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Music Director RAVI's unforgettable relationship with the personal life of everyone loving Hindi Film Music. (Did You Know - 32)

27 Mar, 2012 | Did You Know! / Articles on Music, Poetry and Life

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One of the most talented but under-rated Music Directors in Indian Film Industry was Ravi Shankar Sharma popularly known as RAVI, who left this world for his next musical journey on 7th March 2012.
But this is not an OBITUARY article written for the genius as I simply don’t believe or like writing such pieces just after the death of any great personality. In fact reading all those posthumous articles published everywhere I just feel as if everyone gets the time to remember such great men simply after their death and not before that.
So then why I am writing this? The answer to this question lies in an interesting fact which I wanted to share with all friends here about the master’s music.
Music Director RAVI has an immortal, unique and amazing relationship with the personal lives of Hindi film music lovers 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 family celebrations 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 from its gigantic 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 and sung by Mohd. Rafi, Ravi & Deven Verma , 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 and rendered by Mohd. Rafi 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 & voice by Manna Dey: 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 & sung by Mohd. Rafi: 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 Gayefrom the film Nikaah (1982), lyrics by Hassan Kamaal in the unusual voice of Salma Agha: 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 inthetense moments of life.
3. Garibon Ki Suno, Woh Tumhari Sunega from the movie Dus Lakh (1966) with lyrics by Ravi himself & rendered by Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: The opening lines of this song or its selective words are still occasionally used by beggars asking for food or money at roadsideor at traffic signals in India.
4. Chanda Mama Door Ke from film Vachan (1955) with lyrics by Ravi/Prem Dhawan and voice by Asha Bhosle: 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.
(The article also got featured on IBNLIVE.com with the title, Remembering legendary composer Ravi: How his music became a part of our life” on the veterans birth anniversary on 3rd March 2016.)

NOTE: The article forms a much more detailed chapter in my book DID YOU KNOW Vol.1 - 51 Interesting Facts about Hindi Cinema
Did You Know By Bobby SingFor more such interesting articles on lesser known facts on Hindi Cinema, do try DID YOU KNOW Series by Bobby Sing available in both Book and E-book form.

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The book is now also available in Hindi titled 
ITNA TO YAAD HAI MUJHE published by Prabhat Prakashan.


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27 Mar 2012 / Comments ( 11 )
Jithin Mathew thomas

Dear Sir,

There is a malayalam Movie by the name Oru Vadakkan veeragatha(A Northern Story Of Valor).
The movie is considered to be an evergreen classic made in Malayalam. Bombay Ravi sir was lying at a low phase during those times.
It was on compulsion of the director of this movie that he returned to composing. The songs of this movie were very successful.

What i find interesting is that,these compositions are not ones that are pleasable on the first listen. They support the story,characters and the mood of that era. And most importantly they are timeless.

Music has no language.I will give you a list of some evergreen songs that he composed in Malayalam.Hope you enjoy them
1.InduPushpam choodi nilkum(Vaishali)
2.Indu lekha kannthurannu(Oru vadakkan veeragadha)

Hope you like them....

Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Jithin for sharing such valuable info and I would certainly love to listen to these gems at the earliest.
Keep sharing and writing in.

Success of any music or lyrics can easily be fathomed by witnessing its reaching point where it becomes parallel to folk music. It happened many a times that famous folk music has become part of Film music but it happened most rare that any film music could become as famous as Folk Music. So much so that it became essential part of major traditional ceremony called marriage. Only 4 songs and 2 music composers could reach to that level.

1. Bholi surat dil ke khote.....naam bade aur darshan chhote.....By Chitalkar Ramchandra from Film Albela.
2. Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai - from AADMI SADAK KA, By Ravi.
3. Babul Ki Duayen Leti Ja - from NEEL KAMAL by Ravi
4. Aye Meri Zohrazabin, Tujhe Maloom Nahin - from WAQT...by Ravi.

You just cannot imagine any marriage in India where Music Band could miss out these tunes................ironically no one knows who composed it........adding further irony to give any appreciation to such magnanimous compositional art. I am so so glad that my friend Bobby could think out of the box and brought this to our notice.

I again convey my grand salutations to Shri Chitalkar Ramchandra ji and Shri Ravi ji and huge pat for Bobby.

Vinay Ved
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Vinay for your loving comment .....and I just pray to The ALMIGHTY to continue making me the medium to share such gems with all friends..........There is so much to share and life seems to be so small........


Raja Shah

Hello Bobby
Thank you for a nice article on one of the favorite music directors.
Just wanted to bring out one of the best ( may be THE BEST ) philosophical hindi songs ever..composed by Raviji.."Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu...Peechee Bhi Jaane Na Tu...Jo Bhi Hai, Bas Yahi Ek Pal Hai!. It is also an integral part of all people like us since it came out in waqt in 1965.

Thank you,

Bobby Sing

Hi Raja,
Thanks for sharing your views on one of the most under-rated music directors of Hindi Film Industry and yes his song "Aage Bhi Jaaen Na Tu" is indeed a integral part of the life then and the life today too undoubtedly.


Kirti Ramdasi
Hello Bobby! Thank you for the beautifully written article! You have aptly put music director Ravi's contribution to the world of film music and how it has touched our personal lives and become an integral part of our culture. Here lies the greatness of Ravi as a music director whose compositions have quietly blended into our lives with simplicity and without any hue. Keep writing and keep on enriching us with your perspectives. Waiting to read more from you.  - Kirti  
Bobby Sing

The pleasure is really mine Kirti Ramdasi and RAVI as a music director certainly deserved much more.
I made the same subject as a chapter of my first book DID YOU KNOW Vol.1 too and it was really appreciated by all.

Would surely try to come up with more such articles to the best of my ability at the site as well as in the next volume of book series.
Till then keep visiting and writing in.

M N Patel

I know of two songs sung by Ravi saab Kismet ke khel nirale (film Ek phool do Mali) and Insaan ji raha hai umeed ke sahare (film Umeed).  what I would like to know is what other songs has he sung (solo and with other singers) Would you please comment.



Bobby Sing

Dear MN Patel, 
With apologies for replying late, I think you will get much precise information from this article written by one of my dear friend. Pleaser do give it some time.



श्रीनिवास बेलसरे.

प्रिय बॉबी सिंगजी,

बहुत ही बढीया लेख हैं आपका. आपका बहुत बहुत शुक्रिया. आपके निरीक्षण बहुत ही अहम हैं. ये कभी ध्यान मे ही नही आय था की संगीतकार रविजी भारतीय भावविश्वमे कितने गहराई तक अपनी जगह बना चुके हैं. आपने उन्हे सही न्याय दिलाया हैं.

आपकी लेखनसेवा के लिये अनेकानेक शुभ कामानाये !


श्रीनिवास बेलसरे, पुणे.

Bobby Sing

Dear Srinivas Ji,
Would like to firstly apologise for my late reply.
Thanks a lot for your kind words remembering the maestro composer as he truly deserved much more than he was given.

This article also forms a chapter in my book DID YOY KNOW (Vol.1) with some added details.
The book is available online.

Please do keep visiting and writing in,

Vikas Patil

Dear Bobby,
In my opinion Ravi was not considered A listed music director, despite his superb contribution to Hindi Cinema, probably because his many songs were not sung by Lata. I don’t know the reason, why B R Chopra always preferred Asha and Mahendra Kapoor over Lata and Rafi and almost all B R films music was composed by Ravi. Still 2 of the most popular songs of the film aankhe were sung by Lata for him. Apno pe sitam gairo pe karam and Milti hai jindagi me mohabbat kabhi kabhi.

Bobby Sing

Dear Vikas,
Actually that reasoning will not work if you willl consider O. P. Nayyar - who never recorded with Lata in his entire career and still is considered among the top 10 music directors of our Golden Era. On the other hand, many other supermely talented music directors who were not given their due regularly recorded with Lata as Jaidev.
Jaidev has also been even quoted as one of her favourite composers.

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