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Lata Mangeshkar Songs

September 1995

       Lata & 239 lyricists of Hindi movie songs

Dear fellow RMIMwallas and walliis,

        The following is a continuation of my previous post about
Lata's songs. Once again, this includes only songs from HINDI MOVIES,
other languages are excluded and non-filmi songs are also excluded.
This one is about lyricists. I believe that she sang for
almost every lyricist who wrote songs for Hindi movies after 1946
or so.
        In my opinion, Lata (about 5250 songs up to 1992) is the
most admired female singer, even though Asha (about 7500 songs up
to 1992) has sung more songs. Clearly the relative number of songs
Lata has sung for any lyricist can serve as a first approximation
to the popularity (not necessarily quality) of the particular
songwriter.
        The list has the name of the lyricist (and his collaborator,
if any), the total number of songs with them and the total number of
films with them. Apart from the usual songs, the list includes even
those songs which were removed from the movie or for which no records
were issued or from the movies that were never released. It should be
mentioned that the total number of estimated songs in all the Hindi
movies from the period 1931-1992 is 50000 and the total number of
Hindi movies from the same period is believed to be about 7000.
        Once again, this is straight from the book, no editing
has been done by me, except to correct obvious misspellings.

Note: To make the pronunciation easy, I have used the excellent
transliteration scheme of Avinash Chopde, mostly.

   Lyricists                  songs   movies

aana.nd baKshii                 679     309
raajendra krishaN               554     158
majarooh                        431     165
shailendra                      356     127
hasarat                         296     135
bharat vyaas                    206     67
shakiil badaayuu.Nnii           204     51
prem dhavan                     197     78
saahir                          160     58
indiivar                        156     111

P. L. sa.ntoshii                78      22
qamar jalaalaabaadii            74      33
anjaan                          69      52
raajaa mehadii alii Ka.N        66      30
asad bhopaalii                  65      34
varmaa malik                    60      40
gulazaar                        55      29
panDit narendra sharmaa         55      17
pradiip                         52      18
kaifii aazamii                  48      26

gulashan baavaraa               46      31
jaa.N nisaar aKtar              39      18
S. H. bihaarii                  37      16
yogesh                          37      25
Kumaar baaraaba.nkavi           33      9
naqsh laayalapurii              30      22
D. N. madhok                    26      8
gopaal si.Nha nepaalii          26      9
sarashaar sailaanii             22      9

faaruuq qaisar                  21      14
mulkaraaj bhaakha.Dii           21      6
amit khannaa                    20      11
kaif irafaanii                  20      16
kedaar sharmaa                  20      7
sa.ntosh aana.nd                20      10
tanveer naqavii                 20      8
nuur lakhanavii                 19      4
panDit indra                    19      4
nidaa faazalii                  18      14

gauhar kaanapurii               17      8
naqshab jaarachavii             17      8
ravindra jain                   17      9
neeraj                          16      7
aziiz kashmiirii                15      5
maayaa govind                   15      9
vishveshvar sharmaa             14      7
B. D. mishraa                   13      5
panDit B. C. madhur             13      4
jaaved aKtar                    12      5

ehasaan rizavii                 11      5
kulva.nt jaanii                 11      7
ravi                            11      6
saavan kumaar                   11      4
sarasvatii kumaar diipak        11      8
viTThalbhaaii paTel             11      10
M. G. hashmat                   10      8
iishvar chandra kapuur          10      4
naazim paaniipatii              10      3
shevan rizavii                  10      4

traditional and classical       10      9
manoj kumaar                    9       3
kaif bhopaalii                  8       3
raammuurtii chaturvedii         8       3
shailii shailendra              8       4
uddhav kumaar                   8       7
ziyaa sarahadii                 8       3
anjum jaipurii                  7       4
deevaan sharar                  7       4
satyendra atthaiyaa             7       5

banavaasi                       6       2
ra.ngiin                        6       3
samiir                          6       5
L. meghaanii                    5       1
aKtar romaanii                  5       4
aadil & uddhav duo              5       1
dev kohalii                     5       2
habiib sarhadii                 5       1
indrajiit si.Nha tulasii        5       5
miiraabaaii                     5       3

nyaay sharmaa                   5       2
paravez shamsii                 5       1
shaharayaar                     5       1
shiv kumaar                     5       1
vaahid quraishii                5       3
viirendra mishraa               5       2
vishvaamitraa aadil             5       3
A. aah shikaarpurii             4       3
Dr. safadar aah                 4       3
Kaavar zamaa.N                  4       2

aarazuu lakhanavii              4       2
aish kanwal                     4       2
brajendra gau.D                 4       2
chandrashekhar paandey          4       3
madan                           4       2
mahipaal                        4       2
ravindra piipaT                 4       2
sarataaj                        4       1
valii saahib                    4       3
vasa.nt dev                     4       2

K. L. paradesii                 3       2
aKtar yuusuf                    3       1
aKtar-ul-imaan                  3       1
anjum piiliibhiitii             3       2
arjun                           3       1
bahazaad lakhanavii             3       2
bashar navaaz                   3       1
hasan kamaal                    3       3
kafiil ajar                     3       2
keshav                          3       2

panDit faanii                   3       2
panDit sudarshan                3       2
shakiil nuumaanii               3       1
shamiim jaipurii                3       3
shams aziimaabaadii             3       2
Dr. hariiraam aachaaryaa        2       1
G. L. raaval                    2       2
S. P. kallaa                    2       1
aabid gularej                   2       1
aalam syaahaposh                2       1

amiir Kusaro                    2       2
arjun dev "ashq"                2       1
arshii ajamerii                 2       1
baalakavii bairaagii            2       1
gaafil haranaalavii             2       2
haragovind                      2       1
hasrat & ravindra jain          2       1
jaaved anvar                    2       1
jalaal maliihaabaadii           2       2
kamaal amarohii                 2       1

madhuraaj                       2       1
mahendra praaN                  2       1
mulkaraaj                       2       1
padmaa sachadev                 2       1
panDit nira.njan sharmaa        2       1
panDit raamamurtii              2       1
prahlaad sharmaa                2       1
prayaag raaj                    2       2
prem baarabaTanii               2       2
raNdhiir                        2       1

raaj baladev raaj               2       1
raajesh roshan                  2       1
ravindra raaval                 2       2
saGiir usmaanii                 2       1
saradaar pa.nchhii              2       1
shaadaab                        2       2
shambhuu sen                    2       1

The following are one movie-one song "combos" as saamii bhaaii would
say. They just wrote one song for one movie that Lata sang.

A. qariim               Dr. iqabaal             Dr. raahii maasuum razaa
F. M. qaisar            G. D. maaDagulakar
S. R. chopraa saaz      ravi sha.nkar sharmaa
afzal shaadaab          amar ansaarii           amiir Miinaaii
amiir kaajalabaaz       amritaa priitam         anjaan & kapuur
anvar saaGar            asad bhopaalii & jafar gorakhapurii
avinaash vyaas          B. K. purii             B. R. sharma
ba.nkimchandra chaTarjii                        baalakrishaN
buuTaaraam sharmaa      daaG                    darabaarilaal shamiim
dayaanaath pande        dvaarkaanaath           fiiroz
fiiroz jaala.ndharii    gulaabacha.nd           gulashan jalaalaabaadii
harshh                  haruN                   hasarat lakhanavii
huddaa                  kaamil rashiid          kaanu ghosh
keshariinaath vaidya    keshav trivedii         kumud tripaaThii
lekharaaj bhaakha.Dii   maKaduum mahiyudiin     madahosh bilgraamii
madhukar raajasthaanii  mahendra dehalavi       manamohan saabir
manohar khanna          mashahar                miir aniis
miir takii miir         motii B. A.             muniir aarazuu kaazamii
munshii farog           munsif                  mushtaar haidarii
na.ndii khanna          naTraaj                 nigaar
nizaam                  panDit mukharaam sharmaa
parataav lakhanavii     prabhaa Thaakur         prakaash
prakaash baKshii        prakaash meharaa        prakaash pa.nkaj
prem dhavan & saradaar jaafarii                 prem saara.ng
qamar jalaalaabaadii & manoj kumaar             qatiil shifaaii
raajakavii tulasii      raam pa.njavaanii       raghupat raay
ramesh pa.nt            ramesh shastrii         ruupabaanii
saaGar nizaamii         saahir bhopaalii        sabaa afagaanii
salaauddiin paravez     saradaar jaafarii       saravar
shailendra & kaifii aazamii                     shekhar
shriiraam boharaa       shyaam hindii           shyaam laal
shyamalaal shams        si.nghaar               sika.ndar bhaaratii
som Thaakur             V. N. ma.ngal           viir muhammad purii
vinod kapuur            yuusuf

        Next time, I will endeavor to type in the same kind of info for
about Lata's male singing partners in Hindi movies.

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        A comparison with Mukesh:

        For comparison purposes it may be noted that all the songs ever
sung by Mukesh, during the period 1941-1982, in movies of all languages
and including non-movie records like bhajans, ghazals etc. is 994.
A compilation of the FULL TEXT of each of the 992 songs (info about
2 bangla songs was obtained after the publication of the book) and all the
relevant info about the song, like the movie, year, MD, lyricists
and co-singers, if any, was published by Mr. Harish Raghuwanshi of
Surat, Gujarat in a 684-page book called "Mukesh Geet Kosh" in 1985.
The book is out of print now, but Mr. Raghuvanshi is working on the
second edition. He has recently published an authoritative and
comprehensive 412 page encyclopaedia of 599 Gujarati movies (1932-1994).
He can be reached at:

Mr. Harish Raghuwanshi
Vision House
Sagrampura,
Near Putli
SURAT - 395 002
Gujarat
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The above info comes mostly from the book

"Lata Mangeshkar Gandhar Svaryaatraa 1945-1989"
Edited by Vishwas Nerurkar and published by

Mrs. Vasanti P. Nerurkar,
2/15, Kailash Parwat, Gilbert Hill,
Andheri (W)
Bombay 400 058
Telephone: 22-624-3587

A definitive and complete reference book with lots of rare pictures.
Entries are in the format:

Song #, beginning of song, film, year, music, lyricist,
partners, if any

Additional info from

Listener's Bulletin, a monthly, edited by Hamraaz Saahib and
published by the Secretary, the Flying Listener's Club, Kanpur.

One final note: Many of you have written saying that I have done
a job that is herculean, monumental, heroic, marathon etc. Please
remember that the compilers have put in much greater effort working for
many many years, going to the Poona archives, HMV archives in Bombay
and Calcutta, the famous booklet shop of Mr. Hussainibhai Bookletwalla
of Grant Road, Bombay, private record collections, cine artists
and what not. In comparison with all that, I remain, sirs and madams,

only your humble typist:

Surjit Singh, a movie fan, period.