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Saawan mein kahin aag na lag jaaye chaman ko

Posted on: July 5, 2015

This article is written by Raja, 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.

Atul often says that inspite of the blog having already clocked five-digit number of songs, there are still plenty of very good songs out there that have still not found their way to the blog.

In my opinion, that is not a bad thing, because it keeps our journey of discovery interesting and exciting. Compiling songs on this blog is as much about the journey as about the destination – and we take as much pleasure in the journey as in getting closer to our destination. We have milestones, minor and major, that keep beckoning to us to approach them – and as we pass each milestone, we not only celebrate it but also set our sights on the next one.

In a sense, this is no different from a long train journey. Each kilometer has to be covered, there are no shortcuts – but each scheduled stop is a minor milestone, each major junction is a major milestone – and when we pass one, we look forward to the next. Atul, more than anybody else, would totally identify with this analogy, I am sure. 🙂

Coming to myself, as somebody who thoroughly enjoys a journey of discovery, I spend a lot of my time on youtube, just clicking on links of songs that I feel I have never heard before. Admittedly, they are mostly songs that are at least 40 years old but it is always done with a hope that underlying the link is an undiscovered gem. In a sense, this is pearl-diving on youtube. 🙂

I was on one such mission a couple of days ago when I came across a Kishore da song that I had never heard before. Now there are many of his songs that I have never heard before, but this one stunned me. Not only because it is from the early 70s (an era that I felt I knew fairly well) but it is such a fabulously rendered song that I am surprised it is not rated higher among his gems. That I had never heard it before was very humbling, to say the least.

It also further underlined to me the voice that was Kishore Kumar in that period. This was 1972 – I was a young boy then and Kishore absolutely ruled the airwaves in those days. In every radio programme, on songs played on streets, you would hear his voice. Maybe, in an era spoilt for Kishore Kumar riches, this song just didn’t get noticed enough.

Then, as I always do, I immediately checked the blog to see if this song was already posted. The song is from the film Tanhaai (1972) – and I found not a single song of this film has been posted yet. I then decided that this had to be corrected immediately. Bahut na-insaafi hai! 🙂

In general, I prefer to have seen a film whose songs I am posting. It tends to give some context to the song and the post.

So I looked for the film on youtube, found it and watched it last night.

Tanhaai (1972) is directed by Jagdish Nirula and produced by S.I. Shivdasani. It stars Anil Dhawan, Rehana Sultan, Shatrughan Sinha, Laxmi Chhaya, Junior Mehmood, Jagdev, Iftikhar, Poornima, Lalita Kumari among others.

I must say I quite liked the film, especially considering I had zero expectations at the start. 🙂 It is a film, typical of that period – the floral prints of Anil Dhawan’s and Shatrughan Sinha’s shirts are evidence of this. 🙂 And while there is nothing spectacular about the story, what I really liked about it is that it is a pleasant film, and therefore watchable. I watched it all the way, without getting bored.

The film also made me wonder why Rehana Sultan didn’t do better in the industry – I have only seen a few movies of hers, and she has been impressive in them all.

Anil Dhawan of course had more success – he was part of the a whole bunch of turn-of-the-decade newcomers (late 60s/early 70s) like Navin Nischol, Ajay Sahni, Vijay Arora, Rakesh Roshan, Vinod Mehra, Amitabh Bachchan and many others. That was a period of Rajesh Khanna dominance but this bunch managed a few successes between themselves. One of them went on to somewhat greater heights. 🙂

While watching the film, I noticed that the other songs are not too bad either. But this particular one by Kishore, this one which made me watch the film in the first place, is my favourite.

I will not narrate the whole story here – some of you might want to watch it. Also, a warning. I get a bit nostalgic when I see a film of my childhood era, especially when I see signs like a SELVEL board on the side of the road. 🙂 So if you watch the film and don’t like it, don’t blame your wasted time on me. 🙂

In any case, whether you enjoy the film or not, I am fairly confident you will enjoy this song. It was “love at first hear” for me. The song and picturisation do seem to be influenced by the success of “roop tera mastana” of Aradhana but it is surprising that the song didn’t get known a fraction as well. Or maybe I just missed hearing it before. Glad I found it at least now.

Lyrics are by Amanullah Khan Aman, music is by Usha Khanna.



Song-Saawan mein kahin aag na lag jaaye chaman ko (Tanhaai)(1972) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Amanullah Khan Aman, MD-Usha Khanna


Bheege huye aanchal mein
sameto na badan ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko

Uljhi hui saansen hain
dhadakta hua seena
Uljhi hui saansen hain
dhadakta hua seena
Honthon pe dabee baat hai
maathe pe paseena
Hey hey
Khilti hai kali dekh ke
naazuk se behen(?) ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko

Ye madbhari tanhaai
ye tanhaai ka jaadoo
Ye madbhari tanhaai
ye tanhaai ka jaadoo
Aise mein bhala kaise ho
jazbaat pe kaaboo
Hey hey
Rangeen banaa lo
isi pal bhar ke milan ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko
Saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko

7 Responses to "Saawan mein kahin aag na lag jaaye chaman ko"

Atul ji, Raja ji,

The blog has attained 7 million visits so far.
The post is also from one of the earliest visitors. Good coincidence.

Hearty CONGRATS. !!!


The caves that the song is picturised in seem to be same as in the song “Dil jo na keh saka” from Bheegi raat.

Nice song.



Lyrics of 1st stanza of audio link provided above,
which is not there in the video link provided with the post

ye husn ye shabnam
ye bahaarein ye jawaani
hey ae ae
ye husn ye shabnam
ye bahaarein ye jawaani
behthaa huaa dekhaa hai yahin aag pe paani
hey ae ae ae
le jaaoon main aissey mein kahaan dil ki jalan ko o
saawan mein kahin
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko
saawan mein kahin..eeen
aag na lag jaaye chaman ko


Tanhaai (1972)
date of censor certificate:17-12-1984
Production house:S.B.Films/Chitrashala`s

Starcst:Rehana Sultan,Anil Dhawan,Shatrughan Sinha,
Laxmi Chhaya,Jagdev,Iftekhar,Purnima,Baby Chintoo,Randhir,
Lalita Kumari,Jankidas,Mulchand,Master Shahid,Jagdish Raj, Arpana,Madhu,Kiriti,Jerry,Bhola,Junior Mehmood,Dulari
Introducing Ashok Khanna,

Dialogues:Qamar Jalalabadi
playback singers:Asha Bhosle,Kishore Kumar,Mohammed Rafi,Usha Khanna,
Lyricists:Asad Bhopali,
Late Aman(some sites mention his name as Amanullah Khan ‘Aman’
Director:Jagdish Nirula


Atul ji

Correction required in the post, , lyricist`s name should be “LATE AMAN OR AMANULLAH KHAN ‘AMAN'”


7 million visits.
Mind boggling indeed!
Buck up ASAD Team. Hip, hip, hurray.
Avadh Lal


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