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Mitne de meri zindagi

Posted on: December 15, 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.

It’s been a while since we had a song in this voice. A voice which momentarily transforms us to another world. A voice so gentle and sweet that we invariably pause, ponder and are awestruck by the rendering. The total numbers are in three digits only. The genres of songs are also very restricted. But whatever is available will be cherished forever since the class of singing was always uncompromising.

I deliberately avoided using the word “velvet” in the above paragraph as it would have been too obvious whom I was referring. The singer and the term “velvet voice” are synonymous.

Yes, we are talking about silken voiced Talat Mehmood saab.

Hailing from Lucknow, proper pronunciation was always his forte coupled with his knowledge of Urdu. Before he went to Calcutta in the early forties to be a singer-actor, he had already recorded a few ghazals, the most popular among them being the timeless classic “tasveer teri dil mera behela na sakegi”. After having acted in four films in Calcutta, TalatMehmood too shifted to Bombay as did the film industry in the late forties.

Like Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, he found a great mentor in the form of Anil Biswas, who introduced him to Bombay film world with the hit song from Arzoo (1950) “ae dil mujhe aisi jagah le chal”. The song as we are well aware was picturised on Dilip Kumar for whom Talat Mehmood sang many famous songs under various composers. Talat Mehmood’s most famous songs are under Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra, Shanker Jaikishen, Madan Mohan, S D Burman, Roshan etc. However, his class of singing remained the same with all composers popular or not so popular. We shall hear one such great number with a lesser known composer in this post.

Again, like his good friend, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood too experimented with acting and was also not successful. Whereas Mukesh quickly understood his folly, Talat Mehmood continued acting a bit too long, which affected his playback career. Also, the popularity of his songs and good-looks was so great that he perhaps pioneered the concept of performances in foreign countries. All these reasons meant that he was less available to composers as a result of which, his being called for playback started to dwindle. Also, late sixties and early seventies was the period during which “noise” started taking precedence over melody which Talat Mehmood was not comfortable with.

Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi et. al. had many clones, all of whom predictably failed miserably. In the case of Talat Mehmood it is said that no one could imitate his voice mainly because of the peculiar tremor in his voice. However, I am reminded of this song from Azaad (1955) in which Talat saab was not available for recording probably for reasons mentioned above. The composer C. Ramchandra took the task onto him-self and behold came up with a duet with Lata which to this date is difficult to believe that it’s not Talat Mehmood. Such were the talent of legends in the golden era.

Thanking Talat Mehmoodsaab for all the wonderful songs, ghazals and the magic in his voice which soothes the disconsolate moments in our lives, I present here a solo from the film Meherbani(1950). Arunkumar Sir has already posted one duet from this film and has also shared information about the composer Hafiz Khan in that post.

“Dil ki dhadkan pe ga” and “har shaam shaam-e-gham hai” are among the few other songs of Talat saab under Hafiz Khan’s composition. So here is the song from the film Meherbani (1950) with Talat Mehmood’s voice in all its famed glory.


Song-Mitne de meri zindagi (Meharbaani)(1950) Singer-Talat Mehmood, Lyrics-Shewan Rizvi, MD-Hafiz Khan


mitne de meri zindagi
apna jahaan basaaye ja
mitne de meri zindagi
meri kasam ko yaad rakh
apni kasam bhulaaye ja
mitne de meri zindagi

jal gaya kaun yeh na dekh
aag kahaan lagi yeh dekh
jal gaya kaun yeh na dekh
aag kahaan lagi yeh dekh
tera hi thha ye aashiyaan
marzi teri jalaaye ja
mitne de meri zindagi

roothhi hai mujhse yoon hansi
honthon pe ab na aayegi
roothhi hai mujhse yoon hansi
honthon pe ab na aayegi
tujhse magar gila nahin
tu yoon hi muskuraaye ja
mitne de meri zindagi

duniya mein mere pyaar ki
diye meri ummeed ke
duniya mein mere pyaar ki
diye meri ummeed ke
toone hi khud jalaaye thhe
toohi inhen bujhaaye ja
mitne de meri zindagi

2 Responses to "Mitne de meri zindagi"

Maheshji, All that what you have written about Talat’s voice is par for the course. His voice can’t be duplicated, alas.


C Ramchandra tried it but to no avail.
I think Jagjit Singh was successful to some extend with ‘campan’ in his voice a la Talat.


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