Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad wo zaalim…Songs that bring back memories

He he he he he he
La la la la la la la la la la
Pyaar hua hai jabse

Whenever I listen to this song from ‘Abhilasha-1968’, I am thrilled, I get goose-bumps, its music makes me delighted and it takes back to me where I am kid and playing with an inflatable rainbow color beach ball, which my Father have brought for me…

That is how our mind starts relating memories with.

A strange feeling runs through my heart every time I hear Kishore Kumar’s
he he
he he
ha ha
hmm hmm
hmm hmm
aha ha
ha ha ha
ha ha
hmm hmm
(In the song -kora kaaghaz thha yeh man mera)

Then I just cannot escape this, it stirs my heart
Hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
he he he he
ho ho ho ho

(In phoolon ka taaron ka)

And in the same line an altogether different world starts calling me when I tune into these;

he he he
ha ha ha

(From mere sapnon ki raani kab aayegi tu)

Hai haan ..sachchaai chhup nahin sakti, banaawat ke asoolon se …

And this Lata-Kishore’s

o ho ho
ho ho ho
o ho ho
hmm hmm hmm

And just listen to this ‘hmm hmm hmm’ by Kishore Kumar and the pause before Lata takes of to ‘Karwatein badalte rahe’..

For years together this all have been very fascinating and it will be as long as we are there …


I believe that all of us, the ‘music lovers’ have our own reasons for being attached to ‘music’.
Some of us definitely have some specific reasons that keep us to be continuously in pursuit of ‘songs’, and some of us have some special memories to cherish with, and cherish those special moments with some sort of ‘musical memories’ attached with.

We always like to mention about the ‘songs that bring back memories’.

We fondly cherish and remember such songs and enjoy them and try to revive those memories.

Trying to find out these special songs, that I hear up while growing, was the main reason that I started to contributing lyrics of the songs that were still to be posted on Atul ji’s blog.
But when I noticed that many songs from my list of ‘Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad wo zaalim’ (title I thought to give to this compilation when I record them, and which now is the tilte for this post also) were still to make on this blog, I became uncomfortable and was eager to see these very special songs on the blog, because ultimately this was a ‘unique’ blog and the songs I mentioned definitely deserved place on the blog – since these were the songs from the very special period of the Hindi cinema – ‘the Seventies’….

In this post I have tried to find out those special songs, that I hear up while growing,.

This post is dedicated to those special songs that have indelible and permanent mark on our mind and have remain evergreen as well as immortal for us.

Now talking of the memories, that some songs triggers, we actually do not know how some songs remain constant in our mind and become the part of our life at various stages.

Like, my parents told me that, when I was a child, my uncles and aunts tease me with the song ‘Wo pari kahaan se laaun – ye gangaram ki samajh mein naa aaye’ from the Manoj Kumar starrer ‘Pehchaan’
Given my physique at that time must have provoked them to give me this name ‘Gangaram’.
Then these songs ‘deewaana mujhsa nahin’, ‘baiyaan na dharo’, ‘duniya mein logon ko’, bring this ‘Gramohpone’ and ‘LP’ records to my mind.
Because my Uncle had brought this LP record player then, and these songs were regularly played on them and were favorites (I think so).

And I do not know how this song ‘teri galiyon mein ham aaye, dil armaanon bharaa laaye’ became part of my permanent memory, even though I have not watched this film ‘Minoo’ then and to till date. May be because, it was frequently played on the Radio then.

As far Memories related with the musical programmes on Radio is concerned, one is of the programme – ‘ Fauji bhaaiyon ke liye …’Jaimaala’ ‘ on Vividh Bharati, presented by Dharmendra. I remember this talking about that ‘main ek kisaan ka beta hoon’ and this song ‘apni kahaani chhod ja.. Mausam beeta jaaye’ I listened it first time then was taken over by this song.

Then there was ‘Bianca Geetmala’ the most favorite of film songs’ program of everybody in the family.
Listening the annual programs of ‘Binaca Geetmala’ was also an event which is a part of our beautiful memories.
One memory to share related with this is that on the annual program of 1979 I was given the responsibility to listen and note down the rankings and final results since my parents had to go for their ‘drama rehearsals’. That year ‘dafli waale dafli bajaa’ from ‘Sargam’ topped the charts.

From ‘All India Radio-Urdu Service’ programmes my favorites were ‘bheega bheega pyaar ka samaa bataa de tujhe jaana hai kahaan’, ‘raahi matwaale’ and ‘ham pyaar mein jalnewaalon ko’….

And if you are fortunate enough to have been fallen in love with someone at an early age,  may be a one sided crush and an unexpressed love (‘apun ki zindagi mein bhi ek ‘memsaab’ thi , kya ! aayen!) and if you are separated from this ‘childhood’ love for some reasons , you have plenty of songs in our Hindi films that we can relate to our real life situations and where one can fall and swim in the depth of the ‘poetic beauty’ of the lyrics.

Some songs trigger memories, while some real life situations sometimes spontaneously bring some songs to our lips…

‘Naao kaaghaz ki gehra hai paani, zindagi ki yahi hai nishaani,
phir bhi har haal mein muskuraake, duniyaadari padegi nibhaani…’

With the advent of new technologies have opened up a vast treasure for music lovers like us and I can list out the following from my experience of searching songs online; according to me this is how this ‘journey of life through songs’ takes place;

Some songs those get stored in our very early memory,
Some songs that trigger memories when we review the above category songs,
Some songs that are not in our memory but related to that period and hidden in our vague memory,
Songs that strike us on situational, seasonal basis, incident basis, on changing weather conditions, time, and/or our mental and physical condition given at a time.
Some songs are in our permanent memory and they live with us, they grow with us (here growing meaning the understanding of the verses, relating our emotions to it and the physical properties of the song i.e.its tune, its singing, its recording, its picturisation etc etc).
Some songs are that get stored in our sub-conscious memory and some carried over through our conscious day to day life experiences.
Our personal likings for some actors, actresses, stars, of any film personality,
And last but not the least is the ‘nostalgia’ that we all love – and looking for something that have been left back over the years,


Seasons and Festivals also trigger some musical memories, like;

During Ganesh festival this song ‘he gajvadan Ganesh ji , meri binti suniyo re’ keeps haunting me, and I searched it for many many years, finally thinking that it must be a NFS, I started searching that way. But later on came to know that this is from the film Pujarin when it was shared on Atul ji’s blog by our beloved Prakash ji.

Every Janmashtami I am automatically reminded of these songs;
Kanhaiyya kanhaiyaa tujhe aana padega (Maalik- 1972)
Shor mach gaya shor dekho aaya makhan chor (Badlaa-1974)
Krishna Krishna bolo Krishna (Naya Din Nayi Raat-1974)
Govind bolo hari gopal bolo (chhup chhup meera roye..- Johny Mera Naam-1970)

Every monsoon I am haunted by these song;
Saawan ka mahina aa gaya ho (Nehle Pe Dehla)
Jhoomta saawan dekho aaya (Do Khilaadi-1976)
Barkha raani zara jam ke barso(Sabak-1973)

Around Diwali festival, I used to get feeling of Diwali vacations that we enjoy during our childhood and these songs start haunting me;
Main na bhoolunga, Ye jo public hain, Ye hai mera premi

May be because I would have get to watch these films during Diwali festivals. Though here in the case of these films the above songs belong to they actually were released at the same time in the month of October, so must be around Diwali time as I could presumed.

Over the years I cannot escape the magic of ‘Sun jaa aa thhandi hawaa’ and ‘Jaadugar tere naina, dil jaayega bach ke kahaan’, ‘tum mile pyaar se mujhe jeena gawaara hua’ and ‘waada karo jaanam, na chhodoge ye daaman’, whenever I listen to it.

With ‘ya garmi yon ki raat jo purvaiyya chale, thhandi safed chaadaron pe jaage der tak’..  I try to find the ‘fursat ke raat dins of our ‘childhood’, in our today’s life wherein we get very less time to unwind ourselves.

And the all time favorite ‘zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo makaam’…. Whenever I feel like going back to the memories and places, which I have been and left behind later.

One born in that period of ‘seventies’ cannot forget these quawaalis, which also were the favorites in Orchestra programs;
Jhoom baraabar jhoom sharaabi, Raaz ki baat kehdoon to, ‘chadhta sooraj dheere dheere dhalta hain dhal jaayega’, ‘taarif teri nikli hain dil se’….

And I remember that almost all orchestras then compulsorily have these numbers;

O door ke musaafir hamko bhi saath le le re
Chhotisi umar mein hain lag gaya rog
Kuhu kuhu bole koyaliya
Mora nadaan baalma na jaane dil ki baat
Aap jaisa koyi meri zindagi mein aaye
Ishwar satya hain.. satyam shivam sundaram
Aapke shehar mein aayi hoon shauq se
Dariyaa kinaare ek bunglow ga pori
Mungda mungda main gud ki dalli
Jhoom baraabar jhoom sharaabi

From the mythological I cannot forget ‘manwa re manwa, jeewan hai sangram (Jai Barjrangbali-1976) and ‘yahaan wahaan jahaan tahaan mat puchho kahaan kahaan (Jai Santoshi Maa-1975) and ‘Janam janam ke phere (1957)


So when our beloved Atul ji  discussed this in his numerous posts about the ‘best age i.e. 8 to 14 yrs, of which the memories we carry with us,  piqued my interest and I thought to analyze this ‘science’ in my case.
And I would like to share the results here.

For this I decided to list out all the songs that straightway take to the nerves, whenever I get to listen to them, they touched my heart; a strange feeling of going back to those days brings goose bumps to me and left me in state of mind that cannot be expressed in words.

These are the songs which give me an altogether different feeling whenever I listen to them and they remind me of the special memorable time of our life i.e. childhood which will not come back again.

Looking back now it feels like that was a ‘different world’ altogether!

Just have a look at the following list of songs;

Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad wo zaalim – ‘Devar-1966’

Paayal ki jhankaar raste raste-Mere Lal-1966

Phool tumhe bheja hai khat mein-Saraswatichandra-1967

Aayi hain bahaaren mitey zulmo sitam-Ram Aur Shyam-1967

Pankh hote to ud aati re- Sehra-1963

Dheere dheere machal ae dile beqaraar-Anupama-1965

All these songs are from the films that belong to the period before I was born.

I do not know but these songs have captivated my mind since I was a child.

Also, while going through Atul ji’s post on the blog (for those songs already posted from the list) I find it interesting that many of these songs (in my list) are common favorites of both of us.
As Atul ji is elder to me by six years it would be interesting to know – what emotions and feelings he goes through listening the same songs.

The timeline in my case is from 1968 (I was born) to 1982.

I was also interested to find what exactly the results are in my case. And while I started with focusing on the prominent songs that bring back memories, I finished with listing all the songs, to get a better picture.(and later on I might add some more songs to the list, if I find that has been missed now).

The list of my Songs that bring back memories is here.

Out of these songs links for those already posted on Atul ji’s blog are given therein.
And for the balance ones they will be updated whenever these songs are posted on the blog.
Where I have multiple songs from the same film, I have considered only one for this analysis’s purpose. So from the total of 211 songs I have considered 174 only with one each from a film.
Now in many cases even the movies that these songs are from have not been watched by me. And I am trying to get these now like I watched ‘Pehchaan’ in 2007, ‘Abhilaasha’ in 2011 by getting their VCD/DVDs. I don’t know if now VCD/DVD for those movies that failed at the box-office, would be available or not.

This list of songs that I started writing down in 1994 (in my diary and separate notes prepared time to time) was there with me and it was last updated in 1998.

Getting back into it was very enjoyable and interesting.

I have put the total list and links here

And while doing the analysis I find years like 1974, 1976 having more songs that I like, so I have put them separately and spread over the age range in more categories and not covering all of them in one range of 8 to 14 yrs.

Age range    Up to 1967    1968-72    1973-1974    1975-1976    1977-1982    Total
0    12                    12
0-4 yrs        51                51
5-6 yrs            31            31
7-8 yrs                29        29
9-14 yrs                    51    51
12    51    31    29    51    174

The maximum numbers are from 1976-1982 – 68 songs (i.e. 39%), and the highest from a single year are 17 from 1974, 1976 & 1977, then 14 from 1973 and 12 each from 1975, 1971 and 1970 and 11 from 1978, making a total of 112 (from rest years the figure is less than 10).

So, enjoy this list and take a trip down memory lane in your childhood to find out your favorite songs and ‘songs that bring back memories’

(You can also enjoy this post with the beautiful song ‘tere mere yaraane ho’ from the 1976 film Naagin here)