Anandghan- Cloud of joy

Lata Mangeshkar in a different role:

For the past couple of months I have not written much. I could barely manage three posts. The ideas are aplenty, but the execution is obviously poor.

Pro-bloggers say that if one wants to get anywhere with their blog, at least two posts a week are a must. So I have decided I would give a try towards reaching that target.

But some of the posts planned will take time. So I thought why not write in continuation of my last one. Writing that one gave a few more song list ideas, and today I am taking the one that will take the least time.

This post ‘s focus is therefore on Lata Mangeshkar’s short, but melodious career as a Music Director.

Anandghan- Cloud of joy:

Sixty-nine years back Lata Mangeshkar debuted as a Music Director in the Marathi movie Ram Ram Pavhana (1950). It is to be noted that in her first movie as a composer she used her own name. And it’s not clear why in the later four Marathi movies she gave music under the pseudonym- Anandghan. Anonymity I guess. 

Whatever the reason, truth is, the pseudonym perfectly suits her. For her compositions are simply unique and melodious and bring joy every time one hears them. I am not some expert in music. But I feel that one can note a difference in her first outing as a composer as compared to the others. I mean that the distinct style is more apparent in later ones. Also, except C. Ramchandra & Hemant Kumar- the use of singers has mostly been a family matter.

When you go through the songs I post here you can feel the happiness, the joy which this “Cloud of Joy (Anandghan)” brings. And language will not create a bar. The music is so nice. Besides though we speak Marathi, the use of folk dialect in the songs sometimes is not easy even for us to understand at first instance.

I will start the list chronologically and try to present the range of Lata Mangeshkar’s songs as a composer, whether they are lavni, folk tunes or devotional songs. Three of these I have covered in my last post.

1. RAM RAM PAVHANA (1950):

1. Tu gupit kunala sangu nako: Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

The YouTube link

2. Pahuna mhanuni aala: Lyrics: P. Savlaram, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.


1. Bai bai man moracha: Lyrics: Jagdish Khebudkar, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

2.  Son sakali sarja sajla: Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.


1. Shoor aamhi sardar: Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, SInger: Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

2. Saang saang nav saang: A lavni geet, Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, Singers: Asha Bhosle, Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

3. Swarajya toran chadhe: Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, Singers: All Mangeeshkar siblings (except Asha Bhosle) and Hemant Kumar.

4. SAADHI MANSE (1965):

A special movie since it garnered many awards including Best Singer for Lata Mangeshkar & Best Music Director for- Anandghan.

1. Airanichya deva tula: This one is among my favourites. Lyrics: Jagdish Khebudkar, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

2. Rajachya rangmahali: Lyrics: Yogesh, Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar.

3. Nako devraya ant ataa pahu: Lyrics: Sant Kanhopatra, Singer: Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

5. TAMBDI MAATI (1969):

1. Mazya kapalicha kunku: Lyrics: Yogesh, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

2. Aparna tap karate kanani: Lyrics: Shanta Shelke, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

Just a few more:

Well, there are a few more songs from these films. But the above ones I thought present the best of the range. I just wonder had she continued to give music, an odd film or so, one time or another, even in Hindi, we could have had a few more melodious songs. Well, what can one do. We have these and I hope you like them.


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5 response to "Anandghan- Cloud of joy"

  1. By: Mehfil Mein Meri Posted: March 25, 2019

    A good post Aditi ji,
    While you have already posted a range of songs, I think an essential genre of songs from Marathi films, is missing.
    And that’s लावणी
    Let me add, हात नका लाऊ माझ्या साडीला
    From Maratha tituka melvava

    I have read in some books that, she wasn’t much interesting in composing songs in Hindi films. It wasn’t just her cup of tea. She said, it was due to request by bhalaji pendharkar, that she composed for Marathi films.
    And to keep in anonymous, she might have adapted a pseudonym. It’s of course my thinking.
    A good post, in continuation with the previous post.
    All the best.

  2. By: Aditi Pathak Posted: March 26, 2019

    Thanks Anupji. Glad you liked it. As for Lavni song “Haat Naka lau”, I did not include here as I had already included it in my last post. But I was going to add this Lavni from “Ram Ram Pavhna”, but it somehow slipped:

    Thanks again.

  3. By: dustedoff Posted: March 26, 2019

    Nice! I listened to most of the songs, even if only in part, and was very impressed. I hadn’t realized she was so good as a composer.

  4. By: Aditi Pathak Posted: March 26, 2019

    Glad you liked this. Her compositions are so unique, they are just different in a way that I can’t explain.

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