Bhrigu's question

कभी जो याद भी आता हूँ मैं तो कहते हैं के आज बज़्म में कुछ फ़ित्ना-ओ-फ़साद नहीं - मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब

Location: the valley, California, United States

Bay Area, Strategy Manager, Haas- U. C. Berkeley, Marathons

Monday, June 27, 2005

Babul Mora

One of the greatest songs ever written in Indian history is a tragic Thumri by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh. This rangeela king was a very cultured gent.
"He learnt Hindustani vocal with Basit Khan, Pyar Khan and Jaffar Khan and underwent Kathak training under Thakur Prasadji and Bindadin Maharaj. Although his pen-name was Qaisar, be used the pseudonym "Akhtarpiya" for his numerous compositions. Under this pen- name, he wrote over 40 works, poems, prose and Thumris. "Diwani-Akhtar", "Husn-i-Akhtar" contain his Ghazals."
Unfortunately, he was up against the British. They exiled him to Calcutta. His tragic departure from his beloved Lucknow is lamented till this day. When he was informed about his exile, he wrote this Thumri:
babul mora naihar chuuto hi jaaye
chaar kahaar mil, mori Doliiyaa uthaaye
more apanaa begana chhuTo hi jaaye
anganaa to parbat bhaye, dehlii bhayi bides
je baabul ghar aapano, mai chali piya ke des

The rough translation (the song can be a metaphor for a wedding as well as funeral procession)
O father, I depart forcibly from my home
Four men gathered to lift my palanquin {see the wedding/funeral analogy here?}
my loved ones will become strangers
the innermost portals of my home will be unreachable
as I leave my father's home and go to my husband's country.
Even when he was exiled to Bengal, he married many a woman there and enjoyed life. But his beloved Lucknow remained a dream till the end.

K. L. Saigal has, of course, given an immortal Bhairavi rendition of this song in "Street Singer" - which in my opinion is the greatest Hindi film song ever recorded. But this version is by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. The entire song is 18 minutes long and you have to hear every second of it. [There is also an excellent version by the inimitable Smt. Girija Devi.]


Anonymous Ravikiran said...

is dehlii Delhi or is it related to dehleez?

12:14 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Dehlii = threshold (same as dehleez)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Aaman said...

Dude, my next quiz is up at and on my blog at

Spread the word, try it out - leave a comment or two, esp. on blogcritics

8:46 AM  
Blogger Sheetal said...

Oh, someone interested in classical music! I'll watch this blog.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Thanks, Sheetal. :-)

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it is about leaving this material world behind and moving on to the new world and when hindus die they are carried by four men, Then he goes to talk about his body, one that he was so close to and thought was his now parting from him.
Th eonly house that he knew was that of his own body and now his soul moves on...

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chaar kahaar mil, mori Doliiyaa uthaaye

K.L. Saigal sang "sajaye" instead of "uthaaye"

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't last line starts with "le" rather than "je". Ie. literally meaning "Babul, you keep your place, I am going to my own place." Of course, there are many spiritual meaning to be derived...

5:08 PM  
Blogger Dhananjay said...

There are many more versions of the same thumri which are legendary. To list some of them - Kesarbai Kerkar, Kishori Amonkar, Bhimsen, Girija Devi, Latafat Hussain Khan, Jitendra Abhisheki, Shobha Gurtu and Girija Devi jugalbandi.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Raza Rumi said...

wah wah -
I just came across this blog courtesy a friend who sent me a link to Girija Devi's inimitable rendition.

Impressive stuff on this blog:)

4:21 AM  
Blogger Logi-call said...

If you like to read some thing else about Wajed Ali and Metiabruz then you have to read my post at Logi-call at Hope you will have that interest.

3:49 AM  
Blogger wow power leveling said...

I would gold für wow cultivate wow gold “Nothing is so mild wow gold cheap and gentle as courage, nothing so cruel and pitiless as cowardice,” syas a wise author. We too often borrow trouble, and anticipate that may never appear.”wow gold kaufen The fear of ill exceeds the ill we fear.” Dangers will arise in any career, but presence of mind will often conquer the worst of them. Be prepared for any fate, and there is no harm to be freared. If I were a boy again, I would look on the cheerful side. life is very much like a mirror:sell wow gold if you smile upon it,maple mesos I smiles back upon you; but if you frown and look doubtful on it,cheap maplestory mesos you will get a similar look in return. Inner sunshine warms not only the heart of the owner,world of warcraft power leveling but of all that come in contact with it. “ who shuts love out ,in turn shall be shut out from love.” If I were a boy again, I would school myself to say no more often.billig wow gold I might cheap mesos write pages maple meso on the importance of learning very early in life to gain that point where a young boy can stand erect, and decline doing an unworthy act because it is powerleveling If I were a boy again, I would demand of myself more courtesy towards my companions and friends,wow leveling and indeed towards strangers as well.Maple Story Account The smallest courtesies along the rough roads of life are wow powerleveln like the little birds that sing to us all winter long, and make that season of ice and snow more endurable. Finally,maple story powerleveling instead of trying hard to be happy,archlord online gold as if that were the sole purpose of life, I would , if I were a boy again, I would still try harder to make others happy.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

6:56 PM  
Blogger feilin said...

I think 4story Luna changes my life. Because of 4story Gold, I meet a lot of friends. Besides, my friends usually give me some 4story money. I usually buy 4story Luna through Internet and advice from my friends, so I gain a lot of cheap 4story Luna and harvest in life.
Flyff is a very good game. Through buying flyff penya, I find fun in it. I am so glad that I can earn a lot of flyff money. Flyff cater to the taste of young people. With cheap penya, you can get everything you want in this game. So I like to buy flyff penya. For me flyff gold is not just a simple thing.

2:10 AM  
Blogger qishaya said... propose Concise design model, whether it is Abercrombie fitch or a shirt, jacket is a good array oh.Ultra-Zan’s pants manner. buy Abercrombie Make up your body a little less than the curve.Abercrombie sale Easily with any clothing, different shoes and boots with different styles. Both kind, genial comfort, you can also cool very special Abercrombie .Designed to highlight hurtful the chest, waist and hip, quite close, sexy extraordinary.Companies consider the use of at least 4 time in-gravity Japanese market. Ginza stockroom Abercrombie & FitchAbercrombie Sweaters may be the most costly ever built one of the flagship storeroom, flagship stockpile in cheap Abercrombie compared to superior construction expenses for 1800-2000 million. The circle spokesman said in Tokyo supplies opened for the Abercrombie & Fitch's worldwide growth policy in provisos of a very important measure. Ginza supply is the circle's first mass in Asia, the business campaign to open next year in Fukuoka, Japan, out of a moment Asian restaurant. However, abercrombie stores the spokeswoman did not disclose more shop list.present high level and high assess clothing for youngsters. The food extended of Abercrombie and Fitch embrace not only casual wears,breitling watches, shirts and dresses for the youngsters but it also includes luxury matter such as perfumes and discount Abercrombie accessories. The new limit of yield from Abercrombie and Fitch has superb designs for kids and teenagers. The strain is also recognized for its advertisements,model watches, where you have physically attractivpoorly clad men and women, who begin vigorous, abercrombie outlet enthusiastic, smart and outgoing.Abercrombie 2010

12:48 AM  
Blogger buyi said...

This will be the day wow gold Gazette earlier this year, Mr Cardy UGG Boots Gifford said he was hopeful Ugg Tallthe company could rally. He said: "I am ugg cardy boots reasonably confident that there are investors out there who will support us. It's a great company. We just need to get the financial side in order."I am sure we can recover the position of the number one company in the market." The corporate clothing firm employs 220 people UGG Tall Boots Let freedomsee out for miles across the flat land ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi.

6:39 PM  
Blogger mekhalamyself said...

I was singing this song 2 mins ago.... My Tanpura is still tuned in Bhairavi and suddenly I wanted to find out a translation of this song.... Loved it...Thanks a lot!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Nauzer said...

I still remember listening to this song as a child and wondering why my dad had to treasure the audio cassette which at that time I was absolutely not going to even pick up and dare play it as I would be labelled a nerd by my friends...the hot and sizzling Laxmi at that time dazzled the Indian cinema with a super hit 'Julie' (the year was 1975!)....besides, it would not have been cool to listen to classical music in the age of 'Rock','pop' etc...
It was only after the phase when it was no longer possible for him to hang on to his 'two-in-one' (still with him in non-working condition) that he opted to listen to the CDs and he could not find a K.L.Saigal CD in the music stores that he requested me to get him one and also put down a condition that he would pay for it and that once I get it for him I have no access to the CD...I got one and just out of curiosity played it on my laptop to check the audio quality.......I got hooked....yes my Dad got his CD but is now happy as we both enjoy this song........In one 'you-tube' video I saw a thumbnail image of K.L.Saigal with the words - 'Babul mora naihar chuta hi jaye' and I doubted the word to be 'chuta' as I have listened to this song many is actually 'chuto hi jaye' and I thought of verifying and here I landed reading up a Gospel on the song.....thanks a billion!!
Loved to read the meaning and being a father of two wonderful daughters.....brings a tear to my eye.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous China travel service said...

Congratulations for this wonderful reading article. I found it very informative and interesting too, I think you are a brilliant writer. I have bookmarked your blog and will return in the future. I want to encourage you to continue that marvelous work, have a great daytime!

1:31 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home