40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 1

December 19, 2015

1. Sur Na Saje (Basant Bahar): Can experience the beauty of Raag Piloo here! The alap at the very beginning, the sitar piece all through the song and the line when Manna Dey sings ‘swar ki sadhana’.

2. Pucho Na Kaise Maine (Mere Surat Tere Ankhen): The intense pathos associated with raag Ahir Bhirav is captured beautifully in Shailedra’s lyric, incorporated in SD Burman’s musical composition and expressed uniquely in Manna Dey’s singing. Beginning till end, this song makes me cry.

3. Rishtey Bante Hain (non film: Dil Padosi Hai): Asha Bhonsle had teamed up with Gulzar and R.D. Burman to produce this soulful number. This was included in the album Dil Padosi Hai. A music lover will know that the songs in this album were experimental in nature with a completely new sound, an extension of the sounds introduced by RDB in Ijaazat. The oneiric ambience in “Rishte Bante Hain” is maybe due to Asha’s overlapping phrases which float like clouds over swelling strings, soft tabla beats… love the second stanza:
ek hi lamhe pe ik saath gire the dono
ho ek hi lamhe pe ik saath gire the dono
o khud sanbhalate yaa zaraa mujhako sanbhalane dete
kachche lamhe ko zaraa shaakh pe pakane dete
pakane dete

o rishte banate hai bade dhire-se banane dete
kachche lamhe ko zaraa shaakh pe pakane dete
pakane dete

4. Bheeni Bheeni Bhor Aayi (non film: Dil Padosi Hai): Again Pancham + Asha + Gulzar (1987)! Raag Miyan ki Todi at its best! I bow to RD Burman for composing, Gulzar saab for penning and Asha Bhosle for singing this song. She has brought this raga to life.

5. Tanha Dil (non film: Tanha Dil): Shaan’s best solo album to date! Released a year after my mother passed away. I was working at Music World when this was released. If you have a lump in your throat listening to this song, you are normal and alive! Excellent picturisation and very well rendered by Shaan.

6. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate Hain Jo Maqaam (Aap Ki Kasam): Life”s philosophy so melodiously sung by Kishore Kumar! You can feel the pathos in his voice here.
Umr Bhar Chahe Koi Pukaara Kare Unka Naam
Voh Phir Nahin Aate, Voh Phir Nahin Aate

Aadmi Theek Se Dekh Paata Nahin
Aur Pardey Pe Manzar Badal Jaata Hai
Ek Baar Chale Jaate Hain Jo Din-Raat, Subah-o-Shaam
Voh Phir Nahin Aate, Vo Phir Nahin Aate
Zindagi Ke Safar Mein..

Pierces my heart in the memories of whomever I have lost… True reality of life…

7. Theme music of Minchina Ota (1980): One of the best theme music I have heard, thanks to Prabhakar Badri. Me and my son simply love to hear the guitar and violin combination that brings to life the various hues of life.

8. Theme music of Kasturi Nivasa (1971): Close to the ending, where Raj is writing a letter (his Will) and hands it over to Ashwath. The guitar strings and the violin crescendo add up to the tragic scene. I don’t look at my son when this scene comes. He doesn’t see mine. We both know our eyes are moist.


Also read:

40 Songs that make me cry – Part 1
40 Songs that make me cry – Part 2

13 Responses to “40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 1”

  1. KB Says:

    There is one song from the film Maryada (1971) Zubaan pe dard bhari sung by Mukesh which could possibly belong to the above catagory. Generally songs by Mukesh are highly emotional and can result in such feelings.

  2. T.S.Srinivasamurthy Says:

    I too have some of my own like the song in Nandi -Haadonda haaduve, Veerakesari-Swabhimaanada nalle , Subba Shastry- Krishnana Kolalina kare, Sarvamangala- Nannavalu Nannedeyanaaluvalu -especially the words- namagilla saavu novu–etc. etc. the song pucho na kaise is also exquisite, mera saaya song is also melodious. thanks for rekindling the favourite songs, the songs had both melody and meaning. Hats of to the lyricists, composers.

  3. T.S.Srinivasamurthy Says:

    the words are interchanged- namagilla novu saavu, though the movie is a tragedy.

  4. KB Says:

    Another very emotional and philosophical song full of meaning is the kannada song is Baligondu elle ellide

    • rk Says:

      life’s philosophy in simple words! hats off to chi.udayashankar!
      correction: it is Banigondu elle ellide.

      • KB Says:

        Thanks for the correction.Then ,of course, there is the evergreen Md Rafi number from Onde balliya hoogalu in the same catagory.

        • rk Says:

          yes KB, the only song Mohammed Rafi sang in Kannada, happened to be in Raga Charukeshi, “Neenelli NaDeve doora”, a song from the film “Onde Balliya Hoogalu” in 1967. that reminds me….Dr. Rajkumar’s “Bombeyatavayya” from the movie “Shruti Seridaga” also is Charukeshi (we can recognize shades of Todi in between). The song “Tanhayee” from the movie “Dil Chahta Hai” has shades of Charukeshi, and it comes alive with all the background score involving the Australian instruments. And finally, a true materpiece, by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, singing the great Tyagaraja composition, “Adamodi Galada” is in Charukeshi!


    Moodala maneya muttina neerina song in Bellimoda film is exquisite.

    • rk Says:

      agree with you TSS. one of the most memorable numbers sung by S Janaki.
      ‘Haadonda haaduve’ is a very emotional song. the lyrics and the tune seems perfect in the context of the film.
      Nannavalu nannedeya’ has such contrasting tunes. rajkumar’s verion in ‘jeevana chaitra’ seems more romantic, and has the closeness that is required to match the lyrics. the tune in pbs version is more folksy. i like the way pbs-psusheela sing the alapana in between. sitar in both versions is beautiful.


    Yes , fully agree with you. Golden songs of yesteryears.

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