This Marathi non-film song is a moving expression of a distraught daughter's gratitude towards her departed father. Evocative lyrics, a superb tune and a peerless rendition- everything gels so well to make this song a gem, a milestone. It is a perfect ode to all fathers of the world!
How this song was born is a tale in itself. Lata's mother 'Maai' used to always urge the famous lyricist P. Savalaram that he should pen a song in her late great husband's memory on the occasion of his death- anniversary. Lata -who was well aware of the working of a creative mind- intervened and told her mother not to rush him into writing this song in a time-bound manner. She told Savlaram - 'Whenever you really get into that mood, then only you write it.'
After many days P. Savlaram got that right feel and wrote the opening lines. Elated with what he had conceived, he immediately phoned Lata and recited those lines. She did not say anything- just broke into sobs!
Master composer Vasant Prabhu tuned the song. The recording was over after the first take as Lata was too overcome by emotion. As soon as she finished the song, she cried out - 'Baba'!
Each and every stanza of the song is a glowing and emotional tribute to her late father Master Dinanath - a great singer in his own right. Here is my effort at a loose translation which obviously falls far short of the original.
*(Kalpa- vruksha – Wishing Tree, a mythical tree, which is supposed to fulfill all wishes. Here it is a reference to the musical legacy left by the father for Lata.)
kalpavruksha kanyesaaThee laavuniyaa baabaa gelaa vaibhavaane baharunee aalaa, yaal kaa ho baghaayaala yaal kaa ho baghaayaala?
After planting a Wishing tree for your daughter, O father you have gone away
Now that the tree has blossomed with the fruits of success,
Will you ever come back to see it?