Anand Modak

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Anand Modak
Born (1951-05-13)13 May 1951[1]
Akola, India
Died 23 May 2014(2014-05-23) (aged 63)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Composer, Music Director
Years active 1972–2014
Ragini Modak
(m. 1978; his death 2014)

Anand Modak (Marathi: आनंद मोडक) (13 May 1951 – 23 May 2014) was an acclaimed Marathi film composer and music director in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre, known for his experimental style. He is notable films include Lapandav (1993), Chaukat Raja (1991), Tu Tithe Mee (1998), Naatigoti (2006), Harishchandrachi Factory (2009), Samaantar (2009), and Dambis (2011). In theatre, his notable compositions were for Mahanirvan, Mahapoor, Kheliya, Raigadala Jeva Jag Yete, Begum Barve, Chaukatcha Raja, and Mukta.

Early life and background[edit]

He was born in Akola, where he completed his primary education from Akola Education Society, Akola and also took early lessons in music. His mother was a singer, and later for taking further lessons in Music he came to Pune. He graduated from S.P. College (University of Pune) in Pune.[2]


Anand Modak was a versatile, popular and legendary music director in India. He composed music for several movies including Marathi, Hindi & English Films.

In Pune, Modak came in touch with theatre directors like Jabbar Patel and Satish Alekar, who were directing experimental theatre. He started his music career in 1972, assisting Bhaskar Chandavarkar, the composer for Vijay Tendulkar's noted play Ghashiram Kotwal directed by Jabbar Patel in Pune. Later he started composing independently in 1974, with Satish Alekar's acclaimed Marathi play Mahanirvan for Theatre Academy, Pune, a theatre organisation in 1973 he was also founder member of the academy.[2][3]

Meanwhile, he worked with Bank of Maharashtra while still making music, he completed his 35 years service & retired from job in 2010.[1][2] His work in theatre, lead to composing music for radio, television, plays and eventually Marathi cinema, and later in career devotional music.[2] He was known for his experimental style, and with music without using much instruments.[4] He even did cinematography for the film Naatigoti (2009).[2]

Most notable mentions about music he has given for award-winning movies Chaukat Raja, Tu Tithe Mee and Harishchandrachi Factory,[3] and plays like Mahapoor, Kheliya, Raigadala Jeva Jag Yete, Begum Barve, Chaukatcha Raja, and Mukta.[5] One of his last films was biopic Yashwantrao Chavan – Bakhar Eka Vadalachi (2014).[6] Over the years, he received both popular and critical acclaim for his work.[5] He won Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Music, for Doghi, Mukta, Raosaheb, and Dhoosar.[2] Till date he is the only music director in Marathi film industry who won Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Music continuously for 3 years for the films Doghi, Mukta (film), and Raosaheb

His finest musical work came perhaps in Marathi non-film sphere. In 1980s and 1990s he was part of a prolific group in Pune whose other prominent members were Rajeev Paranjape, Chandrakant Kale, Madhuri Purandare. They did much acclaimed shows like Preet-rang and Amrit-gAthA; for Amrut-gatha, Anand Modak had set to tune verses of saint-poets Jnandev, Namdev, Eknath, Tukaram.

He died in Pune following a heart attack, at the age of 63. He was survived by his wife,two daughters,one granddaughter, two grandsons and sons-in-law.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


As composer
Year Title Language
1979 22 June 1897 Marathi
1988 Nasheebvaan Marathi
1989 Kalat Nakalat Marathi
1989 Suryoday Marathi
1990 Disha Marathi
1991 Chakori Marathi
1991 Samvaad Marathi
1991 Chaukat Raja Marathi
1993 Lapandav Marathi
1994 Ghayaal Marathi
1994 Mukta (1994 film) Marathi
1995 Doghi Marathi
1995 Aai Marathi
1995 Tatva Hindi
1996 Raosaheb Marathi
1997 Abhaas Hindi
1997 Sarkarnama Marathi
1998 Tu Tithe Mee Marathi
1998 Gabhara Marathi
2000 Raju Marathi
2000 Zindagi Zindabad Hindi
2006 Thaang Marathi
2006 Quest English
2006 Naatigothi Marathi
2006 Divasen Divas Marathi
2007 Dohaa Marathi
2007 Maaybaap Marathi
2007 Paash Marathi
2008 Savar Re Marathi
2008 Urus Marathi
2008 Baaimanus Marathi
2008 Fakeera Marathi
2008 Satya Marathi
2009 Katha Tichya Lagnachi Marathi
2009 Harishchandrachi Factory Marathi
2009 Samaantar Marathi
2010 Aarambh Marathi
2010 Umang Marathi
2011 Dambis Marathi
2012 Masala Marathi
2013 Mhais Marathi
2014 Yashwantrao Chavan - Bakhar Eka Vadalachi Marathi
2014 Punjabrao Deshmukh Marathi
2014 Jay Shankar Marathi
2014 Khairlanjichya Mathyavar Marathi
2014 Maalak Marathi
2014 Rama Madhav Marathi
2014 Elizabeth Ekadashi Marathi
2014 Vimukta Marathi
2016 20 Mhanje 20 Marathi


  1. ^ a b Rishma Kapur (24 May 2014). "'He believed in music, not marketing'". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Anand Modak passes away". Sakaal Times. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Marathi music composer Anand Modak passes away". The Times of India. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Musician Anand Modak passes away". Business Standard. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Musician Anand Modak Dead". Outlook. 23 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Harishchandrachi Factory's music director passes away". The Times of India. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.

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