Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Ramchandra Narhar Chutalkar popularly knows as C. Ramchandra was a Bollywood composer. He was born in Putnatambe, Maharashtra in the year 1918. He was a student of Vinayakbua Patwardhan at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya music school. He became a harmonium accompanist for Minerva composers Bindu Khan and Habib Khan. He often got opportunities to sing and act in Marathi films under R.N.Chitalkar.
He joined films with Y.V.Rao's flop, Naganand followed by chuck roles in Minerva Movietone (Saeed-e-Havas, Atma Tarang). His debut film as a music director was in Tamil films with Jayakkodi and Vanamohini. He broke through as composer in Master Bhagwan's Sukhi Jeevan, establishing a long-term association that culminated with the musical megahit Albela (1951).
Influenced by Benny Goodman, he used some interesting sounds to film soundtracks, for e.g., a combination of the harmonica, guitar and the alto sax in Aana meri Jaan Sunday ke Sunday (Shehnai)(1947), the bongo, oboe, trumpet, clarinet and sax in Shola Jo Bhadke (Albela) and scat singing in the unforgettable Eena Meena Dika (Aasha)(1957). Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo featured him singing the title song with Lata Mangeshkar. He introduced scat singing for Ina Mina Dika in Aasha.
He worked on Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Bhojpuri films. He turned producer with New Sai Prod. in 1953 and produced Jhanjhar, Lehren, Duniya Gol Hai under his banner. In the late 60s, he composed for successful Marathi films: Dhananjay, Gharkul. One of his epic compositions is the famous patriotic song Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo. The song immortalized by Lata Mangeshkar was written by poet Pradeep and is also one of the all time favourites of millions of Indians. C. Ramchandra's talents knew no bounds when he paired up with Lata and composed the awesome lori -- Dheere se aaja re ankhiyano mein (Albela). C. Ramchandra composed two brilliant Thumaris for Lata - Katate hai dukh mein ye din (Parchhaai) (1952) and Tum kya jaano, tumhari yaad mein (Shin Shinaki Bubala Boo). C.Ramchandra had once experimented his music with using the voice of Suraiya for Film Duniya, comparing her voice with Lata. C.Ramchandra declared that his music is well off being only for Lata.
He expired on 5th January 1982.
His autobiography was published in the year 1977.