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Rahaa gardishon mein hardam

Posted on: August 22, 2010


This article is written by Raja,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor of articles to this blog

I have mentioned elsewhere that many of the songs I remember today have some sort of association with an incident or memory from the past. This makes that song more special for me than it would otherwise be.

I have also mentioned that I used to listen to a lot of radio in the past. One of the best things about listening to the radio would be to try to guess the song depending on the announcer’s hints. So if it was “geetkaar : Shailendra”, you would expect “sangeetkar : Shankar Jaikishen”. But if it was “sangeetkar : SD Burman” you would sort of expect a song from Guide. But if it turned out to be “sangeetkar: Salil Choudhary” you would sort of expect a song from Madhumati.

I don’t know whether other people did this sort of thing but I used to do this and it gave me a lot of satisfaction when I got it right! ?

Once you got the movie right, you still had to get the song right. In some cases, it was not too difficult it that singer or duet had only one song in the movie. But sometimes – as in the case of Mohammad Rafi in Guide – you had at least three songs to choose from. Then, if you liked one more than the others, you would develop a certain distaste for the other songs because they prevented you from listening to your preferred song.

Perhaps that is the reason why I developed a distaste for the super-popular “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” from Aap Ki Kasam. Everytime the announcement was for Kishore-Lata in Aap Ki Kasam, I wanted to hear “karvatein badalte rahey” or “suno, haan kaho”. And invariably it used to be “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar”. It was the biggest hit of the movie and drove me crazy.

Well, the reason for this long intro is that there was another movie that put me in a similar situation. And that was Do Badan.

Now, I believe there were some movies which were All India Radio favourites. At least AIR Delhi favourites. Movies like Khamoshi and Do Badan. The number of times I heard “wo shaam kuchh ajeeb thi” and the songs of Do Badan, I think other movies were justified in feeling left out.

Do Badan could be excused for figuring so often on the radio. When you think of movies with a number of hit songs, you think of the biggies like Madhumati, Mughal-e-Azam, Sangam, Dosti, Naya Daur, Shree 420 and other such big hits.

You don’t think of Do Badan (Another movie you don’t think of is Aarti but that has fantastic songs too).

Do Badan has three Rafi saab songs – all sad songs, all hit songs. It has a classic Lata song (lo aa gayee). It has one of my favourite Asha songs – jab chali thandi hawa.

All these songs would keep playing on the radio. When the announcement was for Do Badan and with singer Rafi, it was always a toss-up between the three.

Recently Atul posted “naseeb mein jiski jo likha tha”. That immediately reminded me of the other two Rafi songs in this movie. From my childhood I know all the stanzas of all these three songs. When you listen to them so many times on the radio, you cannot but get the words into your head.

I have seen the movie too. It seemed to be going on ok (well, about as ok as a misery movie can be) but then the misery level went up a few notches. By the time the movie ended, I hated the end.

The songs were just great though. Composed by Ravi. Lovely, meaningful lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni. Maybe this is what attracted me to the songs in the first place.

I know the songs are sad songs and these are not everybody’s cup of tea. But they are worth listening to, at least once.

This is “raha gardishon mein hardam”.

The background of the song (from what I remember of the story) is that Asha Parekh, who loves Manoj Kumar but thinks he is dead, is getting married to Pran. Manoj Kumar, not dead but rendered blind due to an accident, curses his fate. Simi, who attends to him and also cares for him, looks on sympathetically as he pours out his heart.

Here is the song.

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Song-Rahaa gardishon mein hardam (Do Badan) (1966) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni,MD-Ravi

Lyrics

Raha gardishon mein hardam
Mere ishq ka sitara
Raha gardishon mein hardam
Mere ishq ka sitara
Kabhi dagmagayee kashti
Kabhi kho gaya kinaara
Raha gardishon mein hardam

Koi dil ke khel dekhe
Ki mohabbaton ki baazi
Koi dil ke khel dekhe
Ki mohabbaton ki baazi
Wo kadam kadam pe jeete
Main kadam kadam pe haara
Raha gardishon mein hardam
Mere ishq ka sitara
Raha gardishon mein hardam

Ye hamaari badnaseebi
Jo nahin to aur kya hai
Ye hamaari badnaseebi
Jo nahin to aur kya hai
Ye hamaari badnaseebi
Jo nahin to aur kya hai
Ki usi ke ho gaye hum
Jo na ho sakaa hamaara
Raha gardishon mein hardam
Mere ishq ka sitara
Raha gardishon mein hardam

Padey jab ghamon se paale
Rahe mitke mitne waale
Padey jab ghamon se paale
Rahe mitke mitne waale
Jisey maut ne na poochha
Use zindagi ne maara
Raha gardishon mein hardam
Mere ishq ka sitara
Kabhi dagmagayee kashti
Kabhi kho gaya kinaara
Raha gardishon mein hardam

3 Responses to "Rahaa gardishon mein hardam"

These songs are immortal. I have a feeling that the audio is a re-recorded version of this song. Could any one throw light?

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i agree with Raja that it used to be fun guessing what song was going to follow the annocements. that pleasure is still available these days on Vividh Bharathi.

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