Parbatke is paar – Lata/Mohd. Rafi – Lakshmi-Pyare – Jaya/Rishi | Sargam (1979)


Movie – Sargam (1979)

Parbatke is paar was featured in the N N Sippy Productions’ social drama Sargam (1979) produced by N N Sippy and directed by K Vishwanath. It is a remake of the Telugu movie Siri Siri Muvva (1976). The Bollywood movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Prada (debut), Shashikala, Shreeram Lagoo, Asrani, Aruna Irani, Shakti Kapoor, Keshto Mukherjee, Vijay Arora, etc.

Hema (Jaya Prada) is born with a speech defect where she cannot speak. She lives with her father Chintamani Pradhan (Shreeram Lagoo), her stepmother Savitri (Shashikala) and stepsister Champa (Rajni Sharma). Hema loves to dance and is very talented. On the other hand, Champa is not very talented and does not have an aptitude for art. But, Savitri insists that Champa learn to dance and orders Hema about to perform household chores. Hema strikes up a friendship with the local Musician Raju (Rishi Kapoor).

Every time she sees the heavy anklets, Hema is tempted to dance, which she does on this night singing this song with Raju in her imagination.

Song – Parbatke is paar

Parbatke is paar was penned by Anand Bakshi on the music scored by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The girl is excited and enthusiastically dances to the tune of this song.

Video – Parbatke is paar

The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance has been choreographed by P L Raj.

The video opens with Jaya Prada beginning to sing and perform the song. The camera pans the scenic beauty of the mountainous landscape. Jaya Prada is wearing a sari in the beginning. The costume changes to a new version of a bejeweled amalgamation of the Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam costumes.

Rishi Kapoor enters with his dafli and begins to sing. There is another change of scene and costume. The sets in the midst of the natural locales have been made very beautifully. The song rises to a crescendo. Jaya Prada doesn’t realize that it was just a dream. Shashikala is shocked at the girl dancing at night and burns her foot. The video ends there.


Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi sing for Jaya Prada and Rishi Kapoor. Shashikala looks on.

Cultural Influence

South Indian and modern culture have a definite influence on this song. The song is good. The video is watchable for Jaya Prada’s grace and Rishi Kapoor’s mannerisms while playing the dafli.


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