Wednesday, December 7, 2016






Nadi naare jo jaao shyaam jaai be karo
Beech dhaare na jaao shyaam  paiyaan padoon ..
Beech dhaare jo jaao shyaam jaai be karo
Uss paare na jaao shyaam paiyaan padoon.
Uss paare  jo jaao shyaam jaai be karo
Sang savatiya na laao shyaam paiyaan Padoon
Sang savatiya jo laao shyaam laai be karo
Hum ka naa milaao shyaam paiyaan padoon..

.............................Nadi naare na jaao Shyaam paiyaan padoon……."

(Love !  I  beg for a favour ,
'Don’t go towards the river bank  '
Should you go there
  then please don’t  go to the midstream.

 Should you go to the midstream,  

 then please don’t go across the river .
Should you go across the river,
then please don’t  bring my rival along with. 

Should you bring my rival along with,
then please don’t make me to meet her . 

love ! I beg  , don’t go to the river  . )

This traditional/ folk  song from UP was first popularised by Nautanki theatre  performer  Padam Shri Gulab Bai ( 1926-1996) . When Gulab Bai saw the picturisation of this folk song in "Mujhe Jeene Do" , she is reported to have personally gone to see  Waheeda Ji  to hug her and  convey sincere thanks. Waheeda Ji had put her best in this song . She made it a mix of Nautanki and  Raas Leela.  Scripted  By Agha Jani Kashmiri,  " Mujhe Jeene Do"   was directed by  Moni Bhatacharjee . Moni was groomed by the great master ,  Bimal Roy.

It must be borne in mind that Waheeda Ji is an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer .She is a master of NAVRASA ( nine facial expressions )  technique essential for every  dancer of this genre.

Let me simplify this ; Rasa is an emotion that the audience feels by   the facial expression or the Bhava of the dancer or the performer on the  stage .In Bharatnatyam or any other form of  Indian classical dance , it is also known  as  Rasa-Abhinaya. Rasa is something that brings joy . From Rasa   comes the word Rasika or the connoisseur. In dance,  the  NAVRASA   represents our basic  emotions  of love, humour, wonder, courage, calmness, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust.The nine emotions included in Bharata Muni's  NATYASHATRA   are Shringara (love/beauty), Hasya(laughter), Karuna (sorrow), Raudra (anger), Veera ( heroism/courage), Bhayanaka (terror/fear), Bibhatsya (disgust), Adbutha (surprise/wonder), and Shantha (peace or tranquility). In his  Natyashatra, Bharata Muni writes:-

"Rasa can be tasted like food. Any art that does not produce Rasa is not art. Rasa mediates between the creation and the onlooker. The onlooker or the spectator gets a feeling or  Brahm--Anubhuti if the artist abides strictly to Rasa theory in his creative activity. The delight of Brahm-Anubhuti is everlasting bliss for the onlooker or the spectator. "

A very tough job for an Artist  to express all these emotions through dance. I have seen  Bharatnatyam  or Kathakkali dancers moving  every muscle of the face to express these  emotions .

Now see this song picturization carefully .See how Waheeda Ji expresses her emotions when she uses words like  JAAO ( with a Jump ), JAI BE ( go, I am not bothered ), NA NA NA ( please, please never do it ), JAI BE KARO  ( go,  go I don’t care ) ,USS PAARE NA JAAO ( but please don’t go across ) , SANG SAVATIYA NA LAAO ( why bring my rival? )  and  LAI BE KARO LAI BE KARO ( Get her , Get her  , fine )   for the first time in this wonderful song. She expresses it all.

One can feel as if a desperate Radha pleads  with Sri Krishna not to go across river Yamuna.

( Avtar  Mota )


Creative Commons License
CHINAR SHADE by Autarmota is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License.
Based on a work at http:\\\.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.