Raag – Based Ghazals

Have you ever heard a ghazal and felt it to be similar to another tune of some film song?
Or a raag that you are familiar with but not quite there?!
For example, “Zindagi mein to sabhi pyaar kiya karte hain” in Dadra Taal sung by Mehdi Hassan is in Raag Bhimpalasi, while his most popular “Ranjish hi sahi, dil hi dukhane ke liye aa” is in Raag Yaman!

Here’s a list to get you going!


Here are some more popular raag – based ghazals sung by the following artists:

  1. MH – Mehdi Hassan
  2. JS, CS – Jagjit & Chitra Singh
  3. GA – Ghulam Ali
  4. HH = Hariharan

The raags may not be fully obvious in all, and only shades are felt in some of them, and many have notes of other raags mixed in!

Dr Sajeev Anand and I are in the process of confirming our first impressions – if anyone has another opinion, kindly do share in the comments below! But they are all melodious – so enjoy!

  1. Ahiri Todi
  2. Bageshri
    • Aapko bhool jaaye hum (CS) ? Mishra Kaafi
    • Dil ki baat labon pe MH
  3. Bahar
    • Phool hi phool khil uthe – MH
  4. Bhairav
  5. Bhairavi
    • Apni dhun mein rahta hoon, main bhi tere – GA
    • Apno ne gham diye MH
    • Kabhi neki bhi uske ji men gar aa jaye hai mujhse – GA
    • Phir kisi raah guzar par shayad – JS
    • Main khayal hoon ‘ MH
    • Meri tanhaiyon tum hi lagalo mujhko sinese – JS
    • Yeh dil yeh paagal dil mera (awaargi) – GA
    • Yaaro kisii qaatil se kabhii pyaar na maa.Ngo – MH
  6. Bhankar
    • Khuli Jo Ankh
  7. Bhatiyaar
    • Khulee jo aankh to woh tha na woh zamaana tha – MH
  8. Bhimpalasi
    • Chupke chupke raat din aanso bahana yaad hai – GA
    • Roshan jamaale yaar se hai anjuman tamaam
    • Tum hakeekat ho koi khwaab dikhaao na mujhe – HH
    • Zindagi men to sabhi pyar kiya karte hai – MH
  9. Bhupali
    • Dost ban ban ke miley mujhko mitaney waaley – JS
    • Duniya kisi ke pyaar mein jannat se kum nahin – MH
    • Tum naa maano magar PU
  10. Bhup Kalyan
    • Ranj ki jab guftagoo honey lagi – GA
  11. Bhupeshwari
    • Ab ke hum bichhde – MH
    • Dard badh kar fugaan na ho jaye – CS
  12. Bihag
    • Wo dil nawaz hai magar MH (with Raag Bhinna Shadaj)
  13. Bilaval
    • Yu na mil mujhse khafa ho jaise – MH
    • Wo ke har ahad-e-mohabbat se mukartaa jaaye – MH
  14. Charukeshi
    • Aisa lagta hai zindagi tum ho – CS
    • Patthar ke khuda – JS
    • Main khayaal hoon kisi aur ka – JS
    • Dukh ki laharne chheda hoga – GA
  15. Des
    • Chadariya jhini re jhini – AJ
  16. Darbari
    • Hangama hai kyon barpa – GA
    • Kabhi kaha na kisi se tere afsaaney ko – GA
    • Koo ba koo phail gayi baat shanaasayi ki – MH
    • Denewale mujhe maujon ki rawani de de ‘ – JS
    • Sunte hain ki mil jaati hai har cheez dua se – JS
  17. Deshkar
    • Woh ke har ahde muhabbat se mukartaa jaaye – MH
  18. Gaud Malhar
    • Bhooli bisri chand ummeeden (MH) [with Raag Saarang]
    • Phool hi phool khil uthey mere paimaney mein – MH
  19. Hamir
    • Vo dilnawaz hain lekin nazar shanaas nahin? – MH
  20. Jansammohini
    • Chirag-e-toor jalao (MH)
    • Jheel main chaand (PU)
  21. Jangla Bhairavi
    • Khuda kare ki mohabbat MH
  22. Jaijaivanti
    • Dost bankar bhi nahin saath nibhanevala – GA
  23. Jhinjhoti
    • Sata sata ke hame – MH
    • Gulon main rang bhare – MH
    • Tanha tanha mat sochakar – MH
  24. Jog
    • Ahde masti hai, log kahte hain – HH
    • Daayam pada hua tere dar par nahin hoon main – HH
    • Ye mojazaa bhii muhabbat kabhii dikhaaye mujhe – MH
  25. Jogiya
    • Gazab kiya tere vaadepe – MH
  26. Kaafi
    • Pyar bhare do – MH
    • chamte chand ko ‘ aawargi GA (with Asavari)
    • Rafta rafta – MH
    • Kabhi guncha kabhi shola kabhi shabnam – JS
    • Ye haqeeqat hai – CS
  27. Kalavati
    • Dil men aur to kya rakha hai – GA
  28. Khamaj
    • Kal chaudvin ki raat thee, shab bhar raha – MH
    • Mohabbat karnewale kam na hoge – MH
    • Fiqr hii Thaharii to dil ko fikr-e-Khubaa.N kyo.n na ho – MH
    • Yu zindagi ki raah main – MH
  29. Kirvani
    • Shola tha jal bujha hun – MH
    • Para para hua pairahan-e-jaan – GA
  30. Lalit
    • Koi paas aya savere – JS
  31. Malkauns
    • Kya bhala mujhko parakhne ka nateeza nikla – MH
    • E roshniyo ke shahar bata – MH
    • Mana ke musht-e-khak se badhkar nahin hun main – JS
  32. Marwa
    • Garmiye Hasrat-e-Nakamse (with Raag Sohini / Pooriya)
  33. Maand
    • Naqsh-e-khayal – MH
    • Hum hee main thee na koi baat
  34. Megh
    • Mehfil mein baar baar kisi par nazar gayi
  35. Miya Ki Malhar
    • Ek bas tu hi nahi – MH
  36. Mishra Gaud
    • Aaye kuchh abra kuchh sharab – MH
  37. Pahadi
    • Dil mein ek lahar si uthi hai abhi – GA
    • Baat karni mujhe mushkil – MH
    • Jawanike heele haya – JS
    • Kaun kahata hai ki mohabbat – JS
    • Suna tha ki wo aayenge anjuman main – JS
    • Badal jayega – CS
    • Jo thake thake se hausle – MH
  38. Patdeep
    • Roshan jamaal e yaar – MH
  39. Pilu
    • Aadmi aadmi ko kya – JS
    • Kaise chhupaau raaz-e-gham – MH
    • Guncha-e-shauq lagaa hai khilne – MH
  40. Puriya
    • Tere khamosh hothose – PU
    • Ye haqeeqat hai – CS
    • Garmii-e-hasarat-e-naakaam se jal jaate hai.n – MH (with Raag Marwa / Sohini)
  41. Rageshri
    • Ab koi baat bhi meri – JS
    • Aaapko bhool jaayen hum, aaapse kuch gila
    • Dekhto dil ke jaane se uthta hai, yeh dhuaan – MH
    • Gulon mein rang bharey, baad-e-nau bahar
    • Gulshan gulshan shola – MH
    • Mujhe tum nazar se – MH
    • Patta patta boota – MH
  42. Sarang
    • Nawajish karam shukriya -‘ MH
    • Ye kaisi mohabbat – JS
  43. Shivranjani
    • Jo bhi dukh yaad na tha, yaad aya – GA
    • Teri mehfil se – MH
  44. Shri
    • Tumney sooli pe latakte jise dekha hoga – JS
  45. Tilang
    • Main nazar se pee raha hoon, ye sama badalMain nazar se pee raha hoon, ye sama badal
  46. Todi
    • Milkar juda huye – JS (Raag Gurjari)
    • Nishan yoon to the reh-guzar mein bahut – HH
  47. Yaman
    • Kahan aake rukney ke raastey, kahan mod tha
    • Kya toota hai andar andar, Kyon chehra – MH
    • Khaakar zakhm dua di hamne, bus yun umr beeta – GA
    • Jal bhi chuke parvane MHRanjish hi sahi, dil hi dukhane ke liye aa – MH
    • Shola hun bhadakne ki guzarish nahin karta – JS
    • Tum nahin, gam nahin, sharab nahin – JS

You can find the raag – based renditions of Jagjit and Chitra Singh here: Jagjit Singh in a Classical Mode


Raag – Based Ghazals of Mehdi Hassan:

  1. Aaye kuchh abr kuchh sharab | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Mishra Gaud
  2. Apno ne gham diye | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhairavi
  3. Aye roshniyon ke shahar bata | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Malkauns
  4. Baat karni mujhe mushkil | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Pahadi
  5. Bhooli bisri chand ummeeden | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Goud with Saarang
  6. Chirag|e|toor jalao| Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jansammohini
  7. Dil ki baat labon pe | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bageshri
  8. Duniya kisi ke pyaar main | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhupali
  9. Ek bas tu hi nahi | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Miya Ki Malhar
  10. Ek naye mod pe | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bageshri
  11. Fiqr hii thaharii to dil ko fikr|e|Khubaa.N kyo.n na ho | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Khamaj
  12. Garmi-e-hasrat-e-nakam se jal jaate hain | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Puria (with Marwa Sohni)
  13. Gazab kiya tere vaade pe  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jogiya
  14. Gulon main rang bhare |  Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jhinjhoti
  15. Gulshan gulshan shola | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Rageshri
  16. Guncha|e|shauq lagaa hai khilne | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Pilu
  17. Hosh|hasti (mangal) | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhairav
  18. Humein koi gham | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Ahir Bhairav
  19. Jab bhi aati hai teri yaad kabhi shaam | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Ahir Bhairav
  20. Jal bhi chuke parvane | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Yaman
  21. Jo thake thake se hausle | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Pahadi
  22. Kaise chhupaaun raaz|e|gham (dadra) | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Pilu
  23. Kaise kaise log | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bageshri
  24. Khuda kare ki mohabbat | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jangla Bhairavi
  25. Ku ba ku phail gayi | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Darbari
  26. Kya bhala mujhko parakhne ka nateeza nikla  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Malkauns
  27. Main khayal hoon| Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhairavi
  28. Mohabbat karnewale kam na hoge | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Khamaj
  29. Mujhe tum nazar se | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Rageshri
  30. Naqsh|e|khayal  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Mand
  31. Nawazish karam shukriya | Mehdi Hassan | Raag  Sarang
  32. O Laagi re | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Ahir BhairavPatta patta boota | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Gara
  33. Phool hi phool khil uthe | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhar
  34. Pyaar bhare, do sharmeele nain (keherva) | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Kafi
  35. Rafta rafta woh meri| Mehdi Hassan | Raag Kafi
  36. Ranjish hi sahi, dil hi dukhane ke liye aa | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Yaman
  37. Roshan jamaal e yaar | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Patdeep
  38. Sata sata ke hame  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jhinjhoti
  39. Shola tha jal bujha hun (dadra) | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Kirwani
  40. Tanha tanha mat socha kar | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jhinjhoti
  41. Teri mehfil se | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Shivranjni
  42. Vo dil nawaz hai magar | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bihag  (with Bhinna Shadaj)
  43. Vo ke har ahad|e|mohabbat se mukartaa jaaye| Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bilawal 
  44. Yaaro kisii qaatil se kabhii pyaar na maa.Ngo | Mehdi Hassan |  Raag Bhairavi
  45. Ye dhua kaha se | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Rageshri
  46. Ye mojazaa bhii muhabbat kabhii dikhaaye mujhe  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Jog
  47. Yuun na mil mujhse khafa ho jaise | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bilawal 
  48. Yuun zindagi ki raah main  | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Khamaj
  49. Zindagi mein to sabhi pyaar kiya karte hain (Dadra) | Mehdi Hassan | Raag Bhimpalasi

This is part of my older website which I am in the process of shifting here! All my write-ups can be found under the Category of “Indian Classical Music”!



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