Moon and Mumbai (Bollywood)

May 20, 2016

Guest article by DP Rangan

(After riding the high horse, Mr Rangan now explores the romance of moon.  I have earlier mentioned he is always bubbling with energy.   A seventy-plus going on seventeen, he is a great romantic – don’t be misled by his astronomical wanderings. This piece is another evidence of his zest for life.  Coincidentally, today is Full Moon day – the best time to enjoy this post written by a person young at heart. Thank you Mr Rangan.  – AK)

Moon songWhat is a moon one may wonder. Wikipedia will probably define it as a heavenly object going round a planet. It evolved either as a part of the original planetary system or a captured asteroid. Hubble telescope has identified numerous planets around stars in our galaxy. Probably many of these exoplanets may have their own moons. But, the present day technology is not adequate to confirm them. We are concerned more with our solar system where there are many more mysteries to be unraveled. The four gaseous giants – Jupiter (67), Saturn (62), Uranus (27) and Neptune (14) together have approximately 170 moons orbiting them. More moons could be discovered in future. Even the tiny Pluto, recently dethroned from the family of planets and downgraded, has 4 moons.

When we look at the four inner rocky planets, two innermost – Mercury and Venus – have no moons. Our next neighbour Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos. Phobos has an orbital period of 7.6 hours. If we were to stand on Martian soil, we can see it racing across the sky going through all the phases from invisibility to full.

I delved into the abstract details of the moons in our solar system solely to emphasise our position therein. Thank God, our earth has no such complication. It has a solitary moon tidally locked up and showing the same face during its journey round our planet from the time of its birth.

The moon hanging in the sky as it appears in night time has been an object of fascination for humanity from time immemorial. It has been orbiting our planet in a regular cycle and causing tides in our ocean, helping to form mangroves and stabilizing the eco system in estuaries. Film makers in Mumbai and Chennai, the first two centres of film studios, had also fallen under its influence and used it as scene creator ab initio, and music directors had risen to the occasion and composed immortal musical pieces for the heroes and heroines to cavort about in joyful abandon. Well, not always. There are also instances of heroines looking at the full moon and pining for their elusive dear ones like Nutan does in Paying Guest through the song – Chand phir nikla.

I am a bit late in acknowledging the creators of the technology which enables us easy access to interesting material and also its sharing with one and all. Let me repair the omission. One cannot adequately appreciate in written language the advantages conferred by the creators of internet, the World Wide Web, which has shrunk the world into a shell of knowledge easily accessible to all. We are forever indebted to the creator of YouTube for gaining access to snippets from our old films portraying the scene and the songs. This has opened up the frontiers of knowledge about film songs very wide.

I have been an avid follower of film music for 60 years and have not looked beyond the 60s. Hailing from south India, I still cannot grasp the meaning of the lyrics in full. The music alone has satisfied my soul. I venture to put forth my idea about the moonlit scenes and the songs that poured forth in my rudimentary English. I entreat the patrons of this blog to bear with me and ignore the peccadilloes that may surface in my write up. I am indebted to the founder of this blog AK for encouraging me in my current endeavour.

Getting down to brass tacks, I trawled through YouTube with my old collection as base and have identified around 50 songs under this category. Many more obscure songs on this theme have to be fished out from the YT, which I conveniently leave out to the senior members of this community who are far more knowledgeable than me. I have kept in mind the golden rule of the blog as far as possible. Spreading the web wide, I have tried to bring out pieces composed by less known music directors so as to stimulate interest in their works and publicise their creations. In any such venture Lata Mangeshkar, God’s gift to all music lovers, stands first. I am following a chronological order of presentation as far as practical.

1.  Chanda mama mere dwar aana by Asha Bhonsle, Baby Naaz and Manna Dey, from Laajwanti (1958), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music S. D. Burman

I begin with this music opera presented by the school children, contrary to what I stated above. Moon himself descending to the stadium and interacting with the children is a great directorial piece and Manna Dey in his inimitable voice has livened up the entire song sequence. S D Burman has woven his magic. Another song Chanda re chanda re in the same film by Asha Bhonsle could double as a lullaby.

2. Haye chanda gaye pardes by Lata Mangeshkar from Chakori (1949), lyrics Mulk Raj Bhakri, music Hans Raj Bahal

I now present this great piece from Chakori. I searched far and wide and yet could not come across the film or any live video of any of the songs from this film. In fact I am unable to gain access to any other song from this film. The bird Chakori is very near death because its favourite heavenly body – The Moon – proceeding elsewhere disappears altogether, probably behind the earth. The poor bird does not know it is only a temporary phenomenon and he or she will have a glimpse of it again. The song is full of pathos and the lyrics of the song seem to confirm the mood.

Another song on Chakori is Chakori ka chanda se pyar from the film Daman (1951), MD K Dutta and lyricist Raja Mehindi Ali Khan. Another of Lata Mangeshkar delights by this MD.

3. Bata ae chand ab kaise kahein hum daastan apni by Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar from Meharbani (1950), lyrics Anjum Dehlvi, music Hafeez Khan

Sweet composition from Hafeez Khan, another of the lesser known music directors who straddled the scene in those golden years. Talat and Lata combine as a duo and croon their way. Once again regret no live video is available. Another delightful duet by the same pair is – Tumse ho gaya pyar from the same movie. The film had ten songs written by five lyricists – Khumar Barabanqvi (3), Anjum Dehlavi (2), Khawar Zaman (3), Mashhar (1) and Shevan Rizvi (1).

4. Yeh chaand sitare kya jaanein by Suraiya from Khubsurat (1952), lyrics Shams Azimabadi, music Madan Mohan

Suraiya outpours her inner feelings through this musical piece created by that Great Master – Madan Mohan. Live video is not available. This was chosen over the other piece, Ae chaand ab tu ja, sung by Suraiya as the better of the two in my estimation. Another notable song is Mohabbat mein kashish hogi by Talat Mahmood for the hero Nazir Khan.

5. Chanda chamke neelgagan mein by Lata Mangeshkar from Bahut Din Huye (1954), lyrics Pt. Indra, msic E. Shankar Sastry

A Gemini production, it has two music directors – the above named and BS Kalla. Madhubala watched by an entranced Ratan Kumar is plucking the veena strings and Lata Mangeshkar does the rest. E Shankar Sastry is a well known veena vidwan. Delight to the ears is this piece based on classical raga. To me it looks like Raga Bhimpalasi. Very sweet to hear.

6. Chanda chamakti raat by Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood from Do Dulhe (1955), lyrics Pt. Indra, music BS Kalla

What a sweet tune at par with the established music directors of the period that has been created by BS Kalla. Lata-Talat pair have lived up to the expectations, adding zest to the scene. Shyama’s face, lighted up in intense delight, probably overshadows the full moon shining in the sky. AK may like to apply his mind to bring the MD alive in his blog. Another nice song in the movie is Naihar ke geet main gaaun by Lata Mangeshkar pictured on Shyama.

7. Chanda mama door ke by Asha Bhonsle from Vachan (1955), lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Ravi

A delicious piece dished out by Ravi. It could double as a lullaby. Asha Bhonsle has created a mother and child picture with her lisping voice and right intonation. Geeta Bali is fondling the munna and ultimately putting him to sleep with the full moon shining in the background as viewed from the balcony.

8. O raat ke musafir by Mohmmad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar from Miss Mary (1957), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Hemant Kumar

Original story is of Bengal origin. The Tamil movie Missiyamma of 1957 was a roaring success. The great actress Savitri played her role of a Christian girl faking a marriage with the hero Gemini Ganeshan, a matinee idol but affectionately dubbed as ‘sambar ’ by his fans, who also presents himself as a devout lover with no ability to convince the heroine with his credentials. In Miss Mary it is Meena Kumari and Gemini Ganesan. A rare instance of a south Indian actor acting as a hero in a Hindi movie in those days. Hemant Kumar has proved exceptional and has scored a great musical hit. In this song both are appealing to the moon to judge the other and towards end of the song Meena Kumari is dragged as a magnet capturing iron pieces to the hero.

9. Wo chaand khila wo taare hanse by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh from Anari (1959), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Shankar-Jaikishan

Very difficult to describe the song scene in adequate words. Nutan is smiling in an impish manner and taunts the hapless hero Raj Kapoor, a simpleton, and outsmarts him in his crude effort to express his love by meekly offering a flower. The beat is in absolute harmony with the song and is fast paced. SJ duo had their trademark stamped and presented a sweet and enticing piece for the listeners’ delight. Technically a duet, but Mukesh contributes only one line admitting the hero is a Anari.

10. Main to chanda ki nagari se aayi re by Sudha Malhotra and chorus from Bansari Bala (1957), lyrics Saraswati Kumar ‘Deepak’, music Kamal Mitra

A film with star cast of minor actors – Chitra, Daljeet, Minoo Mumtaz. This appears to be a period film. A typical chorus depicting a dancing damsel surrounded by a bevy of extras going through the act. It would have been mistaken for a dream sequence but for the gawking males. You see a rotating plant and the director has picturized an elliptical moon in place of circular full moon as we see in the sky. A few philosophical songs by none other than Manna Dey – Ma teri mamta kitni pyari, Maya moh ke mahal sunahre and Krodh na karna re sansari are pleasing to the ears.

11. Chaand ko dekhoji by Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar from Chaand Mere Aa Ja (1960), lyrics IC Kapoor, music Chitragupta

Nanda and Bharat Bhushan are singing their heart out in the presence of the moon which is playing hide and seek in the sky laden with clouds. A typical piece of music from Chitragupta whose distinct style is plainly discernable.

12. Chaudahvin ka chaand ho by Mohammad Rafi from Chaudahvin Ka Chand (1960), lyrics Shakeel Badauni, music Ravi

All songs presented above were sung by a female artist or as a duet in conjunction with a male singer. Here is a classic from Mohammad Rafi. Very well written piece and equally well composed by Ravi. Mohammad Rafi never fails. Any lady would love to be described in the manner done so in this song. I chose this over the other from Dulari, as a perfect ode to the beauty of a woman.

So far I have faithfully adhered to the basic policy followed in this blog. Now with humble supplication, I would like to present just two more pieces. Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to leave his imprint on the moon surface sometime in 1969. I am sure we all would love to make a journey to the moon in a rocket. Our Bollywood producers had preempted NASA and successfully sent two of their heroes in a rocket to the moon a decade earlier as you will see from the scene depicted by this song of the movie. They obviously land there and find a flourishing civilization and the usual Bollywood masala follows. I have two more songs of the film. A solo by Rafi is so funny, it can be best appreciated as a video. Its link is also included for enjoyment.

13. Hoke rocket pe sawaar by Mohammad Rafi and SD Batish from Chaand Ki Duniya (1959), lyrics Qamar Jalalabadi, music Nirmal Kumar

We have now been to the moon. As you all know mankind is looking towards the stars. Earth is doomed to be swallowed by a bulging sun in another three billion years and humans have to flee the earth long before, i.e. one billion years hence, if they are to survive as a species. The search for a solar system similar to ours and colonization of an earthlike planet revolving around a young sun within our own galaxy would become vital and I am sure future technology will cope with it provided the light velocity barrier as predicted by Einstein and confirmed by current observation is broken . Day by day new exo-planets are being discovered in our neighbourhood but none in the habitable zones around the stars. Interested viewers can access site for exo-planets here.

Here is another duet sung while travelling in a train. It is early morning time and the couple are singing to the stars with fond hope of a future together. A Shantaram movie with a bold theme of childhood widow rehabilitation. In the end society prevails and the heroine commits hara kiri. Let us enjoy the song.

14. Gaya andhera hua ujala by Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar from Subah Ka Tara (1954), lyrics Noor Lakhanavi, music C Ramchandra

I am submitting my musings for the critical appraisal of this blog followers who are veterans and I am prepared to face the barrage as Pandit Nehru told the great cartoonist of his time – “Do not spare me Shankar”. I have left out another thirty songs, and many of them may appear more meritorious. There is enough material with me to post a second part though it would suffer from the defect of being repetitive. My attempt has been to post rare songs covering as many music directors and singers as possible. Only Ravi is repeated at 7 and 12.

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1 Raj Iyer May 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

Dear Mr Rangan,

Your prose is as mellifluous as the songs you have chosen. A personal favourite “moon” song is from the 1957 Sharada – O Chand Jahaan Vo Jaaye – where Lata and Asha have matched each other note for note and come up with a song of rare beauty. It is deceptively easy and many a seasoned amateur singer must have stumbled across a note here and there. The Rajinder Kishen – Chitalkar duo who have given us many a memorable Lata solo, have indeed created a duet that is timeless in its appeal.

2 ksbhatia May 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Rangan ji;
Beautiful tecnotropic topic . You have really used high revolution telescope and a very efficient radar . I must confess that some of the songs I shall be hearing for the first time as I proceed with time to listen to them . However , I must say ….I am missing my fav.romantic song ever on chanda from Awara …….Dam bhar jo udhar muhn phere o chanda….

3 Dinesh K Jain May 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Thank you AK and DPRangan for this most charming write-up and compilation. Chand of course has had a very special place in India’s mythology, music, poetry, and love stories. Unfortunately the current music trends are unlikely to resurrect it anytime soon.

There are numerous other songs on the theme, including some very popular ones. The author has promised to come up with another installment, and I for one would wait for that with bated breath.

My own most favorite Chand song is, improbably – improbably for most Chand songs are in female voices whereas this is a Rafi number, from Kala Bazaar, Khoya khoya chand. SDB’s composition is of course top class, but Rafi has excelled himself in its rendering, and Dev Anand’s unique arms-less walking went up to another level for this song, intoxicated by unexpected reaffirmation from his long-sought love-object.

4 ksbhatia May 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

D P Rangan ji;
Chand is a fav. tag for all passionate lovers . In good or in bad times a lover fav. call is chand and Shankar Jaikishan mastered these in their plus 20 such songs .

Here is first instalment of five such songs:

1. Phool sa chehra chand si rangat…..Rafi….Raat aur din….

2.Aye sanam jisne tujhe chand si ….Mukesh….Deewana…

3. Roun main sagar ke kinare…..C H Atma……Nagina

4. Ruk ja raat thair ja o chanda…..Lata….Dil Ek Mandir….

5.Chand ek bewa ki……Talat…….Daag

…… be contd with more of SJ songs……

5 gaddeswarup May 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm

There are too many. Here is a short list led by the choice above

6 Rakesh Srivastava May 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Rangan Ji,

Incidently, I am in Mumbai these days and tomorrow is going to be a full moon day.I wish could hug this moon only reminding me of a song from 1960 movie-Sapan Suhane

Chand Kabhi Tha Bahon Mein-Sabita Banerjee-Shailendra-Salil Chowdhury

Many more songs to follow

7 D P Rangan May 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Raj Iyerji
Thank you very much for appreciating this simple post of mine. It was all due to the encouragement of AK, I hit upon this topic and penned the article. AK has done a masterly editing and made it more interesting to read. I do have a huge list but had to confine myself to a handful as usually done in these blogs. I will have an opportunity of listening to more songs I missed thanks to patrons like you.

8 D P Rangan May 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm


Very grateful to you for the nice way you have written about my humble effort. Would love to hear all the songs you would be suggesting.

9 D P Rangan May 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Dinesh K. Jain

You are something of a marvel to me. Very much appreciate the way you have written about my post. As I wrote in the post, a second part may be merely repetitive. Already I see a few of the songs from my list finding a place. With Bhatiaji in full sway, I am sure nothing will be left unrevealed.

Thank you very much for including the great AK. He has a most sobering influence on all. He had put finishing touch on my crude English in several places and made it smooth and mellifluous. I wanted to ensure that in every one of the song I included, moon should be part of the scene and hanging in the sky. There could be songs where the word – chaand or chanda – may be part of the lyrics, but the scene of the song may not contain any moon at all. I have neglected such songs in my presentation because of the plenitude of the songs with moon as part of the scene.

10 D P Rangan May 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm


Thanks for the link. I never looked for such ready compilations. I strongly believe in making elaborate search and build up a song list and I particularly look for obscure songs and those from music directors not in front rank. The effort involved in building the list is itself a reward while writing a post.

11 SSW May 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Mr. Jain a 21st century look at the moon from a 1950-60s perspective. It too will become a song of yore for succeeding generations. Of course here, the lost moon is metaphorical.

And a late 20th century Chaand song.

Both are really good compositions musically though I prefer the singing in the first one. Udit Narayan seems to have issues in the second. There is also some wooden dancing.

And what do you think of this version of your favourite song.:-)

12 Ashok M Vaishnav May 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Chand – the Moon – is certainly a fascinating subject – be it for a scientific discourse or literary or poetic one.

Films can never remain away from such a subject.

To me, the first two memories of word Chand comes in two songs:
O Chand Jahan Woh Jaaye, Tu Bhi Saath Chale Jana – Sharda – Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle – C Ramchandra
and the second one is
Mera Pagalpana to Dekho Pukarun Main Chanda ko Sajan Ke Naam Se (@ 3.20 – Zulmi Sang Aankh Ladi) – Madhumati – Lata Mangeshakr and Chorus – Salil Chaudhary

13 Anu Warrier May 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm

The title ‘Moon and Mumbai’ brought me here. I see the moon (several moons!) but where is Mumbai? 🙂

Music directors who haven’t been covered:
From the baton of Salil Choudhary, Kishore and Madhubala in Half Ticket

A lovely N Dutta composition from Apna Ghar Apni Kahani

I would like to add Chand madham hai aasman chup hai , but the song, though composed for Railway Platform is not included in the movie. (Or perhaps it was, and the VCD/DVD people cut it off? Perhaps Mr Deshmukh can clarify?)

Here’s the audio clip:

14 AK May 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

I find that Dinesh has included me in his thanks, and DP Rangan has very generously praised me for my role as editor. Anu, who is a professional editor among other things, has already put a question mark. I have to sheepishly admit to my share of the responsibility :). Anu, please take it that probably Mr Ragan means Mumbai in the sense of Bollywood. The songs you have added are very good.

You always add something which is unique. I liked the remix version of Khoya khoya chaand. Thanks.

15 KB May 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

When it comes to chaand there are several immortal songs such as Chade chanda , Dhire dhire chal chaand gagan mein, Woh chand chamka (from Sindbad the sailor ) and Ai chand zara chhup jaa (Latt Sahab)and Chanda jaa re(Manmauji ),Chaand jane kahan kho gaya (Mai Chup Rahoongi)and so on. I think it is a herculean task to select from these since all are excellent and nothing can be rejectable!A lovely post .

16 SSW May 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Thank you AK. One of my favourite Chaand songs happens to be composed by Ram Ganguly (I think maligned by some as a plagiarist of his own assistants) but this song as others in Aag are very distinct from the later Shankar Jaikishan songs for RK studios. The orchestration is quite interesting, the veena is used here to good effect and each interlude is different . The lyrics are subtly erotic too.

milan hua chanda leheron ka
goonj utha sangeet

17 atina May 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm
…..gali mein aaj chaand nikla…..
zakhm/1998/alka yagnik/anand bakhshi/m m kareem

18 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Anu ji, @13,

The said song…Chand madham hai, was very much in the movie.
Perhaps it may be present in the You Tube version available here.

19 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 20, 2016 at 10:42 pm

contd… I mean the film version available on You Tube.

20 ksbhatia May 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm

…..continuing the SJ ‘s songs on chand…..

6. Yeh chand yeh sitare…..Lata …Halaku….

7. Khushiyun se chand ….Lata…Mayur Pankh…

8. Dekh aasman mein chand…….Lata…..Shararat

9.Aa Aa bhi ja …….Lata……Teesri Kassam….

10. Hum hain tau chand……Mukesh……Main nashe mein hun…

11. Dhire dhire chal …..Rafi, Lata…..Love Marriage…

12. Yeh wada karo chand …..Mukesh, lata…..Rajhath…

13. Jhume jhume dil mera….Lata…..Poonam….

14. Chand kanwal mere….Suman kalyanpur….Sanjh aur savera

The song that follows is my all time fav. for its shear beauty captured by the director , camera man etc.

15 Tera mera pyar amar…… Lata….Asli Naqli….

……to be contd…….with more of SJ songs.

21 gaddeswarup May 21, 2016 at 5:36 am

In the spirit of @10, here is one form Jogan (1950) which I like but may not be on many lists

22 Manoj May 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

My childhood fantasy for Chandamama evaporated in July 1969 when Neil Armsrong set his foot on Lunar Surface during successful Apollo 11 mission. Yet I do enjoy all so many songs connected with our closest space neighbor.
One of my favorites is: Jab Chand Mera Nikla…. by Pankaj Mallick

23 ASHOK M VAISHNAV May 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

Let me continue from #12….

If Madhuamti , in her madness, addresses her beloved a Chand, He calls her Chandramukhi, as her face is like moon.
Nain Ka Chain Chura Kar Le Gayi,
Kar Gayi Neend Haram,
Chandrama sa Mukh tha USka
Chandramukhi Tha Naam
But, that raises a very strong protest as well:
Have Sakhi NahiN boluN BouN NahiN BoluN Re…

This is an ancient Gujarati poem set to the tune in the present times. Here she complaints that she will never speak with him if he teases me by calling me Shashi- Vadani. The moon has spots on his face and its glow keeps depleting…how dare he compare me with such an object…

24 D P Rangan May 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

AK has clarified about title. I thought Moon and Mumbai would rhyme well. Obviously due to limitation on the number of songs that can be presented by the writer, some choice has to be made and personal preferences cannot be avoided. To cover all music directors would mean lot of songs to be presented. Commentators have full liberty to add more songs to the blog.

Bhatiaji I am amazed at your industriousness in presenting songs of just one music director on chand. I do not know how I missed the song from Awara. I would certainly have added it.

Thanks for your appreciation and understanding the plight of the writer while choosing songs for presentation. My aim is to search for less known music directors and obscure songs on a theme.

25 Dinesh K Jain May 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm

D P Rangan @9

Many thanks for your most generous words.

AK had to be included; nothing ever appears here without his saying so!

SSW @11

That was a most unexpected treat, thank you very much.

26 N Venkataraman May 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I am glad to find that you have become a regular writer on this blog. Salutes to your steadfast spirit and evergreen enthusiasm. Your writing-style and content has been a great source of enjoyment. I am over the moon after reading your present post. Your selection of songs, carefully culled out of 50+ songs, a mix of familiar and unfamiliar songs, was listeners’ pleasure.

The first song was one of the lesser known songs of S D Burman. Some of my pick of the lot were Chanda chamke neel gagan mein, Haye Chanda Gaye Pardes , Wo chaand khila wo taare hanse among others. All eminently listenable songs. Another good song Chanda mama door ke reminded me of the following song
Chanda Ke desh mein rahti ek rani by Mukesh, film Mere ghar mere bachhen (1960), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Sardar Mullick

Another song that that I could recollect..
Chanda dhale pankha jhale by Geeta Dutt/Lata Mangeshkar, film Pyar ki pyas (1961), lyrics Bharat Vyas, music Vasant Desai

There are several beautiful songs on this theme and Bhatiaji and others have posted many and many more will come up in the following days.
Here is one more
Chandaniya nadiya beech nahaaye by Hemant Kumar, film Anjaan (1956), lyrics Rajendra Krishan, music Hemant Kumar

The stormy weather here in Kolkata since yesterday has no doubt brought down the temperature to comfortable limits, but the full moon has taken refuge behind the dark clouds. But you have more than compensated by bringing the moon within our view/drawing room akin to the first song in your post. Thanks a lot Ranganji for this wonderful gesture.

27 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

AK ji,

I hope this song is not posted by anyone so far.
one of my favourites and an evergreen song. Surprised how this has escaped from so many searching eyes…my gain anyway.

Hemantkumar in film Shart-1954..Na yeh chaand hoga


28 D P Rangan May 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm


Your generous appreciation of my writing is immensely appreciated. It is so kind of you. I listened to all the songs you posted. I have heard them all over radio. Would have included – chanda ke desh me as part of my writing. This song looks very similar to – chalari sajani ab kya – sung by Mukesh himself in Bombay ka Bapu.


I am very well aware of this song. I wanted to hunt for obscure songs and post them. If I had gone only after well known songs, I could have completed the post with far less effort. Such will never be my intention. We have to bring to light rarely heard songs for the benefit of all. Famous songs will play themselves. Hope you will not mistake me in my frank avowal.

29 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm

D P Rangan ji,
I fully understand your stand.However not all songs posted by you or others are less known.Infact some of them are iconic like ‘ Chanda mama door ke’. from Vachan. Or from Chaudhavi ka chand or Miss Mary etc.
Shart song is my favourite like millions others.
I will try to search and post some obscure songs now.

30 Anu Warrier May 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

AK, thanks for the clarification.
I came back here to put Dekh chand ki ore but realised that SSW had already put it in. 🙂

Mr Deskhmukh, thank you for that clarification.

31 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Here are some obscure Chanda songs…

1. Chanda des piya ke jaa…Amirbai karnataki- Bharthari44

2.Chanda re main teri gawahi-Surinder kaur- Singaar-1949


3. Main chanda hoon ya chandani-Khurshid-Chandani-1942

I hope these songs fit into the expectations.


32 D P Rangan May 22, 2016 at 5:39 am


Hats off to your posting such rare songs at a moments notice. I do agree I posted some well known songs in my write up. You will agree with me even among that category they were exceptional and live video was also available. Without live video many songs are reduced to the level of audio mp3. With the poor state of preservation of earlier period movies, it is inevitable. One of my aim is to download old time movies from you tube and then post all the songs from it as live video. With internet speeds of India, it will only be a dream. I will attempt it now as I will be in USA for the next 6 months from 27th May. One has to visit bazaars to get such movies. I have seen a busy market in Masjid India in Kuala Lampur dispensing old movies, but alas in those days I was not serious about it. Lahore and Karachi could be a good source too.

33 ksbhatia May 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

D P Rangan’ ji;
I will post a few left over of SJ ‘s songs and will open up with more songs which were popular during their time and are less heard now.

…..continuing from #20…….

16. Aaja sanam madhur chandni …Lata, Manna dey…..Chori Chori….

17. Yeh raat bheegi bheegi……..Lata, Manna dey…..Chori Chori

18. Ajao tarapte hain….Lata….Awara……

19.Chand gaya taare gaye…..Asha…..Roop ki rani choraon ka raja

20. Aye chand kisebai……Rafi…… Chooti si mullaqat……

This last song was earlier not included in the movie at the time of its release . Later on with the popularity and quality of the song it was included in the film as dream sequence .

34 ksbhatia May 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Atina’ji @17;
Gali mein aaj chand nikla…… is one of the finest song Alka Yagnik beautifully capturing the mood vis a vis its fine lyrics . The composition itself is melodious .

D P Rangan’ji ;
I am posting some of the songs which were hit during their times and are lesser heard now . I will follow with some of the songs by Naushad sahib. Simultaneously i shall be looking for some rare vintage songs as well.

1. Chand raat tum ho saath….Kishore , Lata….Half Ticket…Salilda

2. Chand zard zard hai….Rafi, Asha….Jaali Note…..OPN

3.Mujhe mil gaya bahaana…Lata….Barsaat Ki Raat……Roshan…

4.Sajan Salona maang lo……Lata, Asha….Dooj ka chand….Roshan

5. Chand takta hai idhar….Rafi, Suman….Dooj ka chand….Roshan

6.Tum ho haseen kahan ke….Rafi, Asha…..Sharabi….MM

7.Chand ko kya maalum…..Mukesh….Lal Bangla….Usha Khanna

8.Chere se zara anchal….Mukesh,Asha….Ek bar muskara do…..OPN

9.Chand si mehbooba…..Mukesh…..Himalya ki godmein….KA

10.Chand aahen bharega…..Mukesh…Phool bane aangaare….KA

35 N Venkataraman May 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Ashok Vaishnav ji,
Thanks for posting the song O Chand Jahan Woh Jaaye, Tu Bhi Saath Chale Jana (#12), also mentioned by Raja Iyer (#!). A wonderful song with Chand both in its lyrics and visual. In your next song, Nain ka chain chura kar le gai, we find the use of chandrama and chandani.

Have Sakhi NahiN boluN BouN NahiN BoluN Re by Lata Mangeshkar too is a wonderful song. Although I cannot read Gujarati I could decipher that the poem was written by Mekat Kavi Dayaram and I believe the music was by Purushottam Upadhyay.

Here is a beautiful song composed by Dilip Dholakia. There are two versions, the second version which is is short one without any music starts at 3:31
Ja ja re chanda ja re by Lata Mangeshkar, film Private Secretary (1962), lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Dilip Dholakia

36 N Venkataraman May 22, 2016 at 6:21 pm

You have mentioned that
“Moon should be part of the scene and hanging in the sky. There could be songs where the word – chaand or chanda – may be part of the lyrics, but the scene of the song may not contain any moon at all. I have neglected such songs in my presentation.”

You have included four songs where you could not find the video clippings of the songs. The visuals of those songs might have contained moon. In the comment section I find that my knowledgeable participants have branched out to songs containing the word without the presence of moon in the visuals and I am sure there will be large number of such songs with the word Chanda, Chaand, Chandni, Chandra etc. as part of the lyrics. Bhatiaji is in full swing and will be covering a major portion of such songs very soon.

Here are two highly listenable songs which have both the moon in its visuals and the word chanda and chandrama as part of the lyrics.

Chanda Re, Ja Re Ja Re, Piya Se Sandesa by Lata Mangeshkar, film Ziddi (1948), lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Khemchand Prakash

Chandrama Ja Unse Keh Do by Lata Mangeshkar and Mahender Kapoor, Film Bharat Milap (1965), lyrics Bharat Vyas, music Vasant Desai,

37 Nasreen A May 22, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Some more absolutely beautiful “chaand” and “chanda” songs.

Chaand sa mukhda kyun sharmaaya – Rafi
Chaand mera dil chaandni ho tum – Rafi
Aye chaand zara chhup jaa – Rafi
Chanda o Chanda – Kishore
Ruk jaa raat thhahar jaa re chanda – Lata
Chanda hai tu, mera suraj hai tu – Lata

But Nutan singing “chaand phir niklaa” on the terrace with hair flowing in the mild evening breeze and her indescribably soft and beautiful face (and Lata’s indescribably soft and beautiful voice to match) has to be one of the most iconic “chaand” songs (apart from Chaundvi ka chaand of course). But I guess debonair Dev running through the fields on a similar evening and Khoya khoya chaand must stand shoulder to shoulder with it.


38 D P Rangan May 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm


You may be an old hand. I am seeing you for the first time and welcome you to SoY on behalf of AK. I will try to get the you tube link of the songs you have mentioned and listen to them. Except song no. 2, I have heard the others over Radio Ceylon/Vividh Bharathi. About Nutan’s song from Paying Guest, I have mentioned it in my post.


You have caught me nicely. I know I made a tongue in cheek statement. It was my ideal when writing this post. Those 4 non live video may or may not contain moon scene. I have no means to verify them as I am sure those movies are gone for ever. Of the two songs you mentioned I heard the duet for the first time. The other in Chayanat is well known and I just omitted it. I will try to be vigilant hereafter.

39 KB May 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Chitragupt was the master of chand songs. Sri N V has mentioned about Ziddi (1948). The newer Ziddi (1964) had the famous Raat ka samaa Jhoome chandrama by Lata. We also had KAs Chand aahe bharega and so on. In the famous Aao huzoor tumko of Kismat also the starting line is Hum hai chhand aur tare.The list gone endless and the topic is the most favorite in recent times.

40 mumbaikar8 May 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

D P Rangan,
Thanks for giving us such interesting post, Venkataramanji has appreciated it so nicely all I can do is agree with him.
Good Anu asked for a clarification. I was confused about Mumbai connection too.
Shiv Sena or MNS should start an agitation on renaming Bollywood to Mollywood
Thanks to SSW for uploading the Khoya Khoya Chand remix got some idea about AK’s bizarre choice.
Ranjanji why only Chand so let us go beyond Chand with this beautiful romantic duet from Pakeezah
And not so romantic solo of the same

41 AK May 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

Though you have addressed it to DP Rangan, I am entering because you are referring to my ‘bizarre’ taste. I am puzzled because you also seem to like the remix version of Khoya khoya chaand.

42 arvindersharma May 23, 2016 at 12:57 am

AK Ji and DP Rangan Ji
Thanks once again for coming out with a great favorite theme post. Chand Chanda or Chandrama has been used in hundreds of songs since early Film songs and has been mainly penned either for beauty appreciation or separation songs.
Here are two from the vintage era, my favorites

Ae chand chup Na Jana by Kanan Devi from Nawab composed by Kamal Dasgupta and penned by Pandit Madhur

Panchhi bawra chand se preet lagaye by Khursheed from Bhakt Surdas composed by Gyan Dutt and penned by DN Madhok
Will be back with a few more

43 mumbaikar8 May 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

Why can’t I have bizarre taste?
But like this remix of Khoya K hoya Chand?

44 gaddeswarup May 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

Saw this while searching for information about the second song”Chakori-1949, was produced and directed by Mulkraj Bhakri, a close friend of Hansraj Behl, and partly financed by Nalini Jaywant. It had this immortal Lata song, Haaye chanda gaye pardes chakori yahan ro-ro mare. Hansraj Behl himself told Shri Biswanath Chatterjee that during the final recording the recordist broke down and started crying like a child… so emotional he went at this composition!”

45 Raj Iyer May 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Mr N Venkatraman,

Apart from the C Ramachandra composed O Chand jah woh jaaye, another marvellous Moon-themed song is the 1962 film Manmauji’s Chanda Ja, Chanda Ja Re Ja Re, Kaahe Aaya Hai Akela by the masterful Madan Mohan and rendered as only she can by Lata Mangeshkar.

Rajinder Kishan wrote this song too as he did the earlier O Chand Jaha Woh Jaaye, and a luminous Sadhana lit up the screen exhorting her ally to come back with her beloved. Manmauji has another gem in it – Main Toh Tum Sang Nain Milaken Haar Gayi Sajna.

46 Nasreen May 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Dear DP Ranganji

Thanks for acknowledging my message.
I have been here before but don’t know whether it would be correct to describe myself as an ‘old hand’ on this site. As somehow that expression denotes an experienced person with some expertise on a subject. I have no expertise at all. Just a deep appreciation and love of the golden voices of Hindi playback music of yesteryears and of all those responsible for creating it. The music directors, musicians, lyricists and the actors who brought those songs to life. But most of all of course the singers. These songs keep us going in today’s frenetic world.
And this is just the reason why I come here sometimes but am not able to stay long. But when I am here, I just can’t help adding my voice 🙂

And then just like the ” Chaand” I have to disappear behind the clouds too. This reminds me of another song and I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned it so far:

“Chaand jaane kahaan kho gaya” (Mukesh & Lata)

Thought of another one too just now.

“Kaisi haseen aaj bahaaron ki raat hai
Ek chaand aasmaan pe hai, ek mere paas hai” (Talat and Rafi from “Aadmi”).

Well, time to go – but before that just want to say thanks for writing on such an interesting topic. It’s the kind of theme that gives rise to much vibrant discussion which is so enjoyable.

47 D P Rangan May 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm


Thanks for your appreciation. I could not imagine this post is on such a popular topic and it was my luck to write the first one on this theme.

Very much appreciate your words about the post. It is a great encouragement for me. Have heard both the songs you posted earlier.

Read the great article on Hansraj Bahl. Thanks for sharing this.

Please read the article and try to locate the songs mentioned on you tube and let me know. I know you can do it with ease. Take your time. After collection let me know. I will send you my e mail id and you can send the link to me. This service would place me in your debt forever.

48 arvindersharma May 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm

AK Ji and DP Rangan Ji

A couple of vintage era songs

Noorjahan from Khazanchi composed by Ghulam Haider
Tu kaun si badli me chhupa chand

Rajkumari from Humayun composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Ae chand Tu bata de

49 D P Rangan May 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Fully appreciate your stand in so far as this blog is concerned. I am more or less like you. Being much older and time hanging on me, have adopted this site fully and am trying my hand at some writing average posts which AK, the good soul he is, has kindly accepted for publication. I appreciate him all the more when one realises he can keep on writing blog after blog for months with the material at his disposal and his tendency to write facile and fast. Yet he has accommodated me.


Listened to both the songs, despite MTNL poor internet connectivity with frequent outages. Complaints are listened to but rarely leads to a solution. Passing the buck is the standard dodge with them. If I had access to such old songs of 1940s would have included them. Still I am happy they are surfacing now and would be useful for a future survey by others.


Located many of the songs of Hansraj Behl and will try for more. Sorry to have bothered you. Please forget my plea and attend to your own priorities.

50 N Venkataraman May 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Mr. Raj Iyer,
Chanda Ja Re Ja Re is indeed a beautiful song and KBji too mentioned it. So what is stopping us from posting the song?
Chanda Ja Re Ja Re by Lata Mangeshkar, film Man Mauji (1962), lyrics Rajinder Kishan, music Madan Mohan

Welcome back. Thanks for mentioning my name and for posting the Pakeezah song. BTW I too like the remix version of Koya Koya chand.

Thanks for posting the songs from the vintage era. Loved the songs especially the song Panchhi bawra chand se preet lagaye,I believe in Raag Kedar.

Here is another song rendered by Noorjehan from a Pakistani film.
Chaandni raatein sab jag soye hum by Noor Jahan, Pakistani film Dupatta ( 1955), lyrics Mushir Kazmi, music Ferooz Nizami

51 N Venkataraman May 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Sorry, it should have been Khoya Khoya Chand

52 Nasreen May 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Dear Ranganji

I would not say your post is ‘average’ at all. See how it has moved people to write and come up with all the Chaand songs they can think of. In fact, I thought of one again, by Shamshad Begum:

“Chaandni aayi banke pyaar o saajna”

Sir, you may be a bit older, not VERY much older though. Anyone who knows and appreciates the songs we are talking about has to have reached a considerable age. Like me. However, as long as we appreciate music, I think we remain essentially young. But yes, time is my one big enemy as I would have loved to, if not write myself, at least read what everyone says. I have certainly read AK’s posts with great interest and have learnt much from them as from comments on the site. But to remain involved requires the “phursat” I do not seem to have.
However, one makes the time for special things. As in the beautiful song :

“chandaa ko dhoondne sabhi taare nikal pade”


53 mumbaikar8 May 23, 2016 at 7:17 pm

I should thank SSW one more time because of his upload
I got idea about your bizarre taste too.

54 arvindersharma May 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

AK Ji and DP Rangan Ji
Continuing with a few more vintage posts here are three more

Khursheed from Chandni composed by Khemchand Prakash
Main chand hoon ya Chandni

Rajkumari from Bhakt Ke Bhagwan composed by Chanlal Thakur a name I’m not familiar with
Ae chand Tu bata de mera chand Kahan hai

This is a song that I love
Uma Devi from Chandralekha composed by S. Rajeshwar Rao
O chand mere kyon door khada sharmaye

Venkataraman Ji
Thanks for your kind words
Of the songs you have posted , Chandaniya nadiya beech nahaye is a great favorite
So is Chanda dhale. I don’t think that this topic of Chand will be forgotten early

Ashok Vaishnav Ji
Have sakhi has become a great favorite song of mine and I make it a point to play the song with my Gujarati friends. Still remember very fondly the discussion we had

KS Bhatia Ji
You are doing a great job with posting amazing collections of songs after songs
Hats off to your spirit and great knowledge
Will be back with More

55 arvindersharma May 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm


A few solos by Talat
Ae chand Sitaron so jao from Dil e Nadaan composed by Ghulam Mohammed

Chand mera baadlon me kho gaya from Pathan composed by Faqir Mohammed

Chand ik choodi ki tarah toota hua (prelude)
Koi nahi mera is duniya me from Daag composed by SJ

Tum chand se haseen ho from Aurat Teri Kahani composed by Bulo C Rani

Ae chand Sitaron from Daera composed by Jamal Sen

And a big welcome to Mumbaikar8, whom I was missing here
And is Hans Ji listening as well

56 Raj Iyer May 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm

AKji and DP Ranganji,

Even though all of us on the blog are not exactly enamoured ofHindi film music beyond the 60s, I remembered a very melodious and hummable Kishore Kumar number of the early 70s – Chanda Ki Kirno Se Lipti Hawaye, Sitaro ki Mehfil Jawaan, Aaake Mil Ja – it’s indeed well penned by Verma Malik and composed by the underrated Chitragupt. To say that the video is underwhelming would not be overstating the case – Baldev Khosa and Padmini Kapila emote as well as mannequins would.

Here’s the youtubelink:

57 gaddeswarup May 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm

If somebody has not mentioned it already, this one by Bhanumati and Talat from Chandirani appeals to me (I like the Telugu version better)

58 gaddeswarup May 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Another favourite where chand comes around 3:25. I do not understand it well though I got the gist of the song at one stage from a Pakistani blog

59 ksbhatia May 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

D P Rangan, Arvinder Sharma. Venkatraman ‘ [ji’s] ,

Thanks for the encouragements and appreciations . We all have common tastes as far as golden and vintage songs are concerned . The topic chosen I think is having maximum number of songs ; and why not as Chand conveys many moods…..sad, happy, romantic, tragic …etc.

Arvinder sharma ji has brought a good number of vintage songs to the forefront and mentioning of Hansraj Behl has shaken my soul by his very beautiful composition …….Haye jiyaa roye….by Lata ji….from Milan [1958 movie ] .

I am not posting any other song fearing this song might get lost .

Like Arvinder ji , I am also missing Hans ji’s participation which is long due .

60 ksbhatia May 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm

D P Rangan’ ji;
A few songs of golden period :

1. Raat bhi hai kuchh bhegii bhegii……Lata…..Mujhe jeene do….Jaidev

2. Chand madham hai…..Lata…..Railway Platform…..MM

3. Aye chand tere saath….Surender kaur…..Dada[1949]….Nashad

4. Phir wohi chand…..Lata, CR…….Baarish…..CR

5. Chandni Raaten…..Noorjahan……Dupatta……old pak movie.

……to be contd……

61 Shalan Lal May 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

“ @24 D P Rangan May 21, 2016 at 11:14 am
“AK has clarified about title. I thought Moon and Mumbai would rhyme well.”
My dear Ranganji
Moon does not rhyme with Mumbai. Perhaps you meant “alliteration”.
The alliteration occurs in speech or writing when the words have repeated same or similar sound as in your expression “Moon and Mumbai”. Here the “Mŭ” sound is repeated. There are many alliterations sounds in English Tongue Twisters and other languages as well for example:
“Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled pepper.”
Following illustration is full of rhymes from the Doris Day Film “By the Light of Silvery Moon 1953”:
By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I’ll croon love’s tune,
Honey Moon! Keep a-shining in June,
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams, we’ll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.

This song was parodied by another famous parody maker Mr Bill Murray in the American Variety Theatre in his own show called “Stand Up and Sing ”
“Oh, I’m sick of all these ditties about “moon” and “spoon” and “June”
So, will you stand up, and sing for your father, an old time tune! ………

I have no problem with the subject of Mr Rangan’s post. Somebody has to handle subjects like, Moon, Rain, Birah (Seperation) Clouds, Dil, Sama, (atmosphere and ambiance) Gesu or hair etc.

Mr Rangan has done well and he has uplifted the subject taking it the sky high and space and even found the only Sci-Fi film and songs as well. He has gone boldly where no post writer has gone before! Three cheers for Rangin Rangan or shall I say Rasila Rangan!

For me any subject gives an opportunity to look back at the songs, singers, lyrics and lyricists composers, actors, scenes and much more.

Here is a song that came back to me after many, many years and the memory about it.

The singer is Sursaagar Jagmohan and the song is:

“Yeh Chaand Nahin Teri Aarati”

This was brought back by my music mad uncle sent to Calcutta by Grandpa on a business trip.

It was on the A side of 78 rpm brittle record. On the other side was “Muze Na Sapanose Bahalao”

The “Chand” song was played so many times eventually it lost its quality of the groove.

I asked my wise uncle, “Would not the word “Aarati” be “Aarasi?” He said it was at first but Dilip Kumar Roy told him it should be “Aarati” and Sursaagar accepted it.


62 Rajneesh Chawla May 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm

I guess Rajinder Krishan would be the lyricist with most of popular Chand songs
1) O raat ke musafir chanda zara bata de
2) O chaand jahan woh jaaye
3) Chaand jaane kahan kho gaya
4) Ek raat mein do do chaand khile
5) Ae Chaand kal jo aana unko bhi saath lana
6) Meri samne wali khidki mein ek chaand ka tukda
7) Ae Chaand pyar mera tujhse keh raha hai
8) Tum chaand ke saath chale aao
9) Aa gupchup pyar kare
10) Chaand jaane kahan kho gaya
11) Tum ho Hasin kahan ke hum chaand aasmaan ke
12) Badli se nikala hai chaand
13) Phir wahi chaand, wahi hum
14) Chanda loriya sunaye hawa jhulna jhulaye
15) Chanda ja chanda ja re ja, kahe aaya tu akela

63 Giri May 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm

AK ji,
You are adding more jewels to this blog by asking people like Ms.Shalan All Mr.Rangan to contribute. They have chosen subjects like ‘birds’ (Ms.All), ‘horse’ and ‘moon’ (Mr.Rangan) which often occur in HFM.With their knowledge and research they have come up with gems. The knowledgeable followers of this blog have embellished them further. It all adds up to the immense pleasure to the silent followers like me.
A big thanks to all of you.
Now may I suggest another subject with great potential:
Flowers!(like kamal, gulab, champa, chameli etc.) One of the erudite persons here with flair for writing may be asked to track this subject.

64 AK May 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

We are lucky to have people like Shalan Lal and DP Rangan, not to forget several other guest writers who have contributed scholarly articles on SoY. They do it selflessly and without any nudging from me. Thanks to them and also to the readers for their active participation.

फूल is such a ubiqitous theme that I can see Mr Rangan jumping at it. I can bet there would be an article from him on this theme before long.

65 AK May 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Rajneesh Chawla,
Welcome to SoY. That is a superb compilation and interesting observation. ‘Chaand’ is such a common theme that we would need to examine some more lyricists, such as Shailendra, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shakeel Badayuni and Sahir Ludhiyanavi to conclude that there is any significant difference between lyricists.

66 Giri May 26, 2016 at 7:31 am

The name of Ms.Shalan Lal has been misspelt (@64) thanks to Google predictive text.
My apologies.

67 Shalan Lal May 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Gir@ 64&67
I should not worry about getting my name wrong. My relatives always called me “Silly Shally” and believe it or not I liked it.

Your priase for some of us is glorifying but we must humble about it.

The subjects small or minor big or alluring all are good. That gives us opportunity to look at the various aspect of the film and more so of the musical side of the visual art.


68 Shalan Lal May 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

ASHOK M VAISHNAV @23 May 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

Your pointing out about the mention of Chandramukhi is very interesting from Madhumati 1958 main actors Dilip K and Vaijayanthi Mala, Directed by Bimal Roy has a reference to the another film made earlier by Bimal Roy Devdaas acted in by Dilip K, Suchitra Sen and Vaijayanthi Mala. That won Suchitra Sen Film Fare Best heroine Actress and Vaijaynthi Mala Best supporting actress which she refused to take it reasoning that her role was also on the par of the heroine Paro. Vaijayanthi Mala acted the role of “Chandramukhi” the prostitute in Calcutta who fell for Devdaas. The word “Chandramukhi” was made popular by the literature’s great writer Sharat Chandra. It is believed by the scholars of Sharat Literature that Sharat Chnadra lived with or married a pretty (Chandra) prostitute. Before the Devdaas Chandramukhi it seems that the word is very absent in Indian literature. The word “Chandra-Vadan or Chandraapida was in literature. Chandra is mostly used as a simile or full simile that is a metaphor for a pretty woman. The word “Hansmukh as a male name is very popular among the Gujarati community but not “Chandramukh”.
There is more with this reference.


69 arvindersharma May 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Continuing with the early Lata solos of Chand

Preetam se ja ke keh de o Chanda from Hamari Kahani MD Hemant Kedar

Ae chand Pyar mera from Khazana MD C Ramchandra (the same is mentioned by Rajnish Ji above)

Chanda tujhko laaj na aaye from Bhola Shankar MD Snehal Bhatkar

Kal jalega chand aadhi raat from Nirmohi MD Madanmohan

Tu Chanda kyon muskaye by Pandit Govindram from Chor

Tum chand ke saath chale Aao from Aashiyana by Madanmohan

Taare wohi hain chand wohi hai from Anmol Ratan by Vinod
To be continued…

70 Arunkumar Deshmukh May 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm

AK ji,

“before Devdas, the word Chandramukhi is very absent in Indian Literature” is a statement which is shocking.

Kavi Kalidas in the 4th and 5th century, in his two works, kumarsambhavam and Meghdootam has used this word several times.
Rev Lalbihari De wrote ‘Chandramukhi Upakhyan” in the year 1859. It was serialised in magazine ‘Arunoday ‘since 1857. ( Ref: India’s Literary History by Stuart Blackbary, page 374 note no. 36 )
All this happened before Sharat babu was even born. Sharatchandra Chatterjee was born on 15-9-1876 and died on 16-1-1938.
The word Chandramukhi was in use in Telugu old literature too in the 1850s.
There may be hundreds of references available, if one searches.
This is only for information.

71 AK May 27, 2016 at 5:40 am

Perhaps you meant to address it to Shalan Lal. I am entirely with you. ‘Chandramukhi’ as a metaphor must have existed for centuries for a beautiful moon-like face (literary moon of imagination is of course very different from the real moon). Thanks for all the information. It is quite natural that there would be several more references in classical Sanskrit literature and Ritikaleen Hindi poetry. Perhaps Shalan Lal meant to say something else.

72 Shalan Lal May 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

ArunK DeshMukh @71 & AK 72

As Mr Deshmukh gave plenty of information in literatures about the word Chandramukhi I would like to withdraw my remark,”“before Devdas, the word Chandramukhi is very absent in Indian Literature.”

However I would like to say I think this metaphore and its use of naming a person to me is very unusal however a person has limitless beauty. I mean there is difference between a proper name and an adjective.

In my above remark I wanted to praise Mr A Vaishnave for bringing in to notice what happend in the film Madhumati.

We had the Devdas of Saigal for twent years before and there was not much ref to Chandramukh coming in the public domain. Dilip K’s Devdas came and suddenly we have got “ChandraMukhi” refs’ started appearing in the post Devdas 1955 films. It is a curious matter.

I have only read two cantos of Kumara Sambhav and I had read Ritu Samhar couple of times. But it seems I have missed “Chandramukhi. In my next round to British Library for reading Sanskrit literatures I shall look for the word”Chandramukhi”. I shall also try to find the information about “Rev Lalbihari De wrote ‘Chandramukhi Upakhyan” in the year 1859. It was serialised in magazine ‘Arunoday ‘since 1857. ( Ref: India’s Literary History by Stuart Blackbary, page 374 note no. 36 ”

I have got a feeling that Sharat himself had made this word and he had little reference to the works mentioned by Mr Deshmukh. But I can be wrong. I have been wrong many times before. One learns by one’s own mistakes and carry on. I have no shame in this confession.

Any way my praise for Mr Deshmukh for finding cross refs so quickly.


73 gaddeswarup May 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Sharan Lal@73 There was prominent Bangali lady during Sarat’s time Chandramukhi Basu (1860-1944), one of the first two momen graduates in Bengal. Though I cannot find any proof that Sarat knew about her, it seems to be a possibility.

74 D P Rangan May 28, 2016 at 6:27 am


Many thanks for your appreciation of the blog. Flowers is a good idea. I can write a nice thesis on the introductory part. It is the poverty of songs which will hold me. At present I know of only one song from the film Anokha Pyar, where Nalini Jaywant as the flower girl sings the song – Mere phoolon ki chupi hai jawani

75 D P Rangan May 28, 2016 at 6:50 am

Madam Shalan Lal

Always await your scholarly comments. You have made me blush, though I doubt whether it would be evident considering my face is as pockmarked as the moon and my complexion, with your comments. I fully agree with you on my mistake about rhyme. I have to dust off my old grammar book – Wren & Martin and Nesfield and refresh my knowledge. In our school days we used to have regular grammar classes and a paper on grammar alone. You would make a wonderful teacher.

76 Shalan Lal May 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm


Thanks for your brilliant information. I hope “Chandramukhi Basu (1860-1944)” did not inspire Sharat to create that “Chandrmukhi” in his short story about Devdaas.
But your information is pointed at my mistake again to presume that the proper name “Chandramukhi” was not fmaous.
The last sentence of the story is to the effect of “Whatever happened to Devdaas is not important but the importance is about “Paro”. Meaning she was going to have a very bad living. However somehow both Devdaas films had given importance to Devdaas.


77 Shalan Lal May 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

D.P.Rangan @76

Thanks for your comment. Oh I shall never be a teacher with so many mistakes I am making now. My students will runaway from my class as fast as possible.
So you are making another trip to the U.S.A. eh? Well you will have ample good time as Trump will be there every morning on the TV. Best wishes
Don’t eat too many hotdogs and get indugestion!


78 ksbhatia May 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Arvinder Sharma ‘ji ;
Thanks for the fine collection of chanda songs . The song ….Tum chand ke saath chale aao………stands out among the best . This Madan mohan’s creation is my long time fav.

Thanks Ms Shalan Lal for reminding the superb vintage song …..Yeh chand nahin teri Aarti hai…….by Jagmohan . K L Saigal , Jagmohan, K C Dey , Pankaj Mullick were the great gifted singers of their time .

79 ksbhatia May 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

D P Rangan ji ;
Bon Voyage and happy landing . I suppose you will be there with your family for quite some time . I think this is the best time of the year in U S A for senior citizen to visit their family when the atmosphere and temperatures are aged friendly . Which part of States are you landing?

80 ksbhatia May 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Ms Shalan Lal @62;

Your reference to Doris Day’s song reminds me of Laural and Hardy moon songs ; which I used to play on VHS ;when my daughters were young . A pure fun to watch and listen to……

…..Lazy moon come out soon…. Pardon Us

&….Shine on harvest moon…..Flying Deuces

Both the songs in one clip :

Besides , Chanda ki nagri , there is one more of the mid 60s…..Trip to moon ; alias…Chand per chhadai. The film had Dara Singh , Helen and Bhagwan in the main lead with music by Usha khanna . Some of the songs are filmed on the moon . Browsing thru the songs and movie makes you wonder about the presence of human , clothes , air , vegetation , art and architecture similar to our own world . Moreover ; there is a reference of human living on Mars planning to attack Moon and how our hero, Dara Singh prevents la James Bond style
[ Now this reminds me of actual James Bond movie ….Moonraker of 1979 ] .

Both the bollywood movies were made before the man landing on the moon.

A song from Trip to moon :
Door na ja Jaane wafa…..Lata….

81 D P Rangan May 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm


After a bad journey by Emirates we landed in Dallas, Texas and my son picked us from airport. Big city absolutely empty in the roads. What a contrast with India. Temperature is around 22′ c. From roasting to shivering is what I am experiencing in the house, fully air conditioned. Still I would prefer India.

By now I have come to the conclusion anything is possible for you. Another science fiction on Moon. Could never imagine. Song is not bad either. The plot must be the usual Bollywood formula.

Madame Shalan Lal

I am now in Dallas. You must have come here many times. I never eat out here and prefer home food of the simplest type. My son goes out regularly to eat out taking his mother. I refuse to come and am happy with mere rice, curd and a pickle at home. I now weigh around 50 kgs only and hope to maintain it for the brief period left for me. I love your dissertations on any subject. Please continue to be active.

82 D P Rangan May 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm


What a treasure trove you are unearthing. Listened to all the songs here in Dallas and enjoyed them all. More installments are welcome.

83 Shalan Lal May 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm

P.D.Rangan @81

How nice to hear from you from Dallas, Texas. Yes I was there for few weeks long back with my tall Texan boy friend.

It’s pity you’re on Rice ‘n’ Curd. But then if youare only 50kgs that is very good. Thos tall and fat Texan may be wondering at you with envy.

You’re a blessed man. Have very good time in U.S.A. where plenty to see and plenty to eat for you good fruits like Banana. probably one is more thant enough fo one meal.

Your post is rocketing towards the century post.


84 Shalan Lal May 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

ksbhatia @80

Thanksfor reminding those two songs. Both are loved by me. There are many Moony songs in the early Hollywood. But it will be difficult now to make convincingly a moon song like those now as America is in full swing for the space programme.

Thanks again for your contribution. You’re a wonderful person that so many songs you have at your finger touch.


85 Jignesh Kotadia May 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

coming back to SoY planet …
great collection of moon songs DPRanganji.
Chaand maddham hai .. would be on top in my favorite moon songs, no doubt.
others are Chaand phir nikla, Tum chaand ke saath chale aao, Maine chaand aur sitaaronki tamanna ki thi, Ruk ja raat theher ja re chanda…

86 D P Rangan May 30, 2016 at 8:12 pm


Very happy to see your comments. I see you after some absence. Thanks for the appreciation. All the songs you mentioned are good and I have heard them in radio days. I know you can unearth more rare songs too.

Madame Shalan Lal

While my son is worried about my run down condition as he describes the thin me, your appreciation is very much taken to heart. I will have some good time with 6 month old grandson and afterwards I travel to Cincinatti to see my elder son and his two children. I will be an active participant of SoY. Industrious AK has pushed one more post within a week.

87 Giri May 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Rangan ji@74
As AK has mentioned “phool” is ubiquitous in HFM.
Further, different varieties of flowers like ‘gulab, ‘kamal’ ‘champa’ ‘chameli’ etc. will widen the field. You can get over the jetlag,enjoy the summer in Dallas, and relax. We will eagerly wait for your post.

88 D P Rangan May 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm


You have put the proposition. I will try to work out on it during the next few days. I will write a semi technical introduction as I have been doing for earlier posts. I believe in a little education for followers of the blog on any subject I write. I will have to hunt for songs.

89 Jignesh Kotadia May 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm

on your demand
a song from EK DO TEEN (1953, Vinod)
Ashaji’s best

Lo phir chaand nikal aaya
Tum paas nahin mere
Haaye dil is liye ghabraaya

Kausar Parveen’s great melody from
Gumnaam (1954,

Ae chaand unse kehna
afsaane ban gaye hai
Hum apne dil ke haathon
diwaane ban gaye hai

90 Jignesh Kotadia May 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm

DO DULHE has a wonderful Lata gem apart from Naihar ke geet main gaaun

Pyar ki nishaaniyan
guzri hui kahaaniya
kabse rula rahi hame
tumhari meherbaaniyan

sent this song’s mp3 to you thru whatsapp.


seen many times these names on myswar:
B.S.Kalla, B.K.Kalla, S.K.Kalla

plz throw some light on these people.

91 ksbhatia June 1, 2016 at 12:09 am

D P Rangan ji ;
Good to know that you are enjoying the company of your children and grand children ; as also keeping in touch with S o Y family as well .

Well having a stint with SJ’s chand songs ‘ here are a few of Naushad’s Chand songs which are my fav. and without doubt AK ji’ as well .

1. Tu mera chand main teri chandni…..Shyam , suraiya….Dillagi

2. Chand chhupa aur tare dube……MK….Sohni Mahiwal…

3. Chandni ban ke pyar ….Shamshad ……Dullari..

4. Tumahare sang main bhi…..Lata…..Sohni Mahiwal….

5.Raat rangeeli mast nazare….Rafi Lata…..Dullari

6. Dekh liya maine ……Rafi , Lata……Deedar…..

7. Yaad mein teri jag jag ke hum…Lata, Rafi…..Mere Mehboob

8. Eid ka din tere bin…..Lata , Rafi…..Sohni Mahiwal….

9. Do sitaroan ka milan…..Rafi, Lata……Kohinoor….

10. Chandan ka palna……Hemant …..Shabab….

….. more to follow……

92 Hans June 1, 2016 at 1:02 am

Sharmaji & Bhatiaji,
‘tumne pukara aur ham chale aaye’.
You both have really embellished the excellant post by Ranganji. And since both of you, me and mumbaikar8 have many common likings, I very rarely feel a need to post songs after you all have posted.

In respect of chand songs there is a lot of variety. Some of the categories which can be made are, praise of beloved through the medium of chand, description of surroundings in a romantic scene, talking to the moon, comparing the moon with someone you love be it a lover a child or some other. Even after these categories there are a lot of songs left which can be put in miscellaneous category.

I feel despite the no. of songs crossing the 100 mark, some of the most romantic songs on chand have been left out. I would like to list them.

First, there are two songs picturised on Joy Mukherjee and Saira
1. Husn se chand bhi sharmaya hai – Door Ki Awaj
2. Jahan tu hai wahan phir chandni ko – Aao Pyar Karen
3. Ye chand sa roshan chehra – Kashmir Ki kali

In urdu chand is called mahtab. I dont find any songs which used mahtab or mahjabeen. Here are some
4. Ab kya mishal doon – Aarti
5. Mana mere haseen sanam – Adventures of Robinhood
6. Sun ae mahjabeen – Dooj Ka Chand (this song contains sentiments similar to the Leader duet ‘tere husn ki kya tareef karoon’ and both films came in 1964)

to be continued..

93 Hans June 1, 2016 at 1:37 am

Continuing with Rafi songs

7. Chand kitni door tha – Afsana (1966)
8. Maine poochha chand se – Abdullah
9. Itni haseen itni jawan raat kya karen – Aaj Aur Kal
(the word chandani is used in the 1st antara)
10. Chandni raat men yun dil ko jala ke – Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati
11. Chand jaisa badan phool sa parahan – Rustam-e-Baghdad
12. Ye mera prem patra padhkar – Sangam (‘tujhe main chand kehta tha’ in the first antara)

There are some very famous male songs which have not been posted or listed. I am giving only a list.

1. Ye raat ye chandani phir kahan – Hemant – Jaal (1952)
2. Chup hai dharti chup hain chand sitare – Hemant – House No. 44
3. Ye hawa ye raat ye chandani – Talat – Sangdil
4. Tujhe sooraj kahun ya chanda – Manna Dey – Ek Phool Do Mali
5. Gore gore chand se mukh par – Mukesh – Anita

94 Dinesh K Jain June 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

What is very interesting about the 1954 Pakistani song is that in the movie’s titles, the hero’s name is “Sudhir”! Does anyone know how this came about so?

95 arvindersharma June 1, 2016 at 7:38 am

DP Rangan Ji
Nice to know that you have reached your destination and are enjoying your time with the family. Eagerly awaiting your next post which you mentioned in our telephonic talk.
A big welcome to dear Hans Ji and one Rafi vintage for him
Rafi from Khoj
Chanda ka dil toot gaya

96 D P Rangan June 1, 2016 at 7:40 am

There is no question of any demand on my part. I wrote the blog and AK was kind enough to accept and publish it. I have merely introduced the subject and it is for the experts monitoring this blog to come out with further embellishments by way of interesting anecdotes and songs on the theme. I am overwhelmed at the response and am very thankful to all of you for adding a plethora of songs which was way beyond my capacity.

97 Arunkumar Deshmukh June 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Dinesh K Jain ji,


The real name of actor SUDHIR of Pakistan was Shah Zamaan Khan Afridi.
He was born in 1922 and started his acting career in Bombay in the 40s with small roles. He was Hero in film Farz-1947. Then he migrated to Pakistan and acted in several hit films. He died in 1997.
Like many other Muslim actors in pre-partition era he had taken a Hindu name.
There were few more such actors in Pakistan with Hindu names.Also actresses.

98 Dinesh K Jain June 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Thank you, Deshmukh ji, though I find it odd that Pakistani actors should have continued using their Hindu pseudonyms so many years after the partition…shows a greater degree in that benighted land then than in the latter years.

99 ksbhatia June 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Hans ‘ji ;
Welcome back and with so many songs it is return with a big bang ; and that is what we all were missing your expertise on different subjects . With chand you outdid IPL .

While every one liked …..chand phir niqla…..a beautiful creation of SDB , I will add three more of SDB great numbers which are as good :

1. Thandi hawayein leharate ayein…..Lata…..Naujawan….

2. Rote rote guzar gayi raat re…..Lata…..Buzdil….

3. chup hai dharti…..Hemant……House no 44….

100 Shalan Lal June 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

DP Rangan @88
My dear mr Rangan, you charming fella and lucky fella as well as you’re in America at its most dramatic time my suggestion to you is do not rush to write down on “Phool” or bother to comment on each and every comment of SoY posts. Do not waste your time for the time, as you are in America get involved in the American scenes as you are keen observer of human scenes. See how Americans are reacting to the present drama of Presidential Election. See how Indians in America are acting. See how your relatives and their friends are commenting on the political situation.

If possible with the help of your sons create your own web “Dallas Calling” and present your daily or weekly reviews of the “Aankho Dekha Haal” etc.

You can always come back to “Phool” as said in the RK Awara song “Muzko Phool, Muzko Geet, Muzko Preet Chahie, Muzko Chaiye Bahar”!

Subject is yours as AK has mentioned. And more over you can write on all those objects RK has mentioned in his song.

Shalan Lal

101 ksbhatia June 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

D P Rangan ji ;
I think Ms Shalan Lal is right . Generally every alternate summer me and my family spends two months in Atlanta with my elder daughter’s family. I switch off my techno activities and enjoy going out almost every day . There are three or four long outings as well. Being lover of nature, which is plenty in america, I have made about forty DVD’s of our travel vacation besides taking more than 2000 fotos . Beautiful instrumental music serves as background music for the DVD’s . The fav. music I choose are by ……Richard clyderman [piano], Andre rieu [ orch], James Last [orch] , Billy Vaugh [ orch] …..etc . Whenever i play golden period hindi songs I try to shoot the scene in B /W for giving it a period effect.

Whenever I am in a mood to see my grand children I get glued to my DVDs and enjoy the holidays I have spend at various point of times.

102 D P Rangan June 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm


Thanks for your comment on the post. Listened to the songs you posted. Some of them are new. You are being hailed as a long lost dear one. Do remember SoY and frequent it.

Madame Shalan Lal

Very considerate of you to give me such sage advice. Will try to follow it. I will have lot of leisure and time to spend and will enjoy it to the utmost. I do have ideas for a few more posts. Will pursue them at a gentle pace. Once I gather the songs, I tend to complete a post in one or two days utmost. Now I will pursue a more gentler pace of work.


You are more industrious in other front too. I am a keen photographer myself and shoot with DSLR and use many advanced softwares to process them. Nothing like visiting nature and capturing them in digital cameras.

103 Shalan Lal June 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

ksbhatia @ 101 & DP Rangan @ 102

You two seemed to have many other irons in the fire. Very glad to know that you have artistic angles and you are good photographers as well.

Just to suggest both of you that animals and nature are not just two subjects for the photographers. Your subjects could be anything under above and inside of the earth as well.

For example the streets and street scenes, street food and people on the streets, animals and children and adults who make their livings on the streets.

Once I was in Delhi and a Rikshaw hit a street dog and the dog cried for a long time like a little child hurt by its adult and it was looking for kindness from the human beings but humans around laughed and told the dog to scrm. I did not have a camera on with me at that time . This dog was almost human.

You can have your Gallery on the Internet and show your art to the rest of the world just like a blog.


104 ksbhatia June 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm

D P Rangan ji;
Here are few songs to add to the booty …….. chand…. :

1.Gori gori chandni……Lata….Raja Harishchandra….Husan lal Bhagatram

2.Tu chand mein chandni……Lata, Rafi…Raja Harishchandra…HB…

3.Naya naya chand hai….Geeta dutt, Manna dey…Khuda ka banda..SNTripathi

4.Mast chandni jhoom…..Geeta dutt, Mukesh….Pyar ki Baaten…..Khayaam, Bulo C Rani….

5.Woh dekho udhar chand…..Geeta dutt, Mannadey….Roop Kumari….S N Tripathi .

……more to follow……

105 AK June 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

KS Bhatiaji,
Let me join in. Gori gori chaandni is too good. Thanks a lot.

I don’t know whether you noticed that you have just made a great discovery. Wo dekho udhar chaand‘s tune was duplicated by SN Tripathi in Lata Mangeshkar’s Nigaahon mein tum Ho khayalon mein tum ho in Jadoo Nagari. That makes three pair of songs of SNT of this type – a unique feature among all MDs. Two pairs I have mentioned in the anniversary posts of last year and this year.

106 ksbhatia June 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

AK ji @105;
I am surprised by this rare ditto similarity of songs that I was not aware of . Thanks for engraving . The antras, interlude and orchestration ….all falls under duplicate catog. But both the songs are soothing and is a pleasure for leisure listening .

This reminds me of the other triplicate SDB ‘s songs discovered about a year back……Tumre sang to raain beetai….[ kishore , lata song], ….Albela main ek dil wala …..[ Antara of this song from Miss India is the mukhda of Sagina song ]…..and the original song of the mid 40s by shamshad begum [ ?] .

107 AK June 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

KS Bhatiaji,
Shamshad Begum’s song you are referring to is Saari khushiyan saath laayi from Jeevan Jyoti (1953) which SD Burman reused as Tumhre sang to rain bitaayi. Other such cases of MDs reusing their old tunes are more a case of adaptation, eg Tera dil kahan hai from Chandni Chowk which Roshan reused for Rahein na rahein hum. SNT takes the cake in that he has simply fitted different sets of words as a karaoke, and we have discovered his at least three pairs. (I should mention SDB/Shamshad Begum’s was discovered by Mumbaikar8 and Venkataramanji.)

108 ksbhatia June 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

AK ji;
Thanks for the reminder of SDB’s Jeevan Jyoti song . Yes , it was Mumbaikar8 and Venkatraman ji’s discovery.

Lata’s …rahen na rahen hum….is same tune as Geeta dutt’s …Tera dil kahan hai….. . The common factor is Roshan . I think SNT surpassed all with the three pairs of songs.

109 ksbhatia June 9, 2016 at 11:21 pm

AK ji;
Talking of similar tune/ songs reminds me of two such vintage songs …..

1. Ayy ayy o……Mangammasabatham[1941]….S R Rao

2.Suno suno pyare more…..Shamshad ….Mangla[1950]…Kala, Parthashastri, Shastri…..

There is no doubt that both the songs are similar though the MDs are different . Yet I have come across one more song of 1949 whose preludes and interludes are based on these two songs . I think I need to know confirmation of experts wheather I am Correct . Yes, very careful listening is required.
The song is…..

Pyar mein tumne dhokha seekha…..Shamshad , Mukesh…Shabnam……SDB

110 AK June 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

KS Bhatiaji,
A small correction. Tera dil kahan hai is probably sung by Asha Bhosle.

111 N Venkataraman June 10, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Bhatiaji, AKji
Thanks for the nice additions (#104). Akji has very sharp ears and eyes to trace such similarities (#105). Thanks Akji.
#109 – Yes there some similarity in the preludes and the interludes in the song mentioned by you, but it may be a coincidence.
Mangamma Sabatham (1943) was produced by S S Vasan (Gemini Pictures). The film was remade in Hindi and Telugu in the year 1950 by S S Vasan. Since the later versions were produced by the same production house the original tunes of some of the songs were retained, even though the music directors were different. S Rajeswar Rao was the MD for the Tamil Version and M D Parthasarathy was the MD for the Hindi and Telugu versions, B S Kalla and Emini Shankara Sasthry were the associate music directors, the ‘original’ Tamil version itself being ‘inspired’ by a Carmen Miranda song.

Let me share this melodious song. Good lyrics too. I am sure you and AKji will enjoy it.
Ja Re Chandra Ja Re Chandra Aur Kahin Ja Re by Lata Mangeshkar, film Sajni (1956), lyrics Narendra Sharma, music Sudhir Phadke

112 ksbhatia June 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm

N Venkatraman ji , AK ji ;
The prelude and interlude of Shabnam song…..Pyar mein tumne dhokha seekha……seems to be the demand of the song number and not by coincidence ; for the reason that all the dancing girls on the stage are dressed up like the dancer of Carmen Miranda . To me all the three songs are derivative of Carmen Miranda songs.

Carmen Miranda song……..

Shabnam song……

The song ….ja re chandra….from Sajni….is beautiful soft melody. Thanks for posting the same.

I will continue with more of Chanda songs and here are few more . Some of them may get repeated but I included them as they were only mentioned and not posted.

1.Ja ja re chanda ja re……Lata….Private Secretary…..Dilip Dholakia

2.Husn se chand bhi sharmaiya hai….Rafi….Door ki Awaz….Ravi

3.Chahe chanda to tum….Lata, Mukesh….Aplam Chaplam…Chitragupt

4. Chanda ke desh mein ….Mukesh…Mera ghar mere bachhe….S. Malik

5.Ban ke chakori gori……Mukesh….Hum Matwale Naujawwan…Chitragupt

6.Na chand ho na suraj ho….Mukesh…Jadugar Daku…..S N Tripathi

7.Kyun laga pyar ko chand grehn……Asha……[ private ?]..Jaidev

8. Woh chand chamka….Lata, Mukesh…Son of Sinbad…Chitragupt

Venkatraman ji and Ak ji , I was simply bowled by the first and the last song for its soft melody . Really old is gold .

113 ksbhatia June 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

AK ji @110 ;
You are abs.right . The singer is Asha . Thanks for the correction.

114 ksbhatia June 11, 2016 at 10:18 pm

In continuation of songs #112 , here are two more :

9.Tum akele to bagh mein…..Lata, Rafi…..Aao pyar karein….Usha Khanna
….chand appears around 5.00 .

10.Tum ho hassen kahan ke…..Asha, Rafi….Sharabi….MM

115 ksbhatia June 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

In continuation of songs #114 , here are two more :

11. Door gagan pe chamke sitaare……Geeta dutt, D.Dilip…..Ram Hanuman Yudh……S N Tripathi

12.Kaun jaane har bahaane…..Mukesh, Asha….Do Bhai….N.Dutta

116 ksbhatia June 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

In continuation three more songs on moon :

13. Saaj e dil chhed de…Lata , Rafi…Paasport…..KA

14.Taaroan ki juban per hai…..Rafi, Lata….Nausherwan e adil…CR

15.Kehdo ji kehdo….Lata, Manna Dey….Kismat ka khel….SJ

117 ksbhatia June 15, 2016 at 9:26 am

D P Rangan ji;
As suggested in the other post…..About…., I am posting the Lata’s gem of a song in this chanda theme and will add two more in continuity .

16. Ja ja re chanda ja re……Lata…..Private Secretary….Dilip Dholakiya

Here is a gem from Kishore Kumar that reminds me of K L Sehgal.

17. Jagmag jagmag karta nikla chand…..Kishore….Ziddi [ Rimjhim ] ….. Khemchand Prakash

18.Neele neele amber pe chand…..Kishore….Kalakar……MD.[ Rajesh Roshan? or R D B ?]

118 ksbhatia June 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

… continuation of songs @117 ;
19. Aa chal ke tujhe…..Kishore…..Door gagan ki…….Kishore

20. Ye raatein ye mausam…..Asha, Kishore….Dilli ka thug…..Ravi…

119 ksbhatia June 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm

… continuation……

21.Tu chanda kyun muskai……Lata……Chor…..Pt. Govindram….

22.Dekh tere sansar ki halat…..Pradeep…..Nastik…..CR/?

23.Adha hai chandrama….Asha, MK….Navrang….CR

24.Ruk ja raat thahar ja re chanda…Lata…Dil ek mandir…SJ

25.Kal ke chand aaj ke sapne….Lata, Hemant….Nai Rahein….Ravi

26.Aaj ree chandni……Lata….Chand…..Hemant Kumar…

27.Mujhe dekh chand sharmaiye…..Lata….Samrat Chandragupta..KA

28.Tu chhupi hai kahan….Asha, Mannadey…..Navrang….CR

29.Tum sang preet lagai…..Lata….New Delhi…..SJ

30. Ae chand jo kal aana…..Lata….Devta……CR…

120 AK June 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm

KS Bhatiaji,
You have refreshed the memory of some wonderful songs, such as Aa ja ri chaandni. Incidentally, this song has an interesting feature – its refrain Humne nain bichchaye, baithe lagan lagaaye, aa ja seems to be an exact replica of the refrain from Dekho dekhoji gori sasural chali. Another fabulous song is Mujhe dekh chaand sharmaye.

You have unknowingly made another discovery: Kal ke chaand aaj ke sapne = Tujhe suraj kahun ya chanda. Both are by Ravi, and to top the coincidence, both have ‘chaand’.

121 ksbhatia June 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm

AK ji; D P Rangan ji;
Thanks for your appreciation . Mujhe dekh chand sharmaiye……is one of my . This is one of the earliest song of Kalyan ji Veer ji and its beautiful orchestration has the foot prints of Shankar Jaikishan of Rajhath and Halaku era .

Thanks for your observations on Aa ja ri chandani as also Kal ke chand aaj ke sapne.

While my listing of chand songs are nearly over ; I have chosen to orient myself to Vintage era and will try to carry on with such songs till D P Rangan’s Tonga takes me to the point of returns to his other article in store.

1.Panchhi baawara chand se preet ……Khursheed ….Bhakt Surdas [1942 ]….Gyan Dutt

2.Ae chand bataa mujhko…..Zeenat begam, ?,….Chand[ 1944]…Husanlal Bhagatram

3. Chanda des piya ke ja….Amir bai karnatki….Barathari[ 1944 ]…Anil Biswas[?]

4.O chand mere…..Uma Devi…..Chandralekha[ 1948 ]…..S. Rajeshwar rao

5.Bata aye chand….Talat,Lata….Meharbani [ 1950]…..Hafiz Khan..

6.Tu kaunsi badli mein…..Noor Jehan….Khandan.[1942]….Ghulam Haidar

This last song is top of the order . Simply Superb !
I think these songs and others to follow will bring many smiles to the veterans as well as passionate listeners of the vintage era .

122 N Venkataraman June 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for the unending stream of moon songs. Ranganji posted this article on full moon eve in May. Another full moon will appear in a few days from now. Thanks for holding the moon among us for so long.
Here is another song. I hope it was not posted earlier.
Chand mera badalo me kho gaya by Talat Mahmood, film Pathan (1962), lyrics Aish Kanwal, music Fakir Mohammad Asar

123 ksbhatia June 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm

N Venkatraman ji;
Yes, this is a great journey to moon for all of us thru various beautiful songs ; thanks to astro- jockey……D P Rangan ji .
The Talat song from Pathan reminds me of another beautiful number…..Chand mera chand se sharma gaya…. a private song by Talat.

124 D P Rangan June 18, 2016 at 1:34 am


Your latest additions of songs of 1940s has taken away my breath. I know the herculean effort you must have put in to dig for such old songs. Listened to all of them. Single handedly you have brought out lions share of Chand songs. Please keep on.

Thanks for posting. I have heard it as part of a Talat Mahmood casette from HMV. You bring out such details about songs, personalities, which are difficult to come by.

125 N Venktaraman June 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Thanks for posting this wonderful NF song of Talat Mahmood. Nice lyrics too. The tradition of embedding the lyricist name was a good practice.
Do kanval ke phool ya gaal hain
Kuchh sunahri hai jhalak kuchh lal hain
Dekh kar ‘Faiyaz’ main ghabra gaya
Chand mera chand se Sharama gaya

Faiyaz Hashmi born in Calcutta migrated to Pakistan soon after partition. Kamal Dasgupta too moved to East Pakistan in 1967.

I wonder how many moons do you have in your magic bag?

Thanks for the nice response.

126 ksbhatia June 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

D P Rangan , N Venkatraman ‘[Ji’s] ;

Exploring thru vintage songs has been a great satisfying musical journey for me. Thanks for encouragement showered from time to time for that.
Further continuing from vintage songs on chand @121…..

7. Ai chand chhup na jaana……Kanan Devi….Jawab[ 1942]…..
[ covered in the AK’s main article on Kanan Devi ]

8.Woh chand raat aai…..Manawar Sultana, Surinder Kaur…..Mehandi….Ghulm Haider…

9.Ho chand chamaka……Shamshad…..Hamanyu[1945]…..Ghulam Haider..

10.Main to chanda se gori naar…..Shamshad….Sawan aye re.[1945?]….Khemchand Prakash….

11.Chandani raat mein…..Lata…..Nirala[1950]…..CR

12.Wo aaye baharen lai….Lata….Afsana[1951]….Husanlal Bhagatram

… be continued…..

127 ksbhatia June 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

….In continuation from#119 ;

31.Yeh mausam rangeen samah…..Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur…..Modern Girl……Ravi

32.Yeh jhoomte nazare…..Hemant, Lata….Nai Rahen…..Ravi.

33.Mujhko tum jo mile….Hemant, Geeta…Detective…Mukul Roy.

34.Gumsum sa yeh jahan….Hemant, Geeta….Duniya Jhukti hai..Hemant Kumar

35.Yeh baharoan ka samah….Lata, Hemant….Milap….N. Dutta

36.Aa gupchup gupchup pyar karen….Sandhya Mukerjee, Hemant…Saaza….SDB

… be continued…..

128 ksbhatia June 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm

… continuation….

37.Chup hai dharti ….Hemant…..House no 44….SDB

38.Yeh chand to murdaang…..Shyama Hemmadi, Rafi…Shri Krishna Arjun Yudh…..Nandu, Pyaare..

39.Dekho ji chand nikla…..Asha, ….Alibaba and Forty Thieves….S N Tripathi, Chitragupt

40.Chand ghatne laga…..Geeta Dutt…..Shart….Hemant Kumar

The last song reminds me of three or four songs of Abe Hayat which are almost having the similar tune and orchestration [ MD….Sardar Malik ]. A must for passionate listeners .

129 D P Rangan June 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm


Delightful additions. Do you have the magic lamp. Rub and out pops song after song. Alibaba & 40 thieves was made in Tamil with Bhanumathi (of Nishan and Chandi Rani fame) and M G Ramachandran as main actors. It had a very good run. This tune was copied ditto and sung by Bhanumathi. It started with the line “Azhagana penn naan” meaning I am a beautiful damsel. Venkataramanji will also agree with me. Had you not mentioned, I would have assumed, female singer in song No. 38 as Lata Mangeshkar. Have not heard of this singer before. Is it a case of one trick pony.

130 ksbhatia June 20, 2016 at 12:16 am

D P Rangan ji;
It is good to know these songs and having stored at one place gives you multiple offers to listen to them again and again.

For song @38 , I too was surprised regarding female playback singer . Not enough information is available on YT for Shyama Hemmadi , the singer. I will try to find on googles.

You must have observed that the songs in fantasy films of those times had some beautiful dance numbers in practically all of such films . Even their picturisation were of high standards . To prove my point here is a song from Abe Hayat which carries the ranking of comparing with the best of those times. This song also depicts moon in scene and third stanza of the song .

Jhuk jhuk jaiye nazar sharmaiye…..Geeta Dutt…Sardar Malik…

131 ksbhatia June 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

DP Rangan ji;
…….Continuing with chand songs. It seems that this unending theme songs will take me to a virtual trip to the moon and that too without a ticket. Whenever I decide to close the chapter a few more songs pop up from nowhere . Anyway here are five more on way to chanda .

41. Jhuk jhuk jaaye nazar…..counting for above….

42. Chandaniya nadiya beech nahaiye…..Hemant….Anjaan….Hemant

43. Ae mere humsafar……Nutan….Chhabilli…..Snehal Bhatkar

44.Chanda re mere bhaiya se……Lata…..Chambal ki Kasam…Khaiyyam

45.Koi pukaare dhire se tujhe….Suman Kalyanpur……Mangu…Mohd.Shaffi

…….to be contd…….

132 ksbhatia June 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm

DP Rangan ji;
…..Continuing from SJ listed songs #33 , here are five more additions to SJ booty.

21. Are bhai nikal ke aa ghar se…..Kishore…New Delhi.

22.Duniya waloan se door…Lata, Mukesh….Ujalla

23. O sapno mein aake chale…..Lata….Patrani

24.Dil ki nazar se…….Lata , Mukesh……Anari

25.Duniya mein chand suraj……Lata, Mukesh……Kathputli

133 ksbhatia June 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm

DP Rangan ji;
Here is my last contribution of five more songs in continuation of songs listed @131. As said the voyage to Moon has been great . Hope every one enjoyed as much as myself .

46. Dhalti jaaye raat …..Rafi, Asha….Razia Sultana….Lachiram

47.Chand sitarre karke isshare…..Talat, Lata….Adl e Jahangir….Husanlal Bhagatram

48.Sajan salona maang lo….Lata, Asha….Dooj Ka Chand….Roshan

49.Chalo dildar chalo chand ke ….Rafi, Lata…..Pakeezah….Ghulam Mohd

The last song is my all time fav. for its shear vintage flavour that lingers on and on in my mind for ever .

50.Jab chand mera nikla…..Pankaj Malick…….Private song

134 Shalan Lal June 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm


Oh, no! Don’t stop the carnival!

This is the line of the song Alan Price snag in the sixties.

So do not stop sending your very valuable list of Chand Songs. You are right it will be easy to find all the Chaand Songs in one place and also easy to look at them closely.

Further on this list could be helpful to songs games. In america they do not do the “Antakshari” but give points on finding how many songs have typical theme or mention of certain or things or musical refrains etc.

So don’t stop your carnival.

I have grown a great respect for your ability to do this finge tip touch of recalling songs on the themes


135 D P Rangan June 21, 2016 at 7:47 pm


Keep it in background. You may stumble on songs on moon while doing hunting for some other theme. I remember a few songs on Chand from NIRMOHI (Madan Mohan). Cannot find them. Please see whether you can post them. I did come across some chand songs not in any list while doing some research. As a blog writer, I do not want to post any further songs myself.

136 ksbhatia June 24, 2016 at 12:24 am

Ms. Shalan Lal, DP Rangan ji;
Thanks for your appreciation and encouragement . It seems the Moon Songs are unending . The definition of Infinity perhaps emerged while listening to them .
I will surely go on posting the songs so long they are available on YT. Rangan ji , One of the song from Nirmohi song has already been contributed By Arvinder Sharma ji @69 . One more song from Nirmohi I shall be covering in the songs now .

51. Chand apna safar kahatam karta hai….Lata, Usha…..Shama

52.Mere angan mein chandini….Lata…..Usha Haran.[1949] ..MD [?]

53.Na chamko chanda aaj ki raat…Lata..Dhuan….Dhani Ram

54. Yeh kahe chandini raat….Lata…Nirmohi….MM

55.Taroan ki zuban pe….Rafi, Lata, …Nausherwan e Adil….CR

56.Chanda Mama mere dwar ….Lata….Lajwanti…SDB

57.Yeh hawa ye raat ye chandni….Talat…Sangdil….Sajjad

58.Chanda ki chhaon mein….Lata…..Parchhaiyn…CR

59.Chanda re chanda re…..Asha,….Lajwanti…SDB

60.Har chand sahara hai tere pyar ka….N.Noor……Private

… be contd…….

137 ksbhatia June 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

……in continuation…..

61. Jahan tu hai wahan……Rafi…..Ao pyar karen…..Usha Khanna

62. Gori gori chandini……Zubaida Khanum…..Kartar Singh [Punjabi], Pak film

63.Chand jaane kahan kho gaya….Rafi, Lata….Mai chup rahoongi……Chitragupt

64.Teri pyari pyari surat ko…..Rafi….Sasural…..SJ

65.Aye chand na chamak tu….Lalita Deaulkar…..Hawai Qila [ 1940’s unreleased Vintage film ]….J D Majumdar.

66.Chanda re main teri gawahi….Surinder Kaur….Singaar [1949]…Khursheed Anwar

67.Chand sa koi chehra….Kishore, Manna dey, Bhupinder, Anand Bakshi……Un released song of Sholay….RDB

……to be contd……

138 ksbhatia June 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

….in continuation….

68.Badli se nikla hai chand….Lata…..Sanjog….MM

69.Chandi ka gol gol chanda….Lata, Rafi….Piya milan ki aas….SNT

70.Upar se chand tara, Surendra, Shamshad….Parinda [1945, vintage]…Pt. Govindram.

….to be contd….

139 D P Rangan June 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm


It is a literal shower of chand songs like sparkles from a cracker exploding in the sky. I think you have taken great trouble to compile so many songs. I would not like to waste your time . 100 comments on a blog is nothing unusual here. But a lone blogger about to achieve a century of song posting should be celebrated. Would request AK to preside over such a facilitation function.

140 ksbhatia June 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm

DP Rangan ji ;
My interest is still growing and may find more songs. If I count the songs I think I have already crossed the 100 songs target . By rough estimates….70 of this series + 9 of small bits series+ 10 of Naushad series + 30 of SJ’s series + 13 of Vintage series ……making it to 132 songs . I think I still will be adding a few more songs and try to total it to 150 songs.
I must confess here that there might be some songs which are unknowingly got repeated or have also been contributed by my esteemed colleagues . If that is so I think they will excuse me for the efforts put in . Here I will appreciate the contribution of various SoY family members for the various inputs.

141 Shalan Lal June 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

ksbhatiya@140 &DP Rangan
A century on a century! This is certainly a a celebratory event.
Now either Mr Rangan or Bhatiasaab should take a lead and compile all the “Chaand” songs appear on this post and if possible in the aphabetical order. That will be a monumental contribution for all to access.

Bhatiaji do not restrict yourself just for the YT songs. Even the songs on the records and those not on the recrods but lost on the records should be noted as well.

The “Chaand ” phenomenon is there because for the thousands of years Indian culture celebrated “Chaand” as a beautiful object to be seen in the sky. It is introduced to a baby by the mother. It is “maamaa” because the married woman hardly goes back to her “Maike” and see her brother.
In Rmayan “Chaand” is mentioned as Raam wanted to play with it when he was a baby.

Bravo Bhatiyaji and same to Rangansaab as well! “Aisi hi Jodi Amar Rahe!”


142 ksbhatia June 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Continuing from songs @132, here are a few songs in the Shanker jaikishan’s booty ….

26.Jaoon kahan bataye dil….Mukesh….Chhoti Bahen

27.Ae pyase dil bezuban….Mukesh….Begunah.[ Banned film of 1957]

28.Main pariyon ki chhori…….Lata…..Begunah

29.Ab to aa jao balam……Lata…..Poonam

30.Jhoome jhoome dil mera …..Lata….Poonam

31.Aayee aayee raat suhani….Lata…. Poonam

….to be contd…..

143 AK June 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

KS Bhatiaji,
I have to thank you for introducing us to some fabulous songs. From your recent offerings, #70 Upar ho chaand tara is a magical song. It s a perfectly balanced duet. We are lucky that such superb video is valuable. I had doubt about Shamshad Begum. Checked up with HFGK. The female voice is mentioned as Shrimati Ghosh. YT comment mentions Parul Ghosh, but my impression is it is another Mrs Ghosh.

#67 Chanda sa koi chehra a qawwali-style song would have been quite well received had it been included in Sholay.

#56 Chanda mama mere dwar ana from Lajwanti seems to have been sung by Asha bhosle and not Lata Mangeshkar.

#48 Saajan salona maan lo was new for me. Superb Lata-Asha duet composed by Roshan, who had mastery over such songs.

#44 Chanda re mere bhaiya se kahna bahna yaad kare by Khayyam was quite good. But it reminded me of another all-time great song, which surprisingly seems to have missed your net. I am very happy that I get to post a chaand gem. Here is my favourite:

Mere bhiya ko sandesa panhuchana re chanda teri jyot badhe by Lata Mangeshkar from Didi (1959), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music N Datta

144 ksbhatia June 26, 2016 at 12:28 am

AK ji ;
Yes. Mere bhaiya ko sandesha ….is a superb song . A great melody of Radio days. Thanks for correction of Lajwanti song . Since there were two songs from Lajwanti, it was all mixed up and oversteped .

Uppar ho chand tara is also fab. I was hearing for the first time. How freely Surendranath has sung and acted is a treat for lovers of vintage era songs.

AK ji , it is time to add some of the old songs into Naushad sahib’s booty ; and here are some.

……continuing from songs @91…..

11. Aaj ki raat mere dil ……Rafi…….Ram aur Shyam

12.Kaisi haseen aaj baharoan…….Rafi, MK….Aadmi

13.Aine mein chand si surat …..Surendranath, Amirbai Karnatki…Elaan

14.Nadi Kinare saath hamare…..Rafi, Talat, Shamshad….Babul

AK ji, above song is one of my fav. song and therefore I truly dedicate to you sir .

145 AK June 26, 2016 at 5:49 am

KS Bhatiaji,
All the songs are Naushad’s superb creations. In many of your additions ‘chaand’ does not figure in the mukhada of the song. It might be there somewhere, but immediately such songs do not strike as ‘chaand’ songs. Did you keep that in mind?

You may like to go back to your song #60, Har chand sahara hai tere pyar ka. It seems the song is हर चंद (every moment) सहारा है तेरे प्यार का.

146 ksbhatia June 26, 2016 at 9:50 am

AK ji;
There are some songs where Chand appears in second or third stanzas . Looking at the quality and its periodic value I thought of including them , again to be placed at one place for future references.

Thanks for the correction for song #60.

147 ksbhatia June 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

Ms. Shalan Lal , DP Rangan ji, AK ji ;
Picking my threads from songs @138 , here are a few more of Chanda songs .

71.Chanda niklega jider…..Lata….Durgesh Nandini…..Hemant Kumar

72.Mera badli mein chhup gaya chand re….Lata, ….Nagin….Hemant

73.Tum chand ke saath…..Lata….Ashiana…….MM

74.Aye chand tu bata de….Suriya[?]….Humanyu….Gulam Haider

75.Aye chand pyar mera…..Lata…..Khazana….CR

76. Chanda khele aankh micholi….Geeta Dutt….Jogan…Indrachandra, Bulo c Rani

77.Aaj ki raat naya chand….Lata….Shhadi…..Chitragupt

78.Chand kitni door tha….Rafi….Afsana….Chitragupt

79.Poonchungi ek din…..Lata……Barkha….Chitragupt

80.Yeh chanda roos ka….Rafi….Insaan Jaag Utha….SDB

81.Chanda ja chanda ja re…..Lata….Man Mauji……MM

82.Dheere dheere dhal chanda….Aarti Mukerjee…Angulimaal….Anil Biswas

83.Rootha hua hai chanda hai…Lata….Aaram…..Anil Biswas

84.O Chanda re tu…Suman Kalyanpur…..Chakravati Vikramaditya….P. Nageshwar Rao

85.Chup chup ke chale aao ….Suman….Apsara….Husanlal Bhagatram

86.Tum ho saath raat bhi haseen hai….Lata…Mohra[1959]…MM

87.Sapno mein mujhko pyar mila { in this song Chanda appears in second stanza }…..Jagmohan finest creation.

……to be contd….[?]……

148 D P Rangan June 27, 2016 at 1:52 am


The flow continues uninterrupted. I wish you to keep the target of 200 songs on this theme, which should not be impossible for you to achieve. I do not know whether you have posted a song from Bhakt Surdas sung by Khursheed Bano – Panchi bawra chand se.


Appreciate your idea of compiling a master list of all songs posted by Bhatiaji. Wish this idea was given long ago. It will take some doing to do it. Both of us will keep this in mind. Thanks to your encouragement, Bhatiaji is still continuing on his mission.

149 D P Rangan June 27, 2016 at 2:37 am


Came across another intriguing song long ago. Except for singer and actors Dilip Kumar and Madhubala no other details were available. I did not include it for this reason.

Har chand sahara hai by Nayyara Noor (singer)

Request you to have a look and unravel this knot.

150 ksbhatia June 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

D P Rangan ji;
Panchi bawara……have already been covered in the vintage series @121 as Song no1. Har chand sahara …is also there .

A few vintage songs are being added in the main series as follows .

88.Mera chand Aa gaya….Khurshid, Surendra…Majhdaar.[1947]..Ghulam Haider

89.Chamke poonam ko poonam ka chand….Surendra, Bibbo,…..Ladies Only[1939]……Anupam Ghatak

90.Aye chand nazar na lagana….Khursheed….Moorti[1945]….Bulo C Rani

91. Chand ki sunder nagri mein……Uma devi, Rafi….Dholak[1951]
….Shyam Sunder

…….to be contd……

151 D P Rangan June 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Unending stream. Keep it this way. I remember a chand song from the film Baazi (1953) by O P Nayyar.

152 ksbhatia June 29, 2016 at 12:09 am

DP Rangan ji;
Perhaps you are refering to the famous Jaal song ….Yeh raat yeh chandni phir kahan. I dont think there was any chand/chandni song in Baazi.

Yes the stream is still flowing and is crossing approx.175+ stone. Here are few more songs to add to the Booty. I think 200 songs will be a difficult task. I will retotal again to know at which count we are at.

92.Aye chand mere chand ko…..Geeta Dutt….Jai Maakali[1951]….Kumar

93.Chand hai wohi…Geeta dutt….Parineeta[1953]…..Arun Kumar

94.Us chand se pyare ho tum…..Rafi, Lata….Raat Ki Raani[1949]….Hansraj Behl

95.Chad ko gaale se lagaiye…..Naseem Akhtar…..Keemat[1946]….Naushad

96.Jab tak jaage chand gagan mein……Lata….Shiv Kanya…Manna Dey

97.yeh sitare yeh chand….Lata……Danka [1954]…..Aziz Khan

98.Do diwano ka afsana aye chand……Lata, CR….Khazana[1952]..CR

99.Aye chand unse kahina…..Kausar Parveen..[ sounds like Lata ji, subject to confirmation of the experts]………Gumnam[1954]…Master Inayat Hussain

100. Taaron bhari raat hai….Lata…..Pakshi Raj [1959]……SNT

This last song is a beautiful melody that was never heard by me before. This I think is among the best of SN Tripathi creation . The movie was also unknown to me.It truly is a rare song of Lata ji as well.

Congratulation to Rangan ji , AK ji for this milestone of 100 songs of this series. I am hoping , rather struggling to find more to complete 200 in totality.i.e. by adding bits series, vintage series, SJ series and Naushad’s series.

153 Nasreen June 29, 2016 at 10:02 am

Wow, this topic still continues! It seems like the beautiful moon, it will go on forever. But I am wondering why there is the need to find so many songs, esp. when it becomes a bit of a struggle? Also, I think it might be a good idea to make a list of all the songs that have been found already by the contributors to this site. So that doubling up could be avoided? I mean I thought of the song “Chaand mera dil chaandni ho tum” (I think from the film “karz”) but am not sure if someone has already mentioned it. Or if I myself have done so.

Just another other topic suggestion which may have innumerable songs like CHAAND, is KHUSH and other forms of the word, such as Khushi or Khushiyaan. Would one of the venerable and talented writers be “khush” enough to write on this topic please? I do hope so. But keeping in mind the general nature of the Songs of Yore (the actual songs, not this site), I would think there would be more likelihood of finding “ग़म” songs.

Just a humble suggestion for when this topic runs its illuminating course.


154 mumbaikar8 June 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

D P Rangan, ksbhatiaji #151,152
Are you looking for this song from Baaz O P Nayyar?

155 ksbhatia June 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Ms. Mumbaikar 8 ;
Yes , you got it . I was searching for Baazi since Rangan ji quoted that movie only., but O P Nayyar was a good hint which I missed .

156 ksbhatia June 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

DP Rangan ji;
So far the number of songs have gone to 181 . Your setting a goal of 200 is a big challenge for me. Still I will try to see if I can do it . I am giving a pause for some time as I have some family celebration on the card.

Hope you are enjoying your vacations with your grand children . Weather at this time of the year is best for senior citizens in the states. Every alternate year I too visit my daughter’s family but this time I have asked them to be here whenever grand children are free of their studies. Chances are they will be here during winter vacations.

I hope you are making good use of your camera as well.
Have a nice holidays.

157 D P Rangan June 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for locating the song.
Compiling all chand songs at one go will take some doing. It has to be, song first line, film and you tube link. Music Director could also be added. It can be an excel document or Words. Will have to consult AK how to upload it in this site. As regards ‘khush’ as a theme I think human sentiments are too vague and to compile songs may not be worth the trouble.


Earlier I mentioned about the Law of Diminishing Returns. It has started to operate. Take your time. The blog administrator does not close blogs and you can post even after a long time. Am enjoying US visit. Grand children are too small to travel on their own and I am forced to make annual trip. December vacations last hardly two or three weeks. Boy and girl have to visit others and they spend hardly a week with us. We oldies have ample time to spend. I met a gentleman who retired voluntarily from Armed Forces way back 2000 and made it to USA pronto and is here for 16 years with his children. My DSLR camera lens is giving trouble and it has become a lump to be carried home. Am surviving on cell phone camera. Made a mistake in not carrying compact camera too. Climate is good otherwise and am having a good time.

By the by when you next post some songs, can you confirm whether you had included both the Chand songs from Humayun (1945) of Master Ghulam Haider.

158 Shalan Lal June 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm

DPRangan @ 157

My idea of the Chaand Compilation should be universal. If the songs available on the YT then it should be mentioned. If other videos are available then that should be mentioned as well

But all songs that have Chaand and Chandani should be compiled under one Heading and it should have facility to add on. That responsibility could be of AK, KSBhatia and DP Rangan. And this compilation should be a part of the right panel of the SoY Blog,
If people do not agree with me I shall not be moaining.

But subjects like Chaand, Rain, Love, Fijaa, Flowers etc have been exploited in theHindi Cinema extensivley. So it will help people like me to see how these images have been used and their scial significance with the Indian culture and Cine culture.

Shalan Lal

159 ksbhatia June 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

DP Rangan ji;
Good to know you are enjoying your vacation and found your friend to give you company. I hope he is as good as you are in your hobbies.

Yes; both the songs of Humanyun have already been covered . As usual some more songs to add up .

182.Chanda jab chandni mein chamke…..Geeta Dutt…Mujrim…..OPN

183.Sun chand yeh meri….Mukesh…Mera ghar mere bacche…S. Malik

184.Tum hi tum ho….Lata ,Rafi….Ek dil sau afsane……SJ

185.Kehto hai chaand jisko…..Asha…Sanjog……MM

186.Chand raat hai…Asha, Rafi….Kismat[1956]….Chitragupt [ a very different style melody from Chitragupt]

187.Na chamko chanda aaj ki raat….Lata…Dhuan[ 1953]…Dhani ram

188.So gayi hai chandni…Lata….Akash[ 1953 ]…Anil Biswas

189.Soi soi chandni hai…Lata….Khazana[1951]…CR

190.Aye chand pyar mera…Lata…Khazana….CR

191.Sitaron chand se kahedo….Lata…Badi Bahu[1951]….Anil Biswas

192.Aye chand zara sun le….Lata, Husanlal…Pyar ki manzil[1950] HB

193. Raat hai taroan bhari….Lata….Pardes[1950]….Gulam Mohd.

….to be contd….

160 Nasreen June 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm

@158 Shalanji – I am so sorry I did not know the compilation idea had already been suggested by you. Apologies if it looked like I was trying to portray it as mine. But I guess it shows “great minds think alike” 🙂

On that note, I shall retire as it’s cold where I am and the sun has gone to bed and so must I.

161 ksbhatia July 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

DP Rangan ji;
In continuation of songs @159 , here are a few more in chand/ chandni booty.

194.Haseen chand sitaroan…..Asha, Talat….Mera Salam[1957]..Hafiz Khan

195.Yeh raat suhani raat nahin…Talat…Dil E Nadan.[1953]….Gulam . Mohd

196.Yeh chand chamka…..Talat…Non Filmi…..Vithal sindhe

197.Hans raha hai chand…Talat…Non Filmi…Madan Prakash

198.Soye huye hain chand….Talat…Non Filmi….Kamal Dasgupta

199.chand ne kuchh kaha…..Lata, Hemant…Daaka[1959]….Chitragupt

[ Again Chitragupt at his best ]

200. Chand hasa taare khile….Lata….Naya Zamana[ 1957]…Kanu Ghosh

201. Tum chand se haseen ho….Talat…Aurat teri kahani….Bulo C Rani

202.Zadu bhari yeh chandni…Lata….Madam XYZ[1959]…Chitragupt

Congratulations to AK ji. DP Rangan ji, Venkatraman ji, Ms. Shalan lal and all other members of SoY family on achieving 250 + songs on the theme of Chand/ chandni . The exact total yet to be made considering inputs of those who have contributed to the theme songsin this post.

162 AK July 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

KS Bhatiaji,
Kudos to you. You must be keeping track of all the chaand songs posted so far. If this one is not yet posted, it is one of the sweetest Mukesh-Lata duets from a B grade movie Sunehri Nagin, music by Kalyanji Anandji.

163 ksbhatia July 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm

AK ji;
This Radio days song got missed by all of us . Thanks for reminding the same. It may be noted that how close is this tune to the likes of Chitragupt songs.

164 mumbaikar8 July 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Your enthusiasm is very contagious.
One chanda song.
Film duniya ek sarai Shamshad Begum

165 D P Rangan July 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

There is one more sweet song on chanda from the film Jogan (1950) Bulo C. Rani. In fact I think it is the only happy song sung by Nargis in the film. Hope it is already there in the list. Otherwise it is a good addition. That film contained wonderful songs.

166 ksbhatia July 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Ms. Mumbaikar 8;
Duniya ek sarai song by Shamshad is a good song that carries the vintage flavour . Right from the early days Shamshad was fav. singer of Hansraj Behl and he being Punjabi , carried on his association with Shamshad Begum in practically most of the punjabi films for which he was MD.

This song I missed and therefore not listed .

167 ksbhatia July 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm

DP Rangan ji;
The song….Chanda khele aankh machholi…from Jogan has already been includid. Yes , this is one of the happy song of Nargis but there is one more happy [ not chanda ] song …..Zara thaam ja tu……by Geeta Roy [ Dutt ] . Gaind khelun kanha ke sang… another happy kiddy song in the film.

Rangan ji , some more chanda songs are trickling in and I suppose I will post them when they are good in numbers. I will surely add on the songs contributed by the SoY members as well.

168 ksbhatia September 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Knocking the doors again as some left over songs still want a wild card entry . I hope they are not listed earlier. These songs are really shinning stars of the deep galaxy .

203. Chand se poochho ….Lata….Daku Ki Ladki [1954] ….Hemant Kumar

204. Yeh Sitare Yeh Chand…..Lata….Danka [1954]….Aziz

205.Tum Meri Zindgi Mein Ek Chhand…..Asha….Danka….Aziz

206. Dil Dil se mila [ chand se poocho …happy version ]….Lata Hemant….Daku Ki Ladki…..Hemant Kumar

….Will come back if found more . Above songs are subject to scrutiny .

169 ksbhatia September 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

… continuation , one more hidden song…

207.Wohi Chandni hai……Talat…..Rishta [1954] ….K.Dutta

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