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Hindustan Times
September 05, 2013
Kavita Krishnamurthy has sung songs like Hawa hawai (Mr India) and Maar dala (Devdas). The singer has also bagged four Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Award. She shares her top 10 all-time tracks with HT:

1. Poochho na kaise maine rain bitayi
Film: Meri Surat Teri Aankhein, 1963
Singer: Manna Dey
Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Shailendra

Kavita's take: "Manna Dey is one of the greatest singers and is like my father. There's a great sense of spirituality in this song. No one could have sung it the way he did."

2. Ye nayan dare dare
Film: Kohraa, 1964
Singer: Hemant Kumar
Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

Kavita's take: "Hemantda introduced me to Manna Dey. I love the composition - it's simple and straightforward."

3. Woh shaam kuchh ajeeb thi
Film: Khamoshi, 1970
Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Gulzar

Kavita's take: "Everything about this song is perfect. It seems tailor-made for the voice of Kishoreda."

4. Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye
Film: Anand, 1971
Singer: Mukesh
Music: Salil Chowdhury
Lyrics: Yogesh

Kavita's take: "It has beautiful lyrics and composition. Plus, this was Mukeshji singing for Rajesh Khanna, making it even more special."

5. Saathi na koi manzil
Film: Bombai Ka Babu, 1960
Singer: Mohd Rafi
Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Kavita's take: "It's a sad song, but Rafi saab puts in so much more in his voice, you sense that he feels much deeper than what he sings."

6. Jaane kyaa tune kahi
Film: Pyaasa, 1957
Singer: Geeta Dutt
Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Kavita's take: "Despite the tragedy in the movie, there's a kind of mischief in her voice."

7. Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam
Film: Kaagaz Ke Phool, 1959
Singer: Geeta Dutt
Music: SD Burman
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

Kavita's take: "This is an immortal and perfect song!"

8. Allah tero naam
Film: Hum Dono, 1961
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music: Jaidev
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Kavita's take: "Sung so beautifully by Lataji. The best part is that it can be sung anywhere, any time, at any religious function. It's spiritually unifying."

9. Jaayie aap kahaan jaayenge
Film: Mere Sanam, 1965
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music: OP Nayyar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Kavita's take: "The collaboration between OP Nayyar and Ashaji is very well known. Listen to the song and you'll know no one else could have sung the song but Ashaji."

10. Phir wohi shaam
Film: Jahan Ara, 1964
Singer: Talat Mahmood
Music: Madan Mohan
Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan

Kavita's take: "It's very Lucknowi and difficult to not like. That's just so typical of Madan Mohanji."

- as told to Shreya Sethuraman