Rafi’s Children Songs
This article is written by Mr.H.V.Guru Murthy
When we were young, we used to frequently listen to â€œChun Chun Karti Aayi Chidiyaâ€ from AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN which used to be played on the Radio almost daily. The other hit song in those days was â€œNanne Munne Bachhe Teriâ€ 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 â€œMain Gaoon Tum So Jaoâ€ 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.
â€œTu Hoke Bada Banjanaâ€ 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
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 â€œTera Khilona Toota Balakâ€ in the forties.
Dilip Kumar in Aayin Hein Bahaaren Miten Zulm-o-sitam
The other Rafi songs in this category were â€œAaj Kal Me Dhal Gayaâ€ from BETI BETE, â€œAayee Hai Bahareâ€ from RAM AUR SHYAM, â€œHum Bhi Agar Bachhe Hoteâ€ with Asha from DOOR KI AWAAZ, â€œO Nanne Se Farishteâ€ from EK PHOOL DO MALI, â€œTumhare Hai Tumseâ€ with Asha in BOOT POISH, â€œChacke Me Chackaâ€ from BRAHMACHARI, â€œSunlo Sunata Hunâ€ from ANDAZ, â€œAao Tumhe Pyaar Karna Sikhanduâ€ from SHATRANJ, â€œYeh Kaisi Maineâ€ from RAKHWALA, â€œGori Jara Hansde Tuâ€ from ASLI NAQLI, â€œZindagi Hai Kya Sun Meri Jaanâ€ from MAYA, â€œTaare Taare Kitne Neela Gagan Pe Taareâ€ from AAP AAYE BAHAR AAYEE, â€œChirag Kisake Ghar Ka Haiâ€ from EK NAARI EK BRAHMACHARI, â€œBish Chachaâ€ from YARAANA, etc. etc.
â€œMeri Awaaz Sunoâ€ from NAUNIHAL was another beautiful song for an award winning movie, especially listen to the line â€œThak Gaya Hun Muzheâ€. When Rafiji sings the word â€œThakâ€ 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 â€œHum Laye Hai Toofan Seâ€ from JAGRUTI. Of course, the song â€œTu Hindu Banega Na Musalaman Banegaâ€ from DHOOL KA PHOOL has been discussed, debated and appreciated very much including in the present web site.
â€œBache Me Hai Bhagavanâ€ 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
Rafi and Mehmood came together for a wonderful song â€œSazi Rahiâ€ in KUNWARA BAAP. Usha Mangeshkar and Saathi sang â€œChanda Ko Dhoondane Sabhiâ€ in JEENE KI RAAH, a few lines of which was sung by Rafi also. Another unique song in this category was â€œHaina Bolo Boloâ€ form ANDAZ sung by Rafi, Suman and others. TUM HASEEN MAIN JAWAN, had a wonderful song by Rafi â€œMamta Ki Ho Tum Koi Mooratâ€ in which movie KK also sang the hilarious â€œMunne Ki Ammaâ€ 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 â€œMuskura Ladale Muskuraâ€ from ZINDAGI by Mannadey, â€œRaat Gayi Phir Din Aata Haiâ€ and â€œTahar Jara O Jaanewaleâ€ from BOOT POLISH by Mannadey and Asha, â€œSaare Ke Saareâ€ from PARICHAY by KK and Asha, â€œInsaaf Ki Dagar Peâ€ from GANGA JAMUNA by Hemant Kumar, â€œTuzhe Sooraj Kahun Ya Chandaâ€ by Mannadey in EK PHOOL DO MALI, â€œTeri Bachapan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Haiâ€ in MUZHE JEENE DO, one of Latajiâ€™s best songs of her illustrious career, â€œJeevan Me Tu Darna Nahinâ€ from KHOTE SIKKAY by KK, Suman Kalyanpurâ€™s â€œNanhi Si Kali Meri Ladliâ€ in DIL EK MANDIR, Latajiâ€™s â€œSunle Bapu Ae Paigamâ€ in BALAK, â€Mere Paas Aaoâ€ by AB for MR. NATWARLAL, Mukesh and Latajiâ€™s â€œIchak Danaâ€ in SHREE 420, Talat and Ashaâ€™s â€œChali Kaun Si Deshâ€ in BOOT POLISH, â€œTeethar Ke Do Aage Teetharâ€ by Asha and Mukesh in MERA NAAM JOKER, â€œDaadi Amma Daadi Ammaâ€ from GHARANA, Latajiâ€™s â€œTumhi Ho Mataâ€ from MAI CHUP RAHOONGI, Aarti Mukherjeeâ€™s â€œNaani Teri Morni Koâ€ from MASOOM, Geeta Duttâ€™s â€œNannhi Kali Sone Chali Hawa Dheere Aanaâ€, â€œRona Kabhi Nahi Ronaâ€ by KK and Saathi for APNA DESH, â€œChupa Chupiâ€ by Mannadey and Lata, KK and Lataâ€™s Do Pehlu song in LAKHON ME EK – â€œChanda Ho Chanda Kisne Churayi Teri Meri Nindiyaâ€, KK and Lataâ€™s â€œAari Aa Jaâ€ from KUNWARA BAAP, â€œNannha Munna Rahi Hunâ€ from SON OF INDIA, â€œDesh Ka Pyaara Subka Saharaâ€ by Asha, â€œDuniya Ke Log Kitne Ache Hoteâ€ from DREAM GIRL by Asha, Latajiâ€™s â€œChanda Hai Tuâ€ from ARADHANA, â€œGudiya Humse Roothi Rahogiâ€ from DOSTI and â€œApni Apni Biwiâ€ from DO RAASTE, â€œBache Manke Sacheâ€ by Lataji from DO KALIYAN were also popular songs in those days.
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.