Remembering Music legend Roshan...
Music legend Roshan is perhaps one of the best music directors’ Indian cinema has ever witness. He was a true genius who unfortunately, despite a valuable treasure of sweet melodies, is today an unsung legend. Raaga. Com remembers the master music director on his birth anniversary that falls on July 14.
Roshan Lal Nagrath aka Roshan was born on 14 July, 1917 Gujranwala, Punjab, British India (now part of Punjab in Pakistan). Since childhood he had a deep passion for music. His parents noticed his inclination for music and hence gave him the best training in music.
Beginning with his first guru Master Manhar Barve to Ustaad Allauddin Khan to 'Sarangi King' Bundu Khan, young Roshan hired the best of music knowledge. In fact he is perhaps one of the few music directors who studied music at the Morris College of Music, Lucknow. Later his association with AIR (All India Radio) for almost a decade sharpened his skills as a music director par excellence.
Armed with immense knowledge of music when Roshan landed in Mumbai trying his luck in Bollywood he had to face stiff competitions. After many rejections he was spotted by filmmaker Kidar Sharma, who gave him a break in his movie NEKI AUR BADI (1949). But unfortunately his debut movie was a failure and he went into depression and was on verge of committing suicide. But Kidar Sharma, gave him confidence and yet again offered his next movie BAAWRE NAIN, staring Raj Kapoor and Geeta Bali.
BAAWRE NAIN was a huge it and it established Roshan as a music director to reckon.
NOTE: In the next issue read about Roshan’s rise and decline.