Kalyanji Virji Shah

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Birth name Kalyanji Virji Shah
Born (1928-06-30)30 June 1928
Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat
Died 24 August 2000(2000-08-24) (aged 72)
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) music director, orchestrator, conductor
Years active 1954–2000

Kalyanji Virji Shah (30 June 1928 – 24 August 2000) was the Kalyanji of the Kalyanji-Anandji duo. He and his brother Anandji Virji Shah have been famous Indian film musicians, and won the 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, for Kora Kagaz.[1][2] He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).[3]

Birth and early life[edit]

Kalyanji was born to Virji Shah, a Kutchi businessman in Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat, who migrated from Kutch to Mumbai to start a Kirana (provision store).

He and his brothers began to learn music from a music teacher, who actually knew no music but taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. One of their four grand parents was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Mumbai) amidst Marathi and Gujarati environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity.

Kalyanji's breakthrough was with the theme entitled Been music from the film Nagin (1954).[4]

Personal life[edit]

The brothers were known for their humility and affable nature.[citation needed] They also were known for their love songs and poetry readings.[citation needed] Kalyanji's son Viju Shah is also a famous music director.


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