Partap Sharma: playwright, author, actor, director and commentator

Songs by Partap Sharma

One of the great voices of India, Partap Sharma has a debilitating condition called emphysema. For the last few years Partap has had to rely on a continuous supply of oxygen. With great courage and determination Partap does not allow this to prevent him from leading a full life. Despite his lung condition, he recorded several of Shakespeare’s plays in over a hundred different voices.

Now this distinguished playwright, author, actor, director and documentary film maker has reinvented himself as a musical composer and singer. With his characteristic sense of good humour Partap describes how these songs came into being:

'These songs were initially recorded as personal presents from me to loved ones. Sometimes, when I couldn't attend a function, such as a birthday party or a wedding, I would send a song instead.

Children have often delighted me by dancing spontaneously and effusively to the trochaic cadence of the music and the loving simplicity of the lyrics. What has surprised me even more is the request for copies of the songs. That is why I have put together this small selection under the heading Home Songs.

Though I was well known for my speaking voice all over India, it is only now that I have begun to sing. I do not consider myself a singer or musician. It is merely that some inner compulsions have coalesced and burst into flower. My own excuse for publishing these private indulgences is that I wish to share with you the thrill of the fulfilment they have brought me.

As a playwright I did write songs for the theatre (e.g. Song number 6 "This is a road with nowhere to go" from the play A Touch of Brightness) but I didn’t have the courage or training to sing them myself.

In 2004, in order to offset the ravages of emphysema and strengthen my lungs, I began taking lessons in Hindustani classical music from Pt. Manohar Vinayak Bhagwat of the Gwalior gharana. When he passed away, his son Pt. Makarand Bhagwat was kind enough to take over as my teacher. The lyrics are given below.'

Partap Sharma


Home Songs (Audio CD) by Partap Sharma



Raag   Song   Download
Dev Giri Bilaval Wake up, little baby MP3 clip
Tilak Kamode The humble Bumble
Dev Giri Bilaval Namrita, sweet Namrita
Tilak Kamode Cheers, cheers for all the years MP3 clip
Dev Giri Bilaval The sun is shining, the sea is blue
Dev Giri Bilaval This is a road with nowhere to go MP3 clip
Kamaj Dear Tahira, congratulations! MP3 clip


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Wake up, little baby Lyrics

Ga ma ga ma dha - pa
dha - ma dha dha pa ma pa
ma ga ma ga re ga pa
ma ga re sa

Wake up, little baby
Wake up, enjoy the day.
The sun is up and smiling,
waiting for you to get up and play.

Ga ma ga ma dha - pa
dha - ma dha dha pa ma pa
ma ga ma ga re ga pa
ma ga re sa
Wake up, little baby
Wake up, enjoy the day.
The birds are singing in the bushes.
What do you think they say?

Ga ma ga ma dha - pa
dha - ma dha dha pa ma pa
ma ga ma ga re ga pa
ma ga re sa

Wake up, little baby
Wake up, enjoy the day.
The butterflies and flowers are dancing,
so come and dance with them today.

The Humble Bumble Lyrics

(for Sachin the Care-giver)

You may see him fumble
and tumble and bumble
but he'll be there with loving care
to break your fall.
You may see him grumble
and rumble and mumble
like a big, fat Teddy Bear
but he is the sharpest living doll.

You can take him to the jungle
he'll stumble and fumble
but nothing there will give him a scare
because he loves all creatures that
fly n'walk or creep n'crawl.

You may think he's a jumble
who'll bungle and crumble
at the first little shout or stare
but that's not so at all.

So you see our Sachin the humble
Bumble will gamble
his life to keep you safe
for the love of us all.

Namrita, sweet Namrita Lyrics

Namrita, sweet Namrita...
No matter how far you are,
you're near, my dear, to me;
for the sea may surround you
and mountains block the way
or confound you,
it's in my heart that you really stay.

Namrita, sweet Namrita...
Many a time, like the bouquet of wine,
I remember that September you came
toddling past the Customs Hall to me.
The airport policeman dared not forbid you
so full of smiles was he to see
the little three-year-old break all the rules
to greet her waiting Daddy!

Namrita, sweet Namrita...
No matter how far you are,
you're near, my dear, to me;
for the sea may surround you
and mountains block the way
or confound you,
it's in my heart that you really stay.

So I talked to my heart this morning.
And there, I wished you a wonderful day!

Cheers Lyrics

(Note: this song was written and performed for the birthday celebration of my son-in-law Roopak, and then for that of his father Satnam, and later for my friends the music composer Vanraj Bhatia and Zul Velani, the stage and screen commentator. Most recently it was sung for my cousin Shanta Bahanji.)

Cheers, cheers
for all the years
we celebrate your birthday!

Jio, jio
Joog, joog jio,
saalon saal wadhaiyan hone!

Today we raise a toast
dear Shanta,
and wish you all the best.
May every wave you meet
just greet,
fall at your feet
and lift you to its crest.

Cheers, cheers
for all the years
we celebrate your birthday!

Jio, jio
Joog, joog jio,
saalon saal wadhaiyan hone!

Incandescent Goolestan Lyrics

The sun is shining,
the sea is blue.
The garden spreads itself
from me to you.

All the flowers of the day
come out and glow.
I wait and watch my breath;
even that must go.

But now it comes
with growing strength.
The body aches to be used
walking the garden length.

I see I'm in mid-journey.
Oh, you so true,
keep me glowing with joy
walking the garden with you.

This is a road with nowhere to go Lyrics

(From the play "A Touch of Brightness" by Partap Sharma)

pa dha ni dha, pa dha ni dha, pa sa, pa dha ma ga ma re, pa dha ni sa, ni sa re ga, re maga, re maga re sa..... ni dha pa...

VOICE 1 This is a road
with nowhere to go
a road that no one claims;
this is where we
have come to be free
by walking about in our chains.

pa dha ni dha, pa dha ni dha, pa sa, pa dha ma ga ma re, pa dha ni sa, ni sa re ga, re maga, re maga re sa..... ni dha pa...

This is a road
For a wandering whore
a road that has no name;
but come and see
and you'll agree
we dwell in houses of fame.

VOICE 2: Ah, but look-
VOICE 3: I show you, sahib-
VOICE 4: On every side there's filth!
VOICE 3: Sindhi, Punjabi-
VOICE 4: The monsoon is coming.
VOICE 5: The pavement is wet.
VOICE 3: Bengali, Gujrati, Mysori-devdasi.

VOICE 6: It's four in the morning.
VOICE 2: Were you asleep?
VOICE 6: We close at two.
VOICE 2: Were you in bed?
VOICE 6: Ha ha ha ha ha.

VOICE 2: What is the time?
What is your name?
Where do you come from?
VOICE 6: They are all the same.

VOICE 2: Where are we now?
What is this place?
VOICE 3: This is a road
with nowhere to go
a road where nothing is known;
aiye' seth, aiye' jee
come, sir, and see.
VOICE 2: Oh, the wild oats we have sown!

VOICE 1: This is a road
where everyone gives,
a road where no one gains;
the seller will lose
the buyer will lose
and both will profit in shame.

pa dha ni dha, pa dha ni dha, pa sa, pa dha ma ga ma re, pa dha ni sa, ni sa re ga, re maga, re maga re sa..... ni dha pa...

The North-South Wedding Lyrics

(Note: in raag Khamaj)

Dear Tahira, congratulations!
Also, even more, to Arvind Krishnan.
For with one bride he gets, for free, the slobbering love of us all and this big, fat extended family!

Dear Tahira, congratulations!
Also, even more, to Arvind Krishnan.
Wanting one bride he gets, for free, the slobbering love of us all and this big extended family!
Here with one stroke, are uncles and aunts,
cousins, grandparents
and great grand friends
to celebrate
a god-sent opportunity
to visit Chennai.

Dear Tahira, congratulations!
Also, even more, to Arvind Krishnan.
Dear Mrs.Srinivasan, take out
your plantain leaves
and sambar and chutnies.
Prepare to feed this raucous lot,
hungry, laughing...
silence them with food
and civilise them with temples.
So as she wears her wedding ring let us join together to sing:
Dear Tahira, congratulations!
Also, even more, to Arvind Krishnan.
For with one bride he gets, for free, the slobbering love of us all and this big, fat extended family!

Home Songs on CD, sung by Partap Sharma
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