'Lag Ja Gale' turns 50, Lata Mangeshkar gets nostalgic

Singer Lata Mangeshkar has achieved the status of a living legend. Despite her advance age she is active in twitter and stays in touch with her fans. She recently took to the social networking site and shared the news that one of her super hit songs has just turned 50 years.  The song in question is ‘Lag Ja Gale’ from the 1964 black and white film, ‘Woh Kaun Thi’. The song was composed by the late great music director Madan Mohan and was pictured on Manoj Kumar and Sadhana. The song has always been popular and even after 50 years many people fondly remember it. So it is natural that the voice behind this beautiful song will be very happy.

On 29th June, Lata Mangeshkar twitted and said that the evergreen appeal of the song is its true beauty. She wrote, "Namaskar. Is varsh 'Lag ja gale ke phir ye hasee'n raat' is geet ko 50 saal pure ho rahe hain. aisa madhur geet aaj bhi purana nahi lagta." For those who has not heard the song before she also shared the link of the song’s video and wrote, “Ye amar geet aap ki seva me prastut hai." The film ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ was a mystery film and was often credited as being ahead of its time. The soundtrack of the film was highly popular and nominated for Filmfare award. Another song from the film, ‘Naina Barase Rimjhim Rimjhim’ is also very popular. The pair of singer Lata Mangehskar and composer Madan Mohan has given several super hit tracks that are popular across several generations. The song ‘Lag Ja Gale’ is considered by many to be their best creation together and is also a personal favorite of the singer. The song surely has the quality to stay around for many more years to come.

Lata Mangeshkar has also recently spoken about another legendary music composer, R D Burman. On the occasion of his 75th birth anniversary on June 27th, Lata remembered her association with the famous composer who was also her brother-in-law. She shared Burman’s unhappiness during his final years and said, "For a composer as talented as Pancham to be almost jobless was a living death. Pancham was very unhappy. He would sometimes share his grief with me. I feel sad even now when I recall how cruel the industry was to Pancham just because some of his music didn't do well." She also added that R D Burman had “died too young and too unhappy."