Have a story to tell? A theme to work on? An emotion to express? A mood to paint? Easy. You can do all this and more with Hindi film songs. For musical stories or theme-based songs or lyrical expressions of moods or...whatever, this promises to be a fun-filled ride. Come, get on the bandwagon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Her Story: Time For A Lullaby

With the arrival of the baby, the new mother's life changes completely. The baby has to be fed, cleaned, bathed and rocked to sleep. All these chores seem to take forever as the mom is still learning. All those who are parents--old or new--surely remember rocking the baby to sleep and putting her in her bed... only to hear her loud wails as soon as they turned their backs.

Many babies like to have a security blanket--a soft toy, a piece of clothing, a small pillow or some such thing--before they fall asleep. And there are some naughty ones who sleep soundly through the day, coming alive refreshed and full of energy at night when the parents are about to call it a night. All such experiences are special for the new parents, to be recalled fondly later.

Many leading ladies in Hindi films have sung lullabies on screen for their babies. A lullaby, called lori in Hindi, is by nature very gentle, sweet and soothing. Watch how this beautiful piece from "Sujata" (1960) is helping our little girl fall asleep.

Singer: Geeta Dutt
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: S. D. Burman

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Her Story: It's A Girl!

This is "Her" story. A story of girlhood, womanhood, motherhood. Parts of this narrative may resonate with your own life or with the lives of women around you. Call her by any name, it will still be her story. Read on!


Her happiness knows no bounds. She has been blessed with a pretty little girl. Her whole world revolves around her baby. This song from 'Kabhi Kabhie' (1976) expresses the feelings of a new mother very well. Listen to the beautiful words. The video does not exactly show a "little girl", but the emotion is that of welcoming a baby girl in one's family.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Khayyam