Duets of OP Nayyar: Part 2

December 3, 2017

Guest article by Ravindra Kelkar

(Of the 223 total duets composed by OP Nayyar, the most conspicuous are male-female duets in which the male voice is Rafi and the female voice, either Geeta Dutt or Shamshad Begum or Asha Bhosle. These are 119 in number, and were the subject matter of Ravindra Kelkar’s last post on OP Nayyar’s duets. That leaves 104 duets, including 60 ‘other’ MF duets – Rafi with other female singers, and male singer other than Rafi – and 44 duets of mixed type, i.e. male-male, female-female or more than two singers. Thus, in spite of the smaller number, these 104 duets present immense variety. With this second part of the two-part post on OP Nayyar’s duets, Mr Kelkar completes the comprehensive review of OP Nayyar’s duets. Thank you, Mr Kelkar for your painstaking effort. – AK)

OP NayyarIn part 1 we listened to Rafi-Geeta Dutt, Rafi-Shamshad Begum and Rafi-Asha Bhosle duets. Now let us listen to some other combinations.

Rafi with ‘other’ female singers

Rafi and Asha Bhosle were the two main singers for OP. Rafi sang just five more male-female duets for OP, one each with Nirmala Arun, Suraiya, Vani Jairam, Dilraj Kaur and Pushpa Pagdhare.

As a representative case, let us listen to the Rafi-Suraiya duet.

1. Tu zara si baat par khafa na ho by Rafi and Suraiya from Mr. Lambu (1956), lyrics by Harsh

Harsh wrote three songs for OP, all of them in this film. I have no idea how many more songs are written by Harsh. Suraiya also worked with OP only in this film and sang two solos in addition to this song. This is a typical OP number of that period. A happy mood song.

Asha Bhosle with ‘other’ male singers

Now, let us turn our attention to Asha Bhosle’s duets with other male singers. Asha Bhosle-Kishore Kumar sang 12 duets, Asha Bhosle-Mahendra Kapoor sang 9 duets, Asha Bhosle-Mukesh sang 3 duets, Asha Bhosle-Talat Mahmood sang 2 duets and Asha Bhosle-Manna Dey sang one duet. I have picked five songs here.

2. Baahon ko zara lahra de by Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey from Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala (1958), lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri

I am quite fond of this song. A typical OP number of that period, with standard rhythm variations. There is no way to know what made OP opt for Manna Dey instead of Rafi. This film is not available on DVD, so no idea on who it was picturized on. Based on the orchestration, my guess is this could be a climax song, or some crime is being committed or about to be committed.

3. Main Bangalee chhokara by Asha Bhosle and Kishore from Raagini (1958), lyrics by Qamar Jalalabadi

There are quite a few memorable duets sung by this duo under OP’s baton. So, it was difficult to pick one song. In this film itself we have three more Asha-Kishore duets. This film was produced by Ashok Kumar. In addition to this film, OP composed music for film Kalpana, which was also produced by Ashok Kumar. During his Lahore days, OP was a great fan of Ashok Kumar. OP was among the crowd who waited at Lahore Railway station for arrival of Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani, to catch a glimpse of them, during his childhood days. So, OP was extremely delighted when Ashok Kumar signed him for this film. Ashok Kumar, in an interview, very generously acknowledged that whatever success the two films achieved was mainly because of OP’s outstanding music. This is a highly entertaining song to listen to as well as to watch. In this film, Kishore Kumar, who is a trained singer loves Jabeen. Padmini, who is a trained dancer loves Kishore Kumar and Ashok Kumar loves Padmini. So a typical Bollywood love story!!!

4. Haath aya hai jab se by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor from Dil Aur Mohabbat (1968), lyrics by Shevan Rizvi

Another song picturised on Joy Mukherjee and Sharmila Tagore. Another top-class melody. A short intro piece and suddenly Asha Bhosle starts the singing. Electric guitar is played by Hazara Singh, taar-shehnai by Dakshina Mohan Tagore and sarangi by Pt. Ramnarayan. OP was very fond of this song, especially the romance implied in the lyrics – ‘Roshni Zindagi mein mohabbat se hai, Warna rakkha hai kya chandani raat mein”. Another instance where Mahendra Kapoor enters the song in the second stanza. Mahendra Kapoor has tried his best to sing in OP/Rafi style.

5. Sach bata tu mujh pe fida by Asha Bhosle and Talat Mahmood from Sone Ki Chidiya (1958), lyrics by Sahir Ludhiyanvi

This film was produced by Ismat Chugtai, a very prominent writer. She had written the story of this film and it was claimed that it was based upon the life story of Nargis. This film has the other very famous duet ‘Pyar par bas to nahi hai’, which has already appeared in this blog earlier a couple of times, so I have chosen this duet. A very energetic and breezy song where OP has maintained the same rhythm throughout the song. Standard prelude of OP to build the mood of the song. In the interlude, I feel OP has used the combination of clarinet and accordion. Definitely, it’s not the standard clarinet/flute combo, some other instrument is mixed. In the inter loops you can hear the cut notes of standard clarinet/flute. Use of double bass is quite noticeable. This film turned out to be the last film OP did with Sahir. Actually, both of them were from Lahore and had immense respect for each other. Sahir was once asked ‘Is there a music director who gives more importance to the lyrics than tune?’. He instantly replied ‘OP Nayyar’. This once again confirms how much importance OP gave to poetry in the lyrics and the extraordinary grasp he had of the nuances of the poetry. OP always claimed that the main ingredient behind the success of the film Pyasa was Sahir Laudhiyanavi.

6. Ye dil lekar nazarana by Asha Bhosle and Mukesh from Ek Baar Muskura Do (1972), lyrics by SH Bihari

OP composed three Asha Bhosle-Mukesh duets, one in Miss Coca Cola and two in this film. I choose this because, Mukesh is singing a Bhangra song, which is quite rare. Many songs from this film were popular and the film enjoyed a reasonable success at box office. The music of this film was modern, he used Kishore and Mukesh successfully in this film. It indicated that the creative juices were still well intact. In fact, it seems that he had reached a stage where he was comfortable to use singers with as diverse abilities as Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Kishore Kumar and Hemant Kumar by creating suitable compositions. Earlier he always had this fixation that only Rafi could do justice to his compositions. However, in 1972 itself the break-up with Asha Bhosle happened and this resulted into the ouster of OP from Hindi Film industry for good.

Male Duets

In all, OP composed 19 male duets and Rafi sang 14 of them. Most of the OP’s male duets are comedy songs, with some exceptions like “Tu hai mera premdevata” from Kalpana and Jo diya tha tumne ek din from Sambandh. Here, I have selected three duets, all comedy songs.

7. Hum ko hanste dekh zamana jaltaa hai by Rafi and GM Durrani from Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956), lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri

This was OP’s maiden venture with Filmistan. S Mukherjee was the leading light of Filmistan. When OP was struggling for a break, he had approached S Mukherjee for work. After listening to his compositions, he outright rejected him, telling him bluntly that you are no good. It delighted OP that the same S Mukherjee invited him for this film. After going through the rushes of the film, S Mukherjee predicted that this film will do well at the box office and he was proved right. The film was a runaway success. From this point onwards, OP and S Mukherjee enjoyed excellent relations. OP always held S Mukherjee in high esteem and he had a fund of interesting stories about S Mukherjee. This film was directed by IS Johar. His companion in this song is Majnu, like IS Johar he is a versatile character.

8. Munh se mat laga cheez hai buri by Rafi and Manna Dey from Johnny Walker (1957), lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri

In this comedy song, I feel Manna Dey has matched Rafi at every step. There is an interesting story about how OP signed this film. When producers Ved and Madan approached OP, OP had a lot of films already signed and considering the theme of the film, to put off the producers, OP told them “If you present me Impala car tomorrow morning, I will sign the film”. OP thought he has got rid of them. He was in for a surprise when at 11 am next morning the producers handed over keys of a brand new Impala car and OP had no option but to sign up for the film. The film did a reasonably good business mainly due to some excellent compositions. This song unfolds as a repartee between Johnny Walker and his friends who sing in the voice of Manna Dey, taking turns. The friends are imploring Johnny Walker to abstain from alcohol with Johnny Walker refusing to listen. The song is full of zest and embellished by claps, mandolin, guitar on the rhythm of ride/crash cymbal from drum set with standard change over to dholak for stanzas.

9. Do akalmand huye fikramand by Rafi and Kishore Kumar from Akalmand (1966), lyrics by Aziz Kashmiri

Another hilarious song, with some philosophical musings about poor and rich people, religious priests etc.

Female duets

In total, OP composed 25 female duets and Asha Bhosle sang 24 of these. Almost all of them are excellent and many of them enjoyed a lot of popularity. I present here four of them.

10. Kuchh kuchh hone laga by Asha Bhosle nd Shamshad Begum from Dhake Ki Malmal (1956), lyrics by Jaan Nisar Akhtar

Asha Bhosle and Shmashad Begum sang seven female duets for OP. Out of these, Reshmi salwar kurta from Naya Daur and Kajara mohabbatwala from Kismat are highly popular. However, both these songs were included in AK’s post on Shamshad Begum-OP combination. Hence, I went for this excellent song. Originally, Dilip Kumar was supposed to act in the film, however for some reasons he dropped out and was replaced by Kishore Kumar. However, Kishore Kumar had no songs in the film. This is a very melodious song and Shamshad Begum has sung it wonderfully well with Asha Bhosle. This film is not available on DVD. But I remember watching this song on Doordarshan in the popular programme Chhayageet before the advent of cable TV, with Madhubala looking ravishingly beautiful. Interestingly, this film had one song composed by another composer, Robin Chatterjee.

11. Dil tera diwana o mastani bulbul by Geeta Dutt Dutt and Asha Bhosle from Mr. Qartoon M.A. (1958), lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri

This film was also produced by Ved and Madan and had some highly popular songs including Main main main Qartoon. M.A. here stands for Master of Aloo, referring to Johnny Walker who played the role of a chef in the film.

12. Is duniya se nirala hun main by Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle from Ragini (1958), lyrics by Jaan Nisar Akhtar

Possibly this is the last time Geeta Dutt sang for OP. Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt sang 5 duets and all of them are of high quality. As I have mentioned earlier, Asha Bhosle used to copy Geeta Dutt in the earlier part of her career. However, in her duets with Geeta Dutt, OP has ensured that she does not fall into this error and maintains her own identity. This song has a superb sarangi piece played in OP style by the redoubtable Pt. Ramnarayan. In the film, Vinod Mehra as a child artist plays the role of young Kishore Kumar. He has a strict father in Nazir Hussain, who is a prominent classical singer, forcing young Kishore Kumar do riyaaz and keeps a vigilant eye on him. However, young Kishore Kumar manages to escape with his childhood girlfriend. The father is searching for him so that he may discipline him and when this song is sung by the children, the father himself gets mesmerized by the song.

13. Huzurewaala jo ho ijaazat by Asha Bhosle and Minu Purshottam from Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966), lyrics by Aziz Kasmiri

This haunting film was directed by Brij. Brij committed suicide sometime in the eighties. Before that he was in talks with OP about producing a film for which OP had agreed to give music. The music of this film ranks very high for me. This is a fantastic song, it has a huge intro piece and is an evidence of OP’s musical creativity. Here, though this is a female duet, Minu Purshottam just sings in tandem with Asha. The two dancers in the film are Helen and Madhumati. They sing separately one stanza each. However, both of them lisp Asha’s voice. This was a mean trick played by OP and Asha. Asha Bhosle would sing both the portions and when both the actresses are singing together we would have the two singers singing in tandem. This obviously happened after Asha Bhosle started insisting that she will sing all the female songs (from 1960 onwards). There are three exceptions to this. One song in Akalmand, ‘Jab do dil ho bechain’ is sung by Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum . This song is picturized on Kishore Kumar and IS Johar, both disguised as ladies, so possibly that was the reason to have two separate voices. Same is the case for Kismat –‘Kajara Mohabbatwala’ where Biswajeet disguised as a lady sings in Shamshad Begum’s voice, while Babita in the garb of a male sings in Asha’s voice. The third song is from Sawan Ki Ghata –‘Khuda huzur ko meri bhi zindagi de de’ which is sung by Asha Bhosle and her sister Usha Mangeshkar. Possibly, Asha Bhosle gave her consent realizing that Usha is no threat to her sovereignty. There is a very nice story recounted by Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma about the recording of this song. He says, “I was at home doing riyaz, when a chorus singer came in an Impala car. He told me, ‘Nayyar saab has sent a car for you and all are waiting for you at the recording’’. I had not received any message of the recording. However, I quickly readied myself and went to the recording. The preparation for the recording was in full swing. I went to OP and told him that I had not received any message. OP with impish smile and twinkle in his eyes, told me, ‘Relax, I have not called you for playing. I was missing you so I asked you to come’. I was touched and happily sat through the recording of the song. It was ‘Huzurewala’ from ‘Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi’. OP was like that. He would tell us ‘Don’t travel in the crowd of the local train. Take proper care of your instrument. Come by Taxi’ and he would pay us separately, the taxi fare. The only condition was that we should be punctual.”

Now to the last part, Mixed songs, which comprise three singers. OP in all composed 14 mixed songs. I have selected two here.

14. Aaj suhani raat re…Tu aa ja re ki dil hai beqaraar by Shamshad Begum, Kishore and Rafi from Naya Andaz (1956), lyrics by Jaan Nisar Akhtar

In this wonderful song, Shamshad Begum has obviously overshadowed both Kishore Kumar and Rafi. The chorus also makes its presence felt. The expressions Shamshad Begum has put in the word ‘beqaraar’ are matchless.

15. O leke pahla pahla pyar by Shamshad Begum, Rafi and Asha Bhosle from CID (1956), lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri

This is the sad version of the popular happy song. Asha Bhosle sings for Shakila. Rafi brings in some variation like singing “Aha” and “Wah wah wah”. Here, all the three singers have sung it equally well.

1. O.P. Nayyar Kya Baat Hai Is Jadugar ki, a coffee-able book by Sateesh Paknikar. The comments from Pt. Shivkumar Sharma are from this book.
2. The Legendary O.P. Nayyar by Vishwas Nerurkar
3. O.P. Nayyar King of Melody by Lata Jagtiani

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hasmukh Joshi December 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

Balma sajna duniya bhula di tere pyar mein from film Akalmand by Asha and Meenaji is my favorite

2 Mayur vachharajani December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Love the songs
Song of Dil Aur Mohabat by Asha and Magandra Kapoor probably one of the best duet composed by great O P

3 ksbhatia December 3, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Ravindra Kelkar ji;

A nostalgic drive down the memory lane and that too on Impala [1957] .! Really beautiful scenario ; rich in content . O P Nayyar really lived his life like a free fun loving guy ….atleast what his compositions spell . His passion for coming with best….. using the western instruments coupled with or rather suddenly galloping to bring in dholak had a great impact on the listeners…..as they enjoyed the best of both worlds ..

Here is a duet song which proves my viewpoint ……

Thandi thandi hawa….Asha, Geeta…..Johny Walker


……will be back again.

4 Mehfil Mein Meri December 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Nice song collection Kelkar ji.
Enjoyed all.
Congrats and thanks for the musical treat.
This time also, the commentary for each song is informative and interesting.

5 Ravindra Kelkar December 3, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Hasmukh Joshi Ji #1,
The song you have mentioned, is a wonderful song, with excellent use of Harmonium.

6 Ravindra Kelkar December 3, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Mayur Ji #2,
I am happy that you loved the songs. Haath Aaya Hai is surely one of the best duets.

7 Ravindra Kelkar December 3, 2017 at 11:02 pm

ksbhatia Ji #3,
Thanks for the kind words. Thandi Thandi Hawa is as good as it gets, no doubt about it.

8 Ravindra Kelkar December 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Mehfil Mein Meri #4,
Thanks for the praise.

9 Hasmukh Joshi December 3, 2017 at 11:43 pm

OP has used harmonium so good and so many times you could possibly gather these treats in one write up for all to enjoy. Please give this serious thought and come back with such wonderful songs. I will wait for you. Please don’t feel bad if you get a reminder from me if we don’t see this collection from you.
Kind regards.

10 Kalyan Huddar December 4, 2017 at 2:41 am

Ravi Your column is very much informative and with all details related to instruments used and the mutual relations of the artists However it’s a big task and needs lot of homework
You can also write on few excellent female singers who have a very limited career in Bollywood maybe for 1-10 movies eg kishori Amonkar shobha Gurtu etc

11 Ajay.Gadre December 4, 2017 at 6:24 am

Great blog Ravindra.Listened to Tu zarasi baatpe khafa after ages.Thanks

12 Mehfil Mein Meri December 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

Kelkar ji,
Can we think of ‘Meri Neendon Mein Tum’ by kishore & shamshad.
and one more from kalpna
Assalam alekum by asha & sudha malhotra

13 Subodh Agrawal December 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

Your first post on this theme had raised expectations, and you have now exceeded them. Thanks and congratulations. This post has more songs I didn’t remember, so that is an additional bonus.

14 KB December 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

This is an excellent collection. We find although singers like Mannadey have sung less for OP whatever they have sung have become real gems!
So too with Talat, Kishore and Mukesh also. Good to see the best of these are brought about in this collection! And of course Mahendra Kapoor, who indeed , sang some of his best songs for OP.

15 Adv Anand Anant Kalvankar December 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for sharing

16 Ravindra Kelkar December 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Hansmukh Ji #9,
You are spot on when you say that there are quite a few OP songs based upon excellent use of the Harmonium. About having a write-up on this, AK Ji, is the decision maker…

17 Ravindra Kelkar December 4, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Ajay Gadre #10,
Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you had an opportunity to listen to ‘Tu zarasi Baat Pe’ .

18 Ravindra Kelkar December 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Mehfil Mein Meri #11,
Meri Nindon Mein Tum was included in Shamshad-OP write up by AK. That’s the reason it’s not included. It’s a top class song and most certainly I would have included it here otherwise.
Assalam Alekum is also an excellent song. Since, I restricted myself to 15 songs, I had to exclude it. I hope you understand.

19 Ravindra Kelkar December 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm

Subodh Agarwal #12,
Thanks for your compliments, most appreciated.

20 Ravindra Kelkar December 4, 2017 at 11:48 pm

KB #13,
Thanks for the nice words. I fully agree with your comments.

21 Ashok M Vaishnav December 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

Ravindraji has done so excellent job in the selection and presentation of duets in this post that no amount of literary dose of expressing my feeling of thanks would ever adequately convey the depth of that feeling.

I must say that both these articles are collectors’s treasure.

22 R.Vasudevan December 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

The best use of harmonium can be heard in the song
“kazara mohabath wala akiyoe me dala hain” from the film Kismat

Normally music directors use this instrument to give a lift or pep up but OP Nayar uses it differently. In the above mentioned song the instrument interlude is long and in the Ek Musafir Ek Hasina film
for the song “aap yuhi agar milthe rahe” the instrument usage is fine
example how important OPN gave to basic instruments like harmonium
A master composer was O.P.Nayar

23 Jignesh Kotadia December 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

again a great collection of OPN duets, enjoyed each one, matchless music !!
I agree with Mayurji, Haath aaya hai jab se is no-match beauty, melody, poetry and rhythm at their topmost level !
also that woman praise Kahaan se laayi ho jaaneman ye kitaabi chehra gulaabi aankhen ! these are more than wonderful creations !!
I am posting 2 more HARMONIUM songs of OPN as Hasmukhji interested to explore some more..OPN’s harmonium songs are a treat to ears.

1. Tere gesuon ka saaya meri jaan jis ne paaya
use mil gayi khudaai woh naseeb leke aaya
Rafi in LOVE AND MURDER 1966, a 5 star gem
all songs of this film are as superb as any Topclass OPN film !Delivered great music even in such obscure c grade movies !

2. Apna to zamaane me bas itna fasaana hai
itna hi fasaana hai, bas itna fasaana hai
KK in Naya Andaz 1956, another classic.

24 Jignesh Kotadia December 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

missing a great duet from ur list, have u covered it in any other post ?

Jhuka jhuka ke nigahen milaye jaate hai
Miss coca cola 1955

25 Ravindra Kelkar December 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Ashok Vaishnav #20,
Thanks for your compliments. I am so happy that you enjoyed them.

26 Ravindra Kelkar December 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm

R Vasudevan # 21,
There are quite a few OP songs where Harmonium is prominently used. I think the Ek Musaif Ek Hasina song you are referring to is ‘Bahut Shukriya’. Also, you are spot on when you say that in such songs, the Harmonium pieces create an indelible impression in your mind.

27 Ravindra Kelkar December 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Jignesh Kotadia #21, #22,
Thanks for your praise.
The songs you mentioned are all wonderful. As I have written, there are a huge number of OP duets and it’s inevitable that many superb songs have been left out, because you can accommodate only so many in a blog. I hope you understand.

28 Jignesh Kotadia December 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

compare these songs
OPN made Hey Babu Chahe Yeh Zamana Kahe…Gaa Le Tu Khushi Ka Raag Duniya Hai Bhagam Bhag

after 50 years Preetam took the same rocknroll tune for new BHAGAMBGAG 2006, and made the TITLE of it.

and is this the source ?

29 KB December 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

One important aspect we notice here in the OP solos and duets is that unlike many other composers like SD Burman ,OP had a small range of important singers like Rafi in the male group and Asha,Geeta and Shamshad Begum in the female group who were responsible for majority of his songs. Only to a small extent other singers like Mahendra Kapur and Kishore kumar were used. Perhaps, these results could have been achieved better with a wider range of singers of the time and could include those like Talat Mahmood and Mannadey. Anyway ,OP was a front runner during his time and created his space in the music history.

30 Hemant Paknikar December 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Dear Ravindraji,
Nice and well thought out Part 2 of OPN duets .
You have clarified in #17 why you have not included “meri nindomein tum “ in your OPN duets Part 2 .
But Kishorkumar –shamshad begum combination was a rare combination indeed .There are around 24 songs by the duo.For song lovers , following 17 songs are given( By well-known Composers) . Observe how this combination is used differently by each Music director.
My personal favourite — “Meri nindome tum “. Really outstanding !!

Madan Mohan–
Jo tum karo main Ada Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/EF8RGBjoPfs
O madam Ashiana Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/RW6md-VMdhY
Balle balle o Ilzaam Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar, https://youtu.be/CdvRvMUNPKQ
Kanwaron ka bhie Mastana Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/EYs2T5MotyU
Jalti hai duniya Pyar Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/c_-SMRPe4Kw
Pee pee hum aur tum Naujawan Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/c6_ZnWCd_EE
Gori ke nainon men Angarey Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/n7bHlwDbtrU
Kahan chale sarkar Hamara ghar Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/rB-mlJro2P0
Aayi bahar hai Hamari shaan Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/8CJ40ZLuEkc
Tera mera mera tera Sindbad the Sailor Shamshad Begum, Kishore https://youtu.be/4kVtcM3l1Ec
Meethi narangi lena Raj darbaar Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/TRVZcaf7CFo
Adhaa teetar adhaa Lehren Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/JT77XiYyq1A
Meri neendon men tum Naya andaz Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/mF-3pSi2n9o
Chana jor garam Naya andaz Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/cR65B82_188
Tumhi se pyar Naya andaz Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/1eEpw5_phkI
Saiyan raja laa de Naya andaz Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/cR65B82_188
Taraste hain tadapte ChhamChhamacChham Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar https://youtu.be/yE6DNSunGak

31 ksbhatia December 6, 2017 at 11:29 pm

A rare duet song of Rafi , Asha from Chhoo Mantar picturised on Johhny Walker and Shyama where in JW sings from Balcony of the Theater and Shyama from Stage . A less heard song but a nice one .

Main to baanke naino wali…..


32 ksbhatia December 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Jignesh @27 ;

Nice trail of Bhagam Bhag song . Music of the mid 50s was a true follower of some of the hollywood musicals . French or say europeon cafe music was handy for some of our MDs to pick a tune or even an interlude from such tracks . Interlude of OPN’s song …..Thandi thandi hawa….is based on some very famous french cafe music . I will post the tune as soon as possible .

Here is the compilation of Sophia Loren films which carries the Bhagam Bhag tune ….Mambo Italiano….


33 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2017 at 1:42 am

nice compilation of Sophia films’ pieces ! what a beautiful lady she was in her youth ! killing !

34 ksbhatia December 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Ravindra Kelkar ji ;

Here is one among the Mix songs by Rafi , Asha and S.D.Batish …..Basant…

Ji ulfat ko…..


35 ksbhatia December 8, 2017 at 12:15 am

Here is one of Rafi’s duet with Nirmala devi…from Musafir Khana [1955]

….Jhoothe zamane bhar ke….


36 AK December 9, 2017 at 7:01 am

KS Bhatiaji,
Thanks a lot for refreshing my memory of two great OPN songs – Jhhothe zamane bhar ke and Humne to unke saamne pahle to khanjar rakh diya.

37 Ravindra Kelkar December 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

KS Bhatiyaji #32, #33,
Thanks for the additions.

Jigneshji #27,

Thanks for the information

38 Hemant Paknikar December 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

Dear AK ji,
Is there any problem with my post at 28.
Is it still under modaration ?
Paknikar Hemant

39 Hemant Paknikar December 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

Sorry . Post is @29 in my browser.

40 Hemant Paknikar December 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

If there is any tecnical (browser/software ) problem occurred with my post, shall I send it again ?

41 AK December 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for mentioning it. It is up now. I don’t know why it was in pending-approval folder.

42 KB December 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

Collection of all songs of Shamshad begum and Kishore kumar #30 is a very commendable exercise indeed !

43 ksbhatia December 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

This happens when we post more than five video songs . The moderation takes time when it is more than five uploads.

The compilation is awesome . Many of the songs are new to me . will listen to them as I proceed .

44 Ravindra Kelkar December 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Hemant Paknikar #30,
Thanks for your kind words and sharing these songs.
I agree with you that “Meri Nindon Mein Tum” is the best!!!

45 Paknikar Hemant December 9, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Thank you Bhatia ji …..

46 Anil Kane December 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Dear Ravindra ji,

Your posts OPN duets part 1 and 2 are simply outstanding.

In the mixed category, I would like to include ‘hum pe dil aaya toh bolo kya karoge’ by Asha, Shamshad and Rafi from ‘Do Ustad’. Though similar to ‘leke pehela pehela pyar’, it is a class apart by itself.

Regards, Anil Kane.

47 ksbhatia December 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Ravindra Kelkar ji ;

There are certain songs / duets/ mix songs of earlier films where OPN seems to be on a different platform …..his compositions are not of his usual recognised beats and rhythm …..even the singers are not at their best …..may be the films belong to run of the mill form or B/C grade .

For record here are some of those…..

Duniya Daulat Waloan ki……Balbir, Asha ….Sab Se Bada Rupaiya


Bananewale ne rupaiya kyun…Balbir, Asha, Shamshad……Sab se ….


Ye duniya hai bazar….Asha, Shamshad, Kishore….Chham Chhama Chham


Is raat Diwali yeh kaisi…Rafi, Asha, Shamshad….Sabse bada rupaiya


48 Ravindra Kelkar December 11, 2017 at 12:05 am

Anil Kane ji #46,
Thanks for your compliments.
I agree with your observation on the Do Ustad song. It’s wonderful.
If I had decided to add one more song in the mixed category, I would have most certainly included this song. Since, I decided to stick to 15 songs in each of part 1 and part 2, this song missed out.

49 Ravindra Kelkar December 11, 2017 at 12:26 am

ksbhatiya ji #47,
The Sabse Bada Ruppaiya songs you have listed above are not composed by OP. They are composed by Nashad. OP left the film mid way, since the producer was not paying him his fees, then Nashad took over.
I agree with your observation on Chham Chhama Chham song, it’s a forgettable song. In my view, OP’s musical score for this film was the worst of his career….There were 11 songs composed by OP for this film. Two of the songs were not released on disc. The film is also not available on DVD, hence it’s not possible to judge the quality of them. However out of the rest of the nine songs, only two songs are worth a mention. Those are ‘Aa pardesi baalamaa’ sung by Asha Bhosle, the first song OP recorded for Asha and the second is ‘Taraste hain, tadapte hain’, sung by Shamshad and Kishore, the first time OP used Shamshad. The rest of the seven songs are very ordinary. Remember this was OP’s second film and part of OP’s first phase, during which OP was finding his footing. The music composed by OP for the other two films in his first phase, viz. Aasmaan and Baaz was of a very high quality, but the quality of his compositions for the film Chham Chhama Chham, left a lot to be desired.

50 ksbhatia December 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Kelkar ji @49 ;

I knew OPN leaving the film midway but was not aware that the film was Sabse Bada Rupaiya . Thanks for this information .

I too listened to every song of Chham Chhama Chham ; and as you said there is hardly any song worth reporting except the Kishore Shamshad duets you mentioned . Yes the songs of Baaz and Aasman are superb and has the seal of OPN imprint . I liked the piano accordion prelude of …..pom pom pom…..geeta dutt song from Aasman , which later found its way to Binaca geet mala signature tune during mid 50s .

Kelkar ji . I wish to know wheather C H Atma or Manmohan Krishna ever have sung duets under OPN or any other MD . I know only one duet song of Asha and Manmohan Krishna from one of the movies of the 60s by K H Abbas .

51 Ravindra Kelkar December 12, 2017 at 12:40 am

ksbhatiya ji #50,
Under OP there are no duets sung by CH Atma or Manmohan Krishna. About other MDs, I need to find out.

52 Vaidehi December 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

Another very good article Ravindra ji. These lesser known songs are as melodious and enjoyable as any other O.P. Nayyar songs. Compiled together in this article, hearing them one after the other makes us appreciate the versatility of his compositions. Even without his usual Rafi- Asha combination he has been able to create magic with his energetic tunes.

53 Ravindra Kelkar December 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Vaidehi #52,
Thanks for the appreciation.

54 Giri December 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm

My favourite male-male duet by OPN is
“Tu hai mera prem devta” from the film ‘Kalpana’


I always wondered why OPN chose to go with two male singers while the dance is performed by female artistes.
Ravindra Kelkar,
thanks again for another very good post on OPN duets.
Can you tell me if Suman Kalyanpur has sung any song under the baton of OPN?

55 Ravindra Kelkar December 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Giri Ji #54,
Thanks for your kind words. You have a valid question about why male singers. No way to know the answer, we can only speculate..
About Suman Kalyanpur, she did sing one stanza in the song ‘Mohabbat kar lo jee bhar lo’ from Aarpaar. She sang the 2nd stanza – ‘Mohabbat kya hai suno ji ham se ” and then sang in tandem with Geeta Dutt the lines ‘Shikayat kar lo jee bhar lo”. In fact in my view this was her first song in Hindi Films. That was the only song she sang for OP.

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