(Part 2) Lata – Non Film Songs

Welcome to the second part of the series dedicated to non-film songs (NFS) by Lata Mangeshkar.
Last part had songs till 1965. Today I will take up the next 10 years, up to 1975. It was a sort of an era of transition. Shankar Jaikishan were slowly losing their magic, Kalyanji Anandji had few hits too. Laxmikant Pyarelal scored their first century with Parasmani and Lata Mangeshkar supported the duo throughout. In short the veteran composers had their heyday in the 50s and slowly a newer generation of composers rose to the horizon. With the beginning of the new decade, the majority of the stalwarts were on the backfoot, with a fresh team of composers taking up the job. Of course this is about the film songs.

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Lata Mangeshkar still managed to record NFS throughout the period. Even with the beginning of a new decade in the post 70s era, she was equally busy with film songs. Today’s part mainly consists of Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Jaidev and K Mahaveer.
She sang for her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, who set to tune Meerabai bhajans. Before she released the album, Chala Vahi Des in 1974, a few of Meerabai bhajans were released in 1968. I’ve chosen a couple of bhajans. Let me open today’s post with Meerabai bhajans.

1. Sanwara Re Mhari Preet (1968) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Meerabai
A divine experience listening to Meerabai bhajans sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song is full of flute pieces in the interludes and it also follows the singer’s voice in the verses.

2. Mhara Re Giridhar Gopal (1968) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Meerabai
Another beautifully composed bhajan, full of peace and relaxation. This bhajan also has good flute pieces throughout.

Before we listen to a couple of Ghalib ghazals, let’s experience a beautiful song depicting the beauty of nature.

3. Ghiri Ghatayen Aasman Par (1969) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Sumitra Lahiri
The song starts with enchanting Santoor pieces that create the exact mood of the monsoon and again wonderfully played flute pieces add to the beauty. To top it all, what beautiful lyrics! A complete package. I couldn’t get any information about Sumitra Lahiri.

Lata Mangeshkar sang a few Ghalib ghazals under the baton of Hridaynath Mangeshkar. I think a total of 9 or 10 songs were recorded. Though now we do appreciate the beautiful rendition, it wasn’t much appreciated at the release. The ghazal boom that started in the 80s came too late for this album. I’ve selected a couple of songs from the album. Those who are well acquainted with Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s style of composing won’t be surprised with the difficult way of singing.

4. Rone Se Aur Ishq Mein (1969) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Mirza Ghalib
Sung very brilliantly and composed wonderfully, the song is adorned with enchanting Sarangi pieces in the prelude and interludes. I had to search the majority of the words to understand the ghazal. Gosh! Was an exercise! The tune of the song is somewhat similar to a song from Lekin.

5. Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi (1969) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Mirza Ghalib
Another captivating ghazal. In contrast to the earlier song, where the Sarangi pieces are brighter, this one has Sarangi pieces that underline the pain and distress in the song. As I’m used to listening to G M Durrani’s rendition, I am familiar with this one. So I could decipher the meaning. Hridaynath Mangeshkar has composed it in his own style, indeed every singer who has sung this ghazal and every composer who set it to tune, must have had his own perspective of the ghazal.

Now, I’ll share a couple of songs composed by Jaidev. Jaidev couldn’t get the due he deserved. He always stuck to melody and composed ace songs, though his songs couldn’t be popular in general. I must confess that I wasn’t aware of these songs and heard these songs for the first time while compiling the list.

6. Satyamev Jayate (1971) with Chorus / Jaidev – Uddhav Kumar
A very beautiful song, which was actually based on one of Jaidev’s songs he composed for a Kannada movie, Kalpavriksha. The song is backed by a chorus and the tune is very pleasing. It’s a motivational song.

7. Jo Samar Mein Ho Gaye Amar (1971) / Jaidev – Pandit Narendra Sharma
It seems both these songs were released on a single EP record in 1971 after the Bangladesh war. A heart touching rendition by Lata Mangeshkar. Another version of the song, sung much later, is also available, though the original one leaves a deep impact.

Next couple of songs are composed by K Mahaveer. I had included a couple of songs in my series on Lata’s association with lesser known composers. He was an ace musician from Rajasthan, who didn’t get opportunities in films. But a few of his non-film songs are available on the net and most of the songs are still appreciated by music lovers. Four of his songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar are available and are considered among one of her finest songs. A couple of songs were on my earlier list. Here are the remaining two.

8. Aehd E Gham Mein Bhi (1973) / K Mahaveer – Khailis Dehlavi
One of the wonderful non-film ghazals sung by Lata Mangeshkar. It’s very melodious and worth listening to repeatedly.

9. Sanjh Bhai Ghar Aaja (1973) / K Mahaveer – Abhilash
A song describing feelings of a lady away from her beloved. Beautifully rendered and composed. K Mahaveer indeed had the potential to compose impressive tunes.

In addition to the earlier Meerabai bhajans, a set of 15+ songs were released under the name, Chala Vahi Des. Though the album has 20+ songs, a few of the older songs seem to have been included in it. It was difficult to choose, but I finally went for a couple of songs. I think the choice would appear too obvious.

10. Ud Ja Re Kaga – Chala Vahi Des (1974) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Meerabai
Though the song is a bit slow paced, I like it. It depicts the pain of separation in a haunted way. Wonderfully sung of course.

11. Chala Vahi Des – Chala Vahi Des (1974) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Meerabai
A good song. The song tugs at patriotism and inspires you to go to your own country. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing an orange saree or saffron colored clothes.

And, to end today’s part, let me present a special song.
Shiv Kalyan Raja (शिवकल्याण राजा) was actually a Marathi album composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar with songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. It was actually a collection of songs by different poets and saints. In addition to Sant Ramdas and स्वातंत्र्यवीर सावरकर, a couple of songs by one of the stalwarts of Marathi literature, वि वा शिरवाडकर (कुसुमाग्रज), were also included in it. A couple of songs were in Hindi, hence I included one of the songs here on today’s list.

12. Kund Kaha Paya Vrind Kaha – Shiv Kalyan Raja (1974) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Kavi Bhushan
Kavi Bhushan was originally with Chhatrasal, the king of Bundelkhand. He was originally from Uttar Pradesh and his elder brothers were poets too. Kavi Bhushan was a name given to him and wasn’t his original name. He met Shivaji Maharaj in Agra and later moved to Maharashtra in the 1670s in Shivaji Maharaj’s court. A couple of his poems were included in the album.

Before I sign off, I want to thank Dr Ravindra Shrikhande for helping me in this post as well. I appreciate his efforts in finding every possible detail of a song and providing me with the information.

Would you add a song keeping in mind the timeline?

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Mehfil Mein Meri, claims no credit for any image, screenshots or songs posted on this site. Images on this blog are posted to make the text interesting. The images and screenshots are the copyright of their original owners. The song links are shared from YouTube, only for the listening convenience of music lovers. The copyright of these songs rests with the respective owners, producers and music companies.

16 Replies to “(Part 2) Lata – Non Film Songs”

  1. In 1973 a producer named Ramesh Khosla was making a film, but the production was shelved due to his death. Jaidev had recorded few songs of Lata ,Asha and Mukesh for that film. After a long long time, Robin Khosla, son of Ramesh, wrote a story line on Kashmir issue for a film called ‘Chand Grahan’, and accommodated those unreleased songs in the film. We do not know whether the film on that sensitive subject was ever made, or passed by the censor board and if it ever released. But in 1997 the music album of this movie was finally released. It was 21 years after the demise of Mukesh and 10 years after the death of Jaidev, that these melodious songs saw the light of the day. 
    Two solo songs by Lata composed by Jaidev Verma in this album,I consider, are valid for this blog and the selected period. We can enjoy both the songs instead of getting into the controversy whether to label them film or Nonfilm songs. All songs from this album could have become popular, provided cassettes were properly marketed or broadcasted on radio. Hence I take this opportunity to post here both the songs by Lata Mangeshkar.

    This is Meerabai’s bhajan

    Another one written by Kaifi Azmi

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    1. Thank you Ravindra ji for helping me shape the article.
      I was aware of Piya Se Milan Ko from Aandolan by Asha Bhosle. But the songs from Chand Grahan were not known to me. Thank you for adding the songs. But I don’t know if such songs from unreleased films could be called non-film. They form a separate category.
      But the songs are very good.
      🙂

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  2. Story with Pakeezah 1972 songs is slightly different. All four solo songs and a duet by Lata in the film are superhit even today. Twenty songs were recorded for this film. Only eleven could find place in the film,records,cassettes and CDs. Remaining nine songs had four solo songs by Lata. All these nine songs are available only in special compilation released as Rang Barang. They were never broadcasted,hence did not get advantage of film songs or NFS. I don’t find better place than this blog to post these four gem songs by Lata.

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    1. Except the third song mentioned above (which was there on one of my previous lists), I hadn’t heard the other songs.
      But as you say, let’s keep aside whether to call those non-film or not.
      These songs recorded for a film but not included in it also form a good topic. Isn’t it?
      Let me see.

      🙂

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  3. Anup ji

    As always beautiful songs selection. Kudos.
    Thanks to Ravindra ji,too. I had heard CHAND GRAHAN songs, but not PAKEEZAH’s.

    KALPAVRIKSHA was the only Kannada movie for which Jaidev scored music. The original song by Manna Dey, Krishna Kalle and Ambar Kumar with lyrics by KuRaSee is even better than Lata ‘s.

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  4. There were some recorded songs from films that remained incomplete – films that were shelved for various reasons. And thus these songs, though recorded by Madanmohan in his lifetime, remained unheard and unused.

    Soon after his demise, some of these songs were released on an album, A TREASURE REVEALED, for limited circulation, and some of his ardent fans may have heard a few of them.

    TERE BAGAIR features 15 such rare treasures, of which 5 have never been ever heard before as they have been exclusively excavated for this unique album. These are songs found from his master tapes, which had been preserved by his family. These 15 songs were recorded by Madanji in his peak years, in his characteristic style, with his unmistakable use of the sitar and violins in the orchestra, and set to the lyrics of his favorite poets. These songs, recorded from 1964 to 1972, were sung by the legendary singers of India, and his own favorite singers, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood, and Kishore Kumar in their inimitable styles.
    These songs do not belong to particular film.
    I welcome the idea of Dr.Anup to write separate blog on such songs.
    Three songs by Lata in this album belong to the time period of this blog. Again these are not Nonfilm songs, but not out of place here.

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  5. Dear Anup ji,

    Since language is not a barrier, you may like to listen to this Non-Film Song by Lata Didi

    A song made famous by many other singers, including MIRIAM MAKEBA.

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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