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Haay lambi judaai

Posted on: November 4, 2013

This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Early morning on November 3rd, 2013, the great singer Reshma died in Lahore, Pakistan at the age of 66. She was suffering from cancer since 1980. A painful death for a singer whose crooning was a soothing balm for millions of her fans. This song is a tribute to her memory.

According to Wikipedia her life in brief:
Reshma was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan to a Banjara (Gypsy) family around 1947. Her father Haji Mamad Mushtaq was a camel and horse trader from Malashi. She belonged to a tribe which had converted to Islam. Her tribe migrated to Karachi shortly after the Partition of India.
She did not receive any formal education and spent much of her childhood singing at the mazars (shrines) of the mystic saints of Sindh.
When she was twelve years old, she was spotted singing at Shahbaaz Qalandar’s shrine by a television and radio producer, who arranged for her to make a recording of “Laal Meri” on Pakistan radio. She became an instant hit and since that day, Reshma has been one of the most popular folk singers of Pakistan, appearing on television in the 1960s, recording songs for both the Pakistani and Indian film industry, and performing at home and abroad.
Some of her famous numbers are “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar”, “Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera”, “Sun charkhe di mithi mithi cook mahiya meinu yaad aunda”, “Wey main chori chori”, “Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol”.
The last was used by Raj Kapoor in Bobby, “Ankhyon ko rehne de ankhyon ke aas pass”, sung by Lata. Her fame had crossed the border, thanks to pirated tapes. She was able to perform live in India much later, during the 1980s when India and Pakistan allowed exchange of artists. Subhash Ghai used her voice to great effect in the film Hero, which featured one of her most famous songs, “Lambi Judai”.

Produced and directed by Subhash Ghai, film ‘Hero’ (1983) had the star cast of Jackie Shroff, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Suresh Oberoy, Sanjeev Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Ranjit etc. . All other songs of the film had Lakshmikant Pyarelal as MD and Anand Bakshi as lyricist. This famous song was a traditional folk song and according to Music Director Pyarelal, they had just arranged the music for the legendry singer.

Audio (full)


SongHaaye Lambi Judaayee (Hero)(1983) Singer- Reshma, Lyrics – Traditional, MD- Laxmikant Pyarelal


bichhde abhi to ham bas kal parson
jiyoongi main kaise,
is haal mein barson
maut na aayi
teri yaad kyun aayi
haay lambi judaai
chaar dinan da
pyaar ho rabba
badi lambi judaai
lambi judaai
honthon pe aayee meri jaan duhaai
haay lambi judaai
chaar dinan da
pyaar ho rabba
badi lambi judaai,
lambi judaai

ik to sajan mere paas nahin re
dooje milan di koi aas nahin re
dooje milan di koi aas nahin re
uspe yeh saawan aaya aa
uspe yeh saawan aaya
aag lagaayi,
haay lambi judaai
chaar dinan da
pyaar ho rabba
badi lambi judaai,
lambi judaai

baag ujad gaye ae
baag ujad gaye
khilne se pehle
panchhi bichhad gaye milne se pehle
panchhi bichhad gaye milne se pehle
koyal ki kook,
koyal ki kook ne hook uthaayi
haay lambi judaai
chaar dinan da
pyaar ho rabba
badi lambi judaai,
lambi judaai

4 Responses to "Haay lambi judaai"

Bharat ji,

Thanks for this timely write up on this wonderful and rustic folk singer. Yes, it is sad to know the loss of another singing star.

I was introduced to this voice sometimes in the early eighties, as a folk singer of Punjabi and Hindi/Urdu songs. Although this song came in the year 1983, it would be many years before I would know that it is sung by her. In the interim, one of my senior colleagues at office, who was also a music buff, presented me a two cassette set. It is a copy of a recording, made at a private get together at Raj Kapoor’s residence. The inscription on the tapes was simply ‘Reshma’ handwritten with a pen. I asked my friend who she was, and he simply asked me to listen to the tapes.

I listened, and was verily fascinated by the earthy voice. The program and the singer was introduced by actor Om Prakash. After the introduction, Reshma starts the program with ‘Dama Dam Mast Kalandar’, and then goes on to sing many more hits for a complete duration of three hours. This pair of cassettes is a prize item in my collection.

Over the years, there were occasional reminders about her – programs on Doordarshan, live concerts, and articles about her especially when she would be visiting India. Then a long hiatus, that is explained by the ailment she had, that lasted many years.

Wish that Indian films had been able to use more of her voice, but that was not to be.

Good bye Reshma, and RIP.



She also sang for Veer Gatotkach 1970; Pati Patni aur Tawaif-1990; and Geet-1992;
She was so good that Lata sent her packing. Ditto Runa Laila


Actress lip syncing for the song is MADHU MALHOTRA


Shri.Bharat Sir,
Thanks for this post. I like her songs very much and specially a ‘folk singer’ always fascinates me and her voice had that ‘divine’ spirit.
Our tributes to the departed soul. May God rest her soul in peace. !!!


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