Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Singer of the immortal number 'Taaro aankh no afini' in 1950s and composer of Bollywood song 'Ja ja re chanda ja re,' sung by Lata Mangeshkar, yes I am talking about Dilip Dholakia died of a massive heart attack on Sunday in Mumbai.
Dilip Dholakia shares Birth place Junagadh Saurashtra Gujarat with poet Narsinh Mehta is known as a legendary singer and composer of Gujarati and Hindi cinema.
He accompanied his grandfather at the age of seven to sing bhajans at Swaminarayan Mandir Junagadh City and had learnt singing from Pandurang Amberkar, a disciple of Khan Saheb Aman Ali Khan.
It was after recording the song 'Thukra rahi hai duniya,' with KL Saigal in chorus for the film Bhanwara, in 1944 that he attained success.
As per Latest Singer Manhar Udhas Interviews, who closely worked with him during the song recording of Subhash Ghai-directed 'Hero'in 1980, which had Laxmikant-Pyarelal as music composers, whom he assisted for more than 15 years, said about him, "I have grown up listening to his music, which is immortal. My concerts are not complete without songs composed and sung by him."
Dholakia started his career in Mumbai as a clerk with Bombay government's Home department where he served for two years. During that period he was selected as an artist in All India Radio, Mumbai, which operated from the same building.
Later, he went on to compose music for more than eight Hindi films and made singers like Mohd Rafi, Manna Dey and Geeta Roy sing to his tunes.
He has also composed music for 11 Gujarati films, including Satyawam Savitri, Kankoo and Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
As per Latest Rajat Dholakia Interviews, who is his son, said that, "His death is a big loss not just for the family but the music industry as it is hard to have the spontaneity and creativeness that he had with composition. He always believed that he didn't make music but puts life into songs which is why he didn't have a particular song as favourite; all his songs were favourites."
As per Latest Music Composer Uday Majumdar Interviews, who is family friend, said that, "He always said that take music out of my life and I am dead. Two days back, when he was in the hospital, I had organised an event to honour him on his 90th birthday which he wanted to attend; but as doctors were against it, we recorded him singing on the hospital bed and screened it during the show."
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