Twinning The Melodies – Songs With A Difference

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Twin/Twins – what does the term mean? It can be 2 babies born to a human or animal at almost the same time. Maybe some seconds apart. Or it can also mean double. Or it can 2 similar things. Sometimes it might also mean linking, as we say to twin it with something!! If we further go into more details, twin/twins as in case of babies are of a few types. Identical, non-identical (fraternal), half identical, mirror image. But then there are also Siamese twins, which are also called conjoined twins. In simple words, these twins have their bodies joined. Like in humans, did you know languages also have twins. Some examples – rock and roll, mix and match, null and void, wear and tear. They are catchy because of the alliteration. They form a type of rhythm in words. But the article is about music, right?
What if we have twins in music? Do we have twins in music? Yes!! They come one after another in the film, joined at the same scene. They might be termed as a double header, meaning one song rendered in succession of the another. They are 2 songs picturized one after the other but are independent songs altogether in the same situation. It was really interesting to search for such songs and make a list. The twin songs are not be confused with tandem numbers, for example – the songs from Hum Dono (1961). Abhi na jao chhodkar and Dukh aur sukh ke raaste

So here’s the list of the twin songs –
1. Madhosh (1951) – Under the baton of Madan Mohan, these twin songs are rendered by Miss Chand and Lata Mangeshkar respectively. (Dil dhak dhak/ Nazron ke chaar)

2. Awara (1951) – The most talked about elaborate dream sequence of this film. Picturized on the ethereal Nargis and Raj Kapoor. Composed by Shankar Jaikishen, rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey. (Tere bina aag/ Ghar aaya mera pardesi)

3. Nagin (1954) – The musical extravaganza by Hemant Kumar and the twin songs rendered by Lata Mangeshkar again. (Sun rasiya/ Oonchi oonchi duniya)

4. Durgesh Nandini (1956) – Another twin song under the baton of Hemant Kumar. Rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar. (Mat maaro Shyam pichkari/ Pyar ke rang mein rang le saiyyan)

5. New Delhi (1956) – Starring Vyjayantimala and Kishore Kumar. Composed by Shankar Jaikishen and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. (Nakhrewaali/ Zindagi bahaar hai)

6. Naya Daur (1957) – The path breaking film with some path breaking music by O P Nayyar. Rendered by Mohammed Rafi and Balbir. (Dil leke daga denge/ Ye desh hai veer jawanon)

7. Dil Deke Dekho (1959) – A youthful film by Nasir Hussain, starring Asha Parekh and Shammi Kapoor. Music composed by Usha Khanna and rendered by Asha Bhonsale and Mohammed Rafi. (Megha re bole/ Bade hain dil ke kaale)

8. Guide (1965) – One of the most celebrated twin song. Composed by S D Burman and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi. (Mose chhal kiye jaaye/ Kya se kya ho gaya)

9. Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – Another iconic film with iconic music by R D Burman. Rendered by Asha Bhonsale and Kishore Kumar. (Dum maaro dum/ Dekho o deewano)

10. Bobby (1973) – The film and the songs which became a rage amongst the new generation of the 70s. Composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey and Shailendra. (Na maangu sona chandi/ Jhoot bole kauwa kaate)

Adding 2 more songs which come under the same category differently.

Dekh Kabira Roya (1957) – The film has not 2 but 3 songs back to back. Rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsale and composed by Madan Mohan. (Meri veena tum bin roye/ Ashkon se teri/ Tu pyar kare)

Hum Kisise Kam Nahin (1977) – A youthful film from Nasir Hussain once again. Music by R D Burman, has 4 songs back to back. Rendered by Asha Bhonsale, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and R D Burman. (Chand mera dil/ Aa dil kya/ Tum kya jaano/ Mil gaya)

Avid music lover and Dev Anand fan


  1. Ramesh

    July 25, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Deepa .v.briiliant compilation, there are many name few Madhumati, Aan, Aah, Aag, udanghatola…..
    You hv taken so much of yr time to share these multi-layered musical compositions with the details given in too.

  2. sudarshan pandey

    July 30, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Brilliant idea & compilation. Thanks to bring this interesting subject. Great effort.

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