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O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Tandi


Romance is the essence of the song O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Tandi wherein two lovers express their undying love for one another. In this song one is taken back in time to 1967 when romance was a taboo and had to be conducted in stealth. This song is picturised on the extremely beautiful Mumtaz and classic and dashing hero Dilip Kumar for the movie Ram Aur Shyam.

The lyrics of the song have been written by Shakeel Badayuni and are set to wonderful melody by Naushad. Naushad in his inimitable style has captured the essence of the rustic village setting by putting to great use India’s traditional folk music. Cinematographer Marcus Bartley has shot the song bringing to life the beautiful backdrop of rural India.

Ram Aur Shyam

In the movie, the aging Dilip Kumar at the fag end of his career gets to play a dual role of Ramchandra and Shyamrao. Ramchandra who escapes from being persecuted by his evil uncle Gajendra, ably portrayed by Pran, finds solace as Shyamrao. By a curious quirk of fate the original Shyamrao is mistaken for Ramchandra and brought to the palatial home where he encounters the evil Gajendra. The movie now takes the audience to another plane where good triumphs over evil. The movie has plenty of corollaries to the fights of Rama and Krishna. Some songs have been based on the exploits of Rama and Krishna.

This movie is a remake of a Telegu movie Ramadu Bheemudu produced by B.Nagi Reddi, where twin boys are separated at birth and grow up with different temperaments. Dilip Kumar essays the two roles in his inimitable style where at one instance he is timid and a little dumb as Ramchandra and at the same time he is macho and fearless as Shyamrao. He slides into each role effortlessly, at times portraying his insatiable appetite and at the same time wooing his heroines with consummate ease.

This song brings to life Naushad’s immortal music where the dufli, sarangi and ghungroo find a prominent place. The song which is semi-classical in nature brings back to memory Waheeda Rehman’s dance in Guide. The soft lilting music with haunting lyrics caresses the ears and is a treat for sore eyes.

In India, romance is synonymous with poetry and similes and the lyrics of this song just do that. The heroine tells the hero how his fire of love has enveloped her in tenderness and the hero in turn speaks of her beautiful and mesmerizing eyes. He speaks of how her beauty had enchanted and stolen his heart. She wishes to meet him daily and claims that just as a snake is driven to move by the snake charmer’s flute, her heart too sways to his love. The inclusion of the music of the flute adds to the charm of the song.

This song truly brings back the era of pure and unadulterated music where Asha Bhonsle and Mohammed Rafi are able to light the feeling of love in one and all.

Download: O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Tandi
Singers: Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle
Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Film: Ram Aur Shaam [1967]
Picturiszed: Mumtaz, Dilip Kumar

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31 Blog Comments to “O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Tandi”

  1. Akil Engineer says:

    Hi again
    Please send me the new song from the movie Sorry Madame thanks

  2. Akil Engineer says:

    I am very happy to find out the site of the Rafi Saheb. I am out of the country but I listen to his songs every time everyday. I’ve gone to his grave to meet him whenever I went to Bombay.

  3. Raajkumar Akela says:

    dear nadeem !
    Thanks a lot for sending me “Chal chal re musafir chal…”
    a true rafian has helped another rafian !
    we all belong to “mohd rafi gharana”
    i request all rafian brothers and sisters to keep this spirit up.
    help each other.

  4. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Dear Mr. Nadeem,
    that is the real spirit of a true “RAFIAN”.
    I am e-mailing you a letter.
    thanks again !

  5. nadeem says:

    Hi Mr Rajkumar Akela I have above all 4 songs except Nigahen Na Phero


  6. Raajkumar Akela says:

    dear mr. unknow1 !
    I am badly looking for the song “chal chal re musafir chal…”
    and you promised me to send it. how can i thank you ?
    my e-mail id is__
    I will look forward to your kind response.
    Love to all rafians.

  7. unknow1 says:

    Dear Raajkummar,
    i have Chal chal re musafir chal plz give me u r email I will send u my is

  8. Raajkumar Akela says:

    “Balam tere pyar ki thandi aag me”…a beautifuf musical teamwork of Naushad sahab, shakeel sahab, asha tai and my all time favourite rafi saab.
    I like each and every song that is touched by rafi saab’s voice and in this context i would like to request all rafins if anyone can help me to avail these songs…
    1) Pyar ki nanhi maina chahke (WAPAS)
    2) Yun zindagi ke raste sawarte chale gaye (LOVE IN SHIMLA)
    3) Chal chal re musafir chal (POOJA)
    4) Mathe ki bindiya (LAHOO KE DO RANG)
    5) Nigahen na fero chale jayenge hum (BLACK PRINCE)
    Thanks to ane and all.
    -Raajkumar Akela

  9. Prakash Shah says:

    Dear rafi fans,

    My request to all of you that dont go to controversial issue and dont make any comment on todays upcoming star and theire any of the spoon as this generation is like butterfly(short life)- aaj yahan to kal wahan and oppertunist and they like to be controversial , & starved of publicity in any manner.So dont give any reply to babyjyot .

    without knowing kk site simply inspired to write this after going thro raajkumar and p.narayanans reply on this site

  10. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    Though Salil Chaoudhury and C.Ramachandra did not use Rafi regularly, whenever they took Rafi, the songs became extra-ordianry. Just listen to ‘Toote Huye Khabo Ne’ from “Madhumati”, ‘Dil Tadape Tadapaye’ from “Poonam Ki Raat”, ‘Tasveer Teri Dil Me’ a duet with Lata and ‘Koi Sone Ki Dilwala’ from “Maya”, ‘Mere Sathiyan’, ‘Dil Mera Legayi Lal Batuye Me’ and with Asha ‘Aap Ka Chehra’ from “Rootha Na Karo”.

  11. binus2000 says:

    According to Mr.Halder a bengalee , there are innumerable rafi fans
    in bengal. for them rofi is rofi whenever you mention other singers
    name in a discussion. Pl. visit the KK site for Mr. Halders views on this
    and a great writeup on KK and rafi saab. Only salil da, anil biswas and
    c.ramchandra did not use rafis voice regularly which is understandable.
    Hence irony 81 you are not right on this viewpoint.

    binu nair

  12. irony81 says:


  13. Raajkumar Akela says:

    I am very much agree with Mr. Narayanan. This is a short life and we should not waste our time commenting on persons like a b and c. Just listen Rafi Saab and enjoy the heavenly bliss. We all are sinners and one hardly deserves HEAVEN, but by listening to Rafi Saab we can enter into heaven without any hurdle…
    -Raajkumar Akela

  14. Narayanan says:

    Dear Sayed,Irony81 and Unknown,
    Let us not waste our valuable time with jokers like Debojit who are blind or view everything with jaundiced eye. It is better ignore such foolish sycophants who are ignorant in the knowledge of Melodious evergreen bollywood music.
    Friends, Music lovers and Rafi Sahab fans,
    We have only one birth to live which should be used to enjoy the Emperor or badshahs that is Rafi Sahabs songs and be humble like him. Our guruji has set such a shining example to all of us to follow.
    For ur kind information many of the lovers of music do not visit the sister site as some fools are capable of making dsparaging remark of our greatest legend.
    This is because they are jealous of passion of the true music lovers of Rafi Sahab who is the icon for many today n tomorrow.
    Rafi Sahabs evergrowing popularity will not have any obstacles with persons like Debojit.

  15. Raajkumar Akela says:

    Really, who the hell is this bebyojit and about kishor kumar… I and my friend circle never liked his harsh voice. Voices should be like Rafi Saab and Lata mangeshkar. A beautiful dancer can give your eyes real enjoyment by her dance (art). Likewise only voices like Rafi Saab and Lata mangeshkar can give your ears heavenly enjoy. Am I right ? Judge yourselves.

  16. binus2000 says:

    Kishore Kumar regarded Mohd Rafi saab as his guru. KK also
    worshipped K L Saighal.

    If debyojit has said that Rafi saab is not even 1% of Kishore then
    he needs psychiatric counselling and I can help him out.

    Rafi fans do not please get excited by what fools say : the
    fools can look at the SUN AND SAY that – that sun has no light
    and it throws only darkness – at noon…

    binu nair

  17. irony81 says:


  18. unknow1 says:

    Dear Sayed,

    they don’t want us to write in in Kk site because they don’t want the true who said that mohd rafi is not even 1% of kk i don’t think he mean that maybe he want to say that kk even not be 1% of Mohd Rafi, in Mohd rafi site they put link KK site first name and in KK site they put Mohd rafi site the last name!!!!!!!!!the same admin!!!!!!!!!!KK was a star but when sun come out we will not see the star,
    when I was child I liked KK songs because mr bachchan that time I don’t know who is mohd rafi or KK,I think it same going on with some people who compared KK with Mohd Rafi

  19. sayed zaka says:

    first i sent above mail on KK site but they didnt published so i sent it on our site

  20. sayed zaka says:

    Poor mind Debjyoti,
    The following statement on KK site shows ur poor mentality, ur thinking capacity, ur culturl, ur nutrision and above all that u have no sence of music ur r a lame, handicapped and blind supporter of KK, I regret ,i feel pity about u that u have cow-dung in ur mind if u says that

    (Debjyoti Said on KK site on May 9th, 2007 at 1:35 pm under articlr “Life is laugh”)

    Kishoreda is the greatest singer of all times.Rafi is not even 1%of Kishoreda.Hail Kishore Kumar.

  21. P.Narayanan says:

    Lovely film and all the lovely hits of Rafi which brought memories of my childhood . Saw this hit movie when I was just 9 years.

  22. A S MURTY says:

    The other songs too mentioned by other readers are true masterpieces, each one composed in a unique style. The composition for the song – AAYI HAI BAHAREN MITE ZULMO-SITAM was a typical Naushad tune and singing such songs is not at all easy for any singer. Only Mohd Rafi could sing the way Naushad had imagined the song while composing. Likewise, the song Main Hu Saaki Tu hai sharabi, sharabi too is a fantastic song, something of a city-based song unlike O BAALAM TERI PYAR KI THANDI which was a village song.

  23. javifazl says:

    thanks to

  24. unknow1 says:

    Ram aur Shyam is one of best Dilip Kummar film as a actor as I think or we can say in bollywood as film in which actor play two role,if there is Naushad Ali with Mohd Rafi there should be magic nothing is new in the music.

  25. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:

    “Ram Aur Shyam” had another wonderful solo by Rafi – ‘Aaj Ki Raat Mere Dil Ki Salami Lele’ apart from ‘Aayee Hai Bahare’.

  26. Piroe.M.A. says:

    What a great song.

  27. Anwar Husain says:


    Just listen the background music of Ram Aur Shyam and you will be spellbound and surprised to know the westren side of the great naushad Saheb.

  28. Anwar Husain says:


    Just listen the background music of Ram Aur Shyam and you know the westren side of the great naushad Saheb.

  29. Hussein Sheikh says:

    One of the best song in “Ram Aur Shyam”. Watching this song in the movie, feels only Dilip Kumar sung the song, this was Rafi Saheb’s magic. He was a man with a magical, golden voiced singer.

  30. admin says:

    My apologies. I’ve corrected this in the article. Ram was with Mumtaz and Shyam with Waheeda Rehman.

  31. shahbaz says:

    Dear writer of thie article!
    i would like 2 tell u that this song (O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Thandi Aag Mein Jalte Jalte) was picturized on Mumtaz and Dilip Kumar, instead of Waheed Rehman and Dilip Kumar. A duet songs which was picturized on Waheeda Rehman and Dilip Kumar in Ram aur Shyam was (Mein Hoon Saqi Tu hai Sharabi Sharabi).

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