Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lata in the 80s and 90s.

Lata in the 80s and 90s.

By: Rumi Chatterji.

Although the presence of new female singers in bollywood films in the 80s had increased the competition in the world of playback singing, Lata still sang landmark songs in the 80s and 90s. Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Asha and Anuradha Paudwal were some of the singers who had sung hit songs in the 80s.

Lata’s song “yeh kahan a gaye hum” in the film Silsila picturised on Rekha, became a landmark hit with the romantic location of Kashmir and other places. The songs in the film Ek Tuje ke liye, picturised on Rati Agnihotri, including songs like “ek duje ke liye”, “tere mere beech me”, etc., composed by LP became superhit.

In Saagar, Lata’s song “sagar kinare” picturised on Dimple became a big hit. Similarly in the film Chandni, all the songs sung by Lata, which were picturised on Sri Devi and composed by Shiv Hari became grandhit.

Lata sang notable songs also in the film Lekin, directed by Gulzar. The film was based on folklore of Rajasthan and Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the composer of the music of the film, used the folk effect and classical effect to make the film look realistic. The legendary songs of Lata include “yara sili sili”, “kesaria balma” etc. Dimple Kapadia was sublime in her performance.

Lata also sang notable songs in the film Rudali, picturised on Dimple, where the music was composed by Bhupen Hazarika. There also the song ‘dil hum hum kare” received acclamation of the critics.

In the 90s, Lata sang notable songs in the film Dil To Pagal Hai, where Uttam Singh had composed memorable tunes for Lata. The songs were picturised on Madhuri Dixit, and all were hits.

Lata also made her presence felt in films like Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, with Twinkle Khanna and Salman Khan. The magical voice of Lata is still young for the millions of music lovers across the world and still can make major contribution in modern bollywood films.


Supriya said...

Lata is one of the remote singers, whose age did not affect her singing. She was even brilliant in the songs "aajkal paon zamee par", "tere bina jiya jaye na", from the film Ghar, picturised on Rekha in the 80s.
Supriya Chatterji.

Pawan said...

It's difficult to imagine what Bollywood music would have been without Lata Mangeshkar. Her enormous range, flawless singing, perfect pitch, inimitable style and superb expressions are difficult to match.

Truly, there can be only one Lata.

Pawan Jalan

Rumi said...

I truly agree with Pawan Jalan, that Lata was unparallel. But at the sametime her competitors could not carry on their career due to family reasons. For example Geeta Dutt sufferred from family problems, Suman Kalyanpur, Sudha Malhotra did not continue singing, etc. But Lata's capability is beyond questions.
Rumi Chatterji.