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Aaj gagan se chandaa utraa

Posted on: August 27, 2020

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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of, then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Non Film Songs of Mukesh – 01

“But, I dont remember singing this song.”- Legendary singer Kundan Lal Saigal is said to have said these words on hearing Mukesh’s iconic solo song from Peheli Nazar (1945).
Of all the awards, love, affection and recognition that Mukesh continues to draw the world over, I feel the above words by the legend was the single most and greatest achievement of Mukesh.

Remembering Mukesh on his remembrance day, I humbly start with this new series on his non-film songs.

Mukesh is one of the few singers whose filmi and non-filmi songs continue to be popular among the masses.

Before I proceed further, we must again thank one of the pioneers of compilation of film songs and the untiring efforts of Shri Harish Raghuwanshi, the compiler of Mukesh Geet Kosh. It was because of his widely acclaimed work that a fair and correct number of songs sung by Mukesh came to the fore. He has been most helpful to me in all my previous posts on Mukesh. The conviction with which I conclude and present posts is the assurance given by him that a particular table of song contents is correct. I will always remain hugely indebted to all the help he has rendered.

As we have seen in the past few years, quite a few rare and seldom heard released and unreleased film songs of Mukesh continue to be unearthed from the archives of HFM history.

Same is the case with NF songs. Though there are several lists available on the net, as a matter of fact not all are in the public domain as of now.

As such it is difficult to pin-point the exact number of NF songs sung by Mukesh in this post but we shall proceed with the series and see where we eventually land up. And since this series will generally be devoid of tables etc, I am contemplating writing on my personal experience topics in the forthcoming posts.

However, this post is on Mukesh and his voice. A phenomenal voice which cannot be explained in plain words and continues to enthrall music lovers the world over.

For Mukesh it was never about number of songs. Nor was it about remuneration. There are many recollections by artists who have said that Mukesh upon rendering the songs used to walk away without collecting his fees if the filmmakers were into any financial trouble.

In spite of having huge financial problems in the mid-fifties, Mukesh was never lured by financial gains. And, that is also the reason why he opted to sing many NFS.

It was always about quality of songs that he sang. No wonder it is an indisputable fact that he had the highest hit ratio among all his contemporaries.

Sadness in the voice was his virtue, a trademark that will remain etched in the annals of music for times to come.

For today’s inaugural post of the series, I take up this popular song written by Madhukar Rajasthani and composed by J. P. Kaushik.

Song-Aaj gagan se chanda utra (Mukesh NFS) (1963) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Madhukar Rajasthani, MD-J P Kaushik


aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
apalak dekhoon
keha na sakoon kuchh
hoyi raat nigaahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa

cham cham chamke pathh taaron ka
chham chham karta kaun chala
cham cham chamke pathh taaron ka
chham chham karta kaun chala
sapnon ki tasveer si khinch gayi
door gagan ki raahon mein aen
aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa

jaane kis dhun mein deewaana
madhushaala ke dwaar pe aaya
jaane kis dhun mein deewaana
madhushaala ke dwaar pe aaya
pyaala chhoota haath se uske
bikhra husn ke paanwon mein aen
aaj gagan se chanda utraa
aa gaya meri baahon mein
aaj gagan se chanda utraa

1 Response to "Aaj gagan se chandaa utraa"

Mahesh Ji, Very pleasant number.Thanks.


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