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Pichla | Agla

This classical melody is from the 1966 Hindi historical film Amrapali ( = Name of a Girl), Sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Music composed by Shankar Jaikishan and Lyrics composed by Shailendra. The movie was based on the life of Amrapali (Ambapali), the nagarvadhu (royal courtesan) of Vaishali in present day Bihar, the capital of the Licchavi republic in ancient India around 500 BC and Ajatashatru, the Haryanka dynasty king of the Magadha empire, who falls in love with her.

The unique fact about this movie is that all the songs (five in number) were sung by Lata Mangeshkar, no male singer in the movie. Also the songs were fully based on Indian Classical music. First time when I saw this particular song, I was shocked that Vijayantimala wore such clothes. I was shocked because at that time the censor board would not have allowed the attires as worn by Indian actresses now. Wonder how this movie slipped past Censor board in the 60s when it was released for the first time. In this song Amrapali is thinking of Ajatashatru and is lost in dreams. Perhaps that is why it comes close to haunting melody which makes you want to get lost as well.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi with Translation (from Google):

Tumhein Yaad Karte Karte, Jaayegi Rain Saari,
Tum Le Gaye Ho Apne, Sang Neend Bhi Humari
Tumhein Yaad Karte Karte, Jaayegi Rain Saari,
Tum Le Gaye Ho Apne, Sang Neend Bhi Humari

I Will Be Thinking Of You All Through The Night
You Stolen The Sleep From My Eyes

Mann Hain Ki Ja Basaa Hai, Anjaan Ek Nagar Mein
Mann Hain Ki Ja Basaa Hai, Anjaan Ek Nagar Mein
Kuchh Khojtaa Hain Paagal, Khoyi Hui Dagar Mein...
Itne Bade Mahal Mein, Ghabarau Main Bechaaree,
Tum Le Gaye Ho Apne, Sang Neend Bhi Humari

My Heart Has Settled In An Unknown City
It Looks For Something Lost In An Alien Path
Poor Me Feel Afraid In This Lavish Palace
You Stolen The Sleep From My Eyes

Birahaa Ki Is Chitaa Se, Tum Hi Mujhe Nikaalo
Birahaa Ki Is Chitaa Se, Tum Hi Mujhe Nikaalo
Jo Tum Na Aa Sako To, Mujhe Swapn Mein Bula Lo
Mujhe Aise Mat Jalaao, Meri Preet Hai Kuwari,
Tum Le Gaye Ho Apne, Sang Neend Bhi Humari

Pull Me Out Of This Pyre Of Sepration
Invite Me In Your Dreams If You Can Not Come Here
Do Not Torment Me
My Love Is Inexperienced
You Stolen The Sleep From My Eyes

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