Lagaan (soundtrack)

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Lagaan: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
Lagaan Soundtrack.JPG
Soundtrack album by
Released6 April 2001 (2001-04-06)[1]
Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack, world music, western classical music
LabelSony Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
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Lagaan: The Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

The acclaimed soundtrack of the film Lagaan (also called Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India) was composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. There are six songs and two instrumental pieces in this film. Rahman incorporated several music styles and genres to create the soundtrack.

Upon release, the soundtrack became highly popular, with all songs becoming huge hits. It also received high critical acclaim, with many reviewers stating it as a "Magnum Opus" by A. R. Rahman. It is described as one of Rahman's finest and most successful works to date. The rich background score of the film also got great critical acclaim and is said to have contributed immensely to the film's success.

Track listing[edit]

1."Ghanan Ghanan"Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Chorus6:11
2."Mitwa"Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik, Srinivas6:47
3."Radha Kaise Na Jale"Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Vaishali Samant, Chorus5:34
4."O Rey Chhori"Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Vasundhara Das5:59
5."Chale Chalo"A. R. Rahman, Srinivas, Chorus6:40
6."Waltz for a Romance (in 'A' Major)" (Instrumental) 2:29
7."O Paalanhaare"Lata Mangeshkar, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan & Chorus5:19
8."Lagaan..... Once Upon a Time in India"Anuradha Sriram, Chorus
Strings arranged by R. Prasanna
Total length:41:58


The Los Angeles Times said that the "songs and dances are not mere interludes inserted in the action, bringing it to a halt—a Bollywood trademark—but are fully integrated into the plot and marked by expressive, dynamic singing and dancing that infuse a historical drama with energy and immediacy."[2] A review of the tracks suggests that "the music is true to the time period (the British Raj)".[3] Another review said: "A. R. Rahman is again at his prodigious best. His score for Aamir Khan's period drama Lagaan is a delectable blend of Indian classical music, folk melodies and jazzy snazzy tunes."[4] The reviewer of Screen India said, "Great music, heard after a long time, which elevates your senses. That Rahman's among the best is proved here."[5] The soundtrack was ranked No. 44 on's "The 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time".[6][7] The soundtrack won 3 National Film Awards in three categories. A. R. Rahman won the award for the best music, Udit Narayan won the Best Male Playback Singer Award for "Mitwa" and Javed Akhtar won the Best Lyrics Award for "Ghanan Ghanan" and "Radha Kaise Na Jale".[8] Lagaan also became the biggest audio hit of the year by topping the music charts and selling 3.5 million records within a year.[9] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 28,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourth highest-selling.[10]


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  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin (10 May 2002). "Cricket in the Face of Colonialism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ Khanna, Anish. "Music Review: Lagaan". Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  4. ^ K Deoshi, N. "Lagaan: Music album review". Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Music Review: Lagaan". Screen India. 11 May 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  6. ^ "The 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time". 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Lagaan is listed among top 100 Albums". The Times of India. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  8. ^ "49th National Film Awards, 2001". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 26 July 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  9. ^ Das Gupta, Surajeet; Soumik Sen (21 September 2002). "A R Rahman: Composing a winning score". Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017.