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Shuklas : Musical Maestro : Usha Khanna only established female music director in Indian film industry

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 03:00 PM

Usha Khanna - उषा खन्ना


Usha Khanna, who was born in the city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh in India in 1942, was, and still is the only established female music director in Indian film industry. She was active for more than 3 decades, being highly successful in a male-dominant environment. She is still active making some music for some movies and television-serials, more than 40 years after her debut as music director in Dil Deke Dekho (1959).

Usha Khanna was born in a musical family, as her father, Manohar Khanna, was a lyricist and singer, but she had no formal education in music. Even though she did often take inspiration from Arabic music, which she liked. Usha claims that she has never lifted of any song directly, but that she has composed something along the lines.

O. P. Nayyar introduced Usha Khanna to meet S Mukerji, a powerful man in the Indian film industry at that time. She sang a song for Mukerji, and when he realised that she had composed the song on her own, he told her to compose two songs per day for one year. After a few months, Mukerji signed her as the composer for his movie Dil Deke Dekho as a music composer. After she started composing music for hindi movies, she had big problems establishing herself as a music director despite producing many hit songs.

Khanna often used the combination of Asha Bhosle, who referred to Usha Khanna as her daughter, and Mohammed Rafi. This trio produced many hit songs. Saawan Kumar was often the lyricist for Usha Khanna, and wrote most of his lyrics for songs composed by her. He directed and produced the lyrics for eleven movies she scored the music for.

The effort she had put in to establish her in the industry, made her know how difficult it was to break through, and made her often give the chance to new singers. She gave the chance to at that time more or less unknown singers such as Anupama Deshpande, Pankaj Udhas, Hemlata, Mohammed Aziz, Roopkumar Rathod, Shabbir Kumar and last but not least Sonu Nigam, who today are all now well known singers. Usha Khanna herself also sing a few song as a playback singer.

Many of Usha Khanna's songs are still very popular. An example is when the super hit music composer of today A R Rahman used Usha Khanna's Har Nazar Ke Sau Afsane from the movie Shabnam (1964) as inspiration for the song Latka Dikha Diya in the movie Hindustani (1996).

She was quite active as a composer until the mid-ninetees. Until now the last movie she has given music to was in 2003. The movie was Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya, produced and directed by her ex-husband Sawan Kumar who she was briefly married to. (Source :WKPD)

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:24 PM

Aaja Baahon Mein-Alibaba And 40 Thieves-Mukesh Suman Kalyanpur- Usha Khanna-Dhawan & Javed Anwar



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:30 AM

Megha Re Bole Ghanan Ghanan - Shammi Kapoor - Asha Parekh - Dil Deke Dekho - Bollywood Classic
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:03 PM


100 Years Of Bollywood : Usha Khanna: Early Female Music Director

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:42 AM

Composer Usha Khanna In An Exclusive Interview
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:43 AM

Film : Flat No. 9 - 1961 - MD : Usha Khanna

Lata Mangeshkar - flat no 9 Usha Khanna 61 - dheere chalo more saiyan

Lata Mangeshkar - flat no 9 Usha Khanna 61 - Dil ki lagan saiyan jaane na

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:38 AM

Film : Behroopiya 1971 MD : Usha Khanna
Been baja o saperay - Asha Bhosale

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 02:46 AM

Film : Aag 1967 MD : Usha_Khanna

Asha Bhosle - Aag_67_Usha_Khanna - Ghunghat na kholoongi loongi rupaiya

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:39 PM

Film - Alibaba & 40 thieves 1966 MD - Usha Khanna

Asha Bhosale - Sharmake Lajake
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Posted 01 November 2014 - 02:39 PM

Film - Alibaba & 40 thieves 1966 MD - Usha Khanna

Asha Bhosale - Sharmake Lajake

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 12:22 PM

Film - Nishaan 1965 MD : Usha Khanna

Asha Bhosle & Mukesh - Kuch Bolo Ji Bolo

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 04:27 AM

Film : Awara Badal 1964 MD : Usha Khanna

Asha Bhosle - Chhankay mori payal aur khankay

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 04:12 AM

Kishor Kumar FILM : Nishaan 1965 MD : Usha Khanna - Lehron Ki Tarah Yaadein

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 12:20 AM

Suman Kalyanpur-Usha Mangeshker-Khoj- Jiske Pyar ke aage-Music-Usha Khanna (Sursangat.Com).mp3
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Posted 31 July 2015 - 01:48 PM

Film : Main Wohi Hun 1966 MD : Usha Khanna -Singer : Mohd Rafi - Aankhon Pe Palkon Ke Ghooghat

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 07:47 PM

Bhupinder Singh-Film-Kunvari Bahu 1984-Rishte Jo Zindagi Me Milte Hai Pyar Banke-Music-Usha Khanna (Sursangat.com).mp3
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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:19 AM

Film : Aavo Pyar Karen 1964 MD : Usha Khanna

Lata Mangeshkar - Ek Sunehri Sham Thi

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:22 PM

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 11:21 AM

Suman Kalyanpur - Film : Lal Bangla 1966 MD : Usha Khanna - Sunai de na de tumko tumhe
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Posted 10 October 2016 - 01:32 AM


Lata Mangeshker-Film-Flat No.9-Ankho se maine pee lee hai-Music-Usha Khanna (Sursangat.com).mp3

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