Pyarelal: The composer who immortalised his violin teacher Anthony Gonsalves

January 26, 2024
Music composer Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame, has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan

Music composer Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame, has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan, not only as a celebration of his musical prowess, but also in acknowledgment of his role in defining the golden era of Hindi film music.

The octogenarian learnt the basics of music from his father, the renowned trumpeteer of his time, Ramprasad ‘Babaji’ Sharma. He then aced the violin under the guidance of the Goan musician Anthony Gonsalves, whom he went on to immortalise in the song ‘My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves’, which was picturised on Amitabh Bachchan (who also contributed to the vocals) in the 1977 film ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’.

Pyarelal teamed up with Laxmikant Kudalkar and they worked in more than 750 Hindi films between 1963 to 1998. They collaborated with the biggest names of the industry, including Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shakti Samanta, Manmohan Desai and Yash Chopra.

The duo, whose partnership spanned over three decades, went on to create timeless melodies that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of music enthusiasts across generations.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music was characterised by its versatility, seamlessly transitioning across genres, and capturing the essence of each film’s narrative.

Here’s a list of their songs put together by IANS to celebrate the timelessness of these evergreen numbers.

‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’: The song, featured in the 1964 film ‘Mr X in Bombay’ and sung by Kishore Kumar, had lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. Directed by Shantilal Soni, the film starred Kishore Kumar, Kum Kum and Madan Puri.

‘Dard-e-Dil Dard-e-Jigar’: The popular 1980 track, which got the duo the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, was from the Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karz’ starring Rishi Kapoor. The song was voiced by Mohammed Rafi and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

‘Ek Hasina Thi Ek Diwana Tha’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’: These two songs from Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karz’ were sung by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rishi Kapoor.

‘Jumma Chumma De De’: Sung by Sudesh Bhosle and Kavita Krishnamurthy, the track is every bit relevant today. Featured in the film ‘Hum’ directed by Mukul Anand, the 1991 film’s lead roles were played by Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Govinda.

‘Yeh Reshmi Zulfein’: From the film ‘Do Raaste’, the song was sung by Mohammed Rafi. This 1969 film stars Rajesh Khanna in the lead and is directed by Raj Khosla. The lyrics were by Anand Bakshi.

‘Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai: The song by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh is from the film ‘Shor’. Released in 1972, the film had Manoj Kumar in the lead, who also occupied the director’s chair and went behind the camera for the film.

‘Achcha To Hum Chalte Hain’: One of the most hummable romantic tracks, it was featured in the 1970 film ‘Aan Milo Sajna’. The song was penned by Santosh Anand. The film revolves around Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh, who set the tone right for everything that is so lovable about this number.

‘My Name is Lakhan’: The 1988 film ‘Ram Lakhan’ hit the jackpot with this song, picturised on Anil Kapoor. The track, sung by Mohammed Aziz, Anuradha Paudwal and Nitin Mukesh, was penned by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s favourite versesmith Anand Bakshi. Considered to be one of Subhash Ghai’s best works, ‘Ram Lakhan’ ticked all the boxes for its soundtrack and cast, which included Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit.

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