Thursday, February 19, 2009


I love music. Period. Infact at times my mind refuses to work if there is no music playing somewhere near me. I was not like this during my school days, but hostel life got me hooked to it. I realized it was much better being friends with music and of course books. (but all this some other day).

Coming to music, somehow I'm not at all into english music of any kind, although I eat, drink and live the language. Invariably it is hindi music that I am completely hooked to. My ipod is jam packed with hindi songs from all generations across all genres. I am a sucker for meaningful lyrics, so its not a surprize that I am a humongrously huge fan of Gulzar Saab. I also love Javed Saab, Sahir Ludhianvi and Kaifi Azmi. And somehow I find Prasson Joshi's lyrics very profound. I recently got tagged (yet again) on hi 5 on "my all time favorite songs", so i thought why not do a blog post on that. So without much delay and dilly dallying, here i go with my all time favourite songs (ofcourse hindi songs -:)

1. Mera kucch samaan tumhaare paas pada hain - Ijazaat

This has to be one of the greatest songs, lyrically. The emotions put forward in the form of words remain unparalled even today. This has to be Gulzar Saab's best work as a lyricist. Lyrics which move every heart. The song has a mesmerizing queue of words, which feels like it should never end.

2. Mere mehboob qayamat hogi - Mr X in Bombay

This song is from the movie mr x in bombay. a beautiful song sung by the evergreen kishore kumar. its one of the few songs which has a slight revengeful overture in it, inspite of being labelled as a love song.

meri tarah tu aahe bhaare

tu bhi kisi se pyaar kare

aur rahe wo tujhse pare

tune o samam dhaye hai sitam

to yeh tu bhool na jaana ki na tujh par bhi inayat hogi........

3.Na Jaane kyun hota hai yeh zindagi - Choti si Baat

A beautiful song frm a middle of the road movie.This song revolves around a middle class couple. It talks about how one person becomes the crux of your life and when he/she is not around how it affects ur daily life. Even the slightest of an incident or a thing makes you miss that person so immensly.

na jaane kyu hota hai yeh zindagi ke saath

achanak yeh mann

kisi ke jaane ke baad

kare phir uski yaad choti choti si baat.......

4. Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai - Guide

This song perhaps describes the human being perfectly. With words like "aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai aaj phir marne ka irada hai, the lyricist manages to capture the very essence of life so beautifully. The zest and exuberance of this song remains unparalled even today and Waheedaji is looking her lovelist best in this song. Her happiness at being freed of life of confinement reaches out to the listener and one cannot help but feel like dancing along with her.

5. Mera jeevan kora kaagaz kora hi reh gaya - Kora Kaagaz

Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz, kora hi reh gaya. This songs talks about a relationship between a man and wife who could not stay together inspite of being deeply in love.The end scene of this movie is so poignant when Jaya asks her husband, "kya saari galti meri thi?" to which Vijay anand replise, "kuch tumhari, kuch meri, kuch hum dono ki." It just means it takes two to keep and nurture a relationship.

6. Jo tumko ho pasand wohi baata karenge - Safar

Jo tumko ho pasand wohi baat karenge,tum din ko agar raat kaho raat kahenge.Wow what a divine thought!!!! One of my personal favourites. It talks about unselfish love which is so rare nowadays. Lucky are those who have someone who echoes this for them.

7. Kabhi kuch pal jeevan ke - Rang Birangi

A nice song from yet another middle of the road movie. Sparkling comedy about a meddling friend whose attempt to rekindle the spark in his friend's relationship with his wife of seven years leads to complications to their lives, and to the lives of his secretary and her boyfriend he has not 'scripted' ...This song talks about all those beautiful moments of coutship period and tells you to get the romance back into your life. So what if you are married guys. Tell your partner you love them.

8. Tujhse naraaz nahi zindagi - Masoom

Yet another gem from Gulzar Saab. There are so many times in our lives when we are confronted with questions to which we have no answers. This song talks about those moments in life when life itself becomes a question for us. Amazing music by Pancham Da makes this song a lyrical delight. The song has two vwersions, one sung by Lataji and another one by Anoop Ghosal. I like Anoop's version more for the sheer poetry in the last:

Zindagi tere gam ne hame, Rishtey naye samjhaye,

Mile jo hame dhoop main mile, Chaaon ke thande saaye.

9. Badi sooni sooni hai - Mili

One of the best yet unrecognized song of kishore da. Somehow i feel this song never got the due it desrved. This song talks about the loneliness of a man. A man who never got his parents love as a child. As a consequence of which he is suspicious of anyone who tries to get a little friendly with him. This song reflects his nature the best when he sings:

badi sooni sooni hai zindagi yeh zindagi

Main khud se hun yahan ajnabi ajnabi.....

10. Teri Khushboo main base khat - Jagjit Singh

Sung by ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh, this has to be one of his best. In the age of e-mails and insensitive sms this ghazal is a reminder of an era gone by. The sensitivity of this ghazal remains unparalled even today.

11. Aap ki nazron ne samjha - Anpadh

This has to be one of the most beautiful songs of Lataji symbolising a woman perfectly. a woman whose aspirations dreams desires all start and end with her man, who is her anchor as well as strength. I would sing this for my man.

12. Mann ma anand anand chayo - Vijeta

The song/ bhajan lets a shiver run down my spine, for the power it has. Sung in the morning raga, this bhajan/thumri, literaly means- with the sun rising-darkness diminishes, and the dawn brings in happiness everywhere.

I tag everyone who reads this post to list their favourite all time songs.

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Vikas Gupta said...

I am mostly indifferent to music! That is unbecoming of my personality but I am unable to understand why it is so! My music collection though is 24 GB (and my movies collection is 1000 strong!)

My favourite song is Jab koi baat bigad jaaye!

BTW, go to Chirag Chamoli and see what he has done to us! You are on the top right! Go to his blog's latest post to know what I mean by it! Surprise! And I am in the bottom row!

अविनाश said...

It is malicious, you discern, that music should be so beautiful. It has the splendor of seclusion of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The malicious magnificence of natural world and eternal splendor of monotony, fret hush that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
You have very splendid tang of harmony, some of my much loved in your roll are:-

1. Mera kucch samaan
2. Aaj phir jeene (Love most songs of guide)
3.Tujhse naraaz
4.Badi sooni sooni
5.Teri Khushboo

hitch writer said...

Those are fantastic songs....

Na jaane kyon is a personal favourite...
so is aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai....

wonderful collection...

Rahul said...

great post !! nicely written...

am adding u as a friend.. :)

i am what i am said...

@vikas: thank you for the link to chirag's blog. i was really surprized to see myself there. i never knew chirag had visited my blog.and i'm glad you're there too. i love jab koi baat bigaad jaye too.

i am what i am said...

@avinash: thanks yaar, arent they amazingly beautiful songs????

@hitch writer: thank you.

@rahul: thanks

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