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Rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan

Posted on: August 1, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

It is already the Hindu month of Shraavvan (Saawan) in North India and the month starts for the states south of Vindhya, from Wednesday, August 3rd 2016. But with heavy rains for the last two days, the hills around Sanjay Gandhi National Park (I stay close to the Park) turning green and the chirping of birds in the early morning in our society, I feel that I am already in the midst of Saawan.

Saawan is a month of many Hindu religious festivals observed all over India. With rains, mist, fog , the beautiful landscape , the chirping of birds and the dance of peacocks especially in rural India, Saawan is a month of longing for the beloved with whom the woman would like to share her beautiful experiences and the emotions. Many of the folk songs have been born out of these beautiful experiences and emotions.

In the olden days, since the husband would be away from the home in discharging duties as soldiers, traders or for any other reasons, the wife would be sharing her beautiful experiences of Saawan with parents, childhood friends, close relatives for which she needed to make a visit to her parents’ place. With no proper conveyance those days with attendant difficulties in the rainy season, she would find it difficult to travel of her own. In some region, it was customary for the newly wed daughter to make a visit to her parents’ place in the month of Saawan. In this context, a simple poem written by Amir Khusrau in the form of dialogues between mother and daughter is very touching:

amma mere baaba ko bhejho ri ke saawan aaya
beti tera baaba to budha ri ke saawan aaya

amma mere bhai ko bhejho ri ke saawan aaya
beti tera bhai to baala ri ke saawan aaya

amma mere maamoo ko bhejho ri ke saawan aaya
beti tera maamoo to banka ri ke saawan aayaa

—-Amir Khusrau

Hindi films have used ‘saawan’ songs depicting the feelings of both the exuberance as well as separation from the beloved. There are 65 ‘saawan’ songs already covered in the Blog. I am sure ‘saawan’ songs would continue to find place in the Hindi film songss in the days to come albeit not necessarily in folk tunes but probably in the form of fusion music.

I am presenting a ‘saawan’ song ‘rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaa’ from an obscure film called KINAARA (1949). The song is rendered by Ram Pyari (or Ram Piyari), a name that I heard for the first time. I find that she has rendered only four songs in two films. The way she has rendered this song, I feel that she may be a folk singer of her time.

The film was produced under the banner of New India Theatres Private Ltd and was directed by Ambalal Doshi. The star cast included Geeta Bali, S Nazir, Ram Singh, Madhusudan Acharya, Kanta Kumari etc. If I go by the picture that I have seen in one of the issues of ‘Filmindia’ 1949, Ustad Bismillah Khan acted in this film as a shehnai player.

The film had 12 songs written by Neelkanth Tiwari and Sahir Bhopali. The lyricist for the song under discussion among the two is not known. The songs were set to music by Madhusudan Acharya, a name that I heard for the first time. This was probably the only film in which he composed music. He acted and sang as well in this movie. One song from the film has been covered in the Blog so far.

The torrential rain that fell in the forenoon today created the right atmosphere to enjoy the song which motivated me to write this article.


Song-Rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan (Kinaara)(1949) Singer-Rampyaari, MD-Madhusudan Acharya

Lyrics

rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan
mora jiya lahraaye
bal khaaye
jhamkat aaye kaari badariyaa
damkat mori chundariya aa
bagiyan bagiyan pade hindole
jhoole sakhiyaan khaaye jhakole
saawan ki nadiyaa si mori umariyaa
taras taras rahi jaaye
bal khaaye
rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan
mora jiya laharaaye
bal khaaye

jab koi chhaila bajaaye baansuriyaa
jab do deewaane milaayen nazariyaa
dham se munh pe gire hain bijariyaa
haaye mohe bichhu ke danki lagi jaaye
bal khaaye
rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan
mora jiya lahraaye
bal khaaye

dheeme aaye banke chameli ki beli
kadamb pe miloon main akeli akeli
ban ke badariya door hoon na jaavun
chupke chupke aansoo bahaavun
pyaar mera soona soona
dukh hai doona doona
kaun mere sainyyan ko haaye samjhaaye
bal khaaye
rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan
mora jiya laharaaye
balkhaa…ye

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9 Responses to "Rimjhim rimjhim naache saawan ki boondaniyaan"

Ram Piyari has such a clear voice. Nice to know a song sung by a new singer.

Nicely sung with the right spirit.
?? – I hear ‘le ke’.

Wah, Aanand aa gaya. I am fond of all these purane gaanewali ‘Bai Log’.
Main jo purana thahera !! Good voice with ‘dehaati’ flavour. which are other films and songs she sang? (I can ask such questions to researchers only)

Superb; sang with verve and vigor.
Madhusudan Acharya did not get another chance otherwise we would heard more of Meripyari(I mean Rampyari)
Ram Pyari also crooned
Aa Mai Tujhe Le Chalu Aankho Me Bitha Ke
with Harish Bhatt Madhusudan Acharya Neelkanth Tiwari Kinara (1949)
Naiyya Kaun Lagaaye Paar
Indravadan Bhatt Raghunath Brahmbhatt, Neelkanth Tiwari Roop Sundari (1949)
Parnaari Se Mat Preet Lagaao
Ram Pyari Indravadan Bhatt Raghunath Brahmbhatt, Neelkanth Tiwari Roop Sundari (1949)

Sudhir ji,

Thanks very much for carrying our some important corrections in the lyrics. With these corrections, I have to also appreciate the very thoughtful expressions of the lyricist.

In this film, He also wrote a song ‘le chal maanjhi le chal re nadiya ke us par’ which was sung by late Shanti Sharma, the well-known classical singer who also rendered some light classical compositions.It seems, by the wording that it must have baan title song of the film.Tiwari wrote 6 songs in all for this film and one each was written by Ramesh Gupta and Saraswati Kumar Deepak, a Hindi poet in his own right, like Neel Kanth Tiwari.

In this film, He also wrote a song ‘le chal maanjhi le chal re nadiya ke us par’ which was sung by late Shanti Sharma, the well-known classical singer who also rendered some light classical compositions.It seems, by the wording that it must have baan title song of the film.

Ramesh Gupta and Sarswati Kumar Deepal did not write for this film. I stand corrected.

Rampyari sang songs in movies like Kinara, Ranakdevi 1946, Javabdari 1950, and Bidyapati 1937. She was an actress that sang for herself. She is very very beautiful. You have to really search hard on the internet, but there are photos of her in films.

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