(Part 4) Female Dance Duets

(Public performances other than stage dances)

Welcome to the fourth part of the series of Female Dance Duets. I’ve enjoyed finding out about dances at the Royal Court, Mujra duets and dance duets presented as a stage performance. Throughout the series, some of you have suggested some songs, or more situations and scenarios. AKji from SoY, Dr Rajesh Deshpande were among them.
So by combining their suggestions and other ideas, today I’ve come up with the songs. It’s a coincidence that the majority of the songs on the list are sung by Mangeshkar sisters, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar. This time I compiled the songs, which I already knew. I haven’t searched for the songs this time. It’s my request to readers to come up with befitting songs. So this time, reader’s participation carries equal weightage. Please add songs.

As usual the songs are from the pre-70s films and are in no particular order. So here we go………

1. Dances at Marriage ceremonies / birthdays –
This subset has found a place in a number of films, and I’ve selected the ones that I like. It’s very interesting that the list has soulful, playful, comedy songs as well.

Manbhawan Ke Ghar Jaye Gori – Chori Chori (1956) Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
I had thought of the song for the previous list, though when I watched the song, I decided against it. Though there is an audience, there are no proper stage arrangements. A suitable area of the house is the stage. It appears to be a pre marriage evening and Sai with her sister Subulakshmi dance to it. A well choreographed dance. It’s also one of my favourite Asha-Lata duets.

Agre Se Lala Angreji Dulhan – Dus Lakh (1966) Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / Ravi – Prem Dhawan
A funny comedy song. The marriage ceremony between On Prakash and Manorama is about to begin. The crowd witnesses a dance performance by Helen and Babita. It’s very funny to watch and to listen to. Again there is no conventional stage arrangement, a part of a terrace is made use of as a platform. Though the dance is not great, it’s quite enjoyable.

Hamar Kaha Mano Rajaji – Dulhan ek Raat Ki (1966) Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / Madan Mohan – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Helen and Laxmi Chhaya dancing to the audience gathered for the marriage ceremony of Nutan and Dharmendra. It’s not very popular, overshadowed by other popular solos by Lata Mangeshkar. But its catchy rhythm will surely enchant you.

Aplam Chaplam – Azaad (1955) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishan
After the marriage ceremonies, let’s have a birthday bash. Sai and Subulakshmi dancing in front of an audience on their father’s birthday. The song is very popular and one of the most awaited songs on the list.

2. Dances on streets, squares –
There are dances picturised on the streets or squares. I don’t think the songs are pertaining to any particular situation or scenario. The songs have their own reasons for being a street dance. I’ve a few songs, one of which is a marriage procession song.

Bechain Dil Khoyi Si Nazar – Yahudi (1968) Lata Mangeshkar & Geeta Dutt / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
This is yet another awaited song on the list. Some of the readers have mentioned it in the comments of the earlier posts. But it was to feature on today’s list.
Dilip Kumar escapes his palace through a secret outlet and reaches a crowded square. A group of people has gathered around a magician, who converts wooden dolls or stumps into two beautiful women, Helen and Cuckoo. The pair performs a wonderful dance on an Arabian sounding tune. Excellent dance steps and graceful movements.

Baliye O Baliye – Azaad (1955) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishan
It’s one of the rare occasions when a couple of songs from a single movie feature on the same list. Sai and Subulakshmi again. They perform a dance on a street adjoining Meena Kumari’s house. Perhaps their aim is to enter the house to convey a message to her. The song is quite popular.

Chhodo Chhodo Ji Baiyan Mori – Baradari (1955) Shamshad Begum & Lata Mangeshkar / Nashad – Khumar Barabankavi
Cuckoo and Meenu Mumtaz dancing in a marriage procession. The latter is disguised as a male, who teases the former. Very graceful hand movements and in general a delight to watch. Cuckoo is trying to resist Meenu Mumtaz’s advances but appears to be faux anger.

3. Club Dances –
This subset was suggested by AKji from SoY. Usually most of the club songs are solos, so a duet song wasn’t thought of. But when I reflected, I could instantly come up with a few songs. Let’s have a look….

Huzoor e Wala Jo Ho ljaazat – Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966) Asha Bhosle & Minoo Purushottam / O P Nayyar – Aziz Kashmiri
This was the first song I thought of, for the category. Helen and Madhumati dancing to an intoxicating tune. The song starts with guitar and saxophone, and takes a somewhat slow pace. Usually the club dances are fast paced. The dance steps are fabulous, and well performed. O P Nayyar was so much fascinated with Asha’s voice, he offered no separate lines to Meenu Purushottam. Obviously Madhumati, who received the latter’s playback, had a secondary position in the song.

Kya Ho Phir Jo Din – Nou Do Gyarah (1957) Geeta Dutt & Asha Bhosle / S D Burman – Majrooh
A beautiful song, perfectly rendered by the singers. Helen and Shashikala in a club, Shashikala looking vampish, smoking a cigarette in style, sings a relatively slow paced part, and receives Geeta Dutt’s playback. Young and vivacious Helen, singing the fast paced part, receives Asha Bhosle’s playback. An obvious choice for the list.

Baithe Hai Kya Uske Paas – Jewel Thief (1967) Asha Bhosle & ? Usha Mangeshkar / S D Burman – Majrooh
Helen again, dancing with another dancer. Though it’s technically a duet, the other singer has not been mentioned anywhere. She is perhaps Usha Mangeshkar. The same thing goes for the other dancer. We can’t see her face clearly to identify her. But the comments on YouTube mention her to be very young Anju Mahendru, while others call her Fariyal. The latter does appear in the movie in another dance sequence. The other singer has just a supporting role, she hasn’t got any separate lines. But I remembered the song, so I added it to the list. Can anyone identify or know who the other dancer is?

4. Dances at villain’s den / Dances to distract villain –
This category was suggested by Dr Rajesh Deshpande. It was very interesting to look for the songs, but I restricted myself to the songs I knew. Readers are most welcome to add songs in the interesting category.

Dagabaaz Ho Banke Piya – Burma Road (1962) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / Chitragupt – Majrooh
I express double delight for the song, both Chitragupt and Kumkum are my favourites. And the song is one of my most favourites on the list. Though I haven’t watched the movie, the scenario does appear to fit the category.
Kumkum and Jeevankala try to distract the soldiers, while Ashok Kumar & company manage to finish their job. Kumkum was so lively. And what a beautiful melody with a very catchy dholak rhythm. I’m a huge fan of the song. Enjoy!

Aji Chale Aao – Halaku (1956) Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
The scenario appears similar to the previous song. Helen and Meenu Mumtaz sizzle in the costume and dance gracefully. And while they are dancing and singing, the other members are trying to invade the enemy’s camp. Or so it seems. I haven’t seen the movie. But it looks appropriate for the list.

I’ll end today’s list at this juncture. I already have planned the next part, where I intend to present some of the duets that haven’t featured so far on any of the lists.

Have you thought of a song to add to the list?

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29 Replies to “(Part 4) Female Dance Duets”

  1. Fabulous songs! Just one correction: Huzoor-e-vaala is actually not set in a club, but in a private party at a grand home. And if that qualifies as a separate category, here’s another song that fits the theme. From Bahaaron ke Sapne, Do pal jo teri aankhon se peene ko mile:

    And, from the ‘women dancing in the street’ category, there’s this. Dhadka toh hoga dil zaroor from CID 909:

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    1. Thank you for sharing the songs. Yes, private party song can be taken as a separate category. I had no idea about the Huzoor e Wala song, though I was wondering why there is no audience except the pair, Mumtaz and biswajit.
      I Knew the second song, but wasn’t aware of its picturisation. And as I said, this time I didn’t search for songs. There’s one more part to go, most likely would be published in last week.
      🙂

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  2. Dear Anup ji,

    How about this song from “AMARDEEP” ?

    On second thought, scratch that, since there is only one singer singing alternately for the two dancers. You did say “duets”?

    But a catchy number all the same.

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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  3. Dear Anup ji,

    The images move too fast to make an accurate guess about the other dancer in the “Jewel Thief” song. But if you put it on slow speed (@ 0.25 of normal ), there is no doubt that it is FARIYAL.

    But you need corroboration from others too.

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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  4. Dear Anup ji,

    Apropos the two songs from “AZAAD”. For those not in the know, “Azaad” was a remake of a Tamil Film “MALAIKALLAN” (= thief of the hills) written in the 1930s by Tamil Litterateur V RAMALINGA PILLAI (1888-1972).

    Sometime in 1953, renowned Movie Mogul of the South, SM SRIRAMULU NAIDU read the story, liked it, and decided to make a Movie out of it at his sprawling Studio in Coimbatore. He roped in friend M KARUNANIDHI to adopt the Story for filmmaking and to write the screenplay as also the dialogues. The Film, starring then popular Stars MG RAMACHANDRAN and BHANUMATI was released in July 1954 and became an instant hit. It changed the course of Tamil Cinema and made MGR into a Mega Star.

    The Music by one Subbaiah Naidu was well appreciated and some of the songs were rendered by Bhanumati herself. The teenaged Dancer Cousins SAIEE and SUBBULAXMI were the cynosure of all eyes and people flocked to the theatres to watch their languid movements.


    (O’Ayye O’Amma…..)

    [ Watch the lady who begins singing the song at 0:12 and then again shown in close-up at 0:51 looking up at the window. She was the actress SANDHYA (real name Vedavalli) . Her claim to fame, apart from her acting prowess, is that she was the mother of J JAYALALITHA (real name Komalavalli), whom she pushed into the Film Industry, mainly to keep the home fires burning, but that is another story, common across all “…..Woods”. There was a Tamil Film named “MAYA BAZAR” made in 1957, where both mother and daughter had acted ].

    The Film “MALAIKALLAN” went on to win the National Award for the Best Tamil Feature Film for the year 1954 at the 2nd National Film Awards.

    Boosted by the success of the Movie in Tamil, Sriramulu Naidu decided to re-make the Movie in other languages and did it on a war footing. Within the space of the next 18 months, the Film was remade in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and even Sinhala. The Telugu version had NT RAMA RAO as the Hero and the Hindi version had DILIP KUMAR and MEENA KUMARI essaying the roles played by MGR and BHANUMATI in the Tamil Original. Each version took less than 90 days to be completed and canned.

    While the Music Director for the South Indian Language versions and even the Sinhala version remained Subbaiah Naidu, for the Hindi version “AZAAD”, the Producer had initially signed on Maestro NAUSHAD as the Music Director with the proviso that all 10 songs had to be composed and recorded within 30 days. Naushad was asked to name his price. But he took it as a personal insult to his creative talent and walked off in a huff with words like ” Naidu saab, yeh koi baniye ki dukaan samjhi hai kya aapne? Ek gaana nahi milega aapko tees din main.”

    That’s when Naidu approached the prolific C RAMCHANDRA , who readily accepted and rose to the challenge and even completed the task with days to spare. Needless to add, he was handsomely rewarded by a grateful Producer.

    Here is the Tamil original of “Aplam Chaplam” :

    The discerning eye will note the similarity if not identicality of the sets between the Tamil and the Hindi versions. Sriramulu Naidu was running the venture like a sausage factory and was extremely hard pressed for time. The story and the screenplay as written by Karunanidhi remained unchanged for all the six versions, with just the changes in the languages for the dialogues and the songs.

    So, there you have it , a Film that was associated with 3 Chief Ministers, namely M KARUNANIDHI, MG RAMACHANDRAN , both of Tamil Nadu and NT RAMA RAO of Andhra Pradesh.

    Sorry, Anup ji, I sort of got carried away.

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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    1. Wow!
      That’s quite an interesting information about the movie, Azaad. I wasn’t aware of it at all.
      Thank you for sharing the information. You always add interesting and useful information. You’re a treasure house of information.

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  5. Anup ji,

    Was meaning to contribute to every part, but kept on stalling !

    A less heard Club dance…

    How sweet Dada ji…
    Asha Bhosle, Ranu Mukherjee, SJ.
    SAAZISH, 1975.

    Saira Banu and Helen.

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    1. Pradeepji,
      “Was meaning to contribute to every part, but kept on stalling !”

      you can visit the other parts during Diwali holidays and comment. 😉
      Most Welcome.

      Thanks for adding the song. I wasn’t aware of it.
      Saazish – How Sweet Dadaji

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  6. Anupji, interesting sub categories. How about Chup Chup Khade Ho Zaroor Koi Baat Hain from Badi Bahan (1949), Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
    Music Director Husnlal Bhagatram for the category of street dances. The playback singers are Lata and Premlata. One dancer has the lion’s share. The other one with the harmonium does a jig once in a while. Lovely use of the harmonium by the music director.

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    1. Yes,
      That an interesting duet, though there is no out and out dance performance. Otherwise it’s a wonderful song and lovely use of harmonium.
      I’ve included a similar song in the last part of the series to be published this month end. But one of the singers does a full fledged dance while the other sings and plays an instrument. I think this may suit the last part more.
      🙂

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  7. Dr. Anup,

    Wish you and the blog readers a very HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSEROUS DIWALI and look forward to a safer pandemic-free festival next year!!

    I saw the post last Sunday but could read it fully only yesterday as I had to travel to Pune to complete some pending activities.

    An enjoyable post in the female dance duets series with interesting subsets and complemented with a nice list of appropriate songs.
    I can say, that every follow-up post is a few notches above the previous one.
    .
    Thanks for incorporating and acknowledging my suggestion on one of the topics.

    There are a few post-70s songs for this category which I post in a couple of days. Standard songs, but fitting the theme. Hope it is ok.

    Also, will post some pre-70s songs for other categories.

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    1. Dr Rajesh
      Happy Diwali to you too, and really I pray to have a pandemic free festival next year.
      Thank you for the appreciation. I look forward to your full comment and songs. You can add songs from any period.
      🙂

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  8. Dr. Anup,

    Had a great time watching these songs. Even though, all the songs were familiar, I was catching up with them after a long time – especially my favorites – from Nau Do Gyarah, Azaad, Chori Chori and Yahudi.

    It is interesting to see the Jewel Thief song in the list. One doesn’t remember Baithe Hai kya as a duet. It is usually listed as an Asha solo.
    Even the film titles do not mention a third female singer, besides Lata and Asha.
    I saw and heard the song couple of times to check the second voice and the second actress. Initially, I wondered if it is Asha herself singing differently but it seems to be a second voice. And maybe, you are right, it does sound like Usha Mangeshkar. Possibly, she wasn’t credited as there were no separate lines for her.
    Regarding the actress, she looks like Fariyal in a few shots, but in the long shots, the dancer is thinner and her jaw portion looks different. One can see the difference if compared it with Fariyal’s dance later. Personally, I don’t think she is Fariyal and definitely not Anju Mahendru.
    From the story point of view, Fariyal is shown to meet Dev Anand later and that too in a different city (at Poona station).Compared to Helen and Anju Mahendru, her role is more substantial as she poses to be the wife of Amar, the Jewel Thief.

    Here are some songs that I would like to mention:

    Dances at marriage ceremonies::

    Phoolon Ki Sej 1964
    Aaj Ki Raat Mohabbat Ka Nasha – Lata, Asha

    Pavitra Paapi 1970
    O munni ke Laala haanji naag dans gaya kala – Asha, Usha Khanna

    Chhoti Bahu 1971
    Dulhaniya bata de ri – Asha, Usha

    Club dances:

    Ek Raat 1968
    Aaj ki hasin raat hans ke guzaar – Asha, Usha Khanna

    This song from Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong 1971, is not a typical club song dance but in the film it takes place in the Calcutta club where a fashion show is going on….
    Balam Calcutta pahunch gaye – Asha, Usha

    And will this song fit in the street dances subset?
    Professor 1962
    Ho koi aayega aayega hamare gaon koi aayega – Lata, Asha

    Will come back with some more songs……

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    1. Dr Rajesh,
      Thank you for the appreciation. You have added a lot of songs fitting the theme.
      The last song from Professor is there on the list in the last part. I haven’t taken it as a street song as Kalpana and Parveen Choudhary are not playing dancers in the movie.
      Surprised to see a fat Shyama so early in her career.

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  9. Thanks, Dr. Anup, for your clarification on the Professor song.
    I am awaiting now for the final post on this series. Looks like, it is going to be quite interesting.

    Here are couple of songs that may fit in the street songs category.

    Umeed 1971
    Dil Ko Bachana Babuji – Asha, Usha

    Night club 1958
    Nigahon ka ishara hai – Shamshad, Asha

    And how about these two Lata-Asha duets?

    Rajkumar 1964
    Naach re mann badkamma thumak-thumak badkamma – Lata, Asha

    Shikar 1968
    Jab Se Lagi Tose Najariya – Lata, Asha

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  10. You have excelled and displayed your great skills in carving out this kind of post. I did enjoy all the songs and the head under which they were listed. I generally get songs from my memory and happenstance and they had failed me totally in this instance. Another one of a blandeet mansuete post from your ever busy pen.

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  11. How could you forget a superb song from Bhai Bhai which would fit in the dance in the street category. It is a Madan Mohan classic. Kishore Kumar and Nimmi are playing the role of Kabuli Pathan and his lady love and orchestrate their love in this song before all and sundry.
    Mera naam Abdul Rehman (Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar)

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  12. Some typical songs from the post-70s action era fitting in the subset of dances at villain’s den / distracting the villain:

    Khel Khiladi Ka 1977
    Dekhenge khel khiladi ka – Lata, Asha

    Alibaba aur 40 Chor 1980
    Saare shahar mein ek haseen hai – Lata, Asha

    Joshilaay 1989
    Dhak dhak jiya kare – Asha, Usha

    Loha 1987
    Saat taalon mein rakh – Anuradha, Kavita

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