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Sonu Nigam receives kudos for his performance at Harvard University.

Posted: Oct 16th 2007 by Ruhi Tandon

It's not a classical singer or a musical Guru but, our main stream singer Sonu Nigam, who was invited by Harvard University to be a part of their anniversary celebrations this year.

Sonu, who is busy touring the US and Canada, was contacted by the university but, the singer initially ignored it thinking that someone was playing a prank with him.

Sonu was honored to be a part of the prestigious celebration event and decided to give the guests at the Harvard University a taste of Gandhi's Bhajan, "Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye" which he translated in English and also changed the composition.

President Bush, who also attended the event, applauded Sonu's commendable performance. Sonu also expressed his thoughts on Gandhi and his teachings.

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Sonu Nigam born July 30, 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India,is a playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Bollywood movies. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums. He changed the spelling of his last name from Nigam to Niigaam to reflect an auspicious number in astrology.

Sonu was born in Faridabad to parents Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam. He has 2 sisters called Meenal and Neekita. He attended D J Tyler school.

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Career

Sonu Nigam started his singing career at the age of three, when he joined his father on stage to sing Mohammad Rafi's Kya Hua Tera Wada. He proceeded from then on to accompany his father on his singing assignments in weddings and parties. He participated in several music competitions in his teenage years and won them all until he was not allowed to participate any more! He moved to Mumbai with his father in search of his proper singing career at the mere age of 18.

His initial years in Mumbai proved to be a struggle, and Sonu started by singing covers of Mohammad Rafi songs, mainly for the Rafi Ki Yaadein album series. His first movie song as a playback singer was in the film Janum which was a major flop in (1990). This film was not officially released due to some reason but some considered it as a flop. Again he got a break as a playback singer in Gulshan Kumar's film Aaja Meri Jaan and then "Accha Sila Diya Tune" (also sung in Gujarati) from Bewafa Sanam (1996). The latter was what gave him the recognition needed as a singer. At this time, he also started hosting Sa Re Ga Ma, a television singing talent competition that became one of the most popular shows on Indian television. Thereafter, the offers poured in, albeit slowly at first. He shot to fame with the song "Sandese Aate Hai" from Border (1997). In the initial stages, he was type-cast as a Rafi-sound-alike. The image was transformed after his brilliant rendition of "Yeh Dil Deewana" in the film Pardes (1997). Since then, he has created a unique trademark style of his own.

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Over the years, Sonu Nigam has become a major force in the music industry. Sonu has sung playback for countless Hindi movies and has won many awards for them. His rendition of Kal Ho Na Ho is considered a modern legend of sorts. He is generally acclaimed for his versatile voice as well as his excellent emoting in his songs. He is also a popular playback singer for many regional movies, singing effortlessly in many languages from Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali to Tamil, Telugu and many more. He is very famous in the south for his clear pronounciation of non-native languages like Tamil, Kannada etc. His recent hits include Mungaaru Male in Kannada and Kireedom in Tamil. A.R.Rahman introduced Sonu Nigam to tamil music in his superhit venture Jeans (film)(1997) directed by ace director S. Shankar.

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SONU NIGAM:

He has released a number of pop albums including Mausam, Sapnay Ki Baat, Kismat, Deewana, Jaan, Yaad, Chanda Ki Doli and Colours of Love, as well as a Punjabi album 'Pyar'. In September 2007, he released a 6-disk collection of Mohammad Rafi's 100 best songs in his memory. Besides SaReGaMa, he has also hosted Kisme Kitna Hai Dum and has been a judge on Indian Idol seasons 1 and 2. Recently Sonu returned to Indian Idol in season 3 as a celebrity judge. He was also a celebrity judge on Amul Star Voice of India in August. Last year, Sonu also hosted his own radio show called Life Ki Dhun With Sonu Nigam on Radiocity 91 FM, where he has had the opportunity of interviewing several music industry greats, including the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. This radio show is available on the net.

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SONU NIGAM:

Sonu's acting career started as a child artist in a number of films. As an adult, Sonu has acted in a few more films, namely Jaani Dushmaan alongside Sunny Deol, Manisha Koirala and Akshay Kumar as well as other actors; Kash Aap Hamare Hote where he plays the lead opposite Juhi Babbar, daughter of Raj Babbar; and lastly Love in Nepal with Flora Saini and Sweta Keswani, where he plays the lead again. However it is to be said that all three films have not done terribly well at the box-office. He has not taken up acting since his last venture in Love in Nepal, but has recently been said to be involved in another film as a lead actor. The film, called Ankhon Ankhon Mein is supposedly about a blind singer.

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love him .... love him.. and love him.. thx asj.. wavey.gif


So much love he is getting from all the girls, now I am getting a little jealous Big Grin

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na get jealous bai, ok we dont love him as much... Big Grin.. bring some of his songs....



Okay Ladies, you can love Sonu as much as possible, any singer who causes tears to streams from the eyes of The Legendary Lata Mangeshkar, deserves all the loves he can get and even some more Wink

THIS IS A PHENOMENAL PIECE OF RECORDING: COULD NOT RESIST PLAYING IT OVER AND OVER:

SONU NIGAM SINGS LATA MANGESHKAR: PYAR KIYA TU DARNA KYA:

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AFTER LISTENING TO SONU: CANT HELP BUT PRESENT THE ORIGINAL VERSION:

LATA MANGESHKAR: MAJESTICAL VOICE, UNFORGETTABLE MELODIES:

Movie Name:Mughal E Azam
Singer:Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director:Naushad
Lyrics:Shakeel Badayuni
Year:1960

64) PYAR KIYA TU DARNA KYA..........MUGHAL E AZAM
http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/vrCm8J7D29.As1NMvHdW/

Pyaar kiya to darna kya, jab pyaar kiya to darna kya
Why should we be afraid to fall in love
Pyaar kiya koi chori nahin ki, pyaar kiya
We fell in love, we didn't commit any crime
Pyaar kiya koi chori nahin ki, chhup chhup aahein bharna kya
We fell in love, we didn't commit any crime,then why should we sigh in secret

Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya
Pyaar kiya to darna kya, jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

Aaj kahenge dil ka fasaana, jaan bhi le le chaahe zamaana - 2
We'll tell our tale this day even if the world demands our lives
Maut vohi jo duniya dekhe
real death is what is witnessed
Maut vohi jo duniya dekhe, ghut ghutkar yun marna kya
real death is what is witnessed by all, why should we suffocate in secrecy

Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya
Pyaar kiya to darna kya, jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

Unki tamanna dil mein rahegi, shamma isi mehfil mein rahegi - 2
This desire for my beloved will stay in my heart, this flame will burn for my beloved
Ishq mein jeena, ishq mein marna
to live for love , to die for love
Ishq mein jeena, ishq mein marna, aur hamein ab karna kya
to live and die for love is all that's left for us

Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya
Pyaar kiya to darna kya, jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

Chhup na sakega ishq hamaara, chaaron taraf hai unka nazaara
our love cannot be hidden, it's visible all around
Chhup na sakega ishq hamaara, chaaron taraf hai unka nazaara
our love cannot be hidden, it's visible all around

Parda nahin jab koi khuda se
when we are not hiding our love from God
Parda nahin jab koi khuda se, bandon se parda karna kya
when we are not hiding our love from God, why should
we hide our love from mankind


Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

--CHORUS--
Pyaar kiya to darna kya, jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

--FEMALE--
Pyaar kiya koi chori nahin ki, chhup chhup aahein bharna kya
Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya

Trans: Ranjana

Great Words:
Ishq mein jeena, ishq mein marna
to live for love , to die for love


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SONU NIGAM:

Sonu has done concerts in many countries over the years, including Pakistan, UAE, Afghanistan, USA, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, France, Mauritius, South Africa and Australia. Sonu has been recently toured North America in May/June 2007 in a star-studded show called "The Incredibles" with singing legend Asha Bhonsle, as well as current singing sensations Kunal Ganjawala and Kailash Kher. On September 9, 2007, he performed in Toronto, Canada for the 3rd time in 1 year as part of another North America / Canada tour - this time a solo one called "Simply Sonu". He will be the first Indian singer to ever have a show in Germany when he continues his Simply Sonu tour there in October.

He recently performed a bhajan (Vaishnav Jan To) with the Harvard College Sangeet in a ceremony to inaugurate the 28th president of Harvard University, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, in the presence of esteemed guests like George Bush, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey.

His future projects include a semi-classical album, an English album called Spirit Unfolding; as well as his new film as an actor. He is also doing a concert tour in Germany in the last 2 weeks of October and is returning to the sets of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa as a judge on Lil Champs this October.
Personal life

Sonu Nigam is very close to his parents. His mother and father are both very good singers and his father - Agam Kumar Nigam - had a major hit with his album Bewafaai in 2005. He has come back with another hit this year in Phir Bewafaai. He has 2 sisters, one of whom - Nikita - is also a singer. She has sang a few playback songs and a few stage shows with Sonu. Sonu got married to his wife Madhurima on 15th February 2002. Although he has had some problems in his marriage and the two apparently had a short period of separation some time back.

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My wife Madhurima and I have split: Sonu Nigam

Though Sonu Nigam is in seventh heaven as far as his professional life is concerned, his personal life is a shambles "” the five-year-old Sonu-Madhurima marriage is on the rocks.
We asked Sonu about the trouble in his marriage and he admitted to it.
"Madhurima and I need space; both of us are shattered, but life has to move on. I find there is no other alternative but to go our own ways, although we did try a lot to reconcile.

It has been a difficult decision for me, because I am very sensitive and emotional. I am the type of person who gets attached even to his driver! I realised that my creativity would be at stake if I continued to pretend all was hunky-dory on the marital front."

So has the couple separated? "Madhurima continues to live in my house, but unfortunately, we do not communicate. I feel that it is better to part amicably, retaining respect for each other, instead of matters precipitating to a level where we do not even like to see each other's faces."

Sonu's is the classic case of once-bitten-twice-shy as far as marriage and love are concerned. "Right now, It is too early for me to say whether I will fall in love with another woman."

Ironically, Sonu's album Chanda Ki Doli, brought out by T-Series, is an out-and-out romantic album, even though the romance has crept out of the singer's life. Will Sonu and Madhurima be able to iron out their differences? Only time will tell.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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SONU NIGAM:

Q: How true are the rumors linking you to Sunidhi Chauhan?

A: I am sick and tired of answering such questions. Sunidhi is a colleague of mine and it is rubbish to link both of us together. All that I can tell the media is that they should exercise caution when they print such stories. As long as the media doesn't misquote me and do not drag in my family, I pay no heed to such rumors but there is a limit to one's patience.

Q: Despite the strained relationship on your personal front, your latest album is all about love and romance. Chanda Ki Doli.

A: It is for the first time I have composed a hard-core qawwali. The tone of the song is on a romantic note. The USP of the album is that the mid tempo and the orchestrisation of the songs differ. My aim as a singer is to reach the interiors by catering to the masses as well as the classes instead of making an attempt to impress only the so-called classes.

Q: Your distressed personal front is thankfully not reflecting on your work. Is it true that you will be soon doing a film with Kareena Kapoor?

A: People ask me why I am accepting films with rank newcomers instead of grabbing a film with a big established heroine as my co-star. The truth is that I was slated to work opposite Kareena Kapoor in a film called Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein to be directed by Akashdeep. It will be like a dream project for me. Akashdeep and I are waiting for the right producer to come forward to launch the film.

Q: Finally, is there another woman in your life?

A: As of now it is too early for me to say whether I will fall in love with another woman once again in my life.



A: As of now it is too early for me to say whether I will fall in love with another woman once again in my life. dunno dunno

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SONU NIGAM:

BEFORE WE GET THERE, A GEM THAT WAS DONE BY THE MASTER: NOW PERFORMED JUST AS DISTINCTLY BY SONU NIGAM: LETS ENJOY JO UNKI TAMANA

SONU NIGAM SINGS RAFI'S "JO UNKI TAMANNA"

jo unki tamannaa hai, barabaad ho jaa
tu ai dil muhabbat ki qismat banaa de
tadap aur tadap kar abhi jaan de de
yoon marate hain mar jaane vaale, dikhaa de
jo un ki tamannaa hai, barabaad ho jaa ...

naa unkaa tabassum, tere vaaste hai
naa tere liye unki zulfon ke saaye
tu be-aas phir kyon jiye jaa rahaa hai
javaani mein ye zindagaani lutaa de
jo un ki tamannaa hai, barabaad ho jaa ...

sitam yaa karam husn vaalon ki marzi
yahi soch kar koi shikavaa naa karanaa
sitamagar salaamat rahe husn teraa
yahi us ko mitane se pahale duaa de
jo un ki tamannaa hai, barabaad ho jaa


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SONU NIGAM:

VERY CLOSE AS ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY GET TO "THE MASTER"

VINTAGE: SUHANI RAAT:

Suhaani raat dhal chuki
The lovely night has decended
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come
Suhaani raat dhal chuki
The lovely night has decended
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come
Jahan ki rut badal chuki
The world's the climate have changed
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come

Nazaarein apni mastiyaan dikha dikhaake so gaye
The sights have shown their effects and are now gone
Sitaarein apni roshni luta lutaake so gaye
The stars have brilliantly shone and are now no more
Har ek shamma jal chuki
Every lamp that lit has burnt out
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
When are you going to come

Suhaani raat dhal chuki
The lovely night has decended
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come

Tadap rahe hai hum yahan
I am suffering here
Tadap rahe hai hum yahan tumhaare intezaar mein
I am suffering whilst waiting on you
Tumhaare intezaar mein
Waiting on you
Tumhaare intezaar mein
Waiting on you
Fiza ka rang aa chala hai
the colorful springtime is almost here
Mausam-e-bahaar mein
in the beautiful season
Mausam-e-bahaar mein
in the beautiful season
Hawa bhi rukh badal chuki
The winds have also changed directions
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come

Suhaani raat dhal chuki
The lovely night has decended
Na jaane tum kab aaoge
I don't know when you will come

Trans:Oldie Fan

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SONU NIGAM:

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Originally posted by Kari:
Sonu is the real deal....saw him at Nassau Collesium doing his "Simply Sonu" thing. "Kal ho na ho" was appropos during my courting of my new better half.



Aha, sweet memories Kari (SOMETIMES THEY DO EVOKED TEARS OF JOY) Sonu in a Concert recording for the Tsunami Relief: "KAL HO NA HO"

SONU NIGAM: KAL HO NA HO:

Ho, palkon ke leke saaye paas koi jo aaye
Taking the shadow of your eyelashes, when someone comes near
Laakh sambhaalo paagal dil ko
You try to reason with your crazy heart
Dil dhadke hi jaaye
Your heart just goes on beating
Par soch lo is pal hai jo
But think, that which is here now
Voh daastaan kal ho naa ho
That story may not be here tomorrow

(Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi
Life changes its beauty all the time
Chhaaon hai kabhi kabhi hai dhoop zindagi
Sometimes it's a shade, sometimes life is sunlight
Har pal yahan jeebhar jiyo
Live every moment here to your heart's content
Jo hai sama kal ho naa ho) - 2
The time that is here may not be tomorrow

Chaahe jo tumhe poore dil se
One who loves you whole-heartedly
Milta hai voh mushkil se
It is difficult meet that person
Aisa jo koi kahin hai
If there is someone like that somewhere
Bas vohi sab se haseen hai
That person is more beautiful than all
Us haath ko tum thaam lo
Grab onto that (person's) hand
Voh meherbaan kal ho naa ho
He or she may not be so gracious tomorrow
Har pal yahan jeebhar jiyo
Live every moment here to your heart's content
Jo hai sama kal ho naa ho
The time that is here may not be tomorrow

Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi
Life changes its beauty all the time
Chhaaon hai kabhi kabhi hai dhoop zindagi
Sometimes it's a shade, sometimes life is sunlight
(Har pal yahan jeebhar jiyo
Live every moment here to your heart's content
Jo hai sama kal ho naa ho) - 2
The time that is here may not be tomorrow
Jo hai sama kal ho naa ho
The time that is here may not be tomorrow

Translator: Unknown: What a beauty, great lyrics.

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SONU NIGAM:

VIDEO: SONU NIGAM: CHAHONGA MAIN TUJHAY SAANJH SAVERE:

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)
Phir Bhi Kabhi Ab, Naam Ko Tere,
(Even then never ever, your name)
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)
Phir Bhi Kabhi Ab, Naam Ko Tere,
(Even then never ever, your name)
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)

Dekh Mujhe, Sab Hai Pata,
(See, I know it all)
Sunta Hai Tu, Man Ki Sada,
(that you listen to yearnings of the heart)
Dekh Mujhe, Sab Hai Pata,
(See, I know it all)
Sunta Hai Tu, Man Ki Sada,
(that you listen to yearnings of the heart)
Mitwa...Mere Yaar
(my friend,)
Tujhko Baar Baar
(again and again)
Aawaaz Maein Na Doonga
(I will not call out to you )
Aawaaz Maein Na Doonga
(I will not call out to you )

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)
Phir Bhi Kabhi Ab, Naam Ko Tere,
(Even then never ever, your name)
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)

Dard Bhi Tu, Chain Bhi Tu,
(You are pain, you are also peace)
Daras Bhi Tu, Nain Bhi Tu,
(you are the sight, you are also the eyes)
Dard Bhi Tu, Chain Bhi Tu,
(You are pain, you are also peace)
Daras Bhi Tu, Nain Bhi Tu,
(you are the sight, you are also the eyes)
Mitwa...Mere Yaar
(my friend,)
Tujhko Baar Baar
(again and again)
Aawaaz Maein Na Doonga
(I will not call out to you )
Aawaaz Maein Na Doonga
(I will not call out to you

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)
Phir Bhi Kabhi Ab, Naam Ko Tere,
(Even then never ever, your name)
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Awaaz, Main Na Doonga
(will I call out )
Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,
(I will need you morning and night)

Trans: Princess 1@Hindi Lyrics.net

TRANS RIPPED FROM MOHD RAFI: THE VERSATYLE GENIOUS:

THE MASTER DOING:
Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,

Chahoonga Mein Tujhe, Saanjh Sawere,

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SONU NIGAM VOL 1:

Movie Name: Kya Kehna (2000)
Singer: Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


(1) Jaane Mann O Jaane Jaan: MP3

Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Tumse milke main aur ho gayi jawaan
Aur ho gayi jawaan tumsa koi kahan
Mar gayi main to yaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Kaafir adaaon ne kya rang baandha hai
Kaafir adaaon ne kya rang baandha hai
Kuchh to bataati ja kahan ka iraada hai
Kahan ka iraada hai kya rang baandha hai
Hay dilyaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Jo roop lage tha aadha
Ab milke khula kuchh zyaada
Jo roop lage tha aadha
Ab milke khula kuchh zyaada
Resham ki meri zulfon ko
Rumaal se tere baandha

Paayal nahin tere peiron mein
Par dil mein ajab chhankaar hoi
Teer nahin teri aankh magar
Mere to jigar ke paar hoi
Sun nahin hoga theek se pehle
Phir se dubaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Tumse milke main aur ho gayi jawaan
Aur ho gayi jawaan tumsa koi kahan
Mar gayi main to yaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Chahoonga tujhe main itna
Tera dil chaahega jitna
Chahoonga tujhe main itna
Tera dil chaahega jitna
Par ye sab kuchh karne ko
Batlade lage ka din kitna

Aayega maza jab jeene mein
Mera dil dhadke tere seene mein
Phir baat bane jab hum bheegein
Oye bin barsaat maheene mein
Sun nahin hoga theek se pehle
Phir se dubaara sun
Ki tere naal
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Kaafir adaaon ne kya rang baandha hai
Kaafir adaaon ne kya rang baandha hai
Kuchh to bataati ja kahan ka iraada hai
Kahan ka iraada hai kya rang baandha hai
Hay dilbar yaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Jaaneman jaanejaan tumsa koi kahan
Tumse milke main aur ho gayi jawaan
Aur ho gayi jawaan tumsa koi kahan
Mar gayi main to yaara sun
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya
Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

Pyaar ho gaya
Ki tere naal pyaar ho gaya

(1) Jaane Mann O Jaane Jaan:
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