Robin Ghosh

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Robin Ghosh
Native name রবিন ঘোষ
Born 13 Sep 1939 [1]
Baghdad, Iraq
Origin Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died February 13, 2016(2016-02-13) (aged 76)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation(s) film music composer
Years active 1961–1986

Robin Ghosh (13 September 1939 – 13 February 2016) was a Bangladeshi (earlier Pakistani) playback singer and film music composer, best known for singing and composing music for Lollywood films from 1961 to 1986. Playback singer Ahmed Rushdi has a notable contribution to Ghosh's success. Ghosh gained fame in the mid-1960s when Rushdi sang his compositions in films like Chakori (1967), Jahan Tum Wahan Hum, Paisa, etc.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ghosh's father worked for the International Red Cross and was posted to Baghdad during the Second World War, where Ghosh was educated in a convent school. When Ghosh was young his father S.M Ghosh left the family and married another person. His brother, Ashok Ghosh, was a film director in Bangladesh.[3]

When the Second World War ended in 1945, the six-year-old Ghosh along with his family moved to Dhaka, in Bengal (in pre-partitioned India). He showed interest in music, collecting gramophone records and playing the harmonium, and finally graduated with music major in Dhaka.

Family life[edit]

In the late 1950s, Ghosh was offered a job at the Dhaka Radio Station by a friend. This friend's sister, Jharna Basak (now better known as the film actress Shabnam) who occasionally played in various Bengali films became friends with him. The two finally got married. Together they had a son, Ronnie (born 1966).

Film career[edit]

In the early 1960s, film director Ehtesham visited the radio station, and offered Ghosh a contract as composer for his films. His debut was for the Bengali film Raj Dhanir Bookay in 1961, and followed by numerous other Bengali and Urdu films, including Talash (1963) Paisa, Chakori (1967) and Bhaiya. After the release of Tum Meray Ho, Ghosh moved to Karachi, Pakistan continuing to compose film music into the 1980s. He composed songs for the film Aaina (1977) one of the greatest films ever made in the Pakistani film industry, celebrated its Diamond Jubilee at the Pakistani cinemas.Aina completed 400 weeks at Pakistani cinemas.[4]


Ghosh earned the Nigar Awards for best composer in the films Talash (1963),[5] Chakori (1967), Chahat (1974), Aaina (1977), Amber (1978) and Dooriyan (1984).


On 10 February 2016, Ghosh became ill and was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka. He died on 13 February 2016 due to respiratory failure. He was 76 years old.[6][7]


  1. ^, Robin Ghosh filmography on IMDb, Retrieved 18 Feb 2016
  2. ^ "Renowned music composer Robin Ghosh passes away". Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Santa Maria (February 16, 2016). "আয়নায় যে মুখ আর দেখবে না কেউ". The Daily Star. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  4. ^, Robin Ghosh 'Biography' on Pakistan Film Magazine, Retrieved 18 Feb 2016
  5. ^, Nigar Award for Robin Ghosh for film Talash (1963) on website, Retrieved 18 Feb 2016
  6. ^ "End of a legend: Fans pay tribute to Bangladeshi music director Robin Ghosh". Dawn Images. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Famous musician Robin Ghosh passes away". The News Tribe. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

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