My “now” song: Nimbonichya zadamage

Do you ever have a song, an idea, a storyline, or an image stuck in your head? And it just refuses to go away? For some time at least? I have this with music—it could be a song, an instrumental piece, a jingle, etc. This becomes my “now’”song, and the “nowness”  (pardon my English here) could be for any length of time.

I am in a sentimental mood these days. My niece spent a few days with us last week. This stay was very significant as she begins college next week and won’t be able to spend time with us for some time. We had a lovely time together — saw a movie, shopped for some “college wear” clothes for her, ate ice cream and donuts, watched silly TV serials and laughed ourselves sillier … We also talked a lot about everything and nothing in particular.

One of the things we spoke about was the angaai (the Marathi word for a lullaby). And I was reminded of “Nimbonichya zadamage…”, a very popular angaai or lullaby from the Marathi film Bala gau kashi angaai. Sung by Suman Kalyanpur, this lullaby is picturised on Asha Kale, as she sings it to her niece in the film.

I used to sing this lullaby to my niece, especially when she would stubbornly refuse to go to sleep. I can’t say that the angaai succeeded, but I would like to believe that my she liked it then. Even after all these years, my dear niece still does not sleep easily, and definitely would not appreciate an angaai today. But she did not mind when I sang a few lines of that song to her last week !

It’s a song that reminds me, that she’s all grown up (well, almost !), and entering an exciting phase of her life. It’s a song that has a lot of sentiments attached to it. And it’s a song that I’m still singing, as it has become my “now” song. 🙂

20 thoughts on “My “now” song: Nimbonichya zadamage

  1. Loved it….My favourite lullabye if Airram kannumai in Malayalam and Chanda hai tu and Nanhi Par sone chali in Hindi…I sang it to Addu…so its very special


  2. What a lovely nostalgic post!

    I remember this song. It used to be very popular, and would be broadcast on Marathi channels quite often. 🙂


  3. so sweet … yes its happened to me many times…some songs just pop into your head and then refuses to leave …sometimes for days and then poff they just vanish


    1. Welcome here, TTT, and thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

      It’s good when the songs are pleasant or something that one likes, but once I had “Choli ke peeche kya hai” stuck in my head for like months ! 😛


  4. Sweet. It is funny how the awfullest of songs get stuck in my head these days. Maybe its because of the lack of good songs as soothing as the one you shared. Right now, i m trying to get Rowdy Rathore songs outtta my head!


  5. Hi Sudhagee

    True, Some songs leave a lasting impression in our lives.

    But there are times when a song you did not actually like ends up getting stuck in your head and goes over and over again – Courtesy : Radio on the bus you travelled or blaring speakers from your neighbor…Have you experienced that?


    1. All the time, Jaishvats. 😀 I once had “Choli ke peeche kya hai” and then “Tu cheez badi hai mast” stuck for ages. These days there is some song from Cocktail with the “Tumhi ho mata…” tune. It’s actually very rare for a good piece of music to stay on for some time and when it does, I write about it.:-)


  6. Oh this is such a sweet song and Vikram Gokhale is so young in this movie. I saw him a couple of years ago in one of the grocery stores here. He had become a grandfather and was visiting his daughter in the US. One of my favorite lullabies is in Tamizh, “Athai madi metthaiyadi from Karpagam. That movie has amazing songs – my favorite being Mannavane azhalama but athai madi is a close second and it is a lullaby and hence is qualifies 🙂 Btw, the song we’re all singing right now is Jalebi Bai. Listen to it and don’t blame me if it gets stuck in your head 😛


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