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Phaili Hui Hain (House No. 44) - Lata, Sahir, SD Burman

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Published on Jun 24, 2008

"Jhoola dhanak ka dheere-dheere hum jhoolen, Ambar toh kya hai taaron ke bhi lab chhoo len" from the 1955 film "House No. 44" --- This celestial song that takes you for a glimpse of the world over the rainbow is one of the finest of Sachin Dev Burman's creations.

MADHURA PUROHIT writes ... "The first time ever that I heard Phaili hui hain sapno ki baahen was late in the night... and I think the half asleep child that I was, thought that this was a song heard only in my dreams ( I should admit that my dreams are not normally akin to Hindi films complete with soundtrack!). Fast forward a few years to when I heard this song again, this time in the morning (so no dream sequence possible this time round) and was moved again by the simplicity of the tune and its uncanny ability to transpose me outside of myself. I have to admit that to the 12 year old that I was, things like MDs etc were way out of ambit- a song was considered to have made the mark, if one kept a cassette ready just so that one could record it if on the offchance Vividh Bharati played it again ! Needless to say, this song more than made the grade. Sahir's delicately crafted words have been given a magical touch by Burmanda's haunting melody, add to that Lata's beautiful voice and you have a song that dreams are made of. I shall be the first to confess that I am not really a lyrics oriented person, but even I, have been moved by these lyrics... Phaili hui hai sapnon ki bahein.... aajaa chal dein kahin door... always make me want to go tramping off into the hills towards some far distant horizon. Listen to how beautifully Lata brings alive these immortal lines of Sahir... but the glue that makes the whole into a listener's delight is SD's tune !!

Trivia - Legend says that Dada Burman was so pleased with Lata's amazing rendition of this song that he rewarded her with one of his precious paans, a gesture that was considered to be SD Burman's ultimate sign of appreciation.

I shall leave you with this song ..."

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