Songs are our words, some eloquent some unspoken. We may not be born poets but we love poetry. Songs are poetry which is easy to the mind and colloquial in words. I live songs. I love songs. I love the vivid notes and the swelling emotions. A song is bound to float in, giving lyrics to the prevailing state of mind during the day. From love to longing to joy to sorrow and for pep talk, I fall back on my Song Collection, 90% on my Brain’s hard-drive, remaining 10% in similar electronic devices.
We are lucky to be born into a cinematic culture with movies telling a story akin to our own and a song for every occasion. We don’t even need to christen it ‘a musical’ because there is nothing non musical about Indian cinema. A love song hangs on every interlude, a philosophical message is sonorously belted out by the hero as he tosses pebbles into the pond. The brides bid farewell on the oft repeated tunes of Babul ki duae leti jaa…, schools have cultural fests centring around Bajirao Mastani songs and no Independence Day celebration is complete without “Mere desh ki Dharti sona ugle, Ae mere pyaare watan, ae mere bichde Chaman…” and some more! They touch a chord even after 71 years of Independence, and the eyes well up!
I strongly believe that our Indian DNA has a fifth component, after ATGC, which is the ‘M‘, 😁! M for music n that too, music from the movies! Movies without songs are like pizza without cheese! A new trend was coming on with the new generation actors actually wanting to speak all and emote all! Sitting through a feature film was getting a bit onerous with dark characters and dark walls and no songs at all. But thank the Almighty that sense prevailed and actors too started singing!!
So songs are here to stay. They will give us the impetus to be expressive without desperation and without spending much from our limited vocabulary! Everyone can be a Ghalib or a Gulzar – hearts will continue getting conquered with the borrowed lyrics and melody.