Rai Chand Boral, popularly known as RC Boral. RC Boral was born in 1903 at Calcutta, his father; Lal Chand Boral was a classical musician (expert of Dhrupad). He had three sons, and Rai Chand was the youngest. Music was in his blood but still never would let go an opportunity to learn from stalwarts of renowned Gharana’s.
RC Boral joined the Indian Broadcasting Company in the year of its inception, 1927. In 1931, he shifted to the New Theatres in the silent era for supporting the stage with live music. It was in 1935, where he introduced playback singing for the first time in the Hindi feature film Dhoop Chhaon (1935). The song- Main Khush Hona Chahun, had an all women chorus led by Parul Ghosh with Suprova Sarkar and Harimati picturised in a dance sequence. R.C. Boral came to Bombay in 1953. After coming to Bombay, he composed music for Dard-e-Dil (1953) with Lata’s songs. RC Boral went on to compose music for more than 150 films including Hindi and Bengali films. Some of his films are Mohabbat Ke Aansoo (1932), Zinda Laash (1932), Subah Ka Sitaara, Pooran Bhagat (1933), Rajrani Meera (1933), Chandidas (1934), Dakoo Mansoor (1934), Rooplekha (1934), After the Earthquake (1935), Karwan-e-Hayaat (1935), Dhoop Chhaon (1935), Manzil (1936), Millionaire (1936), Maya (1936), Anath Aashram (1937), Vidyapati (1937), President (1937), Abhagin (1938), Street Singer (1938), Jawani Ki Reet (1939), Sapera (1939), Haar Jeet (1940), Lagan (1941), Sugand (1942), Waapas (1943), Humrahi (1945), Wasiatnaama (1945), Anjangarh (1948), Pahela Admi (1950), Dard-e-Dil (1953), Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1953), Swami Vivekanand (1955), Amar Saigal (1955). Indian cinema music wouldn’t have been what it is today without Rai Chand Bora. He is correctly complemented by late Anil Biswas as the father of Indian Cinema Music. He had directed music of 150 films including Hindi and Benagli films. His music compositions for the film “Vidayapati” are considered to be the best of any time in Indian Cinema. He has depicted a scene of storm through music “Doley Hirde Ki Nayia..” sung by Kanan Devi.
He received National Award Sagar Sangam in 1958 and Sangeet Natak Akedemi Award in 1978. He also received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1978. Rai Chand Boral died in 1981 at the age of 78.