Rajnigandha phool tumhaare – Rajnigandha (1974)

Film: Rajnigandha (1974)
Music: Salil Chowdhury
Lyrics: Yogesh Gaur
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Such melodies are just too good to describe in words but I should just say that this one’s as sweet as honey and I like it so much that I’d want another helping! With such tunes, the accompanying instrumentation just doesn’t matter though it complements it well here. 2 of the 3 stars of this track are so underrated that you may not have heard their names – music composer Salil Chowdhury and lyricist Yogesh (both Kahin door jab dil dhal jaaye fame) – the 3rd one being the one and only Lata Mangeshkar

The mukhda of the number is based on one of the most popular and oft-used raags (Bhairavi) in hindi film songs. The other very popular number of this small-budget next-door-people film was the Mukesh-crooned Kai baar yun hi dekha hai (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPwbi-hfenI). That Salil Chowdhury was quite inspired by western classical music/symphonies is quite well known – Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen (Madhumati, 1958; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSU74fpWsfQ) and Itna na mujhse tu pyaar badhaa (Chhaya, 1961; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87CcAeWkeiw) being cases in point. However, he also seems to have inspired the new generation of tunesmiths – on closer listening (0:38 – 0:43), you’ll notice big-time similarity with the opening riff of Anand-Milind’s Ae mere humsafar (Qayamat se Qayamat tak, 1988;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzPmymwMDw4)

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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1 Response to Rajnigandha phool tumhaare – Rajnigandha (1974)

  1. Pingback: Ae mere humsafar – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) | Harmony

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