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Piya basanti re kaahe sataaye aaja

Posted on: January 4, 2014

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

I was introduced to English pop songs sometime in 1988-89 by none other than my son. He would play those pop songs recorded on a couple of audio tapes and I would be compelled to listen to them. Soon I started liking many of those pop songs. By 1991, T V channels like MTV had started telecasting the videos of some of those pop songs. Watching the pop songs with videos was a new experience for me. Even after two decades, I still recall a few of those pop songs which I used to like – Stevie Wonder’s ‘I just called to say I love you’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat it’, George Michael’s ‘ Last Christmas’, Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in heaven’, Paul McCartney’s ‘Hope of deliverance’ etc.

The popularity of Nazia Hasan’s Hindi non-filmy pop album ’Disco Deewaane’ (1981) had already inspired the Hindi film industry to incorporate some disco songs in the films of the 80s and thereafter. With the advent of TV music channels like MTV and V Channel in India sometime in early 90s, the English pop songs became popular in India, especially among teens and youth. Taking a leaf from the popularity, prominent music companies started producing videos of Hindi non-filmy pop songs. The idea was to make the non-filmy music albums popular by producing and telecasting videos of one or two songs from the music albums.

The ‘golden era’ of Hindi non-filmy pop songs, if I may call so, was 1990s when a large number of videos of this category of songs were produced and many of them became mega hits. In most of the songs, the formula was to create a fusion by setting tunes in semi-classical, folk, devotional or even filmy music with orchestration based on western music. Some of the prominent singers of Hindi non-filmy pop songs were Suneeta Rao, Alisha Chinai, Falguni Pathak, Shan, Sonu Nigam, Dr Palash Sen, Lucky Ali, Mehnaaz, Anaida, Shweta Shetty, Ali Haider, Sharon Prabhakar, Adnan Sami and many more. Some of the popular Hindi non-filmy pop songs which I had watched quite a number of times on TV in the 90s were ( with singer, lyricist and composer in that order):

Pari main hoon (1991) – Suneeta Rao, Rajesh Johri, Leslie Lewis

Purani Jean -Yaaden rah jaati hai (1993) – Ali Haider

Made in India (1995) – Alisha Chinai, Shyam Anuragi, Biddu

Dardi rab rab kardi (1996) –singer, lyricist and music director : Daler Mehndi

Ab ke saawan aise barse (1996) – Shubha Mudgal, Prasoon Joshi, Shantanu Moitra

Shaam sawere teri yaaden aati hain (1996) – Lucky Ali, Syed Aslam, Lucky Ali

Aafreen aafreen (1996) – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Javed Akhtar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Jaanam samjha karo (1997) – Asha Bhonsle, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Leslie Lewis

Deewaane to deewaane hain (1998) – Shweta Shetty, Shyam Anuragi, Jawahar Wattal-Ravi Pawar

Yaad piya ki aane lagi (1998) – Falguni Pathak, lyrics and music by Lalit Sen

The videos of Hindi non-filmy pop songs gave opportunities to aspiring music directors, actors and even directors to show case their talents as a stepping stone for Hindi film industry. Some of the video song actors who made to Hindi films were Shahid Kapoor, Milind Soman, Riya Sen, Vidya Balan, Ayesha Takia, Dipti Bhatnagar, Deepshika, Helen Bordie etc. Ken Ghosh a big name among the directors of video pop songs and Pradeep Sarkar later directed some of the Hindi films.

I am presenting one of my most favourite non-filmy pop songs ‘piya basanti re kaahe sataaye aaja’ (2000). It is a duet sung by Ustad Sultan Khan and K S Chitra and set to music by Sandesh Shandliya. Chitra was already a well known playback singer in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannad, Telugu and Hindi films. The song is penned by Mehboob who had written lyrics for some Hindi films and was mostly associated with music directors A R Rahman and Ismail Darbar. It was Ustad Sultan Khan’s first Hindi non-filmy pop song and it became the top album for the year 2000.

Ustad Sultan Khan (15/04/1940 – 27/11/2011) was born in Sikar (Rajasthan), the eighth generation of musicians in his family from Jodhpur. His father Ustad Gulab Khan, himself a sarangiya as well as a classical vocalist, trained him in both. However, the father was not keen that his son should pursue music as his profession. But Ustad Sultan Khan was determined to learn sarangi. He started performing sarangi at the age of 11 and as he grew up, he started his carrier as a musician in AIR, Rajkot. Later he was transferred to AIR, Mumbai where he came into contact with some of the Hindi film music directors. He was also the sarangi accompaniment to some of the renowned Hindustani classical vocalists like Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Amir Khan, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Siddheshwari Devi etc. For a New York Times’ critic who watched Ustad Sultan Khan’s performance on his sarangi at New York in 1995, the tone of his sarangi was like a supple human voice. One can even feel the human voice in his sarangi he played in dil cheez kyaa hai aap meri jaan leejiye.

Ustad Sultan Khan’s entry into Hindi films as a playback singer was a mere coincidence. Ismail Darbar, the music director of ‘Ham Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999) wanted a classical singer for a song ‘Albela saajan aayo re’. His father who was a close friend of Ustad Sultan Khan persuaded him to sing this song along with Kavita Krishnamurty and Shanker Mahadevan. Subsequently, he sang in films like ‘Rahul’ (2001), ‘Agni Varsha’ (2002), ‘Gangajal’ (2003), ‘Maqbool’ (2004), ‘Madhubala’ (2006), ‘Jab We Met’ (2007), etc. He also composed songs jointly with Ustad Zakir Hussain for the film ‘In Custody’ (1993). He was associated with about a dozen Hindi non-filmy albums as a singer as well as composer.

Ustad Sultan Khan was a member of the fusion group ‘Tabla Beat Science’ with Ustad Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell. So he had to travel abroad quite a number of times for joining the group for performances world wide. With his busy schedules both in India and abroad, he did not have enough time to devote as a playback singer and music director for Hindi films.

Ustad Sultan Khan passed away on November 27, 2011 due to kidney problem. A year before his death, Govt of India conferred on him ‘Padma Bhushan’ award.

[Note: Some of the information on Ustad Sultan Khan is based on an article with his interview appeared in THE HINDU, January 11, 2005 and an article appeared in the same news paper on December 1, 2011.]

‘Without an element of spirituality, no music is complete. Every note I play is a call to Eshwar’ Ustad Sultan Khan said in an interview in 2005. Listening to ‘piya basanti re’ gives me that kind of spiritual element Ustad had talked about.

Video clip :

Song-Piya basanti re kaahe sataaye aaja(Ustaad Sultan Khan NFS)(2000) Singers-Ustaad Sultan Khan, K S Chitra, Lyrics-Mehboob, MD-Sandeep Shandilya


(piya basanti re…ae)
(kaahe sataaye aaja)
(piya basanti re…ae)
piya basanti re….ae
kaahe sataaye aaja
piya basanti re….ae
kaahe sataaye aaja
jaane kya jaadoo kiya
pyaar ki dhun chhede jiya
o o o
kaahe sataaye aaja
piya basanti re…
kaahe sataaye aaja

o o
baadal ne angdaayi lee jo kabhi
lehraaya dharti ka aanchal
o o o
o o o
o o o o
baadal ne angdaayi li jo kabhi
lehraaya dharti ka aanchal
ye patta patta ye boota boota
chhede hai kaisi ye halchal
manwaa ye dole
jaane kya bole ae
manwaa ye dole
jaane kya bole
maanega na mera jiya
tere hain ham tere piya
o o o
kaahe sataaye aaja
piya basanti re…ae ae
kaahe sataaye aaja

palkon ke sirhaane baithe
khwaab wahi jo aane waale
dil ki girah girah khole
mann mein pyaar jagaane waale
aa aa aa
palkon ke sirhaane baithe
khwaab wahi jo aane waale
dil ki girah girah khole
mann mein pyaar jagaane waale
satrangi sapne
bole re ae
kaahe sataaye aaja

o o o
piya basanti re…ae ae
kaahe sataaye aaja
piya basanti re…ae
kaahe sataaye aaja

jaane kya jaadu kiya
pyaar ki dhun chhede jiya
o o o
kaahe sataaye aaja
piya basanti re…ae

(aa aa aa aa aa aa )
kaahe sataaye aaja
(aa aa aa aa aa aa)
aa aa aaa

1 Response to "Piya basanti re kaahe sataaye aaja"

The female actress featured in the video is NAHUEED CYRUSI,(Later on I had seen her movie Anwar(2007)) that thing I knew.
According to wiki
The accompanying music video for “Piya Basanti” and “Surmayi Aankhen” featured newcomer acts Nauheed Cyrusi and Donovan Wodehouse.


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