Ustad Sb made a decision to return to Lucknow after these two films, Jaidev made a decision to stay on and continued with Navketan as assistant to SD Burman. The first independent assignment came as ‘Joru Ka Bhai’ in 1955, a film by Chetan Anand. More films followed and some music got attention. The big one however was ‘Hum Dono’ in 1961, with its iconic songs that do not need to be listed. ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ and ‘Kinaare Kinaare’ followed in 1963, establishing a position and building a following for the music that was a Jaidev trademark.

He never married, and remained devoted to his passion and vocation. He is also known as the music director who composed the music for ‘Madhushala’, the classic poetical creation of Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The poetry rendered by Manna Dey is still counted as one of the finest musical creation in the non-film space.

Three decades, about forty films and a shade less than two hundred film songs – a legacy of select priceless pieces of music. Like the collection of Ming dynasty vases, it is always a select selection, a few masterpieces that will please and impress. And make you love his music. But unlike a collection of Ming dynasty vases, the anthology of Jaidev’s musical work also has a capacity to very pleasantly surprise the listeners. As I am sure this song will.

The film had two music directors, the other one being the duo of Bipin-Babul. Of the six songs in this film, two are composed by Jaidev – this one and another gem in the voice of Asha Bhonsle – “Tu Kay Samjhe, Tu Kya Jaane” already posted here. The actress who performs this song on screen – is that Jabeen? I request readers to please confirm or correct.

And so, this song from ‘Raat Ke Raahi’ is showcased, marking the century for Jaidev on this blog’s scorecard. A surprisingly peppy number. Listen and enjoy.


Song-Pau baarah pau baarah pyaar mein pau baarah (Raat Ke Raahi)(1959) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Vishwamitra Adil, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

hoye
pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
kabhi jeeta
kabhi ye dil haara
pyaar mein pau baarah

daao lagaa le
jo ho so ho o
nain milaa le
himmat na kho
jhoom jhoom ke khel deewaane
nahin laut ke aane
phir aise zamaane
ab chhod bahaane aa
kismet ko banaa le aa
ik daao lagaa le aa
pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
kabhi jeeta
kabhi ye dil haara
pyaar mein pau baarah

aaaa
aaaa
aaaaaa
aaaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaa aaa
haar hui to pachhtaana kya
jeet hui to itraana kya
haar jeet kismet ki ishaare
kabhi waare
kabhi nyaare
ghabraa mat pyaare
taqdeer pukaare aa
hanste hain sitaare aa
nazron ke sahaare
aa
pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
kabhi jeeta
kabhi ye dil haara
pyaar mein pau baarah

hera pheri
do din ki hai
raat andheri
do din ki hai
dekh bhaal ke saamne aana
badaa buraa hai zamaana
yoon hi dil na lutaana
ye hai khel puraana aa
ab kya ghabraana aa
lut’ta hai khazaana aa
pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
kabhi jeeta
kabhi ye dil haara
pyaar mein pau baarah
pau baarah
pau baarah
kabhi jeeta
kabhi ye dil haara
pyaar mein pau baarah

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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होय
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
कभी जीता
कभी ये दिल हारा
प्यार में पौ बारह

दाव लगा ले
जो हो सो हो
नैन मिला ले
हिम्मत ना खो
झूम झूम के खेल दीवाने
नहीं लौट के आने
फिर ऐसे जमाने
अब छोड़ बहाने आ
किस्मत को बना ले आ
इक दाव लगा ले आ
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह पौ बारह
कभी जीता
कभी ये दिल हारा
प्यार में पौ बारह

आsss
आsss
आsssss
आssssss
आssss आssss आss

हार हुई तो पछताना क्या
जीत हुई तो इतराना क्या
हार जीत किस्मत के इशारे
कभी वारे
कभी न्यारे
घबरा मत प्यारे
तक़दीर पुकारे आ
हँसते हैं सितारे आ
नज़रों के सहारे

पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
कभी जीता
कभी ये दिल हारा
प्यार में पौ बारह

हेरा फेरी
दो दिन की है
रात अंधेरी
दो दिन की है
देख भाल के सामने आना
बड़ा बुरा है ज़माना
यूं ही दिल ना लुटाना
ये है खेल पुराना आ
अब क्या घबराना आ
लुटता है खजाना आ
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
कभी जीता
कभी ये दिल हारा
प्यार में पौ बारह
पौ बारह
पौ बारह
कभी जीता
कभी ये दिल हारा
प्यार में पौ बारह

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6 Responses to "Pau baarah pau baarah pyaar mein pau baarah"

Sudhir ji

You are right 🙂
She is JABIN JALIL

Prakash

I met Jaidev at his cosy flat near Churchgate with my poems.

Wonderful post, Sudhirji, as ever.

YYIIPPEEE! congrats on being able to get 100 songs of Jaidev here.

Thanks for the un-Jaidevish song and the post.

Dear Nitinji
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about your meeting with Jaidevji. I would be happy if you tell us the details of that meeting. also kabhi kabhi give us a sample of your poems.

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