Tuesday, July 4, 2017

RAM LAL – THE UNSUNG MUSIC DIRECTOR:

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!

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