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Legendary composer Ravi is no more with us
Mar 07, 2012 09:03 PM 2014 Views
(Updated Mar 07, 2012 08:58 PM)


A very sad news for all music lovers; legendary music director Ravi is no more with us!

He entered the film world as the assistant of Hemant Kumar. He became very famous after the film “Naagin”(scored by Hemant Kumar); as he played the famous “Been” music in the film, which was very popular(remember the song “Man dole mera tan dole”?). As an individual music director, he started working in 1955 and his first film was “Vachan”. From the beginning of his career, he selected Asha Bhosle to be his “main singer” and continued the trend till the end of his musical career. He was the one, with whom the legendary lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi had worked most; no doubt that this fact added an extra feather in his cap. We will always remember his works in films like- Dilli Ka Thug, Chaudvi Ka Chand, China Town, Aaj Aur Kal, Gumraah, Ustaadon Ke Ustaad, Bharosa, Gehra Daag, Ye Raaste Hai Pyar Ke, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Kaun Apna Kaun Paraaya, Dur Ki Awaaz, Do Badan, Shehnai, Kaajal, Waqt, Khandaan, Phool Aur Paththar, Hamraaz, Nai Roshni, Do Kaliyan, Aankhen, Neel Kamal, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Anmol Moti, Ek Phool Do Maali, Dhadkan, Dhund, Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka and Nikaah.

He came up with big hits in the late 50-s and the entire 60-s. Songs like “Ye raaten ye mausam nadi ka kinaara”, “Chaudvi ka chand ho ya aftaab ho”, “Baar baar dekho hazaar baar dekho”, “Chalo ek baar phir se ajnabee ban jaye hum dono”, “Aay meri zohra jabeen”, “Chhoo lene do nazook hothon ko”, “Tumhi mere mandir”, “Babul ki duaayen leti ja” and many more- became so popular that Ravi managed to prove himself as a successful music composer; even in the tough competition with stalwarts like Shankar Jaikishan, Madan Mohan, Roshan, S.D. Burman, O.P. Nayyar, Salil Chowdhury. Hemant Kumar and Roshan. His popularity sustained also in the 60-s, even after the entries of Kalyanji Anandji, R.D. Burman and Laxmikant Pyarelal.

From the beginning of 60-s, he had a tie up with B.R. films(the B.R. Chopra house) and also with singer Mahendra Kapoor. Ravi-Mahendra Kapoor combination proved to be a very successful and popular one. The films like “Gumraah”, “Waqt”, “Hamraaz”, “Aadmi Aur Insaan” and “Dhund” gained extreme popularity with their sweet and melodious musical treasure.

Ravi had his own style of music. It was relatively soft in nature, not also very versatile like Shankar Jaikishan/ Laxmikant Pyarelal/ Kalyanji Anandji/ R.D. Burman; yet very sweet and very different from the others. His tunes were very catchy and thus became very popular also.

Along with scoring for films, he continued to work as the assistant music director and arranger of Hemant Kumar, throughout the entire career of Hemant Kumar. This proves that how generous he is and how grateful he was to his mentor Hemant Kumar.

From the mid 70-s, he took a long break of 7-8 years and didn’t work at all. Bollywood thought that the musical career of Ravi had come to an end. But his come back was just incomparable! No other music director could have thought of such a “come back”. The film “Nikaah” was his come back film and it’s music reached the peak of popularity in the beginning of 80-s. It followed with other hit musical films like- Aaj Ki Awaaz, Tawaaif, Dehleez and Tanha Tanha.

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