Hindi Films

Vasant Desai was a legend and a trendsetter who left an indelible mark on the Hindi film industry. A talented composer, a visionary, a pioneer, he demonstrated the supremacy of classical Hindustani music in the Hindi film world. During his long and eventful career spanning nearly four decades he composed music for 54 Hindi films.

Starting his career as a full- fledged music director in SHOBA (1942), a production of Wadia Brothers, he ascended to the top league of composers with SHAKUNTALA (1943), a Raj Kamal production. After this momentous success, he never looked back. But he reached the peak of glory in Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955), a super hit and a landmark in the Hindi film world. It was the first Hindi film ever to be based wholly on classical music. To his credit are many firsts. He was the first to use background music as a powerful cinematic tool, the first to introduce classical maestros like Khan Sahib Amir Khan,Ustad Bismillah Khan and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi to Indian cinema. To him also goes the credit of unveiling the voice of teenager Lata Mangeshkar on the silver screen (Jeevan Yatra 1946). Among music directors, he was the foremost to discover and encourage new talents. His discovery of Vani Jayaram (“Bol Re Papihara” girl) also made history.




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