O saathi re tere bina bhi kya jeena – Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)

Film: Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
Music: Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics: Anjaan
Singer: Kishore Kumar

This timeless classic comes from the Kalyanji-Anandji stable with the iconic and legendary Kishore Kumar’s baritone voice and vibrato adding a different dimension to it. His alaap in the prelude, stretching of a few words – re, jeena – combined with the keyboard, the saxophone, a violin ensemble and chorus in the interludes and makes this number even more endearing. Lyricist Anjaan personifies days and nights in the antra – tujh bin jogan meri raatien, tujh bin mere din banjaare!  Very appealing number and extremely hummable

Interestingly, Kishore Kumar wasn’t a classically-trained singer. However, he was extremely gifted when it came to voice quality and the feelings he used to convey when singing be it a fun number, a romantic one or a hopelessly sad one. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar was one of the best music albums of that year some great numbers like the title song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuQMjuvMugk), Pyaar zindagi hai (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7-8x64PxAA) and Salaam-e-ishq (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bfF5ABzeyw)

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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