surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata Duet Jukebox, Vol. 1

A cool jukebox that would make one feel good…


It was my second year of college, and winter break was about to end. I got very sick with a bad cough that I had to sleep a lot and couldn’t draw, go to my favorite places, like H-Mart, or even sing, that it felt like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad break, just like Alexander in his book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I was so depressed that I was not even excited to go back to school, so I started jotting down the things I wanted from H-Mart, but I still couldn’t go there yet due to my cough and the bad weather. So to overcome my depression, I thought of doing something fun besides singing or shopping or drawing, so I decided to check out some soothing songs on YouTube, and then I got on a page called Some Great Duets by Rafi Saab and Lata from that cool channel surindersidhu00, an ardent Rafi fan. This jukebox, full of Rafi-Lata duets, is so cool that I can’t resist it. Listening to this jukebox for the first time sure helped give me a speedy recovery, that my cough got less, and I could go to H-Mart and draw again.

So here are the songs in this jukebox, in order:

1. Tum To Pyar Ho-Sehra(1963): Prashant and Sandhya roll over in the sand dunes in this somber, seductive love song with Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics tuned on raga Maru Bihag by Ramlal. Sounds so poignant and dripping to me, that it makes me feel like crying, especially the alaap at the beginning. And Rafi’s voice is sounding too bland and fragile in here, like an unsweetened tea, that I feel it doesn’t suit or belong in this song. Sorry to say, but it has to be my least favorite in this jukebox. I wouldn’t even consider putting this song at the top of the list, not even in any of my own Rafi playlists. I don’t even like the fact that it’s the first song in this jukebox. I feel like Arthur when he hears the “Crazy Bus” song, the song that DW loves and keeps playing.


2. Vaada Bhool Na Jaana-Jalte Badan(1973): What an emotional, sentimental song, where Kumkum feels lonely by the train and dreams of her memories of rolling in the flowers with Kiran Kumar in this rare gem of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, penned by Maya Govind. And Rafi’s voice sounds richer and more booming here, like a cup of warm, steamy, milky, creamy, foamy, frothy hot chocolate. And this song is way better than “Tum To Pyar Ho” for me, looks more colorful, vivid, and neon, sounds so blissful like cherry blossoms, love blooms and puppy love. Rafi’s voice really suits and complements with Lata’s sweet, juicy, refreshing voice in this rare gem. I feel like drying my eyes and not crying anymore, like that SHINee song “Tell Me What to Do,” with that line “Don’t cry no more.” Really symbolizes a speedy recovery from depression. That’s where the greatness starts. Now that’s what I call a real, legitimate love song. The jukebox should have started with this song, that would have made it even better. Can’t resist this one. And now I even switch to DW.

3. Koyal Kyon Gaaye-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana dance in the enchanted forest as they hear a cuckoo singing, as the name says, with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s magic. Rafi really had a cuckoo voice, for its sweet, high-pitched, melodious sound, and you know many would label Lata as the nightingale voice, for the same reasons and traits. But Rafi’s voice is not just a cuckoo voice, but a unicorn voice, for its softness, beauty, and charm. Another great one. And it’s really a happy, jolly dance number like a fairytale dance, like of the Nutcracker, the sugar plum fairies, and Swan Lake, so magical, I can’t resist this one either!

4. Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon-Jane Anjane(1971): Shammi and Leena Chandavarkar hang out at the beach with this Shankar-Jaikishan spice. So blissful song. Another happy, jolly, refreshing song. This one is really great too.

5. Chal Prem Nagar Jayega-Jeet(1972): Peppy, bubbly duet picturized on the outgoing pair of Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

6. O Sapnon Ke Raja-Banphool(1971): Jeetendra and Babita tease each other in the enchanted forest with this ched-chad song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. A naughty, playful song by the two.

7. Ek Baat Poochoon-Kathputli(1971): Jeetendra and Mumtaz get drenched in the rain with this refreshing Kalyanji-Anandji track.

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

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

10. Deewane Hai Deewanon Ko-Zanjeer(1973): That’s Gulshan Bawra(the lyricist) slaying this feisty qawwali-type song with Kalyanji-Anandji’s magic.

11. Vaada Karle Sajna-Hath Ki Safai(1974): Vinod Khanna and Simi Garewal stroll in the park with this classic duet of Kalyanji-Anandji.

12. Teri Bindiya Re-Abhimaan(1973): Amitabh Bachchan compliments Jaya Bachchan’s beauty with this lovely bunch of flowers from Sachinda’s magic tuned with classical roots probably from raga Gaara. It has to be a fairytale, a gem, a true love of a song! What a lovely duet it is!

13. Chup Gaye Saare Nazare-Do Raaste(1969): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz romance in the rain with this snappy Laxmikant-Pyarelal score. This is a real hit of a song.

14. Bekhudi Mein Sanam-Haseena Maan Jayegi(1968): Soft, lovely cake of Kalyanji-Anandji, picturized on the chocolatey Shashi Kapoor and Babita.

15. Yeh Dil Tum Bin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

16. O Sanam Tere Ho Gaye Hum-Aayi Milan Ki Bela(1964): This soft, light, dreamy duet picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu comes from Shankar-Jaikishan’s fairytale magic. Feels like a kitty love.

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

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

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

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

21. Din Saara Guzara Tore Angana-Junglee(1961): Shammi and Saira have met for so long, that it’s time for them to bid goodbye with this blissful Shankar-Jaikishan track.

22. Tum Akele To Kabhi-Aao Pyar Karen(1964): Playful duet from Usha Khanna’s score, picturized on Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu.

23. Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka-Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi(1971): Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana are detached as they try to join with this light, refreshing Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

24. Mujhe Choo Rahi Hai-Swayamvar(1980): Shashi Kapoor and Moushmi Chatterjee compliment each other’s features and traits in this soft Rajesh Roshan nature, and because this is an early 80s song, both voices seem to sound more matured and sophisticated as compared to the past decades, and Lata’s voice especially reminds me of the petals of a rose, soft, smooth, yet lovely.

So that sums up 24 total tracks in this jukebox.

Except for the poignant, somber “Tum To Pyar Ho,” the songs were indeed really great. My favorites include “Vaada Bhool Na Jaana,” “Koyal Kyon Gaaye,” “Teri Neeli Neeli Aankhon,” “O Sapnon Ke Raja,” and many of these, well, all the other songs in this jukebox. But though I feel some songs are missing, like “Hum Tumhare Liye,” “Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se,” “Rut Hai Milan Ki,” “Main Chali Main Chali,” “Dekho Rootha Na Karo,” “Yunhi Tum Mujhse,” and many, but otherwise, it’s still a nice sampling of Rafi-Lata songs. Their voices are so charming that they pair very well like chocolate-covered strawberries. Rich, smooth, mild, warm, liquid, meets cute, sweet, juicy, refreshing, moist. They have made numerous songs together. Very beautiful songs in here. Indeed some of the best, greatest songs ever sung by these love birds. This is one of my go-to jukeboxes. I’ve gone berry crazy about this jukebox, and these songs too, well, almost all of them.

This jukebox is so cool and irresistible that I can’t stop playing it, the way DW(from the show Arthur) plays that “Crazy Bus” song. DW keeps playing the song, and Arthur doesn’t even like that song, that he can’t even stand it. Except these songs are way more irresistible than “Crazy Bus.” This jukebox is so addicting that I tend to play it many times, besides my own Rafi playlists, with his songs of different sorts, either solo or duet, either alone or with Lata or someone else, like Asha, Geeta, Shamshad, etc., whenever I’m busy on my work, such that it is one of my go-to song collections, that it would boost my energy, spice up my work, and relieve me from my depressions. It is such a great collection with such nice songs, that it makes us feel good in a flash.

But remember, I don’t really own this jukebox, it belongs to surindersidhu00, and I’d like to thank and credit him for compiling such beauties, ever since the November of 2016.

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Z

You know what’s special about this post? Because it’s the last one of my Rafi alphabet series, because Z is the last letter of the (English) alphabet, especially an English alphabet of Hindi songs.

Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Bharat Bhushan renders this soft, classical Roshan composition of raga Yaman on his microphone to cutie pie Madhubala. Feels like an ideal song for a rainy day. Abhijeet Srivastava used to sing this song in the rainy episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. I have this song on my cassette as well.

Zameen Se Hamein Aasman Par-Adalat(1958): Pradeep Kumar and Nargis flirt in this snappy duet of Madan Mohan.

Zara Saamne To Aao Chhaliye-Janam Janam Ke Phere(1959): Manhar Desai calls to his love Nirupa Roy with this rare, vintage S. N. Tripathi classic. I’m guessing it roots from raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of “Kahin Deep Jale”.

Zulfon Ko Hata Le Chehre Se-Sawan Ki Ghata(1966): Manoj Kumar serenades Sharmila Tagore, dressed in black, on the open nature in this soft O. P. Nayyar classic.

Zindabad Zindabad-Mughal-E-Azam(1960): Very popular patriotic one from Naushad, and what a dynamic, nuclear voice. And fun fact, the chorus had 100 members there!

Zara Dekh Ke Chalna-Bikhre Moti(1971): There goes jumping jack Jeetendra, singing this flirty, peppy Laxmikant-Pyarelal track to Babita.

Zara Mudke To Dekh-Lalkar(1972): Dharmendra and company get together in this jolly, flavorful Kalyanji-Anandji track.

Zara Sun Haseena-E-Nazneen-Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya(1962): This is Rafi singing for Vijay Kumar serenading Waheeda Rehman in this Ravi rarity. But reminds me of the Shagoon songs, for they’re both black and white movies of the early 60s starring Waheedaji as the heroine.

Zulfon Ko Aap Yun Na-Chandan Ka Palna(1967): Dharmendra and Meena Kumari compliment each others’ looks and gestures by the river with this light duet from Panchamda’s score. Reminds me of my middle school days, I first heard this song when Dad played this song on his computer one morning when I was in sixth grade. Tune kinda reminds me of “Shukran Allah” from Kurbaan.

Zamane Pe Maare-Baharon Ke Sapne(1967): Another one from Panchamda, picturized on a lonely Rajesh Khanna wandering around.

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein-Nartakee(1963): Don’t confuse this song with that very song by Kishore Kumar on Rajesh Khanna from Aap Ki Kasam, this is a Rafi song picturized on Sunil Dutt canoeing with Nanda in Ravi’s composition. And Rafi’s voice is so clear and liquid that it feels like water.

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Na Jaane-Damaad(1978): Another one. This is a peppy, jazzy number picturized on Amol Palekar and the cute Ranjeeta on their bike in the greenery of the hills. Even Asha’s voice is sounding especially cute, sweet, bubbly, and energetic as a ramune, a Japanese soda. Music by Hemant Bhosle with lyrics by Yogesh.

Zubaan-E-Yaar Man Turki-Ek Musafir Ek Haseena(1962): Fun song from O. P. Nayyar, where Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana speak of countries. Joy has seen Iran and China, and Sadhana has a Turkish-speaking friend, but she doesn’t speak any Turkish. I don’t know much Turkish either, but it reminds me of Arthur’s Turkish penpal Adil.

Zikr Us Parivash Ka-Non-filmi song: This is such a light, classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal. Rafi’s voice sounds so warm, soft, and soothing in here, so drop dead gorgeous, that I feel like, ahhhhhhh… I’m sleeping in heaven…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

Zindagi To Bewafa-Muqaddar Ka Sikandar(1978): This Kalyanji-Anandji piece mourns the ashes and relics of death and such losses and ends the series.

And since it’s the grand finale of my A to Z of Mohammed Rafi series, I’d like to give a huge thanks to sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me on my version of this series, and also the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa crew, for giving me some more ideas. It has really been a mega challenge for me to even put as many songs as I could think of per letter instead of just one, like A, K, M, and T felt really long, and F, Q, U, V, and W short. I felt like going through so many milestones. I’ve been awake ever since A all the way to Z, and now that the mission is accomplished, it’s time for me to say goodbye and good night and catch my Z’s.

So long, farewell to you, my friend. Good bye for now, until we meet again.

The end.


My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-Y

“Where’s X?”

Well, you know I didn’t do X, there’s no X in the Rafian alphabet, like no L in Japanese or no F or V in Korean and no H in Russian, because I couldn’t find any of his songs starting with X, and even Japanese and Korean, well, many languages, have no X, but Chinese and Vietnamese do. Every language has a letter it doesn’t have, like my French teacher said every teacher has a class he/she doesn’t have. And when it came to X, sunheriyaadein and bollyviewer inserted some songs that didn’t even really start with X, as if it were a blank space, but I feel those songs should really belong to whatever letter they really begin with. I really feel X is no place for a Rafi song.

So that’s why I’m leaving out X and skipping to Y.

Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar-Sangam(1964): “Read this love letter of mine, and don’t get mad, you are my life, you are my prayer…” Rajendra Kumar writes Vyjayantimala a love letter and tries to cheer her up and not get mad(“naraaz na hona”) with this dreamy Shankar-Jaikishan track. And Rafi songs, especially this one, really feel like love letters, for his voice is so rich, smooth, soft, dreamy, calm, ambient, and moreover, charming, just like hot chocolate or custard pudding or marshmallows. So much sweetness and cuteness overload in his voice. Love this song too much. It has to be on the top of this list. One of my favorite songs, one of the best songs ever sung. Because of this love letter(prem patra), it feels like an ideal song for Valentine’s Day. Had there been no L in Rafi’s alphabet, there wouldn’t have been any love letters, especially this one. This song will really keep you calm and satisfied, so don’t get mad when listening or even singing this song. So lesson learned, keep calm and don’t get mad! Stay cool!

Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti Ho-Sachcha Jhoota(1970): Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz go on a boat ride in this cute, flavorful Rafi-Lata duet from Kalyanji-Anandji. Reminds me of the Little Mermaid, where Ariel and Eric go on a ride on the land. Plus, it’s another of my favorite songs.

Yeh Parbaton Ke Dayere-Vaasna(1968): Biswajeet and Kumud Chhugani gaze around the garden with this rarity of Chitragupt. Kinda reminds me of “Jaag Dil-E-Deewana”.

Yaadon Ki Baraat-Yaadon Ki Baraat(1973): What a rocking bromantic duet picturized on Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora, with R. D. Burman’s booming score.

Yamma Yamma-Shaan(1980): Another masterpiece of Panchamda, where he sings this Arabian flair song for Amitabh Bachchan with his loud, heavy metal voice, and Rafi’s soft unicorn voice on Shashi Kapoor.

Yeh Reshmi Zulfein-Do Raaste(1969): A bearded Rajesh Khanna compliments Mumtaz’s looks, especially her hair and eyes, with this lovely solo love song from Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s direction. I remember Swarit singing this song in the Rafi episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs.

Yeh Aansoo Mere Dil Ki Zubaan Hai-Hamrahi(1963): Very poignant song from Shankar-Jaikishan’s score and picturized on a lonely, brooding Rajendra Kumar, that reminds me of that late, cool channel Rafiology, who got killed due to so many copyright issues blindly taken by other channels, like Filmi Gaane and Gaane Sune Ansune. I cry for that channel every night and day and in my sleep, even more than an ice cream or a chocolate bar. RIP Rafiology!

Yaad Mein Teri-Mere Mehboob(1963): This lightly classical duet, based on raga Darbari, feels like a fairytale, with Naushad’s sheer magic, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana. Reminds me of Beauty and the Beast and the Hunchback of Notre Dame scenes. I love Mere Mehboob songs very much, so irresistible. Naushad made such epic, classical soundtracks, like also Mughal-E-Azam, Palki, Leader, and many. Gives me memories.

Yeh Dil Deewana Hai-Ishq Par Zor Nahin(1970): Dharmendra and Sadhana sing this sensual duet with S. D. Burman behind the scenes.

Yeh Maana Meri Jaan-Hanste Zakhm(1973): Feisty qawwali song, under Madan Mohan’s direction, with Navin Nischal as the lead singer on screen there.

Yeh Jo Chilman Hai-Mehboob Ki Mehndi(1971): Rajesh Khanna charms Leena Chandavarkar with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal fairytale.

Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat-Non-filmi song: This is a classical rendering of a Mirza Ghalib ghazal.

Yahoo-Junglee(1961): Shammi Kapoor insanely yells out the yahoo in this Shankar-Jaikishan earthquake in the heroine Saira Banu’s debut. Feels like a nuclear explosion. This was my favorite in my later elementary school days. And I have a joke: What’s Shammi’s favorite search engine? YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!! But that was just a joke, and there was not really any Internet during Rafi’s time.

Yaad Na Jaye-Dil Ek Mandir(1963): Another sentimental song composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Rajendra Kumar. Even if time flies, memories shouldn’t go and thus should be preserved, like those photo albums and scrapbooks. There are really a lot of things that disappear over time, but some we can’t forget. If life had a rewind button, I wish we could get to that stuff more, like the Pany Pang website, the virtual Potter Puppet Pals scene maker, the Mouse’s Sorting Hat, and of course, our beloved channel Rafiology.

Yeh Teri Saadgi-Shabnam(1964): Mehmood serenades Vijayalaxmi in this rare gem of Usha Khanna.

Yehi Hai Tamanna-Aap Ki Parchhaiyan(1964): Jolly love song picturized on Dharmendra serenading Supriya in Madan Mohan’s composition.

Yeh Raat Yeh Fizayein-Batwara(1961): This rare gem of rare musician S. Madan lights up a dark night. Feels like a moist chocolate cake.

Yehi Hai Woh Sanjh Aur Savera-Sanjh Aur Savera(1964): Tragedy stars Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari get touched in this light duet of Shankar-Jaikishan.

Yeh Desh Hai Veer-Naya Daur(1957): Dilip Kumar leads this very patriotic song of O. P. Nayyar. So proud to be an Indian, and a Rafian too!

Yamma Yamma-China Town(1962): Very peppy duet in Ravi’s score, featuring Shammi and Helen.

Yeh Tera Husn Nasha-Non-filmi song: This Madan Mohan ghazal is so soft and lovely that it soothes me like a cup of tea…

Yeh Raat Hai Pyaasi Pyaasi-Chhoti Bahu(1971): Rajesh Khanna sings this Kalyanji-Anandji bedtime song to Sharmila Tagore.

Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil-Heer Ranjha(1970): Raaj Kumar feels so lost and lonely in those deserted places as he wanders around with this soulful Madan Mohan classic.

Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra-Kashmir Ki Kali(1964): Why S. H. Bihari’s lyrics are talking about a blonde, blue-eyed girl, while Shammi is really serenading this peppy O. P. Nayyar classic to a raven-haired, black-eyed Sharmila Tagore in her prime?! The lyrics don’t even match the picturization! LOL! And I even had a funny dream where Patrick watched this song on Squidward’s TV and turned it off.

Yun Rootho Na Haseena-Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare(1966): Shashi charms Nanda in this light, effortless love song of Madan Mohan. But I wish Madan sahab had made more scores for Shashiji.

Yun Bekhudi Se Kaam-Non-filmi song: This rare ghazal, based on raga Malkauns, feels like an angel’s prayer…

Yeh Hawa Yeh Mastana-Akeli Mat Jaiyo(1963): Rajendra Kumar and Meena Kumari go on a sleigh ride with this blissful Madan Mohan number with some Japanese flair. Reminds me of a fairytale forest adventure.

Yeh Rang Bhare Badal-Tu Nahin Aur Sahi(1960): Pradeep Kumar and Nishi enjoy the train ride with this blissful Ravi track.

Yeh Vaada Raha Dilruba-Professor Pyarelal(1982): Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman snuggle this Kalyanji-Anandji duet like a love story. Reminds me of “Kya Dekhte Ho”.

Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fizayein-Aaj Aur Kal(1963): Sunil Dutt looks at the open nature with this Ravi track.

Yahan Main Ajnabee Hoon-Jab Jab Phool Khile(1965): Shashi states in this soft piano track of Kalyanji-Anandji that he is a foreigner here.

Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke-Kaajal(1965): Helen plays a courtesan dancer in this Ravi composition, and a drunk Raaj Kumar praises her beauty in Rafi’s rich, soft, warm voice, just like milk tea.

Yeh Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin-Izzat(1968): Dharmendra and Tanuja try to find each other’s love in the open hills with this light duet of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Yeh Parda Hata Do-Ek Phool Do Mali(1969): Sanjay Khan and Sadhana tease each other in this peppy Ravi ched-chad song.

Yeh Ishq Ishq-Barsaat Ki Raat(1960): Feisty, party jolly qawwali from Roshan’s composition on raga Kalavati, featuring Bharat Bhushan.

Yeh Raat Bahut Rangeen-Shagoon(1964): Waheeda Rehman’s real-life hubby Kamaljeet renders this haunting Khayyam ghazal.

Yeh Ladka Haye Allah-Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin(1977): This superhit booming song is picturized on the rare actors Kajal Kiran and Tariq Khan. They fall in love in the garden, and when Kajal flies with the balloons, like in the Disney movie Up, that’s the funniest part. And I’m actually loving Asha’s voice here, so cute, sweet, and juicy like an orange, nothing like a chipmunk here, unlike her earlier songs, like “Bahut Shukriya,” etc. And of course, Rafi sahab’s voice is like a glossy finishing touch, like a sugar glaze in a donut. Music by Panchamda.

Yeh Gotedar Lehnga-Dharam Kanta(1982): Rajesh Khanna and Reena Roy go on a train ride in this jolly, peppy, catchy dance number composed by none other than Naushad sahab, usually known for his epic, classical songs, like “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya,” “Sawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye,” “Ek Shahenshah Ne,” and many, but this one is different and gives a new genre.

Sorting these songs by letter is as fun as sorting Disney characters into Hogwarts houses, that it makes a useful tool for that singing game called antakshari, where the next song should start with the last letter of the previous, and that was the original point that gave me the idea of sorting these songs, even if they aren’t all Rafi songs. But still, I’d like to acknowledge sunheriyaadein, bollyviewer, and also Achal Rangaswamy for inspiring and influencing me to do my own Rafi alphabets.

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, unforgettable, 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 singing 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, temptations, and treasures.

Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho-Hanste Zakhm(1973): This superhit, booming, blasting 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, Aneek in Ek Se Badhkar Ek, 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, a chartbuster, a blast, 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, the way DW, from the show Arthur, plays the song “Crazy Bus” repeatedly, except I love this song even more than “Crazy Bus,” well, there are too many of these addicting songs, this is one of them.

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 cute, 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 addictive and 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): In this vintage Naushad composition on raga Bhairavi, seems like the folks, especially Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari, are enjoying their time in the riverside.

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 in Sachinda’s composition based on classical roots probably from raga Gaara. It has to be a fairy tale of a song. It is a real beauty and a pleasure for sore ears. I even remember the Rajasthani singers 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, just like a unicorn. Ayushman Khurrana sang this song in the Andhadhun movie.

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. Rafi has sung this song with pure love in his voice. 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. And Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics “kisi ki nazar na lage chashme baddoor” mean to keep the evil eyes far far away, which is analogous to seeing no evil, or even speaking or hearing no evil, as said by the three wise monkeys, or even referenced in the Rafi song “Bura Mat Suno” from Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke. Really a sight for sore eyes. So blind your eyes from those monsters and aliens, and focus your eyes on the flowers, butterflies, glitters, nature, and such beauties! Don’t stare at the dark side, just look at the bright side!

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 and achievements, and hard work pays off. Like the more songs you collect, the bigger your stock grows. Based on raga Yaman, the tune reminds me of “Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi” from Raja Hindustani. And this movie, Mere Mehboob, had one of the most epic soundtracks for its irresistible, unforgettable songs, like “Mere Mehboob Tujhe” and “Yaad Mein Teri.” I love those songs so much that I can’t resist them either. They are really wonderful songs. Naushad sahab really did a wonder in this movie.

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

Tere Paas Aake Mera Waqt-Neela Akash(1965): Dharmendra and Mala Sinha wander around the Pinjore Gardens with this light, flirty Madan Mohan duet. Reminds me of the Sleeping Beauty song “Once Upon a Dream.”

Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se-Asli Naqli(1962): I used to listen to this lovely Rafi-Lata duet, picturized on Dev and Sadhana, on tape 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. And the lyrics mean, “I have tied you with the string of life.”

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. And some say Rafi sahab sounds like Yesudas in the beginning. 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 Yo Yo 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. And Dev sahab feels so faulty in here, that this song even reminds me of the song “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, where a lonely Salman Khan feels guilty for his wrongdoings.

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 beggar and 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 character with a charming voice. Don’t always judge people by their looks, rather their expressions and personalities.

Tere Ghar Ke Saamne-Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963): Dev Anand sees Nutan in his glass in this titular song of Sachinda’s score. It looks really cool to see Nutan in a glass, and that ice cube sure gave her those chills. It even reminds me of the Chinese story Cup Bow Snake Reflection, a story I read in a site called Starfall, when I was in elementary school, and also the book The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks, where a girl saw a boy in a glass of water, she said, “I wouldn’t want to see you in a glass of water,” and he said, “Ditto to you!” So like in Cup Bow Snake Reflection, Dev is Wang Gung, and Nutan is the snake.

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, and Asha’s voice is so cute, sweet, and juicy as an orange, nothing like a chipmunk here, unlike “Aaiye Meharbaan,” “Bahut Shukriya,” etc.

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 around the streets in this Sachinda classic. I remember Swarit singing this song in an episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs in 2009.

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. An epic one, like a firefly light in a dark, enchanted forest.

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 bliss. Really a blissful song to me.

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. Picturized on Biswajeet and Asha Parekh.

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 in the garden with this light, lovely duet from Naushad. Dilip sahab’s tie reminds me of Harry Potter. And look at Vyjayantimala doing the moves from different countries.

Tum Meri Ho Mere Siva-Aan Ban(1972): Super cute duet from Shankar-Jaikishan, picturized on Rajendra Kumar and Rakhee Gulzar at the garden. Like “Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko”, this is another song of cuteness overload. Even Lata didi’s voice is sounding so cute and sweet as a strawberry dipped in chocolate. 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. Rafi’s voice is so rich and thick as honey in this song.

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. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 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 and Sadhana. 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.

Tera Jalwa Tauba Hai-Aap Ke Deewane(1980): While I was searching for the funny song “Tauba Tera Jalwa” from Dev D on YouTube, this song came in the query, and it’s a Rafi-Kishore duet picturized on Rakesh Roshan and Rishi Kapoor, respectively, in a party setting, at the occassion of Tina Munim’s birthday party. And Rakesh says, “Chand ho, ya aftab ho, jo bhi ho tum khuda ki kasam, lajawab ho,” like the titular song of Chaudhavin Ka Chand.

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. Also starring Dara Singh and Mumtaz. Reminds me of my eighth grade days, when I first listened to this song.

Teri Neeli Neeli Jacket-Taxi Driver(1973): A rare song picturized on the rare actors Vishal Anand and Anupama. Look at how Rafi sahab pronounces the word jacket to rhyme with pocket. Feels like an R. D. Burman-type song, but you’ll be surprised to find out that the song was really composed by Nayyar sahab. And Anupama kinda looks like Hema Malini in here.

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

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

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.

Rafi sahab had a tender, tempting voice that would stay true and thoughtful to the heart. Temptations…

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, silky, suave, sweet, savory, subtle, sublime, shiny, sparkling, striking, 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-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!