My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-V

OK, but when it comes to Hindi songs, especially Mohammed Rafi’s songs, V must be a tricky letter, that I can just think of these few songs.

Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji, and this is the song that many think of at this part.

Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What a lovely, blissful, breezy duet, where Kumkum and Kiran Kumar roll in the wildflowers in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. And Rafi’s voice sounds so rich, neon, warm, and booming here. And even the picturization looks so colorful, vivid, and neon, sounds so blissful like cherry blossoms, soft rose petals, love blooms, and puppy love. Rafi’s charming voice really suits this song and complements with Lata’s honey-sweet voice in this lovely duet. Reminds me of those Kim Possible stories.  That’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. Can’t resist this one.

Vallah Kya Baat Hai-Vallah Kya Baat Hai(1962): Shammi Kapoor rocks and rolls through this jazzy, O. P. Nayyar-style beat by Roshan, usually known for his classical-based numbers.

Vatan Ka Kya Hoga-Aadmi Aur Insaan(1968): Very patriotic one from Ravi, featuring Johnny Walker.

And that felt like another short one, that I don’t have much to say about this list. But this gentleman was a very talented singer with versatility, richness, and charm overload in his voice, and so many songs and creations, well, millions of them. He had a versatile, vibrant, vivid voice.

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My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-U

I was listening to some Rafi tracks. Dad burst into my room and said, “That ugly voice?!”

Ugly voice?! Noooo! Rafi had a charming voice!

Phew, but it was just a nightmare. Like me, Dad really loves Rafi songs, and his voice too, for he too finds it a charming one.

So one day, Dad was watching “Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar”, and to make clear of my nightmare, I asked him, “You don’t like Rafi’s voice?”

“No, I like it,” he said. So he really liked Rafi’s voice. But the voices he really found ugly were of Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and all those Spongebob characters. He doesn’t even like Atif Aslam’s voice, for he thinks Atif is a flat singer, except he doesn’t say Atif ugly. But I do like Atif myself.

But remember, the main topic is Rafi sahab, so let’s focus on his songs more.

Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri-Naya Daur(1957): Vyjayantimala and Dilip Kumar praise each other’s looks in this shaky, feisty O. P. Nayyar classic. But even Asha’s voice sounds so cute in here.

Udhar Tum Haseen Ho-Mr. and Mrs. 55(1955): Guru Dutt and Madhubala waltz together in this snappy, jazzy Rafi-Geeta duet, also from O. P. Nayyar.

Uth Neend Se Mirzya-Pratigya(1975): Dharmendra and Hema Malini star in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal rendering of a classic Punjabi legend. The tune reminds me of Jad Mukhda Vekhiya Yaar Da and Palash Sen’s Maeri.

Unke Khayal Aaye To-Lal Patthar(1971): Rafi’s rich, liquid, chocolatey voice proves that it’s a charming one. And do you know the actor lip-synching to this charming voice? It’s none other than his senior G. M. Durrani, who taught him to sing so smoothly. And this classical Shankar-Jaikishan masterpiece, based on raga Gaara(not Naruto’s Gaara), has to be the best song of the movie, love it even more than Manna and Asha’s classical duet “Re Man Sur Mein Ga”, that I had on my cassette.

Uff Yeh Jawani Yeh Ada-Mehmaan(1973): Biswajeet serenades Rekha in this fun, colorful, peppy solo from Ravi.

But that felt so short and sweet, even way shorter than that huge, giant, long, mega list of T songs. And U is not for ugly, that’s just a nightmare, but unique, that Rafi’s voice felt so unique with its distinctive richness that it could not be replaced. U even means unicorn, that colorful, magical creature, and Rafi had a really cool, magical, charming, unimaginable voice that you couldn’t even resist.

And also, undisputed, as in the undisputed king of Indian singing.

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-T

Calling all Rafi lovers! Let’s put our hands and make an alphabet of his songs!

It all started when I came across a page called The A to Z of Mohammed Rafi, an alphabet consisting exclusively of his songs, by sunheriyaadein. That page was so cool and inspiring that I wanted to make my own, but the toughest part was picking just one song per letter, so I decided to stretch out every song I could think of, and there are too many songs to think of from this letter, well, trillions. But sunheriyaadein wasn’t the only one who made such an alphabet, bollyviewer and Achal Rangaswamy made theirs too, and now I want to follow them and do my own version. Not only does it dedicate to our beloved singer, but it even makes a useful tool for that game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and it’s such a fun, lovable game.

And the first time I played antakshari with my family, we were stuck on T, that we needed to search such songs and increase our vocabulary in songs, but I already had too many songs stored in my memory, like “Tu Hi Tu”, “Tunak Tunak Tun”, “Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai”, “Tadap Tadap”, and many, but remember, this is a Rafi territory(like in the show Emperor’s New School, Yzma said in her song, “This is an Yzma territory”), so I’m totally limiting to this charming gentleman’s songs, be it a solo or duet, black and white or color, regardless of actor, music director, mood, year, etc., well, any Rafi song can work, as long as it starts with a T for true love.

Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho-Hanste Zakhm(1973): This superhit, booming classic has to be on the top of the list, because it’s one of my most favorites, with Madan Mohan’s magic picturized on a bright, neon, colorful scene of Navin Nischal and Priya Rajvansh going on a car ride on a rainy evening to the beach. With Kaifi Azmi’s passionate lyrics, it speaks of Navin getting lost and trying to search for Priya(“ek bhatke hue raahi ko, caravan mil gaya”). What a neon, booming, liquid voice Rafi has, like a piping hot chocolate. I also remember its covers from Debojit in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 and Parthiv in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge. Like them, I too love singing these songs, especially this one. I tend to follow those contestants and get their influence too, like Ron Weasley(from Harry Potter) says, “Follow the butterflies”. Every time I dream of this song, it comes on the radio. It has been so popular that it has to be a gem, a beauty, a heaven, and true love of a song. This is one of the best songs ever sung on the planet. Makes me wanna feel good and hum along. So much to say about this song…

Tu Mere Saamne Hai-Suhagan(1964): Another irresistible piece of chocolate from Madan Mohan, where Guru Dutt compliments Mala Sinha’s beauty, especially her hairstyle, in Rafi’s rich, smooth, soft, warm, suave, melty, chocolatey voice in this black and white classic. This is another beauty and another of the best songs ever sung. Feels like a surprise gift. Reminds me of my mid-high school days. I can’t resist this one either.

Tere Mere Sapne-Guide(1965): Dev Anand tries to still show his love on Waheeda Rehman, but she cries. But why? What happened? Maybe it’s the end of their love story, that their love is deteriorating and splitting, like look at that jolly song Gaata Rahe Mera Dil, where they used to love each other. But this song, from S. D. Burman’s score, is a poignant, emotional one, yet so irresistible, that it’s a touching one. And besides, this song is based on raga Gaara(nope, not a namesake of Naruto’s Gaara), like “Aise To Na Dekho”, “Kabhi Khud Pe”, and “Mohe Panghat Pe”.

Tumne Mujhe Dekha-Teesri Manzil(1966): Like “Tere Mere Sapne”, this feels like another poignant song, but now it’s Shammi Kapoor singing and making Asha Parekh cry in this R. D. Burman classic with Majrooh Sultanpuri’s mesmerizing lyrics. And look at her tears dropping on her paper, like a light rain.

Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Main Jamuna Ka Dhara-Baiju Bawra(1952): I remember listening to this vintage Naushad composition on raga Bhairavi on my cassette in my elementary school days, seems like the folks, especially Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari, are enjoying their time in those eponymous rivers.

Tumse O Haseena-Farz(1967): Very surprising to see Babita do a classical-type dance, like Vyjayantimala or Padmini, with Jeetendra’s jazzy dance in this jolly duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Teri Bindiya Re-Abhimaan(1973): Amitabh Bachchan compliments wife Jaya Bachchan’s beauty with this lovely bunch of flowers from Sachinda to classical roots probably from raga Gaara. I even remember the Rajasthani team of Raja, Dilshad, and Priyanka singing this beautiful duet in the S. D. Burman episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge show.

Teri Galiyon Mein Na-Hawas(1974): Scored by Usha Khanna, Anil Dhawan is emotional about his love and flashbacks about Neetu Singh. And look at that nerd, and that aging Pradeep Kumar. And what a soft, charming voice Rafi has…

Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko-Sasural(1961): Rajendra Kumar tries to compliment an innocent B. Saroja Devi’s beauty with this light love solo from Shankar-Jaikishan’s sheer magic. And when I try to sing this song, I act as if I’m looking at something super cute, like my two pet squirrels Misu and Risu(nope, they aren’t real squirrels, they’re just carved out of wood into one sculpture). Really a song of cuteness overload, like a Pany Pang or a piece of chocolate cake.

Tumse Izhaar-E-Haal Kar Baithe-Mere Mehboob(1963): Now it’s time for Raju to praise Sadhana in Naushad’s score. Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics speak of doing wonders, like when I looked at other Rafi alphabets, the authors picked only one song per letter, but me, I’ve been trying to list down as many songs as I could think of per letter, and whew, that felt even more challenging than just one. But that even boosts my song vocabulary. Based on raga Yaman, tune reminds me of “Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi” from Raja Hindustani.

Tasveer Teri Dil Mein-Maya(1961): Mala Sinha and Dev Anand sing this cute duet from Salil Choudhry.

Tere Paas Aake Mera Waqt-Neela Akash(1965): Dharmendra and Mala Sinha wander around the Pinjore Gardens with this light, flirty Madan Mohan duet.

Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se-Asli Naqli(1962): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet on Dev and Sadhana in my cassette in my elementary school memories. Feels so magical as a fairytale. This is even one of Dad’s favorite songs. Even Dharmendra and Jaya Bachchan sang this charming song in Guddi.

Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge-Pagla Kahin Ka(1970): This is an ideal song to pay tribute to Rafiji on his death anniversary, that’s July 31st, ever since 1980. It felt a bit too early for him to leave the world like that, but he had a severe dard-e-dil at just 55 years. But it was just a natural, intrinsic cause. BTW, this song was made way before his passing, with Shankar-Jaikishan’s composition on raga Jhinjhoti, picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh.

Teri Ankhon Ke Siva-Chirag(1969): Another root from raga Jhinjhoti, Sunil Dutt praises Asha Parekh’s lovely eyes under Madan Mohan’s direction. Asha later gets blinded at a mystery incident in the middle of this movie, due to her inability to bear a baby, that she sings it back to Sunil.

Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan-Pyar Ka Mausam(1969): Now it’s time for the charming Shashi Kapoor to praise Asha Parekh with this rocking R. D. Burman track. There is also a Kishore version of this song picturized on Bharat Bhushan.

Tujhe Pyar Karte Hain-April Fool(1964): Biswajeet and Saira Banu wish upon a star in the twilight with this love duet from Shankar-Jaikishan. Feels like Cinderella and Prince Charming waltzing at the garden in the ball.

Tu Hi Woh Haseen Hai-Khwab(1980): Mithun Chakraborty was one lucky actor in the newer generation to have Rafi sahab singing for him, complimenting Rajneeta’s beauty in blind musician Ravindra Jain’s score. Many of you would have wondered that if Rafi lived longer, he would have sung for even newer actors, like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, and many, but they have had newer singers like Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, KK, Shaan, etc. And now there are rappers like Honey Singh and Badshah, that many complain that music is deteriorating nowadays. Time flies. Kahin beetein na yeh raatein, kahin beete na yeh din.

Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye-Rajkumar(1964): Shammi and Sadhana gaze around the enchanted forest in this Shankar-Jaikishan fairytale. I guess it sounds like raga Darbari.

Tujhe Dekha Tujhe Chaha-Chhoti Si Mulaqat(1967): Uttam Kumar and Vyjayantimala romance in the wintry scene in this lovely, light duet from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score. But Vyjayantimala looks chubby in that orange vest, so I’m putting her purple sweater instead.

Teri Zulfon Se Judai-Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai(1961): Dev sahab sings at the court that he didn’t want to detach from Asha Parekh. Score by Shankar-Jaikishan and lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri.

Tik Tik Tik-Humjoli(1970): Brilliant cabaret song on Jeetendra and Mumtaz with score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Tere Bin Soone Nain Hamare-Meri Surat Teri Ankhen(1963): Ashok Kumar plays a nice guy who looks like a beast, like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, or Shrek. But unlike the Beast or Shrek, his character is a talented classical singer, like see “Poocho Na Kaise Maine” and “Nache Man Mora Magan”. That is, a hideous guy with a charming voice.

Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda.

Tere Sang Jeena Tere Sang Marna-Nach Uthe Sansar(1976): Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini unite in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal gem. And Rafi’s voice really feels so soft and smooth as pudding in here…

Tere Ishq Ka Mujh Pe-Nagin(1976): What a sensual duet picturized on Sunil Dutt and Rekha, scored by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Rafi’s voice sounds really charming as a fairytale.

Tumhari Zulf Ke Saaye Mein-Naunihal(1967): Sanjeev Kumar sways around his love Indrani Mukherjee in this soft, smooth, silky Madan Mohan ghazal.

Tu Kahan Yeh Bata-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand wanders the streets in this Sachinda classic.

Tujhe Kya Sunaoon Main Dilruba-Aakhri Dao(1958): Madan Mohan got inspired by the tune of Talat Mehmood’s song “Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat”, taken from Sangdil, composed by Sajjad Hussain, and picturized on the charming Dilip Kumar. But this song is picturized on Nutan and the lesser-known Shekhar.

Talkhi-E-Maye Mein Zara-Non-filmi song: This ghazal from Taj Ahmed Khan feels like waking up with a warm cup of tea.

Tu Hai Mera Prem Devta-Kalpana(1960): In this classical Rafi-Manna duet, Padmini and Ragini are dancing classically and devoting to God with O. P. Nayyar’s composition on raga Lalit.

Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai-Janwar(1965): I first heard this song when Paresh sang it in the 2005 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge. Shammi falls in the lake with Shankar-Jaikishan’s peppy beats.

Tayyab Ali Pyar Ka Dushman-Amar Akbar Anthony(1974): Rishi Kapoor and company sing this jolly Islamic prayer song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal on the sunny streets. Better than that remix from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2.

Tum Chali Jaogi-Shagoon(1964): This soft Khayyam ghazal is picturized on real-life jodi Kamaljeet and Waheeda Rehman strolling through the woods.

Teri Neeli Neeli Ankhon Ke-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan spice.

Tere Nain Nashe De Pyale-Gora Aur Kala(1972): Rajendra Kumar, dressed as a Sultan, compliments Hema’s beauty in the palace, like an Aladdin story. Score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Tukde Hain Mere Dil Ke-Mere Sanam(1965): Heartbreaking lyrics from Majrooh Sultanpuri, but this O. P. Nayyar piece wakes me up like a warm cup of coffee.

Thehriye Hosh Mein Aa Loon-Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain(1965): Light duet from Khayyam, featuring the charming jodi of Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. Suman sounds like Asha B. at the humming part.

Tum Jo Hue Mere Humsafar-12 O’Clock(1957): Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman flirt at the orchards with this O. P. Nayyar classic.

Tere Husn Ki Kya Tareef Karoon-Leader(1964): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala converse at the patio with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, depicting Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. Kawaii!

Tum Apni Saheli Ko-Samaj Ko Badal Dalo(1970): Prem Chopra is usually known to play the bad guy in many of his movies, but he’s playing the hero here, and I bet the heroine is Kanchan of Andhra Pradesh. Music by Ravi.

Tere Mere Yaraane Ho-Nagin(1976): Feroz Khan and Mumtaz go around the enchanted fairytale land with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

Tumse Kahoon Ek Baat-Dastak(1970): Sanjeev Kumar renders this love song of Madan Mohan to Rehana Sultan in Rafi’s soft, whispery voice like an autumn breeze or a waterfall.

Toote Hue Khwabon Ne-Madhumati(1958): Dilip Kumar broods around with this memorable Salil Choudhry composition.

Tumhe Dekha Hai-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra blesses Meena Kumari on her wedding in this R. D. Burman piece of gold.

Teri Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi-Suhaag(1979): Bhangra song featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, and Rekha. You can see in the end of the song that Amitabh’s beard is fake.

Tumhare Bin Guzare Hai-Aatmaram(1977): Based on raga Bhimpalasi, this song reminds me of “Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye”. But composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Shatrughan Sinha and Vidya Sinha in a castle setting that reminds me of the Hogwarts corridor halls.

Taare Taare Kitne Neel Gagan Pe Taare-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Like “Baar Baar Din Yeh Aaye”, this is a jolly birthday song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, but picturized on Rajendra Kumar. What a jubilee party song it is, not like Yo Yo Honey Singh’s “Party All Night”!

Tu Mera Main Teri-Pyar Hi Pyar(1969): Dharmendra disguises as a blind musician here, but tries to show love to an angry Vyjayantimala on her birthday in this rock-and-roll Shankar-Jaikishan track. Didn’t like the ending, where Vyjayantimala punched Dharmendra. Reminds me of my eighth grade year. But wish they made more movies together. What a pity…

Tumhare Pyar Mein-Shikar(1968): Dharmendra and Asha Parekh go jeep riding with this Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi-Aap To Aise Na The(1980): Jolly party song from Usha Khanna’s score. Two other versions are there, a romantic one by Manhar Udhas and a sentimental one by Hemlata. But too bad my dad doesn’t like this song. I remember one day in the car, this song was playing on the radio, and Dad turned it off, probably because of the voice. But I’m sure he does like Rafi’s voice in general, in the earlier times, like on Dev Anand or Guru Dutt, etc. But the voices he really can’t stand are of Spongebob, Patrick, and Atif Aslam. But I do like those voices. We have different tastes, you know.

Tum Akele To Kabhi-Aao Pyar Karein(1964): Playful duet from Usha Khanna’s score, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu. Very lovely song in the courtyard.

Tumhein Main Agar Apna-Shatranj(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Waheeda Rehman roam around the open nature with this breezy Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Teri Meharbani Hogi-Raaka(1965): Feisty qawwali song from Dattaram, featuring Roopesh Kumar and qawwali queen Shakeela Bano Bhopali.

Tu Jangal Ki Morni-Raja Saab(1969): A snappy tune by Kalyanji-Anandji, where Shashi and Nanda dance to the summer vibes.

Tera Sheeshe Ka Samaan-Chacha Bhatija(1977): Dharmendra and Hema Malini set sail on the pirate ship with this LP duet.

Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon-Laila Majnu(1976): A terrorized Rishi Kapoor haunts through this Madan Mohan air.

Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa-Do Kaliyan(1968): Biswajeet and Mala Sinha jazz up this ched-chad love duet from Ravi’s score.

Tere Nain-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena swing through this playful duet in Kalyanji-Anandji’s composition.

Tum Hi Tum Ho-Ek Dil Sau Afsane(1963): Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman waltz through this golden Shankar-Jaikishan silk.

Tumhe Husn Deke Khuda Ne-Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai(1963): Shammi and Shashi get to be there together, with Kumkum and Shyama in this battle-of-the-sexes qawwali composed by Dattaram in raga Kedar.

Tere Naam Ka Deewana-Chand Aur Suraj(1973): Sanjeev Kumar comes in Bindu’s dreams in this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

Tu Jo Nahin Koi Mera-Darinda(1977): Rafi’s voice echoes in this haunting rare gem as Parveen Babi walks through the darkness.

Teri Awaaz Ki Jadugari Se-Teri Talash Mein(1968): Another haunting one, an unseen melody with music by Sapan Jagmohan.

Tum Bin Sajan Barse Nayan-Gaban(1966): Sunil Dutt and Sadhana are apart from each other in this sentimental duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

Tu Raat Khadi Thi Chhat Pe-Himalay Ki Godmein(1965): Superb bhangra duet song of Kalyanji-Anandji, picturized on Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha.

Tu Kahin Aas Paas Hai Dost-Aas Paas(1981): This is Rafi’s swan song, in other words, his last song recorded before his untimely passing, that many wish he had lived longer. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and picturized on a lonely Dharmendra lost in the rocks.

And that felt like a huge, giant, colossal collection with trillions of songs, that one might feel tired after reading this whole post, BUT, the series isn’t over yet, so stay tuned for more Rafi alphabets!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-S

Strictly speaking of Mohammed Rafi, our beloved chocolate-voiced gentleman, I’ve come across a post of his songs in an alphabet. It was so cool that I wanted to do mine, but which one song to pick per letter, that was the toughest part, so I decided to jot down every song I could think of, but it sure felt like lifting up a heavy weight or managing a lot of work in one day, or basically…putting as many songs as I could in each one post per letter, even more than that page. They too wanted to list every possible song, but they felt it too much, but I felt I could. Like that Arthur song says, “everybody that you meet has an original point of view”, like sunheriyaadein decided to set up rules for their songs, but under my point of view, I had too many songs stored in my memory that I couldn’t think of choosing any rules or one song per letter, so that’s why I listed the possible songs under no boundaries. Super challenging, but super fun.

Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki-Dulari(1949): This has to be one of Rafi sir’s most favorite songs, with his rich, natural, thick, buttery, caramel, honey, chocolate voice in his prime in Naushad’s score, picturized on a lonely Suresh, in the dark, abandoned forest, singing for his love Madhubala.

Sar Jo Tera Chakraye-Pyaasa(1957): “Malish! Tel malish! Champi!” There he goes again, Johnny Walker singing in Rafi’s comical, cartoonish, Bugs Bunny-type voice behind S. D. Burman’s score. I even remember Swarit singing this song in the first episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs in the summer between my fifth and sixth grade years. Very funny song it is, reminds me of my middle school friend Nat’s stories.

Sau Saal Pehle-Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai(1961): I used to listen to this lovely, jubilant duet in my cassette in my elementary school days, where Dev Anand and Asha Parekh converse at the park, with score given by Shankar-Jaikishan.

Sawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye-Dil Diya Dard Liya(1966): Another one from my cassette days, this is a lovely, classical duet composed by Naushad on raga Brindabani Sarang(no, I’m NOT talking about the Korean word for love) and picturized on Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rehman. I also liked Parthiv and Prachi’s cover of this song in the Naushad episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge, one of my favorite shows.

Shaher Mein Charcha Hai-Aas Paas(1981): Jolly bhangra Laxmikant-Pyarelal song picturized on the charming pair of Dharmendra and Hema Malini, and little Hrithik Roshan too. This seems to be Rafi’s last movie, with his swan song before his untimely demise.

Saathiya Nahin Jaana-Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke(1969): Light duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, picturized on Dharmendra and Asha Parekh romancing in the gardens.

Saare Shaher Mein-Bairaag(1976): Dilip Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar go canoeing in this light, yet flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Sa Re Ga Ma-Chupke Chupke(1975): Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra team up with this fun male duet with Sachinda’s score.

Sun Sun Sun Zalima-Aar Paar(1954): Guru Dutt and Shyama flirt together in this ched-chad duet from O. P. Nayyar’s score.

Saathi Na Koi Manzil-Bombay Ka Babu(1960): A lonely Dev Anand wanders around with this cup of coffee from S. D. Burman. It starts out slow, but speeds up by the end.

Suno Suno Miss Chatterjee-Baharen Phir Bhi Aayegi(1966): Johnny Walker goes on his motorbike and meets Madhavi as he sings this darling O. P. Nayyar composition.

Sau Baar Janam Lenge-Ustadon Ke Ustad(1963): Haunting song from Ravi, picturized on Pradeep Kumar and Shakeela. Makes me want to follow my worst nightmares.

Saamne Aa Parda Hata Do-Ek Din Aadhi Raat(1971): This is an exceptional qawwali, where the characters are singing it in a garden instead of the hall. I guess it’s composed by Dattaram on raga Kalavati, like “Hai Agar Dushman”.

Sar Pe Topi Lal-Tumsa Nahin Dekha(1957): Another classic I used to listen on my cassette, where Shammi Kapoor and newcomer Ameeta jive along in this desi O. P. Nayyar jitterbug. This song was featured in “Rock and Roll Soniye” from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

Sajna Saath Nibhana-Doli(1969): Babita calls for her love Rajesh Khanna in the garden with this light song from Ravi’s score.

Saathi Hath Badhana-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala join hands with the whole society in this friendship song from O. P. Nayyar’s conduction.

Saqi Ke Har Nigaah Pe-Non-filmi song: This ghazal feels so classical and vintage…

Saari Khushiyan Hai-Suhana Safar(1970): Shashi Kapoor wanders around the enchanted forest with this lovely Laxmikant-Pyarelal number. Can’t resist this one…

Saaz Ho Tum Awaaz Hoon Main-Saaz Aur Awaaz(1966): Joy Mukherjee sings as Saira Banu shakes her groove thing to this raga Patdeep composition by Naushad.

Sach Kehta Hoon-Jaali Note(1960): “I’m telling you the truth, you’re so cutie pie!” And yes, I really agree with Dev sahab, that Madhubala is indeed a cutie pie. And BTW, O. P. Nayyar loved doing those clip-clopped horsecart songs, but it was really Naushad who first came up with that genre.

Sadiyon Purani-Shehnai(1964): Biswajeet and Rajshree explore the nature with this light duet from Ravi, and in some of the song, Rajshree looks like Little Red Riding Hood.

Sochta Hoon Ke-Raaz(1967): Rajesh Khanna and Babita whisper to each other with this soft, dreamy Kalyanji-Anandji duet in the enchanted forest.

Saj Rahi Gali Meri Maa-Kunwara Baap(1974): Very funny song from Rajesh Roshan. Though not much to worry about that nakey guy or those men in drag, but Mehmood spices and boosts it up. Reminds me of Nat’s stories too.

Shauq Har Rang Raqeeb-Non-filmi song: Another classical ghazal…

Sanam Apni Palkon Mein-Pooja Ke Phool(1964): Dharmendra promenades with a blind Nimmi in this light Madan Mohan track.

Subha Na Aayi Shaam Na Aayi-Cha Cha Cha(1964): Lightly classical composition from Iqbal Qureshi, and Helen, known for her cabaret roles, is playing the lead heroine in here.

Shaam-E-Baharan Subh-E-Chaman-Aaja Sanam(1975): This is a 1975 movie, but has some 60’s feel, even Feroz Khan’s hairstyle doesn’t look 1975-ish in here, look at him in Dharmatma, especially “Kya Khoob Lagti Ho”, he looked so different there, his hair was a tad longer there. Score by Usha Khanna here.

So Jaa Sanam-Rocky Mera Naam(1972): Sanjeev Kumar croons this rare lullaby from Sapan Jagmohan to Nivedita, AKA Libi Rana.

Shola Ulfat Ka-Aurat(1967): Rajesh Khanna and Nazima stroll in the park with this merry Ravi duet.

Sajan Sajan Pukaroon-Sajan(1969): Manoj Kumar serenades Asha Parekh’s beauty in the outdoors with this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal number.

Sun Sun Sun O Gulabi Kali-Sawan Bhadon(1970): This is from the debut film of both Navin Nischal and the real Rekha, as they tease each other in this ched chad duet from Sonik-Omi. Remember, in “Lehnga Khisak Jayega”, if you haven’t read my earlier posts, Rekha was getting annoyed by Navin.

Sharma Ke Na Jaa-Shehnai(1964): Johnny Walker bursts out this peppy, snappy song from Ravi’s hands.

Sang Basanti Ang Basanti-Raja Aur Rank(1967): Sanjeev Kumar and Nazima jive in front of the castle in this feisty, peppy dance song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Sholay Sholay Meri Jawani-Locket(1985): LOL, Rafi sounds like Sonu Nigam in this jolly dandiya song, for he sounds like a young guy in here. But this is a 1985 movie, and the song was recorded in 1979, a delayed release!

Saqiya Itni Pila De-Jai Jwala(1972): This classical song is picturized on a drunk Sujit Kumar.

Sang Sang Rahenge Tumhare-Mulzim(1963): Pradeep Kumar and Shakeela promenade in the garden with this Ravi flavor.

Saccha Hai Agar Pyar Mera Sanam-Jhuk Gaya Aasman(1968): Rajendra Kumar sings this light Shankar-Jaikishan melody to Saira Banu.

Saat Ajoobe Is Duniya Mein-Dharamveer(1977): Friendship song of Dharmendra and Jeetendra with Laxmikant-Pyarelal behind the scenes.

Sharma Ke Yun Na Dekh-Neel Kamal(1968): Waheeda Rehman gracefully boogies to this classical song from Ravi’s score, as Raaj Kumar describes her moves.

Simti Hui Yeh Ghadiyan-Chambal Ki Kasam(1979): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet on my cassette, picturized on Raaj Kumar and Moushmi Chatterjee with Khayyam’s melody.

Shukriya Shukriya-Aamne Saamne(1967): Directed by Kalyanji-Anandji and picturized on Shashi, this is the last song that the late channel Rafiology used to post before their inactivity, and they got killed few months ago due to so many copyright problems. I cry for that channel so much every night and day. It was such an elephant channel with hundreds of jewels that it felt like a Great Depression and severe loss to me. RIP Rafiology! May your songs rest in paradise!

Smooth, soft, sensational, and scintillating, it’s been a spectacular idea to sort the songs by letter, that even makes a useful tool for that singing game antakshari, where you sing the next song starting with the last letter of the previous.

I’d like to thank sunheriyaadein for infulencing me in making these alphabets, and the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew(including Swarit, Parthiv, and Prachi) for giving me those memories. Had it not been for y’all, I wouldn’t have done this stuff.

And hope you guys enjoyed this stupendous list of songs. Thanks for reading!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-R

Let the magic recharge with R for Rafi!(Like that show K for Kishore) But had it been J-Pop or K-Pop, I would have skipped L and come here instead, like wandering in the sea like Odysseus in the Odyssey or falling in Wonderland like Alice, due to the fact that the Japanese have no L in their alphabet and thus turn it into R, because they are facing difficulty in saying L, and the Koreans do have L in their alphabet, but they use the same character for R and L, like it sounds more like R in initial and L in final, like ramyeon and hangeul. And both the Japanese and Koreans say lemon as remon and Lebanon as Rebanon. And there does exist that site called Asian Ryrics, where they replace all the L’s with R’s, but they do only with English songs. But, if there existed one with Hindi songs, or even Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, etc., like if “Lag Ja Gale” became “Rag Ja Gare”, shouldn’t there exist an Indian Ryrics? That would be hysterical. But look at the magic of the letter R, begins so many magical words, such as refresh, revitalize, recharge, reborn, renaissance, rejuvenate, return, and reverse, and can be pronounced differently in different languages, like Rafi could change the tone of his voice depending on the mood, genre, and actor of the song, like a chameleon could change its color depending on its place, or even Aladdin’s Genie could change his form and character. So refresh yourselves with these ravishing tracks!

Rukh Se Zara Naqab-Mere Huzoor(1968): Jeetendra serenades Mala Sinha’s beauty amd attitude in the train with Rafi’s rich, soft, suave voice and Shankar-Jaikishan’s soothing tunes. And see that burkha on Mala.

Rimjhim Ke Geet Sawan-Anjana(1969): Rajendra Kumar and Babita romance in the rain with this sparkly, glittery Laxmikant-Pyarelal thunderstorm.

Rut Hai Milan Ki-Mela(1971): Sanjay Khan and Mumtaz romance this jolly R. D. Burman aura in the magical, shimmery, mist.

Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta-Dosti(1964): There goes blind Sudhir Kumar again, expressing his thoughts and worries with this reasonable, philosophical Laxmikant-Pyarelal track. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid as water.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya-Shree 420(1956): One of the greatest classics I used to listen on my cassette in my early childhood days. Feisty, jolly Shankar-Jaikishan spice from the roots of raga Bhairavi.

Radhike Tune Bansuri-Beti Bete(1964): Another classic from those cassette days. Sunil Dutt conducts this jolly, magical, classical, devotional song based on raga Adana by Shankar-Jaikishan, and also acts out that Krishna-Radha scene with B. Saroja Devi. Feels like an opera-type song. But don’t even confuse the bansuri with the Korean pansori, a type of classical music. But see the similarities between those words?

Rut Beqarar Hai-Maa Aur Mamta(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz romance in the garden with this lovely, soft, light Laxmikant-Pyarelal beauty. Reminds me of a song of a K-Drama love story, for that soft, sensational love. This duet is so lovely that I can’t even cover my ears from it or leave the page. Feels like a bed of roses glazed with bits of gold foil.

Raha Gardishon Mein Hardam-Do Badan(1966): Blind Manoj Kumar is detached from Asha Parekh, who wants to marry him but is married to Pran instead as ordered by her dad, as he croons this serious Ravi composition on raga Darbari in such a critical condition.

Roshan Tumhi Se Duniya-Parasmani(1963): Mahipal gets impressed by Geetanjali’s dancing in this jolly, classical song from the debut of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. So rich, smooth, soft, suave, liquid voice, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding.

Rehne Do Gile Shikwe-Rakhwala(1971): Dharmendra and Leena Chandavarkar flirt in this lightly classical duet from Kalyanji-Anandji.

Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat-Ghazal(1964): Sunil Dutt tries to express his love and desires as much as he can as Meena Kumari has lost her voice, like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she sang for Ursula, with this soothing Madan Mohan beauty.

Rang Rang Ke Phool Khile-Aan Milo Sajna(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh enjoy the harvest of this Laxmikant-Pyarelal nature. Similar to Matwala Jiya Dole Piya.

Raat Ke Humsafar-An Evening in Paris(1967): Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore promenade the lit streets of Paris in the lovely night, as the title says, with Shankar-Jaikishan as the music directors.

Raat Suhani Jaag Rahi Hai-Jigri Dost(1969): Jeetendra and Mumtaz waltz together in this soft, fairytale dream sequence of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. What a lovely, irresistible duet it is…

Reshma Jawan Ho Gayi-Mome Ki Gudiya(1972): This song, a peppy one picturized on Ratan Kumar serenading Tanuja in the garden with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s score, is bound to be an exception, since the first verse is “Ladki Punjab ki, mauj chinab ki…”, you can sing this “R” song when given L in antakshari. And that R/L issue isn’t just Japanese or Korean, even in Latin, there come many adjectives ending with -al and -ar, like classical, musical, and whimsical, but solar, lunar, stellar. R and L seem to be close almost everywhere. Fascinating.

Raaz-E-Dil Unse Chhupaya Na Gaya-Apna Banake Dekho(1962): This light, lifting Ravi composition is meant to depict Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh in a garden laden with flowers or something, but too bad the movie got lost or something, that it can never be seen, but still heard.

Roothe Rab Ko Manana-Majboor(1974): Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi get on the beach and hear this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal qawwali.

Rimjhim Ke Tarane Leke Aayi Barsaat-Kala Bazaar(1960): Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walk in the rain with this S. D. Burman umbrella, like “Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua”.

Ram Tu Sab Ka Rakhwala-Chhota Bhai(1966): “God, you’re the protector of everything!” Speaking of gods, this Laxmikant-Pyarelal bhajan reminds me of Greek gods especially, like Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, and I feel Rafi sir to be a Greek god, well, Greek god of Indian singing, because of his rich, powerful, epic, dynamic, heroic, booming voice. Reminds me of Percy Jackson too. And I really saw a video of him singing this song live.

Raat Bhar Ka Hai Mehman Andhera-Sone Ki Chidiya(1958): This is a poignant, haunting song, from O. P. Nayyar’s score, that creeps me out with those ghosts, ghouls, monsters, aliens, and all that stuff, makes me want to follow my nightmares. Feels like a Halloween-type song, like Goosebumps or Hotel Transylvania, or even anything Gothic.

Ruk Jaa O Sajnu-Dupatta(1969): This is a jolly Punjabi song that reminds me of “Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai”.

Rekha O Rekha Jab Se Tumhe Dekha-Adhikar(1971): Nope, the heroine of this peppy Panchamda treat isn’t Rekha herself but Tabassum, and the guy is Brahmachari. They’re side characters cycling in the park, but Rafi’s voice has made it popular.

Raju Ka Tha Ek Khwab-Raja Saab(1969): The charming Shashi Kapoor broods around with this Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Rabba Ve Teriyan Beparvaiyan-Kankan De Ohle(1971): This Punjabi song is another poignant one, to face the toughest situations of life…

Raaton Ka Raja Hoon Main-Raaton Ka Raja(1971): What a rocking Panchamda track with some Latino flair, where Dheeraj Kumar, the raaton ka raja, sings his song in the nightclub. I remember seeing him in “Ka Karoon Sajni”.

Resham Ki Dori-Sajan(1969): Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh hang out in the gardens with this romantic duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Rahen Na Rahen Hum-Mamta(1966): One of the greatest classics from Roshan, picturized on Dharmendra and Suchitra Sen, and it’s a philosophical one. Go get a life!

Raaton Ki Siyahi Hai Aur Din Ka Ujala Hai-Raat Andheri Thi(1967): Feroz Khan speaks of the dark night and bright day in this Usha Khanna score. Opposites, huh? Like “Tu Mere Saamne Hai”, “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”, “Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho”, and many others I can’t resist, but there are a few songs I really can’t stand, but I won’t mention their names. Or kinda like Yin Yang.

Raqqasa Mera Naam-The Great Gambler(1979): Panchamda’s cabaret song featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman, with some Arabian flair.

Re Mamma Re Mamma Re-Andaz(1971): I remember listening to this playful Shankar-Jaikishan song on my cassette in my early elementary school days. And Shammi Kapoor insists that little girl that they would go shopping and buy some goodies. Now, I feel like going to H-Mart and buying some noodles, cake, jelly straws, ramune, and such cool stuff.

Rani Nacho-Love in Bombay(1973): What a jolly, rambunctious, Arabian Shankar-Jaikishan melody of dancing with the stars, especially Joy Mukherjee and Waheeda Rehman in the lead. This movie was not quite released then, but it was discovered a year after Joy’s demise in 2012.

Roka Kai Baar Maine-Mere Sanam(1965): Biswajeet and Asha Parekh romance in the open nature with this lightly classical duet from O. P. Nayyar.

Ruk Ruk Chamke-Pehli Raat(1959): Jolly, shaky Ravi spice featuring Johnny Walker.

Raat Jhoomti Dil Ko Choomti-Reporter Raju(1962): What a fairytale song of Feroz Khan and Jeevan Kala in the play!

Rome Ki Wadiyon Se-Spy in Rome(1968): “Rome, roaming in Rome!” Feels like Shankar-Jaikishan-type song, but it’s actually from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, but the tune reminds me of “Yeh Sama Sama Hai” from Jab Jab Phool Khile.

Rangat Teri Surat Si-Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai(1969): Shammi and Babita romance in the twilight drizzle with this soft, light duet from Shankar-Jaikishan.

Ramji Ki Nikli Sawari-Sargam(1979): Jive into this feisty dandiya bhajan from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic with Rishi Kapoor!

But can you guess what the R in Rafi also stands for? That is, richness, just like milk, cream, butter, chocolate, caramel, custard, silk, tea, you name it. But can also be rambunctious at times, like peppy, shaky, and neon colors. And also a Romeo, like from Romeo and Juliet, for his charming, loving, irresistible, yet epic, heroic, dynamic voice. R stands for respect, that we love his voice and his songs and compliment with love and kindness, and pay tribute in many different forms and ways. And it really felt challenging, for I decided to list down as many songs as I could think of, instead of limiting to just one, unlike the others, including sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy. But I’d still like to credit them for giving me ideas and inspiring and influencing me to make my alphabets, yet listing a lot of songs per letter feels like a growth mindset, an infinite garden, a magical world, like Hogwarts, Narnia, Wonderland, you name it. And hope you guys enjoyed reading this epic post, thanks for reading!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Q

After reading that cool article from sunheriyaadein, it inspired me so much that I wanted to follow that page and do my own alphabet of Mohammed Rafi’s songs. But the questions came, which song should I put for each letter? How did they choose their songs? Why did they choose those songs? Should I follow their rules? And what can I put for Q? How many songs begin with Q?

Qayamat Hai-Mr. Natwarlal(1979): Amitabh and Rekha get along in this feisty Rajesh Roshan track to the society. And that’s what the masses think of when they get to Q.

Qamar Bandhe Hue Jalne Ko-Non-filmi song: So classical ghazal that reminds me of the dark streets, and Rafi sounds so dynamic in here. I guess it’s based on raga Sohni, kinda reminds me of “Prem Jogan Ban Ke” from Mughal-E-Azam.

Qad-O-Gessu-Non-filmi song: Light rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal.

Qadmon Mein Tere Aye Sanam-Non-filmi song: This light love song is from Madan Mohan’s album Tere Baghair, where the songs were based on his unused tunes, and the epic Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta starrer Veer Zara had its songs composed on them, like “Tere Liye”, “Main Yahan Hoon Yahan”, and “Do Pal Ruka”.

Whew! But those were the only songs I could think of, and it felt so quick with only that teeny-tiny number of songs. Hope you guys enjoyed this short, sweet article!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-P

It all started one day when I read an article about an alphabet of Mohammed Rafi’s goodies, from sunheriyaadein, and it was so cool and catchy that I got inspired to follow the page and do my own alphabet of his songs, but the problem was, I had way too many songs stored in my memory, so instead of choosing only one song per letter, I decided to jot down as many songs as I could with no boundaries, and putting multiple songs than just one gave more ideas and exposure, that helped me more, especially in antakshari, where you have to sing a song starting with the last letter of the previous song. But I very rarely get this letter at that game, though there are many of these songs, so here are the possible options:

Pardesiyon Se Na Akhiyan Milana-Jab Jab Phool Khile(1965): Well-known Kalyanji-Anandji classic composed on raga Pilu as the fresh, jolly, youthful Shashi Kapoor goes canoeing around.

Parbaton Ke Pedon Par-Shagoon(1964): Waheeda Rehman and her hubby Kamaljeet take a promenade in the lovely scenery with this lovely, irresistible, charming duet by Khayyam.

Patta Patta Boota Boota-Ek Nazar(1973): Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan(then Bhaduri) render this Mirza Ghalib ghazal in this light Rafi-Lata duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal in the enchanted forest to Alice’s Wonderland.

Parda Hai Parda-Amar Akbar Anthony(1974): Superhit qawwali song featuring Rishi Kapoor. When I saw Vinit and Amanat singing this song in the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge, they used their names instead of Akbar, like “Vinit mera naam rahi hai” or “Amanat mera naam rahi hai”. Fascinating.

Pukarta Chala Hoon Main-Mere Sanam(1965): Biswajeet rides on his blue-gray jeep through the path in the forest as he lip-synchs to Rafi’s soft, feathery, pillow voice in this lifting O. P. Nayyar classic based on raga Kirwani. Scene looks similar to that of “Dekha Hai Teri Aankhon Mein”, except the singing hero and the girls are riding together there, yet they are riding individually here. But Biswajeet gets mad and annoyed after the end of the song as he says, “I said hold your tongue!” to one of the girls.

Phir Miloge Kabhi-Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi(1966): This is Rafi and Asha singing for Biswajeet and Sharmila Tagore respectively in this mesmerizing, classical O. P. Nayyar fairytale from this spooky, haunting thriller movie. And Sharmila looks like a princess in here. But this is another pair that made a one-movie wonder! They should have made more!

Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamara-The Burning Train(1980): Jeetendra and Neetu Singh lead this Panchamda qawwali rooted on raga Kedar in the train. I first heard this song when Anamika sang it in the train episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs, that aired when I was in fourth grade.

Pyar Se Dil Bhar De-Kab Kyon Aur Kahan?(1970): Dharmendra and Babita chase each other in the garden with this peppy, ched-chad Kalyanji-Anandji snap, and the lyrics mean to fill your heart with love. And if you’re depressed or something(“Dil abhi bhara nahin” from “Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar”), I hope these songs, especially Rafi songs, will help fill your hearts with love, joy, sunshine, beauty, and other nice stuff.

Paon Choo Lene Do-Taj Mahal(1963): This is Rafi and Lata singing this lovely duet for Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai in this Roshan beauty in the titular castle laden with blooms and blossoms.

Patthar Ke Sanam-Patthar Ke Sanam(1967): Manoj Kumar lends this titular song on the piano with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s sheer magic. Reminds me of my early middle school days, when Harpreet and Tarun sang this song in the Laxmikant-Pyarelal episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge.

Ponch Kar Ashq-Naya Raasta(1970): Jeetu tries to cheer up a worried, hotheaded Asha Parekh with this light love song of N. Dutta. Didn’t know until first time listening to this song that N. Dutta still composed songs in 1970.

Panchi Re O Panchi-Hare Kanch Ki Choodiyan(1967): What a jolly, blissful, springtime duet in Asha B’s cute, sweet voice and Rafi’s soft, airy voice under Shankar-Jaikishan’s direction, picturized on Biswajeet and Naina Sahu in the garden.

Paise Ka Khel Nirala-Biwi O Biwi(1981): That’s what I call a millionaire singer. Rafi was indeed a millionaire by singing millions of jewels, especially this one, with his rich, booming voice. Directed by Panchamda, penned by the well-known Nida Fazli, and picturized on Sanjeev Kumar at a mansion. And yes, Rafi owned a mansion and a huge family. Those are the real signs of a millionaire.

Pyar Ke Daman Se Lipte-Char Dervesh(1964): This fairytale gem is composed by O. P. Nayyar’s assistant G. S. Kohli and picturized on Feroz Khan and Sayeeda Khan. Reminds me of a Zabak or Parasmani setting. And Feroz’s outfit reminds me of that of Rajendra Kumar in the Suraj song “Kaise Samjhaoon”.

Pooche Jo Koi Mujhse-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar tries to tease Sadhana in this light, yet peppy Laxmikant-Pyarelal solo track.

Phir Aane Laga Yaad Wohi-Yeh Dil Kisko Doon(1963): The charming Shashi dreams of the graceful Ragini in this Iqbal Qureshi dream sequence with Qamar Jalalabadi’s alfaaz(lyrics).

Peete Peete Kabhi Kabhi Yun Jaam-Bairaag(1976): Dilip Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar party all night with these psychedelic Kalyanji-Anandji lights.

Pyar Ki Baatein Koi Na Jaane-Magic Carpet(1964): Rare, yet vintage, classic, peppy duet of Asha’s cute, sweet, baby chipmunk voice and Rafi’s neon, booming, rambunctious, flavorful, juicy voice.

Paise Ka Kya Yakeen-Suhana Safar(1970): Shashi feels so jolly and up in the sky with all that money in this LP number.

Pehle Mile The Sapnon Mein-Zindagi(1964): Rajendra Kumar promenades with Vyjayantimala in the gardens with this light SJ beauty.

Phir Woh Bhooli Si Yaad-Begaana(1963): What a classical, soulful Sapan Jagmohan melody with a brooding Sailesh Kumar. But my mom doesn’t like this song, for she finds it gray, gloomy, and poignant(making her cry) prefers happy, jolly-type songs.

Phool Hai Baharon Ka-Jigri Dost(1969): What a snappy, shaky duet from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, featuring Jeetu, Mumu, and Poonam Sinha in the garden.

Payal Khul Khul Jaye-Grahasti(1963): Manoj Kumar and Rajshree boogie to this jolly classical duet composed by Ravi on raga Malkauns.

Pooch Le Dil Se Mere-Ek Masoom(1969): Reminds me of “Humne Aaj Se Tumhein”, “Kya Dekhte Ho”, “Yeh Waada Raha Dilruba”, etc. that it sounds like a Kalyanji-Anandji-type composition, but wrong, the music director is actually N. Dutta, picturized on Salim Durrani and Tanuja at a park setting. And I’d like to thank Ahsan Qasim for sending in such a rare gem.

Paon Mein Dori-Chor Machaye Shor(1974): Shashi and Mumu romance in this light duet from blind musician Ravindra Jain. Now, face it, if I went blind, either born blind or blinded at a current age from an accident or something, I wouldn’t have the ability to read fluently, go to cool sites or read cool stuff, or even draw perfect pictures. And if I had to know the music director, film, or lyricist of a song, I would have to ask others, but I could still identify voices, especially Rafi’s voice, for that’s the easiest thing I could identify in a song.

Pehli Nazar Mein-The Burning Train(1980): Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, and Parveen Babi get together at the park with this playful double duet from Panchamda like a chorus singing.

Parbat Ke Is Par-Sargam(1979): Jayaprada twirls around in this classical Laxmi-Pyare number.

Pasand Aa Gayi Hai-Mehboob Ki Mehndi(1971): This is another festive, jolly Laxmi-Pyare track, picturized on Rajesh Khanna, AKA Kaka, singing to that little boy.

Poocho Na Yaar Kya Hua-Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai(1981): This Panchamda-composed song comes in this Rishi Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure starrer twice, once in a disco party, and the other in the mountains. And this movie was released a year after our beloved singer’s untimely departure from this magical world.

And it was such a post with lovely songs in there, feels like a Rafi party with so many lights and decorations that you can’t even want to stop listening to them, thanks for reading!