Friday 29 August 2008

O.P. Nayyar: Sambandh (1969)


I haven't posted any O.P. Nayyar previously, which is odd as I have quite a few albums with his name on. And he's an interesting composer... he was among the first to focus on rhythm in an industry that up until the mid 50s had mostly been melody and song based. He was even known as The Rhythm King at one point if I recall correctly. I don't think that's at all apparent on 'Sambandh' though; possibly one of his most famous scores but not a favourite of mine.

It consists mostly of sad and slow-moving songs, more akin to the likes of Ravi than Nayyar's own earlier output. The exception is the film's hit 'Chal Akel', which in fact is the only track here I like. A bit. I'm thinking, therefore, that the other records I have by him will be better.

Track listing:
1. Mukesh: Chal Akela
2. Asha Bhosle: Akeli Hun Mai Piya Aa
3. Mahendra Kapoor: Andhere Me Jo Baithe Hain
4. Asha Bhosle: Apni Maaki Kismat Par
5. Hemant Kumar & Asha Bhosle: He Jagat Pita Parmatma Tumko To Karodon Saal Hue
6. Hemant Kumar & Mahendra Kapoor: Jo Diya Tha Tumne Ek Din
7. Mahendra Kapoor: Yeh Khushi Leke Mai Kya Karoon

PS. I couldn't locate any YouTube videos from 'Sambandh' that I liked, so instead I'll post what is probably O.P. Nayyar's most famous song, taken from 'Howrah Bridge' (1958). Which I unfortunately don't have. (And it's an excuse for showing Helen again...)


  1. faan man du er råå! Denne siden er et skattekammer av gamle klassikere og funkyness. Tusen takk for at du tar deg tid til dette.

  2. Thanks once again =)
    Got a request here......
    THE GREAT GAMBLER by R.D. Burman please. It would be great !
    Thanks !

  3. I could send you a few Howrah Bridge songs if you want, pc :-) (including Mera Naam...)

    Thanks for this. OP Nayyar is one of my faves. Kashmir Ki Kali and Jaali Note are two I like best.


  4. Thanks Greta, I actually have some of the Howrah Bridge songs already, including Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo, just not the album as such :-)

    And Harshi, Great Gambler will be coming up soonish.

    PC x

  5. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

  6. The most famous song of O.P. Nayyar

    Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar