Monday, November 3, 2014

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar - Biography, Filmography as Music Director

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar, was born on the day of Laxmi Pujan, Diwali Day (3 November in 1937) and was  named  Laxmikant. His family resided in the slums of Vile Parle (East) in Mumbai. His father died when he was child and a friend of his father, a musician himself, advised Laxmikant and his elder brother to learn music. Accordingly, Laxmikant learned to play the mandolin and his elder brother learned to play the tabla. When Laxmikant was about 10 years old, he  played mandolin in a Lata Mangeshkar concert. Lata was  impressed and recommended him to music directors. Laxmikant and Pyarelal met during music sessions. Similar financial backgrounds and age made Laxmikant and Pyarelal very good friends and they started working together.

 Laxmikant spent two years in the company of the well-known mandolin player Hussain Ali. He began organising and performing in Indian Classical Instrumental Music concerts to earn some money. Later, he also learned mandolin from Bal Mukund Indorker and violin from Husnalal (of the Husanlal Bhagatram fame). Laxmikant entered films as a child actor in the film Aankhen and also acted in some Gujarati films.

 In 1953, Laxmikant and Pyarelal became assistants to Kalyanji-Anandji and worked with them as assistants till 1963.

Babubhai Mistry's Parasmani (1963) was the first released film with Laxmkant-Pyarelal as independent music directors.  The songs of the film became popular.  "Hasata Hua Nurani Chehara", "Wo Jab Yaad Aaye" and "Mere Dil Main Halki Si" are songs of this film.

Laxmikant–Pyarelal hit the big time with Rajshri Productions' 1964 film Dosti. The film was a success due to its songs. Songs like Chahoonga main tujhe shaam savere and Rahi manava became very popular. Laxmikant–Pyarelal won their first Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the movie. Then came Lootera, which was also hit due to songs.

In 1966  Aaye Din Bahar Ke was released, followed by Pyar Kiye Jaa.

LP due scored hit music for  Sati Sawitri (Songs:"Tum Gagan Ke Chandram Ho", "Jeevan Dor Tumhi Sang Bandhi", "Kabhi To Miloge"); Sant Gyaneshwar (Songs: "Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo", "Khabar More Na Line"); Hum Sab Ustaad Hai (Songs: "Pyar Batate Chalo", "Ajanabi Tum Jane Pehachane Se"); Mr. X in Bombay (Songs: "Mere Mehaboob Quayamat Hogi", "Chali Re Chali Re Gori", "Khoobsurat Haseena"); Shriman Fantush..(Songs: "Sultana Sultana Tu Na Ghabarana", "Yeh Dard Bhara Afasana").

In 1967, Farz was LP’s first golden jubilee musical hit. Shagird was  another Golden Jubilee hit. Patthar Ke Sanam, Night In London, Jaal and  Milan also had good music. LP received their second Filmfare Trophy for Milan. Laxmikant Pyarelal became established music directors and dominated Bollywood scene for many years

The team of Laxmikant–Pyarelal and lyricist Anand Bakshi composed songs for more than 250 movies and gave many hit songs.

Laxmikant focused on  vocals and Pyarelal  focus was on used to take care of orchestration.

Filmfare Award and Nominations show the best films of the duo.

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

1965 Dosti  - Film YouTube Video
1968 Milan
1970 Jeene Ki Raah - Film YouTube Video
1978 Amar Akbar Anthony - Film YouTube Video
1979 Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Film YouTube Video
1980 Sargam -
1981 Karz - Film YouTube Video

Filmfare Award Nominations

1971 Do Raaste
1973 Shor
1974 Bobby - Film YouTube Video
1974 Daag: A Poem of Love
1975 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
1976 Dulhan
1980 Jaani Dushman
1981 Aasha
1982 Ek Duuje Ke Liye - Film YouTube Video
1983 Prem Rog
1984 Hero
1986 Meri Jung
1986 Pyaar Jhukta Nahin
1986 Sur Sangam
1989 Tezaab
1990 Ram Lakhan
1992 Saudagar
1994 Khalnayak

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