Ravindra Jain

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Ravindra Jain
Hindi man with a microphone on a stage in 2015
Jain at the Rajasthan Cinema Awards in 2015
Born(1944-02-28)28 February 1944
Aligarh, India
Died9 October 2015(2015-10-09) (aged 71)
Nagpur, India
  • Music composer
  • lyricist
  • playback singer
Years active1971–2015
Spouse(s)Divya Jain

Ravindra Jain (28 February 1944 – 9 October 2015)[1][2] was an Indian Music Composer, lyricist, Playback Singer. He started his career in the early 1970s, composing for hit movies such as Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976) and Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978). He composed music for many films and TV shows based on Hindu epics, including Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan (1987).[3] He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India in 2015 for his contribution to arts.

Early life and education[edit]

Ravindra Jain was born blind on 28 February 1944 to Pandit Indramani Jain and Kiran Jain as the third child of seven brothers and one sister. He belongs to the Jain community. His father was a Sanskrit pundit; his mother was a homemaker.[4]

His father recognised his talent and sent him to stalwarts like G.L. Jain, Janardhan Sharma and Nathu Ram for formal education in music.[5] At a young age, he started singing bhajans at temples.[6]


His works include Saudagar, Chor Machaye Shor, Chitchor, Geet Gaata Chal, Fakira, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, Paheli, Do Jasoos, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Insaf Ka Tarazu, Nadiya Ke Paar, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Henna.[4] He extensively used Yesudas and Hemlata for singing his songs.[4][6] He composed many religious albums in different Indian languages, including Bengali and Malayalam. He composed music for several television series. His music for Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana became iconic.[4][7]

Some of his most popular works on TV are Shri Krishna, Alif Laila, Jai Ganga Maiya, Jai Mahalaxmi, Shree Brahma Vishnu Mahesh, Sai Baba, Jai Maa Durga, Jai Hanuman and Maha Kavya Mahabharat.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jain was married to Divya Jain, with whom he has a son.[8] He died in Mumbai on 9 October 2015 because of multiple organ failure.[4][9]


He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India in 2015 for his contribution to arts.[10] He received the Filmfare Best Music Director award for his work in Ram Teri Ganga Maili in 1985.[11] Ravindra Jain won many other awards for his contribution to Indian music.[5]


His funeral was attended by numerous celebrities.[12] Prime minister Modi said: "He will be remembered for his versatile music and fighting spirit."[4]


  1. ^ Pandya, Haresh. "Ravindra Jain, Bollywood Film Composer, Dies at 71", The New York Times, United States, 10 October 2015. Retrieved on 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ Business Standard. "Bollywood's veteran music composer Ravindra Jain dies at 71", Business Standard, India, 9 October 2015. Retrieved on 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "पुण्यतिथि रवींद्र जैन: जिनके बिना रामायण शुरू नहीं होती थी". Firstpost Hindi. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ravindra Jain Profile". Outlook India.
  5. ^ a b c Tentaran (24 May 2017). "Ravindra Jain | Famous Indian Musician - Tentaran". Tentaran - there's more to life. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b Vats, Rohit. "Ravindra Jain: The man who introduced Yesudas to us", Hindustan Times, India. 9 October 2015. Retrieved on 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Ravindra Jain Songs". Youtube Video Episode. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Film Bandhu". filmbandhuup.gov.in. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  9. ^ Pandya, Haresh (10 October 2015). "Ravindra Jain, Bollywood Film Composer, Dies at 71". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Jains steal the show with 7 Padmas". The Times of India. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Filmfare Awards Winners From 1953 to 2020". filmfare.com. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Hema Malini, Vishal Bhardwaj Bid Final Farewell to Ravindra Jain". NDTV. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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