Veer ras ka Gulaal!

gulaal-coverThe music of Gulaal has been around for a while and I had heard snippets here and there. Then I heard all of the track called Aarambh and was instantly hooked. I listened to that number all day before moving on to other songs. Infused with fervor and vigor, this call to battle is one of the most energizing songs in a long long time. It harks back to our Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh “Dinkar”. dinka-ji1

Here from Vijayi ke Sadrish Jiyo Re:

Choro mat apni aan sees kat jaaye
Mat Jhuko anaya par bhale vyom phat jaaye
Do baar nahin yamraaj kanth dharta hai
Marta hai jo ek hi baar marta hai!!!

See the parallel in Piyush Mishra’s Aarambh:

Jeet ki hawas nahin kisi pe koi vash nahin
Kya zindagi hai thokaron pe maar do
Maut ant hai nahin to maut se bhi kyun darein
Yeh jaa ke aasmaan mein dahaad do!

In Dinkar’s Rashmirathi (the epic poem on an epic battle) Karn says to Krishna:

Sangram sindhu lehrata hai, samne pralaya gehraata hai,
Reh reh kar bhuja phadakti hai, bijli si nasein kadakti hain!
Chahta turat main kood padoon, jeetoon ya samar mein doob maroon!

And in Aarambh, Piyush invokes this epic battle as he says:

Aarambh hai prachand bole mastakon ke jhund
Aaj jung ki ghadi ki tum guhaar do
Aan baan shaan ya ki jaan ka ho daan
Aaj ek dhanush ke baan pe utaar do
Man kare so pran de, jo man kare se pran le
Wohi to ek sarv shaktimaan hai
Vishwa ki pukaar hai, yeh Bhagwat ka saar hai
Ki yuddh hi to veer ka pramaan hai
Kauravon ki bheed ho ya Pandavon ka need ho
Jo lad saka hai wohi to mahaan hai!
Another interesting parallel can be drawn to the call for battle in Jhansi ki Rani by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan! Here it is a wronged woman who lets out a battle cry and fights the British for her rights, until she leaps off a cliff on her horse, rather than be captured:

Sinhasan hil uthe rajvanshon ne bhrikuti tani thi,
Boodhe bharat mein aayi phir se nayi javaani thi,
Gumi hui azaadi ki kimat sabne pahachaani thi,
Door phirangi ko karane ki sabane man mein thaani thi.
Chamak uthi san sattaavan mein, vah talvaar puraani thi,
Bundele harbolon ke munh hamane suni kahaani thi,
Khoob ladi mardaani vah to jhansi vaali raani thi.

There is something utterly inspiring and uplifting in these poems – somehow they help us coalesce our passion around a cause. Other poems (used as songs in films) include Ram Prasad Bismil’s:

Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab humare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitan baajue qaatil mein hai!

Is it our history of two centuries of subjugation that has embedded some deep fear of enslavement in our psyche? I do not know if other cultures respond similarly to such stirring songs of battle. In much of the West Patriotism seems to be a misguided and useless passion. Walter Scott wrote:

Breathes there a man with soul so dead
Who never to himself has said
This is my own my native land
Whose heart has ne’er within him burned
As home his fotsteps he has turned
From wandering on some foreign land?
Thank you Piyush Mishra for stirring our souls again, and for reminding us of the major battles past! I said nothing about the music – minimal instruments are used, drums, trumpets, a conch shell, and the resonant voice of Rahul Ram is sufficient to get the blood rising. Piyush Mishra seems set to take on the mantle of a pure poet lyricist – one we had not seen since Gulzaar.


20 Responses

  1. I have to listen to the other tracks in as much detail. But I plan to review the rest of it. Right now this is what I am totally fixated on.

  2. Thanks for the review

    Heard bits & parts of gulal music. Think I have to buy audio cd t’mrw

  3. […] See the parallel in Piyush Mishra’s Aarambh: Read the rest here….. PakhiPakhi […]

  4. Yes – it is worth owning. I want to buy a copy for my brother too – he is very much into Veer ras.

  5. gulaal is a soundtrack def worth buying . i am addicted to Ranaji , duniya , asambhav.

  6. good one Pakhiji but its more like review of Aarambh and not the entire soundtrack . no mention of Ranaji , duniya etc . ?

  7. saw gulaal last night and till now its best movie to have come out this year . the politics r shown brilliantly in the film . Acting from everyone was top class from kay kay , raj singh , deepak dobriyal .

    spoiler – like omkara here too a woman acted as a spoiler . i dont know if this is a bit of typecasting woman .

  8. Thanks Hardy. I am watching the film tonight, will let you know what I think, but the cast looks stellar. Come to SB please?

  9. no to froget piyush mishra , aadesh srivastav etc .

    Btw Mahi gill herself says she looks like Tabu in the film and throught it i just couldnot get comparison out of my mind . as for SB well in am invisible runner on it . 🙂

  10. *Adtiya srivastav

  11. Mahi Gill is in this film? Hmmmmm…… I am not a fan.

  12. An excellent vivaran (annotation). Hats off to Piyush Mishra for creating a piece of adrenaline pumping song and hats off to you ‘Stranger in Strange Land’ for this blog post.

  13. the story was very nice

  14. I am going through the same phase right now 🙂 thanks for writing this article

  15. just one thing piyush mishra himself sang the song. 🙂

  16. Piyush sir!!

    I am ur really really big fan.

  17. I appreciate , the way you could connect across genres , Dinkar is a personal favourite , and Piyush only rekindled that love in “araambh ” very parallel to the lines of sir waltor scott , and subhadra kumari chauhan , I find Lord Tennyson’s “Charge Of The Light Brigade ” enticing.

    keep posting 🙂


  18. To every man upon this earth,
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can a man die better,
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his Gods.

    – Macaulay

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