Master Madan : the child prodigy

Master Madan (1927-1942), a child prodigy (not to be confused with music composer Madan Mohan), died at the young age of 14 years, sang only a few songs which are everlasting and embedded in perfection. During his lifetime he recorded only 8 songs. Of these, only two Ghazals are available publicly. These are the famous,‘Yun Naa Rah Rah Ke Hame Tarsaiye’* and, ‘Hairat Se Tak Raha Hai’*. The other six songs are very rarely found, and of great archival value. In this post I present to you, all the 8 songs ever recorded by him.

Master Madan was born on December 28, 1927, in Khanna, a village in Jalandhar district of Punjab. He sang in public for the first time when he was three and a half years old, in a rally arranged by Dharampur Sanatorium. The audience was understandably spell bound. He was given many gold medals right there and then. After that he and his elder brother toured all over India and collected many prizes from the rulers of many princely states. They sang in the famous Harvallabh Mela of Jalandhar city and later in Shimla. Reportedly, in the Shimla Sammelan, many notable singers had also come, but thousands were eager to listen to Master Madan only.

Bhajan – Gori Gori Baiyan :  (Download)

Bhajan – Mori Binati Maano Kaanh Re :  (Download)

Ghazal – Man Ki Man :  (Download)

Bhajan – Chetna Hai Toh Chet Lai :  (Download)

At the age of eight, he was a famous radio singer, singing mainly on Delhi radio station on Alipur road. His final public program took place in Calcutta at age 14. He sang, ‘Vinati Suno Mori Avadhpur Ke Basiya’ for 90 minutes with such beauty that the public refused to go home. One patron respectfully offered Rs. 500, a princely sum in those days, on his feet. Also 9 gold medals were announced by various patrons to be given to him. In those days, gold medals were really made of gold. He returned to Delhi and kept going to the Delhi radio station for about 3-4 months. Soon he started getting sick. Many remedies were tried but nothing helped.

Punjabi Song – Bagaan Vich Pingan Paiyan :  (Download)

Punjabi Song – Raavii De Parle Kande Ve Mitara :  (Download)

Ghazal – Yun Naa Rah Rah Ke Hame Tarsaiye* :  (Download)

Ghazal – Hairat Se Tak Raha Hai* :  (Download)

In the summer of 1942, he went to Shimla, where his forehead, and joints started to shine unusually. He died on June 5, 1942 suffering a great deal of pain. It was suspected that he died of mercury poisoning. It is believed that a jealous singer gave him mercury in his milk. On his death, Shimla closed down and a huge gathering accompanied him on his last journey.

Comments are welcome.

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29 Comments

  1. Shishir Parkhie said,

    April 9, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Wah wah ! Wonderful article.

  2. ata subhani said,

    April 18, 2009 at 6:16 am

    he is a reall singer
    his vice make me carzy
    how did he dai??

  3. garrett field said,

    April 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    this is a beautiful and very informative website, thanks!

  4. ashok rohilla said,

    April 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    he has a wonderful magical voice

  5. mitesh modi said,

    May 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Master madan was really a great singer. Our badluck that we could not get more from him…..His voice is so real and touch the heart.

  6. Naveen said,

    May 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Incredible site!! I heard “Yun Naa Rah Rah Kar Hame Tarsaiye” after a long time (I guess the the last time I heard it, I was in my teens so it’s been at least 25 years). I never thought I would find it. I have been hearing it over and over again. Feel so sorry that we lost Master Madan so early.

    Thanks a lot. I had started my search on google for something different. This morning someone had sung a holi (the festival) by Kabir Das and I had heard it also after a long time. In my quest for the lyrics of that song, I stumbed upon this website. If someone knows what I am talking about and can point me in the right direction, I would be grateful.

    For the owner of this blog: please accept my gratitude…

  7. indianraga said,

    May 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks and welcome abode !

  8. Sachin Saxena said,

    May 16, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Ghazal – Man ki Man. he link seems to be broken. That is the only piece i have not been able to listen.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. indianraga said,

    May 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    @ Sachin Saxena

    I just checked on the link. It seems to be fine to me.

  10. Sunil said,

    May 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    “Man ki man’ is working fine. Excellent site. well done!

  11. Devraj Singh said,

    May 26, 2009 at 3:35 am

    ‘”yun na rah rah kar..” written by Sagar Nizami can not be heard better than Master madan singing it. AWESOME ! What talent ! Wish there were more recordings of him. Äpni duniya chhor kar aa jaaiye……… I am spellbound.

  12. nirbhay said,

    July 11, 2009 at 10:28 am

    thanks .this is really good & original music

  13. Shakir Kazmi said,

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I heard Master Madan when I was 14 and now at the age of 78 his songs feel like young and soft to ears. Such talents born centuries after and unfortnately die in very young age. Master Madan was one of them.

  14. Prasun Dasgupta said,

    September 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    It is only once in ages that we come across such a musical freak like Master Madan was. I remember having heard his inimitable gazals on 78 RPMs courtesy All India Radio long long back. And I also remember how these songs mesmerised me when I was only about 12-14 years old. So I am more than grateful to Indian Raga for presenting these songs on the website. Many many thanks.

  15. Jaya said,

    March 12, 2010 at 3:19 am

    This is an absolutely amazing site. I LOVE it and enjoyed it. Thanks for making it available to music lovers

  16. imran said,

    April 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    No one can understand true spirit of “bagan vich peengan payian” until and unless he visits lahore and specialy the river ravi, the river of love, beauty and art. Really a master piece both from the singer and the poet. I would be thankful if someone could tell me the poet name.
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  17. virendra singh verma said,

    May 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR BRINGING BLISS IN OUR LIVES

    THE OWNER OF THIS SITE MAY GET SHOWERS OF DIVINE BLESSINGS

    FOR BRINGING MASTER MADAN ALIVE
    WHOM WE THOUGHT WAS LOST IN ANTIQUITY

  18. kaushik said,

    August 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Thanks you so much. wonderful site, we really enjoyed.

  19. gautam mukharji said,

    October 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    thanks to you and die hard music fanatics like you, master madan shall never die

  20. Gagan said,

    November 10, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I wish if I have time machine ever I will go and save this legendary singer

  21. NKSingh said,

    November 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Master madan was greaat and it you who have kept him alive. you are doing invaluable to the service of music and mankind

  22. kamal baria said,

    January 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I had heard and read about master madan’s greatness as a singer and i was ever so keen to listen to his voice….and today…just now…like magic…in the archives of INDIANRAGA….see what i have found….i’m new at searching music on net…but since when i have discovered indianraga….i don’t feel like going to any other search….thank you is too insufficient an expression to show the gratitude that feel towards you sir….

  23. sutanuka bhattacharya said,

    April 10, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Today early in the morning i heard his golden voice in my cd recorder.Never i heard his name it is my ignorance.I was spell bound and whole day i cherished his music.

  24. P. R. Ghanshyani . RAIPUR [C.G.] said,

    April 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    It is amazing. The voice of master MADAN seems to come directly from heaven.It is indeed aGod gift which has no compition or comparision.

  25. SS said,

    September 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Last two songs lead to depression.. Pl attach a warning to this effect…..

  26. Anand Dhiman said,

    October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    It was a huge loss to Music listners that Madan Ji left this world in an age of only 14 yrs.I salute to that Magical singer with a special grace from God.

  27. SS said,

    October 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Isn’t is ironicle that K.L.Sehgal and Master Madan (both being Punjabi) recorded only two Punjabi songs each. Sehgal’s Mahi Nal Je Akh Lardi Kadi Na & O Sone Sathiya Sadi Gali ….are certainly Immortal songs..

    I was a firm believer that Sehgal was irreplaceable and no other singer could come close to his soul stirring voice until I listned to Master Madan. He could have certainly carried forwarded the legacy of Sehgal had he survived…

    Is there anyone who can provide more matereial about Master Madan as very less is available about the life of the little prodigy .

  28. Rahul Pandey said,

    January 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I Salute to this phenomenal singer with grace of God….he is really a God gifted man with no comparison….his death at the age of 14 is a great loss of Singing….

  29. AK BHANDARI said,

    July 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

    His melodious voice has no comparison. He was gifted and relented singer beyond imagination. Whenever I hear his ghazals, I am lost in the bygone era. Is there any mention about his guru, family etc.?


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