On the occasion of birth anniversary of unparalleled music director Madan Mohan Kohli. Born on 25 June in 1924 at Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan where his father Rai Bahadur Chunnilal worked but returned to their hometown Chakwal in erstwhile Jhelum district of Punjab. Had schooling at Lahore, Dehradoon and Bombay.
Joined army as Second Lieutenant in 1943 but left after two years for his immense love for music, inculcated by one Kartar Singh.
He joined All India Radio where he chanced to record Two ghazals in 1947, but debuted in films as Co singer of Lata Mangeshkar for film Shaheed, composed by Ghulam Haider in 1948.
Started assisting legendary Sachin Dev Burman for next two years and got chance as independent music director for film Ankhen in 1950 and an everlasting relationship with Lataji started. Got prominence from films like Jahan Aara and Dulhan Ek Raat Ki.
Famous for films like Dastak ( his National Award winning film), Mera Saaya, Hanste Zakhm, Wo Kaun Thi, Haqikat, Bawarchi, Heer Ranjha, Parwana, Chacha Zindabad, Mausam and recreated music for Veer Zaara. Scored for a total of 93 films.
He suffered from depression and started consuming liquor heavily which took toll on 14th July 1975 through Liver cirrhosis.
Tonight presenting three songs in his honour
1) Mairi main kase kahoon
Singer: Madan Mohan
Film : Dastak
Lyrics : Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Madan Mohan
2) हम हैं मता-ए-कूचा-ओ-बाज़ार की तरह
Music : मदन मोहन
Lyricist: मजरूह सुलतानपुरी
Singer: लता मंगेशकर
3) Tiggi chowki panji
Film : Mastana
Lyrics : Rajinder Krishna
Singers : Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Shamshad Begum
Courtesy- LT. Madan Mohan Ji