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Raat Andhiyaari Hai Maat Dukhiyaari Hai

Posted on: October 7, 2015


This article is written by Aparna HM, 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.

Journey Through Lata’s Melodies – 01
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(Courtesy: Srinivas Ganti)

I was thinking of writing a post for a long time but never put thoughts into digital format. I am “The” Ms. Lazybones 🙂

Finally, thanks to the mail thread about the November 7th Gangout in Bangalore which is currently in progress with lots of enthusiasm, I am ready with a post.

In the mail thread, our own Sudhir ji added Srinivas Ganti ji inviting him to the gangout. Though Ganti ji is unable to attend it, he shared with us an article written by him on few of Lata ji’s melodies. Being a die-hard fan of Lata ji, I was completely bowled over. I immediately mailed Ganti ji about re-using his article in a series of posts. I didn’t expect him to reply so fast, I got a reply within one hour. Permission was granted 🙂 Not only that, he even shared a link where transliteration of the lyrics were made available by none other than him.

He has listed 11 songs out of which 8 are already covered in the blog. I will be posting the remaining 3 songs and hope to include some more. Let us see … This is what we say when we are not sure of the completion of the task in hand, right!!??

Ganti ji, you are very gracious. Thank you very much Sir!

I will first say a few words about the song, introduce Ganti ji and finally the write-up by Sri Ganti ji.

The song is a lullaby from the 1956 movie Sajni. Sajni is an obscure film directed by Vasant Painter. It stars Anoop Kumar, Krishna Kumari, Sulochana Latkar, DK Sapru, Lalita Pawar etc. It must be one of the very few movies where Anoop Kumar is the male lead. Not much is known about the story plot, may be our in-house encyclopedia, Arun ji can throw more light on it. Video of the song is not available, therefore I have nothing to say about picturization. The tune by Sudhir Phadke, the lyrics by Pt. Narendra Sharma and the singer Lata ji, kya kehna!! Everything about the song is top-class!!!

Introduction to Sri Ganti ji
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Srinivas (Sri) Ganti was born and brought up in Hyderabad. He is an engineer by profession and works in the IT industry. His IT career has taken him to various cities in US and Canada where he befriended vintage music lovers. Sri also collects rare songs but prefers storing them in digital format for easy access and mobility. After moving back to India, Sri has taken his passion for music and music lovers to the next level by organising regular baithaks and chronicling the proceedings. These are archived at “Shaam-e-Mausiqi Flights of Fancy” (http://shaam-e-mausiqi.blogspot.in/)

Excerpts from Srinivas Ganti’s article:

The 1999 RMIM meet commemorative was a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar on the ocassion of her 70th birthday. One of the songs in the compilation was Sudhir Phadke’s duet with Lata “kismat ka nahiin dosh baanvare” . Vish Krishnan, in his commentary mentioned the list of albums in which they partnered “Murliwala, Malti Madhav, Gokul Ka Chor, Pehli Tarikh,Ratnaghar, Sajni and Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan”. Songs like “baandh preeti phuul Dore”, “jaa re chandr” were being discussed on RMIM around that time. That was how my fascination for Babuji began and I started looking around for more of his songs.

A year later I found a job in Chicago . Those were the days when I had just learned driving but was a little scared to drive on the highways. Dr. Arunabha Roy had invited me over to his place, and promised to give me a tape of rare Lata songs. So I gathered a little courage and ventured onto I-90 and went to University of Chicago. Arunabha revealed that the tape he was referring to was a compilation of Suhdir Phadke songs that Dr.Mandar Bichu graciously shared it with him.

The compilation was an instant hit and I just fell in love with the melodies. I just couldn’t get some of the songs out of my head and ended up posting the lyrics on RMIM.

The opening line sets the tone for this melancholy nocturne. Lata emphasises “raat” and “andhiyaari” as if the night is very long and very dark. The line is followed by a lovely piano interlude followed by ‘raat andhiyari hai’ but it is more subtle second time around. Its like the first ‘raat andhiyari hai’ is typed in bigger font in the title page and that forms the backdrop of the song. The song oozes maternal love which is epitomized by the line ‘sukh se tuu so mere praaN, mere maan, mere rain ke vihaan’. Every time praan, maan or vihaan are rendered, the emotion is so perfectly captured that one can visualize the love showered by the mother on her child. The other recurring emotion in the song is sadness.

In the second antara the word “andhkaar” is repeated to cascading effect taking darkness to new depths. Pandit Narendra Sharma’s lyrics are a consistent with Sudhir Phadke’s music and the following line takes the cake for me.

aansu’on ke motiyon ki tu hai muskaan

The orchestration is soft, subtle and soothing. It complements the theme very well and elevates the song to a treasure that can be cherished for a lifetime.
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The song selected today is from that special set. Just close your eyes and listen to the song. You will definitely and gently float into sleep …..

[Note: The lyrics have some words that need to be corrected / confirmed. These are indicated with (?). Request readers and friends to kindly help identify the correct words.]

[Meaning of ‘Vihaan’: Dawn, First Light, End of Darkness]


Song – Raat Andhiyaari Hai, Maat Dukhiyaari Hai (Sajni) (1956) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Narendra Sharma, MD – Sudhir Phadke

Lyrics

raat andhiyaari hai. .ae. .ae. .ae

raat andhiyaari hai
maat dukhiyaari hai
sukh se tu so
mere praan
mere maan
meri rain ke vihaan
raat andhiyaari hai

taare hain gagan mein
aansoo hain nayan mein
ab na samaaye meri peer mere mann mein
dharti bhi roye aur roye aasamaan
mere praan
mere maan
meri rain ke vihaan
raat andhiyaari hai

sisak rahaa hai praan
veena kaa taar taar
jahaan bhi nayan jaaye
andhakaar andhaka. . .ar
jahaan bhi nayan jaaye
andhakaar andhakaar
aansu’on ke motiyon ki tu hai muskaan
mere praan
mere maan
meri rain ke vihaan
raat andhiyaari hai

jahaan bhi tu rahe
mere anchalaa ki chhaaon rahe 
balihaari jaaun laal
mera mann praan kahe
mere pyaare devata ka tu hai vardaan
mere praan
mere maan
meri rain ke vihaan
raat andhiyaari hai
maat dukhiyaari hai
raat andhiyaari hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रात अंधियारी है॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ

रात अंधियारी है
मात दुखियारी है
सुख से तू सो
मेरे प्राण
मेरे मान
मेरी रैन के विहान
रात अंधियारी है

तारे हैं गगन में
आँसू हैं नयन में
अब ना समाये मेरी पीर मेरे मन में
धरती भी रोये और रोये आसमान
मेरे प्राण
मेरे मान
मेरी रैन के विहान
रात अंधियारी है

सिसक रहा है प्राण
वीणा का तार तार
जहां भी नज़र जाये
अंधकार अंधका॰॰आर
जहां भी नज़र जाये
अंधकार अंधकार
आंसुओं के मोतियों की तू है मुस्कान
मेरे प्राण
मेरे मान
मेरी रैन के विहान
रात अंधियारी है

जहां भी तू रहे
मेरे अंचला की छाँव रहे
बलिहारी जाऊँ लाल
मेरा मन प्राण कहे
मेरे प्यारे देवता का तू है वरदान
मेरे प्राण
मेरे मान
मेरी रैन के विहान
रात अंधियारी है
मात दुखियारी है
रात अंधियारी है

10 Responses to "Raat Andhiyaari Hai Maat Dukhiyaari Hai"

A nice tender lori!
Last stanza, I think the words are, ‘mere anchala (अंचला) ki chhaon rahe’ and ‘balihaari jaaon laal’

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Thank you very much for the correction in the lyrics. Dont know how I missed it, it is clearly heard. My bad …

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You are most welcome.

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Srinivasji,
I am a dye-hard fan of Babuji (Sudhir Phadke) I had even heard him live in ‘Geet Ramayan’ shows. I have collected more than two hundred songs (Hindi and Marathi) that were composed by him.
Thanks for posting this beautiful ‘lori’ by Lataji.
Call me sometimes, when you are free. For music, I am available any time.

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Bharat ji, I think we briefly discussed about this in Mumbai. Although I have very limited understanding of Marathi, I absolutely love Babu ji’s Marathi output; especially his work with Asha. I will surely call you.

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Thanks Aparna ji for posting this. And I am glad that you enjoyed the song and my write up.

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Ganti ji, kindly allow me to thank you first for allowing me to reuse your article. Thank you very much.

I very much enjoyed this song as well as the others in your article.

Eagerly awaiting for your posts on the blog 🙂

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Sudhir ji, request you to change the name of the contributor from only mine to include Sri Ganti ji’s also. His contribution in the post is much more than mine.

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What a treat!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Lots and lots of thanks to Aparna ji, Sri Ganti ji, and, Sudhir ji.
Babuji, Pt. Narendra Sharma ji, and, Lata Didi, what a combination.
Indeed, a confluence of the best melody, lyrics and voice.
What more can one ask for?
Best regards,
Avadh Lal

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Avadhlalji,
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Thank for reminding me of Mary Poppins song.

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