Naved wrote on Nov 29 2008 6:02PM
Vanraj Bhatia, one of India’s most versatile composers, was born in 1927 in Mumbai. He studied music while completing his Masters in English Honours in 1949 from the Elphinstone College in Mumbai. He then joined the Royal Academy of Music, London, and studied composition with Howard Ferguson, Allan Bush and William Alwyn from 1950 to 1954 and with Nadia Boulanger from 1954 to 1959.
Vanraj Bhatia is the winner of several awards including the Gold Medal of the Royal Academy in 1954, the Bengal Film Journalists Award for the film Bhumika in 1976 and Manthan in 1977, the President’s Gold Medal for Tamas in 1988 and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1989.
Vanraj Bhatia’s music covers a very wide spectrum from western classical to drama, films and television serials to his albums with Music Today. His popularity is so vast that he has composed music for about 40 films and 8 television serials and some of his major works include soundtracks for Ankur, Manthan, Bhumika, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Khandaan, Tamas, Discovery of India, Wagle Ki Duniya, Making of a Mahatma, Sardari Begum, Bandish and Ghatak.