Today is the 50th death anniversary of Ghulam Mohammed,the highly talented composer of Hindi Cinema.He born in 1903 at Bikaner in Rajasthan. He started as a child actor in local theatre.Later turning to music, he shifted to Mumbai and initially worked as an assistant to Naushad and Anil Biswas.His debut as an independent composer came in 1947 with the film Tiger Queen.Later he composed timeless melodies for films like Mirza Ghalib, Pakeezah , Shana, Anmol Ghadi. In fact for Mirza Ghalib, he was awarded the National Award for the Best Music Director and deservingly so because it was no less due to his compostiion than the wonderful voices of Suraiya, Talat Mehmood and Muhammad Rafi that all the ghazals that figure in the movie are all time favourites .
This is equally true of Pakeezah , the songs ofwhich ring in the ear, even today after fifty years down the line when these were recorded .The film was released in 1972, four years after Ghulam Mohammed's death in 1968.
It is on record that the actor Pran refused to receive the award in 1972 for his role in Beimaan, as he strongly felt that Ghulam Mohammed deserved it more for the music he composed for Pakeezah.
He also composed music for films like Grihasthi,Kaajal, Shayar, Pardes,Ambar, Dil-e-Nadaan, Anmol Ghadi, Kundan, Do Gunde and Laila Majnu.
He died this day in 1968, aged 65.
Our humble tributes !