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Lata Mangeshkar — the living legend — Part XVI


Lyricist was Kidar Sharma. Critics say this seductive song could have suited Geeta Dutt’s voice more. Then the song “Bane ho aik khaak se” from the 1962 movie ‘Aarti’ came. This was a successful Phani Majumdar directed movie starring Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Pardeep Kumar and Shashikala. The popular song I must mention here is “Rahain na rahain hum” from the 1966 film ‘Mamta’. This was directed by M Sadiq, the cast comprised Ashok, Kumari and Pardeep. We have already mentioned the song “Dil jo na keh saka” from director Kalidas 1965 film ‘Bheegi Raat’. The lead pair was again Kumari and Pardeep with Ashok, Kamini Kaushal, Shashikala and Rajindernath. I still remember the beautiful ‘Taans’ Lata Mangeshkar rendered in her then soft voice in the song “Ae re aali piya bin” from the 1952 film ‘Raag Rang’. A chanchal song “Dhani chuner mori haye re” from ‘Madhu’ is still remembered though it was composed in 1953. Another song “Meri har khushi tere saath hai” is from ‘Malikan’. Nakhshab penned the song “Kahan hai tu kahan hai’ for ‘Naubahar’ in 1952. It was an Ashok and Nalini Jewant film. Then a rare gem “O! More balma” from 1951 Kidar Sharma’s film ‘Rangeen Raatein’ needs mention. Three old songs “Chun chun baje payar mori” from Shyama, Balraj Sahni’s movie ‘Humlog’, “Unke bulavey pei dole mera dil” from 1952 movie ‘Naubahar’ and “Tum hum ko daikh” from 1962 movie ‘Zindigi Aye Hum’ are some of the forgotten songs by Roshan but the one that is not forgotten is “Baar baar tohe kaya samjhaye” by Mangeshkar and Rafi starting in dance rhythm blended into medium one when Kumari and Pardeep enter the screen is amazingly melodious from 1962 movie ‘Aarti’. Overall Mangeshkar did justice to a lot of songs for Roshan.
OP Nayyar & Mangeshkar: Gaurav’s diary states that ironically, OP Nayyar is remembered by history as much for what he did not do (record a song with Lata Mangeshkar), as for what he did (compose music for hit films over two decades). The stubbornly individualistic Omkar Prasad Nayyar was the only major composer from the golden age of Hindi film music to eschew the siren call of Lata’s honeyed vocals. Yet Nayyar’s robust songs redolent of his native Punjab (Reshmi Shalwar Kurta Jaali Ka), his characteristic rhythmic beats (in Tonga songs like Yun Toh Hamne, Maang Ke Saath Tumhara) as well as his feather-light melodies (Jaaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge and Yei Hei Reshmi Zulfon Ka), were immensely popular.
Khayyam & Mangeshkar: Whenever I entered Alhamra Stage to perform, music composer Jozi Anjum on keyboard used to give my entry by playing Lata’s ‘Yei Mulaqat Ik Bahana Hei/Pyar Ka Silsila Purana Hei’ from 1979 movie ‘Khandan’ composed by Khayyam. Before singing my own songs, I used to sing a few lines of this song. That was in 1980s.
An art work by Mary Ann Kluwer of a lone human standing in the deserts reminded me of Hema Malini singing Lata’s melody ‘Aei Dil-e-Nadan’ from Kamal Amrohvi’s ‘Razia Sultan’. It was a master piece composition by Khayyam for Lata. The silent pauses in between the song enhanced the impact of still atmosphere. The big banner movie ‘Razia Sultan’ was released in 1983. This Kamal Amrohvi’s movie was huge success, music wise. It is 1983 Urdu film also written by Kamal Amrohi, and starring Hema Malini and Dharmender in lead roles. The film’s lyrics were penned by Jan Nisar Akhtar and two songs by Nida Fazli who walked into the project when Jan Nisar Akhtar died. Some songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar, including classics like ‘Jalta Hei Badan’. One of Mangeshkar’s songs “Choom kar raat sulaye gi” apart from the ones mentioned above was a fantastic song. 
Earlier, the movie in, which Khayyam used Mangeshkar’s voice was for the song “Rang rangeela saanwara mohe mil gayo” with folk touch in its tune and rhythm and “Teri duniya mein nahin koi hamara” in happy and sad moods respectively for Apsi Irani’s film ‘Barood’ (1960). These songs gave a very sweet touch to Mangeshkar’s voice. The song composed for Ramesh Saigol’s ‘Shaula Aur Shabnam’ (1961) that created ripples in Indian film music was Kaifi Azmi’s lyrics in Rafi-Mangeshkar’s voice “Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum”. In 1966, Chetan Anand experimented with a small crawling baby looking for his mother in the film ‘Akhri Khat’ and Khayyam composed outstanding melody “Baharo mera jeevan bhi sanwaro” in ‘Raag Pahari’, one of his favourite raags crooned by Mangeskhar. The movie ‘Aakhri Khat’ was an exceptionally well produced non-commercial film. Only directors of the calibre of Anand could conceive and produce this film. He also wrote its script. This was Rajesh Khanna’s first released film. Factually, his debut film was ‘Raaz’, which was released a year later. Continued

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