Hindi Songs

Mukesh’s First Song

“Dil Jalta Hai” (My heart is aflame) is acknowledged as Mukesh Chand Mathur’s first song in his storied career.  People often mistake this to have been sung by KL Saigal.  Saigal was the leading singer of the 1940s and his influence extended over the entire generation of male singers that followed him.  The song is from the film “Pehli Nazar”…

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Hindi Songs

Mone Pore Ruby Ray

It’s hard to estimate the effect that the internet in general and YouTube, in particular, have had on my music listening experience.  I had never heard this song in India while growing up. I listened primarily to Vividh Bharathi and Radio Ceylon and they played Hindi songs. I chanced across this song on YouTube when I came across a clip…

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Hindi Songs

Aap ke Haseen Rukh

This song composed by OP Nayyar and sung by Mohammed Rafi with lyrics by Anjaan is one of my favorites. The song is from the movie “Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi” and filmed on Dharmendra, Tanuja and Mala Sinha. There is an interesting bit of trivia associated with this song as well as this movie. Ambarish Mishra, the compere of a…

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