Thursday, March 8, 2012


Music Director Ravi Shankar Sharma mononymously known as Ravi in Bollywood
and Bombay-Ravi in Malayalam cinema

Music director Ravi Shankar Sharma, popularly known as Ravi Sahab in Bollywood and Bombay Ravi in Malayalam cinema passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 86. He is survived by his son Ajay and daughter in law Varsha Usgaonkar, a famous Marathi and Hindi film actress.

A few of his famous movies in Bollywood, many of them with B.R. Films include Waqt, Chaudhvi Ka Chand, Hamraaz, Neelkamal, Gumraah, Do Badan, China Town, Gharana, Dhundh, Aankhein, Kaajal, Ek Phool Do Maali and Nikaah among others.

Qamaal Mustafa Sikander, Editor
Ravi sahab at his residence.
"I had the privilege to meet legendary composer Ravi sahab a few times at his residence as well as also at Immortal Memories event in 2009 where he was honoured and at Mohammed Rafi Academy launch in 2010. Inspite of his ill health, he made it a point to attend the event and offer his tributes to Rafi sahab;  infact he also composed a song for the legendary singer specially for the event..  He was a wonderful human being and he always had something nice to say about all his contemporaries whether on record or off record. He already composed heavenly music on earth and now that he will be re-united with his favourite singers Rafi sahab and Mahendra Kapoor sahab, he will continue such compositions in heaven. "  


Ravi Shankar Sharma (3 March 1926 – 7 March 2012), often referred to mononymously as Ravi, was an Indian music director, who had composed music for several Hindi and Malayalam films. After a successful career in Hindi cinema, he took a break from 1970s to 1984, and made a successful comeback under the stage name Bombay Ravi. He died on 7 March 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 86.

BIOGRAPHY : Ravi was born in Delhi on March 3, 1926. He had no formal training in classical music; instead he learned music from listening to his father sing bhajans. He taught himself to play harmonium and other classical instruments and worked as an electrician to support his family. In 1950 he decided to shift to Bombay and become a professional singer. At first Ravi was homeless, living on the streets and sleeping in Malad railway station at night. In 1952, he was discovered by Hemant Kumar who hired him to sing backing vocals in Vande Mataram from the film Anand Math.[1] Ravi gave several hit songs and received Filmfare nominations for these films: Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Do Badan (1966), Humraaz (1967), Ankhen (1968), and Nikaah (1982). He won Filmfare awards for Gharana (1961) and Khandaan (1965).[2] His other successful films include Waqt, Neel Kamal and Gumraah. His songs Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai, Babul ki duyaen leti ja and Doli chadh ke dulhan sasural chali became very popular in wedding celebrations. He was one of the music directors who shaped the career of Asha Bhosle with songs like Tora man darpan. He was also instrumental in making Mahendra Kapoor a popular singer in Bollywood. After a successful career in Hindi films during the 1950s and 1960s, he took a long break after 1970 till 1982. In 1982, he gave music for the Hindi film Nikaah, and one of the film's songs Dil ke armaan aansooyon main beh gaye sung by Salma Agha won her the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award.

In the 1980s, he made a comeback as a music director in Malayalam (and some Hindi) films as Bombay Ravi. During 1986, the Malayalam director Hariharan convinced him to . The first movie was Panchagni. The songs Saagarangale and Aa raatri maanju poyi (sung by Yesudas and Chitra) were hits. That same year, Hariharan's Nakhakshathangal also came out and Chithra won her second National Award for the song Manjalprasaadavum from the same film. All the songs from the Malayalam movie Vaisali released in 1989 were super hits and Chithra won her third National Award for the song "Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum" from the same film. Ravi has composed for many films produced by South Indian banners: Ghoonghat, Gharana Grihasti, Aurat, Samaj ko badal dalo (Gemini), Meherban, Do Kaliyan (AVM), Bharosa, Khandaan (Vasu Films).


Albeli (1955)
Vachan (1955)
Ek Saal (1957)
Narsi Bhagat (1957)
Dilli Ka Thug (1958)
Dulhan (1958)
Ghar Sansar (1958)
Mehndi (1958)
Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959)
Nai Raahen (1959)
Pehli Raat (1959)
Apna Ghar (1960)
Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
Ghunghat (1960)
Tu Nahin Aur Sahi (1960)
Modern Girl (1961)
Gharana (1961)
Nazrana (1961)
Pyaar Ka Saagar (1961)
Wanted (1961)
Salaam Memsaheb (1961)
China Town (1962)
Raakhi (1962)
Tower House (1962)
Bombay Ka Chor (1962)
Aaj Aur Kal (1963)
Gehra Daag (1963)
Gumrah (1963)
Nartaki (1963)
Ustadon Ke Ustaad (1963)
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (1963)
Bharosa (1963)
Mulzim (1963)
Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (1963)
Grahasthi (1963)-
Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya (1963)
Door Ki Awaaz (1964)
Shehnai (1964)
Kaajal (1965)
Khandaan (1965)
Waqt (1965)
Bahu Beti (1965)
Do Badan (1966)
Dus Lakh (1966)
Phool Aur Patthar (1966)
Sagaai (1966)
Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1966)
Aurat (1967)
Humraaz (1967)
Meharban (1967)
Nayi Roshni (1967)
Aankhen (1968)
Do Kaliyaan (1968)
Gauri (1968)
Man Ka Meet (1968)
Neel Kamal (1968)
Paisa Ya Pyaar (1969)
Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)
Anmol Moti (1969)
Badi Didi (1969)
Doli (1969)
Ek Phool Do Mali (1969)
Dharkan (1972)
Dhund (1973)
Mehmaan (1973)
Umeed (1974)
Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka (1975)
Nikaah (1982)
Aaj Ki Awaaz (1983)
Tawaif (1984)
Ek Alag Mausam (2003)


Panchagni (1986)
Nakhakshathangal (1986)
Vaishali (1988)
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
Vidhyarambham (1990)
Sargam (1992)
Sukrutham (1992)
Ghazal (1993)
Padheyam (1993)
Parinayam (1994)
Kalivaakku (Film Not Released)(1996)
Five Star Hospital (1997)
Manassil Oru Manjuthulli (2000)
Mayookham (2005)