Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Legendary film maker Lekh Tandon sahab obliged fans of Shankar Jaikishen when he kindly consented to join them for one of their meets at Chembur in Mumbai. SJ Group creator & moderator Sandeep Apte had invited Lekhji and when Lekhji agreed, the entire SJ community was delighted & priviliged. It was a dream come true for all fans to get such a wonderful oportunity to meet the living legend - this SJ meet turned out to be a very, very special & memorable occasion.

Lekhji shared beautiful memories of his association with both Shankar & Jaikishen since he was very close to them and directed many movies composed by Shankar Jaikishen like Professor, Amrapali, Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan & Prince.  He also talked about association with his seniors like Prithvi Raj Kapoor, who was a class-mate of his father at Khalsa College in Lyallpur (now in Pakistan) as well as many of his contemporaries like Raj Kapoor, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, F.C.Mehra, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Dattaram, Rajinder Kumar among others. 

Lekhji is also passionate about spiritualism, Indian culture and loves to talk on these and many other topics.  He is an inspiration to many as he started his career in early 50's but he is still active in the film industry.  He recently directed a serial for Doordarshan and did a cameo role in a few Hindi movies like Halla Bol, Munna Bhai MBBS & Lage Raho Munna Bhai.Swades & Rang De Basanti.  

Shankar Jaikishen group is one of the most active groups of Hindi film music on Yahoo & Facebook. It has around 600 members from all over the world and its members discuss passionately about their songs and movies online as well as offline. They love to interact with anyone who has worked with SJ and many senior group members like Dr.Padmanabh Joshi from Ahmedabad and Mr.Chander Mehta from USA had privilege to meet Shankar Jaikishen personally as well as many of their contemporaries like Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Mukesh, Shammi Kapoor among others.  Many other group members like Sandeep Apte, Raju Amarnani, Devendra Shastry, Vivek Puntambekar, Rashmin Tamhane, Hari Nair, M.V.Rajgopal, Subhash Sudra, M.Devraj & Qamaal Mustafa Sikander have met a few of SJ's contemporaries like Shardaji, Chandrashekharji, Pyarelalji, Anandjibhai, Ameen Sayani sahab and cherished their memories of working with Shankar Jaikishen.