Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Hi Jaaye

Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye is a popular Hindustani classical music song (thumri) in Raag Bhairavi.

"Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye"
Songwriter(s)Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

History edit

The song was written by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the 19th-century Nawab of Awadh, as a lament when he was exiled from his beloved Lucknow by the British Raj before the failed Rebellion of 1857. He uses the bidaai (bride's farewell) of a bride from her father's (babul) home as a metaphor for his own banishment from his beloved Lucknow to far away Calcutta, where he spent the rest of his years.[1][2][3][4]

It was also popularised by the legendary classical vocalist, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Bollywood version edit

The most remembered version of the song is by actor-singer Kundan Lal Saigal for the Hindi movie Street Singer (1938) directed by Phani Majumdar, live on camera, under the music direction of Rai Chand Boral, just as playback singing was becoming popular.[5] Jagjit and Chitra Singh also sang a version of the song in film Avishkaar (1973), set to music by Kanu Roy. Recently Arijit Singh has also sung a version of the song in a 2017 movie Poorna: Courage Has No Limit.

Text and translation edit

O My father! I'm leaving home.
O My father! I'm leaving home.

The four (palanquin) bearers lift my palanquin.
I'm leaving those who were my own.

Your courtyard is now like a mountain, and the threshold, a foreign country.
I leave your house, father, I am going to my beloved's country.

References edit

  1. ^ Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Great Masters of Hindustani Music by Susheela Mishra. Hem Publishers, 1981.
  2. ^ Kuldeep Kumar (19 May 2011). "Arts / Music : Melody lane". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Friday Review Delhi / Events : In celebration of rhythm". The Hindu. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". The Tribune. 18 January 1947. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ video search for Kundan Lal Saigal's 1938 rendition