By Utpal Borpujari
This will be music to the ears of the legions of fans worldwide of the eccentric genius who went by the name of Kishore Kumar, quite literally.
A never-heard song of the legendary singer will be released on October 13, his 23rd death anniversary, on a website backed by the family of the late Madan Mohan to celebrate the famous composer’s music.
The song, Ladkiyon Ko Chahiye Woh College Mein Seekhlein was recorded in the early 1970s for a film that got shelved.
It goes without saying that the song was composed by the late Madan Mohan, considered among the greatest musicians to have worked in the Hindi film industry ever.
In face, Kishore Kumar sang some of his most memorable songs under the baton of Madan Mohan, such as Dil Dilse Milakar Dekho, Aye Haseenon Nazneenon, Mera Naam Abdul Rahman, Badi Cheez Hai Pyar Mohabbat, Zaroorat Hai Ek Shrimati Ki, Simti Si Sharmayi Si, Rahi Tha Main Awaara and Har Koi Chahta Hai Ek Mutthi Aasmaan.
Mahan Mohan had also composed music for some Kishore Kumar-starrers too, including Memsahib, Bhai Bhai, Chacha Zindabad, Manmauji and Ladka Ladki.
Talking about the particular song that will be released on October 13 on the website http://www.madanmohan.in, the composer’s son Sanjeev Kohli says, “It is a naughty, situational song and indeed different from the Madanji style of songs. The highlight of the song is the parody element and the comic performing bits by Kishoreda, at which he was unique.”
“This song, once again, brings to the fore the multi faceted genius of Kishore Kumar, as well as the versatility of the composer Madan Mohan. On the website, one can also hear a snippet of Madanji singing as he composed this song,” says Kohli, a senior executive with Yash Raj Films in Mumbai.
Another of of the duo’s unreleased songs, Aaj Mujhe Jal Jane Bhi Do, was released last year on the album Tere Bagair and found wide appreciation from fans.
Incidentally, the Madan Mohan family had also released two unreleased songs of Mohammad Rafi in July on the website, and the album Tere Bagair comprised mainly songs of Rafi from an unreleased film composed by Madan Mohan.
“We will continue to share such rare gems with music lovers from time to time,” says Kohli.