Lata Mangeshkar with Lesser Known Male Playback Singers

I can’t believe It’s been a year! It was a Sunday last year when the sad news of the demise of Lata Mangeshkar hit me. Though she was already hospitalized for a period, it was still a great shock. Of course she’s alive in our minds with her immortal songs. I was planning yearly review of Lata Mangeshkar’s Hindi film songs for a long time and I started it with a heavy heart on 6th February last year. So far I’ve covered the year 1956 and am going to continue till 1975. But for today I’m not going to continue the review series. But I’m opening yet another series on Lata Mangeshkar’s songs. I hope the series would interest the readers.

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When I was researching for the series on Lata’s association with lesser known composers, I came across a few unknown or lesser known names of the male and female playback singers, who couldn’t make it big in Hindi cinema. Lata Mangeshkar sang songs with them, but the songs are few and far between, say a couple of songs or so. With time, we have forgotten the names of those singers and also the songs. In addition she also sang with a few composers as well. Of course, C Ramchandra and Hemant Kumar were popular singers and composers of Hindi cinema, but she also sang a handful of songs with a few other composers. And a few actors also tried singing in Hindi films and some of them sang with Lata Mangeshkar.

For today’s list however, I am restricting myself to her songs with lesser known or forgotten male playback singers. I haven’t included her songs with any of the composers (so you won’t find S D Batish and Kamal Dasgupta on today’s list) or with female playback singers. I’ll dedicate a separate post to each of them.

I’ve arranged the songs in chronological order. Here we go… … …

1. Aankh Meri Lad Gayi Re – Chunaria (1948) with Indra (Inder) Goel / Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakri
Chunaria was a musically successful film that boosted the career of Hansraj Behl. Though it’s technically a duet, the male singer gets to sing just a single line on two occasions in the song. It’s an energetic song with a touch of Punjabi folk style. The song depicts the lady’s perhaps first encounter with her beloved when she happened to visit the bazaar. Very catchy and peppy number with good orchestration.
I guess the part of the male singer was so small that Behl didn’t offer it to any established singer, but to his nephew, Indra Goel, who used to assist him. He was Behl’s assistant for 10 films. I got the information on Atul’s blog, where Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh commented and provided the info.

2. Jhoolo Jhoolo Pyar Hindole – Hamari Kahani (194? / Unreleased) with Balakram / Hemant Kedar – Banwasi
We all remember the singer, Balakram for the enchanting sargam, he sang for the song, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare, which was mainly sung by G M Durrani. It was for the film Nai Kahani (1943). He sang a couple of duets with Lata Mangeshkar for a film, Hamari Kahani under the baton of composer, Hemant Kedar (Ramkrishna Shinde). I could find just one duet on the internet. It’s an experience to listen to the singers, both in their late teens. I think we may call it a semi classical song, rendered well by both. Lata’s tender voice sounds a bit different.
Balakram was a popular name in Marathi films. He acted and also sang for a number of movies. His Marathi songs from the 60s are still popular. Born on 24th February 1931 in Nagpur, he was the youngest among four siblings. He started his career as a child artist in 1941 with the bilingual film, Mera Ladka (माझा मुलगा in Marathi). Then there were the films, Aadmi (1941), Padosi (1941) and Chand (1944) in addition to the song from Nai Kahani. He was trained in Indian classical music. He went on to act and sing in Marathi and Hindi films. But his Hindi films in adulthood were mostly restricted to the mythological genre. His Marathi songs were very popular.

3. Hum Chale Door – Ek Thi Ladki (1949) with Rafi and Satish Batra / Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
A good boat song picturised (at least the outdoor shoot) most likely on Dal Lake. The song has a boat rhythm with the help of sounds of rowing. The song has multiple voices, though popularly taken as a trio. Perhaps the singers from the chorus sang a few independent lines.
Satish Batra is a comparatively familiar name or so I think. But I couldn’t get much of his personal details. He has around 20 songs to his credit. Strangely enough, I could find only a couple of his solos, all the rest were duets with a few trios. Except Dholak, the other songs were perhaps not very popular. He has sung for Vinod in Dholak, Ek Thi Ladki and Mukhda.

4. Now about a mysterious singer, called Raja Gul. I couldn’t get any information about him, except that he sang about 30 songs in 20 Hindi films, and has sung duets with Rafi, Shamshad Begum, Sitara Kanpur and of course Lata Mangeshkar.
He has a couple of duets with Lata Mangeshkar. Let’s listen to both the songs,

Mithai Le Lo Babu – Raj Mukut (1950) with Raja Gul / Pandit Gobindram – Bharat Vyas
What an interesting song! Very enjoyable and certainly different from the cliches. Raja Gul has a good voice and his expressions are perfect! The song portrays a sweetmeat seller from Delhi, advertising himself. He talks about Laddus, Pedhas, along with Balushahi, Jalebi and Ras Malai. All mouth watering delicacies. But a lady or could be a small girl, given that the film featured Baby Tabassum, challenges all his claims of sincerity and ends up eating his sweets for free and then endorses his products. Sounds like pure blackmail! But interesting to listen to. Must listen, but couldn’t find a full version with good audio quality.

Mil Lo Raja Sadkiya Pe – Bikhre Moti (1951) with Raja Gul / Ghulam Mohammad – Akhtar ul Iman
Raja Gul sounds good in this song as well. His voice is full of expressions. One can’t guess the reasons for his disappearance thereafter. Another good song which is certainly melodious. The interludes are so catchy and sound like Naushad’s song. The explanation is obvious, Ghulam Mohammad was his assistant and arranger during the period. The song is full of ghungroo.

5. Perhaps the singers Raja Gul and Gulraja were actually the different names of the same person. As I said already nothing much is available about him on the internet.

Naina Kar Ke Char – Shagan (1951) with Gulraja / Husnalal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakri
Even after repeatedly listening to the song, I was unable to draw a conclusion if he’s the same singer who has sung the songs #4. The part by male singer is small, just a few lines in the second verse! The song has typical Husnalal Bhagatram interludes, with quite a predictable tune.

6. There was a popular actor Trilok Kapoor, who was Prithviraj Kapoor’s brother. He was popular for his portrayal of Lord Shiva, and he was always paired with Nirupa Roy as Parvati. He sang just for a couple of films, Aaj Ki Duniya and Raja Rani.
The singer Trilok Kapoor was a different person, who sang in Birhan (1948), Bhai Behen (1950), Raag Rang (1952), Ladla (1954) etc to sing his last song for the film, Trolley driver (1958).
Nothing is known about his personal details. He sang a couple of duets with Lata Mangeshkar for the film Raag Rang which found a place on today’s list. Let’s listen to the songs,

O Maniyapur Ke Chhaila – Raag Rang (1952) with Trilok Kapoor & Chorus / Roshan – Prakash Bakshi
What a beautiful song! I’m really surprised with these hidden gems! It’s a wonderful melody with enchanting musical arrangement. It’s not a typical Roshan song, but still has his touch. The part by male singer is short, but it’s good.

Karte Hain Ishare – Raag Rang (1952) with Trilok Kapoor / Roshan – Kaif Irfani
What can I say about this gem? Absolutely delightful romantic song! I’ve no idea if it was picturised on the main lead pair, Ashok Kumar and Geeta Bali. Trilok Kapoor’s voice sounds somewhat like a mix of Hemant Kumar and Talat Mahmood, inclining more to the former. And I liked his voice. What’s your opinion about his voice?

7. Krishna Goel is a comparatively familiar name in Hindi films. He was from Jammu and Kashmir and debuted in 1947 with the film Krishna Sudama. His most popular solos were from Dahej (1950). He also has good songs in Dhuaan (1953) and Mallika (1956). He however couldn’t create his own place in Hindi films as a playback singer.
He has just one duet with Lata Mangeshkar and I’m highlighting it,

Kabhi Yeh To Mujhse Puchho – Dhuaan (1953) with Krishna Goel / Dhaniram – Rajendra Krishan
It’s technically a duet, but Krishna Goel merely opens the songs with aalap and his part is over in the initial 20 seconds or so. Lata Mangeshkar sings the rest of the song. It’s a nice melody, but I feel sorry for Goel. He got to sing with her, but just one song and that too….(a deep sigh)

8. Dhananjay Bhattacharya was a popular singer and composer in Bangla. He was most popular for Shyama Sangeet, which is a genre of devotional Bangla songs dedicated to goddess Kali or Shyama. He also sang for a few Hindi films, Jhooti Kasme (1948), Yatrik (1952), Anmol Sahara (1952), Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1953), Kasturi (1954), etc. with around 10+ songs.
As he has not composed for Hindi films or at least I’m not aware of it, I’m including him on today’s list.

Woh Gokul Ka Gwala Tha – Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1953) with Dhananjay Bhattacharya / R C Boral – Bharat Vyas
A beautiful bhajan in the praise of Lord Krishna. He also had other solos to his credit for the movie.

9. Shaminder was a Punjabi who always wanted to sing for films. He was a huge fan of Rafi and Talat Mahmood and had dreamt of singing a duet with Lata Mangeshkar. In 1953 he came to Mumbai and met Sardul Kwatra. The latter was impressed with him and thought of offering him a song. Finally Shaminder sang for Kwatra for a Punjabi film, Vanjara (1954) which was a duet with Lata Mangeshkar. Once again he got an opportunity to sing with her for Pilpili Sahab (1954). He mainly sang for Sardul Kwatra in Hindi films, though he also sang for Roshan, Hansraj Behl, Vinod. His prominent films include Pensioner (1954), Son Of Alibaba (1955), Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali (1955), Tees Maar Khan (1955), Kala Chashma (1962) and Mera Desh Mera Dharam (1973) etc. He also acted in Hindi and Punjabi films, the prominent ones being Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) and Anpadh (1962).
Let’s listen a couple of his duets with Lata Mangeshkar,

Chand Sitaron Mein Kaun – Pilpili Sahab (1954) with Shaminder / Sardul Kwatra – Shailendra
A beautiful romantic song! Sardul Kwatra, though not counted among the first rung composers of Hindi films, had melodious songs to his credit. This one’s a beautiful melody. The film is said to have Lata Mangeshkar’s three duets with Shaminder, but I could locate only one. The other two duets, Chandni Raat Hai & Dil Na Dukhana are not available at present.

Deep Jale Ghar Ghar Mein – Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali (1955) with Shaminder & Chorus / Roshan – Prem Dhawan
An energetic song for Diwali celebrations. Would be a delightful experience to listen to it on a real Diwali day.

10. Rajni Hai Taaron Bhari – Manohar (1954) with T A Mothi / S V Ramanathan & T R Ramanathan – Vishwamitra Adil
A good romantic song. The couple dreams of their happy and colourful life. A few details of T A Mothi. He was from Madras. He learnt Indian Classical music under experts. He flourished in the later part of the 40s. In almost all dubbed and remade films in Hindi, during the 40s to 60s he sang songs in such films. He was also a very popular singer in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. He sang for the Tamil and TeluguIu versions of films like Barsat, Aan, Udan Khatola etc. He was prominently noticed in Hindi films with Chandralekha (1948). We can appreciate his clear pronunciation and diction of Hindi words.

11. Dwijen Mukherjee was a popular and successful Singer, composer in Bangla. Nearly half of his recorded songs belong to Rabindra Sangeet. His Hindi film songs are relatively few, and he sang mainly for Salil Chowdhury. I found his film called 25th July (1951), where he sang for the composer, Nachiket Ghosh. He didn’t compose for Hindi films. So even though he is not a lesser known singer, he’s not well known as well. His films include Jawahar (1960), Honeymoon (1960), Maaya (1961), Sapan Suhane (1961), etc. He also recorded a solo for Madhumati, which however wasn’t included in the film. His voice very closely resembles that of Hemant Kumar’s. Subir Sen, Dwijen Mukherjee and Hemant Kumar were called Trimurti. All of them have nearly the same voice.
I’ve selected a couple of duets for today’s post,

Yeh Pyar Ka Zamana – Jawahar (1960) with Dwijen Mukherjee / Salil Chowdhury – Prem Dhawan
A good romantic song with the typical sweetness of Salil da’s composition. And Dwijen Mukherjee sounds exactly like Hemant Kumar, so much so that even on LM world, it’s mentioned as the Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar duet.

Duniya Na Dekhen – Honeymoon (1960) with Dwijen Mukherjee / Salil Chowdhury – Shailendra
A song with a tonga rhythm. Very melodious and sweet composition. His voice is really difficult to differentiate from Hemant Kumar’s.

12. P B Srinivas was a popular playback singer in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies. He has just a handful of Hindi film songs to his credit, I must confess I could find only a couple of his Hindi films . The films were Mr Sampat and Main Bhi Ladki Hoon. In addition to this, he also penned a Hindi song, which was composed and sung by S Janaki.
For today’s post, I’ve only one song to present,

Chanda Se Hoga Woh Pyara – Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964) with P B Srinivas / Chitragupt – Rajendra Krishan
The couple is expecting a baby and they sing merrily about the baby. Very cute lyrics woven in a simple yet sweet typically Chitragupt melody. It was the period when Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar were not recording duets together and perhaps that was the reason why the song was offered to Srinivas. Rafi sang for the other hero in the film.

13. Main Hoon Sher – Gopichand Jasoos (1981) with Kamlesh Awasthi / Usha Khanna – Munsif
Dr Kamlesh Awasthi is a trained singer and has done M.Sc in Chemistry and also a PhD holder. He took formal music training as well. I could find only a few songs sung by him. In Gopichand Jasoos, he sang for Raj Kapoor. I won’t call the song my favourite, but that could be because I haven’t heard it often. Kamlesh Awasthi sounds exactly like Mukesh. One would imagine Mukesh if he / she listens to the song.

14. Vishal Goswami is the son of veteran actor Manoj Kumar. He sang in a few Hindi films. I couldn’t get much information about him. He has also sung for his brother, Kunal Goswami. According to IMDb, there were plans to launch him as an actor, by Manoj Kumar himself or by others. But every time the projects were shelved. It is also mentioned that Vishal never wanted to be an actor.
I’m adding,

Aao Na Kuchh Baat Kare – Ricky (1985) with Vishal Goswami / Uttam Singh & Jagdish Khanna – Manoj Kumar

15. Tere Mere Hothon pe – Chandni (1989) with Babla Mehta / Shiv Hari – Anand Bakshi
This was Babla Mehta’s first Hindi film song, which was very popular. He sang in the early years of the 90s and his songs from Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (DHKMN) and Sadak were also appreciated. After 1995, he started singing bhajans and was not heard in Hindi films. He also composed a few of the poems by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. As I am interested in the music of the 90s, I still remember his songs. Also the cassette of DHKMN that I had, contained songs sung by Babla Mehta, whereas Kumar Sanu’s songs on the film tracks. Listen to the beautiful melody.

I also want to mention an unreleased Raag Malika from a film called, Amar Samdhi. The song was recorded in the 50s but the film was shelved. It was Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with Ustad Salaamat Ali Khan under the baton of Vasant Desai. As the song doesn’t actually fit the theme, I didn’t include it on the list.

The post is based on Mr Vishwas Nerurkar’s book on Lata Mangeshkar named, ‘Gandhar – Swar Yatra’. I’m also thankful to Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh for providing details of a few of the singers. As such very little was known to me about their personal details.

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31 Replies to “Lata Mangeshkar with Lesser Known Male Playback Singers”

  1. Lata ji sang a duet – Baghon Mein Bahaar Aayi- with lyricist Anand Bakshi in Mome Ki Gudiya. Anand ji also sang an initial mukhda for a song in movie Charas.


  2. Stupendous!! Neither the songs not the male singers listed by you are familiar and yet you have presented a veritable feast.
    SDB used Danny in this duet from Ye Gulista Hamara
    Mera naam Aao mere pas aao


  3. Very interesting! You should continue this with. second part :). Some ideas – Anand Bakshi (Mome Ki Gudiya), Shashi kapoor (Waqeel Babu), Rajan-Sajan Mishra (Sur Sangam), babla (Chandni), Talat Aziz (Aurat Aurat Aurat), Rajendra Nath (Jeet) etc.


  4. Ghantasala, the renowned singer, composer of South Indian language movies, has sung 1 Hindi duet with Zohrabai Ambalewali , RANI, 1962 and scored music for 1 Hindi movie, PATALA BHAIRAVI where Geeta Dutt was the main female singer.

    However, he has sung 1 duet with Lata Didi in her Telugu debut, SAMSARAM, 1955..
    Nidira pora thammura
    ( lullaby meaning..go to sleep, my younger brother ).

    I mentioned this because it is the same movie that was remade as BETI BETE, 1964, one of my childhood favorites. Had seen it at Marata Mandir, Bombay ( Mumbai ) ,as a first visit to the city.
    Yes, the situation is..
    Aaj kal mein dal gaya.

    It was Lata ‘s only song in the movie. The actress seen is Sriranjini.There is a solo version by Jikki.

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  5. I had added this non-film song in comments on Lata NFS part 1. I was not aware of male voice in this song from Bhagwan Buddha ballet. Male singer is Batuk Shukla. I don’t have any information about him. Lyrics by Acharya Sitaram Chaturvedi and music composer Harendranath Nandy.

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  6. Dear Anup ji,

    The term “lesser known” may appear belittling, for some of these singers were well known in their Region. That apart, a commendable topic.

    Since you mention “playback singers”, it would rule out Dilip Kumar’s song in “MUSAFIR”. And since your are also excluding Music Directors, it would also rule out SHYAMAL MITRA (in “Biraj Bahu”).

    I could only find SHANKAR DASGUPTA and this is the Song

    And if you cross over to the Regional World, there would be this iconic melody

    With warm regards



    1. Parthaji,
      I agree, some of the singers were and still are very popular in their region. As I have restricted to HFM, I took a liberty to say so. I’ve mentioned so in the write up as well.
      I’ll cover her songs with actors, composers in later posts.
      I didn’t include Shankar Dasgupta as he composed for a few Hindi films as well.
      Thanks for the Marathi song, one of my favourites


    1. Thank you so much Anuji for your appreciation. I hope you liked the songs. Many of the songs I heard for the first time, but instantly took a liking.
      But I must add that the book, I referred to, which I’ve mentioned in the end of the post made my job relatively easier. But I researched for the individual singers, there Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh helped me.


  7. Anup,
    This is a very interesting category, backed by comprehensive research. I agree with a reader that some of these singers are quite well-known, not only in their regional field, but also in Hindi films. It is another matter that they sang very few songs.

    Some of these ‘unknown’ male voices are excellent. Such as Balakram, Shaminder, Dwijen Mukherjee (very close to Hemant Kumar) and Dhananjay Bhattacharya (indistinguishable from Pankaj Mullick in ‘Yatrik’).

    Congratulations and thanks for this excellent post.

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    1. Thank you AKji for the appreciation of the post. I agree some of the singers may not be lesser known. But I’ll add that for a general music lover, those names would not still be well known. Only the deeply interested ones would be able knowing them.
      Some of the songs are so good, I was ashamed of my ignorance.
      Thank you for again for visiting and commenting.


  8. I don’t believe I had heard a single one of these songs before. Very interesting to listen to them! Recognizing singers’ voices is not a skill of mine to begin with, but you are very correct that many of them have a style that is specifically capable of being mistaken for some individual better-known singer. I think “Rajni Hai Taron Bhari” was my favorite of the batch.

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  9. Your attempt to recall memories of all those who sang duets with Lataji, and who disappeared from the screens, is commendable.
    I must admit that although I have been following Lataji for 65 years, I had neither heard the songs nor knew the names of the singers, leaving a few.
    I can add only one song, that of Subir Sen and Lataji.
    Dheere Chalao Jara in Aas Ka Panchi
    Thank you Anup.

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    1. Thank you so much Mohan Kaka for your appreciation. I’m glad I could introduce you to a few of unheard melodies.
      About Subir Sen, when I compared him with Dwijen Mukherjee, I thought the former is more known than the latter. So I didn’t include Subir Sen.


  10. Dr. Anup,
    An excellent tribute to Lata Didi on her first punyatithi.
    Very comprehensive and well-written.
    Don’t have anything more to add for the period covered by you and based on the criteria.
    Vishwas Nerurkar’s Gandhar covers her songs till 1989.
    I was trying to recall any lesser known singers from the 90s.
    One name is of Vipin Sachdeva.
    I suppose, we can call him lesser-known.
    Lata sang with him in Sanam Bewafa (1991), Chand Ka Tukda (1994)

    Tune dil mera toda – Sanam Bewafa

    I am very very sorry tera naam bhool gayi – Chand Ka Tukda

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    1. Dr Rajesh,
      Thank you so much for your appreciation.
      I think Vipin sachdeva fits in the category of lesser known singers. He was popular in the 90s, but if I remember correctly he didn’t appear in many movies as a playback singer. Thank you for sharing the songs.


  11. Anupji, your research is so deep!! Shows the hard work you have put in.
    Anwar Hussain is one of the singers of the 80s and 90s who sang at least 5 songs with Lata Mangeshkar. His USP was that he sounded a lot like Rafi. Here’s their duet from the movie Sawaal – Yeh Safar bhi kitna suhaana hain. (The tune is very similar to Yeh Mulaqaat ek bahaana hai and the music director of both songs is Khayyam)


    1. Anita ji,
      Thanks a lot for the appreciation of the post. As I have said already, my work was relatively easy by the book by Vishwas Nerurkar. What I did to search of the singer’s details.
      Anwar’s songs are relatively well known and I was in dilemma. When I looked at the number of songs sung by him, I decided not to add him to the list. The songs are many and quite well known.


  12. Splendid post involving deep research to locate songs with the restriction of Lata Mangeshkar being present. I very much appreciate your labour of love. I m posting a duet.

    Rudali, Music Bhupen Hazarika, Lata Mangeshkar & Bhupen Hazarika
    “Dil hom hoom kare”


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