The best of lullabies

Lories are not just about Lalla Lalla

Inspiration for the post – A compilation of lullabies playing on one of the channels as I surf across the music channels.. The usual ones obviously play – from the utterly popular but very ordinary ‘Lalla lalla lori’ to two of my most favorites in ‘Nanhi kali sone chale’ & ‘Do naina aur ek kahaani’, and ends with the very melodious ‘Surmayi ankhiyon me’… They also cover some other popular likable numbers like ‘Rasta dekhe tera’ and ‘Gudiya rani, bitiya rani’ in between..

But this specific genre of lullabies also has a few underrated gems, and this is my attempt to remember them together…

1. Saara Din Jaage to – A rare gem of Asha Bhosle from ‘Sitam’ beautifully composed by late Jagjit Singh and wonderfully enacted by the brilliant Smita Patil.. this is also a very sensitive ghazal in the garb of a lullaby..

2. Halke Halke Aayi Chalke – Very surprising, but this extremely melodious lori from ‘Apne Paraye’ is actually composed by Bappi Lahiri! Beautifully rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, this one is just too lovely…

3. Chanda re Chanda re – S D Burman is at his best in this utterly soft lullaby from ‘Lajwanti’ and brilliantly uses Asha Bhosle to bring up all the motherly emotions.. Senior Burman is easily the finest in this particular genre with many memorable gems!

4. So ja so ja – Kishore Kumar tears apart every heart with this heart wrenching rendition from ‘Dard ka Rishta’ composed by R D Burman.. this part 2 is specially devastating and poignantly brilliant..

5. Mere Ghar aayi ek Nanhi Pari – This one is not exactly a lullaby, but the intent and the mood of the song perfectly fits one.. Khaiyyam and Lata Mangeshkar create magic in ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ with nanhi pari…

6. Jag ja ri gudiya – Vishal Bharadwaj strikes gold by taking the mood and texture of a lori, and completely reversing the theme in a very painful setting from ‘Omkara’ brilliantly rendered by Suresh Wadekar…

They don’t make such brilliant stuff anymore.. The tenderness has somewhere gotten lost in the dazzle of today’s cinema.. Sigh…

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