”Unhe mausiqi ka badshah kyon na kahoon!”
”Unhe saazon ka shahenshah main kyoon na kahoon”
”Jinke naghmon ne ghar kar liya avam ke dilon main,
“Unhe is sadi ka chamatkar main kyon na kahoon”,,,,,,,,,,,,, Ajay Kanagat (A SJ fan)
GATEWAY OF STUFFS ON SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN
JODIs ARE MADE IN HEAVEN
One often wonders are meetings ‘By Chance’ or are they meant to happen….take Shanker-Jaikishan meeting…During his early years, Shankar worked at Prithvi Theaters, and used to frequently visit the office of a Gujrati director Chandravadan Bhatt who had promised Shankar that he would give him a break as a Music Director as and when he produced a film. (cast ur thoughts to how Dev Anand and Guru Dutt met and made a pact to work together – another By CHANCE meeting u think?????). Any way getting back to Shanker…. It was outside the office of Mr Bhatt that Shankar saw `ek dubla patla sunder `ladka’ also sitting there, at Mr Bhatt’s office on a number of occasions. Although they never spoke to each other, one fine day, Shankar took the initiative of starting the conversation and then discovered that his name was Jaikishan and he too used to visit the same producer in search of some work related to music and that he was a Harmonium player. Shankar later recollected that their vibes were right from the very beginning….they developed liking for each other (rather than any feelings of rivalry which could have been natural since both were visiting Mr Bhatt for similar reason) and it was he who then and there assured Jaikishan of the job of a Harmonium player at Prithvi Theaters (without asking Prithviraj Kapoor, fondly referred to as `Papaji’). Of course, later, Papaji honoured Shankar’s selection and gladly accepted Jaikishan as a Harmonium player at Prithvi. Soon, the two of them developed very close friendship. It was during this phase that Shankar and Jaikishan developed a very deep bond of friendship, mutual understanding and regard for each other and made up their mind to work together as a musical team. While working at Prithvi Theater, Shankar and Jaikishan, apart from working in the music department there, used to compose tunes and were in touch with Raj Kapoor, who was working as an assistant to the famous director Kidar Sharma and was aspiring to be an actor/director. Thus, the three had met at Prithvi Theater, run by Raj Kapoor’s father, Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor made his debut as a director with the film “Aag” in 1948. While the film received a mixed response at the box office, its musical score by music director Ram Ganguli, assisted by Shankar and Jaikishan proved to be quite popular. However, during the recording of some song for his new venture `Barsaat’, Raj Kapoor had some serious differences with Ram Ganguly, the music composer of the film and decided to assign its music to Shankar who insisted on taking Jaikishan as his partner and thus came into existence the new pair of music directors named `Shankar-Jaikishan’ who gave landmark, path-breaking and trend-setting music for the RK production `Barsaat’ in 1949. So it seems jodies are preordained, by the Almighty….HE also ensures we meet ‘By Chance’.….. RAB NE BANA DEE JODI………< h3 style=”text-align:justify;”>contributed by
WELCOME!!! to the World of Shanker-Jaikishen’s memories. The duo who ruled the Music Scenario of Hindi Film Music with their debut film Barsaat for continuous 20 years like Emperors of Melody are still now most listened but less mentioned. It is a humble effort to spread information about them, their films and music to their die hard fans. You will find rare articles, photos, stories, anecdotes about them here.