Pancham and Lata – Melody Galore

Those who know me, know that neither RD Burman nor Lata Mangeshkar are my most favorite composer or singer.. Its not that I don’t like them, but I am hugely devoted to Pancham’s father and Lata’s younger sibling and hence rest of the love feels muted.. But it is more true than anything that when it comes to Pancham, he always reserved his best songs for the magical Lata Mangeshkar always, in spite of all the space that Asha occupied in his life, so much so that some times that has appeared rather unfair to me! (Until ofcourse he composed the materpiece album of his life and got Asha to sing all the 4 exemplary songs in the same  )

But, today this post is about recalling the brilliant gems that Lata and RD created together – there is so much melody and an ethereal feel to these songs that it can add colors to any day, it can suck you in to its beauty at any time.. These are all of my favorite #solos that Lata sang for Pancham (and yes of course she has sung exceptional duets as well on RD tunes), and the era of this work spans across more than 20 years from one of his first sensational hits in Bahaaron ke sapne (1967) to the obscure Libaas (1988) for which we are still awaiting a theatrical release…

These would be my Top15 songs of Lata ranked, that she sang for RD Burman… Yes, there are not so popular ones too, but I feel they are severely underrated..

To supreme melodies and musical diwalis… Do leave your thoughts on this and your choices of Lata RDB gems…

#15 DILBAR DIL SE PYAARE (Caravan)

 

#14 HUMNE SANAM KO KHAT LIKHA (Shakti)

 

#13 JAANE KYA BAAT HAI (Sunny)

 

#12 AB KE NA SAAWAN BARSE (Kinara)

 

#11 CHHOTI SI EK KALI KHILI THI (Jurmana)

 

#10 TUM MUJHSE ROOTHE HO (Phir Kab Milogi)

 

#09 BAAHON ME CHALE AAO (Anamika)

 

#08 AAJ KAL PAAON ZAMEEN PAR (Ghar)

 

#07 TERE LIYE PALKON KI JHALAR BUNU (Harjayee)

 

#06 AAJA PIYA TOHE PYAR DOON (Bahaaron ke Sapne)

 

#05 AYE RI PAWAN (Bemisaal)

 

#04 TUJHSE NARAZ NAHI ZINDAGI (Masoom)

 

#03 DO NAINON ME AASOON BHARE HAIN (Khushboo)

 

#02 PHIR KISI SHAAKH NA PHEKI CHHAO (Libaas)

 

#01 BADA NATKHAT HAIN RE (Amar Prem)

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