Indian Music Discographies


Indian Music of the 78rpm era

Moujuddin Khan






List of 78 rpm recordings

 Moujuddin Khan (1889-1926)


 1  Bihag                        tarsat hai mora kahna

 2  Pilu thumri                 sainya bidesh gaye

 3  Bhairavi                    sawariya ne jadu dala

 4  Kawali Khamaj            saiyan bina nahin aawat chain

 5  Multani                      durjan logan ke aansoo

 6  Kawali khamaj             piya pardes mora man hara

 7  Dadra                       sugar pyari se naina lagere 


  8  Todi                          langar kakariya jin more

 9  Darbari todi               deho daras more pyare

 10 Bhairavi thumri           rasiya bedardi mainto paniyako gayi

 11 Bhairavi                     rang dekhe jiya lalachaye

 12 Pilu                            piki boli na bol papihara

 13 Pilu                            dagmag hale mori nayya re kanhaiya ji

 14 Kafi                           murli ki dhun sun bhinat pari more

 15 Sohni                          phulava ginat bar bar

 16 Sarang                        sajan more angiyaka band ji na kholo

 17 Gara                           pani bhareli kaun albeli naina jhamajham

 18 Gazal                          na piyam ata hai muddat se na yaar aata hai

 19 Dadra                         piray mori ankhiyan raja hamse na bola



 Grateful acknowledgement is made to the HMV CD/cassette of Moujuddin Khan's recordings, and to Suresh Chandvankar and Michael Kinnear's discography in The Record News ,vol. 13 (1994) for the information given above.

 The Record News is the journal of The Society of Indian Record Collectors. The group is doing pioneering work in compiling discographies of Indian music, and in the dissemination of information about the music and musical culture of the 78rpm era.



Biographical Note (by Suresh Chandvankar)

Moujuddin Khan (1875-1926) - Badshah of 'thumri' and 'dadra'

Moujuddin Khan was born at Nalagarh in Punjab, and died in Benares. He was a great exponent of the thumri and dadra forms, and was known as 'Shrutidhar'. He learnt music initially from his father Ghulam Hussain Khan, then from Bade Dunni Khan, Rahimat khan and Bhaiyya Ganapat Rao. He did not like school and spent more time over music. In 1901 the family settled in Benares, where his father was given a position in the Darbar.

Moujuddin Khan was proficient in pure and light classical music and began to sing in concerts from the age of fifteen. Suganbai and Mangubai of Benares liked his music. At a very young age he became addicted to wine and women, and he was also was fond of expensive clothes and perfumes.  Once Bhaiyya Ganpatrao attended his concert and liked his rendering of raga 'Lalat'. He persuaded and helped him to settle in Calcutta. Moujuddin Khan was then twenty-five years old. Calcutta was famous for great singers like Gauhar Jan, Malka Jan, Badi Motibai and many others. Soon he joined this group and began to teach them thumri, dadra, Hori, Kajri, bhajan etc. He was involved in a one-sided and unsuccessful affair with Malka Jan, who in turn was in love with Faiyaaz Khan.

It is believed that around 1907, Gauhar Jan brought him to the studios of the Gramophone Company for cutting records. This was to help him out financially. He cut nine records for the Company and a couple of records for the Nicole record Company. At the end of some songs, listeners from the studio audience canbe heard shouting 'Wah Wah Mojuddin Wah!' His powerful fast taans and delicate thumris made him famous. His voice was on the high-pitched side and some found it fairly feminine in timbre.

Around 1920, his father and Bhaiyya Ganpat Rao passed away. There was no family life to occupy him, and as a result he became more and more addicted to alcohol,r and ultimately died in 1926. What is left today is the music preserved in over 10 gramophone records and a photograph that shows him wearing a fur cap. In 1994, the Gramophone Company released a cassette/CD reissue of his records under the 'Chairman's Choice' series.

(CMC 882 522). One of his best and melodious song is in 'Pilu Thumri' -

Peeki Boli Na Bol

Papihara Re, Peeki Boli Na Bol

Suna Pave Mori Saans Nanadiya

Dengi Pankha Mardo Peeki Boli Na Bol







Last updated on 15 May 2006




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