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Teri Wo Chaal Hai Ke Tauba

Posted on: July 22, 2017


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

It was a surprise for many – when the Mukesh Geet Kosh was published (in 1985), and the compilation, at that time, was able to list less than a thousand songs in all – filmi, non filmi, other languages all combined. It was a general impression carried amongst the fans that well, yes, Mukesh has not sung as many songs as Rafi Sb, but then, less than thousand?? And then, it became a new topic to write about and discuss – why is it so that the impression is that Mukesh has recorded a lot many more songs than are popularly known.

Remembering Mukesh on the 94th anniversary of his birth today (22nd July, 2017).

This topic became a subject of curiosity amongst fans. Many years later, on an occasion of a get together with famed film historian and writer, Nalin ji Shah (of Bombay), this topic got discussed. I was part of that get together. Nalin explained this quite at length. As per him, this is a mental extrapolation that happens in the minds of the fans. While the main line playback singers like Rafi Sb, Kishore Kumar etc have their compilations listed in terms if multiple thousands of songs, still, the human mind captures and sustains a limited number as popular an favorites. No doubt, if one listens to an unheard or an obscure song, the appreciation is most certainly there. But the mind would retain only so much in the memory, as favorites. So when that number is juxtaposed against the total list of compilation, there is a level of appreciation associated with the estimate of the quantity versus the list of what a personal preference would term as “good quality” favorites. Given the case of Rafi Sb, this number may work out to be 1 is to maybe 4 or 5, in the minds of discerning fans.

When a similar sense of reasoning gets applied to the portfolio of Mukesh’s recordings, a different outcome appears. When a discerning fan would apply this estimation to the compilation of Mukesh’s list of songs, then the estimate of the quantity versus the list of “good quality” favorites would work out to be 1 is to maybe 1 or 2. And then just by an expectation of the extrapolation, the mind succinctly assumes that there are or there will be many more songs of the singer, that are not retained in the memory as “good quality” favorites. And hence the disbelief about the total listed in the compilation.

In other words, as a general impression, the ratio of number of songs of Mukesh that have captured the interest of listeners, and are listed as “good quality” favorites, is probably much higher than the other main line singers, who have shared more or less the same timelines as career contemporaries.

That, is then the curious quality of the singing of this soulful voice. There have been references – some music directors did not consider him good enough. At time he himself did not consider himself good enough. And yet, despite being a singer of one and two songs in most of his films, there is a something special that he injects into the rendition, that makes the song memorable. The sound of his singing has a golden ring of sincerity, as if the voice is coming from his soul and not just from his lungs. Pick up any listing of his songs; I daresay you would be hard pressed to drop un-likeable non-favorites from that list.

I would agree with this perspective and this explanation given by Nalin ji. Yes, definitely, there is that something compellingly charismatic in this voice.

Yes, known and liked better for his poignant and sad renditions – Raja ji has rightly observed that such songs of Mukesh serve as a soothening balm to a troubled mind, there are some so well known charmingly fast paced fun songs that he has rendered. Sample this list – “Ruby O Ruby, Jaane Mehboobi” (from ‘Chaahat’, 1971), “Tauba Ye Matwaali Chaal” (from ‘Pathar Ke Sanam’, 1967), “Ye Mausam Rangeen Samaa” (from ‘Modern Girl’, 1961), “Socha Tha Pyaar Hum Na Karenge” (from ‘Bluff Master’, 1963), “Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega” (from ‘Sangam’, 1964), “Ruk Ja O Jaane Waali Ruk Ja” (from ‘Kahnaiyya’, 1959), “Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Sadiyon Puraane” (from ‘Farz’, 1967), “Teri Nigaahon Pe Mar Mar Gaye Hum” (from ‘Shabnam’, 1964), “Phir Milengi Kahaan, Aisi Tanhaaiyaan” (from ‘Bhaavna’, 1972), “Dekho Mausam Kya Bahaar Hai” (from ‘Opera House’, 1961), “Aasmaan Pe Hai Khuda Aur Zameen Pe Hum” (from ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, 1958), “Nain Tumhaare Mazedaar O Janaab e Aali” (from ‘Junglee’, 1961), “Kisi Nargisi Nazar Ko Dil Denge Hum” (from ‘Main Nashe Mein Hoon’, 1959), “Zara Sambhaalna Meri Jaan Apni Nigaahen” (from ‘Aaya Toofaan’, 1964), “Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai Aa Bhi Ja” (from ‘Madhumati’, 1958), “Mast Nazar Dekh Idhar” (from ‘Ek Dil Sau Afsaane’, 1963), “Yaad Aayi Aadhi Raat Ko Kal Raat Ki Tauba” (from ‘Kanhaiyya, 1959), “Ae Dil e Awaara Chal” (from ‘Dr Viday’, 1962). . . I could go on and on and on.

Today’s song belongs to that fast paced fun category. The film is ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath’ from 1962. The words are written by Anand Bakshi and the music is from the baton of Kalyanji Anandji. Yet one more charming rendition from this voice that never ceases to amaze.

Song – Teri Wo Chaal Hai Ke Tauba  (Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath) (1962) Singer – Mukesh, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

tauba

teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
teri har adaa mastaani
meri har nigaah deewaani
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
vallah jaan e kasam
samjhe to sanam
donon ka ik hai fasaana
donon ka ik hai fasaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
hum se bhali ye raahen
jin pe teri hain nigaahen
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
tu ek nazar to dekh idhar
ye dil hai tera deewaana
ye dil hai tera deewaana
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba
aisa kamaal hai ke tauba
mera wo haal hai ke tauba
teri wo chaal hai ke tauba

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तौबा

तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
तेरी हर अदा मस्तानों
मेरी हर निगाह दीवानी
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
वल्लाह जान ए कसम
समझे तो सनम
दोनों का इक है फसाना
दोनों का इक है फसाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
हम से भली ये राहें
जिन पे तेरी हैं निगाहें
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
तू एक नज़र तो देख इधर
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
ये दिल है तेरा दीवाना
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा
ऐसा कमाल है के तौबा
मेरा वो हाल है क तौबा
तेरी वो चाल है के तौबा

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1 Response to "Teri Wo Chaal Hai Ke Tauba"

Wonderful post, Sudhirji. Like you say, a vast majority of his songs were fairly well-known, thus giving the illusion that he must have sung many more than he actually did.
Nice to see some songs mentioned here that I’d forgotten. How could I forget the lovely “Ruby o Ruby” and “Aasmaan pe hai khuda aur zameen pe hum”? 🙂

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