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03-09-2012, 06:33 PM #1
Veteran Renowned music director Bombay Ravi passed away
Prominent music director of yesteryear Ravi Shankar Sharma or popularly known as 'Bombay Ravi' passed away here late Wednesday night, according to family sources. He was 86 and had been ailing since some time when he breathed his last at his Santacruz residence. He was undergoing prolonged treatment for illness.
He is survived by his estranged son Ajay and daughter-in-law Varsha Usgaonkar, a leading Marathi and Hindi film actress. Ravi lost his wife in 1988, and hit the headlines when there was a family dispute over a property issue last year. His end came just four days after he celebrated his 86th birthday among a few friends and relatives.
Ravi Shankar sahib is a well known personality at bollywood and has also spread his music across 90 songs in Malayalam industry which did earn him the name 'Bombay Ravi'. He started his music journey by singing 'Vande Matharam' in AnandMath and his journey as music director started with Vachan (1954). Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Do Badan, Humraz, Ankhen, Nikah, Gharana, Khandan, Waqt, Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya, Neel Kamal and Gumrah are some of the major ones he scored music for in the list of nearly 250 Hindi films. He had won Filmfare awards for Gharana and Khandan. His special interest proved vital in shaping Mahendra Kapoor as a popular singer in Bollywood. He had won the national award for music in Sukrutham and Parinayam (Malayalam movies).
Ravi Shankar was introduced in Malayalam through Panchagni (1986) by director Hariharan, and in the same movie he had tuned two amazing hits penned by O N V Kurup, namely ‘Saaganarangale...." and ‘Aa Raathri maanju poy,’. After the successful run, he was offered many movies and has given memorable and nostalgic hits to the Malayalam Movie industry. His contributions are more remembered in Malayalam industry as movies like 'Nakhakshathangal' 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha', 'Vaishali' etc had the strongest point of music. His music in 'Sargam' had become a instant hit even before the movie was released and had been ruling the industry through nineties. He had won Kerala State awards for the same movie in 1991.
Malayali audience never considered him as an outsider as his songs blended the typical Malayali flavour. His songs in 14 films, including Ghazal, Vidyarambham, Padheyam, Parinayam, Sukrutham and Mayookham (2005) are some of the all-time favorites of Malayali community worldwide.Chitra had won the national award twice for his scores in Nakhakshatanagal and Vaishali with ONV’s national award winning song in Vaishali.
The cremation ceremony will be held on today, his wife had died in 1988 and his son Ajay is married to Varsha Usgaonkar, a Marathi and Hindi film actor.