The Unforgotten and Unremembered Genius Jaidev

August 9, 2016

A tribute on his 98th birth anniversary (3 August 1918 – 6 January 1987)

JaidevQuite a while ago Mumbaikar8 wrote to me, in a somewhat stern tone, that Jaidev has been sidelined on Songs of Yore. I tried to explain to her that the absence of an artiste does not amount to his or her deliberate exclusion, but she was not willing to reduce the charge of pre-meditated homicide to a lesser offence. But to be fair, she sent me links of the songs of Kinare Kinare, some of which were new to me. She also offered an explanation why he might have been ‘sidelined’: SoY has room for the famous music directors on one hand, and the ‘Forgotten’ ones on the other, but Jaidev was neither a remembered composer nor a forgotten one. I have been somewhat late in making amends, what with the crowded Year of Naushad and C Ramchandra in 2015, followed by Shankar Jaikishan in the current year, but I was always conscious of the charge hanging on my head. Here is my tribute to this great talent on his 98th birth anniversary, which was about a week ago, with thanks to Mumbaikar8 for the title of this post.

We generally try to place a music director in some frame of reference – one commonly followed practice is to view him in tandem with another famous MD – we discussed Naushad with C Ramchandra; Shankar-Jaikishan were often mentioned along with OP Nayyar; Subodh once said that when he thought of Madan Mohan, he often thought of Roshan. Who would you bracket Jaidev with? I could remotely think of Khayyam, but while maintaining artistic merit Khayyam was also lucky to taste commercial success in big banner films in later part of his career. Jaidev did continue, like Khayyam, to give quality music much longer, even in RDB-LP-KA era, when the Golden Era stalwarts, except SD Burman, had fallen by the wayside. But he could not break into the big commercial league. Navketan’s Hum Dono probably remained his only big banner film. One could perhaps mention Mujhe Jeene Do as a blockbuster. For the rest, it was generally small films, some with indifferent commercial success, but outstanding music all the same. One could also add the epithet ‘Uncompromising’ to ‘Unremembered’ to describe him. His personal life was also unconventional, and there was something of a maverick about him in his life and his music, which was complex, generally based on classical Ragas, and often had difficult literary lyrics. This perhaps places him closer to Sajjad Husain (minus the temperamental problem though), though they belonged to different generations. Jaidev remained unmarried without a house of his own his entire life and spent almost his entire life as a paying guest in a small room.

Jaidev was not without mention on the Grand Stage in his career. When Noorjehan came to Bombay after 35 years for an emotion-laden concert, and shook the hall with her Aawaz de kahan hai, the audience waited with bated breath for Lata Mangeshkar’s reply. The song she chose – Allah tero naam, Ishwar tero naam – has ensured that Jaidev’s name is forever etched in history. He is also possibly the only music director to have won the National Awards thrice for Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Gaman (1979) and Ankahee (1985). There is some unflattering reference, too, about him in popular writings. He, as assistant to SD Burman, is said to be somehow responsible for the spat between SDB and Lata Mangeshkar, for some miscommunication of messages between the two. So he is not so unremembered, after all.

Born August 3, 1919 in Nairobi Kenya, he was brought up in Ludhiana at his maternal aunt’s house. His fascination for films made him run away at the age of 15 to Bombay – to become an actor! After some bit roles in mythological and fantasy films, such as Wadia Movietone’s Fearless Nadia, he realised music was his real calling. He had earlier trained under Barkat Rai. In 1943, he joined Almora’s music and dance centre set up by Uday Shankar, where Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar were among the teaching staff (Other illustrious pupils include Guru Dutt and Sardar Malik). This institute soon folded up, but Jaidev’s association with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan stood him in good stead. He started giving accompaniments in his sarod concerts. He also became his assistant in Chetan Anand’s Aandhiyan (1952) and Humsafar (1953). These films and their music did not do too well, but Jaidev continued with the Navketan banner as assistant to SD Burman in landmark scores for Taxi Driver (1954), Munimji, House No. 44 (1955), Kala Pani, Laajwanti (1958), Sujata and Insaan Jaag Utha (1959).

Meanwhile, Jaidev got his first break as an independent music director with Joru Ka Bhai (1955). Thus, began a memorable career over three decades for some 40 odd films. Besides films, he composed music for Bachchan’s Madhushala in the voice of Manna Dey which became a big success. He has the credit of giving music to literary poetry of Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Verma and Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’. He also composed ghazals of great Urdu poets like Ghalib and Jigar Moradabadi. He composed several ghazals for Peenaz Masani, Chandan Das and Hariharan in the initial stages of their career. His last recording was for Firaq Gorakhpuri’s ghazals. He was a contented man realizing that his tune for Hum bhi Firaq insaan the aakhir, tark-e-mohabbat se kya hota may be his last creation. He passed away soon after, on 6 January 1987. But a few days before that he had received Sur Singar Samsad Award for his music in Ankahi (1985), and prior to that, Lata Mangeshkar Award for his contribution to music by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Here is my selection of my favourite compositions of Jaidev as my tribute on his 98th birth anniversary.

1. Teri zulfon se pyar kaun kare by Talat Mahmood from Joru Ka Bhai (1955), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi

In his very first film, Jaidev creates this masterly composition for the silken-voiced Talat Mahmood. This has a twin version in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar, but if there are twin songs between these two songs, you know which one would be better.

2. Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya by Rafi from Hum Dono (1961), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi

After drawing blank in the 50s, Jaidev hits pot of gold with this film for Navketan. A big commercial success, its music is everlasting. And you see the range of Jaidev. From Rafi’s song of despondency, Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalat pe rona aya, he creates its other extreme, a carefree song of supreme confidence. The man with swinging arms, Dev Anand, does a perfect job of blowing his cigarette with Har fikr ko dhuyein mein udata chala gaya.

3. Abhi na jaao chhodkar by Rafi and Asha Bhosle from Hum Dono, lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi

With a number of superb songs in the movie, I have to post another one which must rank among the greatest romantic songs. The mood is of Farida Khanam’s Aaj jaane ki zid na karo.

4. Dekh li teri khudaai by Talat Mahmood from Kinare Kinare (1963), lyrics Nyay Sharma

In spite of excellent music the film bombed. I started with a superlative song for Talat Mahmood in Jaidev’s very first film. He repeats the magic here.

5. Jab gham-e-ishq satata hai Mukesh from Kinare Kinare

After a soulful song by the Ghazal King, he creates a pathos-filled song in the sad voice of Mukesh.

6. Chale ja rahein hain mohabbat ke maare by Manna Dey from Kinare Kinare

We have sovoured Jaidev’s great songs for Talat Mahmood, Rafi and Mukesh. No less is this title song in the full-throated voice of Manna Dey. Beautiful poetry and equally lyrical picturisation: Tamanna yahi hai ki lahron se khelen/ Naseebon ki gardish ko hans hans ke jhelen.

7. Mohe yun na ghoor ghoor kar dekho by Lata Mangeshkar from Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi

Mujhe Jeene Do is one of the few commercial successes of Jaidev. Its two most famous songs are Nadi naare na jaao Shyam painya padun (Asha Bhosle) and Raat bhi hai kuchh bigi bhigi (Lata Mangeshkar). My preference was for the latter, but it was mentioned by KS Bhatiaji in comments in the recent post on Moon by Mr DP Rangan. The first song had also been posted in comments in my post on ‘River’. However, I came across this fabulous unheard Lata Mangeshkar song. Its video is not available, but it sounds like a very lively mujra.

8. Ye dil aur unki nigahon ke saaye by Lata Mangeshkar from Prem Parbat (1973), lyrics Jan Nisar Akhtar

In the era when melody was in decline, and the yesteryear stalwarts were being swept aside, Jaidev created this great song, but alas, the movie did not do much commercially.

9. Ayi ritu saawan ki by Kumari Fayyaz and Bhupinder from Aalap (1977), lyrics Rahi Masoom Raza

Bhupinder is a well-known ghazal singer. Kumari Fayyaz is a virtually unknown name. Taking them as the singers shows Jaidev’s courage in not being a slave to market forces. And what moving piece he composes in Raga Desh. This song also has another solo version in the voice of Kumari Fayyaz. Shows his supreme talent and that classical will always remain Gold. A Hrishikesh Mukherji movie, Aalap, did not succeed commercially in spite of the presence of Amitabh Bachchan in the star cast. But based on the story about the travails of a highly accomplished courtesan singer, the movie was a musical masterpiece. Another song I like immensely from this film is Mata Saraswati Sharda.

10. Ek akela is shahar mein by Bhupinder from Gharonda (1977), lyrics Gulzar

Gharonda was about the struggle of a young couple in Bombay for making both ends meet and finding a roof over their head. Gulzar comes up with a befitting nazm, composed brilliantly by Jaidev and sung beautifully by Bhupinder again.

11. Aa ja sanwariya tohe garwa laga lun by Hiradevi Mishra from Gaman (1978), lyrics Shahryar

Originally credited to the legendary Gauhar Jan, this traditional Bhairvi thumri has been sung by virtually every prominent classical singer for ages. Shahryar, an eminent Urdu poet, who received the highest literary awards such as Sahitya Academy and Jnanpith Award, achieved great fame for the songs of Umrao Jaan. He tweaks the traditional lyrics of Aa ja sanwariya, sung very nicely by the classical singer Hira Devi Mishra. This song again shows Jaidev’s adherence to purity in music and excellent command over the classical.

12. Aap ki yaad aati rahi raat bhar by Chhaya Ganguly grom Gaman (1978), lyrics Makhdoom Mohiuddin

But perhaps the most famous song from this film was Aap ki yaad aati rahi raat bhar by Chhaya Ganguly, again an absolutely melodious song. The song has a special place in the history of film music because it is one of only four ghazals/songs of the famous left-wing poet Makhddom Mohiuddin which were used for films, the other three being Jaanewale sipahi se poochho (Usne Kaha Tha, 1960), Ek chameli ke madwe tale (Cha Cha Cha, 1964) and Phir chhidi raat (Baazar, 1982). His poetry inspired many leftist movements. He passed away in 1969. (Information courtesy Arunji.)

13. Raghuvar tumko meri laaj by Pt Bhimsen Joshi from Ankahee (1985), lyrics traditional (Tulsidas ?)

By the mid-80s our music had already become more noise and less melody. In that mileu Jaidev gets Pt. Bhimsen Joshi to sing this traditional bhajan. If you hear the music of Ankahee, it was a well-deserved National Award for him.

Non-film songs:

Any discussion on Jaidev’s music is not complete without mentioning his great creations outside films. Here are a few samples.

14. Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan/Manna Dey

‘Madhushala’ sung by Manna Dey composed by Jaidev achieved almost the same popularity as the poem by Bachchan. In this link, Bachchan sings the first verse in the traditional style in which he recited the poem at conferences, taking the country by storm.

15. Kahan tu jaati aisi lagan lagaaye by Asha Bhosle, Meera bhajan

Asha Bhosle has been Jaidev’s favourite singer in the later years. He composed some superb songs based on literary poetry in her voice. She has sung some famous poems by Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Verma and others. Jaidev composes this delightful Meera Bhajan in her voice.


Acknowledgement: Pankaj Raag’s Dhunon Ki Yatra

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1 Subodh Agrawal August 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

Dear ayad, durust ayad. Jaidev has been mentioned earlier on SoY, and some of his songs have figured in other posts – including some of mine. But he did deserve a post to himself and the quality of this post and the selection of the songs makes the wait worthwhile.

I would have liked to see some representation of two more of his films: ‘Reshma aur Shera’ and ‘Do boond pani’. ‘Ja ri pawaniya piya ke des ja’ from the first, and ‘Banni teri bindiya ki le loon re balaiyan’ from the second are among his best. He made the desert of Rajasthan come alive in his songs in both these films.

There is a gentle, soothing quality about Jaidev’s music – like the feel of cool breeze on one’s skin. Among the more established music directors Salil Chaudhary had that quality.

2 Ashok Kumar Tyagi August 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

AK ji
Thanks for an outstanding post on Jaidev. In the late 1970s, Jaidev gave training in Hindustani vocal music to, among others, A. Paudwal, Hariharan, S. Wadkar and Kavita Krishnamurti.

There was a daily running programme on AIR 370 metres on Ram Charita Manas, the music of which was expertly composed by Jaidev and rendition was by above mentioned singers. The programme ran for several years, maybe it is still running.

The academy at Almora was set up by Uday Shankar – Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan were part of teaching staff. Among the students we are well familiar with Jaidev, Guru Datt and Sardar Malik.

3 Shekhar August 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

Jaidev’s name also reminds me of his non-film composition ‘Bolo-Bolo Kaanha, Bolo Chhaliya’ vocalized by Runa Laila which is on YouTube at

4 Dinesh K Jain August 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Dear AK, I too was waiting for your blog on Jaidev, and thanks for a particularly informative and interesting write-up, besides an excellent selection, which has been made further richer by a couple of other creations identified by Subodh and Shekhar.

I happened to see (again, but after some 40 years) Mujhe Jeene Do recently. Mohe no ghoor ghoor ke is not exactly a mujra, but somewhat a similar presentation in a village fair like event.

The film had another superlative but rather little known song, Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi re, a very complex composition, rendered beautifully by Asha. And of course: Tere bachpan ko jawani ki dua.

Abhi na jao chhod ke is among my most favourite songs among ALL. It should be observed here that it has a twin version, a solo by Asha Bhonsle, but it is somehow not identified as such by many. Jahan mein aesa kaun hai deserves a mention in juxtaposition, also because it is so well sung that for long I believed it was a Lata number!

Gaman had another outstanding ghazal, by Suresh Wadkar: Seene mein jalan aankhon mein tufaan.

And likewise, three most soulful songs of Lata in Kinare Kinare deserve a special mention among Jaidev’s creations. Indeed, this film has to be regarded with one of the best music scores among all.

5 AK August 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for mentioning the two songs. I liked Ja re pawaniya piya ke des ja more. It is a superb song, and was new for me. Nice to see Simi Grewal in a most unlikely get up. I have seen Reshma Aur Shera, but had forgotten Banni teri bindiya ki.

Ja re pawaniya piya ke des ja by Asha Bhosle from Do Boond Pani (1971), music Jaidev

6 AK August 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. You are right about Almora academy. Uday Shankar has to be mentioned.

Thanks a lot for adding this nice song by Runa Laila.

7 AK August 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

You were silently waiting, Mumbaikar8 was quite vocal (in mails). Thanks for your appreciation. I had completely forgotten about Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi ri. Thanks for refreshing its memory. About Lata Mangeshkar in Kinare Kinare, somehow her songs paled before the three male solos by Talat Mahmood, Mukesh and Manna Dey I have added.

Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi ri by Asha Bhosle from Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), music Jaidev

8 Jignesh Kotadia August 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Marvellous Piece to read AKji..from start to finish full of melody..maza aa gaya

9 Siddharth August 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for this much awaited post.
Jaidev was indeed a classy composer.

Talking of literary poets, here are two more songs from Jaidev –

Lyrics- Harivanshrai Bachchan
Koi gaataa main so jaataa (Aalaap) (1977) Singer-Yesudas,

This one from Balkavi Bairaagi
Tu chanda main chaandni (Reshma Aur Shera)(1971) Singer-Lata,

He had composed songs based on the raag prevalent in a particular region as required by the film. Mujhe Jeene do (M.P.) and Reshma aur Shera (Rajasthan) are prime example of that.

10 Jignesh Kotadia August 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

songs from DOORIYA (1979) are equally popular and classy….like Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi …. and ….Zindagi Men Jab Tumhare Gham Nahin The.

from me to this post
Aansu chhupaye aankh men khoon e jigar piya karu ….TALAT’s one more beauty from HAMARE GHAM SE MAT KHELO (1967).

i equally love the Lata version Subah ka intezaar kaun kare

and another Lata song from Joru Ka Bhai :
Tu sach batla mujhe jogi, balam se baat kab hogi Birah ke din katenge kab, milan ki raat kab hogi..

love this song (i have posted this one in female singers post in 1955 series way before in 2013)

Not heard still his non filmy and the songs of Ankahee….will listen now onwards.

11 Shalan La August 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

This is a very refined and comprehensive post on Jaidev who should have more work in the Hindi Films of his time but opportunities come very rarely to the good composers in the harsh world where survival matters more and dog eat dog is the law of the jungle than consideration for the qualitative work.

Mr Subodh Agarwal has done a just tribute to this great composer by saying “There is a gentle, soothing quality about Jaidev’s music – like the feel of cool breeze on one’s skin.”

It will be “amour propre” to say more.

Shalan Lal

12 AK August 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Both the songs you have added are very nice. Thanks a lot.

13 AK August 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Mere ghar ana zindagi and other songs added by the readers of post-70s indicates that there was room for melody in this period too, there were capable persons too, but the industry went for quick gratification. Jaidev is a shining example of the few from the earlier era who continued giving great music. Thanks also for refreshing our memory for Tu sach batla mujhe jogi, an extremely sweet song, though relatively less heard. Let us enjoy it now.

Tu sach batla mujhe jogi by Lata Mangeshkar from Joru Ka Bhai (1955)

14 AK August 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Shalan Lal,
Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

15 Subodh Agrawal August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

I made a mistake in my comment no. 1. I had in mind ‘Tu chanda main chandni’ from ‘Reshma aur Shera’ when I wrote instead ‘Jaa ri pawaniya’. No harm done. Now we have three more songs instead of two!

16 N.S.Rajan August 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

A deserving tribute to a great composer. What a pity that he did not receive the recognition due to him, as many far lesser than him did. In my own experience, often, on occasions when a superb melody is played out and the composer is named as Jaidev, those unfamiliar with his work were extremely surprised, as they seemed inclined to attribute the melody played to one of the top composers.

I would however have been happier if his ‘Seene mein Jalan’ from Gaman had also found a place here. I never fail to include this in all my Karaoke sessions.

17 AK August 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Mr NS Rajan,
Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Gaman had a number of outstanding songs. I have great liking for classical-based songs in my favourite Ragas which are done well.

18 mumbaikar8 August 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm

This was least expected!
Jaidev amidst the Halla Gulla of Shankar Jaikishen .
Pleasant surprise though.
Mujhe Jeene Do’ s Patriotic song Ab kou gulshan na ujde is also one the best of its kind.
Anjali has very good songs by Lata and Asha
Lata Kisko Deepak Pyaar Kar
Asha Deepak Se Deepak Jal Gaye

19 AK August 9, 2016 at 9:12 pm

You should have realised that some day I would have to redeem myself before the complainant/prosecutor/judge rolled into one. 🙂

20 Ashwin Bhandarkar August 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Two more unforgettable compositions by Jaidev:

1. ‘Aali ri mere naina’, a Meerabai bhajan sung by Asha:

2. ‘Peetal ki mori gaagri’ from ‘Do boond paani’ and sung by Parveen Sultana and Meena Purushottam:

21 Ashwin Bhandarkar August 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm

A tribute to Jaidev by the late Mohan Nadkarni, the well-known music critic and author, that appeared in the Illustrated Weekly of India in Jan 1987. The title of the article – ‘Unsung Genius’…

22 AK August 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

I had gorgotten about Peetal ki meri gaagri. It is a fabulous song. Thanks for refreshing our memory.

Mohan Nadkarni’s tribute gives great insight into the man and a lot of intersting information about Jaidev. Thanks a lot for sharing the link.

23 mumbaikar8 August 10, 2016 at 7:00 am

Now I think “You seem to be carrying some (imaginary) grudge against me “:(

24 SSW August 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

Nice article AK on a composer who was really did push the boundaries of film song in many ways. His tunes were always interesting and needed to be listened to , not just heard. Like this lesser known song for example. A departure from his normal mode and interesting movements both in the music and vocals starting from the melody of the antara played by the harmonica.

Or this song the introduction could have come right out of a Duke Ellington composition
You can hear shades of Runa Laila in Meenu Purshottam

This next composition is closer to others from the Jaidev stable with an interesting dissonance provided by the violin in the first interlude setting the change for the first antara
I’m not sure if Bhupinder was really singing in this program or just lip synching because his mouth is too far away from the microphone for such a clear pick up.

25 SSW August 10, 2016 at 7:34 am

I should add this song from Prem Parbat, sensual, erotic, a great collaboration between Jan Nissar Akhtar and Jaidev. I have a small quibble about the way the third verse is recorded but still lovely

26 mumbaikar8 August 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

Faslah song singer is Ranu Mukherjee not Meenu.
He worked with her in Dooriyan too.

27 SSW August 10, 2016 at 8:32 am

Mumbaikar8, a thank you , for the correction.

28 Arunkumar Deshmukh August 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

Though Jaidev is not exactly my favourite, still I give him 100% marks for this Bhajan from film Parinay-74…


29 Shekhar August 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

Arunji @28,
Nothing moves my atheist heart like the devotion shining through Sahir’s lyrics as vocalized by Sur Saraswati Lataji on Nanda under Jaidev’s baton – which is on YouTube at

30 AK August 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. It was news to me that Jaidev also composed Jazz. Nice additions.

Thanks for introducing me to Jaise suraj ki garmi se from Parinay. Beautiful song.

31 Giri August 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm

As one who has a soft corner for classically oriented music, I rate Jaidev very high. Thank you for this post and also thanks and those who have added more songs.
The range of music of Jaidev is wide and varied. I always used to wonder why big banners did not come to him even after such a hit like Hum dono. Even Navketan did not repeat him in any of their productions!
He must be the only MD who tuned the lyrics/poetry of maximum number of lyricists/poets. I think maximum number of singers -both established as well as new ones- have worked with him.

32 AK August 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Jaidev does seem to have nurtured the largest number of new singers in 1970s and 80s.

33 Mahesh August 10, 2016 at 11:23 pm

Welcome change indeed. Many Thanks.
Jaidev was to SDB what Ghulam Mohammed was to Naushad.

Both were afraid to face the harsh real world of bollywood competition in spite of being highly capable.

Chand Grahan songs are bound to come, but here is the only Lata-Mukesh duet for Jaidev. It grows on you as you listen more often to it.

34 Jignesh Kotadia August 11, 2016 at 12:35 am

ohh Maheshji…you reminded me Chand Grahan’s Mukesh songs again !!!! thanks
terrific compositions by Jaidev

Tujhko yun dekha hai yun chaha hai
yun pooja hai
tu jo patthar ki bhi hoti to khuda ho jaati

bekhata rooth gai rooth ke dil tod diya
kya saza deti agar koi khata ho jaati

haath faila diye inaam e muhabbat ke liye
ye na socha ke main kya meri
muhabbat kya hai
rakh diya sar tere kadamon pe
tab aaya ye khayaal
tujh ko is tute hue dil ki zaroorat kya hai….

(waah KAIFI AAZMI….brilliant)


Tumhi ne dil ko dil samjha nahin hai
koi armaan na ho aisa nahin hai

dhuaan dekha kisine aur na shola
kabhi aise koi jalta nahin hai

meri baahon se aage jaa rahi ho
magar aage koi duniya nahin hai

35 Jignesh Kotadia August 11, 2016 at 12:42 am


“main kise apna kahu” is really very nice song..heard first time … but as shows in titles…is it from Chand Grahan or Ek thi Reeta ?

36 Mahesh August 11, 2016 at 1:09 am

Jignesh ji,

The framing of the sentence was confusing from my part. Sorry.
Yes, the duet is from Ek Thi Reeta (1971) from the pen of Naqsh Llayalpuri.

Mukesh, as you have rightly pointed out had two solos in Chand Grahan (1997) which were probably the last released songs of his in this unreleased film (only the songs were released)

37 Ashok M Vaishnav August 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

Jaidev was so unlucky to reamin in the no-man’s land of Great and Rembered vs. Great but Unremembered.

I am not sure but faintly recollect that he was (just) paid Rs. 750 for either Kinare Kinare or for Joru Ka Bhai.

I fervently hope that my memory on this score is totally incorrect!

He has tried almost all major male singers in Kinare Kinare. We have all others covered here except Mohammd Rafi…

Teri Tasveer Bhi Tujh Jaisi – Mohammed Rafi – The song is filmed on Chetan Anand.
And I would always put Raat Bhi Hai Kuchch Bheegi Bheegi at the very high pace among all time greats….. What a composition.. Use of harmonium adds to the eeriness of of a high-scale Jalate Hue Jangal Par Jaisee Barkha Ruk Ruk Chham Chaam …followed by a very define Thaap of Tabla…..

38 mumbaikar8 August 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

Jaidev might be the only MD who used five male singers in one movie, four main singers have been discussed. Here is an unknown singer Vinod. This song is very much a Kishore type song.
Vinod seems (whoever he is) seems to have done a formidable job

39 mumbaikar8 August 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

Sorry did not upload the song
Oh mast nazar Kinare Kinare

40 Shashi Dharan August 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

AK ji,
Very nice post on an under-rated MD. One aspect that needs to be highlighted, when speaking of such MDs who were assistants to other famous MDs, is that quite a few of the popular creations ascribed to the latter originated from these forgotten/unrecognized assistants. In case of Jaidev ji, have heard/read that some of SDB’s popular hits were actually products of Jaidev’s genius. An example is “Kahin bekhayal hokar” from Teen Deviyan.
Keep up the great work sir. Enjoy reading this forum.

41 AK August 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Ashokji, Mumbaikar8
The songs of Rafi and Vinod Desai are too good. For Rfai, it par, but Vinod Desai song is a revelation. Where did he disappear. RD Burman seems to have been inspired from this in his singing.

42 AK August 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Shashi Dharanji,
Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation. Apportioning the credit to the Assistant to the music director is a very contentious issue, therefore, I would not like to comment on that. But I hope you keep yourself engaged with the forum

43 Raj August 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm


What a marvellous post – I thank you very much for the knowledge that Kinare Kinare was a Jaidev film -the songs you have posted – 1) Talat’s Dekh Li Teri Khudai – such a wonderfully rendered song with such poignant lyrics by Nyay Sharma (another factoid one was unaware about); 2) Mukesh’s sonorous
Jab Gham-E-Ishq Satata Hai and 3) Manna Da’s Chale Ja Rahe Hai Kinare Kinare – all gems.

Jaidev was the indeed the consummate composer – fame deserted him – I have read elsewhere that he was the logical choice to score the music for Guide after the thumping success of Hum Dono – he composed both Din Dhal Jaaye and Tere Mere Sapne, but then was unceremoniously axed and Dev Anand retained both songs – SDB took over from Jaidev and took credit for them. Jaiodev never recovered from this.

As late as 1978, Jaidev composed the exquisite Tumhe Dekhti Hoon sung by the great Lata Mangeshkar and written by Naqsh Lyallpuri – here’s the video link:

44 Giri August 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Ashok M Vaishnav @37
I am curious to know if there are any Kishore Kumar songs tuned by Jaidev. All other singers have been mentioned except KK!

45 Raj August 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm


Here’s one KK number by Jaidev: from Man Jaiye 1972.

46 KB August 11, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Kishore has sung in films like Joru Ka Bhai and Maan Jaiye for Jaidev. However his music in Kinare Kinare was even better than Humdono. He also gave chance to many new singers.

47 AK August 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. In Mohan Nadkarni’s article which has been linked here, there is indeed a mention that after Hum Dono Dev Anand had assured him that he would alternate between him and SDB, but he reneged on his promise. I don’t like to discuss speculations which denigrate a great artiste. No one can question SDB’s talent. Anecdotes that some famous song of an MD was composed by his assistant do not lead us anywhere.

Tumhein dekhti hun is a great song. Thanks for mentioning it.

48 Ashok M Vaishnav August 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for bringing up KK’s Joru Ka Bhai song – Kali Kali Taaronwali Raat Jawan Hai Aaja. Had never heard before.
Jiai Dev has used KK’s special tonal qualities very well. Listen to ending Urmila, O Urmila…
Here is the link:

49 Raj August 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm


Apologies if it did sound like denigration of SDB – doubtless, he was a great composer and a favourite too. No intent, I assure you and I will stick to observations about the music from now on.

50 Arunkumar Deshmukh August 11, 2016 at 10:09 pm

AK ji,

I have been reading comments by some experts here. many have wondered why Jaidev did not give music to Navketan films,even after the success of Hum Dono and someone has said that despite Dev Ananad’s promise to continue jaidev,he was not called ever again.
Perhaps people have forgotten what happened at the time of Hum Dono.
All of us know that there was a dispute between SDBurman and Lata in 1958 and they stopped working together for next few years. Lata Mangeshkar was more than convinced that the rift came up solely because of miscomunication of Jaidev, who had picked up her phone that time.
So Lata stopped singing even for Jaidev thereafter. At the time of Hum Dono, when the famous song ‘ Allah tero naam’ was being composed, Vijay Anand was keen that it should be sung only by Lata. When Lata refused to sing it because of jaidev, Vijay Anand decided to remove Jaidev, so that Lata would sing this song. When Lata came to know that because of her, Jaidev was to lose his job, she became impatient as she knew Jaidev’s financial condition and his need for work. She finally agreed to sing that one song just to help needy Jaidev.
Under these circumstances there was no way that Lata would sing again for Jaidev if he was employed again for next film at Navketan. This was understood by Anand brothers and hence Jaidev was never given a second chance, to enable Lata to sing for Navketan films.
These details are quite well known and are in print too in some books.

51 AK August 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm

I have no intention to stifle anyone. It was just my viewpoint.

In most of these stories Lata Mangeshkar does not come out in a very flattering light. Her kindness to let Jaidev continue with Hum Dono is overshadowed by her being the reason for his ouster from Navketan. The other story which has surfaced is that SDB put pressure on Dev Anand to keep him out. Best is just to enjoy these stories as jucy gossip, and not to judge people by them.

52 Arunkumar Deshmukh August 12, 2016 at 7:42 am

AK ji,
Retelling reasons for certain happenings does not amount to judgement of people.Such stories indicate human natures and have no connection with their abilities to perform.
You are right.Read,enjoy and forget. That’s what these deserve.

53 Raghavan Vasudevan August 12, 2016 at 9:15 am

Another feather on your cap AKji for a fine tribute to Jaidev who had
no god father to push him up.

Ravi Music Director can also be bracketed along with Jaidev as unforgotten and unremembered genius. Ravi is also not talked much
in SOY. I wish some one come with a posting/article on Ravi another
gifted composer. Some of the best songs in Hindi cinema Rafi Sahib has’sung under the composition of Ravi Sharma. Is there a doubt?

54 AK August 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

Mr Vasudevan,
Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Ravi is another music director who has worked with diverse singers. He has a very important place in the career of Mahendra Kapoor. He has given some outstanding songs for Rafi too.

55 Dinesh K Jain August 12, 2016 at 12:23 pm

#44, 45, 46 & 48

KK singing a couple of rare songs for Jaidev aroused a further query in my mind if Geeta Dutt ever sang for him, too? I doubt it, but would welcome confirmation or otherwise.

On Geeta Dutt (GD), again, I wonder if we have had a full-length blog on her here? She had certain unique qualities about her singing: the voice, her singing style, and also her inconsistency (besides many outstanding songs, often if I come across her obscure numbers when I am struck that many of those were sung seemingly not exactly competently!). Then, her Bollywood career had two very distinct phases, one pre-marriage, and the other her comeback effort which was largely a failure. Likewise, she has a polarised following, either ardent admirers or detractors who perhaps find her singing rather frivolous.

I would urge AK to tell us all about her and her songs in a blog, or even in two parts.

56 KB August 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Apart from Ravi there are several other composers who used MK. Among them was Jaidev also. But MK s better chances came with Ravi,Chitragupta and OP. Jaidev did give good opportunities for new female singers and many of them did well also.

57 AK August 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

I did write a post exclusively on Geeta Dutt about her songs by SD Burman. It is obvious that a blogger would write on artistes he is deeply attached to. Subodh would do a better job of it, as he is a passionate fan of hers. I would pass on this request to him to see if he is enthused by it.

58 ksbhatia August 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

AK ji;
There is one more landmark in Jaidev’s quality pick of the lot among the MDs when , on the demise of Madan Mohan, producer , director H.S. Rawail was looking up for substitute MD for completing the rest of the musical score and MD…. non other than Jaidev took over where MM left . The result is that there is no defined line where one can say that this or that song belongs to Jaidev or MM . This goes to the background score also. The only hint one can catch is the song…..Laila majnu do dil ek jaan they….that to me seems to be out from Jaidev ‘s bag. Experts to confirm please.

59 Giri August 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Arunkumar Deshmukh@50,
Lata has sung many beautiful songs post Hum Dono for Jaidev like in
Reshma aur Shera, Mujhe jeene do etc.
But as AK says let these things stay as gossips and we need not be judgmental.
Jaidev, it appears, was a true karmayogi. He went on producing classy music irrespective of the stature of banners, actors or artists, without bothering about the success or failure of the films.

60 Arunkumar Deshmukh August 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Giri ji,
Subsequently,rift between SDB and Lata was also solved and she sang for both.

61 Rajiv August 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Nice tribute to Jaidev Ji. He has composed many gems for Asha Ji. A few are listed below:
1) Mujhko bhi radha – Ankahee (1985)
Other version :
2) Kauno thagava nagariya lootle ho – Ankahee (1985)
3) Naina kahe ko lagaye – Joru ka Bhai (1955)
4) Man Ki Kaase Kahun – Anjali (1957)
5) Deepak Se Deepak Jal Gaye – Anjali (1957)
6) Royun Main Gin Gin Taare – Anjali (1957)
7) Raat Ke Pichhley Pehron Mein – Anjali (1957)
8) Jogiya Tose Naina Lagake – Anjali (1957)
9) Kahin Haath Hamse – Ek Thi Reeta (1969)
10) Jane Kyon Preetam Na Aaye – Ek Thi Reeta (1969) – Ek Thi Reeta
11) Ye Hain Pyar Ke Nazare Hulle Hulla Re – Ek Thi Reeta (1969) Asha Ji’ duet with Jagjeet Sing Ji
(youtube video has been removed. This is audio link)
12) Are Zalim Na Tu Humse Khafa – Samundari Daku (1956)
13) Dil Jawan Hain Arzoo Jawan – Samundari Daku (1956) Asha Ji’s Duet with Talat Saab
14) Badi Main Bholi Bhali – Samundari Daku (1956)
(If someone has better quality recording pl. upload)
15) Mere Dil Mein Teri Tasveer – Ek Hans Ka Joda (1975)
16) Piya ko milan kaise – Andolan (1975)
17) Zindagi Hum Tere (Jaidev) – Wohi Baat (1977)
(youtube video has been removed. This is audio link)
18) Zahar Deta Hai Mujhe Koi – Wohi Baat (1977) Asha (also Solo by Bhupendar)
19) Moko Peehar Main Mat Chhed – Mujhe jeene do (1963)
20) Yehi Hai Tammana Yehi Hai Irada – Ek Gunah Aur Sahi (1980)
21) Mere Haathon Mein Lage – Tumhare Liye (1978)
22) Bansuriya Man Haar Le Gai Re – Tumhare Liye (1978)
23) Merii Iltijaa Hai Saaqii – Bhaavna (1972)
24) Tauba Tauba Meri Tauba – Reshma aur shera (1971)
25) Humare Dil Ko Tumne Dil – Aalingan Asha Ji’s duet with Rafi Saab

62 AK August 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Welcome to SoY. You have added a massive number of Asha Bhosle songs. He does seem to have a special liking for her. From your list Dil jawan hai arzoo jawan is the most well known, and an outstanding song.

63 Dinesh K Jain August 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

# 57

Thanks, AK. I would hope and wait for either Subodh or some other brave soul to take up the baton, and soon.

64 Ashwin Bhandarkar August 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

Two of the best film songs in Raga Dhani are Jaidev compositions:

1. Prabhu tero naam from Hum Dono:

2. Raat bhi hai kuch bheegi bheegi from Mujhe jeene do:

65 Ashwin Bhandarkar August 14, 2016 at 8:02 am

Jaidev has cleverly used the moorchana concept in ‘Allah tero naam’: the first line of each antara uses exactly the same note sequence as the the first line of the sthaayi, albeit with the base shadja shifted to the madhyam.

66 N Venkataraman August 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for the outstanding post on Jaidev. I would just echo Jignesh’s view. From start to finish full of melody. Thanks to Mumbaikarji for persuading AKji to do this post on Jaidev.

Jaidev might not fall in the same bracket as a Naushad, or a S D Burman or SJ in terms of status and glamour. Sheer melody and musical talent were not enough to succeed in an industry full of pedigree flaunting people. Other talents and factors too matters. But his music was no less outstanding can very well be gauged from the response this post has enunciated. Thankfully, there are sensible and well-meaning listeners who do not associate success with mere commercial success and glamour. Jaidev shone with brightness comparable to any.

I have come in late. Appreciative comments, information and many of his ear-pleasing compositions have already been posted. I will try to add a few I have read/listened, collected from various sources earlier.

It is believed that Sahir Ludhyanavi actually wrote ten antaras for the song Main Zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya. But only three could fit in the film’s context and they were recorded. It is said that Jaidev would sing the other antaras sometimes at his private party. Here is a clipping where Jaidev (according to the uploader of this version) renders another version of this song. I am not sure whether Shair Ludhyanavi penned these lines or Jaidev was giving expression to his pent-up feelings. He must have rendered this during later part of his life, when he shared a few things in his life with Madanmohan; friendship, music, lack of adequate success, the Punjabi culture, alcohol and sense of humour. BTW Jaidev was born in Nairobi and Madanmohan was born in Baghdad! Let us listen to this version.

Both Subodhji and Siddharthji have mentioned about Jaidev’s ability to bring alive the regional flavour in his music /films. They have cited Mujhe Jeene do (M.P.) and Reshma aur Shera (Rajasthan) as examples.
Further I would like to add a few songs from a Bhojpuri film.

Are Rama Rimjhim Barsela by Manna Dey, Naihar Chhutal Jaaye (1964), lyrics Shailendra, music Jaidev

Jiya Kasak Masak Mor Rahe by Md.Rafi, film Naihar Chhutal Jaaye (1964), lyrics Shailendra, music Jaidev

Title song (click the ‘Play’ button on the second song) by Lata Mangeshkar, film Naihar Chhutal Jaaye (1964), lyrics Shailendra, music Jaidev

In 1966 Jaidev scored music for a Nepali film Maiti Ghar starring Mala Sinha. It is believed that the monarch of Nepal was impressed by Jaidev’s music for Mujhe Jeene do, he requested Jaidev to score music for this film. One of the songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar was penned by the Monarch himself. This film was a runaway success. Lata mangeshkar recalls in an interview in Times of India, “That song Jun mato ma mero was special because it was written by King Mahendra of Nepal. It was composed by one of my favourite composers Jaidev.”

Title song of Maitighar by Lata Mangeshkar

Besides Lata mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt, Aruna Lama, Manna Dey Premdhoh Pradhan and C P Lohani lent their voice for this film. Here are two more songs
Jindagi laayi by Manna dey Neplai film Maitighar (1966), music Jiadev

Basanta Nai Basna Khojcha by Asha Bhosle, Neplai film Maitighar (1966), music Jiadev
Thank you once again AKji.

67 SSW August 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Hello Ashwin can you elaborate on that ? As a tyro I have little knowledge of the moorchana or shruti bedham concept but I thought you used it to shift the tonic so that the raga would change i.e is keep the intervals between notes the same but change the “sa”.
In western music this is a technically a key change. However in “allah tero naam”, I don’t detect that . Jaidev seems to remain true to the original major scale on which the song is based (It seems to be in the key of F from the youtube video I listened to but you can never tell with these digitizations it could as well be E or all over the place) he just shifts up so the antara starts from the fourth (subdominant) note.
Would this be a true moorchana?
Do let me know what you are thinking.

68 D P Rangan August 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

I saw the entire film Kinare Kinare in the hope of extracting the Talat song – dekh liye teri kudayi so that I can upload a live video in You Tube. To my utter disappointment this song was not picturised at all. There are only two answers, i.e., the song was not included in the film at all or the you tube uploader published a truncated version. In fact a few other films which I saw from end to end, this was reflected and I have come to the reluctant conclusion that films in you tube are not faithful reproductions of the original. Perhaps Arunkumarji can throw some light on this.

69 Shalan Lal August 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm

D P Rangan @68

Following are the songs of Kinare, Kinare
Songs of Kinare Kinare

1) aaj achaanak TuuT gaye kyo.n man viinaa ke taar:
2) chale jaa rahe hai.n mohabbat ke maare kinaare kinaare:
3) chhaliyaa terii baato.n baato.n me.n:
4) dekh lii terii Kudaaii bas meraa dil bhar gayaa:
5) har aas ashkabaar hai har saa.Ns beqaraar hai:
6) jab Gam\-e\-ishq sataataa hai to ha.Ns letaa huu.N:
7) maayaa kaa aa.Nchal jale kaayaa kaa abhimaan:
8)qadamo.n me.n samaa ke paravaane:
9) sulag uThii dil kii lagii jalate hai.n paravaane:
10) terii tasaviir bhii tujh jaisii hasii.n hai lekin:

Many times the You Tube are not the reliable source.

Shalan Lal

70 KB August 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Some of the songs mentioned above have not been included in the film Kinare Kinare. The film has only about 6-7 songs. The other aspect I forgot to mention is that there is a beautiful duet sung by Kishore and Asha bhosle in EK HANS KA JORA (1975).

71 D P Rangan August 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Ms. Shalan Lal

Half the songs mentioned by you are not shown in the live video of the film posted in You Tube. Any chance of hearing them.

72 AK August 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya sung by Jaidev is very interesting. The verses are of Sahir’s style, but they do not match the positive song in the film.

The Bhojpuri songs are very nice as far as the film songs go. However, I wish Jaidev had used a traditional singer for the kajri Are Rama rimjhim se barse la paniya. Several singers have sung it. Here is an excellent version by Soma Ghosh, the disciple-cum-adopted daughter of Bismillah Khan.

73 arvindersharma August 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm

AK Ji and Mumbaikar8,
Many thanks for the Jaidev post which was long overdue and many SoY readers have been waiting for, as comments of the friends above have whole heartedly welcomed. Hardly anything has been left to say about the melodious composer, who, in spite of giving great output remained on the sidelines.
For DP Rangan Ji’s query about the songs of Kinare Kinare here are some of the songs, mostly audios

Maya ka aanchal jale by Rafi and Usha Mangeshkar

Har Aankh ashqbaar hai by Lata

Sulagh Uthi Dil ki lagi by Lata

Qadmon me Shama ke Parwane by Asha and Sudha Malhotra

Chhaliya re Teri baaton baaton me by Asha

Will be back with a few more

74 N Venkataraman August 14, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Nice Kajri by Soma Ghosh. Thanks AKji.

75 arvindersharma August 15, 2016 at 12:39 am

It is to Jaidev’s credit that he continued to compose beautiful Melodies at the time when rhythm and fast paced music was in vogue, but here’s a composer who hardly ever compromised with the quality of his music.
Some more from his later years films, mostly after 1970.
The first one is a similar lyrics composition from Chandra Grahan by Lata, same lyrics used by him for an Asha song mentioned above from Aandolan

Piya se Milan kaise hoye ri
Main jaanu naahi

Another Lata beauty from Maan Jaiye
Badra chhaye re kaale kajrare

A classical composition sung by Lata from Chandra Grahan
Aa Pyar Ki baahon me

And the video of Asha song from Mujhe Jeene Do, which was mentioned by you above
Moko peehar me mat chhed

A great favorite song of mine from Aalingan sung by Manna De
Pyas thi Phir bhi taqaza nakiya

Some more are still pending,
Will return again

76 D P Rangan August 15, 2016 at 6:19 am


Arvinderji – Very kind of you to post other songs of this film. I saw the entire film on You Tube and most of these songs did not figure. Obviously they were composed but was not included in the film. This is nothing new in films. Will hear them now.

77 arvindersharma August 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

My tribute to the great freedom fighters who gave their lives for India’s Independence, is this outstanding composition penned by the great freedom fighter Pandit Ramprasad Bismil and sung by Bhupendra for Aandolan, composed by Jaidev.

Hum bhi Aaram utha sakte the ghar par reh kar

78 N Venkataraman August 15, 2016 at 1:06 pm

#77 & # 78
Thanks Arvinderji and Atinaji for uploading the song Hum bhi Aaram utha sakte the ghar par reh kar and its full lyrics.
Vande Maataram.

79 Dinesh K Jain August 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm


With due apology to ‘atina’, such unusual-looking messages, without any particulars or specifics, especially from not oft-sighted members, should PLEASE not be posted. Spams are not uncommon after all.

80 AK August 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Arvinder Sharmaji,
Thanks for your appreciation. What great songs you have added! Lata Mangeshkar’s Har aas ashqbar hai and Sulag uthi dil ki lagi remind us of the best of Anil Biswas and C Ramchandra.

81 arvindersharma August 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Venkataraman Ji and AK Ji,
Many thanks for your liking the songs and my posting of the two Lata songs from Kinare Kinare was also because of AK Ji’s comment at 7 above where he’s mentioned that Lata songs pale in comparison to the male songs. I agree that these two songs weren’t as popular as the male songs but as you’ve mentioned in your subsequent comments, they are a class apart.
Just checked with atutsongaday and came to know that the famous nazm Sarfaroshi ki tamanna was actually written by a poet named Bismil Azeemabadi and not Pandit Ramprasad Bismil.
Sadanand Kamat Ji has confirmed this in his post of this song by Rafi which was composed by Lachhiram for Shaheed e Azam Bhagat Singh.
Here’s another NFS composed by Jaidev and sung by Asha of the same nazm.
A Lata version of the same is also there on YouTube, the tune is the same but it doesn’t mention Jaidev

82 ksbhatia August 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

A K ‘ji;
I have a strong feeling that the bhajan of ….Kaala Bazaar….Na mein dhan chahun na rattan chahuun…..By Geeta dutt and Sudha Malhotra ….is Jaidev ‘s composition . Any takers ?

83 Jignesh Kotadia August 16, 2016 at 1:45 am

Rightly said Sharmaji, Jaidev continued to serve the golden melodies well unaffected by the then time noisy music.

Aalap is a strong proof of his devotion to melody.
I can listen this Lata classic umpteen time back to back without boredom.

काहे मनवा नाचे हमरा
सखी री कोई इसे अब समझाये
काहे मनवा नाचे हमरा..

नैनन कजरा डालन बैठी
माथे पे सुरज पालन बैठी
(she was locating the sunbeam, coming thru the roof hole, exactly on her forehead Bindi site !!)
बीच में आये देखो सपने काचे
काहे मनवा नाचे हमरा..

नस नस में ये कौन उतरा है
दिल में किसका दिल धड़का है
नाम अनाम का निसदिन बांचे
काहे मनवा नाचे हमरा..

too nice picturisation, Rekha a rural lady playing with the sunbeam coming in her dim lit room through a tiny hole in the roof..too imaginative, simply superb.

84 Chitrapatsangeet August 16, 2016 at 6:47 am

Lovely post on the great Jaidev.sounds like Gaud Sarang was close to his heart – three different flavors in “Allah tero”, “Seene me jalan” and “Kahe Manwa naache”. Tumhe dekhtee hoon seems to be inspired by Karnaranjani. The other beautiful song is from prem parbat-“yeh neer Kahan se”.

85 AK August 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

KS Bhatiaji,
#82: There is a general issue about attributing a particular song to the Assistant of the music director. This has been discussed on several sites, at times on the basis of interviews with the people associated with that song, such as the lyricist or the arranger. The issue is common to any collaborative work. In a scientific paper of joint authorship, if the main work has been done by the unknown Research Assistant and not the eminent professor, if the latter is generous and ethical, he would let his RA’s name appear first. Another person may put his own name first. It is very difficult to question it because it can be argued that his little touches made the paper worthwhile.

I have read an interview of Majrooh Sultanpuri where this question was specifically asked of him. His reply was on similar lines. He said many people might give suggestions about a tune. Once the MD gives the final touches it becomes his composition. In some song most of the work might have been done by the Assistant, but in the real world he has to accept that it would be known as the composition of the MD.

86 AK August 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. I am sure the experts would comment on your observations about the Ragas.

87 Shalan Lal August 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

AK @ 85

I completely agree with the comment and Majrooh’s thoughts about the MD’s right to have his name on the melody and total work as he became responsible for the musical side of the film.

However I feel that the name of the orchestrators should have been written down as well because very little work is done by theMD’s in this area.

But then only in the seventies the names of the Assistants started appearing along with the MDs.

It’s like the playback singers’ names were ignored for a long time. Lata put her foot down and got her name on the screen. Then others followed the suit.
However in Hollywood the playback singers are still treated as Ghost singers and their names do not appear. Many great films and even the singings actors had taken ghost singers voices in their films.

The funniest story is about the Singing in the Rain film. The film makes fun about the main actress that she has been taking the voice of another singer. But that singer too in reality takes the voice of another ghost singer who was not credited in the credit titles.

In the science world Michael Farady was treated very badly by his boss Sir Humphry Davy and treated him as a valet- a man servant as Farady did not come from the Gentleman class.
Shalan Lal

88 mumbaikar8 August 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Welcome back. I am with you over the bhajan na mai dhan chahooon, but as AK has explained the work of the assistants is not recognized as their property unless the master is generous enough.
There are many stories floating online that Tere mere sapne from Guide was Jaidev’s tune too, he had given it to Dev whilst working on Hum Dono and it was used in by SDB. Jaidev was the assistant there. I think Jaidev got the opportunity to work with Dev and Vijay Anand for Hum Dono mainly because of Sahir Ludhyanvi. As Sahir and SDB were not working with each other Jaidev was offerd this movie.
Venkataraman and Arvinderji,
Thanks for acknowledging my persuasion, all praise to AK for the post as well as undue credit he has showered on me.

89 Ashwin Bhandarkar August 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm


You are right in your understanding of moorchana and that what Jaidev has employed in ‘Allah tero naam’ is not a moorchana. Thanks for pointing out my blunder – I should have thought it through before posting the comment.

90 ksbhatia August 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Ms. Mumbaikar8 ;
I am back with my repaired aided computer and hope to catch up fast the various observations and comments .
Yes ; I fully agree that the senior writer- composer gets the benefits as main righter / co author of a paper as also fine tuned the composition of the junior and carry the major share of the cake including the icing . But the fact remains as to the original contributer which only fine listeners can judge by the experience they have gathered over the years listening to each and every MD .
I , as also many of us , never ever knew that the famous song……..Raja ki ayegi barat…..from Aha is not Shankar Jaikishan tune but the one composed by the legend…..S.Mohinder….gifted by him to Raj Kapoor for use while he was in process of recording the songs. This is a long episode wherein S. Mohinder is being interviewed live and is available on You Tube . I will post the link on relocating as I have lost my data after changing the hard disc.

91 ksbhatia August 16, 2016 at 11:23 pm

……in continuation… is the link of S. Mohinder’s interview . Listen @ 10.00 onwards.

92 SSW August 17, 2016 at 6:50 am

Thank you Ashwin

93 Ravi August 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Wow….so many comments! AK, it speaks volumes for your choice of the composer and the quality of the post as well as the many wonderful melodies created by Jaidev.

One of the best compositions of Jaidev is a non-filmi song. This is Daata re Daata re sung by Hariharan. When it came on Doordarshan (B & W in those days), I was simply mesmerised by the quality of the composition as well as Hariharan’s voice.

Here is the link to this wonderful song.

94 Peddadu August 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I am pleasantly surprised to read about my fav. MD Jaidev in your write-up. I am familiar with many wonderful melodies by him, even while being asst. to SDB and especially after. Of course, I find many of his great melodies have been mentioned either by you or others (especially ‘Tere bachpan ki’ from ‘Mujhe Jeenedo’ in the passing, but which I find very engrossing, whether you watch it or just hear it; but some others are missing. For example, a wonderful bhajan from Ramnagri 1982, sung by Hariharan and Delhi singer Neelam sahni “Mei to kabse teri saran me hun’ – and and ‘Yeh neer kahan se’ by Lata from ‘Prem parbat’ –
Nevertheless, I find the article and comments by others very interesting as well as informative. I should thank you very much for this.

95 AK August 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Ravi, Peddadu,
Thanks a lot for your appreciation. It was a pleasant surprise to find so many people who are deeply fond of Jaidev. I would have to listen to Hariharan songs later when I have a better Internet connectivity.

96 peddadu August 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Re. @24, you are right. Bhupender was only lipsynching for pre-recorded song ‘Phi Teri Yaad Naye Deep Jalane Aayi’ from Aayi teri yaad 1979, composed by Jaidev (
I would like to add a beauty from the same film by A.Hariharn, ‘Ye khwabsa Dekha Tha Ai Jaane Wafa Tujhko’ (
A nice duet by Bhupender and Pinaz Masani from the film is ‘Sau bar Kaha Aankhon Se’ (
The film also had solo by Pinaz Masani ‘Tumhara Pyar Shamil Hai’
Perhaps these were the earliest recordings (for a film) by the Ghazal singers, A.Hariharan and Pinaz Masani; this probably needs confirmation by historians.
All the above mentioned songs were by Naqsh Lyalpuri

97 SSW August 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm

As far as Peenaz Masani is concerned that is quite possible. She was studying in Sydenham college in 1978 when she won a competition where Jaidev was one of the judges. She sang on Bombay Doordarshan just after that competition. A senior of mine sang “Rasik Balma” from Chori Chori in that competition. She narrowly lost out, funnily she was a Parsi too or at least her mother was.

98 Shalini August 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

This might be one of my favorite posts on this blog in terms of the quality of songs presented by both AKji and the commenters. Virtually all of my favorites have already been mentioned, save this hauntingly, beautiful song by Usha Mangeshkar from the movie “Sapna.”

Sanjh bhaye jhanjh bhed jiya ke – Sapna

With regard to the equation between Asha and Jaidev, I believe it was similar to the relationship between Lata and Madan Mohan – namely, Jaidev was Asha’s “rakhi” brother. Someone asked about Geeta Dutt and Kishore Kumar singing for Jaidev. A couple of KK’s songs for Jaidev have been posted, but as far as I know, Geeta sang just once for Jaidev:

Yeh Khamoshi Kyun – Hamare Gham Se Mat Khelo

To finish, here’s a pleasant Kishore number from “Ek Hans Ka Joda”

Saathi milte hai badi mushkil se – Ek Hans Ka Joda

99 AK August 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. I didn’t realise that Jaidev had such a strong fan following. Kishore Kumar’s song is very nice.

100 Ashok Kumar Tyagi August 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

AK ji
You have, with great pleasure, noticed the esteem in which Jaidev is held.

I learned somewhere that the following were disciples of Jaidev at one time or other:-
Anuradha Paudwal
Suresh Wadkar
Kavita Krishnamurthy
Peenaz Masani

Though out of place, I venture to list out top quality MDs of the restricted period of eleven years (1960 – 1970):
OP Nayyar
Madan Mohan
Salil Chaudhary
C Ramachandra
Hemant Kumar
Kalyanji Anandji
RD Burman


101 AK August 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

There is evidence of his mentoring a number of newcomers, the last three are mentioned at various places. He might have similarly helped Anuradha Paudwal and Suresh Wadkar too. You have given a fairly comprehensive list of MDs who made their mark in 1960-70. I don’t think there is any omission.

102 Peddadu August 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Tyagiji (@100!)
I find that you have left out Vasant Desai, who wonderful music in 1950’s, 60’s and even 70’s before his expiry in 1975. His memorable music can be found in Ashirwad (1968), with probably India’s first raps(!) ‘Rel gadi’ by Ashok Kumar and ‘Nav chali’ It had also a haunting melody ‘Ek tha bachpan’ by Lata
Ram Rajya (1967) had two beauties by inimitable Lata ‘Rain bhayi sojare panchi’, and ‘Dar lage garje badariya’ Another film Pyar ki pyas (1961) had ‘Kya dharti kya akash sabko pyarki pyas’ by Rafi, Lata chorus, ‘Sawankr jhule pade’ by Lata and Talat, ‘Mere anganeme’ a lilting lori by Geeta and Lata

103 Peddadu August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

I forgot to mentional a very beautiful song ‘Jhiri jhiri barse’ by Lata–jROL3bMAw

104 Ashok Kumar Tyagi August 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Missed out Vasant Desai, Anil Biswas and a few others like SN Tripathi.

105 Anand Agrawal September 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm

The video with the song Ye Dil aur unki nigahon ke saaye is not the original video from the film “Prem Parbat” Though the person who has mixed it with the song has done a great job. Thanks for posting this song

106 radhakrishnan duraismy September 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

i am sorry you have missed the fantastic lata song in movie reshma aur shera. a haunting melody “tu chanda mein chandini”. kindly say whether it is worth or not.

107 AK September 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Radhakrishnan Duraismy,
Welcome to SoY. Tu chanda main chaandani is a very nice song. However, I try to include about ten songs, and the readers add more in their comments.

108 Shabir Hussain October 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm

Beautiful tribute. Two beautiful Jaidev compositions instantly cross my mind: ‘tu chanda main chandni’ and ‘nadi nare na jao Shaam’. ‘Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalat pe’ should make it to any Jaidev list you make.

109 AK October 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Thanks a lot for your appreciation. The three Jaidev compositions you have mentioned are among his all-time greats.

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