Laxmikant-Pyarelal experimenting “santoor”

When #Pyarelal ji told Pandit Shivkumar Sharma to play #SANTOOR with his “nails” for this melodious song.

मेहबूब मेरे मेहबूब मेरे तू है तो दुनिया कितनी हंसी है !  PATTHAR KE SANAM, 1967.

Songwriter Majrooh Sultanpuri. Singers:- Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have extensively used the mellifluous instrument from “Kashmir” named SANTOOR…. Santoor used to be prominently played instrument in most of the songs by Laxmikant-Pyarelal right from 1965. There are many TOP HIT songs which are decorated with Santoor in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s orchestra arrangements. Till 1974, in most of the songs the SANTOOR is played by none other than Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has full respect for the duo of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Both Shivji and Pyarelalji have done various experiments while orchestrating the SANTOOR in the song. This particular song from “Patthar Ke Sanam” (1967) is awesomely orchestrated, “prelude’ of 16 seconds and all the “interludes”, with SANTOOR (played by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) and the FLUTE (played by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya). To create a different sound of Santoor, in the song, Pyarelalji told Shivji to use his ‘nails’ instead of the ‘wooden sticks’. Even the ‘strokes’ of the Santoor in the song, at various places, are played through the nails. See how beautifully this immortal song has been created.This song is Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s symphonic orchestra arrangements with an astonishing DHOLAK rhythm. Filmed on Manoj Kumar – Waheeda Rehman

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.

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