Look! It Is A Bungalow!

23 Aug

My ten favourite bangala (bungalow) songs

A dream of one’s own house/cottage in the suburbs has been and is the motor of many middle class households all over the world. Maybe it is the security it offers or the need for privacy, to have a garden and the cosy life which one associates with it and thus to achieve ultimate goal of every human being to be happy. If one really ‘achieves’ all these things with the acquisition of this cosy house is secondary. I think the dream in itself the best part of it.

Like many of the dreams and aspirations of the common man (whoever or whatever he/she is), even this aspect has not been neglected in the Hindi film songs. Here are my favourites!

1. ik bangala bane nyaara – President [1937]
MD: R. C. Boral/Pankaj Mullick; Lyrics: Kidar Sharma; Singer: K. L. Saigal

This is for me the quintessential bangala song! Even though I was born nearly 35 years after this song was released, I literally grew up with the opening lines. This song must have moulded the dreams of generations of Hindi-film goers. Since this is 1930s the words are heavily lent from the scriptures. The dream is of a mansion made of gold surrounded by trees of sandal wood and the architect be none other than Vishwakarma himself, the architect of the gods. The basic dream although remains the same that of bliss!

2. o daata o daataa de hamko bhi ek pyaara bangala – Aji Bas Shukriya [1958]
MD: Roshan; Lyrics: Farooq Qaiser; Singers: Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle

Johnny Walker and Geeta Bali, who have just lost their jobs pray to God for a more modern bungalow. They are very vocal about their wishes. They know exactly what modern comforts they would like in their new domicile. The new house should come with many other luxuries like a chauffeur-driven car, plush carpets, radio and a whole troop of servants. They also have the foresight that all play and no work will lead them to disaster and to multiply the divine-given riches, they would like to have business connection with London and Dehradun. Most important of them all is that they be the envy even of the Bollywood stars (Meena Kumari, Geeta Bali, Dev Anand)! Despite these high-fly dreams they don’t forget the basic necessities. Running water and electricity are very much high up on their list of priorities! Even now only a hollow dream for many people of this world.

3. pyaara ek bangala ho – Aap Ki Khatir [1977]
MD: Bappi Lahiri; Lyrics: Shaili Shailendra; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Bappi Lahiri

Rekha has same dreams like in the song above of a house, a car and the envy of others. The difference is that she would like to share all the comforts with her one and only. In the 20 years between he earlier song and this electricity has reached the middle class and now the electric fan alone won’t do to fend off the summer heat. The 60s films have done their job well in installing a trip to Kashmir in the dreams of the working man. Go to Kashmir, don the local attire and make a photo so that others who were not so fortunate could become jealous of them!

4. dariya kinare ek bangaloSabse Bada Rupaiya [1976]
MD: Basu Manohari; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar

If people in the plains dream of going to the mountains, the people there it seems dream of a bungalow at the sea-side. Not only do they dream about it but also clad themselves in koli-garb and dance among the apple trees. One always wants what one doesn’t have! A sure-fire recipe for discontent!

5. ganga ki reti pe bangala chhawaaiMirza Ghalib [1954]
MD: Ghulam Mohammed; Lyrics: Shakeel Budayuni; Singer: Sudha Malhotra

In Ghalib’s days it seems the wishes and desires were modest, the courtesan wishes ‘only’ a house on the banks of the Ganges and naturally a beautiful garden, where she can be alone with him. That isn’t asking for much, is it?

6. hum ko tere dil ke bangale me aanaa maangtaa – Magroor [1950]
MD: R. C. Boral; Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan; Singer: G. M. Durrani & Shamshad Begum

Well, the bungalow doesn’t have to be made of gold or concrete, it can be just the heart of the beloved, like this (young) man wishes for himself. The girl is not dumb, she points out that he has conveniently forgotten that his own heart is already occupied by his wife. A witty dialogue-song against polygamy!

7. nazar laage raajaa tore bangale par – Kaala Paani [1958]
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Asha Bhosle

The envy of the neighbours and the people in general, to which one was looking forward to, can back-fire. There are all sorts of people who eye your possessions. This courtesan (Nalini Jaywant) doesn’t hide her real intentions behind the mask of love and loyalty. She is blunt about her aspirations and that is the stately home. What she is singing here about is about her passion not for him but rather his mansion.

8. aag lage bangle me – House No. 44 [1955]
MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Sahir; Singer: Asha Bhosle

If you have your own bungalow, then you get invitations to others! Well, you know for what!

9. kanta lagaa, hai lagaa – Samadhi [1972]
MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar

I have heard that in the US, that people hurting themselves on the grounds of other people’s house can sue them. Is this woman (Asha Parekh) planning a case against the bangala-owner? In any case she is describing her case in a lucid manner. Any lawyers ready to take up her case?

10. aaiye aapko main apne bangle ki sair – Joroo Ka Ghulam [1972]
MD: Kalyanji-Anandji; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Kishore Kumar

There is a difference between having and enjoying. Rajesh Khanna learns it the hard way in this film. He has everything but nothing is his. No, not even his own wife!

By the way did you know that the word bangala comes from bangla an adjective form of Bengal and was used to denote the houses built for early European settlers in Bengal. Eventually the word bungalow evolved from it, which is a low house having only one storey.

I would like to thank Archana, Ava, Madhu, Suchi and Samir for discussions on the meanings of certainterms in the songs above.
Enjoy the playlist!


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63 responses to “Look! It Is A Bungalow!

  1. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

    harvey ji,
    What a wonderful and novel theme! I wonder how can one person get so many novel and creative ideas-always !!

    • harveypam

      August 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Arunji!
      Yeah, crazy ideas in a crazy brain, eh?
      Hope you liked it.

  2. dustedoff

    August 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Harvey, I read through this post, then had to log off because I had to go out – and now I’m back, after 4 hours. I’ve spent all this time thinking of other bungalow songs, but no – other than the ones I’d initially thought of (Ik bangla bane nyaara and Bangle ke peechhe meri beri ke neeche, I can’t think of any others! Can you imagine, I didn’t even remember Najar laagi raja…. 😦

    What a very offbeat theme for a list! Fantastic – and I’m still discovering those songs you’ve posted. Lots of ‘new’ old ones, there. Thank you!

    • harveypam

      August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah bangala songs are not that frequent, are they?
      But if you like you can just post any ghar-songs as well.
      We discussed this topic or better said, nazar lage raja and aag lage bangle me in June 2011. I wanted your opinion on what these two songs meant.

      • dustedoff

        August 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Yeah! Yippee! Now that you’ve given readers license to post ghar songs, I’ll leap right in. Here goes, with two popular ones:

        Ik ghar banaoonga tere ghar ke saamne:

        And Ghar aaya mera pardesi:

        • harveypam

          August 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          If one talks of ghar then tere ghar ke saamne is the obcious choice na? Such a beautiful song and such a beautiful film. So Hrishikesh Mukherjee like!
          ek ghar banaonga tere ghar ke saamne reminds me also of ek buth banaunga, but buth is not a ghar!

          I lovee to watch Nargis dance in ghar aaya mera pardesi! She put sin so much effort! Very mean of me, I know! but I love to watch her try (see 4:08 onwards)! Anu is going to kill me for this! But I love to live dangerously! 😉

          • Anu Warrier

            August 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

            Nope! I will let you live. My opinion of Nargis’ prowess in dance is the same as yours. 🙂

            • harveypam

              August 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

              Now that was an anti-climax, but with an happy end! 🙂
              So you like to see Nargis dance as well?

  3. Ava Suri

    August 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    The very minute I read the title of your blog I sang : Ik bangla bane nyara. and Pyara ik bangla ho. You have chosen some really lovely songs.

    Haha! I remember the discussion about Nazar Laagi Raja tore Bangle par. I told you, I remember that it sounds like she is eyeing the bunglow, but it is supposed to mean that she locked her eyes with him at his bunglow.

    Chalo let me rack my brains over some more house house songs 🙂

    • harveypam

      August 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Yeah, ek bangala bane nyara is the first song, when one thinks of bungalow songs!
      Our discussions at that time about the songs were surely funny! We should, maybe do more suhc discussions on meanings of the lyrics and all. That would be something for the brain!

  4. Ava Suri

    August 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Here is a ghar song: Bangla wala jyada nahi hai 😦

    • harveypam

      August 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Deepti-Farooque were a hit-jodi at that time, eh?
      yeh tera ghar yeh mer ghar is such a beautiful song and at that time I just didn’t understand it. This nazar mangana confused me a lot!

      • Ava Suri

        August 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        borrow my eyesight.. hehe

        • harveypam

          August 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          aap yunhi agar gaana translate karti rahi
          dekhiye ek din Edu Prod. ka kabada ho jayega!

  5. Anu Warrier

    August 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Madhu and Ava posted some of my favourite ‘ghar’ songs. And I will second Madhu and say ‘Yippee’ for allowing us to post ‘ghar’ songs:

    Here is one from the 90s.

    Ghar se nikalte hi from Papa Kehte Hain

    Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho balma from Kati Patang

    Another Ghar song from Awara

    And what is a list without a Salilda compostion?

    • harveypam

      August 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Is that Bournvita boy Jugal Hansraj in Papa kehte hai? The song is nice! New for me.

      jis gali me tera ghar na ho had me all confused as well. I used to wonder where will he go if he his not going to walk on any street where she doesn’t live. I for a while thought that is why he is taking a boat.
      Now I know just hyperboles! Hyperboles! Sounds ver ymuch like an Hinglish word, nahin? hyper-bol!

      LOVE ab se balam ghar aaye! Lata could weave magic with her voice in the words! She makes every word so palpable in this song!

      chhota sa ghar hoga is the quintessential ghar song, isn’t it?

      A pity that there is no song on ghar in Ghar!

      Right now I’m cursing myself for not making a ghar-song list before!

      BTW, nice to see you back in blogosphere! 🙂

  6. Samir

    August 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thankfully this is extended to Ghar and like, and so I start with a SabuDana (I mean abodaana) song. 🙂

    This was an 80’s special, and was played so often you wanted to shoot someone 🙂

    Just to prove I can go outside my comfort zone, the 70’s 🙂

    And one in your honor (& mine), pehaps that should be my “Hitchcock” calling. Just as he always appeared in one shot of his films, I should always insert a song from a 70’s Dev film 🙂

    Great post !!!, loved most songs, & cannot think of any “pure banlga” songs.
    Googling does not help either, it thinks of “bangla” as Bengali/Bangladeshi instead of the house meaning.
    That is always a problem with Google, try googling “Windows”, I mean the original meaning Khidki.
    A few years ago you would see only MSFT Windows for the first couple of pages 🙂

    • harveypam

      August 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      The saboodana song is phenomenal!
      That is the quintessential flat-searching song, isn’t it?

      dekho maine dekha hai drove me mad as well, since a cousin of mine was practically in love with it and she would play it over and over and over. It was her tape-recorder, so we were helpless! I remember all the girls going mad over Kumar Gaurav at that time. Bunty here and Bunty there! *shaking his head*

      ghar ghar me diwali hai from Kismat is cool! Love her criticism of the consumerism in the middle part of the song! But why the sudden change of the mood and dance. Is it the the miracle of Diwali?

      Looking at Tina act is as amusing as watching Nargis dance! But this IS a wistful wish for a home and a house! They could have written it as rehne ko ek bangla hoga, it would have rhymed well with khaane ko halwa hoga!

      There is in fact a bangala song from Teen Bhai duniya se door tere bangle me, but I can’t find it on youtube anymore. It is sung by Geeta Dutt.
      Here is an audio link:

  7. AV

    August 24, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Hello. Have come here from Dusted Off’s blog and as I mentioned there, I’ve been a silent lurker on your blog as well and really really appreciate all your lists as they are on such unique themes.

    Love this theme and echo the comments on this being a great post! The moment I read the theme topic, for some reason or the other, I got all “mahal” songs in my head. “Ek mahal ho sapno ka” has been in my head since I read this post..maybe because most of the bungalow and then ghar songs have been posted 🙂

    Ah…one more “ghar” song, which I think has not been posted in the comments section : the song from Kabhie Kabhie – “mere ghar aayi ek nanhi pari” (

    PS : Sorry…..still trying to figure out how to embed videos or links in the comments section, so please excuse me for not doing it properly.

    Thanks again for a wonderful post.

    • harveypam

      August 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Hello AV! Welcome to my blog!
      ‘Lurking’ is also fine. It is allowed here! 😉
      Thanks for your kind words. I feel happy to read them!

      Yeah a house can be a mahal and even in a mahal one can feel at home for sure, though I don’t have practice in that.

      The title song of ek mahal ho sapnon ka is indded a nice one.

      Love Mere ghar aayi ek nanhi pari! It is such a nice, lilting lullaby song!

      The embedding is totally easy. You just write the url and the video embeds all on its own. But if you put it in brackets it is also okay. That way it doesn’t take long to upload the page!

      Nice to have you here!

  8. pacifist

    August 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    A difficult topic, and bravo for finding ten interesting songs to go with it.

    I’m absolutely thrilled to have discovered the songs of Aji bas shukriya, magroor and Mirza Ghalib. Thanks, harvey.
    I’m glad you’ve accepted other forms of dwellings, otherwise it would be difficult to find ‘bungalow’ songs. Or is it only ‘ghar’ songs, and not ‘jhonpdi’ , ‘ashiyana’ vagarah?
    Before this doubt is cleared up let me quickly post this song which is all about looking for a ‘house/ashiana’ from a very suitable film called ‘Gharonda’.

    What is also very suitable is the location – construction of accommodation
    The happy song

    The sad song

    • harveypam

      August 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      ghar, aashiana, mahal ya sabudana! everything is accepted!

      Thanks for your kind words, pacifist!
      it was fun searching for the songs!
      BTW there is one more song on bangala, which has not been mentioned. It is also a kotha song!

      • pacifist

        August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Tell me the decade, harvey.

        • harveypam

          August 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          It is not a kotha song but sort of. It is performed on a stage and is a female duet from the mid 60s. One of the dancers is the Helen look-alike, whose name I forget.

          • pacifist

            August 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

            The one song from mid sixties on stage is the one from Mere Mehboob ‘allah bachaye naujawano se’. Tell us which song it is, harvey.

            • harveypam

              August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

              The song is about two women asking one of the PKK male membeer to come and visit them in their bungalow

              • pacifist

                August 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

                In spit of being a very big tip, all my attempts at searching a song with the words, raja, aaja, bangla, failed 😦 ab bas bata do kaun sa gana hai, harvey.

              • pacifist

                August 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

                oops *inspite*

                • harveypam

                  August 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

                  The answer is:
                  raja aana hamare bangle pe from Sab ka Ustad

                  • pacifist

                    September 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

                    ha! Instead of searching for raja aaja it should have been raja aana 😀
                    THanks, harvey. Raja and bangla seem to go together.

                    • harveypam

                      September 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

                      Raja needs at least a bangla if not a mahal, isn’t it?

  9. dustedoff

    August 25, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I was reminded of another ghar song – don’t think anybody’s posted it yet. No dreaming of a fabulous ghar, but rejoicing at the coming of somebody’s to that ghar:

    • harveypam

      August 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

      That is a sweet song, Madhu!
      AV mentioned it and as you say it is rejoicing of making the house more of a home for a mother.
      It is so much of a lullaby without being explicitly one!
      This was Waheeda’s first film after her marriage.

      • dustedoff

        August 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

        Oh, I hadn’t noticed that AV had mentioned it already. Here’s another one, which is also about females coming to a ghar. 😉 Ghar jaayegi tar jaayegi, from Khushboo. Lovely film, lovely songs.

        • harveypam

          August 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

          Such a beautiful song, Madhu! Thanks for ghar jaayegi tar jaayegi. Khushboo is one of my favourite Gulzar films, although I don’t like the story very much. It is like so many Gulzar films so sweet.
          Khushboo was shown in Bombay during the poll-results declaration on TV and thus it has remained in good memory because there were so many hopes and aspirations of a new and brighter India with the defeat of Indira Gandhi’s Congress party defeat at that time, which were all crushed on the rocks of reality soon after. Gulzar would mention GandhI’s resounding come-back at the 80s election in his Ijaazat. O, I digress!
          Isn’t it cute how Raju ends the song with mar jayegi?
          Thanks for this song Madhu, it brought back a sea of memories!

  10. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Harvey ji,
    Here is something on a serious note !


    • harveypam

      August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      What a genius this Sahir!
      Hats off to him! Parody bhi kiya to kiya khoob!

      jitni bhi bildingen thi, sethon ne baant li hain!

      Thank you Arunji!

  11. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Harvey ji,
    After the too serious a song-here is a funny song-


    • harveypam

      August 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I’m listening to this for the first time. Never heard of the film as well. Only know Saigal’s Street Singer [1938].
      ghar ki murgi dall barabar reminds me of the song from Aji Bas Shukriya [1958].

  12. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    And one more-


    • harveypam

      August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      I think I have neglected Mother India’s songs totally! I always forget what gems are hidden! Thanks for reminding me of this one, Arunji!

  13. sunheriyaadein

    August 26, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Wonderful post, Harvey! The first few songs that came to my mind when I saw the title were Ik bangla bane nyaara, Pyaara ek bangala ho and Dariya kinaare ik bangla.
    Half the time I kept reading Bangle as bangle (choodiyaan) esp on youtube where the song title appears in bold.
    Can’t think of any other bungalow songs except for these two but dont like either of them much –
    Adnan Saami’s – Mujh ko bhi toh lift karade

    Mujhe paisa mila yaar aisa mila from Lahoo Ke Do Rang (1997)

    My favourite ghar songs – Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar, Tere ghar ke saamne and Saabudana have already been posted.
    But here are few more songs related to ghar –
    I love this one from Daddy (this movie had very nice songs)
    Ghar ki ujiyaare :

    Ghar Ki Raunak Hai Gharwaali

    There’s one more song from the same movie (Bandi, 1957), Ek roz hamari bhi daal galegi, but that’s more of a Kitchen song than a house song

    • harveypam

      August 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Archana!
      Bangala songs are not that many in Hindi films. It was rather a easy choice for me to choose from the basic twelve.
      Bangles is one reference I never thought of! 😀 And if it is a thick gold kadha, now wonder her eyes are set on it (nazar laage raja tore bangle par).
      The first two songs were totally new for me. So this is the Adnan Sami guy. One reads about him in the internet, but had no idea who this guy is. Rani Mukherjee in a music video clip was also a surprise. I was expecting the chandelier to crash in the bath tub any moment.
      As for Akshay-Karisma song: no comments!

      Unfortuantely I haven’t seen Daddy, although I knew its songs, I have forgotten them all. thanks for remainding me of it.
      The funny Kishore song was new for me! You do come with new songs Archana!
      Thanks once again for you contributions!

  14. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 26, 2012 at 6:34 am


    A.K.HANGAL,the great character artist,has passed away today morning,in Mumbai.


    • harveypam

      August 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Sad news indeed!
      He was very weak in the last few years, waht with reaching more than 90 years of life. It is admirable that he was also politically active and remained true to his principles, though many people criticised him for being Paksitan-friendly only because he was keen on better relationship between the two brethren countries.
      Thank you dear A. K. Hangal sahab for your great contribution to the film industry and for India!

  15. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    A funny Kishore kumar song-


    • harveypam

      August 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

      That is surely a funny song and an inspirational song as well.
      Love Kishore Kumar’s antics! He always manages to make me laugh!

  16. Songs Of Yore

    August 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Only Harvey could have thought of this novel theme. I love Ek bangla bane pyara, Nazar lagi raja tore bangle par and Kanta lagaa. You are allowing ghar songs too in comments. What is the difference between the two?

    You aspire for a bangla, after all Britishers had bungalow and the natives had ghar. But you do wish come back to a home in the evening after a day’s hard work. You may thoroa a party at your bungalow, but the mehmaan would come at ghar.

    Ghar aya mehman koi jaan na pahchan by Lata Mangeshkar from Udankhatola (1955), music Naushad

    When the monsoon rains come, you would like you lover to come to your ghar and not the bangla.

    Ghar aa ja ghir ayi by Lata Mangeshkar from Chhote Nawab, music RD Burman

    And when the piya comes to ghar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan would have a blast in the house in his booming voice.

    Mera piya ghar ho Ramji

    • harveypam

      August 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for oyur praise, AK!
      Your definition of the difference between a bangla and a ghar is hilarious! Had to laugh about it!

      It looks like Nimmi is accusing Dilip of being maan na maan main tera mehmaan-cum-balama in the Udan Khatola song, eh?
      But all the same I always liked Dilip-Nimmi chemistry, although Nimmi could get on one’s nerves!

      Sublime song that: aaj mere ghar preetam aaye! Such an enrapturing voice. Is this from a Hindi movie or a non-film album?
      Lovely! Thanks for the intro to this!

      “When the monsoon rains come, you would like you lover to come to your ghar and not the bangla.”
      Why? because ‘woh‘ might be in the bangla? 😉
      One can always listen to ghar aaja ghir aayi

      This is the first time, I think, that I’m listening to this version of mera piya ghar aaya ho Ramji
      What a voice!
      Thanks for this bouquet of songs, AK!

      • harveypam

        August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        I missed out on that Khursheed song in my answer, just discovered it now!
        But the audio quality is so bad (not your fault) I can barely hear what she is singing!

        Well, it seems if you call him to come home, you realise that manmohan has always been abiding in your heart (manmohan man me ho tumhi)! 🙂
        Love that song!

  17. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    August 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    just superb songs !

    • harveypam

      August 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

      AK has a good taste in songs, doesn’t he?

  18. Songs Of Yore

    August 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Yes the songs are superb. But the bonus in unintentional. I do not how three of the songs got wrong links. Here are the correct links.

    Aaj mere ghar preetam aye by Juthika Roy

    Ghar aa ja ghir ayi badra sanwariyaa by Lata Mangeshkar from Chhote Nawab (1961), lyrics Shailendra, music RD Burman

    Now the above songs are out of this world. Since I was forced to go through this again (I hope I get it right this time), I thought about what happens when ghar becomes a makaan. Now the romance and emotion has gone out of it, and it becomes a brick and mortar structure. However alishan it may be, the main concern now is its kiraya.

    Tere dil ka makaan saiyan bada alishan bolo bolo meri jaan hai kiraya kitna by Rafi and Asha Bhosle from Do Ustaad (1959), lyrics Qamar Jalalabadi, music OP Nayyar

    • harveypam

      August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Dear Ak!
      The links to Khursheed’s song as well as to aaj mere ghar pritam aaye were completely alright.
      Only ghar aaja ghir aayi badra sanwariya was replaced by the sublime manmohan man me ho tumhi.
      But I am more than happy to listen to it again!

      Madhubala’s concern that the heart-house kiraya (rent) might be high is well-founded, isn’t it?
      Dil-vil, pyar-vyar is all fine and good, but once the routine strikes, the rent is indeed very high!
      The song might not be a masterpiece but it is always a pleasure to see Madhubala and her 1000-watt smile.
      Also a change to see Rafi’s voice filmed on Raj!

  19. Songs Of Yore

    August 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    In 40’s the feeling of coming home of the beloved would be expressed by Khursheed in her heavenly voice.
    Aaj mere ghar mehman aye by Khursheed from Aap KI Marzi (1939), lyrics PL Santoshi, music Gyan Dutt

    • harveypam

      August 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Oh this is the Khursheed song! The audio quality was so bad in the previous video I could hardly discern the words.
      So this is the right one! But it was a nice wait.
      If you don’t mind, I’ll delete the previous videos from the comments above.
      woh aaye, woh aaye, sang sawera laaye!

  20. Songs Of Yore

    August 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    • harveypam

      August 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      It was worth waiting for!

  21. Atul

    September 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

    There are “banglas”, there are “Ghar” , “Aashiyaana”, “Sabudana” 🙂 and then there are the self effacing “Gareebkhaana”.

    It is a nice list of songs. I think almost all Bangla songs in Hindi movies have been covered. “Nazar laagi Raja tore nagle par” was how our beloved Raja was teased by by his school mates during his school days. 🙂

    “Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra” (Chhote Nawaab) was ironically picturised as mujra song. So all the magic of this song is lost if one looks at the picturisation of this song.

    “Chhota sa ghar hoga baadalon ki chaaon mein” (Naukri) is a magical song- a middle class man’s ultimate dream. Kishore Kumar has sung this song from the core of his heart. And just imagine , Salil Chaudhary did not initially want Kishore Kumar to sing this song on finding out that Kishore Kumar was not a trained singer. But Kishore Kumar managed to convince Salil Chaudhary by making him listen to this song in his voice. That must have been a momentous occasion in Kishore Kumar’s playback career.

    “Sab Ka Ustaad” is a movie of 1967 (not of 1965) and it has music by Ganesh (Pyarelal’s brother).

    • harveypam

      September 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      “then there are the self effacing “Gareebkhaana”.”
      😀 How true!
      There are in fact two songs on bangla still. There is this song though from Teen Bhai: duniya se door tere bangle me, but I couldn’t find it on you tube, though it circulated there a year back.
      And then there is this song from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Me [2001] na sone ke bangle me

      Agree with you about ghar aaja ghir aayi upto some extent. But on the other hand the director maybe wanted to present a the irony of the situation by letting the souten mouth birah geet, while his lover pines for him at home.

      Isn’t that surprising from today’s point of view that Salil da didn’t want to let Kishore sing chota sa ghar hoga! There is in fact a version with Hemant Kumar, but it is short. Somebody posted it on Anu’s blog yesterday.

      Thanks for the correct date of release of Sab Ka Ustad!
      But more than that for the info that Ganesh is Pyarelal’s brother.
      I remember Ganesh especially for the Asha song kahan gaya mera sanam from Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi (1970).

    • harveypam

      September 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Here is Hemant Kumar’s version of chhotta sa ghar hoga badalon ki chaaon me:
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  22. Atul

    September 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Ganesh is among my most favuorite music directors. He got to compose music in only 16 movies and most of these movies ended up as obscure, but what music he has composed in these movies.

    Almost each and every song of Ganesh is a gem. I have discussed 40 songs from 14 of his movies in my song blog. I need to discuss the remaining 40 odd songs of Ganesh too.

    • harveypam

      September 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      I’ll have to look them up someday!
      I didn’t know that he composed music for 16 films!


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