Ravindra Jain, Prolific Bollywood Composer, Dies

Bollywood composer Ravindra Jain, who created the music for such 1970s hits as “Chitchor,” died Oct. 9 in a Mumbai hospital. He was 71.

Jain composed such catchy tunes as “Jab deep jale aana” and “Gori tera gaon bada pyara” for the Amol Palekar-Zarina Wahab starrer, helping its box office. It also introduced singer Jesudas to Bollywood films and led to a successful partnership.

Born of a classical music family in Uttar Pradesh, Jain was encouraged to sing religious songs.  He started out as a songwriter working with Kishore Kumar in 1974’s “Chor machaye shor.”

Despite being blind he had a flourishing career, composing music for more than 150 films in Hindi as well as regional languages. But he also composed songs for popular TV serials including Ramanand Sagar’s “Ramayan” and “Jai Hanuman.”

Jain was to have performed in a concert in Nagpur, but it was canceled when he fell ill earlier this week. He was taken to a hospital in Nagpur and then moved to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra.

He is survived by a wife and son.

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