Despite not having any formal training, Kishore Kumar dominated the Indian film music.

Kishore Kumar’s association with Laxmikant-Pyarelal started from an immortal song “mere mehboob qayamat hogi” from “Mr. X In Bombay” in 1964.  Later, this combo of KK-LP went on to score as many as 402 songs, from the year 1964 to 1987.  This 402 numbers as many as 151 solos.  Kishore Kumar has sung maximum number of duets under Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

In the combo of Kishore Kumar and  Laxmikant-Pyarelal, 402 songs with diversification,

one will always find everything, in the form of …. Folk,  Mujra,  Ghazal,  Lori,  Qawwali,  Philosophical,  Classical,  Romantic,  Western Classics,  Sad,  Devotional,  Inspiration,  Patriotic,  Disco  and many varieties.  This variety of songs will not be found in Kishore Kumar’s songs with any music directors.  On top it #KishoreKumar have solely diversified his rendering style in many of the songs composed by #LaxmikantPyarelal.

Prior to “Aradhana” (1969) success,  the combo of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar have some fabulous, popular duets, with  Lata Mangeshkar as well as Asha Bhosle. Moreover, Kishore Kumar has acted ludicrously, in his own style, in all the duets, listed below.

Laxmikant, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & Pyarelal

1 Khoobsurat Haseena Jaane-Jaa Jaan-E-Man  (“Mr X In Bombay” 1964

2 Chali Re Chali Re Gori Paniya Bharan Ko.  (“Mr. X In Bombay” 1964.)

3 Sultana Sultana Tu Na Ghabrana  ( “Shreeman Funtoosh” 1965)

4 Kya Teri Zulfen Hai   (“Hum Sab Ustad Hain”, 1965)

5 Dil Hamamane De Diya (“Pyar Kiye Jaa” 1966)

We are going to discuss the duets sung by Kishore Kumar with various female singers (listed below), under the music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  During the period of 80s, Laxmikant-Pyarelal unbiasedly used new generation female singers, to compose some outrageous duets with Kishore Kumar.

Lata Mangeshkar

Asha Bhosle


Leena Chandavarkar

Suman Kalyanpur

Sulakshana Pandit

Vandana Shastri

Hema Malini

Anuradha Paudwal

S Janaki

Kavita Krisihnmurthy

Alisha Chinoy

The orchestra arrangements in “PRELUDES” and “INTERLUDES” used to be the assets of the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It would be more proper to listen to the songs, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs, you will enjoy it, more.

Pyarelal, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant

KISHORE  KUMAR with  LATA MANGESHKAR  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

The combo of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar have been associated with Laxmikant-Pyarelal with close to 55 songs. There are many memorable and hit songs amongst these 55 canticles. Few selected  songs from this melody makers are listed below.

Man Mor Machaye Shor Shor Shor  (“Mastana” 1970)

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa  (“Abhinetri” 1970)

Achha To Hum Chalte Hain  (“Aan Milo Sajna” 1970)

Jadugar Tere Naina  (”Man Mandir” 1971)

Sun Ja Aa Thandi Hawa  (“Haathi Mere Saathi” 1971)

Pukaro Mujhe Phir Pukaro (“Buniyaad” 1972)

Hum Aur Tum, Tum Aur Hum   (“Daag” 1973)

Gore Rang Pe Na Itna  (“Roti” 1974)

Yeh Mousam Aaya Hai  (“Aakraman” 1975)

Din Mahine Saal Gujarte (“Avtaar” 1983)

AND  a beautiful melody.

Chali Re Chali Gori      “Mr. X In Bombay” 1964, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

Kishore Kumar had this ability to create drama through his singing. He was one of those very few singers who had a certain amount of acting involved in their singing. In this song he has acted as a “sangeet guru”. Kishore Kumar singing and acting in ‘classical’ mode is worth to view and listened to. Melodiously sung duet in “raag” BHAIRAVI, with Lata Mangeshkar. Mesmerizing 62 seconds “prelude” full of “MATAKI”, “PAYAL”, “FLUTE” and DHOLAK. Actress Kumkum looks beautiful. This is the first ever duet of Kishore Kumar sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

KISHORE  KUMAR  with  ASHA  BHOSLE  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Asha Bhosle – Kishore Kumar, close to 90 duets.  The highest numbers of duet songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal for any singing pairs. KK-Asha with LP  have some fabulous songs. Major hits list is too long. Listing few HITs below:-

Laxmikant, Asha Bhosle, Amit Kumar, Kishore Kumar & Laxmikant

Aa Aaja Abhi Nahin  (“Man Mandir”, 1971)

Jaipur Ki Choli Mangwa De Re  (“Gehri Chaal”, 1973)

Yaar Dildar Tujhe Kaisa Chahiye  (“Chhaila Babu”, 1977)

Dillagi Ne Di Hawa  (“Dostana”, 1980)

Mere Hosh Lelo Deewana Banado  (“Bandish”, 1980)

Mar Gayi Mujhe Teri Judaai   (“Judaai”, 1980)

Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana  (“Karz”, 1980)

Pyar Ka Wada Fifty Fifty  (“Fifty Fifty”, 1981)

Sara Din Satate Ho  (“Raaste Pyar Ke”, 1982)

Bichhu Lad Gaya (“Inquilaab”, 1984)

AND  a fabulous

Jane Kaisa Hai Mera  “Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969,  Lyricist Govind Munis

The film was produced by Anoop Kumar, an elder  brother Kishore Kumar. It has some fabulous songs. This duet is one of the finest duet of KK-Asha. Very refreshing and breezing melody. Excellent DHOLAK rhythm. All the “interludes” are mellifluously orchestrated with the use of  SAXOPHONE, Symphony Style VIOLINS, CLARINET, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, FLUTE as well as awesome “aalaps” by KK-Ashaji. The song is filmed on Deb Mukharjee and Alka

KISHORE  KUMAR with  HEMLATA  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Newcomer singer then, Hemlata also singing this mellifluous song with Kishore Kumar.  

Soi Ja Tara   “Mastana” 1970, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

This is the rarest of rare “LORI” song (lullaby) sung by Kishore Kumar. This is filmed on actor Mehmood and beautiful child artist Nain-Tara Dhanraj.   Extremely melodious and emotional song with wonderful DHOLAK rhythm. The song is orchestrated with symphony VIOLINS, FLUTE and SANTOOR.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  LEENA  CHANDAVARKAR   / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Kishore Kumar has sung one very melodious duet with his would be wife Leena Chandavarkar (She was not wife of Kishore Kumar,  then.)

Leena Chandavarkar & Kishore Kumar

Gham Ka Fasana  “Manchali” 1973,  Lyricist Anand Bakshi

Glamorous as well as effortless rendering by Kishore Kumar. Amorously supported by LEENA ji.  Absorbing as well as entertaining DHOLAK rhythm. “Interludes” are euphonically orchestrated with GUITAR, SANTOOR, FLUTE as well as VIOLINS. Interestingly DHOLAK rhythm disappears in “Interludes”.  Both Sanjeev Kumar as well as Leena Chandavarkar look glamorous.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  SUMAN KALYANPUR  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

There is one very famous song, Na Jane Kaise Pal Mein Badal Jate  Hai’ from “Badalte Rishte” 1978, involviing Kishore Kumar and Suman Kalyanpur. But is supported by Mohammad Rafi also.

Tera Mera Mera Tera Mil Gaya  “Nagin” 1976, Lyricist Verma Malik

Completely woven around western style of orchestra arrangements. “Prelude” of 91 seconds keep you engaged with beautiful take off by Suman Kalyanpur as well as TRUMPET and GUITAR. “Interludes” are awesomely orchestrated with BRASS instruments, SAXOPHONE, GUITAR, VIOLINS  and the BONGO DRUMS. Vinod Mehra looks handsome. Yogita Bali looks very pretty. A good song.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  SULAKSHNA  PANDIT / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Kishore Kumar have sung many duets with Sulakshana Pandit, this is the most popular.

Somwar Ko Hum Mile  “Apnapan” 1977, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

The duet mellifluously orchestrated with ‘symphony’ style MANDOLIN, VIOLINS, GUITAR, FLUTE and GHUNGROO BELLS. The song is filmed on Jeetendra – Sulakshana Pandit.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  VANDANA  SHASTRI  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

First time Laxmikant-Pyarelal working with Lyricist Gulzar.

Dakiya Daak Laya “Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein” 1977, Lyricist Gulzar

“Prelude” of 25 seconds starts with the sound of BICYCLE BELL, VIOLINS and GUITAR. “Interludes” are orchestrated with RAVANHATTA, FLUTE and SITAR. It has unique DHOLAK rhythm. The song is filmed on Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini and Aruna Irani (Vandana Shastri sining Aruna Irani’s lines)

KISHORE  KUMAR with  HEMA  MALINI  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Musical hit film “Dream Girl” was Hema Malini’s home production.  She took an opportunity to sing this beautiful song with Kishore Kumar

Hua Kya Agar Tu Zara Bewafa  “Dream Girl”  1977, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

An extremely melodious song mellifluously orchestrated with the use of IRANI SANTOOR, SITAR and CELLOs. Very simple DHOLAK rhythm.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  ANURADHA  PAUDWAL  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

There are many hits of Kishore Kumar with Anuradha Paudwal. This one is the biggest hit. It was a multi starrer musical hit  film. Laxmikant-Pyarelal also using many singers.

O Meri  Jaan “Jaani Dushman” 1978, Lyricist Verma Malik

Top Hit Song. Fast track DHOLAK rhythm, awesomely rendered by Kishore Kumar – Anuradha Paudwal. Filmed on Jeetendra – Neetu Singh

KISHORE  KUMAR with  S JANKI  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

A surprise package from Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar. S. Janaki’s voice was successfully synchronised with new star Khushboo.

Bol Baby Rock N Roll  “Meri Jung” 1985, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

A perfect ‘pop’ music song. Use of SAXOPHONE  is cadenced, in the ‘interludes’.

Javed Jafri and Khushboo have gambouled appealingly.


Na Jaiyo Pardes “Karma” 1986, Lyricist Anand Bakshi

Breathtaking rendition from both Kishore Kumar – Kavita Krishnamurthy. The ‘beauty’ of the song is ‘overlapping’ sound effect of Kavita Krishnamurthy, singing different lines with different tune, assimilating Kishore Kumar’s singing who is singing different liens and tune. Just beautiful. Poonam Dhillon – Anil Kapoor performed excellently on this lovely, ‘FAST-TRACK’ composition.

KISHORE  KUMAR with  ALISHA  CHINOY  / Laxmikant-Pyarelal

It was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s selection of Alisha Chinoy to sing this song with Kishore Kumar. The outcome was just superb.  

Kate Nahi Katate   “Mr. India” 1987, Lyricist Javed Akhtar

Incredible composition, in western style, from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.  32 seconds of “prelude” is tunefully instrumented with the use of PICCOLO (smaller version of the FLUTE), ‘Symphony’ style VIOLINS and the ‘strokes’ of SITAR. Awesome ‘take off’ by Kishore Kumar (I Love You).Orchestrated with stupefying ‘rhythm,….the first ‘interlude’ is decorated with ACCORDION, VIOLINS, SAXOPHONE, GUITAR and the ‘strokes’ of SITAR. Second ‘interlude’ beautifully structured by the use of  “solo” VIOLIN. You can equally enjoy the ‘surround sounds’ of SYMPHONY VIOLINS. Alisha Chinoy singing marvelously. Gamboling of SRIDEVI is seductive moreover she looks ‘smoking hot’.  Anil Kapoor looks simple.

Ajay Poundarik Vadodara (Gujarat)

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.

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