Anandji Virji Shah
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|Birth name||Anandji Virji Shah|
2 March 1933 |
Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat
|Occupation(s)||music director, orchestrator, conductor|
Anandji Virji Shah 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 were born to Virji Shah on 2 March 1933. Their father was a Kutchi businessman who had migrated from Kutch to Bombay to start a kirana (provision store). The two brothers began to learn music from a music teacher - who actually knew no music - and taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. 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) amidst Marathi and Gujarati environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity.
Though Anandji wished to become an actor, he realised his height would act as a hindrance. But his love for films, helped him gain knowledge about direction, editing, and the behind-the-screen technicalities.
He and his brother Kalyanji started playing for small musical shows,in and around Mumbai.
He has received various awards such as the Padma Shri, Filmfare Award, Mirchi Music Award, IIFA Award, Lata Mangeshkar Award,etc
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