Mukesh: 5 life lessons from the maestro's songs


Mukesh (July 22, 1923 - August 27, 1976) remains one of the most heard Hindi playback singers even after 38 years of his death. We have compiled a list of five of his songs that will have you in tears, and will teach you a new life lesson.

Song: Sab kuch seekha humne…
Film: Anari (1959)
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
USP: Simple lyrics and penetrating voice of Mukesh talk about the value of innocence in the contemporary world. It convinces you of good heartedness, and wants you to remain focused on your good intentions even if you're not getting the desired results.

Song: Kai baar yun bhi dekha hai…
Film: Rajnigandha (1974)
Music Director: Salil Choudhary
Lyrics: Yogesh
USP: Mukesh won his lone National Award for this song in 1974. Amazingly touching lyrics teaches you to remain calm and composed even in the most turbulent times. But, what makes it special is the haunting voice of Mukesh.

Song: Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon…
Film: Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
Music Director: Khayyam
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
USP: One of the last songs of Mukesh. This song expresses the apathy that the artists face in a regular society. The melancholy of this song can easily transport you to a world where you can connect with the world in a better way. Probably there was no other singer who could sing it more soulfully than Mukesh.

Song: Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye…
Film: Anand (1971)
Music Director: Salil Choudhary 
Lyrics: Yogesh
USP: The suppressed romantic in you will start rearing its head with the beginning of this song. Don't you think it celebrates nature and all the blessings we enjoy as a human being?

Song: Duniya banana wale…
Film: Teesri Kasam (1966)
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
USP: Mukesh at his best. The simple approach towards singing makes it one of those rare songs which will make you understand the conflict that goes inside a simple person when he sees the difference between the ideal and real worlds.


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