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Bollywood songs in raag Brindavani of Hindustani Classical Music

Updated on January 31, 2017
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Radhika is a Carnatic music singer who is pursuing her studies in music. She enjoys other classical forms of art as well.

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Raag Megh and Brindavani have too many common characteristics and are perceived by the ears alike. A very minor change distinguishes each and only talented artists can evoke the respective mood.

First love always brings spring and the emotion that arises is inexplicable. But raag Brindavani can marvelously explicate this emotion in its own flourishing style. This raag belongs to Hindustani Classical music and several folk songs have acquired its characteristics. Ancient Bollywood movies also have featured this raag through many heartwarming songs. Let’s discuss some of them.

Aaja bhanwar soni dugar

1. Aaja bhanwar soni dugar


Lataji’s exquisite rendition of this song brought the bee back to the flower’s stigma. Her stellar performance throughout the song emanates the pure scent of the blossomed flower that attracts the bee. ‘Aaja bhanwar soni dugar’ song is from the film Rani Rupmati under the music direction of S.N.Tripathi. This film is stringed together with Sarangs in which ‘Jhananana jhan jhananana jhan baaje payaliyaan' is another exemplary piece of the highly esteemed singer Lata Mangeshkar in raag Brindavani.

Aap se pyar hua jaata hai

2. Aapse pyar hua jaata hai


The striking singer cum actress of Bollywood ‘Suraiyya’ also got featured in raag Brindavani through this song. The emotions of budding love are very well depicted here. The delightfulness of sprouted love is showcased through emotional act and music in the raag Brindavani. Under the music direction of Ghulam Muhammed, ‘aapse pyar hua jaata hai’ from the Bollywood film Shama is a great example of this raag that would never get faded in music loving hearts.

Hai re Hai

3. Hai re hai


This Punjabi folk song from the evergreen film “Kashmir ki Kali” on raag Brindavani takes loving hearts to their dream world. The cheering voice of Mohammed Raafi and Asha Bhonsle under the music direction of O.P. Nayyar brings the very exact mood of raag Brindavani in folk style. The folk dance steps of Sharmila Tagore and Shammi Kapoor coordinates well with that of the song. The accompanying instrumental music is also commendable that embellishes the song “hai re hai yeh mere haath mem thera”.

Jadugar saiyan chodo mori baiyan

4. Jadugar saiyan chodo more baiyan


Lataji, in her nectarous voice perfected the beauty of raag Brindavani through this romantic song. The blooming actress Vyjayanthimala, who was featured as the belle of the hills performed a folk dance for this song. The dazzling dance of actress Vyjayanthi and the Indian cuckoo Lata’s singing together have made raag Brindavani the musical expression of love. The accompanying whistling tone from the flute is an incentive for this “jadugar saiyan chodo more baiyan” song from the Hindi film Nagin.

Sawan aaye ya na aaye

5. Sawan aaye ya na aaye


This is another dulcet song of Rafi and Asha team filled with all the aura of raag Brindavani. Water gushing from the waterfalls and full bloomed swaying flowers create a superlative ambience for featuring this song “sawan aaye ya na aaye”. The lyrics also goes aligned with that of the tone and this pleasing song from the film “Dil diya dard liya” under the music direction of the great Naushad would always give reminiscence of raag Brindavani.

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    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      17 months ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Thanks for that lovely comment. I would like to tell you that I'm still a learner of music and so these praising words should be credited to those genius music composers who set these songs in such a brilliant raga Brindavani. Also I've not acquired much deep knowledge in music and my teacher who is a 'Music Vidwan' helps me in finding out the nuances of notes relative to their position in finding out the raga.

      You can pursue learning music even now also. I also restarted my journey last year only. Music makes us cheerful and worry less especially in this stressful world.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub and very well written!

      Your article speaks volumes about your deep knowledge of Hindustani music. I have a keen interest in music and I have learnt it during my childhood days but could not pursue further. But that didn't stop me from exploring it . I still love old songs based on the raagas .

      Thanks for this wonderful hub!

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks MarieAlana1 for commenting on this hub. May be sometimes it can be seductive as the emotion that arises when love sprouts varies from person to person.

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      Marie Alana 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      These are beautiful songs, but yet they are so seductive.

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