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Janam liyo lalna ke

Posted on: September 13, 2012

Today (13 september) is the death anniversary of Anjaan (Lalji Pandey). Anjaan began his career as a lyricist in 1950s. He was not a prolific lyricist. but he wrote a good number of songs.

Here is a song from “Godaan” (1963). This song , which is a badhaayi song sung on the occasion of the birth of a child, is sung by Asha Bhonsle and chorus. Anjaan has used rural words in the song as befitting the background on which this movie, based on Munshi Premchand’s novel was set.

Pt Ravi Shankar composed the music.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Khyati Bhatt.

PS-The correct death anniversary of Anjaan is 3 september and not 13 september. The details how this date was confirmed are there in the comments of this post. This shows that we cannot rely upon the information provided on internet without cross checking them first.



Song-Janam liyo lalna ke (Godaan)(1963) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Pt Ravishankar

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

janam liyo lalana ke
chaand more angnaa
utaree aayo ho

janam liyo lalana ke
chaand more anganaa
utaree aayo ho
utaree aayo ho
mili mili sakhi sab
mangal geet aaj
gaawahi ho
ho gaawahi ho
jiye mora laal
ye laakh barish
aashish sunaawahi ho

janam liyo lalana ke
chaand more anganaa
utaree aayo ho
utaree aayo ho

lalan manbhaawan
suratiya suhaawan
nirakhi sukh paawahi ho o
dhan dhan bhaag
safal bhayi saadh
aanand manaawahi ho

janam liyo lalana ke
chaand more angnaa
utaree aayo ho
utaree aayo ho

aayo naya pahunaa ke
sach bhayo sapana mein
raam goon gaawahoon ho o
balihaari jaaoon mein
kajara lagaaoon
nazar se bachaawahoon ho

janam liyo lalna ke
chaand more angnaa
utaree aayo ho
utaree aayo ho
janam liyo lalna ke
chaand more angnaa
utaree aayo ho

15 Responses to "Janam liyo lalna ke"

With almost 300 movies to his credit, Anjaan probably ranks in the top 10 lyricists as far as number of songs are concerned.


I think most prolific lyricists of the golden era have similar or even more number of movies to their credits.


Thats not true. May be 5-6 people in history ahead of him.


bluefire ji,
Not how many films,but how many songs is important.
What Atul ji has said is absolutely correct.
In this blog itself, 7 Lyricists have have crossed 300 mark already.
In addition following Lyricists have written more than 300 songs easily,as per official records-
Kavi pradeep,
Bharat Vyas
Asad Bhopali
Prem Dhavan
Raja mehdi ali khan
and few more….

Many lyricists have written songs for more than 300 films.Anand Bakshi wrote 4000 songs in 600 films.H.Jaipuri wrote 2000 odd songs.indeevar wrote for 400 films-2200 songs.majrooh 350 films/2300 songs etc etc etc….The list is very long.



-I meant 300 movies and not 300 songs. Sure, many people have written more than 300 songs.

-The numbers u are quoting here are a little high, for Anand Bakshi, etc. (600 movies for Anand Bakshi, yes, but 4000 songs, NO, probably a little less, ~3500).

-This is the similar to the argument we had regarding Sulochana Kadam. You had quoted 220 songs for her according to some book, and I had provided a list of 131 or so songs from 63-64 movies (same number of movies as mentioned in ur book). I’m still waiting for someone to disprove numbers I quoted on this forum.

-You have mentioned Anand Bakshi, Majrooh, Indeevar. Yes, I will take them over Anjaan. Hasrat Jaipuri has probably same number or a little less songs than Anjaan. Beyond these folks, list is NOT LONG.

-Like Nitinji suggested, Sameer has indeed taken over his father Anjaan. And this is why I said there are 5-6 people only with more songs than Anjaan. And that makes him one of the most prolific lyricists ever unlike what Atulj has suggested in his write-up.

-I hear Sudhirji is making some kind of database and am looking forward to that one. Hopefully that will clarify a lot of things.



bluefire ji,
What I have quoted is from an authentic book “Hindi filmon ke geetkar’-by Anil Bhargava ji.
I have always maintained that info is more trustworthy when found in a Book-where the writer spends energy to deliver facts,rather than depending on info available on internet sites.Ofcourse this is MY opinion.


Arunji, I understand and I dont mean any disrespect here. In fact, I would have say I have a lot more faith in YOUR words than all these references that u quote. We already know how Lataji and even Rafi Saab fooled Guiness Book of records for decades. Good thing is now with internet, people are connected and coming forward with a lot more information, for example, the excel song list of Rafi Saab (the one that is referred by Nahmji) is an excellent piece of work put together. Hopefully we will see more of these moving forward.

Best Regards.


Sameer has overtaken his father by far, however the quality remains to be seen> left much to be desired


Sounds like some Gujarati marriage songs.


Anjaan remained ‘anjaan’ to many except the die hard lovers of Hindi film songs. Generation across will remember the iconic song ‘kaike paan banaraswala’ from ‘Don’ (1978) but I doubt how many would know the lyricist behind this song. Anjaan (real name Lalji Pandey) belonged to Varanasi. Many of his songs have Purvanchali dialect and flavour.

His lyricist-son Sameer ( real name Shitala Pandey) is famous among the present generation. He may have written songs 2-3 times of the number his father wrote. But how many of his songs are remembered is a moot point.

Incidentally, I came across a film ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ (1988) in which both Anjaan and Sameer wrote lyrics for the songs [sources : IMD and YT].


You are quite right, Kamathji. Anjaan truly remained “Anjaan”.

Sameer and Anjaan also worked together in a few more movies, like:

Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989)
Thanedaar (1990)
Afsana Pyar Ka (1991)

-might be more.



Very nice song and background, heard it for the first time. I can recognize only one of the ladies in the video: Kamini Kaushal.


I consider QUALITY and NOT THE NUMBERS,ANJAAN would be remeberd for his songs,like,aapke haseen rukh pe aaj naya roop hai-Film BAHAREIN PHIR BHI AAYENGI.and many more.


Rather than Anjaan his title should be “Ganga Tath Ka Banjara” as his book suggested. 🙂


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