English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar as a yo...

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar as a young woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On 28 September, Lata Mangeshkar, one of the legendary singers of India celebrates her 84th   birthday. She happens to be one of the renown and most esteemed lady playback singers and one of my favorite singers of Indian cinema. She started her singing career in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades, which is an accomplishment in itself. She has been felicitated with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. She was later awarded Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. She has sung songs for more than thousand Hindi films and also has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages. She has  also composed music for Marathi movies under the nom de plume of Anand Ghan.

Here I share with you some of my favorite songs sung by her; although the list is so vast I have to settle on just ten of her songs which I love the most.

Aayega Aanewala – Mahal (1949)-It was one of her first major hits. The music was given by music director Khemchand Prakash. The film was a suspense thriller and starred Madhubala and Ashok Kumar. Lata’s voice adds an aura of mystery to the film and also is quite melodious.

Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha- Anpadh (1962)- Lata sung this song under the music director  and maestro MadanMohan; who she regarded as  her brother .The song is regarded as one of  classic of songs sung by her. In this song,Mala Sinha is expressing her joy and love for Dharmendra .

Tera Mera Pyar Amar- Asli-Naqli(1962)- This song is picturised on one of the most graceful actresses ,Sadhana. The music is given by Shanker-Jaikishan.In this song Renu(Sadhana) is proud of her love Anand(played by Dev Anand) but is also worried about its future.The song is melodious as well as soothing to hear.

O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aai- Parakh (1960)- Parakh is a Bimal Roy classic.The song is superbly rendered by Lata under Salilda’s competent music direction and is picturised  on  Sadhana who lip-synced it flawlessly. The song is enthralling and soothing to the ear.The song has a timeless appeal.

Agar Mujhse Mohabbat Hai- Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964)-It is one of the classic jewels of collaboration of  Lata- MadanMohan duo. In this song, the actress Supriya is requesting her love played by Dharmendra  to  share all his all worries and suffering with her. The song is gracefully sung by Lata and the sympathetic tone of the lover is evident and leaves one misty-eyed.

Jara Thehar Tujhe Samjhaoon- Pooja Ke Phool (1964)-Another golden example of Lata- MadanMohan duo; this song emphasizes  sharing other’s  sorrow as an important aspect of humanity. The song is  picturised on Mala Sinha, who teaches  her former lover  played by Dharmendra  to realize the duties and  responsibilities of his life. The song is inspiring and motivational.

Naino Mein Badra Chhaye – Mera Saaya (1966)- Yet anoher Lata- MadanMohan classic; it is an example of perfect voice modulation and shows the range of the singer.This  beautiful  and ethereal song is  picturised on Sadhana who gives it a surreal effect .It gives the listener  goose-flesh, and has a long lasting effect on him/her.The superb lyrics are by Raja Mehendi  Ali Khan.

Chalo Sajana Jahan Tak- Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968)-It is one of the romantic songs  picturised on Sharmila Tagore and sung by Lata. The song is mellifluous and gives the listener the ethereal effect of romance floating in the air.The music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Bindiya Chamkegi- Do Raaste (1969)-This is song full of mischief and playfulness  picturised on Mumtaz; who looks dazzling and fabulous in orange and is distracting her lover played by Rajesh Khanna, who has a tough time concentrating on reading a book. Lata’s voice is in accordance with the playfulness and tempo of the song.

Kaise Rahun Chup-Inteqam (1969)- This is one of the songs in which Lataji shows her  resourcefulness as a great playback singer. The song is picturised on Sadhana who is supposedly inebriated and lost the control over herself; which is not the case. Instead, she is trying to humiliate her father-in- law to settle an old score. The song is sung by Lataji in a mood appropriate for the song. And of course Sadhana carries it out masterfully.

I conclude my post by wishing her many happy returns of the day and good health.

BTW, which are your favorite songs sung by Lataji?

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I like to blog when some random thoughts inspire me or persuade me to write.The golden era in of the 60′s always fascinates me.I seek inspiration from the present, past and future………………………

18 responses »

  1. dustedoff says:

    Nice collection of songs, coolone160! My favourites from your list are Aayega aanewala and O sajna barkha bahaar aayi – both are so absolutely lovely.

    And I agree that it’s impossibe to try and list Lata’s top songs. There are just so many of them! But here are three that I particularly like:

    (Madan Mohan again) – Lag jaa gale ke phir yeh from Woh Kaun Thi?:

    Jurm-e-ulfat pe humein from Taj Mahal:

    And Rehte the kabhi jinke dil mein from Mamta:

    • coolone160 says:

      Thanks! “Lag jaa gale” from Woh Kaun Thi? and “Rehte The Kabhi Jinke Dil Mein” from Mamta are my favorites too! I think I am a bit obsessed about MadanMohan’s music 🙂

  2. Choosing TOP favorites songs by any of the ‘golden era’ playback singers is a very tough task, even one has put in place all kinds of filters.
    HAve been able to balance different factors very well in the present post.

  3. Anu Warrier says:

    It *is* hard to pick just ten songs, no? I can think of ten Lata-Madan Mohan songs, and ten Lata-SD songs and ten Lata-SJ songs – and then some more. *grin*

    My favourites from your list? Aayega aanewala, O sajna, and Chalo sajna. Apart from those, some of my favourites are: Ae dilruba from Rustom Sohrab/i>; MD: Sajjad Hussein

    Beimaan tore nainwa from Tarana MD: Anil Biswas

    Baharon mera jeevan bhi sanwaaro from Aakhri Khat MD: Khayyam

    and I will leave you with a lovely Lata-Madan Mohan composition (also watch the video – someone has lovingly edited it to provide a visual feast) from Dil ki Raahein
    Rasm-e-ulfat ko nibhaye kaise

    • coolone160 says:

      Thanks! 🙂 “Baharon mera jeevan bhi sanwaaro” is also one of my favorite songs.
      Yes,it’s hard to try and list Lata’s top 10 songs.It is indeed a tough task!Thank you once again for introducing Lata-Madan Mohan composition “Rasm-e-ulfat ko nibhaye” to me;sure I will watch it! 🙂

  4. Anu Warrier says:

    I posted a comment with some of my favourite Lata songs, including one Lata-Madan Mohan collaboration, just for you. It seems to have vanished. 😦

  5. coolone160 says:

    I have received your comments! Sorry for the inconvenience caused to you, there is a comment approval system on WordPress; anyone who comments for the first time has to get approved to avoid spam. I was preoccupied so I was not able to visit my blog and approve it. Now as I have approved it, you will be able to comment successfully from now on 🙂

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  7. raunakjoy says:

    Superb.. I am new to your blog but i must confess your writing skills are pretty good. My fav Lata numbers are O sajna, Lag Ja Gale & Kuch Dil ne Kaha and of course Pyaar kiya toh darna kya. Anyways it’a mighty difficult task to make a list of lata’s songs she is after all the Lata Mangeshkar!! By the way is Sadhana your fav actress??

  8. raunakjoy says:

    By the way, since you and i share a common passion for Latadi’s songs, i will give the link to my soon coming post series on my fav Lata nmbers from Bengali, Marathi & Assamese.i hope u will like it.

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