Shankar–Jaikishan

Shankar–Jaikishan, were an Indian composer duo of the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949 to 1971. They are considered to be the greatest ever and first composer duo of the Hindi film industry. Later, Shankar continued to function as a Music Director alone, still giving music under the banner Shankar–Jaikishan, till 1987.

Shankar–Jaikishan, along with other artists, composed “everlasting” and “immortal melodies” in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Their best work was noted for being “raga-based and having both lilt and sonority”.

During their career, S-J won Filmfare Best Music Director Awards nine times. The last three awards were won in three successive years, thereby making S-J the first composers to score a hat trick of these awards.

S-J also came out tops in Binaca Geetmala, the legendary countdown radio program on Hindi film music, where their compositions were declared the most popular on six occasions (a record later equalled by Laxmikant Pyarelal). These songs were “Mera Joota Hai Japani” in 1955 (Shree 420), “Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko” in 1961 (Sasural), “Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par” in 1962 (Junglee), “Bol Radha Bol” in 1964 (Sangam), “Baharon Phool Barsaao” in 1966 (Suraj), and “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana” in 1971 (Andaaz). In 1959, seven of the top ten songs for the year were composed by S-J, a sort of record that stands perhaps to this date, though the top honours for that year went to SD Burman.

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