Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar┬┤s Lekin is a purist example of a complete classical soundtrack. Where the lyrics are excellent the singing is perfect and where redundancy may strike a resilient combination of unique vocals lend their efforts to make each and every tune inimitably perfect.
Perhaps the best tune of the ensemble is "Ja Ja Re" the lyrics simply flow of Lata Mangeshkar┬┤s tongue and quickly become whimsically one with the music. Hridayanath Mangeshkar supports his sister well but inevitably shines more in the composition than anywhere else.
Asha Bhosle, the composers other sister, is quite on par with her "Umrao Jaan" masterpieces in "Jhotte Naina" but nonetheless so is Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar. The classical composition interspersed with the tabla and effervescent classical music is pacy and completely and irresistibly well thought out. Satyasheel Deshpande provides support, but as always, the song remains Asha┬┤s.
"Kesariya Balma" serves predominantly to highlight Lata Mangeshkar┬┤s stunning capabilities to change altos and maintain a command over the melody.
"Sunio Ji" is another Lata Mangeshkar solo which is an emotional cry highlighting more the soulfully powerful lyrics much more than anything else.
The album has thus far consisted predominantly of female vocals, thus Suresh Wadekar provides the only male solo with "Surmai┬á Shaam" a heavily orchestrated semi-ghazal. The music is the major player in this song, it tells much more of a story than do the lyrics or Wadekar┬┤s singing. A dramatic piece.
Concluding the soundtrack is arguably the best part of the ensemble, "Yara Seeli Seeli", a song that like most of the soundtracks combines all the essentials most accurately in one sweet melody. After all who can sing the sweet words better than Lata Mangeshkar such that the classical combinations laced with such poignant orchestration come off so flawlessly, especially towards the dramatic conclusion of the song?
Lekin exemplifies what a true classical soundtrack is, perhaps a modern day Umrao Jaan it is simply music to one┬┤s ears.