Concealed GEMS Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar

Concealed GEMS ::  Laxmikant-Pyarelal and  Lata Mangeshkar

From 1963, to the next 35 years, Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal were to chalk up an astounding 712 songs together, which accounted for one in every 10 Hindi film songs recorded by the Melody Queen, and one of every four songs composed by the duo. The unmatchable variety of songs. 

And what a 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. 

Precisely, Lata Mangeshkar has sung as many as 413 solo songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. There are many Concealed GEMS (Hidden GEMS) of songs. 

Songs from  Lata Mangeshkar dominated albums like Parasmani 1963, Sati Savitri 1964, Sant Gyaneshwar 1964, Lootera 1966, Baharon ki Manzil 1968, Abhinetri 1971,  Jai Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijalee 1971, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, 1971, Raja Jaani 1972,  Daag 1973 and  Bobby 1973,  etc are not considered.  

Films like, Naag Mandir 1966, Sau Saal Baad 1966, Daku Mangal Singh 1966,  Madhavi 1968, Aasra 1966 , Shaadi Ke Baad 1972, Free Love 1974,  have excellent music. One song from each of these films has been considered. 

The songs considered have a unique way of composition. ‘Kisi ki nazar ne ishara kiya hai’ from “Sau Saal Baad” 1966, ‘suraj utara bindiya’ from “Sauda” 1974, ‘dil hai dard-e-mohabbat ka mara’ from “Free Love” 1974 and ‘ye kaun hansa’ from “Mere Sajna” 1975 are simply best.  

Also, I would like to thank Dr. Rajiv Vijaykar (‘suraj utara bindiya’) Nikhil Ayer (‘Kisi ki nazar ne ishara kiya hai’ ) and Aditya Pant (ye kaun hansa’) for exploring these Hidden Gems.

Lata Mangeshkar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 60s and 70s.

Mere Sanam Sun Mera Ghum       “Naag Mandir” 1966

(Songwriter   Pandit Bharat Vyas)

Even though it is a mythological movie, it has some beautiful songs.

–Suno ji Suno Naya Ek Geet ….Lata

–Mere Sanam …Mahendra Kapor

–Khamosh Zindagi Ko Aawaz De Rahe Ho …M. Rafi

Lata’s version is an extremely melodious one. The song starts with ‘strokes’ of ACOUSTIC GUITAR and the VIOLINS. Awesome take off by Lata ji…मेरे सनम, मेरे सनम.. .VIOLINS, CELLOS in symphony style are melodiously surrounded with Lata ji’s rendering. ACOUSTIC GUITAR is tunefully used in the ‘rhythm’ of the song. 

Kisi Ki Nazar Ne Ishara Kiya Hai   “Sau Saal Baad”   1966

(Songwriter   Anand Bakshi)

Actually, ‘Sau Saal Baad’ is a very good musical album. 

–Ye Raat Bhi Jaa Rahi Hai….Lata

–Ek Ritu Aaye Ek Ritu Jaye…Lata-Manna Dey (Pure classical)

Lata Mangeshkar ‘s rare GEM with sweet melody.  The song starts with beautiful ‘humming’ by Lataji followed by VIOLINS. Wonderful take off by Lataji ..किसी की नज़र ने इशारा किया है. Soft VIOLINS, FLUTE and SITAR  are brilliantly played in the orchestra. Stroke of SITAR attracts the listeners in the start of the second ‘interlude’.  DHOLAK rhythm with ‘pause’ is worth listening to. 

Ek To Ye Bahar Uspe Tera Mera Pyar     “Daku Mangal Singh”  1966 

(Songwriter  Anand Bakshi )

A super musical starring Mumtaz – Dara Singh.

An extremely melodious and tender  song with 25 seconds of ‘prelude’,  full of VIOLINS and SITAR, sets the mood of the song. FLUTE is awesomely used as ‘filler’ in the song. Delicately sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Awesome DHOLAK rhythm. Mumtaz looks stunning.

Tum Kaun Ho Batao Tumhara Naam Hai Kya “Aasra” 1966

 (Songwriter   Anand Bakshi) 

 This film has many melodious songs.

–Mere Sune Jeevan Ka Aasra …Asha Bhosle

–Neend Kabhi Rehti Thi….Lata

–Daiya Re Daiyya ..Lata

An extremely canorous song, starts with Lataji’s ‘humming’.  Sensitively taken take off …तुम कौन हो बताओ तुम्हारा नाम है क्या ?? Delicately rendered by Lataji synchronizing her singing with the fabulous ‘rhythm’ created through ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Wonderful use of  FLUTE in the first ‘interlude’. Second ‘interlude’ ear-pleasing display of SITAR. Filmed on MALA SINHA

Aaj Dil Pe Koi Jor Chalta Nahin      “Milan” 1967

(Songwriter   Anand Bakshi) 

One of the finest musical albums of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. All songs stormed the nation in the year 1967. Starring Sunil Dutt – Nutan. Unfortunately this song was deleted from the movie. 

Beautifully rendered in ‘raag’ CHARUKESHI. Sad song starts with the ‘prelude’ of 18 seconds orchestrated in VIOLINS and FLUTE. First ‘interlude’, VIOLINS and SAROD.Second ‘interlude’ beautifully orchestrated by FLUTE and SAROD. Third ‘interlude’ with VIOLINS and 

MANDOLIN. Melodious DHOLAK ‘rhythm’. 

Mehfil Soyee Aisa Koi       “Intaquam” 1968

(Songwriter  Rajendra Krishna)

Lata Mangeshkar has 4 solo songs. Including TWO CABARET. आ जान-ए -जान  is very famous song from this film. BUT there was one more cabaret song sung by Lataji.

Yet another melodious cabaret song from the combo of “Helen-Lata-LP”. Laxmikant-Pyarelal have orchestrated this westernized song with the excellent and maximum use of the JAZZ FLUTE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR  and VIOLINS with beautiful BONGO DRUM ‘rhythm’. Once again wonderful  cabaret by Helen, a lesson for modern dancers. This song, being the best,  has got less importance as the other cabaret (‘aa jaane jaan’) is more known and popular, from the same film, “Intaquam”. 

Sanjh Savere Adhron Pe Mere   “Madhavi”  1969

(Songwriter    Anand Bakshi).

Musical hit film. 

A beautiful, melodious, sweet ‘MEERA’ “BHAJAN” from the film “Madhavi” 1969. A classic song from the unique Tetrad  of Lata Mangeshkar,  Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi. Filmed on Sanjay Khan – Deepa. 

Pehle Na Dekha Jaise         “Sharafat”  1970       

(Songwriter    Anand Bakshi) 

Dharmendra – Hema Malini’s first picture. Film with as many as 5 solo songs by Lataji.

This song is an extremely melodious composition. ‘Prelude’ of 23 seconds orchestrated with SITAR and awesome Lata ji’s AALAPS.  Wonderful take off by Lata ji  पहले न देखा जैसे किसीने sss . First ‘interlude’ is orchestrated with FLUTE, VIOLINS overlapping MANDOLIN.

Second ‘interlude’ is full of SITAR, (Played by Ustad Rais Khan). 

Baat Yeh Anokhi  “Maa Aur Mamta” 1970

(Songwriter  Anand Bakshi)
Very sweet melodious song.

So Ja Re So Ja       “Shaadi Ke Baad”  1972

(Songwriter  Anand Bakshi)

An extremely melodious song rendered by Lata Mangeshkar.  Lataji’s HUMMING in “prelude” and in first “interlude” mesmerizes. Wonderfully orchestrated with FLUTE,  ACOUSTIC GUITAR,  VIOLINS,  SITAR and BANSURI. Without affecting the sweetness of the song, sound of “air” (हवा ) is beautifully incorporated.  The song has soothing BONGO  DRUM rhythm. It is filmed on actor Jeetendra and Rakhee. 

Dil Hai Dard-E-Mohabbat Ka  Mara    “Free Love” 1974

(Songwriter    Asad Bhopali )

This movie has some offbeat compositions.

–Hum Kashmakash – E – Gham Se ..Lata

The song starts with the mesmerizing orchestra in ‘interlude’, SAXOPHONE, GUITAR as well as ACOUSTIC GUITAR played as ‘rhythm. Lata ji gives overwhelming take off दिल है दर्द -ऐ मुहोब्बत का मारा।  with modulating her rendering style. First ‘interlude’ orchestrated with SAXOPHONE, and symphony style VIOLINS hypnotizes the listeners. Second ‘interlude’ beautiful use of CLARINET .  

Suraj Utara Bindniya Main     “Sauda” 1974

(Songwriter    National Poet Indrajeet Singh Tulsi )

Stupefying Rendering and Sterling Orchestra arrangements.The song that enthralls the listeners. “Prelude” 12 seconds starts with SITAR followed by GUITAR and at 12th seconds how beautiful ‘take off’ by Lata’s rendering, synchronizing her voice with symphony VIOLINS. Exceptional singing particularly rendering the word सूsssरज and giving the “pauses” at 0.17/0.18 and at 0.22 to 0.25, FLUTE used as ‘filler’ in wonderful DHOLAK rhythm. First “Interlude” is awesomely instrumented with SITAR,VIOLINS, IRANI SANTOOR and FLUTE. At the end of each “antra” at 1.41 how mellifluously surround sound of ‘symphony’ VIOLINs synchronizes with Lata’s voice, that is one of the beauty of this melodious song. Second ‘interlude’ is orchestrated with GUITAR, SAROD and VIOLINS. 

The song is filmed on Yogita Bali.

Ye Kaun Hansa    “Mere Sajna”  1975

(Songwriter Majrooh Sultanpuri)

Again Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal chemistry worked for this uncommon composition. The song is filmed on Rakhi Gulzar.

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA.  20th October, 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. Sir,
    I am much beholden to you.
    Your CLASSICAL research work is indeed worth appreciated by all esteemed MUSIC lovers.
    What a nice article, which thoroughly deals with intricacy of music. The detailed description of various instruments played in each SONG is CAPTIVATING.
    Since your work needs lot of time , energy, dedication and enthusiasm, I am wondering about all these qualities you possess.
    I am sure all the true music lovers will join with me to admire your SPLENDID work.


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