V Shantaram and Sandhya told Laxmikant-Pyarelal to compose the song in a ‘unique’ way.

“Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli” 1971

कजरा लगाके रे बिंदिया सजाके !! हो आई में तो आई रे आई लायी मोहे लायि मिलन धुन पिया की !

(The Unique Way Of Composing Song (as narrated by Living Legend PYARELAL ji)

When SANDHYA, actress and the wife of veteran filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke award winner V. SHANTARAM told Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal to write the words and compose the Song and the Rhythm by watching her Dancing Steps and the Facial Expressions.

To work with veteran Actor, Producer – Director V. SHANTARAM used to be a pride. He was a great connoisseur of the talent. He had an exceptional sensitivity for the music of his films. The quality of the songs and music for V. Shantaram film’s used to be unique and special. Music used to be the asset for his films.

It was not an easy job to enter into V. Shantaram Camp. He has his own choice of music directors which was limited to 2 to 3. Many BIG names of music directors of Forties, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, could not get the an opportunity, baring C. Ramchandra and Vasant Desai, to work with V. Shantaram.

It was in 1971, music directors LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL got an opportunity to work for the first and the last time for V Shantaram’s “classic” film, a DANCE-MUSICAL, “JAL BIN MACHHLI NRITYA BIN BIJLI”.

In one of the songs !!कजरा लगाके रे बिंदिया सजाके !! हो आई में तो आई रे आई लायी मोहे लायि मिलन धुन पिया की !!..

A long musical sitting was held between V. Shantaram, Actress Sandhya, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Actress Sandhya first demonstrated the dance steps, performed the full dance and then told Laxmikant-Pyarelal to prepare the tune and rhythm by watching her steps. It was a different and unique style to compose the song. BUT Laxmikant-Pyarelal along with Lata Mangeshkar and Majrooh Sultanpuri came out with an outstanding composition.

Laxmikant- Pyarelal with Lata Mangeshkar, Sandhya & V Shantaram

A song on MAYUR-DANCE. One more gem of composition with different style. FLUTE is prominently used in western style. Perhaps the longest “prelude” 3 minutes and 27 seconds of beautiful dance sequence. FLUTE and SANTOOR, VIOLIN, VIOLA and GUITAR are prominently used and synchronized as well as overlapped, in western style orchestra arrangements with different style of rhythm of DHOLAK. Also don’t forget to listen to the “postlude” of the song and “Mayur Dance”.

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL have brilliantly synchronized as well overlapped LATA MANGESHKAR’s voice in the highly rich orchestra arrangements.

FIRST TIME, FOR HINDI FILM MUSIC, all the songs of this films were recorded in “”Stereophonic Sound System””.

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA. 3rd June, 2020.

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. Unbelievably enchanting music.
    In those days no one would believe that V. Shantaram movie with very different music. In those days Stereo systems were not in market. Only Grunding Germany players at exorbitant rates were available. So everyone played Mono.
    After 1980 people heard stereo music and got surprised. Movie on second run commanded better audiences. Sterling music arrangement is still being enjoyed after fifty years.
    We congratulate Shri Ajay Poundarik for his very nice write up.
    Sunil Amin


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