B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anil Biswas was born on July 7, 1914 in Barisal, East Bengal. In childhood, he displayed a keen interest in Tabla and Singing. After finishing his college, He moved to kolkata where he was appointed as the music composer for Indian theatre association. In 1934, He went to Bombay to try his luck in Hindi films.
Anil Biswas’s first stint in Hindi films was when he was associated in the music composition for films like Baal Hatya (1935) and Bharat Ki Beti (1935). His first film as an individual composer was Dharam Ki Devi (1935). In 1936, Anil Biswas joined Sagar Movietone where he assisted composer Ashok Ghosh in films like Manmohan (1936) and Deccan Queen (1936). His first successful music composition was for Jagirdar (1937). His next film was Hum Tum Aur Woh (1938). Anil Biswas’s other few popular compositions were for films like Ali Baba (1940), Aurat (1940) and Kismet (1943). He was unuraguably the most popular film composer in those days.
Anil Biswas even sang on several occasions like “Saanjh nahi banjare…” from Aasra (1941), “Kiye Ja Sabka Bhala…” from Behen (1941), “Gori kaahe khadi angna…” from Apna Paraya (1942).
In 1948, His music for Anokha Pyar became very popular, rendered by Mukesh and Meena Kapoor. With the coming of 50s, Anil Biswas’s career saw a major downfall. The trend of music in Hindi films had changed to rock n roll, and Anil da quite didn’t fit into the scenario. As a result, Anil Da had to cut off his assignments. In 1961, Anil Biswas permanent moved to Delhi. However, He did compose for a few films like Soutela Bhai (1962) and Choti Choti Baatein (1965). Years later, he composed for the TV serial Hum Log. On May 31, 2003 Anil Biswas passed away. He was married to actress Ashalata.