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Meri aawaaz suno

Posted on: August 1, 2010


Till 1960s and 1970s, most households in India compulsorily had a few photos and calenders hanging from their walls. One category was that of were religious photos and calenders, and then other category was that of national leaders. It may be difficult or impossible for the present generation to today imagine that most households in India equated national leaders with Gods. In 1950s and 1960s,in every Indian household, one could see photographs of Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the nation), Rajendra Prasad (First President of India) and Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India). Then some people also had a few more photographs of a few more important leaders, viz Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose etc.

The comparison and contrast with the present day households in India cannot be more stark. None of Indian households today display the portraits of national leaders.Leaders are today no longer held in the same esteem. Today in fact they are treated as villains, and certainly not like Gods that was the case just a few decades ago.

When Jawaharlal Nehru died in may 1964, it was a national calamity. It was a practice in India to announce state mourning on the occasion of the death of national leaders, and the practice continues even today, but this was one death where the public of India genuinely mourned the demise of their leader.

Later on, a movie called ‘Naunihaal” (1967) was produced in which real video footage of the funeral procession of Jawaharlal Nehru was used as part of its story. In this footage, a song plays in the background as the nation mourns its leader. In this song, Jawaharlal Nehru himself is addressing the public from his heavenly abode asking them not to mourn his demise.

This moving song is written by Kaifi Azmi, and its music is composed by Madan Mohan. Rafi has sung this song with heartfelt feeling. In a way, this song later on was applicable for Rafi himself too, when he departed 16 years later. And his departure was also genuinely mourned by his millions of admirers.

Here is this wonderful song “Meri aawaaz suno” from “Naunihaal” (1967).

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Song-Meri aawaaz suno (Naunihaal) (1967) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

Meri aawaaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno
maine ek phool jo seene pe sajaa rakhaa thaa
uske pardey mein tumhen dil se lagaa rakhaa thaa
thaa judaa sabse mere ishq kaa andaaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno

zindagi bhar mujhe nafrat si rahi ashkon se
mere khwaabon ko tum ashkon mein dubotey kyun ho
jo meri tarha jiya kartey hain, kab martey hain
thhak gaya hoon, mujhe so lene do, rotey kyun ho
sokey bhi jaagte hi rehte hain, jaanbaaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno

meri duniya mein na poorab hai na pachchhim koyi
saare insaan simat aaye khuli baahon mein
kal bhatakta thaa main jin raahon mein tanha tanha
qaafiley kitney mile aaj unhin raahon mein
aur sab nikley, mere humdum-o-humraaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno

naunihaal aate hain, arthhi ko kinaare karlo
main jahaan thaa, inhen jaana hai wahaan se aagey
aashiyaan inkaa, zameen inki, zamaana inkaa
hai kai inkey jahaan mere jahaan se aage
inhen kaliyaan na kaho, hain ye chaman saaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno

kyun sanwaari hai ye chandan ki chitaa mere liye
kyun sanwaari hai ye chandan ki chitaa mere liye
main koyi jism nahin hoon ke jalaaoge mujhe
raakh ke saath bikhar jaaoonga, main duniya mein
tum jahaan khaaoge thokar, wahin paaoge mujhe
har kadam par hai naye mod ka aaghaaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
maine ek phool jo seene pe sajaa rakha thaa
uske pardey mein tumhen dil se lagaa rakhaa thaa
thaa judaa sabse mere ishq kaa andaaz suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno
meri aawaaz suno
pyaar ka raag suno

17 Responses to "Meri aawaaz suno"

Beautiful beautiful song that I hadn’t heard before.
Nice footage too–the long lines at Teen Murti Bhawan–you can’t pay people to do this, it comes from the heart. I was just reading Gurcharan Das’ “India Unbound” and he describes a little the reaction at Nehru’s passing. The movies have scenes from the Independence movement but this might be the only place where Nehru’s funeral is shown.

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Yes, I believe that this is perhaps one of the very few sources of this event.

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What a beautiful song this is! Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi saab are just outstanding – and for the rendition by Rafi saab, I can only say “subhanallah!”. If you close your eyes and just listen to the lyrics, you get immersed into the song.
One of my favourite Rafi saab songs.

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He has indeed sung this song with feeling. It is not always that a singer gets to sing for Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Isn’t that is Balraj Sahni at around t=1:19. What do you think?

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yes that was balraj sahni with Indrani Mukherjee
and every time i see this song it gives me goose pimples.
i remember this used to be a favourite of door darshan for May27th Nehru death anniversary and later for July 31st also

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Thanks for this information.

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What a wonderful collection of songs for Rafi special!

I actually remember what I was doing when the news of Pt. Nehru’s passing away was broadcast on the radio. My cousins and I were listening to Vividh Bharti, it was about 2:35 p.m, and the song was the qawwali from Taj Mahal – Chandi ka badan …! The news came as a big shock to the whole nation and my uncle went and got the local Tamil daily in the evening, and this was the headline. Yes, the whole country practically came to a standstill, and I do not remember any violence. In fact, there was no violence when Shastriji passed away, either. That trend started later, I think. This song is the perfect tribute, both to Nehruji and to Rafi himself. Thanks, Atul!

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I mentioned this song to my mother and she says she was right there in front near the body. And my uncle, who was then serving in the army, was one of the army guys with the body. But they were on rotation so maybe not when the clip was taken–I can’t see him.

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It’s a background song. This song was prepared on special recommendation of late Jawaharlal Nehru ,to be picturised in film on his life ,he had heard this song live by Rafi. The song is written by Kaifi Azmi for Jawaherlal Nehru. After listening to the song Pandit Nehru made a rose of pure gold and presented it to Kaifi Azmi.
Rafi sang it from the depth of his heart. Later it was included in a movie. Rafi is singing as what Pandit Nehru wanted to tell us when he was leaving us.

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A befitting song written by a great poet for a great person sung by a great singer.

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Very touching song. I miss Rafi ji so much…He had God’s gift in his voice.

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Beautiful song ! Rafi saab has sung it so beautifully and i like this song very much !
Beautiful presentation and write up too !!! i remember we have that black and white photos of leaders on one side, then followed by our great Saint’s photos and photos of Gods in our ancestral home and that was maintained till early eighties i think. After that with every renovation time to time slowly they get disappearing.

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Failed to get English translation of the song. Can somebody do it?

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P.S.: Also last stanza 6th line: “kadam” should be “qadam”. Now absolutely nothing more remains to be corrected. Sorry again.

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Superb write up on the background to the song . Being a 67 yr old senior citizen, I agree with what you said . In the 50s and 60 s, Nehru was a revered figure. I love your site.

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