My Favourite ‘Quartets & More’

I published the list of my favorite ‘Trios’ from Hindi films in March this year and was wishing to post ‘Quartets and more’ in April. But I got busy with other posts and it skipped my attention completely. When I was searching for incomplete posts in my folder, I found it.
As I always say, trios and quartets enchant me no end. I am fascinated by these songs. It sounds great when three or more distant voices come together to sing a song and bring their own flavour and style. Obviously there are very few occasions when this magic happens.

As I tried to explore the quartets and songs by more than four singers, the most common scenario was that of Qawwali. Surely the list has a few qawwalis. Usually for a qawwali there are two groups of singers, at least in Hindi films. So three or four singers usually sing a Qawwali. Though originally meant as a devotional Sufi song, it also handles other subjects. So at times a filmy qawwali focuses on love.
A film has to have a quartet or even a song would have more than five singers, if it happens to feature more than one lead pair. Here, I remember films, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Mohobattein. The former had three lead pairs, while the latter had four. So it obviously had songs with more than five singers.

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The title track of the movie, Hum Saath Saath Hain had six singers, Hariharan, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik.

For today’s list, I haven’t been keeping a timeline. As such the number of songs won’t be more, so I didn’t think of writing a follow up post on the songs from the 90s and later movies. So here we go……

1. Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne Bhulaya Hoga – Haqeeqat (1964) Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey and Bhupendra Singh / Madan Mohan – Kaifi Azmi
This was obviously (at least I think it to be so) the first song I could think of for the post. The stalwart playback singers of Hindi cinema come together for the song. The song is heart touching and the rendition of singers is just too perfect. Each of the singers sings a verse and so all get equal opportunity to sing. The song never fails to make me tearful, especially when Talat’s verse starts. His quivering voice perhaps makes it more appealing.
Bhupendra Singh sings for himself in the song, though erroneously he lip syncs to Rafi’s voice as the latter opens the song. The song is picturised on soldiers, who perhaps have lost hopes of returning home and reuniting with their families. They miss their wives and loved ones. For me the song deserved the first position on the list.

2. Nadiya Kinare Mora Dera – Tarang (1952) Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum & Chitragupt / Chitragupt – Ram Moorthy Chaturvedi
Last year when I was researching for Rafi’s duets with Geeta Dutt, I came across this beautiful song. Though many times, it’s referred to as a trio, it’s actually a quartet, the composer himself singing with the other three singers. We can very clearly hear four distinct voices and all the singers get a good opportunity to sing separately. Chitragupt was an underrated composer and though his initial career revolved around B or C grade films, he composed with full devotion. Listen to this wonderful and lesser known song from an obscure film. It could be a song sung along the banks of a river with a bonfire by a gypsy troupe.

3. Tumhe Husn Deke Khuda Ne – Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai (1963) Rafi, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar & Asha Bhosle / Dattaram – Anand Bakshi
A beautifully composed and sung Qawwali. It’s a long, close to ten minutes song. But not a dull moment! Thanks to the singers and the on screen performers. The film’s lead pair was Geeta Bali and Pradeep Kumar, but for the qawwali, guest artists, Kumkum, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shyama made a cameo appearance. The song also featured Om Prakash and Bhagwan dada. And I was again glad to observe that the singers sang for a particular actor. Rafi sang for Shashi Kapoor, while Manna Dey sang for Shammi Kapoor. Lata Mangeshkar sang for Kumkum and Asha Bhosle for Shyama. Enjoy the wonderful qawwali.

4. Sun Le Pyar Ki Dushman Duniya – Pyar Kiye Ja (1966) Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey & Kishore Kumar / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Rajendra Krishan
Pyar Kiye Ja was a romantic comedy Hindi film featuring Shashi Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Kalpana, Rajshree and Mumtaz. Kalpana and Rajshree play sisters in the movie who fall in love with Kishore Kumar and Shashi Kapoor, who play close buddies. It sounds a bit odd that they all announce their love openly in a garden, but then it’s a movie and such liberties are to be granted. One of my favourites from the movie. And I was happy to note that one singer sings only for that particular character, for example, Asha Bhosle sings for Kalpana, while Lata Mangeshkar for Rajshree. The song is good and it was actually the second song I could find fitting the list.

5. Jab Dosti Hoti Hai – Biwi Aur Makan (1966) Hemant Kumar, Manna Dey, Balbir & Ghulam Mohammad / Hemant Kumar – Gulzar
The film actually has a couple of quartets. The song talks about friendship. I could identify Hemant Kumar singing for Biswajit and Manna Dey for Mehmood. If I’m correct, the singer Ghulam Mohammad was a different person than the composer Ghulam Mohammad and he had sung a few songs in Hindi films. The only one that I can remember is Kanchale Kanchile from Madhumati. In comparison Balbir is a relatively well known singer. The majority of the portion is sung by the main singers, the others play a supporting role. And after listening and watching the songs, I’m now interested in the movie. I must watch it someday, especially when its Marathi remake was a blockbuster and is my all time favourite.

6. Jalwa Jo Tera Dekha Humne – Gateway of India (1957) Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Mubarak Begum and Meena Mangeshkar / Madan Mohan – Rajendra Krishan
Yet another qawwali on today’s list. It’s not at all popular, though it’s one of the few qawwalis Madan Mohan composed for Hindi films. It’s absolutely fabulous to listen to. Though it’s a quartet, the two voices to sing the majority of the song are Asha Bhosle’s and Mubarak Begum’s. At least I could clearly identify these two voices, perhaps the other two singers didn’t have separate lines, their contribution is more or less like a chorus. Among the on screen performers, I knew Madhubala and Chandrashekhar of course. In addition I could identify Ratna Bhushan, Manorama and Meena Fernandes.

7. Soorat Ho To Aisi Ho – Baarish (1957) Talat Mahmood, Rafi, Chitalkar & Francis Vaz / C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishan
I liked the song when I heard and watched it for the first time a couple of years back. I particularly liked and remembered it for Nutan’s looks and her expressions. But there were other interesting aspects of the song as well. Firstly, it’s a multilingual song, mainly in Hindi, but Punjabi and Goan lyrics can also be appreciated. Secondly, the four actors who tease the beautiful Nutan. I could finally gather their names. The first actor to open the song with Talat’s voice is Kundan. Then comes Sampson, who receives Rafi’s playback. We all identify Mehmood, who sings Goan lyrics in the voice of Francis Vaz. Chitalkar sings for the actor, Kumud Tripathi.
It’s not very common to find four guys at a time teasing a girl, but we do find it here. Except Talat’s expressions, which sound more like a praise than teasing, other do a perfect job. The orchestration also changes according to the language. In all a perfectly enjoyable song.

8. Hum Ko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar – Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Anand Bakshi
I think the song is iconic and I like it. Though there are three male singers, Lata Mangeshkar alone sings for all the heroines, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh. Kishore Kumar gets a bit more footage as he opens the song for Amitabh Bachchan. Mukesh sings for Vinod Khanna and gets comparatively lesser footage. Rafi singing for Rishi Kapoor is the best part for me. The song still maintains popularity. In addition to this song, the other quartet from the 70s that is my favourite is Janu Meri Jaan.

Now, let’s have a look at songs with more than four singers.

9. Hum Bhi Hain Tum Bhi Ho – Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960) Mukesh, Geeta Dutt, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey & Chorus / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
One of the most popular songs of the movie. The prominent singers of the song are Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, the other singers have only a few lines of their own. Nevertheless it’s quite an interesting and enjoyable song. In addition to the singers, the song has enchanting orchestration and good dance steps by Padmini. Talking about the singers, Mukesh obviously sings for Raj Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar for Padmini. Geeta Dutt sings for Chanchal and Manna Dey for Pran. I couldn’t identify the supporting characters, Mahendra Kapoor sings for. The song will always find a place on a list of similar kinds.

10. Na To Karvan Ki Talash Hai – Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra, Rafi, S D Batish & Chorus / Roshan – Sahir
One of the most popular qawwalis from the movie. It is said to be in two parts, if we consider ‘Ye Ishq Ishq Hai Ishq Ishq’ to be the second part. The song is opened by Manna Dey from the gentlemen’s group, while Asha Bhosle (singing for Shyama) and Sudha Malhotra (singing for Ratna Bhushan) join him in rejoinder. Rafi joins late in the second part. S D Batish has a supporting role to play and Asha Bhosle too has a comparatively smaller part. The major attraction of the song is however the part sung by Rafi. The verse finishes all the religious boundaries as a Sufi song like qawwali, incorporates the tale of Radha and Krishna. A totally phenomenal qawwali. A qawwali like never before. Enjoy the entire song.

I’m taking a leap in the 2000s. I’m particularly highlighting a couple of songs from that decade.

Yash Chopra’s Mohabbatein had four lead pairs, including a group of newcomers. The playback for the newcomer couples was given to newcomer playback singers. Though the songs and the film were successful at the box office, none of the new talents, except Shweta Pandit, had a career as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. I’m adding a song from Mohabbatein that has eight playback singers.

11. Soni Soni Ankhiyon Wali – Mohabbatein (2000) Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula, Udbhav, Manohar Shetty, Ishan, Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatwadekar, Pritha Mazumdar / Jatin Lalit – Anand Bakshi
A song celebrating Holi in the modern times. A good song with a typical Yash Chopra touch. The song is full of energy and makes you tap your feet automatically. The voices of the newcomer singers were good, though they were not successful later. The film and the performances by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh were acclaimed and the film was a commercial success at the box office. It was a relaunch for Jugal Hansraj, but he couldn’t succeed later as a main lead in Bollywood.

12. Bole Chudiyan Bole Kangana – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001) Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Amit Kumar / Jatin Lalit – Sameer
K3G was a very popular movie and all the songs were popular too. I watched the movie just after completing my internship. The song is meant to celebrate Karwa Chauth, and the song with full on energy makes you get up and dance. Quite a catchy rhythm. Kavita Krishnamurthy gets to sing for Jaya Bhaduri and Kajol both,while Amit Kumar sings for Amitabh Bachchan. The dance steps are good too, not at all like the funny dance steps of the 90s. Enjoy the song.

I end the post here. I know there still would be songs to add to the list. I haven’t explored the 70s and the 80s in detail.
Please add your favourite befitting song.

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40 Replies to “My Favourite ‘Quartets & More’”

  1. Great concept/theme to present.
    The thought of having multiple singers coming to together and sing in each others’ presence (at least in the earlier days when technology wasn’t so advanced – thankfully !) – is really exhilarating. Imagine the joy of watching the 4 greats – Lata, Kishore ,Rafi & Mukesh – singing in the same room ,at the same time !!

    Coming to quartets, some of my favorites that I would add are :

    – Kadam Kadam se ,dil se dil (Char Dil,Char Raahen) – Meena Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh & Mahendra Kapoor , with music by Anil Biswas.

    – Pehli nazar mein (Burning Train) – Kishore, Asha, Usha, Rafi with music by RDB.

    Then there was the Sholay qawwali which never made it to the film but was on the soundtrack : “Chand Sa Koi Chehra” sung by Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Bhupendra & Anand Bakshi – though not exactly my favorite 🙂

    Coming to more than four singers, there was “Rang Jama Ke Jaayenge” in Naseeb(1981) which had 5 singers – Kishore, Asha, Usha, Rafi & Shailendra Singh , under LP’s music direction.

    Finally, I am also reminded of the song “Jhoomo gao naacho” from “Amrapali” (1966) which was sung entirely by a chorus of singers under the baton of Shankar Jaikishan.

    Any other song that was totally a “chorus song”?

    Thanks for re-igniting such wonderful memories.

    Cheers !

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    1. Thank you so much Sanjay ji for your appreciation. I’m glad you liked the list and enjoyed the songs.
      Thank you for adding the songs,

      A small correction, the char dil char rahen song has, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor and Meena Kapoor.
      Here’s the link

      Pehli Nazar Mein from burning train

      Chand sa koi chehra

      Rang jamake jayenge

      And finally the chorus song from Amrapali

      Off hand the only all chorus song that I can remember is from 1942 A Love story.
      The chorus version of Kuchh Na kaho

      🙂

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  2. Several of these were part of my ‘Trios, Quartets and More’ list too – so I’m especially glad to see them here. Good post, Anupji, and some wonderful songs. Here is another, relatively recent one that I like: from Lakshya, Kandhon se milte hain kandhe, sung by Kunal Ganjawala, Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, and Vijay Prakash:

    Also from another Hrithik Roshan film, there’s Senorita, sung by Hrithik, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Maria del mar Fernandez:

    (not sure whether you’d count the men here as ‘singers’ though I think they’ve done a good job).

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the post. I went through your post and found a few overlapping songs.

      I was expecting someone to add the song from Lakshya. And I’m delighted to see you posting it. I like it too.

      And, I’ll grant the one from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It’s a good song and very catchy. I agree, the actors have done a great job.
      🙂

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  3. Anup ji,

    When a song has more than 4 voices, one can hardly distinguish between the individual voices. Still, it is fun.

    I think the title song of DILLAGI, 1999, with 10 mainstream singers must be the song with the highest number of voices.

    KATHA, 1982, has 2 songs ,each with 8 or 9 singers:
    Kaun aaya? Kaun aaya?
    And
    Kya hua? Kya hua?
    ( A middle class neighborhood eager to know the happenings around. )

    LAGAAN , 2001.

    Ghanan Ghanan Ghan..
    5 singers.

    BIWI AUR MAKAAN
    had another rare ( probably the only ) combination of
    Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar and Joginder in
    Mujhko mohabbat ho gayi hai.

    There are a few more. Will come back at leisure.

    Good post.

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    1. Pradeep ji,
      Thank you for adding the songs.
      Let me add links,

      Dillagi title track

      I had completely forgotten about the songs from Katha. Thank you for adding the songs and reminding me of those

      Kaun Aaya Kaun Aaya

      Kya hua Kya hua

      Ghanan ghanan ghir aaye

      I was going to add the one you mentioned from Biwi Aur Makan, but later added the other one. So I’m specially happy to see it.

      🙂

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  4. UPKAR.

    Aayee jhoom ke Basant..

    Manna Dey, M Kapoor, Shamshad B, Asha, Sunder.

    ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN.

    Mehengai maar gai..
    Mukesh, Lata, Chanchal, Jaani Babu Qawwal.

    If I like most of the songs from UPKAR, POORAB AUR PASCHIM, SHOR and KRANTI, I love the entire album of RKAM.

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  5. SATTE PE SATTA was an enjoyable movie. Good music. Several songs with 4 + singers. If I am not wrong, Gulshan Bawra was one of the singers in one song.

    Anup ji,
    You have missed 1 Saheli out of 7 : Hemlata?

    PARVARISH and other 2 Hero movies had 4 singers in some songs.

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    1. Pradeep ji,
      Yes, I forgot to mention Hemlata in my previous comment. She’s the eighth singer.

      I’m adding a quartet from parvarish 1977. I think you’re referring to this one.

      And,
      You’re spot on for the songs of Satte pe Satta. There were three quartets.
      One of the songs had Gulshan Bawra singing.

      Pyar humein kis mod pe

      Thank you for adding these.
      🙂

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  6. Dear Anup ji,

    We have crossed swords over this Song in the past, but I still like to refer to it as a Quintet, of AMIRBAI KARNATAKI (singing for Rehana), GEETA ROY (singing for Dulari), LATA MANGESHKAR (singing for the third sister), CHITALKAR (singing for Mumtaz Ali) and BINAPANI MUKHERJEE (singing for the 4th sister – but she does not have any independent lines but sings as part of chorus, and if you look closely, you’ll notice the 4th sister singing). Here is the song, from the Film “SHEHNAI” (1947)

    (जवानी की रेल चली जाये रे …..)

    There is another song with all four sisters singing while bathing in a pond, with Amirbai Karnataki, Meena Kapoor, Mohantara and Binapani Mukherjee singing for the four sisters.

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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    1. Yes,
      I do remember the quartet.
      And I tried searching for the other quartet. But couldn’t distinguish and identify voices. There could be three voices or four voices.
      Here’s the link,

      And,
      Here’s a comparively better audio.

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  7. Did we really miss the iconic
    Dukh ka re din beete re bhaiya?

    MOTHER INDIA.

    I consider the movie superior to MUGHAL E AZAM.
    Musically, MEA is slightly above MI. But, both the scores are brilliant 👏

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    1. I had thought of Dukh bhare din beete re bhaiya. But later I dropped it. I had included it on my list of two singers single actor in a single song category of one of my posts published in last October.
      But it’s a wonderful song!
      I agree Mughal e Azam is a bit superior to Mother India. But I like both the albums.

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  8. HEER RANZA, 1970.

    Jo moti teri Nani hai..
    Usha Timothy, Krishna Kalle, Hemlata, S Balbir.

    ANJALI, 1957.

    Lo, chori pakdi gayee.

    Meena, Asha , Usha, Sudha Malhotra.

    One of my favorite Marathi albums..
    MARATHA TITUKA MELAVAVA.

    Marathi pavool padthe pude..

    Hemant Kumar, Lata, Usha, Hridaynath.

    I normally don’t mention NFS. But, this one is a once in a lifetime song…

    Sagara pran talamalala.

    Veer Savarkar in the voices of 5 Mangeshkar siblings.

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    1. Pradeep ji,
      Thank you for adding these songs.

      A fun song, very much enjoyable
      Jo Moti Teri Nani Hai

      I hadn’t heard of Lo Chori pakdi gayi. But I liked it.

      And the two grand songs from Marathi. Both close to heart.

      मराठी पाऊल पडते पुढे – लता मंगेशकर, उषा मंगेशकर, हृदयनाथ मंगेशकर, हेमंत कुमार आणि साथी

      I think it has four singers.

      सागरा प्राण तळमळला by Mangeshkars, though I always feel Asha’s absence.

      Thank you for adding these wonderful songs.
      🙂

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  9. Anup ji ,
    I liked the theme nd songs .
    The narrations r also nice .

    Whenever there are 2 hero nd 2 heroines , there is a scope for a quartet nd hence many amitabh movies hav them .

    But
    I wud like to add a superhit devotional marathi song from the movie
    अष्टविनायक
    sung by
    अनुराधा पौडवाल , जयवंत कुलकर्णी , चंद्रशेखर गाडगीळ , शरद जांभेकर nd मल्लेश
    ” अष्टविनायका तुझा महिमा कसा !!! ”

    I am eagerly waiting for a wonderful post for 28th Sep . !!!

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole .

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    1. Thank you Pramod ji for the appreciation.
      Yes, such songs would be there if the film has 2 heros and two heroines.
      Thank you for sharing the divine song of अष्टविनायक.
      One of my favourites.

      Talking of Marathi films with Quartets, I think, अशी ही बनवाबनवी should be there. Of course, I’m talking about,

      हृदयी वसंत फुलताना
      Four couples together.

      Sung by six singers,
      सुरेश वाडकर, सचिन, अनुराधा पौडवाल, अपर्णा मयेकर, शैलेंद्र सिंह, सुदेश भोसले

      Enjoy.

      P S – the post on 28th is under process.
      🙂

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  10. Truly an outstanding endeavor on your part to conceive and bring out this post. I admit most of the songs I am listening for the first time. I can visualize the amount of effort you must have injected in to ferret out the songs from the internet ocean and my kudos. I do expect more such posts in future.

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  11. Dear Anup ji,

    Some pertinent details about that Multi-lingual Song from TBCR

    The song had different singers, lyricists, and composers representing the different languages from different States. The song started with the Bangla part “O Re O Poraan Bondhu Re” The music and lyrics for the Bangla part was by Kanu Ghosh and sung by SANDHYA MUKHERJEE ; for Tamil, the lyrics and composition was by Natraj, but the identity of the Singer is not known ; for Sindhi, the composer was Gulshan Sufi with lyrics by Ram Panjwani, and here too the identity of the singer is not known, perhaps ASHA BHONSALE ; for Marathi the music was by Vasant Desai with lyrics by G D Madgulkar and rendered by LATA MANGESHKAR ; for Gujarati, the music and lyrics were by Avinash Vyas and rendered by ASHA BHONSALE ; the Banarasi Hindi part had music by Shivram Krishna with lyrics by P L Santoshi and rendered by ZOHRABAI AMBALEWALI and finally for Punjabi, music was by Shivram Krishna with lyrics by Feroz and rendered by S BALBIR.

    And I would like to add this Song from “KHIDKI” (1948) and I have lost count of the number of singers (at least 3 male and 3 female)


    (क़िस्मत हमारे साथ है , जलने वाले जला करें ……)

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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    1. Parthaji,
      Thank you for sharing the trivia about the multilingual song from TBCR.
      If I’m not wrong the male and female versions of the song, Qismat Hamare Saath Hai, were there.
      Each with three singers.
      🙂

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      1. Dear Anup ji,

        Yes, on a second look, that song from “KHIDKI” is actually a No-ball, for , as you say, there are two separate songs. My Bad 🙂

        Here is one which would fall in the category of “more than four” and I am sure you have a good reason to have overlooked this

        (भोर आयी गया अँधियारा ……)

        With warm regards

        PARTHA CHANDA

        PS : Taking the liberty of posting this song from my childhood, by Harindranath Chattopadhyay, dated 1945

        (सूर्य अस्त हो गया …..)

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  12. A nice post as songs with four and more singers are always enjoyable!!

    There are many such songs in 70s and 80s – during the times of the multi-starrers

    A fun song from Heeralal Pannalal 1978
    Kahiye kahan se aana hua – Lata, Asha, Kishore, Bhupendra

    Kranti 1981
    Chana jor garam – Lata, Kishore, Rafi, Nitin Mukesh

    Dilwale dilwale tera naam kya hai – Lata, Mahendra, Shailendra, Manna Dey, Nitin Mukesh

    Maine Pyar Kiya 1989
    Antakshari – Lata, SPB, Shailendra, Usha

    Vishwas 1969
    Dhol baja dhol dhol janiya – Mukesh, Mahendra, Usha Timothy, Hemlata

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  13. Anup ji,
    Here is one song from an old film Hip Hip Hurray-1948. It is sung by G. M. Durrani, Geeta Roy, Zohrabai Ambalawali and Shamshad Begum. The MD was Pt. Hanuman Prasad.

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  14. Many thanks to Partha ji above for adding more details about the macaronic song! What an interesting confection. I can add a couple examples to represent the ’80s, I think:

    “Tum Jo Hamare Liye Gaate Rahe,” a very sweet and tuneful birthday song from “Grahasthi”:

    And the Holi song “Bhaagi Re Bhaagi Brij Bala” from “Rajput”:

    There is some confusion about the latter song. I am seeing some sources that ascribe it to Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udhas, and Dilraj Kaur, whereas others omit mention of Manhar. I don’t know his voice well enough to be entirely sure. Certainly the first two repetitions of the opening couplet (the first one lipsynched by Dharmendra, the second by Vinod Khanna) sound like they are being sung by different voices.

    “Maahi Ve” surely deserves a place among the modern examples. I don’t find it very interesting to listen to in isolation, but–besides being a still-popular song–it certainly makes the most out of its many singers when watched in the ongoing flow of the film.

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    1. Thank you for the songs. I hadn’t heard these before.
      I carefully listened to the song from Rajput. There are definitely two male voices, and I think one of the voices is that of Manhar’s.
      And,
      I totally agree, ‘Maahi ve’ is a befitting candidate for the list. It’s one of my favourites.

      Here it is,
      Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhna Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan and Sujata.

      🙂

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