SONGWRITERS and LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL

SONGWRITERS  &  LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal made the debut from the film Parasmani released in 1963. Songwriters like  Farooq Qaisar, Asad Bhopali, Indeevar penned the songs. The duo’s next films Harisihchandra Taramati, (1963), Sati Savitri, Sant Gyaneshwar, Dosti, Mr X In Bombay (1964) etc saw the big names of songwriters like National Poet Kavi Pradeep, Pandit Bharat Vyas, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Anand Bakshi, respectively. Since than Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with as many as 72 songwriters, till 1998.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Anand Bakshi (Top) and Majrooh Sultanpuri. 

Lyricists with Laxmikant-Pyarelal right from Parasmani 1963 to Deewana Mastana 1998.

Following of the five ‘unique‘ songs, considered for review. 

Kaifi Aazmi “Satyakam” 1969 zindagi hai kya’ (Kishore Kumar, Mukesh & Mahendra Kapoor)

Amit Khanna,  “Bhairavi” 1996 om namah shivay (Kavitha Krishnmurthy & Roopkumar Rathod)

RashtraKavee Pradeep, “Harishchandra Taramati” 1963suraj re’ (Hemant Kumar) 

Pandit Narendra Sharma “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” 1978  suni jo unke’ (Lata Mangeshkar)

Rajkavee Indrajetsingh Tulsi “Shor” 1972 ‘jeevan chalne ka naam (M Kapoor, Manna Dey, )

The major share is from none other than ANAND BAKSHI who have written songs for 302 films only for Laxmikant-Pyarelal with close to 1680 songs. 

Top SIX  Music Directors with Anand Bakshi, in terms of number of films.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal :: Anand Bakshi           302 films

R D Burman :: Anand Bakshi                             99 films

Kalyanji-Anandji :: Anand Bakshi                     32 films

Anu Malik :: Anand Bakshi                                 28 films

Rajesh Roshan :: Anand Bakshi                         17  films

S D Burman :: Anand Bakshi                              13  films

On those days, from 1964 to 1998, till date,  the most commonly and regularly aired sentence on the Radio Stations was  

गीतकार आनंद बक्षी और संगीतकार लक्ष्मीकांतप्यारेलाल …and the song starts…

A NUMBER ONE trio in Hindi Film Music. 

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given the music for close to  500 films.  Anand Bakshi have written the songs for close to 600 films.  More than 60% of the total work of Laxmikant-Pyarelal is with Anand Bakshi.  More than 50% of the total work done by Bakshi Sahab is with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

This “trio” of Laxmikant-Pyarelal & Anand Bakshi came for the first time in “Mr X In Bombay”…1964…(“mere mehaboob quyamat hogs” by Kishore Kumar)…all the songs of this film became immensely popular. This “trio” became into lime-light after Lata Mangeshkar’s songs of “Lootera”, 1966, Kishore Kumar’s “Shreeman Fantoosh”, 1966, J Omprakash’s “Aaye Din Bahar Ke”….BUT the “trio”  got the immense popularity through the songs of “Milan”, 1967 (sawan ka mahina’ ) …”Milan” songs storm the nation. In the same year musical hit “Night In London” (‘nazar na lag jaye’ and ‘bahosh-o-hawaas main deewana), Jeetendr’s musical super hit “Farz”..Rajashri’s “Taqdeer” … after that this “trio” never looked back…give series of hits after hits. It is not possible to give the entire list of 302 films of Anand Baxi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Later in sixties “trio’s songs from Sanjeev Kumar’s “Raja Aur Runk”, Dharmendra’s “Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke”, Rajendra Kumar’s “Anjana”, Rajesh Khanna’s ”Do Raaste”, Jeetendra’s “Jeene Ki Raah” and “Jigar Dost”, Manoj Kumar’s “Sajan” became hit. Witnessed many hits in seventies, mainly, Rajesh Khanna’s musical hits “Aan Milo Sajana”, “Haathi Mere Saathi”, “Prem Kahani”, “Roti”,”Anurodh”, “Dushman” etc….

Laxmikant, Anand Bakshi and Pyarelal.

Raj Kapoor’s “Bobby” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, Jeetendra’s “Humjoli”, “Khilona”, “Banphoo”, Dharmendr’s “Jeeven Mrityu”, “Loafer”, “Raja Jani”, “Pratigya”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”,,etc…The list is endless. To add few Rajashree pictures “Uphaar” , “Piya Ka Ghar” ,”Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Sangam” “Karz” ..in eighties “Ek Duje Ke Liye”, “Asha”, “Rajput”, “Suhag” etc…in Nineties “Kalnayak”, “Saudagar”, “Hum” and “Khuda Gawah” Etc,.

There are many “hits” from this combo. It will be too long list. 

The second in the list is MAJAROOH SULTANPURI…Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Majarooh in as many as 46 films their major musical hits includes Rajashree’s “Dosti”, “Mere Lal” (payal ki hanker taste taste’), Dharmendra’s “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, (1968), Saira Banu’s “Shagird” (1967)(dil bil pyar vyar) , Manoj Kumar’s “Patthar Ke Sanam”(1967), “Wapas” (‘ek tera saath’), “Dharati Kahe Pukar Ke” , V. shanaram’s Classic “Jal Bin Machhali Nitya Bin Bijali”.(1971), Amitabh-Jaya Starrer “Ek Nazar”, 1972, (‘patta patta buta buta’) “Abhinetri”, 1971, “Imtihan” (Kishore’s ruk jana nahin and Lata’s “roj sham aathi thi” ) and many more… 

Laxmikant, V Shantaram, Lata Mangeshkar, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Pyarelal.

RAJENDRA KRISHNA:- Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Rajendra Krishna for, 20 films, includes many hit films “Pyar Kiye Jaa” (1966), “Ladla” (1966), Sadhana’s home production “Intequam” (Lata’s cabaret song ’Aa Jaan-E-Jaa’ ), 1968  and “Geeta Mera Naam” (1974), Dharmendra’s “Jwar-Bhata” and Sanjay Khan/Rakhi “Wafaa” in 1974. Sanjeev Kumar-Wahida Rahaman’s “Man Mandir” (1971), Sanjeev Kumar’s “Naya Din Nayi Raat” and “Shandar” in 1974, “Qatl” 1985. 

                                                   Pyarelal, Rajendra Kishan & Laxmikant

SAHIR LUDHIYANVI: Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked with Sahir for 7 films, the first time in 1968 for Dharmendra -Tanuja Starrer “Izzat” (‘ye din tum bin kahin), . Dharmendra – Waheeda starrer “Man Ki Aankhen” ( superb music) they also worked for B R Chopr’s “Dastaan”, 1972 and Yash Chopra’s “Daag” (mere dil mein aaj Kya hai ).”Deedar-E-Yaar” 1981. 

Extreme left Sahir Ludhianvi, Laxmikant and guest.

RAJA MEHDI ALI KHAN:- If I am to ask the best of Laxmikant-Pyarelal it is from these 3 films, Raj Khosla’s “Anita” and Bishwajeet-Mala Sinha’s “Jaal” both released in 1967. One of the outstanding compositions for both the films…Raj Khosla has decided to team up Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Raja Mehandi Ali Khan..But the sudden death of Raja Mehandi Ali Khan..has brought in Anand Baxi. 

PANDIT BHARAT VYAS..Associated with Laxmikant-Pyarelal for 5 films, two of the finest scores of the duo, “Sati-Savitri” and “Sant Gyaneshwar” both released in 1964. 

SANTOSH ANAND:- Manoj Kumar’s “Shor” (‘ek pyar ka nagame hai’), “Roti Kapada Aur Makan”, (main na bhulunga) “Kranti”. “Prem Rog”,”Pyasa Sawan” (Megha re Megah Re)  “Santosh”, “Tiranga”, “Surya” and many more. 16 films with the duo. 

VERMA MALIK:- 20  films together “Shor”, “Roti Kapada Aur Makan”,”Zinda Dil”,  “Kartavya”, Rajkumar Kohli’s “Nagin” & “Jani Dushman” and “Anhonee” (‘today’s sensational hit maine hothon pe lagayi to hungama ho gaya’) and many films. 

ASAD BHOPALI:- “Parasmani” (lata-rafi woh jab yaad aaye), 1963. “Roop Tera Mastana” (lata-kishore ‘dil ki baate dil hi jaane’), 1972, Kishore Kumar’s “Hum Sab Ustaad Hai” (Kishore classic ‘ajanabi tum jaane pehachane se), 1965. “Aaya Toofan” and “Boxer” both in 1964. 

JAVED AKHTAR:– In late eighties Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked with Javed Akhatar closed to 8 films, to produce mega hit songs for the films like “Mr India”, “Tezab” (‘ek do teen ..) and “Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja”, “Jamai Raja” and “Narsinha” etc. 

Javed Akhtar, Laxmikant and Yash Chopra

FAROOQ QAISER:- Who wrote the first ever song of Laxmikant-Pyarelal Hasata Hua Nurani Chehara from “Parasmani”, 1963. He has also written two more songs for “Parasmani”. “Aaya Toofan” 1964, …after the gap of 22 years Farooq Qaiser worked for LP in “Hamara Khandan” 1986 and “Kudrat Ka Kanoon” 1988. 

GULZAR wrote the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal in Rajesh Khanna’s “Palkon Ki Chhaon Main” (lata classic, ‘koi mere mathe ki bindia saja de’ and Kishore’s ‘dakiya daak laya’ )and J P Dutta’s Dharmendra starrer “Ghulami” (lata-shabbir jihal-e-mushkil).

VASANT DEV: The famous Marathi poet wrote the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal for two films in Shashi Kapoor’s “Utsav” 1985(lata-asha classicman kyoun behaka and suresh wadkar’s ’sanz dhale’)  and Girish Karnad’s “Sur Sangam” 1986, an outstanding music for both the films. 

VITTHALBHAI PATEL:- “Bobby” (na mangu sona chandi”)

MANGESH  KULKARNI wrote for Nana Patekar’s “Prahar” 1991, (Suresh Wadkar classicdhadakan zara rook gayi hai’ and Mannade hamari hi mutthi main hai aasmaman

KAIFI AAZMI  wrote the songs for Hrishikesh Mukharjee’s Dharmendra – Sharmila starrer film “Satyakaam”, 1969, has some outstaning songs two solos by Lata (‘do din ki zindagi& ‘abhi kya sunoge) and one beautiful song sung by Mukesh, Kishore and Mahendra Kapoor (zindagi hai kya bolo)

SONG  – 1

Zindagi Hai Kya Bolo       “SATYAKAM”  1969

(Singers Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor / Songwriter Kaifi Aazmi)

“Satyakam” has powerful performances, well directed by Hrishikesh Mukharjee. Laxmikant-Pyarelal was working first time with Kaifi Aazmi and Hrishikesh Mukharjee. The song is well orchestrated with use of ACOUSTIC GUITAR with BONGA DRUM in rhythm.  MOUTH-ORGAN is well executed in the ‘interlude’. Filmed on Dharmendra – Sanjeev Kumar – Asrani.

RAM  BHARADWAJ ( Composer Vishal Bharadwaj’s father) also wrote for Laxmikant-Pyarelal in “Jurm Aur Saza” 1975 and “Zindagi Aur Toofan” 1978, with some superb songs.

ANJAN wrote some beatiful melodies for LP. “Badalate Rishte”, 1978, (Lata-Mahendra Kapoor ’s classicmeri sason ko jo mehaka rahi hai”.  “ Eeshwar”, “Sanjog” and many more..

AMIT  KHANNA: Penned the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal for his home production film “Bhairavi”, 1996..simply outstanding music. 

SONG  – 2

Om Namah Shivay   “BHAIRAVI”  1996

(Singer Kavitha Krishnmurthy – Roopkumar Rathod / Songwriter Amit Khanna)

Devotional song  awesomely rendered by Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Roopkumar Rathod.

HASARAT JAIPURI:– “Chhaila Babu” 1967 (rafi classic ’tere pyar ne muze ghum diya’ )  and Mukesh-Lata evergreen (kyon jhuki jhuki hai palaken) and “Aakhri Dao” 1976 and “Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo” 1994. 

TAJ  BHOPALI: Anup Kumar and Ashok Kumar’s “Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969..(Asha classic meharba mehaboob dilbar jan – e – man). and Kishore classic. ‘ab inko vote do’ 

GOVIND  MOONIS. “Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool” 1969, (Kishore-Asha all time hit jane kaisa hai mera deewana’).

S H BIHARI: “Pyar Jhukata Nahin” ( ’tumese mil kar na jane kyon’ ) and “Teri Meharbaniyan” 

MANOJ KUMAR in “Kranti” 

Shakeel Badayuni, Neeraj, Shahryar and Yogesh (One film each)

Laxmikant-Pyarelal have a privilege of working with National Poets like 

RASHTRAKAVI  PRADEEP  in “Harishchandra Taramati” (singer Hemant Kumar’ssuraj re jalte rehana’)

Pyarelal, Rashtrakavi Pradeep, Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant

SONG  – 3

Suraj Re Jalte Rehna   “HARISHCHANDRA  TARAMATI ” 1963.

 (Singer Hemant Kumar / Songwriter Rashtravee Pradeep)

All songs great, classical. It was second released film of Laxmikant-Pyarelal produced by B K Aadarsh (father of today’s famous film critics and film analyst Mr. Taran Aadarsh of Zee TV fame). It was a black & white mythological film with no star-cast, except Prithviraj Kapoor. BUT the song became extremely popular. It was a surprise package from Laxmikant-Pyarelal when their 1963 Diwali released “Parasmani” songs were still very much popular. 

PANDIT  NARENDRA  SHARMA  in “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (title song) and 

“Prem Rog” (‘bhanware ne khilaya phool)

Manna Dey, Shashi Kapoor, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Pandit Narendra Sharma & Raj Kapoor.

 SONG  – 4

Suni Jo Unke Aane Ki Aahat   “SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM” 1978  

(Singer Lata Mangeshkar / Songwriter Pandit Narendra Sharma)

This  song is a local ‘folk’  song from ‘Awadh’ area in Uttar Pradesh. Laxmikant-Pyarelal known for the best use of CHORUS. The song is melodiously composed by using CHORUS and Lataji’s sweet rendering.  This is the song which has no “interludes” tunes. But has tuneful ‘prelude’ of CHURCH ORGAN, CHORUS and Lataji’s wonderful “aalaps”. The song too has tuneful DHOLAK rhythm.

RASHTRAKAVI  INDRAJEETSINGH  TULSI in “Shor” (Mannade-Mahendra Kapoor “Jeevan Chalane Ka Naam”) and “Sauda” 

SONG  – 5

Jeevan Chalane Ka Naam        SHOR 1972

(Singer Mahendra Kapoor – Manna Dey – Shama Chitter  / Songwriter Indrajeetsingh Tulsi)

जीवन चलने का नाम चलते रहो सुबह ओ शाम   Beautiful melodious song. Very inspiring & motivating. Filmed on Manoj Kumar and Prem Nath. The song’s ‘prelude’ ‘interludes’ are excellently orchestrated with IRANI SANTOOR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and symphony VIOLINS, synchronized with Bicycle BELL and RUBAB. Third ‘interlude’ awesomely instrumented with ACCORDION. Wonderful DHOLAK rhythm overlapping the CHORUS sound.

MAYA GOVIND in Ramamnd Sagar’s “Jalte Badan” 1972. 

SHIV KUMAR SAROJ “Naag Mandir” 1964  (khamosh zindagi ko aawaz de rehe ho)

Following lyricists also penned the songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

AZIZ QAISIS “Dayavan” 1988 ( today’s sensational hit song aaj phir tumse pyar aaya hai”)

RAJESH MALIK:– “Tejaswini”

INDIVER:- “Parasmani” (rafi classic ‘roshan tumni se duniya’) 

GULSHAN BAWARA in “Phansi” (jab aati hogi yaad meri’ sulakshna – rafi duet) 

AMIR QUAZALBASH “Prem Rog” (meri kismat main tu nahin shayad

AARZOO LAKHANAVI  “Anita” 1967, (mukesh classic gore gore chand  ke mukh pe)

HASSAN KAMAL in “Batawara” and “Yateem” 

RAM AVTAR TYAGI in “Zindagi Aur Toofan” 1978 ( ek hasarat thi ki ..by Mukesh) 

SAMEER in “Kudrat Ka Kanoon” 

MUMTAZ RASHID in “Tejaswini” 

QAMAR JALALABADI in Ranadhir Kapoor and Rekha Starrer “Kachcha Chor” 1977

TAABISH ROMANI in “Mohabbat Ki Arzoo” 1994. 

KULWANT JAANI in “Mohabbat ki Aarzoo” 

KAFIL  AZAR in Dharmendra – Rekha starrer “Kartavya” 1978, (lata’s stunning song Doori Na Rahe Koi Aaj Itane”

HARI RAM ACHARYA in “Mehandi Rang Layegi” 

JAINENDRA JAIN in his home production “Janoo” 1985. 

SATYA PRAKASH “Jai Hind” 1999

RANI MALIK “Aatank” 1996

Famous Songwriter Shailendra was signed for “Dharti kahe Pukar ke”, being produced by a very good friend of Shahilendra, Pandit Deenanath Shastri  and was to work for first time with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. But due to sudden demise of Shailendra this did not happen and Majrooh was signed. It was a big loss to music lovers that Shailendra – Laxmikant-Pyarelal team did not happen. 

Compiled List
NAME OF THE SONGWRITERNUMBER OF FILMS DONE        NUMBER OF SONGS WORKED 
Anand Bakshi3021684
Majrooh Sultanpuri45229
Rajinder Krishan20113
Verma Malik2081
Anjaan1980
S. H Bihari1668
Santosh Anand1666
Hasan Kamaal1348
Sameer1343
Javed Akhtar742
Asad Bhopali1641
Sahir Ludhiyanvi735
Farooq Qaiser827
Bharat Vyas526
Indeevar1023
Hasrat Jaipuri617
Vasant Deo214
Gulzar311
Raja Mehdi Ali Khan311
Pt. Narendra Sharma29
Kavi Pradeep19
Ram Bhardwaj59
Gulshan Bawra39
Manoj Kumar39
Kaifi Azmi38
Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi37
Rani Malik37
Amit Khanna17
Kulwant Jani, Shahenshah16
Sameer, Dev Kohli, Hasan Kamaal16
Jainendra Jain16
Indeevar, Brij Bihari15
(blank)55
Maya Govind25
Taj Bhopali25
Qamar Jalalabadi15
Aziz Qaisi24
Mangesh Kulkarni14
Sudarshan Faakir14
Hariram Acharya14
Kafil Azar24
Rajesh Malik24
Vitthalbhai Patel34
B. R Tripathi14
Salahuddin Parvez13
Majrooh Sultanpuri, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan13
Shri Mohan Pradeep13
Prayag Raj12
Traditional22
Neeraj12
Shakeel Badayuni12
Ram Avtar Tyagi12
Kulwant Jani22
Dev Kohli12
Mumtaz Rashid12
Rahi Masoom Raza12
Naqsh Lyallpuri11
Tabish Romani11
K. K Singh11
Arzoo Lakhnavi11
Murshid Hallauri11
Prem Pandit11
Kaifi Azmi & Sahir Ludhiyanvi11
Amir Minai11
Surdas11
K. K Verma11
Amir Khusro11
Jigar Moradabadi11
Traditional?11
Yogesh11
Amir Khusro, Anand Bakshi11
Shiv Kumar Saroj11
Amir Qazalbash11
Meerabai11
Govind Moonis11
Grand Total5032844

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Gargantuan SAHIR LUDHIANVI : Harmonious Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Gargantuan SAHIR  LUDHIANVI : Harmonious Laxmikant-Pyarelal 

A giant  among film lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi was slightly different from his contemporaries. A man unable to praise God, Beauty and wine.  his pen was at its best pouring out bitter but sensitive lyrics. 

Sahir made his debut in film lyrics with Naujawan (1951). His first major break came the same year when he wrote the lyrics for S.D. Burman’s music in Baazi (1951). The movie, directed by Guru Dutt, and its music was a success and together S.D. Burman and Sahir went on to create History. 

Sahir Ludhianvi and his work with the major Music Directors. Indicating number of films, one of the best films in the bracket. 

S D Burman 18 films (Pyasa)

N Dutta  19 films  (Dhool Ka Phool)

Ravi    19 films  (Humraaz)

Roshan  7 films (Taj Mahal)

Khaiyyam  7 films (Kabhi Kabhi)

Madan Mohan  2 films (Laila Majnu)

O P Nayyar 6 films (Naya Daur)

Jaidev 3 films (Hum Dono)

R D Burman 4 films (Aa Gale Lag Ja)

Chitragupt 2 films (Vasana)

Sahir Ludhiyahvi and Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked for 7 films, listed below.  Undoubtedly their best work was in IZZAT 1968 and Yash Raj Films first movie DAAG 1973.

Izzat 1968  

Man Ki Aankhen  1970

Dastaan   1972

Daag     1973

Jagruti   1977

Deedar -E- Yaar 1982

Jiyo Aur Jeene Do  1982

Tried to review a few best of the songs written by Sahir Ludhiyanvi and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. 

IZZAT  1968

This is the only Hindi movie with Jayalalitha, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as a lead actress.  Part of the story was inspiration for Trishul. Dharmendra used dark makeup for his double role. Sahir Ludhiyanvi worked for the first time with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The music of the film was excellent. 

Kya Miliye Aise Logon Se         (Singer Mohammad Rafi)

Sahir Ludhiyanvi writes about politician ! खुद से ही जो खुद को छुपाये क्या उनसे पहचान करे। ..दिलदारी का ढोंग रचा कर जाल बिछाए बातों का ! जिनके जुल्मसे दुखी है जनता हर बस्ती हर गाओं में ! 

This song is filmed on Dharmendra.  Once again the ACCORDION is awesomely used throughout the song. 8 seconds of ‘prelude’ starts with ACCORDION intermixing with VIOLINS. Brilliant take off by rafi saab, क्या मिलिए sss ऐसे लोगोसे।, singing ‘pause’ of 4 seconds, highlighting ACCORDION. Again Rafi saab  नकली चेहरा सामने आये असली सूरत छुपी रहे   singing ‘pause’ of 4 seconds, highlighting ACCORDION, playing the tune of the song. This is repeated many times throughout the song. First and third ‘interludes’ are awesomely orchestrated with ACCORDION ending synchronizing with VIOLINS. Again at the end of each antara / stanza the ACCORDION is used as ‘filler’.

Jaagi Badan Mein Jwala        (Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

Sahir Ludhianvi writes about तेरे लिए रातको भटकू , आते जाते लोगों की नज़रों मैं खटकू  

IZZAT was a musical hit. This song’s RHYTHM,  Laxmikant-Pyarelal designed when they were in Beirut (Lebanon). It is 1-2-3-4-5-6, a Lebanese ‘folk’ rhythm. Laxmikant-Pyarelal were expert in utilizing CHORUS in their compositions. Just listen to how CHORUS sounds extremely melodious in this song.

Hypnotising ‘prelude’ of 26 seconds, excellently  intermixed with GLOCKENSPIEL or ‘GLOCKS’, GHUNGROO BELLs and Lataji AALAPS . Excellent take off ‘Jagi..sss’..Jagi Badan Mein Jwala’ (जागी sssss जागी बदन में ज्वाला).  All the three interludes have different style of orchestra arrangements. NADASWARAM, VIOLINS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR as well as GHUNGROO BELLs  are harmoniously synchronized in all the interludes with different tunes.  Lata Mangeshkar at her melodious best. The mind-boggling Rhythm of DRUM beats is totally different. This rhythm was never repeated by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The GREAT song was filmed on late Jayalalitha, the ex Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.  

Ye Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin         (Singers  Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammad Rafi)

This is an extremely melodious duet written by Sahir Ludhiyanvi, working for the first time with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It has been composed in Raag Pahadi

The unique aspect of this song is the use of  VIOLINS / CELLOS. The entire song is woven around the orchestration of symphony VIOLINS and CELLOS. ‘Prelude’ as well as all the ‘interludes’ are composed in symphony style orchestra with different tunes. CELLOS / VIOLINS are also used as a ‘filler’ as well as in surround sounds of the song, especially in ‘Mukha’ and the ‘antara’. In the ‘prelude’ of 22 seconds VIOLINS / CELLOS are integrated  with string sounds of GUITAR. First interlude is awesomely orchestrated with VIOLINS and strings of GUITAR. Second interlude with the same instruments but different tunes of VIOLINS. Third interlude VIOLINS and FLUTE. 

TABLA is used in the rhythm in a conventional style The rarest of rare occasion when Laxmikant-Pyarelal have used only TABLA The song is filmed on Dharmendra-Tanuja. 

MAN KI AANKHEN  1970

Dharmendra – Waheeda Rehman starrer musical film has some very good songs.

 Dil Kahe Ruk Ja Re Ruk Ja      (Singer   Mohammad Rafi)

Extremely melodious romantic song. ‘Prelude of 40 seconds, starts with TWEETING sound of BIRDS overlapped with SANTOOR, Symphony VIOLINS and Rafi Sahab’s AALAP,  mesmerizes the listeners. First ‘interlude’ CHORUS is beautifully surrounded and overlapped with GUITAR and FLUTE. Second ‘interlude’ is orchestrated with Symphony VIOLINS and FLUTE. The song is filmed on DHARMENDRA.

Chala Bhi Aa Aaja Rasiya    (Singers  Lata Mangeshkar – Mohammad Rafi)

Bahut Der Tumne Sataya Hai   (Singer Asha Bhosle)

DASTAAN     1972

Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked for the first time with actor Dilip Kumar and also with the Producer Director B R Chopra. The music was good, in particular two songs.

Ho Koi Aaya Lachak Uthi Kaya  …Asha Bhosle

Na Tu Zameen Ke Liye ….Mohammad Rafi 

DAAG   1973 

To start with YASH RAJ Films first ever film, producer and director Yash Chopra wanted to utilize the ‘best’ artists available then.   Rajesh Khanna was in supreme form in early seventies, he along with Sharmila Taigor, Rakhi were the stars of the films.  

LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL, in top gear, from 1967, got the honor of the first music director for ”YASH RAJ FILMS”. Yash chose his favorite lyricist Sahir Ludhiyanvi to penned the songs.An outstanding/evergreen/ever-fresh music of ”Daag” is still popular.Let us review the Most Popular song.

Mere Dil Main Aaj Kya Hai       (Singer Kishore Kumar)    

लाजवाब, सुमधुर, कर्णप्रिय एवं बेहद रोमांटिक गाना। Mesmerizing Orchestra arrangements..IRANI SANTOOR (played by Pt Shivkumar Sharma) & GUITAR (played by Gorakh Sharma) are brilliantly executed in the entire orchestra of the song.

The song starts with “zero” ‘Prelude”…First ‘Interlude’ starts with IRANI SANTOOR at 0.42…with brilliant overlapping sound effect and ends at 1,00. The second ‘Interlude’ starts at 1.46 and listen how mellifluously IRANI SANTOOR have been played till 1.58…The third ‘Interlude’ starts at 2.45 and how effectively GUITAR is played to give the perfection to the romance and great “pick up” through IRANI SANTOOR from 2.53 to 3.02..The song has beautiful DHOLAK as “rhythm” excepting in “Interludes”…

SAHIR LUDHIYANVI’s elegiac lyrics and KISHORE KUMAR’s tender as well as romantic rendition and LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL’s wonderful composition with beautiful decoration of the orchestra has made this song as all time classics. 

You just have to look at the way Rajesh Khanna croons, “Mera pyaar keh raha hai main tujhe khuda bana doon” and you will want to watch the song. Nobody could act out a love song better than Rajesh Khanna.

Also full credit to Kishore Kumar who was nominated by filmfare awards, the best male singer, for singing this romantic GEM. One of the finest songs of Kishore Kumar under Laxmikant-Pyarelal who were also nominated by filmfare awards, for the best music directors, along with Raj Kapoor’s ‘Bobby”.

Ni Main Yaar Mana NI         (Singers Lata Mangeshkar – Minoo Purushottam)

Typically Punjabi flavored and very famous female duet excellently sung by Lata Mangeshkar – Minoo Purushottam. . Powerful rhythm of the song consists of DHOL, DHOLAK, TABLA and CLAPPING  is just mind-blowing. Use of SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM in both the ‘interludes’.

Hum Aur Tum Tum Aur Hum    ((Singers  Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar)

This Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar romantic song is completely woven around the rhythm based ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Another beauty of this song is it’s ‘interludes’. Both the ‘interludes’ have different tunes. First ‘interlude’ full of ‘aalaps’ by Kishore & Lata with glimpses of VIOLINS. In second ‘interlude’  the VIOLINS are decorated in ‘Waltz’ style with beautiful “pauses”. Even Lataji and Kishorji have also rendered the ‘pauses’ in the songs. 

If you compare all Yash Raj Films Musical scores, DAAG music is still popular and remains top sellers and also the best. 

If you compare all Yash Raj Films Musical scores, DAAG remains top sellers and also the best.

JAGRITI 1977

The film, starring Reena Roy and Vinod Mehra, did not do much business at box-office. 

Meharban Kaise Kaise  … Asha Bhosle

DEEDAR -E- YAAR    1982

Super musical film produced by Jeetendra on a Muslim culture. The film has divergent music.

Chala Chal Latife ..Kishore

Eid Ka Din (M. Rafii & Asha Bhosle)

Tumko Dekha To (Lata)

AND A stroke of genius (Mohammad Rafi & Kishore Kumar)

Mere Dildar Ka Baankpan ..   (Singer Mohammad Rafi – Kishore Kumar)

No words are to describe the singing of the two sensational singers, 

Mohammad Rafi – Kishore Kumar. 

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA. 25th October, 2020.

Conspicuous Ternion :: Majrooh Sultanpuri & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Conspicuous Ternion :: Majrooh Sultanpuri & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Majrooh Sultanpuri, as a songwriter, entered into film music in 1945. His contributions to the Indian film music is boundless. His lyrics effortlessly blend with the tunes, the words soothingly flowing over the notes that even after decades’ people would still murmur these numbers. 

Young Laxmikant-Pyarelal made a staggering and incredible entry into Hindi Film Music in 1963, through the music of the film Parasmani. Likewise Majrooh Sultanpuri, Laxmikant–Pyarelal too have immeasurable services in hindi film music, persistently, for nearly 500 films, in 35 years, starting from 1963 to 1998. 

In 1964, the partnership of Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started through the film Dosti. Laxmikant–Pyarelal got more out of the veteran Mahrooh in Dosti (1964). It was Majrooh’s award-winning lyrics. Majrooh won his only filmfare award. Laxmikant–Pyarelal too won their first Filmfare award for the music of  Dosti.  

Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal worked for nearly 40 films. The Laxmi-Pyare and Majrooh team produced some spectacular, noteworthy albums like Dilllagi (1966), Pathar Ke Sanam (1967), Shagird (1967), Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968), Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke (1969), Abhinetri (1970), V. Shantaram’s classic, dance-musical, Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee (1971), Ek Nazar (1972), Imtehan (1974) and many more but for most music lovers, Dosti (1964) towered above them because of its freshness and simplicity.

DOSTI film, directed by Satyen Bose, gave ‘name’ and ‘fame’ to both Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Rajshri Films (Tarachand Barjatya), as well.  DOSTI music put Laxmikant-Pyarelal in top music directors rank and made them a “household name”.      

After this victorious feat Laxmikant-Pyarelal and success went together without a break or loss of continuity.

Listing below Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal Films:- 

Dosti  1964

Mere Lal 1966

Dillagi  1966

Patthar Ke Sanam 1967

Shagird  1967

Mere Hamdam Mere Dost   1968

Baharon Ki Manzil  1968

Pyasi Shaam 1969

Wapas  1969

Meri Bhabhi 1969

Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke   1969

Abhinetri  1970

Jal Bin Machhali Nritya Bin Bijlee   1971

Ek Nazar  1972

Barkha Bahar  1973

Anokhi  Ada 1973

Nirman  1974

Imtihan  1974

Anari  1975

Mere Sajana 1975

Dus Numbari  1976

Naach Uthe Sansar  1976

Parvarish  1977

Ladies Tailor  1981

Khoon Aur Paani  1981

Pakhandi 1984

Watan Ke Rakhwale  1987

Janam Janam 1988

Kanoon Ki Zanjeer 1991

Rishta Ho To Aisa 1992

Badi Bahan 1993

BINACA GEETMALA 

Majrooh Sultanpuri and Laxmikant-Pyarelal are involved in a total 22 numbers of Binaca Geetmala Finals. 1964 started with 2 songs from “Dosti ”.  Position / Number 2 in 1965, “Dosti ” Chahunga Mein Tuze Sanz Savere.  In 1966 the songs from ‘DillagiYe Aaj Kal Ke Ladake and “Mere LalPayal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste made a big impact in the finals.  

In 1968  total 8 songs of Laxmikant-Pyarelal found a place in the finals. Out of 8 songs  6 songs were from Majrooh-LP,  two each from “Shagird,” Bade Miyan Deewane and  Dil Wil Pyar Wyar,  “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost’ Chhalkaye Jaam and Chalo Sajana,Patthar Ke Sanam Mehboob Mere Mehboob Mere and Batadu Kya Lana, found the place in final songs with  Number 1 song, top of the chart from  “ShagirdDil Wil Pyar Wyar Main Kya Janu Re.

1969 Number 12,  Ek Tera Saath .”Wapas”, number 8 Je Hum Tum Chori Se Dharati Kahe Pukar Ke”. 1970 number 8 Sa Re Ga Ma PaAbhinetri”. In the year 1971, two  songs from “Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijlee”  O Mitwa O Mitwa  and Taron Na Sajkę found the place in the finals. 

Laxmikant, Majrooh Sultanpuri & Pyarelal

Review of the songs:-

I have tried to get the best of Majrooh Sultanpuri ** Laxmikant-Pyarelal. BUT I cannot forget the FOUR GEMS. Two each from “Imtihan” (1974), ‘ruk jana nahin’ ** roz sham aati thi, and “Mere Sajna” (1975) ‘maine kuchh khoya hai’ ** ‘ye kaun hasa’ two each rendered by Kishore Kumar and two each sung by Lata Mangeshkar.  Unique styles in terms of songwriting, composition as well as rendering. I feel sorry for not posting  musical “Dillagi” (1964) songs.

The orchestra arrangements in “preludes” and “interludes” used to be the assets of the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It would be more proper to listen to the songs  after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs, you will enjoy it more.

DOSTI    1964    (Singer:-  Mohammad Rafi)

It was Rajashri Film’s second movie with No Stars, No Heroin, No Hero.  Most of the prominent music directors of that time refused to score the music for this film as there was no star cast (two teenage unknown actors) and also they felt there was nothing in the film to compose the songs for Blind and Physically Disabled Children. But Laxmikant-Pyarelal took up the challenge and the film music became a History. All the songs written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and melodiously composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal became the “STAR” of the films.

Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam….M Rafi

Rahi Manwa Dhukh Ki Chinta….M Rafi

Janewalo Jara Mudke….M Rafi

Koi Jab Raah Na Paye….M Rafi

Gudiya Hamse Ruthi...Lata

Chahunga Main Tuze Sanz Savere…..(Singer:-  Mohammad Rafi )

The most famous song from the film. It starts with the sentimental “prelude”, full of FLUTE, in raag ‘pahadi’. BAMBOO FLUTE and VIOLINS are admirably executed in all the ‘interludes’. SYMPHONY style VIOLINS are mellifluously used, as ‘filler’ at the end of each of ‘anara’ that is the ‘beauty’ of the composition. The song has an excellent “DHOLAK” rhythm.  Mohammad Rafi is simply outstanding in rendering. Initially this song was to be scrapped from the soundtrack. It was Rafi Saab who insisted Laxmikant-Pyarelal to retain the song and what a momentous decision that was from Dosti where there was no looking back. Rafi was so impressed with the compositions of Laxmikant Pyarelal that he had taken just one rupee for singing the song.

MERE  LAL  1966  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Average hit film directed by Satyen Bose, starring Indrani Mukharjee and Dev Kumar. The song ‘Payal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste’, pulled the crowd into the cinema hall, the superhit song of the year 1966. Lata Mangeshkar has sung 5 solos. The songs were  good. 

— Lal Tera Jug Jug Jiye Mata …Lata

— Jabtak Ye Sansar ….Mukesh – Usha

— Meri Patli Kamar Lambe Bal Re ….Lata

— Badal Roye Naina Roye …Lata

Payal Ki Jhankar Raste Raste     (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Mesmerizing “Prelude” of 40 seconds, full of HARMONIUM, MANDOLIN (overlapped with Harmonium), FLUTE and DHOLAK, sets the mood to listen to this gem of composition. Entire song is woven around glimpses of HARMONIUM (played by Sonik Verma, a Blind Musician, of Sonik-Omi music director pair). All the “Interludes” have different tunes. The Best Song In Terms Of Use Of Harmonium. MANDOLIN is brilliantly used as a “filler” in between Lata Mangeshkar’s voice, giving ear-pleasing moments. Super Duper HIT song of the year 1966, A sheer VARIETY from the unique combo of LATA MANGESHKAR & LAXMIKANT-PYARELAL.

The song is filmed on Indrani Mukharjee who gambol beautifully on DHOLAK rhythm. 

PATTHAR KE SANAM  1967   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It was A G Nadiadwala production film directed by Raja Nawathe. Manoj Kumar, Waheeda Rehman Mumtaz starrer, a super hit movie. All the songs are hit. The songs became popular and still can be heard even today. 

Bata Du Kya Lana …Lata

Koi Nahi Hai Phir Bhi ….Lata

Aye Dushman – E- Ja…. Asha 

Tauba Ye Matwali Chal…….Mukesh

Mehboob Mere Mehboob Mere… (Singer:- Mukesh – Lata Mangeshkar)

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

SHAGIRD   1967  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

A comedy movie. Story between Confirmed bachelor, professor and his student who consider him as a mentor. Produced by Subodh Mukharjee and Directed by Samir Ganguly. It was a super musical hit celebrating Golden Jubilee Run (50 weeks) in many towns of India. The film has Joy Mukharjee -Saira Banu in lead and comedian I S Johar. All Songs HIT.

Bade Miyan Deewane Aise Na Bano  …Manna Dey – M. Rafi

Kanha Kanha Aan Padi Mein…Lata

Dil Wil Pyar Wyar Main Kya ...Lata (Number -1, TOP song of Binaca Geetmala 1968)

Woh Hai Zara Khafa Khafa …Lata-Rafi (all time hit)

Udate Pawan Ke Sang ….Lata (India’s sound of music)

Duniya Pagal Hai Ya Phir Main Deewana (Singer:- Mohammad Rafi)

Rock N Roll style rhythm. GUITAR is excellently orchestrated.

MERE HAMDAM MERE DOST   1968  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)                                                      An outstanding musical album from the legends Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri. As many as “ 7 SOLO”” songs….4 lovely, melodious solo songs by Lata Mangeshkar and 3 mellifluous solos sung by Mohammad Rafi. The film was directed by Amar Kumar, starring Dharmendra – Sharmila Taigore and Mumtaz. Laxmikant-Pyarelal were in supreme form in 1967/68. Whatever Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed used to become popular and hit.

The songs are popular even today. Almost all the songs are melodious and sweet and are beautifully decorated with wonderful orchestra arrangements. 

Chalkaye Jaam  …Rafi

Tum Jao Kahin ..Lata

— Hamen To Ho Gaya Hai….Lata

Allah Ye Ada Kaisi ….Lata

Hame To Ho Gaya Hai Pyar.…Lata

– Chalo Sajna Jahan Tak Ghata Chale ...Lata

Hui Sham Unka Khayal      

“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 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 composition from Laxmikant-Pyarelal …MOHAMMAD RAFI is simply outstanding.

BAHARON KI MANZIL   1968    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

One of the finest musical albums from Majrooh – LP. Dharmendra – Meena Kumari. This film too has as many as 4 solo from Lata Mangeshkar. All are classic.

— Aaja Re Piya ..Lata

— Janam Din Aaya…Lata

— Ye Daman Ab Na Chhutega

Nigahen Kyon Bhatakti Hai        (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Haunting melody, an extremely melodious song. Enjoy the beautiful DHOLAK rhythm as well as Lataji;s AALAPS. Lataji steels the show while singing चले आओ, ss  चssले आओ

WAPAS  1969                                                                                                                                    The film is directed by Satyen Bose (who directed “Dosti”, “Mere Lal” earlier). Starring unknown actors and actresses, Shekhar Purohit, Azra, Alka, Satyajeet and Parikshit Sahani ( Ajay Sahani) who was making his debut. The film has some fabulous music. Out of the total five songs FOUR songs are rendered by Mohammad Rafi.

Paijaniya Chhanake Ram..Rafi (pure Indian classical)

— Aayi Baharon Ki Shaam…Rafi (western classical)

Gudiya Si Meri Ladali …Rafi

Door Hai Wo Aanchal …Rafi

Zun Zuna Zaaje …Usha Mangeshkar

Ek Tera Saath    (Singers:- Lata – Rafi) 

Magnificent magical praiseworthy poetic song of Majrooh Sultanpuri, romantic eternal feelings, a very amazing duet. MELODY with a SYMPHONY style orchestra arrangements. You can enjoy a FUSION style, in almost all the Laxmikant-Pyarelal compositions. A fusion genre is music that combines two or more styles. FLUTE, VIOLA, SANTOOR with TABLA are brilliantly executed in this song. In the interludes, Flute & Viola give different tunes and along the side you enjoy Tabla rhythm with the ear-pleasing display of SANTOOR. The song is based on Indian Semi-Classical raag and the orchestra has a western style touch. LP’s specialty is a “PAUSE’ .. is another plus point of this song. This has been an extremely melodious song sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. An addict one for me. Don’t forget to listen to the start with Rafi’s voice “Ek Tera Saath” .. just brilliant take-off..

DHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE    1969   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Musical Blockbuster Film with Captivated Songs. Deenanath Shastri, the producer of the film and a very good friend of songwriter SHAILENDRA, has signed Shailendra to write the songs for this film. But the sudden death of Shailendra put the full-stop to Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Shailendra.

— Jaa Re Kare Badra ..Lata

— Khushi Ki Raat Aa Gayi ..Mukesh

— Diye Jalaye Pyar Ke ..Lata (Beautiful song composed  in “WALTZ” style)

— Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke ..Rafi

Je Hum Tum Chori Se ..  (singers:- Lata Mangeshkar – Mukesh )                                                      An Extremely Melodious Duet Composed In “Folkish” Style.                                                                       27 second of ‘prelude’ full of BANSURI, SANTOOR & FLUTE. Traditional Musical Instruments SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM are predominantly used in the orchestra mainly in all the ‘interludes’ and ‘postlude’. Euphonious DHOLAK ‘rhythm’ synchronized with the GHUNGROO BELLS, enthralls the listeners.

ABHINETRI    1970    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It was Subodh Mukharjee’s musical hit movie. Once again Album is dominated by Lata Mangeshkar who has sung as many as 6 songs, including 4 solos. All songs are melodious and wonderfully composed. 

Sajna O Sajna….Lata (Fabulous melody and composition)

Dhadkan Har Dil Ki …. Lata

— Khinche Humse Sanware ….Lata (Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm)

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa….Lata-Kishore (The most popular song of the film)

Milte Hi Rahenge Hum …. Lata-Mahendra – K.

Bane Bade Raja ….Asha Bhosle. 

O Ghata Sawari   (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

 A Yoga song. Magnetizing “prelude” of 57 seconds, with symphony style VIOLINS , JAZZ FLUTE, SANTOOR, GLOCKENSPIEL and Lata’s Humming Sound.  How delicately and tunefully Laxmikant-Pyarelal have 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 the 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 MACHHALI NRITYA BIN BIJLEE   1971    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

To work with veteran Actor, Producer – Director, Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner  

V Shantaram used to be a pride. He was a great connoisseur of talent.The quality of the songs and music for V. Shantaram film’s used to be unique and special. Music used to be the asset for his films. V. Shantaram used to have something new for his film. This time it was for the First Time For Hindi Film Music all the songs of this film 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 immensely hit. If you look at this JBMNB Album, all the songs are composed in a different style. Each and every song have different compositions and ‘rhythm’ patterns, as well. The orchestra arrangements for all the songs is just mesmerizing.

Man Ki Pyas Mere Man Se …..Lata

Jo Main Chali…Lata

O Mitwa O Mitwa…..Lata

Baat Hai Ek Boond Si….Lata – Mukesh

— Jhum Ke Gaye Dil ...Lata – Mukesh

Taron Ne Sajke...Mukesh

Kajara Laga Ke Bindiya Saja Ke  (Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

The anecdote described  by Shree Pyarelalji, how the song was recorded. A long musical sitting 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.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal along with Lata Mangeshkar and Majrooh Sultanpuri came out with an outstanding composition.

A song on #MAYURDANCE. One more gem of composition with different styles. FLUTE is prominently used in western style. Perhaps the longest “prelude” 3 minutes and 27 seconds of 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 styles of rhythm with DHOLAK. Also don’t forget to listen to the “postlude” of the song and “Mayur Dance”.

EK NAZAR   1972      (Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

It was the first film of B R Ishara as a Producer / Director, starring, Husband – Wife pair of  Amitabh BachchanJaya Bhaduri, with lustrous music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Melodious songs, great music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and heart touching lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri , all the songs were phenomenal but since the film flopped went under popularity.

— Patta Patta Buta Buta — Lata-Rafi  (the most popular song of the film)

— Pehle So Baar ..Lata (beautiful Mujra song)

— Hameen Karen Koi Soorat Unhe Bhulane Ki….Lata (beautiful Mujra song)

— Pyar Ko Chahiye Kya ..Kishore (rare Gazal song from Kishore Kumar)

Ai Gham-E-Yaar   (Singer:- Mahendra Kapoor)

Perhaps this is the only song sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Amitabh Bachchan. 30 seconds of ‘prelude’ full of FLUTE, SANTOOR, CELLOS and  VIOLINS. IRANI SANTOOR, VIOLINS, SARANGI, CELLOS are awesomely instrumented in the ‘interludes’. Tuneful DHOLAK rhythm. 

ANOKHI ADA  1973

Musical hit film starring JeetendraRekha and Mehmood

Sundari Hi HI Sundari ….Kishore

Tere Dil Main …Lata-Rafi

Jawani Tera Bol Bala….Manna Dey – Asha 

Gum Gayi ..Asha

Haal Kya Hai Dilon Ka     (Singer:- Kishore Kumar)

IMTIHAN   1974    (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

It’s said in our ancient scriptures that the Guru (teacher) has to set and follow extremely high standards for his conduct because he is an idol for the Shishyas (students) which they adore and emulate. “Imtihaan” , by default, has this story . An inspiring movie to all the movie-buffs.

The songs from this film, all the four songs are hit. It was a film between super hits of Laxmikant-Pyarelal  “Bobby” , “Daag” , “Manchali” and “Roti Kapda Makan”, “Loafer”.

Roz Sham Aati Thi …..(Singer:- Lata Mangeshkar)

The unique combo of Lata Mangeshkar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal have given many memorable songs in the sixties ( close to 179 songs). It was also expected to deliver the best in the seventies too. The song is popular even today. On the top of everything…the chemistry of Lataji and  LP worked miracles.

67 seconds “prelude”::-  0.15 seconds, TWEETING of BIRDS, Than GUITAR glimpses starts, FRENCH HORN (0.34 to 0.44), IRANI SANTOOR ( till 0.55) and than Lataji’s AALAP till 1.06 and the “pause”…giving the feel of ‘sunset’.  Just brilliant. It sets the mood of the song. 

Powerful RHYTHM of BONGO / CONGA DRUMS and it’s PAUSES. Lataji stops after singing ‘roj shaam aati thi’ (रोज़ शाम आती थी ) (1.11…1.14) just listen to the “rhythm”, again at 1.16 ….1.19…This gives an “ear-pleasing” moment to listen to the rhythm only. You will again find such “pauses” in the song. 

“Interludes”:- Both the interludes are beautifully decorated in western style orchestra arrangements with use of VIOLINS, CELLOS, IRANI SANTOOR and FRENCH HORN.

Ruk Jana Nahin      (Singer:- Kishore Kumar)                                                                     Inspiration Song. Wonderful Singing by Kishore Kumar on “high notes” and perhaps one of his best songs in the mid-seventies, carrying  variety. Beautifully penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, truly an inspiring word. Wonderful decoration of highly RICH orchestra consists of CHURCH BELL (overlapping with the ‘rhythm’), GUITAR, IRANI SANTOOR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VIOLINs, FLUTE  and TRUMPET (Military BIGUL). Western style “rhythm” with Bongo Drums. All the three “interludes” have three different tunes. Another ‘killer’ part of the song is the various “pauses” given by Kishore Kumar and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

MERE SAJNA  (1975)

Naveen Nischal – Rakhee Gulzar starrer with good songs. 

— Mere Sajna …Lata

Maine Kuchh Khoya Hai     (Singer:-  Kishore Kumar)

Unique composition 

Ye Kaun Hasa  (Singer:-  Lata Mangeshkar)

Again Lata Mangeshkar & Laxmikant-Pyarelal chemistry worked for this uncommon composition. 

Ajay Poundarik, Atlanta (Georgia), USA.

Astounding Conglomeration :: Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal

:: Astounding Conglomeration :: Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal    

We are celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary, from 6th June,  of an eminent Songwriter of Hindi Film Music, Rajendra Krishan. Those who are in love with hindi film music should be aware of Rajendra Krishan. He made a special place in the heart of music lovers.  

Rajendra Krishnan & Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Rajendra Krishna, besides lyricists he was a good dialogue writer, was much active in the presence of great four lyricists of Hindi Film Music Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Shailendra. He was an equal amongst giants like them.

He gave lyrics to a wide variety of songs, ranging from Ghazals to Bhajan, Geets to Nazms with great flair. His songs are simple, inventive and full of meaning.  He was also a successful dialogue writer.

Rajendra Krishan had a fruitful and  long lasting partnership with the music director

C Ramchandra  (Anarkali, Albela etc). He also worked with other music directors like Hemant Kumar (Nagin), S D Burman (Saza), Madan Mohan (Adalat), Chitragupat (Main Choop Rahungi), Ravi (Khandan), Kalyanji-Anandji (Blackmail) and R D Burman (Padosan),

Astounding Conglomeration of Lyricist Rajendra Krishan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal started in the year 1966 when famous producer/director C V Sridhar signed them for a Romantic Comedy “Pyar Kiye Jaa”.  

Pyarelal, Rajendra Krishna and Laxmikant, At the time of recording of INTAQUAM Music. 

Music Directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal have worked with Songwriter Rajendra Krishan for many hit films, close to 15 films.

Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966).

Ladla (1966).

Intequam (1968). Actress Sadhana’s home production Lata’s cabaret song ’Aa Jaan-E-Jaa’

Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1969)

Jawab (1970)

Man Mandir (1971)

Gaon Hamara Shahar Tumhara (1972)

Gehri Chaal (1973)

Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Actress Sadhana’s home production

Jwar- Bhata (1974)  

Shandaar (1974)

Naya Din Nayi Raat (1974)

Wafaa (1974)

Ponga Pandit (1975)

Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1979)

Qatl (1985). Actress Sadhana’s home production.

Let us review few musical hit movies and songs of songwriter Rajendra Krishna with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Their song “Kaise Rahoon Chup” (Lata), from Intaquam became the top hit song of Binaca Geetmala for year 1969.

The orchestra arrangements in “PRELUDES” and “INTERLUDES” used to be the assets of the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It would be more proper to listen to the songs, listed below, after reading the write up, explaining peculiarities, for each of the songs you will enjoy it more.

PYAR  KIYE JAA  (1966)

It was a Romantic Comedy starring Shashi Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Kalpana, Rajasree, Mehmood and Mumtaz. It has very melodious songs, many of them are  still popular.

— O Meri Maina Tu Maan Le      (Usha Mangeshkar-Manna Dey)

— Phool Ban Jaunga             (Lata Mangeshkar-Mahendra Kapoor)

— Gore Haathon Pe Na Julm Karo          (Mohammad Rafi)

— Kisine Pukara Muze            (Lata Mangeshkar-Mahendra Kapoor)

— Dil Hamane De Diya                 (Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

and the most popular song

Din Jawani Ke Chaar      (Singer Kishore Kumar)

Naughtily acted and rendered by Kishore Kumar. Beautiful DHOLAK rhythm. Interludes are orchestrated by using SHEHNAI / NADASWARAM and VIOLINS.  

INTAQUAM  (1969 )

This is the film which was produced/directed  by R K Nayyar, a spouse of actress Sadhana. The film was a huge hit. All the songs are still popular. The best of RK/LP combo.

— Hum Tumhare Liye             (Lata-Rafi)

— Jo Unki Tamanna                 (Rafi)

— Geet Tere Saz Ka                     (Lata)

— Mehfil Soyee                             (Lata)

Aa Jaan-E-Jaan       (Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

One of the best Cabaret songs in Hindi Film Music.  Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Heavy and Rich Orchestration, Lata Mangeshkar’s extremely soft rendering, Helen’s malleable gamboling and best choreographed by P. L. Raj.  “Prelude” of over 70 seconds is full of BRASS and TRUMPETS, musical instruments,  is mesmerizing. Brilliant take off by Lataji.. ‘aa jaane jaan’ than ‘ear-pleasing’ pause for 3 seconds,  forced the listeners to concentrate on ‘euphonic’ RHYTHM orchestrated for this gem of a song. Just listen how beautifully Lataji renders the ‘Aa lala lala lala lala’  is a ‘killer’. No other singer could have managed to bring such finesse into that expression. Laxmikant-Pyarelal have extraordinarily orchestrated this cabaret with maximum use of BRASS, TRUMPET, SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, GUITAR  and JAZZ FLUTE without disturbing the melody part of the song. Despite being a cabaret song the dance by Helen ji looks so graceful, totally devoid of vulgarity. The song became an instant hit on the charts and still popular, even today.

Kaise Rahoon Chup     (Singer Lata Mangeshkar )

A 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.

MAN  MANDIR   (1970)

Sanjeev Kumar – Waheeda Rehman starrer film with good music, including extremely melodious “LORI” song, LULLABY.

-Aa Aaja Abhi Nahi                   (Kishore-Asha)

–Ai Meri Ankhon Ke Sapne     (Mukesh-Lata) melodious “LORI”

and the most popular song

Jadugar Tere Naina         (Singer Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

An extremely Melodious duet. Ear-Pleasing BONGA DRUM rhythm. Use of IRANI SANTOOR and SAXOPHONE in the interludes is mind-blowing.

GEHRI  CHAAL  1973 )

A musical thriller made by  Producer / Director C V Sreedhar starring Amitabh Bachchan, in negative role, Hema Malini and  Jeetendra.

–Jaipur Ki Choli            (Kishore-Asha)

–Kook du Koo                    (Asha)

and a superb cabaret filmed on actress Bindu.  

Sham Bheegi Bheegi Badan Jal Raha Hai     (Singer Asha Bhosle)

Melodious Cabaret Song: Soft Rhythm of BONGO Drums, use of SAXOPHONE, as a filler and in both the interlude is at it’s best. JAZZ FLUTE and GUITAR, synchronized with the SAXOPHONE, sounds ear-pleasing throughout the entire song. Actress BINDU looks beautiful while dancing.  ASHA BHONSLE sounds superb.

GEETA  MERA NAAM   (1974)

A home production from actress Sadhana who is also the director of this suspense thriller. It has Sunil Dutt in lead role. Firoz Khan in supporting role. It has a euphonic music.

— Lahoo Ko Lahoo Pukarega         (Rafi)

— Mohabbat Hi Mohabbat Hai      (Rafi)

– O Meharban Dekho Zara             (Lata)

and Lata/LP classic

Suniye, Zara Baithiye Na            (Singer Lata Mangeshkar)

Awesome rendering by Lataji. Wonderful rhythm of DHOLAK.  BASS GUITAR is brilliantly synchronized with the DHOLAK. “Interludes” are mellifluously orchestrated with JAZZ FLUTE, SAXOPHONE and ACOUSTIC GUITAR. A unique song from Lata-LP.

NAYA  DIN NAYI  RAAT   (1974)

It  is a unique film. Sanjeev Kumar has played NINE different roles in the movie. Jaya Bhaduri supports Sanjeev Kumar  in all the NINE roles. It has too melodious music.

— Krishna Krishna Bolo Krishna   (Lata-Kishore) devotional song.  

– Didi Teri Shaadi Dekhana                  (Lata)

— Ek  Paheli Main Tumse                        (Lata)

and GEM of song.

Main Wohi Wohi Baat       (Singer Mohammad Rafi)

Lively involved voice, supported by the great Saneev Kumar’s restrained but natural performance for this tipsy song. Enraptured “prelude” of 26 seconds full of IRANI SANTOOR, SAXOPHONE, ELECTRIC GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR and ACCORDION with the “boozy” entry from Sanjeev Kumar at the same time brilliant take off by Rafi Saab. “Interludes” are euphonically orchestrated with ELECTRIC GUITAR, ACCORDION, SYMPHONY VIOLINS and IRANI SANTOOR. Just listen to the second “interlude”delirious “aalap” by Rafi Saab, SYMPHONY VIOLINS and awesome overlapping sound effect of IRANI SANTOOR with ACCORDION. In-spite of the use of western instruments the DHOLAK ‘rhythm gives you an ear-pleasing moment, throughout the song.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal always gave some astonishing compositions for Rafi saab, in mid seventies,  when Mohammad Rafi saab was almost forgotten by all the music directors.

JWAR BHATA  (1974)

Superhit songs for  Dharmendra – Saira Banu starrer.

–Tu Ru Ru Tera Mera Pyar Shuru              (Kishore)

–Rutha Hai To Mana Lenge                        (Lata)

–Hothon Pe Tera Naam                                 (Asha) Splendid composition.

and top hit song

Dal Roti Khao Prabhu Ke Gun Gao    (Lata Mangeshkar – Kishore Kumar)

This is not an ordinary song by any means.That is why it is still popular.  Rajendra Krishan has shown his writing power by giving the messages philosophically. The song is typical LP style favour.    

WAFAA  (1974)

Aaloo Ki Bhaji Baingan Ka Bhrata   (Lata Mangeshkar-Kishore Kumar)

Enjoy Romance in Kitchen from Sanjay Khan – Rakhi

PONGA  PANDIT   (1975)

This musical hit movie is produced by Surinder Kapoor (father to Bonny Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor).

–Jijaji Jijaji Meri Didi Hai Anari    (Kishore, Asha, Usha)

–Woh Mere Pichhe Padi Hui Hai   (Kishore Kumar)

–Ganga Ghat Ka Pani Piya Hai        (Kishore Kumar)

Main Jab Chhedunga Tarana          (Kishore Kumar)

and TWO beautiful songs of different flavour.

Tere Milne Se Pehle Bhi Jeete The Hum         (Singer :- Lata Mangeshkar)

An extremely melodious, intoxicated pop song composition. Excellent take off by Lataji in “prelude” by HICCUP with SAXOPHONE and SYMPHONY VIOLINS.  Ear-pleasing BONGO DRUM rhythm and classic orchestra with minimum musical instruments, ELECTRIC GUITAR , VIOLINS, ACCORDION. One of the finest songs from the unique combo of Lata – LP.

Ye Biraha Ki Raat Kaisi    (Singer Manna Dey)

Pure Classical gem.

PHOOL KHILE  HAIN GULSHAN  GULSHAN  (1979)

Very popular song amongst the children.

Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pum Pum         (Singer Kishore Kumar)

Ajay Poundarik. Vadodara.