ROSHAN LAL NAGRATH
(Popular As: Roshan)
(Birth: 14th July 1917 Death: 16th November 1967)
(1st Film: Neki Aur Badi)
(Last Film: Kora Aanchal)
(Work Span: 1950 - 1967)
He came to Mumbai to pursue his career as a music director, in 1948. Struggle followed before he met Kidar Sharma.
In those days Kidar Sharma was making Neki Aur Badi and whose music was being looked up by music director Snehal Bhatkar. But, Kidar was so impressed by Roshan that he took him for his film after discussing the matter with Snehal Bhatkar.
Roshan composed the music for Neki Aur Badi (1949), unfortunately the film was a flop. Inspite of the result Kidar offered Roshan his next venture Baawre Nain (1950).
Roshan started freshly with the new assignment, this time he broke through with hits like 'Khayalon Mein Kisike..', 'Sun Bairi Balam..' and others.
His biggest strength was that he was very comfortable in mixing the folk music with the complex classical tunes.
He used to make a fusion of folk and classical music and that too with ease. This was the speciality which belonged to Roshan only.
It was his approach which made his music stand out from the others.
In the 60’s, Roshan gave hits like, Barsaat Ki Raat, which featured hits like 'Na To Karavan Ki Talaash Hai..' and 'Yeh Hai Ishq Ishq..',
Aarti ('Ab Kya Misaal Doon..'),
Devar ('Baharon Ne Mera Chaman Lootkar..'),
Bheegi Raat ('Kahin To Milegi..', 'Dil Jo Na Kehsaka..'),
Chitralekha ('Sansaar Se Bhaagte Phirte Ho..', 'Man Re Tu Kahe Na..'),
Taj Mahal ('Jo Wada Kiya Who Nibhana Padega.', 'Paon Choo Lene Do..'),
Bahu Begum ('Hum Intezaar Karenge..' and 'Pad Gaye Jhoole..'),
Dooj Ka Chand ('Mehfil Se Uth Jaanewalon..'),
Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal ('Carvan Guzar Gaya..' and 'Dekhti Hi Raho Aaj Tum..' ),
Dil Hi To Hai ('Nigahen Milane Ko Ji Chahata Hai..' and 'Laaga Chunri Me Daag..' )
And finally his swan song from Anokhi Raat ('Oh Re Taal Mile..' and 'Mere Beri Ke Ber..').