(Part 1) Boat Songs

In the month of June this year, I published a series of posts based on the train songs, dedicating the entire month to it. A few months earlier, I published songs with a tonga rhythm. While all these posts were in progress, I was wondering what next?
Keeping the thought on the back burner I completed the other posts. I thought, after Ghoda Gadi and the train, why not think of some other means of travel. Obviously I thought of boat songs. As there are too many songs, I (as usual) thought of dividing them into a few categories. But I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to come up with the series of posts in a single month. The majority of the boat songs are romantic duets or solos. Some are group songs, some are sung while the character is alone. An interesting category would be songs by boatmen. Off hand I can’t think of many songs fitting the latter category. Anyways, I think now I should focus on today’s post.

Let me present my first category today.

Two is company

I don’t need to explain the phrase, but it’s better to clarify my point of view. The list has songs with a couple traveling on the boat. He or she or both rowing, and there is no third person on the boat. No boatman or an accompanying person! In the majority of the songs, the boat is a small simple one, with oars. In one song, it’s a motor boat, but the hero himself is driving it.

But a bigger motor boat and the couple singing a song on the rooftop is not allowed on the list. And it could be a duet or a solo, both are granted. And preferably the entire song should be picturised on the boat. Only one stanza or just a small part of the song on the boat IS NOT ENOUGH to qualify for the list.

Here we row, ten boat songs, where ‘two is company’

1. Kinare Kinare Chale Jayenge – Vidya (1948) Suraiya / S D Burman – Yashodanandan Joshi
Beautiful Suraiya and handsome Dev Anand are rowing the boat, singing the optimistic song. Both are rowing serenely, enjoying each other’s company. The lyrics are quite simple, though they highlight the courageous side of the character Suraiya plays in the movie. Madan Puri, a celebrated villain, watches on from a bridge and of course gets jealous of them.
An interesting trivia about the song is that, during the picturisation of the song, the boat capsized and both of them fell in water. Dev Anand saved Suraiya from drowning, and the love story started budding. It was their first film together, when Suraiya was already a star and Dev Anand was a newcomer. They later acted together in six more films.

2. Mast Pawan Hai Chanchal Dhara – Jeet (1949) Lata Mangeshkar / Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan
Madan Puri and Suraiya Choudhary rowing the boat, while the latter sings this beautiful song. I was surprised to watch the outdoor shooting of the song in a real river even for a few close ups. The song is very melodious, with jaltarang forming a part of its melody.

3. More Raja Ho Le Chal – Nadiya Ke Paar (1948) Rafi & Lalita Deulkar / C Ramchandra – Moti
What a beautiful melody it is! And fabulously sung by the singers, one of the best known songs of Lalita Deulkar. It was the first song that I remembered while compiling the list. Dilip Kumar rowing the boat, and look at his realistic efforts as he pushes the oar to row the boat in the beginning. He looks very young and the chemistry between the two of them is amazing. Kamini Kaushal says a lot with her eyes. In contrast to the couple of songs above, this one’s picturised on a set and not on a real outdoor location.

4. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Akele The – Nartaki (1963) Rafi / Ravi – Shakeel Badayuni
An extremely beautiful melodious song. Such a soothing, soft melody, sung with such apt expressions. Sunil Dutt rowing the boat himself, while Nanda enjoys his company and the surroundings. If you watch this song carefully, you will know why I was surprised to notice the first couple of songs (from the late 40s) being shot on a real outdoor location. Even for a song from the early 60s, only the longshots are from an outdoor location, the close ups appear to be studio shots.

5. Taaron Ki Zuban Par Hai – Nausherwan E Adil (1957) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / C Ramchandra – Parwez Shamsi
A perfectly melodious romantic song. Instead of a normal looking boat, the couple is travelling on a royal boat. It has an attractive shape and the prince himself is rowing it. The song anyways has a dreamy touch to it, the picturisation on a misty lake makes it more dreamy. Raj Kumar is for a change, smiling throughout the song and Mala Sinha looks beautiful.

6. Chand Bhi Koi Deewana Hai – Pyaas (1969) Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor / N Datta – Qamar Jalalabadi
A sublime song. What a great romantic melody. It’s picturised on Mumtaz and Sudhir, both roaming around on a boat in a beautiful lake. It’s late in the evening and the moon has risen. It’s sung very beautifully by the singers, a lingering melody to very apt lyrics. I couldn’t get a video with good audio quality.

7. Hue Hai Tumpe Aashiq Hum – Mere Sanam (1965) Rafi / O P Nayyar – Majrooh
It’s the only song on the list with a motor boat. Nevertheless the concept of ‘two is company’ still holds true for it. Asha Parekh pretends to be angry at Biswajit, but actually she is happy. Very nice tune, I particularly like the interlude music, so typically Nayyar’s!

8. Ye Chand To Mridang Hai – Shri Krishnarjun Yuddha (1971) Rafi & Shyama Hemadi-Chittar / Nandu Pyare – Pandit Madhur
A semi classical song from a mythological movie. Arjun and Subhadra, played by Abhi Bhattacharya and Jayashree Gadkar respectively, are enjoying a moonlight boat ride. Both are rowing the boat and singing the beautiful song. When Krishna, played by Mahipal, gets to know about it, he replaces Arjun just in time and saves him. Shyama Hemadi-Chittar was Suman Kalyanpur’s younger sister, who’s voice closely resembles her. It’s a very melodious song, a sort of hidden gem! Even though the entire song is not on the boat, at least 2/3rds is on the boat.

9. Tumne Piya Diya Sab Kuchh – Us Paar (1974) Lata Mangeshkar / S D Burman – Yogesh
S D Burman was perfectly in tune in the 70s as well. Listen to this peaceful melody, just one year prior to his death. Picturised on Vinod Mehra and Moushumi Chatterjee in a boat, it steals your heart. The pair looks nice and the song is a perfect fit for today’s list.

10. Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar – Kati Patang (1971) Mukesh / R D Burman – Anand Bakshi
And to end the list, here I’m with the superstars Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh. He is rowing the boat himself while pouring his heart out. She is a bit anxious and sceptical, I guess about their relationship. While most of the songs on the list are romantic, this one’s not exactly romantic. Though he is passionately in love, the mood of the song is not romantic exactly. Please follow the instructions to watch it on YouTube.

Would you add a song?

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30 Replies to “(Part 1) Boat Songs”

    1. As Dr Rajesh Deshpande pointed out, none of them is rowing the boat, so their has to a boatman, though not included in the frames anytime.
      So doesn’t qualify. But it would be there on the next list.


      1. Dear Anup ji,

        If you look closely (@ 1:42), the Hero is shown operating the Wheel himself and since no third person is shown, it is to be presumed that the Hero is driving the Boat. And when he does not have his hands on the wheel, he has simply cut off engines and is drifting. What can be more romantic than that? Or better still, he has put the boat on Auto Pilot 🙂

        Jokes apart, please please, do include this song, it is so romantic!

        An excellent Post with the possibilities of so many variables for future Posts, as Boats come in all shapes and sizes. You may like to keep one exclusively for sail boats.

        Since you are unlikely to have more than one song on large Cruise Vessels, I am taking the liberty of placing this song from a recent film, a major part of which was shot on a Cruise Liner. The entire song and dance sequence was shot in a single take :

        Looking forward to many more on this Subject.

        With warm regards



        1. Partha Ji,
          I agree with you that he is handling the wheel himself and there’s no one else on the boat. And it’s not a very big boat either. And how the boat sails smoothly without anyone actually driving it, is not a question to be asked to a Hindi film lover. These things are to be ignored. So considering all points collectively, I think I should allow it on today’s list. Thank you for clarifying the things.
          It’s really a heavenly romantic song. I love it a lot too.

          But, the size of the boat wouldn’t be a main criteria of division of songs, though it would have appeared so from my reply to Anitaji’s comment.
          And hence the song (from Dil Dhakane Do) you have added, would get a chance to feature in one of the future posts. But thanks for mentioning it here. It’s a good song, and I won’t mind adding it on a suitable list.

          And, I missed your comment on the 4th anniversary post. If you get time, please do visit and add your comments. I’m sure you will like the topic.


  1. You posted my favourite boat song – Chaand bhi koi deewaana hai, Anupji – so I’m especially happy. 🙂 Many of the other songs in this list too I like a lot. As Anitaji mentioned, Chalo dildaar chalo also counts, doesn’t it?

    There’s a haddi in the kabab, but the duet itself is lovely, I think. Woh dekhein toh unki inaayat from Funtoosh:

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Madhuji. And Chand Bhi Koi Deewana Hai is a lovely song, my absolute favourite too.
      Both of the songs you mentioned would feature in the next part of the series. I’ve already mentioned about the Pakeezah song. As this part is wholly devoted to ‘two is company’, no third person in any role, visible or invisible during the song is not allowed.

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  2. Anup,
    Nice partition of boat songs, looking forward to others in the series. Best songs are already there. ‘Ye chaand to mridang hai’ is quite interesting. First time I saw Chaand being compared to a percussion instrument.

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    1. Thank you AKji. I’m glad you liked the idea of classifying the songs.
      And I agree, it’s quite unusual and interesting to compare the moon to a musical instrument. But it’s very melodious and soothing.


  3. Dr. Anup,

    An excellent new series on this special day today!

    Happy Deep Puja and Gatari Amavasya ( though not sure, if you eat non-veg)!!

    Your earlier in-motion songs series were enjoyable and this one on boat songs seems equally so with a nice list of songs in the first part.
    Your selection criteria makes it more interesting.

    I hope there would a series later on different forms of road transport – Car/Jeep/Bike/Bicycle

    The first song that came to my mind was Chalo dildar chalo, as already mentioned by others.
    Maybe, not your favorite?
    Wondering if it doesn’t fit in the two-is-company criteria, as there has to be a boatman (though unseen) managing the boat. We don’t see either of the two rowing.

    How about this one?

    Pyar mohabbat ke siva ye zindagi – Pyar Mohabbat 1966

    And are songs with a solo person in the boat allowed?
    I was thinking about O mehbooba from Sangam. Though, later on, it becomes two of them.

    Will come back with some more, if I can recollect


    1. Thank you Dr Rajesh for appreciation. I’m happy and satisfied that readers are liking the division of songs in various categories.
      You have rightly pointed out why Chalo dildar chalo doesn’t qualify.
      The one from Pyar Mohabbat fits. It was there on my list, but couldn’t bear Saira Bano’s horrible wig. So atrocious!
      And the song isn’t my particular favourite. So skipped it.
      I’m planning a ‘solo traveler on the boat’ post or where the signing character is rowing the boat on his/her own.
      ‘O Mehbooba’ from Sangam is at present in a miscellaneous songs folder, as I’m yet to classify it. But let me see.
      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Your comment always encourages me and brings a smile.


  4. By now I have ceased to be surprised at your choice of subjects for posts. Boats is certainly an unique theme, With your passion for sub classification I am in for a nice treat in the coming days. Please accept my appreciation for this post. Fortunately I thought of a song immediately. Enough of the song is the boat scene.
    Ye nai nai preet hai from Pocket Maar (1956) sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahommad, Rajinder Krishan / Madan Mohan


    1. Ranganji,
      Thank you for the appreciation. I’m glad you enjoy the series of posts with a same theme divided by some criteria.
      I love the song Yeh Nayi Nayi Preet Hai
      But the couple is not alone in the boat, there are a few other passengers as well in it. Plus after the first stanza, the couple gets down from the boat. So I think it doesn’t fit my criteria.
      It will fit surely in the future posts.
      Thank you for sharing the song.


    1. Oh yes! A perfect fit.
      I completely forgot about this one. I regret now! Should have thought of it. The couple is alone, nothing matters if the boat is stationary. That’s a variation of today’s theme. Thank you so much for the addition.


  5. Anup ji ,
    Namaste .
    पहले आपने हमें टॉक टॉक करती घोडागाडी में बिठाया , बादमें ट्रेन की सवारी करवाई और अब बिठाया बोटमें .. मज़ा आ रहा हैं ।

    The selection of songs is nice as usual .
    Amused 2 watch अर्जुन nd सुभद्रा in a boat song . Ur research is praiseworthy nd so is the criteria .

    I found too many songs 2 add .. but alas !!! सारे गानोंमें एकाद अंतरेके बाद रोईंग करनेवाले हिरोके हाथमें दर्द शुरु हो जाता हैं और वे दोनों आ जाते हैं जमीनपर !!!

    I liked the screenshot U hv added in the beginning .. I cud identify song of इंतकाम .. but cudn’t identify the first one .. was
    Anita Guha there in it … which song is it ?

    I wud like 2 add a sweet Yesudas song picturised on National award winner Oriya actor Prashant Nanda ( nd Zarina Wahab ) of film नैय्या …
    ” गोरिया रे .. ओ गोरिया रे
    तेरे आनेसे सज गयी हमरी ये
    टूटी – फूटी नाँव ”

    I m very very curious about the next part .

    Anup ji , thnx for this part .

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole .


    1. Yes,
      A perfect fit Partha Ji.
      This one reminds me of yet another song of Lata Mangeshkar’s. But as I’ve already included it on one of the later parts of the boat song series, I won’t disclose it at present.


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