The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – The Duets – Male Female Duets – Mohammad Rafi +

Mohammad Rafi’s duets with other female singers appear reasonably respectable in numbers. However, in terms of depth of penetration, i.e. range of co-singers or music directors the duets do look at the very initial stage of its enveloping wave formation. In fact the range of music directors and the number of Rafi duets with Shamshad Begum can be said more to the reflection of her strong acceptance at that point of time. Few duets had attained a high popularity level, but these are too few and far in between.

+ Suraiya

Taaron Bhari Raat Par Tu Nahin Hai, Ye Zindagi Kya Hai Tu Kahin Ham Kahin – Kajal – Ghulam Mohammad – D N Madhok

+ Shamshad Begum

Solah Baras Ki Bhai Umariya – Aag – Ram Ganguly – Nakshab Jarachvi

Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Na Le Bol – Actress – Shyam Sundar – Nakshab Jarachavi

Are O Albeli Naar Kyon Kar Kare Chhip Kar Vaar – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – Manohar Khanna

Nanhi Si Jaan Mein Hae Jawani Ka Sitam Kyon … – Nadiya Ke Paar – C Ramchandra – Moti B A

Ek Abre Siah Chhaya Aaj Mere Saathi – Rahnuma – Dhumi Khan – Dhumi Khan

+ Amirbai Karnataki

Mujhe Tum Se Muhabbat Hai Ye Meri Chak Damani – Shahnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki – Fiza Kausar Banglauri

Nazaron Se Khelun Baharon Se Khelun, Mera Bas Chale Chand Taaron Se Khelun – Shahnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki – Akhtar Pilibhiti

Tere Nazdik Jaate Hai, Na Tujhse Door Hai – Shahnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki – Akhtar Pilibhiti

Zindadi Ki Raah Mein Tez Chal Kahin Na Tham – Shahnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki –Amir Usmani Deobandi

Man Ki Sooni Nagariya Suhani Bani– Sona Chandi – Tufail Farookhi – Khavar Zanam

+ Geeta Roy

Phool Ko Le Baitha Bhool Kar – Chunariya – Hans Raj Behl – Mulk Raj Bhakari

 + Beenapani Mukherjee

Mera Dil Ghayal Kar Ke Bairi Jag Se Dar Ke – Satynarayan – Hansraj Behl – Surjeet Shethi

Kya Yaad Hai Tum Ko Wo Din – Satynarayan – Hansraj Behl

+ Other female Singers

Mohantara Talpade +Bairan Ho Gayee Raat Piya Bin – Adalat – Datta Davjekar – Mahipal

Rekha Rani +Jamana Ke Tat Par Ham Rokenge Baan – Amar Prem – Datta Thakar – Mohan Mishra M.A.

Rajkumari +O Aao Chale Manwa More Door Kahin – Amar Prem – Datta Thakar – Mohan Mishra M A

Lalita Deulkar +More Raja Ho Le Chal Nadiya Ke Paar – Nadiya Ke Paar – C Ramchandra – Moti B A

Next, we will take up, spread over three parts, Male Female Duets of Other Singers for Micro View of Songs of 1948.


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

4 thoughts on “The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – The Duets – Male Female Duets – Mohammad Rafi +”

  1. Ashokji,
    Thanks a lot for your painstaking compilation. The two duets composed by CR in Nadiya Ke Paar stand out as the most popular and everlasting. The discovery was Ek abre siah, another song on the standard Heer tune. Rafi has figured in at least five more that I know [composed by CR (‘Safar’), Anil Biswas (at least two in ‘Heer’, OP Nayyar (‘Naya Daur’), and SJ (‘Mera Naam Joker’)]. I remember I have mentioned a Surendra and a Mukesh song too on my blog.

    I hope the mystery of Bairan ho gayi raat piya bin is solved. The link you had given in your post on female solos was by Juthika Roy.

    1. I have been separately tracking Rafi’s first solo with any music director. In the process, I keep on landing up several gems that I have just not heard.
      The credit for my such endeavors go to the ‘Best songs of 1948: And the winners are?’ series on SoY.

      In fact I could land upon the real duet version of ‘Bairan ho gayi raat piya bin’ in this process only. So I have removed the erroneously placed YT link from the original post of ‘Other Female Singers’.

      Thanking you for all this is fruitless because such words can never express my true feelings of gratitude.

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