Ravindra Jain (left) with Vishnu Mishra (right)
|Born||28 February 1944|
|Genres||Indian classical music and Playback singing|
|Occupations||Composer, Music Director, Lyricist|
|Years active||1974 - current|
Ravindra Jain was born blind to well-known Sanskrit scholar and Ayurvedacharya, Pandit Indramani Jain and mother Kiran Jain. Jain and his family hail from Aligarh. He is the third child among seven brothers and a sister. Ravindra Jain's elder siblings are Pandit Mahendra Kumar Jain, a renowned Ayurvedic physician and D.K. Jain, director of the Times Group and a famous judge. Jain's younger brother is Manindra Jain who runs a successful construction and real estate business in/around the New Delhi region. Jain's another brother Engi. Tarun Kumar Jain was AE at Harduaganj Thermal Power Station, Kasimpur Power House, (Aligarh).
Jain started singing at a very young age, reciting Jain bhajans and poetry by famous Jain poets such as Pandit Dyanantraiji, Pandit Budhjanji, etc. at nearby Jain temples. It was Ravindra Jain's parents that first decided to teach him music. Jain received basic training under Pandit G.L. Jain, Pandit Janardhan Sharma, and Pandit Nathu Ram. Jain's entry into films was in 1960 in Calcutta. Ten years later, Prathibhushan Bhattacharya took Jain to Mumbai where Jain composed for his film Kranthi and Balidaan. In 1971, Jain started his film career as a composer with this first film song being recorded in Mohd. Rafi's voice--a song that remains unreleased to this day.
Ravindra Jain is one of the most notable of the Hindi music directors who started his career in the early 1970s, composing for hit films such as Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976) and Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978). Along with composing music, he also wrote the lyrics for many of his famous songs. Ravindra Jain's father died during the recording sessions of the film Saudagar, however, Jain did not leave the studio until the recordings were finalized giving utmost importance to his work.
Singing and music career
One of his most famous songs is Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se). He was also given a big break by Raj Kapoor, for whom, he composed many super hit tunes in Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Heena, directed by Raj Kapoor's son, Randhir Kapoor. Jain also rendered beautiful music to many of Rajshri Productions' features starting in the 1980s and continuing well into the 2000s (decade). Ravindra Jain also composed for a few non-Hindi films including Sujatha, Sukham Sukhakaram, Aakashathinte Niram (Malayalam); Mhaara Peehar Saasra (Haryanvi); Chadi Jawani Budhe Nu (Punjabi); Gomti ni Shakhe (Gujarati); Ganga se Naata ba Hamaar, Ganga Maiya Bhar de Achalwa Hamaar, Gaon Desh, Gaon aaja Pardesi, and Jalsa ghar ki devi (Bhojpuri); Harishchandra Shaibya, unreleased Dristi, Bhaalobeshe Radha (Bengali); Brahmarishi Vishwamitra (Telugu); and Educated Binani (Rajasthani).
During the 1980s and 1990s, Ravindra Jain widely composed for most mythological movies including Navaratri, Gopal Krishna, Jai Karoli Maa, Har Har Gange, Durgaa Maa, Badrinath Dham, Solah Shukrawar, Raja Harishchandra, Bolo he Chakradhari, Brahmarishi Vishwamitra in Telugu, Shanivrat Mahima and Jai Shakumbhari Maa. In 2006, he composed music for the Hindi film Vivah directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya and its spin-off sequel Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi directed by Kaushik Ghatak, both of which were produced by Rajshri Productions. In 2008, Ravindra Jain composed music for director Gufi Paintal's debut film Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with upcoming composer Surya RajKamal. He was chosen to compose for Rajshri Productions's Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se sequel Jaana Pehchana (2011) and upcoming Satish Kaushik-directed biopic Tansen. Upcoming 2012 projects include Baromas and Barbareek- Sheesh Danee Mahayoddha based on Barbarika.
Association with Yesudas
Jain is credited for bringing south Indian singing sensation Dr. K. J. Yesudas to Hindi movies, in singing in many of his movies in the 1970s and 1980s. Together they sung some memorable songs like 'Oo goriya re' (Naiyya), 'Beeti hui raat ki' (Ayyash), and 'Gori tera gaon' (Chitchor). It is said that Jain was so fascinated by the way Yesudas sang his songs that Yesudas' face was the first he wanted to see if he ever received his vision. Jain has worked on songs after his liaison with Yesudas, but he has failed to attain the pinnacle of glory he achieved with the master singer during the 1970s. Jain has described Yesudas as the 'Voice Of India' 
In 1989, Ravindra Jain composed the music under Dr. K. J. Yesudas's production house Tharangini Audios for the Malayalam album Aavani Poochhendu. This is Jain's only Malayalam work other than the two feature films listed above.
Ravindra Jain has written and composed many popular Jain bhajans. Some of the memorable songs remain fresh even to this day. Some of his notable songs are Mastakabhishek (1982), first sung at the occasion of MahaMastakabhishek of Lord Bahubali pilgrimage in Shravanabelagola (Karnataka); Bahubali Bhagwaan ki Aarti Utaaro Milke (1982); and Jai Jinendra bolo. Currently, Jain is working on bhajan albums for famous Jain pilgrimage centers in India in conjunction with Akshay Jain of Gwalior, son of a renowned North Indian poet and lyricist.
Jain composed music for ghazals as well, for example, in singer Suresh Wadkar's album The Morning Sun, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's live recording of Qadam Milakar Chalna Hoga: Svarna Jayanti Sangeet Sandhya and singer Parveen Khan's album Kinaara (2012).
Ravindra Jain also composed music for many television serials, mainly under the banner of Sagar Films (Pvt. Ltd.), throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s (decade). Ravindra Jain provided bhajans and songs for many of Ramanand Sagar's popular TV serials, beginning with Dada Dadi ki Kahaniyaan, then moving on to one of the two Indian epics Ramayan (TV series) and its follow up Luv Kush. Along with two South Indian composers, K.V. Mahadevan and K. Pukazhenti, Ravindra Jain composed 2 to 3 semi-classical songs for later episodes of Bollywood actress Hema Malini's TV Serial Noopur and the complete soundtrack for the show Women of India- Urvashi. Hema Malini continued collaborating with Ravindra Jain as composer for her dance ballets--Mahalakshmi, Durga, Nritya Malika, Ramayan, Krishna Balram, and Radha Krishna.
Jain continued his collaboration with Ramanand Sagar in TV serials such as Shri Krishna, Alif Laila, Itihaas ki Prem Kahaniyaan based on historical love stories of India, Tilism-E-Hoshruba, Jai Ganga Maiya, Jai Mahalaxmi, Shree Brahma Vishnu Mahesh, Sai Baba, Jai Maa Durga, and Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan (for which an original soundtrack was released). In 2000, DD National roped in the composer for the mythological/fantasy-based series Sangeet Dhara which showcased the history of music in the world. Ravindra Jain also provided excellent music for producer/director Sanjay Khan on serials Jai Hanuman and Maha Kavya Mahabharat also called Sanjay Khan's Mahabharat. In 2008, Jain composed for Sagar Arts's remake of Ramayan (2008 TV series) (with an original soundtrack release), Mahima Shani Dev ki on NDTV Imagine, and Dheeraj Kumar's serial Jai Maa Vaishno Devi on Channel 9X. In 2009, Jain composed the title song for Sagar Arts's new TV serial on Colors (India TV channel) called Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Next, Jain composed for the currently airing religious series Bharat ke Mahaan Sant. In July 2011, Jain composed for the first few episodes of Imagine TV's new mythological series Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishn, based on the Hindu god Krishna's adult life. He continued composing music for Zee TV's Shobha Somnath Ki along with composer Surya RajKamal and Kumar Gautam's directorial venture Sankat Mochan Hanuman which started airing on November 1, 2011 on DD National. In 2012, he composed for Mahuaa TV's religious production Surya Puran and for the first few episodes of Zee TV's Ramayan- Jeevan ka Adhaar.
Jain has been featured as I Mahaguru in the Indian music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009, a judge on Indian music reality show Performer, and today devotes his time composing and participating in Kavi Sammelans, Mushairaas, and various literary, cultural, social, political, and religious activities.
For his collection of shayaris titled Ujaalon Ka Silsila in Urdu, Jain was presented with the Sahitya Award (Uttar Pradesh Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Award Committee) in Lucknow on June 6, 1997 by Romesh Bhandari, Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Ravindra Jain has also received many other prestigious awards such as Raaseshwar, Sur Singer, Filmfare Award, Swami Haridas Award, Youth National Award, Ashirwad, Adhar Shila, Uptron, Priyadarshini Award, Jaycees, Lions, Indigo '90, Rotary, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Uttar Pradesh Film Patrakar Sangh Award, Sangeet Gyaneshwar Award, Almost Faqir, Sangeet Samrat, and other honours by many national, international, socio-cultural and film institutions.
Ravindra Jain co-authored his autobiography titled Sunehre Pal and is referred to as by his close family and friends.
Ravindra Jain met his mother-in-law, Mrs. Nirmala Jain, in Delhi while attending a promotion event for the film Saudagar. Soon after, Nirmala Jain's daughter, Divya Jain, insisted upon only marrying Ravindra Jain or nobody else. Ravindra Jain is married to poetess Divya Jain and they have a son named Aayushman Jain.
Filmography as Composer
- Beehad (2013) with composer Aarif Khan
- Jalsa ghar ki devi (2013)
- Educated Binani (2013)
- Barbareek- Sheesh Danee Mahayoddha (2012)
- Jaana Pehchana (2011)
- Azaan- the Awakening Call (2010)
- Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi (2008)
- Vivah (November 10, 2006)
- Bhaggmati - The Queen Of Fortunes (2005)
- Kalyug Ka Avtar (October 6, 1995)
- Paramveer Chakra (1995)
- Beta Ho To Aisa (1994)
- Jaan Pe Khelkar (1993)
- Meri Aan (1993)
- Henna (June 28, 1991)
- Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi (1991)
- Kaarnaama (1990)
- Jungbaaz (June 16, 1989)
- Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga (1988)
- Marte Dam Tak (1987)
- Pratighaat (1987)
- Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)
- Lallu Ram(1985)
- Brij Bhoomi (1982)
- Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)
- Ayaash (1982)
- Insaaf Ka Tarazu
- Naiyya (1980)
- Maan Abhimaan (1980)
- Yeh Kaisa Insaaf (1980)
- Pratishodh (1980)
- Hum Tere Aashiq Hain (1979)
- Radha Aur Seeta (1979)
- Gopal Krishna (1979)
- Aatish (1979)
- Sunayana (1979)
- Naiya (1979)
- Ganga Sagar (1978)
- Mera Rakshak (1978)
- Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978)
- Sarkari Mehmaan (1978)
- Paheli (1977)
- Maha Badmaash (1977)
- Kotwal Saheb (1977)
- Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977)
- Ram Bharose (1977)
- Safed Haathi (1977)
- Fakira (1976)
- Tapasya (1976)
- Chitchor (1976)
- Salakhen (1976)
- Do Jasoos (1975)
- Geet Gata Chal (1975)
- Chor Machaye Shor (1974)
- Shatranj Ke Mohre (1974)
- Saudagar (1973)
- Mohini (1995 film)
Awards and nominations
- Won- Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Ram Teri Ganga Maili(1985)
- Nomination- Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Chitchor (1976)
- Nomination- Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978)
- Nomination- Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for "Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se" in Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se(1978)
- Nomination- Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for "Main Hoon Khushrang" in Henna (film) (1991)
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