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Rafi’s Children Songs

This article is written by Mr.H.V.Guru Murthy

Mohd Rafi's Children SongsWhen we were young, we used to frequently listen to “Chun Chun Karti Aayi Chidiya” from AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN which used to be played on the Radio almost daily. The other hit song in those days was “Nanne Munne Bachhe Teri” with Asha in BOOT POLISH. The later especially had good lyrics and moral lesson for young children.

When we grew up we had a wonderful Lori “Main Gaoon Tum So Jao” from BRAHMACHARI. This song I consider as one of the best Lori to be ever recorded and picturised on Indian Film Industry. Filmed on Shammi Kapoor, the song was in two parts, one happy and the other sad version.

“Tu Hoke Bada Banjana” from KHANDAAN was another lovely song where a poor and invalid father sings to his infant son and tells him how unfortunate that the lucky child is born in his poor house, how to manage life, how he has to struggle and fight in his life with his two hands, how to treat his neighbours, how he should take care of his mother, etc. etc. Picturised on Sunil Dutt, one can easily become emotional while listening to this song.

Mohd Rafi with his grand daughter Tasneem and wife Bilquis
Mohd Rafi with his grand daughter Tasneem and wife Bilquis

What was the common factor in all these above songs, of course, the Singer was our beloved Rafiji. In fact Rafiji came into prominence only with a children song “Tera Khilona Toota Balak” in the forties.

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Dilip Kumar in Aayin Hein Bahaaren Miten Zulm-o-sitam
Courtesy: MohdShafeeq@Youtube

The other Rafi songs in this category were “Aaj Kal Me Dhal Gaya” from BETI BETE, “Aayee Hai Bahare” from RAM AUR SHYAM, “Hum Bhi Agar Bachhe Hote” with Asha from DOOR KI AWAAZ, “O Nanne Se Farishte” from EK PHOOL DO MALI, “Tumhare Hai Tumse” with Asha in BOOT POISH, “Chacke Me Chacka” from BRAHMACHARI, “Sunlo Sunata Hun” from ANDAZ, “Aao Tumhe Pyaar Karna Sikhandu” from SHATRANJ, “Yeh Kaisi Maine” from RAKHWALA, “Gori Jara Hansde Tu” from ASLI NAQLI, “Zindagi Hai Kya Sun Meri Jaan” from MAYA, “Taare Taare Kitne Neela Gagan Pe Taare” from AAP AAYE BAHAR AAYEE, “Chirag Kisake Ghar Ka Hai” from EK NAARI EK BRAHMACHARI, “Bish Chacha” from YARAANA, etc. etc.

“Meri Awaaz Suno” from NAUNIHAL was another beautiful song for an award winning movie, especially listen to the line “Thak Gaya Hun Muzhe”. When Rafiji sings the word “Thak” he actually shows his tiredness in his voice itself and that is called putting meaning into each and every word. Another song with message for children was “Hum Laye Hai Toofan Se” from JAGRUTI. Of course, the song “Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalaman Banega” from DHOOL KA PHOOL has been discussed, debated and appreciated very much including in the present web site.

“Bache Me Hai Bhagavan” from NANHA FARISHTA with Rafiji, KK and Mannadey was one of the few songs, where three stalwarts came together. This song is so beautifully written that each religion sees his Bhagavan or Jesus or Allah in the child and also sees Geetha, Bible and Quran. Alas, now a days, such lyrics are hardly written.

Mohd Rafi with his children
Mohd Rafi with his children

Rafi and Mehmood came together for a wonderful song “Sazi Rahi” in KUNWARA BAAP. Usha Mangeshkar and Saathi sang “Chanda Ko Dhoondane Sabhi” in JEENE KI RAAH, a few lines of which was sung by Rafi also. Another unique song in this category was “Haina Bolo Bolo” form ANDAZ sung by Rafi, Suman and others. TUM HASEEN MAIN JAWAN, had a wonderful song by Rafi “Mamta Ki Ho Tum Koi Moorat” in which movie KK also sang the hilarious “Munne Ki Amma” which used to be aired on Radio regularly in those days.

Other good songs sung by other Singers which can be bracketed with the above category of quality songs are “Muskura Ladale Muskura” from ZINDAGI by Mannadey, “Raat Gayi Phir Din Aata Hai” and “Tahar Jara O Jaanewale” from BOOT POLISH by Mannadey and Asha, “Saare Ke Saare” from PARICHAY by KK and Asha, “Insaaf Ki Dagar Pe” from GANGA JAMUNA by Hemant Kumar, “Tuzhe Sooraj Kahun Ya Chanda” by Mannadey in EK PHOOL DO MALI, “Teri Bachapan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hai” in MUZHE JEENE DO, one of Lataji’s best songs of her illustrious career, “Jeevan Me Tu Darna Nahin” from KHOTE SIKKAY by KK, Suman Kalyanpur’s “Nanhi Si Kali Meri Ladli” in DIL EK MANDIR, Lataji’s “Sunle Bapu Ae Paigam” in BALAK, ”Mere Paas Aao” by AB for MR. NATWARLAL, Mukesh and Lataji’s “Ichak Dana” in SHREE 420, Talat and Asha’s “Chali Kaun Si Desh” in BOOT POLISH, “Teethar Ke Do Aage Teethar” by Asha and Mukesh in MERA NAAM JOKER, “Daadi Amma Daadi Amma” from GHARANA, Lataji’s “Tumhi Ho Mata” from MAI CHUP RAHOONGI, Aarti Mukherjee’s “Naani Teri Morni Ko” from MASOOM, Geeta Dutt’s “Nannhi Kali Sone Chali Hawa Dheere Aana”, “Rona Kabhi Nahi Rona” by KK and Saathi for APNA DESH, “Chupa Chupi” by Mannadey and Lata, KK and Lata’s Do Pehlu song in LAKHON ME EK – “Chanda Ho Chanda Kisne Churayi Teri Meri Nindiya”, KK and Lata’s “Aari Aa Ja” from KUNWARA BAAP, “Nannha Munna Rahi Hun” from SON OF INDIA, “Desh Ka Pyaara Subka Sahara” by Asha, “Duniya Ke Log Kitne Ache Hote” from DREAM GIRL by Asha, Lataji’s “Chanda Hai Tu” from ARADHANA, “Gudiya Humse Roothi Rahogi” from DOSTI and “Apni Apni Biwi” from DO RAASTE, “Bache Manke Sache” by Lataji from DO KALIYAN were also popular songs in those days.

Mohd Rafi with a baby
Mohd Rafi with a baby

I wish the children of today are able to appreciate and enjoy such above songs which are especially meant for them. I also wish the MDs, Lyricists, Singers and actors put in efforts to give some such above songs for Children of the present generation.

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35 Blog Comments to “Rafi’s Children Songs”

  1. abdul rehman says:

    i oen time c rafi saheb hush

  2. karrar hussain says:

    AEV channel airing songs of Rafi,Kishore,Mukesh,Lata,Asha,Mannaday,K L Sehgal,Hamant Kumar and Talat Mehmood should be created

  3. I don’t know from where I should start.First I should be thankful to that begger whose singing inspired Rafi Sb.to become a singer at a tender age of eight only.For any singer there must be some limitation at any point any raag.How can a singer be king of all types of song all raags etc.If talk about classical song instantly Manna da’s name flashes,but here also we remember Madhuban mein Radhika naache re,O duniya ke rakhwale & a lot,where we conclude king of classical as Rafi Sb.Everybody knows yedling by KK,but again started by Rafi Sb.It was god’s arrangment that gave us Naushad,Roshan,Sahir,Shakeel,Hasrat,Shailendra etc along with more than the real diamond i.e.Md.Rafi Sb.
    If anybody wants to write about him,I am sure if he will write his whole life even then it can’t be completed.God’s best gift at right time and right place.If he was a gem as a singer,at the same time he was gem of a human being.He helped lot of artist’s family financially in his life.
    Jab tak chand aur suraj rahega tabtak Rafi sb.rahenge.Allah unhein jannatul firdaus me jagah atta fermaye aameen.Sorry for long comment,but unstoppable.

  4. Binu Nair says:

    who will not like a divine voice aditi ji.. post no. 31……………..

    rafi has the divine voice and hence it’s so popular even today. the voice itself is so divine and pure that music connossieurs will always ask for more.

    the result is rafi saaheb is an one man industry in himself giving bread, butter and jam to many many households – around the globe. just like the ambanis, tatas and others.
    more, there is never a second in which rafi songs are not played anywhere and the voice is so pristine, the notes so melodious and the man himself a great mover and shaker of innumerabe souls – everywhere. it’s bliss multiplied manifold.
    let the rafi magic grow to greater glory, so that rafi lovers can partake the feast of his songs – in this lifetime itself.

    the rafi diamond is forever……………

    binu nair, rafi foundation, mumbai… binus2000@hotmail.com,,,,
    cell : 9833 250 701

  5. ADITI SHARMA says:

    I AM A MOTHER AND I FEEL VERY HAPPY WHEN I LISTEN TO THESE SONGS WHENEVER MY CHILD BECOMES NERVOUS I SING THESE SONGS AND HE ONCE AGAIN BECOMES VERY STRONG SO IAM VERY THANKFUL TO MOHD.RAFI SAAB FOR THIS

  6. aish bagha says:

    i had met mohd rafi in 1977 in bombay on recording songs for daman film he was with usha manghesker i have photographs with me and my parents my father was very fond of his songs and also i like to hear he was very good man we pray to allah to give him place jannatulfirdous ameen from kenya

  7. Balumuthu says:

    IT is said, and it is often observed in practice, that a true Muslim has a heart full of great compassion and kindness. And Mohammed Rafi was a true Muslim who embodied ‘rahim’ in his personality. All reports on the human side of this great singer with such a powerful voice and feeling during singing, show evidence witnessing to his broadmindedness and kind disposition regardless of circumstances. Yet it is true that some colleagues of his, in the cine trade, fell out with him, which was due to the other side’s misjudgment since some of them restored friendship with him at their own initiative.

  8. Richard Carter says:

    Rafi was and still my favourite. he was a gift to earth and we were lucky lo live in the world where he was presented by God. I was fortunate to meet him in 1979. in Texas. I guess he is aSaint of singers. Richard

  9. monesh kumar says:

    my best song is film dosti chahuga main tujhe sanjh savere this is very imortl song

  10. monesh kumar says:

    mohdrafi is best singer is my knowlege he was great singer and good man
    i am always sing him.

  11. vicky says:

    for me the best rafi song for kids is’gori zara hansde tu’ wow what a song the way rafisaab has expressed devs on screen feelings is impeccable.a true genius at work nobody in the HFM has ever sung a song like tht. a true gem of a song.

    songs like -‘aaj kal main dhal gaya’ and ‘main gaon tum so jao’ r filled with emotions.two great songs..!!

    other songs are peerless too just like the maestro himself

  12. biman baruah says:

    dear Mr.H.V.Guru Murthy Ji very good write-up with cache of children songs
    sung by Rafi Saheb. “Re Mama Re Mama Re” from Andaz still touches
    children, which is not included in yr write-up. My favorite children songs are :-
    “Aye Hai Bahar Mite Zulm Sitam” from Ram Aur Shyam picturised on Dilip Kumar, “Tare Kitne Nil Gagan Pe Tare” from Aap Aaye Bahar Aaye picturised on Rajendra Kumar, “Re Mama Re Mama Re” from Andaz and “Chakke Pe Chakka Chakke Pa Gaadi” from Barhmachari picturised on Shammi Kapoor sung by Rafi saheb. “Lupu Supu Lupu Supu Jao Na” by KK from Do Anjanee picturised on Amitabh.

  13. Souvik Chatterji says:

    Thanks Mr. Gurumurthy for the article. Some of the best ones I recollect is chakke pe chakka from Brahmchari composed by SJ, re mamma remamma re and haina bolobolo from Andaz composed by SJ. typically Rafi had pronounced the lyrics in the modeto impress children/ End of the day all sections of the society enjoyed it.
    Similar articles are there in my blog http://stationhollywood.blogspot.com

    Thanks for higlighting a new dimension of Rafi.
    Souvik Chatterji

  14. Narayanan says:

    Well done Gurumurthy Sahibre….. what next?
    Post 6 Ruhi Madam,
    Can u pl send the urdu alpahbetical order sung by Rafi saab for kids?
    This is because iam trying to learn urdu.
    My email id bangaloreconsultancy@hotmail.com

  15. Saleem says:

    It is so refreshing to learn that there are people like me/rather better than me in picking up nuances of great musical personalities. I for one has an inherent enchantment of melodies irrespective of what language they are.

    I was watching Meri Soorath Teri Aankhen of Ashok Kumar. The song Tere bin Soone Nayan Hamaare” it is so mesmerising i.e the Genius Ashok Kumar’s lip sync and Sitar play and expression, then Asha Parekhs’s coyish dance and appearance, SD’s Music and Rafi vocals. What a class.

    Is it possible for any one to quote the name of the Santoor player who’d accompany SD for his songs?

  16. mohamed parvez says:

    i would like to add song from sadhu aur shaitan kabi aage kabi peeche kabi ooper kabi neeche picturised on mahmood ji with kids in the car sang by rafisaab

  17. binus2000 says:

    Haldar saab..

    Yes . indeed the same salil da classic which rafi saab sang on
    salil das sitting room in Peddar road : with no musical
    accompaniments.
    According to salilda its his best output with him and this is a
    recorded fact.

    One day it will come out..

    binu nair. Mumbai.

  18. Pappu Jee says:

    One more song from Rafi Sahib from film DEVI :LOLY POP LOLY POP.

  19. P. Haldar says:

    ref post 12:

    Binuji, I’m really surprised to hear that Rafi saab sang “sajna barkha bahar aayee”. Are you talking about Salil da’s all-time Lata classic in Parakh? If so, I’d request you and mr. korti not to publish the song on this site, at least not yet. I have my own reasons, which I’ll share with you in private.

  20. RAMAKRISHNA says:

    haldar da,

    I am so sorry that i dint see the responce of sri milon gupta jee’s nephew & also of arnob sanyal. thank you very very much to remind me haldar da. i saw it and it has a lot of information . once again thank you very much haldar da.

    haldar da you are also a very ‘ concerned’ person like our mohammed parvez ji who keeps on sending me songs of our ‘ saint ‘

  21. Imtiyaz A. Sharif says:

    Reg post # 12 of Binus2000, I think Rafi sahab did not sing Mukesh Sahab’s song, “Saranga teri yaad mein, nayen huwe bechain”. Only beginning wordings is same “Saranga teri yaad mein”, rest of the lyrics and composition is totally different. For example, “Tasveer banata hoon teri khoon-e-jigar se”. sung by Rafi sahab and “Tasveer banata hoon, tasveer nahin banti”. sung by Talat Mahmood sahab. Beginning wordings are the same of these two songs. In this case you cannot say that Rafi sahab sung Talat Mahmood sahab’s song or Talat Mahmood sahab sung Rafi Sahab’s song. And as you written, you can not find those lines “din katte hai na raain; in Rafi Sahab’s song.

  22. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    One more very nice song of this category sung by great Rafi Sahab:
    Rahi chalte hain ke rahain chalti hain?
    Jelti hai batti ke deep jalte hain?
    Jo bhi theek theek betaye ga.
    Raju chahca us ko sara sheher ghumaye ga…
    I don’t know the name of film. Can any one tell me?

  23. P. Haldar says:

    Mr. Ramakrishna,

    I’m not sure if you noticed it, but someone responded to your query on saikat mukherjee on the sj thread. Also, milon gupta’s nephew responded in post no. 37 on the same thread.

    ————————————–

    ARNOB SANYAL Says:
    October 31st, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    The Address of Mr. SAIKAT MUKHERJEE IS 50 THAKURDAS CHATTERJEE ROAD, KAMARHATI, 24 PGNS (n), KOLKATA
    PH NO. 033 25531009.
    HE HAD BEEN PLAYING MOUTH ORGAN FOR LAST 40 YEARS & ASSOCIATED WITH HMV.
    RECENTLY HE HAD BEEN FACILITATED BY HMV ON THR EVE OF DURGOTSAB IN CALCUTTA “SHAARAD ARGHYA”.
    HIS NUMBERS HAD BEEN COMPILED BY HMV (20 SONGS) IN A CD & RECENTLY A CD WITH COMPILATION OF 50 SONGS PLAYED BY MR. MUKHERJEE IN MOUTH ORGAN.
    IF YOU WANT TO HARMONICA PLAYER, I WOULD RECOMMED TO LISTEN ONLY MILON GUPTA’S & SAIKAT MUKHERJEE’S NUMBER. AS THEY ARE PERFECT, THEY DO NOT PLAY HARMONICA, THEY SING THROUGH HARMONICA. FOR MILON GUPTA’S NUMBER ONE MAY VISIT (HMV/rpg saregama site) ENROLL, & THEN SELECT THE NUMBER (AT PRESENT 34 SONGS ARE THERE IN THE SITE) & ORDER THE CD.

    SAIKAT MUKHERJEE’S SITE IS UNDER PREPARATION AS TOLD BY HMV’S PERSONNEL. ABOUT 100 SONGS PLAYED BY HIM IS EXPECTED TO BE UPLOADED. I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO FLOOD HMV WITH REQUEST MAILS FOR THIS SITE & ALSO UPLOAD SOME MORE NUMBERS OF MILON GUPTA’S ALSO.

    THANKS & REGARDS

    ARNOB SANYAL

  24. binus2000 says:

    bachpan ke din bhula na dena is sung by rafi saab too but not released
    and the song is in circulation.
    dharmendra once reached naushad saabs house and would go home
    – only with this song and he succeeded in getting it from maestro
    naushad..
    very soon we will put this on the website or give it to our friends for this
    purpose.
    rafi saab has also sung : “saranga teri yaad mein , din katte hai na
    raain; this song will be sung in our shailendra-rafi musical evening
    on dec. 9.
    rafi saab has also sung :sajna, barkha bahar aayee raska fuwaar
    laayi, : this is indeed a rare song according to raju korte the
    rafi historian and the most outstanding writer on rafi saab.

    Binu Nair…. the rafi foundation… Mumbai..

  25. A S MURTY says:

    O NANHE SE FARISHTEY, one of the best songs by Rafi Sahab from ek phool do maali, is my all time favourite. the song is by a father who cannot own up his own son but the obvious genetic bond is evident from the way the song was picturised and the child artiste too did a wonderful job. rafi sahab had packed all the emotions while rendering the song.

  26. U0012087 says:

    Hello All

    One more song Main Gaoon Tum So Jao from Brahmchari which is a childresns song

    Thanks

    Khalid Rashid

  27. binus2000 says:

    On Dec. 9th the rafi foundation is celebrating the lyrics of shailendra
    and shaily shailendra whose birthday falls on dec 9th.
    It will be a evening of memorable songs from the shailendra-rafi
    stable; all immortal numbers.
    the first song will be after the ‘sharadanjali’ : chun chun karti chidiya
    aayi, written by shailendra and rendered by rafi saab.
    also the song ” saranga teri yaad me, din katte hai na raen…
    will be sung by raju korte.. the ardent rafi lover.

    shailendra’s family members will be present. readers may be
    reminded that shailendra left this world in 1966. the date was
    dec. 14 the birthday of raj kapoor. the reason was cirrhocis…
    and shaily shailendra completed the song : jeena yahan marna yahan
    iske shivah jaana kahan…

    the musical event will have some rare and popular numbers from
    rafi saab.
    the event will be held in Borivli west, LIc colony at nutan hall from
    6.30 p.m. onwards.
    the rafi foundation invites music lovers to the event.
    there will be a entrance fee charged to cover the expenses of the
    event and rafi lovers must ‘not’ get offended if we cannot give
    ‘free passes’ for the event even though we may wish to do so.

    binu nair ///the rafi foundation//// sargam sa re ga ma…///

  28. ahamed kutty says:

    Dear Gurumurthyji,
    Your article was very nice.children have innocent faces.
    rafi saab was just like a child.whenever we see his photo
    (always smiling) we see his face is just like a child.When
    we hear the song “Hai na bolo bolo” how he is doing the
    magic with his voice which is touching our heart.

    If we take any type of song “Mohamed Rafi saab” is on top
    on each category.That is why we are enjoying anf getting full
    satisfaction while hearing his songs.Long live Mohamed Rafi Saab.

  29. RAMAKRISHNA says:

    ref post 5

    ashok parekh ji,

    you have mentioned a very good number rendered by our rafi sahab. the song ‘ o mere pyaro ‘ i heard it in my child hood a good number of times. what a pleasant rendering by rafi sahab. ashok ji we are so fortunate to have heard such inspiring numbers.

    rafi sahab aap amar ho……………………..

  30. Ruhi Khan says:

    Undoubtably Main Gaoon tum soo jao was one of the best loris ever composed…..Another unforgettable Lori sung by Rafi Saab was from the Film Koshish. Sooja Baba Re.
    Then there is also a vintage Rafi saab’s Alphabetical song….. Alif zabar Ah, Alif zaer Eh, Alif pesh Oh.

    Thanks Mr Guru Murthy for taking us back to some of our childhood memories. Bachpan Ke Din Bhi Kya Din The…( Latajee)

  31. Ashok Parekh says:

    I remember having seen a film called “Zamin Ke Taare” in my childhood which had a very beautiful title song, “O Mere Pyaro Zamin Ke Taaro Jaana Hain Tumko Kahan….” something like that. It was a B or C grade movie with unknown star but famous child artist if I remember well, Daisly Irani. It had music by S. Mohinder and the song I have mentioned is sung by Asha Bhosale & Kamal Barot along with our beloved Rafisaab. I also remember that this song is sung by hero of the film – a truck driver with two cute child artistes who have lost their mother. Haven’t heard this song for years. I wish other Rafisaab fans will definitely recollect this song along with me.

    Another beautiful song which can be included is, “Juhi Si Kali Meri Laadli Naazon Ki Pali Meri Laadli” by Suman Kalyanpur in the film Dil Ek Mandir.

    Regards
    Ashok Parekh

  32. Hussein Sheikh says:

    Nice and interesting article, Rafi Saheb as usual sang children’s songs so nicely. Kids enjoy Rafi Saheb’s songs. The song – Sun le bapu yeh paigham.. from Balak is sung by Suman Kalyanpur, and not Lata.

  33. A S MURTY says:

    A lovely and interesting subject Mr. Gurumurthy. Sure, Rafi Sahab had sung those songs for children with so much affection and liking. His stress on some of the words for e.g. in “sunlo sunata hun tumko kahani” each word is given a special stress and in other songs too shows his involvement not only in the lyrics but also the mood of the song and its picturisation. Wonderful study by you Mr. Gurutmurty and these songs were so very beautiful. alas, we miss such compositions and songs in today’s films.

  34. Anmol Singh says:

    Guru Murthy Nice Article :-)

    Unfortunately today’s children are deeply influnced by Western culture. They have costly likes and dislikes, which puts a lot of burdun on parents in their up bringing.

    To add one song for children sung by KK and Andhaa Kaanon – “Rote Rote Hansna Seekho”. Both the happy and sad version are good. From Andaaz there is another Classic – “Hai Naa Bolo” sung by Rafi, Suman and child singers. One more from Dard Ka Rishta – “Kaun Hun Main Kya Naam Hai Tera” sung by Lata Ji.

  35. mohamed parvez says:

    thanx mr h v gurumurthy ji for this nice article i would like to add hum bi agar bachey naam hamaara hota gabloo babloo aur khaney ko miltey ladoo from door ki awaaz picturised on jhonny walker ji rafisaab was very fond of his kids when he gets time he used to play with his kids

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