Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Song For December...


The memory of my first hearing this song, on a cold December evening three years a go, is still fresh in my mind.

I was walking back from the St Stephens College Library, in Delhi, arms full of heavy books on Indian history, cursing our curriculum that made me toil so hard, yet was stingy in appreciating the efforts. Cutting and walking across the basketball court, I heard this song for the first time. Although four of my friends were singing along loudly, fittingly out of tune and reminding me of croaking frogs, it didn’t matter in the least…

…the song had already captivated me.



“Bulla Ki Jaana Maen Kaun” or “Bhulla, I don’t know who I am”, sung by Punjabi rock singer Rabbi Shergill, immediately went to the top of the list of MY favourite songs. It stays there, firmly at the top, to this day.

It was then strange that it took me three years (until today, June 25, 2008) to finally watch the song’s video. Once again, it blew me away. It reminded me so much of the past that I left behind, it reminded me so much about home…

...The green trees, the inky darkness of the night, the cold kept away from me by four layers of clothing, the warmth of the camp fire, the hotness of delicious tea against my freezing, ungloved hands, the mouth-watering smell of fresh made omelette, jam-packed between two lightly-brown roasted breads, the old radio hanging from the wall, blaring out the song which I fell in love with...

The song has made different impacts on different people. Over three years, I have heard some say that “Shergill sings with gay abandon,” while others “I could feel the heart-wrenching pain in his voice.”

For me, it was both.

This song, each time I got lost in it, made my heart soar like a bird who made its first flight into the deep blue sky. This song made me feel like having taken a prolonged dip in a cold river, on a hot summer day, refreshing me to the core of my being. This song made me feel like a lover, pining for his long lost one. This song made me feel... so much like myself.

Try to hear, see and feel this song.

Do not worry about lyrics, they have been deciphered for you. The camera work is awesome, capturing India’s mood perfectly.

Someday, if I meet the Punjabi gentleman who gave me a song to love forever, I would hold his hand in a firm shake, look into his eyes and say softly…

“Thank you…”

9 comments:

aarshi said...

i don't think i've watched the video either.
but when you're watching it the first time - it feels like you've watched it so many times before.
thanks for putting it up here!

Somesh said...

That's indeed a nice video. It captures the mood of the kafi so nicely, and gives an uncanny feeling of familiarity.

Anonymous said...

St Stephen's College is not in New Delhi -- it is in Delhi as every Stephanian knows

Crizzie Criz! said...

Anonymous, thank you. Mistake taken note of and duly corrected. Appreciate the corrective gesture.

Greeker

Sherry's Works said...

Na jaanaa mein kaun?

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Munmun said...

Very true; it is an evergreen song, very profound and meaningful!

Arti Honrao said...

I've heard that song, like it.




GBU
Arti

T said...

Talk about taking a long time to update!!!!! Look who's talking! When is YOUR latest update coming? :)

Mosilager said...

that's a good song man... purannaal aashamsakal