Anandji Virji Shah

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Background information
Birth nameAnandji Virji Shah
Also known asAnandji
Born (1933-03-02) 2 March 1933 (age 88)
Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)music director, orchestrator, conductor
Years active1954–present
LabelsSaregama HMV
Universal Music

Anandji Virji Shah (born 2 March 1933) is an Indian music director. Together with his brother he formed the Kalyanji-Anandji duo, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for Kora Kagaz. He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).


Anandji was born to Virji Shah on 2nd March 1933. Their father was a Kutchi businessman who had migrated from Kutch to Bombay to start a kirana (provision store). His younger brother and sister-in-law are the husband and wife duo Babla & Kanchan. The two brothers began to learn music from a music teacher. One of their four grandparents was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Bombay) in the Marathi and Gujarati areas.

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