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Saanwariya man bhaaya re

Posted on: October 28, 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.

The 1937 film ‘Mukti’ from the banner of New Theatres, was considered a very bold move. A path breaking film that explores the complexities of relationship between a man and a woman. It was daring theme for its times, especially being tackled by a big name production house. The storyline is written by and the film is directed by PC Barua, who was at the height of his creative energies and his career. He was already a big name with New Theatres, having directed the 1935 hit film ‘Devdas’ for both Hindi and Bengali versions. He also played the lead role in the Bengali version.

The story of Mukti revolves around the relationship between two very strong personalities. Prasant (PC Barua) is a romantically inclined artist, who does not care for the opinions and patronage of the society. He has a questionable reputation since his artistic work is all about the nude female form. Chitra (Kanan Devi) is the daughter of a rich industrialist. Brought up in prosperity, she has a strong will and mind of her own. And the unlikely happens. The two meet and fall in love. And also proceed to get married. After the wedding, as the social realities start to settle down into the lives of these two lovebirds, the dream begins to turn sour. The work of the artist and the social attachments of the lady don’t seem to go on well. The situation finally leads to a divorce.

After divorce, Prasant makes his way to the jungles of Assam. He starts his life in a remote village, befriends many people and elephants. Meanwhile Chitra remarries another rich person Bipul (Bikram Kapoor). Destiny brings the two erstwhile lovers once again, when Bipul and Chitra make a trip to Assam on a hunting expedition. As luck would have it, they come to the same village where Prasant is now living. Bipul kills Prasant’s pet elephant as part of his hunting game. Prasant recognizes Chitra, and decides to stay away from her. The turn of events come to a head when Chitra is in danger of life and limb, at the hands of the local villain. He is mortally wounded in the fight with the villain, but the honor of the lady is saved. He reveals himself to his old flame, and then breathes his last at her feet.

The film is impressive and exceptional on many counts. The storyline has been very sensitively handled by the director, and the performances by the artists are exceptional in spite of being restrained, given the era to which this film belongs. The theme of conflict between the matters of heart and the matters of society, probably played on center stage for the first time in a big name film with well known star cast. The intensity of love is so acute that it seeks acceptance and approval without conditions, and readily gives up the association in the face of compromises. And this intensity is carried on for a lifetime, till the protagonists meet again – he is not ready to reveal himself to her, for a variety of complex reasons and emotions, and yet, he seeks the eventual redemption at her feet. A very powerful film on the emotional plane,

It also heralded the start of rising careers for some new faces in the industry. The cinematography of this film was in the charge of Bimal Roy, who went on to become a major force in the industry in 1950s and 60s. For Kanan Devi, this was her debut as a heroine, a place she had earlier missed for some circumstantial reasons, when PC Barua had offered to take her on as the Paaro of ‘Devdas’ two years earlier. For Kanan Devi, it was a dream debut that brought her the status and fame of a singing star, much ahead of many other names that come more readily to the mind.

And for Pankaj Mullck, this was his first independent assignment as the music director. There are a couple of songs out of the fourteen songs listed in the Geet Kosh, that have RC Boral’s name against them. The rest are all from the baton of Pankaj Mullick, who also appears in the film in the role of a countryside singer, singing two of the film’s songs that have gained iconic status over the years – “Sharaabi, Soch Na Kar Matwaale” and “Kaun Des Hai Jaana Babu” .

In this post I present this wonderful rendition by Kanan Devi. The name of the lyricist is not specifically identified for this song. Most likely a song from the initial part of the story, when the emotions of love are striking roots in the heart of Chitra. Someone is enamoring the heart, and making way to it through the eyes. Simple and minimal words – it is just the emotions and the melody that seems to take hold of the strings of the heart.

Listen and enjoy.


Song-Saanwariya man bhaaya re (Mukti)(1937) Singer-Kanan Devi, MD-Pankaj Mullick

Lyrics

saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya. . .
saanwariya. . .
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
aankh se mann mein
aankh se mann mein samaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
peetambar ka
peetambar ka
roop niraala
peetambar ka
peetambar ka
roop niraala
preetam vadan lubhaaya re ae
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re

saanse var ki
dhun bansi ki
saanse var ki
dhun bansi ki
preetam geet sunaaya re
preetam geet sunaaya re
geet ke saare
rang bechaare
apna
apna
apna rang jamaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya mann bhaaya re
saanwariya. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया॰ ॰ ॰
साँवरिया॰ ॰ ॰
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
आँख से मन में
आँख से मन में समाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
पीताम्बर का
पीताम्बर का
रूप निराला
पीताम्बर का
पीताम्बर का
रूप निराला
प्रीतम वदन लुभाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे

सांसें वर की
धुन बंसी की
सांसें वर की
धुन बंसी की
प्रीतम गीत सुनाया रे
प्रीतम गीत सुनाया रे
गीत के सारे
रंग बेचारे
अपना
अपना
अपना रंग जमाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया मन भाया रे
साँवरिया॰ ॰ ॰

1 Response to "Saanwariya man bhaaya re"

Kanan Devi lent her mellifluous voice in:
Arabian Nights-46, Banphool-45, Chandrasekhar-48, Jawab-42, Hospital-43, Harjeet-40, Krishna Leela-46, Lagan-41, Raj Laxmi-45, Sapera-39, Street Singer-38, Tum Aur Main-47, Vidyapati-37,

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