When Lata Mangeshkar thought that Kishore Kumar was following her

Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar (Photo credit: Instagram / kishore_daa)

Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar (Photo credit: Instagram / kishore_daa)

And Lata Mangeshkar Kishore Kumar They had some great musical accompaniment to their credit, but their first meeting started with a misunderstanding as the Melody Queen thought the singer was “following”. In her book Lata Mangeshkar: Her Own Voice, documentary filmmaker and writer Nasreen Munni Kabir writes that when she first met Kishore Kumar, she remembered the icon who sang the song very fondly. Bombay Talkies Studio. Khemchand was working with Prakash in Siddi in 1949, Mangeshkar said while passing by Kishore Kumar. The Mangeshwars took a local train to Malad, a suburb of Mumbai where Bombay Talkies is located. Kishore Kumar’s elder brother and actor Ashok Kumar was the owner of Bombay Talkies.

Kishore Kumar was also in the same compartment, sitting next to Mangeshkar, got off at Malad station and virtually followed her till she reached the studio.

“I will take the train from Grant Road to Malad. One day Kishore Da got on the next stop. He seemed very familiar. I thought he was who I was. We both went down to Malad. It was a long way from the Bombay Talkies studio. “Kishore Da hired someone,” Mangeshkar told Kabir for a book published by Niyogi Books.

Mangeshkar, who thought Kishore Kumar was following her, complained to music director Khemchand Prakash, who is an acclaimed musician, for finding the singer when she reached her destination.

“We rode, and eventually we both entered the studio. I thought to myself, ‘Something strange is happening here. This friend is following me,’ she recalled.

“I asked Khemchand ji: ‘Uncle, who is this boy? He is following me.’ ‘, She said.

“He laughed and said: ‘He is a teenager. He is Ashok Kumar’s brother.’ That day we recorded our first duet Yeh Kaun Aya Re Karke Sola Singer.

Mankeshkar and Kishore Kumar recorded their first song together for Siddi starring Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal and Pran.

The singers collaborated on memorable duets such as Ghata Rahe Mere Dil (1965) in Guide, Kora Kagasta Yeh Man Mera in Worship (1969), Hum Dono Do Premi (1974) in Ajnabee and Tere Bina Zindagi Se (1975) in Andhi. ), And Dekha Ek Qab (1981) from Silsila, among others.


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