SANTOOR :: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL have extensively used the mellifluous instrument from “Kashmir” named SANTOOR…. Santoor used to be the prominently played in most of the songs in the orchestra arrangements. There are many TOP HIT songs are decorated with Santoor in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s orchestra arrangements. Till 1974, in most of the songs the SANTOOR is played by none other than Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. 

Pyarelal & Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Not only that both Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have also experimented the instrument called ‘IRANI SANTOOR’ ( A Santoor from IRAN) for Major HIT songs in “BOBBY”, “DAAG”, “SWEEKAR”, “SHOR”, “EK NAZAR” and “IMTIHAN” 

“Bindiya Chamakegi”..”DO RAASTE”..full of Santoor. 

In “BOBBY” ..“Main Shayar To Nahin” and “Muze Kuchh Kehana Hai”.. have wonderfully have been decorated with Irani Santoor. 

In “EK NAZAR” .. “Patta Patta Buta Buta”.. IRANI SANTOOR is brilliantly synchronized with SAXOPHONE in the interludes. 

One can enjoy IRANI SANTOOR’s sweet sound effect Kishore Kumar’s all time great song from DAAG, ‘Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai”….

Kersi Lord, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma & Pyarelal.

It is not possible to list out all the songs of Santoor with Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s orchestra arrangements. I have tried to give as much as possible.. One can add the songs with Santoor in comments. 

My favorite song on SANTOOR from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, is from “BOBBY”…”Chabi Kho Jaye”>.. IRANI SANTOOR have been used extensively to be overlapped with ACCORDION and BONGO DRUMS…in beautifully created rhythm. It has been wonderfully used in the second interlude. Entire song has extraordinary orchestra arrangements in western style. 

Enjoy and comment the songs of your choice. 

Nind Kabhi Rehati Thi Aankho Main 
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar 
Film:- “AASRA” 1966

Suno Sajana Papeehe Ne
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Film:- “AAYE DIN BAHAR KE” 1966

Chalo Sajana Jahan Tak Ghata Chale
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar

Majhi Chal O Majhi Chal
Singer:- Mohammad Rafi
Sathiya Nahin Jana Ke 
Singer:- Lata-Rafi

Hi Re Hi Nind Nahin Aaye Dil Main Tu Samaye
Singers:- Lata – Rafi
Film:- “HUMJOLI” 1970

Aa Mere Humjoli Aa Khele Aankh Micholi Aa
Singers:- Lata – Rafi
Film:- “JEENE KI RAAH” 1969

Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara Mulaquat Ho Gayi 
Singers:- Lata – Rafi
Bindiya Chamakegi
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar
Film:- “DO RAASTE” 1970

Pyarelal, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia & Pt Shivkumar Sharma

Dil Kahe Ruk Jare Ruk Ja Yahin Par Kahin
Singer:- Mohammad Rafi
Film:- “MAN KI AANKHEN” 1970

Ye Jhulf Kaisi Hai Zanjeer Jaise Hai
Singers:- Lata – Rafi
Film:- “PIYA KA GHAR” 1971

Mehaboob Mere Mehaboob Mere
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh
Film:- “PATTHAR KE SANAM” 1967

Dilbar Jaani Chali Hawa 
Singers:-Kishore Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar
Sun Ja Aa Thandi Hawa
Singer:- Kishore-Lata

Je Hum Tum Chori Se
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh

Achcchha To Hum Chalalte Hai
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar
Tere Karan Mere Sajan
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar
Film:- “AAN MILO SAJANA” 1970

Resham Ki Dori
Singer:- Lata-Rafi
Film:- “SAJAN” 1970

Patta Patta Buta Buta 
Singers:- Lata-Rafi
Pehale So Baar Idhar
Singer:- Lata
Hameen Kare Koi Surat
Singer:- Lata
Film:- “EK NAZAR” 1970

Man Ki Pyas Mere Man Se Na Nikali
Singer:- Lata 

Sajana More Sajana
Singer:- Lata
O Ghata Sawari
Singer:- Lata
Film:-“ABHINETRI” 1971

Ek Pyar Ka Ngama Hai
Jeevan Chalane Ka Naam
Singer:- Mahendra Kapoor, Mannade & Shayma Chittar
Pani Re Pani Tera Rang Kaisa
Singer:- Lata-Mukesh
Film:- “SHOR” 1972 

Main Ek Raaja Houn
Singer:- Rafi
Film:- “UPHAAR” 1971

Yeh Jo Chilman Hai
Singer:- Mohammad Rafi

Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai
Singer:- Kishore Kumar
Film:- “DAAG” 1973

Main Shayar To Nahin
Singers:-Shailendra Singh 
Chabi Kho Jaye 
Singers:- Lata-Shailendra Singh’
Muze Kuchh Kehana Hai
Singers:- Lata-Shailendra Sigh
Film:- “BOBBY” 1973

Angadaiyiynan Le Le Kar
Singer:- Asha Bhonsle
Film:- “SWEEKAR” 1973

Roz Sham Aati 
Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar
Rook Jana Nahin 
Singer:- Kishore Kumar
“IMTIHAN” 1974…

Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal 

Mai Ka Pa Piya Bulawe
Singer:- Suresh Wadkar & Lata Mangeshkar 
Film:- “SUR SANGAM” 1985s

and many many MORE….

Ajay Poundarik

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. Wah !! Manmohak! Kya baat hey.

    Your article is worth million dollars.
    In fact I am an ardent fan of PANDIT Shiv KUMAR Sharma.
    We are much thankful to his great contribution which has worked like saffron on delicious food .
    We are also happy to see that MUSIC MAESTRO LAXMIKANT PYARELAL gave them adequate opportunity to adorn the songs with creative strings of SANTOOR.

    Your article aptly described the SUPREME use of SANTOOR by LP .

    We offer our heartfelt Thanks to you . Kindly continue to favour all the lovers of LP music by your genius studybased articles.


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