Here’s my pick of top ten Hindi film songs from the 1960s and the classical ragas behind these songs.
1.Chaudhvin Ka Chand – The gentle melody sung by Mohammed Rafi in the 1960 hit movie Chaudhvin Ka Chand is based on raag Pahadi.
Here’s a classic rendition of raag Pahadi by legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
2.Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re – The song by Mohammed Rafi in the 1960 hit movie Kohinoor is based on raag Hamir Kalyan.
Here’s a beautiful song in raag Hameer by Pandit D.V.Paluskar.
3.Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya – The song sung by Lata Mangeshkar in the 1960 hit movie Mughal -e- Azam begins with raag Darbari (where only the taan is heard) and then moves onto the song which is based on raag Durga.
Here is a khayal sung by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in raag Durga.
4. Aap Yun Hi Agar – This duet sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhonsale in the 1962 movie Ek Musafir Ek Hasina is based on raag Kedar.
Here’s a classic rendition of raag Kedar by Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
5.Bol Radha Bol Sangam – This song by Mukesh in the 1964 movie Sangam is based on raag Bhairavi.
Here is a classic rendition of the raag by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.
6. Sayonara Sayonara – This song by Lata Mangeshkar in the 1966 movie Love in Tokyo is based on raag Bhoop.
Here is a rendition of raag Bhoop by Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur
7.Aji Rootkar Kar Ab Kahan Jaiyega – The song by Lata Mangeshkar in 1965 hit movie Arzoo is based on raag Desh.
Here is a beautiful rendition of raag Desh by Ustad Vilayat Khan on the sitar.
8. Abhi Na Jao Chodkar – The song by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhonsale in the 1961 movie Hum Dono is based on raag Yaman Kalyan.
Here is a classic rendition of raag Yaman Kalyan by Pandit Ravi Shankar
9.Aap Ki Nazro Ne Samjha – This song sung by Lata Mangeshkar in the 1962 movie Anpadh is based on raag Darbari Kannada.
Here is a khayal in this raag by Pandit Jasraj.
10.Ae Mere Joharjabi – This song by Manna Dey in the movie 1965 Waqt is based on raag Pilu.
Here is a classic rendition of raag Pilu on the sarod by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
What are your top 10 picks? Do share with me.