SAXOPHONE :: Laxmikant-Pyarelal Enrich Orchestra.
Bollywood film music is principally for transferring affection. The harmony, theme, rendering style and the variations in carols are all creative processes to convey affections. Apart from these creative processes, the musical instruments which are played in the orchestra also have a key role to play in conveying empathy.
Music directors normally choose instruments based on the range of the instrument and how it can support and convey the primary emotion in the song. Many of the instruments serve a single purpose and primarily support a limited range of exciments. However, a Saxophone is a versatile instrument & many of the many composers have displayed it effectively to convey many moods through the songs by using Saxophone.
The sounds of Trumpet and Saxophone are confused. Trumpets are classified as ‘brass instruments’ and saxophones are classified as ‘woodwind instruments’.
Music directors from Bollywood have used SAXOPHONE in their respective orchestra. Quantity wise it is used by R D Burman, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, S D Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji. However, the best utilization of Saxophone is done by the music directors Shankar-Jaikishan and O P Nayyar, strictly my personal opinion
Saxophonists Ram Singh, Amar, Annappa ,Brave, Johney Gomes, Sumaent Raj, Shyam Raj Manohari Singh, Raj Sodha, Suresh Yadav, Kadri Gopinath have contributed to play Saxophone with the music directors.
Most of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal compositions, till 1974, Saxophone is played by Manohari Singh for the songs, Jane Kaisa Hai and Meharban Mehboob Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, 1969. Mere Dil Ne Tadap Ke Anurodh, 1977. Later Saxophonist Suresh Yadav contributed a lot for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Saxophonist Shyam Raj has played the Saxophone for Mr. India songs, Hawaa Hawaai and Kate Nahin Katate.
Listing out few songs on Saxophone, composed by various music directors.
S D Burman
— Ye Kisne Geet Chheda Meri Surat Teri Aankhen 1963
— Gata Rahe Mera Dil Guide 1965
— Roop Tera Mastana Aradhana 1969
— Mujhe Duniyawalo Sharabi 1964
— Mera Pyar Bhi Tu Hai Saathi 1968
— Jare Jare Ud Jare Panchhi Maya 1961
–Zindagi Kaisi Hai Anand 1971
— Gujar Jaye Din Annadata 1972
— Dil Jo Na Keh Saka Bhigi Raat 1965
— Duniya Kare Sawal Bahu Begum 1967
— Bedardi Balama Aarzoo 1965
— Aaj Kal Tere Mere Bramhachari 1968
— Ai Sanam Jisne Tujhe Diwana 1968
— Janam Janam Ka Saath Tum Se Achchha Kaun Hai 1969
— Chhoti Si Mulaqat Chhoti Si Mulaqat 1967
O P Nayyar
–Hai Duniya Usiki Kashmir Ki Kali 1964
— Ye Hai Reshmi Jhuphon Mere Sanam 1965
–Huzure Wala Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi 1969
— Main Pyar Ka Raahi Ek Musafir Ek Hasina 1962
— Yahi Wo Jagah Hai Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi 1966
–Woh Bhuli Dastan Sanjog 1961
–Shokh Nazar Ki Bijliya Woh Kaun Thi 1964
–-Aage Bhi Jane Na Tu Waqt 1965
–Zindagi Ittefaq Hai Aadmi Aur Insaan 1969
— Jag Dil-E-Diwana Oonche Log 1965
— Tumhe Yaad Hoga Satta Bazar 1959
— Humsafar Mere Ham Safar Purnima 1965
–Na Na Karte Pyar Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965
— Bekhudi Main Sanam Haseena Maan Jayegi 1968
— Zuban Pe Dard Bhari Maryada 1971
R D Burman
— O Haseena Zulfonwali Teesari Manzil 1966
— Jis Gali Main Tera Ghar Kati Patang 1970
— Kabhi Karti Hogi Phir Kab Milogi 1974
— Keh Du Tumhe Deewar 1975
–O Hansini Kahan Ud Chali Zehreela Insaan 1975
Glimpses of saxophone can be heard in the Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra in many songs.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal had a very good association with Saxophonist Manohari Singh since 1958. He had come to Mumbai in mid fifties. Since their younger days they were very good friends and worked a lot together, with Kalyanji Virji Shah, then, (Kalyanji-Anandji)
There are many songs in which Laxmikant-Pyarelal has incorporated saxophonist Manohari Singh in Jazz flute or saxophone, till early seventies. Later saxophonist Shri Suresh Yadav played the saxophone in Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestra
Ke Main Aaya Hoon and Dev Anand
The song Ladies and Gentlemen, Ke Main Aaya Hoon,,, sung by Kishore Kumar for the film Amir Garib, 1974, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal is one of the nonpareil songs composed on SAXOPHONE, played by Manohari Singh.
This song, Main Aaya Hoon, is one of the toughest and very complicated saxophone prelude and interlude pieces. Manohari Singh himself said in an interview that this piece composed and written by Pyarelalji is the hardest ever saxophone piece I have played in HFM.
Actor Dev Anand who was to act on this song as a saxophonist, had to carry out practice sessions for 15 days to look like an impeccable / perfect saxophonist on the screen.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s songs on Saxophone are divided into Two Parts. First part contains only a list with the exact act / display of SAXOPHONE.
Second Part is the detailed review of a few of the songs.
List of Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s songs on Saxophone. The line below indicates the exact display of Saxophone. There are still many songs, the list is endless. However, if anyone wants add the song, it can be added in “BLOG” comments, below.
— Chalo Sajna Jahan Tak Ghata Chale Mere Humdam Mere Dost 1968
(Prelude is full of VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE. Second interlude starts with SAXOPHONE)
— Chalkaye Jaam Aaiye Aap Ke Naam Mere Humdum Mere Dost 1968
(Use of ACCORDIONS, VIOLINS and SAXOPHONE ( in second interlude ) is mind-boggling)
— Jaane Kaisa Hai Mera Deewana Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool 1969
(Beautifully orchestrated, take off , SAXOPHONE in the first interlude)
–Phool Hai Baharon Ka Jigri Dost 1969
(Prelude and Interludes full of SAXOPHONE)
–Das Gayi Nagin Si Himmat 1970
(SAXOPHONE is awesomely orchestrated in ‘prelude’ and ‘interludes’)
–Achha To Hum Chalte Hai Aan Milo Sajma 1971
The orchestra arrangement is mesmerizing use of IRANI SANTOOR, SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS is just brilliant and ear-pleasing, as well.
— Patta Patta Buta Buta Hal Hamara Jane Ek Nazar 1972
(Second Interlude has incredible use of SAXOPHONE as well as SYMPHONY style VIOLINS.
— Piya Ka Ghar Hai Piya Ka Ghar 1972
(Third interlude awesome use of SAXOPHONE)
–Chabi Kho Jaye Bobby 1973
(Massive orchestra. SAXOPHONE, synchronized with FRENCH HORN in third interlude. Postlude interlude SAXOPHONE harmonised with ACCORDION)
–Kahan Hai Deewana Loafer 1973
(First interlude SAXOPHONE)
–Nahin Nahin Jana Nahin Zinda Dil 1975
(First Interlude starts at 0.47 stupefying orchestration of SAXOPHONE and ‘symphony’ VIOLINS overlapping the CHORUS)
— Yaar Dildar Tujhe Kaisa Chahiye Chhaila Babu 1977
(Orchestrated on ‘pop’ composition, unique rhythm. SAXOPHONE, VIOLINS, GUITAR are mellifluously executed in ‘prelude’ as well as in ‘interludes’)
–Kate Nahin Katate, I Love you. Mr. India 1988
(SAXOPHONE in first interlude)
Review of the songs.
Mere Dil Main Halki Si Parasmani 1963
( Singer Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Asad Bhopali )
“Interludes” are instrumented with FLUTE , SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS . Rhythm with BONGO Drums, leaves you speechless.
Khoobsurat Haseena Jaan-E-Jaa Mr. X In Bombay 1964
( Singer Kishore Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
Excellent composition, from Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in western style orchestra arrangements. “Prelude” is wonderfully decorated with the use of SAXOPHONE, VIOLINS and FLUTE is worth listening to.
Rokna Hai Agar Jaal 1967 (Singer Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Raja Mehadi Ali Khan)
50 seconds of ‘prelude’ playing SAXOPHONE overlapping dialogue, beautiful take off ‘symphony’ VIOLINS at 37. A little ‘pause’ and a phenomenal start by Lataji 50 seconds, रोकना है अगर...Word चाँद is repeated many times in the entire song and every time how beautifully she has used different and distinct style of uttering the word “चाँद “.
All the three interludes have different tunes and different ‘rhythm’ and are orchestrated with the mellifluous use of super-imposing sounds of SAXOPHONE, symphony VIOLINS and GUITAR.
Brilliant use of VIOLINS as a ‘filler’ in all the three “antara”.
Not to forget the “rhythmic” “pause” at the end of each ‘antara’.
The song has a sweet and melodious DHOLAK rhythm.
Dhadaka Hai Dil Main Pyar Tumhara Jaal 1967 (Singer Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Raja Mehadi Ali Khan)
Brilliant take-off by SAXOPHONE in Second Interlude. Just Mesmerizing.
An outstanding composition in Western Style. “Prelude” of 46 seconds is full Lataji AALAPS as well as HUMMING, brilliantly synchronized with Symphony style VIOLINS. How softly Lataji has rendered the words ‘Abhi Abhi’ (अभी अभी), followed by BASS GUITAR, as filler. Lataji has sung entire song with lots of variations. The rhythm is full of ACOUSTIC GUITAR and the BONGO DRUMS….SAXOPHONE , VIOLINS, BASS GUITAR, ACCORDION and VIOLAs are brilliantly executed in all the “interludes”. Mesmerising Orchestra Arrangements. The song is filmed on Mala Sinha.
Gore Gore Chand Ke Mukh Par Anita 1967 ( Singer Mukesh Songwriter Aarzoo Lucknavi )
Very Very Sweet Song. Mukeshji sounds simple and beautiful. Besides ‘romantic’ words this song has the “interludes” full of FLUTE, CLARINET and SAXOPHONE. (Third Interlude).
Hui Sham Unka Khayal Mere Hamdam Mere Dost 1968
( Singer Mohammad Rafi Songwriter Majrooh Sultanpuri)
“Prelude” is full of SAXOPHONE and PIANO with other western instruments, sets the mood of the song. A mesmerizing composition and mellifluous orchestra arrangements. Entire song is woven around the glimpses of SAXOPHONE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR & CLARINET. In all the “interludes”. Overlapping sound effect of SAXOPHONE/CLARINET with PIANO is just brilliant. VIOLA , GUITAR, CELLOS & VIOLINS are also brilliantly executed in the entire song. Another beauty of the song is it’s “ rhythm” DHOLAK / TABLA are used only in “antara”…all the “interludes:” are without any rhythm but just ear-pleasing. An addict song for me. One of the finest compositions from Laxmikant-Pyarelal …MOHAMMAD RAFI is simply outstanding.
Mehrabaan Mehaboob Dilbar Jaan-E-Man …. (Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, 1969)
(Singer Asha Bhonsle Songwriter Taj Bhopali)
Intoxicated melody and ‘rhythm’. One of the best songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal for Asha Bhonsle. The song is completely woven around the glimpses of SAXOPHONE synchronising with “aalap” and “humming” by Ashaji. Westernized orchestra with excellent use of SAXOPHONE, GUITAR and the SYMPHONY style VIOLINS. Beautiful and frolicsome Helen dancing effortlessly.
Tik Tik Tik Mera Dil Dole …. Humjoli 1971
(Singers Lata Mangeshkar-Mohammad Rafi Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
Distinguishable composed melodious Cabaret song in the duet form. “Prelude” 34 seconds is consists of Lataji’s aalap in western style. Fasttrack BONGO rhythm. All the “interludes” are awesomely orchestrated in JAZZ flavored, with BRASS instruments, including SAXOPHONE, BASS GUITAR. All the three ‘antaras’ are mellifluously ‘filled’ with Lataji’s rendering ‘aalaps’ (second antara) as well as Rafi sahab’s vocal ‘aalaps’ ( first and third antara) followed by “filling” with SAXOPHONE. The pair of Mumtaz-Jeetendra looks charming as cabaret dancers. A superhit song, still popular.
Jadugar Tere Naina Man Mandir 1972 (Singer Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar Songwriter Raendra Krishan)
An extremely Melodious duet. Ear-Pleasing BONGA DRUM rhythm. Use of IRANI SANTOOR and SAXOPHONE in the interludes is mind-blowing.
Aa Aa Aaja Kuchh Keh Ja Raja Jani 1972
(Singer Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
Extremely Sweet Song. Lata Mangeshkar / Laxmikant-Pyarelal at their melodious best. 30 seconds of ‘prelude’. The song starts with glimpses of MANDOLIN, BANSURI, VIOLINS, Lataji’s humming and absolutely stupefying, 4 seconds DHOLAK rhythm (0,26 to 0.30). First ‘interlude’ is full of RAVANHATTA and VIOLINS. Second ‘interlude’ starts with GUITAR but the second interlude is dominated by the wonderful display of SAXOPHONE, mind boggling.
Ladies and Gentleman …Main Aaya Hoon Amir Garib 1974
(Singer Kishore Kumar Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
One of the nonpareil songs composed on SAXOPHONE.
Prelude of 64 seconds is full of SAXOPHONE, BRASS instruments, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and CHORUS, awesomely synchronized with the SAXOPHONE.
Mukhada of the song is ‘filled’ simultaneously with CLARINET and VIOLINS. It has a wonderful westernized ‘rhythm’ of BONGO Drums intermixed with ACOUSTIC GUITAR.
Another beauty of the song, in each ‘antara’/stanza Kishore Kumar’s rendering is sweetly surrounded with symphony style VIOLINS as well as CHORUS (with low volume). .
First ‘interlude’ has GUITAR, VIOLINS.
Second ‘interlude’ instrumented with BRASS instruments SAXOPHONE.
Third ‘interlude’ has hypnotising SAXOPHONE overlapped with CHORUS and ACOUSTIC GUITAR.
Sham Bhigi Bhigi Gehari Chal 1974
(Singer Asha Bhosle Songwriter Rajendra Krishnan)
Awesomely rendered by Asha Bhosle.
Soft Rhythm of BONGO Drums, use of SAXOPHONE, as a filler and in both the interlude is at it’s best. Birds-TWEET, JAZZ FLUTE and GUITAR, synchronized with the SAXOPHONE, sounds ear-pleasing throughout the song. Actress BINDU looks beautiful while dancing. ASHA BHONSLE sounds superb.
Main Na Bhoolunga Roti Kapda Aur Makaan 1974
(Singer Mukesh – Lata Mangeshkar Songwriter Santosh Anand)
Splendid composition, From Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Orchestrated melodiously. Wonderful DHOLAK rhythm. Rhythmic ‘PAUSEs’. Awesome take off by Mukesh-Lata मै ना भूलूंगा ssss मै ना भूलूंगी ssss, rhythmic pause, highlighting DHOLAK rhythm, mesmerizes the listeners. CHORUS sound is distinctively used in the song. First ‘interlude’ is harmonised by the synchronisation of SITIAR, VIOLINS, CELLOS, FLUTE and Lata ji AALAPS. Second ‘interlude’ has a mind-boggling display of SAXOPHONE and VIOLINS.Third interlude with FLUTE, VIOLINS and Lataji AALAP. Glimpses of VIOLINS are excellently used as a ‘filler’ in mukhada as well as in antara. Another beauty of the song is the third antra’s overlapping sound effect of Mukesh – Lata voices in synchronization with symphony style VIOLINS. Manoj Kumar – Zeenat Aman.
Aaja Aaja Mere Dil Ne Tadap Ke Anurodh 1977
(Singer Kishore Kumar Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
An extremely melodious composition. SAXOPHONE has been orchestrated in the second interlude and it is significantly synchronised with VIOLINS. In addition to this, SAXOPHONE displayed the surround sounds of Kishore Kumar in ‘antaras’.
Om Shanti Om Karz 1980
(Singer Kishore Kumar Songwriter Anand Bakshi)
Spellbind, Huge and Enrich orchestra arrangements in western style, throughout the song. Despite Kishore Kumar’s usual shouts and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s boisterous orchestra, the melody part of the song is not lost. The song has become a youth anthem. Kishoreji sounds like a ‘man’ of the age of 30. This composition from Laxmikant-Pyarelal came up with a solid riposte to their critics. All the BRASS musical instruments like TUBA and FLUGELHORN, SAXOPHONE and CLARINET along with GUITAR are wonderfully orchestrated in enrich orchestra arrangements with the powerful western ‘beats’.
Ek Do Teen Char Tezaab 1987
(Singer Alka Yagnik Songwriter Javed Akhtar)
Massive orchestra with SAXOPHONE orchestrated in Second Interlude.
Hawa Hawai Mr. India 1988
(Singer Kavitha Krishnmurthy Songwriter Javed Akhtar)
Gargantuan Orchestra with SAXOPHONE orchestrated in First Interlude.
Kehna Na Tum Ye Kisise Pati Patni Aur Tawaif 1990
(Lyricist:- Anand Bakshi Singers Mohammad Aziz – Salma Agha)
An extremely melodious duet. ‘Prelude’ is full of GUITAR, VIOLINS and the SAXOPHONE. Enjoy mind-boggling solo PIANO in the first interlude. Second interlude is wonderfully orchestrated with SAXOPHONE, with surround songs of VIOLINS. Third interlude is decorated with MANDOLIN as well as SAXOPHONE. Another beauty of this song is the overlapping sound effect of the rendering from Mohammad Aziz and Salma Agha. filmed on Salma Agha – Mithoon Chakarawrthy
DOSTI Title Music…….Dosti 1964
SAXOPHONE played by Shree Manohari Singh. The MOUTHORGAN played by Mr. Milon Gupta who also played the Mouthorgan in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s ‘Chabi Kho Jaye’ “BOBBY” 1973 and ‘Gadi bula rahi hai’ from “DOST” 1974.