I started the series of yearly reviews of Lata Mangeshkar’s Hindi film songs on 6th February 2022. Today as we commemorate her second death anniversary, I’m presenting the next part in the series.
Before I proceed let me once again add that all the standard books on Hindi films mention the film with the year of getting censor certification. The movie may not have been released in the same year.
So far I’ve covered till 1960. Lata Mangeshkar started her career in 1947 with the film, ‘Aap Ki Seva Mein’, under the baton of composer Datta Davjekar. What an apt name to start the career! And she had completed almost 13 years in the Hindi film industry by the time the decade of the 60s started. She was still at the top, though Asha Bhosle was a strong competitor. Geeta Dutt was almost out of the mainstream Hindi cinema by the beginning of the 60s. Shamshad Begum also had a similar scenario. Suman Kalyanpur was a rising playback singer and somehow confined to B grade films. She wasn’t yet the chosen voice for the first rung composers of Hindi cinema.
Lata Mangeshkar’s voice wasn’t now a very thin voice, as it was in the late 40s or the early 50s. It was still fresh and sweet, though with just a slight touch of straining at the high notes. But I think that’s because of the normal change in the voice over the years and that too of a playback singer recording songs continuously for over a decade.
She wasn’t yet singing for S D Burman, though the opening year of the 60s saw her singing again for C Ramchandra.
Lata Mangeshkar sang for V Shantaram’s film, Stree under the baton of C Ramchandra. But she sang on her own terms. According to Manek Premchand’s book ‘Yesterday’s melodies tomorrow’s memories’, her main term was that Ramchandra shouldn’t attend the recording sessions or directly face her. The recordings were conducted by Datta Davjekar, who was Ramchandra’s close friend, along with Sudhir Phadke.
Let the story be true or false, the result was phenomenal! Lata’s beautiful voice with C Ramchandra’s attractive tunes and pure Hindi lyrics by Bharat Vyas. C Ramchandra could again create popular melodies when Lata Mangeshkar was back.
For 1961, Lata Mangeshkar sang 158 songs for 45 Hindi films, including 88 solos and 70 other songs.
Before we go to the composers table, let me put highlights of it.
Chitragupt was again, 4th time in a row, the composer to record her songs for the maximum number of Hindi films in 1961. From 1958 onwards, he had 7 to 8 films with Lata Mangeshkar with a lot of honey dipped melodies to cherish. A proud moment for a Chitragupt fan like me!
R D Burman started his innings with Mehmood’s Home production, Chhote Nawab (again quite an apt name to open the innings) and though Lata Mangeshkar wasn’t singing for his father, he had Lata Mangeshkar singing for his first venture in Hindi films.
Let’s have a look at the table
Numbers in the bracket indicate number of songs for that composer in that year
*Dilip Dholakia composed for a couple of films for Lata Mangeshkar in 1961. The first film, Saugandh had five songs by Lata Mangeshkar and it was a dubbed movie. The second film, Teen Ustad had only one solo by Lata Mangeshkar, but the songs are not available on the internet at present. And the song had only the film version, no audio was released.
**The songs include the duet version of Teri Zulfon Se Judai from Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, which is present only in the film track. If we consider the couplets recited by Asha Parekh as a part of the song, it’s a duet. Audio version is of course a Rafi solo.
Now, let’s have a look at the table of duets with male playback singers.
With female playback singers
As far as the other songs are concerned,
A trio for Sapan Suhane (it’s on the list as well), a trio for Pyar Ki Pyas and a song with four co-singers for Pyar Ki Pyas again.
Let’s start the melodious journey without a further ado,
1. Chitragupt –
Lata Mangeshkar sang for 8 films in 1961 for Chitragupt. And I have one song from each film. Let the films be the so-called B grade or low budget or whatever! Just listen to the pure magic Chitragupt creates with Lata Mangeshkar. It was indeed very difficult for me to choose just one song, as most of the films had at least two or three of my favourites. Now I can see that I’ve chosen more of duets than solos for this segment.
Dil Ne Kuchh Aise Pukara – Hum Matwale Naujawan (1961) with Chorus / Chitragupt – Majrooh
What a beautiful melody! It’s a pity that such a gem is not well known due to commercial failure of the film. The sweetness of the tune and of Lata’s voice is unparalleled.
Teri Duniya Se Door – Zabak (1961) with Rafi / Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan
Zabak was a costume drama featuring Shyama and Mahipal. The song is still very popular and surely deserves to be! It’s one of the most popular duets by Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi. The tune is somewhat similar to Laagi Chhute Na Ab To Sanam from Kali Topi Laal Rumal.
The film is actually full of good songs, Lata’s solo, Jane Kaisa Chhane Laga is a typically sweet Chitragupt melody, though not very popular.
Daal Bhi De Zulfon Ki Chhao – Ramu Dada (1961) with Rafi / Chitragupt – Majrooh
Chitragupt though was somewhat confined to B grade films, his creativity was always at the top. In an evidently B grade movie, look at the extremely sweet melody. I’m very fond of this song and many times listen to it in loop. The lyrics of the song were later changed to, Daal Bhi De Palkon Ki Chhaon, and a few more changes in the antara, though it was picturised with the original lyrics. There was a problem with mixing/ dubbing the audio, so the video song goes out of sync at many places. So I preferred to add the original audio song. The song is picturised on Salim Khan, who looks very handsome and Jaimala.
A few other songs of the movie are also my favourite, including the infectious Kamal Barot solo, Suna Hai Jab Se Mausam.
Baghon Mein Khilte Hain Phool – Suhag Sindoor (1961) with Talat Mahmood / Chitragupt – Rajendra Krishan
I won’t say I have many favourites from the movie, but this soft, romantic melody is nevertheless one of Lata’s best duets with Talat Mahmood for me. I’m sure there would be many readers liking the song.
Zara Sambhaliye Adayein Aap Ki – Bada Aadmi (1961) with Mahendra Kapoor / Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan
The song is picturised on Subbiraj Kakkar and Vijaya Choudhary. Though the film has solos by Rafi, the duets are offered to Mahendra Kapoor. And these are the only two songs of Lata Mangeshkar for the movie. Yet another romantic melody.
Sona Na Sitaron Ka Hai Kehna – Opera House (1961) / Chitragupt – Majrooh
This is one of the movies where Lata Mangeshkar was a part of all the songs of the movie. And it was indeed difficult to choose a song for today’s list. Finally I realised that I had enough duets on the list, and decided to keep the wonderful, Dekho Mausam Kya Bahar Hai out of the list. This fast paced, captivating melody is very close to my heart. It’s so beautifully crafted. The interludes, other orchestration is just perfect!
Baat Chalat Thak Thak Gaye Naina – Tel Malish Boot Polish (1961) with Manna Dey / Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan
It was beyond doubt that this wonderful semi classical song would feature on today’s list. Kumkum dances and sings the song with Chandrashekar in disguise. Excellent rendition by the singers. This film also has a number of other popular songs.
Subah Hoti Hai Sham Hoti Hai – Aplam Chaplam (1961) / Chitragupt – Prem Dhawan
This beautiful song has a mesmerizing touch! It was difficult for me to capture the exact mood in the song. It seems the lady is reminiscing about her childhood and is hopeful about her future with her beloved. I think the song also has a touch of melancholy and repentance as well. The song has mood changes and Lata Mangeshkar manages it wonderfully. A very different composition than Chitragupt’s usual style!
2. Shankar Jaikishan –
Out of the 7 films Lata Mangeshkar sang for him in 1961, I’ve selected five songs from five different films. And I again found myself choosing duets.
Tum Roothi Raho Main Manata Rahoon – Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) with Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
What a sweet melody! Shankar Jaikishan were absolutely magical in the song. What a perfect expression of love! I used to listen to this song since childhood and the song is etched on my mind. I won’t ever forget it including the interlude pieces.
Kashmir Ki Kali Hoon Main – Junglee (1961) / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
In addition to Lata’s mischievous expressions, I loved the facial expressions of Shammi Kapoor. Too cute! And how Saira Banu manages to tease him! Just perfect!
Yeh Aankhen Uff Yumma – Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961) with Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
I love both the duets by Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi sung for this movie. Though Nazar Mere Dil Ke Paar is also good, I couldn’t choose it over these popular duets. So ultimately I chose one of the duets. Both the duets can be taken as their bests.
Ek Sawal Main Karoon – Sasural (1961) with Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
A stage performance by Rajendra Kumar and B Saroja Devi. A very popular song!
I noticed one thing while going through the songs of 1961, the majority of the films are remembered for Rafi solos and Lata-Rafi duets. It seems as if till 1960, Lata Mangeshkar was the main focus for Shankar Jaikishan and slowly it shifted to Rafi with the beginning of the 60s. I don’t know if you share this observation or not!
Tu Roop Ki Rani – Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1961) with Talat Mahmood / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
We are used to listening to soft and soothing songs in Talat Mahmood’s silken voice. This is a bit fast paced song, but excellently sung by both Lata Mangeshkar and Talat. Absolutely magical!
3. Salil Chowdhury –
Lata Mangeshkar sang for 5 films under the baton of Salil Chowdhury. Of these films, Chhaya and Maaya are very popular, while Mem Didi, though it had good songs, was underrated. I don’t have a particular favourite from Char Diwari, so I gave it a skip.
Itna Na Mujhse Tu – Chhaya (1961) with Talat Mahmood / Salil Chowdhury – Rajendra Krishan
A very interesting situation in the song where Sunil Dutt meets Asha Parekh only on the condition that they won’t face each other. After meeting they sing one of his poems and a beautiful poem that turns out to be! Absolutely marvelous song! One of my great favourites!
Ja Re Ja Re Udd Ja Re Panchhi – Maaya (1961) / Salil Chowdhury – Majrooh
The film had the soulful, Ae Dil Kahan Teri Manzil and the romantic, Tasveer Teri Dil Mein as well, but I chose this beautiful song that would melt your heart. The feeling of helplessness and futility are very well conveyed by Lata Mangeshkar.
Main Janti Hoon Tum Jhooth – Mem Didi (1961) with Mukesh / Salil Chowdhury – Shailendra
While I was tempted to add one of the four solos by Lata Mangeshkar, the innocence in this duet urged me to add it. A very young Tanuja looks like her younger daughter, Tanisha Mukherjee. The song is picturised on Tanuja and Keysi Mehra. Mem Didi is also one of the films where Lata Mangeshkar is a part of all the songs of the movie.
Naam Mera Nimmo – Sapan Suhane (1961) with Manna Dey & Dwijen Mukherjee / Salil Chowdhury – Shailendra
One of my favourite trios from Hindi films. What a peppy and energetic song it is! If I remember correctly the film version has slightly changed lyrics. ‘Yoon Hi Tu Mat Lalchana’ is replaced by ‘Yoon Hi Hai Mera Thikana’. If you watch the video carefully, you will come to know.
4. S N Tripathi –
Lata Mangeshkar sang for five films under his baton in 1961 with a total of 13 songs. I’ve added songs from three movies.
O Pawan Vegse Udanewale Ghode – Jai Chitod (1961) / S N Tripathi – Bharat Vyas
A combination of great melody, Lata Mangeshkar’s voice and pure Hindi lyrics! Forget if it belongs to a historical film. Lata Mangeshkar had a couple of solos in the movie, and the other solo, Saanjh Ho Gayi Prabhu is equally good.
Man Ki Gagaria Mein Tu Chamka – Piya Milan Ki Aas (1961) with Rafi / S N Tripathi – Bharat Vyas
I was going to add her solo, but remembered about this soulful melody picturised on Ameeta and Manoj Kumar. The film is one of the few socials Tripathi composed for and for me he was equally good in this too.
Chand Dhalne Laga – Amrit Manthan (1961) / S N Tripathi – B D Mishra
This is the only song by Lata Mangeshkar for the movie. But what a great melody! Just listen to the soothing soft rendition. The film was again a mythological one and Tripathi directed it too.
5. Vasant Desai –
Vasant Desai had a couple of films with Lata Mangeshkar in 1961, one mythological and one social, with a total of 14 songs. And of course I have one song each from both the films.
Badalon Barso Nayan Ki Kor Se – Sampoorna Ramayan (1961) / Vasant Desai – Bharat Vyas
I like a couple of solos by Lata Mangeshkar from this movie. While the other solo, San Sanan Sanan Sanan is very good too, I added the one which I like more. And there are very few songs that compare the eyes to a moon.
Chanda Dhale Pankha Jhale – Pyar Ki Pyas (1961) / Vasant Desai – Bharat Vyas
The song is like a theme song and it appears thrice in the movie. One version is by Geeta Dutt while the other two by Lata Mangeshkar. The added video has the latter. It’s very difficult to watch an innocent child like Honey Irani in distress.
6. Madan Mohan –
Lata Mangeshkar had seven songs for Madan Mohan in a couple of films. I chose only one of the films, with three solos and a duet by Lata Mangeshkar. The song has a beautiful prelude that creates a perfect aura of a lonely night and what beautiful expressions by Lata Mangeshkar.
Badali Se Nikla Hai Chand – Sanjog (1961) / Madan Mohan – Rajendra Krishan
7. Kalyanji Anandji –
For 1961, the duo had only 4 songs in a couple of films. I don’t have a favourite from Pyase Panchhi, but though Lata Mangeshkar had just one song in Passport, it’s my all time favourite and I have added it.
Saaz e Dil Chhed De – Passport (1961) with Rafi / Kalyanji Anandji – Faruq Kaiser
One of the most romantic songs of Hindi cinema. Surely one of their best duets.
8. Naushad –
The choosy composer Naushad had just one film with Lata Mangeshkar with four songs.
Dhoondho Dhoondho Re Sajna – Ganga Jumna (1961) / Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
A delightfully bright and joyous song from the movie. Very difficult to sing, though that doesn’t sound like one! I think Mohammad Shafi was Naushad’s assistant for this movie and the former has allegedly tuned the song.
9. Sudhir Phadke –
Sudhir Phadke is mainly remembered for this Meena Kumari starrer Hindi film, though actually it was last Hindi film. The film had 4 songs by Lata Mangeshkar and the obvious choice is,
Jyoti Kalash Chhalke – Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan (1961) / Sudhir Phadke – Pandit Narendra Sharma
Pure Hindi lyrics, with an excellent tune and most distinguished rendition by Lata Mangeshkar. For me it’s one of Lata Mangeshkar’s best Hindi film songs. A blissful experience to listen to the song in the early morning. Glad to get a good audio-visual track by Javed Raja.
10. C Ramchandra –
I’ve already added the story behind Lata Mangeshkar singing again for C Ramchandra. She sang five songs for the movie including a splendid duet with Mahendra Kapoor. But for today’s list my obvious choice was,
O Nirdayi Preetam – Stree (1961) / C Ramchandra – Bharat Vyas
The song portrays a faux anger displayed by Shakuntala to Dushyant. A very impressive and pure Hindi lyrics by Bharat Vyas woven in an equally fascinating tune by Chitalkar. With this film, Lata Mangeshkar made a melodious comeback in C Ramchandra’s musical team. Alas! It didn’t last long.
11. R D Burman –
I’ve added about R D Burman as well in the write up already. Lata Mangeshkar sang 5 songs including 3 duets with Rafi for the movie. Her very first song under Pancham da’s baton was this beautiful semiclassical mujra picturised on Sheila Vaz. Enjoy the song. Here’s the link for the full song with 3 stanzas.
Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra – Chhote Nawab (1961) / R D Burman – Shailendra
12. Snehal Bhatkar –
Lata Mangeshkar sang a couple of duets with Mukesh for the movie. But later she wasn’t available for recordings and it’s a well known fact that it culminated in Mubarak Begum singing her career best song for the movie.
Sochta Hoon Yeh Kya Kiya Maine – Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961) with Mukesh / Snehal Bhatkar – Kidar Sharma
The song has a very informal language and that makes it more playful. A good song to listen to after a stressful day.
13. Khayyam –
This was Lata Mangeshkar’s only song for Khayyam in the year. But the song is extremely popular and is often included in their best duets list. The song has almost become an identity of the film.
Jeet Hi Lenge Baazi – Shola Aur Shabnam (1961) with Rafi / Khayyam – Sahir
14. Roshan –
Roshan had just a couple of songs with Lata Mangeshkar for the film Warrant. The songs include one of the earlier songs by Anand Bakshi, which is a Mujra sung by Lata Mangeshkar. For today’s list however I’ve added her duet with Mukesh.
Naino Mein Kyun Aan Base – Warrant (1961) with Mukesh / Roshan – Prem Dhawan
Very sweet song with Tonga rhythm.
15. Jaidev –
Though Lata Mangeshkar wasn’t singing for S D Burman, she sang for Jaidev in Hum Dono. It could be on Dev Anand’s insistence, but the result was phenomenal. Both the devotional songs were solos by Lata Mangeshkar and are close to my heart.
Prabhu Tero Naam – Hum Dono (1961) / Jaidev – Sahir
Nothing is equally blissful on the earth than listening to the bhajan.
16. Ravi –
Ravi also had Lata Mangeshkar singing for just one film in 1961 with a total of 4 songs. Though there were 3 solos as well, I found myself adding this popular duet from the movie.
Bikhra Ke Zulfen Chaman Mein Na Jana – Nazrana (1961) with Mukesh / Ravi – Rajendra Krishan
The song is picturised on Raj Kapoor and Vyjayantimala. One of the well known romantic duets of Hindi cinema. Again it’s one of the songs that I am used to listening to for many years.
I end my list here. I’ve presented 30+ songs including solos, duets and trios.
Please add your personal favourites by Lata Mangeshkar from 1961.
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