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Dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho raam

Posted on: July 30, 2011

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

With this post, we are celebrating the 4300th song on this blog. Keeping a fairly sharp pace, at the rate of about 6 or 7 songs per day, we reached this latest century milestone within 16 days of touching the 4200 mark. Congratulations to all.

There are certain natural laws in nature that can just be taken for granted. A simple arithmetical rule of 2 + 2, everybody knows is always equal to 4. One does not have to contemplate or debate on this.

Same way, there are some natural laws one can take for granted in the Hindi film music. One of them, most certainly is Naveketan + SD Burman = Musical Magic. (For those who may not be familiar, Navketan is the name of Dev Anand’s film company). We could dwell upon the how and why of this, but that is inconsequential; the result is what matters and that is completely true. An association that started with the film Baazi (1951), and remained unbroken all the way till Chhupa Rustam (1973) – after which there is no more Navketan + SD Burman. The relentless hands of fate took away the genius that is SD Burman away from us in 1975. I will not list all the intervening films, and leave it up to the readers to fill in the blanks; with the assurance that they will always come up with the same result for the rule Naveketan + SD Burman = Musical Magic, regardless of which film they will name. I would actually venture to add a corollary that Dev Anand + SD Burman = Muscial Magic, for there is also a fairly large set of films where these two persona came together, not necessarily under the banner of Navketan, Once again, I will leave it up to the readers to fill in the blanks to test this formula. 🙂

Nau Do Gyaarah is a 1957 production from Navketan. Boasting a bevy of iconic songs – ‘Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke, Hum Se Kuchh Na Boliye’, ‘Aankhon Mein Kyaa Ji, Rupehlaa Baadal’, ‘Kali Ke Roop Mein Chali Ho Dhoop Mein’, ‘Kyaa Ho Jo Din Rangeelaa Ho’, ‘Dhalke Chunariyaa Hamaari Ho Raam’, and some more – this movie is real musical treat. With wonderful lyrics penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and absolutely superb melodies composed by Burman Dada, this movie stands out for its musical sensation in the string of productions by Navketan.

The script of the movie is held together, not very convincingly. Madan (Dev Anand) sells all his assets to buy a truck, and commences a care free vagabond lifestyle, which includes traveling by road from Delhi to a place near Bombay, to visit his uncle Manoharal. His plans for an uncomplicated and easygoing lifestyle is thrown out of gear, when Raksha (Kalpana Kartik), a rich heiress runaway, hides in his truck, at first disguised as a young sardar. The masquerade is shortly exposed, and then the two continue to travel as companions. On reaching his uncle’s home, he discovers something fishy is afoot. His uncle has expired and there is a struggle between various parties (wife, son, others) for laying hands on the estate. Madan joins the household, presenting himself as an estate manager, with a wife. Well, the last part is not yet true, because the two are not yet married, in the storyline I mean :).

This song is about the blossoming of first love, and its realization. The scenario is that Madan is leaving to go for work, and Raksha follows her singing this song. She is telling him the realization that is slowly budding in her heart that she is actually starting to feel her love for him. The words to that effect are so beautifully crafted by Majrooh Sultanpuri – “jaise tthandi pawan ban ke pyaar aa gayee, jaise chup ke se ban mein bahaar aa gayee” – the sensations of being in love are slowly stealing over her like a cool comforting breeze, like the spring slowly unfolding in the forest. The words are just superb. And Burman Dada has composed such a unhurried pace for expressing these emotions; wow, just so fitting a melody for the situation.

This movie is the directorial debut for Vijay Anand. And right at the outset, one can see the mind of a genius, with a knack for creating near perfect song situations and filming them perfectly. Kalpana Kartik looks so innocent and sweet in the song. There are undercurrents of unexpressed longing as Madan pulls down the pallu of her saari over her face. He walks off, and then an innocent, satiated smile emerges from behind the pallu, and beckons him with this superb song.

All in all, a dainty, delicate and wonderful song, rendered by Asha, and equally sensitively picturized on screen. If you have experienced love, then you would want to play this song again and again and again.



Song-Dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho raam (Nau Do Gyaarah) (1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle,Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-S D Burman


aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho ram
dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho ram
pee se mil ke behekne ke din aaye ho
pee se mil ke behekne ke din aaye ho
dhalki jaaye

jaise thhandi pawan ban ke pyaar aa gayee
jaise thhandi pawan ban ke pyaar aa gayee
jaise chup ke se ban mein bahaar aa gayee
phool ban ke
ho o
phool ban ke mehekne ke din aaye ho
dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho ram
dhalki jaaye

aaa aaa aaa aaa

aaa aaa aaa aaa

main to sapnon ki bagiyaa mein doloongi re
main to sapnon ki bagiyaa mein doloongi re
ban ke ban ki koyaliyaa main boloongi re
daali daali
ho o
daali daali chehekne ke din aaye ho
dhalki jaaye
dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho ram
pee se mil ke behekne ke din aaye ho
dhalki jaaye

5 Responses to "Dhalki jaaye chundariyaa hamaari ho raam"

Excellent write up on a beautifully composed song.

And congratulations to you all for discussing 4300 songs on the blog. As I see it, even after this impressive figure of 4300, there are still a good number of ‘gems’which are yet to to be ‘crafted’ on your blog. I will list out a few of them in driblets in ‘Readers’ Fermaish’ section soon.


Congratulations on all the milestones. 4300 songs of this blog, 200 songs of Madan Mohan & 100 + song posts by Sudhir Sir.



Sadanand ji, Nahm Bhai,

Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement and appreciation. It really keeps me going.

Sadanand ji,
You are so right about the numbers; 4300 songs at one place is a gigantic achievement, and all due the tireless and consistent efforts of Atul ji. And yet, we have just scratched the surface. There is still a huge ocean of music calling, with numerous great songs still waiting in the waves.

Wishing all the best to this blog, its creator Atul ji, and all contributors and readers.

We have come a long way. . . . there is still a very long way to go. 😀

Cheers and strength,


Sudhirbhai, it is such a pleasure to read your writeups.

Congratulations to Atul, to you and many others who have contributed their share in bringing this site where it is today. Soon, it will be the 10,000th song that we will be reading and discussing here.

Though we do not identify ourselves much here, I could guess from one of your posts that you are in New Delhi either permanently or otherwise. Am I right? I wonder where the others are located. I am in New York.


Arif Bhai

Thanks again. And “Ameen” to the target of 10,000 songs on this blog. 🙂

Yes I am based in New Delhi now. (I was in the US for almost 17 years (mostly silicon valley), but now settled back at home in Delhi. There is still some occasional travel to US). I have never lived in the New York area, but have visited frequently on account of relatives and friends.

Cheers and regards,


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