I recently rediscovered the timeless songs of Hemant Kumar while watching  Neo Noir Bollywood classics like Kohraa, Bees Saal Baad, Solva Saal, Baat Ek Raat Ki.

Starting this Post with a new remix of the eternal midnight song – Ye Nayan Dare Dare from the film – Kohraa (1964).

[audio https://ia600901.us.archive.org/4/items/YeNayanDareMidnightMix/Ye%20Nayan%20Dare%20-%20Midnight%20Mix.mp3]

This is rendered by Bhavya Pandit with Remix by StudioUnplugged.

And here is the original :-

Another of my all time favourites is “Tum Pukar Lo” from the movie Khamoshi.

Incidentally all of these movies feature Waheeda Rehman. 

[audio https://ia600901.us.archive.org/16/items/TumPukarLoTumharaIntezaarHaiKhamoshi/Tum%20Pukar%20Lo%20Tumhara%20Intezaar%20Hai%20-%20Khamoshi.mp3]

“Na tum humein jaano” from Baat Ek Raat Ki

And lastly the two versions from Solva Saal (1958) of “Hai Apna Dil To Awara”

Hai Apna Dil To Awara – sad

Hai Apna Dil To Awara – happy


Hemant Kumar



Zehaal-e-miskeen makun taghaful,

Duraye naina banaye batiyan.

Do not overlook my misery,
by blandishing your eyes and weaving tales,

Ke taab-e-hijran nadaram ay jaan,
Na leho kahe lagaye chatiyan.

My patience has over-brimmed, O sweetheart!
why do you not take me to your bosom.

Shaban-e-hijran daraz chun zulf,
Wa roz-e-waslat cho umer kotah.

Long like curls in the night of separation
short like life on the day of our union.

Sakhi piya ko jo main na dekhun,
To kaise kaTun andheri ratiyan.

My dear, how will I pass the dark dungeon night
without your face before.

Yakayak az dil do chashm-e-jadu,
Basad farebam baburd taskin.

Suddenly, using a thousand tricks
the enchanting eyes robbed me of my tranquil mind.

Kisay pari hai jo ja sunave,
Piyare pi ko hamari batiyan,

Who would care to go and report
this matter to my darling.

Cho shama sozan cho zaraa hairan,
Hamesha giryan be ishq an meh.

Tossed and bewildered, like a flickering candle,
I roam about in the fire of love.

Na nind naina na ang chaina,
Na aap aaven na bhejen patiyan,

Sleepless eyes, restless body,
neither comes she, nor any message.

Ke daad mara gharib Khusro.

In honour of the day I meet my beloved
who has lured me so long, O Khusro!

Sapet man ke varaye rakhun,
Jo jaye pauN piya ke khatiyan.

I shall keep my heart suppressed
if ever I get a chance to get to her trick.


Poet :- Amir Khusro

Singer :- Onlineem

This poem written by Amir Khusro is Macaronic using Persian and Brij Bhasha.  In the first verse, the first line is in Persian, the second in Brij Bhasha, the third in Persian again, and the fourth in Brij Bhasha.

Here’s another soulful rendition by Chaya Ganguli from the Muzaffar Ali album Husn-e-Jana

Tu Is Tarah Se

Tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein shaamil hai
jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai

Ye aasmaan ye baadal ye raaste ye hawa
Har ek cheez hai apni jagah thikane se
Kayi dino se shikayat nahi zamane se
Ye zindagi hai safar tu safar ki manzil hai

jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai

Har ek phool kisi yaad sa mehakta hai

Tere Khayal se jaagi hui fizayein hain

Ye subz ped hain ya pyaar ki duwaein hain

Tu paas ho ke nahin phir bhi tu muqabil hai

jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai

Har ek shai hai muhabbat ke noor se roshan

Ye roshani jo na ho zindagi adhuri hai

Rah-e-wafa mein koi humsafar zaroori hai

Ye rasta kahin tanha kate to mushkil hai

jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai

Tere bagair jahan mein koi kami si thi

Bhatak rahi thi jawani andheri raahon mein
Sukoon dil ko mila aake teri baahon mein
Main ek khoyi huyi mauj hoon tu saahil hai

jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai

Tere jamal se roshan hai kaaynaat meri
Meri talaash teri dilkashi rahe baaki
Khuda kare ke ye deewangi rahe baaki
Teri wafa hi meri har khushi ka haasil hai

jahan bhi jaaun ye lagta hai teri mehfil hai
tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein shaamil hai

Soundtrack : Aap To Aise Na The

Singer : Hemlata

Lyrics : Nida Fazli

Music : Usha Khanna

A gem of a song that you cant stop humming . The lyrics are so soothing and soulful. Last 2 stanza’s are from the Male version of the same.

Hi Folks

The website i was using to host the music files is down and hence most of the music files will not load anymore.

Will look for some alternate site again when i have some spare time. Been busy in loads of things currently.


Main Nara-e-Mastana

Main nara-e-mastana,  main shouqi- e- rindana
Main tashna kahan jaaon, pee kar bhi kahan jana

Main souz-e-mohabbat hoon, main aik qayamat hoon
Main ashk-e-nadaamat hoon, main gouhar-e-yakdana

Main tahir-e-lahooti, main johar-e-malkooti
Nasoot ne kab mujh ko is haal mein pehchana

Main sham-e- farozan hoon, main aatish-e-larza hoon
Main sozish-e-hijraan hoon, main manzil-e-parwana

Kis yaad ka sehera hoon, kis chashm ka darya hoon
Khud toor ka jalwa hoon, hai shakl qalbhana

Main husn-e-mujassim hoon, main gesu-e-barham hoon
Main phool hoon shabnam hoon, main jalwa-e-janana

Main wasif-e-bismil hoon, main ronaq-e-mehfil hoon
Ik toota howa dil hoon, main shehar mein veerana

Poet: Wasif Ali Wasif

Artist : Abida Parveen

Nothing lasts forever
No one lives forever
Keep that in mind, and love

Our life is not the same old burden
Our path is not the same long journey
The flower fades and dies
We must pause to weave perfection into music
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge

Love droops towards its sunset
To be drowned in the golden shadows
Love must be called from its play
And love must be born again to be free
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge
Without seeing my love, I cannot sleep

Let us hurry to gather our flowers
Before they are plundered by the passing winds
It quickens our blood and brightens our eyes
To snatch kisses that would vanish
If we delayed

Our life is eager
Our desires are keen
For time rolls by
Keep that in mind, and love

My beloved, in you I find refuge

Beauty is sweet for a short time
And then it is gone
Knowledge is precious
But we will never have time to complete it
All is done and finished
In eternal heaven
But our life here is eternally fresh
Keep that in mind, and love

Poet : Rabindranath Tagore

Artist : Lisa Bonet

Poet : Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Soundtrack : Dhoop Kinare

Recited By : Arshad Mahmood

This is an adaptation from a Ghazal by Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Made a video to go along with it.