Kishore Kumar / Lata Mangeshkar

Aap Ki Kasam

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Forming a bridge between the classical and modern era, R.D. Burman ushered into a new wave of Indian music by contradicting everything that was the established norm of his day -- be it the purity of sound, dimensionless single-layered compositions, or acoustic orchestration. In the cluttered light of the 16 releases Burman saw that year, Aap Ki Kasam was the biggest hit, and his abillity to catch the ear of modern sensibilities is easily witnessed here in full swing. Using the prolific singing duo of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, Burman created a soundtrack that showcases the best of romantic tenderness and harmonious self-reflection. It cannot be overstated that he loved to inject suitable doses of frothy exuberance in his soundtracks; the easily noticeable example here being "Jai Jai Shiv Shankar," that builds around the film's situational aspect of intoxicated celebration. The remorseless and unmistakably felt sensuality of "Karvaten Badalte Rahen" had a generation of lovers harping about it. "Zindagi ke Safar" is a suppressed yet hummable snub-song with thoughtful lyrics by Anand Bakshi about loss and repent. The melody is rather straight forward and seems highly dramatic for its engrossed sadness. The bright and crispy "Chori Chori Chupke" and "Paas Nahin Aana," along with the conversational speech-music song "Suno Kaho Suna" prove the well-established fact that Burman loves to use varied genres and moods to compose a complete soundtrack.

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