The middle- to late-seventies saw the rise of the golden voice of Yesudas in Hindi film music. His beautiful voice was well utilized by music directors such as Ravindra Jain, Raj Kamal, and Bappi Lahiri. Naiyya features two excellent Yesudas numbers: o goriya re, and oonchi neechi lahron. The former needs no introduction, as it became a big hit in the early 1980s and was aired on radio frequently. Excellent words by Ravindra Jain, set to such a melodious tune by Jain himself: it is one of the best "maajhi" songs created for Hindi cinema. The romance is understated: "Kabhi kabhi aana is naao mein, ek ghar tera hai mere gaon mein," yet these simple, yet powerful, words have a tremendous impact on the listener. Yesudas, of course, is at his best doing these songs. The other gem, again a maajhi number, never made it to the radio, I think. I got to hear it first when I purchased the vinyl LP two years ago. This one has a somewhat unconventional tune, and the words describe the similarity between the boat's journey and the boatman's life. Yesudas, along with the excellently used chorus, does full justice to Ravindra Jain's marvelous tune.
Among the rest of the songs, Hemlata came up with the superhit "beparwah bedardi pagla diwana," which was a regular on Vividh Bharati. The sound of a wind instrument (can't remember its name, though) characterized this sweet number.
There are two more songs in Naiyya, which are just okay for the situation in the film, nothing special about them. However, beacuse of Yesudas's gems, I give the album 3.5 on 5.