20 Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs that will get your feet tapping

Laxmikant-Pyarelal

It’s been 22 years since Laxmikant Kudalkar passed away. Narendra Kusnur picks 20 songs of the music director duo of Laxmi-Pyare. Enjoy!

It’s been 22 years since music director Laxmikant Kudalkar passed away (he died on May 25, 1998 at age 60). One half of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, he was known for his immaculate sense of melody and his understanding of the pulse of the masses.

As a duo, Laxmikant-Pyarelal had numerous hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and though they arrived slightly later, their career ran almost in parallel with R D Burman and Kalyanji-Anandji. Interestingly, a large chunk of their major hits was written by Anand Bakshi, with Lata Mangeshkar singing most female songs.

Shortlisting 20 Laxmikant-Pyarelal (or L-P or Laxmi-Pyare, as they were popular called) songs isn’t an easy task. But we chose some iconic and popular ones, without repeating a film. Quite a few favourites didn’t make it (including songs from Do Raaste, Sargam and Khalnayak), but that’s the enormity of their work.

 

1 Woh Jab Yaad Aaye – Parasmani (1963):

In Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s first film together, Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar sing this nostalgic duet penned by Asad Bhopali.

 

2 Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi – Mr X In Bombay (1964):

A big hit for Kishore Kumar, penned by Anand Bakshi.

 

3 Chahoonga Main Tujhe – Dosti (1965):

Another feather in Rafi’s cap, this was beautifully expressed by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

 

4 Suno Sajna – Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966):

A beauty sung by Mangeshkar, this one has been written by Bakshi and makes wonderful use of sitar, santoor and bansuri.

 

5 Saawan ka Mahina – Milan (1967):

A huge hit in its time, this was aired on Doordarshan for years. Mukesh and Mangeshkar sing Bakshi’s words, filmed on Sunil Dutt and Nutan. The song opening is legendary.

 

6 Baar Baar Yeh Din Aaye – Farz (1967):

A trademark birthday song sung by Rafi and written by Bakshi.

 

7 Chalkaye Jaam – Mere Humdum Mere Dost (1968):

Rafi sings this number that became an evergreen favourite at bars and cocktail parties. Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

 

8 Aa Jaane Jaan – Inteqaam (1969):

The first time Mangeshkar sung a cabaret number, the Rajendra Krishan song is known for his vibrant, flashy orchestration.

 

9 Jhilmil Sitaron Ka – Jeevan Mrityu (1970):

A romantic duet on dreams and hope sung by Rafi and Mangeshkar, and penned by Bakshi.

 

10 Ek Pyar Ka Naghma – Shor (1972):

Picturised on Manoj Kumar and Nanda, this classic was written by Santosh Anand, and sung by Mangeshkar and Mukesh.

 

11 Mere Dil Mein Aaj – Daag (1973):

Another hit for Kishore, this beautiful love song was penned by Bakshi and filmed on Rajesh Khanna.

 

12 Main Shayar Toh Nahin – Bobby (1973):

Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Bakshi combine again, on this song rendered by Shailendra Singh and picturised on Rishi Kapoor.

 

13 Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai – Dost (1974):

This Kishore song was a huge radio favourite. Penned by Bakshi again, it attained cult status.

 

14 Ruk Jaana Nahin – Imtihaan (1974):

An all-time favourite Kishore song, this talks of eternal hope and self-belief. Lyrics by Sultanpuri.

 

15 Parda Hai Parda – Amar Akbar Anthony (1977):

Rafi sings this iconic qawwali-based number picturised on Rishi Kapoor and penned by Bakshi.

 

16 Satyam Shivam Sundaram – Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978):

Penned by Pt Narendra Sharma, this classic by Mangeshkar is one of their biggest hits. Zeenat Aman appears on screen.

 

17 Dard-e-Dil – Karz (1980):

Rafi sings this gem picturised on Rishi Kapoor and written by Bakshi.

 

18 Hum Bane Tum Bane – Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981):

Southern singing star S P Balasubramanyam sings for Kamal Hassan, and Mangeshkar for Rati Agnihotri. Words by Bakshi.

 

19 Lambi Judaai – Hero (1983):

Pakistani singer Reshma did a fantastic job on this song written by Bakshi.

 

20 Ek Do Teen – Tezaab (1988):

One can never forget the scene of Madhuri Dixit dancing to this song, sung by Alka Yagnik and written by Javed Akhtar.

About Narendra Kusnur

Narendra Kusnur is one of India’s best known music journalists. Born with a musical spoon, so to speak, Naren, who dubs himself Kaansen, is a late bloomer in music criticism. He was (is!) an aficionado first, and then strayed into writing on music. But in the last two decades, he has made up for most of what he didn’t do earlier.

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2 Comments on “20 Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs that will get your feet tapping”

  1. Dear Narendra kusur hats of to you that the all songs of laxmikant and pyarelalji r obvious to hear again and again may God bless with almighty to hear another hits songs at the earliest

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