Top 10 Lata-Laxmi Pyare Songs
Did you know that Lata Mangeshkar is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of songs sung? (A whopping 30,000 songs). Did you know that of all the music directors, she has sung the maximum number of songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal, one of her favorite composers? Did you know that this “maximum” number is about 660 songs (of the 30,000) – imagine how many music directors she has worked with!
Laxmikant-Pyarelal, fondly known as Laxmi-Pyare or LP to their millions of fans started as assistants to Kalyanji-Anandji, but burst into the scene in a big way in 1963 with “Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra” from Parasmani and made their way to the top, aided by Lata “Didi”. Since then they have churned hit after hit together and kept their listeners enthralled with hundreds of melodies! Here I am listing the top 10 solos for the Lata-LP Combo (IMHO) in no particular order, all from the 60’s-70’s and early 80’s …. and not by accident!
- Suno Sajna, Papeehe Ne (Aye Din Bahar Ke)
- Jeevan Dor Tumheen Sang Bandhi (Sati Savitri)
- Aa Jaane Jaan (Inteqam)
- Roz Shaam Aati Thi (Imtihaan)
- Eeshwar Satya Hai (Satyam Shivam Sundaram)
- Sheesha Ho Ya Dil Ho (Asha)
- Chalo Sajna Jahan Tak Ghata Chale (Mere Humdum Mere Dost)
- Jane Kyun Log Mohabbat Kiya Karte Hain (Mehboob Ki Mehndi)
- Ankhiyon Ko Rehne De (Bobby)
- Solah Baras Ki Baali Umar (Ek Duuje Ke Liye)
And listed below are some duets that this combo provided along with various other singers….
Woh Jab Yaad Aaye (Parasmani) – With Mohd Rafi
Woh Hain Zara Khafa-Khafa (Shagird) – With Mohd Rafi
Man Kyun Behka Ri Behka (Utsav) – With Asha Bhosle
Jhilmil Sitaron Ka Aangan (Jeevan Mrityu) – With Mohd Rafi
Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai (Shor) – With Mukesh
Sun Ja Aa Thandi Hawa (Haathi Mere Saathi) – With Kishore Kumar
Ik Ritu Aye, Ik Ritu Jaye (Sau Saal Baad) – With Manna Dey
Zeehale Masti Makun Baranjish (Ghulami) – With Shabbir Kumar
Jaoon Tore Charan Kamal Par (Sur Sangam) – With Rajan-Sajan Mishra
Phool Ban Jaoonga Shart Ye Hai Magar (Pyar Kiye Ja) – With Mahendra Kapoor
See my point? 🙂
Courtesy Kala Iyer:
Did you know….. it was Lata Mangeshkar who spotted talent in a 10-year-old Laxmikant playing the mandolin at her concert in Radio Club, Colaba. The young boy then met his future partner Pyarelal at Sureel Kala Kendra, a music academy for children run by the Mangeshkar family. In fact, it was Lata Mangeshkar again, who recommended Laxmikant-Pyarelal's names to music directors like Naushad and Sachin Dev Burman.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal's association with Lata Mangeshkar grew stronger over the years. Starting in 1963, Lata Mangeshkar sang over 600 songs for the composer duo over a period of 35 long years, most of which became huge hits. In fact, the composer duo even went on to win the Indian government's prestigious Lata Mangeshkar music award.
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