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Rafi’s pleasant memories with Madan Mohan

This article is written by Mr. Souvik Chatterji.

If any composer had utilised the ghazal andaz of Mohammad Rafi to the best of his potentiality it is Madanmohan whose name appears in the minds of the lovers of music across the nation. Madanmohan’s father Rai Bahadur chunnilal send his son to Dehradun to join the army. Instead he left the army and joined All India Radio in Lucknow. He came in contact with Ustad Faizz Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and carried on their legacy in the compositions he made for 30 years which can be classified as masterpieces.

As Madanmohan was not associated with the Big Banners like RK or Navketan, he was not categorised with any star of bollywood during 50s, 60s, 70s. Further he never wanted to balance the popular test of music and excellent class of classical compositions he created. But the compositions were so rich in lyrics and tunes that the musical pandits had no way but to admire them.

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

Mohd Rafi with Madan Mohan

The golden age of bollywood music was categorised with the excellence of Mohammad Rafi and as such if any composer neglected Rafi and tried to reach the summit of popularity they have invited their own downfall. Madanmohan did not make such a mistake. He started his career with the film Ankhen in 1950. He also composed music for Raj Kapoor’s film Ashiana in 1952. His notable songs for Rafi in the film Railway Platform, 1956, include “basti basti parbat parbat”. In Gateway of India, 1957, Madanmohan used Mohammad Rafi for the song “do ghari woh jo pass aa baithe” picturised on Bharatbhushan. It was very successful and strengthened the everlasting bond of Rafi with Madanmohan. Rafi’s intoxicating appeal in the song “kabhi na khabhi kahin na kahin koi na koi toi ayega” in the film Sharabi, 1964, composed by Madanmohan can be classified one of the best songs in sombre mood.

The most majestic ghazals of Rafi composed by Madanmohan include “kisiki yaad me apnako hai bhulaye huye” and “baad muddat ke yeh ghari ayi” from the film Jahan ara, 1964, picturised on Bharat Bhushan. Talat Mehmood’s song in the same film “phir wohi sham wohi gham wohi tanhai hai” was also based on ghazal andaz. The classic lyrics were written by Rajinder Kishan. The film titled Ghazal, in 1964, was based on ghazals and Rafi was outstanding by every standard in the song “rang aur noor ki baraat kise pesh karun.” In the same year Rafi’s patriotic flavour was bolstered in the song “kar chale hum fida jan-o-tan sathiyon” in the film Haqeeqat, where Rafi’s ghazal titled “hoke majboor usne bulaya hoga” shared with Bhupinder Singh, Manna Dey and Talat Mehmood was sensational.1 The majestic lyrics were written by Kaifi Azmi. In the film Neela Akash, 1965, picturised on Dharmender, Rafi’s song “akhri geet muhobbat ka sunayun to chalun” showed the tragic note of Madanmohan. In the film Need Hamari Khwab Tumkhari, all the songs were sung by Rafi including “husn ne jab isq se takraya tha”.

Returning back to ghazals, Rafi’s song “aap ke pehlu me akar” in the film Mera Saya, 1966, was as outstanding as Lata’s title song “tu jahan jahan chalega mera saya saath hoga”. The lyrics were written by Raja Mehendi Ali Kahan. Raj Khosla’s crime thriller ended up becoming a musical blockbuster just like Woh Kaun Thi, in 1964, where Madanmohan’s composition “naina barse,” “lagja gale”, etc. for Lata Mangeshkar was probably the most immortal creation in the history of film music, with Sadhna giving life time performances in ghostly characters in both these films.

The landmark ghazal “tumhari zulf ke saye me sham karlunga” in the film Naunihal, in 1967, is probably one of the five best ghazals Rafi did sing in his life. Experts in music realise that ages will pass, but no second singer can provide blood and flesh in the superlative ghazal of Madanmohan the way Rafi had done in this song. Kaifi Azmi has written sensational lyrics for the abovementioned song. People started thinking that Rafi and Madanmohan were made for each other. The belief was put to action in the next film Dulhan Ek raat ki, in 1967, picturised on Dharmender in the song “ek haseen sham ko dil mera kho gaya. In the film Chirag, 1969, “teri aakhon ke siwa duniya me rakkha kya hai” Madanmohan combined ghazal with light orchestration to try to inspire the common listeners in understanding these type of songs. 

Madan Mohan

Madan Mohan

 

In the film Heer Ranjha, 1971, picturised on Rajkumar, Rafi’s song “yeh duniya yeh mehfil” was well acclaimed by music lovers. Rafi was outstanding by every standard in the song “tum jo mil gaye ho” in the film Hanste Zakhm, 1973, where Madanmohan synchronised lightning with his own orchestration. Madanmohan also gave a tremendous break to Bhupinder Singh in the song “dil dhoonta hai, phir wohi, fursat ke raat din” written by Gulzar in Sanjeev Kumar’s Mausam in 1975. Rafi had the song “chari re chari kaise gale me pari.”

Madanmohan’s last performance with Jaidev brought out Rafi’s Himalayan range in the film Laila Majnu in 1977. Rafi’s songs “tere dar pe aya hoon,” “barbad muhobat ka duya saath liye ja”, picturised on Rishi Kapoor showed his master spirit of adapting to tunes of middle east which was the geographical location where the story was based. Madanmohan died in 1975, without even seeing the success of Laila Majnu, it appeared like out of seven sur in every octave one sur had gone, because, the majestic combination of Madanmohan with Rafi cannot be forgotten through ages. Rafi’s archive should restore Madanmohan’s combination to let the next generation know about the high esteem with which Madanmohan addressed Mohammad Rafi during the golden age of film music. 

Bhupinder Singh was a great admirer of Rafi. In his interview in DD India, he said, he got a chance of acting and singing in the film Haqeekat and he was supposed to share the microphone with another singer for the song “hoke majboor usne bulaya hoga.” He chose Mohammad Rafi to share the microphone with and as he was taller than Rafi, Rafi was given a tool to balance the voices. Manna Dey and Talat Mehmood shared the other microphone.

Souvik Chatterji:
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Master of Law from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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35 Blog Comments to “Rafi’s pleasant memories with Madan Mohan”

  1. syeda says:

    Get in touch Souvik, need a few old references of song snippets which you will surely know of! hope all is gung ho with you….

  2. Abdur Rauf Durrani says:

    rafi saab,s combination with madan mohan has created history . after NAUSHAD and o.p.nayyar itwas madan mohanji who got the best songs from RAFI.MADANMOHANJI WAS GREAT ADMIRER OF rafi .he had composed best ghazals off RAFI which will be remembered for ages to come.on one occassion he said if RAFI refuses to sing he will no more compose music .this shows the closeness and dedication, friendship and sincerity of a great music director of all times .he is next to NAUSHAD a musician of high standing ………….

  3. Ashutosh Pandey says:

    Excellent article having so much of informations on the best combo indian Film music industry ever had . rafi/mm/lata is my favourite combination.

    What a song list the combination have?

    there are no words to praise. listening songs of the combination gives immense pleasure & insight into rela indian classical music.

  4. MOHAMED PARVEZ says:

    DEAR SAOUVIK CHATTERJI THANX FOR NICE ARTICLE ON RAFI SAAB AND MADAN MOHANJI THEY HAVE GIVEN GREAT SONGS THIS SONGS PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER ALWAYS I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHARE 2 SONGS FROM FILM:NAUNIHAL SONG WRITTEN BY KAIFI AZMI SAAB MUSIC:BY MADAN MOHAN JI SANG BY GREATEST GENIUS HUMBLE RAFI SAAB TO WATCH THIS SONGS KINDLY VISIT THIS LINKS

    (1)TRACK:MERI AWAZ SUNO THIS SONG IS DEDICATED TO PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU JI

    http://rafifanblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/meri-awaz-suno-naunihal.html

    (2)TRACK:TUMHARI ZULF KE SAAYE MEIN SHAAM KARLOONGA THIS ROMANTIC SONG PICTURISED ON SANJEEV KUMARJI

    http://rafifanblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/tumhari-zulph-ke-saaye-mein-naunihal.html

  5. vk cajla says:

    another song apart from kabhi na kabhi in film sharabi which has always facinated me is mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali mein. i have always wondered
    how sweetness and sadness of that great voice was used and blended in the
    composition to produce magical effect.

  6. Abu says:

    Excellent article Souvik ,

    Madan Mohan, Salil Choudhury, Naushad, S D Burman and in Bengal Sudhin Dasgupta – what great musicians. True artists – all of them. I mean can you imagine these people “marketting their music”! Did their melodies ever need marketing. Did they think of utilising music for money, power and fame!

    Madan Mohan fans should listen to the Rafi Asha duet – “Jis din se maine tumko dekha hai”, a song not in the typical MM ghazal mode. What orchestration and range!

  7. pmc thangal says:

    dear chatterji, ofcourse your article is good and impressive one.in it you had not pointed the comic and qawali type of songs of madanji. he had great mastry over these types of music also, rafi sab had sung a fantastic comic song in the filim gate way of india (the song is not remembering the line is some what like hawwayar …)the other comic song is in the filim rail way platform with another male singer.kithna badal gaya insan..the qawali of haste zagam is an example of his skill in that field.to me the song duniya paglong ka bazar is the best song composed by madan mohan and sung by eternal singer mohamed rafi.( filim chacha chwdery)

  8. Madanmohan had given Rafi melodious songs in the film Aap Ki Parchaiyan. Even the song “akhri geet muhobbat ka sunayun” in Neela Akash captured the sombre mood of Rafi. All the songs composed for Rafi in the film Chirag were successful. Madanmohan had very sweet relationship with the master singer and it never mattered with KK had got additional popularity in the 70s to Madanmohan because he knew the ghazal andaz of his songs could only be captured by Rafi and Lata.

    Souvik

  9. rafian1 says:

    Madan Mohan.My ultimate favourite.I love all the MM Songs of Rafi Saab and Lata ji.When I hear ‘Chirag dil ka jalao bahut andhera hain’(Chirag) I cry.When I hear ‘Duniya se sare gamom se begana ,mein hoom mastana’(Mastana) my heart fill with Joy.Rafi/Lata/MM What a combo!

  10. shabir says:

    matlab dee yeh duniyah yaaron khon nahin yaaro kisse daa yaar———hiiiiiiii yaaro mmein bara parshaan na jaan na pehchaan ek larki jawan———–duniya sharabi dunya sharabi khon nahin peeta sab peete hai khon nahin jeeta sab jeete hai maine bhi pee tohri si pee maine bhi pee toh kya hai karabi duniya sharabi duniya sharabi——-maine pee sharab tumne kya piya are tumne kya peeyaa aadmi ka khoon——hosh ke sahil peh mujko abna aane dijiye——mehbooba mehbooba meri rhooti jaye——aye mumbo yeh duniya akela—-ek tanda tanda pani—-gharki murgi dhal barabar—-main chum lu yeh aye tumhari—parda zara hatao toh phir koi baat ho—–antul mehboobi antul mehboobi hasan ka alaika—–ek chigari aakhon ki dil ki lagan ban jaati hai—-koi chand koi tara nahin dehka koi pyara—-dard mein doob gayi shaam na jane kya ho——maa hai mohabbat ka naam maa ko hazaaron salaaaaam—-main jungle kaa rajamaine tujse kiya hai pyar o meri mehbooba—-man mera tera jogi asha puri kab hogi—-meri jaan baathon hi baathonbol zara—main hazaaron haseeno ka mehboob hoon husn se pyar karna mera kaam hai log deewane itna nahin jaante————meri padosan hai dil ki dushman———–o sanam mera saath dena—-rhoot kar jaate kahan sanam—-sawan ki pari chup chup hai khari—–yug yug se hai saath hamara—la la allaaaa ahahahaaa mmmm teri nazar teri ada sabse haseen sabse judaa thank you every 1 i more rare but enjoy this

  11. A.T.M. SALIM says:

    DEAR RAFI FANS

    I AM MENTIONING THREE MORE SONGS HERE :

    1) ” ZULF BIKHRATI CHALI AAYE HO….” ( FILM: EK KALI MUSKAYEE ; SOLO
    BY RAFI SAHAB ) ;

    2) ” MERE DIL SE AAKE LIPAT GAYEE….”( FILM: NEELA AAKASH ; DUET BY
    RAFI SAHAB & ASHA BHONSLEJI ) &

    3) ” JAB DEKH LIYA TO CHUPENGE KAHAN….( FILM : CHIRAG ; SONG
    BY RAFI SAHAB & CHORUS ).

    REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM

  12. binu nair says:

    madan mohan scored some heaven-ly numbers in movies like heer ranjha, laila majnu and hanste zakham – apart from many rafi- lata gems. dastak was another treat for music lovers . he died young in his fifties a sad man – bagging no award, or big banners. his sons r carrying on the mm banner ahead unlike many sons of legends. in fact, laila majnu songs and the song from h.z. : tum jo mil gaye ho is a perenniel favourite of music orchestras. both the films were popular and had landmark songs of mohd rafi during the second innings of the legend. current composers ought to take a few pages from madan mohan’s legacy mixing words with melodious tunes so that their songs have a longer shelf life. binu nair….. mumbai

  13. DEAR SOUVIKJI

    THANKS FOR YOUR VERY FINE ARTICLE !
    I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED READING IT .
    MY 3 MOST PERSONAL FAVOURITE SONGS OF RAFI SAHAB & MADAN MOHANJI COMBINATION ARE :

    1) ” EK HASEEN SHAM KO ….” ( FILM : DULHAN EK RAAT KI ) ;
    2) ” TUM JO MIL GAYE HO… ” ( FILM : HANSTE ZAKHM ) ; &
    3) ” TERI AANKHON KE SIVA .”( FILM : CHIRAG ) .

    IN VIEW OF THIS ARTICLE , I AM MENTIONING SOME MORE SONGS HERE :

    1) ” JO DEKHTA HAI KEHTA HAI….” ( FILM : NAYA KANOON );

    2) ” DIL KHUSH HAI AAJ….” ( FILM: GHAZAL ) ;

    3) ” EK LADKI BHOLI BHALI SI ….” ( FILM: CHOWKIDAR ) ;

    4) ” YE DUNIYA NAHIN ,JAGIR KISIKA…( FILM: CHOWKIDAR ) ;

    5) ” JIS DIN SE MAINE TUMKO DEKHA HAI…( FILM : PARWANA , DUET WITH
    ASHA BHONSLEJI ) ;

    6) “ARE HASNEWALON ….( FILM:PARWANA ,DUET WITH KISHORE KUMARJI )

    7) ” MERA PAIGHAM MOHABBAT KE SIVA ….” ( THIS IS AN UNRELEASED
    FILM SONG ) ;

    8) ” KAISE KATEGI ZINDEGI ….” ( THIS IS AN UNRELEASED FILM SONG ) ;

    9) ” KADMOM MEIN TERE….. ( THIS IS AN UNRELEASED FILM SONG ) ;

    10) ” JAHAN MILE DHARTI AAKASH ….( THIS IS AN UNRELEASED FILM
    SONG).

    BEST REGARDS/A.T.M. SALIM.

  14. Anmol Singh says:

    Madan Mohan is one of my personal favourites. His compositions are all very high calibre. Only high calibre singers could sing his compositions, where Rafi and Lata where the maximum contributors. Perhaps one of the reasons that he compositions where less compared to his contemporarires, but all quality ones.

    My list of 25 ultimate gems of Madan Mohan.

    1. Hum Se Aaya Na Gayaa – Talat (Dekh Kabira Roya)

    2. Phir Wohi Shaam – Talat (Jahaan Aaraa)

    3. Kaun Aaya Mere Mann – Manna Dey (Dekh Kabira Roya)

    4. Aap Ki Nazroon Ne Samjha – Lata (Anpad)

    5. Lagja Gale Ki Phir – Lata (Woh Kuan Thi)

    6. Raag Aur Noor Baraat – Rafi (Ghazal)

    7. Tujhe Kya Sunayu Mein Dil Ruba – Rafi

    8. Teri Ankho Ke Siwa Duniya – Rafi

    9. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan – Rafi (Haqeeqat)

    10. Hoke Majboor Mujeh Usne – Rafi/Talat/Manna/Bhupindar (Haqeeqat)

    11. Mein Nigahen Tere Chehre Se – Rafi

    12. Tu Mere Saamne Hai – Rafi

    13. Tumhari Zulf Ke Saaye Mein Sham – Rafi (Nau Nihal)

    14. Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil – Rafi (Heer Ranjha)

    15. Har Taraf Ab Yehi Afsane – Manna Dey (Hindustan Ki Kasam)

    16. Naino Mein Badara Chaaye – Lata (Mera Saaya)

    17. Aap Ke Pahlu Mein Aa Kar – Rafi (Mera Sayaa)

    18. Tu Jahan Jahan Chaliga – Lata (Mere Sayaa)

    19. Betaab Dil Ki Tamanna – Lata (Hindustan Ki Kasam)

    20. Mahi Re Mein Ka Se Kahun – Madan Mohan/Lata (Dastak)

    21. Bayenaa Na Dharoo – Lata (Dastak)

    22. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho – Rafi/Lata (Hanste Zakham)

    23. Aaj Socha To Aasoon Bharaaye – Lata (Hanste Zakham)

    24. Dil Dhond Ta Hai – Bhupindar(Solo) & Bhupindar/Lata (Mausam)

    25. Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon – Rafi (Laila Majnu)

  15. bemused says:

    correction: the movie “gazal” is from 1964. Here is a link to “Mujhe yeh phool na de”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvDAb5SsgN8&feature=related

    The song “Lo ek kali muskayee” from “Ek kali muskayee” is another gem that needs to be mentioned.

  16. bemused says:

    Thank you for a very informative write-up on the Rafi-Madan Mohan combo. While many of the memorable songs of this duo are mentioned in the main article and the comments, there are two beautiful songs from the 1964 movie Suhagan (starring Guru Dutt and Mala Sinha) that should be mentioned:
    (1) Mere pyar me tujhe kya mila:
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=sjQT9s5Oj1k&feature=related
    and
    (2) Tu mere samne hai:
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=9t9ln1avAj8&feature=related

    Also, the sweetness in Rafi’s duet “Mujhe yeh phool na de” with Suman Kalyanpur in 1963′s Gazal is beyond description.

  17. Anil Cherian says:

    Here’s the link to the terrific ‘tumhari zulk ke saayein….’:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrHKWJi1dOQ
    Here’s ‘teri aankhon ke siva…’:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwOhCqBw7RM
    And here’s the marvelous ‘main yeh sochkar..’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfl2RVWhRRE

  18. RAFIMURTY says:

    Lovely and very informative article Souvikji. mm had the knack of composing the finest of ghazals and with rafi sahab and lataji around, he crafted some of the very best as listed out in your article. the song ‘ main nigahen tere chehere se hataun kaise’ is a classic example of ghazal composition and rafi sahab’s rendition added many more feathers to it. all other compositions listed in the article and in other valuable comments too are exemplary. it is surprising that rafi sahab-dilip kumar-madan mohan combination did not exist. and yes “main yeh sochkar uske dar se utha tha” though a short song is an exceptional compostion and very emotional playback singing by rafi sahab.

  19. K.J. Ravi says:

    In response to rajprakashji’s query, one can’t think of any film with dilip-rafi-madan mohan. However, there is one film with dev anand-rafi-madan mohan, namely, sharabi (1964) with three exquisite melodies (sawan ke mahine mein, mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali mein and kabhi na kabhi, kahin na kahin…. The moving lyrics have been penned by rajinder kishen.

  20. Anil Cherian says:

    Here’s the link to ‘shama mein taqat…’ (Mentioned by Raviji):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2PLnHc8nLY
    Here’s ‘Mein Nighahein tere chehre se….’(mentioned by Shahbazji):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cVGpwKNX18
    Here’s ‘hoke majboor….’ (mentioned by several gentlemen):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVToXc2_DwU

  21. Shahbaz Mahmood says:

    I will add one more ghazal of Rafi Sahib under Madanmohan composition, which is Mein Nighahein tere chehre se hataon kaise. This ghazal is marvelous and uncomparable.

  22. K.J. Ravi says:

    Madan Mohan was the ultimate as far as melody was concerned. He was totally committed to his profession, and did not bother about awards. As far as I know, MM did not win any Filmfare award. When MM teamed up with Rafi Sahab, the outcome was phenomenal as mentioned in the article and in the various comments. One rare gem from the MM-Rafi treasure trove is the mellifluous ghazal form the film Naya Kanoon (1965), ‘Sham mein taaqat kahan jo ek parwaane mein hai’. After listening to the exquisite alaap and the fabulous rendering by Rafi Sahab, all one can say is: ‘Wah, wah!’

  23. rajprakash says:

    Can anybody tell me if Dilip Kumar +Rafi+Madan Mohan came together in any film?

  24. Anil Cherian says:

    Ponnapsji:
    On second thoughts, I feel ‘Kehna ek deewana…’ is a Jaidev score. MM died midway during the production of Laila Majnu and Jaidev took over. I’m not sure which all songs (actually all the songs in the movie are top-class) MM composed and which all, Jaidev. May be some of the knowledgable people here can throw light on it.
    Speaking about ‘kehana, ek deewana..’, I believe You’ve not only heard the song but watched the picturisation as well. It’s amazing how Rafisahab (of the smoothest voice imaginable) sounds exactly like the tired, hungry, desperate guy abandoned in the desert. His voice is (deliberately) husky, somewhat dry, yet as melodious as ever. And when he goes up skywards with the final ‘Laila…..’ , comes back and then goes down (with a deliberately cracked voice), it’s absolute perfection… I just can’t imagine a better rendition..

  25. ponnaps says:

    Mujhe Le chalo : http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7k2XWBJ-HM

    real gem of a song from the formidable duo of mm and rafi sahab….a total singers song rests entirely on the singers ability..rafi sahab doing full justice and some…you get totally immersed…

    Anilji @ 10

    kehna, ek deewana is one helluva song..great rendition…soaring heights and plumetting lows with effoertless transition…all made to sound so easy and effortless…hadnt heard it before..many thanks..

  26. Anil Cherian says:

    Nice write-up, Souvikji, Keep up the good work. Madanmohan-Rafisahab was one cracker of a team the likes of which (as rightly mentioned) we will never see again. What haunting melodies this team produced, one after another, any one of which would be sufficient to give legendry status to the MD and/or the singer.
    It is very tough to point out a few songs among the gems produced by this team, however I’d like to mention ‘rang aur noor..’ (what pathos in the lyrics and voice), ‘aap ke pehloo mein….’ (silken tune to go along with Rafisahab’s silken voice), ‘tumse kahoon ek baat…. (sweet and sensual) and ‘kehna, ek deewana….’ (How can a human being sing like this?)

  27. ashish kapoor says:

    bindaas !!!

    ashish kapoor, (vice president)
    rafi foundation memorial society(regd)
    delhi.
    ashkpr@hotmail.com

  28. kprem says:

    Thanks for email and receiving information about Rafi Sahab the lovely singer of India as well as of world.

  29. The only regular camp of Madan Mohan was that of Chetan Anand. Films like Haqeeqat, Heer Ranzha, Hindusthan Ki Kasam, Hanste Zakhm, Aakhri Khat had wonderful music by MM.

    In a recent Mannadey show at Bangalore, Mannada while praising MM very humbly told that MM came out with wonderful Gazals sung by Rafi and Lata, and howsover he tried, he could not sing as well as those two singers did.

  30. shashank says:

    Excellent article by Souvik, Mohdrafi sang many songs under Madanmohans composition. There is one great song “Tumse kahoon ek baar” from Dastak, what a song it is and how rafisaab sang it. I love that song so much that atleast 5 times i listen to it. There is another song which Madanmohan composed from the film “Haqeekat”, the song is “Hoke Majboor mujhe” sang by Talat Mohd, Mohdrafi, Bhupendra and Mannadey. Its a great great song.

    shashank

  31. Musharraf says:

    Very informative article. Madanmohan was a very versatile Music Director and his combination with Mohd. Rafi was very successful. I really love the song ” Hoke Majboor mujhe husn bulaya hoga” of the film “Haqeeqat” with the Rafi Saab sharing the microphone with other co-singers. Madanmohan’s genius was also reflected in his two superb creation in the songs ” Hum ko aya na gaya tumko bhulaya na gaya” sung by Talat Mahmood and “Kaun aya mere man ke dware, payel ki jankar liye” sung by Manna Dey in the film “Dekh kabira Roya”.

  32. Dr. Khaja Aliuddin says:

    An excellant article Janab Souvik Chatterji Sahab, Congartulations!
    Rafi Sahab and Madan Mohan was a superb team.
    Aankhen was the first movie of Rafi Sahab and MM sahab, lyrics by Raja Mahdi Ali Khan – Ham ishq me barbad hain, barbad rahenge, dil royega, the year 1950.
    According to Mr. Saleem-ul-Haq’s biography of Mohd. Rafi’s book, Rafi Sahab sang 88 solos,63 duets and 9 chorus for Madan Mohanji.
    With regards to all Rafi lovers,
    Long live Rafi Sahab,
    Khaja Aliuddin, MD

  33. vicky says:

    hi souvikda,

    good article madan mohan is definitely one of the best mds of all time although the media have decided to sideline him too just like other greats. his gazal compositions r the best without 2nd thoughts. u have mentioned quite a few songs of his but u forgot to mention the very moving n touching gazal ‘main yeh sochkar uske dar se’ from haqeeqat wch definitely ranks as one of his best compositions.

    ‘yeh duniya yeh mehfil’ wud always feature in my 5 top rafi songs wht singing n lyrics n expressions r just out of this world. grt grt song..!!

    btw i hope u enjoying ur stay in my state !!

  34. unknow says:

    in 1970′s when other MD and film maker they tried to not use Mohd Rafi but Modan Mohan was one of few who was with Mohd Rafi.when film actor and film maker tried to force him to use other singer else than Mohd Rafi he said if mohd rafi will not sing he will not give music in the film.also he gave great song to othere singers but with Mohd Rafi and Lata ji he had the best as I think…I think Madan Mohan is one the best all time MD.

  35. AHAMED KUTTY says:

    Rafi saab – madan mohan team,my favourite is “yeh duniya
    yeh mehfil” from Heeranja.from the starting up to the end this
    song is perfect in everything.the magic sound of rafi saab is
    superb.this song is a precious one as far as indian film music
    is concerned.

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