Hindi-Urdu songs: 1945

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1945 The song Aaj meré jeevan ké nabh from Amrapali has been included on the authority of a scholarly book. The Geet Kosh has listed eleven songs from the film. None of them has this opening line. But then this otherwise invaluable book has also got the opening words of the songs Is duniya ki pagdañdi and Runak jhunak chapal wrong. Could it be that the song Aaj apné ghar meiñ lagi aag ré, naujawaãn jaag ré was meant? Perhaps, these lines occur at different stages in the same song. (Why did we not simply drop the song from our list? Had we done so we would have gone against one of the basic principles of this series of Indpaedia pages: that once a source has been chosen we have to cite from it unselectively. We can not bring in our own biases by including some songs and droping others.)

Two notes about credits

1945 Amrapali ‚‘ The lyricist of at least ‘Runak jhunak’ and ‘Mujh ko nainon ke bandhan se dus gaye re koi pardesi’ is known to be Pradeep (according to TheDeepakp and raagrang786 respectively). Therefore, the other songs listed from this film might also have been written by the Kavi.

‚‘‘1945‘‘‘ Mr Ranade writes that Ashok Kumar was one of the singers of Duniya né humeiñ do din, rehné nã diyã mil ké from ‚‘Shikari.‘‘ However, Geet Kosh, which has the lowest margin of error, credits Ashok Kumar with two other songs from the film but not this one. And normally we go along with the Geet Kosh. However, here Mr Ranade points to a male singer. Therefore, in this case we have added Ashok Kumar in the credits.

22 significant Hindi-Urdu songs from 1945

Song

Film

Music

Lyrics

Singer(s)

Ãñkhadiyoñ neer poñchh

Amrapali

Saraswati Devi

Pradeep?

?

Bhagat, tere bhaag jãgéñgé, Prabhu lagan lagã

Amrapali

Saraswati Devi

Pradeep?

?

Is duniya ki pagdañdi par tum ho mere sãthi

Amrapali

Saraswati Devi

Pradeep?

Ameerbai

Runak jhunak chapal charan nãch moré man  (Raag Bhîm Palãsi)

Amrapali

Saraswati Devi

Kavi Pradeep

Ameerbai

Diya jalaa kar aap bujhaya

Badi Maa

Dutta Koregaonkar

Zia Sarhadi

Noor Jehan

Tum hamko bhula baithé ho

Badi Maa

K. Dutta

Zia Sarhady

Noor Jehan

Falak chand ka

Ek Din Ka Sultan

Shanti Kumar

Wali Saheb

G. M. Durrani

Jana gana mana adhinayak jaya

Humrahi

‘RC Boral’ (Tagore)

Rabindranath Tagore

‘Chorus’

Kidhar hai tu ai meri tamanna

Kurukshetra

Pandit Ganpat Rao

Jameel Mazhari

K.L. Saigal

Muhabbat ke gul hãyé tar gooñdhtã hooñ

Kurukshetra

Pandit Ganpat Rao

Jameel Mazhari

K.L. Saigal

Giridhar Gopala (Raag Bhûpãlî/ Taal Keherwã)

Meera

S. Venkataraman

Meera Bai (ed. Narendra Sharma)

M.S. Subbulakshmi

O varsha pehlé badal

Meghdoot

Kamal Dasgupta

Fayyaz Hashmi

Jagmohan

Badariya baras gai  us paar (Raag Tilak Kamod/ Taal  Keherwã)

Murti

Bulo C. Rani

Pt. Indra

Khursheed, Hameeda Bano, Mukesh

Dil jalta hai to jalné do (Raag Darbãri Kãnarhã/ Taal Keherwã)

Pehli Nazar

Anil Biswas

AahSitapuri

Mukesh

Hasaratein khamosh haiñbetãsîr hai

Tadbir

Lal Muhammad

Swami Ramanand

Kundan Lal Saigal

Janam janam ka

Tadbir

Lal Muhammad

Swami Ramanand

Kundan Lal Saigal

Milne ka din aa gaya (Rani khol apne dwar)  (Raag Dés/ Taal Keherwã)

Tadbir

Lal Mohammad

Swami Ramanand

K.L. Saigal, Suraiya

Kis tarah bhoolega dil unka khayal aaya huwa

Village Girl/ Gaon Ki Gori

Shyam Sunder

Wali Saheb

Noor Jehan

Man phoolé nahiñ samãyé   

Wasiatnama

R. C. Boral

Munshi Zaakir Hussain

Asit Baran, Bharati Devi

Aaheiñ na bharîñ, shikwé na kiyé

Zeenat

Hafeez Khan, Meer Saheb

Nakhshab Jaarachvi

Kalyani, Zohra Bai, Noor Jehan

Bulbulo mat ro yahan, aansoo bahaana hai manaa

Zeenat

Hafeez Khan

Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi

Noor Jehan

 

How these particular songs were chosen

India’s first—and Hindi-Urdu music’s only durable—hit parade began in 1954. Its creator, Binaca Geet Mala, issued annual lists for 1952 and 1953 as well. However, songs had been introduced in Hindi-Urdu films as early as in 1931, indeed, with India’s first talking film.

Which were the most popular Hindi-Urdu songs between 1931 and 1951? The internationally accepted way of finding out is to go through contemporary as well as later articles to see which songs were mentioned (‘cited’) most often.

Indpaedia’s volunteers spent almost 21 man-months combing through all sources that mentioned songs from the years not covered by Binaca Geet Mala. Around one-third of this time was spent sifting through and analysing fifteen sources that covered the period 1931-53. These included YouTube playlists, three encylopaedias of Hindi-Urdu songs and a scholarly history of Hindi-Urdu film music. Because very few songs were mentioned ‘often,’ the volunteers noted down every song that was mentioned at all. Less than half a dozen songs were omitted because they did not exist either on Saregama’s website, the Geet Kosh, YouTube or Hindi Geet Mala. Every song was cross-checked with at least one of these sites.

For more details please see Hindi-Urdu songs: methodology.

Annual lists for the years 1931-51 have been arranged in the alphabetical order, because no one knows the order of their popularity. However, this can be done.

The Indpaedia community will be grateful if some volunteer(s) check out on YouTube the songs mentioned on this page and rank them according to the number of times each song has been played. (Most, but not all, of these songs are on YouTube.) This contribution will be gratefully acknowledged in the volunteer’s name.

Raags in songs

Few film songs that have a root in Indian classical music remain faithful to a raag throughout their length. Indpaedia volunteers have sometimes mentioned raags even when there is merely a hint of that raag in a song. (‘Raag’ is frequently spelt ‘raga,’ while ‘taal’ is also spelt ‘tal.’)

Wherever a taal has been mentioned, it is the one verified by ChandraKantha.com, and sometimes the raags, too.

See also

For lists of popular songs

If the song that you are looking for has not been listed under one particular year, please look up the next year’s charts as well. This is especially true of Binaca/ Cibaca’s annual charts, which would put songs released in the last months of a year in the following year’s charts.

Hindi-Urdu songs: An introduction <> Hindi-Urdu songs: methodology <> Hindi-Urdu songs: sources and abbreviations <> Hindi-Urdu songs, 1931-49: years not known

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1931 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1932 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1933 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1934

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1935 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1936 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1937 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1938 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1939

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1940 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1941 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1942 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1943 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1944

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1945 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1946 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1947 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1948 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1949

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1950 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1951 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1952 Binaca Geet Mala: History and trivia Binaca Geet Mala 1953: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1954: greatest hits

Binaca Geet Mala 1955: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1956: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1957: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1958: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1959: greatest hits

Binaca Geet Mala 1960: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1961: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1962: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1963: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1964: greatest hits

Binaca Geet Mala 1965: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1966: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1967: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1968: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1969: greatest hits

Binaca Geet Mala 1970: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1971: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1972: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1973: greatest hits Binaca Geet Mala 1974: greatest hits

Binaca Geet Mala 1975: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1976: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1977: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1978: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1979: annual list

Binaca Geet Mala 1980: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1981: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1982: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1983: annual list Binaca Geet Mala 1984: annual list

Binaca Geet Mala 1985: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1986: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1987: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1988: annual list Cibaca Sangeet Mala 1989: annual list

Cibaca Sangeet Mala 1990: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1991: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1992: annual list Cibaca Geet Mala 1993: annual list Hindi-Urdu songs: 1994

Hindi-Urdu songs: 1995 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1996 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1997 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1998 Hindi-Urdu songs: 1999

Hindi-Urdu songs: 2000 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2001 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2002 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2003 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2004

Hindi-Urdu songs: 2005 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2006 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2007 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2008 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2009

Hindi-Urdu songs: 2010 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2011 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2012 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2013 Hindi-Urdu songs: 2014

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For lists of popular Hindi-Urdu films

Indpaedia has lists of the highest grossing films of all individual years (and some decades) from Hindi-Urdu films: 1940 to the present.

Records for the 1930s are non-existent but you may still want to read:

Hindi-Urdu films: 1931 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1932 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1938 <>Hindi-Urdu films: 1939

Below are sample links, one from each decade. Links to all individual years (and some decades) will be found at the bottom of every page in the Hindi-Urdu films series.

Hindi-Urdu films: 1941 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1950 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1968 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1977 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1986 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 1995 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 2004 <> Hindi-Urdu films: 2013 <>

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