9 JUN 1912-22 DEC 1975 VASANT DESAI

Vasant Desai

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Vasant Desai
Born June 9, 1912
Sonwad village, Savantwadi,Maharashtra
Died December 22, 1975 (aged 63)
Occupation film score composer
Website http://www.vasantdesai.com orhttp://www.soundsofsonawade.com

Vasant Desai (1912–1975) was an Indian film music composer, most remembered for his score in V. Shantaram films like Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1953), Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955), Vijay Bhatt‘s Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), Sampoorna Ramayan (1961), Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s Guddi (1971) and Aashirwaad.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1912 into a wealthy family in Sonwad village, Savantwadi state, ruled by the Bhonsale clan, and grew up in Kudal area, also in Konkan belt, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra in western India.[2]


He was with the famous Prabhat Film Company since it started making talkies. He acted, sang, and sometimes composed songs in Prabhat’s films like Dharmatma and Sant Dnyaneshwar. After learning the craft of music composition, he stuck solely to it since the 1940s.

He scored music for a majority of V. Shantaram‘s films when the latter broke away from Prabhat to form his own film studio. Their relations soured in late 1950s after which Vasantrao Desai never worked for his former mentor again.

He memorable songs are, Hindi Filmi Devotional song, Ae Malik Tere Bande Ham Do Aankhen Barah Haath, 1957. and launched play back singer, Vani Jairam with the song, Bole re papihara in Guddi (1971).[3]

Maithreem Bhajata is a benediction composed in Sanskrit by sant Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati of the Kanchi Mutt.

The song was set to a Ragamalika by composer Shri Vasant Desai. It was rendered at the United Nations on Oct. 23, 1966 on the occasion of the UN day, by Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi.

In Marathi, some of his memorable songs are Sanga Mukund kuni ha pahila, Uthi Uthi Gopala from Amar Bhoopali, Ramya hi swargahuni Lanka from Swayamwar zale Seeteche, Deh devache mandir from Preetisangam, Manuskichya shatrusange yuddha amuche suru from Chota jawan.[4]

Last recording[edit]

Vasant Desai went back home on 22 December 1975 after a full day recording of a special musical programme at HMV Studios attended by high profile musicians as it was in praise of Indira Gandhi. He stepped into the elevator of his apartment building and due to some technical hitch, the lift began to move, crushing him to death.[5]

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Vasant Desai was an Indian film music composer, most remembered for his score in V. Shantaram films like Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, Vijay Bhatt’s Goonj Uthi Shehnai, Sampoorna …Wikipedia
Born: June 9, 1912, Sawantwadi taluka
Died: December 22, 1975, Mumbai
Hum Ko Man Ki Shakti Dena
Bol Re Papihara
Dil Hum to Hare – [Film Ardhangini]
Nritya Gat
Ghan Shyam Sundra
Soor Majha Mala Gavla
Shiv Taandav
Birahini Nritya
Prabhu Bhaktan Hitkari
Jeevan Mein Piya Tera Saath Rahe
Meethe Meethe Pakvaan Bane Re
Jai Jai Rajadiraj
Kisi Kanya Ko
Aa Niklo Guiya Meri Gali Se
Bhool Ja Bhool Ja
Sakhi Ri Shyam
Hari Bin Kaise Jivoon Re
Kaaraj Ki Jyot Sada Hi Jale
Banwa Ki Chhavi Sakhi
Humse Kar Le Preet Ri Jogan
Sun Mere Bandhu Re
Aaj Bhaag Jaag Gaye Logo Hamare
Vasant Desai and Bharat Vyas composed the music for Sampoorna Ramayana, Do Ankhen Barah Haath, and other movies.
Bharat Vyas
Vasant Desai composed the music for and V. Shantaram directed Do Ankhen Barah Haath, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, and other movies.
V. Shantaram
Geeta Dutt
Geeta Dutt
Vasant Desai and Hasrat Jaipuri composed the music for Toofan Aur Deeya.
Hasrat Jaipuri
Vasant Desai composed the music for and S. N. Tripathi appears in Jai Radhe Krishna and other movies.
S. N. Tripathi
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