It’s Composer C Ramchander’s death anniversary, today. Born Ramchandra Narhar Chitalkar in 1918, he was also known and credited by the names of Annasaheb, Ram Chitalkar and Shyamoo. He often acted and sang in Marathi movies as R N Chitalkar. C Ramchander was credited as Chitalkar for the few Bollywood songs he sang, as well.
He learnt music under the tutelage of Vinayakbua Patwardhan at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and Shankarrao Sapre of Nagpur. C Ramchander began his movie career through acting in Naganand (1935) and went on to do bit roles in Said-e-Hawas (1936) and Atma Tarang (1937). Soon, he began supporting the composers of Minerva Movietone – Bindu Khan and Habib Khan – by playing the harmonium.
He debuted in composing with Bollywood Actor Bhagwan Dada’s Tamil movies like Jayakkodi (1940) and Vana Mohini (1941). Having established a comfort level with Bhagwan Dada, he associated with the actor for his Bollywood movies like Sukhi Jeevan (1942) and Albela (1951).
Bollywood and Composer C Ramchander’s Death Anniversary:
Here are a few of C Ramchander’s Bollywood compositions from the 1950s:
Shola jo bhadke… Albela (1951)
Desh ki dharti ne lalkara… Chhatrapati Shivaji (1952)
Yeh zindagi usiki hai… Anarkali (1953)
Kitna haseen hai mausam… Azaad (1955)
Kaise aaon Jamuna ke teer… Devta (1956)
Eena meena deeka… Asha (1957)
Mr. John ya Baba Khan ya Lala Roshandaan… Baarish (1957)
Dil ki duniya basake Sawariya… Amardeep (1958)
Lagi lagi karejwa mein chot… Duniya Gol Hai (1955)