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The Association of Rafi & Shakeel

Written By: H.A.K. Walijah

Rafi Sahab with Naushad and Shakeel

Rafi Sahab with Naushad and Shakeel

The Hindi Film Industry has produced many stalwart lyricists / poets and those lyricists gave their best output, (meaningful and soulful) lyrics to the compositions of the well known music directors. The list of lyricists is very long, but to cut short, a few got name, fame and popularity at the same time.  In the gamut of filmy poets/lyricists I could remember three famous poets / lyricists of Hindi Film Music made their work to speak for ages – Shakeel Badayuni, Sahir Ludhianvi and Majrooh Sultanpuri.  I would like to focus on the association of Shakeel Badayuni with Rafi Saab where the eternal singer had rendered the most famous, lovable and easy to hum of those songs written by Shakeel Badayuni which had achieved enormous popularity in yesteryears. Shakeel Badayuni was elder to both Naushad Saab and Rafi Saab, three and eight years respectively.

If Naushad is considered the greatest composer of his generation, then a lot of credit should go to his favourite lyricist. How else would Naushad compose those melodies and innovate had it not been for the poet’s immense depth and knowledge of writing? The duo (Naushad and Shakeel), along with Mohammed Rafi and Dilip Kumar, made movie going a treat in the 50s and 60s.  The movies were hits and the soundtracks even bigger. Naushad composed, Rafi sang and Dilip Kumar lip-synced to Shakeel’s words in Kohinoor, Udan Khatola, Mughal-E-Azam, Aan, Deedar, Ganga Jamuna, Leader, and as late as Dil Diya Dard Liya and Aadmi in the late 60s. Shakeel was the sole lyricist for Naushad from Dard to Sunghursh, this team churned out hundreds of melodies over a span of two decades with the vocals of Mohammed Rafi. Shakeel Badayuni will live on through his songs. People may forget him but will continue to sing the songs he has written.

Only few are so lucky that they get success right in the first film, but Shakeel no doubt deserved success which started with Dard and continued with Mela (1948), Anokhi Ada (1948), Babul (1950), Baiju Baawra (1952), Udan Khatola (1952), Ambar (1952), Amar (1954), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), to name a few. Shakeel wrote for approximately 89 films and 99 per cent of his films had music by Naushad rest had Ravi and Hemant Kumar.  Shakeel shared a close friendship with Naushad, Ravi and Ghulam Mohammad, with whom he enjoyed his life to fullest. With Naushad as composer and Mohammad Rafi giving vocals, Shakeel penned the greatest bhajan of Hindi films ‘O Duniya Ke Rakhwale’ and other songs of Baiju Bawra. He won three Film Fare awards [at that time filmfare awards meant a lot], but retained a low – profile inspite of his literary and cinematic stature as a poet. For over two decades, Shakeel Badayuni wrote lyrics to form a collection of songs that shaped the golden era of Hindi film music. Shakeel Badayuni was a very gifted writer and it is evident from the kind of songs he penned and sung by Rafi Saab:

  • Suhaani Raat Dhal Chuki from Dulaari
  • Ye Zindagi Ke Mele from Mela
  • O Duniya Ke Rakhwale, Man Tarpat Hai Aaj, Mohe Bhool Gaye Sawariya from Baiju Bawra
  • O Dooor Ke Musafir from Udan Khatola
  • Do Sitaron Ka Zameen Par Hai Milan from Kohinoor
  • Guzre Hain Aaj Ishq Mei and title song of Dil Diya Dard Liya
  • Husn Wale Tera Jawab Nahi from Gharana
  • Chaudvi Ka Chand – title song
  • Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat Ki Kasam from Mere Mehboob
Shakeel Badayuni

Shakeel Badayuni

I think the most striking feature about Shakeel Saab’s contribution to Hindi film misic is the most unforgettable bhajan he has penned.– Man tadpat Hari Darshan ko aaj rendered by  Rafi Saab, even today undoubtedly this bhajan heard in temples. Two of the most famous songs written by Shakeel Badayuni fetched filmfare awards  to Shakeel himself and Rafi Saab too – Chaudvin ka chand ho ya aaftab ho and the second one husn wale tera jawab nahin (from Gharana).

The following list indicate  some other memorable and the most popular songs sung by Rafi Saab for Shakeel’s beautiful poetry –

  • Insaf Kaa Mandir Hai Yeh Amar Mohammad Rafi
  • Dooniya Me Nahee Koyi Yar Wafadar Amber Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
  • Hum Tum Yeh Bahar Dekho Rang Laya Pyar Amber Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
  • Chhod Babul Kaa Ghar Mohe Pi Ke Nagar Aaj Jana Pada Babul Mohammed Rafi, Shamshad Begum, Talat Mehmood
  • Nadi Kinare Sath Hamare Babul Mohammed Rafi, Shamshad Begum, Talat Mehmood
  • Man Tadpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj Baiju Bawra Mohammad Rafi
  • Dooniya Ke Rakhawale Baiju Bawra Mohammad Rafi
  • Dur Koyi Gaye Dhoo Yeh Sunaye Baiju Bawra Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Shamshad Begum
  • Nirdhan Kaa Ghar Lutnewalo, Lut Lo Dil Kaa Pyar Baiju Bawra Mohammad Rafi
  • Akeli Mat Jaiyo Radhe Jamuna Ke Tir Baiju Bawra Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Yaad Mein Teri Jaag Jaag Ke Hum Mere Mehboob Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
  • Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbt Ki Kasam Mere Mehboob Mohammed Rafi
  • Dil Me Ek Jane Tamanna Ne Jagah Payi Hai Benazir Mohmmad Rafi
  • Aaj Shishe Me Bar Bar Unhe Benazir Mohammad Rafi
  • Jindagee Ke Mod Par Jo Koyee Rasta Mila Bedaagh Mohammad Rafi
  • Aankho Aankho Me Naa Janey Kya Bedaagh Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
  • Dil-E-Betaab Ko Sine Se Lagana Hoga Palki Mohammed Rafi, Suman Hemadi Kalyanpur
  • Kal Rat Jindagee Se Mulakat Ho Gayee Palki Mohammad Rafi
  • Main Idhar Jaau Ya Udhar Jaau Palki Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi
  • Chaudwee Kaa Chand Ho Ya Aaftab Ho Chaudvin Ka Chand Mohammad Rafi
  • Mera Yar Bana Hai Dulha Chaudvin Ka Chand Mohammad Rafi
  • Milee Khak Me Mohabbat Chaudvin Ka Chand Mohammad Rafi
  • Yeh Duneeya Gol Hai Chaudvin Ka Chand Mohammad Rafi
  • Dekh Liya Maine Kismat Ka Deedar (1951) Mohammad Rafi, Lata Manegshkar
  • Huye Ham Jhinke Liye Barbad Deedar (1951) Mohammad Rafi
  • Meree Kahanee Bhulne Wale Deedar (1951) Mohammad Rafi
  • Nasib Dar Peh Tere Aajmane Aaya Hu Deedar (1951) Mohammad Rafi
  • Tasvir Banata Hu Teree Deewana (1952) Mohammad Rafi
  • Koyee Sagar Dil Ko Bahalata Nahee Dil Diya Dard Liya Mohammad Rafi
  • Raha Gardisho Me Hardam Mere Ishk Kaa Sitara Do Badan Mohammad Rafi
  • Chandanee Aayee Banke Pyar O Sajana Dulari Mohammad Rafi
  • Mil Milake Gayenge Ho Ho Do Dil Yaha Dulari Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
  • Rat Rangilee Mast Najare Dulari Mohammad Rafi, Lata Manegshkar
  • Suhanee Rat Dhal Chukee Dulari Mohammad Rafi
  • Matwala Jiya Dole Mother India Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Gadi Wale Gadi Dheere Haak Re Mother India Mohammad Rafi, Shamshad Begum
  • Nain Lad Jainhe Toh Manava Me Kasak Hoibe Karee Ganga Jamuna Mohammad Rafi
  • Bhagvan Ik Kusur Kee Itanee Badee Saja Gehra Daagh Mohammad Rafi
  • Tumhe Pake Hamne Jahan Pa Liya Hai Gehra Daagh Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
  • Husn Wale Teraa Jawab Nahee Gharana Mohammad Rafi
  • Haye Re Insan Kee Majburiya Ghunghat (1960) Mohammad Rafi
  • Do Sitaro Ka Jamin Par Hai Milan Aaj Kee Rat Kohinoor Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Naujavano Bharat Kee Takdir Bana Do Kundan Mohammad Rafi
  • Yeh Baharo Ke Din, Yeh Suhana Sama Kundan Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Main Tuti Hui Ek Naiya Hu Aadmi (1968) Mohammad Rafi
  • Na Aadami Ka Koyi Bharosa Aadmi (1968) Mohammad Rafi
  • Aaj Purani Raahon Se Aadmi (1968) Mohammad Rafi
  • Kaisi Haseen Aaj Bahaaro Ki Raat Hai Aadmi (1968) Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mehmood
  • Tere Husn Kee Kya Tarif Karu Leader Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Yek Shahenashah Ne Banawa Ke Hasin Tajmahal Leader Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Duneeya Hai Isikaa Nam Sohni Mahiwal Mohammad Rafi
  • Ham Bhee Agar Bachche Hote Door ki Aawaz Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi
  • Kal Raat Jindagee Se Mulaakaat Ho Gayee Palki Mohammad Rafi
  • Chehare Se Apane Aaj Toh Parada Uthaayiye Palki Mohammad Rafi
  • Sar Jo Teraa Chakraaye Pyaasa Mohammad Rafi
  • Dur Ke Musaafir Hamko Bhee Udan Khatola Mohmmad Rafi
  • Mere Paas Aao, Mere Dil Se Khelo Udan Khatola Mohmmad Rafi
  • Chhaliya Re Chhaliya Ganga Jamuna Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
  • Yeh Jindagee Ke Mele Mela (1948) Mohammad Rafi
  • Dharati Ko Aakaash Pukaare Mela (1948) Shamshad Begumq
  • Aai Saawan Rutu Aayee Mela (1948) Mukesh, Shamshad Begum
  • Main Hu Saaqi Tu Hai Sharabi Sharabi Ram Aur Shyam (1967) Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
  • Aayi Hain Bahaare Mite Julmo Sitam Ram Aur Shyam (1967) Mohammad Rafi
  • Aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami le le Ram Aur Shyam (1967) Mohammad Rafi

Apart from film songs, Shakeel Badayuni composed many all time great ghazals which are still popular voice given by singers like Begum Akhtar whose immortal voice decorated the poetry of Shakeel Badayuni. Shakeel Badayuni was born on August 3, 1916, in Badayun (U.P). He joined Aligarh Muslim University, in 1936. Shakeel came to Bombay in 1944 to write songs for films. He met producer Kardar Saab and Naushad, who asked him to sum up his poetic skills in one line. Shakeel wrote “Hum Dil Ka Afsana Duniya Ko Suna Denge, Har Dil Me Mohabbat Ki Ek Aag Laga Denge..“. Naushad immediately signed him up for Kardar’s Dard (1947). The songs of Dard proved very successful especially Uma Devi’s ‘Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon..‘.

This is a small tribute for a man who sweetened the world of Hindi film music through his outstanding poetry.

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23 Blog Comments to “The Association of Rafi & Shakeel”

  1. Hashmat Alvi says:

    once again a thought provoking write up on music masters namely Rafi Sahab, Naushad Sahab and Shakeel Badayuni Sahab. The film historians should write about the trio combo about their contribution in hindi film songs with golden letters; and what they left behind is pure gold. The songs listed in this write up is mind blowing. As such Walijah sahab has taken much pains to collect the data and to put in a very much readable manner that is worth of all praises. Thanks again Walijah sahab for your contribution of articles which have to keep in rafi fans’ record collection.

  2. RAJA says:

    Nice write up. I read it and enjoy fully this article. It is having full of information and lot of research has been done.

    Thanks again Walijah Sahab for your marvelous writing.

    Warm regards


  3. Mohan says:

    Lovely article!! Shakeel saab is my favourite poet; thanks for this lovely article. Not only was Shakeel saab a great poet, he also lived by his words. In his own words:

    Main Shakeel, dil ka hoon tarjumaan, ke mohabbaton ka hoon raazdan
    Mujhe fakr hai meri zindagi meri sha’ari se juda naheen.


  4. H.A.K. Walijah says:

    Dear P. Haldar Sahab, (post – 19)

    I am overwhelmed to receive your precious comments and the email from your friend.

    With your encouraging comments I shall pay more respect and tributes to the legendary personalities related with our beloved singer Rafi Saab.

    Once again I am belated to reciprocate my best wishes to you whom I think the die hard rafi saab fan we have on rafi forum.

    Thanks & regards

    H.A.K. Walijah

  5. P. Haldar says:

    Dear Walijah saab,

    I am really glad that you wrote such a beautiful article on one of the greatest shayars of hindi film music. A few years ago, after Naushad saab passed away, one of my close friends, sent the following email:

    “Soumen has presented me with a 4-CD collectors’ pack of 70-odd songs of Naushad. It is titled ‘Remembering Naushad’, and comes with a write up on the man and some rare photographs. One shows him greeting Raichand Boral and another of him in the company of Jaikishen and OP, all three in jacket and tie. Yesterday evening I went back 30 years in time. Not that I haven’t heard Naushad in between, but there were a few songs that I heard after a very long time. One such was ‘Aaj ki raat mere dil ki salami lele’ and another ‘Koi sagar dil ko behlata nahin’. The latter was a favourite with me even when in my youth I was a die-hard SD-Kishore fan. I’d like to believe that my musical taste and sense have mellowed, matured and become more refined since then. It may or may not have, but yesterday I played ‘Koi sagar’ no less than 3 times in succession and enjoyed it more with every hearing. In fact, if someone were to tell me that, barring ‘Hari Om’, it is the best song to come out of the Naushad-Rafi encounter, I should very likely stop to wonder if he might not actually be right. I say this with full realisation of the existence of the ‘Madhuban mein Radhikas’, the ‘Mere mehboobs’ and the ‘Duniya ke rakhwales.’ It is based on Raga Kalavati (origin, Carnatic), which is of a somewhat frivolous temper. RD-Manna’s ‘Zindagi hai khel’ from Seeta aur Geeta is also based on Kalavati, at least for part of the way. The second line of the mukhra, ‘Khilari hai koi, anari hai koi’ is pure Kalavati. It is amazing how Naushad could conceive it to be capable also of conveying a mood of gloom and pathos. I heard the second antara, ‘Zindagi ke aine ko tod do, is mein ab kuch bhi nazar ata nahin’ and wondered if Shakeel had written better lines in his life. But I have heard very few Rafi fans speak of this song as one of his best. I have never been able to figure out why.”

    I am posting the link for this song; play it and you’ll think that Dilip Kumar is singing:

    Just about a year earlier, it was a different trio (Shailendra-SD-Dev) for whom Rafi produced similar magic, with Dev disillusioned about the same woman (who hails from your city, Walijah saab).

    P. Haldar

  6. Sachin Sharma says:

    Dear sir

    I am very happy to hear lot about Shakeel sahab. No doubt Shakeel sahab was the greatest poet at that time. Even some poetries are still so beautiful which are part of our routine life.
    RAFI SAHAB no doubt is greatest singer in the world.No one can match with his simplicity, his voice range and his attitude with juniors and many more things.

  7. man mouji – post 15.

    tell me is it your pet name or you like the word man mouji for its sheer meaning.

    anyway – i just love man mouji ( whats in a name – a rose is a rose is a rose )

    merey pyaaerey rafi bhakt aur mitrr.

    words of wisdom and pearls flowing out in your post of 15 in reply to my questions on post 13.


    one word and you have elevated it 16 times.

    you have given 16 reasons – why possibly great people die young.

    maan gaye ustaad – aap toh guru nikley.

    i have starred this post of yours and taken a print out to show it to others especially my children.

    as you surmised rightly those who are not creative are those who allow ” rust ” to form and accumulate in their thought process on a day to day basis till it corrodes their very being and they stop being creative.

    basically – in my opinion – attitudes form the basics of a human being.

    this is in turn leads me to – either be creative or not so very creative.

    rafi sahab – i can vouch – was all what we have been talking ( virtues ) all rolled in one.

    thanx a lot for all your kind words but do i deserve so much praise. ?????

    we have many reverred and respected contributors in this website – but if we mention names – we have to be careful not missing out on some.

    man mouji – you too are know for your forth right comments and have always written well and with your head on your shoulders.

    keep it up

    rafi sahab amar rahey

    ramesh narain kurpad

  8. H.A.K. Walijah says:

    Dear Rafians,

    Aadab Rafi,

    I simply salute my Co-rafians for the deep love of rafi saab and a good heart to appreciate the efforts of my humble tribute to legendary singer – Rafi Saab and the legendary lyricist – Shakeel saheb.

    I specially thankful for the love and appreciation of

    ramesh narain kurpad ji
    Rashid Diwan ji
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddi Sahab
    Dr. Jai Ketwaru
    Nasreen Ji
    Almas Ji
    Sundeep Puhwa ji
    Kabeer Aman Ji
    Ali Sahab
    Achal Rangaswamy ji
    Man Mouji Ji
    Girish Masand Ji

    One more thing I would like to share with you all that – Subah na aye, sham na jaye jab tak rafi ki awaaz kanon main na gunje.

    Thanks and regards

    H.A.K. Walijah

  9. Man Mouji says:

    Post – 13 – Shri Ramesh Narain Kurpad Ji,

    Good Day to you Sir,

    You write –

    my immediate question is – do all creative people die young. ??????????????
    does their creativity being overbearing had ultimately lead to their early exit. ????

    even KK die quite young. is there a direct connect to all these happenings, like their profession, their intense involvement, the way they used their brain cells and mind – was it too overbearing on their health ????????

    I know you are one of the most revered rafi bhakt on this forum. And I have high regards for your great respect and love for Rafi Saab. As I ponder over your post I feel and think that the below points might be the cause of dying young. Here are 16 habits of creative people

    1. Creative people are full of curiosity.
    2. Creative people are problem-friendly.
    3. Creative people value their ideas.
    4. Creative people embrace challenges.
    5. Creative people are full of enthusiasm.
    6. Creative people are persistent.
    7. Creative people are perennially dissatisfied.
    8. Creative people are optimists.
    9. Creative people make positive Judgment.
    10. Creative people go for the big kill.
    11. Creative people are prepared to stick it out.
    12. Creative people do not fall in love with an idea.
    13. Creative people recognize the environment in which they are most creative.
    14. Creative people are good at reframing any situation.
    15. Creative people are friends with the unexpected.
    16. Creative people are not afraid of failures.

    Many people believe that creativity is inborn and only a chosen few are creative. While it is true that creativity is inborn, it is not true that only a chosen few are creative. Everyone is born creative. In the process of growing up, educating yourself and adapting yourself to your environment, you slowly add blocks to your creativity and forget that you had it in the first place. The difference between a creative person and a person who is not so creative is not in the creativity that they were born with but in the creativity that they have lost.

    Long live Rafi Saab.

    Man Mouji

  10. Ali says:

    People like mohd rafi they comes to earth to give listen to us and back so soon.

  11. post – 11 – man mouji

    Naushad, Ahmad Zakaria and Rangoonwala formed a trust “Yaad-e-Shakeel” after his death and this trust is a source of some income to his bereaved family.

    a special thank you for writng writng this above piece of vital information which goes to show that even after his demise his greatness and his contribution brought dividends to his kin.

    those who started this trust as a source of income for shakeel sahab’s familly have just demonstratred to us that good should always be remembered and paid back with good.

    sincerity and humility did exist in those days among a few people and this is one such example which has come to our knowledge.

    shakeel sahab is said to have die at a very early age of 54. this puts me to thinking rafi sahab too was not too old and it was not time for him to go, but we, his familly and the world did loose him.

    my immediate question is – do all creative people die young. ??????????????
    does their creativity being overbearing had ultimately lead to their early exit. ????

    even KK die quite young. is there a direct connect to all these happenings, like their profession, their intense involvement, the way they used their brain cells and mind – was it too overbearing on their health ????????

    bhakton, i feel these questions and their plausible answers if any – would lead me and all of us to yet another article – unconnected with rafi sahab – hence i leave it to others to ponder over it and give it a thought.

    ramesh narain kurpad

  12. Girsh Masand says:

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  13. Man Mouji says:

    Janab Walijah sahib,

    Very nice of you to post your humble tribute to one of the stalwart writers of Bollywood i.e. Shakeel Badayuni. I am very fond of his poetry especially literary one, even his filmy poetry is the most standard one.

    Shakeel Sahab continued participating in mushayras, earning fame nation-wide. Those were the days of shayars who wrote about the downtrodden sections of society, their upliftment and betterment of society and all. But Shakeel has an altogether different taste – his poetry was more often than not romantic and close to heart. He used to say about this:

    “Main Shakeel Dil Ka Hoon Tajurma,
    Ki Mohabbaton Ka Hoon Raazdan,
    Mujhe Fakr Hai Meri Shayari Zindagi Se Juda Nahin.”

    Unlike other shaayars he was not an alcoholic. He died at an early age of 54, on April 20, 1970, leaving behind his wife, a son and a daughter. His friends Naushad, Ahmad Zakaria and Rangoonwala formed a trust “Yaad-e-Shakeel” after his death and this trust is a source of some income to his bereaved family.

    Rafi Saab had sung Shakeel Sahab’s finest poetry, may be it Chaudvin ka chand or mere mehboob that will live forever in the hearts of music lovers.

  14. achal rangaswamy says:

    walijah sahab

    what a wonderful article !!
    you have brought out beautifully the many lyrical compositions of the great shakeel sahab who as ali bhai who just wrote the post above says, sometimes the lyricist goes unnoticed. shakeel sahab gave many gems and naushad sahab polished those gems further and rafi sahab put those gems together on various ornaments to adorn hindi film music even more.

    one shall never ever forget the fact that one of the most beautiful bhajans of all time was the product of the great three mentioned above.

    your article has clearly highlighted the magic of shakeel badayuni as a poet and lyricist of the top most order. wish there were more like him today.


    achal rangaswamy

  15. Ali says:

    Great work sir,we remember the singer who sang the song but mostly don’t care for who gave born for that song, Thanks to remember these people who gave great songs to greatest singer mohd rafi.

  16. Kabeer Aman says:

    Dear Walijah Sahab,

    Very fine write up on the combo of Rafi – Shakeel. Naushad Saab as responsible for giving Shakeel Sahab his first break, by giving him the opportunity to write the hugely popular ‘afsana likh rahi hoon’ in the film Dard (1947). The duo remained a hit pairing till the time Naushad’s star waned in the late 1960’s. Even Shakeel Sahab won Filmfare award three times including – kahin deep jale kahin dil – sung by Lata ji from Bees Saal Baad and composed by Hemant Da.

    Thanks again for bringing back sweet memories of by gone years.


    Kabeer Aman

  17. sundeep pahwa says:

    a wonderful writeup on the rafi shakeel combination
    a small rectification
    sar jo tera chakraye from pyassa was written by sahir
    sundeep pahwa newdelhi

  18. A. Almas says:

    Dear Walijah Sahab, ASA

    I am happy to read again your lovely write up. Tere husn ki kya tariff karoon kuch kehte huye bhi darta hoon, likewise in the same manner, I am little bit scared to post my comments to your write ups, as such your articles weigh a lot of worth both in content and matter. I simply bow down to your simplistic way of writing and conveying the matter in a succinct way. In other words I would simply call you star writer of rafi forum who never tires praising rafi saab and his art of singing. I salute you sir for your enormous love of rafi saab (the greatest singer, never to born again}.

    Thanks a lot for this magnificent write up on three of my favourite MD, singer and lyricist.

    A. Almas

  19. Nasreen says:

    Walijah Sahab

    Salaam. I was very gratified to read this well written article about one of the greatest lyricists for Rafi Sahab. Of course, this article belongs here. Rafi Sahab, Shakeel Badayuni Sahab and Naushad Sahab made up a trio whose work together were gifts to the world of music. Gifts thay we cannot but treasure for the rest of our lives, gifts that just become more and more valuable as we live on in today’s world where morals are fast declining, beauty is hard to find, true melody seems non-existent – and lyrics are almost trashy. Not all, but mostly. They certainly cannot be compared to the gems that Shakeel Sahab produced: is there any other more romantic song than one that compares a beloved to the light of the moon or the sun? “Chaundvi ka chaand ho, yaa aaftaab ho….jo bhi ho tum khuda ki qasam, laajawaab ho.”

    Or that part in “Guzre hain aaj ishq mein — “O bewafaa tera bhi yunhi toot jaaye dil, tu bhi tadap tadap ke pukaare ke haaye dil, tera bhi saamna ho kabhi gham ki shaam se.. guzre hain….” The words, the tune and the voice all together — it’s just magical.

    So thank you Walijah Sahab again and again for thinking of giving credit to this great poet whom we definitely should not forget.


  20. dr.jai.Ketwaru says:

    The lyricist is the first creator of a song.So.many thanks to mr.shakeel badayuni sahab.We have learned a lot from his well-educated words ,and of course also many many thanks to Badsha Rafi.Only he was be able to sing the songs,writed by Mr.Shakeel,in a sweet and emotional way suited at the words. Thank you Mr.Walijah,many regards.

  21. Khaja Aliuddin,MD says:

    ASA, Walijah Sahab,
    Bahut khoob. Three cheers to you for this unforgetable, evergreen trio. Aapne to ghazab kardiya. Great write-up.
    ” Hazaron saal nargis apni be noori pe rothi hai
    badi mushkil se hota hai chaman me deedawar paida”.
    Long live Rafi Sahab,
    Regards to all Rafi lovers,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  22. Rashid Diwan says:

    Walijah Saheb, it is about time that Shakeel Sahab had recognition and you did justice to this great poet and his relationship with Rafi and Naushad sahib. The three have given us fabulous songs to remember which will remain evergreen in our hearts. the list of songs is unique and reminds of the many great gems produced by the trio.

    Thanks again for your great effort.

    Rashid Diwan

  23. walijah saheb,

    adaab rafi,

    i should thank the moderator/adminstrator of to have posted this beautiful tribute so early in the morning and we rafi bhakts could start the day with this master piece.

    walijah saheb, congratulations on a lovely write up bringing to light these huge personalities of hindi film music, who have made a permanent place in this world and our hearts.

    humans may come and humans may go – but – their music stays for ever.

    apart from being extremely talented and intelligent, i feel these people were god gifted with these special qualities to create these memorable poetries / songs.

    you have more or less said a lot on all these personalities and have left nothing for us to write.

    i had the proud privilege of having brushed with and spent many moments with NAUSHAD sahab as his nephews were my close friends and we studied in the same school together.

    His brother IRSHAAD sahab had two children one daughter and a son. The son Dilshaad was my classmate and buddy. Naushaad sahab used to often come to their house and place a loving hand on all of us as small children.

    I was very young then and did not know that NAUSHAD sahab was such a great personality. I just knew that my friend and his familly were connected to films.

    Walijah Saheb thanks a lot for this master piece of an article and you rightly call it a tribute to SHAKEEL BADAYUNI SAHAB.

    Please accept my SALAAM on this great write up. Please keep writing atleast one article every month so that we have 12 gems from you every year.

    with best wishes and musical regards, i remain, yours truly,

    ramesh narain kurpad

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