Hari Tuma Haro

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Hari Tuma Haro"
Song by Several artists like
Jagjit Singh
M. S. Subbulakshmi
Language Hindi
Published 15th century
Genre Bhajan, Devotional
Songwriter(s) Mirabai

Hari Tuma Haro is an Indian bhajan or devotional song by Mirabai, the 15th-century poet saint. It was Mahatma Gandhi's favorite song, who requested M S Subbulakshmi's rendition for what was to be his last birthday cleberations.[1]


"Hari Tuma Haro Janki Peer", “"Oh Lord, take away the pain from mankind" is prayer to God, for alleviating the suffering of the downtrodden and those suffering. [2]


M S Subbulakshmi had previously visited Gandhi in Delhi, and sung Ram Dhun. Gandhi expressed the wish to hear Subbulakshmi sing the song. Subbulakshmi answered that she wasn't familiar with the song, and suggested that a noted singer should sing the bhajan. In turn, Gandhi replied that "he would rather hear her speak the words than hear someone else sing it". Feeling obliged, Subbulakshmi worked with her friends who knew the tune and lyrics, and when she got them right. The song was recorded at All India Radio (AIR) studios in Chennai, the night of October 1st, finishing at 2 a.m. of October 2nd. The following morning the recording was airlifted to Delhi, where it was played to Gandhi in the evening of his 78th birthday, October 2, 1947.[3][4][5]

A few months later, on 30 January, 1948, when AIR announced Gandhi's assassination, it was followed by playing of Subbulakshmi's recording of Hari Tuma Haro repeatedly.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Menon, Nitya (September 18, 2014). "When the Queen of Song captured the West". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  2. ^ Narayan, M.K.V. (1 January 2010). Lyrical Musings on Indic Culture: A Sociological Study of Songs of Sant Purandara Dasa. Readworthy. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-93-80009-31-5. 
  3. ^ a b Murthi, R.K. Encyclopedia of Bharat Ratnas. Pitambar Publishing. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-81-209-1307-3. 
  4. ^ a b Ahuja, M. L. (2006). Eminent Indians : Musicians. Rupa & Company. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-81-291-1015-2. 
  5. ^ "Subbulakshmi, M. S.: Biography". Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-30.