My ten favourite hindi film bhajans
Hindi film bhajans are not my cup of tea. They are mostly preachy and weepy, and in worst cases, also very demanding. God give me this and god give me that, as if God is a servant to be ordered around. 😉 That is why I thought this will be any easy list to make. In fact dustedoff and I spoke about it some 2-3 years back.
While collecting songs for this list I did find some soulful music going with some good bhajans with content.
So as to boil the list down to 10, I had to make some rules. Well, in fact only one rule that the songs/bhajans must be sung by person(s) sitting/standing in front of an idol of a god or goddess (or something equivalent). Songs of wandering monks, ascetics or mendicants will constitute a separate list.
So, here is my list of 10 favourite Hindi film bhajans
1. Ghunghat Ke Pat Khol Re – Jogan (1950)
MD: Bulo C. Rani; Lyrics: Meerabai; Singer: Geeta Dutt
Nargis enacts the role of jogan (a female ascetic), who falls in love with Dilip Kumar. The Meerabai bhajan, asking one to renounce the worldly pleasures to get a glimpse of god, seems to be lost in her. Geeta Dutt manages to convey this message eloquently, though it is in sharp contrast to Nargis’ acting, who by fervent repetition of the bhajan lines hopes to suppress her feelings and passion.
Ghunghat ke pat khol re (Raise the veil) plays on the theme of bridal night. The bride is asked to raise her veil, so she can see her beloved. Meerabai turns it around and asks to raise the veil of maya and see everybody as one.
2. Hari Om…, Man Tarasat – Baiju Bawra (1952)
MD: Naushad; Lyrics: Shakeel ; Singer: Mohd. Rafi
What a voice! What a composition! What lyrics! A sublime combination of three great talents! Three Muslims composing a Hindu-bhajan! But such a novelty as it is made out to be, it isn’t. In the Sufi tradition, the spiritual-master is often lauded in songs. Baiju sings for a vision of Hari, but here the Hari is not Krishna but his guru Swami Haridas. The pleadings for a vision in most bhajans are also often misunderstood as a wish for a physical vision, which in fact is for a divine realisation.
3. Tu Pyaar ka Saagar Hai – Seema (1955)
MD: Shanakar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Shailendra ; Singer: Manna Dey
Amazing song, sung serenely by Manna Dey (Lately, I am re-discovering many songs of his!). The serenity of the bhajan is matched by Balraj Sahni’s facial expression. Such a gentle and kind look, incorporating the message of Love is God and God is Love. An often to be heard phrase in so many religions, but unfortunately often forgotten at crucial points in history. But on the other hand maybe we just notice the cases when it failed rather than the most daily cases when it successful.
4. Naa Me Dhan Chahu – Kala Bazaar (1960)
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Shailendra ; Singer: Geeta Dutt & Sudha Malhotra
Leela Chitnis again playing a sick mother with her trademark shawl around her. Poor thing always damned to play the sick, consumptive mother! But this duet with Geeta Dutt and Sudha Malhotra is so sweet! And what I like about this song is also the picturisation. The horizontal and transversal lines of the staircase make up a nice maze in which Dev is shown to be trapped. I don’t know why, but when I listen to this I always have to think of Rita Mae Brown’s quote “Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.”
5. Hey Ram Hamare Ramchandra – Guide (1965)
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Shailendra ; Singer: Manna Dey
This was well before a political party turned Ram into a bad word. Ram of Ayodhya is scientifically at least, a comparatively recent phenomenon. But the word Ram is, said by some, even pre-vedic. No wonder, that the chant has such an aura to it. Raju, the guide, in his penance gets the vision of the divine and the realisation of his identification with the universal self. What dies is his ego (and his desires and aversions), leaving him pure and one.
Few years back I during a meditation course I participated in a ‘Ram’-chant. It was eerie and at the same time purifying.
6. Tora Mann Darpan Kehlaye – Kaajal (1965)
MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Sahir ; Singer: Asha Bhosle
A Sahir bhajan! And it can only be deep philosophical one. Here the mind is called the mirror and the witness to everything in life. I think Sahir used the word man (mind) instead of self, because it would create confusion for the listeners. Deep, profound, beautiful!
7. Sooraj Ki Garmi Se Jalte – Parinay (1974)
MD: Jaidev; Lyrics: Ramanand Sharma; Singer: Sharma brothers
A male quartet! Quite a rare appearance in Hindi film songs. I haven’t heard any other bhajans from Sharma brothers, but like this a lot. I can still remember when I saw this song on DD at the age of 12 or so. Neither did I know what they were singing nor did I understand it, but I was fascinated. I was transfixed.
8. Saancha Naam Tera – Julie (1975)
MD: Rajesh Roshan; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar
I took this one because it has such a good melody and for the fact that Asha and Usha’s voices blend so good together.
9. Saanware sunawo bansuri – Baseraa 
MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Gulzar; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
No list of mine is complete without a Pancham song. Lyrics by Gulzar here aren’t one of the complex ones with empty vessel night and such. Straight simple lyrics with a soothing melody, which caresses the heart and soul. The way Lata sings ‘Brindavani radha banu,..’, the scent of the flowers of Brindavan wafts through!
Forget the video, just listen to the song!
10. Pal Pal Hai Bhari – Swades (2004)
MD: A. R. Rahman; Lyrics: Javed Akthar; Singers: Madhushree and Vijay Prakash
Okay this is not a bhajan in the strictest sense. The beginning part is made up of much Sitagiri. I took it in because I like the concluding lines so much. Raavan and Ram are not somewhere outside. Both of them abide in one’s own self. Ram is the divine part of self, Raavan the ego. Remove Raavan and you have Ram with you!! Lovely!
So, which are your favourite bhajans. And as usual my rules don’t apply to you!
July 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm
Great list!! Some offbeat ones I must admit
My favourite bhajans have been and will always be
(prabhu tero naam from Hum Dono: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpMlBV3KOs)
(darshan do ghanshyamnath from Narsinh Mehta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UYtyMXwEuo)
July 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm
I had considered this one for the list, because I like it a lot. But since the time this bhajan been used in Slumdog Millionaire. I just can’t watch it without being reminded of the scene.you know which one I mean.
July 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm
This is the bhajan that is what I think of whenever I praise the soulful music of bhajans. I don’t even know what word I should use to show my liking of it. Somehow it seems so inadequate to say ‘I love this bhajan’.
This is the second song that I absolutely adore that you have mentioned Karthik. Thanks.
March 22, 2014 at 4:16 am
HI all ! Ghunghat ke phat khol is by Sant Kabir – NOT Meerabhai ..!!!! and the link is broken.
March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Thank you for the correction, Anisha!
July 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Frankly, not great music, but the damsel makes up for it
(Rom Rom Me Basne Wale Raam – Neel Kamal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2jOZLVEIZ4&feature=related)
July 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm
It is not that bad. but yeah, there are better ones! And Waheeda Rehman does look good! BTW why do Mehmood and Manoj Kumar’s faces look as if they have just swallowed a big spoon of castor oil?
July 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm
And lovely one from Gopi
July 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm
I hum this sometimes at quite inappropriate time, though often while humming I do mix up sukh and dukh.
July 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Lovely list!!! I had not heard Suraj ki garmi se. Watching it now
Such a gentle and kind look, incorporating the message of Love is God and God is Love : Couldn’t agree more!
I don’t know why, but when I listen to this I always have to think of Rita Mae Brown’s quote “Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.” : ROTFL!!!!
Few bhajans that come to my mind right away are :
Tora mann darpan keh laye from Kaajal (1965)
Kaanha aana padhi main tere dwaar from Shagird (1967) :
Insaaf ka mandir hai yeh from Amar (1954)
July 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm
hi sunehri! I love this rita mae brown’s quote, glad you like it as well!
I love tora man darpan kehlaye from Kaajal! That is why I included it in my list!!
I had considered Kanhaa aan padi me tere dwaar from Shagird.Saira looks great doesn’t she?
And the last time I saw the film I enjoyed it a lot. Like particularly woh hai zara khafaa khaffa!
Never really considered Insaaf ka mandir hai ye from Amar as a bhajan, but you are right, it is!
July 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Oops…I meant to correct the one from Kaajal and replace it with Allah tero naam from Hum Dono but forgot 🙂
Brindavan ka krishna kanhaiya from Miss mary
Not sure if it qualifies as a bhajan but a part of it definitely does –
(baje re manjiri from Do Behne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnFgHKA6-dY)
Tu hai mera prem devta from Kalpana
Tum hi ho mata from Main Chup Rahungi
Ae maalik tere bande hum from Do Aankhen Barha Haath
Banwari re from Ek Phool Char Kaante
Ae ree main toh prem deewani (Nau Bahar)
I like the one in Lagaan as well, O palanhare
I liked Suraj ki garmi se 🙂
July 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm
A fabulous list, sunehri!
Allah tero naam, aeri me to prem deewani, Banwaari re and O Palanhare were on my list, but they just slipped down. That is why I’m glad they make their appearance through you.
Particularly loved the song with Shyama. I don’t know why the one has to be in contradiction to the other! 😉
July 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Wonder if you will like ‘Suraj ke garmi se’. Many people whom I have recommended it were not very much excited by it.
July 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Am I thrilled with this subject and selection!!!
The problem is…how do I stop myself from posting bhajan after bhajan here.
Well, at least let me make a start with this song from gharana.
Lovely music. The flute is heavenly.
(jai raghunandan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LasoyYi19Bc&feature=fvsr)
July 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Am so glad you liked the theme as well as my selection!
Didn’t know this one. A nice bhajan as a male-female duet! Love how the children eye the prasad. Reminds me of the aartis at home. But, no my mum didn’t have the jewellry like the lady in the film. Who is she, BTW?
Just bring in all your bhajans! I’m sure there are more which I don’t know!
July 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm
The lady singing the bhajan is Devika(famous actress down south)(She also acted in IZZAT alongwith Dharmendra,Jayalalita and Tanuja)and the elderly man is Bipin gupta.The name of two child artists are Moppet raja and Master sandeep
July 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm
I thought the smaller child is Daisy or Honey Irani.
July 15, 2011 at 12:24 am
Not sure. I think she’s Vijayalaxmi from the south.
July 15, 2011 at 12:35 am
Oops sorry didn’t see prakash chandar’s answer,
July 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm
This one from Bhabhi ki churriyan is fabulous and I like it as much as darshan do ghanshyam.
Meena Kumari looks so beautiful. The music is fantastic and the flute is……
(lau lagati geet gaati: Bhabhi Ki Chudiyaan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEMBLSZoCpE&feature=related)
July 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm
*This comment just slipped down the comment list. Bringing it now to the right position*
Lau lagati… is indeed very calm and serene, I didn’t mind listening to it twice! Ideal for the evening, though I am listened to it in the morning!
July 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Here’s the last one harvey before I clutter up your blog any further.
This time it’s beautiful Madhubala in Sangdil 1952.
(SANGDIL 1952 darshan pyaasi aayi daasi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFgBCSF3yp8)
July 14, 2011 at 8:52 am
Didn’t know this one at all. Geeta Dutt could sing some good bhajans, couldn’t she?
Madhubala’s dance though reminds me of school class performance. Good actress but she could do with some dancing lessons!
July 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm
OK one more with Hema Malini in Meera. Lovely tune and Vani Jairam’s voice is lovely too.
(mere to giridhar gopal from Meera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsj9yTmKWAQ&feature=related)
July 14, 2011 at 8:58 am
I was thinking of taking songs from Gulzar’s Meera as well, but am completely spoiled after listening to Lata and Hridaynath’s album of Meera bhajans. I like Vani Jairam, but particularly in this bhajan, somehow for my ears I have a feeling something is amiss.
How about this one:
(kar naa fakiri from Meera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFAQcMkCIw)
July 15, 2011 at 12:26 am
I don’t recogmise this. My DVD didn’t have this bhajan on it. They must have edited it out with their scissor happy fingers. Not bad. Like the picturisation.
July 14, 2011 at 1:44 am
Good work with the list. I’ve always liked ‘Suraj ki garmi se’. It’s got such a different beat from most bhajans, and the power of a male quartet. 🙂
I also like the bhajan at school assembly in ‘Guddi’. The shots of the restless schoolgirls, the strict principal, how much like school, and despite it all, the sweetness of the bhajan.
July 14, 2011 at 8:44 am
Yesterday, I could experience the Suraj ki garmi and tapta tan here and no chhaayaa! I had completely forgotten about this morning prayer from Guddi. In my school we didn’t have the big assembly but in the classroom where we shot out the prayer like bullets from a gun! And then the national anthem! That was sung as if we are going for a war. I think if that was the case the enemy would have closed their ears and run away.
Thanks for reminding me of this song. Love Jaya in it!
July 15, 2011 at 8:27 am
“And then the national anthem! That was sung as if we are going for a war. I think if that was the case the enemy would have closed their ears and run away.”
July 14, 2011 at 1:56 am
Not a very popular one, but one my altime favourites. (I must admit I have a soft corner for Chitragupta and Ravi).This is a fine interpretation of Yaman
(jai jai jagdambe from Ganga Ki Lehren 1964: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq9cAFNo9cA&feature=related)
July 14, 2011 at 9:02 am
O this song is from Ganga ki Lehren! I always thought that this is a non-filmi song. They used to play it quite often on Radio.
Who is the actress lip-syncing to the song?
July 14, 2011 at 9:45 am
July 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Thanks for that karthik!
July 14, 2011 at 1:57 am
I am sticking to the rule of standing/sitting in front of an idol
July 14, 2011 at 9:04 am
You are, you are!
But you don’t have to!
Your choices are good.
July 14, 2011 at 7:49 am
I am in a hurry, that`s why I have written this in a ziff,sorry,If I have repeated any of the songs, already you have mentioned
1)This is not a bhajan , what can we call it a bhajan dance ?
From Suhaag Raat:(rajashree,kalyanji aanandji-Lataji and chorus)
“Ganga maiyya mein jab tak ye paani rahe, mere sajan teri zindagaani rahe”
2)Have you included Kala bazaar song “na main dhan chaoon, na ratan chaoon”:Geeta dutt-Leela chitnis:S.D.Burman
3) These two are prayer song,not bhajans, but still, I want to recommend these
a)Ankush:Kuldeep singh:Itni shakti hamein dena dhaata, man ka vishwas kamzor ho na”
female version by Pushpa pagdhare,sushma shrestha
male version also there
b)Do aankhein baaraha haath:Ai maalik tere bande hum :female and male version
July 14, 2011 at 7:52 am
1971:Patanga:Lataji:Shankar jaikishen:Vimmi,Shashi kapoor
“Shyam ke rang mein, rang gayee shaam, aur na mera dooja kaam”
July 14, 2011 at 8:20 am
Sorry I have repeated the Do aankhein baraaha haat song.
1)This forgotten gem is my favourite one:
****MERE BHAIYYA:1971:Yogesh:Satyen bose:Rajashree productions:Salil chaudhary:
Lataji on Naazima, Durga khote, Suresh chatwal,bipin gupta
“Pyaas liye.manwa hamaara ye tarse, ek boond teri daya ki jo barse ban jaayein ye jeevan saraa..jaise ganga ki ho dhara,jaise ganga ki dhara”
2)Geet gata chal:Ravindra jain
there are 2 or three bhajan songs in this film
I reall only two
a)Shaam teri bansi pukaare radha naam:aarthi mukherjee, jaspaal singh,Hemlata
b)Mangal bhavan amangal haari:Jaspal singh
3)Dulhan wohi piya jo man bhaaye:
The geet gata chal bhajan:Mangal bhavan has been repeated in this again:Hemlata
3)Ankhiyon ke jharokon se:They are DOHAS, If you consider them bhajan.
4)Anuraag:1972:S.D.Burman:This is about Kishen bhagwan, not a bhajan, but a feel of bhajan is there.
Lata:”Neend churaaye, chain churaaye, dhaka daale mere dil mein
5)Alaap:1977:Jaidev:lataji,dilraj kaur,yesudas,madhurani:Saraswthi vandana
“Mata saraswathi shaarada,vidyadaani,daayani, dukhharini,jagat…”
6)Sursangam:1985:Rajan saajan mishra:laxmikant pyare:
There are 3 or 4 bhajan type devotional songs
“Om namha shivaay”:Kavita krishna murthy
8)Bairaag:1976:Mahendra kapoor:”Shankar mere, kab honge darshan tere:Dilip kumar
July 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Your recommendations are always good, Prakash.
Just listened to ‘Pyaas liye.manwa hamaara ye tarse’. It is good! Such an unusual tune!
No, I can’t really differentiate between dohas and bhajans. I’m quite uneducated in that field, like in many others.
July 14, 2011 at 8:26 am
This song sounds like bhajan: Please check my favourite one:
“Kanha bole na, kaanha bole na, poochoon baar baar,kaanha bole na, kya hai preet, kya hai pyar”:
(Raakesh pandey,Kajri, om prakash)
(Jaan nissar akthar)
July 14, 2011 at 9:08 am
Wow, Prakash, thanks for your list!
I’ll need ages to go through this, because there are lots of songs/bhajans, which I haven’t heard of before.
For e.g., the song from Sangat.
Looking forward to listening it, have to hurry to work now.
July 14, 2011 at 11:28 am
Thank you for this bhajan/song, dear Prakash!
Such a gem! Wonder why it is not more popular!
Thanks for sharing!
I would like to share it with my readers, thus here the link
July 14, 2011 at 11:40 am
here is a film clip to the song. It is not a bhajan in its usual sense. but who cares!
July 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Why does the subtitle above remind me of The Exorcist?
July 15, 2011 at 8:29 am
You know, your replies to the comments are swiftly turning this (one would expect) very ‘spiritual’ post into a completely hilarious one!!! 😀 Actually, that subtitle scared me so much, I couldn’t even summon up the courage to go check out the song. 😉
July 15, 2011 at 9:43 am
You MUST check the song!
It is sublime! Go to the video with audio only!
I think I listened to the song yesterday, again before going ot bed and it is still ringing in my ears! 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm
“turning this (one would expect) very ‘spiritual’ post into a completely hilarious one!!! :-D”
Well, the divine does have a good sense of humour! Just look at the chaos he has created and I think his biggest joke was that he created human beings! 😉
July 14, 2011 at 10:10 am
AASHA:1980:Laxmi pyare:Narindra chanchal:”Tune mujhe bulaya sheraawaaliye, main aaya,mai aaya”
AVTAAR:1983:Laxmipyare:”Chalo bulawaa aaya hai, maataa ne bulaaya hai”:Mahendra kapoor, Asha bhonsle,Narendra chanchal
Dulhan:1974:Laxmi pyare:”Govinda gopalaa, mere rote naina pooche:lataji on hemamalini
Jhonny mera naam:1970:”govinda bolo hari gopaala bolo,ai ree, oo. mose mera shaam roota…jai jai shaam raadhe shaam:Lata on hemamalini:kalyanji aanadji
Satyam shivam sundaram:1978:laxmi pyare
a)lataji on Padmini kolhapure:Yashomati maiyya se bole nandalala
b)title song(ignore the picturisation please…..!!!)
Purab aur paschhim:1970:kalyanji aanandji
om jai jagadish hare:mahendra kapoor
****Naastik:1983:Kalyanji aanandji:Bharat bhushan,master raju shreshta,baby priyanka
Sadhna sargam:”Sagre jagat ka ek rakhwaala, mohan muraliwala
this bhajan is very good.
Ardhangini:1959:Vasant desai:lataji on meena kumari:”Bade bhole ho, hanste ho sunke duhaai, kanhaayee:majrooh sultaanpuri
Phool aur patthar:1966:Ravi:”Sun le pukaar aa jaa”:Ashaji on meena kumari
Aankhein:1968:lataji on kumkum:Ravi:”meri sun le araz banwaari, teri dwaar khadi dukhiyaari”
July 14, 2011 at 11:58 am
Another very nice list, Harvey. I also especially like that Kaajal bhajan…
And I have to say, I love Sunheriyaadein’s list too. Of course, my favorite is “Tu Hai Mera Prem Devata.”
And here are some others that I’ve noticed.
From Meera (1947):
(Baso morey nainan mein nandalala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZdCCqpyZ3w)
It’s too bad I can’t find a real film clip for it, but this woman has such a great voice! Juthika Roy singing in Ratan Deep (1952):
(Main To Ram Ratan Dhan Payo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtWRsPSF9EM)
There’s this one from Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955):
(jo tum chhodo piya main nahi chhodu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tQbu1E4h6w)
And I always liked this one from Sadhna (1958):
(tora manwa kyu ghabraye from Sadhana 1958: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVv1wr00Cp4)
July 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm
I didn’t include any bhajans form Subbulakshmi’s Meera, because I was sure you would contribute it! 😉 And was hoping you would bring in Sandhya’s Jo tum todo piya.
How could I, how could I miss Tora manwa kyu ghabrye re!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the sound of it I thought it is a mendicant song. This will teach me to check the videos before I put the songs on a list
The Jhuthika Roy bhajan is great! Love her voice!
September 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Very nice bhajan
July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Harvey, I’d read your post earlier this morning, but had to rush off soon after on an errand that’s taken up most of the day. I like your list a lot (the only one I don’t like much – even though I’ve heard it loads of times – is Suraj ki garmi se. I don’t know quite why; the lyrics are good, but it just sounds too much like all those jaagran troupes who keep singing at our neighbourhood temple when we’re trying desperately to sleep!)
Anyway, here are a couple of suggestions from me. They don’t quite comply with your rules, but I do like them as examples of ‘songs addressed to God’:
Teri hai zameen tera aasmaan, from The Burning Train:
(I like the secularism of this song – it’s a lovely way of showing how people, across all barriers of caste, creed, etc, come together in times of trouble)
And this one, again not religion-specific:
Humko mann ki shakti dena, from Guddi:
Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaa lo from Pyaasa is also a bhajan:
July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm
“but it just sounds too much like all those jaagran troupes who keep singing at our neighbourhood temple when we’re trying desperately to sleep!”
I understand you perfectly. I think if someone were singing bhajans, while I am trying to sleep, I’ll be put off of bhajans for whole life! They must be something like the troupes in the local trains in Bombay.
‘Teri hai zameen’ is good, but what does baksheeh kar mean? It (the song) has nice serenity surrounding it.
Humko man ki shakti dena is nice as well. Banno already mentioned it.
I also like them because of their secular touch. That is why I took ‘Tu pyaar ka sagar hai’ in and was also thinking of taking up ‘Allah tero naam’ from Hum Dono, but somehow it slipped down the list. Thank God, Sunehri mentioned it.
The Kaajal bhajan has also this secular touch, which I appreciate, apart from its profound message!
Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo, as you might have noticed is turning more and more to my favourite song. It is so multi-layered. I think I’m going to write a separate post on it.
It will be sure on the mendicant list. But I’m still trying to figure out, how I’ll name it.
A qawwali-list is also in the offing!
July 15, 2011 at 8:34 am
“baksheesh kar”, in this context, means “to have mercy”. I remember Hindustani Christian hymns used to use the word in a similar context. By the way, I especially love the songs at the top of your list – Man tadpat (of course!), Tu pyaar ka saagar hai and Na main dhan chaahoon. All of them are absolutely beautiful.
Ah, a qawwali list! I have one of those ready too, but it’s going to take me a good while to post it (after all, I have to finish this ‘linked-posts-cycle’ I’ve jumped on to), but am waiting to see what you put on it! 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 9:45 am
No need to hurry with your qawaali post. Mine is still in the thought phase, you know how long my gestation period can last! 😉
July 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Oh, mine’s a long way away too – I’ve written down what songs I want to put in the post, but describing them, getting the screenshots and so on is … well, I’m not doing that in the near future. So go on, please. 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 9:47 am
baksheesh kar = have mercy! That is nice. I always wondered why did they want a baksheesh. Now it makes sense!
July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm
These two songs are prayer songs, but I want to recommend these
Lataji-Tum asha vishwas hamaare,tum dharthi aakaash hamaare
Pandit narendra sharma
(I haven`t seen the video-smita patil,girish karnaad`s film with jabbar patel)
2)Prahar:1991:Mannadey:”hamaari hi mutti mein aakash taara, jab bhi khulegi chamkega taara”
(picturised on gautam joglekar,nana paatekar)
“Jo tum todo piya, main naahin todoon re”:lataji on jaya bhadhuri:
July 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Very good post! I think between you and the comments, all the bhajans i thought of at first pass have been covered…and there is mention of some which i have not heard before. Its going to take me ages to listen to it all! Thanks, I enjoyed remembering some of my favourites.
July 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm
Thank you, Suja!
Nice to hear from you!
yeah, the comments have, I think, covered all possible Hindi film bhajans!
July 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm
You have to listen this one
Lata mangeshkar:”Kaanhaare kaanhaa re tune laakhon raas rachaayere”
2)Aakrosh:1980:Vandana Khandekar:Title song
“kaanhaare peer sahi naa jaaye,baahar se tan”
3)Raam teri ganga maili:Lata on Mandakini
“Ek raadha ek meera, donon ne shaam ko chaahaa”
July 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm
You have to listen this one
Lata mangeshkar:”Kaanhaare kaanhaa re tune laakhon raas rachaayere”
2)Aakrosh:1980:Vandana Khandekar:Title song
“kaanhaare peer sahi naa jaaye,baahar se tan”
3)Raam teri ganga maili:Lata on Mandakini
“Ek raadha ek meera, donon ne shaam ko chaahaa”
4)Buddha mil gaya:1971
Mannadey on Omprakash
Rahul dev burman
“aayo kahaan se ghan shaam”
July 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm
What a list, Prakash!
Aayo kahan se ghanshyam is also one of my favs and since it didn’t fulfill my criteria, I didn’t put it up.
July 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm
“Kaun tagwa nagariya lutal ho”(deepti naval, amol palekar,anil chatterjee)
Kisise na kehna(1983)
“dhoonde yashodha chaoon ore, chup gaye nandkishore”
Bappi lahiri:Picturised on deepti naval
“duniya mein tera hai bada naam, aaj mujhe bhi tujhse bhi pad gaya kaam,meri binthi sunoon tho janoon”
Mahendra kapoor on Om prakash
July 15, 2011 at 12:18 am
I like this one too, from Jagte Raho
(jaago mohan pyare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGNJ1xnSEWI)
July 15, 2011 at 12:29 am
That is a sweet song! jaago mohan pyare, but I have to go and sleep now!
July 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm
.Hahahahaha!! You seem to be listening to my bhajan links at the wrong time, ‘Lau lagati’ in the morning, and ‘Jago moham pyare’ at night. 😀
July 15, 2011 at 8:35 am
Oh, yes, pacifist! I love this one. 🙂 So beautiful!
July 15, 2011 at 12:41 am
Here’s a bhajan with a twist.
It follows your rules of the person sitting in front of the deity/devi. 😉
From Nagin 1954.
(tere dwar khada ek jogi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUQTUliOq_g)
July 15, 2011 at 10:55 am
Bhajan me twist?
July 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm
This is blasphemy! The gods will be hurtling down their thunder on you!!!!! 😉 😀
This is sort of a precursor to ‘Bol raha bol sangam hoga ki nahin’!
I have a completely different memory of this song.
July 15, 2011 at 4:50 am
Bhajan’s are not my cup of tea either, I do not like tea so maybe they are my cup of tea. I liked your statement “God give me this and god give me that, as if God is a servant to be ordered around.”. Not that I believe in God (I also cannot prove that he/she/it does not exist), but if God were to exist, this statement makes sense.
Nevertheless, I like most of the songs presented by you and other commentators. This is not unusual, I like many old hindi songs; I may not like some of the movies/stars/situations.
“This was well before a political party turned Ram into a bad word” — very perceptive. Guide is my favorite movie, and Dev Anand is my favorite hero, and what you say about the cleansing of one’s soul is the well accepted interpretation. I however think that Waheeda Rehman’s character & acting made this movie outstanding. Bhajan’s were probably not her character’s cup of tea, although it must said that they were not Raju’s either. The struggle shown at the end between the earlier atheist Raju & the later swami Raju is what i identified with the most. Perhaps the movie could have ended here, but I can see the many reasons it continued.
July 15, 2011 at 11:08 am
I do like Bhajans now it seems! If God exists or not has been discussed a lot. I can understand both sides. What I find hard to believe is a god who punishes and transacts business with his/her devotees. If God is there, it/he/she is in you and me and everywhere, in the good and in the bad, in the happinness and sorrow, in love and hate and more than that. And since all these exist, God exists as well.
After seeing all the songs submitted here by me and others, I don’t even know how to define a bhajan but who cares! 😉
Waheeda’s acting in Guide was superb. I particularly like her in her confrontation with Marco in the caves. Superb scene!
“Perhaps the movie could have ended here, but I can see the many reasons it continued.”
To turn around Juvenal’s ‘give the populace bread and games’: Give the audience love stories and miracles!
July 15, 2011 at 4:59 am
I recently discovered your site from the remarks in other sites, and have been enjoying going through your posts. This is a great collection of bhajans, both in the post as well as in the Comments! I was going to add the Rafi bhajan “Badi der bhayi badi der bhayi …” from Basant Bahar, but then I saw the requirement that the singer had to be seated in front of the idol, so this song failed the test. Besides, I don’t know how to embed a song!
There is a song, Krishna O kaale Krishna … by Lata, in the movie, Main Bhi Ladki Hoon, where Meena Kumari is singing in front of Krishna, but she is complaining about her own dark complexion, so I don’t really consider it to be a bhajan. It is a beautiful song, nonetheless. As already explained, I don’t know how to embed songs, but I wanted to mention about this song.
July 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Dear Lalitha, welcome to my blog! Thanks for your kind words! I think the blog lives from it’s comments!
I had nearly forgotten ‘Badi der bhayi’. It doesn’t fulfill my criteria, but it does yours, so it is completely okay if you post it. My rules don’t apply to my guests.The embedding is very easy, you just have to select the url (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvHwb8c8XBI) and copy and paste it in your comment and voilá there it appears!
the song ‘Krishna O kaale Krishna …’ is sad and this situation true for India. Just look at the all fairness products in South and South-East Asia!
love the line ‘Dil mujhko accha diya tha agar, kyu na di tune duniya ko acchi nazar’
BTW love those hens in the background in this video
July 15, 2011 at 8:39 am
Harvey, this one has really nothing to do with a bhajan really, except that is (nominally) addressed to God. The actual ‘addressee’ is mankind itself. But a beautiful song, nevertheless:
(ishwar allah tere jahan me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha2zTxnROJg)
Wonderful lyrics and a great piece of music.
July 15, 2011 at 9:59 am
Moved me to tears!
July 16, 2011 at 9:48 am
No dearth of Bhajans in hindi films. You can make a top 10 list out of ‘Bhajans sung by heroine with a sitar in hand’ ‘Bhajans sung with a semi sexy dance’ ‘Bhajans sung by hero’ ‘Bhajans sung by wandering mendicants’ ‘Bhajans as song competitions’, ‘Mandatory family bhajans calculated to score brownie points with bf’s mother’ ‘Love songs veiled as Bhajans’
I love all the entries here.
July 16, 2011 at 10:03 am
Wow, Ava, thanks for the lists!!! 😀
you asked for it, you will get it! 🙂
July 16, 2011 at 10:13 am
Have I unleashed the monster? Never mind, bring them on.
Btw.. I love all the songs mentioned on this list, and posted in the comments. We should try to find ‘bhajans that suck’ thats the list needing some real work.
July 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm
‘bhajans that suck so much that they are interesting’ list is the one we should aim at! 😉
July 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm
You know, now that Ava’s set the ball rolling on ‘different bhajan lists’, why not one on bhajans supposedly sung to a deity (or at least purporting to be a prayer of sorts), but in actuality addressed to someone else present? Here are three I can think of, for instance:
Apni toh har aah ek toofaan hai (Kala Bazaar):
Dekho ji ek bala jogi (China Town):
Tan man dhan sab hai tera (Manchali):
(I don’t care really for that last song – it’s too ‘screechy bhajan’ for my taste, but it fits the bill).
July 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm
Dustedoff, the song that I linked too above from nagin ‘tere dwar khada ik jogi’ fits your *bhajans supposedly sung to a deity (or at least purporting to be a prayer of sorts), but in actuality addressed to someone else present?*
Love Ava’s various bhajan topics too. LOL!
July 20, 2011 at 10:48 am
Wow, there are four now!
This is turning out to be an interesting list.
And I can’t think of any!
A list which is the opposite way round – bhajans sound like love songs – could have aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo from Pyaasa.
July 18, 2011 at 10:02 am
Hey, that’s to two-thirds of your songs on train list!
But find the idea good!
you are very much right: tan man dhan sab hai screechy!
July 19, 2011 at 4:05 am
Here’s a bhajan sung for the purpose of showing off the heroine’s dancing skills – Vyjayantimala in Rangoli, Jao jao tose na boloon re… and I am trying to embed the song and praying that it works! If it does, it is thanks to your mini-lesson, Harvey!
July 20, 2011 at 10:57 am
What an amazing song by Lata and equally splendid dance by Vyjayanthi! Thanks for this Lalitha.
One of these days one should make a list of Vyjayanthi’s dance songs, that sure is a difficult task! Love her dancing except for in ‘hotho pe aisi baat’ in Jewel Thief!
This song was not known to me.
BTW the embedding was flawless! 🙂
July 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I can see very interesting ideas here 🙂
Ever since I read this post first, I’ve been thinking of all the filmy bhajans that I’ve heard and am still wondering why majority of them are on Lord Krishna (Kaanha, Shyaam, Ghanashyam and the list goes on).
There are so many of them discussed here that it’ll take me over a week to listen to all of them. One more that comes to my mind is a new generation prayer song :
(tu hai aasman me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJCnbsryxkc)
July 21, 2011 at 11:51 am
yeah, you are right, msot bhajans are about krishna, since the bhakti movement flowered in Vaishnavism. With Shiva, who burned kama it was a bit difficult maybe to show love to him.
Krishna and his multiple love affairs provides a much broader base for love based bhajans.
this new generation prazer was good, which film is that?
July 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm
It’s from a movie called Jhankar Beats
July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Here’s another bhajan song, this one on Lord Ganesh, from the movie Virudh:
(Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XFIjEOJYwY)
It is amazing, how one thought leads to another! I didn’t think of this until I saw the comment above by sunehriyaadein.
On the topic of bhajans that are not bhajans, there is one that sounds like a bhajan, but is actually about all the money in the safe, and is addressed to that money. I cannot remember the song, but it is sung in a male voice and unless you listen to the lyrics, it is easy to think it is a bhajan. I will post it as soon as I find out which song it is.
July 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm
It’s definitely amazing! I’m not sure which bhajan, which is not actually a bhajan you had in mind, but your comment reminded me of this –
(guni jano bhakt jano – Phool Aur Aansoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etx0Y5YmACs)
July 21, 2011 at 11:56 am
This is hilarious!
Love Kishore Kumar, but this is not what lalitha meant I think!
July 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm
You are so right, I can even visualize the scene in my mind, with three men in the puja room, and the safe on the wall, and the man in the middle singing, and it is so frustrating when I can’t remember the name of the movie or the song! But all is not lost, today is a brand new day, and I will try again!
July 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm
I’m not sure if this is the one you meant, but again this has only 2 men…so am not sure –
(Tere Poojan Ko Bhagwan – Shaadi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEp6LX7TG7Q)
July 22, 2011 at 1:42 am
Thanks, sunehriyaadein! This was exactly the song I had in mind, I guess my mental picture added one more guy to the scene! Funny how the mind plays tricks as one gets older, according to my sons, who insist that each anecdote I tell gets more and more embellished each time!
July 27, 2011 at 7:22 am
A worthy prayer of the capitalistic-consumeristic society to its God!
July 27, 2011 at 7:30 am
I wasn’t thinking of this song. The song in my mind was a different one. It is a song from a Marathi film ‘Amhi jaato amchya gaava’ (We go back home). It is, I think a remake of a Hollywood film, which itself was a remake of a French film in which three convicts run away from a prison and land up in house, which they plan to rob, but end up being its saviours. Quite a sweet film!
March 9, 2013 at 8:14 am
March 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm
That is it bluefire! You got the right song. I didn’t knew that Aamhi Jato Amuchya Gava (1968) was made into Teen Chor (1973).
The Hollywood film was We Are No Angels (1955) starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray.
Here is the Marathi song, which I meant:
July 21, 2011 at 11:55 am
I know exactly what you mean and feel exactly like you do and can’t remember the song! Heck!
Isn’t it the film where three runaways (not runways) come to a house?
July 22, 2011 at 3:42 am
There is a song in Anand Math which goes “Jai Jagadish hare …”, and describes some of the ten avatars of Vishnu, but after looking at the video clip, I am not sure if they are singing it as a bhajan.
July 27, 2011 at 7:34 am
I was thinking of including it in my list, but have put it in my mendicant list.
I love anything with Geeta Bali init and this has more than that to speak for it.
Thanks for that Lalitha! Love this!
July 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Harvey – This is lovely, and the comments too of course 🙂
Here is a soulful Kishore number ‘Apno ko kab hain shyam’ from ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’ (1972) that one doesn’t hear of much. I guess it got buried in the sheer fabulosity of that musical tour de force of RD’s.
I also have another one of Kishore’s which I’ll save for your next bhajan installment about wandering mendicants!
July 28, 2011 at 9:43 am
Wow, like WOW!
Rajesh Khanna singing a bhajan is quite an unusual sight and he gives even Krishna his crinkly smile!
Thanks for this Suhan! Knew all the numbers of this film, but had never heard of it. This is naturally a far cry from ‘Aao na, gale lag jao na”!
July 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm
First time here.. and glad that I came 🙂 Not sure if someone has mentioned this.. one of my favorites.
(tum asha visvas hamare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLntSk5FI68)
July 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Ah.. shouldn’t I embed it? Let me try that.
August 1, 2011 at 7:31 am
Welcome to my blog, Violet! Glad to have you here!
Prakashchandra did mention the song, but he didn’t put in the link. Thanks for that!
I like this a lot to and I like the original in Marathi too
Check it out here, with english subtitles to the boot:
(gagan sadan tejomay from Umbartha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bpKU4WKnlY)
September 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm
September 13, 2011 at 11:46 am
(banwari re jeene ka sahara tera naam re: http://youtu.be/3G_BcG_m-WI)
September 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm
This is a nice one. i remember you showing this video to me.
September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Welcome to my blog Suchi!
I know it is your favourite!
September 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Hindi version of the same from movie Subah http://youtu.be/TGuCPuVAOCE
September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm
The Hindi version is nice as well!
September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Most appropriate sufi song for todays situation http://youtu.be/8u3SLHrhIFs
September 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm
A very beautiful song! Thanks for this lovely song, Suchi!