Singers and Tuneful Orchestra of Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Hindi Film Music was at its peak in the early sixties. All the big names of music directors like Shankar-Jaikishan, Naushad, O P Nayyar, Madan Mohan, S D Burman, Ravi, Roshan, Chitragupt etc were in full form. In the presence of all these BIG names, Laxmikant-Pyarelal made a banging start through Parasmani 1963. It was a huge musical hit.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal used as many as four singers in their very first film. Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and Kamal Barot. The duo always have an upper hand in singer’s selection, right from the day one. Without any interference from the third party, mainly filmmakers and actors. Laxmikant-Pyarelal have always chosen the singers of their choice.
Long Lasting as well as Productive Amalgamation / combo
Total 160 numbers of singers (Both Male and Female) have rendered the songs under the music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal, starting from 1963 to 1998.
Lata – LP (712 songs), Rafi – LP (379 songs), KK – LP (402 songs), Asha-LP (494 songs)
In the year 1963 /1964 itself, through the songs Parasmani, Sant Gyaneshwar, Sati Savitri, Hindi Film Music substantiated the inception of record breaking, longer, larger, closer and more rewarding association of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. From 1963, to the next 35 years, Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal were to chalk up an astounding 712 songs, of sheer variety and range.
In mid-sixty when Mohammad Rafi was on top position, without damaging the giant popularity of Rafi Sahab, Laxmikant-Pyarelal gave all time hits songs to Kishore Kumar who was then passing through the lean period of his musical career. The songs include:-.
Mr X In Bombay 1964 Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi
Shreeman Fantoosh 1965 Ye Dard Bhara Afasana
Hum Sab Ustad Hain 1965 Ajanabi Tum Jane Pehachane
Pyar Kiye Jaa 1966 Din Jawani Ke Bar Bar Pyar Kiye Jaa
In the year 1967, Laxmikant-Pyarelal brought back the glory of singer Mukesh, through the songs of Milan, Anita, Patthar Ke Sanam and Farz.
Mohammad Rafi’s majesty was restored by Laxmikant-Pyarelal through the songs of Naach Uthe Sansar 1976, Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish, Suhag and Dharm Veer 1977, Sargam1978, without damaging the giant popularity of Kishore Kumar.
Right from the year 1964, Laxmikant-Pyarelal smartly maintained the balancing equation between two legendary singers Mohammad Rafi (379 songs) and Kishore Kumar (402 songs)
( The details can be read in a separate blog https://bit.ly/2ZeZRxk ).
Laxmikant-Pyarelal also made many actors/actresses sing. Few hit songs listed
I S Johar Bade Miyan Deewane Shagird 1967
Johnny Walker Dil De De Jaal 1967
Mehmood Mehbooba Mehbooba Sadhu Aur Shaitan 1968
Shatrughna Sinha Aa Bata De Dost 1974
Leena Chandavarkar Gham Ka Fasana Manchali 1973
Amitabh Bachchan, My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves Amar Akbar Anthony 1977
Hema Malini Hua Kya Agar Dream Girl 1977
Shashi Kapoor Yashomati Maiya Se Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
Zeenat Aman Yashomati Maiya Se Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
Jeetendra Kisi Din Uth Gaya Jyoti Bane Jwala 1980
Rakhee Gulzar Teri Nindiya Ko Taquat 1982
Dilip Kumar Ai Sanam Tere Liye Karma 1986
Jackie Shroff Chahat Ke Upar Dil Hi To Hai 1993
Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Singers:-
Lata Mangeshkar has sung the maximum number of songs, 712 numbers, under the music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It can be seen from the following table, Lata Mangeshkar’s songs with the music directors.
Laxmikant Pyarelal 712
Shankar Jaikishan 453
R. D. Burman 327
C. Ramchandra 298
Kalyanji Anandj 297
Madan Mohan 210
S. D. Burman 182
Moreover Lata Mangeshkar sounds extremely melodious under Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s giant, rich and mellifluous orchestra arrangements.
Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal were a longer, larger, closer and more rewarding association that than what ANY composer has had with ANY singer in Hindi cinema
From 1963, to the next 35 years, Lata Mangeshkar and 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.
There are many films in which Mangeshkar has sung more than 5 songs in the film.. See below the list ..sheer variety.
Sati Savitri 1964
Sant Gyaneshwar 1964
Lootera 1966 ( an outstanding Album with all SIX solo with variety from Lata )
Intequam 1968 (Two Brilliant Cabaret songs)
Baharon ki Manzil 1968
Jai Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijalee 1971 (Another outstanding Album,)
Mera Gaon Mera Desh 1972..(Folkish Album, all time hit )
Raja Jani 1972
Daag 1973 (Yash Raj film’s FIRST film)
Bobby 1973 (All time hit songs)
Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
Ek Duje Ke Liye 1981
One will wonder from 1963 to 1973 Lata Mangeshkar have recorded 355 songs ONLY under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. All are Simply superb…
It is a surprise figure even I was also stunned to know the numbers of songs sung by Asha Bhonsle under Laxmikant-Pyarelal….it is 494 ..There are many hidden GEMS of Asha Bhonsle under Laxmikant-Pyarelal, particularly in sixties and early seventies, including today’s sensational HIT “Hungama Ho Gaya”. “Loafer” (1973) has as many as three solo songs by Ashaji and all are great. Listing a few best solo songs of Ashaji with Laxmi-Pyare.
Mere Sune Jeevan Ka Aaasra hai Tu. Aasra 1966
Khat Likha De Sawarinaya…Aaye Din Bahar Ke 1966
Ai Dushman-e-Jaan…Patthar Ke Sanam..1967
Main Ek Haseena .. Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke ..1968
Meharban Mehaboob …Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool…1969.. ( The BEST )
Kahin Pyar Ho Na Jaye..Sweekar ..1973…( The BEST )
Koi Shahari Babu…Loafer 1973
There are many fabulous duets of
Asha Bhosle – Kishore Kumar (Ek Haseena Thi, Karz 1980).
Asha Bhosle – Mohammad Rafi (Dhal Gaya Din Humjoli 1970)
Asha Bhosle – Lata Mangeshkar (Man Kyon Behka Utsav 1984)
Interestingly, Lata – Asha has sung the highest numbers of duets, 14 numbers, under the music directors, Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Once again …The highest numbers of the songs sung by Mohammad Rafi under any music directors.. Rafi has sung as many as 379 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal including 183 solo numbers.
TOP five music directors in terms of numbers of the songs by Mohammad Rafi
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
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 Jhoom Ke 1968, Jeene Ki Raah, Jigri Dost, Do Raaste and Sajan all in 1969 and many more.
During the peak wave of Kishore Kumar (Post “Aradhana” ) it was Laxmikant-Pyarelal who recorded maximum numbers of the songs for Mohammad Rafi (264 songs) without affecting the giant popularity of Kishore Kumar’s songs. Raf-LP was a mellifluous combination. Dosti (1964) , Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968), Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1968), Jeene Ki Raah (1969), Jigri Dost (1969), …..”POST Aradhana…..>>> Khilona, Mehboob Ki Mehandi, Loafer , Suhana Safar, Sudhendu Roy’s Uphaar, Dastaan, Pratigya, Dharam Veer, Amar Akbar Athony, Sargam and many more..
Prior to that LP used Mohammad Rafi as and when they wished it.
main ek raja hoon Uphaar 1971
khilona jaan kar & khush rahe tu sada Khilona 1970
patta patta buta buta Ek Nazar 1972
na tu zameen ke liye Dastaan 1972
ek na ek din Gora Aur Kala 1972
sari khushiya hai Suhana Safar 1972
aaj mosam bada beiman hai Loafer 1973
main jat yamla pagla Pratigya 1975
There is a “historical song” which brought Three great legends together ..”Mere Mehaboob Quyamat Hogi” from “Mr X In Bombay” (1965)…It was the first song of Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal and also the first song of Anand Baxi with both Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar. Kishore Kumar has sung as many as 402 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. What a variety and wide range we get in those 402 songs ( second highest songs after RD Burman, 499 songs). Kishore Kumar’s song with different music directors.
R D Burman 499 songs
Laxmikant-Pyarelal 402 songs
Bappi Lahiri 298 songs
Kalyanji-Anandji 266 songs
Rajesh Roshan 254 songs
In KK – LP combo you will find everything, Mujara, Lori, Qawwali, Classical, Western Style, Devotional, Patriotic songs. This variety you will not get in KK songs with any music directors. In the mid sixties when Kishore Kumar was passing through his lean period of his musical career, its LP gave KK the Best. The best of KK-LP…Mr X In Bombay, Hum Sab Ustad Hain with five solo of KK, Shreeman Fantoosh, all in 1965…Pyar Kiye Jaa 1966…Not to forget the sensational hits of Kishore Kumar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal in seventies and eighties. To name few Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, Do Raaste, Haathi Mere Saathi, Dushman, Aan Milo Sajna, >>> Anurodh, Karz etc
Pyare Batate Chalo …Hum Sab Ustad Hai 1965
Mere Naseeb Mein Ae Dost…. Do Raaste 1969
Yeh Jeevan Hai ….Piya Ka Ghar 1971
Mere Dwanepan ki bhi dawa nahin…. Mehaboob Ki Mehandi 1972
Ruk Jana Nahin Tu Kahin Har Ke…. Imtihan 1974
Aap Ke Anurodh Pe…. Anurodh 1977
Ek Ritu Aaye Ek Ritu Jaye…. Goutam Govinda 1979
Om Shanti Om…. Karz 1980
In the combo of Kishore Kumar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal, 402 songs with diversification, one will always find everything, in the form of ….
Folk Main Jahan Chala Jaoun Banphool, 1970
Mujra naach meri bulbul Roti, 1974
Gazal pyar ko chahiye kya ek nazar Ek Nazar 1972
Lori soi ja tara Mastana 1970
Qawwali haal kya hai dilon ka, Anokhi Ada, 1973
Philosophical aadmi jo kehta hai, Majboor, 1974
Classical chali re chali re gori ( Kishore – Lata), Mr X In Bombay 1964
Romantic mere dil mein aaj kya hai Daag 1973
Western Classics jaani o jaani, Raja Jaani 1972
Sad ye dard bhara afasana, Shreeman Fantoosh 1965
Devotional prem ka rog laga muze Do Premee, 1980
Inspiration gaadi bula rahi hai Dost, 1974
Patriotic dekho veer jawano Aakraman 1975
Disco paisa yeh paisa Karz 1980
Mukesh has sung as many as 80 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. This combo took off from Parasmani 1963, Sant Gyaneshwar 1964 (Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo)
It is very surprising to note that MUKESHji was not used by many BIG Music Directors..
Shankar-Jaikishan ..136 songs
Kalyanji-Anandji… 107 songs
Laxmikant-Pyarelal 80 songs
Naushad 27 songs.
C Ramchandra 4 songs
Madan Mohan 9 songs
O P Nayyar 4 songs
S D Burman 12 songs
R D Burman 15 songs and
Naushad 27 songs..
When we talk of Mukesh with Laxmikant-Pyarelal…Patthar Ke Sanam, Milan & Anita released in 1967, Shor (1972), Roti Kapda Aur Makan (1974), stands out to be the best.
Few of the fabulous duets of Mukesh – Lata Mangeshkar with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Chori Jo Tumse Mile To Log Parasmani 1963
Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Sadiyon Purane Farz 1967
Kyon Zuki Zuki Hai Palake, Chhaila Babu 1967
Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare Shor Milan 1967
Hum Tum Yug Yug Se Yeh Milan 1967
Bol Gori Bol Tera Kon Piya Milan 1967
Mehaboob Mere Mehbob Mere Patthar Ke Sanam, 1967
Je Hum Tum Chori Se Bandhe Ek Dharati Kahe Pukar Ke 1969
Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai Shor 1972
Paani Re Paani Shor 1972
Few solo song of Mukesh with Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Tum Bin Jeevan Kaise Anita 1967
Gore Gore Chand Ke Anita 1967
Tauba Ye Matwali Chal Patthar Ke Sanam 1967
Ram Kare Aisa Ho Jaye Milan 1967
Mubarak Ho Sabko Milan 1967
Taron Ne Sajke Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee 1971
Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
71 numbers .There are many good duets of Manna Dey with Lata..”Sati-Savitri”, “Pushpanjali”, “Chaitali” ….some memorable hits “Shor”.
Few of the songs sung by Manna Dey for Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Tum Gagan Ke Chandrama Ho….(with Lata)….Sati Savitri 1964
Jago Prabhat Aaya….Sant Gyaneshwar 1964 (Pure Classical)
Ek Ritu Aaye Ek Ritu Jaye…….(Pure Classical with Lata) Sau Saal Baad 1966
O Meri Maina ..( with Usha Mangeshkar)…Pyar Kiye Jaa 1966
Keh Gay Father Ibrahim …Izzat 1968
Sham Dhale Jamuna Kinare…( melody with Lata ) Pushpanjali 1970
Jeevan Chalane Ka Naam…( with Mahendra Kapoor, Hit song)..Shor 1972
Dharti Ambar Neend Se Jaage…Chaitali 1973)
Yashomati Maiya Se ..(with Lata)…Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978
Close to 71 songs of Mahendra Kapoor with LP, major hits, “Nagin”, “Shor”, “Badalte Rishte”..and many more. Fabulous duets with Lata Mangeshkar
Phool Ban Jaunga Lata – Mahendra K. Pyar Kiye Jaa 1966
Ye Kali Jab Talak Lata – Mahendra K. Aaye Din Bahar Ke 1966
Sun-E-Bahar Lata – Mahendra K. Night In London 1967
Tere Sang Pyar Lata – Mahendra K. Nagin 1976
Meri Saanson Ko Lata – Mahendra K. Badalte Rishte 1978
Narendra Chanchal, Bobby 1973
Shailendra Singh, Bobby 1973
S P Balasubramaniam (Ek Duje Ke Liye 1981), were introduced by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Bhupendra and Famous music director
HEMANT KUMAR (“Harishchandra Taramati” 1963 …’suraj re jalate rahana’ ).
TALAT MEHMOOD:- “Woh Din Yaad Karo” (‘mohabbat ki kahaniya’) Only one song.
ANAND BAKSHI:– Three songs (“Mom Ki Gudiya” and “Charas” )
SUMAN KALYANPUR:- Close to 30 songs ..
Shamsad Begum (Aaya Toofan, 1964) etc have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Famous lady singer USHA UTHUP was introduced in Hindi Film Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal (“Devi” 1970)
Famous Actors, Mehmood, Amitabh Bachchan, Ambarish Puri, Shashi Kapoor, Sachin, Leena Chandavarkar etc, have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Actress Padmini Kolhapure and Shivangi Kolhapure (today’s actress Shraddha Kapoor’s mother) were regular singers in the Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra.
NEXT GENERATION SINGERS:::
Laxmikant-Pyarelal have privileged of introducing/limelighting the singers like
ANURADHA PAUDWAL (close to 239 songs only with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, the highest) KAVITHA KRISHNMURTHY (278 songs only with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, the highest)
ALKA YAGNIK (close to 225 songs). (Mr India ek do teen chaar ).
ALISHA CHINOY (“Mr India” 1987 ‘kate nahin karate’ ),
SADHANA SARAGAM (“Saudagar”),
SAPANA MUKHARJEE ,
SHOBHA JOSHI (“Hum”)
ILA ARUN etc.
Jolly Mukarjee, (introduced by LP )
Nitin Mukesh ,
Mohammad Aziz, ( 272 songs, the highest numbers with any music directors)
Manhar Ulhas, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Sonu Nigam, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Ulhas, Jani Babu Qawwal, Dr. Kamlesh Awash, Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Talat Aziz, Roop Kumar Rathod, Jagjit Singh, Hariharan, Vinod Rathod, Kumar Sanu, Abhijit, Aadesh Srivastava, and many more singers have sung under Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Today’s sensational Singer SUKHVINDER SINGH was introduced by Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Saudagar”
Laxmikant-Pyarelal have privilege of bringing two sensational singers from Pakistan,, RESHMA ( “Hero”..’lambi judai’ ) and MEHANDI HASSAN (Mahesh Bhatt’s “Dhun” ..’main aatma tu parmatma’) and Bangladesh RUNA LAILA
Not to forget:- Many of the new generation singers got a name fame
through Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs..
Anuradha Paudwal:::Tu Mera Janu Hai Hero 1983
Alka Yagnik:: “Ek Do Teen” “Tezaab” 1987
Sudesh Bhonsle:- “Jumma Chumma De De” “Hum”
Manhar Udhas “Hero” and “Dayawan”
Mohammad Aziz, one two four and duniya main kitna gham
Pankaj Udhas ..:Chitthi Aayi Hai Naam 1985
Kavita Krishnmurthy and many…Mr. India
Even Laxmikantji himself have sung 3 to 4 songs under Laxmikant-Pyarelal, (Desh Premi)
Mohammad Rafi > chahunga main tujhe Dosti 1964
Lata Mangeshkar > aap mujhe achchhe Jeene Ki Raah 1969
Narendra Chanchal > beshaq mandir masjid Bobby 1973
Mahendra Kapoor > aur nahin bas aur nahin Roti Kapda Aur Makan 1974
Anuradha Paudwal > mere man baja manjira Utsav 1985
Alka Yagnik > ek do teen Tezaab 1988
Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun choli ke pichhe Khalnayak 1993
Below is the comprehensive list of 160 singers sung for Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
** Indicates The Highest Numbers Of The Songs Rendered, By The Singer, Under Any Music Directors.
|Singer||Gender||No. of Songs|
|Lata Mangeshkar||Female||712 **|
|Mohd. Rafi||Male||381 **|
|Kavita Krishnamurthy||Female||278 **|
|Mohd. Aziz||Male||271 **|
|Anuradha Paudwal||Female||239 **|
|S P Balasubramaniam||Male||36|
|Roop Kumar Rathod||Male||8|
|Jani Babu Qawwal||Male||3|
|S. P Sailaja||Female||2|
|Majid Irfan Qawwal||Male||1|
|Salim Prem Ragi||Male||1|