Naushad Ali was born on December 25, 1919 in United Provinces of Agra and Oudh United India. Naushad was raised in Lucknow, a city with a long tradition as a center of refined North Indian culture. He studied classic Hindustani music there, under such teachers as Ustad Ghurbat Ali, Ustad Yusuf Ali, and Ustad Babban Saheb.
Naushad spent several nights on the footpath after moving to Mumbai in the late 1930s to try his luck as a musician. The composer, who hailed from Lucknow, had cried when his film Baiju Bawra was premiered at Mumbai’s Broadway theatre. When the late producer Vijay Bhat asked him why he was crying, Naushad told him he was sleeping on the footpath opposite the theatre when he had dreamt of seeing his music brought to life here.
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