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Tunnak tunnak boley re mera iktaara re

Posted on: May 26, 2015

This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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 think people of my generation (born in late sixties & early seventies) got introduced to Kavi Pradeep ji’s songs mainly through his patriotic songs and devotional/philosophical songs played on loud speakers during Independence Day, Republic days, other days of national importance and main festivals of the year.

So, when I took to buying audio cassettes regularly, I bought the first (and only available) compilation of Kavi Pradeep songs (in 1988-89, I think). It included all of his popular songs namely patriotic songs and bhajans. I thought at that time that these must be the only songs sung by Kavi Pradeep, except the song from ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ which was not a part of this compilation, and I remember it because I had watched this film earlier.

Thereafter when HMV introduced this series ‘The Golden Collection’, they brought out this album ‘Pradeep-The Genius’. This audio album (planet M-New Delhi-26.03.2004) had two parts Side A: The Singer Poet and Side B: The Poet. So, I get introduced to more of Kavi Pradeep’s songs that were written by him and sung by other singers.

After coming into contact of this blog, I am getting updated with more and more information about Kavi Pradeep and his contributions to Hindi Cinema and to the Indian Culture and Society.

In between,I read about him in two books ‘Sahir Ludhianvi-The People’s Poet’ and ‘Bollywood Melodies-A history of the Hindi Filmi Song’ and gained some more information about Kavi Pradeep.

Then I got to share this song ‘aaj ke insaan ko ye kya ho gaya’, and I thought this was the only popular song of Kavi Pradeep left to be posted, until I discovered one more song ‘kabhi dhoop kabhi chhaaon’ which remaained to be posted. Both of these songs have been posted by now.

But, what disturbs me was the stats of Kavi Pradeep’s songs which was-few months’ back- 127 posted out of 531.

So, I got have got my next assignment – and I am now looking for more Kavi Pradeep songs to bring them here on the blog. In this process, I find a ‘Holi’ song which I shared before ‘Holi’, but this ‘Holi’ our blog switched to the 80’s mood and finally concluding the celebrations with a song from the 60’s. So we will have to wait till next Holi for this song to appear in the blog.

Here is a song from ‘Ram Navami-1956’ which was directed by Raman B.Desai. It had Nirupa Roy, Prem Adib, Ramayan Tiwari, Yashodhara Katju, Rajkumar, Ratnamala, Babu Raje, Shubha Khote, Amrut Rana, Radheshyam, Samson, Jawahar Kaul, Rooplaxmi and Shree Bhagwan in it.

This movie had eight songs composed by Bulo.C.Rani and penned by Kavi Pradeep.
(Not much information about this film is available on the domain, so this needs to be authenticated from HFGK)

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Kavi Pradeep. Lyrics are by Kavi Pradeep and Music is composed by Bulo .C.Rani.
Other than the solo songs sung by Kavi Pradeep which we are normally used there has been a song on our blog “arre waah re dayaalu” which is sung by Kavi Pradeep, Asha Bhonsle and Mohd Rafi.

In that sense, today’s song is one of very few duet songs of Kavi Pradeep appearing on the blog and one of the rare songs of Kavi Pradeep.

I would request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on the film and its songs.

Let us enjoy the song now.


Song-Tunnak tunnak boley re mera iktaara re (Ram Navami)(1956) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Kavi Pradeep, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Bulo C Rani


Tunnak tunnak bole re
mera iktaara re
mera iktaara re
mera ek taara aa
Prabhu hai sabhi ka paalanhaara re
O o o
Prabhu hai sabhi ka paalanhaara re
Raajanhaara re

tunnak tunnak bole re
mera iktaara re
mera ek taara aa
Prabhu hai sabhi ka paalanhaara re

Prabhu to jagat ka hai naath
uske bal ki hai kya baat
karta raat ko parbhaat
ho o ji
dukhiyon ka bhi deta saath
sukhiyon par bhi uska haath
na karta kisi ki ghaat ho o ji
O pardesi saahukaar
kar lo prabhu se kuchh pyaar
utthh jaayega ye bazaar ek din
saara re

tunnak tunnak bole re
mera iktaara re
mera ek taara aa
Prabhu hai sabhi ka paalanhaara re

sun le re bhatakte praani
din din ghat rahi zindagani
jaise nadiya ka ho paani
ho o ji

ye duniya to hai re phaani
do din ki yahaan mehmaani
kal ki baat kisne jaani ho o ji
bajaao re zor se khadtaal
todo re dharam ka jaal
dekho aa rahaa hai kaal ka banjaara re

tunnak tunnak bole re
mera iktaara re
mera ek taara aa
Prabhu hai sabhi ka paalanhaara re

Devnagari Script Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
तुनक तुनक बोले रे मेरा इकतारा रे
मेरा इकतारा रे
मेरा एकतारा आ
प्रभु है सभी का पालनहारा रे
ओ ओ ओ ओ
प्रभु है सभी का पालनहारा रे
राजनहारा रे
तुनक तुनक बोले रे मेरा इकतारा रे
मेरा एकतारा आ
प्रभु है सभी का पालनहारा रे

प्रभु तो जगत का है नाथ
उसके बल कि है क्या बात
करता रात को परभात हो ओ जी

हो ओ ओ ओ ओ

दुखियों का भी देता साथ
सुखियों पर भी उसका हाथ
न करता किसी कि घात हो ओ जी

ओ परदेसी साहूकार
कर लो प्रभु से कुछ प्यार
उठ जाएगा ये बाजार एक दिन
सारा रे
तुनक तुनक बोले रे मेरा इकतारा रे
मेरा एकतारा आ
प्रभु है सभी का पालनहारा रे

सुन ले रे भटकते प्राणी
दिन दिन घट रही जिंदगानी
जैसे नदिया का हो पानी
हो ओ जी
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ

ये दुनिया तो है रे फानी
दो दिन कि यहाँ मेहमानी
कल कि बात किसने जानी हो ओ जी

बजाओ रे जोर से खडताल
तोडो रे धरम का जाल
देखो आ रहा है काल का
बंजारा रे
तुनक तुनक बोले रे मेरा इकतारा रे
मेरा एकतारा आ
प्रभु है सभी का पालनहारा रे

3 Responses to "Tunnak tunnak boley re mera iktaara re"

Kavi Pradeep’s duets
Mujhse Bichhad Ke Dil Na Dukhana
Kavi Pradeep, Suman Kalyanpur Chitalkar Ramchandra Kavi Pradeep Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar (1961)
Laakho Log Chale Hai Bilakhte
Asha Bhosle, Kavi Pradeep Chitalkar Ramchandra Kavi Pradeep Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar (1961)
Baadal Pe Madal Baaje
Kavi Pradeep, Asha Bhosle Chitragupt Kavi Pradeep Basant Panchami (1956)
Mai Toh Aarati Utaaru Radheshyam Ki Re
Leela Chitnis, Kavi Pradeep Ramchandra Pal Kavi Pradeep Kangan (1939)
Naya Zamana Aaya Logo
Arun Kumar, Kavi Pradeep Saraswati Devi, Ramchandra Pal Kavi Pradeep Naya Sansar (1941)
Rajo Ke Bhi Maharaj
Kavi Pradeep, Asha Bhosle Chitragupt Kavi Pradeep Basant Panchami (1956)


Thanks for the information Sir !!
I need to correct myself.
@ Atul ji – Kindly make correction in the post please, since this is not the ‘first’ duet of Kavi Pradeep ji appearing on the blog.
Though we can say this is ‘one of the rare duet songs of Kavi Pradeep ji ;
the other duet songs already covered on the blog are ;

@ Shah Saheb – baadal pe maadal baaje is the ‘holi’ song that I talked about.


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