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HindiSong.com Music profile: Usha Khanna

Music profile: Usha Khanna

Dancing to her own tune

In chauvinistic Bollywood, there has been one female music composer who has held her own in a traditionally male bastion. A look at Usha Khanna.

Bollywood has never lacked great music composers. Many timeless numbers are hummed by Indian music buffs even today. There have never been any female music composers, though – except Usha Khanna that is. She gave quite a few hits and is now in the news with her music for Saawan Kumar Tak’sDil Pardesi Ho Gaya.

Starting off in 1960, Khanna continued to give hits through the 70s and 80s, quite remarkable, when you consider that women are not encouraged to make music in Bollywood. Her first two films were Filmalaya’s Hum Hindustani and Dil Deke Dekho. Remember Chhodo kal ki baatein kal ki baat purani... from Hum Hindustani sung by Mukesh? That was an Usha number. And of course there is another unforgettable song from the same film Raat nikhri hui zulf bikhri hui, har ada teri phoolon ki daali...

In Dil Deke Dekho Khanna surpassed herself. Majrooh Sulanpuri came up with evergreen lyrics for the film. Mohammad Rafi sung Rahi mil gaye rahon mein... and teamed up with Asha Bhosle for some classy duets like Yaar chulbula hai haseen dilruba hai... and Pyar ki kasam hai.... Asha Parekh catapulted to stardom with this film.

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Khanna’s hits ranged from Maine rakha hai mohabbat apne afsane ka naam...(sung by Rafi in Shabnam) and Hum tumse judaa hoke mar jaayenge ro roke...(Ek Sapera Ek Lootera) to Ae zindagi ke saathi jaana na zindagi se...(Fareb) and Paani mein jale paani mein jale...(Munimji). All her numbers for Rajshri’s film Honeymoon were huge hits. Khanna and Mukesh worked in sync with each other and gave many, many hit numbers in various films like Shabnam, Ek Raat and Sabak, to name a few.

Now, the lady is back with Saawan Kumar Tak’s Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya. Music buffs are waiting to hear her music once again. Go for it, Usha!

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One of my favourite music directors.Particularlywith great Rafi sahab.
Gajanan U Sonawane 12/17/2010 9:29:50 AM
i am a fan of usha khannas music god bless her . Is she giving any music to any film
dilip tilwani 9/26/2010 10:42:28 AM
very talented composer.
amar sadarangani 7/25/2010 1:55:22 PM
Thank you for this site!
ugo4si7eA 5/11/2010 5:15:27 AM
thanks
shabbir hussain 5/13/2009 2:40:58 AM
Usha Khannaji has given very soothing & melodious music. Could I know where to get her entire collec
tions from? Long live Ushaji.
r c seth 7/11/2006 10:44:19 AM
Usha Khannaji has given very soothing & melodious music. could I know where to get her collections f
rom?
r c seth 7/11/2006 10:40:33 AM
please sent me song "barkha rani zara jamkey barso" fm sabak
sarita 7/9/2006 5:02:57 AM
Plz sent me song i like very much 'majhi meri kismat ke' film Hum Hindustani 1960
Ms Kanta 5/2/2006 2:39:27 AM
All I ahve found out is that she was born in 1942...im not sure but it is said she was 17 years when
she composed Dil Deke Dekho which was released in 1959...
Sandeep 8/29/2005 7:08:17 AM
I need the date of birth with year of Mrs Usha Khanna
Raj Kumar 9/17/2004 3:05:16 AM
COULD YOU PL. FORWARD ME ANY CONTACT NO. OF USHA KHANNA. SHE IS GREAT. HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE M
USIC DIRECTOR. BARKH ARANI ZARA JUM KE BARSO & SHAYAD MERI SHADI KA KHYAL.. WHAT A COMPOSISITIONS
Geeta 2/11/2004 3:49:53 AM
honey
beyonc 1/15/2004 6:17:39 PM
Usha Khanna's music is superb. Grat classic hits, specially with Rafi. I want to know how I can comm
unicate with her, I would like to know here memories of her song recordings with the great Rafi
ramesh 1/9/2004 6:41:57 PM
hiiiii
sweety 12/17/2003 4:30:05 PM
SHE IS GREAT. HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE MUSIC DIRECTOR. BARKH ARANI ZARA JUM KE BARSO & SHAYAD MER
I SHADI KA KHYAL.. WHAT A COMPOSISITIONS. LONG LIVE USHA
KIRAN 11/29/2003 8:26:17 PM
I like the way you sang all your songs as well as your composition of your MUSIC ? YESSS Please keep
up, We all love you, You are Great.
Anil BHATT 11/27/2003 7:49:07 PM
i like hear your song. plz send them
ibomcha 11/24/2003 2:16:23 AM
I LIKE USHAJI ALL SONG. VERY NICE !
BALASAHEB RAUT 11/17/2003 12:51:26 AM
Usha Khanna
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