Wednesday, November 5, 2008

S. N. Tripathi: Rani Rupmati (1957/1981)

One word that I would use to describe Rani Rupmati is "lovely". S. N. Tripathi's soundtrack (also his film, since he directed it) was made when classical music could be filmy music. Like Baiju Bawra, it draws on ragas like, Darbari, Sarang and Bhairavin (and no, I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to different ragas, this was just written on the record), but unlike Baiju Bawra the emotional discharge and content of the songs seem more dulled and the focus is based more on the melody.

Rani Rupmati is set in the time of the Mughals, more precisely during the rule of Akbar. And is inspired by the true love story of Roopmati, a hindu court singer, and Baz Bahadur, a muslim sultan. Not to spoil anything, but the relationship does not end well. The music is mostly inspired by classical Hindustani music of that time. Some of Rupmati's poems still exist today and are even translated to english. Although, I do not know if any of the music on the vinyl is inspired by her music.

Anyway, the song,"Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet" is really great, and I guess that I am not the only one who liked it because it's sung twice, once by Mukesh and the second time by Lata Mangheskar (Lata Version). I am going to have to go with Mukesh version as my favorite.

My favorite song is "Jhan Jhan Jhan Baje Payaliya" and I also like the duet between Rafi and Krishna Chonkar, "Baat Chalat Nai Chundari".

Also like Baiju Bawra, there is a singing competition between a court singer (Manna Dey) "Udja Bhanwar" and Roopmati (Lataji) "Aaja Aaja Bhanwar" as they try and make a flower, which holds a bee, blossom and close. Here is a video of both songs.
I don't like this song much, but it take place before the battle between Rupmati's love, Baz Bahadur's army and the invading troops of Akbar. In "Itihas Agar Likhna Chaho" you have Rani Rupmati getting ready for battle. Enjoy.

Overall, I really enjoy listening to this record and I hope you do too. I haven't seen the film but it doesn't look too bad. If any has please feel free to comment. Thanks


Side 1

1. Mukesh: Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Raat Suhani Jhoome Jawani
3. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Phulbagiya Men Bulbul Bole
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Jhan Jhan Jhan Baje Payaliya
5. Manna Dey : Udja Bhanwar-Darbari

Side 2

6. Lata Mangeshkar: Aaja Aaja Bhanwar-Sarang
7. Lata Mangeshkar: Jeevan Ki Beena Ka Taar Bole
8. Mohd. Rafi & Krishna Chonkar: Baat Chalat Nai Chundari-Bhairavin
9. Usha Mangeshkar: Ankhon Men Surma Daal Ke
10. Usha Mangheskar & Chorus: Itihas Agar Likhna Chaho
11. Lata Mangeshkar: Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet

Lyrics: Bharat Vyas

Stella_1's Score: 3.5/5

Get the music now: S. N. Tripathi Rani Rupmati


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, look forward to listening to it!

Anonymous said...

Have to agree ,Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet' by Mukesh is an absolute classic by him.

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