July 18th, 2010

Lata Mangeshkar – Mukesh Duets

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Back to Legends – Lata Mangeshkar

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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.

Song Film Year Music Director
AB YAAD NA KAR BHOOL JA AE DIL ANOKHA PYAR 1948 Anil Biswas
YAAD RAKHNA CHAND TARON IS SUHANI ANOKHA PYAR 1948 Anil Biswas
AB DARNE KI KOI BAAT NAHI MAJBOOR 1948 Ghulam Haider
CHHOD GAYE BALAM MUJHE HAAY AKELA BARSAAT 1949 Shanker Jaikishan
YE DUNIYA HAI,YANHA DIL KA SHAIR 1949 Ghulam Mohd
RAKHA HU NISHANE PE DIL BHI HANSTE AANSU 1950 Ghulam Mohd
JAMANE KA DASTUR HAI YE PURANA LAJAWAB 1950 Anil Biswas
JO DIL HI TODNA THA KYON DIYA SARTAJ 1950 Husnlal Bhagatram
ARMAN BHARA DIL TOOT GAYA WAFA 1950 Vinod
DUM BHAR JO UDHAR MUNH FERE AAWARA 1951 Shanker Jaikishan
KAHE NAINO MEIN KAJRA BHARO BADI BAHU 1951 Anil Biswas
PYAR KI RAH PAR KYA BHATKNE KA BADI BAHU 1951 Anil Biswas
EK BAAR AGAR TU KAH DE MALHAR 1951 Roshan
KAHAN HO TUM JARA AAVAZ DO MALHAR 1951 Roshan
BADE ARMANO SE RAKHA HAI BALAM MALHAR 1951 Roshan
SAPNO MEIN AANA CHHED CHHED JANA SHISHAM 1952 Roshan
AAJA RE, AB MERA DIL PUKARA AAH 1953 Shanker Jaikishan
JANE NA NAJAR PEHCHANE JIGAR AAH 1953 Shanker Jaikishan
DEKHO JI DEKHO EK BAR IS TARAF AAS 1953 Shanker Jaikishan
ICHAK DANA BICHAK DANA SHRI 420 1955 Shanker Jaikishan
NIKAL PADEN HAIN KHULI SADAK PAR SHRI 420 1955 Shanker Jaikishan
RAMAIYA VASTA VAIYA,RAMAIYA VASTA SHRI 420 1955 Shanker Jaikishan
JIS DIN SE MELE TUM HUM LALKAR 1956 Sanmukh Babu
YE WADA KARO CHAND KE SAMNE RAJ HATH 1956 Shanker Jaikishan
BADALON KI…DIL HAIN BEQARAR JALTI NISHANI 1957 Anil Biswas
MEENI MEENI CHI CHI,DUNIYA MEN KATHPUTLI 1957 Shanker Jaikishan
KYA SAATH MERA DOGE TUM PYAR SAMUNDAR 1957 Madan Mohan
DIL TADAP TADAP KE KAH RAHA AA MADHUMATI 1958 Salil Chaudary
WOH CHAND CHAMKA VO NUR CHHALKA SON OF SINDBAD 1958 Chitragupta
DIL KI NAJAR SE NAJARO KI DIL SE ANARI 1959 Shanker Jaikishan
WOH CHAND KHILA VO TAARE HANSE ANARI 1959 Shanker Jaikishan
EK RAAT MEIN DO DO CHAND KHILE BARKHA 1959 Chitragupta
TUM CHAL RAHE HO HUM CHAL RAHE DUNIYA NA MANE 1959 Madan Mohan
YE SHAMA YE KHUSI KUCHH BOLO JI GHAR GHAR KE BAAT 1959 Kalyanji Anandji
TUM SE KUCHH KAHNA HAI GUEST HOUSE 1959 Chitragupta
NE BALEYE RUT HAI BAHAR KI KANHAIYA 1959 Shanker Jaikishan
DIL LUTNE WALE JADUGAR AB MADARI 1959 Kalyanji Anandji
ZAMI PE CHANDINI KA NOOR MADARI 1959 Kalyanji Anandji
NAZAR NAZAR SE HO RAHI HAI MAIN NASHE MEIN HUN 1959 Shanker Jaikishan
NAIN DWAAR SE MAN MEIN VO AAKE SAWAN 1959 Hansraj Behl
DUNIYA WALO SE DOOR JALNE WALO UJALA 1959 Shanker Jaikishan
CHANDA RE MORI PATIYA LEJA BANJARIN 1960 Pardesi
TERE MAN MERA MAN MELE PREET CHANDRA MUKHI 1960 S.N. Tripathi
MERE JAAN KUCHH BHI KIJIYE CHHALIA 1960 Kalyanji Anandji
YE VADA KARE HUM JAHAN BHI RAHEN DIL BHI TERA HUM BHI TERE 1960 Kalyanji Anandji
MILTE MILTE MIL HI GAYE DO AADAMI 1960 S.N. Tripathi
AANKHO MEIN RANG KYON AAYA EK PHOOL CHAAR KANTE 1960 Shanker Jaikishan
NAZRON SE AAJ DIL MEIN SAMANE GAMBLER 1960 Chitragupta
MERE KHWABON MEIN KHAYALO MEIN HONEYMOON 1960 Salil Chaudary
AA AB LAUT CHALE,NAIN BICHAYE JIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H. 1960 Shanker Jaikishan
BEGANI SHADI MEIN ABDULLAH JIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H. 1960 Shanker Jaikishan
HAI AAG HAMARE SEENE MEIN JIS DESH MEIN GANGA B..H. 1960 Shanker Jaikishan
CHALO CHALEN DIL LE CHALE JAHAN MISS GOODNIGHT 1960 Hansraj Behl
TERI SOKH NAZAR KA ISARA PATANG 1960 Chitragupta
DILLI HAI DIL HINDUSTAN KA PATANG 1960 Chitragupta
LAGI TUMSE LAGAN SATHI CHHUTE NA SARANGA 1960 Sardar Malik
O BEEN WALE,TEEN SUR TERE BEEN SINHAL DWEEP KI SUNDARI 1960 S.N. Tripathi
THANE KAJALIYA BANA LOON VEER DURGA DAS 1960 S.N. Tripathi
TUM RUTHI RAHO MAIN MANATA AAS KA PANCHHI 1961 Shanker Jaikishan
CHADE CHANDA TO TUM BHI CHALE APLAM CHAPLAM 1961 Chitragupta
DIL SE DIL KI DOOR BANDHE CHHAYA 1961 Salil Chaudary
JAWAN MOHABAT HASIN AANKHON HAMARI YAAD AAYEGI 1961 Snehal Bhatkar
SOCHATA HOON YE KYA KIYA MAINE HAMARI YAAD AAYEGI 1961 Snehal Bhatkar
SUN MORE RASIYA SUN MAN BASIYA MADAN MANJARI 1961 Sardar Malik
MAIN JAANTI HOON TUM JHUTH MEM DIDI 1961 Salil Chaudary
BIKHRA KE JULFE CHAMAN MEIN NA NAZRANA 1961 Ravi Shanker
DEKHO MAUSAM KYA BAHAR HAI OPERA HOUSE 1961 Chitragupta
NA MILTE HUM TO KAHO TUM OPERA HOUSE 1961 Chitragupta
TERI NIGAHON NE HAMEN MAAR DALA PYASE PANCHHI 1961 Kalyanji Anandji
EK MANJIL RAHI DO PHIR PYAR NA SANJOG 1961 Madan Mohan
APNI ULFAT PE ZAMANE KA NA SASURAL 1961 Shanker Jaikishan
NAINO MEIN KYO AAN BASE DO WARRANT 1961 Roshan
O SHAMA MUJHE PHOONK DE MAIN NA AASHIQ 1962 Shanker Jaikishan
MAHTAB TERA CHEHRA KIS KHAWAB AASHIQ 1962 Shanker Jaikishan
IBTDAYE ISQ MAIN HUM SARI RAAT HARIYALI AUR RAASTA 1962 Shanker Jaikishan
LAKHO TARE AASMAN MEIN EK MAGAR HARIYALI AUR RAASTA 1962 Shanker Jaikishan
DOOR BAHUT AABADI SE ISQ KI JHOOLA 1962 Salil Chaudary
MAINE KAHA AJI MAINE KAHA MAA BETA 1962 Hemant Kumar
AJI DEKHO JARA TO KYA MOUSAM MAYA JAAL 1962 S.N. Tripathi
DO ANKHIYAN JHUKI JHUKI SI PREM PATRA 1962 Salil Chaudary
SAINYA CHHOOD DE BAINYA MERI RAKHI 1962 Ravi Shanker
HUM TUM YE KHOI KHOI RAAHEN RUNGOLI 1962 Shanker Jaikishan
MAIN KHUS NASEEB HUN MUJHKO TOWER HOUSE 1962 Ravi Shanker
TUMHARI MAST NAJAR GAR IDHAR DIL HI TO HAI 1963 Roshan
AISA NAHI HOON AJI MAIN AISA MUMMY DADDY 1963 Chitragupta
TUMSE NAZAR KUCHH AISI MILI MUMMY DADDY 1963 Chitragupta
CHORI CHORI JO TUMSE MILI PARAS MANI 1963 Laxmikant Pyarelal
TUJHE CHAAND KAHUN YA PHOOL SUNAHRI NAAGIN 1963 Kalyanji Anandji
JARA SAMBHALNA MERI JAA APNI AAYA TOOFAN 1964 Laxmikant Pyarelal
JUMME KI RAAT HO YA DIN JUMERAAT DULHA DULHAN 1964 Kalyanji Anandji
BANE TO BAN JAAYE JAMANA DUSMAN DULHA DULHAN 1964 Kalyanji Anandji
MUJHE KAHTE HAI KALLU QAWWAL DULHA DULHAN 1964 Kalyanji Anandji
AA TU AA JARA DIL MEIN AA PHOOLON KI SEJ 1964 Adi Narayan Rao
O MERE SANAM,O MERE SANAM DO SANGAM 1964 Shanker Jaikishan
HAR DIL JO PYAR KAREGA VO GANA SANGAM 1964 Shanker Jaikishan
ZINDAGI KA AJAB FASANA HAI CHHOTI CHHOTI BAATEN 1965 Anil Biswas
BAHARON THAM LO AB DIL MERA NAMASTE JI 1965 G.S. Kohli
TUM KAHAN LE CHALE HO SAJAN POONAM KI RAAT 1965 Salil Chaudary
SAPNO MEIN MERE KOI AAYE JAAYE POONAM KI RAAT 1965 Salil Chaudary
HUMSAFAR MERE HUMSAFAR PANKH POORNIMA 1965 Kalyanji Anandji
PYAR KA FASANA BANA LE DIL TEESARA KAUN 1965 R.D. Burman
HUM JI LENGE BIN TUMHARE DILLAGI 1966 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KYUN JHUKI JHUKI HAI PALKEN CHHAILA BABU 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TO TERE AASIQ HAIN SADIYON FARZ 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
BOL GORI BOL TERA KAUN PIYA MILAN 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
SAWAN KA MAHINA PAWAN KARE SHOR MILAN 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TUM YUG YUG SE YE GEET I MILAN 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
HUM TUM YUG YUG SE YE GEET II MILAN 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
MEHBOOB MERE,MEHBOOB MERE TU HAI PATTHAR KE SANAM 1967 Laxmikant Pyarelal
DIL SAMBHALE SAMBHALE SAMBHALTA RAAZ 1967 Kalyanji Anandji
HUM SAFAR AB YE SAFAR KAT JUARI 1968 Kalyanji Anandji
PHOOL TUMHE BHEJA HAI KHAT MEIN SARSWATI CHANDRA 1968 Kalyanji Anandji
HAAY BUJHO BUJHO,VO KAUN HAI VO ANJAANA 1969 Laxmikant Pyarelal
JE HUM TUM CHORI SE BANDHE IK DHARTI KAHE PUKAR KE 1969 Laxmikant Pyarelal
DALENGE RANG DALENGE APNA MERA DOST 1969 Laxmikant Pyarelal
DIL MEIN EJI DIL MEIN KOI MERI BHABHI 1969 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KISI RAAH MEIN KISI MOOD PAR MERE HUM SAFAR 1970 Kalyanji Anandji
KARLE DIL KI BAAT,KARLE DIL KI PEHCHAN 1970 Shanker Jaikishan
RUBI O RUBI JANE MAHBUBI CHAHAT 1971 Laxmikant Pyarelal
MAIN KISE APNA KAHUN,AAJ MERA KOI EK THI REETA 1971 Jaidev
SURAJ SE JO KIRAN KA NATA HANGAMA 1971 R.D. Burman
JHOOM KE GAAYE DIL ZINDAGI HUMSE JAL BIN MACHLI N.B.B. 1971 Laxmikant Pyarelal
BAAT HAI EK BOOND SI DIL KE JAL BIN MACHLI N.B.B. 1971 Laxmikant Pyarelal
AE MERI AANKHO KE PAHLE (HAPPY) MAN MANDIR 1971 Laxmikant Pyarelal
AE MERI AANKHO KE PAHLE (SAD) MAN MANDIR 1971 Laxmikant Pyarelal
TERE HONTHO KE DO PHOOL PYARE PARAS 1971 Kalyanji Anandji
YE RAAKHI BUNDHAN HAI AISA BEIMAAN 1972 Shanker Jaikishan
HO NAINA TERE NAINA BAAT BATATE EK BECHARA 1972 Laxmikant Pyarelal
DO KADAM TUM BHI CHALO DO KADAM EK HASINA DO DIWANE 1972 Kalyanji Anandji
DHERE DHERE BOL KOI SUN NA LE GORA AUR KALA 1972 Laxmikant Pyarelal
EK PYAR KA NUGMA HAI SHOR 1972 Laxmikant Pyarelal
PAANI RE PAANI TERA RANG KAISA SHOR 1972 Laxmikant Pyarelal
AASMA PE CHANDINI KA EK DARIYA RAJA RANI 1973 R.D. Burman
HONI TO HO KE RAHE,ANHONI NA HOY SURAJ AUR CHANDA 1973 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KAHIN KARTI HOGI VO MERA INTZAAR PHIR KAB MILOGI 1974 R.D. Burman
USNE KAHA TU…MAHNGAI MAAR GAYI ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAN 1974 Laxmikant Pyarelal
MAIN NA BHULONGA,MAIN NA BHULONGI ROTI KAPADA AUR MAKAN 1974 Laxmikant Pyarelal
BAAGON MEIN YE KAISE CHUPKE CHUPKE 1975 S.D. Burman
YAAD RAHEGA PYAR KA YE RANGEEN OMAR QAID 1975 Sonik Omi
KAHA AAPKA YAHA…PHOOL AAHISTA PREM KAHANI 1975 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KARM KIYE JA PHAL KI ICCHHA MAT SANYASI 1975 Shanker Jaikishan
CHAL SANYASI MANDIR MEIN SANYASI 1975 Shanker Jaikishan
BALI UMARIYA BHAJAN KARUN KAISE SANYASI 1975 Shanker Jaikishan
SUN BAAL BRUMHACHARI MAIN HOON SANYASI 1975 Shanker Jaikishan
KAHI SAAWAN…BHEEGI BHEEGI HAWA SUNEHRA SANSAR 1975 Naushad
MUJHE DURD RAHTA HAI DUS NUMBARI 1976 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KABHI KABHIE MERE DIL MEIN KABHI KABHIE 1976 Khaiyyam
DEKH KE TUMKO DIL DOLA HAI AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY 1977 Laxmikant Pyarelal
KUCHH AISE BUNDHAN HOTE HAIN FARISHTA YA QATIL 1977 Kalyanji Anandji
PYAR KA BUNDHAN KHOON KA NATA I KHEL KHILARI KA 1977 Kalyanji Anandji
YE NA JAANE LAKIN INKI RUG II KHEL KHILARI KA 1977 Kalyanji Anandji
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