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Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh

Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh

Lata and Mukesh sang almost 152 duets together in Hindi films. The bulk of Mukesh-Lata duets were composed by Shankar Jaikishan (34 duets), Laxmikant Pyarelal (29) and Kalyanji Anand Ji (20). Together these three music directors composed 54% of the total Lata/Mukesh duets.

Shankar Jaikishan gave Lata/Mukesh the maximum number of duets and most of these duets remain popular even today. Both Lata and Mukesh sang for Shankar Jaikishan’s debut film Barsaat (1949) which was a superhit. Also Lata, Mukesh, Shanker and Jaikishan were part of films made by Raj Kapoor Banner and that explains the strong collaboration between these legends.

Mukesh with Lata Mangeshkar

Mukesh with Lata Mangeshkar

Lata on Mukesh

We shared a lot of love and respect and looked out for one another especially if either of us made a mistake. Sometimes a singer can make a mistake or forget a song word. We reassured each other by saying: `Never mind, it will be all right.’

Mukesh Bhaiya had this habit of clearing his throat in the middle of singing. I used to pull his leg: ‘What, Mukesh Bhaiya? Why do you keep doing that?’ And the poor fellow hurriedly said: ‘Sorry, Didi. I won’t do it again.’ I smiled and told him I was only joking.

Sometimes when we were recording and a musician played a solo piece slightly off key, Mukesh Bhaiya would turn to me and say: `Who is copying me?’

There was a lot of affection between us. I would visit his house and spend time with his family and his three children, Nitin, Rita and Neelu. When Nitin was very young, he sometimes accompanied his father to the recordings.

It was Mukesh Bhaiya who introduced me to Naushad Ali. One day he came to Nanachowk and said: ‘Didi’, come with me. I want to take you to Naushad Sahib because he wants you to sing for him.’ I recorded some songs for composer Shyam Sundar’s film Lahore and I believe Naushad Sahib had heard them.

I was singing for a number of film composers by the late ’40s. When I would meet a composer with whom I hadn’t previously worked, he would invariably ask me to sing. The one thing I disliked was auditioning. I had sung at so many classical music concerts with my father and somehow felt auditioning was humiliating. So, from the outset I told Mukesh Bhaiya: ‘I won’t audition for Naushad Sahib or any other composer. If they want me, then I will record the song.’ Mukesh Bhaiya replied: ‘All right. Let’s at least go and talk to him.’

We went to Kardar Studio and met Naushad Sahib. Ghulam Mohammed Sahib was working as his assistant then and he was there too. Perhaps Mukesh Bhaiya had already warned them I disliked auditioning. When I was introduced to Naushad Sahib, he cleverly said: `Latabai, I have heard you mentioned many times. I hear you sing very well. I’d like to hear you but don’t think you’re on trial. Nothing of the sort. But why not sing a ghazal?’ So I sang ‘Umeed ke rangeen jhoole mein ek aas bandhaaye jaati hai’ from Lahore. It didn’t take me long to figure out Naushad Sahib just wanted to hear my Urdu pronunciation because he was going to ask me to sing for Andaaz. He heard me sing the ghazal and was pleased.

SongFilmYearMusic Director
AB YAAD NA KAR BHOOL JA AE DILANOKHA PYAR1948Anil Biswas
YAAD RAKHNA CHAND TARON IS SUHANIANOKHA PYAR1948Anil Biswas
AB DARNE KI KOI BAAT NAHIMAJBOOR1948Ghulam Haider
CHHOD GAYE BALAM MUJHE HAAY AKELABARSAAT1949Shanker Jaikishan
YE DUNIYA HAI,YANHA DIL KASHAIR1949Ghulam Mohd
RAKHA HU NISHANE PE DIL BHIHANSTE AANSU1950Ghulam Mohd
JAMANE KA DASTUR HAI YE PURANALAJAWAB1950Anil Biswas
JO DIL HI TODNA THA KYON DIYASARTAJ1950Husnlal Bhagatram
ARMAN BHARA DIL TOOT GAYAWAFA1950Vinod
DUM BHAR JO UDHAR MUNH FEREAAWARA1951Shanker Jaikishan
KAHE NAINO MEIN KAJRA BHAROBADI BAHU1951Anil Biswas
PYAR KI RAH PAR KYA BHATKNE KABADI BAHU1951Anil Biswas
EK BAAR AGAR TU KAH DEMALHAR1951Roshan
KAHAN HO TUM JARA AAVAZ DOMALHAR1951Roshan
BADE ARMANO SE RAKHA HAI BALAMMALHAR1951Roshan
SAPNO MEIN AANA CHHED CHHED JANASHISHAM1952Roshan
AAJA RE, AB MERA DIL PUKARAAAH1953Shanker Jaikishan
JANE NA NAJAR PEHCHANE JIGARAAH1953Shanker Jaikishan
DEKHO JI DEKHO EK BAR IS TARAFAAS1953Shanker Jaikishan
ICHAK DANA BICHAK DANASHRI 4201955Shanker Jaikishan
NIKAL PADEN HAIN KHULI SADAK PARSHRI 4201955Shanker Jaikishan
RAMAIYA VASTA VAIYA,RAMAIYA VASTASHRI 4201955Shanker Jaikishan
JIS DIN SE MELE TUM HUMLALKAR1956Sanmukh Babu
YE WADA KARO CHAND KE SAMNERAJ HATH1956Shanker Jaikishan
BADALON KI…DIL HAIN BEQARARJALTI NISHANI1957Anil Biswas
MEENI MEENI CHI CHI,DUNIYA MENKATHPUTLI1957Shanker Jaikishan
KYA SAATH MERA DOGE TUM PYARSAMUNDAR1957Madan Mohan
DIL TADAP TADAP KE KAH RAHA AAMADHUMATI1958Salil Chaudary
WOH CHAND CHAMKA VO NUR CHHALKASON OF SINDBAD1958Chitragupta
DIL KI NAJAR SE NAJARO KI DIL SEANARI1959Shanker Jaikishan
WOH CHAND KHILA VO TAARE HANSEANARI1959Shanker Jaikishan
EK RAAT MEIN DO DO CHAND KHILEBARKHA1959Chitragupta
TUM CHAL RAHE HO HUM CHAL RAHEDUNIYA NA MANE1959Madan Mohan
YE SHAMA YE KHUSI KUCHH BOLO JIGHAR GHAR KE BAAT1959Kalyanji Anandji
TUM SE KUCHH KAHNA HAIGUEST HOUSE1959Chitragupta
NE BALEYE RUT HAI BAHAR KIKANHAIYA1959Shanker Jaikishan
DIL LUTNE WALE JADUGAR ABMADARI1959Kalyanji Anandji
ZAMI PE CHANDINI KA NOORMADARI1959Kalyanji Anandji
NAZAR NAZAR SE HO RAHI HAIMAIN NASHE MEIN HUN1959Shanker Jaikishan
NAIN DWAAR SE MAN MEIN VO AAKESAWAN1959Hansraj Behl
DUNIYA WALO SE DOOR JALNE WALOUJALA1959Shanker Jaikishan
CHANDA RE MORI PATIYA LEJABANJARIN1960Pardesi
TERE MAN MERA MAN MELE PREETCHANDRA MUKHI1960S.N. Tripathi
MERE JAAN KUCHH BHI KIJIYECHHALIA1960Kalyanji Anandji
YE VADA KARE HUM JAHAN BHI RAHENDIL BHI TERA HUM BHI TERE1960Kalyanji Anandji
MILTE MILTE MIL HI GAYEDO AADAMI1960S.N. Tripathi
AANKHO MEIN RANG KYON AAYAEK PHOOL CHAAR KANTE1960Shanker Jaikishan
NAZRON SE AAJ DIL MEIN SAMANEGAMBLER1960Chitragupta
MERE KHWABON MEIN KHAYALO MEINHONEYMOON1960Salil Chaudary
AA AB LAUT CHALE,NAIN BICHAYEJIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H.1960Shanker Jaikishan
BEGANI SHADI MEIN ABDULLAHJIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H.1960Shanker Jaikishan
HAI AAG HAMARE SEENE MEINJIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H.1960Shanker Jaikishan
CHALO CHALEN DIL LE CHALE JAHANMISS GOODNIGHT1960Hansraj Behl
TERI SOKH NAZAR KA ISARAPATANG1960Chitragupta
DILLI HAI DIL HINDUSTAN KAPATANG1960Chitragupta
LAGI TUMSE LAGAN SATHI CHHUTE NASARANGA1960Sardar Malik
O BEEN WALE,TEEN SUR TERE BEENSINHAL DWEEP KI SUNDARI1960S.N. Tripathi
THANE KAJALIYA BANA LOONVEER DURGA DAS1960S.N. Tripathi
TUM RUTHI RAHO MAIN MANATAAAS KA PANCHHI1961Shanker Jaikishan
CHADE CHANDA TO TUM BHI CHALEAPLAM CHAPLAM1961Chitragupta
DIL SE DIL KI DOOR BANDHECHHAYA1961Salil Chaudary
JAWAN MOHABAT HASIN AANKHONHAMARI YAAD AAYEGI1961Snehal Bhatkar
SOCHATA HOON YE KYA KIYA MAINEHAMARI YAAD AAYEGI1961Snehal Bhatkar
SUN MORE RASIYA SUN MAN BASIYAMADAN MANJARI1961Sardar Malik
MAIN JAANTI HOON TUM JHUTHMEM DIDI1961Salil Chaudary
BIKHRA KE JULFE CHAMAN MEIN NANAZRANA1961Ravi Shanker
DEKHO MAUSAM KYA BAHAR HAIOPERA HOUSE1961Chitragupta
NA MILTE HUM TO KAHO TUMOPERA HOUSE1961Chitragupta
TERI NIGAHON NE HAMEN MAAR DALAPYASE PANCHHI1961Kalyanji Anandji
EK MANJIL RAHI DO PHIR PYAR NASANJOG1961Madan Mohan
APNI ULFAT PE ZAMANE KA NASASURAL1961Shanker Jaikishan
NAINO MEIN KYO AAN BASE DOWARRANT1961Roshan
O SHAMA MUJHE PHOONK DE MAIN NAAASHIQ1962Shanker Jaikishan
MAHTAB TERA CHEHRA KIS KHAWABAASHIQ1962Shanker Jaikishan
IBTDAYE ISQ MAIN HUM SARI RAATHARIYALI AUR RAASTA1962Shanker Jaikishan
LAKHO TARE AASMAN MEIN EK MAGARHARIYALI AUR RAASTA1962Shanker Jaikishan
DOOR BAHUT AABADI SE ISQ KIJHOOLA1962Salil Chaudary
MAINE KAHA AJI MAINE KAHAMAA BETA1962Hemant Kumar
AJI DEKHO JARA TO KYA MOUSAMMAYA JAAL1962S.N. Tripathi
DO ANKHIYAN JHUKI JHUKI SIPREM PATRA1962Salil Chaudary
SAINYA CHHOOD DE BAINYA MERIRAKHI1962Ravi Shanker
HUM TUM YE KHOI KHOI RAAHENRUNGOLI1962Shanker Jaikishan
MAIN KHUS NASEEB HUN MUJHKOTOWER HOUSE1962Ravi Shanker
TUMHARI MAST NAJAR GAR IDHARDIL HI TO HAI1963Roshan
AISA NAHI HOON AJI MAIN AISAMUMMY DADDY1963Chitragupta
TUMSE NAZAR KUCHH AISI MILIMUMMY DADDY1963Chitragupta
CHORI CHORI JO TUMSE MILIPARAS MANI1963Laxmikant Pyarelal
TUJHE CHAAND KAHUN YA PHOOLSUNAHRI NAAGIN1963Kalyanji Anandji
JARA SAMBHALNA MERI JAA APNIAAYA TOOFAN1964Laxmikant Pyarelal
JUMME KI RAAT HO YA DIN JUMERAATDULHA DULHAN1964Kalyanji Anandji
BANE TO BAN JAAYE JAMANA DUSMANDULHA DULHAN1964Kalyanji Anandji
MUJHE KAHTE HAI KALLU QAWWALDULHA DULHAN1964Kalyanji Anandji
AA TU AA JARA DIL MEIN AAPHOOLON KI SEJ1964Adi Narayan Rao
O MERE SANAM,O MERE SANAM DOSANGAM1964Shanker Jaikishan
HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA VO GANASANGAM1964Shanker Jaikishan
ZINDAGI KA AJAB FASANA HAICHHOTI CHHOTI BAATEN1965Anil Biswas
BAHARON THAM LO AB DIL MERANAMASTE JI1965G.S. Kohli
TUM KAHAN LE CHALE HO SAJANPOONAM KI RAAT1965Salil Chaudary
SAPNO MEIN MERE KOI AAYE JAAYEPOONAM KI RAAT1965Salil Chaudary
HUMSAFAR MERE HUMSAFAR PANKHPOORNIMA1965Kalyanji Anandji
PYAR KA FASANA BANA LE DILTEESARA KAUN1965R.D. Burman
HUM JI LENGE BIN TUMHAREDILLAGI1966Laxmikant Pyarelal
KYUN JHUKI JHUKI HAI PALKENCHHAILA BABU1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TO TERE AASIQ HAIN SADIYONFARZ1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
BOL GORI BOL TERA KAUN PIYAMILAN1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
SAWAN KA MAHINA PAWAN KARE SHORMILAN1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TUM YUG YUG SE YE GEET IMILAN1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TUM YUG YUG SE YE GEET IIMILAN1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
MEHBOOB MERE,MEHBOOB MERE TU HAIPATTHAR KE SANAM1967Laxmikant Pyarelal
DIL SAMBHALE SAMBHALE SAMBHALTARAAZ1967Kalyanji Anandji
HUM SAFAR AB YE SAFAR KATJUARI1968Kalyanji Anandji
PHOOL TUMHE BHEJA HAI KHAT MEINSARSWATI CHANDRA1968Kalyanji Anandji
HAAY BUJHO BUJHO,VO KAUN HAI VOANJAANA1969Laxmikant Pyarelal
JE HUM TUM CHORI SE BANDHE IKDHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE1969Laxmikant Pyarelal
DALENGE RANG DALENGE APNAMERA DOST1969Laxmikant Pyarelal
DIL MEIN EJI DIL MEIN KOIMERI BHABHI1969Laxmikant Pyarelal
KISI RAAH MEIN KISI MOOD PARMERE HUM SAFAR1970Kalyanji Anandji
KARLE DIL KI BAAT,KARLE DIL KIPEHCHAN1970Shanker Jaikishan
RUBI O RUBI JANE MAHBUBICHAHAT1971Laxmikant Pyarelal
MAIN KISE APNA KAHUN,AAJ MERA KOIEK THI REETA1971Jaidev
SURAJ SE JO KIRAN KA NATAHANGAMA1971R.D. Burman
JHOOM KE GAAYE DIL ZINDAGI HUMSEJAL BIN MACHLI N.B.B.1971Laxmikant Pyarelal
BAAT HAI EK BOOND SI DIL KEJAL BIN MACHLI N.B.B.1971Laxmikant Pyarelal
AE MERI AANKHO KE PAHLE (HAPPY)MAN MANDIR1971Laxmikant Pyarelal
AE MERI AANKHO KE PAHLE (SAD)MAN MANDIR1971Laxmikant Pyarelal
TERE HONTHO KE DO PHOOL PYAREPARAS1971Kalyanji Anandji
YE RAAKHI BUNDHAN HAI AISABEIMAAN1972Shanker Jaikishan
HO NAINA TERE NAINA BAAT BATATEEK BECHARA1972Laxmikant Pyarelal
DO KADAM TUM BHI CHALO DO KADAMEK HASINA DO DIWANE1972Kalyanji Anandji
DHERE DHERE BOL KOI SUN NA LEGORA AUR KALA1972Laxmikant Pyarelal
EK PYAR KA NUGMA HAISHOR1972Laxmikant Pyarelal
PAANI RE PAANI TERA RANG KAISASHOR1972Laxmikant Pyarelal
AASMA PE CHANDINI KA EK DARIYARAJA RANI1973R.D. Burman
HONI TO HO KE RAHE,ANHONI NA HOYSURAJ AUR CHANDA1973Laxmikant Pyarelal
KAHIN KARTI HOGI VO MERA INTZAARPHIR KAB MILOGI1974R.D. Burman
USNE KAHA TU…MAHNGAI MAAR GAYIROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAN1974Laxmikant Pyarelal
MAIN NA BHULONGA,MAIN NA BHULONGIROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAN1974Laxmikant Pyarelal
BAAGON MEIN YE KAISECHUPKE CHUPKE1975S.D. Burman
YAAD RAHEGA PYAR KA YE RANGEENOMAR QAID1975Sonik Omi
KAHA AAPKA YAHA…PHOOL AAHISTAPREM KAHANI1975Laxmikant Pyarelal
KARM KIYE JA PHAL KI ICCHHA MATSANYASI1975Shanker Jaikishan
CHAL SANYASI MANDIR MEINSANYASI1975Shanker Jaikishan
BALI UMARIYA BHAJAN KARUN KAISESANYASI1975Shanker Jaikishan
SUN BAAL BRUMHACHARI MAIN HOONSANYASI1975Shanker Jaikishan
KAHI SAAWAN…BHEEGI BHEEGI HAWASUNEHRA SANSAR1975Naushad
MUJHE DURD RAHTA HAIDUS NUMBARI1976Laxmikant Pyarelal
KABHI KABHIE MERE DIL MEINKABHI KABHIE1976Khaiyyam
DEKH KE TUMKO DIL DOLA HAIAMAR AKBAR ANTHONY1977Laxmikant Pyarelal
KUCHH AISE BUNDHAN HOTE HAINFARISHTA YA QATIL1977Kalyanji Anandji
PYAR KA BUNDHAN KHOON KA NATA IKHEL KHILARI KA1977Kalyanji Anandji
YE NA JAANE LAKIN INKI RUG IIKHEL KHILARI KA1977Kalyanji Anandji
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