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(1930 - 1972)
Shankar - Jaikishen

Shankar-Jaikishan were the most popular musical duo to grace the world of Hindi Film music. They understood the taste of the masses, were able to cater to those tastes, and in the process even molded their tastes. During their tenure as music directors, they were exceedingly popular and more than 75 per cent of the films for which they scored music were resounding hits - many have celebrated silver jubilees. They worked as assistants to the celebrated composer pair Husnlal-Bhagatram and imbibed much of their form and structure, which they successfully employed in a refined style. Raj Kapoor introduced Shankar-Jaikishan to the Hindi Film world with Barsaat (1949) and this team continued to give one after other successful musicals. After they established themselves, the careers of many composers of the forties and early fifties were virtually wiped out. Such was the success of this musical duo that they composed music for over 100 films between their prime era from year 1949 to the year 1969.

Shankar-Jaikishan have given very few songs to Geeta ji, most of them being duets/group songs. She did sing two songs for them for the Prem Nath-Nutan starrer Parbat (1952). One was a trio song with Lata and Rafi and the other was a

duet with Lata. The only notable songs of Geeta under the baton of Shankar-Jaikishan came for two films in the year 1959. She sang two duets with singer actor Kishore Kumar for the film Shararat and sang a sizzling solo (Kareeb aao na tadapao) and a duet with Mohd. Rafi for Dev Anand- Mala Sinha starrer Love Marriage. The duet “Dil se dil takaraye” is a fast paced song in SJ fashion and Geeta captures the right mood of the song. Mohd Rafi was naturally at his best in this song and their singing was in perfect sync. A more detailed discussion on the songs sung together by the one and only one legendary Mohd. Rafi and versatile Geeta Dutt can be found here.

The only song Geeta sang for a Raj Kapoor film was “Hum bhi hain tum bhi ho”, a group song along with Lata, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor for the film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behati Hain (1960). It was composed by Raj Kapoor’s favorite composers Shankar-Jaikishan. The next year she sang another duet with Kishore Kumar for the film Karodpati. “Kaabul ki main naar, meri aankhen rasilii kataar” is a fun song sung energetically by both Kishore and Geeta. She sang two more trio songs for them for films Jwala (recorded sometime in the sixties but released in 1971) and Dev Anand-Sadhana starrer Sajan Ki Galiyan. The latter was shelved and finally the song was released in 1983 in a film named “Film Hi Film”. This movie was made with un-finished portions of some old Hindi films.
List of songs sung by Geeta Dutt
Please note that this list may not be complete
Year Song Film Co-Singer
Kya batau muhabbat hain kya
Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Oh pyaar bhari in aankhon ne
Lata Mangeshkar
Bechain dil khoyi si nazar
Lata Mangeshkar
Kareeb aao na tadpaao
Love Marriage
Dil se dil takaraye
Love Marriage
Mohd Rafi
Tune mera dil le liya
Kishore Kumar
Dekh asmaan mein chand
Kishore Kumar
Hum bhi hain tum bhi ho
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behati Hain
Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey,Mahendra Kapoor
Kaabul Kee Main Naar
Kishore Kumar
Haule haule ek bhi
Lata Mangeshkar, Sudha Malotra
Hum khoob janate hain
Film Hi Film
Mohd Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur (Recorded for the film "Sajan ki Galiyan" which was shelved)
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