Singers & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Singers & Laxmikant-Pyarelal 

LATA MANGESHKAR:– It is a known fact that Lata Mangeshkar was responsible for bringing up Laxmikant-Pyarelal. In fact Lata Mangeshkar have played major role in the entire musical career of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  Lata has sung the maximum numbers of songs under the banner of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Moreover Lata Mangeshkar sounds extremely melodious under the Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s giant, rich and mellifluous  orchestra arrangements. 

Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal were a longer, larger, closer and more rewarding association that than what ANY composer has had with ANY singer in Hindi cinema

From 1963, to the next 35 years, Lata Mangeshkar and and Laxmikant-Pyarelal were to chalk up an astounding 712 songs together, which accounted for one in every 10 Hindi film songs recorded by the Melody Queen, and one of every four songs composed by the duo. The unmatchable variety of songs. 

And what a mind boggling variety and range did we get in those 712 numbers which included chart-slammers and classics, and chaalu numbers as well as connoisseur choices. It is impossible to find that variety and that sustained excellence without monotony in the output of any other composer, with Lata or with any other singer. 

There many films in which Mangeshkar has sung more than 5 songs in the film.. See below the list ..sheer variety. 

Parasmani 1963

Sati Savitri 1964

Sant Gyaneshwar 1964

Lootera 1966 ( an outstanding Album with all SIX solo with variety from Lata  ) 

Intequam 1968 (Two Brilliant Cabaret songs) 

Baharon ki Manzil 1968 

Sharafat 1970

Abhinetri 1971

Jai Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijalee 1971 (Another outstanding Album, Sheer variety of Lata’s FIVE solo songs)

Mera Gaon Mera Desh 1972..(Folkish Album, all time hit ) 

Raja Jani 1972

Bobby 1973

Daag 1973 (Yash Raj film’s FIRST film) 

Bobby 1973 (All time hit songs)

Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978

Ek Duje Ke Liye 1981  

One will wonder from 1963 to 1973 Lata Mangeshkar have recorded 355 songs ONLY under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. All are Simply superb… 

ASHA BHONSLE:-It is a surprise figure even I was also stunned to know the numbers of songs sung by Asha Bhonsle under Laxmikant-Pyarelal….it is 494 ..There are many hidden GEMS of Asha Bhonsle under Laxmikant-Pyarelal, particularly in sixties and early seventies, including today’s sensational HIT “Hungama Ho Gaya”. There are many hidden GEMs of Asha Bhonsle with LP. “Loafer” (1973) has as many as three solo sung by Ashaji and all are great.  

MOHAMMAD RAFI:-Once again …The highest numbers of the songs sung by Mohammad Rafi under any music directors.. Rafi has sung as many as 379 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal including 183 solo numbers. During the peak wave of Kishore Kumar (Post “Aradhana” ) it is Laxmikant-Pyarelal who recorded maximum numbers of the songs for Mohammad Rafi (264 songs) without affecting the giant popularity of Kishore Kumar’s songs. Raf-LP was mellifluous combination. “Dosti” (1964) , “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost” (1968), “Aaya Sawan Jhum Ke” (1968), “Jeene Ki Raah” (1969), “Jigari Dost” (1969), …..”POST “Aradhana”…..>>> “Khilona”, “Loafer”, “Suhana Safar”, Sudhendu Roy’s “UPHAAAR”, “Dastaan”, “Pratigya”, “Dharm Veer”, “Amar Akbar Athony”, “Sargam” and many more..

Laxmikant, Pyarelal and Mohammad Rafi

KISHORE KUMAR:- There is a “historical song” which brought Three great legends together ..”Mere Mehaboob Quyamat Hogi” from “Mr X In Bombay” (1965)…It was the first song of Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal and also the first song of Anand Baxi with both Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar. Kishore Kumar has sung as many as 402 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. What a variety and wide range we get in those 402 songs ( second highest songs after RD Burman, 499 songs). In KK – LP combo you will find everything, Mujara, Lori, Qawwali, Classical, Western Style, Devotional, Patriotic songs. This variety you will not get in KK songs with any music directors. In mid sixties when Kishore Kumar was passing through his lean period of his musical carrier, it is LP gave KK the Best.  The best of KK-LP…”Mr X In Bombay”, “Hum Sab Ustaad Hai” with five solo of KK, “Shreeman Fantoosh”,,all in 1965…”Pyar Kiye Jaa” 1966…Not to forget the sensational hits of Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal in seventies and eighties. 

MUKESH:- Mukesh has sung as many as 80 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. When we talk of Mukesh with LP…”Milan” and “Anita” released in 1967, stands out to be the best. 

MANNA DEY:-Once again the highest numbers of the songs 66 numbers(shared with Shankar-Jaikishan)..There are many good duets of Manna Dey with Lata..”Sati-Savitri”, “Pushpanjali”, “Chaitali” ….some memorable hits “Shor”,

MAHENDRA KAPOOR:- Close to 75 songs of Mahendra Kapoor with LP, major hits, “Nagin”, “Shor”, “Badalate Rishte”..and many more.

Narendra Chanchal, Shailendra Singh, (“Bobby” 1973) and S P Balasubramanium (“Ek Duje Ke Liye” 1981),were introduced by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Bhupendra and Famous music director HEMANT KUMAR (“Harishchandra Taramati” 1963 …’suraj re jalate rahana’ ). 

TALAT MEHMOOD:- “Woh Din Yaad Karo” (‘muhobbat ki kahaniya’)

ANAND BAKSHI:– Three songs (“Mom Ki Gudia” and “Charas” )

SUMAN KALYANPUR:- Close to 80 songs ..

Asha Mangeshkar, Minoo Purushottam, Kamal Barot, Sulakshna Pandit, Vani Jairam, Hemlata, Shobhaa Guru, S Janki, Salma Agha, Vani Jairam, P Sushila, Shamsad Begum etc have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

Famous lady singer USHA UTHUP was introduced in Hindi Film Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal (“Devi” 1970)

Famous Actors, Mehmood, Amitabh Bachchan, Ambarish Puri, Shashi Kapoor, Sachin, Leena Chandavarkar etc,  have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Actress Padmini Kolhapure and Shivangi Kolhapure (today’s actress Shraddha Kapoor’s mother) were regular singers in Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra. 


Laxmikant-Pyarelal have privileged of introducing/limelighting  the singers like ANURADHA PAUDWAL (close to 190 songs), KAVITHA KRISHNMURTHY (190 songs), ALKA YAGNIK (close to 150 songs)..ALISHA CHINOY (“Mr India” 1987 ‘kate nahin karate’ ), SADHANA SARAGAM (“Saudagar”), SAPANA MUKHARJEE , UTTARA KELKAR, POORNIMA, SHOBHA JOSHI (“Hum”) ILA ARUN etc. 

Suresh Wadkar, Amit Kumar, Shabbier Kumar, Jolly Mukarjee, (introduced by LP ) Nitin Mukesh , Yesudas, Anwar, Mohammad Aziz (266 songs only with Laxmikant-Pyarelal), Manhar Ulhas, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Sonu Nigam, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Ulhas, Jani Babu Qawwal, Dr. Kamlesh Awash, Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Talat Aziz, Roop Kumar Rathod, Jagjit Singh, Hariharan, Vinod Rathod, Kumar Sanu, Abhijit, Aadesh Srivastava,  and many more singers have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

Today’s sensational Singer SUKHVINDER SINGH was introduced by Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Saudagar” 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have privilege of bringing two sensational singers from Pakistan,, RESHMA ( “Hero”..’lamb judai’ ) and MEHNDI  HASSAN (Mahesh Bhatt’s “Dhun” ..’main aatma tu parmatma’) and Bangladesh RUNA LAILA

Not to forget:- Many of the new generation singers got a name fame 

through Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs..

Anuradha Paudwal:::”Tu Mera Janoo Hai” “Hero” 1983

Alka Yagnik:: “Ek Do Teen”   “Tezab” 1987

Sudesh Bhonsle:- “Jumma Chumma De De” “Hum” 

Manhar Udhas  “Hero” and “Dayawan”

Shabbir Kumar

Mohammad Aziz

Pankaj Udhas ..:Chitthi Aayi Hai” “Naam” 1985

Kavita Krishnmurthy and many…

Even Laxmikantji himself have sung 3 to 4 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal, (Desh Premee)

By Ajay Poundarik

I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate. Boiler Proficiency Engineer. Deeply In Love With Hindi Film Music When I Was Eight Years Of Age, Since 1963. I Have A Liking For All Contemporary Music Directors Compositions. I Am A Fan Of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Have Grown-Up By Listening To Laxmikant-Pyarelal Music. I Like Test Cricket Only. Worked In The Capacity Of General Manager For The Fields Of Project Implementation, Facility Management, Construction Management and Plant Maintenance In INDIA, NIGERIA for Twenty Years & AFGHANISTAN One Year.

1 comment

  1. Great info… Minor update.
    Today’s sensational Singer SUKHVINDER SINGH was introduced by Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Saudagar”

    Actually there is a song in Karma . Maine Rab se Tujhe Maang liya and Khilaaf songs were before Saudagar.


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