February 6, 2010 2:25:03 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
ISHQIYA's song Ibne Batuta may have been mired in the unwanted controversy, but it has indeed brought into relief the reach of the lyrics of absurd and its ability to strike a chord with the audience owing to the element of absurdity embedded in it. Incidentally, there are out of world feelings associated with the lyrics Ibne Batuta-what and Gulzar is being bracketed as a writer who introduced supposedly meaningless words. However it is reflective of our ignorance about the entity called Ibne Batuta that makes us pass these comments. For the sake of putting things in perspective it needs to be pointed that Ibne Batuta was a famous traveler in the middle ages. May be, as we have become dependent on all our intellectual quotient on search engines, the art of reading has died out and therefore the ignorance.
Incidentally, in the book PANCHAM UNMIXED, there is an anecdote about Gulzar being admonished by Pancham for his lyrics, and Pancham had famously quoted that one day Gulzar would ask him to set a newspaper to music. On this occasion let us run a trip down memory lane and try to find out such lyrics where colloquial terms have been introduced into Indian lyrics.
DUNIYA: In this 1950 film Suraiya had sung a song mere dil mein aao, aake bas jao goian which is a colloquial word for an enduring friend or a beloved that is quite in vogue in the Hindi heartland.