Datta Naik

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Dattaram Baburao Naik
Native name दत्ताराम बाबुराव नाईक
Also known as N Datta
Born (1927-12-12)12 December 1927
Goa, India
Died 30 December 1987(1987-12-30) (aged 60)
Mumbai, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Music director
Instruments Harmonium
Years active 1955–1987

Datta Naik (12 December 1927 – 30 December 1987), also credited as N. Datta, is a Hindi film music director. Born in the then Portuguese colony of Goa, Naik, started his career as an assistant to the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman in films like Bahar, Sazaa and Ek Nazar (1951), Jaal (1952), Jeevan Jyoti (1953) and Angarey (1954). His partnership with songwriter Sahir Ludhianvi was popular and successful.[1] He died on 30 December 1987.

Datta Naik alias N. Datta was born in 1927 in Aroba (Near Colvale), a small village in Goa. At the age of 12, he ran away from his family and came to Mumbai. There he learnt classical music and later worked as an assistant to Ghulam Haider. He was a close friend of Chandrakant Bhosle who was playing rhythm with Shankar Jaikishan's orchestra. He also used to participate in street music programs, where Sachin Dev Burman spotted his talent. The maestro employed him as his assistant and while working there, N. Datta also developed a notable career as an independent composer. His compositions showed a fine sense of melody and orchestration. His close association with lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi who was also his close friend ensured that his songs were always blessed by meaningful poetic lyrics.

Noted Marathi writer and music aficionado P.L. Deshpande had once famously written that whenever he listened to Lata’s emotional Dhool Ka Phool title song ‘Too Mere Pyaar Kaa Phool Hai’ (composed by N. Datta), he got the impression that each word, each note was rendered as if a tender flower petal was gently placed in flowing water! Lata and Mahendra Kapoor’s qawwali ‘Tere Pyaar Ka Aasraa Chaahataa Hoon’ from the same soundtrack was a huge hit and has remained popular till date. In Naach Ghar, Lata’s silken rendition of N. Datta’s waltz based club song ‘Aye Dil Zubaan Naa Khol’ subtly exposed this materialist world’s duplicity in Sahir’s sarcastic socialist lingo.

N. Datta’s later years were spent fighting ill health and commercial failure. The 1980 film Chehre Pe Chehra was his last Hindi film and on December 30, 1987 he breathed his last. [1]


  • Marine Drive (1955)
  • Milaap (1955) – debut film with Raj Khosla
  • Chandrakanta (1956)
  • Dashehra (1956)
  • Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957)
  • Mohini (1957)
  • Mr. X (1957)
  • Light House (1958)
  • Miss 1958 (1958)
  • Saadhna (1958)
  • Bhai Bahan (1959)
  • Black Cat (1959)
  • Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
  • Jaalsaaz (1959)
  • Mr. John (1959)
  • Naach Ghar (1959)
  • Didi (1959)
  • Dr. Shaitaan (1959)
  • Rickshawala (1960)
  • Dharamputra (1960)
  • Do Bhai (1961)
  • Dilli Ka Dada (1962)
  • Gyara Hazar Ladkian (1962)
  • Kala Samundar (1962)
  • Sachche Moti (1962)
  • Aawara Abdullah (1963)
  • Akela (1963)
  • Holiday in Bombay (1963)
  • Mere Armaan Mere Sapne (1963)
  • Rustam-e-Baghdad (1963)
  • Baadshah (1964)
  • Chandi Ki Deewar (1964)
  • Herculis (1964)
  • Gopal Krishna (1965)
  • Khaakan (1965)
  • Bahadur Daaku (1966)
  • Dilaawar (1966)
  • Jawan Mard (1966)
  • Albela Mastaana (1967)
  • Raju (1967)
  • Apna Ghar Apni Kahani (1968)
  • Ek Masoom (1969)
  • Patthar Ka Khwab (1969)
  • Ustaad 420 (1970)
  • Inspector (1970)
  • Naya Raasta (1971)
  • Aag Aur Daag (1970)
  • Badnaam Farishtey (1972
  • Return of Johnny (1974)
  • Do Juaari (1974)
  • Ganga (1974)
  • Aag Aur Toofan (1975)
  • Phanda (1975)
  • Miss Toofan Mail (1980)
  • Chehre Pe Chehra (1980)

Mentioned below are some of his songs.[2]

   Ponchh Kar Ashq Apni Aankhon Se - Movie (Naya Raasta) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Maine Chaand Aur Sitaron Ki Tamanna Ki Thi - Movie (Chandrakanta) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Main Tumhi Se Poochhti Hoon - Movie (Black Cat) Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
   Sitare Raah Takte Hain Chale Aao - Movie (Black Cat) Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
   Mere dil meri jaan - Movie (Jaal Saaz - 1959) Sung By: Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
   Ashkon Ne Jo Paya Hai - Movie (Chandi Ki Deewar) Sung By: Talat Mahmood
   Aaj Kee Rat Nahee Shikave (Dharmaputra) Sung By: Mahendra Kapoor
   Aaj Kyon Hamse Parda Hai (Sadhana) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi, S Balbir
   Abb Woh Karam Kare Ya Sitam (Marine Drive) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Apane Kayaalo Ko Samajha Dijiye (Marine Drive) Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
   Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardo Ko (Sadhana) Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar 
   Bhul Sakta Hai Bhala Kaun (Dharmaputra) Sung By: Mahendra Kapoor 
   Chunar Moree Kori Kori Kori (Naya Raasta (1970)) Sung By: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
   Dhadkane Lage Dil Ke Taro Kee Duniya (Dhool Ka Phool) Sung By: Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor
   Tere Pyar Ka Aasra - Movie ((Dhool Ka Phool - 1959): Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor
   Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega - Movie ((Dhool Ka Phool - 1959): Sung By: Mohammed Rafi
   Dil Kee Tamanna Thee (Gyaarah Hazaar Ladakiyaan) Sung By: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
   Dukh Jo Diye Hain Duneeya Ne (Naach Ghar) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
   Ishwar Allaah Tere Naam (Naya Raasta (1970)) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Jis Ghar Ke Logo Ko Subah Jhagadate Dekha Hai (Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
   Karam Kee Bhikh Maangee Hamane Tumase (Marine Drive) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Mai Jab Bhee Akelee Hotee Hu (Dharmaputra) Sung By: Asha Bhosle
   Maine Pee Sharaab, Tumne Kya Piya (Naya Raasta (1970)) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi 
   Mere Dilbar Mujh Par Kafa Naa Ho (Dharmaputra) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Meree Tasvir Lekar Kya Karoge (Kaala Samundar) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle  
   Sambhal Ai Dil Tadapane Aur (Sadhana) Sung By: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
   Tere Shaharon Se Raaja Hame Ban Hee Bhale (Naach Ghar) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
   Todo Na Dil Bekarar Kaa (Jaalsaaz) Sung By: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
   Tum Mujhe Bhul Bhee Jao (Didi) Sung By: Mukesh, Sudha Malhotra
   Yeh Kiska Lahu Hai Kaun Mara (Dharmaputra) Sung By: Mahendra Kapoor 
   Tere Iss Pyar Ka Shukriya - Movie (Aag Aur Daag - 1971): Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Mere Bhaiya Ko Sandesa Pahoochana - Movie (Didi - 1959): Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
   Jhukti Ghata Gaati Hawa - Movie (Dhool Ka Phool, 1959) Sung By: Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
   Laal Laal Gaal Jaan Ke Hai Laagu - Movie (Mr X, 1957) Sung By: Mohammad Rafi
   Yaadon Ka Sahara Na Hota - Movie (Patthar Ke Khwab, 1969) Sung By: Talat Mahmood
   Sambhal Ai Dil Tadapane Aur Tadpane Se Kya Hoga - Movie (Sadhna, 1958)) Sung By: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
  1. ^ N Datta. Down Melody Lane. Retrieved on 21 December 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.hindilyrics.net/lyrics/by-music-director-N%20Dutta.html

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