Published On: Wed, May 25th, 2016

Tribute to legendary music director Laxmikant on his 18th death anniversary today.


Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar

Tribute to Bollywood’s legendary music director Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar on his 18th death anniversary today.

Starting out as a child artiste in the film ‘Aankhen’, Laxmikant went on to become a music arranger for composers and later an assistant to music director duo of Kalyanji-Anandji.

Laxmikant and Pyarelal met at Sureel Kala Kendra, a music academy for children, run by the Mangeshkar family. After she came to know about their financially poor backgrounds, Lata recommended their names to music directors like Naushad, S. D. Burman and C.Ramchandra.

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In 1953 they became assistants to Kalyanji Anandji and worked with them until 1963, they also worked with almost all major music directors and worked with S. D. Burman as arrangers and also worked with R. D. Burman in his first film ‘Chotte Nawab’ and they became very good friends with him. However they did not get the opportunity to work with Shankar Jaikishen and O.P. Nayyar.

Teaming up with Pyarelal in 1963, the duo scored a hit with numbers like “Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra” and “Woh Jab Yaad Aaye” in Parasmani in 1963. Their second film, Satyen Bose’s Dosti, with “Chahunga main tujhe” and “Jaanewalon zara” consolidated their position further. The Laxmikant-Pyarelal combo went on to rule the roost in Bollywood for over three decades composing films for a record of over 600 films, many of which were memorable hits.

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They became familiar names on all the big banners, from Raj Kapoor to Subhash Ghai. Their stunning music success ensured film makers repeated them.

With the death of Laxmikant the industry has lost a gem of a music director who was always smiling and composed the best tunes that made everybody hum.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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