Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lata Mangeshkar Songs With Less Famous Composers - Part 2

In a previous post I had talked about some songs Lata Mangeshkar has sung for relatively less famous music director. In continuation of that post, I present to you a few more music directors.


Sardar Malik – Anu Malik's father did not meet with much success. In one of his early films, Thokar, he had some nice compositions, but if at all he's known today it's because of his compositions in Saranga. Ironically, he did not get much work after Saranga and virtually disappeared into obscurity. One of his songs for Lata Mangeshkar in the 1954 film Chor Bazar makes one wonder why someone who could create such an evocative melody did not get enough work.

Huyi Ye Humse Nadani (Chor Bazar, 1954, Shakeel Badayuni)


Datta Naik– N. Datta worked as Sachin Dev Burman's assistant before he turned into an independent composer in 1955. His very first film as a music director – Milap – had a lovely Lata melody – Ye Baharon Ka Sama. He did limited work with Lata Mangeshkar, but their collaboration almost always resulted in great compositions. Just as an example, listen to this song from Black Cat.

Sitare Rah Takte Hain (Black Cat, 1959, Jaan Nisar Akhtar)


Sudhir Phadke – Strictly speaking, Sudhir Phadke cannot be categorized as a "less famous" composer, as he was quite a name in the Marathi music industry. However, his output in Hindi films was limited. Most of his compositions for Lata were based on classical music, the most famous being Jyoti Kalash Chhalke from Bhabhi Ki Choodiyan. Here are two of my favourite Sudhir Phadke creations for Lata:

Lau Lagati Geet Gaati (Bhabhi Ki Choodiyan, 1961, Pt. Narendra Sharma)


Baandh Preet Phool Dor (Malti Madhav, 1951, Pt. Narendra Sharma)


Iqbal Qureishi – I have to admit that I don't know much about Iqbal Qureishi, except for some of his compositions. Lata Mangeshkar sang around 8 songs under his baton. The first time I heard Itna Na Sata from Bindiya (1960), I absolutely fell in love with the song.

Itna Na Sata (Bindiya, 1960, Rajendra Krishan)


Another interesting Iqbal Qureishi composition is a Lata-Rafi duet from Banarasi ThugAaj Mausam Ki Masti Mein, which was reproduced by him note for note a few years later in a Rafi-Asha duet from the film Cha Cha ChaEk Chameli Ke Mandwe Tale.