The King of Synth Sounds Viju Shah turns 64

Today, June 5th, we celebrate the birthday of a musical maestro who brought the magic of electronic sounds to Bollywood - Viju Shah (Vijay Kalyanji Shah)!

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The King of Synth Sounds Viju Shah turns 64
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Born into a musical legacy, Shah is the son of the legendary composer Kalyanji Virji Shah, one-half of the iconic Kalyanji-Anandji duo. Growing up surrounded by music, it's no surprise that Shah found his own path within the industry.

From Orchestras to Synths

Viju Shah on 10 of his favourite compositions and the stories behind them -  Planet Bollywood

Emerging as a composer at a pivotal time, Shah witnessed a pivotal shift in Indian film music firsthand. As the industry transitioned from traditional orchestral arrangements to electronic sounds, Shah embraced the change, becoming known as the "King of Synth Sounds."

Tip Tip Barsa Pani Man, Viju Shah

His official debut came in 1989 with the action thriller "Tridev," and his collaborations with director Rajiv Rai became particularly fruitful. Films like "Vishwatma" and "Mohra" not only showcased his distinctive score but also delivered chart-topping hits like "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" and the iconic "Tip Tip Barsa Pani."

Shah's versatility extends beyond chart-topping dance numbers. He has delivered powerful background scores for films like "Junoon" and "Gupt," the latter earning him a well-deserved Filmfare Award for Best Background Score.

Ravan Raaj (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Album by Viju Shah |  Spotify

Tere Mere Sapne (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Album by Viju Shah -  Apple Music

Play Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Viju  Shah on Amazon Music

Throughout his career, Shah has worked with a range of directors and actors, contributing to films like "Ravan Raaj: A True Story," "Tere Mere Sapne," "Bade Miyan Chote Miyan," and even the recent Netflix hit "Class of '83."

Class of '83 Movie Score Suite - Viju Shah (2020)

Viju Shah's contributions to Indian cinema are undeniable. His ability to blend tradition with cutting-edge technology has resulted in a unique soundscape that continues to entertain and inspire.

So, on his birthday, let's raise the volume and celebrate the man who brought us the magic of synth sounds - Happy Birthday, Viju Shah!

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