Chaand churaa ke laaya hoon – Devata (1978)

Film: Devata (1978)
Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

A relatively unknown but immensely melodious number comes from once again from the stellar RD BurmanGulzar stable. Gulzar oh Gulzar, what do I say? He pens a beautiful but simplistic combination of innocence and romance in Chaand churaa ke laaya hoon, chal baithen church ke peechhe; na koi dekhe na pehchaane baithen ped ke neeche. RD strings them on a simple but a very hummable tune, uses church bells in the interlude and ends the antaras via a sweet conversation. Extremely hummable and cute!

The innocence of this number makes it extremely adorable. RD has not tried to use too many instruments but has prominently used church bells given the lyrics. It is tough to imagine a cute and innocent number like to get composed today. I also like another relatively unknown, low profile but brilliant duet – Gulmohar gar tumhaara naam hota (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Muu4qI6bs) also sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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