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Ye sitaare hain motiye ke phool

Posted on: July 31, 2018

This article is written by nahm, 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.

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do hi lafzon ka thha ye afsaana
jo sunaa kar khaamosh ho baitthaa aa

And thus he sang in 1949, with no conception that his voice and words are going to resonate around the globe into the 21st century or the next millennia. If he had known how famous and well known one day he was destined to be, I wonder how much more conscious and eager to reach the heights a performer of his class would have been. Or if he could have excelled himself in what way. As it is, he was in a class of his own. The thing about this whole saga called Mohammed Rafi ‘s songs, is that there is/was simply no competition.

Here was me, literally stumbling in front of the street where he lived the last part of his life. It happened this saturday, I was visiting a fashion house on Turner Road, Bandra(W), and right there on the intersection there was this blue coloured sign board indicating the direction of Mohammed Rafi Marg.

Normally western suburbs are not my choice of places to visit. Having lived all my life in Mumbai, I have also had my fair share of queries like ” Have you seen Shah Rukh Khan’s house ?” or some such things mainly from those who have never visited Mumbai. Long ago some Bollywood savvy driver had driven us around the Bandra area showing us the Bunglows and houses of Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari etc. with some visiting relatives while we all were on a sight seeing trip.

This time I was with my sister, mother and cousins doing some sort of research in current trends and fashions. Others call this same activity as window shopping 🙂 . I was gobsmacked to unexpectedly find that I can see Rafi Mansion. I told the elderly chacha from who driving the car, who is actually a Kishore and Rajesh Khanna fan, to just go and see if he can find Rafi Sahab’s home in the street, by the time we could finish the job in hand. Afterwards I asked chacha if he found the house. He replied that he couldnt find it. Having seen the road sign I was not about to give up. I said “Chalo dekhte hain kasie nahin milta” .

I knew this has to be a small street and Rafi Mansion shouldnt be so difficult to find. And Lo and Behold, there it was the gate marked “Rafi Mansion” on one side and “Bait-ur-Rafi” on the other side. The whole area, I realised must have changed over the decades. Of course the house that Rafi Sahab lived is no longer there and in its place is a building containing flats. A passerby told us, that Rafi Sahab’s daughter stays in the building but currently she is abroad.

Fortunately, I wasnt too overwhelmed and remembered that I can take photos of the place as a memory of the moment. I did take the photos of the gate and the Memorial Plaque marking the street “Padmashree Mohammed Rafi Marg”.

I have photographs to prove it, that I did visit the place and not making this story up just to write something in this post 🙂 🙂 . Photos are attached to accompany the post. Someone sure is taking care of both the plaque’s (On both corners of the road) and the gate with its silver paint and glaze.

As we came away from there, we all were discussing inane things. I could’nt even ponder over what all info I have imbibed in all these years about Rafi Sahab’s house. I only realised today that, this was a momentous occassion and could be recorded here on this blog honouring the great nourishing and enriching value addition i.e. Rafi Sahab’s legacy, is to Hindi film music.

The moment here is the 38th death anniversary, to be commemorated. A beautiful solo song that I found on youtube some months ago, with two versions, is worthy of the event. Its so touchingly rendered in the typical Rafi tones of the 40’s, that I longed to do this post. When I saw a post of a song from Shohrat (1949) a while back, I thought this song also will be posted soon. But than luckily it has been left alone, may be due to the fact that it deos not appear in the Geet Kosh.

Whether this song was recorded for the film “Shohrat”(1949) or otherwise, the fact remains that this is a authentic Rafi rendition. Both the versions have the word”Tanvir” featuring in a sher, as a poets takhallus maybe. As per the information given with the link on youtube, it is from Shohrat(1949) composed by Aziz Hindi. The poet, as per the uploader is Tanvir Naqvi.


Part II

Song-Ye sitaare hain motiye ke phool (Shohrat)(1949) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Tanveer Naqvi, MD-Aziz Hindi


ye sitaare hain
motiye ke phoo ool
kis ki maala toot gayi ee ee ee
chaand teeka hai
kis ke maathhe ka
raat kis ka suhaag loot gayee

shaamil-e-bazm hain kayee ehbaab
ye na samjho koyi akelaa hai ae ae
lab pe naatik hai muskuraahat kaa
aankh mein aansuon ka melaa hai

wo jo bikhri hai
tere honthon par rr rr rr
surkhiyaan hain mere
fasaane ki ee
teri aankhen haseen raaten hain
mere guzre huye zamaane ki ee

jis ko tum hi salaab(?) kehte ho
ik warq hai mere fasaane kaa aa aa
main to khud hi badal gayaa tanveer
rang badla nahin zamaane ka

tera paighaam le ke seene mein ae ae ae
koyi ruswaa huaa sar-e-bazaar
koi vastu mein ban gayaa gautam
koi gukul mein saanwala avtaar

aag mein ? ? nahi hote ae
sholay utthhte nahin hain paani se ae
raakh mein phool khil nahin sakte
kuchh na paaoge iss jawaani se

kis ne bargad ki chhaaon mein tanveer eer
door se bansuri bajaayi hai ea
aag si lag rahi hai seene mein
saanwle krishn ki duhaayi hai

do hi lafzon ka thha ye afsaana aa
jo sunaa kar khaamosh ho baitthaa aa aa
ibtedaa ye ke tum ko paayaa thha
intehaa ye ke khud ko kho baitthaa

19 Responses to "Ye sitaare hain motiye ke phool"

“Do hi lafzon ka tha yeh afsaana, jo sunaa kar khaamosh ho baitthe, ibtidaa yeh ke tum ko paaya tha, intihaa yeh ke khud ko kho baitthe”

AR Qureshi sang those lines (with “baitthe” instead of “baitthaa”) by Tanveer Naqvi for WAMIQ AZRA (1946) in a duet with Naseem Akhtar. Never noticed until now that they were reused in SHOHRAT (1949). In WAMIQ AZRA (1946), they were followed by these lines:

Bhalaa koi kyon kar tumhe bhool jaaye, bhulaane se tum aur bhi yaad aaye
Na socha na samjhaaa na dekha na bhaala, chale aaye ham dil ki duniya lutaaye*
Na maano magar jab se tum se judaa hain, tumhaari qasam ham nahin muskuraaye
Bhalaa koi kyon kar tumhe bhool jaaye, bhulaane se tum aur bhi yaad aaye

* – The “dil ki duniya lutaaye” part is a guess on my part. Perhaps someone can listen to that line and verify.



Thanks for your informed comment. It is a step towards confirming that the above nazm is indeed written by Tanvir Naqvi.

One song from Wamiq Azra (1946) is posted in the blog, but it is not the one that you so fondly remember and quote.




Thank you for the song link, Kamath Sir. It is very melodious, a memorable treasure.


‘nahm’ ji, nice feel good post about my most favorite singer of hfm. From what I read from those who knew Rafi saab, even if he was told that he would be worshiped by posterity, he would have continued to be the humble human he was. I did not know he lived in Bandra. I had an impression that he lived in Byculla. I have added the photos from your post to my collection.! Thanks for posting the pics.

He was aptly referred to as ” Mausiqui ka Paigambar’ by Naushad Saab.


Thanks for liking the post and photos.


hullo Nahmji
how long ago was this Bandra- Trip of yours’. i was in that exact same place on july 4th. i saw that most of Bandra’s roads are taken over by legends. there is Nargis Dutt road which runs off hill road. then there is Padmashree Mohammad Rafi Marg, there is Padmashree Rajendra Kumar chowk from where hill road starts its upward journey. a walk on hill road and i saw that Dilip Kumar’s bungalow, and Rishi Kapoor’s bungalow “Krishnaraj” are both under redevelopment. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s “Mamta” and Gulzar’s “Boskyana” are still there. and Nasir Husain’s (that is the spelling on the name plate) has been slightly modified the courtyard at the back has given way to a multi-storeyed house, not skyscraper.


This trip was just this saturday, i.e. on 28th July. It was entirely co-incidental that we reached the spot that day.

Not seen the other places that you mentioned recently. The earlier trip I mentioned was in the last century. I mean it when I say that western suburbs especially if involves crossing S. V. Road is a big NO…..NO from my side.

In early 90’s I was working in offices situated at Santacruz, Vile Parle and JVPD. JVPD office was just a stone’s throw away from 10th Road & Amitabh Bachchan Bunglow. Just beyond in the next lane were J. Omprakash’s Bunglow and Danny Danzongpa’s Bunglow with Pagoda style roofs. These were the things I had seen and remembered, as told by the colleagues. I had Amitabh Bacchhan autograph too on a piece of paper, brought for me by the office boy, who had gone to see the shooting of Amitabh & Neelam for the film “Insaniyat” at Juhu Garden (the one with the aeroplane).

Since leaving those early years jobs and joining my present one, I can count the rare trips to that side of the city on my finger tips. Visit to my Uncle’s flat at Oshiwara, than a wedding at Andheri (West), a few shopping trips to Santacruz (W), visited Turner Road 2-3 months back too. One of those trips is also the Vile Parle meet of this blog’s group.


Respected Nahm-ji,
Thanks for posting very melodious 2 part song of Rafi Saab, heard first time. Please correct me, if to my knowledge, such tunes are called ‘merciyaa’.
I used to stay in Atomic Energy Quarters on 15th road and I had visited Rafi Saab at the Rafi Mansion, along with my Wife. Even though, he was not well he received us with warmth and treated us with ‘Rooh-e-Afza’ and some snacks. I had a dairy where my wife had written down fifty Rafi Saab songs of MY liking. While in USA, I had given it to my friend, who was an ardent fan of Rafi Saab. Unfortunately my friend died suddenly and later his son could not locate that prized Dairy to return it to me.
Thanks for your article and Photographs that reminded me of that wonderful memories.


Thanks a lot, Nahm M’am, for a very valuable post. A very rare song unreported in Geet Kosh and an apt choice to remember the great singer on the very date on which he went silent (khamosh ho baithe) 38 years back.
As a bonus, one also got evoked responses from respected Shalin Bhatt sir and Kamath sir, which further enhanced the enjoyment. Bhatt sir’s accurate guess was confirmed by video posted by Kamath sir.
By the way, I too heard the word “salaab” as posted by you. As for the missing one, I suggest “dahakte or sulagte” as these words appear to be best associated with the context of ‘sholay’.
Once again with thanks and regards,
Avadh Lal


My guess would have been:

jis ko tum hi saraab kehte ho
ek warq hai mere fasaane kaa

But the word sounded like ‘salaab’. It couldnt be ‘salaam’, but it can
be ‘salaat’, but I have my doubts about this.

aag mein ? ? nahi hote ae
sholay utthhte nahin hain paani se ae

Here the missing word could be ‘Phool’ , but it is there in the next line. It could be ‘gul’ or ‘kaliyaan’ or ‘oas’ or ‘shabnam’. Something diverse from the concept of ‘aag’, I think.



Thanks Ma’am for your efforts and article covering this melodious song. Tributes to legend Rafi Saab. Also thanks to the Javed Raja Bhai to make this rarest gem available on YT. About (?) word in the first part it must be INQUILAAB.

jis ko tum inquilaab kehte ho
ik warq hai mere fasaane kaa

WARQ = PAGE or LEAF (of the book), पन्ना


You are absolutely right about “Inquilaab” . Another word for “warq” is “Safha”.

Plural of warq is auraaq. These words were there in my post here

Thanks for your comments.


Plz dont mind Ma’am. I have provided the meaning of these words just for reference that how inquilaab word suited here and the phrase got its meaning. My intention is not to teach you coz I know you are a genius of Urdu.


What a wonderful post this is, nahmji. Especially since it contains your personal experience of visiting Rafi Mansion, albeit from outside. Seeing these pics makes me feel like Rafisaab is still there in the building.
And what a lovely 2-part song this is. Classic 1940s Rafisaab – with lovely lyrics (though there are some words I couldn’t understand. Like ehbaab and naatik. :-))
Thanks for this wonderful post.


Thanks for your comment.

‘Ehbaab’ – Plural of ‘ Mehboob’
loved ones / dear ones

Naatik – is the punjabi variation/pronunciation of ‘Naatak’



उत्कृष्ट संग्रह,मन प्रफुल्लित एवं पुलकित हो गया,पुरानी यादों जीवन की तरोताजा हो गयी, बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद श्रीमान जी,


इस प्रोत्साहन के लिए आपका धन्यवाद


Atul ji,

Kindly make correction in the following line :

jis ko tum ‘ hi salaab(?)’ kehte ho

jis ko tum inquilaab kehte ho


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