Lata Mangeshkar-AR Rahman playlist: From Jiya Jale to Luka Chuppi, the duo's best songs
It can be rightly said that when the musical genius of AR Rahman mingles with the golden voice of the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar — the result is pure magic.
Mangeshkar is one the most famous and revered playback singers of the country, with a fabulous career spanning seven decades and thousands of songs to her credit in multiple languages. Mangeshkar began her singing career in 1942 and since then she has been at the forefront of Indian musical scenario. She has been conferred with the country highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in the year 2001. This year she completes 75 glorious years as a singer.
AR Rahman also completes 25 years in the industry as a music director. He marked his debut in the year 1992, with Mani Ratnam's Roja and over the years has emerged as the biggest and India's only global music composer. He is also the only music composer from the country to win the Academy Award. In fact, he won two — Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song for the 2009 film, Slumdog Millionaire.
It would have been a loss to the music industry, had Rahman and Mangeshkar not worked together. And they have! Here's a list of some (or rather all) of their collaborations:
Mani Ratnam's Dil Se is probably one of Rahman's most popular soundtracks in Bollywood. With the electrifying 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' as one of its most well-known numbers, this melody takes a softer tone. This was the first composition to come out of the Mangeshkar-Rahman duo. Mangeshkar's voice gave a refreshing touch to the whole number and consequentially remains one of her numerous most-popular Hindi songs.
Khamoshiya Gungunane Lagi
This song from the film One 2 Ka 4 (2001), is a fine and soothing melody in the voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Sonu Nigam and picturised on Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan. The lyrics of the song were penned by legendary songwriter Majrooh Sultanpuri and Rahman set the composition in a way that accentuated the lyrics, taking them to a transcendental level.
This song from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2006 film, Rang De Basanti, really needs no introduction. It is one Rahman-Mangeshkar song that has become immortal. Prasoon Joshi's heart-wrenching lyrics coupled with Rahman's music and Lata's voice make for a musical piece that gives one goosebumps every time one listens to it.
So Gaye Hai
Shyam Benegal's 2001 film Zubeidaa featured some of the most exquisite yet less popular Rahman compositions. Javed Akhtar, the wizard of words has penned down lyrics that are so situational and effective that even if one listens to the audio (only) they are transported into the world of Zubeidaa. This song is just a testimony to that.
Ek Tu Hi Bharosa
This is a special song for many reasons. Featured in Rajkumar Santoshi's 2000 film, Pukar, the song stars the melody queen herself singing with a children's choir. The song appears at the very climax of the film and is a huge emotional relief for the audience, as the film (especially the end) was rather an intense watch.
Lagaan was a monumental cinematic project. The Academy Award-nominated film had an enviable soundtrack with mellifluous, genuine Indian songs that reflected the ethos of pre-Independence rural India. This bhajan is one of the gems of the album, that so effectively portrays the earnestness of the villagers who are in adversity.
Pyaara Sa Gaon
Yet another unknown song from Benegal's Zubeidaa, this song is a soft lullaby that flows like a feather in a breeze. It is a composition that again uses Mangeshkar's vocal texture to the fullest.
With these songs, both Mangeshkar and Rahman prove — 'Music Makes Magic'.