Tere Bina

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"Tere Bina"
Song by A. R. Rahman, Murtuza Khan, Quadir Khan & Chinmayi
from the album Guru
Released November 18, 2006
Recorded 2006
Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 5:09
Label Sony Music
Songwriter(s) A. R. Rahman (music), Gulzar (lyrics)
Producer(s) A. R. Rahman
Guru track listing
"Barso Re
"Tere Bina"
"Ek Lo Ek Muft"

"Tere Bina" is a 2006 Hindi song from the 2007 Hindi film Guru. It was composed by A. R. Rahman, performed by Rahman, Murtuza Khan, Quadir Khan and Chinmayi and written by Gulzar. It is a love ballad composed in sufi style of music. It is dedicated to the memory of Pakistani qawwali singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan written at the time of the tenth anniversary of his death.[1] The music video was picturised as a dance sequence by Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. The song begins with dham dara dham dara refrains, sung by Murtuza Khan and Quadir Khan.


The song received favorable critical responses. A review on planetbollywood says, "Tere Bina is arguably Rahman's finest offering in Guru. Murtaza Khan and Qadir Khan's 'dham dara dham dara' refrains are addictive to the core and purely musical bliss! Reverting to a semi-qawwalli landscape in the backgrounds of this subtly beautiful piece, Rahman impresses tremendously with his vocal prowess, which only seems to improve throughout his career. Chinmayee's support is honorable, as she serves as a pleasant foil to Rahman's smooth rendition. Gulzar saab's lyrics are limited, but beautiful nonetheless. Now this is what is expected of a Ratnam-Rahman hook-up!".[2]

The song, along with its entire soundtrack album has proved a success, staying at the number one spot thirteen weeks after its release.[3]

Qadir Brothers version[edit]

Another version of the song, sung by Murtuza Khan, Qadir Khan and Chinmayi was also recorded. However, it was not officially released or featured in the movie as a complete song. This version was initiated and developed by Rahman, but had to redone again in Rahman's voice because Director Mani Ratnam thought Khan Brother's voice was not suitable for male lead of the movie Abhishek Bachchan. However Rahman used some of the Khan Brother's rendition in the song.

The original song sung by Khan Brother was not released in the original album but it is available for unauthorised digital download in internet. But, the version by Qadir brothers was not much appreciated as Rahman's voice is considered more apt for a semi-qawwali song.[4]

Usage in media[edit]

An excerpt of the song is used in 2013 American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film Planes, produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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