Wednesday, May 17, 2017

फिर भी तुमको चाहूँगा

Bollywood lyricists are good at making use of metaphors and similes. Observe what male sings:

  1. You are as important to me as air is to breath (life)
  2. I look for you as the feet look for the ground (for stability)

If you take the meaning in a literal way, you can run into trouble!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

आज जाने की ज़िद न करो

A powerful, and deep, sentiment is expressed in this song. It appears that the female lover is pleading that the lover must not leave ... but, the pleading can be between any two human beings, particularly if the intensity of the sentiment is very strong and deep: ... हाय मर जाएंगे, हम तो लुट जाएंगे ... (I'll die if you leave, I'll be devastated ...)

Lyrics are rendered with almost every word getting its full import by the manner in which it is sung.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

जलते दिये

Nice love song that has in it some irony: The girl wishes that she is with her lover; but, the boy seems to disagree. (As of this blog post, I have not seen the movie).

The lyricist has used the lamp's light metaphor to describe the female's love; the male uses the same metaphor to point out that the flames of a lamp can also burn, create stains, ...

Beautifully woven lyrics.


Monday, December 07, 2015

गेरुआ

This song portrays love with several metaphors, some of which are highlighted below:
  1. "... wherever we met, time stood still." Time stood still is a sensation many poets have written about; the particular manner Deepak Chopra describes this feeling regarding love comes to mind.
  2. "Forgetting the [rest of the] world, I have met you. This wish has come forth of my heart ... that you give me — i.e., my life — the gerua color ...". Color is how many people describe liveliness, equating colorlessness with lack of life.
  3. "... I am the caravan, you are the destination to which every path leads." Bollywood lyricists equate the state of love to a desirable destination including, of course, the ultimate destination of reaching God.
Nice music, invites repeated listening.


Friday, August 07, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

कैसी पहेली ज़िन्दगानी

When you watch Aratrika Dey present this song on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa North America 2015 to become the winner, one of the thoughts you would get is to find out about the original track.

The original is a song sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, and pictured on Rekha, in the movie Parineeta. (Hyperlink for the original is with the button below).

For a teenager, Aratrika does an excellent job of presenting the song, very reminiscent of the original.

Bollywood certainly has a style of presenting life's philosophies in unexpected places: in a night club, in this case.