One composition that has been a part of me since childhood is the song Tum aa gaye ho,noor aa gaye hai from the film Aandhi. I was eight when I first heard the song and it has stayed on with me since then. Also,I spent much of my childhood in Kashmir and still remember my father creating compositions around the lovely flora of the valley.
Kashmir never looked so beautiful as it did in this song,which was sung by melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and the versatile Kishore Kumar. It expresses the character of the valley very well. The composition is astonishingly rich in texture and melody. The melody by Panchamda (RD Burman) matches perfectly with Gulzarsaabs lyrics. I have played the song many times on santoor. The opulence of the song comes alive on the instrument.
The very soft and romantic number is musically stunning and is on the scale called Asavari. It conjures myriad pictures of the beautiful valley apart from the Pari Mahal,situated just above Chashma Shahi gardens,which is where the song was shot. I have taken a number of strolls in the picturesque garden,where Sanjeev Kumar and Aparna Sen lip-synched the number. The song brings back those vivid memories of Pari Mahal,thus recreating a romance that only a blend of a beautiful song and a scenic locale can offer.