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Kitna haseen hai jahaan

Posted on: January 12, 2012

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

When the words “Kitna Haseen Hai Jahaan” cross the eyes, the mind may bring in the memories of an OP Nayyar melody sung by Asha ji from the 1968 film Humsaayaa. (That song is actually titled ‘Kitna Haseen Hai Ye Jahaan’). But there is another, very beautiful and enchanting melody from eleven years before, wherein once again, Asha ji has sung a similar titled song, and music this time around is by N Dutta. I am now writing about this song from the 1957 film ‘Mr. X’. A film that is more famous for probably the raciest song that Rafi Saab has rendered in Hindi films, “Laal Laal Gaal Jaan Pe Hain Laagoo”. Here is another delightful melody from this film, that must hold out to be one of the most endearing song by Asha ji, describing the setting of the sun and the oncoming nightfall, and the emotions it brings to a heart in love. The words are lovely, the composition is soft and melodious, all the right ingredients for an evening song for lovers.

‘Mr. X’ is a 1957 film produced under the banner of Sippy Films, Bombay and is directed by Nana Bhai Bhatt. The main star cast includes Ashok Kumar, Nalini Jaiwant, Pran, Nishi, Johnny Walker, Hari Shivdasani, Rajan Kapoor, Leela Misra, Amirbai, Sheila Vaz, and Helen etc. As many 4 poets have written lyrics for the seven songs that are in this film The poets are Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Tanveer Naqvi and Bharat Vyas. This particular song is penned by Tanveer Naqvi. The music composition is by N Dutta.

There are so many wonderful songs one remembers, and even unheard songs one comes across now – and when the name of the music director is revealed, it is such a surprising reaction from inside – wow, this is N Dutta (or S Mohinder, or Sardul Kwatra, or Ganesh et al). That is such a strong reminder that these so called B/C grade composers have been musicians of extremely high caliber, and have created such lovely music that puts a lie to the grading and the rating they have been assigned during their careers. N Dutta’s creations are wondrous and simply steal away the hearts of the listeners. As this song does.

The words are simple, the music is minimal, and the rendition by Asha ji is just so endearing. Enjoy this wonderful song of the evening, and may be you will also hum it. . . for someone. 😉

kitna haseen hai jahaan, jaadoo bharaa hai samaa
jaage hain armaan naye, le ke angdaaiyaan

The world is full of splendor
This moment, is a moment full of magic
New desires, new yearnings are stretching
And making themselves felt for the first time
In the heart

noor ka kaafilaa, hai falak pe rawaan
jagmagaane lagaa, neela neela aasmaan

The caravan of shining splendor
Is slowly flowing away from the skies
And the dark blue shades
They are getting brighter in the heavens

noor = brightness, splendor
kaafilaa = caravan
falak = sky
rawaan = flowing movements
(NOTE: in the phrase ‘noor ka kaafilaa’ – caravan of splendor, the poet refers to the sun, as it is now moving away, and out of the visible skies).

hatt gayeen chaand se, reshmi badliyaan
muskuraane lagi, saanwali waadiyaan

The silky flimsy clouds
Have moved away from the moon
And the in the shining moonlight
The dales and vales are smiling
In the dim shades

keh rahi hai nazar, pyaar ki dastaan
kaash samjhe koi, dhadkanon ki zubaan

The eyes, they are telling a tale of tender passions
O wish, someone would perceive and understand
This message of heartbeats

Song-Kitna haseen hai jahaan (Mr X)(1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Tanvir Naqvi, MD-N Datta


kitna haseen hai jahaan
jaadoo bharaa hai samaa
jaage hain armaan naye
le ke angdaaiyaan
aa aa
kitna haseen hai jahaan

noor ka kaafilaa
hai falak pe rawaan
noor ka kaafilaa
hai falak pe rawaan
jagmagaane lagaa
neela neela aasmaan
aa aa
kitna haseen hai jahaan

hatt gayeen chaand se
reshmi badliyaan
hatt gayeen chaand se
reshmi badliyaan
muskuraane lagi
saanwli waadiyaan
aa aa
kitna haseen hai jahaan

keh rahi hai nazar
pyaar ki daastaan
keh rahi hai nazar
pyaar ki daastaan
kaash samjhe koi
dhadkanon ki zubaan
aa aa
kitna haseen hai jahaan
jaadoo bharaa hai samaa
jaage hain armaan naye
le ke angdaaiyaan
aa aa
kitna haseen hai jahaan

4 Responses to "Kitna haseen hai jahaan"

Missed your posts yesterday. Thanks Sudhirji for this Ashaji’s song. 25 saal pahele ke din yaad dila diye. I miss Indian Radio (Vividhbharati) so much.

-Khyati Bhatt


I could not find time to post songs yesterday.


I really really love your this mail.I would like to hear PAPIHARA MADHUR MADHUR KACHHU BOL.Can it be arranged for?



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