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Ravi, the forgotten Music legend

March 3, 2014 11:10:54 IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Aye meri zohra-jabeen, tujhe maalum nahi....

This famous song from B.R.Chopra's all time classic WAQT is a super hit even today. However it is an irony that the music director who set the song to the tune is forgotten! Well, the music director who composed this song is Ravi, who ruled the '60s and has to his credit many timeless numbers like the super hit song 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho'... or the '70s Salma Agha's hit song 'Dil Ke Aramaan Aansuon Men Bah Gaye'... March 3, mark his birth anniversary Glamsham.Com pays him homage and remembers his everlasting association with lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi.


Though music director Ravi began his career with the super hit lullaby 'Chanda Mama Door Ke'... VACHAN (1955) and followed it up with few hit movies like DILLI KA THUG (1958), CHAUDHVIN KA CHAND (1960), GHARANA (1961), PYAAR KA SAAGAR (1961) AND CHINA TOWN (1962) yet it was with B.R.Chopra's hit movie GUMRAH that he won him real stardom.

Remember the hit song 'Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se'... that won singer Mahender Kapoor his first Filmfare Award. Few know that Ravi got to work with Chopra sahab at the behest of Sahir Ludhianvi, who knew Ravi since his struggling days when Ravi made a living singing chorus songs.

Sahir knew Ravi's musical sense and the two gelled well, particularly because Ravi gave Sahir freedom to express his thoughts in the songs and would later set the songs to the tune.

Recalling his association with Sahir, Ravi said in an interview, ''Sahir sahib was a great literary figure and wrote fiery and heartrending lyrics, but it used to become a handicap when asked to write on set tunes.

Hence when I met him first during GUMRAAH, the first song we recorded was 'Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se'...which Sahir sahab wished to pen first and then set the tune. I agreed and when I did set the tune he was very happy. Thus, we did many movies together like AADMI AUR INSAAN, AANKHEN, DO KALIYAN, NEEL KAMAL, HAMRAAZ, KAAJAL etc. In fact, Sahir Sahab recommended my names to other producers.''




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