The popularity of Hindi films outside the Hindi belt is mainly due to the music and songs. This was, facilitated by Radio Ceylon at the beginning . The music era of the legendary KL Saigal was appreciated by only the elite ( so called Classes ) . But soon Naushad .Anil Biswas . C Rama Chandra etc created new music that was grabbed with delight by all including the masses all over the Nation . And then entered a new duo—Shankar & jaikishan that further enhanced the entire concept of Hindi film music. The duo created one hit after another. While films were run on the image of the stars , SJ changed that too. Producers started booking SJ as music directors first of all before heroes/heroines .
Thus SJ doninated the Hindi film field for more than two decades —-with their songs on every ones lips throughout the country more so in AP apart from Hindi region. Shankar was a born musician . It was a god’s gift . He was ably complemented by Jaikishan so much so that many believed that they were one person ie. Shankar jaikishan was the name of a single person . Shankar was a simple ,down to earth person and an introvert too . He was totally dedicated to his music and nothing else . Jaikishan was young and outgoing person with a penchant for friends with his favorite drink and more reachable. Though their individualities differ much their passion for music is same .One can not distinguish between a Shankar’s song and a jaikishan’ song though they were creating songs individually right from Barsat. Hasrat jaipuri himself told in an interview as such.
Shankar’s magnanimity is already well known . He remained dedicated to his music so much so that we kow nothing about his personal life and family . There would never be another Shankar . I say Shankar was a YOGI of music
contributed by : Shanker’s b/w photo by
Anil Anawalikar ji