Hindi-Urdu songs: 1947

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A note about the credits

Who wrote the song Yahan badla wafa ka for the film Jugnu? The Hindi Film Geet Kosh is silent about the specific song but tells us that the film’s lyrics were written by Asghar Sarhadi, B.A. and M.G. Adib. A very well-researched site called Atul Song A Day credits it to Tanvir Naqvi. There are two prints of the film on YouTube. The shorter one has no credits. The longer print informs us that the film’s lyrics were written by G. M. Adib and Azar Sarhadi.

27 significant Hindi-Urdu songs from 1947

Song

Film

Music

Lyrics

Singer(s)

Saawan ki ghata dheerey dheerey aana

Aage Badho

Sudhir Phadke

Amar Varma

Khursheed, Manna Dey

Paa laagooñ kar jori , Shãm mo khélo Hori  (Raag Pîloo)

Aap Ki Sewa Mein

Datta Davjekar

Mahipal

Lata Mangeshkar (debut song)

Mohé bãñkã bãlam lagé pyara

Bela

Bulo C. Rani

DN Madhok

Zohrabai Ambalawali

Jab bãdal ghir ghir aayega

Dak Bangla

Naresh Bhattcharya [sic]

DN Madhok

Suraiya, Mukesh

Afsana likh rahi hoon

Dard

Naushad

Shakeel Badayuni

Uma Devi [later: Tun Tun]

O duniya rehnewalé

Dil ki Rani

Sachin Dev Burman

Yashodanndan Joshi

Raj Kapoor

Duniya meiñ meri aaj andhera hi andhera  (Raag Darbãrî Kãnarhã)

Do Bhai

Sachin Dev Burman

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Mohammed Rafi

Mera sundar sapna beet gaya

Do Bhai

Sachin Dev Burman

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Geeta Roy

Mere piya to basé pardés , hãyén vasañt ritu kyoñ aayî (Kãfî)

Do Bhai

Sachin Dev Burman

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Geeta Roy

Chheen li humri hañsi, gayé rona hum ko

Duniya Ek Sarai

Hansraj Behl

Kedar Sharma

Zohrabai, Meena Kumari

Sawan beet gaya, mãyi , nahin likhi balamchitthiyãñ

Duniya Ek Sarai

Hansraj Behl

Kedar Sharma

Meena Kumari

Panghat Pe madhu barsãyé gayo ri

Faisla

Anupam Ghatak

M.N.Pran

Kanan Devi

Piya milné naveli jãyé

Jail Yatra

Ninu Muzumdar

Ram Moorty

Raj Kapoor

Hamein to ere-e-gham mein kãtni hai zindagi apni

Jugnu

Feroze Nizami, B.A.

Azar Sarhadi, B.A./ G. M. Adib

Noor Jehan

Yahan badla wafa ka béwafai siva kya hai?

Jugnu

Feroze Nizami, B.A.

Azar Sarhadi, B.A./ G. M. Adib

Noor Jehan, Mohammed Rafi

Haath seené jo rakh do

Mirza Saheban

Bhagatram and Pt. Amarnath Husnalal

Aziz Kashmiri

Noor Jehan, G.M. Durrani

Dilwale!  Dilwale!  Jal jal kar hee mar jana

Natak

Naushad Ali (asstt: Ghulam Muhammad)

Shakeel Badayuni

Uma Devi Tun Tun

Mori bali umariya

Nateeja

Rasheed Atre

Nakhshab Jaarachvi

Zohrabai Ambalawali

Jeene ka dhang sikhaye jaa

Parwana

Khursheed Anwar

DN Madhok

Kundan Lal Saigal

Meré munderé na bol, jaa kãgã kãgã

Parwana

Khursheed Anwar

DN Madhok

Suraiya

Muhabbat mein kabhi aisi

Parwana

Khursheed Anwar

DN Madhok

Kundan Lal Saigal

Toot gayé sab sapne mere

Parwana

Khursheed Anwar

DN Madhok

Kundan Lal Saigal

Us mast nazar pe padi jo nazar

Parwana

Khursheed Anwar

DN Madhok

Kundan Lal Saigal

Hum ko tumhara heé aasra

Sajan

C. Ramachandra

Moti, B.A.

Mohammed Rafi, Lalita Dewoolkar

Aana meri jaañ…Sunday Sunday

Shehnai

C. Ramachandra

Pyare Lal Santoshi

C. Ramachandra+Meena Kapoor/ Shamshad Begum

Maar katãri mar jana (hameiñ kya pata thã)

Shehnai

C. Ramachandra

Pyare Lal Santoshi

Amirbai Karnataki

Kisiké madhur pyar mein 

Sindoor

Khemchand Prakash

Nilkanth Tewari

Sushil Sahu, Naseem Akhtar

 

               

 

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 carry songs released in the last months of a year into 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

Hindi-Urdu songs: 2015

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 <>

For raags and taals

Raags/ ragas and Thaats: Hindustani

Taal/ tãl: Hindustani

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