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Friends …This is LANDMARK BREAKING NEWS! Date: 21-05-2009 at 9:00AM
Venue: Jaikishan’s native village VANSADA near Valsad in South Gujarat.
Event: A grand statue of Jaikishan will be unveiled by Music Director Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji) .
The whole project of honouring Jaikishan was initiated and fully supported by Pujya Swami Sachhidanandji of Gujarat.
Swamiji is not only a fan of Shankar Jaikishan but was inspired to do all this after he read Dr.Padmanabh Joshi’s biography of SJ.
Attached are the photographs of the statue and title of the booklet on Jaikishanji authored by Dr. Padmanabh Joshi. These have also been hosted on our YAHOO group home page. All group members are hereby cordially invited for the unveiling ceremony and lunch after the function.
In SJ’s Diamond Jubilee year – nothing more fitting or grand could have been conceived and created!
All credit to Dr.Padmanabh Joshi and Swami Sachchidananda for making this great landmark event happen!
Look forward to ALL SJ fans attending it!
We pay our tribute to Shankar ji on his 22nd death anniversary (26th April, 2009)
Today is the saddest day for fans and lovers of Shanker-Jaikishen. Shankerji left this selfish world on 26th of April 1987.
After sad demise of his partner Jaikishan in 1971, suddenly Shankerji found himself isolated in this world. His close friend and lyricist Shailendra had already passed away much earlier, which gave Shanker the first shock. Since then Shanker was in search of lyricist like Shailendra and tried too many lyricist for him like Neeraj, Verma Malik, Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Rajendra Krishna, Farooq Kaisar, etc etc. But Jaikishan’s death was big loss to their banner as well as to Shanker, who had lost his brother in Jaikishan.
Second big jolt came from Raj Kapoor who was mentor of SJ. He deserted Shanker when he choose LP for his film Bobby. The impact of this was great. People who were innocent about making of music started to believe that without Jaikishan, Shanker was nothing. And when Raj Kapoor has deserted Shanker, then there should be some truth behind the rumour that Jaikishan was the active partner in ‘Shanker-Jaikishen’ banner. Though the fact was totally different most of the songs in RK banner are contribution of Shanker. Even few RK films had one composition by Jaikishen. But it can also be said that there was nothing Shanker’s music or Jaikishan’s tune. These were Shanker-Jaikishen tunes. But fact is fact. And it is also a sad episode as to why Raj ji deserted Shanker and did not remember him even for the subject like Ram Teri Ganga… and Satyam Shivan Sundaram……the last one SSS was the musically weakest film by RK.
On the Second hand people with vested interests began to spill beans against Shanker and a planned campaign was there to establish him non professional and rude. It was also publicised that now Shanker would not be able to give music. They wanted to break his peresonality and the genius Shanker as well but he was always a fighter. He fought for right of musicians of his orchestra, which benefited them as enhanced rate for them. He fought for his ideology and prerogativity of a Music Director to choose befitting singer for his composition. He was not part of any ‘liquor club’. He fought for better fee for better work. And when after being deserted by RK and then Shammi Kapoor left him for RD in his directorial debute ‘Manoranjan’, Gradually other producers/banners switched their loyalties to other music directors, for the heroes/stars with which SJ were associated like Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor were not in demand and new era of other actors had by then started. Shankerji was too strong to refuse to bow down. He continued to give music in films whichever came to him. He gave hit music in Sanyasi, Lal Patthar, Do Jhooth, Dil Daulat Duniya, Duniyadari etc. Even a non-starrer film ‘Jangal Mein Mangal’ had a nice tune, “Tum Kitni Khoobsoorat ho…” did any of his critics heart that song?
But here too he had to adjust with the producers’ demand to curtail the size of his orchestra which was the main power of his style of music. The effect reflected in his music. But in no case, his tunes were weak. He had started changing of style of his music in few films like ‘Love in Bombay’, ‘Chorni’, ‘Eeint Ka Jawab Patthar’, ‘Door Naheen Manzil’, “Dhoop-Chhaon” but the bad luck was after him. None of these films could either see light of silver screen or could get success inspite of having big stars. (I am giving one clip from his last recorded song for the film GORI, listen to the song and you will be stunned to feel the resembleness of this song with other song which was recorded much after Shankerji’s death in Amitabh starrer film, you may easily guess the song and the film)
He did not quit giving music like Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji) or Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal). But he could not gain his name and fame back, though he was planning to come with big bang, but God was in need of him because Shailendra and Jaikishen were with him but not Shankar. And he summoned him on this unfateful day.
His family members, in protest of selfishness of this industry, did not inform anybody from filmworld about his death. Shanker’s last journey could not be attended by even of his ardent fans. He went unsung. But he will remain in hearts of crores of SJ fans.
Long Live Shanker, Long live Jaikishen, Long live Shanker-Jaikishen
It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that members (stationed in Bangalore) of Shankarjaikishan Group on Yahoo met with Hon’ble Manna Dey at his residence in Bangalore in connection with seeking his help in organizing An Evening with Manna Dey in memory of Shankar Jaikishan. Shri Hitesh Mehta who lead this group of members gave a short brief (addressed to the members of the group) of the meeting which are as under :
Finally we met with Living Legend:
Manna Dey gave time of 5:30 pm to meet at his house and we four-myself, Vijay Kumar, Rajprakash Ratnam and Abhilasha- were there at sharp 5:30. We thought we would meet him for 15 minutes or maximum half an hour and would give introduction of our group and take his time for meeting with larger SJ group But we came out from his home at around 7:30 pm! Initially he was not keen to talk much but when we talked about our group and our efforts to keep memories alive of SJ, he became nostalgic and then flow of discussion continued for almost two hours.
Manna Dey touching 90 years, but still fit and still giving stage shows-though very selectively. He is in pink of his health and informed us that he would be happy to meet SJ fans anyday in next two month except 15 April (he is singing at program in Kolkata that day), 1 may-which is his Birthday and 10 may when he would be singing in a program at Bangalore. He is planning to go to London later in June for a program.
Please note that I am just narrating his wordings, these are not ours plan or thinking. We know that roping Lata for any program is almost impossible for us monetorily or otherwise but that was his opinion that 60th years celebration of SJ should involve Lata and Asha as they worked closely and for long with SJ.
When we informed him that this is 60th year of SJ’s music and we want to do something, he got very happy and spoke one sentence which will make whole group very happy-his exact words were ” I will be indebted to Shankar till my last breath for break he gave to me”. He asked to do some big program instead of just making small meetings and discussion and suggested to meet Ameen Sayani to take his suggestion. He was having high praise for Ameen Sayani and even gave his mobile no. He even went to extent that he suggested us to meet Lata Mangeshkar as according to him SJ had big role in shaping Lata’s career and SJ made maximum songs for Lata so she should help in any such program in memory of SJ and even if she doesn’t sing, her presence itself would make program big.
He was impressed with our knowledge of hindi film music as he didn’t expect that we would know so much about old songs and his songs-and for that credit goes to Raj Prakash Ratnam and Vijay Kumar who remembered so many songs of him and theirs picturaisations etc.
There are many more things he talked which I would like to share in next email as I am getting sleepy. We took some pictures with him and his autographs too which also I try to scan and upload on group. Please wait for my next email.
It was memorable meeting, I never imagined that I would meet someday with any singer who was contemporary of Mukesh, Rafi, Lata and kishore and who worked with SJ and other greats.
ARE YOU READY TO COME WITH ME ? JUST SEE THE blogrolls AT RIGHT SIDE OF THIS BLOG AND YOU WILL GET SO MANY INTERESTING SITES DEDICATED TO THE KINGS OF MUSIC; YES! YOU ARE RIGHT TO GUESS – SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN, INDEED, AND WHOEVER ELSE DESERVE ?
THE SELFISH PEOPLE IN THE MUMBAI (BOLLYWOOD) FILM WORLD WILL FORGET THEM. THESE UNGRATEFUL PEOPLE WILL NOT EVEN MENTION SJ’s CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THEIR OWN UPLIFTMENT. BUT S-J WILL REMAIN IMMORTAL IN THE HEARTS OF CRORES OF FANS…YOUR FANS WILL NOT FORGET YOU SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN NOR LET THE WORLD FORGET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS ENRICHING THE MUSIC OF HINDI CINEMA,