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Sab thhaath pada rah jaavegaa

Posted on: July 22, 2015

This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 5

Remembering Mukesh (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976) today (22 july 2015)on his 92nd birth anniversary.

The year 1958 was a turning point in the singing career of Mukesh. Though he had started his career nearly two decades back in 1940 and had some remarkable hits in late 40’s and early 50’s, his foray into acting-singing in the early fifties had some disastrous consequences which in my view affected his whole career in some way or the other. The first three posts in this series clearly show that his songs with those composers stopped sometime after 1949-50. And then there are huge gaps before he was called again by the same composers.

I have read in one article that Mukesh in fact called some sort of a press conference in early fifties to declare that henceforth, his fans would only see him singing. It meant he would not be giving playback to other actors and all his songs would be picturised on himself. This may not have gone down well with composers as playback was very much in vogue during those days after the Saigal and Noorjahen era. Yes, there was Suraiyya, but Lata Mangeshkar had already conquered her way to the top.

His films as actor failed miserably and his experiments with composing and producing also did not come off. In short he tried too many things in a very short span and failed on all accounts. Today it is hard to believe that Malhar (1951) with some excellent compositions from Mukesh’s classmate Roshan was not a huge hit during its time. This was the first film produced by Mukesh followed by Anuraag (1956) for which he was the music director as well.

After trying his hands in all these multi-disciplines, Mukesh realised that playback singing was prerhaps the only safe and suitable option for him. However he also found out that few composers were willing to take him seriously as the film industry had moved on.

In 1958, he got some badly needed singing assignments again from his trusted composers Shankar Jaikishan and Salil Chowdhary who used his voice in their compositions. One solo in Yahudi and one solo, one duet in Madhumati were enough for the film industry to take notice of Mukesh once again. It was also in this year that he sang one of the greatest hits for Dattaram in “Parvarish”. However what is less talked about is the contribution of one composer in using Mukesh as the lead playback singer of his movie by getting his to sing as many as 5 songs in that film. Khayyam was the composer and Mukesh sang five Hard hitting songs penned by Sahir in “Phir Subh Hogi”. The magic of this trio was also very much evident in the last year of Mukesh’s career in 1976 which I will come to later.

The songs of 1958 referred above and the poignant solos and duets with Asha Bhosale in “Phir Subha Hogi” saw Mukesh’s career getting revived once again. The following year in 1959, he went on to become the first ever male playback singer to win the filmfare award, a coveted one, which he received from his fan and president of Egypt Mr. Abdel Nasser who was visiting the country and was the chief guest for the award function.

In the last post we saw the human side of Mukesh and his ever-helping nature. I came across this unique article “Legend with a heart of gold” in Hindustan Times written by Gurbir Singh Grewal. I say unique since it’s the only article which I have come across dealing only with Mukesh’s helping deeds etc. and not about his songs. For readers who may not take the trouble of opening the article, I reproduce below the paragraph pertaining to the incident with Khaiyyam.

During a meeting with Khayyam Sahib and Jagjit Kaur in 1997, they narrated that once in the late 1950s, they were to pay an instalment for their flat, and if they defaulted they would lose their flat; they tried their best, but got no help. Jagjit Kaur called Mukesh and explained, but he banged the phone down. Hardly had they recovered from the shock when Mukesh was at their door with the money. The reason for banging the phone down was he didn’t want to waste any more time!

No explanation is required for the above incident reflecting the humane side of Mukesh and it’s no wonder that he was fondly referred to as “Guni Jan” (Noble Soul) in the film industry.

Below is the table of the “film songs” sung by Mukesh for Khaiyyam.

S No. Name of the song Movie (Year of release) Co singer if any Lyricist Remark
1 Woh subah kabhi to aayegi Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Asha Bhonsle Sahir
2 Woh subah kabhi to aayegi Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Asha Bhonsle Sahir Short and fast duet version
3 Woh subah kabhi to aayegi Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Sahir Short solo version
4 Aasman pe hai khuda Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Sahir
5 Jis pyaar mein Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Mohd. Rafi Sahir
6 Cheen o arab hamaara Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Sahir
7 Phir na kijeye Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Asha Bhonsle Sahir
8 Itna husn pe huzoor na Mohabbat isko kahte hai (1965) Majrooh Sultanpuri
9 Hamse hoti muhabbat jo tumko Mohabbat isko kahte hai (1965) Asha Bhonsle Majrooh Sultanpuri
10 Yeh dilnasheen nazaare Pyase Dil (1974) Jaan Nisaar Akhtar
11 Tum mehakti jawaan chaandni ho Pyase Dil (1974) Jaan Nisaar Akhtar
12 Sab thaath pada rah jaavega Sankalp (1974) Kaifi Azmi Represented in this post
13 Bheetar bheetar khaaye chalo Sankalp (1974) Mahendra Kapoor, Asrani Kaifi Azmi Not yet posted on blog
14 Kaahe pagli barkha chaaye Mutthi bhar chaawal (1974) Jaan Nisaar Akhtar
15 Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein khayaal aata hai Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Sahir Solo version
16 Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein khayaal aata hai Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Lata Sahir Duet version
17 Main pal do pal ka shair hoon Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Sahir
18 Main har ek pal ka shair hoon Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Sahir

Apart from the list above, Mukesh has also sung about 6-8 NFS for Khaiyyam. I don’t have the definite and complete list and so have not included them here. I will try to take up the NFS list of the combo separately sometime later.

The table again shows a gap of nearly a decade from 1965-1974. However it must be noted that Khaiyyam had secluded himself from film song composing for about a decade. He spent this time in composing NFS for Rafi saab, Mukesh, Talat saab, Begum Aktar etc.

Khaiyyam is one of the very few mainstream composers for whom Mukesh sang some of his best non film hindi, urdu ghazals and nazms.

All songs from the above table except the ones from “Sankalp” have been posted on the blog.

Any article of the combo is incomplete without the mention of one of their greatest hits in 1976, the very year that Mukesh passed away. It’s Kabhi Khabie with the magical trio of Mukesh-Khaiyyam-Sahir once again. This movie with its super-hit songs also proved to be a major comeback for Khaiyyam. His trajectory after this film is very well known.

The effects of Mukesh’s songs were all the more noted since they were pictured on none other than Amitabh Bachhan himself. Today, it’s hard to imagine any other playback singer singing those iconic numbers in the film.

Amitabh Bachhan sitting under a tree with doe-eyed Rakhee’s face in his hands, her lustrous hair strewn around, the slight rising of his head and the melodious outpour of “kabhi khabie mere dil mein khayal atta hai” will forever be etched in the golden annals of Hindi film music.

Meritoriously, the song also fetched Mukesh his fourth and last filmfare award which was awarded posthumously.

Coming to today’s song and the series in general, I am not finding many romantic or the pathos filled songs of Mukesh something for which he is very well know. This is because a majority of his songs are already covered in the blog. Philosophical, children song, bhajan etc are what I coming across. But then, what an invigorating exercise it is turning out to be to uncover the last few but nonetheless, outstanding songs of the legend such as this one from Sankalp released in 1974.

As discussed many times, it’s the infusion of zeal, honesty and integrity into the rendering which make Mukesh’s songs special and continue to remain in public memory.

The present song is written by Kaifi Azmi, and is based on the poetry from Nazeer Akbarabadi called Banjaranama. (Chronicle of the Nomad).
As such the refrain “sab thaath pada rah jaavega” keeps repeating in the song with wonderful lyrics interwoven by Kaifi Azmi. The refrain itself means all your splendour will lie useless, when the nomad packs-up and leaves. In other words, when the messenger of death arrives to carry us on his back, all our riches and possessions will be left here only.

I tried translating this song into English with some very prompt help from Sadanand ji, but could not complete it as the post was due for today. I request any knowledgeable reader to translate this wonderful song which is full of idioms and proverbial context.

We all know that Mukesh lived by the very verses he sang in this song. I consider it very apt and befitting that he got to sing this song. Paying tributes to Mukesh on his birth anniversary and to conclude this post, I again reproduce the last para from the same article referred above.

A song only touches the sensitive strings of the listeners’ hearts. When the performer himself is an honest and emotional person who feels the pain and instills it in his singing, he becomes a legend. Mukesh was such a legend.

Translations (Provided by Sudhir)

sab thhaath pada rah jaavega
jab laad chalega banjaara aa

All your splendor and treasures
Will lie ruined and worthless
Left behind
When the reaper comes calling
And the wandering traveler
Hauls up its load and moves on
To the next journey
[Note 1: the reference to ‘banjaara’ or the wandering traveler, is for the soul that inhabits the human body.  The soul is a ’wandering traveler’ that never stays permanently at any one place.]
[Note 2: the phrase ‘laad chalega’ has a very deep and oblique reference.  The soul is unable to carry anything from this world, except the sum total of all the good and bad actions.  The ‘load’ being referred to in these lines is the same as ‘paap ki gathri’ – the bundle of sins. This ‘bundle’ or record of sins is the only thing that the soul will carry from this world, to its next journey.]

dhan tere kaam na aaveg
jab laad chalega banjaara

All the gold and riches
Will not be of any help
When the wandering traveler
Hauls up its load and moves on

jo paaya hai wo baant ke kha
kangal na kar kangaal na ho

All that you have received in life
Share it with your fellow beings
Neither live like a destitute
Nor drive others to destitution

jo sabka haal kiya tone
ek roz wo tera haal na ho

What you do to your fellow beings
May well be the very fate
That may befall you one day

is haath se de us haath se le
ho jaave sukhi ye jag saara

Receive with thanks what comes your way
Give abundantly with a gentle hand
Make this world a happy place for all

kya kotha kothi kya bangle
ye duniya rain basera hai

This world is but
A stop for just a night
All your palaces and castles
Are but a comfort for a night

kyun jhagda tere mere ka
kuchh tera hai na mera hai ae

These quarrels of yours and mine
Are meaningless
Nothing belongs to you or to me

sun kuchh bhi saath na jaavega
jab kooch ka baajaa nakkaara

When the drums of retreat will sound
No treasure or palace will move with you

ek banda maalik ban baithha, har bande ki kismat phooti ee
thhaa itna moh khazaane ka, do haathon se duniya looti ee
thhe donon haath magar khaali, uthha jo sikandar bechaara

The parable of Alexander the Great
Is familiar and eminent
A single man
Who triumphed the world
Putting to sword
The destiny of millions
Plundering nations for his greed of riches
Bur on the day they carried his bier
His hands were as empty as any other


Song-Sab thhaath pada rah jaavegaa (Sankalp)(1974) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Khaiyyam


sab thhaath pada rah jaavega aa
sab thhaath pada rah jaavega
jab laad chalega banjaara aa
dhan tere kaam na aavega
jab laad chalega banjaara

jo paaya hai wo baant ke kha
kangal na kar kangaal na ho o
jo sabka haal kiya toone
ek roz wo tera haal na ho o
is haath se de us haath se le
ho jaave sukhi ye jag saara
ho jaave sukhi ye jag saara
sab thhaath pada rah jaavega
jab laad chalega banjaara

kya kotha kothi kya bangla
ye duniya rain basera hai ae
kyun jhagda tere mere ka
kuchh tera hai na mera hai ae
sun kuchh bhi saath na jaavega
jab kooch ka baajaa nakkaara
jab kooch ka baajaa nakkaara
sab thhaath pada rah jaavega
jab laad chalega banjaara
dhan tere kaam na aavega
jab laad chalega banjaara

ek banda maalik ban baithha
har bande ki kismat phooti ee
thhaa itna moh khazaane ka
do haathon se duniya looti ee
thhey donon haath magar khaali
uthha jo sikandar bechaara
uthha jo sikandar bechaara
sab thhaath pada rah jaavega
jab laad chalega banjaara

Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

सब ठाठ पड़ा रह जावेगा॰ ॰आss

सब ठाठ पड़ा रह जावेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा
धन तेरे काम ना आवेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा

जो पाया है वो बाँट के खा
कंगाल ना कर कंगाल ना हो॰ ॰ओss
जो सबका हाल किया तूने
एक रोज़ वो तेरा हाल ना हो॰ ॰ओss
इस हाथ से दे उस हाथ से ले
हो जावे सुखी ये जग सारा
हो जावे सुखी ये जग सारा
सब ठाठ पड़ा रह जावेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा

क्या कोठा कोठी क्या बंगला
ये दुनिया रैन बसेरा है
क्यों झगड़ा तेरे मेरे का
कुछ तेरा है ना मेरा है॰ ॰एss
सुन कुछ भी साथ ना जावेगा
जब कूच का बाजा नक्कारा
जब कूच का बाजा नक्कारा
सब ठाठ पड़ा रह जावेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा
धन तेरे काम ना आवेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा

एक बंदा मालिक बन बैठा
हर बंदे की किस्मत फूटी॰ ॰ईss
था इतना मोह ख़ज़ाने का
दो हाथों से दुनिया लूटी॰ ॰ईss
थे दोनों हाथ मगर खाली
उठा जो सिकंदर बेचारा
उठा जो सिकंदर बेचारा
सब ठाठ पड़ा रह जावेगा
जब लाद चलेगा बंजारा

13 Responses to "Sab thhaath pada rah jaavegaa"

Mahesh ji

Thank you for this wornderful informative post about Mukesh and lyrics of song and also detailed list……Enjoyed reading this post very much…..



sorry for the typo
please read as ‘Thank you for this “wonderful” informative post…….’


Many thanks Prakash ji.


Mukesh NFS

Prabhu Me Aap Hi Aap Bhulaaya

Ham Raqsha Ko Apne Gawara Nahi karte- Ghalib
Zara Si Baat Pe Har Rasma Tod Aaya Thaa
Jan Nisar Akhtar
Rahi Hai Daad Talab Unki Shokhiyaan Hamse
Jan Nisar Akhtar
Ashaar Mere Yun To Zamane Ke Liye Hain
Jan Nisar Akhtar
Na Hui Gar Mere Marne Se Tasalli
Thar Thar Uthi Hai Khamoshi
Jan Nisar Akhtar
Har Ek Husna Tera Aaina Lage
Jan Nisar Akhtar
Hamse Bhaaga Na Karo
Jan Nisar Akhtar

Do zulmi nainan humpe kare> Kaif Irfani
Jiyenge Magar Muskura Na Sakenge> Kaif Irfani

Ravindra Jain
Prabhu Ka Naam Japo Re Ravindra Jain

Vipin Mehra
Tu Mere Saath Chal Na Paayegi>Shameem Shahabadi
Aisi Paagal Na Ho Muhobat Me>Jan Nisar Akhtar

Kishore Desai
Mujhse Yun Ruth Kar Kyun Dur Ja Rahi Ho
Shiv Kumar Saroj
Mil Na Saka Dil Ko Agar Pyaar Tumhara
Tere Labon Ke Muqabil, Gulab Kya Hoga
Shiv Kumar Saroj

Murli Manohar Swarup
Wo Jo Ruthe to> Ghalib/Jigar
Kisi Ko Deke Dil Koi>Ghalib/Daag
Ilaahi Kya Ye Shab E Gham Hai Umra Bhar Ke Liye> Shamim Jaipuri
Ham Tujhse Kis Havas Ki Falaq Justazu Karen
Khwaza Meer Dard
Haan Main Diwana Hun Chaahun To
Shaukat Pardeshi
Barabar Se Bach Kar Guzar Jaane Wale
Jigar Moradabadi
Baharo Se Kehdo
Madhukar rajasthani
Jinke Hirdaya Shri Ram Base
Tvameva Mata Jinke Hriday Shri Ram Basen
Jahan Bhi Dekha Unhen Sar Jhuka Diya Maine
Tum Aaj Hansate Ho Hans Lo Mujh Par

Naresh Bhattacharya
Pitu Maatu Sahayaka Swami Sakha
Sur Ki Gati Mai Kya Jaanu

Aabaad Raho Mere Dil Ko Jalaane wale
V Balsara Madhukar Rajasthani

Alphabetical All Time List of Mukesh NFS
Aabad Raho Mere Dil
Aaj Bhi Unki Mohabbat Ka
Aaj Gagan Se Chanda Utra
Aankhon Me Bas Ke
Ab Too Hai Dilgeer
Aisi Pagal Na Ho
Aqad Ka Ehsaas Hota Hai
Ashaar Mere Yun To
Baat Adhuri Reh Gai
Baharon Se Keh Do
Barabar Se Bachkar
Bigdi Baat Bana De Ram
Chacha Nehru
Chhod Jhamela Jhoothe Jag Ka
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Dekho Na Aanch Aaye
Diya Apni Khudi Ko Jo Mita
Do Zulmi Naina
Dooba Suraj Maanavta Ka
Gaaun Kahan Tak Gun Main
Gai Yak Ba Yak Hawa Jo
Ghadi Ghoonghat Uda Wo
Gokul Nagri Jaana
Haan Main Diwana
Haaye Mehmaan Kahan
Hai Bahut Mashoor Wo Kissa
Laadli Meri Naazo Ki Pali
Har Ek Husn Tera
Honth Par Hoye Khamoshi
Ham Bhool Gaye Rahen
Ham Rashk Ko Apne
Ham Tujhse Kis Hawas Ki
Hamse Bhaga Na Karo
Ilaahi Kya Ye Sab-e-Gham Hai
Ja Re Jhanda Ja Re
Jahan Bhi Dekha Unhen
Jihale Miskin
Jiyenge Magar Muskura Na Sakenge
Joshe Giriyan Si Ye
Khijan Ke Daur Me
Kisi Ko Deke Dil
Koyaliya Teri Boli Sune
Kyun Pheri Nazar
Main Agni Desh se Aata Hoon
Mat Ro Bharat Mata
Meri Andheri Kutiya Mein
Mil Na Sake Dil Ko Agar
Mujhse Yun Rooth Kar
Na Hui Gar Mere Marne Se
Na Taabe Masti Na Hosh
Naitikta Ki Sur Sarita
Naiya Padi Majhdar
Pitu Matu Sahayak
Prabhu Ka Naam Japo
Preet Ka Jina Hai
Rahi Hain Deed Talab
Ram Kare So Hoi
Ram Ram Naam Rat Re
Roothi Hui Taqdeer
Sanam Jo Too Bane Gul
Shirdi Ke Sai Baba
Sunaoon Kya Main gham Apna
Sur Ki Gati Main Kya Janu
jinke Hriday Shri Ram Base
Tere Labon Ke Mukbil
Thar Thara Uthi Hai
Too Mere Saath Chal Na Payegi
Tulsi Ramayan – Bal Kand I
Tulsi Ramayan – Bal Kand II
Tulsi Ramayan – Ayodhya Kand I
Tulsi Ramayan – Ayodhya Kand II
Tulsi Ramayan – Aranya/Kiskindha Kand
Tulsi Ramayan – Sundar Kand
Tulsi Ramayan – Lanka Kand
Tulsi Ramayan – Uttar Kand
Tum Aaj Hanste Ho Hans Lo
Tum Kahan Chhipe Bhagwan
Tune Raat Ganwai Soyi Ke
Umar Faaruq-e-Azam
Wo Jo Roothe To Manana
Zara Si Baat Pe Har
Zehra Ne Teen Jo Roje

Truly a great artiste with 99% strike rate


Nitin ji,
Mukesh sang more than 4 NFS for the lyrics and music of Ravindra Jain and not one as per list above. What is required is allocate the songs to their true owners in terms of lyrics and music. That’s why I said I will come back with NFS of Khaiyyam for Mukesh when things are more clear to me.

I am too young and immature for advising, but I what I really feel is that you should put a disclaimer ” The following list is only indicative and may not be the complete list of the artists” to all your comments whenever you give the list.

Thanks again for all your inputs and the support to me.


Thanks for the additional info. I appreciate that there is nothing like complete list as some info is bound to be misssing. I generally avoid using the words like All Time List etc but I thought the list seemed quite comprehensive. If you know the 4 NFS please add them so as to complete the list.
Uptil now all my lists were offered not to satiate but to increase the curiosity.
Anybody can offer advice; age no bar. Relax.


Nitin ji,
Four NFS with lyrics and music by Ravindra Jain (Source: CD by Saregama titled “Bhajans by Mukesh”)

1. Ram ram ram naam rut re
2. Prabhu na naam japo man mere
3. Bigdi baat bana de ram
4. Prabhu main aap hi aap bhulaya.


Mahesh ji,

I have now updated the post with Hindi lyrics the translation of the verses.



Sudhir ji,
Many Thanks for the translation and the hindi lyrics.
The message conveyed in the lyrics is more clear now.


What a beautiful song – never heard it before.
And what a lovely write-up too, Maheshji.
And thanks for the translation, Sudhirji. 🙂



Refreshed the post once again today. Sir kudos for such an informative and descriptive article especially word to word interpretation.


Partial video (mukhda and last antara) of this song available in first and last clip of the upload.

Probably the song appeared in parts in the movie.


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