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Aai Aai Re Rangeeli Holi Aai Re

Posted on: March 18, 2022


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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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One can easily get philosophical too, besides the celebratory aspect. So okay, one more year, one more Holi celebration, one more set of songs posted. . .  And the wheel of life continues to roll. . .

Into the fourteenth year of continuous daily publication, since July 2008. And we have gone past on the way, fourteen Holi celebrations. In the earlier post today, Peevesie’s Mom ji has written that we have 66 Holi songs already posted here. She refers to one of my earlier posts, in which I have written that the Hindi cinema has an intense liking for this festival. And that we still have quite a number of Holi celebration songs that are awaiting discovery out there, and also, waiting to take their place on this blog.

As I check on the Geet Kosh, I am able to identify three Holi songs in 1932, almost immediately.  There is a film by the name ‘Raas Vilaas’ from this year. The song list of this film includes the following two song titles, which are clearly Holi songs. The first one is “Ab To Ghanshyaam Mache Holi, Ab To Sukhdhaam Mache Holi”. The second one from the same film is “Rang Rangee Main Ab Rang Na Daalo”.

In the same year, there is a film by the name ‘Zaalim Jawaani’ that has a song with the title “Biraj Dhoom Machaayo Kaanha”. Like wise, I am sure there are going to be many more songs for this celebration, where the song title may not immediately lend itself for identification. Ah but. . . how longingly one wishes we had all the songs available with us.

A similar search today has led to me to this very rare song from the 1943 film ‘Zabaan’. The rarity can be measured by the fact that this song is not yet available anywhere on line. I am able to locate it in my collection, and have uploaded it today. In all likelihood, this is the first time this song has been brought online.

It is a very attractive composition. Music is from the mind of C Ramchandra and the singing voices are of Ishwar Lal and Kaushalya, supported by chorus. The lyrics of this song are written by Ratan Piya. I was wondering whether this is a new songwriter for the blog. But no, this poet has written a few songs for the film ‘Shakuntala’, also from 1943, and some of those songs are already showcased here. As I checked the Geet Kosh, I find this name appear only for three films, these two fillms from 1943 and one from 1944 (‘Maali’). After that we do not hear from this poet.

Although quite late in the day, but I would still prompt the readers to listen to this wonderful melody. And maybe not too late either. The astrological computations of the Indian system, being based on the lunar cycle does not exactly synchronize with the standard calendars that are based on solar cycles. The full moon day started around mid day yesterday, and continued well almost up to 2 pm today. And the day that we traditionally called ‘dhulendi’, which is the day of playing Holi with colors and water, continues till tomorrow. And so, although the official holiday for Holi this year has been listed for today, as the astrological charts of the Indian system, ‘dhulendi’ is tomorrow. Now figure this out as well as we can.

Early rather than late, or may be later rather than earlier – based on which system you would prefer, here is wishing all readers and friends, a very auspicious, colorful and happy Holi.

Listen to this newly available old melody, and enjoy.


Song – Aai Aai Re Rangeeli Holi Aai Re  (Zabaan) (1943) Singer – Ishwarlal, Kaushalya, Lyrics – Ratan Piya, MD – C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

aai aai re
rangeeli holi aai re
rangeeli holi aai re. . .
ho aai re
aaj jholi khushi ki bhar laai re
aaj jholi khushi ki bhar laai re
khushi ki bhar laai re
ho aai re

ho oo oo oo oo
holi ko dekh badi machti umangen
ho oo oo oo oo
holi ko dekh badi machti umangen
rangon ko dekhte hi chadti tarangen
rangon ko dekhte hi chadti tarangen
jaise paani mein aag lagaai re
jaise paani mein aag lagaai re
ho aag lagaai re
ho aai re
aai aai re
rangeeli holi aai re
rangeeli holi aai re. . .
ho aai re

laal aur gulaal le ke phirte hain saare
laal aur gulaal le ke phirte hain saare
pheeke bina saajan ji ke saare. . .
pheeke bina saajan ji ke saare
yaad preetam ki mann mein jagaai re
ho mein jagaai re
ho aai re
aai aai re
rangeeli holi aai re
rangeeli holi aai re. . .
ho aai re

bhaye sajaniya mahina rangeela
bhaye sajaniya mahina rangeela
ghere na koi tujhe baanka chhabeela
ghere na koi tujhe baanka chhabeela
kaan(?) bahuton ne tujh pe lagaai re
kaan(?) bahuton ne tujh pe lagaai re
ho tujh pe lagaai re
ho aai re
aai aai re
rangeeli holi aai re
aai aai re
rangeeli holi aai re
rangeeli holi aai re. . .
ho aai re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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आई आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
हो आई रे
आज झोली खुशी की भर लाई रे
आज झोली खुशी की भर लाई रे
खुशी की भर लाई रे
हो आई रे

हो ओ ओ ओ
होली को देख बड़ी मचती उमंगें
हो ओ ओ ओ
होली को देख बड़ी मचती उमंगें
रंगों को देखते ही चढ़ती तरंगें
रंगों को देखते ही चढ़ती तरंगें
जैसे पानी में आग लगाई रे
जैसे पानी में आग लगाई रे
हो आग लगाई रे
हो आई रे
आई आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
हो आई रे

लाल और गुलाल ले के फिरते हैं सारे
लाल और गुलाल ले के फिरते हैं सारे
फीके बिना साऊ जी के हैं सारे॰ ॰ ॰
फीके बिना साऊ जी के हैं सारे
याद प्रीतम की मन में जगाई रे
हो मन में जगाई रे
हो आई रे
आई आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
हो आई रे

भए सजनीया महिना रंगीला
भए सजनीया महिना रंगीला
घेरे ना कोई तुझे बांका छबीला
घेरे ना कोई तुझे बांका छबीला
कान(?) बहुतों ने तुझ पे लगाई रे
कान(?) बहुतों ने
हो तुझ पे लगाई रे
हो आई रे

आई आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे
आई आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे
रंगीली होली आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
हो आई रे

1 Response to "Aai Aai Re Rangeeli Holi Aai Re"

Sudhir Ji,
Thanks for presenting a nice song appropriate for the occasion, that too for the first time on line.
Residents in our housing complex are celebrating DHULENDI today 🙂

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