Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Professional Balancing Act :: Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Professional Balancing Act Between Rafi and Kishore.

Coincidentally, the association of Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Mohammad Rafi “DOSTI” 1964 as well as Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Kishore Kumar “MR X IN BOMBAY” 1964, started in the same year with BIG songs from super hit films. Since than Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked unbiasedly as well as professionally and have always maintained the balancing act between the two singers. This has been well elaborated in this blog.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Mohammad Rafi 370 songs.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Kishore Kumar 402 songs

Laxmikant-Pyarelal were the staunch Rafi loyalists throughout their life. Their greatness lies in their simplicity, commitment and the quality of unconquered versatility gave Laxmikant-Pyarelal a supreme staying power of 35 years in the Hindi Film Music.

Mohammad Rafi has sung 379 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. This figure is the highest number of the songs sung by Mohammad Rafi for any music directors, including 183 numbers of solo songs. 

Mohammad Rafi with the music directors

Laxmikant-Pyarelal            379 songs

Shankar-Jaikishan             330 songs

Chitragupta                        225 songs

Ravi                                   210 songs

Kalyanji-Anandjj               200 songs

O P Nayyar                        187 songs

Madan Mohan                   147 songs

Naushad                             114 songs

Usha  Khanna                     109 songs

R D Burman                        107 songs

S D Burman                          94 songs

N Dutta                                  94 songs

Roshan                                  87 songs

Rajesh Roshan                      33 songs

Lata Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi Duets: Out of 421 duets of Lata – Rafi, 78 numbers  these duets are sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Once again the highest number of duet of Lata-Rafi under any music directors. 

In sixties combo of Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given some of the best songs in 

“Dosti” 1964, 

“Aaye Din Bahar Ke”,1966, 

“Night In London”, “Farz”, “Taqdeer” all in 1967. 

“Wapas”, “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, “Aaya Sawan Jhum Ke” 1968, 

“Jeene Ki Raah”, 

“Jigari Dost” and “Sajan” all in 1969 and many more.

Kishore Kumar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal before “Aradhana” 1969.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given all time hits songs to Kishore Kumar during the lean period of his musical carrier, in the mid sixties, when the duo was relatively new, without damaging the giant popularity of Mohammad Rafi.

Mr X In Bombay “1964 (Mere Mehboob Quyamat Hogi)

Shreeman Fantoosh” 1965 (Ye Dard Bhara Afasana)

Hum Sab Ustaad Hai” 1965 (Ajanabi Tum Jane Pehachane)

Pyar Kiye Jaa” 1966 (Din Jawani Ke Bar Bar Pyar Kiye Jaa)

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s professional balancing equation, Mohammad Rafi (379 songs)  & Kishore Kumar (402 Songs). 

SEVENTIES:- When Kishore Kumar was on right on top it is only Laxmikant-Pyarelal and to some extent Madan Mohan gave some of the best of their songs for Mohammad Rafi to sing, in seventies…

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have recorded 264 numbers of the songs for Mohammad Rafi, in post ‘Aradhana” period, 1969 to 1980.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal  brought back the glory of Mohammad Rafi through the songs of ”Pratigya”,(1975) 

“Naach Uthe Sansar” (1976) 

Amar Akbar Anthony” “Parvarish” & “Dharmaveer”  (1977), 

“Sargam” (1978) and  that too without damaging the giant popularity of Kishore Kumar

Prior to that LP used Rafi as and when they wish it. 

“Uphaar” 1971 (main ek raja houn), 

“Khilona” 1970 (khilona jaan kar & khush rahe tu sada), 

“Ek Nazar”, 1972 ( patta patta buta buta

“Dastaan” 1972 (na tu zamee ke liye), 

“Gora Aur Kala” 1972 (ek na ek din)

“Suhana Safar” 1972

“Loafer” 1973 (aaj mosam bada beiman hai). 

“Pratigya” 1975 (main jaat yamala pagala)

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have recorded 264 numbers of songs of Mohammad Rafi in post “Aradhana” period.

Laxmikant, Mohammad Rafi & Pyarelal
Mohammad Rafi * Kishore Kumar

Laxmikant-Pyarelal were stanch loyalist to Rafi Sahab. But the duo maintained professional balancing equation between Rafi & Kishore. It can be seen from the song list of KK-LP, 402 songs and Rafi-LP 260 songs. After ‘Aradhana’, 1969..

YES ! It was true that Laxmikant-Pyarelal wanted to bring back the glory of Rafi, without damaging Kishore Kumar’s giant popularity.

Post ‘Aradhana’ 1969, Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given around 379 songs to Kishore Kumar, that includes songs from “Daag” 1973, “Manchali” 1973, “Amir Garib” 1974, “Roti” 1974, “Aakraman” 1975, “Ponga Pandit” 1976, “Aashiq Houn Baharon Ka” 1977 etc….

In these films, listed above, have no songs for Mohammad Rafi.. Rafi-LP after ‘Aradhana’ 1969, 264 songs. During that period “Suhana Safar” 1972, “Gora Aur Kala” 1972, “Nach Uthe Sansar”, 1976 “Dharm Veer” 1977 etc have no songs to Kishore Kumar.


Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s professional balancing act between Rafi and Kishore.. 

“Do Raaste”1970 

( all songs to Rafi but one GEM to Kishore Kumar….’khiza ke phool pe’).

“Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969 

( All songs to Kishore Kumar) in the same year…

“Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke” 1969 

( All songs to Mohammad Rafi) 

“Aan Milo Sajna” 1970 

(50% Rafi 50 % Kishore)

“Haathi Mere Saathi” 1971 

( All songs to Kishore Kumar  GEM to Rafi ‘nafrat ki duniya ko’)

“Mehboob Ki Mehandi” 1971

 (All songs to  Rafi GEM to Kishore ‘mere diwane pan ki dawa’)

“Aap Aaye Bahar Aayee” 1971

( 50% Rafi & 50 % Kishore)

“Prem Kahani” 1975 

( 50% Rafi & 50 % Kishore) The list is too long…But let us not forget.

 “Sargam” 1979 

( all songs to Mohamamd Rafi) around the same time

“Anurodh” 1977 

( all songs to Kishore Kumar) 

“Amar Akbar Anthony” 1978 

( all songs to Mohammad Rafi one HIT song to Kishore ‘my name is anthony’)

“Karz” 1979 

(all songs to Kishore Kumar but one GEM to Rafi ‘dard-e-dil’)..

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s association with Rafi Sahab continued till his last day, 31st July, 1980. During Rafi Sahab’s lean years in the early 70s apart from Madan Mohan it was Laxmikant-Pyarelal who stood by him. Both were instrumental in bringing Rafi Saab comeback in the year 1977. MohammadRafi has sung his last song for “Aas Pass” under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

Few Best Rare Songs of Mohammad Rafi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal in post ‘                            Aradhana’ period, after 1969.

MAN  KI AANKHEN  1970      (Songwriter Sahir Ludhiyanvi) 

-Dil Kahe Ruk Ja Re Ruk Ja

Extremely melodious romantic song. ‘Prelude of 40 seconds, starts with TWEETING sound of BIRDS overlapped with SANTOOR, Symphony VIOLINS and Rafi Sahab’s AALAP,  mesmerizes the listeners. First ‘interlude’ CHORUS is beautifully surrounded and overlapped with GUITAR and FLUTE. Second ‘interlude’ is orchestrated with Symphony VIOLINS and FLUTE. The song is filmed on DHARMENDRA

AAP  AAYE BAHAR  AYEE  1971   (Songwriter  Anand Bakshi)

-Sare Jamane Se Mausam Suhane Se

Another sweetly composed romantic song. 40 seconds of ‘prelude’ starts with GUITAR followed by Symphony VIOLINS, BIRD TWEETING sounds synchronised with ACOUSTIC GUITAR,  Take off from Rafi Sahab’ rendering has a wonderful as well as delicate overlapping sound of ACOUSTIC GUITAR. First ‘interlude’ is orchestrated with VIOLINS and FLUTE. Second ‘interlude’ has mellifluous use of SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS. The song has tuneful BONGA DRUM rhythm . It is filmed on Rajendra Kumar and Sadhna. 

ROOP  TERA MASTANA  1972   (Songwriter Asad Bhopali) 

-Bade Bewfa Hai Ye Husnwale 

GEM of a song from Mohammad Rafi & Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

VIOLINs & CELLOs are wonderfully intermixed with PIANO in mind-boggling SYMPHONY style, an enrich orchestra arrangements throughout the song and a fabulous rendering by RAFI saab in very ‘romantic’ way. Long ‘prelude” of 1 minute and 11 seconds (full of ‘SYMPHONY’) with Rafi Saab’s “aalap”and ‘humming’ + ‘pause’ mesmerizes. “Interludes” are mellifluously crafted with PIANO, VIOLINS & CELLOs. Again the “mukhada” has TABLA/DHOLAK rhythm. All the “interludes” rhythm have BONGO DRUMS. Rafi Saab’s & LP’s various ‘pauses’ is an added feature of this song. The song is filmed on Jeetendra. 

GORA  AUR KALA  1972    (Songwriter Anand Bakshi)

-Ek Na Ek Din Ye Kahani    

Beautifully orchestrated in WALTZ candency. ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ACCORDION, VIOLINS, SAXOPHONE and IRANI SANTOOR. It has been composed on BONGO DRUM rhythm. The song is filmed on Rajendra Kumar and Hema Mallini. 

SURAJ AUR  CHANDA  1973 (Songwriter Anand Bakshi)

-Tere Naam Ka Deewana 

This is yet another Romantic song filmed on Sanjeev Kumar. ‘Mukhada’ awesome ‘pauses’ that pleases the ears. The ‘interludes’ are instrumented and overlapped with symphony VIOLINS with the use of GUITAR, SANTOOR, VIOLINS as well as SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM and SITAR. It has melodious DHOLAK / TABLA rhythm. 

GEETA  MERA NAAM  1974   (Songwriter Rajendra Krishnan)

-Mohabbat Hi Mohabbat Hai 

This romantic song, composed in western style rhythm,  is filmed on Firoz Khan. The song is orchestrated with GUITAR and VIOLINS with BONGA DRUM.

AAKHRI  DAO (1975)     (Songwriter Hasrat Jaipuri)

-Aisa Na Ho Ke      

A GEM in Western Style Orchestra arrangements.  The ‘prelude’ of 58 seconds is Symphony VIOLINS. Mohammad Rafi at it’s melodious best. ‘Interludes’ are orchestrated with SAXOPHONE overlapped with VIOLINS and GUITAR as well as surround sounds of CELLOs. Second ‘interlude’ is superb display of SARANGI synchronised with CELLOs and VIOLINS. The beauty of the song is it’s surround sound created and overlapped with Rafi Sahab’s rendering in ‘antara’ by using  SAXOPHONE and Symphony VIOLINS as well as CELLOs. The song is filmed on Jeetendra. A treat for Mohammad Rafi Sahab’s fans.

A rare combo of Hasrat Jaipuri /Laxmikant-Pyarelal 

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia). USA.

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. I am an adarent Fan of LPji and Great Gandharva of Indian Music Rafiji. The article and analysis is excellent and worth preserving. Long Live the Great Trio and their Melodies.

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  2. Superb write up
    Rafi Sahab was fully supported by LP , MM , Usha khanna & Sonik Omi
    Kudos to LP to have been loyal to farishta Rafi ji through out .


  3. Awesome article! Loved that combo dearly. Some minor pointers – Prem Kahani also shared a Mukesh song with Rafi/Kishore. Also, in AAA, besides Anthony Gonsalves, Kishore also had Humko tumse ho gaya – along with Rafi and Mukesh :).
    Thanks for mentioning the AAKHRI DAO song – what a rare beauty!! Couple of others that come to mind are
    – Saagar nahin hai to (Naatak)
    – Ayee Baharon ki Shaam (wapas)
    – Saari khushiyan hain (Suhana Safar)
    Etc 🙂

    Thanks again!!


  4. I salute Mr Pundarik for such jesture to musical maestro LP who not only provided melodious songs but also vast variety in all formats a composition is made like sad, happy, kawwali, marriage songs. spiritual, western, etc etc etc . No other composer has provided such variety and that too with such consistancy.
    Thank you Mr Pundarik.


  5. The Musical Journey & Legacy of the Music Director Duo LakshmiKanth & PyareLal is Un Paralleled, The Melodies & Golden Film Hits Created & Composed By LP will Linger in the Minds & Memory of Millions of Hindi Song Lovers….Hundreds of Songs Sung By Moh’d Rafi Saheb, Kishore Kumar jee, Latha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Mukesh, Truely Musical Treasure…


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