A musical journey
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