who is the First female music director of hindi cinema ?

16 Sep

Neither Jaddan Bai nor Saraswati Devi were the first female composers of Bollywood…  It was Ishrat Sultana aka Bibbo. It was Ishrat Sultana who composed the music for Adl-e-Jehangir (1934). She is often forgotten because no gramophone records were released for that film. Pehla Pyar (1947). Pehla Pyar was her last film in India before she migrated to Pakistan and resumed her career there.
Date of Birth :1906 (?)

Name Categories Date of – (DoD) Causes Places
Ishrat Sultana (Bibbo) Actress 1 January 1972 Tuberculosis Karachi

according to this page 

Ishrat Sultana was a film actress.

 first female MD of hindi cinema : ishrat sultana (aka bibbo, “manmohan” fame actress) :
adal e jahangir (’34) /
qazzak ki ladki (’37) 

second Female music dir :: jaddan bai :

talash e haq (’35) /
hridaya manthan (’36) /
madam fashion (’36) / 
jeewan swapna (’37) /
moti ka haar (’37) 


saraswati devi :
jawani ki hawa (’35) n some more initial movies of bombay talkies + a few of minerva…

ref : dhuno ki yatra / hindi film geet kosh / indian film & video guide / hindi cinema ka sunehra safar & few more.

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