The association of Songwriter Anand Bakshi and Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal started from the famous song ‘mere mehboob qayamat hogi’ from “Mr. X In Bombay”, 1964. This combo has worked for 304 films, composing 1680 songs of various types and varieties. 

Anand Bakshi has written some excellent songs giving philosophical touch, in a very simple way. . In this topic, named  Metaphysical ANAND BAKSHI & Rhythmic LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL we are going to review some of the best songs of this trio’s philosophical songs. 

Producer / Director Mohan Kumar, Laxmikant, Anand Bakshi and Pyarelal.

It is also found that Producer / Director J. Omprakash films have more thoughtful songs. “Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke” has as many as three such songs, “Apnapan” two songs. 

Listing out a few songs which are not discussed / reviewed. 

Himmat Kare Insaan          Rafi   “Himmat”

Do Rang Duniya Ke           Mukesh   “Do Raaste” 

Aaj Dil Pe Koi Zor              Lata        “Milan”

Darpan Jhoot Na Bole       Manna Dey  “Darpan”

Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka    Lata-Rafi  “Aap Aaye Bahar Aayee”

Yaar Hamari Baat Suno      Kishore Kumar   “Roti”

Jaane Walon Ka Gham To  M. Rafi   “Kali Ghata”

Tum Besahara Ho To          Manna Dey   “Anurodh”

Koi Na Jab Tera Saathi Ho  Kishore Kumar “Insaan” 

Phool Ahista Phenko           Mukesh – Lata “Prem Kahani”

Is Duniya Mein O Duniya     Rafi  “Do Bhai”

Bhagwan Ne Apne Jaisa      Lata   “Chhota Bhai”

O Manzi Naiya Dhoondhe     Mukesh  “Uphaar”

Pyarelal, Laxmikant and Anand Bakshi

Many Of Anand Bakshi’s Situational Songs Have One Philosophical Stanza

Rajshri Pictures Musical  TAQDEER  1967 .                                                                                Anand Bakshi have written one abstract song  मिल के रोये मिल के मुस्कुराये हम ! अपनी जीत हार को हम बाँट ले .   It is a picnic song filmed on FARIDA JALAL, JALAL AGHA & Subhash Ghai (playing ACOUSTIC GUITAR). 

–Aaiye Bahar Ko Hum Baant Le …..Lata Mangeshkar. 

Mellifluous composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal,  in western style. Instruments like Acoustic Guitar,Violins, Mouth Organ, Cycle Bells, Accordion etc.. are brilliantly executed in the orchestra arrangements. Lata Mangeshkar’s voice is simply sweet and melodious. Subhash Ghai can be seen in the video, playing acoustic guitar.

J. Omprakash’s Musical Hit  AAYA SAWAN JHOOM KE 1968.                                                       Anand Bakshi has written as many as three philosophical songs in this movie.

Bura Mat Suno Bura Mat Dekho   M. Rafi  

–Ye Shama To Jali Roshni Ki Liye  M. Rafi

–O Majhi Chal O Majhi Chal      Mohammad Rafi

A Sheer Magical from Anand Bakshi  आशाओं से नाता जोड़ दे, ये निराशा के बंधन तोड़ दे .  The song is filmed on Dharmendra. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have beautifully orchestrated. “Prelude” of 16 seconds with ACOUSTIC GUITAR. “Rhythm” on BONGO DRUMS, both the “interludes” are beautifully decorated with the VIOLINS, CELOs in SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements, in support with the glimpses of FLUTE (first ‘interlude’) and MANDOLIN and  SANTOOR (second ‘interlude’). 

L.V. Prasad’s Musical Hit JEENE KI RAAH   1969                                                                    Anand Bakshi has written one meaningfully worded song, filmed on Jeetendra

Ek Banjara Gaye Jeevan Ke Geet Sunaye  Mohammad Rafi.

Each and  every line of this song written by Anand Bakshi  is consequential …. अगर जीना है तो ज़माने मैं तो हंसी का कोई बहाना ढूंढो !!  कागज के फूलों को भी जो महका कर दिखलाये 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have composed this song with zero ‘prelude’ but a mind-boggling display of ELECTRIC GUITAR. Interludes are awesomely instrumented with symphony style of VIOLINS and ACCORDION. It has conventional DHOLAK rhythm. 

Rajshri Pictures Basu Chatterjee directed, super musical PIYA KA GHAR  1972.  Essence Of Life Captured Beautifully, In Simple Words By Anand Bakshi.

ये जीवन है इस जीवन का यही है, यही है, रंग-रूप  

–Yeh Jeevan Hai …Kishore Kumar

Anand Bakshi writes ये ना सोचो इसमें अपनी हार है की  जीत है ! उसे अपना लो जो भी जीवन की रीत है 

One of the finest songs from  Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Kishore Kumar’s extremely soft and silky rendering in a totally different way and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s westernized orchestra, very delicate rendering by CHORUS in surround sound  for the “interludes”, are the features of this lovely song. The song is completely woven around the glimpses of ACOUSTIC  GUITAR (played by late Gorakh Sharma, Pyarelalji’s younger brother). WHISTLE in surround sound gives the listeners Ear-Pleasing. Another beauty of this song is ‘finger pinch’ used in the ‘rhythm’, at the end of each ‘antara’.

Dalal Guha and Premji’s Musical Hit DOST  1974.                                                                 Anand Bakshi has written two philosophical songs in this song, filmed on Dharmendra

–Aa Bata De Tuze Kaise Jiya Jata Hai….Lata – Rafi.

Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai   Kishore Kumar. 

This Song Means Be Positive Every Time Do Not Think Negative Any Time In Life. Life Will Be Happy. Pretty Philosophical Words Penned By Anand Bakshi. गाडी को देख कैसी है नेक अच्छा बुरा न देखे ! सब है सवार दुश्मन के यार सबको चली ये लेके !

Smoothly Rendered By Kishore Kumar Wonderfully Composed By Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

38 seconds of ‘prelude’ is awesome. A unique ‘rhythm’ created to sound like an exhausting of steam from the ‘steam engine’, and also the typical steam engine horn. All of these sounds are synchronized with VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and BONGO DRUM, to make the ‘rhythm’ perfect to visualize the movement of the Train. Interludes are orchestrated with VIOLINS, SAXOPHONE, CHURCH BELL, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, MOUTHORGAN & other BRASS instruments.

Ravi Tondon’s Musical Hit  MAJBOOR  1974

Bakshi Sahab wrote a splendid as well as an immortal song, filmed on Amitabh Bachchan 

–Aadmi Jo Kehta Hai ….Kishore Kumar

Anand Bakshi penned   कोई भी हो हर ख्वाब तो अच्छा नहीं होता ! बहोत ज्यादा प्यार भी अच्छा नहीं होता 

To decorate the song with the phenomenal “Long Prelude” was a normal practice for the Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal. There are many songs, composed by the duo, with the long “prelude”. This song has a Mind-Boggling “Prelude” of 144 seconds. This prelude is mellifluously orchestrated in a SYMPHONY style with solo VIOLIN, CELLOs, FLUTE and VIOLINs. Brilliant take off by Kishore Kumar at 2.24. Apart from the long prelude in ‘symphony’ style, both the “interludes” are brilliantly composed, by using different tunes, with ACCORDION and VIOLINS.

J Omprakash super Musical Hit   APNAPAN  1977

Anand Bakshi’s  one of the most popular song giving preaching. Filmed on Sudhir Dalvi and Nivedita Joshi. 

-Is Duniya Main Jeena …Kishore – Lata 

–Aadmi Musafir Hai Aata Hai Jata Hai   ..M. Rafi – Lata Mangeshkar

Doctrine worded, each and every line. Anand Bakshi writes क्या साथ लाये क्या छोड़ लाये ! रस्ते मैं हम क्या छोड़ लाये ! मंज़िल पे जाके याद आते है !  

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s composition is simply superb. 32 seconds of ‘prelude’ is composed by GHUNGROO BELLS, VIOLINS and HARMONIUM.The ‘rhythm’ has DHOLAK synchronized with GHUNGROO BELLS. Interludes are instrumented with SANTOOR, FLUTE, CLERANATE, VIOLINS and HARMONIUM. 

Another J Omprakash Super Musical Hit  AASHA 1979.                                                           One more Sheer Magical song, a top hit, from Anand Bakshi. 

–Sheesha Ho Ya Dil …Lata Mangeshkar.

Here Bakshi Sahab says काफी बस अरमान नहीं, कुछ मिलना आसान नहीं। दुनिया की मजबूरी है ! फिर तक़दीर जरूरी है !  Filmed on REENA ROY, Looks beautiful.. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s splendid composition.  20 seconds of ‘prelude’ is full of Latajis honeyed AALAPS. Brilliant take off…शीशा हो या दिल हो …She gives 3 seconds of singing ‘pause’  for symphonious DHOLAK rhythm. First and Second interludes are orchestrated with an ACCORDION. Third interlude has a solo display of VIOLIN. Another beauty of this song is ‘singing’ and ‘rhythmic’ pauses.

Subhash Ghai’s Musical Blockbuster  MERI JUNG  1985.   One of the most popular songs of the mid-eighties. 

-Zindagi Har Kadam Ek Nayi Jung Hai    Shabbir  – Lata  – Nitin Mukesh  

Anand Bakshi writes हौसला ना छोड़ कर सामना जहाँ का ! बदल रहा है देख रंग आसमान का 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have orchestrated this song by using PIANO as well as VIOLINS in symphony style. The song is filmed on Nutan, Girish Karnad, Anil Kapoor. 

Director T Ramarao’s   ANDHA KANOON  1983   Anand Bakshi writes  रोते रोते हँसना सीखो, हँसते हँसते रोना

–Rote Rote Hasna Sikho….Kishore Kumar. 

Meaningful philosophical words by Anand Bakshi बड़ी बड़ी खुशियां हैं छोटी छोटी बातों में  नन्हे मुन्हे तारे जैसे सोती रातों में ऐसा सुन्दर है ये जीवन, जैसे कोई सपना सलोना. Filmed on Amitabh Bachchan

Producer/Director Mohan Kumar’s AMRIT 1986.                                                                        Here Bakshi Sahab writes about ‘ghum’, sorrow.

Duniya Mein Kitna Ghum Hai    ,Mohammad Aziz. 

Very much philosophical wording by Anand Bakshi  दुनिया मैं कितना गम है ! मेरा गम कितना कम है ! लोगों का गम देखा तो मैं अपना गम भूल गया filmed on Rajesh Khanna. 

This is a typical Laxmikant-Pyarelal moulded song. 


Rajesh Khanna’s Biggest Musical Hit  HAATHI MERE SAATHI   1971

–Duniya Main Rehna Hai To Kaam Kar” Pyare  Kishore Kumar

पैसे बिना दुनियाँ में रोटी नहीं मिलती. रोटी नहीं मिलती लंगोटी नहीं मिलती

Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Anand Bakshi Record 304 Films with 1680 songs.

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA. 11th 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. Mindblowing.
    Your deep dedicated efforts are noteworthy and praiseworthy.
    Very few persons would care to go for such analysis and bring out real gems.
    ANAND BAKSHI, a rare song writer who penned very simple song with simple words but gave us thought provoking ideas.
    Your splendid work deserves to be have wider spread among lovers of hindi songs for their own enrichment..
    I share my Joy’s on getting information on songs of despair and philosophy.
    Sunil Amin.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Superb compilation of philosophical songs by Anand Bakshi Sahab and LP. Bakshi Sahab’s contribution to the bollywood music is immense by writing simple lyrics with great meaning. My personal favorites are Gaadi Bula Rahi hai and Admi Musafir Hai.
    Other memorable sings like Uparwale tera jawab nahi and Yaron utho chalo bago daudo from Avtaar, Title track of Amar Akbar Anthony, Yeh jo public hai from Roti, Hum to chale pardes from Sargam and alike are also worth a mention in the list.

    Thanks a lot.
    Tarun Kumar


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