My tribute to Rafi Saab – The A to Z of Mohammed Rafi

I started this post on 31st, as I was listening to Rafi marathon on Vividh Bharati but with such lovely songs playing I couldn’t concentrate on the post. I had listed the songs even before that, but still it took me so long to complete it. I kept getting lost in the songs in between that I forgot I had to come back here and finish this 🙂

After an extremely hectic week, the best thing I could ask for is a day full of Rafi saab’s songs. Not that I didn’t listen to his songs the rest of the week. Not even a single day of mine passes without listening to him. Thanks to Vividh Bharati for that. The first thing I do every morning after I get up is to put the radio on. And they play a minimum of one Rafi song in every program of theirs. Then my collection of hundreds of his songs in my cell phone which I listen to everyday on my way to work. Other people get frustrated with the traffic and I feel good about it. The longer it takes me to reach office, the more number of songs I get to listen to and I reach office more refreshed. And when I am not in meetings and am not reading something, I continue listening to music in office as well. A big thank you to Nasir and Venkat for sharing all those rare gems…you guys have introduced me to so many songs that I had never thought even existed. And a big big thank you to entire team of Vividh Bharati – Kamal Sharma, Renu Bansal, Mamta Singh, Nimmi Mishra, Yunus Khan, Amarkant Dubey, Rajendra Tripathi, Shehnaz Akhtari and to everybody else. Had it not been for you all I wouldn’t have known even half of these songs! I owe my filmi and musical knowledge to you all!

I missed out the programs on Vividh Bharti in the morning on 31st as I got up late. But ever since I got up I was been hooked to it. They played non-stop Rafi songs. And do I even need to say that each song of his is songs is a masterpiece!

So much is written about Rafi (1924-1980) that I don’t quite know where to begin and what new to say really.  Rafi was one of the most versatile singers…From the doleful Jugnu  to the patriotic Shaheed  to the classical Baiju Bawra to the effervescent Mr. and Mrs. 55  to the regal Raj Hath to the poetic Pyaasa  to the meltingly romantic Barsaat Ki Raat – phew! the list is endless—Rafi sang them all. And more.

The whole week I’ve been thinking of something special to post as a tribute to this legend. It’s just impossible to list out my 10 favourite Rafi songs. I’m in love with every song that he has sung. But at the same time I couldn’t even sit without doing a post. After sifting through numerous options like – listing down some songs of Rafi alphabetically, listing out human emotions and associating a song against each emotion, defining the 7 stages of human life through his songs….but I realized that I just couldn’t move beyond the first letter.

I started thinking of his songs that start with ‘A’ and the list was so long that I could break it into 2-3 separate posts. Then I tried with the emotions. Within no time I realized that there were too many of them for instance Anger, Anxiety, Anguish, Astonishment, Attraction, Amusement, Affection, Agony. And this is just the beginning. Next I shifted to the stages of human life. I opened Shakespear’s poem and started mapping Rafi’s songs against each of the stages. But 7 were too few and then realized that I would end up counting almost everyday as a different stage! So that wasn’t much help either.

So I came up with this rule for this post…I would include –
1. Not very popular songs of Rafi as in, not the songs that would feature in every top 10 or top 20. I’m promoting some rare gems of this mastreo.
2. One song per actor and preferrably picturised on a lesser known actor (at least I’ll try avoiding the supserstars as much as possible). There are bound to be few exceptions though. But don’t be surprised if you don’t see even a single Shammi kapoor song here! (As I am doing a series of Rafi sings for Shammi, I’m trying to leave out Shammi Kapoor songs so that other songs would get a chance).
3. For a change I’m including songs from movies that I haven’t seen as well.

A : Abhi na jao chhod kar (Hum Dono, 1961) – Absolutely awesome romantic duet, superbly rendered by Rafi & Asha and so convincingly picturised on Dev Anand and Sadhna.  The charming couple, the excellent rendition, Jaidev’s superb music, Sahir Ludhyanvi’s  thoughtful and yet so simple lyrics  and the beautiful depiction of two lovers unwilling to separate leave you wanting to fall in love – this is without doubt one of the best romantic song ever recorded.   When I  hear this song I feel like I am in another world, the feeling of the song is simply awesome. What a treat this is!  And for once I wished ‘A’ was the last letter of English Alphabet. Putting this song at the end would have made much more sense.

A : Ankhinyan milake zara baat karo ji (Pardes, 1950) : Striking the earlier song as I couldn’t think of any other song starting from ‘F’ other than Falsafa pyaar ka tum kya jano, picturised on Dev Anand. In his earlier years, before he had fully come into his own, Rafi sang for Ghulam Mohammed (Naushad’s protégé) a lovely duet with Lata. This one is picturised on Rehman and Madhubala and I love this  for lots of reasons: Madhubala’s striking beauty, Rafi’s deep, powerful rendition, peppy music and young and dashing Rehman!

 B : Bahut haseen hai tumhari aankhen (Aadhi Raat Ke Baad, 1965) : Very cute song…not very popular but sweet and very romantic nevertheless. Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur come together in this lovely track picturised on Sailesh Kumar and Ragini who playfully flirt and tease each other. Chitragupt’s music is soothing and pleasant.

C : Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko (Bhabhi, 1957) : My initial choice was Chal ud jaa re panchhi but couldn’t find the Balraj Sahni version of it  on youtube. I had once heard in an interview that Balraj was so sad after shooting the song. He felt he could have done it much better! It’s such a divine song. But guess I’ll go with the flow – romance and move ahead with this infectiously romantic duet featuring Jawahar Kaul and Shyama. Rafi teams up with Lata here and the rendition is magical. This is one of my all time favourite Lata-Rafi duets. I had first heard this song on Vividh Bharati years ago and always felt that it must be picturised on Meena Kumari. I somehow related the feel of the song and the name of the movie itself to Meena Kumari. But was pleasantly surprised to discover Shyama in it. I saw this film just because of it’s songs. Not a movie I am very fond of, but give me its music anyday and I would be more than happy. It has a variety of songs – Chal ud ja re panchhi, Chali chali  re patang meri chali re, Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko, Jawaan ho ya budiya, Kaa re kaa re baajra…Coming back to this song, Chitragupt’s music, Rajender Krishan’s lyrics, Lata and Rafi’s rendition is truly amazing. And check out Shyama’s expressions, esp when she lip-synchs “tumhari is adaa par bhi hamare dil ko pyaar aaye“. Haye…I just love this song!

D : Dil ki tamanna (Ghyarah Hazar Ladkiyan, 1962) : It’s Vividh Bharati again where I first heard this song. And the first thing I did after the song was over is to rush to search for it on google/youtube. Initially, I could just find the audio version of it, Rafi’s solo. And I have listened to it continuously for days, non-stop. What an intoxicating voice and there’s so much feel to it. I didn’t even know who it was picturised on then but just wished whoever it was – may his dil ki  tamanna come true! I’ve been looking for the cd/dvd of this movie ever since but with no luck. Rafi and Asha sing  Majrooh Sultanpoori’s lyrics for Bharat Bhushan and Mala Sinha, under the music direction of N. Dutta. It’s a classic composition.

D :  Dil mein chhupa ke pyaar ka ( Aan, 1952) : Striking Dil ki tamanna because I just confirmed that Ghar se toh cut chuka patta is picturised on Bharat Bhushan, though it doesn’t have a video, I don’t want to break my rule.. Here’s another lovely Rafi number featuring two actors whom I like a lot – Dilip Kumar and Nadira. Shakil Badayuni penned the lyrics for this lovely song and Naushad Ali composed the music. Rafi is heavenly and so is Dilip Kumar. There’s a color version of this video. But I find the B&W version more enchanting.  

 E : Ek tera saath hum ko (Waapas, 1969) :  Exteremely romantic song. Music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal and  lyrics  by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It is a duet sung by Rafi and Lata picturised on a newly married couple (Alka and Shekhar Purohit? Ajay?) pledging undying love and devotion to each other. I feel the essence is somehow missing in the picturisation, but just listen to it and it’s magical, such a treat to the ears!

F : Falsafaa pyaar ka tum kya jano (Duniya, 1968) : A terrific song by Rafi, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturised on Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala. “How would you grasp the philosophy of loving when you have never fallen in love before” – for once I kind of like the translation of the mukhda. I almost played around with Phoolon se dosti kaanton se yaari (Foolon se) but when I had a song starting with ‘F’, I thought I would rather go with it. Though Dev Anand looks wierd with that hair-cut and this song has the flavours of Badan pe sitare lapete hue, I  still love this number…it’s so intoxicating. This is what I call a quintessential Rafi song!

G : Ghar se toh cut chuka apna patta (Kal Hamara Hai, 1959) : I heard this song on radio last week and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the video.  Though imdb lists Bharat Bhushan as the lead in this film, I somehow don’t feel this song is  picturised on him. It sounds so much like a Johnny Walker kind of a song and I sincerely hope that it is. Something very catchy and lively about this song. Music is once again by Chitragupt. (P.S : I just confirmed that it is indeed picturised on Bharat Bhushan, so much for my guess work).

H : Hum toh hai tum par (Bewaqoof, 1960) – This is one very cute song rendered superbly by Rafi for I.S Johar. This movie was written and directed by I.S Johar himself. Majrooh’s lyrics and S.D Burman’s composition is beautiful. And it was R.D Burman on the Mouth Organ. The modulations in Rafi’s voice match I.S Johar’s antics so perfectly. There’s something very Shammi-sque quality to this song.

I : Itni badi duniya jahan itna bada mela (Toofan Mein Pyar Kahan ,1966) : Rafi sings this for Ashok Kumar. It’s so tender and so beautiful. There’s a softness to Rafi’s voice here which is just brilliant. “Versatile Rafi commendably modulates his voice to suit the great natural actor, Ashok Kumar, while singing on the pangs of loneliness” (Thanks Nasir for describing the song so beautifully).  Check out the picturisation for Guzre dino ka dhundla nishaan hai baanki, dil toh bujha kab se hai abh dhuaan baanki – the smoky effect is so amazing. Prem Dhawan’s melancholy lyrics, Chitragupt’s excellent music, Rafi’s magical rendition and Ashok Kumar’s brilliant performance – this couldn’t have got any better. My initial choice for a song beginning with ‘I’ was Itna haseen saathi itni haseen manzil from Aatma Aur Parmatma but couldn’t find a video to it. So settled for this one – another favourite of mine. Though not as romantic as I would have liked it to be, it’s a very beautiful song.

J : Jo baat tujh mein hai (Taj Mahal, 1963) : A timeless gem…one of my favourite songs. This one’s picturised on Pradeep Kumar. The lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, music by Roshan and Rafi’s velvety voice is beyond this world – truly sublime!  I so very badly wanted to post Jab se hum tum baharon mein from Main Shadi Karne Chala but it’s such an irony that we don’t have videos of such lovely melodies on youtube yet. And since the basic filter criteria here is one song per actor, I don’t want to go on posting just the audios. Hopefully, somebody will upload the video soon.

K : Kahin ek masoom nazuk si ladki (Shankar Hussain, 1977) : For once, I am not relating a song to Vividh Bharati. I first heard this, an online radio station couple of years ago. Back then AIR, Vividh Bharati didn’t have online sites. I accidentally came across and I used to listen to it very regularly at work. One fine day, I heard this song and googled for it but couldn’t find it. Then, I came across the audio version of it after few months and finally found the video last year. I was rather surprised to discover Kanwaljit in it. Used to watch him in serials during my school days, Family No. 1 on Sony used to be quite popular then. Kamal Amrohi’s lyrics, Khhayyam’s music and Rafi’s rendition – it’s all so heavenly. Something very dreamy, fairy-tale like about this song. But the video somehow spoilt this for me. I love the song, can’t help not loving such a magnificient number but the picturisation is a spoiler. Chalo khat likhe jee mein aata toh hoga, magar ungliyan kap kapati toh hongi, kalam haath se chhut jaata toh hoga, umange kalam phir uthathi toh hongi, mera naam apni kitaabon pe likh kar, woh daanton mein ungli dabati toh hogi….kabhi subah ko shaam kehti toh hogi, kabhi raat ko din batati toh hogi…what an imagination! It’s so beautifully written!! I used to imagine this scene while listening to this song, but the video didn’t have any of it! Audio version didn’t have the last antarra. I heard it for the first time when I saw the video on youtube. And it took me some time to figure out what Palate is …Palate kabhi toot jaati toh hogi….

L : Le chala jidhar yeh dil chal pade (Miss Bombay, 1957) : This is Rafi singing for Ajit. in the good old days before he turned into a villian on screen. Bombay—that teeming metropolis, teeming then in the 1950s just as it is teeming today—the land of opportunities, sapno ka shehar—was masterfully captured by lyricist Prem Dhawan to composer Hansraj Behl’s tune. I had only heard this song on Bhoole Bisre geet on Vividh Bharati. Saw the video for the first time today. Half the time I kept imagining Ajit saying “Mona Darling” in between the song. 🙂 Ajit was quite a handsome man and smart too…he realized early in his career that it’s more fun being the villian than a hero!

M : Main toh tere haseen khayalon mein kho gaya (Sangram, 1965) :  My my my dear from Nagina was my first choice. I didn’t want to list Mujhe dard-e-dil ka pata na tha and Madhuban mein radhika nache re. Though I love both these songs, they have already featured many times in this blog.  And thanks to Richard for including all these songs in his list. I’m not feeling guilty about skipping them. So here I come with this lovely track from Sangram picturized on Randhawa (Dara Singh’s brother) and Swarna Kumari. I am so glad I decided to do songs from the movies that I haven’t watched. I had heard this song so many times on radio but it’s for the first time I am seeing it’s video and am so happy to discover Randhawa in it! Lala Asar Sattar music is very melodious and Rafi is fantastic in it!

N : Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon (Laal Quila, 1960) : I almost included Nu tu hindu banega na musalmaan banega but realized I had this song in one of my earlier posts. And this divine composition by S.N Tripathi in Laal Quila came to my mind. It’s a timeless classic, a stunning nazm. Such deeply moving lyrics! Rafi’s booming voice magnificiently amplifies the poignancy and grief expressed by Bahadurshah Zafar. Truly unforgettable!

O : O phirki wali (Raja Aur Runk, 1968) : This song takes me back to my school days. We had a cassette, Best of Mohd. Rafi volume 2 which had this song. And there was a time when I was in 9-10th when I used to listen to this song at least 2-3 times a day. It’s such a masti-bhara song that it fills my heart with happiness when I listen to it. I somehow had always imagined it to be picturised on Shammi Kapoor or Dharmendra, mainly due to the fun quotient. I was pleasantly surprised to see Sanjeev Kumar singing it to Nazima. I was listening to this after so long today and I still remember each and every word of it. I’m so pleased with myself. That’s Rafi’s magic! Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s foot-tapping music, Anand Bakshi’s fun-filled lyrics and Rafi’s flirtatious rendition topped with Sanjeev Kumar’s awesome performance makes this song immortal. I love the way Rafi sings Jubaan se and Jarra beimaan si

P : Phir milogi kabhi (Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi, 1966) : Biswajeet was one lucky actor when it came to songs. He got to feature in some of the best songs ever. I am not fond of him as an actor, but his songs, each one is a masterpiece! Rafi and Asha are singing for Biswajeet and Sharmila in this 1966 thriller. O.P Nayyar’s music, S.H Bihari’s lyrics and Asha-Rafi rendition, it’s picturization…everything about this song  is mesmerizing. I feel captivated everytime I listen to this and never want it to end. 

Q : Quismat ke likhe ko hum mita na sake (Duniya, 1949) : This is a lovely Rafi-Surraiya duet composed by C. Ramachandra. It has Surraiya, Karan Dewan, Yakum, Shakeela in the leading role. I don’t know who it’s actually picturised on. I have only heard this song on Radio and couldn’t find a video as well. Listen to Rafi’s young voice…it’s so gentle and soft. Amazing song!!!

R : Roshan tumhi se duniya (Parasmani, 1963) : This time it’s Rafi singing for Mahipal in Parasmani, which marks the debut of Laxmikant-Pyarelal as Music Directors. Rafi at one of his romantic bests, extremely melodious number penned by Ashad Bhopali. Such an apt song in praise of a princess! What awesome lyrics, equally amazing music and Rafi’s voice is subhan-allah!!! One can feel the emotion and depth in his voice…the way he sings “Haye”, the aalap in between and the accompanying tabla and sitar is just mindblowing. Even Mahipal and Geetanjali have expressed well. One more speciality about this film is that it’s partially color. The first half is in Black&White and the second half (if you remember, Hansta hua noorani chehra) is in color. Movie is total bakwaas but it has lovely songs.

S : Sau baar banakar maalik ne (Ek Raat, 1967) : I don’t know who this song is picturized on. Spent quite sometime searching for the video but couldn’t find. There’s hardly anything about this movie available. But I love this song so much that I just couldn’t leave it out. I was addicted to it when I heard it for the first time. Have been searching for the video for quite sometime now. It usually happens that the songs that I so desparately want to see are not as good as expected. So for the time being I am content just listening to it. Yogesh’s lyrics, Usha Khanna’s music and Rafi’s divine rendition…I get so lost in this song. Till I heard this song, I thought Chaudhvai ka chaand, Roshan tumhi se duniya, Tareef karun kya uski etc were the ultimatum when it came to praising the girl’s beauty. But now, there’s one more to the list.

T : Tum toh pyar ho (Sehra, 1963) : Ideal song on Rafi’s death anniversary would have been Tum mujhe yun bhoola na paaoge but that’s too popular and has already been discussed in this blog before. Then I thought of Tum akele toh kabhi baag mein jaaya na karo from Aao Pyaar Karein.  But again, even that doesn’t have a video available. So the next I could think of was this lovely duet by Lata and Rafi picturised on Sandhya and Prashanth. Hasrat jaipuri’s lyrics tuned beautifully by Ramlal, this is a gem of a song. And the depth in Rafi’s and Lata’s voice has taken it to a different level altogether! What a romantic duet it is!

U : Unse rippy tippy ho gayi (Agra Road, 1957) :  I discovered this song few months ago and fell in love it it. It’s such a cute and fun filled number sung by Rafi and Geeta Dutt. I was actually planning to include this is Geeta Dutt special post but I reached 10 before this could come up then. So here it goes! Picturised on Vijay Anand (this is his debut film as a hero) and Shakeela. He does resemble Dev Anand a bit, esp when he’s sulking. Yoddling is a quality that we generally associate with Kishore da. Felt good to hear Rafi yoddling for a change! There are few lines in Gujarati and few in Punjabi in between. Geeta and Rafi yoddling away to Roshan’s music and Prem Dhawan’s lyrics is very delightful.

V : Vo jo chahane wale hain tere (Duniya Rang Rangili, 1957) : I couldn’t figure out who was singing this song on screen…but who cares, as long as it’s sung by Rafi in real. It’s  sweet number written by Jan Nisar Akhtar and composed by O.P Nayyar. Check out Rajendra Kumar, he looks so young and handsome.  Is the girl Chaand Usmaani?

W : Woh hum na the woh tum na the (Cha Cha Cha, 1964)  : Rafi here sings for Chandrashekhar. He is so dull,  doughy and expresssionless. I don’t like him, every time I see him I keep wondering how he became an actor. Hence I am putting Helen’s picture below. Lets forget about the movie and the actor…coming to the song, it’s an excellent track. Penned by Neeraj and composed by Iqbal Quereshi, this is a touching song brilliantly rendered by Rafi.  

X : Phir aane laga yaad wohi (Yeh Dil Kisko Doon, 1963) : Ok, so this song doesnt begin with “X” – but then, how many songs do? I will just use this letter to insert another lovely song. And this song is specially dedicated to Nasir and Richard. We had a long discussion about this song sometime back. But due to my usual restriction of not including songs from the movies that I haven’t seen, I had left this one out in Shashi Kapoor special post. But since that’s not the case this time, here it goes to you both for reminding me of this song. Shashi Kapoor’s image below is for bollyviewer. This is one of the most melodious song, beautifully picturised. Ragini’s moves are so graceful and elegant. Shashi is a darling. Rafi is magical, Qamar Jalalabadi’s lyrics and  Iqbal Qureshi’s composition is so mystical with Usha Khanna chanting those simple syllables Pyaar ka aalam, it infuses so much feel to the song.

Y : Yeh teri saadgi yeh tera baankpan (Shabnam, 1964) : This post has been one hell of a revelation to me! I never knew Rafi had sung this song for Mehmood! Usha Khanna’s composition and Javed Anwar’s lyrics are simple and sweet. And Rafi as usual is outstanding! He could convincingly slip under the skin of characters that were poles apart: he sang for the brooding Dilip Kumar in Deedar with the same ease with which he lent his voice to a frolicking Johnny Walker in C.I.D.  And it is so difficult for the listener to decide where Rafi excels more and who his voice suits the best!

Z : Zara ruk jaa (Sitaron Se Aaghe, 1958) : I was feeling sad that I couldn’t include a song picturised on Johnny Walker so far. So am more than happy now for being able to do so. Apart from Rafi, I remember this song for Johnny Bhai’s cycle stunt and his friends going around puncturing everybody else’s cycle tyres. Rafi and Johnny share an amazing chemistry. Each song of this combo is special and tailor-made for them – the sync between Rafi’s voice and Johnny’s acting is always so perfect! I have a broad smile on my face everytime I see Johnny perched on a tree (he looks so comfortable there) and jumping down singing Zara ruk ja

Rafi saab was the most versatile and probably had the most mellifluous voice. His voice reflected the great energy and smartness of youth and exuded great skill and craftiness. He could sing slow, fast , semi classical, Bhajans, Qawalis, taranas, Geet, romantic numbers, sad songs – just about anything with equal zest and gusto.

Also, when I began listening to  songs of Rafi, I realized one thing – he enriched the compoistions that he sang for. Now this is quite  exceptional and rare because he did not require a great composition to create a a great song.

I feel like Kahin bekhayal hokar choo liya kisi ne when I listen to his songs. This is one song that I really missed putting up here along with Jo unki tamanna ho, Woh din yaad karo, Yeh jhuke jhuke naina and many more!!! Be it any song of his, even if I am listening to it for the very first time, I feel a sense of familiarity towards it.

I came across this blog while searching for few songs and since what was written there exactly described the songs and how I felt about them, I couldn’t help copying them. And I must admit that it did save a lot of time. Writing up about these songs do take a lot of time. And it gets quite distracting as well – I search for one song on youtube, see some other song on related link section and that leads to another song and so on (as it’s too much of a temptation to resist). So when I find few lines already written up about the song, it’s god-sent! 🙂 A big thank you to Cinema Corridor and all other fellow bloggers for all your contributions and wikipedia for providing me with so much of information always! I had acknowledged everybody in my earlier post on Shammi Kapoor but somehow I forgot about this one. Could be because it took me couple of days to finish this post and by the time I reached the end, I was just happy that I had completed the post and was in a hurry to publish it.

Love you Rafi saab!!! May your soul rest in peace.

Kishore Da’s songs coming up next. I should have done that today, but first things first. And that reminds me I still have my Mukesh special post pending!

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45 Responses to “My tribute to Rafi Saab – The A to Z of Mohammed Rafi”

  1. bollyviewer Says:

    I’ve just got to “I” yet, and already there are so many great and “new” songs here that I just had to comment! 😀 Can’t wait to get off work and read the complete list…

  2. bollyviewer Says:

    I’m so jealous that you get to listen to Vividh Bharati! What do you mean “Back then AIR, Vividh Bharati didn’t have online sites“? Is it possible to listen to them online, now?

    You’ve certainly got a lot of rare gems. I was wondering if you’d have anything from Shabnam – for M I remembered Maine rakha hai mohabbat. Then I saw that you have Yeh teri saadgi which is my favorite from the film! 😀

    Kahin ek masoom nazuk si ladki always struck me as a 60s-ish song, so the video was a surprise. I wonder if the song was recorded long before the film…

    You’ve compiled a lovely list. Thanks so much for all the lovely songs. My Rafi repertoire has acquired several “new” songs, thanks to you! And thank you SO MUCH for the Shashi cap. I can never have too many of those! 😀

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      It’s my pleasure!!!!
      Good news….yes, you can listen to Vividh Bharati online now @ (open it in firefox or chrome. It asks for user name and password in IE, don’t know why)
      Yunus Khan, one of the RJ’s at VB had told me that they are going to play Kishore Kumar songs the whole day today. And look at the irony, in my earlier office where I could access anything and everything I didn’t know about this site. And now I have the site and it’s blocked in my current office. I did tune in from my cell and listened to few programs, but am listening to them online now.
      I had heard all these songs so many times, but somehow never saw the videos. It was a learning experience for me as well. Shashi looked extremely cute in that. Coudln’t help thinking of you 🙂

  3. Kanan Says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! There’s half of these songs that I’ve never listened to or ever heard of. I feel so happy… I’m wanting to put these on my ipod now and listen to them on nonstop. Btw, does Vividh Bharati have online radio? I miss listening to these Hindi songs. Wish there was a way to listen to them here in San Francisco some how… do they have a website? You are one lucky gal to be able to listen to these goodies. For us, on the local radio station they played 5 Rafi songs on Saturday and they were the usual ones the kinds like “madhuban mein radhika” and “man tarpat hari darsan ko aaj”. It was better than no songs at all but I wish they played something like what you have on the list here.

    “Phir aane laga yaad”, “tum to pyaar ho”, “woh hum na the”, “yeh teri saadgi” are some of my ATF Rafi songs so thank you for putting them up on here and I just discovered “ek tera saath” only two weeks back and my dad and I were listening to songs together… what a lovely song! I’m off to listen to the rest of the songs now. Thank YOU!! 🙂

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I’m so glad that you liked the post! 🙂
      Yes, you can listen to Vividh Bharati online – I’m listening to it right now and it’s playing Mere naina saawan bhadon – today was Kishore da’s birth anniversary. So they r playing all KK songs.
      I have a separate list of the songs they played on 31st, saving it for some other occasion. Most of them were Rafi’s greatest hits and more popular songs. I had more or less compiled this list over the week itself, except for few last moment changes. But yes, I give credit to Vividh Bharati for all my musical gyan. I sound like a Brand Ambassador for VB, hai na? 😛
      Isn’t Ek tera saath lovely? I can listen to it for days together.

      • Kanan Says:

        Wowie.. they’re playing om jai jagadish hare now… and I got to listen to this male host with a hotest voice. What’s the best is they are taking one request after another and playing them and not getting tired or making you hold phone lines like the way they do it here. Oh I am so loving Vividh Bharati!!! thank you, Archana. 🙂 that is one beautiful name. And I just found out the sexy voice guy is Kamal Sharma. 😉

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        Kamal Sharma….Oh how I love this man! He does have a very very sexy voice! He’s my favourite RJ, followed by Renu Bansal, Yunus Khan, Nimmi Mishra, Mamta Singh and the list goes on…
        Enjoy maadi!!! And thanks 🙂

  4. dustedoff Says:

    There are so many songs here that I’ve never even heard of. I’ve only read through your post once yet, but will trawl my way slowly through the songs all the rest of the day… today is going to be a day of discovering more Rafi for me! Thank you so very much. 🙂

    BTW, had a look at Woh jo chaahnewaale: and yes, that is Chaand Usmani, all right.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      The main purpose behind this post was to bring out lesser known Rafi numbers. I’m feeling so good after reading all your comments. It’s so encouraging! I had a wonderful time doing this post, very glad that you enjoyed it too 🙂

      • dustedoff Says:

        Okay, a day down the line, and I’ve listened to all the songs. And, good news! – I realise I’ve heard, at some time or the other, almost all the songs on your list. 🙂 The one song I couldn’t recall having ever heard before was Ghar se toh cut chala. It was so cute!

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        That’s really a great news!!! I was kind of surprised when you said earlier that you hadn’t heard some of these songs before…I was like – yeh kaise ho gaya?! 🙂
        Ghar se toh cut chuka patta is new to me too. I just heard it around 10 days back on radio and I instantly liked it.

  5. Manish Says:

    Good . .

    Archana, This is your first post i have gone through. I know that you started writing the post but could not read all due to. you know why . . .

    But this is too good.

    I have decided I will read all post . . It is too cute to good so much info and knowledge . . . . . . . . .

    All the best


  6. Sharmi Says:

    One confession. I have never heard any of these songs (I think so) except for Phir Milogi Kabhi. Where will I get these songs from and not just the songs, the films, too. I just love this post of yours. It is awesome. A window to the hidden gems of Rafi 🙂

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thank you so much!
      I have been searching for so many of these films for such a long time but they are so difficult to find. As it usually happens, I end up watching 80% of the movies just because I like the songs. And it also usually happens that most of these movies are total crap but I still don’t learn a lesson. I don’t mind sitting through 2-2.5 hours of the film if it has a couple of good songs.

  7. Shilpi Bose Says:

    Well it is obvious I landed here through memsaabstory and may I say you have chosen the right pen name sunheri yaadien, would you like to know why coz aapne mere yadon ko taaza kar diya — you have refreshed my memory. You have mentioned Toofan Mein Pyaar Kahan, dad’s unfinished film with Ashok Kumar and Nalini Jaywant.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I feel so privileged to have you here, Shilpi! Welcome aboard.
      It was so much fun doing this post. I discovered so many other songs, that I can actually do a sequel to this post right away. But guess I’ll wait for 24th December (Rafi’s Birth Anniversary). There are so many other things to write about.
      Thank you so much…even the name of this blog is inspired by Vividh Bharati. They have a program called Bhoole Bisre geet. I started blogging quite late and by the time I started, I just couldn’t get the names I wanted. So after lots of permutations and combinations I finally settled with this.
      I’m very fond of Ashok Kumar and ever since I have discovered this song from Toofan Mein Pyaar Kahan , I have been looking out for the VCD/DVD but with no luck yet. Now that you mention your dad was a part of it, I want to see it all the more. But you also say that it’s unfinished. Does that mean it was never released?

      • Shilpi Bose Says:

        I do not know whether it was released or not but surprisingly it was once telecast on cable t.v in Bombay, it was obvious that they had just managed to end it. It looked incomplete.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Hopefully, someday I’ll find the movie.

  8. sunheriyaadein Says:

    You can also listen to Vividh Bharati online here-

  9. bollyviewer Says:

    Archana, you are a sweetheart. I haven’t heard Vividh Bharati for more than a decade and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to get it here, in Canada – “thank you” just doesn’t cover it. 😀 😀

  10. Archana Says:

    Huh!!..Kahan se khod ke laati hai ye songs! Such a hard work.
    Maine sirf 3 gaane sune hain poori list se : Ek tera saath, jo baat tujhme hain and O phirkiwali.
    U r a true bollwywood fan dear !!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Vividh Bharati zindabad! AIR FM Gold occasionally, youtube, hamaraforums and lots of friends who are extremely fond of Rafi.
      Ab baanki ke gaane bhi sun 🙂
      Thnx dearie!!!

  11. Richard S. Says:

    Well, your Rafi post was certainly worth the wait! 🙂 I’ve heard a few of these before, but far from all of them. I will have to go back tomorrow and listen more. Tonight, I have enjoyed the writing – it reflects a lot of thought and dedication…

    And speaking of dedication(s) 🙂 … I’m glad you remembered our conversation about “Phir Aane Laga Yaad Wohi”… It is a great song!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thanks Richard! I hope you enjoy them. After I was done with the post, I looked at it and thought – I have at least one song from the 40’s!
      I’m getting inspired and moving into an earlier decade!
      Of course, I remember the discussion we had on Phir aane laga yaad and your fondness for Ragini 🙂

  12. Andy Rogers Says:

    looks like he is a good looking guy in the movie industries. anyway, this a good post though. goodluck!

  13. Nasir Says:

    It appears that you have flown in the Time Machine to the past and gathered so much of relevant information on Rafi Sahaab’s songs. Congratulations for the excellent job!

    As for myself, I particularly relished your idea of avoiding the popular songs and going for the lesser known ones but which are also melodious. Of course, there are three songs that can be cited among the most popular songs such as DIL ME.N CHHUPA KE from Aan (1952), ABHI NAA JAAO CHHO.D KAR from Hum Dono (1961) and FALSAFA PYAAR KA from Duniya (1968). As for the rest, I would say that maybe you read my mind and included LE CHALAA JIDHAR; PHIR AANE LAGAA … and TUM TOH PYAAR HO. I had almost forgotton ZARAA RUK JAA from Sitaaron Se Aage until you brought it up in your selection. I get the uncanny feeling that there is some Lata Mangeshkar’s song that has the tune of AAS LAGAAYE BAITHE HAI RAAHON ME.N KAB SE HUM i.e. the Mukhda of Zara Ruk Jaa, but am unable to remember it.

    Once again, hats off to you for the above post!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      I was waiting for you to come back and comment. I was actually missing your comment 🙂
      I am so delighted that you liked my list. Thank you so much!
      I don’t recall the Lata Mageshkar’s song. Let me check.

      • Nasir Says:

        In fact, I have a desire to go through each line of your song review and respond to it. But I know that would not be possible. But Archana I don’t mind repeating it that I just love your post. Your comment on Phirki Wali song has deep insight. Surprise of Surprise JAB SE HUM TUM BAHAARON MEIN is also Mukesh-Kamal Barot number, which was a popular number. UNSE RIPPY TIPPY used to be our picnic song in the lower elementary just as a song from Ghar Sansar, CHHE.DO DHUN MATWAALON KI..
        How do I get the link to this post?

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        I would love to read what you had to say about each line 🙂 But yes, that’s like asking for too much. We never get tired of raving about Rafi.
        Yes, I have heard both Mukesh and Rafi versions of Jab se hum tum baharon mein – it’s a lovely song.
        I don’t remember having heard Chhedo dhun matwaalon ki – it’s such a delightful number. Thank you so much for it. Now I know why it was ur picnic song along with Unse rippy tippy ho gayi.
        Link as in?
        This is the direct link –
        I tried giving the code here, bt it wasn’t coming proper. If you search for A HREF=”[destination url]” in, it will show you the syntax.

        Destination URL in double quotes and Highlighted Text can be anything that you would want to appear. For example, for the song above I would give “” as Destination URL and Chhedo dhun matwalon ki as Highlighted Text. It’ll appear as Chhedo dhun matwaalon ki

  14. Nivedita Ramakrishnan Says:

    To read the original article from where much of this write-up has been copied shamelessly, please go to:

    For the reader’s convenience, I have listed below the blatantly plagiarized excerpts.

    1. MY ORIGINAL: So much is written about Rafi (1924-1980) that I don’t quite know where to begin and what new to say really. I am stumped. It should just suffice if I say that Rafi was one of the most versatile singers in the history of Hindi film music. His pan-Indian (and beyond) appeal seems to get only stronger with time. From the doleful Jugnu (1947) to the patriotic Shaheed (1948) to the classical Baiju Bawra (1952) to the effervescent Mr. and Mrs. 55 (1955) to the regal Raj Hath (1956) to the poetic Pyaasa (1957) to the meltingly romantic Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)—phew! the list is endless—Rafi sang it all. And more.

    HER COPY: So much is written about Rafi (1924-1980) that I don’t quite know where to begin and what new to say really. Rafi was one of the most versatile singers…From the doleful Jugnu to the patriotic Shaheed to the classical Baiju Bawra to the effervescent Mr. and Mrs. 55 to the regal Raj Hath to the poetic Pyaasa to the meltingly romantic Barsaat Ki Raat – phew! the list is endless—Rafi sang them all.
    2. MY ORIGINAL: In his earlier years, before he had fully come into his own, Rafi sang for Ghulam Mohammed (Naushad’s protégé) a lovely duet with Lata in Pardes (1950), called “Akhiyaan milaake zara baat karo jee,” a song to which I am very partial for two reasons: Madhubala’s striking beauty, and Rafi’s deep, powerful rendering that is reminiscent of Pankaj Mullick, not to mention a very young Lata’s exquisitely honeyed voice.

    HER COPY: In his earlier years, before he had fully come into his own, Rafi sang for Ghulam Mohammed (Naushad’s protégé) a lovely duet with Lata. This one is picturised on Rehman and Madhubala and I love this for lots of reasons: Madhubala’s striking beauty, Rafi’s deep, powerful rendition, peppy music and young and dashing Rehman!
    3. MY ORIGINAL: … picturized on Ajit (much before he turned villain for the screen). Bombay—that teeming metropolis, teeming then in the 1950s just as it is teeming today—the land of opportunities—was masterfully captured by lyricist Prem Dhawan to composer Hansraj Behl’s tune that is born for the harmonica.

    HER COPY: This is Rafi singing for Ajit. in the good old days before he turned into a villian on screen. Bombay—that teeming metropolis, teeming then in the 1950s just as it is teeming today—the land of opportunities, sapno ka shehar—was masterfully captured by lyricist Prem Dhawan to composer Hansraj Behl’s tune.
    4. MY ORIGINAL: Equally at home on different turfs, Rafi could convincingly slip under the skin of characters that were poles apart: he sang for the brooding Dilip Kumar in Deedar (1951) with the same ease with which he lent his voice to a frolicking Johnny Walker in C.I.D. (1956). And, truly, it is difficult for the listener to decide where Rafi excels more.

    HER COPY: He could convincingly slip under the skin of characters that were poles apart: he sang for the brooding Dilip Kumar in Deedar with the same ease with which he lent his voice to a frolicking Johnny Walker in C.I.D. And it is so difficult for the listener to decide where Rafi excels more and who his voice suits the best!

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Oh you had written so beautifully and you never imagined that it was worth copying? I just couldn’t think of anything else to write about those 3 songs after reading what you had written.
      And I have to thank you for something else too. Have been very busy of late and hadn’t checked my blog for few days, hence the delay in approving your comment.
      It’s been almost 2 weeks since I posted anything here and thanks to you that my blog hit so many views yesterday 🙂

  15. Joseph Says:

    It seems your post is a copy of this original blogger’s post.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      She had written so beautifully about those three songs that I just couldn’t think of anything else to write for them. And fortunately or unfortunately all of them happened to be in my list. Unfortunately I missed out on linking her blog to my post (I always make it a point to do so when I lift up something from somebody else’s blog). And that led to so much of confusion and wastage of time. 😦
      But I have rectified that now.

      • Suhan Says:

        Sunheri Yaadein – I’m sorry, I think this is not an appropriate reply at all and I am quite shocked at the refusal to admit, in your first response to Nivedita, that what you did was blatantly wrong. Anybody will admit that it is not so hard to provide actual quotes, citations, links, attribution in the text even when you are using someone else’s material. To say it’s ok to copy because what the person has done is so good is the worst sort of excuse for cheating, which is what plagiarism is. Nasir is also absolutely wrong when he condones it as he does. If you are unaware of how to properly cite articles from where you get information, etc. I suggest you spend a little time reading up about the right way to go about it all before you proceed further. I, for one, am very disappointed as I used to look forward to your posts. And I do think, at the very least, you owe Nivedita a proper apology for what you have done as opposed to your almost insulting comment about how you got many more hits after she commented on your blog. Very disappointing.

      • sunheriyaadein Says:

        @ Suhan : I’m extremely sorry for disappointing so many people. Like I commented on Nivedita’s blog –
        It was a mistake on my part. And thank you so much for that piece of advice on reading up about the right way to go and preventing me from committing further blunders. Going forward, I’ll make sure that I take due permission before taking anything (text & images) from somebody else’s blog.
        Thanks once again!

  16. Nivedita Ramakrishnan Says:

    Thank you.

  17. Nasir Says:

    Now, how many of us have original, unshared information in our kitty bag that we should be revealing it for the first time? Perhaps this is the privilege of only those people who were actually the subject-matter of the news items. Otherwise, in my opinion, what we usually write in the blog is based on information that we gather on the internet, magazines, newspapers, etc. Therefore, I believe that Sunheriyaadein has just culled the relevant information. It is indeed true that sometimes we come across such piece of writing or art that we cannot improve upon it. Not only has Sunheriyaadein gallantly admitted to that fact, but has also given due credit to the sources too!

  18. Nasir Says:

    Only for Sunheriyaadein: Oh I got another intimation in my mail. As you can read, my name has been dragged in.

    Just a suggestion: We all know that you have praised the person skyhigh, but since the party seems aggrieved, rather than flattered, (and I had thought that “Imitation is the best form of flattery!) I would have said “Sorry,” and deleted the entire post, thus closing the chapter!
    That should be to the satisfaction of all those who are concerned, Believe me, from the look of it, otherwise this will go on ad infinitum. Decisiion is yours of course.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Thanks a lot for your concern and support Nasir! Though I included the second last paragraph later on in the post acknowledging it, I know it was a mistake on my part to have missed it out earlier.
      And I would prefer to keep this post and the comments(as a reminder so that I don’t make such blunders again).

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