Na Jaa… ! (Don’t leave… !)

29 Oct

My ten favourite songs on not wanting to let go.

As I was humming abhi na jao chhodkar few days back, I realised that, not wanting to let the lover go is an oft-repeated motif in Hindi film songs. Well, from this thought to the thought of making list was a short hop.

Letting go, is a difficult task in life and not only the lover but also many other things in life. So here is to the process of relinquishing and surrender!

1. Mat Jaa Mat Jaa Mat Jaa Jogii – Jogan [1950]

MD: Bulo C Rani; Lyrics: Meerabai; Singer: Geeta Dutt

Nobody can sing mat jaa more poignantly than Geeta Dutt. There is this longing mixed with sadness and huge portion of desperation. Burning with desire (as Meera puts it) she waits for salvation in the arms of her beloved. Hmmm…

2. Naa Dir Diim … Naa Jaa Naa Jaa Balam Balam Mere Naa – Pardesi [1957]

MD: Anil Biswas; Lyrics: Sardar Jafri, Prem Dhawan; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Quite different from the above song is this one. Here also she beseeches him not to go, but in a more coquette way. A burning desire is present here as well, but not the desperation, because maybe she is well aware of the easiness of the task ahead. Padmini’s dance would stop anybody from going, won’t it Richard?

3. Abhi Na Jao ChhodkarHum Dono [1962]

MD: Jaidev; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi; Singers: Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle

The inspiration song for this post, and my most favourite. Jaidev has woven magic in the tunes of this composition. Every note has this ring of sweet pain, that it tugs one’s heart and puts a smile on the lips. The song begins with his asking her not to go and reasoning, that after all she has just arrived. The mood is bit dark, grey if not black, the half-darkness of the evening, which he says has not ended as yet. And then she sings sitaren jhil mila uthe! Asha sings it in a way which you feel as if the clouds have really parted and have given us a view of the shining stars on a clear sky. *sigh *


4. Beqaraar Kar Ke Hume Yun Na JaiyeBees Saal Baad [1962]

MD: Hemant Kumar; Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni; Singer: Hemant Kumar

Don’t go away, making me restless… Listening to Hemant Kumar makes me restless. Great song, but Hemant’s voice doesn’t suit Biswajeet.

5. Nadii Naare Na Jaao Shaam Paiyaan Padu – Mujhe Jeene Do [1963]

MD: Jaidev; Lyrics: Traditional; Singer: Asha Bhosle

This song not only asks not to go but also gives clear instructions, where not to go. Instructions which though, are not followed. It is in fact a sad tale of her requests being ignored and the boundaries pushed to the extreme, till the point that she even agrees to accept his mistress. Sad!

Doesn’t the picturisation look a bit like that of jogi jab se tu aayaa more dwaare.

6. Na Jaiyo Radhe Cheedenge Shyam – Sau Saal Baad [1966]

MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Mohd. Rafi

This song is rather a warning as not to go alone, for she might be teased by Krishna. Not a feministic thought!

Several heads will nod with disapproval at seeing this song in the list rather than many others. I chose the song, just for the sheer beauty of Rafi’s rendition. He is not in his best voice, but there is this immense sweetness in his voice! Sheer magic! There are other good songs in the movie like ek rutu aaye, ek rutu jaaye sung by Manna Dey & Lata Mangeshkar and yeh raat bhi jaa rahi hai sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

7. Mat Jaiyo Naukariya ChhodkeDo Badan [1966]

MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni; Singer: Asha Bhosle

If till now all the songs had love as the basis of reasoning, this one has a practical one. She asks him not to leave the job. The incentives offered for the apparent poor payments at the job are beauty and love. Is that bribery?

By the way, till yesterday, I had thought the song goes mat jaiyon nagariya chhod ke (don’t leave the town). One never stops learning, does one?

8. Na Jaa Kahin Ab Na Jaa Dil Ke Sivaa – Mere Hamdam Mere Dost [1968]

MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Mohd. Rafi

Offering the heart as an abode for the sweet heart sounds all good and fine, but won’t Sharmila’s bouffant cause a heart enlargement. His other offers are equally gory. He would like to colour her lips with his blood. But Dharmendra lip-syncing to Rafi’s singing makes one forget all this and let’s us sink in this velvety comfort of beauty and sound.

9. Naa Jaa O Mere Humdum – Pyar Ka Mausam [1969]

MD: R D Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

The extensive use of bells in this song made me always feel that this is a ghost song. Only around some three-four years back, when I saw it on you tube, that I realised it is again Nasir Husain’s Mahableshwar location. Pancham’s use of (church?) bells in the refrain gives it a very mysterious halo. To the somewhat shallow lyrics by Majrooh, Pancham gives a depth, which while reading the lyrics seems out-of-place. But a haunting song all the same!

It is hard not to admire Asha Parekh’s telescopic vision in this song. πŸ˜‰

10. Kahin Na Jaa Aaj Kahin Mat Jaa – Bade Dilwala [1983]

MD: R D Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

While in other songs, he/she needs a whole song to get convinced, here he let’s himself be persuaded right after the refrain. Maybe the fact that she glides from the antara directly in the mukhada helps the cause. Pancham at it again!

I had real hard time choosing ten songs from nearly 26, which were on my ‘I like’ list. Which ones would end up on your list?

I have put all the above songs on a playlist in my account at you tube. You can listen to it here. Your suggestions to this list will be added as they come.


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96 responses to “Na Jaa… ! (Don’t leave… !)

  1. Lalitha

    October 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Great list, but I don’t know the Padmini and Rishi Kapoor ones – one because I had already left the country and was out of touch with the music, and the other probably because nobody in my house sang the song and I was too young to listen to the radio then! I can think of two other great songs in this vein:
    Na jaao saiyan chhudake baiyan … Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam
    O basanti pawan paagal na jaare na jaa … Jis Desh Mein Ganga behti Hai
    and one where the singer is reminding the person who wants to leave that there are many dangers outside, therefore it is best not to go away:
    Kahan jaa raha hai tu ae jaane wale … Seema
    Of course, in Bandini, the singer is asking the person who is leaving to return some day:
    O jaane wale ho sake to laut ke aana …, so I guess this does not count!
    Of course, my personal favorite in all these songs is Abhi na jaao chhodkar …, since it has all the ingredients in it, Rafi’s dreamy voice, soft music, Asha’s gentle remonstrations, and best of all, Dev Anand and Sadhana on the screen!

    • harveypam

      October 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you, Lalitha!
      I was in India in the 80s and the songs of Bade Dilwala were played quite oftne on the radio and I liked kahin na jaa even then.

      Na jaao saiyan is sort of a quintessential na jaa song isn’t it? I was thinking of putting it on the list, but somehow it just didn’t make it, but the first screen cap is from that song, so it made to the list through the back door.

      O basanti pawan pagal is a nice one! I like it a lot as well. But do you know why she call on Basanti? Does Raj Kapoor’s name in the film have something to do with it? He is for the umpteenth time Raju isn’t, isn’t he?
      Abhi na jaao chhodkar is….. *sigh* It is such a wonderful song. I have no words to describe it!

      • Lalitha

        October 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        I thought the pawan was being pagal because it was basant – well, here the wind blows crazily in March and April (and in Oct and Nov, sending all the leaves to the ground so that I can break my poor back, trying to rake them!), but who knows, maybe there is a better explanation! It has been ages since I saw the movie, so maybe someone who saw it recently may have the answer.

        • harveypam

          October 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

          Maybe that is the point, that it is spring and the wind is blowing hard and that it is not safe to travel.
          Thanks for that!
          Raking leaves is just like shoveling snow, a thankless job! It comes back again and again! 😦

          • dustedoff

            October 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

            I agree with Lalitha about the pawan being paagal because it was a basanti pawan. I remember this poem in my school textbook, perhaps when I was in class VI or VII:

            Hawa hoon hawa main basanti hawa hoon
            Suno baat meri anokhi hawa hoon
            Badi baanwri hoon, badi mast-maula

            And so on, just reinforcing the fact that the basanti hawa cannot be controlled or confined. If you look at it from that point of view, Padmini’s song fits.

            • harveypam

              October 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

              Thanks for that DO!
              That surely reinforces Lalitha’s hypothesis!
              So, when the basanti hawa is on the move it is better to remain at home!

              YOu know I always get confused with basant/vasant. Sometimes it is used ffor spring, sometimes for the monsoon in the hindi film song lyrics. Do you know what is correctt?

  2. Lalitha

    October 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Okay, I just went back and watched the Padmini song, and I agree, who wouldn’t return for such a delightful song? And yes, I do know this song, but I just didn’t realize it when I read it, and in fact, I think I have even seen someone dance to this song, of course, not as well as Padmini!

  3. Richard S.

    October 30, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Another fine list… I am looking forward to the Jogan song since I bought that film in the same shopping batch that I mentioned on this blog last time, the one that included Bandini. πŸ™‚ Of course, the songs in this list and comments that were familiar to me are the Padmini songs, both of which are irresistible.

    Now, here is another song that I think should be on this list:

    (ankhiyaan mila ke jiya bharma ke chale nahin jaana – Ratan:

    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 7:34 am

      O, how could forget this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I love this song!
      Thanks for reminding me of it!

      Jogan has a whole load of good songs, mostly sung by Geeta Dutt. They are mostly Meera bhajans. It is also interesting to compare them with other singer and composer’s interpretations, for e.g. with that of M. S. Subbulakshmi’s or Lata and Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s.

      I saw Jogan many, many years back on DD and have complettely forgotten why she becomes a jogan. I hope it inspires you to write a review!

      There is another ‘don’t go’ song, which I thought you would like, but to which I couldn’t find a video.
      parades na jaiyo mausam salonaa hai barasaat kaa (don’t leave, it is the beautiful rainy season now) from Nishan, MD: P K Kalla and sung by Zohra Bai and T. A. Moti

      • Richard S.

        November 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

        Thanks for suggesting that, Harvey. The video is really nice:

        (Pardes Na Jaiyyo Mausam Salona Hai Barsaat Ka – NISHAN (1949):

        • harveypam

          November 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

          Wow, Richard! How did you find the video?
          It is great!
          Thanks for that!
          Enjoyed it thoroughly and makes me totally curious about the plot and how is it going to move forward.
          Was impressed that the director made the situation at least partially realistic in that, that the heroine doesn’t start singing and dancing synchroniously with the other and it is her intelligence which saves her out of the situation. Hope so!
          Thanks for the video again!

  4. Ava Suri

    October 30, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Lovely list. Jogi Mat jaa.. Geeta singing a Meera bhajan is awesome. I have long loved the Padmini one – na dir dim,

    The voice of Hemant does not sit on Biswajeet’s voice but you can always shut your eyes and let the Hemant magic work.

    I love all the songs of Mere Humdum Mere dost.

    But the top spot goes to the wonderful abhi na jao.. kya acting, kya music, kya lyrics, kya picturisation, wah wah Jaidev. Dev and Sadhna look so wonderful. Mera wala favorite!

    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Amazing, isn’t it, how Geeta Dutt manages to bring in all the required emotions in her songs! They can be cabaret or a bhajan! And according to DO always with a dead pan expression on her face, while singing! Maybe it served as an insulation, which led all the emotions and feelings to be channeledin the song without waste!

      Hemantda! Great voice. I was surprised how well his voice suits Shammi in eh dil ab kahin le jaa from Bluff Master

      Abhi na jao chhodkar
      is a song, which I think everybody likes. It must be a really stone hard heart, which doesn’t respond to the magic created by Jaidev, Rafi and Asha!

  5. dustedoff

    October 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Harvey, another wonderful list! (And for once, I’d heard all the songs on the list – and a lot of them, I already like a lot). The first song that you hadn’t included that came to my mind was Na jaao saiyaan chudhaake baiyyaan, but then I saw Lalitha’s comment about that, and your response. I also love the song Richard has linked to – Rattan had fabulous music.

    Okay, so now for my two cents. Here’s another, beseeching the lover to stay back: Mere mehboob na jaa aaj ki raat na jaa:


    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

      Thank you dustedoff!
      Rattan has such good music and I just love o jaanewale balamwa. I am still annoyed that I forgot it! hmpfh…. *grunt*
      I could kick myself!
      Thank God, Richard brought it in!

      Mere mehboob, na jaa! Remember, that was a Chitrahaar regular! It creates all the right atmosphere and all then you see Jagdeep with quivering lips and sweating brow. Watching that my sister and I always used to crack up, much to the annoyance of all the others. We were not used to seeing Jagdeep in serious roles, all we knew were his acts as comedian.

      All the same a brilliant song! Suman Kalyanpur at her best! Will Jani Babu Qawwal come on your list of under-rated music director list, which you are making? No,don’t tell us! I like surprises! πŸ™‚
      Take your time with the list.I am saying this, although I am really looking forward to it, because the moe time you put in, the better it is going to be! Not good logic, but I am not a logical (?) person! πŸ˜‰

      • dustedoff

        October 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        Yes, somehow the idea of Jagdeep as qivery-lipped hero is just too much to fathom! And he had some good songs filmed on him, too (especially in films like Bhabhi, or this one). I can stomach Mehmood as hero in Qaidi No. 911, but Jagdeep… um, no.

        Jani Babu Qawwal – no, not exactly. πŸ˜‰ The list of songs I’ve chosen is actually complete, and I’ll be posting it within the next couple of weeks. As one of those prizes for the quiz, incidentally!

        • harveypam

          October 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

          The list is compelete! *rubs his hands in glee* and *does an impromptu jig*

          Mehmood is hero in Qaidi No. 911? Didn’t know that!
          Poor Jagdeep! becchara! He kinda looks cute in that song tie pehenke with Nanda!

  6. AKM

    October 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I confess a sneaking affection for this song, though she tries reverse pyschology, asking him to go :-

    (jaa re jaa o harjaayi – Kalicharan:

    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      That is a good one!
      Maybe it was na jaa re jaa o harjayee. Lata might have just swallowed the na part of it. πŸ˜‰
      I had a different interpretation of this song till some months ago.

    • dustedoff

      October 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Actually, I came up with a couple of songs that have those “Go if you have to” lyrics, though it’s obviously a sort of dare – a sort of way of stopping the loved one from going while pretending that his/her departure doesn’t make any difference. But I’d wondered whether those songs would fit your list, harvey! Anyway, here they are, even if it’s just to enjoy two melodious songs:

      Jaaiye aap kahaan jaayenge:


      And Waadiyaan mera daaman – Abhilasha [1968]:


      • harveypam

        October 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        No, they don’t really fit in the list, but they will come handy, when I do a jaa jaa list!
        Jaiye aap kahan jayenge is one of the songs which had on my first tape cassette along with wadiyan mera daman and I still like them. BTW wadiyan mera daman will surely feature in a post, which I have planned for winter. πŸ™‚

        • dustedoff

          October 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

          Winter’s almost here! What are you waiting for?! Now I’m curious – what is this list you’ve got planned?

          • harveypam

            October 31, 2011 at 8:20 am

            The astronomical winter start is on 21st of December! I hope to post it, let us say in a month’s period time after that!
            I’m sure you like surprises and like you said last time sabr ka phal mitha hota hai.
            I always retort normally “… if it doesn’t rot in the mean time” πŸ˜‰

          • harveypam

            January 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

            It is mid-winter and here is the post, which I mentioned.

  7. dustedoff

    October 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    @harvey: For some unknown reason, WordPress won’t allow me to reply against your earlier question about whether basant is spring or monsoon. As far as I know, it’s quite definitely spring. (Incidentally, there’s a Delhi neighbourhood – very smart, mostly inhabited by expats and embassy people – called Vasant Vihar. Back in the late 80s and the 90s, when we travelled in buses, we’d often find new Dilliwallahs (mostly the slum dwelling type who’d just arrived in the city) pestering the bus conductor, “Yeh bus Basant Bahaar jaayegi?” πŸ˜€

    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Yeah, WordPress is somewhat in off mood today, it didn’t want to allow me that now as well, but I changed tracks and it worked.
      Vasant is spring that is how I learnt it, but I remember being confused at its use in context of rain. Thanks for the confirmation!

      And did the bus conductor sing badi der bhai o badi der bhai? πŸ˜‰

      • dustedoff

        October 31, 2011 at 7:27 am

        Nah, never heard a conductor singing this! (Or anything else for that matter). But I remember one misty and very cold winter morning, I was going to school in a bus that was pretty empty. It was very quiet, and suddenly a young man at the back started whistling Yeh shaam mastaani. Not the right time of the day to be whistling that, but he whistled beautifully. He got off a couple of stops before I did, and I was almost tempted to beg him to climb back on to the bus and whistle some more! πŸ™‚

        • harveypam

          October 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

          That must have been something!
          Asimilar thing happened to me many years back inBombay. It was late at night and very few passengers in the train (must have been the second half of the 80s) and this guy gets in at Bandra and starts singing. And such a heavenly voice! Then he notices me, winks at me and continues ahead. I was floored! He got down at Khar (the next station), I think, and went his way. Funny enough, I can’t even rember which song it was or how he looked or if he was young or old, the only thing I can remember is the feeling of being overwhelmed.

  8. Anu Warrier

    October 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Harvey, I didn’t catch your post until this morning. But oh, all I have been doing (instead of going out and digging 8 inches of snow that is piled on my driveway and deck) is listening to each song one after another. It’s a nice excuse not to go out into the cold. πŸ™‚

    My favourite in this list would have to be Abhi na jao chhodkar – I *love* the part where she says Agar main ruk gayi abhi, to ja na paaoonga kabhi – goosebumps! My favourite song on this theme would have been O basanti, pawan pagal (the dance that accompanies this is fantastic!) followed by Na jao saiyya, but both Lalitha and Madhu have that covered. πŸ™‚

    Have you heard this song from Waaris? It’s Anil Biswas’ music, Rajkumari’s vocals.

    • harveypam

      October 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Oh, you poor thing, has it already started snowing at your place? Oh no! We aren’t expecting the first snow at least till end of Nov. As I was telling Lalitha yesterday, Shovelling snow and raking leaves are such thankless jobs! Hate them!

      Abhi na jao chhodkar is simply magical! It is a cultural heritage!
      Padmini’s dance after the song is surely something. Sort of a tandav isn’t it?

      Thanks for Souten ghar naa jaa. It was short listed, but it didn’t make it to the list. Was surprised to see Nadira doing the bharatiya naari act! It doesn’t suit her! No, she must have done it quite fine, I’m sure!
      (badi der bhai from Basant Bahar:

      • Anu Warrier

        October 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        Harvey, considering I raked leaves for over four hours only ten days ago, I think it’s dashed mean of the weather to change so quickly and drop 8 inches of snow on us. Took me four hours to clear that! We have plenty of steps leading to our house, a huge deck that runs along the entire length of the house on the back (and therefore holds up snow *very* well!) and a driveway that looks like it is one of the baby slopes on the Alps. 😦 What we were thinking of, buying a house like that, bang in the middle of the snowbelt, I really do not know! In our defence, we saw the house in Spring, and didn’t think of winter at all.

        • harveypam

          October 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

          If it were not so sad, i would be laughing. In fact I’m doing it right now! Can’t hold it back in fact!
          Maybe you can use the snow for something useful! You seem to be snow-harvesting with all the catchment areas around your house! Can’t you convince the children to collect all the snow and build aniglo and a snowman, no snowmen? Give them ideas from Calvin and Hobbes!

          • Anu Warrier

            October 31, 2011 at 3:40 am

            Harvey. you *are* mean. Especially since I slipped on some ice… I hope you can see me (imagine) sticking my tongue out at you.
            You don’t deserve this, and this probably doesn’t fit into your theme since she is not singing to her lover, but still…
            (Ruk Jao Na Jee Aisi Kya Jaldi from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi:


            • dustedoff

              October 31, 2011 at 7:22 am

              What a delightful song, Anu! I know I’ve heard it before (even seen it, I think – I wouldn’t forget Madhubala ‘romancing’ Sajjan)… but which film is it?

              • harveypam

                October 31, 2011 at 8:15 am

                Isn’t it Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi?
                I think she is supposed to get engged to him soon and he his a part of K. N.Singh’s gang and … something complicated!

            • harveypam

              October 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

              That is a sweet song!!!!
              I like it a lot and it has Madhbala in it.
              No I don’t deserve it, but you are so generous and bountiful! You are a songapoorna devi for me!

              so pleeeeeaaaase
              (ma ma maaf karo ja ja jaane do from Do Phool:


              And are you just going to stick your tongue out are you going to implement my ideas as well? πŸ˜‰

            • Anu Warrier

              November 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

              Harvey, laughing so much at ‘songapoorna devi’. I need that. Just discovered (after three days of living on painkillers) that what I thought was a bad sprain when I fell is actually a hairline fracture. No, I’m not still sticking my tongue out at you.

              Madhu, this is from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.

        • Lalitha

          October 31, 2011 at 1:43 am

          I hate the raking business, so I wait for the wind to blow some of it across the street since we are at a higher level than the street and the land opposite! Unfortunately, my neighbors on the back seem to have had the same idea, so all the leaves come and gather against my rear wall! Sometimes I feel like laughing when I see the people across the street industriously raking, because I know the next gust of wind is going to blow some more leaves from my yard into theirs!

          • harveypam

            October 31, 2011 at 8:09 am

            Lalitha! Baap re!
            Letting the leaves blow in the neighbour’s garden! *shaking head disapprovingly*
            Didn’t you have moral science and community living as subjects in your primary school? πŸ˜‰
            I remember helping my mum to make some savouries because we had learnt ‘Mother help’ in the subject community living! πŸ™‚

            If I had a say in this business I would be all for it to give the trees a hair net like thing in the fall!

            • Lalitha

              October 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

              Oh well, now that I am past 60, I feel like it is okay to let the wind (and my younger neighbors!) do some of my chores!
              By the way, what about this song? I am not even sure if he is singing to Nutan in this song, but he is definitely asking someone not to go away. This has to be one of the weirdest videos I have ever seen – he gets on and off the bridge all the time, she keeps picking twigs and pricking her finger repeatedly on them, the same two horses are shown galloping at the same distance apart, and the goats don’t seem to be herded by anyone – sloppy editing, or somebody’s chopped up video?
              (ruk jaa o jaanewali ruk jaa – Kanhaiyaa:

  9. harveypam

    October 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Lalitha, I saw this movie long time back on DD. He is surely singing this to his daaru ki botal.

    The whole crux is that Nutan is in love with Krishna (Kanhaiya) and won’t agree to take anybody as her husband than Kanhaiya. By chance the drunkard of the village is also called Kanhaiya. Everybody thinks that he is Nutan’s choice. More on this topic you can read at yves place.

    As for Nutan’s pricking her hands with the twigs might have some significance, but it eludes me at the moment. Maybe to show the hard life which the people in the mountains have to lead. And the sheep don’t have a herdsman because the lord is thy shepherd! πŸ™‚
    The Divine permeates everything! Even sloppy VCDs and DVDs!

  10. Prakashchandra

    October 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Sorry I am late, I am little busy these days, That`s why …..

    1)Chalte chalte:Lata:Door door tum raho pukaarthe hum rahe, aaj ki raat tum jaao naa:Bappi Lahiri:Simmi Garewal and Vishal anand aka Bhisham kohli(Hero ruined the whole picturisation of this beautifully song sung by lataji)

    2)Deedar-e-Yaar:(1982)jaana jaaana jaldi kya hai, raat mehak tho jaane do, tehro tehro dil tho tehre, hosh mein mujhko aane do:Rekha`s mujra in front of Jeetendra:Asha Bhonsle:Laxmi Pyare:Sahir ludhiyanvi

    3)Chhoti si Mulaqat:(1967)Asha Bhonsle:Vyjanathimala:Mat ja mat jaa,mere bachpan nadaan, bachpan ne kaha mujhse,kuchh roz ke hum mehmaan:Shankar Jaikishen

    4)Sapnay:(1997)S.P.Balsubramaniam:A.R.Rehman:”Door na jaa mujhse,paas aa, kehtha hoon tujhse paas aa(Arvind swamy, Kajol)

    5)Lahu ke do rang:1979: Mahesh bhatt:Bappi lahiri:Lata and yesudas`s separate versions are only there I think in the audio tracks:”Zid na karo ab tho ruko ye raat nahin aayegi, maana agar kehna mera,tumko waffa aa jaayegi”

    6)Badi Bahen:Chale jaana nahin nain milaake, haaye saiyyan bedardi:Lata:Husnlal bhagat ram:Geeta bali, Pran

    7)Around the world:1967:Shankar jaikishen:Mukesh,Sharda:Raj Kapoor, Rajashree:chale jaana zara tehro,kisika dum nikltha hai, yemanzar dekhkar jaanaa

    8)Victoria no.203:1972:lata:Kalyanji Anandji:Saira Bano, ranjeet:Thoda sa tehro,karthi hoon tumse waadaa

    9)Ishq par zor nahin:Sachin Dev Burman:Sadhana,dharmendra:Lata mangeshkar:Tum mujhse door chale jaana na main tumse door chale jaaoongi

    10)Karma:Kavita krishnamurthy,kishore kumar:Na jaiyyo pardes,mere dil ko lagaakar tes maahive:Poonam dhillon,anilkapoor:laxmipyare:Anand bakshi


    • harveypam

      October 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      You don’t have to excuse yourself ‘for being late’. There is no such thing as being late here! πŸ™‚

      Door tum rahe is indeed a very bautiful song. Those were the times, when Bappi Lahiri used to make good music, before his disco phase! Very melodious and sweet
      (Chalte Chalte:

      Rekha looks stunning in jaana jaana jaldi kya hai, doesn’t she?
      Mat ja mat jaa mere bachpan nadaan was completely new for my ears. Somehow Vyjayanthimala looks a bit silly dancing there, though she was a good dancer!
      I hadn’t heard door na jaa mujh se before too.
      Zid naa karo is surely a beautiful song, which I had totally forgotten about. Thanks for reminding me of it!

      (Yesudas version:

      Pran is so young and sauve here. Geeta Bali is her wonderful self! What a pity I forgot it. It would have surely come in the list.
      (chale jaana nahin anin mila ke from Badi Behen:

      Thodha sa thehro from Victoria No. 203 was also on my ‘like’ list, but it didn’t make to the list.

      Tum mujhse door chale jaanaa naa is a moving song! Somehow I could never warm up to the Karma song.

      Thanks for your favourite ten, Prakash!

  11. Prakashchandra

    October 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Dulha bikta hai:Anwar:Bappi lahiri:Kahaan ruk jaate ho, ruk jaao, tumhein meri kasam dekho mere bin chal nahin paaoge jaanam do kadam dekho:Bappi lahiri
    female version by whether it is chandrani mukherjee???:anita raj, raj babbar

    Aaj itna hi bas its already 1`o clock at night
    good night

    • harveypam

      October 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Kahan jaate ho ruk jao is a musical highlight of the 80s, which was otherwise quite bereft of good songs! Thanks for reminding me of it! It was quite famous during that time!

      Dulha Bikta Hai:

      Have a good night’s sleep!

  12. pacifist

    November 1, 2011 at 2:56 am

    My first thought on reading the title was – na jao saiyan. πŸ™‚

    I have a couple of contributions to make.

    (o jaanewale balamwa from Ratan:

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Ratan seems to be filled with songs asking not to go or asking to come back! That is a nice song as well!
      Love the dance.

      • AK

        November 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

        And also sawan songs.

  13. pacifist

    November 1, 2011 at 3:13 am

    AGAIN!!!! Why does it happen? I copied the other song’s url, but it repeated the previous one. Please, please forgive me. Next time I’ll read the numbers carefully before clicking on ‘post comment’.
    Please delete it harvey.
    I just discovered that they both have the same url. How’s that possible? :-/

    Anyway I’m repeating what I wrote about this song.
    This one is particularly one of my favourites. It’s so soft and flowing. I love it. Pradeep Kumar looks so sweet and handsome.

    The words **imply** that he is stopping her from going – so I think it should fit here. It’s from Nagin (1954)

    (jaadugar saiyan chhoddo mori baiyan from Nagin:

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Same url for two differnt videos? Wow, I would have said such a thing is impossible. But everything is possible with nikitasha kitchenette! πŸ˜‰ Remember that ad?
      Aur forgive karne ki baath hi nahin hai!

      Yeah, Pradeep Kumar does look charming here, as the subtitles imply!

  14. pacifist

    November 1, 2011 at 3:16 am

    And the last one;

    (o jaanewale – Shri 420:

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Now I think I have so many songs for jaanewale tthat I could make a list of its own!
      That is a good one!
      Does the mud mud ke na dekh follow this?

  15. Lalitha

    November 1, 2011 at 3:23 am

    On the same line as the Nagin song, here is another song, with an older Pradeep Kumar:
    (saiyan chhod de baiyan – Rakhi:

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Isn’t this the film, where Ashok Kumar and Waheeda are brother and sister and due to Ashok Kumar’s industriousness become rich?
      As a child I was very much amused at that time to see Ashok and Waheeda sit on a school bench before a tutor!

  16. Lalitha

    November 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

    And another:
    (aaj ki mulaqat bas itni – Bharosa:

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      This is one of the few Mahendra Kapoor songs, which I like! And it is nice to see Guru Dutt in a good mood! Did you notice his wig. It is not so striking that is why one doesn’t notice it straight away!

  17. Prakashchandra

    November 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    1)Chaardiwaari:1961:Salil Chaudhary:Shailendra:Lata:Nanda,Shashi kapoor:”Akela tujhe jaane na doongi”

    2)Prince:1969:Shankar jaikishen:Lata,rafi:”Bachke jaane na doongi dildaar, ke teri meri laagi sharat:Shammi kapoor, Vyjayanthimala

    3)Chitralekha:1964:Lata:Roshan:Sahir:Meenakumari,Pradeep kumari:”Ai ree jaane na doongi, main tho apne rasik ko palakon pe moond moond rakh loongi”

    4)Priyathama:1977:Rajesh Roshan:Usha mangeshkar, mohammed rafi:Neetu singh,Jeethendra:basuchatterjee:”Na na na na jaane na doongi o re kanhaayee”

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Akela tujha jaane na doongi from Char Deewari is quite a cute song! Nanda looks so sweet! A nice Salil compostion!

      Bachke jaane na doongi dildaar has a good Vyjayanthimala dance. Shammi looks quite funny with his moustache!

      Ai ree janne na doongi from Chitralakeha is like all its sister songs in the film superb! The dance as well! Wonder why they took Meena Kumari for the title role, who was not so famous for her dances. Waheeda or Vyjayanthimala or Padmini would have suited much better!

      Doesn’t the song from Priyatama you have suggested remind you of chodo yeh nigahon ka ishara from Inkaar?

  18. Samir

    November 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I thought I had a good one — “Ae Dil Ab Kahin Na Jaa”, but on further research saw that it was “Ae Dil Ab Kahin Le Jaa”; so probably does not belong.
    Noticing that Ruk Jaana is also OK, I have my perennial Warrant favorite “Ruk Jaana O Jaana Humse Do Baate Karke Chali Jaana”; I get to use the same song twice in a row on 2 of your separate posts. πŸ™‚
    And from that song we can jump to one where even though the protagonist announces that “he has arrived”, no one is likely to say “Na Jaa”. I present “Ladies & Gentlemen” from Amir Garib
    Notice Dev Anand in red-checkered strechlon/nylon bell-bottoms, I had a similar pair back in 70’s except they were blue-checkered, and no one said “Na Jaa” to me. I am guessing Dev had the same effect.

    • harveypam

      November 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Samir, I also had ae dil kahin le jaa on this list because just like you I thought that it means ae dil kahin na jaa. Thankfully Madhu posted her 10 fav Shammi songs and it was included in it with the correct heading. Otherwise it would have ended up here as well! Just imagine! And here it is! πŸ™‚

      You know, only I have to adhere to my rules nobody else that is why you can post rukh jana as well. I think meanwhile this na jaa posted has given at least two offspring lists: the jaanewale list and the rukh jaana list.

      And since I like rukh jana o jaanaa from Warrant so much here is the video! πŸ˜‰
      Dev did get good music from Pancham in his old days and I think they were considerably responsible for extending his innings!

      As to mein aaya hu.n, I am sure that Dev had his swarm of fans despite his checked trousers! πŸ˜‰ (No, I sure am not a part of it, I abandon him after the 60s)
      And Kishore’s magnificient voice! Who can overlook that!

  19. Prakashchandra

    November 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    1)Joshilay:R.D.Burman & Ashaji:Na ja jaane jaa, na ja na ja jaane jaa(must have been picturised by its former director shekhar kapoor who left the movie halfway)(Just watch it, let`see if you like it or not)(sridevi, sunny deol)

    2)Charas:1976:Laxmi pyare:Lata:hema malini,dharmendra:”Raja na ja,dil todke, mujhe akela chhodke…naukari se chhutti le le”

    3)Khudagawaah:Alka yagnik,Mohd.Aziz:Laxmipyare:sridevi,amithabh:”Tu na ja mere baadshaah, ek vaade ke liye”(1992)

    Sorrt for diagrassion:
    Following 4 songs doesn`t fully fit it into this particular category, but the essence of the is same ( block lover`s path)eventhough “Na jaa” words are not there.

    a)Anhonee:1973:lata:laxmi pyare:Buddu pad gaya palle,mera zor na chal,beeti jaaye barkha ki raat”:leena chandavarkar,Sanjeev kumar

    b)Uljhan:1975:Lata:Kalyanjianandji:Sulakshana pandit,sanjeev kumar:1975:”subah aur shaam kaam hi kaam,kyon nahin lete piya pyar ka naam”

    c)Roti kapda aur makaan:lata:zeenat aman,manoj kumar:laxmipyare:Haaye haaye ye majboori,ye mausam

    d)Maang bharo sajna:1980:lata:laxmipyare:rekha,jeetendra:”ab/ib na sunoongi maine bahut sun liya, teri naukari meri southen piya

    • harveypam

      November 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Na jaa jaan-e-jaan is one of Pancham’s last sung songs, I think! It is kinda cute, but nothing like his earlier compositions! It was on my like list but didn’t make it to the blog-list.

      Hadn’t heard of the song from Charas. Dharam and Hema jodi looks good as usual!
      (Raja na ja, dil todke:

      Tu naa jaa mere Baadshah from Khudah Gawah also made it to the like list but …

      As tot he other songs, as I told Samir, only I have to adhere to my roles. You can send any songs, which you think apply the situation! And thanks for that.

      I had all but forgotten the Buddhu pad gaya palle. It was played often on Vividh Bharati during those days and then not anymore.

      Subah aur shaam kaam hi kaam, yeah that is how I feel at times.
      Hai hai yeh majboori is like something on the lines of the Charas song isn’t it?

      • Samir

        November 3, 2011 at 1:23 am

        That Charas song was the one I was trying to remember (thanks Prakashchandra), “Na Jaa” plus Dharmendra in a white-checked suit ( not just pants). Maybe you should devote a whole post to outlandish costumes, just the 70’s should give you ample material πŸ™‚

        • harveypam

          November 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

          The 70s fashion list song! Wow, that would fill volumes!
          But maybe a songlist where the main characters wear checked suits or pants or costumes or whatever!
          That is a good idea! But it is yours Samir! I think only you can do it complete justice! Something on the lines of importance of trees in Hindi film songs!

  20. AKM

    November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Again, not sure that this qualifies, since I don’t think the song (or at least this favourite version) has ever featured in a movie;

    (Aaj jane ki zidd na karo – Farida Khanum:

    • harveypam

      November 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      What a voice, what a song!
      Thanks for that. Have to look up on Farida Khanum.
      And such beautiful Madhubala pics!

  21. Richard S.

    November 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Yes, Farida Khanum is wonderful. So, now that we’ve crossed the border into Pakistan..


    • harveypam

      November 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

      The song Farida Khanum is nice! The tune is melodious and so is her voice! I will look out for her voice now!
      Thanks for these lovely songs! It is always nice to see (for me) new songs from Pakistan

  22. Richard S.

    November 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

    And in Punjabi, here’s a heart-wrenching minute from the film I’ve been posting about today, Nooran. (Just listen to that beautiful voice – no need for musical instruments!)

    (NOORAN-1957–Dachi Walya Mor Mahar We:

    • harveypam

      November 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Now that is a real good one!
      Wow, as you said heart wrenching!
      and haunting sorts of!
      Thanks that was a good one. I like the one posted on your blog as well!

  23. Prakashchandra

    November 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    1)Door desh (released with another name: Gehri chhot)(1983):Lata mangeskar and Anwar`s seperate versions:(just hear once lata`s version, I find it sublime)
    Picturised on Shashi kapoor and sharmila tagore:”Ruk jaa saathi,chala hai akela kahaan,milegi na manzil koi, yun akle”(pak-india-bangladesh co production:Indeewar:Usha Khanna

    2)Shagird:Lata:Laxmikantpyarelal:”udke pawan ke sang chaloongi…ruk jaa ai hawa tham jaa ai ghata:Saira bano,Joy mukherjee

  24. AK

    November 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I do not know whether these songs belong to Na jaao or Jaao list. But here are my two absolute favourites – heart wrenching, words may be jaao, but underlying emotion na jaao

    1. Jao jao ae mere sadhu by KC Dey from Puran Bhagat

    2. Ruk na sako to jao by Arun Kumar from Bandhan

    • harveypam

      November 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      This gem of a song doesn’t belong to either category, but it is a great song! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely song and this wonderful voice! The longing in the song is great! I understand that that even though he is asking his friend to go and stay with the guru. He would rather have him accompany him!
      BTW, which is the second one?

  25. Karthik

    November 7, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Harvey,(moving away from the topic)
    Peruse these 2 songs of Farida Khanum ji and let me know your thoughts!.

    (woh mujhse huwe humkalam:


    (Ustad Amanat Ali Khan & Farida Khanum – Milan rutt aai:

    • harveypam

      November 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Karthik, for these two wonderful songs!
      What a voice!
      She has that timbre, which makes you feel nostalgic. She does give some words their needed emotion, but doesn’t forget the overall atmosphere needed for the composition!
      In the ghazal, when she says wallah, wallah, it is subdued, not the one which you would say out aloud, but the one which yo would say to yourself!
      Unfortunately I don’t understand Urdu that good, but her voice does transport the essential emotions!
      The milan rut aayi is simply great!
      Thanks for introducing me to this exceptional artiste!
      As soon as I have more time, I’ll have to search you tube for more songss sung by her

  26. Karthik

    November 7, 2011 at 5:27 am

    And how about this gem for your theme?
    (thehriye hosh me aa loon to chale jaiyega:

    • harveypam

      November 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Wow! How could I forget this!
      Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful duet!
      Khayyam at his best! I sure have to do a Khayyam list soon!
      And Rafi with his honey-like sweet voice! And what I also like about this song is that Suman doesn’t sound so much like Lata here. She has a certain, what is the right word for this, sort of astringency,to her voice, which makes it more attractive! Maybe astringency is not the right word for it, but bitterness would have been worse!
      Thank you for this Karthik! It brought back memories of listening to Vividh Bharati on drowsy summer afternoons!

  27. Prakashchandra

    November 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Main abhi issee post mein atkaa hua hoon!!!!!!!!!!

    While having my lunch, I just remembered a song from Gulami(1985)
    (J.p.Dutta multi starrer dessert saga):
    music:laxmi pyare:
    “Mere pee ko pawan kiss gali le chali, koi roko meri zindagi le chali”
    (picturised on Dharmendra,Reena Roy-partially more than two times, great picturisation amidst dessert locations, melodious song by lata and laxmi pyare combination)

    Aap ek baar zaroor suno

  28. sunheriyaadein

    November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Like everybody else, Abhi na jao chhodkar is my favourite, love everything about it! Love the songs from Jogi, Pardesi, Bees Saal Baad and Bade Dilwala. I dont remember having heard the one from Sau Saal Baad before. Am still in office and youtube is blocked here. Will check it out from home.

    I am not sure if these songs would fit in here….but I had thought of a similar list – a kind of good bye songs….more or less all the songs are covered except for few that i had in my list –
    1. Dhal gaya din, ho gayi shaam, jaane do, jaana hai (Humjoli)
    2. Din saara guzara tore angna (Junglee)
    3. Sayonaara ( Love in Tokyo)
    4. Achha toh hum chalte hai (Aan Milo Sajna)
    5. Phir miloge kabhi is baat ka vaadha karlo (I love this song, inspite of Biswajeet)

    • harveypam

      November 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      That is a good idea, Sunehri!
      A list of ‘let me go’ songs!
      Why don’t you expand that list and make a post?
      If you don’t have time to write a text to it, just post the videos! Please do!
      They are all such good songs and the idea is really great!

  29. ashi

    February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    this song of padmini too can be catagorized in this list.

    • harveypam

      February 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Ashi for this song! Hearing this for the first time. It looks like it was a dubbed film!

  30. coolone160

    July 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Lovely post! Songs #3,#4,#7 & #8 are my favorites.As for #7 I too was under the same impression that the lines were “mat jaiyon nagariya chhod ke” πŸ™‚ .I recall a song from Saraswatichandra (1968) “Chod De Saari Duniyaa Kisii Ke Liye” I doubt it qualifies to your list………..

    • harveypam

      July 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I like this song too. In wider sense it does fit in here!
      thanks for the song. The film was quite nice. Though I would have loved it to have an end where they come together, that would have been logical and also a better message!


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