Multiple Versions Songs (24): Songs having versions across different films – similar initial lyrics in mukhada

January 31, 2016

Guest article by Ashok M Vaishnav

(The founder of the mega series Multiple Version Songs, Ashokji brings up another one from his inexhaustible storehouse of multiple versions on different criteria. The multiple versions so far have generally been from the same film. Continuing his series he brings up an interesting variety of songs which have multiple versions across different films. In some cases these may be a traditional bandish, where you may find some versions outside films. Some traditional bandishes have been sung by a large number of classical and semi-classical singers. He has left out such songs for practical reasons. This post too shows his capacity for detailed research. The present post includes less than half of what he has compiled. We may put up the remaining songs subsequently, depending on the readers interest.– AK)

Multiple version songsTill now all the multiple version songs that we talked belonged to the same film, except of course, version songs across different languages. We now chart a different trajectory of Multiple Versions of Songs.

Presently we will take up songs that have been used either in different films, or has other version as a standalone bandish elsewhere. Essentially, such versions share similar (initial lyrics) of the mukhda of the song. We have included only those songs which have at best not more than one or two of such versions. In other words, ghazals or bandishes or bhajans which have been used in films, but have several versions recorded by different artists are not included here. In fact, these provide fodder for a very different sort of approach in presenting these sets of multiple version songs.

1. Teri gathari mein laga chor by KC Dey from Dhoop Chhaon (1935), lyrics Pt Sudarshan, music Pankaj Mullick and RC Boral

Manna Dey also has rendered this bhajan in his own style

in 1991, “Numberi Aadmi’ has used the lyrics in what at best can be called a parody of the original @1.35.

2. Piya milan ko jana by Pankaj Mullick from Kapala Kundala (1939), music Pankaj Mullick

This classic song has attracted several professional stage performers to render this with, or without, injecting variations in the original tune. Here is one such rendering by the Pakistani Ghazal singer Nadeem Umer.

3. Inhin logon ne le lina dupatta mora by Shamshad Begum from Himmat (1941), lyrics Aziz Kashmiri, music Pt. Govind Ram

The extensive explorers of internet space are, by now, quite aware of this first version.

In 1943, Pt. Govind Ram composed a parody, rendered by Yakoob, for Aabroo.

Its, relatively modern and, quite popular version in Pakeezah (1971), composed by Ghulam Mohammad and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar would hardly need any introduction.

4. Jhumka gira re by Shamshad Begum from Dekhoji (1947)), lyrics Wali Saheb, music Tufal Farooqi

We again have a case wherein it is the later day version has always been found the mentions in the discussions. But this one is so very earthy and peppy too.

The later day version by Asha Bhosle – Mera Saaya (1966); Madan Mohan – which is penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan has very different and quite distinct flair, while the spirit of the original folk version.

Now SoY regulars must also be aware of the much older version of this song than even Shamshad Begum’s. This fascinating vintage piece is sung by Punjabi folk singer Miss Dulari, sometime in the 1930s. This is thanks to Hans.

5. Kadam kadam badhaye ja by Chitalkar & chorus from Samadhi (1950), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music C Ramchandra

This was (and to a great extent still, is) a very popular patriotic flavour (Desh Prem) song.

We have a (almost) similar mukhada, but another song, Kadam Badhaye Ja, from Bada Bhai – 1957 – Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle – Nashad . This song also has twin versions. The First version is very happy version of the workmen family in the good times and thus exudes hope for the future–

and the Second version is basically filmed for a peddle-rickshaw race and is meant to bolster the sagging morale of the hero.

6. Garajat barsat bheejat ayi lo by Lata Mangeshkar from Malhar (1951), lyrics traditional, music Roshan

Probably, this (original) version has not been able to retain same level of memory space in the minds of the listeners as its later version.

Roshan and Sahir Ludhyanvi now combine to use the few words of the mukhda of the earlier version and come up with one of the very famous Female-Female Duet that stood up with other very strong competing solos from the same film.

Garajat barsat sawan aayo re by Suman Kalyanpur and Kamal Barot from Barsat Ki Raat (1960)

7. Panghat pe more Shyam by CH Atma from Bilwamangal (1954), lyrics DN Madhok, music Bulo C.Rani..

This is a very interesting fore-runner of a version which has been subsequently popularised more by a different play of words.

Mohe panghat pe Nandlal by Lata Mangeshkar from Mughal-e-Azam (1960), music Naushad

This is the version which has reached the icon status.

A more classic version is also rendered by Indubala

The mukhda of this bandish has been very melodiously rendered by Mehdi Hasan with a subsequent variant in a Pakistani film Zeenat.

8. Saiyan jaao mose na bolo by Lata Mangeshkar from Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Vasant Desai

(Piya) jao jao mose na bolo are the principal set of lyrics around which various versions have been created.

Piya jao jao mose na bolo is performed by Shobha Gurtu in Thumri Raga Mishra Jhinhoti.

Here is another classic version of this bandish by Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty

9. Shivji bihane chale by Hemant Kumar and Chorus from Munimji (1955), lyrics Shailendra, music S D Burman

Part 1 of 2

and Part 2 of 2

The above two parts have a very special flavour and had found quite a wide-spread acceptance among the listeners.

Here is a recent version by Sudesh Bhosle, for the album Maha Shiv Jagaran Vol. 2, composed by Lalit Sen.

10. Phool gendava na maaro by Asha Bhosle from Funtoosh (1956), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music S D Burman

This (original [?]) version never attained even a faint of the popularity of its later day version.

Dooj Ka Chand (1964) – Manna Dey – Roshan / Sahir version rose to attain the status of an icon song.

Here is more classic version in Raag Bhairavi by Rasoolan Bai (1935).

{ 132 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ravindra Kelkar January 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Absolutely wonderful piece, hats off to you for your research & reach of knowledge. It will take time to listen to all the 24 songs with equal attention.

2 Ashwin Bhandarkar January 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm

‘Phool gendawa aba na maaro’ rendered as a bandish Thumri/bol baanT Thumri by Malini Rajurkar:

A rendition of the very same Gaud Malhar bandish used by Roshan in Malhar, this time by Malini Rajurkar, starts at 20:05 of this clip:

3 Bhgwan thavrani January 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Oh ! What research and details ! Just great….
These days, looking to the plethora of musical details spread by Ashok ji and likes, i repeatedly keep feeling that one life is not enough to do justice to all this treasure !
My salutes to him ! Long live his breed !

4 mumbaikar8 January 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm

You keep pulling multiple versions up your sleeve and make interesting posts
Keep it up!
I have one pair to add.
Nigahen Milane Ko Ji Chahata hai form Parai Aag Rafi
and Nigahen Milane Ko Ji Chahata hai the famous qawwali from Dil hi to hai
I think we might some other versions to this one.

5 Ashwin Bhandarkar January 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm

The Kaamod bandish, Eri jaane na doongi, famously adapted in film by Roshan in Chitralekha:

The classical version of the bandish rendered by the Mishra Bandhu:

A variant of the same bandish (Kaare jaane na doongi) starts at 33:32 in this Ulhas Kashalkar performance:

6 Ashwin Bhandarkar January 31, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Please check out Comment #45 in the article by Subodhji on songs based on Darbaari (, where I have cited a film song and a daadra beginning with the words ‘Jaa main tose naahin bolun’. Am happy to say that the Bhairavi version of the daadra that I have referred to in the aforementioned comment is finally up on YouTube – it can be found starting at 3:53 of the following clip:

And then of course, we have the Salilda-composed ‘Ja tose nahin bolun kanhaiyya’ from ‘Parivaar’, based on Hansadhwani, and probably inspired by Aman Ali Khan’s ‘Laagi lagan pati sakshi sanga’, which was in turn inspired by the Muthuswami Dikshitar kriti ‘Vaataapi Ganapatim’.

Ant to top it all, here’s a serendipitous find: a sozzled Noorjehan singing a song with the mukhda ‘Ja ja main tose naahi bolun’ in Pakistani film ‘Mausiqaar’:

7 Ashwin Bhandarkar January 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Apologize for the typos in my previous comment:

1. ‘sakshi’ should have been ‘sakhi’

2. ‘Ant’ should have been ‘And’.

8 Arunkumar Deshmukh January 31, 2016 at 7:52 pm

AK ji,

You and Ashok ji,never cease to surprise us. This is a topic which is as old as the Talkie itself.
using same song in different films has started from Day one of talkie films. Right from 1931,the very first year of Talkie films, this phenomenon is noticed. I give below few examples from the 31 and 32 films-
1. Bharati balak-31….Khaak galiyon ko…used in film Raajkumari-34
2. Noorjehan-31…Mujhse chhip kar… used in Bhola Shankar-33
Prem Pujari-35 and
3. Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra-31… Namamish Mishan and
Pita chhodo na yoon
Used in Shailbala-32 and
Step mother-35
4. Bharati mata-32…Mam janani…Used in Hamari betiyan-36
5. Indra Sabha-32 …Kya tadpane ka mazaa…used in Hatimtai-1.-33
Kisi se dil ko…used in Afzal-33
This sort of borrowing continued in the 40s,50s and 60s on a large scale. However after that the practice thinned out. I do not know much about what happened 70 onwards.
1. Amar kahani-49…all 9 songs used in Kanchan-55
2.Phir bhi apna hai-46…6 songs used in Bhai ka pyar-51
3. Laila Majnu-53…Tere dar pe aaya hoon…used in ChorBazar-54
4. Naubahar-52…Phool chun le…used in Firdaus-53
5. Panchayat-58…Mai yeh soch kar…Used in Haqeeqat-64

Like this many songs can be quoted. It will be intersting to see how many such songs are brought up by our readers. I am keeping a track.

9 KB January 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Shivji bihane chale is a superb and rare song in this catagory and picturized with much imagination even in those days.

10 rahul saravanan January 31, 2016 at 10:28 pm

A wonderful post AKji. I absolutely loved it. I also liked the comments you have added along with each song.

There’s the song ‘ek chatur naar kar kar shringar’ sung by Ashok Kumar in Jhoola(1941) which was used by Kishore Kumar as ‘ek chatur naar karke shringar’ in Padosan (1968)

11 AK February 1, 2016 at 6:58 am

Rahul Sarvanan,
Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation. Just to clarify that this post is written by Ashok Vaishnav.

Ek chatur naar is a fabulous song. Its two versions have appeared on this blog earlier.

12 ASHOK M VAISHNAV February 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

Thanks to all of you for such an encouraging appreciation.
The wonderful additions to what is presented here, by Ashwin Bhandarkar, mumbaikar8 and Arun Kumar Deshmukh not only expands my own limited range of knowledge but also in turn makes the subject highly interesting and informative to all those who love the depths and subtleties of HFM.
The credit for such an emancipated participation goes to SoY.

13 rahul saravanan February 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

Oh I am so sorry Ashokji! I forgot.
And thank you AKji for the clarification. I have been following your blog for quite some time. It’s the first time I’ve commented actually.

14 AK February 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Ashwin Bhandarkar,
Thanks a lot for all the beautiful additions of classical pieces. I also wandered to Kamod by Kumar Gandhav and DV Paluskar. Please keep posting.

15 dustedoff February 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Such a wonderful – and informative – post, Ashokji. Thank you so much. Am enjoying listening to some versions I’d not known of before.

Would Preetam aan milo qualify too? There’s the CH Atma version, and the Geeta Dutt version from Mr & Mrs 55.

16 AK February 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

And Angoor version, too, sung by Deven Verma?

17 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 2, 2016 at 12:55 am

Thanks for the kind words, Ashokji and AK.

Struck me earlier this evening that the iconic Nat Bihag cheez ‘Jhan jhan jhan paayal baaje’ and its derivatives have not been mentioned in this post as yet, although they do find mention in AK’s masterly articles on Burmanda’s non-film songs ( – see # 3) and on Lata’s best songs sung under his baton ( – see #4).

This cheez was originally popularized by Aftab-e-Mausiqi Ustad Fayyaz Khan. Here is the recording:

18 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 2, 2016 at 1:01 am


Check out the comment by Moti Lalwani on this YouTube page:

What a master SDB was!

19 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 2, 2016 at 1:17 am

While on SD, who can forget his ‘Dheere se jaana bagiyan mein’

or its parodies by Kishoreda, under the baton of SD himself, first in
‘Chalti ka naam gaaDi’ (at 3:06)

and then in ‘Chhupa Rustam’ (‘Dheere se jaan khaTiyan mein’) ?

The 2nd song also has a parody of ‘Teri gathari mein laaga chor musaafir’ at 4:31.

20 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 2, 2016 at 1:23 am

‘Koyaliyaa bole ambuwaa’ in Raaga Maalkauns rendered by Kamalakar Bhat Sirsi:

‘Koyaliyaa bole ambuwaa’ in Raaga Tilak Kaamod rendered by D.V.Paluskar:

(It was only over a week ago that I had made these citations in Shalanji’s awesome article titled ‘Pancchi: An aviary of songs’ – see Comment #108)

21 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 2, 2016 at 1:47 am

‘Piya milan ki aas’ is a thumri in Jogiyaa immortalized by Khansaheb Abdul Karim Khan:

A rendition by Khansaheb’s grand-disciple (to coin a new term), Bhimsenji:

In this clip from ‘Teen batti chaar raasta’ , Sandhya lip syncs to Lata’s rendition of the sthaayi of the same thumri from 0.41 to 1.20:

In this version from the 1961 movie of the same name, only the mukhda is retained and the song is set to Shivaranjani by S.N.Tripathi and sung once again by Lata:

22 dustedoff February 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

AK: Yes, that too. 😉

23 ksbhatia February 2, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav’ji ;
A very interesting post and a very finely woven songs of the era gone by . I feel there must be some interesting songs which are hidden and require deep excavation to get them exposed to the listeners of inverse progression .

Ja re badra bairi ja….. is one such song which I think is found fav.of many poetic and Ghazal singers of pakistan as well .
Here are two varient of the main song by lata ji from Bahana with music by MM .
…………..Ja re badra bairi ja……..
…………..Gajra bana ke le aa…….[ pakistani versions ]
more will follow…..

24 AK February 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Ashwin Bhandarkar,
Thanks a lot for the additions. We are lucky that you have been giving us so much insight into classical pieces. Nat Bihag reminded of this one by Mallikarjun Mansoor. Some bandishes got identified with particular gharanas. Some became popular across gharanas. Jhan jhan jhan jhan payal baaje in Nat Bihag seems to belong to the latter category.

25 Ashok M Vaishnav February 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

#Ashwin Bhandarkar – I am not at all knowledgeable when it comes to classical music. Hence my searches on net would never consciously envelop such bandishes. You additions indeed enrich my personal stock as they do for may more like me.
#Madhulikaji (and AK) – Preetam Aan Milo whould be an automatic listing choice in the kind of list that we have under discussion.
My missing that very rightly negates some of the rich superlatives attributed to me, which I know I do not deserve.
Playback for Preetam Aan milo in Angoor was provided by Sapan Chakravarty (or Chakraborty) (of Sapan- Jagmohan duo, who have also very ably assisted RDB).
#K S Bhatia – Jaa Re Badara and its other versions are certainly enchanting additions to the list. Many Thanks.

26 Ashok M Vaishnav February 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm

The case of Jan Jan Jan Payal Baje is a case of having several versions when we open up its Bengali version Rum Jhum Jhum Nupur Baje, which was penned by Nazrul Islam.
Here is one by Runa Laila, as once such illustration

27 Ashok M Vaishnav February 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

The learned comments on SDB’s bengali version of Jan Jan Payal (ref. #18 hereabove by Ashwin Bhandarkar) similarly further would take us to several Bengali version(s) – Aruna Kaanti ke go jogi bhikhhari – Poochcho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayi – Manna Dey, SDB, Ahir Bhairav composition – which appears in two version in Meri Soorat Teri Aankhen.
Just to bring in illustrative ones on this page, here is one by Salaludin Ahmed –
and by Asha Bhosle –

28 ksbhatia February 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav’ji;
Two songs with same mukhda :
….Akele akele kahan ja rahe ho…..Lata ji…..Sohni Mahiwal….Naushad
….Akele akele kahan ja rahe ho….Mohd. Rafi….An evening in paris…SJ

29 N Venkataraman February 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Ashok Vaishnavji,
Kudos for another wonderful post on multiversion songs.
I was absent from SoY for a long time and I am happy to be back with this unique theme on “version songs with similar initial lyrics in the mukhda from different films”. I loved your post and the selection of songs.
The lines Teri gathari mein laaga chor musafir was also used as parody in the middle of the song Aa aa ee ee master ji ki aagayi chitti for the film Kitaab (1977). Likewise we can find the initial lines of the song Sundar naari preetam pyari in the song GuniJano Bhaktjano by Kishore Kumar in the film Ansoo aur Muskaan (1970). I am sure there will be more. The songs Jhumka gira re by Shamshad Begum from Dekhoji and Kadam Badhaye Ja from Bada Bhai were new to me. Saiyan jaao mose na bolo and Miss Dulari’s version of Jhumka gira re were delightful. I am sure many of us might have heard Jaddan Bai’s rendition of the song Lagat karjwa mein chot. It is one of my favourites.
Let me add a few such version songs.

Ek jhootisi tasalli wo mujhe by Lata Mangeshkar, film Hulchal (1951), lyrics Khumar Barabankwi, music Md.Shafi
Ek jhootisi tasalli wo mujhe by Mukesh, film Sheesham (1952), lyrics Zia Sarhadi, music Roshan

Bhar bhar aaye ankhiyan by Lata Mangeshkar and Md.Rafi, film Samrat Chandragupt (1958), lyrics Bharat Vyas , music Kalyanji Veerji Shah
Bhar bhar aaye ankhiyan by Begum Akhtar, (Bengali) film Jalsaghar (1958), traditional Thumri based on Raag Misra Piloo, music Ustad Vilayat Khan

There are several variants/versions of the song Ghir Ghir aayi Kaari badaew in films besides the traditional ones. I am presenting a few.

Ghir Ghir Aaye badarwa by Md.Rafi and Jagmohan Bakshi, film Hamlet (1954), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Ramesh Naidu
Ghir ghir aayi kari badarwa by Lata Mangeshkar, film Shagufa (1953), lyrics Rajinder Krishan, music C Ramchandra
Ghir Ghir Ke Aai Badariya by Lata Mangeshkar, film Ek Thi Ladki (1949), lyrics Aziz Kashmiri, music Vinod
Ghir aaye re kare badra by Suman Kalyanpur, film Coffe House (1957) lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Roshan
Ghir Ghir Aayi Kari Badariya by Sandhya Mukherjee, (Bengali) film Anthony Firingee (1967), traditional Piloo Thumri, music Anil Bagchi
Ghir Ghir Aayee badariya kaari by Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, film Sardari Begum (1996), Malhar based traditional Thumri, music Vanraj Bhatia
Ghir kar aayi badariya ram by Begum Akhtar, Traditional Kajri

30 arvindersharma February 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
One more excellent piece of work by you, and some of the songs compiled by you are a revelation to me, to my utmost joy.
A few of the similar mukhda songs, that are in my memory, I shall post here.
The first two
Firstly, a song from Shehanshah Babar, composed by Khemchand Prakash and sung by Zohrabai and Aziz Munshi
Hame Bhool mat jaiyo Raja Ji

Similar lyrics from Veer Rajpootani, sung by Asha Bhonsle, music Bulo C Rani
Manne bhull mat jaiyo Raja Ji

Will be posting more in installments only, as unable to post a number of links at one go.

31 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm

The Khamaaj Thumri ‘Kaun gali gayo shyaam’ sung by Prabha Atre:

A Pahaadi version of the same Thumri (without the antaraa though) sung by Parveen Sultana for ‘Pakeezah’

32 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm

As we all know, ‘Jaago Mohan Pyaare’ is a popular Bhairav bandish that was adapted brilliantly by Salilda in ‘Jaagte Raho’:

The Bengali version from ‘Ek Din Raatre’:

I would have loved to have posted the 78 rpm recording of the chhoTaa khayaal by Narayan Rao Vyas, but unfortunately I could not find it on the net. but here is a rendition by Ajoy Chakraborty (it starts at 24:49):

The same bandish sung by Nagaraj Havaldar (it starts from 22:15):

Please note the minor differences in the lyrics between the versions sung by the two artistes:

The first line of the bandish is ‘Jaago mohana pyaare’ in AC’s version but a ‘tuma’ is appended in NH’s version. Similarly, AC sings ‘saanwari soorata more mana bhaave’ while in NH’s version, there is a ‘tora’ between ‘soorata’ and ‘more’. Similarly, the 2nd line in the antaraa is ‘gwaala baala saba bhoopata ThaaDe’ in AC’s version while in NH’s version, ‘aave’ replaces ‘Thaade’, and so on.

Here is another version by the founders of, a site that is often used as a reference by lovers of HFM:

These kinds of variations in the lyrics of a bandish, leave alone in the ‘tune’, are very common in the khayaal genre and the reasons are legion, and while I have my theories about this phenomenon, I will not expound on them here for the simple reason that without the backing of sound research, these will be tantamount to speculative theories.

Finally, here is a bhajan, attributed to Meerabai by the person who posted the clip, sung by Lakshmi Shankar. It has only the mukhDaa in common with the chhota khayaal cited above:

There is a song with the same mukhDaa from some movie titled ‘Katti Batti’. I listened to it for a few seconds – the link does not deserve to be posted on this blog (my apologies if I come across as being narrow minded or snobbish).

33 arvindersharma February 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Ashok Ji,
After ‘Bhool mat jaiyo’, there is another pair, similar in lyrics, ‘Hamaar kaha/kahi mano’, with Raja Ji intact in both.
For the first, a rendition of a thumri by Begam Akhtar, for which I’m thankful to AK Ji, who mentioned it in a meeting I had with him where I mentioned the other three compositions.
Firstly Begam Akhtar
Hamaar kahi mano Raja Ji

Hamaar kaha mano Raja Ji by Asha from Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, composed by Madanmohan

Will be back with a few more.

34 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Here is another traditional Gaud Malhar bandish (credited to Meerabai) adapted by Saraswati Devi for Bhabhi (1938) and sung by and picturized on Khurshid (looks like her singing made the guy sitting on the sofa either fall asleep or die a peaceful death):

Finally, a classical rendition of the same bandish by one Gaurav Chanda.

35 arvindersharma February 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Ashok Ji,
A triplet of similar lyrics
Laagi nahi choote Ram

Firstly, the most favorite from Sautela Bhai, sung by Meena Kapoor and Lata composed by Anil Biswas

Second is the only Dilip Kumar duet with Lata from Musafir, composed by Salil Chaudhary

Third one from a Bhojpuri film with the same name, Laagi Naahi Choote Ram, sung by Lata and Talat, composed by Chitragupta

36 N Venkataraman February 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

There is another version of the song Nigahen Milane Ko Ji Chahata hai by Paro Devi from the film Karwat (1949), lyrics Saifuddin Saif, music Hansraj Behl

37 N Venkataraman February 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

Ashwin ji,
Vidushi Malini Rajurkar’s Phool Gendwa and Garajat barsat bheejat ayi lo were too good. Enjoyed the variants of Kaamod bandish, Eri jaane na doongi. In this part, generally we get to listen to vilambit bandish set to teen taal. Ulhasji’s vilambit in Jhoomra Taal and Maliniji’s Gaud Malhar in Tilwada were added bonus.
I am listening to Pandit Kamalakar Bhat for the first time. Can you give some details about him? His rendition reminded me of the beautiful song Ambua ke dali pe bole re koyaliya by Jayasree. This song notably came up for discussion last year. There must be many more songs with the words Ambua, Koyaliya ..
Thanks Ashwinji for the additions. This post also gives us the opportunity to listen to some wonderful classical/semi-classical pieces.

38 Chitrapatsangeet February 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

This is a rare one, pretty rare to use Sughrai Kanada in film music. Chitragupt spins one, from madam. Xyz.
Jha sahab sings the original brandish

39 N Venkataraman February 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

@ChitrpatSangeet #38
Thanks for posting this song based on this rare Raag. Recently came across the Raag Suha Sughrai. I was hearing this Raag for the first time. Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan, son of Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan of the ancient Agra Gharana rendered this Raag in a concert held at the Calcutta Club. My inquiry led me to the following information. I am sharing what I have gathered. This is a very special raga from the Agra Gharana. A mixture of two rare ragas Suha and Sughrai both from the Kafi that. Sughrai/Sughrai Kananda is considered as the day version of Sahana/Sahana Kananda and it is supposed to have been formed by combining Adana and Brindavani Sarang. Raag Suha is also sung in the day time. Its uttaranga has sarang ang and the poorvanga has kananda ang.
So it is indeed surprising that Chitragupt used this rare raag Sughrai for one of his film songs. He must have been familiar with this Raag. It was a lovely song. Thanks once again.

40 Chitrapatsangeet February 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Chitragupt was assistant to the great S.N.Tripathi.

41 Chitrapatsangeet February 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm

This is one version of Garjat Barsat which I. Personally rate very high. Very relaxed.

42 Chitrapatsangeet February 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The famous bhairavi piece Baat Chalat used once in “ladki” here
And of course in rani rupmati

43 Shalan Lal February 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

AK & Ashok Vaishnav

This mammoth post is visually wonderful and seductively ear-candy and well informed. The post creates widers understanding of many versions of a song. But I would like to give credit to AK for finding astonishingly attractive illustrations, one that makes me wonder about the song “Piya Milan Ko Jaana Hai! One song and many illistrations!
Shalan Lal

44 Ashok M Vaishnav February 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Thanks to the continuing, wonderful, informative and interesting additions by #ksbhatia, #arvindersharma, #Ashiwn Bhandarkar, #N Venkararaman, #Chitrapatsangeet, the ‘same mukhda’ versions variations has now become an avalanche………………………

45 ksbhatia February 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ji;
Here is a triplet [ Two from movies and one from TV seriel ] of the famous gaazal of Bahdur Shah Zaffar…..Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon …….
1. Mohd Rafi……Lal quilaa…….S N Tripathi
2. Sabita Banerjee…….Darwaza……MD [?]
3. Mahendra kapoor……T V serial….non filmi
There are many singers like Jagjit singh [ and many prominent pakistani gazzal singers] who have sung this beautiful gazzal .

46 Hans February 9, 2016 at 1:37 am

Your imaginative topics for multiple versions have kept the series going. Enjoyed the post as always. No. 7 was new to me. Some songs in others, particularly non-film also I heard for the first time. There are a number of new additions by friends. As Venkatramanji said their are a lot of such songs and efforts of all would make this really enjoyable.

Here is my contribution

This Pakistani version of Jhumka gira re I found after I posted the Miss Dulari song. Naturally they have replace Karachi for Bareilly.

Ram nam japna from Suvanra Sundari by Rafi
Ram ram japna from Do Dil by Rafi

Pyar kiya nahin jata ho jata hai – Barkha 1959
Pyar kiya nahin jata – Wo Saat Din

Gharwale ghar nahin hamen kisi ka dar nahin – Pyar Ki Rahen-59
Raja sahab ghar nahin – Aaj Aur Kal – 1963


47 Hans February 9, 2016 at 2:14 am

In continuation, I here give a link of a song ‘dil ke aaine men tasveer teri’ from Aao pyar Karen by Rafi. There is a song listed in HFGK with the same starting lyrics in film Rehnuma 1949 by Shamshad for which I have not found any link. Perhaps some other friend may help. The song by Rafi is special because in the end there is very beautiful yodeling.

Bhatiaji posted two pairs of songs in comments nos. 28 and 45 in which one song has the mukhda with same lyrics which the other song uses as alaap. I post here two songs – both classics – which both have used the similar lyrics as alaap, but the songs are different.
Piya kaise milun tumse – Saranga
Bheegi palken utha meri jaan – Do Gunde

There is another pair of songs which uses the same lyrics ‘jo main aisa janti’.
Koi dil na kisi se lagaye – Nakhre – 51
Mohe bhool gaye sanwaria – Baiju Bawra

There was a famous Panjabi film Bhangra-59 which had blockbuster music. In that there was a sad song by Shamshad ‘mul vikda sajan mil jawe lai lawan main jind wech ke’ which in hindi means ‘jo mera saajan kisi mol pe milta ho to main apni jaan bech ke le loon’. The mukhda of this song was transtated and used as a peppy duet with Asha and Timothi in film Mahua. Here are the links:

There were two great songs both in 1965 composed by two stalwarts SDB and Roshan in Teen Devian and Bheegi Raat with starting words ‘aise to na dekho’. Although the following words are different, they convey the same meaning and because both songs were written by Majrooh, we can assume that he purposely changed the last part to look different. And both the stalwarts composed the two songs totally differently. Here are the links

48 Ashok M Vaishnav February 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

#Shalan Lal – Many sincere thanks for the appreciation.

It is wonderful of #ksbhatia to keep the flow of songs on the subject going.
#Hans – Thanks for the appreciation. The additions you have made simply goes on to show that the present subject itself could have been a matter of an independent series in itself.

49 arvindersharma February 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Ashok Ji,
In continuation of this series of similar mukhada songs, Bhatia Ji is coming up with wonderful contributions, and many other stalwarts have made excellent additions, notably Arun Ji, Ashwin Bhandarkar Ji, Venkataraman Ji and ChitrapatSangeet.
Now that Hans Ji has also started chipping in with his melodious additions, the competition seems to be hotting up.
I’ll be presenting some songs with similar lyrics of Àayi Barkha Bahar, from films, in installments, as till now I am not able to resolve my problem of posting multiple links
Firstly Aayi Barkha Bahar by Lata and Pramodini from Shokhiyan, composed by Jamal Sen

Secondly, Chayi Barkha Bahar by Lata from Chirag, composed by Madanmohan.Notable is the excellent use of multiple instruments in this melodious folk song.

50 arvindersharma February 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm

In continuation,
Thirdly, the iconic song by Lata from Parakh, composed by Salil Chaudhary
O sajana Barkha Bahaar aayi

A Happy folk song from Barkha, sung by Lata and composed by Chitragupta,
Barkha Bahaar aayi

51 arvindersharma February 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

In continuation, two more
A melodious lata gem from Dooj Ka Chand, composed by Roshan,
Pade Barkha Bahaar

In the Lata dominated series of Barkha Bahaar, my last addition to the series is a Manna De and Rafi duet, a classical rendition from Sangeet Samrat Tansen, Ab aayi Barkha Bahar

52 arvindersharma February 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Ashok Ji , Venkataraman Ji,
As Venkataraman Ji mentioned about the Ambuva Koyal songs above, here are a few from the vintage era.
Koi ambuva pe pihu pihu gàye re piya from Putli, music by Aziz Khan. A reader has mentioned Trilok Kapoor as the male singer, but I am absolutely unaware of that.

Ambuva pe koyal Kali shor machaye re, from Dushmani by Khan Mastana and Sulochana Kadam, music V Ramnath
Two more in the next installment

53 ksbhatia February 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Ashok Vaishnav , Arvinder Sharma , Hans [ji’s] ;
Thanks for your appreciations . In fact this article is now flooded with a variety of multiple version songs contributed by the passionate followers and stalwarts of the S o Y family members for which thanks goes to A K ji.
One may find that most of such songs are from 50s and 60s . The words chosen by the lyricist during these time were simple yet poetic and easy on the ears ; such as
1. Gar tum bura na mano…..Asha, Subir sen….Mehloan ke khwab….S. Mohinder
2.Bura tum na mano…..Asha, Rafi…Inspector….N. Dutta
3.Agar tum bura na mano…..Mulaqat [ Pak film song ]

54 ksbhatia February 10, 2016 at 12:07 am

Hans ji ;
Your reference to panjabi song from Bhangra [1959] reminds me of another panjabi / hindi song from Shaheed …..Pagri sambhaal jatta…
1. Shaheed…..Rafi……Prem Dhawan .
2.Amar shaheed Bhagat Singh….Mohd Aziz….Surinder Kohli.

There is one beautiful rendering of this non filmi song by Rabbi Shergill on the same theme . A must listening quality song .

55 Chitrapatsangeet February 10, 2016 at 5:32 am

Here is a strange one inin rag Kalavati-ek qawwali ne Parde pe horror gaane ka Roop ikhtiyar kiya, one of the iconic songs of Suman kalyanpur
Here is the qawwali-
The song from noor mahal

56 arvindersharma February 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Ashok Ji, Venkataraman ji,
Two more songs of Ambuva

Ambuva pe papiha ye gaaye by Zeenat Begam from Kaise Kahun, music Pandit Amarnath

Ambuva ki daari bole
An NFS by Asha Bhonsle, composed by Nikhil Ghosh

57 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

‘Main chali, main chali’ from Professor:

‘Main chali, main chali’ from Padosan:

58 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Discovered the following while searching for ‘Chali re, chali re main to des paraayi’ and ‘Chali chali re patang’

1. ‘Chali sakhi paniyaa bharana ko chali’ by Qawwal Ismail Azad:

Perhaps this qawwaali in Bhairavi was the inspiration for

‘Chali gori pee se milan ko chali’ from ‘Ek hi raasta’

2. ‘Chali re, chali re gori paniyaa bharana ko’ also in Bhairavi from ‘Mr. X in Bombay’

3. ‘Chali re, chali re, chali re’ from Jhoomar, a Pakistani film:

And finally, the objects of my search:

1. ‘Chali re, chali re main to desa paraaye’ in Des from ‘Saarangaa’:

2. ‘Chali chali re, patang meri’ from ‘Bhaabhi’:

59 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

‘Tu gangaa ki mauj mein’ from ‘Baiju Baawara’ actually starts with ‘Akeli mata jaiyyo raadhe’:

The rendition of the thumri ‘Akeli mata jaiyyo raadhe’ by Manik Varma from her famous Jog Kauns/Bhatiyaar/Bhairavi LP. The violin sangat is by V.G.Jog:

‘Akeli mat jaiyyo’ from the 1963 film of the same name:

60 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm


Thanks for the kind words. As for Kamalakar Bhat, I do not have any information about him.

61 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Reproducing a portion of Comment # 108 from Shalan Lal’s post ‘Panchhi: An Aviary of songs’:

‘Ud jaa re kaagaa’ and ‘Anganaa more aajaa kaagaa’ in Raag Bhinna Shadaj by Kishori Amonkar:

Sant Meerabai’s ‘Ud jaa re kaaga ban ka’ composed in Raag Bhinna Shadaj by Hridaynath Mangeshkar and sung by Lata Mangeshkar with the initial aalaap by Hridaynath:

62 arvindersharma February 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Ashok Ji,
Another set of repeatedly used mukhada
Ja tose nahi bolun
Ja main tose nahi bolun from Sautela Bhai by Lata, music Anil Biswas

Ja tose nahi bolun Kamhaiya from Parivar by Manna De and Lata, music Salil Chaudhary

Ja tose nahi bolun by Rafi and Lata from Samrat Chandragupta, music Kalyanji Anandji
Two more to come

63 arvindersharma February 10, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Ashok Ji,
Ja ja main tose nahin bolun
The fourth song is by Mallika e Tarannum Noorjehan from Mausiqaar, a Pakistani film, composed by Rashid Atre

The first is a mystery for me, as the song seems to be a Marathi song by Lata, an unknown composition as far as I’m concerned, but a sheer melody. Kind readers are requested to fill in the blanks.

Havey sakhi nai bolun nai bolun

64 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm


Please take a look at Comment #6 🙂 …but thanks a lot for the Marathi song – never heard it before.

65 arvindersharma February 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Ashwin Bhandarkar Ji,
Many thanks for pointing out my faux pas. Just saw that I repeated the songs you’ve posted before.
My regrets Sir.

66 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm


No worries. As the saying goes, great men think alike 🙂

67 Ashok M Vaishnav February 11, 2016 at 6:44 am

Have Nahi Sakhi Nahi boun is a Gujarati composition. If my memory does not fail me, it is composed by Avinash Vyas.

68 Ashok M Vaishnav February 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

I stand corrected – Have Sakhi Nahi Bolun is in fact composed by a noted Gujarati music director Purushottam Upadhyay. He himself was quite an able singer and has done wonderful work in Gujarati Light Music.

69 arvindersharma February 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
Since morning, I’ve been in conversation with two of my very knowledgeable Facebook friends in Gujarat, and the names of Avinash Vyas and Purushottam Upadhyaya were being contemplated as the probable composer of the song.
With your opinion in this matter, the name of Purushottam Vyas seems to be the likely composer of the song.
Now as per my friends, the lyrics writer of the song is either Dayaram or Venibhai Purohit.
It’s again for you to come out with the facts.

Ashwin Bhandarkar Ji,
Thanks again for your magnanimity

70 Ashok M Vaishnav February 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

#arvidersharma – Have Sakhi Nahin Bolun Re is essentially a bhakti-ras bhajan written by Dayaram. Dayaram is one of the most prominent poet of the ancient Gujarati literature period.
In this song Radha is complaining to her friend that she would not talk to Krishna because he has compared beauty of my face to Moon. Moon is poke-marked where my beauty is unblemished. Moon’s light keeps diminishing whereas my beauty is eternal. How can I come closer to someone who dare such a comparison!

71 arvindersharma February 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Ashok Ji,
What Lovely rendition by Lata, and the beautiful explanation of the meaning of the song by you and a couple of my Gujarati friends, with whom I had a full day of discussions about this song, make the song more and more endearing to me.
Many thanks again and regards

72 D P Rangan February 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

This post left me absolutely stumped. Could never imagine similar lyrics could be reproduced as songs in different films. It is an eye opener. Ashokji has raised a hornet nest and what a plethora of material on this theme. I despaired of ever finding one as I do not have any expertise in this sort of field. To my utter delight I find that I stumbled upon a song missed by all the veteraans. Serendipity and I are great fellow travellers.

The wording – Baharein Phir Bi Aayenge

The first version is one from the film Lahore (1949) in the voice of young Lata Mangeshkar

The second is the title song from the film Baharen Phir Bi Aayenge (1966) in the voice of Mahendra Kapoor and music by O P Nayyar.

73 Ashok M Vaishnav February 13, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Yes, Mr. D P Rangan, these gems were lying just below everyone’s eyes, but the credit, very deservedly, goes to you for uncovering them. Great Find ! Thanks.

74 ksbhatia February 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Ashok m Vaishnav ji ;
Two songs with same initial lyrics :
1. Thandi hawa kali ghata…..Usha Mangeshkar….Zimbo comes to town….chitrgupt
2.Thandi hawa kali ghata……Geeta dutt, Usha , Suman kalyanpur……Mr and Mrs 55 . ….OPN

75 ksbhatia February 19, 2016 at 11:29 pm

… continuation ….two songs with same mukhda : haseen ho tum khuda nahin ho
1. rafi……Badtmeez …….SJ
2. Mukesh…..Mud mud ke na dekh……Hansraj behl

76 N Venkataraman February 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Haseen ho tum khuda nahin ho – That was a good addition. Even the picturisation is almost similar.

77 N Venkataraman February 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

Ashok ji, Bhatia Ji,
Instances of lyricists/composers being inspired by traditional folk songs/verses are not uncommon in Hindi cinema. Here is one such instance/song with similar initial lyrics. Based on a traditional Bengali folk song, we can find the initial lyrics of this song in at least three films. Here I am posting four film versions, besides two different variants of the Bengali folk song.

Shailendra and S D Burman were inspired by the traditional Bengali folk song Allah megh de pani . . . and used the initial lines for a short rendition by S D Burman, but very effectively, in the film Guide (1965)

Later in 1977 Gulzar too used these lines in the film Palkon ki Chhaon mein , Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle, music Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Much later in 1994 Maya Govind and Bappi Lahiri used it for a short version song for the film Amanat

Besides these lyrics have travelled a long way and can be found in a 2008 film too. I liked the orchestral arrangements.
Allah Megh de by Shafqat Amanat Ali and Shubha Mudgal, fil Ramchand Pakistani (2008), lyrics Anwar Masood, music Debajyoti Mishra

This Bengali folk song was first recorded by the folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed (1901-1959) in Calcutta for the Gramophone Company of India in the 1940s and became an instant hit.

Here is a another traditional version by Amar Pal, the veteran living folk singer of Bengal

78 D P Rangan February 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Did go through the posts. The amount of information on this subject is mind boggling. I am a mere mosquito in this field. Arjuna thought he was the greatest Shiva bhaktha and he informed the siva ganams who were servants of Shiva in Kailash. They laughed at him and asked him to watch them at work. They were emptying load after load of faded flowers from the Shiva sannadi outside. Ultimately they brought out a small basket of old flowers and dumped it. They informed Arjun the huge load of flowers were all offerings of his brother Bheema and they were tired of clearing it. When Bheem used to look at a flower garden he offered them to Shiva immediately and the flowers promptly made the journey to Kailash. The small basket of flower was that of Arjuna. He got chastened. Of course I did not suffer from such an attitude from the beginning. I came across an instance of another pair of songs.

Sharab ka sahara

Version 01 : Mohammad Rafi Commercial Pilot Officer (1963) Roshan

Version 02 : Manna Dey, Dil Ki Rahen (1973) Madan Mohan

79 D P Rangan February 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Tumbled into another pair. Of course it happened when I was searching for something else.

Dil hi tho hai

Dil hi tho hai tadaph gaya – Aadhi Raat(1950) Husanlal Bhagatram
Dil hi tho hai by Mukesh from Dil Hi Tho Hai (1963) Roshan

80 D P Rangan February 23, 2016 at 6:16 pm


Commercial Pilot Officer – MD please correct it to Chigtragupta.
Mr. Bhatia can you confirm this please.

81 ksbhatia February 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm

D P Rangan ji;
The music director of ….Commercial Pilot Officer….is indeed Roshan .

Here is another duet of Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur from the same film having same mukhda as that of Sawan Bhadon song by Rafi ….. Kaan mein jhumka Chal mein thumka….with Sonik Omi as MDs [ who were Assistant to Roshan in some movies ].

1. Sawan bhadoan…….Sonik Omi
2. Commercial Pilot Officer…….Roshan

82 Ashok M Vaishnav February 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

# N. Venkataraman – Thanks for presenting so many versions of Allah Megh De lyrics. In fact, the instances where there are more than three versions of a bandish or the one that has common mukhada lines, is a subject for creating a separate series of articles. I have proposed AKji to take that up at a later time.
#K S Bhatia & # DP Rangan – Thanks for enriching the treasure.

83 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

‘Tum kaahe ko nehaa lagaaye’ is a popular Thumri in Tilang. Here are two renditions:

1. Indubala:

2. Bhimsen Joshi:

Now, here are two film songs inspired by this thumri:

1. ‘Tum kaahe ko nehaa lagaaye’ by Asha Bhonsle from ‘Jasoos’. Lyrics by Indeevar and music by Anil Biswas

2. ‘Sajan sang kaahe nehaa lagaaye’ by Lata Mangeshkar from ‘Main Nashe Mein Hoon’. MD – Shankar Jaikishen. Lyrics by Shailendra

84 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

‘Holi khelat nandlaal biraj mein’ based on Raag Kaafi from ‘Godaan’ (Anjaan/Rafi/Ravi Shankar):

‘Holi khele nandlaal biraj mein’ from ‘Raahi’ (MD – Anil Biswas, singers’ identities to be confirmed):

‘Hori hori hori khelat nandlaal’, a chaturang in Adaanaa by Veena Sahasrabuddhe. If I am not mistaken, the composer is Balwantrai Bhatt. The four ‘angs’ of a chaturang are bol, sargam, taraana bol and pakhawaj bol. There is a recording of a live performance of this composition by the same artiste on YT, and I had cited it in response to Subodh Agarwal’s post on Darbari on SOY. The link given below is to the artiste’s recording for an album brought out by Rhythm House in the late 80s. It is followed by a taraanaa.–YcSA

There are many other songs with variants of the same mukhda on YT for readers who are interested.

85 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

‘Shyaama sundara madana mohana’ in Tilang from one of the many 78 rpm discs recorded by Narayanrao Vyas:

Interestingly, Pt.Vyas taught Hindustani Music to M.S. Subbulakshmi for a brief while in the 30s. And she sang ‘Shyaama sundara kamala vadana’, written by the prolific and gifted Papanasam Sivan and set to essentially the same tune by him, in her debut film, ‘Seva Sadanam’:

The film was made in 1938 and was based on Munshi Premchand’s novel ‘Bazaar-e-Husn’. Unfortunately no prints of the film, save for some stills, survive.

86 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm

‘LaT uljhi suljhaa jaa baalam’ is the mukhDa of a well-known bandish in Raag Bihaag. Had no idea till today that it has inspired so many other songs.

Links to renditions of the bandish by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Pt.Jasraj respectively:

Now for the discoveries that I made in the last hour:

1. ‘LaT uljhi suljhaa’ sung by Jyoti for the film Pooja (1940). Anilda is the MD:

2. A song with the same mukhDaa and cast in Raag Baaageshri by Rashid Atre for Noorjehan from the Pakistani film ‘Sawaal’:

3. ‘LaT uljhi hai, suljhaa de more baalmaa’ by Geeta Dutt for the film ‘Insaan aur insaan’ (released in 1973). The MD seems to be one Pandit Hemraj.

4. A.R. Rahman’s fusion version of the bandish based on Raag Bhimpalaas. The singer is one Vijay Prakash going by the comments on the YT page.

87 AK February 27, 2016 at 8:11 am

Ashwin Bhandarkar,
Thanks a lot for the wonderful additions. Shyam sundara and Jyoti’s Lat uljhi sulajha ja re baalam were new to me. In 1930s and 40s they followed the traditional chalan in classical based film songs. One idea of a post I have is to compile the earliest songs on the ten most popular ragas.

88 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

That would be a great idea, AK. Perhaps you would like to add the qualifier ‘known’ to ‘earliest’ for the simple reason that YT keeps throwing up pleasant surprises all the time.

89 Ashok M Vaishnav February 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

#Ashwin Bhandarkar-
Hats off- what wonderful additions. Simply great…..

90 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

Addenda to Comment #31:

1. ‘Bataa do koi gali gaye shyaam’ by Lata/Shailendra/Roshan from ‘Madhu’ (1959):

2. Manna Dey’s rendition of the same song from the same movie:

3. Rasoolan Bai’s thumri in Jogiya:

4. And of course, ‘Aayo kahaan se ghanshyaam’, which obviously draws inspiration from the Khamaj thumri, from ‘Buddha mil gaya’:

91 AK February 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

That is obviously implied. This idea came when I came across a pure Durga in a 1930s’ film. Brindavan ka Krishna Kanhaiya or Chanda re mori patiya le ja are excellent ‘film songs’, but I was looking for the exact movement. So this one is for you.

92 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

The iconic song ‘More saiyyaanji utarenge paar’ in Peelu from ‘Udan Khatola’:

Here’s the Tamil version sung by Lata. Including it because it is a literal translation of the Hindi original:

The Peelu Thumri ‘More sainyaan utarenge paar, nadiya dheere baho na’ sung by Iqbal Bano:

Prabha Atre singing ‘More sainyaan utarenge paar, nadiya dheere baho’
as a Maand Thumri. Besides the mukhda, the rest of the lyrics of the song are different from the lyrics of the thumri sung by Iqbal Bano.

And the find of the day, if the claim of Rajarshi Malaviya, who has posted this clip to YT, is to be believed – the Dagar Bandhu singing the Peelu Thumri.

93 N Venkataraman March 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

You have presented a treasure-trove for lovers of music. I was listening to the songs yesterday night. Credit should be given to the composers for using the various expressions of classical Raags, remaining within the requirement of the situation and at the same time being careful about lyrics and its meaning. You have forgot to post the link to ‘Sajan sang kaahe nehaa lagaaye’ by Lata Mangeshkar.

The six songs (#83, #85) on Raag Tilang/ Mishra Tilang were absolutely wonderful, especially the Indubala and Bhimsen Joshi numbers. Pt. Narayan Rao Vyas’s original version was new to me. The MS version “Shyama sundara kamala vadana”has been posted twice, and Pt.Vyas’s version is missing. Enjoyed both the versions. Earlier, I have heard some performers (Hindustani) using Shuddha Rishab in the higher octaves of Raag Tilang. Later I found a Lakshangeet endorsing this view.
Like to have your observation.

Sorry, I know at times I tend to digress from the main topic, but gives me an opportunity to improve my understanding from interactions with knowledgeable persons like you, Subodhji, SSWji and others.

94 N Venkataraman March 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

“Where there are more than three versions of a bandish or the one that has common mukhada lines, is a subject for creating a separate series of articles”
Thanks for the alert. Inadvertently I have posted two such songs which have more than three filmy versions.

95 N Venkataraman March 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

In continuation…
I was familiar with the classical Bandish of of Lat uljhi suljhaa jaa baalam, I am hearing the film versions for the first time.
Enjoyed listening to the versions of ‘kaun gali gaye shyam’ and ‘More saiyan utrenge paar ‘. Let me share few words about the version rendered by Dagar Brothers.
“And the find of the day, if the claim of Rajarshi Malaviya, who has posted this clip to YT, is to be believed – the Dagar Bandhu singing the Peelu Thumri.”
The claim of the uploader Rajarshi Malaviya is true, except for a minor error. The uploader wrote that the Thumri was rendered by Dagar Brothers, but it was a solo rendition by the senior Dagar, Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar, addressed by their disciples and admirers as Bade Guruji. His rendition is preceded by a solo rendition of Alap and Dhrupad in the Raag Puriya by Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar (Chhote Guruji). A must listen for all enthusiast of music. Generally they sing together. I have this CD, which was released in the year 2002. The cover shown in the visual clipping is indeed the cover of this CD.

A comment from the inlay card by Prof. Sumati Mutatkar and Ashish Sankrityayan,
‘The amazing flexibility of his voice, the effortless ease with which he executed the most fluid of phrases is evident in the thumri of Pilu, a rare recording of him singing a light classical form. He sings the thumri with considerable flair, even reciting romantic Urdu poetry in between (5:41). This recording brings out all the elements of his singing- his flair and exuberance and the sheer joy that he takes in the experience.’
In fact I have three more CD’s in this series (there may be more), and in one of them we can hear a Khayal and Tarana, a Shlok attributed to Adi Sankaracharya and Shloks from Jaidev’s Ashtapadi, all in Raag Bageshree ,another rare collection.
And in a private gathering I had the good fortune of listening to a Nirgun Bhajan in Raag Jogiya by Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar.

Thanks to Mr.Rangan. Ashwinji, Sharmaji, Bhatiaji etc. for their wonderful additions.

96 N Venkataraman March 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Ashokji, Ashwinji,
Here is another one, two film versions and a Thumri
Naina Bhar Aaye Neer by Shamshad Begum, film Humayun (1945), Lyrics Anjum Philbiti, Music: Ghulam Haider

Naina Bhar Aaye Neer by Manna Dey, film Mahatma (1953), Lyrics: Ehsan Rizvi, music Vasant Pawar-Ram Vadhavkar

More Naina Bhar Bhar Aaye Bhairavi in Dadra by Pt. Jagdish Prasad of the Patiala Gharana

97 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 5, 2016 at 5:18 pm


#93 – Fully agree with your comment regarding the use of ragas and adaptation of bandishes. Further illustration can be had from the usage of the Miyan Malhar bandish, “Mohammada shah rangeele’:

1. ‘Mohammada shah rangeele gaawat aaj prem raag’ from ‘Jabse tumhen dekha hai’. The MD was Dattaram.

2. ‘Mohammada shah rangeele’ from ‘Nadir Shah’. The MD was S.N.Tripathi.

3. Bhimsenji’s rendition, evocative of a thundershower:

Please note that the bandish is in ektaal. and that while Dattaram has retained the same rhythmic cycle for his composition, S.N.Tripathi has cast the sthaayi of his composition in teentaal, while retaining the lyrical content for the most part.

4. My find for the day:

Amir Khansahab singing the same bandish in Adana and in teentaal in a style that is so totally different from the one he adopted in his later years:

98 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 5, 2016 at 5:41 pm



Here’s the link to ‘Sajan sang kaahe nehaa lagaaye’ sung by Lata and composed by SJ:

You are spot on about your observation of the usage of the shuddha rishab in the taar spatak in Tilang in Hindustani Music. This practice is mentioned by Bhatkhandeji himself in the 5th volume of his monumental work ‘Hindustani Sangeet Paddhati’.

Last but not least, request you to please continue with your posts and your digressions. I, and am sure all other readers of this wonderful blog, have gained a lot from your knowledge of, exposure to and your insights into so many genres of music….and I mean this in all sincerity.

99 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm


My apologies for misspelling your name in #97 and #98, and my thanks for information that you have shared in #95.

100 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm

The mention of Miyan Malhar brings to mind ‘Bole re papihara’, composed by Sadarang aka Niyamat Khan, a musician in the court of Mohammad Shah ‘Rangeele’, the Mughal ’emperor’ of the post-Aurangzeb era who was a patron of the arts. Sadarang and his relative (some say his uncle, others say his nephew and son-in-law) Adarang, popularized the khayal during Mohammad Shah’s reign and left behind hundreds of compositions that are sung to this day. Many of them, for example, the one cited in #97, as well as the ones cited in this comment, mention their patron’s name.

Here is Bhimsenji singing ‘Kareema naama tero’, the vilambit khayal composed by Adarang in Miyan Malhar (watch out for the mention of ‘Adarang’ in the antara – it appears at 11:41), followed by ‘Mohammada shah rangeele’ composed by Sadarang, the clip of which I have already posted in #97.

The video is actually a part of a documentary made either by a US or by a Canadian university – do not remember which – in the early 70s. The entire documentary used to be available on YouTube, but seems to have been removed since.

Back to ‘Bole re papihara’ now:

1. The filmi version of ‘Bol re papihara’ composed by Vasant Desai and sung by Vani Jairam:

2. Kumarji’s rendition of the Sadarang bandish (watch out for the mention of ‘Sadarang’ at 3:32), as evocative of a thundershower as Bhimsenji’s rendition of ‘Mohammada shah rangeele’:

3. My find for the day – Runa Laila singing a version of ‘Bole re papihara’. The MD is Ghulam Kadir.

An observation – the tune till the ‘pa’ of ‘papihara’ in the mukhda of Runa Laila’s song is the same as the tune till ‘dha’ of ‘dharo’ in the mukhda of ‘Baiyyaan na dharo’ from ‘Dastak’, and the metre is also the same. Check out for yourselves:

101 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

‘Peeki boli na bol papihara re’ is a well-known Thumri in Pilu. Here is a video of Vidushi Girija Devi rendering it:

‘Peepeeki boli na bol papihe’ by Lata/Husnlal-Bhagatram from ‘Aan Baan'(1956):

‘Na bol peepee more angana’ by Shamshad/Naushad from ‘Dulari'(1949):

‘Paapi papiha re peepee na bol’ by Suraiya/Md.Khurshid from ‘Parwana'(1947):

102 Ashwin Bhandarkar March 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm

‘Dil ne phir yaad kiya’ by Lata/Nakshab/Khemchand Prakash from ‘Mahal’:

‘Dil ne phir yaad kiya’ by Rafi, Suman, Mukesh/G.L.Rawal/Sonik Omi from the 1966 movie of the same name:

103 arvindersharma March 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Ashok Ji.
Another similar mukhada
Ye hawa ye fiza
Lata from Ek Jhalak, composed by Hemant Kumar

Asha from Taxi Stand, composed by Chitragupta

Geeta Dutt from Coffee House, composed by Roshan

And lastly, Mahendra Kapoor from Gumraah, composed by Ravi

104 arvindersharma March 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

In continuation
The Ritu Chakra songs from films
Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye
Now this being the title of Sharad Dutt Ji’s book on Anil Biswas, my first song is from Hamdsrd by Manna De and Lata, composed by the maestro Anil Biswas

My second song is by Lata from Sahara, composed by Hemant Kumar

Final pick is from Sau Saal Baad, by Manna De and Lata, composed by Lakshmikant Pyarelal

I have deliberately left the Kishore Kumar song with the same initial lyrics, as the majority of SoY readership (including myself) is not very fond of songs after a period.

105 arvindersharma March 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm

In continuation
An excellent find of a mukhada being used in a Pakistani film and an Indian film
Saanjh ki lali sulagh sulagh kar
Ban gayi kaali Dhool
Aaye Na baalam bedardi
Main chunti reh gayi phool
This was sung by Runa Laila in Aasra, composed by Nisar Bazmi

Composed by Anil Biswas and sung by Lata from Char Dil Char Raahein

106 Ashok M Vaishnav March 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

#Ashwin Bhandarkar and #arvindersharma

Thanks for the continuing enrichment.

107 Antara April 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Phew! What a list!

Had no clue about these predecessors of some of our best known songs.
Learning, absorbing and being amazed. 🙂

My salutations to Ashok ji for an eye opening list.

108 ksbhatia April 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ji ;
Not only the Mukhda , rather a complete song in different movies and that too decades apart . I hope it fits the bill with Vat, service charges and taxes .

Dil e nadaan tujhe hua kya hai…….Talat, Suriya……Mirza Ghalib ….Gulam mohd.

Dil e nadaan tujhe hua kya hai…..H K Mastana [ K L Saigal style ]…..Hunterwali ki beti……….Chhanan lal Naik

109 D P Rangan April 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

I came across a song sung by Ashok Kumar in the film Jeevan Naiya in 1936
Koi humdum na raha koi sahara

The same song was sung by Kishore Kumar in Jhumroo (1961) and the tune is also more or less same.

110 ksbhatia April 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

D P Rangan ji ; Ashok M Vaishnav ji ;
A nice vintage and golden period songs ; not only the mukhda but the tune as well. A rare collection indeed.

Here is one more of similar mukhda songs ….

…..Tu aye na aye magar jaanwale teri yaad dil se na jaaya karegi…….
….Lata…..Payal ki jhankar…..CR

…Tum aao ya na aao bichhad jaanewale teri yaad is ghar mein aati rahegi…….
…..Lata….Mehman……Anil Biswas….

111 Ashok M Vaishnav May 3, 2016 at 9:56 am

#Antara, ksbhatia and D P Rangan,

Simply great to keep the discussion so live and enriched. Thanks.

112 ksbhatia May 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ‘ji ;
This blog itself is so vast that more I look for such songs the multiple progressions of the songs I get in return . I was looking two or three songs for a simple mukhda…….Ankhoan ankhoan mein….. and look how many I got in return ……

1.Saanch ko aanch nahin…..singer and MD [?]

2.Ankhoan ankhoan mein….Kishore , Asha……SJ

3. Janwar…….Lata, Asha, Mannadey……SJ

4. Mahal………Kishore, Asha……KA

5. Bedaag……..Rafi, Asha……..Roshan

6. Ada…..Lata…..MM

7. Marvel Man…….Mubarak Begam……Robin Banerjee

8. Private [?]……..Talat…..

9. Aurat …..Lata…..SJ

There are two or three more songs available on YT but their content prevents me to load them.

One can note the quality of these songs ; how it faded or get diluted with the passing of time . To me the best among them is at @9 . and my rating goes further in reverse order . Old is really gold .

113 ksbhatia June 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ‘ji;

One more couple of a song with same mukhda . Both are gems of classic numbers .

Ja mein toh se nahin boolun…….Lata ….Sautela bhai….Anil Biswas…

Ja tohe se nahin …… Lata , Manna dey…..Parivar…..Salil Chowdhry..

114 ASHOK M VAISHNAV June 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Simply great. You have kept the flame still burning.
The additions have been simply wonderful.


115 ksbhatia June 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ji ;
Thanks for your appreciation . Here is one more pair of gazzal , movie /private combo .

Ankhoan ankhoan mein har ek raat guzar jaati hai…….Mubarak Begam….Marvel man……Robin Banerjee

Ankhoan ankhoan mein har ek raat guzar jaati hai……Talat…..Private

116 ksbhatia September 9, 2016 at 12:37 am

Ashok M Vaishnav ji;

Here is one rare pair of similar mukhada songs…..

Tera jalwa jis ney dekha wo…..Lata….SJ…..Ujala[1959]

Tera jalwa jisney dekha woh….Rafi, S D Batish….Gobind ram and Rafiq…..Laila Majnu[1945]

Incidently , this song is special as it is Mohd Rafi’s first screen presence in a movie or a song .

117 mumbaikar8 September 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Great discovery.
Seems Hasrat Jaipuri was inspired by the Sufiyana lyrics

118 ksbhatia September 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Mumbaikar 8 ;
One more addition to long back yodlee songs….

Ek do teen char baagoan mein aye bahar…..Kishore Asha….Mukkadar…..Khem chand Prakash

119 mumbaikar8 September 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Ashokji, AK, KSbhatiaji,
Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon
We are aware of Rafi’s version from Lal qila. We have discussed Wali Mohamed’s Version too, but I do not remember having heard or discussed Raj Kumari version from Toote tare before.
Sadanandji has written a beautiful write up about the lyricist of this song at ASAD

120 AK September 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Sadanand Kamath’s article is excellent. The controversy about the authorship of Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hun also came in for discussion earlier in my post on Mere piya gaye Rangoon, comments #26, 27.

121 Ashok M Vaishnav September 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

Rajkumari’s version does not seem to have got as much popularity as its other versions. As such I also did not come across this version during my routine search for similar versions from other films.
Thanks for bring it up on the same page.

122 peddadu September 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm

I would like to add a non-film song of my fav. singer/composer Pankaj Kumar Mallik ‘yeh raatein yeh mausam’ ( ‘Dilli ka thug ‘ has the song ‘yeh raatein yeh mausam’ by Kishor Kumar & Asha Bhosle (

123 ksbhatia September 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Ms. Mumbaikar 8 , AK, Ashok ji[s];

There is one more song with same mukhada as… kisi ki aankh ka noor hun…..from the film Darwaza [1954] sung by Sabita Banerji . I think I have loaded this song earlier also in some other post. Here I am posting the link again.

124 ksbhatia September 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

In continuation of songs @8 , one more version song…

Dil E Nadan tujhe hua kya hai….Pushpa Hans…Apna Desh[1949]…Purushotam

125 ksbhatia October 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav ;

Revisiting the site again and keeping the torch burning . Here is one more pair from golden period ….

Pyar ki nishanniyan…..Asha…..Jailor [1958]….MM

Pyar ki nishaaniyan…..Lata….Do Dulhe[1954]…..B S Kaal/ Indra Chandra

I used to enjoy the first song during radio days , was impressed by its melody and beats . Since now it is available on YT it is an additional pleasure to watch Geeta bali’s dance as well.

126 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

K S Bhatiaji, Thanks for not only keeping the torch alive, but also adding two, practically, unheard songs to the repertoire.

127 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

The sea of Multiple version songs is like Axaypatra.

While working on the songs of 1949 , I lanaded up on the (so-called) original version of Nigahen Milano Ko Ji Chahta Hai – Dil Hi To Hai, 1963, Asha Bhosle. Roshan, Sahir)

Nigahein milane ko ji chahta hai by Paro Devi – Karwat (1949) – lyrics Saifuddin ‘Saif’, music Hans Raj Bahl

The song also has a male version, by Satish Batra

128 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Just after I clicked “Submit” to my preceding update, I landed upon one more version of Nigahen Milane Ko.

This is even older one, too.

Nigahen Milane Ko Ji Chahta Hai – Parai Aag (1948) – Ghulam Mohammad – Tanveer Naqvi

129 ksbhatia October 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Ashok ‘ji ;

The Karwat song got repeated for Parai Aag song .; needs to be reposted .

130 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 24, 2016 at 3:47 am

I am sorry for the inadvertent goof-up.

Here is the correct link:

131 RAKESH KANSARA February 25, 2017 at 4:34 am

iam rakesh from ahmedabad
sir i want to know that from which bollywood hindi film start version song ? it means that which is the first hindi film, there was 2 version of same song – same song sung by male or female ?
i hope that i can get answer
rakesh kansara

132 AK February 26, 2017 at 4:38 am

Welcome to SoY. Our knowledge of early films and songs is very sketchy as most of these are lost. Therefore, what I am saying here is based on my personal knowledge and what is available. Babul mora naihar chhutal jaye by KL Saigal from Street Singer (1938) is an immortal song. In the film Kanan Devi also sings the song in a theatre performance. As you might be aware, the film was the story of itinerant child singers, Bhulwa and Manju, Bhulwa being more talented and, therefore, a friend as well as mentor of Manju. They grow up into KL Saigal and Kanan Devi, and move to Calcutta in search of livelihood and land into theatre. Kanan Devi starts getting recognition and fame, and is tempted to the glamour of the showbiz. In this scene, she is waiting for Bhulwa (Saigal) before she starts. As she sees him behind the curtain, she starts singing in joy, but Saigal bursts on the stage in anger that this is not the way it is to be sung.

Babul mora naihar chhutal jaaye by Kanan Devi from Street Singer (1938), music RC Boral.

I am not linking the Saigal version as it is very well known.

However, let me add that Kanan Devi version was probably not brought out as an independent record, therefore, it may not qualify as a proper twin song.

If we look for a proper twin song, the earliest to my knowledge is Nacho nacho pyare man me more by Arun Kumar/Snehprabha Pradhan, picturised on Kishore Sahu and Snehprabha pradha respectively, from Punarmilan (1940), lyrics by Pradeep, music by RC Pal. Here are the two versions.

Nacho nacho payre man ke mor by Arun Kumar from Punarmilan (1940)

Nacho nacho payre man ke mor by Snehprabha Pradhan from Punarmilan (1940)

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