My late father used to say in Hindi , Jeewan- Mrityu , Nafaa- Nuksan , Yash – Apkash apne haath mein nahin hota – and how true he was or many others who subscribed and still subscribe to this view.
Name , fame and financial well being elude many despite being endowed with the best of talent and capabilities. My source informs me- though not confirmed or mentioned anywhere else as far as my search goes – that today is the death anniversary of Ram Lal Chaudhary or simply Ram Lal , a talented music director of the bygone era of Bollywood.Starting as an assistant to music director Ram Ganguli , he played flute for the songs in Raj Kapoor’s directorial venture Aag and contributed to the music of the song – Zinda Hun Is Tarah ki Ghame Zindagi nahin – sung by Mukesh and the song - Dekh Chaand ki Ore Musafir, Dekh Chaand Ki Ore sung by Shailesh and Shamshad Beghum . As an independent music director , he composed beautiful melodies for two movies namely ‘Sehra’ and ‘Geet Gaya Patharon Ne’ which are sung and hummed even today after decades. The semi classical number ‘ Pankh Hotey To Ud Aatin Re’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar, ‘ Taqdeer Ka Fasaana Jaa Kar Kise Sunayen ‘ sung by Muhammad Rafi and & ‘ Tum to Pyar ho, o sajni…. ‘ sung by Mohammad Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar are simply unforgettable. So are the songs from the film ‘Geet Gaya Patharon Ne’ like ‘Tere Khayalon Main Hum’ , ‘ Saanson ke taar Par ….Geet Gaya Patharon ne’ sung by Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor as a duet and the solo version sung by Kishori Amonkar set to wonderful tune by Ramlal. Unfortunately he did not get any work after this , was in acute financial straits and was forcedb to live a life of penury .
Our humble tributes to the great music director!