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EMERGENCE of Shankar-Jaikishan

Shri S S Murthy writes how a new team of music directors called "Shankar Jaikishan" were born on that fateful, memorable day
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Vishwa Mehra of RK Films and also maternal uncle of Raj, remembers the young tabla player from Hyd, Shankar, and the young harmonium player from Gujarat, Jaikishan as part of Ram Ganguly's orchestra in Aag.

In those days it was an unusual system with only those round discs of HMV, the 78 RPMS and on those labels was stated Music by Ram Ganguly and tune by Shankar or Jaikishan as the case may be. They were paid Rs 150 for a tune, over and above whatever was due to them for playing in each "take".

Those days a song was recorded first at Famous recording theatre, Tardeo or elsewhere. Subsequently the entire orchestra plus the singers went to the HMV recording studios and replayed as well as re-sang the entire song al over again for the HMV recordist, and it was this take which was then flown to HMV's Dum Dum factory at Calcutta to be cut into those 78 rpm discs.

Barsaat's muhurat was performed during Dussera 1948 with Ram Ganguly already having orchestrated two tunes by the two ambitious instrumentalists.

Vishwa Mehra was having some problem with the signed vouchers of some musicians in Ram Ganguly's orchestra and when as per the then system in vogue went for the repeat recordings to HMV, Raj and Mehra were given the feed back about rehashng of Raj's film's tunes by Ram Ganguly and selling them to other producers.

Raj was obviously enormously enraged and looked at Mehra in askance and Mehra without a moments hesitation told Raj to replace Music by "Ram Ganguly" with music by "Shankar Jaikishan". HMV were accordingly instructed.

Back home Raj had some anxiety nagging him and was contemplating on "Perhaps it may be better to let things be as before'" Mehra put his foot down to retrace any step, convinced that fair play and truth should have their pristine place and opposed Raj's vacillation at a critical juncture and thus a new team of music directors called "Shankar Jaikishan" were born on that fateful, memorable day, to enthrall millions of music lovers like us for more
than two decades.

with rgds
ssmurthy


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