Dum Maro Dum (song)
"Dum Maro Dum"
Song by Asha Bhosle, Usha Iyer & Chorus
Released 1971
Recorded Mumbai, 1971
Genre Film score, Psychedelic Rock
Length 1:50
Label Saregama India Ltd.
Writer Anand Bakshi
Composer Rahul Dev Burman

Dum Maro Dum (Hindi:दम मारो दम, "Puff, take a puff!") is an Indian Hindi song from the 1971 Bollywood film Hare Rama Hare Krishna. It was sung by Asha Bhosle along with Usha Iyer and chorus. The song was picturized on Zeenat Aman. It was written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Rahul Dev Burman. It has been remixed and sampled by many other artists.

The song was a hit in the 1970s, and gained cult status in India.[1]



Dum maro dum, mit jaaye gham, bolo subhaa shyam Hare krishnaa hare ram

Duniyaa ne hum ko diyaa kyaa Duniyaa se hum ne liya kyaa Hum sab ki parvaa kare kyon, sab ne hamaraa kiyaa kya Aa...

Dum maro dum, mit jaaye gham, bolo subhaa shyam Hare krishnaa hare ram

Chaahe jiyenge marenge Duniyaa se hum nahin darenge Humko naa roke zamanaa, jo chaahenge hum karenge Aa...

Dum maro dum, mit jaaye gham, bolo subhaa shaym Hare krishnaa hare ram


Two stanzas of the song appear in the movie (Duniya ne and Chahe jiyenge). The song was sung by Asha Bhosle and Usha Iyer, (now Uthup). The sound aa..aa..aa.. at the end of each stanza is that of Usha Iyer. Along with the chorus, she also chants Hare Krishna Hare Rama. The parts of the song sung and spoken in English are also sung by Usha Iyer.

The song presented the lyricist Anand Bakshi as a versatile lyricist and shaped his career. It also boosted the composer Rahul Dev Burman's career. Bhupinder played the guitar for the song.[2]

Charts and reviews

The song topped the Binaca Geetmala annual list 1972 charts. In Binaca Geetmala, a song could appear for a maximum of 18 weeks, after which it was called a Sartaj Geet. On March 15, 1972, Dum Maro Dum became a Sartaj Geet while it was at #1 payddan (position). It had remained at #1 position for 12 weeks.

Daniel Shiman, a reviewer wrote about the song, "It's a montage of creaking synthesizers, psychedelic guitars, and, of course, vocals nailed by Asha Bhosle in an ear-piercing exposition of sound."[1][3] Kishore Kumar once said that the song is powerful enough to bring a dead person to life.[4]


The song was picturized in Kathmandu. It shows Janice (Zeenat Aman) in her hippie attire, smoking drugs and swaying under the effect of drugs while hypnotically crooning the "Dum Maro Dum", encouraging one to 'take another toke'. She dances with a look of ecstasy on her face.

Later in the movie, Dev Anand replies to the song by singing Ram Ka Naam Badnaam Na Karo ("Do not desecrate the name of Rama"), sung by Kishore Kumar.

Other versions

The song has been remixed and sampled by a number of artists. It has also been included in many compilations. It is said that Dev Anand did not include the complete version of Dum Maro Dum in Hare Rama Hare Krishna, as he was worried the song would overshadow the film.

Usha Uthup (who sang the song "I Love You" with Asha Bhosle in Hare Rama Hare Krishna) has performed the song many times. British DJ, San-j Sanj has used the infectious guitar hook and created a dance track featuring Natty A called "So Real So Right". DJ Ritu and Bally Sagoo compiled the song for their collection The Rough Guide to Bollywood in 2002. In 2004, the hip-hop artist Method Man sampled the song in his third album Tical 0: The Prequel (What's Happenin').

The song was featured in the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories soundtrack. It was also featured in the 2003 Bollywood movie Boom, where Zeenat Aman once again sings and dances to Dum Maro Dum. The song was re-recorded for the album You've Stolen My Heart (August 2005) by Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle. The album was a tribute to Rahul Dev Burman.

Dum Maro Dum has been covered by Soul Funk Band Botown on the album 'The Soul of Bollywood'. Like the original, Botown's version was recorded completely live. It builds on the originals psychadelic soul leanings with a hypnotic laid back groove.

The song has recently been covered by Indian film enthusiasts "The Knockouts", from Luton, England, on their 4-track EP, The Remarkable Sounds of India. The Knockouts, who usually record lo-fi garage punk/surf instrumentals, have for this release only engaged the services of fellow Asha fan, Mick Sheridan, who has lived for several years in India.

The iconic song has also been remixed as an Item Song and picturized on Deepika Padukone in the Hindi film Dum Maaro Dum.



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