A mu­si­cal jour­ney

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Mu­sic com­poser Ravin­dra Jain who died on Oc­to­ber 9 spoke to vet­eran jour­nal­ist Ran­jan Das­gupta, a few months ago. Ex­cerpts from the com­poser’s last in­ter­view.

I have fond mem­o­ries of record­ing my first song in 1972, Nazar Nahin Aati Manzil. The male ver­sion was sung by Mohd. Rafi, the fe­male one by Chan­drani Mukherjee. I was ner­vous di­rect­ing them. Af­ter the record­ing, I doubted if my song would be pop­u­lar. How­ever, with the bless­ings of the Almighty both were hits.

Sauda­gar (1973) gave me a wider scope to experiment. For Asha’s num­ber, Sa­jna Hai Mu­jhe, I used a lilt which was a cul­mi­na­tion of In­dian and western melodies. It worked very well. I felt too hurt when I heard the poor remix of the song. It sounded sen­su­ous, but I never com­posed the num­ber to ti­t­il­late.

With Chor Machaye Shor, (1974) and Chitchor (1976), I got my foothold in Hindi film mu­sic. My idol was SD Bur­man and I al­ways had my roots in my coun­try’s mu­sic. Crit­ics felt I was a bet­ter lyri­cist than a com­poser. I al­ways tried my best in pen­ning lyrics, com­pos­ing and singing. My stint at AIR Kolkata was of great help for me. My most mem­o­rable num­bers have been ren­dered by singers Ye­su­das and Hem­lata. I con­sider my best com­po­si­tions to be from Ankhiyon Ki Jharakhon Se (1978).

My idol was SD Bur­man and I al­ways had my roots in my coun­try’s mu­sic Ravin­dra Jain, late mu­sic com­poser

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