| Madan Mohan - A Snapshot|
Name: Madan Mohan Kohli
Date of Birth: June 25, 1924
Birth Sign: Cancer
Place of Birth: Baghdad (Iraq)
Father: Rai Bahadur Chunilal Kohli
Mother: Bhagwanti Devi
Madan Mohan had a younger sister, Shanti Kohli, (Shanti Mahendroo, after her marriage) and a younger brother, Prakash Kohli.
In January 1953, in an arranged marriage, he wed Sheila Dhingra (niece of freedom fighter Madanlal Dhingra) from Amritsar (Punjab), and they were blessed with one daughter, Sangeeta (1954) and two sons, Sanjeev (1956) and Sameer (1961).
Education and Career:
Madan Mohan was very fond of and excelled in singing. In 1947, he got his first chance to record two ghazals penned by Behzad Lucknawi, Aane Laga Hai Koi Nazar Jalwa Gar Mujhe and Is Raaz Ko Duniya Jaanti Hai. Soon after, in 1948 he recorded two more private ghazals penned by Deewan Sharar, Wo Aaye To Mahfil Mein Ithlaate Huye Aaye and Duniya Mujhe Kahti Hai Ke Main Tujhko Bhoolaa Doon.
In the year 1948, he got his first opportunity to sing a film duet Pinjare Mein Bulbul Bole, Mera Chhotasa Dil Dole with Lata Mangeshkar under the baton of renowned composer Ghulam Haider for the film Shaheed, though this song was never released or used in the film.
He assisted composer S.D. Burman in the film Do Bhai, and composer Shyam Sundar in Actress and Nirdosh (between 1948 and 1949).
Debut As Music Director:
The first time the name of Madan Mohan blazed across the silver screen was for the film Ankhen (1950).
First Recorded Film Composition:
For the film Ankhen (1950). Mukesh sang Preet Lagaake Maine Ye Phal Paaya..
Total Musical Output:
Over a musical span of 25 years Madan Mohan has composed music for 95 released Hindi films (648 songs), 12 shelved Hindi films (28 songs) and one documentary (one song) produced by Films Division..
Inspite of consistently composing superlative melodies, Madan Mohan was deprived of any recognition or award of national importance. Some of the prominent awards conferred on him are as under.
He received National Award as Best Music Director for the film Dastak (1970).
Sur Singar Sansad's Swami Haridas Awards for two successive years for the songs Nainon Mein Badra Chhaaye (Mera Saya) and Maine Rang Lee Aaj Chunariya (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki).
The Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Award for best music direction for the film Anpadh (1962).
The Uttar Pradesh Film Journalists Award for best music direction for Dil Ki Rahen (1973).
He also won the CINE MUSIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION AWARD a few times
Posthumous Awards for his tunes used in Veer-Zaara (2004). The IIFA AWARD, BOLLYWOOD AWARD, and the SANGEET AWARD
Documentaries made on Madan Mohan:
Madan Mohan succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver on July 14, 1975. He was only 51. Over a career span of 25 years (1950 – 1975), Madan Mohan composed music for 95 released Hindi films and 12 shelved films. These 100 plus films featured almost 700 songs, many of which are remembered to this day while some have been lost over the years. He was extremely versatile, but he is best remembered for his ghazals, pathos-laden songs and classical based songs due to their immense popularity. His songs with Lata Mangeshkar in particular have become a part of Indian Film Music history.
1. Ankhen (1950) Producer: Devendra Goel
Director: Devendra Goel
Cast: Nalini Jayawant, Shekher, Bharat Bhooshan & Yakoob
2. Ada (1951) Producer: Devendra Goel
Director: Devendra Goel
Cast: Rehana, Shekhar & Madan Puri
3. Madhosh (1951) Producer: J.B.H.Wadia
Cast: Meena Kumari, Manhar Desai & Usha Kiran
4. Shabistan (1951) Producer: Filmistan Limited
Director: Bibhuti Mitra
Cast: Naseem, Shyam Chadda & Sapru
1. The other songs of this film were composed by C.Ramchandra.
5. Anjam (1952) Producer: V.M.Vyas
Director: Shanti Kumar
Cast: Vaijayantimala, Premnath & Kuldip Kaur
6. Ashiana (1952) Producer: B.Swinder Singh Sabharwal
Cast: Nargis & Raj Kapoor
7. Khubsurat (1952) Producer: S.F.Hasnain
Cast: Suraiya & Nasir Khan
8. Nirmohi (1952) Producer: Shriram Sharma
Director: Baij Sharma
Cast: Nutan & Sajjan
9. Baghi (1953) Producer: Ayyoob Khan
Director: Anant Thakur
Cast: Naseem, Ranjan & Pran
1. * The Adlib version of "Hamaare Baad Ab Mehfil Mein Afsaane Bayaan Honge" (Song 8 above) was especially recorded by Lataji for a tribute event on Madanji's 25th Death Anniversary in 2000.
10. Chacha Chowdhary (1953) Producer: A.R.Kardar
Director: Raja Paranjape
Cast: Raja Paranjape, Durga Khote & Shashikala
1. The sad version of the song "Yeh Duniyaa Paglon Kaa Baazaar" was not released on records.
2. A classical bandish in Raag Chandrakauns, possibly renedered by Vasantrao Deshpande was also recorded for this film, but not released on records.
11. Dhoon (1953) Producer: Pramila
Cast: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Motilal, Kumar & Pramila
12. Ehsan (1954) Producer: J.G.Mohla
Director: Rajendra Sharma
Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Munawar Sultana & Prithviraj Kapoor
1. The song "Hamein Dil Mein Basaa Bhee Lo" was never released on disc.
13. Ilzam (1954) Producer: R.C.Talwar
Cast: Meena Kumari & Kishore Kumar
14. Mastana (1954) Producer: Khushi & Prem Sethi
Cast: Motilal, Nigar Sultana, Kuldeep Kaur & Gope
1 Duniyaa Ke Saare Ghamon Se Begaanaa Ho Main Hoon Mastaanaa Mohd. Rafi Rajinder Krishan 2 Mat Bhool Are Insaan Mohd. Rafi Rajinder Krishan 3 Raajaa Kaa Haathee Le Le, Gudiyaa Ka Saathee Le Le (part 1) Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi Rajinder Krishan 4 Ro Ro Ke Yaad Kare (part 2) Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi Rajinder Krishan 5 Kanwaaron Kaa Bhee Duniyaa Mein Khudaa Hotaa To Kyaa Hotaa Kishore Kumar & Shamshad Begum Rajinder Krishan 6 Jhoom Jhoom Ke Do Deewaane Gaate Jaayein Galee Galee Mohd. Rafi & Laxmi Shankar Rajinder Krishan 7 Cheen Se Aayaa Cheenee Baabaa Leke Jaadoo Cheen Kaa Sunder, Laxmi Shankar & Chorus Rajinder Krishan 8 Tiggee Chaukee Panjee Chhakkhee Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi & Shamshad Begum Rajinder Krishan
15. Railway Platform (1955) Producer: Keval Krishan
Director: Ramesh Saigal
Cast: Nalini Jayawant, Sunil Dutt, Sheila Ramani, Johnny Walker & Manmohan Krisshna.