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An Affair to Remember – Meri Duniya Main Tum Aayee

By Nagesh Sidhanti.
A humble tribute to composer Madan Mohanji on his 87th birth anniversary by an ardent Rafi fan

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

Of all pursuits, love is the most profound, be it sensuous or sublime.

This legendary love story of ill-fated couple, an epitome of pure love, ‘Heer-Ranjha’ was written by Sufi poet Waris Shah. Little did he know that about 200 years later, his seminal work’s intimate aspects would receive its rightful interpretation in the form of a surreptitious musical dialogue, arranged by three of the greatest legends, one, an exceptional composer and the other two, genius singers of their era.

Kaifi’s lines are lyrically simple but never frugal in this unique duet from Heer Ranjha, which is rendered in low notes, complimenting essentially a covert love story.   The lyricist who is known for his earthly imagery, has penned the lines with a dash of mystical aura the story deserves. Although not spoken in the same breath as some of his distinguished contemporaries, Kaifi Azmi yet again proves a point that beneath the layers of sophistication & hyperbole, lie a treasure trove of emotions, which could flourish in the realm of a deeper understanding of LOVE and LIFE.

Meri duniya main tum aayee, kya kya apne saath liye,
Tan ki chandi, man ka sona, sapnowali raat liye…… that the precious wealth manifests not in the material world but in our spiritual quest for unalloyed love and the greatest treasures of life are invisible to the eyes, but discovered by the heart.

The song starts devoid of instrumentation, till the first interlude, as the ever inventive composer, makes a forceful point to refrain from the established style. That allowed Rafi Saab’s quintessential ability to create soft melodic ripples, in a captivating opening line.   The first interlude breaks into a divine resonation of Sitar by Ustad Rais Khan, but of course. The positioning of Sitar interlude is very significant, as it evokes both sensual & spiritual impulses. In Hindi Film Music, interludes were often created to rest singers’ vocal chords, but Madanji in most of his music, used the opportunity to enrich the mood, created matching nuances and ran brilliant instrumental renditions that could hold on to their own. For him the God truly lived in perfect musical details and he just needed a Sitar and a Flute this time. It’s perhaps fair to say that Madanji ran his own gharana that helped re-invent classical formalism in Hindi Film Music.

Rafi Saab renders the mukhda in his distinguishable timbre tone, reverberating tanha tanha  khoya khoya dil main dil ki baat liye, with a warmth, as if he wraps his shivering beloved in an exquisite shawl. That really is the turning point of almost everything.   A blissful silence thus prevails, causing the heart centres of the lovers to align, fusing two souls into an inseparable one. The alchemist renders the opening lines with dollops of intimate energy and a deliberate quiver that sets up a subtly sensual mood. The phrase ‘raat liye’ is uttered in a hushed tone, but each time with varied cadence, whisking it away into a wonderland.  It’s a classic example as to how Rafi Saab created awe inspiring tributaries of the main raag with subtle and refreshing variations.

Here in this conversation the poet shows his acumen in comprehending the song’s pre-occupation, which is the socio-emotional context of a 200 year old narrative. The words have a ‘moonlit’ environment with a certain degree of edginess, which is further pronounced by the whispers. The conversation between Heer and Ranjha and its placement exemplifies the flavour of their free spirit. An already diffused light goes-off with the pinch of the wick, is a suggestion that is mildly erotic, but never vulgar.

Ranjha : Andhere ka ishara samjho, aaj diya dilka jalana hoga
Heer :Tum bade woh ho,  mujhe jaane do
Ranjha : Jaa sakogi?
Heer : Mujhe jaana hogaa, chhodo na
Ranjha : Aaj ki raat toh dil todo naa

A fallacy I wouldn’t like to commit here is not to credit Lata Mangeshkarji for her brilliant situational grasp in interpreting the palpability of Heer’s racy mood, as she is half unnerved and half excited by Ranjha’s proposals.  Listen to  Dhalka aanchal phaila kaajal, ankho mein yeh raat liye… Whoa! Lataji breaks free and serves mild doses of musical aphrodisiac.  Dhalka aanchal phaila kaajal… Heer isn’t seeking a wardrobe advice, but a reassurance from her man, that her love is secure even after an intimate encounter.

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

The line, Seene ki yeh dhadkan sunle na koyi, makes an oblique reference to Heer’s dilemma. The poet understands her apprehensions about the deadly daggers of the conventional society, the pleasures and pangs of loving a man unacceptable to her family and a mixture of those myriad emotions causing an involuntary side effect. Palpitation! Is that why a lover is also referred as ‘heart-throb’? Her readiness to even fool herself gladly, just to feel the love and be loved, is made relevant here. The poet appears to bring in a subjective reference in Dhalka aanchal phaila kaajal, teri yeh saugaat liye…. but the words are charged with universal significance. That, life’s greatest gift is bestowed when one finds his/her true love. It’s a victory to the poet when the audience is able to connect their own life events to the poetry.

Dil main kitni kaliyan mehki, kaise kaise phool khile, Nazuk nazuk mithe mithe hotonki khairaat liye…. Do pay attention when Rafi Saab utters the phrase ‘ phool khile’. It’s as if an immensely fragrant flower is blossoming in our hearts, gently cleansing it from within. Here the blooming flowers are compared to Ranjha’s engulfing desire to accomplish the ‘welfare’ of the tender and luscious lips of the beloved.

The celebrative burst of Bansuri before the pre-final stanza, denotes an advance announcement of consummation of their love, that was to follow. (On a side-note, Ranjha in the story is a brilliant Flutist whose renditions originally attract Heer’s attention to begin with).

Madanji often tuned the songs with lyrics on hand, as opposed to retro- fitting words into pre-composed tunes and had mastery over its correct fitment.  Kindly observe that the antara  Chand se kaise aankh milaaon, baahon mein aao tumko bataaon is tuned with no obligation to its preceding one, Seene ki yeh dhadkan sunle na koyi, Haye haye ab dekhe na koyi.…. just goes to demonstrate that Madanji could run several tune options to one song.

A common professional trait that Madanji shared with Rafi Saab, was that they both deeply respected their works and were oblivious to what happened on the other side of their music. There was an  ‘Air of Divinity’ in whatever they strove to achieve through the seven musical notes. Much of their hit melodies were treated with unimaginative filming, more so, the ones Madanji composed. This one, however is a delectable exception. The effusive Shringara Rasa that the composer intended has been successfully captured by the cinematographer Jay Mistry with close shots of the intimate moments.  In some ways Meri duniya main is reminiscent of tumse kahoon ek baat from Dastak in terms of whispers, but more cheerful in its musical treatment.

“I couldn’t have scored THIS music with half the felicity Madan Mohan did”  was the candid praise from Late SD Burman Saab, that is a huge compliment, from a maverick to a magician.

In Meri Duniya Main Tum Ayee, Madan – Rafi – Lata trio immortalise, one of the most tender, genre-defining mystical romantic duets of all times, that is beguiling, bewitching and irresistibly engaging, making it as one musical affair worth remembering!

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46 Blog Comments to “An Affair to Remember – Meri Duniya Main Tum Aayee”

  1. pravin says:

    luckly i found this site. it is the greatest treasure (great ocean) for shri moh. rafisahab lovers. it is a pleasure in heaven! it is what can not be explained. thanks a lot to this site & to all team

  2. anand shedbal says:

    no proper words to express the great voice,the great singer

  3. DearNagesh Sidhanti,
    What a review of a wonderful duet ! I have never read a better to- the – detail and at the same time, poetic description of a Bollywood song…thank you.

  4. Akram baig says:

    Rafi sab & madan mohan ji had a awesome songs together

  5. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    @ Shashankji, glad to know that.

    @ Utthara, bahut shukriya for the kind words. I am yet to come across
    a non-MM song like this although jaag dil-e-diwana too is rendered in low
    notes but is delightfully different. Thanks…..much


  6. Utthara says:

    Dear Nagesh,

    Mmm … Madan Mohan. And the mesmerising Meri duniya. Then it has to be Nagesh reviewing it. I was browsing through this website, and I saw this gem of an article. how did I miss it? Being extremely busy(subah aur sham kaam hi kaam) is no excuse for almost missing out on this write-up.
    What do I say? Superb? fantastic? These are cliches. Bemisaal? These words don’t convey what I am trying to say. Such a comprehensive and educative review__ touching upon the instruments used and why, the background music, the lyrical lyrics, about the divine music, about the heavenly singing of Rafi and Lata, about the movie. And a review of my fave song makes this doubly delightful.

    That Madan Mohan is a genius needs no reiteration. I grew up listening to this song. The first time I heard it, it transported me to heaven. And I didn’t want to come down to earth.

    Thank you (saying in dheemi awaaz like in the song)



  7. This is my favourite song of mine. the way he sang this songs is remarkable.

  8. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Dear NRPbhai,

    ………what adds further to these, is such commentary as yours which introduce one to yet another dimension – that of synthesising poetry, music and rendition by way of prose. i have always believed that the verse is much more versatile than the prose; it gives you the outer form only and you imagine and then go inwards into its true meanings. the verse never ceases to grow – each time you discover something anew. it is only when you give up that the prose takes over and tries to describe things in an explanatory mode………..

    What a perspective sab? Thanks nothing less than a metric ton for taking your time-off to comment. It’s a compulsion to agree with what you write, that’s how powerful your articulations have always been.

    Bahut shukriya janab!!

  9. nr padmanabhan says:

    Dear Nagesh,

    “An affair to remember…” is, indeed, an affair to remember.

    You know Nagesh, exceptional lyrics need not necessarily translate into an exceptional song. It is the melodious tune which transports it into another plane. From this point, it is the singer/s who has/have to traverse the known and the unknown by their rendition.

    What adds further to these, is such commentary as yours which introduce one to yet another dimension – that of synthesising poetry, music and rendition by way of prose. I have always believed that the verse is much more versatile than the prose; it gives you the outer form only and you imagine and then go inwards into its true meanings. The verse never ceases to grow – each time you discover something anew. It is only when you give up that the prose takes over and tries to describe things in an explanatory mode.

    The genius Madan Madan was a true MM – the uncrowned master of melodies. His virtuosity lay in his simplicity and his understanding of the lyrics. Not for him a plethora of instruments, which give leads to the singer or can even be used to effectively quell any aberrations that the singer is unable to control. And he new the capabilities of each of his main singers, Rafi Saahab, Lataji or Talat Saahab. Off course, being a very good singer himself helped. In that he could customise it to suit individual capabilities.

    You have done an outstanding review, Nagesh. To have known the song, heard it often or marvelled at it at times is all right. But, if you have been able to grasp it in totality – like we all have now -, that is an entirely divine experience. Thanks for having attempted it and given us a beautiful pictorial version of a song.

    Padmanabhan NR
    Rafi Foundation, Hyderabad Chapter

  10. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Post no.33 @ Dattatreyaji, very happy to know that you liked the write-up.
    Post no. 34 @ rashmi shettyji, thanks very much for the complimenrs.
    Post no. 36 @ subhas ji, coming from a connoisseur like you these are very special words of encouragement sir.


  11. subhas ghoshal says:

    “Nageshji, I am overjoyed to see such a beautiful evaluation of the masterpiece, a write up to remember!”

  12. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Adaab Rafi,

    Post no. 16 onwards,

    @ Kumareshji, thanks nothing less than a million for dropping your comments and happy that you observed the essence of the philosophical conveyance.

    @ Mohd. Irfan ji, heartfelt thanks for the comments.

    @ Mridula ji, shukriya madam.

    @ Mals, it always paid me to share the first-cut with you and i modified the review once you said ‘everything is fine, just fill-in the soul’. It made a huge
    difference. Thanks beloved for just being there…..

    @ Khaja Aliuddin sab, adaab and bahut shukriya janab for those nice words.

    @ Binu Nair ji, thank you very much for your words of encouragement and
    appreciation. Coming from such a passionate Rafi bhakt, makes a difference.
    Yes, tum joh milgaye ho indeed is an unsurpassed feat and I had the opportunity to review this very number some time back on this forum.

    @ Shashi, here’s a poet complimenting a prose. Thanks very much pal for taking time-off from your busy schedules.

    @ Usha Shriram ji, heart-warming words of praise there. Thanks very much
    madam. With your words of encouragement, will surely write more.

    @ Narayan sab, adaab rafi. Thanks very much for dropping your feedback.
    and those nice words coming from a connoisseur like you is very special.

    @ JK Bagchandani sab, I’d cherish your words of praise for a long time.
    A bit overwhelmed I must admit. Thank you very much sir. Your observation
    is spot on. The antaras in tum joh are differently tuned. I also read that
    for dil dhoodta hai, madanji had seven tune options and the ones not selected have been used in veer-zara. Tere liye is one of them. It’s to naushad sab’s
    credit that he praised madanji to the extent of suggesting a ‘swap deal’ of his
    life time works for just one song. Such humility and genuine praises could
    only come from great men.

    @ Vidya Venkat, much obliged for dropping those encouraging remarks.
    Reviewing Rafi sab’s or Madanji’s classics could challenge a writer by the
    sheer enormity of detailing they’d offer for a musical piece lasting less
    than five mins. So the words, at best are inferior representatives of
    such classy efforts.

    @ nafisaji thanks very much for sensitising with the intent of the write-up
    madam. Very encouraging.

    @ anwarji, special comments coming from you. I still cherish the very beautiful review of tumse kahoon ek baat you had made on this forum
    long ago. The trot of the horses and the slept streets…. It’s time we get
    to read more from you sir.

    @ sukeshji, nothing is more satisfying to a writer than to learn that his
    written piece has made an impact on its reader and in that sense your
    comments are truly heart-warming to me. Thanks very much.

    @ ramesh ji, sailing miles away in some sea, you still have the knack of
    being next to your friends. Thank you sir for your comments. Much appreciate
    the same.

    Last but certainly not the least, a big and special thanks to such large number of facebookers for ‘ liking’ the review. In a press of one key, you have played your part in creating a ‘feel-good’ atmosphere not just for me, but for the
    whole community here. To know so many of you follow this forum is surely
    very encouraging.

    I’d fail in my duties if I don’t thank pradeepji the moderator for his patience
    and assistance fr publishing this review.

    hasta manana… till we meet again !!


  13. Rashmi Shetty says:

    “Beautiful analysis of a well written & brilliant composition. The music at no point overpowers the verse, but still makes an impact.Well written Nageshji, enjoyed reading it:-)”

  14. Dattatreya BK says:

    “This one made a fantastic read and a great tribute.. I liked it..”

  15. A common professional trait that Madanji shared with Rafi Saab, was that they both deeply respected their works and were oblivious to what happened on the other side of their music. There was an ‘Air of Divinity’ in whatever they strove to achieve through the seven musical notes.


    talat mahmood, madan mohan and rafi sahab along with the lyricist would form a quartet on a regular basis and the respect, creativity and divinity dwelled and grew in their music and lives.

    resultant you, me and the millions are reaping bountiful of treasure musically.

    adharvaz hai nageshbhai – i wouldnt call you a wordsmith – but – i would go a step ahead and say – you have a true ear for music and can give the reader a panaromic view of indepth nuances hitherto not expressed.

    if you put your heart and mind to it – you could give us a ” sequel ” a rejoinder every once often.

    lagey raho my friend,

    ramesh narain kurpad

  16. Sukesh Narang says:

    Dear Mr.Nagesh
    I am gripped with saturday night fever after reading your write-up!It was unputdownable.
    Thanks for this gem of a review.
    Sukesh Narang

  17. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    Dear Nagesh ji,

    Brilliant write-up on a great song! You really provided in-depth analysis and highlighted each and every aspect of this beautiful song. Many congratulations to you.

    Thanks and best regards.


  18. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Aadab rafi dear friends,

    @abhshek ji, you are spot on sir. when it came to creativity MM was second
    to none. Thanks for the comments.

    @ achalbhai, bahut shukriya. Much appreciate your participation. Long time
    since we read anything from you on this forum.

    @ sandeepji, thanks very much for your compliments. What’s life without
    love, passion and commitment? You said it.

    @ Gurumurthybhai, the memories of your company and the enjoyable moments we had during april Madan Mohan show, is still fresh for me. You
    are a knowledge power-house of hindi retro and coming from you, it just reinforces the fact that mm was light-years ahead of his contemporaries.

    @ nasreenji, overwhelmed by your comments madam. Nothing is more satisfying to the writer than to learn that the reader has connected wholeheartedly to the essence of the review. Thanks very much.

    @ abhay, very happy to know that you liked the review. Hope to see you
    more on this forum knowing fully how passionate you are about music.

    @ lt col javed ji, reading your comments indicates that you are also a
    veteran when it comes to musical observations sir. Thank you very much
    for all the good words. connoisseurs like you make this forum a wonderful
    place. you have almost reviewed the review itself and am grateful to you
    for this.

    @ murthygaru, heartfelt thanks for your comments. rafi foundation hyd, is
    playing a pivotal role in bringing all rafi fans together and you along-with
    the likes of NRPsab are very much instrumental for the noble act.

    @ surabhi shetty ji, great to see the tribe of rafi fans increase and thanks
    to the facebook communities, this review could reach so many. Shukriya
    madam for the very nice compliments.


  19. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Adaab Rafi dear wonderful friends on this forum and those 30 odd music
    lovers who ‘liked’ it on the facebook,

    I am overwhelmed by the adulation and appreciation expressed by all
    of you for this musical review of ‘meri duniya main tum aayee’, a song that
    is close to my heart and I am delighted to know, it’s the same with most
    of you.

    in my personal opinion, there are some fabulous melodies that aren’t very
    popular and under-rated for unknown reasons and as a self appointed
    musical observer 🙂 it’s my obligation to argue why they should have been one. typically a classy piece of composition doesn’t sound attractive at the outset but on repeat listens, our soul gets imprisoned by it’s power and it continues to grow on us over decades and generations. Some are always
    with us and some re-discovered lately.

    @ Venkatadriji, heartfelt thanks for the kind words.

    @ Sureshji, it’s the great artists who made this mind blowing duet.
    thanks very much for the praises.

    @ Dr. Vasudha, you’ve been a pillar of support and encouragement all through. Don’t know how to thank you. Ever-since I heard meri duniya during the recent Madan Mohan tribute, anchored by you so professionally, this song was on my radar. The ‘romaanchan’ I felt during the concert when Gaurav and Divya outstandingly rendered this song might have got spilled over into this review, so you know who should get the credit.

    @ H.A.K. Walijah sab, firstly thank you very much for your kind words. Among the songs highlighted by you, One is tum joh that was reviewed by yours truly a while ago in this forum and tumhari zulf ke that is my beloved’s hellotune currently and I will surely attempt to review the same for both of you. Ek haseen sham ko, is such an evergreen melody one would never tireout listening to.

    @ Arnavji, Bahut shukriya janab. Your suspicion that I might be a music or a film critic is a compliment that I accept with a bow, but in my personal view I am far from it…. tu mere saamne hai ! Wowww..arnavji, this is a magical co-incidence. I started reviewing this very sensous song initially but somehow
    ended up with meri duniya main tum aayee. the chemistry between the clean
    shaven Gurudutt and mala sinha is truly beautiful. Pls share your email ID so that I could share my humble reflections with you in future.

    I shall be back to express my gratitude to the rest of the friends….


  20. nafisa says:

    Congatulations ! This is a very beautiful and sensitive review of a complex creation. Now I am able to understand the naunces that Madan mohan tries of convey using the vehicle of lyrics and singers tenors. Sometimes i find myself at a loss of words after reading something, and wait till i get a better perspective after reading other fans comments.

    Regards to all rafi fans.

  21. Vidya Venkat says:

    Hi Nagesh,
    That was an excellent review of a beautiful song sung by amazing singers,composed by a great musician…
    You have so wonderfully dissected the entire song keeping in mind the lilting tune, the musical instruments used,the romantic mood of the actors and ofcourse the message of the composer through the song!!
    It is indeed a great tribute to the great Madan Mohan !

  22. J.K. Bhagchandani says:

    Nagesh Sidhanti ji,

    Awesome! Wow! What a write up! It is beyond available words of praise. The gem of a song that has been written about deserved only such exclusive and brilliant essay.

    Your point of Madan Mohan having more than one tune option for antaras was great. Another example of this is ‘Tum jo mil gaye ho……’ where the third antara ‘…tum bhi the khoye khoye main bhi bujha bujha….’ is markedly different from the first two paras but still remains within the framework of the theme raga. The work of a true genius, brought to reality by another genius singer.

    S.D. Burman was not the only music director to have been floored by a Madan Mohan created gem. Naushad was so impressed by Madan Mohan-Lata gem “Hai isi mein pya ki aabroo, wo jafa kare mein wafa karoon…. (Anpadh) that he said, “I would not mind to exchange my entire music for this one song.”

    J.K. Bhagchandani

  23. Narayan says:

    Dear Nagesh,
    One of the high quality articles which has hit recently is yours which in a sublime poetic way pays tribute to the awesome trio of Madanji and his favourite team of singers Rafi Sahab n Lataji..
    It is one of the most melodious duets from the evergreen treasures of HFM..
    well done
    expect more from this immortal combination..


  24. usha sriram says:

    Sooper review Nageshjee,I read once,twice and then lost count.
    Post no19 and post no 5 have asked for more such reviews from you.I endorse their view.Do not disappoint your fans.
    Usha sriram

  25. SHASHIDHAR says:


    You have the uncanny habit of opening the crush gates when your literary hyms come to the brim! Though it gives the literary feilds a greener pasture but it inundates poorer people like us.

    I enjoyed reading your essay of the song; perhaps even our doctoral students in the science will not be able match your research, analysis & inference.

    Transporting us to that musical era which such ease can only be possible from people like you!

    Well done Nagi!


  26. Binu Nair says:

    Nagesh ji.. The Title ‘an affair to remember’ says “it all” about the great works of madan mohan saheb.

    talking of ‘unalloyed’ love.. Kaifi azmi wrote for madan mohan saaaheb the eternal ‘gem’ song which shall never be made again: Tum jo mil gaye ho….

    it took eight months to make said sanjiv kohli son of madan mohan saheb and mohd rafi would rehearse this song every day with the composer, he added.

    in laila majnu the producer rahul rawail wanted kishore to sing and madan saheb refused to budge. all the songs were sung by rafi saheb and lata and it proved to be a silver jubilee hit.

    great analysis using some apt and seducing words in the prose. well done nagesh bhaiya.

    the rafi foundation

  27. Khaja Aliuddin, MD says:

    Nagesh Sahab, Adab Araz hai,
    Bahut khoob, beautiful narration of a wonderful song.
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  28. Malavika says:

    Two thumbs up dearie !!

    I know you write what you believe in. You have the love for Rafi sab, venerate Lata and revere Madan Mohan, so like I always mention, you have some of the greatest compositions between the three that could be reviewed, so like Arnavji says yeh dil maange more….

    How about tumhari zulf ke saaye main next?

  29. Mridula Bhagwat says:

    Ooh, what a review! This is a thesis!! Thanks.

  30. Mohammed Irfan says:

    Wow, Nagesh Ji what a brilliant write-up.Its OUTSTANDING.Many Many Thanks.

  31. Kumaresh says:

    Hello Nagesh jee,

    An excellent write-up with professional touch I must say. meri duniya main tum aayee is one of my favourite duets. Hitherto I’d simply enjoy the melodies and the emotions they convey, but never paid attention to details. But your review has rekindled my interests to know more, as to how the masters of the golden era made music. Rafi, Lata, Madan Mohan, Naushad, Manna Dey, Roshan etc…..all great names and we are fortunate to live in the same era.

    The vocab is brilliant and rich but not overwhelmingly so. Am sure the
    makers of this song would’ve been proud of your write-up.

    Also what is clearly noticeable is the philosophy conveyed by you.
    ……….that the precious wealth manifests not in the material world but in
    our spiritual quest for unalloyed love and the greatest treasures of life are invisible to the eyes, but discovered by the heart……

    undoubtedly !!

  32. surabhi shetty says:

    Hello sir

    I happened to see this link on FB.Since I am an avid listener of retro music and Rafi in particular I read your article.It made great reading.Your command over the language is awesome.I am speechless.Thank you for reviewing such a wonderful song.

  33. A S MURTY says:

    Brilliant presentation one of the most sensuous songs Nagesh. Hats off to the lovely way you take us along in a journey in understanding this love song. It makes a very nostalgic reading, taking us several decades back. Thanks a ton for this write up.

  34. Lt Col Javed Sayyed(Veteran) says:

    My compliments for this xlnt write up. You have such mastery on words, phrases, composn of sentences that whatever you write in simply outstanding!! Your rich vocabulary shows in choice of the exact words to bring out the exact meaning, nuances, emotions of that poetry, singing, rendition etc!! giving due credit to all those involved in creating the masterpiece shows your deep understanding & maturity.
    Such writeup is divine & is a treat to all readers. Pl do such kustice to many more of rafi sahabs songs to bring out the essence & fragrance of each syllabi, emotions, sentiments & all that the song finally has been made alive.
    Hearty compliments once again.

  35. Abhay Kanjikar says:

    Fantastic write up, Nagesh. Enjoyed reading. A good tribute to a gr8 legend. 🙂

  36. Nasreen says:

    I am so impressed by this breath-taking write up. It has explained this song with such loving care, and such deep understanding that reading it was an experience in itself ! Almost the same as listening to the song. I always knew it was a very special song, but did not ever think about why (except the hushed voices of course). Your bit by bit explanation of the song is something like unfolding the petals of a rose so that others can see it in all its glory. And begin to understand its beauty.

    Thank you


  37. Nagesh,

    Just superb. I always felt that the two songs of Heeer Ranzha – ‘Meri Duniya’ and ‘Tere Kooche’ did not get that much recognition as the other songs of the movie got. But you have clearly brought out the nuances, the khoobis of the duet. What a wonderful song, only a Rafi and a Lata could have brought out the true effects needed for the song under the expert guidance of MM.


  38. Sandeep Sharma says:

    Dear Nagesh ji,

    What a write-up !!

    Really admire the way you have dissected the song and provided an exemplary essay about ‘the making of meri duniya main tum aayee’ so to speak.

    The threesome have created a remarkable duet and your high calorie prose
    is truly a befitting tribute. Madan Mohan is the Rolls Royce among hindi composers.

    Life is all about love, passion and commitment. Read as Rafi, Madan
    and Lata.

    Brilliant !!

  39. Achal Rangaswamy says:

    A fitting tribute to a genius by an ardent and discerning fan and follower.

    You nust write more, often, Nagesh


    Achal Rangaswamy

  40. Abhishek says:

    Madan mohan was one of the gifted MD’s in HFM – one of the few artists who had creative ability.

  41. Abhishek says:

    Good tribute in the form of article.

  42. Arnav K says:

    I am an ardent admirer of your articles.AAp likhte hain bahout khoob.Kya aap mashhoor writer hain ya film critic hain nagesh jee?Aap kabhie meri pasand ka tu mere saamne hain teri zulphein hai khuli –a Rafi MM combo ko review kijiye naa?I will be very thankful to you.
    Thank you very much for this wonderful write-up.It has made my day!
    Arnav K

  43. H.A.K. Walijah says:

    Nagesh Jee,

    A brilliant and fantastic essay on the evergreen song composed by Madan Mohan ji. Rafi – Madan Mohan combination songs are unforgettable be it “ek haseen shaaam ko” or “tumhari zulf ke saaye main” or “yeh dunia yeh mehfil” or “tum jo mil gaye ho” and what not the list is too long. You very nicely brought out the nuances of the song with the depth of your technical skills of a beautiful essay. I simply appreciate it for the love and respect have on Madan Mohan evergreen tunes. Please accept my hearty congrats! I expect more such nice essays from you on other stalwart music directors.

    Best regards

    H.A.K. Walijah

  44. Dr. Vasudha says:

    Hi Sidhanti

    If at all a review calls for vivid imagination,clarity,and highlighted nuances, then, it has to flow through your pen.The brimming thoughts that inundate you could not have found a better haven than the Kora kaagaz. When the kora kaagaz gets filled by your flawless write-up and is open to be read, it enlivens the reader taking the serotonin graph to its zenith.

    I marvel at the way, the listless heroine becomes resplendent and an insipid hero transforms into an epitome of your imagination.

    And for the song, it is so intricately dissected ,layer by layer, each component is further brought under your scrutiny thus evoking admiration towards the collective effort that went into the making of meri duniya mein tum aayee.
    Often, the reader is taken unawares by the sheer depth of your portrayal of the song.

    Greatest treasures of life are unarguably invisible to the eyes but felt by the heart–Yes– so true. Thoughts meander so lissomely in your words.Your write up was like a slide show–I am wowed!

    A fitting tribute to your icons.Looking forward to more such delectable treats

  45. Suresh says:

    Dear nageshji,

    Hard to believe if a song could be reviewed this way.
    Mind blowing !!!

    A very under rated duet but genre defining as you have observed.
    Hats off to Madan Mohan, Rafi & Lata and Kaifi ofcourse.

    A song like this deserved a review like this.


  46. b.venkatadri says:

    Fantastic dissection of a divine duet of Rafi Saheb!!! Hats off to you, Nagesh Sidhanthi Ji!!!!

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