The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : The Male Female Duets : Duets of Mohammad Rafi and G M Durrani

Duets of Mohammad Rafi

In terms of numbers, duets of Mohammad Rafi would not stand much chance with those of Mukesh in this year. However, it so happens that, there are more songs that are familiar to me, at least, in this case of Mohammad Rafi’s duets as compared to those of Mukesh in this year.

Over and above this, Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar have recorded their first ever duet in this year of Lata Mangeshkar’s debut as playback singerin Hindi Films.That is the only one duet she has this year.

Mohammad Rafi, Mohantara – Main Teri Tu Mera Dono Ka Sang Sang Ho Basera – Aapki Sewa Mein – Dattaa Davjekar – Mahipal

Mohammad Rafi, Khursheed – Sawan Ki Ghatao Dheere Dheere Aana – Aage Badho – Sudhir Phadake – Amar Varma

N.B.  HFGK records this song to the credit of Manna Dey and Khursheed.

Mohammad Rafi, Noor Jehan – Yahan Badla Wafa Ka Bewafai Ke Siwa Kya Hai – Jugnu – Phiroz Nizami B A –

Mohammad Rafi, Lalita Deulkar- Kisko Sunaun Hal-e-Dil…. Hamko Tumhara Hi Aasra, Tum Hamare Ho Na Ho – Saajan – C Ramchandra – Moti B A

This is twin version of Rafi solo Hamko Tumhara Hi Aasra, Tum Hamare Ho Na Ho, but the composition of the duet is so different..

Mohammad Rafi, Lalita Deulkar- –Main Hoon Jaipur Ki Banjaran, Chanchal Mera Naam – Saajan – C Ramchandra – Qamar Jalalabadi

Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar – Lo Ho Gayi Taiyyar Zara Thaharo Ji – Shadi Se Pehle – Paigankar, Karnad – Pt. Sukhram Sharma

Mohammad Rafi, Razia Begum – Balam Harzai, Jao Ji Main Preet Kiye Pachhatai – Shikarpuri – Muhammad Safi – A Shah ‘Aziz’

Duets of G M Durrani

G M Durrani was considered to a very close competitor who Mohammad Rafi had to content with during Rafi’s initial years. Of couse that is not the reason for juxtaposing G M Durrani’s duest in this post.

G M Durrani, Amirbai Karnataki – Wafaein Hamari Na Tum Azamana – Diwani – Gyan Dutt – ?

G M Durrani, Geeta Roy – Aji Prem Ka Nata Toot Gaya Mera Preetam Mujh Se Choota – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mehandi  Ali Khan

G M Durrani, Paro Devi –Do Nazron Ka Mil Jana, Ban Gaya Ek Afsana – Heera – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalbadi

G M Durrani – Noor Jehan – Haath Seene Pe Rakh Do To Qarar Aye – Mirza Sahiban – Pt. Amarnath / Husnlal Bhagatram – Aziz Kashmiri

G M Durrani – Noor Jehan – Tum Aankho Se Door Ho Hui Neend Aankh Se Door – Mirza Sahiban – Pt. Amarnath / Husnlal Bhagatram – Aziz Kashmiri

We will take up Micro View of Male-Female Duets of other Male Singers for the year 1947 in our next episode.


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.

2 thoughts on “The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : The Male Female Duets : Duets of Mohammad Rafi and G M Durrani”

  1. Ashokji,
    1947 and earlier songs could be divided into two categories: one that became immensely popular and the other that were forgotten, which were only within the knowledge of collectors or those who had deep interest. There was no middle ground. This seems to be due to antiquity.

    In your list too, one can pick out three in the first category:Rafi’s Humko tumhara hi aasra and Yahan badla wafa ka bewafai ke siwa kya hai; and GM Durrani’s Haath seene pe jo rakh do to qaraar aa jaye. Rest were virtually unknown till we started discovering them in the internet era. Now we know more songs, but the first type had left an indelible imprint which is unlikely to be replaced by new discoveries.

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