The coronation of Amitabh Bachchan….

Amitabh Bachchan when born was anointed as the “Everlasting Light”. A name that was given to him by the renowned poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. The light that began to burn sixty-seven years ago continues to conflagarate every single conundrum that one may have about him and his reign as the Emperor of the hindi film Industry.From his debut in Saat Hindustani in 1970 as a gawky, young actor and having lent his voice for audio jingles of Horlicks and Nirlon, Amitabh Bachchan has transcended every decade since then with distinction. One of the reasons for his success has been in his ability to critically appraise himself from time to time and allowing himself to be susceptible to suggestions. He demonstrates this art of self diagnosis quite remarkably. He watches more and speaks less, a trait which is naturally unbecoming of superstars and corroborated by him in isolation.

Amitabh Bachchan has witnessed some of the most prolific incidents of Indian history and remains passionate about his memories. He has waited for hours in Allahabad as a child to watch the Mahatma’s cortege pass through a lane close to Alfred Park. He prides in his grand father’s involvement in the revolutionary movement and for the family having given refuge to Chandrashekar Azad at their ancestral home in Muthiganj. Amitabh’s  own date with history is a set of chronoscopic events leading to the nascency of an unfading epic. Many have come and gone since his debut in the hindi film industry. Many have claimed to be the luminaries of their industry only to fag out like a dwindling star into the nadir of their own kismet. A few more make gargantuan claims of sitting tall on the zenith of their success and proclaim of their standing on the highest pinnacle, but they fail to look above them. And when they do, they realize that there is one who is already over yonder. The master mountaineer has the strongest of footholds in his avocation.

Bachchan also remains the most imitated actor of our times. From men who wish to clone his mannerisms for comical gains to those who seriously try to imbibe an ounce of the shifting paradigms of Amitabh Bachchan, many tireless efforts are made. Alas, there is no prototype to Amitabh Bachchan. Apart from his physical presence dwarfing the rest around him, his persona and baritone voice belittles those who are brave enough to make a lofty attempt. Bachchan has an inexplicable yen for perfection. He has stated that he was nervous about dancing and yet  has performed in some of the most memorable dance numbers of Indian cinema.At the time that my all time favorite movie Don was made, he would work double shifts while shooting for Nastik during the first half and Don in the second half. He had shot for Don with blisters on his feet which were numbed by injections. In 1983, he shot for Sharaabi with a raw hand that was damaged in a firecracker incident, the blood that we saw in theMujhe navlakha mangva de” song is Bachchan’s own blood which he spewed while playing with the ghungroos. During the making of Deewar which many regard to be Bachchan’s best there were no duplicates used and no protective knickknacks were deployed to safeguard him from injury. His willingness to take risks led to the near fatal incident in Bangalore during the making of Coolie.

Great men always worry about who would dethrone them and  have sleepless nights of their annihilation. Greater men worry about perfecting their craft, their only banderilla. Bachchan has brandished his craft, his weapon of victory. With every stage of this Actor’s remarkable career he has metamorphosed himself in more ways than one. From cinema to small screen, Bachchan’s finesse as an entertainer has tapestried completely across vast sections of the audience. At every juncture when many thought that the Actor is fading into his twilight zone, Bachchan has torn to shreds the brouhaha and cynicism with his craft.

Ironically as I was writing this piece on Amitabh Bachchan he has made some astonishing comments on his blog which I visit daily.

There are according to me 5 stages of stardom and they are as follows :

‘First : Who is Amitabh Bachchan ?‘

‘Second : Get me Amitabh Bachchan !’

‘Third : Get me a Amitabh Bachchan look alike’

‘Fourth : Get me a younger Amitabh Bachchan’

‘Fifth : Who is Amitabh Bachchan ?’

The fifth is the killer and most poignant and one that we shall all go through, quite undoubtedly. It is in the nature of things. It is the culture, the norm. A standard that has never been readjusted or challenged. A harsh truth, ruthless and unforgiving.The glory and love shall all fade away, never to return. It is best then, to reconcile now with the facts that shall follow. Better to be prepared than to be surprised.

It is interesting to see Bachchan speak of the five stages of stardom. I differ with his views here. He has gone through the first stage of  ” who is Amitabh Bachchan” and the second of ” Get me Amitabh Bachchan”. For this man alone, there are no other stages. There remains only one more question to be asked. ” Will there be another Amitabh Bachchan?”

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110 Responses to “The coronation of Amitabh Bachchan….”

  1. Excellent! Well said about the great man. He has constantly redefined the notions of success and perseverance. He is no more an ordinary super star, he is the stuff that legends are made of. Glad you wrote this piece.

  2. masterpraz Says:

    Remarkable piece…will there be another Amitabh Bachchan? I’m not one to ever say never..but i’ll make an exception..

    ONE SUN, ONE MOON, ONE BACHCHAN!

  3. Sharmila,

    Timely post on AB the One-Man-Industry .

    I first saw him in the Don Bosco Church in Mumbai when he was shooting for Amar Akbar Anthony. There was a scene of Parveen Babi at the confession room.

    On that day, I didn’t know AB would go on to become a superstar. In fact it’s impossible to tell a good or bad actor during the shooting. Every one behaves like a superstar on the sets.

    I took Manmohan Desai’s autograph instead of the actors. Manmohan Desai is not remembered at par with all-time greats like Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor or Guru Dutt but he was an excellent film-maker for the uninstructed.

    ===

    There are 5 or 6 both unauthorized and authorized biographies of AB’s cinematic career of which I have 2 on my coffee table.

    I will always remember AB as the rebel who played the protagonist of a paradigm shift in hindi cinema – a shift from chocolate heros and dreamy romanticism to anti-establishment rhetoric.

    His individual performances will remain unchallenged forever as the industry now changes gear and enters the techno-fx era.

    ===

    Most untrained actors who started off as AB’s clones like Rajendra Kumar’s son Kumar Gaurav, Sunil Dutt’s son Sanjay Dutt etc had to re-discover themselves at some later stage. Kumar Gaurav moved into production and Sanjay Dutt got hooked on drugs.

    ===

    The five stages of stardom that you have quoted above are open to interpretation.

    The fan following that he commands in India (I mean those who are not on the internet) can never imagine an identity crisis of an actor of his caliber.

    An identity crisis at the top of the pyramid is a contradiction in terms.

    ===

    The question ‘Who is Amitabh Bachchan?’ might seem alright coming from new borns, but surely not from the generation who have lived in his era.

    ===

    ‘Will there be another Amitabh Bachchan?’

    I’d say – never. Not in my life. I cannot look up to any other entertainer with such craze and anticipation.

    Future generations may find their own icons in their own lifetimes. Mine is done. I am not starting all over again.

    • I have Khalid Mohammed’s to be or not to be AB. Quite like it a lot. Exhaustive and the photos are mesmerizing. And yes, there will never be another AB!

      • Sharmila,

        I have one that has articles by Pritish Nandy, Rauf Ahmed, T.R. GopalKrishnan, Govind Nihalani, Shohba De and Srinivas Hebbar.

        The Foreward is written by Pritish Nandy.

        The Title is: AB – The Legend, A Photographer’s Tribute. Published 2006 by Rupa & Co New Delhi.

        You can order it on this code: ISBN 81-291-0881-X

        Its compiled by Pradeep Chandra.

      • Thanks for this. Will get a copy.

  4. Anand Khare Says:

    Very informative blog. A small typo there,Amitabh was named by great hindi poet Shri Sumitra Nandan Pant.

    Anand

  5. Sharmila,

    My personal top 3 favorites of Amitabh Bachchan:

    Best scene of AB The last scene in this clip tops my list…

  6. Sharmila,

    Best Scene of AB 2/3

  7. Sharmila,

    Best scenes of AB 3/3 Part 1 of 2

  8. Sharmila,

    Best scene of AB 3/3 Part 2

    AB’s dialogue here is written by Sahir…

  9. Manoj Grover Says:

    Hats off to you for great write on BIG B , loved it , thanks for sharing it with us , god bless you

  10. Lakshmi Jag Says:

    Dear Sharmila

    Will there be another Amitabh Bachchan? No I do not think so. It is very rare to see an actor with the kind of talent he has, to be so humble about it. I have my own theories as to why he is so insecure but will keep to myself. I like him as an actor and even more as a human being with noble thoughts. Well done blog as always

    Lakshmi

  11. Humor AB style

  12. AB the friend

  13. AB the father and AB the son

  14. AB the friend

  15. Sharmila,

    Last entry. Sorry for so many clips.

    Amitabh Bachchan – The One Man Industry

  16. Sharmila,
    Glad you wrote again about AB. Neither his Five questions nor your ultimate question surprise me.
    Looking to the Indian psych and changing trends you never know whats going to happen tomorrow.Yet one thing is certain AB’s name would be there in history of Indian cinematography forever. His contribution to Indian entertainment industry is quite admirable regardless any other factors played role into it.
    The questions AB has in his mind are quite valid. Yet why worry about name and fame after one cease to exist…physically….!?
    Indian history is full of legends…how many are reckoned and remembered today..!? One has to learn it to Let Go…..of everything or there is no Nirvana/Moksha- My grandma says….. 🙂

    • MonaLisa,

      Good point about ‘let go’…

      Buddha tried that methodically under the bodhi tree… to erase all conscious and sub-conscious ‘wishful’ content, i.e. both active and suppressed anxieties in the mind.

      But that is a very tasking method.

      We have an easier way. Express everything on a blog or in cyber space somewhere. Firstly, it gets out of the mind… and the best thing is once gone it doesn’t come back like children do!

      🙂

      • Hahaha….Reader,
        Tell AB….! 🙂

        caution- There are fair chances of getting beaten up unless you are a black belt in karate or know Judo,Jujitsu,Kick boxing etc.

      • MonaLisa,

        (Logging in from the control room. The duty officer is a good man.)

        Why would I tell AB?

        I am not a stalker and it would be very un-natural of me to stalk a male celebrity.

        For all practical purposes, most of the people who have seen him at close quarters swear that AB is male. I go by public opinion in such matters.

        Good Night. My friend here is shaking his head, asking me to get off the line.

        Hope to log in tomorrow at least for a few minutes.

      • Reader,
        It’s just an expression…! 🙂

        Where did that Stalking come from…!? 🙂

        AB’s gender is/was never at stake…!!! I suppose….! 🙂

    • MonaLisa – I think AB may find it very difficult to let go. But, he should realize that in the last 100 years of Indian cinema he stands out. Many think , me included that there will be no more of ABs.

      • Sharmila,
        Ii’s true AB would find it very difficult to let go…or anyone else in his shoes.
        I don’t think however that India Cinema has completed 100 yrs.
        It’s True… there won’t be another AB. But again …..There won’t be another Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, shashi kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Guru Dutt, Dev Anand,kamal Hasan, Rajnikant, MGR, Shivaji Ganeshan, KL Sehgal, Sohrab Modi, Prithviraj Kapoor………The list is very long………..

        ps. Are we not all unique…..our own ways…!?

      • MonalIsa – The first short films in India were directed by Hiralal Sen, starting with The Flower of Persia (1898). So, a bit over 100 now. And before this stage plays were popular. Yes, everybody is unique I agree, but stardom for forty years is quite something, not many will be able to achieve what he has and that too on both big and small screen. Kamal Haasan has outdone AB, been in the industry for fifty years as he was a child artist, but he has not touched the small screen.

      • Having said this, I must say that Kamal is a better actor than AB, but AB is a bigger superstar than Kamal.

      • Sharmila,
        The First full length motion picture/film ” Raja Harishchandra ” (a silent film) was produced by “Dadasaheb Phalke” in 1913.
        The first ‘Talkie’ film “Alam Ara” was made in 1931.
        Stardom for forty consecutive years seems a wee bit away from the factuality. Unless if one claims that even in his absence for many years in Hindi Cinema he was irreplaceable. In my opinion he might have regained that position in his second inning yet age does make a difference.

    • MonaLisa – Motion film, or short film, both near or a bit over a century. Yes, there was an hiatus when he was not working, but even at that time was there one who came with as number of hits as AB did?

    • I guess Melwyn has reiterated your point too about everybody being unique in their own way. You and me included 🙂

  17. Sharmila, Ninad, Lakshmi, Aishwarya, Renate, MonaLisa and everyone,

    Happy Krishna Janmashthami…

  18. Sharmila,

    During the early 80s when I was in primary school, I remember my mom being an ardent AB fan. AB was a household name. We used to watch video cassettes of AB movies almost every day. I didnt really enjoy them, probably because I couldnt follow the dialogues, especially the ‘apun, beedu, teri toh..’ lingo. What I truly enjoyed then was AB’s comedy scenes, the one with the fly in ‘Namak Halaal’, the cockroach scene in ‘Kasme Vaade’, Antony Gonzalvez out of the egg in ‘Amar Akbar Antony’, ‘Mere angane mein’ in ‘Laawaris’, the scene with the puppy in ‘Laawaris’, ‘Satte pe Satta’, and many more. I also loved all his songs and dances. I adored Parveen Babi. But, I wasnt really a devout AB fan.

    I got drawn in by the sheer magnetism of his persona when I began watching KBC. I began admiring him for his greatness, not only as a star, but as a human being. Adoring and respecting him for the way he reinvented himself to suit the changing times, against all the odds and difficulties he faced in his personal and professional life. I realized why people worship him. When I watched Cheeni Kum, I was a goner. I began watching all his movies from the 70s over again, with the added advantage of understanding Hindi well now. So short a period and yet I sense so deep a bond with him.

    ‘Who am I?’ A question we may ask ourselves sleepily when we wake up in the morning , or the kind we rub our chin and ask our friends – only to induce laughter. The question ‘Who is Amitabh Bachchan?’ is akin. The answer that every person ought to know. If not, what is one doing in this world?! Hmm…you dont know AB?! Err…are you from Mars? Then here are some DVDs. Do watch and get back to us!:)

    A big roar for your LionKing and for a brilliant post. His eye in the pic is very similar to the tiger eyes in the pic above. Every bit of him looks great, right down to the sapphire ring on his finger!

    Happy Krishna Janmashtami to you and family.

    Love,

    Aish.

    • Aish – Love your comment and you reminiscing via flashback your relationship with AB. Thanks for sharing this. Thanks for liking the post too. Yes, my Mother on a trip to Egypt was startled by how famous the man is there.! I guess this is the case with Russia too.

  19. Sharmila and all friends,

    Thank you for the wishes.

    I will be completely offline starting tonight till Wednesday 14th Sept ’10. The coastal offices are going to be closed for Eid next weekend and I am planning to spend the time on a barge after the site visit.

    This is probably the last comment for the next two weeks, unless I can log-in from the Amex service at the lounge.

    While I am at it allow me to leave a quote and a clip:

    Who Knows…

    Nor Aught nor Naught existed; yon bright sky
    Was not, nor heaven’s broad roof outstretched above.
    What covered all? What sheltered, what concealed?
    Was it the water’s fathomless abyss?

    There was not death – yet was there naught immortal,
    There was no confine betwixt day and night;
    The only One breathed breathless by itself,
    Other than It there nothing since has been:

    Darkness there was, and all at first was veiled
    In gloom profound – an ocean without light –
    The germ that still lay covered in the husk
    Burst forth, one nature, from the fervent heat.

    Then first came love upon it, the new spring
    Of mind – yea, poets in their hearts discerned,
    Pondering, this bond between created things,
    And uncreated. Comes this spark from earth
    Piercing and all pervading, or from heaven?

    Then seeds were sown, and mighty powers arose –
    Nature below, and power and will above,
    Who knows the secret? Who proclaimed it here?
    Whence, whence this manifold creation sprang?
    The gods themselves came later into being.

    Who knows from whence this great creation sprang.
    He, from whom all this great creation came,
    Whether His will created or was mute,
    The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven,
    He knows it – or perchance even He knows not.

    Who Knows…

    Rig Veda

    Tr by FMM

    And wishing everyone on your blog a colorful weekend and days ahead:

    Here is a song from one of my favorite films, “Bandhana”

    (The notes of the chorus are copied from the signature tune of a spaghetti western called “For a few dollars more”. But its still a wonderful song.)

    Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PmqJqvGbyk

  20. Reader – I love this kannada song, it is one of my favorites. Do u know that Suahasini is Mani Rathnam’s wife? Miss Vishnu, a fine actor. Thanks for this and enjoy your two weeks off. You will have a lot of catching up to do though 🙂

    • Sharmila,

      Thanks. Four hours still for the flight.

      I didn’t know Suhasini is married to Mani Rathnam. All I knew was that she is related to Kamalahasan.

      And to share a secret, when I first saw her on-screen, I felt I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time…

      Lucky Mani…

  21. @Sharmila
    First of all HAPPY JANAMASHTAMI. Just got your tweet and now come to your blog. Thanks for the awesome post on Sir .Great & Thanks for the post.

    Rupam { @xhobdo on twitter }

  22. Excellent post as always, Sharms. Of course the fifth stage is never going to happen. I hope that AB is not lying awake worrying about it though. He could try and alienate such thoughts forever from his mind and put his greatness into doing even more good in this world. For the good of others. I hope his desire to always be busy and never retire manifest in the good of mankind. God knows we need more Mahatmas, Lincolns and MLKs in this world. If anyone can, AB can! But He will need to move away from self for that. And of course this is when we realise he is as human as the rest of us. Only a more charismatic and talented one than most.
    Long live the champ!

  23. Sharmila,

    There will never be another Amitabh Bachchan for me too. I have been a die hard AB fan since childhood and shall remain so forever. There is a goodness about his persona that draws many of us to him. I agree with Aishwarya it was KBC which introduced Amitabh Bachchan as the cultured and civilised, well read, noble and humble soul that he is, to his fans. The show made us all sit up and realize that here is an actor many of us idolize, a super star who is humility incarnate and doesn’t have a shred of arrogance despite the heights that he has reached today. It made me feel good about myself for having chosen so well and for being an ardent admirer of AB.His blog of course is a wonderful medium and has fulfilled my dream of having some thread of communication with him.

    Sharmila you have written and expressed it all so well, how about writing a post everyday?

    Reader, Thanks for the clips, I enjoyed viewing each one.

    Aishwarya, I like and thoroughly enjoy reading your comments here and on AB’s blog 🙂

    Shubha

    • Shubha – Thanks for your gracious comment as always. Yes, there can be no other Amitabh Bachchan and none to perfect his craft or success. It is a tall order. KBC was a remarkable turning point in his career. There was a time when I was writing everyday, but I am just a bit short of time. I will however endeavor hard now to.

    • Shubha – Thank you. Yes, KBC with AB was definitely a pathbreaker. I love your comments too…:)

    • Sharmila, Shubha

      Thank you Shubha.

      I second Shubha’s proposition. You must write more often.

      🙂

      PS: I have received texts from Marathi speaking friends for being unfair. If you don’t mind I will translate a Marathi song on my laptop and put it up. (If I am allowed by this bearded bloke here who is manning the station)

  24. Reader – Looking forward to the translation now

  25. Sharmila,

    This is for Marathi speaking music lovers.

    For non-Marathi friends, I have translated the first and last verse. I couldn’t remember the second verse. You can read the words as you listen to the song.

    Here goes:

    Shodhisi manava, rauli mandiri

    Nandato deva ha aapulya antari

    … … … Man! You search in temples & holy places

    … … … This Divinity resides inside our own selves

    Megh he dadati kothuni ambari

    Sur yeti kase vajate basuri

    … … … How do these clouds gather in the sky?

    … … … How do musical notes come into a flute?

    Rom romi phule diip hey bhuvari

    Duur indrayani duur ti pandhari

    … … … Light flowers every where on the earth

    … … … The holy river is far, and so is His temple

    Shodhisi manava rauli mandiri

    … … … Man! You search in temples and holy places

    Bhetato deva ka pujani archani

    Punya ka labahate daan dharmatuni

    … … … When does one find God through prayers and sacrifices?

    … … … When does find virtue through charity and benefaction?

    Shodha re divya ka aapulya jeevani

    Andhala khel ha khelashi kuthawari

    … … … What sort of divine search is this in our lives?

    … … … How long will you play this game of blindfolds?

    Shodhisi manava rauli mandiri

    Nandato deva ha aapulya antari

    … … … Man! You search in temples & holy places

    … … … This Divinity resides inside our own selves

  26. Hello Sharmila ..
    Nice one ! Like it alot.Love your all words for AMIT JI.
    Take care,
    bye.

  27. Sharmila,

    Jai Shri Krishna.

    Krishna was born at the stroke of midnight at Dwarka… People wait all day till midnight for the doors of the temple to open…

    While we wait for the moment, here is Anup Jalota’s beautiful rendition of Surdas’ composition in 2 parts. 3 different ragas used from Hindustani classical:

    Part 1

    Part 2

  28. Lata’s voice and the flute… I can never tell which one is better…

  29. Sharmila,

    Achcha ab hum jaate hain… bye bye… yeh station operator ghoor reha hai… back at midnight… after this guy goes… during shift change… and Krishna’s birth…

    Jai Shri Krishna..

    • Bhaja Govindam is my favorite, Rajaji gives the introduction to the album.Thanks for this.

    • Redaer, Sharmila, Bhaja Govindam is my favourite too!

      • Shubha,

        Very true. In my house there was no escape from MS and Bhajja Govindam.

        If the cassette was not playing my mother would sing it herself, cleaning the house in the morning when I’d still be under the blanket in bed…

        She would go like, “Bhajja Govindam, Bhajja Govindam.. Yel o quaana! (To me).. Govindam Bhajja..” And so on till I got up…

        🙂

  30. Reader,
    wow…! quite astounding that translit is..! ‘Happy Birthday Krishna’ and Happy Janamashtami to All.
    Thanks for all those Krishna songs and other links you posted. Whether one understands the lyrics or not, the tune,the music is a feast to ears…

  31. श्री भगवानुवाच

    स्तुतोहम यत्त्वया पूर्वं पुत्रार्थिन्या तदद्य ते |
    सफलं देवि संजातं जातोsहम यत्त्वोदारात ||

    – श्री विष्णुमहापुराण

    Shri Bhagwan Uvacha

    Stuta aham yat tva a purvam putrah arthi ya tat adya te |

    Saphalam devi sam jaatam jaatah aham yat tva uadaraat ||

    Said Lord Sri Krishna (to Devaki His Mother)

    … … … You prayed in earlier lives for me to be born as a son to you |

    … … … Your wish is fulfilled, divine mother, I am born of your womb ||

    – Vishnu Mahapurana

    Translation Mine

  32. This happens to all singles like me– everything is fine till a lady comes into the frame…

  33. Oops sorry this one.. I am in a rush… the beard has gone for dinner…

  34. No, there can never be another Amitabh Bachchan. Nor would there be another Rajnikant, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Satyajit Ray, Sunny Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Md Rafi, SRK, Amir Khan, Nehru, Gandhi or Tagore. These were/are legends who have made a indelible mark on the times they lived in. For me, there wouldn’t be another Sharmila either!

  35. No, there can never be another Amitabh Bachchan. Nor would there be another Rajnikant, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Satyajit Ray, Sunny Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Md Rafi, SRK, Amir Khan, Nehru, Gandhi or Tagore. These were/are legends that have made an indelible mark on the times they lived in. For me, there wouldn’t be another Sharmila either!

  36. Lol Melwyn – I am not sure what to say. I am speechless, you have left me tongue tied yet highly amused too. A quandary really 🙂

  37. But, thanks much Melwyn.

  38. Watch a blonde discover India through its music

    Every song tells a story.

    What is sacred? The music, the lyrics, the actors, the colors, the story, the values? Or nothing?

    • Reader,

      She is one lucky woman.

      Are the lyrics sacred? I wonder if she can understand them.

      I can’t, so would you please help another ignorant blonde in her discovery of India?

  39. Renate,

    The values are sacred.

    BTW, I don’t use the term blonde in the sense as an American might. Its just an address.

    Okay. Here is the translation. You might have to play the song as you read the words. Its more of a conversation between the different the three characters.

    (Male): Kahin na aisi subah dekhi;

    … … … Nowhere have we seen a sunrise as this,

    (Female): Jaise baalak ki muskaan

    … … … Like the smile of an infant

    (Male): Ya phir duur kahin mandir mein;

    … … … Or like far away in some temple

    (Female): Halki si murali ki taan

    … … … The soft long note of a flute

    (Male): Gurubaani gurdware mein;

    … … … The holy recital in a Sikh Temple

    (Female): Toh masjid se uthati azaan

    … … … Or the prayer call from a Mosque

    (Both): Aatma aur parmaatma mile jahan, yahi hai who sthaan

    … … … This is the place where the soul and the universal truth meet…

    Chorus:

    Dholi dhol bajaana, taal pe taal pe milaana

    … … … Play the drums, dance in rhythm

    ===

    (Female):

    Purva suhaani aayi re purva (2); Hrituuon ki raani aayi re purva

    … … … The pleasant spring is in the air; the queen of all seasons has arrived

    Mere ruke nahi paanv, naach uththa saara gaanv

    … … … My feet won’t stop, the whole village is a-dancing

    Preet pe javaani chchaai re purva

    … … … Youth prevails over love, O Spring

    ===

    (Male): Mausam ka musaafir khada raste mein

    … … … The traveller of seasons has stopped on his way

    (Visiting Female): La la la la-la la la la

    … … … La la la la-la la la la (What else? There is no translation for la la.)

    (Male): Mausam ka musaafir khada raste mein;

    … … … The traveller of seasons has stopped in the way

    (Female): Uske haathon sab kuch luta saste mein; chotisi Umariyan re

    … … … He sold every thing short; Life is so short

    (Male): Lambi si dagariya re;

    … … … The journey is so long

    (Female): Jeevan hai parchchai re…

    … … … Life is a reflection, my dear…

    (Chorus)

    ===

    (Female): kar le kar bhi le pyaar ki pooja

    … … … Do it, do it once worship love

    (Visiting Female): La la la la-la la la la

    (Female): pyaar ke rang pe chadhe na rang dooja

    … … … There is no color that goes on the color of love

    Chaahe koi sapna hai, mere liye apna hai, baat meri ban aayi re

    … … … Be it a dream, it is still mine, that’s all that takes to make my day

    (Chorus)

    ===

    (Male): O, Meera si deewaani re naache mastaani (2);

    … … … She dances with the passionate love of Meera (for Krishna)

    (Female): Hothon pe hai sargam to aankhon mein paani; Ghunghroo deewane hue

    … … … There are musical notes on the lips, and tears in the eyes;

    … … … Anklets have gone crazy

    (Male): Rishte puraane hue

    … … … Relationships have matured

    (Female): Geet mein kahaani gaayi re,

    … … … A story unfolds in my song…

    (Chorus)

  40. Thank you, Reader

    Music is truly where atma and parmaatma meet.

  41. Renate,

    Not all music is music for the parmaatma.

    That’s as far as I go.

    Here is a song that does not need any translation. Watch the whole song. The picture says it all.

    🙂

  42. Sharmila,

    A perfect day and opportunity to honor Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.

    Quote

    गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः |
    गुरुर्साक्षात परः ब्रह्मा तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः ||

    Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara |

    Guru sakshaat Parah Brahma, tasmai shri gurudev namah ||

    Adi Shankara Opening lines of the Guru Stotram.

    The Creator is my teacher, My teacher is my preserver, My teacher is my restorer |

    The Creator is indeed my Ideal, I offer my salutations to the holiness ||

    Translation Mine ( Hmm… Not for discussion )

    In Gurudev Tagore’s words:

    “It is not enough that one should know the meaning of the words and the grammar of the Sanskrit texts in order to realize the deeper significance of the utterances that have come to us across centuries of vast changes, both of the inner as well as the external conditions of life.

    “Once the language in which these texts were written was living, and therefore the words contained in them had their full context in the life of the people of that period, who spoke them.”

    Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in “Foreward” to The Philosophy of Upanishads by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.

    Dr. Radhakrishnan’s very diligently removed this gap. His translations of the Sanskrit texts have re-created that lost civilisation for me.

    My vocabulary is too meagre to express the gratitude that I feel for Dr. Radhakrishnan. My only humble expression is in being an honest student and learning from his writings.

    Happy Teacher’s Day…

    🙂

  43. Correction: Oops.. Forgot to log-out of my own blog. WordPress automatically plugged in the name.

  44. Aishwarya,

    Uss video ka matlab kya hai… hmm???

    Sounds like:

    Ye mahlon, ye taKhton, ye taajo ki duniya

    Ye insaan ke dushman, samaajon ki duniya

    … … … This world of palaces, thrones & crowns

    … … … This world of societies, inhuman enmities

    Ye daulat ke bhuukhe, rivaajon ki duniyaa

    Ye duniyaa agar mil bhi jaaye to kyaa hai

    … … … This world starving for wealth & run by customs

    … … … Even if such a world is won, what is there in it?

    Har ik jism ghaayal, har ik ruuh pyaasi

    Nigaahon me uljhan, dilon mein udaasi

    … … … Every person is injured, every spirit is yearning

    … … … The vision is unclear and the hearts are pining

    Ye duniyaa hai yaa aalam-e-badhavaasii

    Ye duniyaa agar mil bhi jaaye to kyaa hai

    … … … Is this a world or a dominion of destitution?

    … … … Even if such a world’s won what’s there in it?

    Jalaa do ise phunk daalo ye duniyaa

    Mere saamne se hataa lo ye duniyaa

    … … … Incinerate this world, charr it to ashes!

    … … … Remove this world, away from my sight!

    Tumhaari hai tum hi sambhalo ye duniyaa

    Ye duniyaa agar mil bhi jaaye to kyaa hai

    … … … It’s your own world, take care of it yourself

    … … … Even if such a world’s won what’s there in it?

    Sahir

    Translation mine.

  45. Reader,

    Kuch nahin, bas yunhi…

    Sahir’s words are magical. And you…hmm…jaaneman tum kamaal karte ho…:)

    Aish.

  46. ♥ Happy Birthday Renate

  47. Sports News on a Pakistani TV Channel

    Good Evening.

    In our sports segment, we begin our news today with the results of tomorrow’s matches…

  48. Sharmila,

    While we are still on the same page, here is Amitabh Bachchan’s personal all-time favorite song (as admitted by him in an instinctive answer during a rapid fire question round on a TV show):

    The film is ‘Kaagaz ke Phool’ (Flowers of paper), Actors: Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman; Composer S. D. Burman, Singer: Geeta Dutt, Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi (Shabana’s father)

  49. apple ipad future…

    Keep working ,great job!…

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