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A memory of Lata Mangeshkar. (courtesy latamangeshkar)


  • Lata Mangeshkar died at the age of 92.
  • He died in a Mumbai hospital on Sunday.
  • Leave a legacy of musical jewels

There are singers and then there is Lata Mangeshkar. The legendary singer began her career in the 1940s and skillfully made her mark on the Indian film industry. Singing in over a thousand Hindi films and offering hits in every language, it would not be wrong to say that no singer has been able to capture the nation’s imagination as beautifully as Lata Mangeshkar. With his solo hits and duets, which he delivered with a host of esteemed colleagues spanning generations, Lata Mangeshkar has left behind a treasure trove of musical gems. As a tribute to their colossal body of work, we take a look at 10 of their most memorable duet songs.

1.Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera – Aradhana

The movie Aradhana leaves you where to choose with its wonderful soundtrack. But there is something ethereal in Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Mann Mera Composed by SD Burman and sung to perfection by Lata Mangeshkar alongside the inimitable Kishore Kumar.

2. Jane Kaise Kab Kahan – Shakti

Featuring Amitabh Bachchan and the late Smita Patil, Jaane Kaise Kab Kaha is both haunting and enchanting love song. Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar created magic on RD Burman’s classic composition.

3.Dekha Ek Khwaab – Silsila

This love ballad needs no introduction. By Yash Chopra’s Silsila, Dekha Ek Khwaab is another gem in the successful list of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar duets.

4.Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua – Shree 420

Starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis, Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua has become synonymous with the first pangs of love and the uncertainties it brings. In this song, Lata Mangeshkar combined notes with the iconic Manna Dey.

5. Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina – Abhimaan

Abhimán, given its musical premise, it rested heavily on the shoulders of Lata Mangeshkar and the icon brought his best to every song. This duo with Kishore Kumar is the stuff of legend. With music by SDBurman and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, this song is a classic.

6.Tum Aagaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hain – Aandhi

Aandhi, directed by Gulzar, is another film that makes you fall in love with its songs. And Lata Mangeshkar’s voice added layers to the film’s characters’ complex emotions, as she does in this duet with Kishore Kumar. The music is by RD Burman.

7. Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – Guia

SD Burman’s Guide music album stood the test of time. While there are several classics to choose from, this song by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar is one of the favorites.

8.Mein Chali Mein Chali – Padosan

A song that embodies the charm and power of the feminine spirit, Padosan’s Main Chali Main Chali is special for many reasons. At the top of the list is the fact that the song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Asha Bhonsle.

9.Wada Karo Nahin Chodoge Tum Mera Saath – Aa Gale Lag Jaa

This song by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar is a charming and quite funny composition by RD Burman with lyrics by the legendary Sahir Ludianvi.

10. Panna Ki Tamanna – Heera Panna

This is another classic that brought Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar together. The music was by RD Burman and the song was performed by Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman.

Please join us in honoring the legend and let us know which of Lata Mangeshkar’s classics is on repeat in your playlist.

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