#36 Taj Mahal: Top 100 Bollywood Albums

The 1963 film had music by Roshan and lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, who together delivered some memorable songs like Jo Waada Kiya Woh and Chandi Ka Badan. Taj Mahal was directed by M Sadiq and starred Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai

Movie Details of Taj Mahal 

Music: Roshan

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: M. Sadiq

Composer Roshan's partnership with lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi hit its peak with this historical drama. Given that the movie is centered on love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, it is only fitting that the movie's best known songs belong to the romantic genre. Roshan is often extolled for his adeptness at composing qawwalis; Taj Mahal's soundtrack had the brilliantly realised Chandi Ka Badan to reaffirm that claim. Another of the album's highlights was the composer's fab use of sarangi in multiple songs.

Best Song of Taj Mahal: Rafi and Lata's evergreen romantic duet Jo Waada Kiya is not just one of the best songs from Roshan-Sahir Ludhianvi, it is easily among the best compositions in Hindi music. And therefore a fairly straightforward choice for song of the album.

The Taj Mahal Playlist: 

  1. Jo Baat Tujh Mein Hai (Singer: Mohammed Rafi)
  2. Jo Wada Kiya Wo (Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar)
  3. Jurm-E-Ulfat Pe (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  4. Khuda-E-Bartar (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  5. Na Na Na Re Na Na (Singers: Suman Kalyanpur, Minoo Purshottam)
  6. Paaon Chhoo Lene Do (Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar)
  7. Chandi Ka Badan (Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor)
  8. Husn Se Duniya Haseen (Singer: Asha Bhosle)

Listen to the entire album of Taj Mahal: 

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com)

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