Hindi-Urdu songs: 1948

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A note about the credits

‚‘‘1948 ‚‘‘ Was there a film called Bapu Ki Amar Kahani? Most audio-websites that have posted the eponymous song say that it was from this film. However, neither Hamraaz’ Geet Kosh nor his Film Index mentions any such film. So, there might not have been a feature film of this name. But then the Geet Kosh (page S I-97) omits even the song, though there can be no doubt about the existence of the epic-length song, which was issued in four parts on two 78rpm discs, and later on a long-playing (LP) album. Thus, either this was a non-film song or it accompanied a documentary film.

Thirty significant Hindi-Urdu songs from 1948

Song

Film

Music

Lyrics

Singer(s)

Dekh chand ki or (Kahîñ deepak kahîñ bãti)

Aag  

Ram Ganguly

Saraswati Kumar ‘Deepak’

Shamshad Begum, Shailesh

Kaahey koyal shor machaye,  re?

Aag

Ram Ganguly

Behzad Lucknavi

Shamshad Begum

Raat ko ji chamakeiñ tãré, dékh balam mohé añkhiyãñ mãré

Aag 

Ram Ganguly

Majrooh Sultanpuri 

Shamshad Begum, Mukesh

Zinda hoon is tarah

Aag

Ram Ganguly

Behzad Lucknavi

Mukesh

Hum apné dil ka fasana

Actress

Shyam Sunder

Nakhshab

Mohammed Rafi

Ik dil lagãnã bãqi thã to dil bhi lagã dekh liyã

Anokha Pyar

Anil Biswas

Zia Sarhadi

Lata Mangeshkar

Jeevan sapna toot gaya

Anokha Pyar

Anil Biswas

Zia Sarhady

Lata Mangeshkar

Yad rakhna chand taro

Anokha Pyar

Anil Biswas

Zia Sarhady

Meena Kapoor (film)/ Lata Mangeshkar (disc)

Kabhi dil dil takrãtã to hogã (Raag Darbãri Kãnarhã/ Taal Keherwã)

Anokhi Ada

Naushad

Shakeel Badayuni 

Mukesh (Shamshad Begum?)

Suno, suno, ai duniya wãlo, Bapu ki yeh amar kahani

Bapu Ki Amar Kahani

Husnalal-Bhagatram

Rajinder Krishan 

Mohammed Rafi

(Drum dance: no words)

Chandralekha

S. Rajeshwar Rao

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Mann bhãvan sãwan ãyã, rañg jamãyã  (Raag  Briñdãvani Sãrañg/ Taal  Keherwã)

Chandralekha

S. Rajeshwar Rao

Pt. Indra

Uma Devi

Mera husn lootne aaya albela

Chandralekha

S. Rajeshwar Rao

Pt. Indra

Zohra Ambala, Moti Bai

O chãñd mereé

Chandralekha

S. Rajeshwar Rao

Pt. Indra

Uma Devi

Door papeeha bolé

Gajre

Anil Biwas

Gopal Singh Nepali

Suraiya

i) Bhãrat jai jai; ii) The plough song (Hindustañ ka bal hai hal); iii) Deep jalao

Kalpana

Vishnudas Shirali

i) Pt. Sumitranandan Pant; ii) Devi Lal Samar

?

Dil mera torhã, mujhe kahîñ ka na chhorha teré pyar

Majboor

Ghulam Haider

Nãzim Panipati

Lata Mangeshkar

Gãyé ja geet milan

Mela

Naushad

Shakeel Badayuni

Mukesh

Yeh zindagi ke mele duniya meiñ kam na hongé  (Raag Bhairavi/ Taal Dãdrã)

Mela

Naushad

Shakeel Badayuni

Mohammed Rafi

Añkhiyãñ milã añkhiyãñ roveiñ dit ratiyãñ

Nadiya Ke Paar

C. Ramachandra

Moti, B.A.

Surinder Kaur

Maar gayo (Dil kãhu ko dev naa)

Nadiya Ke Paar

C. Ramachandra

Moti, B.A.

Shamshad Begum, Chitalkar

O gori O chhori

Nadiya Ke Paar

C. Ramachandra

Moti, B.A.

Lata Mangeshkar

Title song (Kathvã naiyã banaî-hé malah-vã…)

Nadiya Ke Paar

C. Ramachandra

Moti, B.A.

Lalita, Chitalkar, P. Chander, S.L. Puri

Ek teer chalãné walé

Pugree

Ghulam Mohammed

Shakeel Badayuni

Sitara (Kanpur), Mukesh

Ik dil tukdé hazãr huyé, koi yahãñ girã koi vahãñ girã

Pyar ki Jeet

Husnalal-Bhagatram

Qamar Jalalabadi

Mohammed Rafi

Teré nainonchori kiya (Raag Pahãrhi/ Taal Keherwã)

Pyar ki Jeet

Husnalal-Bhagatram

Rajinder Krishan 

Suraiya

Badnam na ho jayé 

Shaheed

Ghulam Haider

Qamar Jalalabadi

Surinder Kaur

Watan ki raah mein watan naujawãñ shaheed hoñ

Shaheed

Ghulam Haider

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Mohammed Rafi, Khan Mastana

Chanda ja ja re (Raag Chayanat/ Taal Keherwã)

Ziddi

Khemchand Prakash

Prem Dhawan

Lata Mangeshkar

Yeh kaun aaya 

Ziddi

Khemchand Prakash

Prem Dhawan

Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar

 

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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