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Jiyaa mein laagi aan baan

Posted on: November 17, 2019

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 If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of, then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 7
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By now, I must have watched/heard about 20 Hindi songs from the Bangla films of 1950s-1970s. I have a feeling that there may be a few more Hindi songs in Bangla films which I have yet to explore.

A question came to my mind as to why some Bengali film directors have fascination to incorporate Hindi songs in Bangla films. Is it something to do with realism or the personal preferences of the film directors? After watching some of the videos of the Hindi songs in Bangla films, I have come to the conclusion that it is for the realistic depiction of the situations in the films. Almost, all the Hindi song situations in Bengali films that I have so far watched, belongs to semi-classical genre. The Hindi song situations mostly comprises of mujra dances, a teacher of Hindustani classical vocalist rehearsing with his student, actors in the role of Hindustani classical vocalists giving stage performances etc.

Today, I am presenting a semi-classical traditional dadra, ‘jiya mein laagi aan baan’ from the Bangla film ‘Atithi’ (1965). The film directed by Tapan Sinha is based on a short story of the same title by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The dadra set in raag Gara has been sung by Meera Banerjee whose name I heard for the first time. A search on the internet revealed that Meera Banerjee was Hindustani classical vocalist belonging to Patiala Gharana. A brief profile of Meera Banerjee culled out from an article in ‘The Hindu’ July 5, 2012 issue is presented below:

Vidushi Meera Banerjee (28/03/1930 – 28/06/2012) was born in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh). Her father, Shailendra Kumar Chatterjee was a musicologist who gave her the initial training in music. Later she was trained by Pandit Chinmay Lahiri. She became the listed artist of All India Radio at the age of 14.

Pandit Harishchandra Bali of Jalandhar (see my note below) who was the Guru of Meera’s father saw her potential as a vocalist and gave her training in some rare bandishes composed by him. From 1950 onward, Meera Banerjee became the disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and remained so until his death in 1968.

Meera Banerjee attained the status of one of the prominent Hindustani classical vocalists in the genre of Khayal and Thumri in the 1950s. She participated in the National Programme of Music and other musical festivals in India. She travelled abroad as a part of cultural delegation of Government of India to give performances in various countries. She had won numerous awards for works.

In 1957, she married Pandit Prasoon Banerjee, also a Hindustani classical vocalist who also became the disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

At the later stage of her life, due to poor health, she stopped giving public performances. Meera Banerjee left for her heavenly abode on June 28, 2012 in Kolkata.


Note : Pandit Harishchandra Bali is the same person as H C Bali who was the music director for about 25 Hindi films during 1930s and 40s. His disciples included Pandit Amarnath Chawla, Husnalal and Bhagatram.

Probably, this may be the only song Meera Banerjee sang for a film. In the film, the song has been partially picturised as part of a medley of three songs which follows one after another. The situations in the film seem to be many families travelling in boats. While the first song is a dadra, the second is a folk song and the last one is the Bangla song.

This dadra song in raag Gara is in the traditional lyrics which was first recorded in 1916 in the voice of Gauhar Jaan. Later, many prominent Hindustani classical singers have rendered this dadra including Meera Banerjee and Rasoolan Bai in a more elaborate way. The music director for the film was Tapan Sinha.

Video Clip (Partial):

Audio Clip

Song-Jiyaa mein laagi aan baan (Atithi)(Bangla)(1965) Singer-Meera Bannerji, MD-H C Bali


aaaaaaaan aa
aaaa..n baaaa..n
aaaa..n baaaa..n
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein
jiya mein laagi aaaa..n baaaa..n
jiya mein laagi aaaa..n baaa..n
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan
o pyaari chitwan aa ??
jiya mein basi kaise phansi
jiya mein basi kaise phansi
aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan
jiyaa…aa mei…n
aan baan re
aan baan
aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan

pairan laagi jhuk ke saiyyan
pairan laagi jhuk ke saiyyan
koi na meherbaan saiyyan
koi na meherbaan saiyyan
tum bin mohe kal na pade
tum bin mohe kal na pade
tumhre kaaran re
tumhre kaaran
aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan baan
jiya mein laagi aan


1 Response to "Jiyaa mein laagi aan baan"

Sadanand Ji. Nice song creating a pleasant setting/mood. Never heard Meera Bannerji earlier.

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