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Sonwa ke pinjra mein

Posted on: July 31, 2022

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Today 31st July we remember the ‘divine voice’ of Hindi Film Music Late Shri Mohd Rafi Sahab on his Remembrance Day and pay our tributes to him on this blog.

Mohd Rafi left this world on 31st July 1980. Forty-two years have passed since he left this world. But, for the music lovers, not a single day passes without his voice ‘singing’ around us …

On this blog there have been many passionate, heartfelt, lovable posts on Rafi Saab in the past and they will continue in the future too.

I am not going to write about Rafi Saab’s voice, his songs or his personality and the many incidences which have been known to us about his generosity and all.

I would like to pay my tributes today to Rafi Saab by presenting one of his songs which touched me very much. I had come across this song during the month of January this year when it was being played on ‘Vividh Bharati’. I can now guess that it must be around 14th January the ‘Remembrance Day’ of music director Chitragupt ji. This programme was dedicated to him. Since then, I had listened to this song many times. Not only the singing of this song, but the whole composition is ‘simply great’ in terms of its lyrics and music. Lyrics for this song are by Shailendra ji.

This song is from the Bhojpuri movie or rather the ‘first Bhojpuri movie’ ‘Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo-1962’.
So far, two songs from this movie have been posted on the blog.

This movie made its’ debut on the blog on 23.04.2015 with its song ‘kaahe bansuriya bajaule re sudh bisraule’.
This post was presented by Shri. Sudhir jee and I would like to reproduce here what he has mentioned about this movie in his post.

This is the first Bhojpuri film that was made in India. An interesting anecdote behind its creation. At an film awards ceremony in late 1950s, the then President of India, Babu Rajendra Prasad, who hails from Bihar, spoke with Nazir Hussain, the renowned character actor, also from Bihar. The president queries why not make films in Bhojpuri language. In fact, Nazir Sb was already preparing a script for a Bhojpuri film, with this title. He promised the president that it will happen soon.
Nazir Husain discussed the script with Bimal Roy, but he did not express any great amount of interest in the project. A later chance meeting with Bishwanath Prasad, a businessman and a film distributor and exhibitor in Bihar, led to a more interested commitment, and the film was launched with financing from the businessman. The film was completed in 1962. A special screening was arranged for the President, before the public release. The film was released to public in 1963.

The title of the film refers to a tradition in Bihar that says, ‘Mother Ganga, I will offer you the auspicious yellow sari’. The word ‘piyari’ represent the yellow sari. The tradition is that people will pray to Mother Ganges, and place their wish to her, in their prayers. On the fulfilment of their wishes, they will make an offering the auspicious yellow sari, to Mother Ganges.

“Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo-1962” was directed by Kundan Kumar for ‘Nirmal Pictures’.
It had Kumkum, Aseem Kumar, Nazir Hussain, Tiwari, Mishra, Helen, Leela Mishra, Bhagwan Sinha, Tun Tun, Mangala Prasad, T.N. Sinha, Keshav Rana, Amal Sen, Kesarbai, Mastram, Bhushan Tiwari, Daya Devi, Dubey, Kumari Padma and others.

This movie had six songs (including one multiple version song) written by Shailendra and composed to music by Chitragupt.

Lata Mangeshkar, Suman Kalyanpur, Usha Mangeshkar, and Mohd Rafi had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

Today’s song is sung by Rafi Saab and on screen it is played in the background when the heroine of the movie Kumkum is getting married. Also seen the picturisation of this song is Leela Mishra, Nazir Hussain, Aseem Kumar, and many other artistes.

This song sung by Rafi Sahab is the only song sung by him in this movie (as per the list of songs and singers mentioned for them in HFGK Vol-IV (1961-1970).

Let us now listen to this heart wrenching song sung by none other than Rafi Sahab.

(I would also like to given here a brief translation of this song mentioned on a You Tube link by a enthusiastic reader

Shut in a cage of gold, the bird’s heart is sad, the branch of the tree is broken, the nest is scattered, and the blue sky is lost forever. With tear filled eyes the mute bird, the beloved daughter of her mother, is going away to an unknown place. O my father these pearls of my tears I leave behind with you. Her friends kept shedding tears as the hunter took the bird away. My dear forget about me and let go off all the hopes of our meting again.



Song-Sonwa ke pinjra mein (Ganga Maiyya Tohre Piyari Chadhaibo)(1962) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Chitragupta


sonwa ke pinjra mein
band bhail haaye raam
chirayi ke jiyawa udaas
toot gayile daaliyaa
chhitar gayile khotwaa
toot gayile daaliyaa
chhitar gayile khotwaa
chhoot gayile neel re aakaash
sonwa ke pinjra mein
band bhail haaye raam
chirayi ke jiyawa udaas

chhal chhal naina nihaare
chup chirayi
chalali bideswa re maiyya ke duaarui
chhal chhal naina nihaare
chup chirayi
chalali bideswa re maiyya ke duaarui
aansooaa ke motiyaa nisaani more
aansooaa ke motiyaa nisaani more
dhari gayile ham tohre paas
sonwa ke pinjra mein
band bhail haaye raam
chirayi ke jiyawa udaas

bilkhat rahi gayili sang ke saheliyaa
le gayil baandh ke nithur re baheliya
bilkhat rahi gayili sang ke saheliyaa
le gayil baandh ke nithur re baheliya
more man mitwaa bhula de ab hamraa ke
more man mitwaa bhula de ab hamraa ke
chhodi de milan ke tu aas
sonwa ke pinjra mein
band bhail haaye raam
chirayi ke jiyawa udaas


1 Response to "Sonwa ke pinjra mein"

Fantastic song by Rafi & Chitragupt! Thanks for the brief translation.
I would appreciate if someone can give word-to-word meaning.


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