The Genius of Shankar Jaikishan


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We have read and re-read about the genius of Shankar Jaikishan, but there is always something new to be learned about these composers. With their never ending urge to be innovative, they took some inspirations from music of other composers, gave it a new twist and made them their own. This was quite common with the their peers as well. The final product is better suited to Indian movies and became memorable. They used inspirations as early as 1952 in Awara. You will notice that The Beatles had influenced SJ music more than the others and that is because Shankar was a huge Beatles fan. He even attended their concert while on a visit to London.

Following is a list of some of the songs I came across over time.

1. Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi: Awara (1952) 
“Ala Balad El Mahboub” by Oum Khalthoum (1935)
https://youtu.be/nzW05lhEPKs

2. Aaja Sanam: Chori Chori (1956) 
“Tarantella” by an Italian folf tune (1958)
https://youtu.be/U-xsosv6uM0

3. Panchhi Banoon: Chori Chori (1956) 
“Coming Through The Rye” inspired by a Scottish song (1913)
https://youtu.be/LAL3VC23D34

4. Rasa Sayang: Singapore (1959) 
Indonesian folk song by the same name

5. Aa Ab Laut Chale: Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain (1960)
“Ciao Ciao 
Bambina” by Domenico Mongugno (1959) 
https://youtu.be/ygiHfNMwpdI

6. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye: Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) 
“My Lips Are Sealed” by Jim Reeves (1956)
https://youtu.be/U6BCHEGmDkM

7. Itni Badi Mehfil: Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraye (1960) 
“Banana Boat Song (Day O)” by Harry Belafonte.

8. Soch Rahi Ki Kahoon Na Kahoon: Ek Phool Char Kaante (1960) 
“Piccolissima Serenata” by Gianni Ferrio & Antonio Amurri (1957)
https://youtu.be/Mb998U3q83c

9. Suku Suku: Junglee (1961) 
“Sucu Sucu” by Nina and Frederick (1961)
https://youtu.be/AFyT_s-eohw

10. Bin Dekhe Aur Bin Pehchane: Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961)
“Dancing Eyes” by Ron Goodwin (1959)
https://youtu.be/iquXllKrxmo

11. Aiga Aiga: Boy Friend (1961) 
“Stupid Cupid” by Connie Francis (1958)
https://youtu.be/sVG-IFSjWJA

12. Jiya Ho: Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961)
“Broken Hearted Melody” by Sarah Vaughn (1958)
https://youtu.be/RfE0Lhx66Mc

13. Main Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka: Aashiq (1962)
“Return To Paradise” by Ron Goodwin 
https://youtu.be/sbu9VySmtH0

14. April Fool Banaya: April Fool (1964)
“Take Me Back To Cairo” by Karim Shukry (1961)
https://youtu.be/3opAro61qAs

15. Koyi Bulaye Aur Koyi Aaye: Apne Huye Paraye (1964) 
“Old Beirut” by Rahbani Brothers (1960)
https://youtu.be/0zyK516D1Xc

16. Jaane Chaman: Gumnaam (1965)
“Autumn Leaves” by The Jazz Standard (1945)
https://youtu.be/3jZfdm7Qe_8

17. Gumnaam Hai Koyi: Gumnaam (1965)
Theme from the movie Charade by Henri Mancini (1963)
https://youtu.be/ltnH36_yKQ0

18. Dekho Ab To: Jaanwar (1965)
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles (1963)
https://youtu.be/46_yYR6tGOI

19. Sayonara: Love in Tokyo (1966) 
“In A Persian Market” by Albert W. Ketelbey (1920)
https://youtu.be/6Ede2QMi5JM

20. Jaane Bhi De Sanam Mujhe: Around The World (1967) 
“I’ll Get You” by The Beatles (1963)
https://youtu.be/m2ARPoKU_4c

21. Leja Leja: An Evening in Paris (1967) 
“Man Of Mystery” by The Shadows (1960)
https://youtu.be/vzYwNixP6C0

22. Aaj Ki Raat: Aman (1967) 
“Too Much Tequila” by The Champs (1960)
https://youtu.be/TXHz93kRIHs

23. Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aya: Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968)
“Marguerita” by Elvis Presley (1963) 
https://youtu.be/ApjA9OfAUk4

24. Dil Use De Do Jaan: Andaz (1971)
“With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles (1967)
https://youtu.be/NGjxjr6YCPo

25. Hai Na Bolo Bolo: Andaz (1971)
“Papa Loves Mama” by Welsh singer Donald Peers (1960) 
https://youtu.be/pxawKwJLJBU

26. Do Mastane…Tu Ru Kuku:Main Sundar Hoon (1971) 
“Wooden Heart” by Elvis (1960)
https://youtu.be/Hlbu6SsjlSE

27. Kya Haseenon Ka Dil: College Girl (1960)
Chella Ila by Renato Corasone (1957)
https://youtu.be/LV3D9VeUuzg

By _ Lakshmi K Tummala

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