Wednesday, April 5, 2017


                                                       ( MINU PURSHOTTAM )
                                                     ( WITH MOHD RAFI )

                                                   ( WITH MANNA DEY )

“Ni Mein Yaar Manaana ni Chaahe log Boliyaabn Bolein…"

“Minu Purshottam”( Born 1944).

Some of us still remember the above foot Tapping duet that Minu Purshottam sang with Lata ji for Rajesh Khanna ‘s super hit movie DAAG (1973) . 

The above song is based on a Poem of Sufi poet Baba Bule Shah of Punjab . Sahir has admitted having used Baba Bulle Shah’s thought for the song . I quote the specific lines in Punjabi:

“Aey Ishq Nahiyo Dar- daa Maut Kolon
Paanwey Suli Chadnaa Peyii Jaave
Nach Nach Ke Yaar Manaa Layiye
Paanwey Kanjri Bananaa Peyii Jaave “

“ Even if gallows are the end result ,
This love has never been afraid of death .
Like a carefree spoiled Wanderer ,
in trance,
it dances to appease its Beloved “

Prior to DAAG , Minu Ji had already caught attention of many music directors with her duets “Na Na Na Re- Haath Na Lagaana” from Taj Mahal (1963) with Suman Kalyanpur, and “Huzur-e-Wala Jo Ho Ijaazat” from Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966). Her duet “Peetal ki meri gaagri “ for Film “Do Boond Paani” was again a super hit song . She also sang duets and solos for so many films like Kranti, Baat Ek Raat Ki, Arman, Prem Parbat, Andolan, Heer Ranjha and Ghazal.

In films , Madan Mohan and jaidev were her teachers . Poet Sahir Ludhianavi was all praise for her . He recommended her to many Music directors . This simple girl from Patiala , worked with almost all leading film Music directors .She sang duets with almost every top singer during 60s and 70s of the last century . She was loved by her fans for her stage performances in India and abroad . And she shared the stage with stalwarts like Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mehmood and Mukesh. She also sang Gazals and Bhajans and had many popular LPs and recorded cassettes in the market bought by HMV and Music India .

She sang for many Punjabi films . She also sang many songs in Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Sindhi and many other languages .

She lives in Illinois USA currently .

( Autar Mota )

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