Poet Pradeep came to offer the composition of the song
India was defeated in the 1962 war with China. This demoralized not only the politicians, but the entire country. To encourage the country, everyone’s eyes were fixed on the film world and poets. On behalf of the government, the film industry was asked to do something that would re-energize the country. The poet Pradeep, who composed the song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo’, had written patriotic songs earlier in an interview, so this proposal came to him.
This is how the song was composed keeping in mind Lata Mangeshkar
Kavi Pradeep told that there were three great singers in Bollywood at that time, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. During that time Mo. Rafi sang the song ‘We cannot erase our freedom’. Raj Kapoor sang the song ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ from Mukesh. In such a situation, Lata Mangeshkar survived. Poet Pradeep believed that no warm song would fit in his sweet and velvety voice. So he thought of writing an emotional song. This is how the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’… was composed.
Lata Mangeshkar reveals about the song ‘E Mere Watan Ke Logon’
At the same time, in an interview, Lata Mangeshkar said that when she got an offer to sing ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ on the occasion of Republic Day in 1963, she had refused earlier. He didn’t have time for rehearsals. Lataji narrated the whole story behind this song in the interview. Lata Mangeshkar told that poet Pradeep had written the immortal lyrics of this song. He had requested her to sing it. Due to busy schedule it was not possible for him to give special attention to a song. When Kavi Pradeep persuaded her to sing, she agreed to sing it along with Asha Bhosle. Asha refused to go there before leaving for Delhi for the programme. Music composer Hemant Kumar, who orchestrated the project ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’, also tried to persuade Asha Bhosle, but she did not agree. In such a situation, Lata Mangeshkar had to prepare for the song alone.
Time was short, Riyaz did songs on the way
C. Ramchandra, who composed the song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’, had also left for Delhi 4-5 days ago. In such a situation, Lata Mangeshkar could not get his support for Riyaz. Ramchandra had given her a tape of the song, after hearing which she started doing Riyaz. On her way to Delhi by plane for the programme, Lata ji kept listening to the tapes given by Ramchandra. Lata Mangeshkar says, when she reached Delhi at night, her stomach started hurting. Worried about the song. Then she reached the National Stadium in New Delhi on 27 January 1963 and sang the song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon.
Pandit Nehru’s eyes twinkled
Lata Mangeshkar says that when she went back to the stage after finishing the song, Mehboob Khan came and held hands and said, Chalo Nehru ji ne baula hai. She wondered why Panditji wanted to meet her. When Lata ji reached the stage, everyone including Panditji stood up and welcomed her. Pandit ji praised the song and where his eyes watered.
Lata ji did not have faith, the song would be so famous
According to Lataji, he did not believe at all that this song would become so popular. The song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ was liked by the country so much that in every program he was requested to sing this song.
Some more special things related to Lata ji
Lata ji’s life is full of simplicity. She recites Sanskrit for an hour every morning, so that her voice is maintained and pronunciation is clear. It is said that once someone introduced Lata Mangeshkar to Bollywood actor Tragedy King Dilip Kumar. So she said that this is Marathi, how will she sing Hindi songs? For this they need to learn Urdu. After this, Lata Mangeshkar learned Urdu to make the pronunciation of her song even more beautiful and went on to do so in the world of music that the world will remember her for years.