Prakash (1907-1950) (or Khem ji, as he is fondly called
by music lovers) was one of the greatest music composers
in Hindi film industry. He belonged to Sujangarh (Rajasthan).
He made his debut in 1939 and was soon signed up by
the prestigious Ranjit Film Studio. He had few peers
in 1940s, one of the best decades for Indian film music.
The most popular score of Khemchand Prakash came in
the form of music for the film Mahal (1949) with Lata
singing "Aayega aanewala" .
Geeta Dutt sang for him as early as 1947 for the film
Gaaon. It was a patriotic duet with established singer
Mukesh (“Watan ki maati haath mein lekar”). After three
years, Khem ji composed music for Raj Kapoor-Nargis
starrer Jaan Pehchan. All the female songs of this film
were sung by Geeta Dutt and each of those six songs
is a masterpiece on its own.
The most popular song from Jaan Pehchan is a dream sequence
duet with velvet voice Talat Mahmood. “Arman bhare dil
ki lagan tere liye hain” is a charming and soft romantic
duet, probably one of Geeta’s top ten duets.