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Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat…Kitna badal gaya insaan

Posted on: January 14, 2009

It is a very common public lament that things were going from bad to worse, and people then long for the “good old day” when things were so nice.

But were they really ? If one could somehow get hold of a time machine and go back to the “good old days”, chances are he would change his views about those days.

Just listen to this song which is over 50 yeras old. It is one of the most well known public lament songs which sounds so true even today. And to think that the singer cum lyricist Pradeep had such opinion of those days shows that the world has never been as good as one would like to beieve it to be.

In this song Pradeep is talking about the violence that took place in the aftermath of partition, which was just too brutal and inhuman.

In fact this movie called “Nastik” is based on those days. The picturisation of this song shows ajit ( acting as hero in this movie) singing this song as he is fleeing his home with his family in a train to an uncertain future.

It is a very moving song and what is more, this song has gone on to become one of the most iconic Bollywood songs of all time.

C Ramchandra composed the music of this song. In fact, many of the most well known iconic songs of those days were his creations.

Song-Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat..Kitna badal gayaa insaan (Nastik) (1954) Singer-Pradeep, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD- C Ramchandra


Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan
sooraj na badlaa chaand na badlaa naa badlaa re aasmaan
kitnaa badal gayaa insaan kitnaa badal gayaa insaan

aayaa samay badaa bedhangaa
aaj aadmi banaa lafangaa
kahin pe jhagdaa kahin pe dangaa
naach rahaa nar ho kar nangaa
chhal aur kapat ke haathon apnaa
bech rahaa imaan,
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan
Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan

raam ke bhakt rahim ke bande
rachte aaj fareb ke phande
raam ke bhakt rahim ke bande
rachte aaj fareb ke phande
kitne ye makkar ye andhe
dekh liye inke bhi dhandhe
inhin ki kaali kartooton se
huya ye mulk mashaan,
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan
Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan

jo ham aapas mein na jhagadte
bane huye kyun khel bigadte
kaahe laakhon ghar ye ujadte
kyun ye bachche maan se bichhadte
phoot-phoot kar kyun rote
pyaare baapu ke praan,
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan
Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
kitna badal gaya insaan kitna badal gaya insaan

19 Responses to "Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat…Kitna badal gaya insaan"

What a great song! True, we do keep longing for the olden days when things were gentler, and then we are reminded of the times when things weren’t so great even then, as it was during Partition. It is just that as one grows older, one tends to look through rosy spectacles at the past, and everything seems to have been better then. It could also be that as children, our parents sheltered us from the grim realities of life.

In any case, one point is inarguable – our hindi film songs had better lyrics in those days, the lyrics were generally meaningful and appealed to the heart and, most important, were in Hindi and not in English!


I was listening to this song a few days ago, what was true 50-60 years ago is even truer now. Can’t imagine someone trying to compose a song like this or sing it, it would just end up sounding and feeling lame. The voices of today are just not there, the mono sound + lack of clarity add to the charm of this song.


This song made me weep when I watched the film, and I ended up just watching it about ten times before I could continue on with the movie. I think Ajit’s face picturized during the song is just amazing, too—he doesn’t do anything but sit there, and it’s so eloquent.

Pradeep too was a genius along the lines of Sahir 🙂 (if I’m allowed to say so considering I need subtitles!)…


Pradeep wrote and sung with his heart, that is for sure.


Got delighted, very much satisfied after hearing. Very nice song as well as singing, composition.


hats off
keep it up


Amazing lyrics and equally complementary music.

This reminds me another Pradeep/C Ramchandra classic (and sung by Lata) : “Aye mere watan ke logon”


Pradeepji as a singer and poet was held in very high esteem.
Though the words were written in late 50s for a song of film Nastik, it really holds true for this modern times which we are seeining now than what happened in those days.
Every word is presently enthroned into the indian society in present day India. When I go to India, I feel we have totally lost our culture and no one has a clue where we are we heading for??


Excuse my Indian / Hindi ignorance- is there a youtube of this song with English subtitles – I feel what the song is saying but do not really understand Indian / Hindi – brought up in the west. Please email / rely to



I am an admirer of Chitalkar, who combined both Indian classical with the Western. Pradeep’s lyrics have added both lustre and satire to it. What great lyrics depicting the aftermath of partition ! A fine combination in deed and what to speak of Pradeep’s voice ?


This is a song that is written and sung by Pradeep from the heart, and one can feel it even today.


very nice song


[…] In 1954, the iconic song Kitna badal gaya insaan(Nastik)(1954) was released and that song took the listeners by storm. This song in fact must be regarded as a […]


This is an evergreen master piece, this brings tears to the eyes, a true dipiction of what is going on today. May we all go back to the good old days.


[…] and inspired by C Ramchandra. For instance, this movie had a parody of C Ramchandra’s Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat.. Kitna badal gaya insaan(Nastik)(1954). This movie had a song viz. Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat…Kitna badal gaya Bhagwaan (Railway […]


What a classic.


This is amazing song.when this song was make who was write this song he was looking vry frward fr this song.




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