BHARAT RATNA  Lata Mangeshkar & Her Unique Partnership With Laxmikant-Pyarelal

BHARAT RATNA  Lata Mangeshkar & Her Unique Partnership With Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Pyarelal, Laxmikant, LATA MANGESHKAR, Mohammad Rafi & J Omprakash.

 “Sureela Bal Kala Kendra” was run by a group of children, aged below 15. It consists of child musicians Hridaynath Mangeshkar (team leader), Ushah Mangeshkar, Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (Pyarelalji) and all his younger brothers, Ganesh, Gorakh. Later joined by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (Laxmikantji) his younger brother Shashikant and many more.  The “Sureela children’s gang”  hung around together at Lataji’s home, day and night absorbed in the notes of golden music, intoxicated by rhythm and melody.

Both Laxmikant and  Pyarelal have a strong bond at “Sureela Bal Kala Kendra”, run by the Mangeshkar family.. Their friendship started from Lata Mangeshkar’s house. Laxmikant-Pyarelal name emanates from the house of Lata Mangeshkar.

Lata Mangeshkar have sung as many as 712 songs, under the music directors, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, a record. What 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. 

We get  the unmatched variety of songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Lata Mangeshkar. There are many films in which Mangeshkar has sung more than 4 – 5  songs in the film.. See below the list, 4 or more songs. ..sheer variety. 

Parasmani 1963

Sati Savitri 1964

Sant Gyaneshwar 1964

Lootera 1966 

Intequam 1968 (Two Brilliant Cabaret songs)

Baharon ki Manzil 1968

Sharafat 1970

Abhinetri 1971

Jal Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijalee 1971 

Mera Gaon Mera Desh 1972..

Raja Jani 1972
Daag 1973

Bobby 1973 

Satyam Shivam Sundaram 1978 

Ek Duje Ke Liye 1981  

In “Sant Gyaneshwar”, 1964, Laxmikant-Pyarelal has made Lata Mangeshkar sing for five different characters in the film and each song Lataji has diversified her singing.

An old lady : mere ladlo tum to  phoolo phalo

Child artist master Raju : ek do teen char bhaiya bano hoshiyar

Babloo : jyot se jyot jagate chalo

Surekha leading lady : khabar mori na lini, bahut din beete

“Lavani”, Marathi folk : main to chhel chhabili naar

From 1963 to 1973 Lata Mangeshkar recorded  355 songs ONLY under Laxmikant-Pyarelal. All are Simply superb…

Sati Savitri      1964

If we are to talk of LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL’s Classical or Semi-Classical Songs and that too with LATA MANGESHKAR ..songs of “Sati Savitri” stands out to be number 1….Lata has sung as many as Six songs ( four Solos) and all are based on classical ragas…The songs of this film can be heard even today. The meaningful wordings of these immortal songs are written by PANDIT BHARAT VYAS.

Tum Gagan Ke Chandrama Ho….Lata Mangeshkar -Manna Dey

Jeevan Dor Tumhi Sang Bandhi….Lata Mangeshkar

Itni Jaldi Kya Hai Gori…Lata Mangeshkar-Usha Mangeshkar-Kamal Barot.

Sakhi Ri Pee Ka Nam Na Puchho..Lata Mangeshkar

Kabhi To Miloge Jeevan Saathi. …Lata Mangeshkar.

Mujhe Loot Ke Na Jana ..Lata Mangeshkar

Kabhi To Miloge Jeevan Saathi.

Mind-Blowing in Raag KALAWATI. Beautiful use of SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements (VIOLINS) in- between the song. It is difficult to choose which one is best song from “Sati Savitri ”…But I have chosen beautiful composition on raag ‘KALAVATI’. The depth of emotions, soul and divine melody of this rendition in Rag kalavati is timeless and matchless.

Lootera     1965

I was just 10 years old when Raj Kumar Kohli’s “Lootera” was released. It was a musical hit movie. All the songs became immensely popular in 1965 & 1966. I listen to ‘Lootera” songs at least once a week.

All the songs of this film are written by Anand Bakshi and have different flavors and compositions. Every song has a different rhythm. We have Gazal, Chalu song, Western classical / Arabian Folk and Cabaret. A sheer variety of songs. 

As said earlier when we talk of Combo of Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal, we always get different flavors in the songs. Songs of “Lootera” is one of them. Lata Mangeshkar has sung as many as 6 solo songs in this film. 

Kisi Ko Pata Na Chale 

Mujhe Dekhiye Main Koi 

Neend Nigahon Se 

O Dilwalo Saaze Dil Pe 

Raat Se Kaho Ruke Zara

Sanam Rah Bhoole

Kisi Ko Pata Na Chale Baat Ka….

A perfect Lata – LP stamped song…Use of DHOLAK is worth to listen to. Lata is simply the best. VIOLINS, CELLOs, MANDOLIN are awesomely orchestrated in the ‘interludes’

Intequam    1968

The picture was produced & directed by R K Nayyar actress Sadhana’s Husband. 

Powerfully orchestrated in all  the songs.. The songs are written  by Rajinder Krishan 

Lata Mangeshkar has sung 4 solo including two cebaret, + 1 duet with Rafi Saheb.. One totally intoxicated 

Aa Jaan-E-Jaa  (Cabaret)

Mehafil Soyee   (Cabaret)

Kaise Rahoon Chup

Geet Tere Saaz Ka

Hum Tumhare Liye

Kaise Rahoon Chup

Another drunkard song from “Inteqam” with “HICCUPs” as well as “CHOO-CHOO” sound naughtily rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. Here we find Sadhana getting drunk and singing / dancing a song in a party, much to the embarrassment of Sanjay Khan and Rehman. This soundtrack is still memorable today.  The “prelude” of 34 seconds is starts with ACCORDION and SYMPHONY style VIOLINS. The “Interludes” are awesomely orchestrated with LATA ji’s ‘intoxicated’ “AALAPS”, synchronised with  FLUTE, HICCUPS as well as VIOLINS in SYMPHONY style, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and ACCORDION . How beautifully the GUITAR auriculares are overlapped with Lata ji’s “CHOO-CHOO” sound (2.06 to 2.09) and also at (3.24 to 3.28).  Glimpses of ACCORDION are mellifluously used as “filler”. Not to forget the different type of “rhythm” created on BONGO DRUMS. Not to forget the elegant Helen’s presence in the song.

Abhinetri      1970

Producer who made “Shagird” earlier, had made this statement  that Ahmedabad field will support. 

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 

Khiche Ham Se Saawarre

Sajna O Sajna 

O Ghata Sawari

Dhadkan Har Dil Ki 

ABHINETRI another musical hit film with as many as  six  songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. This one will always remain the  best.  A Yoga song.

O Ghata Sawari Thodi Thodi Bawari 

Magnetizing “prelude” of 57 seconds, with symphony style VIOLINS , JAZZ FLUTE, SANTOOR, GLOCKENSPIEL and Lata’s Humming Sound.  How delicately and tunefully Laxmikant-Pyarelal orchestrated the synchronization of Lata’s voice with beautiful glimpses of JAZZ FLUTE, is just enthralling as well as creating the rainy season effect and also sets the mood of the song.  All the “interludes”  are with different tunes. In second ‘interlude’ creating WATER SOUND  is killer.  Glimpses of JAZZ FLUTE , as filler, in between the song + “pause” and the western style rhythm s has made this song a special. Filmed on the actress Hema Malini, performing YOGA

Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee        1971

It was not an easy job to enter into V. Shantaram Camp. He has his own choice of music directors which was limited to 2 to 3. Many BIG names of Music Directors of Forties, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, could not got the chance to work with V. Shantaram. It was in 1970..LAXMIKANT-PYAREAL got an opportunity to work for the first and last time for V Shantaram’s “classic” film “JAL BIN MACHHALI NRITYA BIN BIJLI”. V Shantaram was having lean period after two flops “ Sehra” and “ Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti” and for Laxmikant-Pyarelal it was an opportunity to work with an critically acclaimed director – and to show their prowess in hitherto new field – a Dance Musical.The outcome was outstanding. 

FIRST TIME FOR HINDI FILM MUSIC all the songs of this films were recorded in “”Stereophonic Sound System””. 

Lata Mangeshkar has sung as many as FOUR solo songs in addition to TWO duets with Mukesh. Mukesh has sung one song which became an immense hit. 

If you look at this JBMNB Album, all the songs are composed in a different style. Each song has a different ‘rhythm’. The orchestra arrangements for all the songs is just mesmerizing. It is one of the finest musical album for the unique combo of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL, have synchronized as well overlapped LATA MANGESHKAR’s voice in the highly rich orchestra arrangements. All the songs have different composition and different RHYTHM as well. On the top of everything…the chemistry of Lataji & LP worked miracle.  

An outstanding music

Man Ki Pyas Mere Man Se  …                       

Kajara Laga Ke Re Bindiya ….                     

O Mitwa O Mitwa      …                               

Jo Main Chali Phir Na Milungi..                    

Baat Hai Ek Boond Si..                                     Lata-Mukesh

Taron Ne Sajake                                        

Kajara  Laga Ke  Re Bindia Saja Ke.. 

A song on “MAYUR DANCE”. One more gem of composition with a different style. 


A Story narrated by PYARELAL ji

When Actress  SANDHYA ( wife of V SHANARAM )told Laxmikant-Pyarelal and MAJROOH to write the words, compose the song and the Rhythm by watching her dancing steps.

कजरा लगाके रे बिंदिया सजाके !! हो आई में तो आई रे आई लायी मोहे लायि मिलन धुन पिया की !!. .A long musical session was held between V. Shantaram, Actress Sandhya, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Actress Sandhya first demonstrated the dance steps, performed the full dance and then told Laxmikant-Pyarelal to prepare the tune and rhythm by watching her steps. It was a different and unique style to compose the song. BUT Laxmikant-Pyarelal along with LATA MANGESHKAR and Majrooh came out with an outstanding composition.A song on MAYUR DANCE. One more gem of composition with a different style. FLUTE is prominently used in western style. Perhaps the longest “prelude” 3 minutes and 27 seconds of a beautiful dance sequence. This song is a GEM. FLUTE and SANTOOR, VIOLIN, VIOLA and GUITAR are prominently used and synchronized as well as overlapped, in western style orchestra arrangements with different style of rhythm with DHOLAK. Also don’t forget to listen to the “postlude” of the song and “Mayur Dance”.

Ajay Poundarik


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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