The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Lata Mangeshkar (1)

On a very rough count we may be able to list not more than 40 solo songs of Lata Mangeshkar for 1948. The numbers appear neither not very insignificant nor very impressive when compared to the number of solo songs of other female singers individually and all others put together collectively.

Let us first listen to the songs:

As a most unexpected coincidence, the first two films, in the alphabetical order, happen to be the ones for which music was composed by Anil Biswas and Khemchand Prakash. They are the two big names who will appear in the names of music directors who gave the outstanding Lata solos for 1948.

Two of the Anokha Pyar songs were filmed on Meena Kapoor’s voice, but records were cast in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice. We find several theories for such an incidence. At this stage we are not very much concerned wth those stories. We have listed here Meena Kapoor versions as well .

Ek Dil Ka Lagana Baaqi That To DIl Ko Laga Ke Dekh Liya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi.

Meena Kapoor

Mere Liye Woh Gam-e-Inzaar Chhod Gaye – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Behjad Lakhanavi

 Meena Kapoor version

Yaad Rakhana Chand Taron Ye Suhani Raat Ko – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

This is a two version solo. Meena Kapoor version is in a very different mood.

Jeevan Sapana Toot Gaya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

Mukesh’s twin version

Mere Phoolon Mein Chhipi Hai Jawani – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Behjad Lakhanavi

Ghadi Ghadi Poochcho Na Jee, Kinse Meri Preet Hai – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – G S Nepali

Bhola Bhala Ri Mora Balama Na Maane – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

Door Jaaye Re….Raah Meri Aaj Teri Raah Se – Asha – Khemchand Prakash – L Meghani

Ek Moorat Mahohar Re, Mori Akhiyan Ko Tarasaye Re – Asha – Khemchand Prakash – L Meghani

Kit Jaaye Base Ho Murari Tohe Dhoondhe Rdha Thari – Asha – Khemchand Prakash – L Meghani

Chet Chet Kar Chal Chatur Nar Tera Marag Anjana Hai – Asha – Khemchand Prakash – L Meghani

We will take up 2nd batch of Lata Mangeshkar solos of 1948 in our next post.


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

3 thoughts on “The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Lata Mangeshkar (1)”

  1. These songs are so rare that even their singers might have forgotten. But compositions are worth listening. Thanks for good compilation, posting, and sharing.
    My regards,

    Neetin Vyas

    1. Indeed.
      In my own case, i started getting exposure to Hindi Film songs by getting to listen to radio sometime in 60s. By that time pre-50s songs were mostly confined to the programs which were dedicated to Bhule Bisre Geet. Such programs did provide great opportunities to listen to the pre-50s gems. However, these were still the songs which were the then popular or of those singers who were still in demand in early 60s.

      As a result, most of the songs that we curate remained unknown.

      It was only the advent of internet that almost all of the songs of that era are now available.

      Listening to them is certainly a revelation.

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