Kalyanji Virji Shah
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|Birth name||Kalyanji Virji Shah|
30 June 1928|
Kundrodi, Kutch, Gujarat
|Died||24 August 2000(aged 72)|
|Occupation(s)||music director, orchestrator, conductor|
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. He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1992).
Birth and early life
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.
The brothers were known for their humility and affable nature. They also were known for their love songs and poetry readings. Kalyanji's son Viju Shah is also a famous music director.
- "Viju Shah On Kalyanjibhai". Screen (magazine). August 27, 2004.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- Carlo Nardi (July 2011). "The Cultural Economy of Sound: Reinventing Technology in Indian Popular Cinema". Journal on the Art of Record Production, Issue 5, ISSN 1754-9892.
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