Multiple Versions Songs (22): Female Solo and A Duet or A Chorus

June 24, 2015

Guest article by Ashok M Vaishnav

(Ashokji has been currently exploring a specific type of multiple version songs that have a solo and a duet or chorus versions.  In his last two articles, Multiple Version Songs (20) and (21), he explored those songs that have a male solo and its duet/chorus versions.  He continues the enquiry for female solos that have such versions.  As the readers are aware, Ashokji has laid the foundation of the Mega Series on Multiple Version Songs, which has seen contributions from some other guest writers as well. I thank him for his unflagging interest in going to the depths of the subject. – AK)

Multiple version songsWe are onto the multiple versions of a solo song which has a pairing duet or a chorus. In the first sub-variation of this theme, we had a male solo and its duet or chorus version. Presently, we will take up multiple version songs where one song is a solo by a female playback singer and the other version is either a duet or a chorus.

I have great pleasure in taking up the opportunity to gratefully acknowledge active contributions that the SoY’s knowledgeable, passionate and live community, in general, and Hans Jakhar (in particular for the articles in this specific category) have made to the qualitative and quantitative enrichment of the contents of this series

1. Dheere se aa ja ri ankhiyan mein from Albela (1951), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music C Ramchandra

One of the most outstanding songs in the cradle song genre as well as a song that finds very high position in Lata Mangeshakar solos. The point to note in this cradle song is the person being put to sleep is a fully grown up one.

The solo version by Lata Mangeshakar and a duet version by Lata Mangeshakr and Chitalkar .


2. Bol na bol ae jaanewale from Armaan (1953), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music S D Burman

The solo is a very lilting song by Asha Bhosle.

Its another version is a duet by Talat Mahmood and Asha Bhosle.


3.  Nai zindagi se pyar kar ke dekh from Shikast  (1953), lyrics Shailendra, music Shanker Jaikishan

Solo by Lata Mangeshakar is well supported by chorus.

Duet version has Mohammad Rafi in the major lead role, Lata Mangeshkar joining at the end. The chorus support is to capture the background in which the song is filmed.


4. Ae maalik tere bande hum from Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), lyrics Bharat Vyas, music  Vasant Desai

The film was about one person (Two Eyes)’s conviction that no human being is inherently bad or a criminal. If the circumstances have made someone to move to crime, enough love, care and empathy can turn back that person to an honourable life.

The solo version by Lata Mangeshkar  and a Male Chorus version seem to reflect these feelings.

Lata Mangeshkar solo

Male chorus


5.  Nayi manzil nayi raahein naya hai meharban apna from Hill Station (1957), lyrics SH Bihari, music Hemant Kumar

Solo, by Lata Mangeshakar, and the duet by Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar softly reflects the hope of a new world, so vividly presented in the lyrics.


6. Pyar par bas to nahin hai mera lekin from Sone Ki Chidiya (1958), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music OP Nayyar

Asha Bhosle solo is more in the reflective mood.

Whereas Talat Mahmood–Asha Bhosle duet is set to a more romantic setting, wherein the heroine is so happily content to hum her joy.


7. Pyaas kuchh aur bhi bhadaka di..tujh ko parda rukh-e-roshan se hatana hoga from Lala Rukh (1958), lyrics Kaifi Azmi, music Khayyam

First version is a romantic duet, equally spaced between Talat Mahamood and Asha Bhosle.

The second version is a bit more pensive solo by Asha Bhosle.


8. Kal ke chaand aaj ke sapne from Nai Raahein (1959), lyrics Shailendra, music Ravi

Here we have a very classic use of multiple versions. The solo is the sad version by Lata Mangeshkar.

The happy, romantic duet version by Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar would have preceded the solo version in the narrative of the film.


9. Abhi na jaao chhod kar ki dil abhi bhara nahin  from Hum Dono (1961),  lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music Jaidev

In the first version, Male Protagonist woos his stunning Lady Love to spend a few more moments together and the female protagonist soothes the frayed impatience of her beloved, in a highly romantic, but equally pensive, duet, by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle.

The second version has altogether a different mood. The lady love calmly goes on restore the sagging confidence of the beloved one, in Jahan Men Aisa Kaun Hai, a solo by Asha Bhosale.


10. Main khush naseeb hun from Tower House (1962), lyrics Asad Bhopali, music Ravi

For the version that we normally do not get to hear, a solo by Lata Mangeshkar, we have a video clip.

Interestingly, we also note an important method of differentiating the other version, a notable or a subtle change in the rhythm in a Mukesh–Lata Mangeshkar duet, which is set to a somewhat faster rhythm to the base tune of waltz.


11. Na tum humein jaano from Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music S D Burman

It is said that the Suman Kalyanpur got this solo because of a tiff S D Burman had with Lata Mangeshkar in that period. However, that just does not take away a grain of merit from the song.

Most of the records document other version as a Hemant Kumar solo. Suman Kalyanpur joins through a brief alaap in the interlude, but in the film, she also joins into singing along a line at the end.YT has this complete in the accompanying clip.


12. Bol meri taqdeer mein kya hai from Hariyali Aur Rasta (1962), lyrics Shilendra, music Shanker Jaikishan

Starting from the very long prelude, rich piano accordion and violin ensemble interlude orchestration and a playful tune, one can not find a more quintessential Shanker Jaikishan Duet, by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshakar.

Lata Mangeshkar solo is set to a slightly slower rhythm matches all the signature identification signs of the music director duo.


13. Mujhe gale se laga lo from Aaj Aur Kal (1963), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music Ravi

One of the finest solo songs by Asha Bosle, deeply portraying the mood of the situation. The duet – Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi – is the song of retrospection, with a strong undercurrent of hope.


14. Aaj kal mein dhal gaya din hua tamaam from Beti Bete (1964), lyrics Shailendra, music Shanker Jaikishan

Lata Mangeshakar lends solo voice to a young girl who tends to her younger siblings, whereas Mohammad Rafi – Lata Mangeshkar duet bears the sorrows of grown up years.


15.  Zindagi ittefaq hai  from Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music Ravi

Asha Bhosle solo is a very typical female seductive song genre that was very popular in 1960s.  Duet, by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor, uses the song as party song, another very popular genre of that period.


We also take note of the songs which have differing versions recorded in the films only:

Marana teri gali mein jeena teri gali mein; Shabab  (1954), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music Naushad
Main tumhin se poochhati hun; Black Cat (1959), lyrics Jaan Nisar Akhtar, music N Datta
Rahe na rahe hum; Mamta (1966), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Roshan
Hum dil ka kanwal denge unko; Zindagi (1964), lyrics Shailendra, music Shanker Jaikishan

In the meanwhile, inputs from highly passionate readers of SoY to add more depth and breadth to this list are indeed most welcome.

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 dustedoff June 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Ashokji, what a great post. A couple of these songs were new to me, but there were plenty that are old favourites of mine. I especially liked the fact that you included Pyaar par bas toh nahin, since the Asha Bhonsle version is often overlooked because it was not filmed (as far as I know). If you do accept the two versions of this song, then another song which appears in two versions would be Teri aankhon ke siva duniya mein rakha kya hai: even in the predominantly male version of the song, there is one last line that’s sung by the female, so it technically is a duet.

A few others that I would suggest:

Sun sun sun sun zaalima/Jaa jaa jaa bewafaa, from Aar Paar

Jhilmil sitaaron ka aangan hoga from Jeevan Mrityu

and, Dheere-dheere baadal from Kismet.

2 Chinmay June 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Adding to female solos recorded in different versions in a film, there is “Jogan ban jaungi” and “Jogan ban aayi hoon” (both Lata) from Shabab (1954).

Also, there is the beautiful “Nain dwar se man mein woh aake” from Sawan (1959). The Lata-Mukesh duet is of a romantic taste and the Lata solo is the sad version.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a link to the solo on YT. 🙁

Another one that comes to mind is “Tere jahan se chal diye”, which has two versions: A Kishore-Asha duet and an Asha solo, from the film Rukhsana (1955).

3 Mahesh June 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Ashok ji,
Thanks a lot for yet another masterpiece of collection. Though many of the songs are familiar, some of their other versions were not much heard by me.

Chinmay ji,
Mukesh-Lata in Sawan is a great addition. As usual the rendering by Mukesh stays for a long time after listening.
The Lata solo version is hardly of 1 min and a few seconds and can be heard from 4:07 to 5:20 in the very link that you have provided.
Many Thanks.

4 arvindersharma June 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
Many thanks for this much awaited post from you and the selection of songs is excellent, the only pertinent omission being ‘Ja ja ja ja bewafa, which Madhu Ji pointed out.
Pyar par bas to nahi hai by Asha Bhonsle was filmed, but maybe it wasn’t included in the film.
Another technicality, this supposed solo by Asha has Talat singing just one line in the end, making it a duet.
I believe, in the record version of Asha, it’s a solo.
About ‘Nain dwar se’ from Saawan’, Mahesh Ji is very right. Lata’s portion is too short to call it a solo, and it seems a part of the main song.
Our film buffs can point out the exact details.
Now I will present two interesting solo/duets, where all the singers are different.
First, a duet by Rafi and Geeta Dutt from Baawra, music by Krishna Dayal.

Shama jalti hain toh parwaane : Geeta Dutt, Mohd …:

Now the solo by Lata from the film.

Shama jalti hay tu Baawra. Md Krishan Dayal 1950 …:

Second, the great classical song by Kishori Amonkar from’Geet gaya pathharon ne’, music Ramlal.

Now the duet by Asha Bhonsle and Mahendra Kapoor

Will be back again.

5 mumbaikar8 June 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Thanks for yet another interesting multiple version songs feature.
What a collection!
Asha’s dominance is striking.
I will add one pair that is unique, I came across it while my search engine was on for 1950 songs, in fact I was contemplating of sharing it with AK for this post but it seems I was too sluggish.
This song from Bawra has a Lata solo and Rafi Geeta Duet.
Lata Solo,
Geeta Rafi Duet,

6 arvindersharma June 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

You were sluggish again.

7 mumbaikar8 June 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Thanks:) Aisa bhi hota hai…………….
May be I was not destined to:)

8 Ashok M Vaishnav June 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Just one day and we have so wonderful additions.

These types of songs come up in such articles only by digging deep into memories and then looking up for YT link. In that process, you get a few more entries as well.
So, only when all of us would chip in we can ensure that almost all the songs of one particular sub-category are now on one page.

Nain Dar Se Man Mein Aaye is a one more classic case of what AKji has called Duet Balance Index, in his (apparently) tongue-in-cheek post -“Mathematical-taxonomic analysis of songs and films”.

So what appeared to be a very clever ‘googly’, is in fact a very do-able regular, but highly unorthodox spin.

Well, Saaathi Haath Badhana sounds so well in the ears.

I am infected by laziness fever too, so I will thank all those who have pitched in till now in this sentence.

9 arvindersharma June 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
The famous duet of Dillagi, ‘Tu mera chand main teri chandni’ by Suraiyya and Shyam, and its smaller version by Geeta Dutt, deserve a place in this post, though already mentioned in SoY in a separate post.
Here are both the versions.

Duet from Suraiyya and Shyam

Solo by Geeta Dutt

Now, a lovely Lata solo from Honeymoon, music Salil Chaudhary.

Lata jee – Mere Khuwabon Main Khiyalon Main Chupe…:

And the duet by Mukesh and Lata, where we find Lata only humming ‘aha aha’ and Mukesh doing the singing part, making it as one of the top additions to AK Ji’ DBI index.
(and mine as well).
The other interesting part of this clip starts from
3:24, when the Bengali version of the song is sung by Hemant Kumar.

10 SSW June 25, 2015 at 12:18 am

Nice collection Mr.Vaishnav. Salilda had a couple of songs like these one of which, from Honeymoon that has already been posted by Mr. Sharma . Another one that comes to mind is the one from Maya.
The Lata solo

and the Dwijen Mukherjee and chorus version.

A small correction if I may. A waltz is not a tune. It is dance music based most commonly on the 3/4 rhythm or triple metre (close to the dadra tala) There are other factors but the metre is the most closely identifying one.

11 mumbaikar8 June 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

Ashokji, AK,
( no prize for guessing right why I am addressing AK too)
Solo and twin from Jhamela
Lat’s solo
Dekho ji dekho
Lata Chitalkar duet

12 arvindersharma June 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

Absolutely beautiful songs you’ve posted. Got completely bowled over.
Thanks a ton.

13 Dinesh K Jain June 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

AK, the discovery that one is making on your website is just fantastic. For example, discovering now that several songs that one has been listening to for last 5 decades or so actually have their twins too.
As such I really enjoyed going through – it was not a simple reading as you can well imagine – Ashok Vaishnav’s latest contribution.
My only regret remains, as I mentioned once again a couple of weeks ago, that now most songs can no more be converted and downloaded from the UTube website. I am still looking for a workable alternative. Someone was kind enough to make a suggestion, but when I explored that, it looked all very suspicious and complicating.
So, again, any worthwhile suggestions from SOY’s erudite fraternity?

14 mumbaikar8 June 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Thanks Sharamaji, making up for the harm done?:)
I was expecting a similar or even bigger appreciation from AK but as is said “जहाँ उम्मीद हो इसकी वहां नहीं मिलता”

Mr Jain,
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Here are few options, you can read all the reviews and decide.

15 ASHOK M VAISHNAV June 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Dear arvindersharma,
hanks for wonderful additions.

#SSW –
So kind of you to educate on waltz. That is the form that many of our songs have been composed on, so I tended to use a ‘tune’ . We are absolutely raw as far such terms go and would use them in manner which may certainly pinch to those who know.
The songs form Maya indeed are the mandatory to be included in any such collection. Thanks.
#Dinesh K Jain
Many thanks for your very kind words of appreciation.
Jamela songs are simply wonderful. Thanks.

16 AK June 25, 2015 at 10:25 pm

All of us including myself and other guest authors are making many discoveries as we go along. You are right, we are generally aware of the more popular version of a song. This series is making us aware that other versions also existed.

You seem to still struggling with downloading a video. I can suggest one more easy method. Download free Real Player. In its window play the YT video. On top right hand corner of the video, you would see an icon ‘Download this video’.

17 AK June 25, 2015 at 10:37 pm

अब मैंने क्या िकया? If someone happens to be away from home for sometime and can’t check the Net, you are going to go after him with a shooting gun? 🙂

But let me endorse Sharmaji, you have added a wonderful song. Do you agree only Lata version was generally known?

18 ksbhatia June 25, 2015 at 11:45 pm

SSW ji;
Waltz has been my fav. dance beats since my childhood . I am passionate about the songs based on Waltz . Practically all the MDs of the golden era like Shanker Jaikishan , Salil da , Madan mohan , Ravi etc; have given beautiful melodies based on waltz . I was thinking why not we [ SoY] compile a list of such songs .

19 SSW June 26, 2015 at 1:43 am

Mr.Bhatia yes why not… You reminded me of something based on a 3/4 rhythm

Here is the duet ….

And of course the grand finale but I could not find a good copy of the actual scene in the movie at the end where Doris Day sings I think it is blocked on copyright grounds in the US

20 mumbaikar8 June 26, 2015 at 6:49 am

Yes, the duet was unknown, that is the magic of mumbaikars, though mumbaikar8 does not have the magical power to know whether some one is home or away from home:)

21 AK June 26, 2015 at 9:35 am

Would you call the first one a duet? Doris Day is humming before the Grand Finale, which would have the usual Hitchcockian suspense. My own feeling is that she is trying to distract herself and the child from the impending fear, the child just hums. Though, in the end everything ends perfectly. As an aside, though James Stewar-Doris Day version (1956) became more popular, he had made an earlier British version in 1934. Many critics rate the older version better (I don’t agree to that).

22 AK June 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

And Mumbaikars shoot first and ask later?

23 gaddeswarup June 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

A distraction. The above comments reminded me of Bhanumati version of
Que Sera Sera. I think Shanta Apte sang an English song too. May be there are enough such songs in foreign languages in Indian films for a post.

24 mumbaikar8 June 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

That was mumbaikar8:)

25 SSW June 26, 2015 at 5:48 pm

AK did you see the clip through , do you remember the film? In the first clip which is the duet near the begining of the movie, the child sings before Doris Day does. The song starts with her humming yes but the child sings first , then Doris Day and then both sing together.
That isn’t the grand finale,
The grand finale is the second solo where I had to put the recording instead of the clip. In that one there is no humming. Doris Day is sitting at the piano and singing hoping that her kidnapped son will hear and indicate he is the same Embassy somehow so the police have some way of citing a reason to enter into the Embassy. In that one she sings alone and the child whistles on hearing his mother’s voice. So it fits Mr.Vaishnav’s billing.
I haven’t seem the 1934 version. The 1956 version had enough holes in the plot but Hitchcock makes you forget all that with his mastery. You realise the holes only after the movie is over.

26 AK June 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Thanks a lot for the clarification. The grand finale obviously one remembers. I had forgotten the situation of the first clip.

This is one of the Hitchcock films (1956 version) I like a lot. I once bought its DVD, which turned out to be 1934 version. Then I came to know of the earlier version. I have not got myself to see it yet.

27 ksbhatia June 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

SSW, AK [ji’s] ,
Since Waltz songs are a deviation from the main theme of Multiple version songs , I am taking this subject to Open House . Thanks for reminding the ‘ good old days ‘ of ‘ Doris Day ‘ .

28 ksbhatia June 27, 2015 at 12:17 am

Ashok Vaishnav ji;
Here is one song in two parts , First one [ happy version] is solo by Lataji and second features Lataji and chorus from Raat aur din :

Awara aye mere dil
Hope the song fits the bill .

29 Hans June 27, 2015 at 1:24 am

Thanks for the fine article. There was nothing special in sending my list which was already ready. There would hardly have been any difference if I had mentioned them here. On the other hand you have woven them in a great sequence along with your own choices. Our combined purpose is to improve SOY for which AK is taking so much pains.

30 Hans June 27, 2015 at 1:35 am

Song posted by you has been liked by everyone. I liked it immensely.

I think this tune has been used by Nashad with a faster tempo in Baradari song ‘bhula nahi denaji’ which was chosen the best duet in SOY Awards 1955.

31 mumbaikar8 June 27, 2015 at 7:10 am

Thanks, I have bragged and have been appreciated more than enough for these songs: yes there seems to be some similarity wiht bhula nahin dena but you know better, you are really good at this I am not.

32 Ashwin Bhandarkar June 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

The playful ‘Sun sun sun zaalima’ by Rafi and Geeta from Aar Paar:

‘Ja ja ja ja bewafa’, the sad solo version by Geeta – it takes the 2nd line of the playful version as its mukhda:

33 Ashok M Vaishnav June 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Thanks. Aawara Aye mere Dil (Raat Aur Din) is indeed a very lovely, signature SJ composition. In the second slow paced version, I wonder where chorus is part of the singing or part of the orchestration. In the film, Nargis sings the song more as a soliloquy, and the chorus seems to create the atmosphere for her pensiveness.
In our part of the world, pointing the finger to a good deed is considered deed of virtue. So, how can I fall short in acknowledging that good work? I agree that if you had mentioned them here, the basic purpose would have still ben served – to bring as much information on the same page. But you did send them proactively ! that makes all the big difference.
#Ashwin Bhandarkar
Thanks for such a wonderful addition to the treasure.

34 Subodh Agrawal June 29, 2015 at 7:26 am

What a lovely compilation Ashok ji; but we would expect nothing less from you. I was not aware of some of the rarer versions and it was a beautiful experience to listen to them. Please keep up the good work.

35 ASHOK M VAISHNAV June 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

It is said that you do draw something from the company that you keep.
I am great beneficiary of such a knowledgeable company @ SoY. The only credit I may take is that this some positive effect of this company is now showing up and seems to have reached the bar that the company has set for itself.

36 Ravindra Kelkar July 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Ashokji, thanks a million for wonderful list of songs.
One more addition from my side.
Rafi, Asha Duet from “Duniya Rang Rangili” – 1957 film-
The Asha version of the same song -
A typical OP song of that period.

37 mumbaikar8 July 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

One more addition to the list, from Jeevan Jyoti ,
Asha solo (appears to be a cover version) Lata with one or more singers and chorus
Lata and chorus

38 ASHOK M VAISHNAV July 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

#Ravindra Kelkar and #mumbaikar8
Thanks for unearthing very rare gems.
The sea of this variety of songs seems to have no bottom……

39 SSW July 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Those are very nice songs from Jeevan Jyoti, mumbaikar8. Seems that there is a touch of Tilak Kamod in the song and the tabla bols are nice. It is interesting that the Asha version starts with a piano providing the rhythm and it continues faintly in the background more or less throughout the song.

40 mumbaikar8 July 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Can never get enough of SDB, knowing the nitty gritty makes it even better, I personally feel that Asha has some of her better songs with SDB.

41 N.Venkataraman July 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Ashok ji,
I am horribly late once again. As I post my comment, I notice that your next post is up. Thanks a lot for the wonderful selection of songs and they may be the best in the category. It was a pleasure listening to them. Thanks to Hans ji too. Enjoyed listening to the additions too.

Your list and the additional posts in the comments section provide some interesting observation. Majority of the songs are of Lata Mangeshkar, but Asha Bhosle has a strong presence in your list (already mentioned by Mumbaikar ji) and Suman Kalyanpur completes your list. Thanks to Madhu ji and Sharmaji for posting the songs of Geeta Dutt, Amirbai Karnataki and Suraiya. Almost all the songs in your list and the additions in the comments section have the same female singer in both the versions, except the song from Do aankhen barah haath (#4) in your list and song from Maya posted by SSW ji; both the songs have a male+chorus version to match the female version. Sharma ji has posted two songs where we have different female singers in the duet version. Lata Mangeshkar renders the solo version of the song Shama jalti hain toh parwaane and Kishori Amonkar renders the solo version of the song Geet gaya pathharon ne where as Geeta Dutt and Lata Mangeshkar are there in the duet version of the respective songs.Thus we have a lot of variety within this genre. Your list covers the period from 1951 to 1969. Madhu ji has stretched the list to the forties with a song from Kismet (1943) on one end and to the seventies on the other end with song from Jeevan Mrityu. Sharmaji too has added a song from the forties,Tu mere Chand from Dillagi (1949). Thus we have some delightful collection of songs in this edition of version songs.
Let me add a few more songs and singers to this category.
Jab Tak Ye Sansaar Nachaae, film Mere Lal (1966), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Laxmikany-Pyarel
One more addition to the duet balance index. Usha Mangeshkar has hardly 15 seconds in the entire song. The duet version by Mukesh and Usha Mangeshkar

The short solo version by Usha Mangeshkar

This one is an enjoyable number from the vintage era. Film Bindiya (1946), lyrics Pt. Madhur, music Kamal Dasgupta
Badal Baras Baras Ke Tu Paigham Suna De by Kalyani Das and Amar,

Badal Garaj Garaj Ke Tu Paigham Suna De by Kalyani Das

The oldest available song in this category appears to be Main harijan ki chhori from the film Naya Sansar (1941) (lyrics Kavi Pradeep and music Saraswati Devi and Ram Ganguly). A link to the song(s), uploaded by Vidur Sury, is available on YT. The duet was sung by Raajkumari and Arun Kumar and the solo by Raajkumari.

The 1945 film Jwar Bhata (1945) (lyrics Narendra Sharma, music Anil Biswas), it seems, has two such version songs, Bhool jana Chahti hoon by Parul Ghosh has a duet version with Chitalkar. Andhakar, Jalte jugnu ke saman by Parul Ghosh too has a duet version with Arun Kumar. I am not sure. Needs confirmation from experts.

Another song Hamari gali aana from Maharana Pratap (1946) has female solo version by Kurshid and a duet version by Zohrabai Ambalevali and Rewa Shankar. Only the female solo version is available on YT.

42 arvindersharma July 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
A few more additions
Lata and Hemant from Daku Ki Ladki and the solo version by Lata
Hemant Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar – Chand Se Poocho …: SE POOCHHO – LATA – FILM – DAKU KI LADKI(19…:
A duet by Geeta Dutt and Hemant Kumar and the Geeta Dutt solo from Ek Jhalak
Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar : Aa ja zara mere dil k…:
The famous Pakeezah duet has a Lata solo as well.

Chalo Dildar Chalo Chand Ke Paar Chalo – Rafi & L…: DILDAR CHALO (1972) – Lata Mangeshkar:
My net connection is getting finicky at this time and hence if the links are not showing, kindly do the needful, Ashok Vaishnav Ji.

43 arvindersharma July 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
In the link of ‘Aaja Zara, the Geeta Dutt version comes first and from 3 17 the duet starts.
Chalo dildar chalo is thanks to YouTube, a version which I think most of the people are unaware.
And the song which I liked the most of all the above is Lata Hemant duet, Chand se poocho.
The playfulness of the song and the excellent use of chorus is very melodious.

44 Dinesh K Jain July 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

Thank you, Arvinder Sharma ji, your offerings are gems of discovery!

45 arvindersharma July 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Dinesh Ji,
Many thanks for your kind words.
I think a fair no of good songs have been posted by fellow contributors, but if you ask me, my vote goes for the lata solo posted by mumbaikar8 at comment 11.
Can’t get over it.

46 ASHOK M VAISHNAV July 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

#SSW – thanks for adding a vibrancy to the listings.
# N. Venkataraman – Thanks for adding an analytical dimension while increasing the width of the spectrum
#arvindersharma – thanks for adding up such beautiful songs

47 Madhupati Sharma July 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

This is also a duet and solo worth mentioning

48 Madhupati Sharma July 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Shri Vaishnav ji
The song is sung by Rafi as a solo also

49 Ashok M Vaishnav July 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

#Madhupati Sharma – Thanks. Nayi Manzil Nayi Rahen, Naya Hai Rasta Apna – Hill Station (1957) is quintessential Hemant+Lata duet.
And yes, Aaj Kal Mein Dhal Gaya easily would go the category of three or more versions.

50 arvindersharma August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
A couple of more songs for this beautiful category of songs, duets where Hemant Kumar is the male voice in both the songs.

Ye mehfil sitaron ki, by Asha and Hemant, from Arab Ka Saudagar, music Ravi.

Yeh mehfil sitaron ki — Asha Bhoshle & Hemant Ku…:

The Asha Bhonsle solo

Ye Mehfil Sitaron Ki – Arab Ka Saudagar -1956-Ash…:

Jhir jhir jhir jhir badarwa barse from Parivaar, by Lata and Hemant, music Salil Chaudhary

Parivaar – Jhir Jhir Jhir Badarwa Barse:

Now the solo by Lata has a very subtle change of tune.

Jhim Jhim Jhim Bedarwa Bersein…Lata Ji:

51 Dinesh K Jain August 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Arab ka Saudagar – both songs are the same, there is no solo…or am I missing something?!
Even the other two songs are actually rather distinct; the duet is from Parivar, and the solo is from Tangewali.

52 arvindersharma August 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Dinesh Ji,
It’s me who has missed and not you Sir.
My excitement of posting the songs ASAP was responsible for my faux pas.
About the first song, i am totally wrong.
But the second song, whose film I did not bother to check, has a certain similarly with the duet.
Thanks for correcting me.
And this time I did not have to cross check the YouTube. Since the time I received your post, Sh. Sudhir Kapur Ji was with me till now.
As I sheepishly showed him my stupidity, we had a hearty laugh because just a few minutes before, I was discussing my LDDS posts with him and had asked him to take a look at my posts.
To quote Ghalib,
Hua hai Shah sa musahib, fire hai itraata’.

53 mumbaikar8 October 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Ashokji, AK, ksbhatiaji,
One more gem from the ocean of multiple versions ocean.
Beautiful Lata C. Ramchandra combination
I am not sure what category it fits in.
1 Multiple Versions Songs– Both versions by female playback singer(s
Multiple Versions Songs (22): Female Solo and A Duet or A Chorus
I personally feel the second version is more like a duet Lata with whistle.

Shatrang song Hawa has sard sard Lata

Hawa hai sard sard Lata and Whistle

54 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

It hardly matters where the song fits.

What matters is that these have been brought up in our cognition state.

Great additions. Thanks.

55 AK October 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

Interesting discovery. You have added another feather to your cap. But I doubt if it can fit in any straight category. The lead singer remains the same. The second version has whistling added. Ashokiji would have to find anther name for a miscellaneous category.

56 D P Rangan October 29, 2016 at 3:55 am

I see no difference between the two except the addition of whistling. The song is identical.
I found a song similar in tune from Nausherwan A Dil –
Bhinni bhinni hai by Lata Mangeshkar.
Music is C Ramchandra who was also responsible for Shatranj.

@13 Dinesh – What is it exactly you are looking for from You Tube. Do you want to download audio part of you tube or the entire video sequence. I can suggest a way out.

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