“Preethi Honale Hayagirele” – Navajeevana (1964) – Kannada Feature Film

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“Preethi Honale Haayagirele” (ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಹೊನಲೇ ಹಾಯಾಗಿರೆಲೆ) – Navajeevana (ನವಜೀವನ  1964) – Vocals: P Susheela (ಗಾಯನ: ಪುಲಪಾಕ ಸುಶೀಲ) – Composer: Rajan Nagendra (ಸಂಗೀತ: ರಾಜನ್ ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ ) – Lyrics: Sorat Ashwath (ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ: ಸೋರಟ್ ಅಶ್ವಥ್)

Help Your baby Fall Asleep With This Classic Nocturnal Tune Immortalized by P Susheela!

Navajeevana (Kannada: ನವಜೀವನ) is a 1964 Kannada Feature Film, directed by P. S. Murthy and produced by Vadira and Jawahar. The film stars Pandari Bai, K. S. Ashwath, R. N. Sudarshan, Narasimharaju, Basavaraj, Chindodi Shivaraj, Krishna Shastry, Girimaji, Vadiraj, Pandaribai, Revathi, Chindodi Leela and Rathnakar in lead roles. The film had musical score by Rajan-Nagendra. It won the Nation Award for Best Kannada Language Regional Film in 1964.

Lyrics (Sahithya): Sorat Ashwath
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಹೊನಲೇ ಹಾಯಾಗಿರೆಲೆ
ಭಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಗಾರ ವಾಘೇಲ್
ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ
ಹೂವಂಥ ಚೆಲುವೆ ಹಾಳಂಥ ಮನವೇ
ತಯಾದ ಒಲವೆಲ್ಲ ಏಕೆಂದೆ
ನನ್ನ ನೋಡಿ ನಗುವೇ
ನೆನೆವೆನು ಅಳುವೇ
ಈ ನೋಟ ಸಂಕೇತ ಏನೆಂದೇ
ಹೇಳಲಿ ಕಂಡ ಬಲಿಗಂಡ
ನಗೆ ತುಂಬಿ ಅಳು ಹಿಂಗಿ ನೀನೆಂಬೆಯ
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಹೊನಲೇ ಹಾಯಾಗಿರೆಲೆ
ಭಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಗಾರ ವಾಘೇಲ್
ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ
ಅಣುವಾಗಿ ಬರುವ ನಿನಾದದ ದಿನವ
ಈ ತಾಯ ಮಡಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ನೀನೊಡೆ
ಮಗುವಾಗಿ ಇರುವೆ ತಾಯಾಗಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ
ನನ್ನಂತೆ ಈ ಹದ ನೀ ಹಾಡೇ
ಕಾಡು ನಿಮ್ದ ನಲಿನಂದ
ನಿನಗಾಗಿ ಗೆಲುವಿಂದ ಕೈನೀಡಿದೆ
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಹೊನಲೇ ಹಾಯಾಗಿರೆಲೆ
ಭಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಗಾರ ವಾಘೇಲ್
ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ ಜೋ
prIti honale hayagirele
balalli bangAravagele..
jo jo jo jo
huvantha celuve halantha manave
tayada olavella ekende
nanna nodi naguve
nenedenu aluve
enota sanketa enende
helai kanda baliganda
nage tumbi alu himgi nInembeya
anuvagi baruva ninadada dinava
etaya madilalli nInode
maguvagi iruve tayagi mereve
nannante e hada ni hade
kadu ninda nalinanda
ninagagi geluvinda kainidide
prIti honale hayagirele
bALalli bangaravagele..
jo jo jo jo

Who can go wrong with P Susheela when it comes to “Lullabies”. Both Susheela & Lata Mangeshkar (the Indian Playback Matriarchs) are considered the best in the business for rendering many a immortal lullabies.  A slumber inducing ditty, this aforementioned classic is more recognizable for its sweet melody and  unembellished lyrics (“prithi honale hayagirele balalli bangaravagele”)

A stunner – the musical architecture of the song & P Susheela ’s vocalise blends intricately as would an antique Chola bronze icon chiseled by a trained sculptor.  Not every voice is endowed with a soothing nocturnal camouflage in aiding sleep, but Susheela’s voice is a “Act of God”.  Aided by composer Rajan Nagendra’s minimalist musical intervention, her stellar rendition elevates the song into a peaceful hypnotic trance and makes it feel therapeutic. To a dilettante, it is sort of a berceuse.  A beautiful tone, nobody will ever have this evergreen voice again. Now sit back with closed eyes and enjoy this best ever collaboration.

The tune which invokes sounds of silence, tranquility, with images of a child  – the message of this lullaby is anything but a flashback (pictured on actress Pandari Bai) of a mother’s cradle song.  Seldom has any song been on repeat so often and continuously in my home. The art of singing to babies before going to bed has been with the humankind since time immemorial. Susheela employs a ritualistic and soulful approach in this sublime lullaby. It is important to note the two different sound pitch and tones (whisper crooning) in phrases (“huvantha celuve halantha manave”, “anuvagi baruva ninadada dinava” & nage tumbi alu himgi ninembeya” ,”ninagagi geluvinda kainidide”)-a delectable lullaby sung by the  most sought after vocalist in the lullaby genre.

And no one could have sung it better than P Susheela – her vocals morphs into this angelic sound  with sustained emotion & feeling. She is accompanied by very minimal music and her tranquilizing voice really shines. Her excellent diction (“anuvagi baruva ninadada dinava etaya madilalli ninode”) bolsters her performance as well.

This lullaby in a lot of ways returns to her pure and earthy signature sound that she started with in “Anbil Malarndha Nal Roja” (a lullaby from Tamil Feature Film – Kanavane Kan Kanda Deivam 1955). 

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