My favourite zulf songs

July 9, 2011

Meena Kumari zulf A common popular theme on the blog land is to put up a variety of favourite lists, such as ‘My ten favourite ??? songs’. This could be on a person (Mukesh, Naushad, Dev Anand etc) or a theme (birthday, holi, wedding etc.) or an object (train, rain, tonga etc.) Some creative bloggers have come up with very unusual lists, such as songs based on birds (koel, mor, papiha etc) and flowers  (kamal, chameli, gulab etc). I was certain people would have done songs based on zulf (hair, or more accurately a woman’s tresses), which occurs so prominently in our songs. I have not come across any so far, which is quite surprising. So let me try to fill up this gap.

Whenever I think of zulf I am reminded of a silly verse popular in our college days:

Peechhe se unki zulfon mein pyar nazar aya
Saamne se dekha to sardar nazar aya

If I were to do a list of my favourite silly verses, this would be at the top. But if you think about it, this verse establishes two fundamental propositions – (i) that zulf refers to a woman’s tresses and rarely a man’s hair, and (ii) the association is sensuous/erotic. Therefore, the emotion or Rasa conveyed in film songs is generally Shringar (Love). This does not fully convey the tremendous potential of zulf to convey other emotions. In fact if you quickly survey our literary and cultural traditions you can find all the Navras (plus two later additions)  associated with hair:

अद्भुत (Wonder):

Lord Shiva arresting the fury of river Ganga hurtling down with mighty roar, and containing her in his hair to save the earth from destruction.

भक्ति (Devotion):

Offering hair to Tirupati Balaji.

भयानक (Horror)

The terror in the eyes of the widowed Padmini Kolhapuri when she is being taken to have her hair forcibly sheared off.

हास्य (Humour)

The Ritikaal poet Keshavdas (1555-1617) ruing his graying hair that moon-faced and doe-eyed beauties pass him by calling him Baba, and wishes such misfortune should not befall even his worst enemy.

केशव केसन अस करी जस अरिहूं न कराहिं
चन्द्रबदनि मृगलोचनी बाबा कहि कहि जाहिं

करुण (Pathos)

(Wikipedia describes it wrongly as करुणा, which is obviously because of the way we write some Sanskrit/Hindi words in Roman script with an extra ‘a’ in the end and pronounce it with long vowel, such as रागा for राग, रामा for राम.   The weirdest I have heard recently was a classical dancer on Doordarshan talk show pronouncing अभिनय as अभिनाया).

Meena Kumari having her tresses done up elaborately while singing Piya aiso jiya mein samaye gayo re, with pathos writ large in Geeta Dutt’s voice conveying accurately the futile yearning of Meena Kumari for her husband Rahman who has strayed away too far to come back.

रौद्र (Anger)

Kaikeyi with her dishevelled hair in Kopbhavan. It is interesting that only a Rani had this facility of Kopbhavan to convey clearly that she was furious, and not the Raja. This can be viewed in two entirely different ways – as a more enlightened environment which gave the women this facility denied to men, or a gender stereotyping of women that they have fickle moods and needed this kind of outlet. In this sense it could also be seen as a coping mechanism, and Kopbhavan can be described as Cope-bhavan.

शांत (Peace)

Hindu ritual of males getting their head shaved off at the funeral of a family member.

शृंगार (Love)

Several and obvious.

वीर (Heroic)

Chanakya vowing not to tie his choti till he had annihilated Nand dynasty.

बीभत्स (Disgust)

Draupadi drenching her tresses in Dushashan’s blood to avenge her insult.

वात्सल्य (Parental love)

The child Krishna whining before his mother when would his hair grow – मैया कबहूं बढ़ेगी चोटी (Surdas).

( You can see here an interesting article on Mohammad Rafi’s songs based on Navrasas)

Film songs have not harnessed all the above emotions, but if you include film scenes as well, I should think you would find all the above eleven Rasas around zulf. Nevertheless most of the zulf songs are of outstanding quality. As can be expected, Mohammad Rafi has the largest and best zulf songs to his credit.

Here is a list of my favourite ten zulf songs.

1.   Zulfon ko hata lo chehre se by Rafi from Sawan Ki Ghata (1966), lyrics SH Bihai, music OP Nayyar

My clear top favourite. It has Rafi’s fullest vocal twists and conveys the exact mood of teasing. OP Nayyar’s music is superb.

2.  Na jhatko zulf se pani by Rafi from Shehnai (1964), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Ravi

Another unparalleled song from Rafi. But entirely different style and mood. This time it is a soulful ghazal. And what sublime poetry by Rajendra Krishna and equally outstanding music by Ravi. Rajshree got drenched in rains and as she shakes off water drops from her tresses, Biswajeet pleads with her not to do so as it stirs his heart. Very elegantly erotic. One might easily have put this as number one zulf song.

3.  Meri jaan na zulfein kholo by Mukesh from Awara Badal (1964), lyrics Jaan Nisar Akhtar, music Usha Khanna

Mukesh also had some excellent zulf songs. This is from a B-grade film picturised on Ajit. I have come across so many of my absolute favourite songs on Ajit (and other B-grade actors like Chandrashekhar) that I find A or B-grade distinction pointless when it comes to music. Usha Khanna herself, though not reckoned in the top league, gave some outstanding music. Now I am getting confused, I might equally easily have put it at number one.

4O haseena zulfonwali by Rafi and Asha Bhosle from Teesri Manzil (1966), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music RD Burman

An iconic Rafi-Shammi Kapoor song and early career landmark for RD Burman. You also see full play of zulfs of a number of extra dancers.

5.  Zulfon ki ghata lekar sawan ki pari ayee by Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle from Reshmi Roomal (1961), lyrics Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, music Bipin Babul

Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle sing this beautiful romantic duet for Manoj Kumar and Shakila.

6.  Teri zulfon se judai to nahi maangi thi by Rafi from Jab pyar kisis se hota hai (1961), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Shankar Jaikishan

Here is Dev Anand pleading for Asha Parekh’s love, in a somewhat poignant style. Rafi in early 60s was at his peak of singing prowess, and SJ-Rafi combination was the dominant winning formula for many stars.

7.  Zulfon ki sunaehri chhaon tale by Talat Mahmood from Zindagi Ya Toofan (1958), lyrics Nakhshab, music Nashad

There has to be surely a Talat zulf song. And this less heard song has all the Talat magic of sweet silky voice and beautiful rendering. Pradeep Kumar singing this song to Nutan on a harmonium might appear emotionless, but at times you have to enjoy a Pradeep Kumar song by closing your eyes and not looking at him.

8.  Zulfon se bandhkar rakh lungi tujhe by Sudha Malhotra from Shekhchilli (1956), lyrics Pandit Indra, music Vinod

I erroneously thought zulf songs would only be in the voices of male singers. Here the lady declares her intention to keep the man tied to her with her zulf and not let him go. If you have grown your hair long, you might as well put it to some use.

9.  Zulfein uljhi hain mere kangna se by Lata Mangeshkar from Burma Road (1962), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Chitragupta

Here is a unique zulf song in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar picturised on Kumkum pleading with her man to unravel her tresses which have got entangled in her kangnaa. I was quite taken aback to find that Lata Mangeshkar is singing this song in an overtly Asha Bhosle style.

10.  Lat uljhi suljha ja re balam by Noorjehan from Sawal, music Rashid Atre

But the ultimate song on tangled tresses is this traditional composition sung by Noorjehan in the Pakistani film Sawal for the heroine Sabiha Khanum. In case you are wondering where is zulf in this, firstly lat is zulf, and secondly, the next line of the song is Chand se mukhde par nagin zulfein. In a beautiful detail, you just see Sabiha’s hand gestures of dance on the screen when the song goes main na lagaun haath re. The second video is of Noorjehan singing it live for Pakistan TV, and you can see that age has not withered her sense of emotion and feel of the song. In the traditional composition the reason for seeking balam to untangle the tresses was mehdi lagi mere haath re, but in Noorjehan’s version no reason is given, it is a brazen assertion main na lagaun hath re, therefore balam has to do the chore.

Noorjehan sings live Lat uljhi suljha ja re balam

11.  Zulf ko teri ghataon ka payam aya hai by Mehdi Hassan in film Salgirah

After I have included Noorjehan, this blog would have been incomplete if I did not include Mehdi Hassan.  He has also sung several zulf songs, this one is particularly appealing.

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 dustedoff July 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Lovely list – and some of my favourite songs are there (including Na jhatko zulf se paani, O haseena zulfonwaali, Teri zulfon se judaai, etc). And I got to know some other songs that I’d never heard before.

Another zulf song that I like very, very much: Yeh zulf agar khulke, from Kaajal:

And how can I not suggest this one too? A very young Mumtaz and Biswajit, in Mere Sanam. Yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera:

2 AK July 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I was sure you would have done a zulf list. One of the reasons I did was I did not find one on your site. Yes, the two songs you have mentioned are very good. There are so many other terrific songs I had to leave out. They are so good I would be using them in some other themes. Thanks for visiting, as usual you are first off the block.

3 dustedoff July 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oh, and how could I forget this one? Haasya ras, and who better at it than Johnny Walker? Zulf ke phande phans gayi jaan, from Mujrim:

4 PRAKASHCHANDRA July 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Ek kali muskaayee:
rafi:Joy mukherjee,Meera joglekar
Music:Madan mohan
Lyrics:Rajinder krishan
Zulf bikharaathi chali aayee ho, ai jee socho tho zara, badli ka kya hoga

Do raaste:rafi:rajesh khanna, mumtaz:
“Ye reshmi zulfein ye sharbati aankhein, inhe dekhakar jee rahe hain sabhi:
music:Laxmikant pyarelal

5 PRAKASHCHANDRA July 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Piya ka ghar
Music:laxmi pyarelal
singers:lata, rafi-Jaya bhadhuri, Anil dhawan
“Ye zulf kaisi hai, zanjeer jaisi hai, woh kaisi hogi jiski tasveer aisi hai”

6 AK July 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

So we have a zulf song on a Rasa other than Shringar. It would be an interesting exercise to find songs which can be credited to different Rasas.

Zulf ke phande phans gayi jaan by Rafi from Mujrim

All the songs you have mentioned are very good. Ye reshmi zulfein ye sharbati aankhen is my special favourite. These are from late 60s or early 70s. Somehow my mind stops well before this period.

7 K R Vaishampayan July 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hello Ak,
Thanks for this wonderful collection of Zulf songs. Believe me, I am more than grateful for reminding me of all these great songs barring none. Now, please allow me to add one more, which I am sure is melodious enough to share space with other worthies.
Teri zulfen pareshan teri nazaren pasheman – from Preet Naa Jaane Reet, Lyrics by Anand Bakshi, Music – Kalyanji-Anandji, picturised on dashing Shammi Kapoor and statuesque B. Saroja Devi.
Thanks again. With great regards – KRV

8 K R Vaishampayan July 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hello AK,
Bitten by melody bug…I am here again. Remembered a great duet from Punar Milan, In Pyar Ki Raho Mein Tera Hi Sahaara Hain. [Rafi-Aasha] Music by C.Arjun. Searched a bit and lo and behold…realized – Paas Baitho Tabiyat Behl Jayei by Rafi. While listening to it on YouTube came across interesting genisis of Paas Baitho by Indeever. This what What Dr. Satyavir Yadava has to relate. ” What a combo of C.Arjun and Indivar was. I still remember the interview of C.Arjun by Ameen Sayani on radio in Binaca Geetmala ,about the story behind writing of this song by Indivar.While both of them returning home in a BEST bus from studio,a pretty young girl boaded the bus also and she came and stood beside them.Indivar looked at her repetedly and asked Arjun to leave a seat for her to let her sit beside him…the song was created.”
Punar Milan has another classic duet by Aasha & Mubarak Begum – Zindagi Hum Tabah Kar Baithe.
Hope, you remember these classic gems by Indeever & C.Arjun duo.
Thanks and regards – KRV

9 AK July 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

@KR Vaishampayan
Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jayegi ranks in my top Rafi favorites. Thanks for this wonderful story, which I may use when I come to C Arjun in my Forgotten Composers.. series.

10 AK July 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

@KR Vaishampayan
Thanks for introducing me to Teri zulfein pareshan teri nazrein pasheman by Rafi from Preet Na Jane Reet. I had not heard this song before. Here is its link.

11 K R Vaishampayan July 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hello AK,
Thanks a zillion for your quick response. I am pleasantly surprised and wonder aloud – how wonderfully I concur with your opinions ! Looks like two-of-a-kind. Thanks again for your proposed article on C Arjun in Forgotten Composers, Unforgettable Melodies. And as promised, I shall keep contributing as much as I can to your blog. Regards – KRV

12 Subodh Agrawal July 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

A very interesting list indeed. It feels good to refresh one’s memory for several of these songs. Talking of romantic connotations of Zulf; I have often wondered if Urdu (with maybe Persian and Arabic) is unique in associating romance with liver (Jigar). It is a bit hard to see the romantic connection of this part of the human anatomy.

An idea for a crazy list – ‘First rate songs from third rate films!’ With due apologies to those who might have liked the film, this thought came to me as I suffered through ‘Bawre Nain’ on TV years back while waiting for ‘Khayalon mein kisi ke’.

13 AK July 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

@Subodh Agrawal:
I thought jigar meant heart, at least the poetic use of it. I agree with you, in the sense of liver the imagery is somewhat odd. But come to think of it, even the heart is an organ which is primarily a pump, and there should be nothing romantic about it. It is only that we have been conditioned to associate dil with emotions etc.

‘First rate songs from third rate films’ – I hope you are not saying Bawre Nain is a third rate film. That way I have some very unconventional views on several films which have acquired iconic status, such as even Raj Kapur-Dilip Kumar- Nargis starrer Andaaz (1949). Let us use this phrase for obscure films with no production value, no known stars, which made no impact and sunk without trace. It is amazing how such films have absolutely amazing music. Hopefully many of these will get covered in my planned series Forgotten Composers, Unfrgettable Melodies’

14 Aparna July 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

Hi there…first time here and am enjoying reliving the old songs a lot. Thanks so much. One Zulf song that comes to my mind is from Naya Daur – Ude jab jab zulfein teri, picturised on Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthi Mala..

Nice blog, AK.

15 AK July 21, 2011 at 9:32 am

Welcome to this site. You are right. Ude jab jab zulfein teri could very well have been in the top ten list. I guess I was subconsciously trying to include other singers also – otherwise it could have been entirely Rafi list.

16 SAK July 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

“Chhedona meri zulfein ” of lata and kishore from the picture “ganga ki Laharen ” is also worth recalling. Music is by Chitrgupta

17 AK July 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Absolutely. This is also my great favourite. In fact, this could have been included to have Kishore Kumar too.

18 Dr. Satyavir Yadav July 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ohhhh .. ..Thanks K R Vaishampayan bhai sahab for giving my reference here in relation to the song “Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jaayegi”. I commented it on someone’s You tube link of this gem.
I always used to listen to Aameen Sayaani’s prog. ‘Binaca Geetmala’ where he often used to interview the legends of music industry & later broadcast them in the prog. This interview I heard on radio ceylon way way back but it was so interesting fact thaty I can nrver forget it …
This review of songs on Zulf is so beautiful & unique …

19 rd August 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

Teri Zulfon Se Pyar Kaun Kare – Talat Mahmood – Joru Ka Bhai (1955) – Jaidev – Sahir
Yeh Zulf Agar – Mohammed Rafi – Kaajal (1965) – Ravi – Sahir
Tumhari Zulf Ke Saye Mein – Mohammed Rafi – Naunihal (1967) – Madan Mohan – Kaifi Azmi
Yeh Reshmi Zulfein – Mohammed Rafi – Do Raaste (1969) – Laxmikant Pyarelal – Anand Bakshi
Zulf Ke Phande (Film Version) – Mohammed Rafi – Mujrim (1958) – O. P. Nayyar – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Zulfon Ka Rangeen Saya – Mukesh – Anjam (1968) – Ganesh – Qamar Jalalabadi
Bikhra Ke Zulfein – Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar – Nazarana (1961) – Ravi – Rajinder Krishan
Uden Jab Jab Zulfen Teri – Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi – Naya Daur (1957) – O. P. Nayyar – Sahir
Jab Kisi Ke Rukh Pe Zulfen – Talat Mahmood – Anmol Ratan (1950) – Vinod – Dina Nath Madhok
Yeh Zulfen Awaara – Asha Bhosle – Hong Kong (1962) – O. P. Nayyar – Qamar Jalalabadi

20 AK August 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks for your beautiful list. Some of them are my top favourites and I have kept them for other themes. You would soon see them on this blog. Keep on visiting.

It may be a good idea to compile all the best zulf songs.

21 Archana September 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Fabulous list! I was still listening to the songs you had listed under “Forgotten Composers, Unforgettable Melodies”, when I saw the link to this post. Even I’ve not come across any other blog with a “Zulf” theme, so was very intrigued.
Some of the songs here are among my personal favourites and some of them are totally new to me. Thanks for introducing me to them.
One more “Zulfen” favourite of mine is : Chehre pe giri zulfen kehdo toh hata doon main from Suraj.

The association with navras was really interesting.

22 Subodh Agrawal October 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

Found this on YouTube:

23 AK October 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I am sorry I am late in acknowledging you, but thanks a lot for your compliments.

@Subodh Agrawal
This lovely song was also unknown to me. Thanks for introducing it to me and the readers of this blog.

Sajaya na karo phool balon pe from Gunahon Ke Raaste, music Jagdish Khanna

24 KBS Sidhu October 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Hum Hindustani – Raat Nikhri Huyee Zulf Bikhree – Mukesh; discovered in on YOUTUBE, heard for the first time.

25 AK October 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

@KBS Sidhu
I too heard it for the first time. It has characteristic Mukesh charm in early 1960s. Joy Mukherjee topless is another novelty.

26 KBS Sidhu October 11, 2011 at 6:17 am

Mentioned your web-site on my Facebook page;
9 friends liked it and two commented.

27 AK October 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

@KBS Sidhu

28 KBS Sidhu October 13, 2011 at 10:40 am
Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye – Shammi Kapoor, Sadhna, Raj Kumar (1964) Song.

Not strictly a “zulf” song but a very explicit invitation from the female lead (2.50 onward), granting permission to play with her wanton tresses (khelo meri zulphon se….ijazat hai tumhe)

29 Samir Khan June 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

“Tumhari Zulf Ke Saye Mein – Mohammed Rafi – Naunihal (1967) – Madan Mohan – Kaifi Azmi”

This is my favourite zulf song along with Na Jhatko Zulf Se Paani. Incidently TZKSM was also Madan Mohan’s favourite song from his compositions…

30 Subodh Agrawal July 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

A Punjabi zulf song. The first time I have heard Talat sing in Punjabi. Very sweet and soulful. The mood is introspective, with a strong touch of regret – ‘Ki khataya e dil la ke’ – what have I gained by falling in love. My brother posted it on his facebook page.

By the way ‘zulf’ is not mentioned on the sidebar under ‘themes’ on your homepage, same about ‘cricket’.

31 AK July 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Very sweet song. In parts sounds like Mukesh-Suman Kalyanpur duet Ankhiyon ka noor hai tu ankhiyon se door hai tu from Johar Mehmood in Goa.

Thanks for pointing about sidebar, since included.

32 harvey August 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I received the notification of this post yesterday and thought that this must be a new one. Thus my comment on your Rafi-Roshan post: zulfein kahan gayi?

33 Subodh Agrawal November 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Heard this for the first time – ‘Ek nazar mein dil le jaye’ from the 1957 movie Baarish. Not really a zulf song, but the prelude does start with the word zulf:

34 mumbaikar8 November 27, 2012 at 1:16 am
Zulf Ki Chaaon me cheher ka
One more zulf song

35 AK November 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Lovely song. Thanks.

36 KBS Sidhu March 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Has this been featured or discussed here. Just discovered it

37 arvindersharma May 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

While having a go at all the theme song posts, I was just rummaging through the write ups and happened to listen to song of ‘Baarish’, referred by Subhodh Ji.
‘Ek nazar me dil le jaaye’ has an uncanny resemblance to
‘Phool sa chehra, chand si rangat’ from Nargis/Pradeep Kumar’s ‘Raat aur Din’
Shankar Jaikishan have repeated their own music.
Songs of ‘Zulf ‘ have a very romantic expression, and the heroes of yore, be it Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and not to be forgotten Rajesh Khanna, all of them took great care of this aspect. This reference will be incomplete if I fail to mention Saadhna, the ‘Zulf ‘ Queen of the Hindi Cinema. We would never come to know, how many generations lost their natural Zulfs, trying to copy these superstars.
Coming back to the Zulf song domain, I would recall two songs.
Kya teri zulfein hain by Asha/Kishore, film ‘Hum Sab Ustaad Hain’, music by LP and
Tu mere saamne hai, teri zulfein hain khuli by Rafi, film Suhagan, music by Madam Mohan.
Going through all the previous comments, it seems that Madam Mohan had a special talent or leaning for Rafi/Zulf songs.
Yet another beautiful song, though it has referred Zulf only as opener, is as under.
Zulf lehrayi teri……Koi mujhe se pooche, ke tum mere kya ho, film Ye Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and the creator duo are Saahir and Ravi.

38 AK May 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm

You have a very sharp ear and recollection. Indeed Ek nazar mein dil mil jaye bears uncanny resemblance to Phool sa chehra chand si rangat. However, the first song (Baarish; 1957) is composed by C Ramchandra. I think everyone got inspired by everyone else whenever something appealing happened.

All the three songs you have added are excellent. Thanks a lot.

39 arvindersharma May 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Once again AK Ji,
Thanks for correcting me. My passion for this blog sometimes overcomes the instinct to check the facts, hence these errors.
Thanks once again.

40 unny damodaran September 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

Lovely songs about Zulf. Two songs which come to my mind are i)Mey pyar ka rahi hoom tere zulf ke chaaye mein kuch der tahar jaoon from Ek musafir ek hazina(o.p.nayyar) ii)tu mere samne hai teri zulfem hai khuli,mey bhala hosh mein kaise rahoom? from suhagan(tuned by madanmohan?)

41 AK September 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

Unny Damodaran,
Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation. Both the songs you have mentioned are outstanding. Yes, Suhagan is tuned by Madan Mohan.

42 Arun September 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Graet list, but missing ‘Ye Zulf Agar Khul ke’ Kajal- spoiled it all.

43 arvindersharma September 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Arun Ji,
If you read the first comment by Dustedoff, you will find your song as the first song in the comments section.

44 ksbhatia September 21, 2014 at 1:13 am

Arvinder sharma ‘ji and friends ; two additional songs from my side: 1 Kya teri zulfen hain …..from Hum sab ustad hain . 2 Is reshmi pajeb ki jhankar ke sadke … zulf ke qurbaan…from Laila majnu.

45 arvindersharma September 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

KS Bhatia Ji,
The first song, ‘kya Teri zulfein hain’ has been my favorite as well.
The second song,’is reshmi pajeb’, at one time, was a very popular song on the radio, but overplayed beyond its merit. (my personal opinion).
And thanks for remembering and mentioning me.

46 Rashmi April 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

The list is lovely..
But the milap of zulf and the bhaav behind it.. Is something else all together..

47 AK April 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

Welcome to Songs of Yore. I am happy you enjoyed it.

48 Ashwin Bhandarkar June 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Two gems from the Golden Era that are not exactly ‘zulf’ songs but in which ‘zulf’ figures – ‘Tasveer tere dil mein’ and ‘Chaudvin ka chaand ho’. I particularly like the similes that Shakeel Badayuni has used in the 2nd song.

49 TALAT August 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Great collection.

50 AK August 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation.

51 ksbhatia August 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

AK ,Arvinder sharma ji [s];

‘Zulf ‘ appears in one of the Lata/ Rafi duet in Aao pyar karen song…….

Tum akele to kabhi baag mein jaya na karo…….

52 ksbhatia August 18, 2015 at 11:57 pm


The Zulf songs appear to have been exhausted. Why not have some appendix to the main theme songs like one based on ‘ curly baal ‘ , laat [ or luut ] , uljhe baal etc . I think one can try on this extension .

53 s p sinha May 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm

should we forget sahir ravi rafi song yeh zulfein agar khulke from Kaajal.

54 Shabir Hussain May 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

How could you forget Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke Bikhar Jaye to Achha? That is an irresistibly evocative zulf number. I love SoY.


55 AK May 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Shabir Hussain,
Welcome to SoY. There are many ‘zulf’ songs. I had to select some. Rest the readers add.

56 ksbhatia May 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

AK ji;

Revisiting this site after a long time . Here is a hat trick by OPN zulf songs from a single movie…Phir wohi dil laya hoon .

1. Nazneen bada rangeen hai wada tera…Rafi, Asha…Phir wahi…….

2.Aanchal mein sajaa lena kaliyan….Rafi…..Phir wahi dil…..

3.Zulf ki chhaon tale…Rafi , Asha…Phir wahi dil laya hoon….

57 ksbhatia May 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Shabir Hussain @54 ;

Yeh zulf agar khul ke bikhar jaaye… indeed an iconic song that always comes first in every passionate listeners mind . Here is a song which i am listening after a long long time . A great one from a great composer ….Chitragupt.

Salle Allah Zulf Kaali Kaali…..Rafi….Kabuli Khan

58 Peddadu May 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

AK ji @31
I would like to mention that the female singer in ‘Johar-Mehmood in Goa’ song (Akhiyon ka noor…) was Suman Kalyanpur and not Lata Mangeshkar.

59 AK May 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

Thanks a lot for the correction.

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