Shailendra – A Prince Among Poets – 3AEX 5116 – Angel First Pressing – (Condition – 90-95%) – LP Record


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Shailendra – A Prince Among Poets – 3AEX 5116 – Angel First Pressing – (Condition – 90-95%) – LP Record
Shankardas Kesarilal (30 August 1923 – 14 December 1966), popularly known by his pen name Shailendra, was a popular Indian Hindi lyricist. Noted for his association with the filmmaker Raj Kapoor and the composers Shankar-Jaikishan, he wrote lyrics for several successful Hindi film songs in the 1950s and the 1960s Shailendra was born in Rawalpindi, and brought up in Mathura.2 The native place of his ancestors is located in the Akhtiyarpur, Ara district of Bihar. He came in contact with Indra Bahadur Khare at the Kishori Raman School. Both started composing poems, sitting on the rock located on the bank of a pond in between railway 27 quarters and railway line near to Mathura station. Afterwards Shailendra moved to Bombay for films and Indra Bahadur Khare got fame in Raashtreey Kavita. Shailendra started his career as an apprentice with Indian Railways in Matunga workshop, Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1947. He started writing poetry during these days. The filmmaker Raj Kapoor noticed Shailendra, when the latter was reading out his poem Jalta hai Punjab at a mushaira (poetic symposium). Kapoor offered to buy the poem Jalta Hai Punjab written by Shailendra and for his movie Aag (1948). Shailendra, a member of the left wing IPTA, was wary of mainstream Indian cinema and refused. However, after his wife became pregnant, Shailendra himself approached Raj Kapoor in need of money. At this time, Raj Kapoor was filming Barsaat (1949), and two of the film songs had not yet been written. For 500, Shailendra wrote these two songs: Patli kamar hai and Barsaat mein. The music for Barsaat was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. The team of Raj Kapoor, Shailendra and Shankar-Jaikishan went on to produce many other hit songs. The song “Awara Hoon” from the 1951 film Awaara, written by Shailendra, became the most appreciated Hindustani film song outside India at the time. In the days when composers would recommend lyricists to producers, Shankar-Jaikishan once promised Shailendra that they would recommend him around, but didn’t keep their promise. Shailendra sent them a note with the lines, Chhoti Si Yeh Duniya, Pehchaane Raaste Hain. Kahin To Miloge, toh Poochhenge Haal (“The world is small, the roads are known. We’ll meet sometime, and ask ‘How do you do?’”). Shankar-Jaikishan realised what the message meant and having said sorry, turned the lines into a popular song. The song was featured in the film Rangoli (1962), for which the producer Rajendra Singh Bedi wanted to sign up Majrooh Sultanpuri as the lyricist. However, Shankar-Jaikishen insisted on Shailendra and the producer had to oblige. Apart from Shankar-Jaikishan, Shailendra also shared a rapport with composers such as Salil Chowdhary (Madhumati), Sachin Dev Burman (Guide, Bandini, Kala Bazar), and Ravi Shankar (Anuradha). Apart from Raj Kapoor, he shared a rapport with filmmakers such as Bimal Roy (Do Bigha Zameen, Madhumati, Bandini) and Dev Anand (Guide and Kala Bazar).
Record Details
Title Shailendra – A Prince Among Poets – 3AEX 5116
Lyrics  Shailendra
Music Shankar Jaikishan, Salil Choudhary & Sachin Dev Burman
Singer Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Mukesh & Mohd. Rafi
Releasing Year 1967
Genre Film Hits
Language Hindi
Label Angel First Pressing
Made In India
Manufacture The Gramophone Company Of India Limited
Serial No. 3AEX 5116
Side One
  • Sajanwa Bairi Hogai – Teesri Kasam
  • Barsaat Men Hum Se – Barsaat
Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus
  • Awaara Hoon – Awaara
  • Janu Janu Re – Insaan Jaag Utha
Asha Bhosle & Geeta Dutt
  • Aaja Re – Madhumati
Lata Mangeshkar
  • Kahan Ja Raha Hai – Seema
Mohd. Rafi
Side Two
  • Jago Mohan Pyare – Jagte Raho
Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus
  • Dost Dost Na Raha – Sangam
  • Aaj Phir Jeene Ki – Guide 
Lata Mangeshkar
  • Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo – Teesri Kasam
  • Aa Jare Nindiya – Do Bigha Zamin
Lata Mangeshkar
  • O Janewale Ho Sake To – Bandini
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Record Condition 90-95%
Cover Condition Excellent


Additional information

Weight 0.35 g
Dimensions 33 × 33 × 2.54 cm

Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh


Sachin Dev Burman, Shankar Jaikishan



Releasing year





Angel First Pressing


Private Songs


12 Inches


33 RPM

Records condition

Near Mint Used – 90-95%

Cover condition

Original Cover


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