Rain Poems and Songs


Last evening, a thunderstorm and dust storm were there in parts of New Delhi , followed by a light drizzle for some time.

As I stood in the balcony of my house and enjoyed the drizzle, I went nostalgic (as usual, you will say !)

Here is a flash back ……

During my early childhood I had learnt and enjoyed a very popular nursery rhyme which I am sure most of the readers / fellow Muse-icians must have surely read and loved too.

It went something like this :

Rain rain go away,
Come again
Another day
Little Johnny
Wants to play.

How wonderfully does this short poem bring out the child’s longing for outdoor life.Today it appears that we,living in concrete jungles,seldom go out of our homes to enjoy an outing in the laps of nature.

Another similar poem I recall is one in Marathi,which I had picked up from our Maharashtrian family next door, in Baroda.

It went something like this :

Aye re aye re paaoosa
Tula deto paisaa,
Paisa zaala khota,
Paaoos aala motta .

Roughly translated, it means :

Rain rain come soon,
I’ll give you a coin as a boon
The coin turned to be a fake
The rain in torrents felt great !

(Perhaps Gautam Nadkarni can add to it or improve upon it)

Yet another rain song I recall is in Gujarati which I learnt from my Gujarati neighbours’ kids in Bulsar.The brief song went something like this :

Aav rey varsaat,
Ghebriyo varsaat
Ooni ooni rotli
Ney kaarela noo shaak .

The above when translated roughly means :

Come rain come
Come in multi coloured torrents
We will enjoy eating
Freshly baked hot hot rotis
With subzi dish of bitter gourd (karela)

( Perhaps some of my Gujarati friends can add to it or improve upon it )

The sweet little poem brings forth the aroma of freshly prepared chapaties eaten with relish alongwith the tasty karela subzi in the rainy season.

Yet another song which I love is from an old Hindi movie :

The song :Allah Megh Dey,Paani Dey
The movie: Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977)
Lyrics :Gulzar
Music : Laxmikant Pyarelal
Sung by :Kishore Kumar ,Asha Bhosle and chorus
Lead roles : Rajesh Khanna ,Hema Malini.

Those who wish to watch this hit and happy song on Youtube may go to the following link :


For those who love golden oldies like me,my favourite rain song till date remains that beautiful black and white song from Shree 420 …” Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua…” picturised on Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Here is the link to it :


For those Amitabh Bachchan fans out there,there is another lovable song from the Hindi movie :” Namak Halaal ” (1982) picturised cutely in colour on Amitabh and late Smita Patil. Here is the link to it too :



I am sure readers will go nostalgic and recollect quite a few more of their favourite rain songs and poems.I am sure there are songs and poems of this genre in almost all other languages like Punjabi,Bengali, Tamil, Malyalam etc etc. Lets recall them and enjoy them in this hot weather, while we wait for the rains to lash the country.

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48 Responses to Rain Poems and Songs

  1. satyananda says:

    Broca saab, A lively article on the ‘rain’. Congrats. Some of the dishes we can specially enjoy while it rains are: roasted pallis (ground-nuts), hot pakodis and of course Chicken curry with vadas (we call them garelu)! Thanks.

    Ch J Satyananda Kumar, Visakhapatnam
    Jun 12, 2009

  2. lina mistry says:

    Dear Brocaji, Nice, thank you for the memories. My husband Amit and I did the exact song from “Shri 420” for a drama play I composed back in 1994. We had fun with the dialogue as well as the song, lip singing of course the Bollywood way.

    Another song I will treasure forever is the song from Anjaana “Rim Jhim ke geet sawan”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdmoTd0rDK8 If you are interested I have the youtube link. Warm regards to you,

    Lina Mistry/Tandel, Varginia. USA
    Jun 12, 2009

  3. seshu says:

    Nostalgically lovely, Brocaji. Kudos and thanks. Regards.

    Seshu Chamarty, Hyderabad
    Jun 12, 2009

  4. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Satyanandaji, Lina ji and Seshu ji, thank you all for your lovely responses.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Jun 13, 2009

  5. bharat trivedi says:

    A very nostalgic trip down the wet, flooded lane. I have some more ‘gems’ for inclusion, viz.

    1. “Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi, woh barsaat ki raat” (BARSAAT KI RAAT)
    2. “Barsaat mein, humsey miley Tum sajan, tumsey miley hum” (BARSAAT)
    3. “Haay haay ye majboori, yeh mausam aur yeh doori” (ROTI, KAPDA, MAKAAN)
    4. “Barsaat key mausam mein, tanhai ke aalam mein,
    Main ghar se nikal aya, botal bhi utha laaya” (NAAJAYAZ)

    And a sher to conclude –
    “Aye Badal tu itna baras, ki woh aa na sakey,
    Agar woh aa bhi gaye, to itna baras ki woh jaa na sakey”…

    Bharat B. Trivedi, K.O. Bahrain
    Jun 13, 2009

  6. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Bharatji, Thanks for your list of lovely rain songs and the couplet. A good addition to my list.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Jun 13, 2009

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  46. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Readers
    The link of the following song as given in the posting is not working:
    Allah Megh Dey,Paani Dey from Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977)
    The new link is this:
    20TH JULY 2013

  47. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Readers
    The link of the following song as given in the posting is also not working:
    Shree 420 …” Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua..
    Here is the new link:
    ENJOY !!
    2OTH JULY 2013

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