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Jogan ki jholi bhar de o shaah Madeene waale

Posted on: June 18, 2014

This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

THE JOY OF NFS (Song No. 1)

MUSIC is an integral part of every Indian. From birth to death, we are drenched in music. During Vedic times, the Rishis used to teach their students verses in Taal and Sur, so that the students would remember them easily. You will have observed that whenever there is a Mahapooja or an Yadnya, the Purohits will recite the Mantras in a typical rhythm and sur.

In our school days, teachers used to literally force us to learn poems by heart in a tune, so that it was easier to remember. Not only poems, even the Maths teacher taught us the ” Pahade ” (Paadhe or the Tables) in a particular tune. That is how we remember the difficult tables of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1-1/2,or the 1-1/4 etc even today. In these days of calculators and Mobiles, the tables are nowhere now !

In ancient times, Fine Arts like Dance, Drama and Music were the exclusive preserves of the Royalties and the Rich. Over a period, the commoners too found pleasures in village arts like Folk dances and Folk songs. In every festival and during the Harvesting times, there used to be musical entertainments.

Record making came to India in 1902, when a song by a professional singer ( read Tawayaf) Gauhar Jan was recorded by a German technician in a Hotel in Calcutta. A factory was set up in Dumdum,Calcutta in 1908 by the gramophone company-UK to make records in India. There was no looking back ever since. There was a spate of records of songs and geets, Bhajans and Gazals etc, by noted singers and classical gurus. By 1925, Electrical recordings started. Gramophones became popular and singers also multiplied. Records of geets, Thumris, ghazals, natya sangeet, Bhajans, Naats,love songs, sad songs etc became available and the songs became popular quickly.

In 1930, All India Radio started and in 1931 the films started talking. However, records of film songs were in general not madethose days, though the first film song record came in 1932. Till about 1939-40, records of film songs were not made from every film. So, people continued to enjoy the NON FILM SONGS by famous singers. This trend of making records of NFS was so popular that most Film singers started their careers by recording NFS. Examples are Talat Mehmood, Hemant Kumar, S D Burman, Lata, Asha, Mukesh, Rafi etc.

Those of our readers, who were young in the 40s…50s….60s, will remember the melodious NFS played on Radios and in homes. Songs of Saigal, Jagmohan, Pankaj Mullick, Kamla Jharia, Juthika Roy, Paluskar, Talat, Mukesh, Hemant etc were played in many Hotels and restaurants too.

NON FILM SONGS played a very vital role in entertaining people and in giving opportunities to singers to become famous. As Radio became popular, these songs reached millions of Indians, and the singer’s names became famous all over India. Singers like Jagmohan, Pankaj Mullick and Talat Mehmood were invited to sing their NFS on stage shows and they toured countries all over the world for these shows.

As Radio Ceylon became more and more popular after 1950 and the Vividh Bharati after 1957, film songs started getting extensive exposure and slowly they stole the limelight from the NFS. However some NFS were immortal and are remembered even today.

There is a popular equation that Non Film Songs means Talat,Jagmohan,Pankaj mullick,Juthika Roy,hemant etc. But the fact is from 1930 onwards,almost every Film singer sang Non Film songs,because NFS had a special place in people’s heart then.

We propose to start a New Series.-“THE JOY OF NFS”. This will feature Non Film Songs from singers who are normally not identified with NFS- like Noorjehan, S D Batish, Amirbai, Zohrabai, Uma Devi etc, along with some specialists of NFS too. All these songs may not be well known or popular, but they have Historical Value. For example, hardly anyone would imagine an NFS of Noorjehan.

For this series, I started my search and in the process, I got some vital information from my friend, a well known song collector and an expert on old films and music- Mr. Vidur Sury ji. He informed me that, while in India, Noorjehan may have sung a few NFS ( later in Pakistan she sang many NFS there), but only 2 songs were available.

1. Jogan ki jholi bhar de- 1933
2. Suno mehboob-E-Huq-1936

Mr. Sury did not stop at giving me the information, he also gave me the link for the First song, which was uploaded just about a week back-0n 10th June 2014, for the First time. Mr. Sury is in possession of the other song as well. Thank you mr. Vidur Sury ji, for your help.

Born to Madad Ali and Fateh Bibi at Kot Murad Khan, Kasur (A small village in Punjab – now in Pakistan) in the late 1920’s, Melody Queen Noor Jehan was named Allah Wasai by her parents. It is not clear exactly when Noor Jehan was born. Some put it in 1926 and others in 1929, on the 21st September. If she was born on this date in 1929 it would make her exactly a week older than the another singing colossus, Lata ji.

Noor Jehan had five brothers – Nawab Din, Gul Muhammad, Muhammad Hussain, Muhammad Shafi and Inayat Hussain and five sisters – Eidan Bai,Haider Baandi, Gulzar Begum, Meena Begum and Undam Begum. From an early age she displayed signs of having a melodious voice, which became even more apparent by the time she was five or six years old. She could pick up just about anything – be it a folk song or popular number from a theatrical drama – imitating it to perfection. Realising her immense talent, Noor Jehan’s mother started her training in singing and dancing. She took up singing when she was only seven when she started making appearances on stage with her elder sisters Eidan Bai and Haider Baandi for rural theatre companies known as Taka Theatre. She did not sing original songs but sang the famous film hits of the day. She came to Lahore with her sisters for better opportunities where she took part in the zinda nach gana (live song and dance) which usually preceded the actual film show.

Looking for an even bigger stage the sisters moved to Calcutta in 1934/1935 where Mukhtar Begum, the leading singing star of the stage, encouraged the three sisters and recommended them to various producers. In later life Noor Jehan adopted Mukhtar Begum’s style of performing and wearing of a sari. The sisters got permanent jobs with one of the Seth Sukh Karnani Companies, Indira Movie Tone. Their popularity grew and they became known as Punjab Mail.

At this time, director K D Mehra was in the process of making a Punjabi film and persuaded his producer to cast the three in Pind Di Kuri (1935). And so began the film career of Baby Noor Jehan. She next acted in a film called Misar Ka Sitara (1936) by the same company and sang in it for composer Damodar Sharma. Five films later Baby Noor Jahan played the role of Heer’s childhood in the film Heer Sayyal (1937). The role of Heer in this film was played by Balo, the mother of the 60’s star Sabiha Khanum (Pak).

After four years in Calcutta, she was back in Lahore where Master Ghulam Haider spotted her immense talent as a singer and composed songs that made her famous overnight.Baby Noor Jehan hit the nationwide rating with Gul Bakawali (1939) for renowned Mumbai producer Dalsukh Pancholi in 1939 where she recorded her first film song ‘Shala Jawaniyan Mane’ that was an instant hit. Baby Noor Jehan’s appeal changed from a child struggling to play bit parts into a young woman with immense potential ready to take off and launch her singing and acting career. When it was decided to cast her as a heroine the basic problem with the producer and the director was how to erase the impression of her being a child from public perception. They feared that she would not be accepted as a heroine by the audience that had billed her a few years earlier as a child star. The first step was to remove the ‘Baby’ prefix from her name, and though she was young she was big built and appeared much older than her age. Her image on screen posed no problems to the director and so was born Noor Jehan, set to enter an adult world barely in her mid-teens.

Noor Jehan was first cast as a heroine in Khandan (1942) opposite Pran (who later became Indian Cinema’s most hated villain) as the hero. The film was also the debut for director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi (who later married Noor Jehan). Pancholi had previously involved Rizvi in the editing of Gul Bakawali (1939), Yamla Jatt (1940) and Chaudhry (1941). The songs of Khandan (1942) compsed by Ghulam Haider became instant hits and established her as the leading singer of films in India. Its success saw her immigrating to Bombay where she shared melodies with the singing star Shanta Apte in Duhai (1943). After that there were hits after hits with songs from Nadan (1943), Naukar (1943), Dost (1944), Lal Haveli (1944). By now her popularity outstripped all others. She was the darling of the masses, recognised and adored both for her singing and acting.

After taking the role of leading lady in Nadan (1943), she was presented with the second lead role in Naukar (1943) while Shobana Samarth (Indian film actressNutan’s mother) played the heroine opposite Chandramohan. Dost (1944), directed by Rizvi, had the extremely gifted Motilal as the leading man opposite Noor Jehan, with Rizvi (who was now her husband) playing her brother in the film. It was in this film that Noor Jehan lent her voice for the first time to another actress, Husn Bano. It was in Lal Haveli (1944) that Noor Jehan starred opposite singing star Surendra Nath for the first time (they later made the all time classic Anmol Ghadi (1946)). Lal Haveli (1944) was also notable for the fact that Meena Kumari, then a child star, acted as the young Noor Jehan.

The year 1945 was a turning point for Noor Jehan. In Master Vinayak’s Badi Maa (1945) she played the lead with “Baby Lata Mangeshkar” and “Baby Asha Mangeshkar” in supporting roles. During breaks in shooting she would ask the then unknown Lata to join in impromptu singing sessions and said “Mark my words, this girl will one day become a tremendous singer.” Noor Jehan’s influence on the early songs of Lata is still discernible. Lata has always respected Noor Jehan and considers her one of her favourite singers. Some critics even believe that if Noor Jehan hadn’t left fame and fortune in India when migrating to Pakistan during the partition of India, Lata may not have been as successful as she is today. If Noor Jehan had stayed Lata would have had to face serious competition.

The year 1945 also brought Noor Jehan her first superhit in Bombay, Zeenat (1945). It was her inimitable rendition of “Bulbulo Mat Ro Yahan” that earned her the title Malka-e-Tarranum, Queen of Melody. She dethroned reigining singing star Khurshid and rendered obsolete the nautch girl style of Zohra Ambalewali and Amirbai Karnatki.

In 1946 Noor Jehan acted in the enduring classic Anmol Ghadi (1946). The title is a fitting description of the magical moments in this film with superhit songs like ‘Awaz De Kahan Hai’, ‘Jawan Hai Mohabbat’, ‘Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi’, ‘Aaja Meri Barbad Mohabbat’ and ‘Kya Mil Gaya Bhagwan’ composed by Naushad to make her the undisputed queen of films if there was any doubt left about her being the diva. Composers and lyricists vied to have their creations rendered by the Queen. In the film she plays a poetess called Lata caught in a love triangle featuring the other two singing stars of that era, Suraiya and Surendra Nath. So popular was the film that Noor Jehan’s other two films released that year, Dil (1946) and Humjoli (1946), were pale in comparison.

In Jugnu (1947) she starred with Dilip Kumar, then a rising star. The duet ‘Yahan Badla Wafa Ka Bewafai Ke Siva Kya Hai’ catapulted the then struggling Mohammed Rafi’s career, who also made a special guest appearance in the song ‘Woh Apne Yaad Dilane Ko’. Noor Jehan had very few duets as her voice did not require the support or enhancement of others. Her effortless emotive capabilities and her fluid grasp over the substance and essence of the lyrics is amazing, even in this day.

Noor Jehan’s last film in India was Mirza Sahiban (1947) which starred Prithviraj Kapoor’s (Father of Raj, Shashi and Shammi Kapoor, Grandfather of Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, Great-Grandfather of Karisma Kapoor) brother Trilok Kapoor. Many of the songs were hits like ‘Aaja Tujhe Afsana Judaai Ka Sunaye’ and the duet with G M Durrani ‘Haath Seene Pe Jo Rakh Do To Qarar Aaye’.

The reasons and the story behind Noorjehan and Shaukat Hussain Rizvi’s sudden departure to Pakistan has been written in details by me in earlier articles, so I will not repeat that here. Though it is believed that this NFS of Noorjehan is of around 1933, I personally feel that it can not be so,because she was just 7 year old then. Instead, it is more likely that after coming back from Calcutta in around 1938, Ghulam Hyder might have recorded this song by her in 1938-39 or so. Whatever the year, this is a Historic song- a NFS at that- of Baby Noorjehan.

Enjoy this FIRST song in this series and look for more rare songs….


Song-Jogan ki jholi bhar de o shah madeene waale (Noorjahaan NFS) Singer-Noorjahaan, MD-Ghulam Haider


jogan ki jholi bhar de
jogan ki jholi bhar de
ae shah madeene waale
ae shah madeene waale
jogan ki jholi bhar de

mat poochh mujhse
haale gafoon
ae kya hai kausara aa aa
meri nigaah se pooch
jaley dil ka maajra
aankhon mein dekh meri musee ee ee
museebat ki inteha aa aa aa aa
?? se sun fasaaana
meri benawaai ka
jogan ki jholi bhar de
jogan ki jholi bhar de
ae shah madeene waale
ae shah madeene waale
jogan ki jholi bhar de

sun ke fasaane aapki ee ee
?? ke main
laayi hoon hasraton ka janaaza saja ke main
jaaugi ab to apne muqaa
muqaddar bana ke main ain
ye arz kar rahi hoon
jabeen ko jhuka ke main
jogan ki jholi bhar de
jogan ki jholi bhar de
ae shah madeene waale
ae shah madeene waale
jogan ki jholi bhar de

6 Responses to "Jogan ki jholi bhar de o shaah Madeene waale"

Wah, wah Arun-ji, Thanks for this rare song of Noorjehan. I have been a die-hard fan (You can call me an air-conditioner) of Noorjehan. I am eagerly waiting for the other NFS song by her. Thanks again.


I have tried to make sense of the missing words.

First stanza :
mat poochh mujhse haale ‘ gafoon ‘
ae kya hai ‘ kausara ‘
meri nigaah se pooch
jale dil ka maajra
aankhon mein dekh meri musee ee ee
museebat ki inteha aa aa aa aa
la…. se sun fasaaana
meri benawaai ka

2nd stanza :
ye arz kar rahi hoon
‘ jabeen ‘ ko jhuka ke main


Very well written post Arunkumar Sir. Thanks for crediting.


Thanks for the rare NF song by Noorjahan. As usual a well written post. Will be looking forward to the other NF songs and posts.


I saw the second posting first, so belated comments. An excellent series, as usual packed with lots of information and some rare NFSs


I could not listen to this it has been deleted. I was panting and panicking at the mention of Gauhar Jan I have been longing to hear her Ghazals naths and bhajans and Her Arabic and Farsi and English songs . She has become a great inspiration for me that I have started learning Opera singing. I have studied Hindustani Shashtrie maosiqi. This song Jogan ke jholi Bhardo was also sung by Kaloo Qawal in Raag Bhairawi. Arjub Ji I have been searching for Fakhre Alam Qawals songs could not find any on internet. fakhre Alam qawal I believe was pearu Qawal;s brother. I have some records of Pearu , fakhre Alam Mohd Khalil KCdey’s qawalis and etc. which i have transfered to CD . I can send you a copy. If You want , contact me via my email


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