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Chhod musaafir maaya nagar

Posted on: March 5, 2012


I have mentioned it in the past that I did not like “old” songs when I was young. Those days (1970s), anything more than five years old was old for me. Today, I love listening to songs that are fifty, sixty and sometimes even seventy years old. Things have changed. I would like to believe that I have “matured”. Of course, I will not say that I was wrong as a kid.

One should remain and act one’s age when one is young, unlike what they show us in Hindi movies, where pre teen kids are shown singing romantic duets because it is planned by the scriptwriter that they would grow up and become duet singing lead actors in the subsequent reels. Real life does not work that way nor should it work that way. Kids should remain kids. In fact, one should worry if pre teen kids start showing appreciation for seventy year old songs 🙂 .

Time flies (or perhaps the wheel of time rolls) and decades pass. You realise it when people stop calling you a kid. One fine day you start getting addressed as uncle/aunty. For me that stage arrived some one decade ago. That day may not be far off when I may find myself getting addressed as grandpa. Hopefully not for another ten years at least, but one never knows.

As one “matures” with time, one tends to become philosophical and that enables one to appreciate old music and old musicians that much more. In this blog, majority of songs are from 1950s and 1960s which was clearly “old” music even during my younger days. We in fact love to listen to even older music, viz music of 1940s and 1930d, if we can locate them.

In my younger days, I loved listening to music that dazzled one’s senses (read R D Burman’s western music based songs). But with time, I have grown up to appreciate other, less dazzling kind of music as well.

There is one kind of music that one begins to appreciate as one “matures”namely philosopical songs. The lyrics of these songs tell us some home truth which we may already be aware of but we still need to be reminded of them periodically. Listening to these songs calms our nerves and make us realise that taking life seriously and worrying unnecessarily about life is not of much use. One should take a holistic view of life and enjoy it accordingly.

Here is a fantastic philosophical song. It is a non movie song. It is sung by Pankaj Mullick. That seems to be the only information available about this song. The lyricist has written a wonderful song and he deserves to be appreciated for the lyrics. I request our knowledgeable readers to tell us about the lyricist of this song. I guess that Pankaj Mullick himself has composed the music of this song.

I heard this song for the first time only just now after I was sent the lyrics of this song by Khyati Bhatt. Listening to this song had a calming effect on my mind. That is what timeless music is all about.

Here is this lovely NFS sung by Pankaj Mullick. Listen to this divine song. It is guaranteed to bring peace to your mind.


Song-Chhod musaafir maaya nagar(Pankaj Mullick NFS)(1950)

aa aa aa
chhod musaafir maaya nagar
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai
chhod musaafir maya nagar
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai

is duniya ki
ee ee ee
is duniya ki
safar badi hai
jeewan ka na thikaana hai
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai
chhod musaafir maaya nagar
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai

aalam saara jaa raha hai
tera din bhi
ee ee ee
aa raha hai
aalam saara jaa raha hai
tera din bhi aa raha hai
prem ka sauda karle musaafir
prem ka sauda karle musaafir
peechhe nahin pachhtaana hai
prem ka sauda karle musaafir
peechhe nahin pachhtaana hai
prem nagar ko jaana hai
chhod musaafir maaya nagar
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai

putra pota koi na apna
koi na apna
koi na apna
putra pota koi na apna
koi na apna
koi na apna
maaya ras ka jhootha sapna
maaya ras ka jhootha sapna
chet musaafir kadam kadam par
ar ar ar ar
chet musaafir kadam kadam par
jag ka dand chhudaana hai
prem nagar ko jaana hai
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai
chhod musaafir maaya nagar
ab prem nagar ko jaana hai

4 Responses to "Chhod musaafir maaya nagar"

Thanks Atulji for the best write up. What you have said about “Kids Life” is absolutely true. Kids needs to be innocent, enjoying their care free life. Yaha Western Countries mein to bachhe bahot jaldi bade ho jaate hai, for which their parents feel proud, but it’s scary and not normal.

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Thanks Atul Ji. Endearing write up.I for one appreciated songs of Golden Era (1950-70), even as a schoolgoing kid and am happy to have been a part of that era.Today I now find them evergreen.
Your site is one of the best things to happen to me
K S Shenoy
Bangalore

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Very true. With age we change as we get matured. See the meaning of the old songs.

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A rare gem indeed. I was searching for Safar related songs and came across this on another blog. But, before listening to it on YouTube,I wanted some information on it. I see even a systematic researcher like you could not get much info. Still, thank you for the lyrics.
I believe there may be other versions.

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