Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Hi Jaaye

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"Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye"
Genre Hindustani
Length 10:23
Writer Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye is a popular Hindustani classical music song (thumri) in Raag Bhairavi.


The song was written by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the 19th-century Nawab of Awadh as a lament when he was exiled from his beloved Lucknow by the British Raj before the failed Rebellion of 1857, where he uses the metaphor of bidaai (bride's farewell) of a bride from her father's (babul) home, and his own banishment from his beloved Lucknow, to far away Calcutta, while he spent the rest of his years.[1][2][3][4]

It was also popularised by the legendary classical vocalist, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Bollywood version[edit]

The most remembered version of the song is by actor-singer Kundan Lal Saigal for the Hindi movie Street Singer (1938) directed by Phani Majumdar, live on camera, under the music direction of Rai Chand Boral, just as playback singing was becoming popular.[5][6]Jagjit and Chitra Singh also sang a version of the song in film Avishkaar (1973), set to music by Kanu Roy [7]


The Hindi text and its English translation:


  1. ^ Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Great Masters of Hindustani Music by Susheela Mishra. Hem Publishers, 1981.
  2. ^ Kuldeep Kumar (2011-05-19). "Arts / Music : Melody lane". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Friday Review Delhi / Events : In celebration of rhythm". The Hindu. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  4. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". The Tribune. 1947-01-18. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  5. ^ video search for Kundan Lal Saigal's 1938 rendition
  6. ^ Street Singer IMDB.
  7. ^ Avishkar: Soundtrack IMDB