Ten of my favourite wind songs

The other day, with a storm in full force, I could hear the crash and rumble of thunder, the pitter-patter of raindrops (and, as it grew more stormy, huge splashes of water against the windows)—and the wind, gusting and whooshing all around. It struck me then that nature, even when it’s not living nature—not birds and animals, but water and wind and clouds—makes its own music.

Wind, in my opinion, wins when it comes to ‘natural music’. From the soft swoosh of the breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree, to the howling, gooseflesh-inducing gusts that can be well mistaken for a banshee: the wind has a life all its own. Appropriate, then, that at least two types of musical instruments—wind chimes and Aeolian harps—are played by the wind.

And the wind, of course, has long been an important motif in Hindi film songs. There have been songs addressed to the wind, songs about the wind. Here are ten of my favourites, in no particular order. The only restrictions I’ve imposed on myself are:
(a) As always, the song should be from a film I’ve seen, from before the 1970s
And (b) the song should have a word synonymous with wind (hawa, saba, pawan, etc) in the first line of the song.

Hawa mein udtaa jaaye...Here we go, then.

1. Ae saba unse keh zara (Ali Baba aur Chalees Chor, 1954): I love this song, even though it’s probably not as well-known as many of the other songs on this list. Mahipal doesn’t float my boat, but the lovely Shakila is enough to make me forget about him, and the music (by SN Tripathi) is simple but lovely, with a faintly Middle Eastern lilt to it, throbbing and thrumming like the wind. And the lyrics, of course, which (ostensibly, at least) address the wind, telling it to ask the beloved why one’s heart is all aflutter. Sweet.

Ae saba unse keh zara, from Ali Baba aur Chaalees Chor
2. Thandi hawaayein lehraake aayein (Naujawan, 1951): Sahir Ludhianvi’s romantic lyrics were often distinctive in that they juxtaposed romance against nature: Yeh raat yeh chaandni phir kahaan, Phaili hui hain sapnon ki baahein and Parbaton ke pedon par are examples.  So is Thandi hawaayein lehraake aayein. Our heroine’s sweetheart is not present, but the cooling breezes are. And, combined with the chaand aur taare, hanste nazaare—they are enough of a reason for her to wish for him, too, to be there.
One of Sahir’s earliest works in Hindi cinema, and a beautifully melodious song, vintage SD Burman.

Thandi hawaayein lehraake aayein, from Naujawan
3. San-san-san woh chali hawa (Kaagaz ke Phool, 1959): The wind is a very important part of this song. It is, of course—as in the previous songs—an integral part of a romance (or, in this case, two romances: the proudly proclaimed-to-the-world love of the singers themselves; and the forbidden, as yet unexpressed love of the two people who sit in the car in front, listening to the song). Besides that, however, the wind is present in other ways: in the onomatopoeic ‘San-san-san’ that begins the song, and in the very visible way the wind shows up in the picturisation, blowing the women’s hair about, and sending a sheaf of papers flying all across the road.

San-san-san woh chali hawa, from Kaagaz ke Phool
4. Saba se yeh keh do ke kaliyaan bichhaaye (Bank Manager, 1959): Diametrically opposite to San-san-san woh chali hawa, at least as far as picturisation goes, is this song (which, coincidentally, features Minoo Mumtaz, sister of Mehmood, who appeared in San-san-san woh chali hawa). Here, the singer—a poetess reciting in a mushaira—enlists the help of the wind her in praising her beloved: by laying blossoms in his path. An exquisite song, sung flawlessly by Asha, whose voice is showcased by the relative lack of instrumentation in the accompanying music  (Madan Mohan’s).

Saba se yeh keh do, from Bank Manager
5. Dheere chal dheere chal ae bheegi hawa (Boyfriend, 1961): A complete change of pace and rhythm, but the motif of love and the breeze remains. Here, in Boyfriend (a remake of Kismet), is a song that is also an obvious reboot—as far as lyrics go—of the hit Dheere-dheere aa re baadal dheere. Shammi Kapoor’s character, instead of beseeching the clouds to be silent, asks the wind to be quiet and still, so that his beloved may not wake. [That she might wake because he’s singing louder than the wind does not seem to matter]. Very Western in its tone, romantic, and well-picturised (Madhubala? Shammi Kapoor? Can it get better?!)

Dheere chal dheere chal, from Boyfriend
6. Yeh hawa yeh fiza (Gumraah, 1963): Gumraah had an interesting trio of songs, all with the word hawa in them. Two were versions of the same song: In hawaaon mein in fizaaon mein: a happy version (which was a duet) and a sad one (a male version). Linked to these is a song I like more than In hawaaon mein: the haunting, echoing Yeh hawa yeh fiza.

Its basic premise (superficially, at least) is the same as that of In hawaaon mein: a lover calls to his beloved, begging her to come to him. Whereas the happy version of In hawaaon mein is a self-confident anticipation—he knows she will come to him—Yeh hawa yeh fiza is a cry of pain, a longing that he knows deep down is wrong (she is now married to another man; this rendezvous, if it happens, will be illicit). Yet, because the wind is so soothing (and so disturbing?) and the atmosphere so conducive to romance—he does cry out, asking her to come to him.

Yeh hawa, yeh fiza, from Gumraah
Not just lovely lyrics, but beautiful music too, by Ravi. And Mahendra Kapoor at his best, his voice full of yearning and heartbreak.

7. Thandi hawa kaali ghata aa hi gayi (Mr and Mrs 55, 1955): Like Thandi hawaayein lehraake aayein, this song too is about how the cool breeze makes our heroine yearn for the man she loves (actually, in this case, ‘is merely infatuated with‘; the real love of her life is waiting in the wings). Unlike Thandi hawaayein, however, this song isn’t sung wistfully in the solitude of the night; it’s made into a big song and dance, with friends joining in around a swimming pool. Vibrant and peppy.

Thandi hawa kaali ghata, from Mr and Mrs 55
8. Thandi hawa yeh chaandni suhaani (Jhumroo, 1961): An unusual wind song in that it isn’t about romance—in fact, it’s not even about any sort of love. Thandi hawa yeh chaandni suhaani is, instead, a song about the beauty of the night, and about walking through the night—a metaphor for the long walk through life? There’s more than a hint of philosophy here, even more pronounced in the female version of the song, which has a sad loneliness to its rendition.

Thandi hawa yeh chaandni suhaani, from Jhumroo
9. Jhukti ghata gaati hawa (Dhool ka Phool, 1959): The looming clouds and cool breeze of Thandi hawa kaali ghata return in this song, a fine example of Sahir Ludhianvi’s penchant for setting a romantic song against a backdrop of nature. Here, the newlywed hero and his lovely young bride celebrate their love in idyllic surroundings: a lake with a boat bobbing gently on it, grassy banks, trees, the wind whipping the woman’s hair and sari about. There’s something sweetly infectious about this tune, by N Dutta, and the lyrics have an unusual—for 50s Hindi cinema—touch of the erotic about them in the last verse.

Jhukti ghata gaati hawa, from Dhool ka Phool
10. O basanti pawan paagal (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, 1960): Throughout this list, the wind seems to have been used as an accessory to romance—let there be a hint of a breeze, and someone or the other begins to wish their beloved were near. Or if the beloved is near, so much the better to enjoy the breeze. O basanti pawan paagal takes a slightly different path: that of heartbreak. The heroine Kammo’s lover, disillusioned and anguished, has left her, and she goes running after him, begging him to return.

O basanti pawan paagal, from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
O basanti pawan paagal is itself not about the pawan; I’m not even absolutely certain why those first few words are in the song. My guess, however, is that it draws on the poetic premise of the spring wind being a fickle, always-wandering, nomadic breeze. Kammo’s Raju is to her like the basanti pawan: come from nowhere, off again who knows where. And can she stop him with her song?

Even if the wind is only used as a metaphor here, this song fits right into this list, because the basanti pawan—rustling the leaves on the peepal outside my window—is what inspired this post in the first place.

What are your favourite songs featuring the wind?

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172 thoughts on “Ten of my favourite wind songs

    • I have to admit I’d forgotten about that song; all I remembered about Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and jhonka hawa ka was in relation to a pretty lame (and disgusting) joke in the film. But yes, it’s a lovely song. Thanks!

    • I was in such a hurry to publish this post before the basanti hawa disappeared from Delhi, I completely forgot to create a playlist! Will do, if I get the time for it. That, though, is more a standard on Anu’s blog, not mine. ;-)

  1. Zabardast! Very nice list, Madhulika. I hadn’t heard many of the songs here. I’m listening to them now. They are great! Good job! :-)

  2. Surprisingly, the song that comes to mind immediately after the much beloved Sahir songs from Naujawan and Gumraah is this very evocative epistle to the wind written by a young Gulzar for the 1968 film Do Dooni Char (produced by Bimal Roy and directed by Debu Roy), sung with such quiet beauty by Kishore Kumar: ‘Yahaan subah se khela karti hai shaam.”

    • Hawaaon pe likh do hawaaon ke naam is a lovely song, isn’t it? (I didn’t know – or didn’t bother to check – who’d written it. Not at all surprised that it was Gulzar). This was on my shortlist, and would certainly have been on this list if I’d seen the movie. Very much about the breeze, not about this and that or romance and fluff. The quintessential hawa song, really. Thank you for adding it, Karthika. :-)

      • It is a real tribute to the breeze, isn’t it? The wind as wind, like you said, not an instrument or a metaphor for something else. Gulzar’s appropriation of nature is replete with such mastery and ingenuity, my admiration goes up by a notch each time.

        • Talking about songs about nature, one that is particularly vivid in its description is this lovely one, written by Bharat Vyas. Yeh kaun chitrakaar hai only has a mention of pawan in the second line, so it doesn’t qualify for my list, but as an out-and-out ode to nature, it’s pretty good. I think.

          • The descriptions are grand and the whole composition is quite wondrously solemn, as befits a paean, doesn’t it? (Is it the whole rhythm structure, so wonderfully underscored by the chorus? Though I don’t care too much for the later aha-ha-ha refrain.) I didn’t know it was written by Bharat Vyas. You know, I heard this last as a child, and remember being intrigued by the unusually sober mien of Jeetendra. But the song is beautiful.

            • The entire film – or what I remember of it, since I too saw it way back in the golden days of Doordarshan – had Jeetendra in a rather uncharacteristically solemn mien. Rather sanctimonious, too, if I remember correctly. But it also had Mumtaz, and I can forgive films a lot when there’s Mumtaz in them!

              • He did look sanctimonious! I think that’s why I steered clear of the film, contenting myself – yes, in the old Doordarshan days – with the song whenever it played on Chitrahhar. But, ah! It had Mumtaz as well? Oh, yes, that would compensate for swathes of sanctimony, and other ills too!

                • Mumtaz, if I remember correctly, was the only good thing – along with the music – about the film. It’s really pretty melodramatic; Jeetendra plays a village school teacher whose younger brother is a bit of a rake, and absconds after getting a girl pregnant, despite all of big brother’s blatherings.

  3. Excellent list, I like all the songs.

    I scanned it several times from top to bottom and also did a word search – any reason for leaving out ‘Pawan diwani‘ from ‘Dr Vidya?’

    Another song that captures the mood quite well, but fails the criterion of a synonym in the first line is ‘Bheegi bheegi fiza‘ from ‘Anupama’ – the word comes at the end of the second line.

    • Thank you!

      And I’m wishing I’d remembered Pawan deewaani – it’s a gorgeous song, and I’ve seen Dr Vidya, so it would have fitted right in. Don’t know how it slipped my mind. I’m so glad you suggested it. Thank you. :-)

      Bheegi-bheegi fazaan is also a lovely song, though yes – the reference to the hawa comes too late in the refrain to let it qualify for this list.

      • Just saw this one on TV in ‘Bhule bisre geet’. ‘Khuli hawa mein dole re’ from ‘Champakali’. Reminds me a lot of some other song – possibly a duet with Hemant. Can’t put my finger on it.

        • I am pretty sure I’ve never heard Khuli hawa mein dole re before, but yes, it does sound very familiar. I wouldn’t be so specific as to say it reminds me of a Hemant duet, but you’re possibly right – I can well imagine that.

  4. Oh, and one of the many lovely songs from Kal aur Aaj (and I am back with Sahir Ludhiavi – oh dear, is this incurable, doctor?). Yeh waadiyan, yeh fizaayein bula rahi hain tumhein/ khamoshiyon ki sazaayein bula rahi hain tumhein – nature exhorting the heroine to join them in their celebration.

    • “(and I am back with Sahir Ludhiavi – oh dear, is this incurable, doctor?)

      I fear it is. :-) And I ask doctor the same thing. Somehow, even without attempting to, a very large number of the songs I end up putting into lists tend to be Sahir’s. Yeh waadiyaan yeh fizaayein is a wonderful song, yes, but as you point out, the reference to the hawa appears too late in the song to let it actually get past my restrictions.

      Maybe I should do a Sunil Dutt list sometime. Lots of opportunities for good Sahir songs there.

      • Oooh, yes, yes, yes, to the Sunil Dutt list! It would have a bushel of remarkable songs -including one of my favourites from Sahir’s pen: Tum mujhe bhool bhi jao from Didi, where he only appears as a reflection, an imagined reflection in the water to a grieving, yet stoic and understanding Shuba Khote. I think we’ve spoken about this song, the lines he gives SK are so full of depth and generosity (Sunil Dutt’s replies have a strong Faizian undertone):

        But I digress, oh, I digress.

        • Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao is such an unforgettable song. There’s something so very real, very easy to relate to, in the words…

          I can’t imagine how I’ve never done a Sunil Dutt list, considering he had some really wonderful songs picturised on him. Anyway, hopefully, come June I’ll commemorate his birthday with a list.

          • It is, isn’t it? There is such real grief, and a transcendent love that will survive the grief. It’s just inexpressibly beautiful.

            Fantastic! So we have a Sunil Dutt list to look forward to – great music, and such visual appeal :-) at least in the B&W years!

    • Absolutely. :-) Jab chali thandi hawa is one of my favourites too, and was on the shortlist for this post. I eventually left it out because I’ve already put it on too many lists. But thank you for adding it in the comments. Besides the fact that the lyrics and the music are wonderful, the picturisation uses the effect of the wind very well – amidst the flowers, blowing Asha Parekh’s hair about, making the dupattas flutter and billow. Perfect.

    • I have never been much of a fan of Salma Agha, either as an actress or as a singer, though I do remember Fazaan bhi hai jawaan-jawaan being a huge hit when Nikaah was released. Certainly much better than Dil ke armaan aansoowon mein beh gaye!

  5. I love your list. I like most of the songs on the list. I am particularly thrilled to see O Basanti pawan pagal on this list. It is a beautiful song. It means you actually SAW Jis Des Me Ganga Behti Hai! Wow.

    Here is one more Pawan song, from Sampoorn Ramayan.

  6. A very melodious list DO. The first song ae saba unse… set the mood completely. I listened to it two times before moving on. :-)
    And of course how could the next not be included.
    Here is one of my all time favourites. (I think yours too :-) )

    • Ae saba unse keh zara is very addictive, isn’t it? So melodious and lovely. I must confess I’ve listened to it again ever since I posted this list too.

      And Thandi-thandi hawa poochhe unka pata is definitely a favourite! If I’d watched the film, this one would’ve been on the list, no question about it.

      Actually, now that I think of it, one can probably make a list only of thandi hawa songs. There seem to be so many of them!

  7. Sigh. Talk about crazy coincidences, I’d planned a list of wind songs, and it should come as no surprise to you that seven of the songs on your list were on mine as well. :) But I loved your description of the storm and the wind at the beginning of the post.

    Of your list, my favourites are: Ae saba unse keh zara, Thandi hawaaiyein lehraake aaye, Dheere chal dheere chal ae bheegi hawa, Ye hawa ye fiza, Thandi hawa ye chaandni suhani, Thandi hawa kaali ghata, and O basanti pawan paagal. (I’m so glad to see that last song in the list. *grin* But Padmini dances up a storm in that one, doesn’t she?)

    Here are a few that were on my shortlist:
    Ye hawa ye raat ye chandni from Sangdil.

    Ye hawa ye nadi ka kinara from Ghar Sansar.

    Ye hawa ye fiza from Ek Jhalak/i>

    and
    Fiza chup hai hawa chup hai from Madhur Milan
    This was on my long list: Madhosh hawa matwali fiza from Prince

    • Anu, I think we should just stop being surprised when we run into crazy coincidences! This happens too often to make it surprising any more. :-D

      But seven? Seven songs that were common? That’s some sort of record, I think. (Oh, and by the way, O basanti pawan paagal featuring on this list – yes, it means I finally watched Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai. Will review it someday).

      Yeh hawa yeh nadi ka kinara and Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chaandni are both utterly lovely songs; I’d have happily included them in my list if I’d seen either film. I’d never heard the song from Ek Jhalak: beautiful. It’s so lovely, it makes me wonder what the picturisation was like.

      Madhosh hawa matwali fiza, despite being a Shammi Kapoor song, isn’t one of my favourites. Actually, Prince is one of those films of his the music of which I tend to invariably forget – offhand, the only songs from that that stick in my mind are Badan pe sitaare lapete hue and Muqabla humse na karna – and neither features in my list of Shammi songs I can listen to over and over again!

      • Madhosh hawa matwali fiza, despite being a Shammi Kapoor song, isn’t one of my favourites. Neither is it one of mine; that is why it was on the longlist. :)

        But there is a song from Shama that I used in my Shamshad post.
        Dil thandi hawa mein

        Another lovely number from Bhai-Behan

        and Lata, this time:
        Thandi thandi chale re hawa from Guest House

        • Ah, I like Thandi-thandi chale re hawa. I’d come across this one when I was researching the post, but since I’ve never seen Guest House, I left it out. Beautiful song. The Shamshad Begum ones are new to me: both nice.

          Hearing all these songs about the thandi hawa and basanti pawan, I’m reminded of another type of wind that sometimes is encountered in Hindi cinema: the eastern wind, the purvaiyya. I hadn’t come across any instances of the purvaiyya in pre-70s songs, but Chupke-Chupke had Chupke-chupke chal ri purvaiyya:

            • Thanks, Anu! Yes, I’d come across that song when I was researching this list. There’s another song about the eastern wind which I knew about and which was on my longlist, but it’s not as good as the other songs. And the film it’s from is one of those I just do not like: Purab aur Pachhim. The song’s Purvaa suhaani aayi re:

  8. Your list is just perfect, and your readers have more or less completed the list, so I have nothing much to do just sit back and enjoy the songs. My fav songs are the two Kishore Kumar songs thandi hawa and hawaon pe likh do

    • Thank you, Shilpi! Incidentally, when I first began compiling this list, I hadn’t imposed the restriction about the word hawa (or its synonym) appearing in the first line, and an old favourite from one of your father’s best films was in it. Nanhi kali sone chali, hawa dheere aana:

      When I finetuned the rules of the list, that song had to be dropped, of course, but there’s no harm in putting it in here. Especially since it’s actually addressed to the wind!

      • I was born a little before Sujata, a few years later when I began to speak, I used to hear this song, after all it was hit song, my mum used to sing it to me as well (mum was a very good singer), I used to imitate and sing,nanhi si soni si. My mum used recall this with a great deal of affection and laughter

        • That is so cute! Actually, though, if you were singing in Punjabi, that phrase would have made perfect sense: Nanhi si, sohni si would mean Tiny and pretty – perfect description for a baby girl!

  9. ae saba is indeed a lilting song! when I read aobut it, I thought, I hadn’t heard it before, but when I clicked on it, I remembered it.
    The beard makes Mahipal look sort of okay, better than his usual self.

    thandi hawayein…, beautiful! What is not goo din this song? Everything fits in so well.

    san-san jo chali hawa, one of the few bright moments in Kaagaz Ke Phool.

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Love saba se ye keh do. but could do without the picturisation though!

    Like dheere chal, but prefer the other dheere chal from Love Marriage, which asks the moon to go dheere.

    yeh hawa and thandi hawa are sort of okay, not bad.
    Like thandi hawa yeh chandani suhani, tend to forget it.

    jhukti ghata gaati hawa is sweet.

    There is something hypnotic about o basanti pawan pagal. I think I saw it on Chayya Geet when I was seven and since then I am fascinated by this song. The stony ravines might have something to do with it.
    Love this song!

    I have put my fav thandi hawa songs in
    http://harveypam.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/of-winds-and-breezes/

    • san-san jo chali hawa, one of the few bright moments in Kaagaz Ke Phool.

      Hehe. I agree. That film was one of almost unremitting morbidity! The music was the high point of Kaagaz ke Phool, as far as I’m concerned. :-)

      I thought you or Anu had also done a post on wind songs, but I deliberately did not go exploring, so as not to influence my own list. But I see that your list is very different from my own. We share only two songs in common, though one of the songs on your list – Jab chali thandi hawa – was on my shortlist too.

  10. So many lovely songs mentioned in this list and in the comments. Had me looking for songs in my collection and playing them as they were mentioned or clicking on the links. DO, I totally love your initial list. The only song that I would have loved to see there but is not (cause you have not seen the film) is the Asha/Geeta duet from “Johnny Walker”. Here are songs that I think are equally lovely and fit this theme, though they may not have met the criteria of you having seen them. But I hope they would have certainly made your shortlist:
    a) Geeta Dutt singing “Yeh hawa yeh fiza” in “Coffee House”, Music: Roshan

    b) Lata singing “Hawa hai sard sard” in “Shatranj”, Music: C Ramachandra
    (Ashok Kumar as usual standing and smoking a cigarette and doing little else)

    c) A lovely Asha/Lata duet “Yeh ruki ruki hawaayeN” from “Daaman”, Music: K Datta

    d) One that I thought you may have picked though it is not about “hawa” technically
    Lata singing “Yeh meri zindagi ek paagal hawa” from “Ziddi”, Music: S D Burman

    Somebody already mentioned the songs from “SampoorNa Ramayan”, “Sangeet SamraT Tansen”, Sangdil”, “Ghar Sansaar” and “Ek jhalak”.

    And now finally a triplet of hawa related songs dedicated to the triplet BEAUTIFUL Shakeela, Suman Kalyanpur and composer Dattaram.
    e) A LOVELY duet with Manna Dey “Yeh nasheeli hawa” in “Neeli aaNkheN”
    Hero is Ajit (yes the same one) with Shakeela in short hair

    f) “Bheegi hawaaoN me” duet again with Manna Dey in “Shriman Satyavadi”

    g) KyooN uDa jaata hai aaNchal solo again from “Shriman Satyavadi”
    (technically no hawa, but come on, you cannot have uDta aaNchal without hawa
    and the scene bears that out)

    ps: Completely echo your sentiment on “Hawa me uDta jaaye” btw :-)

    • Sangeetbhakt, thank you so much! For the appreciation, of course, but also for the songs you’ve recommended. I’m listening to Jhoom-jhoom ke right now, and it’s giving me gooseflesh, it’s so good. Vintage Geeta Dutt. I may be mistaken, but it reminds me of some Western tune – can’t remember which one, though.

      Yeh meri zindagi ek paagal hawa and Bheegi hawaaon mein were on my shortlist (and I did think of Kyon udaa jaata hai aanchal, but dropped it for obvious reasons).

      Okay, the Coffee House song has ended as I write this, and I’m on to the rest of the songs you’ve listed. Hawa sard-sard hai is especially nice, as is Yeh nasheeli hawa, chhaa raha hai nasha (the appreciation of which is, for me, heightened because of Shakila – she looks so cute with short hair!)

      Thank you for that. Some absolutely lovely songs there. :-)

  11. Beautiful list! Song #5,#6, #7, #8,#9 and #10 are my favorites.”DheereChal Dheere Chal Ae Bheegi Hawa” is such a lovely song!All the songs that I had in mind fitting the above theme are already mentioned by the readers :)
    One of my favorite song about wind song is “Sun ri Pawan” from Anuraag sung by Lata-

  12. Lovely post… I have been reading your blog since a long time (generally during office hours and hence never had the time to post a comment after reading the post and comments. :))
    Hadn’t heard 5 songs in this list… I have to confess I am a VERY BIIIIIIIGGGGGG Shammi fan and the ‘Dheere chal dheere chal’ was the best part of the post (naturally!). Oh and I simply love Madhosh hawa from Jaanwar, the way Shammi emotes, his actions, I can keep going on and on….

    The word ‘jhonka’ generally brings to mind the antara of that energetic Shammi number ‘Main hoon woh jhonka’ from the song ‘Tumse achcha kaun hai (Janwar)’

    A few songs that came to my mind:
    Yeh raatein yeh mausam nadi ka kinara, yeh chanchal hawa from Dilli Ka Thug
    Megha Re Bole Ghanan Ghanan Pawan Chale Sanan Sanan from ‘Dil deke dekho’
    Chali CHali kaisi hawa yeh from ‘Bluffmaster’ (Shammi in drag)
    Pavan chale toh uthe man mein lehar si from ‘Bambai Ka Babu’
    Sun jaa aa thandi hawa from Haathi Mere Saathi (tthough it’s 1971 and beyond your period)
    Hawa Hawa (pop by Hassan Jahangir, which was a fad during my childhood and still brings back lovely memories).
    Sorry for posting beyond the rules…
    Keep these posts coming, just enjoy them. :D

    • Aditya, thank you for commenting! I’m glad a post finally managed to tease you into saying something. ;-) Anybody who’s a Shammi Kapoor fan is always welcomed with open arms on this blog – Mr Kapoor’s my favourite actor, too. Can’t get enough of that man, really!

      I really like a lot of the songs you’ve mentioned (not Hassan Jahangir’s Hawa hawa so much, even though it was a huge hit back then). Yeh raatein yeh mausam nadi ka kinaara and Megha re bole ghanan-ghanan were both on my longlist but had to be dropped because the wind reference comes pretty late – not within the first line of the song.

  13. One of my favourite compositions with the wind in it is this one from Prem Patra. Loosely based on Megh Malhar and oddly enough for Salilda a ten beat rhythm. The use of strings in the interlude to mimic the sound of the rain and the sound effects for the wind (I wonder if that was done on the cellos) is quite realistic. The song is full of Salilda’s little surprises.

    • Yes, Saawan ki raaton mein had crossed my mind when I was first thinking of this list. But, while the wind is ever-present in the ‘music’ of the song and in the picturisation of it, I can’t seem to hear the word hawa – or a synonym – in the lyrics themselves. This, however, was on my list of favourite monsoon songs.

      • Where is your onomatopoeic gene young DO?
        When you write bad pot(e)ry like I do you know..
        A horse’s neigh, a bull’s bellow
        all these sounds are part of your echoic imagining
        the wind is present in the sound of its blowing.
        :-)

          • Aye true soul sisters are all about laying down boundaries…:-) , but that song is all wind, unlike the other salil composition “Madhbhari ye hawaiyen” where only the flute plays the part so I pushed the boundary wall a bit. Incidentally in your list the song by N Dutta (Dhool ka phool) the mukhda is very similar to “Panchi banoon udke ” ,so is the supporitng orchestration and you can hear the Dattaram theka in the rhythm. Wonder if the two Goans collaborated on that one?
            And your Uncle’s guitar in Thandi Hawaiyen…I really like the way, the unobtrusive little percussive arpeggios from the mandolin combine with the longer notes on the guitar. Such delicate phrasing

            • That’s an interesting observation about Jhukti ghata gaati hawa and Panchhi banoon udti phiroon – I had noticed the similarity between the two as well, and was wondering if my ears were playing tricks on me.

              And yes, I am partial to the guitar in Thandi hawaayein. :-) That song is very close to my heart.

  14. Another song with my favourite actress. Madan Mohan composed a lovely tune here. Mostly Malkauns based some odd notes dunno if its the recording. This is the clip from the film.
    Bad soundtrack but I can see Meena K.

    The soundtrack is cleaned up a bit here but still has a few squeaks and biased too much towards the bass end.

  15. And someone just nudged me about another song that I hadn’t included. A cousin of mine had also reminded me of this a couple of days back, and I’d had to tell him that I somehow don’t like Saawan ka mahina pawan kare sor much, Not enough to put it on my list. But no harm mentioning it in the comments!

        • “Kal ho na ho” (if you are referring to the film) has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. What an amazing soundtrack that was.
          But speaking of Anu Malik, he does show some interesting bursts of creativity like in “Duplicate” and “Border” and of course “Mai hooN na”. But for the most part, I personally find that his music does not stand out in my mind.

          • Yes, for me too Anu Malik’s music does not really stand out – in fact, I don’t even like the songs of Border, though Duplicate, I agree, had good music. He has the one-odd song that I really like (like Banda yeh bindaas hai), but other than that, I don’t find his work too memorable.

  16. i was looking for ‘chale hawa purvai, usha jagmag jagmag aayi’ form 1964 movie Hamara Ghar, lyrics Ali Sardar Jafri ..but could not find it on the internet … a lovely song , with both hawa and purvai in the first line :-)

      • I love Mere desh mein pawan chale purvaai! Jeetendra isn’t a favourite of mine, but the sheer joie de vivre of this song takes some beating. It’s really quite infectious, I think. :-) Thank you for posting this one (and I wish I’d remembered it).

      • its a lovely song…do hear if you ever get hold of it..sung by children (or picturised on them) …the movie i remember seeing on one of those freak doordarshan telecasts…dont remember much..but do seem to remember faintly that later when i read Lord of the Flies, Hamara Ghar seemed to pop into my mind. Searching on the net, i discovered it was made by Khawaja Ahmed Abbas and as i said lyrics were by Ali Sardar Jafri..that istself makes me want to revisit it.

    • You totally have me stumped on this song. I don’t have any songs from this film in my collection. And now I am very curious to hear this one. The only “Hamara ghar” that I knew of is from the 50s with music by Chitragupta. Shall look out for it. Thanks for the pointer.

    • Yes, of course. San-sanan jaa-jaa ri jaa ri pawan certainly is a wind song. The ‘pawan‘ comes pretty early in the song. And, if one uses SSW’s logic, the word is in the sound of the wind blowing! :-D

    • our reference of hava.

      Being? :-)

      I would certainly not list this as a hawa song, even though it is a really cute, playful song (and both Ajit and Nalini Jaywant are favourites of mine). But mausam songs are pretty much in a separate category by themselves and shouldn’t be mixed up with hawa songs.

      • Thanks for overall integrity. Certainly it is a playful song. There are wordings “aanchal ki hava do” , so I thought of including it.

  17. Wow, what a long-winded post! :-) Sorry, couldn’t resist. I loved your intro and all the songs on your list except for “O basanti which is too melodramatic for my taste.:-)
    Here’s a lovely number from Do Boond Pani that I don’t think anyone has mentioned.

    • YES!!! Superb song with the great combo of Asha and Jaidev. Bad DO for having forgotten this song (or maybe you have not seen the film).

    • Heh. :-) Yes, it has literally been (especially if you include all the comments!) a really long-winded post. I don’t think I have ever heard Jaa ri pawaniya piya ke des before. Beautiful song, so gentle and melodious.

    • Oh, yes. How could no-one have remembered Udke pawan ke sang chaloongi?! (Though I must admit I tend to forget this song from Shagird; the others are far more memorable).

  18. I really enjoyed this post, specially because I discovered quite a few songs here I had not heard before. Thandi Thandi Hawa pooche unka pata is one of them and is lovely. I saw the reference to Hamara Ghar, I have seen the movie but back when it was released. The theme was about people living in these huge roadside pipes in Bombay. I don’t remember the siory. I only remembered one song from it, Saare Jahan se accha.. Would love to hear the song mentioned “chale hawa purvai”. Will be on the lookout.

    Thandi hawaayen has been a favourite song, well most SDB songs for that matter.
    I really like your choice of songs.
    Here is one of my favourites from Geeta Dutt:
    Haule haule hawa dole, kaliyon ke ghoonghat khole, aaja mere man ke raja, pihu pihu papihaa bole

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