My favourite Lata Mangeshkar songs by C Ramchandra

September 28, 2011

Birthday greetings to Lata Mangeshkar on September 28

C Ramchandra-Lata MangeshkarPresenting my favourite Lata Mangeshkar songs composed by C Ramchandra, as my birthday greetings to her on September 28, is not a very diplomatic thing to do, given the history of their relationship. As her biographical accounts go, Lata Mangeshkar was more than a muse to C Ramchandra, and central to his music. But when the relationship turned sour, its repudiation (by her) was ruthless and complete. When she gave her famed public performance of Ae mere watan ke logo at Lal Quila on the Republic Day 1963, which brought tears to Nehru’s eyes, its lyricist Pradeep was acknowledged, but its composer C Ramchandra was not. (Note: Please also see comments 49, 51, 52, 54). When in 1967 Lata Mangeshkar selected her best 10 songs for HMV, she did not include any song by C Ramchandra, but her by then favourite boys Laxmikant Pyarelal’s – made it to the list!

Let us leave the human Lata Mangeshkar for her biographers to analyse; for me her music is divine, and to a great extent I consider her C Ramchandra songs, especially of early 1950s, among her best, most romantic, most melodious and deeply moving. But his music became so Lata-centric that the breakdown of their relationship also spelt his music’s doom. Among the greats of the Vintage/Golden Era, he faded out relatively early. In a sharp contrast, SD Burman was able to weather his hiatus with Lata Mangeshkar for about 5 years 1957-62 (she came back to him with Bandini) because he could work wonders with Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle, and he gave immortal songs with all the great male singers Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey and Hemant Kumar, and of course, himself. No wonder Dada was the longest lasting among the great composers. Interestingly if I try to recall C Ramchandra’s great songs by male singers, there is hardly much beyond his own (Chitalkar) songs.

Another important aspect of C Ramchandra is that among the great composers, he has the largest number of Lata gems, which are still hidden and relatively unknown, but incredibly beautiful. Of course, as music lovers know, there are two distinct C Ramchandra’s – one, fast, western and comic a la Ana meri jaan meri jaan Sunday ke Sunday and the other, soulful Lata, best characterized by the iconic Ye zindagi uis ki hai. Here are ten of my very special Lata Mangeshkar songs composed by C Ramchandra.

1.  Dil se bhula do tum hamein from Patanga (1949), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

Picturised on Purnima, with Shyam in the frame, is a quintessential C Ramchandra-Lata Mangeshkar melancholic song.  Lata Mangshkar in 1949 was still under the influence of Noorjehan style.  C Ramchandra was one of the major influences to help her evolve her own distinct style.  Patanga is a prime example of two contrasting C Ramchandra’s.  This is the film which had breezy songs with Shamshad Begum and C Ramchandra himself (Chitalkar) like   Mere piya gaye Rangoon, Pahle to ho gayee namaste etc.

2.  Aisi mohabbat se hum baaj aye from Nirala (1950), lyrics PL Santoshi

Mehfil mein jal uthi samafrom Nirala was very famous and well known.  Many years later I heard this song for the first time from an elderly lady who could reproduce the exact tune and the emotion of the song, but she was not aware about its film or the composer.  I had no doubt it had to be C Ramchandra, but only in the internet era I could fully place the song.

Aisi mohabbat se hum baaj aye

3.  Abhi sham ayegi nikalenge tare from Samadhi (1950), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

Who has not heard the foot tapping breezy song Gore gore banke chore from this film, which has acquired an iconic status,  and you have this somewhat less heard but absolutely mesmerising soulful Lata Mangeshkar melody picturised on Nalini Jaywant.  Two very distinct C Ramchandra’s again.

4.  Koi kisi ka diwana na bane from Sargam (1950), lyrics PL Santoshi

Picturised on Rehana, this song is one of the defining songs of C Ramchandra-Lata Mangeshkar.

5.  Balma bada nadan from Albela (1951), Rajendra Krishna

Albela was another movie which had two distinct and contrasting C Ramchandra’s.  You have the breezy dance songs, all legends by now, such as Shola jo bhadke, Sham dhale khidki tale and Bholi surat dil ke khote, and you have soulful, emotional melodies including the iconic lullaby Dheere se aa ja ri ankhiyan meinIt is a difficult choice but my favorite is Balma bada nadaan re for its pathos.

6.  Dil ki kahani to chahe from Sagai (1951), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

On Rehana again. His favourite lyricist creates another masterpiece, composed equally beautifully by C Ramchandra.

7.  Ai pyar teri duniya se hum from Jhanjhar (1953), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

C Ramchandra-Rajendra Krishna-Lata Mangeshkar is matchless when it comes to most beautiful Lata Mangeshkar songs.  This one is again not among his very well known, but it has again the same quality of mesmerising you the first time you hear it.

8.  Kaise bhaye sakhi rut sawan ki from Pehli Jhalak (1954), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

When I heard this song for the first time on the internet, my reaction was O my God, where was this song hidden? I have mentioned about undiscovered C Ramchandra gems. You have this fabulous classical song performed equally brilliantly by Vyjayantimala.

9.  Kaise aaun Jamuna ke teer from Devta (1956), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

One of the best classical Raga based songs picturised on Anjali Deve.

10.  Dil ki duniya basa ke sanwariya tum na jane kahan kho gaye from Amardeep (1958), lyrics Rajendra Krishna

I started this list with a dil song, there was another dil song in between and now I end with a fabulous dil song.  C Ramchandra – Lata Mangeshkar gave some of the most heart touching songs.  My all-time great Lata-C Ramchandra favourite, picturised so beautifully on Vyjayantimala.


I have reached ten, all absolute gems, without including any song from his runaway hits Anarkali and Azad. C Ramchandra was reputed to be a very fast composer.  After completing the Tamil version of Azad, its producers wanted to complete its Hindi version on the same sets in Madras in quick time of 3-4 weeks. For its music Naushad declined the offer on the ground that he did not do a rush job.  C Ramchandra, of course created an all time great score.  Dilip Kumar wanted Talat Memood to playback for him.  When he was unavailable, C Ramchandra convinced Dilip Kumar that he would sing for him in Talat style, and no one would notice the difference.  How true when you hear Kita hassen hai mausam.  None of his great songs appear to be a rush job, every song seems to be crafted with a great deal of effort. I feel very happy to present these songs as my birthday greetings to Lata Mangeshkar on her 82nd birthday.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 AK July 3, 2015 at 7:42 am

Welcome to SoY. Very apt saying. There were some more surprise exclusions. In that ten she could find room for LP, but not Anil Biswas. She had her own ways.

2 Madhupati Sharma July 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

There is a song in “Pehli Jhalak” – “Mat maro Nazariya ke teer “and with Tabla Tarang this is a beautiful melody.

3 Madhupati Sharma July 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

There is a song in “Pehli Jhalak” – “Mat maro Nazariya ke teer “and with Tabla Tarang this is a beautiful melody.–K0Y

4 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 1:01 am

Today i have completed 3 years in SoY University. I had taken admission in SoY thru the same post on Dec 7 2012. yet i am not in a position to ask a bachelor certificate (BSoY) from you bcoz i have not fulfilled the minimum requirements (at least 50% attendance) 🙂 ok i will wait for some more years.

I had posted one of the best compositions of CR on that day, but sadly today i couldnt find it on YT.

a class poetry of Rajinder Krishan in Hangama (1952)

Aye dard e muhabbat aa tujh ko seene se lagaake pyar karu
saajan ki nishani hai tujh ko duniya se chhupake pyar karu

milne ka samaa kuchh door na tha
duniya ko magar manzoor tha
duniya ko khabar kya main tujh ko sab kuchh bhi lutaake pyar karu

yeh raat yeh thandi mast hawaa
is par yeh sitam main tumse judaa
kismat men likha hai main tujh se aansoo hi bahaake pyar karu

5 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 1:05 am

a correction :
milne ka sama kuchh door na tha
duniya ko magar manzoor na tha

6 AK December 7, 2015 at 6:14 am

Many happy returns of the day. Barring some vacations you have been a most diligent scholar at the campus.

It is most frustrating the way YT takes off songs. Sometimes they do it with songs of 30s and 40s too in which only some of us interested and no one’s copyright is involved.

7 D P Rangan December 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm


I have the song in my collection. I can upload it through soundcloud as a audio piece. I can only make a still video of the song probably with an image of Lata Mangeshkar and post it in You Tube. I leave the choice.

8 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Many thanx for your kind words.

It’s great you have this song. I would like to see the still video on YT with Lataji’s image.
Thanx for the offer. I hope i will see this song again on YT soon. Plz upload a good audio, i also have this song in my collection but not in a good condition.

9 arvindersharma December 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Dear Jignesh,
Here’s the link below

10 arvindersharma December 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Jignesh dear,
Sorry for posting the wrong link.
Got carried away and posted this one. I don’t think YT has the song, will pursue dear Sudhir Kapur Ji is post this song
Apologies and regards

11 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

this is Dard ke maare hue .. it’s not Aye dard e muhabbat.

12 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:20 pm

it’s ok. ye gaana mere paas hai lekin uski audio quality utni acchhi nahi hai. I want a better one, if anyone has this song.

13 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Dekh roop ki dhoop raasta bhul na jana rahi
Khile phool ko soch samaj kar haath lagana rahi
main hun phoolon ki rakhwar
main hun phoolon ki rakhwar
khet ke paar koi na aaiyo

Kahin dekh akeli naar khet ke paar koi na aaiyo

another brilliance of Rajinder Krishan in Talaash (1957)
CR-Lata classic.

14 arvindersharma December 7, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Jignesh dear,
As compensation I would like you to have this song from Sangeeta, which was hitherto unavailable, and Sudhir Ji uploaded the song on my request
Teri Gali me koi diwana gata phire ye gaana,
Dil na lagana dil na lagana dil na lagana

15 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm

thank u very much for this nice song.
Sangeeta is a great work of CR.

16 Jignesh Kotadia December 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Dil lut liya aa aa aa aa

Dil lut liya anjaane men
Hum aa gaye unki aankhon ke behkaane men..

wahwah kitna sukun kitna aaram hai in suro men in dhoonon men

Teri gali men koi diwana gaata phire ye gaana
dil na lagaana dil na lagaana dil na lagaana

Na Umeed hokar bhi duniya men jiye jaate hai
Dil tut gaya phir bhi hum pyar kiye jaate hai

Zara suno suno kya kahe zamaana
Tum hame chaaho na chaaho hum tumhe chaahe

Jo mujhe rulaake chale gaye
mujhe yaad unki sataaye kyun…. all masterpieces

17 D P Rangan December 8, 2015 at 8:08 am


Can you send your e mail id. I would like to send the song as a sample and if it meets your approval can post it in You Tube. My e mail id

18 Jignesh Kotadia December 9, 2015 at 12:10 am

i have sent you my email id and Whatsapp no. both.

19 Ravi Sinha December 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

While listening to this sweet song I am reminded of my childhood when there used to be radios for listening to songs. Like all song lovers I used to get glued to the radio to listen to such melodyies.
Ravi Sinha

20 ksbhatia December 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Arvinder sharma , Sudhir ji[s] ,
I am late on responding to your post @113 . as I was repeatedly listening to the beautiful sweet song [ though I am Diabetic ] of Lata ji…..Teri gali mein koi deewana……from Sangeeta . Thanks both of you for the uploads .

Soft melody , sad songs , pure naturally flowing rhythm were really the nicest combos of CR and Lata ji .

21 pratima puranik March 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

In schooldays I saw Film Alabela. I was thinking songs ;shola jo bhadake & sham dhale khidakitale were sung by Geeta Dutt or Aasha Bhosale. When I came to know those songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar,I was surprised because these songs are sung by Lataji in very different style. because of such versatility she is known as ‘ suronki Maharani’.

22 Sumantra Roy September 26, 2016 at 12:22 am

Even if I leave Anarkali and Azad, still there are serious omissions here which I would have included if I were to make a top 10 list…
1) Aye Chand Pyar Mera from Khazana
2) Katte Hai Dukh Mein from Parchhaiyan
3) Ab Woh Ratein Kahan from Yasmin
4) Ankhon Mein Sama Jao from Yasmin
5) Hawa Hai Sard Sard from Shatranj

And I really didn’t get the meaning of this “Interestingly if I try to recall C Ramchandra’s great songs by male singers, there is hardly much beyond his own (Chitalkar) songs.” Seriously there are many great C. Ramchandra solo compositions sung by male singers…
1) Woh Zalim Pyar Kya Jane (Parchhaiyan) – Talat Mahmood
2) Zindagi Pyar Ki Do Char Ghadi (Anarkali) – Hemant Kumar
3) Ae Baad E Saba (Anarkali) – Hemant Kumar
4) Dekh Tere Sansar Ke Halat (Nastik) – Pradeep
5) Apni Nakami Se Mujhko (Subah Ka Tara) – Talat Mahmood
6) Ena Meena Deeka (Asha) – Kishore Kumar
7) Kavi Raja Kavita Ke (Navrang) – Bharat Vyas
8) Ye Mati Sabhi Ki (Navrang) – Mahendra Kapoor
9) Kabhi Tanhaiyo Mein (Meenar) – Talat Mahmood
10) Zamein Chal Rahi (Pehli Jhalak) – Hemant Kumar
11) Bechain Nazar Betab Zigar (Yasmin) – Talat Mahmood
12) Yeh Hasrat Thi (Nausherwan-E-Adil) – Mohm. Rafi
13) Ab Dar Hai Kiska (Amar Deep) – Mohm. Rafi
14) Shyamal Shyamal Baran (Navrang) – Mahendra Kapoor

Few that I can think of at this moment…

23 AK September 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

Sumantra Roy,
Out of 300 CR-Lata songs I selected some, the readers have added many more in their comments, including most of the songs mentioned by you. I think your comment only endorses what I was trying to say: That their combine gave a huge treasure-trove of songs.

Hemant Kumar and Talat Mahmood songs you have mentioned would figure in their greatest songs. Male songs of CR vis-a-vis has to be seen in relative terms – relative within his own total output, and relative to his peers. If you take SD Burman for example, he would figure very prominently in the best songs for Kishore Kumar, Rafi and Manna Dey as also for Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt; Shankar-Jaikishan for Rafi, Mukesh and Manna Dey as for Lata Mangeshkar.

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