Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Sometime the words of a song leave an impact on our minds like no other. The musically gifted amongst us remember the minute details related to the composition. For most of us, what remains in our memories are the words - if not exact words then it’s the meaning that stays with us forever.

This is one of such songs for me. I remember watching this movie on TV while growing up. It was perhaps the first philosophical song that I heard, and I was so impressed by the message, that even now, I seek comfort in it once in a while.

It is a very good movie by one of the greatest Marathi directors, Raja Paranjape. He often acted in his own movies, and here the song is picturised on him. Music and singing is by another giant, and incomparable Sudhir Phadke. The audio quality is not great in the following video, but his voice still sounds very nice and soothing.

The best part of the song is of course the words. I have always been amazed by the ability of poets like GaDiMa or Sahir to strike the balance between profoundness and accessibility. It is evident here. It’s simple, but not crass. Philosophical but not abstruse. Even a child can understand it, and an adult can appreciate it.
एक धागा सुखाचा, शंभर धागे दुःखाचे,
जरतारी हे वस्त्र माणसा, तुझिया आयुष्याचे
My favourite stanza is the last. I also like the subtle touch added by Babuji when he sings the words “नसती दोन”.
ह्या वस्त्राते विणतो कोण,
एक सारखी नसती दोन,
कुणा न दिसले, त्रिखंडात ह्या, हात विणकऱ्याचे
Enjoy ...

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