:: SATI SAVITRI, 1964 :: ENTRANCING Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
In 1963, Diwali, through the music of “Parasmani”, newcomer Laxmikant-Pyarelal made big impact in Hindi Film Music. In the year 1964 many musical hit films from the desk of Laxmikant-Pyarelal were released like “Dosti”, “Mr. X In Bombay”, “Sant Gyaneshwar”, “Aaya Toofan” and totally different musical score from “Sati Savitri”. In the year 1964 the name Laxmikant-Pyarelal became the talk of the nation.
Lata Mangeshkar have sung as many as 712 songs, under the music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal, a record. What 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.
If we are to talk of LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL’s Classical or Semi-Classical Songs and that too with LATA MANGESHKAR ..songs of “Sati Savitri” stands out to be number 1….Lata has sung as many as Six songs ( four Solos) and all are based on classical ragas…The songs of this film can be heard even today. The meaningful wordings of these immortal songs are written by PANDIT BHARAT VYAS.
The orchestra arrangements in “Preludes” and “Interludes” used to be the assets of the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Listen to the songs, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs, you will enjoy it more.
1) Tum Gagan Ke Chandrama Ho….Lata Mangeshkar -Manna Dey
तुम क्षमा मैं भूल हूँ…..तुम गगन के चंद्रमा ..मै धरा की धूल हूँ.. The extreme of gratitude in love expressed ever in words.A beautiful song composed in Hindustani Raag “Yaman Kalyan”. 56 years have been passed since Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey got to gather to sing this magical song, NOT A SINGLE CREASE HAS APPEARED ON THE SMOOTH SHINING SURFACE OF THIS SONG…..The classical based song is mellifluously composed in symphony style orchestra arrangements. Use of soft pieces of VIOLINS and SITAR in all the ‘interludes’ is just mesmerizing.
2) Jeevan Dor Tumhi Sang Bandhi….Lata Mangeshkar
Once again mellifluous composition on “Yaman Kalyan”. This song is GEM of composition. Simply divine rendering soulful music soulful rendering and most delicate expression of love …takes you to different level. One of the top favorites of Lata Mangeshkar herself. The musical notes of both the “interludes” are worth to listen to.
3) Itani Jaldi Kya Hai Gori…Lata-Usha Mangeshkar-Kamal Barot.
A wedding and slightly naughty song, beautifully decorated with glimpses of FLUTE, SHEHANAI and DHOLAK. Don’t forget to listen to the MANDOLIN in “Prelude”.
4) Sakhiri Pee Ka Nam Na Puchho..Lata Mangeshkar
Extremely melodious tune and composition. Use of “BAMBOO FLUTE” , in the ‘interludes’ with DHOLAK is worth to listen to.
5) Kabhi To Miloge Jeevan Saathi. …Lata Mangeshkar.
Mind-Blowing in Raag KALAWATI. Beautiful use of SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements (VIOLINS) in- between the song. It is difficult to choose which one is best song from “Sati Savitri”…But I have chosen beautiful composition on raag ‘KALAVATI’. The depth of emotions, soul and divine melody of this rendition in Rag kalavati is timeless and matchless.
6) Mujhe Loot Ke Na Jana ..Lata Mangeshkar
Anguish type of song. Beautifully composed.
A Mesmerizing Melodious musical gift from the unique of combo of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It’s an addict album. Unfortunately, the actual videos of the songs are not available.