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Shaam gayee raat aayee ke balam aa jaa

Posted on: December 5, 2013

This article is written by nahm, 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.

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Continuing with Lata Mangeshkar songs, I found another song from an all time classic music score. This time it is the lone song remaining to be posted from the musical block buster ‘Shree 420′ (1955).

I was looking for a song composed by Shankar Jaikishan from the 50’s to post because IMHO the 50’s music of Shankar-Jaikishan was a lot better qualitatively and also had more variety than the 60’s. They had a lot more competetion during the 50’s, and were still keen on achieving the top slot as composers. And Lata Mangeshkar was their main female singer through 50’s. I thought I should find an outstanding song of Lata Mangeshkar. Looking in the list of songs moviewise, I came across ‘Shree 420′ surprisingly not in red. Even than I was not expecting that only one song will be remaining and that also a Lata song with chorus. So I found a song with the fifties flavour and with all the hallmarks of a Shankar-Jaikishan song. And a fresh one at that, because this is an unheard song for me.

As in the case of “Paying Guest’ song, this song also appears to be a song removed from the movie going by the description given with the youtube link. Only audio link is available and there is no way of corroborating this information, as I do not have access to HFGK. The lyricist is Shailendra.

There are only eight songs in this film, including a riddle song, a rainy romantic song, a group folksy song, a solo folk song, a chaplinesque song, a sad song and a vampish club song. Not lacking in variety at all. It is said that Shankar-Jaikishan kept their best tunes and compositions for R.K. Films. There may be some truth in this, and also that there are hundreds of unused song compositions/tunes composed by the duo, which are in possession of R. K. Films still.

All said and done, if I were among the living in 1955, had seen this movie and someone gave me a choice of taking home any one song in this melodious score of ‘Shree 420’, I would have chosen, this one .

Song-Shaam gayee raat aayee ke balam aa jaa (Shree 420)(1955) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan


Shaam gayee raat aayi ke balam aa jaa
shaam gayee raat aayi ke balam aa jaa
taaron ki baraat aayi ke balam aa jaa
taaron ki baraat aayi ke balam aa ja
ho balam aa jaa ab to sanam aa jaa
ho balam aa jaa ab to sanam aa jaa
shaam gayee raat aayi ke balam aa jaa

raat aur din ke milan ki ghadi mein
thhandi thhandi saawan ki jhadi mein
do dilon ne jo baandhe thhe bandhan
do dilon ne jo baandhe thhe bandhan
unn mein khoyee khadi main khadi main
yaad mulaaqaat aayi ke balam aa ja
yaad mulaaqaat aayi ke balam aa ja

ho balam aa jaa
ab to sanam aa jaa
o balam aa jaa
ab to sanam aa jaa
shaam gayee raat aayi ke balam aa jaa

meechoon aankhen to teri sooratiyaa
cham cham chamke jaise bijuriyaa
pyaar bhare tere nainon ke rang mein
pyaar bhare ho tere nainon ke rang mein
bheege man ki chunariyaa chunariyaa
jaise barsaat aayi ke balam aa jaa
jaise barsaat aayi ke balam aa jaa

ho balam aa jaa
ab to sanam aa jaa
ho balam aa jaa
ab to sanam aa jaa
shaam gayee raat aayi ke balam aa jaa
taaron ki baraat aayi ke balam aa ja

10 Responses to "Shaam gayee raat aayee ke balam aa jaa"

May I have 70 onwards songs

On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM, atul’s bollywood song a day- with full


2 | Bharat Upadhyay
December 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm
With due respect, songs onwards 70s are available on 937 Radio & TV channels. (or even more)
Please let us, (may be a minority,) enjoy few blogs that cater to old and really sweet and sensible songs.


Wonder, How I missed this beautiful song as I do not recollect its sequence in the film seen decades ago nor do I remember having heard it too often. Be that as it may, I have immensely liked it.


Dear Atulji,
Thank you very much for posting this rare song.
Though I had heard it I earlier, I do not remember when did I listen to it last.
I entirely agree with your statement.
IMHO, the best period of Hindi Film music was the decade of 50s.
All the topmost music directors, Anil Da, Sachin Da, C. Ramchandra, SJ, Roshan, Madan Mohan, OP Nayyar, Vasant Desai, Chitragupta, SN Tripathi, Hemant Kumar, Khayyam & Jaidev, to name just a few, were at their peak creativity, and of course, they had all the best singers available to them: Lata, Rafi, Talat, Geeta, Mukesh, Asha, Kishore, Manna Dey, Hemant Da, Shamshad Begum, etc.
Indeed what an assembly! It was the Golden Age of Melody in Hindi films. Period!
BTW, I didn’t get the connection of the song with ‘ Paying Guest’.
Once again thanks and with best wishes,
Avadh Lal


The article is written by nahm. She is referring to the last song in this series, which was from “Paying Guest”. That song, as well as the song under discussion were songs excluded from their respective movies.


nice post Nahm ji, and beautiful song too. I like this song very much ,and wonder that this was still balance to posted. but then that is the reason for this post here.


Thanks for liking the song and the post.


If you are watchful you will observe that background scores of RK movies composed by SJ had tunes which were used for songs of RK films in near future. eg I distinctly remember jaane kaha gaye wo din tune in maybe Jis Desh….or earlier films. There are many such examples


The tunes that played in the background music of R. K. films were used in songs of future films. I am aware of this , as we saw the older films already familiar with the hits songs of the newer films. I have not seen ‘Barsaat’, but ‘chori chori’ ‘Shri 420’ ‘Awaara’ had such background tunes.


Wow……what a beautiful gem! Thanks Nahm ji!


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