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Mohe panghat par Nandlal chhed liyo re

Posted on: April 25, 2016

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Mohe panghat pe nandlaal chhed gayo re was one of the 12 listed songs from ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) which became very popular. Shakeel Badayuni was credited for this song though the song was inspired from a traditional dance (kathak) thumri written, probably sometime in the 19th century.

After the film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) was released, Raghunath Brahmbhatt (1892-1983) who is known as ‘Raskavi’ in Gujarat, lodged a complained with Film Writers’ Association against K Asif for wrongly giving credit to Shakeel Badayuni for the song. He claimed that he had written the lyrics as far back as in 1920 for a Gujarati play ‘Chhatra Vijay’. It was reported that K Asif paid royalty to Raghunath Brahmbhatt at that time with an assurance that suitable acknowledgement would be given in the credit title.

When the film was once again released in its colour version in 2004, it was noticed that no credit for the song was given to Raghunath Brahmbhatt. His grandson, Dr. Raj Brahmbhatt initiated a legal proceeding against the producer of the colour version of the film, M/s Shapoorji Pallonji’s Sterling Investment Corporation. After that, an agreement was reached under which the producer would give credit to Raskavi Raghunath Brahmbhatt for the song on the VCD/DVD cover of the film. [Source: DNA India, November 18, 2005]. However, in all published material and also on discs, even now, the credit is still being given to Shakeel Badayuni for the song.

In Projesh Bannerji’s book ‘Dance on Thumri’, it was mentioned that there were hundreds of thumris written especially for kathak dances by kathak dancers like Bindadin Maharaj and others and I find that ‘mohe panghat per nandalal chhhed gayo re’ is listed as one of the dance thumris. It was, therefore, no surprise that in the film, the song was choreographed by Kathak exponent Lachchu Maharaj as a kathak dance which was performed by Madhubala on the screen. So, in my view, even Raghunath Brahmbhatt may have been inspired by this traditional thumri while writing the lyrics for this song used in the Gujarati play ‘Chhatra Vijay (1920).

The earliest singer who had rendered and recorded this thumri in raag Pilu appears to be Indubala, the record of which was released in September 1930 (78 rpm record No. P.10237). Later, Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan of Agra-Atrauli gharana also rendered the thumri ‘Panghatwa pe Nandlaal chhed layi re’ with somewhat different wordings.

Today, I am presenting the Indubala version of the traditional thumri ‘mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re’ (1930) which, in my view, is the inspiration for Naushad to compose the song with the same mukhda. A traditional thumri generally have mukhda with only one antara. Words are simple and colloquial but they are musically interpreted. Just note how Indubala gives emphasis on the words ‘naajuk kalaiyya’ and the way she pronounce ‘maror’ to give the listeners the feel of a twisted wrist.


song-Mohe panghat par nandlal chhed liyo re (Indubala NFS)(1930) Singer-Indubala


aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa re haan
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re ae
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re ae
mori naajuk kalaiyaa aa maror diyo re ae
mori naajuk kalaiyaa maror diyo re ae
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re ae
mohe panghat par

ae ae ae
pan…ghat par
aare ghat par
ae ae ae ae e
aa aa aa aa
panghat par
ae ae
pan……..ghat par
panghat par
mori naajuk kalaiyaa aa
ae kalaiyaa
ae ae ae ae ae
ae haan
naajuk kalaiyaa
maror diyo re
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re…e
mohe panghat par

ae ae ae
nipat jhapat mori
sir ki gagaariya phodi
nipat jhapat mori
aa aa aaa
aa aa aaa
aaaaaaaaa aa aaa
aaaaaaaaa aaa
aaaaaaaaa aaa
nipat jhapat mori
nipat jhapat mori
sir ki gagariya phodi
aur chudiyaan pasaai(?) diyo re…e
aur chudiyaan pasaai(?) diyo re…e
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re…e
mohe panghat par
naajuk kallaiyaa re
naajuk kalaiyaa maror diyo re
mohe panghat par Nandlaal chhed liyo re…e
mohe panghat par Nandlaal


7 Responses to "Mohe panghat par Nandlal chhed liyo re"

Bollywood is a hollow hood. Copying from scores of regional languages and Hollywood

Yep it is just wood and hollow at that.

No wonder we have movies like Hum Sab Ustad Hain, Hum Sab Chor Hain

SJ Fans Intl-Mumbai is organizing a audio-visual show on SJ on 29th April at 6pm at Raghuvanshi Hall(Amchi Shala Premises, Near Sahakar Plaza, Cinema), Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Mumbai to commemorate Shankar’s 29th death anniv which actually falls on 26th. A book on SJ will also be launched. All are invited. Thanks

A different treatment which is very refreshing. Thank you Sudhir-ji.

psseshadri ji,

This post is written by Sadanand Kamath ji.


Atul ji,

Please change the tag and elsewhere to ‘Indubala’ instead of ‘Induraani’.

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