Shuklas : Musical Maestros- Shankar Jaikishan शंकर जयकिशन
Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:42 PM
Shankar Jaikishan (also credited as Shankar - Jaikishan, Shanker Jaikishan or Shankar - Jaikishen) was a duo of prolific music composers who worked in the Indian film industry. The team composed music for over 150 Bollywood movies. They were the highest paid music directors of all time.
The team of Shankar Jaikishan consisted of Shankarsinh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal. Shankar (October 15, 1922 - 1987) was born in Punjab and trained under the famous Husnlal Bhagatram. He later settled down in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Jaikishan (1929 - 1971) hails from Panchal, Gujarat, India. Before the duo met, Jaikishan worked as a carpenter.
Their career started as music directors for Raj Kapoor's 1949 film Barsaat. Songs like "Jiya beqaraar hai" and "Barsaat mein humse mile tum" became a rage. Barsaat was also the starting point of the pairís long and successful association with the R.K. Banner. Hit music in films like Aah, Aag, and Awaara followed in the early 1950s. The song "Ghar aaya mera pardesi" went on to become a benchmark for composing and picturising a dream-sequence song. Their music for most R.K. films was considered a success, but two films stand out, Shree 420 and Sangam. The songs "Pyaar hua ikraar hua" and "Ramaiyyaa vasta vaiyya" from Shree 420 and "Dost dost na raha" and "Har dil jo pyaar karega" from Sangam were popular favorites.
Although many of Shankar Jaikishan's hit songs were composed for R.K. movies, their work was by no means limited to that studio. Notable examples of their scores for non-R.K. films include New Delhi in 1956, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai in 1960, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai in 1961, and Professor in 1962.
From Barsaat on, Shankar and Jaikishan have composed over 150 films together. They were honored with the maximum number (nine) of Filmfare awards in the Indian film industry. In 1968, Shankar Jaikishan released an album, "Raga Jazz Style : Shankar Jaikishan with Rais Khan." Shankar Jaikishan made a great impact on film music from the start. Their tunes range from pure classical Indian themes to more westernised tunes. In the West, they are best known for the song "Jaan Pechan Ho", which originally appeared in the 1965 film "Gumnaam". The musical number was replayed in the American film Ghost World (film) and helped to catapult the popularity of Indian film music in America. They had a distinct style, which was adaptable to different stars and films.
1956 - Chori Chori
1959 - Anari
1960 - Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
1962 - Professor
1966 - Suraj
1968 - Brahmachari
1970 - Pehchaan
1971 - Mera Naam Joker
Posted 06 August 2006 - 12:43 PM
Sapno ki suhani duniya ko
Posted 01 April 2007 - 01:21 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:35 AM
A rarest recording of a radio programme presented by the renowned radio announcer and one time Head of the Hindi Department of Radio Cylone (now SBCL) to pay tribute to late Shankerji. He has been kind enough to provide us with this recording for SJ fans. Shri Devendra Shastry, one of the die hard SJ fans has digitized this recording for all of us, who met with Shri Gopal Sharmaji at his residence and got it recorded on his tape recorder. I am grateful to Shri Gopal Sharmaji and my friend Shri D V Shastry, Mumbai