The Songs of Optimism

When I published my last post on the 4th of August, I had no idea what the coming week was about to bring. And it brought days of immense mental strain, when my city was submerged in water. Due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area of nearby dam, 65% of my city and a couple of cities in the vicinity got badly affected by the floods.

No one had really thought of the severity of the flood, as a similar situation about 14 years back had not been too serious! The water pouring out of the river Krishna, and the back flow of the drainage water was literally flowing on the streets engulfing the areas as it went through. Some of the areas were badly affected, where about 8-10 feet water column was there for more than four days.
The whole of the old city along with the main merchandise establishments suffered heavy financial losses and severe mental trauma, they never even thought of! The main market of my city was under water, where all the major clothing stores, and goldsmiths, along with the vegetable market are.The water levels was more than 5 feet on the streets and inside a few shops as well!

The unexpected heavy rainfall in the catchment area of the dam and the blockade of the natural water channels by the humans were the factors responsible for the calamity. No doubt, lack of coordination between the inflow and the discharge of water in two dams across the river Krishna, was also responsible to an extent. But surely now we humans can understand how much damage we have done to our surroundings everywhere and learn to take more care.

There had been posts on social media about the floods that affected my city so far, and from that data, this is the sixth time since 1850. But as the affected area was much wider this year, this can be taken as the most severe. The small villages nearby the city, situated on the banks of river Krishna surely suffered a lot worse. The crops, all across the fertile land of the district were reduced to rotten vegetation. The farmers lost everything the crop, the cattle, and the home in majority of the places. I don’t want to think of the consequences, we will face in the next few weeks. There would be health issues, fear of water borne diseases, and on rare occasions, people did come across reptiles, including snakes as the water started receding and people began cleaning the areas.

I remember a Marathi song, written on the river Krishna, by G D Madgulkar.
‘संथ वाहते कृष्णा माई,
तीरावरल्या सुख दुःखाची जाणीव तिजला नाही’
(The river Krishna relentlessly flows, unaware of the happiness or the sorrows of the people on her banks)
I used to wonder why such lines were written! Perhaps the lyricist was aware of the previous flood situations that created havoc on the banks of the river Krishna.

Now, that the water has receded, people have started realizing the financial loss, and that will test their morals. I can’t even imagine their emotional trauma and loss.
I think we need to be optimistic ……..


And I’m posting the songs that will evoke optimism! As usual, the songs are in No particular order. Today, as I want to highlight the optimism that flows through the songs, I’ve purposely selected the audio versions and refrained from the videos. Though videos of some of the songs are available. This will help the listeners concentrate on the lyrics.

1. Raat Bhar Ka Mehmaan Andhera – Sone Ki Chidiya (1958) Asha Bhosle & Rafi / O P Nayyar – Sahir
The lyrics by Sahir are enough to ignite a spark into a disheartened soul. Each night comes to an end and brings a dawn! The fresh, inevitable morning follows! The darker the night, more brighter the morning! The Happiness is more appreciated after a sad event.

2. Woh Subah Kabhi To Aayegi – Phir Subah Hogi (1958) Mukesh & Asha Bhosle / Khayyam – Sahir
The context of the song in the film is different. But it mentions of a hope for a better and brighter future.

3. Kabhi To Milegi Kahin To Milegi – Aarti (1962) Lata Mangeshkar / Roshan – Majrooh
A song that even if speaking about the character in the film, has a universal appeal as well. The paths of sorrow are long, but if we are determined to reach our target, nothing will scare us!

4. Aaj Nahin To Kal – Mashal (1950) Lata Mangeshkar / S D Burman – Pradeep
Though the character is addressing her own mind, we can correlate with her feelings about being optimistic! Let there be dark clouds surrounding your target, be positive and confident.

5. Ek Din Yeh Aansoo Banenge Sitare – Heera Moti (1959) Lata Mangeshkar / Roshan – Shailendra
An optimistic song, full of hope for a better future. The God is testing her patience, she is going through bad times continuously. But she still keeps faith in him. She is ready to forget her past and painful experiences, and move forward with a new vigor. She is encouraging her pair of bulls, Heera & Moti to keep their faith. In fact, the story of this film revolves around this pair of bulls.

6. Kabhi Hai Gham, Kabhi Khushiyan – Waris (1954) Talat / Anil Biswas – Qamar Jalalabadi
The song is optimistic and it motivates the listener to understand life better. The sorrow and happiness are two sides of a coin.

7. Jago Mohan Pyare – Jagte Raho (1957) Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus / Salil Choudhari – Shailendra
If we listen carefully, the song is addressed to one’s heart. The mind should open up and listen to the beats of his own. Again, the context is completely different in the film. But it certainly inspires you for hope of a better future.

8. Laut Gaya Gham Ka Zamana – Naya Aadmi (1959) Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar / M S Vishwanathan & T K Ramamurthy- Rajendra Krishan
The song stimulates hopes of glory and happiness. The expressions of the singers are superb! The song may not be a popular one, but fits the theme perfectly.

9. Gham Ki Andheri Raat Mein – Sushila (1963) Rafi & Talat / C Arjun – Jaan Nisar Akhtar
I think, this is one of the most popular songs on the list. But I kept it in the end, as it talks about a personal loss in the verses. But the mukhada itself is so optimistic that I retained it.

10. Raaton Ke Saaye Ghane – Annadata (1972) Lata Mangeshkar / Salil Choudhari – Yogesh
Another song to boost up confidence and hope for a brighter future.

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23 Replies to “The Songs of Optimism”

  1. Anup ji,
    We saw the flood havoc on the news. Sangli town had become waterlogged and the water had entered the buildings. North Karnataka, Coastal Karnataka, Kodagu ( Coorg) and Kerala were also devastated. Thankfully the rain fury has subsided and the water level receded. Now lies ahead the daunting task of rebuilding lives. Let’s hope the affected will get proper rehabilitation and all necessary aids.
    उम्मीद पर दुनिया कायम है।

    Duniya mein hum aaye hain toh jeena hi padega…… MOTHER INDIA.

    Beta darr mat darr mat
    Aahen bhar mat bhar mat
    Chinta kar mat kar mat
    Yun hi mar mat mar mat….BHAI BEHAN

    Rona kabhi nahin rona
    Chahe toot jaaye koi khilona….APNA DESH

    Tu Darr mat darr mat darr mat Yaara
    Gam kar mat kar mat kar mat… MEHMAAN

    Jeevan mein darna nahin….KHOTE SIKKEY

    Nadiya chale chale re dhara
    Tujhko chalna hoga…..SAFAR

    Ruk jaana nahin tu kahin haar ke….. IMTHIHAAN

    Sun ke teri pukaar
    Sang chalne ko tera koi ho na ho taiyyar
    Himmat na haar
    Chal chala chal akela..
    FAKIRA chal chala chal…. FAKIRA

    Tum besahara ho toh kisi ka sahara bano… ANURODH

    Rote hue aate hain sab
    Hansta hua jo jaayega..

    Rub ru roshni hai….RANG DE BASANTI

    Toota toota ek Parinda aise toota

    Allah ke bande….WAISA BHI HOTA HAI

    Aashayein….. IQBAL

    Duniya ka naara jame raho
    Manzil ka Isharaa jame raho….
    Khol do darwaze
    Parde karo kinara….TAARE ZAMEEN PAR

    Guzrenge mushkilon ke mohalle se
    Nikle hain junoon leke ghar se
    Aankhen milayenge darr se…..NEERJA

    Most of our sports/ war themed movies have good inspirational songs many of them being Title songs….
    etc etc.


    1. Yes,
      The rain has stopped and the situation has improved in my area.
      Thanks for sharing the songs. There are a number of inspirational songs, as you mention.
      But there is a difference between the optimistic songs and inspirational song in my opinion.


  2. It’s always even more heartbreaking to hear news of disasters like this from people who’ve seen them close up. Last year, Anu had to suffer through the Kerala floods (and Kerala is of course hit by floods again…) and now this. So terrible, and so sad that nobody – not the government, not big business – cares, because they are the ones who profit from reckless ‘development’ at the cost of environmental degradation. It’s the common people who suffer the worst. 😦

    Lovely list of songs, Anupji. Thank you. The first one that came to my mind as soon as I saw the title of your post was Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi.


    1. Thanks for the appreciation Madhuji!
      And yes, floods have hit Kerala yet again! It’s so unfortunate! In a way, we the humans are responsible for the disaster, but nature has its own ways to teach us a lesson. The incidence highlighted the power of nature and how helpless we are in front of it!

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  3. I thinks “Rahi Manwa Gham Ki Chinta” from DOSTI fits the theme, or for that matter ” Meri Dosti Mera Pyar” from same movie also fits the theme to some extent.

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  4. Anup,
    I remember a similar downpour and its lasting effects in early 70s. Will never forget that nightmare
    Hope you’ll can get over it soon.
    i can think about a song with the same initial lyrics like # 4 Mashaal song aaj nahin to kal by Geeta Dutt from Naag Mani


    1. Thanks Ashraf ji. The nightmare is fading now, soon we would be able to get over it!
      thanks for adding a new song to the list, I heard it for the first time! and of course liked it.Fits perfectly!


  5. Surely these two songs fits to the theme.
    “Dukh Bhare Din Bete Re Bhaiya”, MOTHER INDIA
    “Ae Dil Tujhe Qasam Hai”, DULARI.


    1. Naghma ji,
      Both the songs are inspirational in my opinion. The songs do inspire us to move ahead courageously, without fearing and to be strong in our difficult times. So I take them as inspirational rather than optimistic songs. For me, both the genres may sound similar but they are distinct.


      1. Yes you are right, as an afterthought I realized these songs does not fall into the category of optimistic songs.
        Am still not sure whether “Badal Jaye Agar Mali” from “Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi” fits to the theme as these is a very thin line between motivational, optimistic and inspirational songs.


        1. Atif Alvi,
          Welcome to Mehfil!
          Yes, There is a thin line between the optimistic, motivational and inspirational songs.
          Badal Jaye Agar Mali should fall in the category of inspirational songs in my opinion.


  6. Monsoon fury and concomitant release of huge volume of water with full gusto leads to wide scale destruction of human habitat and has been a familiar feature in our country over years. Increase in population and upward density of human beings in a given area causes more misery over years. This is a constant cycle of destruction and resuscitation ordained by nature. I can understand your sentiments fully. You bounded back with such a nice theme and a string of songs which can even raise the dead. With a poor knowledge of Hindi and lyrics understanding I do not dare to venture for songs suggestion. I think the following song from Kal Hamara Hai (Lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Chitragupt) – will fit the bill.
    Gham ki badli mein chamakta (Mohammad Rafi)


    1. Thank you Ranganji for visiting and commenting.
      I heard the song posted by you, but in my opinion, it’s an inspirational song!
      There is just a subtle difference between the two, at times a song can be both!


  7. I am glad that the situation is coming back to normal. But the thing is the Sarkari-amla will also come back to normal after a while. The floods everywhere are a an alarm call that we should act fast to restore nature, else it will be forced to maintain balance, whatever way it can.
    But people, as you said, should be optimistic. So here’s a very optimistic one, at least I believe so:


    1. Yes Aditi ji,
      The condition is getting back to normal. Thank God!
      Nature has proved itself the greatest force to govern the Eco-system.
      On a lighter note, thanks for the song. I had heard it before, but had completely forgotten about it.
      It’s a fun song yet maintains the optimistic flavour!


  8. Anup ji Namaste .
    Hope everthing in Ur city is normal now .
    Once again , there is a forecast of heavy rains between 30th August nd 5th Sept.
    (nd here in Thane , it is going to b true as heavy rains hav already started as if they want to welcome our friend Ganesh.)

    Well , “उम्मीद पर दुनिया कायम हैं ” , let’s hope for the best … At this difficult hour , we should think optimistically , nd here U r with the same theme nd nice songs of optimism .

    Yes … I liked the songs nd also Ur opinion that there is a very thin line between songs of optimism nd songs of inspiration.

    I want to add 2 songs … but nt sure whether they can b included here in optimistic songs or nt .

    1 “मैं जागू तुम सो जाओ ” – ब्रह्मचारी
    2 ” आएगी जरुर चिठ्ठी मेरे नाम की ” – दुल्हन

    U hav mentioned about
    “संथ वाहते कृष्णामाई “…. Nd how the आधुनिक वाल्मिकी ग.दि.माडगूळकर has written about river Krishna’s blessings nd curses … I liked all that narration.

    Thnx for this post , Anup.
    “आशा अमर रहें ” .


    1. Yes,
      Now the city is trying to settle to normal routine, though a lot of people have lost their houses and all belongings. It was a nightmare!
      But life goes on, and the show must go on……………….
      and, you say rightly, “उम्मीद पर दुनिया कायम हैं ”
      I hope everything would be ok soon.

      Ganesh Utsav is approaching and as usual rains are back, but in milder form. I hope none of us ever experience the nightmare again!

      And for the songs mentioned by you,
      The first one suits perfectly,
      Main Gaaun Tum So Jao

      But I’m not sure about the second. It sounds optimistic, but has other emotions too.
      It reminded me of Aankhiyon Ko Rehne De from Bobby. The tunes are very similar. Of course by the same composer.

      P S –
      I’m posting romantic rain songs list tomorrow. Though the experiences in the last month had washed all the romance connected with the rain, I tried to be normal and again remind all, the romantic side of the rains.


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