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Lata Mangeshkar

The combination of Salil Chowdhury and Lata Mangeshkar changed the course of modern Bengali song for ever. The song 'na jeo na' became one of the most important and most beautiful Bengali songs in history. Bengalees were thrilled to get Lata singing Bengali songs with practically flawless accent. She became one of them and the wonderful songs Salil composed for Lata  during the next three decades still remain possibly the most melodic and lyrical Bengali modern songs.

Hnd = Hindi; Mal = Malayalam; Tam = Tamil; Tel = Telegu; Kan = Kannada;
Bng = Bengali; Oth = Other

Nr
Song
Year Other known variations
Hnd Mal Tam Tel Kan Bng Oth
LM1 1959 MA5 - - - - - -
LM2
1959 PR3 - - - - - -
LM3
1960 PR5 - - - - - -
LM4
1960 MA3 - - - - - -
LM5
Saat bhaai champa jagorey
(based on a SriLankan folk song)
1961 MB2 - - - - - SB1
LM6
1961 CH5 - - - - - -
1963 JJ1 RL4 - - - - -
1963 PJ2 NP2 - - - - -
LM9
1967 - - - - - AS4 -
1967 AN2 SW4 - - - - -
1968 MT2 RG5 - - - - -
LM12
1968 - - - - - - -
1969 ND4 - AK3 - - - -
LM14
1969 - - - - - - -
1971 - OB30
OB31
- - - - -
1971 - OB29 - - OE4 - -
1972 SB1 SP4 - - - - -
1972 - - - - - - -
1975 - VK7 - - - - -
1975 JJ3 - - - - - -
1977 - VK3 - - - - KK2
1977 AP4 PT3 - - - - -
1980 - AV3
AV4
- - - - -
1980 - - - - - OS8 -
LM25
1980 - - - - - - -
LM26
1980 - - - - - - -
LM27
1980 - - - - - - -
1988 AN6 - - - - SC33
SM9
-
1988 AN5 - - - - OS41 -
1988 RJ1 - - - - OS66
OS36
CM1
1988 SG2 TV3 - - - SM14 -
1988 - - - - - - -
LM33
1988 - - - - - SS1 -
1988 DD6 MS3 PV6 - - - -
1988 - - - - - HM4 -

In 1988 a much awaited Lata LP was released with eight songs. Everybody waited for some new Lata/Salil songs. Unfortunately, it turned out that six out of eight songs on this LP have all been previously recorded by other singers, sometimes with different lyrics. For example,"Ei jibono" is a Bengali version of that Jesudas classic(DD6) from the Hindi Film 'Dil ka saathi dil' and the only new composition on this LP is the song "Saat sakaaley moner dorey". What is even more disappointing is that the song "Sabaar aaDaaley" was previously sung by Sandhya Mukherjee (Guru guru guru megh garaje - for AIR) and recorded by Sabita Chowdhury (Tumi ki kakhano sei gaan shono) and the song "Bhulonaa prothom sei din" was previously recorded by Sandhya Mulherjee (Kichhu aar kohibo naa). Besides this Salil got Lata to record that Hemanta classic 'Runner' which most of the Bengalees could not accept .Besides this Lata had to sing Subir Sen's all-time classic "Dhoronir pathey pathey" and it destroyed the song. Lata's voice was gone. In short, this LP was a disaster. The only satisfaction for Salil lovers were the new arrangements of the songs and one new song. The old Lata and Salil magic was gone for ever.