Ajay-Atul

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Ajay-Atul
Ajay (left)-Atul (right) in Pune
Ajay (left)-Atul (right) in Pune
Background information
Born21 August 1976 (1976-08-21) (age 47) (Ajay)
11 September 1974 (1974-09-11) (age 49) (Atul)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2000–present

Ajay-Atul is an Indian music composer duo comprising brothers Ajay Ashok Gogavale and Atul Ashok Gogavale.[1] They won the Best Music Direction award at the 56th National Film Awards from the Government of India for their music in the Marathi film Jogwa in 2008.[2] They made their debut in the 2015 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List securing a position of 82 and were placed 22nd in 2019.[3][4] They have composed music for many hit Marathi & Hindi films.

Early life[edit]

Ajay and Atul were born to Ashok Gogavale, a Revenue Department officer of Alandi, Pune. They spent their childhood in several villages of western Maharashtra, such as Rajgurunagar, Junnar, Shirur, Manchar and Ghodegaon as their father had a transferable job. Atul, the elder of the brothers, was born on 11 September 1974 and Ajay, the younger of the brothers, was born on 21 August 1976.

Throughout their childhood, they were not much interested in academics. But their interest in music developed while they were still in school. Around this time, they started experimenting with music. In an NCC competition, Ajay played an existing composition differently, and they won the prize for their experiment. This instance inspired them to explore their music potential.[5][non-primary source needed]

They did not have a musical background. Although they were not supported by their family directly for music, they were never denied any assistance. As their family could not afford the instruments for their musical endeavors, they started their musical ventures through their school, temples, local bands, etc. Despite not getting direct training, they learned a lot from these ventures. They would befriend people who owned instruments like harmoniums, mridangam, dhol, etc., since they could not afford them on their own.[6] Later, while at college, they started working with local bands as arrangers. Their father bought them a keyboard on their mother's insistence. This proved to be one of their greatest gifts. Their father said, "You have not been given any toys during childhood, now this is your toy". This inspired them and they started experimenting.[5]

Career as music composers[edit]

Later, they came to Mumbai and started working on an international non-film music album "Vishwavinayaka". This proved to be a big break for them and paved the way for their foray into the Indian (mostly Marathi) music industry. They worked on many commercial jingles, ballets, and advertisements to strengthen their profile. [7]

Man Udhān Vāryāche (मन उधाण वाऱ्याचे), Malhāravārī (मल्हारवारी), Kombdī Paḷalī (कोंबडी पळाली ) are some of their notable compositions.[6] Ajay-Atul composed the songs and background score for the Marathi film Naṭarang (नटरंग) (2010). Their composition for Naṭarang was influenced by traditional Marathi folk music forms like Lavani (लावणी), Phaṭakā (फटका) and Tamāśā (तमाशा). They composed music for the Hindi films Singham & Bol Bachchan starring Ajay Devgan directed by Rohit Shetty and Agneepath & Brothers produced by Karan Johar directed by Karan Malhotra. They have also contributed music to the Aamir Khan starrer PK. In 2016, they worked in Nagraj Manjule's film Sairat which is the only Marathi film to gross over 1  billion. They also composed for Manasu Mallige, the film's Kannada remake and Dhadak, the Hindi remake. They produced the Marathi film Jaundya Na Balasaheb directed by Girish Kulkarni. They composed for Tumbbad, Thugs of Hindostan, Mauli and Zero. Their first song from Zero, "Mere Naam Tu", garnered 18 million views in 24 hours on YouTube.

They were awarded as 'Composer of the Decade' in Mirchi Music Awards (Hindi) 2021 for Agneepath and Mirchi Music Awards (Marathi) 2021 for Sairat.

Almost all of their songs and albums are recorded using live instruments, the most notable of them being Agneepath, Sairat and Dhadak.

Filmography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Language Contribution
1999 College College Hindi (audio movie) Composers
2001 Vishwavinayak Sanskrit Composers
2002 Shri Ram Mantra (Rama) Sanskrit Arrangers
2003 Sang Sang Ho Tum Hindi Composers, 7 out of 8 tracks
Bedhund Marathi Composers, 7 out of 8 tracks
Meera Kahen Hindi Composers
2006 Vishwatma Sanskrit Composers

Films[edit]

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Language Notes
2004 Gayab Prawaal Raman Hindi Songs
Aga Bai Arrecha! Kedar Shinde Marathi Songs and Background Score
2005 Goad Gupit
Jatra Kedar Shinde
Savarkhed Ek Gaon Rajiv Patil Songs
Viruddh... Family Comes First Mahesh Manjrekar Hindi 2 tracks and Background Score
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Mahesh Manjrekar 1 Song
Struggler Songs
2006 Restaurant[8] Sachin Kundalkar Marathi Background Score
Shock Harish Shankar Telugu Song
2007 Zabardast Mahesh Kothare Marathi Songs
Bandh Premache Abhiram Bhadkamkar
Saade Maade Teen Ankush Choudhary

Sachit Patil

Title Song
2008 Checkmate Sanjay Jadhav Title Song
2008 Tujya Majya Sanasarala Aani Kaay Have Rajiv Patil Song
Uladhaal Aditya Sarpotdar Songs and Background Score
Mumbai Amchich Sharad Bansode Background Score
2009 Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad Satish Rajwade Title Song
Bedhund Dnyanesh Bhalekar Songs
Oxygen: Jiv Gudmartoy Rajiv Patil
Jogwa Rajiv Patil
Natarang Ravi Jadhav Song and Background Score
2010 Ringa Ringa Sanjay Jadhav Songs
2011 Atta Ga Baya Sanjay Narvekar 1 Song
My Friend Pinto Raaghav Dar Hindi Song
Singham Rohit Shetty Song
2012 Agneepath Karan Malhotra Song and Background Score
Bol Bachchan Rohit Shetty 1 Song
2013 Bhartiya Girish Mohite Marathi Songs
Dhating Dhingana Mandar Devsthali Song & Background Score
2014 Fandry Nagraj Manjule Theme Song
Lai Bhaari Nishikant Kamat Songs
PK Rajkumar Hirani Hindi 1 Song
2015 Brothers Karan Malhotra 2 Songs & Background Score (1 song recreated from Jatra)
Nilkanth Master Gajendra Ahire Marathi Songs
2016 Sairat Nagraj Manjule Song, Lyrics & Background Score
Jaundya Na Balasaheb Girish Kulkarni Song & Background Score
2017 Manasu Mallige S. Narayan Kannada Remake of Sairat. 4 songs reused.
2018 Mauli Aditya Sarpotdar Marathi Songs
Dhadak Shashank Khaitan Hindi
Thugs of Hindostan Vijay Krishna Acharya
Tumbbad Rahi Anil Barve
Adesh Prasad
Title track (1 track)
Zero Aanand L. Rai 4 Songs & Background Score
2019 Super 30 Vikas Bahl Songs & Background Score
Panipat Ashutosh Gowariker Songs & Background Score
2020 Tanhaji Om Raut 1 Song
2022 Jhund Nagraj Manjule Songs
Chandramukhi Prasad Oak Marathi Songs
Ram Setu Abhishek Sharma Hindi 1 Song
Ved Riteish Deshmukh Marathi Songs
2023 Jaggu Ani Juliet Mahesh Limaye Marathi
Maharashtra Shahir Kedar Shinde Marathi Songs & Background
Adipurush Om Raut Hindi
Telugu
4 songs
TBA Bhadrakali Prasad Oak Marathi Songs and background score
TBA Palatwaar Divyansh Pandit Hindi Songs
TBA Mahatma Part 1: Kranti Surya Sameer Vidwans Marathi Songs & Background Score
TBA Mahatma Part 2: Kranti Jyoti Sameer Vidwans
TBA Raja Shivaji Riteish Deshmukh
TBA Jatra 2 Kedar Shinde

Series/daily soaps[edit]

Sr.No. Serial/Track Channel Notes/Awards
1. Raja Shivchhatrapati Star Pravah Maharashtra Times Sanman
2. Zee Gaurav Geet Zee Marathi Zee Gaurav Award
3. Eka Peksha Ek Zee Marathi
4. Lakh Lakh Chanderi Zee Talkies
5. Idea Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Zee Marathi
6. Hafta Bandh Zee Marathi
7. Hasyasamraat Zee Marathi
8. Cricket Club Zee Marathi
9. Bhavanjali Mi Marathi
10. Kya Baat Hai Zee Marathi
11. Misha Zee Marathi
12. Amchya Sarkhe Amhich Zee Marathi
13. Bola Bola Tring Tring DD Sahyadri
14. Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre Zee Marathi Background Score
15. Vadalvaat Zee Marathi Background Score
16. Bedhund Manachya Lahari ETV Marathi Background Score
17. Mahabharat Star Plus Title Song
18. Sony Entertainment Television Sony Channel Sony Theme Track
19. Sony Marathi theme song Sony Marathi Sony Marathi theme song
20. Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 theme Sony Channel
21. Sony Marathi Gaurav Geet Sony Marathi
22. Indian Idol Marathi Sony Marathi Judge season 1
23. Sunflower Zee5 Web Series Cameo

Plays/dramas[edit]

Sr.No. Play/Drama Name Notes/Awards
1. Sahi Re Sahi Alpha Gaurav 2003 Award
2. Lochya Zala Re Maharashtra Rajya Vyavsayik Natya Spardha Award
3. Mr. Na. Ma. Deo Mhane
4. Gopala Re Gopala
5. Kala Ya Laglya Jiva 2007 Maharashtra Rajya Vyavsayik Natya Spardha Award
6. Jahale Chatrapati Shivray
7. Man Udhaan Varyache
8. The Great Indian Musical- Civilisation to Nation 2023 Neeta Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre Opening Show

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Award Category Award Details
2003 Alpha Gaurav (Later Zee Gaurav)[9] Best Music Direction Play: Sahi Re Sahi
2004–05 Maharashtra Kala Niketan Award[9] Best Music Direction Film: Savarkhed Ek Gaon
Maharashtra Times Sanman[9] Best Music Direction Film: Savarkhed Ek Gaon
Maharashtra Rajya Natya Vyavsayik Spardha[9] Best Music Direction Play: Lochya Zala Re
Sanskruti Kala Darpan[9] Best Music Direction Film: Aga Bai Arrecha
2007 Maharashtra Rajya Natya Vyavsayik Spardha[9] Best Music Direction Play: Kala Ya Laglya Jiva
2008 Maharashtra Times Sanman[9] Best Music Direction Film: Zabardast
Zee Gaurav Puraskar[9] Best Music Direction Film: Bandh Premache
Akhil Bhartiy Marathi Chitrpat Mahamandal Awards[9] Best Music Direction Film: Tujhya Majhya Sansarala Aani Kaay Have
Akhil Bhartiy Marathi Chitrpat Mahamandal Awards[9] Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Tujhya Majhya Sansarala Aani Kaay Have
Sanskruti Kala Darpan[9] Best Music Direction Film: Tujhya Majhya Sansarala Aani Kaay Have
2009 Maharashtra Times Sanman[9] Best Music Direction TV series: Raja Shivchatrapati
V Shantaram Awards[9] Best Music Direction Film: Uladhaal
V Shantaram Awards[9] Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Uladhaal, Song- Morya Morya
Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Uladhaal, Song- Morya Morya
Late Music Director Shrikant Thackeray Awards Best Music Direction
Sanskruti Kala Darpan[10] Best Music Direction Film: Jogwa
Maharashtra Times Sanman Best Music Direction Film: Jogwa
2010 National Film Awards Best Music Direction Film: Jogwa
Zee Gaurav Puraskar[6] Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Zee Gaurav Puraskar[6] Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
Sanskruti Kala Darpan[10] Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Maharashtra Times Sanman Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Shivgaurav Influential Personalities
47th State Film Awards Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
V Shantaram Awards Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
V Shantaram Awards Best Background Score Film: Natarang
V Shantaram Awards Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Star Majha "Majha Sanman"[11] Best Music Direction
Bal Gandharva Awards[6] Best Music Direction
BIG FM BIG Music Director Award[12] Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
BIG FM BIG Playback Singer Award[12] Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
BIG FM BIG Song of the Year Award[12] Best Song of the Year Film: Natarang, Song: Apsara Aali
Pu. La. Tarunai Sanman[13] Music Direction
Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
Best Song Film: Natarang, Song: Wajle Ki Bara
2011 Marathi International Film and Theater Awards[14] Best Music Direction Film: Natarang
Marathi International Film and Theater Awards[14] Best Playback Singer- Ajay Gogavale Film: Natarang, Song: Khel Mandla
Ram Kadam Kalagaurav Award[15] Music Direction
Zee Marathi Awards Best Judges Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (Marathi) Season – X
2012 Zee Gaurav Awards[15] Marathi Paul Padte Pudhe
2013 Zee Cine Awards[16] Best Background Score Film: Agneepath
Rajarshee Shahu Gaurav Puraskar[17]
ETC Business Awards Most popular song of 2012 – Chikni Chameli Film: Agneepath
Stardust Awards Best Music Direction Film: Agneepath
5th Mirchi Music Awards Song of the year Abhi Mujh Me Kahin Film: Agneepath
Album of the year Film: Agneepath
Music Composer of The Year Film: Agneepath
Times of India Film Awards 2013 Best Music Director Film: Agneepath
2014 Mirchi Music Awards 2014 Best Music Director Film: Nilkanth Master
2015 Filmfare Awards 2015 Best Music Director Film:Lai Bhaari
2017 Filmfare Awards 2017 Film:Sairat
Mirchi Music Awards 2017 Best Music Director Film:Sairat
2019 11th Mirchi Music Awards Best song producer Film:Dhadak
Zee Cine Awards 2019 Best Music Director Film: Dhadak
2020 12th Mirchi Music Awards Best arranging and programming Jugrafiya Film: Super30
2021 13th Mirchi Music Awards Music Composer Of The Decade Film: Agneepath
Song Of The Decade Abhi Mujh Me Kahin Film: Agneepath
Mirchi Music Awards Marathi 2021 Song Programming and Arranging of the Decade Yaad Lagala Film: Sairat
Music Composer of the Decade Film: Sairat
Song of the Decade Mauli Mauli Film: Lai Bhaari
Album of the Decade Film: Sairat
Listener Choice Song of the Decade Sairat Jhala Ji

Film: Sairat

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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