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Aayega Aanewala from Mahal. Rare, Redux.

"The record of the song was originally released with the name of the narrative character, Kamini, credited as the singer, but it became so popular that "thousands of requests for the song used to pour in at the radio station along with a request to mention the name of the singer while playing the record. The officials approached HMV to find out who the singer of this runaway hit was. As a result of this, Lata's name began to be announced over the radio. It was only with the film Barsaat that names of the playback artistes began appearing on the records and on screen"

- In Search of Lata Mangeshkar, Harish Bhimani (Harper Collins, 1995), page 154

A rare version of song Aayega Aanewala, composed by music director Khemchand Prakash, for Kamal Amrohi’s strange thriller film "Mahal" (1949).

You might notice the music on this particular version of the popular song sounds more clear, you can hear lot more of the instruments, and the real genius of Khemchand Prakash shrines through in all its glory. The version of the song "Aayega Aanewala" used in this video is from the LP When Melody Was Queen (Regal Records, 1969 ). A great collection of 12 classic tracks from the 1950's and the 60's.

Found the album here at Eastern Eye blog.

Related post on this song:  A wonderful remix of Aayega Aanewaala by Paul Riordan


  1. Thanks for the excellent link on the remix version of the 'Mahal' classic.

    Lata Mangeshkar in her recently released authorised biography by Nasreen Munni Kabeer titled 'Lata Mangeshkar ... in her own voice' recollects some interseting facts how the song was recorded(page-43).

    For making the sound as if coming from a great distance, Lata stood in a corner of the studio and the microphone was placed in the middle of the room.Singing the virst verse 'Khamosh hai zamanaa..' she slowly walked towards the mike and when close to the mike, she sang the main refrain.

    Really an ingenuous way for recording in absence of technology as existed in those days.

    Khemchand Prakash , of course did not live to relish the tremendous success of his composition.

  2. Veda, Thanks for the info.! Certainly an ingenious way. I have heard about some Indian singers using these techniques in the old days.


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