Classical Artists in Hindi Film Music

24 Oct

We all know that the classical instrumentalists Shiv-Hari composed music for few films like Silsila, Faasle, Chandani, Lamhe, Darr and few more. Over the years, many of our classical artists (vocalists/instrumentalists) had some association with Hindi Film music where they either sung, composed music or played instruments only occassionally for few films but retained their speciality as classical singers or instrumentalists. I want to devote this thread to identify and discuss the associations of these classical artists with Hindi film music. So I begin with my list —

Sang for the films

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan– Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Moghal-e-Azam (1960) Song: Shub Din Aayo MD: Naushad 
Sang for: Moghal-e-Azam (1960) Song: Prem Jogan Banake  MD: Naushad

Pandit DV Paluskar — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Baiju Bawra (1953) Song: Aaj Gawat Man Mora, MD: Naushad

Ustad Amir Khan — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Baiju Bawra (1953) Song: Ghanan Ghan Ghan, MD: Naushad
Sang for Shabab (1954) Song: Daya karo giridhar gopal, MD: Naushad 
Sang for Jahan Jhanak Payal Baje (1954) Song: Title Song, MD: Vasant Desai

Nirmala Devi — Classical Vocalist,
Sang about 25 songs for movies like Kanoon (Naushad), Sharada (Naushad), Jeevan (Naushad), Geet (Naushad), Piya Milan (Firoz Nizami), Sehara (SS Mohinder), Shama Parwana(Husnlal Bhagatram) in 40s and 50s

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi– Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Basant Bahar (1956), Songs: Ketaki Gulab Juhi Champak Ban Phule(with Manna Dey) and Pag Laagan De Maharaj Ke, MD: Shankar Jaikishan
Sang for Sant Tulsidas (1972), Songs: Ram prabhu adhar and 4 other, MD: Ram Kadam

Sang 2 songs for Ankahee (1985), Song: Raghubir tum to meri laaj and thumak thumak pag dumak, MD: Jaidev

Kishori Amonkar — Classical Vocalist
Sang for Prithviraj Sanyogita(1946), Song: jiyara jalaaye ab jaat hai sun mori guiyaan, MD: Rafique Ghaznavi
Sang title song for Geet Gaya Patharonne (1964), MD: Ramlal
Sang for Gopichand Jasoos(1982), Song: oye balle balle main lambardar ki (with Lata), MD: Usha Khanna

Composed Music and Sang a song for: Drishti (1991)

Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Umraao Jaan, Song: Pratham dhar dhyaan, MD: Khayyam

Aarti Anklikar — Classical Vocalist
Sang 5 songs for: Sardari Begum (1997), MD: Vanraj Bhatia

Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Lekin (1991), Song: Jhoote Naina Bole (with Asha Bhosle), MD: Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Sanjeev Abhyankar — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Maachis (1996), Song: Tum Gaye Sab Gaya (with Lata and Hariharan), MD: Vishal Bhardwaj
Sang for: Maqbool (2004) Song: Rukhe Naina, MD: Vishal Bhardwaj
Sang for: Banaras (2006) Song: Yeh Hain Shaan Banaras Ki, MD: Himesh Reshmmiya

Ustad Sultan Khan — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Hum Dil De Chuke Hai Sanam (1999), MD: Ismail Dardar
Sang for: Maqbool(2004) Songs: Dheemo Re, Jhin Min Jhini, MD: Vishal Bhardwaj
Sang for: Paanch (2002) Song: Akhiyan Chipki, MD: Vishal Bhardwaj

Laxmi Shankar — Classical Vocalist
Sang for: Bawarchi (1972) Song: Kahe Kanha Karat Barjori, MD: Madan Mohan

Shoba Gurtu — Classical Vocalist, Thumari Singer
Sang for: Main Tusli Tere Angan Ki (1978) Song: Saiya Ruth Gaye, MD: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Begum Parveen Sultana — Classical Vocalist
Sang for Pakeeza (1972), Song: Kaun Gali Gayo Shyam, MD: Naushad
Sang for Razia Sultan (1983) Song: Shub Ghadi Ayee, MD: Khayyam 
Sang for: Kudrat (1981), Song: Hume Tumse Pyar Kitana, MD: RD Burman
Sang for Do Bhoond Paani (1972) Song: peetal ki meri gaagari, MD: Jaidev
Sang for Parwana (1971) Song: Piya ki gali laage bhali (with Asha), MD: Madan Mohan
Sang for Khoj (1971) Song: raam kare more saiuaan ho aise (with Suman), MD: Usha Khanna

Sang for Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001) Song: Aan Milo Sajna (with Pt. Ajay Chakravorty), MD: Uttam Singh



Pandit Ajay Chakravorty — Classical Vocalist

Sang for Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001) Song: Aan Milo Sajna (with Parveen Sultana), MD: Uttam Singh



Pandit Krishanrao Chonkar — Classical Vocalist

Sang for Rani Rupamati (1957), Song: Bat chalat nai chunri rang dali (with Manna Dey), MD: SN Tripathi

Pandit Firoze Dastur — Classical Vocalist
Sang for Bhumika (1977), Song: ‘ghat ghat mein ram ramaiyya, MD: Vanraj Bhatia

Shubha Mudgal — Classical Vocalist
Sang for Bhaagi (2000), Song: Piya Tu Kahan Hain, MD: Sajid Wajid
Song for Aks (2001), Song: Raat Aati Hai, MD: Anu Malik
Sang for Lajja (2001), Song: Kaliyug Ki Sita, MD: Anu Malik
Sang for Yeh Mohabbat Hai (2002), Song: Piya Mila De, MD: Anand Raj Anda
Sang for Satta (2003), Song: Jeevan Path, MD: Raju Singh
Sang for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Songs: Bavra Man, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, MD: Shantanu Moitra
Sang for Nazar (2005), Song: Ali Ali,  MD: Roopkumar Rathod 

Composed Music for Films

Shiv-Hari — Santoor/Flute Maestos
Composed music for: Silsila (1981), Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), Chandani (1988), Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Parampara (1993), Shahiban (1993)

Pandit Pannalal Ghosh — Flute Maestro
Composed Music for Anjan(1941), Basant(1942), Bhalaai(1943), Sawaal(1943), Police(1944), Beeswi Sadi(1945), Aandolan(1951)

Pandit Ravi Shankar — Sitar Maestro
Composed music for: Dharati ke Lal (1946), Neecha Nagar (1946), Anuradha (1960), Godan (1963), Meera (1979)

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan — Sarod Maesto
Composed Music for Aandhiyan(1952) and Hamsafar (1953)

Ustad Alla Rakha — Tabla Maestro
Composed music for 40 odd films in 40s and 50s under the name Alla Rakha and AR Qureshi

Ustad Zakir Hussain: Tabla Maestro
Composed Music for: Saaz (1998), Mr. Ya Mrs. Iyer (2003)

Kishori Amonkar — Classical Vocalist
Composed Music for: Drishti (1991)

Played Instrument

Ustad Bhismilla Khan – Shahnai Maestro
Played Shahnai in many songs and in most part of the film – Goonj Uthi Shehnai, MD: Vasant Desai

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan — Sarod Maestro
Played Sarod for a song in Chitraleka — Man re tu kahe na dhir dhare, MD: Roshan

Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan – Sitar Maestro
Played Sitar for the song in Kohinoor — Madhuban mein Radhika Nache Re, MD: Naushad

Ustad Alla Rakha — Tabla Maestro
Played Tabla for the song in Meri Surat Teri Ankhe — Nache Man Mora Magan Tik Tha Dhigi Dhigi, MD: Dada Burman

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma — Santoor Maestro
Played Tabla for the song in Guide — piya tose naina laage re, MD: Dada Burman (he used to play tabla before)

Please correct me if I am wrong in the above list.

I am sure there are many other classical artists with Bollywood association. Please add to the list.


Note: Update since the original post are in blue. Thanks to the contribution of Barnali di, punjini, GaGGo, Corvallisi, juggyE and others


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5 responses to “Classical Artists in Hindi Film Music

  1. Dr.R.C.Mishra

    November 28, 2012 at 3:20 am

    The list has to cover the works of some artists as Ustad Vilayat Khan did music direction in film ‘Kadambari’ in perhaps1973.Also Ustad Ameer Khan sang a raga Lalit composition “Jogia more ghar aaye..”in film Raagini(1958).Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan also sang a Bhairavi Thumri” Sajna Kaahe Naahi Aaye..”in film ‘Badnam Basti’in 1970s.There are some moreinformations such as Pt.Samta Prasad played the tabla in song ‘Naache Man Mora..’ in film ‘MERI SURAT TERI AANKHEN’ and not Ustad Alla Rakhkha.He gave music in many Hindi films such as Bewafa etc. which is missing in the list.There is more to say ..

  2. kanti Mohan Sharma

    January 4, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Laxhmi shankar also sang a solo in Aandhiyan and a duet with Nirmala devi in the same film.


    December 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Tabla for the song in Meri Surat Teri Ankhe — ‘Nache Man Mora Magan Tik Tha Dhigi Dhigi’ was played by Pandit Samta Prasad Mishra and not by Ustad Allah Rakha Khan.

    The beauty of the song is specially used ‘Dhaivat’ on Tabla in Kaharawa Taal (8 beats) by Pt. Samta Prasad.

    Music director S.D.Burman kept on waiting for Samta Prasad’s arrival from Banaras and postponed the recording of this song. He was very particular about the special beats on tabla to be played in this song, which only Samta Prasad could do for him.

  4. Uttam Padukone

    April 25, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Pandit Satya Dev Batish sang the triplet song – Man mohan man mein ho tumhi from kaise Kahoon along with Rafi and Suman Kalyapur.

  5. Keshav Sharma

    June 11, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Ustaad Rais Khan played in many songs with Madan Mohan in 60s, and probably Ustad Vilayat Khan sahab before him in 50s


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