surindersidhu00’s Rafi-Lata Duet Jukebox, Vol. 2

Remember the first Rafi-Lata jukebox from surindersidhu00? I loved that jukebox so much that I could play it frequently as my go-to jukebox and list down the songs there, the way DW(from the show Arthur) played the “Crazy Bus” song. It was published in late 2016 and it wasn’t until early 2018 when I first accessed that jukebox. It was a very lovely jukebox, with very nice songs, but some of the songs I felt were missing, so I felt there would be a second set for more of such songs someday.

So I just got one notification from YouTube, so I checked the notifications on YouTube and it was another jukebox of Rafi-Lata duets from surindersidhu00. It felt like getting a new present. So I opened the gift, and here are the songs.

1. Is Reshmi Pazeb Ki-Laila Majnu(1976): Ranjeeta steps out of the flower-laden bathtub and meets Rishi Kapoor with this merry Madan Mohan number.

2. Aadhi Sachchi Aadhi Jhooti-Fakira(1976): Shashi Kapoor and Shabana Azmi enjoy the open nature with this Ravindra Jain breeze.

3. Ki Aaja Teri Yaad Aayi-Charas(1976): Dharmendra and Hema Malini roam around the streets with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal number.

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

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

6. Nau Kagaz Hai Gehra Ki Pani-Duniyadari(1977): Rare gem, from Shankar-Jaikishan’s composition loosely based on raga Darbari, picturized on Parikshit Sahni and Nutan at a beach setting.

7. Aadmi Musafir Hai-Apanapan(1977): This Laxmikant-Pyarelal track is a great way of telling a tale during a train ride.

8. Hum Hain Pyar Ki-Do Musafir(1978): Shashi and Rekha walk around the outdoors with this light song.

9. Kajre Ki Kasam-Ram Kasam(1978): Rekha does a snake dance in this Sonik-Omi snake charm.

10. Mohabbat Mein Aji-Phandebaaz(1978): Haven’t seen this song, but it makes me want to feel like Dharmendra and Moushmi Chatterjee are going on a train ride with this quirky R. D. Burman track.

11. Koyal Boli Duniya Doli-Sargam(1979): This dreamy Laxmikant-Pyarelal song speaks of a bird chirping.

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

13. Baahon Mein Teri-Kala Patthar(1981): What a lovely song, picturized on Shashi Kapoor and Parveen Babi, on a day at the garden…

14. Ek Patthar Dil Ko-Dil Ka Heera(1979): Dharmendra and Hema Malini walk in the city with this Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

15. Dafli Wale Dafli Baja-Sargam(1979): Rishi Kapoor and Jayaprada jig into this jolly Laxmikant-Pyarelal track.

16. Athara Baras Ki Tu-Suhaag(1979): Featuring the evergreen jodi of Amitabh and Rekha, flirting in this booming track of LP.

17. Simti Hui Yeh Ghadiyan-Chambal Ki Kasam(1979): Lovely song from Khayyam’s melody rooted from raga Bihag, picturized on Raaj Kumar and Moushmi Chatterjee.

18. 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.

19. Ladki Pasand Ki-Ram Balram(1981): Sensual duet with Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman in Viju Shah’s charisma.

20. 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.

21. Ashaon Ke Sawan Mein-Aasha(1980): Jeetendra and Reena Roy take a glance in the garden with this light LP number.

22. Baharon Se Kahenge-Ulfat(1978): Breezy song picturized on Raaj Kumar and Sadhana in Kalyanji-Anandji’s score.

23. O Meri Chorni O Meri Morni-Qatilon Ke Qatil(1981): Rare melody picturized on Rishi Kapoor and Tina Ambani in Kalyanji-Anandji’s score.

24. Mere Pyar Ki Awaaz Pe-Raj Mahal(1982): Lovely romantic song featuring the charming, dashing Vinod Khanna and the lovely princess Neetu Singh in the enchanting fairytale lands with this misty Kalyanji-Anandji nature.

25. Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai-Bheegi Palkein(1982): Very light, refreshing song. Surprised to see Raj Babbar there.

26. Sun Sajni-Durga(1985): What can I say about this unseen song…

27. 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!

So that counts a total of 27 gems, and it’s even a bit more than volume 1. Volume 1 consisted mostly of 60s’ and 70s’ tracks, while this volume 2 consists of 70s’ and 80s’ tracks.

So which one do you like better so far, 1 or 2?

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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-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-O

Once upon a time, I came across an article by sunheriyaadein that made an alphabet of Mohammed Rafi’s songs from A to Z, but when I read its publish date, I was unaware then because one, I was more into K-Pop when it was published, and two, I was too little for WordPress then. I was just a middle school kid. It was not until my first year of college when I first discovered that post.

O Duniya Ke Rakhwale-Baiju Bawra(1952): This is one of the most well-known prayer songs of Rafi sahab, composed by Naushad in the lyrics of Shakeel Badayuni, and they all were Muslim greats behind the scenes of a Hindu bhajan, picturized on Bharat Bhushan. Notice at the end, one of the villagers asks Bharat to stop singing and covers his(Bharat’s) mouth to end the song, fearing that Bharat would die if he kept singing.

O Haseena Zulfonwali-Teesri Manzil(1966): Another superhit Rafi gem, composed by Panchamda and picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Helen in a rock-and-roll theme. I love his rambunctious, flavorful voice, and hers is a peppy baby chipmunk voice. This song was remade and revamped in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar by Abhijeet and Sunidhi Chauhan.

O Mere Shah-E-Khuban-Love in Tokyo(1966): Asha Parekh wanders around the Japanese nature as she hears this haunting Shankar-Jaikishan love song from Joy Mukherjee. I was so fascinated in Japanese culture, besides Korean, in seventh grade, especially the fact that they have no L in their alphabet and they replace it with R, that I first found out in third grade, and I really went to a Japanese tea garden, but it was actually in San Antonio, Texas, the beauty of Japan brought to Texas, haha! But even in eighth grade, I was more into Bollywood songs, especially Rafi songs, but I was still interested in Japanese culture, like I had met a lot of Japanese cooking and craft channels, like runnyrunny999, RRCherryPie, Cooking With Dog, ochikeron, mosogourmet, and MarimoMarshmallow, whom I had never met until then(8th grade).

O Phirkiwali-Raja Aur Rank(1967): What a jolly, feisty Laxmikant-Pyarelal track of Sanjeev Kumar serenading Nazima in the lovely woods! I read in sunheriyaadein’s page that they included this song there, hearing this song on their cassette in their early high school days and feeling it like a Shammi or Dharmendra-type song, that I myself never thought of. Fascinating.

O Meri Mehbooba-Dharamveer(1977): Dharmendra tries to call his love to an aggressive Zeenat Aman with this booming, rebellious Laxmikant-Pyarelal number. See how beggar Dharmendra gets jealous when he sees Zeenie as a bride already getting on her doli.

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.

O Nanhe Se Farishte-Ek Phool Do Mali(1969): Sanjay Khan wishes little Bobby a happy birthday with this light Ravi composition. But not like the other birthday songs, unlike “Baar Baar Din Yeh Aaye” or “Hum Bhi Agar Bacche Hote”.

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

O Meri Baby Doll-Ek Phool Char Kante(1962): Sunil Dutt nails this rock-and-roll number of Shankar-Jaikishan. So not like Kanika Kapoor’s “Baby Doll” song from Ragini MMS 2, that song is just too distorted and gaudy. This one is pure, authentic, and unremixed.

O Mr. Banjo Ishaara To Samjho-Hum Sab Chor Hain(1956): Shammi and Nalini flirt in this peppy O. P. Nayyar duet like a Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I once saw a video of the Ghulam song “Aye Kya Bolti Tu”, picturized on Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee, singing this song, from a channel called BreezyAwaaz.

O Mere Sona Re-Teesri Manzil(1966): Ah, I remember listening to this song on my cassette in my early childhood days. Composed by Panchamda and picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in the open nature. Do you know that this song was played in the Simpsons when the Indian bus driver put on his CD and the babies cried?

Oi Dur Diganta Pare-Non-filmi song: This is a vintage, antique Bengali beauty composed by Vinod Chatterjee with Pavitra Mitra’s beautiful, poetic lyrics about the horizon between the sky and the earth(“jetha akash mati te kanakani”), and even I am Bengali. I am so proud and lucky to be from one of the safest, most advanced states of India.

O Ek Baar Aata Hai-Suraj(1966): Now back to Hindi, Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayantimala go horse riding in rivalry and jive to this jolly, shaky Shankar-Jaikishan folk-type song.

O Mere Khuda-Saat Sawaal(1971): Naval Kumar is in danger as he chants out this Lala Sattar rarity in this Arabian fairytale-type setting, reminiscent of Zabak or Parasmani. And nope, I’m not talking about Atif Aslam’s song from the 2010 movie Prince, Dad doesn’t like Atif, because of his voice, and he doesn’t even like Spongebob and Patrick’s voices. He finds them ugly. But I really had a nightmare that Dad said Rafi had an ugly voice. But not really, he too finds it a charming one.

O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Thandi Aag Mein Jalte Jalte-Ram Aur Shyam(1967): Dilip Kumar and Mumtaz flirt along in this Naushad thumka track.

O Chhalia Re Chhalia-Ganga Jamuna(1961): Another jolly one from Naushad, with Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala partying along in this folk song. Tune reminds me of the Sonu Nigam-Shreya Ghoshal song “Rang Daalo Pheko Gulaal”. Besides Rafi, why do so many people say it’s a Lata song? It’s really Asha! I don’t like it when people say the singers’ names wrongly! That’s annoying, right?

O Jaanewale Sun Zara-Preet Na Jaane Reet(1964): A rare Shammi jewel, promenading in the palm trees with B. Saroja Devi in this Kalyanji-Anandji duet of Rafi with Lata(really not Asha!).

O Dilbar Janiye-Haseena Maan Jayegi(1968): Here come Kalyanji-Anandji again, making it colorful with Shashi romancing Babita.

O Sheronwali-Suhaag(1979): Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha throw a festive Laxmikant-Pyarelal dandiya bhajan at the temple. Tune based off the traditional Gujarati dandiya song “Hey Ranglo”. There’s a remake in this tune called “Chogada Tara” from Loveyatri.

O Majhi Chal-Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke(1969): Join the boat ride and enjoy this refreshing Laxmikant-Pyarelal treat with Dharmendra and Asha Parekh!

O Tere Athroo-Shehzada(1972): Sensual song of Rajesh Khanna as he ought to go swimming under Panchamda’s direction.

O Meri Chorni O Meri Morni-Qatilon Ke Qatil(1981): Rare melody picturized on Rishi Kapoor and Tina Ambani in Kalyanji-Anandji’s score.

O Zindagi Tu Jhoom Le Zara-Kaise Kahoon(1964): Biswajeet renders this soft, light, yet jazzy Sachinda number.

O Raat Ke Musafir-Miss Mary(1957): Gemini Ganesan and Meena Kumari render this lovely duet in the enchanted gardens under Hemant Kumar’s direction.

And I hope you guys had fun reading this post! Thanks for reading!

My Mohammed Rafi Playlist-L

If this were J-Pop or K-Pop, I would probably skip this part and go to R instead, due to the fact that Japanese has no L whatsoever in their alphabet, and Koreans do have L, but they just don’t use it at the beginning of words, thus they both tend to replace it with R, like they say lemon as remon, and Lebanon as Rebanon. But it’s their accent, and that’s just natural. And there’s that site called Asian Ryrics, where they replace ALL the L’s with R’s in just the English songs, like “…KLM…” became not “…KM…” but “…KRM…”, and Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez became Mirey Cyrus and Serena Gomez. But if they had a Hindi one where they turned all the L’s into R’s, like “Lag Ja Gale” would become “Rag Ja Gare”, that would become a nightmare for me. So face it, if there were no L in Rafi’s alphabet, there would be no love listening to his songs, thus no L means no love, and also no life or luck. Without L, the feeling would be just sour and dry and not too inspiring, so that’s why L is a very important, essential, necessary letter in many alphabets, especially Rafi’s alphabet. So let’s listen to some lovely songs in this lovely collection.

Lakhon Hain Nigahon Mein-Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon(1963): What a very jolly, merry, catchy, snappy O. P. Nayyar number where the jubilant Joy Mukherjee strolls through so many attractions in the park. Feels like a Disney World-type experience, especially Alice’s wonderland. I first watched this song from a Zee TV ad called “Musical Moments” or something, back when I was in the middle of third grade. The only other movie I remember in that ad was Aap Aaye Bahaar Aayi, forgot the others. Gives me memories…

Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe-Kanyadan(1969): The charming Shashi Kapoor serenades the lovely Asha Parekh with this breezy Shankar-Jaikishan classic.

Lehra Ke Aaya Hai-Waris(1969): Jeetendra and Hema Malini dance in the pool and gardens with this snappy R. D. Burman composition. When I heard “Babli Badmaash” for the first time, the tune really reminded me of this song.

Lagi Chute Na-Kali Topi Lal Rumal(1958): Classic, vintage black-and-white duet composed by Chitragupta, featuring Shakeela. There is a Himesh Reshammiya song with the same title, but not in the same tune.

Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar-CID(1956): I remember listening to this O. P. Nayyar classic on my cassette in my early elementary days. Feels it’s got a bit of a qawwali touch. And nope, I’m not talking about the remix, just the original, unremixed, undistorted version, because this is a Rafi-oriented post, remember?

Le Gayi Dil Gudiya Japan Ki-Love in Tokyo(1966): This is an L song, and there’s no L in Japanese, how ironic! Rafi was so lucky to have L in his alphabet, that you sure will love his songs! And if Japanese needs L in their language, hence the title Love in Tokyo! Composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and picturized on Joy Mukherjee swooning over Asha Parekh. But look at those lights! That’s why the Japanese need L in their alphabet!

Lagta Nahin Hai Dil Mera-Lal Qilla(1960): What a poignant, yet meaningful ghazal based on raga Yaman by Bahadur Shah Zafar. Poignant as Rafiology’s termination due to copyright problems. I miss that channel so much that I feel like crying everyday.

Love Ka Matlab Hai Pyar-Love in Simla(1960): This is the debut film of both Joy Mukherjee and Sadhana with Iqbal Qureshi’s score. It’s funny how they spell L-O-V-E and B-O-R-E.

Lijiye Dil Ka Nazrana-Naya Kanoon(1965): Bharat Bhushan and Vyjayantimala render this snappy, shaky Madan Mohan spice for days.

Lo Hum Chale-Meri Bhabhi(1969): What an emotional song, especially with Sunil and Waheeda, makes me think of being away from my elementary, middle, and high school friends and memories, and also the things I want to do myself, almost forgetting the time I’m in right now.

Le De Saiya Odhni-Pavitra Papi(1971): What a jolly song at the fair, with Prem Dhawan’s blast and some Punjabi bhangra flair.

Leke Main To Champa Chameli Babu-Rut Rangeeli Aayi(1972): What a funny, whimsical Ratandeep Hemraj number as Jayashree T. and Brahmachari set on their play. Reminds me of Pany Pang pumping Jjokkojjong.

Lehnga Khisak Jayega-Woh Main Nahin(1974): A naughty, annoyed Rekha tries to get rid of Navin Nischal in the forest with this fiery, raunchy Sonik-Omi track. But Rafi’s cool, nice, jolly, bubbly, ramune-type voice on Navin’s fun, nice personality really spices it up.

Lut Gaya Dil Lut Gaya-Lahoo Pukarega(1980): Feroz Khan and Saira Banu meet in the garden with this romantic Sonik-Omi number, feels like a more modern style. This is a 1980 song, but it feels like approaching the 90s. I think this song is based on raga Shivaranjani, for it reminds me of “Tere Chehre Mein Woh Jadoo Hai” and that Sonu Nigam song “Tu Bula Le”.

Log Kehte Hain-Bahu Begum(1967): Let’s travel back to the classic 60s with this great combo of Roshan, Pradeep Kumar, and Meena Kumari.

Lo Bhor Hui Panchi Nikle-Awaaz(1956): What an emotional number through the streets, with music by Salil Chowdhury.

Lagi Lag Jaye-Poonam(1981): What high pitch and pathos Rafi sahab has in his voice in this emotional bidaai number, featuring Raj Babbar and Poonam Dhillon. So surprised to find out that music was by Anu Malik. Always thought Usha Khanna or Ravindra Jain or something…

Logon Ka Dil Agar-Manpasand(1980): Dev Anand and Tina Munim get on the train with this peppy Rajesh Roshan track.

Lo Hum Aaye Dulha Bhaiyya-Aan Ban(1971): Jolly wedding song featuring the Jubilee King Rajendra Kumar with Shankar-Jaikishan’s pixie dust.

Lo Chehra Surkh Sharab-Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya(1966): Dharmendra tries to chase Nutan with this light Sonik-Omi number.

Lal Chadi Maidan Khadi-Janwar(1965): Shammi Kapoor serenades Rajshree in the park with this peppy Shankar-Jaikishan track.

Lelo Lelo Duayein Maa Baap Ke-Maa Baap(1960): What an emotional song when remembering your parents. Music by Chitragupt, and look at that desperate Rajendra Kumar…

Lene Se Inkaar Nahin-Amardeep(1958): Dev Anand jiggles and wiggles to this snappy, catchy C. Ramachandra number.

Lagoon Main Kaise-Tipu Sultan(1958): Rare, vintage duet with S. D. Burman’s magic.

Ladki Pasand Ki-Ram Balram(1980): Sensual duet with Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman in Viju Shah’s charisma.

Likh Kar Tera Naam-Laila Majnu(1976): A deserted Rishi Kapoor tries to search for his love Rajneeta in this epic Madan Mohan love letter.

Apart from love and that no L in Japanese and thus being mistaken for R, L also means liquid, and Rafi had a liquid voice that could melt, pour, flow, and take form of any container, like milk, water, honey, cream, hot chocolate, candle wax, lava, you name it. And oh, L and R are both liquid consonants, in terms of phonetics, such that they are pronounced smoothly without any stop. L even means legendary, such that we name such songs to be so legendary, that they are memorable and unforgettable. And legitimate as well, like a real, pure voice. So if L stands for some of the most essential things, that’s why L is an essential letter, so Rafi is love, Rafi is life…