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Remembering legendary composer Ravi: How his music became a part of our life

Remembering legendary composer Ravi: How his music became a part of our life

One of the most talented but underrated music directors of the Indian film industry was Ravi Shankar Sharma, popularly known as Ravi, who has an immortal, unique and amazing relationship with the personal life of every Indian or lover of Hindi cinema living all over the world. In fact, such is the deep connection of our personal lives with his few exclusive creations that it cannot be denied or avoided by anyone loving the melodious Hindi film music and its golden era. In other words, these few tracks loudly declare Ravi as the only music director who was able to participate or enter our personal lives like nobody else, irrespective of whether you are a big fan of his or not.

Coming to the point, Hindi film music remains hugely incomplete if we take out the following three cult songs of Ravi from its colossal repertoire. And in the last few decades, these three tracks have been a part of three essential social events in the wedding ceremony of every Bollywood fan without any doubt.

1. 'Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai' from the film 'Aadmi Sadak Ka' (1977), lyrics by Verma Malik, was and is still played by brass band groups in Baraat processions as the key feature of a marriage, making all friends dance together.

2. 'Babul Ki Duayen Leti Ja' from the film 'Neel Kamal' (1968), lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi is again a song religiously played at the time of Doli or Bidaai of the girl from his parents’ home after the marriage ceremony. Further, it’s also essentially inserted in the video coverage of marriages till date.

3.'Aye Meri Zohrazabin, Tujhe Maloom Nahin' from the film 'Waqt' (1965) with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi: A song that is played or sung at every Sangeet ceremony (a musical get-together on the eve of a marriage) involving all the lovable elders of the family creating an atmosphere of fun and celebration. Plus, any DJ cannot just survive without having this particular track in his collection while going to perform at an Indian wedding anywhere in the world.

The fact that all these songs have been composed by only one person, Ravi, clearly proves that his music was, is and will evidently be there in the personal lives of all lovers of Hindi film music for ages to come.

In addition, there are four more creations which nine out of ten times come to our mind whenever we try to express the following human emotions through a film song.

1. 'Chaudhvin Ka Chaand Ho' from the film 'Chaudhvin Ka Chaand' (1961), lyrics by Shakeel Badauni: The song instantly strikes us the moment we wish to praise a beautiful woman. Husbands often sing this to impress their wives as they are dressing up for any special occasion and lovers use the expression more than often.

2. 'Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye' from the film 'Nikaah' (1982), lyrics by Hassan Kamaal: This phrase at once comes to our mind whenever we have to express grief, sorrow or sadness through a song. In fact, this line is also many times used in a comical manner, in order to create some fun in the tense moments of life.

3. 'Garibon Ki Suno, Woh Tumhari Sunega' from the movie 'Dus Lakh' (1966) with lyrics by Ravi himself: The opening lines of this song or its selective words are still occasionally used by beggars asking for food or money at roadside or at traffic signals in India.

4. 'Chanda Mama Door Ke' from film 'Vachan' (1955) with lyrics by Ravi/Prem Dhawan : The children song till date remains the most famous and widely sung Lori (Lullaby) by mothers and kids remember it by heart due to its so innocent words, expressions and melody.

Proving the point we began with, again these four songs have been composed by only one person, Ravi, with the contribution in lyrics too, putting in a spiritual thought about the theory of Karma in the third.

The genius not only composed for over 70 Hindi films (including many Jubilee hits), but also gave music for more than 12 Malayalam films (majority of those songs were huge regional hits), which eventually earned him a new name as Bombay Ravi, fondly given by the people of those regions. And this is surely yet another amazing and lesser known fact associated with the illustrious career of the master music director Ravi, whose creations will continue to be part of every Indian family function forever.

first published:March 03, 2016, 15:26 IST