Husnlal Bhagatram

Husnlal and Bhagatram were born to Pandit Amarnath, a famous composer of the 40’s. Husnlal was accomplished violinist, and also a good classical singer. Bhagatram was an ace Harmonium player. They both worked as assistants for Pandit Amarnath.

Their first break in the film ‘Chand’ in 1944.Husnlal Bhagatram popularised Punjabi folk music, and their range of music has a rare lilt and rhythm. They became the most sought after composers with the success of films like Pyar Ki Jeet and Badi Bahen in the late 1940’s.

Their songs became a big rage. They composed the famous song “Suno Suno Ai Duniya Walo, Bapu Ki Yeh Amar Kahani”, sung by Mohd. Rafi. that was based on Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination. This song became very popular all over the nation. Husnlal Bhagatram mostly used voice of Rafi and Lata, and Suraiya, who sang her own playback. They used songs written by Qamar Jalalabadi for most of their films.

In the mid-fifties, their films Adle – Jahangir and Shama Parwana could not do much. Husnlal died in Dec – 1968, and bhagatram expired in Nov 1973. Husnlal’s family resides in Delhi, and Bhagatram’s son Ashok Sharma is a noted sitarist with Doordarshan, and lives in Mumbai with family.

Some of his films include Nargis ( 1946 ),Mohan (1947 ),Lakhpati (1948 ),Hamari Manzil (1949 ),Pyar ki Manzil (1950),Apni Chhaya (1950 ),Afsana (1951 ),Sanam (1951 ),Aansoo (1953 ),Framaish (1953).They parted ways by the late sixties. Husnlal left for Delhi and Bhagatram stayed on in Bombay.

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