Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kancha lay kanchi lai lagyo....a song in Hindi classic Madhumati (1957)

Today i talk about an old 1957 Hindi Classic film Madhumati, directed by Bimal Kumar, a legend of  Indian  cinema.  This black and white film had Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran and Jayant in the lead role and is regarded as one of the milestone in Hindi cinema. I have seen this movie on television couple of times and enjoyed it The idea of this film hav over the decades inspired many other hit films including Rishi Kapoor's Karz and Shah Rukh Khan's Om Shanti Om.

The exciting part of the movie for me is not the acting skills of the great actors assembled nor the story that had been long talked but one song that stayed with me in my mind for long time. So far it is well and fine but the thing i want people to go through is one of the songs that has stayed with me for a long time. The song says " Kancha le Kanchi lai  lagyo" sang by the great Asha Bhosle, Sabita Chowdhury and Ghulam Mohammad. The music of the song is given by the maestro Salil Chaudary and the penned by Sailendra. It is a folk song and is picturised in a dance sequence in the mela scene in the movie.

Interestingly the first half of the song resembles an old nepali  folk song that used to be sung at the Makar Sakranti at Triveni Mela, Melli at the meeting point of the River Teesta and River Rangit. The song says "Kancha lay kanchi lai lagyo, mann ko baatoa laltinnai balerah".

Download the song to listen to it

pic: wikipedia