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Mere dil pe andheraa saa chhaane lagaa

Posted on: February 17, 2011


This post is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor of writeups to this blog

For a Bollywood old-song buff like me, one of the biggest pleasures of checking out youtube is to discover new “old” songs. Over the years I have not just listened to hundreds of songs that I already knew but have discovered several new “old” songs that have absolutely delighted me. The “suggestions” feature on youtube ensures that I spend several unintended hours listening to songs.

One would think that by now I would’ve listened to most of “my type of songs” out there but that would be grossly incorrect. Everyday, I keep coming across more songs out there, either newly posted or those which escaped me earlier. It is a never-ending journey – and thankfully so (much like Atul’s posting on this blog). It keeps me extremely humble too – there is an ocean out there and anybody who thinks he can see the end of it is fooling himself.

I will admit that in my “random” youtube wanderings, there is a slight method to the madness. And that method is called “Rafism”. 🙂 Yes, if one wants me to click on a video, one only has to mention “Rafi” somewhere in the title – and I will jump right in. I have discovered SO many Rafi saab songs on youtube that I’d never heard before! I don’t know where to start thanking all those who have uploaded these songs for public consumption, may God bless them!

Today, I stumbled upon another lovely Rafi saab song that I want to share with you. It is from a movie I’d never heard of before – Ek Phool Ek Bhool (1968). I’d never heard this song before today but the counter now stands at about ten – and counting. 🙂 Yes, I’m reasonably mad when it comes to Rafi saab. There’s something about that voice that just goes straight to my heart. It is difficult to describe but I take comfort in the knowledge that I am not alone in experiencing this emotion where Rafi saab is concerned.

Since Atul specializes in little-known songs from little-known movies (well, both the song and the movie were definitely unknown to me!), I thought his blog is just the right place to bring greater awareness about this song. It certainly deserves to be known better.

It is picturised on Sudhir and an actress who I am not able to name (Jayanti?). Maybe somebody else can identify her?

The lyrics are by Indivar, the music is by Usha Khanna.

Audio

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Song-Mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa (Ek Phool Ek Bhool) (1968) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

Mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa
aap chehre se chilman hata leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa
aap chehre se chilman hata leejiye
mere aage zamaana ye jhuk jaayega
aap apni nigaahen jhuka leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa

jaan le lo bhaley, par laga lo galey
ab ye doori na humse sahi jaayegi haay
jaan le lo bhaley, par laga lo galey
ab ye doori na humse sahi jaayegi
ab ye doori na humse sahi jaayegi
humse jannat ke darwaaze khul jaayenge
aap pehloo mein apne bitha leejiye
mere aage zamaana ye jhuk jaayega
aap apni nigaahen jhuka leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa

aap ke dil ka gham, dil mein rakh lenge hum
aur daawaa karenge na ehsaan ka ho
aap ke dil ka gham, dil mein rakh lenge hum
aur daawaa karenge na ehsaan ka
aur daawaa karenge na ehsaan ka
aap ka pyaar paane ke qaabil hain hum
aap chaahen agar aazmaa leejiye
mere aage zamaana ye jhuk jaayega
aap apni nigaahen jhuka leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa

ek rang-e-hayaa, ek rang-e-wafaa
rang do aapki donon aankhon mein hain haay
ek rang-e-hayaa, ek rang-e-wafaa
rang do aapki donon aankhon mein hain
rang do aapki donon aankhon mein hain
kaise hotey hain donon jahaan dekh lo
aap pal bhar to palken utha leejiye
mere aage zamaana ye jhuk jaayega
aap apni nigaahen jhuka leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa
aap chehre se chilman hata leejiye
mere dil pe andhera sa chhaane lagaa

3 Responses to "Mere dil pe andheraa saa chhaane lagaa"

Mr. Raja,

The method in madness of rafism is exactly the same as described by you. I have experienced it time and again. I found so many gems that have lost cont of it. Numerous such links are saved in my computer to be seen/reviewed later when time permits. Some of them i could like to share with u.

1. Jaane kahan gayi – Dil apna aur preet prayi

2. Din hai bahar ke – Honeymoon

3. Koi aur duniya mien – Pyar ki kahani

This one sounds very familiar to the other RDB composition.

4. Unhien kissa-e-gham jo likhne ko baithe

This ghazal composed by madan mohan, is like “saari duniya ek taraf – Rafi ki ghazal without music ek taraf ”

There r more, but maybe later.

Regards.

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Raja ji,

The actress is indeed Jayanti. She is the famous actress from Kannada cinema. Born in 1950, she started to work in the movies at a very young age, and still continues to be active..

Rgds
Sudhir

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@raja, nahm
Thanks to both of you for highlighting some of the best Rafi songs from lesser known films. I was aware of only Asha Bhosle version of Unhe kissa-e-gham likhne jo baithe. Hearing Rafi’s recitation only reinforces that there was no equal to Rafi when it came to reciting/singing without music. By the way, the film Naya Kanoon had another Rafi gem Shama mein wo takat kahan jo ek parwane mein hai.

@Atul
Naya Kanoon seems to be missing altogether from your blog. Now that you are filling up the Madan Mohan gaps, this would be an important addition.

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