Best songs of Rafi by Roshan

July 31, 2012

Double tribute to two geniuses

Rafi with RoshanWho composed the best songs for Mohammad Rafi cannot be conclusively answered. But there is no doubt that Roshan would figure in the top four or five for this honour. That is significant considering that Roshan did not have the advantage of a big banner nor big stars like Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Shammi Kapoor or Rajendra Kumar. Moreover, interestingly, Rafi seems to be a very late entrant in Roshan’s work. After creating waves with Mukesh in 1950 (Bawre Nain) and Talat Mahmood in 1952 (Anhonee), he had long association with them, and regardless of how his films fared, he gave songs for them which are undisputed landmarks. In contrast, with Rafi he had some insignificant songs from time to time, till he hit big time with him in 1960 with Babar and Barsat Ki Raat. A decade’s lag means his songs for Rafi would be far outnumbered by Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, OP Naiyar, SD Burman, Ravi and Chitragupta. Later entrants Laxmikant Pyarelal, of course outnumbered every one, and naturally Roshan too by a huge margin. Yet the fact that some of the most memorable Rafi songs are composed by Roshan is a testimony to the latter’s enormous talent.

Roshan’s best songs for Rafi are picturised on Bharat Bhushan and Pradeep Kumar. These became a byword for melodious romance. There was a uniqueness in these songs which was entirely his. Roshan had several singular achievements to his credit. When you think of Yaman, you think of Roshan. When you think of qawwali, you think of Roshan. Similarly, you cannot think of Rafi without thinking of Roshan’s great compositions for him.

Rafi’s death anniversary falls today. Roshan’s birth anniversary was a few days earlier, ie on July 14. I am presenting ten of the best Roshan-Rafi songs as my double tribute to the two geniuses.

1. Tum ek baar mohabbat ka imtehan to lo from Babar (1960), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi

The prelude is unmistakably Roshan. No one could compose Sahir’s poetry better.

2. Maine shayad tumhe pahle bhi kahin dekha hai from Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi

Roshan-Sahir-Rafi magic again.

3. Ab kya misaal doon from Aarti (1962), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri

Annu Kapoor mentioned in one of his programmes that Majrooh Sultanpuri was one of the best lyricists of romantic songs. Here is a proof.

4. Jo baat tujhme hai teri tasweer mein nahi from Taj Mahal (1963), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi

Which music director teamed best with Sahir? He started with SD Burman and gave some of his most memorable songs. Later he also had very fruitful association with Ravi. But once you hear these Roshan gems, it seems they were made for each other.

5. Zindagi ke mod par jo koi rasta mila from Bedaagh (1965), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni

Among lyricists who were also respected in literary circles was Shakkel Badayuni. This has again Roshan’s signature touch.

6. Dil jo na kah saka from Bhigi Raat (1965), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri

This is a twin song, with also a Lata Mangeshkar version. I think I can say without dispute that Rafi version is far superior.

7. Karwan guzar gaya gubaar dekhate rahe from Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal (1965), lyrics Neeraj

This poem of Neeraj was already quite well known before it was taken in the film. The tune broadly follows how Neeraj used to present in tarannum in Kavi Sammelans. Use of the song in this film in Rafi voice made Neeraj a household name. My top favourite from this film though is Aaj ki raat badi shokh badi ntkhat hai, which is in fact my all time Rafi favourite. I have already used this song, so here I am presenting Karwan guzar gaya gubaar dekhate rahe, a song of very high literary merit.

स्वप्न झरे फूल से मीत चुभे शूल से
मिट गये सिंगार सभी बाग़ के बबूल से
और हम खड़े खड़े बहार देखते रहे
कारवां गुज़र गया बहार देखते रहे

ज़िंदगी खुली ना थी कि हाय धूप ढल गयी
पाँव जब तलक उठे कि ज़िंदगी फिसल गयी
पात पात झड़ गये कि डाल डाल जल गयी
चाह तो निकल सकी न पर उमर निकल गयी
पर उमर निकल गयी
गीत अश्क़ बन गये स्वप्न हो दफन गये
साथ के सभी दिये धुआं पहन पहन गये
और हम झुके झुके मोड़ पर रुके रुके
उम्र के चढ़ाव का उतार देखते रहे
काररवां गुज़र गया गुबार देखते रहे

क्या शबाब था कि फूल फूल प्यार कर उठा
क्या कमाल था कि देख आईना सिहर उठा
इस तरफ ज़मीन और आसमान उधर उठा
थाम कर जिगर उठा कि जो मिला नज़र उठा
कि जो मिला नज़र उठा
एक दिन मगर यहां ऐसी कुछ हवा चली
लुट गयी कली कली कि घुट गयी गली गली
और हम लुटे लुटे वक़्त से पिटे पिटे
सांस की शराब का ख़ुमार देखते रहे
कारवां गुज़र गया गुबार देखते रहे

हाथ थे मिले कि ज़ुल्फ चांद की सवार दूं
होठ थे खुले कि हर बहार को पुकार दूं
दर्द था दिया गया कि हर दुःखी को प्यार दूं
और सांस यूं कि स्वर्ग भूमि पर उतार दूं
भूमि पर उतार दूं
हो सका ना कुछ मगर शाम बन गयी सहर
वो उठी लहर कि ढह गए किले बिखर बिखर
और हम डरे डरे नीर नैन में भरे भरे
ओढ़ कर कफन पड़े मज़ार देखते रहे
कारवां गुज़र गया बहार देखते रहे

मांग भर चली कि एक जब नयी नयी किरण
ढोल के धुनक उठे ठुमक् उठे चरण चरण
शोर मच गया कि लो चली दुल्हन चली दुल्हन
गांव सब उमड़ पड़ा बहक उठे नयन नयन
पर तभी ज़हर भरी गाज़ एक वह गिरी
पुंछ गया सिंदूर तार तार हुई चुनरी
और हम अजान से दूर के मकान से
पालकी लिये हुए कहार देखते रहे
कारवां गुज़र गया बहार देखते रहे

8. Jata hun main mujhe ab na bulanaa from Daadi Ma (1966), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri

Who is this guy on whom this song is picturised? It does not matter. Roshan comes up with a top class song in a ‘family drama’.

9. Hum intezzar karenge tera qayamat tak from Bahu Begum (1967), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi

Bahu Begum was a high point of Roshan though the movie may not have been commercially successful. In a score full of several outstanding songs, this Rafi solo stands out as one of his greatest.

10. Mile na phhol to kaanton se dosti kar lee from Anokhee Raat (1968), lyrics Kaifi Aazmi

In his swan song Roshan gave outstanding songs for Lata Mangeshkar (Mahlon ka raja mila ki rani beti raaj karegi) and Mukesh (Dulhan se tumhara milan hoga and Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal me). Roshan greatness lay in his ability to compose outstanding songs for all the major singers. For Rafi also he comes with a winner in his last film

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 gaddeswarup July 31, 2012 at 2:51 am

From

the one in 8 is apparently Kashinath Ghanekar.

2 AK July 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

Fabulous. This is pure gem. Thanks.

3 Subodh Agrawal July 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

AK, what a combination! Together these two geniuses have created magic. Unlike many of your earlier posts all these songs are well known, yet weaving them together in a theme and your write up on each song have vastly enhanced the pleasure of hearing them again.

The song from Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal made me nostalgic. I had never heard Neeraj live in a Kavi Sammelan, but my parents and uncles were great fans of his. The songs of this film were eagerly awaited and they lived up to expectation. It was a very wise move to choose Roshan as the music director, as he – along with Madan Mohan – was a composer whose music would not draw attention away from the lyrics, but enhance them. Otherwise the movie was quite forgettable; its music was the only thing worth remembering.

On the lighter side, Sapan Jhare Phool Se is probably the most parodied song in film history. The one I remember most clearly is the lament of a householder whose house has been cleaned up by thieves: ‘Chor maal le gaye, lota thaal le gaye.’

4 dustedoff July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

Roshan is one of my favourite composers – and if I was forced to name a favourite male singer, it would be Rafi. So this post has been a real gem, AK. Thank you! So many lovely songs. Another of my favourites is this one, from Chitralekha, Mann re tu kaahe na dheer dhare:

5 Ashok Vaishnav July 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

A great tribute to the two stalwarts, indeed, in their own individual domain, and no less, in the collective stride as well.

Among the great music directors of that era, even Madan Mohan or Salil Chudhary would have a front seat in the Hall of Fame of Greats of Rafi Sa’ab. These music directors may not have a high quantitative share, as compared to others mentioned in the current post, but when it comes to quality, they have used, and even found, the rare notes from the Rafi’s unfathomable range of vocal notes.

Shri Akji has not left much for others to really add to the Rafi-Rohsan saga. In fact, his very apt observations that the relationship seems to have blossomed after Baabar and Barsat Ki Raat or that Bharat Bhushan and Pradeep Kumar were the greatest beneficiary of the strong partnership spurred to me launch a go at You Tube search to see what the depths of Rafi- Roshan ocean has still to offer.

Here are some which possibly could not have been accommodated in limited filter of 10 songs:

Mahefil se utha janewaale tum, – DOOJ KA CHAND 1964 [one more work of rare art by Rafi Roshan Sahir triumvirate!] –

Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare http://youtu.be/Y7Slc6ANDVw. [The song has been very aptly been covered in post on Yaman, but this posting by hyderabadee is presented along with the famous Norwegian painter, Edward Munch's art work.!]

Maayus To Hun Vaade Se Tere {Even when Barsaaat Ki Raat finds a coveted space in the post, Iam not able to resist temptation to document this song on this ocaasion.]

“GUME-HASTI SE BAS BEGANA HOTA” – “VALLAH KYA BAAT HAIN -1962″

And now let us enjoy the variety of theis great collaboration:

sun ae mahejabi mujhe tujhse ishq nahin – DOOJ KA CHAND 1964

Hum Shola – Vallah Kya Baat Hai – Woh Bijli Hai

Humse Bhi Tanik Sarkaar – Vallah Kya Baat Hai

“ZAMEEN BHI WAHI HAIN,WAHI AASMAAN,MAGAR AB WO” – “CHANDNI CHOWK 1954

Itni badi dunya yahan itna bada mela – toofan main pyar kahan http://youtu.be/nzODTkZNKCo and an enhanced version http://youtu.be/zQkGf8MWx80

SACHI TUMRI PRIT ..BEDAAG..1965..

Ye bata ae zindagi ke pashban – Chhora Chhori 1955

AISE BHI HAI PINE WALE JO AUR KO .. DO ROTI..1957

Na Ro Bhyee Na Ro – Deep Jalta Rahe-1959 [a song in a light tone, trying to please the child]

These songs do validate AKji’s observation of blossoming of the combination post-Babar / Barsat Ki Raat.

Here are a few examples to further corroborate Roshan’s penchant to bring in Rafi in the films where somehow his songs may not have had the opportunity to be presented:

RAHEIN NA RAHEIN HUM – Lata – - also has Suman Kalayanpur and Rafi – in film in which songs on Lata obviously dominate. Even the duet- a great number, by any class and standards – Chhupaa Lo Dil Men Pyar- is by Lata with Hemant Kumar.

“KAJALWALE NAIN MILA KE KER DALA” -”DEVAR-1966″

The last one is also a tonga-styled, happy-go-lucky number. Here is one more, Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali – 1955 – aadhe udhar hain aur aadhe idhar – this one is from Mukesh.

‘Duets of Roshan’ and ‘Duets of Rafi and Lata by Roshan’ are the most obvious candidates for rich articles in their own class. I have put one very popular and great in its own way – chand takta hai idhar Rafi andsuman kalyanpur film dooj ka chand

and another one from Rangeen Raaten (1956) Bahut asaan hai chilman se – Lata – Rafi because the trivia associated with the film – Shammi and Geeta Bali fell in love in this movie where Geeta Bali was doing a cameo.

And yet another one from Agra Road 1957, because it has Vijay Anand [Rafi] in duet with Shakeela [Geeta Dutt] Duniya Ki Nazar Hai Buri –

Let me not squander the opportunity of placing a finding the real rarer one , the one that was a ‘first time’ for me “AYE KHUDA MAJBOOR KI FARIYAAD HAIN”BY MUBARAK BEGAM

And, yes, let me take the credit of ‘also’ finding out that Jata hoon main mujhe ab na bulana hero is Dilip Raj (Don’t have much info about the actor), and pairing him in the lead was none other than Mumtaz, looking quite cute and demur.

I would end the rather long comment with a very unique tribute to Rafi sa’ab [forwarded to me by Shri Naresh Mankad]

6 AK July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

@Subodh Agrawal
I did want for once not to miss any of Roshan-Rafi’s best known songs. But you would see Ashok Vaishnavji has amply made up for that and presented many of their rare but extremely pleasant songs.

I am interested to know about the parody of Karwan guzar gaya gubar dekhate rahe. The lyrics do lend themselves to parodying. Is anything aavailable on the YouTube.

@Dustedoff
‘If I was forced to name a male singer’ .. you do not have any favourite male singer? But let that pass. Yes Rosahn-Rafi are a great combination. Man re tu kahe na dheer dhare is an all time classic. But Subodh had used it in his post on Yaman. Thanks a lot.

@Ashok Vaishnavji
You have written 5 Roshan posts! But I still have some more for an opportune time. You have added so many known and less known gems. Mayus to hun of course is a great song, but I didn’t want to take more than one from a film. But Mehfil se uth janewalo I like a lot, and could very well have been in my list. Among duets Chand takta hai idhar is ethereal. Thanks for refreshing our memory. Easily among the best Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur songs.

Toofan Mein Pyar Kahan – YouTube I think has erred – its music director was Chitragupta. Its best known songs are:

Adhi raat ko khanak gaya mera kanganaa

and

Gori itna bata tera lagta hai kya wo jo sapne mein aya adhi raat ko

The Chitragupta touch is unmistakable.

7 Ashok Vaishnav July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I fully agree on Toofan Men Pyaar Kahan – in fact I should have done a litlle more thorough verfication on this count. The songs are ‘pure’ Chitragupt songs.
Chandni Chowk song ‘talks’ about Delhi, like a few known songs that ‘talk about Lucknow.
If Babar has so great Rafi numbers, Lal Quila- a film of the last of moghuls – also ahs equally great Rafi Ghazals – by SN Tripathi. Babr also has an excellent Sudha Malhotra – SAlaa-E-Hasrat Qubool Kar lo, and at least tow /three other, not so well known ghazals. [This is just to add to the virtuosity of Roshan.]

8 AK August 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

Ashok Vaishnavji,
At this rate you would pre-empt all my themes. :) I was keeping Salam-e-hasrat qubool kar lo for Sudha Malohotra post.

PS. The person who lip-synched Jata hun main mujhe ab na bulana, you mentioned, is Dilip Raj. But Gaddeswarup mentions (comment #1) Kashinath Ghnekar

9 dustedoff August 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

@AK: Yes, I do not have a favourite male singer (or a female one, for that matter). How could I? I hear Tum pukaar lo, tumhaara intezaar ha, and I know there’s nobody better than Hemant. Or I hear Woh subaah kabhi toh aayegi, and I feel nobody but Mukesh could have sung it. Or Yeh shaam mastaani – and it’s Kishore. Or Zindagi kaisi hai paheli haai, and Manna Dey. There are lots of songs that are sung by a very varied number of people, and I like each of them as much. Rafi perhaps has the edge because the number of wonderful songs (as far as I’m concerned) that he sang are more than those sung by the others…

10 gaddeswarup August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The image of Kashinath Ghanekar appears around 52 seconds into the video on forgotten faces; it looks like the one in video 8. Dilip Raj too appears earlier in the forgotten faces video from the same film. But all these are new to me.

11 Ashok Vaishnav August 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Shri AKji,
My intention to transgress beyond the boundaries of the subct matter of the post-under-discusssion is to just pose further avenues – a sort of teassers – for you to take up a systematic, well thought-out and researched for those hidden gems under almost any subject.
As the saying goes, you have spoiled us by always presenting such rich fairs every time, In any case, we are the classical ‘Oliver’ ites, who would always keep on asking for ‘something more,please Sir”.

12 gaddeswarup August 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

Off topic beyond the current them. I seem to find more ‘padres’ songs in Hindi than Telugu. I wonder whether somebody posted a list some of these songs. This is partly prompted by an experiment of Konrad Lorenz of how ducklings started treating him as their mother when he started caring for them during a crucial period of their childhood. I wondered whether there is a similar window during which girls fall in love, for some evolutionary reasons those outside the family circles may be preferable. In any case there seem to some very nice pardesi songs again more so in Hindi than Telugu and may be other southern languages.

13 AK August 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

@Ashok Vaishnavji,
We all love your additions. Many of the themes are born out of your comments, whether I have acknowledged explicitly or not. There are several themes already in my mind relating to Roshan. Please do keep giving and asking.

@Gaddeswarup,
Interesting observation. I am not familiar with Telugu movies. Indeed there are extremely nice Pardesi songs in Hindi films. I guess we could understand this as attraction for the unknown. The family is familiar, and you start taking them for granted. You have given me a new idea. Thanks.

14 Naresh P Mankad August 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

You have done a great job by bringing in Roshan whose creativity needs to be subject of our attention more often. Roshan was trained in the classical music tradition of Pt Ravi Shanker and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as he was av disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan. Then he had experience of composing small orchestral pieces while working for All India Radio, which must have come handy while entering the world of Hindi film music.

Roshan deserves detailed attention from music lovers and you have done a good job of presentingRafi’s songs in Roshan’s music. In fact, in the earlier years, roughly the ’50s, Rafi scarcely found place among Roshan’s singer. In his list are Lata, Mukesh and Talat – in that order. Even Chitalkar found a place in one song from film Barati (1954). After 1955 he started to have more space in Roshan’s music. I found first song worth noting – a duet with Geeta Dutt -from that period: Film Agra Road (1957): Duniya ki nazar hai buri, zulfen na sanvara karo . Then in 1950, Roshan gave an immortal duet of Rafi and Lata for “Madhu”: Tumse lagan lagi hay aisi agan lagi. Babar 91960) had Rafi’s voice with Manna Dey, Sudha Malhotra and Asha Bhonsle in the qawali Haseeno ke jalwe pareshan rahte. Rafi came in a big way in Roshan’s music with Baarsat ki Raat (1960). One noteworthy characteristic of Roshan’s association with Rafi seems to be that most of the songs of Rafi are duets before the ’60s. When we talk of duets, can we forget the sizzling number from Vallah Kya Baat Hai in OP style – Khanke to khanke kyun khanke jab raat ko chamke taare? That film gave the memorable Rafi song “Gham-e-hasti se bas begana hota.

The most fruitful period of their partnership seems to have started from 1960. Then the songs they gave – Aarti, Dooj ka chand,Nai Umar ki Nai Fasal,Chitralekha,Bhigi Raat, Taj Mahal are representative of Roshan’s repertoire. Shri Ashok Vaishnav has nicely covered the best songs in his comments.

15 AK August 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Your detailed comment supplements and endorses the comments of Ashok Vaishnavji, which now present a comprehensive picture of Roshan’s work with Rafi. You are right Roshan deserves more detailed attention from music lovers. I have earlier done Roshan-Lata Mangeshkar, another great combination. Roshan is my such big favourite that you would have noticed he has come before I do SJ or OP Naayar. Some more are still in my mind. Considering that he was not very prolific in quantity, it speaks a lot about his quality.

16 Atul August 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

The actor in song number 8 (Jaataa hoon main) is Dr Kashinath Ghanekar, a well respected Marathi movies artist of yesteryears.

Roshan has composed around 400 songs in 51 movies and he made great use of Rafi, as well as Mukesh. For that matter he made very good use of Kishore Kumar too, albeit in only about 4 or 5 songs.

17 harvey August 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Lovely post! Roshan and Rafi! Wow! I had never noticed that Roshan and Rafi din’t work much together in the 50s. Thanks for the info!
Thanks also for bringing to my notice the prelude to tum ek baar mohabbat ka. The sitar sounds there as if a female voice is humming something! Genius!

I am glad you chose the maine shayad tumhe rather than the title song from Barsaat Ki Raat! And who can forget the breezy Rafi in the spiritual qawaali na to karavan ki talash hai! “bande ko khudaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah karta hai ishq!”. Also love mayoos to hoon vaade se tere from the same film.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgQtl5FziEo

ab kya misal du and jo baat tujhme hai are not one of my favs, but they are good ones all the same.

zindagi ke mod par was new for me.

dil jo na kah saka is wonderful!

karvan guzar gaya is one song of Rafi tow hich I can’t warm up much. The extending of the vowels and the swishing has become to pronounced for my taste. But all the same Rafi will remain Rafi. He had his golden touch!

The guy in jata hoon main is Kashinath Ghanekar a marathi film and stage actor. He dies in the 80s.

ham intezar karenge is a gem, isn’t it? well-polished and shining! Another one from the same film: log kehte hai tumse kinara kar loo.

mile na phool to kaanto se is so melancholic and dark! Lovely!

My most fav RAfi-Roshan gaana is man re tu kahe na dheer dhare from Chitralekha. Many other readers must have already mentioned it, therefore I won’t give the link.

Another fav from this duo is aaj ki raat badi shokh badi natkhat hai from Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal.

gam-e-hasti bas begana hota from Vallah Kya Baat Hai is also a song not normally in my radar of Rafi-Roshan but love it all the same.

18 harvey August 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Zulfein kahan chali gayi?

19 AK August 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Welcome back Harvey from your from your hibernation!

Zulfein are there at their place! I think you have already located them by now. This weekend I was trying to replace the video links removed by YouTube. That may have been the reason for the notification.

Maine shayad is my top favourite from barsaat Ki Raat. This also has Roshan’s signature prelude. In fact his musical interludes also have a very unique stamp with flute.

My single most favourite Rafi-Roshan songs is Aaj ki raat badi shokh badi natkhat hai.

20 Nazneen September 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would love to have “Jane Wo Kaun Hain Kya Naam Hai Un Ankhoon Ka” from Bheegi Raat.

This song is sheer magic. Clarity of Rafi voice and Roshan composition is amazing. My all time favourite.

21 AK September 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Nazneen, here is the song. I was not familiar with this song. Thanks for introducing it.

Jane wo kaun hai kya naam hai un ankhon ka from Bheegi Raat

22 mumbaikar8 December 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

AK,
Visiting one of my favorite combination, on this day, Rafi’s birthday.
Would like to add more great song from Bheegi Raat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYB5dF495EI&feature=player_embedded

23 AK December 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Mumbaikar8,
Lovely song, unmistakable Roshan orchestration in the interludes. Thanks.

24 Kapil January 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Nice write up! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And nice inputs by all the members. In my opinion, Naushad, Roshan and SD Burman were top Rafi compoers, closely followed by these composers in no particular order:

Shnakar – Jaikishan
O.P. Nayyar
Madan Mohan
Ravi
Chitragupt

Rafi truly created magic with all these composers! ..

Cheers!

25 AK January 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

Thanks a lot, Kapil. You have mentioned Naushad, Roshan and SD Burman as the top three composers. Interesting coincidence! These are also my top three for Rafi, and I have already written on them.

26 Kapil January 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

You’re very welcome AK Ji, in general I enjoy Rafi with all veteran MDs, and among veterans I believe his output with Naushad, Roshan and SD is a class apart. Likewise, the other ace singer, Lata, sounds a bit more melodious under the magic wand of C. Ramchandra, Shankar – Jaikishan and Madan Mohan – all IMO :)

I went through some other articles of yours and I would like to compliment you for all the wonderful articles you have written. Keep up the good work!

Cheers!

27 vijay trivedi March 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

FOR A COMPOSER LIKE HIM I AM TOO TINY TO TELL.
ROSHAN IN URDU MEANS ROSHNI.WOH CHALE GAYE TO ROSHNI
SHAM-O-SEHR HUYEE.
NO ONE CAN MKE MELODIES LIKE HIM IN THIS MILLANIUM.

28 arvindersharma April 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm

An excellent forum of music and hats off to everybody for the quest of musical knowledge. In fact, melody seems incomplete without this great combine of Roshan/Rafi.
The songs discussed in this forum are par excellence.
But everyone seems to have missed one song ‘Mohabbat se dekha khafa ho gaye gain’ from ‘Bheegi Raat’. This gem is melody personified and the beautiful use of echo gives the song an extra dimension.
This song could join any top Ten list of Rafi’s melody/romantic nos.

29 AK April 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thanks a lot.
Indeed Mahabbat se dekha khafa ho gaye hain is a great song. Thanks for mentioning it.

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