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Sasuraal Genda Phool

Posted on: February 5, 2022


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4950 Post No. : 16814

AR Rehman – The Musician of 21st Century – 3

84th Birthday of Waheeda Rehman on 3rd February 2022

46th Birthday of Abhishek Bachchan on 5th February 2022

The songs of the movie ‘Delhi-6’ are among my favorite music scores by AR Rehman. I rate this qawwaali from the movie, for which I wrote a post back in 2012 as among the best of hindi film songs in this genre.  The links of two songs posted in the blog are given below:

Arziyaan saari main chehre pe likh ke laaya hoon (Delhi 6)
Ye Dilli hai mere yaar (Delhi 6)

 

AR Rehman is also a product of advertising industry, as he started his career is advertising. The one ad I remember is of ‘Garden-Vareili” as composed by AR Rehman. He soon proved his mettle as a talented musician at a very young age working in Tamil and Hindi films, mainly with Mani Rathnam.  Many of his severest critics will agree that, ARR revolutionized the Hindi film music scene in the 90’s and changed the sound of songs completely.  Few of the other musicians have been able to imitate him or his style.  Most of them thought it better to keep to sufiaana or import some songs from other countries like Pakistan or Egypt etc. then try to surpass ARR in creativity.  In many aspects this revolution is even bigger than the reinvention of HFM in 1950 with ‘Barsaat’, by Shankar-Jaikishan.  I am not going towards RDB reinvention, as I have a different opinion about that than the popular conception.

So, Rehman was here, working simultaneously in Mumbai and South, with more focus on southern language films.  This continued till he went truly international and collaborated with other musicians of the west and worked in Hollywood.  Among all these, the Bollywood film work was never his sole focus.  He diversified and did select few films for the Hindi film industry.  The biggies and the not so biggies did go to Chennai to rope him in to give music to their films.  And he has been selective about the projects he takes.  Although he has given 1 or 2 music scores which were not up to the mark, in my opinion.

But overall, his work is critically acclaimed, in all the big banner films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Guru’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘1947 Earth’, ‘Yuvraaj’ etc. and the Jewel in the crown song of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.  His mini bio is here.

Recently, he has been seen performing live at a special Pavilion dedicated for him and his troupe at DUBAIEXPO2020.  We did go to explore the expo, but ARR was not performing in the first week.  We landed in Dubai the night before the EXPO was to open, so the ‘raunaq’ at Dubai airport was to be seen to be believed.  But that is a subject of another post.

As post no. 3 of the series, I am presenting this song from ‘Delhi-6’, which has folk origins, or ‘traditional’ as the lyrics are credited. Though some sources are crediting Prasoon Joshi as the lyricist.  Unusual song for ARR, but the hall mark of his fusion and composition with vocals, where musical instruments could be used is visible.   And ARR thrives on the unusual, those who have followed his career will agree.

Waheeda Rehman, the graceful dancing star and an actor of repute of last century and a character actor in current century, celebrated her 84th birthday two days ago.  Born in 1938, which makes her just 18 years old when she debuted in Hindi films with ‘CID’ (1956).  I am presently watching that movie (in installments), so can vouch that she does look very young, despite the heavily made up/get up in the film.   Lot of other information about her is available here.

Abhishek Bachchan is celebrating his 46th birthday today.  As is the ‘chalan’ nowadays for celebrities, he must be somewhere exotic to ring in the birthday.

Both Waheeda Rehman and Abhishek Bachchan are featuring in this song, where Waheeda Rehman, Aditi Rao Hydari, Supriya Pathak and others are singing the song on screen, playback by Rekha Bharadwaj.  Sonam Kapoor and Om puri are also seen, who are not taking part in the song, filmed on the terrace of the houses in old Delhi area of Chaandni Chowk.

I think Abhishek Bachchan is an underrated and under utilized actor in the Hindi film scene.  It can’t have been easy to follow in the giant leaps of Amitabh Bachchan and the remarkable footsteps of Jaya Bachchan.

Simple orchestration and simple filming.   This is a folk song, and it mentions the town of Raipur in the stanza.

What could the term “Sasural genda phool” mean ? I think it means, though ‘sasural’ or the ‘In-laws place’ looks like a Marigold, but our attachment is full of fragrance is great and long lasting.  The appearances can be deceptive.

Video

Audio

Song – Sasuraal Genda Phool (Delhi-6) (2009) Singer – Rekha Bhardwaj, Lyrics – Traditional, MD – AR Rehman

Lyrics

veyh
veyh
veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh

saiyyan chhed deve
nanand chutki leve
sasural genda phool
saas gaali deve
devari samjha leve
sasural genda phool
chhodaa baabul ka angnaa
bhave deraa piyaa ka ho oo
saas gaari deve
devarji samjha leve
sasural genda phool
saiyyan hain vyapari
chale hain pardes
sooratiyaa nihaarun
jiyaara bhaari hove
sasural genda phool
hmmm mmmm
hmmm mmmm

saas gaari deve
devarji samjha leve
sasural genda phool
saiyyan chhed deve
nanand chutki leve
sasural genda phool
hmmm mmmm
hmmm mmmm
chhodaa baabul ka angnaa
bhave deraa piyaa ka ho oo

bush-shirt paheene
khaayike beedaa paan
poore raipur se alag hai
saiyyan ji ki shaan
sasural genda phool
saiyyan chhed deve
nanand chutki leve
hoen hoen hoeh

sasural genda phool
saas gaari deve
hoen hoen hoeh
devariji samjha leve
sasural genda phool
chhodaa baabul ka angnaa
hoen hoen hoeh
bhave deraa piyaa ka ho oo

hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
veyh veyh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh
hoen hoen hoeh

9 Responses to "Sasuraal Genda Phool"

Lovely post combining two personalities who are connected in more ways than one.
Waheeda Rehman is Abhishek’s Grandmother (in this film) plus his mother’s mother (Phagun), father’s mother (trishul) and father’s wife too (Kabhie Kabhie). Interesting na?
Thank you for the song, I used to sing it wrong…. realized today

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Nalini Ji, amusing observation on Waheeda -Abhishek pair 🙂

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Thank you 🙂🙏🏻. It is not an original by me. Picked up that observation on the internet a few years back.

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Mrs.Nahm ji,

Thank you very much for posting this song.
This is one my most favourite songs from the modern times. I heard this song first when we used to see the TV family serial ” Sasural Genda Phool” aired on TV from 10-3-2010 to 21-4-2012. I used to see this serial with my wife regularly. This song was used in that serial as its title song.

I consider A R Rahman as one of the few modern musicians who is very talented and creative. Some of his earlier songs too were my favourites in their times.

This confirms my quote that ” every song that was created after 1970 was not bad as much as every song created before 1970 was very good “. The songs have to be evaluated on individual strengths. Above all, liking a song is a highly personal choice and generalisations are injustice to music. It’s similar to ” beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes”.

One can not explain why he likes a particular song. The explanation that he gives is only a justification for his feelings, which came from his heart.

Thanks again for posting this song. By the way ” Genda Phool” is a term used to describe ” an Inflorescence” or in simpler language ‘ a collective flower on a plant ‘ Like a Marigold, as you rightly said ( Zendu or झेंडू in local language).

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Sir,
Thank you for reading the post and your detailed comment. Marigold indeed looks like a collection of flowers. I was not aware of the TV serial, as I have only watched a few serials like Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Taarak Mehta ka Ulta Chasma and Khichdi etc. over the last decade.

Regards.

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Nahm Ji, Nice post on ARR-Waheeda-Abhishek. I have not seen the movie and have not heard this song often enough. Today I listened intently taking note of lyrics. It certainly is a nice song. Thanks for the post

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Love this site n your work. Just like to point out, or rather share a counter view. You have listed Jai ho as the jewel in the crown, from among ar rahmans works. I feel this a grave injustice to many of his better(obviously a matter of opinion) songs. Just because it won oscar, or the Western audiences hadnt discovered or heard about him, may be it was ok for them to go gaga over it, and even us, indian people, oscar is such a big thing for us, its natural to get impressed. But as a fan, having followed his musical journey since Roja, in my humble opinion, jai ho isnt the mount everest of rahmans musical heights, its just above sea level. Again no offense to anyone.

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The Oscar award is the reason I called the song ‘Jai Ho’ as the Jewel in the Crown. But the crown does have other jewels, I hope you get my drift. Usually I don’t attach that much importance to awards.

I have plans to discuss the Oscar winning song too in this series. I hope to be able to justify in that post, on how it is a Jewel, be it in a crown or otherwise.

Thank you for appreciating the blog.

Regards.

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Yes i hope you justify somehow, though i dont see how that is to be accomplished, but yes, usually, that honor is reserved for the brightest, most sparkling diamond, the kohinoor.

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