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Pyarebhai!

It is the birthday of Pyarelal Sharma today. I don’t know how old he turns today. The music of Laxmikant-Pyarelal (LP) however refuses to turn old.

I can talk a lot about LP’s music but I’ll reserve that for some other time. One blogpost is not going to be enough for that. What I want to share today is my own memories of Pyarebhai. 

My childhood was spent in Dadar. Many people would reckon that Dadar is where Mumbai ends. Anything after that is a suburban affair. So I lived in Dadar for a long time of my life. My apartment was near Kirti College. The peculiar fact of my place of residence was that exactly opposite Kirti College is a building called UMA. Next to UMA is a tenement that is called the AHMED MANSION. It is ironical that tenements in Mumbai are called mansions! Ahmed Mansion is round the curve and next to Ahmed Mansion is AMEYANAND – the apartment block where I lived. Now comes the peculiar twist that destiny loves to give! Snehal Bhatkar, the composer of the famous song by Mubarak Begum, ‘Kabhi Tanhaiyon Mein Yun Hamaari Yaad Aayegi’ lived in UMA. Pyarelalji spent the initial part of his life in AHMED MANSION. And I spent my childhood in AMEYANAND! Three music directors of three different eras living on the same street! 
It is my good fortune that I met both the great music directors of the earlier eras. Snehal Bhatkarji I met soon after my college days when I interviewed him for a magazine. 
It was my good friend, Ajay Talgeri, who introduced me to Pyarebhai. Even today, on a Sunday, once in a month or two months, all the musicians who played for R. D. Burman get together in the Bhargava music shop and have lunch together. Ajay Talgeri who is a member of this lunch party was kind enough to invite me for this August gathering on one Sunday afternoon. It was one of the memorable afternoons of my life. I was among legends like Pt. Ulhas Bapat, the great keyboardist & accordion player, Kersi Lord, the multitalented Bhupinder Singh! It was a dream! 
After the lunch was over we went over to Kersiji’s place in Bandra where Ajay Talgeri persuaded me to play the Marathi Abhimaangeet for Kersiji. I played the song. It was after he heard Maajhya Marathicha Bol that he put his hand in the pocket and drew out a 500 rupee note and handed it to me as a prize. I was overjoyed to receive a prize from a legendary musician who had played the accordion in Roop Tera Mastana or arranged the string section of Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho! It was then decided to pay a visit to Pyarebhai’s Mount Mary residence. I was asked to come along. 
You can imagine how my heart must have been beating. Pyarelal of the Laxmikant Pyarelal fame!! And to visit his house!!! I realised this was going to be one of the most memorable days of my life! 
When we went to Pyarebhai’s house we were greeted warmly by him and his charming wife. Kersiji and Ajay introduced me to him and asked me to play the Marayhi Abhimaangeet for him. Pyarebhai, most graciously gave his consent and listened to the song with great concentration. After the song was over he patted my back and said – “गाना बड़ा करना तो ख़ैर अलग बात है, लेकिन कमाल की बात ये है कि आपने धुन बड़ी अच्छी बनाई!” “(It is one thing to make a big song, but what is amazing is that you have made a very good tune.”)
Those who know him well shall know what a compliment that is! 
His wife very warmly spoke to me in Marathi and said that henceforth she would talk to me only in Marathi!
I told Pyarebhai about how I lived near Kirti College and he was very excited to learn that. 
“I still visit my old neighbours there and next time I go there I’ll visit your parents too!” That was the simplicity of the man. 
Three to four months later Pyarebhai had come to the sets of the Marathi SAREGAMAPA as a judge. I got a call from a producer friend saying that Rahul Saxena was singing one of my compositions in the episode in the presence of Pyarebhai and would I like to come over and witness the episode. I went gladly. I am giving the relevant clip below.

As I said in the episode of SAREGAMAPA Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music changed with the times but times also changed with LP’s music.  From Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra to Choli Ke Peechhe Kya Hai LP’s music saw everything! 
On his birthday, I wish Pyarebhai good health and great happiness – happiness multiplied by the happiness his millions of songs has given to billions of his fans! 

© Kaushal S. Inamdar, 2013

10 Comments

  1. Akshay Iyer says:

    Interesting write-up and very vividly penned, Kaushalji!

  2. Very interesting!! Would love to read more on LP's songs from your point of view..:) I know that will be treat.

  3. mugdha says:

    कौशल खरेच रे तू लिहिलेले दोन्ही अनुभव 'आठवणीत' कायम जपावे असेच आहेत. वाचताना सुद्धा भरून आले रे… तू खरोखर नशीबवान आहेस… अशा व्यक्ती उगाचच मोठ्या होत नसतात. आज स्वतः एवढे मोठे जागतिक कीर्तीचे संगीतकार असताना तुझ्या मराठी अभिमान गीताला मिळालेली हि दाद खूप कौतुकास्पद आहे…. एखाद्या गोड गुबगुबीत मुलाचे गाल ओढून त्याला जवळ घेऊन कसे लाड केले जातात ना तसेच तुझ्या या गीत बाळाचे लाड संगीत पित्याकडून केले गेले आहेत असे मला वाटते. असे आंजारून गोंजारून घेणे सर्वाना जमेल असे नाही कि जे तुला लीलया जमले… ५०० रुपयाची नोट म्हणजे त्या अस्मितेला कधीही धक्का लागून नये म्हणून तुला तिच्यावर ओवाळून दिले आहेत… ते तसेच चिरकाल जपून ठेव. जसे पिंपळाचे पान आपण जाळी झाली तरी वहीच्या पानात जपून ठेवत होतो…. तुझ्या मराठी अभिमान गीतामध्ये कुणीही 'मार्क' करावे असे आहे म्हणूनच 'मार्क मिळाले… म्हणजेच उस्फुर्त 'दाद' मिळाली….असो

  4. sumeet says:

    kya baat hai kaushal,kharokhar greatach ahet pyare bhai ani tu hi khoop lucky ahes ki ek ravivar tula hya baap lokaan barobar ghalavta aala.what do i say about pyare bhai…his arragement was extraordinary,day before one could see and feel his grip as he was conducting one of the segments of indian idol junior..what songs…what melodies..phew….kase kay tya interludes ani obligatos suchlya astil hya mansala.kuthe kuthla instrument vapraycha,tyancha string section hatbudh karnara ahe..tch…great….as u know we all have grown up listening to all these greats..i dont mean to belittle anyone but according to me pancham and LP were the last 2 gems of the musical necklace..jeeyo pyare bhai..jeeyo…aapla bhaagya ahe ..ajun kay..and kudos to u too,was listening to marathi abhimaangeet once again..video dhusar zhala kaaran dole ole zhale hote once again..extremely proud of u kau..

  5. Mahesh Lad says:

    I grew up listening to LP songs. My uncle Shri Pradeep Lad is still one of LPs preferred rhythm player. In early 80s I got to listen the master recordings of LPs top movie songs like Karz. I felt lucky to experience the songs at home before even the cassettes was released. LP music is very close to my heart – I can only imagine your feeling of meeting the legend in person. Thank you for sharing your great experience meeting the legend and most importantly his encouragement and appreciation of Marathi Abhimaan Geet. Great going Kaushal!

  6. Asmita says:

    Very beautifully written piece, Kaushal. The amazing coincidence of three music directors from three different generations having their residences on the same street literally gave me goosebumps! I just heard your beautiful song Man Moharale from PITRUROON. And a strange thought struck me. The first memories of the actress Tanuja are from the film HAMARI YAAD AAYEGI, the music of which was composed by Snehal Bhatkar. When she was at the peak of her career came the movie HAATHI MERE SAATHI – music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal; and now when she makes a comeback in a lead role in PITRUROON, it is you who have composed the music for the film! So, in a way Tanuja's career spans from UMA to AHMED MANSION to AMEYANAND!

  7. Very nicely written.Kaushalji, Jitke uttam tumhi sangitkar ahat, titkech uttam lekhakhi!!Excellent!!excellent
    Abhiman geet hi…ani ha lekh hi…:)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely written.Kaushalji, Jitke uttam tumhi sangitkar ahat, titkech uttam lekhakhi!!Excellent!!excellent
    Abhiman geet hi…ani ha lekh hi…:)

  9. Unknown says:

    Kaushal!this abhimanngeet is a landmark performance from you. How you have co-ordinated these giant singers and musicians? Hats off to you, Kaushal!

  10. parag mandle says:

    प्यारेभाईंच्या संगीतासारखा शब्दांचा सुरेल लेख.

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