Wednesday 5 March 2008

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Intaqam (1969)


Laxmikant Pyarelal's good songs, and there are a few, are not only awesome, they usually also sound uniquely their own; not at all like any of their contemporaries. Listen to 'Aa Jane Jaan', which while bearing all the hallmarks of your average psyched-up westernized Bollywood number (horror effects, organs, unusual percussion, jazzy grooves, crazy intermezzos, screams) really is something else. Lata Mangeshkar sounds amazing... one to rival 'Aaj Ki Raat' for atmosphere, this is a definite favourite of mine. Stunning!

Elsewhere on 'Intaqam'... 'Mehfil Soyee' is pretty cool; lively rock 'n' roll in a Shankar Jaikishan vein. And, how many songs do you know that end with a hiccup? 'Kaise Rahun Chup' does.

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi: Jo Unki Tamanna
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Geet Tere Saaz Ka
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Kaise Rahun Chup
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Aa Jane Jaan
5. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Hum Tumhare Liye
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Mehfil Soyee

PS. Couldn't find an appropriate YouTube clip for 'Aa Jane Jaan'... seems to be a famous song though, as I did find this.


  1. Wow, that viddyo clip was HORRRRRible. If that's any indication of the new standard for Indian or even for Mumbai music videos, then the art of a classical Bollywood dance and musical number is truly, truly dead, and blogs like yours are the custodians of a rich history that young India seems intent upon forgetting.

  2. the hiccup reminds me of another tune! this one's a bit more contemporary, from dhansukh h. patel's "watan".. the shumon gopal-composed 'hichak hichak'. sudesh bhosle & poornima are on vocal duties.. i've upped it here, in case you're looking for some more hiccup-centered hindi tunes:

  3. "Aa Jaane Jaan" is one of Helen's most famous can see some of it on Merchant-Ivory's documentary about her "Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girls" which is on some of the DVDs of their films (Bombay Talkies for instance).

    It's a crazy song and dance!!!

  4. Cool - I have that documentary; haven't watched it though, probably should :-)
    Cheers for the hiccup song - there's also some in the booze song from 'Gumnaam'.
    PC x

  5. Awesome! Thank you so much!
    I have my own hindi music station at

    I love your posts and your rips are high quality! Thanks a million!
    Could we all expect a great rip for the movie BOBBY (1973) please?
    Would greatly appreciate that! Thanks alot!


  6. Could you please reupload this album? You new link seems to have expired - thanks!

  7. New DL:

  8. Fantastic - thanks so much for responding to my request - much appreciated! :)