The song "Burung Dalam Sangkar" from the film "Korban Fitnah"(1959)





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Published on Jan 31, 2013

The opening sequence of the film "Korban Fitah" (1959) (translation: Victim of Slander), directed by P.L. Kapur (which happens to be the pseudonym of respected Indonesian filmmaker Usmar Ismail). Produced by Maria Menado Productions and Cathay-Keris Studios.

This is a compelling sequence that takes in the urban landscape of downtown Singapore in the late 1950s, and includes shots of the Outram Prison compounds (now demolished) and a drive through the vicinity of the prison at the foot of Pearl's Hill, Keppel Road, the Customs House, Cantonment Road, Fullerton Road, Anderson Bridge, before arriving at the Criminal District and Magistrate Courts (also demolished) at Hong Lim Green along South Bridge Road.

The beautiful song in accompaniment to the film sequence is "Burung Dalam Sangkar" (translation: Bird in a Cage), composed by Ahmad Wan Yet and sung by Mustafa Osman.

Lyrics of first stanza of the song:

Wahai kau burung dalam sangkar
sungguh nasibmu malang benar
tak seorangpun ambil tahu
duka dan lara dihatimu

English translation:

O thou bird in a cage
Indeed your fate is cursed
No one bothers to know
The grief and hatred in your heart

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