BIRTHDAY Celebration Is “ON”. 3rd September. Happy Birthday PYARELAL (Laxmikant-Pyarelal)
It’s now 57 years. I was an 8-year-old studying in the Indian city of virtuoso TANSEN, Gwalior. Radio Ceylon, All India Radio, and Vividh Bharati were playing ‘Main Nanhasa Chhota Sa Bachha Houn’ (from the movie ‘Harishchandra Taramati, 1963′) , ‘Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo’, and ‘Ek Do Teen Chaar’ (from the movie ‘Sant Gyaneshwar‘, 1964). Both the films have the music by the newly arrived, young, talented musicians, Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Growing up in the same era as that of child artists from these films, the songs, listed above, made a huge impact on my musical ears. I distinctly remember one thing — a downpour of coins on the screen for ’Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo’, which went on to become my very first all-time favorite without having an idea that it was Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music.
From 1963 to 1998, without any discontinuity, constantly, my childhood days, my school days, my college days and few years of working (job) in India as well as abroad, have witnessed many memorable hit songs from Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Simplicity, Commitment and the quality of Unconquered Versatility gave Laxmikant- Pyarelal a Supreme Staying Power of 35 years in Hindi Film Music.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s tunes used to be very simple but at the same time they used to be extremely sweet, catchy and melodious.
There are many interesting aspects of Laxmikant-Pyarelal music / songs.
1 The duo’s songs have Indian touch, raag based, with MELODY.
2 The songs with the simple tunes are decorated with canorous ORCHESTRA arrangements, mostly in western style. Laxmikant-Pyarelal would add a few ingredients in the orchestra that would help the song become hit. Most of the “Interludes” ( musical glimpses between “mukhda” and “antara”) are blended with western style, by giving the ‘symphony’ touch. LP were masters in synchronising various instruments to illuminate the orchestra in ‘preludes’, ‘interludes’ and ‘postludes’. Most interestingly there is no repetition.
3 RHYTHM. Most of the tunes are Indian, Folkish but are decorated mellifluously with the mind-blowing RHYTHM using DHOLAK. In many songs the “Interludes” are blended with a different rhythm than that of the ‘mukhada’ of the song.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal music >>> “””of the common people, for the common people and inspired by the common people””””. It was a perfect music for any successful film to have.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: The Most Successful Music Directors Of Bollywood Music. 1963 to 1998, 503 films, 2850 songs, 72 songwriters and 157 singers.
LONG LIVE LP MUSIC.
Ajay Poundarik Atlanta (Georgia) USA