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C Ramachandra - The initiator of western music

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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If R D Burman is credited with popularizing the western musical instruments through his musical expositions, it was the baton of C Ramchandra that introduced to the Hindi music lovers the flavour of classical western instruments tempered to the flavour of Indian lyrics. The golden era of sixties of the Indian Hindi film music could become golden owing to monumental contribution from C Ramchandra.

It is indeed then ironic that a man if he would have been alive would have celebrated his 90th birthday has not been remembered at all. He was the man who sort of introduced the slow rhythmic dancing to the Hindi film with his smash hit, ‘Meri Jaan Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday’, which still is a raging hit. He was the man who introduced to the music aficionados the romance of piano and the various compositions of western music. His finest exposition of this kind was found in CHAAYA, which is an ode to the C-Minor concert of piano. This was probably for the first and the last time that a Talat Mehmood sang fast number for a film, and the songs both as a duet and as a sad song singly, is Talat's finest songs; ‘Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Bada’.

Most of the songs that Bhagwan sang on the screen found the voice over of C Ramchandra who sang the songs as Chitalkar, be it Sunday to Sunday or Bholi Surat Dil ke Khote. He was the singer who gave a new octave to the Hindi film music and it was this sense of chutzpah, that he could give a playback to Dilip Kumar as well, at a time when Mohammed Rafi had become the voice of Dilip Kumar, and Dilip Kumar never appeared as romantic as he did in ANDAAZ and the credit for this to an extent ought to go to C Ramchandra as well.

He was also the master of introducing the non-sense verses and along with the combination of Shamshad Begum and Meena Kapoor gave an element of exuberance to Hindi film music and its examples are Gore Gore o Banke Chore, Aplam Chaplam and Eena Meena Dika. It was under the baton of C Ramchandra that Kishore Kumar came to establish himself as the master of yodeling and belting out non-sense verses.

At a time when the Hindi film music was dominated by the music composers from Bengal, C Ramchandra, it seems choose by design and intent the base of western musical instruments to leave an indelible mark on the Hindi film music.

While Rahman is now credited as having introduced the mellifluous nodes of the piano to the present generation, one need not forget that it was Chitalkar who was the initiator of the same, and he was indeed the leader of the pack as far as mastery over western music and tempering to the sensibilities of the Indian reality is concerned.



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