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Some Rare Diamonds Of Rafi Saab–9

(Mohammed Rafi with Khayyam)

Written by Venkatadri Brahmandam (venkat from HF)

Mohd Rafi

Mohd Rafi

Khayyam is a fine music director who created his own niche in HFM. But, he had to be among those highly talented, but not-so-fortunate, music directors. The main reason is, of course, lack of big banner films in his fold!

Khayyam actually started music direction in late forties under the name of “Sharma Ji”. Probably, only after mid-fifties did he revert back to his own original name.

Once in 1961, after Shola Aur Shabnam, Khayyam was seriously contemplating a total change in his style of music hoping that it would lead to greater success. But, in Khayyam’s own words on Vividhbharati, he was once passing by S.D.Burman who then advised him not to change his own natural style at any cost!

With Rafi Saab, whatever small quantity of songs he made were of very good quality. In fact, Khayyam made almost as many non-filmi songs with Rafi Saab as filmi songs. Even his non-fimi songs with Rafi Saab were of great quality and fairly successful too!

Khayyam once narrated the following on Vividhbahrati. During mid-sixties, Rafi Saab’s national and international musical shows/nites used to be a rage. Rafi Saab used to do these shows with very successful music directors of that time and mostly with Shankar Jaikishan. So, Khayyam too approached Rafi Saab once for doing one such show with him. But, Rafi Saaab, after consulting his brother-in-law, had politely told Khayyam something to this effect. “Khayyam Saab, Aap Aur Bhi Zara Stabilize Ho Jaayiye Aur Us Ke Baad Show Karne Se Achha Hoga!”. Khayyam was upset and peeved with Rafi Saab for a long time on account of this.

Mohd Rafi with poet lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and composer Khayyam

Mohd Rafi with poet lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and composer Khayyam

Today, let us discuss only Khayyam’s filmi songs with Rafi Saab.

Khayyam has made 12 to14 solos, 12 duets and 2 group songs with Rafi Saab, in all.

Here is the list of solos:

1.1949–Parda—Ek Dil Ne Kaha, Ek Dil Ne Suna, Ek Dard Bhara Afsana

2. 1950–Biwi—Akele Mein Woh Ghabrate To Honge

3. 1958–Lala Rukh—Hai Kali Kali Ke Lab Par, Tere Husn Ka Fasana

4. 1958—Phir Subah Hogi—Sab Ki Ho Khair Baba, Sab Ka Bhala

5. 1960—Barood—Chala Chal Chala Chal Gar Hai Andhera

6. 1961–Shola Aur Shabnam–Jaane Kya Dhoondti Rehti Hain Yeh Aankhe

7. 1964—Shagun—Yeh Raat Bahut Rangeen Sahi

8. 1964–Shagun—Tum Chali Jaavogi, Parchhayiyan Reh Jaayengi

9. 1965–Mohabbat Is Ko Kehte Hain—Meri Nighah Ne Kya Kaam Lajawab Kiya

10. 1966–Aakhri Khat—Aur Kuch Der Thahar, Aur Kuch Der Na Jaa

11. 1977–Shankar Hussain—Kahin Ek Masoom Nazukh Si Ladki

12. 1979–Chambal Ki Kasam–Sher Ka Husn Ho, Naghme Ki Jawaani Ho Tum

And here is the list of duets:

With Lata Mangeshkar:

1. 1960—Barood—Aise Na Muh Chupavo, Mar Jaayenge Yahin Ham

2. 1960–Barood—Teri Aankhon Ka Rang Nirala Hai

3. 1960–Bombay Ki Billi–Zalim Teri Ada Mere Dil Mein Utar Gayi (Doubtful entry, as it is claimed to be the prelude to the ‘Aise Na Muh Chupavo’ song listed above!!!!!!!)

4. 1961—Shola Aur Shabnam—Phool Ko Dhoonde Pyasa Bhanwara—Jeet Hi Lenge Baazi Ham Tum

5. 1980–Chmabal Ki Qasam—Simti Huyi Yeh Ghadiyan, Phir Na Bikhar Jaayen

With Asha Bhosle

1. 1955—Tatar Ka Chor—Dekho Zara Ulfat Ka Asar, Shamo Sahar Dhoonde Nazar

With Jagjeet Kaur:

1. 1961–Shola Aur Shabnam—Pahle To Aankh Milaana, Phir Thoda Sa Sharmaana

2. 1961–Shola Aur Shabnam—Kaun Aata Hai Idhar, Koyi Nahin, Koyi Nahin

3. 1967–Mera Bhai Mera Dushman–Nain Milaake Pyaar Jataake

With Suman Kalyanpur:

1. 1964–Shagun–Parbaton Ke Pedon Par Sham Ka Basera Hai

2. 1965–Mohabbat Is Ko Kehte Hain—Thahariye Hosh Mein Laun, To Chale Jayiyega

With Mukesh:

1. 1958—Phir Subah Hogi—Arre Phirte Thhe Jo Bade Hi–Jis Pyaar Mein Yeh Haal Hai

And finally, here is the list of 2 group songs:

1. 1960–Barood—Likho Padhoge, To Aage Badhoge, Sitaron Se Ooncha Tumhara Hoga Naam–Lata, Rafi, Sheikh Mukthar, Honey Irani

2. 1961–Shola Aur Shabnam–Agar Dil Dil Se Takraaye To Afsaana Bata Daale—Rafi, Manna Dey, Jagjeet Kaur

Today, for our listening pleasure, I have chosen four songs, two rare and nice solos and two rare and nice duets.

The first rare and nice solo is from Film:Biwi (1950). “Akele Mein Woh Ghabrate To Honge, Mitake Mujh Ko Pachtate To Honge”. A great song for the connoisseurs of Rafi Saab of the fifties!!! Lyrics are by Vali Sahab.

Duration: 03:10


The second rare and nice solo of today is from Film: Mohabbat Is Ko Kehte Hain (1965). “Meri Nigaah Ne Kya Kaam Lajawab Kiya”. Lyrics are by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Incidentally, the Rafi- Suman duet from this same film, “Thahariye Hosh Mein Aa Lun, To Chale Jayiyega” has become very very popular, while this solo remained rare.

This solo was sung in soft ghazal style so beautifully by Rafi Saab!

Duration: 03:25


The first rare and nice duet for today is from Film: Barood (1960). It was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi Saab. “Teri Aankhon Ka Rang Nirala Hai, Meri Aankhon Mein Tu Matwala Hai” Lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri.

An excellent tune in typical Khayyam gharana!!!

Duration: 03:09


The second rare and nice duet is from Film: Tatar Ka Chor (1955) and was sung by Rafi and Asha. “Dekho Zara Ulfat Ka Asar, Shamo Sahar Dhoonde Nazar” Lyricist is Prem Dhawan. A very nice tune and rendition.

Duration: 03:01


As always, I would urge you to listen to each song twice for proper appreciation. Shall be grateful for your comments.

This is the 9th piece in the audio series of “Some Rare Diamonds Of Rafi Saab”. The previous eight entries too are available in the archives for your access.

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19 Blog Comments to “Some Rare Diamonds Of Rafi Saab–9”

  1. Mohammed Khalid says:

    Hello everyone, Being a rafian, here is the tribute to legend rafi saab, in my own voice. I request to all rafi fans please visit to below mentioned link and listen to this song, share it as much as you can to all of your friends and family members and subscribe to it.
    This would help us in promoting this song.

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  2. Khalid says:

    I request to all of you, If anyone can provide me a song from Movie Roomal (1949), Song – Tumse Milakar Naina Meri Kismat Soyi By Binapani Mukherjee, Mohammed Rafi sahib. Please send me link or just send a mail @ , I would be very thankful to you.

  3. Mohd Khalid says:

    I am not having the words to define rafi sahab’s personality, I can only say, he is my inspiration and I am the biggest fan of him. No other person can come on this planet like him.
    He is the king of Hindi music, He will be alive in our hearts always. Hats off to you sir.
    Love you always..

  4. GURUPRASAD. says:


  5. vijay bavdekar says:

    Old Hindi songs lovers cannot survive without immortal voice of evergreatest RAFI.All Rafi fans will be delighted to know that Rafi was konwn as PECOCK OF ALLAS DARBAR in music circle.Silky smooth tunes of Khayyam Saab &matching shade of versatile Rafis voice make a peerless combination which gives an experience of listening LORD KRISHNAS BANSURI ,especially MERI NIGAHNE KYA KAAM LAJWAAB KIYA.A ll rafians must enjoy the video sequence of this song.Listening to Non Filmy songs creation of this duo has always been a wonderful experience.Jikra us parivashka or shauk har rang and sunio arja hamari are outstanding.
    thanks to rare diamond collector and namaste to all rafians.Vijay Bavdekar Nagpur.

  6. venkat_brahma says:


    Please do register yourselves as ‘fan’s of Rafi Saab! You can register as fans as many times as the number of email ids you have! So, do the best!


    Thank you,


  7. Narayan says:

    post 9 chandran nair… all the dd show of Rafi sahab is available in the youtube please…

  8. Khaja Aliuddin,MD says:

    Janab Anwar-ul-Haque Saheb,
    Mr. Mohd. Saleem-ul-Haq is a master collector of Hindi songs.He is a die-hard fan of Rafi Sahab. He is a good friend of mine. He had his own web-site and published a book on Rafi Sahab’s biography with complete listing of songs with two CDs of rare songs and a DVD of rare songs of Rafi Sahab.
    Venkatadri Saheb knows Mr. Saleem-ul-Haq very well.
    With regards,
    Long live rafi Sahab,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  9. Zorawar says:

    Dear Venkat Sir,

    Nice article and once again containing very rare information.
    It contains one of my very favourites from Mohabbat Isko Kahte hain but you rightly said whenever I talk about this song and this movie, people talk about Theheriye Hosh Mein aa Loon.
    Thanks again for the song from Barood. I admit that i am hearing it first time and its a pleasure.
    Long Live Rafi Sahab !
    Zorawar Chhugani
    # 9810224991
    Founder Gen. Secy.
    Rafi Foundation Memorial Society

  10. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    Dear Venkatadri Brahmandam ji and Khaja Aliuddin Sahab,

    Many thanks for clarification and valued information. So nice of both of you.

    Janab Khaja Aliuddin Sahab,

    You have referred many times the listing of Saleem-ul-Haq Sahab. I am very much interested in this listing. Could you please inform me from where I can get the same? Your help would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks and best regards.


  11. chandran.k.nair says:

    i am a fan of rafi sahab, since 1964.
    i would like to have a copy of rafi live porgramme on doordarshan. kindly let me knowhow from where i can get it ?

  12. ali says:

    Dear RAFIBHAKT the site whopopular is now ok yes there was a problem but now it is ok

  13. Khaja Aliuddin,MD says:

    Janab Anwar-ul-Haque Saheb,
    The song of “BEEWI” was written by Vali Sahab and music was given by Sharmaji (Khayyam). This is according to the listing of Janab Saleem-ul-Haq.
    Venakatadri Saheb, congratulations for an excellant review.
    With regards to all Rafi lovers,
    Dr. Khaja Aliuddin

  14. RAFIBHAKT says:

    Rajkumar akela,

    The voting site is not opening. It is coming service unavailable. What is the problem ?

  15. b.venkatadri says:

    Many sincere thanks to all the friends!

    Anwar Ji, to the best of my information. the “Akele Mein Woh Ghabrate To Honge” from Film:Biwi (1950) was indeed composed by Sharma Ji (Khayyam)!

    Actually, there are many films in olden days which had two MDs for the same film! For instance, Film:Bazar (1949) had two MDs, namely Shyam Sunder and Husnlal Bhagatram. Out of the five Rafi solos in Bazar(1949), three were composed by Shyam Sunder and two by Husnlal Bhagatram!!

    Azeez Hindi could have composed some other song in this Biwi (1950), though I am not sure!

    Bina, your post above shows your high musical taste and also how perceptive you are to the minute nuances of great songs!!

    Yes, I certainly propose to dedicate my next article to the non-filmi songs of Rafi Saab with Khayyam!


  16. Bina says:

    Dear Venkat jee:

    Fantastic choice of MD, especially in light of the fact that he has just won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award along with Shashi Kapoor, though I feel he deserved more than a joint award..his contribution to HFM has always been quality oriented and the handful of songs you have mentioned here is proof enough …the anecdotes you have mentioned are also very interesting, shows us the business side of Rafi Saab..

    1. Akele mein woh ghabrate toh honge. – Rafi Saab’s youthful voice and Khaiyyam Saab’s earliest works, this does not have the distinctness of the pahadi flavor that most of his later music had, that made him stand out among others. I believe he composed under the name of Sharmaji for this film..

    2. Meri nigaah ne kya – a really beautiful song, and like you said, rarely heard. Thank you for bringing this gem to light..this song is more in Khaiyyam’s traditional style..”ke mujhse zarre ko chamkake aaftaab kiya..”wah Majrooh! Of note, Shashi Kapoor and Khaiyyam combination.

    3. Teri aankhon ka rang niraala hai – The dholak is so distinct..he used it a lot..remember Jagjit Kaur’s gori sasural chali?

    4. Dekho zara ulfat ka asar – another lovely lesser heard song..!

    Also it is interesting to note the few and fine film songs Khaiyyam has recorded with Rafi saab..I think you can write a separate article mentioning their non-filmi songs together, which are most wonderful and extremely popular, especially my favorites being the bhajans tere bharose hey nandlala and paun padun tore shyam.

    Also the sweet tunes of:
    tum aao rumjhum karti
    mere geeton ka singar ho tum

    Looking forward to your next in the series, Venkat.


  17. vinod mehru says:

    dear venkat,
    is duo ne bahut hi less work kiya hai , but i still loved the music of shola aur shabnam of dharamendraji and shagun of waheeda rehman .

    yaa phir non fimi ghazals like ghazab kiya tere wade pe eitbaar kiya and various bhajans .
    venkat ji u may put your views on the non fimi assests of rafi khayyam duo also in some other article.
    with regards
    vinod mehru

  18. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    Dear Venkatadri Brahmandam ji,

    Once again really a brilliant article! You left nothing about this beautiful combo Rafi Sahab and Khayyam.

    One question… As per my records, the song “Akele Mein Woh Ghabrate To Honge” is composed by Azeez Hindi and written by Wali Sahab. Could you please confirm that this song is composed by Khayyam, not by Azeez Hindi?

    Thanks and best regards.


  19. Rajkumar Akela says:

    I request all my rafian friends to kindly click on the link below and vote for our beloved “rafi sahab”…

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