Singer-Actress Sulakshana Pandit turns 69 today!
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Niece of classical singer Pandit Jasraj, sister of composers Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit and actress Vijayta Pandit, Sulakshana Pandit was a well-known heroine in Hindi films in the 1970s and early 1980s. She starred in films like Uljhan, Sankoch, Hera Pheri, Khandaan, Waqt Ki Deewar, and others, opposite leading men such as Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and the like.

But alongside acting, Sulakshana Pandit also had a musical career. As a child she sang Saat samundar paar se with Lata Mangeshkar in Taqdeer (1967) and then graduated to recording with Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Yesudas, Udit Narayan and many more. Her forte was not just playback for the movies, but non-film music as well, and in 1980 she released a ghazal album called Jazbaat. She was last heard in an alaap in Saagar kinare bhi do dil from Khamoshi The Musical (1996), in a song that her brothers composed.

Sulakshana Pandit never married – it is said that she chose to remain single after Sanjeev Kumar refused her proposal. Over the past few years, she has not been seen much, due to financial issues and health problems. But she will always be fondly remembered for the music she made.

SoundboxIndia greets Sulakshana Pandit on her special day with a selection of her songs…

Song: Beqaraar dil tug aye ja
Movie: Door Ka Rahi
Singer: Kishore Kumar, Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: A. Irshad

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Song: Aaj Pyare Pyare Se Lagte Hain
Movie: Uljhan
Singer: Kishore Kumar, Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: M G Hashmat

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Song: Mana Teri Nazar Mein
Movie: Ahista Ahista
Singer: Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Khayyam
Lyrics: Naqsh Lyallpuri

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Song: Mausam Mausam Lovely Mausam
Movie: Thodi Si Bewafaai
Singer:  Anwar, Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Khayyam
Lyrics: Gulzar

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Song: Saat Samundar Paar se
Movie: Thodi Si Bewafaai
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Laxmikant - Pyarela
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Saagar kinare bhi do dil
Movie: Khamoshi - The Musical 
Singer: Udit Narayan, Sulakshana Pandit
Music Director: Jatin- Lalit
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

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