Birthday Tribute: Lata Mangeshkar’s all time greats!

If the legendary film maker – Yash Chopra was alive, he would definitely be ushering out his birthday on Friday, September 27th when his most preferred singer and sister Lata Mangeshkar would be bringing in her birthday on September 28. Free-spirited and talented, they both were professionally inseprable. Yash chopra even went on to promise Lata “As long as I am there you will sing in all my films”. Surely they broke a million hearts by not featuring Lata Mageshkar in his last directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

This jodi has given us many sensational tracks which we are sure won’t be so easy to erase from our memories. So we make it even more difficult for you by celebrating the 10 most amazing songs where in Lata Mangeshkar lent her voice of Yash Chopra.

10. ‘Tere liye’ (title song)

The maverick Madan Mohan’s posthumous melody revamped, restructured and brought to flickering life by his talented son Sanjeev Kohli, Lataji together with Roop Kumar Rathod sang this track as if there was a no tomorrow. Make no mistakes, though it’s ranked 10th on our list but it is atleast a thousand times better than the present bollywood music!

9. ‘Tu saawan main pyaas piya’ (Parampara)

An utterly tasteless actress on screen Ramya also couldn’t take away the heart and soul from this track which was sung by Lata ji. In this track Lata Mangeshkar sang about Woman’s sexual longing with such persuasiveness! ‘Tere bin mainaadhi – adhuri, chhuke mujhe tu kar de poori.’ This is one of Lataji’s most erotic numbers – Poori ki poori!

8.’Morni baghaan maan bole’ (Lamhe)

This track has Sridevi grooving elegantly in the undulating deserts of Rajasthan as Saroj Khan’s choreography left no stone unturned to make this track a raging sensation. If there was heaven on earth, it sure was here in the track as Sridevi kicked up a graceful desert strom.

7.’Mere haathon mein nau-nau chudiyaan hai’ (Chandni)

Did you know that Lata ji was unwell when Shiv – Hari wanted her to record this track for their movie? But Yash Chopra didn’t listen to anyone and said ‘How can anyone else sing in my film?’. This song was a resounding hit. Well worth the wait I must say.

6.’Om namah shivay’ (Mashaal)

The fact that this song was composed by Lata Mangeshkar’s brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar makes this solo track sung by Lata ji very special. This track emits an auro of tranquility even in the most troubled times. Try it! You will find out why Yash ji considered Lata Ji to be Mata Saraswati’s reincarnation.

5.’Neela aasman so gaya’ (Silsila)

The lyrics was written by javed Akhtar and this was the first time he had done this for a movie. And the Nightingale’s voice took over the show. Rekha Looked like a dream as she put a face to Lataji’s voice. Classicists Shiv – Hari couldn’t have hoped for a better filmy beginning.

4.’Tu mere saath rahega munne’ (Trishul)

This song was so strong and persuasive that it made Yashji cry each time he heard it. Though Khayyam’s compostion had nothing more than ordinary, Lataji’s rendering of a mother’s plea to her son to take revenge for all the bad things done to her was so poerfully penned down by Sahir Ludhianvi. This song became an exquisite expression of maternal expectations! No surprises as to why Yash Chopra had tears in his eyes after listening to this track.

3.’Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayaal aata hai’ (Kabhi Kabhie)

Sahir and Khayyam came together to write down this song about lost love and treasure of memories flooding the melody with life-giving postions. Though Mukesh sang this song in his version, Lata ji’s interpretation of the lyrics remains a jewel of the crown.

2.’Jo baat ishaaron mein kahi tun nahin samjhe’ (Joshila)

This song is very special. R D Burman and Sahir Ludianvi got together to create this remarkable song. It was sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar.

1.’Jab bhi jee chahe, nayi duniya basaa lete hain log’ (Daag)

When Yash Chopra launched Yash Raj Films, he got together a never-before and never-again composer-poet mixture of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Sahir Ludhianvi. The duo had huge creative differences with the poet-extraordinaire. When two greats meet, there are bound to be a few sparks. This heart-piercing song about a broken and betrayed heart was actually inspired by a Pakistani Ghazal by Noorjehan. Lataji of course gave it her own twist. Exquisite pain oozes out of every word. And Sharmila Tagore enacted the song with just the right blend of suffering and smirk.

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