Today, on each function of Patriotism we can hear easily some songs, and those are … “Mere desh ki dharti, sona ugle, ugle hire moti…” or “Bharat ka rahene wala hu, Bharat ki baat sunnata hu…” These songs are from movies,’ Upkar’ and ‘Purab aur Pashchim’ of great artist Manoj Kumar, which movies were released in 1967 and 1970. When we are celebrating Krishna Janmotsav, surly we are playing a song, “Govinda aala re “, which song’s music was given by this pair in 1963, in’ Bluf Master’ movie. On the celebration of our daughter’s marriage, today also we are playing and hearing a song, “Meri Pyari Baheniya, Banegi Dulhaniya”, Which film came in 1970 and that fantastic music was given by this pair only. As on today, in moments of romance, we are singing, “Pal pal dil ke pas, tum raheti ho”, a song from Black Mail, which came in 1973.
Why I am asking all these things …? Because, the part of music is still loving and memorable and all of us have this experience. All this memorable and lovely song’s music is given by, this pair, “Kalyanji-Anandji”. They are real brothers and they are son of Mr.Virji Shah, who was basically from Kutch, Gujarat and was shifted for business purpose, to Mumbai. Kalyanji Virji Shah was born on 30th June, 1928 and Ananji Virji Shah was born on 2nd March, 1933. His father was a small Grocery and provision merchant and they staying in Girgaum area of Mumbai, in a mix culture of Gujarati and Marathi. One of their family members was folk musician and they learned a lot from him. From childhood only, both brothers were lovers of music and were wants to make their future in music, not in their father’s business.
Kalyanji started his music career in 1954, by playing Nageen Been, with the instrument called, CLAVIOLINE , in film, NAGIN , in which musician was Hemant Kumar. Then, Anandji also join him and they have made a music orchestra & started to give music programmes individually. Kalyanji has given first separate music in film, Samrat Chandragupta, in 1959 and in duo, both have given music first time in “Satta bazaar and Madari”, in same year, 1959. After hit movies like, Chhaliya, Jab jab ful khile and Himalay ki God me, they were fully established in Hindi cine market. They have given super hit music in other movies like, Don, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Imandar, Razz, Safar, Qurbani and many more. They won their first award in 1965, for the movie, “Himalay ki God me” and the award was for best music director , then first National award for Sarswatichadra, in1968 and first filmfare award for Kora Kagaz in 1974. They won Sahara Parivar award for life time achievement in U.K. in 2004 and in last, Life time achievement award by GIMA (Great Indian Music Awards). They were also awarded with most popular civilian award, called, “Padma Shri”, by president of India, for outstanding contribution in Indian Music. They worked up to 1994 for Indian film industries. Mr. Kalyanji Virji Shah, died on 3rd November, 2000 and Anandji Virji Shah is alive between us.
In last, we will remember by the songs, which were super hit by their music direction and that song is, “Aur is dil me kya rakha hai, tera hi Dard chhupa rakha hai….. “And “Zindgi ka Safar, hai ye kaisa Safar, koi samja nahi, koi Jana nahi……”
We and Indian Cine Market can’t forget any day, any time to this great musician pair.