MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA DECEMBER 13 , 2012 11.59 P.M.
Pandit Ravi Shankar , a Sitar maestro par excellence , an unofficial ambassador of Indian classical music , the first India Rock Star in true sense of the term , died yesterday on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , U. S. A.
Apart from classical music , he had given music for some feature films also .
Hindi Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director
1 – Neecha Nagar [ 1946 ]
2 – Dharti Ke Lal [ 1946 ]
This Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed film was his debut film and the second film of Pandit Ravi Shankar . It starred Balraj Sahni , Tripti Mitra , K. N. Singh , Zohra Sehgal , David and Sombhu Mitra . It was written by Kishan Chander .
3 – Anuradha [ 1960 ]
This film was produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . This film had lyrics by Shailendra and several gems sung by Lata Mangeshkar . It starred Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu .
4 – Godan [ 1963 ]
This Trilok Jetley directed film was based on Munshi Premchand’s immortal novel of the same name . It had some immortal melodies . It starred Raj Kumar , Kamini Kaushal , Mehmood and Shashikala .
5 – Meera [ 1979 ]
This Gulzar directed film had several Meera Bhajans tuned by Pandit ji . It starred Hema Malini and Vinod Khanna .
Bengali Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director
1 – Pather Panchali [ 1955 ]
This Satyajit Ray directed film was his debut film . It is the first part of Apu Trilogy .
2 – Aparajito [ 1956 ]
This Satyajit Ray directed film was the second part of Apu Trilogy .
3 – Kabuliwala [ 1957 ]
This is the Bengali film based on Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story .
4 – Paras Pather [ 1958 ]
A social satire directed by Satyajit Ray .
5 – Apur Sansar [ 1959 ]
Third and final part of Apu Trilogy .
6 – Genesis [ 1986 ]
This Mrinal Sen directed film starred Shabana Azmi , Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri was the last film of Pandit Ravi Shankar as music director .
English Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director
1 – Gandhi [ 1982 ]
This Richard Attenborough film had Ben Kingsley in the title role as Gandhi .
I made this list for the connoisseurs of film music and for the benefit of the acting students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .
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