The Indian music industry is an amalgamation of a vast array of folks and fusion, offbeats and melodies along with the ever present mainstream commercial numbers. Indeed, songs and melodies has been so ingrained in the Bollywoodistic realm that it’s impossible to imagine Hindi cinema sans the harmony.
True, new age commercial cinema has more of the glam and glitter of showbiz even in its music, which are merely words strung into a melody. But even then, Bollywood has also blessed us with such melodious numbers and soul stirring songs or simply entertaining chartbusters that has forever revved up our bland life and enhanced our existence with that particularly enriching experience.
The Hindi film industry has witnessed some terrific music director duos who have endowed us with some of the finest lyrical compositions and soulfully stirring musical pieces. Indeed, as the universal bearer of an emotion that transcends boundaries of language and culture, music is ever uplifting to the spirit. And this aspect of the language of the soul has been adroitly explored and enhanced by certain doyens of the Indian music industry.
Perhaps the most consistent of music directors to have graced the realm of melodies in Bollywood, Lamikant- Pyarelal is undoubtedly the most celebrated among all music director duos. Intricacies of Indian music as well as western melodies finds expression in this iconic director duo’s ventures. They brought about a virtual revolution in filmy music, apart from concentrating also on folk tunes and semi classical music.
With iconic hits like Sawan Ka Mahina, Bindiya Chamkegi, Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai, Hawa Hawaii, Dream Girl, Dafali Wale, Ek Do Teen, Jooma Chumma, Hungama Ho Gaya, Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hain, Man Kyu Behka Re, Chabi Kho Jaye, Laxmikant- Pyarelal occupies place among the jewels of the Indian music scene.
Melodious and essentially 90s stuff characterises the music of this director duo from the last decade of the century gone by. With hits in movies like Aashiqui, Saajan, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin,Dilwale, Raja Hindustani, Phool Aur Kante, Dhadkan, Raaz this duo essentially reverberates through filmi Hindi melodies of the 90s and is reminiscient of perhaps one of the finest eras of the Indian musical journey.
At an age and time when the golden era was dawning upon the Indian music scene, the music duo of Kalyanji- Anandji managed a breakthrough courtesy their stunning musical expertise and are the first Indian musicians to be awarded by the US based copyrights body, Broadcasting Media Inc (BMI).
Apni Toh Jaise Taise, Na Na Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se, Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta, Khaike Paan Banaraswala, Dam Dam Diga Diga, Mere Desh Ki Dharti, Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz, Gazar Ne Kiya Hai Ishaara, Salaam- e- Ishq Meri Jaan, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas and a huge repertoire of songs only points to the tremendous exploits of this magical director duo.
As directors who regularly brought forth a fusion of Indian and western music to the forth in their compositions, Shankar- Jaikishan’s popularity and prowess as one of the most versatile director duos remain unparalleled. As also the precursor to the Indian jazz movement, Shankar- Jaikishan no doubt commands position as among the exemplary of music directors.
Barsaat, Awaara, Shree 420, Chori Chori, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Sangam, Brahmachari, Mera Naam Joker remains some of the most famous compositions of this music duo. Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua by this talented musical duo, in particular, remains as one of the most romantic rain songs and an evergreen number across times.
Siblings Anand- Milind has ruled the Indian music scene for more than two decades now with a host of melodies that ranged from love and romance to melancholy to songs that has been purely lyrical. Mostly based on Indian folk tunes and incorporating a multitude of influences, this musician duo became hugely popular with a number of iconic songs that included Husn hai suhana, Koyal Si Teri Boli, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga, Saathi Mere Suun To Zara, Papa Kehte Hain to name a few.
Though this music composer duo did not foray much into the genre of cinematic music, the ambit of their work in all its limits was truly phenomenal. Ye Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum, Mere Haathon Mein Nau- Nau Choodiyan Hai, Jaadu Meri Nazar, Tu Mere Saamne and quite a few other songs celebrates their prowess as musical geniuses. Their musical offerings are particularly remarkable for lending a fresh feel to songs at a time when the Indian music scene was not at a very bright juncture.
The undisputed reigners of the realm of romance, Jatin- Lalit is one music duo who have dished out numerous romantic, soulful numbers. Be it Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander and continuing with Hum Tum, Chalte Chalte, Fanaa and a host of other films, Jatin- Lalit has set the standards really high when it comes to belting out chart buster melodies every time.
Known for their off beat compositions and remix delights, Sachin- Jigar is another one of the highly celebrated musician duos from India. They initially started out by arranging music under another biggie Pritam and slowly ventured into television, theater, films and the like. With considerable struggle and tremendous hard work, they finally succeeded in making it big in the Hindi film industry with numerous compositions.
Peppy numbers like Beat Pe Booty, Lucky Tu Lucky Me, Sadda Dil Vi Tu, Dance Basanti, Chaar Baj Gaye as well as soulful compositions including Mileya Mileya, Jeene De, Morey Saiyyan establish their credential as a versatile music composer duo.
Perhaps the most enigmatic of the current lot of Indian music directors, Vishal- Shekhar has been dishing out innumerable hits for more than a decade now. Though highly catchy and commercial, most their songs have a refreshing melody permeating them. Plus, the tempo is mostly catch and the musician duo delivers their product with an energy that is infectious to the core. No doubt, they rank among the terrific director duos of Bollywood.
From romantic numbers like Bahara, Bin Tere, Ishq Wala Love to soulful melodies Kuch Kam and peppy numbers like Desi Girl, Kukkad, Shut Up and Bounce, the duo have offered it all in the Indian music scene.
Among the current lot of Indian musicians who have been making it count in the realm of filmi music, Salim- Sulaiman undoubtedly deserves mention. With numbers that instantly connect to the average audience and are mostly soothing even while being high on the fun quotient, the music on platter offered by this duo does much to find place among highly entertaining stuff from the Indian music and film industry.
Shukran Allah, Khudaya Ve, Ainvayi Ainvayi, Dancing Jodi and a lot more of their music finds place among their remarkable compositions.
Another sibling duo that has been making great music in the realm of Bollywood songs are veteran tabla player Ustad Sharafat Khan’s sons Sajid and Wajid. Starting out with Salman Khan’s Pyaar KiyaTo Darna Kiya to Hello Brother, God Tussi Great Ho, Wanted, Dabangg, Mujshe Shaadi Karogi, Partner, Ek Tha Tiger, this duo has been phenomenal with their music for Khan’s films.
Some of their other notable compositions include Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da, Mukhtasar, Dhadang Dhang Dhang, DJ Bajega Toh Pappu Nachega et al and make up for some of the most popular songs of Bollywood.