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Le lo jee hamaare gubbaare

Posted on: April 16, 2011

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

When we think of Bollywood personalities whose career was cut short cruelly by death, a few names immediately spring to mind.

Madhubala and Meena Kumari are probably right up there. I will always remember Tarun Bose, the character actor, because I remember reading his obituary in The Statesman newspaper in 1972. Then there were Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra who also died when in their forties.

From an earlier era, there was Shyam, the well-known actor of the late 1940s/early 1950s, who died in a horse-riding accident.

And Chandramohan, whose screen presence was absolutely magnetic in the roles he played in the 1930s and early 1940s, also died very young.

Actors apart, there have also been personalities from behind the screen who’ve taken away from us when still very young. The name of Geeta Dutt comes to mind in this category. And although Mohammad Rafi had a fairly long career, his revival was just a few years old when he was taken away from us. And RD Burman was only in his early 50s.

There are many others too and I can only think wistfully about what a loss it has been for all of us, lovers of old Hindi films and music.

Ok, so why I am talking about this today?

Because there is one other name that I have in mind – and it is difficult for me to think of that person without immediately thinking of how ridiculously young he was when he was taken away from us.

I am talking about yesteryear lyricist, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

When Atul requested me to write up a post about him to celebrate his 100th song on this blog, memories of several of his songs came flooding to my mind. I immediately began singing to myself “Jo humne dastaan apni sunaayi aap kyun roye”, which is one of my favourite Lata Mangeshkar songs. It is, of course from Woh Kaun Thi, which has other legendary songs, including another of my Lata favourites “Lag ja gale ”.

Woh Kaun Thi, Anpadh and Mera Saaya have some of the most popular and enduring songs ever of Hindi cinema and they have all been penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

Think “Naina barse” and “Jhumka gira re ”. Think “Aap yoonhi agar hamse milte rahe” from Ek Musafir Ek Haseena. Think “Aapki nazron ne samjha ”.

And what about one of my all-time favourites “Nainon me badra chhaaye”? And a Rafi classic from the same film “Aapke pahloo me aakar ro diye”. And what about one of his early songs, the Talat beauty “Meri yaad me tum na aansoo bahaana”?

Not to mention songs like “aapko pyar chhupaane ki buri aadat hai” and “tere paas aake mera waqt guzar jaata hai” from Neela Akash, which I’ve always enjoyed listening to. Also part of his collection.

And one of my Rafi favourites in the lilting category (a song I sing ALL the time ? ) – “Ek haseen shaam ko ” from Dulhan Ek Raat Ki.

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan wrote songs for many music directors but his name will always tend to be associated with that of Madan Mohan, thanks to Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saaya, Anpadh, Dulhan Ek Raat Ki and Neela Akash.

And guess what? He wrote all these lovely songs – and left us in 1966, when he was just 38. Yes, 38!!! How ridiculously young is that! One can only thank him for what he has left us with.

And when I think that Madan Mohan himself died very young (he was hardly 50 or 51), I think they may have made a pact to team up again, up there in heaven.

There’s one other thing that always remains in my mind when I think of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. It is the song “Ye dil aur unki, nigaahon ke saaye”. Now this is a beautiful song from Prem Parbat, composed by Jaidev and beautifully rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. I remember listening to it on the “Aap ki farmaish” programme on Vividh Bharti sometime in the late 1970s (10.30-11.00 p.m in those days, I don’t know whether it is still on and if so, at this time). It is an amazing song – I just close my eyes and visualize the beauty of nature all around me when I listen to it.

The thing is that I am 100% sure the announcer that evening credited this song to Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. But I find sources on the net crediting it to Padma Sachdev. Since the movie was supposedly released in 1973 (so several years after Raja Mehdi Ali Khan’s death), there may be some confusion on this count. I haven’t seen the film (the print does not seem even available anywhere). Maybe somebody can clarify who the lyricist for this song is. I remember this being discussed on Atul’s blog before but I can’t help mentioning it here.

Anyway, via this post, I’d like to thank Raja Mehdi Ali Khan saab for leaving us with so many treasures. This post is only a humble tribute to him.

To celebrate his 100th song on this blog, here’s a somewhat rare song for the occasion (well, I heard it for the first time only today and liked it quite a lot). It is a fun song by Rafi saab picturised on Bhagwan as a seller of balloons for children. The song is a sort of “ode to the balloon” and is a good fun listen. I hope you enjoy it.


AND, yes, it is also THAT time for this blog. When we celebrate its own century-milestone. As this blog goes from strength to strength and Atul keeps adding songs every day, we have now developed a tradition here to celebrate every hundred-song mark. It seems that not so long ago we were celebrating the 3700th song – and now we are already onto 3800.

Yes, this song happens to also be the 3800th song on this blog.

And, as I never tire of saying, each posting here is “hand-crafted” effort.

Ok, so the song itself is obviously already available but Atul still makes the effort to write out the lyrics, listening to every word, often replaying the song to make sure he’s got it absolutely right (or as much as he can get it right!).

And then, there is the write-up itself, which serves as more than just an intro to the song, it is often embellished with titbits of humour, memories and the like that add to the flavor of the song and the blog. Atul often tries to identify the characters on whom the song is picturised, in order to give them some credit too. Ok, so he sometimes gets it wrong, there is usually a prompt correction from one of his sharp readers, but all this adds to the charm of the blog. Atul has never claimed to know it all and is always willing to know more about old songs and yesteryear personalities. In that sense, this becomes a discussion place for the song more than just one-way communication – and I am sure that is precisely what Atul had in mind when he started this blog in the first place.

All in all, we’ve become a community here thanks to this blog. I can only say I wish it keeps on growing. There are still lots and lots of songs out there that still need to find their way here. I see that as a good thing – it means there is always something to look forward to every day on this blog.

Thank you, Atul. And keep going! Yehi hai dua meri, ki ye caravan sadaa chaltaa rahey aur hum humsafar baney!




Song-Le lo jee hamaare gubbaare (Bandish) (1955) Singer-Rafi,Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan,MD-Hemant Kumar


Le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyaare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare
le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyaare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare

o mere nanhe raja
inko lenaa mat bhool
o mere nanhe raja
inko lenaa mat bhool
inki peeth pe baithe
to le jaayen tujhe school
rubber ke ye bachche
ye cheelon ke chachhe
tere yaar sachche
na dewen gachche
ye insaan se achche hain thhode se bachche
ye insaan se achche hain thhode se bachche
ye insaan se achche hain thhode se bachche
karen ye ishaare ke ham hain tumhaare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare
le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare

prem bhara ik khat likhkar
baandho saajan ke naam
sabse oonchhi khidki par
pahunchaana inka kaam
ye jaayen chori chori
kahen gori gori
o chanda si chhori
o nakhron ki bori
bulaataa hai kishori
chali aa
chali aa
chali aa joraa jori
ye khidki ke neeche tumhi ko pukaare
ye khidki ke neeche tumhi ko pukaare
ye khidki ke neeche tumhi ko pukaare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare
le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare

ek aane mein do le le
arre apna haath na rok
ek aane mein do le le
arre apna haath na rok
inke saath latak jaaye to pahunche tu parlok
ye duniyaa hai phaani
ye paisa hai paani
arre bhai gyaa
ye kyaa aanaa kaaani
hamen zindgaani gagan pe bitaani
hamen zindgaani gagan pe bitaani
hamen zindgaani gagan pe bitaani
bachaayenge tumko karm hi tumhaare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare
le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare

bechoon gubaare dwaare dwaare
khaaun main sookhi roti
kaale dhandhe kyun karoon main
mujhe kaafi ek langoti
watan ke jo bande
karen kaale dhandhe
karam inke gande
karen haal mande
ye khaa jaayen chande
bure hain
bure hain
bure hain inke fande
ye jaayenge milke jahannum mein saare
ye jaayenge milke jahannum mein saare
ye jaayenge milke jahannum mein saare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare
le lo jee hamaare gubbaare pyaare pyare
ye dharti ke phool gagan ke hain taare

17 Responses to "Le lo jee hamaare gubbaare"

Congratulations,Atul ji for 38 centuries and Raja ji, for getting the honour of writing a ‘Double’ event, 100th of the great lyricist Raja Mehdi ali khan, and 3800th song on the Blog.
Atul ji,I must appreciate your keen sense of choosing one Raja to write about another Raja !!
Though Raja ji has already said so much about your efforts and this blog,nothing is enough for expressing our feelings.
I first visited this blog in 2009,when I was already past 68,started contributing titbits from 2010 and today,while entering 70th year soon,I am so much attached to it !
Atul ji, you have provided us a platform for enjoying old music together,sharing information,and gaining further knowledge.This is a tremendous work which you have undertaken.
We wish you continued successes in future.
Thanks !


Thanks for your encouring words. It is encouragement such as yours, including valuable informations provided by you that is helping us all enrich our lives through music. I hope that we will see many more centuries in the days to come and this caravan of likeminded music lovers will continue to add more music lovers.


Here is some information on Raja Mehdi ali khan.
Born in a Zamindar family,to an acknowledged urdu poet mother,Raja was a true Nationalist.
Saadat Hasan Manto,his friend,called him to Bombay and he left his A.I.Radio job to start as Dialogue writer and also acted in Ashok Kumar’s film ‘8 Days’.
Soon he left all that and started writnig songs.At the time of Partition he stayed back in India,his ‘motherland’,and also wrote ‘Watan kim raah mein watan ke Naujawan Shaheed ho’for Dilip’s Shaheed.
His first film was ‘Do Bhai’
His first song was ‘Mera sundar sapna beet gaya’,by Geeta.
He was the first to introduce the word ‘Aap’ in film songs and make it popular.
Actor Mehmood once revealed in an interview that he had worked as Driver on Rajasaab’s car,in Mehmood’s younger days.
He died on 29/7/1966.
He lived life like a Rajah !


Atul ji,

Congratulations once again – seems you will be beating Sachin’s record very soon. 🙂

Raja ji,
A wonderful write up, remembering the talented artists we lost when they were so young. Another name that comes to mind is Guru Dutt, the creator of legendary cinema, whom we lost when he was just 39. It is refreshing to remember these names – brings a tingle to the spine.

The songs of Prem Parbat were written by Jaan Nissar Akhtar and Padma Sachdev. Regarding the song “Ye Dil Aur Unki Nigaahon Ke Saaye”, the HMV record label identifies Jaan Nissar Akhtar as the lyricist. 5 songs are recorded for this movie, two of them by Jaan Nissar Akhtar, 2 by Padma Sachdev. For the fifth, the lyricist cannot be specifically identified as it is not available on a record.

Thanks also for reminiscing the songs of Raja Mehndi Ali Khan. The play of words and emotions, as it was, will never be again.

Arun ji,
Thanks once again for interesting information from your memory; it always makes me feel I know the song and the music better, when I get to know more about its creators.

Wonderful post, thanks again.



Thanks. It is my fond hope that we should have as many centuries as the availability of great songs will permit. And it is my rough estimate that I will be kept busy for a long long time, seeing that there are thousands of great songs that are yet to be discussed.


Atul ji,

Amen to that, there is a ton of great music still to go.



Thanks. Now that you mention it, I also remember that the announcer had said “Jaan Nissar Akhtar”. I don’t know how I got it confused with Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.


And you are so right about Guru Dutt. He also died very young. What a loss!


” Jo hum ne dastaan apni sunaai aap kyun roye
tabaahi to hamaare dil pe aayi aap kyun roye ”

Excellent write up to mark the 100th song of the lyricist and 3800th song on this site. All i can say is “baar din yeh aaye” and may this site celebrate many more such centuries.

Awareness about the contribution of such lyricist who were worked behind the scenes, is the biggest achievement of this endeavour, which is atul ji labour of love. I cant recall if i have seen a single photo of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, though i knew the songs of “woh Kaun thi” “Anpadh” and “Mera Saaya” are written by him. As far as I can see he worked exensively with Madan Mohan. The songs of “Aap ki Pachaaiyan” are also his work.



I have seen one photo of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan in a Hindi newspaper writeup on him. He looked quite young, which is natural considering he died quite young.


hullo atul/raja and fellowatulites
congrats for both d landmarks and a wondaful writeup.
thank you arun kumarji for being a trove of information. now we are on our way to 4000
lage raho, badhe chalo!!!!!


Thanks for the greetings. Hopefully we should reach 4000 by the end of may 2011.


Besides being a highly successful lyricist, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan was also an acknowledged poet of Urdu. He has a collection of poems, at least one, to his credit and the best Urdu magazines gratefully published his ghazals. He was one from the galaxy of literary personalities who brought leterary fervor to a popular medium. sahir Ludhianvi took this process to its climax.




working link. but has only the first antara.
and wow! it is a Bhagwan dada song, seeing the video for the first time


video link:


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