Top 10 Best Songs Of Pankaj Udhas: Popular Songs and Ghazals List


By Anupama Masand on 27 Feb, 2024

1. Chandi Jaisa Rang

Udhas's hit concert song with memorable lines by Qateel Shifai & additional verses by Mumtaz Rashid debuted at Royal Albert Hall in '84, showcasing 'tazmeen'.

2. Ghungroo Toot Gaye

Another concert favourite, it was penned by Qateel Shifai. The opening lines were, “Mohe aayi na jag se laaj, main itna zor se naachi aaj, ki ghungroo toot gaye”.

3. Aap Jinke Kareeb Hote Hain

1984's Tarannum: Nooh Narvi's lyrics, like "Aap jinke kareeb hote hain, woh bade khushnaseeb hote hain," resonate with simplicity and depth, leaving a lasting impact.

4. Deewaron Se Milkar Rona

Udhas beautifully expresses emotions in "Deewaron se milkar rona achcha lagta hai, hum bhi paagal ho jaayenge, aisa lagta hai," penned by Qaisar-ul-Jafri for the 1981 album Mu-Kar-Rar.

5. Jheel Mein Chaand

Mumtaz Rashid's moving lines from "Mu-Kar-Rar" album, sung live by Udhas, evoke longing: "In the lake, the moon appeared, longing for her, her image in my eyes."

6. Niklo Na Benaqab

Written by Mumtaz Rashid, featured in the 1985 album Nayaab Vol 1. Popularized during lockdown as a mask-wearing reminder: "Niklo na benaqab, zamana kharaab hai."

7. Ek Taraf Uska Ghar

Udhas's intoxicating songs are loved by drinkers. Zafar Gorakhpuri's lyrics depict a dilemma: "Life, give us advice, one side a home, the other a tavern."

8. Aur Ahista Keejiye Baatein

Udhas beautifully interprets Zafar Gorakhpuri's free verse with flute, backup vocals, and keyboards. Sameera Reddy's video adds to its success.

9. Jiye To Jiye Kaise

1991's film Saajan features four versions of a song, including one sung by Udhas himself. Music by Nadeem-Shravan, lyrics by Sameer. Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit star.

10. Chitthi Aayee Hai

Udhas' timeless song from Naam, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and penned by Anand Bakshi, remains a hit after 36 years. Featured in concerts with Sanjay Dutt and Amrita Singh.

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