A classical song with a Rajasthani folk flavor, I believe "Suniyo ji" is one of Lata ji's finest songs ever.
The musical masterpiece film "Lekin" and its haunting music are indeed evergreen. Composed by the talented Pt. Hridayanath Mangeshkar, almost all songs are classic in this movie. It is no wonder he received the National Award for best music direction for the film. Apart from this song, the film includes songs like, "Kesariya Balma", "Jhoote Naina Bole" and finally "Yaara Seeli Seeli" which brought Lata ji National Award.
Here is a link to "Yaara Seeli Seeli" covered by me before: http://sarada.bhagavatula.com/2012/11/yaara-seeli-seeli.html
The tune of "Suniyo Ji" is an adaptation of a composition in Raag Vihangini created by Pt. Mani Prasad of Kirana gharana. A raag with a folk flavor, Vihanginee is close to Bhupali and Deshkar. The first line of the classical bandish "Suniyo Ji Araj Mhaari" sung by Pt. Mani Prasad is retained in the film. The rest of the lyrics of the song are written by Gulzar in Rajasthani.
Here goes my humble attempt of the haunting song, Suniyo ji Araj Mhaari O. Suniyo ji and thanks a lot for listening.
|Title: Suniyo Ji Araj Mhaari
Film: Lekin (Hindi)(1991)
Music: Pt.Hridayanath Mangeshkar
Original Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Sung By: Sarada