A retrospective of Madan Mohan’s music

In its constant endeavor to bring quality cinema and film-related activities, the Cinephile Film Club of the Entertainment Society of Goa will present a retrospective of the legendary music director Madan Mohan on June 13, 6.30 pm at Maquinez Palace. For this special program, his daughter Sangeeta Gupta will be present to give insights about the man and his evergreen tunes.

For anyone who has grown up listening to the radio or Hindi film music, the name Madan Mohan is synonymous with some great evergreen melodies. It has been over 50 years since he composed songs like ‘Lag Ja gale ke phir ye’ (‘Woh Kaun Thi’, 1964) but it still receives considerable airplay and there are newer remixes of it as well.

His long and fruitful collaboration with Lata Mangeshkar is legendary with the two of them delivering several hits including ‘Hain isi mein pyaar ki aabroo’, ‘Aap ki nazron ne’ (‘Anpadh’, 1962), ‘Lag ja Gale, Jo humne dastaan’, ‘Naina Barse’ (‘Woh kaun thi’, 1964), ‘Tu jahan jahan chalega Nainon mein badra’ (‘Mera Saya’,1966), ‘Mai re’ (‘Dastak’, for which he won the National award)’ and many more.

His music though went beyond his association with India’s nightingale. He teamed up with the man with the velvet voice Talat Mehmood (‘Phir wahi sham wahi gham’ from ‘Jahan Ara’, 1964), ‘Hum se aaya na gaya’ from ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’ (1957), the film which also had the Manna Dey classic ‘Kaun aaya mere man ke dware’. Madan Mohan also had a string of hits with Mohammed Rafi like ‘Rang aur noor ki baraat’ (‘Ghazal’, 1964) ‘Teri Aankhon Ke Siva Duniya Mein’ (‘Chirag’, 1969) and the quintessential patriotic song, ‘Kar chale hum fida’ (‘Haqeeqat’, 1964), among others.

He passed away at the age of 51, in 1975, the same year when Gulzar’s ‘Mausam’ was released, the film had Bhupinder singing two different versions of ‘Dil dhoonta hain’ – legend has it that he composed eight different tunes for the lyrics of the song. His music was used even as late as 2004 in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Veer-Zaara’.
The program with audio/visuals will have musicologist Chandrashekhar Rao and film critic Sachin Chatte will be in conversation with Sangeeta Gupta, which will be preceded by a short documentary on Madan Mohan. The event is free and open to all.