I know the word ‘underrated’ is overused a lot to actually describe how talented and yet unrewarded someone is. But in this case, without any doubt I can certainly say that the Indian film industry has not awarded the brilliance of Sadhana Sargam as much as she deserves it. Now I know the die hard fans of Sadhana jee will be absolutely furious and aag-baboola over my comment on her not being awarded enough etc. and they would cite me a long ass list of the awards that she has won. But guys/gals you are missing the point. We are in the same team. So let’s just celebrate the music of Sadhana Sargam with what I believe are the Top 10 songs of Sadhana Sargam’s musical career so far. And yes they are not in any particular order. I just think they are all equally brilliant. And btw, there is one BIG connection between 6 of the songs in this list other than of course being sung by Sadhana jee.
Now I know such a list has the risk of being absolutely personal, and it is indeed. So any omissions on my part should not be taken too personally. You are always welcome to comment and probably add your own favourites to the list and that is why WordPress Comments exist. 🙂
***TOP 10 Songs of Sadhana Sargam***
Beginning the list with – Jhula Baahon Ka [ Doli Sajake Rakhna ].
I don’t know if everyone is going to agree with the inclusion of this very song. But to me, this is a very melodic composition by Rahman sir. Right from the intro Tara Ran Tan Tan Tan Hooo… to the chorus – Tu Khushee , Tu Karaar, Tu Bahaar Hai.. it is a well blended song. The strings accompany the fluid vocals of Sadhana effortlessly. And add to that the innocence of Jyothika. Of course, it is a treat to watch Paresh Rawal dance, but this song is here because Sadhana’s innocent voice speaks effortlessly about how the little girl in the family wants to be pampered by her Gabru Bhaiyas. Of course the Ghar Ki Laadli deserves all the attention 🙂
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It was between this and Aayo Re Sakhi. Now Aayo Re Sakhi, as much as I love it, it is diluted by the awesome Sukhwinder Singh’s intro. So I went for this one, which is also a very simple yet a brilliant composition. The minimal use of accompanying instruments on this track magnifies the overall impact of the vocals. And how beautifully this song speaks of the pain and anguish and love lost and found. Get a glimpse of the lyrics
Prem hai Giridhar ki baasuriyaan
Prem hai Radha ki saavariyaan
[Translation: Love is the flute of Krishna, Love is Radha’s Krishna]
One of her earliest hits, this probably shot her to fame ; thanks to the scintillating sari-fying Sridevi. She dances like a dream. And I know that should not be the reason to include a track into a Top 10 songs list. But have a look at the video. It’s the 80s and it’s got some infectious guitar intro riff. And it’s got Feroz Khan. And Sridevi. And red sari. And blue sari. And she smiles. ‘Nuff said.
Many may argue that I am inlcuding this instead of Chupke Se just because I am a purist. Which I totally am NOT. Just listen to this track. Now even though I don’t know a single word of Tamil [ apart from the swear words or Ille, Vanakkam etc], there is some inexplicable brilliance in Snegithanae which I am unable to find in Chupke Se. [ Not so surprisingly, I liked Alaipayuthey more than Saathiya] Speaking of Sadhana’s vocals here, she is “ekdum fantaaastic” in this one. Take it and go!
This is an astounding soundtrack. I don’t know what sort of a percussion is used, or if it is just a synthesised track. But Sadhana’s vocals are so chirpy and happy in this one. It is played in every Shaadi and every Shaadi wala occasion on any Telly serial. And even with so much repeated playing, Banno Rani doesn’t seem to lose its charm for me. The long instrumental piece in the end is again one of Rahman’s signature moments.
This one is not one of my favourites from the soundtrack just because this soundtrack has just way too many awesome tracks, one after another. But having said that, Konjum Mainakkale is also one helluva track. I love the way how Rahman uses the Bass Guitar on this one. And Sadhana’s playful vocals flirt around with such ease. And just before the first Antara, there is a very very beautiful Guitar piece followed by the flute. And although I am not a big fan of Miss plastic Aishwarya Rai, this is a brilliant work by her. And I loved watching her dance with the Kathakali dancers.
Don’t get repelled by the idea of Vivek Oberoi really giving a fake attempt on strumming the guitar. This is a killer track. Sadhana and Shankar’s aalap with Ga Ga Re Ga Ga Re.. is I think one of the most beautiful compositions by the trio. And Sadhana begins the track with –
Gunjee si hai…Saaree Fiza..
Jaise Bajti Ho Shehnaiya
This is I believe one of those Must-Include on Valentine’s Day playlists. The sound is so contemporary and lounge, and yet at the core of it, there is an awesome -Ga Ga Re Ga Ga Re .. being looped. How awesome is that!
I know the movie tanked and it had its fair reasons. But there is no fair reason why you should ignore this track. If you haven’t given it a shot, there is no better time than NOW.
I remember this song for its intro Piano, Violin and the unforgettably nasal Kumar Sanu signature sound – Chale Aaannnnyeee. Tu Naa Aaya to Hummmnnnn…Okay, should not make fun of Sanu da.[ Here’s the male version] And the female version of the song along with the male one, is nothing short of a 90’s icon, along with Aashiqui. Quite surprisingly, the brilliant composition credits of this song goes to Anu Malik jee. [The man has some really good ones no doubt, and this one is definitely a big one] .
Another Rajeev Menon movie. And that means some brilliant picturisation. Music by AR Rahman. But the ace of the track is how brilliantly Sadhana accompanies Hariharan and they both complement each other beautifully. The extremely high notes of Hariharan are soothed out by the serene vocals of Sadhana and this one is always a favourite for every Rahman lover, isn’t it? And before you, yes it is – Sapnay , and the song is ‘Chanda Re’ in Hindi. Sue me.
Of course you knew this was coming. Who doesn’t love this song? The movie was a big hit, but I believe this song catapulted the movie’s following long after the movie’s release. No doubt JJWS is one of my favourite movies. And some part of it is for this one single song. Sadhana begins the track with –
Chahe Tum Kuch Naa Kaho, Maine Sun Liya
Ke Saathi Pyar Ka, Mujhe Chun Liya..Chun Liya.. Maine Sun Liya
[Translation: Even though you haven’t spoken a word, I’ve heard it
That you have chosen me as your lover, I’ve heard it]
Some awesome piano piece which every keyboard enthusiast would consider as the one to play, and of course, the now famous Slo-Mo choreo by Farah Khan are all highs for this song. But to me nothing goes at the top of the list than Sadhana singing the lines – Aur Choome Wo Mujhe Pyar Se 🙂
So there you go peeps. That’s the list. I am sure I missed out on some very good ones. But worthy mentions are –
Neele Neele Ambar [Kalakaar] – I didn’t want to steal Kishore da’s thunder. That song belonged to Kishore da.
Hanste Hanste Kat Jaaye Raste [ Khoon Bhari Maang ] – Well, that song is so Nitin Mukesh.
Teri Ummeed Tera Intezaar [ Deewana] – I don’t like this track, but this was a big hit. All it reminds me is of Chintu jee having a tough fight with his belly and hence consciously wearing sweaters whilst romancing late Divya Bharati.
Main Teri Mohabbat Main [ Tridev] – Oh man! Sunny Deol. Romancing. Madhuri. Hang on – Male vocals – Mohd. Aziz. Next.
Do lemme know what you thought of the list, and what should have been added or not added to the list. And of course, about the link that connects 6 of the tracks on the list. That should be very very easy.Shout it out in the comments. Cheerio.