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Tere shehron se raaja hamen ban hi bhaley

Posted on: April 8, 2014

This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Even as I am writing this post, I am filled with self-doubt.

It’s been AGES since my last post on this blog and since then, I’ve written precious little of more than 140 character length, anywhere, in any form. So though I have started this post, I have absolutely no clue where it’s going, or how it’s going to end.

Come to think of it, that’s pretty much like India’s batting in the World T20 final yesterday. :-)

That reminds me how this post has come about.

Atul sent me an e-mail earlier today saying Sahir Ludhianvi’s 500th song on the blog was due soon. So could I perhaps do a write-up for the occasion?

I think Atul knows exactly how to press the right buttons – he knows my weakness for Sahir. :-)

How could I say no? How could I possibly? Say no, to write about the man who has given me (and not just me, but the entire world of poetry and poetry lovers) SO much beautiful poetry and such beautiful lyrics to enjoy for a lifetime?

There’s no way I could say no.

And yet, I had this nagging doubt. About my own ability to write up a post, especially one befitting an occasion as this.

So, while confirming to Atul that I’d be glad to take it up, I added a line “Not sure about the quality of the post though – haven’t written anything in ages, so am out of touch. :-)”.

Pat came Atul’s reply – in typical Atul style.

“Being out of touch in writing is different from being out in touch in batting. :)”.

Clearly a reference to the batting debacle yesterday.

Anyway, while still feeling a bit like Bobby Simpson returning to Test cricket in late 1977 after a 10-year hiatus, I will try to compose something that will hopefully do at least a little bit of justice to the colossus that Sahir was.

And yes, as usual, I’ve digressed. They say, some habits die hard. I’m inclined to think some don’t die at all. :-)

Back on topic.

Yes, Sahir was a colossus – and I don’t use this term lightly. I’m not particularly a fan of the modern trend of hyping up everybody as “great” and “brilliant” (thus debasing these superlatives) , but with Sahir, not only do these terms sit easily alongside him, but anything less appreciative sounds horribly inadequate.

Yet, I will not be surprised if many Indians even today have not heard of Sahir. And that can be put down primarily to the nature of his field of work.

Lyricists (and poets) have invariably got a raw deal in their careers compared to other artistes involved in the creation of a song. Invariably people associate a song with the composer and the singer(s). Now nobody is denying their contribution, but surely the lyricist deserves a share of the credit too? After all, the message a song conveys is primarily through its words.

It was Sahir who tried to correct this injustice by making a fuss about it and getting All India Radio to include the lyricist’s name in the song credits while playing a song.

And I’m really glad he did this. Thanks to this initiative, at least SOME level of name recognition happens for lyricists – at least amongst those who listen to songs. Can you imagine if names like Shakeel Badayuni, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Rajendra Krishan, Kavi Pradeep, Kaifi Azmi, Bharat Vyas, Neeraj, Jaan Nissar Akhtar, Anand Bakshi and others were not mentioned at all and therefore just “disappeared”? It is unthinkable. Their fates could have been just as bad as that of so many who have contributed to the industry but are hardly known to the Indian public. (A case in point is V.K.Murthy, cinematographer, who passed away today. Highly respected in his field but I wonder how many, even amongst the film-watching Indian public knew him).

Back to Sahir.

Not only did Sahir strive to correct this injustice, he was forever the rebel (maybe that’s why I identify with him? :-) ). Right from his early teens, when he preferred to be with his mother and struggle with her, rather than with his affluent father, Sahir was always anti-establishment, raising his voice, fighting for the underdog and the rights of the underprivileged. He got expelled from college, and while in Lahore, he had a warrant against his name for his inflammatory, communist-leaning writing. That made him leave Lahore for Delhi – and then onwards to Bombay.

There’s a lot of material on Sahir available on the net (and from other sources too). I will try not to repeat what’s already out there.

All I will say is that I am SO thankful that he chose to be in India and to write lyrics for the Hindi film industry. Like many others of the time, he was primarily a poet. The Hindi film industry offered him a chance to write songs for films and to earn a living in the process.

I, for one, am certainly not complaining. :-)

If one looks at Sahir’s body of work, it is quite astonishing. There are just SO many classic songs of yesteryear that have been written by Sahir. I am sure today’s youth sings many of these songs without even realizing that they’re Sahir’s creation. Songs like “abhi na jao chhod kar”, “ude jab jab zulfein teri”, “tu Hindu banega na Musalman banega”, “na munh chhupa ke jiyo”, “aye meri zohra jabeen”, “aage bhi jaane na tu”, “main zindagi ka saath nibhaata chala gaya”, “chhoo lene do naazuk honthon ko”, “wo subah kabhi to aayegi”, “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko” – and many many more.

And I haven’t even mentioned the songs of Pyaasa and Gumrah. Songs like “ye mehlon ye takhton ye taajon ki duniya” and “chalo ek baar phir se”.

Or the songs and qawwalis of Barsaat Ki Raat.

Or the songs of Taj Mahal, Chitralekha and Bahu Begum.

The list just goes on and on. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Any wonder then that I have no hesitation in calling him a colossus?

Sahir wrote a variety of songs. From the fiery, passionately anti-establishment songs of Pyaasa – to the rollicking “sar jo tera chakraaye” from the same film – to the soft, romantic songs of Gumraah and Humraaz, he wrote them all. If he struck a note of despair with “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko” and cynicism with “cheen-o-arab hamara”, he did strike a note of optimism with “wo subah kabhi to aayegi”.

Sahir’s fiery temperament reflected not just in his writing. It caused him to break away from working with big-name composers like SD Burman and OP Nayyar. He felt that he deserved no less recognition for the successes that he helped jointly create with them. And yet, they were the big names.

So he teamed up with relatively lesser name composers like N.Dutta, Jaidev and Ravi. Many of their biggest successes are from the pen of Sahir.

Today, as we celebrate Sahir’s 500th song on this blog, it will be with just one such song.

Before we get into the song itself, I must talk about how I picked this song.

When Atul asked me to post a song, I got searching for a suitable song for the occasion. Many of Sahir’s best-known songs are already posted here. That, in itself, wasn’t a problem for me. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a well-known song. I was looking for an “appropriate” song.

I quite enjoyed the search. I came across some songs I hadn’t heard before. Like songs of Laal Kunwar (1952). I would have picked one of those songs but the quality of the audio wasn’t very good, so I couldn’t get the lyrics properly. So I dropped the idea. The search continued.

And then I came across this song from the film Naach Ghar (1959).

It is a gem, in my opinion. I’d never heard it till today – and I fell in love with it the very first time I heard it. For one, the music, by N.Dutta, is just lovely. That caught my interest immediately. Then, it happens to be a Lata-Rafi saab late 50s duet. Always worth a listen. Then of course, the whole purpose of this post, Sahir.

Yes, this is vintage Sahir. There is that familiar lament on society :-) . In Sahir’s inimitable style. This time he takes on city life.

The song is pleasing to listen to – and I think it is totally worthy of doing the honours of being Sahir’s 500th song here.

I don’t know anything about the picturisation of this song, as only the audio is available. Seeing as other songs of this film available on youtube are also only audios, there’s not much information out there to work with. What we do know is that the film stars Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Shubha Khote. Maybe one of our knowledgeable readers can tell us more about this film.
(Atul’ Note- According to Rafi excel sheet, this song is picturised on Gopi Krishna and Helen)

In any case, let’s listen to the song. And celebrate Sahir’s 500th song on this blog. I am looking forward to the day when we will have every Sahir song out there, posted here on this blog. It would be our ultimate tribute to him. I wonder how many more there are still to go?

Song-Tere shehron se raaja hamen ban hi bhaley (Naach Ghar)(1959) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-N Datta


Toone jo dhang nikaale hain wo bedhange hain
kapda bunte hain milein phir bhi badan nange hain
galla chhup jaata hai dhanwaanon ke tehkhaanon mein
Laakhon mar jaate hain tapte huye maidaanon mein
bhookhe footpathon pe sote hain tere sheheron mein
Log insaaf ko rotey hain tere sheheron mein
Log insaaf ko rotey hain tere sheheron mein
Log insaaf ko rotey hain tere sheheron mein
Log insaaf ko rotey hain tere sheheron mein

Tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley
Wahaan chain se to sote thhe
Chain se to sote thhe
Sitaaron ke taley
Tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley

kahin bhaasha ka hai jhagda to kahin praant ka hai
kahin naslon ka fasaad aur kahin jaat ka hai
aman aur chain ka saaya nahin in raahon mein
daadhiyan chotiyaan takraati hain chauraahon mein
tere sheheron mein muhabbat ka pataa kya dhoondhein
aadmi tak nahin milta hai khuda kya dhoondhein
aadmi tak nahin milta hai khuda kya dhoondhein
aadmi tak nahin milta hai khuda kya dhoondhein
aadmi tak nahin milta hai khuda kya dhoondhein

tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley
wahaan chain se to sote thhe
chain se to sote thhe
sitaaron ke taley
tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley ae ae ae

tumne rocket ki madad leke sitaare dekhe
per na mud kar kabhi dharti ke nazaare dekhe
maut ke munh mein hain dukh dard ke maare kitne
daane daane ko taraste hain bechaare kitne
yahi tehzeeb hai sheheron ki to jangal achhe
jo har ik ghar pe baraste hain wo baadal ache

jo har ik ghar pe baraste hain wo baadal ache
jo har ik ghar pe baraste hain wo baadal ache
Jo har ik ghar pe baraste hain wo baadal ache

tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley
wahaan chain se to sote thhe
chain se to sote thhe
sitaaron ke taley
Tere sheheron se raja hamen ban hi bhaley ae ae

8 Responses to "Tere shehron se raaja hamen ban hi bhaley"

Aaj man ki murad puri huyi. ek to Raja saheb ka post aur gaana bhi wo jo maine socha thha. thanks!
for the last few days we have so many ‘raja’ songs, and actually i wish to comment on one of those ki hamaare Raja ji kab hamaari aawaaz sunenge ke ‘twitter’ se ‘ASAD’ par aayenge…. finally at the right time he is here. Thanks Atul ji and Thanks Raja ji. :)

Welcome back Raja Saab after a long break. While Raina and Jadeja was waiting to bat on sunday for T-20 WC against SL but not got chance, here its Captain ATUL, not Captain Cool, who always make use of right players at right time and dont ask anything about the visitors, we are always the top gainers…

Hats-off to the Sahir Saab, the rebelling Lyricist of the Bollywood. And congratulations to Atul Sir and team for achieving this 500th individual milestone.

Raja ji,

Thanks for writing a Sahir special for us. It was a pleasant surprise to see your post,after such a loooooong time. I wish,you are here more frequently.

A good post indeed.

Nitin ji was looking for Naushad-Sahir combo.

Well, it seems this great poet NEVER worked with Naushad or even SJ.
And had differences with SDB and OPN.

But then, if their is one word which describes his great work, then its already mentioned in the post; “colossus “.

A lovely song. Though you have managed to popularize yourself by choosing a Raja song. You are incorrigible :)

Oh wow! A post by Raja. Very typical Raja style post. Lambi aur achhi.
And congrats for having 500 gems of sahir.
Jai Ramji ki.

Thanks, everybody. It was good to get back to the blog. And a big honour to write a post for Sahir saab. Thank you, Atul.

Bahut achha likha. I was talking about Sahir!!! Just kidding. Welcome aboard.

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