Songs based on Raag Puriya Dhanashree

There have been some really great songs in Marathi movies in last 4-5 years. All songs of Sairat, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali were simply amazing!

But there have been many other Marathi movies which had some melodious songs. One of them is “Chand Matala Chand Matala…” from movie Laal Ishq (produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali), composed by Nilesh Moharir and sung by Swapnil Bandodkar and Vaishali Samant.

The song is very melodious, sensuous and seductive and the first impression one would get is that it is a copy of, or inspired by Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua from Rangeela.

I don’t know much about Hindustani Classical Singing but I wanted to know about Chand Matala song and what makes it sound so sensuous. So I watched a few interviews. In one of the interviews the composer Nilesh Moharir mentioned that the idea of this song was to create a sensuous, erotic and sweet song – so he chose Raag Puriya Dhanashree which is considered to convey the same mood.

There it was: it was the magic of Raag Puriya Dhanashree!

So I explored further, and it did not surprise me that Hair Rama Yeh Kya Hua was also composed in Raag Puriya Dhanashree…

Those who have not yet heard the song can listen to it here and see how Chand Matala sounds similar:

Hai Rama…composed by A. R. Rahman

Then I decided to “research” further and found few more Film songs based on Raag Puriya Dhanashree…and was pleasantly surprised with the findings. Here are few prominent songs (listen to all and you’ll find a common theme or flavor which could be the essence of that Raag).

Labon Se Chum Lo…sung by Sriradha Bannerjee, written by Gulzar, composed by Shaarang Dev

Meri Sanson Ko Jo Meheka Rahi Hai…sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor; composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal


Aake  Teri Bahon Me…sung by S. P Balasubramaniam, Lata Mangeshkar, composed by Anand-Milind

Kitne Dino Ke Baad Hai Aayi…sung by Anuradha Paudwal, Mohammad Aziz, composed by Anand-Milind

Rut Aa Gayi Re…sung by Sukhwinder Singh, composed by A. R. Rahman

Tori Jai Jai Kartaar…sung by Ustaad Amir Khan, composed by Naushad

Muddat Hoowi Hai Yaar Ko…sung by Mohd Rafi

Dard-e-minat kash-e…sung by Mohd Rafi… (it’s astonishing how this song sounds like Chand Matala, at an abstract level if you hum that song in sync)

Paayaliya Jhankaar…sung by Ajay Pohankar (this is the opening piece of song Hai Rama)


Finally here is a video showcasing 10 Marathi and Hindi songs based on Raag Puriya Dhanashree (some of them could be repeat).


It would be a great revolution if music could be taught to a layman like me in this manner…and a lot of effort is already being taken, thanks to YouTube!

Hope you remember my earlier blog – and the youtube channel which I shared few months ago.


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