Multiple Versions Songs (21): Male solo and Duet or Chorus (Part II)

May 14, 2015

Guest article by Ashok M Vaishnav

(Ashokji has been recently exploring songs that have a solo version and a duet or chorus version.  In this series within the Mega series on Multiple Version Songs, he wrote on January 20, 2015 on songs that have a male solo and a duet or chorus version.  This guest article is a sequel to that post, arising out of the comments and responses of the readers to his last article. Ashokji’s perseverance in exploring a subject to the minutest detail is quite impressive. AK)

Multiple version songsMultiple Versions Songs (20): Male Solo and Duet or Chorus’ received an overwhelming feedback from the very learned, active and passionate SoY fraternity. That makes a writer like me overwhelmed by a sense of great joy and deep gratitude. The feedback has thrown up quite a few more songs for this particular variation of A Male Solo and its Duet or Chorus Version as well as for other variations. So, it is matter of a great pleasure to do this sequel to the ‘Multiple Versions Songs (20): Male Solo and Duet or Chorus’.

1. Ye raat ye chandni phir kahan from  Jaal (1952), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music S D Burman.

The solo by Hemant Kumar is set to a highly romantic backdrop whereas the duet by Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar is full of pathos.


2. Chandan ka palna resham ki dori from Shabaab (1954), lyrics Shakel Badayuni, music Naushad

The first version is indeed a lullaby, which a male court singer undertakes to sing to put the princess to sleep. This Hemant Kumar version surprisingly does not seem to have been put on the records. The second duet version – Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar – is what we have heard on the records.


3. Gareeb jaan ke humko na tum bhula dena from Choomantar (1956), lyrics, Shakeel Badayuni, music O P Nayyar

In the first solo version in Mohammad Rafi’s voice, the hero provides solace to the heroine who worryingly awaits her beloved. And in a very rare happening, Jhonny Walker is quite serious about it. The second version is a dream sequence wherein the heroine joins (in Geeta Dutt’s voice) the hero.


4. Kahte hain pyar kisko panchhi zara bata de from Baarish (1957), lyrics by Rajendra Krishna, music C Ramchandra

This version by Chitalkar and Lata Mangeshkar is a romantic duet.

The solo version set to a very different style, in the voice of Chitalkar, depicts haunting memories of those romantic moments.


5. Kadam badhaye ja from Bada Bhai (1957), lyrics Ehsan Rizvi, music Nashad

The duet version (Asha Bhosle and Mohammad RafI) is an expression of a happy family’s solidarity whereas the solo version (Mohammad RafI) represents the lyrics more truly by providing encouragement in the pursuit of one’s goals, be it a race or your life.


6. Raat bhar ka hai mehman andhera from Sone Ki Chidiya (1958), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanavi, music O P Nayyar

The Mohammad Rafi solo version is a strong message to shrug off the despair since these are but to pass on. Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle duet version is the statement of solidarity in the arduous journey together.


7. Bedard zamana tera dushman hai to kya hai from Menhdi (1958), lyrics SH Bihari, music Ravi

Hemant Kumar’s first version is filmed on a saint singing this pacifying song, whereas in the second duet version Lata Mangeshkar initially raises questions but at the end is convinced of the plea.


8. Hum chal rahe the from Duniya Na Maane (1959), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Madan Mohan

Here is one of the very few songs of Madan Mohan – Mukesh combination.  The solo is soft, slow and sad.

But the preceding version is this duet by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshakar  in a happy mood.

Did success with this experiment with Mukesh has lead Madan Mohan to use him again as a playback voice for Pradeep Kumar in Sanjog (1961) ?


9. Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein from Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyan (1962), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music N Datta

The Mohammad Rafi solo is again second in the sequence of the versions. This song is set to a slow pensive rhythm, and Mohammad Rafi goes extra soft in expressing the mood.  The Mohammad Rafi/Asha Bhosle duet is a typical Hindi film expression of the love by the lovebird duos .

This clip has captured both the versions:


10. Sang sang rahenge tumhare ji huzoor from Mulzim (1963), lyrics  Shakeel Badayuni, music Ravi

The duet by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle  is a very vivacious romantic song.

Mohammad Rafi’s solo second version is very deftly set to the motion of a moving train.


11. Kya kahne masha Allah, nazar teer aap ki from Ji Chahta Hai (1964), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Kalyanji Anandji

The solo version by Mohammad Rafi is a roothana–manana sequence.

Whereas Mohammad Rafi–Suman Kalyanpur duet is the post- maan gaye stage, played cleverly under a camouflage.


12. Ek raja ki sun lo kahani from Meharban (1967), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Ravi

The solo by Mohammad Rafi is the introduction of the story of the family’s patriarch. The entire family is in full attendance in those happy days.

Whereas the duet version brings forth the sad aspects of the story, as the family seems to have fallen on lean times.


13. Do kadam tum bhi chalo from Ek Hasina Do Diwane (1972), lyrics  Kafeel Azhar, music Kalyanji Anandji

The solo by Mukesh is a song of pathos, reliving the memories of days together (set to a  playful rhythm,  manifesting the mood of romance of walking two steps together, in the duet version by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh).


14. Ajab teri karigari re sarkar from Dus Lakh (1976), lyrics Prem Dhavan, music Ravi

The first version has Mohammad Rafi in lead with Kishna Kalle and chorus joining in the celebrations.

The second version, a solo by Mohammad Rafi, is a fall back onto the adverse circumstances.


Songs like Yeh mera premapatra padhkar Sangam (1965) or Tum jo mil gaye hoHanste Zakhm (1973) – (Lata Mangeshakar joining Mohammad Rafi in the film soundtrack in both the cases) are a very typical style of a male solo that has female singer joining the song to create a very special effect to the original song. Such variations have normally been recorded on the film soundtrack only.

We continue our journey of multiple versions of the songs. Our next set of variations would present Female Solos and their Duet or Chorus versions, to be followed by A set of more than two versions of a song.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 dustedoff May 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

Excellent post, Ashokji, and some lovely songs. I had forgotten that some of these had two versions.

On this theme, a song from a film I watched recently fits: Jab-jab bahaar aayi from Taqdeer. Although there are three versions (not just two) of the song in the film, the first version is a male version, sung by the father to his wife and children:

…and the third version is a duet, sung by the three children, now grown up:

2 mumbaikar8 May 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm


And the good work continues!
Kahte hai pyaar jisko was new to me.
Yesterday I was listening to Ravi’s collection.
Ravi has many double versions to his credit, you have mentioned most of them,
I will add one from Kaajal

Yeh zulf agar khulke Rafi and Kabira Nirbhay Raam Rafi Asha duet.

3 arvindersharma May 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Ashok Ji,
Thanks for another worthy post of yours.
From the ocean of HFM, let me present a solo and a duet version of the song, by Rafi and Lalita Deulkar from Saajan, music by C.Ramchandra.

Hum Ko Tumhara Hi Asara… Mohammad Rafi:

Mohammad Rafi & Lalita Dheolkar:

Second set of songs is sung by Mukesh and Lata from Man Mandir, music by Lakshmikant Pyarelal.


One more beautiful set of composition is by Madanmohan from Mausam, sung by Lata and Bhupendra.

Dil Dhundta Hai Phir Wohi (Sad) – Bhupinder:

I’m finding it difficult to send the second (duet) link of this song, due to some internet problems, so kindly look into it.
(AK Ji,
Kindly ignore my wrongly posted comment)..)

4 arvindersharma May 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

What an excellent find, mumbaikar8,
have heard it thrice and still seeking to hear the song at home leisurely.
What a contrasting melody.
My congratulations.

5 mumbaikar8 May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Thanks, Sharmaji,
I was completely bowled by this version too, when I first heard it.
I agree, what a contrast between Asha and Rafi and between Rafi’s solo and this duet.

6 Ashok M Vaishnav May 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

#Madhulikaji (@Dustefoff)
Thanks. I have used this song in one more variation of the on-going category – “Multiple Versions – A Male_Female solo_duet or a Chorus – Three versions of a song”, which would follow in due course.

The quest is simply endless. Thanks for updating the database .

The second version is very clever use of a song that typifies the image of the principal character in a very different situation. Thanks for remembering it and updating the treasure that we are building up collectively.

7 Ashok M Vaishnav May 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Here is the link to second version of Dil Dhoondhata Hai Phir Wahi – by Bhupinder and Lata Mangeshkar – Mauasam (1975) – Madan Mohan

8 arvindersharma May 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

Ashok Ji,
One more extremely beautiful combine from Narsi Bhagat.
I’m sure it should have featured near the top of your article.
The famous bhajan by Hemant, Sudha Malhotra and Manna De, music by Ravi.

Darshan Do Ghanshyam Nath – Hemant Kumar:

Now the solo by Manna De

Narsi Bhagat:

9 N.Venkataraman May 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Ashok ji,
Thanks for yet another enjoyable post and some wonderful version songs. Great listening and my pick of the lot is the version song from Duniya na mane along with the songs composed by O P Nayyar, Ravi and N Dutta. I was not aware of the existence of another version of Chandan ka Palna. The song from Baarish was new to me.

The link presented by you for the song (both the versions) Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein has been terminated. Another link to the combined version uploaded by Mastkalndr is available on YT. I would request AK ji to upload the new link.

Now let me to add a couple.The first one from the vintage era, Sawariya re Sawariya , film Anjaan (1941), lyrics Kavi Pradeep / P L Santoshi, music Pannalal Ghosh.
Duet – Arun Kumar and Susheela
Male Solo- Arun Kumar

The second one, Pyar jaganewala from Zara Bachke (1959), lyrics Asad Bhopli, music Nashad.
Duet- Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar
Male solo – Manna Dey

The series is already two and a half years old and still going strong. With more posts to come, soon we will cover the 25th post in this series. As the originator and bulk contributor of this mega series on Multi-version songs, you deserve a big applause.

10 Ashok M Vaishnav May 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm


What a wonderful addition.
# N. Venkataraman,
We never had imagined that we will travel this distance. But with SoY’s active readers, every distance works out to be a very small one to travel.
In the present case, the number of additions are almost turning out to be an article length inputs.

It is indeed a privilege to bask in the reflected glow of the sunshine.

11 ksbhatia May 16, 2015 at 12:23 am

Ashok M Vaishnav’ji ; Once again a great subject and mind twister as always but very interesting . So far I have come across few melodies which I think will find a place in SoY family as their fav. too .

1. Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi……. by Rafi sahib

As duet with Lataji

2. Poochho na kaise maine rain beetayi……. by Manna dey as solo and with S D Batish as duet [ as also with additional female singer, name unknown , request discussions on that]. The song one can find at one place :

One can note that S D Batish was a good classical singer but was not fully utilised to his ability .

12 chitrapatsangeet May 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

In Hawaon mein In fizaon mein from Gumrah is a beautfiul Ashs-MK duet and later a sad version of it, a solo by MK.

13 Ashwin Bhandarkar May 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Being new to this forum, I have not gone through all the earlier posts in this wonderful series, and perhaps an earlier post is a more appropriate place for pointing out this example of a 2-version duet-backed-by-chorus song from the same film. but I am posting it here nevertheless:

Hemant Kumar, Pradeep and chorus singing ‘Vande Mataram’ from Ananda Math:

Now for the Lata, Hemant and chorus rendition of the same song from the same film:

The tune is set to Bhairavi (and has a bit of Malkauns in the interludes).

Interestingly, A.R.Rahman recorded Vande Mataram with Lataji some 15 years ago and used the same tune.

14 N Venkataraman May 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Ashok ji,
I have a couple of questions please.
What about the songs where both the versions are duet? Will there be a separate post for this category?
In the Male Solo and duet category, is it necessary that the duet should be MF duet
And if so, should the male singer in the solo song and the duet song be the same?

15 Ashok M Vaishnav May 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

#ks Bhatia

We have covered Meri Soorrat Teri Aankhen song in the earlier post.and the one from Gumrah will appear in the following article, Female Sols and its Duet version.

#Aswin Bhandarkar.
On behalf of SoY, welcome.

We have reserved one slot for multiple versions of Patriotic songs. This one has been stored up for that article, which will come up in the due course.

16 Ashok M Vaishnav May 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Dear Shri Venkataramanaji,

We have lined up A Female Solo and its duet version as well as A Male_Female solo_duet or a Chorus – Three versions of a song, to be followed by Both versions as Duets.

In any of these instances, it certainly need not be necessary that duet ought to be MF duet only nor should have male /female solo singer same as in a duet.

In fact, if we can lie up a reasonable numbers, we can create a separate post for such songs. If the numbers justify, please send in them in as a separate e-mail. We can then jointly expand the songs into a full-fledged post.

17 Paresh Dholakia May 18, 2015 at 11:08 am

I shall mention one more solo/duet combo of film MEIN SUHGAN HUN – ‘Tu shokh kali mein mast pavan’ -solo sung by Mohd Rafi and duet by him and Asha Bhosle, music by Lachhiram.

18 AK May 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Paresh Dholakia,
Welcome to Songs of Yore. Yes indeed, and it is very nice song. This has figured prominently in my post on Lachhiram.

19 gaddeswarup May 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

There seems a short third version of the song from Zara Bachke

20 Ashok M Vaishnav May 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm

#Paresh Dholakia
At the very outset, I am grateful for your interest in the subject and the post.
The song that you have mentioned appears @ 9 in our previous article – Multiple Versions Songs (20): Male Solo and Duet or Chorus’.

21 Ashok M Vaishnav May 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for unearthing a gem.

22 Paresh Dholakia May 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Oh… Sorry i am a new comer and did not see your earlier post.. and jumped in. But i thoroughly enjoy the research and analysis of songs which i have loved all my life. It is becoming my daily routine to visit this web site first in the day and go through all earlier topics.

23 N Venkataraman May 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Ashok ji,
While listening to a song which was a male solo and which had a MMF version too, my friend posed this question and off hand mentioned two such songs, which I found out later to be incorrect. No matter, I would be on the lookout and if I find such songs I would certainly let you know. By the way where would the type which I have mentioned fit in? Should I send you the link?
In your previous post you mentioned (comment #25) that there is a possibility of having one more post for versions of songs across languages not covered till now (or some such title). I assume that you are referring to songs/tunes used across countries (e.g Sassi/Shart). I too am on the hunt for such types and hope to find a few.
Thanks a lot.

24 N Venkataraman May 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Gaddeswarup ji,
That was a nice find.
So the song(s) which I have posted here actually qualifies for the future post on triple version songs and I should not have posted them here.

25 gaddeswarup May 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

Venkataramanji, It was a fluke. Since there are different quality videos for the same songs, sometimes I search for other uploads. It popped out.

26 Ashok M Vaishnav May 21, 2015 at 10:22 pm

This has worked out to be far deeper sea than I had envisaged when I wrote the first Overview post.

So if we can find songs, we will invent appropriate titles too.

If the songs found will not justify a full-scale post, then we will create some omnibus title of Songs Not Covered In Any Title Till Now or some such title.

Many songs I could find when I would be on some other trail. Many of the multiple version situations we would have forgotten now, since we may have seen the films some 30 / 40 years back. It is only because of the great YT uploaders who have been amassing these riches that we have reached so far in this series.

27 SSW June 25, 2015 at 12:29 am

The more recent version of Multiple version songs with the female solo reminded me of this Male solo

and the duet with Sabita Chowdhury though Yesudas just provides accompaniment through a counterpoint at the begining before joining in chorus

28 Ashok M Vaishnav June 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Thanks. Have had heard the song, but was never familiar enough to know of the second version.

29 Ashok M Vaishnav July 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

Here is one more interesting song

O Duniyawale Ke Rahane wale Kahan Gaya Chitchor – Dil Ki Rani -(1947) – Singer Raj Kapoor – Music S D Burman
This songs in duet by Raj Kapoor and Geeta Raoy –

30 arvindersharma July 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

Ashok Vaishnav Ji,
You have now expanded your horizon so much, that now even you are unable to see the duplicity of your posts.
This is a matter of pride I must say, and you deserve to be congratulated.
This song, I had thought about posting, but,thankfully went through the earlier posts, has been maintioned by mumbaikar8 in the opening post of multiple version songs at comment no 43 and seconded by AK Ji at 44.

31 ASHOK M VAISHNAV July 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

I accept my mistake in not acknowledging the earlier reference, even as I tried to bring in the song on the relevant page for easier reference.

I agree that the spread has become so wide, that it is difficult to recall off hand what has already been posted. I will take a systematic review and refresh my original manuscripts.

32 Ashok M Vaishnav July 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

While working on my monthly compendium, I landed upon these songs – a solo and its duet version – form Gopinath, 1948 .

Kare Badar Baras Baras Kar Jayen (Solo) Ninu Majumdar

Kare Badar Baras Baras Kar Jayen – Ninu Mazumdar and Meena Kapoor

33 mumbaikar8 January 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

AK, Ashokji,
Is this the sad solo version of Tu ganga ki mauj?


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