Category Archive: music

Mere Mehboob (1963) India

               Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni शकील बदायुनी, شکیل بدایونی                  Music: Naushad नौशाद अली, نوشاد علی                  Playback: Mohd. Rafi मोहम्मद रफ़ी, محمد رفیع                  Poetry and music like this confirm that there is beauty and it’s worth living for.                  This song unlocks the… Continue reading

मुझसे पहली सी मुहबबत मेरे महबूब ना माँग — नूर जहाँ

Growing up, I always got to listen to urdu sher-o-shairi and music that my mother played on her 78, 45 and 33 1/3 rpms whether I liked it or not, and I mostly… Continue reading


Someone once asked me why everyone was crying (read, sobbing) and sad at an Indian wedding. Here are some partial responses related in song. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ji K.L. Saigal From the film,… Continue reading

shiv kumar batalvi

Birhaa da Sultan, Shiv Kumar Batalvi died too young and left us with poetry and song that remains unparalleled in Punjabi literature. I don’t think I could ever translate his work into English… Continue reading