I welcome readers to the third part of the series. Previous part of the series covered Lata Mangeshkar’s non-film songs (NFS) till 1975.
Her NFS continued at full pace though her film songs were going on as usual. In today’s post, I’ll cover a period of 20 years, till 1995. If we take a look at the period, her majority of the non film songs were composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
I hope the readers are enjoying the posts, though I must say, it’s not reflecting in the comments. But anyways, I’m enjoying the journey.
So let’s start today’s list……
1. Ab Na Kate Ye Soona – Sampoorna Geet Ramayan (1978) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Yogesh
As per the YouTube video uploader, the song was recorded for a musical ballet called Sampoorna Geet Ramayan in 1978 – 79 and released on CDs in the 1990s. I couldn’t get any information about the ballet. From the lyrics we can make out that the song depicts Seeta’s emotions after Ram left her. Hridaynath Mangeshkar has composed the song in his typical style with chord changes in the end of antara.
2. Aali Ri More Nainan Baan – Aarohi (1982-83) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Meerabai
The program Aarohi used to be aired on Doordarshan Sahyadri channel around 1982 – 83. It had five songs composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Three of the songs were written by Pandit Narendra Sharma, while one song each was by Meerabai and Sant Kabir. The former songs were later included in the album ‘Prem Bhakti Mukti’ released by T-series. All the songs were very beautifully rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. I’ve presented a bhajan by Meerabai. The program was anchored by none other than Smita Patil.
3. Ram Ratan Dhan Payo – Ram Ratan Dhan Payo (1983) / D V Paluskar – Meerabai
The L P record was released for the first time in 1983, though the CDs were released in 1988. The video attached here was released in the late 90s (mostly in 1997). I think the song was set to a tune by Paluskar himself. A divine bhajan, and surely one of the most popular NFS by Lata Mangeshkar. The original song by D V Paluskar is equally enchanting, and may be more appealing than Lata’s version. You can listen to it here.
4. Ram Bhajan Kar Man – Ram Shyam Gun Gaan (1985) / Shrinivas Khale – Pandit Narendra Sharma
An absolutely divine bhajan. It was extremely difficult to choose a song. While my mind was telling me to select the duet, ‘Baaje Re Muraliya Baaje Re’, whichI absolutely adore, I selected this one. I had decided to go for a solo whenever I could!
5. You Needed Me – (1985) Lata Mangeshkar / Original singer and composer – Anne Murray, Lyrics – Randy Goodrum
It was performed live on 9th June 1985 in Toronto in a live concert. I hadn’t heard the original song before. Lata Mangeshkar was unable to complete her school education, still she performed the song in Toronto. Her pronunciation is not very perfect, but that’s not to say you could not enjoy it. I was at first very surprised to find this song as I didn’t have an idea about it.
6. Main Kewal Tumhare Liye – Prem Bhakti Mukti (1985) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Pandit Narendra Sharma
I like the song. It doesn’t sound like a devotional song, rather it sounds like a lady dedicating herself to a beloved. The album was released in 1985 and incorporated three of the songs Lata Mangeshkar had already performed at Aarohi on Doordarshan Sahyadri a few years earlier.
7. Atal Chhatra Sachcha Darbar – Atal Chhatra Sachcha Darbar (1986) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Pandit Narendra Sharma
The album has 8 devotional songs dedicated to Mata Jagdamba. I wasn’t aware of the album. Only during the research for the post, I got to know about it. The songs are full of divinity, and devotion. All the songs are really good.
8. Dil Mein Ab Dard e Mohabbat – Sajda (1991) / Jagjit Singh – Sahir Bhopali
The album has 14 – 16 songs, solos by Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh as well as duets by them. The entire album has a melancholy mood. The ghazals are written by various poets, all names are not familiar to me. Many songs have difficult urdu words, and to confess I couldn’t listen to all the songs one after the other. I felt a bit monotonous! It was difficult for me to choose a song. Such songs need a typical evening time, and I wonder if today’s generation like such songs or not.
9. Tere Mandir Ka Hoon Deepak – Shraddhanjali (1992) / Original non film song composed and sung by Pankaj Mullick
Shraddhanjali album was basically a tribute to her seniors and contemporary singers by Lata Mangeshkar. Anitaji had mentioned one of the non-film songs by Pankaj Mullick in her comments on the first part of the series. I was not able to decide whether I should include Lata’s version songs or not. At the same time Dr Ravindra Shrikhande also asked about a couple of NFS by Pankaj Mullick from the album. Finally I decided to include it. I however liked the original song by Pankaj Mullick more.
10. Aakash Ke Us Paar Bhi – National Games Pune (1994) / Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Gulzar
The song was performed during the National Games held in Pune. It’s a good song, inspirational and motivational. Lata Mangeshkar performed a couple of songs during the events. Both the songs were included in the album, Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo in 1996. But as it was originally performed earlier, I included it in today’s post.
In addition to the above albums, one more of her albums was released in 1992. It was named Adaa. The album had songs by Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh. The songs were composed by Basu Chakraborty and Kuldeep Singh. In addition, one song each was composed by Ram Laxman and Rajesh Roshan. All the four songs by Basu Chakraborty were included in the film Nargis (1992), while the song, Tum Saaz Chhedo by Lata Mangeshkar was included in Dil Ki Baazi (1992). The song, Main Naseeb Hoon was included in the film, Insaniyat (1994).
Before I conclude, I want to thank Dr Ravindra Shrikhande for his help.
If I’ve missed any song, please add. Can’t wait to listen to your additions.
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24 Replies to “(Part 3) Lata – Non Film Songs”
I had already posted this song in the blog on lyricist Indiwar. Let’s recap it. It was performed live at Indraprastha stadium,New Delhi in August 1983. LP and cassette of this live was released next month.
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You had posted it in your comments on Indeevar post. But I totally forgot. These days due to busy schedule, my posts are written at various times, so continuity of thoughts is missing day by day. So I forgot this one.
Thank you for adding an important song.
These are my observations about Nonfilm songs
* Music directors with limited films did majority NFS with Lataji. This includes her brother with the biggest share Hridaynath Mangeshkar, then Jaidev, Chitragupta,etc. Khayyam did a lot of Nonfilm songs,gazals; but I couldn’t find Lata-Khayyam combination. Music directors like Naushad,Shankar Jaikishan,Laxmikant Pyarelal, even Madanmohan did not try Nonfilm songs.
* Regarding film songs, producers pay singers, music directors and lyricist. For Nonfilm songs I am not sure, probably record companies. Hence financial gain must be limited for artists. In spite of this artist like Lataji with very busy schedule of film songs recording has valuable contribution in NFS. This is possible only because of her keen interest in literature,gazals by Ghalib, devotional songs by Meera,Kabeer,Surdas,Marathi saints Dnyeneshwar ,Tukaram.etc
I feel support of HMV is also very important in this process. Titles by HMV are still available in the market. This is not the case with other companies.
* Proper marketing of disc,cassettes or CD and broadcasting of songs on AIR is equally important. Before 1980 when Doordarshan was available in limited parts of country, Akashvani played very important role in broadcasting of NFS and their popularity.
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Your observations are spot on. I agree with you.
There are so many NFS sung by Lataji under the Music Direction of Mayuresh Pai. His SAADGI ALBUM is really outstanding.
Welcome to Mehfil.
It’s an honour to have you on my blog. I’ve read about your passion for Lata Mangeshkar’s songs. You are doing a stupendous work by collecting information about her songs. Hats off to you and your efforts.
As I’ve divided the post in parts, arranging the songs in chronological order, most of the songs composed by Mayuresh Pai would be a part of the last part.
Thank you for visiting and commenting.
I hope you liked my blog and the posts.
Namaste. Yes.. It’s a fantastic blog created by you. Really like your blog. All the best 🙏
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Thanks a lot for the appreciation.
I wish to add two titles of Lataji for Doordarshan. These are not exactly songs, but this is right place to recall them.
First one is title of 1986 serial Yatra, music composer Vanraj Bhatia
Second one is Mile sur mera tumhara.It begins with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and ends with Lataji and then chorus. It was first telecasted on independence day 1988. Music composer Ashok Patki ,co-composer and arranger Louis Banks. I share link of last part here
Mile sur mera tumhara was a pure nostalgia. Remembered my school days. Thank you for that. It’s such a beautiful composition. Various Indian languages in a single song.
And thank you for sharing these ones. I do remember the title track of yatra.
Enjoyed the three part blog on NFS of Lataji. Pure nostalgia for some songs and new knowledge for a few. Thank you for your blog. Miss the Akashwani days.
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Thank you Uday Ji.
Glad you enjoyed the post.
I frankly am not aware of non-film songs by any major singer of the golden era. Though I know many Meera bhajans composed by Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
And I have heard “Main kewal tumhare liya ga rahi hun” on DD when theses non-film songs were telecast as fillers or in evenings. However the highlight of the post was the English song. Wonderful.
I agree among all these songs, Meera bhajans are relatively more known to us.
I came across the English song accidentally, but I liked it.
Dear Anup ji,
Wished you could go on and on, but then all good things must come to an end, so that we may be treated to better things from your creative mind.
I am almost certain that the song below must have been covered in the Multi-Part Series, but just in case it was not, here goes – a sweet Meera Bhajan
As one of the Viewers has commented
अत्यंत ही सुंदर, आत्मा को तृप्ति देने वाला भजन है ……..
With warm regards
PS : I recall having read somewhere that early in her singing career, Lata ji went back to one of the AIR Studios to collect a recording of one of her renditions. Does anyone recall which Song it was?
No, the song wasn’t mentioned yet. It fits the second part of the series.
Thank you for adding it.
Postings this bhajan from Ram Ratan Dhan Payo by Tulsidas only because music composer mentioned is Usha Mangeshkar. I couldn’t find any other song composed by her.
Thank you for sharing the information and the song. I searched for it and found it mentioned on the CD cover. Never knew this. And off hand don’t remember any other song composed by Usha Mangeshkar.
Two songs bearing numbers 1 and 3 from incomplete documentary by film division titled Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas. Mid 1970s.
Music composer Raghunath Seth.
This is interesting. As the uploader notes in Song 3 there are two takes because of an error in rhythm in the first one and she pauses and goes for the second take.
Both are “raw” recordings. Don’t know about Song-2
Thank you so much Ravindra ji. Hadn’t known about this aspect of Pandit Raghunath Seth. When I looked for his career, I came to know about his contribution as a composer of various television serials and other series.
Sorry! I couldn’t reply soon. The shared songs are beautiful. I wish the songs would be released officially someday.
Yesterday Mayuresh Pai posted this Meera bhajan sung by Lata Mangeshkar on YouTube. Tune of this bhajan was adapted from folk song which grandmother of Lata Didi used to sing. Pt.Hridaynath Mangeshkar recorded it. Very uncommon Meerabai’s bhajan addressed to Bholenath / Shiv / Shankar. There no mention of year of recording. I feel it was recorded after Chala vahi des and before Meera Sur Kabeer.
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Thank you for sharing the song.