Hemant Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar duets

October 21, 2010

The Ultimate in Melody

Lata Mangeshkar-Hemant Kumar Hemant Kumar in his voice brought the beauty of Bengal and melody of Rabindra Sangeet. When he joined with Lata Mangeshkar the effect was magical. Easily the best duets of Hindi films are of Hemant-Lata. One can also safely say no song of Hemant Kumar was pedestrian. With his deep resonant voice he could be nothing but melody personified. As for Lata, she surpasses any superlative. Here is my selection of their best duets.

1. Aa neele gagan tale pyar hum karein, film Badshah (1954) Shankar Jaikishan

There are two other very close contenders for the top spot – Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan and Chandan ka palna resham ki dori. After listening very closely I give this honour to Shankar Jaikishan’s Aa neele gagan tale pyar hum karein. The beautiful lyric, the opening prelude, Lata creating magical environment with the opening mukhada, then her first stanza at high pitch Ye shaam ki bela ye madhur mast nazaare transport you to a surreal world. Hemant Kumar enters in the second stanza in the lower octave Do jaan hain hum aise mile ek hi ho jayen to give a beautiful contrast. Finally Lata sums up again in the upper octave with Tu maang ka sindur hai aankhon ka hai kaajal, concluding with Saamne baithe raho shringar hum karein. The heavenly romance of this song mesmerises you.

Aa neele gagan tale pyar hum karein
Hil mil ke pyar ka iqaraar hum karein
Aa neele gagan tale…

Ye sham ki bela ye madhur mast nazaare
Baithe rahen hum tum yun hi bahon ke sahare
Wo din na aye intezaar hum karein
Aa neel gagan tale…

Do jaan hain hum aise mile ek hi ho jayen
Dhhoonda kare duniya humein hum pyar mein kho jayen
Bechain baharon ko gulzaar hum karein
Aa nele gagan tale…

Tu maang ka sindur hai aankhon ka hai kajal
Le baandh le daman ke kinaron se ye anchal
Samne baithe raho shringaar hum karein
Aa neele gagan tale…

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Aa neele gagan tale pyar hum karein

2. Chandan ka palna resham ki dori, film Shabab (1954) Naushad

Starting with KL Saigal’s So ja rajkumari so ja from the film President (1940) composed by Pankaj Mallik, lullaby has been attracting composers. Aside from Saigal’s which is a class apart, lullaby never reached greater heights than Naushad’s Chandan ka palna, even surpassing C Ramchandra’s Dheere se aa ja ri ankhiyan mein from Albela (1951). Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics Oonche gagan se koi bulaye/Ayee hain pariyan dola sajayen create a magic world, and who else but Hemant Kumar to transport you there. I am so moved by this song every time I hear it, I could have very easily put it at No. 1 – it is just that between two great songs I have to give one of them the second slot.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Chandan ka palna resham ki dori

But the real magic of Hemant Kumar’s voice comes out in the solo version of this song. The song is preceded by his recitation, not set to music, Sangeet hai shakti Ishwar ki har sur mein basein hain Ram/ Raagi jo sunaye raag madhur rogi ko mile araam, and then when he sings Ho chandan ka palna resham ki dori, you are transported to a fairy land.

Hemant Kumar sings Chandan ka palna

3. Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan, film Jaal (1952), SD Burman

It is sad that I have to put it at No. 3. Sahir Ludhiyanvi – SD Burman association which had started a year earlier with Baazi and Naujawan reached greater heights in Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan. No wonder Sahir was regarded as a poet’s poet in the film world, and you do not often get more romantic, lyrical and profound lyrics than:

Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan sun ja dil ki dastan
Chandni raatein pyaar ki baatein kho gayin jane kahan

Aati hai sadaa teri toote hue taaron se
Aahat teri sunati hun khamosh nazaaron se
Bheegi hawa doobi ghata kahti hai teri kahani
Tere liye bechain hai sholon mein lipati jawani
Seene mein bal kha raha hai dhuan
Sun ja dil ki dastaan

Lahron ke labon par hain khoye hue afsane
Gulzar ummidon ke sab ho gaye veerane
Tera pata paaun kahan soone hain saare thikane
Jane kahan gum ho gaye ja ke wo agale zamane
Barbad hai arzoo ka jahan, sun ja dil ki dastan

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan sun ja dil ki dastan

The reason why I had to give it No. 3 spot is that this duet has very little of Hemant Kumar – he comes only in between to sing the refrain Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan. And once you have taken in the full Hemant solo version of this song which is slightly faster paced (different lyrics though, another masterpiece by Sahir), the duet suffers in comparison. The lyrics of Hemant solo are so beautiful it is worth reproducing them:

Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan, sun ja dil ki dastan
Pedon ki shakhon par soyee soyee chandni
Tere khayalon mein khoyee khoyee ragini
Aur thodi der mein thak ke laut jayegi,
raat ye bahar ki phir kabhi na ayegi
Lo ek pal aur hai ye samaan, sun ja dil ki dastan

Lahron ke hothon pe dhima dhima raag hai
Bheegi hawaaon mein thandi thandi aag hai
Is haseen aag mein tu bhi jal ke dekh le
Zindagi ke geet ki dhun badal ke dekh le
Sun meri ab dhadkanon ki zuban, sun ja dil ki dastan

Jaati baharein hain uthati jawaaniyan,
taaron ki chhaon mein kah le kahaniyan
Ek baar chal diye gar tujhe pukar ke
Laut kar na ayenge kafile bahar ke
Aa ja lagi zindagi hai jawan, sun ja dil ki dastan

Hemant Kumar sings Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan

4. Badli mein chhupe chand ne kuchh mujhse kaha hai, film Shatranj (1956), C Ramchandra

C Ramchandra completed the big quartet with Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad and SD Burman. After they have occupied the first three slots, it is befitting that he takes the 4th slot. I put it over his more well known Jaag dard-e-ishq jag from Anarkali (1953), as Badli mein chhupe chand ne kuchh mujhse kaha hai has the same ethereal beauty which is the hallmark of Hemant Kumar.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Badli mein chhupe chand ne kuch mujhse kaha hai

5. Ek baar zara phir kah do mujhe sharma ke tum deewana, film Bin Badal Barsaat (1963) music Hemant Kumar

After floating in fairyland with the first four songs I come down to this planet for my No. 5 in the list. When Hemant Kumar himself is the composer you can expect he would take his talent to a still higher level. No song perhaps illustrates this better than Ek bar zara phir kah do mujhe sharma ke tum deewana from Bin Badal Barsaat. Biswajeet prancing around Asha Parekh in the midst of trees and flowers in a very unabashed Shammi Kapoor or Joy Mukherjee style, and Asha Parekh’s playful yes/no and finally yielding to call him deewana as demanded by him, is a perfect cliché of Bollywood. You can visualise any number of Rafi-Lata or Rafi-Asha Bhosle duets fitting this scene composed by Shankar Jaikishan or OP Nayyar. But Hemant Kumar makes this song to a trite situation into a classic. See how, to Lata’s Aisi meethi meethi baatein kar ke kahan seekha hai dil ka lagana, Hemant Kumar instead of responding to that query, persists with O jaane jaan, ek baar zara phir kah do mujhe sharma ke tum deewana. This duet stretches the bar he had set for naughty, playful numbers with his solo Zara nazron se kah do ji nishana chook na jaye in Bees Sal Baad a year earlier.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Ek baar zara phir kah do

6. Jaag dard-e-ishq jag dil ko beqaraar kar, film Anarkali (1953) C Ramchandra

It would be a surprise if this beautiful duet from C Ramchandra’s most renowned film Anarkali, the music of which became the bar for Naushad to surpass in Mughal-e-Azam, did not figure in the top 10. It is a tribute to the quality of Hemant-Lata duets that this had to figure at No.6.

Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sing Jaag dard-e-ishq jaag

7. Nain so nain naahi milao, film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955) Vasant Desai

This film had the title song by the doyen of Hindustani classical Ustad Amir Khan, and Lata Mangeshkar’s heavenly solo Saiyan ja ja tose na bolun. Therefore, when Hemant Kumar had to sing this duet with Lata Mangeshkar to the pure classical dance of Gopi Krishna and Sandhya, the challenge must have been enormous. Yet see how effortlessly he sings Nain so nain naahi milao which is an all time classic.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Nain so naahi milao

 

8. Chhupa lo yun dil mein pyar mera, film Mamta (1966) Roshan

When it comes to melody, Roshan’s name would always be among the very top. The mood of this song is serene appropriate to Raag Yaman. You can see the imagery of a lamp, diya or deepak often in poetry from Mahdevi Verma’s Yah mandir ka deep ise neerav jalne do or Madhur madhur mere deepak jal/ Yug yug pratidin prati kshan prati pal priyatam ka path alokit kar to Pankaj Mallik’s bhajan Tere mandir ka hun deepak jal raha to songs like Jalte hain jiske liye teri ankhon ke diye. Shama of course is one of the stock imageries of Urdu poetry. Chupa lo yun dil mein pyar mera ki jaise mandir mein lau diye ki uses the imagery of the lamp in a temple to describe the love between a man and a woman. You needed the voice of Hemant Kumar to lift the song to a spiritual plane.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Chhupa lo yun dil mein pyar mera

9. Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum, film Patita (1953) Shankar Jaikishan

Shankar Jaikishan who topped this list come again with this mellifluous Hemant-Lata duet. This shows SJ’s versatility who combined creative talent with huge commercial success.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum

10. Tumhe yaad hoga kabhi hum mile the, film Satta Bazaar (1959) Kalyanji Anandji

Kalyanji Anandji debuted in the late 50s, initially solo by Kalyanji Virji Shah and soon joined by his brother Anandji Virji Shah to make the official duo Kalyanji Anandji. This was a very crowded field with the big composers Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, SD Burman and OP Nayyar at their peak, followed by greats like Madan Mohan and Roshan and several others. Yet KA made tremendous impact with their very initial films. This Hemant-Lata duet is a testimony to their talent. Even in the crowded field they achieved acclaim, especially for their Mukesh songs and his duets with Lata in Madari, Chalia, Himalay Ki God Mein etc. After the decline of the old era stalwarts in the seventies, they occupied the top slot with RD Burman and Laxmiknat Pyarelal, with these three capturing over 80% of all the big films. It is remarkable the way they reinvented themselves in the 1970s and 80s – it is difficult to believe the same composers could give Khaike paan banaraswala for Kishore Kumar who gave songs like Chaand si mehbooba hogi meri kab, Hum chhod chalein hain mehfil ko, Mere toote hue dil se koi to aj ye poochhe, Tumhe zindagi ke ujale mubarak andhere humein aj raas aa gaye hain etc for Mukesh.

Hemant Kumar-Lata sing Tumhe yaad hoga kabhi hum mile the

 

This completes my list of top ten Hemant Kumar-Lata duets. This still leaves out great songs like Dekho wo chand chupke karta hai kya ishare (Shart, 1954, Hemant Kumar), Saanwle salone aye din bahar ke (Ek Hi Rasta, 1956, Hemant Kumar) and Neend na mujhko aye (Post Box 999, 1958, Kalyanji Virji Shah). If you include his duets with other singers such as Aa gup chup gup chup pyar karein with Sandhya Mukherji in Sazaa (1951, SD Burman); Ye hansta hua karwaan zindagi ka na poochho chala hai kidhar with Asha Bhosle in Ek Jhalak (1957, Hemant Kumar); Mujhko tum jo mile ye jahan mil gaya with Geeta Dutt in Detective (1958, Mukul Roy); Tumhi mere meet ho tumhi mere preet ho with Suman Kalyanpur in Pyase Panchhi (1961, Kalyanji Anandji) and Na tum humein jano na hum tumhe jane with Suman Kalyanpur in Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962, SD Burman), the choice becomes further difficult.

Rafi and Mukesh were more prolific than Hemant Kumar – they were mainstream, he was unique. Yet his songs, especially his duets would rank among the greatest of all. He was truly God’s gift to music.

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1 Sanjay Prakash October 25, 2010 at 1:24 am

Nice selection, indeed! It is always difficult to pick the best few from amongst a reservoir of gems, but this top 10 selection is near-perfect. However, ranking of the songs could vary as per individual choices. For example, I would have loved “Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni” from Jaal at the No.1 position, and “Yaad kiya dil ne” from Patita and “Jaag Dard-e-ishq” from Anarkali higher up the ranking ladder, may be at No.2 & 3. That does not belittle the Badshah song which is undoubtedly one of the best duets of the pair. Also, I thought “Neend na mujhko aaye” deserved a place among the top 10. But at the cost of which one? Such aspiration could be a result of more number of hearings of these songs over the years than the others. Further, one’s liking for any particular song may also depend on the quality of sound reproduction, source of its recording and the quality of equipment on which it is played.

2 AK October 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

@Sanjay:
I am aware the inter-se ranking would vary depending on individual preferences, but I believe about the overall list there would be a great deal of unanimity. I agree with you Jaag dard-e-ishq jaag can go up. I find the solo version of Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan so superior that I gave the duet No. 3 slot. If I were to rank the best of Hemant Kumar I would perhaps give this No. 1 slot unhesitatingly. You are right, there are still some superb duets left out, but it is difficult to exclude any one from the list.

3 Subodh Agrawal October 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Well, AK, you should seriously consider taking premature retirement and devoting yourself full time to updating this blog. It is hard to wait for your next article!

Thanks for this excellent article on my favourite singer. I think the reason why Hemant and Lata make such a great pair is the contrast. Hemant’s is the ultimate male voice – deep, rich, sonorous and very individual. Lata’s is the quintessential female voice. Their contrasting voices complement each other beautifully.

I nearly agree with you on the ranking of the solo version of Yeh raat yeh chandni. It is number two on my list of Hemant songs – number one being Yeh nayan dare dare.

4 AK October 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

@Subodh:
Thanks for the compliments. As you would have noticed I have not planned any particular structure for this blog. From the inexahustible ocean of beautiful gems, that is our great film music, whatever strikes my fancy at any point of time or if I notice any interesting feature or connection, I try to put it down. Therefore, I have not planned any particular periodicity either, though I would try to put at least one article a month. God bless internet, it has made research, and retrieval of gems one had thought were lost, possible.

Hemant Kumar is so unique and beautiful, it would be difficult to find anyone who is not moved by him. Moreover mine and your tastes seem to converge a great deal. Of course Ye nayan dare dare is superb. Also my special favourites are Dil chhed koi aisa nagma from Inspector and Bas ek chup si lagi hai from Sannata. Is it not significant that all the three songs are composed by Hemant Kumar himself? And who can forget his immortal private songs like Aanchal se kyun baandh liya mujh pardesi ka pyar, Main saaj bajaun tum gaao, Kitna dukh bhulaya tumne pyari, Tumne mujhko sada jalaya, and his Rabindrasangeet, without which his work is not complete?

I would be interested to know your ranking of Hemant-Lata duets, which was the subject of my article.

5 Subodh Agrawal October 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Well, my rankings are:
1. Chhupa lo yun dil mein
2. Jaag dard-e-ishq jaag
3. Nain so nain
4. Yaad kiya dil ne
5. Chandni raatein
6. Saanwre salone aaye din bahar ke
No particular order for the remaining songs in your list and the post-script.

I am trying hard to locate a song “Saanjh khile bhor jhare, phool harsingar ke” from ‘Phir Bhi (1971)’ with no success. The music was by Raghunath Seth.

6 AK October 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

@Subodh:

No quarrels with the ranking, except somewhat surprised that Aa neele gagan tale and Chandan ka palana should not appear very high up in the list.

7 Ravi November 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Thanks, pal, for such a beautiful selection of Hemant-Lata duets. I entirely agree with the basket of songs which are included,though relative rankings could vary from listener to listener.As far as solo songs by Hemant go,I would rate’ na ye chand hoga’ from Shart as one of his best,if not tne best.How would you rank it?

8 AK November 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

@Ravi:
Thanks for your comments. You are right relative rankings would vary person to person. As I said there is hardly any Hemant Kumar song which is not sweet and resonant. Na ye chand hoga na taare rahenge is no doubt superb, but my personal selection of his top solos would be somewhat different:
1. Chandan ka palna
2. Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan
3. Dil chhed koi aisa naghma
4. Bas ek chup si lagi hai
5. Zara nazron se kah do ji
6. Ye nayan dare dare

9 A_M February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

Awesome blog. Great topic. Fascinating list(s). Insightful comments. Surprising omission – no one has mentioned anything from Nagin or Taj.

Personally, for me Baharon Se Poochho from Fashion has all the necessary hallmarks for a great Lata-Hemant duet. Itna To Keh Do Humse from Saheli is a dreamy, pacifying number laden with romantic ethos. A perennial favourite.

Ciao.

10 AK February 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

@A_M
Thanks. Nagin has a very strong impact on me for Hemant Kumar’s music and also some of his songs. But frankly Taj is unfamiliar to me. But generally Hemant Kumar is one singer whose unknown songs also attract you on the first hearing.

11 Jayanta Kumar Dey July 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

It’s amazing to note that Hemant Kumar is still one of the popular singers of yesteryear if not today’s generation. I am wondering why you have not considered the following good productions of Hemant/Lata :

Vande Matram ….Anand Math
Hamne Dekhi Hai Un Ankhon ki Mehakti Khusbu……Khamoshi
Na Mangi Yeh Sone Chandi, Mange darshan debi….Nagin
Tum Pukar Lo…Khamoshi
Janam Se Banjara Hoon Bandhu…Rahgeer
Jab Jaag Uthe Armaan to Kaise Need Ayee…..

Unfortunately, no body, either in Reality Shows or any of our existing singers normally takes Hemantda’s name ever. They remember Salil Chowdhury, R.D. Burman, S.D. Burman and Kishore Kumar who were all very fond of Hemant da and his voice and compositions but always hesitate to take Hemant da’s name.

Anyway, it’s all personal choice of people!

Thanks,

12 AK July 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

@This one was essentially on Hemant Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar duets. Hemant Kumar’s solos are also of unparalleled beauty, so are Lata Mangeshkar’s solos composed by Hemant Kumar. From your list Jab jaag uthe armaan, Tum pukar lo and Hamne dekhi hai un ankhon ki mahakti khushboo are also my great personal favourites. May be I would one day do a post on best of Lata Mangeshkar composed by Hemant Kumar and Hemnt Kumar solos as well.

13 arvind October 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

a hemanta lata duet from ‘ FASHION.’….BAHARON SE POOCHHO………

14 Jayan Nair January 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

Dear All,

This is enchanting Iam really thrilled with this site

15 K R Vaishampayan January 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

Thanks for this wonderful collection of Hemant Da. I think you could have easily added 1] Itna Tu Keh De Humse Tmese Hi Pyaar Hai – with Lata from Saheli and 2] Na Tum Hame Jaano – with Suman from Baat Ek Raat Ki. Hope, you will agree that these 2 gems could have made this list. Thanks and regards – KRV

16 AK January 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

@KR Vaishampayan
Na tum hame jano I did mention in my article in the last para. Itna u kah de humse is a great song. As a matter of fact Hemant Kumar is one singer whose songs cannot sound anything but sweet. So many ‘new’ Hemant Kumar songs have come to my notice through friends like you that may be some day I should do another Hement Kumar post.

17 bhagwan thavrani February 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

i would have liked that immortal duet of HILL STATION to be there in the top-10…
nai manzil nai raahen naya hai meharbaan apna
na jaane jaake thaharega kahaan ye caaravaan apna..

anyway, the problem is no song selected by you deserves to be kept out……!

jiyo……..!

18 AK February 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

@bhagwan thavrani
You have said it!

19 arvind February 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

@subodh aggarwal
u were loking for this ….phir bhi ….song.did u get it ? here is the link.

Sanjh khale bhor dhale from Phir Bhi

20 s p sinha August 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

what about Laut Gaya Gam Ka Zamana? Its a gem

21 AK August 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Yes it is a great duet. My limitation was ten. Here is the song:

Laut gaya gham ka zamana by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar from Naya Aadmi, lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Vishwanath Rammurthi

22 mumbaikar8 February 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

This duet from Milap deserves a place on this page, it is good for 1955 duets too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hJ3kTLo1OM0

23 mumbaikar8 February 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

I made a mistake, this Milap song is not a duet its a twin song,
This is Hemat Kumar Version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3TUtFWwlklw

24 Bharat J Patwala February 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Sh AK,
“Lata-Hemant Duets” makes very interesting subject for reading & listening. I am curious to know if Roshan has used Hemant’s voice other than Mamta. Similarly SJ in Badshah & Patita; Nushad in Shabab; CR in Anarkali & Shatranj ?
I like almost all songs under Hemant’s own Music direction.
My favorite ” Sanvre Saloni Aaye.. ” fron Ek Hi Rasta; ” Jhir Jhir Badarwa Barse…” from Pariwar” Laut Gaya gamka…” from Naya Admi; ” Baharonse Puchho.. ” from Fashion etc. thanks for very refreshing blog.

25 AK February 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Mumbaikar8
I found that in my master post on 1955 songs, I had mentioned about this twin song from Milaap. But thanks for refreshing our memory.

Bharat J Patwala
You are making an interesting conjecture. If it turns out that these are the only films in which Hemant Kumar sang for those composers, it would be an incredible coincidence, as I had never thought on those lines. Which also means whatver Hemant Kumar sang for them became landmark!

Since Naushad was very choosey about his singers – he became primarily Rafi-Lata Mangeshkar centric – I would have been more sure that he did not use Hemant Kumar ever again. But curiously there is a cover version of Mohabat choome jine haath from Aan in the voice of Hemant Kumar.

Mohabbat choome jinke haath by Hemant Kumar from Aan

About SJ, CR and Roshan one would need to do a thorough research. But you are right, off hand I cannot think of any other film which had song by Hemant Kumar.

26 AK February 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Bharat J Patwala
There is a Hemant-Lata duet in Nastik composed by C Ramchandra.

Gagan jhanjhana raha

That leaves SJ and Roshan to look for.

27 Naresh P. Mankad February 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Whenever I think of good melodious song, the name of Hemant Kumar would come first to my mind. And his duets with Lata are always listeners’ delight. You have culled out some very good duets. My favourites are: 1.Laut gaya gam ka zamana (Naya Admi) an immortal composition by Vishwanathan Rammurthy is a “sarvaang-sundar” (beautiful in every respect) creation; the soft and sweet sitar, violins and guitar and the divine voices of the singers and outstanding composition.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msh83nsQmaM
2.Jhir jhir khir khir badava barse (Parivar) is also Salil Chaudhary’s unforgettable gift to film music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DkdlQNFBbs
3.Sanvre slone aye din (Ek hi Raasta) is Hemant Kumar’s composition with his brand of sweetness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdN_rdRv4CU
4Halke halke chalo sanvre (Tangewali) has Salil Chaudhary as music director but the tune is quite similar to Savre salone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii4veh1u0cA
5.Ye jhoomte nazare (Nai Raahen) is also a sonsg that remains in memory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpMYPqHCkF4

28 AK February 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I agree entirely with you. Hemant Kumar was the ultimate in melody. All the duets you have mentioned are lovely. My special favourites are Sanwle salone aye din bahar ke and Ye jhoomte nazare. Ravi did compose some great songs for his mentor.

29 Naresh P. Mankad February 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

There are more songs that Hemant Kumar sang Roshan’s music direction: Film Agosh:1.Dheere dheere chadh gaya (with Lata)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6hflcypUkY
and Mil jul ke kaato (with Indiara Mirchandani)
There is another cover-version for Aan song by Hemant Kumar: Takra gay tumse dil hi to hai. He has given two cover version songs for Babul: Milte hi ankhen dil hua, and Mera jeevan saathi bichhad gaya.
There is one song he sang for SJ for Shikasht: Hum to hai khel khilone, though I cannot recall the tune.
For C. Ramchandra, Zamin chal rahi asman chal raha hai (Pehli Jhalak) and Sunte hai koi maut ka mehman (Insaniyat).

30 AK February 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

Thanks a lot Mr Mankad. Here is Humko hain khel khilone from Shikast by SJ.

Now Milte hi ankhen dil hua cover version by Hemant Kumar and Uma Devi (as mentioned on the YT).

Any idea what was the context of these cover versions? My impression is that Hemant Kumar did it on his own some years after these films were made.

31 Naresh P. Mankad February 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

AKji, thanks for the links to the songs. I have found that during the 1950s and 1960s, maximum number of cover versions of popular songs have come out. Some of them on seeing the list of such songs arouse our interest and curiosity to look for them. I would like to list a few:
1.Chali kaun se desh gujariya (Boot Polish) -Sudha Malhotra, A Inamdar
2.Chhai kari badariya(Jeeven JyotI) -Asha Bhosle
3.Soja re soja (Jeevan Jyoti) -Asha Bhosle
4.Kahe jaadu kiya mujhko itna bata(Naghma) -Ameerbai Karnataki
5.Chali radherani (Parinita) – Geeta Dutt
6.Kisine apna bana ke(Patitaa) -Madhubala Jhaveri
7.Andhe jahan ke andhe raaste(Patitaa) -Sunil Kumar
8.Gore gore haathon men(Parineeta) -Geeta Dutt
9.Kabhi aar kabhi paar (Aar Paar) -Suman Hemadi
10.Babuji dhire chalna (Aar Paar) -Sudha Malhotra
11.Jaanewale se mulakaat (Amar) -Asha Bhosle
12.Na milta gham to (Amar) -Suman Hemadi
13.Marna teri gali men, and
14.Mar gaye hum jeete ji (Shabaab) -Asha Bhosle
15.Dil Jale to jale (Taxi Driver) -Meena Kapoor
16.Mera salam leja (Udan Khatola) -Sudha Malhotra
17.Ye hunsta hua kaarvan (Ek Jhalak) Mukesh and Jalu Bhesania

Har Mandir Singhji has given a list of the above and many more songs in his invaluable reference books Hindi Film Geetkosh.

32 AK February 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

This is very interesting. Serial 4 and 8 I have specially liked. I would be interested in serial serial 10 and 17. I have some biases, others do not arouse my interest, e.g I am positive I would not be excited by Janewale se mulaqaat na hone paye by Asha Bhosle. These are the songs which make Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar. I do not know whether these are available on YT. In any case you have given enough for Ashok Vaishnavji for a post in his series.

33 Naresh P. Mankad February 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I am in complete agreement about many songs that make Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar, we may not like even to think 0f other name in her place for these gems.

34 Naresh P. Mankad February 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

I remember an article by Salil Chaudhary in The Illustrated Weekly on Hemant Kumar. After giving background of musical activities in Begal of his younger days, he recalled that at a programme where many artists were performing, nobody preferred to go on stage after Hemant Kumar, they chose to perform before Hemant Kumar sang! Such was the awe he inspired in musical circles.

35 Naresh P. Mankad February 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

This song that all of a sudden flashed in my mind,a Hemant Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar duet is worth recalling. It is from film Awaz, and music director is Sallil Chaudhary, you can see his mark clearly on the song. Hemant Kumar sang it in Bengali also:

Dhitang dhitang bole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcTuq7v9UXU

36 AK February 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

This story reminds me of Lata Mangeshkar being scared of singing a twin song with Talat Mahmood. I believe it.

37 Jayanta Kumar Dey February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

There is a very nice ghazal by Hemant Kumar ‘Log peetein hain Ladkhadate hain, ek hum hain jo pyase aatein hain, pyase jatein hain’ picturised on Anil Chatterjee of Tollywood in some Hindi film, probably ‘Sannata’ with such a great feeling and depth. This movie was either produced by Hemant Kumar himself in ‘Gitanjali’ banner and directed by Pinaki Mukherjee. Any feedback over this song will be appreciated.

38 n.venkataraman February 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Jayanta babu,
Apnaar information anekhta thik. Sudhu boyer naam ‘Sannata’ nay.
The information provided by you is correct except for film name.
This song was from the film ‘Farar’ (1965) by Hemant Kumar, lyrics Kaifi Azmi, Music Hemant Kumar, director Pinaki Mukherjee and produced by Geetanjali Pictures. Anil Chatterjee and Shabnam acted in this film.
‘Sannata’ (1966) was produced by ‘ G.C.Films, directed by M Sabberwal, music Hemant Kumar, lyrics Gulzar. Anil Chatterjee and Tanuja were the lead pair.

39 Jayanta Kumar Dey March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for correcting me. I just forgot the name ‘Farar’
By the way any other reference about the actress Sabnam for whom Anil Chatterjee had to sing such a great song on Hemant Kumar’s great voice.

40 Bharat J Patwala March 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I refer to post# 35 from Sh Naresh P Mankad. All songs from Awaz including Dhtang Dhitang bole…are my favorite.Bengali version in voice is a Bonus for me.I heard this for first time and instantly liked it. I must thank Sh Mankad for the the same.
All songs discussed here are pleasurable.
Thanks AKji.

41 Naresh P. Mankad March 16, 2013 at 12:19 am

@Bharat J Patwala: There is another song composed by Salil Chaudhary, sung originally in Bengali solo by Hemant Kumar that could have been included in this list but that was not to be: Duronto ghurmir, in Hindi became the duet “Dil se dil ki dor bandhi” and Lata’s singing partner was Mukesh!

42 Naresh P. Mankad March 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

The link to the original Bengali song Duronto ghurmir – http://www.salilda.com/songs/nonfilm/bengali/adhunik/hemanta/durontoghurnir.mp3
And the Hindi duet – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7bFNx_GRhY

43 Narasimharao Pasumarti May 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This is a great service to music; and to connoisseurs

44 Canasya May 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

A lyrical post! I agree wholeheartedly with Subodh Agrawal ji at #3.

The songs in AKji’s list of Talat-Asha duets are uniformly dominated by the male voice. But the Hemant-Lata duets in this post are different. However much I adore Hemant’s voice and hate Lata’s domineering presence in HFM, I am going to take a leaf out of AKji’s post on Twin Songs, put my neck on line and make an extreme, provocative, uncharitable, even sacrilegious, statement — in Nain so nain (Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje), as AKji rightly points out, Hemant’s deep resonant voice provides the magical counter to Lata’s melody, but Lata’s nuances of inflection carry the song.

Fans willingly overlook the handicap of an artist singing in a language other than mother tongue. Who cares for niceties of pronunciation when the singer is as sonorous as SDB or Hemant Kumar. HFM is richer today precisely because of their contributions. But the duet format is less forgiving. It permits immediate comparison. Unlike Nain so nain, in a Talat-Lata duet such as Ae sanam aaj ye kasam khayen (Jahan Ara; Madan Mohan) Talat’s fluid delivery makes it more sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Vj9VkKlqVcM

Hemant doesn’t have this handicap while singing in Bengali. Compare O beqarar dil (Kohra) with the original O nodi re. Lata is superb but Hemant is divine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=aJ1hSgxODsY

AKji’s comment at #36 reminds me of a radio interview by Raju Bhartan available at Anmolfankar:
http://www.anmolfankaar.com/specials/interviews/98-raju-bharatan-s-interview-with-abhay-exclusively-on-anmol-fankaar.html

According to him (at 59:00 onward), in the fifties singers in Mumbai including Manna Dey and Hemant Kumar, preferred to go on stage before Talat. Thus, not only Lata but other male singers too appeared to be in awe of Talat in Mumbai (and of Hemant in Bengal according to Naresh P. Mankad ji’s comment at #33).

Hemant’s forte was simplicity. His songs are imminently hummable. Raju Bhartan in the above interview at 11:40 says that Naushad had originally composed the Shabab song for Rafi, but later simplified it for Hemant to achieve the lullaby effect — a very fortunate decision from our point of view. Mukesh’s songs also have this quality. His version of Yeh hansta hua carvan from Ek Jhalak sounds almost as good as Hemant’s original (with Asha).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3lYcliQ86KU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iRbvDykUEe4

The latter is more cheerful and perhaps more melodious – the two characteristics of Hemant’s singing. But Mukesh’s version scores in terms of precision of delivery (listen to the first stanza after the refrain: zamin se sitaron ki duniya mein jaayen; whan bhi yehi geet ulfat ke gaayen).

45 AK May 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Canasya,
You are too kind. If this post is lyrical, it is not because of my writing, but because of Hemant Kumar. I think you are making the same point as I have made – Hemant Kumar, Talat Mahmood or Mukesh leave a bigger impact in their duets or twin songs with Lata Mangeshkar. This should not detract from the range of Lata Mangeshkar – she was supreme. But there are other things in music which touch you, such as a sonorous voice – these three had this divine gift. It has been often said, that even with their smaller number of songs, they had a much more passionate following.

Heard Mukesh version of Ye hansta hua karwan for the first time. Obviously if anyone can come close to Hemant, it is Mukesh. He has stretched the notes at the end of a line, making it sound a little slower. Generally one is conditioned by the original so much that it is difficult to prefer another version.

Raju Bharatan is always interesting, though he has said all that several times. I had come across that article earlier but passed up the radio interview. I heard it after yiu mentioned it. Thanks.

46 Subodh Agrawal May 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I returned to this post after quite sometime and got the cover versions of ‘Milte hi ankhen dil hua’ and ‘Yeh hansta hua karvan zindagi ka’ as my reward.

The voice of Hemant Kumar complemented that of Lata so perfectly that when Lata’s brother was recording an EP of Maharashtrian fishermen folk songs – Koli Geet – he chose not a Marathi singer but the very Bengali Hemant Kumar for the most famous song of this collection. Hemant’s singing is not known for its range but I must say he’s more than a match for Lata in this song. I will draw attention in particular to the first line of the second stanza – ‘Ya go daryacha….laata laata’ – Hemant’s rendition sounds more effortless.
http://youtu.be/SuzRY_KFsHM

47 K R Vaishampayan May 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Subodhji…you are absolutely right. Pt. Hridaynath chose Heman Da to croon “Me DolkarA, DolkarA, Dlokar Daryaachaa Raaja” with Lata. I also agree with you about Hemant Da’s limited range…but he had such a round about typical Bengali mishti voice, his renditions were too sweet on ears. In my friend circle[ all Heman Da fans] we say with excess affection …Hmant Da has sung only hits.
However, I was unable to understand reference to ‘Milte hi ankhe’ which is ‘Talat & Shamshad’ if I am not mistaken? Anyway. That’s not the issue though. Regards yet again for your wonderful observations about Hemant Da. K R Vaishampayan

48 Subodh Agrawal May 29, 2013 at 6:33 am

Thanks Mr Vaishampayan. About ‘Milte hi ankhen’ pl. see AK’s comment no. 30.

49 AK May 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

Welcome back KRV after a long gap! YouTube also seems to have great fondness for Hemant Kumar. Every time I visit this post pursuant to a comment, they would have removed some videos. This time they had removed 8 out of 10 videos. I have replaced all with new links. But I may have to give up some time. They have also removed some videos which the readers had linked with so much love.

Subodh, you had mentioned Me dolkara earlier also. Thanks for refreshing it.

50 mumbaikar8 November 5, 2013 at 4:54 am

A belated Diwali gift for all Hemantda fans.
A rare Hemant lata duet from Daaka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jaj00iDcUo&feature=player_detailpage

51 ksbhatia February 2, 2014 at 12:23 am

Nice article, perfect rating . I think one more song of lata hemant……Ulhaj gaye do naina dekho……from Ek saal….. also deserve
mention . This melody was one of the best by RAVI.

52 arvindersharma April 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

There must be a good reason to leave out ‘Dekho wo chand’ from the top 10.
I would have sacrificed any of the last two nos.
Musical choice is a purely personal matter and its very easy to be judgemental later on.
Well, coming back again to my favourite pastime, here is once again a list, nowhere challenging your judgement, but my humble contribution.

1. Do bol tere meethe meethe from ‘Dara’
2. Aa aaja, aaja o janewafa from ‘Shireen Farhaad’
3. Muskurati hui chandni from ‘Albeli’
4. O Ji o choro bhi dupatta from ‘Champakali’
5. Chand ne kuch kaha from ‘Daka’
6. Hum pyar karenge from ‘Dhun’
7. Bansuriya phir se bajaao kanha from ‘Taaj’
8. Ulajh gaye do naina from ‘Ek Saal’
9. Chal chal re sajan dheere dheere from ‘Payal’ and last
10. Umr hui tumse mile from ‘Bahurani’
My earnest effort is to make this conversation lively and informative.

53 AK April 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

Sharmaji,
Dekho wo chand can very well be in other’s top ten list. I have mentioned this song at the end of my write-up with his some other great duets. Some songs from your list have already figured in different posts: #3 in the best songs of 1955; and #6 in ‘Mukesh not the only voice of Raj Kapoor’ (you would get its link under ‘MIscellaneous’. Among the rest I like #4 and #8. I felt #10 is very similar to some Salil Chaudhary composition. Can you think of the song?

If I redo my list after several years without any reference to the earlier list I don’t think there would be more than one or two changes. I hope you are not planning to wholesale replace my top ten.

54 arvindersharma April 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Is the composition you are referring to is ‘haai koi dekh lega’ a Talat/Lata gem from ‘Ek Gaon Ki Kahani’ ?

55 AK April 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Not this. But after some jogging of the memory it came to me. How about Chori chori jo tumse mili to log kya kahenge by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar from Parasmani, but by Laxmikant Pyarel, though the orchestration of Umra hui tumse miley is very typical of Salil Chaudhary.

56 arvindersharma April 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Thank God ! Relieved that you were able to recall.
My next guess was ‘Mila hai kisi ka jhumka’ from ‘Parakh’

57 AK April 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

But do you agree that the opening of the two songs are identical?

58 arvindersharma April 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Of course ! And the playfulness of both the songs.
Does it germinate an idea of an article on similar songs ?

59 AK April 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

Sharmaji,
Similar/Multiple Version Songs happens to be very widely discussed on SoY. It started with my post on basic Twin Songs – a simple male/female version of the same song in the same film, and having the same tune. An active SoY regular Mr Ashok Vainshnav enlarged it to Multiple Version Songs of many hues and cutting across languages. If you click here, you can see all the sixteen posts in that category. This has contribution from several SoY patrons as guest authors.

60 Anil Kane May 21, 2014 at 12:43 am

AK ji,
With reference to Shri. Bharat J. Patwala’s comment at no 24, are we all forgetting that sombre Hemant Kumar / Naushad gem from the film ‘ Gunga Jamuna ‘ – Humein unn raahon par chalna hai ‘ ?

61 Anil Kane May 21, 2014 at 2:33 am

AK ji,
Sorry Sir! My mistake.
I meant ‘ insaaf ki dagar pe bachho dikhao chalke’

62 arvindersharma May 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

AK ji,
I request you and all to listen to a song from ‘Jalti Nishani’,
Saqi re o saqi re, aisa jaam pila nazron se, hosh rahe na baaki re by Hemant/Lata, music by Anil Biswas.
This rare song is dominated by Lata, but Hemant holds his own in singing the mukhda only.
(I’m always somehow reminded of ‘Mehfil me meri, kaun ye diwana’ from Albela).
And if one’s thirst of Hemant isn’t quenched by this duet, a solo in the same movie by Hemant , ‘Keh rahi hai zindagi, Jee sake to Jee, Ek jaam pyar ka, pee sake to pee’ will be sufficient to make anyone musically intoxicated.

63 AK May 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Sharmaji,
Kah rahi hai zindagi is a wonderful song. Has all the sweetness of Hemant Kumar. I could not relate to Saqi re O saqi in the same manner.

64 Rakesh Srivastava May 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Phir Bhi song with video/audio link mentioned at comment 19 above, when downloaded, does not play Audio.Can someone help with better audio link please?

65 Kiran May 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

AKji, I agree fully that Hemant Kumar gave us some of the most haunting melodies. Recently, I heard this duet : Leheron mein leher, from the movie Chabili ( 1960), it has Nutan singing along with Hemant Kumar and the Music by Snehal Bhatkar. It is a beautiful song readers can hear it in you tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ghods1Trww

66 AK May 28, 2014 at 12:05 am

Kiran,
Lehron pe lahar is a great Hemant Kumar song (it has a solo and a duet version with Nutan). The link you have given is not of the original song, but a version sung by the uploader, one Prakash Vaswani. You might be aware it is based on Dean Martin’s With his little mandolin and a twinkle in his eye.

67 AK May 28, 2014 at 12:26 am

Rakesh Srivastava,
Apropos your comment #64, the song opens perfectly well. However, I am giving another link.

68 Rakesh Srivastava May 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

You have given the same link again as at#19 above.I am repeating again.Song does open well with this link but when downloaded for video and audio separately, downloaded video/audio do not play any sound.I had commented this on YT also

69 Anil Kane May 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

AK ji,
Almost all memorable Lata- Hemant duets are listed above. A few which are left out are:
1.Dil se mila dil, dil se mila dil pyare – Daku Ki Ladki (1954)
2.Aa aa aaja, aaja o jan e wafa – Shirin Farhad (1956)
3.Baharon se poochho – Fashion (1957)
4.Saiyyan, chhod de patang meri – Nagin (1954)
5.Mera akela jiya kaise laage re piya – Inspector (1956)
The last one has Lata singing and Hemant Kumar humming in the beginnig, ending and between the antaras. Similar to ‘ peechhe peeche aakar ‘ of House no 44.

70 AK May 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Anil Kane,
Bahaaron se pooch nazaaron se poochho has been mentioned and linked in comment #13. Other songs perhaps have not been mentioned. The Nagin duet is very well known, others in your list are new for me. In Mera akela jiya kaise lage re piya, you have added another song in a very special category: ‘Duets which are really solos’. This is the converse of Ye hansta hua kaarwan zindagi ka, where Hemant Kumar’s partner – Asha Bhosle – just speaks a few words in between.

Mera akele jiya kaise laage re piya from Inspector (1956), lyrics SH Bihari, music Hemant Kumar

71 Rakesh Srivastava May 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Shirin Farhad song already finds mention at#52 above.

72 Anil Kane May 31, 2014 at 12:07 am

AK ji, Rakesh ji,
After going through the comments once again I find that both songs are already listed.
Sorry for my error.

73 Anil Kane May 31, 2014 at 12:25 am

AK ji,
I feel that Hemant Kumar – Shamshad Begum ( a rare combination ) duet from ‘Shole’ (1953) a Bina Rai / Ashok Kumar starrer with music by Naresh Bhattacharya could be included in the group ‘ duets which are really solos.
This song is in 2 parts. The first one is a classic Hemant Kumar solo and part two is the above mentioned duet in which Hemant Kumar sings only the opening line and for the rest of the song it is Shamshad Begum all the way.
It may be noted that the tune of the duet is different from that of the solo. Just like the twin song ‘ Dil matwala ‘ from ‘Bewafa’.

74 AK May 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Anil Kane,
Thanks a lot for mentioning this unique song. Here is the Duet that is really a solo:

Ae dil tu kahin le chal by Hemnt Kumar and Shamshad Begum from Shole (1953), lyrics Kamil Rasheed, music Naresh Bhattacharya

This song fits so well in Ashokji’s Multiple Version Songs (hybrid songs, with the duet and the solo following entirely different tunes). While Raga Desh is very prominent in the duet (experts to confirm), it is hardly noticeable in the solo. The solo seems to combine many stock styles of Hemant Kumar.

It is good that you remind us of the Bewafa Twin song, where Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar versions follow entirely different tunes. Talat’s version is winner all the way. Did Lata Mangeshkar try a different tune, because she knew that with the same tune she stood no chance? As it turned out, the different tune did no better.

75 Anil Kane June 10, 2014 at 1:56 am

AK ji,
Although the post is on Lata- Hemant Kumar duets, there are solos also listed in the comments. I would like to add a few Hemant Kumar solos which are not often heard but are beautiful.
1.Bahaaye chand ne aansoo, zamana chandni samajha/ Rajendra Krishna/Hemant Kumar/Lagan/1955
2.Kho gaya jaane kahan, arzoonka jahan/Rajendra Krishna/Madan Mohan/Mohar/1959

3.Man mera bhoola bhoola kahe dole/Prem Dhawan/Salil Chowdhury/Biraj Bahu/1954
4.Yaad aa gayi woh nasheeli nigaahen/Majrooh/S.D.Burman/Manzil/1960

76 AK June 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Anil Kane,
From the above list my pick is Kho gaya jaane kahan. It seems I have to do a post on best Hemant Kumar solos. MM created some fabulous music in Mohar – Talat Mahmood’s Yadd jab aaye teri and Lata Mangeshakr’s Tum ho saath raat bhi hansee hai, which also became AIR’s signature tune.

77 Anil Kane June 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

AK ji,
Yes Sir ! Beautiful songs indeed.
I remember that the opening music piece of ‘ tum ho saath… ‘ was the signature tune of Radio Ceylon’s one of the weekly programmes also.

78 Subodh Agrawal June 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This post has been figuring in comments lately. Something made me think of this Hemant Lata song from ‘Pyar ki rahen’ – ‘Tum se door chale, ham majboor chale’: http://youtu.be/wCLttTVVhtY

79 AK June 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Subodh,
Nice song. Hope you are not addressing it to SoY.

80 Subodh Agrawal June 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

Ha ha! Certainly not. I really like this song, but somehow it had dropped off the radar for years. Going through the recent comments on this post jogged my memory. I think the last line of the mukhda ‘…neele gagan ke tale’ makes very effective use of the richness of Hemant’s voice – on par with ‘Yeh nayan dare dare’, ‘Lehron pe lehar’, ‘Tumhara intezaar hai’, ‘Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum’, ‘Sanwle salone aaye din bahar ke’ etc.

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