Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Raichand Boral was a great film music composer and considered by music legends to be the father of Indian Cinema music.
He was born on 19th October 1903 in Bhagalpur, Bengal as the youngest son of a classical music exponent.He and his brothers were introduced to music  their father himself and later renowned music teachers were arranged to teach the children.He learnt under music exponents from Rampur and Gwalior  like Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan,Masit Khan(Tabla player),Ustad Hafeeez Ali Khan(Sarod player) etc.

Raichand turned to be one of the most talented music composer of that period.In 1927 he joined Indian broadcasting Company.In 1931 he joined New Theatres of Calcutta as a live musician.At that period many films in Hindi were also made in Calcutta.He worked in almost 150 films  in both Hindi and Bengali languages as a music composer.He incorporated the Ghazal style of singing into the 19th century Bengali tunes through the medium of string instruments.
The famous music composer Pankaj Mullick also worked along with him in several films.
He was referred as the 'Bhishma Pitamah' of Indian Film music  by Anil Biswas.
His music style was followed in Hindi and many other languages in Indian

cinema for about 20-30 years in the beginning period of talkies.
He along with his friends introduced playback singing for the first time in Indian cinema.It was in 1935 that a Bengali language film 'Bhagya Chakra' was directed  by Nitin Bose.The brother of Nitin Bose 'Mukul Bose' was sound engineer  at New Theatres and the music composers of the film were Raichand Boral along with Pankaj Mullick.The team implemented playback singing in that film for the first time in India.The film was remade as 'Dhoop Chhaon' in Hindi in the same year and playback singing was introduced  in the Hindi version also.
In 1953 he moved to Bombay and there he worked for the film 'Dard-e-Dil' with songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
His popular compositions include  films like 'Puran Bhagat,Chandidas,Dhoop Chhaon,Manzil,Devdas,Ananth Ashram,Vidyapati,Sapera,Haar Jeet,Lagon,Saugand' etc.
In the year 1978 he was awarded 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' the highest cinema award of India.In the same year he was awarded 'Sangeet Natak Akademy Award'.
He died on 25th November 1981 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Selected Filmography
Chirakumar Sabha
Yahudi ki Ladki
Rajrani Meera
Puran Bhagat
Bhagya Chakra
Karwana Hayat
Dhoop Chhaon
Badi Bahen
Ananth Ashram
Street Singer
Jawani Ki Reet
Rajat Jayanti
Haar Jeet
Pehla Aadmi
Swami Vivekananda
Sagar Sangamey

Thursday, December 4, 2014


The film director/producer Bimal Roy was a trend setter who gave much contributions to Indian cinema and will be ever remembered.
His films like 'Parineeta,Do Bigha Zameen,Madhumati,Bandini'Sujata' etc influenced  so much for the progress of better cinema in  Indian feature films.
He was well noted for his manifestation of social and romantic films in a realistic manner.He paved way for the artistic films and parallel films with the success of his classic film 'Do Bigha Zameen'.His films could be enjoyed by all sectors of the society and while he portrayed them in a realistic manner those films kept and contained  the entertainment values also so that  many of them were commercial successes.
Bimal Roy was born in Bengal province in the year 1909 and his entry to film field was as a camera assistant at 'New Theatres Pvt.Ltd' at Calcutta.
He worked as assistant to film maker P.C.Barua and worked with him in the famous film like 'Devdas' in which K.L.Saighal was the hero.
After working there till 1950 he shifted to Mumbai with  his team members that  included 'Hrishikesh Mukherjee,Asit Sen,Salil Choudhary,Kamal Bose' etc  who all became very popular soon.
His film 'Parineeta'(54) based on a Bengali novel by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay in which Askok Kumar and Meena Kumari acted as the main pair was well received by the audience.His portrayal of social and romantic themes in a realistic manner  earned critical acclaim. 'Do Bigha Zameen' was a film which he directed in 1953 in a classical and artistic manner.
Do Bigha Zameen won International prize at Cannes Film Festival.It won All India certificate of Merit for Best feature film.
His film 'Biraj Bahu' won All India certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film next year.
His film 'Devdas' received certificate of merit for Best feature film in Hindi on the year 1955.
In 1958 President's silver medal was received for his film 'Madhumati'.
In 1959 All India Certificate of Merit for 3rd Best feature film was given for his film 'Sujata'.
In 1963 Best feature film in Hindi was given for his film 'Bandini'.

In 1953 Filmfare Award for Best feature film and Best Director was given to him for the film 'Do Bigha Zameen'.
Filmfare Best Director Award was given to him in 1954 for 'Parineeta' and in 1955 for 'Biraj Bahu'.
In 1958  Filmfare gave Best Film Award for 'Madhumati' and Best Director Award for 'Madhumati'.
Filmfare gave Best Film Award and Best Director Award to Bimal Roy for his film 'Sujata' in 1959.
Filmfare gave Best Director Award in 1960 to Bimal Roy for his film 'Parakh'.
In 1963 Filmfare gave Best Film Award and Best Director Award to Bimal Roy for his film 'Bandini'.
His film 'Do Bigha Zameen' was rated as one among '25 Must see Bollywood Films' by  'India Times Movies'.
Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy were the main actors of this film.
'Abhi Bhattacharya and Kamini Kaushal were the main actors of 'Biraj Bahu' which he directed in 54.
Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala were the pair of 'Devdas'(1955).
Madhumati which was produced and directed by Bimal Roy in 1958 won award as Best feature film in Hindi, and 9 Filmfare Awards including 'Best Film,Best Director,Best Music Director,Best Female playback singer,Best Dialogues,Best Art Direction and Best Cinematographer'.Dilip Kumar and Vyjanthimala were the main pair of this film and it was a big commercial success.
Sunil Dutt and Nutan were the main pair of 'Sujata' and the movie entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Ashok Kumar,Nutan and Dharmendra were the main actors of 'Bandini' which was produced and directed by Bimal Roy in 1963.The film was based on a Bengali Novel by Charu Chandra Chakraborty.Bandini was the 10th highest grosser of that year.
A postage stamp was issued by India post in his honour in 2007.
Bimal Roy passed away on 8th January 1965.
Selected Filmography
Pehla Aadmi
Do Bigha Zameen
Biraj Bahu
Baap Beti
Prem Patra

Friday, November 21, 2014


Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar  who was also known as Vaidyanatha Iyer was a legendary Carnatic Maestro hailed from Chembai of Palakkad  in Kerala.
He was born on September 1, 1896 to Carnatic Musician and Violinist Anantha Bhagavathar.Most of his family members and ancestors were well known musicians and his skill in this field was hereditary.
Chembai's first Guru was his father itself and he was given lessons in Carnatic music from the age of 3.His father was the recipient of an Award from Maharajah as 'Ghana Chakratanam' for his style of rendering concerts.
His debut concert was in 1907 at Ottappalam which received much accolades and appreciation and afterwards he conducted regular musical concerts at music festivals,Sabhas,etc and even at Madras Music Academy thereby earning name and prestige.Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar earned praise for his powerful voice and majestic singing style from the early stage of his career  itself.

Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar did not try to be confined as a court musician in the Maharajah's  Palace because he was not interested in it.
His empathy for his accompanists and disciples was well noted.He loved all his disciples without any discrimination of religion but looked upon their skill and love towards music.He had many students including K.J.Yesudas,Jayan and Vijayan of 'Jaya Vijaya', P.Leela,T.V.Gopalakrishnan etc. and always encouraged them by making them participate in his music concerts.

Chembai was an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan.Once in his youth days he lost his charming voice and became unable to sing.He went to Guruvayoor temple and stayed there for a long period participating in all the 'Pooja rituals'.Lord Sree Krishna blessed him and thus he regained his voice.
He used to visit Guruvayoorappan when ever he had time and used to held music concert at the temple every year.
'Chembai Sangeetholsavam' (Music Festival) is held officially by Guruvayoor Devaswom at the temple premises every year in his honour.
'The Sri Guruvayoorappan Puraskaram' award by the Sree Krishna temple is instituted in Chembai's memory.
Well known musicians like 'Thrissur V.Ramachandran,Parassala Ponnammal,K.G.Jayan,Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair,M.Balamuralikrishna,T.V.Gopalakrishnan' etc are some of the recipients of this prestigious Award.
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar left this world to heavenly abode on 16th October, 1974.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


M.D.Valsamma is the second  Indian athlete to win an individual Gold Medal at the Asian Games  and  she is the first Indian woman to grab that medal on the Indian soil.
Menathoor Devasia Valsamma was born on 29 October 1960 in Kannur District of Kerala.She started to participate in sports while she was a school student itself.Valsamma came to the lime light when she won a gold medal for Kerala in 100 metres hurdles  at the Inter University Championship of 1979 when she was a student at Palakkad  Mercy College.
Later she became an employee of Southern Railways and received the coaching of A.K.Kutty.
At the interstate meet at Bangalore in 1981 she won five gold medals.That performance paved way for entry to the  National team in 1982.
At the  Asian Games in Indian soil she received Gold Medal in the 400 metres hurdles at Jawaharlal Stadium.After Kamaljit Sandhu , she became the second  woman athlete to win an Asian Games Gold Medal for India.
She won silver in 400 metres relay also.
She was given Arjuna Award in 1982 and Padma Shree in 1983.
She won gold in the 100 mt hurdles and a silver in the 400 mt hurdles in the National Games of 1985.
She participated and won in meets like Asian Track and field Meet in Delhi 
and sports meet at Moscow,SAF games in Islamabad etc.
At Beijing Asian Games  also she won silver medals.
In a career spanning fifteen years she took part in World cup meets in Havana,Tokyo,London,The Asian games 82,86,,SAF games etc
She was in the team of the women finals in  relay race at Olympics held at Los Angeles in 84
She received medals in  sports events at Tokyo,Jakarta,Seoul etc and also at South Asian Games.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


T.C.Yohannan is a former Indian long jumper who made a record in National
 Games which nobody could break for about three decades.
T.C.Yohannan (Thadathuvila Chandapillai Yohannan) was born on 19th May 1947 at Kundara, Kollam district in Kerala.Aftere his studies he joined Bhilai Steel plant.At school level and college he was an active sports person.
He participated in long jump and  triple jump in various sports meet held there.

In the year 1970 he finished as the second in National level.
In 1971 he set a National mark of 7.60 metres in Patiala.
Tinu Yohannan
Meanwhile he represented India in an International meet and won Gold Medals for Long Jump and Triple Jump.
He became National triple jump champion in 1972.
T.C.Yohannan  set new National Record of 7.78 metres in 1973.
At Teheran Asian Games he set a record of 8.07 metres in 1974.
He also received Gold medals in  sports meet held in Japan next year.
T.C.Yohannan also won Championship at Philipines and Sibu City.
He represented India in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 but could not achieve a medal.
Former Indian team member of Cricket, Tinu Yohannan is his son.