Naushad Ali, one of the foremost music composers of Bollywood, is regarded as a pioneer of Indian music. Many of his movies went on to become huge success with almost 35 celebrating silver jubilee, 12 celebrating golden jubilee and 3 diamond jubilee.
Born in Lucknow in 1919, he was not only an avid film lover but was equally passionate about live orchestras. Naushad learned Indian classical music from some renowned musicians like Ustad Ghurbat Ali, Ustad Yusuf Ali and Ustad Babban Saheb. He started his career with composing music for theatrical group. He went to Mumbai in 1930 to try his hand in Bollywood. He got his first movie, Prem Nagar, as an independent music composer in 1940 but the real success came with his movie Ratan in 1944. From then onwards there was no looking back.
Naushad composed music for some of the most successful and hit movies of Bollywood; Baiju Bawra, Mughal-E-Azam, Mother India, Ganga Jamuna, Pakeezah and many more. Naushad composed music of ‘Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story’, the last movie of his life, at the age of 86, thus becoming the world’s oldest composer. Naushad died in 2006.
Naushad won many awards and recognition for his incredible work in Indian Cinema. Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Amir Khusro Award, Lata Mangeshkar Award, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Filmfare Best Music Director Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puruskar are few of them.
Some of most popular songs of Naushad are :
- Duniya Mein Hum Aaye Hain (Mother India)
- Dil Todne Wale Tujhe Dil (Son Of India)
- Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena (Deedar)
- Tu Mera Chand (Dillagi)
- Saaz Ho Tum Awaz Hoon Main (Saaz Aur Awaaz)
- Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon (Dard)
- Aaj Kaun Gali Gayo Shyam (Pakeezah)
- Bachpan Ki Mohabbat (Baiju Bawra)
- Mera Jeevan Saathi Bichhad Gaya (Babul)
- Toote Hue Khaboon Ne (Madhumati)
Naushad will always be remembered for his contribution to Indian music.