Pyarelal of the Laxmi-Pyare fame; A Tribute to the much-deserving music artists

Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, was born in Gorakhpur district of United Provinces on this day (3rd September), 73 years back. The living legend along with his partner, Laxmikant has given us millions of melodious, soothing songs to remember. This musical duo was a rage back then and had reached heights that no other musical entity had touched at that time.

Many people used to think that Laxmikant-Pyarelal is a single person but when they started picking up pace with their fame, their name was everywhere. Even in filmmakers books. Also known as Laxmi-Pyare, the duo first met at Sureel Kala Kendra, a music academy for children, run by the Mangeshkar family. And since then became really good friends but due to their poor financial background, they needed help and Lata Mangeshkar turned the light of their life as she recommended the duo to music directors like  Naushad, Sachin Dev Burman and C. Ramchandra.

The first ever movie which featured the duo in a movie as music directors was Parasmani which was a costume drama. All the songs of the film became immensely popular esp. “Hasata Hua Nurani Chehara”, “Wo Jab Yaad Aaye” and “Mere Dil Main Halki Si”. Throughout their tenure as music directors, Laxmi-Pyare only used A-grade singers. Their mentors, Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi agreed to sing for them in spite of low budgets, and Laxmi-Pyare always remained indebted to them. In fact, both Mohammad Rafi and Lata have sung the maximum number of songs in their career for Laxmi-Pyare.They continued to give patronage to Mohammed Rafi, sometimes against filmmakers’ wishes. They had a great rapport with Kishore Kumar as well. Kishore Kumar sang maximum songs (402) for LP among all male singers, followed by Rafi(about 365 songs).

Laxmi-Pyare composed Indian Classical Music as well as Western music. But they were most popular for their Folk Tunesand semi-classical music. In Shagird, they created Rock-n-Roll style foot-tapping melodies. The film Karzis worth specially mentioning here.

Although not as a rule, Laxmikant mostly looked after vocals and Pyarelal used to take care of orchestration. Both had vast knowledge of various music generes, musical instruments and orchestra management. So as a tribute to one of the greatest contributors to the Indian music industry, we salute you Laxmikant-Pyarelal and we wish you a very Happy Birthday Mr. Pyarelalji!

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