One beautiful song from the past – rustic, buoyant, motivating and sincere. A Salil Chowdhury composition on Shailendra’s words!
Nothing ominous in these dark, dark clouds. They were welcomed with hope-filled eyes and smiling lips to welcome the oncoming rain.. an absolutely essential commodity to the agrarian community. Their simple lives bring an exceptional understanding of life. Work hard and play hard. The song, a masterly creation of Salil and Shailendra with the sweetness of Manna Dey and Lata’s voice, is a song of celebration, camaraderie and the sharing of hope among the peasants. A couple of lines influence me…
Baith na tu man mare, aa gagan tale dekh pawan chale
Aa ja miljul ke gayen jiwan ka geet naya..
Compassion for the suffering man, encouragement to turn a new leaf and give life a new song .. what a thought…
Aisa beej bichha re, sukh chaen uge, dukh dard mitte..
The seeds yield all that we ingest in life.. so they have the full right to be called the “nurturer”. How lovely it would be if the seeds could be sown to also remove hate, pain, and anguish in life, bringing instead a peace and happiness that could be eternal instead of seasonal. Songs like these should give us an appreciation of all that the agricultural sector provides for us… and usually, happily too.
A simple flute, a dholak, an iktaara and some ghunghroos.. mostly visible on screen, represented the simple rustic possessions for the song. I did not spy any known actors, except a delightfully young Nirupa. The dance was conducted with the instruments worn on the dancers.
Written on 20 November 2017
Sneh Dhingra (nee Khanna) was born in Delhi to an Army Officer father; consequently, she spent time in several cities, going to school at Patna, graduating in Physics major from Meerut, and also living in Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur before migrating to Canada, where she has lived since 1975. She is currently based in Ottawa.