The teeny-weeny linnet in the gilded cage takes a fancy to the country wayfarer.

The rustics begin to sing lustily., boisterously.They are excited. The Great Indian Nautanki Company is going to perform in their village fair. The star attraction is the new addition to its cast. A city dame by the name Hira Bai, hailing from Kanpore. Whoever named her knew her worth. A finely chiselled diamond, with several glitzy facets. And when she sings, your Kaan (ear) get seeped with manna from heaven .A dancer, a singer with poise and polish, nice to behold, nicer still to listen to. Still a kunwari, they say. A maiden. It is rumoured that she has taken a liking to one of their ilk, an itinerant bumpkin at that, and it adds to her charm, to her allure.
. They know that a career in the country dance arena is like life in a gilded cage. The glittering, ornate, fascinating cage and its chirping, flitting cute inmate, fascinating to gawk at, But a cage after all, to its feisty-looking inhabitant. But it’s none of their business. They are there to enjoy themselves for a while before going back to their dreary drudgery.
The rustics begin to sing lustily, boisterously, they are excited. The strains of the music reach the object of their adoration, she loves the song and its implication. She preens herself, wistful of what the future and the wayfarer have in store for her.
The music attracts the wayfarer too. He joins the revellers and tapping the beat on a drum lends his voice to the chorus.

The song from the movie Teesri Kasam, penned by Shailendra, the movie’s producer, and set to music by Shanker-Jaikishen, was rendered scintillatingly by Manna Dey, with his manna-like voice.

Here is my attempt at its translation into English.

The caged linnet has taken a fancy to the wayfarer on the move.
The caged linnet has taken a fancy to the wayfarer on the move.

She flits here,She alights there. In the sweet-vendor’s shop,
My God, She flits here,She alights there in the sweets-vendor’s shop,
And lo! She has imbibed the essence of, the tasty sweets to the full, into her being, this caged linnet,
The caged linnet has taken a fancy to the wayfarer on the move.

She flits here,She alights there. In the clothier’s shop,
She flits here,She alights there. In the clothier’s shop,
My God, , she has imbibed the essence of the finery, to the full, into her being ,
the caged linnet.
The caged linnet has taken a fancy to the wayfarer on the move.
Let her live as long as the sky exists.

She flits here,She alights there. In the paan-vendor’s shop,
My God, she has imbibed the essence of the juicy-paan to the full, into her very being ,
the caged linnet.
The caged linnet has taken a fancy to the wayfarer on the move.

Note: ‘paan’ is a mixture of perfumed betel-nut pieces, slaked-lime, and sometime other mildly soporific or intoxicating ingredients , rolled within betel leaves, the packet generally munched after a satisfying meal, in the Indian sub-continent and some other South Asian countries

Here is the Hindi original In the Roman script.

Chalat musaafir moh liyo re, pinjade-waalee munniya
Udd-udd baithee halvaiya dukaniya, hey Raama
Udd-udd baithee halavaiya dukaniya, aare
Barfee ke sab ras le liyo re, pinjade-waalee munniya
Aa hey hey Raama..

Udd-udd baithee bajajava dukaniya aaha
Udd-udd baithee bajajava dukaniya, aare
Kapda ke sab ras le liyo re, pinjade-waalee munniya.
Jiyo jiyo palakdas jiyo

Udd-udd baithee panvadiya dukaniya hey Raama
Udd-udd baithee panvadiya dukaniya, aare
Bida ke dab ras le liiyo re, pinjade-waalee munniya.

Here is an YouTube video of the song.

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