Tu Pyar Ka Sagar Hai

By Arun Bajaj 

When man gets buffeted by destiny, when everything seems to go wrong, when a state of utter helplessness and despair overpowers, then the only recourse which men and women across centuries, countries and communities, have clung to, is Prayer. Their Gods may be different : in colour, shape.,gender,or form but the basic leitmotif in every prayer remains the same: I am helpless, I am despaired, I do not see any light in the tunnel, please rescue me from this darkness of uncertainty and give me strength. Even the greatest atheist of this world in such times sends a small prayer up there; as very often did Khushwant Singh, a certified non-believer, by resorting to Jap-ji beads when one was not looking.

Thus the pre-condition to a prayer, of necessity, is melodramatic to say the least. Occurrence of some bad event, loss of job, death of a dear one, or suffering great humiliation etc are some of the typical movie situations which prepare the ground for beseeching divine help. And if such divine help is summoned with music, accompanied by a good voice, well the chances are He might pay more attention. It is therefore no wonder that Prayers, Bhajans and Aartis form an indispensable fabric in the colourful tapestry of Hindi films.

The ten finest prayer-ditties , according to me, have been the following:

Tu pyaar ka sagar hai from Seema
Ae maalik tere bande hum from Do Aankhen Bara Haath
Tere phoolon se bhi pyaar from Naastik
Itni shakti humen dena data from Ankush
Satyam Shivam Sundaram from Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Sukh mein sab saathi dukh mein na koy from Gopi
Banwari re jeene ka sahara tera from Ek Phool Char Kaante
Jago mohan pyare from Jagte Raho
Allah tero naam from Hum Dono
Om Jai Jagdish Hare from Purab aur Pachhim

From the above Tu Pyaar ka sagar hai stands out in solitary splendor of its own for several reasons. The lyrics are a fluid invocation for a drop of compassion from the ethereal . The metaphor of an injured bird whose wings are weak, wanting to cross the vast sea is symbolic of our fractured and selfish desires which overpower the intellect. The human mind is always insistent to take a long flight to pursue its petty interests with the baggage of ego but the cosmic energy of man , caught in the crossfire, invokes the Unknown by praying: “ Ab tu hi isse samajha”. The subtext of the poetry is very clear : If God’s grace is showered, then that drop of nectar will metamorphose the greedy, and ambitious human mind. But that calls for complete surrender to the divine order and out of this surrender, will generate a sublimity which will cleanse and purify all our mundane desires.

Manna Dey sings this number like an entranced devotee. This song was probably composed keeping only Manna in mind. His deep resonant voice creates the right mood as if one is amidst the scent of joss sticks and flowers. The throw in his voice in the octave is a marvel of auditory pleasure.

The composers Shankar Jaikishan employed a chorus of voices to enhance the musical effect and used unconventional things like cowbells to re-create a temple-like ambience. The tune having all komal swars is from his favourite Bhairavi family and extremely easy to play on any wind instrument.

Once the song is over, the listener feels purged and ennobled. The pettiness of the mind is sponged off. Compassion and love overpowers and may be for few minutes you begin finding the world a good place to live in. Well, that’s what a good song should deliver !

Song – Tu Pyaar Ka Saagar Hai ..a spiritual song Movie : Seema (1955) Singers : Manna Dey Lyricist – Shailendra Music Directors – Shankar Jaikishan
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