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The Bollywood Musicians of Decades

As the inception of the Bollywood in early 40’s there was a trend of a silent movie, which later was enhanced and since then music has played an integral part in Bollywood movies, the maestros which created the melodies were termed as evergreen because of their impeccable efforts to compose the best of the songs. The perfectionist like Mr.K.L.Saigal to Naushad Ali those songs are still creating the sense of magic in the ears of listeners. Those were the days when there were the count 10-15 songs in one movie. Let’s look at the 5 decades of Bollywood Music industry which brought in the new talents for Bollywood musical industry.



The early 50’s got the talented musicians and singers which put their heart and soul to compose one super melodious rhythm for the situations in the film. There was a time when Naushad Ali, SD Burman, O.P.Nayyar, Salil Chaudhary and Hemant Kumar were an established Music Directors and also have bagged music awards for their extraordinary composed music.  But then came in the time when twist and retro culture started up. The Music was made in a new fashion and 60’s were witnessed with romantic melodious songs in Bollywood. Mohd Rafi an evergreen singer was dominating the top music charts. 60’s Brought in the talented duo like Shankar-Jaikishan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Shankar-Jaikishan won 5 Filmfare awards in this decade. The melodies from the movies like Sangam, Dil Apna Prit Paraye, Bramhachari, Junglee, Suraj, Mere Huzoor, Rajkumar, and list goes on. Their stronghold on the Music industry was because of their different tunes and the flavors of enchanting rhythms have made their all compositions evergreen. Then there was a birth of a legend which brought a new definition of music to Bollywood under the mentorship of his father S.D.Burman. Teesri Manzil introduced a new talent in Music Industry the evergreen R.D.Burman and one more brilliant partnership of Gujarati Brothers Kalyanji-Anandji. 


70’s brought in the different fashion with a polka dot shirts and bellbottom pants, the rhythm of guitars were heard across the streets of Bombay and made Goa a heaven for the hippies. The homies whose life motive was to enjoy. Post-independence of Goa there was a not single place were Hippies were not present. Coming to back to Bollywood 70’s though was still a bit domination in music by Shankar-Jaikishan bagging 3 Filmfare awards. There was a stiff competition from the musical duos like Laxmikant-Pyarelal who also won 3 Filmfare awards. Despite creating lovely songs for movies like Yaadon Ki Baarat, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Golmaal, Sholay the epic R.D.Burman was nominated but unfortunately couldn’t receive his token of splendid work. 70’s also witnessed emerging talents in music like Rajesh Roshan who received the huge amount of accolades for his mesmerizing music in the movie “Julie”. 70’s in Bollywood was known for Music and the music for the superstar “ Rajesh Khanna.

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80’s began with the encouraging rhythms forcing to tap your feet on the ground and swing on the floor. Musical Stalwarts like Micheal Jackson, Diana Ross, Roxette, Wham, Prince, Madonna brought the new form of music term as Disco. Bollywood has always been inspired by west culture and music. This inspiration brought in the Disco version of compositions in Bollywood. Laxmikant-Pyarelal sustaining their presence with more melodious numbers won 2 Filmfare awards and finally R.D.Burman too collecting his 2 lovely Filmfare lady for Masoom and Sanam Teri Kasam. But one musician who charmed the 80’s with his Disco tunes Bappida “Bappi Lahiri” won his first Filmfare for a movie “Sharaabi”. Bappi Da the gold man of Musical industry gave the audience and music industries huge amount of revenue with his super time numbers from Movies like Saaheb, Dance Dance, Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki and many more. The end of 80’s, then brought in the era of Love and only love and another young musical duo Anand-Milind won the first award for the super hit movie “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”. The evergreen movie with its evergreen music and a heartthrob of ladies Aamir Khan.

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Bollywood movie trends were changing as 80’s sawed more of an action movies 90’s brought in the fragrance of romance. This decade was the decade of Romance, Tragedy, Drama, and Music in Bollywood. 1990’s Mahesh Bhatt “Aashiqui” introduced to Bollywood romantic music creators “Nadeem-Shravan”. The first movie and the first Filmfare for this musical duo placed them in a never look back situation. The duo was embraced with a huge success and awards. Aashiqui, Saajan, Deewana, Raja Hindustani and many more. The bonding of this duo became very strong with a  musical business king of Bollywood “Gulshan Kumar”. But on the next side a talent from South India walked into the Bollywood and today he is termed as a Legend “ A.R.Rahman” a daddy for today’s generation of musicians who have made India Proud across the world. A legend said about A.R.Rahman he is a creator more than a composer. On the other side, Anand-Milind continued to be a tough competition for everyone and new Talents like Jatin-Lalit changed the perception of the music in the mind of an audience with their different soothing tunes. Anu Malik was a show stealer winning his momentum for Baazigar in 1993 and giving hits, which were consistent in topping the music charts in 90’s. Mein Khiladi Tu Anari, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad aayi , Naaraz and many more.

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The beginning of 2000 saw a substantial amount of changes in the musical industry, with A.R.Rahman already sustaining its No.1 position on the musical charts winning 6 Filmfare black lady. This was the record after Shankar-Jaikishan winning 9 Filmfare awards, A.R.Rahman is still leading with the record of winning 10 Black ladies. The millennium year introduced for the first time the group of 3 musicians Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The triple team composed some good numbers for Dil Chahta Hain, Kal Ho Na Ho, Bunty Aur Babli. With the mobile phones coming up in India the FM Radio channel was the most followed channel on Mobiles. The decade of 2k gave this industry composers like Vishal-Shekhar, Himesh Reshammiya and of course the DHOOM man Pritam. The tune became popular as ringtones for Mobiles. Pritam dominated the musical charts giving tough stand to its peers winning 2 Filmfare awards post-2010.

 Source: Bollywoodfox


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